Operating directly on Shatner’s Bassoon

Danger! […] websites are targeting your children with so-called digital drugs. These are audio files designed to induce drug-like effects. All your child needs is a music player and headphones. There are different slang terms for digital drugs. They’re often called “idozers” or “idosers.” All rely on the concept of binaural beats. […] Some sites provide binaural beats that have innocuous effects. For example, some claim to help you develop extrasensory powers like telepathy and psychokinesis.

A wide spectrum of evil

Reporter with CNN press pass arrested for asking Rudy Giuliani a question. Mitt Romney calls for doubling the size of Guantanamo. It’s pretty scary when John McCain is left sounding like the reasonable one.

At the cutting edge of pedagogy

CNN: MURFREESBORO, Tennessee (AP) — Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables. The mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes during the weeklong trip to a state park, said Scales Elementary School Assistant Principal Don Bartch, who led the trip.


For some time now, Americans have been abandoning TV and newspapers in favor of online news sources. Now Half the Guardian’s online readers are now from the USA, and news sites from the BBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and other serious news outlets are seeing major traffic spikes from the US. I strongly suspect that the reason why FOX News is the only successful news network, is that the people who used to be stuck with CNN have given up on TV news and moved online—leaving the mouth-breathing wingnuts behind to watch O’Reilly and Limbaugh.


As painful as February’s big job cuts were, what’s even more painful is that many of those jobs are never coming back, as U.S. employers in a wide range of industries move more and more jobs overseas. That’s old news for manufacturers, who have been cutting jobs and moving them offshore for decades, but it’s a trend that’s also starting to gather steam in a number of service industries, especially information technology, formerly one of America’s best-paying industries.

Jeff the Pacifist Bomb

Once upon a timer there was a young bomb named Jeff. He was a fearful clever bomb, he had studied Political Signs at Umbrage University, and had a First Degree in Burns. He was well-red on Oriental matters and had studied the great works of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. One day Jeff woke up to find himself on board a jet plane, just like his hero Tom Cruise. At once he got a little nervegas, as he was bomb shy, and he realized he would soon be meeting Persians unknown.

Trip report, day 1

In retrospect, it was my own damn fault. I should have gone for the peppermint. But no, I chose the raspberry Earl Grey, which is apparently full of caffeine. That, combined with worrying about the day to come, meant that I only got around four hours of actual sleep on Saturday night. Sunday morning, the taxi didn’t quite turn up. In spite of the fact that I had spelled out the street name, somehow the house number had been omitted again.

Five Admirable Billionaires

1. Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple Computer. C’mon, you knew I was going to pick Steve, didn’t you? It’s not that he doesn’t have his faults. He’s notoriously egotistical, can be breathtakingly rude, and allegedly cheated Woz on the payments for the design of Breakout. (Still, Woz seems to have forgiven him.) I’m not sure I’d want to work for Steve Jobs, and I’m still angry that he destroyed the Newton for no good reason, but it can’t be denied that he has turned Apple’s product designs from lackluster to stunning, and brought back a wonderful OS that may yet save the company in the long run.

How a lie becomes a fact

Step 1: The RIAA issues a press release claiming that the “equivalent” of 421 CD burners were seized in a raid on music pirates. Step 2: The Register follows up, noting that only 156 CD burners were seized. They contact the RIAA, who explain that some of the CD burners were quite fast, so the RIAA statisticians decided to count them as more than one burner. Step 3: CNN blithely reports from the press release, claiming that 421 CD burners were seized.

In space, no-one can bring you coffee…

Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing they can do… Uncooperative weather Wednesday morning continued to delay the return of space shuttle Endeavour and the crewmen who had a record-setting stay aboard the international space station. […] “We don’t believe we’ll have a shot at this first chance. Hopefully (the storm system) will start to fall apart and give us a shot at the second chance” at Kennedy, Mission Control told shuttle commander Kenneth Cockrell.