August 2001 Archives
Grand Royal is shutting down!
the label, started by the beastie boys in 1993, is officially no more.
"This is one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever had to make," said co-founder Mike Diamond a/k/a Mike D of Beastie Boys. "Over the years the Grand Royal family had grown to include some of the most talented musicians and staff in the business. It’s tragic that the same growth has also produced an overhead and infrastructure that can no longer viable."
truly a sad day for independent music!
Strategery for Kids!
Just like the real white house website, except done in fingerpaint. Come learn about Ofelia
, who loves great american authors
almost as much as she loves daydreaming. Beware of the cat
, 'cause she's got a mean line of questions
waiting for you. There's also some well-developed questions and answers with W
, Cheney is shown exercising
, and hey! put a coaster under those things
Chandra Levy disappearance solved? A deaf man with a serious mental illness who cannot speak was wrongly jailed for nearly two years in the nation's capital even though minor charges against him were dismissed, prison officials said on Friday...
Department of Corrections Director Odie... was ... quoted as telling the Post: ``It was kind of unbelievable to me that we could hold a guy for nearly two years who should not have been there,'' he said.
Color photographs with arrows and pictures and a paragraph on the back to follow...
High Speed Photography
is truly amazing. Who knew a water drop collapses like a racquetball?
Bougainville Rebels, PNG Sign Comprehensive Autonomy Deal
The deal, following two years of dialogue and almost a decade of violence, will culminate in a referendum on independence in 10 years. When fully implemented, it will give Bougainville broad autonomy in legislation, judiciary, and its own police force. Bougainvilleans fight for secession stems from PNG's distribution of revenue from gold mines on the island. Kabui's remarks at the signing emphasized the Bougainvillean identity and culture that autonomy would protect.
Aren’t there some topics where the "E-Z", at-a-glance, bullet-point riddled, dummies/idiot's format seems terribly ironic
, rather inappropriate
, or fundamentally at odds
with the subject matter? Not to mention random
At a loss for the right word?
This is an artful way to find another way to say what you mean.
Filmmakers let the Pentagon edit their scripts
in exchange for rights to use government land and military equipment. Great article complete with hilarious "military mind" quotes. Need more government/pop culture collusion? N'SYNC is getting $800,000 in tax payer's money for an anti-drug campaign.
The web in your inbox.
You want to surf. But your friends want to get together to play Werewolf.
You can have it all. Search with Tracerlock
and The Informant
and when you can break away to check your email, you'll find links waiting.
Did they find an interesting link for you? Then use GrabPage
to have the page sent to you as an email attachment.
Surfing with email is cool. But why stop there? Why not do everything by email?
Sometimes my faith in the world is restored.
Not that a girl playing NCAA Division I football is going to change the world, but at least life's not all bad. Check out her teammates in the photo, they look genuinely psyched.
Ladies, the Lord is no longer available for dates
except in the afterlife.
I was really shocked to read about this, as I thought this guy was long since dead. It seems that Jesus, from Jesus.com was involved in an accident this morning in Westchester Pennsylvania.
I'm going to Church.
In 1999, every company worth its salt was trying to figure out how to pretend that it was a "dot com". Now even the real
dot-coms who have survived and prospered (they an't all
dead, you know) are trying to figure out
how to pretend that they aren't really like that. It's a sign of the times.
Cringely's insight deepens
with this new article on Excite@Home
's troubles. Is broadband here to stay? If so, is it going to go anywhere? Three years from now, what will the options be and what kind of performance can be expected?
It appears that foul contraption, the brassiere, is not only constricting, but holds up women's natural defenses against toxins. Surely, this article will give feminists of the bra-buring ilk the support they need to lift and separate their message from the din.
Fighting feeping creaturism.
Following in the wake of "abandonware" sites, here's a chance to perform that much-needed downgrade in order to escape bloat/adware/etc. What's your favourite software relic?
Freak Watcher's Textbook.
I am glad I waited to get the textbook before looking at freaks (or freaks eating cats). Now with this professional guide, I can watch like a pro. I assume Sally Struthers will be adding "Freak Watching" to her list of accredited courses.
Eyewitness News, Reporting From Your Living Room.
KVDA, a Spanish-language television station serving the San Antonio, TX community, hopes to revitalize community-based journalism. Ordinary people report the news live
from their homes using high-speed Internet connections and web cams. Trinity University Communications Professor Rob Huesca says, "People are closer to the event than journalists can be, and that the expertise they bring is the expertise of real life, not the expertise of detachment, impartiality, balance, and the rest of
journalists' values." (more)
Someone is a werewolf. Someone ... in this very room.
About six months ago someone sent me the URL for this terrific party game called Werewolf
, and my friends and I have been playing it regularly ever since. The rules are simple, it doesn't require any equipment (except for some cards) and I have yet to meet someone who doesn't truly enjoy the game. It's only drawback: after an hour of so of play, you will no longer trust any any of your friends. Print out the rules, stick 'em in your pocket, and if you find yourself in a group of 7+ people this Labor Day Weekend give 'em a whirl -- you won't be disappointed.
Doesn't it rain enough already ?
Looks as though the British government had becomed tired with Englands beautiful year round weather and thought its citizens would be happier if it rained a tad more. Unfortunately they over did it a bit and thirty five people died in the floods that ensued...
In the midst of being indignant over the death of the BeOS, Scot Hacker talks about Microsoft's OEM license with hardware vendors
. Although Microsoft claims the terms of the agreement are a "trade secret," preventing it from making appearnce in the DOJ circus, apparently it prevents OEMs from installing any
non-Microsoft OS along side a Microsoft OS... If true, the "browser integration" thing's just a minor annoyance - this
would be monopolistic and anti-competitive... via rc3.org
Does this take your fancy?
Or perhaps this
does. Or this
? Old comic book ads featuring OJ SIMPSON
defaced by a range of naughty, should-know-better uk webloggers (and their friends). Darren
's still taking submissions, so if you'd like to add your intepretation to this
, then feel free. Warning: May Cause Bleeding.
Fight back against sneaky scumware
We're getting some new cable channels in Canada, and one of them is PrideVision
, the world's first gay, lesbian, and bisexual television network
. Even ten years ago, would anyone have thought we'd someday see programmes
like Closeted Hollywood, Dyke TV
, Queer as Folk, and Metrosexuality
on North American television? And as a category 1 service, Canadian cable companies are required to make PrideVision available as part of their digital service.
Smart young kids and too much freedom do not mix well.
A girl prodigy at the age of 14 goes to university. She becomes mixed up in drugs, alcohol and sex. The parents sue school for lack of supervision. Is it really the school's job to look after her? Don't the parents have some responsibility here?
NASA raises funds through photographing vineyards.
5 bucks an acre? That's probably a pretty good price for both sides.
Interview with crew of the International Space Station [realaudio]
on BBC's "Today" programme. The crew describe their bird's eye impressions of the environmental damage that mankind is doing to it's biosphere.
If Denis Tito can get there, surely we could get Dubya up there to take a look-see for himself...?
The American Worker:
Labor Day is coming up, so its an opportune time for the AFL-CIO to release a poll saying how unhappy workers are. But is this just a by-product of a (basically) stagnant economy with the drumbeat of layoffs ever present, business running roughshod
over their employees, employees not realizing how good they have it - ready to sue at the drop of a hat
, or business as usual? (plus: Unions in Hollywood doing their own thing
Dave Winer offers us 2 views of the scripting world in 2005.
He says that 'in one view, we are all inside Microsoft's box, sharing a common set of libraries and object hierarchies. In the other, we use our favourite tools and runtimes, our communities stay independent.' Frighteningly, he may well be absolutely right. What a great diagram; it reminds me of drawing when I was a kid.
Googled for goofing.
College kid outlandishly fakes contest submission, winning token prize for a valiant, if not silly, effort.
Fetuses may be able to feel pain as early as 20 weeks gestation.
"Members of the Medical Research Council's (MRC) expert group on fetal pain, led by Professor Eve Johnstone of Edinburgh University, say the finding could have important implications for the treatment of thousands of very premature infants born every year." It frankly makes my pro-choice conscience squirm a little, too.
to bring Spirited Away, Japan's currently largest grossing film, to thje states. Disney owns the domestic rights to all of Hayao Miyazaki's films (think Princess Mononoke) and has no plans to release Spirited Away.
- Another great place to waste time at work. The page features a java applet that lets you put together different jigsaw puzzles. I just started working tech support this week and the first day the person that was training me told me about this site. So far it has saved my sanity many a time.
Abercrombie & Fallacies
“And there’s the group of guys playing football wearing only boxer shorts and boat shoes, because what self-respecting masculine guy wears shorts or a shirt, or needs any kind of traction on wet grass, when playing football?”
is a webshop which lets you build your own messenger bags online. Customatix
does the same for sneakers (and I believe Nike
does too). What other products are available for customization (and purchase) online in the same manner?
Elian Gonzalez may return to the US. with Castro
May show up at UN for Children's Day, with Castro. Will Bush show up with Michael Jackson?
Michael Dertouzos has left us.
The M.I.T professor behind the World Wide Web Consortium and the 'Information Marketplace' concept died on Monday at the age of 64. (more inside)
National Geographic Traveler has put together a list of 50 places in the world you should visit in your lifetime
. I'm not as well traveled as I'd like to be, so I really don't know if these places are as impressive as they sound. Did they leave anything out, or does that just about cover it?
White Bread Blues
Why is it that stuff closest to the truth is the funniest? I think I qualify as the guy with the knife, although my cereal doesn't talk to me - well not since we had that argument this morning.
"My son is not a bad boy"
has become a cliche. But what's the right thing to do when a loved one does something wrong? What about something VERY wrong
? What is a parent's proper response?
Diamonds in the rough.
ESPN lists the top ten most hated NFL players of all time as selected by you, John Q. Public! Just looking through this, it's a sick reminder that we pay/paid murderers, cocaine addicts, and wife beaters more money in a year than we'll ever see in our lives. What ever happened to sportsmanship and being a role model, anyway? Or just plain not killing people, for that matter...OJ!...*cough, cough*...
Good reason to move.
(Or not, as the case may be.) Lessee, if I make $45k per year and own a little house in Athens GA I'd have to make $67K in Atlanta, $89K in DC, $133K in SF, $150K in Manhattan. No wonder all my friends who did
move to Manhattan are all stark, staring bonkers now.
Think having the past six years of your Usenet excesses archived and available at Google Groups
is embarrassing? Intent on creating "the most complete archive possible" of netnews posts, Google is looking for collections of posts prior to 1995
; they already have most of 1992.
