« | Home | Categories | »

Computer System Used to Fight Meth

Posted on July 19th, 2007 at 22:45 by John Sinteur in category: What were they thinking?


Detective Brian Lewis returns to his desk after lunch, scanning e-mails he missed.

One catches his eye: It says a suspected member of a methamphetamine ring bought a box of Sudafed at 1:34 p.m. at a CVS pharmacy.

Minutes later, Lewis is in his truck, circling the parking lot, searching for the woman.

Lewis did not find her that day, but the scenario illustrates the way law enforcement is increasingly relying on computerized tracking systems in their fight against meth, an illegal drug that is often brewed in makeshift labs and has become a particular scourge in Appalachia and the Midwest.

Tracking systems are gradually being installed in pharmacies nationwide in response to a federal law that, since March 2006, has regulated purchases of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of meth. Pseudoephedrine is found in many over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines, such as Sudafed.

Yet more profiling that will penalize people who can’t afford to live wherever they’d like. It would easier to buy actual meth — you don’t have to even wait for a receipt, much less wait for the teenager at the CVS counter to write down your personal info in a sloppy binder.

Next thing you know you won’t be able to purchase spoons, straws, water, soil, lighters, or lollipops without three references.

Write a comment

tsa security

Posted on July 19th, 2007 at 18:13 by John Sinteur in category: Security

Feel safer yet?

Write a comment


  1. I dunno, do you usually feel safer after watching Saturday Night Live?

  2. Actually, yes I do. I feel safer when I know there’s still enough people with some sense of humor left.

New Research Proves Single Origin Of Humans In Africa

Posted on July 19th, 2007 at 17:42 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


New research published in the journal Nature (19 July) has proved the single origin of humans theory by combining studies of global genetic variations in humans with skull measurements across the world. The research, at the University of Cambridge and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), represents a final blow for supporters of a multiple origins of humans theory.

Competing theories on the origins of anatomically modern humans claim that either humans originated from a single point in Africa and migrated across the world, or different populations independently evolved from homo erectus to home sapiens in different areas.

The Cambridge researchers studied genetic diversity of human populations around the world and measurements of over 6,000 skulls from across the globe in academic collections. Their research knocks down one of the last arguments in favour of multiple origins. The new findings show that a loss in genetic diversity the further a population is from Africa is mirrored by a loss in variation in physical attributes.

This research clearly shows that Intelligent Design is superior: they have far, far more empty skulls for their research.

Write a comment

2,045 Images Stitched Together to Create 13-Gigapixel Panorama

Posted on July 19th, 2007 at 17:13 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


One sunny summer afternoon in Harlem, the pulse of the city came to a standstill 2,045 times. A camera perched on the roof of a building at 7th Avenue and 110th Street in New York City panned and tilted, capturing the skyline from 4:43 p.m. to 6:53 p.m.

The man behind the camera was Gerard Maynard, a Harlem, New York-based artist. It is apparent from his online portfolio that Maynard is an ideas man. It features a collection of large panoramas (ranging in size from 317 megapixels to 2.157 gigapixels), abstract paintings, and an eye-cross-inducing abstract video of one of his paintings taking off from the canvas and swirling across the room. The 13-gigapixel panorama evolved from an idea.

“I have been constructing large photo images for the past 4-5 years. I was working on large 200 images, when Doug Lyons made the first stitched gigapixel image,” Maynard said in an interview with DigitalCameraInfo.com. “Everything is experimental in all the images, the photos may work or may not work. What is most important is that I am pushing myself and technology with each image. The point is to do a visual experiment and share the results as a completed photo… [I just wanted to] try to push the envelope. It could have been 11 or 14 gigapixels.”

Click here to zooooooooooomm….

– the cathedral on the left is St. John the Divine, the towering spire just left of center on the horizon is Riverside Cathedral;
– the large red brick building just in front of that cathedral is John Jay Hall (one of the dorms at Columbia University);
– the smaller red brick building in front of John Jay and more or less centered on it in this photo is the swank-as-hell mansion that’s given to the current president of Columbia;
– the large red brick building to the right of John Jay is East Campus (another dorm at Columbia, and I can see the window of my sophomore-year dorm room right up at the top of it!);
– the white building between these two is Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs;
– continuing rightward on the horizon, the bridge you see is the mighty George Washington bridge, crossing from upper Manhattan to Fort Lee, NJ;
– the big white building just to the right of the GW Bridge tower is part of the City University of New York (the old CCNY);
– the tall building to the right of that, and pretty far back on the horizon, is the first of three towers that are the upper-level dorms for Columbia’s medical school;
– continuing to the middle of the frame, the large white office building that’s just to the right of the street that bisects the photo is the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. state office building;
– I don’t know much at all about most of the right side of the photo (can you tell I was an upper west sider?!?);
– the greenery that starts up near the rightmost part of the photo is the northeast corner of Central Park;
– you can catch the tiniest of glimpses of the topmost bits of the Triboro Bridge tower above the first bits of Central Park;
– the big black towering building visible above the Park is Mount Sinai Hospital, and the two glass triangular atrium-like areas in front of it were designed by I.M. Pei (of course);
– finally, at the VERY right edge of the photo, just above the Park, you can see the Citicorp Building with its famous diagonal roofline.

Write a comment