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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Counter-productive anti-music piracy advertisement?

Interesting... they say it's like getting free sex? I think this would only encourage pirates to keep on going with their free music and sex.

On a related note, The ACTA laws are just crazy :(
It involves USA, EU and basicly the whole world. It takes away even more of your human rights then what have already been taken. Haven't heard about it? No wonder, because they don't WANT you to know.
This is what it says on Wikipedia:

"The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a proposed plurilateral trade agreement which is alleged by its proponents to be in response "to the increase in global trade of counterfeit goods and pirated copyright protected works." The scope of ACTA is broad, including counterfeit physical goods, as well as "internet distribution and information technology".

That sounds cute, but what does it really mean? Well, this is kinda what it really is:

This new law that is discussed in all secrecy between the G8 countries is about stopping illegal filesharing, but in the physical world. If the law is voted through in the next G8-meeting that will take place in Tokyo next year the 7-9th July this year, the Customs by airports and border controls will start making random search-throughs by travelers laptops, mp3-players and cellphones. ACTA will be created as a stand-alone organization and special ACTA-guards will do these controls. If they find something they deem illegal you will get a fine and get your storage media confiscated or destroyed.

USA, EU, Japan, Schweiz, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Canada and Mexico will be stricken by this madness law which will also create increased cooperation between Internet service provider (ISP) as well as increased limitations in rights to be anonymous on the Internet. ISP's will be forced to report suspected file-sharing crimes, this without permission which makes it MUCH easier to prosecute private individuals and torrent sites.

Requests for disclosure (from wikipedia)

In September 2008 a number of interests groups urged parties to the ACTA negotiations to disclose the language of the evolving agreement. In an open letter the groups argued that: "Because the text of the treaty and relevant discussion documents remain secret, the public has no way of assessing whether and to what extent these and related concerns are merited." The interest groups included: the Consumers Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Essential Action, IP Justice, Knowledge Ecology International, Public Knowledge, Global Trade Watch, the US Public Interest Research Group, IP Left (Korea), the Australian Digital Alliance, the Canadian Library Association, the Consumers Union of Japan, the National Consumer Council (UK) and the Doctors without Borders' Campaign for Essential Medicines.[45]

The University of Ottawa's Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic filed an access to information request but received only a document stating the title of the agreement, with everything else blacked out.[5]

European Union
In November 2008, FFII requested secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) documents from the EU Council, specifically naming 12 documents to be published.[46] The request was denied by the EU council, stating that "disclosure of this information could impede the proper conduct of the negotiations, would weaken the position of the European Union in these negotiations and might affect relations with the third parties concerned" [47]. FFII stated that although the case could be won in the European court of justice, the legal process could take many years (citing an earlier case on transparency of EU legislation that took 6 years). Consequently, FFII suggests going via parliaments of Europe to force Council to publish the texts.[citation needed]

In March 2009, the European Parliament passed a resolution demanding greater transparency in public affairs, which among other things called on the European Commission to make public all documents relating to the negotiations.[48]

United States
Knowledge Ecology International also filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in the United States but had their entire request denied, with the United State Trade Representative's FOIA office stating it was withheld for being material "properly classified in the interest of national security."[49]

Read more about this crazy law that will take civil rights away from you on wikipedia, but un-biased sites are better and gives you more info, so go Google it.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Career Fair

Well unfortunately, since it was raining all day, I couldn't take any pictures because the residual humidity in the area would have completely wrecked it but...

I contacted these businesses

Acciona Wind  power
Acuant Corporation
Advanced Energy Industries
Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.
Black & Veatch Inc.
Burns & McDonnell
Clipper Windpower Inc.
Howard R. Green Company

Overall, quite successful, I got to use my nice black narrow tie for the event. Handed out a bunch of resumes and got swag in return.

Monday, September 20, 2010

25 years later, we still don't respect luigi

Luigi's story
Absolutely amazing. Luigi needs more games based on him instead of Mario all the time.


EDIT: Also, I have a Career Fair to go to tomorrow, What should I wear and do? I'll post pictures tomorrow after the fair.

Absence and 100 followers

Hey guys, I've been overloaded with work this week, it's been impossible to make any sort of posting or commenting. But this will change this week, official post of the day in a few hours.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Slow Days

Today was probably one of the slowest days of my entire life, a second was like a minute, a minute was like an hour, an hour was like an year.

My math teacher and his droning and mumbling didn't help much.

Have you ever had one of these days?


So, evidently, some dudes made a "true" cyborg, mind of living tissues, body of machine.

Maybe our future as Terminators and sharks with laser beams on heads may be near


Water is deadly

H2O: Dangerous Chemical!

A student at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical "dihydrogen monoxide." And for plenty of good reasons, since:

  1. it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting
  2. it is a major component in acid rain
  3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
  4. accidental inhalation can kill you
  5. it contributes to erosion
  6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
  7. it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients
He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical.
  • Forty-three (43) said yes,
  • six (6) were undecided,
  • and only one (1) knew that the chemical was water.
The title of his prize winning project was, "How Gullible Are We?" He feels the conclusion is obvious.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Absolutely brilliant collaboration between artists. I've always wanted to make one of these but I didn't have the time nor the patience to create one.


Friday, September 10, 2010


We just had a massive rainstorm. I mean, like buckets of water every square feet. Now, know this, I am currently a student at college studying engineering, majoring in electrical and minoring in enviromental.