Latest Internet/Email Worm
found by anti-virus company, Central Command, whom then sent out the press release announcing the worm along with information on how to purchase their anti-virus software. Is it just me, or does this cry, "Let's create a worm and then announce it along with links to buy our software!"
Spammers stoop to new low. I received an unsolicited spam this week from MonsterHut
, extolling the virtues of their "products" which are "email marketing" (they're a spam cannon). After reporting it at Spamcop
, I received an interesting email from their bandwidth host
. It seems that before they could cancel MonsterHut's account for violating their terms of service
, MonsterHut began suing them
. The worst part? A judge granted MonsterHut a temporary restraining order
, forcing Paetec to keep their site online while they continue spamming. How far will spammers go to get their word out? When's it going to stop?
Don't register for contests at work?
Man wins new BMW...for his employers. While this case actually makes sense, i could see situations where employees could win prizes on company time and have a problem. I would be So bummed out.
Are the rights of states unfairly impacting commerce?
It isn't just Ford selling used cars that is being curtailed, kafkaesque laws regarding the direct shipment of alcohol
across state lines also result in less consumer choice. Where is the middle ground?
"What would you like to know?
ActiveBuddy finally delivers their first real infobot, AgentBaseball. Use IM to find baseball scores, standings, player stats, player info, team stats, team info, xtra bases, and sports news.
Wanna try it? Just add AgentBaseball to your buddy list and send it a message with "hello".
It's a Sad Day in the Neighborhood.
Mister Rogers Hangs Up That Cardigan. Combined with the death of Charles Schulz last year, I feel like my youth is slipping away. How has Mr. Rogers
affected your life?
sounds like a scam but isn't: pay a small reading fee and win a thousand bucks if they publish your story. The plain design seems aimed more at writers than readers, but it's an exciting new concept in the glut of online lit mags
What a fantastic conspiracy theory.
This article basically accuses the Department of Justice of taking Dmitry Sklyarov hostage. It has convinced me, although admittedly that doesn't take a lot.
It isn't the circus YOU remember...
Why would the head of Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey hire a former top CIA honcho to torment a hapless freelance writer for eight years? Plus, some goodies on the Felds family - makes for a long
but interesting read...
Interesting... I always knew there was a reason people feared clowns
but now it seems you need to fear the circus??? What has the world come to, I ask you???
why technology is failing us [and how we can fix it]
(at Shift Magazine
) is a call to arms for bored geeks. We made it through the Internet Revolution and realised that it really didn't change a whole lot about the way we actually live. Chris Turner suggests that the Next Big Thing could very well be environmentally friendly technology. Think about it: We had reams of venture captial money to make the world at large aware of the new medium, and we got to play the entire time. We can do it again, and this time we can literally change the world.
Louis Joy, a corporate motivator
and teamwork author
, responded to his wife's restraining order Friday with a kamikaze plane attack
that destroyed his house the next morning at 7:45 a.m. Overlooked detail of plan: His wife and daughter were not home at the time
are eerie when you realise what the subject matter is. They leave me with a hole in my guts - the way I felt the time I experienced a total solar eclipse, only in this case the aftertaste is negative, rather than positive wonder. More here.
101 Dave Eggers Jokes, a.k.a. 101 Side-Splitting Jokes of Staggering Hilarity.
Parody or mean-spirited attack? You be the judge. Have you ever been the target of a website parody or attack?
Doing science by stealth
Scientists have found a way of subverting the error checking mechanisms of web servers to allow them to perform calculations without the owners permission. This "Parasitic computing" could potentially use the internet as a single giant distributed computer.
Redbird reefs of the coast of Delaware
(NYTimes). When I came back from vacation, I was surprised to find that using old NYC subway cars as artificial reefs was being put into action (with a great pic of the cars being pushed off barges). NYC gets creative in getting rid of its trash, but this is the most creative way I've heard of yet.
Scott Adams helps to design the ultimate cubicle.
Oh, the irony. According to The Register
"So has Adams sold out, or what?
On closer inspection, this whimsical parlay could well be a physical extension of the Dilbert strip. How else to account for the 'sun indicators', or as the blurb says:-'Regardless of the weather outside, sunlight travels across your space, glowing and fading with the rhythm of the day.' Yes, to remind you of the futility of your miserable, rabbit hutch existence, of course."
"Now, I know those tax returns were around here somewhere..."
40,000 tax returns and payments lost somewhere in Pittsburgh. The inefficient and incompetent federal government at work once again? Nope. Private industry contractors
at fault this time.
The tax bill
was based on conservative ideology: not only did it offer the largest rate breaks to the richest people, but it had the explicit purpose of reducing the activities of the federal government.
"The gremlin in Falling Hare (who, let us reiterate, is *not* Wendell Willkie) has an elegant flying helmet/plane tail design and a Benny Rubin-like laugh."
The Warner Bros. Cartoon Companion covers the heyday of Merrie Melodies and Loony Toons, with capsule biographies of Warner Brothers animators, explanations for no-longer-obvious cultural references, and brief notes on the characters. No design to speak of, but a wonderful resource for anyone searching for a list of WB cartoons that parody Cab Calloway, arguing about whether Elmer Fudd predates Yosemite Sam, or just wondering what the heck Marvin the Martian's given name was.
Unocal seems responsible
for driving up gas prices by taking shameless advantage of regulations and patent law. Why did our government get ambushed by a basic loophole that any first-year lawyer would think of? Maybe it's involved with too many things to do anything right?
from "Ray Bradbury is on fire!" in today's Salon: "Kerosene-spraying firemen aside, a closer look at the 1953 novel [Fahrenheit 451] shows Bradbury nailed the new millennium perfectly. There's interactive television, stereo earphones (which reportedly inspired a Sony engineer to invent the Walkman), immersive wall-size TVs, earpiece communicators, rampant political correctness, omnipresent advertising and a violent youth culture ignored by self-absorbed, prescription-dependent parents."
Given the recent cinematic floppery
of late, I was pleasantly surprised when I came across an article about real-world Artificial Intelligence
that was written in a solid down-to-Earth manner about some very technical concepts. If you're into AI it should be worth a look to you. How would you like to have a computer that learns and adapts? Heh...how'd you like your computer to pout because you won't buy the latest processor? ;}
Have you ever wondered about your sexuality?
If you're like me, no. But, you might want to mosey over here and check on it anyway. Who knows what happened to it since the last time you looked?
This quiz attempts to guess your sexuality based on the answers you give to multiple choice questions. There's a AI program behind it that grows more intelligent as more people take the quiz.
Hitting all 50 by 30.
Have you come close? Do you keep track? How many countries and continents have you racked up?
Does the G-Spot Exist?
Be careful, this could be a touchy subject.
This is not the proper way to say happy birthday
Man has his package stolen on his birthday. Can anyone think of a worse birthday present?
was: Computer Programmer, now: Tigerman.
In San Diego, some jerk spent $150,000 to tattoo his face, file his teeth into points, etc. Why, you are clearly asking? Because he wants to be a cat
. Dude. Spend your dot-com cash on something constructive, like jackelope ranches or x10 cameras.
Man who started campfire charged with two counts of murder
Got a few questions for any legal scholars in the house. In a nutshell: How does a guy who neglected to put out a fire wind up getting charged with murder when two pilots accidentally crash into each other? The un-nutshelled version inside.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present the real Shakes the clown.
This guy is both amusing and pathetic at the same time. He's the kind of clown I would hire.
Damn that pacific!
Can anyone help these lovebirds cross the pacific?
Read what Newt does.
Or not. Newt Gingrich offers his book reviews
on Amazon. Who knows, maybe he is saving up his associates fees for a barbecue grill
There's a situation arising right now, between Australian, Norwegian and Indonesian governments. The issue? A Norwegian freighter laden with 438 Afghan asylum seekers, stranded in the Indian Ocean
. Today, Australia elite commandos seized control
of the Norwegian-owned "Tampa" and its human cargo and ordered the ship to return to international waters. Norwegian authorities, on the other hand, are appealing
to Australian authorities to help the refugees and the crew onboard "Tampa".
What should be done here, if anything, and by whom? And what about the situation in Afghanistan, that is causing these people to escape from there in the first place? (More: 1
Rude Software Installation
I clicked on a link that needed Shockwave 8.5 installed. Silly me, I said okay. After the download, the installation program nicely closed all of my open IE windows without first asking, creating a splendid loss of work for me!! Thanks Macromedia!! I'm now going to be on the lookout... What other software programs act rudely, creating defaults, shutting down your browser windows, or assigning themselves to extensions without first asking?
got repetitive stress disorder? no you don't.
could the Bush administration piss me off any more? (more inside)
via Signal vs. Noise
Banned books are nothing new, but this is just ridiculous
"Those modern classics and seven other books have come under routine fire for profane language, unpleasant racial themes and references to homosexuality."
, why is it an issue. [see no evil]
The Dot.Com Gold Rush Is On! Zooooooooom!
After a Klan rally at the capital in St. Paul, two twenty-something men decide to go out and beat up a 4-year old
. what the f@#$%?
Stile has hit the fan.
His "Kitten - It's what's for dinner" video has finally attracted the attention of PETA, et al. Oddly enough, they seem non-plussed. Unlike much of MeFi's response
, PETA is seeking to censor and prosecute.
Local and national governments around the world are legislating in favor of open source, in a challenge to US corporate (read Microsoft) dominance. A liberating movement, or too much government intrusion?
This weekend's DialTones
is yet another
fascinating "found sound
" performance. (Let's just hope Andras Schiff
's not in attendance.)
The first indictment under the DMCA could imprison Sklyarov for 25 years.
Adobe and the US's plan to put the fear of the DMCA into the hearts of billions is going according to plan.
Remember George Carlin's 7 words you can never say on tv? Well, make that three, because four of TV's seven dirty words have now become part of the television lexicon.
What's your favorite word?
Brain Cells Used To Make Working Semiconductor
"This is the first direct functional interfacing of a living neuronal network with an electronic semiconductor chip," said co-author Dr. Peter Fromherz of the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich, Germany, in an interview with Reuters Health. "It is a further step on our road to combine the elements of brains and computers," he added.
This amazing weapon
was fired by a helicopter into the third floor of a building and was so accurate it actually decapitated its target without harming the other tenants.
Warning!! This will consume hours of your precious time:
Help the lego trashbot for the good of mankind. The first few levels are relatively easy, but see if you can get past level 17 in six moves or less - it nearly killed me. Link courtesy of iamcal.
David Blaine is the man.
