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Rabbit takes a leap forward in race to network devices

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Rabbit takes a leap forward in race to network devices
By Thomas Crampton International Herald Tribune
SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2005

OXFORD, England For Rafi Haladjian, the next leap ahead in technology starts with a toy called Nabaztag.

A plastic box shaped like a rabbit, with pastel ears and facial features akin to Hello Kitty, it has a few flashing lights, a rudimentary speaker, one button and a name derived from the Armenian word for rabbit.


PIX: The Cat and the Machine in the Garden

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Night-stalking Stella the cat and my laptop in the garden in Williamsburg:

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Olia Lialina Interview on artificial.dk

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An interview with Olia Lialina on artificial.dk:

Stars Fading on the Web
- An Interview with Olia Lialina

Olia Lialina is a pioneer of net.art, especially known for the often remixed piece 'My Boyfriend Came Back From the War'. She is currently professor of New Media at Merz Academie, Stuttgart.


Hacktivist hijack 'banal' TV news

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Pranksters hijack 'banal' TV news

Richard Luscombe in Miami
Sunday July 3, 2005
The Observer

LINK to article
A campaign of 'hacktivism' aimed at improving the quality of local television news has left reporters fearing on-air ambushes from a giant tiger or a cheese-flinging martial arts expert. Shock tactics have been employed by a New York-based group that says it has had enough of TV stations feeding viewers an insipid diet of minor car accidents, petty crime and house fires in which nobody gets hurt.


The Fat Man and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

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In Slate Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger tour the most beautiful nuclear test craters in Nevada:

NEVADA TEST SITE, Nev.—Rumor had it she was a whore from Pahrump. But it didn't matter to those who knew her: Everyone agreed Priscilla was the most beautiful.

On June 24, 1957, the U.S. military touched off a 37-kiloton nuclear device over Frenchman Flat, a dry lake bed about 75 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The atmospheric test, code-named Priscilla, was one in a series called Operation Plumbbob. The provenance of the code name remains obscure; the earliest tests were ordered on the old military alphabet (Able, Baker, Charlie), but several tests in the 1950s were named after women. Test site lore persists that some were named for local prostitutes.


New Deal for the dead

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New Deal is a key part of the Government's strategy to get people back to work. The final part of our programme is now ready for its launch. If you have been deceased longer than 6 months we can now offer the opportunity to return to work. No more idleness and no more excuses. No more cemeteries taking up prime property development land.

We recognise the valuable contribution the dead can make to a low paid jobs market. No complaints about pay and conditions, a flexible approach to working hours and no pensions contributions (well lets face it, you've had enough of those already) all make you an attractive prospect to the new modern, dynamic global jobs market.


Is al-Qaeda Really an Organized Network?

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Download the BBC documentary The Power of Nightmares "questioning whether the threat of terrorism to the West is a politically driven fantasy and if al-Qaeda really is an organized network".

There is also a transcript of the final episode on the site for the bandwidth impared.

Thanks to Liza Sabater for posting the site on Thingist.


Mediated Bodies: Locating Corporeality in a Pixelated World

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The Online Journal of Embodied Technology at UCLA has launched it's new issue: Mediated Bodies: Locating Corporeality in a Pixelated World. Some of the articles are: Streaming the Performer’s Body: An Interview with Downstream, The Touching of the Touch—Performance as Itching and Scratching a Quasi-Incestuous Object, and my project Viral Portraits.

give it a look, Viral Portraits:
http://www.wac.ucla.edu/extensionsjournal/v2/index4.htm
entire issue:
http://www.wac.ucla.edu/extensionsjournal/


Why G-8 summit is a haven for anarchist golfers

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Ahead of G-8 summit, protests in high gear

By Peter Ford | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

PARIS – Gleneagles, a luxury hotel set amid fabled golf links deep in the Scottish countryside, is a good place to get away from it all.

The Group of Eight (G-8) leaders of the world's most industrialized countries, however, will not find the resort its normal secluded self when they meet there for their annual summit Wednesday.


Wi-Fi cloaks a new breed of intruder

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Wouldn't you know this comes out of Florida, paranoia capital of the US:

Wi-Fi cloaks a new breed of intruder

Though wireless mooching is preventable, it often goes undetected.
By ALEX LEARY, Times Staff Writer
Published July 4, 2005

ST. PETERSBURG - Richard Dinon saw the laptop's muted glow through the rear window of the SUV parked outside his home. He walked closer and noticed a man inside.


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