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July 31, 2000

Single Square goes disco!

Single Square goes disco!

meta:matrix brings us "Deja Vu:

meta:matrix brings us "Deja Vu: the web as we remember it", a Web-based emulator of early versions of Netscape, IE, Mosaic, Lynx, and other browsers. My site degrades gracefully... does yours?

We always recommend that you

We always recommend that you drink 2 to 3 cups of hot ginger tea a day. Make it a habit. More info (and recipes) at The Chopra Center.

July 30, 2000

The Philadelphia Independent Media Center

The Philadelphia Independent Media Center is a collective of journalists and independent media organizations providing alternative coverage of this week's Republican Convention. Check this site several times a day this week for firsthand accounts of the action in the streets.

Hell-Raising in Philly - an

Hell-Raising in Philly - an activists guide to protests outside the republican convention.

July 29, 2000

Every once in a

Every once in a while, I'll take a half-hour and comb my system folder for extensions and control panels that I don't absolutely need for most of my daily Mac activities (i.e. http, smtp, a little ftp and maybe some irc. I'd like to deny the occasional MSFT, but I do dabble in Adobe) -- anything that doesn't pass the test is outta there. It's time to rebuild. A restart, and Wow, that feels fast! Inevitably, I turn them back on, one-by-one, over the next couple weeks -- but for a while, my computer no longer creeps. Things zoom again, almost like my first time on the machine. It's a good feeling.

July 28, 2000

I listened to a lot

I listened to a lot of SquidRadio today. Good things are happinging in indie rock again. Or did they ever stop happening? Probably I just stopped listening.

The official Star Wars site

The Millenium Falcon escapes the explosion of the Death StarThe official Star Wars site has a good page about Urban Legends. I'm sure everyone who's really interested in it has already seen it, but I wish someone had told me about it, so here it is.

Will my next portable be

Will my next portable be a YOPY, or a keyboardless Mac? Decisions, decisions... thanks, ubiquitous computing.

It's not that I'm scared

It's not that I'm scared of the dark so much as I just think it's a bad idea.

July 26, 2000

To fight police abuse effectively

To fight police abuse effectively you need to know your rights. There are some things you should do, some things you must do and some things you cannot do. If you are in the middle of a police encounter, you need a handy and quick reference to remind you what your rights and obligations are.
From the American Civil Liberties Union, "what to do if you're stopped by the police" in text and handy pdf format.

July 25, 2000

From this week's New Yorker:

From this week's New Yorker:

      Scary Movie

      What makes this film a better than average sendup of the "Scream" genre of horror flick is its subtext: a black director, Keenen Ivory Wayans, has made an amiable farce of a movie that also shows what white fear onscreen looks like to a black audience: another example of white privilege. In one scene, the heroine, who is being stalked in her own home, pauses long enough to send an E-mail to her local police department which reads "White woman in trouble." Seconds later, the police arrive. It's a visualization of an old Richard Pryor joke that hasn't gone stale because it's still true, even in the world outside the movie theaters.

I'm glad I now have this little ditty of a review to champion, since none of my friends believed me when I tried to tell them the exact same thing. Maybe now Sudama and Lorraine will go see this instead of spending another Blockbuster night with Ben Affleck. Besides the advance of postmodern cinema, Scary Movie is notable for the wonderful debut of heroine Anna Faris, who allegedly received a boquet of flowers from Jennifer Love Hewitt (or, as she's referred to in the movie "Jennifer Love Hugetits") because she loved the movie so much.

July 24, 2000

Billy Wimsatt has posted his

Billy Wimsatt has posted his 15 page response to the libelous New York Times article written about him two weeks ago. It's quite long but worth a read for anyone interested in how the media can oversimplify and distort issues of race, no matter how well meaning the author is.

The Washington Post is keeping

The Washington Post is keeping an eye on how race is lived on the TV with an article on William Collins being kicked off "Big Brother" and one on upcoming DC-based police drama "The District".

Do you remember when HTML

Do you remember when HTML seemed almost elegant?

July 23, 2000

It's not like black folks

It's not like black folks are putting their lives on hold to wait for parity or reparation or the cosmic balance of the universe to tilt. We are steering our lives, raising our children and, occasionally, raising our voices. We do not think most white folks set out to deny, or discriminate. ... It doesn't matter if the racism is intentional or not. ... The net effect is the same. ... Income disparity, housing, job, education disparities, infant mortality, disparities in health care delivery and incarceration rates. ... I don't understand whites whose default reaction is to deny that race plays any part in anything.
In a follow-up to a great Washington Post article I blogged in May, "White Girl" author Lonnae O'Neal Parker and Peggy Sakagawa share several months worth of a provocative email discussion sparked by the initial story. The exchange reveals two remarkably honest people trying to step outside of their comfort zones and achieve a meaningful discourse about the significance of race in their lives.

