November 2000 Archives

November 30

third times a charm. after three different deadlines, two different formats, and a partidge in a pear tree, i'm still not sure if my entry got through. it's true, writers get no respect
posted by ethylene at 10:01 PM PST - 8 comments

FAA Clears Airline in Flying Pig Debacle. Another reason not to fly if you can avoid it.
posted by Mr. skullhead at 5:42 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Mathowie's blog about living in San Francisco and mentioned his dream urban vehicle. But Matt, why not get Smart? Okay, besides the fact that it's not yet available in the U.S. (more inside...)
posted by Avogadro at 4:46 PM PST - 24 comments

Big Changes for the Web-Slinger and Children of the Atom!
In an effort to lure kids back to the quiet, almost antiquated pastime of reading paper magazines filled with stories about do-gooders, Marvel Comics announces an AMAZING re-organization of the X-MEN and SPIDER MAN. Yes, loyal arachno-fans, Peter Parker is going to start life anew as a "webmaster" for the Daily Bugle! The X-Men will go back to high school ... for MUTANTS! (PS: Captain America to be laid off.) Marvel's editor in chief announces other changes.
posted by rschram at 2:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Sometimes you feel like a nut.... or at least your pet's do. Has your pet's lost his manhood through being neutered? Give him a ball he doesn't have to play fetch with.
posted by bkdelong at 1:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Wired News reports on the upcoming DMCA review. Via Linux Weekly News: "When music is streamed, webcasters are required to pay a performance royalty. In order to generate smooth playback of incoming streams, computers temporarily store some of the data in memory in a RAM buffer. Music publishers have stated that the data in this buffer should be considered a physical creation that would require webcasters to pay a mechanical royalty, similar to what they pay for downloads or CDs." Anyone need any more on that? Time to get your congressman on the phone...
posted by baylink at 12:02 PM PST - 3 comments

When headlines go bad (Part the Nth) With a headline like, "Daredevil Carried From Ice Cell After 2-1/2 Days," you'd think it was about Matt Murdock, Marvel Comics' Man Without Fear (tm), after a fight with Mr. Freeze... But no, just some guy in an ice block for a publicity stunt. Shame, really...
posted by aurelian at 10:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Snowe Days for Democrats? It may take only one party-switch to give Democrats control of the Senate. Maine may offer just the one.
posted by palegirl at 10:11 AM PST - 4 comments

I bet this slice of German history has put the local Greens in quite a dilemma.
posted by CRS at 9:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Tomorrow is World Aids Day. How are you participating?
posted by bkdelong at 8:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Chicken's head found in fast food order at McDonald's [via] "Katherine Ortega said she found a fried chicken's head in the box of chicken wings she ordered Tuesday night" The picture of the chicken head is not to be missed.
posted by Outlawyr at 8:17 AM PST - 35 comments

Read Dark Dungeons and want to know what the fuss is about? Feeling left out when the cool kids argue about whether a storm giant could take a green dragon? Never fear! Wizards of the Coast, a division of multinational fun conglomerate Hasbro, is making some soul-corrupting old D&D stuff available as free downloads.
posted by snarkout at 7:43 AM PST - 9 comments

A salon link? "It's [Salon] become boring. Way too safe and predictable with its left-leaning bias,"
posted by tiaka at 5:54 AM PST - 2 comments

"Help - i have my eye stuck in a Geodetic Tape Measuring Facility!" archive pictures of a 'hundred years of measurement' at the UK's National Physical Labs - lots of fun pictures that look like Q's Lab from the Bond movies - those big water tanks they always test the supertankers in, huge computers attended to by ladies in white coats...
posted by blackbeltjones at 2:06 AM PST - 3 comments

One Year After Seattle -- "A year has passed since the World Trade Organization's "Millennium Round" collapsed under clouds of tear gas in Seattle," writes Mark Weisbrot, in this useful overview of what was -- and is -- at stake. "The debate over globalization has been altered, perhaps permanently, to include some of the concerns of civil society: poverty and inequality, economic instability, and the environmental costs of globalization...."
posted by johnb at 12:47 AM PST - 30 comments

November 29

The Million Prayer March was set up to collect one million prayers for peace in the Middle East. James Twyman, author and Peace Troubadour, set up this website after Arafat said that peace will not come to Middle East without a million strong prayers. Once the site has collected one million prayers, Twyman will travel to Israel with all the prayers to present them to Arafat and Barak. I was prayer no 78536.
posted by tamim at 11:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Fans of Red Meat (an internet comic classic. If you're not a fan already, you really should be) will be amazed to find a great application of web technology: a php-powered red meat comic strip comedy builder! You have to come up with the comedy, but if you check out the top 30, there are a bunch of great reader-submitted gems [thanks schampeo].
posted by mathowie at 10:30 PM PST - 9 comments

"Download the new Snoop Dogg DeskPlaya and kick it with Snoop Dogg all dizay on your desktizop!"

Aaaw yeah. Now if only every new tech release could have descriptions like that...
posted by NickBarat at 8:08 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Rent-A-Riot, or, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mob"... Taking my cue from the Repubs themselves I say, "Where's the outrage?!"
posted by m.polo at 7:35 PM PST - 1 comments

Chicago to enlist graphic designers for friendlier ballots. [free reg may be req'd] There's been a bunch of discussion about the usability problems with various voting systems, notably punch-card ballots. Chicago didn't have anything as dramatic as a "butterfly" prexy ballot or two pages' worth of candidates, but we still had close to 120,000 discards from 2.1 million votes -- and when compared with jurisdictions using other systems, there's little evidence to suggest that voters are skipping the presidential ballot. That's just how bad manual punch card technology is. Even if we can't get rid of them just yet, at least we can make sure they aren't confusing. Did I just post the twenty-sixth link on Metafilter today? GO AWAY. METAFILTER IS FULL. :)
posted by dhartung at 7:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Juice is the most recent web-comic I've stumbled across (thanks to a link off Penny Arcade a few days back) and is also one of the best. The catch? No pictures.
posted by cCranium at 6:41 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

"One of the most esteemed documents of modern paleontology is Stephen Jay Gould's doctoral thesis on shells. According to Gould, the fact that there are thousands of potential shell shapes in the world, but only a half dozen actual shell forms, is evidence of natural selection. Not so, says Wolfram. He's discovered a mathematical error in Gould's argument, and that, in fact, there are only six possible shell shapes, and all of them exist in the world. " A must-read article.
posted by costas at 6:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Greenspun on Neilsen. Damn if that don't sound like the Thrilla in Manila. I just stumbled over this piece on ArsDigita's Systems Journal site, formerly Web Tools Review. If you enjoy watching one so-called expert pick apart the opinions of another, you'll probably enjoy this. If you're sick unto death of both of them... skip it.
posted by baylink at 6:19 PM PST - 1 comments

<drool> Oh boy, do I want one of these. Unless, of course, the idiots at Kyocera/Qualcomm blew it again, and *didn't* make it capable of using CDPD to get to the Internet. [calls, gets wrong answer, screeches loudly enough that everyone on MeFi can hear...]
posted by baylink at 5:55 PM PST - 17 comments is using a dirty way to draw traffic to their site. Do your part and send a nasty email to the "CEO" of
posted by cmicali at 5:42 PM PST - 8 comments

The New Trailer for Final Fantasy triggered my drool reflex. The summer of 2001 is when it comes out. The next likely game company to make a movie seems like Blizzard after watching all the mini-movies in Diablo 2.
posted by john at 4:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Of all the things to lose track of, this was definitely not the one. 8 pounds of Sarin?

But EPA's on the case. I feel ever so much relieved.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 3:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Free Jack Chick comics online I only post this because I am always surprised how many people have never heard of the man. There is only one way to salvation, and Jack wants to show you. Some favorites are Bewitched and the discontinued anti-D&D classic Dark Dungeons. The Poor Little Witch" will twist your brain too. Did you know Roman Catholics are not Christian, and that Christian Scientists cannot get into heaven?
posted by thirteen at 2:14 PM PST - 34 comments

Has Christopher Kempa really passed away? If so, I will certainly miss one of the best blogs around.
posted by metacomet28 at 2:09 PM PST - 3 comments

In Lynne Cheney's rereleased novel , the vice president drops dead of a heart attack while having adulterous sex -- and his scheming wife takes his job.
posted by amanda at 1:58 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

That dude that's been doing the Gore vs. Bush graphics for CNN has outdone himself. It looks like Gore is actually trying to bite Bush's head... Egads!
posted by Niccola Six at 1:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Japan focuses on Internet expansion. Pretty cool that Japan is realizing the increased benefits of widespread Internet access. It's especially awesome that they've budgeted some yen to connect educational facilities.
posted by tatochip at 1:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Pooh Urges Eeyore To Concede Election. It's all going down at the Hundred Acre Wood.
posted by holgate at 11:58 AM PST - 7 comments

I looked at the Green Party platform for the first time today, as a followup to the Nader discussion below. I like the ideas, in general, but how would we fund them? I don't like current economic policies, etc, but the money sure seems to flow. A lot of us seem to be Greens. How's it work?
posted by Sean Meade at 11:49 AM PST - 46 comments

Clinton opts not to become the first prexy since Garfield and Harding (who? kidding) not to visit Nebraska during his term in office. Obviously, he's trying to avoid the dreaded curse: "Both Garfield and Harding died before completing their terms." Coincidence or Illuminati subterfuge?
posted by highindustrial at 10:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Men listen with half-the-brain. Women, the whole. Now it's obvious that women are superior and it is inevitable that they will dominate the human race, kill off the male and live like those space Amazonians you saw in Star Trek. Yep.
posted by tiaka at 10:12 AM PST - 34 comments

Forget the Rhode Island spud, it's all about a Waco Cow Apparently they're even up for sale now.
posted by nomisxid at 9:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Tale of the Coke Monkeys. GAH! Coke may lead to Cannabis! It's Salon, but it's hilarious.
posted by snakey at 9:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Lettuce ladies want to slim (clap) you up! I didn't know Elizabeth Berkley was the original lettuce lady. Heck, I didn't even know they existed at all. I noticed the site has some false advertising, though -- on the front page, it says "wearing nothing but strategically placed lettuce leaves..." but how in the world would those tops stay on with straps of lettuce? I guess "wearing nothing but lettuce and green colored underwear" doesn't have the same ring to it.
posted by jragon at 7:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Not a terribly serious topic, but I saw the Grinch movie on the weekend and hated it savagely. Just deplored it from beginning to end. And as time has passed and I've thought more about my extreme reaction, I've grown to hate it even more. This dude at Entertainment Weekly makes a pretty good case for why this blockbuster is a big chunk o' crap. Thoughts? P.S. I did see Quills last night however, and it was amazing.
posted by Niccola Six at 7:20 AM PST - 17 comments

My hobby? Oh, yes. I used to garden, and collect ancient coins. Now, I just f*ck Rock Stars. I think maybe these girls got the wrong message from the movie Almost Famous. At any rate, it seems like this site maps out pretty clearly the best way for a young woman to be used sexually and then discarded by the musician of her choice.
posted by kristin at 2:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Samuel Mockbee is my new hero. As the creator of Auburn University's Rural Studio and winner of a MacArthur Fellowship, he has his undergraduate students design and construct buildings. Not only are the structures they build attractive and functional, they are built in one of the poorest areas of the country, using discarded and recycled materials.
posted by Aaaugh! at 12:11 AM PST - 2 comments

November 28

Capitalism to the extreme in Russia. A Russian Grandma was caught trying to sell her grandson for $90,000. No she wasn't selling him to some adoption agency so he could go to a 'caring family' somewhere in the west. She was selling him for his organs. She even rips off her other son (the boy's uncle). His excuse, "I wanted to buy a house and a new car and some clothes. It was my dream." I'm sure it was his nephew's dream as well to be sold for his organs.
posted by jay at 9:32 PM PST - 11 comments

What went wrong for Ralph? Now that the whining and accusations has died down a little, it's time to finally ask the hard question: So why did Ralph Nader do so badly?. Did his campaign drift too far left? Was Winnona LaDuke the right running mate? Did the Green party help or hurt him? What did Nader himself do to screw his own campaign.
posted by lagado at 8:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Advertisers Who Hate XY a letter from the editor of the gay youth magazine about institutional bigotry. and i think it is way out of line. [more inside]
posted by palegirl at 8:28 PM PST - 24 comments

Andy's a fan of democracy, but knows that on some level, people are drawn to communism or anarchy simply because of the cool hammer-and-sickle/A-in-a-circle imagery. He's proposing a new face for democracy. Angrier. In your face. Every movement needs a good logo, I suppose.
posted by mathowie at 6:53 PM PST - 13 comments

TiVo schadenfreude!
ReplayTV drops 40% of its staff (including a former TV Network Bigwig) and drops out of the retail "box" business. Gee, they're giving up without even asking for a recount of the sales figures from the Palm Beach Best Buy
Now, if TiVo can just keep Microshaft from squishing it like a bug.
posted by wendell at 6:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Mutants with 4-colour vision! And you thought the magnetic kid was just the beginning...
posted by hobbes at 4:54 PM PST - 22 comments

Ronald MacDonald may have just stepped over his boundaries. A 4 star hotel in Switzerland you say...? That seems just like one hamburger too much too swallow...
posted by noom at 3:43 PM PST - 9 comments

CNN (Clinton News Network) to become... GNN (Gore News Network)!!!
posted by da5id at 1:58 PM PST - 5 comments

And now for something different... Or maybe not. Try voting for everybody. Who knows what will happen. Maybe Gore will win finally? (not sure if this was posted before, but found it funny.)
posted by da5id at 1:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Is this annoying to anyone else? I usually get most of my news from either or, then this morning I noticed that every time I load ABCnews, an annoying ad banner pops up for AT&T over the browser toolbar. I know that big sites have used popups before (usually as announcements or something else), but an ad popup on such a major site seems like an even further blurring of that line between media and advertising. I guess I'm switching news sources.
posted by almostcool at 1:24 PM PST - 18 comments

I'm sure this must have been MeFi'd before (and my apologies if it has) but Jesus, look what the Son Of God is up to now! To each their own I suppose, but I wouldn't get in a bathtub with him.
posted by Niccola Six at 1:20 PM PST - 18 comments

It's the year 3900, and you're out of toner. What are you going to do? Whatever you decide, just understand that it will be boring. (Note: Insubstantial, frivolous link.)
posted by Skot at 11:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Would you swallow poison for $1000? 100 people did. (Actually only half, but none of them know who the controls are.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 10:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Uh, oh. The price of protest is eternal vigilance, or something. Perhaps Ms. Hill was too busy flogging her book. No, seriously -- if one were to make a deal with Satan, would one really expect him to keep his side of the bargain?
posted by dcehr at 10:29 AM PST - 18 comments

