Weekend Clippings 4

October 12, 2007

It’s been a while since the last instalment of this supposedly “regular” feature. I’m not going to bother with tedious excuses, so here are some more interesting and informative tidbits from the past few weeks’ internet/science/offbeat news. Enjoy!

  • Don’t Tase Me, Bro! (The New LOLcats) (BoingBoing) | The latest fad (or meme) sweeping the intarweb: BoingBoing shows you how to dress in style while wittily referencing the gradual erosion of civil liberties in the USA. For those who don’t know what I’m going on about, check this out:
  • Madonna Dumps Label in $134m Deal (Sydney Morning Herald) | I found this via reddit, but pretty much every news agency is reporting it. In fact, I should have included the subtitle in the reddit story, since it pretty much sums up why this is important: “record industry officially over”.
  • ‘Superbugs’ Could Benefit Humans (Washington Post) | Superbugs get a bad press these days. Scientists at Arizona State University want to change all that, reporting on experiments which show how superbugs could eventually help treat cancer and other diseases. This is cool because it’s about blasting bacteria with beams and shooting them into space and stuff.
  • Universal Avatars Bestride Worlds (BBC – Technology) | The slightly pompous title belies an innovative idea: instead of creating multiple accounts with different versions of “you” for online games, why not have a single digital representative (avatar) which works across games. IBM and Linden Lab (the people behind Second Life) think it’s possible.

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  • Star Worst Wars Trumpet Girl (Neatorama) | Just a Youtube link, really. But yet another Miss Teen America whatever making a complete idiot of herself can’t be bad, can it?
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