March 2000 Archives
I can't tell if this
is an April Fool's parody of a certain someone
or not, but have a great weekend! I'm still digging!
Yikes! Seems like Pimp War
is a rip-off of Whore House
, which has been around awhile, and is in its 9th season. The only problem? Whore House
requires an invitation to play, whereas Pimp War
is pretty much open to all, at least until the Beta is over.
However, Whore House
has a lot more options, (Infect, Arson, Pimp Unions, discpline whores, gambling, the ability to sell stuff, crack houses, paying off cops, and the ability to earn free turns.) I can see Pimp War
getting to that level, but it isn't just that intricate yet.
News of the Wonka remake
. I think Nick Cage would suck as Wonka, but Dustin Hoffman...that's interesting.
Looks innocuous, doesn't it?
It's actually the Hello Kitty vibrator^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hmassager
. I've been told that Sanrio
makes products to help little girls through all stages of growth up to adulthood. Now I believe it.
Code Rush Documentary
Did anyone get to watch the Netscape documentary on PBS. In my area, it aired at 2am. I fell asleep trying to catch it...
are coming for the Mac web scene. Find out on April 1st, The Anniversary.
The web is not a publication.
Web sites are not paper. Yet the current thinking of web design is that of the magazine, newspaper, book, or catalog. Visually, aesthetically, legally, the web is treated as a physical page upon which text and images are written.
The Shredder presents this global structure as a
chaotic, irrational, raucous collage. By altering the HTML code before the
browser reads it, the Shredder appropriates the data of the web,
transforming it into a parallel web. Content become abstraction. Text
becomes graphics. Information becomes art.
The IE 5 for Mac cartoons
actually showcase some of the better flash animation I've seen on the web. Imagine that, a fun Microsoft PR site. If you're in hell right now, I'd unpack that snow shovel.
Laying the smack down on some hoe
has never been funner. Playing this turn-based game is even more enjoyable by the "real-time" aspect. You can be notified via ICQ when you are being attacked, and likewise for your victims. If you are bored at work, this game can ease your pain.
Bored at work?
Or maybe just tired of playing the game on your snazzy Nokia Cell.. needless to say I find time to play this every day. All praise "The Snake Game
". The only downside which makes Nokia's cellphone far superior, is unless you have a laptop and perhaps a wireless NIC at work, it is probably impossible to play the game while you sit in the bathroom.
Kids returning from Spring Break
felt the spirit fall on them! Is this a case of feeling the spirit of the lord or feeling the effects of Spring Break partying?
Parker Posey - Pussycat
She's going to be Alexandra in the live action Josey and the Pussycats with Rachel Leigh Cook. I'm not sure how I feel about a live action JatP, but Parker Posey is a fun choice.
Sick of your Wu-Name?
I was never fond of 'Ol` Filthy, Sweaty Bastard' anyhow. Now you can get Your Own Cyborg Name
. And Oh BOY!, is "S.I.K.K.: Synthetic Individual Keen on Killing"
a much slicker name! watch out now.
On Tuesday March 28th at 6:11 P.M. a tornado pummeled downtown Ft. Worth
leaving glass, office furniture, insulation, paperwork, and various other
materials littering a 12 block area of the city. The downtown streets were covered in
shattered glass from the many High-Rise building that were struck by the violent winds
and flying debris. I took some pictures from a 26th floor office window 1 block away
from the epicenter of the storms wrath. At the top of picture 3
you can see the Cash America building that they keep showing on the news - I don't have a
Telephoto lens or it would be a better pic, DOH! You can also see clean up crews
on the roofs of the buildings picking up debris.One of the windows I took the pictures
through was cracked by flying debris, you can see it in picture 2,3, and 6. PICTURES: 1 2
3 4 5 6
Yay! The flag burning amendment is dead
, at least for another year. What offends me most is: why did 63 Senators vote for this? Second most: do these people actually believe themselves when they preach that people have fought and died for the flag? I *hope* that no soldiers have fought for the flag, per se; I would hope that our military fights for the ideals of which the flag is a nice, abstract representation.
I've put up a short page with links
to the official Congressional Record transcripts of the debate, for those who are interested. (It gives me reading for my plane ride tomorrow, if I can avoid the calling of my Sims family.)
Observe a startup.
use a combination of openness and secrecy and while they're getting their act together. REMO
(a quirky independent retailer who used to run a popular shop font in my hometown of Sydney) is letting the whole world see everything
while they make the transformation to a web-only up-market general store for the whole world.
jon kats on "geek profiling":
"W.A.V.E joins new sofware "security" programs ... being tested in public schools in America to compile and computerize information on students believed to be dangerous or potentially violent. This new rat-on-kids industry is an offshoot of the Geek Profiling anti-Net hysteria that broke out all across the United States after the Columbine High School killings, whose first anniversary is fast approaching. Despite the fact that horrific incidents like Columbine are extremely rare, and that the FBI and Justice Department have both reported that youth violence has dropped to its lowest levels in more than half a century, the belief persists in much of America that technologies like the Internet (and activities like computer gaming) are turning otherwise healthy school children into mass murderers."
Damn Supreme Court.
Just when you thought this was a free country, now they're telling strippers to keep their G-strings on.
For those of you that don't want to wade through the previous discussion
- I'll summarize. "It's all good."
Everyone screams for ice cream!
