Damn that looks fun

A couple years ago the gadget sites reported on a patent for a water-powered jet pack. Judging by the super-cool video below, it seems that patent has been made good on. So epic.

In less pleasant news, a local bodmod practitioner was just busted here over implant and other procedures… They were threatened with “medicine without a license” type charges, but so far they’re being held only on assault charges (the complainant being a parent of the over-21 “victim”), which to me seems totally bogus. What’s next, getting charged with attempted murder because you go to kick boxing class? Rape over consensual sex? Clearly an assault charge is totally inappropriate when there’s no real complainant and everything is consensual. Hopefully the whole thing gets dropped as an abuse of power…


  1. gaz wrote:

    *What’s next, getting charged with attempted murder because you go to kick boxing class?*

    you only have to have the cops turn up in the middle of a class relating to an ‘assault’ to never underestimate people…

    Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Permalink
  2. Sheri D wrote:

    Can you link through to the article on the practitioner? I’d really like to read it, but unfortunately my google skills are still kinda rusty.

    Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Permalink
  3. Shannon wrote:

    There’s been no article published yet, and he’s still in prison as far as I know (trying to get bail sorted out). I also was told that other practitioners have been getting calls that sound like attempts to set them up in a sting, where this practitioner’s name is dropped.

    They’re an IAM member, so hopefully BME will be on top of this and perhaps help come up with some sort of a legal defence.

    Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 6:31 pm | Permalink
  4. j_sun wrote:

    That jet pack may be the single greatest invention of my time… Well, maybe not, but I would pretty much sign up for volunteer test engineer right now.

    Friday, January 30, 2009 at 12:57 am | Permalink
  5. Alicia wrote:

    The problem with ‘everything being consensual’ is (at least in the UK, I realize this may not be the case in the US/Canada) that consent doesn’t make a blind bit of difference- one cannot, in the eyes of the law, consent to assult/GBH/ABH. Bizarre ran a very informative article on how crazy this is, but as I said, this is UK-centric.

    Friday, January 30, 2009 at 4:22 am | Permalink
  6. Aaron wrote:

    I hope it’s not Tom :(

    Friday, January 30, 2009 at 11:21 am | Permalink
  7. CutThroat wrote:

    Mario Sunshine?

    Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
  8. Uncle Flo wrote:

    As I was involved in a parallel situation a year or two ago in the U.S. I was threatened with a charge of armed assault against myself (te weapon was a scalpel)

    Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 11:53 am | Permalink
  9. Uncle Flo wrote:

    To continue (an unfamiliar laptop did me in):I was told that unless I gave up my associates I would be prosecuted. An attorney told me I had a good chance of conviction as consent in no way is a defense, even to work done. on myself. I have noticed an increased drive to prosecute body mod practitioners. There seems to be a link to the rise of official piercing laws and regulations. The thought may be that now that there are some regulations anything outside those regulations is illegal and without merit. And I think I am detecting a shift in society’s tolerance of extreme practices. Back to the future, eh?

    Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  10. ELY M. wrote:

    cutthroat is right.
    I have played super mario sunshine alot on gamecube even with some cheats hahaha.
    you have wii now and you can play super mario sunshine on your wii. you just need to get that game from ebay. I cant believe that mario’s water pack became real thing now.

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 8:32 am | Permalink
  11. ELY M. wrote:

    I just found out where to get that water pack. the url is https://www.jetlev-flyer.com/

    actually, it is called FLUDD (an acronym for Flash Liquidizing Ultra Dousing Device). more info on super mario sunshine at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_Sunshine

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 8:48 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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