October 2000 Archives
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?
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?
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>
has a new site design after a 30-day haitus. Gone are the 78-cent pencil sharpeners.
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
, and of course Halloween
. "Boo!" to all you spoilsports.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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?
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.)
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.
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?
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.
Nintendo and Sega to form joint company. With Sony and M$ to contend with, it doesn't come as much of a surprise.
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. "
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.
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?
gets a redesign, losing the befuddling wireframe "studio" concept for something a little more familiar: a timeline-cum-blog, taking elements of Classic Motown
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
Q: What tastes like lemon
A: Design theft at its most brazen and appalling.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
I was flooded with retro-memories of Commodore 64 music at c64audio.com
. I distinctly remember playing boulderdash and hearing this
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."
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...
The hitman retires
A series of concussions has forced professional wrestler Bret (Hitman) Hart to end his 22-year career today.
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.)
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!
Why haven't I seen reports of this
anywhere else? This is a pretty serious spill.
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.
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.
"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."
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]
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.'
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.
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.)
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.
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...
GW Hits The Bong!
Well it's been rumoured for years... But now we have the proof! Light it up Georgie Boy!
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!]
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
HIJACK!! Hehe... You'd think they'd have addressed this problem a long time ago with pilots being named Jack...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
(an overpriced errand service) closed shop
...and I'm disappointed that there's no secret message in the source code.
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.
Statistics is cool! (Amazing introduction to the concept of estimation, and error computing.)
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.
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...
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."
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
"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.
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.
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."
"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.
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.
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!
National Day of Protest
against police brutality
, and the criminalization
of a generation. Take a stand and wear black today.
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."
? I guess they ran out of verbs.
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
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.
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.
Greens for Gore
have a voting strategy. If you like Nader, you might want to see what they have in mind.
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!
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."
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
is no more, which is a shame they had more than a few sexy photographs on there and decent design.
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.
cleanup continues. Very patriotic email I got 2nd hand.
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''
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.
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.
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.
Argh, I forgot to watch Letterman
last night. (I still don't have my TiVo.)
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."
Anyone tried Flyswat?
Reads web pages with you and makes hyperlinks for words it recognizes. Very cool hypertext tool...
powered screens (/. i think). ...waiting for a large to buy up patent and then sit on it.
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.
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.
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.
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
? Everyone's welcome. (But why no mention of the infamous exchange
between Diana Christensen and Loreen Hobbs in Network
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.
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.
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.
- For long-suffering BoSox fans, New York's Subway Series is a Jacob's Ladder
tube ride to baseball Hell.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
describes the pool of likely voters "tend to lean Republican."
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
has some pretty nice workstation desks (dang cool). I want the one that rotates 120 degrees every 8 hours. (warning: slow site)
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."
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..
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
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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!"
"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?
"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.)
Geeks get behind Al
. He maybe behind Shrub in the polls, but who cares when you have geeks on your side.
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.
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=
"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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."]
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."
For no other reason but the fact that I think it looks cool. More Giger stuff here
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
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."
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.
with a neato science lesson curve. Plus the mom claims to be "one of the ugleist women in Britain."
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.
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 ...
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?
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!
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?
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?
I didn't win.
But Mr. Kottke gets his props in Slate. Now I'm wondering whether that is good or bad.
Girls can't throw?
They found that men had a better aim than women, but male and female monkeys were about equal
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!
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.
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.
Eyes on the Prize
White House lobbied Norwegians for Clinton Nobel Peace Prize. Clinton and his minions are despicable, no?
Docs Online Bulgaria
It seems to make available the full text of many computer books for free -- Is this legal in Bulgaria?
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."
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.
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!
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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
wasn't getting my vote, Duke would.
He's drugged out, he's freaked out, he's heavily armed, he's ready!
with all the "ranting" and "whining" going on out there why would anybody want to be a part of this online community?
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.
This is so very surreal,
its mainstream news read by naked women. I'm trying, but I just can't concentrate on the words.
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.
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...
Finally, the promise of the internet realized. Your online guide to the best public toilets
(by city). Memorize them all.
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.
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*
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?
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.
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"...
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."
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.
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."
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...
Change of scenery.
Weblogs.com has had a serious overhaul. What does this group of rag-tag critics think?
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.'
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".
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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...
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!
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
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.
Rebels, guerrillas, opposition groups, separatists, nationalists, regionalists, propaganda. You name it, it's on the air. [Via NASWeblog
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
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."
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!!!
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.
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."
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)
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).
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
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
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?
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
How many times
have you said "THERE'S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY TO CARRY A GUN CONCEALED!"
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.)
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)?
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."
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
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?
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
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?
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.
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.
See what everyone on Yahoo is looking for (excluding porn)
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!
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."
--Two guys in line for the ATM
One word: Creepy.
(Note that IBM doesn't actually own
this patent -- they just run the patent lookup service.) Props to Victor
"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.
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."
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
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?
the Swedes have never heard of Howard Stern.
Napster for sale
-- potential buyers include "a Western telecommunications giant and a brand-name 'pure' Internet service provider."
attempt by the networks to use "underground marketing" to promote their new shows. Pretty transparent.
"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.
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.
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.
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'."
Private school ejects Sailor Moon fan
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
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.
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.
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.
VR Pioneer Jaron Lanier
trashes AI and futurists and makes a case that software designers that engage in this groupthink produce user-unfriendly software.
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.
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.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
"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.
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.
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?
Don't just sit there, go buy some un-used 3 Letter Acronym
domain names for the heck of it.
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...
Long, closely-argued explanation of how America went back to the death penalty
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.
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!
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.
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.