November 2000 Archives
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
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.
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...
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...
Snowe Days for Democrats?
It may take only one party-switch to give Democrats control of the Senate. Maine may offer just the one.
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
A salon link?
"It's [Salon] become boring. Way too safe and predictable with its left-leaning bias,"
"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...
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...."
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
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
"Download the new Snoop Dogg
DeskPlaya and kick it with Snoop Dogg all dizay on your desktizop!"
. Now if only every new tech release could have descriptions like that...
or, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mob"... Taking my cue from the Repubs themselves I say, "Where's the outrage?!"
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. :)
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.
"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.
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.
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...]
is using a dirty way to draw traffic to their site. Do your part and send a nasty email to the "CEO" of campusnut.com.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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...
(Clinton News Network) to become... GNN
(Gore News Network)!!!
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.)
Is this annoying to anyone else?
I usually get most of my news from either ABCnews.com or CNN.com, 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.
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.
Yet Another Weblog Article...it's amazing how writers always manage to talk about the same seven (or so) weblogs in every article I've seen on the subject.
"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
voyage through multiple editions of Encyclopedia Britannica.
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.
"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
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!
it catch on?
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...
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?
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.
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.
what's often reffered to as shit hitting the fan?
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!
loved his. Scarey
yet strangely appealing.
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...
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.
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.
I wonder how many people went hungry
so this monstrosity could be built? And mom always said to not play with your food....
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.
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.
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
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
and his racist pals. No wonder the Canadian Alliance fields the kind of candidates who talk about an "asian invasion".
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?)
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.
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?
"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.)
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.
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.
- After seeing millions of dollars worth of commercials for Amazon.com 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....
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!
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.
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.)
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).
"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...
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.
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
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 /.
This Thanksgiving, get the whole family around your monitor to read Patrick Farley's Thanksgiving Special
. It entertains as it informs.
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.
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
how this happend? No matter how you slice it, this is what my mom used to call "creepy-ass shit."
- a Thanksgiving alternative to turkey.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
Michael Kelly has a point
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
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."
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)
I kill you-
through your email. Battlemail claims to be the worlds first free multiplayer email games system.
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
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?
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
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.
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?
I see the Good Doctor is back on form
--following his own Old Testament prophet tip. Thank Fudd there's little mention of sports.
'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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's officially the 20th of November (some places) and the P4 NDA's have lifted. Here come the reviews!
gives it poor marks. On a lot of tests it gets creamed.
is more kind, but does a much less comprehensive test against a must less formidable competitor.
gives it a "thumbs down".
I'm still waiting for Tom Pabst's review; I expect it to be brutal.
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]
"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
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.
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.
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??
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."
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...
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?
When asked, Apple said "Of course we're going to sue them
, what sort of silly question is that?"
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"...
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 goto.com. Strange.
what will be supported
now that browsers are a-changin' again? handy resource from a Netscape product manager.
Next, they cheat death.
Looks like those spam emails about US income taxes being illegal are actually getting results. [NYTimes: blah registration blah]
- 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...
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]
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.
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!"
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Buy Nothing Day
is November 24th. What do you think? Is this the right way to protest overconsumption?
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.
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.
The end is near.
Judge Terry Lewis rules that Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris can disregard recounts in Florida counties.
With winter and the holiday season fast approaching, let's get the annual snowcraft
link out of the way. Shockwave plug-in required.
He's right. I hate you all.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
("Digiscents") demoed at Comdex. Scan down to the fourth paragraph for an informal review.
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 www.rattanchairs.info! My personal web site is www.ryan.name...
Customer service reps at Amazon.com are trying to form a union. Amazon says "We don't have unions at Amazon and don't really need them".
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.
, Blogger sucks
, everywhere a suck suck? Maybe register.com should add a "sucks" suffix as one of its automated "additional available names" options.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Poor Eli Lilly
is going to lose it's Prozac patent protection soon, though not quite yet. via Follow Me Here
"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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.)
beer commercial actors are to be given their own sitcom. I am going to smash my TV after work today.
