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:: Monday, January 31, 2005 ::
One in three U.S. high school students say the press ought to be more restricted, and even more say the government should approve newspaper stories before readers see them, according to a survey being released today.
Baby born with tail.:: Sunday, January 30, 2005 ::
This is about the most strange video clip I've ever seen. Please tell me this is real. Loads of other good clips here as well.:: Thursday, January 27, 2005 ::
OnionAVCLub interview with Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane
Frank Rich has a fantastic piece in today's NYTimes about the state of the war and the difference between those who wanted it and those who fight it.:: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 ::
... and 85 ways to tie a necktie (mathematically proven if you follow the links)
22 Ways to lace your shoes Because you like checkerboard patterns on your feet.
The Republican regime will be fighting a John Kerry sponsored bill designed to provide healthcare coverage to the 11 Million children in the U.S. who have none. They're putting our country's children dead last while feeding their cronies in the defense industry more money for their war. Add your name to Senator Kerry's list of supporters to let Congress know that this is an important piece of legislation and a wise use of taxpayer funds in a political climate where wisdom is all too uncommon.:: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 ::
Proving once again that a) audiophiles will buy anything and b) we're all in the wrong business, referenceaudio is selling a (one) stereo knob for $500. Made out of wood. You know, that stuff that all those trees are made of. Because wood vibrates better. Or less, or something. And all of that sound that your non-wooden knobs are generating is probably somehow inferior. Damn.
The US is now less environmentally sustainable than Botswana (very short, Mother Jones, references this NYTimes article ranking nations on environmental policy)
Johnny Carson on Democracy (from Bifurcated Rivets)
Is it just me or is blogger getting slow to the point of uselessness lately? Hey google, change the hamsters in those servers, will you?:: Monday, January 24, 2005 ::
Those whizzing bullets are the sound of freedom on the march.
Sex Pistol Steve Jones interviews Brian Wilson about the 38 years later resurrection of the Beach Boy's "Smile" album. (Audio, Second link down):: Friday, January 21, 2005 ::
The Encyclopedia Mythica at pantheon.org
Fawning Fox News puppethead stupified by objections to Bush's lavish innauguration during his failed far.
[Soak no evil] Vile fundamentalists, who have somehow have latched on to the 'Christian' moniker while consistently mocking everything Christ-like, have turned their paranoid rants toward Spongebob. Aren't these disgusting subhumans already busy enough celebrating a murderous, illegal war, defending guns, and denying proven science without attacking fictional yellow singing sponges? These people are getting less entertaining every day.
Study the lost art of the swizzle stick.
Homemade Alaskan Mech-Assault Flame-throwing humanoid
Hell hath no fury like an online gamer scorned
Want an original Picasso? Shop CostCo:: Thursday, January 20, 2005 ::
Drink up, ladies. A drink a day boosts cognitive power in older women.
The Interactive Inagural Map of DC - Your roadmap to fun!
Matt Blaze's Safecracking for the Computer Scientist (pdf) looks at the similarities and differences between physical security in safes and locks and system security.
Replace Rumsfeld. over 700,000 have signed. Let's get it over a million.:: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 ::
Office Assault Weapons. Prison shankcraft meets Staples
Ho Hum, More War And Death (sfgate)
The good news: The government is abandoning the Carnivore project to monitor your internet usage and email content.:: Monday, January 17, 2005 ::
SOS: Students for an Orwellian Society:: Friday, January 14, 2005 ::
Washboards International: Dedicated to the musical washboard and its players.
Nice site on touch guitars, torn from bifurcated rivets
An oldie but a goodie: For Sale by Mental Patient
Hey, It's "I ain't makin' this shit up, Friday!": Finding a good guidance counselor is tough these days. California middle school students were told to consider being strippers- but only if they were hot enough to make pull the big stripper cash.
Educational video from Bush's Office of Truth Enhancement. When truth gets in the way, they get to work.
Say it with me: "We're the good guys. This is for democracy. For use against those that hate freedom." Repeat.
Gizmodo Bill Gates interview part 4: DRM and Communism:: Thursday, January 13, 2005 ::
Saucy Senior sacked for showing snaps of sac-covering sack!. Damn, I should work for the Daily News.
Evolution textbook stickers: A victory in Georgia against the endarkened antiscience crusaders. (NYTimes):: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 ::
OnionAVClub interview with producer Rick Rubin on Def Jam's history and the earliest days of rap in New York.
Howard Pyle: Father of American Illustration:: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 ::
Can't have a homemade war without a homemade tank.
Last night Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 won Best Movie of the Year at the People's Choice awards. Here's his acceptance speech. (.mov):: Monday, January 10, 2005 ::
Need a new trick for next year's XGames? Hire a physicist.
In the bicycling world, over the past few years there's been a bit of a backlash against the fancy, complicated componentry and gadgets that hang from road bike frame. The best place to see bike minimalism is at the fixed gear gallery, which features over 1400 pics and descriptions of bikes stripped down to their bare essentials- no cyclo-computers, no freewheels (if you're moving forward, you're pedalling), no gears, and many times, no brakes.
Busting up stuff in space: Comet Smasher Nears Launch
Privacy: Cape Code DNA Round-Up:: Saturday, January 08, 2005 ::
Largest eruption in universe discovered (Insert Taco Bell joke here)
The Reality of Red-State Fascism from Lew Rockwell:: Thursday, January 06, 2005 ::
I'm just getting around to this, but it seems to me like the lamest scam ever concocted. X10 has been around for decades, and this n00b decides to fake web-controlled christmas lights with still photos. A computer specialist? I just don't get it when a scam is more labor-intensive than the actual working design. Please. How did anyone fall for this junk?
A couple of weeks late, but interesting all the same. Augie Wren's Christmas story was the story used for the "Smoke" screenplay. (via JoelonSoftware):: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 ::
If hot-rodding beautiful old cars is an art form, then hot-rodding and turbocharging a 1986 Plymouth Horizon is a surrealist/dada/avant garde art form.
No idea too dumb: Banks recycle credit card numbers. Hilarity ensues.:: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 ::
At SnowCrystals.com, they grow designer snowflakes in their own lab.
Scientists asked, "What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?" (NYTimes):: Monday, January 03, 2005 ::
Toreadore Squat, Wa-Ha, Trinity: Your bags have names
AMG, easily the best and largest music-review site on the web, Just released its best-of-2004 list
Nick Jr., Antebellum-style: 19th Century children and what they read
How Bush Really Won
Surviving Charles Dickens' London (odd BBC flash game)