May 2000 Archives
has been redesigned. And with a big scary lance face on the side!
My Winamp Locker
appears to be a free online storage space for your music files, hosted by Winamp. At 3Gb, and the offer of sharing and listening to your songs anywhere, how on earth do they expect to A) make any money back from all the server hardware they'll buy to support this, and B) not get sued by the RIAA? I thought it'd be a great service to exploit for my personal 2-3Gb collection, but it turns out you have to upload your files one at a time. ugh.
A Scourge of Small Arms
"The root causes of ethnic, religious and sectarian conflicts around the world are of course complex and varied, typically involving historical grievances, economic deprivation, demagogic leadership and an absence of democratic process. Although small arms and light weapons are not themselves a cause of conflict, their ready accessibility and low cost can prolong combat, encourage a violent rather than a peaceful resolution of differences, and generate greater insecurity throughout society--which in turn leads to a spiraling demand for, and use of, such weapons."
Microsoft isn't so bad... (well, depending on how you see things)
Am I the only one that finds this incredibly creepy?
With the recent advents of such wonderful shows as "Who Wants To Marry a Millionaire," and other such beauties, what is primetime TV coming to??
Motley disses Metallica
Mister Sixx and pals give their response to Lars' crew, on the whole mp3/napster issue. Sounds like 2 groups of people are benefitting from all these lawsuits, lawyers and flash-cartoonists...
Hmmm... perhaps I've been wrong.
It would appear that the federal courts *have* been being strict about the 'militia' interpretation of the Second Amendment. That may change, however, thanks to a Federal Appeals Court judge from, no surprise, Texas.
Happy Birthday 0sil8!
0sil8 turns four today. Surprising ain't it that two of the coolest sites on the web share the same birthday?
are webloggers male or female?
i'm doing a poll to try and discover the gender distribution of webloggers. someone recently asked this of me, and i had no idea if anyone had gathered that info.
Break it down.
Shockwave grooves and beats.
rules. In the IT department of the ad agency I'm freelancing for the boys use a bottle a week, putting it on dern near everything. Check out the letters
Stupid new marketing word of the day: "Advertorial" (spotted on this NY Times page
). Here's a screenshot
- what exactly are they trying to say? Do their advertisements now contain editorial copy that should help shoppers make a more informed decision, or are they just trying to fool us into thinking these advertisements have more credibility because they are "editorialized"? (disclaimer: I hate marketing BS)
What's your view? Time
has an interesting article on the drug...
Does God exist?
In a day and age where people are somewhat better educated (than say 500 years ago), we are taught to think freely and form our own opinions. As a result, it is no surprise that Christianity is nowhere near as strong as it was back in its glory days. Here are some good debates
between University professors over the existence of God. Very good arguments from both sides. Very thought-provoking stuff. I, for one, believe there are far too many people who blindly believe in a religion because it is the easy way out. Tell me what you think.
Now this is really stupid.
14-year-old Francis Di Masi's petition to have his name legally changed to "Frank" because he gets teased mercilessly in school about it was rejected. The judge said in his decision that "Learning how to deal with these taunts [is] part of growing up."
My first name, family name and nicknames have always given other people trouble when it comes to spelling and pronounciation, so I know what it's like to grow up getting name-related grief every single day of your life; "tedious" doesn't even begin
to describe it.
So while I don't think "Francis" is altogether a bad name
, why shouldn't the kid get to legally call himself whatever he wants? I mean, if some moron can change his name to DotComGuy without a hitch, why not Frank?
Happy Happy Birthday
to Zeldman Presents
. Five years old...wow. Hugs for Jeffrey, my favorite link guy :)
1000 members and counting! Long live The Haughey
I remember some guy was selling Hell.com
for about a billion dollars. Whoever bought it did a nice job.
reacts if you touch her or move her around the screen with your mouse. If you leave her alone, she will amuse herself and entertain you in the process. (Is there any way that doesn't sound dirty?)
Zimbabwe is too important not to blog
My pal, technical saviour, and usurper in the race toward pessimism and gloom Luke Tymowski
has quietly beavered away producing a Tomalak's Ream-esque daily digest of Zimbabwe news. Benighted Jakob Nielsen just finished saying that Web writing like this is the only way to go. Does he read Luke? He oughta. A lotta people oughta.
I'm giving $30 to some Metafilter user.
I'm stealing this idea from the Shiny Thing giveaway that usr/bin/girl
held a while back. I liked her contest, but I would have liked it more if we got to see everything people asked for. So here goes.
I will buy one lucky Metafilter user something off of the Web of a $30 value or less (I will pay shipping and taxes).
To enter: add a comment to this post. The comment must link to the thing you want and provides a bit of contextualizing commentary. (I'd prefer it if the link pointed to something that has at least a semi-permanent home on the Web, no eBay please.) I will choose and announce a winner within (roughly) the next forty-eight hours.
This winner will be chosen based on a single criteria -- "coolness." Whatever item I find the most "cool" wins. I make no claim that my definition of what's "cool" will match any commonly socially-accepted definitions (or your own personal definition, for that matter). Decision of judge is final.
I set the bar here: in order to win, your item must be at least as cool as this
; otherwise I will declare myself the winner.
Have fun. Play fair.
Wouldn't it be cool to live here.
I already posted this link in the car free city discussion, but it is buried, and deserves to be seen.
could we have expected
anything less? man, visualize whirled peas (one whirled, one browser)...
Final meal requests
. Is the Texas Department of Criminal Justice a bit sadistic or what?
Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Lathe of Heaven"
is being offered to local PBS stations in the month of June. It hasn't been broadcast in about 20 years. VHS tape and DVD due out in September. Both KQED (San Francisco) and KRCB (Rohnert Park-Cotati, CA) aren't going to broadcast it. I guess Suze Orman needs the airtime...
On the topic of cars
, I've known about this city for awhile, and it looks like heaven. It's actually a law to have a picket fence, and there's no cars, because well, there's no roads! But, at around 500k at least for a house, I think it's a bit out of my league
If this is what spare time is for
I am not so sure that I need more. It seems that people in England are actually using themselves in a giant human Trebuchet.
This also brings to mind that the Monster Raving Looney Party is in need of a new leader.
(close-up on my face, quickly zooming out to an overhead shot as I yell) Noooooooooo!!!!! TicketWeb
, one of the last places you could buy a ticket to a concert that wasn't Ticketmaster, just got bought out by Ticketmaster
. TicketWeb's slogan is "The Online Ticketing Alternative." Not anymore....hello, monopoly anyone?
Looking for a real renewable energy source?
Feces powered cars: the future of transport?
Anyone else joined up for this?
With all the grief that ICANN
seem to be causing these days, I'm curious how many other people out there have joined the ICANN Member-At-Large program, and if anyone has posted any comments yet. To me, requiring someone to get 10% of the Asian region, to be self-nominated, seems most improbable.
The people responsible for sacking the people who were sacked, have been sacked
PDAs & the eye module...
Do you have a PDA? What kind? Is it useful? If you have a Handspring, do you have an Eye Module? Would you recommend it? Or would you rather have a regular digital camera? Inquiring minds wanna know...
THAT'S a speeding ticket...
Scientists push light up to 300 times the SPEED OF LIGHT.
I just got a floaty-glowy feeling. Some interesting interesting stuff is happening in our world.
My favorite quote from the article: "That is so fast that, under these peculiar circumstances, the main part of the pulse exits the far side of the chamber even before it enters at the near side. "
[Note: link is for NYT, free registration req'd]
"This function could be used to see if the nanny was beating your kid while you were at work..."
Just "another cool thing that webcam software could do," at least according to Jimmy's Webcams Resource Center.
Um. I don't know about you guys, but that's not really one of the reasons I decided to buy one. How about the rest of you?
was supposed to be private, wasn't it?
Would you like to live in a city where everything you need is within a five-minute walk? Where you can get from one side of a city of a million people to the other in less than thirty minutes? Where the air is clean, people are healthy, children and the elderly aren't dependent on others to get where they want to go, and life is beautiful? You can have it all--just ban cars.
Look! I got banned.
And all for spite. I thought it'd be nice and irritating to download his stuff after he started a dispute. I did the same with Metallica. After hearing their music, I'm surprised they have the balls to defend such crap. It's like kicking a garbage can full of screaming monkeys down the stairs.
on the Napster debate - this time, from independent label Tommy Boy
Jeremy's CyberCafe and Beer Haus is up for sale,
but what's really cool about it is that it is located just outside of Joshua Tree National Park in the Southern California desert, and they have a full T-1 line that they're selling along with the business. Hmm...T-1 access plus
nearby national park? Maybe we should take up a collection and buy it ourselves? :)
What's a reasonable amount of time, for you, to expect someone to reply to an email?
"Remember that personal sites are digital stand-ins for real people."
Well said, bro! (And hang in there!)
(Recognize yourself? I did...)
Your site in Chinese.