YAWA... Yet Another Weblog's amazing how writers always manage to talk about the same seven (or so) weblogs in every article I've seen on the subject.
posted by Succa at 9:55 AM PST - 13 comments

"Gently does it: Mild sex can halve the risk of a heart attack" That's right, ladies and gentlemen - even pointless, lacklustre, unimaginative, dreary, workaday, missionary, vanilla sex with someone you are bored with can have tremendous health benefits. So get out there today and actively pursue some mild sex today!
posted by barbelith at 9:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Pope Joan's voyage through multiple editions of Encyclopedia Britannica.
posted by grumblebee at 9:44 AM PST - 1 comments

Waiting with bated breath for the conclusion of Stephen King's online serial? Touck luck. Even though I don't care that much for King, I'm disappointed that this experiment failed.
posted by harmful at 8:47 AM PST - 3 comments

"I dated Yumi for awhile, and I have to confess I became very attached to her. Yumi could get very angry over small things. She would yell at me and ignore me the exact same way as all my other girlfriends have. Finally I decided to stop the relationship. It was too draining for me. It was hard sometimes to remember that Yumi wasn't real."
posted by sudama at 8:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Need something to wash down your Turducken? Try a tapioca milk tea. "A popular import from Taiwan, the frothy beverage is a mix of tea, milk, sugar and giant black tapioca balls served hot or cold. " Guhhh! Imagine slurping on your beverage and then... GLUCK!... a big ball of gumminess gets shlucked through your straw. Gluck, gluck, gluck! Bubble Tea, will it catch on?
posted by ljc at 7:54 AM PST - 28 comments

2 Million ballots - thrown out. Bush's behind this.
posted by tiaka at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Scientists discover possible microbe from space. Scientists has recovered microorganisms in the upper reaches of the atmosphere that may have originated from outer space. The living bacteria, are unlike any known on Earth, but the astrobiologists want to keep the details under wraps until they are absolutely convinced that these are extraterrestrial. Do not adjust your set...
posted by lagado at 3:14 AM PST - 4 comments

November 27

And now for something completely pointless... Why on earth would anyone care enough about something this to invest all the time it took to pull this off? Just to break the record high score on a video game which only appears in museums now?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:01 PM PST - 27 comments

Doesn't this site violate Canada election laws? They claim they will be posting election results as the polls close. Under Canadian law, time zones that are still voting aren't allowed to know who is winning further east. First up: Newfoundland.
posted by tranquileye at 4:43 PM PST - 7 comments

David Blaine is at it again (requires flash). If you are in New York, you can also see him frozen live at Times Square from now through the 29th.
posted by tamim at 2:44 PM PST - 33 comments

Phish Fan Resumé Check out that skill set!
posted by chartres at 2:22 PM PST - 14 comments goo. [via /usr/bin/girl]
posted by plinth at 2:16 PM PST - 5 comments

The first step in setting up a parallel government? "Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney said if the General Services Administration will not assist George W. Bush's transition to the White House, the campaign is prepared to go ahead on its own. 'We will proceed drawing on other sources,' Cheney told reporters in Washington on Monday." Yeah, I just bet they will.
posted by tranquileye at 2:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Everquest guide suicides. Or maybe not. No one's really sure. Is this why they call it "Ever-Crack"? [ From Salon via Flutterby. ]
posted by baylink at 12:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Is this what's often reffered to as shit hitting the fan?
posted by tiaka at 11:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Did you get enough to eat this Thanksgiving? If not maybe next year you should try a Turducken! Its a dinner inside a dinner. A chicken stuffed in a duck stuffed in a turkey! This guy loved his. Scarey yet strangely appealing.
posted by ljc at 11:06 AM PST - 23 comments

With all the recent MeFi Flash-trashing and usability-ranting in mind, I am just now getting around to the viewing the website for Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream (Flash required). Aronofsky defends the site in a brief interview with the online version of print mag Entertainment Weekly. It certainly could be classified as annoying, but then, that appears to be Aronofsky's point. Coming from anyone less talented than he, I'd say it was just posturing; here, I'm not sure...
posted by m.polo at 10:43 AM PST - 5 comments

When headlines ... get academic? The Boston Globe chooses a novel way to report Sunday night's news. Even the URL reflects it.
posted by dhartung at 10:19 AM PST - 7 comments

The Coalition for Jubilee Clemency A national coalition of faith leaders is petitioning President Clinton to release on supervised parole those Federal prisoners serving unconscionably long sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses.
posted by snakey at 10:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Trial By Combat - Since it seems that neither counting the votes nor suing in court is going settle this election. I suggest taking a more direct and final approach. A fight to the death with broadswords.
posted by y6y6y6 at 10:11 AM PST - 3 comments

I wonder how many people went hungry so this monstrosity could be built? And mom always said to not play with your food....
posted by Arvid at 9:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Now this is a fire engine! I'm drooling!
posted by @homer at 7:51 AM PST - 2 comments

The _real_ next President is chosen ... well, of the Fortune 500, anyway. Today, Jack Welch tapped his successor as CEO of the worldest largest and most profitable public corporation, General Electric. As expected, he chose an executive in his early 40's which (with luck) will give GE another king with a 20+ year reign.
posted by MattD at 7:33 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

I win my office pool. Robert Downey Jr. fell off the wagon right after November sweeps. I still have dibs on him for the dead pool.
posted by thc at 6:13 AM PST - 8 comments

The almost most rediculous item of the day.
Because, we will have a civil war over some 2 idiots that can't even lie to us right.
posted by tiaka at 5:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Smart Dust Attacks Germ Powered Micro Sub. Details at 11.
posted by grumblebee at 5:02 AM PST - 3 comments

The World at Night. This amazing image (warning 500K) is actually a composite of hundreds of pictures made by the orbiting DMSP satellites over regions of the world at night. You can clearly see the Nile river, Hong Kong, Hawaii and probably, if you look close enough, the town you are in right now. From Astronomy Picture of the Day
posted by lagado at 4:43 AM PST - 18 comments

November 26

Macromedia Purchases Clue
Looks like the folks at Macromedia have finally come around to the fact that Flash is getting a really bad usability rap. They have launched a token usability section on their site. I thought the four sites they picked as 'Usability examples' were very telling of their understanding of the issues. [via Flazoom]
posted by DragonBoy at 10:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Stockwell Day and his racist pals. No wonder the Canadian Alliance fields the kind of candidates who talk about an "asian invasion".
posted by will at 10:05 PM PST - 19 comments

A Modest Proposal for preventing the tongues of the American people from being a burden to their owners and country, as well as encouraging them to become more beneficial to the public interest. I still hate guns, but dear old Jon would have been proud.
posted by ZachsMind at 7:55 PM PST - 6 comments

nVidia GPU is seven times faster than NV20 ...the return of misleading headlines.
posted by hobbes at 6:52 PM PST - 4 comments

The Lizard King & The Klan: This is just wonderful - I'm quite certain that the remaining members of the Doors wouldn't want their music used to promote messages of hatred and intolerance.
posted by aladfar at 6:21 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

UK row as kids are told to adopt incorrect but 'international' spelling A row has broken out in the UK as the organisation in charge of school examinations told pupils to drop traditional spelling of scientific words in favour of Americanised (wrong) ones.
Surely Sulphur comes from a Greek word which involves the letter phi (not fi) and is therefore the correct spelling...
posted by nico at 4:50 PM PST - 30 comments

Furby finally hacked. Although it's not on the original processor, this isn't too bad.
posted by plinth at 4:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Melanie Griffith is my favorite weblogger. This merging of flowery, trashy romance novel-esque graphics and Melanie's first-hand tales of love, pain and addiction warms the heart. Not only am I going to sign her guestbook, I'm going to order oodles of products through her Godess Collection banner ad.
posted by sixfoot6 at 4:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Fuckwits. And we were arguing about unclear ballot papers and the inability to follow written instructions? The Palm Beach canvassing board sends its counters home for Thanksgiving, comes back on Friday to find an extra few thousand votes to go through, and can't get its numbers in on time, so Ms Harris disregards them. Really, the people in charge need horse-whipping.
posted by holgate at 3:07 PM PST - 1 comments

International Herald Tribune sets the new standard for online newspapers with a site that even the online design community appreciates. [Site of the week @ Three.Oh]
posted by riffola at 2:18 PM PST - 11 comments

How the Grinch Stole Election Day The Grinch hated voting! He thought it a bore. Now, please don't ask why. Could be Bush, could be Gore.
posted by fleener at 8:36 AM PST - 1 comments

Nothing quite like using a small child as political propaganda. Hopefully his parents will let him grow up with the ability to form his own opinions and beliefs..!
posted by sammy at 5:29 AM PST - 10 comments

November 25

We have found Magneto. Now we just have to wait a few years to assemble the Brotherhood of Mutants.
posted by pnevares at 9:40 PM PST - 13 comments

The Greenwood Position. Partisan perhaps, but will Peggy Noonan's latest OpEd in the WSJ be a rallying cry for frustrated conservatives? She offers compelling arguments and solid suggestions for proactive redress. Talk amongst yourselves.
posted by netbros at 7:51 PM PST - 6 comments

ISSNs for your blog? Joe Clark looks at the process, and urges authors to sign up, which puts your blog officially in the worldwide standardized encyclopedia of periodicals. It sounds like a good idea, and could help people using the periodical databases for research, since many blogs cover the same things magazines do.
posted by mathowie at 7:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Just the ticket... A 500,000 markka (£50,000ish) fine for speeding? If you're a dot-com millionaire in Finland, sure. Though you have to wonder whether it's about time to slap a ban on this speed merchant. (The debating point: should fines be related to income?)
posted by holgate at 6:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Why have I never seen this before today? It turns out that the funniest mockery of the Florida ballot comes from BET; I find this much better than the oft-emailed wiggly-line ballot.
posted by delfuego at 1:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Climate talks end in failure. How shocking.
posted by Mr. skullhead at 12:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Maybe ICANN really can't. There may be a revolt among all those Europeans who think that they own their parts of the Internet. (Who do they think they are, anyway? Don't they realize that they're just electronic colonies of the US?)

Actually, I'm with them; I think ICANN is getting just a little too full of itself.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Globalization sucks ... venti lattes through a Starbucks straw in Beijing's Forbidden City.
posted by allaboutgeorge at 1:42 AM PST - 34 comments

November 24

Mad Cow disease spreads through Europe. Now as I understand it, cattle get it by eating food which contains parts of other cattle or sheep who had the disease.

The solution seems straightforward enough: stop using animal-derived ingredients in the food fed to cattle. SO WHY THE HELL ARE THEY STILL DOING IT? Why is this so complicated? Is there something I'm missing here?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:47 PM PST - 18 comments Flash animation strikes again. Thanks to caught In between via My Bong Runs Linux.
posted by Mr. skullhead at 7:55 PM PST - 2 comments

"Blame Florida! Blame Florida! ...with its stooges and its chad, the whole election's just gone mad..."

(Yeah, it's Salon: but Talbot has a point. Had this been outside the US, with Jimmy Carter and the other observers, the last few days' lunacy would have left no-one in any doubt that the state couldn't organise a pissup in a brewery.)
posted by holgate at 7:01 PM PST - 10 comments

A classic example of Post Hoc Fallacy. Explanation inside.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 5:17 PM PST - 9 comments

A pageant of protesting puppets hopes to shut down The School of the Americas at Fort Benning, GA, along with raising awareness of Lori Berenson's Peruvian imprisonment and other Central/South American issues.
posted by FearfulFred at 4:11 PM PST - 1 comments

The body that regulates cable in Canada, the CRTC, is licensing 283 new channels. All will be available only through digital set-top boxes.

Along with the expected Biography, Mystery, and ZDTV channels, in the mandatory tier we're getting Book Television from CHUM, a gay and lesbian channel, a documentary channel, and Land and Sea, a rural service from the CBC. If that wasn't wacky enough, the optional channels will include BBC Canada, the Wine Television Network, two wedding channels, several hockey channels, and channels dedicated to theatre, poetry, jazz, dance, pets, South Asian culture, international film, horses, law, martial arts… just about anything you can think of, actually.

While I don't expect they can all survive, it should make for an interesting six months.
posted by tranquileye at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

What's Bill reading over the holiday weekend? He seems to be deliberately holding the book so it can be observed, but I don't recognize the cover and can't make out the title. Anybody?
posted by quonsar at 2:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Ancient Recipes: Foods of Bible Times will be broadcast on the Food Network at 9:00 P.M. ET on Sunday, Nov. 26. For the longest time I was under the impression that the only food items mentioned in the Bible are fish, bread, wine, quails and heavenly manna (which you can now buy on the internet). Then there are those peddling Pulse as bible food. Maybe it's time to change dietary habits.
posted by tamim at 12:55 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

My Real Baby Probably the most sophisiticated and artificially intelligent baby doll ever created. Are you going to buy one for your daughter? Better hurry - they are going fast. I cant wait to see how people hack this toy's operating system.
posted by triptych at 11:15 AM PST - 15 comments

Phil Agre thinks there was nothing spontaneous about that mob scene in Miami a couple days back.
posted by mathowie at 10:32 AM PST - 11 comments

"They're closed" - After seeing millions of dollars worth of commercials for where they make fun of brick and mortar stores for closing at night, I go to their site today and find...... They're closed. Here's a screen shot in case they open today. Sure, sites go down, but the wording seems a little odd considering....
posted by y6y6y6 at 8:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Who's that in the park? Look at this image of Selhurst Park and tell me what you think you see? Via linkmachinego
posted by Foaf at 1:58 AM PST - 32 comments

Do the kids of today know about the greatness of Julius Sumner Miller? Why is it so? I love science thanks to him. Screw Mr. Wizard.
posted by gluechunk at 12:32 AM PST - 8 comments

November 23

I wanna easter egg
After seeign the Spider-man easter egg on my new X-men DVD, I was excited to see what other easter eggs my DVD collection has. Well, thanks to the good ole' Web I found this page wich documents them all!
posted by DragonBoy at 10:28 PM PST - 7 comments

The Polynesians were, undoubtedly, the greatest navigators of the ancient world. Using outrigger canoes, they were able to colonize lands spread as far apart as Madagascar and Easter Island and as far south as New Zealand. But where did they originally come from? Jared Diamond demonstrates how, by using linguistic and archaeological evidence, it's possible to reconstruct their journey from China and Taiwan to the Philippines, from there on to Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea and out to the Pacific one way and Madagascar in the other. As an exercise, try comparing the numbers 1 to 10 in all Polynesian and Indonesian languages, to see how the language gradually changed as they hopped from island to island.
posted by lagado at 8:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Something just a bit different in a kidnapping: the victim suffers from polydactyly. If someone you know has suddenly come up with a newborn baby with one extra finger on each hand, let the FBI know. (No joke.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 4:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Nader recommends a coin toss for Bush/Gore - sounds good to me
posted by gluechunk at 1:58 PM PST - 6 comments

A Pie Speaks for Itself - another good photo for today (safe to click, no porn, etc.)
posted by gluechunk at 1:00 PM PST - 4 comments

This Picture Speaks For Itself - I don't know if any tag-line or comment about this picture would increase its initial stand-alone effect. You can try, though (safe to click - no porn, etc).
posted by Hankins at 11:58 AM PST - 10 comments

A study of the effects of celery on loose elastic. This is the reason I love the web. A site dedicated to the peculiar stylings of Art Frahm.
posted by amanda at 9:51 AM PST - 9 comments

"They appear to have been skilled workers capable of stupendous productivity under harsh circumstances. When they failed, it was not from lack of inventiveness, but because of poor leadership, bad luck or the inherent instability of all-male commercial ventures."

