October 2000 Archives

October 31

Mr. Compassion. This man sickens me. "When did you graduate?" Bush asked her, as she recalls. She told him. That's when Bush told her that Yale "went downhill since they admitted women." Your president, America?
posted by owillis at 11:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Bill clinton hangs out with Esquire
The cover of the new Esquire had all the right-wing goofballs up in arms on Politically Incorrect tonight. Personally I don't see anything wrong with it, but then I am not want to spend $60 million looking for something dirty in everything the President does.

Where can I get this as a poster?
posted by DragonBoy at 11:25 PM PST - 33 comments


Athlon + DDR: Bert McComas is a very highly respected analyst of the CPU and memory industry, and I always read his articles with great interest.

Intel has announced that they don't expect the P4 to be a significant part of their business until late 2001. According to McComas, if they don't change that plan, AMD is going to eat them for lunch, because the P3 is no longer competitive. The performance/price ratio for the new AMD stuff has to be seen to be believed. I think Intel is in major trouble, because informal reports are that a 1.5GHz P4 is about the same power as a 900 MHz P3.[more>
posted by Steven Den Beste at 6:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Can a computer tell a dirty picture from a clean one? This is a review of a product which claims to be able to filter pictures attached to your email and remove the naughty ones. Particularly interesting is its response to a portrait of Dubya...
posted by Steven Den Beste at 5:57 PM PST - 10 comments

walmart.com has a new site design after a 30-day haitus. Gone are the 78-cent pencil sharpeners.
posted by gluechunk at 3:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Singapore Airlines Flight 006 Survivors Report. A rather gripping account of the crash here last night. Hard to believe that they would have a plane taking off in the middle of a typhoon but hey "we do this all the time; it's fine."
posted by cmacleod at 2:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Anti-holidays I found a nice little category on dmoz.org called "Anti-Holidays" while looking up some Halloween info online. Right now there's only three listed holidays that get people up in arms enough to make & publicize wesites - Valentine's Day, Christmas, and of course Halloween. "Boo!" to all you spoilsports.
posted by kokogiak at 2:31 PM PST - 1 comments


OS X to support 2 button mice. Nice to see Apple finally catch up the cutting-edge, 1983 technology.
posted by mathowie at 2:16 PM PST - 34 comments

Nader's new television ad parodies those hilarious monster.com ads with the little kids hoping they'll grow up to have crappy jobs. In the Nader ad, the kids hope they'll grow up to have the same crappy politicians, sold out to corporations, with no real change.
posted by daveadams at 2:12 PM PST - 6 comments

You've seen that video of the man who's trying to brand a horse but instead gets a kick in the gut, right? Or the one of the woman being prematurely pulled off the pier by a speedboat? Apparently, so has Southwest Airlines, and they've decided to incorporate them into their new ad campaign. It seems they've overlayed new audio tracks and more current time stamps and then found actors to play the part of the videos' victims. The connection to airline savings is tenuous at best.
posted by sandor at 1:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Furious George, a silly little cgi game, but it amuses me to no end.
posted by sonofsamiam at 1:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Three major environmental groups break with Nader "You pledged you would not campaign as a spoiler and would avoid the swing states,” [Sierra Club’s executive director] Pope added. “Your recent campaign rhetoric and campaign schedule make it clear that you have broken this pledge." (via the blorg.)
posted by rebeccablood at 12:28 PM PST - 31 comments



The Ralph Nader Control Panel I don't know quite whether to laugh because it's amusing, or to be very, very afraid because it's probably true.
posted by dnash at 9:48 AM PST - 24 comments

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue : Gore hints on CNN that he'd consider appointing Bob Dylan as Poet Laureate. But there's no folk gap quite yet. "Times Are Changin' Back" scribe Senator Bob Roberts endorsed Dubya at a Nader rally two weeks ago.
posted by kevincmurphy at 9:45 AM PST - 12 comments

California shuts down Nader-Gore vote trading site. This is absolutely ridiculous. "William Wood, chief counsel for the office of the secretary of state, said yesterday morning that trading for anything valuable is illegal. "
posted by bkdelong at 8:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Even if it didn't just plain old look neat [*large graphic*] the Clock of the Long Now is an awesome idea.
posted by bison at 8:03 AM PST - 8 comments

signal succumbs to noise -- frankly i'm not surprised, but still it's depressing. then again i never really recovered from daljit daliwal's leaving ITN world news for public television...
posted by subpixel at 7:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Bertelsmann, Napster to Develop Music Service
As part of this arrangement, BMG will be providing a loan to Napster, with a warrant to acquire some of Napster's equity.

If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em!
posted by peterme at 7:15 AM PST - 5 comments

This is the true story of what happens... when seven strangers... are picked to live in a house and have their lives taped... to see what happens when people stop being polite fat and start being real skinny. America's obsession with weight loss continues on ABC. It's the anti-Fat Project.
posted by hijinx at 6:50 AM PST - 7 comments

The redesign blitzkrieg continues: Webvan is getting a new look, complete with light influences from Aqua and - yes - amazonesque tabs. As an added bonus, it won't work with Macs. I'm interested to see how this plays out.
posted by hijinx at 6:23 AM PST - 8 comments

October 30

These Posters were an Artbomb that went off across the street from my apartment last night. The posters were plastered over a bus shelter ad and over several other public objects nearby. I was taken aback, as I had last seen those images hanging in an exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Art. San Jose has a fairly bad graffiti/tagging problem, but I'm OK with this type of thing. Apparently, the SJPD are too (quoted from the Mercury News): "The poster-pasting could be considered a violation of municipal statutes on vandalism, but San Jose Police Department spokesman Steve Dickson seemed more amused than concerned. "It's not something that we would get involved in unless someone makes a complaint," Dickson said. "Then we'd ask them to take them down. People have a right to political speech." In fact, Dickson broke into laughter at a description of the two posters. "Hey," he said apologetically, "we have a sense of humor like anyone else."
posted by JDC8 at 10:29 PM PST - 8 comments

After getting the inside story (ha?) on the inventor of everyone's favorite non-orientable surface, the Klein Bottle; and perhaps playing a few games inside of one, you can check out a few 3-dimensional immersions of klein bottles: in Lego, knitted fabric, paper, or glass.
posted by kidsplateusa at 9:41 PM PST - 5 comments

election results canada will provide real-time results of the Canadian 2000 general election on Nov. 27th from across the nation, as the polls report their results. In B.C., where I live, the eastern polls close at 5p.m. our time, but results are blacked out on t.v. until 8p.m. "The Canada Elections Act has certain provisions, which attempt to make the transmission of factual information to the public a crime, imposing a hefty penalty on those who do not obey it. This election gag law will harm numerous responsible, law-abiding Canadians. It is unconstitutional, and must be challenged on that basis. The citizens of Canada deserve timely access to public information. This site will provide it to them." Is there such a site for the U.S. election?
posted by riley370 at 8:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Now while these guys are not exactly the most unbiased source for an evaluation of the PlayStation 2, they have nonetheless backed up their evaluation with a lot of convincing hard information on the performance and in particular about the financing. If these guys have got it right, Sony's going to take a bath on this; they'll never come close to recouping their costs of production, let alone all the research they did. If these guys have it right, Sony will lose money on the PS2 as long as they sell it. This Is Not Good. (Unless you hate Rambus, like I do, because this means both of their markets will collapse.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Attack of the Killer MS Flacks Has anyone seemed to notice that shortly after the Wall Street Journal broke the story about the Microsoft hackers that the NYT became a voice for MS when they first claimed that no source code was stolen and next when they seemed to remember they tracked the entire attack for all 12 days.
posted by bkdelong at 7:39 PM PST - 2 comments

The New Venue Aggressively Boring Film Festival is accepting submissions of silent greyscale films in the resolution of a Palm Pilot (or less). Any length, any format, just 4- or 8-color greyscale. Win a Sony CLIÉ and a showing of your film at Comdex. The catch: deadline is November 7th.
posted by dan_of_brainlog at 7:18 PM PST - 2 comments

MSNBC gained some weight. No, it's not a redesign but an evolution of MSNBC's homepage. Looks better than one before. Sigh. Where have all the real redesigns gone?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 7:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Who was that masked man? And what was he thinking when he put it on?
posted by allaboutgeorge at 6:59 PM PST - 6 comments

The Fireland.com Blind Dialog contest. This is a hilarious contest. And how can you resist putting an entry in, when the grand prize is a Lego Ninja Fire Fortress?
posted by Succa at 5:39 PM PST - 1 comments

Isn't this how the IMDB got started? Maybe this guy will eventually be able to sell out. (But to who?)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 5:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Boo is back. And apparently "this time it's personal".
posted by astro38 at 4:59 PM PST - 1 comments

Eric is fat! After a month of gorgeing himself for The Fat Project, Eric has finally achieved his goal of 30 lbs. in 30 days. Nicole, on the other hand, isn't faring so well. Updates every few hours today.
posted by isildur at 3:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Ninga? Nintendo and Sega to form joint company. With Sony and M$ to contend with, it doesn't come as much of a surprise.
posted by john at 1:35 PM PST - 28 comments

Patrick Farley's latest comic is a great halloween treat. Anyone know of other good online comic artists?
posted by mathowie at 1:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Court Finds Mr. Cannabis Guilty of Growing Cannabis (insert similar play on words to evoke laughter here).
posted by Hankins at 1:10 PM PST - 1 comments

Not exactly "Green". "The trouble is, Nader seems uneasy being Green. He refuses to join the party (never has joined one, and swears he never will). And while he matches the Greens in anticorporate fervor—our current government is "of the Exxons, by the General Motors, and for the DuPonts," he says—the environment seems rather low on his policy agenda. Last year he devoted just three of his weekly syndicated newspaper columns to the subject. "
posted by owillis at 11:58 AM PST - 8 comments

About.com acquired by old-media concern Primedia for $690 million in Primedia stock. One of the true original web-content concepts has found a valuation anchor.
posted by MattD at 11:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Introducing Flash 6 - now only 98% Bad!
Jakob Neilsen focuses his alertbox on the evils of Flash, calls it 99% bad. Take that Rob Burgess, CEO of Macromedia (who last week equated the technology have-nots with being damned to Hell).
posted by DragonBoy at 11:16 AM PST - 39 comments

I'll take great jobs for $100, Alex. My favorite quote: "I used to joke that I mentioned how I collected caps, so I wind up getting a lot of caps. I should have mentioned that I collect Rolex watches and see what happened." Fluffy, but fun.
posted by baylink at 10:41 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment


Unsafe in any state. Salon trashes the Nader campaign big time, mainly claiming that his run for the Presidency is "reckless" and "dangerous". In an alleged democracy, doesn't any candidate who passes muster with the entry requirements have the right to run for the office?
posted by ethmar at 8:24 AM PST - 38 comments

U2's site gets a redesign, losing the befuddling wireframe "studio" concept for something a little more familiar: a timeline-cum-blog, taking elements of Classic Motown and U2log.
posted by hijinx at 7:00 AM PST - 13 comments

An article in The Standard about vote swapping... Nice to see that someone other than the folks here at MeFi noticed.
posted by silusGROK at 6:17 AM PST - 12 comments

The Hereford Mappa Mundi (Map the World) is a remarkably beautiful and rare glimpse into the medieval view the world. It is the largest map its kind (54 x 64 inches) to have survived and dates from around 1295. It still resides at Hereford Cathedral in England just as it has done for the last 700 years.

The map depicts the world as a flat disk with east at the top. It shows all the features the then known world including Africa, India and China. Paradise is depicted somewhere east India. The Holy Land and its important sites expand to fill the middle the map. Jerusalem is placed at the centre the world.

It is a work of cosmology as much as a cartography. That is, it seeks to explain the world as well as merely depict its features. This was a time when the population was uneducated and provincial. In the Hereford map, people could revel in this vision of the outside world, which taught natural history, classical legends, explained the winds and reinforced their religious beliefs.

Here is a simplified sketch which makes the details and country names easier to identify. Here is the original and a very good written description.
posted by lagado at 3:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Now this is really too meta. MetaFilter's post about borrowed blogs being borrowed by borrowed blogs.
posted by lagado at 1:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Q: What tastes like lemon but isn't? A: Design theft at its most brazen and appalling.
posted by jjg at 12:31 AM PST - 10 comments

October 29

Great article on how Gore managed to shoot himself in the foot, over and over again and alienating potential voters during this election. (via greendot)
posted by skallas at 10:08 PM PST - 1 comments

An Australian Man who sent millions of e-mails around the world falsely stating shares in an American company would rise 900 per cent was today sentenced to two years in jail. The charges filed are believed among the first of their type made against anyone in the world. Mr Hourmouzis had pleaded guilty to two charges of making a false statement on the Internet.
posted by murray_kester at 8:40 PM PST - 4 comments

BSE Inquiry report Took me the better part of two weeks of fishing around to find the online version of the £300 million U.K. report on BSE/mad-cow disease/nvCJD. BSEInquiry.gov.uk didn't work. Got this one from the redoubtable Mad-Cow.org.
posted by joeclark at 4:44 PM PST - 1 comments

More than you wanted to know about the "Tomb Raider" movie. What's weird about it all is that the timing sucks. The game has gone through five successive versions and they've used the same basic engine for all of them. These days it's looking significantly dated, and the last couple of games have gotten really poor reviews. Of course, it probably still sells well to frustrated teenage boys, but I think the last couple of games haven't sold anything like the previous ones did because it's the same old same old.

By the time the movie finally comes out, the game may already be history.

