Sunday, May 29, 2005

---The Science of Sarcasm, More Russian Space Fallout, Viral Extortion, Witchful Thinking, Vehicular Dumbness, Trump's new "Musical" 

This explains everything:
New Scientist Breaking News - Understanding sarcasm is a complex business
Unless they were being sarcastic. I’m never really sure anymore.

Russian spacecraft fallout, revisited:
Space.com: Living Off Space Junk

This time it’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwestern Russia. The scrap gatherers have adapted to the frequent hail of rocket parts, learning which parts to leave alone to avoid toxic propellants.

Internet extortion scheme:
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Virus Hold Computer Files 'Hostage' for $200
The payload in this case apparently encrypted the victim’s important data, making it inaccessible. The “hacker” next offerred to release the data for money. The scheme has more holes in it than Star Wars™, but it shows the directions that more enterprising Internet entreprenuers are moving. They just need to reformat it to make it look like advertising. That, for any prefrontally challenged readers, was sarcasm.

Witchful thinking:
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Wiccans Ordered to Not Expose Son to Beliefs
The judge in this Indiana divorce case has ruled that the parents can’t expose their child to their beliefs. He probably couldn’t just say idiotic, perverse, or socially, morally, and spiritually destructive, or any of the obvious adjectives which "Wicca" brings to mind. It seems unlikely that the judgement will hold up in the present legal climate. And if we arrive at a place where doing what’s right isn’t also legal, where does the problem lie?

Too dumb to walk?
CNN.com - Study: 20M licensed drivers may lack basic safety knowledge - May 27, 2005
I’m sure GMAC could have saved a lot of money by simply asking competent drivers in metropolitan areas of the U.S. about this. What is surprising about the study, though, is where the greatest concentration of vehicular dumbness lies---in the Northeast, with the worst self-propelled cluelessness in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

FOXNews.com - Foxlife - 'Apprentice' Musical to Hit Broadway
Is this a threat? Elect him President or he’ll make an “Apprentice” musical? Couldn’t be much worse than the other current 2008 prospects, I guess.

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