It sounds like the writer is describing the typical failed dot-com. Actually, he's writing about 17th Century commercial colonization of North America. The similarities are quite amusing. Read on...
posted by ratbastard at 6:49 AM PST - 1 comments

Overpaid, anal-retentive web usability expert puts himself out of a job? Or perhaps engages in second-round of funding to maintain astonishing levels of frankly unfathomable self-publicity? You might think so, but I couldn't possibly comment.
posted by barbelith at 5:26 AM PST - 26 comments

A 7 to 13-metre rise in sea levels is now inevitable, according to a draft IPCC report leaked to the New Scientist (via Robot Wisdom).
posted by Mocata at 4:05 AM PST - 6 comments

The gopher manifesto. This is actually an idea I've been toying with for some time - bringing content back to gopher sites. My love of gopher was rekindled the day I got a WAP-enabled phone. I realized the new wireless web was nothing but menu after menu of hierarchical information. I know for a fact that Blogger can publish text files for gopher sites as well. I'd still love to launch a gopher site for essays and the like, if I could ever find a decent gopher server for windows or linux. (stolen from /.)
posted by mathowie at 12:54 AM PST - 20 comments

This Thanksgiving, get the whole family around your monitor to read Patrick Farley's Thanksgiving Special. It entertains as it informs.
posted by mathowie at 12:08 AM PST - 4 comments

November 22

Notice of Revocation of Independence appears to be spamming all over email. I found it in several listbots and egroups, and after some intensive searching I think I may have found the original source but I'm guessing and may be wrong. Very funny, very telling, and with more than a grain of wake up call to it. Considering how we take our freedom for granted in America, I question whether or not we really deserve it any longer.
posted by ZachsMind at 8:49 PM PST - 15 comments maps the Open Directory onto Antarctica. The 2d view is nice. Shows the relative size of everything. It reminds me of SmartMoney's dang cool marketmap.
posted by matt324 at 2:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Republican mob scene video The guy in the video is being accused of stealing a ballot for the Democrats...
posted by owillis at 2:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Mike Muuss, author of ping(1), dead at 42. Traffic accident, Maryland, tractor-trailer. Half a dozen bad pastiche jokes go here, but I'm not going to do them.
posted by baylink at 2:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Any ideas how this happend? No matter how you slice it, this is what my mom used to call "creepy-ass shit."
posted by Niccola Six at 12:58 PM PST - 28 comments

Steal a design, win an award. Sumerset Custom Houseboats won several awards in the 2000 Inc. Magazine Web Awards 2000, including the top prize in the General Excellence category. According to a company press release, the site was chosen for its "simple, functional, yet elegant design". The only problem is, they stole the design from IBM's site.
posted by jkottke at 12:30 PM PST - 33 comments

Meathead - a Thanksgiving alternative to turkey.
posted by plinth at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Most of the world rejects the USAmerican attempt to end-around-run the Kyoto protocols. Surely we'll get our way (I use the pronouns reluctantly in this case). Who can stop us? Besides, who cares? Not President-elect (de facto) Bush. Add the guiltless bloodshed in Israel/Palestine to this and my last post and it's hard to be thankful at the global level.
posted by Sean Meade at 11:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Looks like the end is in sight. And I'm glad. I'm so sick of the political rhetoric I could puke. I wish more people could address these issues with clear thinking, instead of defaulting to the rhetoric of the side they tend to favor. If anyone else says 'The American people want...' I will puke. Looks like Bush is going to win. Who cares? Nader is right: they've both been bought and sold. People who harp on 'the very clear policy differences' aren't making enough allowances for the other dynamics.
posted by Sean Meade at 11:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Usability is dead? Frogdesign's creative director says: "There's no merit to focusing entirely on usability". Anyone who says that shouldn't be designing websites, IMHO. [from kottke]
posted by owillis at 10:59 AM PST - 17 comments

The end is near (again) Looks like the one Florida county that was actually finding some Gore votes, Miami-Dade, is calling off the recount.
posted by tranquileye at 10:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Putting it all in perspective -- this is one of my daily links, reminding me that there is always a bigger picture to consider.
posted by fpatrick at 8:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Problem. Proposed solution : nominate a few films, Gladiator, Erin Brokovich and so on. And let Stanley Kubrick's disowned Sparticus take the top 5-6 Oscars. Just shows that god's worst film is still better than tripe created today.
posted by tiaka at 7:10 AM PST - 37 comments

Wasn't there a conspiracy theory going around about this happening? Isn't John McCain supposed to step in? Is the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe involved?
posted by thc at 5:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Michael Kelly has a point
posted by tiaka at 4:51 AM PST - 28 comments

Well now if I'd known this I never would've signed up with them last summer. My three months are up anyway. Bad move, emusic.
posted by aflakete at 1:50 AM PST - 8 comments

November 21

Nick Hornby on Hollywood. The author of High Fidelity talks about its movie adaptation: "It is not possible to extract from the novel its central high-concept idea and chuck the rest away, simply because there is no central high-concept idea. Anyone attempting to do so would find that they had spent a reasonable amount of money on a story about a guy who works in a record store and splits up with his girlfriend."
posted by lbergstr at 9:46 PM PST - 4 comments

perfect headline: Chad Is a Country in Africa Racism—Florida's Real Scandal
posted by palegirl at 6:47 PM PST - 1 comments

Poisons spam bots dead! "Wpoison helps to combat the junk e-mail problem by effectively thwarting the efforts of junk e-mailers who regularly scan web pages, looking for target e-mail addresses to harvest, which they then send junk e-mail to. "

Wow, does this really work? Has anyone tried it or something silimar? I hope it does work, I really hope it does. (sorry if its been posted already)
posted by Hackworth at 4:56 PM PST - 14 comments

People.That.Really.Fucking.Suck Club Have you all caught this nifty new permutation on the how people/things/places/sites suck rage? The site uses this bit o' code to create hits like this attack on dori over at
posted by josholalia at 3:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Futurama's been pre-empted by football again, and I'm not gonna take it anymore.
posted by teradome at 3:28 PM PST - 16 comments

I kill you- through your email. Battlemail claims to be the worlds first free multiplayer email games system.
posted by TuxHeDoh at 2:40 PM PST - 2 comments

I didn't realize the Saturday Night Live Tom Green-Drew Barrymore wedding was real, with Drew cancelling the event five minutes before it happened, leaving Tom and producers to quickly improvise the left-at-the-altar bit.
posted by dan_of_brainlog at 12:00 PM PST - 24 comments

Intel's Top 10 Sneakiest Moves & Screwups. I keep expecting to hear that several top executives have decided to "pursue other opportunities" but it never seems to happen.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 11:46 AM PST - 2 comments

EverQuest is just a game right? At what point do you play it so much that is becomes your life? And just what does it take to be a player?
posted by john at 11:06 AM PST - 5 comments

marchFirst circles the bowl... Too bad. I thought it would be cool to work for them but now analyst are predicting the demise of the company. I wonder if they will have a great deals on Macs when they go bankrupt?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 10:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Thousands Protest at U.S. Army School of the Americas -- 1700 arrested Man, that's one place I wouldn't want to be arrested.
posted by snakey at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

What do the Mona Lisa and Geena Davis have in common? Dr. Livingstone presumably knows.
posted by Avogadro at 8:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Democrats control the weather! Beware!
posted by tiaka at 7:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Jason put up a link to the New Yorker article that mentions himself, Meg, Pyra, EV, etc. It also mentions MetaFilter and myself. I find this funny in a way, all of of these people that never would have known anything about each other are all interconnected. Why? Because Ev and Meg started Pyra. Because I read an article about the original Pyra app. Which led me to Blogger. Which led to Ev, Meg, Pb, MetaFilter... whcih led to Kottke, Haughey, etc. Ahhh the good old days
posted by monkeyboy at 6:44 AM PST - 36 comments

It's a tribute to our system of government that no matter how screwed up the election is or how these folks get jerked around, we don't worry about them taking things into their own hands.
posted by CRS at 6:36 AM PST - 11 comments

November 20

First UK TV Millionnaire comes, by coincidence, on the same night that another network shows the last episode of its most popular sitcom, in which the main character dies.
Gosh what a coincidence! Or is it a fix?
posted by nico at 11:38 PM PST - 11 comments

I see the Good Doctor is back on form--following his own Old Testament prophet tip. Thank Fudd there's little mention of sports.
posted by aflakete at 11:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Joel 's a little smug when he says "Netscape Goes Bonkers and I'm very thankful, because Netscape 6.0 has been a terrific illustration of so many of the points I've made in Joel on Software over the last 6 months. Unfortunately, it's usually an illustration of what not to do." Too bad he's right.
posted by lagado at 8:39 PM PST - 15 comments

a work of art? this site confused me at first, until I saw the drawing section. you can create works of art using shockwave and your keyboard. feel free to create your own and let me know! doodling has become fun again!
posted by aekastar at 6:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Get a piece of the Rock. Moon that is. I say boy, you got to think of the future. Just remember all these worlds are yours except Europa.
posted by john at 4:52 PM PST - 6 comments

There's one question which has been bothering me for months: How do you pronounce "L33T" and what the heck does it mean?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 3:15 PM PST - 28 comments

ELECTION: Live coverage of (what's left of) the Florida hearing. I heard a solution I could live with: machine recount all the Florida ballots, and hand count anything that bounces. Came from the Bush camp, surprisingly enough.
posted by baylink at 1:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Ken Layne's Who Wants to Be a President Quiz Includes such synapse-challenging multiple guess questions as, "Would you have sexual relations with Katherine Harris?" and "Which of the following campaigns has Tipper Gore failed to join?" A must read for any potential presidential candidate.
posted by josholalia at 1:02 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Day without Weblogs is coming up. Blogger linked it on the front page. I have not been able to post anything through Blogger today, So today is my official observance of the event. You taking part? Is Metafilter? Day without Metafilter would really hurt.
posted by thirteen at 1:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Fat chicks in party hats. Offensive or comedic. You decide. I'm still in shock...
posted by Jeremy at 11:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Beaver College has changed its name to the more dignified Arcadia University, after bearing the brunt of countless jokes and having their websites blocked by filtering software. I guess they made the announcement during a surprise student pajama party only to give the late night talk shows one last punchline.
posted by ewagoner at 11:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Free Leonard Peltier! You can send a free fax to Bill Clinton requesting executive clemency for Leonard.
posted by snakey at 10:24 AM PST - 13 comments

ELECTION: Dan Bricklin thinks the ballots sucked, too. Remember him? He helped write VisiCalc, and now runs Trellix? I'm still wondering why no one's agitating to invalidate that election in PBC.
posted by baylink at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

CAUTION: VERY NAUGHTY WORD AHEAD (Via Obscure Store) You can't say I didn't warn you. This is perhaps the funniest "news" story I've read all year. I have to believe the (female) reporter was cackling madly as she wrote it.
posted by Skot at 8:56 AM PST - 28 comments

The weblogging thing is over. If anybody's still weblogging because it's "cool", bad news: Salon is now rolling their own.
posted by harmful at 6:09 AM PST - 7 comments

No foul play? Or is there?
posted by tiaka at 5:04 AM PST - 9 comments

November 19

It's officially the 20th of November (some places) and the P4 NDA's have lifted. Here come the reviews!

Anandtech gives it poor marks. On a lot of tests it gets creamed.
HardOCP is more kind, but does a much less comprehensive test against a must less formidable competitor.
GamePC gives it a "thumbs down".
I'm still waiting for Tom Pabst's review; I expect it to be brutal.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 11:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Some of us made jokes in the days after the election about "Gore stealing votes from Nader", to ape those who said the reverse. But we didn't read the Libertarian Party's press release, wherein they said the same thing, and they were both serious, and believable. [quote inside]
posted by baylink at 8:45 PM PST - 5 comments

"I am concerned about the world's silence and co-operation with this massacre. Maybe if people at grassroots act, governments will follow." Neta Golan, 29, Israeli ctizen and voluntary human shield.
posted by lagado at 7:00 PM PST - 6 comments

You can own art by Dr. Suess. It seems that Theodore Geisel (Dr. Suess) in addition to turning out dozens of books beloved by children (and not a few adults) was also a serious artist, but he kept all the serious art in his home. He did this work just for his own pleasure, and for no other reason.

His widow has now offered much of that art for sale as lithographs and this link shows what is available. It is recognizably the same artist, but equally it is dramatically different.

