"However they got in, the intrusion gave the pair control of over 200 domain names owned by Comcast. They changed the contact information for one of them, Comcast.net, to Defiant's e-mail address; for the street address, they used the "Dildo Room" at "69 Dick Tard Lane."- Comcast hackers say they warned the company first!
"Hey, douchebags who complain about my generation being dumb--who was in charge of the educational system when we were growing up?
Yeah, that's what I thought. Fuck you."
- Jezebel's TruculentandUnreliable on a really really stupid Newsweek article.
There is no doubt that the waves of immigration by people of African descent have changed this country forever. It has changed the way people listen to music, the way they play it, our dress, cooking, and diet, the way we speak and think. We are no longer the place I knew as a child—to some people that is quite painful, but to most people whether they are aware of it or not, it has made us a better country.- England is the place for me, a Vice Magazine interview with Val Wilmer. You can find more of her photography here.
- Birkinstock Roller Skates by Jocko Weyland: "At each window a foreman takes orders and barks them out at a veritable army of kitchen workers in stained white uniforms chopping, cutting, cooking and throwing food around while grease fires erupt out of the pans and shoot up toward the ceiling. It’s incredibly busy and loud, and that’s just where the food comes from. With its terrible acoustics the cafeteria proper is even louder as the rattle of chopsticks being thrown into metal containers, the scraping of chairs, garbage cans being pushed and pulled, and the voices of hundreds of students escalate into cacophony."
- Andy Baio did a great data dump of the history of the Star Wars kid. I thought that internet meme preceeded my full time use of the net. Obviously not!
- EnglishRussia: Tall Russian buildings are much more beautiful than anything I've seen in the UK or North America. Look at those colours.
Cybercandy have some flavours you might not have tried yet. Green tea is well suited for icecream, but O-M-G so good for chocolate too. Very light. Very nice! I also bought some of the Chestnut flavoured bars too. Nomnomnom.
- The Guardian interviews ASOS.com director Nick Robertson. I've been using ASOS for about 3 years - never has online fashion shopping been so straightforward, accessible and diverse. They do ship internationally.
- The Russian South is absolutely beautiful.
- Not sure how to present this. A paper plane coffeetable: "2mm folded powdercoated mild steel with optional silicone inset."
- Hee Jin Kang's photography is interesting, especially the photo essay of her parent's deli.
- Flickr pool Fatshionista is dedicated to larger fashion. It might rub some people up the wrong way, but uh, you can't really ask thinner people about thigh chafing if their thighs don't touch. Larger bodies work different. Already found some great recommendations from the group discussions.
"We have the usual small army of stupid lawyers that think we will piss our pants because they send us a scary letter. We do employ our own legal staff. We are used to this sort of situation."- anakata of The Pirate Bay on running PRQ.
[When the end of the world comes around, I'm going to Sweden]
"This unauthorized video was made using re-edited footage from Scientology's own PSA for their front-group "Youth for Human Rights" -- one of the many front-groups the cult uses to recruit members into Scientology. The video is juxtaposed alongside footage from numerous interviews and news stories detailing Scientology's long history of abuses."
Next protest = June 14th.
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"now recognizes that an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation, and, more generally, that an individual’s sexual orientation — like a person’s race or gender — does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights. We therefore conclude that in view of the substance and significance of the fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship, the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples."- California's Supreme Court has now overturned the ban on gay marriage. [quote from the ruling (.pdf)]
"society decrees anyone who knows anything whatsoever about computers to be a boring idiot, while those possessing a similar level of nerd-knowledge of football or cinema or food are well-informed and sophisticated and sexually attractive and cool."
- Charlie Brooker on on non-gamers.
MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.
Raising the barrier for both animators and street artists. I watched with absolute astonishment through the whole thing. I said "fucking hell" quite a few times. Probably not the first person to make this kind of video, but what an impact he's created. Blu. [via]
"One Pittsburgh union organizer told her he would not vote for Obama because he is black, and a white voter, she said, offered this frank reason for not backing Obama: 'White people look out for white people, and black people look out for black people.'
Karen Seifert, a volunteer from New York, was pressed by a Clinton volunteer to explain her backing of Obama. "I trust him," Seifert replied. According to Seifert, the woman pointed to Obama's face on Seifert's T-shirt and said: "He's a half-breed and he's a Muslim. How can you trust that?""
- Racist incidents give some Obama campaigners pause for thought.
"Since the dawn of time, human beings have felt the need to share - from food to art. Sharing is part of the human condition. A person who does not share is not only selfish, but bitter and alone.”- really famous author
- EnglishRussia: The Parking Lot Wind
- The top 10 Wired self portraits. I really really like the smoking steampunk guy.
- How The Sims put non-gamers in the top slot by Bobbie Johnson. I'd argue that as soon as you play a game regularly, you're a gamer, but the article is interesting enough.
"Expensive gear won’t make your images better, and more gear won’t make you more effective. If you can’t do it with a basic camera, you can’t do it. The simplest 10% of a camera does 90% of the work. The rest is cock-waving for specialists. That short, aging bald guy in the red sports car? The one with erectile dysfunction? That’s your fancy camera. "Best of the Daily Siege
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- Hotels in the Afterlife - a collection of Egyptian hotels abandoned before completion.
- Beer Can Butterflies - Butterfly sculptures/installations made from recycled beercans. I love this one especially.
"War dialing, also called scanning, is dialing a large number of telephone numbers in the hope of finding anything interesting. Interesting items often include test tones, computers, Voice Mail Boxes (VMB's), Private Branch Exchanges (PBX's), and government offices.What is wardialing?
A common technique is to find one telephone number owned by a target and then to war dial the entire prefix which that number belongs to. For example, if your target is the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C., you would dial every number starting with (202)328. That's ten thousand numbers.
War dialing one telephone number takes approximately 35 seconds. This means that war dialing a prefix of ten thousand numbers will take just over four days.
In general, people do not like to be called. To be as polite as possible while war dialing, try to war dial business areas at night, when very few people are at the office. Conversely, it is best to war dial residential areas during the day when most people are at work and few people are asleep."
Bought used on eBay for £18.99, you can find more photos in my Vivitar Flickr set as I go along, including ones that have a crazy unexplained pinkness to them. Ken Rockwell is right, it's not the camera you use, it's the person that clicks the button - the Vivitar 3785 has precisely 3 megapixels, no viewfinder and a tiny screen. And it's so much fun!