July 2000 Archives
Let Nader into the debates! Sign
the petition, email
the Commission on Presidential Debates, write letters
to the editor about why Ralph belongs in the debates, and more
No matter who you're supporting this election, I can't see why you wouldn't want Nader in the debates. If you're supporting Bush (um, why?
), Nader would make Bush look like an even more solid conservative. If you're supporting Gore, Nader would nudge Gore on the important issues. And if you're supporting Nader, well...!
A positive MP3 story..
Yeah I know you're all sick and tired of hearing about the controversy, but this time let's try talking about the positive
side to mp3 technology... [more]
Mozilla Savaged By Suck.
Yet another high-profile site calling for the open-source quagmire that might be Netscape 6 one day to put up or shut up. No word whether some crank from Mozilla has called Greg Knauss
a Microsoft-loving son of a whore yet.
Magnificent Wellesian Flop to Be Remade as Mini-Series
Ok, have I got something for you. Well, I think so. Actually, the title could have read : "Teenagers ruin Orson Welles' carrier", or there are a couple of other ideas, not going to bore you with them.
A&E to remake The Magnificent Ambersons at $14 mil, it will star Madeleine Stowe, Jennifer Tilly, James Cromwell, Jonathan Rhys-Myers and Thora Birch (Talk about a bad cast. Tilly? Each!)
"For those who don't
know, Welles' second film was cut by over 40 minutes (mostly at the end)
by order of his studio while he was away making (or trying to make)
"It's All True" in Brazil. The loss of these 40 minutes is generally
considered one of the great tragedies in film history, as much for the
effect on Welles' subsequent career as for the masterpiece that might
have been. (Not that it isn't a masterpiece of sorts, as it is.)"
Problems with this? Chances are that the original Welles script will be buried under too much new content. Then again, We could see the 40 minutes worth of cut content (Damn Teenagers). A&E claims that they have the technology and the resources to make the script better, stronger, and more agile with better reflexes than befoure. Heh. I'm goofy that way.
Speaking of redesigns, has anyone visited http://www.kottke.org/ recently (like in the last 24 hours)? Whaddya think?
An interesting web interface for searching and downloading mp3s floating around on the MyNapster
networks (Napster has currently shut them out of their network). But if everyone starts using a browser interface like this (and aren't logged into a Napster-like client) who's going to be serving the files in the first place?
Mister Lance adds a bunch more words into the Napster debate
. "Napster bad," he says, for the most part. But the opinions are thought-out and justified.
"Naming and shaming" needs to stop
is being claimed by groups who are meeting with News of the World
executives. These groups claim that releasing information about pedophiles to communities is degrading and sparks more violence than good. They beleive making jail sentences longer will become a better alternative to hilighting offenders, and help to reform them to the point where the information is not needed by those around them.
The new weblog/site: take back vermont
covers the the recent gay marriage ruling in Vermont and the flap it has caused for some of the more kooky right wing citizens. Many citizens have go so far as to openly display their bigotry by posting signs in their yards
. The best part about the site? Putting it at the domain of the people that oppose gay marriage, and asking people to deface the signs by adding a ".COM" to them
so they can see a site that asks folks to support the law and all the reasons why it should stand. Simply ingenious.
I'd have given my right arm for this when I was 6.
Of course, in 1959 there was
no such thing as this. (A lot of research scientists
would have given portions of their anatomies for this in 1959; this thing is comfortably more powerful than an IBM 7090, which was state of the art then. I think it cotains more disk space than existed in the world in 1959.)
I've been converted
- Earlier today, I was arguing with some coworkers to the effect that napster was protected and should be free and clear. Between the document at the above link and the information in the RIAA
injunction brief, it looks like I might have been wrong.
Why can't these guys use more discretion in their e-mails
? They might have been OK if they'd kept their mouths shut.
There's no reason they shouldn't be able to do this
, but I still want to hurt them. (Via memepool
This just in:
Napster's injunction to shut down tonight at midnight has been stayed (I'll add a url to a story when CNN writes it - BTW, how crazy is it that the napster news gets top level precedence as breaking news on a site as big as CNN? screenshot
Is this for real?!? The Blair government in the UK is proposing to change the rape laws so that any man accused of such a crime will be guilty until proven innocent!!!
(Even weirder, this tidbit is halfway down a story that thinks the bigger news is that they want to make sex in public legal. Which is fine, I guess, as long as I'd retain the right to hose them down if I saw them out on the sidewalk in front of my house.)
Crazy Drunk Guy.
Hilarious. Web developer shares RealAudio recordings of an unknown, crazy (but entertaining) drunk guy who keeps calling him at the office to chat. An example of the miracle of the web, that he is able to share this with the world...
These sliding menus
may not be anything much to you design mavens out there, but to a simple engineer/management consultant like myself, they are addictively neat. Whenever I check out the site, I find myself pulling them out and playing with them while deciding where to go in the site. How'd they do that?
balthaser has a new concept...forget jakob nielsen, THIS could be the end of web design as we know it!
I am not comforted.
Anything which is based on voluntary compliance by those bastards is an empty promise at best and a delaying tactic at worse.
I want a law.
is a book I need to read. And here's
a sampling of that writer's virtuousity....
This has been showing up in my referrer log.
The site enables you to surf anonymously. It also blocks stats on systems, screen resolution and browser type. It might prove useful to some here. As a designer though, I have concerns about being able to track user statistics.
Birth Control Pills for Men
I'm not sure who the target market for this product is, though I'd think that the only women who would trust that a man is truly "on the pill" would be ones who watched him take it every day, so married/cohabitating men only, I suppose. Probably just as well.
I am speechless.
I can't imagine the time and effort it took to create this. Unless of course there is some program out there that will do it for you. If there is, then it is just "kewl."
But aren't the dancing tampons in the bottom left corner a bit much? I wonder what music they are dancing to. "Ragtime" maybe?
Napster may be down, but pandora's out of the box
, baby. Get OpenNap as soon as you can (if anyone finds a link to OpenNap, by all means post the URL)
Shut it down!
Napster ordered to shut down immediately. Backlash anyone?