Available also are pictures from the books.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 6:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Odd website of the day: Kween. Kween is a Queen tribute band, but not just any tribute band, they're "Japan's Best Queen Cover Band" (Best? You mean there are others?). They've certainly got the look and a pretty good sound. The photos of the band in action are amazing. You better catch them soon though, as they're breaking up on the 10 year anniversary of Freddy Mercury's passing.
posted by mathowie at 5:56 PM PST - 4 comments

"Utopian Architecture" is where it's at. Unfortunately, despite how many people seem to be interested in it, there's very little documentation concerning the subject. The only books I can think of are Yesterday's Tomorrow (1984, MIT Press), Metropolis of Tomorrow by Hugo Ferriss and Impossible Worlds by Stephen Coates, and I don't know of any website on the subject.
posted by Kevs at 3:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Where's my Metababy? Damn it - I've waited a month! It's supposed to be back today, but it's not there. Crikey! When will I get my Trinity/Katie Holmes/suck it fix??
posted by dogwelder at 2:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Steal Something day offers an alternative to the earlier discussion on Buy Nothing Day
posted by riley370 at 12:48 PM PST - 6 comments

George W. Bush is wearing a ZZ Top hat this morning. I wonder if he's a fan of the band's 1976 song Arrested for Driving While Blind ... "When you're driving down the highway at night/And you're feelin' that wild turkey's bite/Don't give Johnny Walker a ride/Cause Jack Black is right by your side/You might get taken to the jailhouse and find/You've been arrested for driving while blind."
posted by rcade at 10:16 AM PST - 12 comments

We the Public Press.. In order to form a more perfect newsmedia, establish reader distrust, avoid few legalities, provide for the common deafndumb, promote the grocery store impulse buy kiosks, and secure the Blessings of Boldfaced Lying to ourselves and our Readership, do completely avoid and ignore this annoying Code of Ethics...
posted by ZachsMind at 6:37 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

"The rules of this game were set by the people, underwritten by the people, financed or not." Yet another opportunity for the British Observer to put the US newspapers to shame, with an closely-argued, even-handed reflection on the fun in Florida. "The system, full of inefficiencies and coagulations, may stink, but it is also a system which belongs to the voters who now complain so shrilly about it."
posted by holgate at 1:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Bush sez American people not worthy of trust. It's nice to know that our probable new President thinks his country is too lacking in honor or integrity to be trusted with a manual recount. Spineless liars: takes one to know one?
posted by Byun-o-matic at 12:50 AM PST - 21 comments

November 18

No, PostgreSQL does not suck. Some of the people who wander into my weblog get there from a page at OpenACS, the site for the Postgres port of Phil Greenspuns' ArsDigita Community System wherein takes place a "MySQL's Better!" "No, it's not!" discussion. Here's a bit more data.
posted by baylink at 6:46 PM PST - 4 comments

When asked, Apple said "Of course we're going to sue them, what sort of silly question is that?"
posted by baylink at 5:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Reporter Road Rage Fox News Channel anchor ran over another reporter with his car at the Florida State Capitol. Anything to cover the "Battle for the White House"...
posted by owillis at 4:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Lies, greed and puppets. Survivor of a "puppet holocaust" or marionette living a lie? Free Howdy!
posted by rodii at 4:00 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Who are these guys? And why have they registered a thousand or more domains, only to have them all point at the same generic portal? I bumped into them three times today while doing searches for DHTML, Budd Uggly, and boxing. No banners, no logo, no company info, and search results are a framed page from Strange.
posted by nikzhowz at 2:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Extremely important question: Should 5-year-old kids be allowed to bungee jump?
posted by gluechunk at 1:54 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

what will be supported now that browsers are a-changin' again? handy resource from a Netscape product manager.
posted by patricking at 1:39 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

why blog the marchFIRST careers page? because the third emplyee from the left doesn't even work at marchFIRST. he works with me at Leapnet. hee!
posted by patricking at 1:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Next, they cheat death. Looks like those spam emails about US income taxes being illegal are actually getting results. [NYTimes: blah registration blah]
posted by holgate at 1:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Yet another reason the Canadian Aliiance party can go f*** themselves.
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 11:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Frygate! - Who needs Craig T. Nelson to impose order in The District? DC Metrocops seem to have it all in hand. They sure taught this 12-year old girl a thing or two...
posted by kevincmurphy at 10:44 AM PST - 8 comments

It's that time of year again... Here's a friendly reminder. When you go caroling this holiday season, be sure to get all your copyrights in a row before venturing about the neighborhood. You never know when someone might turn you in. [caution, the preceding was laced with sarcasm]
posted by ZachsMind at 7:42 AM PST - 1 comments

November 17

Shopping in your underwear may be over-rated, but this site is worth a look. Make sure you wait for the whole page to load.
posted by jragon at 10:10 PM PST - 13 comments

There's nothing sadder than a dead midget (rapper).
posted by mathowie at 2:28 PM PST - 29 comments

More dating webloggers. Online journallers, really: Stephanie polled her readers as to whether she should go out with Mike. They voted overwhelmingly in favor, and now she's traveled from Detroit to Columbus to meet him. Everyone's watching with bated breath. Well, every one of their readers, anyway ... but five thousand people voted in her poll.
posted by dhartung at 2:23 PM PST - 22 comments

What is CNN trying to say with this image? I uploaded it to my web space just in case the image changed at some point during the day. However, if you're quick and visit CNN's website right now, you might just get a glimpse of the least subtle political message this side of "Psst, Vote for me! My dad was president!"
posted by likorish at 2:02 PM PST - 16 comments

On Monday the Intel P4 becomes commercially available in systems from three vendors. The prices were supposed to be secret but they've been leaked. Wait until you see them. They can't be serious; do they actually think they're going to sell even one of these things, let alone large numbers of them, at those kinds of prices?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 1:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Dopplegangers afoot! Sure, you've all seen explodingdog, but how about Implodingcat?
posted by Hackworth at 12:43 PM PST - 6 comments

The AAA is best known for free maps, 24-hr towing, jumpstarting cars, and now, ruining the environment. Opposing auto pollution controls? Funding highway construction lobbying groups? Against airbags? Did you know what the AAA was really up to?
posted by mathowie at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Gore good, pull down menus bad. Jakob no likey drop down menus. I searched and could find no reference to the newest Alertbox. It may not necessarily be a hot topic but I have to agree with Mr. Nielsen. Pull down menus suck especially the ones created by CSS. Web design should not try to function like an operating system interface or a republican political campaign.

Did I include enough politics for this post?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 11:30 AM PST - 18 comments

The A-List Fan Club. I know you're sick of hearing about it, but I found this site too amusing to not mention. Does anyone know the story behind it?
posted by Byun-o-matic at 10:56 AM PST - 38 comments

South Africa: apartheid is dead, but the attitude is still alive
posted by owillis at 10:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Buy Nothing Day is November 24th. What do you think? Is this the right way to protest overconsumption?
posted by snakey at 10:03 AM PST - 27 comments

Headlines gone awry: "Fla. Judge Gives Big Blow to Gore Camp"
posted by owillis at 9:33 AM PST - 9 comments

The Aberdeen Bestiary Project, beautiful scans of medieval art, and translations of the Latin translations of the Physiologus, a story-book of sorts, or an encyclopedia of nature.
posted by sonofsamiam at 8:10 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

In the other important election still to be decided:

The Canadian Alliance Party and their creationist leader, Stockwell Day, is proposing that if 3% of the Canadian electorate request it, the government should be obliged to hold a referendum on just about any issue. Up until now, many Canadians had been concerned that under a Alliance regime they would be facing endless referenda on limiting abortion rights, immigration, banning gay marriage, native rights, and so on. It was a sad, depressing prospect, as anyone living in Quebec knows.

Last week, however, the CBC television program This Hour Has 22 Minutes found a "hidden issue" I and many other "silent Canadians" can support: changing Mr. Day's first name from Stockwell to Doris.

If you are a Canadian citizen, add your name at the 22 Minutes Web site.
posted by tranquileye at 8:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Musical instruments are pretty good examples of form following function. Over time, they evolve into standard shapes. Occaisionally, some people push the instruments in new directions. Other times, they run at right angles to reality
posted by plinth at 7:50 AM PST - 1 comments

The end is near. Judge Terry Lewis rules that Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris can disregard recounts in Florida counties.
posted by m.polo at 7:45 AM PST - 10 comments

With winter and the holiday season fast approaching, let's get the annual snowcraft link out of the way. Shockwave plug-in required.
posted by alan at 6:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Hey! He's right. I hate you all.
posted by holloway at 6:07 AM PST - 15 comments and many more silly new suffixes. Do we need this many? I have yet to see anything good with the previous additions, it all looks a bit like those, redirectional services.
posted by tiaka at 5:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Irony is out; sincerity is in. Is it true? Is irony dead? Is sarcasm passé? Have we finally snarked out once and for all? If so, what place will our beloved ironists (and sarcastinators) have in this new Age of Earnestness?
posted by Byun-o-matic at 1:20 AM PST - 31 comments

November 16

More Fun With the Electoral College! What's most disturbing isn't that it may be weeks or months before we actually know who won the election. I mean who cares? Neither of these guys represent you. They both suck. The disturbing part is that it is actually possible the voices of hundreds of thousands of Florida voters might not be heard at all!
posted by ZachsMind at 10:38 PM PST - 14 comments

from the front page of CNN: "....Circuit Judge...has scheduled a....hearing to issue a ruling on whether Florida Secretary of State....used her best discretion in deciding...." And my question for the legal experts here: how can a judge rule on matters of discretion? I thought Marbury vs. Madison dealt with a similar situation and that courts didn't decide political matters.
posted by greyscale at 9:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Blogger is the answer. Portals suck. "Community sites" suck. The always-excellent NUblog crew think Pyra has the answer -- communities of Bloggers focused on specific subject areas.
posted by lbergstr at 8:59 PM PST - 7 comments

More nonsense from everyone's favorite biased website.

They screw up their own point of course:

"The surge of presidential candidates in the wake of Revision 11 had little impact on counties that use more sophisticated voting procedures and don't have to worry about crowded ballot space."

The problem is with the outdated voting procedures, not with third parties.
posted by Mr. skullhead at 8:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Smellovision ("Digiscents") demoed at Comdex. Scan down to the fourth paragraph for an informal review.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 6:02 PM PST - 15 comments

ICANN announces new international TLDs
Apparently they resolved the problem of businesses buying up their domain names in the new namespaces by choosing TLDs that no one would want. Visit me at! My personal web site is
posted by rschram at 5:10 PM PST - 12 comments

$14,999? It's a steal! And come on, there's only 2 left... (Yes, it's more election-era humor.)
posted by teradome at 4:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Eat french fries at the subway station, go to jail. Martial Law will creep up on us like humid underwear, not like the sudden wedgie-style *BOOMPF* as previously believed.
posted by ethmar at 2:50 PM PST - 23 comments

Coca Cola:Enjoy!
posted by tiaka at 2:03 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment ? Customer service reps at are trying to form a union. Amazon says "We don't have unions at Amazon and don't really need them".
posted by owillis at 2:01 PM PST - 8 comments

New dinosaur named for Michael Crichton Chinese researcher Dong Zhiming named a newly-identified Jurassic herbivore "Crichton's Ankylosaur". Jurassic Park is responsible for a great deal of the current interest in palaeontology, so this seems appropriate.
posted by Mars Saxman at 1:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Maybe the candidates will care to make a small wager? Harvard and Yale prepare to duke it out in the next Ivy League heavyweight rumble.
posted by CRS at 12:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Can a mobile phone help get you laid? Then it makes sense that they should be for adults only, but 1 in 5 US teenagers own one and it's not just the radiation that is dangerous.
posted by john at 11:41 AM PST - 20 comments

Rajkumar is finally home. Veerappan is still at large. To catch up try looking here
posted by john at 10:38 AM PST - 1 comments

Neo Nazis holding pro-Bush rally I think even Shrub would find this distasteful...
posted by owillis at 9:54 AM PST - 11 comments

eToys sucks, Blogger sucks, everywhere a suck suck? Maybe should add a "sucks" suffix as one of its automated "additional available names" options.
posted by highindustrial at 9:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Mir to be dropped into the Pacific Ocean next February. Is it wise to bring a vessel with a toxic fungus back into our atmosphere and let it swim in the Pacific?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 9:34 AM PST - 9 comments

I know it is cheap and easy to link to Salon, but I imagine this might make interesting conversation.
We can thank Nader and his supporters for the election mess -- and they're not even sorry.
Don't you idiots know the Democratic party owns your votes? Quit being so selfish.
posted by thirteen at 8:57 AM PST - 46 comments

Bill's going to the 'Nam. At least he's not planning on apologizing for the war. I wonder how many vets are having apoplectic fits right now.
posted by CRS at 7:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Going out to all you literary scholars out there: does anyone know if it's possible to get hold of Sir Richard Francis Burton's translation of the Arabian Nights - without shelling out four-figure sums?
posted by Mocata at 7:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Tivo is at it again! If you were one of the unfortunate ones who did not win last time, here is your chance to save face. I just wish I could find a link to the new Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott "Stop Itch" commercial.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 6:50 AM PST - 18 comments

MacOS X built for Oracle?! David Coursey's "top ten" reasons why MacOS X was built so that Larry Ellison could become more competitive with Bill Gates. Sounds good to me.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 6:42 AM PST - 1 comments

Got a problem that needs solving? Need sound advice on one of those important life matters? Why not ask The Hideous Jabbering Head Of Abraham Lincoln? (via benicetobears)
posted by lagado at 6:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Web Tapestry, Cheap Names, Areti Internet Ltd. ... These are just a few of the UK based web hosts I have discovered while trying to find one for myself.

My question to any UK residents is: which UK web host do you use/would you recommend? The well known ISPs (Direct Connection for example) are extortionate.
posted by James Bachman at 4:58 AM PST - 7 comments

New Yorker to get Web site in January along with other Conde Nast magazines, officially becoming last publications on Earth to launch online.
posted by rcade at 4:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Poor Eli Lilly is going to lose it's Prozac patent protection soon, though not quite yet. via Follow Me Here
posted by dcodea at 2:16 AM PST - 5 comments

November 15

"My dad will fix it," said John "Jebby" Bush, son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, after being caught "naked from the waist down" with his blonde companion in his car outside the Tallahassee Mall. The Media took a pass at this story once they found out the "Bush" in question was not the older brother George P. Bush.
posted by tamim at 11:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Every time you make something foolproof they invent a better fool. Just how the hell did he manage to crack that thing like that, anyway?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Mayhem 2000. Is this the best edition of The Onion ever?
posted by lescour at 7:23 PM PST - 14 comments

The Great Pyramids at Giza have never been accurately dated.
Conventional Egyptian chronologies are only accurate to within 100 years. Using a neat trick, scientists have been able to pin that date down to within a few years. When they were built, the pyramids where aligned northwards by using two stars as a guides. Over time, these stars have moved because the Earth's rotational axis "wobbles" slightly over a 26,000 year period. The orientations of the pyramids reflect this, the older pyramids are oriented slightly to the north east and the younger ones are oriented slightly to the north west. This information has been used to pin down their exact ages.
posted by lagado at 6:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Why Digital Signatures Are Not Signatures "When first invented in the 1970s, digital signatures made an amazing promise: better than a handwritten signature -- unforgeable and uncopyable -- on a document. Today, they are a fundamental component of business in cyberspace. And numerous laws, state and now federal, have codified digital signatures into law. These laws are a mistake." -- Bruce Schneier, November Crypto-Gram
posted by lagado at 5:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Judiciary Seeks Public Comment on Internet Access to Court Documents "As federal courts make the transition from paper to electronic case files, the Judicial Conference of the United States is studying the privacy and security implications of vastly wider public access to court documents via the Internet. Public comment is sought."

