Space Alone

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A short and sad animation by Ilias Sounas.

Nemesis Required

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From the job’s postings section of Craigslist entitled, “Nemesis required. 6-month project with possibilty to extend”

“…in short, I need a nemesis. I’m willing to pay $350 up front for you services as an arch enemy over the next six months… British accent preferred.” [sic]

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Full posting here

FBI Charges Blind Phone Phreak With Intimidating a Verizon Security Official

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Matthew Weigman, a blind hacker who has been under investigation since he was 15 years-old has been arrested just two months after his 18th birthday.

The article (linked below) is fascinating. However, even more interesting are the two recorded phone calls you can listen to on the sidebar. One is of Weigman making an inter-company call to a Verizon phone operator and posing as a fellow phone employee to fish for data. The other is of Weigman making a 2005 “swatting” call that sent police to the Colorado home of Richard Gasper, a TSA screener whose daughter refused phone sex with Weigman.

Fascinating stuff.

Click here for the article.

Up until now Weigman, who was taking in by FBI already once in December of 2007 (while still a minor) has, up until now, been known only as “Li’l Hacker” by the press. As of turning 18, he’s no longer protected by juvenile civility laws.

Here’s the article from last December.

The way you interface is about to change…

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The firm, Emotiv, is developing a brain-wave detecting video game headset.

From the article on Salon.com’s The Machinist

“Thinking my way through a video game was terrific fun. The warrior-master asked me to clear my mind, and then to imagine myself levitating a boulder a few feet off the ground. I concentrated, my brain working as hard as it’s ever worked. The boulder began to levitate, but as soon as it did, my excitement that the thing was working broke my concentration, and the boulder tumbled. I tried again, and this time the game responded within a second — the boulder floated off the ground. As I pushed through the warrior landscape, I was asked to move more and bigger hurdles — a mountain, a bridge I had to get across — and by the third or fourth time, the objects seemed almost to be lifting themselves. I didn’t even have to think about thinking: Simply seeing the object, comprehending that it needed to be lifted, sent it flying up. There was something very nearly magical to it.”

Music I’m obsessed with this week…

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The Devil Makes Three

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The Black Keyes

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Dengue Fever

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Aretha Franklin

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This album is amazing!! I thought I had everything by Aretha, but this collection of demos, throwaways, outtakes, b-sides and alternative versions is mind blowing and an absolute must if you’re fan of hers or just a fan of late 60’s early 70’s soul in general. This gets my highest recommendation.