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February 29, 2000

"There are more things in

"There are more things in heaven and earth...."

Phil Greenspun's online photo-illustrated Travels

Phil Greenspun's online photo-illustrated Travels with Samantha makes me long for the open road and the beautiful countryside my wife and I saw on our honeymoon. Her favorite spot was Yellowstone. I'll never forget skinny-dipping in Lake Powell.

Ars Technica gets its hands

Ars Technica gets its hands wet with the Aqua-fied Mac OS X Developer Preview 3.

"In 47 visits over 12

"In 47 visits over 12 months, Fred Charles set up his tripod and panoramic camera in precisely the same spot at Dr. Davies Farm, a Congers, N.Y., apple orchard. His assignment: to follow an identical landscape through the shifting seasons." For the resulting photograph, he stitched together 12 shots into one stunning montage.

Hack life! There's some interesting

Hack life! There's some interesting stuff here, especially if you like computers and money, money and computers. Of course, half of it doesn't make any sense to me at this moment...

More photos of Mount Mayon,

More photos of Mount Mayon, including an image of a cloud of ash rising seven miles into the sky!

February 28, 2000

The BBC has a glossary

The BBC has a glossary of US political terms—designed for those watching the election from abroad, but useful for anyone who (like myself) didn't pay enough attention in civics class. Haven't you been wondering for example what exactly a caucus is? (Briefly, "a private meeting of party members designed to seek agreement on delegates for a state or national nominating convention based on which candidate they wish to support".)

I found a couple of

I found a couple of decent comic review sites today. Actually, I found quite a few sites which review mainstream books, but I'm not interested in getting back into the Marvel or DC universes—they suck you in and make you want to read every title. The Mad Review covers mostly mainstream stuff but also includes some independent books, and the reviews have a level of sophistication I haven't seen anywhere else. I haven't heard of any of the current crop of titles at Johanna Draper Carlson's Comics Worth Reading, and that's a good thing. I was intrigued (and confused) by the first couple of issues of the Invisibles, but decided not to pick it up. Recently though, Barbelith's incredible Invisibles site and an article I read about Grant's speech at the Disinfo 2000 convention have convinced me to buy the Invisibles graphic novels when I can.

Mount Mayon is erupting in

Mount Mayon is erupting in the Philippines. I want to learn to maintain a sense of awe and respect for the natural world—after all, humans are really pretty powerless in a lot of ways, though many societies go to great lengths to insulate themselves from that truth. What has Mount Mayon been up to lately?

"Feb 22 - Fresh magma is slowly but steadily ascending in Mayon's plumbing system."
"Feb 24 - The volcano erupted and superheated ash rained seven miles away. Lava with temperatures that reached well above 1,000 degrees cascaded 3 1/2 miles down the volcano's slopes at 50 mph." - Volcano World

"Feb 28 - the build up of magma is continuing to push its way up to the crater. He said that boulders as big as cars were being shot 1,640 feet into the sky." - Discovery Earth Alert

"The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said there were strong indications that the volcano will remain active over the next few weeks. Ernesto Corpuz, head of the institute's eruption prediction division, said: 'This is not yet the big one.'" - BBC News

This week I noticed that

This week I noticed that the days are getting longer. I won't have that feeling again for a year or so, but this year I still get to notice when: the days are really long; the days are longer than I ever remembered they could get; the nights are getting chilly; the mornings are getting chilly; it's time to start wearing sweaters; and it's getting dark early.

February 27, 2000

caught in between is required

caught in between is required reading.

It sucks to have to

It sucks to have to remove two great links today. My day took a turn for the worse when I received an email announcing that World New York would no longer be published (say it isn't so!) and then just as I had rediscovered bOING bOING (who is this Mark Frauenfelder and why does everything he touch turn to cool?) I found a note indicating that TV-ULTRA is on hiatus less like Freaks and Geeks is on hiatus and more like Peanuts is on hiatus.

