The morning coffee and rejection

You know those shoes that claim that they tone your legs, butt, abs and/or pectoral muscles? Big surprise … it turns out that they do nothing of the kind.

The anguish felt when rejected (romantically) is similar to addiction. So you really can be addicted to love.

Finally, just as countries such as Canada and Britain are passing new draconian copyright/anti-piracy laws, in the United States — whose diplomats and corporations are the ones pushing for these laws — those very same laws are being watered down by the courts.

Links, featuring robot murder and suspicious minds

In a shocking discovery, scientists have discovered that if you arm robots with knives and program them to stab people, it could lead to fatal injuries. Really, the study was done as the control experiment for a safety system. But the BBC is concentrating on the deadly knife-wielding hoody-wearing robots.
The girl who had a body.
Chimpanzees use sex toys. The sluts.
Pants on women. Legal in Kansas. Banned in Paris.
I am really fond of the mathematical punnery in the first T-shirt here.
Roy Lichtenstein was an artist who would re-imagine popular images appropriated from comic books. So it’s a little funny when those managing his estate send threatening letters to people who re-imagine those same images today.
It should be noted that in the UK (and elsewhere), you are considered to be breaking the law if somebody hacks your WiFi. Now you can help to force others into breaking the law with cheap Chinese WiFi hackers. I’m considering standing outside my MP’s home with one of these until his internet is shut down.
Welcome to London. Your internet is being monitored by the police.

The morning coffee swings the election

You might have noticed that the Big Bad Blog is in the middle of election fever at the moment, with an election on Thursday. Many newspapers are publishing articles about the required swing in votes in order for the Conservative and/or Liberal Democrats to take control of Parliament. And the math behind those swings is horrible and naive in assuming that a swing in votes would be uniform across every constituency. This is blatantly untrue — one might as well claim that, since the Conservatives lead the popular vote in the polls, they will win every seat, because they will get more votes than the other parties.

Simply not true. Each of the three main parties have strong pockets of support, and places where they have no chance of winning. And the swing in votes away from Labour will not be uniform.

Enter Nate Silver of, and the Advanced Swingometer.

Here’s an interesting comparison of the fair use economy, versus the copyright-dependent economy.

Also, engineers in Montreal are hard at work on their new ice printer.

The morning coffee and the glitter herpes

Before we get to glitter and herpes, we hit up copyright.

The Associated Press has decided that they will sue anybody who quotes five words or more from one of their articles. This would appear to be completely insane — it does not seem possible that a five-word quote could be anything other than fair use. Lifting a sentence and attributing it (usually done on the web by linking to the source) is suddenly considered a violation.

Alternatively, one could pay $12.50 for those five words. If you write a blog which uses Google Adwords, you are probably thinking a mix of that’s nuts and they have absolutely no concept of the actual value of their work. And you would be right.

AP: You heard it here. You have lost your minds, and you are on the road towards making yourself irrelevant.


Also: Herpes — hence, glitter — doubles the risk of HIV infection.

Imagine that you are a passenger in a car. The driver decides to race said car — 80 mph in a 30 zone. Your friend, the driver, loses control and crosses the centre line. A minivan is hit, in a head-on collision. Who do you, the passenger, sue? For one person, it is the driver of the minivan.