A new feature from Deja.com
"will automatically link mentions of product names in discussion threads to a commerce area on its site." Is it really useful, as Deja claims, or does it imply endorsements for the linked products by the authors of the posts?
has been silenced, because of a massive DDOS/Spam attack. For those of you that did not know the site, "K5" was a techy discussion forum, much like Slashdot
, but with an open submission queue, meaning that everybody could decide on what topics showed up on the first page. Which was ultimately one of the means used to bring it down. Censorship by IP flooding? cyber-vandalism? doesn't matter; a nice, interesting community site has been forced off the Net...
Pregnant women on death row.
I don't understand why this is an issue. I'm not commenting on capital punishment here, a problem in itself, but what's the rush? Why not just wait until the child is born?
This reminded me of one of the stupidest things I've ever seen.
Once on vacation in Eastern Oregon, there was a total eclipse of the moon, just like this one. And some people nearby were taking photographs of it.
photographs. The round-trip time to the moon at the speed of light is 3 seconds and I wouldn't even want to calculate the attenuation caused by 320,000 miles of range.
Sometimes it seems as if some people are completely and totally clueless about what they're doing.
is what Ammuricka's all about! Let's be honest about our electoral process....
Sony Announces GScube Development System
This new system is powered by the equivalent of 16 PlayStation2s. And created specially for development of "e-cinema," computer graphics movies and other new digital content.
Sony against Silicon Graphics?
Dex and Courtney's wedding is off ...
and you can find out why by watching JenniCam
. "Jennifer Ringley ... is in the eye of a virtual storm as a result of her relationship with Dex, ex of Dex and Courtney, whose wedding invitation
promised a 'spiritual love fest' of 'two souls uniting in harmony' (it was still on Courtney's Web site -- www.latitude11.com -- even as Jenni's cam showed her and Dex having sex in her bedroom)."
O.J. Still in denial
He refuses to pay the $33.5 million a civil jury awarded to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in 1997 for his responsibility in their deaths. Good role model.
What's the big deal?
I'm sure even if he's walking around naked from the waste down his little bits are no doubt fully entombed in his massive blubber. Then again, I'm sure dealing with his ass isn't too pleasant.
No surprise here...
Am I the only one on this planet who realizes that despite how beautiful
it may be in the eyes of some, and how historically significant
it may be, they're just fighting over sand? Am I the only one who sees this? Am I missing something here? [more]
MTV Video Awards nominees have been announced
...and there's no "best alternative video" category anymore. What the hell! Granted, MTV has never been noted as a supporter of good music (remember 120 minutes
? that got the boot a while ago), but seeing those early "alternative" bands rock out on screen was what initially got me into music as a kid - I cringe at the thought that there's a whole new batch of 11 year olds out there who see the guitar as nothing more than a prop in a choreography routine.
At least I can take solace in the fact that Weezer
is finally touring the East Coast - all is not wrong with the world.
(either that or it's rigged)...
I made up a nice page of pure bullshit
, and the best score I've been able to get is 100% BS, 14 points...
this is after days of looking through EULA's and clickwrap licences for inspiration... Is BA BS? or is it just too smart for me???
Finally, the weapon
we've been waiting for. And at a bargain price really. ;]
Yuck! I guess orange is the new white.
Wrong Way! Go Back!
Cyberpal, i couldn't disagree more. ESB is actually the best of the 4 SW movies because the characters aren't encumbered with destroying the Death Star or flying back and forth to Naboo by way of Tatooine and Coruscant. A New Hope and Return end all happy with medals and Ewoks. i like the tougher ending of ESB, especially as i get older. it was a little depressing when i was a kid, but, hey, i'm not one anymore.
Yes, Virginia, there was life before the Internet...
...but nobody's bothered to archive it yet. Thanks to those wacky .edu's, there's a fair amount of historical data out there, but if you're hoping the newspapers who charge for archive "reprints" will have material from the '40s, the '60s or even the '80s, you're still better off going to the library and flipping through microfiche
(bet that's the first time THAT word's been used on MetaFilter). I hesitated blogging this story here until I saw how the Internet History Timeline
caught some people by surprise... Yes, even we MetaFilterers are sitting on the shoulders of Giants (and a few of us are old enough to remember "They Might Be Giants" as a movie starring George C. Scott
Tasty and delectable new features including HTML TEXT!
I can't wait!
I wondered who invented the Internet.
would say Al Gore
, but even after reading parts of the history of the Internet (first link), I can't figure it out. I think the "USSR" prompted us to do it when they launched Sputnik. Is this really the case?
Scientists have finally come up with a good use
for old people.
Crap, don't tell me I have to upgrade again!
IBM introduced a commercial version of the "ASCI White computer" today, which it claims is the world's most powerful supercomputer, able to process 12.3 trillion calculations per second. But can I play pacman on it?
Double Entendre and the Design of Public Lavatories
. From a recent Wall St. Journal article on the architecture of bathrooms...
"Bathrooms are for more than just relieving the kidneys," says Ian Schrager, owner of 16 boutique hotels in New York, Los Angeles, London and elsewhere. "It's about someone coming out with a smile on their face and wanting to tell their friends about it because it's fun."
As one of the promoters behind Studio 54, I imagine Mr. Scharger is no doubt aware of the double meaning of the above quote. The article is interesting, but of course you need a subscription to read it, as such, I have taken the liberty of posting the article myself without the WSJ's permission.
In the public interest or irresponsible journalism?
One of our infamous tabloid newspapers published the names, locations and pictures of convicted paedophiles yesterday, the police have condemned what they did, the paper claims it is in the public interest and that the police don't do enough to protect us.....[more inside]
is a site that lets you store memories when they occur to you and read the memories of others.
Classified documents posted, greeted with big yawn.
What I find interesting is... If these documents are so uninteresting, why were
they classified? It kind of bolsters my opinion that most secrecy in government is not unlike Calvin in his treehouse with the sign that says "No Grils". It's all an exercise in in-group, out-group dynamics, and has little, if anything, to do with National Security. Which means this is a big deal after all, if you think about it...