Hmm, why does this URL

Hmm, why does this URL on Metababy point to me?

July 22, 2000

These people have worked hard.

These people have worked hard. Y'all leave us alone here. Every coin has two sides, and you're not seeing our side. We've lived here all our lives. You've been here a day.

Housing is a basic human right. Here, we're using sweat equity to make a home for a family that needs it most. You'd get this in any neighborhood, no matter where you go

They literally tried to just take over our neighborhood, like we don't care about it ourselves. I'm not heartless; I know everybody needs a home. But this can't be the right way to go about it. If they're so concerned with the homeless, why don't they find them a home in their neighborhood or their parents' neighborhood? Why us?
A couple of recent Washington Post articles ("Activists, Neighbors Clash Over House Renovation", "Housing Activists Get the Heave-Ho") tell the tale of a mostly white activist group that didn't do its homework and ended up hurting one community while trying to help another. A group calling itself Homes Not Jails moved in to an abandoned house in a DC neighborhood and started hauling out trash and making improvements on the condemned property. The question is: did anyone ask for their help? Turns out the residents certainly didn't... the politically active neighborhood had worked hard to get the city to board the place up. Lesson? Just because your heart is in the right place doesn't mean your body belongs there.. especially when you haven't got your head in order.

I really enjoyed the X-Men

I really enjoyed the X-Men movie. Nothing much to link to, though. I can't say that I've ever seen an official Web site which managed to complement a movie in any interesting way. Why is that? I guess no one's ever done it right. Perhaps I can write about this for restmyeyes.net (as soon as it launches). I did have a lot of fun at the View Askew (producers of Clerks among other films) site, though this was quite a while ago and I haven't been back recently. Anyway, this write-up at Metafilter pretty much describes my experience of the X-Men movie, so go there if you want a review.

July 21, 2000

The power "button" on the

The power "button" on the top of the Cube has no moving parts. It's simply a spot with a logo on the plastic that uses capacitance to sense touch. When off, the power button turns on the Cube. When sleeping, the button wakes it. When on, the button puts it immediately to sleep.
Now that's cool. I can't wait to see the Cube in person. I'm pretty sure my next Mac is going to have more than one processor, though.

Just a breather, now, to

Just a breather, now, to commemorate what must surely be a record for randomWalks: four consecutive posts by people other than sbomb. This one makes five.

First randomwalks post ever from

First randomwalks post ever from Macworld? I think so!

Tonight is an incredible night to be in New York City and loving movies. Uptown at Lincoln Center we have The Beaver Trilogy and Orkly Kid. The summary only begins to explain it. Then later, head over to Brooklyn for some Rooftop Films.

John Suitor (what an appropriate

John Suitor (what an appropriate name) and his "wife" Gail Guy won this year's North American Wife Carrying Championship in Bethel, Maine.

July 20, 2000

Who knew light travelled so

Who knew light travelled so fast?

originally posted by dm8k

I'm surprised we haven't heard

I'm surprised we haven't heard about the cube from Sudama or DJ.

July 19, 2000

In which Michael Moore declares

In which Michael Moore declares himself leader of the majority party of Non-Voters until you say otherwise.

I saw "Cradle Will Rock"

I saw "Cradle Will Rock" last night -- it may be the best movie I have ever seen. The movie explores the revolutionary nature of art through the mostly true and truly incredible stories of a pro-labor play created through the Federal Theatre Project (a New Deal program which provided work for thousands of unemployed professional entertainers) and Diego Rivera's commissioned mural for the new Rockefeller Center. Featuring consistently outstanding performances by an ensemble cast of known and less or unknown actors, the movie feels like theater. Offering profound layered insights into issues of class, power and art, the movie demonstrates the revolutionary potential of art.

July 18, 2000

The New York Times wraps

The New York Times wraps up its "How Race Is Lived in America" series with a special issue of the magazine: "Memories of Race". Lots of interesting reading -- I wish I could stage an intervention for this kid... I'm sure he'll develop spectacular insight into white racism which I hope he puts to good use -- but I'm not too clear about why they thought it would be worthwhile to try to manufacture a "typical" Black and white kitchen based on demographics.

July 17, 2000


July 16, 2000

5 years after the Million

5 years after the Million Man March on Washington DC, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is organizing a Million Family March. I heard that the Million Man March was an amazing experience. Hopefully I'll make it to this one.

July 14, 2000

its sad that one could

its sad that one could walk through life with such inane views of people. i don't know if youre trying to be funny or serious sudama, either way, it's not fucking cool.

it's people like you that keep our community, society, country, and world at war. try dealing on the real problem and come up with a fucking solution instead of using some lame cop-out of "it's not fair".

fuck racism, and fuck you.

