February 22nd, 2008 | brainjuice

I don’t care how many of you send me the link. I am not going to watch the Gene Simmons sex tape and you simply cannot make me.

Brain Lasers

February 22nd, 2008 | researchmaterial

A declassified 1998 Pentagon report reveals exploratory projects involving the use of lasers for what the article calls “non-lethal torture”. These used to be called “non-lethal weapons” or NLW:

Some of the applications the report investigated include putting voices in people’s heads, using lasers to trigger uncontrolled neuron firing, and slowly heating the human body to a point of feverish confusion – all from hundreds of meters away.

…words could be transmitted to be heard like the spoken word, except that it could only be heard within a person’s head. In one experiment, communication of the words from one to ten using ‘speech modulated’ microwave energy was successfully demonstrated. Microphones next to the person experiencing the voice could not pick up these sounds.

I can’t imagine these projects were given up on. If I were the Pentagon, I’d be spending a lot of money on things like domestic crowd control right now.

On The Phone

February 21st, 2008 | mobilesignals

I’m writing this on the Nokia N95 8GB, using a bluetooth keyboard. My trusty Treo 600 finally coughed its last yesterday evening. It no longer syncs to the computer. So I’ve slaved AOL email to the phone, for now, and will have to sort out word processing on the Nokia 810 I was kindly given a couple of weeks ago. Bluetooth keyboards are a bit mushy compared to the plug-in keyboards I’m used to. And now reading the news incurs a data charge, damnit.
Poor old Treo. It’s been all around the world with me. I’ve written comics, screenplays and most of a novel on it..

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February 21st, 2008 | photography