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:: Monday, September 30, 2002 ::
The ozone hole split in two, and one of the halves is on the move.
Hypocracy in Motion: Rumsfeld gave Saddam Hussein germs for warfare when he worked under Reagan. Now his old friends "bother the dickens" out of him. Its the oil, stupid. Spare us the phony, old-fashioned, gosh-darned Ned Flandersisms, Don... we've got your number.:: Saturday, September 28, 2002 ::
Trusssst usssss. IBM and Microsoft reject MySQL. Probably the greatest endorsement an open-source software movement can garner. Now only if Oracle would badmouth them, you'd know they're really a threat.
For the typeface-obsessed, Typeface Classification.
It's been 30 years since Ziggy Stardust came down and joined us. Stop by and thank him.
Disturbing homemade puppet movies at Ingredient X.
Genndy Tartakovsky: The man behind Samurai Jack
What's an Irish Traveller? What's Shelta?:: Wednesday, September 25, 2002 ::
[Chronic Value Menu] Colonel Sanders must be rolling in his grave... rolling fat blunts that is!! Try going to a KFC drive-thru, and ordering some *ahem* extra biscuits wink, wink.
The producers of the unbelievably cruel bumfights.com got arrested on felony charges.
This page contains a Magician's Oath. I just took it.
In 1958 the government speculated in a now-published document about how to run things effectively after a nuclear apocalypse.
Paper plane purists: This is officially the best paper plane you can make (according to the institute of Physics) Yo to New Things.
Peru Congressman wants a gun duel. There are a few fascinating things in this very short article.:: Tuesday, September 24, 2002 ::
The Weekly Standard comes out against the 'anti-war left' in "The Fog of Peace"! The Onion polls the public on the same topic! Guess which one is the joke!
Wives, Waifs, and Wontons: Philadelphia Pictorials in the early 19th century.
Robot finds another door in the great pyramid.
The U.S. reduced its terror alert level to 'Yellow' today. You can all come out of your basements, I think. I'm a bit confused... Does that mean that Air Marshals can stop beating up brown-skinned people on planes? Or does it mean we can focus more attention on a Bush regime oil war? Or did they lower it because they just raised it two weeks ago, and nothing happened? If they offer no proof to support the validity of their conclusions, shouldn't it be taken offline?
The Beach Boys' Smile Sessions:: Monday, September 23, 2002 ::
Scientists have discovered a crystal that remembers sounds.
Yahoo jumps into the video game market with a fee-based download games service.
[When pigs fly!] (cheap shot, but I couldnt resist) High Altitude Rambos
More big brother bullshit courtesy of DC traffic enforcement. A network of radar cameras is capable of automatically catching you 'speed on green' through intersections. I've heard of them being used for red-light runners, but never for copless speeding tickets.
Cap'n Bligh's coconut/cup/bowl inscribed with "The cup I eat my miserable allowance out of", goes on the block at Christies. Descendents of his mutineers, Fletcher Christian being the most well-known, still live on Pitcairn Island.
Enjoy: Nirvana's "You Know You're Right". Thanks, Metafilter
[Snapshots from the end of democracy] Texas police are asking stores to take fingerprints of all customers who pay by check under the auspices of a plan to reduce fraud.:: Sunday, September 22, 2002 ::
A movie-by-movie history of the Godzilla suit, and the man inside the suit, Haru Nakijima.:: Friday, September 20, 2002 ::
The German justice minister's comparison of President Bush to Adolf Hitler was "outrageous and inexplicable," an angry White House said yesterday. It was also spot-on accurate.
This proves it- Chicago fans are worse than Philly's. Two shirtless guys (father and son) jumped on to the field at Comiskey Park and pummelled the first base coach (!):: Thursday, September 19, 2002 ::
Want to know a way to fret a C for any one of 392 moods? Try the online guitar chord dictionary.
Battle of the Planets!
