Daily archives: September 25, 2005

Kafka on the Underground

It seems that doing everyday things, like using your mobile phone and looking where you’re going, are now grounds for arrest on suspicion of terrorism.

They handcuff me, hands behind my back, and take my rucksack out of my sight. They explain that this is for my safety, and that they are acting under the authority of the Terrorism Act. I am told that I am being stopped and searched because:

· they found my behaviour suspicious from direct observation and then from watching me on the CCTV system;

· I went into the station without looking at the police officers at the entrance or by the gates;

· two other men entered the station at about the same time as me;

· I am wearing a jacket “too warm for the season”;

· I am carrying a bulky rucksack, and kept my rucksack with me at all times;

· I looked at people coming on the platform;

· I played with my phone and then took a paper from inside my jacket.

via Andy Merrett

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The Top Ten Creation Myths

Which is exactly where Intelligent Design belongs.

With its bounty of brawny, barrel-chested gods and buxom goddesses, the ancient Norse religion of the Scandinavian and Germanic countries is truly the creation myth for fans of both pro wrestling and heavy metal music. According to Norse lore, before there was Earth (Midgard), there was Muspell, a fiery land guarded by the fire sword-wielding Surt; Ginnungagap, a great void, and Niflheim, a frozen ice-covered land. When the cold of Niflheim touched the fires of Muspell, the giant Ymir and a behemothic cow, Auohumla, emerged from the thaw. Then, the cow licked the god Bor and his wife into being. The couple gave birth to Buri, who fathered three sons, Odin, Vili, and Ve. The sons rose up and killed Ymir and from his corpse created from his flesh, the Earth; the mountains from his bones, trees with his hair and rivers, and the seas and lakes with his blood. Within Ymir’s hollowed-out skull, the gods created the starry heavens. What can we say: Pure metal magic!!

via Intelligent Design: An Ambiguous Assault on Evolution, itself via GeekPress

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The Turbo-generator Integrated Gas Energy Recovery System, works in a similar way to an ordinary turbocharger except, instead of using the power from exhaust gases to pump fuel and air in at a higher pressure, it generates electricity to run the vehicle’s onboard systems. The saving on “parasitic losses” can help to improve the engine’s output and efficiency. Treehugger sees it as another way to charge batteries in hybrids.

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Hybrid Storm Chasers

Running away, actually. Tales from Texas of the joy of having a hybrid when the evacuation traffic is jammed up.

My folks drove to Austin from League City in their lexus hybrid and 21 hours of driving later still had 1/8 tank of gas left – plus they had my 87yr old grandfather with them and ran the air conditioner all day unlike most people who ran out of gas. 3 cheers for the hybrid!

via BoingBoing

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