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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Big Brother is being watched...

Now, for those of you who know me (yes... you as in singular person only), will know that i have a voyeuristic streak in me. For those of you who dont... now you do.

OK... how can I explain this in laymans terms?
Big brother. Basically, it boils down to those security cameras that exist all over the planet.
Is there 1 person watching each camera?
Nope... usually, security companies centralise their cameras over the internet at main head-quarters.
And what miracle protocol do they use to transmit this highly confidential information cheaply and securely over the net?
Well... cheaply at least... they use JAVA

Still with me? Good... it's gonna be worth it...

So, each camera has a web page that controls it, which only the security companies know the adress of , of course, for security reasons.
Each web page has a java script on it to control the cam.
What is the java applets name? easy... search Canons web pages... and it is:
liveapplet LvAppl

So far so good?

Sooooo... we have a web page (about 12000 of them... one per cam)
Annnnd... we have a web page search engine...
put 1 and 1 together, and we have a simple search on google for pages with this applet:

GOOGLE : intitle:liveapplet inurl:LvAppl

There you go. Now you can be Big Brother for a day.

My personal favourite is the sheraton Hotel in Maui... here's the link:

Heya Maui...

Then theres Andorra Anyone?
or even the Abana Astoria Hotel
Anyone want to monkey around in aZoo?

Been playing around with this for a bit, and i have found cams at universities in Canada, construction sites in South Africa, bars in Japan, ski slopes in Andorra. Some cams dont work, because they're probably only turned on at night... or something, but most work.

One cool thing you can try... some cams are set up so that if you pan around 180º, you will actually be looking into the security console... :D

It is almost clichéd as to what you can do with this. All you have to do is click on CONTROL CAMERA, and boom... you do...

The zoom on some of these monsters is amazing. I was able to read a license plate number off of a car parked across the street where the cam was set up...

Scary.... but Oh my deity... what fun....

Monday, November 29, 2004

A little Rasterbation never hurt anyone...


No, this is'nt a new way to play with yourself...

How exactly does it work?

When you upload the image to the server or after it has been downloaded from the web, it is converted to a preview jpeg image. The Flash application running in the browser then loads this preview image and allows you to crop and resize the image.
The Flash application then sends the coordinates, desired paper size and desired size to the server.After you have set the options and the rasterbation begins, you may end up in a queue. Rasterbation uses a lot of memory, hence this conserves server resources and actually reduces the average time users have to wait.
When your turn begins, the server examines the original image (preview image is not used here to ensure maximum quality). The image is divided into squares. Each square maps to a dot in the output. The average brightness and color values of the origin square determine the size (and color if desired) of the output dot - bright area produces a small dot.
Vector representations of the dots are written into a pdf document. When the entire image is processed, your browser is sent to a different page, which will instruct it to download the pdf file.

Go and Rasterbate

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

A Rose for a Rose

('Tis Interactive)
Courtesy of Gaffer

Sunday, November 21, 2004


Click the pics for a larger view....

Looking down on others

I'm actually all over the chart...

(Found while doing a Google Image search for the origins of the word "Hierarchy", although the pic has a link on it to:

Will the fox burn down IE?

"Firefox may represent the first tangible example of open source software coming to the people. Such software, developed collaboratively by programmers who make its source code available for anyone to freely use and change, sprouted to counter the hammerlock of proprietary software from companies like Micro$oft Corp. Until now, it has been largely for computer geeks and corporate technology staffers."

Get the full review here.

Whats a file extension anyway?.exe

Thursday, November 18, 2004

The SETJI Project

You've all heard of SETJI right?
Of course you have...

Great idea... although the SITE could use some re-thinking.

The S.E.T.J.I. Proyect (Search for External Tribe´s Jellicle Intelligence) is based in the diversity of Jellicle Tribes over the Net Universe. It´s first target is to locate as many tribes as possible, being able to set a referal point for them and make a contact possible.
For the purpose the Proyect starts setting a central point (this page, the radio-telescope of Mt. Jellicibo) and asking every Jellicle for support.

