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September 30
A friendly, non-partisan reminder:
A friendly, non-partisan reminder: If you haven't done so already, you've exactly 10 days left to register to vote. If you've had a change of address recently, you'll need to register again. Remember, this election isn't simply about the presidency. Depending on where you live, every office from congressperson to school board president could be up for grabs. Register now, and make a difference in November!
posted by aladfar at 11:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Looks like this guy is using the web to spread even more disinformation about sexism. No wonder he has to GIVE his book away for free. Among the gems of wisdom, "If women really made 59 cents on the dollar for the same work as men, what business could compete by hiring men at all..."? Sheesh!
posted by murray_kester at 10:53 PM PST - 1 comments

Register.com and Staples are offering $1 domains
Register.com and Staples are offering $1 domains for a limited time. What's the catch?
posted by mathowie at 9:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic
Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic Jakob Nielsen says "to take the Internet to the next level, users must begin posting their own material ... the vast wasteland of Geocities confirms this. Giving users a home-page editing program does not turn them into good writers." Meg takes Nielsen to task: "his recommended approach is crazy ...Why bog kids down with HTML?" Blogs, of course, are her solution. But for some folks this simply doesn't add up. Saying kids shouldn't learn HTML because Blogger exists is like saying they shouldn't learn to add because calculators exist.
posted by webchick at 8:16 PM PST - 122 comments

Who owns your name?
Who owns your name? I could not find this story on the web. I saw it in print. It appeared in an article by Geoffrey Vanderburg in the Friday Sept. 29th Edmonton Journal.
Here's an excerpt. "An internet company with links to the National Firearms Association has been ordered to give up a Web site using Justice Minister Anne McLellan's name. Smartcanuk Internet Services has been told to transfer control of annemclellan.com to Canada's justice minister, McLellan's Edmonton lawyer said Thursday"
Al Green, owner of Smartcanuk... says the ruling sets a "very very dangerous precedent."
"Sandra Sellers, an eResolution arbitrator...., decided Monday to grant transfer of annemclellan.com and annemclellan.org to McLellan."
McLellan was able to demonstrate that the domain name was identical or similar to a trade-mark, that Green had no legitimate interests in the name, and that the name was being used in bad faith....
Green argues McLellan is not a trademark, she's not famous and his use of the Web site does not constitute "bad faith"

I think I have to agree with the arbitrator on this one. If there is one last sacred domain we should be entitled to it is our own names. Although in the case of the John Smiths of the world that position is likely to take some heat. Any thoughts people?
posted by daddyray at 6:40 PM PST - 8 comments

"It is important that we show the diversity of the University of Idaho."
"It is important that we show the diversity of the University of Idaho." And we'll do whatever it takes to show it. [more inside]
posted by Steven Den Beste at 5:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Great Nader flyer,
Great Nader flyer, which really points out which issues are being ignored and is completely suitable to be put under the wipers of parked cars at your local Super K-Mart.
posted by skallas at 3:11 PM PST - 1 comments

The Tecno AO
The Tecno AO electromagnetic bioprotectionoscillator is an almond shaped disk that is 1.2 inches long and attaches to the casing of your cell phone or pager. It emits a magnetic oscillation that may counter the potentially harmful effects of the radiation produced by cell phones.
(quoted from the FAQ)
posted by tamim at 2:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Spud left in sun goes bad
Spud left in sun goes bad ... when Rhode Island Tourism did its version of the faddish "funny statues on parade" promotion (q.v. New York, imitating Chicago, imitating Zurich), they chose Giant Mr. Potato Head statues dressed in a variety of outlandish themed costumes. One of them seems to have sparked a racist imagery controversy ... you be the judge. (See them all at the official site.)
posted by dhartung at 12:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Gnutella -- DeCSS Redux?
Gnutella -- DeCSS Redux? Anyone catch the Salon article on gnutella? Speculation by Cary Sherman, general counsel of the RIAA, on how to bring gnutella down includes the following:
"...There are also people disseminating the program, and people who are using it to disseminate materials. There could be legal strategies to address that."
Once again people merely "disseminating" an otherwise legal program are -- the phase I believe is -- actionable.
posted by leo at 1:34 AM PST - 8 comments

"The vice president says he would rather protect this refuge than gain the energy, but this is a false choice ..."
"The vice president says he would rather protect this refuge than gain the energy, but this is a false choice ..."
~G.W. Bush (on Gore's plan to keep the protected status of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, while Bush plans to open up parts of the protected land to oil prospecters.)
posted by tamim at 1:32 AM PST - 25 comments

FBI focuses on McKinnon staffer Lozano in the debate tape probe.
FBI focuses on McKinnon staffer Lozano in the debate tape probe.
"A federal source said the label on the Express Mail package received by Downey also directly corresponds to the date and time Lozano was filmed by a security camera mailing a package in the Austin post office." (via Washington Post)
posted by tamim at 12:28 AM PST - 1 comments

September 29
Dem's let Nader on Ill. ballot, finally.
Dem's let Nader on Ill. ballot, finally. Maybe I'll see some metafilter readers at the Oct 10 Rally at UIC. Ummm, wear a pink rose and use the secret MiFi handshake.
posted by skallas at 11:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Giddy 3.
Giddy 3. Not to be confused with the other egg-centric Amiga 500 series of games, Codemaster's "Dizzy". Of course.
posted by holloway at 10:53 PM PST - 1 comments

The long ride begins to slow.
The long ride begins to slow. Kick it in gear Steve, the cube was cute but no ones buying.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 8:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Kill the wabbit! Kill the wabbit!
Kill the wabbit! Kill the wabbit! I though the blood heads in that Saatchi art collection a few years back were the oddest artwork ever, but you know...I'm thinking this is it now.
posted by thc at 3:46 PM PST - 1 comments

What's The Bunion?
What's The Bunion? It's a parody of The Onion. That's right, a parody of a parody. Sheesh! Funny, though.
posted by miamirelative at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

How to care for you brand new hacker.
How to care for you brand new hacker. [via memepool. Quicktime movie, 3.1M. Astoundingly accurate.
posted by plinth at 1:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Slate launches a redesign ...
Slate launches a redesign ... but I think it's a little thin, content-wise.
posted by rcade at 1:54 PM PST - 5 comments

The Little Graphics App That Could!
The Little Graphics App That Could! If you like vector illustraction programs, you should definitely check this out! Xara is a zillion times better than Illustrator, which is major bloatware. The last version of Xara, version 2, was only 7 megs. I've used it for years now. It's lean, fast, and never crashes. Now Xara Ltd. is about to release a new version. You can download the public beta for free at their website. If you buy a copy, it's only $145!!!
posted by grumblebee at 1:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Watch an urban legend work its magic!
Watch an urban legend work its magic! First, read the post at the top of the page, then SCROLL DOWN AND READ THE COMMENTS.
posted by grumblebee at 12:36 PM PST - 18 comments

The George W. Dance.
The George W. Dance. I like 11, 16 and 23 especially. Reminds me of Monty Python.
posted by evilmaryellen at 11:25 AM PST - 1 comments

Anyone trading on E*trade should read this thread at securityfocus.
posted by dabitch at 10:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Small town America.
Small town America. In the wake of a scandal involving a hidden video camera taping in the girl's junior high locker room, teacher Dennis Curtis and Assistant Principal Gary Ferguson have been recommended for dismissal.

So what's the problem? Curtis and Ferguson are the whistleblowers, not the alleged culprits. Harry "Noonie" Red Eagle Jr., seen positioning the camera on one of the tapes, has resigned. His father is the superintendent of the school system, and recommended Curtis and Ferguson be fired.
posted by lescour at 9:04 AM PST - 1 comments

130 Years old!
130 Years old! See! God may not exist, but technology will outpace religion and THEN I will live FOREVER!
posted by tiaka at 8:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Chicago's online crime tracker
Chicago's online crime tracker allows you to see a map showing all reported crime within a 2 week span for any intersection in the city. Type in Grand & Dearborn and set it for 1/2 mile to see the truly astounding amount of crime that happens in River North. No wonder I eat at my desk.
posted by thirteen at 12:24 AM PST - 12 comments

September 28
Baby killing accomplice in trouble with law again.
Baby killing accomplice in trouble with law again.
This news item seemed to have fallen through the crack. I am tempted to make some sociological comment about the criminal mindset of people who resort to frivolous baby killing, but, I am too ourtaged to write anything remotely coherent.
posted by tamim at 10:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Celebrate banned books week
Celebrate banned books week by reading something good. This is my favorite often-banned book, what's yours?
posted by mathowie at 7:09 PM PST - 23 comments

Tim Burton's "Stainboy"
Tim Burton's "Stainboy" "He can't fly around tall buildings, or outrun a speeding train, the only talent he seems to have is to leave a nasty stain."
posted by honkzilla at 6:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Trudeau is dead
Trudeau is dead Perhaps the most important, and certainly the most interesting living Canadian dies in Montreal at 80.
posted by bruyneel at 4:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Did you pay for a Playstation 2 already?
Did you pay for a Playstation 2 already? I did, through Kay-Bee online, and I better get one, though half of the expected US launch will not arrive on Oct. 26th.
posted by Awol at 4:10 PM PST - 3 comments

What happened to the Open Directory?
What happened to the Open Directory? Does anyone know why this site has gone down?
posted by fbeach at 3:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Ouch.
Ouch.
posted by highindustrial at 3:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Find out if you would survive as a poor, single mother.
posted by sudama at 12:31 PM PST - 59 comments

Rage Against the Machines' pro-Nader vide (directed by Michael Moore) is up for request today on MTV--but hurry!. (more inside)
posted by rebeccablood at 11:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Adult website for people who get off on the idea of being swallowed alive.
Adult website for people who get off on the idea of being swallowed alive.
It has an over 18 warning, but for the most part it is not graphic in the traditional sense.
This fairly non-offensive picture gives you a pretty good idea what you are in for if you click.
posted by thirteen at 11:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Winners of the Foil the Filters Contest.
Winners of the Foil the Filters Contest.
posted by quirked at 11:25 AM PST - 3 comments

When captions go bad?
When captions go bad? It's the one below the first picture.
posted by solistrato at 11:04 AM PST - 4 comments

For the trekkies and closet trekkies out there - your collection is not complete without Spock's head.
posted by dabitch at 10:13 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

It's about time.
It's about time. (More inside)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:34 AM PST - 21 comments

That's $229.5 million per...
That's $229.5 million per... Who says silicone is harmful? I'm tempted now to go get some myself.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:28 AM PST - 4 comments

As conspiracy rumors go, this is a doozy: World Oil Magazine is hearing from its Mid East sources that the Arab states are so angry with Gore's choice of a Jewish running mate that they're going to cut back production in the hopes of swinging the election to Bush. I'm sure the Gore team gave plenty of thought as to how Lieberman would play in Peoria, but I wonder if they considered how much he would antagonize Damascus?
posted by nikzhowz at 8:50 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Macromedia to Adobe: "Oh yeah? Take that!"
Macromedia to Adobe: "Oh yeah? Take that!" Macromedia counters Adobe's lawsuit with a few claims of its own.
posted by hijinx at 8:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Nader on Letterman TO-NITE!!!
Nader on Letterman TO-NITE!!!
posted by snakey at 8:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Okay, now he's not a replicant.
Okay, now he's not a replicant. Contrary to what Ridley Scott said, Harrison Ford claims Deckard was not a replicant. Where's Phillip K. Dick when you need him? Oh, right...
posted by Aaaugh! at 8:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Amazon.com apologizes for random price test...
Amazon.com apologizes for random price test... Yeah, but look how long it took them to do it. "Oh, um, now that we've covered our costs for R&D we can end the test and apologize. That's the ticket!"
posted by silusGROK at 8:01 AM PST - 4 comments

The Cow Parade
The Cow Parade cows are being auctioned off starting today. Tomorrow you can bid on them on Amazon.
posted by tamim at 2:34 AM PST - 1 comments

September 27
The best Comic in recent memory NOT written by Scott McCloud
The best Comic in recent memory NOT written by Scott McCloud
Remember the Real World in San Francisco? That was the one with Pedro dying of AIDS and Puck getting kicked off. Well, I just read a book about Pedro and Judd's friendship called Pedro and Me. This is the best comic I have read since 'Jar of Fools' or 'Understanding Comics.' I read it today at lunch and it moved me to tears. Anyone who knows someone with AIDS should read this book.
posted by DragonBoy at 10:37 PM PST - 2 comments

when you aren't protesting anything, why not protest nothing?
posted by palegirl at 10:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Clearing minefields is terrifying enough, but mines that move around will make it virtually impossible: "The self-righting mines will detect the distance to their neighbours using ultrasonic sensors and communicate with each other by radio. If some of the mines are removed or destroyed to make a path through the minefield, the remaining mines will sense that they are missing and hop around until they form a regular pattern again."
posted by palegirl at 10:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Forget Amazon. Screw Ebay. Ditch Half.
Forget Amazon. Screw Ebay. Ditch Half.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 10:09 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Here's a project
Here's a project for anyone who knows xml and has a bit of time to spare...
posted by Bane at 9:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I be flattered?
Should I be flattered? Or am I just overly paranoid? I used to cover my page with a cartoon dabitch ranting about ads, and huge "mail me" buttons (well huge buttons everywhere). It was some kind of faze I was going through last fall - In January this year BrandEra opened it's door - and they have the ad gal. This is kind of funny. :)
posted by dabitch at 8:58 PM PST - 1 comments

Greek Ferry Sinks; 64 dead.
Greek Ferry Sinks; 64 dead. I know this is just another news item to you guys. But to us Greeks it's a travesty (besides a tragedy obviously). Crew watching a soccer game; ferry hits charted, lighted rock; ship was 7 years past European legal lifetime age (to help some shipping companies get fatter profits). Only thing that might get reforms in shipping safety moving is, well, media attention. So, there.
posted by costas at 8:05 PM PST - 1 comments

Free TiVo? Heck, I want a Free Car.
Free TiVo? Heck, I want a Free Car. I don't care if Amazon is selling Cars online now, I want my next car to be free. This company gives you a free car, wrapped in advertising, for up to two years. Not a bad deal considering the cost of cars these days. You can get a Ford explorer (no word on the tires) or a VW beetle. I'll be watching my TiVo TV from the back seat!
posted by DragonBoy at 6:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Don't have what it takes to compete in the Olympics? Buy your way to glory.
posted by sandor at 2:46 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to be injected with respirocytes.
I want to be injected with respirocytes. They're little mechanical devices that do the same job as your red blood cells, but they're 236 times more efficient.