Has there ever been a movie made from a computer game which was either a commercial or critical success? "Mortal Combat" and "Super Mario Brothers" spring to mind as counter-examples.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 3:44 PM PST - 39 comments

How Corporations Operate Tax Free Senator Byron Dorgan on corporations getting away with billions of dollars of taxpayer money. One of the reasons: they negotiate their taxes behind closed doors with the IRS. Wouldn’t you like that access?
posted by capt.crackpipe at 2:32 PM PST - 17 comments

www.georgewbush.com/Helper/CoalitionTransfer.asp?coalition=your-site-here!
this url redirects anywhere you want. heh heh. the possibilities are endless...
posted by quonsar at 12:42 PM PST - 2 comments

The Mind Reading Markup Language (MRML) MRML tags can be embedded into any regular HTML document. They are completely invisible to all browsers. No one will ever know you are using them. For example: Thoughtsuck performs a deeper scan of the client's thoughts which may included details of significant events within the past 24 hours.
posted by riley370 at 9:47 AM PST - 3 comments

How to have fun with your new Playstation 2!
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Tiny little Nader on a magcard. According to a poster at my site, he and his wife stumbled over a mysterious mag-stripe card at the mall. On this card, the number "4" and a small dot. When examined with a jeweler's loupe, it proved to be a microscopic holographic image of Ralph Nader
posted by dhartung at 9:24 AM PST - 4 comments

The New York Times endorses Al Gore The Philadelphia Inquirer and Denver Post also endorsed Gore, while rival George W. Bush picked up endorsements from Chicago’s two daily newspapers and Denver’s Rocky Mountain News.
posted by brian at 8:58 AM PST - 9 comments


On October 15thThe Guardian had for its editorial "If Palestinians were black, Israel would now be a pariah state subject to economic sanctions led by the United States. Its development and settlement of the West Bank would be seen as a system of apartheid, in which the indigenous population was allowed to live in a tiny fraction of its own country, in self-dministered 'bantustans', with 'whites' monopolising the supply of water and electricity. And just as the black population was allowed into South Africa's white areas in disgracefully under-resourced townships, so Israel's treatment of Israeli Arabs - flagrantly discriminating against them in housing and education spending - would be recognised as scandalous too.

Expanding on this description, Noam Chomsky gives an account of Israel's shift from coercive diplomacy to using direct force in implementing its "final status map". That is, the cantonization, containment and control of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
posted by lagado at 4:52 AM PST - 23 comments

Macromedia CEO Rob Burgess admits what many of us have known for a long time: "Flash can be used for good or evil ... That's not the problem of the tool. That's the problem of the designer."
posted by tranquileye at 3:06 AM PST - 12 comments

October 28

"An Oklahoma high school suspended a 15-year-old student [Brandi Blackbear] after accusing her of casting a magic spell that caused a teacher to become sick. Blackbear was summoned to the office of assistant principal Charlie Bushyhead last December after a teacher fell ill, and was questioned about her interest in Wicca."
posted by EngineBeak at 10:15 AM PST - 34 comments

I was flooded with retro-memories of Commodore 64 music at c64audio.com. I distinctly remember playing boulderdash and hearing this for hours.
posted by mathowie at 10:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Gore's Connection to Occidental Petroleum goes much deeper than an investment in a mutual fund. From the article: "...the Clinton Administration has been quietly helping the company--a generous donor to the Democrats in recent years--to win support in Colombia for its drilling plans."
posted by snakey at 10:04 AM PST - 34 comments

nader's stock portfolio "In the financial disclosure form Nader filed on June 14, the Green Party presidential candidate revealed that he owns between $100,000 and $250,000 worth of shares in the Fidelity Magellan Fund. The fund controls 4,321,400 shares of Occidental Petroleum stock." Read on for more...
posted by saralovering at 6:38 AM PST - 28 comments

Pigs do fly, 1st Class.
posted by gluechunk at 4:15 AM PST - 2 comments

October 27

The hitman retires A series of concussions has forced professional wrestler Bret (Hitman) Hart to end his 22-year career today.
posted by riley370 at 11:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Nader/Gore Vote swap in effect 1,107 votes changed hands so far
posted by owillis at 9:31 PM PST - 11 comments

NASA to announce 2005 mission to Mars. Forget the mapping missions. Send over some monkeys already!
posted by Brilliantcrank at 9:04 PM PST - 9 comments

The Meatball Ad is mostly being run in California by the Buchanan Campaign. Today was the first time I saw it running in New York. I have not seen any of the other presidential candidates are running any TV ads here. The ad shows a man passing out while waiting for the 911 voice choice menu after choking from eating a meatball as the TV news in the background declares that English is no longer America's official language. (The link is to a quicktime file.)
posted by tamim at 8:57 PM PST - 23 comments

A Green Flash from the Sun - I always thought this was a myth, but if NASA says it's true... (and I believe everything I read).
posted by kokogiak at 3:45 PM PST - 13 comments

While I originally thought that this was a joke, in the 11/14 print version of Business2.com mentions that they will be shipping and receiving "the goods" via WAP enabled phones. Aww jeah!
posted by thc at 3:16 PM PST - 1 comments

Rhino Records' anti-Napster PSAs are hilarious. Almost makes you want to stop using napster ("it's just not cool").
posted by mathowie at 2:14 PM PST - 2 comments


Why haven't I seen reports of this anywhere else? This is a pretty serious spill.
posted by aflakete at 12:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Bush vs. Gore vs. Nader (51 minute RealAudio file) Listen to the 3 way debate.
posted by snakey at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

The Daily Howler dissects Gore-bashing in major media outlets. In a campaign with real issues -- and two candidates whose policies and proposals deserve serious scrutiny -- so why is it that we've been forced to endure poorly-grounded pieces about "Look for the Union Label"?
posted by snarkout at 11:07 AM PST - 2 comments

AOL's walled garden. Anyone who doesnt think that AOL will only link to AOL/Time Warner properties in the broadband future is fooling themselves.
posted by owillis at 10:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Etour.com claims it's like "channel surfing" on the web, but it isn't. Surfing is something in-between purposefully seeking a goal and letting the wind blow you wherever it wishes. It's not totally random. It's not totally goal-driven. So it must involve a human who is making half-choices, taking half-risks. It can't be programmed. [more…]
posted by grumblebee at 8:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Cube Co-lo I have no idea how I came across this but, does anyone else find this as amusing as I do? I am just imagining rows of racked cubes.
posted by brian at 8:20 AM PST - 1 comments

Microsoft’s network is hacked It's gotta be tough for MSNBC to report this...
posted by chiXy at 6:41 AM PST - 16 comments

"Fastest f*** ever" according to F***edCompany.com. "Scout Electromedia, the maker of the Modo lifestyle pager, will hold a launch party tonight at Les Deux Caf€ in Los Angeles, despite the fact that the company ceased operations Tuesday after less than two months of selling the device."
posted by highindustrial at 6:40 AM PST - 10 comments

A better way to select party candidates.
Instead of holding silly primaries that end up picking the worst possible candidates from each party, why not have party leaders pick the best 3-4 candidates and then have registered party members vote (by mail or at the convention) and announce the winner in August? [more inside]
posted by daveadams at 6:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Chernomyrdin to sue George W. Bush to clear his name and business reputation. While we're on this, Monica Lewinsky, too, plans to sue Bill Clinton, because she too, wants 'to clear her name and business reputation.'
posted by tiaka at 5:14 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Your-anus doesn't have the most moon anymore, Saturn does. 22. haha.
posted by tiaka at 5:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Yankees Suck! (Note: Graphic Content) Well, it looks like someone cracked the New York Yankees site because they won the Series. I hope one of the tv stations are forwarding anyone to the site.
posted by Cavatica at 1:33 AM PST - 8 comments

It's been a standing joke for decades, but it's finally arrived. Smellovision is real. (I'm having a hard time thinking of a more useless computer peripheral.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 12:26 AM PST - 14 comments

October 26

Canada Denies Eminem Entrance. I'm sorry if it's already been posted, i've been out of the loop.
posted by dominic at 10:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Joe Frank: When endowed with profound religious feeling, your skin becomes transparent and your blood begins to turn a thin watery hue until the light of the sun streaming in the window passes entirely through you. At last, having evolved into pure spiritual energy, nothing remains of your existence but a small pile of dirty underwear, damp socks, rumpled garments, a driver's license, credit cards and perhaps a small nail clipper.
posted by subpixel at 4:20 PM PST - 5 comments

MSNBC calls Gore on his shakey environmental record and comments on how environmentalist groups are only recently endorsing him as election day jitters kick in.
posted by skallas at 3:10 PM PST - 6 comments

letter from a freedman to his old master jourdan anderson's letter offers a compelling view of one man's view of freedom. page 2, page 3

posted by riley370 at 2:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Slashdot , meet Greendot.
posted by veruca at 12:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Are you really in favor of who you should be? Not having seen this in a quick scan, I'll point you to SpeakOut's VoteMatch quiz. It correctly pegged me as a Browne voter, but I was surprised that Bush came in second, Gore fourth, and Nader 7th. Hmmm...
posted by baylink at 12:08 PM PST - 47 comments

GW Hits The Bong! Well it's been rumoured for years... But now we have the proof! Light it up Georgie Boy!
posted by Niccola Six at 11:11 AM PST - 11 comments


Can somebody tell me if this is for real? --Gore sought help from anti-homosexual group 'God hates fags' creator preaches 'hate because the Bible preaches hate'--
posted by chiXy at 10:10 AM PST - 14 comments


Are taxonomai copyrightable? This topic isn't new; West Publishing stole their legal referencing system from the government, then copyrighted it and successfully sued a couple people out of business. But should it be possible? [Hint: Hell, no!]
posted by baylink at 7:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Have yourself a G.G Allin Christmas and if you don't know who he is/was, have a look here. I thank you. (Contains naughty words.)
posted by Jofus at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Those artists! What will they do next?! Hmmm, let me think...
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 5:47 AM PST - 15 comments

How could Sony be low on cash when Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Circuit City all have lines of people around the corner who have been waiting since yesterday morning? All waiting to get their very own PX2.

Think about this - approximately 500,000 of the units will sell today, at $300 a pop, plus numerous purchases of games in addition to the console. Let's estimate that each lucky customer will spend $400 (1 PX2, and 2 games per customer - a modest estimate). That's a one-day gross of $200,000,000.

My bet? Sony will not only turn itself around by the end of the day today, cause a major boom in US currency flow, but also cause a sharp decline in spending for the next month - people will be at home playing their new games, and will have little interest in going out to buy anything else!
posted by tatochip at 5:38 AM PST - 31 comments

October 25

Am I Hot or Not?
Beware of this link. If you click on it you will be sucked in for hours. The idea, rate people's looks on a scale of 1 to 10. The people? Anyone who uploads their picture to the site, both men and women.

I have never found a site more habit forming in my life. Like Dack (who I got the link from) I skipped food, drink and missed my bus.
posted by DragonBoy at 11:38 PM PST - 47 comments


Has there been a negative Nader thread here yet?
"According to his former editor David Sanford, Nader is a hypochondriac who refuses dinner invitations from anyone with pets, because he thinks cats cause leukemia, and simply hates dogs."
There are even crazy quotes.
posted by thirteen at 11:17 PM PST - 32 comments

THE AMIGA IS BACK! Why, oh why, did i throw out all my Amiga games. And it wasn't that long ago, that i did that either. Aaaaarrgh.
posted by Zool at 10:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Online petitions have much less clout than old-fashioned paper ones, but... ya gotta appreciate the twist on this one, demanding that Gore withdraw from the race because he's spoiling it for Nader!
posted by veruca at 6:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Sanctions Born Of Indifference The United Nations' sanctions against Iraq - which would have been lifted long ago, if not for America - have been killing 4,500 children a month for nearly 10 years now. A million people in all so far, half of them kids.

The Iraqis die because America insists the sanctions continue - despite their illegality under the principles of the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal, the United Nations Convention Against Genocide Convention and particularly the Geneva Convention: (Protocol 1 Additional to the Geneva Conventions - 1977 Part IV, Section 1, Chapter III, Article 54)
1. Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is prohibited.
2. It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove, or render useless objects indispensable to the agricultural areas for the production of foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies, and irrigation works, for the specific purpose of denying them for their sustenance value to the civilian population or to the adverse party, whatever the motive, whether in order to starve out civilians, to cause them to move away, or for any other motive.
posted by lagado at 6:20 PM PST - 31 comments

Looking Out Across Dao, Niger, and Harmakhis Valles on Mars. Okay, boring subject. The Martian Global Surveyor has been in orbit around Mars for three years. Sometimes you just have to take some time to look at what's been coming back and admire the raw beauty of the landscape.

