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Once again, Safari has so many windows open that my computer is bogged down and my swap file is growing like the Federal deficit, so here we go!

Psychology/sociology

Half of your friends lost every seven years

Had a good chat with someone recently? Has a good friend just helped you to do up your home? Then you will be lucky if that person still does that in seven years time. Sociologist Gerald Mollenhorst investigated how the context in which we meet people influences our social network. One of his conclusions: you lose about half of your close network members every seven years.

Why do women have erotic rape fantasies?

A bit shallow, I think, and doesn't really go into as much detail as I'd like to see about things like perception of desirability and blame avoidance, but kudos for mentioning that acting out such fantasies can be challenging for the person playing the role of "perpetrator" as well as for the person pretending to be the "victim."

Geek

Viral video hoax, or proof of impending cyber apocalypse?

As part of an ad campaign for a video game convention, a publicity firm created a phony video showing a group of hackers breaking into the computer-controlled lighting system of an office building and then playing Space Invaders on the building. (zensidhe, you'll love the video int he article.) That's not the interesting part--the interesting part is that McAfee thought the video was real and started sounding alarms about evil hackers attacking building infrastructure.

Art

Other Uses for Books

Books carved into three-dimensional sculpture. some of the bits of artwork are amazing.

Wonderful Body Painting (NSFW)

Highly stylized body painting involving blending a person into a patterned background. I'd love to be this talented.

Sex

Teen who auctioned virginity learns that taxes are the wages of sin

If you're gonna make money, you're gonna pay taxes. Especially if you're in the country on a work visa, which puts you in a different tax class from the get-go...

LELO INEZ Luxury Vibrator

And by "luxury" they mean "expensive." And by "expensive," try $10,500. For a vibrator. A gold-plated vibrator, to be sure, but a vibrator nonetheless. At this price, I wonder how much each orgasm costs.

Ya-Ya Japanese Love Dolls (NSFW)

These things fall smack dab in the center of the Uncanny Valley for me. I can't imagine having sex with one of these dolls outside of perhaps a forced humiliation scene or something. I can't quite decide what's creepier--the "mini" (childlike) ones, or the fact that the Web site carries a disclaimer reading "For those who wish to see photos other than what is on our homepage please contact us by email. These are limited only to customers who plan to make an order. Please refrain from making requests if you are not serious about ordering or in the same business."

And speaking of scary sex toys, Woody Cock Ring and Nut Cruncher (NSFW)

What do you get when you combine a cock ring with a pair of alligator jaws? A sex toy designed for maximum discomfort of the man during sex. Just looking at this thing makes my eyes water!

10 Ridiculous Anti-Pornography Commercials

My own personal favorite, the anti-porn film made by Charles Keating (before he embezzled $1.2 billion from Lincoln Savings & Loan, triggering the collapse of the entire S&L industry) made the cut. The thing that's most amazing about these videos is that they are sincere. The people who made them, truly believe them.

Physics fail

Hallmark Corporation Jumbo Snowman Snow Globe Recall

What is it? A giant, round glass ball, about ten inches wide, with a snowman's head and arms on it. What's wrong with it? If you set it on your windowsill, when the sunlight comes through the window the snow globe focuses the light into a tiny hot point and burns down your house.

Politics

Virgina bans smiles in DMV driver license photos

Because--get this--they're now using facial recognition software on your mug when you get your driver's license. And the facial recognition software can't cope with smiling faces. So they now instruct everyone to adopt a "neutral expression" when being photographed, and reject any photo in which the subject is smiling.

Top 10 Rush Limbaugh Racist Quotes

Is there anyone who can explain to me why people still listen to this drug-addled, racist scumbag? Number one on the list: "I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark."

Science

Reawakening Retrocyclins: Ancestral Human Defensins Active Against HIV-1

This is interesting. Some primates contain natural defenses to retroviruses that essentially make them immune to HIV infection. As it turns out, we have the gene that confers this immunity--but it's dormant because at some point in our evolutionary past it became garbled. Now a group of researchers have figured out how to reactivate it.