I really don't believe in magic but I believe
in David Blaine, he is unreal
. Blaine is putting on a show
this Sunday on TLC at 9:00est. We have talked
about him before and most are impressed, if you haven't seen him and you want to see some mind blowing magic
, check it out.
Not really. But this page is good for a muffled snicker.
Roll Your Own DSL
"But why would you even want to do such a thing? Well maybe DSL isn't available in your area. Maybe you want a significantly cheaper alternative to a T-1 line. Or just maybe you and the kid down the block want to play networked games at warp speed."
Uh-oh! We're almost out of IP addresses!
The current IP (Internet Protocol) only allows approximately 4.3 billion addresses to be assigned, yet demand in 2006 may be for 7 billion addresses or more? Do we make a tough upgrade to IPv6 or force greedy Class-A users to hand over blocks?
If I had my own weblog, I'd write more about what this story of one woman's coma
(spotted on World New York
) means to me. I'll just say that I love my wife and fear ever facing a crisis such as the one described in this husband's extraordinarily well written story. If you want to think deeply about life and the people you love and have some time and tears for the introspection, take a read.
How to cook rice in 9 easy steps.
Evidently it involves race cars, a dash of Japanese anime, and X games music. Or something. I must admit I'm confused, and more than a little scared.
Happy Burning Man
Ardent Twin Peaks
fanatics are rallying behind Operation: Creamed Corn
, in efforts to convince New Line to release the deleted scenes hand-picked by David Lynch from Fire Walk with Me
. Will it work? I sure hope so.
Oh, God, here we go again.
Maybe he can go next door and ask Wilson for some advice?
Record Company Manipulates Results of MTV's "Total Request Live"
Not surprising, really. As much as I loath what MTV has become (there was a time when they played less commercial videos with some redeeming qualities), wouldn't it be interesting to spoof votes and get a video by a interesting group onto TRL.
Watching mindless teens scream for a video by, say, Dream Theater
, Dismemberment Plan
, or Shudder to Think
Implicit Attitude Tests
are a way to find out how biased you are regarding race
, and gender
. The results can be spooky.
Ed Norton and Cameron Diaz in Boo.com: The Movie.
Why, god, why? Can any good come of such a thing?
is a little ski resort about twenty minutes up the road from me... it's quiet during the winter, and a great date in the summer ...and aside from it's eponymous (and off-site) film festival, who would have guessed that it was so famous
? Do you have any local favorites in your neck of the woods... places that are surprising local hotspots (a la "a prophet in his own country")?
Arnold had a full grill in Total Recall,
but Hopes for manned — and especially a "womanned" mission to Mars — might hinge on teeth. The bone-weakening effects of zero-gravity environments might lead to permanent tooth loss, says a government dentist.
Doggie-bag use is up
- Must be an economic downturn (via Fark
). Want to know what the Fed is up to before everyone else? Have a look at the Greenspan briefcase theory
. Takeout orders in Washington DC are up? Must be a war
Anyone know of other 'indicators' like these? No, Groundhog Day doesn't count.
What do you get when you mix a zealous Christian
, 12 blow-up dolls
, and a toga party
? It's just too strange, but it might have been the rapture
for one woman...
Pentium 4 are out.
"we will have no representative there, so long as they pick on Israel"
(exact Bush quote
) Is it better to just not show up, or to go there and talk? Then we may be skipping another
U.N. conference because they mention "children's rights & abortion". This seems more like the kid taking his ball and going home as opposed to the most powerful country on earth...
"They all look the same to me!"
Just by looking, can you tell a Chinese person from a Korean? Or a Japanese? Take the Asian Aptitude Test
and find out.
Get the skills to tend the grill.
Grand Royal present an Inspirational Guide to all things BBQ, featuring tips from the guy who did the backstage cooking at the original Woodstock.
The Whole World Toilet Paper Museum
Because you've never really lived until you've seen toilet paper autographed by Barbara Walters.
Increasingly, London is its bars. Twenty-seven new drink portals open every week. Luckily Chris Morris has sorted through the chaff to give us the definitive London bar guide.
This interesting mini-series
about the human face on TLC (via BBC
), claims that technology and the Internet are replacing face-to-face contact
, but without much needed facial expressions that play a crucial role in communication. No doubt, this is why we THINK OF CAPITAL LETTERS as "yelling" and use :) and :P in online communication. Where do you see online communication in 10 years?
I thought I was the only one
who giggled at the name of this British sweet treat. Traditionalists balk at changing the name, but supermarkets report sales lags because folks are embarrassed to ask for it. What would you re-name this dessert?
Is it just me (again), or does Ann Marie Smith
, the next in line to Gary Condit, look bizarrely like Wendie Malick
in a wig?
Oops. Where did the surplus go?
It' fascinating how MSNBC bends over backward to make it sound as if both parties shared blame equally rather then pointing straight at Bush's outrageous tax cut
Internet Explorer 6 final is out
for windows. Hopefully they've worked all the bugs out from the public beta. They're claiming full 100% standards support for DOM level 1 and CSS 1
(it only took five years!), though time will tell how accurate that claim is.
Guess the Poll, Win $5000.00 FJ
Fijilive.com (with the Fiji Post) is hosting a contest to guess who will be the next prime minister. Voting for parlimentary elections
began on Saturday in Fiji, with few observed problems. Charges of intimidation, illegality, et cetera fly back and forth. Someone circulated some pamphlets that said paraphrasedly "a vote for Chaudry is a vote for bloodshed." Mahendra Chaudry was the Labor prime minister deposed while being held hostage in May last year. Several of those involved in that abortive, yet destructive coup are also running under their own banners. They seem to have split the ethnic Fijian vote (approx 51% of the population) more than anything.
. Has anyone ever seen Gigex? Its a Download delivery helper for the PC. Thru PCGamer.com.
I just tried to dl a demo for a game and Gigex tried to help me. It helped me by completetly locking up my PC. A reboot launches Gigex again which freezes everything again and again. What to do about obnoxious software 'helpers'?
Apparently the Web is getting less eclectic.
The basic gist is that the Web, once a vibrant and quirky place, is just becoming a repository of dullness and repetition with such an overabundance of information that people tend to stick to sites that they know and love. What's your take on it? (Thanks to Zach at Thinky.org for the link.)
If you were to assassinate someone what weapon would you choose? Some poison or maybe a sniper rifle. Well L. Piyasena decided to try something different, assassination by bus
Back to two tin cans and a string?
With so many of the broadband providers going down (and with it, their service), will the promise of broadband ever be fulfilled, or will consumers decide we can get by without it?
The Onion: The Movie?
In an internal memo posted to Fucked Company this morning, The Onion's Publisher/President Peter Haise (allegedly) says they're working on a sketch comedy movie with David Zucker
. Considering Zucker's filmography, this could be really
, really great
, or really
, really terrible
Dark Tower V Prologue available
at Stephen King's official website. Apparently, King is "hoping to press on to the very end and publish the remaining volumes all at the same time. That probably means three books, one of them fairly short and one of the other two quite long." If he continues the increase in quality that he established with Wizard and Glass, we'll be in for quite a treat.
Argentine Peso Crashing, Provinces Pay in 'Patacon'
The new scrip will be accepted, officials hope, until the recent US bailout makes it possible to print pesos. The IMF posted 8B dollars last week,
at which time 'patacon' was being used in ATMs (Surprise!)
I like the above articles noting that it "fits into a wallet like money" --- was there ever a case of design problems in emergency paper currency?
A rare (in the US) view of the conflict in Israel
from the point of view of a Palestinian. His conclusion: young men are making suicide attacks because "death is a better option than the life they are leading." Meanwhile, Sharon's long term plan is to make things even worse
for the Palestinians.
Manga Entertainment will stream their new release Blood: The Last Vampire
on the Web for 24 hours Tuesday, while simultaneously showing the film at theaters in Los Angeles and New York. They will then sell DVDs of the movie online and in retail stores. [More inside.]
Brothel Goes Live on Net RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro's Vila Mimoza (Pamper Village) brothel is propelling the oldest profession in the world into the 21st century. Within the next two weeks, the Vila Mimoza prostitution cooperative, just north of downtown Rio, plans to launch a Web site (http://www.vilamimoza.com.br) aimed at luring customers and making the "village'' a major stop on the tourism trail.
Oh boy. Not much different than porn sites, but the "sex workers' labor movement in the 1970s" history tidbit could be interesting.
No more Muzak™ and classic rock? "The [IBM] interns collaborated on something called Hold Freedom, a way to ease the tedium of being on hold while waiting to talk to a human. The program enables callers placed on hold to listen to news, music of their choice, enter a chat group with other customers or even make another phone call without losing their place in the queue. The choices would be based on personal profiles that the customers had previously completed on the call center to phone company's Web site."
(Also cool that the idea comes from summer interns.)
As Carlo Giuliani's anti-globalization martyrdom
continues apace, an object-throwing youth has killed a NATO soldier
in Macedonia. Tie game?
US drone lost over Iraq
- It seems it's only a matter of time before they shoot down a piloted plane (even if by accident). What are we still trying to accomplish over there and what would the reaction be if they succeed?
Two months from illiterate to MP3 trading hax0rz.
Very cool social experiment showing how easy today's GUIs are to use, especially for kids.
I'm jaded. Nothing surprises me anymore. Except maybe zinc
No $250 million dollar crybabies here.
The Little League World Series has been much more engaging than the pro game to me - mostly because the kids are there to play baseball
as opposed to the ego and salaries that permeate MLB. (the broadcast, on the other hand, is the usual commercial b.s. with things like the "Bubblicious Lineup")
Daema kicks some serious ape butt
The sequels to Pierre Boulle's original Planet of the Apes
novel are, apparently, leaving something to be desired. Lets invent some and raise the tone, shall we?
Planet of the Jeeps:
An astronaut lands on a planet and gets rammed in his Nissan Micra at an intersection by a Simian driving a Sport Utility Vehicle. Director Tim Burton gets slated by the critics - "Good Science Fiction should show us things we've never seen before"
She didn't feel the same way, and that was that.
Crush.nu has formally ceased publishing stories. Jack
mentions the possibility of a book (for which you are able to send submissions right now), but the project as it was on the web is no more than its archives. I know it hasn't been updated in quite a while, but I'm going to miss it terribly all the same. What will you miss most about it?