I picked this one up out of my logs. Enter your URL, hit return, wheet, there it is, your site in simplified Chinese. Dunno how accurate it is, but goddamned, it's the coolest thing I've seen in, oh, almost 16 hours.
You need to be running a browser and OS that handles Chinese characters for this to work, by the way. Mac users can install the appropriate freebies off of their OS 9 or 8.6 disks; it's a custom install. Windows users can download some big software turd. At least Internet Explorer on both platforms will display Chinese characters correctly once the system extensions are installed.
THE ROBINSON REPORT
: "A Complete Report to the Citizens of the Commonwealth on the Personal Background of a Candidate for the United States Senate" -- written by the candidate, in the spirit of full discolsure. [more inside]
there's a link between today's television programming and promiscuity in teenagers. I'd say its because overly-censored American tv is so boring that most teenagers would prefer to have sex rather than watch that crap.
The open bookmark project
I have started a pitas site covering bookmarks. The goal of this project is to receive the bookmark and favorites files from people around the world and learn what sites he/she bookmarked and how they organized them.
The Spyware Infested Software List.
All programs on this list surreptitiously report back to a server telling either what you've been doing or what is on your computer. It's quite a list.
I don't understand why Navigator isn't on there, though. Navigator's "What's Related" feature does exactly the same thing.
Make CD Covers for your napster grabs
Good quality scans of CD covers suitable for printing. Cool.
I'm not nearly cool enough to own any of their products, but the Korg site
is showing off freaky things like the KAOSSPAD
has failed to make veterans, especially disabled veterans, a monetary urgency. Congress' attempt to honor and recognize our freedom fighters during their aged years must include the backing of the entire country."
Where did CC go?
Is it true the editorial cabal at the Aged have censored CC following postings on MeFi? It's Sunday night and she's not blogging ... Has Casey been exposed as a Rocky regular and management have dumped her? Did palegirl kidnap her? Bring back CC you bastards!
yahoo doing some small re-designing
, and I say it's about time, I was never implying they should have a flash intro or something, just something newer. It's a pleasure anyway.
Higher Education? NOT!
The lawgivers have decided young economically challenged drug users should be punished by denying them knowledge.
Design is kinky tshirt comp is pretty cool....
these guys seem to be always trying to do something for the visitor rather than just spouting about how good a designer they are like most design related sites. Makes a nice change!
So, is it illegal to buy underwear from teenagers?
[ Courtesy of Beth's Bad Hair Days
, to whom I owe a link for pointing out The Breast Chronicles to me. ]
Freedom of Art Dept.:
In a previous topic, captain cursor said: "It's actually better to have a weak artistic piece when arguing aspects of law. Since the law should apply to all works, good or bad, you don't want to be distracted by the merits of the work.". So what happens when a very popular image is "censored"?
A commercial mural painter in L.A. wants to paint a big Statue of Libery on the side of a building (nobody's paying him to do it). Big murals need permits, the local city councilman doesn't like big murals, the painter starts painting without a permit, gets arrested, puts up a web site
. (At least he gives one page to the councilman's reply
So, MeFi opinion leaders, is this painter a First Amendment hero, an opportunistic promoter or what?
Mass-marketing e-mail spreads virus
Shoppingplanet.com sends out 50,000 copies of ‘kak’ with its subscriber newsletter
Advertising on Your GPS Reciever
It looks like advertisers are already dreaming up new uses for the higher quality GPS signals.
"You're walking down the block, your phone goes off as you pass every store and tells you that there's a 50-percent-off sale."
Someone remind me why it was a good idea to deregulate the GPS?
A Word An iMac in Spanish
Apple is finally getting with the program on localization (after ausgeficking badly in the last two years: cancelling English and Quebec French variants, for example; failing to upgrade system software in major languages like Spanish; considering Puerto Rico a foreign country; refusing to sell foreign-language keyboards even as aftermarket items) and selling iMacs in Spanish
in the U.S. (Hmm. What system version?) However, some unilingualists see it as symptomatic of the cancerous breakdown of their beloved Republic. You Americans.
Next time you get a blue screen,
think to yourself: "It could be worse."
Homemade parachute, eh?
That sounds dangerous to me.
Dance the night away.
First Sissyfight and now this. Multi-user shockwave has some cool possibilities.
The laughing bandit strikes! Now this is how crimes should be committed...
I gotta say, if you're going
to rob a bank, I heartily approve of having fun with it.
Another victim falls to the tyranny of Mattel.
What's really strange about this is that, to my knowledge, Barbie is a name. If someone names their kid Barbie, will they too receive a C&D from Mattel? Hmm...
Well, if you want to read the C&D its here
Yahoo released their mp3/CD/other media
player today, complete with skins
. How long until there is a Yahoo! browser?
"Open the pod bay doors, HAL."
Sweet mother of...
I don't think it's the video games doing it folks, I think it's toy guns that need a tripod to hold steady...it's like a mobile hose...
Teacher shot and killed by student in Florida.
Details are still sketchy, but he was a student of the middle school. A truly sad event.
Internet Explorer too hard for you? Confused by all the choices in Netscape? Like AOL? Maybe this this browser
is more your speed.
a horrible way to go...
Tim Burton rules...
Tim Burton's latest directing gig is for Timex, and I'm thrilled to see that his dark mind isn't stifled in 30 seconds. The commercial is just as edgy and tasty as you'd expect.
Salon's Editor answers his (many) critics
but he doesn't seem to be backing down at all.
I love this schidt.
Courtesy of /usr/bin/girl
, "Things You Would Never Know Without The Movies". [Skip this if you've already seen it in your mailbox :-)]
the age weblog
[via wetlog, of course]
it's pretty obvious she's reading MeFi [and memepool] -- but not linking to them.
queer by choice
: "this web site exists in order to promote, condone, encourage and recruit individuals to explore their homosexuality. it is a site dedicated to thoughts and ideas not available in the mainstream of current thinking on homosexuality."
.ca slightly less tightarsed
En tout cas, the Canadian domain administration has "streamlined" its application process (like an NSI manqué), but hasn't improved its Victorian-era rules (one domain per entity, hard to get a .ca, etc.). But
searches now only show if a domain is or isn't available, not who owns it. Ewww.
I admire Jim Romenesko and his now-famous Medianews
site. Tremendous conciseness, relevancy, good taste, apt use of <B>. (Glowing article in New York
not online. Spectacular accompanying photograph. In effect, Jim is paid $80,000 annually to blog for a living.) Jim actually covers the Salon
redesign of recent infamy (here
), and mentions it en passant on his homepage. I had alerted Jim to our discussion here, but it looks as like Medianews and Metafilter are parallel universes on this. I wonder if combining discussions would make sense here and elsewhere. (Was that less than 500 words?)
If it looks like a duck and it smells like a duck and it sounds like a duck it's a . . . . Holy Union
Is nudity art?
Or is this USF student just a flake?
Lose your camera?
Maybe you swallowed it.
Books In Chains,
an excellent literary/etext/hypertext resource.
The boo.com team is now available for hire.
If anyone wants to blow through another US$120M, you can now hire the boo.com web team at postboo.com. Oh yeah, Flash 4 required.
I used to go to Edmund
for my neato geek hack supplies, but then I discovered American Science And Surplus
(formerly JerryCo). Between them and All Electronics
, my geek needs are satiated.
CD sales down near college campuses?
A new study shows that despite growing music sales overall, independent stores near the campuses of colleges that have banned Napster report a 7% decline
in sales over the past two years. [more inside...]
Deepleap.org is up.
No one mentioned this yet, so I figured i would. Everyone go whine about the reload button not working.
Greg Knauss's Entirely Other Day
makes a return, and none-too soon! Yay, yay, yay!
"Would you like a bag of cold, dead fingers to go with that?"
(Who says pro-gun people don't have a sense of humor...? :-)
The Poincaré Conjecture
: If we stretch a rubber band around the surface of an apple, then we can shrink it down to a point by moving it slowly, without tearing it and without allowing it to leave the surface. On the other hand, if we imagine that the same rubber band has somehow been stretched in the appropriate direction around a doughnut, then there is no way of shrinking it to a point without breaking either the rubber band or the doughnut. We say the the surface of the apple is ‘simply connected,’ but that the surface of the doughnut is not. Poincaré, almost a hundred years ago, knew that a two dimensional sphere is essentially characterized by this property of simple connectivity, and asked the corresponding question for the three dimensional sphere (the set of points in four dimensional space at unit distance from the origin). This question turned out be be extraordinarily difficult, and mathematicians have been struggling with it ever since.
...but if you can prove it, [or any of six other 'millenium prize problems
'] the clay mathematics institute
wants to line your pockets with $1M
As addictive as heroin, but without the needle tracks.
