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January 31, 2000

Julius Knipl: An Episodic Radio Cartoon

Julius Knipl: An Episodic Radio Cartoon: Audio 'translations' of Ben Katchor's wonderful weekly comic strip Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer. Metropolis has a strip online -- it's not clear if or how often this is updated. Sadly, I haven't found any other source for his comics on the Web.

Traffic Wave Experiments

Traffic Wave Experiments: This guy claims to be able to eliminate traffic jams by driving through them. His theories are intriguing enough that I'm going to give them a try the next time I find myself in a car on a congested highway.


Malkovich: This is a terrible place to start surfing the Web. You shouldn't even go here. BTW, this was certainly one of my favorite movies of all time (Being John Malkovich, that is) -- I can't understand what anyone didn't like about it.

January 30, 2000


IronChef.com: I can't believe I didn't think to check for Iron Chef fan sites before! This site is a comprehensive resource which includes a complete episode guide, a FAQ, and tons of links. There is even a link to what is allegedly a realaudio file of Chairman Kaga rapping!

January 28, 2000

Opt Out of DoubleClick

Opt Out of DoubleClick: shudder to think. Double Click, a banner ad server, has been tracking Web users by name and address. For what it's worth (which may not be much) I strongly suggest that you follow the link above and select to opt out of this tracking, if you're not already taking stronger measures such as filtering/blocking all ad banners and cookies with something like Junkbusters proxy software (the Junkbusters site is also a great resource for dealing with all kinds of unwanted commercial intrusion into your life). The only filtering software I know of for Mac is WebFree which hasn't been updated in over two years. An instance of NPR's Talk of the Nation looks at the issue of online profiling for those who would like more information. The Center for Democracy and Technology has a site devoted to opting out, with links to more online opt outs and a tool for generating opt out letters to banks, phone solicitors, and direct marketers -- this is a great resource. Did you know that you can tell a telemarketer to "put me on your no-call list" and they are obligated to stop calling for 10 years... that's what I heard anyway. It's certainly worth a try next time Citibank tries to get you to pay for the fraud protection that they already provide at no charge by law.


POTATOLAND: who watches the watchmen?. This site is one of the few that really pushes the limits of the web. I came across their Digital Landfill a long long time ago, and more recently was pointed to their new Shredder, maybe by Eatonweb? Rob Malda of slashdot fame wrote a CGI that generates a poem based on an URL. Mark Martin is facilitating collaborative art at his site, including a version of Exquisite Corpse. Anyway, I spent quite a bit of time looking for more neat web tricks, but most of the things I found just aren't too very interesting. If you have n't, spend a little time watching other people's searches at Metaspy or Webcrawler -- it's a unique experience. I do enjoy Meta-HTML's Zippy Active Filter -- politics will never be the same! Of course, here are the obligatory shredded randomWalks and randomWalks poem links. Wow, as I was gathering these links, I stumbled across this great interactive collage toy. Maybe there is good stuff out there, and I'm just not looking hard enough.

January 26, 2000

Uploading the Human Brain

Uploading the Human Brain: there's no turning back.... "Identity is rather like the pattern that water makes when rushing around a rock in a stream. The pattern remains relatively unchanged for hours, even years, while the actual material constituting the pattern -- the water -- is replaced in milliseconds." Raymond Kurzweil, inventor of the synthesizer, author of The Age of Spiritual Machines, and widely respected computer scientist suggests that "in 2029, we will swallow or inject billions of nanobots into our veins to enter a three dimensional cyberspace -- a virtual reality environment."

You Aren't What You Eat

You Aren't What You Eat: Fresh Fields embodies everything gross about the new Gilded Agethe hypocrisy, the self-centered excess, the commercialized social consciousness that has replaced real political activism.

originally posted by dm8k

Forgotten NY

Forgotten NY: I get the news I need on the weather report. This site documents a continuing search for New York Cities past, cities which take shape before your eyes as you begin to notice ads on old brick walls, visit unused subway stations, struggle to decipher tags and wonder at murals. For further study take a radical walking tour, explore the underground (or just read about it,) investigate the world famous new york subway system.

