Archive for April, 2005

The Single Life – Dating and Nightlife Stories – on Being Single – a collaborative weblog Apr 24 2005

The Single Life – Dating and Nightlife Stories – on Being Single – a collaborative weblog

Check out TheSingleLife.net where you can read and share stories about being single.

Another Niner Niner site, built on WordPress, of course. 🙂

Welcome to your future if you don’t think and do the right(TM) thing. Apr 23 2005

THIS IS SO FUCKED UP. Peacful protesters sitting on the ground in circles getting systematically broken up by police in riot gear basically pulling them up by sticking their fingers right under the jaw. Hard. FUCKED UP. Nice American style justice. Keep the dissenters quiet.

Video of Police Brutality

Not sure which the more disturbing part is: The brutality (not uncommon, really, these days, just usually is kicking and hitting with clubs) or the guys taking pictures and the video as these PEOPLE are being subjected to intense pain by our trusty HEROS Abu-Gharib-style pain inflictors. Makes me sick. This is really, really not cool.

Some good comments and discussion over at the Santa Cruz Indymedia site covering this event.

One interesting comment by “Santa Cruz PD”:

Excellent police training film

22 Apr 2005

by Santa Cruz PD
Please note the incredible restraint of the officers under repeated antagonistic taunting of the surrounding protestors. While the use of the nerve pinch is not as effective as other non-lethal means of subject control, we commend the men and women of the police force for attempting to maintain order with a minimum of surrounding outbreaks in violence and disobedience.

Please note the complete allowance of video camera’s that allow the public to properly document the incident. The camera’s were not confiscated and filming was allowed continue unless the camera operator interfered with the duties of the police officers.

We appreciate that our officers were able to go home to their families at the end of their watch.

Thank goodness they can go back to their families.

The final response to the above post:

Re: Excellent police training film

22 Apr 2005

by jim
In response to: Santa Cruz PD, who wrote
“…the use of the nerve pinch is not as effective as other non-lethal means of subject control…”

One with police/martial art training can see that the “nerve pinch” was not the only technique used. By “nerve pinch,” I believe you’re referring to the pressure point underneath the jawbone, which can cause immense pain, although it doesn’t leave lasting damage.

In both the video and the photographs, the police can also be clearly seen utilizing chokes (you can see this technique when the police are pressing about midway down the neck, on either side). Police are shown applying pressure to the carotid artery, effectively cutting off blood and oxygen flow the brain. This results in unconciousness within a few seconds.

I’m sure you are aware that this technique has caused several deaths when used by police officers in the past. I’m sure you also know that the potential of death has led to a ban on choking in some law enforcement jurisdictions.

Regardless of the legality of chokes as coercion techniques, using chokes at the protest was completely irresposible and shows horrid judgement on the part of the law enforcement officers. The protestors were completely peaceful and nonviolent.

There should be an exceptionally good reason to use chokes, given their potential of death. I don’t believe 50 students in non-violent protest, endorsing justice, democracy, peace, and creativity constitutes an exceptional reason. Your police were concerned with demonstrating their skills in pain coercion in order to make your “Excellent police training film,” with complete disregard to the appropriateness/morality of their actions.

sincerely,
jim

SOURCES
http://www.fightingarts.com/content01/judo_choke.shtml
http://judoinfo.com/chokes5.htm

” Please note the incredible restraint of the officers under repeated antagonistic taunting of the surrounding protestors.”

Please note the incredible restraint of the PROTESTORS and THEIR FRIENDS. You were choking them. They yelled back. I think that’s understandable, unlike the your actions.

(THE UC SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH EXPANDING STUDENTS’ BRAINS, NOT CUTTING OFF THE BLOOD FLOW TO THEM)

C U L T U R E D E L U X E Apr 15 2005

Check out what’s hot at CDX.

The ever-rolling CDX Chart!!

Below is the rolling CDX chart based on votes over the last seven days. This lets you know at a glance what is hot and what’s not and also how the records are likely to fair in the end of month charts. This will hopefully help you decide what to download from the site, and, remember, if you do download then register your vote from 0-10 too. You will need to be registered at CDX if you wish to vote, and you may only vote once.

C U L T U R E D E L U X E

All About Mesothelioma – All the latest information about Mesothelioma (Asbestos cancer) Apr 14 2005

All About Mesothelioma – All the latest information about Mesothelioma (Asbestos cancer)

Do you really care about this? No. Is it my own “experiment” in using automated RSS publishing techniques to auto-publish a site all about this topic? Yes. We’ll see if it actually works. At all.

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords. I mean cron jobs. Or… whatever. 🙂

Best Niner Niner posts from this week Apr 14 2005

The Matrix

Has Sony ‘patented an idea for transmitting data directly into the brain’? Scary.

Luckily Chris Bunting of Thumb Gods is keeping an eye on them for us. Unless, of course, this is all just a simulated Sony version of reality that we’re living in right now.

For techies: Prototype – an Object-Oriented JavaScript library (disclaimer: I wrote this… so treat ‘best of’ status as spurios at best) 🙂

Blogging Naked: Clayton Cubitt: not quite safe for work… but beautiful

Nandini Seshadri: Sex and the Baby Boomer – Can drug therapy help? (Sometimes you don’t like to think about these things as a young person… interesting though.)

Also, Become a novelist, boomer! Nandini says:

Long before he became a rock star and racked up two Top 10 hits and nigh-on a dozen albums, Greg Kihn loved The Twilight Zone. Skin-prickling episodes about apocalypses and phantom hitchhikers made him yearn, unlike the books he read in English class, to spin spellbinding stories all his own.

