skip to main content
57 MetaFilter comments by dr. zoidberg
(displaying 1 through 50)
So maybe rolling blackouts are a good thing.
"Light pollution" means we don't see the universe today that we saw it when we were kids. What's the balance between being able to see that hazy something we know as the milky way (aka "us") and safe streets, aesthetics and convenience?
comment posted at 8:58 PM on Jul-14-01
What do you want?
We keep hearing about this "who owes what to whom" now that Assembler
has closed, and Kaliber
But what of it? What does it mean? Are we so closed minded to think our Web world is the only one and that somehow the rest of the universe revolves around those of us privileged enough to be able to embark on it as a daily journey?
All of us feel one way or another towards this debate. Either we hate it, or love it, and what of that too? What *do* each of us want from this virtual world? Is there something here worth redeeming and at least arriving at a point to agree to disagree? Discuss?
comment posted at 9:04 PM on Jul-14-01
is at it again.
Is the fact that he is able to get away with things like this an indication of a backlash against the more open
years of Democrats in the White House?
Is this secretly what the American public wants?
comment posted at 11:40 AM on Jul-10-01
And I thought Florida only had this problem.
The Chicago Tribune reports that nearly 8% of votes in Illinois' 1st Congressional District went uncounted in the 2000 presidential election. It also adds: voters in low-income, high-minority districts nationwide were more likely to have undercounted ballots than were those in affluent, predominantly white districts, the study showed.
Is there a nation-wide epidemic of undercounting? Or is it a problem limited to few localized areas? Or is it an underhanded way to deny the underprivileged of their vote? From the looks of it, at least additional investigation needs to be done.
comment posted at 12:23 PM on Jul-10-01
The giant list of classic computer programmers
takes you back to a time when one person could realistically author a computer game and have it published. Of course most of the people on this list will have worked on small teams to produce games, but the diversity of the games on these people's resumes is awesome. In particular, I notice Michael Cranford (responsible for The Bard's Tale I and II, the Centauri Alliance, and ports of Donkey Kong and Super Zaxxon) and Robert Woodhead (Wizardry 1-5). As an interesting sidenote, Robert Woodhead went on to Animeigo
, a japanese animation publishing company in the US. What memories of these old sk00l games do you have?
comment posted at 4:16 PM on Jul-6-01
Finally...a report on a major TV network that presents (dare I say it?) the truth about progress, technology, and human nature, and eco-terrorists are portrayed in the scathing light of reality.
comment posted at 10:15 AM on Jul-1-01
Corruption Perceptions Index 2001 highlights worldwide corruption
"There is no end in sight to the misuse of power by those in public office - and corruption levels are perceived to be as high as ever in both the developed and developing worlds.
It does not reflect secret payments to finance political campaigns, the complicity of banks in money laundering or bribery by multinational companies. Corruption in the most prosperous countries in the world has many manifestations."
comment posted at 3:22 PM on Jun-29-01
cool and trap anti-electrons (positrons) and at the same time cool and trap anti-protons. Why? Because they want to make cold anti-hydrogen
and compare its properties with ordinary hydrogen. Pretty cool all round, really.
"Any difference between antimatter and matter would be extremely interesting since we do not yet understand why we have a universe made of matter. We would expect that the big bang that originated our universe would create equal amounts of antimatter and matter, which would then annihilate, leaving nothing. The great mystery is why enough matter was left over that we and our matter universe could exist."
comment posted at 11:34 PM on Jun-24-01
Is memepool losing it?
With two "I'm so stupid" (or am I an advertising agency?) web sites (Miguel's and Amy Ritchie's sites) in the last three days, I have to wonder if the fine folks who contribute to memepool are slipping a bit. Or have I been thinking too highly of memepool all this time? Is it the web community in general?
comment posted at 8:11 PM on Jun-24-01
Death with Commercials
is how the ever apposite Frank Rich
sums up the media-saturated McVeigh execution, the ultimate reality show.
Rich thinks all the hoopla my have served to turn more people away from punishment by death.
comment posted at 11:14 AM on Jun-23-01
Cheney caught in lie.
