August 24, 2001

This comment

This comment made me wonder what your favourite "project that never quite happened" was.
posted by johnny novak at 11:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Apparently wildcard DNS is a trademark violation now.

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.
posted by RylandDotNet at 9:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Speaking of childhood stars,

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.)
posted by jcterminal at 6:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Just a Reminder That The White House is Occupied by a Clueless, Dangerous Man

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.
posted by ParisParamus at 6:18 PM PST - 61 comments

A Rememberance of Things Traumatic: 93...93...WPAT: Parent's Muzak From Childhood

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)
posted by ParisParamus at 4:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Proof

Proof that lame child actors grow up to be lame adult actors. With lame web sites.
posted by o2b at 1:38 PM PST - 91 comments

Local government and business conspire against artist.

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.
posted by skallas at 12:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Polygamist Going to Big House

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.
posted by adampsyche at 12:07 PM PST - 40 comments

Running Man for real?

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.)
posted by matt8313 at 11:27 AM PST - 16 comments

The bronze medalist in steeplechase threw a moon

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?
posted by mikel at 10:45 AM PST - 20 comments

metafilter parody.

metafilter parody. no comment from me, i'll leave that to everyone else.
posted by will at 10:32 AM PST - 1729 comments

What do you say when it's raining and sunny at the same time?

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...
posted by Mo Nickels at 10:12 AM PST - 70 comments

Liddy Dole does a Hillary

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)?
posted by briank at 9:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Legalization?!? Try "zero tolerance" taken to a whole new level

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?
posted by ToasterKing at 7:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson. The man, 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?
posted by remlapm at 7:24 AM PST - 34 comments

Planet X spells doom for Earth in 2003.

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.)
posted by dnash at 7:18 AM PST - 21 comments

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.
posted by rcade at 6:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Conformity rules in cyberspace

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.
posted by dhartung at 6:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Atlantic Monthly 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?
posted by rcade at 5:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Ho ho ho. Straight from the horse's mouth. The Conservative Party is racist after all.

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.)
posted by salmacis at 3:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Quebec says no to doughnut shop marriage by Universal Life Church minister.

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.
posted by skallas at 1:04 AM PST - 22 comments

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