Ultimate Warrior Dead Again
Even though Ghost in the Shell's actual anniversary isn't until May, Japan's already celebrating with 4 (so far) different projects:
- Ghost in the Shell Arise border:less project: A collection of five short movies which will premiere on March 28.
- E-book release of the original …
That took..a lot more time that I thought it would. Comic strips with those two are like crack to me :D Having said that, I get way too many ideas for them when I need to be focusing on the big thing, so this is probably the last one in a while.
THE WYOMING INCIDENT
The Wyoming Incident (or The Wyoming Hijacking) is a lesser known case of television broadcast hacking. A hacker managed to interrupt broadcasts from a local programming channel and aired his/her own video.
The video contained numerous clips of disembodied, human heads showing various emotions and “poses.” and contained a couple of messages some of which are displayed here.
The video had effects on the viewers.
Complaints included vomiting, hallucinations, headaches, etc. Specialists have determined that the cause were frequencies played regularly throughout the broadcast.
In this clip, the frequency being played is somewhere between 17 and 19 hz. This range of frequency, when played for long periods of time, causes the eyes to subtly vibrate, sometimes inducing visual hallucinations.
You can watch the video (if you dare) here: X
The actuality of this event is debated some say it was just a prank.
'shit like a rock star'
Triumvirate Gets Landmark Garage
The GSA has approved NASA’s deal with Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures LLC, to reskin Hanger One and assume control of air operations at Moffett Field.
I guess this means Larry, Sergei, and Eric get their garage. At least, us plebes still have our landmark to look at.
Papal Blood Stolen
Over the weekend, thieves apparently not-too-concerned about booking a place in heaven, stole a relic that contained a piece of gauze that was once soaked with the blood of late Pope John Paul II. Church officials at the isolated San Pietro della Ienca church in the Abruzzo region of Italy reported the burglary. The small church housed the relic that is one of only three in the world.
According to the BBC, the relic was not heavily guarded, as the thieves were able to break through the iron bars and a window protecting the display. The burglars also took a crucifix, but left the church’s collection box untouched.
Be on the look out for pope clones, or perhaps Baphomet, or maybe just deranged billionaires with collections of bloody gauze. Who owns Curt Shilling’s bloody sock?
Rachel Tyrell Gets a Job
Premier Health Plans, a a health insurance broker, employs a rather elaborate chat bot to collect a customer’s basic information and interests before sending the potential customer to a real person to close the deal. It’s really a clever chat bot, but the odd thing about it is that it insists that it’s a real person. Clearly someone at Premier Health Plans, thought that a chat bot made good business sense, but at the same time didn’t think it was quite convincing, so they added in scripts to respond to questions like, “Are you a robot?”, with the idea that if they just deny it, that would placate enough curiosity and automaton-phobia to hold a potential customer on the line long enough to close.
Think about this for a second. At some point there was a discussion that went something like:
Analyst: In order to get n conversions per day, we need x telemarketers, which costs y dollars.
Manager: Hmm, y is a lot of dollars, and that initial part of the conversation is where we lose most of customers. What can we do bring down this cost?
Analyst: What if we used a robot?
Manager: Not a phone tree. I hate those press-one-for-English type things.
Analyst: No a really smart robot, like Siri.
Manager: Yeah, a sexy robot, like Siri, but it would have to be smart. Can we make it smart?
Analyst: That can be done, and it would only cost z dollars, which is much less than y dollars.
Manager: Good. Good. Let’s do it.
Analyst: I just thought of something. You know how people don’t like to leave voicemails, or deal with phone trees. What if they don’t like the robot?
Manager: Well, we’ll just have robot lie.
Sadly, the phone number and website, premierhealthagency.com are now disabled.
21 Vodka Gun Salute
Vodka spokesman Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94.
Two Shall Enter, One Shall Leave
The tradition of “pardoning” a turkey each Thanksgiving has taken on a bizarre and rather morbid. The Internet™ gets to choose which turkey gets pardoned.x
This should play out Pontius Pilate style, with Obama wringing the neck of the loser live on C-SPAN. Or if that is too much, perhaps just Sarah Palin style.