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:: Thursday, July 29, 2004 ::
Privacy International's 6th annual Big Brother Awards. Mostly British villiany.
French Spiderman spotted again.
a) "America's economy is strong and is getting stronger" -- G.W. Bush:: Wednesday, July 28, 2004 ::
Voices from the Dustbowl: The Charles Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. This collection consists of audio recordings, photographs, manuscript materials, publications, and ephemera generated during two separate documentation trips supported by the Archive of American Folk Song.
Alphabetical index of lighthouses (all photographed)
A nice little web color scheme generator I've never come across before.
James Bond Gadget index:: Monday, July 26, 2004 ::
"It's the biggest threat to technology in 20 years"
The first atomic clock wristwatch:: Friday, July 23, 2004 ::
The Greatest Drum Solos! (with audio!)
"Unless we have a climate that will allow more independent media companies to survive, a dangerously high percentage of what we see--and what we don't see--will be shaped by the profit motives and political interests of large, publicly traded conglomerates. The economy will suffer, and so will the quality of our public life. Let me be clear: As a business proposition, consolidation makes sense. The moguls behind the mergers are acting in their corporate interests and playing by the rules. We just shouldn't have those rules. They make sense for a corporation. But for a society, it's like over-fishing the oceans. When the independent businesses are gone, where will the new ideas come from? We have to do more than keep media giants from growing larger; they're already too big. We need a new set of rules that will break these huge companies to pieces. "
A page with every Olympic world record. Eastern Europeans are still crushing at any event where something gets thrown.
A short camera-video of Chris, Connie, and I at the Living Room from Wednesday night (avi, 3m):: Thursday, July 22, 2004 ::
The 9/11 Commission report has been made available. The executive summary is here.
A new white paper, from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, detailsfourteen government data surveillance programs, including last year'scontroversial Total/Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) project,which persists despite Congress' vote to kill it.
The concertsforkerry show at the Living Room in NYC was packed to capacity last night! Thanks everyone for coming out for a good cause with great music. I loved every minute of it, and a friendlier bunch of people I've never met. They've got more good shows with 100% of the proceeds going to the campaign, so get there if you havn't already.:: Wednesday, July 21, 2004 ::
Alaska: Cold, no chicks, and you get poked in the eye with a sharp stick. Just kidding about the poke-in-the eye, but its bad enough, no? (NYTimes)
A Japanese invention that turns plant's petals and leaves into sound-generating speakers.
Strange but true.
Whales don't compete with fisheries.:: Monday, July 19, 2004 ::
Poster: History of Programming Languages (PDF, OReilly)
Fantastic sea life and underwater photography at seaotter.com
The Diddly Awards: Honoring the jaw-dropping achievements of the 108th Congress. (mother jones)
The New Yorker on what Kerry's foreign policy landscape will look like.:: Thursday, July 15, 2004 ::
If anyone is out there from the NYC area, stop by and say hi when I'll be at the Living Room on Wednesday, July 21.
Digital Imaging to examine mummies without cutting them open:: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 ::
1194 Miles per gallon
Flea Markets are great. $36 gets you this:
Found this on a radiology newsletter this AM.:: Monday, July 12, 2004 ::
Mr. Danzig, meet Mr. Floor.
"Raw Horse Flesh": Japanese Ice Cream, of course
Republican-controlled media hive Clear-Channel bans Times Square billboard critical of Bush's Iraqi invasion.
While the government bows to puritanical broadcasting standards, PBS suffers.:: Friday, July 09, 2004 ::
Nice collection of vintage watch ads from timezone.com.
Inflatable space hotels (via slashdot)
More B.S. and unchecked greed from the MPAA: One in four people have illegally downloaded a film over the net.
Health vs. Wealth (NYTimes):: Thursday, July 08, 2004 ::
The Liberal Media compares the candidates (This Modern World at workingforchange):: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 ::
Tastes Great. Mice Filling.
Pharma CEO to R&D: "Get me something that stops coughing better than
Playlists on Dick Cheney's iPod. (McSweeneys)
Lost in Translation
[Criminalizing progress and technology]:: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 ::
Separated at birth?
Blogger just isn't working well anymore. Can anyone recommend a better alternative?
You've Got Mail (and Court Says Others Can Read It):: Monday, July 05, 2004 ::Last week a federal appeals court in Boston ruled that federal wiretap laws do not apply to e-mail messages if they are stored, even for a millisecond, on the computers of the Internet providers that process them - meaning that it can be legal for the government or others to read such messages without a court order.
Today pitchforkmedia selects our new national anthem.
President Bush, seeking to mobilize religious conservatives for his reelection campaign, has asked church-going volunteers to turn over church membership directories, campaign officials said on Thursday.