The Null Device
A personality sorter for villains, categorising them along the axes Ugly-Attractive, Smart-Dumb and Hidden-Open. (via RobotWisdom)
Various leftist sociologists have compiled a book of essays against evolutionary psychology. As one might expect, the essays offer no constructive suggestions other than outright condemnations of that whole branch of study, and, at best, say nothing new, and at worst, are full of self-righteous tub-thumping and egregious omissions. Or so the reviewer, a well-known evolutionary psychologist, says. Though personally, I'm inclined to believe him.
For those of you who like to know that a Commodore 64 was butchered to make your new synth module, those wacky Swedish funsters who made the SidStation have a new limited edition model, the SidStation Ninja, with "a special set of martial arts patches originating from the domains of chaos". (Wonder how long until someone makes a virtual Commodore 64 synth, based on a fast RISC CPU running a SID emulator...)
It's the mystery that endures, not the explanation. Though, in this case, the mystery central to PKD adaptation Blade Runner is revealed, 18 years later. According to director Ridley Scott Deckard was a replicant. (BBC News)
Oh dear; I get the feeling I'm going to have to get some Half Man Half Biscuit albums at some stage.
As the UK looks poised to follow Russia's lead and institute a regime of mandatory Internet surveillance, already one ISP, which caters to trade unions and other such troublemakers, is planning to move offshore. The big winner in all this will probably be Ireland, whose proximity to Britain, robust economy, good infrastructure and enlightened Internet regulations make it a natural alternative (though Sealand could also benefit).
Original lad mag Playboy has combined a list of what they think are the top 10 jobs. These include what you'd expect; video game testers, strip club operators, movie stars, rock stars, jocks and the like. (I'm surprised that "Pimp" wasn't one of the entries, given how that particular career has become colloquially synonymous with financial and sexual success.) (via /usr/bin/girl)