This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time, and could certainly be very useful. Among the examples they give for people who could benefit are firefighters (too much smoke? just hold your breath!), deep sea divers (tune the respirocytes to remove N2, and no more long decompression times), and choking victims (this one should be obvious).
posted by CrayDrygu at 1:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Zap those wolves into submission
Zap those wolves into submission - Conspiracy buffs beware. This one's true.

So the U.S. Agriculture Department, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department are conducting experiments involving livestock, electricity and wolves in Montana - on a ranch owned by Ted Turner.

Apparently those nasty wolves have a habit of biting livestock, so to stop it they are strapping electric collars on the wolves to train them with an electric jolt when they get "within biting distance" of a particular calf. The "trained" and somewhat damaged wolves are set to be released into the wilds in October.

Beautiful counter-quote for this is from a USA Today article about Ted Turner's preserve. Turner is quoted as saying "You can see what we're doing, right? We're just getting out of nature's way. That's all we want to do - get out of the way and let nature go back the way it was." (halfway down page)
posted by kokogiak at 1:12 PM PST - 1 comments


Jackie Chan is... RAMBO! Well, almost.
Jackie Chan is... RAMBO! Well, almost.
posted by tiaka at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Talk About Media Bias
Talk About Media Bias
While some people complain about "most weblogs' liberal bias" (even though the infamous Drudge gets more web traffic than all the blogs combined), here is one of Hollywood's most liberal corporations (with top execs throwing lotsa bucks at Gore) deciding that the way to succeed at radio in one of the most liberal media markets in America is to fill a talk station with voices that start with Limbaugh and turn right (and frequently cross the line between simple Incorrectness and out-and-out bigotry). Explain THAT in 250 words of less (No TiVos will be awarded).
Link lifted from Pop Culture Junk Mail's Alt-Log, an entertainingly biased medium
posted by wendell at 10:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Tom Clancy doesn't write his own books!!!
Tom Clancy doesn't write his own books!!! While not totally surprising, somewhat disappointing if the story and rumors are true.
posted by da5id at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Are you Pee-Shy?
Are you Pee-Shy? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. In fact, recent studies show that about 7% of the public, or 17 million people, may suffer from this social anxiety disorder. Often referred to as Pee-Shy, Shy-Bladder, Bashful Bladder, etc.

It could be more people than that. And the majority of them are men. But how many have the guts to step forward and publicly admit it? Not many.
posted by da5id at 10:08 AM PST - 16 comments

The DropLift:
The DropLift: A wonderful culture jamming project. I was involved in the early stages, back when it was initially being discussed. I can't believe that they actually made it happen! The DropLift site itself provides all the materials necessary to get involved.
posted by aladfar at 9:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Looks like Mr. Mojo *won't be* Risin'
Looks like Mr. Mojo *won't be* Risin'
posted by Optamystic at 9:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Norm and Cliff may be headed to the Supreme Court to battle some sticky isssues. Should a studio own characters and use them in any way they see fit, despite the actors' wishes? Or do actors have a say in how their likenesses are used? Who really "owns" a character?
posted by mathowie at 7:56 AM PST - 14 comments

i happened to catch bush on larry king live last night.
i happened to catch bush on larry king live last night. what i found to be especially interesting was his body language. talking about women, being popular with women, winning the women's vote - shaking head "no" the whole time...having women in top level govt. positions - shaking head "no"...he shook his head "no" a lot. talking about reagan and what a great president he was - shaking head "yes".
posted by centrs at 12:57 AM PST - 14 comments

September 26
"Internet Killed The Video Star"
"Internet Killed The Video Star" should be the Official© Anthem of the Internet
posted by owillis at 9:46 PM PST - 5 comments

What if they had a school shooting and no one reported it?
What if they had a school shooting and no one reported it? *sigh* I watched the typical US evening news broadcasts hoping to see some coverage of this event, but there was none. I don't want to believe that the reason it went underreported was because it happened at an "inner city" school and the media has the perception that "those people kill each other all the time, what's one more?" but the small, dark, pessimistic part of myself is starting to believe I'm right.
posted by likorish at 4:27 PM PST - 10 comments

And you thought the 2600 was dead...
And you thought the 2600 was dead... no way, baby. It's alive and kicking and oh-so-groovy. (Warning: link leads to big ass movie. Slow connections beware.)
posted by RakDaddy at 3:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Does this teach any males here anything?
Does this teach any males here anything? I'm sure that it would be very useful to someone. Though I'm not sure who exactly.
posted by davidgentle at 2:57 PM PST - 80 comments

Malcolm Gladwell on JFK Jr's Crash
Malcolm Gladwell on JFK Jr's Crash New from the New Yorker. Actually the article talks mostly about the difference between choking and panicking, mostly in Sports. Still, the discussion about the plane crash is the most fascinating. Perhaps thats because of my morbid fascination with plane crashes:

Chapter 1 of "Inmates Are Running the Asylum" by Alan Cooper (American Crash in Cali, Colombia).... Bruce Tognazzini on Interfaces that Kill (John Denver).... The Lessons of ValuJet 592 by the masterful William Langweische.... The same Mr. Langweische has a book called "Inside the Sky: Meditations on Flight" which looks interesting.
posted by lockecito at 1:18 PM PST - 2 comments


S26 protests get violent.
S26 protests get violent. Once again, those bloody radicals are blamed for turning a nice nonviolent protest bad. I seem to recall someone dismissing my criticism of the movement for not being on the same ideological page.
posted by norm at 1:11 PM PST - 19 comments

The Economist redesigns its web site.
The Economist redesigns its web site.
It's in the fine-tuning phase and doesn't launch until next week, but it's linked off the current Economist home page. (more inside)
posted by werty at 11:37 AM PST - 17 comments

US Supreme Court denies the government's Microsoft appeal, 8-1,
US Supreme Court denies the government's Microsoft appeal, 8-1, and sends it back to the goddam Circuit Court for yet another year of hysterical lies and bullshit. Score one for the enemy.
posted by Snarl at 10:09 AM PST - 10 comments

They always get this wrong,
They always get this wrong, and it's really annoying. Shouldn't a paramilitary group headed by a marxist be considered "left-wing"? Somehow the definition of "right-wing" seems to include everything the media finds distasteful. Over and over again, I see Hitler referred to as "right-wing" when he was very much leftist. The word NAZI is an acronym for the German Socialist party.
posted by mildew at 10:05 AM PST - 15 comments

C.J. Hunter failed drug tests.
C.J. Hunter failed drug tests. What I don't get is why the IOC brought this up now, months after it happened, and right when the track and field events are going. He's not even competing in the Olympics. He's there to support his wife, Marion Jones. What purpose is served by announcing this information except to bring doubt on Marion's efforts to win her events. The IOC and the media have done a bad thing here, in my mind, it confuses and disgusts me.
posted by cowboy at 7:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Frank Butcher's Philosophical Car Lot (via NTK; too good not to share). Features the Eminem/Butcher 'My Name Is...' on MP3.
posted by Mocata at 6:39 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

No way but to decommission the World Bank and IMF
No way but to decommission the World Bank and IMF -- BusinessWorld columnist Walden Bello explains why the policies of these two institutions have magnified world poverty and inequality, and traces the opposition movement from its origins in the Global South, to Seattle, Prague and beyond:

"The historic Prague Spring of 1968 spelled the beginning of the end of the Soviet Empire. Will Prague, the site of the World Bank-IMF annual meeting for the year 2000, join Seattle in December 1998 and Washington, D.C. in April of this year as one of the catalytic events ushering the beginning of the end of hegemony of corporate-driven globalization?..."
posted by johnb at 3:07 AM PST - 8 comments

September 25
How bizarre.
How bizarre. University of Texas at Dallas "Words and Phrases that Offend Students" (mostly blacks and women). So stunned, I don't know what to think of it.
posted by owillis at 11:09 PM PST - 20 comments

Miadora
Miadora is no more, and in the source of its farewell is this:

<!-- My thanks to all of the great managers, merchandisers and technologists who made Miadora and exciting and challenging place to work. Ted A. McCarty, Web Producer, tmccarty@mindspring.com -->

It's touching, even if it can be parsed as: "I need a job!" Sort of like the caterer passing out business cards in the Titanic's last moments.
posted by luke at 8:27 PM PST - 1 comments

TiVos are raining from the sky!
TiVos are raining from the sky! Jason Kottke won, so I entered. I won, and while my piece was obviously a piece of literary genius, it wasn't *that* good. I think we need to do a scientific study -- who can write the stupidest "Why I Want a TiVo" essay and still win?
posted by benbrown at 6:04 PM PST - 169 comments

Iceman De- and Refrosted
Iceman De- and Refrosted
(via Yahoo!)
posted by tamim at 5:36 PM PST - 2 comments

interesting freenet newsbite
interesting freenet newsbite at wirednews -- but could something so (potentially) powerful really get folded into IE and netscape? i assume this would be something like setting up your browser to launch the app from a freenet:// link ala hotline. or would microsoft and aol actually work to integrate a file sharing app? i tend to doubt it.
posted by subpixel at 4:18 PM PST - 1 comments

Sign the petition
Sign the petition to have Apple make the Mac OS X for the Intel platform. Hopefully Apple will Think Different.
posted by riffola at 4:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Ken Kesey's page, in which:
Ken Kesey's page, in which: He offers to burn copies of about two hundred minutes of recordings that he made of Neil Cassady, driving the Magic Bus, in 1964. Here's the kicker....no credit cards, no C.O.D.....you order them, they send them, they bill you, you pay them. Trust me, folks, if you're a fan of the Beats, this is amazing stuff. Hearing Kerouac's muse rant into the night while ballin' down the highway is a rare treat indeed.
posted by Optamystic at 2:50 PM PST - 1 comments

Interview with the (Secretary of the) Vampire.
Interview with the (Secretary of the) Vampire. Hitler's secretary, now 80, describes the man in this interview with The Times. (Via Arts and Letters Daily.) 'After all the despair, all the suffering, not one word of sorrow, of compassion. I remember thinking, he has left us with nothing.'
posted by rory at 1:08 PM PST - 2 comments

West steps up threats against Yugoslavia
West steps up threats against Yugoslavia -- "The Democratic Opposition of Serbia has signed up to the platform of the G17, a think-tank of market economists again funded by National Endowment for Democracy [an adjunct to the CIA]. This economic blueprint calls for the adoption of the German mark as the main currency for all of FRY, following in the footsteps of the Montenegrin republic last year. Other proposals include reduction of public spending, ending subsidies on food and other forms of social protection. The continuation of US and European economic sanctions on the FRY is being cynically exploited to bludgeon the population into accepting these terms as the condition for ending their economic isolation...." [more...]
posted by johnb at 12:19 PM PST - 11 comments

NBCi
NBCi relaunches as probably the most boring, blase portal site I've ever seen and their stock goes up? Is it just me, or does it look like they bought the site from "Al's Do It Yourself Portals"?
posted by owillis at 10:55 AM PST - 7 comments

scheming she-devils, alive and well.
scheming she-devils, alive and well. the lincoln park trixie society (based in chicago) sounds like a joke: how to bed a rich man, where to find the best puppy-groomer, where to live, ad nauseum. but unfortunately...it's not. good for a laugh (or a cringe).
posted by patricking at 10:17 AM PST - 32 comments

SmileProject.
SmileProject. Too.
posted by piefke3000 at 8:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Two men may be able to have a child.
Two men may be able to have a child. Together. Without a woman. This is a pretty interesting article, and to tell the truth, I can't wait for it to happen. But I do have one problem with it...What would Dr. Laura think? Via Drudge
posted by Doug at 7:45 AM PST - 22 comments

SmileProject
SmileProject
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 12:09 AM PST - 1 comments

September 24
What's scarier than a cloned dinosaur? Part 2
What's scarier than a cloned dinosaur? Part 2
Answer: Dinosaurs that never died out.
posted by thirteen at 9:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Taking theatre in to a new level.
Taking theatre in to a new level. A few days ago I brought the John Tesh cam. Now I bring something even better from the new world. Sit back and enjoy.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 6:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Microsoft wastes electricity.
Microsoft wastes electricity. OSOpinion has an interesting article discussing how the increase of home computer usage has put a dent in the overall power available to America. Who's to blame? Guess.
posted by cCranium at 4:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Barenaked Ladies use ingenuity instead of lawyers to outfox Napster users.
Barenaked Ladies use ingenuity instead of lawyers to outfox Napster users. Singer Steven Page can be heard in one download telling users: "Although you thought you were downloading our new single, what you actually were downloading is an advertisement for our new album." In retrospect, it's so clever, it's obvious. We're all smacking our heads thinking, "Why didn't I think of that?" Appropriating the Napster system to recoup valuable advertising targeted to those who actually like the band is so elegant in its simplicity, and everyone but the would-be copier is satisfied. (Until they BUY the album)
posted by mikewas at 2:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Live Russian TV
Live Russian TV Interesting even though I don't know what they're saying. Rumor has it that you can also see some live Olympics action there too
posted by owillis at 12:50 PM PST - 3 comments

I don't know how serious this guy is, but he does have a comprehensive Fag Facts page. Some times I don't know what is good satire and what is just ignorant hate propaganda.
posted by tamim at 11:32 AM PST - 22 comments

Invasion of privacy may be offset by cheaper insurance
Invasion of privacy may be offset by cheaper insurance If this doesn't scare the hell out of you you don't drive a car.