Dave Winer rewrites "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus"
- In which he muses in an undergraduate manner about why IT is so male-dominated, offering up such gems as "Men are the artists of our species, women are the infrastructure". As you'd expect, this hasn't gone down with some
. The gas is on, let's flick the zippo...
stopping football holigans in the gambia
security forces banned from football tourney - "the beating of some of the footballers, team officials and supporters of the opposing team which resulted in the admission to hospital of a footabller and the serious wounding of some supporters is a total violation of fair play and can no longer be entertained by the committee."
well you've got to draw the line somewhere
Please help me, I'm falling
I nearly cried into my breakfast when I read this article - because I thought it was about me. The usual path after university is into a well paid job and a fulfilling future. But a growing number are leaving university, even with high marks, with little idea of how life works and what to do next. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Internet banned in Afghanistan.
"The ministry of communication is duty-bound to make the use of the Internet impossible."
And a good thing too. Damned heretics.
Mugabe's secret plan to evict all whites
Robert Mugabe plans to expel all white farmers from Zimbabwe before next year's elections, according to a secret document obtained by The Telegraph. [...] Entitled Operation Give up and Leave, it reads: The operation should be thoroughly planned so that farmers are systematically harassed and mentally tortured and their farms destabilised until they give in and give up.
Singer Aaliyah Killed in Plane Crash R & B singer and actress Aaliyah died after a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashed after takeoff in the Bahamas, authorities said.
I keep typing a description here. and erasing it. I don't know what to say. This is beyond awful. :(
As funny as a sitcom set in a concentration camp.
So, your dad was into sex play and amateur "photography." Oh, yeah, and he was a celebrity. And he died under mysterious circumstances. Would the thought ever occur to you to charge folks to take a gander at your pop "gettin' it on?" This is several levels of creepy-from low level "huh, that's odd" all the way up to "oh, god I didn't need to see that!" levels of creepy.
Link not safe for work, unless you work at a place where they encourge you to look at celebrities getting hummers.
Uh, guys? It's just a damn game.
Three different stories on the same page about people taking games far too seriously. I love my video games as much as the next person, but the closest I've come to injuring myself (or others) was getting an hour or two less sleep on the weekend from playing Civilization too much. Does anyone have any personal stories about games (video, board or card) unexpectedly causing injury?
Up, Up, and Away! It's Captain Viagra to the rescue!
Take a look as our hero is shot into action from his trusty megagun, Straightshot
doesn't strike you with quality of the pictures, but with sheer volume and coverage. I've only been to SPb once, and didn't see nearly as much as what's covered in the albums. Rather than to capture the best visuals of a site, it puts you into its atmosphere.
Is American TV funnier than British TV?
Who watches both? I really don't know but describing American comedies as "machine-tooled one-liners" is pretty damn accurate. (via boingboing.net)
Should Teachers be Tested?
In Ontario there is a power struggle between the provincial government and the teachers union over whether teachers should be subjected to testing to ensure they are current on their subject knowledge.
Personally, I have enjoyed every ironic complaint of the teachers that testing is unfair. It seems to me that they are failing the test before even taking it when they implicitly claim that testing is good for the students but bad for them. What do you think?
Have you tried it? Do you like it? Should we get Mikey?
The Little Ninja.
A beautiful Flash series, one of the best I have stumbled across in my travels around the web. The music, artwork and production are all top notch, and Ninjai's voice is just spellbinding. Anyone know of any other high-quality flash comics like this one?
Why can't you people keep an eye on your instruments?
left in a cab. A different, rare, $40,000 violin
left in cab. A $4 million, 1673 Stradivarius cello
left in a cab. A $35,000 violin bow
left in a cab. And of course, Yo-Yo Ma's $2.5 million, 266-year-old cello
, left in a cab.
Not many still-practiced sports existed at the dawn of recorded
history. Sumo wrestling is one of them. I've been trying to learn
about Sumo lately, and with the Aki-Basho tournament coming
up next month, now is the time to follow
web as the drama unfolds.
Do you know me?
"I am a white male, Caucasian, about five feet, nine inches. I weigh 150lbs. I have no visible marks on my body. I have no memory of any events prior to waking up in the hospital in November of 1999."
" has naturally dark brown hair and he has brown eyes. He doesn't have any tattoos, distinguishing marks, or scars. He is a Vegan and has a digestive disorder called Celiac.
" is living a nightmare.
Are there limits to Freedom? Liberty means responsibility
, said Betty Knowles Hunt in 1951. "The answer, and the only answer, is for all of us to educate ourselves to the responsibilities as well as to the benefits of freedom. Perhaps as a people, we are not morally strong enough to be free. If that is the case, then we shall certainly lose our freedom, and it will not matter much what "ism" supplants Americanism. But this will not prove that our free way of life was not the best way. It will only prove that we were not worthy of it. "
What a spoil sport. Best sell the SUV, eh?
Golf course: men only
PGA golfer Fred Couples is helping build a golf course open only to men. Is this any different from a womens-only gym, or more sinister?
Apparently wildcard DNS is a trademark violation now.
Yahoo is suing the owner of the sex.com
domain, because the latter uses wildcard DNS. This means that if you type "yahoo.sex.com" (or "anything.sex.com", for that matter) in your browser, you get taken to sex.com's main site. Yahoo is suing because that it could cause the public to mistakenly believe that the sex site "is connected with, sponsored by, or approved in some way by Yahoo," and therefore constitutes trademark infringement.
Speaking of childhood stars,
did you know the death of Dana Plato involved lesbianism, satanism, aliens, and heavy drug use? Ok, maybe not the 'alien' thing, but we won't know until someone actually ORDERS the book. (btw, you can find this site atthis url as well.)
Just a Reminder That The White House is Occupied by a Clueless, Dangerous Man
I'm not sure what to add, except I wish he would just resign. And that I wish the median national IQ would rise into the low 90's.
A Rememberance of Things Traumatic: 93...93...WPAT: Parent's Muzak From Childhood
Perhaps the Mefi demographic is a bit young for this one, or perhaps there are others out there who were traumatized by elevator music outside elevators
in the 1960's and 70's? If this rings familiar, think twice before listening to the links on this site. (via the
New York Radio Message Board)
that lame child actors grow up to be lame adult actors. With lame web sites.
Local government and business conspire against artist.
At least that's what it looks like to me. Artist is commissioned to make scrap based art by company, city says his 3 acre junk/art lot is an eyesore and forces artist to pay to move all his junk/art to the company in question.
Polygamist Going to Big House PROVO, Utah (AP) - A Mormon with five wives and 30 children was sentenced to five years in prison Friday in Utah's biggest polygamy case in nearly 50 years. Tom Green, 53, also was ordered to pay $78,000 in restitution to the state for welfare payments fraudulently collected by his family.
now he gets to be the wife.
Running Man for real?
Reality TV takes one more step closer to that plateau we're all awaiting. (Found on the Warren Ellis Delphi Forum.)
The bronze medalist in steeplechase threw a moon
after his race and had his medal stripped at the Canada games. Is it fair to penalize him as much as a drug offender in sports would be penalized, or should his medal be reinstated following an apology?
no comment from me, i'll leave that to everyone else.
What do you say when it's raining and sunny at the same time?
In Abkhaz, "the devils are getting married." In Amharic, "the hyena is giving birth." In Arabic, "the rats are getting married." In Dutch, it's a "fair in hell." In Galician, "the Devil goes to Ferrol." And so on...
Liddy Dole does a Hillary
(or a Cheney)....registers in a state where she hasn't lived so she can run for office in that state.....now, granted, once upon a time Elizabeth Dole did
live in North Carolina, but it was decades ago. Do you suppose the Republicans will cry out with the same moral outrage they did when Hillary decided to run for Senate? Can we all just accept that this stuff happens all the time on both sides (RFK, Bush the Elder, Hillary, Dickie C, and now Liddy)?
Legalization?!? Try "zero tolerance" taken to a whole new level
"Older Americans tend to give in to peer pressure," Lakewood said. "They just do what their doctor tells them because they want to 'be cool' or 'live,' and win their doctor's approval.
In my own defense, I got this via email rather than directly from the source, but I was four paragraphs in before the light went on. Is there any idea so unbelievable
that you immediately know Bush wouldn't support it
, the myth
, the legend
, just spent 30 Million Dollars
recording a new album; has two upcoming shoes at MSG in NY where tickets are as high as $2500
; and has a schedule so tight he can't even squeeze in a little time for N'SYNC
Is he really worth all that?
Planet X spells doom for Earth in 2003.
This has been showing up in my inbox lately. Just figured I should share it and, y'know, save us all. (Continued inside.)
The Web site Registered to Vote or Not?
lets you search New York's voter registration database using a last name and birthday to see the address and party you are registered under. It also doesn't do anything to stop you from looking up Sarah Jessica Parker
, Matthew Broderick
, Woody Allen
, Spike Lee
, Monica Lewinsky
and countless others.
Conformity rules in cyberspace
... countering expectations that near-anonymity would encourage actions outside social norms. An Australian research team entered chat rooms and staged situations (a somewhat skeptically viewed practice, though the article doesn't mention it). Now they're studying users' reactions to avatars of different races and genders -- and for control purposes, a chair: Initial results show that most people approach the female character first and that some of those approaching the chair ask for a sex specification or assume it is female.
has dubbed Joe Clark
"the king of closed captions" for 25 years of volunteer work to improve the quality of captioned TV programming
and other accessible media. Who else on MetaFilter has a double life as an altruistic hobbyist?
Ho ho ho. Straight from the horse's mouth. The Conservative Party is racist after all.
Embarrassment for Iain Duncan-Smith's attempt to become leader of the UK Conservative Party as it emerges that one of his backers is a supporter of the racist British National Party. Is Edgar Griffin right to say that his views are widely shared by Conservative Party members? (And by extension, Republican Party members.)
Quebec says no to doughnut shop marriage by Universal Life Church minister.
I can't tell if this is a case of too much religion in government or too little, considering the ULF isn't recognized as a religion.
I think I just melted my irony meter.
The radically innovative new plan at VA Linux is to reach profitability by selling proprietary software. (Larry Augustin has invented Microsoft!)
But not just any software; they're going to sell the software which operates SourceForge, one of the largest repositories of open source software in the world. And this is now going to become the core business; they may even change the company name. I can't wait to see what the folks on SlashDot think of this! (VA Linux also operates SlashDot.)
Just FYI, it's entirely possible for a human to survive exposure to the vacuum of space
for a limited time without any permanent damage -- as long as you expel all the breath from your lungs to avoid an embolism. Horrifying scenes of sudden explosive decompression or immediate freezing are, as far as I can tell, a myth. (In other words, Mission to Mars
got it wrong, 2001
got it mostly right. But that's no surprise now, is it?)
