Saturday, April 18, 2015

Miley Cyrus - Free The Nipple Movement

What is "Free The Nipple"?

Free The Nipple is a film, an equality movement, and a mission to empower women across the world. We stand against female oppression and censorship, both in the United States and around the globe. Today, in the USA it is effectively ILLEGAL for a woman to be topless, breastfeeding included, in 35 states. In less tolerant places like Louisiana, an exposed nipple can take a woman to jail for up to three years and cost $2,500 in fines. Even in New York City, which legalized public toplessness in 1992, the NYPD continues to arrest women. We’re working to change these inequalities through film, social media, and a grassroots campaign.

Miley Cyrus and Scout Willis have decided to join forces and free their nipples:

Mert Alas, the photographer, must have had fun with this shoot...


So...  I don't totally get it.  If they're wanting to actually "free the nipple" why cover it?

Oh.  Yeah.  I forgot.  Instagram does not allow nipples or aureolas in images.

Even though it is lawful to expose them in public in New York City? 

Scout Willis shopping in New York City.  Fully Topless.  Legally topless:


Ok.  Now for the REAL "free the nipple" Miley Cyrus images:


So...  Why stop at the nipples?

Why isn't there a "free the body" movement?

Every single solitary part of every physical body is natural and pure.


I think, therefore I am strange.

I. M. Strange

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fully Operational Computer: Smaller Than A Grain Of Rice

Smaller and more powerful, controlled by Light!

What happens when all of the entire network becomes self-aware?


Info compiled by Nikolay Starinskiy of Dabi News

Computer scientists from the University of Michigan have invented the world’s smallest complete autonomous computer, and being the size of a grain of rice it could revolutionize the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Michigan Micro Mote (M3) measures just 32mm cubed and is the product of over a decade of work by the staff and students at Michigan’s computer science department, who have been trying to make computers as small as possible to deal with increasing demand for smart, connected devices.
“To be ‘complete’ a computer system must have an input of data, the ability to process that data – meaning process and store it, make decisions about what to do next – and ultimately, the ability to output the data,” said Professor David Blaauw, who researches integrated circuits and VLSI design for the University of Michigan.

“The sensors are the input and the radios are the output. The other key to being a complete computer is the ability to supply its own power.”

The device is currently able to take photographs, record temperatures and pressure readings, and then send that information to a base station, using sensors for the input and radios for the output. A tiny 1mm2 solar cell absorbing ambient light is used to power the computer.

And of course, a computer needs a processor, so the M3 has a miniscule Phoenix processor that measures 915 x 915┬Ám2, using a super low operating voltage of only 500pW.

The maximum range that the M3 can collect and transmit data is 2m at the moment, as if the researchers wanted the distance to be any longer, they would need to create larger antennas and larger batteries to power the antennas.

The researchers hope that the M3 will be used in a variety of applications including home automation, environmental and industrial monitoring, as well as being injected into the body for medical monitoring purposes.

“Down the road we want these sensors to be able to talk to one another, and we’re currently working to extend their range to about 20m,” said Blaauw.

At the moment, the researchers are working to make the M3 even more powerful, as well as sending out units of the tiny computer to researchers in various industries to create even more applications, such as monitoring concrete and oil wells, to observing the behavior of snails.


I think, therefore I am strange. 
I. M. Strange

Monday, April 6, 2015

FUCK (I mean Reform) The PATRIOT ACT!

What You Should Know

On May 26, 2011, Congress passed a four-year extension of three expiring Patriot Act provisions without making much-needed changes to the overly broad surveillance bill. The extended provisions are set now set to expire on June 1, 2015. Despite bills pending in both the House and the Senate to amend the three expiring provisions and other sections of the Patriot Act, Congress decided instead to move ahead with a straightforward reauthorization.

Despite the many amendments to these laws since 9/11, Congress and the public have yet to receive real information about how these powerful tools are being used to collect information on Americans and how that information is being used. All of these laws work together to create a surveillance superstructure – and Congress must understand how it really works to create meaningful protections for civil liberties.

