This weekend there are zombies in your futuristic coffee

Furniture that both assembles and arranges itself.

Welcome to the Future.

You see it in CSI all the time — the police compare a shoe-print left on scene to a database of prints, find a match, and it helps to lead them to the killer.

The only problem? That database may violate copyright law.

Breaking Zombie News! Dirty sanitary napkins ward off zombies!
Here is an interesting set of photos, in which pairs of photos are created, with the couples changing clothing (and position) between photos.
I am not sure what is the most incredible thing about this newspaper article?

Is it that the woman regrew part of her finger thanks to regeneration therapy?

Or is it that the woman keeps her old severed finger in the freezer?

In case you are of the (misguided) opinion that you might be able to win carnival games – read this.
The answer to the question that I am sure has been burning in your minds:

What happens when you give credit cards to panhandlers?

The verdict is in! Minneapolis owes zombes $165,000.

The morning coffee versus the hobos

Hawaii is considering banning homeless people from public transportation, in preparation for a new transit system coming online. While the article (and law) target “body odor”, such a proposition appears to these eyes to be targeted towards the homeless who likely do not have alternative means of transportation at their disposal.


Firefighters are being told not to drink energy drinks, as they dehydrate. Red Bull states that their drink is a functional drink and not a thirst-quencher. Thus, individuals should make sure that they drink lots of water when engaging in physical activity and drinking Red Bull.

It is true. Hot girls make guys dumb.

Go get linked

cupcake_burger Bullying is a real problem in schools these days, and has led to several things. One of these is the existence of anti-bullying workshops in schools. Another is parents suing schools for teaching their children not to bully gay kids.
Passengers on a Continental Airlines flight were forced to remain on the plane overnight on a small plane not suited for such things. My personal opinion is that those who made and enforced such a decision should be charged with forcible confinement. dwarf_games_shotput
static_movement Just in case you were worried that the education system in the UK does not properly recognise and reward out-of-classroom achievements: Competent teenager gets official certificate in recognition of his ability to board a bus.
Police officer has no idea who Bob Dylan is, forces him to return to his hotel to get his ID. remote_island
hory_ma_drawn_light Is somebody nearby having a seizure? It may be time to have them smell your boots.
In the midst of recession, being homeless is becoming illegal in America. attitude_chair
robot The concept of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends has just got even creepier.
A New York judge gives a man probation for a felony. At the same time, he sentences his cousin to six months for yawning in court. empty_dog

A Twenty-first Cenury Right?

In response to an article in the Wall Street Journal this past weekend, BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow postulated that Internet access will be considered a human right within five years.

Why should it be? The argument for it is buried in the middle of theWall Street Journal article:
Many job and housing applications must be submitted online.
A succinct argument, to be sure, but a strong one. The ability to find work and shelter is tied to our ability to have access to the Internet. If this is not a basic human right in a capitalist democracy — to be permitted the ability to search for the means to accumulate capital — then I am not sure what is. In this sense, Mr. Doctorow is correct. One wonders if the French have considered this sort of question when passing their “three strikes” law recently.

However The Wall Street Journal‘s article has a different tone to the one that Mr. Doctorow spins for it. Reading it gives the sense that the reporter (or their editor) thinks that a homeless person spending what little money they have on laptops amounts to escapism.

Having been convinced by one sentence in the Wall Street Journal that this is a right, what needs to be overcome?

First is the view that Internet access is a privlege. You and I might not hold this view, but not everybody has read that sentence — and some might not finding a convincing argument. For proof, simply see France’s new law (above), in which Internet access can be cut without any sort of process or hearing for the accused copyright infringer. Laws of this sort have been proposed in many governments worldwide.

Second is a decision as to what this means. Does the government have a responsibility to subsidize connectivity, as it does with housing? Will they provide universal coverage? What about computers? Is there a minimum quality? What happens if someone loses, damages, or is robbed of their subsidized computer?

Or will there just be free computer labs, cutting in on the Internet Cafe business?

If and when such a right is enshrined, different states and different governments will surely take different approaches. One cannot imagine the United States providing free computers or Internet connections, but some European countries might think differently.