Sure it is an excellent idea for fleet management and for personal security.

But do we really want insurance companies to know everything about our driving habits and whereabouts? Think about it. They can dictate your rate based on your speed, and ultimately can base your claim on data collected while you were driving. Big insurance is one of the most financial powerful forces out there, next to big tobacco. They are already invasive, requiring blood samples and medicals for life policies. Imagine if they could collect the intimate details of our daily lives.
posted by daddyray at 11:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Will this Kritter be the next step in web cams? It uses firewire, instead of USB and claims to offer 30 fps with no compression. Is the video phone here (and functional)? -g
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 7:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Astronomers are looking at the biggest sunspot in nine years, but what's a lay-person to do? Slashdot posters recommend projecting the sun's image onto cardboard through reversed binoculars, or just looking at the sun in the morning or evening when it doesn't hurt so bad. By clicking anywhere on the screen you agree not to hold me responsible for stupid things you do that damage your eyes.
posted by sudama at 1:05 AM PST - 1 comments

This probably shouldn't be on Nike's webpage, but I'm glad it is.
This probably shouldn't be on Nike's webpage, but I'm glad it is. via adbusters
posted by skallas at 12:29 AM PST - 7 comments

September 23
Is this really a sport?
Is this really a sport? Anyone remember those McDonalds commercials showing "Future...Olympian's in a given sport" when the baby's were performing similar routines? Little do your parents know. They would tell you to stop jumping around on the furniture. Now just tell them you are looking to be the next Olympic champion.
posted by brent at 8:09 PM PST - 29 comments

"The shooter was Gay."
"The shooter was Gay." "I know that, what was his name???" "Gay. The shooter was Gay." "No, his name..."
posted by quonsar at 1:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Now, I have nothing but respect for Carly Fiorina.
Now, I have nothing but respect for Carly Fiorina. She's done an outstanding job at HP and deserves to be rewarded. But I've never understood this business of having the CEO also be the chairman of the Board.

The most important job that the Board of Directors has is to decide when to fire the CEO, which I emphasize that Ms. Fiorina does not deserve in the slightest at this time. But that time may eventually come, as it does for all CEOs, and how the hell do you do it if the CEO you're trying to fire is also the chairman of the Board of Directors?

Would Corel be in the mess it's in today if Michael Cowpland had not been on its board?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 12:12 PM PST - 8 comments

British courts rule conjoined twins should be separated, against wishes of parents.
British courts rule conjoined twins should be separated, against wishes of parents. One will live, one will die. Lord Justice Ward: "50% of the population will agree with the decision - 50% will think we have gone potty."
posted by ericost at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Child taken from parents over gender politics.
Child taken from parents over gender politics. Born Zachary Lipsomb, this six year old child has insisted since the age of two that she's actually a girl named Aurora, and her parents have tried to support her on this -- but the state of Ohio is convinced she's sick and needs treatment.
posted by webmutant at 10:54 AM PST - 21 comments

Dear Australia, I'm so sorry we foisted this upon you. Love, plinth.
posted by plinth at 8:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Old entry, but I like it.
Old entry, but I like it. "The stores lining the waterfront streets sell what I can only describe as pre-processed trash. This is stuff which possesses an intrinsic value so low that you could legitimately buy it from the store, walk out on the sidewalk and drop it into a trash can. I stopped counting yesterday, when I passed 14 stores which sold some merchandise, which I could view from the sidewalk, that was identical to the merchandise to the store next to it. Fourteen stores in a row, selling the exact same sorry-assed shot glasses with the Golden Gate Bridge painted on it."
posted by Mo Nickels at 3:50 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

What comes next?
What comes next? Idi Amin asking to return to power in Uganda?

Has Jean-Claude Duvalier gone completely mad?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 3:06 AM PST - 2 comments

BlogStart
BlogStart is a directory of weblogs, brought to you byZannah.
(via Weblog Shmeblog)
posted by tamim at 2:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Martha Stewart has competition.
Martha Stewart has competition. Surprizingly, the TV show looked much better than the website.
posted by tamim at 2:23 AM PST - 1 comments

September 22
Reuters 09/22 6:34PM -- NBC, which in August bid for the exclusive right to host a presidential debate, said on Friday it would broadcast a baseball game instead of the first showdown between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush. "We have a contract with major-league baseball. You don't seriously think we have any interest in democracy, do you?,'' said NBC spokeswoman Barbara Levin. "If we were offerred more than the value of the baseball contract, we would be televising it.''
posted by sudama at 11:03 PM PST - 6 comments

More than half of the public opinion survey firms in the US have no idea what they're doing, and 57% of *those* have never even heard of the Internet.
More than half of the public opinion survey firms in the US have no idea what they're doing, and 57% of *those* have never even heard of the Internet.
posted by baylink at 10:23 PM PST - 2 comments

http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,372067,00.html
http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,372067,00.html Thousands of South American indians were infected with measles, killing hundreds, in order to for US scientists to study the effects on primitive societies of natural selection.
posted by hobbes at 10:19 PM PST - 5 comments

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: GORE MOLE SUSPECTED TO HAVE INFILTRATED BUSH CAMPAIGN; FBI MOVES IN; DEBATE PREP TAPE EXPOSED BREACH
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: GORE MOLE SUSPECTED TO HAVE INFILTRATED BUSH CAMPAIGN; FBI MOVES IN; DEBATE PREP TAPE EXPOSED BREACH This could be big. I remember when I read about the whole Moncia dress incident on the Drudge Report and look what happened... I hope to god it is not true, I couldn't stand Bush winning because of something like this.

PS, don't yell at me for the caps, it's Drudge. What do you expect?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 8:30 PM PST - 5 comments


Stanford, MIT, Duke, and UNC refuse to block Napster.
Stanford, MIT, Duke, and UNC refuse to block Napster. Wahoo! Go Stanford!
posted by hobbes at 6:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Homophobic decision
Homophobic decision in my home state is to be appealled. Requests to change one's name are very rarely denied. This judge has really stepped over the line by worrying about "the appearance of [the requester] being married. . . [and] . . . how this would appear to our neighbors, to our shopkeepers and to society at large."
posted by fpatrick at 2:08 PM PST - 4 comments

"Gee... I'm kinda thirsty... and I think I gotta pee, too... Lemme see, there's this big hotel's lobby, those five or six restaurants... and this hole-in-the-wall-bar with the entrance you could walk right by and not even know it was there, whose patrons all seem to be men casting admiring glances at each other across the room... Seems OK to me..." Yeah, buddy, I believe your story...
posted by m.polo at 12:39 PM PST - 1 comments

Not for the Easily Offended: Jesus Dress Up!
posted by rebeccablood at 12:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Happy birthday.
Happy birthday.
posted by solistrato at 12:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Remember those PSA's the tobacco companies said violated their agreement with the federal government? Well, they're back, and harsher than ever

I saw the body bag commercial last night at 3 am . . . when all PSA are played.
posted by alan at 11:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Brandon on a bender.
Brandon on a bender.
posted by highindustrial at 11:04 AM PST - 1 comments

Dr. Laura Show Halts Production
Dr. Laura Show Halts Production Only a week after its debut? Fishy, fishy... Everyone say 'awwww'!
posted by Sapphireblue at 10:11 AM PST - 3 comments

CBS to cease broadcasting canned bird songs during golf tournaments
CBS to cease broadcasting canned bird songs during golf tournaments -- CBS has an interesting track record these days for "enhanced reality". Remember back when they were inserting their logo into live video from a Dan Rather special, making fake CBS billboards in Times Square without disclosing they were fake? Are they still doing that on "The Early Show"? I haven't seen it in a while.
posted by kokogiak at 9:36 AM PST - 1 comments

The Adventures of Lacey Brazeer.
The Adventures of Lacey Brazeer. [Yet Another] Feminist comic strip. Courtesy, unsurprisingly, of Charlotte. I found this screamingly funny; YMMV.
posted by baylink at 8:26 AM PST - 9 comments

There must be something in the water where I live. From the same county that brought you the 2-faced cat, we now have "The Case of the Bread-Molester." Samuel Feldman had been charged with damaging up to $8,000 worth of baked goods, including 175 bags of bagels, 227 bags of potato dinner rolls, and 3,087 bags of sliced bread over three years. Mr. Whipple would be proud.
posted by quirked at 7:55 AM PST - 3 comments

It seems to me that this kid
It seems to me that this kid is only getting in trouble because a bunch of people are sore losers. Aside from the legal trappings that they used to frame him, don't you think that people stupid enough to take financial advice via postings on Yahoo (or other sites) shouldn't whine when they turn out to be bogus? thoughts?
posted by ooklah at 6:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Now you can be sure your diamond is pure.
Now you can be sure your diamond is pure. Wouldn't want it tainted with any revolution or nothin...
posted by Steven Den Beste at 2:48 AM PST - 15 comments

September 21
Bill Clinton sentenced to 20 years in prison! By a district court in ... um ... Belgrade. Along with Madeleine Albright, Tony Blair, and a whole bunch of other leaders. For war crimes. Warrants have been issued for their arrest. ::snicker:: Good thing that International Tribunal never got set up, eh?
posted by aaron at 9:38 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Nipples are back "in"!!!
Nipples are back "in"!!! or, should I say... "out?" I never knew they had gone out of style. Silly me.
posted by da5id at 7:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Building A Great DHTML Chaser
Building A Great DHTML Chaser -- by Aaron Boodman. I've built one or two of these - what Aaron calls "Chasers" - you know, the little floating layer that follows you on a web page as you scroll. I was never too thrilled with the outcome for various reasons, but Aaron really put in extra efforts to resolve DHTML animation issues and came up with a fairly slick bit of code. A sample can be seen here. Whether you think they're annoying or useful, the based-on-refresh-rate animation info is still fairly useful.
posted by kokogiak at 5:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Click for Clean Air.
Click for Clean Air. "Canada argues that clearcutting our old-growth forests and replanting them, and building nuclear reactors in developing countries, is more effective than reducing fossil-fuel pollution. It also wants to buy "pollution rights" from countries like Russia that are burning less fossil fuel because their economies have collapsed."

Not that Canada's alone in the above, and not that the solution is a click away, but you have to start somewhere. For those of you who aren't Canadian, David Suzuki is a respected scientist and public figure who's been worth listening to since...since...forever.

If you're not Canadian, you can still participate.....
posted by ajh at 4:57 PM PST - 2 comments

"Chirac flatly denies posthumous graft charges"
"Chirac flatly denies posthumous graft charges" Yet another headline gone wrong. Before you read the article, see if you can figure out what they think they mean. I sure couldn't figure it out.

Chirac isn't dead, and what good is posthumous graft, anyway?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 4:05 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Democratizing the Mass Media
Democratizing the Mass Media -- A way to finance Metafilter without banner ads: -- "Under Baker's proposal, the government would grant every adult citizen an entitlement to direct the U.S. Treasury to allocate a specific sum of money (let's say $150 per person per year) to a non-profit communications organization, or portions thereof to organizations, of his or her choice. The allocation could work something like the current taxpayer check-off to political parties, except that non-taxpayers would be entitled to participate as well as taxpayers -- just pick-up a form at the post office or at the ballot box, fill it out, and hand it in."
posted by johnb at 3:49 PM PST - 23 comments

Ladies and Gentlemen, John Tesh
Ladies and Gentlemen, John Tesh the man, the myth, the web cam.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 2:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Nader in debates?
Nader in debates? Fox may be trying to use some technical magic to insert Ralph Nader into the Bush/Gore show...
posted by owillis at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Will Bush or Gore do anything viable to help the environment?
Will Bush or Gore do anything viable to help the environment? I can't even believe Bush agreed to submit answers. On the other hand, Al "Earth in the Balance" Gore doesn't have much credibility either.
posted by norm at 12:34 PM PST - 1 comments

Voting Green where it's white?
Voting Green where it's white? Nader's strongest showing by far is in Alaska, apparently: polls put him at 17%. Now my knowledge of Alaska is mainly drawn from Travels with Samantha, so I'm intrigued by the reasons for his support? Is it strictly the environmental issue (although plenty of people are in Alaska to exploit its natural resources) or because, as a friend said, "that's where all the crazies go?"
posted by holgate at 12:06 PM PST - 3 comments

So tabs are considered a bad idea when it comes to designing navigation.
So tabs are considered a bad idea when it comes to designing navigation. What's better and where can it be found? Who has developed the best navigation system to be found on the Internet?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 11:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Roll your own Carnivore.
Roll your own Carnivore. A network security firm has released its own software package to duplicate the abilities of the FBI's packet-sniffing black box. Or at least, its admitted abilities.
posted by harmful at 9:23 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Why Big Oil Backed The Fuel Protests In Europe
Why Big Oil Backed The Fuel Protests In Europe -- "Watched from a distance, the oil blockades in Britain look like spontaneous popular uprisings: regular working folk, frightened for their livelihoods, getting together to say, "Enough's enough." But before this David and Goliath story goes any further, it deserves a closer reading...."
posted by johnb at 1:01 AM PST - 11 comments

September 20
We've heard of intelligence and emotional intelligence, but what about spiritual intelligence? Gary Zukav is spiritually brilliant. He frequently appears on Oprah, from which I assume (accepting all implicit risks) that his audience consists largely of women. Which is too bad, because men have quite a lot to learn from this man as well, and it would do a world of good (being, unjustly, a man's world) if every man did.
posted by sudama at 11:18 PM PST - 39 comments

I want one of these.
I want one of these. There's an airplane which comes around here every once in a while and circles overhead for perhaps half an hour, then leaves. I think it's a realtor. (There's been a lot of building in this area recently, with housing developments going in and stuff like that.) It's damned annoying and I get tired of listening to it. Sometimes it's a helicoptor instead.