Humor

Picture is Unrelated

Bizarre, funny, and "WTF?" images fro all over the Web. Some of these images make me scratch my head and wonder at the human condition.

Boston Police Department: We Will Let You Know When The Zombies Come

In case you were wondering.

And finally, a bonus video! This was sent to me by the_xtina, who has yet to be suitably punished for it, and it's totally got me earwormed. Remember the melodramatic, utterly over-the-top music video for the 80s song "Total Eclipse of the Heart"? Well, this is what happens if you remove the lyrics and replace them with a literal transcription of what's happening in the video itself. Safe for work, but your explosive peals of laughter might not be.

"What the effing crap? That angel guy just felt me up!" indeed.



Comments

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m_danson
Jun. 1st, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
The video made my husband and I both cry as we laughed ourselves silly.
margoeve
Jun. 1st, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
If you like that art, might I recommend:
http://paintedalive.com/
malaika02
Jun. 2nd, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
I can't imagine the cock ring of torture would be worse for the guy stupid enough to put it on than for the recipient. *crosses legs*

And the anti-porn ads... sweet fancy Moses, I might have to link in my porn blog, they're fantastic. In the most sad and hilarious of ways.
madamruppy
Jun. 2nd, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
I've seen those dolls before and they creep me the fuck out. Once again I find myself thinking that the Japanese are a very sepcial people.

I would never ever pay anywhere near that amount for a vibe even if I had the money. For that money it better do my dishes and clean my house too. However I can bring that per orgasm cost down fairly rapidly. Even a slow session with the boyfriend would bring down to $525 per. Extend it or amp it up a bit and it goes down even more. Your milage may vary.
dwer
Jun. 2nd, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
And by "luxury" they mean "expensive." And by "expensive," try $10,500. For a vibrator. A gold-plated vibrator, to be sure, but a vibrator nonetheless. At this price, I wonder how much each orgasm costs.

Economy of scale. The more orgasms you have, the cheaper it is.

That video is made of awesome.
ashbet
Jun. 2nd, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
I have a serious urge to put googly eyes on that cock ring :D

My first thought was that it reminded me of something from "Beetlejuice" . . . my second was that it looked, um -- kind of intriguing.

-- A <3
zaiah
Jun. 2nd, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
Yesh. Very, very iiiinterestng - one might say. *wry*
sylphon
Jun. 2nd, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
That video had fin9901 and I laughing our asses off, that was hilariously wrong!
fallingupthesky
Jun. 2nd, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
Random commentary:

Half your friends lost every seven years? I'd consider myself lucky if I ever had one who lasted for three. While some of the people posting to that article claim that most of their friends have remained so for decades. So if that's an average, it's an average out of an extremely broad and widely-distributed range.

Ya-ya dolls... uncanny valley schmuncanny valley. While I recognize the concept intellectually, I don't seem to experience it. In that light, they look kind of young for my tastes, and I would prefer a living person because they're warm and breathe and respond, but aside from that - they're fairly attractive and I wouldn't rule out having sex with one.

Retrocylins: I have thought in the past that the best way, in the long run, to exterminate human viruses is to out-adapt them: by finding the point(s) where the virus binds to the DNA and changing those points so they can't. Or else screwing around with the genes for the receptors on the surface of the cells so that they will ignore the viruses and not let them through. Or something like that, I'm not a geneticist so I'm not entirely sure how viable it would be. (Yes, I am aware that genes usually do not do just one thing.) Who needs vaccines? And further, don't do it in just one way, but as many as possible - so if a virus manages to adapt anayway, they'll only affect a small portion of the population. And then do it again until they stay extinct.

Rush Limbaugh: He might not even believe half the crap he says. He strikes me as the type of person who revels in controversy and will say anything that he thinks will make him a lot of money while still pissing a lot of people off. Doesn't mean he's not dangerous, of course.
dawnd
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you seems so inadequate, for that video.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Anti -Porn Films
I so enjoyed the top 10 anti-porn commercials. I was impressed that the little boy was that good.

Perhaps we can send adult men to those websites!

Heidi Anderson
www.minivanlibertine.com
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