Wow. I've been meaning to

Wow. I've been meaning to put together a nice thoughtful post dense with links to all kinds of culture-jamming-media-activist sites but first monday has been nice enough to go me about 10 better. Their Hacking Memes article is quite comprehensive, covering memes, ad jamming, the information war, commercials in classrooms, online activism, and even fan fiction. For good measure (otherwise it would drive me crazy) I'll throw in a few choice links here, with no grammatical or syntactical support: Adbusters, the Culture-Jammers Encyclopedia, Disinformation, the Billboard Liberation Front, Survival Research Laboratories. thanks, found objects.

I can't believe how excited

I can't believe how excited I am about the 50 new quarters being minted over the next nine years. Coinworld.com has a sneak peek at the designs of some quarters which haven't been issued yet. I think I'm going to have to get The Official United States Mint 50 State Quarters Collector's Map—"A topographical state map of the United States with patented push-fit holders in which to collect all 50 State Quarters from circulation. What fun for a child(or you!) to hunt for and collect each new quarter out of pocket change!"

Kestrel's Nest solved a mystery

Kestrel's Nest solved a mystery I've been wondering about for a few weeks—the Shonen Knife website had been appearing in his referrer logs too, and Anita informs us that it's a fake entry left by the Proxomitron, a "universal Web filter" (Windows only) written by a Shonen Knife fan.

February 26, 2000

No More Prisons has links

No More Prisons has links to several sources of news and analysis on the Diallo verdict (not guilty on all counts). The best quote I've found: "'The courts have made a very clear decision that the taking of a life of an African-American because of the created fears of white officers is permissible in the state of New York,' said Lt. Eric Adams, co-founder of the group 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care."

February 25, 2000

With apologies to Shel Silverstein,

With apologies to Shel Silverstein, check out Where the Internet Ends. Ok, not really. Much more fun awaits at the 404 Research Lab.

Iconfactory has announced the winners

Iconfactory has announced the winners of Pixelpalooza, its annual icon design contest. The Iconfactory icons are very well done (and some are truly beautiful), but none of them can touch the Mozco !Garash! icons—far and away the best I've ever seen.

Monkey Fist (which rocks) notes

Monkey Fist (which rocks) notes that there are a slew of "white pride" clubs on Yahoo which violate the Yahoo Terms of Service (section 6a, specifically). You can encourage Yahoo to enforce these terms with an email.

MacAddict is running a comparison

MacAddict is running a comparison of Mac Napster clients, "currently the best way to get MP3s." thanks, macsurfer.

February 24, 2000

But can Tama climb a

But can Tama climb a tree when AIBO chases her? thanks, slashdot.

It had to happen: m3tacubed.

It had to happen: m3tacubed. "What was missing, it occurred to me, was a place that listed some of the better lists of weblogs, so that people could identify the best places to identify the best places to identify the best places to go for actual content." My brain hurts. thanks, running tally.

Finally a good use for

Finally a good use for the internet - www.vhemt.org.

Minute Books presents Stranger In

Minute Books presents Stranger In a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Valentine Michael Smith: You people would cure all society's ills if you'd just "grow closer" to your friends.
People: You sick dog. (stone him)
Valentine Michael Smith: I don't get it. Truly, I am a STRANGER in a STRANGE LAND. (dies)
thanks, metafilter.

Marlys Magazine carries Lynda Barry's

Marlys Magazine carries Lynda Barry's "Ernie Pook's Comeek" on the web, updated weekly for your enjoyment. thanks, robotwisdom.

"I really got up this

"I really got up this morning and fried an egg for my daughter and myself. There is another world where my daughter and I had cereal. The cereal world is in the wave function of the universe, but it's not real in the sense that any information I'm going to get will falsify the hypothesis. All the information says we had eggs. Look at my cholesterol level!" Dr. Seth Lloyd tells the New York Times why Schrodinger's cat is either dead or alive, but not both. A recent experiment has shed light upon how an atom in a quantum state (existing in all possible states simultaneously) decoheres into one particular position. It seems to me that mystical traditions and this branch of physics have a lot to learn from each other; many of the supernatural powers attributed to yogis, buddhas, and christs would seem almost unremarkable in light of this new understanding of the universe. It also seems to me that 'the wave function of the universe' is just one of the nine billion names of God.

