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December 17, 2004 9:41 AM   Subscribe

Tired? Need a boost? Everything you ever wanted to know about one of America's favourite energy boosters. This website contains 25 pages covering the history, uses (both legitimate and illegitimate), and biological characteristics of cocaine and the coca plant. An interesting read for those with time to kill (like me). Possibly NSFW.
posted by LunaticFringe (10 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Heroin Blue

so sorry...
posted by picea at 9:45 AM on December 17, 2004

Some prefer the kola nut.
posted by nofundy at 9:58 AM on December 17, 2004

I actually found this site pretty damn interesting. A well written balanced look at the pro's and con's of a notorious drug.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 10:14 AM on December 17, 2004

cocaine is a hell of a drug.

/rick james

seriously though, I have noticed coke making a huge comeback in the college scene recently, probably due to all things 80's being cool again. (how did that happen?) I never found much use for it myself.
posted by anomie at 10:20 AM on December 17, 2004

I wish someone would come up with a way to freebase chocolate.
posted by meehawl at 12:17 PM on December 17, 2004

Actually, the thing that amazes me most about this website is that it has been around for so long. I think I can recalling stumbling across it in 1995/1996. The Wayback has it from that archive's inception, in 1998. it's apparently the work of David Pearce, of Sussex in the UK. Obviously a prescient webby kind of guy, he had a blog back in 1996, as part of the still extant Hedonistic Imperative website. Very mid-90s, it's liberally sprinkled with RU Sirius quotes and "post humanity" catchphrases. Pearce also authored the "Zero Ontology" manifesto that I remember from back then - it was promiscuously linked by all the usual suspects. Pearce also maintains a more modern, minimalist slimmed-down website.

Forget about 80s nostalgia, the web is so old now that we can get nostalgic about different design and cultural eras!
posted by meehawl at 12:32 PM on December 17, 2004

Yeah, coke has gotten enormous again. I have no idea why... Been there, done that, didn't feel like doing the equivalent of snorting a few shredded $50 bills every night.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 2:47 PM on December 17, 2004

good site, lots of info... particularly compelling was the reprint of the biz 2.0 article about colombian drug gangs and their IT infrastructure. all the principles of global corporate business apply, except "no scruples and endless budget" The bit about data-mining phone logs to ferret out informants was chilling.
posted by jcruelty at 4:32 PM on December 17, 2004

"Cocaine made me feel like a new man. And he wanted some too."

-- Richard Pryor
posted by digaman at 8:04 PM on December 17, 2004

"As a rule of thumb, it is profoundly unwise to take crack-cocaine"


But I'm Rick James bitch!
posted by yossarian1 at 7:23 AM on December 18, 2004

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