Ever want a really cool email address?
Like howabout @jesusisdead-getoverit.com?
Why not email@example.com?
offers tons and tons of rather... umm... unique email addresses...
Unfortunately most don't pass MetaFilter's obcenity restrictions... :]
A site "dedicated to examining the possibility that God is walking the earth as a 21st century, multi-ethnic, superstar golfer and whether that is any more or less likely than God coming in the form of a first-century, Jewish carpenter."
I got a CD-ROM from John's site a few months ago. Am I on some CIA/FBI list now? (His site is down apparently.)
Well, I'm compleetly fed up with english speling for everything. Its so dammed inconsistant and ilogical, Ill never get the hang of it. Forchunately, now theres a way to express yourselfs using chinese-like english characters. It's called Yingzi
and now you can write english as quickly as you can write
is fucked right up.
Sorry, but that's the only adequate description for it...
I love PLIF
... It's one of the coolest comics ever...
I'm trying to buy a computer- a newer one. My 'mental health', however, won't seem to let me. Extreme paranoia and crushing guilt. How much is too much to pay for a computer (we're talking PCs here, not Macs)? Well, that depends on how much one earns, right? Let's just say that money is not an issue for me.
Plus, I'm a software engineer. So, I'll be using it for more than porn and MeFi. Why can't I 'click here to check out'?
Tell me I'm not alone...
IBM's Linux commercial.
Part of their Avery Brooks "serious software" ad campaign, which I like a lot, I have to say.
Does anyone else notice the resemblance between this image
and this one
? Maybe something more than nominatons will be going on in there...
Pentagon to modify gay policy
They have instituted a policy that attempts to prevent mistreatment or harassment against people who aren't even allowed to say who they are. I'm sure the gay men and women serving our country are sleeping much easier tonight.
Hizbollah supporters arrested for Cigarette smuggling.
The men may have netted up to $10,000, and according to an "confidential Canadian source" were under orders to buy night vision goggles for Hizbollah, which is considered a terrorist group by Israel and the United States. Their leader is said by another(?) source as being "very comfortable around weapons."
I don't think it's a coincidence that this story is coming to our attention during the peace talks at Camp David. There's nothing in any article I have read on this story giving any substantial proof that these people and their arrest were really front-page events. Does anyone else feel that reportage of the Middle East, and indeed US policy, is clouded and indeed skewed, perhaps in much the same way as the States' Cuba policy?
Unleash your idea virus.
A groundbreaking article from Fast Company - on the same order as the one a while back they published called "a Brand Called You". Very interesting read if you are hoping to be the holder of the next "big idea"....
The government and FBI are innocent
of any wrongdoing at Waco. Special Counsel John Danforth is '100% certain' that agents did not fire on Davidians or set the fires responsible for the 80 deaths. Also, he concludes that the government did not engage in any sort of cover-up.
Potential Spoiler Warning:
If you're the sort who believes discussing a film before seeing it spoils it, please do not participate in this thread. Seen it
yet? What'd ya think? Haven't seen it? Why or why not? I almost wasn't. till I heard Singer spoke with Stan Lee about what inspired X-Men and what makes it really tick. I'll see it tomorrow. Willing to give the benefit of the doubt.
Wish I'd Said That Dept.
If the privacy-invaders are going to collect so much information on me, why can't they seem to USE IT?
Drive through Funeral Home Viewing?
This has got to be the most disgusting thing I've seen in a long time. "Convience in your time of grieving"??? How about respect for the dead? [obscene word] convience. THIS is where American society is just going down the tubes. Some things just should NOT happen. And this is one of them.
WaSP! blasts Netscape.
Good, good, good... about f**king time. All of my Netscape cronies are now using I.E. because of exactly what this letter says.
An honest review of Harry Potter.
"I am Curry. A slim and handsome race car driver.
Bold, handsome, confident, and good-looking are the words that immediately come to my mind when I try to describe my personality. On second thought, other words that come up are gorgeous, sexy, and brave."
ICANN's Report on new Top Level Domains
came out a few days ago, and I saw a list in a paper of some of the new proposed TLDs. These include: .shop, .travel, .news, .sex or .xxx, .web, .arts, .store. Two things worthy of discussion - what's the difference between .shop .store and .web (and where are other CONTENT based divisions such as .gay, .fan, .info, .zine, .kids) and secondly, why are these supposedly GLOBAL domain names all in full uncompressed English?
"When Plastic Surgeons Attack"?
It's good to know Fox is going about pandering to the worst instincts of American television viewers *responsibly*. I feel better, don't you?
"Here, Lizard, Lizard..."
My take on this: there's not much difference, in nutrition terms, between mass-reared fastfood chicken, and crunchy wild lizard. (Ask the cast of Survivor
or Bush Tucker Man
Speed of light broken.
But it may be awhile before we can harness it for anything useful. Fascinating, nonetheless.
Read the comment.
Barbara promises to go away.
Given her track record, I bet she goes back on her word this time, too. (Psst! Barbara! Be a mensch. Pay Harlan back his fifty bucks. You don't even have to include over forty years of interest, and/or any vigorish for inflation, OK?)
Roger Black on Design.
MacAddict put up an interview with Roger Black from their August 2000 issue. There are a couple of interesting points as in his take on transitioning from print to web:
"I think that the main thing is pretty much to work as you would in print design. A good designer always focuses on the reader or the customer, the viewer, whatever the end-user is. You just have to do that on the Net the same way you do in print.... I do not believe that the technological hurdles are that big. It doesn't seem to me that big of a deal.... Most of the stuff we do on the Web is not particularly difficult. Almost anybody, particularly anybody under thirty growing up in our society has enough technological culture to work with it. Don't get scared. It’s not that big of a deal."
- 20 years from now we'll all look back on this and simmer...
as seen from the perspective of a pretty cynical guy.
Compassionate Conservatives are Hate Males
It has been a strange day today. I got a letter in the mail from a nearby church asking me to change my religion because said religion was supporting homosexuals. You know what, I'm thinking of going to their service on Sunday and letting them know what I think of their Hate mail they sent me. Deeply offensive.