I found out that Edy's
owns the icrecream.com domain. It's actually quite a nice site, and if anything, it has the certain level of childood simplicity one associates with ice cream. I especially like the taster
and was honestly disappointed that his tour schedule isn't posted.
Maybe not as dynamic as Ben And Jerry's
, but appropriately sweet.
Now this is something I just don't get.
Getting worked up because some people are posting longer entries? Can someone explain this to me? So Ben Brown
mentioned that he prefers longer posts, and a few people responded to the idea favorably. But then there's backlash
to this idea? Can someone please explain to me how someone writing long posts is somehow wrong? Is anyone holding a gun to your head making you read anything on the web? If Ben Brown's
posts are too long, don't read them. If Jack's
are too long, don't read them. If I'm wrong here, please set me straight. I must not have read the weblog rulebook that states posts should be short and snarky, if anyone has a hyperlink to said rule book, please post that too.
Cyber Patrol hacker sells out for one dollar
< I made my political point
and just don't want further annoyance... ...Mattel initiated legal action in e-mail subpoenas in mid-March and Skala and Jansson removed cphack from their sites, but not before urging computer activists to copy and distribute it.... ...Nevertheless, some mirror site operators think open source software protections make the issue moot. The court cannot impose an Internet ban because cphack was released under the GNU General Public License
... > perhaps you've seen this--the final decision will be interesting with repect to free speech and the GNU GPL
. something to watch anyhow.
Harry Knowles takes on the Oscars
in a surreal chat session with himself. Some great lines: "Angelina has a freaky boyfriend." "Dude, that guy was spazzing out." "DEAR GOD, DON'T TORTURE US WITH A BAD STREISAND MEMORY." But my favorite is Harry letting out his inner queen: "NOBODY SINGS THAT SONG BUT DOROTHY!!!"
A dating PDA -
I guess this is one tech solution to Kaya's
idea of plumage to attract a potential mate. Related story at Wired News
. I just wish they didn't look so ugly.....
2 kids were killed
in a bus accident when it was hit by a train. Ouch! Didn't the driver see the tracks, or anything?
Not that I'm into that sort of thing, but PillReports
- apparently a spinoff of BlueLight
(wonder how much KMart offered for that one) - offers moderated discussion about Ecstacy
, so you might be able to get some idea of what that pill you just paid $20 for is likely to do to you. Things there aren't verified by actual lab tests like they are at DanceSafe
, but it's better than being completely
I found this while looking for something to illustrate the wrong way to pronounce Derek's name. I can't decide if Adam West is lampooning himself (in current Shatner style), or if he is still hanging onto his Glory Days with Julie Newmar... but I'm not sure it matters.
Dear Lord, please forgive me for my shameless promotion of my friends' project, but I do hope all the metausers will enjoy the glory that is Georgy Bush
. I know I did, but I am biased. ;)
isn't to happy with 2600 Magazine
registering the domain www.fucknbc.com
. They have threatened
legal action against 2600.
Is this fair, or is it another example of Big Business wanting to control other people's opinions and expressions?
- Yes this is completely useless, but it is just too much fun. My favorite topics? "New To Barf" and "kitty stomach problems and BARF".
You know you've always wanted to be a Juke Box Hero. It takes a little more than that one guitar, though, and you can do it yourself
Blame Phil Collins?
We knew Blame Canada wouldn't win, and to be fair, Phil probably deserved it - my real question is "what did you think of the 'Blame Canada' production number?" It was the only reason I watched tonight (not being a big awards show guy), and I'm just curious to hear what other people thought of it. Did Robin Williams wreck it? What about the mounties chorus-line? Did anyone else think he was going to do the entire song with the tape over his mouth?
My only other Oscar observation: Angelina Jolie seemed thrilled and suprised to get Best Supporting Actress. Do you think that she would have gone with the Elvira look if she expected to win?
Watch the Kingdome Fall.....must hurry
I know some have posted it here before, but watching a stadium crumble starting at 11 a.m Eastern time would be something to tune into. This is the ESPN link that requires Real Player
I'm sure many of you have already seen this or are already familliar with it, but this article
talks about bandwidth that really
puts the pedal to the metal!
The Mini Automobile Website Made Project Cool Sightings. . .
Many of you may have already seen this but, it looks like we had it here first again. While I was taken, as were many of us, with the Mini website and all of it's coolness... I didn't think I'd see it in the "Sightings" section of Project Cool. It seems to be today's pick.
I read this and felt like crying.
That good little girl -- only two years old, yet she cared for the baby until help came. She even changed its diapers.
And her reward is to find out that her daddy is dead and won't ever be coming home again. Life's a bitch
Ummm. What the hell is this
Another Penatagon report
indicates that there is no forseeable relief for gays in the military? When 85% of respondents (of the 71,500 U.S. military service personnel polled worldwide) state that they believe that anti-gay words and behavior is tolerated and 80% claim that they've heard an offensive remark (in the ranks) about homosexuals in the past year, is another onslaught of talking heads and pointless summits the answer? will it take another barry winchell to shake this administration into real action?
Pike is an outliner
that's been custom-fitted to plug into Manila sites. You can create and edit stories. You can use it to edit your home page. And you can also use it to edit the myriad of templates that define how a Manila site is rendered. It's both a writing and design tool. Free public beta.