Under this sweeping legislation, the government can:

1) SEARCH YOUR HOME AND NOT EVEN TELL YOU. The USA PATRIOT Act allows the law enforcement to conduct secret "sneak and peek" searches of your home. Investigators can enter your home or office, take pictures and seize items without informing you that a warrant was issued for a very long time – if ever. (SECTION 213)

2) COLLECT INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT BOOKS YOU READ, WHAT YOU STUDY, YOUR PURCHASES, YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY AND YOUR PERSONAL FINANCES. The USA PATRIOT Act gives law enforcement broad access to any types of records – educational, medical, financial, sales, library, etc. – without probable cause of a crime. It also prohibits the holders of this information, like librarians, from disclosing that they have produced such records, under the threat of jail time. While a court order is required to obtain the information, the Act requires that a judge rubber stamp such orders. (SECTION 215)

3) LABEL YOU A "TERRORIST" IF YOU BELONG TO AN ACTIVIST GROUP. The USA PATRIOT Act broadly expands the official definition of terrorism, so many domestic groups that engage in certain types of civil disobedience could very well find themselves labeled as terrorists. (SECTIONS 411, 802)

4) MONITOR YOUR E-MAILS AND WATCH WHAT INTERNET SITES YOU VISIT. The USA PATRIOT Act permits the government to monitor Internet traffic and e-mail communications on any Internet service provider without probable cause by obtaining detailed "routing" information like a web address. While this provision is supposedly aimed at lawbreakers, it sweeps broadly because e-mails and Internet traffic information of innocent individuals cannot be separated from the activity of targeted individuals. (SECTION 216)

5) TAKE AWAY YOUR PROPERTY WITHOUT A HEARING. The USA PATRIOT Act allows the government to seize the assets of an individual or organization without prior notice or hearing if the government says that they have engaged in or are planning an act of "domestic terrorism." Under this law, the government could effectively bankrupt an organization with which it disagrees. (SECTION 806)

6) SPY ON INNOCENT AMERICANS. The USA PATRIOT Act permits a vast array of information gathering on U.S. citizens to be collected and shared with the CIA (and other non-law enforcement officials) without proper judicial oversight or other safeguards. This law effectively puts the CIA back in the business of spying on Americans. (SECTIONS 203 AND 901)

7) PUT IMMIGRANTS IN JAIL INDEFINITELY. The USA PATRIOT Act permits indefinite incarceration of immigrants and other non-citizens without the government having to show that they are, in fact, terrorists. (SECTION 412)

8) WIRETAP YOU UNDER A WARRANT THAT DOESN’T EVEN HAVE YOUR NAME ON IT. The USA PATRIOT Act changes the nature of warrants for wiretaps by requiring judges to approve a wiretap without knowing who is to be tapped nor where it is to be placed. (SECTION 216)

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So...  What can we do right now?


Section 215 vote is not far away, so it’s important to let Congress know what we’re expecting—a no vote on reauthorization, or any other legislation that allows suspicionless surveillance of millions of innocent people.

Tell Congress: it’s time to rethink out-of-control spying. A vote to reauthorize Section 215 is a vote against the Constitution:


 The above link has an easy way to contact your representatives.




 Below, watch a brand new interview with Edward Snowden on this very issue:

I think, therefore I am motherfucking strange!

I. M. Strange

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Google, Please Make Up Your Goddamn Mind

This is a copy of the email I recently received from Google:

Dear Blogger User,
We're writing to tell you about an upcoming change to the Blogger Content  
Policy that may affect your account.
In the coming weeks, we'll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually  
explicit or graphic nude images or video. We'll still allow nudity  
presented in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts, or  
where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking  
action on the content.
The new policy will go into effect on the 23rd of March 2015. After this  
policy goes into effect, Google will restrict access to any blog identified  
as being in violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted,  
but only blog authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the  
blog will be able to see the content we've made private.
Our records indicate that your account may be affected by this policy  
change. Please refrain from creating new content that would violate this  
policy. Also, we ask that you make any necessary changes to your existing  
blog to comply as soon as possible, so that you won't experience any  
interruptions in service. You may also choose to create an archive of your  
content via Google Takeout  
For more information, please read here  
The Blogger Team


This was in the news yesterday:


I spent a few hours combing through posts to make sure I was in 100% compliance.