January 25, 2000

D.C. Taxi Commissioner Encourages Racial Profiling

D.C. Taxi Commissioner Encourages Racial Profiling: all you see is... crime in the city. "[Sandra] Seegars called on cabbies to protect themselves from violence by avoiding 'dangerous-looking' people. She defined 'dangerous-looking' as a 'young black guy with his hat on backwards, shirttail hanging down longer than his coat, baggy pants down below his underwear and unlaced tennis shoes.'" I'm guessing Seegars doesn't have a son.... This is perhaps the most horrific development since Danny Glover focused public attention once again on the discriminatory practices common among taxi drivers. John Garvey gives the discussion some context in his New Abolitionist article.


Cruithne: everything you know is wrong. login/pass=cypherpunk/cypherpunk to read this article on an asteroid which British scientists have classified as a second moon of the Earth. It is not a true moon, as it shares Earth's orbit around the Sun, following an odd horseshoe pattern. To locate Cruithne check out today's map of the solar system (hint: it's near Venus, but closer to Mercury's orbit.) Elsewhere in space, the Hubble telescope can see once again, and the view is truly amazing.


DeCSS Author ARRESTED: The sixteen year old hacker from Norway who broke the DVD code stuff has been arrested. Hes being sued by Sony, Universal, MGM and Warner. Insane. Thanks Slashdot

originally posted by tragicM

January 24, 2000

This post is brought to you by the letter B and the number 2

This post is brought to you by the letter B and the number 2: you are not what you own. I just noticed that the new minidisc mix I made consists almost entirely of bands starting with the letter B: Beatnuts, Buffalo Tom, the Beatles, Bill Withers, Billy Corgan's band Smashing Pumpkins, and Billy Corgan's band Hole. 2 things I wish someone had told me a long time ago: the Beatnuts make dope beats and Fugazi's lyrics are wonderful. Recently retired from my minidisc player: Moby Play. If you're into pretty, homegrown things, check out the Stalkers.

DeCSS/css-auth Source Code

DeCSS/css-auth Source Code: go directly to jail. The DVD Copy Control Association thinks it should be illegal for you to click here -- whoops, it looks like Norway agrees. At issue is the right of programmers to write software allowing them to view DVDs on UNIX and related operating systems. If you want to get your hands on some hot code, here is a list of spots. If you're not sure exactly how ridiculous this is, please read John Perry Barlow's Economy of Mind article and then head to OpenDVD.org for the latest word on the legal proceedings between the EFF and the CCA.


G-Force: dedicated to God. Andy O'Meara's G-Force visual plug-in for the SoundJam, WinAmp, and Macast mp3 players is fantastic. I love eye candy, and this stuff will surely rot your mind -- I can stare at it and lose myself completely. The author also created the WhiteCap plug-in which is also great. A good standalone program is Cthuga, which has a nice Mac version. One day I'd like to learn to program stuff like this.

January 20, 2000

FCC OKs Low Power Radio

FCC OKs Low Power Radio: The Federal Communications Commision today announced plans to allow noncommercial organizations to create low power FM radio stations powered up to 10 (1.5 mile radius) and 100 (4 mile radius) watts. This has the potential to be a really good thing. The New York Times carries an article with some soundbites from the National Association of Broadcasters and such advocacy groups as the Low Power Radio Coalition. I don't know enough about pirate radio to point you to any great sites, so if you're interested, check out About.com's pirate/free radio guide. I'm kind of embarrassed that I live in New York City and still haven't tried to tune in Steal This Radio... they're still broadca sting, aren't they?

Don't pollute a singular idea

Don't pollute a singular idea: man.

January 19, 2000

Where Was the Color in Seattle?