If I can't have one, then I want one of these instead.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Wall of Sound Soundbooth goes public beta
Wall of Sound Soundbooth goes public beta
I've never seen an Internet radio site that gives you so much control over what you're listening to. Stations are streamed, but on a track by track basis, so you can pause and skip tracks. You can create your own stations to mix genres, specific albums, specific artists or even specific tracks. Am I naive? How does it compare to other Internet radio?
posted by dan_of_brainlog at 11:43 AM PST - 18 comments

Apparently, the conventional wisdom is not quite right. The SDMI's Executive Director says they have "thousands of entries" in their contest to hack the various proposed digital music security schemes. As I pointed out recently in a similar context, the "Linux community" and the population of computer literate, financially motived, non-OS-sectarian hackers are far from being one and the same...
posted by m.polo at 11:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Hypertext, Narrative, Flash
Hypertext, Narrative, Flash oh my! (thanks to x-plane)
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 11:16 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

NBC pulls slasher parody ad.
NBC pulls slasher parody ad. Could someone please explain to me how this ad encourages violence towards women?
posted by Awol at 11:00 AM PST - 35 comments

What is scarier than a cloned dinosaur?
What is scarier than a cloned dinosaur?
posted by thirteen at 9:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Whitewater Prosecutor Clears Clintons of Wrongdoing
Whitewater Prosecutor Clears Clintons of Wrongdoing "Independent counsel Robert Ray said on Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence to prove that President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton engaged in criminal conduct in the Whitewater land deal in Arkansas"
posted by owillis at 9:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Here's an operation worthy of Hawkeye.
Here's an operation worthy of Hawkeye. Doctors in combat get presented with some interesting problems sometimes.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:02 AM PST - 7 comments

I like this site, but it looks an awful lot like this other site. Have you no respect for the property of others, Stewart? Must you steal to make yourself feel good?
posted by ericost at 8:51 AM PST - 29 comments

Barnes And Noble steps up for sloppy seconds.
Barnes And Noble steps up for sloppy seconds. After Amazon elected not to renew their agreement with Yahoo, Barnes and Noble replaced the online bookseller as Yahoo's premier advertiser for books. It is uncertain as to whether or not Yahoo and BN have had the grueling discussion regarding the number of partners they've each shared in the past, but it looks like an optimistic relationship regardless.
posted by Hankins at 6:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Brilliant and funny Gore Vidal Interview (Real Audio).
Question: "Al Gore is a distant relative of yours. Do you see a debate going on between him and Texas Gov. George W. Bush?"
Answer: "No, no, there's no debate going on right now. They are essentially the same on the basic issues. They are both candidates of corporate America. They're paid for. How did George W. Bush, a man who has officially [advocated for] education, but has carefully avoided education for himself, end up where he's at? He's about the most ignorant man who has ever run for president...but he got $70 million from corporate America, and they expect him to pay them back." (partial transcript here)
posted by johnb at 2:09 AM PST - 15 comments

September 19
Equatorial Guinea has a new swimming star: 22-year-old Eric Moussambani. He won his heat in the 100m freestyle, despite never having learned how to swim at all until January, and having never even raced more than 50m before this race. His winning time: 1:52.72. Since that's about a minute more than it takes most Olympians, it should be noted here that his two competitors had been disqualified for false states, so he had the pool to himself. You really need to see the video of him "swimming" to believe it. But it's obvious that Sydney now has its own Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards!
posted by aaron at 10:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Is everyone asleep at the wheel?
Is everyone asleep at the wheel? "The Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to normalize trade with China, marking a turning point in a half-century of stormy relations between the world’s strongest power and its most populous nation. In return, trade relations will no longer hinge on China’s human rights record, a link that has long irritated Beijing." It is a sad day for human rights in China.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 8:56 PM PST - 25 comments

Bush: 342 / Gore: 224
Bush: 342 / Gore: 224
Bush leads Gore in the number of jokes made about him on late night talk shows.
posted by tamim at 8:50 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Censored students post articles online
Censored students post articles online You can't shut the kids up. The next generation is gonna kick our butts so fast...
posted by owillis at 8:37 PM PST - 6 comments

The author
The author of The Anarchist Cookbook wants is to go out of print, but his publisher owns the copyright and keeps pumping them out. I had always heard the CIA published it, and filled it with faulty recipies designed to kill anybody messing with bomb materials.
Might be another twist on recent copyright discussions, but what do I know, I paid for my copy of Steal This Book.
via BoingBoing
posted by thirteen at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

GW Bush regards Churchill as his favourite historical figure.
GW Bush regards Churchill as his favourite historical figure. Or so he'll say on "Oprah", apparently. Now, given that Churchill was a depressive, bellicose alcoholic, who ultimately lost by a landslide to a party promising widespread social reform, is this wise? ;)
posted by holgate at 10:26 AM PST - 29 comments

Manny Poppins?
Manny Poppins? Would you hire a male nanny? I don't see any problems with it as long as there is a good back-ground check.
posted by da5id at 9:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Soon you can get your own copy of the Human Genome.
Soon you can get your own copy of the Human Genome. (Funny, I thought I already had one.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:05 AM PST - 1 comments

We're overdue for a big disaster.
We're overdue for a big disaster. "Two years without a harvest? It would probably bust civilisation. People would survive all right. It really would cut us back, and that is the sort of thing nobody really prepares for. It's not some ecological poison or GM foods or nuclear that is going to get us, it is going to be some perfectly ordinary natural event." Almost enough to make me stock canned goods again.
posted by norm at 8:15 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

or, Don't vote Bush.
or, Don't vote Bush.
posted by tiaka at 7:54 AM PST - 5 comments

September 18
The rabbit is out of the hat
The rabbit is out of the hat when it comes to frivolous genetic manipulation of living creatures. And he glows in the dark.
posted by rcade at 11:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Lord, thank you for this.
Lord, thank you for this. Mac users our prayers are being answered. No longer will the plagues of type 11 errors and system freezes rule over the people. The writings is on the wall and it is time for us to reign.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 9:35 PM PST - 12 comments

How to tilt at windmills.
How to tilt at windmills. What these guys don't undestand is that Apple can't make money selling software. They develop software so that they can sell the hardware on which it runs, which is their real profit center.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:15 PM PST - 32 comments

Jakob Nielsen: Internet Guru, (Possible) Inventor of Spam
Jakob Nielsen: Internet Guru, (Possible) Inventor of Spam
(via CamWorld)
posted by tamim at 6:16 PM PST - 12 comments

No Refuge: He fled the war in Congo for America. The I.N.S. greeted him by putting him in jail. -- this week's nyt mag has stories of people who have been in new york city for one year. this one is especially powerful.
posted by palegirl at 5:32 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Censorship on a public Blog?
Censorship on a public Blog? - When someone posts a link to content that others find shocking to a public blog (in this case Flazoom.com) how should the blog-master handle it. This got me thinking about how we handle the content at MeFi - which is better? Removing the post a few layers, or bereating the poster with lots of mean comment posts?
posted by DragonBoy at 4:54 PM PST - 24 comments

Pseudo is Dead.
Pseudo is Dead. Shocked, I tell ya, shocked.
posted by owillis at 2:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Can a corrupt IOC
Can a corrupt IOC spoil the spirit of competition? Is the IOC "...more important than the Catholic Church"?
posted by john at 12:00 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Wired
Wired has an interesting interview this month with David Boies, chief counsel for Napster and DOJ vs. MS (unfortunately, this link just points to the fact that the content won't be online until 10.10. With the debate about Napster everywhere (including september 16th below), I thought it helped to clarify exactly what Napster's position is. I thought John Perry Barlow's (EFF) essay was helpful as well.
posted by Sean Meade at 11:40 AM PST - 1 comments

Bookmarklets, Napster, and the Peer-to-Peer Web:
Bookmarklets, Napster, and the Peer-to-Peer Web: Apparently Jason isn't the only one who's discovered nifty uses for bookmarklets. Right now this technology is limited by Javascript interpreters, but could it be as powerful in principle as Mozilla?
posted by dhartung at 8:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Vote Bush!
Vote Bush!
posted by tiaka at 7:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Frozen body falls from plane en route from Moscow
Frozen body falls from plane en route from Moscow
Pretty sad story when you think about it, that someone could be so desperate to get to a better world that they would attempt something so dangerous.
posted by tomcosgrave at 7:01 AM PST - 10 comments

The last message of Carlos Caceras, Killed in West Timor
The last message of Carlos Caceras, Killed in West Timor "Three [United Nations High Commission for Refugees] colleagues - Samson Aregahegn, Carlos Caceras and Pero Simundza - have been savagely lynched in West Timor (Indonesia) and their bodies burned by an armed mob." [continued...]
posted by Mo Nickels at 1:52 AM PST - 3 comments

September 17
Another way to burn time.
Another way to burn time.
Tons of Flash games. If you are into that kinda things.
posted by tamim at 11:56 PM PST - 3 comments

The Korean War may finally be coming to an end.
The Korean War may finally be coming to an end. And I'm completely serious about that. In 1953 an armistice was signed, but no peace treaty has ever been negotiated and technically the war has been going on for nearly 50 years. They may actually be about to end it.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 11:12 PM PST - 1 comments

Another innovation from Digital Convergence:
Another innovation from Digital Convergence:
In addition to having a pretty much useless product, CueCat's product-release-to-privacy-violation rate is spectacular! To quote their email:

Dear :CueCat member,
We've been alerted to a security breach in our system that may have exposed certain members' names and email addresses. As one of the members who may be susceptible, we want to explain to you how you may be affected and what we are doing to rectify the situation. (more...)
posted by anildash at 9:28 PM PST - 1 comments

Microsoft Linux - the premier Linux distro....
Microsoft Linux - the premier Linux distro.... Who would have thought???
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 9:10 PM PST - 6 comments

For the Do-it-yourselfer who's already done it all.
For the Do-it-yourselfer who's already done it all.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:56 PM PST - 10 comments

What is up with this?
What is up with this? I thought the weblogging community was the only one to engage in petty bickering? What I want to know is, while I can understand having a free Geocities site or something just to flame somebody, utterly removing your paid-for site stikes me as a bit off-kilter.
posted by mrmorgan at 6:20 PM PST - 9 comments

That 2-way satellite Internet service
That 2-way satellite Internet service that we were all musing about a few weeks back may be this offering from Gilat2Home, who prudently decided that that was way too...
posted by baylink at 3:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Time Out
Time Out finally reveal their new direction with their London Shopping Guide, running off Oracle and Vignette. This is a bit of a cheek, but I was wondering what people thought of it. It's not really self-blogging because although I worked on the site, I had a fairly minor part to play, and I figure that "popular site gets substantial new direction and new technology" still counts as interesting and valid under Metafilter rules. Slap me down if I'm wrong.
posted by barbelith at 1:51 PM PST - 3 comments

$14,000 a year
$14,000 a year for devout Christians attending "top 5" graduate and professional programs, in order to seed national leadership with believers. An alternative approach is Ave Maria School of Law, founded by Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan expressly because they believe that Christian professional education is essentially impossible in the elite institutions.
posted by MattD at 1:33 PM PST - 10 comments

UK Big Brother ends, and people actually care. (Hint to US producers: An ex-nun who converted to hedonistic lesbianism beats a guy with one leg and a roofer whose idea of individuality is dying his hair.) The thing I'm most interested in, though: Is it true that the UK's National Health Service refuses to do heart and lung transplants on the, um, genetically inferior?
posted by aaron at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Got to get this
Got to get this (just couldn't find a better link on Adobe -- the press release is very dry) which basically means finding someone else who's bought it and copying it of them.

So, given the in depth discussion of design copyright here, where do we stand when it comes to software?