Viva El Presidente!
I wanted to install myself as El Presidente in a bloody coup. Guess i'm too late.
The Christian Declaration on Marriage
claims that "homosexual acts are 'intrinsically disordered'". Um, what...? Sounds like Martha Stewart pontificating on a shop window display.
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.
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?
Whip it good
with Bush and Gore. The Hampster Dance has made it into the White House.
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?
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.
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
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.
regarding a lawsuit filed against Bush/Cheney regarding Texas' electoral votes. Looks like Cheney violated the 12th amendment of the Constitution...see for yourself.
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]
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?
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?
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.
Well, sort of. An amusing story of hackers taking the election into their own hands....
Shake a leg!
I like it that the guys who built the bombs, now have to build the legs the bombs blew off.
anyone? It's a bargain at only $2195.
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.
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?
Anyone want a model?
EBay's newest "hot item" - Vallerie Mazza, international supermodel. I'm wondering - is the seller capable of delivering?
It's here, it's queer, get used to it. (Actually it pretty much rocks.)
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.
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."
A year after the original announcement and after enticing its fans for months, 3DFX screwed them over
today by cancelling the V5-6000. [More]
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.
It's not political.
But it's rather useful. Free (accurate!) tuning software for the guitarists out there.
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.
are back and now online! Check out their new site for their new compliation CD 1P.S: The site layout was made on Mac with BBEdit 5.0
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?
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 HagueClinton'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. . .
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.
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...
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?
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.
Ok, lastly - Why not hand-recount this
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.' "
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).
"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."
Diplomats in Love
To have more fun at the State Department than this, you'd need a security clearance! Yuk yuk!
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.
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*
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.
looks like a character from The Muppets. I think I see Kermit in the background of the photo.
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."
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."
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?
DynaGirl is having a Design-A-Ballot contest. One printed form and one electronic form will win $75 worth of 'swag'
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?
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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
Kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit?
I've been staring at the JackNabbit.com 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.
issued to Palm-Beach poll workers on Tuesday morning.
the only election haikus I'd find are at FreeRepublic.com. Can anyone find more?
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.
The New Yorker
dedicates ten columns to Meg
, 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.
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.
on a weblist noted: "According to http://www.tcpalm.com/_special/pres_returns.shtml
, 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?
CNN wants to know
shoud voters in disputed parts of Florida be allowed to vote again. Right now the tide is against it.
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...."
Oops, Florida sent it again.
As if Florida elections couldn't get worse, Salon.com 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.
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?
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)
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
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.
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...
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.
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)
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.
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.
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?)
Take this quiz
if you listened to Dan Rather babble in the early morning hours.
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.
Confused about the electoral college? This
may help you sort it out.
Has anyone seen this crazy dancing baby
? Pretty wild, eh? (because there had to be one non-politics link on MeFi today)
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).
elected to local office. Browne results similar to Reform party without benefit of matching funds.
It's a new day in America.
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.
My God! California has both a heart
and a brain
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]
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.
praises 'suspense-filled, seesaw race'.
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.
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
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.
In Oregon, the turnout is expected to be 84%
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.
Finally, in the upcoming federal election, Canadians will have a chance to do what Americans have been doing for decades: elect an American leader
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]
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.
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.
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.
Inside.com 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.
: The browser for more sophisticated, computer-savvy users?
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.
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.
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
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.
"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."
is the best reason I've seen yet not to vote.
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.
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."
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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...)
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
The Electoral College meets the Hamster Dance. Look at those swing states bounce to and fro!
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?
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]
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
is unusual. Discuss.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?"
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."
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.]
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.
Bob Jones 2?
makes another misstep. Regardless of the outcome, the past 24 hours have been satisfying for Democrats
George Bush DUI in Maine.
Impregnates a 15 year old girl, caught drunk driving in Maine - are there any laws he hasn't broken?
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
redesigns...but forgets to use the spell checker.
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.
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.
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."
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.
The number one thing
that correlates with a region's high-tech success is the concentration of gay people living there.
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.)