Archive for October, 2008

Ghost votes

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

My grandmother on my mother’s side passed away today (My grandma Phillips died in April). A recent letter from my mother mentioned that she had helped my grandparents with their absentee ballots on the 21st. Does my grandmother’s vote count? According to this Slate Explainer, the rules, like all election law, vary from state to state. Some allow the votes to stay and some demand they be pulled. I called the county election commissioner and asked what the laws were in Nebraska. She said that if they had the ballot already, it would be in the system and counted. Now this is not a definitive statement on the law, since if there was a law it would be hard to enforce. I’m not going to be an alarmist about dead people voting, but I did find this quote from a 2004 USA TODAY article interesting:

How many of those voters won’t be alive on Election Day? Considering that an average of 455 voting-age people die in Florida every day, and that the 2000 presidential election was decided by a mere 537 votes, dead votes that slip through the cracks could become a meaningful bloc.

A Sexy Halloween

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

A Sexy Halloween Goes well with Girls’s Costume Warehouse.

This T-shirt links to your Facebook profile

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

This T-shirt links to your Facebook profile. Uses ShotCodes which can store 49bits. ShotCodes use URL redirection (which you can update) because of the low bit count and presumably the circular design allows for faster acquisition. I like the idea, but data matrix and QR readers already have a huge install base not tied to a service.

Living Out of a Shipping Container in Style

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Living Out of a Shipping Container in Style

Oh exploitable!

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

My hardware, let me show you it
This weekend was BarCampLA 6. BarCamp is a self organizing conference. It has sponsors, is free to attend, and speakers are all voluntary. It was hosted at Mahalo so I decided to give a talk titled “Intro to Hardware Hacking: @sweetums pulls random crap out of his office”. I tried to cover a broad spectrum of what you can hack in hopes that people would see something they personally identified with and would use as a starting point. I started with consumer devices that were hackable. Then went to kits that you can purchase. Finally I covered tools and resources. Managed to fill the whole 50 minutes.

I happened to be presenting in the Mahalo Daily studio with the green screen in the background. I made sure to pose appropriately in case someone wanted to photoshop it. Thank you vissago for the photos.

YouTube – Wassup 2008

Friday, October 24th, 2008

YouTube – Wassup 2008

PhotoshopDisasters: Marie Claire: On reflection, perhaps not

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

PhotoshopDisasters: Marie Claire: On reflection, perhaps not This is a great retouching example. I kinda wish the vetical distortion had been corrected, but that’s a bigger problem.

In Defense of PG Porn & The Brothers Gunn

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

In Defense of PG Porn & The Brothers Gunn Watch the video first. It’s PG.

The Things He Carried

Friday, October 17th, 2008

The Things He Carried Jeffrey Goldberg and Bruce Schneier completely dismantle the airport screening proceedure.

The MacGuffin Library

Friday, October 17th, 2008

The MacGuffin Library (scroll down) Uses rapid prototyping to transport items from fictional narratives into the real world.