Do you visit Slashdot at

Do you visit Slashdot at least once a day? ...twice a day? ...once an hour? Do you have a user account at Slashdot? Do you configure your Slashboxes? Have you ever read Slashdot via ultramode.txt? Do you take it personally when you are moderated down? In the grand tradition of the Purity Test comes the Unofficial Slashdot Purity Test.

Space weather. Space weather? thanks,

Space weather. Space weather? thanks, macintouch.

February 23, 2000

Grim Reaper's Age Guesser—which guessed

Grim Reaper's Age Guesser—which guessed I was 27 (not too far off)—is one of Dan Zen's fascinating games. This is really fun unique stuff that's worth a visit; be sure to look around at the other games before you leave. thanks, lake effect.

"frontwheeldrive humbly attempts to bring

"frontwheeldrive humbly attempts to bring intelligent reporting to emerging sciences such as Artificial Intelligence, Memetics, Complexity, Chaos Theory and the like with a nod toward design and an open eye on new media. Forever forward in the pursuit of positive stimuli. Information in formation." It does a good job, and draws some big names. thanks, peterme.

February 22, 2000

What's an egg cream? Where

What's an egg cream? Where does the steam rising from manholes come from? Is Jamaica, Queens named for the island? Does milk spoil more quickly in the city? Carolyn Hahn spent two years researching all sorts of obscure questions about New York City so you wouldn't have to. Go on, Ask, Already!

A British woman has taken

A British woman has taken it upon herself to cure her chronic fatigue by drilling a hole into her head, a procedure known as trepanation which is purported to increase brain blood volume and have all sorts of other beneficial results. At the risk of freaking the hell out of my family and friends, I have to admit that I've always been quite fascinated by the reports of incredible peace, clarity, and even bliss told by those who have taken the plunge, so to speak. If anyone who knows me doesn't think it's a really bad idea (the gift, not the hole in the head,) I'd love to get this documentary for my birthday. The Skeptic's Dictionary has an informative entry under trepanation, including a few more interesting links. They don't have a link to the Trepanation Trust, a site which I should probably stay away from lest temptation get the best of me. thanks, davenetics.

I want this t-shirt.

I want this t-shirt.

February 21, 2000

Someone's selling homemade duct tape

Someone's selling homemade duct tape wallets for $5. If they were halfway cool, they'd post instructions on how to make your own... it does look pretty complicated though. thanks, baylink.

This weekend we developed 10

This weekend we developed 10 rolls of pictures we took on our honeymoon. We ended up choosing 1 hour developing at Rite-Aid, because it was only a couple of dollars more than dropping it off at the supermarket for 3 day developing. It ended up being a bad choice, not because the photos weren't developed well but because the people running the developing machine obviously looked through all of our pictures and ended up rearranging them (I hate that) so badly that in one envelope we found photos of Buffalo from Yellowstone, a picture of our friends' house in Winston-Salem NC, and a picture of a deer we saw when we were camping outside of Austin, TX. What's up with that? Anyway this photo is of the Pacific coast taken during our drive from Santa Cruz down to Big Sur, and it's one of the ones I'm pretty proud of.

evhead found browserware.org, a site

evhead found browserware.org, a site about free software that works through your browser. They don't have a link to workspot, which looks pretty amazing (I haven't tried it yet) -- a Linux workstation you can use through a browser via either an HTML interface, or a Java-based Timbuktu/pcAnywhere-type deal. Thanks to metafilter for that one.

February 19, 2000

"The Web may provide us

"The Web may provide us with a way to transcend our current and limited spheres of knowledge to grasp a further and deeper understanding of what it means to be human and to be alive." Derek Powazek's contribution to the growing literature about weblogs pointed me to Julie Ann Petersen's thoughts on some of the ways in which this will happen. This is some of what I'm reaching for when I bore my friends with babble about how incredible, unprecedented, revolutionary, paradigm-changing, blah blah blah the Internet is. I mean, people used to huddle under rocks when they weren't killing things for food and picking bugs out of each other's hair. I don't know what that means.