If you spent days on end playing tetris, don't even think about playing this game. It's too late for me, I'm already dead.
weirdass retraction from south african president thabo mbeki who's now claiming, like a younger brother, that he knew it all along...'I never doubted HIV-AIDS link'
So I stumbled upon this Britney Spears Auction
at Yahoo (yeah, right, just like I stumble upon episodes of Dawson's Creek or 90210 - I swear I was just flipping channels!) and there's two notable things up for sale. This action figure/doll
scares the bejesus out of me, there's something just plain wrong about a doll sporting a bare midriff, pigtails, and a short skirt (and did ya notice that she dots her "i" with heart? ugh.). Then this outfit
from the Saturday Night Live episode is kinda creepy too, what on earth would someone do with her outfit? Put it up on the wall or let people rent it out for halloween?
links open windows
is a bookmarklet I wrote which evolved from my 'links open windows' checkbox. Drag this to your toolbar (like you did with deepleap
) and with a click you can cause the links on any page to spawn new windows. In a few cases (like the Guardian weblog
) you might want to do the opposite, and follow links in one window
First BlogBowl Get-Together
In the interest of putting more names to faces, David Wertheimer
, Brigitte Eaton
, and I have quickly organized a bowling get-together for people in or near New York. If you want to see Cam
in his bowling shirt, you gotta RSVP and come on by tomorrow night for some drinks and good, old-fashioned bowling fun.
China, our new buddy
It seems like history may be made today. I hope that if China does receive favorable trade status that it will go to improve human life in that nation and improve ties between our countries.
I'd like to buy China a Coke...
MacOS9 vs. Corel Linux.
A nice, rather unbiased, comparison between the two operating systems.
dot-god domains now available!
Don't get too excited yet, though. You can register, if you're lucky, because the server's overloaded. And once you do register, you can't actually use the thing until July. But still, get in now, while the getting's good. Full details are available in the email from the registrar
[ via Twernt
, who's been even twerntier than usual, lately. ]
A former Boo.com employee describes some of the challenges they faced
. Multiple currencies, multiple languages, on-the-fly tax calculation, integration with multiple fullfillment partners, no development plan, and ignorance of technology issues on the front end. Blech.
Man who helped save Elian says raid violated civil rights, sues for $100M.
The title says it all...crazy. I wonder if Elian's father could sue the extended family for kidnapping Elian and holding him hostage?
there must be more than one of you, jeffrey
Another outstanding piece on the state of the web from Mr. Z...does this guy ever sleep?
I needed a Flash-detect script for a project, and finally found one that actually works properly
Discussion: I'm a blogger, he's a blogger, she's a blogger...
[ more inside... ]
offers their new single "Hell On High Heels" as a free MP3 download...promoting their upcoming album "New Tattoo", hitting stores, June 20th.
See guys...*that's* how it should be done.
inside.com goes live.
Inside.com is the latest attempt to have people pay for non-porn, non-financial information on the web. The site is currently in "Sneak Preview" mode and is the brainchild of Kurt Anderson (of Spy Magazine fame).
Court orders Yahoo to block French access to Nazi memorabilia.
Does it bother anyone else that the French courts think they can regulate an American business? I dislike Nazis as much as the next guy but this seems to be a bit much on the part of the French.
Now it all makes sense!
Jon-Benet Ramsey, and Waco, and the JFK Jr. plane crash? They're all related events!
Yet Another Domain Name Dispute Develops (YADNDD): chunkymunky.com
gets a Cease & Desist from chunkymonkey.com
. One is a windows software site, the other a fan site about a cartoon character. Is there any cause for confusion on the part of users wanting to visit either site (actually, one would have to misspell "monkey" in order to get to the windows site)? Should the chunkymunky.com site owner have taken down his/her site? Who is going to protect domain owners from future things like this happening?
Builder.com cosmetically improved?
Builder.com refines their site with a better homepage and category pages... but as far as I can see, no change to the actual article layouts themselves. What do you think - anyone read Builder.com anymore?
Is it just me or has Roger Ebert gone fully looney? I was reading his review
of "Dinosaur" and came across this criticism: "A dinosaur, even one that spoke English, would be unlikely to know what that line implies."
What? Do you mean.... uh.... What? The whole review is like that.
Ever wondered how much it would cost to have your listing pop up on a particular MSN search? According to Micros~1's keywords.com
(as of a few minutes ago), you can get sex
for $795.20/month, mp3
for $175.66, and Bill Gates
for a mere $8.96 a month!
As if those "God billboards"
weren't bad enough, "God" now wants to speak to the youth of the world via WuzupGod.com
Flasher's get thier own blog
and I'm not talking about raincoats. A blog all about Flash sites - something I needed now that I have DSL. Tell me, do all Flash sites have to use techno or house music - what ever happened to polkas
Ugly, ugly ugly.
The Salon.com redesign is finally - and unfortunately - live. It's not a magazine - it's a portal!
Mignon Khargie - wherefore art thou?
The Clinton Legacy Grows
The state of Arkansas began disbarment proceedings today. I've already blogged it
but figured everyone else would want to know.
Supreme Court to America: unscramble the smut!
Actually, this decision seems to say what most sane people have been saying all along: it's not the government's job to regulate what what kids watch; it's their parents'
Whatever. Adolescent boys across America rejoice!
Damn, but this site is pretty.
Nice, understated, good writing, not too much fluff, good copyediting (a weak spot on the web -- separates the women from the boys), and a design that fits on my monitor.
If you helped Free Willy, check OceanFutures out.
What a wonderful world we live in. A pair of 34DD breasts that has its own weblog
. Where were websites like this when we were growing up and *needed* them?
Napster finds financial support
Venture capital firm Hummer Winblad are pumping $15m into Napster, effectively taking over the company by placing co-founder John Hummer on Napster's board.
with the lawyers from Napster and Metellica. Good points, both.
"Real" has done it again.
For the third time
they've embedded surreptitious monitoring capability into one of their programs.
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." What do we do for the third time? (A tactical nuke seems indicated.)
Occasionally you find an absolute treasure on the web.
And I felt like sharing this one, though it's not topical at all. It's free and it's supercool. (So I'm a nerd. So sue me.) Requires WIN32 and a fast
computer and OpenGL. But just the page itself is worth visiting even if you can't run the program.
appears to be just like QuickTime VR
, only it moves. There's a trippy demo
over at Atom Films
that uses the technology to put you in an old-folks home. But the downside to 360-video? Lower framerates, and the need for a special camera
Have you seen what they've done to riothero
? oh, my God. :)
the silly boys with their cute little grindcore band names. Oooh! I'm threatened! I'm quivering! I'm shocked and saddened, saddened and shocked! So scary.
Does anyone know what happened to GirlText
? Elizabeth was supercool, but for the last week or two, there's been a "denied access" page. Bummer.
Silly laws by state.
Probably some of these are apocryphal, but they make fun reading anyway.
Something very bad
seems to have happened to Barbelith.
Camworld points to the [second page of] the Encyclopedia Brown piece (like everyone *else* who didn't actually *read* it; *Busted!* :-) and also to Comma Separated Values Considered Harmful
, a treatise that the vertical bar character ("|") is a better field separator in tabular text data files than the comma or even the tab.
Is that really news? It wasn't to *me*...
At the bottom of this article,
it says "any questions about Cruise's relationship with Scientology will be the last question [the interviewer will] get to ask." It sounds like Tom's taking to heart the lessons of Frank "T.J." Mackey
is a freewheeling entertainment destination cut from the unruliness and irreverence of the Internet. Our no holds barred animations, videos, and games give voice to a new generation of artists both inside and outside Hollywood. The ROMP allows users to set the limits, break them, and get a good laugh out of it. But don't take our word for it." (i.e., they have a game where the object is to get laid.)
byron smith of the current canadian everest expedition has made it to the summit! he was going to send a live broadcast from the summit, but unfortuantely the conditions have prevented that from taking place; so the team is going to descend to camp IV and try to broadcast from there. stay tuned for it, it should prove interesting. --Everest 2000 - Daily Dispatch
New Microsoft Bug Found
This one's pretty serious. Because it affects the whole world.
Guns save lives?
(I suppose it's the bullets that kill people) The NRA today staged the "400 Man March" to show their support for guns and opposition to last week's Million Mom March. On CSPAN today, I also caught a bit of their convention, where they were openly talking about Bush being "their president
". I don't know what scares me more, seeing the speeches from their convention on TV, or someday going to an NRA-themed restaurant
("I'll take the saturday night special please, with armor piercing sauce on the side.").
is fun! I've uploaded three songs
Did anyone see this?
Very interesting indeed.
Even more proof...
that your government is as dumb as you think it is. Anyone wanna start on the conspiracy theories concerning LoveBug 2?
MS Cookie Patch
Breaks Some Images - We noticed something odd today. Those of us with IE 5.0 who installed the patch to close the cookie security hole can no longer see many of the images on the Washington Post
site. People who installed the patch on IE4 still can; and IE5 users without the patch also can. [More inside thread...]
Moonies buy UPI; Helen Thomas quits.
