So, our favourite quasi-supervillans have certainly been keeping me amused this morning:
- Megaupload founder (and.. wait for it.. Mega HANDS ON founder), known for his extravagant press stunts and lavish lifestyle, has live tweeted his helicopter emergency landing in the middle of nowhere (source Gizmodo Australia).
- Fellow Aussie and narcissist Julian Assange is set to run for the Senate in the September Australian election. His mum thinks that’s pretty cool (source The Age).
- Finally, the eccentric story of John McAfee set to become not one, but TWO films (source Indie Wire).
… and these were just what I stumbled upon this morning.
Wired tells the story of John McAfee, founder of McAfee Associates and developer of the well known anti-virus software, whose recent investigation by Belize officials for murder has been a gripping tail of cat and mouse.. However, McAfee’s story is a bizarre even before the death of his neighbour in Belize, of which the police suspect foul play. The technology magnate had been living a playboy lifestyle on the central American country complete with guns, drugs and a 17 year old girlfriend. After his initial suspicion for murder, McAfee ran, only for his location to be unwittingly revealed by Vice magazine publishing an image including metadata of his location. After this, there had been a long failed attempt at seeking asylum in Guatemala, before finally returning to the United States. Overall, the tale of John McAfee depicts a troubled man who may have overestimated his own genius.
(Image via DailyTelegraph)
Interesting interview in Foreign Policy Magazine on the cross-inspirations of naval warfare and SciFi.
Heard the story of the severed head which blinked in response to questions? The idea that decapitation allows for a brief moment of consciousness within the detached brain – in some versions up to an hour – is a tale reportedly dating back to the 18th century. Wonderfully morbid medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris takes a look at whether there is any truth to it.