scottopic: (we have the technology.)
It really is tubes!

The Telectroscope
Hardly anyone knows that a secret tunnel runs deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean. In May 2008, more than a century after it was begun, the tunnel will finally be completed. Immediately afterwards, an extraordinary optical device called a Telectroscope will be installed at both ends which will miraculously allow people to see right through the Earth from London to New York and vice versa.

One end of the tunnel emerges next to Tower Bridge on the banks of the Thames in London - the other is next to Brooklyn Bridge on the banks of New York's East River.

It looks like something HG Wells might have imagined.
Each end has a giant telescope-like construction which appears to punch its way out of the earth.

There are dials, and levers, and thermometer gauges on the side of the 20m long brass and wood construction.

Peer into it and you can see people on the other side of the Atlantic.

Wave at them, they wave back at you.

Write on the whiteboard, and ask a question, and they will write back.

"...and for a moment, two groups of strangers, in two cities thousands of miles apart, jump up and down and smile at one another."
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[Poll #1191550]

Defend Your Position.
scottopic: (optimism.)
So I'm officially dating a Doctor now!

Congratulations, Faidra!
scottopic: (eternity.)
Sometimes, provides some nice little concepts:

> On a somewhat similar vein, I can easily imagine myself dying, but I can't imagine
> myself being dead. I can't conceive of what it would be like to not be conceiving
> of what it would be like.

This might not work for everyone...but I recently found a neat way to get my head around this myself.

What you see when you are dead will be exactly like what you see behind your head.

By extension, your total experience will be exactly like the experience you are having right now, on another continent. Right now, I am nonexistent in Paris. I am experiencing an infinite array of "dead" states, briefly interrupted in space and time by this single life state.

Just like I can conceive of what I see behind my head (not blackness, not a void, but zero input), I can extend that to all my senses.

Of course, for me the next natural question is "Am I suffering, in Paris, right now?". The answer to this is clearly no, so I will not suffer in death. The rest of philosophical Epicureanism soon follows, for me at any rate. :)
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is the site we just launched. The premise is that you make a movie of what you were doing when the Cloverfield Critter hit New York.

Since I'm not in New York City, I figured the most obvious choice would be to be sitting, reading a book, perhaps sipping a glass of iced tea.
Maybe scratch my face, yawn, pick something from my teeth. I'd use the provided sound effects and music for perfect mundane things like turning on the tap in the bathroom, or my whiny cat begging for bits of tuna.

But...I don't think that's what they probably have in mind, and I'm disqualified from participating anyway.

Damn you dirty apes!
scottopic: (kooler than acid.)
Sublinear - Pinned Beneath the Boiling Sky
"Gloomcore triphop" from an interesting fellow.
scottopic: (fiat lux.)

Resolution One:
I should buy Paparazzi Play Set and place it facing me on my desk at the new job. That way, I can feel like I'm a really famous Information Architect, and my adoring fans and press are following my every mood.

Resolution Two:
For all my fears and trepidations about leaving a place where I'm comfortable enough, making plenty of money and have a short commute...all for the sake of doing what I want to be doing :

Petty people and their petty pettiness almost got to me today, but you know...?
Fuck those people! Wanna have an adventure?
scottopic: (we have the technology.)
For more information:

Saturday 3/29 at Decatur High School from 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Clean out your rooms, garages, offices and recycle the following items and keep them out of the landfill where they can contaminate water and soil:

Desktop computers , Telephones, Mini-towers, Telephony equipment, Laptop computers, Adding machines, Monitors, Calculators, Servers, Typewriters, Workstations, Label makers, Keyboards, Copiers, Mice, Fax machines, Joystick game controllers, Answering machines, Printers, Printer cartridges, Digital cameras , Zip drives, Batteries, Speakers, PDAs, Pagers, VCRs, Hubs, DVD players, Routers, Cable converter boxes, Scanners, Remote controls, Digital projectors, Stereo equipment UPS units, Radios, Main frames, Portable CD players, Component parts, Portable game players, Cables,
GPS receivers, 3-in-1 devices, printer/copier/fax machines.

New Items you can recycle: Mercury thermometers and thermostats, clean Styrofoam free of foreign objects (peanuts, packing blocks, plates, cups, trays), any kind of battery.