I've seen some
, but not much, coverage of the fact that the Unification Church
-owned Washington Times has purchased up the venerable United Press International. Although the UPI's been a cripped orginazation for years
, I'm still disturbed to see it disappear into the maw of the crazier-than-you-think
Times. Helen Thomas, the senior member of the White House press corps and all-around cool person, bailed immediately
"Self-similar syncopations: Fibonacci, L-systems, limericks and ragtime"
Along the lines of the book "Godel, Escher and Bach", an award winning essay looks at the mathmatical roots of popular music. I think I'm going to have to find a way to analyze some of my fave mp3's to see how they fall into the Fibonacci sequence...
I wonder if Hillary
is doing a happy mario dance right now, you know, swing your arms from side to site, ohh, well, getting back to the point, a sources say Giuliani is going to Drop Out
Flat Eric won't dance anymore...
Levi's USA informed me that Flat Eric is dead! They have posted it on their Flat Eric
website. Although there are a few fansites
that continue to report news about Flat Eric.
Can't believe we almost let this annual event
pass by without noticing...
(And can't believe the Pyrates haven't made an entry named "Blogger Frog"... Matt?)
Other possible pun-derful topics: DeepLeap, the Webbys, Microsoft NotePad, and a certain 5k Contest entry
Spider Robinson on BillCo.
A nice little rant from Wednesday's
Globe & Mail
, bracketed by the obligatory Heinlein quote and a really lame pun.
Big Business vs. the little guy.
After you read the story, go check out the Website
of the pig farmer. The only question I have is: Can they find a Judge who doesn't golf?
I bet you didn't know you could buy livestock online
Did anyone else realize that The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy really existed? I don't know that I'd describe that font as "Large, friendly letters", but it is, indubitably, on the front cover.
What hasn't been noted much on the DEN and boo.com closings
is the high-bandwidth aspirations both sites trumpeted. No doubt this is why much of Metafilter's readership is privately reveling in these failures. They subtly reinforce the Web's "minimum" ideals -- keeping multimedia to a minimum, minimizing file sizes and download times, letting the minimalist purity of HTML reign supreme. Should this really make us happy, though? I'm a big supporter of fast browsing and markup-language standards, but aren't we missing the point when we secretly root for the bleeding edge to fail?
I have a question for Matt. I notice on the Zeldman comment
that someone also has the same username as me. I am jay
. There is also another jay
. I don't think anyone would want to impersonate me, but for some people on this list, this might be a problem. We could all become mathowies
, I even created my own mathowie account
to see if this really works and it does
My prediction of the aftermath from this epinions imac commercial:
email discussion lists will be roasting with the PC vs. Mac (religious) flame wars for the next week or so.
Under Construction Signs Tell More Than You Might Think.
Fun analysis of those goofy "Under Construction" signs.
Courtesy of myboot
, a pretty fuuny Matrix spoof
. You may want to try one of the mirrors on the source page
as the file is 22M.
Parry & Thrust... Slashdot.Org
have officially responded to the letter from Microsoft, and being Slashdot, have posted it for everyone to see.
Trey Anastasio (Phish) on Napster.
I know we're all kind of sick of this now. The interesting thing is that I got an MP3 of "Heavy Things" (which is on their new album) this morning from Napster, listened 3 times and then called my local HMV to see if they had the album in yet. They did, and I'm off to buy it. (Feeling legit? You can get Liquid Audio versions of two cuts from the new album
, including the one mentioned.)
Life-sized Lara Croft Mannequin
]. Question: how do you make a life-sized object of something completely fictional? Don't try to answer, my brain popped when I saw the 3/4 life-size Seven Dwarfs lawn ornaments at K-Mart
You *know* their Linux initiative is going to take the blame for this, right...?
First Boo.com goes down, now DEN. The Digital Entertainment Network is closing it's doors
after running out of cash. After raising over 33 million dollars, they burned it at rate of up to $3 million per month, pulled their $75 million stock offering, and with no revenue model in place, they had to close up shop, with 150 people suddenly out of work.
Thus sayeth Zeldman:
I, personally, prefer a brief description of where the link is going, rather than a long URL. Just curious, what do you think? As far as I'm concerned, there is no wrong answer or opinion on this.
6397.com not worth anything after all.
If you were happy about the failure of boo.com, this should warm the cockles of your heart. What is it about the failure stories of the internet gold rush that is so strangely pleasant?
Boo.com go bye bye!
The oh-so-hip online fashion boutique burnt through $120 million in 6 months.
Now it's gone. Is this one of the first casualties of the dot-com rush? Is this the beginning of a trend, or is this an isolated incident?
I applaud President Clinton for taking this
stance. Unfortunately, drug companies
continue to have influence in some decisions. It's a wonder that greed doesn't ruin this whole world.
Jason Kottke claps for himself
in a new article at theobvious.com concerning the much maligned Webbys. Strike a pose!
Naked Juice: Journal of a Tangerine Girl
is the latest personal site to receive a cease-and-desist, after Chiquita Brands
, owners of nakedjuice.com
and the brand name Naked Juice, say there's potential confusion between this artist's web journal and their juice company. This is despite the fact that the journal is hosted on Jessi's own tangerinegirl.com
, a site that obviously has nothing to do with fruit juice, naked or otherwise.
Interestingly, though they've apparently claimed in a letter to Jessi that they own the trademark Naked Juice, only the word Naked is trademarked
according to their legal page.
Contact Naked Juice/Chiquita here
Britain's Favorite Word? According to Bob Geldof, it starts with an "F"
. Finally, a rock star making a positive contribution...
But will he be sued for trademark infringement by George Carlin?
Dr. Dre follows in Metallica's footseps
and hands over a list of 239,612 user ID's to Napster to for possible termination of these accounts.
- In this age of web-building and domains of all sorts coming out the wazoo and email and new jargon all the time, there seems to be a lack of good jargon for emotional states. Two states that I think desperately need a word coined for them are: the anticipation for the propagation of and reticence to tell anyone about a newly registered domain; and the state where you get so starved for contact of any kind that you post your undisguised email to a half-dozen newsgroups and fanzines just so that there is something in your inbox. Anyone have any ideas for what these states should be called?
All is not lost
, well, for some atleast.
Home brew MP3 player.
All we need now is for someone to make a cdr version instead of smartmedia (AIWA
has one for the car).
I don't what made me more ill, the white stringy stuff, or the brown substance. Either or, it is just another example of how great government works... at any level.
Ain't it the Truth?
Metallica's new CD... coming soon to Napster!
Pure water that's lost it's innocence - DNA
Microsoft's latest security loophole
involves the much-hated animated paperclip "Office Assistant". Despite its ability to create or delete
files, someone chose to mark it as "safe for scripting", allowing it to be controlled by script on a web page.
Round 2: Robotgirl gina vs. Riothero mark
In the Great Blog Off, the contest is already heating up before the battle
has even begun. I just wonder what the topic will be...
Start the "formerly known as formerly known as..." jokes now:
I find this tremendously disappointing, but the first person to actually adopt an icon as his name has reversed the decision, a scant 7 years into the adventure.
Prince is, once again, Prince. R.I.P.
Lycos Sells Out To Those Dastardly Spaniards; W.R. Hearst Rises From Grave To Stop Takeover.
Spanish ISP Terra Networks SA is now the proud owner of Suck
, and Jeff Veen. Oh yeah, and a fairly useless portal. Now we just have to wait for the Sucksters to publicly deride their new owners...start your stopwatches.
DotCom Guy is a Bore
"The DotCom Guy gets loads of publicity just like this for being a zero." - Dallas Observer. Dallas, where I live, has many claims to "fame" but I'm not sure anyone really cares about this one. Is the rest of the world paying attention to him?
Nupedia is an open source encyclopedia
that anyone can contribute to, much in the spirit of DMOZ
, the open directory project. It's an attempt to combine the world's experts into one knowledge resource. I guess the question is now...can it work?
for the "I love you" virus, ohh, and it has 40 authors to it
Outraged web news site republishes naughty pictures
so that all their readers can see what the fuss was about. Not just one picture. ALL of them. Except that from where I sit, they're not that naughty: she's fully dressed in some kind of Russian fur thing. Yes! We are outraged! At this one! and ... this one too! and that one there! See how outraged we are!
We're all doomed.
You think the spam level is bad now, just wait.
Voice Recognition - An Optimistic Take.
A sunny view of a voice-commanded future. But I'm a little freaked out by their description of "VoiceXML"... someday will we all be saying "Metafilter, CLICK"?
[ Damn, it's busy this morning... ]
"Outlook is perfectly safe... perfectly safe; that's why we're fixing it
which I heard about from captain cursor
looks normal on the outside, but make sure you check out the basement
! It made me think of the barn house
that I once visited while growing up in Indiana. Though very different, they both are products of magnficent obscessions--as is the famous Winchester Mystery House
. It seems many people like to build and live in strange homes. Of course, there are people who are obscessed with other things.