So I just got a bizarre e-mail from a "Yustas Kotz-Gottlieb." Has anyone ever got one? I'll post the entire text as a comment. It appears to be an atrocious, perhaps Mad Lib-generated essay on an imaginary painting. Based on an AltaVista search for "Jaisini," I've concluded that this person posts the essay (and others) on random guestbooks and e-mails it to random people (like me). This
is the closest I can find to a cogent explanation, but I'm still bumfuzzled as to the point. Fake essays as performance art? It's like McSweeney's
, as guest-edited by Kafka.
Maybe I should learn VB or whatever's required to make a browser widget that blinks whenever I'm at a site owned by AOL
. There are tons of them, and I bet the thing would be blinking all the time, what with all the wholly owned subsidiaries of this and that. Of course, it would be built on an open architecture, so we could add Microsoft (where's their list?), and anyone else that needs watching.
Metafilter is going down at 12 noon, PST (about 3 hours from now), and should be back up around 8pm. I just signed up this machine at TZO.com
, so this site should be reachable at http://metafilter.tzo.com/
once I get it back up. TZO is actually a cool service, I've been running it for almost a year on my home cable modem, which changes IP addresses once a month or so (but thanks to TZO, I can always find it).
I make this hompage as business card he said...
The more I look at it, the more I'm puzzled...
Is this er... site...
a) a very clumsy but very sincere homepage, made by someone whos has a lot to learn or...
b) a very well-done, veru tongue in cheek fake website made by someone who clearly had a lot of fun polishing this extreme pastiche...
Anyway, expect a lot of pop-up windows and have one of these airline vomit bag handy in case of a sudden sea sickness
IMDB follows Microsoft's lead: every new version
makes it harder and harder to see the actual content you're looking for. I figure two more times around and they'll be down to three words per page that aren't
This site is your worst nightmare. Book of Blunders is a collection of failures, painful mistakes, and glorious moments of stupidity.
C'mon people, let's hear your biggest faux-pas. Mine's there already.
Man there's a lotta links today. I'd like to add one, and continue the profanity thing. Everyone say "fuck" one more time. And now, "ass." That's also a good word. Both are used liberally at BlowTheDotOutYourAss.com
, which appears to be some kind of guerrilla advertising group, similar to that whole Andre
thing. They provide templates for printing out stickers
that say things like ButIdon'tNeedMyToothpastDelivered.com, and IJustHadARectalExamOnline.com. Good fun for the whole family.
and call your congressman, because it may be a while.
to remake Planet of the Apes
. How bizarre and cool.
Chu-Chu! Banzai Shock On!
It was Dreamcast game you were sick to death of hearing about, now it's the Shockwave game you can't quit playing. TSUBABABABA!
is why I'm not a cat person.
These wonderful human beings
posted 213 of 243 full Simpsons episodes, but FOX is taking legal action now to shut the site down. So if you have a favorite, grab it now.
The latest TV craze
to hit Europe is coming to the UK. After the ratings success of Shipwrecked (18 volunteers living on an island) we have a kind of Truman Show but with volunteers.
Warner-Lambert Withdraws Diabetes Pill Rezulin
Imagine how it feels hearing this news about six hours after my doctor told me "After looking at your latest liver test, you'd better stop taking the Rezulin, and come in for more tests." For the record, I was aware of the potential risks before I & my doc started it, and have been doing regular liver tests all along; before my last test, I had noted to doc that I was getting more symptoms of out-of-control diabetes, even though frequent monitoring showed the blood sugar numbers were always IN control, and I was ready to ask for a change to one of the newer drugs... when my latest refill runs out. I'd always assumed that by the time the FDA acts on it it'll be too late, and I am very interested in the official FDA non-position on the safety of the newer drugs...
My dreams have been crushed...
The Diablo II beta selection is over and the results have been posted. A couple people were from towns near mine, but nope, no luck with me...
Matt believes "all government capitols look phallic to somehow signify that the most important 'man'
lives here." Having lived in the shadow of Florida's capitol for a few years, I have a better theory. These buildings are phallic because government's primary function is to screw people.
I don't know why, but I can't get enough of Brazillian music
(realvideo stream). Not that I can understand a word of it, but damn that's smooth. Note to self: buy more Gilberto Gil records
. This person
thinks this disc
is one of his best, and you can even download digital versions of it from cdnow, although I wonder why each cut is $2.49. Why on earth should digital music cost more
? There's no shipping, no customer service hassles, no media to stock in a warehouse. Make the entire disc $5 in digital format, and I'll buy his entire collection (and save from adding to my already loaded down cd rack at home).
is all talk, yes indeed. Did I mention that I hate my governor?
And in other news, Indiana University announced today
that they're developing jointly with Napster
a solution to the congestion problem the MP3-sharing program can cause (which has led to Napster being blocked by campuses nationwide). Access to Napster will be reinstated on campus for a two-week period starting March 25 to test this new method. This new method will soon be made available for web developers at http://bestpath.iu.edu
. Yippee. I get to download *NSync
The Supreme Court ruled today that university student fees may go to controversial groups
in order to create a "marketplace of ideas". As a member of a university student funding board (and as a member of "controversial" student groups, i.e. GLBT groups), I've been eagerly awaiting this ruling all semester. The case began in 1996 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where three students challenged the use of mandatory student fees to fund campus organizations that they had politically and idealogically objections to. For the full text of the Supremem Court decision, visit campusspeech.org
I don't need the whole harness action (although there's a "lets play geek-spy" little kid inside me that wants it), but the cross draw eBeltSnap
would totally work for me.
