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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Kenny Gilmore and the Sangalala Band



Quoting Websters:

English Translation for: sangalala
Chewa: be glad, to rejoice.
Doe: become cheerful.


Well, this is a blast from the past.

One of my best buds from Malawi just sent me a message over facebook, and I found out he had a band in Malawi, and they've cut an album.

The band's name is Sangalala (Check out their myspace page)

Kenny is the lead singer and plays the harmonica, along with Patrick Anadi on Lead Guitar, Felix Jere on Bass, African Percussion is beat out by Steve Mthume, Modern Percussion by Madalitso, Keyboard and vocals Charles Foster, and last but not least Peter Phiri on the horn.

They played at the Lake of Stars music festival, and here's an excerpt from Kenny's blog:

"Still feelin the buzz after the lake of stars, who could ask for a better location than the Northen Lake shore of Malawi. Many thanks to all those who spoke to me and to the boys afterwards, it was great to meet you all and I hope we will one day make it to play in your home countries. I'm trying to put together a little library of photos from the lake of stars so if you have any you want to send me it's kennygilmore@emailaccount.com zikomo kwambiri! If any of you have any questions about the music we play, and our current schedule in Malawi feel free to ask. I would like to post a short movie clip on the site I am talking to TV Malawi about it..so watch this space! love to all - Kenny.."


Also, the Lake of Stars website had this to say about the band:
"...and not forgetting the amazing Kenny Gilmore and his Sangalala band stole the show from the Malawian side of things..."



Last year he was interviewed by Xan Philips, and here's a couple of lines from his site, and the interview itself:

"When Kenny Gilmore visited the UK in 2006 Xan Phillips interviewed him about the band, music in Malawi and the influences behind their latest album ‘Ngati Mafunde Mafunde’.
The conversation is interspersed with three tracks: Musade Nkawa, Ngati Mafunde and Phwando.
"

Look out from some great harmonica sounds, a bit of Chichewa, and a bunch of laughs.



Ubwino.org recount a party at Doogles for Saint Patrick's day this year:

"Kenny G started off the entertainment getting everyone in the mood with originals such as ngate mafunde and cover versions such as ‘Brown eyed girl' by well known Irish singer Van Morrison. The crowd went wild - especially the girls, when shirtless Kenny strutted his powerful stuff!"




He has a couple of videos uploaded. The music is great, yes. But kudos also go to the video production.. you can see a lot of effort went into the videos, and they show the band just basically having so much fun!! Also, beautiful Malawi is nicely depicted, and every 10 seconds, I'd be going "geeez... I remeber that (house, beach, mountain, bridge)"

Here are a couple:(I'll start with one of my favourites)
"Ngati Mafunde"




And now we have Kenny scaring some girls on a beach in "Malawian Queen"


(And just to even things out a bit, here's one I dug up by Kenny himself...)
"Darkest Hour"




He is currently living in manchester, where he still performs, writes and records.

After a little bit of searching, I found out a little about what he's got planned, from Gumtree.com. Check it out, and let Kenny know if you can help out, or recommend a friend!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Translatory Liberation

Take a healthy serving of:

Harmonizar o projecto para que a Praça tenha uma conjugação perfeita entre o cheiro do verde e das flores, o som da água a circular e em queda e a companhia de passarinhos

Add a little of this, a whole bunch of imagination, bake for 12 hours, and voliá:

Harmonize the project in a way that the square possesses a perfect blend of the sights and smells of the greenery and flowers and the sound of flowing and cascading water, all in the company of local bird species

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Fake Blood


I remember when I was a kid, trying to emulate all the blood in those early eighties splatter movies.

The easiest was to just use ketchup.

Then I discovered that dipping watermelon in strawberry jam was a great substitute for blood AND flesh. (And it tasted really good)

I f you want more ideas for making industrial quantities of fake blood, check out this article on Wikihow.

I vant... blodt!