I don't know what is worse, that these people are trying to make a buck off this, or the fact that you can watch the Real
unedited version here. (Warning, 50megs)
Eat yer face!
DIY life cast gelatin molds! [via 50 cups
may not be that far off, if the Digiscents.com people have their way.
It's fun to rip on bad driving.
I didn't realize what a gaping emotional hole I've had since Jerque du Jour
- i usually go to great lengths to avoid ass-kissing, but this commentary on web awards is really provocative...
George Lucas in Love
Dear heavens I hope this wasn't already posted here... Anyway, watch and giggle.
Shiver me timbers...
Derek P becomes a Pyrate
. That "Meet the Beatles" cover will soon need to be replaced with one from Sly and the Family Web. Or Treasure Island.
But good luck, and a very happy birthday for tomorrow... and if anyone even mentions the word beginning with C and rhyming with "babble", terminate with extreme prejudice.
Forty-two billion dollars for conservation may soon be headed to the fifty states, if a controversial environmental protection package
passes the Senate. Election-minded lawmakers -- including at least one hundred Republicans -- have piled onto the Conservation and Reinvestment Act, which allows them to bring federal funds to their states while appearing to help the environment.
Slashdot is taking questions for The Zeldman.
If you have any questions for him, better post them, because otherwise you'll never be able to communicate with someone this reclusive
Age of the Customer
: John Ellis articulates the current business climate of customer empowerment and highlights some companies (Coke and Time-Warner) who Just Don't Get It.
Does the Star Trek Coffee
pose a threat to Starbucks?
The Library Of Babel,
by Borges. Quite good, I think.
is a related site to see for folks who think vir2l is cool. Among other things, the interface stumbles closely enough to being usable that you can figure out what's being presented -- free wallpapers, in an abstract, Matrix
meets Jackson Pollack mode.
yea, um, vir2l
redesigned, looks nice.
Oh my god. Web designer eye-candy! Most impressive.
The official site for Clerks - The Cartoon
has probably been up for a while, but I never saw it. There are some other details
on the View Askew
site as well.
Vatican Discloses 'Third Secret' of Fatima.
Prophecies to shepherd children, conspiracy theories - this shit is old-school. It must be fun to be Catholic, living in a world that still has shadows and mist. I'm sick of this harsh, bright Enlightenment thinking.
You put in the shows you want to watch, come back, and watch it in Realplayer. Shady legally, cool geekwise.
$50 dollars a year for a Web appliance and unlimited access. After three years, it's free. The only catch I can find is that if you cancel before three years, you have to pay a bazillion dollars. So who's going to make the Virginconnect
into a cheap Linux box?
is running one of the most bizarre promotions ever. Yesterday, I saw a bunch of billboards along the freeways saying "Do you have a face that can stop a train?" Below that was this URL: winafacelift.com
. How a train company and facelifts go together, I don't know. It's almost as if they want their slogan to be "when you're too ugly for plane travel, take a train."
From Microsoft support: General Information About Using VBScript with Outlook
VBScript is designed to be a secure programming environment. It lacks various commands that can be potentially damaging if used in a malicious manner. This added security is critical in enterprise solutions.
(via Phil Agre's RRE
IE/Mac team not disbanded.
Just in case you didn't catch my comment in the previous thread about this topic. The same team is also working on IE for OSX and WebTV.
and grrl.com (a new chickclick style portal from womensforum.com
) are on the hunt for independent female sites to lump together and sell off to their advertisers. what have your experiences been with .commers? how do you feel about advertising on yr own site? what kind of money is actually earnt from being part of a portal (which seems to be their major selling point)?
what resources are available to independent site owners? perhaps another branch of the metafilter community could be dedicated to informing people about what does happen when a site signs on to a portal business, and what the alternatives are.
Here's a short news story of a street named Cowshit
. No bullshit.
I am not now, nor have I ever been... a resident of Los Alamos, NM. If you know someone who is
, you might want to check out this web site
, where the New Mexico Internet Professionals Association demonstrates that they did *so* learn something by watching the hams all those years...
Be good, or I'll sic the AntiCyberSquat on you!
is probably one of the best examples of bad Wed design ever, but obviously that's not the guy's bag. Apparently his bag is collecting really awesome pictures of galaxies and stars and other such spacey things. The shots aren't big enough for wallpapering, but might be neat source material for designy people. (The link isn't showing up in the preview, but here it is: http://www.cliffr.com/galaxies/banner.htm)
Intel royally fucks over one of its best customers.
We don't ordinarily get into hardware here, but what's important about this is that this has a damned good chance of putting ASUS out of business. (And just two weeks after I put an ASUS mobo into my computer, sob. Fortunately, mine
is not one of the ones involved.)
If Intel has any honor (or wants to maintain any kind of reputation) they're going to completely cover ASUS's losses on this, which could easily top a billion dollars. I wonder if they will.
Anyone want to lay odds on when the first lawsuit gets filed? (Or who will sue whom?)
Money Good, Napster Bad.
James and Lars tell it like it is (requires Flash4).
suspends lifetime subscriptions. Sure hope mine got in under the wire.
interNIC lost my business!!!
To take the heat (and any possible lawsuits) off of them, they have now changed thier policy to revoke anyone's domain name at their discretion.
Phil Sbarbaro, NSI's legal counsel, offered a parallel to summarize prevailing law: "You don't own a domain name any more than you own your phone number."
I don't know about you guys, but I am definitely finding another registrar to transfer my domain names to...ASAP!
"Luke, I am your father..."
Hayden Christensen is confirmed to be the new Anakin Skywalker. Hot damn!
A concerned Vermont parent wrote an interesting letter to the editor
regarding the gay rights conflict.
The user who was selling Metallica's soul
has been banned by EBay for bidding on another item he/she was selling. The strange part of all of this of course, is that I recognized their username when I read this story. Why can't we delete particular items in memory like we do with files on a computer?
is reporting that Microsoft has disbanded the IE for Mac team and is discontinuing development of IE for Mac. So much for a 5 year commitment....
Congratz, bro! Between you and Napster
, I *almost* enjoyed the webbys this year.
This is no oxymoron in the Twilight Zone! Must see!
How to beat the Napster ban.
Seems they're pulling some sly tricks with the registry.
First it was Metallica's integrity for sale...
now the RIAA's Soul and Integrity
is for sale. Funny, I didn't think they had a soul. Shamelessly stolen from Fark
Watch Jason Win Live!
Which acceptance speech is he going to use? My bet is on
"I'm too drunk to cry..."
The awards are being given now... right now... go... quickly!
Rant: Why do computers make people stupid?
I guess computers are like little babies...
[ From Capitol Hill Blue
, via, of all places, rec.humor.funny
Does "Battlefield Earth" make anyone else nervous?
The film has a deep connection to the church of Scientology - an organization that has seen a certain amount of controversy (though I don't wish to belittle the belief system of anyone). This connection seems to have gone unnoticed. Is there cause for concern when a heavily marketed film is surreptiously tied to an organized religion?
Array is back
and covering the fires in Los Alamos, NM, with pictures and links to sites where people who want to can help.
Sex slavery in Europe.
I saw a special about this on a cable news channel... it's almost unbelievable, but this is actually going on now
I'm just one in a billion!
With the birth of a baby girl named Asha - 'Faith' in Hindi - India's population officially hit 1 billion today, an event marked with fanfare and concern over the nation's too-rapid growth. Astha was born to Anjana and Ashok Arora at 5:05 a.m. this morning, putting India in an exclusive club with China as the only nations with populations exceeding 1 billion.
Now if any country messes with us, all we have to do is jump at the same time to wipe out the enemy. :)
And from the "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" file
comes today's entry. 63,000 philanthropists get the shaft.
Any server can read all your IE cookies.
From any domain. Anyone. I was just explaing to my folks that the reason cookies are (generally) safe is that this was NOT possible. Well, it's possible now.
mention on the Nullsoft
site was removed. It now shows links to Winamp, Shoutcast, and a suspicous "and more... muhahaha!" Looks like MP3 trading will have to stay underground.
The good guys can win,
but it's not cheap. If Clue.com
can beat Hasbro, surely Mattl
has a case against Mattel. As if we didn't already know that.
Microsoft does it, again.
The company you love to hate is at it again, this time attacking Slashdot
users. Does MS really not get it this bad? I can't belive it...
ps. The Slashdot server seems to be slashdotted itself.
Napster throws Metallica a curveball.
Napster has been pointing out to its kicked-off users a certain provision of the DMCA: If an ISP kicks a user off a service for violating copyright, that user may file a counternotification if they believe they were wrongly accused. The plaintiff (Metallica) then has 10 days to respond with a lawsuit directly against that user. If they choose not to respond, the ISP must restore the account. If enough users (among the 300,000 blocked) file counternotifications, Metallica may wish it had never begun this process.