[props to Laurel from windowseat
for the link]
Speaking of Prozac...
Did Prozac and Ritalin cause the Columbine disaster? Are these drugs causing kids to kill? The people of "A White Rose" seem to think so. You be the judge.
can states have a foreign policy?
the Supreme Court today will review whether state and local governments can protest human rights in other nations by restricting purchases from companies that operate in those countries. the court will decide whether states, by restricting purchases, are making foreign trade policy, which, under the Constitution, is the duty of the federal government.
No time to bond with your children. Work leave you drained and the kids just will not listen? Let Prozac help. The kids, not you.
An informed view of prop twenty-two.
This may be a bit belated, but it's astonishing that someone could come up with a comparison like this and actually believe that it had any worth in judgment or persuasion.
Why the Future Doesn't Need Us
is the cover story in this month's 'Wired'. It was written by Bill Joy, chief scientist at Sun. In it he makes a very convincing case for strict regulation of genetics, nanotech, and robotics, given that any of these could cause the extinction of the human species in the next 30 years. What do you think?
I have seen the future of advertising, and it is PP * blog
. My ultra-top-secret advertising scheme is finally let out of the box. Okay, so it might not be the future of advertising, but it IS a sleezy scheme on my part to help get both me AND you more visibility in the weblog dept.
I check out Kottke's webcam occasionally,
and every once in a while there's something amusing. I have no idea what's going on here
, but I'll guess either a) email came in describing Jason's new raise, or b) some girl from SXSW emailed him professing her undying love. Caption Contest!
What do you
think's happening in this shot?
Offshore pharmacy sites
selling prescription drugs to US customers were shut down this week. I wonder if the cat is already out of the bag on this one, will there ever be a way to regulate prescription drug traffic on the web? There's no worldwide organization to watch over things like this, nor are there laws that every country can agree on. Something tells me that getting steroids and "date rape" pills online is going to be a problem that's never going away.
a newly released u.n. population study
suggests that because the birth rates in wealthy countries is low and declining, the worker-retired ratio will not be able to support current social programs. "The report found that Japan would need 10 million immigrants every year for the next 50 years to maintain the current working-age to retirement-age ratio. Without migration, figures show it would be necessary to raise the retirement age to 77 to maintain the ratio."
Is this the best thing ever? What's the future of this software?
Hailed as the king of flash, one-man company Gabocorp's site carried a 'back early 2000' message for most of 1999.
But what's happening now? ('There is no entry in Apache for the Account you are looking for...' @ 4.50 GMT +1)
gained a great deal of fame through publishing a puzzle book called Masquerade
. He has produced some fine artwork besides (I was actually looking for a particular painting of a Morris Mini to supplement veruca's link
). In addition to paintings, he has a fascination with clocks
and mechanical devices
Get the petition.
They need one million signatures before April 20 to get it back on the November ballot. If you're in California, print out the petition and start drumming up support today. It's not so often you get a second chance like this. Show the country that California does indeed, rock.
Mr. Bean's Car
To all the die hard Mr. Bean fans, here is a site from the people at Craigs Auto
, just print it out then cut away!
Also here is a another site with some great sound clips and a movie for Mr. Bean
On whose blog did I find a link last week about Pat DiNizio, late of the Smithereens
, (a) running for New York senate and (b) whoring himself out to anyone who wants him to perform in their living room, assuming you find 100 people paying $25 each and hand over 80% of that cash to Pat?
As I now know all too well, browsers, including (in this case) MSIE 4 for Windows, do a lousy job of remembering all the pages you've visited, forcing us to resort to the hackneyed "Did anybody read that article, and if so where?" technique straight out of a Howard Hawks film. Any help appreciated.
The most fun I've had with an applet, ever.
.] This just isn't getting linked to enough, so I had to post it somewhere else. Make sure you read the bit in the instructions about muscles, otherwise you won't get very far. If only there was a way to save configurations . . .
One of the worst economic miscalculations of all time ends
not with a bang, but with a whimper. Over 5 BILLION dollars
was poured into Iridium (and $2 billion of that came from Motorola), and most of it is going to burn up in the atmosphere over the next two years as they deorbit their 60 satellites. (They have to bring them down so that they aren't a traffic hazard.)
Next time someone tries to tell you that capitalism can do no wrong, ask them about Iridium.
The United Killers of Benetton
It seems that the italian clothing company Benetton
recently used death row inmates in a rather distasteful ad campaign
that featured death row inmates and thier clothing. Check it out. Quite a groundswell of protest is mounting against this. The matter seems to be equally offending to both pro and anti death sentence folks.
Everyone's favorite search engine Google
has opened their GoogleStore
. They've got shirts, mugs, and bags, some with the "I'm feeling lucky" slogan, but the strangest thing for sale? That'd have to be the Exercise Ball
, which I suspect secretly carries Happy Fun Ball
-style disclaimers. When not in use, Google Exercise Ball should be returned to its special container
and kept under refrigeration. Do not taunt Google Exercise Ball
. [thanks RasterWeb
. I'm glad I came across this, I needed a good scrubing. The ambient soundtrack helps sooth the anger over being sober at 3pm on St. Paddy's Day.
Wired News Redesign:
What do you think to the WiredNews new-look? They've returned to using more black and a chunkier navigation bar. I thought there really was nothing wrong with the old version (and the improvements are indeed a step backwards) ?
Hey, throw the high school honor students out on the streets. Then they can join there peers in public mayhem
Is it just me, or does zero tolerance in the schools make less and less sense every waking moment?
