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X360 is an attempt at one of the last great firsts for circumnavigation: to circle the globe using only human power: bikes, pedal boat, rollerblades, kayaks, swimming and walking; no motors or sails. Three quarters of the journey [35,000 miles] has so far been completed by Englishman Jason Lewis and the x360 team.



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Posted: April 6th, 2007
at 9:37am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,robots,real life news,9th dan

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There are times when LR is pretty sure the world is going mad, and this is one of those times. Garry Kasparov gave a speech on February 12th before the Foreign Policy Association in New York City and the text turns up on a blog called "Grow with Chess" (hat tip: Robert Amsterdam). You can visit the FPA website and watch the speech or download the transcript.


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Posted: March 29th, 2007
at 9:36pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,games,robots,politricks,real life news

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"Angola sends 2500 ‘ninjas’ to Zimbabwe"

Angola is sending 2500 of its feared paramilitary police to Zimbabwe, raising concerns of an escalation in violence against President Robert Mugabe’s opponents, it was reported today.

Zimbabwe’s Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi confirmed the imminent arrival of the Angolans, Britain’s The Times reported today.

He said 1000 Angolans were expected on April 1, with the rest to follow in groups of 500.

Angola is regarded as the most powerful military nation in Africa, after South Africa.

Mohadi said he had signed an agreement for the deployment of the Angolan paramilitaries with General Roberto Monteiro, the Interior Minister of Angola, last week, The Times reported.

"We signed a memorandum of cooperation last Thursday and it is meant to ensure public order and security for both our peoples and the whole southern African region," he said.

The police would be on "an exchange program", he said.


The paramilitaries, notorious for their violence and dubbed ninjas for their all black uniforms, form part of the presidential guard of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in power in Angola since 1979.

smh thanks to hat for the link

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Posted: March 23rd, 2007
at 10:15am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: real life news

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Diving for ships

Divers say it’s becoming a popular hobby to journey into the thousands of schooners, steamers and other sunken ships embedded in the depths of the Great Lakes.

"It’s kind of like exploring a haunted house underwater," said Michael Haynes, who teaches diving lessons in Menomonee Falls. "You start to imagine what it was like aboard that ship. You’re touching history."

Although shipwrecks are often associated with oceans, the Great Lakes hold an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 sunken ships. About 1,000 Great Lakes shipwrecks have been identified, and about 10 new ships are discovered annually.


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Posted: March 21st, 2007
at 9:39am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: games,fo' real?,real life news

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The Man Christ Jesus aka Dr. Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda


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Posted: March 16th, 2007
at 9:20am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,too good to be true,drogas,not ninja-worthy,robots,politricks,fo' real?,real life news

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yesterday was 3.1407

apparently yesterday was pi-day and it could not be found on this internet. the "perfect" pi-day is still to be had- until then print up a pi poster and take a breather.

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Posted: March 15th, 2007
at 9:17am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: mnp is for the children,real life news

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a€oeThe Monkey’s Pawa€A

Y2K plugs into the fears that have haunted Science Fiction since its inception, confirming anxieties that, as technological integration increases, human control lessens, and the possibility of something crashing the entire system grows. Here, SF disintegrates into cyberpunk. Where Science Fiction can be defined as the implementation of the project of Progressive Technology a€" a vision of uninhibited technological growth spreading out into a far future that has been speculatively planned a€" cyberpunk lurks in the near future, building itself out of the unanticipated consequences of technical development. It is essentially improvisational, feeding on glitches, interference and coincidences: as the runaway AI Wintermute tells Case in Gibson’s Neuromancer, a€oeplanning’s not my thing.a€A


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"convergence culture"

a€oeConvergence does not depend on any specific delivery mechanism. Rather, convergence represents a paradigm shift a€" a move from medium-specific content toward content that flows across multiple media channels, toward the increased interdependence of communications systems, toward multiple ways of accessing media content, and toward ever more complex relations between top-down corporate media and bottom-up participatory culture.a€A (243) thesis statement

a€oeWe are in a critical moment of transition during which old rules are open to change and companies may be forced to renegotiate their relationship to consumers.a€A (243)

a€oeRather than talking about personal media, perhaps we should be talking about communal mediaa€A (245)

a€oeJust as studying fan culture helped us to understand the innovations that occur on the fringes of the media industry, we may also want to look at the structures of fan communities as showing us new ways of thinking about citizenship and collaboration.a€A (246) BIG THESIS

a€oeThat is why it is so important to fight against the corporate copyright regime, to argue against censorship and moral panic that would pathologize these emerging forms of participation, to publicize the best practices of these online communities, to expand access and participation to groups that are otherwise being left behind, and to promote forms of media literacy education that help all children to develop the skills needed to become full participants in their culture.a€A (248) ADVOCACY THESIS

a€oeA politics of confrontation must give way to one focused on tactical collaboration.a€A (250)

a€oeConcentrated power is apt to remain concentrated. But we will see adhocracy principles applied to more and more different kinds of projectsa€A (256-7). Yes, but what about sabotage?

a€oeparticipation becomes an important political right.a€A (257). Yes. Why isna€™t there more of this in the book?

a€oeThe ideal of the informed citizen is breaking down because there is simply too much for any individual to know. The idea of monitorial citizenship depends on developing new skills in collaboration and a new ethic of knowledge sharing that will allow us to deliberate together.a€A (259). ok

a€oeOne of the ways we can shape the future of media culture is by resisting such disempowering approaches to media literacy education. We need to rethink the goals of media education so that young people can come to think of themselves as cultural producers and participants and not simply as consumers, critical or otherwise.a€A (259). Call to rethink media literacy

MESSAGE: rules redrawn. Negotiation. Resurgence of communal culture. Political implications. Key prescriptions = advocacy. Not sure how his corporate readers would react. Focus on negotiation, but doesna€™t jive with hardline advocacy. Convergence will save us all. We just need to help it happen.

too much information for one post at aramsinnreich.typepad

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When all it does is slowww me doww… oh sorry

Get this, I’m sure you’ve all taken at least a brief gander at Koookiecrumbles’ AK-47 exposA© a bit further down the page (an mnp original btw). So, it’s only fitting that I bring you the real news. If you’ve already heard it… have you seen it?

I’m sure there may be, by now, better links (I guess the guy’s lawyer claims he’s a gun collector) but I’m going to go with the original source for shock value. Seriously… all I could hear in my head was that song.

070307_popper_arrest.jpg actual pic

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Blues Traveler singer and harmonica player John Popper was arrested near Ritzville after the vehicle he was riding in was clocked going 111 mph, the Washington State Patrol said Wednesday.

Popper, 39, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 90 near the Spokane/Lincoln county line, the Washington State Patrol said.

Inside the black Mercedes SUV, officers found a cache of weapons and a small amount of marijuana, the Patrol said.

Popper, who lives in Snohomish, Wash., is the owner of the vehicle, which was being driven by Brian Gourgeois, 34, of Austin, Texas, said state patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney.

Sevigney confirmed that Popper was a member of the popular band and that the pair was traveling from Texas to Washington


Ok, he might be a gun collector… but why the secret desperado-esque drawer in the trunk?


And for you enthusiasts out there, a lil AK-47 history.

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Posted: March 12th, 2007
at 3:30pm by black octagons

Categories: hood status,celebrity,crime,too good to be true,weaponry,real life news

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