I shot off at the mouth again on MetaFilter -- this time the friendly readers there called me on it.

What a fine, fine poem.

What a fine, fine poem.

July 13, 2000

Revolting, yet somehow mesmerizing! Once

Revolting, yet somehow mesmerizing! Once you've seen it, you never ever forget it, and everybody has seen one!
Mark Martin is doing some really good online comics.

A lot of people ask

A lot of people ask me why American people love watching this show. I say that I'm doing a cooking battle, I'm not doing a cooking show. I don't need any gimmicks. I'm doing a very serious cooking battle. I'm a serious battler. It's like a gunfight [reaches for an imaginary six-shooter and fires].
aOnline talks to Iron Chef Morimoto about his New York victory.

July 12, 2000

Musician and Fishing with John

Musician and Fishing with John host John Lurie has created a new persona, Marvin Pontiac, and has even released an album under the name. Lurie's playing it straight in various magazine ads, where I first learned about this whole thing and, intrigued, fell for it hook line and sinker (though I was a little suspicious of the celebrity endorsements). Not only is the whole stunt kind of funny (I love the photographs), but it's well-crafted to lure and embarass smug, would-be hipsters in pursuit of the Other--or at least this one. There's just one problem: now I'm afraid that Os Mutantes are a figment of David Byrne's imagination.

There are various options when

There are various options when you are faced with a terminal disease. One is cure-chasing, where you head off to Shanghai or Brazil or the Dominican Republic to be with these great maestros who can save you. The other thing is to do what you always wanted to do. So that means head to Cape Canaveral to see a shuttle launch, on to sunrise over the pyramids, on to a month in the Grand H?tel de Paris. I wasn't too keen on that, either. My tendency was just to twist another bomber and think about it all.
Somehow I missed this article from Wired 8.05: Terence McKenna's Last Trip.

I read arblog today.

I read arblog today.

July 11, 2000

Our collective irritation at high

Our collective irritation at high gas prices in the US burned hundreds of Nigerians to death today.

July 10, 2000

In 1993, ®TMark channeled $8,000

In 1993, ®TMark channeled $8,000 from a military veterans' group to the Barbie Liberation Organization, which used the investment to switch the voiceboxes of three hundred Barbie and G.I. Joe dolls.
took me a while to figure out what RTMark does, but once I figured it out it was worth it

originally posted by hcog

Everything I've ever read about

Everything I've ever read about "how to make a good cup of coffee" says to use 2 tablespoons of grounds for a drip machine per 6 oz. cup. But whenever I try that method, it makes the strongest, bitterest coffee I've ever seen. When I use 1 tablespoon (recommended on the can) I end up with a cup that approximates the stuff you get at the office or at a coffee shop. So what gives?

por-tal n. A doorway, an



  1. A doorway, an entrance, or a gate, especially one that is large and imposing.

  2. An entrance or a means of entrance.

  3. A web page with way too many links.

robotwisdom portals -

netliterate: http://robotwisdom.com/netlit/index.html

sources: http://www.robotwisdom.com/weblogs/loglist.html

startpage: http://www.robotwisdom.com/weblogs/startpage.html

how-to: http://www.robotwisdom.com/web/starting.html

abuddha's links: http://www.crosswinds.net/~abuddha/booklink.html

apathy portal: http://electrobacon.com/portal/

bird on a wire bookmarks: http://students.washington.edu/lwinn/

cardhouse: http://www.cardhouse.com/links/links.htm

jjg: http://www.jjg.net/portal/

metascene: http://members.tripod.com/amused_2/portal.html

monkeyfist sources: http://monkeyfist.com/sources/

nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/reference/cynavi.html

rebecca's pocket: http://www.rebeccablood.net/portal.html

screenshot portal: http://www.io.com/~amh/screenshot/portal.html

subterranean notes: http://hine-digital-art.com/weblog/links.html

trouserarousal: http://www.trouserarousal.net/curiosities/links.html

twernt: http://twernt.com/portal/index.php3

unknownnews: http://unknownnews.pitas.com/

windowseat -

portal: http://www.windowseat.org/portal/

tv portal: http://www.windowseat.org/tv/portal.html

metaportal (aaah!): http://www.myportalzone.com/

I've been looking for something

I've been looking for something like this for a while now -- free charts and canned horoscopes and transit reports are available at Astrodienst. thanks, texting.

Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept

Dear Mr. Vernon,
We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it is that we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms and in the most convenient definitions.... But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain. And an athlete. And a basket case. A princess. And a criminal. Does that answer your question?
Sincerely yours,
The Breakfast Club.
Rumor has it John Hughes is working on 2 new projects, including a possible remake of The Breakfast Club. thanks, screenshot.

