The Unh! Project - A collection of guttural moans from comics. This is what the net is for, you realise.
i hate the flu. that is all.
Silly quiz time!
I am a Defender-ship. I am fiercely protective of my friends and loved ones, and unforgiving of any who would hurt them. Speed and foresight are my strengths, at the cost of a little clumsiness. I'm most comfortable with a few friends, but sometimes particularly enjoy spending time in larger groups.
Dubya's United States of Whatever (flash).
Robots digitizing libraries - New technology helps turn books into images. Now more than ever, we could share every bit of knowledge with the world. As this article says, imagine being able to make the entire contents of major libraries available - free, via the web - to even the smallest school in remote areas of Africa. Really, imagine what would be possible if distance, cost and even politics no longer prevented all people from accessing large bodies of knowledge? We have the technology. It's just copyright laws that hold it back. The seemingly eternal problem of how to appropriately compensate the original author/artist without preventing great deeds.
As with all technologies, USB storage devices have been leading up to a Killer App. In this case, a storage device that's really easy to carry around - USB storage watch. Nice.
Lost America Night Photography. WOW. wow. wow. Amazing stuff, doesn't go into enough detail about how he gets the coloured light effects though (without appearing in the photos, that is). If you like it, there's a large page of links to more.
Jakob Nielsen Declares the Letter C Unusable.
Some experts have theorized that because of Nielsen's loyal following of web developers, that the internet may be the first place the new alphabetical changes will be seen. Others discount this theory by pointing out that no one really follows any of Nielsen's rules anyway, so '...why would they start now?' Others suggest that the idea would first have to be adopted by the internet's standardization body, the W3C, which may be unwilling to become the W3K until the idea is adopted elsewhere.
Canadian World Domination GHQ. Those crazy Canucks.
Roleplaying Purity Test - 75% pure. Sweet - a nice high score :)
Hmm, I think I can see why Google is thinking of separating blogs from their general index. I occasionally poke through this page's referrer information, mostly for the amusement value. All the best to the person who was looking for "futurama porn pictures", or the one who wanted to download 1984 the movie, for free. They are pretty specific searches and, well, I can see how the search results weren't useful in this case :)
Now I'll just mention porn again, to up the traffic on this site. Or perhaps you're after cracks, serials, warez and other stuff that's not here. Hah! I will cause the downfall of web searching. All things will come to this blog! ahahah!!! haaahahah!!! pr0n! porn! hahahah! etc.
Slashdot | Crazy/Nerdy Art Installations. I normally hate installations, to me they attract the worst kind of poseur "artists". However sometimes they are great. These look great. I'd love to see them for real.
Does Gaming Reduce Productivity? Depends on how it's managed. I've worked in a situation where there was a playstation set up with a choice of multiplayer games. The short sharp games throughout the working day keep you from getting bored; provide fun time with workmates; and definitely allow you to release stress when your blood pressure is creeping up. The trick is to use a game with short rounds; where you get a quick blast and then it's all over after a few minutes. Many games provide a "quick game" option which is perfect - four people can pick up controllers, be playing in less than a minute and back at their desk five or ten minutes later. Compare that with smokers, who take breaks similar length to go have a cigarette.
An amusing History of the Internet. May not make sense to all you young pups that never used a modem slower than 56k or software made by someone other than Microsoft.
What Kind Of Quiz Taker Are You? (quiz). Short and sharp. Well worth it. Off you go.
Motherboard Enterprises -
[A] company that specializes in the manufacturing of high quality gift products utilizing reclaimed circuit boards and other fun and unique materials.
Dragon Fire hot imperial cinnamon gum. Woah, this stuff is weird. Tastes like cinnamon, but with a hot kick. Wild stuff. Mmmm :)
I've been waiting for years for a hollywood movie to insert even an ounce of reality into their portrayal of computers in general and hacking in particular. This is great. Trust the Matrix crew to add some geek cred :)
What Kind of Goth Are You? quiz. apparently i'm "Goth - you are simply goth. You absolutely shriek elegance and you are very comfortable with who you are." Which is of course bullshit. Particularly when paired with the photo. Depending on the answer to some marginal questions; I also come out as Angry Goth or Graver. On another note - most of these fucking quizzes do two things which piss me off: 1) they only have answers written for females, and 2) they don't include a method of seeing all possible outcomes. Bah, I guess it's hard to write balanced answer sets anyway.
photos on some random blog: shinjuku & Naggano.
