From Schneier on Security:
October 03, 2007
Latest Terrorist False Alarm: Chili Peppers
Three streets were closed and people evacuated from the area as the search was carried out. After locating the source at about 7pm, emergency crews smashed their way into the Thai Cottage restaurant in D’Arblay Street only to emerge with a 9lb pot of smouldering dried chillies.Baffled chef Chalemchai Tangjariyapoon, who had been cooking a spicy dip, was amazed to find himself at the centre of the terror scare.
“We only cook it once a year — it’s a spicy dip with extra hot chillies that are deliberately burned,” he said.
“To us it smells like burned chilli and it is slightly unusual. I can understand why people who weren’t Thai would not know what it was but it doesn’t smell like chemicals. I’m a bit confused.”
Were this the U.S., that restaurant would be charged with terrorism, or creating a fake bomb, or anything to make the authorities feel better. On the other hand, at least the cook wasn’t shot.
EDITED TO ADD (10/4): Common sense:
The police spokesman said no arrests were made in the case.”As far as I’m aware it’s not a criminal offense to cook very strong chili,” he said.
EDITED TO ADD (10/11): The BBC has a recipe, in case you need to create your own chemical weapon scare.
Okay, I blatantly stole these from Warren Ellis‘ blog, but what the hell.
Japan plans to build its own island Great stuff! Naturally, the point is to “preserve the island” and nothing to do with the “162,000-square miles of ocean that occupy a crucial strategic position.”
Vomit–filled bags keep turning up in same area. “We have done everything short of surveillance out there 24/7,” Wesely said. “We have no ideas right now, no leads or anything about where to
Romania Legalizes Witchcraft “Romania’s first official witch was registered Monday after months of negotiations with the government that finally introduced witchcraft as a legal occupation.”
Secret rivers found in Antarctic “It was thought the sub-glacial lakes had been completely sealed for millions of years, enabling unique species to evolve in them.”
BBC NEWS | Technology | How I was trapped by porn at CES
One of the worlds largest shows for techies right across the road and on the same date as the worlds largest porn expo? In Las Vegas?
I’m sure it’s all just a terrible coincidence…
This article is actually about the definition of ‘drunk and incapable’. (Incapable of what, I always wondered. Very capable of talking gibberish incessantly; Completely incapable of making sense or not slurring)
But the line that caught my eye was this one:
“As with all laws, they are there for a police officer to use as they see appropriate,” says a spokesman.
Really? All laws? Damn…
BBC NEWS | UK | Call to outlaw cousins marrying: “It follows BBC research into British Pakistanis, at least 55% of whom are thought to be married to first cousins.
The research found British Pakistani families were 13 times more likely to have children with recessive gene illnesses than the general population. “
It’s wierd when stories like this pops up, I never even knew that the marriage of first cousins was in any way still a practice, apart from redneck hillbillies who are particularly gifted with the banjo. I never even knew it was still legal in the UK for first cousins to marry.
But is a change in law appropriate? Probably, though it will cost votes. But surely more important is educating people as to why this is bad; a lesson I thought people had learnt by now.
Windows no con: “Ok, try this:
In Windows, should you run such a thing, create a new folder. Try and give it the name ‘con’.
Can’t be done, can it?
We dunno why. Nor, apparently does Bill Gates. “
It seems my flatmate and I have some fridge-content related difficulties. It all began a couple of weeks ago where I accidentally used her milk rather than my own. Rather than merely see this as an accident, use my milk and move on, she decided to leave a stern note. Then, a couple of days ago, she decided that I had eaten one of her pizzas. No confusion this time as I didn’t own any of the product in question, nor did I actually consume said pizzas. However, I did get a rather surly text message accusing me of pizza theft. Naturally I protested.
So last night when I got in I was pleased to find no new notes, letters or memos, as these are the only form of communication that Seema uses when she is going through a stroppy patch. I thought it was all over and my denial was accepted. Imagine then my surprise when almost everything in the fridge is labelled either ‘S’ or ‘Seema’, depending on space. Considering the size of lettering used, there is not enough room for her full name on a jar of mayonaise, but plenty on a lettuce (pictured here). Lettuce?!? She labelled lettuce?
Now, obviously in her fit of pique she had managed to forget my own first initial. If I were moving out much sooner, I would have labelled everything remaining in the fridge also with a huge ‘S’. In fact, why stop at fridge contents? Washing up liquid? Dish cloths? Toilet roll? Maybe I should label myself?
Ah, the sooner I escape the hive of neurosis and pettiness the better.
Shamans are not the people in power – PRAVDA.Ru
Once more Warren Ellis’ research coincides with stuff I end up finding useful for Lethe work…
technorati tag: shamanism
BBC NEWS | Technology | Gamers rally for Katrina support
Penny sent me this link; Quite wierd. While I quite agree with people (in this case Everquest 2 subscribers) wanting to donate to the Red Cross account, I still find it a little wierd that they’re being encouraged to do so without leaving the game.
Furthermore, in a truly magnanimous act, Sony is not going to bill people resident in the affected area until they log in again.
Swedish library lends out gay Muslim gypsy | The Register
Words fail me. A Swedish library will lend out people for a 45 minute chat in the cafe in the hope of combatting people’s prejudices. Interesting, yet disturbing.