Then I find out that a Shrub (George W. Bush) does not support seperation of Church and State. And infact wants to have state 'sponsored' 'official' religions!
Personally I am getting a little sick and tired of intollerance. Furthermore, I am gettign sick of Gerorge W. Bush. The man makes my skin crawl. Please, someone offer me a job outside of Texas...
Netscape Communicator 4.74 Final
has been released. This is reported to be the last in the 4.xx series browsers before Netscape 6 comes. Warning: this time it finally tips the scales at just over 20 megabytes for the Win32 version, wow. It's supposed to be a better Linux implimentation.
Imminent Death of Internet Predicted!
Napster killed the Internet star, says record exec Edgar Bronfman Jr. "Let me tell you what else is in trouble here: the Internet. In the end, the Internet itself will not be able to survive if it becomes a haven for illegal activity. Copyrights must be protected online."
Yet another outlook vulnerability.
This one's significantly nastier than the previous ones, because it can attack and run programs on your computer as you download the email from your server
Nader of the Above
...Michael Moore's at it again, and I think this crazy scheme just might work. But then I thought Mike's idea of getting all the candidates to bodysurf over a mosh pit was gonna work too...
For you Survivor fans,
this is how it REALLY ought to be done. (Is anyone surprised that John "Daikatana" Romero was first to die? Who do you think will be the last man standing?)
Does anyone really believe that most VC firms wouldn't back a solid business plan only because a woman ran the company? The argument sounds like parity for the sake of parity, without merit.
c|net buys ZD
I guess the bright side is, now Download.com's archives will be combined with ZDNet's, as well as shareware.com.
The Borg have sent a gift to Earth
The much rumored Apple cube seems to be real. Apple Insiders has just posted what looks to be a promotional photo of the new computer. Looks pretty cool. Not sure why there are vents on top but still, I wouldn't mind having one.
Breakin' dah law breakin' dah law!
The eleventh commandment: Thou shalt not plagiarize... The following was blatantly copypasty stolen. An Important Note Regarding Netiquette: Under no circumstances is credit on a "links" page a way of giving back to the creatives of the web: its an afterthought that limps pathetically around the back corners of your site, while our work brings the main pages to life.
So use the Web, but no linking!
Just WHAT PLANET
have these offended artists
been on since 1994? Why are they suddenly freaking out now
You are a loser because I say so.
Ellison, the second richest person in the world, decides to give some come-upance to the intellectual elite his human resource people are probably now kicking themselves in the head over.
R.I.P. bitchslap pimpwar
Warning: Can't connect to MySQL server on 'bitchslap' (111) in index.inc.pimp on line 91
Internet may need new cyber-borders-U.S. legal body By Richard Meares
The internet's only use is for commerce. That's it. The only reason anyone uses the internet is to purchase books and rugs. The internet can not be defined as anything else, thus, there are no users, they're CONSUMERS
. That's all they are. Consumers
Too bad, We "Enthusiasts"
"may love the Internet's scant regard for authority and borders?"
What? "Scant regard for authority"? What authority? This is just sick.
Anyone know of any good
lyric sites besides stuff like LyricSearch
From the boys who brought you Napster
comes the supposed copyright-adhering, pay-to-trade file swapping service AppleSoup
. Here's their press release
Razorfish fires back
and files their own lawsuit against IAM.com. Razorfish maintains that IAM.com is suing because they're out of money (they just laid off a quarter of their staff). Perhaps "funding-by-lawsuit" is a new sustainable business model?
A birth control pill for men.
I wonder if it will be available over the counter, or if annual prostate exams will be required before getting a prescription from a doctor.
Jesus Christ was a Communist?
Fidel Castro seems to think so. The article even goes as far as to hint that Fidel's once atheistic views have "mellowed" in his old age.
The Hacker's Diet
has been around for a while (since 1991), created by John Walker
, one of the founders of Autodesk. There's no major gimmick, just eat less than you burn. What it does offer, though, is a handy way of keeping track of your true weight using a weighted moving average, that helps dampen the oscillations of your daily water input & output. The author made Excel charts at first, but now he offers a version for the Palm
. Happily, it works on even my ancient, wussy little Palm Pilot Personal edition (512K memory). I've been using it for about a month, and lost about ten pounds so far. Your mileage will almost undoubtedly vary.
ABC : Get ready for ``Must Pee TV.''
So, imagine, there you are, at the urinal, trying to make peace, when Norm's sexist melon is right in your face, saying "Oh my God, look at the size of that thing!"; "Hey watch your shoes!"; "You're a mover and shaker, and so am I."; "visual tag lines" like: "Another fine use of the color yellow."
"The campaign is designed to raise awareness that the series has been moved to ABC's Friday schedule. The audience will understand when we're done that (Friday) is an adult night of comedy."
So, um, fire and water
are copyrighted now, like music? "Buy the sky and sell the sky". . .
I don't even understand exactly what the objective of the original mission was, other than risk your lives because we tell you to.
Shouldn't we have goals when we send military units into action? (I say we because to me, the UN is all of us.) It reminds me of this article
about how the Kosovo operation ignored the painful lessons America learned in Vietnam.
I don't pretend to understand how we can solve these mammoth problems, but they still concern me. Is military force really the answer here?
For those who are gamers and love the challenge of humans on fast LAN games . . . lanparty.com
Half-Life & Unreal Tournament.
The Anatomy of File Download Spyware.
A nice report on the "spyware" present in downloading utilities like Netscape/AOL's "Smart Download", NetZip "Download Demon", and RealNetworks "RealDownload". It's true, we are all being watched.
rodmantv.com - see who signed up
rodman may know parties... but he doesn't know the web...
follow the link above to view who signed up for notification of the launch of his site
You must be of legal drinking
age to enter this site.
Oh yes, when I'm in college, I WILL
be one, I WILL
. . . oh yes, it will be mine.
The 'biggest band in the world'
are the last to get their site on line... (Not counting the Popmart site that only lasted as long as the American tour, after which MSN simply took it down, leaving European fans bewildered. It was a money thing.)