One way Africa could beat poverty


Africa is not a poor continent. Rather it is the people who are. The continent has the largest world deposits of diamonds, gold, coal, copper and manganese. It has large deposits of minerals, huge reserves of crude oil and natural gas and vast forests, fisheries and land for agriculture and cattle ranching.

Africans rank among the poorest in the world in the midst of plenty for three main reasons. First, since the early days of colonialism, there has been incessant plunder and exploitation of Africa's resources by the developed world to the detriment of economic development in Africa.

Second, there is deliberate marginalisation of Africa in global financing, foreign direct investment and access to science and technological innovation that could have created new wealth for Africa.

In other words, African resources do not create new wealth or employment in Africa because they are not processed on the continent but are shipped to the industrialised countries in raw form.

And finally, most African governments have, so far, not taken concrete action to ensure that we change globalisation system in our favour.

We have not developed home grown strategies to deal with our specific situations. In most cases, we have depended on "surrogate economists" to advise us and ended up with wrong diagnoses, wrong prescriptions and hence wrong results.

Africa must agree on economic strategies and technological innovations that are tailored to respond to the challenges of poverty alleviation and help to bridge the "technology divide" between industrialised and developing nations.

These measures must prevent the existence of extreme poverty amidst abundant wealth; hunger and malnutrition amidst food surpluses; diseases and death amidst breakthroughs in medical and health sciences; and ignorance amidst phenomenal advancements in information and communications technology.

Malawi is responding to the challenge of poverty through a variety of measures including implementing its home grown strategies and taking full ownership of its economy and desti
ny.


Written by Malawi's current President, Bingo wa Mutharika. Read the rest of it here.


Banish TV's to limbo


Tired of all those LCD TVs everywhere?
Want a break from advertisements while you're trying to eat?
Want to zap screens from across the street?

The TV-B-Gone kit is what you need! This ultra-high-power version of the popular TV-B-Gone is fun to make and even more fun to use.

I think this would be soooo popular in Portugal.... where EVERYBODY loves football.

They even have it in a nice little kit.


DarkAlex releases universal PSP unbricker


Although this was made to unbrick your PSP, it can be used to "crack" any version to be able to play Homebrew apps, and "backups" of your original games.

Get the files and readme HERE. I have cracked 2 PSP's using this method, so yes, it does work.

Note: DAX (Dark Alex) is spanish. Just so you know....

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Amazing Brain


We all have a little something like this inside us.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Biblical WTF


These crazy germans




If you have the originals, you can make a copy for yourself

Films

Futurama

Full Metal Alchemist - A great Anime series

Studio Ghibli

Comics

Music

Kinda makes sense

Slash backing Sex Pistols comeback


Former Guns'N Roses guitarist Slash has backed the campaign to get Sex Pistols' 'God Save The Queen' to Number One.

NME.COM is campaigning to send the record to Number One next week after it was cheated out of the top spot back in 1977.

'God Save The Queen' was denied its rightful place at Number One because the authorities feared the punk anthem would spoil the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations 30 years ago.


Read it over at NME

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Slo-mo

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Ah, right...


Eye on africa




Thirty years of Africa images, selected by Sebastião Salgado, who is one the most respected photojournalists working today, his reputation forged by decades of dedication and powerful black and white images of dispossessed and distressed people taken in places where most wouldn’t dare to go.




Although he has photographed throughout South America and around the globe, his work most heavily concentrates on Africa, where he has shot more than 40 reportage works over a period of 30 years. From the Dinka tribes in Sudan and the Himba in Namibia to gorillas and volcanoes in the lakes region to displaced peoples throughout the continent, Salgado shows us all facets of African life today.




Whether he’s documenting refugees or vast landscapes, Salgado knows exactly how to grab the essence of a moment so that when one sees his images one is involuntarily drawn into them. His images artfully teach us the disastrous effects of war, poverty, disease, and hostile climatic conditions.




