Archive for November, 2007

Conan O’Brien Stalked by Priest

This begs the question:AA Who stalks a giant seven foot ginger?AA This dude could probably brutalize the average ninja barehanded.AA Only a priest.AA It MUST be Boston.


NEW YORK - A priest has been arrested on charges of stalking late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien by writing him threatening notes on parish letterhead, contacting his parents and showing up at his studio, prosecutors said Wednesday.

"I want a public confession before I ever consider giving you absolution _ or a spot on your couch," wrote the Rev. David Ajemian, who signed the notes "Padre," said Barbara Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Ajemian, from the Archdiocese of Boston, was arrested last week while trying to enter a taping session of NBC’s "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, near where other NBC shows are taped and the famous Christmas tree is put up, Thompson said.

Court papers say Ajemian referred to himself as "your priest stalker" in one note and complained of not being allowed in to see an earlier taping of the O’Brien show. [link]

My Ninja, Please!AA This dude needs to find Jesus.


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Posted: November 8th, 2007
at 1:57pm by Black Ock

Categories: myninjaplease,celebrity,crime

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And now, a message from R0b0t Ninja

Check out R0b0t Ninja’s blog at robotninja.mnp:
"Most esteemed space-ninjas and robots

As you may know, one of the many advantages of being a robotic ninja, is that travelling through deep space poses no real threat to our livelihood. While your flesh-and-blood ninja has to rely on various ninja-magics and/or ninja-spacecraft, we robotninjas can survive even the raw vacuum of outer space, giving us the freedoms to explore vast reaches of the solar system and beyond. At a colleague’s post at NASA, please find several examples of the field recordings I made while in orbit around Saturn. On a routine expedition to Jupiter, investigating an orbiting artifact placed there millions of years ago by advanced, god-like superbeings (turns out it was full of stars), I happened to pick up some interesting sounds on my various antennae while passing by Saturn. Intrigued, I beamed the samples back to earth, and my good friends at the National Astronomical Super Atomics have posted them for the world to experience. End ninja-transmission—-dictated but not read."


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Posted: November 8th, 2007
at 12:13pm by Black Ock

Categories: robots,science

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Picture Perfect


The Hasselblad H2 is a medium-format, dual-platform camera that builds on the success of the popular H1. This model, designed for the toughest professional use, makes either high-end digital capture or film capture as easy as point-and-shoot.

An SLR that can support multiple backs, shoot film, etc?AA NASSSTY.AA You can have it for just around $25,000 of your hard earned money.AA My cousin said a review referred to this camera as "the Bentley Coupe of cameras."AA I’m inclined to second that. Check it out here.
Thanks to Mandela for the heads up.

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Posted: November 8th, 2007
at 12:05pm by Black Ock

Categories: bling,gear,photo

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"The Game is Fixed"


If AT&T was a blackjack dealer, it would deal two cards to each player and then turn the rest of the cards over and select the best remaining cards for itself. This is more or less how it works right now for alternative network access vendors like Covad. There is the occasional "blackjack!" for Covad when working to install a bonded T1 or other wired Internet connection for its customers. But as often as not AT&T is one step ahead — in my case for example, there was "insufficient equipment" available to provide a bonded T1 (I was participating in a blogger evaluation program run by Comunicano for Covad).

The United States now lags the rest of the developed world in access speeds for Internet connectivity. Instead of spurring competition, the Bush administration has overseen a re-assembly of the AT&T monopoly ("hey, didn’t we already destroy the deathstar? Do we have to do it again?"). And to make matters worse, now just by complaining about AT&T, they can terminate my service.

Anytime a company starts operating like a power-drunk sovereign, its a good sign that competitive balances are out of whack. I for one am hoping that Covad can build up their fixed wireless network as an alternative to the copper wire monopoly our government has granted to AT&T. Not that this will help me, my house is in a canyon without a line-of-sight to Covad’s POP in Oakland.

I guess I better fall on my knees now and ask forgiveness of AT&T — please, please don’t cut me off!


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Posted: November 8th, 2007
at 11:55am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: web,not ninja-worthy,cell phones,business,design

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USSR Anthem

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Posted: November 8th, 2007
at 8:00am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,youtube,music,too good to be true,fo' real?,9th dan

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Eco Music - Midnight Oil

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Posted: November 8th, 2007
at 6:00am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: youtube,music,green

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Social Entrepreneurs Business and Enterprise Community


The world is full of people who want to make a difference. People who are interested in helping others and the wider environment.i-genius helps people promote what they are doing, their work, their ideas, their passion a€" and through our community, enables them to connect with others.In our community we seek to stimulate fresh thinking and bright ideas, and inspire a new generation to become ‘social entrepreneurs‘. Social entrepreneurs are individuals who create or develop businesses (whether commercial or not for profit) where the primary focus is on social change.i-genius also seeks to stimulate partnerships between our members and to support them by developing partnerships with established organisations (corporations, NGOs, government, media).If have an idea or passion that you hope will be of benefit to others and the world we live in, we welcome you to join i-genius.
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Posted: November 7th, 2007
at 2:15pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: web,business,weaponry,fo' real?

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Grantwriting Jargon


capacity-building — This is a particular category of grant, where the non-profit seeks funding which will expand their reach or make them more self-sustaining. One example of a capacity-building grant is obtaining funds for a development person who can raise money from other sources and move the organization toward being self-sustaining.

sustainability — Once you get started, how will you continue this project or program? Will you be dependent on the funder for some time into the future? This is an important consideration for foundations in particular. Foundations in particular seem to be averse to funding operational costs of existing programs, preferring to fund new projects or provide seed money. One of our guest speakers characterized this as a subject of growing debate in the philanthropic community, and it’s possible that they may be more open to funding operational concerns in the future. Government grants and corporate sponsorship don’t seem as averse to this type of funding.

cost-sharing — A popular term, if you can use it. Basically it means that someone else is putting up some of the money, and thus the foundation gets more bang for their buck.

dissemination — How you will share the project with others. Will an article be published in the New York Times? Will you present results at conferences? Historically, this is of particular concern to agencies that fund basic research, but over time this is also more of a concern for foundations.

leverage — Another popular term, if applicable. Will foundation money enable you to better use existing resources?

cultivation — the process of forming the very particular type of professional relationship between funder and fundee. As described in the course, this seems like a truly complicated art. Our instructor emphasized the need to be "non-cheesy" — slick, stereotypical salesmen types will lose out to genuine but strategic human beings in this business. Funding agencies prefer projects which are both aspirational and realistic.

stewardship — the process of taking care of a grant and its funder after the grant is made. Thank-you notes, progress reports, and invitations to view the results of the work are all appropriate. Getting a grant from a funder more than once is impossible without this.

more words at connect.educause

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Posted: November 7th, 2007
at 11:33am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: bling,business,weaponry,philanthropy

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Foto del dia 11.7

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Posted: November 7th, 2007
at 10:58am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: foto del dia

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