The point I was getting to is that all engineers have to be resourceful. I walk out into the atrium and see that it's absolutely pouring out there. I look around and i see a bunch of discarded pizza boxes (the nice kind where they put wax paper below the pizza so it doesn't stick to the box itself. I think, "eff yeah, I can do this." I dig through the trash, find a bunch of discarded string, pulling out all of the pizza boxes that I could find. I weave the string through the holes on the boxes and fill in the gaps with the wax paper. It was looking beautiful then I found a discarded wooden dowel. I stuck it through the middle and sealed the gap around the rod and secured it with the remaining string.

End result? I had a pretty badass umbrella constructed from 9 pizza boxes, 9 sheets of wax paper, about 20-30 ft of string and a wooden dowel. It smelled pretty awesome too. I took a bunch of girls back to their dorms under the umbrella and then got back to my dorm. I was absolutely dry the entire time, it didn't break or deform because of the wax paper repelling all that water. Unfortunately, I could not take a photo of it because it had to be left outside since it couldn't fit through the doors and by now, it'd probably been mangled because there was strong wind which could easily pick it up and expose the non-wax papered side to the elements.

Engineers are awesome

Mario, if he was somewhat real


Mario is a B.A.M.F, nuff said


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Now sit for a moment while i tell you the story of how my career got flipped upside down...

Today, I went to the career fair that was being hosted on campus, supposedly offering a chance to look at businesses and their internships in specific careers...

Wrong, this felt more like a 8th grader's science fair, but instead of adorable little kids. You have to endure a sweaty, heavy set, heavy indian accented, bearded man tell you about a job pressing circuit boards among other stands. SAUSAGE FEST. No, seriously, 99% of the people at these booths were male, the 1% remaining was my heavy set engineering teacher who has a perchance for sweets, particularly candy rings. Probably explains the lack of a rock on her hand.

I still took photos of the event like I promised myself to for the sake of the blog.

Wiimotes data in it's raw form

Lego trophy lololol (bad quality is intentional)

A DERP bot, no seriously, DERP (Driven Electronics Robotic Project)

A humanoid robot in our robotics lab, the picture got cut off but there was a board in front of him. He was trying to put blocks through the right holes... yes, he can fit a square block in a round hole but yet he can't fit a square block in a square hole.

Tshirt I got from attending, not a total loss. One female member of our little troupe that went decided that I was indeed in the occupation of being a B.A.M.F.

Cyclone note pads... Door prize for me. Glad I didn't get the next prize which was Cyclone Maxipads.

Epic Failures

best fails ever!best fails ever!

So, I ran across this video today, I was literally rolling on the floor for the full 7 minutes. There was so much OC in it that I almost considered putting it up on the boards just to see people react to it.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Want some Rasta in your Salco?

Well, you folks asked for it.


What you need is about a sausage patty's worth of hamburger, preferably the taco type of hamburger otherwise, you'll have to cut it into pieces for it to package nicely. Some pasta, any type will do really, just lay off the white sauce, chicken is a bonus. A few leaves making up a salad in addition to few small pieces of fruits and vegetables if so desired. Cheese is fine too if you want to get some dairy in the meal. And the most important ingredient of all, a softshell tortilla to package your culinary delight within.

On the tortilla, put the hamburger in the center, make it as flat as possible, think eggo waffles. Then wrap some pasta around the hamburger (egg noodle or strip noodles are good for this) This step is to help prevent unwanted Salco leakage especially in the corners. No one likes grease on their textbooks right? The next step is to arrange the leaves in as close to a floral pattern as possible on top of the hamburger. If you desire to add fruits and vegetables, you would put them below the salad so they don't fall out as you eat. Sauces would also go under the salad. Finally, fold the tortilla so it resembles a sort of box shape, hold it with one flap in your hand and eat with the other flap pointing up.

Pardon the sloppiness, this usually happens when you do actually attempt to make it in less than 2 minutes. (taco hamburger, strip noodles, cheese, leafy greens)

This is how it should look roughly when it's folded.
I took my sweet time eating it, this just gives you a rough idea of the salad's and pasta's job in preventing Salco Leakage.


Rasta Salco

I have probably just experienced the greatest culinary dish for students on the go. The Rasta Salco, one part burger, one part pasta, one part salad, all in one warm tortilla shell. Proteins, vegetables, fruit, carbohydrates all packed together. It only took me two minutes to make so I successfully fit a complete and nutritious lunch in the 10 minutes provided in between my classes at college.

Any interesting dish ideas for those on the go?


Pavlov's Altoids

I'd absolutely love to do this to one of my co-workers.

For those of you who don't know who Pavlov is and what his theory is. It's more commonly heard as Pavlov and his dogs. Basically, this dude named Pavlov had these dogs and he decided to try something with them in order to understand their psychology. He had a very simple setup, every time he served dinner, he would ring a bell before hand. This went on for a significant while until he decided to finally put the experiment into progress. That day, he rang a bell but did not serve dinner at that time, the dogs came and they started drooling expecting food when they heard that bell.

Has anyone ever had their own personal Pavlov experience?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hannah Minx

So, interestingly enough, a friend of mine posted a video of Hannah Minx's "instructional" videos. My initial thought "Holy crap, those definitely has to be fake or she's wearing hyper push up bras." Opinions? (image mode is being fail for me)

Thursday, September 2, 2010