Link via BadAstronomy. Love that site.
Ramon's 'LetMeStayForADay' Project Going Well.
Wired presents a nice article covering Ramon's
progress so far. Currently in Norway, he is anxious to find places to 'stay for a day' in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Can you help?
And will anyone
sponsor him for a flight to the US? We shall see.
- Have you ever wanted to run Mac OS 8 on your PC, but couldn't? Well now you can with this flash animation. I'm amazed at how detailed it is.
JKF didn't give a damn about the moon, just wanted to beat the Soviets.
Newly released tapes reveal that President Kennedy didn't really have 2001 – A Space Odyssey in mind when he pushed for the Apollo program. "The President wanted it made clear that it (Apollo) was 'the' priority program — not only for NASA but for the entire government — with the desired result being that the United States would beat the Russians to the moon."
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Haikux
“When you have non-text ¶ Provide text equivalents: ¶ Text repurposes” | “Give user control ¶ For changing views of pages ¶ The user laughs last”
Air rage terrorist in the waiting,
or cranky old man? I can understand flight crews taking every caution with their captive audience, but will the new "zero tolerance" policies make for an airline police state, where shoddy treatment is the norm, and passengers dare not speak out Or Else?
Stile has managed to finally offend the world
Now, I like odd things, but this was the last straw. For those who haven't seem it, it is an mpeg of a man cutting the head off of a live kitten and then eating it. The best part of this link ( I couldn't watch the vid all the way through ), are the e-mail responses. Anyway, we all seem openminded here, was he in the wrong to post the vid?
(Link not safe for work)
in glass artist Dale Chihuly's
at the V&A Museum in London. He continues to amaze me. I envy those who can experience it in person.
A most amazing artistic endeavor - metallic filings dumped in oil to make magnetic liquid, and the fun that ensued afterwards. Make sure to check out the video
as well! (from memepool)
More Elvis Goodness
from Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi, who recently released a CD of his favorite Elvis tunes. What's next, a collection of Dubya's favorite Garth Brooks tracks?
Oops, I guess we missed Elvis' return
(and so did everyone else). This guy claims to have met the ghost of Elvis, and that 'The King' wrote songs for him from the grave
. Need a bigger laugh? Then check out the audio clips on the home page
"Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis has most definitely left this universe!"
"Jesus and Sports
go together like peanut butter and jelly." But remember, once you apply elephant dung it becomes sacreligious.
(via Dr. Boom)
These showed up during MeFi's absence. I personally favor them over the "Most Viewed Images" list. Workers beware, it's effortless to blow an hour or so checking out all of the neatly organized topics.
Brooklyn Tenant Is Charged With Murdering City Marshal
"As the marshal, Erskine G. Bryce, lay injured and disoriented, the police said, Ms. Jones bounded down the steps, beat him with an aluminum rod and stripped him of his .380-caliber pistol. The attack ended, the police said, only after she splashed him with a flammable liquid, took out a cigarette lighter and set him afire." (Free NY Times registration required)
Japanese artist builds a sculpture of a bull that can only be seen with an electron microscope. It's the size of a single red blood cell. Next? Christo will wrap the head of a pin in pink tissue paper, I assume.
Nintendo delays U.S. launch of GameCube
Nintendo has pushed back the U.S. arrival of its new GameCube video game console by nearly two weeks, with executives saying they intend to avoid the shortages and frustrated consumers that marked the debut of Sony's PlayStation 2 last fall.
New Calvin and Hobbes book!
"Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995" will reprint the 35 sunday strips that are being featured at the 2001 Festival Of Cartoon Art at the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library. While not really a 'new' book, it will include "an essay by Mr. Watterson about his work on the strip, plus his comments on each of the strips in the display."
This is a treat for fans because Mr. Watterson is an extremely private individual, and has given no interviews or produced any new work since Calvin and Hobbes left us, December 31, 1995.
Yucca Mountain Can Meet EPA Radiation Standards, DOE Reports - But there's more to the story
WASHINGTON, DC, August 22, 2001 (ENS) - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has a new report assessing the performance of the proposed high level nuclear waste disposal site at Yucca Mountain against strict safety standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The report concludes that the Yucca Mountain site "would likely meet" the agency's radiation protection standards.
Microsoft support letters from dead people :
Bill, "I can see dead people, and they all seem to like me"
Has anyone seen this
hosting company before? They seem very cheap but I have no idea whether they are reliable.
In defense of flamewars
Bravest thing I’ve read all year. ‘Rules against all
flaming favor politicians and passive-aggressives. These people are experts at sticking the knife in subtly. When the victim yells out in pain, the politician/passive-aggressive feigns innocence and claims he/she is the victim and the true victim is the aggressor.... ¶ Rules against all flaming discriminate against those whose communication skills are less developed. A brilliant writer can pillory an opponent without seeming to. A less-skilled victim of such an assault knows that he/she is being attacked, but can’t muster the same subtlety in response.... ¶ The worst thing you can do is to post something like “Please take your flames off list”... People flame on list because they feel that their reputations have been sullied publicly. Telling them to take it off list is just like telling them to shut up and take it’
More google ???: phone/address listings
(with a map right to your house!), and (useless
) news headlines which contain search terms
in case they are just testing).
General Zod's homepage
"You are very wise to visit my web page and pay tribute. You may not be aware of this but the Bush monarchy is no longer in office. They have been replaced with my new order. Read on and you'll discover that I am a peerless master of politics, spearheading a generous and benevolent administration (meaning, of course, that you are allowed to live)."
Anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder
. While I understand that these disorders exist, the skeptic in me tends to believe that the seemingly increasing diagnoses are more a symptom of our culture's need to blame external causes for behavior versus personal responsibility. Is this a post-60s/80s "Me" thing or am I way off base?
I enjoy introducing my friends to the web and weblogging and I am quite fond of watching them play with the medium without
prior knowledge of the weblog community and it's "rules". It's fascinating to see what they produce when they are not told to "Write everyday about what happens in your life and then link to things you found while surfing". One such friend is Karen Wright who has taken to her website perceiving.org
with a style that is very much her own. Somehow it feels more literary, more story-centric, less about links and more about life. What do you all think? How have "the rules" effected your writing?
Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, let me rock you Chaka Khan... Chaka Khan is still alive and all she wants to do is sell you chocolates
Who needs 204 keys?
I know I do. Damned shift keys. [via the big H.]
How do they do it?
The Guardian sent their reporters to the four corners of the world to review...underground railways
. The findings prove predictably that anything is better than The London Underground. In Prague for example: "Not long ago, a man paid for adverts to be put up in all 940 trains, pleading with his girlfriend to take him back. Czechs understand the romantic potential of the metro and it has found its way into a fair amount of the nation's modern literature. "
It was Fantasia in C Minor with mobile phone, beeping watches and coughing and sneezing accompaniment."
Andras Schiff (a wonderful, wonderful pianist, who I've been lucky to hear in concert) had enough of the background noise and left the stage at the Edinburgh festival until people turned off their phones and cleared their throats. Over-reaction, or justified against rudeness? And have you ever experienced something similar at a play/concert/gig?
What the f__K?!!!
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
!??? Is this really
going to be the title? Apparently it has pissed off many fans
Sick of being beaten to a pulp in bar-room scuffles? Feeling bruised, battered and almost defeated? Learn how to take a punch
and turn your life around. This serious advice page includes such gems as 'Move toward the blow, not away from it..', 'Avoid taking the punch in the nose, which is extremely painful', 'do not flinch..', and little-known defence manoeuvres such as '3. Attempt to deflect the blow with an arm' and '4. (optional) Hit back with an uppercut or roundhouse'. Goodluck warriors: Your equipped.
For $3, Google staffers will research any question you might have and e-mail you the response. Not a new concept, obviously, but Google has a habit of improving radically on old ideas. Feel free to post your questions and their responses inside.
is the new interactive web project from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, that lets you browse the various collections by topic, by timeline, or both. It's based on the SmartMoney "Map of the Market
yet another "those dang dotcommers" article
i'm tired of all these "how the mighty have fallen" articles. When do we get to talk about something new??
To stop the credit bureaus from releasing your personal info without your knowledge, call 888-567-8688. To stop your bank, brokerage firm, credit union, etc., from doing the same, you'll need to send a letter
. More info in comments.
Napster refuses to die, promises viable business model
which you can now download for free. Someone tell these people that the dot-com "I've got no way of paying you anything other than stock options" boom is over. If I have to pay for the service of downloading software from a central server, the P2P model is useless. Morons.
The Salon Death March continues.
I personally thought the nadir was the cover story last week featuring a photographer reminiscing about almost nailing Marylin (not work-safe)
, but no...now Salon has dared to crawl into the underbelly of this country and expose the horror of...hippie parents
. Good to see the most high-profile online magazine tackling these hard-hitting issues. How's that stock price doing again?
One of these things is just a bit unlike the others:
The Wired Rave Awards (whatever they are) category list includes a "Cultural Innovator" category to select a person who is "changing our creative landscape. A talent whose work has a profound effect on our culture." The names:
- Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- David Chase and James Gandolfini, The Sopranos
- Evan Williams, Blogger
- Hironobu Sakaguchi, Final Fantasy
- Thomas Krens, Director of Guggenheim Museums Worldwide
I don't know where to start.
State Rep. Forwards Racist E-mail A state representative forwarded an e-mail to fellow lawmakers this week that claimed, "Two things made this country great: White men & Christianity....There's a lot of it that's truth, the way I see it," Davis said. "Who came to this country first -- the white man, didn't he? That's who made this country great."
i don't know about you, but i feel dumber for having just read that story.
Lottery Madness Grips the Delusional Nation
Odds of winning Powerball: 80 million to one
Odds of dying in an airplane crash: 7 million to one
Odds of being hit by lightening: 600,000 to one
Odds of perishing in a California earthquake: 600,000 to one
Odds of dying in an automobile accident: 20,000 to one
While legalized gambling may suck, at least your life is priceless?
But "the biggest thing," he said, "is not having a heartbeat.
Finally, some genetic modification I can sink my teeth into!
Wired reports this morning that an Australian researcher has identified the genetic characteristics for "tenderness" and "toughness" in cow muscle tissue. Aussie cattle ranchers are already gearing up to produce animals that result in more tender, juicier beef. I'm drooling already.
Fred Hoyle, alas
not in a steady state anymore. RIP.
Cleanup on Stage 1 (1.5 MB MPEG)
Somebody get Steve Ballmer a towell. Has all the legal pressure pushed him to the edge? Scary.