Obviously still in beta, it is surprising the site has gone live already. Check the source for the company that made it: Good Technology
. I would love to hear some expert feedback on the dhtml usage.
Remember the movie Magnolia?
One of the themes running through the movie was of amazing coincidences and chance. This story of a people getting hit by trains
near San Francisco this week mentions one such coincidence. A man was hit by a train, and on that very train was the chairman of a "nonprofit group whose goal is to reduce the number of train-related collisions, deaths and injuries." The additional fact that this safety group leader was enroute to give a speech on grade-crossing safety makes it approach urban legend status, but it did indeed happen.
Do Leahy and Hatch actually read their email?
Odds are you might get read by one of their assistants, but still I recommend you send a message in your own words as opposed to what mp3.com recommends. Whether you want changes to copyright legislation or not, let your voice be heard. It's just a click away. Also, MP3 Goes To Washington
contains some enlightening and thought-provoking material.
Help Kalki Get Laid!!!
Come on, MeFi... where's your community spirit? If he gets 1 Million visitors (current count:262940), nine girls have agreed to sleep with him.
Help the kid out, willya???
Via: Sugar & Brine
Oh great another "weblogs are stupid and they all suck" article
came out, but what I really want to know is: why does the other article
running this week at ALA
acknowledge that "99% of everything is crap," but the weblog article doesn't? Comparing the cruft at the bottom of weblogs with the 1% best of writers (Ginsberg and Kerouac) seems unfair and pointless. And where are the solutions? Tell everyone to stop? Tell them to write better? What's so hard about ignoring the sites you don't like instead (I do that with most advertising)?
Scour is in some trouble
But is it really their fault? The web is loaded with all kinds of junk, they just happen to be bring it all together in one searchable site. none the less, bad news for them.
The Coalition for the Future of Music
is a group started by Jenny Toomey of now-defunct indie record label Simple Machines
, entertainment lawyer Walter McDonough, Brian Zisk of iCast
, and Michael Bracy of the Low Power Radio Coalition
. Jenny's been doing some thought-provoking writing
about the subject of digital music, even if I don't agree with everything she's said, and I'm glad to see a group springing up that seems (unlike the corporate mouthpieces from the RIAA
) to be thinking about how musicians are going to make a living in a post-Napster world.
, As a user of the Internet and a fan of music, I am extremely concerned with the issues currently facing the digital music community, particularly those affecting my rights as a consumer to listen to the music that I have purchased. Your hearing has helped the public to understand my concerns."
I am shocked - shocked, I say!- to discover that the Linux/Open Source media would operate using the same sort of shenanigans as the media covering the Evil Empire!
DSL Hell to get worse
before it [maybe] gets better. CWA Local 2108
is in negotiations for a new contract with Bell Atlantic and it is not going well
. If they can't reach agreements, there is a work stoppage scheduled on August 5th. This will affect pretty much every DSL install in the Bell Atlantic region; CWA includes installers, technicians and tech support. So get it while you can, or prepare to wait a while.
[note: I'm not a CWA member, I work for an ISP trying to grapple with this]
Vive Le Google!
...or maybe "Viva La Google" or something...
I don't think I've seen Google use their logo to celebrate a non-American holiday before. Will we get holidays from around the world now? Can we expect a glorious logo for St. Swithin's Day? Where will it end????
Now when little Billy goes to get that violent video game he can check out the latest issue of Juggs Magazine too!
Even though I've mentioned this, I should post a link.
Even though solar flares
are evil and will ultimatly bring down the human kind, they make for really cool night light shows
Sky watchers should be on the lookout for aurora during nighttime hours for the next two days. The bright gibbous moon will hamper visibility of faint Northern and Southern Lights, but bright aurora may be visible in spite of the lunar interference. Usually, the best time to see aurora borealis (or aurora australis) is near local midnight.
Let the witch-hunt begin.
Truthfully, I don't blame the police one bit for taking the guy down as hard as they did... he resisted arrest 2-3 times as well as exchanged gunfire with them twice before they subdued him.
Countdown to Armageddon
- "In the last few years the world has gone from one Earth-shaking crisis to another. While some say that we are on the threshold of a Brave New World Order, others warn that humanity now totters on the brink of unprecedented disaster & chaos!"
is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why.
Oh, excuse me, but this is a duplicate post
. But why does that previous post have tomorrow's date
on it? Could it be from July 14th, 1999
? And if that's the earliest surviving post in the archives, then that must mean...
Happy Birthday, MetaFilter!
a day early, but I thought we needed time to collect 1216 greeting comments, and take up a PayPal collection to buy Matt something cool for under 30 bucks.
Free domains, it looks like.
Register a .cc domain, and get some coupons to register some .com domains. The catch seems to be is that the .cc people are the administrative contact for the first year, which I guess means they "own" it. Should be okay though, as long as you don't do anything naughty
, I saw on the news tonight where local companies are offering Healthcare plans for their pets as an added employment bonus. "Annual exams and annual vaccines are provided in FULL at NO charge. Extensive veterinary services are provided at significantly reduced fees. Office visits are only $15.00 which is a significant savings for United Pet Care members." How cool is that?
Is there a reason mattl.com
points to Metafilter, but www.mattl.com
gives me a 500 error? Or am I just going crazy again?
Kid Rock Starves To Death: MP3 Piracy Blamed
"This is exactly the kind of thing we've been warning our fans about," James Hetfield, the lone surviving member of Metallica, told reporters during a press conference at Hollywood's Grace Church Homeless Shelter. "First, they found Madonna dead of a crack overdose in the alley behind Liquid. Then my best friend and bandmate Lars is killed by cops during a botched hold-up of a liquor store. Now, Kid Rock dies of starvation like a filthy dog in the street. My God, people, didn't we learn the lesson of Elton John?"
Arousers of Trousers ltd.
is the strangest, most entertaining collection of writings and oddities i've seen yet. Stuart is bizarre yet absolutely hilarious. You have to hunt for the links a bit, but that's part of its charm. Even better reading than Greg's
site. And 1000 blank white cards
seems like a great instant source of amusement.
