December 10, 2002

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posted by pooldemon at 11:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Scraping the bottom of the culture of celebrity

More fallout from the Winona trial: Dr Jules Lusman, a 'celebrity doctor' who (over)prescribed painkillers to Winona Ryder, has had his California medical license revoked. 'The Medical Board said Dr Lusman became known in celebrity circles for his willingness to make out-of-hours calls at homes and hotels and write prescriptions for opiates and hypnotic drugs, as well as syringes...' The Smoking Gun has also posted the entire Ryder probation report, which details more sad, depressing facts which surfaced during the trial, including these about celebrity basket case Courtney Love.
posted by Sonny Jim at 11:45 PM PST - 6 comments

slugs invade new york

Prepare for the worst... says Mayor Mike, as NYC faces down a crippling transit strike. For starters, cars carrying fewer than four people could not enter or leave Manhattan over any bridge or through any tunnel on weekdays, 24 hours a day. Commuters wishing to get into the city by car would need to pick up strangers -- and the city will facilitate this with staging areas. Unflappable New Yorkers are at least a little flapped. But the practice of strangers hitching rides with lone drivers isn't new to NoVa: There, they are called slugs and body snatchers. [more inside]
posted by dhartung at 10:44 PM PST - 32 comments

Nobel Price for Literature

The acceptance speech of Nobel Price winner for literature Imre Kertesz
posted by semmi at 9:21 PM PST - 30 comments

Ruby: Galactic Gumshoe

Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe is a funny and inventive science-fiction series that originally aired in three-minute segments on NPR back in the 1980s. I remember listening to my dad's tapes of it when I was a kid. It's a great combination of absurdist humor and classic cyberpunk, and eminently enjoyable for anyone who likes radio drama.

I was delighted recently discover that not only is it available to buy on CD, but the entire thing is online in streaming quicktime to listen to!
posted by GriffX at 6:23 PM PST - 7 comments


Ecopsychology may be the answer for those driven to distraction by their cubicle-ruled lives. This field of study aims to investigate the relationship between the human mind and our environment. Interacting with nature obviously has positive effects on our happiness, so maybe we just need some more potted plants around the office? How about office wilderness hikes instead of Christmas parties?
posted by Jimbob at 4:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Ship intercepted carrying missiles

Ship intercepted carrying missiles North Korea truly is a part of the "Axis of Evil." Question: who was to get the missles in Yemen, and what was to be done with them?
posted by Postroad at 3:59 PM PST - 94 comments

Same sex union

DC church approves same sex union. From the article: The unanimous decision on Saturday by its board of elders places the 159-year-old congregation, where U.S. presidents James A. Garfield and Lyndon B. Johnson once worshiped, among a small number of D.C. area churches that permit such services, often called "covenant ceremonies." No leading questions this time, (see saturday's "gun post") just curious if this is happening elsewhere in the U.S.
posted by buz46 at 3:29 PM PST - 9 comments

The History of the Cubicle

Mommy, where do cubicles come from? Ever watch old movies, and feel a deep pang of resentment and envy at the open, spacious offices depicted therein? What ever happened to the human workplace? The ugly truth is finally revealed: it's all Herman Miller's fault. The introduction of their Action Office system in the late 1950s was largely responsible for the office cubicle as we know it today. While things are obviously not as bad as they could be, people could at least learn how to behave themselves in the modern cube-farm.
posted by majcher at 3:22 PM PST - 28 comments

Canada Ratifies Kyoto

Canadian Paliament ratifies the Kyoto Accord. Someone on this continent had to do it.
posted by stevengarrity at 3:00 PM PST - 22 comments

Turkish Star Trek

Turkish Star Trek [via Boing Boing]
posted by feelinglistless at 2:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Xmas as a Jewish holiday

Have you ever wondered what Xmas would be like if it were a Jewish Holiday? Precisely defined rules for preparing for the holiday, procuring and decorating the tree, cooking the festive meal, giving gifts, and all other seasonal celebrations. With footnotes! Songs! More footnotes! Riddles! Even more footnotes! [via Making Light] (This is a Geocities site, so don't all rush there at once and overload it, OK?)
posted by maudlin at 1:29 PM PST - 35 comments


CAPTCHA is the Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart. The test promises to keep online polls honest, block search engine bots, and end spam as we know it. The program generates and grades tests that (1) most humans can pass and (2) current computer programs can't pass. For example, humans can read distorted text but current computer programs can't. To see if you're human or not, take a Captcha test yourself here. To read more check out this nytimes article.
posted by josephtate at 1:17 PM PST - 27 comments

17 million Latin American people out of work

17 million Latin American people out of work Claimed to be the highest level since 1980. How much longer, or how many more, until nations revert to Che Guevarra or Pinochet and the US to the CIA and intervention? Will history repeat itself, or has history paved the way for an alternative outcome?
posted by Voyageman at 11:25 AM PST - 27 comments

He's making the first whirababy fishamagig. It'll be even better than the Badger Blaster!

Attention D.C. residents- remain going about your business and please ignore the continuous explosions coming from Dick Cheney's house. [more]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 10:46 AM PST - 87 comments

Damn you mail tub theives!!