Where Was the Color in Seattle?: "I think even Bay Area activists of color who understood [how the WTO affected the daily lives of U.S. communities of color] didn't want to go to a protest dominated by 50,000 white hippies." Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez looks at why the Battle of Seattle was waged primarily by white activists. This essay is from an upcoming issue of ColorLines, "the nation's leading magazine on race, culture, and organizing." I received the message from their mailing list, which unfortunately doesn't have publicly accessible archives. The link is to a copy I've posted elsewhere.

Quick, browse!

Quick, browse!: thanks, xblog. Quickbrowse lets you enter a list of URLs and combines all of the pages into one by stitching them together vertically. You have to try it to see if you like it. I have tried it and love it, but I'm not sure how I'll use it. I was going to link to an example I created, but it seems that their system is pretty buggy, oh well.

"If you think about it, it's pretty weird."

"If you think about it, it's pretty weird.": thanks, rebecca's pocket. I'll say.

Instructions for viewing a lunar eclipse

Instructions for viewing a lunar eclipse: thanks, rebecca's pocket. 1. Go outside. 2. Look up. The total lunar eclipse begins at 10:01pm EST Thursday Jan 20 and continues until 1:25am. The moon is fully covered by the Earth's shadow from 11:05pm to 12:22am. If you don't get to see it, check out this gallery of lunar eclipse photos.

January 18, 2000

Hey Kids! Comics!

Hey Kids! Comics!: thanks, peterme. "The Web allows artists to extend their reach beyond the physical parameters of sheets of paper. 'Comic art has always been limited by page structure ... with the Web, you're not limited in that way any more.'" The San Francisco Chronicle examines the impact the Net is having on the comic book industry. The most interesting comic I've found online is ThisDJ -- it uses the medium of the Web in innovative and effective ways. I looked long and hard for a good general comic book site and have only come up with Comic Book Resources which doesn't really do it for me in terms of reviews. I'm sure there are dozens of great books being published, but I don't know how to find them. I mean really great books, like Watchmen, Eightball, Optic Nerve, Acme Novelty Library, Lone Wolf and Cub, the original Groo. Maybe I just need to pick up some superhero books again and start all over. I'm afraid that it's too expensive these days to develop a comics habit though... I used to buy a dozen a week, when they cost less than a dollar a piece. Now a single issue costs $2.95-$3.95! What's up with that? GenXorcist dedicates a page to African-American Super Heroes. Steve Conley has scanned several dozen comic book ads, including this classic from Charles Atlas. These days the only book I pick up regularly is whatever Sin City story Frank Miller is writing.

Great Balls of Fire

Great Balls of Fire: Dozens of prisoners had their testicles bombarded with radiation in the name of science back in the '60s and '70s. Now, they're getting some long-delayed payback.

originally posted by dm8k

OS X is Beautiful

OS X is Beautiful: "Apple has a unique opportunity to make serious, effectual changes to the interface for the first time in sixteen years. It has the opportunity to push the user-productivity of the Macintosh far beyond where Windows now lies." Will Apple's Aqua change your world for the better? Bruce "Tog" Tognazzi, lead designer at Healtheon and founder of the Apple Human Interface Group has his doubts.

January 14, 2000

Noam Chomsky Archive

Noam Chomsky Archive: Who's better - Norv Turner or Noam Chomsky? This page will help you make that important decision yourself.


my.mp3.com: This is big. Huge. And I had a rant about firewalls right here all ready to go when I decided to give it one more try and yes! I can listen to every CD I own from anywhere I am streamed over the Net shoutcast-style! Well, every CD which mp3.com "knows about" and which I have told mp3.com I own by sticking it in my CD-ROM drive at home. What a small price to pay -- now I can take my iBook anywhere there's a net connection and all of my music is a few clicks away. This really blows me away, I'm surprised it hasn't gotten more coverage. My only guess is that people just don't understand the implications here. What kind of deals must mp3.com have made with the recording industry? What kind of database of mp3s must they be sitting on top of? I've thought for years that apart from backups and temporary local copies and such, only one instance of anything in any media really needs to exist in this digital age. mp3.com has the music locked down, peanut press is working on the books. You know that ad with the bored woman (who acts a lot like Dr. Katz' receptionist) working at a motel in the middle of nowhere, telling a customer that they have "all movies ever made any time any place whenever you want instantly" or something like that? If Steve Case has any vision at all that's what he sees.

the Web is still cool

the Web is still cool: A couple of sites that do really neat things with DHTML: Lane Becker's Monstro (click 'recently') and Lost America Night Photography by Troy Paiva. (If you don't see anything "neat," your browser probably doesn't support DHTML/JavaScript.)