This is a mid-autumn view of three major valley systems east of the Hellas plains. From left to right, the first major valley, Dao Vallis, runs diagonally from the upper left to just past the lower center of the image. Niger Vallis joins Dao Vallis just above the center of the frame. Harmakhis Vallis extends diagonally across the right half of the picture, toward the lower right. These valleys are believed by some to have been formed--at least in part--by large outbursts of liquid water some time far back in the martian past. The picture is a composite of red and blue wide angle images obtained by MOC on September 13, 2000.
posted by lagado at 5:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Good Magazine. Some amusing stuff here. Eg, right now the home page has "An Interview with Neal Pollack Using Questions Intended for Mark Kingwell that Refer to His New Book."
posted by todd at 4:34 PM PST - 1 comments

Internet To Be Bigger Than TV - UCLA Report "For the first time in the history of television, TV usage by children under 14 declined," recalled Cole. "Kids finally found something that was more interesting than TV. It was an epiphany moment for me." Download the report here.
posted by owillis at 3:02 PM PST - 5 comments

thumbs up for Bush!
posted by gluechunk at 1:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Hi Jack! HIJACK!! Hehe... You'd think they'd have addressed this problem a long time ago with pilots being named Jack...
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 12:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Nostalgic time-wasting. Anyone else getting misty-eyed?
posted by solistrato at 12:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Bernard Shaw can't wait... because everything is so exciting!
posted by owillis at 11:25 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Happy Birthday, Alexis Massie! And oh, I do like the redesign.
posted by holgate at 10:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Be a Nader Trader! This site puts American University law professor Jamin Raskin's theory into practice.
posted by bkdelong at 10:29 AM PST - 13 comments

A new concept in blogging: Can't think of anything to say? What the hell, just borrow someone else's life.
posted by Cobbler at 9:47 AM PST - 16 comments

just another perl poet. program your refrigerator. from /usr/bin/girl
posted by lescour at 9:12 AM PST - 3 comments

These cool, creepy images used to cover the walls of Ariel Dolan's house until "almost all were destroyed when an Iraqi Scud missile crashed my house during the Gulf War." Apparantly, when Dolan isn't making these images, he's programming alife simulations like eFloys.
posted by grumblebee at 8:24 AM PST - 1 comments

Goin' green for the cause!
posted by veruca at 4:36 AM PST - 17 comments

October 24

Too Much Information? Heavy information overload: the world's total yearly production of print, film, optical, and magnetic content would require roughly 1.5 billion gigabytes of storage. This is the equivalent of 250 megabytes per person for each man, woman, and child on earth.
posted by faithnomore at 11:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Undecided voters aren't stupid after all. They're just waiting to see which candidate will best achieve their goal of governmental gridlock, which will be determined primarily by how control of Congress shakes out.
posted by kindall at 11:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Top level domain names lodged with ICANN. These are the TLD's lodged with ICANN, of which we might see the first ones early next year. And yes, .xxx is one of them.
posted by Zool at 9:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Great this Modern World cartoon this week, and today's Salon.com has a decent article on Nader's lastest Super Rally. (via Naderwatch)
posted by skallas at 7:08 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Is the Revolution really over? According to Wired it is, “…one day, the digital revolution was over. The big media companies wrested control of the Internet from the kids in the horned-rimmed glasses.” Derek has his comments on this but to add my own, nothing new and exciting happens anymore.

The Internet has become synonymous for pink slips, mergers, and legal battles.

I know there was a previous link to this article but I was inspired by Derek to bring a different matter to the table.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 6:55 PM PST - 11 comments


Gore vs. Nader saved by vote swapping? Here's your political Napster...
posted by owillis at 6:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Netscape 4.76 is available for downloa... oh, to hell with it, why do I even bother?
posted by Dean_Paxton at 4:47 PM PST - 41 comments

The true culprit behind the Bush/Gore billboard has been revealed. No, it's not Nader -- it's a publicity-grubbing dot-com.
posted by jjg at 2:29 PM PST - 7 comments

IKON's Website Ranked Among Top 200 Business Sites By BtoB, Advertising Age's Marketing Newspaper Your stock's in the toilet, you're being slapped with a class action suit, and you've been put on CreditWatch with negative implications. But your web site shore is purty!
posted by ethmar at 2:10 PM PST - 7 comments

napster bought macster! (am i the only one who didn't know this was gonna happen?)
posted by patricking at 2:01 PM PST - 10 comments

I challenge you to help me learn Tok Pisin
Mi laik i harim Tok Pisin. Olgeta manmeri i tokim long Tok Pisin long Papua Niugini. Mi laik i lukim na stap long PNG! That was some poor Tok Pisin. Tok Pisin is a Melanesia pidgin language extensively used in Papua New Guinea. Help me learn more! Post links for Tok Pisin language learning here!
posted by rschram at 1:36 PM PST - 2 comments

The Mideast's forgotten people, Bedouins cling to ancient tradition - and Israel's bottom rung. With strong historical ties to the land that go back 2,500 years, they feel left out of the who-gets-what debate in the Holy Land.
posted by jhiggy at 1:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Internet recording history
An IRC chat transcript recorded immediately after the 1994 Los Angeles 6.6 earthquake.
posted by rschram at 12:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Ethel talks about CNN censorship of Crossfire with Larry Flynt and Donna Rice Hughes. The transcript is MIA from the site.
posted by john at 12:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Journalism profs are soliciting Internet users' opinions on how "politically interested Web surfers are using the Internet in the 2000 U.S. presidential elections."
posted by thescoop at 11:38 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Win the popular vote, lose the election? Talk about your constitutional crisis...
posted by owillis at 11:23 AM PST - 3 comments

mylackey.com (an overpriced errand service) closed shop...and I'm disappointed that there's no secret message in the source code.
posted by gluechunk at 10:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Beam me up, Scotty! They are one step closer to making the Holodeck a reality. Now I can really ditch the world and live in my very own bubble.
posted by schlomo at 9:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Hey, kids! Statistics is cool! (Amazing introduction to the concept of estimation, and error computing.)
posted by rschram at 9:19 AM PST - 2 comments

The OPE Campus Security Statistics Website allows you to research criminal offenses that were reported at over 6000 colleges nation wide, (United States). University participation is compulsory.

Of course, what they don't mention is lots of schools, including my alma mater, refer certain complaints (commonly those dealing with sexual assault) directly to local law enforcement, and keep no official record of the incident with the school itself. I was semi-involved with my school's Women's Resource Center in '98, and I can tell you there were a lot more incidents of sexual assault than listed on the OPE site.
posted by alan at 9:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Fear and Loathing in the Magic Kingdom, or something. First Dennis Miller to "Monday Night Football" and now Hunter Thompson and ESPN. When the going gets wierd...
posted by dcehr at 8:53 AM PST - 3 comments

You saw it on the news but you didn't send flowers? Now there's no excuse...
posted by Mocata at 7:08 AM PST - 5 comments

The War on... education? It's estimated that 7000 US college students will lose their entitlement to at least some financial aid because of previous drug convictions. Which is nice. Now, the follies of the "war on drugs" are well-documented, but this takes the cake. I thought that punishment was for the criminal justice system to dispense...
posted by holgate at 4:55 AM PST - 20 comments

The Complete Bushisms - Bush Quotables Lets get the daily Bush Bash started with a bang today. Some of these are just too much. "We want to promote families in America. Families is where our nation takes hope, where wings take dream."
posted by brian at 4:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Okay, we know that web polls are nonsense, but I'm sure some people here on MeFi will be interested in the Time.com virtual voter booth.
posted by lagado at 4:10 AM PST - 7 comments

U.K. Bride-to-Be Killed Due to Cramped Conditions on Quantas Airlines A spokeswoman for Qantas was quoted as saying: “The safety of our passengers is always of paramount importance and we refer to the possible effects of flying in our in-flight magazine.”
posted by brian at 4:07 AM PST - 17 comments

October 23

Amazon dead by Mar 19, 2001 Just thought you like to know the exact time of death of Amazon.com That's according to Downside's Deathwatch is a cash-flow analysis. The death date is simply the day the company will run out of cash, based on their reported liquid assets and loss rate. When the cash runs out, something bad for stockholders has to happen.
posted by lagado at 8:58 PM PST - 31 comments

In the spirit of the American Memory Digital Library or Duke's Digital Scriptorium, the American Museum of the Moving Image has a new exhibit called The Living Room Candidate- a comprehensive collection of presidential campaign ads since the 1950's.
posted by kidsplateusa at 7:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Life after death, interesting though short reading. Scientific materialism takes a slight beating? Maybe. Nice that somebody finally tested the low oxygen theory that's been flying around since the 70's.
posted by skallas at 6:15 PM PST - 7 comments

GWB on Letterman "As executive producer Maria Pope leans over Dave's desk shouting something of importance to Dave, see Governor George W. Bush reaching over and grabbing the end of Maria's shawl. His glasses needed cleaning and everyone knows the shawl of a TV producer makes for a great cleaning cloth. So the Governor cleaned his glasses on Maria's shawl, as if she were a kleenex."
posted by owillis at 6:13 PM PST - 20 comments

More and more American girls are hitting puberty at 7 or 8 and nobody seems to know why. Some say pesticides are to blame; Dr. Drew points the finger at MTV.
posted by jjg at 3:52 PM PST - 19 comments

If I ever get as good as Joakim and the Double You crew, I could die a very happy guy. These two new sites for Menta and the Audi A2 pretty much blow my mind.
posted by endquote at 2:22 PM PST - 9 comments

"e-mail" vs. "email" - Wired declares style guidelines (again) - so in today's Wired News (lycos.wired.com, not wired magazine), there's a long explanatory article about a change in Wired News' style standards. A) do declarations from Wired News matter much anymore? B) is "e-mail" really 'more proper' than "email". To me, the hyphen looks amateurish and silly, but I'm too close to this to be objective.
posted by kokogiak at 10:46 AM PST - 43 comments

a blog for typography junkies! i'm in heaven.
posted by patricking at 8:45 AM PST - 3 comments


You know that ad where a guy offers to pull a semi with his Chevy Tracker? Well, these guys showed up Chevy by pulling a truck with their...uh...winkies. [Via fark]
posted by plinth at 5:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Kite aerial photography is basically hanging a remote controlled camera off a kite string and shooting pics high above the ground at random. How this guy gets such great shots is beyond me. It's amazing photography you probably haven't seen before.
posted by mathowie at 12:35 AM PST - 8 comments

October 22

deja trouble? Looks like the deja.com sale is ready for f***edcompany's site...
posted by Adman at 11:39 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

General Wiranto, the butcher of East Timor launches a singing career.
posted by lagado at 11:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Nader not backing down
posted by Dean_Paxton at 11:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Network Solutions faces 'hoarding' allegations. "Networks Solutions Inc. has illegally restrained trade and willfully maintained monopoly power over expired domain names, according to a class-action lawsuit recently filed by an Alabama businessman."
posted by Zool at 10:16 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

A while ago I posted about some guys who built a computer case out of a refrigerator the better to overclock their CPU. Those guys were wusses. REAL men use liquid nitrogen.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:42 PM PST - 2 comments

"I wasn't doing anything wrong..." So says Jonathan Lebed, the 16-year-old who paid out $285,000 to the SEC to settle his pump-and-dump case. His father agrees: "He earned it. He did a lot of work. He didn't sit behind a garage smoking pot, or stealing wheels off a car." Yeah, right: after all, he bought his parents a Mercedes with the profits of his stock manipulation.
posted by holgate at 8:27 PM PST - 17 comments

whois microsoft.com? You might be surprised. or maybe not.
posted by quonsar at 7:34 PM PST - 5 comments

I just got polled for the presidential election . . .and they didn't even mention Nader's name as a choice for president! I had to tell them 'I am voting for Ralph Nader." Ralph is pulling 6% in recent national polls. This really gets me steamed that they don't include his name in the %#@*!! polls.
posted by snakey at 7:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys fame and others take Nader speeches and turn them into music. I'm not kidding.
posted by skallas at 6:19 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

In an attempt to preempt Arafat's declaration of an independent state, Israel is threatening to unilaterally declare its own borders. "In its most absolute form, Israel would separate by creating its own borders, thereby carving out a Palestinian state as well, although in a form unlikely to be acceptable to Palestinians. " Okay, now imagine trying to draw lines on a map like this!.
posted by lagado at 3:54 PM PST - 8 comments

National Day of Protest against police brutality, repression, and the criminalization of a generation. Take a stand and wear black today.
posted by grank at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Female kicker's chilling effect. "Instead, the $2 million Mercer was awarded has given them two million reasons to question the risk of giving any woman a chance, especially at smaller schools where female players would otherwise be most likely to succeed."
posted by owillis at 9:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Apparently, Bush and Gore really are the same . . . While it looks like a brillant AdBusters culture jamming experiment, this was apparently just a simple 'proofreading' mistake.
posted by aladfar at 8:15 AM PST - 11 comments

The Ab-Doer? I guess they ran out of verbs.
posted by highindustrial at 7:21 AM PST - 2 comments

A Complete Map of What? Buchanan International claims to have created a complete page-level map of the Internet. I think (the article's not really clear on that). Am I the only one who finds this ridiculous? And their motives are so pure: "the completion of the map is prob-ably (sic) the first big step in the quest to control internet anarchy." Does the Financial Times usually publish such drivel? (via Brian Carnell)
posted by mrmorgan at 4:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Lots of posts lately about the election, about other strange things, (and especially about my favorite subject to not read: Nader) and we haven't had a knock-down drag-out argument about ethics for a while. So I thought I'd start one about this. Using up humans to collect medical data is unquestionably immoral and those who do it should be hung, if not put to death by torture. The question is whether those of us who had nothing to do with the collection of that data and have not done anything immoral become immoral by using data collected that way in order to save lives. I'm going to make three posts below, so be patient.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 2:48 AM PST - 30 comments

New evidence of madness in the halls of power in the Chinese Empire. An excellent example of how water issues will dominate in the 21st century.
posted by aflakete at 12:27 AM PST - 8 comments

October 21

We didnt' start the weblogs... They were always thinking of good sites for linking. Found in my referer log. *Very* well done.
posted by baylink at 9:39 PM PST - 18 comments

Greens for Gore have a voting strategy. If you like Nader, you might want to see what they have in mind.
posted by aprilgem at 7:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Donate a dollar to fight breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month. Click on the little pink ribbon in the left hand column of this link, and Yahoo will donate $1 to the Susan Komen Foundation. Tell your friends!
posted by kristin at 4:00 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Bankruptcy without style: living.com posted their employee (and customer) data on their web site when they "made their documents public." It included salaries and addresses of employees. "Privacy advocates said it appeared to be the first bankruptcy filing posted on a retail Web site and a cautionary tale about the posting of private information that is contained in a public document."
posted by bison at 8:25 AM PST - 11 comments

http://fast.weblogs.com/
Sure, it's not quite what I'd call fast right now. But here's to hoping ...
posted by sylloge at 4:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Hey Bay Area Nader fans -- get your tickets! (if you haven't already) -- 6:30 PM today at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland: the only California Super Rally, featuring Cornel West, Medea Benjamin, Danny Glover, Jello Biafra, Patti Smith, Tom Tomorrow, and other surprise guests! For those who can't make it there will be a Live Webcast available at votenader.org.
posted by johnb at 2:41 AM PST - 3 comments

eve.com is no more, which is a shame they had more than a few sexy photographs on there and decent design.
posted by skallas at 1:50 AM PST - 4 comments

October 20

Now I know fathers want their kids to follow in their footsteps, but this is really weird. In March, the daughter of Muhammad Ali will take on the daughter of Joe Frazier in a boxing match. (And they're both pro's.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 11:34 PM PST - 11 comments

That Warm Toasty Feeling
Here is a guilty pleasure that I can no longer keep to myself. Toasy is a new blogspot blog written by a friend's younger brother. Along with his vivid accounts of dreams (well written and never boring) toasty has a fantastic essay on Ralph Nader that should inspire all to think a little harder about who they are voting for.
posted by DragonBoy at 11:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Group photo from the last MeFi lunch get-together. (You mean you didn't hear about it?)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:41 PM PST - 12 comments

I want one of these for my birthday. (Courtesy Hard OCP) I wonder how much they cost. If you have to ask, you can't...
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:16 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

USS Cole cleanup continues. Very patriotic email I got 2nd hand.
posted by greyscale at 7:04 PM PST - 3 comments

"Nader's Raiders" ask Nader to reconsider. "It is now clear that you might well give the White House to Bush. As a result, you would set back significantly the social progress to which you have devoted your entire, astonishing career''
posted by owillis at 6:11 PM PST - 26 comments

U.S. mean temperature (January-September) warmest on record. That's in 105 years. Something to be alarmed about? Maybe, maybe not, but call me concerned, folks. Given the fact that we don't seem to have winter around here anymore, I guess our grandkids will be asking us, "Hey, tell us about the time it was cold!".