The American Bicycle Museum has tons of great pictures, including the 1960 Bowden Spaceliner, and the Schwinn Krates. Their collection is curiously missing the infamous bobo-ride, the Huffy Paydirt(boys)/Pink Thunder(girls), though...
Silohome: "The most unique and secure real estate in the world." I don't know about that, but its certainly less aestetically intrusive than Aircraft Home (kudos for the "I-don't-give-a-shit-what-it-looks-like,-just-post-the-goddam-picture" marketing approach to this page. See what I'm talking about?)
Those wacky Swedes... Northern europeans aren't known for their sense of humor, so this must be for real. A Swedish democrat wants porn broadcast all day on Saturdays to stimulate the populus into a freak-on that'll boost their falling population, and thus their economy.
[For those about to rock] Everyone hates "Band Guy with a New Demo". A Brazilian rocker took it a step further by holding a DJ hostage at gunpoint until he got some radio play. I wonder if he danced around and did the 'wait wait wait, dude... listen to this part!' routine when it finally got played. He're's the gunman/rocker's site.:: Wednesday, September 18, 2002 ::
[Censorship's ugly entrails] This doc contains the watchwords for an online filtering scheme, organized for your convenience into handy categories of no-no. Some of the inclusions are absurd: Druid? Funnel? Veda? These people are scary. Thanks, Bifurcated Rivets!
Mutation gives sheep beautiful buttocks. All we need to do is to refine and package this fortunate tidbit of genetic technology, and the world will be full of some fine ass.
Brain probe triggers out-of-body experiences
From McSweeneys, 'The Best Jokes are Dangerous, an Interview with Kurt Vonnegut': Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
[Bubblegum Marketing 101] A music critic from Pitchforkmedia went undercover and dishes on the music industry's use of Street Teams/eTeams (free labor of rabid teen fans) to grassroots-hype a song or album up the charts. This guy did it for the mall-punk outfit Avril Livigne.
Love reading the stuff on the back of old postcards at flea markets? Here's one from Ocean Grove 1956 whose musings are as true today as almost 50 years ago. Someone should do an online museum of these things.
[God will fly down to pour the Gatorade on him] Some fantastic new stuff at the 'My New Fighting Technique is Unstoppable' Get Your War On section.:: Tuesday, September 17, 2002 ::
There's a funny headline in the Washington Post that mentions the word "Science" and "Bush" in the same sentence. The implications are scary.:: Monday, September 16, 2002 ::
Oh man, not again. Add Ohio to the intellectual backwaters of the world. Logic-impaired senator Santorum's (R, PA) amendment to inspire debate against evolution got passed in Ohio.
Ah politics...Autumn is here, and the streets and airwaves are lousy with these jokers. The Republicans never fail to disappoint in their mistreatment of everyone but their big business pals, and the Democrats are no picnic either, but leave it to the cranks in the Libertarian Party for the real outermost-fringes-of-sanity hijinx.
I hope that the chiefs are counting Saddam's weapons supercomputing power into their military logistics planning. Its been almost two years since the article was written. Time for a whole lotta Playstation stockpiling, especially with the summer price cut.
Online Banned Books page courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania
SpaceAgePopAGoGo has a huge catalog of online album covers from the 50's and 60's. This is the source for Les Baxter covers. While you're in a vintage LP cover art appreciation mood, don't miss Jim Flora's illustration work. Mambo for Cats is my favorite, although I'm not particularly a fan of either mambos or cats.
The Kryptos sculpture (ded. October 1990) in the CIA's courtyard (doesn't 'The CIA's Courtyard' sound like a rejected Clancey novel title?) has yet to be hacked. The last I heard, a computer scientist, Jim Gillogly nailed the first sections, but the sculptor used a shifting cypher that keeps potential crackers guessing (or more likely, brute-forcing keys). If you'd like to try it yourself, a transcription of the sculpture's code is here. It'll be tough. It was designed to be unsolvable.:: Sunday, September 15, 2002 ::
The Mozilla guys are full of furious wrath these days. If you're using a Netscape browser, browse to about:mozilla. IE users get a blue screen (what else?). From the Easter Egg database at EggHeaven. More cool eggs at the popup-ridden eeggs.com.
