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Google Acquires Dodgeball

Dodgeball is kind of like Friendster/Myspace/Tribe/Orkut/Ryze for cellphones (and laptops and PDAs).  Basically, you have your profiles and your friends lists, but you also have venues you can check into.  So, if I'm going to the Ninja Penguin Art Experience on Saturday at Basswerks in Los Angeles, I text message Dodgeball with "@Basswerks" and it will text message my friends and let them know that I'm there.  It will also tell the friends of my friends in a 10 block radius that I'm there if they want to come visit me.

Revelation! 666 is not the number of the beast (it's a devilish 616)

from http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp?story=634679

Revelation! 666 is not the number of the beast (it's a devilish 616)
By Tom Anderson
01 May 2005

A newly discovered fragment of the oldest surviving copy of the New Testament indicates that, as far as the Antichrist goes, theologians, scholars, heavy metal groups, and television evangelists have got the wrong number. Instead of 666, it's actually the far less ominous 616.

The new fragment from the Book of Revelation, written in ancient Greek and dating from the late third century, is part of a hoard of previously unintelligible manuscripts discovered in historic dumps outside Oxyrhynchus in Egypt. Now a team of expert classicists, using new photographic techniques, are finally deciphering the original writing.

Vloda Techk world premiere release on SickMODE Networks.

Evil spirits and demonic forces manifest themselves into the sound that is Vloda Techk.

Vloda Techk - Meat By Produkt is 14 tracks that rise from the depths of hell for the world premiere release.

...and as always, you can get it free at www.sickmode.net

SickMODE Networks - Ghetto Trash United

Animal Cyborg Technology a Reality

Wired has an interesting article on the future of animal cyborgs. I'm a little skeptical of all the bioengineering that has been going on lately, but developing devices that give animals an advantage (such as night vision goggles for rodents) doesn't seem like a terribly bad idea to me.

The only thing that seems a little sketchy is the idea that we can trap animals in a virtual "Matrix" where they would live in a paradise and have their pleasure sensors stimulated while their body is rotting away in the real world. Now, I suppose it's better than making them suffer a living hell ina factory farm, but it would be nice if we improved their living conditions in their real world too.

Full-Scale Lifesize X-wing for Sale on E-Bay

Text via xwing.astromech.net
Click for E-bay Auction

The life-sized X-wing in this auction is one of only 8 left in the entire world. To our knowledge, it is one of only two that have ever been released into public hands.

Back in 1995, 20th Century Fox Germany and Lucasfilm contracted 9 of these to be made by a company called Pana Sensor in Frankfurt. They were to be part of a worldwide promotional tour highlighting the THX release of the original Star Wars Trilogy on home video. Because of a truck wreck several years ago, only 8 of these ships still exist.

Google Maps + Flickr Notes = Memory Mapping

There's a new trend on the internet... Memorymapping. Show people all the places you've lived or where you first made out with that person! While you're at it, check out this collection of interesting satellite views. And remember how we talked about hacking Google Maps before? How about tying it in with Craig's List Real estate ads? That's hot.

Tigers are fierce and beautiful

Apple's new version of OS X has full previews online now, and will be officially released April 29th. There are many wonderful new features, but none make me squirm in ecstasy quite as much as Dashboard. I know that all of this (widgets, desktop searching, etc.) can be done in any operating system if you know what you're doing, but Apple just makes it so much easier. Go on, watch it…

http://www.apple.com/macosx/theater/dashboard.html

Now try and tell me, why you are waiting for Longhorn?

Quick Google Update

Well, in case you haven't noticed by now, Gmail was expanded to over 2GB of space per user on April 1 (and this was no joke). If youc combine this with the unofficial SDK, which you can read more about in plain English on the GMail Wiki, then you can start to see why this 2GB can be a lot of fun. Examples include using your GMail account to archive Gmail messages in mbox format, using it SMTP server, a POP server,
and an FTP server!

The more interesting news is the new update to Google maps.
Google owns Keyhole. Keyhole takes satellite photos. Keyhole is now integrated with Google Maps. Google maps is written in XML. myGmaps takes advantage of the XML by piggybacking on Googlemaps' engine so one can create their own custom maps. myGmaps is infinitely cooler with satellite photos. Engadget kicks ass because they wrote a tutorial on interesting ways to use myGmaps (including having it follow you route with GPS)

For more advanced map hacking, check out Google Maps Standalone Mode
more advanced maphacking and bookmarklets

New turb0slut release on www.sickmode.net (free dark/hardcore/experimental/psychedelic electronic album)

Fixing its many compound eyes on him, the creature from between dimensions said, "We are no longer in the mundane universe. Lower-plane categories of material existance such as 'space' and 'time' no longer apply to you..."

15 tracks of drugged up, dark, hardcore, experimental electronics from turb0slut... free, naturally @ www.sickmode.net

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Album: turb0slut - chasing the buffalo

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Terrry Shiavo Isn't the Only One Starved to Death

via [GiveOrange]. Here's an excerpt.

Today, between 16,000 and 24,000 children died of hunger related illness. Today, about 5,000 people, mostly children will die from the treatable and probably preventable disease, malaria. Today, 6,000 children will be made orphans by AIDS. Latest WHO estimates suggest that 10.6 million children will die prematurely due to preventable disease. Often these disease are exasperated by hunger.

The deaths are mainly from pneumonia (19%), diarrhoea (17%), malaria (8%), measles (4%), HIV/Aids (3%) and injuries (3%). Premature birth (28%), sepsis or pneumonia (26%), and asphyxia (23%) are the most common causes of very early death.

These stats come from several sources and may not add up perfectly, but the zealous nature of the Schiavo protesters remind us, whether we agree with them or not, that ONE preventable death is too many.

Read the full article