Excelsior True Believers!
I have to hand it to that old bastard. Marvel's been a bit late in the game and they're still rather overboard design-wise, but Stan Lee's little hole in the wall on the 'Net ain't none too shabby. 7th Portal is just as cheesy as Stan Lee's always been, and just as heartwarming for an old comic bum like me. Anyone else like 7th Portal? Or am I the only one who has a copy of "Contest of Champions" 1-3?
reminds me of elementary school in a way. Every time there was a holiday, Ms. Capp would put up colorful decorations on the walls, windows, and doors of our classroom. Perhaps my 3rd grade teacher took a job as a designer at Google, because they're continuing the tradition just as she would have.
What do you get when you cross Google
? I don't exactly know, but it's been done by some mad scientists at AOL/Netscape/Time/Warner/Turner/Nullsoft/HBO/EMI/DC/etcetra........
And you thought it was safe to go back on the web when Yahoo
cut off their merger talks.
finally relaunches after months of teaser homepages and t-shirt offers. Don't expect the old Swanky though: they admit "we might as well be selling vacuum cleaners, it is that different. "
Freeserve relaunched today:
Considering that the vast majority of UK internet users have this set as their homepage, what's your opinion on the new-look Freeserve homepage. (it's like MSN - no?)
30 days until hatching!
First it was safety scissors. Now we can all sleep safer knowing we are safe from dangerous words
Weren't schools rewarding honor students at some point, or is my memory bad? (via obscurestore
Here in Seattle, we have a thing for big, ugly buildings
. Sports fans, in particular, have a thing for building expensive, retractable roofed stadiums
. So in order to make room for another one, the city is imploding
Bad news for Martini Design
, seeing as how they're located across the street. Or good news, maybe, since they're probably getting a lot of trafic from their implosion site
, with the streaming webcam
, and the Flash game, "The Imploder
." I still haven't been able to tear the thing down without taking a few innocent buildings down with it.
Worth has a great story
on how easy it would be for Goto.com to exploit its paying customers. (There may be some registration issues with this link; if it fails, go to the Worth home page
and click on "The Easy Way to Get Rich Click.")
on same-sex marriage at ivillage.com
. I'm always shocked by how many people oppose
it! What's wrong with this country?
for the man who still has everything.
has been nominated for a Webbie Award
in the Personal site category. Other than that, I was not impressed with the nominees.
Our own CUJoe's current PhotoOp
reminded me that I always forget the name of the units for measure hot pepper spiciness: Scovilles. For some reason this name won't stick in my brain. I always look it up here
. Take time to worship
Well, this is the most offensively stupid article I've seen in quite some time. [stolen from Ars
] People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
) is promoting the benefits of drinking beer instead of milk. Of course, there isn't one word about impairment of motor functions, alcoholism, or liver damage.
RIDING THE BULLET by Stephen King
E-books are here to stay or lastest of the internet crazes?
Stephen King is letting his lastest book all 1600 word or 66 pages of it out for a small $2.50 from Simonsay.com
Paperless world, mmm...
How without a laptop or you going to be able to read this in the bath tub or "reading room"?
Try also the Stephenking.com
For more information on the great writer's life and future.
Hometown girl makes good!
Your favorite palegirl
and mine is contributing-producing the first piece on the next episode of This American Life
-Your Navigator to internet audio- Napigator lets you see real-time server statistics and ping times. Allowing you to make the decision of which server you connect to based upon the number of users, files, gigabytes, and network lag.
Blogger: The relaunch verdict?
Blogger.com relauched their site with a funky new look and still more kewl features, do they still rock?
I had teething troubles in getting the remote editing to work. But after all that, it now works and in my opinion of course Blogger still rocks
a worthy way to spend your time: wait around on this site and see if it's true that an infinite number of monkeys typing on an infinite number of keyboards would produce Shakespeare's complete works. But don't get too excited if you start seeing "To," "Be," "or," "Not," "to," and "Be" in suspiciously close proximity: it's rigged.
, featuring "tales of near-sex experiences", is now live (after much thematically-appropriate hinting and teasing from Don
). I have a suspicion this is a site that won't ever
be wanting for content.
Can you help a brother out with a little money laundering?
So, I was thinking about this otherwise unremarkable spam while cleaning out my inbox when it dawned on me how familiar it was. I have seen this letter (with slight modifications to suit the contemporary political news from Nigeria) three times in my life. The first one I remember was over 10 years ago
(on oniony paper, soft brown fibery envelope, red mock-official stamp). And I was wondering: how many of you have seen a postal version of this letter? Did I just fluke out, or is this letter so common that it is some obscure junk mail counterpart to Coca-cola, Princess Diana & Baywatch
? I kind of like to think of it as the fraudspam equivalent of the nervous Don Knotts
Internet decency commission has no money.
Seems Congress neglected to include any funding when it was set up. How serious were
they about this, anyway?
Not very, it seems. The commission is operating on an extension. It was supposed to report last October, but they never bothered nominating any members for it until two days before the previous deadline.
It's been pointed out a lot lately (especially after Prop 22) that gays are the one minority that it is still safe to discriminate against. I agree, except that they are not the only ones.