Who can honestly say they haven't got any major pieces of software on their machines that they didn't pay for? And has any private individual ever been caught with same?
posted by James Bachman at 3:41 AM PST - 29 comments

froschi.blogger.com
froschi.blogger.com Pure curiousity?! I'm wondering what significance this new blogger subdomain actually has?
(I'm not the only curious person)
posted by williamtry at 3:04 AM PST - 9 comments

October Suprise. The Wall Street Journal is holding a contest asking readers to predict what Clinton will do to influence the November election.
posted by argus at 12:05 AM PST - 4 comments

September 16
I don't recall
I don't recall this particular promotion showing up in a presidential campaign before, but then what would I know?
posted by chicobangs at 11:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Elian: the Movie
Elian: the Movie - coming soon to small screens everywhere. My TV is riddled with commercials for this epic, touch-your-heart-and-soul 4 hour saga of Miami's favorite son.
posted by tomorama at 10:07 PM PST - 5 comments

"Cuba maintains a prison system that is in many respects far more humane than Western propaganda would have the uninformed public believe."
"Cuba maintains a prison system that is in many respects far more humane than Western propaganda would have the uninformed public believe."
While the New York based Cuban American Democracy Project does not agree with the views expressed by Professor Jill Soffiyah Elijah, the CADP web site lists tons of articles, testimonies and resources about "situation" in Cuba.
posted by tamim at 5:28 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm blogging Tropical Storm Gordon.
I'm blogging Tropical Storm Gordon. If you live on the West coast of Florida, or know someone who does, I'll try to help you keep an eye out. If you don't, well, ignore this, ok? ;-) [Flames to /meta/talk.]
posted by baylink at 2:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Lars' statement to the Comittee
Lars' statement to the Comittee - I don't know how many lawyers co-operated for writting this, but it's the art of writing at its best. It almost convinced me to stop trading .mp3 files. What do you think about Lars' speech?
posted by kchristidis at 12:42 PM PST - 24 comments

I have no doubts that people will get exercise from watching this workout video, but somehow, I don't think it's going to be aerobics. Check the reviews, I didn't even know there was a genre like this. This is the weirdest thing I've ever seen at Amazon, anyone seen anything weirder?
posted by mathowie at 10:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Student's computer seized for sharing MP3s.
Student's computer seized for sharing MP3s. Jack booted thugs anyone? Make no mistake, they're coming for you soon. Do something about it.
posted by owillis at 9:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Not to extend his 15 minutes of infamy, but, he has a story to tell. Just hear him out.
posted by tamim at 2:05 AM PST - 56 comments

September 15
A fitting if not weird way to go.
A fitting if not weird way to go.
posted by skallas at 11:19 PM PST - 3 comments

You thought this man was cranky before? Now he has radio active balls.
posted by tamim at 10:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Would someone please explain to me
Would someone please explain to me why anyone would want to play three games based on The Blair Witch Project?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:47 PM PST - 7 comments

"Boycott hacksdmi.org"
"Boycott hacksdmi.org" [I can't believe the idiots at SDMI thought this was actually going to accomplish anything anyway.]
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:03 PM PST - 1 comments

7-Eleven has Gore, Bush and No Opinion cups.
7-Eleven has Gore, Bush and No Opinion cups. Then on their website is a 7-Election page using daily sale results from 5000 of their stores, you can see which cup is being chosen the most. (The cup gets scanned at the register and each cup has it's own UPC.) Right now the natonal cumulative results are 20% Gore 20% Bush and 60% No Opinion. Very neat idea, they also have links to register to vote for real.
posted by thirdball at 8:08 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm sad to report, it looks like Ben's hanging it up for a while.
I'm sad to report, it looks like Ben's hanging it up for a while. Hopefully he'll come out writing well and feeling better on the other side. Good luck, Ben.
posted by mathowie at 7:58 PM PST - 6 comments

So have you Americans (and others) see it yet?
So have you Americans (and others) see it yet? As a cynical aussie and fan of television kitch (eg. I like watching the Eurovison song contest over a pizza every year), I'm interested in people's opinions of the opening ceremony. What images and impressions did you get.
posted by lagado at 5:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Technical glitches?
Technical glitches? Bah. Uri did it.
posted by cheaily at 4:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Something about this
Something about this really makes me mad. I saw the trailer for this movie and was totally blown away. They even have a cool url. So I decided to check it out... boy was I disappointed. Sure, they have a neat intro.. but half the stuff on the site is "Coming Soon" and the link for the trailer doesn't even work! How frustrating is that?
posted by epoh at 2:38 PM PST - 3 comments

"Hackers amass new zombie army."
"Hackers amass new zombie army." When headlines go bad, part IX. Courtesy of MSNBC.
posted by smackfu at 1:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Proprietary URLs?
Proprietary URLs? How many of these non-standard prefixes does your system support?

Just off the top of my head with the programs I have running right now, I can handle nap: aim: hotline: and a few others, not counting all the ones built into my browser.

More inside...
posted by anildash at 8:51 AM PST - 2 comments

New Go?
New Go? Either Go.com really, really sucks, or I am just unable to find where the "new" go.com design is residing. And why doesn't c|net ever put related links in their articles? Do they assume I will just stay within c|net all day long?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 7:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Spoilers! Spoilers!
Spoilers! Spoilers! See, with the ceremony over, and 10 hours to go before the "official" coverage, NBC are still asking "Who will light the torch?" We know, idiots. Isn't this just a bit silly?
posted by holgate at 6:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Narcissism at it's worst?
Narcissism at it's worst? People post their pictures and are rated by everyone else. Kind of sick, but I still look at it.
posted by owillis at 1:30 AM PST - 6 comments

My grocery store tells me my wife's cycle
My grocery store tells me my wife's cycle - A few months of shopping after Kroger started its 'Plus' card and they know more about my wife than her children do. Yep, we have been using the Kroger card for a while now, but no more. For the last two months I have received a cupon for tampons only days before my wife needs them. Big Brother is not on TV, he is in the supermarket. Join the boycott at nocards.com.
posted by DragonBoy at 12:26 AM PST - 19 comments

September 14
Customization of a page was never easier. Mark Newhouse of iBook, iMac, iBlog, has come up with this really cool way of skinning the blog using CSS via a nifty adaptation of a script by Porter Glendinng. Now if we could mix this concept with Jason's modification via cookies, you'd get a skinnable site rather than a skinnable page using just CSS and Javascript. [Found the site via Zeldman]
posted by riffola at 8:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Gates and Allen setting up thier own (safety) .Net
Gates and Allen setting up thier own (safety) .Net In the past three months, Gates has sold 4.15 million shares valued at about $291.2 million, while Allen has sold 16.26 million shares valued at about $1.2 billion.
posted by quonsar at 6:30 PM PST - 3 comments

A friend of mine has started posting a [true] story on ThemeStream. Interesting reading (if somewhat smutty and violent). Plus, ThemeStream's royalty rate goes down soon, so read them now and help him suck even more VC money :)
posted by faisal at 3:35 PM PST - 8 comments

I never understood folks who were into this until I equated them with antique car collectors.
posted by Avogadro at 3:06 PM PST - 11 comments

In space
In space no one can hear you ... never mind.
posted by highindustrial at 2:42 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm not sure whether I'll actually use it, but the :CueCat Reader that Wired Magazine sent me for free is pretty neat. It is essentially a scanner that plugs into my computer and can "read" URLs in special bar-codes on ads or any UPC or ISBN. I scanned my thesaurus and a box of paper clips. Simple things ...
posted by quirked at 12:46 PM PST - 18 comments

This girl is, literally, fighting for her life.
This girl is, literally, fighting for her life. Her name is Kaycee, she's 18, and she is desperately fighting cancer. And if everyone could put down their mice, stop typing on their keyboards, close up their browsers, and think one good thought for this girl -- and her family -- maybe, hopefully, it would help.

Halcyon's set up a message board for her. If you're so moved, you know what to do...
posted by metrocake at 12:36 PM PST - 58 comments

Yesterday's New York Times
Yesterday's New York Times says Gore is still in the lead (story gone to New York Times archive hell). A story today says they two are neck-in-neck and Bush has lost his comfortable lead. Polls are worth about a nickel apiece when you burn them for firewood and can then turn down the thermostat.
posted by Mo Nickels at 11:18 AM PST - 1 comments

Fosters Beer's new site
Fosters Beer's new site and ad campaign is a ripoff/parody of another certain beer ad campaign. What's with the small country pride? Tired of the Americanization of the world? Or just the (American) corporatization of the globe?
posted by mathowie at 11:00 AM PST - 20 comments

You can't copyright the design of a web page
You can't copyright the design of a web page in the sense that it's a "form." You can copyright your graphics and text; you can probably copyright your HTML. You can trademark the name of a font, but you can't copyright its design. Discuss amongst yourselves.
posted by Snarl at 8:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Has MacOSRumors lost it's edge?
Has MacOSRumors lost it's edge? I know the announcements in Paris were none-too-shocking but MOR has really sucked recently. MacCentral scooped them on many of the announcements. Two years ago this would not have been the case. Is it me or have they just lost heart?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 8:31 AM PST - 6 comments

The lead that Al Gore once enjoyed in most presidential polls in wake of the Democratic convention has all but disappeared, according to the latest Voter.com Battleground 2000 poll released Thursday. The survey reports that the vice president’s numbers are slipping and George W. Bush is back on top for the first time in weeks.
posted by aaron at 7:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Anyone remember Studio Archetype? Man, were they ever great!

Today, as I was looking through the "Official Site of the Sydney 2000 Games", I was saddened, at how sick it all is, I mean, little 30x50 banners for texaco? or for something called "win big, click here", it all might as well be "Click here for live nude 18 year olds" for all I care. Design?

There is no design, well, a good one anyway, all you see is this little 2point verdana type that shows the news. Seeing, ofcorse, how no one else does this sorta thing. NOT AT ALL.

All I can do now, is dream of how good the Nagano site looked. And days of Archetype have been long over. Maybe it's sometimes good to look back, you see how every single site has become the same, link news here, provide in-depth stories here, place important graphic here.
posted by tiaka at 7:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Women in sports judged on looks more than ability.
Women in sports judged on looks more than ability. That's all well and good, but her remedy of "genuine equality in sports at all levels" rings hollow with me.
posted by owillis at 1:52 AM PST - 16 comments

September 13
Headcheese?!
Headcheese?! According to Wired's Infoporn, if you are the unlucky sap who own's an analog Sanyo SCP-4000 the you run the risk frying yoru brain. Perhaps if we all looked to the future for handy solutions, our problems would be solved.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 11:39 PM PST - 8 comments

More Evidence of Corruption
More Evidence of Corruption , as if it were needed:
"Sorry you missed the vice president....I know" you "will give $100K when the president vetoes tort reform, but we really need it now. Please send ASAP if possible."
posted by johnb at 11:24 PM PST - 5 comments

If you could steal* any web design, which one would you take?
When I get around to it, I would like to do something like this, this or maybe this.
*Stealing is defined as taking only the design codes and not any content off of the site without the designer's permission.
posted by tamim at 8:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Hands off...
Hands off... I'm a Gore/Lieberman supporter, but his recent threats of government intervention into violent entertainment (along with Lynne Cheney) make me a little angry.
posted by owillis at 5:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Wen Ho Lee is Free! (sort of)
Wen Ho Lee is Free! (sort of)
Is this too much of a "seen everywhere" news story to post here? Or is the fact that this story was finally getting "seen everywhere" part of the good news???
posted by wendell at 5:03 PM PST - 12 comments

DotComFailures Lives Up To Its Name!
DotComFailures Lives Up To Its Name!
May I use this occasion to jumpstart a meme for a new acronym: T.O.F.I. - Too Obvious For Irony.
Also notable for the article's use of F***edCompany.com's full name, but then, didn't a rumor find its way into this very forum that FC and DCF were related?
posted by wendell at 5:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Rat?
Rat? Is anyone else seeing the words "Matt Rat" or "Mall Rat" when they open or refresh the the main page of Metafilter? Just a quick flash of the two words, above and below the first entry on the page. Or am I drinking too much Pepsi One today?
posted by paddbear at 3:58 PM PST - 7 comments

FCC: Open up AOL’s messaging
FCC: Open up AOL’s messaging "Federal regulators could force America Online Inc. to open its popular instant-messaging service to rivals as a condition of approving its acquisition of Time Warner Inc." I think this is good news for instant messaging, but I'm never really comfortable with the government forcing such things. What do you think?
posted by ericost at 3:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Jesus freaks make unattractive websites:
Jesus freaks make unattractive websites: Came across this while looking for some old Nintendo ROMS. You'd think he'd at least try to make his message legible . . .
posted by aladfar at 3:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Dr. Laura fans speak

. Jeeeze what 'fruitcakes'.
posted by tiaka at 2:18 PM PST - 22 comments

Has Google finally sold out?
Has Google finally sold out? You may have already seen this via Robot Wisdom - evidence that Google has monkeyed with their search engine to give preference to partner Yahoo!'s pages. I guess it had to happen sooner or later, but I'm sad. Anyone know of a better search engine on the horizon that still has integrity?
posted by straight at 10:06 AM PST - 8 comments

As long as we're discussing vice-presidential candidates,
As long as we're discussing vice-presidential candidates, I thought I'd point out this gem about the Reform Party's offering.
posted by MrMoonPie at 10:02 AM PST - 8 comments

anatomy of an e-client.
anatomy of an e-client. as if we didn't make enough fun of our clientele...
posted by patricking at 8:31 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Interview with Winona LaDuke
Interview with Winona LaDuke Here's a nice little gem. We all know about Ralph Nader, but here's a fascinating discussion with Ralph's choice for VP. Requires RealAudio. (from www.nativecalling.org)
posted by snakey at 8:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Lame
Lame I was hoping to start my day by either purchasing the OSX beta or begin the long d/l process. Unfortunately, 30 minutes later and Apple's Store servers have yet to complete the process due to 500 Internal Server errors and 4 timed out sessions. I thought OSX Servers were better than any in the world? So forget it. Steve, you can have your eye candy.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 7:34 AM PST - 22 comments

wow!
wow!
Make sure all is quiet around you.
Unplug the phone.
Feed the dog with cat so they both will be silent.