The Onion, this week

The Onion, this week. Thanks, Onion.

American Movie

American Movie: Scarier than the Blair Witch, funnier than anything this side of the Princess Bride and outdogme-ing anything dogme has ever done, American Movie is touring the country right now. The less you know about this movie, the better, but don't risk missing it! Protagonist Mark Borchardt is going to be on Letterman Friday night, and director Chris Smith is interviewed in The Onion.

January 13, 2000

No More Goat Throwing!

No More Goat Throwing!: I don't know what's worse... this or midget tossing.

originally posted by dm8k

One Hazard of Being a Disk Jockey

One Hazard of Being a Disk Jockey: Oh my. I should add that in my years of radio anchoring, this has never been a problem.

January 12, 2000

Find A Grave

Find A Grave: This handy site can tell you where your favorite idol or celebrity is interred. There are even pictures of some of the graves. Did you know, for example, that jazz bassist Charles Mingus' ashes were scattered over the Ganges River? And that you can see the spleen of presidential assassin Charles Guiteau on display in Washington, D.C.?


E=mc2: "Look here: say you have a disk that can spin, and so you put a pail of milk on it and you make it spin. You will see the milk go up the side of the pail, and fly over and out onto the disk. No big deal, eh? The spin will make a pull. But now what if you said that the pail of milk is your 'at rest'? Then you have you and the sky and all that in a big huge spin, and the disk with its pail of milk is the only body that is 'at rest', yes? How can you say then why the milk goes up? What can make the at-rest milk fly out of the pail like that? " BR903 explains the theory of relativity in very short words of no more than four letters.

January 11, 2000


Cluck!: "... KFC uses featherless, beakless, and feetless genetically altered organisms that are kept alive by tubes, so different from real chickens that the company cannot legally call them chickens. These organisms have bone structures so small, ... that KFC can use more meat and save on production costs." The Boston Globe reveals the reason KFC changed its name from Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1991.

AOL to buy Time Warner

AOL to buy Time Warner: "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." Saint John of Patmos doesn't think the AOL/Time Warner deal is such a good idea. Here is wisdom. (wisdom requires Java)

January 10, 2000

Apple-branded color Palm device w/Mac OS X integration?

Apple-branded color Palm device w/Mac OS X integration?: "A color screen, an expansion slot ala Handspring's Visor, compatibility with AirPort, and a whole new way of integrating the Palm OS with the Mac OS are to be the product's highlights." I was cool to this morning's Register story about an upcoming Palm with my favorite logo on it, but today's MacOS Rumors got me all worked up again. I really want to believe this one. An article at MacProvider gives the story a good twist.

The best stuff on TV

The best stuff on TV: My two favorite shows right now are Iron Chef and Malcolm in the Middle. Iron Chef airs on the Food Network Fridays and Saturdays at 10pm and 1am EST. It is the greatest cooking show ever. When I remember that it's on, I schedule my weekends around it. Malcolm in the Middle just premiered on Fox at 8:30 Sunday night. It comes on after the Simpsons, which I watch every week, so I'll watch it next week too. I hope the rest of the episodes are as funny and odd as the pilot.

Exploring Your White/Euro American Roots

Exploring Your White/Euro American Roots: The New Abolitionist criticism of whiteness studies has never resonated with me. This piece demonstrates the significant changes this kind of study can initiate in white people. To me, educating white people about racism is the most important aspect of the work. People need to revolutionize their personal lives, and this is good revolutionary work for white people to undertake. The January issue of the New Abolitionist Society newsletter is now online.

