The Great American Right to Complain

For 30+ years as a news hound and reporter of weird stuff, I, Xeno, have believed it is the duty of Americans to speak up truthfully about what they like and dislike. We have the right to complain, to make things better. This was true in the past. Is it still? I like peace, non-violence, transparency in government and privacy and fair voting for the public. I oppose violence and support peaceful plans. I try to read a broad spectrum of news and ideas, but don’t agree with everyone or everything I read or see. Reading is not approving, obviously. … Continue reading The Great American Right to Complain

Spice Girls Van Converted to AirBnB

Looking for a fun unusual get away vacation? If you’ve ever enjoyed music by the Spice Girls, you might like this: the hit band’s tour van has been renovated into an AirBnB rental. They say can now book a night in the heart of Wembley Park in London, a place with lots of restaurants, bars and shops nearby. The interior of the bus has been completely renovated and converted into a rolling hotel room fit for three guests at a time, according to the Airbnb posting. Suzanne Godley, who, along with her boss, completed the bus overhaul, said the Spice … Continue reading Spice Girls Van Converted to AirBnB

R.I.P. Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca Actor

On April 30, 2019 Peter Mayhew passed away at 74 years old. The seven foot three inch actor most famously played Chewbacca, a two hundred year old Wookie warrior in the Star Wars movies. Peter William Mayhew (19 May 1944 – 30 April 2019) was an English-American actor, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series. He played the character in all of his live-action appearances from the 1977 original to 2015’s The Force Awakens before his retirement from the role. Via Wikipedia His very first acting role was a year earlier in 1975 when he played the Minaton huge half-man half-bull bronze creature in … Continue reading R.I.P. Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca Actor

Mastadon: A Decentralized Social Network, Twitter Alternative

Today I’m learning about Mastodon.social. What is it? Mastodon is a new social media frontier, a decentralized, open source social network of the future: “No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Join today: https://joinmastodon.org,” says the page. With … Continue reading Mastadon: A Decentralized Social Network, Twitter Alternative

Yanny or Laurel Auditory Illusion: “Audio Injection” Computer Hack ?

Here’s an angle on the Yanny vs Laurel auditory illusion debate you may not have considered: this storm of contention could be created with a technological magic trick: audio injection.  Unlikely, but not impossible. It’s being described as an optical … Continue reading Yanny or Laurel Auditory Illusion: “Audio Injection” Computer Hack ?