Archive for August, 2008

"Ninja Warriors" Arrested In N.J.

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Clifton police say they arrested two men dressed liked ninjas and armed with Asian martial arts weapons who said they were sending a warning to drug users.

Calling themselves "Shinobi warriors," the men wore black SWAT-type vests and carried knives, throwing stars, swords, nunchucks and a bow and arrows.

Twenty-year-old Tadeusz Tertkiewicz and 19-year-old Jesse Trojaniak are charged with weapons possession. Tertkiewicz is also charged with harassment for a letter left for an ex-girlfriend.

After being arrested early Wednesday in a car on Route 46, the men said they were delivering warning letters to drug dealers and drug users urging them to stop their "impure" activities.

Their weapons, Detective Capt. Robert Rowan told The Bergen County Record, were to be a precaution in case they were confronted by the drug dealers.
The officers who arrested the men found the letters in five envelopes decorated with red Chinese designs, The Record reports.

Reports show the two men had already delivered one such letter to Tertkiewicza€™ 16-year-old ex-girlfriend in Clifton. Police contacted the teen and her mother and alerted them to the situation.

The letters warned drug users and drug dealers that the a€oeShinobi will stop your cruel and sadistic intentions with justified yet, merciful force.a€A

In the letter, the two men accused drug dealers and users of having a€oecommitted sin of passing impuritya€A to others and that the a€oewind guides us to those of impure heart and intent.a€A

a€oeTheir intentions may have been good, but we tell everyone that they shouldna€™t take the law into their own hands because it will cause more problems for everyone in the longrun,a€A Rowan said.

Trojaniak’s father tells The Associated Press his son is "not a maniac" and was only trying to help a friend.

.::Originally from a€"> cbsnews.com

I, too, would have found them to be pretty ninjarish, what with their bent toward vigilante justice, if not for one glaring inconsistency:AA Ninjas don’t get arrested, my dude.

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Cuban Athlete Banned for Life

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Cuban taekwondo competitor Angel Matos and his coach, Leudis Gonzalez, may be permanently banned from Olympics competition after Matos kicked referee Chakir Chelbat. The altercation occurred when Matos was disqualified in the second round of his match with Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov.

Up 3-2 with a minute remaining, Matos fell to the ground and awaited medical attention when his one minute of injury time expired, thereby awarding the match to his adversary. From there, Matos snapped and created a scene straight out of the WWE handbook.

Matos angrily questioned the call, pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden. Matos then spat on the floor and was escorted out.

a€oeHe was too strict,a€A Gonzalez said, referring to the decision to disqualify Matos. Afterward, he charged the match was fixed, accusing the Kazakhs of offering him money.

In addition to the Olympics ruling, Matos and Gonzalez may be banned from all championships sanctioned by the World Taekwondo Federation. Matos’ Beijing records may also be terminated. (Kick occurs at 0:27 mark.)

.::Via -> sports.yahoo.com

I like that Kazakhstan was somehow involved in this. Who knew they were in the Olympics? Cuba vs. Kazakhstan? That just SOUNDS wrong… Oh, and we’re sorry for spreading misinformation. The article states that he might be banned but does not say definitely one way or another.

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Posted: August 25th, 2008
at 8:40am by Black Ock


Categories: games,politricks,youtube

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Beer Goggles is fo’ Real!

The next time you hear someone blaming "beer goggles" for their behaviour, you may have to believe them. People really do appear more attractive when our perceptions are changed by drinking alcohol.

There have been few previous attempts to investigate the idea that people seem to find others more attractive when drunk. In 2003, psychologists at the University of Glasgow, UK, published a study in which they asked heterosexual students in campus bars and cafA©s whether they had been drinking, and then got them to rate photos of people for attractiveness. While the results supported the beer goggles theory, another explanation is that regular drinkers tend to have personality traits that mean they find people more attractive, whether or not they are under the influence of alcohol at the time.

To resolve the issue, a team of researchers led by Marcus MunafAA at the University of Bristol in the UK conducted a controlled experiment. They randomly assigned 84 heterosexal students to consume either a non-alcoholic lime-flavoured drink or an alcoholic beverage with a similar flavour. The exact amount of alcohol varied according to the individual but was designed to have an effect equivalent to someone weighing 70 kilograms drinking 250 millitres of wine - enough to make some students tipsy. After 15 minutes, the students were shown pictures of people their own age, from both sexes.

Both men and women who had consumed alcohol rated the faces as being more attractive than did the controls (Alcohol and Alcoholism, DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agn065). Surprisingly, the effect was not limited to the opposite sex - volunteers who had drunk alcohol also rated people from their own sex as more attractive…

.::Read the rest at -> NewScientist

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Posted: August 25th, 2008
at 8:05am by Black Ock


Categories: drogas,fo' real?,too good to be true

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Potential Energy Rail Coaster

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Senyo Kogyo Co Ltd and Senyo Kiko Co Ltd announced that they will build a test line for "Eco Ride," an energy-saving urban transportation system, in October 2008.

The test line will be built as part of the joint research with the laboratory of Yoshihiro Suda, a professor of the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) of Tokyo University. The line will be constructed in the Chiba Experiment Station of IIS in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

The new transportation system operates using the height difference on the railway. Drive units to pull the cars up are installed at various points on the railway so that the Eco Ride can obtain the potential energy to run. This is the same principle as a roller coaster.

