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    http://grinding.be/

    Read it yet?

    -- W
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    I liked it, it's full of interesting stuff. Always keeping up with technology, aren't you, Warren?

    Added it to my favorites.

    This one was particularly creepy:



    And of course, what happened afterwards:

    • CommentAuthorRoss
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2008
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    I'm stuck at the leopard print taser with built in mp3 player. Just imagine the ad campaign.

    "Are you tired of keeping the drunks away in absolute silence with No Style At All? Get out new 'LeopardSkin Taser', with built in mp3 player! It shocks, it plays music, and it looks great too!"

    The next month, Apple announced their entry into the musical taser industry with the Apple iTaze
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    The next month, Apple announced their entry into the musical taser industry with the Apple iTaze


    Hehehehe :D
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    They also make Tasers in Pastel colours for the lady who likes her Taser to match her outfit.
    One of the more interesting taser developments deals with the fact range is limited to how far the wires can go.
    A company has made one that fits insde a shotgun shell allowing them to tase people at a much farther distance
    If tasers were used by Police who they were meant to be ,as an alternative to deadly force I would be fine with it but instead they are used
    when someone is simply noncompliant and rude. Canada has just had a couple high profile taser deaths so we are really looking hard at it.
    Only police here are allowed Tasers.

    I like the building with all the plants. I would love to see that catch on. If all or most buildings had that it would make for a lot less pollution.
    They do have a lot like that in Vancouver though and one problem is they are full of rats.
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    It reminds me of a more organised version of Die Puny Humans. My favourite story so far has to be the one about Oscar Pistorius (or maybe the one about the MP3 player/Taser). The idea that prosthetics are getting to the point where they might soon be able to supersede normal human performance is very exciting and given the advanced speed at which my body is falling into premature decrepitude it's also personally interesting. It's also a pleasure to read, well laid out and appealingly designed. Which is nice.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I would ike to see a huge amount of money and effort into providing cool new prosthetics for all the wounded soldiers of the
    "war on poor people" sorry I meant the " War on terror". Thanks to better body armour lots of soldiers are being horribly wounded rather than killed.
    I have a buddy who lost a leg to a IED and he has a really cool snowboarding leg with a titanium coil spring.
    It is OK but he had to buy it himself and I think we should provide stuff like that.

    The MP3 Taser is not quite as crazy as it sounds. The point is so the lady he cares abut will have it when she needs it.
    I like this pepper spray ring as well. It seems like a comic book type idea. To bad it's so ugly.
    <img src="http://<a href="http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=7270503" target="_blank"><img src="http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/12/34500042593.jpg"" alt="" />

    What does "Grinder" mean when used in this context?
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2008 edited
     (459.8)
    What does "Grinder" mean when used in this context?

    Grinder Culture
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Thank you very much Ariana. I have been purposly avoiding Doctor Sleepless until I can get the TPB.
    Having just rediscovered Charles Stross (I read a few books but never searched him out as an author) I really
    dug the Eschaton event sign. I would rather miss some references than have something dumbed down for me
    which is something I really like about Warren's work.

    The problem with extreme body mods is the tech has not caught up to the theory. I am pinning my hopes on DARPA.
    So far the future soldier program(not to be confused with the Super soldier program but it would be understandable)has
    so far delivered not much. They have loaded the poor guy down with another couple hundred pounds of glitchy tech and
    brought micromanegment to a horrifying new level where the politicians can monitor in real time.

    Still I would bet we are 5 years from imbedded throat mics and RFID activated weapons in some units.
    Snipers with head up displays showing UAV or sat data and sensors used for athletes used to monitor and control bodily functions to allow
    slowing the metabolism to allow steadier shots and longer time in position or to increase it when needing to escape or evade.


    Does my "steroids , methamphetamine ,electric muscle stimulation and all the baby food and water you can eat diet" count as grinding?

    I would not want all the bones replaced with admantium but a titanium sheath on my forearms and shins would be fun. They could use a sharper edge as well and I would really need the skin covering them unless it would help stop infection.
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      CommentAuthorElana
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2008
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    I'm really enjoying Grinding.be. It's really exciting. It's a really recursive, trippy experience to read Doktor Sleepless and then have my very own RSS feed of future body tech.

    In the Wiki entry Ariana linked to, it mentions "the power of one person having undue influence". Of course Warren Ellis is the Doktor Sleepless of my small world. He's the one broadcasting the freaky images to my brain. He definitely has undue influence on me; he puts all kinds of new ideas into my head. I now also subscribe to ModBlog and am seriously considering tampering with my currently entirely intact body.