Pardon me for posting links in rapid succession; the NCDC website is obscenely slow, if you can get to it at all.
posted by Mr. skullhead at 5:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Humans Pushing Planet Earth Beyond Capacity.

Kiss your asses good bye.

I say, good f**kin' riddance.
posted by Mr. skullhead at 3:59 PM PST - 34 comments

Pennsylvania's new license plates featuring the state's web address are just plain Sick and Wrong, somehow. Please tell me that other states aren't going to follow suit. I saw my first one yesterday, in Austin, TX, of all places.
posted by beth at 2:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Woody, shut the f@#! up! Slight problem with the Toy Story 2 DVDs. Bet these go for a tastey sum on e-bay.
posted by frykitty at 2:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Adobe.com gets hijacked. At the time of this posting, he still has it. Find out how you can hijack domain names in this step by step guide.
posted by kaefer at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments

"clouds and even rain showers seem to have been spotted on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Scientists have already labeled Titan a hot spot in the search for extraterrestrial life, and the new work adds to that enthusiasm." You bet it does.
posted by owillis at 2:04 PM PST - 10 comments

The battle for .web has been well underway, and this open letter brings light to the issue. Small time contenders are busy spending what resources they have on producing a proposal that will launch the success of .web as well as promote competition while big boys like NSI are scrambling to simply snatch the hot commodities any way they can.
posted by tomorama at 2:03 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Those were the days... you know, back in 1999...
posted by solistrato at 1:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum whacks Pay It Forward. And I do mean whacks -- there's blood everywhere.
posted by highindustrial at 11:53 AM PST - 18 comments

Argh, I forgot to watch Letterman vs. Bush last night. (I still don't have my TiVo.)
posted by gluechunk at 11:39 AM PST - 5 comments

The Real Gore/Bush Debate Transcript -- "The candidates have agreed on these rules: I will ask a question. The candidate will ignore the question and deliver rehearsed remarks designed to appeal to undecided women voters. The opponent will then have one minute to respond by trying to frighten senior citizens into voting for him."
posted by rcade at 10:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Anyone tried Flyswat? Reads web pages with you and makes hyperlinks for words it recognizes. Very cool hypertext tool...
posted by owillis at 9:41 AM PST - 13 comments

True Food Shopping List - how to avoid genetically engineered food
posted by sudama at 9:40 AM PST - 2 comments

What does it mean? The two sides are at it again. So I guess they will be declaring war agianst each other some time soon. Anyone really think these meetings will yield something that lasts more than say 48 hours?
posted by brent at 9:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Ambient light powered screens (/. i think). ...waiting for a large to buy up patent and then sit on it.
posted by jamescblack at 8:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Oldest liveing organism found in salt cave in New Mexico. 250 million and counting. What gets me is this quote: ``If something can survive 250 million years, what's the difference .. another 250 or longer,'' wonder if digital data can be stored in bacterium.
posted by stbalbach at 12:10 AM PST - 7 comments

October 19

Teen Accused in Plot to Kill 'N Sync. Foiled Again! Doh!
posted by Brilliantcrank at 10:45 PM PST - 20 comments

The rock-critic "community" Jack Saturn and Jack Saturn manqués, ahoy! A young fella runs an entire site, Popped, dedicated to the art of rock criticism. And despite being from Toronto, he's not so prissy as to pretend he isn't a fan. Because those are the worst rock critics. If rock even matters anymore.
posted by joeclark at 10:02 PM PST - 8 comments

The Strong Colo(u)r Classic One keeps running across coverage of the cult of the Macintosh Color Classic. Imagine stuffing a G3 parentboard and a CD-ROM into one of those wee chunks o' sculpture. Or stop imagining and go do it. (Second article.) Note: Some Strong Color Classic fan sites crash every browser I have, even iCab. Too strong for the Web, perhaps.
posted by joeclark at 10:00 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

A movie-quote page that avoids the obvious Harry Knowles wishes he were this good. (And so do his readers. Gah!) Anyway, Andrew de la Rosa's Movie Quote Page epitomizes the Wildean dictum that there is no high or low art, only good and bad. You want quotes from Serial Mom? Alphaville? Everyone's welcome. (But why no mention of the infamous exchange between Diana Christensen and Loreen Hobbs in Network?
posted by joeclark at 6:46 PM PST - 5 comments

As a despised and adored lesbian historian, I... The hottest date I could imagine (with a woman) would be an overnight escapade with... Camille Paglia. Yes! McSweeney's sums up her life in introductory catchphrases from the goddess's own Salon columns. How Dada. How cut-n-paste.
posted by joeclark at 6:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Relaxed encryption exports get green light. See comment inside.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 6:18 PM PST - 3 comments

These guys need to go back and look at some movies of the Normandy invasion. [more inside]
posted by Steven Den Beste at 5:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Imagine the reaction in the delivery room! Baby swap in hospital is one thing, but fetus-swap?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 5:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Dark Angel is a rip-off of Heinlein's Friday, which I completely agree with. Cameron has been successfully sued by Harlon Ellison before for blatantly ripping off his ideas. Then again the sci-fi word is a static world of either super-humans/machines/aliens/time-trave/alternate dimensions.
posted by skallas at 5:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Alien (1979; dir. Ridley Scott) original props and stuff for auction. Here's a Halloween costume the kids down the street won't soon forget. And wouldn't a plaster cast of Tom Skerritt's teeth make a great stocking stuffer? Also, this prop seems like it could be put to some alternative uses the makers never intended.
posted by jjg at 4:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Tired of stepping in some dog's crap??? Behavior modification starts at your poperty line! This doesn't only work for people that don't have dogs. It can also work for those of us who do, and are tired of our trusted companions going into the neighbor's yard to do their doodi.

Though I could care less that they do, I like my neighbors, so I am gonna give this a shot.
posted by da5id at 2:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Wicked Series - For long-suffering BoSox fans, New York's Subway Series is a Jacob's Ladder tube ride to baseball Hell.
posted by kevincmurphy at 1:12 PM PST - 26 comments

Bezos and O'Reilly teamed up with a new approach at Patent reform. And if you can prove someone else had this idea first, they will give you $14k.
posted by th3ph17 at 1:04 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Essay by Richard Dawkins (the scientist, not the game show host) on the supposed convergence on science and religion.
posted by Optamystic at 11:59 AM PST - 47 comments

The US Government should buy it and make it a national monument. PARC up for sale? I didn't realize that Xerox was hurting so badly.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 11:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Kinship database written in Prolog
From your friends at the Center for Computing in Anthropology at U of Kent / Canterbury
posted by rschram at 11:00 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Imaxo pays you go on job interviews Fees for interviews range from $25 - $1000 Some people could You can only interview a maximum of 12 times a year, so you couldn't live off of doing this unless you had a lot of aliases
posted by Dean_Paxton at 10:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Takuu, an atoll community in Papua New Guinea, threatened by rising sea levels
I don't know what to make of it, but I've heard similarly dire fates predicted for minor islands of Oceania, if present trends continue into the next 50 years.
posted by rschram at 10:27 AM PST - 1 comments

Deja.com is putting its archive of Usenet news, covering a period from 1995 to the present, up for sale. As you might have noticed, for some months now Deja's archive of older (pre-1999) news has been unavailable. They had claimed the situation was temporary, but now it appears to be permanent. This leaves me with something of a sick feeling. While much of late-1990s Usenet is junk, it has both practical and historical significance. The notion that archiving Usenet is not commercially viable does not bode well for saving other parts of the Internet's history.
posted by tranquileye at 9:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Travolta's officially lost his marbles: "George Lucas and Quentin Tarantino and a lot of people saw [Battlefield Earth] and thought it was a great piece of science fiction." In an alternate universe, maybe.
posted by highindustrial at 9:46 AM PST - 19 comments

Gore and horses have something in common...big feet. Al Gore has endured criticism for years that he's constantly giving his image a makeover. Now Inside.com reports that Rolling Stone magazine airbrushed some of Gore's assets in its latest issue. Apparently, a certain bulge in the vice president's pants had to be "brought down a bit" in the photo adorning the rock magazine's cover.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 8:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Am I the only one who finds this disturbing? It's the "official britney spears website" and the intro flash is quite illuminating. Different parts of Ms. Spears' body get highlighted during the opening flash animation while areas of the site are displayed. When her breasts get illuminated, "Your Stuff" is the area that gets shown. (Her breasts are also used to showcase the "tour info", which may say more about the flash designers than anything else.)
posted by bison at 7:50 AM PST - 39 comments

October 18

What is a likely voter This morning, while listening to Democracy Now, I heard something very interesting. it seems that the Republicans lobbied Gallup to redefine a 'likely voter' for this election season's polling. It seems Gallup is now defining a 'likely voter' as someone who voted in the last three presidential elections ('88, '92, '96). This leads to voters who are older (at least 30) and to people who participated in the last election to elect a Republican. Furthermore this polling method would have shown Bob Dole winning the 1996 election. No wonder Shrub is in the lead. Savannah Now describes the pool of likely voters "tend to lean Republican."
posted by DragonBoy at 11:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Deconstructing the walls of Jericho Old article, but an interesting one. Archaeologist Ze'ev Herzog of Tel Aviv University has said that "Following 70 years of intensive excavations in the Land of Israel, archaeologists have found out: The patriarchs' acts are legendary, the Israelites did not sojourn in Egypt or make an exodus, they did not conquer the land. Neither is there any mention of the empire of David and Solomon, nor of the source of belief in the God of Israel. These facts have been known for years, but Israel is a stubborn people and nobody wants to hear about it." Also the BBC Article.
posted by lagado at 9:09 PM PST - 4 comments

ZACH LEFT RAGE!!!!????????????????? speechless. I'm f#@*ing speechless.
posted by grank at 8:18 PM PST - 24 comments

WONDERcorp: The name has corporate all over it
"My daughter Tayler marie is the most beautiful little girl in the whole world. May all her most peaceful dreams come true. Love Daddy."
posted by sylloge at 6:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Those conservative Republicans... Really classy guys.
posted by owillis at 3:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Poetictech has some pretty nice workstation desks (dang cool). I want the one that rotates 120 degrees every 8 hours. (warning: slow site)
posted by jamescblack at 2:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Neural net pilots - just thought this was cool...
posted by sonofsamiam at 12:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Ralph Nader got a whopping 40% jump in the polls! But the american public doesnt know. Michael Moore explains how the polling process is skewed to reflect favorably on the two major parties.
posted by stazen at 11:52 AM PST - 53 comments

Are Undecided Voters Stupid?
Undecided voters "don't come across as terribly swift..."
"If you're undecided at this point, you're an idiot."
"These soft voters do not have a coherent set of beliefs."
More inside...
posted by Tubes at 11:18 AM PST - 27 comments

You can have my All-Stars when you pry them from my cold dead feet. If they discontinued Vans, I'm not sure what I would wear..
posted by schlomo at 10:15 AM PST - 23 comments

In last night's debate, Bush reassured the American people that he has absolutely no idea what affirmative action is. If you think it's got anything to do with quotas or with hiring less-than-qualified applicants then neither do you. Someone ought to send this info on pertinent Supreme Court decisions along to the Bush campaign for the governor's edification. Yesterday's New York Times carried an op-ed which examines a critical review of 200 scientific studies of affirmative action and concludes that the facts vindicate such policies. In fact, a Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded last week to an economist who developed methods of analysis which, among other things, demonstrated the effectiveness of affirmative action in integrating the textile industry. Little-known fact: the greatest beneficiary of affirmative action has been white women.
posted by sudama at 10:05 AM PST - 42 comments

And what would you do with 2 Million dollars? Ah yes, buy a piano.
posted by Cobbler at 6:30 AM PST - 13 comments