Dr. NosrricanDirector - SETJI Proyect - Mt. Jellicibo

Portuguese Anti-Piracy Systems

Aviso Legal

Ai de quem fizer cópias deste DVD para ofertar e/ou comercializar junto de amigos e/ou conhecidos, pois arrisca-se a levar uma valente galheta e/ou um chuto nos dentes. Mesmo representar parte dos sketches num jantar de familia - ou até num almoço, vá lá - dá direito a que a gente vá aí a casa e vos aleije a séria. Sim, porque nós possuímos uma moca de Rio Maior com ponta de aço, que até uma vez no tránsito tivemos uma alteração com um taxista que nos ultrapassa à má fila, ali na zona de Xabregas como quem vai para Marvila, e nós dissemos: "O que é isto, ó fogareiro? Vê lá se quereslevar com esta moca..." E ele: "Ah, e tal, não tenho cá medo de mocas". E aí nós: "Ai, é?" E mostrámos-lhe a moca. E ele: "Eh, lá! Peço desculpa, pois realmente essa moca impõe respeito". Depois, até ficámos amigos, tanto é que nos convidou para uma sardinhada num avançadoque ele tem ali no parque de campismo no Parque de Campismo da Costa da Caparica. Mas nós não fomos.

Bem, considerem-se avisados.

Taken from the Gato Fedorento DVD

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Friday, November 05, 2004

Lost in Translation

You know how it feels to suddenly not have something in your life, that you have become as attached to as your mind?

It feels so... empty...

Why is it that when something is no longer part of our lives, it changes us so drastically?
Changes or lifestyles... our moods... even our feelings towards parts of our lives that are still there...

That should mean that if we had that something back in our lives, we would be correspondingly elated... overjoyed...

But does that really happen?

Thanks the heavens, yes...

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Surf the Dirt

Dirtsurfing is huge.

It's even big here and here in Portugal.

You better beleive it, baby.

Dirtsurfing is riding around on a two-wheeled aluminium frame at 80km/h, over taking cars, riding 3 inches above the tarmac and dirt-paths carved out by bad weather... and feeling the wind... oh the wind...

I took up dirtsurfing about a year ago when Jonnydirt introduced me to this wild world.

It is such a rush... huge amount of adrenaline. I guess I get 95% of the rush thinking about whether my brakes will fail...

(Yes... we do have brakes. Whether we use them or not is debatable)

Monday, October 04, 2004


Caught myself thinking this on saturday morning.

Looks like morning in your eyes
But the clock's held 9:15 for hours

Couldn't tempt us if it tried
Cuz the afternoon's already come and gone

And I said Hooo, hooo, hooo
To you

Surprise Surprise
Couldn't find it in your eyes
But I'm sure it's written all over my face
Surprise Surprise
Never something I could hide
When I see we made it through another day

Then I say Hooo, hooo, hooo
To you
And now the night
Will throw its cover down, ooo, on me again
Ooh, and if I'm right
It's the only way to bring me back

Hooo, hooo, hooo
To you Hooo, yeah, hooo, hooo

To you

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Thursday, September 30, 2004

On love and loving

When I think about love, I can't help but wonder how much of what I feel is pre-programmed by social values I aquired while growing up. Nah... not all of it is social... I know that for a fact. Genetic? Who knows?


Love is a world... made of two.
Love is validating each other.
You recognize the source of potential within the other person as something real. Something true. Potential that can and will happen.
That potential is validated. Which in turn validates your potential.
We make the other person feel good, as they do so with us. We make them know that they are unique, capable of feeling good, and of making others feel good too.
We both make the other person feel like a god.
Love is the creation and nurturing of two gods...
And who shall a god frolic with?

Another god.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Weeeelll.. I guess that better late than never applies in this case:

The European Union is deploying an EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) for the coming Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Malawi, scheduled to take place on 18 May 2004. The deployment of an EU EOM follows an invitation from the Malawian Electoral Commission and is a practical expression of the EU's on-going support for the process of democratisation in Malawi. The upcoming elections represent a significant moment in Malawi's democratic development, where a broad and pluralistic electoral competition is expected to take place, against the backdrop of controversies over the consolidation of democratic institutions.

Full Story here: http:\\

Monday, September 27, 2004

Search for meaning

Well, the weekend has come and gone, and I've had a very nice time with friends and family, and a friend.

As this blog is still in it's infancy, maybe it's time to see how other Malawians are faring in cyber world....

(All searches are GOOGLED)

Malawi : 12.200.000 hits
Zimbabwe : 11.700.000 hits
New Zealand : 25.700.000 hits
Portugal : 52.600.000 hits
America : 316.000.000 hits
Vanuatu : 10.600.000 hits
Sex : 353.000.000 hits

Well, I wonder if the number of web hits correlates with the relative importance/wealth/health of any given country...
Hmmm... sounds like a great thesis to do if I ever decide to finish off that doctorate I've been planning to do...

(Also good to know that Sex is 4 Malawi's better than America...)

Friday, September 24, 2004

Booting up...

Boot sector not found... please insert a bootable floppy


Ok, I'm online...

Beer in hand... ciggy in the other, Mawalien's blog takes form...

(Just dont ask me how I'm typing....)