These are 8 min 30 during which you will not want to be disturbed.
posted by Baud at 5:19 AM PST - 10 comments


September 12
A great essay on copyright from the Atlantic Monthly...
A great essay on copyright from the Atlantic Monthly... Hardly new [1998]... but a great read nonetheless. Of course, it might have been better to have placed it under the previous Powazek posting, but I still can't figure out how to post a link within a thread. Well, that and it's only tangentially related.
posted by silusGROK at 7:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Considering Copyright
Considering Copyright Mr. Powazek brings up a very good point about copyright and how it applies to web design vs. John Perry Barlow's idea's about how copyright applies to the future. From the tone of Derek's last few posts, I'd say someone's been ripping off his designs...again.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 5:52 PM PST - 34 comments

ExplodingDog
ExplodingDog is back up, Huzzah!
posted by Lirp at 5:00 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

k10k redesign?
k10k redesign? Am I missing something here? Zeldman had a short notice that the k10k web site was back and redesigned for functionality. It looks the same to me.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 1:32 PM PST - 8 comments

51 condoms. 17 days.
51 condoms. 17 days. You do the math. Wow, someone would have to be in pretty good shape to... Oh...
posted by Tubes at 1:09 PM PST - 2 comments

OS X had better kick ass.
OS X had better kick ass. For me this is Apple's final curtain call. I have been a life-long, devoted follower of the Great Apple and now it is time my devotion paid off. Cool hardware is great Steve, now lets see the goods on the inside.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 1:00 PM PST - 16 comments

DEA Raids Lakota Sioux Industrial Hemp Crop
DEA Raids Lakota Sioux Industrial Hemp Crop The DEA destroys 1.5 acres of Industrial Hemp with "No detectable THC content" - and devastates a native american family farm. This is the only place I found a story about the Raid. Can you say news blackout?
posted by snakey at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

The Washington Post speculates on the future of Canada. More directly, they question whether it has a future. Is Canada doomed to eventually join the United States?
posted by aaron at 11:51 AM PST - 25 comments

Sectarian politicians
Sectarian politicians often claim that the First amendment doesn't mandate separation of church and state, but history differs with them. Maybe voters should stop listening to self righteous politicos praying on street corners.
posted by norm at 11:51 AM PST - 3 comments

"Space Survivor" deal is cut
"Space Survivor" deal is cut to the tune of 40 million. Watch in drooling wonder as perky americans from every age/race/sex demographic go though the trials of a "Survivor" race to be an astronaut- on Mir!! Wasn't Mir supposed to be ditched in the ocean years ago?
posted by metasak at 11:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Wen Ho Lee release delayed, again...
Wen Ho Lee release delayed, again... as the case falls apart against him, the feds manage to secure a single plea of guilty and arrange Dr. Lee's release after 9 months in solitary confinement. How do you feel about this? Is the an example of the "Evil Empire" scapegoating a minority?
posted by Dean_Paxton at 10:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Bobby and Eddie's Excellent Adventure.
Bobby and Eddie's Excellent Adventure.
Rahal is rumored to be taking over Jaguar F1 Racing for the next two years. If it is true, he follows Juan Pablo Montoya and Barry Green to join F1 out of CART.
posted by tamim at 10:43 AM PST - 1 comments

"Moodwatch" now in Eudora 5.0
"Moodwatch" now in Eudora 5.0 "Moodwatch" is, apparantly, something that "watches" for offensive language in your e-mail and then rates your mail accordingly.

According to Eudora, "MoodWatch can detect aggressive, demeaning or rude language in the email you send and receive by looking at both individual words and complete phrases."

I find this to be pretty disturbing. Okay, so right now it can't be used to censor, and right now it can be turned off. But suppose, at some point in the future, it can be used to censor, it's on all the time, and your employer is monitoring the content of everyone's mail to ensure that no one's offending anyone else?

And who decided on the standard for offensiveness to begin with? If you look in their example, use of the phrase "what are you thinking?" was enough to get the highest "offensiveness" rating. What the fuck??!!

Oh, damn. There's those three chillis.
posted by metrocake at 9:24 AM PST - 13 comments

free replacement for commercial routers
free replacement for commercial routers Has anyone tried using this yet?
posted by dilok at 8:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Where Are The Hollywood Conservative?
Where Are The Hollywood Conservative? Does a liberal cabal of Hollywood executives destroy the careers of conservative performers? Or, is the conservative philosophy (opposed to change, antiquated morals...) just too boring for artists and performers?
posted by Doug at 8:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Smashing Pumpkins encourage piracy
Smashing Pumpkins encourage piracy "The Smashing Pumpkins printed just 25 copies of their new album - but they've asked fans to make MP3s, please. Reportedy they're flipping the bird at their label, Virgin"
posted by dilok at 6:40 AM PST - 10 comments

This is not only so fake
This is not only so fake it's not even funny, but the picture is highly disturbing. HOW AM I GOING TO WATCH SESAME STREET WITHOUT BIG BIRD?!?!?!?
posted by miamirelative at 1:14 AM PST - 6 comments

September 11
Dubya gets subliminal?
Dubya gets subliminal? The connection is a little shaky, but it makes his campaign seem more and more inept...
posted by owillis at 9:55 PM PST - 18 comments

All across Europe - in Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands - the people are rising up! Protesting! Blockading! Saying that the people united will never be defeated! Democracy is thriving! Why is this not being celebrated at Indymedia? Could it be because the people are rising up against left-wing policies?
posted by aaron at 5:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Does anyone really dig the new MSN?
Does anyone really dig the new MSN? I am not a member of the Church of Microsoft but I do really like what they have done with the new MSN. I'm not talking about just the web site but the overall experience with the MSN Preview 2.0. I think they may be in a position to really give AOL a run for the money.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 3:17 PM PST - 13 comments

"I've been a broadcast journalist for a quarter of a century and I've never seen a slower period ... There is really no comparison in our lifetime." Are we facing The End of News? Will we ever again live in interesting times? (Yes, I know it's a Salon link. But I've been thinking about this for a while.)
posted by aaron at 2:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Reminder: Al Gore is on Oprah today, Bush next Tuesday.
Reminder: Al Gore is on Oprah today, Bush next Tuesday. can you tell i work at home? :) an interesting chance to see the candidates speak, though probably very scripted.
posted by centrs at 2:10 PM PST - 8 comments

ProjectCool
ProjectCool isn't faring well since Glenn Davis and Teresa Martin left and DevX took over. Sightings isn't being updated and the Future Focus archive was wiped out.
posted by rcade at 12:04 PM PST - 15 comments

For Sale: FuckedCompany.com.
For Sale: FuckedCompany.com. What do think the person who buys it will do with the site?
posted by mathowie at 10:56 AM PST - 9 comments

In other news:
In other news: Al Gore introduces a new plan, which would involve the Ludivico Treatment. "We, as of yet, do not have a Serum 114, nor do we know exactly how we'll create it...; One thing parents should be certain of, we'll strip the very human out of your children, and make then into good malchiki and devochki"
posted by tiaka at 10:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Ralph Nader: 'An American Hero' --
Ralph Nader: 'An American Hero' -- Ralph endorses Republican Gov. Gary Johnson's strategy to legalize marijuana. Johnson calls Nader an 'American Hero.' Nice story.
posted by snakey at 8:50 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

The first web-banner I ever liked.
The first web-banner I ever liked.
posted by sonofsamiam at 7:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Friends, family seek "Left Eye".
Friends, family seek "Left Eye". If my friends referred to me as "Left Eye" I would have dumped them, too. But seriously, how does someone famous just disappear like this, especially in celebrity-crazed America?
posted by kristin at 12:35 AM PST - 6 comments

"The knowledge of the poor is being converted into the property of global corporations, creating a situation where the poor will have to pay for the seeds and medicines they have evolved and have used to meet their own needs for nutrition and health care." -- Vandana Shiva lectures on globalization and poverty.
posted by sudama at 12:22 AM PST - 5 comments

September 10
Yesterday I went to a local Comic Book Store here in Houston, Texas. I was looking for the hard to find 'Death Row Marv' figure that recently made the news across the nation. After I asked to see the figure (it was kept behind the counter) and dicided that the price was right, the sales person asked me if I was a policeman. I told him I was not and asked why. He told me that the Death Row Marv figure is very popular with the Houston Police Department. The officers like to have them on their desks and in their squad cars - scary huh?
posted by DragonBoy at 10:53 PM PST - 3 comments

The pope must be getting old; when it comes to exorcisms, Satan is beating him these days.
posted by aaron at 10:00 PM PST - 2 comments

From the latest chapter in "Don't Make a Clinton Mad"
From the latest chapter in "Don't Make a Clinton Mad" comes this 1998 photo released by the White House that shows Rick Lazio firmly shaking hands of Yasser Arafat with a bright smile on his face. Lazio had earlier criticized Bill Clinton for shaking the hand of Fidel Castro and Hillary for pecking on the cheek of Shuha Arafat in 1999. Lazio also accused Hillary to be supporting with her silence Shuha Arafat's factual charges of environmental pollutions in the occupied territories by the Israeli authorities. Unlike Lazio, Hillary at least has claimed Jewish ancestry. Lazio has no clue what he is up against.
posted by tamim at 9:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Does GW's great Texas education system really work?
Does GW's great Texas education system really work? Teachers say Texas has given up on normal school subjects in favor of test taking strategy in order to produce nice round numbers for politicians. Kids spend the school year preparing day and night for massively hyped state wide tests instead of actually learning. Is this any way to educate our children?
posted by tomorama at 8:09 PM PST - 26 comments

Western Union's site
Western Union's site is down, as hackers have accessed their "secure" database. Western Union's only suggestion so far is to tell all customers to cancel their credit card accounts. Is anything really secure on the internet? Do you trust amazon to hold your credit card numbers, Wells Fargo to keep your checking account private, and Kozmo employees not to pilfer your credit card numbers for fun?
posted by mathowie at 6:30 PM PST - 8 comments

It's odd that people reacting against globalisation should try to stop the forum meeting in Melbourne this week. It is working to solve the problems they are protesting against, warns the Swiss intellectual who is founder and president of the World Economic Forum.
posted by murray_kester at 3:53 PM PST - 29 comments

Jim Munroe
Jim Munroe is a zine publisher in Toronto who wrote a couple of small novels, got one ("Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask") picked up by Harper Collins, and got out of his contract to self-release his latest book. I don't know if it surprises anyone that the mainstream book scene is about as non-lucrative and power-consolidated as the music world is, but he's posted all the gory details, as well as a detailed and friendly how-to for self-publishing.
posted by chicobangs at 1:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Knight to be fired?
Knight to be fired? I know some can find the news at other links, and the story is still developing, however, I at least thought he would last one more year, and retire on his own. Zero tolerence is enforced and the University warned him. I just wonder if he will be hired anywhere else.
posted by brent at 10:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Fire Marshall killed at Italian Grand Prix
Fire Marshall killed at Italian Grand Prix.
I hope the banked track at the new Indianapolis track doesn't kill anyone. Formula One has never raced on a banked surface before.
posted by tomcosgrave at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Help Wanted : Naval Chaplain for Her Majesty's Navy.
Help Wanted : Naval Chaplain for Her Majesty's Navy. Frustrated with the prospect of designing web pages for the rest of your life? Well, this might be for you.
posted by leo at 2:39 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

September 9
Big Brother Mutiny?
Big Brother Mutiny? The Most Boring Show in History finally gets somewhat interesting with the houseguests all deciding to walk off on Wednesday...
posted by owillis at 5:29 PM PST - 11 comments

US Energy Department page a ripoff from Intel.com?
US Energy Department page a ripoff from Intel.com? I was just reading about the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve and while I was reading the page I had the strange feeling that the template was copied from another site. So is this some kind of generic template or was it an original Intel production?
posted by tomalak at 10:43 AM PST - 9 comments

All Hands On Deck.
All Hands On Deck. If you're an engineer for IBM OZ or Telstra, don't expect to get a day off for the next three weeks. Here comes the Olympics!
posted by baylink at 9:15 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Two highschool seniors
Two highschool seniors are looking for corporate sponsorship to finance their college education. "Imagine your logo on our hats or shirts as we travel the country being the very first corporate sponsored college students."

Creepy.
posted by ar0n at 8:47 AM PST - 25 comments

Music IS Commerce.
Music IS Commerce. Awright. I'm sick of this. It is beyond trendy to lump in Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet etc. as "non-music" because they're "corporate" and exist to make money.