This book brings together Salgado’s photos of Africa in three parts. The first concentrates on the southern part of the continent (Mozambique, Malawi, Angola, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia), the second on the Great Lakes region (Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya), and the third on the Sub-Saharan region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Mauritania, Senegal, Ethiopia). Texts are provided by renowned Mozambique novelist Mia Couto, who describes how today’s Africa reflects the effects of colonization as well as the consequences of economic, social, and environmental crises.
Check out more at the Taschen store

No sex since when??

A crusty old Marine Sergeant Major found himself at a gala event hosted by a local liberal arts college. There was no shortage of extremely young, idealistic ladies in attendance, one of whom approached the Sergeant Major for conversation.

"Excuse me, Sergeant Major, but you seem to be a very serious man. Is something bothering you?"

"Negative, ma'am. Just serious by nature."

The young lady looked at his awards and decorations and said, "It looks like you have seen a lot of action."

"Yes, ma'am, a lot of action."

The young lady, tiring of trying to start up a conversation, said, "You know, you should lighten up a little. Relax and enjoy yourself."

The Sergeant Major just stared at her in his serious manner.

Finally the young lady said, "You know, I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but when is the last time you had sex?"

"1955, ma'am."

"Well, there you are. You really need to chill out and quit taking everything so seriously! I mean, no sex since 1955! She took his hand and led him to a private room where she proceeded to "relax" him several times.

Afterwards, panting for breath, she leaned against his bare chest and said, "Wow, you sure didn't forget much since 1955!"

The Sergeant Major, glancing at his watch, said in his matter-of-fact voice,

"I hope not, it's only 2130 now."

Great laughs

Been listening to Mitch Hedberg all week.
Laffin my ass off in the middle of traffic is cool. Here's a couple of lines from Mitch:

- My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana, I said "No, but I want a regular banana later, so, Yeah."

- The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I'll never be as good as a wall.

- I think Bigfoot is blurry, that's the problem. There's a large out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside.

- On a traffic light yellow means yield, and green means go. On a banana, it's just the opposite, yellow means go ahead, green means stop, and red means, where'd you get that banana?

- I like buying snacks from a vending machine because food is better when it falls. Sometimes at the grocery, I'll drop a candy bar so that it will achieve its maximum flavor potential.

- You know they call corn-on-the-cob, "corn-on-the-cob", but that's how it comes out of the ground. They should just call it corn, and every other type of corn, corn-off-the-cob. It's not like if someone cut off my arm they would call it "Mitch", and then re-attached it, and call it "Mitch-all-together".

- If you had a friend who was a tightrope walker, and you were walking down a sidewalk, and he fell, that would be completely unacceptible...

- My apartment is infested with koala bears. It's the cutest infestation ever. Way better than cockroaches. When I turn on the light, a bunch of koala bears scatter, but I don't want them too. I'm like, "Hey... Hold on fellows... Let me hold one of you, and feed you a leaf." Koala bears are so cute, why do they have to be so far away from me. We need to ship a few over, so I can hold one, and pat it on its head.

- Every time I go and shave, I assume there is somebody else on the planet shaving as well, so I say, "I'm gonna go shave too."

(That last one is my personal favourite... applies to sooo many things :) )

Cool things you can do with your body

When your throat tickles, scratch your ear - "When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm," says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. "This spasm relieves the tickle."

Painless Injections - German researchers have discovered that coughing during an injection can lessen the pain of the needle stick. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.

Fight acid reflux - Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the esophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you're on your left, the stomach is lower than the esophagus, so gravity's in your favor.

Stop the world from spinning - One too many drinks left you dizzy? Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance—the cupula—floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. "As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises," says Dr. Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom.

Fold a friend - Next time you're at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He'll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that's a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will fold like a house of cards. By misaligning his hips, you've offset his spine, says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body's ability to resist.

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Sunday, September 30, 2007

The story of "O"rganics

Well, I'm back after a rather long hiatus. And today, kiddies, we're looking into why buying organic/biological/natural foodstuffs are not really a good idea at all.

First of all, lets look at some definitions, shall we? (Curtesy of Wikipedia, TIME Magazine, Scientific American, etc.)

