You know, life is full of tough questions.

What’s the right way to live?  Should I quit my job?  Am I ready to get married?  What will I do if I get cancer?

Sometimes, these questions have easy answers.  But sometimes, the answers aren’t so clear.

One question that I believe has a lot of ambiguity to it is, “What is cannibalism?”

Sure, you can search the web, and dictionary.com will tell you that cannibalism is “the eating of the flesh of an animal by another animal of its own kind.”  But what about the border cases?  What about deriving nourishment from things other than muscle tissue?  Is it different if you eat your own flesh?

These are the questions that plague me.  So I made this friendly little survey to find out what YOU think.  So now you tell me: What is cannibalism?  I’ll post the results in a future update.

Well, it only took me 12 months, but I have finally finished the Bibleizer script.

It takes arbitrary text as input, and censors every word which doesn’t appear in the King James version of the Holy Bible.

Try it yourself now!  Click here!

It’s windy today, and cold.  Well, not as much as it will be soon, but there’s a notable fall chill.  It feels like a learning kind of day.  In fact, I have my first arts reporting class tonight, and I’ve been reading about obituaries all day.

And while drinking coffee at my desk, I came across this lovely little gem of a TED talk.

This is from the fellow that wrote the book “Awakenings,” which became the movie, starring Robin Williams.

He talks about hallucinations among the visually impaired, and what we learn about the science of the mind from studying this relatively common phenomenon.

High quality stuff.

Oh, man.  This is a really, really bad idea from Microsoft.  On the other hand, it’s going to mean some easy money for me.  Let me remind you, my friend, that my computer-fixin’ rates are quite reasonable.

“…Windows XP users, including the millions who have recently snapped up cheap, XP-powered netbooks, will first have to wipe out everything on their hard disks in order to install Windows 7. on their current machines. In fact, Microsoft doesn’t even call migrating to Windows 7 from XP an “upgrade.” It refers to it as a “clean install,” or a “custom installation.” This disk wipeout can be performed manually, or automatically during the Windows 7 installation process.

If you’re an XP user, the disk-wiping will cause you to lose your current file and folder organization, and all your programs, though not necessarily your personal data files themselves.

via Replacing Windows – WSJ.com.

Two Fingers = Amon Tobin and Doubleclick.

Self-titled album available from Big Dada ( a Ninja Tune spin-off).

Here’s their Myspace page for some free samples.

You’re welcome.

This came my way via mental_floss, which has a bunch of videos of Richard Feynman explaining things. I like it a lot.

via YouTube – Feynman: Ways of thinking (Part One of Two).

Holy hell!  What the heck is this thing?

I’ll tell you what it is; John Carpenter’s The Thing!

North Carolina: Unknown life form found in sewer. [VIDEO].

Les and I visited the Art Institute museum when she was in town.  Here she is with kitty litter and wallpaper!

Les and I visited the Art Institute museum when she was in town. Here she is with kitty litter and wallpaper!

Sorry, everyone.

Things got kind of busy there; relaxing, but busy.

During the break, Lesley Massey and I got to hang out in Chicago, and we went around and had a grand old time.

Then, almost immediately thereafter, quarter 3 started up.  I have a feeling that I’m through the hardest parts at Medill, and so now it’s more depth and thoughtfulness, rather than just pumping out work day in and day out.

And last week, in addition to the first week of classes, my dear friend Alicia visited from L.A., and that was good fun too.  We saw that new sci-fi movie Moon (I thought it was pretty darn good), and we went bowling.  Fun fun!

But now it’s back to the grind.  Nothing distracting on the horizon, just head down, plow-through-it time.

A trocar button can help keep your brains from bleeding out of your ears!

A trocar button can help keep your brains from bleeding out of your ears!

So today is my 34th birthday. Woo hoo! One step closer to the grave. It’s also the first time in my life that I’ve had to wear a coat outside because of the cold in June (!).

Last year, my best present was from my sister, who gave me my very first human skull. Well, my second human skull, if you count the one I’m using to house my brain.

This year, my friend Kat kept the good times going by making me a present of a trocar button! That’s a little piece of plastic that embalmers screw into the holes they leave in your body, to keep your corpse juices from dripping out. It’s totally going into my collection of strange and unusual objects of curiosity! Thanks Kat!