So? What's the big deal? It's fun music. Why is it there's one generation who refuses to acknowledge what the masses like? Why is it as soon as something reaches critical mass, it is no longer of any "artistic" value?
posted by owillis at 2:22 AM PST - 39 comments

September 8
People that can build a submarine on a mountain
People that can build a submarine on a mountain impress me. This story was also on NPR.
posted by gluechunk at 11:59 PM PST - 3 comments

MC Hawking in da ho-use!
MC Hawking in da ho-use! Damn straight! You don't know Da Good Doctor till you get his phat beats in your ass. Or something. Check out the MP3s, yo, and move while you groove to the discography, news and pictures. Wicked science by day, masta gansta rapper by night. Byatch.
posted by dan_of_brainlog at 11:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Dennis Miller explained...
Dennis Miller explained... How many football fans will check this on Tuesday mornings to find out what the hell he's talking about?
posted by owillis at 9:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Vice-Presidential Nominee Dick Cheney Didn't Vote in 14 of the 16 Last Elections.
Vice-Presidential Nominee Dick Cheney Didn't Vote in 14 of the 16 Last Elections. I am not for either side yet, but for me this does not help the Elephants one bit. Why should I even consider voting for Dick when a he dosen't even take the time to participate in our democracy?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 9:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Bike Messengers Love IndyMedia
Bike Messengers Love IndyMedia -- Bike messenger Harim Veracruz says that the IndyMedia site has been "a godsend" for him and his colleagues. "All the messengers are using it," he said. "There's a map of the city, information on who is going to be where, what parts of the city to avoid, how to get from here to there fast, even restaurant recommendations. It's a very helpful site." Veracruz said he's even "gotten educated as to why these people are so angry" by reading some of the political news on the site, and is considering joining a protest walk to the U.N. on Friday.
posted by johnb at 7:13 PM PST - 1 comments

TVGOHome is the best thing ever
TVGOHome is the best thing ever Well if someone else can post dancing bloody cats I don't see why i shouldn't point this groovey thing out. Unless...everyone else in the world got there before me.
posted by davidgentle at 4:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Now this is what I call Reality TV.
Now this is what I call Reality TV.
I'm surprised we haven't seen more incidents like this outside or around Wrestling shows, or am I missing something? Just for the record, the TV show marred by this tragedy was BattleDOME, NOT BattleBOTS (otherwise, it would have been a pickup truck stabbing an SUV, right?).
posted by wendell at 1:38 PM PST - 3 comments

I am hallucinating. Or,
I am hallucinating. Or, this is just peculiar. One of those things that makes me feel as if there's a big joke that everyone else gets but me. (see also, everyone blogging the little-girl-with-the-bike recollection.)
posted by lileks at 12:46 PM PST - 13 comments

hot steamy xxx action.
hot steamy xxx action. "It just happened,''; "The encounter lasted just a few seconds. That's all that happened.''; "There was contact"; "It's incomprehensible just thinking that the president of the greatest and strongest and most beautiful democracy in the world would dirty his hands..."; "I understand chance encounters, but this is..."; "One can only think that the same stupidity made him [Clinton] have sex with Monica Lewinsky,"; "Was it SATISFACTORY for both partners?"

How does Clinton do it? He gets all the ACK-SHUN.

Ohh, and "As for Castro, who has privately called Clinton "a good boy," he left the Wednesday luncheon to deliver a scathing address on the evils of wealthy nations."
posted by tiaka at 10:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Got time for the jibber jabber?
Got time for the jibber jabber? - Ever wonder what Metafilter would be like if Mr. T was in charge? Well wonder no more.
posted by Nyarlathotep at 9:55 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Death of the Websafe Color Palette?
Death of the Websafe Color Palette? Bring some coffee, these people bring a lot of math to their idea.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 9:08 AM PST - 14 comments

The Democrats are trying to throw Ralph off the ballot
The Democrats are trying to throw Ralph off the ballot in Illinois. Other states are too. What'r you gonna do about it?
posted by thirteen at 8:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Looks
Looks like any other 'amateur' web page with a popular culture slant, is actually the precursor to a BBC TV series about a dot com startup, the site is intended to be a tie-in to the series and viewers will be able to follow the progress of the site while they follow the progress of the characters behind it on TV. More here.
posted by Markb at 8:30 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Oh well.
Oh well. Those rum old sorts at Soda have updated the number one reason I don't get any work done anymore.
posted by Jofus at 8:26 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Proof
Proof that Upside reporters read MetaFilter.
posted by baylink at 6:46 AM PST - 1 comments

Rebecca Blood's essay on weblogs
Rebecca Blood's essay on weblogs starts out with a history and explanation of the genre, but moves on to a discussion of how keeping a weblog can empower its author. I'm honestly surprised nobody else has already posted this link.
posted by harmful at 6:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Greg
Greg does it again, in an extremely well-written piece on lawyers slapping geeks with a good ol' Cold Fish of Reality. (thoughts inside)
posted by cCranium at 6:04 AM PST - 8 comments

As long as you're at Sears to get your child's school uniforms, you can also attend to...uh...other problems.
posted by plinth at 4:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Dr Strangelove plagiarised by nature.
Dr Strangelove plagiarised by nature. What is going on here? Does any one no anything more about this wierd illness?
posted by scum at 12:15 AM PST - 5 comments

September 7
Episode II photos posted.
Episode II photos posted. I can't find a link, but there is a rumor that there is a stolen script for sale as well. Lucas is ready to throw his stormtroopers at anyone who tries to sell it.
posted by thirteen at 11:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Pretentious blogger
Pretentious blogger Jorn Barger is calling his potential $1,000/yr banner ads/messages an "Experiment." I guess a guy who lives like a monk in West Rogers Park can't bring himself to admit he's doing business not experiments. Nice blog though, except for his rabid fascination with people living in front of webcams, its not art its voyeurism.
posted by skallas at 10:54 PM PST - 15 comments

You have the right to protest. You have to right to speak out in public against political candidates. Unless that political candidate is Hillary Rodham Clinton. Then the Secret Service bags you and throws you out the door.
posted by aaron at 10:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it just me, or was that the worst MTV Video Music Awards ever? And Britney Spears did a lot to cement her reputation as a ... well, I won't say it since it isn't nice to use such words on the front page...
posted by aaron at 9:48 PM PST - 37 comments

Yo dawg, peep Bush, he be up and on that whitecrib thang.
Yo dawg, peep Bush, he be up and on that whitecrib thang. Believe it Yo. My pager goin off when I saw this word scribble...

Bush (shaking his head mournfully): "Dude, dude. You must be loaded, Holmes. You're cut off on the bong, ace. Your lameness is of a sameness. If every time you're sippin' on a 40 you start quoting Grouchy Marx, my man, you can't be hanging at Epsilon House. Major league bummer!"

True. True.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 9:30 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment


A new strategy in the war against piracy?
A new strategy in the war against piracy? Allegedly, Sega offered these DreamCast ISO distributors stock options in exchange for ceasing their piracy operations. They reportedly have taken the offer, dropped their DreamCast ripping and moved on to PSX bootlegs. [via SlashDot]
posted by tomorama at 7:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Maybe Dubya needs a pinch-hitter
Maybe Dubya needs a pinch-hitter to take his place opposite Gore at the debates planned by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
posted by harmful at 1:08 PM PST - 3 comments

School installs unisex toilets
School installs unisex toilets The headmaster claims not to have seen Ally McBeal. I have to wonder, though. But let's face it: it's going to be horrific.
posted by holgate at 12:12 PM PST - 5 comments

A better discussion of the Electoral College
A better discussion of the Electoral College and the possible outcome this November. Not better because Bush is seen as ahead (I'm voting for Nader), but better because it seems to acknowledge the vagaries of making such predictions.
posted by silusGROK at 7:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Today's world-gone-to-hell story: "Middle-class" teens kill delivery person to avoid paying for food.
Today's world-gone-to-hell story: "Middle-class" teens kill delivery person to avoid paying for food. They left him to die with $600 in his pockets.
posted by rcade at 7:56 AM PST - 35 comments

A historical rebuttal to the currently rabid NRA.
A historical rebuttal to the currently rabid NRA. Michael Bellesiles analyzes gun culture throughout American history and finds a number of points that disagree with Chuck Heston's version of 'Merica. Not surprisingly, the NRA is livid. At the risk of posting flamebait, will people ever be able to approach this issue from a reasoned, educated perspective, rather than responding with knee-jerk reactions?
posted by solistrato at 7:23 AM PST - 5 comments

LIVE NUDE CATS!
LIVE NUDE CATS! [via Mister Pants]
posted by plinth at 6:09 AM PST - 1 comments

What's wrong with corporate globalization?
What's wrong with corporate globalization? And why protest on s11? -- "If that is the future the World Economic Forum is pushing us towards, it's not a future we want to go to. There are no unions, the working conditions are appalling, the living conditions are appalling and there is an appalling environmental situation."
posted by johnb at 2:25 AM PST - 26 comments

Presidential election projection, based on likely Electoral College votes.
Presidential election projection, based on likely Electoral College votes. Which is the right way to do it, after all. The guy running the page is the editor of Web, White, & Blue, an online digest of political news from around the Web. Seems very even handed. The projections come from state-by-state polling data, and change as new polls come in. Current leader: Gore, by 34 out of 535 votes.
posted by aurelian at 1:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Chromosomes to the rescue!
Chromosomes to the rescue!
posted by tamim at 12:40 AM PST - 1 comments

September 6
Living the American Dream!
Living the American Dream!
Texas utility man Scott Sheldon becomes only the third player in major league history to play all nine positions in one game.
posted by tamim at 10:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Does the United States Need a Chief Information Officer?
Does the United States Need a Chief Information Officer? From Slate. The government waking up to the Internet's reach or two political hopefuls speaking to twitchy netizens? You make the call.
posted by capt.crackpipe at 10:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Clinton Dating White House Intern
Clinton Dating White House Intern - The Sequel.
posted by tamim at 10:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Would someone please explain to me
Would someone please explain to me why anyone would want to play a computer game based on "The Blair Witch Project"?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Catfight! Catfight!
Catfight! Catfight! (More inside)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Olympic Bloggers!
Olympic Bloggers!
Follow up to the recent post about the IOC's ban on website communications by athletes. The above is from the IOC website. It's Survivor meets Big Brother meets Chariots of Fire!
posted by rschram at 3:15 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

More Amazonian sneakery
More Amazonian sneakery - Depending on a number of factors, among them the type of browser you are using, Amazon will charge you a different price for the same DVD. According to Amazon it's all in an effort to better serve the customer.
posted by Nyarlathotep at 2:08 PM PST - 16 comments

mp3.com ordered to pay Universal $118 million
mp3.com ordered to pay Universal $118 million for copying CDs to the Mymp3 service, a service designed for owners of those CDs (mp3.com made distribution agreements with the other record labels trying to sue). On the flip side, Yahoo scored a deal with the RIAA to let them webcast music. It's a wacky week in online music [via davenetics].
posted by mathowie at 2:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Giant Underpants!?
Giant Underpants!? ONLY $12.95!? Where's my VISA card!? A bit of frivolity amongst the heaviness of late.
posted by sjarvis at 1:44 PM PST - 3 comments

RSA Data Security Inc pre-empts celebration parties,
RSA Data Security Inc pre-empts celebration parties, releases rights to PKC patent. You know that's the only reason they bothered, right? (Wow, two whole weeks...)
posted by baylink at 1:38 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

E/N
E/N Everything / Nothing is a type of blog I've just become aware of, with the running theme buying young guys that blog porn and violence. What do you guys think?
posted by owillis at 11:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Now that's a solution from the left that I DO agree with.
Now that's a solution from the left that I DO agree with. Any suggestions for travelling partners? If only everyone who had a problem with government "by the people" and other protections of freedom would just go away when they didn't agree with things. Hmm.....
posted by mildew at 10:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Was the Kursk submarine sunk by NATO submarines?
Was the Kursk submarine sunk by NATO submarines? Was it a collision that triggered the torpedo to explode?
posted by kristin at 9:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Rape Theory Too Much To Take
Rape Theory Too Much To Take
Is it really hard to understand why Randy(!) Thornhill's theories, about rape of women, its origins and what Mr Thornhill derives from all of that, are offensive and sexist? Or is it really about freedom of speech?
posted by piefke3000 at 8:48 AM PST - 13 comments

"the biggest anti-doping program in Olympic history."
"the biggest anti-doping program in Olympic history." ``I'm very pleased,'' International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch said of the doping withdrawals. ``I'm very happy. This is very good news. It shows the new system for detecting doping substances will work very well. ... The objective is to have clean games."