So that's why the economy is so bad. The USPS is looking for $65 million dollars worth of white mail postal tubs. If you work in an office or deal with a mailroom, you know exactly what I'm talking about. The penalty for not coughing them up? 3 years imprisonment and a $1000 fine. (I read it on the side of one of the boxes I have by my desk).
posted by gwong at 10:40 AM PST - 24 comments

Makin' Bones About Bones

Atapuerca (in Spanish, with incomplete English translation) is the site of the earliest European hominid ancestors yet found in Europe. Two of the most stunning finds are Gran Dolina, where the first Homo antecessor fossils were found, and Sima de los Huesos, site of the most complete Homo heidelbergensis fossils ever excavated. And soon: an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in New York. I know my plans for January 11th.
posted by The Michael The at 10:27 AM PST - 3 comments


Island... Get Your Island Here! This is the sale of the century - everything must go! (and if you believe that's possible, then i've got a bridge to sell you...)
posted by adamms222 at 10:23 AM PST - 9 comments

The Letter Project

Which came first, The Letter Project or The Human Clock? [clock previously discussed here]
posted by Stan Chin at 10:06 AM PST - 39 comments

Fast Food Fever

Thesis - Antithesis - Synthesis. The "You got your ______ in my ______!" concept is taken to new heights, or at least to McDonald's, at Fast Food Fever.
posted by staggernation at 9:24 AM PST - 23 comments

Corporate Freeloader Chief is Bush's Choice to Head Treasury

Corporate Freeloader Chief is Bush's Choice to Head Treasury John W. Snow, President Bush's choice to replace the fired Paul O'Neill as Secretary of the Treasury, is the CEO of CSX.
In three of the past four years, CSX Corporation, paid no federal income tax at all. Instead of paying taxes, CSX supplemented its $934 million in pretax U.S. profits over the four years with a total of $164 million in tax rebate checks from the federal government.
"If the President's goal is to encourage even more corporate tax sheltering, then Mr. Snow looks like a fine choice to help him do so," said Robert S. McIntyre, director of Citizens for Tax Justice.
posted by Blake at 8:30 AM PST - 82 comments

Fire and art

Should art be destroyed? Burned, perhaps? David Mach sculpts heads from live matches of different colors, then burns the matchhead. Fascinating movies included. (via SeattleFools newsletter)
posted by blindcarboncopy at 8:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Elf, Elf, Baby.

Elf, elf, baby.
posted by SuzySmith at 8:20 AM PST - 7 comments

I know I shouldn't, but I can't help it:

I know I shouldn't, but I can't help it: If Ann Coulter published children's literature. There's nothing to discuss here, but the article (from Salon, please don't hate me) provided a good laugh.
posted by aladfar at 6:43 AM PST - 20 comments

The New River. Which isn't either...

When the Romans ran out of fresh water, they built aqueducts. When C17 Londoners ran out, they built The New River. Snaking from Chadwell and Amwell springs to the New River Head, it's not new, it's not a river, but it is the largest body of non-tidal flowing water in Europe and one of few local habitats for dragonflies [geocities].

Over 40 miles in length, and taking just 4 years to complete, the river was opened in 1613. But it ran over budget and didn't make a profit until 1633, two years after it's designer and chief financier, Hugh Myddelton, had died.
posted by twine42 at 6:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Talking someone down from a bad trip

Quick break for a Public Service Announcement:
How to talk someone down from a bad trip.
posted by sheauga at 4:31 AM PST - 171 comments

Playing cards from around the world

Playing cards from around the world. Spanish cards, Swiss cards, Finnish cards, Israeli cards and Japanese cards, for example. Just a small part of the collection at the Elliot Avedon Museum and Archive of Games at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
posted by misteraitch at 4:24 AM PST - 5 comments


'At 52x CD-ROM speeds (27,500rpm) disks shatter in a "rain of plastic particles". Is technology spinning out of control? "I haven't experienced an exploding CD but did have my copy of Neverwinter Nights somehow levitate out of the CD holder and bury itself in the nether parts of my machine with a nasty metallic thunk" Are these violent video games a danger to society?
posted by asok at 3:59 AM PST - 24 comments

Reading, Writing and Speaking Skills

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: The decline of literacy essay has been a cyclical product since the ancient Greeks. Isn't it funny contemporary doomsayers never mention that reading and writing medium. hot on the heels of text-destroying television, that is the Internet? Or doesn't it count? Hands up those who wish the good Marshall was still around to put us right.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 3:11 AM PST - 28 comments

It's just a bunch of squares

I hope you find these abstract mosaics as stimulating as I do. But are they NSFW?
posted by Pretty_Generic at 3:00 AM PST - 22 comments

The Illustrated Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

The Illustrated Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. An exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Stunning illustrations of world-class poetry. 'nuff said.
posted by condour75 at 12:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Defamation on the Internet

The High Court of Australia has decided that you can defame someone in Australia by posting an article on a website hosted outside Australia, if that article is read by people inside Australia. I suppose this means that anyone posting on the internet is subject to Australian defamation law. (Unless you decide to block requests from Australian browsers.)
posted by grestall at 12:05 AM PST - 13 comments

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