Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Smart Phone As Vector 2014 | Exploring The Invisible

The Smart Phone As Vector 2014 | Exploring The Invisible



I've been thinking of upgrading to a smart phone..... maybe I'll think a bit longer.



Wonder what an imprint of my old flip phone would look like....

For S.C.'s Poet Laureate, An Inauguration Poem Without An Inaugural Audience : The Two-Way : NPR

For S.C.'s Poet Laureate, An Inauguration Poem Without An Inaugural Audience : The Two-Way : NPR



Yea, we cut the poem, because we just didn't have two minutes to spare.

Yea, we cut the poem, because we just didn't want to have to spend two minutes thinking about the past.

Yea, we cut the poem, because we just didn't want to have to spend two minutes thinking about how racist we still are. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

someone used the word cilice in an email

I wasn't familiar with the term, so went looking.
and apparently people still do this to themselves, in the name of religious worship.
And I just can't wrap my brain around the concept.  It keeps skittering down along the path generated by the words 'Hand crafted by Italian nuns' and all the really strange ideas that brings to mind.  I keep thinking of the Cuban cigars touted as having been hand rolled on the thighs of virgins. Nuns = virgins.
And I keep thinking there has to be a sado-sexual element inherent to the practice of self-mortification.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Flogged For Insulting Islam : The Two-Way : NPR

Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Flogged For Insulting Islam : The Two-Way : NPR



I don't really think this is the fault of religion: but the fault of those in power using religion to cement their control of those they rule.  Which is the flaw in so many religious structures: that they are so easily subverted for non-religious means. Because they teach/preach obedience to the 'leaders' or spokesmen of that religion. To question the words of the leaders is cast as questioning the religion itself. 

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Brighton Repair Caf� | Bringing people together to give the objects we share our world with a second lease of life (and to chat and have a cuppa whilst we're at it)

Brighton Repair Caf� | Bringing people together to give the objects we share our world with a second lease of life (and to chat and have a cuppa whilst we're at it)



What a brilliant idea. Wonder how it would go over in the USA, with it's 'throwaway' mentality?

Beware 'Rachel from cardholder services'

Beware 'Rachel from cardholder services'



I just got one of these spoofed local calls. My area code, the 3 digit code for local mobile service. So I answered it, only to hear the dulcet tones of Rachel, urging me to let her help me lower my rates.

I pity the poor person that might have the same voice as Rachel, because if I ever were to hear that voice live, I might just explode.



In an attempt to stop Rachel the FTC is reaching out to the computer
and telephone hacking community. The FTC has announced that it is
hosting three separate contests at this summer’s DEF CON 22 hacker
conference. DEF CON is the largest hacker convention and held every
August in Las Vegas, Nevada.


The contests are called “Zapping Rachel.” Entrants are challenged to
come up with the technology to lure in and trap the Rachel scammers, a
process called a “honeypot.” $50,000 prize money is expected to attract
numerous hackers to the worthwhile goal of stopping Rachel’s continuing
harassment of consumers.


I don't know about you, but I would love to 'Zap' Rachel and all her like. Who works for these scams? Do you know anyone who does? How do they justify themselves?