Detecting doping? With what? Like a radar, err.. dopler?
posted by tiaka at 8:30 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Gloria Steinem Married at 66.
Gloria Steinem Married at 66.
posted by tamim at 6:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Britain's Traffic Problems
Britain's Traffic Problems
Sounds like the UK is trying its hardest to catch up with the US in auto-dependency. The Highways Agency is planning to spend US$1.75 billion on "intelligent transportation" improvements, but local motoring organizations are pushing for more lanes as traffic continues to worsen. [more inside]
posted by daveadams at 6:06 AM PST - 14 comments

For people with a sick sense of homour: The makers of Conarde 2000 present a new game called Elevator Action. The rules are simple. Just try to stop the free fall of an elevator in a burning TV tower. What's next? A submarine game?
posted by arf at 6:01 AM PST - 3 comments

September 5
Training toddlers to compete.
Training toddlers to compete. This reminds me of the Dilbert episode where Dogbert holds training sessions for toddlers. I know parents often want to realize themselves through their children, but aren't we going a bit overboard here?
posted by jedrek at 11:21 PM PST - 4 comments

These guys built a case
These guys built a case for their computer out of a refrigerator they got at WalMart, and they're cooling the CPU using alcohol at -18 degrees. The lengths to which some people will go to overclock are beyond belief. No word on how fast the mother is, though.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 11:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Does Amazon deserve my statistics?
Does Amazon deserve my statistics? I knew this was coming but I was hoping that it would all turn out for the better and Amazon would come to their senses. So the question is, are Wish Lists worth my data? Will ownership of my spending habits, phone number, address, credit card, browsing habits, and email address become the new price for using the Internet as a consumer?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 10:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Our religion is better then yours, Naa, Naa!
Our religion is better then yours, Naa, Naa! “The truth of faith does not lessen the sincere respect which the Church has for the religions of the world, but at the same time, it rules out...a religious relativism which leads to the belief that ‘one religion is as good as another’,” it said.
posted by john at 10:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Jerry Springer guest pulls a Jenny Jones.
Jerry Springer guest pulls a Jenny Jones. A guest of the show is suspected of killing his ex-wife, who also appeared on the show earlier this year. I'll admit the Jenny Jones case was worse (getting the guests drunk, etc.), but you know Jerry doesn't really care about his guests when he says things like "The show is television ... this is life and death." What about the guests' lives and how the show affects them Jerry? Is that just television too?
posted by mathowie at 8:38 PM PST - 6 comments

America to invest in sci-fi guns?
America to invest in sci-fi guns? Heavy price tag... but MAN! do I want one!
posted by Bane at 3:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Protect American Snow!
Protect American Snow!
Actually, it's "Protect Americans Now," and will give you a Customized Missile Threat Profile based on your Zip Code. 94110 (San Francisco) is at risk from at least 17 different types of missiles!
posted by peterme at 2:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Put down that remote!
Put down that remote! The MPAA wants to equip the next generation of video recorders with copyright-protection technology, to allow broadcasters to prevent you from recording their shows.
posted by harmful at 12:15 PM PST - 12 comments

John Lennon's Killer to Face Parole Board
John Lennon's Killer to Face Parole Board Could be released by December. Argh.
posted by annathea at 11:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Major league asshole:
Major league asshole: Y'all have probably heard about this already, but I'm thinking it'd make for good discussion. While I'm always happy to hear of dirt on Dubya, is this really all that big of a deal?
posted by aladfar at 6:45 AM PST - 10 comments

September 4
.ca for us normal folk
.ca for us normal folk Many of the old, tight-assed restrictions on the .ca domain are being lifted this fall. The change might be annoying to some existing .ca owners, but a blessing for us regular Joe canadians that wanted to be .ca'ed, instead of .com'ed. Internic.ca is taking prebookings now.
posted by mkn at 10:21 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

AT LAST!
AT LAST! Someone found a practical use for the new Apple Cube.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Just DON'T do it.
Just DON'T do it. In findings that Nike admitted were "concerning", the Community Aid Abroad-Oxfam Australia report revealed that, not only were female workers only paid $2 per day, despite legal entitlement to menstrual leave each month, they were forced to pull down their pants in front of the factory doctor to claim that leave.
posted by murray_kester at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

"A unique little pet that lives in your e-mail software."
"A unique little pet that lives in your e-mail software." Asking for trouble?
posted by highindustrial at 7:53 PM PST - 1 comments

"DotTV" to become the 189th member of the United Nations...
"DotTV" to become the 189th member of the United Nations... Logical extension of "international dot-commerce" or sign of the Apocalypse?
posted by wendell at 6:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Da... da... da... DA DAAAA...
posted by baylink at 4:03 PM PST - 12 comments

It's nice to know that sexism still reigns
It's nice to know that sexism still reigns at computer conventions. These are from ECTS. (It will be a sad day when the booth-babe becomes extinct. In the mean time, these women can have my soul just by asking for it.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 3:52 PM PST - 16 comments

"There's Adam Clymer, major league asshole from the New York Times."
"There's Adam Clymer, major league asshole from the New York Times."
~George W. Bush
posted by tamim at 2:10 PM PST - 26 comments

Has anyone noticed an insane proliferation of smiling logos?
Has anyone noticed an insane proliferation of smiling logos? No, really. McDonald's is doing it. Amazon is doing it. People PC. Express.com. All with their happy happy smiling smiling logos. I think I'd respect a company more, at this point, if it had a cranky, bitch-ass logo instead -- more like me when I wake up in the morning. Anyone else?
posted by metrocake at 10:36 AM PST - 20 comments

3 perspectives on work: We Need Less Labor, More Days, from the Washington Post; Fuck Work, an Unamerican Activities manifesto; and the essential The Abolition of Work by Bob Black.
posted by sudama at 10:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Imagine that. A chat-enabled telephone...
Imagine that. A chat-enabled telephone... What's next - a broom-enabled vacuum cleaner? A walking-enabled automobile? A hand-scrubbing-enabled washing machine? Next thing you know, they'll want to move all television transmissions to wire, and move all telephony to wireless. Uh, wait...
posted by quonsar at 9:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Amazon's new privacy policy
Amazon's new privacy policy makes any information you give them a saleable asset. I could have sworn that I saw a link to Amazon's new policy here on MeFi, but now I can't find it. Anyway, when I saw the link my first question was how the old and new policies differed. Then a friend pointed me at this CNNfn article. Whaddy think? Gives me the creeps...
posted by silusGROK at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Imagine if this kind of determination was directed toward accomplishing something useful.
Imagine if this kind of determination was directed toward accomplishing something useful. In a way this reminds me of those 'ultimate defiance' cartoons where the frog is choking the shit out of the pelican even as it slides down its throat. Noble, indomitable human spirit - or just another bored, rich guys bizarre ongoing self destruction?
posted by quonsar at 8:22 AM PST - 2 comments

NHS to ban Ritalin for under-fives?
NHS to ban Ritalin for under-fives? See, I agree with this, but it's politically divisive. The commission on clinical excellence has made a couple of controversial decisions to restrict the prescription of expensive new drugs: Allegra for flu, beta-interferon for MS, and now Ritalin. When there's such demand for the latest and greatest drugs, fuelled by the marketing budgets of the pharmaceutical companies, how do we balance the hopes and wishes of patients against the economic restrictions and clinical scepticism of the authorities?
posted by holgate at 2:43 AM PST - 4 comments

VIM33D has been released.
VIM33D has been released. This is truly cool; a totally new approach to AI, and it's damned fun to watch. I've spent literally hours. (more inside)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 1:13 AM PST - 3 comments

shopping cart abuse...
shopping cart abuse... Could mankind (or person kind) have come to this?? It appears so.
posted by pehtes at 12:52 AM PST - 2 comments

September 3
More Schadenfreude.
More Schadenfreude. (Starting to get to be a habit around here.) Now we gotta hope for Fidel and Quadafi and Milosevic.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 10:21 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Deepleap reborn
Deepleap reborn Can I be the first to post this? (I never seem to have anything 'new' to add to MeFi!).
From I Love Ben Brown.
It would seem that Ben is picking himself up - this time with a Business Plan too!
posted by skinnyjimmy at 6:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Sydney Olympics found to discriminate against blind complainant
Sydney Olympics found to discriminate against blind complainant Bruce Maguire defeats the mighty Olympics. The Australians are requiring SOCOG to take three basic accessibility steps on Olympics.com by September 15. Reader's guide to the decision.
posted by joeclark at 3:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Cats are from Mars...
Cats are from Mars... so does that make dogs from Venus? This is a pretty silly site, but entertaining nonetheless.
posted by Satapher at 10:54 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Lizard Tech
Lizard Tech has these proprietary formats for digital documentation and images that compress really well (3MB versus 150MB PDF etc) and produces better output. According to Communication Arts Sept/Oct issue there is a new image standard they're working on with other groups called jpeg 2000 that looks pretty cool with better images overall.
posted by greyscale at 8:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Too stupid to be president.
Too stupid to be president. The Ethical Spectacle writes a condemnation of George Bush which is really a condemnation of the Republican Party which is really a condemnation of the American politcal system. What I wonder is, would the Democrats fare any better under the same magnifying glass?
posted by mrmorgan at 8:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Sears presents... the school uniform superstore.
posted by sudama at 2:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Hands off the Internet!
Hands off the Internet! Argh. It frustrates me that we can't get "The Powers That Be" to see things this way.
posted by owillis at 1:32 AM PST - 2 comments

September 2
This is the first time I ever heard of people being threatened for blogging.
This is the first time I ever heard of people being threatened for blogging. Rule 59 of the IOC code states that an Olympic athlete is not permitted to record his thoughts of his Olympic experience and have it posted on the Internet. Doing so would be tantamount to an athlete acting as a journalist. And that is grounds for being thrown out of the Games.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 6:51 PM PST - 18 comments

The latest troubles at Trump World Tower
The latest troubles at Trump World Tower just reaffirms what the neighbors have been saying since day one.
posted by tamim at 5:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Tough guys
Tough guys can't handle what 14 year-old girls have been doing for ages in sleepovers. via cardhouse
posted by skallas at 4:14 PM PST - 2 comments

So I was paging through the special section of Indymedia devoted to the upcoming Melbourne protests, and came across a page about Melbourne University. Apparently their Student Union voted to skip the S11 protest because they thought too many flat-out anarchists and professional agitators were trying to take charge. So someone posts on Indymedia that this is a case where "democracy was ineffective." What? You lose the vote so there must be something wrong with voting?
posted by aaron at 3:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Burning Man.
Burning Man. Does anyone really care anymore? It always seemed like a bogus 'artsy' version of Spring Break to me. Plus it pisses me off that a bunch of rampaging fools trash a perfectly good desert.
posted by Mr. skullhead at 12:34 PM PST - 5 comments

BIG FUCKING GUNS:
BIG FUCKING GUNS: Your tax dollars hard a work . . .
posted by aladfar at 11:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Despite the claims from Nobel Prize winning scientists that fat people have better sex lives (via memepool), the thought of this woman scares the hell out of me.
posted by tamim at 9:00 AM PST - 19 comments

'Commercial' 'blogs
'Commercial' 'blogs I think there are more out there than we think. Obviously the format is well suited for breaking news, but are blogs by nature supposed to be non-commercial? I don't think so, but I may be in the minority... (of course, I have a commercial one of my own, so I may be biased)
posted by owillis at 7:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Weblogs..
Weblogs.. Personal ones. Who has them, who reads them? Purely out of interest - personal not community ones. Do you have one? You don't have to tell us the address. Why do you have one? Does your friend have one? Do you read it? Have you ever thought about making one? And lastly, do you find them interesting?
posted by justnobody at 2:09 AM PST - 18 comments

September 1
The Fucked Company community
The Fucked Company community are not being fair to Bryan. (via BryanBoyer.com). With various different threads they are being more than cruel to him. I personally found his blog about his startup rather fascinating. This maybe a good time to reevaluated our perception of FC as a website/game/community.
posted by tamim at 9:44 PM PST - 27 comments

Gore pulls even with Bush
Gore pulls even with Bush in the Iowa Electronic Markets.
posted by dhartung at 3:44 PM PST - 10 comments

It's Jerry Lewis's weekend; we just live in it. Nothing says holiday fun like a 21.5-hour parade of handicapped children!
posted by aaron at 1:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Ouch!
Ouch!
posted by highindustrial at 12:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Excellent Suck Skewering of Dick Cheney
Excellent Suck Skewering of Dick Cheney makes it clear that this is not a person we should let anywhere near our "national security" (again).
posted by wiremommy at 12:00 PM PST - 7 comments

While I can see how this is beneficial,
While I can see how this is beneficial, it still completely creeps me out. Oh, sure, I'm getting used to the fact that I can buy anything and everything on the Internet now, but the idea that I can go to DiseasedOrgans.Amazon.com and toss a coupla pounds of cancer-ridden spleen into my electronic shopping cart is just a little too much for me...
posted by m.polo at 11:47 AM PST - 4 comments

This Census site is way cooler than the other one
This Census site is way cooler than the other one
The Census Monitoring Board is really snazzy. It has a lot of interesting reports to Congress on ways to improve the Census. It's way cooler than most .gov sites, especially census2000.gov
posted by rschram at 11:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Turn ballot stubs into lottery tickets
Turn ballot stubs into lottery tickets and watch voter apathy disappear. What a great idea. Maybe financed by campaign contributions?
via Camworld via rc3.org.
posted by tremendo at 8:19 AM PST - 12 comments

spoofmail
spoofmail A dangerous but hugely amusing pasttime. You could start world war three with this
posted by scum at 6:52 AM PST - 8 comments

GoreWillSayAnything.com. Coming Soon, like, maybe this afternoon.
GoreWillSayAnything.com. Coming Soon, like, maybe this afternoon.
This is the address posted at the end of the RNC's latest attack on Gore. I was hoping to see some quality negative web design.
posted by rschram at 6:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Clicking for consciousness
Clicking for consciousness Depressingly reductionist. It is wrong to think that if we can't tell the difference between a binary machine in a box and a person in a box we should behave as if there were no difference.
posted by scum at 6:41 AM PST - 3 comments

The recent thread on genetic engineering sent me on a path to find some astounding photos. Ignore the ugly yellow background and just click on links to photos. Pages like this make me want to put more effort into my lepidopteran interests.
posted by plinth at 6:23 AM PST - 2 comments

It turns out there are three bike tours in New York City. You can also run or blade through the the city. The Super Roll is a lot less tiring than the bike tours or the marathon.
posted by tamim at 5:21 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Wen Ho Lee Singled Out...
Wen Ho Lee Singled Out... ...but not on MTV, oh no no no. Amazing how long it's taken for the case against him to fall apart. It's been like water torture, the steady drip of accusations. The first clue that it wasn't gonna happen was the idea that he might have been padding his résumé. Dig how one of the agents compares the snafu to an earlier spy case where the suspect was white. I think we're looking at one, maybe two mid-level resignations over this -- and zero noise from the presidential candidates.
posted by allaboutgeorge at 2:52 AM PST - 2 comments