"According to oil industry executives and confidential United Nations records, however, Halliburton held stakes in two firms that signed contracts to sell more than $73 million in oil production equipment and spare parts to Iraq while Cheney was chairman and chief executive officer of the Dallas-based company."
That would be the same Iraq Cheney/Bush blew to smithereens for his oil buddies.
comment posted at 1:51 PM on Jun-23-01
Black leaders refuse to pledge allegiance to flag
is an example of a story that The Washington Times
blows way out of proportion. The term *black leaders* would imply that there are multitudes of African-American politicians/community leaders who are refusing to pledge allegiance to the flag. However, if you read the whole story, it turns out that only ONE person, an assembly-women from Tennessee is the focus of the whole story!
Of course, the Times
doesn't forget to remind the readers that she, and all who support her, are Democrats...
comment posted at 11:35 AM on Jun-23-01
Amazon's announces "free" shipping
I have been shopping on Amazon for over 3 years. When I buy books, music and DVDs, I buy on average $80 worth of entertainment. Today I received a order of 10 books. I used the "Wait until order is ready" service because I preordered Neil Gaiman's new book. The total for my books was $123.26 with shipping of $13.39 making
the grand total $136.65.
I was shopping Amazon tonight and saw their new free shipping notice. My first though was great! Then when I went to look for some books, I noticed the 20% off prices were no more. Now they are full price or 10%. I searched around and found the total for the books I just purchased using your new pricing. The grand total of my order would now
be $147.91 with free shipping. An increase of $11.26 or 8 percent.
I am a fan of Amazon but not a fan of their thinly veiled attempt to raise prices using the bait-and-switch approach taken from offline stores. Nothing is ever 'free.' I know Amazon wants to be profitable by Q4, but this pricing is too aggressive. The email for feedback is firstname.lastname@example.org. Voice your opinion about this offering. Is it warranted?
comment posted at 12:25 PM on Jun-22-01
how 1337 are you? are you cutting edge? are you k10k-rad? :: are.you.the.ginchiest ? ::
i suck. i only got a six. but then again, i'm more concerned about content and accessibility than i am being stylish or trendy. I IS SUCK!
comment posted at 4:18 PM on Jun-22-01
A car that makes sense?
Fully street and highway legal, it is small, electric, quiet, and inexpensive. You can park in all sorts of places, and since the door is on the right side, you can exit to the sidewalk. And it looks like something.
comment posted at 1:23 PM on Jun-22-01
Boy bands may be blown sky-high.
This description is on the front page of cnn
, but after chuckling and clicking the link, I was presented with a fairly boring main headline : Going Na Na in Outer Space?
I say they should have stuck with the innuendo.
With internet news sites come a higher chance of errors as well as the ability to fix mistakes for the sake of history. Anyone know of a site that posts screenshots of mistakes before major websites correct them?
comment posted at 8:21 PM on Jun-24-01
As to be expected
the dumb critics are ripping Lara Croft to shreds; I mean really
tearing it a new orifice. Which means of course I must see this film
. Major argument against? A hack plot designed only to engender scenes of mindless violence. Duh. It's not supposed to have emotional impact
. It's just supposed to be fun. Did any of these critics actually play the game? What frightens me though is that Roger Ebert
enjoyed it... I'm so torn...
comment posted at 11:55 AM on Jun-23-01
Oh, those naughty SMILTs.
Or single men in their late thirties. Apparently, they mack on all the twentysomething chicks, and get away with it. Twentysomething guys, really, are too desperate to settle down to merit serious attention. "I'm shy and awkward and desparate for love!" Chandler cried as Janice quickly shut the door behind her.
Thanks to textism for the initial link. It's a great time to be 21!
comment posted at 6:53 AM on May-28-01
Tick, tock ... tick, tock
I generally hate TV, but I'm counting down the minutes until this new series
premieres on FOX. Yeah, it'll probably suck, but I'm a big fan of Patrick Warburton
. In fact I just saw "The Dish
" over the weekend and didn't even realize, until halfway through the flick, that the superintelligence NASA scientist was, in fact, played by none other than good ol' dumb guy David Puddy
. Who's your favorite underappreciated actor?
comment posted at 7:47 PM on May-21-01
next page »