(Source: Wired)

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The American military and intelligence communities are increasingly worried that would-be bin Ladens might gather in a virtual world, to plan a real-life attack. But the spies haven’t given many details, about how it might be done. Now, a Pentagon researcher has laid out how such a terror plot might unfold. The planning ground is World of Warcraft. The main target of this possibly nuclear strike: the White House.

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Someone thought it would be a good idea to hook up treadmills to their PCs, don brightly-colored wigs and cardboard swords, and race their avatars across about a mile of virtual turf by jogging in place with only a modicum of coordination and zero athletic ability. The folks at Mana Energy Potion were complicit in the event, which failed to prove treadmill gaming is a good idea, but made great strides in proving just how low World of Warcraft addiction has brought certain members of our society.

As the ceremony got under way with a dramatic, drummed countdown, viewers watching at home and on giant screens inside the Bird’s Nest National Stadium watched as a series of giant footprints outlined in fireworks processed gloriously above the city from Tiananmen Square.

What they did not realise was that what they were watching was in fact computer graphics, meticulously created over a period of months and inserted into the coverage electronically at exactly the right moment.

The fireworks were there for real, outside the stadium. But those responsible for filming the extravaganza decided in advance it would be impossible to capture all 29 footprints from the air.

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“As Hitachi GST embarks upon its latest educational campaign and debuts a new market vision which it encapsulates as “The Dawn of the Tera Era,”. Two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine… a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls. Pumped out of the bloated stomach of Hitachi’s PR department after the release of this video, in which a vaguely anthropomorphic albino castrati is schooled on the 1TB “Tera Era” after being sucked into a hallucinogenic electric kool aid acid dimension, filled with singing electric guitars and leering cycloptic suns.

The 27 year old daughter of George Lucas, Amanda Lucas debuted her mixed martial arts skills last night at the Princesses of Pain event in the Auckland Boxing Association Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Amanda fought against Kiwi kickboxer Nicole Kavanagh while the event was being filmed.

The footage will end up on a new reality TV show featuring a women’s international fight league.

Belinda Dunne, the promoter for Princesses of Pain, mentioned how down to Earth Amanda really is.

She says:

VATICAN CITY – Believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God, the Vatican’s chief astronomer said in an interview published Tuesday.

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?” Funes said. “Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother,’ and ’sister,’ why should we not talk about an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation.”

A man who dressed up as Darth Vader, wearing a garbage bag for a cape, and assaulted the founders of a group calling itself the Jedi church was given a suspended sentence Tuesday.

Arwel Wynne Hughes, 27, attacked Jedi church founder Barney Jones — aka Master Jonba Hehol — with a metal crutch, hitting him on the head, prosecutors told Holyhead Magistrates’ Court.

He also whacked Jones’ 18-year-old cousin, Michael Jones — known as Master Mormi Hehol — bruising his thigh in the March 25 incident, prosecutors said.

Stride Gum is jumping on the “I hate Uwe Boll” bandwagon. The company is promising to give away a free pack of gum to everyone who signs an anti-Boll internet petition, if the number of signatures tops a million

“Since gamers are one of our most supportive groups, we’ve been looking for ways to return the favor,” said Stride marketing director Gary Osifchin. “And what better way is there to get gamer’s backs than by helping them rescue their cherished videogames from the clutches of Uwe Boll?”

In a corporate-spying lawsuit brought against News Corp’s NDS Group by rival satellite television service DISH Network Corp., mild-mannered hacker Christopher Tarnovsky testified in court this week that a News Corp unit hired him to develop pirating software for them.

Though he denied using it to penetrate DISH’s security system, it is being implied that that is exactly why he was hired to develop the software.

After an introduction as one of the “two best hackers in the world,” Tarnovsky told the court that he was paid on a regular basis by Harper Collins, a publishing arm of News Corp, for 10 years, and that his first payment was $20,000 in cash hidden in electronic devices mailed from Canada.

Found on mightygodking.com.  Oh, the memories! :)

http://mightygodking.com/index.php/2008/04/21/fun-from-yesterday/

“So I hit up a garage sale over the weekend and bought a genuine, working-condition Atari 2600, with a huge stack of games nearly mint in their boxes, for a song. I thought I’d scan the box covers and give you all a look back into the fun of yesteryear….”

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