Further down they tell you that it'll cost 7 cents a page, even online. From the same folks who waited years to put up Supreme Court dockets and opinions on the official site.
posted by thescoop at 3:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Common Cause summarizes lessons learned thus far in Presidential Recount 2K based on feedback from members. They've also come up with a letter to the editor you can send to your local paper.
posted by veruca at 3:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Christmas decorations too soon sparks vandals. At least in the states we have usually have until after Thanksgiving (Nov 27th I think) before we see anything come up. This year I started seeing stuff right after Halloween.
posted by john at 2:14 PM PST - 2 comments

After Microsoft and Napster, Boies tackles Bush. Did anyone catch this? I noticed this morning on NBC that David Boies, who has represented IBM (versus the DOJ), the Yankees, the DOJ (versus Microsoft), and Napster, is now representing Al Gore. Wacky stuff.
posted by daveadams at 1:30 PM PST - 3 comments

The best president you'll never have, Martin Sheen of The West Wing, has some interesting things to say about George W. Bush's alcoholism. Sayeth Sheen: "When it was revealed that he had a DWI [a charge of driving while impaired], he said he kept it a secret because he didn't want his daughters to know. That is so much horseshit… In the [twelve step] program, we say very clearly: The only things that hurt us are our secrets... I don't go after him because I think he lacks character. It's obvious to me how little character he possesses."
posted by tranquileye at 1:18 PM PST - 21 comments

Scour Exchange shuts down tomorrow morning. The fastest, most reliable source for peer-to-peer video sharing went bankrupt weeks ago, and is finally killing its service permanently. (Guess I'll have to start paying for movie tickets again.)
posted by waxpancake at 12:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Wassup beer commercial actors are to be given their own sitcom. I am going to smash my TV after work today.
posted by john at 11:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Viva El Presidente! I wanted to install myself as El Presidente in a bloody coup. Guess i'm too late.
posted by jbelshaw at 11:02 AM PST - 2 comments

The Christian Declaration on Marriage claims that "homosexual acts are 'intrinsically disordered'". Um, what...? Sounds like Martha Stewart pontificating on a shop window display.
posted by aflakete at 9:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Did anybody else notice that? Speaking on behalf of .com design interns everywhere, there's really no incentive to try and come up with hot graphics - ours is a thankless job. However, there's still no excuse to be completely lame.
posted by NickBarat at 9:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Trying to find a specific article on a local news station's website. Am I wrong, or are 102 links on the left navigation bar a bit much?
posted by 120degrees at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Whip it good with Bush and Gore. The Hampster Dance has made it into the White House.
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Backstreet Boys and Jakob Nielsen kick off parallel international tours.
posted by gluechunk at 7:27 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Kind of creeped out by the PlanetProject. I went to AltaVista to check on some stuff and noticed that the PlanetProject banners were everywhere on the site. A pretty complete roadblock. What IS the PlanetProject?
posted by Doug at 7:08 AM PST - 3 comments

'Gulf War Syndrome' cause? An interesting potential link (via thewebtoday).
posted by Sean Meade at 6:58 AM PST - 5 comments

PoPoRon is "kind of like a pyschedelic photoshop for kids. but even better than that, really." link via Mister Pants and thewebtoday
posted by lagado at 3:23 AM PST - 3 comments

November 14

Cafe Press Election 2000 Schwag. "Buy Merchandise that commemorates this HOPEFULLY once in a lifetime election!" Heh. It's interesting to see Cafe Press organizing their stores like this.
posted by fraying at 8:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Occupied territories no longer "occupied" on TV news The turmoil in the Middle East has been a top international story on television news since fighting broke out in the West Bank and Gaza. But amid the constant flow of footage showing violent confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, a central fact of the conflict has been missing from almost all network TV coverage: The West Bank and Gaza are occupied territories. The right to use force to resist foreign occupation is universally recognized and enshrined in international law. via thewebtoday
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Post Office expedites delivery of military ballots . "...such a procedure cannot be done with civilian overseas absentee ballots because they arrive at numerous air mail centers throughout the country, not just in Florida."

How can this be fair? Republicans have been smugly contending that the military vote will seal the election for them, while the Democrats are hoping for votes from Floridians in Israel. I smell a conspiracy.
posted by hit-or-miss at 7:55 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Interesting article regarding a lawsuit filed against Bush/Cheney regarding Texas' electoral votes. Looks like Cheney violated the 12th amendment of the Constitution...see for yourself.
posted by JFunk2800 at 6:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Joe Clark (a fellow Torontonian, no less) has provided food for thought in his "Deconstructing 'You've Got Blog'" screed. While Joe scores some valid points, I think he misses the mark in a few major ways. In the process, he comes across as cynical, and a bit wounded, too. [more inside]
posted by jmcnally at 4:58 PM PST - 44 comments

Presidential candidates may have to play a hand of poker to determine the winner of New Mexico. I am not making this up.
posted by Succa at 4:04 PM PST - 21 comments is a way to get customized breakfest cereals. It's not open to the public yet. I wonder what the next carrier of the "my" meme will be?
posted by john at 1:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Wired reports: A browser which displays six webpages simultaneously as though they were the inside walls of a cube. I wonder what the creators take with their tea?
posted by geir at 1:08 PM PST - 15 comments

The 5k Contest - Round II? From an email I just got: We're getting close to launching the new 5k contest site, and as an entrant in the 2000 competition, you are invited to help us in our beta testing!. Wow. I'm very excited.
posted by dithered at 11:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Everything's a collectible... on eBay, anyway.
posted by milnak at 11:25 AM PST - 1 comments

Nader wins!!! Well, sort of. An amusing story of hackers taking the election into their own hands....
posted by bkdelong at 10:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Shake a leg! I like it that the guys who built the bombs, now have to build the legs the bombs blew off.
posted by thc at 10:30 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

180GB HD anyone? It's a bargain at only $2195.
posted by grank at 10:19 AM PST - 12 comments

The end... finally. Today at five pm. Judge Lewis upholds the statutory deadline for election returns to be certified, despite media specualtion that he was initially inclined to extend it.
posted by mikewas at 10:00 AM PST - 35 comments

Starbucks gets a new look. Sigh. More tabs. I really liked their old site and it was much better than their new home-grocer like design. Someone needs to spearhead a grass-roots organization to stop the spread of tabs. Any takers?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 8:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Anyone want a model? EBay's newest "hot item" - Vallerie Mazza, international supermodel. I'm wondering - is the seller capable of delivering?
posted by tatochip at 6:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Netscape 6: It's here, it's queer, get used to it. (Actually it pretty much rocks.)
posted by Zeldman at 2:05 AM PST - 82 comments

November 13

Darwin gets another one. And the average intelligence of the human race rises slightly.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 10:49 PM PST - 40 comments

Philipines President Estrada impeached The House has sent impeachment charges against the president to the Senate for trial, charging Estrada with taking millions of dollars in illegal payoffs. Mr Estrada has asserted that he has not received "a single centavo" from illegal gambling but he has acknowledged that he had been offered and refused a $4 million bribe.
posted by lagado at 10:42 PM PST - 7 comments

The "War on Drugs" cost Gore the election. "In a stroke of divine justice, it turns out he [Gore] might have easily won Florida had it not been for the felony disenfranchisement laws that disproportionately strip the vote from African-American men," said Sanho Tree, director of the drug policy project of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington. "Let's hope he ponders this long and hard while he waits for the recount."
posted by lagado at 10:31 PM PST - 18 comments

A year after the original announcement and after enticing its fans for months, 3DFX screwed them over today by cancelling the V5-6000. [More]
posted by Steven Den Beste at 10:27 PM PST - 18 comments

It is the middle of November, better get your boat off the Great Lakes. Nautical fans might wish to purchase this excellent model of the Edmund Fitzgerald, sunk 25 years + 2 days ago today.
posted by thirteen at 9:15 PM PST - 1 comments

It's not political. But it's rather useful. Free (accurate!) tuning software for the guitarists out there.
posted by cheaily at 8:34 PM PST - 6 comments

I enjoy seeing a real world issue collide with a piece of webjunk. Especially if it has some fairly amusing pictures. For me, the real challenge was to identify the candidates without looking at the URLs under each picture. Plus, this "vote" may put Nader over the top for good!
posted by JDC8 at 8:13 PM PST - 1 comments

This map, sized based on electoral proportions makes a lot more sense than the standard state-by-state or county-by-county one (that last one was marked up by peterme).
posted by mathowie at 6:40 PM PST - 15 comments

A Chronovore is what this site is. Don't freak out as it takes over your browser for a second, but if you're easily spooked, a little square in the upper right will resize the image. I only say that because I'm a jumpy little man myself.
posted by Skot at 4:19 PM PST - 7 comments

The Beatles are back and now online! Check out their new site for their new compliation CD 1
P.S: The site layout was made on Mac with BBEdit 5.0
posted by riffola at 2:42 PM PST - 14 comments

13 Myths About the Results of the 2000 Election. I know, I know. We're all tired of election stuff. But for anyone who's not, this is well worth reading. [via rewired]
posted by fraying at 1:45 PM PST - 19 comments

File Under: Don't Let the Door Hit Your Ass on the Way Out. After declaring nearly everyone/everything a sell-out, Billy Corgan plans quiet life in Italy following Pumpkins split.
posted by Karla at 12:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Stage musical to be written based on Nike ads...

i think that says it all.
posted by o2b at 11:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Aimee's Ultimate Collection of crap. The music industry proves--yet again--that art should not be placed in the hands of a corporation.
posted by frykitty at 10:10 AM PST - 1 comments

One, two, six, twelve, four, three, eighteen, forty-six... 3 American study abroad students can't count the number of chairs in an auditorium. I've always heard that statistic that a fair number of high school students can't locate their state on a map, but this is ridiculous.
posted by gramcracker at 9:43 AM PST - 2 comments

No more "spoiler" factor. If you like what you read, they have an eGroup you can join to keep updated on the IRV movement. For example, IRV will be on the 2002 ballot in Alaska. But what happened to the San Francisco initiative? I don't see it on the list of propositions.
posted by veruca at 9:23 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

The Bush campaign is seeking contributions to fund the Florida recount and here I am thinking that they were fighting the recount. I'm sorry to add a link to the political chaos but the Bush campaign just baffles me to no end. Could some objective non-partisan please stand up for the people's constitutional right to franchisement?
posted by cheesebot at 9:13 AM PST - 1 comments

Not very clever. Florida's Secretary of State (the BBC reports her being described as "a bit of an airhead") manages to make her position look even more ridiculous. Anyone get the disturbing feeling that this may be resolved, not in the courts, but on the streets?
posted by holgate at 8:12 AM PST - 16 comments

Star Wars In Legos, of course. [via Fark]
posted by plinth at 5:47 AM PST - 3 comments

November 12

Third federal circuit upholds criminality of Childless Pornography. Anyone know a good source for jackboots?
posted by baylink at 10:29 PM PST - 26 comments

Multics, Requiescat in Pace. Wow. What does one say.
posted by baylink at 8:25 PM PST - 3 comments

OK, with all of the whining, crying and teeth gnashing over the electoral process interfering with our oh so happy worker bee lives, I've decided to link to something much more important:

High stakes at The Hague

Clinton's climate change warning

'Massive' pollution cuts needed

Since climate change disaster is preparing to bite us all in the ass and no one seems likely to do anything about it, than it doesn't really matter who gets elected president, now does it?

Kudos to the american press for ignoring this story. . .
posted by Mr. skullhead at 7:57 PM PST - 5 comments

It turns out before the election, representatives introduced a bi-partisan bill in both the House (H.J. Res. 113) and the Senate (S.J. Res. 56) to amend the Constitution to replace the electoral college with the direct election of the President and Vice President. Contact your reps to ask them to support the bills. If we're going to get electoral reform, it will be now.
posted by veruca at 6:45 PM PST - 17 comments

New to MetaFilter? Not sure how it works? Let Scott show you how it's done.
posted by Sapphireblue at 6:11 PM PST - 45 comments

Yes, but will they have a Quisp Quorner? Personally, this sounds pretty cool, but it's too dang bad they had to put it in the Mall of America. The higher-ups probably wanted to build next to the other theme parks in Orlando, but i've heard this wild rumor that Florida's getting a bad rep these days...
posted by NickBarat at 6:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Secret CIA chatroom gets exposed
posted by gluechunk at 2:28 PM PST - 6 comments

I hate politics. What irks me the most about the current state of affairs is that I had hoped the election would be over by now, and I'd be able to turn on the television, read a magazine, or partake in a conversation about something BESIDES Al Gore and George Bush. Supposedly, "smart" people are interested in politics. Which must make a minority of smart people who AREN'T interested embarrassed to admit to their distaste. But I've recently discovered that I'm not alone: these people feel my pain, but unfortunately their pages aren't very interesting. Anyone know any better links for those of us who are sick and tired of hearing about people counting things in Florida?
posted by grumblebee at 12:04 PM PST - 26 comments

What It Will Take to Get Elected ... in 1988. Interesting historical piece basically looking at the chances of a Democratic victory in 1988. Makes for good reading -- now that we've all become political junkies -- while waiting for news from Florida.
posted by leo at 11:26 AM PST - 1 comments

November 11

Ok, lastly - Why not hand-recount this?
posted by tiaka at 11:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Hand count in Palm Beach County agreed upon. History in the making.
posted by tiaka at 11:22 PM PST - 9 comments

NY Times report on voting problems in Palm Beach "...some precinct workers said that they were under strict instructions to turn away people asking for voting assistance — mainly out of fear that it would slow down the voting. Louise Austin, a precinct worker in Boynton Beach, said she and other workers at her precinct turned away voters who besieged them with questions. "People were coming up to me," Ms. Austin said, "and I had to follow the directive — `Don't help anyone. Don't talk to anyone.' "
posted by aurelian at 10:56 PM PST - 1 comments

Change the ballots yourself—don't wait for the government to fix things!
posted by rushmc at 9:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Has the BlogHop self rating thing gotten out of hand? Seems like every blog I visit these days has the color stripe (except mine of course).
posted by Mr. skullhead at 7:46 PM PST - 8 comments

"If Dubya steals the White House, American democracy will be a joke." A vehemently liberal polemic from the UK, which I don't necessarily agree with, but still: "President Dubya will be barren of legitimacy at home and devoid of moral authority abroad. The Saddam Husseins of the planet, every petty, vicious dictator around the world, will scoff in the face of America."
posted by holgate at 7:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Bernard Shaw to retire. I guess the election foo-faraw was too much for him. :-)
posted by baylink at 7:11 PM PST - 6 comments

ELECTION: A note of sanity on voting systems from Lauren Weinstein's well-worth reading Privacy Digest; it notes the inherent weak spots in all voting tally systems, and compares manual to machine and electronic ones.
posted by baylink at 6:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Tuesday's's drawing has to be the best one ever.
posted by skallas at 5:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Diplomats in Love
To have more fun at the State Department than this, you'd need a security clearance! Yuk yuk!
posted by rschram at 2:21 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Great article on how gang deportees go back to their old countries much deadlier than before they left. Reminds me of the prison is a "criminal college" argument.
posted by skallas at 1:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Bush Camp Goes to Court to Stop Hand Recount. The plot thickens!
posted by Mr. skullhead at 12:41 PM PST - 15 comments redesigns with Palm Beach County in mind. [via]
posted by rlef98 at 10:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Community radio in South Africa is huge but budgets make it difficult to sustain. [via NASWeblog.]
posted by Mo Nickels at 9:14 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Did the INS import votes?
posted by tiaka at 8:05 AM PST - 6 comments

