May 25th is Towel Day!

May 25, 2007

A tribute to Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

You sass that hoopy Douglas Adams? Now there’s a frood who knew where his towel was. You are invited
to join your fellow hitch hikers in mourning the loss of the late great one. Join in on towel day to show
your appreciation for the humor and insight that Douglas Adams brought to all our lives.

What do I do?

Carry your towel with you throughout the day to show your participation and mourning.

When do I do it?

May 25th.

Where do I do it?


Why a towel?

To quote from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical
value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Electronic Frontier Foundation & Viacom

February 17, 2007

Viacom recently requested that YouTube remove more than 100,000 video clips that they claim infringe on their content.

Unfortunately, when you spread that wide of a net, a lot of dolphins get caught with the tuna. Among the 100,000 videos targeted for takedowns was a home movie shot in a BBQ joint, a film trailer by a documentarian, and a music video (previously here) about karaoke in Singapore. None of these contained anything owned by Viacom. Viacom has admitted to “no more than” 60 mistakes so far.

“If they are making these kinds of mistakes, who can tell how many fair uses of Viacom content they also targeted in their 100,000 takedowns?” asks EFF’s Fred von Lohmann. “Hundreds? Thousands?”

If your video has been removed from YouTube based on a bogus Viacom takedown, EFF wants talk with you – they may be able to help you directly or help find another lawyer who can.

EFF has created a video to explain the situation:

Cosplay Contest (part two of two)

August 30, 2006

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Anime Evolution 2006. Location: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. Presented by Transpondency Podcast Media and Foreskin Radio.

Cosplay Contest (part one of two)

August 30, 2006

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Anime Evolution 2006. Location: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. Presented by Transpondency Podcast Media and Foreskin Radio.

FlugTag with Moxie Pocket

August 26, 2006

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video clips of Vancouver’s first FlugTag event. …

Podmovie – Anime Evolution

August 23, 2006

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Foreskin Radio presents… cosplay, anime, and otaku. From Anime Evolution 2006, in Vancouver, Canada.

Podmovie – Fuck The Chinese

August 15, 2006

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Foreskin Radio Post-Podcast Video