And yes, I must admit, I resemble that remark.
looks like they are ready to start kicking ass and taking names. They've got themselves a new logo (which I dig) and some television commercials
that they will soon be airing nationally. If you do nothing else today, look at the Breast Pump
one. (thanks to ariana
for finding this)
Everybody can be a rock star
First there were guitarists, then there were people playing the keyboards. Now with your keyboard you can play the guitar. Don't forget to thank the Rockschool
when you pick up that Grammy.
Foolish mortals we, who had thought that the whole Mahir thing had run its course. We were wrong.
This really hurt me,
but it's all worth it for the Panda joke (#316). In fact, you really only need to read the first two sentences for it to be funny. Well, it made me
amazon.com calls for patent reform.
interesting open letter from bezos on the subject. of course, they're going to continue to use their patents as they can and see fit until the government forces them to do otherwise... (background
I have to say, the smurfalizer
is the smurfiest site I've smurfed all day. I wonder if I can find the Taxi Driver
script online, just to see "Did you smurf my wife? What? How can you ask me something like that? You heard me! Did you smurf my wife!?!"
I just don't understand soccer.
From the moment at which Dragoon did not press in the land deer, and one put in a defense in very passive zone, the party was totally of ADET.
The Playstation 2,
just like the G4 is considered a Supercomputer too. It's nice to know that hostile nations won't rip apart the system after they get gunned down in Metal Gear Solid.
Ever wonder what to do about all of that money you embezzeled? Now you know
Sometimes I like to surf for keywords from Simpson's quotes. "Remember, your job and the future of your family
hinges on your successful completion of Nuclear Physics 101
. Oh, and one more thing: you must find the jade monkey
before the next full moon.
A Webring for WebLoggers
by Jish for all of us. Lets face it, we all like having traffic to our sites, makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I joined and got plenty more hits on my site than I was getting before, its worth the time.
Mark your calendars: April 7th, 8th, and 9th.
Gas prices are getting too astronomically high up here in Alaska, which is retarded since most oil in the U.S. comes from Alaska (actually I don't know about "most", but I know "alot"), and I know that they're getting outrageous in the rest of the world too, so stage a "GAS OUT" (I hope you didn't get this emailed to you already... It actually was a spam I got. But it's a worthy spam if there ever was one) on those dates, to lower the prices. BUY NO GAS ON THOSE DATES! (Oh yeah, um... sorry I linked to my web site. I would've linked to another person's web site if I could find one that had information on the national gas out day, but I couldn't. Plus, my site wasn't getting enough traffic. Maybe if you guys would link to me for once. Sheesh :)
american prospect's demo[graph]ics
: Whenever there's a dollop of election news that might tip the scales between liberalism and conservatism they plot the progress on an (admittedly unscientific) graph. Since TAP Online is unabashedly liberal, the line will edge up when candidates with liberal ideas score points (or conservatives stumble). When the conservatives strike a chord (or liberals get flummoxed), the line will point down. This feature is intended as a quirky measure of political strategy.
the annual 8 day orange throwing festival in italy is ending today. [BBC News real video report
] -- great footage, they explain the bizarre tradition, show it, and show the aftermath [which includes some bloody injuries] -- if you saw a segment about this on bbc world news last week, this is the same.
trying to snake m3tacubed's
niche? Will I be forced to create a site that cherrypicks the best links from sites like weblognation
just to stay ahead of the crowd at staying away from the content? Meta-Meta-Meta-Comedy is hard enough, I'm afraid that if I go one more level out I'll end up screwing up time-space continuum... Tacky-on.net? No? Trust me, you loved it next month.
The Corporatization of Weblogs Has Begun, it is decreed
The current Editor & Publisher
introduces blogging to its newspaper-editor audience and points out two blogs actually written by newspaper columnists. I do indeed agree that Weblogging is a viable new medium of expression for dead-tree media, and agree even more strongly that special-interest journalistic blogs are in desperate need. (I'm planning one myself, and wouldn't it be great to read dueling blogs on the same topic from rival newspapers?) I just worry that the column will have an illocutionary effect
, i.e., it will cause something to happen just by uttering words, rather like "I now pronounce you married." In this case the words I worry about are "The corporatization of Weblogs has begun." I can hear Rushkoff griping about the good old days already. And I'd gripe along with him.
I'll believe this
when DoubleClick changes their darn policy.
Sure, they've also recently said they'll postpone their new identifying database. How about to "never"?
Why, yes, I like being stupid,
but now I don't have to be. How silly of me to have failed to recognize that the earth is a Time Cube, with four simultaneous days. (But if God were
queer, I'd think this whole gay marriage rights mess would never have happened...)
Wait until three months, when dubba-u releases the special edition, and edits out all the right ring courting he did.
Clerks: The Animated Series
is coming to ABC in May (here's a preview in quicktime format
). How far will ABC let slacking, smoking, cursing vandals go? Are they gunning for SouthPark? I can't imagine a watered-down version of Clerks being very funny at all, the whole point of Clerks the movie was the absurdity of the dialogue and jokes. Don't get me wrong, I used to be an über Kevin Smith fan, but I just can't imagine enjoying a kid-friendly version of the New Jersey universe.
Looks like Haptek
is going to give Ananova
a run for her money. Haptek is working on a virtual newscaster. The difference is Ananova get's built on the server and streamed like a tv show. Haptek renders the character on your machine. Which is better? We'll see.
Vaccine linked to Autism?
Something every parent should know. I don't know if it's true or not, I mean it's not proven, but it is kind of scary.