    Recursive and ironic. I love this unsettling feeling.
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      CommentAuthorcarney
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2008
     (459.11)
    So grinding could apply to the idea of grinding an idea out until you gain some enlightenment, or rather just a personal experience that elevates your knowledge. The site is interesting, man that moth is going to take over our world. Now thats a comic worth a one shot.
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    I follow Warren because he knows where the good shit is. I can't really call that "undue", I guess...

    Grinding is very interesting, look forward to it taking off.
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      CommentAuthorhyim
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2008
     (459.13)
    . warrenellis wrote :
    http://grinding.be/

    Read it yet?


    I'm going to be a bit more prudent than my fellow chaplains on grinding.be, as of yet.

    Releasing the website's maître mot in dok sleepless was not only kinky cool, but a fine gesture showing us internet muddlers that crossing content through all-different medias (mediums ? fuck latin) is not a financial prerogative of Paramount or Clover-no-stars-no-directors-oneScreenwriterThough-Field .
    Even if yeah smallish, doesn't mean it's not there, and doesn't mean internet jesus can't do it.
    So, right there, props.

    The only thing lacking -and let me say this with all the acumen one can exorcize from what, a mere handful of posts on a very fine wordpress-based blog- is an editorial line, a long zoom lens.
    How this article on the building with weeds all over it relates to this supposedly retarded environment policy relates to that crazy insane illuminated new backyard invention relates to, relates to and so on. Patterns in modern chaos.

    How all this matters, not just because it's exclamation-science, but because the future is also political, academic and streetwise smart. A future speculative in a way and very much like stocks where perceived effects become real. If someone understands and expects the future to behave one way, with enough yea-okay behind it, the future will thus be. But it has to have patterns, even if it doesn't look like it is making sense.

    A long zoom lens is something boingboing is just barely starting to maybe shyly flirt with (thanks to Doctorow) when it hits a nodal argument like, say DRM (you can't explain DRM without touching new tech, old tech, law, politics, finances, economics, arts and crafts. it's nodal.) Here DRM touches on so many levels of the boing boing sphere of intellect you'd be pretty small minded not to care.

    But hey, I'm all for a boing boing with teeth, white, sharky ones. And I have little to no doubt that's what Warren wants with grinding.be Digg, slashdot, truemors, they substituted editorial with Attention pondered by numbers. Slacker news.
    A massively read group-blog with some pertinence and generous anger is what is, in the bubblegum post-web2.0 world, sorely missing.
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    Well, I generated Grinding, but I don't write or edit it. I want to let the writers find their own method. I didn't want to impose a hard editorial fence on it. I want to see what it grows into.

    Not that you're wrong at all, but it's what I wanted in this instance.
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      CommentAuthorm1k3y
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2008
     (459.15)
    hyim said:
    The only thing lacking -and let me say this with all the acumen one can exorcize from what, a mere handful of posts on a very fine wordpress-based blog- is an editorial line, a long zoom lens.
    How this article on the building with weeds all over it relates to this supposedly retarded environment policy relates to that crazy insane illuminated new backyard invention relates to, relates to and so on. Patterns in modern chaos.

    How all this matters, not just because it's exclamation-science, but because the future is also political, academic and streetwise smart. A future speculative in a way and very much like stocks where perceived effects become real. If someone understands and expects the future to behave one way, with enough yea-okay behind it, the future will thus be. But it has to have patterns, even if it doesn't look like it is making sense.


    give us time dude. we're just laying down the first few dots on the scattergraph.
    and the pattern's what we're trying to find ourselves.
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    I have just taken a look at it again and I was impressed at the number of new interesting information. Loved the brain surgery thing, the quote about Stanley Kubrick and I laughed at the "iPod® vibrators now compatible with iPhone™". The blog is becoming more and more interesting.
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      CommentAuthorxutraa
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2008
     (459.17)
    I spent 20 minutes today trying to figure out which one of my mates would actually buy one of those vibrators. If that wasn't reason enough for me to keep going back, apart from the obvious Arse Eels, I don't know what what is
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    @hyim:
    A massively read group-blog with some pertinence and generous anger is what is, in the bubblegum post-web2.0 world, sorely missing.


    Generous anger.
    Perfect coinage - a phrase for our times.
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      CommentAuthorhyim
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2008
     (459.19)

    generous anger is the title of a book on Orwell, an expression quite fitted to all things Ellis.