The city regrets that they will NOT be able to accept televisions and microwave ovens.
scottopic: (more.)

My Easter was better than yours.

Also, Minor Regeneration Spell.
Three years ago, Lee Spievack sliced off the tip of his finger in the propeller of a hobby shop airplane.

What happened next, Andrews reports, propelled him into the future of
medicine. Spievack's brother, Alan, a medical research scientist, sent him a
special powder and told him to sprinkle it on the wound.

"I powdered it on until it was covered," Spievack recalled.

To his astonishment, every bit of his fingertip grew back.
scottopic: (we have the technology.)
What <$250 mp3 player should I get? Quality + sound quality + interface + open use of music (share between computer and player) and format/DRM agnostic needed
ambien makes typing FUN!

i[Pod? Which gen?
some creative zen?
tampax 50 gig?
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So a splendid dinner at Aria tonight with discussion of the hyperreal twisted off with an encounter with some members of The Upper Class who chatted with us, and it's not even contempt - they view everything as an experiment but without regard to conclusion or result. There is no class warfare in this sense, it's just another species altogether.

Also, metaphor is a system of example and illustration, not proof.

Also, dinner was really incredible.
scottopic: (priviligiers!)
  • Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. I'm blessed and lucky. Also, full of Slim Jims.
  • Does anyone know if a Social Security Card is an absolute requirement for starting a new job? I seem to have lost mine, and while if I can't find it tonight I'm going to the SS office in the morning, if I don't get the replacement by my Start Date, can I use my Passport or something?
  • Just awaiting the Background Check from the new place to I don't anticipate anything coming back, excepting my horrible credit mistakes a few years ago, but since that means the Ink Isn't Dry until then, I'm having angst since I'm holding off on giving notice. I like most of the people here, and that'll be sad, and I don't look forward to handing the resignation to my director or VP.
  • I find myself vacillating between excitement and anxiety, but for once, it has nothing to do with believing I have the capacity to do what I'm heading into. It's just...y'know...change
scottopic: (welcome to your last day on earth.)
scottopic: (kooler than acid.)
I was just listening to fucking Covenant DEAD STARS on (my profile - LINK ME!) and thinking "Goddamn, how many damn times did I hear this song at every single fucking goth-industrial night out for years and years, The Chamber, The Vault, Masquerade, Rarity, Nine Lives...and...and..."

And then I became really...really nostalgic... :(

scottopic: (wigglesquid.)
Trying to whistle Aphex Twin in the office pisses off your co-workers to no end.
scottopic: (tybalt.)

Church Heathen
by Shaggy.

It so makes me want to groove, shimmy and shake!

Have yourself a merry little weekend!
scottopic: (eternity.)
“What would you do if you knew that this was the last night of the world?”

“What would I do? You mean seriously?”

“Yes, seriously.”

“I don’t know. I hadn’t thought.”
Read more... )
scottopic: (yessir the check is in the mail.)

Okay, I know you're busy. I know you probably just cruise on by this journal like the hooker that's just a bit too pricey for you down on Ponce. But TRUST ME ON THIS -
watch this movie. It answers so many questions. It does the long-tired "Ninja-Pirates" coverage one better.

The Full Version is much, much better. It's a little over a half hour long. Take lunch at the desk. Download it for later. Watch the parts while your code compiles or you laugh at the building line of customers.
Show your friends. Show your children. Speak of it to neighbors and loved ones.

Trust me on this one. It's cooler than Swayze. It is made of Awesome and Win.
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The Monster Manual First Edition was right!

But someone brought up a good point:
Well if dolphins are so awesome, how come they live in igloos?

Claims that dolphins are exceedingly intelligent are increasingly brought into doubt due to their continued liking of humankind.
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People should still take conservation measures for now, but at least it's a slight reprieve.
In the latest attempt to grapple with one of the harshest droughts on record and a decades-old battle over water rights, the Bush administration brokered a deal Thursday among three states that should keep Atlanta's water supply flowing.

Under the deal, the Army Corps of Engineers would send less water to Alabama and Florida from Georgia reservoirs that the Corps has jurisdiction over. The move would curtail water to power plants, farms, commercial fisheries and smaller municipalities in the two states.
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In before anti-Gore wank.


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