Organic Farming: A form of agriculture which largely excludes the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators, and livestock feed additives. As far as possible, organic farmers rely on crop rotation, crop residues, animal manures and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and tilth to supply plant nutrients, and to control weeds, insects and other pests.

Biological Farming: Growing of living things. All foodstuffs that are grown, reared, cultivated, etc are Biological. Quite simply, they are or were alive. This term has no real connection with HOW, WHY, WHERE or WHEN foodstuffs are cultivated.


"Conventional" farming: This is a term I will use throughout this post, to define "standard", "normal", "conventional" agricultural practice. Basically, the way farms have been run over the last 100 or so years.



Here are a few facts about Organic and conventional agriculture:

- In 2007, the USDA approved 50 NEW inorganic chemicals to be used on Organic foodstuffs.Though some of the ingredients may not be available in organic commercial form, they are still not organic and in the end, you are not getting what you pay for.

- Independent scientists have yet to document a definite, long-term negative effect of modern pesticides on our bodies.

- Organic produce is not entirely free from chemicals – it is simply that a much narrower range of such chemicals is allowed for food to qualify as ‘organic’, and they tend to be used less frequently. Given that some of the things that pesticides are designed to eliminate – like poisonous fungal growths – are pretty dangerous, that is not necessarily beneficial in any event.

- To date, studies have shown no reproduceable nutritional difference between organic and conventional produce. William Lockeretz of Tufts University told an organic food conference: ‘I wish I could tell you that there is a clear, consistent nutritional difference between organic and conventional foods. Even better, I wish I could tell you that the difference is in favour of organic. Unfortunately, though, from my reading of the scientific literature, I do not believe such a claim can be responsibly made.'

- All farming, organic or not, has an environmental impact. All farming, Organic or not, uses chemicals.

- 95% of organic produce is more expensive to the end-consumer than conventional produce.

- Organic produce that is transported using the same methods as conventional produce have similar levels of chemicals, due to contact with toxins, plastics etc during transport. The only way to counter this would be to go to a farm (conventional or organic) pick the fruit yourself, and bring it home in a cloth bag)

- Any minimal difference between organic and conventional foodstuffs are lost if the foodstuffs are processed in any way (Dried, baked, salted, made into sauces, cooked, powdered etc)

- Although Organic farming use natural fertilizers, these need to be applied in much higher quantities, and while ‘natural,’ they are still not environmentally safe in high concentrations. Too much animal waste in any one area is bad for the environment. Manure runoff is bad for our water supply. And increased fecal exposure increases the risk of e. coli outbreaks.

- Environmentally, a "conventional" local apple is probably better than organic apples from Chile, because of all of the fuel burned to bring the apple here.


Norman Borlaug (Winner of the Nobel Peace prize, and father of the "green revolution" says:
The idea that organic farming is better for the environment is “ridiculous” because organic farming produces lower yields and therefore requires more land under cultivation to produce the same amount of food. Thanks to synthetic fertilisers, global cereal production tripled between 1950 and 2000, but the amount of land used increased by only 10%. Using traditional techniques such as crop rotation, compost and manure to supply the soil with nitrogen and other minerals would have required a tripling of the area under cultivation. The more intensively you farm, Mr Borlaug contends, the more room you have left for rainforest.

T-shirt and bumper sticker nominee - "Save the rainforests! Boycott organic!"


I believe that consumers who buy organic foods are just as ignorant as everyone else about where their food comes from and how it is produced. They just buy the food for the organic label, so they can feel better about themselves.
(I myself am included in the ignorant category. I have absolutely no idea where, how, why or when my food was cultivated, although I do not purchase organic products.)
For some reason, Organic Buyers feel that Organic foods are:
1 - Healthier
2 - Better for the environment
3 - Economically feasible to purchase
4 - Will help to reduce weight / Cholesterol, etc

Although none of these things have been scientifically backed up.

