Ξ June 30th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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Automate testing of websites (including AJAXed) with an easy-to-use Firefox extension.

Although it's possible to record simple tests by browsing and using right-click menu options, there's also immense power under the bonnet (hood) --with features to verify every last little detail via Selenium's control language.


Newsvine – Gonzo Agriculture – Episode 1: Deerproofing Your Field

Ξ June 28th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    One of the greatest iconic figures in the American Mythology is the Noble Farmer (a close second to the Homicidally Psychotic Cowboy/Outlaw). We know him well: a selfless paragon of good Christian virtue, the only thing he values more than God, family and flag is his tireless quest to bring forth nourishing yummies from the Earth herself and deliver them fresh to your dinner table. He has no vices. Not for him the bars and whoremarkets of decadent urbanism. He toils from dusk til dawn in his sunlit fields and then collapses into the chaste embrace of his broodmaker, sleeping the deep, black sleep of the righteous, only to wake at dawn and start again. He is all that is Good and Right in us. He is the backbone of blahdie blah blah....

    Whether or not this heroic figure ever existed in reality is debatable. One thing is for certain: he's gone now, folks! Your store-bought produce is planted, cultivated, harvested, pumped full of unsavory chemicals and shipped by soulless corporate entities so inhuman and calculating that their coldness would seriously freak out the agents from The Matrix.


    Yuck is right. These farmin' Frankensteins don't give a @!$%# what agri-abominations they shove down the collective gullet of you and your family as long their shareholders are content ("what's for dinner mommy?" "7-breasted chicken with a side of malathion!" "yum! my tumor is salivating!").

    What about the Great American Farmer? Surely, he'll save us!

    Nope. He was bought out long ago and his progeny work at 7-11. They sport elaborate mullets at weekend NASCAR rallies.

    ....but I don't wanna eat bizarre corporo-chemicals!! I just want a @!$%#ing artichoke...possibly some spinach! What the....seriously, what can I do?

    Glad you asked. Although the days of the noble dusk-to-dawn virtuous field-golem are no more, there is a likely candidate to replace him as designated Wholesome Steward of the Wholesome Earth and All Its Wholesome Goodies. That's right...the disaffected, anarchistic, cynical, inebriated @!$%#up!

    Huh? I mean...wha..?

    Think about it; our lifestyles and attitudes will only serve to alienate us further and further from society. The good citizens can't kill us, but they'll sure as hell try to starve us out (speaking from experience, the absence of Twinkies and Big Macs is no great loss). I say let 'em try! I say let's, at least partially, remove ourselves from the grid of consumer trough culture and become the blueprint for a new American Icon: The Self-Sustaining Subversive. Let's learn the ways of seed and soil. Let's save a heap of money on groceries and use the resulting windfall to support the more depraved aspects of our questionable lifestyles!"

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Pepe & the Bottle Blondes – Bilar, Bilar Bilar!

Ξ June 27th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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The Diggers – Eating in Public

Ξ June 27th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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The all-time greatest heist in the world, was the theft of the world. And the rights and autonomy of those upon it.

In responding to these contemporary developments, we find that we have to contend with something that was less of a problem during the times of the first Diggers. During their time, it was fairly clear to people that their land was being stolen, that their labour was being exploited and that nationalism, racism and sexism were being used to sow dissent amongst the motley crew of commoners, peasants, artisans and the emerging proletariat throughout the world. Today, many of the things that the Diggers fought against - private property and the nation state with its public lands - are so hegemonic that to merely question them is to open yourself up to ridicule and perhaps much, much worse.

As Audre Lorde long ago pointed out, we live in a time when we are enthralled by the very instruments used to oppress and exploit us. The enclosure of common lands has been accompanied by the enclosure of our imaginations. The notion of the goodly public space is one such instrument of colonization. The global system of national states, with its legalization of the expropriating practices of capitalists, has been, and continues to be, an integral feature of capitalist colonization. The fostering of national identities, particularly those of "oppressed nations," is seen as a sign of empowerment and eventual liberation instead of seeing such identities as the prison in which to contain us in the service of capitalist globalization. This is evident in the 'progressive' rhetoric that complains about the loss of citizens rights while remaining largely mute about the exploitation of non-citizens (or 'illegals') and/or that of people living in 'other nations' - an outcome that Oliver Cromwell himself had hoped for so many centuries ago. This is evident in both mainstream and progressive versions of nationalism around the world.…

Ξ June 27th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

The original Cartesian image of intelligence as rational deliberation, far removed from engagement with the material world, is a myth of the Enlightenment. Indeed, almost all the classic binary divisions our culture teaches us are shown to be wrong, and not through clever application of critical theory, but through careful attention to scientific experiments on everything from reaction times to neuroscience.