Oh my, talk about your imperfect applications of technology. I'm searching for an image of one of those "Hello my name is..." badges for a little joke, so I tried out Lycos' image search engine
. After about five pages into the search for images containing "hello", a porn image would pop up on almost every search page. "Hello" is a generic term, so there's pictures of babies and kids right next to some gnarly stuff. Here's an example
of a kid and a hello kitty image juxtaposed between some interesting images. Here's another
: doll, doll, people screwing each other's brains out, hello kitty mouse....
One of the holy grails of the infosaturated overworking computer professionals like myself is a single food capable of giving all the nutrients you'd need for a meal, and be as easy as possible to prepare and eat. Some friends used to call this dream creation "food paste" or "foodstuff capsules" or most simply "fuel." I never thought my Jetsonian
dream would ever come true, but now there's the Dilberito
, with 100% of 23 vitamins
and Jamba Juice's
Smoothies. Why do I mention Jamba? Because I saw this poster
in the SFO airport last night, and they even go so far as to answer the question "can I get too much Jamba?
Did anyone catch the post-TV GUIDE AWARDS
interview with Amy Brenneman? This morning on the news they showed her talking about how she reads all the comments from the website
, and how she is obsessively drawn to the 10% or so that are negative. Then she laughed, held up her award, and said "Screw You!" to the people who said negative things about her - only she didn't say "screw"... You seldom see people getting bleeped in non-music award show interviews.
Scary calculation of the day: I spend about $750/mo. on rent in LA, and while I was checking the price range on apartments in San Francisco
, what I wanted was about $2500 per month. So in LA, I spend $9,000 per year on rent (actually it's half that, since I split it with my girlfriend), but in SF, it'd be $30,000 (!!!). For that cost, I could pay for a house in just a handful of years in any other state. Maybe Salon is right
, or maybe they aren't
History lesson time.
With all the Amazon patent hubbub, I thought it'd be nice to remind people that the same thing happened in the beginning of the automobile industry. (6th paragraph)
Let's hope history repeats itself again, and a few large corporations are put in cha . . oh wait.
Good God, does the Fuji Film website suck.
I run tall windows on my monitors, typically 700-800 pixels wide, but around a thousand pixels long, and over half my screen is blank on the Fuji site. Why on earth did they force everything to 500 pixels or so of height? I've never seen a consumer site like this do that before. The other peeve is I bought their smart media floppy adapter
, and I wanted to know if there were new Windows2000 drivers for it (it came with Win9x drivers on one disk, and NT drivers on the other). Their support area only lists phone numbers of service centers, no mention of software driver downloads or knowledge bases, or even a FAQ about products. This company does *not* get the web, wake up Fuji Film, it's the 21st century now.
Big Ben passes this one on to me: New Yorker inane ad of the week
. "It's worth it just for the modified 'monocled man' drawing," he says. And he is correct.
Finally, a site
that lets you send dog shit anonymously to anyone in the world, wrapped up in elegant packaging with a nice label affixed to it with the greeting of your choice. I'll be ordering the PooPoo Grande.
is a company that makes an anonymous web browser for surfing sites without getting any cookies, without recording your IP address, and without leaving a trace of where you went on your browser. I don't know how much use this would be (besides, say, looking at porn sites at work or something), but the most amazing part of this is the programming was done by 15-year old and 16-year old kids, who are now worth at least $750,000
Folks, this one's not a joke.
The major software publishers are trying to make an end-run around the copyright laws. If this passes anywhere
we're all potentially going to be bound by it. All they have to do is stick a clause in the license that says "This shall be governed by the laws of the state of Virginia."
They're also trying to make an end-run around the First Amendment. If this passes it will be illegal for you to write a review about any software package, or to reveal any information about bugs you find.
Finally, they're trying to make an end-run around property law. If it passes, you won't own
the software you purchase, you'll be leasing
it, and you won't be protected by state laws on commercial purchase.
Cat Detecto Software?
It's software that detects cat-typing then blocks keyboard input while emitting "a sound that annoys cats." I wonder if this could be modified to prevent co-workers from using my computer to browse porn while I'm at lunch...
One of the things I like best about the internet is the inherent asynchronousness of communication. I could never come up with a witty comeback about string theory
off the top of my head.
Of course, before I was on the internet, I never had a reason
to make a witty comeback about string theory...
[special thanks to Matt for his dictionary.com
I bought 3 Quick Picks for the Lottery
this week, thinking that if there were any balance in the universe I'd be due for a big payoff...
If SuperLotto was High/Low, I'd have nailed it. I got one
. 5 number for lotto x 3 quick picks = 15 potential correct numbers.
I got ONE
On the upside, I'm still due
. Touch me now, I'm jam packed full of luck potentiality...
MetaTalk is now live.
I've been talking about it for a while, and now it's here. The addition of it and the Changelog
does crowd up the menus a bit more, but a redesign is in the works so consider this a temporary inconvenience
Should be posting the story any time now - Angelina Jolie just signed to do Tomb Raider. For all of you guys who have been waiting to put a human face to your digital fantasy, there
Holy Schnikies! Broadband video that doesn't look too bad.
I don't know what they're using for the tech behind this (besides some shockwave 7 and a plugin of their own design), but the video is compression-free and clear (well, if you ignore the stupid scanlines). If you're on a fast line, by all means check it out, pretty amazing stuff (now they just need to stream some good content, like the simpsons :).