In class action news, Doctors back Bextra ban. There’s all kinds of class action news these days with the Pfizer / Bextra / Vioxx stuff going on. Hopefully we can make reading about this stuff not nearly as dull as the mainstream media does. We’ll see 🙂

Christy Patrick on the Diet Logs: How much is your diet costing you?

How much is your diet costing you? Well, according to a recent report from Forbes, it could be costing you over 50% more than a normal diet would. Forbes did research on ten of the major diets right now, from Jenny Craig to Subway, to find out how much it costs on average per week.

Patty Harder: More on calorie burning and what’s your resting metabolic rate

PS: did you know that dark chocolate does a body good? I certainly didn’t!

PS2
Thumb Gods: Police find crack cocaine hidden inside a PlayStation 2 game console

Feed Money: Darren Rowse makes a six-figure income from his blogging efforts. Find out how at ProBlogger.net.

Sarah White asks, are you in credit hell?

The tax man cometh right around this time of year. Christy shares some strange and unusual tax deductions. (See also the top 10 taxpayer mistakes.)

Nandini has scored a credit card search form to help you find the lowest rate cards. Sweet!

Nadini comes through again with an interesting chart on how much money you need to retire early.

More scary debt stats over on Fix My Finances:

$1.7 trillion
Total consumer credit.

$8,562
Credit card debt carried by the average American.

$50 billion
Total finance charges Americans paid in 2001.

78%
Percent of U.S. households deemed “credit worthy” by the lending industry.

1.3 million
Number of credit card holders declaring bankruptcy last year.

HIPAA Blog: medical privacy rules are confusing for patients (as well as medical staff!)

Over on Games for Money, we’ve got some Texas Low Limit Hold ‘Em tips.

Also, did your parents did warn you about drawing to an inside straight? If not, read the post for some (inside straight draw) poker tips.

High Heel Over on High Heels Blog, after dabbling in some $100+ heels for a while, now the bargain hunt continues.

High Heel Ladies (and drag queens, and boyfriends), Nandini has posted her Guide to Buying Heels – Part 3. See also part 1 and part 2.

Sarah White on Medcare Forum discusses alternative medicine:

A new survey indicates that three-fourths of all adults in America over age 50 use some kind of alternative medicine (for the purposes of this survey, alternative included accupunture, chiropractic, massage therapy, breathing exercises, herbal remedies and alternative medicine). The survey of more than 800 adults found the most-used alternative therapy was chiropractic care.

On Healthy Living: Boost your energy with power foods! Or, just eat a twinkie (ugh).

Love strawberry shortcake but hate all the calories? Here’s a healthier strawberry shortcake recipe.

It’s almost time to hitchhike. Haven’t read the book myself, but the previews look cool.

Laurie Barak points to some PayPal alternatives over on Powersellers Blog.

Nancy Callahan on The Single Life has some pointers on how to ‘read’ your date.

That’s about it for this edition of Massively Multiposter Best of Niner Niner Roundup, ’05.

FeedWordPress – WordPress RSS aggregator plugin Apr 12 2005

Giving this a try right now…

Rad Geek’s Projects – FeedWordPress

Introduction

FeedWordPress is an Atom/RSS aggregator for WordPress. It syndicates content from newsfeeds that you select into your WordPress blog; if you syndicate several newsfeeds then you can WordPress’s posts database and templating engine as the back-end of an aggregation (“planet”) website. I originally developed it because I needed a more flexible replacement for Planet to use at Feminist Blogs.

FeedWordPress is designed with flexibility, ease of use, and ease of configuration in mind. You’ll need a working installation of WordPress 1.5 and FTP or SFTP access to your web host. The ability to create cron jobs on your web host would be very helpful but it’s not absolutely necessary. You don’t need to tweak any plain-text configuration files and you don’t need shell access to your web host to make it work. (Although, I should point out, web hosts that don’t offer shell access are bad web hosts.)

And I’d have to agree about the whole webhosts that don’t offer shell access not being good hosts. Well, for developers at least. 🙂

GPL to boot!

Update: I really, really like this plugin. Donated $40, that’s how much. 🙂 Thanks!

Taxes taxes taxes Apr 10 2005

Tax time. Blarg.

Vimeo – Automatic Movies Apr 7 2005

Interesting use of the FFMPEG-PHP code.

Vimeo – Automatic Movies

Welcome to Vimeo! This is a site for organizing and sharing your video clips. Vimeo also makes it easy to watch your friends’ video clips, or to view clips that have common subject matter.

ffmpeg-php Apr 7 2005

ffmpeg-php

Description

ffmpeg-php is an extension for PHP that adds an easy to use, object-oriented API for accessing and retrieving information from video and audio files. It has methods for returning frames from movie files as images that can be manipulated using PHP’s image functions. This works well for automatically creating thumbnail images from movies. ffmpeg-php is also useful for reporting the duration and bitrate of audio files (mp3, wma…). ffmpeg-php can access many of the video formats supported by ffmpeg (mov, avi, mpg, wmv…)

WordPress Plugin: FeedWordPress by Blogging Pro Apr 7 2005

This looks like it may be very useful.

� WordPress Plugin: FeedWordPress by Blogging Pro

WordPress Plugin: FeedWordPress

FeedWordPress is an Atom/RSS aggregator for WordPress. It syndicates content from newsfeeds that you select into your WordPress blog; if you syndicate several newsfeeds then you can use WordPress’s posts database and templating engine as the back-end of an aggregation “planet” website.



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