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:: Thursday, March 31, 2005 ::
When bad scenes happen to great movies and vice versa (onionavclub)
Having done time in a surf band, I played freakin' "Apache" hundreds of times. That song is bored into my skull in a such a very uncomfortable way, I thought I'd never need to hear it again. Boy was I wrong. This is the best "Apache" I've ever seen. These groovy Hessian Hustle-rockists make B.O.C. look like a Barmitzvah band. (Don't thank me, thank Rivets)
How to make Lava lamp liquid and ooze. way more complicated than I thought.
A list of all known operating drive-in movie theatres in the U.S.
Here's what it's like to listen to Abba's "Dancing Queen" nonstop for over 5 hours. (vid, from Coudal):: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 ::
Spoiled, lying Laura K. Pahl, a Lewis University student, gets popped for Plagiarism. Nice to see this useless waste of some professor's time and energy get hit with a little payback. Don't feel too sorry for her- she'll do fine in politics some day.:: Monday, March 28, 2005 ::
[more, more, more] Spring is here and you know what that means: the fast food joints want to fatten you up for next winter.:: Friday, March 25, 2005 ::
If you thought analog unicycles were geeky, hold on to your propeller beanies...
Urinals rising from the underground
The Era of Exploitation (NYTimes)
Is Microsoft Toast? (Financial Times)
Plans to allow parents undergoing fertility treatment to choose the sex of their unborn baby have split an influential group of lawmakers and have reignited the debate over "designer babies". (reuters uk)
Blast! Foiled again!
Chili Con Finger
Fool around, get $43 Million
Pro chocolate eaters
Elephants do impressions.
Activist Museum infiltration Here's Banksy's site featuring his current exhibitions:: Thursday, March 24, 2005 ::
Iraq is a symptom, not a cause. It's a symptom of the passion we have for oil, which is a declining resource in the world. Alternatives can be found, but they will not be found as long as there's one drop of oil or natural gas to be extracted from other nations, preferably by force by the current junta in charge of our affairs. Iraq will end with our defeat.
For sale: 90%-ass job!
The God Racket (NYTimes):: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 ::
The press, the polls, and Terry Schiavo (Salon, AdWatch req'd)
Cavern of Sorrows: Great acrylics by Camille Rose Garcia.
Pledge to boycott any oil company that drills for oil in the Arctic Refuge. (TrueMajority):: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 ::
Serious dance moves (vid)
Free download of Bloc Party's newest single "Like Eating Glass" from Salon (watch a commercial for day pass, then scroll to bottom for download):: Monday, March 21, 2005 ::
Speaking of hacks, check out this awesome bicycle wheel POV. I'd even keep the default message.
Ourmedia.org - store media for free forever (from Gizmodo, where I also found this $11 lcd photoframe hack):: Sunday, March 20, 2005 ::
A very nice page dedicated to the British pre-war Brough Superior motorcycle.
Tony Hawk's video gallery.:: Friday, March 18, 2005 ::
Audio trick: endless octave ascending
The Onion A.V. Club spoke to three men on the archival front lines, who work to bring the kind of movies that play big-city repertory houses into the Wal-Marts and Targets of Middle America.   
Well, what can I say... The Bushies needed some more land to destroy, so they chose one of the few remaining pristine places left on the planet to hand over to their embedded industry cronies. The landscape will be fouled with hideous, dirty industrial equipment, and you and I won't see a shred of benefit. The huge, corrupt oil companies will make millions in deals that have already been quitely handed to them, and more land and water will get polluted in the name of profit. What an insanely filthy monster. You could argue that a lifetime of loafing, cronyism, coke-addled misdirection and having everything handed to you could breed a personality this vile and corrupt, but that doesn't begin to explain this character. How does somebody even get like this? Utterly sickening.:: Monday, March 14, 2005 ::
There's gotta be an NRA pamphlet about what do do when shit like this happens. (vid link; awesome)
The Lucky Ones (Time)
"He hit the Man for $3 Million. Right where it hurts. And baby, that's cold."
If this doesn't sound like a case for a superhero - any superhero - I don't know what does.
Project C-90 is the ultimate blank cassette tape museum. Nice pictures of blank tapes from brands you knew well, and those you never heard of. I didn't remember tapes looking so cool. (from GMT+9)
Three articles from PopMatters about the recording industry's increasing efforts to prevent ripping - often at the expense of privacy, convenience, and the intention of copyright law itself.
Iraq's Thin (and Blurred) Blue Line (mojones)
Under Bush, a New Age of Prepackaged News
Skateboarding dog (link to .wmv):: Sunday, March 13, 2005 ::
Wakeup call for U.S. tech industry and policymakers: U.S. Could Lose Tech Edge:: Thursday, March 10, 2005 ::
There's been a couple of blips in the news about the falsification of Saddam's capture over the last two days, but finally major sources are picking it up. Utterly shameful, if true, given the number of people dead, dollars wasted, and lives disrupted to this end, but I wouldn't put anything past this cynical administration.:: Tuesday, March 08, 2005 ::
Here's what your Republican congress is up to: rewriting personal bankruptcy law by and for the credit card giants. (NYTimes). Some states (e.g. Delaware, where all credit card companies are legally based) already allow interest rate charges up to 22%. Now they're attacking you at the federal level. Thank you, congress, for such upstanding lawmaking!:: Monday, March 07, 2005 ::
Finding God in a microscope (SFGate)
What do you want the internet to be? (reprinted from Toronto Star):: Saturday, March 05, 2005 ::
I'm currently rediscovering Chips Challenge (free d/l, abandonware), the most addictive puzzle game in computing history, as far as I'm concerned.
Coffee on paper
Eat Fruit! Why? The internet told you so! (thx, pete)
Afghanistan is now nearly a 'narcotics state'... At least its not a police state.:: Friday, March 04, 2005 ::
RIP Martin Denny
Sharp piece by NYT's Krugman on republican budget bait-and-switch (but I really got a kick out of his use of "conservative intellectuals")
Ebay: A used breast implant: current bid ~$17K
The New York Public Library digital image gallery is open to the public.
The concept of an honest politician is such an contradictory abomination of reason, that people immediately complain when they finally encounter one.
Englishcut: An interesting blog by a Seville Row tailor (via memepool)
Xray: Sharp pain in head.
Special interest greed trumps public policy every time. When Philadelphia announced plans for a low-cost city-wide wireless broadband network, the corporations went into overdrived and backed legislation that would illegalize ANY regional broadband network that would compete with a corporate offering - regardless of price, operational plans, or benefit to low-income households who would otherwise have no network access. The Philly deal was saved only by a last minute deal with Verizon (threatening them with a landslide of bad PR), but these networks still remain illegal elsewhere, and the big telecoms are free to price-gouge to their heart's content. Never mind that the US is now not even in the top-ten most connected countries (and sinking): corporate greed is killing access, innovation, and opportunity.
A handfull of tracks from the Doves new album "Some Cities" (free, streaming):: Wednesday, March 02, 2005 ::
A nice collection of mathematical animated gifs from Wolfram Research (with the math to back them up, if you're up for some proofreading)
The Online Guide to Whistling Records
A Law Student finally passes a required course after 39 consecutive fails.
Yahoo turns 10, and offers to buy everyone in the country an ice cream cone today.