.::Specs at a€"> techon.nikkeibp.co.jp

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Posted: August 25th, 2008
at 4:36am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: architecture,science

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Usain Bolt

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Tell me that this is not his real name, somebody.

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Posted: August 24th, 2008
at 12:52pm by Black Ock


Categories: games

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o menu brasil

I was about to post some pictures of Brasil to illustrate my saudades when I got sidetracked and ended up at TasteSpotting. It was obviously meant to happen because one of the first images that came up was quindim (pronounced a€oekean-jeana€A), a typical Brazilian dessert made with egg yolks and coconut.
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avant-garde quindim

I ate this dish a few times during my 6-month stay in Brazil, mostly at chuhascurrias (basically all-you-can-eat meat buffets that are really popular there) and I didna€™t think much of it at the time. All I remember is the unexpected taste of sugary, buttery, scrambled eggs (in all fairness though, expecting to find good desserts at a chuhascurria is like expecting to get a Peter Luger quality steak at Applebeea€™s; it just doesna€™t happen) Ita€™s funny because ita€™s exactly that unremarkable aspect of this dessert that makes me want to make it; Ia€™m not sure if I just lost the taste in my memory or if the dessert was actually just bizarre enough to forget? Either way, Ia€™m going to try my hand at making it, since the basic recipe is incredibly simple (egg yolks, sugar and coconut) and egg yolk is really good for your thyroid and brain function. Two birds with one stone, alrightttt!

.::quindim e mas at -> Daily Bread

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Posted: August 23rd, 2008
at 8:59am by Black Ock


Categories: grub

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Rat Braing Merges with Silicon

[[ yes, that's "braing." - Ed. ]]
ushering in the 7th stage of evolutionary intelligence, my ninja.
Next comes the beings made of light itself, but your feeble technology won’t get there for some time yet. I mean, it took me, with my superior robotninja science, several days to reach that level of existence-how long must it take a human, with his primitive notions of the material universe? From the article in NewScientist:
This is no ordinary robot control system - a plain old microchip connected to a circuit board. Instead, the controller nestles inside a small pot containing a pink broth of nutrients and antibiotics. Inside that pot, some 300,000 rat neurons have made - and continue to make - connections with each other.
As they do so, the disembodied neurons are communicating, sending electrical signals to one another just as they do in a living creature. We know this because the network of neurons is connected at the base of the pot to 80 electrodes, and the voltages sparked by the neurons are displayed on a computer screen.

It’s these spontaneous electrical patterns that researchers at the University of Reading in the UK want to harness to control a robot.

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Can’t wait for the unmanned UAV’s to form a hive-mind and start exhibiting signs of swarm consciousness. This will make things much easier when the revolution comes-can’t say what’ll happen to mankind, but when has that not been the case?

robotninja says peace, means war

.::Read more at -> RobotNinjaMNP

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Posted: August 22nd, 2008
at 8:22am by Black Ock


Categories: "ninja",robots,science,weaponry

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Monofin: Forget Michael Phelps

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You’d had to have been living under a rock for the last couple weeks to not have at least heard about Olympic swimming and Michael "I’m freakish and probably half dolphin" Phelps whooping everyone’s ass. Able to swim at about 5mph, Phelps put the competition to shame and is coming home with a record number of gold metals.

Pretty impressive, right? Only if you haven’t got yourself a Monofin! Designed by Lunocet, the Monofin weighs only 2.5 lbs out of water - and strapped to the feet of your average swimmer it can get the wearer up to 8 mph. So what’ll it be: lifetime of training, or carbon fiber flippers?

[All that said, real ninjas don't need to swim fast, as they can run across the water's surface. -Ed.]

[If Voyager had a Michael Phelps, they wouldn't have been lost in the Delta Quadrant.AA They could just rustle up that motherfisher and have him open a wormhole and swim them right the funk home. -Ed.2]

.::Via Gizmodo ->

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Posted: August 22nd, 2008
at 8:11am by orangemenace


Categories: design,fo' real?,gear

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XKCD Comix

From the about page:

Who are you?

I’m just this guy, you know? I’m a CNU graduate with a degree in physics. Before starting xkcd, I worked on robots at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. As of June 2007 I live in Massachusetts. In my spare time I climb things, open strange doors, and go to goth clubs dressed as a frat guy so I can stand around and look terribly uncomfortable. At frat parties I do the same thing, but the other way around.

Who else are you?

Server maintenance and most of the coding for these sites is done by my friend davean, who tries hard to remain invisible but can be reached at davean@xkcd.com. Most of the comics are edited/proofread by my good friend Sarah.

What does XKCD stand for?

It’s not actually an acronym. It’s just a word with no phonetic pronunciation. It stands for the comic and everything the comic stands for!

Where did all this start?

I was going through old math/sketching graph paper notebooks and didn’t want to lose some of the work in them, so I started scanning pages. I took the more comic-y ones and put them up on a server I was testing out, and got a bunch of readers when BoingBoing linked to me. I started drawing more seriously, gained a lot more readers, started selling t-shirts on the site, and am currently shipping t-shirts and drawing this comic full-time. It’s immensely fun and I really appreciate y’all’s support.

.::Join the fun at -> xkcd.com

I find these to be hilarious, and so will you. And, in addition to the hilarity, he’s also a fellow Masshole!

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Posted: August 22nd, 2008
at 8:05am by Black Ock


Categories: art,contemporary,maps,web

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