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April 16, 2002
Shaping the Learning Curve Through a Code.
Please do not discuss any typical computer science assignment solutions here. You might get a Georgia Tech student an F for inadvertently learning from non-approved materials. I wonder if there are Georgia Tech admin moonlighting for the RIAA?
posted by srboisvert at 7:21 PM PST - 27 comments
The Covers Project
is compiling a list of covers, in hopes of creating "chains" ie: Band covered Song by Artist who covered OtherSong by OtherArtist, etc. Also see prevous thread
about Musical Sausage. Unfortunately, that link now redirects to the Grand Royal on-line store, for some reason.
posted by Su at 6:49 PM PST - 28 comments
Matt Besser of the Upright Citizens Brigade
has a home phone number one digit away from tech support for a major ISP. Rather than fight it or change the number he's decided have some fun
with his clueless callers. If you've spent as much time doing tech support work as I have this is some good cathartic fun.This
one is my favorite.
(A few dirty words, so probably NOT
work safe. Requires RealPlayer.
posted by jonmc at 5:04 PM PST - 31 comments
Lost on "Mulholland Drive."
At a film festival in Boulder, Roger Ebert dissects David Lynch's masterpiece frame-by-frame and comes to the conclusion that, well, he doesn't really come to a conclusion.
Or does he?
Meanwhile, the DVD was released last week and instead of a commentary track or funny bloopers, it came with a simple insert that provided "David Lynch's 10 Clues to Unlocking This Thriller." For the sake of space, I'll post them in the comments section and let's see if anyone out there can (or wants to) answer them.
posted by adrober at 5:02 PM PST - 58 comments
Power Company Buys Entire Village
American Electric Power is buying the Gallia County village of Cheshire, Ohio for $20 million after years of complaints from residents about pollution from AEP's massive Gen. James M. Gavin power plant, located along the Ohio River on the edge of the village.
Two months ago federal health experts reported that blue sulfuric clouds from the Gavin plant endangered the village last summer, particularly residents suffering from asthma. I'm not sure what to think about such an odd plan.
"I think the town just had enough of the company's experimentation," said Dale Heydlauff, AEP's senior vice president for environmental affairs.
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posted by Blake at 3:46 PM PST - 3 comments
Industrial Strength Colour-Note Organ - Pictures to Sound. Make yourself some sci-fi soundtracks. Worth the download, although I expect you'll be the judge of that....
posted by Spoon at 3:09 PM PST - 4 comments
Malcom Gladwell's got a new one in the New Yorker about a guy whose investment strategy positions him to profit from unlikely and scary random catastrophes like 9/11. Its' not on newyorker.com, but the story's subject
was kind enough to scan it and post it
posted by luser at 1:48 PM PST - 8 comments
The thorn in Ari Fleischer's side.
Russell Mokhiber, writer for Multinational Monitor, consistently asks questions at press briefings which cause Ari Fleischer to create new and strange forms of rhetorical yoga, when Fleischer doesn't avoid answering altogether.
posted by Ty Webb at 1:32 PM PST - 9 comments
IT's about to get a helluva lot better.
Dean Kamen applies for several patents for design and production of his version of the Stirling engline
, the holy grail of mechanical efficiency. Apparently DEKA has perfected technology enabling the engine to smoothly produce electricity and transfer it to anything, be it a power grid or a Segway, with less pollution than a gas stove. Kamen asserts that the engine can run on everything from cow dung to nuclear material. Could this be the cure for energy crises and dependance on big, foreign oil? (See also the MSNBC story
posted by sixfoot6 at 1:24 PM PST - 33 comments
The Supremes defend free speech
in what is sure to be a contraversial decision about virtual child porn. I am all for this, but I am very impressed with the court's ability to make the decision in the face of easy moral platitudes like "Kiddie porn is bad, mmmKay?"
posted by McBain at 9:40 AM PST - 40 comments
Sharon gone too far. Now even the right thinks so.
My vote is that Ariel Sharon's offensive is the stupidest campaign in recent memory. Defined here as a campaign that has solved nothing, increased Israel's problems, intensified Palestinian hatred of Israel, estranged many Europeans and Americans, and fanned Islamic hostility. What is General Sharon up to?
Sharon's policy is scorched-earth. Under his command, the Israeli army has engaged not in isolating the infrastructure of the suicide terrorists. What he is engaged in is wanton damage.
posted by onegoodmove at 8:42 AM PST - 49 comments
How to Think About Security
from Bruce Schneier's Cryptogram. It's a brief discussion with a five point filter to use when evaluating security measures. Good food for thought and best of all, he echos many things I've already spouted off about airport security...
posted by shagoth at 7:15 AM PST - 2 comments
An Israeli-Palestinian Peace Coalition.
"For the founders of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Coalition, there is a possible way out of the present murderous impasse in the region: a return to the agreement drawn up at Taba in January 2001. Two of those who drew it up, one Israeli and one Palestinian, propose an alternative way forward."
posted by talos at 5:59 AM PST - 1 comments
unique, or is it
This has caused an unseemly fuss over here.
posted by emf at 3:38 AM PST - 13 comments
Online journalism, Venezuela style:
"Venezuela's Electronic News," an independent source of news and opinion since 1996, has lots of details about the amazing events of last week. And this online newspaper from the island of Trinidad/Tobago
, only a few miles from the Venezuelan coast
, helped spread initial reports that contradicted the standard line.
Meanwhile, over at good ol' Narco News, journalist Al Giordano has posted a must-read analysis of the online "counter-coup"
against the spin from mainstream news outlets. Were the Venezuelan TV stations that fanned the coup's flames simply "upset with Chavez...over having to pay taxes like any other business for the first time in their history," as Giordano claims? Was this really "online journalism's finest hour," driven by "a decentralized slingshot army - you know who you are - that now has the microphone and will never give it up to the commercially-driven usurpers of democracy again?"
posted by mediareport at 2:42 AM PST - 1 comments
We only had you for the spare parts.
A Melbourne couple have been given permission to have a genetically-modified IVF child to provide stem cells to cure their terminally ill daughter. Bad enough to grow up and discover you were an accident, or adopted, but to learn that you were engineered to supply your sibling with body parts?
That kid's going to have low self-esteem.
posted by chrisgregory at 12:47 AM PST - 27 comments