November 10

ELECTION: Florida SecState declares PBC ballot legal. Like that's her gig, or anything...
posted by baylink at 6:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Was she trying to steal the car? Kidnap the boy? or just trying to teach the father a lesson? I guess the judge will decide. But definately...never leave your keys OR your kids in the car. *warning, not an election thread*
posted by th3ph17 at 5:56 PM PST - 3 comments

"In other words, the odds are less than 1 in a billion that the original vote was a fair count." OJR asked Dr. Lynn Miller, a professor of communications and expert on statistics at the USC Annenberg School to comment on what she found at regarding the Florida Situation.
posted by th3ph17 at 5:12 PM PST - 4 comments

I know it's short notice but if you're in one of these cities, and agree that the popular vote of the people should be honored and upheld, there's gonna be a lot of spontaneous protests happening tomorrow afternoon.
posted by ZachsMind at 5:00 PM PST - 19 comments

"It is such an imaginative melange with such spectacular effects that it makes The Matrix look rote by comparison." - Lael Loewenstein, BOXOFFICE MAGAZINE If you have not heard of this little gem of a movie called Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, you must at least spend a short portoin of your precious time to go watch the trailer. Yuen Woo-Ping, who was responsible for giving The Matrix it's own distinct style, is working on this movie, providing the effects which have been greatly improvised!
posted by crog at 4:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Gore takes Oregon. ...but may lose New Mexico. God, I'm going insane.
posted by bkdelong at 4:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Warren Christopher looks like a character from The Muppets. I think I see Kermit in the background of the photo.
posted by thirdball at 4:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Wherefore art thou, NM? "Amid the intense legal and public relations battle for Florida and its 25 electoral votes, Al Gore may have lost a state: New Mexico."
posted by bilco at 1:52 PM PST - 9 comments

A great head start for Geedubyah's foreign-relations record. The former prime minister of Russia is threatening a lawsuit against Bush, for Bush's having suggested during the second presidential debate that the Russian leader had stolen IMF loan money.
posted by Sapphireblue at 1:48 PM PST - 12 comments

So the infamous ballot designer if feeling pretty low, but is protesting outside her office the correct thing to do? "Noisy demonstrators protested on Thursday outside her office, demanding a new election. Several lawsuits have been filed, claiming the ballot was illegal under Florida law. LePore, who has been named in at least two lawsuits, has been devastated by the controversy, friends and acquaintances have said."
posted by mathowie at 1:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Hasbro loses fight to steal from Clue Computing. Finding that there was no significant evidence to establish the likelihood of confusion necessary for conventional trademark infringement and no evidence of "dilution", The US Court of Appeals rejected the claim that the "" violates Hasbro's trademark on the board game "Clue". Score one for the little guy
posted by Outlawyr at 1:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Whiny labor leaders and liberal Democrats blast Nader.

Kind of ironic since these are exactly the people who should have supported Nader in the first place since Clinton/Gore brought us NAFTA, elimination of many benefits for the poor, etc. etc.
posted by Mr. skullhead at 11:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Two Americas. This election has made even clear the division existing in America between more liberal city dwellers and the more conservative people who live in the country's rural areas. The election seems to say that the division is about 50-50 without either side having much regard for the other. Can this be remedied? Should it?
posted by owillis at 11:08 AM PST - 30 comments

Win Stuff! DynaGirl is having a Design-A-Ballot contest. One printed form and one electronic form will win $75 worth of 'swag'
posted by Mick at 11:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Give the future President (either one) a face lift! You've had your chance to vote, now really make a difference and help these homely men out.
posted by Ms Snit at 10:58 AM PST - 1 comments

Basic Instinct 2 will be directed by David Cronenberg. Paul Verhoeven walked out in disgust after reading the 'sick' script. How low does it go?
posted by john at 10:36 AM PST - 11 comments

a call for Gore to stop? This is a well reasoned argument but is sometimes rambling. Do you think it makes sense? Is Gore really loosing credibility? Should he really give up the fight? Discuss.
posted by Adman at 10:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Regarding Florida, I think this picture says it all.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Signs, signs, everywhere signs Modern Humorist takes a deeper look into the semiotic nightmare that is Palm Beach County.
posted by Skot at 9:30 AM PST - 2 comments

MARSBUGS, The Electronic Astrobiology Newsletter. Founded in 1994, e-mail subscriptions are free on request. The scholars (Dr. David J. Thomas, Math and Science Division, Lyon College, Batesville, AR, and Dr. Julian A. Hiscox, School of Animal and Microbial Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom) who edit this journal have kindly archived all issues online. Budding exobiologists, fire up your browsers.
posted by jhiggy at 8:58 AM PST - 1 comments

More election behavior data than you can shake a stick at. If you're unable to get your election data fix while waiting for the next recount, National Election Studies has data on election behavior back to 1948.
posted by iceberg273 at 8:32 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Wow! Non-election related news. Courtesy of Linux Weekly News (which came out this morning), a picture of the new ".com" version of Monopoly. Did they get the companies in the order of priority you would have expected?
posted by baylink at 8:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Math Against Tyranny... A mathmatician discusses the virtues of the Electoral College.
posted by silusGROK at 7:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Other countries are looking at us and giggling about our democratic process. It's rather enlightening to see what they think, provided the attitude the US newsmedia takes when other countries' elections appear "fixed", "inefficient," or "ineffective."
posted by tatochip at 5:47 AM PST - 6 comments

New top level domains? It looks like we're one step closer to the creation of some new domains. ICANN has posted their staff recommendations. How did your favorite fare?
posted by Aaaugh! at 5:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Have y'all seen this hilarious piece on the Caucasian problem? Via Follow Me Here.
posted by aflakete at 2:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Electoral Defection. Let's say Bush wins Florida after the recount and other machinations. What if the electors meeting December 18 decide that they should forgo their state loyalty and abide by the nationwide popular vote? Also: Alabama's curious process in which, until 1976, voters actually voted for electors, not candidates, resulting in defections in 1960.
posted by Mo Nickels at 2:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit? I've been staring at the logo for about 10 minutes now. Sure, it just screams "real-time, online appointment scheduling," but what's actually happening to the rabbit, and why? Maybe I should write Teri Garr. I bet she'd know.
posted by bilco at 12:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Multilingual domain name testbed went live a few hours ago. (More at the ICANN site.)
posted by tamim at 12:19 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

The White House turns 200.
posted by tamim at 12:04 AM PST - 5 comments

November 9

The Memo issued to Palm-Beach poll workers on Tuesday morning.
posted by gluechunk at 11:22 PM PST - 2 comments

It figures the only election haikus I'd find are at Can anyone find more?
posted by Neb at 9:43 PM PST - 9 comments

AAAAGH! This headline has to be the worst pun I've seen in weeks! I won't repeat it; get it from the source. He's entitled to the hits.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:33 PM PST - 5 comments

The New Yorker dedicates ten columns to Meg, Jason, Ev, Pyra, Blogger, MetaFilter, and weblogs, and nobody blogs it. (Yeah, I saw M, J and E mention it, but it's as if you modest Maggies didn't want us to see it.) Probably the most appropriate journalist take on personal weblogs so far, too bad it's not online. High profile, with photo-- c'mon, this deserves bloggage!

Page 102, Nov. 13th, Cartoon Issue.
posted by dan_of_brainlog at 8:27 PM PST - 31 comments

It seems the SDMI team would rather declare victory than actually be victorious. In order to qualify for the prize, you have to sign an NDA and not reveal how you broke in. The Princeton team refused to sign and apparently SDMI no longer thinks they count. Instead, the Princeton team intends to publish their results, including how to deactivate all the systems. But since Princeton won't get any money, that apparently means SDMI is secure. What a bunch of maroons.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Porter Glendinning on a weblist noted: "According to, David McReynolds, the Socialist candidate who had the hole beneath Gore's on the ballot, got no more than 36 votes in any county in Florida except Palm Beach, where he got 302. Seems questionable to me." So we've definitely got a problem with the ballot. Is it do over time yet?
posted by mathowie at 8:03 PM PST - 26 comments

GORE: Mr. Nader will not be getting a Christmas card from the Gore family.
posted by acridrabbit at 7:41 PM PST - 1 comments

Non-election-related (but still hopefully divisive) humor Good religious parody site, by a guy who went to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, and was expelled, two weeks before graduation for a satiric radio spot. Since that time, this page has been his revenge.
posted by Optamystic at 5:43 PM PST - 1 comments

CNN wants to know shoud voters in disputed parts of Florida be allowed to vote again. Right now the tide is against it.
posted by DragonBoy at 5:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Linear regression analysis adds approximately 2700 votes to Gore's tally -- "If Palm Beach county were like the other counties, according to estimates with Bush's votes Buchanan would have gotten around 600 votes in that county instead of 3407 votes he actually got. If we used Gore's votes to predict Buchanan's vote, we would have predicted Buchanan to get somewhere around 792 votes. ...[in any case] it can be claimed with a high degree of statistical confidence that the mistakes cost Gore somewhere between 2000 and 3000 votes. If Bush wins Florida by an amount smaller than this, such as 1700 votes, a strong claim can be made that the confusion over the unique ballot structure in Palm Beach cost Gore the presidency...."
posted by johnb at 4:33 PM PST - 25 comments

Oops, Florida sent it again. As if Florida elections couldn't get worse, is reporting that some absentees received duplicate ballots. Poor Florida. I highly doubt election problems are only happening in this state, it's just being put under the microscope. Every little problem is huge now. Salon is doing a great job with interesting stories, too. Check'em out.
posted by gramcracker at 3:54 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Official Florida Law on Paper Ballots. I've been reading from the pundits that the Florida ballot may be illegal because it "specifies that voters mark an X in the blank space to the right of the name of the candidate they want to vote for." (Quote from MSNBC) However, the Florida statue I found says "opposite such candidate's name." Has anyone heard this argument, and if the Dems are actually gonna try it?
posted by gramcracker at 3:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Planning on moving to Canada? Think twice. Not only will be abandoning the Land of Liberty, not only will you have a different election to worry about, but you'll also have to acclimate yourself to strange, foreign candy.
posted by snarkout at 2:32 PM PST - 30 comments ceases banking operations. Of course, all real gamers know that this is just a cover story for the real mission of XCOM -- fighting the exterrestrial invasion which has been going on in secret for the last fifteen years.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 2:25 PM PST - 6 comments

There ARE 2,856 people who WOULD and DID vote for Buchanan once before. (for people who are whining about there not being 3000 people in Palm Beach who would vote for Buchanan)
posted by jamescblack at 12:56 PM PST - 41 comments

Ficus2000 hoped to bring reform and change to congress by providing a choice to uncontested congressional seats, a ficus tree. "The United States Congress is full of babbling idiots and bumbling morons," said Ficus campaign strategist and filmmaker Michael Moore. In one poll, the plant had a 91% lead on incumbant RP Frelinghuysen, however lost in the election. Too bad, at least the ficus would've produced clean air
posted by Zebulun at 11:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Can a sequel be so bad that it could stop studios from producing them? Are remakes ever justified? Do we even want to stop the what mutations appear outside of the movies? All this as we may experience the most horrid sequel of all!
posted by john at 11:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Disenfranchised felons the difference in Florida. ITN has a story with some actually numbers.
posted by lescour at 11:13 AM PST - 5 comments

80% of newly found votes in the recount are for Gore. So either the inital vote count was biased for Bush, or the recount - which is being much more closely watched - is biased for Gore. (Or it's just a funny coincidence. Also, monkeys might fly out of my ass.)
posted by nicwolff at 11:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Bennett's tirade on Larry King: Does anyone have a transcript?
I'm curious. This is the only web mention I've managed to dig up.
posted by rschram at 10:56 AM PST - 3 comments

The LEAD is down to 795!
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 9:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Counterstrike, the most popular networked first person shooter in the world, went gold today. If you have Half-life this mod is well worth the download.
posted by capt.crackpipe at 9:13 AM PST - 16 comments

Sometimes there is a strange kind of justice in the universe. A candidate in Oregon, who had promised to require that all schools and libraries be forced to use censorware on their computers, changed his position when he found that his own campaign site was being censored by one of the most popular of the censorware packages.

Ah, schadenfreude. Hoist by his own petard, in't he?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:11 AM PST - 1 comments

The last time Electoral Votes were disputed was in 1876, with the Florida votes being handed over to Rutherford B. Hayes, who had lost the popular vote. But the real story was that the Democrats gave in order to clinch a secret deal to end Reconstruction, paving the way for 90 years of Jim Crow...
posted by MattD at 8:15 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

If Al Gore becomes the president, Mickey Kaus has a wickedly devious idea on how the Dems can stick it to the senate Repubs. It hinges on Joe Leiberman refusing the vice-presidency.
posted by nikzhowz at 7:29 AM PST - 10 comments

The Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution looks like it states that Texas cannot, in fact, cast its electoral votes for Bush and Cheney. Although he was careful to be photographed in Jackson Hole, WY, Cheney is in fact a resident of Texas and has a Texas driver's license. (Overheard from radio news) (Discuss)
posted by m.polo at 7:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Poor user interface elects George W. The second hole on the right does not correspond to the second candidate on the left (Gore), but rather to the first candidate on the right (Buchanan). While many people will notice this, many others, especially those with poor vision, will not. About 20% of Buchanan's votes in FL came from the county that used this ballot.
posted by tranquileye at 6:48 AM PST - 32 comments

Missing him already? His fellow Americans will miss him - more, perhaps, than they realise. They'll miss the two terms of peace and record prosperity, of course, but they might even miss the psychodrama: an eight-year roller-coaster ride so turbulent that those who followed it become queasy at the recollection. They'll miss the daily triumphs and disasters of a character of Shakespearean complexity, a President who stirred in Americans passions of love and hatred unseen since the days of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon - and almost never aroused by a single man. Above all, they will miss his signature feature, one that may well have redefined the presidency itself: an almost eerie gift for empathy.
posted by murray_kester at 1:43 AM PST - 2 comments

"Mister President! Duck!" - I've always wanted to say that. =)
posted by ZachsMind at 12:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Senegal's Elections make for an intresting comparison to this one, don't you think?
posted by clockwork at 12:02 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

November 8

Here's one medically risky activity I'm NOT gonna give up. There are limits. Some risks are worth taking, by damn.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Bush could ask for Iowa recount / Des Moines Register web site uses something other than ASP/WinNT
Describes possible moves and legal requirements for a recount in Iowa. Did you know that there's nothing in the Constitution about voting for president? A new state could come up with some other method of choosing electors!
posted by rschram at 8:46 PM PST - 5 comments

This is how we should settle the election. Load it up with 50 marbles, and start smashing away at the levers... (can you think of a more realistic representation of the electoral process? ...okay, but can you think of one that's more fun?)
posted by darukaru at 8:38 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

"The sense is that we're gonna play hardball."
Harsh words.
(Update on previous story.)
posted by rschram at 8:35 PM PST - 3 comments

My vote doesn't count. [more]
posted by ZachsMind at 8:15 PM PST - 10 comments

19,000 Fla Ballots Nullified. ...and allegedly Gore was only behind in the state by 1800. This is gonna get interesting.
posted by bkdelong at 7:56 PM PST - 30 comments

The first site to use the "SuperMedia" technology from Rail is up. The new Groovetech.
posted by endquote at 5:04 PM PST - 20 comments

And now, on to the courts. I don't think this has a chance, nor am I sure if it is even a good idea.
posted by lescour at 3:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Take this quiz if you listened to Dan Rather babble in the early morning hours.
posted by gluechunk at 3:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Protest the electoral college - George W. Bush must be stopped! I'm going to go to the Philadelphia protest waving a sign that reads "The President Elect Can't Read!" I encourage you to go to your local city and express your dissent.
posted by ignu at 2:41 PM PST - 20 comments

Confused about the electoral college? This may help you sort it out.
posted by jeremy at 2:11 PM PST - 1 comments

Pudding obsession or savvy traveller? Both, actually. Old, but good. [via Obscure Store]
posted by plinth at 1:35 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Software Piracy Detection Vans patrol the streets of the UK. Or do they? In the immortal words of the Pythons, "The looney detector van, you mean."
posted by harmful at 12:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Mendocino County, CA legalizes growth of marijuana for personal use.

