Sunday, April 13, 2014

This week's links

If you aren't creeped out by elective plastic surgery the next 2 stories should fix that

Valeria Lukyanova, the Human Barbie Doll
"This Is Not a Barbie Doll. This Is an Actual Human Being." Not so long ago, images of a young girl washed over the Internet. She was impossibly blonde and impossibly shaped, and surely it was all a masterly work of Photoshop. Right? Michael Idov travels to meet with Eastern Bloc Barbie herself and discovers that her world is far more bizarre and twisted than anything in the photos By Michael Idov April 2014 More: When Human Ken Met Human Barbie Even More: Is Human Barb...

The GQ+A: Human Ken Doll Justin Jedlica on Meeting Human Barbie: The Q: GQ
E When Human Ken, an American whose real name is Justin Jedlica, met Human Barbie , it didn't go exactly as planned. There was no ride in a Beach Cruiser™. No steamy night in the dollhouse. Instead, Justin, 33, a self-described "housewife" who attained his look through 140 procedures, compared Valeria to a "drag queen." · · · So how do you and Valeria know each other? We met at a photo s...

Stem cells even more amazing than previously thought!

BBC News - Doctors implant lab-grown vagina
Scans of the pelvic region were used to design a tube like 3D-scaffold for each patient Continue reading the main story Related Stories Will we ever grow replacement hands? Stem-cell livers grown in laboratory Scientists make 'lab-grown' kidney Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and i...

Look at the size of that needle! Not for me thanks. Anything that looks like that and comes with a "pain management kit" should be avoided.

Crowdfunded xNT Biohacking Implant Ships This Month | Digital Trends
After mounting a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo toward the end of last year, Dangerous Things is now ready to ship its xNT implant to consumers later this month. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, the xNT is an ISO/IEC 14443-A and fully NFC Type 2 compliant NTAG216 RFID chipset encased in a 2×12 mm cylindrical USP grade lead-free Schott 8625 biocompatible glass casing. In plain English, that basically means it's a tiny capsule designed to be inserted into your body (usually ...

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Lazy post

Ooh look, a lazy blog post. How special.

Just some things I came across that I noticed.

Visual effects just keep getting better. However it seems we are now so consumed by consumerism that we're constrained to showcasing creativity as commercials (not that I'd have done anything different).

Science validates my coffee and beer heavy diet
Caffeine + alcohol keeps your chromosomes just rightSome telomeres are too long, and some are too short. Perhaps striking the right balance of caffeine and alcohol is the key to keeping them just right—as if you needed an excuse to have another hot toddy.

Cicadas attempt to deafen Sydney. This is the loudest year since I've been here without any question
Cicadas having a blast this year
Experts say the class of 2013 is already larger and louder than anything NSW has seen or heard for at least 10 years.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Theme party

in: Rsl, Dee Why NSW 2099, Australia
Australia appears to love theme parties. I have been to more themed parties here than I would have thought reasonable. One was even themed 'the letter W'. I wore a puzzled expression all night and kept asking people, "What? No, really. What?!". I know how to party I do.

I loathe theme parties. They have the painful combination of over-enthusiasm, limited ability and enforced fun also common to amateur dramatics and office sports teams.

Theme parties are okay if you're a student in your first year of university and genuinely need a theme to help break the ice, even then they can be treated with a degree of suspicion. I found a wary participation and a willingness to make fun of yourself good idea at that point in life (any point in life come to think of it).

I can't remember whether it was my university or a friends where I went to a "traffic light party"; if you are attached and not interested in intimate company you wear a red badge or piece of clothing, if open to offers but not actively looking you wear a yellow one, and if you're up for anything you wear green. Inevitably by the end of the night those wearing yellow had drifted off to another party, the greens clung hopefully on, imagining that their shy glances and self-conscious conversational openings would be rewarded by finding someone as awkward as themselves, and all those wearing red had copped off with each other.

A similar degradation of behaviour is one thing I fear when attending any themed party. That one minute you'll be thinking how fun it will be to wear a big fake moustache and the next you'll find yourself sat next to a bubbling fondue set picking car keys out of a bowl.

The other major fear is the party-goer who has taken it all a bit too seriously. There is a certain type of person to whom themed parties present an opportunity to show off that they simply cannot resist, and in any case can barely suppress in everyday life. You know the person I mean. The one who can source a pantomime horse costume at twenty minutes notice and, given a little extra time, will also supply a willing volunteer to be the rear-end of same. Not only do these people show all the rest of us up by putting in far too much effort, they somehow do it absolutely stone cold sober and are quite often disgusted by my lack of effort and/or unwillingness to 'get into the spirit of it' until at least mildly inebriated. For some unknown reason these people seem intent on having the most talked about costume - regarding this as some form of moral victory - and so they patrol the room bugging anyone and everyone until they collect even the faintest of compliments. Quite often they will stay sober the entire time. Bastards!

Tonight, in case you haven't guessed, I have my office Christmas party. It has a Wild West theme (yes indeed, how very festive). I was cajoled into going by a co-worker. It's at a local RSL club a short distance from work. I work in local government. BAH, HUMBUG!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Doodling is bad for your productivity

I appear to have had my notes interrupted by an inconvenient in-text dragon's nose. I hate it when that happens.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The trouble with tablets...

Kirk dealing with tablets Tribbles
[disclaimer - I wrote this a year ago but it still seems valid] that once you've got one you need want a few of them. I really like the 7 inch tablet for casual browsing and it's exactly the right size for carrying around, but you can't make phone calls on it. If you want to do work then the 10 inch version is great for a portable device, but bloody hell it's heavy, and bulky.

Once you can also write on a tablet - the windows 8 tablet that I've been used has really good handwriting recognition - you also realise that the potential for this to be a go-to bit of kit in place of a notepad is enormous. However there is no way on earth I am going to start lugging around a lump like a 10 inch tablet that weighs the best part of a kilo to meetings out of the office.