October 17

Effective Web Design and the Tao of Plinko all this time I have been reading the wrong web sites to figure out the web. What I needed to be doing was spending some quality time with Bob Barker and friends on The Price is Right! Oh yeah, rumor has it that Bob Barker is set to retire next season (the shows 30th).
posted by DragonBoy at 11:06 PM PST - 2 comments

The SDMI Hack challenge seems to have gone down in flames. And apparently it wasn't even very difficult to break into it. This article goes into it in some detail. [more]
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Somebody call a lawyer! Now this is a blatant case of someone ripping off someone else's trademark in a URL if there ever was one. (Courtesy of Hard OCP)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Postman that changes toilet paper rolls! Oh did I mention he's a dog? Umm, I'll just use this roll over here, thanks.
posted by skallas at 7:22 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Handspring releases Visor Platinum and Visor Prism. Platinum = fast; $300. Prism = color; $450. Just in time for the you-know-what season. And here I bought a Visor Deluxe for $250 just last month like a sucker...
posted by dan_of_brainlog at 6:47 PM PST - 10 comments

The third presidential debate is on, and I can't stop watching it. Though I'd rather be taking in the simple pleasures of Dark Angel, my politically active mind won't allow me to do so . . . for the first time in my life, I find myself wishing for a brain annuerism.
posted by aladfar at 6:17 PM PST - 73 comments

All of this talk about madonna.com and string.com seems to me to be just a mad scramble to grab a 'scarce' resource (ie. the .com TLD). The only problem is that the scarcity is completely artificial. Networking expert and lawyer Karl Auerbach has just been elected to ICANN as the US at-large rep on a platform of reducing ICANN's role from it current one as a overreaching international law making body. He says that the DNS system is capable of handling far more than just a few top-level domains like .com, .org, .net, .uk, .au etc. He says it could handle millions.
posted by lagado at 6:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Save priceline.com and Win! Poor Priceline. It was such a cool thing to have available.
posted by amanda at 4:46 PM PST - 2 comments

kevin bacon as math theory: properties of the kevin bacon absorbing set
posted by riley370 at 3:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Americans 'have more sex'. No, that's not a order. But according to Durex, you're meant to be getting it more often, at a younger age. Does this say "as much about bragging as actual sexual behaviour"? Or are we just being led to think that "we are strange if we aren't thinking about sex all the time", as this Salon piece suggests?
posted by holgate at 2:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Doesn't this seem like a kvetch clone (or copy-cat) to you?
posted by kchristidis at 1:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Media Metrix with some online election stats. Nothing particularly useful. Although it does seem that the web may actually be right leaning? Require Acrobat Reader
posted by Doug at 1:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Army's new uniform code to include berets.
"...this "symbol of excellence" once reserved for members of elite units will be made available to all soldiers as "a signal to the young that we are moving, we are changing."

This really belongs in The Onion.
posted by ratbastard at 12:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Go.com redesigns. Some sort of improvement...
posted by owillis at 10:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Planet Project: Harris, the pollsters, team up with a bunch of other marketing-minded corporations to ask the people of the world (or at least, those with access to the Web) such questions as "Would you switch your race if you could not change it back?" and "When you die, what do you think will happen to you?" Sign up to lend your voice—or do a little culture jamming and explain why, when you die, you'll meet Claire, the giant armadillo who lives on Pluto and directs everything we do from a colossal high chair, where she eats nothing but creamed corn forever and shouts "Corn! Corn! Corn for me!"
posted by honkzilla at 10:10 AM PST - 5 comments

"No Senate Race in New York in 2000."
I was at the my AOL page and from there, two-clicked my way to their election 2000 link to find my local races; where I was greeted with the aforementioned quote, in red. At first I thought it was a reference to the New York State Senate. But the top of the page clearly says, "U.S. Senate Race." Am I the only person being duped by the AOL election information services?
posted by tamim at 10:02 AM PST - 2 comments

"Atari is now a sophisticated computerized programmable unit...." Magazine ad for the 2600, back when TVs had handles and video games were blue, pink and magenta. (Obviously not the same meaning of "programmable" today.)
posted by bison at 7:36 AM PST - 18 comments

Very good election analysis by Joan Didion in the current NYRB. (More inside.)
posted by Mocata at 3:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Geeks get behind Al. He maybe behind Shrub in the polls, but who cares when you have geeks on your side.
posted by jay at 2:13 AM PST - 13 comments

For anybody who wanted to see an open presidential debate Judical Watch is running your pony. They’ve invited all the major third party candidates and the other two guys to hash it out over ethics in government. Bush has already declined.
posted by capt.crackpipe at 1:02 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

October 16

Canadian hate crime laws are trying to be applied to filmmakers. Sure they made fake snuff films and there are no victims. So far they have them on an obscenity charge and I thought we had free speech problems.
posted by skallas at 11:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Virtual Pig Dissection.
Requires Shockwave. Not for the faint of heart.
posted by tamim at 9:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Madonna finally wins madonna.com Under what grounds warrent her rights to that domain name? At the bottom it notes singer Sting was denied his attempt at aquiring sting.com, which is merely owned by some online gamer called =Sting=.
posted by grank at 8:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Ahh....community spirit. "Some people on the street, noticing the brewing trouble pulled over and got out of their cars to participate in the ruckus", said Sam Cook, 25, of Oakland.
posted by th3ph17 at 6:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Anonymous speech on the web is not protected. A Florida court ruling could force forum hosts to identify posters by name, if they post defamatory messages. Could this ruling lead to more civil exchanges on the net, or will curtailing unfettered speech reduce the amount and scope of many discussions?
posted by mathowie at 5:01 PM PST - 33 comments

The next Java frontier: your car. Sun Microsystems announced Monday it would partner with General Motors' dashboard technology division, OnStar, in an effort to make Java the computing standard for the automotive industry.
posted by Zool at 4:12 PM PST - 5 comments

LA Cop shot Notorious B.I.G.?! While I hope justice will be served, I can only pray that this does not come to be the case. LA is already spooked about the police force. This could start another riot.

Just another day in Southern California. Sigh.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 3:23 PM PST - 3 comments


Excellent, in-depth analysis of "spyware" used by insidious and horrible software entities such as RealPlayer. Written by my hero and yours, Steve Gibson.
posted by Succa at 3:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Search Engine Northernlight Donating Ad Revenue to Hospital One of my favorite search engines, Northernlight.com, is doing some benefit work -- during the week of October 14th through October 20th, searches on Northern Light will benefit the Duke Children's Hospital. Pretty cool -- and they're a good search engine, too.
posted by metrocake at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Nobody really cares for the Internet--except...people who can't sleep and need something to do. It has created an undisciplined culture of slothfulness and foolishness that's now a culture of despair. That's James Cramer, erstwhile CEO of TheStreet.com going off in a Fortune.com interview. Granted, his own problems on the Net have been documented ad nauseum, but is there a bit of truth in what he says? .
posted by BoyCaught at 11:15 AM PST - 10 comments

How to get paint off your hands, in 10 very stupid steps. I really would like to know if this girl is in grade school or high school. (via misterpants)
posted by skallas at 11:04 AM PST - 27 comments

Dr. Lau.. Err..Gore [When one participant asked Gore about homosexuality -- which the man described as a "sin" -- Gore responded that homosexuality is an abnormality which should be discouraged. "I think it is wrong," Gore explained to the audience. "It is not just another normal optional lifestyle."]
posted by tiaka at 8:52 AM PST - 25 comments

The Republicans make character assassination an art form. Several people have linked to this already on their sites and I haven't had a chance to update my own yet, but Phil Agre's latest piece about Republican dirty tricks is a must-read. "The past ten days will go down as a turning point in American history. This is what it's like when the far right is taking over your country: the people support Al Gore's policies, but the polls are shifting toward George W. Bush because the media is filled with false attacks on Al Gore's character."
posted by Medley at 8:22 AM PST - 73 comments

Somebody found my blog while searching for a 'doctor's surgery webpage'. AltaVista, Yahoo, Lycos -- has anyone ever found anything useful from any search engine ever? Really? I don't believe you. Never ever has any search engine -- not even lovely, nifty little Google -- given me what I want in any useful way whatsoever. You would not believe how long it took me to find a sodding picture of Steve McQueen smoking the other day. And for God's sake don't get me onto the utterly pointless localised versions or the abyssmal AltaVista picture search.
posted by James Bachman at 5:14 AM PST - 24 comments

October 15

Microsoft beefs up Windows for cars. Do we really want Windows controlling our cars computers?
posted by Zool at 11:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Giger Flash. For no other reason but the fact that I think it looks cool. More Giger stuff here.
posted by Mr. skullhead at 9:07 PM PST - 8 comments

"We probably don't want your business. Go away." That actually seems to be the message here. I don't recall such a hostile advertisement before. (Via HardOCP)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 6:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Piggybacking off of SETI's success... Anyone downloaded this FightAIDSAtHome program? I figure it's a bit more practical/useful than SETI@Home, and I'd rather cure a disease than search for intelligent life. Let's get cracking! [via Salon.]
posted by gramcracker at 6:12 PM PST - 22 comments

Parisian Attack Monkeys used by thugs in place of guns. What would Charlton Heston say?
posted by stbalbach at 3:18 PM PST - 12 comments

You've seen the movie, you've read the book. Now, watch Dead Man Walking, the Opera. (more inside...)
posted by Avogadro at 1:08 PM PST - 1 comments

among other stuff, the adam clymer fan club brings us: anagrams: george walker bush & gore blew a keg rush, The Dubya Virtual Magnetic Poetry Page, the compassionate conservative problem-solving flow chart, and punch sam donaldson and win $20!
posted by palegirl at 9:49 AM PST - 6 comments

A moment of silence for the end of The Mini. "My theory is 'Buy a Mini, get a social life for free.' It's true, believe me."
posted by thc at 6:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Should have used Blogger. Is Groksoup.com dead? (Or is it just resting? And why did it go down on a full moon Friday the 13th?) Seems quite a few bloggers just lost EVERYTHING in their Groksoup weblogs. Ouch.
posted by jca at 2:37 AM PST - 1 comments

October 14

Myst, in an actual 3d environment. Or so they say. Having no 3d card, I can't check it out.
posted by alan at 10:35 PM PST - 29 comments

Reality tv with a neato science lesson curve. Plus the mom claims to be "one of the ugleist women in Britain."
posted by thc at 10:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Neato. This is one of the coolest 20 things I've found online yet. Self described as: the 2¢ of...a guy...who likes to golf, cocktail, and watch movies ... in that order.
found via coolstop.
posted by greyscale at 9:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Honey, I'm home... This is something that could only happen in Ohio.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 8:06 PM PST - 5 comments

FREE KEVIN MITNICK! (oh, he is?)
Yahoo Internet Life interview with Mitnick (shh about posting stories from big sites). Interesting: how clueless he appears to be about the commercial web (and other post-1995 internet developments). Be very strange to go to jail when we did for what he did and, really, miss out ...
posted by sylloge at 6:17 PM PST - 21 comments

It's common knowledge that Tetris players often see the game in their dreams. Now scientists are using the game to help understand the very nature of dreams themselves. But it doesn't address the question I've always had: Why Tetris? Why doesn't this happen with Quake or Ultima or even Super Breakout?
posted by jjg at 2:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Owners who look like their dogs. [via fark]. Oh. My.
posted by plinth at 5:29 AM PST - 6 comments

October 13

Whatever happened to...
The Weblog of a Six Year Old. It was soo-o-o cute, and so precocious of a kid to practice typing on the Web, with parents' help, of course!
posted by rschram at 8:24 PM PST - 1 comments

NYTimes.com has low security
Even me, the casual passerby, could access secret documents about the mysterious "partners," while trying to avoid downloading a cookie. Heh, "channel", "partners", the number 10. They're all related somehow? PS: "channel.nytimes.com" doesn't give access to pages without logging in. Any ideas?
posted by rschram at 4:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Crime does pay.
posted by highindustrial at 4:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Indianapolis minors can't play violent videogames anymore.
posted by skallas at 3:17 PM PST - 10 comments

My grandma likes to cook, sew, and smoke a lot of crack. This tiny article intrigues me, not for the cocaine information, but rather the cliffhanger of an ending sentence... Apparantly that part wasn't as newsworthy.
posted by Hankins at 2:47 PM PST - 6 comments

No cookies for you! Representative Gene Green has introduced H.R.5430 (hopefully, they'll have the text up soon), which would control collection of personal data over the net. I guess this is a backlash from some companies' policies, but does it go too far?
posted by Aaaugh! at 1:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Urban Fetch Stops Selling to Consumers They're strictly B-to-B from now on. They're also laying off around 160 people. They are having a pretty good sale, though.
posted by Doug at 1:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Duke University must pay cut female football player two million dollars. I am sure this will change the face of college athletics.
posted by remo at 12:46 PM PST - 11 comments

I didn't win. But Mr. Kottke gets his props in Slate. Now I'm wondering whether that is good or bad.
posted by lescour at 12:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Rabbi shot at in Chicago. Could you keep your war on your side of the world please?
posted by owillis at 11:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Girls can't throw? They found that men had a better aim than women, but male and female monkeys were about equal
posted by owillis at 8:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Scour goes bankrupt. Where am I going to get my copy of X-Men the movie now? Don't tell me I have to dust off my FTP client!
posted by Brilliantcrank at 7:57 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

An art project called Screenshots has some very interesting pieces. A series of drawings from an isometric perspective, in the style of a computer game, are the new body of work by Tempe-based artist Jon Haddock. You can check out the full gallery here. See how many you can identify without reading the the img tag's "alt" text.
posted by pnevares at 7:03 AM PST - 15 comments

Very good analysis of the trouble in the Middle East.
posted by Mocata at 6:28 AM PST - 3 comments

