When opening coconuts in the Thai jungle, I highly recommend doing it as _softly_ as possible. It turns out that noise (such as that of an ill-aimed machete slamming into the deck of a wooden bungalow) can awaken swarms of big black wasps which, it turns out, sting *hard.*

Here's Joey, just before they attacked us:



This Wired article made me think of Señor Benson. I think he should go to Malaysia and set some records (and sit a Vipassana course ;).


iPods for Senators

"...we're taking matters into our own hands and buying a video iPod for the campaigns of Senators who work on legislation affecting technology. Plus, we're going to pre-load each one with examples of the cultural richness made possible by sharing and collaboration - public domain content, Creative Commons content, and audio messages about the importance of balanced copyright policy. It will be engraved with the words "listen to the people." And it will arrive at each Senator's campaign office with a letter of explanation and a list of all the people who helped pay for it."


Cryptonomicon Spam

Is anybody else getting bombarded with spam that's channeling Cryptonomicon?


Whooping Cough

According to Dr. Razavi (our on-site doc here at work), the danger posed by the rapid, worldwide spread of Whooping Cough is way higher than bird flu. She posted about it on her blog:
"In its heyday it was responsible for at least 200,000 cases a year just in the United States. These cases were reduced significantly with the development of the vaccine in the 1940's. However, since the 1980's there has been a steady increase again with 9000 cases in 2002, and 25,000 cases in 2004..."

"All adults 19 - 64 years old and especially those with infants should receive the new pertussis vaccine which is given as one shot in combination with the diphtheria/tetanus vaccine. It is not a live vaccine so there is no risk of getting the disease from the vaccine. It is considered safe and effective, however its safety in pregnant women and in those over 65 has not yet been established. Teens 11 - 18 are also recommended to get the vaccine. The immunity from this vaccine is expected to last 6-10 years."


I *heart* texting

I think SMS was made for flirting.


Awesome Hammer Interview

Yes, you're all aware by now that I've fully drunk the MC Hammer kool-aid. To get a glimpse of why, listen to this BreakdownFM interview with Hammer from ~1 month ago, on Odeo. Seriously, Hammer's dialed.
"This is one of the deepest and realest interviews you will ever hear as we sat down with MC Hammer for a candid no holds barred interview about all things Hip Hop. What he had to say was both eye opening and incredibly insightful."
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[via El Suttero]