How One Man With No ‘Leet Skills Became A Soldier in the Georgia-Russia Cyberwar


I just read a story on Slate that is scary because just any old rag tag group of patriots can form their own ad-hoc coalition to wantonly attack gov’t web sites and hide behind the skirt of anonymity. This is akin to tossing e-Molotov Cocktails. Of course when you break it down, it’s not much different than script kiddies getting their rocks off by attacking a site that they think wronged them in some way.

I guess one simple answer may be to quickly block http requests from the attacker’s country at the backbone to try to protect your own infrastructure.


My experiment also might shed some light on why the recent cyberwar has been so hard to pin down and why no group in particular has claimed responsibility. Paranoid that the Kremlin’s hand is everywhere, we risk underestimating the great patriotic rage of many ordinary Russians, who, having been fed too much government propaganda in the last few days, are convinced that they need to crash Georgian Web sites. Many Russians undoubtedly went online to learn how to make mischief, as I did. Within an hour, they, too, could become cyberwarriors.

Read contributing author Evgeny Morozov’s confession and details on Slate.

Wonder Woman – Animated Movie Trailer

The direct to DVD animated Wonder Woman movie is scheduled for release in Feb 2009.

Plot: Ares (the god of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge using the mystical “Hand of Rage,” an ancient artifact with the power to raise armies from the dead and infuse them with a thirst for blood. Ares intends to start a world war that will not only last for centuries – but will wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world – by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman.

Of course WW is joined by Army fighter pilot Steve Trevor.

Robots Waltz on a Pinhead

From The Future of Things (w/ pics!):

Researchers at the Donald Lab at Duke University have built miniature robots, only a few microns tall, capable of acting in concert to achieve collaborative tasks. This ability was recently demonstrated by orchestrating a dance to a Strauss Waltz between two of the spatula-shaped constructs. The group has tied as many as five robots together under a single universal control, the most complex system of untethered microscopic robots ever created.

Bigfoot Found, Body Recovered. Press Release on Friday

 Searching for bigfoot

A body that may very well be the body of the creature commonly known as “Bigfoot” has been found in the woods in northern Georgia.

DNA evidence and photo evidence of the creature will be presented in a press conference on Friday, August 15th from 12 Noon to 1:00pm at the Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto at 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, California, 94306. The press conference will not be open to the public. It will only be open to credentialed members of the press.

Vital statistics on the body they’ve recovered:
– 7 ft tall
– Weighs over 500 pounds
– male
– Reddish hair
– Black/Grey eyes
– 5 fingers/toes

The creature was found by Matthew Whitton (AKA Gary Parker) and Rick Dyer (residents of Georgia) in the woods in northern Georgia. The exact location is being kept secret to protect the creatures.

iPhone on the Cusp of Being a Legit Enterprise Device?

iPhone and Blackberry

HSBC, a global banking company with roughly 300,000 employees worldwide, currently has about 200,000 RIM blackberry devices issued to employees. It uses them to help the staff stay connected to their mail and calendar.

Arstechnica is reporting that HSBC is now seriously considering switching to iPhones now that it includes Microsoft Exchange support and other enterprisey features like remote-wipe and manageability.

If they do switch, would this may help legitimize iPhone in the enterprise and begin the death knell for Blackberry? Or is it a ‘drop in the bucket’?

Extra-Wide Contacts = Anime Look

Here’s an interesting product being used to promote the ‘anime look’ via contact lenses. The lenses make your iris appear larger than usual, and depending on the brand can be dual color, tri color, rimmed in black to enhance the iris color and more.

Not to be outdone, Barbie is getting in on some of the action here via

For that anime look, here’s product information at for the Dueba lenses:

Dueba lenses are from Korea known to create beautiful stunning color eyes and make your eyes appear bigger due to the black ring design. This new concept lens is free from heterogeneous discoloration after wearing, so it continuously give comfort and you can naturally express your new image.

Anime Contact Lenses 2

Here’s a couple of examples to demonstrate the effect at

 Anime Contact Lenses

If interested, jump to Dueba’s product pages, this one is for their tri-color lenses.

I read through a lot of details from several manufacturers and retailers, I have to say that this is interesting in more ways than one. For instance, an interesting side effect from earlier colored lenses like this was the dye on the lens would bleed off onto the eyeball. Talk about giving the wrong impression with your eyes! The new brands however are coated with a protective layer on both sides of the lens capturing the colored gel in between.

[Found via Neatorama via Inventor Spot]

Trekkies Will Rule! – ST Con Las Vegas 2008 (Day 3)

Okay so we survived to breathe in the wonderful world that is Star trek for yet another day.  Yay!  We heard from a wide variety of actors today, including the most enigmatic and bold Malcom McDowell (Soran), Suzie Plakson (K’ehleyr & Q), Jolene Blalock (T’Pol), Nichelle Nichols (Uhuru) & Geroge Takei (Sulu) together, and Conneor Trinneer (Trip), Dominic Keating (Malcom), Anthony Montgomery (Travis) together as well on stage.

Although others may differ in opinion, my personal favorite was "The Boys of Enterprise", Connor, Dominic & Anthony.  They were extremely humorous together, and you could definitely tell there was a tight camaraderie remaining from their filming days on Enterprise.  I also enjoyed the ease at which Nichelle and George dealt with the huge crowd, and were very graceful about answering questions that they had no doubt been answering for dozens of years :)  Malcolm McDowell was the only minor disappointment I experienced today, as he was generally short and somewhat dismissive with guest questions and comments.  This doesn’t change my opinion that he is a great actor, but just busy and somewhat smug with his celebrity status.