He held up his palms to the crowd. They were red with blood. As the mob bayed, a body clad only in grey underpants shot through the corner window of the Ramallah police station. It left a smear of blood on its descent. In the tense moments before Israel exacted its retribution, witnesses described the scenes of horror in which at least two Israeli soldiers died at the hands of a Palestinian lynch mob.
posted by murray_kester at 3:31 AM PST - 10 comments


Eyes on the Prize White House lobbied Norwegians for Clinton Nobel Peace Prize. Clinton and his minions are despicable, no?
posted by argus at 1:09 AM PST - 4 comments

October 12

Bushisms (flash) hee!
posted by sugarfish at 11:25 PM PST - 1 comments

Jesus, put some clothes on. It is always nice to see that someone is using DHTML for a healthy purpose...
posted by DragonBoy at 10:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Docs Online Bulgaria
It seems to make available the full text of many computer books for free -- Is this legal in Bulgaria?
posted by rschram at 6:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Edward Said's analysis in the Guardian of the fatally flawed Peace Process and its inevitable demise. "Israel's priorities were always put first, as was its bottomless insecurity and its preposterous demands. No attempt was made to address the fundamental injustice done when Palestinians as a people were dispossessed in 1948."
posted by lagado at 5:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Former Russian Prime Minister Suing George W. Bush The irony is, Bush's statements were probably true
posted by owillis at 5:34 PM PST - 1 comments

These are TEST returns. They must not be broadcast or published. Except on the web I take it? It looks like the conspiracy theorists will put Bush on top, by 4 percent. It's kind of creepy in the "Brokaw doing fake Sinatra has died news spots"
posted by mathowie at 3:21 PM PST - 12 comments

File under: "Duh!" "We agree that smoking is addictive and causes disease in smokers," said David Davies, vice president of corporate affairs of Philip Morris Europe.
posted by fraying at 2:17 PM PST - 21 comments

20 species we might lose in the next 20 years. From discover.com and the other "20's" articles on the main page are especially good too.
posted by skallas at 1:34 PM PST - 1 comments

According to a double-blind study, Zicam, an over the counter nasal spray, cuts duration of the common cold by 75%. Now when I call in sick to work, I'll have to say I have cancer.
posted by grumblebee at 1:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Terrorist attack in Yemen. 5 US sailors dead many more injured. This is just amazing. I can't believe the Yemeni President says it's not terrorism. What? Two people steering a small boat packed with explosives isn't terrorism? Was that a welcoming committee with too many fireworks? The hole is 20 feet high and 40 feet wide!
posted by bkdelong at 12:40 PM PST - 12 comments

The next time you someone with a finger in their ear they might be on the phone.
posted by john at 10:49 AM PST - 8 comments

"Israel declares war" I guess things have gone a little too far on both sides. Sad.
posted by Cavatica at 8:26 AM PST - 86 comments


In other McDonald's news.... Not only is the story amusing, but the headline includes the words "Hot Pickle Burn," which is, undeniably, a great name for a band.
posted by sandor at 7:52 AM PST - 13 comments

You want fries with that? McDonald's employees are being "strip searched"? I thought you had it "your way" at Burger King.
posted by thc at 6:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Just a coincidence? I think not. [via memepool]
posted by plinth at 6:11 AM PST - 2 comments

October Coffee Crisis. Montreal Gazette: "In its communiques, the BAF warned that Second Cup franchises were to be 'in the line of fire' and warned of an escalation of violent acts if Second Cup and other chains insist on keeping their trademark English names." More Trudeau nostalgia?
posted by todd at 4:45 AM PST - 7 comments

October 11

The Internet caused the Columbine massacre, according to George W. Bush in Wednesday night's presidential debate. Maybe Al Gore shouldn't have been so quick to claim that he took the initiative in creating the Internet.
posted by rcade at 11:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Intel has a terrible quarter. Is the PC industry in the toilet, or is it just Intel executing badly?

It's just Intel executing badly. (Reports of the demise of the PC industry are greatly exaggerated.) AMD has another great quarter and appears to be stealing Intel market share.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Wondering what to do with your :CueCat? These guys have got some answers.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Bummer.
posted by highindustrial at 3:18 PM PST - 18 comments

How important are Amazon's customer reviews? They may be fluff at best, but here's what I found when I dug a little deeper. I shudder to think that anyone is being positively influenced by this guy.
posted by ethmar at 2:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Duke kickers testify in gender case. Asked to rank her leg strength, Sims Lenhardt told jurors: "It was inferior to other guys out there. I would say 35 yards was probably the most she could kick."
posted by owillis at 11:49 AM PST - 1 comments

Business 2.0 Evil? Tim Cavanaugh claims that Business 2.0 mutilated his article in order to attack Jesse Jackson.

Scroll to the October 6th letter on MediaNews to read B2.0's response, and Tim's response to their response.

I suspect I won't be buying their publication again.
posted by peterme at 10:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Tell Congress you want Low Power Radio! There is a bill before the Senate that would gut the FCC's ability to license low power radio. Click the link to tell your reps that you think S3020, which prohibits LPR, should be voted down. We like free speech here, right? We like having the right to use our own airwaves, right? Click the link, type in your ZIP and spread some legislative love, babies.
posted by RakDaddy at 10:19 AM PST - 20 comments

Duke 2000. If Nader wasn't getting my vote, Duke would.

He's drugged out, he's freaked out, he's heavily armed, he's ready!
posted by Mr. skullhead at 9:46 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm sorry.
posted by tiaka at 8:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Dear Blog.... with all the "ranting" and "whining" going on out there why would anybody want to be a part of this online community?
posted by jaz at 6:40 AM PST - 38 comments

"Tax Clarity was created to help you decipher what the tax plans by both presidential candidates mean to you personally." Enter some information from your paycheck and find out how much you'd save using either Bush's or Gore's tax plans. via dandot.
posted by phooey at 6:33 AM PST - 37 comments

Spyware Control Act introduced. Senator Edwards is worried about certain companies spying on you. Now, these companies might be forced to tell you what information they send back to their servers. (via grc)
posted by jay at 1:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Former FCC Chairman Hundt's Reply to Nader on Wired (featured in an ealier Metafilter Posting). Essentially the message is, we promised you competition on Radio/TV/Cable but, oops, we really just meant the Internet.
posted by leo at 1:22 AM PST - 5 comments

This is so very surreal, its mainstream news read by naked women. I'm trying, but I just can't concentrate on the words.
posted by skallas at 12:44 AM PST - 13 comments

October 10

Actors Beaten After Staging Bag Snatching - I just find the stupidity of their stunt funny, hehe...
posted by hobbes at 10:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Mans with no hands fails to climb Everest. He lost his hands climbing McKinley, which is a sure sign that hands or non-hands you're a crappy climber, pal.
posted by skallas at 10:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Some people don't know when to keep their mouths shut. You'd think a judge of such long experience would know better. (Also this.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 10:01 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Ooops. Bloghop make the coolest error ever. Admitedly it's only cool for me. You see...(more inside).
posted by davidgentle at 9:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Today Apple announced Quicktime 5. It sounds cool but it's only available for Macintosh right now. Doesn't Steve understand that he needs to get this software out to as many platforms as possible, as soon as possible? Windows Media Player 7 is looking better and better...
posted by Brilliantcrank at 8:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Finally, the promise of the internet realized. Your online guide to the best public toilets (by city). Memorize them all.
posted by thirteen at 1:36 PM PST - 18 comments

If you think that the monitor screens in Star Trek are cool looking, then you must check out this Screen Saver! Very well done. Mac version soon.
posted by Sal Amander at 1:34 PM PST - 8 comments

use my drive space, give me monopoly money! ... i'm not sure at all that i understand this vision of p2p but it gives me a funny feeling reminiscent of the time my roommate tried to get everyone in the house to switch their phones over to excel. then again it's being touted as the killer *nap*
posted by subpixel at 1:11 PM PST - 4 comments

A spec for a really impressive new website service. I especially liked the design comments on the Flash intro; I think you will to.
posted by baylink at 11:03 AM PST - 8 comments

The FBI is pushing for online ethics education in schools, but I wonder if it's even possible to teach good ethics in school anymore? It must be a great time to be a young geek: music is free, porn is plentiful, you can save anything on the web by simply right-clicking and choosing save as, you can easily trade and copy reports online, cracks and warez mean never having to pay for software or games again, hacking tools are freely available to anyone, and you can be male/female/old/young online and no one knows the difference. How could you possibly teach kids that all those are bad things?
posted by mathowie at 10:31 AM PST - 12 comments

look ma no pocket protector! -- and no clothes either. i trolled around the site this article refers to for a while and clearly the weirdest thing is that the whole project is essentially a resume. a riot.
posted by subpixel at 10:21 AM PST - 9 comments

The GOP just spammed me. I received an email sent supposedly on behalf of "Jim Nicholson, Chairman, Republican National Committee" inviting me to become an "eChampion":

Once you've registered as an eChampion, you will receive fact-filled e-mails twice a week on the upcoming election, the candidates' stands on issues, etc. Your role as an eChampion is to send these e-mails on to AS MANY friends, neighbors and family members as possible, and invite them to register as eChampions themselves at http://www.echampions2000.com.

No, I didn't opt-in to some Republican mailing list. For a start, I'm Canadian, in Canada, and if I was going to vote for a right-wing wing-nut, it would be Stockwell Day. Talk about "idea viri"...
posted by tranquileye at 10:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Nasa is funding an anti-gravity machine! Is this a good use of funds or a crackpot scheme? You be the judge.
posted by grumblebee at 9:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Invasion of privacy, or good politicking? It's "computer software that helps political operatives intuit voters' beliefs and predilections based on data about their income, lifestyles, past electoral participation and other personal information."
posted by phichens at 7:49 AM PST - 4 comments

o/~ Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday mathowie. Happy birthday to you! o/~ This has certainly been the week of celebration at the Haughey household. Best wishes.
posted by chrish at 7:07 AM PST - 2 comments



Motorola's invasion of privacy. Taken from Slashdot.
posted by hobbes at 1:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Vote for ICAAN Board of Directors!
If you are an at large member of ICAAN and still have not voted for the 5 at large Board of Directors seats, cast your vote before time runs out. The polls close October 10 at Midnight GMT.
posted by tamim at 12:51 AM PST - 2 comments

October 9

The best idea for a PDA in a long time! I love my palm but I think this would be even better yet.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 10:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Rapist speechless after victim bites tongue the victim "then ran off, tongue in mouth, to the nearest police station a kilometre away. Police were shocked when she produced the bitten-off tongue. Moments later, the suspect also arrived in agony, with blood pouring from his mouth, hoping to get medical help. He was immediately arrested. He received medical attention but it was not possible to have his tongue sewn back on. Police said the tongue would be kept and used as evidence."
posted by palegirl at 9:42 PM PST - 16 comments

MetaFilter has already noted that Ralph Nader was prevented from debating Gush and Bore in the presidential debates hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Here is Nader's letter to the commission explaining the events and also making three demands that come due October 10...
posted by lagado at 8:44 PM PST - 13 comments

cisco and microsoft didn't pay federal taxes last year. it seems it has something to do with paying employee stock options instead....
posted by rebeccablood at 8:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Speaking of campaigns, I found this at TheForce.Net while getting my Star Wars fix.
posted by inviolable at 8:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Change of scenery. Weblogs.com has had a serious overhaul. What does this group of rag-tag critics think?
posted by Neale at 5:46 PM PST - 17 comments

talk about a captive audience 'AT&T Corp. is mulling a plan ... [that] ... would charge for each customer that accesses an Internet retail site using AT&T’s communications network. It would receive an additional commission when customers buy something, analysts said.'
posted by rebeccablood at 3:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Tonight & tomorrow on Frontline: The War on Drugs The PBS show Frontline is airing a four hour special on the (first?) 30 years of the War on Drugs, split over tonight and tomorrow nights. Advance coverage in today's Boston Globe indicates that it is well worth watching with interviews from leaders of the DEA, the Columbian cartels and everyone "in between".
posted by sylloge at 2:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Who wants to be a...Grab.com is giving away $1 Billion Grab.com, an email marketing company announced it would give $1 Billion to the player who selects the same series of seven numbers between one and 77 that Grab.com picks at random on Dec. 28.