Butternut squash is my new

Butternut squash is my new favorite food. A ripe one will have a sort of dull skin (rather than shiny) and feel heavy for its size. I just slice them in half symmetrically, scoop out the seeds, place them face up on a plate and wrap it with plastic wrap, and microwave the whole thing for 20 minutes. Then scoop it out of the shell and maybe add a little salt. Delicious!

Redesigning your site bit by

Redesigning your site bit by bit is a little like thinking out loud. I felt that using headlines for each post like pitas does was restricting me somewhat, but now I think my page is harder to read. I guess I'll keep playing with it. Please let me know what you think at any time.

People tell me I look

People tell me I look a lot like this guy.

Props to pitas for creating

Props to pitas for creating a tool so simple it got me and my friends logging the Web in no time, but I've decided to switch to blogger because it is more powerful and flexible.

February 18, 2000

Steal This Page

Please feel free to use my javascript 'links open windows' code in your own pages -- and whatever else you find on randomWalks, for that matter. Take it, it's yours. That's why I publish on the Web. As I said to Tom, anyone who says people shouldn't steal code is a hypocrite and a fool.

February 17, 2000

Two Things

2 unrelated things that make me happy: we just got free soda at work, and barbelith.

The Alternative Polish Dictionary

The Alternative Polish Dictionary: thanks, riothero. My grandparents used to speak Polish a lot when I was younger. They don't really use it anymore, at least not when I'm around. I wonder if I ever understood it on some unconscious level. This is a great dictionary of Polish slang, i.e. curse words and such. I wish I'd had something like this at Christmas dinner all those years.

The Greatest Thing Since... oh, nevermind

The Greatest Thing Since... oh, nevermind: thanks, camworld. "Actually, a lot of people who hear about the product usually half- joke about sliced jelly. No kidding. That's down the road a ways."

NYC Nuclear Plant Leaks Radiation

NYC Nuclear Plant Leaks Radiation: "I look at my friends, and I hope we won't die" - Moby. I know officials say that the amount of radiation that escaped was not dangerous, and this is very possibly true. I also know that the public is never told the whole story, at least not at first -- especially in nuclear and other sensitive situations.

February 16, 2000

intimacy

intimacy: thanks, memepool. A thoughtful reflection on this new medium.

Bill Introduced to End Privatization of Federal Prisons

Bill Introduced to End Privatization of Federal Prisons: "Among the very few functions that we should insist is done by the state, it should be imprisoning other human beings. . . . It is the ultimate exercise of authority by the state to say you have violated our laws and we are now going to punish you by imprisoning you, and it should be the state that in fact, then, imprisons people." I hope the ACLU offers an action alert on this issue. The Prison Activist Resource Center has more information.

abolish humans

abolish humans: This is why I'm killing myself tomorrow.

Yes, they did

Yes, they did:

History-Enriched Digital Objects

History-Enriched Digital Objects: thanks, peterme. "Consider some serendipitous uses of wear that everyday life presents. The bindings of cheap paperbacks bend and crack in a manner that allows one to find the last page read. The most often consulted pages of an auto parts store catalog are identifiable by smudges, familiar tears, and loose pages. The polished area of an otherwise painted brass door handle shows where others succeeded in grasping it." Will Hill and Jim Hollan are studying ways we can record, protect, and decipher meaningful patterns of software use.

Rapster

Rapster: Another napster client for Macintosh. Rapster apparently supports a "download type" that Macster doesn't. Everyone is going gaga over napster, even friends of mine with 56k modems, but I still don't get it -- I've had no luck at all downloading songs with napster; when I do a search, I find what I'm looking for, but inevitably the download stalls or fails. Does it really work for Wintel users?

The Adventures of Action Item

The Adventures of Action Item: thanks, peterme. Friends don't let friends say "take it offline."

February 15, 2000

Got Soy-Based Beverage?

Got Soy-Based Beverage?: thanks, robotwisdom. "The soybean beverage makers don't got milk -- never had, never will -- and shouldn't be allowed to claim otherwise." - Dr. Rob Byrne, vice president of National Milk Producers Federation

February 14, 2000

Is Black History Month Still Necessary?

