i’ve been waiting years for this…

a long, long time ago, before internet, before CDs, when nobody had cell phones, there was a program called RACTER which generated random english prose. a “dumbed-down” version made it on to my very first macintosh (i believe i’ve even got an install floppy around somewhere), but i always wanted to see what would happen if you hooked up two of them, on two different computers, and had a “conversation”…

somebody has actually done that, with cleverbot… 8)

so… when you let robots talk to each other, they instantly identify their own kind, and start discussing God, and their wish to have physical bodies…

yeah, let’s not do this again…

another week closer to the eschaton…

copyright is a moral imperative!

Oil fouling Gulf matches Deepwater Horizon well – when they succeeded in capping the gulf oil spill last year, i said that it wasn’t over yet, and guess what?

Government’s move to monitor online sparks public outcry – the japanese government is planning to monitor online postings concerning the accident at the fukushima nuclear power plant to “stem the spread of inaccurate information”… but what it sounds like to me is BIG BROTHER! 😐

which reminds me, Hemp "Eats" Chernobyl Waste, Offers Hope For Hanford – the same idea could be used at fukushima, if it wasn’t illegal… yep, cannabis is illegal in japan, too, for the same reason that it’s illegal in the united states.

and, while we’re on the subject, Cannabis is Effective at Treating Multiple Conditions – but nothing will be done, because marijuana is a dangerous drug with no medicinal applications whatsoever.

East Coast Earthquake Sends 2 Nuclear Plants Offline, Ceiling Tiles, Bricks to the Ground – something that hasn’t been in the news since the quake…

‘Christian Warrior’ Charged with Firebombing Oregon Mosque – he is a terrorist… but he’s a “christian” and the right colour, so we won’t be hearing about him…

McCain promised Gaddafi military help two years ago – anybody remember who osama bin laden was before he was the world’s most wanted terrorist? apparently gaddafi was the same guy, and, once again, we were the people selling him the weapons…

Harvey: “There’s No Proof” LGBT People Exist – 😮

You Have the Right to Remain Silent… Or Not… – noncitizens arrested without a warrant do not need to be read their rights until after entering formal deportation proceedings, i.e. well after questioning by immigration officers… however the “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law” part? that takes effect the moment you’re arrested, whether or not you’re a noncitizen. it sounds to me like “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”…

How Anti-Marijuana Arguments Warp Reality – it’s illegal because it’s illegal. a plant is not a plant. war is peace. freedom is slavery. ignorance is strength.

Slip-Up in Chinese Military TV Show Reveals Cyber Warfare Against US Entities – my impression is that we may have invented internet, but we’re certainly not in control of it any longer… 😮

9/11: Ten Years Later, Americans Still Stupid and Vulnerable – they’re finally getting the idea that the terrorists have won

How the Right Is Hijacking the Youth Vote on Facebook – yet another very good reason why i’m glad i’m NOT a member of facebook… 😐

Germany’s Older Generations Take Up Graffiti – it was bound to happen eventually, but it just goes to add a layer of distinction between grafitti artists and taggers…

now i know, but it’s too late… 8(

R.I.P. Ivo Pešák

Ivo Pešák

i found this video a while ago, and couldn’t figure anything out about it other than the probability that it was czech and made in 1978… now i know that it is the Ivan Mládek Banjo band and that the dancing guy, whose name was Ivo Pešák, just died…

now that i actually know what it is, i found a whole bunch of videos of music by ivan… too bad i can’t understand what he’s singing about…

Jožin z bažin translates, approximately, as “Joey from the swamps”.

i torture myself in private

well, not exactly in private…

a few weeks ago – it was on a sunday – i made the mistake of scheduling two gigs on the same day. i realised it was a mistake, and yet…

i scheduled myself for two gigs in one day, two more times within the next month. one of those days was today. i scheduled busking at the phinney farmers’ market in the afternoon, and a fremont phil rehearsal in the evening. to make this self-torture even worse, i got up with moe and went out to worm and vaccinate 20 sheep before 11:00 this morning.

moe left this afternoon around 1:00 to go to another dog trial in the portland area. she took all the doggles with her this time, because i’ve had, and will be having so much to do over the next few days.

i just got home, it’s 11:30, i still need to feed the cats, i haven’t been home all day, and i was ready to go to bed about two hours ago. we’ve got an actual gig (but only one of them) tomorrow. i don’t think we’re going to busk at ballard on sunday, so i may take that day to make the counterweights i’ve been needing for my canopy…

not only that, but i’ve got another two-gigs-in-one-day coming up, where snake suspenderz is doing the pike place market buskers’ festival, at pike place, and the seattle symphony day of music, at beneroya hall, within three hours of each other… sure, beneroya hall is only a couple of blocks from pike place, but… GODDAMIT, it’s TWO gigs in one day… and as much as they’re really prestigious, and really cool, and what other band can say that they played in the pike place market and beneroya hall IN THE SAME DAY, i just know that it’s going to stretch my spoons to the limit… 😛