Ben Brown once had this thing called Teeth Magazine. I don't know how long it lasted. But visiting ye olde Glassdog, I saw a random adzert for it. Intrigued, I clicked on it. And it's a bit different now
. Anyone else have funny lapsed-domain stories?
You bet. 3-D Pong using shockwave. It's pretty sweet. I feel like I should be listening to the soundtrack of "Tron" while I play it.
Mideast Myths Exploded.
It's becoming clear who wants peace and who wants unending killing.
Anthony Hopkins cares less about his movies than you do.
Wow, I like his attitude toward acting and the industry. He's the polar opposite of the typical Hollywood pretentious types. What's wrong with some apathy in your life anyhow?
Quit blaming men.
An opinion of my favorite writer. Quote: The novelist Doris Lessing yesterday claimed that men were the new silent victims in the sex war, "continually demeaned and insulted" by women without a whimper of protest.
is a great new PBS show that I just got to see a preview of on my local Texas station. Try to catch it when it comes out nationally on August 30.
Nick Hornby reviews the Billboard Top Ten.
Quote: We have been told often enough that to disapprove of gangsta rap is pointless, middle class, and smug, like disapproving of modern urban life itself. Nevertheless, one is entitled to feel queasy about the enthusiasm for and endorsement of the gangsta life audible on "The Saga Continues . . ."
Bring back the classic cut!
An online petition to bring back the old "V-shaped canyon" style.
Tales for the L33+.
Because the l33+ need to understand classic literature, too.
Chris has done several other Flash movies
, and you can download Tales for the L33+ from the listings page as a ZIP file, if you decide you like it and want to watch it again and again while saving his site from the same bandwidth-sucking fate as that one song with the squirrel and the weeeeeeeeee!
and the strife and the Ron Jeremy and all that.
Lego meets Monty Python & The Holy Grail
: a scary synthesis of geek culture from Tim Drage and Tony Mines of Spite Your Face Productions
There are a couple of animations on this site, but this one rocks my socks.
A treatment program for the chronic cannabis user.
Do you think chronic use of weed actually does this to you? Or is it all just more anti-drug propaganda?
via Play with the Machine
) (warning: I'm no web designer, so you trendy people in black out there are free to tell me this is tired old cliche).
, farewell goodbye
I'd love to stay
and play and sing for awhile
But it's time to hit the road and say goodbye
So long farewell goodbye
Ding dong the witch is dead.
Tomorrow, Jesse Helms will announce his retirement. Unfortunately, he has two more years left to his term
but it's not your fault.
I wonder if a winter edition of monopoly will come out because of this.
Mystery Image inserted into HBO shows?
Derek & Heather noticed this odd image
- inserted for a single frame - into a couple of different shows on HBO. Kindall
seems to think he's seen it before as well. It looks familiar to me, but only in an odd detached way. Any guesses or clues?
we discovered games make kids smarter
. Now they're telling us
that it's destroying our children
. So which one is it? I'm a little concerned seeing as I used to be quite the gamer when I was young, and even now continue playing several hours of Counter-Strike
every night and when I have kids, I wouldn't discourage them from playing. What do you think? (found on a discussion
The state of Minnesota decides to fight distracted drivers by putting up billboards
. Next up: A new state committee to check programs for irony before they're made public.
words! words! words!
is a new magazine launched by our favourite texan-in-new-zeland ben brown
. billing itself as a "street guide for modern literature
", the first issue features articles by many talented online writers and is only $8 (with shipping) with a pay pal account. if you want to help spread the "word!", download the pdf flyer
and paste it to cars, walls and people.
Now everyone can gain access to your e-mail for Viagra orders, penis enlargements, and diploma purchases. Giddie up! (via penismighter
Forget Judge Judy. Meet i'm right your wrong
. Now YOU can be the jury. Got a gripe with some chancer? Are they being seriously boneheaded over an issue? - Don't break their snidey nose.. virtually SUE them. Put your case online and let a bunch of fellow netheads decide. That should sort it good n' proper. Order.. Order..
Home schooling goes mainstream (cover story of Time).
Although the article is appallingly poorly-written (does Time
have editors anymore?), it points to double-digit growth with only a few anecdotal chestnuts about "socialization" to throw against the trend.
Man Chops Off Testicle in Job Protest LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - A Peruvian man who last year sliced off his penis to draw attention to his jobless plight on Monday chopped off one of his testicles in front of the parliament building, police and hospital officials said.
for the love of all that is sacred and pure, i can't come up with the mandatory witty comment on this one.
, the South African writer, editor and anti-apartheid activist has died after succumbing to a two year illness. It feels right that MeFi too should mention it and pay its respect.. [...]
Fabricating a Crisis
(NYT link, registration required yada yada yada) -- With the baby boomers getting up in years, it's becoming increasingly obvious that something must be done about The Social Security Situation. But are privatization and personal funds really the answer?
whether the moon landings were faked, but now we have conclusive proof
Become a code red vigilante today.
Nice Java server app that catches Code Red attacks and uses the security hole to inform the infected computer. Legal? Who knows. I doubt ISPs will care.
Classes for immigrants on how to ditch the accent
were offered in the early part of the last century. It provides proof that Quebec's recent initiative to create citizenship for immigrants new to the PROVINCE is not a new idea. Might not be a good
idea. But hardly original.
came to Hungaroring yesterday as a triple world champion, he left it as a legend! [More inside]
A 17-year-old is killed for his Cartier sunglasses.
When you were a teen, if you had $600 to spend, would you blow it all on a pair of sunglasses? (Yeah, I know this should be about what little value kids put on human life, etc, but I want to know where do kids get this kind of disposable income?)
Another benefit of globalization: Third World-style political oppression right here at home.
From the Ottawa Citizen (of all places): "Officers from various police forces and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service have infiltrated, spied on or closely monitored organizations that are simply exercising their legal right to assembly and free speech. Targets of such intelligence operations in recent years... [include] a senior citizens' satire group that sings about social injustice... Individuals have been arrested for handing out literature condemning police tactics... "
Looking for a roomate?
Going through a Sept 1 move in? Trying to avoid the "finders fee"? Sure the local
apartment listings and papers
are useful, but the best I could find are the roomate wanted
or apartment listings.
Any suggestions on others? How would you conduct an interview in deciding to fill a vacant room with someone you don't know? Makes you want to just buy a house and be done with it, but is home buying/selection easier?
IE5.5 SP2 cuts out plug-in support.
When users downloaded and installed the new service pack for IE5.5, they found that some of their favorite plug-ins didn't work anymore, including Quicktime. Why? Microsoft stopped supporting them in favor of active-x components. Can anyone explain why this is a good idea?
happy birthday jakob
Though we all like to scream about his pronouncements or catch him when he makes an error in his own rules, it's time everyone who has a job relating to human factors to acknowledge that Jakob Nielsen's tireless promoting of usability is very likely the reason our bosses or our clients are willing to consider allowing usability testing. Thanks guy! Wish I could afford to buy you that rogers and hamerstein collection
Industry Standard folds.
I knew this was coming, and yet it's still unbelievable. How could such a cool publication (and even cooler automated e-mails) call it quits so fast? I think the sky really is falling. And Welcome back, y'all.
Hot damn, look at all the cool blogging tools that have come out of Blogger API
. In the last few days industrious developers have come out with wapblogger
, and my personal choice for coolest thing ever: ( blogdex )
, which daily indexes the most-linked-to sites in the blogging community. (And yes, it really works!) How are you putting these tools to use on your own site?
Jamaica may legalize marijuana.
I figure if a country that grows so much of it, and allows religious groups so much more influence in politics than we do is going down this (seemingly) sensibile road - perhaps we should consider it here in the 'ole USA...
Did you hear about the Trash Bloc
? Some anti-authoritarians are planning a bloc for the weekend of the IMF/World Bank protests that would go around Washington DC neighborhoods and pick up trash. I think we can all get down with that.
The sharks are working up an appetite
in the Gulf of Mexico -- but the real feeding frenzy is back on shore
and so is Metafilter! Just in time too, because I was about to get a big promotion for all the work I've finished in the last two weeks. What did you do on your
HRH Elizabeth The Queen Mother is Dead
This reminds me of a documentary I saw a year ago about US news channels, and the fact that they have the logos and segments already prepared for the deaths of important old-timers. This was funnier though.
The next fad after scooters?
I was walking through NYC when I first saw a kid skating along in a pair of shoes. I just saw them for the first time advertised in a flyer I got in the mail for Dick's Sports
. I can't seem to find too many links for them other than this one
. Anyone tried these out?
How to anonymously get root access on a quarter million machines overnight
In the past 24 hours the CodeRed II worm has been infecting IIS web servers with a speed equal to or greater than that of the original CodeRed. The original CodeRed infected what is thought to be all vulnerable machines, approximately 250,000 hosts, in under 24 hours.
While CodeRed I was relatively harmless, CodeRed II installs a full Administrator-access back door shell that can be accessed via HTTP. This creates a very interesting situation, and with the techniques discussed in this paper opens a new potential door for mass system cracking.
Chase for Skase over.
That is, if you believe it. There'll be certain elements in the media who'll doubt the death of Christopher Skase. Prepare for killer headlines, such as "Skase Escapes Spain for Underworld - Australian Authorities Look Up Underworld in Street Directory".
Auntie's Problem Child:
how the making of a video diary changed the lives of both its subject and its producer. More proof (as if more were needed) that "Reality TV" is an oxymoron? From the Observer
- hopefully the link will survive their site maintainance.
Check out the songs page
of too live nurse
. With the incomprehesible hits
Girl With Emphysema [real player]
Asystole [real player]
What? Another Artist Link?
Well, not so much as one artist, but two. These guys are not only great artists, but they're cool as hell. Look at all of their stuff, sukkas!
CNN & FOX: Birds of a feather? In an effort to improve his network's image with conservative leaders, new CNN chief Walter Isaacson huddled with House and Senate GOP leaders last week to seek advice on how to attract more right-leaning viewers to the sagging network.
A California judge has ordered parents to pay $3,500 in monthly child support to their 50-year-old son
Diary of a birthmark
Port wine stains: Marks of Satan, mild health concern, or unmistakable signatures of personal uniqueness? Michael Stoffman’s diary of treatments for a large facial birthmark
are not unfascinating. (A couple of treatments even make him look like a Borg
.) Stoffman mixes together self-help, education, personal pride, and diaristic blogging. What’s not to like?
The FDA burns books on herbal sweetner.
Starting with the 19th century's Comstock Act
the US has had the power to confiscate and destroy "obscene" materials. The FDA used this power to destroy the works of Wilhelm Reich
and now the herbal sweetner Stevia.