The Anti-Ad Server "serves up

The Anti-Ad Server "serves up random banner ads that are parodies of actual web advertising or critical of modern day consumer culture capitalism". Cool!

July 9, 2000

I've been hearing rumblings in

I've been hearing rumblings in the past year about "AIDS dissidents" who say HIV doesn't cause AIDS. I paid attention when reports emerged that South African president Thabo Mbeki had said as much. Tending toward skepticism of scientific dogma myself--especially that which affects oppressed peoples--I got a better understanding of the issues in Proof Positive by Mark Shoofs in the Village Voice. I'm still trying to track down the reference a friend of mine told me about that contextualizes Mbeki's statements.

originally posted by hcog

Some Zippy the Pinhead pages.

Some Zippy the Pinhead pages.

July 7, 2000

This site has been blowing

This site has been blowing my mind on a regular basis for about 5 years. I think I just found the front door, but I may never be sure.

The New York Times takes

The New York Times takes you through the looking glass at Big Brother. It's an interesting read, but I can't help but wonder who the sad, sick people are who produce this show. Imagine standing in the control room with a dozen other people watching strangers on the toilet for 8 hours a day. I'd be more humiliated to be operating that camera than to be taking a shit. What's wrong with us?

Escalating its protest against the

greenpeace vessel MV Arctic Sunrise

Escalating its protest against the Pentagon’s ‘Star Wars’ missile program, the international anti-nuclear organization Greenpeace is sending its vessel MV Arctic Sunrise into waters off the launch site at Vandenberg Air Force base where a test launch is scheduled for Friday evening.
stopstarwars.org is the Web site. Visit the site, learn about the 50 Nobel laureates in the sciences opposed to the missile defense system, think about raising your children in the midst of another arms race, and sign the petition.

July 6, 2000

They say the first step

They say the first step towards treating a problem is admitting that you have one, so here goes: when I really let myself dream, there's nothing I'd rather be doing than traveling the world with a pack on my back and my family by my side. It's really bad -- I have no trouble maintaining my illusion of the romance of such a lifestyle in the face of all kinds of harsh reality. What's worse is that I can't even pretend that I don't know better than to take such a journey. Geez... I thought I'd feel better after admitting that, but I just feel worse.

Don't you just love New

Don't you just love New York?

While many people when pressed

While many people when pressed would sooner be apologists for slavery than apologize, it's heartening to see someone take some direct action.

The US Forest Service is

The US Forest Service is fighting to preserve a unique historical record in northern Arizona: thousands of bark carvings done by Basque (French and Spanish) and Mexican sheepherders on aspen trees. The carvings date from the mid-1900s back to the 1880s.

I collected baseball cards when

I collected baseball cards when I was little, but I like to think there are more useful things to do with money.

Unfortunately, the practice of advertising

Unfortunately, the practice of advertising for slaves was commonplace in newspapers prior to abolition. We are not proud of that part of our history and apologize for any involvement by our predecessors at The Courant in the terrible practice of buying and selling human beings that took place in previous centuries.
The Hartford Courant, the United States' oldest newspaper in continuous publication, ran a front page apology for slavery on July 4th.

July 5, 2000

The officials found a ball

The officials found a ball of solidified milk nearly 1 inch in diameter that apparently harbored the growth of the bacteria. Although the valve was supposed to be cleaned out once a week, the company records showed that the last cleaning had taken place on June 2.
Japanese health inspectors think they have found the source of an outbreak of food poisoning which left 7,000 people sick last week.

From the New York Press:

From the New York Press: the best movies of the year, so far.

Two takes on Apple's next

Two takes on Apple's next mouse: Appleinsider has posted some renderings of the ugliest looking blob I'd never want on my desk, and ZDNet has some nice stylized illustrations of the general shape of the new mouse, which is to be buttonless and possibly cordless. A new keyboard is expected to accompany the new mice.

If you've missed the sharp

If you've missed the sharp wit of MacWeek's MIA Mac the Knife column (recently revealed to be officially retired) then check out MacEdition's Naked Mole Rat Report in which we witness the return of the cutting-edge Mac industry scoops and rumors.

July 2, 2000

As to what the

As to what the Spartacus means for rank-and-file Mac users, a lot will depend on how well Apple and its clone vendors learn the lessons it has to teach. If future Macs start to offer better sound, more-serviceable designs, more-creative chassis, and a unique flair that can't be had on any Intel-based PC, then the Spartacus could prove to be the most important Mac Apple ever ships.
From this old Macuser article, Feb. 1997.