30 November 2008

Finnish Google translation weirdness (“Haista kuule vittu” – “Hear the shark fucking”)

Worked for me (23:30 EET 2008-11-30)

[via:Viralliset linkit]

Dutch minister plans to establish child health care dossier with data such as pubic hair, condom use and smoking habits

“A dossier will be kept of all children up to the age of 19 who come into contact with youth health care services. Routvoet [Dutch Youth and Family Minister] wants to prevent the authorities from ‘losing sight of them’. […] There are special codes for ‘no pubic hair’, ‘light or dark hair’, or ‘curly hair’.”

See also: Alt. link, original article in Dutch (Google translation), The Minister of Pubic Affairs.

[via:No Agenda]

29 November 2008

Majority of Swedes support state takeover of Volvo Cars


Pixel-based typography from 1567 (embroidery guide)


28 November 2008

US Black Friday results: temporary Wal-Mart employee trampled to death, two dead in Toys ‘R’ Us Shooting

Every mention of this story is a free ad for Amazon.

25 November 2008

Teletubbies painting by yaro42 (from Deviantart)

Teletubbies painting by Yaro42 on deviantart

23 November 2008

Ruotsin kokoomusnuoret vaativat tiedostojen jakamisen laillistamista

“Samaan aikaan kun Ruotsin päähallituspuolue maltillinen kokoomus ajaa pääministeri Fredrik Reinfeldtin johdolla tekijänoikeusteollisuudelle poliisioikeuksia ja vertaisverkkokäyttäjien kiristysmahdollisuuksia IPRED1-direktiivin kansallisessa toteutuksessa, puolueen nuorisojärjestö Moderata Ungdomsförbundet (MUF) […] päätti tämänpäiväisessä vuosikokouksessaan Göteborgissa vaatia ei-kaupallisen tiedostojen jakamisen laillistamista ja kansalaisten nettiviestinnän yksityisyyden suojaamista asiattomalta tungettelulta.”

Handbrake 0.9.3 released: Linux GUI available (Ubuntu 8.10 .deb packages included)

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.”

This is a must have tool for anyone who needs to convert video for playback on specific devices, for online publishing or backup purposes. Thanks to its multi-threaded nature, it works efficiently with modern multi-core CPUs. The new release is notable for Linux users, as earlier versions lacked a graphical user interface for this platform.

22 November 2008

Judith Butler: Obama’s popularity rooted in economy, not progressive/enlightened values

In other words, plenty of those who voted for Obama are socially conservative, religious bigots, or to use my regular wording, “pigfuckers”. The author also makes the following point:

“The election of Barack Obama is historically significant in ways that are yet to be gauged, but it is not, and cannot be, a redemption, and if we subscribe to the heightened modes of identification that he proposes […] we risk believing that this political moment can overcome the antagonisms that are constitutive of political life…”


FB Causes: Internetin vihayhteisö

“Kohteettoman vihan lietsonta internetissä”

20 November 2008

Gmail: now with themes

This was activated on my account just now and being able to select a theme with light text on a dark background is something I’ve waited for since I started using Gmail. More info about themes in Gmail is available on the development team blog.

I really hope that the Reader team will add themes to their product as well, sooner rather than later.

Monty Python’s official Youtube Channel of High Quality Clips

News like this helps you think happy thoughts.


“Let me google that for you”


17 November 2008

Offworld, Boing Boing’s new gaming blog

That web design is so retro it makes me want to eat mushrooms.


Presidential Records Act: no private (online) correspondence allowed for US presidents

“For years, like legions of other professionals, Mr. Obama has been all but addicted to his BlackBerry […] But before he arrives at the White House, he will probably be forced to sign off. In addition to concerns about e-mail security, he faces the Presidential Records Act, which puts his correspondence in the official record and ultimately up for public review, and the threat of subpoenas. A decision has not been made on whether he could become the first e-mailing president, but aides said that seemed doubtful.”

Imagine: no private conversations for four or eight years.

[via:This Week in Tech]

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