The Reverend Catherine Sims,
on behalf of her Detroit-based "Love Thy Neighbor Corp.", has been using ICANN UDRP complaints to try to wrest control over the domain LoveThyNeighbor.org
from "Love Thy Neighbor Fund Inc.", a Florida charity. She's also been trying to gain control over GodSpeaks.net
What ever happened to ultraprosperity?
This 1999 article written on the middle of dotcom stocktopia may make you laugh, cry or keep scratching your head, at least. Now, where's the "ultraprosperity" we were promised when we need it the most - right now- us balancing in the verge of recession, burst bubbles and nonstop layoffs?
1 Mayor, 2 Guys, 1 Shih Tzu.
NY Times columnist Frank Rich reports that NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani -- a Republican -- has been bunking frequently at the home of a gay couple as he goes through his divorce. "Has the mayor picked up any pointers on gay life? 'I taught him a lot of expressions... He didn't know what a Friend of Dorothy was.' " Tee hee. (Log in as metafi/metafi.)
likes to paint "big schmear paintings," which he says are abstract because he can't draw. "Big, splash, colorful. Like flowers, my paintings are like flowers. I have a whole bunch of them. . . . They're sort of cheery."
Comics + Paint
= Cool Art. Alex Ross
is probably the king, but Joe Jusko
has done some neat things, as has the awesome Bill Sienkiewicz
and fantasy artists Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell
The Original MouseRug.
my mother brought one back from her trip to England (tmi). they are quite pretty and comfortable, and apparently help keep the rollers inside your mouse clean. I dig'm, at least! although they are not very good to eat.
The construction of Memphis area Apple Store
held-up by sign ordinance prohibiting the display of food products on signage
. Sweet Gods of Commerce: What would Orange Julius do?! [via MacNN
Yet Another Artist Link
, this time i'm showcasing an artist/skinner who not only does great work, but believes in usability (for all those 'hey i've been using winamp for 6 months now, and i still need the buttons plainly labeled' whiners). just kidding folks. check out the wallpapers too while you're there.
Anonymous Juice tries to review everything he's ever encountered.
I first read about this website whilst reading the Web Life section of The Guardian
this morning while on the train to work. I live in Liverpool and . . . cont
Pumpkins in Space
Water rockets and large vegetables=pure flying satisfaction. (this is an .mpg)
Are we as old as coal?
And is the scientific community really scared of this man?
Has anyone noticed Al Gore's new look
brings you well enunciated music. The fun of karaoke meets the word power of the dictionary. [Via kottke.org
The New York Review of Books
site has been sensibly redesigned. You no longer have to page through essays, and there are now links to related articles from the magazine's archives.
awesome skydiving images
posted this link in his blog.
i've never gone skydiving myself, though i've thought about it. there's always that nagging doubt about the chute.
any mefi'ers taken the plunge? did you dig it?
if you haven't yet, would you?
blows big chunks, as we all know. But this article highlights just how badly she blows, in excruciating and hilarious detail.
"I dedicate this site to recording the evidence of your country serving you...
...But I have love. God knows I have love. Oh Lord, how do I give my love."
An aide to Kansas Senator Sam Brownback has decided to blog his observations about Washington politics, phone-etiquette/power, and other Beltway business. Is this a good idea? Will the Senator's constituents appreciate this, or be ticked off at the candor?
The crypto used in 802.11 wireless networking has been cracked.
The crack is devastating; it's fast and passive. Simply by listening, the 40-bit key can be cracked in 15 minutes. Worse, the crack scales linearly with the number of bits in the key, so raising the key length to 128 bits would raise the crack time to about an hour. 802.11 is used in such products as the Linksys Etherfast Wireless
and the Apple Airport
. From now on those products should be considered to be completely insecure.
The Death of TCP/IP?
An interesting (if not paranoid) article about internet security and Windows XP. Leaves me wanting to know more. [continued inside]
Yahoo! Mail adds offers mailto: support.
now when you click on mailto: links on a web page, they will load up in yahoo! mail. (check the About Yahoo! Mail column on your mail page for the actual link.)
Double post. But a good one.
This was posted about a year ago, but I just wasted two hours playing virtual Pictionary and had to make you all suffer the same fate.
Incredibly detailed pizza delivery etiquette instructions.
Did you know that you are supposed to tip the driver? If you didn't, would you know how to use a web browser?
So Help Me God
: "Ninety-five percent of the people believe in God. An invocation of his name, in conjunction with the seriousness of telling the truth, has an importance beyond mere legal requirement," Sessions said Thursday.
I MUST go see this exhibit in San Francisco.
If I had to choose my favorite artistic medium, and the greatest practitioner of that medium, it would be the amazing black and white landscape photos by Ansel Adams.
Interesting sellout. About.com
has changed the "o" in their name to a Life Saver throughout the site. That's some desperate advertising.
Sen. Biden may scotch missile defense.
Didn't see any mention of this on the main American news sites I checked, as they celebrate Bush's recent policy triumphs in Congress and wink
at his fleeing for his ranch for a month. Even stories about his future challenges
don't refer to this, which seems important to me. You can bet the rest of the world is more interested in this story.
"So now that I've kissed your ass, what do I have to do to get a deal?"
- Bush cuts a deal on the "patients bill-o-rights". Is this going to appease those who keep shouting "concession and bipartisanship" or will they hate him all the more?
of current events
and "underground" marketing efforts
— coincidence? Or maybe this is a better question: which will still be around in six months, the worm or the sickeningly-sweet, caffeine-laden beverage?
There is something further to be said on the issue of disagreement.
If two people find that there are arguments on both sides that are both very compelling, maybe that renders the answer to the question what is right and wrong indeterminate. Maybe there isn’t a clear answer. [via SciTech Daily
Aunt Flo has left the building! "A new drug being developed would eliminate menstruation altogether, while still allowing women to get pregnant. Another drug would eliminate both periods and pregnancy."
Stock in companies that sell white jeans set to skyrocket, while sales of red and white patterned bedsheets plummet! On a more serious note, how much easier will this make it to plan adventurous vacations, honeymoons, and doctor's appointments? How much easier would life be if you never, ever had to think about having a period again?
Don't tax my Amazon Purchase!
Legislation is in process to permanently
prohibit taxes on Internet purchases. Whatever will Massachusetts and California do for revenue? Tax a satellite or two, I'd guess.
Yet Another Artist Link,
this guy is more of a GUI/Skin developer, but the imagination and detail he brings to it is amazing. He's been able to turn Winamp into a work of art like no other, time and time again.
"Comedy is dead, but Some of the Corpse Are Amusing
Earlier today, SOTCAA themselves posted a message on their forum saying that the site would be pulled "in a few weeks". Well worth a visit before it is. (more inside)
Charles Leal in 2024! Jason Hillner in 2020! Websites for future presidential campaigns.
Environmentally Correct Dance Party Set for Amazon.
"Brazil's lush Amazon rain forest may be best known for its isolated Indian tribes and abundant wildlife, but local officials hope it will soon be a hotbed of techno music ... [the] four-day 'rave' that is expected to lure tens of thousands of clubbers from around the world to all-night 'environmentally correct' dance parties." Can any one give me a ride?
Start saving for your little MeFite babies!
With the UPromise service, every time you make a purchase with a participating company, a percentage of the amount will be contributed to a college fund. (more inside)
The Simpsons Get Respectable
in this play where all the characters from the show act out Hamlet? It's a one-man show in New Jersey, but I'd pay to see this. It proves Hamlet's weird universality, but seeing Apu as "the first murderer" has got to be a rush. (via TV Tattle)
Mr. President, I need your advice on this attachment.
No matter who you are, you are still foolish to open unscanned attachments. Sircam strikes again!
Anti-People Group Pushes for Man's Extinction
"May We Live Long and Die Out!" is the motto of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, or VHEMT. The group opposes violence, arguing instead for a gradual fading away of mankind.
That WAS My Bush
no surprise, really....Comedy Central cancels "That's My Bush".
, the newest domestic discount airline in Australia, are offering 1000 air fares for $1 each to celebrate their 1st birthday. The $1 fares could be purchased only after Saturday 4/4 at 12:00am AEST and only from their web site (sorry travel agents). I was hoping to pull off a $10 trip to Melbourne for myself and the rest of my family but unfortunately the site is totally down :(
Visors for pets
[via Mr. Pants
] Does this really need
Tape released on downed Cessna.
I just heard the audio tape from the downing of the Missionary Cessna by the Peruvian jet - it is far worse than I had ever expected. This has to be one of the most disturbing things I have heard on NPR in a while. I wasn't able to find the audio online, but there are excepts in this article. It all boils down to poor communications, and IMO poor training - the US pilots should have known more Spanish, and the Peruvians should have known more English.
One for the small guy
Mr A.R. Mani beats Armani for domain name.
President takes month-long vacation
After 6 months of delegating work to Cheney and others, who doesn't deserve a vacation three-times longer than the average American earns in a year? Good work Dubya! It's Miller Time!
Why is everybody so happy?
This Thursday, U.S. regulators approved numerous copycat versions of Prozac. I wonder how long it will be until Bayer makes Flinstones Chewable Prozac for teens.
Weather scientists to Thor : "Suck it."
Small plane goes into big storm cloud, dumps powder, big storm cloud go bye-bye. It's finally starting to feel like 2001 around here.
Another "new economy" company bites the big one. A month ago
Metricom filed for chapter 11. Tomorrow they're shutting down
the Ricochet wireless network, leaving their subscribers high and dry. Employees are getting one week of severance pay. They're leaving behind $1 billion in debt
. (It's Webvan all over again.)
a company in israel has produced a battery so thin, it can be printed on paper. think of the possibilities
... look carefully at your next contract — make sure they can't rearrange the letters after you sign it! on another note, has anyone else noticed how many cool inventions are coming out of israel? via biz stone, genius.
Robert Kilroy-Silk is the 'king' of the British talkshows (a title conferred because he's the only
male talkshow host). 'Off The Telly' investigates why an ex-MP and potential Prime Minister now finds himself attempting to relate with the common people three hundred and sixty mornings a year (including repeats). Typical quote: "I suppose I’m really lucky, I get on really well with my son - always have - but some fathers and sons don’t always find it easy to be friends ... some boys are even deprived of their father altogether, when he walks out, and dumps not just their wife, but them. Which is a bit like you Mike, you haven’t seen your Craig, who’s 15, for seven years. Why’s that?" No on screen fights then, but one old buffer got frisky one morning and tried to remove his pants . . .
people have subscribed to CBS' Big Brother
live video stream. Triumph of "compelling" web content or fall of civilization? The article also says that 300,000 people have subscribed to GoldPass which is about $3,000,000...