, or Diamond Rio
. The choice is yours. [from jose
Northpoint blows chunks - how they can prepare for new technologies is beyond me.
forgive me if i'm bring up a dead or overtired subject but i'm new here... I'm on a personal campaign to let the world know how crappy Northpoint DSL is... I'll try to keep this as short as possible but basically we run a small business out of our house. We're developers. Working via modem isn't really an option (especially when you've got ancient, multiplexed phone lines). When our 1-up/1-down sDSL finally started working my roommate and I didn't leave the house for a week.
Anyway, to make a long story a tad shorter, it's been down for three weeks now. we've lost several days and several thousand dollars worth of billable hours sitting on our butts waiting for technicians to show up whenever they please. I am NOT pleased, and what also really irks me is the fact that basically, Northpoint runs the DSL monopoly in my brooklyn neighborhood. We have no other choice. I'm also taking this to dsl reports
. I just really don't think DSL technology is that ready for the masses.
Is this cool? Or do I just want too much?
A happy marriage between my geek self and my designer/writer self? Is it possible? Is Macromedia Dreamweaver Ultradev the answer?
RIAA backs new copyright law: "Instead of the rights to recordings reverting to the artists after 35 years, as current law states, recordings would be reclassified as "works for hire," with the record labels keeping the rights to them forever. "
Let the flame-fest begin...
Stealing is bad.
These folks seem to think it's okay to rip off another site's
design and pass it off as their own work-- right down to the identical manifesto
! They even have the balls to post a copyright notice. Unbelievable.
Yet another threat to free speech
under the guise of the War On Drugs.
Not to mention wholesale Internet censorship. And I quote "It says Internet providers and hosting services must remove any website within 48 hours after the government objects to it -- and no court order is necessary. What's next, filtering software for all data entering the United States?
The Joy of Engine Repair
- this very effectively sums up why I like building things.
Although this story doesn't sound like much,
the FTC coming down on Time Warner, the effects could be great. Time Warner has agreed to ban their minimum pricing on featured new CDs, admitting that for the last seven years, these compact discs have been artificially overpriced. Do you think making CDs cheaper for the first time in years had anything to do with all the attention mp3s have been getting from consumers?
I'm not quite sure which is more notable:
all that whiskey going up in flames, or the whiskey which is going into the community water system.
Maybe there's hope for our social lives after all.
A new study (complete report here
) seems to directly contradict February's study
which claimed that the Internet makes people antisocial hermits. This new study is particularly focused on the habits of women who use the web but offers many interesting numbers that apply across gender lines, i.e.
"Nearly three-quarters of Internet users (72%) say they visited family or friends "yesterday," while 61% of nonusers report they had visited someone".
Napster did it-
blocked more than 317,000 names used by its subscribers, which have been identified by the hard rock band, Metallica, as allegedly infringing on the copyrights of the group's music.
Mike The Headless Chicken Festival
]- Check out the ad for Wendy's Chicken Sandwhich further down. Somethings are just too good to be true.
Anyone know what happened to Bloat
? It went and disappeared today; the page sort of redirects to the main TheWebToday page ("sort of" because "/bloat/" stays in the URL). And the Bloat list isn't in the right-hand panel of the main page, either.
Has Sally Tenpenny gone and left? :(
Here's a follow-up
to last week's thread about the whole Travolta-Kidman-Cruise-Scientology thing. Interesting counterpoint in some ways, although I think ALL the concerned parties have ulterior motives. Agenda, agenda, agenda.
I normally wouldn't do this, but I think we all need a little Star Trek/Celebrity gossip to lighten things up around here...
Cap'n! I dunna think the condom's gonna hold much longer!
Freedom in the Off-Line World Department: This snarky commentator (who usually spews on Fox "We Distort, You Deride" News
) hints loudly that NYPD changes after the Diallo shooting are responsible for the string of murdered cab drivers in the Big Apple.
So, how much racial profiling and how many occasional unjustified police shootings are YOU going to accept in exchange for your safety? (And are you ready for the boom in murders when the LAPD is forced to clean its house?)
Can the internet police itself
given a little time and some smart people working on it? Or do we need some kind of law? The war on spam
I personally find reporting spammers and getting them whacked by their ISP
fun. I'm not much of an outdoorsy type, though.
got old for me after a while. As a staggering genius put it, it's "like having someone shout in your ear." Today, though, they're carrying a great, great article about the situtation in Colombia
. Drugs! Guns! Money! Reprehensible US involvement!
The Great Blog-Off
is coming- so far 8 bloggers will be madly competing for 24 hours to find the best links on the web on an as-yet-unknown topic. A lesson in futility or potentially dirty, self-absorbed fun? Discuss amongst yourselves.
(No link, but at least it's on topic :-)
Submitted for your approval: the recording industry has shot themselves in the head, forcing users to switch from Napster, which at least gave them a mechanism to charge people who wanted to pay, to the decentralized approach of Gnutella, et al, which makes that completely impossible. Opinions?
Say goodbye to personal liberty
if this bill
gets passed. A bill aimed at fighting drugs on and off line will limit your freedom of speech, allow police to enter your house with a warrant but not telling you what it's for. One step closer to the Police state. And one heck of a supreme court case in the wings.
Cruel and unusual?
"Expert witnesses testified that the brief delays give the body time to recover and increase the chance the person will feel pain."
What a crock... I wonder if the 3 year old baby he killed and dismembered felt any pain?
The punishment should fit the crime. Although the death penalty doesn't deter crime, if we punished those in the same manner that they commited the murder, then maybe criminals would think twice... then again, maybe not.
Told ya so...
Wrong guy. Thank god, I thought he was headed for the chair for sure.
To continue the theme,
Yahoo starts going after "sound-alike" domains with a little help from ICANN.
Adbusters' Design Manifesto 2000
is an interesting read. In accordance with what many people believe
, and the result of corporations going too far
, the question becomes, do we need something like this for web creators? A Pledge to pursue personal interests and experiments on the web, instead of just your daily e-company work? Would you sign such a thing?
I owe Dan Gillmor an apology, dammit. On April 1st, I blogged here at MeFi this story about Stanford filing an IPO
as an example of a rather lame April Fool's joke. Well, it turned out to be a little closer to the truth than I thought
Along the same lines as Meg's post about the Panty Raider game, the governor or Illinois is trying, and succeeding, to get retailers to pull "M" rated games off the shelves.
Makes you wonder when people are gonna wake up and stop blaming societal problems on all of our various forms of entertainment.
is jumping on the copyright lawsuit bandwagon. This time they're picking on 2600. Me thinks they're playing with fire.
Oh, ghod; here we go again.
This is, so far, actually sounding promising: "News from the cross-platform deleting community". Whomever's running it, don't blow your cover.
Just add a link to me; 'k? ;-)
Should same-sex couples be banned from adopting children?
Last week, Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove signed legislation banning gay and lesbian couples from adopting children. The new law takes effect July 1, and three other states already have similar restrictions.
Metallica's Integrity for sale!
Don't know if what's left of it is worth the price though.
A new era in movie piracy
. These guys managed to hack Microsoft's MPEG 4 codec, and have provided a means of ripping DVD movies to this new format (check the readme file). The little program they have on their site will "update" your Windows Media Player to be able to play the new divx format.
The compression is comparable to current .avi and .mpg formats, but the image quality is near-DVD. Wow. I just watched "Disturbing Behaviour" in this new format and I must say I'm very impressed. No ugly chunky blocks like with MPEG. I dunno if I'd ever pay to see movies in the theatre again. Heh, sure sounds familiar eh? (*cough* MP3 *cough*) Looks like there might be some big new players joining the RIAA real soon. :)
Unbelievable news nugget of the day: my friend Matt Lavallee has been slapped with a cease-and-desist order from the Mattel Toy Corporation
for his personal domain, mattl.com
. I guess no one with a name that sounds like a misspelled company is allowed to buy domains from now on? Something needs to be done, corporations do not
own the web.
In this sendmail.net piece,
Greg Knauss (of Winerlog-when-it-was-good fame) asserts, among other things, that if a court subpoenas your email, and it's encrypted, that you can be tossed in jail for contempt if you don't give them the keys. Um, hello? 5th amendment? Does anyone have references either way on this one?
Readers prefer text over graphics.
In much more scientific news a new study by Stanford University indicates that visitors to your website are significantly more likely to read the text on your website (92%) than look at your photos (64%). What do you think? Will this change the way you design your site?
Journal's VS. Weblogs
. Now that the browser war is over this incredibly scientific survey shows that journals are winning the new content battle. Also in interesting news of wars it appears the new kid on the block has Apple in the corner
. Honestly, I can't think of a useful way to use this tool but sure is fun! --- How about you? Can you think of a useful way to use Altameter
The RIAA v Napster Summary Judgement
is in: RIAA Claims Initial Win in Legal Battle Vs. Napster
Does MySQL suck?
actually the topic of a thread at the OpenACS project site... but everyone sure *thinks* it is. :-)
OpenACS is a project to port the ArsDigita Community System off of Oracle onto PostgreSQL (of which, BTW, v7.0 ships this week). If this is your cuppa, check it out. [via /.]
