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Okay, so here's another link roundup, sue me. I should get back to real posts soon enough. I've determined that I spend wa~y too much time colocating links from all my various sources (yeah yeah, hush you), and so I'm planning on easing off. In my last post I mentioned that I'm officially pruning TechEBlog from the things I'll post here about, and a while back I decided that most links found through livejournal will make their way around soon enough without me. But that still leaves me with a number of sources before even getting into the random stuff I actually found myself cruising around.

For those who follow my weblogs via the RSS feeds, heads up. I'm planning on separating out all the link roundups (and similar links-only posts) to their own blog, including retroactively. That should help folks who only care about my more essayic posts, or only for the links. It may be a while yet until I do that since I've still yet to get this site switched over to Titania from its immediate predecessor; there'll be an announcement on the website updates blog when it does happen, maybe also here. For those who're following from livejournal, I'll still mirror the links posts (I finally got my mirroring script set up :). I'll also start mirroring the f/oss blog since folks seemed interested in hearing about Eng.

Less talking, more linking )
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So you know those great robotics articles and such I've been touting about recently? Well pretty much all of them come from TechEBlog. And if you thought those weren't cool enough, here's another dump of some of the highlights. However, if you're into this sort of thing then subscribe to the feed yourself. Nearly everything is awesome, and those that aren't are still pretty cool. It'd be a waste of time for me to syphon any more over here (though the occasional over-the-top post might still leak on over). Now on with the linkage:

To the future and beyond, Robotics, Gizmos & gadgets )
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So it's been a while since I've writ. And, alas, I've no plans to break that strak just yet. But to steer you clear of boredom in the interim, some pictures and sounds to sooth your mind:

Ground Zero. Virgin Digital "Music Muscle"
I'm not usually much of one for viral advertising, but it takes a measure of skill to fit all those songs in there. How many can you spot?
Songs by Helix on Newgrounds
Some interesting free downloads. A good site to explore in general and I don't think I've linked them before.
Xenosaga III PV
For those on the Windows side of the fence you can check out the trailer for the latest Xenosaga and watch the Japanese butcher Hamlet.

And here are some links for humor and horror:

The Moe Image
Justice (part 1): How Mitchell Siegel's murder gave the world its greatest hero
Hanji Smatter
Amazing 3D Sidewalk Art Photos
The Torn-Up Credit Card Applications
May I take your order?
My Eyeball Just Fell Out of Its Socket: What should I do?

And in case you weren't sure, the future is indeed now:... )

...or never:... )

...or will be brought to you by Lego:

Difference Engine: Building A Calculating Machine Using LEGO Pieces
Top 10 Strangest Lego Creations

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It's time once again for a list of some recent interesting reads. I'm debating moving the link roundups off to their own newsfeed, but that'll have to wait until I've free time. Now, in mostly-devoid-of-pithy-retorts format:

Octavia Butler, R.I.P
I'm sure you've already heard, but in case you haven't...
Gulf War vet supports veterans traumatized by war
Regarding an ongoing project by one of the PIGies.
New Kids on the Block
Pinball is all about a spherical object rolling around on a smooth surface, so the thought of building a pinball game from Lego doesn't immediately seem like one of the better ideas. But that's exactly what Gerrit Bronsveld & Martijn Boogaarts from The Netherlands have achieved.
The Ugly Face of Crime
Not only are physically unattractive teenagers likely to be stay-at-homes on prom night, they're also more likely to grow up to be criminals, say two economists who tracked the life course of young people from high school through early adulthood.
The Long March to Nerd Prom Begins
Warren Ellis v. Joss Whedon. Y'know y'wanna.
Demons, Perl... )
New Body Armor Technology Aids Athletes
Slalom racing suits provided to the U.S. and Canadian Olympic teams by ski wear maker Spyder, for example, contain pads from the British firm, d3o, that contain a fluid that hardens when struck, said Spyder spokeswoman Laura Wisner. [...] "It's very soft and pliable when you just manipulate it in your hand. However, when you hit it with a hammer or some kind of impact, it instantly becomes hard."
Roleplaying, appalling crimes, cooking/recipies, )
Hubble Confirms Two New Moons of Pluto
The confirmation [of the moons] reinforces the emerging view that the Kuiper Belt, a swarm of icy bodies encircling the solar system beyond Neptune, may be more complex and dynamic than astronomers once thought. Pluto resides inside the Kuiper Belt and is about 3 billion miles from the Sun. Pluto was discovered in 1930.
Stealth sharks to patrol the high seas
More controversially, the Pentagon hopes to exploit sharks' natural ability to glide quietly through the water, sense delicate electrical gradients and follow chemical trails. By remotely guiding the sharks' movements, they hope to transform the animals into stealth spies, perhaps capable of following vessels without being spotted.
Editing tips from the NSA (I forget if I've posted this)
Hiding confidential information with black marks works on printed copy, but not with electronic documents, the National Security Agency has warned government officials
Brokeback of the Dead
Who says goths can't take their music unseriously?
anime... )
Love Yourself and Your Blog
Some tips (and links to more tips) on how to blog well. Tips of which I'm flagrantly ignoring for the moment due to time constraints. But this quote bears repeating: "If you start thinking you're a big star just because a lot of other nerds read your online diary, you need to aim higher. Go outside."
canadians confuse anime with pr0n... again
And now for the Macworld roundup:
MPAA suits expand war on illegal file-trading
Widening its legal assault on copyright infringement, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has filed seven lawsuits in U.S. federal courts against search engines and news groups affiliated with P-to-P (peer-to-peer) networks.... )
Political rivals unite against AOL, Yahoo e-mail plan
Both sides of the U.S. political spectrum have found an issue to unite them: Free e-mail. ... ) With CertifiedEmail, senders agree not to send unsolicited e-mail. They pay a fee of between one-fourth of a U.S. cent and one cent in order for their messages to receive preferential treatment in AOL and Yahoo in-boxes.
Germany joins calls to end Google's "free lunch"
The chief executive of Deutsche Telekom AG became the latest head of a major telco to call for Web companies, such as Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., to help pay for the billions of dollars required to build and maintain high-speed Internet infrastructure. "Customers should not be the only ones to pay for this new world,"
RIM to judge: BlackBerry too important to shut
... )"I'm surprised, absolutely surprised, that you'd leave this ... incredibly important decision to the court," he said.
Li verdict shows Yahoo played key role, group says
Yahoo Inc. played an important role in the Chinese government's prosecution of Li Zhi, Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday, citing a copy of the court's verdict to back up its claims.

And now that you've been amazed by what the future promises, mourned the loss of the past, been enraged by human actions, witnessed the attempted mockery making of the judicial system, and more it is now time for me to retire. And so, I bid you adieu.

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Those with an interest in radomness, passwords, or lego may be intriqued by these two sites I came across in the last day or so. One is as random as a computer can be; and the other is as random as a computer can't be.

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