An excellent article on the corruption that permeates US/Mexico border patrol operations from NPR- A great source whose radio capacities are being threatened by backward fundamentalist Christian conglomerates.
Some fantastic adaptations of vintage WWII propaganda posters to communicate a more modern message.. Thanks, memepool.:: Saturday, September 14, 2002 ::
Alex Chiu's Immortality Device . How will you look after you've used Alex's amazing device? Glad you asked, mister! You'll look like the red guy on this page.
Take a virtual tour of the Bill Gates estate. Nice, but no batcave to speak of.
Al Gore: Democracy is being threatened by media conglomerates.
Subliminal World: The World's Premier Web Site for the appraisal of Manipulative and Semi Subliminal Advertising:: Thursday, September 12, 2002 ::
Levi's trousers protect your testicles. The most blog-ready headline I've seen in months.:: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 ::
Just read that the mighty Mr. T. is going to be in one of those Christian Apocolypse End Times flicks... Aw, T., Why'd you have to go out like that?
Online Stereo views, including one of the Amorphophallus Titanum, the stinkiest flower in the world.
Alarmingly Strange Stories!
A Year of Loss: Reexamining Civil Liberties since September 11: Another article on the Bush/Ashcroft war on the Civil Liberties of American Citizens. This one goes so far as to make recommendations (pdf).
New VR Cigarette vending machines make you prove you're at least 18. If you're not, they bring 'your mama' into it...
Buzz Aldrin punches moon conspiracy theorist
Even more problems with Florida voting.:: Monday, September 09, 2002 ::
Fantastic roadsigns at 3BP.com.
Indian man becomes famous for reciting Bollywood songs backwards. Why the hell didn't I think of that?
Overview of Changes to Legal Rights: How the Bush/Ashcroft regime is affecting your fundamental legal rights. Courtesy of Magnetbox.
Ground Zero Theme Park: A comment on the crass commercialism and empty flag-waving surrounding the anniversary of 9/11.
ABC News put US Customs to the test, shipping and carrying 15 lbs. of depleted uranium across borders, and didn't get caught once. Customs is angry about having their ineptitude shown.:: Saturday, September 07, 2002 ::
Following a link on Metafilter, I found an interesting challenge on the James Randi Educational Foundation::: Friday, September 06, 2002 ::
Wireless cartography: Creating visual maps of wireless networks.:: Thursday, September 05, 2002 ::
Prison Bitch Name Generator
[Conspiracy Alert Vol IV] My man David Icke has some tales to tell. He hips us to the usual mind control, reptilian master-race, pyramid, Illuminati "truth". Why has the CIA not stopped him!? Where the hell are my tax dollars going?
The Mystery Box... and oohhh what a mystery it is! The same genius built a miniature song playing automatic flute with fully robotic lungs and all.
Build your own record cutting lathe on the ultracheap.
Some can adhere objects to their bodies... Not many can defy gravity!:: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 ::
Tijuana Bibles: The ancestors of Mad Magazine. Our pal Quinn has scanned in a few dozen in his fantastic online collection.
Another whale knocked a fisherman off the deck of a boat, killing him.
An "expert" says that 'Willy' should be killed. Yeah.. but they say that about all the child stars.
A list of every known surviving GG-1: the meanest-designed non-steam train engine. Double check it against this roster, or this one. Drive it in forward or reverse. It's got two fronts. This one's for sale, if you've got the time and space for a fixer-upper.
China blocks access to Google. In a free-speech hammering move that Ashcroft would be proud of, China closes the lid on the dissident search engine.
No space trip for N'Sync. While I'm of course all choked up about the dancing man-puppet not being able to go on his 20 Million dollar joyride, I'm really happy for the lucky cargo bundle that will be taking his place.