What happened to Array?
Poof! Another editthispage site is gone. Does this have anything to with the whole winerlog debacle?
Is it me, or does this
smack of hypocrisy? I mean, on our money are the words "In God We Trust."
And when about to give testimony in court, we swear on the bible. I think some judges need to get their heads out of their a$$es.
Mind Games for Tech Success: You've Got to Play to Win.
Interesting article from today's Washington Post showing how high tech recruiters are using Games and Theory to identify hot prospects.
Could voluntary online payments
be a viable revenue model for online content? [via ev
] For that matter, could this be a valid way to pay for MP3 music?
The new MetaTalk is now live
as is the MetaFilter Network
site, which also mentions another new site in the works. Discuss the MetaTalk site
, and if you want to take issue with me, of all people, self-blogging, do it here
Jackbooted Trademark Enforcement for Dummies.
Slashdot is carrying pointers to several incidences of overzealous lawyering by IDG books; there was also a pointer to a reply letter
that, basically, tells IDG to go stick it, and why they have no choice.
is a photo journal of sorts, detailing the sex life of the author, Natacha Merritt. I haven't seen the book or anything, but what struck me as a little odd was the interview
they have with her on Salon. It seems like they purposefully tried to make her come off as completely ignorant with regard to photography and art in general.
This guy has *nailed*
the Winerlog situation. [ spotted by Brennan at Weblogging Considered Harmful
This has got to be the funniest thing
I've ever seen from from a President. How in the world
did they get all of those people to do this and what in the hell was it for? There was no trailer on the end. Is it just a ad released to circulate among the populace to repair the lagacy of a disgraced President?
Is a woman
to blame for the "ILOVEYOU" virus? Police said that the suspect was a young computer school student and apparently from a middle class family. GIRLPOWER. haha.
is a nifty web app which lets you send a typed message to someone someone's phone. Basically a text-to-speech phone gateway.
seem like a bad idea to anyone else?
What does the MP3.com case have to do with online Music trading?
Why can't the media ever actually try to understand a fairly simple issue before reporting on it. Beam-IT has nothing to do with music trading. Napster has
a website but Dre's music can only be found in the Napster application The "Love Bug virus" isn't. And "hackers" (in the non-media use of the word) aren't criminals. Ugh!!
Winerlog is dead.
In an email
entitled "A serious note," sent to all editthispage members, Dave announced this evening that he is pulling the plug on the no longer funny Winerlog
"Today I have reached a decision that I would like you to know about and give some thought to.
... I have given this enough thought, and have decided that we're going to stop hosting the site tomorrow." Zooooooooooom!!!!!!!
Just when you thought you'd seen it all
Elian gets his own website...um, sorta.
Written in 1982, this sysop reminisces about the "Golden Ages" of BBS's
Kind of ironic that I hear people say the same things today about the net.
If I had been smarter, I'd have used my brother's Amiga 500 to modem around a bit, but unfortunately, text files like this are about as close to that time as I can get. Amazingly enough, with everything that's online these days, these old text files are some of my favorite things to spend my time reading.
Here's an AP wire story that's a fairly thin re-write of a BBC story
on people becoming addicted to cybersex. Some interesting facts -- it's almost 50/50 women (how come *I* can never find them? :-). Fairly balanced, if you read the whole thing, but still a bit inflammatory.
So, who's *really* to blame for the Love Bug costing billions?
Phil Agre makes a pretty good argument that the least Microsoft's can get away with is contributory negligence in this RRE piece.
Uhoh! Leggo my napster!
So I just tried to load up Napster, and it told me that my connection to the server was refused. None of the people I've talked to have been able to get on either. Could this be the end of Napster? Killed in the night while nobody was watching? The site doesn't say anything, but grrrr, I want my pirated music!
Metafilter meets Ali G...
If you lived in Europe or were familiar with what's "in" there, you'd know about Ali G, well the guys over at Mackers
have created "Da Ali G Translator
," which is a lot of fun to play with.
Here's a list of some other sites that I tried out.
Many more moments of silence
in between those bloggings. (alice) is the one who introduced me to the genre — hopefully she really isn't gone for good. Thanks for all the URLs :)
Definitely a sign that the e-pocalypse is upon us.
Zany Brainy has up and purchased Noodle Kidoodle! Ooogy woogy, bunny wunny!
This excellent article on software quality,
which is also a review of the Mark Minasi book, is courtesy of Linux Weekly^WDaily News
. It has pointers to the anti-UCITA sites, too.
has released version 0.1.1 of its Worker software
. It works kind of like SETI@home
, except that the computing power can be organized to work on things like Influenza vaccine research
, and they plan to compensate you for the cycles they use.
Panty Raiders: Humorous CD-ROM or the objectification of women?
Have you ever heard of any other game referred to as a comedy? I find it particularly offensive and demeaning when a game that involves stripping women
is passed off as something funny and entertaining, especially when targeted at young boys. Is this something we should be concerned about, or is it just a game? Are people overreacting?
Cinco de Mayo is the biggest day of the year for avocados
-- it is a Mexican holiday
, but a minor one
. It marks a May 5, 1862, victory by a small army of Mexican patriots and peasants over stronger French forces, but it's not Mexican Independence Day -- a common misconception among Cinco de Mayo partyers in the United States
. In the United States, it's become the Latin version of St. Patrick's Day -- largely because makers of beer, chips, salsa and tequila promote it heavily
as a reason to party.
have all been out for a little while now. Personally I've checked each of them out, even used them for a day or two, but none stuck with me. Am I just old fashioned? Will these tools/sites catch on?
was for a brief time "Powered by Microsoft BackOffice".
Public embarrasment as a tool
to stop child pornography trading. The Wall of Shame
users searching and downloading kiddie porn, carrying this disclaimer: "I'm all for freedom of data sharing but not when it comes to exploiting children. A secret gnutella server has bogus image files with very obvious names. If you search and download thesefiles from the server your IP, time of D/L and DNS will be logged.
You have been warned!
A pox on both their houses.
Here's a case where I wish both
sides would lose. (Is that possible?)
"The Love Bug"
destroys companies around the globe. Only it's NOT a bug (shaking fists at newspeople), but a virus.
On a lighter note...
Joe Pranevich explains why Linux 2.4 isn't *really* "late".
Personal Rant: Nationsbank (now Bank Of America) sucks. More inside.
Satellite Tracking -
NASA keeps adding great resources online. The JTrack 3d applet lets you track every satellite in orbit (as a 3d model). ...and we've all seen the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Just goes to show that faster, cheaper, better
isn't the only thing they are working on.
Winerlog really sucks these days.
Don't you agree? I hope that the 'logger who told me he might be taking it over from the original editor, who *was* funny, has not, cause I'd hate to be dissing him. But I don't think it was him. Based on the number of clicks I've gotten from it before, and now, I guess no one *else* thinks it's funny anymore either...?
Take a good long look at NASA,
webcams of stuff that's actually cool!
The winners of the 5K contest
have been announced. Not all of my personal favorites made it into the top 10, but I think that they are all very strong entries, which is all one can hope for in contests like these.
Hey, where'd Carl
go? He's not at Freedonia
. Nothing is.
Any of you rap?
"Come up with lyrics explaining 'Why you support Napster', drop your lyrics to Public Enemy's 'Power to the People and the Beats' track, and have a chance to win $5000"
Derek Powazek on Webbieworld:
'[mc]: If you were starting to build a site right now with an unlimited budget, who would you ask to be on your team?'
'[dp]: Dream team? Michael Sippey on the business end, the Pyra gang doing the coding, Lance as the voice, Betty as mistress of misinformation, and those k10k baddies pushing pixels. Whoa, baby. I think my mouth just watered.'
Obvious question - who would your 'dream team' be?
Metallica and Napster: The Chat.
My favorite quote: "For the doubters out there, Metallica will carry on for the next 20 years," Ulrich said. "Whether you're around for the ride or not, that's your problem, not ours."
Just wanted to warn everyone (no link yet)
- came into work this morning and a new virus has infected our server, and we've had many of our customers call in that have already been infected. It's subject line is "iloveyou". Attached to it is a VB Script- but I assume that most of the readership here would be smart enough to not open attachments like that. But figured it warrented a warning.
describes what is purportedly the world's first "100% motion capture animated feature" -- and in none too glowing terms, I might add.
I'm not sure what triggered the thought, but I realized that MetaFilter - and many of the sites of MetaFilter users - weren't around when GiveQuick began, and so I thought it might be nice to (re)introduce the idea. The premise? Affiliate fees from your own site can easily be redirected to nonprofit organizations - with absolutely no administrative costs deducted from those fees. You might also consider making online purchases through a participating GiveQuick site. Just a thought.
"MP3.com Bands Dis Disclosure"
So they're telling the world how much bread artists make . . . can someone come up with anything resembling a rational reason for this?
