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March 6, 2008
Finally, eliminate the rickroll from your online life.
I know, you're hesitant to click on that because you think that in moments, you'll find yourself on a YouTube page seeing Rick Astley doing the white-boy-80s-groove dance. (Have no idea what a rickroll is? First, consider yourself lucky, and then wiki it
, or, more amusingly, Rocketboom
.) But thanks to Adblock Plus
, subscription filters, and collaborative flagging, you can banish Astley back to the '80s where he belongs.
posted by WCityMike at 8:49 PM PST - 66 comments
The man who served as inspiration for the 2005 Nicolas Cage's 2005 flick "Lord of War," arms trafficer Victor Bout, has been arrested in Thailand. [more inside]
posted by krautland at 4:05 PM PST - 28 comments
is an ultra-lightweight piece of blogging software that uses the existing structure of a file system to index and date your posts. The program itself weighs in at a scale-tipping 16.4 kilobytes, and does everything you need to tell the world about your navel. And for those things it doesn't do, there are plugins
. At the other end of the weight scale is the >160 page annotated source code
posted by kaibutsu at 1:37 PM PST - 33 comments
Paradoxically, the power of the Chinese intellectual is amplified by China's repressive political system, where there are no opposition parties, no independent trade unions, no public disagreements between politicians and a media that exists to underpin social control rather than promote political accountability. Intellectual debate in this world can become a surrogate for politics—if only because it is more personal, aggressive and emotive than anything that formal politics can muster.
China's New intelligensia [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 8:47 AM PST - 22 comments