random bursts #2

Now that Google has opened up their Google Talk servers for federation with other Jabber servers, you can use Google Talk to connect to your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo or ICQ.
I’ll try it out when I get a chance this weekend.

LJ finds new Green Lantern meme, goes ‘meh’
I’m a way bigger fan of GL (Hal Jordan, mind) but its too close to the Batgirl meme and kinda smacks of being a wannabe.

NASA Stardust canister opens to reveal “wonderful samples”.
Is this the point which history books in the future will refer to as First Contact with our future alien spore overlords? Tom Cruise is too busy being trapped in the closet to save our asses though.

Nations will continue to launch new satellites into Earth orbit, meaning the total amount of space junk will start increasing much sooner. This is of concern to space-faring countries because even a centimetre-sized speck of debris, speeding along at thousands of kilometres per hour, could damage an operational satellite.
Great. So my grandkid’s first view in space will be the remains of some cosmonaut’s used gas tank instead of aurora borealis from above.
Is there anything we won’t pollute?!

A Milanese publishing house that had issued an anthology containing 30 lines from Pope Benedict’s speech to the conclave that elected him and an extract from his enthronement speech is reported to have been sent a bill for €15,000 (£10,000). This was made up of 15 per cent of the cover price of each copy sold plus “legal expenses? of €3,500.
I may be wrong, but isn’t it counter-intuitive to charge money when the idea is to spread the word of God?

William Gibson tells us how he started on science fiction.
Haven’t read this yet, I’m sure it’ll be illuminating. He’s William Gibson, dammit!

Ubiquity interviews Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity
I think he’s got a new book out, must go find at library. I remember a guy asking Bruce Sterling about the Singularity at the Singapore Writer’s Festival even though he was talking about something else. It felt like he was shoehorning the concept into the discussion just so people could hear that he understood the Singularity. Could tell Bruce wasn’t amused at kinda brushed the question aside quickly. Still, it’s an intriguing idea, and Kurzweil makes a logical argument.

Stereogum has the link to a kiddy cover of the now-classic Lazy Sunday skit, with video remix to boot!
The Lonely Island are comedy geniuses, as I’ve been trying to tell the blogosphere for months. Don’t worry, guys, I think ninjas are totally crazy delicious…

Finally, a tutorial on how to make a cat helmet.
Now you can put those mandarin oranges to good use.

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3 Responses to “random bursts #2”


  1. 1 vk January 25, 2006 at 17:00

    dude, nice pussy-cat u have there! i still can’t tweak my wordpress much, shite!

  2. 2 Josh August 12, 2006 at 22:05

    Is there anything we won’t pollute?!

    Nope. 🙂


  1. 1 sparks nv basic creditrecord reporting Trackback on February 3, 2009 at 19:34

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