The Breathing Earth

The Breathing Earth: This is a startling view of Earth. No key is provided, but I assume that blue is water, beige is land, and green is life. This image reminds me of the photo featured on the first cover of the Whole Earth Catalog. I'm not sure why.

January 7, 2000

There Can Be Only One

There Can Be Only One: Apparently there is a new Highlander movie in the works. Personally I think the other 2(?) screwed up the saga. The TV series ain't that bad though. Ill keep my fingers crossed.

originally posted by tragicM

Great Editorial

Great Editorial: This guy thinks he is such hot shit.

Interview with Woz

Interview with Woz: thanks, slashdot.

originally posted by tragicM

Is this true?

Is this true?: Weird.

January 6, 2000

What's happening in Chechnya?

What's happening in Chechnya?: "It would be a bit like the U.S.S.R. winning the Cold War, and the U.S. seeing Canada and Mexico join the Warsaw Treaty Organization, to be followed by Maine, Washington state and Michigan. On the face of all that, if there were a rebellion in East Los Angeles, and the U.S. Army went in there to stop it and failed, and East L.A. became de facto independent, that would be the analogy with Chechnya." Michael Urban, professor of politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz, drops a lesson on leadership, domestic & foreign policy, propaganda, global economics, terrorism, communism, democracy, and other myths of our age.

Look at that hole!

Look at that hole!: thanks, slashdot. "Scientists were reportedly surprised to learn that [a canyon nearly a mile deep and 6 miles wide] was inside the lander's projected landing zone. 'No one on our side knew that canyon was there ... All of the sudden, we got this data' -- topographical maps and images -- 'and it was like, Look at that hole!'" An unidentified source at Lockheed Martin believes that the Mars Polar Lander broke apart in a canyon. Some believe otherwise. I want to believe.

January 5, 2000

Polishing Apple

Polishing Apple: The wealth of announcements in Steve Jobs' MacWorld SF keynote address left me so stunned I forgot that I had been expecting to hear about new PowerBooks! Apple has revamped their Web site to offer free pop email (yourname@mac.com,) free network disk space, Web site reviews and online greeting cards. In other words, EMail, iDisk, iReview, and iCards. Steve also announced that he will stay on as chief executive officer of Apple, though he will keep the 'i' in his title, iCEO. The real jaw-dropper, however, was a detailed preview of Apple's upcoming operating system revision, Mac OS X -- a fully modern OS with a UNIX-like code base and an interface designed to be "easy for a first time computer owner while giving pro users the feeling that they have ultimate power with no boundaries." That quote is from Mac Media Network's excellent keynote coverage. Kudos! The streaming Quicktime webcast of Jobs' address should continue to be available for some time to come.

January 2, 2000

The Uses of Sim Sidewalks

The Uses of Sim Sidewalks: "Great neighborhoods emerge not just because they've been zoned properly, or because they're endowed with a police station; they also grow out of the 'collectivist machine' of vibrant, unpredictable street life, of public sidewalks that are engaging and delightful to explore." Steven Johnson of Feed asks three leading urbanists and city activists to play SimCity 3000.

January 1, 2000

Alternative-Rock Radio's Race Problem

Alternative-Rock Radio's Race Problem: "Alternative radio has made abundantly clear its willingness to play rap- or hip-hop-influenced music so long as it's written and performed by whites." Nathan Rabin takes the words right out of my mouth.

Inside U.S. Counterinsurgency: A Soldier Speaks

Inside U.S. Counterinsurgency: A Soldier Speaks: thanks, ZNet. "A liberal will tell you the system isn't working properly. I will tell you that the system is working exactly the way it's supposed to. After reflection on my two decades plus of service, I am convinced that I only served the richest one percent of my country. In every country where I worked, poor people's poverty built and maintained the wealth of the rich." Stan Goff served in the U.S. military for two decades, much of the time with Special Forces training Third World armies.