Organic growers, when questioned about whether they know certain facts about organic produce, usually answer defensively. They invariably voice off marketing tag lines, misinformation and clearly altered facts, and they do so without ever having investigated any evidence that the products they are selling was grown with any less environmental impact.

This lack of substantiated information goes for Organic Buyers also. (Who also are very defensive whenever anyone raises the most basic questions)

I personally will purchase the cheapest food I can find. And all basic foodstuffs are cheap. I read a recent post about a grocery list for a 1 week menu to feed four people for €40.00 a week. There is no way anyone could ever do that with organic foodstuffs.


Well, Organics are not what they´re all cracked up to be.
They're an expensive fad-food, marketed in a way that makes people more comfortable with themselves. Every ones doing it, and nobody really knows why.
But that doesn't mean you can't eat healthy!
Try these tips on healthier eating:

- Buy produce from local growers. The further away the grower, the more toxins + pollutants your food is in contact with.

- Grow your own produce. Even if you dont have room to grow potatoes and carrots, you can always find room in your kitchen for a couple of pots for herbs, shallots etc. (If you use natural, unprocessed soil that you yourself have dug up from a forest or mountain somewhere far from civilisation, and use no fertilisers additives or chemicals, this to me is the only way you will ever eat truly Organic food.) - And it will still cost you a tiny fraction of what you will spend on shop bought produce. If you want... you could sell off your "Organic" produce for insanely large amounts of money! (Oh, wait... they re already doing that...)

- Save money by not buying unjustifiably expensive organic produce. Use these saving to purchase exotic / different fruits and vegetables you have never tried before (Prickly pears, passion fruit, gooseberry's, guavas, etc). This variation in diet will bring you more benefits than anything organically grown.

- EAT MORE VEGGIES! I am not a vegetarian BUT, I really love vegetarian food. Its more easily digestible, tastes better and makes you feel better because of the nutrients you re ingesting. Also, by eating meat, you are only utilizing about 10% of the energy used to make the meat.


To sum things up: In this post, I am not bashing Organic Agriculture. I think the idea behind it is sound. I think alternative methods should always exist. We are human, and we have the capacity to develop new strategies, ideas and solutions.

I AM bashing organic growers for disseminating misinformation about the benefits of buying organic produce. I am bashing them for hiking up the prices.
I am also bashing organic buyers, for being ignorant to the point of not finding out information about what theyre buying, and spending 3 or 4 times more money, for produce invariably of lower quality.

Ah, so thats my little rant for today. :D

Feel much better....




Webliography:

Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_farming

British Studies Web Pages
http://elt.britcoun.org.pl/elt/c_food.htm

TIME
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1651501,00.html

Marginal Evolution:
http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2006/12/against_organic.html

Helium.com
http://www.helium.com/tm/366654/benefit-having-pesticide-ridden

Spiked-Online
http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/2691/

Dorshorst:
http://dorshorst08.blogspot.com/2006/09/argument-against-organic.html

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Random Chat

ChanceChat is another way to connect randomly to people all over the world.
You can come on ChanceChat to chat instantly with interesting people, just input some of your information (like age and gender), and narrow your search for your chat partner, and if someone is on the system that matches your criteria, you will instantly be connected to that person.

Here's my first shot at this:


[23:36] Syndrome: Hi Maw!
[23:37] mawalien: hey
[23:37] mawalien: hows things?
[23:37] Syndrome: How are you? grin.gif
[23:37] mawalien: doing pretty good, thanks
[23:37] Syndrome: Things are good over here!
[23:37] mawalien: goodie
[23:37] Syndrome: And there?
[23:37] mawalien: wheres here?
[23:38] Syndrome: So where are you from?
[23:38] Syndrome: Florida, USA.
[23:38] mawalien: well, 27 degree weather, in lisbon portugal
[23:38] mawalien: where am i from?
[23:38] Syndrome: surprised.gif
[23:38] mawalien: malawi, central africa
[23:39] mawalien: 27 degreees celcius
[23:39] Syndrome: That's so interesting!
[23:39] Syndrome: I have to tell you, youre the first Malawilian (what do you call yourselves, hehe?) I've ever met!
[23:39] Syndrome: So nice to meet you!
[23:39] mawalien: grin.gifgrin.gif malawian
[23:39] mawalien: cheers
[23:40] Syndrome: Cheers! ;D
[23:40] mawalien: well... first floridian ive met alsotongue.gif
[23:40] Syndrome: So are you at home? An internet cafe?
[23:40] mawalien: home, on the porch, just stumbling a bit... thats how i found this page
[23:41] mawalien: tell me about florida...
[23:41] Syndrome: That is also how I found this page!
[23:41] mawalien: were you born there?
[23:41] Syndrome: Well, right now it is VERY hot and humid! I am sitting in my room. smile.gif
[23:41] Syndrome: Yes, I am 18 years old. Born and raised here in South Florida!
[23:42] mawalien: nice
[23:43] mawalien: have you travelled much?
[23:43] Syndrome: Have you ever been to America?
[23:43] Syndrome: Sadly, no. Not yet, but I plan to! Maybe Australia, or something grin.gif
[23:43] mawalien: nope... never been. dont know much about the states apart from the whole consumerism and bushism thingy
[23:44] Syndrome: Is English your first language?
[23:44] mawalien: have a couple of friends there, most went to school with me in malawi
[23:44] Syndrome: Very cool! You are my only African friend!
[23:45] Syndrome: So, do you speak other languages?
[23:45] mawalien: yeah. been in portugal since 1999, so i know portuguese.
[23:45] mawalien: smile.gif my pleasure.
[23:46] Syndrome: Wow! Everyone besides the US seems to be so multi-lingual!
[23:46] mawalien: well... bilingual... most people in portugal speak portuguese and english or french.
[23:46] Syndrome: I can only speak English and I know sign language.
[23:46] Syndrome: Would love to learn french
[23:46] mawalien: sign language. cool. did you need to learn it, or just wanted to learn it?
[23:47] Syndrome: It's very interesting. Wanted to. they had a 3 week course at my highschool!
[23:47] mawalien: all i've learnt about signing came from an applet in firefox with the basic letters
[23:48] Syndrome: Excuse my ignorance, but is it American Sign Language or another?
[23:48] mawalien: I guess it would be cool if more people knew how to sign. (silent conversations)
[23:48] Syndrome: I really enjoy it. smile.gif
[23:48] mawalien: well, it's a plugin for firefox, in iGoogle, so i would reckon it's american
[23:49] Syndrome: Ah, yes I've seen it!
[23:49] mawalien: although, untill you brought it up, i thought all signing was the same, regardless of the country
[23:49] mawalien: smile.gif i'll look into it sometime
[23:49] Syndrome: Ah, almost each country has it's own sign language.
[23:50] Syndrome: I hope you don't mind me asking, but what is your name? smile.gif
[23:50] mawalien: wow
[23:50] mawalien: my names marc
[23:51] mawalien: and yours?
[23:51] Syndrome: Jessica. Just a very boring American name. smile.gif
[23:52] mawalien: ah, i knew a jessica in malawi... jessica rue. her dad was a dentist. she was two years ahead of me in schoolsmile.gif
[23:53] mawalien: hung out with her brother a bunch
[23:53] mawalien: so, are you in varsity?
[23:53] Syndrome: What does varsity mean?
[23:53] mawalien: erm, college
[23:54] Syndrome: My last year of highschool!
[23:54] Syndrome: Next year!
[23:55] mawalien: have you decided what you'll be studying?
[23:55] Syndrome: Hmm..
[23:55] Syndrome: Not yet!
[23:55] mawalien: are your school years from september till june or january till october?
[23:56] Syndrome: Maybe actually sign language or something wtih computers
[23:56] Syndrome: What do you do?