Hooray! This is a step in the right direction.
posted by Mr. skullhead at 11:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Has anyone seen this crazy dancing baby? Pretty wild, eh? (because there had to be one non-politics link on MeFi today)
posted by jkottke at 11:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Meanwhile in Indonesia , where speculating about Florida ballots isn't an issue, Tommy Suharto is on the run, and his murderous father is going on trial. Indonesia has a massive Muslim population, a violent (and touchy) army, and a troubled history of ethnic violence; I'm continually worried that it's going to erupt into flames (again).
posted by snarkout at 11:31 AM PST - 1 comments

US Votes Republican -- except for all the people. Anyone still need an explanation of the Electoral College?
posted by baylink at 9:53 AM PST - 51 comments

Seven Libertarians elected to local office. Browne results similar to Reform party without benefit of matching funds.
It's a new day in America.
posted by thirteen at 9:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Nevada, Colorado approve medical marijuana but Alaska's decrim measure goes down in flames.
posted by snakey at 9:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Amy Goodman of Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now! ("The Exception to the Rulers") maneuvered a get-out-the-vote telephone call by President Clinton to WBAI in New York into a 30-minute interview addressing such controversial topics as the death penalty, sanctions against Iraq, clemency for Native American activist Leonard Peltier, relations with Cuba and China, racial profiling, and the candidacy of Ralph Nader! A transcript is available, and the audio is extremely compelling listening.
posted by sudama at 8:47 AM PST - 13 comments

My God! California has both a heart and a brain! [more]
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:33 AM PST - 16 comments

No-one here seems to be paying attention to the Senate. The following states replaced Republican Senators with Democratic Senators: Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri.
Meanwhile, Virginia replaced a Democrat with a Republican.
Washington State is too close to call. If Washington goes D, we get a 50-50 Senate and THAT will be a confusing mess; who gets to head all the committees? There won't be a majority party. [more]
posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:44 AM PST - 23 comments

A UK view of the US elections... Interesting to see how others perceive our little drama.
posted by silusGROK at 7:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Writer Guilty of Voter Fraud From his stunt during the primaries, Salon writer Dan Savage has plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of voter fraud to avoid trial on a felony charge.
posted by Dreama at 7:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Conspiracy theorists, start your engines. Regardless of the outcome, those "9 missing ballot boxes" are going to figure in conspiracy theories for decades to come -- there are still people talking about how Nixon was robbed by the Daley machine in 1960. (The fact that a Bush is governor in Florida surely won't shut anyone up.)
posted by snarkout at 6:50 AM PST - 20 comments

What a shock: your votes does count.
posted by tranquileye at 6:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Variety praises 'suspense-filled, seesaw race'.
posted by Mocata at 6:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Mobile Advertising? As if the bandwidth limitations and content quality weren't good enough reasons for not using the "wireless web," consider the downgrade of it's usefulness once you have to start reading wireless ads.
posted by tatochip at 5:31 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Winner announced - official.
posted by Mocata at 3:03 AM PST - 6 comments

DumbLaws that need fixing ... With the election at hand, maybe someone will do something about these laws. Find your state on the list...and have a look-see
posted by pehtes at 2:59 AM PST - 8 comments

It's not over yet folks! Democratic candidate Al Gore has called GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush for the second time tonight, retracting his earlier call congratulating Bush on his victory. Gore is expected to speak to his supporters in Nashville soon.
posted by captaincursor at 1:03 AM PST - 63 comments

Dead man walking. In 2004, I'm voting for Abe Lincoln.
posted by bilco at 12:22 AM PST - 7 comments

November 7

Hello, Mr. President... 'sup
posted by Haveed at 11:26 PM PST - 62 comments

Statistical Dead Heat May Result in Ping Pong Match Tie-Breaker So says Ken Layne in his tale of obscure lore and presidential politics.
posted by josholalia at 9:17 PM PST - 2 comments

The Onion, as usual. 'Nuff said.
posted by highindustrial at 8:50 PM PST - 5 comments

In Oregon, the turnout is expected to be 84% because everyone in Oregon votes by mail. I bet no other state comes anywhere close to that kind of turnout. This will definitely get the attention of other states; don't be surprised if others do it in two years.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Finally, in the upcoming federal election, Canadians will have a chance to do what Americans have been doing for decades: elect an American leader.
posted by tranquileye at 8:34 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Can you die of an Adrenaline overdose? I'd had to see the blood level of adrenaline in Bush and Gore right now. But there's an advantage [more]
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Live election night coverage from Nader HQ! Ralph Nader + weblog format = obvious metafilter post.
posted by fraying at 6:19 PM PST - 1 comments

Bush wins Guam, err won
This is legal! Guam is 15 hours ahead of the East Coast. They were voting while you were sleeping last night.
posted by rschram at 4:19 PM PST - 9 comments reports (or does it?) Bush winning KY and IN
I think this is some kind of mistake, rather than an off-sides. Explanations?
posted by rschram at 3:39 PM PST - 7 comments

POST FINAL PROJECTIONS HERE, PLEASE. That's final projections only, not still-changing exit poll results, which can go in the thread below. (And no, that's not a link two sentences back.) VNS and the Bush and Gore campaigns have a projection in the presidential race, which is hidden inside to protect the weak. Also, a projection in the New York Senate race.
posted by aaron at 3:37 PM PST - 8 comments

I would appreciate it if people would not post exit poll info no matter where they get it from. Please resist the urge.

We'll all find out how it comes out soon enough. Practice patience, Grasshopper. In the mean time, there are good reasons why all the major news organizations have agreed not to do so; it tends to influence the outcome of local elections in the West, which is not desireable. Those reasons apply just as much to this forum.

The fact that you can do something doesn't mean that you should do it.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 2:02 PM PST - 38 comments Publishes Exit Polling Data (4:09 p.m. EST) George W. Bush appears to hold a slight popular-vote lead 49-48 percent. Al Gore is ahead in Florida, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, California and Washington. Bush holds an edge in New Hampshire, West Virginia, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Iowa. Minnesota and Pennsylvania are, crucially, too close to call. One freaky scenario being bandied about: the race ends in an electoral college tie, 269-269. In Senate races, Hillary Clinton is ahead in New York. Incumbents Ashcroft, Grams, Roth, Robb, and McCollum are losing. In Michigan, Abraham is tied.
posted by josholalia at 1:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Will Microsoft EVER learn? They must all be out voting today.....or lamenting the demise of
posted by bkdelong at 1:06 PM PST - 1 comments

IE 6.0 : The browser for more sophisticated, computer-savvy users?
posted by riffola at 1:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Bye, bye Personally, I won't miss that damn sock puppet dog!
posted by Sal Amander at 12:55 PM PST - 8 comments

The Latest report in the amazing kidnapping of Dr. Rajkumar, a legend in India, by the notorious bandit Veerapan.
posted by john at 11:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Free Republic Reports "Matt Drudge Found in Hollywood Apartment" Of course, Drudge doesn't even live in frickin' Hollywood anymore, he lives in MIAMI! Viva la Hype!
posted by josholalia at 11:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Drudge site killed to prevent early exit-poll data? Seems a little suspicious that the only site that said it would still publish the poll data is completely dead. Is VNS playing hardball?
posted by smackfu at 10:15 AM PST - 10 comments

World's biggest diamond robbery foiled. Yeah, this could have been serious, but it's straight out of The Thomas Crown Affair. Break through the Dome's gates with a JCB, sneak into the vault, escape on a powerboat. It's almost a pity that the Sweeney was there to foil it.
posted by holgate at 9:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Want to become a PlayStation 2 programmer? The European release may ship with a BASIC interpreter, in order to squeak past EC tarriffs.
posted by harmful at 9:06 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Bush Spams
Cam got it, I got it too. Did you get it? How many votes will Bush loose because long time netizens have always pledged to never ever support anyone who sends spam e-mail? Enough I hope.
posted by DragonBoy at 8:13 AM PST - 10 comments

GOP Supports Gore! Well, sort of. The GOP Web site was defaced last night with a well-written diatribe about why Bush shouldn't be President.
posted by bkdelong at 8:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Looks like all the lobbyists and special interests groups are gonna get everything they want for Christmas, while the children get coal.
posted by terrapin at 7:42 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Michael Moore, Certified Public Crankyman, explains why Gore is so deeply undeserving of the vote I'll probably cast for him anyway...(via memepool)
posted by m.polo at 6:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Webcasting:Doing it Legally. Or, just use and get saddled with whatever policies they decide to throw at you.
posted by alan at 5:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Damn! They sure are pushing this obnoxious cuecat thing, aren't they? Informercials galore. I don't know about your area, but I can hardly turn on the tv anymore without seeing how "Digital Convergence" crap is going to better our lives. Now they're trying to give this cat thing away. Let me get this straight: you swipe the cat over any barcode, and it takes you straight to a commercial for what you just bought. No more need for silly content on the Web! Now the Internet can be nothing but banner ads 24 hours a day! Ooh! Sign me up! *rolls eyes*

By the way, Happy Voting Day. =)
posted by ZachsMind at 4:56 AM PST - 2 comments

With Face Generator, you too can spend the rest of the day trying to generate real-like faces of the ideal girlfriend (or boyfriend) with really big noses and strange goofy eyes. A must-visit for all budding procrastinators out there.
posted by aki at 4:16 AM PST - 6 comments

How's this for a subliminal message? I went for my first search of the day, saw 'VOTE', then a capital 'G', an 'o', an 'e'...
posted by ledge at 2:24 AM PST - 2 comments

The Unfaithful Electors can hand the election to the candidate you didn't chose. 318 Electoral Votes are not legaly bound to go to the particular state's popular vote winner. More Electoral College tidbits at the Electoral College Web Zine.
posted by tamim at 1:21 AM PST - 19 comments

November 6

"Missing you already..." A great column from the Guardian on the Clinton legacy: "Today America is choosing between two half-Clintons. They can have a version of his smarts, in Al Gore, or a version of his warmth, in George W Bush. Clinton wants the voters to choose Gore, of course, to protect his legacy. But if America picks Bush, that will be a kind of compliment, too."
posted by holgate at 11:46 PM PST - 1 comments

Yes, you have two brains. It looks like your digestive tract is a huge "brain."
posted by skallas at 8:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Remember: Don't Vote!
posted by gluechunk at 8:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Here is the best reason I've seen yet not to vote.
posted by netbros at 7:38 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Stanford's distributed client isn't looking for extraterrestrial life. Instead it's trying to find out how proteins fold, which "is a holy grail of modern molecular biophysics," through computer simulations.
posted by hobbes at 7:18 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

David Brower Dies At 88 -- "David R. Brower, who inspired and led the American environmental movement during the last half of the 20th century, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Berkeley."
posted by johnb at 6:13 PM PST - 1 comments

The true meaning of Christmas. With Christmas just around the corner, i decided to search for the true meaning of Christmas and i may have come up with the answer.
posted by Zool at 4:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Seems like both Gore and Bush prefer boxers. Dress em up at Election Dress-up.
posted by tamim at 4:43 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Homeless given Cigarettes to vote for Gore - Would they have wanted that kind of help if it wasn't caught on video tape? Maybe they should just steal the social security numbers of the dead and have THEM vote via mail-in. (See also: Zombies for Gore) [Links via Fark]
posted by smcbride at 1:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Why are our images reversed from left to right and not up and down in a mirror? You can get mirrors that give a 'true' reflection.
posted by john at 12:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Fear and Loathing in the MLB : Gonzo progenitor Hunter S. Thompson kicks off his all-new ESPN column with a modest proposal on speeding up baseball.
posted by kevincmurphy at 11:32 AM PST - 19 comments

"Taxation without Representation" - The new DC license plates are giving the people a way to express the fact they pay federal taxes, but have no voice in Congress
posted by john at 10:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Bush narrowly defeats Gore by 26 electors and 0.1 percent of the popular vote. That's the average of 14 predictions in the Washington Post. I thought it would be interesting to see how MetaFilter's pundits fare in predicting the Electoral Count and popular vote, so I'm offering a bribe ...
posted by rcade at 10:56 AM PST - 71 comments

Pesticide linked to Parkinson's -- "A commonly used organic pesticide produced symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease when small amounts were injected into rats over time. It adds weight to theories that repeated exposure to low levels of agrochemicals may also be causing cumulative damage to the human brain." (BBC)
posted by johnb at 8:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Student reprimanded for dressing as Jesus for Hallowe'en but students dressed as Satan and Hitlet are left alone. [via Fark] (Gratuitous self-blog: Been there, done that, wore the muslin loincloth)
posted by plinth at 6:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Tribute to Steve Allen (via
posted by black8 at 2:23 AM PST - 6 comments

So, I guess, everyone is now ready for the greatest competition on Earth? It sure took long enough to get here and everyone has been intensively jockeying for position. It looks like it's going to be a exciting event. The whole world will be watching.
What, the election? No, of course not, I'm talking about the one and only Melbourne Cup. Needless to say, I'm backing Diatribe (9 to 1). Oh, and here's one more election story.
posted by lagado at 1:53 AM PST - 10 comments

November 5

Keep pushing for low power FM. Budget negotiations are on hold but Congress could come back and try to again kill low power FM. Voice your concern (if you are concerned) to your representatives.
posted by mmarcos at 8:22 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

The US public proves yet again that it has no taste whatever, but does have an insatiable apetite for attractive young female skin. (But then, that was the only reason the TV show was ever successful.)

