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New Project: ROFLCon

So, taking in a long-deep breath post-LSATs, I’m finally getting a chance to work on some new projects.

Namely, ROFLCon.

Over the next six months, the game is to attempt to put together a conference happening somewhere in the Boston area whose theme is “Fame and Celebrity On The Internet”. The guest list is to include a vast and disturbing menagerie of every important amateur internet celebrity and internet culture meme-seed in the last two decades.

This includes everyone from the creator of Homestar to the guy whose asshole is Goatse. Everyone from Numa Numa kid to the guy who started YTMND. Everyone from the guy who traded up from a paperclip to a house to the people who began the lolcat.

I’m process blogging the entire project at roflcon.org. Stay tuned!

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Awesome Asian Children


As Blake wisely said, “Sure both of their ages added is still less than either one of ours, but if we multiply their ages we get how old we’ll be when we figure out what to do with our lives!”

Ouch.

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Hmmm

Well, looks like the usual press of school and LSATs have turned my brief hiatus into something of a larger break. It’ll be safe to lay this Shit Is Bananas to rest until further notice. But, I’m definitely planning to put together another blog (i.e. Secret Diary of Lena Chen, some process blog for the Free Culture Space, etc) at some point this year. Stay tuned…

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Musical Tesla Coils

Tesla Coils make noise when they are on and generally at a frequency that humans can’t hear however with a little geekery (read: voodoo electronics) tesla coils can be made to emit modulated tones and with enough work music .

Here is the first video I found which has a great jam and the some recognizable themes.

Notice the neon lights at the bottom which are powered by the coil itself.

The themes seem to break off here and one group from Austin came out with some specific performances of Super Mario as a duet and Escape from New York!

There is a lot involved here since the actual frequency emitted is well beyond human hearing capabilities. But by modulating the the power state of the tesla coil they can make it emit tones which humans can hear. A really really in depth explanation was recorded by the Geek Group.

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Ankle-gate followup

My ankle has started turning interesting shades of black, purple, blue? so I finally got some medical treatment. It would appear the ligaments have been torn and may never fully heal. On the plus side I have a gangsta lean now which makes me all manner of manly when I limp to work. I think I’ll tell people that I was shot or mauled by the same bear that attacked Xina. It just sounds better then I twisted my ankle because the MBTA can’t keep their property in repair. I contacted MBTA finally about the situation and they had a great canned response:

“We appreciate your business and value your feedback. A customer service
issue was logged on 2007-08-08 at [redacted]

A tracking number of [redacted] has been assigned to this call. Please
reference this number on any additional communications you may have
regarding this issue.

The information you provided has been forwarded to the appropriate group.
If additional actions are required, a member from that department will
follow up on your issue.

Should you have additional questions or concerns regarding this issue,
please contact the customer care center at 617-222-3200 or 800-392-6100
Monday through Friday 6:30 AM to 8:00 PM and Sat/Sun from 7:30 AM to 6:00
PM.”

The translation is roughly “We are checking with our lawyers to find out if we can sue you for hurting yourself on our property. Keep in touch.”

I’ve also requested the video footage from the “incident” and today took note of the tracking numbers on the cameras which covered the area.

camera onecamera two

One of these two cameras caught me spraining my ankle and I am really curious whether or not they will give me the footage without a court order. They seem happy to tout the footage for gatecrashers but this video will obviously not be in their favor.  Also interesting side note: it is legal to take pictures on MBTA property again without a permit.

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Assume this phone is tapped

this sticker used to be really funny (especially given its location) however now one could presumably place it on every phone in America. Go AT&T!

this should be rotated

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Say it ain’t so MBTA

The MBTA never fails to whine about how they aren’t making money. I think I uncovered one of the reasons why they are finding it difficult to turn a profit. I swiped my card one day and the turnstile failed to issue the ear splitting BEEEEP. I looked down and saw a bunch of icons, My Computer, My Network, you see where I’m going with this. Windows is present on every single turnstile in the MBTA system which means that Boston pays a license fee for EVERY SINGLE TURNSTILE. WTF?

I’ll be honest here, the idea that Windows controls two pieces of glass which lunge at me every time I try to exit a T Station frightens the crap out of me. Also note the crappiness of the picture below. I can only offer the following explanation. I was pressed for time, there was a video camera pointed right at me, and it is still a violation of MBTA policy to take pictures! The brains behind the turnstile

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