[23:56] Syndrome: Sept til June.
[23:56] Syndrome: Well, August, actually.
[23:56] mawalien: i'm a systems administrator
[23:56] mawalien: ok, so it's like portugal toosmile.gif
[23:56] Syndrome: surprised.gif
[23:56] Syndrome: That sounds really cool.
[23:57] mawalien: yeah, well... it's basically just fiixing computers...
[23:57] Syndrome: Were you born in Portugal?
[23:57] Syndrome: Really cool! Do you program?
[23:58] mawalien: born in malawi... like i said in the beginning tounge.gif
[23:58] Syndrome: Wow! tongue.gif I bet it's more comlicated than that
[23:58] mawalien: ah, no... never got into the programming thing... i'm mainly hardware and networks
[23:59] Syndrome: I know a little hardware/networking myself. And some programming on the side, hehe.
[23:59] Syndrome: I took those courses in school. smile.gif
[23:59] mawalien: yeah, well, signing and computers sounds interesting too
[23:59] Syndrome: I'm a computer nerd girl. Hehe.
[00:00] mawalien: smile.gif it's always good to know a little about a lot of things
[00:00] mawalien: great... first computer nerd floridian i've met
[00:00] Syndrome: That is some good advice!
[00:00] Syndrome: Hehe. grin.gif
[00:01] mawalien: any plans for the weekend?
[00:01] Syndrome: Were you born in Portugal?
[00:01] mawalien: no, born in malawi, central africa
[00:01] mawalien: i think some messages arent getting through...
[00:01] Syndrome: Ah, I'm sure. Nothing interesting. Maybe go to the beach with friends and so on. smile.gif We have very nice beaches here. ;P
[00:02] Syndrome: So born in Malawi, went to portugal, and now back home? smile.gif
[00:02] mawalien: back home?
[00:02] Syndrome: Wow!
[00:02] mawalien: i'm still in portugal...
[00:03] Syndrome: Ah.. I understand now.
[00:03] Syndrome: Ah.. I understand now.
[00:03] mawalien: thats my plan exactly. beach... and rest...
[00:03] Syndrome: Do you miss home, or are you happy in Portugal?
[00:03] mawalien: happy here, but i always miss home
[00:03] Syndrome: I really love the ocean. smile.gif
[00:04] mawalien: last time i was back was in jan
[00:04] Syndrome: I hope you don't mind me asking, but how old are you? smile.gif
[00:04] mawalien: 29
[00:04] Syndrome: Very cool. Bet you didnt mind that
[00:04] mawalien: i dont mind at alltongue.gif
[00:05] mawalien: basically, malawi makes a living from agriculture and tourism
[00:06] mawalien: got a couple of friends that are still there, but theyre managinggrin.gif
[00:07] Syndrome: That's good, do they enjoy being there still?
[00:07] Syndrome: surprised.gif
[00:08] Syndrome: I looked at some pictures. Malawi looks beautiful!
[00:09] mawalien: its great. if you ever want to visit another country thats really different...
[00:09] Syndrome: Marc, it has been really interesting chatting with you! smile.gif But I must go, it is dinner time over here in Florida! sad.gif
[00:09] Syndrome: Thank you for company!
[00:09] mawalien: ok... thank you too. Cheers!
[00:10] Syndrome: Bye bye! grin.gif Enjoy the beach! wink.gif

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Shortest post ever

I've been using computers for so long, when I was a kid, my ip was 7.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Future Tactics? Present Tactics.....


If you want to bring down a country's information infrastructure and you don't want anyone to know who did it, the weapon of choice is a distributed denial of service attack.

Using rented botnets, you can launch hundreds of thousands — even millions — of infobombs at a target, all while maintaining total deniability.
In this hypothetical scenario, a single attack launched by China against the US lasts only a few hours, but a full-scale assault lasting days or weeks could bring an entire modern information economy to its knees.

This is great because it's succint information. But it's been around for a while now.

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AR SpeedUp only needs to be used once (a process taking only a few seconds) and then your 'Reader will be transformed forever.
There are also some tweaking options available.

This (along with any other free software really works, has no spyware, and is great)

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