What's scary is that the reviewers seem to be liking it, too.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 11:57 AM PST - 34 comments

Didn't this get done already as a movie? Well, at least they did a good job of it. And the "11 crimes" are actually real, although I think Altamont should have been #2. (11 instead of 10? A sly reference, I think...)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 11:43 AM PST - 1 comments

Why the Democratic Party would rather lose this election -- Michael Albert clarifies the strategic implications of voting Nader: "Liberals talk and write as though the most important thing in captivity is their winning the election, or at least Bush not winning it. But at the top of their campaign, centrally important policies demonstrate that winning the election is not, in fact, their first priority. For them, priority one is serving the interests of their elite constituencies, and, just below that, of the Party itself...."

Also: hard-core Nader junkies should check out this vigorous (but quite long) rant: What every Republicrat should know (but is afraid to ask)

And, finally, a reason to join Greenpeace: new executive director John Passacantando takes a refreshingly sane, nonhysterical approach to Election 2000. Amen.
posted by johnb at 7:41 AM PST - 24 comments

Election Dance! The Electoral College meets the Hamster Dance. Look at those swing states bounce to and fro!
posted by youhas at 4:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Angela Gunn repeatedly justified her place in Yahoo Internet Life magazine as one of the most talented brains in history ever to put words together and form coherent sentences. Back in '98 she logged off YIL. But she's back! And here I was about to cancel my subscription.. not now! not to mention she's both incredibly intelligent AND drop dead gorgeous! wakka wakka wakka! December 2000's YIL (no link available) initiates Angela Gunn's return with a column that will focus on Net ethics. Ebert, Katz and Gunn. After all these years you think they finally found the right combination?
posted by ZachsMind at 1:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Did VM Labs ever live up to the hype?
posted by highindustrial at 12:41 AM PST - 3 comments

November 4

Armageddon in 30 years? Okay, so maybe hyped up a bit, but there's a 1:500 chance that whatever's out there might hit us. For now scientists don't know if it's really an asteroid, or just some leftover shuttle parts. [via SlashDot]
posted by hobbes at 10:21 PM PST - 3 comments

At times like this, when all is frenzied, when people are screaming about Bush this and Gore that and Nader Nader Nader!, when people are still killing each other in the Middle East, when life just seems gray and miserable and bland, it's nice to remember the one thing in life that makes it all better: "Bob".
posted by solistrato at 9:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Runners' Circle is a new organization started by Chris Hutchins. It is trying to help recreational marathon runners on a budget (the vast majority of the runners) with free accomodation in host cities by creating a database of runners around the world who can share their homes with visiting runners.
posted by tamim at 6:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Sally Struthers begs you to save the dot-coms. Does she have no shame?
- By way of the webdesign-l list.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 6:26 PM PST - 2 comments

MADD Knew of Bush Bust in 1995. By the tone of the article, it seems as if they have no ill-will towards George W. Must be beneath them to slander a reformed alcoholic.
posted by argus at 5:42 PM PST - 5 comments

The life and times of a game company. While everyone knows Maxis for the SimCity games, they've has dabbled in everything from kids' games to Diablo-like titles. While this isn't a brand new article - it mentions The Sims in future tense - it is fascinating to see what happened to this unique company.
posted by hijinx at 6:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Rocket (Wo)man! Jumping out of an airplane is one thing I'd never do. But jumping out of a balloon in sub-orbital space...nope, don't think I'd do that either.
posted by thc at 6:08 AM PST - 9 comments

November 3

Liar, Liar
If you can explane away the DUI (DWI, OUI) arrest, then you will have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that Bush used his family's power and influence to first restore his Maine license on 7/25/78, in the middle of his Congressional campaign. Then, 15 years later had his Maine driving record updated with "violation free credits" on 12/31/93 at right around the time Bush was gearing up to run for Governor of Texas. Read more here.
posted by DragonBoy at 11:01 PM PST - 11 comments

The results are in. Blood and gore killed the video star. Laughable, eh? That $40K and a bundle of sticks could out-perform $10M and Hollywood's bottomless ketchup bottle?
posted by ZachsMind at 10:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Who owns the rights to your website if you write a book about it?
Michael J. Hammel posed this question today on a mailing list that I am on.
posted by tamim at 8:43 PM PST - 7 comments

The New York City Marathon is this Sunday. Last year I ran the distance in this race, organized by the New York Road Runner's Club. The Association of International Marathons and Road Races' website has plenty of information about marathons around the world. Maybe you can find one in your neck of the woods.
posted by tamim at 6:20 PM PST - 1 comments

This is unusual. Discuss.
posted by black8 at 5:39 PM PST - 22 comments

True or not?! One of the weirdest things I've ever seen on the web. I was sure this was a hoax and kept digging for confirmation and never found it.
posted by norm at 1:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Why are people who commit felonies no longer allowed to vote? Are they no longer citizens?
posted by donkeymon at 1:30 PM PST - 24 comments

The House: Encumbered by Incumbents While the big prize is still up for grabs, plenty of pols will stroll into another four years of fun in DC. With a 97% rate of incumbent re-election, in spite of Michael Moore's best efforts, is it time to separate the presidential and congressional polls, so that there's a decent debate over the direction of the legislative branch?
posted by holgate at 12:03 PM PST - 15 comments

The Campaign Scandal Generator. Just in time for the lightning round of the campaign!
posted by john at 11:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Amazon as used book store? When did this happen -- you can sell your books (or other items), through amazon. Has anyone tried this? Where do the things show up?
posted by bison at 10:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Most of the map is red but the candidates are still neck-and-neck. Bush has the lead in a whole lot of huge states with small populations. But Gore has CA, NY, NJ and IL. Thus it is with the electoral college.

If they were electing by square mile, Bush would have it sewn up.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 10:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Living under the hole in the sky "The citizens of Punta Arenas, Chile, are the subjects of a potentially deadly experiment: What happens to people who live under the widening ozone hole?"
posted by peterme at 9:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Three Strikes - You're out Mr. Bush OK, so we know about the DWI arrest but did you know about the hotel theft arrest or the disorderly conduct arrest? Michael Moore does and he is asking tough questions.
posted by DragonBoy at 9:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Nader Responds to Accusations of Hypocrisy “I will fight for the U’wa and investor accountability by backing a shareholder resolution at the next Annual General Meeting of Fidelity Investments–one of the largest shareholders in Occidental Petroleum and I urge social and environmental screens as a filter for all holdings."
posted by snakey at 9:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Political television ads. Lots of them. Just in case you didn't know. Go crazy.
posted by Mo Nickels at 8:28 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Sure an ant can move stuff 50 times its weight, but can it do this? Gotta be wondering what goes on in these guys' minds when they're doing this stuff! (insert dirty joke here)
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 7:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Synthetic Jailbait. That's what you get when you demonize attraction to sexy little 16 and 17 year old Britney wannabees. [parental advisory: explicit lyrics] [from Flutterby, which walks this beat more often than me.]
posted by baylink at 7:19 AM PST - 12 comments

"Search. It's all we do. Test our results." So, is that braggadocio... or insecurity? Given the spate of "how [they] scammed Google" pieces lately, I find the newest addition to their home page... interesting.
posted by baylink at 6:42 AM PST - 12 comments

While discussing this holiday gift option, my coworker pronounced "If I ever see a woman in a 15 million dollar bra, my crotch had better explode." Which may be worth the purchase price itself.
posted by thc at 4:45 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Notes from the Canadian federal election: Some people don't like the leader of the Canadian Alliance, Stockwell Day, but other people really don't like him. And he doesn't like them too much.
posted by tranquileye at 4:08 AM PST - 1 comments

November 2

Bob Jones 2? Mr. DUI makes another misstep. Regardless of the outcome, the past 24 hours have been satisfying for Democrats
posted by owillis at 11:05 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

All squirrels must die! (One of the more interesting single-issue web sites I've seen.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 11:03 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

George Bush DUI in Maine. Impregnates a 15 year old girl, caught drunk driving in Maine - are there any laws he hasn't broken?
posted by kristin at 9:44 PM PST - 22 comments

Gore Camp Attacks Nader's Sex Life Nader responds: "If this does not open the eyes of the American people, nothing will."
posted by snakey at 1:52 PM PST - 24 comments

Three This is the average number of children who are dying from malaria in Africa EVERY MINUTE. Time was when it could be justly claimed that DDT had saved 500 million lives, but then along came Rachel Carson with her mendacious jeremiad, Silent Spring. Her anti DDT campaign was taken up by the murderous EPA and vociferously supported by environmental SIFs, such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. Human life is an irritating side-issue to such fanatics
posted by john at 1:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Sierra Club defends Gore record on the environment. Among the choice quotes: " I think Nader has to take responsibility not for what he wants, but for what George Bush does. . . .If you're a political leader and you follow a strategy which you have calculated is likely to produce George Bush in the White House, you have to take responsibility for what George Bush does. And George Bush is going to put into place policies that are going to cause people to die." Only 6 more days to post election topics! Yee haw!
posted by norm at 1:29 PM PST - 6 comments

AIPAC Hacked, Credit Card numbers exposed. This morning the Web site of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was defaced by Doctor Nuker of the Pakistan Hackerz Club. I didn't think anything of it which was why I missed getting the mirror the first time around. Apparently this is a pretty large organization according to my co-worker, a former Washingtonite. It's the biggest American Jewish lobbying organization in the US from what I hear... which is going to piss people off when they realize their credit card information was leaked in the defacement.
posted by bkdelong at 1:19 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

One, err... several reasons to vote nader. more inside.
posted by tiaka at 12:37 PM PST - 17 comments

this info can come in very handy if you need access to this info (use with discretion)
posted by subpixel at 12:31 PM PST - 2 comments

"I think the secretary of state is clamping down on pure political speech," says the ACLU, as they gear up to try to reopen Voteswap2000 and other vote-swapping sites.
posted by snarkout at 12:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Nader Pro and Con (omnibus). The L.A. Weekly brings you about 20 prominent liberals' statements on whether they are voting Nader or Gore, and why ... captures pretty much all of the nuances in once place.
posted by MattD at 11:17 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Redesign! Think Jacob's site is a bit old school, fix it.
posted by Mick at 9:10 AM PST - 20 comments

Momentus occasion ignored. Well, mostly, or at least buried in the inner pages of most major U.S. pages. Isn't this sort of more important than the Knicks and Nets loosing their opening games? You wouldn't think so, since those stories were carried on the front pages on newspapers in the Northeast while this one was back on page 14 between two full page ads.
posted by rich at 6:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Hordes of penguins falling over, does anyone else find this vision hilarious?
posted by Satapher at 6:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Clinton's final days - this whimsical take on what Clinton's doing now that he hasn't got much time left is pretty funny. I'm amazed that they got Clinton to appear in it. What a good sport, he actually seems kind of likable in this thing. Not that I'd blow him, mind you.
posted by beth at 6:36 AM PST - 9 comments redesigns...but forgets to use the spell checker.
posted by fatbaq at 6:12 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Bush receives more newspaper endorsements. Also, editors are predicting a Bush win. While I wince and grimace at the thought of that man in office, I also think the editors are deluded in thinking they have much influence over their readers' voting habits.
posted by Mo Nickels at 4:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Malaria is one of the planet's deadliest diseases and one of the leading causes of sickness and death in the developing world. According to the World Health Organization there are 300 to 500 million clinical cases of malaria each year resulting in 1.5 to 2.7 million deaths. Malaria is a public health problem today in more than 90 countries, inhabited by a total of some 2 400 million people -- 40% of the world's population. It is also notoriously difficult to combat because of the parasite's ability to easily evade the body's immune system. Nature Update has an article on the possibilities of designing a malarial vaccine which stimulates the immune response and has the potential of protecting people from all strains of the disease.
posted by lagado at 3:49 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

November 1

Jesse Ventura talks about his bid at Governership and voting your conscience. There's more than a little in common here between his campaign and Ralph's.
posted by skallas at 11:53 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Weblog at Christianity Today magazine's web site. Rather well written weblog as far as blogs go.
posted by tamim at 10:52 PM PST - 5 comments

I think this is supposed to be symbolism for a word beginning with S but I'm too embarassed to go any further than that. (But note that the man is on top. The missionaries would approve.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:15 PM PST - 15 comments

The Ancient Underwater Pyramids of Japan. "A STRUCTURE thought to be the world's oldest building, nearly twice the age of the great pyramids of Egypt, has been discovered. The rectangular stone ziggurat under the sea off the coast of Japan could be the first evidence of a previously unknown Stone Age civilisation, say archeologists. The monument is 600ft wide and 90ft high and has been dated to at least 8000BC. The oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, was constructed more than 5,000 years later."
posted by lagado at 6:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Asshole of the year? G.W. Bush, who is expected to use opposition to Roe v Wade as a litmus test for new Supremes... got a 15 year old girl preggers in the 70s and paid for the abortion? Ethel seems convinced... make up your own mind.
posted by baylink at 6:26 PM PST - 15 comments

I agree with Scalia on this one. (Cue 'Twilight Zone' theme here.)
posted by black8 at 4:38 PM PST - 6 comments

A quick, concise look at where the candidates stand on issues. Roll your mouse over the issues listed on the left, like abortion, and education, and a nice little mouseover script pops up each candidate's platform regarding this issue. Nice!
posted by kristin at 11:28 AM PST - 6 comments

One way to throw an election... that would be funny, if I didn't believe that some people out there would take it seriously.
posted by silusGROK at 9:42 AM PST - 7 comments

The Village Voice Endorses Ralph Nader for President This comes on the heels that Nader reportedly refuses to accept a bribe to drop out of the race.
posted by snakey at 8:36 AM PST - 4 comments

The number one thing that correlates with a region's high-tech success is the concentration of gay people living there.
posted by sudama at 5:26 AM PST - 25 comments

Eli & Lovey, a romantic ghost story. Very sweet.
posted by Mo Nickels at 4:28 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

What the Bertelsmann-Napster deal means.
"Hank Barry, chief executive of Napster, has suggested a monthly fee of about $4.95 might be appropriate, but he stressed that fees had not been set." (NYT article; grow up.)
posted by sylloge at 2:21 AM PST - 11 comments