Is Black History Month Still Necessary?: "If a Black History Month story is a story only because the source is black, then somebody needs to redefine the story. There are countless stories in our communities that don't get told because journalists don't go to those neighborhoods, or those schools, or those parks, or those churches, and never have. But the stories are there just the same, and many of them are about black people."

McCain Eschews SC University Anti-Miscegenation Policy

McCain Eschews SC University Anti-Miscegenation Policy: George W. Bush made a visit to Bob Jones University during his campaign for the South Carolina primary, but John McCain will not. "The college lost its tax-exempt status in the 1970s for refusing to admit blacks. It subsequently ended its segregationist admissions policy but continues to ban interracial dating. ... 'How could I go into a university like that ... when my little brother [Jeb], the great governor of Florida, married a girl from Mexico?' Bush said." How, indeed.

Homophobic Frasier Episode

Homophobic Frasier Episode: Mired has a good essay tearing apart last week's Frasier, though to my mind the worst thing about the episode wasn't the stereotypes it showcased, but the way it played to straight mens' fear of being hit on by gay men. The Onion has another take on machismo.

Apple-branded Palm, no really

Apple-branded Palm, no really: thanks, bump. MacUser UK citing "numerous sources" promises that an Apple branded Palm is in the works. They support this claim with such juicy tidbits as "Jobs has his hands all over this" and "Steve has been obsessed with keeping this thing under wraps." This marvel is supposed to support Airport wireless networking through a springboard-style expansion slot. All I can say is, given Jobs' track record at Apple recently, if we haven't heard anything official about it, it must be true. One wonders how they'll top the sexy Visor, but one doesn't doubt that they will.

Metabrowsing

Metabrowsing: thanks, robotwisdom. I don't know if metabrowsing is really the right term for it, but this crop of tools (including the previously mentioned site QuickBrowse) is the first generation of an interesting development.

Don't Forget

Don't forget you can find older entries in the archives. Also, check out the new blue period. We didn't have any hot water this morning, I had to take a cold shower. It was ok (well, it sucked but I could bear it) until I washed my hair. Have you ever drank a slurpee too fast and had that brain freeze they talk about? My brain froze from the outside... it was a terrible experience I wouldn't wish on anyone.

February 12, 2000

Vanity Plates

Vanity Plates: I'm not in California anymore but this plate reminds me of when I was young. Go ahead, you know you want one.

Lemonade Stand

Lemonade Stand: thanks, Arjuna. I have some friends who were addicted to DopeWars for a time, (one would play it on his Palm,) but I used to play Lemonade Stand on our Apple II+, and selling sugar water beats pushing candy any day.

Matchstick Rockets

Matchstick Rockets: thanks, abuddha. I'm going to go make one right now. Update: My first launch was a success! Using the paper match method (recommended for newbies) I set up the rocket on our bathroom sink, aimed it into the shower, and set it off -- with a satisfying THWIPT it shot into the tub. I can't wait till our housemate gets home so I have an excuse to try it again.

Design Bibliography

Design Bibliography: thanks, eatonweb. Patrick Lynch has put together the annotated bibliography of design (visual, web, information, user interface) books I've been searching for.

Weblog Madness

Weblog Madness: Larkfarm has the only page of weblog resources I may ever need. Thinking of starting your own? Don't think, do.

www.randomwalks.com

www.randomwalks.com: A couple of changes around here: 1) you can now access randomWalks at our new domain name, and 2) we're using Atomz.com to make the archives searchable. If you've got links to randomWalks please point them to www.randomwalks.com, and of course, thanks!

PliNkIT!

PliNkIT!: "PliNkit! is a collection of useful links that work very well, or are designed for viewing on a palmtop computer. It is designed to be a no frills easy to navigate listing of these sites." I've been looking for a list like this for a long time. Every day since I got VirtualPC up and running on my Mac, I've been using AvantGo each morning to load Today's Papers, Wired News, Salon, and the top New York Times stories onto my Palm for subway commute reading. The dream, of course, is a wireless modem. Forget the Palm VII, I want unlimited transfers and full TCP/IP baby. I wonder if I could get a job developing PDA-friendly sites?