Aside from all that, Andy and I have met a great deal of wonderful and very creative people that have taken painstaking time and patience to create some of the most original costumes I had seen to date.  Many of them span the various Star Trek universe areas, such as StarFleet, Klingon, Andorian, and some that defy description!  Pictured below are a few from the past few days:


Stay tuned for Day 4!!  Lots of GOOD stuff to come!  Lets see some comments :)

Recap: Star Trek Con Day 2 – Starfleet Poodles and Cheerleaders?

I’m on way down to the convention for Day 3 so this will be short and sweet. Day 2 of the Star Trek convention gave us such goodies as a deep dive into the Phoenix Mars Lander by a pair of folks from University of Arizona that manage the Phoenix surface ops.

The rest of the day was celebrities on stage followed by a photo op with Marina Sirtis (“Counselor Troi” from ST:TNG). Celebrities included Grace Lee Whitney (“Yoeman Janice Rand”), Max Grodenchik (“Rom” from DS9), Michelle Forbes (“Ensign Ro Laren” from ST:TNG), Brent Spiner (“Data”), Marina Sirtis (“Counselor Troi”), Majel Roddenberry (“Nurse Chapel” and wife to Gene Roddenberry), Garret Wang (“Ensign Harry Kim” Voyager).

Oh, and of course, throughout the day there was lots of interaction with like minded geeks, quite a few in costume, we’ll get these pics posted asap when we can catch out breath, unfortunately the hotel’s wifi doesn’t extend to their convention center. Among my favorites is Molly in her retro mini skirt from The Original Series and my personal winner for Best Original Concept would be Michelle and Francine Crockett for their Starfleet Cheerleaders outfits! Oh Yes! :-)

Below is a pic of Ken and his Starfleet Poodles (Tasha Yar and Data and one other who I can’t recall).

FloodSim: Another God Game, Flooding Cities in the Name of Edutainment


If you’ve ever wanted to make important decisions, affecting millions of people, this is your chance!

FloodSim puts you in control of all flood policy decisions and spending in the UK for 3 years. Whether its deciding how much money to allocate to flood defences, deciding where to build houses, or how best to inform people about the risk of flooding, you are in control.

FloodSim is a serious game with the aims to raise awareness of the vast number of issues surrounding flood policy and Government expenditure and to increase citizen engagement through an accessible simulation. 

[Found via Neatorama]

Star Trek Online Revealed

ST Online

Hailing Frequencies Open…
…on screen!

Here is a message from our friends at Cryptic Studios:

“Please join us at this year’s Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas for the first-ever reveal of the recently announced videogame Star Trek Online. The event will take place in the Gene Roddenberry Theater at 1:30 P.M., PDT on Sunday, August 10th at The Las Vegas Hilton (tickets required). We will also have a very special guest appearance by Mr. Leonard Nimoy!

For those who cannot make the show – we do not want to leave you out!

We will broadcast the event via LIVE webcast. Please continue to check in at for more details on how to join the webcast.

Join the Star Trek Online community at by Monday, August 18th for a chance to win a copy of Star Trek Online and a lifetime subscription!


Your friends at Creation Entertainment

Thursday – Sunday
August 6 – 10, 2008
Las Vegas Hilton Hotel
Home of Star Trek: The Experience
3000 Paradise Rd.

Star Trek in Sin City!

That’s right folks – Andy and I have hit town on both feet, and we’re pummeling out some awesome exclusive Star Trek shows that have kept us in our seats during the first day of "Star Trek Las Vegas 2008".  We saw a smattering of great trek stars in the main pavilion, including:

Susan Gibney – "Dr. Leah Brahms"

Barbara March – "Lursa"

Robin Curtis – "Lt. Saavik"

John Fleck – "Silik"

Denise Crosby – "Lt. Tasha Yar"

Carel Struycken – "Mr. Homn"

John de Lancie – "Q"

Each guest was fantastic, though they had their own styles of pandering to the crowd.  Although I enjoyed all the guests, the best by far was Denise, who had a clearly enjoyable time speaking to the crowd about her roles, and giving colorful and entertaining stories about her personal life and present work.  John de Lancie was a real character in life, just as he is on film as well!

That’s it for day one!  I’ll put up some pictures tomorrow of the fascinating people we’ve met so far…  QaHpla‘ !!

Short Shrift News: 8/6/08

I love geeknews

I’m in Vegas with my brother Patrick for the Star Trek convention so more short shrift news for you. Note that while we’re staying in the Hooters hotel & casino today, this is not a Hooters girl above.

Justice League to Start Filming Next Year? – This is a great rumor, lets all cross fingers.

Labmeeting: A Social Network For Scientists – hey, scientist geeks are people too, ya know.

Diablo III designer comments on angry fan’s screenshots – So what we’re learning here is that the designer implemented the particular color scheme and lighting for a reason?

Greek mummy found in lead coffin – The first indication of embalming in Greece when the Romans ruled.

Google to serve up ads for NBC’s online Olympics coverage – Google on Tuesday announced that freshly-acquired DoubleClick will be used to weave video ads into NBC’s online coverage of the Olympics in Beijing

Five Life-Changing Mistakes and How I Moved On

Julie Wainwright

Julie Wainwright is a talented, smart, honest woman baring her soul as the co-founder of, a new site for women in their 30’s and beyond.  The “baring her soul” part comes from a recent blog post of hers. Oh BTW, the reason I find this interesting is because she was formerly the CEO of, arguably the most spectacular DotCom failure…ever.

In her post “Five Life-Changing Mistakes and How I Moved On“, she reflects on the failure and how it affected her marriage, her business network and much more while identifying five critical mistakes in her life and how she was able to overcome the adversity for each.

It’s a good read if you have an ounce of empathy in you.

I suspect that Karma is now making up for the adversity and that she’ll turn out alright.