Massachusetts father surrenders in hockey rink killing
A local story for me, but a scary one at that. The story is that Junta fought the hockey coach after the game because the game was too rough. This was after he had been kicked out by the rink manager. He then proceeded to beat the coach unconscious, in front of the kids, and the coach later died. His plea is self-defense.
Yeah, he left the rink, came back, beat up a guy who was 100 pounds lighter, and pleads self-defense.
The August 2000 issue of Wired points readers to Tokyo Motor Trenz
(site doesn't appear to be working at the moment), a small store in SF that will "trick out" your Nokia cell phone for you. Glow-in-the-dark buttons, clear plastic cases, LCD "tattoos", funky antennas, etc.
To those who are interested in such things, IE 5.5
is out, with all kinds of new and not that important features
, including those great colored scroll bars.
doesn't get some arguments going, then I'd hate to think what would.
redesigns. I...I...I love it! Possibly my favourite site on the web.
I can still remember and old ER co-worker's comment when they wheeled in a completely paralyzed pt "they should just let him go" and apparently this guy
acted on his belief with some carefully calculated criteria.
and phreaking irc channels are any indication, hackers and phreaks don't get enough sex.
Wow! Lars Ulrich makes a valid point!
Who'd a thunk it? While he still fails to notice the obvious benefits the Nap' provides, or make amends for attacking his own fans (or at the very least realized that it's not Congress' place to meddle), Lars has gone ahead and more clearly illuminated his own point of view. Now if only he could have STARTED his argument a few months ago with such calm and coherent points (as opposed to grandiose posturing), this whole Napster debate would be a bit more...um...SOLVED by now?!
At work, I'm working on applying XSL transforms to XML documents to get HTML, HDML, and WML pages via an ISAPI filter for IIS. Maybe eventually I'll play with DISCO
, and then I'll move on to SOAP
, and maybe even SAX
. When will the acronymical madness stop?
What Exactly have they bought?:
"The Orange mobile telephone company has purchased Ananova, a virtual newscaster and information provider, in a $142.5 million
deal with the British news agency Press Association" (via RobotWisdom, via Useit.com). Can someone please inform us just what exactly this Orange company has bought?
i read this guy' journal from beginning to end in an obsessive fit yesterday. enjoy.
Homosexuality is a sin?
I swear to God I never would have thought that the percentage of ignorant homophobes could be this high. I know this topic has been raked over the coals here, but I am sincerely shocked. Can these numbers be right? Do half the people here think that gays will all go to hell?
The end of view source?
New software on the horizon may allow you to control who saves, copies or prints your web content. Are the days of right-click piracy coming to a close? Will this add weight to the budding concept that people might actually pay
for content they want? Should we care?
This is just getting more and more fun all the time. I was reading this actually
which led me to quite a revealing essay by Matt Johnson of The the
. The the have joined the fight against big corporate music moguls downsizing and monopolizing the financial rewards of artists and performers. "Vivendi have just swallowed Seagrams who took over PolyGram and merged it with Universal who had bought Interscope who'd purchased nothing Records (home to Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and TheThe)...'
Now here's a guy who sees the writing on the wall, and doesn't like it.
Circumcision seen to help prevent the spread of AIDS. Unfortunately, that's a little late for those already infected. You just have to hope that the people understand that it is male circumcision, and not female that helps protect.
Not that we need to give Mattel any more press, but I found gothic Barbie and Ken
, Addams gig or no, to be très étrange. (Oh Tish! That's French! You know that drives me to further acts of kitschy assimilation!)
Here is a somewhat innacurate review of opera
- yet another example of lousy 'web' journalism
if you're going to test a browser for standards compliance, does it really make sense to do it by browsing a site with ~ 200 occurances of non standard html on its homepage?
Tomorrow is a big day for Irish blogging (yeah, right). Vincent
are all meeting for a drink.
Should be good. There will be no pictures as seems to be Blogger-meet ritual.
Maybe one or two, but don't count on it.
Israel to make 1.7Ghz Pentium
Intel ordered it's plant in Israel to drop everything and produce 5,000 Pentium 4 wafers, each containing 200 Pentium 4's. Each chip will be rated at 1.7Ghz, a good .7Ghz from AMD's 1Ghz chip.
Dekard a Replicant
The fact that Ridley Scott felt it necessary to share this information totally ruined my day. Not because I ever thought that Dekard wasn't
a replicant, but because by the question remaining open it allowed one to take the film on so many more levels. Now he's just a robot. Thank you Ridley for clearing up all those annoying mysteries.
Suck, Feed and Alt-culture merge
and become automatic-media, which promises to be "a multi-brand, Internet-based media company targeting the Web's most sophisticated users." I wonder what zines will merge next? Perhaps weblogs will start merging to become uberblogs? Scripting Robot Kottke, anyone?
Making Sure Usability 'Fitts' Flash
Another thought provoking article about making better Flash sites on the web. I have to admit, I consider myself a designer, but I had never heard of Fitt's Law until I read this piece. Oh, I thought this was a nice quote:
Chris' First Law of Usability:
Usability makes everything easier except for the job of the Designer.
Amen to that!
Heinz makes green ketchup.
Green ketchup? According to a Heinz representative, "Green is going to be a shocker for a lot of adults, but kids don't have those hangups
". The article also says, "company executives are hoping its unexpected colour and plastic bottle - which squirts a stream so thin kids can draw with it - will attract fans.
I see a few problems here (after the novelty wears off):
1) It's supposed to be the color of spinach - I know a few kids who would have a problem with anything spinach-colored.
2) If kids are meant to use it to squirt and draw things, parents will have a little something to say about that.
So, what's next, blue salsa
? Pink mustard
? Green mayo
Gosh, this is strange:
US Congressman Robert Aderholt (R, 4th District of Alabama) wrote to President Clinton asking him to postpone the upcoming visit of the Philippine president to Washington, "citing certain businessmen close to Mr. Estrada with alleged ''strong ties to the communist Chinese.''
The funny thing, for me at least, is that the people the oh-so-smart Rep. Aderholt named aren't just CAPITALISTS, but are among the richest men in Asia!