"'MP3.com is creating a New Music Economy. We want to illustrate the viability of this new music economy by showing the world that artists can make money via Internet distribution of music,' the company's 'Artist Support Team' wrote to complaining bands."
Sounds as if they just got out of a "power-lunch" with the boys in Redmond or something . . . .
Microsoft released the beta of Windows Media Player 7
, with it's neato support for flexible, scriptable skins
(some of the samples developed by the place where I spend my daily grind). But what's most interesting is the fairly prominent links to other players
on the WMP site. I guess that's what you get for supporting their format.
The fans have spoken and Lucas has listened.
Seems that Episode I is coming out on DVD after all. And Lucas says the web campaign on various sites encourage him to change his mind. How does this affect popular politics on a grander scale? And when will politicians jump on board the bandwagon?
I especially like Alex Chiu's nem Darwinism
I can't tell if it's a joke or not...
"Theft in Hollywood"...
I'm strangely fascinated by this insane site. This gentleman believes that innovative ideas like "cloud", "corridor", and "storm" were stolen from his unproduced screenplay, and used in countless movies and commercials. And that's only the surface weirdness. There's much more where that came from, including secret coded messages in fortune cookies from the FBI...
I simply don't know what to say about this site.
I'm not one for theosophical discussions, but I thought that maybe somebody here would find this ... "interesting." Yeah, that's the word. Interesting. Here's a small excerpt:
You maybe academically retarded.
Academia Retards By Fact Earth Has 1 Day When Dead Still, And 4 Days Within 1 Earth Rotation, losing 3 days retards humanity.
Are you stupid and evil?
If you are ignorant of natures harmonic time cube creation, then you were taught to be stupid and evil.
Quite an interesting way to try to gain believers, no?
Instead of Yahoo's LSD design,
AltaVista's new Raging Search site is Google's GLS (Goofy Logo, Search).
Have you ever wanted to be The Tick?
--at least virtually in Quake 3, you can.
What a perfect followup...
I had just been going to post the NYTimes Magazine story on privacy in the Internet age, when I noted the SDB story I'd be following.
Never, NEVER, NEVER tell someone
"Sure, you can use my computer while I'm on vacation!"
And from the "No Shit, Sherlock!" file
comes today's entry:
Inadequate wiring of logs and weak oversight of the building of a "complex and dangerous structure" were factors to blame for the deadly bonfire collapse at Texas A&M University last fall, an investigation commission said Tuesday.
Funny, I thought space aliens had done it, working with Elvis and Bigfoot.
Rich to get richer
thanks to new technology.
The wealth of "high net-worth individuals" is set to leap by an annual 12 percent to $44.9 trillion by 2004 with technology windfalls pushing more people into the "ultra-rich" category, a Merrill Lynch and Gemini Consulting survey showed on Tuesday.
Where'd these rat's sign up? I want my
Bubbling Bliss -
With all the heated debate and red-faced reactions around this place, I thought I'd offer a link to help calm you restless souls...
Cruise and Kidman, um, get religion?
The story quotes a pair of gossip reporters as saying that the pair are ditching The Religious Technology Center, Inc., er, um, excuse me: The Church of Scientology.
Does this design trend
remind anyone else of Autechre album cover art
circa 1997? See also [ dform
], [ ngin
], and the mother of them all [ vir2l
The new Clearly Canadian
bottles are really pretty. The site is nice, too. But why does the URL on the bottle point to clearly.ca
, which isn't nearly as cool?
I had a good laugh not once but twice at the bitch-slapping
I underwent for the putative sin of blogging myself on Metafilter. I had a laugh even though I thought the intent was to ridicule, slag, and deride.
En tout cas
, I blogged myself two different ways. On a couple of occasions, I pointed to pages I'd developed as a service to netters and bloggers Xenoblogs
(list of un-American blogs) and the Buyer's Guide to Alternadomains
. One makes no apologies for providing pages as a public service and making them known to the public.
The other case involved ruminations on love at first sight. Lacking a discussion mechanism at my blog and knowing that people would have knowledge on the topic I had no access to (breeders, for example), I posted on Metafilter. IMHO this reveals an unserved need
: Blogger et al. may make it possible to update your Weblog from any browser, but what we need is a way to automate discussion on topics blogged on individual pages.
As it stands, bloggers are like home-office workers who have to meet clients at cafés: They have to go out of house. Is it possible that, for blogging to work at a level beyond howling at the moon or a tree falling in the wilderness, we need automated tools for dialogue at our own sites
? Should Metafilter and (to a lesser degree) Webqueeries be the only collaborative Weblogs?
Clearly this would blur the distinction between blogs and mailing lists, but so what? Among mailing lists, blogs, Yahoo clubs, and instant messaging, we already have a fractured set of media of two-way and multi-way communication. A bit more fracturing ain't gonna hurt; the horse has long since bolted from the stable.
(Aside: Guestbooks work poorly in my experience. Even Zeldman
is a joke. In the immortal words of Bad Religion, there's no substance. A blog gives visitors something to talk about
beyond "How do you like my page?")
In relation to yesterday's Metallica post
on post, you can chat with them
now (5 PM Pacific). The catch, however, is that you need to be registered with Yahoo.
I wish that this page
had the complete
transcript of Oprah's interview with Janet Reno, since at the very end, she said that she hoped Reno could take a little time off "and maybe not shake so much." Seeing as Reno has Parkinson's Disease, that's a pretty offensive thing to say; if Oprah didn't know this, then she should do a little more homework on her guests, and if she did, then she should be asked sometime in a live interview if she'll get a chance "to maybe stuff a little less food into her overeating mouth."
Video killed the weblogging star.
Turns out ABC is casting for a tv show about the fast-moving world of online zines. But don't they know that webzines are oh-so September 1996, and weblogs are where it's at these days?
Doesn't somebody around here think it's time to migrate the weblog genre over to television? Any of you crazy New York based webloggers thinking about making the move over to a different medium?
"95% of all music will be free, at least for a period…"
says Chuck D, while praising the magic of Napster. I <heart> Chuck D.
Pyra - a company built to flip?
Sippey makes the most important statement and one that I have posted here before...
Both Blogger, and Pyra are great products but where is the BUSINESS MODEL.
Matt do not censor this please... it is a very valid point whether you like it or not...
I actually wouldn't mind seeing the plaintiffs behind this cease-and-desist
order win their case.
appears to be telling a story
with their logo. Is this a fun and creative way to "extend their brand" (as the marcom kids like to say) or do they need to stop letting their engineers handle their logo design?
Napster users are named in the latest battle
Some have admitted to being a criminal while others say who cares? Metallica sure doesn't seem like it is going to back down. The article says Metallica is scheduled to chat with fans online at the Artistsdirect.com Web site to explain its fight against Napster. So is any action going to be taken against the fans who want the music?
Orangina is the new orange
All right, I tried to blog this and keep finding dead ends. Can someone please point me to permanent bookmarks of conversations (i.e., monologues) on A-list blogs like powazek.com and n
-list ones like psionic.nu declaring that "[colour] is the new orange
"? ¶ (At the Toronto bloggeur f2f, we engaged in ironic discussion
of the fact that our blogs are not on the A-list and never will be, though I argued that merely contributing to Metafilter gives us exposure among the A-list crowd in effect, a social-climber/arriviste argument for which I do not apologize. Miss Emmajane
wasn't present for the ironic part, however. I am familiar with the argument that one who blogs as a ploy for readership is a failure. I agree. But blogging and being the only reader is, frankly, onanistic. I speak as someone whose blog is linked to by a grand total of three others. I'm not sure there are ten people on earth who regularly read what I write. I'm OK with that, but I'd love to be more... popular!
Discuss. But give me the orange
Next up for bid, the damn raft.
That's right, the top item for sale is the raft
that Elian survived on while traveling to the United States from Cuba. Although six days are left in the auction, 112 bids have already been placed on it, with the high bid now at $10 million.
- postcards & photographs of lynching in America. Shocking and sad.
Time Warner Pulls ABC
Get used to this kind of thing, as mega corp. 1 takes on mega corp. 2 to control what you see.
Guess what is back up and running? That's right, the game everyone loved to play! Laying the smack down
never felt so good on some biatch...
The WTO protests...
Remeber those? Well, I knew about this rumor on Friday, but didn't want to post it until I got more verification. All the police lining Wall Street and the downtown area pretty much did that this morning. It seems that the 'organizations' loosely formed to protest any kind of world economic model have decided to cause civil unrest in downtown New York; try to gain access to the NYSE and AMEX and so forth.
First, I find this whole 'movement' short sighted, and under-thought. Also, I think now participants are just trying to get into the news. Second, are these people idiots? Seattle and Washington were cheese puffs. Downtown New York is trained for terrorism. Do they really think they can operate under the radar of the security down here? I'll just say that I better be able to get in and out for lunch or I'll be pretty pissed off.