October 19, 2001
Macromedia claims it owns Adobe patent
"Software-maker Macromedia Inc. is claiming it owns the patent to Adobe Systems Inc.'s popular Photoshop program, according to a suit filed in federal court Friday." Macromedia is alleging that in 1998 it patented technology used by Photoshop. Couldn't this only be web-based technology, since Photoshop was around long before 1998?
Dan Rather: bad ass or nut?
Maybe I'm just too young to remember all of the times the CBS anchorman has been beat up, including the famous "What's the Frequency, Kenneth
" incident. Now there's a web site where you can read about all of the times that he's been randomly assaulted, generally harassed, or tear gassed. There are also a few video clips. I think the best one is of him getting punched
at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. And of course, it wouldn't be Dan Rather without the long list of weird quotes
Come Mr. Taliban
turn over Mr. Bin Laden! Sure, it trivializes human suffering and death... but look it's George Bush with bongos! Funniest animation I've seen come out of this.
The Semi-Invasion Begins: Unconfirmed Reports of American Casualties in a Raid on Kandahar, Undisclosed Targets
Swooping in on helicopter gunships, 100+ American GI's attack Kandahar in a "daring" raid, acknowledged by the Pentagon. They engaged ground troops.
is reporting unconfirmed reports of American casualties, number unknown.
Rumsfeld said that the outcome is not certain, and referred to the Taliban forces as "tough" "survivors".
For comment: why? What about Mazar-e-Sharif? Why? What's a Loya Jirga, and was it held in secret recently?
Now it's time to give the French a hard time (please note the sarcasm).
A blistering dissection
of David Foster Wallace and Simon Winchester's previously published essays on English usage, by Mark Halpern. Though I like some of Wallace's writing, I admit it's nice to see the scalpel taken to Wallace's "style for style's sake".
another 43 seconds wasted.
make that 43 minutes... this is quite a saga! at least he has goals.
How did FoxNews get it before I did?
Somehow I did not get word of this in a dozen e-mail messages: Ode to America
from Romanian news editor Cornel Nistorescu.
It doesn't really say anything that we don't know already, but I guess it's special to hear it from someone on the outside, i.e. the much-loved 1973 essay
from Canadian Gordon Sinclair.
Falwell-Robertson-Bin Laden Quiz
Can you tell their statements apart?
Jobs Skills Tester???
Not sure about how the employment stuff works but you can test your skills at various stuff... i had fun for 10 minutes checking out how my unix skills were (only 78% on the quick test) oh well... you have to register but there's no email password crap to take the tests. Over 100 different tests from ASP to XML.
Anyone know where I can get some cheap opium?
"Sometimes you just have to make the cats."
Civil War buffs Ruth and Rebecca Brown have created thousands of clay cats in Union and Confederate uniforms.... the twins bring history to life by creating sweeping battle scenes and dioramas of dramatic moments, as interpreted with clay cats. Via Obscure Store
(and here comes mr. hand, Oh Noooooooo!)
Fight the browser with .movTV
Why can't all music promo sites give you an entire album's worth of greatest hits with zilch download time?
Emergency Broadcast Network: The Lost Tapes.
"Formed during the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91, E.B.N. created its first arsenal of counter-psy-ops programming, cleverly disguised as music videos, inspired by the spectacular media frenzy surrounding the war and its aftermath."
The MF thread
about Buckaroo Banzai a couple days ago triggered me to revist my list of "waiting for DVD" movies, and lo, I discovered that the freaky 1966 Frankenheiner/Rock Hudson Seconds
is finally coming out in January as well. But still on my wait list are a Japanese elegie
, a sweet western by Peckinpah
, a nice little literary film
and a dark comedy featuring Jerry Lewis
, of all people.
What's on your "waiting for DVD" list?
Luckyluncher.com Launches With $42 in Angelo Financing
Found this on Business Wire:
"A new web site to help Silicon Valley stock option refugees enjoy the extravagant lunches of yesteryear started today with $42 in Angelo financing.
That's Angelo financing, not Angel financing. 'My friend Angelo loaned me the 42 bucks to register the domain name' explains co-founder Gary Cook."
Cleaner dumps £5k art
-- Mistook rubbish for... well, rubbish.
The truth is out there... but is it The Real Thing?
An example of 'victim' mentality in action. Big Bubba attempts to mug a coke machine, and it squashes him like a bug. Rather than accept the fact their son died a lunkhead's death, his parents declare he was the victim of a conspiracy.
"Why did the Sherbrooke Police play at tilting the machine themselves to see if they could tip it? Is not that the role of experts?"
I want to be an expert soda-machine tipper...
Young Philadelphia man refused access to UA flight because of his reading material...
This story just made my blood boil. Of all the stupid things... Ack! I just can't type straight! I don't have all the information... there's going to be another side to this... but if
this is anywhere _near_ accurate, I hope some heads roll.
[via Evhead, via Dan Gillmor]
News or Ratings Whores (You make the call)
Wartime definitions of free speach and news-worthiness are and should be different than in peacetime, no? So then, on a relatively slow newsday like today (thus far anyhow) when ABC News runs a supposedly sci-tech feature, snarkily entitled Meet the Electronic Equivalent of an Atomic Weapon
, it makes one wonder why editors let articles like this fly.
Enlighten me if I'm missing some subtle purpose, but is there any other reason for this article other than fear mongering and directing the country's enemies to promising tactical weaponry if they haven't already thought of it?
Don't eat the Pancakes
! Those damn terrorists have gone too far now!
Caution: slow-loading page
God bless America
. Use in Disaster Relief, Hurricane and Earthquake preparedness, and other situations where a sanitation situation may occur.
Warning: dead turkey.
Ever wanted to chat with John Lennnon?
Now here's your chance! It seems Lennon is alive, well and chatting on the internet.
Technology firm Triumph PC Group has developed a virtual version of the late Beatle using "sophisticated" artificial intelligence programming. As a Lennon fan I was hoping for something cool but left the site with far more questions than answers.
Stupidly addictive game. The simple ideas are always the best.
Make A Shorter Link:
Very handy for those long, wieldy URLs...
BotFighters is a brand new type of action game. The mission of the game is to track down and battle with other players, but in BotFighters, the real world is the game arena. You have to move yourself physically close enough to be able to hit.
The game concept is similar to "Gotcha!", or virtual paintball. Your mobile phone is used as a weapon and a radar device to track down opponents. When playing, you can at all times be attacked by other players, so be careful! You play with your mobile phone by sending SMS commands to number 6688. (from play
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