Errr, since when did having a chinese surname make someone a communist? And doesn't China have most favored trading status with the US anyway?
Police State 2000.
"What makes you think you can edit content?" the federal judge asked city officials. "Isn't that classic censorship and prior restraint?"
shows us that there is far more to the web than the yahoo.com's and the ebay.com's. It shows us the hidden treasures which have remained undiscovered and now receive the recognition they deserve, not for recognition itself, but instead to get reviewed and examined by the rest of the users.
Astounding Web. Outstanding idea?
Use MetaFilter to prevent Alzheimer's disease.
It seems that a love of reading may help reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.
People with more education, in contrast, seem at lower risk of Alzheimer's. A study presented Sunday of Swedish twins where one twin had Alzheimer's and the other was healthy suggests a love of reading [metafilter.com], as a child and adult, might be protective.
secretly the same person, or is there some other reason (that escapes me) that his July 6th and her July 7th entries start out with exactly the same paragraph?
Louisiana's Supreme Court has upheld a two-century-old law that makes oral and anal sex between consenting adults
punishable by up to five years in jail. Where they're liable to have...you guessed it... oral and anal sex. Good thinking.
"Any claim that private sexual conduct between consenting adults is constitutionally insulated from state proscription is unsupportable," Justice Chet Traylor wrote for the majority. It was hard for me to imagine a learned adjudicator uttering such nonsense, until I repeated it out loud in a slow, Boss Hogg drawl...
A beta version of the source code for humans is now available for download
Not that I'd have any idea what to do with this. Anyone up for a 740mb download?
"Starwars" missile defense test fails.
What you have to understand is that these tests are rigged. They're not really fair tests of the systems; they're designed to make it as easy for the system to succeed as possible, because their purpose is to produce "successful" results for political reasons. So the fact that it still
didn't work (and this is the third failure) is pretty impressive.
Sexy DHTML Tricks Abound!
Have you seen the DHTML pop-up items at PHP.net? These things are cool, cutting edge and amazingly groovy! Nice to see additional features added to the page without bloating the design. I like it! (DHTML compatible browser needed!) [ref: nublog
"There is a nose that is getting longer every day but it doesn't belong to Gore."
I'm not here to defend Al Gore; I think working alongside Bill Clinton for eight years is enough to corrupt any human being to the very depths of his soul, and he's certainly not alone being glibly mis-characterized by the press (the aftermath of Dubbya's "failing the foreign leaders quiz" comes immediately to mind).
But so many web-heads, including MetaFilterers,
(two recent examples
are so invested in perpetuating the myth that "Gore lied about inventing the Internet", it makes me wonder why. Maybe the "libertarian spirit" of the Web can't face the facts that without a hell of a lot of U.S. Government initiatives (oxymoron?) and intervention, many of which can be credited to this otherwise non-outstanding politician named Al, this incredibly powerful tool (and toy) of personal expression and individual freedom might - no, WOULD still be a closed system serving the Military Industrial Complex.
And yes, I have put on my kevlar underwear.
an interesting one. Slashdot reports
that a company called Quova is pinging the entire Internet, and pissing lots of folks off -- partially because they won't say why.
But I'm on the North American Network Operators Group mailing list, populated by the people who run those networks, and I ain't heard squat about it. Whassup widdat?
Did I miss something? Okay, the bicicycle story that Barbelith
, and Kottke
have all blogged.. what is this? I must have missed some inner circle of childhood memory bonding?
Mersenne Prime Search
is a distributed computing project much like Seti@home
, except instead of searching for aliens, you're in the running for $100,000 and a place in math history (shouldn't your computer actually be the one that goes into the math history books?).
The Blogging Revolution @ webreview.com
Oy. No wonder no one respects web journalism. I could barely get past the first sentence. 1992? Funny, but the first visual browsers weren't released until 1993 and homepages didn't spring up like daisies till 94/95.
This isn’t exactly hot news, but there hasn’t been much MeFi discussion of the long-awaited defeat of the PRI
in the Mexican elections.
has got to be on of the crudest, funniest, sophomoric pranks I've seen yet. But it's all in the name of "science" (NOT for the squeemish).
This story of a whiz kid who vanished
raises all kinds of questions. Sufiah, a 15-year-old student at Oxford University, disappears; then, her father receives an e-mail, supposedly from her. The e-mail
claims that she ran away from her father's abusive high-pressure learning techniques; the father
claims that she must have been kidnapped and brainwashed. The police aren't sure how to handle this situation, as there's no way to prove
that the mail is really from the daughter. Finally, the father has called in the media to present his
side of the story, since Sufiah has threatened to go to the media with hers.
The story of Huang Qi,
the man who started the first human-rights website
in China, is one of the most depressing internet stories I've read. Now that he is jailed for "subverting state power," no US internet firms are sticking for him, as they're too busy trying to market their sites and services in China. I've participated in protests
before, but I really wish we could get together and protest bigger things, things that might improve or save others' lives. I hope the proposed data havens like Sealand
get online and allow sites such as Qi's to continue.
The Last Refuge... invaded...
Yes, I have a cell phone. Yes, I use it. But
, I turn if off any place it would be rude to be having a full-voiced conversation, because I
hate it when people make or take a call in those situations. I'd always sort of enjoyed
the fact that the airlines claim they'll screw up navigation systems; whether they do or not, it means I don't have to listen to a dozen suits around me trying to out-do each other a-wheelin' and a-dealin and a-squealin' up and down the aisles. Guess I won't be flying Virgin Atlantic again any time soon...
The most valuable baseball card of all time is up for auction on Ebay. Honus Wagner T206
"I think it's a great honour for Scotland,"
he said. Well he sorta served in Her Majesty's Secret Service. He just wasn't very secret about it. He did once say he thought it was alright under certain conditions to "smack a woman" though. I'm not sure if that's a part of the Chivalric Code
. I don't know. What do you think?
I hear dead components.
How nice that your computer can sing to you when it's breaking down. I wonder if there's any significance to "It's a small world."
Sony to introduce new CD format.
