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    **Apologies for not being on-the-ball with updating threads this past week, oh delightful lynxpeople. Vast and vile things occurring in the orbit of the Spursphere have dragged me from my desk. Am now back in the hotseat and will endeavour to be a Better Parent. Moving on...**

    One of my greatest aims is to make Whitechapel a nexus for Desirable Information.

    Memes, virals, that which makes you laugh, that which makes your bowels weep; anything found or scavenged online which has no informative value: that stuff will continue to go in “Around The Net.” I’ll be updating that once every four weeks too.

    This…? This is for everything else.

    News Stories. Mad Science. Horrific Nature. Metaphysical madness.

    Here is where we gorge ourselves on the creamy clostrum of Information. Here is where we nuzzle at the red-raw teat of the Up-To-Date Dataweb. Bring me the light of your Weird Wisdom and your New News.

    (Anything of particular interest, go ahead and create new threads in this category to delve deeper.)
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    What the next Knight Rider car will (not) look like:

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    Our very own Lee "Budgie" Barnett has a new ongoing column about the comics industry over at Bleedingcool. A very aptly titled gig.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2012
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    Whole Foods is testing a Kinect-controlled motorized shopping cart that can follow a shopper aroudn the supermarket whiel also keepign tack of what is in it.

    It'll be interesting to see if it can really cope with the relaively crowded and unpredictable shopping environment.
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2012
    @Kosmopolit, that thing would never ever EVER work in the New York City Whole Foods. Oh god those places are horrifyingly crowded.
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2012
    @Kosmopolit -

    However, that solution *would* work really well at the Wegmans groceries in Upstate NY at the times I used to go to them. At midnight - 5am, most of those places are completely deserted.

    If you could pilot your virtual shopping cart around the *idealized* version of the store, and then later on have that fulfilled in reality by a robot that retraced your actions and steps, that would provide a much better solutions. True robot-controlled carts won't fly, there is too much risk of liability and unpleasantness.
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    Republicans are currently fighting over which of them will get to lose the general election to Obama.

    Realclearpolitics has live results here.
    • CommentAuthorFrank
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2012
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2012
    A man who informed police when he found child abuse images on his computer has not been allowed to be alone with his daughter for four months.
    Nigel Robinson from Hull said he called police after trying to download music but instead finding pornographic images on his laptop last November.
    As a result social services said he "should not have unsupervised access with his own or other children".
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012
    We're Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction

    Unthinkable as it may be, humanity, every last person, could someday be wiped from the face of the Earth. We have learned to worry about asteroids and supervolcanoes, but the more-likely scenario, according to Nick Bostrom, a professor of philosophy at Oxford, is that we humans will destroy ourselves.
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    @Kosmopolit - it's a good job that car's invisible - it's not the best looking vehicle out there.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012 edited
    This is pretty awesome - "women of the future" from 1902 :)

    1902's Women of the Future Trading Cards

    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
    Someone in Norway has been looking through some old research data on the effects of LSD on alcoholism. Apparently a little acid goes a long way toward reducing levels of 'alcohol misuse', 'It's as good as anything we've got' according to one of the researchers.

    It's a funny old world.
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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
    Iraqui teenagers stoned to death for "emo" haircuts.

    Iraq's Moral Police released a chilling statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the "emo phenomenon" among Iraqi youth, disturbingly declaring its intent to "eliminate" the trend.

    "The 'Emo phenomenon' or devil worshiping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible since it's detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger," the statement read.

    "They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationary that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities," it continued.

    Religious extremists caught onto the interior ministry statement, and have been harassing and killing teenagers with Western or "emo" appearances.

    A group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing led dozens of teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago, stoned them to death, and then disposed their bodies in garbage dumpsters across the capital, according to activists.
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
    The Right To Arm Bears - Bears seen using tools

    I for one welcome our new ursine overlords.
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
    Scientists say America is too dumb for democracy to thrive
    In other words, stupid people are too stupid to know how stupid they are.