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March 5th, 2007 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-03-05 14:40
  Subject:   DIY uC laptop: it's craptastic!
  Music:Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator
  Tags:  diy, hardware, humor, slashdot

Ever thought to yourself, "Hey, I could probably build my own computer if I really tried." Or maybe, "Man, I really need a laptop with an embarrassingly low-resolution display, a processor that goes at 256 Instructions/sec, and I’ve only got $50 to spend!"

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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-03-05 15:07
  Subject:   "Also, I can kill you with my cyber-alloy endoskeleton."
  Music:Rotersand: Exterminate Annihilate Destroy
  Tags:  digg, firefly, humor, terminator

Sci-Fi wire recently spoke with Lena Headey, who will play Sarah Connor in the upcoming Sci-Fi series The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and confirmed that Firefly's Summer Glau will be a Terminator


"For the record, I think it's safe to assume that this show is just going to turn into a lame version of Dark Angel."

-From a comment at http://www.digg.com/television/Firefly_s_Summer_Glau_will_be_a_Terminator
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-03-05 15:22
  Subject:   If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.
  Mood:usa not worth saving
  Music:NIN - Happiness In Slavery
  Tags:  politics, usa not worth saving

On New Year's Eve in 2003, I was seized at the border of Serbia and Macedonia by Macedonian police who mistakenly believed that I was traveling on a false German passport. I was detained incommunicado for more than three weeks. Then I was handed over to the American Central Intelligence Agency and was stripped, severely beaten, shackled, dressed in a diaper, injected with drugs, chained to the floor of a plane and flown to Afghanistan, where I was imprisoned in a foul dungeon for more than four months.

Months after the American government realized that I was an entirely innocent man, I was blindfolded, put back on a plane, flown to Europe and left on a hilltop in Albania - without any explanation or apology for the nightmare that I had endured.

The U.S. government does not deny that I was wrongfully kidnapped. Instead, it has argued in court that my case must be dismissed because any litigation of my claims will expose state secrets and jeopardize American security, even though President Bush has told the world about the CIA's detention program, and even though my allegations have been corroborated by eyewitnesses and other evidence.


Evidently, Dubya is above the law. Which makes him not president, but king.

And, of course, the majority of America just couldn't be happier.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-03-05 17:41
  Subject:   The Weasel explains engineers.
  Music:Ween - I Gots A Weasel
  Tags:  engineers, humor

I like working with engineers — it’s that refreshing lack of nuance — but I don’t think I’d want to own one. In private life, Weasel is all about the gray areas.

I made a smartass remark in a meeting once about a ball valve (it had a drainage cock!) and was rewarded with a solemn exposition on the inner workings of valves. I thought the non-engineer across from me was going to ’splode trying to hold it in.

It’s not that engineers have no sense of humor, but their humor has a certain... literalness about it. I used to joke that engineers are the reason we have to print "This Page Intentionally Left Blank" on the blank pages, or they’d be calling me up and complaining. Until the day an engineer said, "oh, engineers think that’s funny, too. Because once you print ‘This Page Intentionally Left Blank’ on it, it’s no longer blank."

See? Engineer humor.

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