No, it's not DVD-Music. It's a new double-capacity CD format that Sony says "will be able to prevent illegal copying." I'm assuming the new format will require all-new hardware to read and to write. So my question is, what's the point? Won't another music format just increase consumer confusion and make them more reluctant to buy? Why come out with a 1.3GB format just as recordable DVDs, with much larger capacities, are becoming practical? Do they really expect people to buy all new hardware to support what is obviously a dead-end format?
Orange you glad I didn't say shamrock?
Uhm... don't the catholics and protestants worship relatively the same diety? And didn't this diety say something about ..you know, uh, being nice to each other and stuff? Something like that? And by the way, when is the sequel to The Commitments
Napster Says RIAA Trying to Stifle Technology.
Aw yeah, it's nice to see Napster get on the offensive. Armed with data showing that CD sales have increased with the rise in mp3 trading, Napster is now alleging that record companies are against the software because it reduces their 100% control of the music distribution business. But will a court allow Napster to go on while their users walk the fair-use tightrope?
The (hyper)active online thesaurus
This thesaurus is the best visual example of the vitality of language I've ever seen. As you click through the web of linked words, they just quiver and fly around as though they both want to be used now
and at the same time want to avoid being pinned down. I love this, especially the way the 3D effect leaves some words in the background, since they are only distantly related. But when you click on them they zoom to the top, along with a new constellation of associated words and concepts.
Motley Crue ROCKS man!
Okay so maybe they're just as old and washed up as Metallica, but the diff here is that Motley Crue supports the idea of their fans downloading MP3s of their music via Napster and Metallica is just trying to get cheap publicity by screwing their own fans. Personally, I listen to bands like these
and I made fun of groups like Metallica and Motley Crue back when I was in high school and everybody else thought they were cool, but I'll stop badmouthing Crue for the rest of my life. I might even try to appreciate their music. Metallica still sucks
Am I the only one
who can't stand the testosterone driven crap that's proliferating cable? As a sensitive, new age man, I wish FX would just play M*A*S*H reruns ALL the time.
The Go.com translator
is a pretty good alternative to babelfish
. This very site
looks pretty good, and I can finally read my favorite spanish-language blog
. Is computer power/translation programming advancing enough to enable real-time translation, or will this continue to be the impossible dream? I've always wanted an icq client that would let me chat with a spanish speaker without any lag. Of course, if that were possible, my cell phone would do real time vocal conversions as well. Someday, I guess, someday.
Surgeon General's Warning:
Canadian cigarette packages will soon make you gag, but only contain things which may complicate pregnancy.
Hollywood rewrites history...
and (surprise, surprise) the Brits come off worst. It's particularly galling to have the Redcoats in The Patriot
carrying out the kind of atrocities associated with the Nazis, given that recent WWII films have either ignored the roles of non-Americans (Saving Private Ryan
) or simply cast Americans in their place (U-571
and the forthcoming remake of Colditz
Snap to Grid: A User's Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures
is one of the best readings on the interactions between artists, technology, and culture I've found so far.
I found a quote here by Sir Isaiah Berlin which is very appropriate to my experience and perhaps those who search for sites like Metafilter:
Loneliness is not just the absence of others but far more living among people who do not understand what you are saying.
Anyone know how they got that domain? Which NICs are allowing "unusual" characters, and how widespread is the standard?
allows you to look up, and even link to
, any bill that's been before any congress.
For example, I could link to H.R. 1304
, the Quality Health-Care Coalition Act of 2000. I could also mention that Tom Coburn (R-OK) added Section 2h to the bill, which says Doctors have no collective bargaining rights when it comes to ensuring women have access to abortion services.
Celebrate the Declaration, hip-hop style!
For your 4th of July viewing pleasure, Atomfilms presents
"Celebrate the Declaration" (select from the left hand menu, please). Realplayer and working speakers required.
If not the best weblog in the world, certainly in the top three.
For all of us who think that there's no good blogs out there, I point to defense exhibit A: Ethel the Blog
. It is, indeed, one of the best websites of any definition in the world, and I envy Steven K. Baum's mighty intellect greatly.
I already reviewed it at my review blog, but because I know how low the traffic is there
, and because this is indeed one of the best websites in the world, I'm posting it here. I don't know Steven. We've never met. He is not paying me to say this. This is purely for the public good.
And now, quite possibly, the best blog in the world.
Dial a CEO
: Every month, Working Assets Long Distance
, a phone plan managed by a progressive San Francisco-based citizen-action group dedicated to environmental and social-justice issues, highlights on its customers' phone bill two issues currently under debate (violence against women, gun control, road-building in national parks, etc.), plus the telephone numbers of the top corporate or political people involved in the issue, whose cage you can rattle at no charge. Targets have included senators, congressmen and the US president, as well as CEOs like Exxon/Mobil's Lee Raymond and Home Depot's Arthur Blank. "It's important to target the CEOs directly because they have ultimate responsibility for these issues," says Working Assets citizen action director Janet Nudelman. "They don't like it when they receive four or five thousand calls, but it certainly gets their attention"
Botswana warrior returns home
: An African warrior who was stuffed, preserved and put on show in a Spanish museum for more than 100 years is going home after a lengthy diplomatic dispute. . . . The figure was one of the town's chief tourist attractions. One local man commented that it was bit like sending all the mummies back to Egypt.
In an elaborate ceremony, the confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse dome
where it had flown for 38 years by Citadel cadets - one white, one black - amid cheering flag supporters and jeering anti-Confederate flag demonstrators. A smaller, square version was raised moments later on 30-foot flag pole by Civil War re-enactors in front of Confederate soldier's monument on Statehouse grounds, part of the compromise reached by the Legislature in May. Gov. Jim Hodges, the only top official taking part in Saturday's flag relocation ceremony, said most South Carolinians support the compromise that plants the flag at the most visible spot on the Capitol grounds.
Some people just kind of miss the point sometimes.
Yes, it's the Japanese Nazi Party. Dedicated to furthering the goals of the Aryan Races...which, of course, they wouldn't be included in if the Aryan Races even actually existed, on account of their being Asian and all. Did they not read Mein Kampf
when they joined?