As the article points out, the odds of any one individual claiming the $1 billion prize are a subatomic 1 in 2,404,808,340. Compared to the chance that Berkshire Hathaway will have to cough up $1 billion this year to cover one of its natural disaster insurance policies which is something like 1 in 100.
posted by brian at 12:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Lookee what Microsoft is giving me as a potential update! (Yeah, I know why it's really there.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 12:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Episode Four! Will Radiskull's evil helpmate, Devil Doll, tempt sweet Candy Angel into hell with him? Also: What better way to display that you're cooler than your compatriots than a Devil Doll doll for your desktop? What's next, "Must See Radiskull" on NBC?
posted by honkzilla at 11:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Nader debates Gore advisor this week They might not let him debate Gore face to face, but hey, at least this is something. Way to put the issues on the table, Ralph.
posted by snakey at 10:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Why? Story talks about stupid dot-com ideas who are having trouble getting funding. But somehow this ugly site burns through $50,000/month. How? Why can't someone give me some of that cash?
posted by owillis at 9:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Time Warner "improves" its DVD region coding to crack down on region-disabled players. Sony plans to use the new encoding as well, and the rest of the industry is likely to follow along. A leaked memo explains the new plan, which Warner had been trying to keep as quiet as possible.
posted by harmful at 9:05 AM PST - 14 comments


Surrogate clone mother Bessie, an Iowa farm cow, is pregnant. But she's not having a cow. Inside her uterus is an endangered species called an Asian gaur, a heavily muscled, humpbacked, ox-like animal native to the bamboo jungles of India and Burma. The embryonic gaur, Noah, due to be born next month, was cloned from a single skin cell taken from a dead gaur, researchers report in a paper in the latest issue of the journal Cloning, to be released this week. It is the first endangered species ever to be cloned, and the first cloned animal to gestate in the womb of another species. Is this a new era in wildlife conservation? (Already, the Massachusetts scientists who created Noah are laying plans to clone endangered giant pandas.) Or are we bringing on Jurassic Park?
posted by jhiggy at 7:17 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

October 8

Give It Away? Seth Godin's book Idea Virus is available for free on his website, but the book is ranked #973 on the Amazon.com best-seller list (which means more than a few people are buying it anyway). Interesting...
posted by owillis at 9:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Don't know if this is a sign of the apocalypse, David Hasselhoff is starring as Jekyll and Hyde on the Broadway musical.
posted by tamim at 8:05 PM PST - 6 comments

In the NY debate between Clinton and Lazio a reporter asked them about House bill 602p. An evil bill this one, purporedtly letting the US Postal Service tax email!
posted by capt.crackpipe at 2:32 PM PST - 10 comments

A 38-year-old Slovenian became the first person ever to ski non-stop down the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, on Saturday. "I feel only absolute happiness and absolute fatigue," Davo Karnicar told Reuters by satellite phone after the descent
posted by Mars Saxman at 2:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Al Gore, Artist. Slate's listed a set of drawings done by Al Gore for a New Yorker profile. If you haven't read the article yet, Slate wants you to analyze each drawing and figure out what Al's trying to get accross. Post your ideas to The Fray; the most creative ones will be hilighted.
posted by tomorama at 12:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Clandestine Radio. Rebels, guerrillas, opposition groups, separatists, nationalists, regionalists, propaganda. You name it, it's on the air. [Via NASWeblog]
posted by Mo Nickels at 11:48 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Racism, Ra-Ra! The real "fighting Sioux" in North Dakota are the ones fighting racism. You'd think an institution of higher learning would be sensitive to issues like racial genocide, but apparently not. The Sioux could use your support.
posted by Zeldman at 8:40 AM PST - 17 comments

Memorial to those who died of heroin. This is what I got in email today, after, I guess, they found my half-completed story on such a topic: "I was looking on the internet on Google for heroin drug overdose. You can see my daughter's before and after picture on www.ourwall.net. Click on Cheryl Dean born July 11, 1979 overdosed on Oct 5, 1997. Cheryl didn't die but she can't walk, talk, move legs arms or hands is blind and on a feeding tube. She had a cardiac arrest and didn't get enough oxygen to the brain in time."
posted by Mo Nickels at 7:25 AM PST - 42 comments

Ferrari has the title back in Maranello after 21 years.
Michael Schumacher wins Suzuka and his third driver's championship. (More Here)
posted by tamim at 12:36 AM PST - 10 comments

October 7

Creator of MetaFiler: Wedding Bliss, As Matt's Brother, I can report to all here at MetaFilter, the Wedding went as picture perfect as they imagined! No rain, Everybody was in time for the ceremony, Lucky no Television Reporters crashing or blocking streets, No helicopters hovering above. It was a beautiful, simple gathering of friends and family Here are the Exclusive Photo's only for the Metafilter Community: Exchanging of Vows and The Big Kiss! Best of luck to Matt & Kay!!!
posted by Max's Daddy at 9:34 PM PST - 26 comments

For those who like to watch carcrashes but don't want to patronize that site with the vulgar name, The Standard maintains Dot Com Flop Tracker, Dot Com Layoff Tracker, and Dot Com Ex-Exec Tracker.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:36 PM PST - 6 comments

A purely Australian art form.
posted by skallas at 8:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Big discount on baby formula, which doesn't seem like a big deal, but what gets me is the widespread belief that its evil drug-dealers doing this and not people living in poverty who are forced to steal to feed their babies.
posted by skallas at 4:03 PM PST - 4 comments

the serpent foundation promotes a radical new theory merging biological evolution with cultural evolution and founded on human female sexual selection. This is the shift theory. "Since ancient times, the serpent has been closely associated with the mythological power of the female. In shift theory biological and cultural evolution are redefined in light of unifying concepts that make for a compelling argument that culture was initially derived from female sexual selection."
posted by riley370 at 1:44 PM PST - 2 comments

"Bringing Capitalism and Democracy Closer Together" My recent move to Seattle has lessened the value of my vote from $16.31 to $12.36. Aw, shucks.
posted by john at 12:17 PM PST - 6 comments

It was bound to happen. I think their target audience is Dr. Maplewood from Happiness.
posted by highindustrial at 11:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Stalking Prince William...? There's been an upsurge in applications to St Andrew's from US high school students -- mostly female -- after news of William's choice of university. (Whether Britney Spears is applying to do Physics, I don't know.) Talk about great publicity... (more inside)
posted by holgate at 9:51 AM PST - 7 comments

So was the dress red or purple? - And was Frances Bean dressed in black or Blue? An AP photo and Reuters photo taken at the same moment, less than two or three feet apart - yet so blatantly different. Don't trust everything you see, indeed. (and don't ask how I stumbled onto this page).
posted by kokogiak at 8:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Cracks in the Cube Great animated piece in response to the cracks in the Apple Cube. Flash 5.0 required - by way of dreamless.org
posted by Brilliantcrank at 7:44 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment


A striking photo of The Sigma Orionis star cluster where the astronomers have found 18 "planets" which are not orbiting around any central star. On the same note, you may want to visit the new planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. My mother was not impressed by the New Hayden Planetarium when she visited NY this summer. I thought the Rose Center was a real life version of the Hawking book, The Illustrated A Brief History of Time. The book was a much better experience.
posted by tamim at 5:28 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

If anyone is (or will be) in New York and have nothing else planned for this evening, may I suggest a trip to the Brooklyn Museum of Art. BMA is free on every first saturday of the month (from 5 PM - 11 PM). Today's theme for the evening entertainment revolves around their special exhibition, Hip-Hop Nation: Roots, Rhymes and Rage. There will be an outdoor dance party (at the BMA parking lot) starting at 9 PM featuring samples from 20 years of Hip-Hop music. You can also walk through their current exhibitions, of which the Robots and Space Toys seems promising.
posted by tamim at 4:44 AM PST - 5 comments

October 6

Cliques in chat! This is one of the most unique chat apps I have ever come across. What do they serve in the food over at MIT anyway?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 10:27 PM PST - 2 comments

This has always been one of my worst nightmares, even though it has always been much more likely to happen to my next door neighbor...
posted by donkeymon at 9:20 PM PST - 7 comments

"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" Aye, Corumba!
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Was your TiVo essay rejected? Do you feel the need to read more rejection letters?
posted by gluechunk at 8:40 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

IG NOBEL PRIZES Honoring individuals whose achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced."This year's prizes were awarded on Thursday evening, October 5, 2000, at Harvard University. Winners include levitating frogs and The Reverend Sun Myung Moon, for bringing efficiency and steady growth to the mass-marriage industry
posted by riley370 at 8:21 PM PST - 1 comments

Some people still believe that the Moon landings were faked. Some actually believe an even more disturbing scenario: that in fact a "World Government" has secretly colonized the Moon and Mars. This is the premise of the "Alternative Three" conspiracy theory. Interestingly enough, the "documentary" that spawned this theory was admittedly a hoax (Copyright April 1, 1977), and so was the book that followed it. However, it seems that even the author has been having a hard time convincing believers that it was indeed a hoax. Well, why don't you see for yourself?
posted by costas at 4:31 PM PST - 7 comments

How many times have you said "THERE'S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY TO CARRY A GUN CONCEALED!"
posted by kaefer at 3:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Fat chance. Since when do these four companies have the ability to prevent anyone else from creating yet another version? (Also, conspicuous by its absence from this story is Corel.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 2:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Feel like a zombie? - Suck.com's take on Tivo giveaway Okay, so the link's not all that recent, and Dack already made mention of it, but this is just for those who didn't see it before (Plus it's slow today.)

I was a winner, I got my Tivo last week, and love it. It was a 30-hour model, not the 14-hour one advertised. How do all you other winners feel about yours (now that you no longer have to kiss up to Tivo to get them)?
posted by kokogiak at 2:36 PM PST - 9 comments


Flutterby wonders what the difference is between those who have faith in media and those who see them as "an unending stream of barely edited press-releases."
posted by Mo Nickels at 12:08 PM PST - 5 comments

you would think that in researching child-pornography in order to report on it [for esquire?!] one might come across the information that transmitting such images is illegal. not this guy. "The Story That Can't Be Told"
posted by palegirl at 8:24 AM PST - 29 comments

October 5

Jar Jar Binks: E! True Hollywood Story. Something that has to been seen and felt. Bring kleenex and your pet cat.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 10:36 PM PST - 1 comments

Vice Presidential Debates: Though I disagree with everything he stands for, Dick Cheney came off as a much more eloquent and intelligent individual than did George W. Bush. This raises an interesting question - should GWB win the election, who will really be running the country?
posted by aladfar at 10:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Fight spam with silly human tricks! This service is built around a low rent Turing test. Anyone who is not already on your list of approved correspondents gets their message bounced back to them. If the poor sod can't pass a "fast and simple" challenge, their mail won't be passed on to you as they'll be presumed to be a spambot. I use Pine: I guess I'd fail. (Found via Webmonkey).
posted by maudlin at 10:21 PM PST - 12 comments


More engineers who aren't afraid to dream. This is like that humongous telescope I posted about a few weeks ago, only in a different area. Of course, the question is "If you get it working, what do you do with it?" What would you do with a 100 GHz petaflop CPU?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:09 PM PST - 10 comments

CNN whips out a dual headline format to cover both Yugoslavia and VP debates. What does one do when there are 2 top stories and your design only has room for 1? Is it worthwhile to bother with an alternate design like this?
posted by smackfu at 6:57 PM PST - 13 comments

al gore came to town today and spoke on the plaza beneath my office window. unfortunately i wasn't able to hear much of what he said, since the secret service wouln't let us onto the lobby level. and you actually needed tickets to get onto the plaza. (here in conservative west michigan, where they were lucky anybody showed up at all!) those of us in the building had to settle for shooting a few pictures out the window. pretty much sucked.
posted by quonsar at 6:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Animals thought extinct found in remote Cambodian jungle: British scientists have found a wilderness in the Cardamom region of Cambodia where exotic species, some though to be extinct, have been found. These include the Siamese crocodile, the wolf snake (a new species so named because of its dog-like fangs), large populations of tigers and Asian elephants, and the gower, a forest cow. Ironically, the habitat was protected from significant human intrusion because it was a longtime Khmer Rouge stronghold and also because routes lead to and from it are landmined.
posted by jhiggy at 6:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Yahoo! Buzz See what everyone on Yahoo is looking for (excluding porn)
posted by owillis at 5:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Wondering when and where your favorite band is playing? Musi-cal is sort of the Internet Concert Database; a collaborative scheduling information site. To make it even cooler, it runs the Insanely Great™ Zope.
posted by baylink at 5:41 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Is this not the best? I laughed until I cried. Evil Flash Player required.(via /usr/bin/girl)
posted by ethmar at 5:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Teacher Fired Over Project to Plan Assassination
Tasteless or not, this poor bastard did not deserve to be fired. I just wish my high school teachers could've been half this creative.

(via christian of infliction.org.)
posted by ratbastard at 1:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Wow! Got to give it to the people in Yougoslavia... This is damn impressive and it looks like the end of Milosevic. Europe is almost completely democratic now!
posted by TNLNYC at 1:22 PM PST - 16 comments

An eaves dropping 'blog - for example:
"I looked over, and I noticed that she's stepped out of her Kia, and is talking on her Nokia cell phone... in the parking lot of Ikea." "And...?" --Two guys in line for the ATM
posted by TuxHeDoh at 12:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Order your creepy furniture today! Halloween is just around the corner.
posted by Sal Amander at 12:22 PM PST - 1 comments

A table that sets itself? Great! Now if I can just find a bathroom that cleans itself, life will be perfect.
posted by grumblebee at 12:21 PM PST - 2 comments

One word: Creepy. (Note that IBM doesn't actually own this patent -- they just run the patent lookup service.) Props to Victor.
posted by jjg at 11:52 AM PST - 15 comments

"Babylon" brothers and sisters, a fan has collected, archived and portaled a large collection of postings (Usenet and other forms) on writing, SF and TV work by J. Michael Straczynski, the "Babylon 5" creator-executive producer, also a longtime SF writer and, if you are as old as I am, you may remember him as the Scripts columnist for Writer's Digest. They're not ordered chronologically or topically, so they read more like random postcards from the volcano. But there's plenty of writing advice here and some nuggets of TV gossip dropped along the road.
posted by jhiggy at 11:42 AM PST - 1 comments

Open Letters is juicy. Here's a bit of one I liked... "I nod gravely at my wife, to assure her: He's a brother. Everything will be all right. Here is no busta-ass wigger bullshit-talkin' IRS chickenhead. This man will not use the U.S. tax code to bully a pair of struggling bohemians; he will not be so rock-ribbed or steel-hearted as to pursue some hairsplitting perversion of justice, unleavened by sympathetic understanding, in the course of setting aright whatever trivial infractions he happens to uncover on our 1998 return; he will not plow us over with penalties."
posted by Mo Nickels at 10:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Not with a whimper, but a bang... The Belgrade parliament is in flames. The State television building is broadcasting for Free Serbia. If you can get a stream, FreeB92 is the place to be listening. The revolution may not be televised, but this it has its own weblog
posted by holgate at 9:37 AM PST - 11 comments