And So It Ends.
With Guilty pleas, the Gold Club trial is over. Now the Feds own the most profitable strip club in the country. Will they pave it? Turn it into a wetland? Or set it up for exploratory oil drilling?
Just another nail in the head
Don't mind me. I will just be posting sites that are really crazy for the next month.
Just another artist
whom i happen to like the work of.
Don't mind me, I'll be introducing everyone to lesser known artists randomly throughout this month.
as a family tradition. (NY Times link)
Germs from Jupiter? Viruses from Venus?
Nope, just live
space-borne bacteria discovered floating around Earth. "Although the bugs from space are similar to bacteria on Earth, the scientists said the living cells found in samples of air from the edge of the planet's atmosphere are too far away to have come from Earth." (via waldo.net)
Visualize whirled peas.
Informative spoof on the World Bank, which I think actually does an okay job relative to the IMF (who are about to sink Argentina). via haddock
The problem isn't too much greed, but too much cowardly greed.
"Spineless lenders, weak-kneed investors and meddling regulators intent on reducing risk pose a greater threat to the global economy than the volatile financial markets... 'The critic's image of the global financial markets as a giant casino is wrong," [writes British financial writer Daniel Ben-Ami], 'On the contrary, the modern financial markets are more often characterized by a fear of risk-taking than a reckless disregard for danger.'"
If you're a fan of Interactive Fiction then you'll certainly be familiar with Andrew Plotkin
the author of some of the best works in the genre, including Spider in Web
and So Far
. Only Macintosh users, however, will remember his phenomenol early-90s puzzle game, System's Twilight, "An Abstract Fairytale."
I recently played it again, and am astounded that such an early piece of work contains such a fully realized fantasy world (literally, it's abstract) and such goddamn
hard puzzles. Download it and experience some gaming history, and a damn good time.
NMD test rigged?
Bashers, have at it...
has posted a rather sad and somewhat demented plea to the Nobel Prize committee and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame on his website. Be sure to check out his fine merchandising line of jerky while you're there.
Michael Kelly to America: We are some kind of fat.
Never mind what we consider to be beautiful
; the sad fact is that many, many Americans are slobs who cover their guts with spandex pants and think they look good. If only they knew. Amen to this op-ed, and down with dress-down, too, while we're at it.
Sour Family Hour?
This report from the conservative Parents Television Council
made the top of the front page in our local paper this morning. If you visit the PTC home page, you'll get a pop-up calling for action against Comedy Central and "South Park" because they recently went over the top by not censoring the word "shit" and compounding the sin by using a counter in the corner to note how many times it was said. (Anybody catch that episode?)
Laid-Off Workers Are Striking Back
What's interesting is the retailators are not doing so *because* they were laid off, but because of the *way* they were laid off. When will business learn humans need to be treated like-- well-- humans?
Stormy Space Weather Takes a Toll on Ozone
A new study confirms a long-held theory that large solar storms rain electrically charged particles down on Earth's atmosphere and deplete the upper-level ozone for weeks to months thereafter. Said Charles Jackman, a researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Laboratory for Atmospheres and lead author of the study: "[W]hen these solar proton events occur you can see immediately a change in the atmosphere, so you have a clear cause and effect."
The Blogger Purity Test - Phase One
"Stage One is a call for questions. Go to the site (http://pure.fury.com) and submit the questions that you think should be asked of webloggers. You can also read the most recent submissions from other bloggers and readers.
The site will be open for submissions until August 15th, when a few of us will hide away and pick out the best 200 or so questions and present the test survey for the month of September.
Then, it's tallying up the responses and seeing what the state-of-the-blogunion is for 2001.
I don't get it. I have AT&T@home, but this still loads as fast as on my dialup.
Are you too displeased with your cable modem connection? Do you think there is anyone out there who has actually called tech support about this? Or other ad's like it. "You have new mail" masquerading as a real window etc.
This is a very stupid thread I'm starting. Be advised
Call the Vatican. Or Boston Public Library. Or Grand Central Station.
A few friends of mine used to use this tactic to see what the weather is like. This is a database of public pay-phone numbers, along with location and occasional sundry information. Read, call, and contribute!
FDA approves camera pill
that takes pictures of your gastrointestinal system as it "glides through the small intestine." For anyone who has ever endured an endoscopy.
And now, your celebrity trend for the week: pop singers having nervous breakdowns.
It's probably old news to most of you that Skybiz (which I am deliberately not
linking) recently came under FTC scrutiny for being a pyramid scheme. What I'm wondering is: why is the original news article
about it no longer on CNET News, and why can't I seem to find
any more news about this scam? (Here's the cached Google copy
of the news item.)
Coverup? Or just an "expired" article? (While we're here, anyone with firsthand feedback on Skybiz?)
Boston Boy Scouts allow gay leaders
I have many friends who were Eagle Scouts. They all say that there were many openly gay scouts during their time. This whole issue strikes me as purely technical.
What do other Scouts at Metafilter think?
Distributed computing = 30 year sentance?
DeKalb Technical College in Georgia seeks a grand jury indictment against a former admin who installed Distributed.net
software on school computers without permisson.
While he may not have had permisson and that in itself may have been wrong, does that really warrant the threat of 30 years in prison for "computer theft and trespassing"? Not only does that seem needlessly extreme, but there seems to be a witch-hunt like atmosphere these days about computer crimes in general, no matter how small. What gives?
"If we had realized someone might have wanted to have them, we would have backed them up. Hindsight is 20/20."
Did anybody think that the election board in Palm Beach County did everything they could to make themselves look like idiots? Think again. In preparation for spring primaries they've erased
all of the machine counts from the 2000 elections. I think the above quote by Jeff Darter, information technology manager in Election Supervisor Theresa LePore's office, just goes that extra mile to show how completely out of touch and incompetent these people are...
An inventive way to get cybersquatter off your domain.
[page 3 & 4] Anyone have any great domain theft/squatting stories? My office just won a domain battle, and was served papers for another soon after. Life Goes on...[also tidbits on the motivations of congress in passing domain-use laws.
Jon Voight needs new management.
Or maybe he just needs the money.
World's numbers may peek by 2100
Implications ? Parking going to be easier? Should we do more to stop decline or tapering off?
Debunking the Myth of a Desperate Software Labor Shortage.
This recently updated and very extensive study by a member of the CS department at UC Davis CS outlines the issues involved for new and old programmers, including how there isn't really a shortage of programmers in the US, employers are just extremely picky. Also provides suggestions for programmers wanting to keep up with their skills to stay in the industry.
Word of the day: onomasticon
Cancel the Paper.
Do you subscribe your local daily paper? (If it's not NY or DC or LA.) If so, do you actually read it? Did you ever subscribe? If so, why did you quit? What about the local alternative (weekly or otherwise)?
The Sigmund Typeface Utility
allows you to generate dynamic images of text via a query string
. There are options for the font style, color, and kerning. And the best part? Its all open source
so it seems like someone could come up with a generator for things like Silkscreen
or whatever else one might find useful.
Anti-rip CD system bypassed.
heh. nice try, boyos. i've never understood how people can believe something digitized can possibly be protected in such a manner as to be foolproof. what one process can scramble, another can undo. [via /.
GLAAD is about to boycott Keven Smith's new movie.
For basically using the too many "gay" slurs. I seem to be getting flash backs to when the Catholic League boycotted his Dogma film
. I wonder what group is going to ban his next film?
is one of the funniest, cutest sites I've seen in a long time. I was really surprised it hadn't been 'filtered before (correct me if I'm wrong). If you need a little break in your day for something goofy, it's a good place to turn. Personal fave: the pictures of him going Trick-or-Treating...
An Orgy of Abstinence. "Questions plant ideas," warns Peter Brandt, director of issues-response for the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family.
Well we wouldn't want things like questions or ideas in our schools, now would we?
Cool collective art.
This project takes blank slate real-world media (journals, t-shirts, books, etc..) and snail mails it around to participants who add to the work creating a collective piece of art. It aims to replicate what happens on-line, MeFi for example, but using real-world objects and postal mail.
Graphical User Interface Timeline
showcases the road to Aqua and it's clone XP. [via Plasticbag.org
Whither the Dollar? Too Strong for Its Own Good?
and what's the alternative? I wonder how long we'll have different currencies for different countries... 20 years? 100? forever?
Put that cloning gear away, son.
House votes to make human cloning and medicines made abroad via cloning illegal. This doesn't look to good for the future of stem cell research.
Darwin Visits the Ukraine... "The girl...was messing around outside the fence and then decided, for some reason, to go and play and swim with the hippopotamus''
Why? Because lack of common sense is a global, and playing with exotic animals is fun and trendy
. No word on whether they had to kill the hippo and test it's brain for rabies.
Whose Domain is it?
(via Fark) Good question. When does the Government cross the line in practicing Imminent Domain? How can we, the people prevent this? Is it time for a new Amendment to the constitution?
After the recent race riot troubles we have had here in England (bradford
), was this really a good idea to allow Louis Farrakhan into the country
. A sentance taken from one of the realated articles sum's it up pretty well "freedom of speech does not allow the right to shout "Fire" in a crowded theatre"
20 years ago today
, the Buggles
started it all off. Love it or hate it now, MTV
has had a big impact on our culture, and most of us at some time in our lives have watched it. Anyone want to share what they used to like about MTV back when it was cool?
Vikings' Stringer dead after being stricken with heat stroke.
For much of Monday and Tuesday just about every Twin Cities media outlet was warning people to stay inside and take it easy. The Vikings decided to go ahead with their summer training anyway.
A web buck!
We got a web buck the other day! No, it's not some kind of ecommerce thing. It's a good ole' dollar bill doing something of a Johnny Appleseed -- traveling around the country like an adventurer. And we get to vicariously watch its progress. Today, we're throwing our where'sgeorge dollar into a lottery fund at work. Where will it go next? Toll booths, bars, and Florida amusement parks seem like popular destinations, but at least one bill's been passed via a stripper! Have you seen a where'sgeorge bill yet?
We've got a good old fashioned battle a' brewin'.
Endangered wildlife acts have placed American heroes in danger and now have
killed them. Would the young smoke jumping "forest savers" agree? Or are
they now turning over in their graves that republicans have leeched
themselves onto personal tragedy to make rightist inroads on ecological
When LPs Roamed The Earth:
classic album covers for records you have almost certainly never heard of.