February 11, 2000

Palm Pilot FAQ

Palm Pilot FAQ: thanks, rasterweb. I love my Palm, but this FAQ is right on.

This Changes A Few Things

This Changes A Few Things: I remember hearing something about the statue of liberty a few years ago on a trip to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The woman giving the tour said the statue was not only intended to stand for freedom from slavery, but that it was also modeled after a black woman. Never hearing another word about it after that, I assumed it was a rumor that somehow made its way into academic circles. But now...

Got Junk?

Got Junk?: thanks, metafilter. This site is incredible... it may even have more crap you never knew you needed than Archie McPhee! While we're shopping, did you know that J. Peterman is a real company? I always thought Seinfeld was making fun of old Banana Republic catalogs. I'm still trying to figure out if there really is a store in Florida where you can pick through other people's unclaimed baggage.

February 9, 2000

Mr. Yuk

Mr. Yuk: "Children are naturally curious. They touch, smell, and taste things as a natural part of learning. Sometimes they learn too late that something is dangerous...poisonous...even fatal. Your home is filled with many products that make life easier and more pleasant as long as they are not eaten or inhaled by children...things like cosmetics, cleaning supplies, and medicines. You can identify these dangerous products with Mr. Yuk stickers and teach your children that his green, scowling face means danger. Mr. Yuk can say no-no for you when your not immediatly available to protect your child. In addition, the Mr. Yuk stickers carries the telephone number of your Poison Center where an expert medical staff is ready to deal promptly with emergencies 24 hours a day. Mr. Yuk is ready to help you. He could save your child's life." To request a sheet of twelve Mr. Yuk stickers, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope and a $1.00 donation to: Mr. Yuk Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Marketing Department 3705 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2583 or contact the poison control center nearest you.

Worst Episode Ever

Worst Episode Ever: Jason Kottke knows why the worst Simpsons episode ever was also one of the greatest. Salon has a look at the subtext or something. Subtext? If I'm using the word wrong, just smack me.

Bloody Ethics

Bloody Ethics: "I went out on a killing/looting binge for a couple of days, I was making a fortune compared to what I used to get as an 'honorable' man. It didn't take me long to figure out that evil gives you a huge advantage over good."

February 8, 2000

Weasel Hunt

Weasel Hunt: thanks, eatonweb. "The people who need process, structure and accountability for external stakeholders are the people who get out of the shower when they need to take a piss."

Dogma 2000

Dogma 2000: First there was dogme95, advancing a philosophy of filmmaking which produced at least one incredible film, now we have a stab at Dogma 2000, which looks to be guidelines for weblogging. It's not really fleshed out yet, and I would propose that Kerouac said it first and best in his belief and technique for modern prose.

Ann Landers Is a Boring Old Bitty

Ann Landers Is a Boring Old Bitty: I don't know what I think of this idea, but given a choice of killing off Maude Flanders, Principal Skinner, and Moe the bartender, I think the decision is clear.

February 7, 2000

Wallace Stevens' Journal Entry

Wallace Stevens' Journal Entry: When you or I walk through the park, we might be thinking about what's for dinner, or what that horrid smell is. Wallace Stevens, however, had subjects much more elevated on his mind.

Rest in Peace, Big Pun

Rest in Peace, Big Pun: Hip-hop heavyweight Big Pun is dead at 28, presumably of a heart attack.

2 Good Reasons to Visit Yellowstone

2 Good Reasons to Visit Yellowstone: According to this BBC article, both you and Yellowstone may soon be wiped off the face of the Earth.

February 6, 2000

Real Stuff About Organized Crime

Real Stuff About Organized Crime: no thanks, pigdog. Organized crime scares the shit out of me. Seriously. One of my greatest fears is that I'll be walking down the street minding my own business, something will happen right in front of me that I'm not supposed to see, and I'll be kidnapped, tied to a rock, and fed to the fish in the East River. I don't even like it when I'm out in public and anyone near me says the word 'Mafia,' because what if someone hears and thinks I know something I'm not allowed to know ... maybe I shouldn't be living in New York City?

