The news-sphere was alive today, September 21st, 2013, with many reports pertaining to things living (and fairly finally dead). We’ve got sequences and atrocities and discoveries, oh my! Just goes to show that reality has way more going on than fiction and you can’t make this stuff up. We start with tiger sequencing after the break.
Sorry for the late posting: my fiancee’s father passed away on Friday and we’ve been away helping the family. Funeral is tomorrow, so posting should continue again as per usual after that. But enough of my personal life: let’s get to the news.
Better get your Internetting done right now because Wednesday, 8AM Washington DC time through 8PM the same, your favorite websites will be blotted out. Internet staples Google, Wikipedia, MoveOn.org, The I Can Haz Cheezburger Network, Mozilla, Reddit, Minecraft, Twitpic, WordPress, and hundreds of others (full list here: scroll down) will either be turning off their servers or blacking out their content in opposition to the House of Representatives passing the Stop Online Piracy Act and the fast-tracked Protect Intellectual Property Act currently moving up the circuit. You can click the picture above to lend support as an individual.
The L.A. Times blurbed when it was just 24 hours looming before the blackout, that Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, had spoken with the BBC about Wikipedia’s contribution to the event tomorrow and that a protest would be placed instead of its English language site come 8AM EST. This is very similar to when high school professors find their students siting Wikipedia for their term papers: blanket protest.
The LA Times expanded their coverage here, because apparently they’re really concerned about not being able to access Wikipedia half-a-day. Actually, they go into greater depth about the ins and outs of the debate. It turns out the MPAA is directly behind the push of SOPA, so you automatically know the bill is inherently evil. Said MPAA executive Michael O’Leary, about how people are distorting the issues: “It’s part and parcel of a campaign to distract from the real issue here and to draw people away from trying to resolve what is a real problem, which is that foreigners continue to steal the hard work of Americans.”
I see – so it’s only foreign people that buy bootlegs. Nice try, O’Leary, but you’re clearly blanketing the real concern: you’re trying to pass off Americans as completely innocent in this when most of the downloads are coming from inside our own house. I suppose it’s good politicking, but like most of that sort of stuff, it reeks of bullshit.
Google and Ebay make more valid points, as that second LA Times link mentions, in that the wording of the bill offers operators of websites no real due process: if you get accused of showing someone else’s intellectual property you will get shut down. Firstly, that’s not the way the judicial process is supposed to work. Secondly, as the Internet companies so eloquently stated: “the result would be censorship and a strangling of the free flow of information that represents the soul of Web freedom.” Of course now we’re getting into A.I. metaphysics, but let’s not get side-tracked.
All this Internet hulla-baloo is coming on the heels of an announcement from The White House last week, as the Huffington Post reports, via three of the President’s secretaries, stating that the White House would not endorse SOPA/PIPA, because it would infringe on legal online usage and the way large and small businesses operate. The White House, continuing in the message, essential said, “We can’t get all 1984 up in this hizzy because we’re trying to send the smackdown on some guys acting all illegally.” Or something to that effect. I dunno for certain, this article has taken too long and I need to batten-down the hatches before the lock-down.
Hope you all have a amicable Wednesday with a great big piss-off to the MPAA (contradictory sentiments?). Hopefully we’ll come back to a better, brighter Internet than the one under attack.
So I picked a hell of a week to get back in this game: nine movies are coming out this weekend and we here at Worlds As Myth are going to judge whether they’re worth the price of admission (what’s the going rate on that now: a first-born son, right?), whether you should wait for it to come out on DVD, or just skip it all together – based on the TRAILER. No time to linger, we’re going to start pointing fingers.
For the sake of our sanity, we’ll go via the IMDB listing:
An ex-smuggler gets pulled back into the life when his brother-in-law gets into some serious ish. Starring Mark Wahlberg (The Italian Job, The Happening) as said reformed runner, Kate Beckinsale (The Aviator, next week’s Underworld: Awakening) as the wife with the ne’er-do-well sibling, and Giovanni Ribisi (Boiler Room, Avatar) as the smuggler who’s gonna f– said ish up, this movie has action-adventure with chuckles written all over it. But possibly not for the reasons they think: let’s take a look at the video and talk in a second.
Did…did those guys wrap duct tape around their faces? Don’t they know how hard it is to get that stuff off? I hope they got paid more than the going extra rate – jeez. So that looks…like a really forced situation, a somewhat tired, told story (“Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in!“) but with armored cars blowing up and (phony?!) money that can’t get wet. As I’ve said before, in previous Around the Multiplexes (go ahead, look them up), action movies are supposed to be judged on a different scale, but this thing looks like it’s trying to tell a story (they even got a hell of a cast involved: Ben Foster (Liberty Heights, Pandorum) and J.K. Simmons (Spidermans 1-3, Oz) in on the mix) so forget that. I’m giving this a one-out-of-five Kate Beckinsale not in spandex (we’ll see you next week Kate) for seeing it in theaters and three-and-a-half-out-of-five lackeys wrapped in duct tape for seeing Contraband on Netflix.
That was easy! Only…eight more to go. Can I get a Hallelujah! because we’re moving onto:
Interesting late-breakings around the News-o-sphere today regarding size: it DOES matter after all. What’s that? Oh, that was a cheap, inaccurate dick joke? Okay, we’ll get to the actual news then. Scientists have been making tiny breakthroughs and large discoveries and we’ll give you the size of it in this edition.
“…I’m Going to Need a Microscope…” (That’s What She Said!) “…To See Your Processor…”
Because great scientific discoveries always seem to come in twos: two different research facilities are working on processors the size of atoms. But IBM is taking an upper-hand it seems, as The New York Times reports, by making twelve atoms their bitches forcing them to spit out both zeroes and ones. Now, I’m not about to out-write The Times so I’ll let you read that article and not pontificate, but they are partially responsible for all these dick jokes because they interviewed a Stanford professor for this article named Shan X. Wang. I shit you not.
Now, we’re not only talking about quantum computing, but processors infinitely smaller than the ones we have today that can process information better than even the most formidable super computer today. Crazy.
Of course we’re still left with a measurement problem:
That was…uh…helpful, Einstein. Thanks for that. Moving on.
Some of you might read that headline and think I was talking about the holodeck because I said “Nerdy” and “Wet-Dream” in the same sentence. This is not the case (note how I carefully added the word “hypochondriac”), because if someone could make the holodeck, they would MAKE way more than $10 Million. And yes, that would be from the sweat of some very nerdy, out-of-breath, presumably Cheetos encrusted toiling. I’ve gone and grossed myself out now. Let’s get back on track, shall we?
The X Prize Foundation, which funded a commercial race to space in the past, with partner Qualcomm, has offered a $10 million prize to whomever can make a functional medical scanner, as featured on Stark Trek: The Next Generation, StarTrek.com reports. Well, it doesn’t have to be exactly like the show’s tricorder, but there are some specifications that must be met before one can claim the ten cool ones as their own.
Though not yet releasing the disease list, X Prize Tricorder Edition (officially called the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize) participants need to create a single device that weighs less than five pounds that can effectively scan and diagnose fifteen human ailments. Certainly wrist pain won’t be one of said diagnoses, because we all know chronic fwapping is responsible for that hurt locker.
This week’s time waste is brought to you by the fact that William Shatner will be starring in a one-man show on Broadway, titled “Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It,” The NY Daily News reports. As the article states, quoting the producers, “The two-hour show will take audiences on a voyage through Shatner’s life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon and raconteur.” No word yet on how much of those two hours will be filled with dramatic pauses. Previews start on Feb. 14th at the Music Box Theatre and will play there until March 4.