Hive Mind
Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Huge Archive of Conspiracy bittorrents

This is an oddly diverse collection of videos, ebooks, and mp3's. There's Paris albums, Michael Moore movies, lots and lots of paranoid NWO/Illuminati ramblings, UFO stuff, and yes, there are unfortunately a couple of creepy right-wing "zionist bankers that control the world" type theories featured here. Whoever maintains the archives doesn't seem to favor any of these theories over the others though. I suspect he/she is probably just cataloguing the wierdness. In any case there's loads of cheap entertainment available here, if, like me, you get a kick out of watching 40-year old balding guys who live in their parent's basements explain their pet theories about UFOs and the New World Order.

Check it Out 
Saturday, May 21, 2005

myBio dolls

myBio dolls are a collection of educational dolls exploring the emergence of biological hybrids in biotechnologies, and our moral, social, cultural and personal responses to the strange and different in human biology and also "transhuman" creatures.

Learning from companies and organisations that produce educational dolls, designer Elio Caccavale and bioethicist Richard Ashcroft made twelve myBio dolls that could symbolise possible biofutures.

The use of narrative and myBio dolls can help children understand how to deal with applications of biotechnology, and with the social development of biotechnological knowledge. Tomorrow’s children will need to know the key methods used in biotechnology so they can learn to understand the many ambivalent possibilities of biotechnology.

Starting with a series of "What if" stories, the narrative process gives children a common language for talking about biotechnology. "Suppose that your life could be saved by a pig, what would happen to you and the pig?" or "Imagine you could have a glow-in-the-dark rabbit, would you relate to such a rabbit differently than a conventional one?"

(Via We-Make-Money-Not-Art). 
Friday, May 20, 2005

Gangs use voodoo in Nigeria sex trade

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- If she runs away from her life of prostitution, her parents will become sick and die.

At least that's what this Nigerian woman believes. The threatened curse, she claims, was part of a voodoo rite performed in her homeland just weeks before she was brought to Greece by a prostitution ring.

"I have no doubt in its power," says the petite 24-year-old, who goes by the alias of Maria and described being forced into seven-night-a-week duty at a flophouse brothel on an Athens back street. "Even if I had a doubt, how could I risk the life of my mother and father?"


(Via The Anomalist). 
Thursday, May 19, 2005

Cheap D.I.Y. Water Filtration Tech

I love this sort of thing. This is an excellent example of dirt-cheap, easily made, and extremely useful technology. Clean water is already an extremey scarce and valuable resource in much of the world today, and there is every indication that this situation will worsen dramatically in the near future.This type of technology could help mitigate potentially violent conflicts over control of the world's clean water supplies. It could also help control any number of the diseases that are caused primarily by impure water source that kill huge numbers of people daily. Plus it's made using cow shit, matches, coffee grounds, and clay! Here's a link to a PDF about the filter with a step by step illustration of the process, and heres a link to an interview with the inventor.

(Via Worldchanging). 
Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Wired Magazine Article on Garage Biotech

Damn straight:
The era of garage biology is upon us. Want to participate? Take a moment to buy yourself a molecular biology lab on eBay. A mere $1,000 will get you a setof precision pipettors for handling liquids and an electrophoresis rig for analyzing DNA. Side trips to sites like BestUse and LabX (two of my favorites) may be required to round out your purchases with graduated cylinders or a PCR thermocycler for amplifying DNA. If you can't afford a particular gizmo, just wait six months - the supply of used laboratory gear only gets better with time. Links to sought-after reagents and protocols can be found at DNAHack. And, of course, Google is no end of help.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Googlesat Images of Area 51

They're not really that interesting, unfortunately..



Redbeard Gets Down
Reuters Alertnet
New World Disorder
A Graboid Ate My Mommy
Science Daily
Boing Boing
Infoshop News
Posthuman Blues
Vortex Egg
Cult of the Dead Cow
Mechanical Spirit
MySociety Blog


Open Source, D.I.Y. Media/Tech:

Blackout Media Project
Biological Innovation for Open Society
Open Source Biotechnology
Downhill Battle
Bureau of Inverse Technology
Carbon Defense League
Critical Art Ensemble
Biotech Hobbyist Magazine
Ubuntu Linux


CIA World Factbook
Spunk Library
Hyperhistory Online
Noborder Network
People's Global Action
Critical Resistance


Public Library of Science
Quantum Consciousness
MIT Biology Hypertextbook


Art Crimes
Guns and Dope Party
Temple of the Screaming Electron

Brain Tools:

SMI2LE Nootropics
Bouncing Bear Botanicals

Online Books and Booksellers:

AK Press
Project Gutenberg
Feral House


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