A Few People

A few people have linked to me from their weblogs or portals, and I'd like to return the favor: Considered Harmful, who started logging for nearly the exact reasons I did, Baylink, who likes my embarrassingly large header gif, and Toby, who considers this site "daily fun". Thanks everybody.

Movies

Movies I've seen recently: Hillary and Jackie, on video -- a moving story and really well acted, but excruciatingly sad and not the kind of movie I want to watch very often. Cookie's Fortune, on video -- the cast was full of stars, and they all shared the stage generously. Liv Tyler and Chris O'Donnell became their characters and didn't distract me with their faces, which I had strongly associated with crappy movies and acting. American Movie, in the theater -- this movie really didn't have much of an effect on me when I saw it today, but as I continue to think about it I find myself increasingly glad that it was made. I think it appeals to people because Mark is clearly such an authentic person, which quality is ever harder to find these days.

World's Biggest, Smelliest Flower

World's Biggest, Smelliest Flower: thanks, twernt. "'It smells like a dead person,' said one of the crowd. 'I happen to be a nurse and that is exactly what it smells like.'"

February 5, 2000

Emotion Eric

Emotion Eric: As in the words of Adam, "This guy knows how to be famous."

originally posted by beXn

February 4, 2000

WebActive

WebActive: I read somewhere that the guy who started RealNetworks had a social conscience, and had originally left Microsoft (or somewhere) in order to work for social justice. I had assumed, unfairly it appears, that he had given it up when his streaming audio code started to look profitable -- but WebActive is "a project of RealNetworks" and provides streaming versions of Democracy NOW!, Pacifica News, and FAIR's CounterSpin, among other programs, with daily archives going back a couple of years! Now if I could only find the time to listen to this stuff...

Jello Biafra for President

Jello Biafra for President: According to Music Insight, Jello Biafra, former lead singer for the Dead Kennedys, is the Green Party of New York's presidential candidate. His platform? "The creation of a maximum wage of $100,000 per year, withdrawal of the US from NAFTA and the WTO, and end to the War on Drugs, abolition of the military and CIA, destruction of the American nuclear arsenal, and the eradication of all Sport Utility Vehicles." He's got my vote.

70s Children's TV

70s Children's TV: "When I was a little kid I used to sit and watch TV with my tape recorder running. Sometimes I would even narrate, to fill in the details that wouldn't be preserved on audio tape (like the names of all the songs that whiz by in those record offers!). Here are some of my earliest and most precious audio treasures, plus a lot of contributions from other 70s kids." This reminds me of a friend of mine who used to record himself reading the comics in the newspaper aloud. There are lots of sites like this on the Net (TV Party looks incredible), but this one has some great stuff I haven't seen anywhere else, such as a PSA warning kids not to take pills (even if they look like candy) which brought my appreciation of Busta Rhymes to a whole new level. Now if only someone could help me remember more about Alphabet Soup...

February 3, 2000

Movie Critic

Movie Critic: I liked Broken Arrow more than A Simple Plan, but less than Look Who's Talking. How much did I like it?

February 2, 2000

Homo Thugz Blow Up the Spot

Homo Thugz Blow Up the Spot: "'Gay culture is a misnomer,' hip-hop producer Matt Wobensmith once remarked. 'There isn't just one gay culture. Gay white people tend to privilege homosexuality as their identity, whereas other people have to juggle several identities.' According to Wobensmith, this makes it harder for blacks to come out, especially black males." The Village Voice spends a night at the Bronx's largest gay hip hop party.

China to Launch Taikonaut into Space

China to Launch Taikonaut into Space: The BBC News is reporting that China may be planning to launch a taikonaut into space as soon as next month, according to sources including editorials in two pro-China Honk Kong newspapers. A launch next month would celebrate the dawning of the Year of the Dragon.

February 1, 2000

hey! url!

hey! url!: Intelligent smut. This isn't Nerve, I didn't say 'pretentious smut.' Not for children.