What a waste of time.


I think, therefore I am strange.

I. M. Strange

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Some Men Just Want To Watch The World Burn

Emotional Outbursts: Liability or Tactic?

Scientists have yet to determine exactly how emotions happen, let alone how we differentiate between our experiences of them.

University of Connecticut professor Ross Buck, expert in emotion and nonverbal communication, explains that at the biological level neurochemical systems contribute to emotional experiences much like musical instruments to the performance of a symphony.  As a trained ear is necessary to truly understand what is going on in symphonic music, a keen sensitivity is necessary to read the subtleties of human expression.

As individuals, we differ in our capacity to express emotion, and to interpret emotion as well.  We vary in what we allow ourselves to reveal.  As an example, when we learn that expressing certain types of emotions in public is not appropriate, we adapt.

How does what we do (and don’t do) to manage emotions influence our professional and social effectiveness?  It’s important to a full and successful life to explore these things in ourselves.

To what extent are we in tune with what others expect of us in the types of situations we typically find ourselves?  When those expectations don’t fit with how we tend to emote, are there ways we can change our expressions without stifling ourselves in ineffective and even unhealthful ways?

Just as “There’s no crying in baseball” there’s an unstated rule in most business establishments that there is no crying at work.  Yet many people, including U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, do cry easily at work.  While Speaker Boehner’s public aspect and his senior leadership position may make his emotional reactions seem a sign of weakness to some, it’s to his good fortune that his tears seem instigated by observably sentimental situations rather than some less politically acceptable cause.

We aren’t all as fortunate as Speaker Boehner, in that we don’t have access to public venues where we can compensate for tears at one time by engaging in admirable expressions later on.  What steps can we ourselves take if we cry too easily, are too quick to anger, tend to roll our eyes when we are bored or frustrated, or display any number of other inappropriate, out-of-sync-with-the-situation emotional expressions?

Well, here are a few options:

Avoidance - Most obviously, to the extent possible avoid the stimulus that usually causes your inappropriate emotional expressions.  Stay away from the people or events that elicit them.  Often, of course, that’s easier said than done.  But once you recognize the triggers for types of emotional expressions that otherwise seem nearly spontaneous for you, it’s possible to begin limiting your exposure to such triggers.

Reframe the situation - Train yourself to change how you think about a person, situation or recurring event that triggers the emotion you’re attempting to attenuate.  Fearsome situations can be reframed as challenges, learning opportunities -- even adventures.  People who elicit undesirable or inappropriate emotions can have their power to do so reduced if you can find something to like about them, less to fear, more to understand, or by redefining their importance in your life.

Substitute another expression – The process here is to consciously replace the emotional reaction with a more appropriate one.  If crying (for example) is spontaneous for you under certain circumstances, there may not be enough time for substitution.  But if feelings that tend to lead you to an overt emotional expression can be sensed early enough, you may be able to employ another, pre-rehearsed expression.  It’s possible to substitute an expression of puzzlement for annoyance and it can help to confirm the substitution with a complimentary verbal comment (e.g., “I don’t think I understand.  Can you tell me more?”).

Account for the expression  - In communication lingo, accounts are excuses or justifications.  They attempt to make illogical or inappropriate behavior seem logical or appropriate.  Some people are highly proficient at accounting for their behaviors:  “I started to overreact there,” “I tend to be somewhat overemotional about things like this,” “I’m pretty tired today,” “I’m certainly still an emotional work in progress” are examples of accounts.

Reframe the emotion – Consider giving your emotion a different definition.  “I’m quite passionate about this issue, as you can see” may be used to describe an intense expression  -- essentially to cast what might otherwise be seen as a negative emotional expression (like anger or frustration) in a more positive light.

I feel like my head is reverberating in space.

I. M. Strange