June 29th, 2003

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Deadly Peripheral

Check out the deadliest computer peripheral to hit the market since the Microsoft Natural Keyboard:

VLe electronic handgun

Metal Storm's new VLe electronic handgun.

That's right, no moving parts, all electronic. Metal Storm makes all kinds of all-electronic weapon goodies that they're trying to peddle to the U.S. government, including a 36-barrel minigun that fires at a rate of over a million rounds a minute. That's a lot. Here's the article at CNN.Collapse )
  • Forget the million-round super gun. Here are a few cool things about the VLe handgun (and I know guns are bad):

  • gun can only fire in the owner's hand

  • you can upload info -- like when the gun's been fired -- to a laptop

  • it can talk, and says things like "safety on" and "lethal". Why do all handguns have female voices? The company thinks this will encourage criminals to give in. "Hey, the gun says it's lethal. We'd better surrender, boys."

  • it can fire bullets ... or bean bags
Watch the video, in RealMedia format.

Once they get the VLe compatible with PalmOS, you'll be able to sync to keep track of whom you've killed. Neato.

My favorite part? It has four barrels, quite possibly making it niftier looking than Deckard's gun in Blade Runner:

Deckard's Gun

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Random Scotto Factoid - I can juggle up to 3 beanbags.... badly.

a year ago - Just moved in here, new furniture, sn returns as fn,

two years ago - genuflect, foot binding, 1st ep of Enterprise, First news of new lj features (still not implemented), robot pondering, found apartment before this.
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I still feel free use the term "fairer sex", because as a whole, I do find women to be more pleasing to the eye than men. If politically correct monkeys don't like it, they can lump it. On looking up fair maid, I think definition two is rather comical. I may yet use that in the future.

I'm looking forward to this... Apparently it's running trailer son Finding Nemo (when you can get there in a timely manner). The Incredibles - Pixar. Oh, you can bet I'm looking forward to it. Pixar supers! I notice that the music is like a slower version of OHMSS.

Also, Columbia Pictures has bought the rights to Marvel Comics' most famous black superhero, Luke Cage. Ben Ramsey (THE BIG HIT) will write the adaptation of the long-running character. Luke Cage is a former gang member from Harlem that is framed by his best friend and sent to federal prison on drug charges. While in prison, Cage volunteers for a medical experiment that ultimately gives him super strength and bulletproof skin. Using the new powers, Cage escapes and becomes Luke Cage: Hero for Hire. Avi Arad will produce for Marvel Studios. I wonder who could play him well? As long as it's not Will Smith, I'm cool. What about Iron Fist? Luke Wilson would be horrid, yet well cast, I think.

Sweet Christmas!

There's a weakness in my heart for zombie movies...I hope 28 days later is good. I've heard some positive things already.

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COMFORT TV OR COMFORT BOOKS?

Comfort books, unless I'm too tired to even read, but unable to get to sleep. (Which happens a lot when I'm in need of comfort.) Cartoon Network, Discovery, and History Channel work wonders.

WHAT COLOR IS YOUR FAVORITE SHIRT?

My current favorite shirt is a black white and red Tie-dyed "Pirates of the Caribbean" shirt I got from Disney world back in 2000. It's comfy, has hippy and pirate context, and reminds me of a lovely little vacation.

DO YOU WRITE? IF SO, WHAT DO YOU OVERUSE?

I write, and probably rely too much on detail of the area rather than cutting to the point of the story. Too much scenery. (It's the first thing I start trimming.)

BAND YOU HATE MOST?

Any that's playing too loud outside my bedroom window. I really like all sorts of music.

PUNK IN DRUBLIC?

Nah, I don't even drink all that much in private.

DUDE, I CAN'T *BELIEVE* PEOPLE...
Worry so much about the opinions of strangers with no apparent knowledge about what they're talking about. I'm concerned with opinions of folks that matter to me, and professionals in the field...not Joe Blow off the street. (Even most professionals don't matter to me, either, honestly.) The opinion of someone I know and respect however is very valuable.

FIRST BOOK I REMEMBER READING ALL BY MYSELF.
I can't recall much of my very young childhood, but an issue of Spidey Super Stories (a kids comic cross-promoted on The Electric Company television show.) Sometime in the early 70s. Easy Reader was in it, and Spidey was fighting the Lizard, while Spidey teamed up with Easy Reader to fight the Vanisher. (Edit) In fact, after a little googling, I just found a picture. April 1975 issue (so I was about 6 years old), picked up at the grocery store. I'm sure there were books before that, but that one stands out in my mind because I bought it with my own money and made a point of reading it on my own. There was a teenage-girl named "Thumper" who likes to dress like Napoleon Bonaparte and uses a boxing glove she hides in her vest to whack people in the back of their head when they're not looking. Her origin? "When the Thumper didn't get a Yellow Pony for her birthday... she got very angry and turned to crime. Dressed as the great French Hero Napoleon, the Thumper looks for someone to Thump." It was something very close to along those lines.

Hmm. You know, I hear that's the exact same origin Mysterio originally had. Except replace the line about 'someone to Thump' with 'someone to try desperately to frighten with rubber bats'.

I've come to a conclusion. Morgan Freeman must reprise his role as Easy Reader in the next Spidey movie.

I need to go to a comic book store and pick up a copy of this just to have again. Three Villains, Lizard, Thumper, and Vanisher. Pretty good for a kid's comic. 35¢ well spent.

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FAVORITE ANIMAL?

I love a lot of animals... very difficult to choose one, but I suspect that my true favorite animals are Chimps..Or Giant Squid. No.. Gorillas. Gorillas. It's Gorillas. Unless they mean favorite animal in particular, and then it’s Newt, hands down.

Newtie!!!

STUPIDEST THING YOU'VE DONE IN THE PAST WEEK?

Overwriting a practically final draft of a project with one that was only maybe three feet into the journey of a thousand miles. 'doh!

SMARTEST THING YOU'VE DONE IN THE PAST WEEK?

built a SQL database cleanup and transmission system in under an hour.

THING FROM THE PAST MONTH YOU'RE MOST THANKFUL FOR?

Spending time with D. It's so nice to have someone there that knows and follows along a trail of weirdness, good vibes, nostalgia and friendship. I’m also very glad that Ray decided to reopen lines of communication, along similar terms.