March 10th, 2004


Best use for an ipod yet [l]

"A Memphis woman was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after she bludgeoned her boyfriend to death with an iPod."

"According to law officers, Mathers was hysterical when police arrived and told them that she killed her boyfriend only after he accused her of illegally downloading music and erased about 2,000 of her MP3s. Mathers complained that it took 3 months to build her music collection."

Stolen from offbalance. Not sure if it's real (I think it's not, I couldn't find any mention of it on google news), but it's hilarious nevertheless. And I have to say, if it is true, my respect for the ipod has increased dramatically. My favorite thing about the old Nextel phones was that they felt big and solid enough to beat someone to death with, and really, that is the best sign of quality when it comes to small electronics and appliances. If you can't beat someone to death with it, is it really worth it?

I bet I could totally kill someone with my Nomad Zen. (Although I'll admit I don't think it'd work afterwards. It's built solidly, but not THAT solidly. Alas.)
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Facial tics

I seem to be developing a facial tic; recently my left eyebrow has been twitching periodically.

(I was in the bathroom anyways earlier so I took a look, and it seemed to stop when I looked at it. But when I think about it without looking at it, it seems to get worse. I think it comes from glaring too much. On the upside, my recent attitude change seems to have lessened my "I'm a New Yorker, fuck off and get out of my way" glare that I take on unconsciously when walking around outside. It was much less noticeable than previously, at least in the mirror.)

So far, I haven't started in on the furtive glances or maniacal laughing, but I'll keep you all posted as to my progress.

Trellis [g]

Wow, this is great. From Tim Chkovski's page:

"It ISI, from 2003, I have been working on the Trellis project; Trellis is a tool for argumentation. It helps you keep track of sources of information, and to create semi-structured arguments. You can try Trellis on the web."

I think he means "At" not "It" in the beginning, but still: software designed to help you argue! That's so perfect for me!

Boston: pfft. [l]

I swear to God, only people from Boston could be killed by molasses.

Dark Tide : The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

In this volume, Puleo, a contributor to American History magazine, sets out to determine whether the collapse of a molasses tank that sent a tidal wave of 2.3 million gallons of the sticky liquid through Boston's North End and killed 21 people was the work of Italian anarchists or due to negligence by the tank's owner, United States Industrial Alcohol.

Negligence? Terrorists? Hello? HELLO? Anyone who is killed by molasses doesn't deserve to live on the same planet as me. Who cares how it happened? Dark Tide my ass.

(Incidentally: what does it say that 90 years ago terrorists could wreak havoc with a gooey by-product of sugar? Who needs planes and bombs and anthrax when you have... molasses?! Ah yes, the world was a more innocent place. A stupid, innocent place.)

From here:
...which references this:

Update: Incidentally, "United States Industrial Alcohol"? Yeah, I BET it was terrorists. More likely they were just sampling their products a little too heavily when they were putting that molasses tank up.

Police investigator: "So you saw Italian terrorists right before the tank burst?"
USIA Worker: "Yessshh.... yesh... *hic* Yesh sir!"
Police investigator: "..."
USIA Worker: "*hic*"
Police investigator: "Right then. Italian terrorists."