Derision 2000 (Y2Komedy Department)
The best thing about this satiric "secret memo" from the Dubya campaign is the date at the top of it: February 29, 1990. A Slate story, so obviously written with MS Word...
I found these FUTURE JOES
(GI Joe 2010 series) while following a link
from Rebecca Blood's site
for the Navajo Code Talker GI Joes
. Perhaps it's showing my age, but I really want one. Of course, I also want some of the Nisei
soldiers so that I can reenact those POW camp scenarios that I used to subject my GI Joe to as a kid. I know where the bodies are buried.
Hey, how come The Grim Reaper Site
didn't have questions about GI Joe?
Was your GI Joe a) home on leave when you were concieved b) 12" c) 12" with lifelike hair and beard and realistic scar d) 12" with Kung Fu Grip e) really an Action Man f) a little pussy 3" action figure g) $50 and from the "Collectible Collection"? h) dolls are for girls.
Slashdot has an interview up with Chris Lehmann,
a good friend of mine that teaches High School in New York. Chris somehow has managed to marry hyper-energy, geekiness, and a Stand By Me
teaching attitude to make Beacon a great example of how public school can still work. Chris rocks. You should tell him so
5k gets wired
the .ultimate design kontest
gets notived by wired.
the result is a comment by a despaired jason
Hey, man, don't be too sad, there is far too much good webdesigners that will compete already :)
i just can't think of the shame i would have experienced after watching veen's, jason's, alice's... or granp-pa Zeldie's entries.
What makes me wonder is :: can k10k's team win ?
i'm curious to see what they can do with accessibilty and low-fat in mind, it would definitely bury the 'ala affair' that made some hot-talks weeks ago in some dark areas of the web.
another interrogation, will judges be cruel enougth to view them through some funky toy
in full flow at Salon
"In the three weeks since my last column, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been up hill and down dale, beating the bushes in upstate New York to try to convince someone somewhere that she is a woman of substance rather than a raisin-eyed, carrot-nosed, twig-armed, straw-stuffed mannequin trundled in on a go-cart by the mentally bereft powerbrokers of the state Democratic Party."
The new google bookmarklets
are amazingly simple and useful. I've been wanting to do something like this for a while
, and after seeing them, I decided to rework the code to make the web-based spellchecker I always wanted. If you bookmark this:
bookmarklet, highlight a word on a web page, and hit the bookmark for it, it will load that word into dictionary.com's site. It's IE-only, but I'll redo the Netscape one too.
Sad but True.
For me its a toss up between Hessian #5's vulnerable charm, and Hessian #6's straight-forward honesty.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the web.
Now it turns out that the damned ad companies can inadvertantly learn a LOT about you that you didn't realize you were telling them.
You know, I'm really glad I use AtGuard and have closed off DoubleClick and FocaLink and all those other guys in my firewall by blocking their IPs. (It's now part of the Norton Internet Security 2000 package, and I recommend it highly.)
From me, they learn nothing because they never even see the requests.
Silly Putty turns 50.
I suspect I'm older than most of you, and I grew up
with Silly Putty, "The toy with only one moving part".
's design is impressive, though a little overbearing and CPU-intensive (and somehow, "next page" takes me to the "top of the page"). Its humor section features some McSweeney's writers, including Neal Pollack
, who I learned to love from his work at the Chicago Reader
The site launches next week, and I'm not sure who is behind or what exactly its motives are. Its manifesto
says it's all about "freethinking individuals," but since creating a "storefront"
is giving the same weight as creating a "home page,"
I guess it's more about "selling" "stuff." How indie.
Stickin' it to the man
has just been made easier, thanks to the wonderful Internet. This PR dude's site TellThemNow.com
is basically going to act as an anonymous gateway to industry movers and shakers... letting you tell them exactly
how you feel. Kickass. Someone tell Ev
to get his Dell gripe ready. :)
You couldn't plan a funnier headline than this.
This is another keeper quote "[one of the employees] said she resented being treated like a sexual object." Treated like a sexual object in a strip club? Who would have thought that'd happen? I'm sorry, I'm all for worker's rights, but in a strip club? You gotta draw the line somewhere.
Not even canines
are safe from road rage. God I hate San Jose. Even if the guy's from Virginia, there's just something about this place that turns people into monsters, and not the good kind like mummies and werewolves.
Much in the spirit of the ASCII Star Wars
site, Neale over at wetlog
has unveiled an short ASCII version of American Beauty
(when is the academy going to finally recognize the brilliant work of ASCII illustrators everywhere?). He's also running a contest
for players of The Sims
. I've been thinking about getting this game since I first saw it, but Neale's contest is enough to push me over the edge and actually buy it. I'd like to try getting my Sims to perform either Magnolia
or The Ice Storm
I think ICANN, I think ICANN...
I'm one of 2600 North Americanskis to apply for an "@large" membership in the first 5 days
(but they're using snail mail to send me a PIN number I need to access memberstuff in addition to
a password they e-mailed me... )
Will joining give me a chance to get my voice heard? Or a feeling of webgeek belonging? Or just something to put on the resume to impress the internet-clueless?
Is this an example of (cliche #1)"keeping your friends close and your enemies closer"? Or (cliche #2) "I wouldn't want to join any club that would have me as a member"? Do I have any idea what I'm talking about?
Whoa! Computer consultants working hourly or as temp workers in California are now required by law to be paid overtime
when working more than 8 hours per day. This is good news for workers, but I'm sure businesses will find a loophole soon.