More Hot Nader Action Coming At You. Because you cannot post enough links about Ralph Nader on Metafilter. The curious thing about this article comes at the end, with the analysis of Nader's message. Yeah, Ralph's against a lot of stuff, but what is he for? What are his plans and agendas?
posted by solistrato at 7:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Two good to be true? 12 CDs for the price of one. I thought the Napster-obsessed Major Labels didn't like free music. Perhaps there's a nasty surprise in store when the service charges arrive.
posted by Cobbler at 7:41 AM PST - 12 comments

I don't recall having heard from anybody that the consumer experience of getting online required redefinition.
posted by baylink at 7:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Obviously the Swedes have never heard of Howard Stern.
posted by thc at 6:05 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Napster for sale -- potential buyers include "a Western telecommunications giant and a brand-name 'pure' Internet service provider."
posted by johnb at 2:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Yet another attempt by the networks to use "underground marketing" to promote their new shows. Pretty transparent.
posted by owillis at 1:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Frightening article on Russian snuff-film exporter suspects. Worth reading just for the quotes. (via null device)
posted by skallas at 12:19 AM PST - 3 comments

October 4

The Sydney games make be gone, but they're not forgotten. Now you can relive them and even pretend to participate. (But why in hell would anyone want to?)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 11:43 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Sometimes the irony is just too hard to resist. It's a little hard to read because it's a photo of a monitor, but well worth the effort. (Courtesy of Hard OCP.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 11:31 PM PST - 2 comments

This script for Stanley Kubrick's never-made film "Napolean" probably won't be online for long.
posted by grumblebee at 4:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Google expands advertising options... and still doesn't appear to have blown their rep.
posted by baylink at 4:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Clinton critic accused of being a wanker -- Matthew J. Glavin, who heads a legal foundation trying to have President Horndog disbarred, has been accused of publicly fondling himself and an undercover federal officer. More details here.
posted by rcade at 4:09 PM PST - 5 comments

"Shut the gates! Shut the gates!" Yasser Arafat... willing participant, or kidnap victim? In all seriousness, I think the real problem now is that all sides are represented by drama queens.
posted by aurelian at 2:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Soon the rebellion will be crushed and Steve will be one of us. Dark times begin to loom over 1 Infinite Loop once again.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 2:02 PM PST - 2 comments

This is just disturbing. A baby boy "was stolen from his slain mother's womb by another woman, who passed the baby off as her own until she killed herself under police scrutiny." The references to similar cases at the bottom of the article, especially the one involving the car keys, are quite messed up as well. The content is somewhat graphic - be advised.
posted by Hankins at 1:38 PM PST - 8 comments

FLASH! Sanity breaks out in Congress! Doesn't sound like grandstanding to me; sounds like these guys have a clue on software and business method patents. "Healthy skepticism" sound like real friendly words to me.
posted by baylink at 1:18 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Good God!
posted by Mocata at 1:10 PM PST - 18 comments

A large collection o' more on the CueCrap. Some very nice points in this one... "I don't want it, how do I send it back?" "You can't send it back; keep it and do whatever you want with it." "You threatened me for 'doing what I wanted with it'."
posted by baylink at 12:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Netscape redesigns. Eh.
posted by owillis at 10:34 AM PST - 36 comments

Private school ejects Sailor Moon fan for inadvertently accessing an "adult" Sailor Moon site. The kid didn't know what the site was ahead of time, the site slipped through the school's content filters, and the boy "immediately logged off after less than a minute on the Web site". I don't know if this qualifies as a zero tolerance issue, but it's definitely an overraction, not to mention an ugly failure of blocking software. [via Ribbit]
posted by harmful at 10:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Microsoft: The next 25 years. Microsoft's "freedom to innovate" produces the paradigm-shifting "red screen of death". And other gems. (Care of brainwords.com)
posted by ethmar at 10:29 AM PST - 1 comments

Keep the Deja Archive Alive! Help encourage Deja.com to bring back their pre-1999 Usenet archive by signing the petition.
(from Search Engine Watch)
posted by Aaaugh! at 10:00 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

A 12-year old Palestinian boy whose death in an Israeli-Palestinian gun battle shocked the world was killed by Israeli soldiers, a senior army commander confirmed today. The death of the boy, Mohammed Jamal Aldura, was captured by French television. The images of his terrifying last moments have come to symbolize the chaotic nature of the violent confrontations of the past few days. The death toll is at more than 50 now, almost all of them Palestinians.

Me and my wife both saw this on TV the other day.

Needless to say, it was very graphic and shocking. The poor boy was hiding behind his father who himself was behind only a small stone and trying to wave that he was unarmed and not a threat. He did this continuously for 15-20 seconds, and then all of a suddenly, there was a burst of gunfire, with 10-20 bullets hitting him, the boy, and all around them. The boy was dead, and the man was injured critically.

This to me, did not look like a random act of chaotic violence, but more of an act of murder.

This distressed my wife so much she started crying, the images were so shocking.

Thanks to Sudama for the link... I hadn't seen the story in the "press" which seems not to want to print the "other" side of the story.
posted by da5id at 9:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Anyone know the URL of the site in this article? It's an interesting (if misguided) opinion piece about a database that lets you look up campaign donors by zip code. Only he never gets around to giving you the address.
posted by smackfu at 9:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Monkeyfist has some alternate questions for the two candidates.
posted by queequeg at 9:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Damien Barrett launches a new column on Macworld with a novel Holmesian (not Oliver Wendell, but Sherlock) approach. Give the man some feedback in the comments section at the bottom of the column. He also redesigned his web site. Damien's cool.
posted by Mo Nickels at 7:24 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

George W. Bush "suspended" from Texas Air National Guard. He repeatedly says he was discharged "honorably", but some government documents seem to say otherwise
posted by owillis at 7:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Foamhenge. [via /usr/bin/girl]
posted by plinth at 6:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Yeah, Nader couldn't get in, but... Did anyone read the bottom of this story?

Other protesters objected to Gore's relationship with Occidental Petroleum, which plans exploratory drilling a few miles outside the boundaries of a U'wa Indian tribe reserve in Colombia. The U'wa believe oil exploration will destroy their culture.

This, to me sounds pretty hypocritical of Gore. He bemoans Bush's ties to Oil, when he himself also has ties, and then complains about opening up the Wildlife preserve in Alaska. But hey, I guess other people's and countrie's rights don't matter when it comes to money, and it isn't in America.
posted by da5id at 5:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Facts, fiction, and half-truths. What was said, but what was reality. For both canidates.
posted by da5id at 5:39 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

October 3

VR Pioneer Jaron Lanier trashes AI and futurists and makes a case that software designers that engage in this groupthink produce user-unfriendly software.
posted by skallas at 11:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Irritated? Problem fingers? Then try perpetual bubblewrap! It's like bubblewrap....only perpetual! (link found with the much appreciated assistance of this dutch bint
posted by davidgentle at 10:04 PM PST - 5 comments


the debate is on and I've learned two things
posted by rebeccablood at 7:17 PM PST - 57 comments

Arrggg!!! LA NBC is showing baseball! I should have figured that people in Southern California would be more interested in watching sports than the debates.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 6:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Milosevic is a bad, bad man. Not that we didn't know this before, but.... really.
posted by shylock at 5:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Freedom of Speech Zine 2600 cannot link to DeCSS, but CNN can?
posted by Zool at 4:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Amazon.com keeps adding to the black hole. Looks like Amazon.com has taken a page from the Government's "running the country" book - they keep throwing money at a black hole instead of restructuring what they already have.
posted by bkdelong at 4:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Brothers, 74 and 80, could face up to 30 yrs for growing pot on a Wisconsin farm.
posted by skallas at 4:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Zero Tolerance gone bad. Again. More inside.
posted by plinth at 2:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Weak leg? A female kicker is suing Duke University because she was cut from the team. She says it was because she's a woman, the coach says she wasn't as versatile as other kickers on his roster. With colleges passing illiterates through based on football skill, I'm skeptical that a coach would make a roster decision based on sex.
posted by owillis at 12:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Did Anybody catch Nader and Buchanan on Larry King last night? I did, and I actually found myself *agreeing* with Buchanan -- on so many issues that I surprised and shocked myself!
posted by snakey at 10:46 AM PST - 46 comments

Rocket firing gunships vs. rock throwers? Am I the only one who finds this stuff a bit disturbing? If it was any country other than Israel, wouldn't there be a completely different slant to the news stories?
posted by smackfu at 10:44 AM PST - 8 comments

NYTimes.com asks for feedback on its new home page
The New York Times on the Web previewed a new design for its popular home page today. The page widens the content areas to over 750 pixels, up from around 500. The page now presents special feature teasers, and links to NYT's hideously unpopular Internet "knowledge network" venture, Abuzz.com, along the enlarged right-hand margin. No word was given as to whether the site would abandon its free registration requirement. "Surfers" may register their opinions about the new design at newhomepage@nytimes.com
posted by rschram at 9:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Superfluous and unnecessary. The :Cue Cat reader has insinuated itself into the very fabric of the Dallas Morning News, promising links to "expanded content" and "special promotions" by using this $50 future garage sale item. Is there a real need for bar code scanners in the average household? Or is :Cue Cat merely artificially creating a need for their services?
posted by ethmar at 8:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Almost two decades ago (19801208), Mark David Chapman fired the fatal gun shot which killed John Lennon. Today, Chapman will meet with the New York State Board of Parole to convince them of his reform. (You can be my) Yoko Ono has written the Board, requesting the denial of Chapman's parole out of safety for herself, Sean and Julian.

Should Chapman be paroled?
posted by chrish at 7:11 AM PST - 19 comments


"Microsoft Bails Out Rival Corel" ...but the "L-word" is never mentioned. Still, looks like MS-branded Linux and/or a port of Office to Linux just became a lot more possible.
posted by aurelian at 12:13 AM PST - 7 comments

October 2

Salon lists ten questions that won't be asked at the debates and I find them pretty tame, with a few exceptions. Instead of emailing the author with questions you'd like to see I'd rather read what the people here have to say.
posted by skallas at 11:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Oh, my god! They sell stuff concerning sex in that store! Stone them! So, why is it again that sex is bad? [Courtesy of Dan Lyke's excellent Flutterby.]
posted by baylink at 9:29 PM PST - 1 comments

Divas Defeat Goliath! The Digital Divas have been successful in their effort to get Microsoft to cease and desist use of the Digital Diva name.
posted by netbros at 8:49 PM PST - 4 comments

A radio DJ's prank on travelling friends. ...involved faking an Interpol officer and the suggestion of "concealed" bird eggs. [More inside...]
posted by holloway at 8:08 PM PST - 1 comments

Here is an interesting account of S11 written by a journalist who went to protest on his day off. More inside...
posted by lagado at 6:56 PM PST - 1 comments


So how much money is Stephen King throwing away? G. Beato's take on the world's most famous e-publishing experiment makes a great point: King has the clout to drive traffic, and that can worth a hell of a lot more than what he's getting directly from his readers. King's got brand identity and endless content -- why is he bothering with a subscription fee?
posted by gknauss at 4:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Ralph Nader's Latest Super Rally The man is drawing some BIG crowds. (Requires RealAudio)
posted by snakey at 3:06 PM PST - 9 comments


Don't just sit there, go buy some un-used 3 Letter Acronym domain names for the heck of it.
posted by riffola at 12:43 PM PST - 12 comments

In general, if you want to use drugs and keep your job then become a programmer.
posted by gluechunk at 12:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Home schooling. While it can be beneficial to some, I still have to wonder about the quality of education and the social stagnation kids may be subjected to...
posted by owillis at 11:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Long, closely-argued explanation of how America went back to the death penalty.
posted by Mocata at 10:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Al Gore and the Internet
A post to nettime from Vinton Cerf, someone who knows a little something about the development of the internet (he led the development of TCP/IP), giving Al Gore props for taking initiative for creating the Internet. Al never said he "invented" the internet. But he's had a lot of influence in creating the internet we all know and love.

I have no interest in toadying for Gore, but it does bother me how people parrot the misattributed quote, and seemingly have no desire to know how things really developed.
posted by peterme at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Democrat election site spamming search engines? What does Al Gore have to do with MP3's? Did he take the initiative in inventing them too?
posted by Mick at 9:37 AM PST - 10 comments

October 1

Television stations in New York are refusing to run ads questioning Hillary Clinton's sexuality: "The ads were prepared by the Virginia based Christian Action Network. The 30-second TV ad features pictures of Hillary Rodham Clinton with the following narration: "It is rumored that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian. It is rumored that Hillary Clinton supports homosexual marriage. It is rumored that Hillary Clinton will leave her husband upon taking office. It was rumored that Bill Clinton had an affair with Monica Lewinsky. Sometimes rumors are true." The narrator then says to contact CAN for 'more information on traditional family values.'" whoa, that is so classy! way to go, christian action network!
posted by palegirl at 8:15 PM PST - 19 comments

My God! Brits actually have rights! Of course, it's not part of their constitution since they don't have one, but they actually have a codification of things the government can't do to them.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 6:17 PM PST - 23 comments

First the New York Times, now the OC Register. This most recent defacement was Subversion of Information. One step closer to something more dastardly. (more inside)
posted by bkdelong at 4:59 PM PST - 2 comments

It's a slow Sunday and so I thought I would share with you the best public radio station out there.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 2:37 PM PST - 13 comments

It's all over... And I can honestly say that watching this Olympics has shaken all the pre-Games cynicism out of my system. It's been wonderful to watch, looked wonderfully organised, and suffused with a sense of good spirit by its hosts... good on you, mates.
posted by holgate at 3:56 AM PST - 32 comments

The Dutch demonstrate yet again that they have the most open-minded and progressive culture on the planet. They've also legalized cannibis.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 12:20 AM PST - 59 comments