An interesting(and funny) continuation to my previous post. NSA’s threat can in-apprehensible to many. This video explains the whole privacy vs security debate using some very simple(yet powerful) examples:
I can only hope that some day I’ll be a good enough rider to try one of these beasts out:
Incredible TED talk about privacy, humans and NSA:
I haven’t shared a video for a while, but I couldn’t resist to post this short film from European Space Agency. Powerful. Incredible. Breath taking. Well done, ESA!
Advocates of censorship always say that they are thinking about how to protect the minds of good, true citizens. Of course, this is just another version of propaganda – if your citizens can’t access “bad” information, they will be accessing something else – something, what could direct them to “the right” thoughts.
It’s sad that in the 21th century some politicians are still thinking that this is a viable path. And although Russia has a long history of media control, I just can’t imagine, what some bureaucrat could possibly have been thinking, when he banned following video:
According to drug and/or vodka influenced mind of some Russian government official, this video promotes suicide and shouldn’t be watched by the good citizens. Illogical? Well, we are talking about censorship here – it lacks logic by definition.
I’ve just read about a 1.8-gigapixel surveillance platform developed by DARPA and I am not sure, if I can believe the article. It just sounds too unbelievable and too scary at the same time. 25 square kilometers are covered and processed in a real time? What the heck? Just think about all the bandwidth needed for all the video data. Even considering that this is just 12fps video, it must be still generating insane amounts of traffic. How could someone be able to transfer this huge amount of data wirelessly?
But if the system, which is shown in a video below, really exists, then my paranoia-o-meter is over the top. I could imagine, why the oppressive US government would want to have such a system, but do they really have it already? I hope not.
As my friends know, I am a big fan of cyberpunk genre and although we are living mostly in cyberpunk era already, we are still lacking one more important thing – cyborgs. We, the humans, are only starting to experiment in this field, which is the major point in all cyberpunk fiction. Like, for example, following trailer of an upcoming game from Polish developers:
I don’t know about the game, but the trailer is definitely, undeniably beautiful. It has the most important things for a cyberpunk – the special atmosphere. And cyborgs.
Did you ever wonder what Danny Carey would sound like if he had 4 arms?
How about if Angus Young had 78 fingers? Imagine what Robert Trujillo would sound like if he was actually made of metal?
Well, wonder no more, meatbags.
Compressorhead is the worlds heaviest metal band.
Stickboy, fingers, and bones are guaranteed to shake and rattle the world of meatbag music.
Stickboy (drums) was created to exacting specifications. 4 arms, 2 legs, 1 head, no brain. he plays a Pearl 14 piece kit with double kick. stickboy junior, the bastard child of an unknown mother takes control of the hihat shuffle. inception date 2007
Fingers (guitar) joined stickboy in 2009 and brings 78 purpose built fingers, enough to play the entire fret board and pluck.
Bones (bass) is the highest precision bass player in known existence, and the youngest member of the band. inception date 2012.
Standaside meatbags. Oil is thicker than blood.
Despite of being programmed to post about this video(watch it! to the end!), I can say that it is definitely worth to spend 4 minutes of your life to watch this amazing Star Wars parody.
Safety briefings on the planes are mostly boring. I am not sure, if I listened to one from the beginning till the end, but the following video, despite of being just another safety briefing, is completely different matter. Good job, Air New Zealand.