We're gonna get a little crazy here at the outset. But it's OK, it gets better, promise.
New York police officer Gilberto Valle was arrested Wednesday after a search of his apartment revealed emails and instant messages talking about kidnapping, cooking, and eating women. Valle, a six year department officer, had the addresses and phone numbers of around 100 different women and is believed to have communicated his intentions with at least three other people. Valle's lawyer, Julia Gatto, tried to say all this was just part of some weird fantasy and that Valle harbored no malicious intent. Here's an excerpt from one of the conversations:
"It is going to be so hard to restrain myself when I knock her out, but I am aspiring to be a professional kidnapper and that's business. But I will really get off on knocking her out, tying up her hands and bare feet and gagging her..."
This dude’s been watching a little too much Dexter methinks.
Crazy 8’s -
The recent release of Microsoft’s “Surface” also brings with it a PC and table compatible operating system, Windows 8, which was created as an attempt to rebrand and reinvigorate hardware and software sales. The new user interface takes on a metro-inspired design philosophy by utilizing simple buttons of varying color and size and plain text. The Verge has a very nice overview of the features Windows 8 has to offer including a more fully integrated ecosystem, charms and the Windows Store – a replacement for Windows Marketplace. All these changes are incredibly risky, but I applaud Microsoft for taking a chance.
Dope Boys -
When I first heard about the allegations against Lance Armstrong, I was cautiously optimistic of his innocence. At this point, steroid use is widespread in many sports, perhaps even expected, but I figured people would have come to their senses given the punishments and negative stigma that once surrounded MLB players. It wasn’t until Armstrong voluntarily stepped away from LiveStrong that I suspected he was guilty. Wired opinion writer Bruce Schneier suggests that the continued use of steroids in athletics is due to a “prisoner’s dilemma” wherein the benefits of doping outweigh the risks. He also posits that performance-enhancing drugs will see continued use due to expectations from an audience that wants to witness the very best compete at the highest possible level. And really, he may be right.
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