Emotion influences and guides our decision making (Damasio, 1994). There is no mythical central executive that lies at the top of the hierarchy of the brain, instead the neurons of the brain are a decentralized network of produces behaviour through coordination (Andres, 2003). The mind relies not on perfect representation and deduction over logic but a number of shortcuts and heuristics based on exploiting the body and the environment (Clark, 1997). Language is not a poor substitute for logic, but logic a poor substitute for the flexibility and analogical power of natural language, whose very heart is poetic metaphor (Lakoff et. al., 1999). We should not think of ourselves as rational disembodied intelligences but as radically engaged with our world in all sorts of powerful but far from orderly ways. This view of humanity goes directly against modern neoliberalism, which pretends we all have access perfect information and are perfectly rational.


Paamayim Nekudotayim – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ξ June 26th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

Nobody expects the Paamayim Nekudotayim!


Conservapedia:How can we protect Conservapedia by distinguishing real…

Ξ June 25th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |


[Site currently experiencing connection problems, probably because of people flooding in to laff at the creationists.

Title of page is: How can we protect Conservapedia by distinguishing real conservative encyclopedia articles from satires written by liberals ]


All In The Mind – 21 June 2008 – Michael Gazzaniga: Split brains and other…

Ξ June 25th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

People talk about free will, you should return the question and say free from what, what are you talking about? I mean what we all are, are information gathering organisms that have learned through a life's experience what to do, what not to do, what's good, what's bad, does this pay off versus that payoff? And when a new situation presents itself we call upon our knowledge of the world from past experience to decide what to do. And that decision goes on through mechanisms of the brain, and once the brain decides, based on all your past experience, to do something, you want it to do it right. It's not clear to me what free will means in that way of knowing that we have all these automatic processes that are going on in the brain that we've trained through time.

I think how you think about it is that personal responsibility, which is a key concept in our culture, is alive and well because it really isn't in your brain, it's in the social rules of a group. So think of it this way, if you're the only person in the world, the concept of personal responsibility means nothing. Who are you responsible to? If there are two people to six billion, all of a sudden the rules develop. If we are going to socially interact, which is crucial for the human condition, we are going to have these rules. Almost everybody--you'd have to be extremely neurologically compromised--almost everybody can follow a rule.

Ξ June 23rd, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Science |

Many people have posted here who appear not to understand the science behind Denon's cabling and its superior hyperphasal multibit inductive ultraconductance technologies. They assume that there is no way to improve upon the transmissive properties of copper cabling (mainly because they don't understand the properties of alloying megacopper), or to create a better-than-normal digital signal (BTND coding). I would give this cable eleventy million stars if I could, and once you understand, so will you.

In order to clear things up for the scitards, let me quote to you from the original Denon research literature by Quick & Salwen:

"Work has been proceeding in order to bring perfection to the crudely conceived idea of a new cable technology that will not only supply inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but will also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Despite the claims of some critics, such a cable is possible. We call it the Turbo-encable-ator.

The cabling system has a base-plate connector of prefabulated amulite, surmounted by a malleable logarithmic casing in such a way that the two spurving bearings are in a direct line with the pentametric fan. The main cable winding is of the normal lotus-o-delta type placed in panendermic semi-boloid slots in the stator, every seventh conductor being connected by a nonreversible tremble pipe to the differential girdlespring on the 'up' end of the grammeters.

Forty-one manestically spaced grouting brushes are arranged to feed into the pulse phasing slipstream a mixture of high S-value phenylhydrobenzamine and 5% reminative tetryliodohexamine. Both of these liquids have specific pericosities given by P = 2.5C.n^6-7 where n is the diathetical evolute of retrograde temperature phase disposition and C is Cholmondeley's annular grillage coefficient. Initially, n was measured with the aid of a metapolar refractive pilfrometer, but up to the present date nothing has been found to equal the transcendental hopper dadoscope. It is clear from this that intrapolarphasal preteslence is now empraxified, correlating with an increase in conductive hyperplatitization.

Electrical engineers will appreciate the difficulty of nubbing together a regurgitative purwell and a supramitive wennelsprock. Indeed, this proved to be a stumbling block to further development until, in 1992, it was found that the use of anhydrous nangling pins enabled a kryptonastic boiling shim to the tankered. Spooling of the reframublant diaphanator became possible, allowing for cromulence.

Our early attempts to construct a sufficiently robust spiral decommutator failed, potentially dooming the project, largely because of a lack of appreciation of the large quasi-piestic stresses in the gremlin strands; the latter were specially designed to hold the roffit windings to the spamshaft. When, however, it was discovered that wending could be prevented by a simple addition to the living sockets, almost perfect running was secured. With this problem overcome, we were able to initiate googolpolar preferatory unbinding.

The operating point is maintained as near as possible to the h.f. rem peak by constantly fromaging the bitumogenous spandrels. This is a distinct advance on the standard nivel-sheave in that no dramcock gel is required after the phase detractors have been remissed. Such advances allow for non-holoxified, doubly-flexocorrigent operation.

Undoubtedly, the Turbo-encable-ator has now reached a very high level of technical development. It has been successfully used for generating nofer trunnions. In addition, whenever a barescent skor signal is required, the cable connector may be employed in conjunction with a drawn reciprocating dingle arm to reduce sinusoidal depleneration."



Ξ June 21st, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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