A serious lack of trained buglers (and a surfeit of dead or dying ex-servicemen, all of whom are entitled to burial with honours) has forced the US Army into a radical rethink of its bugling strategy.
"It is a bugle discreetly fitted with a battery-operated conical insert that plays the 24 notes of taps at the flick of a switch," explained the New York Times. "It is all digital, with no human talent or breath required. All you do is hold it up, turn it on, and try to look like a bugler."
Now, if only he could get these guy's know-how onto the Electronic Voting Machine project then George Bush would be set.
The Nokia Medallion is an odd bit of concept jewellry-cum-lifestyle accessory-cum-silly idea. You fill it with up to eight JPGs that you beam across from your compatible cameraphone, and it dangles around your neck and displays them. 'One touch reveals a timepiece' apparently - that's great, but they don't explain whether it comes with an intricate system of mirrors to enable you to tell the time while it is attached to the 'daring choker' under your chin.
My lovely, lovely friends brought me one of these back from New York. It is a Korean Gameboy Advance competitor with a fairly average selection of native games. What makes it fantastic is that they have decided on an open architecture and positively enocuraged people to write stuff for it. There are loads of emulators and ports of classic games around for it - right now I have it running Doom (it runs Doom faster than the first PC I had that could run Doom could run Doom :-) a French clone of Resident Evil, the magnificent Drunken Frogger, and emulators of the GameBoy Color and Commodore 64. You can even write the classic 10 PRINT "DIXONS ARE SHIT" 20 GOTO 10 in Commodore BASIC :)
I asked it to suggest books which matched these criteria:
Midway Funny or Serious
Extremely Unpredictable and it came up with this lot which actually seems about right. If there hadn't been at least one Steve Aylett in the list I would have been suspicious.
Searching for 'Extremely disgusting' suggests two Poppy Z Brite books (check!) and, for some reason, the Audio book of Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Why the Audio version should be more disgusting that the print version is a mystery - perhaps the voice actor had a really bad cold or something.
Another virus, another shrieking overreaction about how badly designed email is - and still, mysteriously, no mention whatsoever of Microsoft.
Bill Thompson reckons we should dump the SMTP protocol because it is inherently insecure and thus helps to spread viruses.
Funny, I have had precisely zero email viruses at home or at work, despite relying on SMTP to shift my emails around. Could this be anything to do with the fact that at home I run Linux (using Mutt to read my emails) and at work I use Lotus Notes under Windows 2000?
AT NO POINT DO I USE MICROSOFT SODDING OUTLOOK.
Outlook is the weak link here, not SMTP. Why does nobody ever mention this? If you saw any of the Sobig.F virus outbreak coverage on TV news then you would assume that it was capable of infecting any and all email clients and operating systems - but that just isn't the case.
Ashcroft was bombarded by cries of "Shame!" and the sound of the "Imperial Death March" from the movie "Star Wars" as he entered a meeting with law enforcement officials in Faneuil Hall.
Superb! Hopefully the protestors plan to repeat this at all future public appearances. If they keep it up long enough then they might be able to get him to break into a sweat at the merest hint of the "Der der der, dun-deh-DER, dun-deh-DER!" music.
(via Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow)
Greg Brotherton is a sculptor who recycles retro-futuristic vaccuum cleaners and other industrial detritus into breathtakingly cool, highly polished rayguns and robots.
I call this look"future sarcastic,"and it's just about my favorite aesthetic. It says: "Well, it's the twenty-first century, where the fuck is my jetpack?"
The Isophone is a cross between a flotation tank and a telephone," said James Auger, who came up with the Isophone, together with his colleague, Jimmy Loizeau.
"The helmet is basically the telephone device. That fits over the user's head, and then it's attached to three floats that can be adjusted to provide the perfect floating position."
The idea is that the sensory deprivation allows you to concentrate solely on the phone call. It looks just a little bit mental - although it does allow the BBC to make an hilarious gag about 'floating in a sea of ideas'. Your licence fee at work.
I know a lot of people who would like one of these. The Plusdeck is a cassette teape deck for your PC that looks as if it fits into a standard drive bay and lets you transfer music from cassette to MP3!
The website is heavy on the Engrish, and there are no prices listed, but come on - you know you want one!
Well, for once it isn't the wax that the Terminator X spun.
Astronomers have detected the deepest note ever generated in the cosmos, a B-flat flying through space like a ripple on an invisible pond. No human will actually hear the note, because it is 57 octaves below the keys in the middle of a piano.