Yahoo! | Danish museum director in court over liquidized goldfish exhibit. You may recall this one going around at the time. They don't quote him saying this here; but the artist said at the time he didn't think anyone would hit the button and puree a fish. It seems a little odd for the artist to cop the charges; since it was other people who hit the button. But then it's a very unusual sitation...
Teflon could be killing us: SMH | Secrets of the saucepan -
Washington: An environmental group today asked the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to require that cookware coated with Teflon and similar chemicals carry a label describing potential health risks of the non-stick coating. The Environmental Working Group said in a study released today that cookware coated with Teflon-like coatings could reach 370 Centigrade in three to five minutes, releasing 15 toxic gases and chemicals, including two carcinogens.
This one's been doing the rounds: Wired | Prof Plans Probe of Earth’s Core. I don't know why it's so funny, really :) It is a great concept though, something to get people thinking big. Which is always a good thing.
The Register | Internet is dying - Prof. Lessig -
What's dying here isn't The Internet - it remains as open as ever to new software and new ideas. Remarkably, the consensus that upholds the technical infrastructure survives, in the form of the IETF, despite self-interested parties trying to overturn it. What's dying is the idea that the Internet would be a tool of universal liberation, and the argument that "freedom" in itself is a justification for this information pollution. It's probably reached a tipping point: the signal to noise ratio is now too low.
Can't....stop....laughing...... The Future of Industrial.
July 12-Tesco announces a new Genocide Organ/Les Joyaux de la Princesse collaboration 7" that will be pressed on 50000 kg vinyl, and be packaged wrapped completely in wheat stalks and sealed in metal barrel drums covered in barbed wire. The 7" is so hardcore ELITE that it can't even be released to the public.
Evil Genius the game.... *insert sharks with frickin laser beams joke here*
A little vitriol with your coffee? The Venom Pen. Do drop by the Space Shuttle post -
You value human life too much. ... You, the average citizen who swills down Biggy Macs and Friends episodes, you have no fucking right to tell those who are brave and adventurous that they cannot go into space. ... Unless you're an astronaut in training, shut up. .
It's true - the people who demanded an end to the space program have missed the point. I see a shuttle disaster, I see a tragedy and think NASA should have better funding and support. They're firing humans into space on a shoestring budget. What do you fucking expect? If we ever want to get off this rock and live the science fiction fantasies that will save us when we've choked this planet to death; then we have to accept that lives will be lost. You accept the massive yearly road toll so you can drive to the shops; why is it so unpalatable that some astronauts die doing what they chose to do - in full knowledge of the dangers?
For the record, I acknowledge the irony of wanting fantastic sound gear to listen to music which has samples of chainsaws and heavy machinery.
Cracking up totally: 5 Stages of Industrial Elitism.
BOSE QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Cancelling headset. Man, I want a set of these..... pity about the price tag.
The Age | When copy protection backfires -
EMI's copy-protection technology has resulted in a Melbourne resident doing exactly what the company is trying to prevent - copy a music disc in order to listen to it. EMI's response boils down to: don't care about your Mac, what PC did you try?
UK Parliament Hansard - 2:59pm Tuesday 6 May 2003. Parliament talks about spam, spam, spam, spam and corned beef. No, really. I thought this was a spoof, but if you click through from parliament.uk this is where you end up.
Bad FOTR Captions. I wonder if the secret diaries have copped the same treatment? Pervy hoppit fancier? :)
It's Trenchcoat Day! Woo!
The Gospel according to Neo -
Theologians and pop-culture experts see 'The Matrix' as a phenomenon shaping public opinion about religion.. Reading through this article - particularly the glossary at the end - reminds me why I think Christianity should be classified as a narcotic. The crap they can find in a science fiction hollywood blockbuster is just nuts.
The Jedi grow stronger: Slashdot | Canadian Census: 20,000 Jedi Worshippers. What annoyed me about the Australian case was the $1000 "false information" threat. Do they threaten people with a fine if they put down "Christian" yet haven't attended church since Grandma dragged them to Christmas mass when they were five? It's bullshit to name a recognised religion when you don't actually practice it; so why not make it some amusing bullshit and say Jedi? Anyway it doesn't really matter; since I'm sure they have better things to do than ever try to enforce the $1000 fine. At least, for their sake I sure hope they've got better things to do.
Very cool. X-ray images of unusual things... like a coke bottle.
Oh joy. Oh rapture. Budget 2003. Uni cash teaches unions a lesson - don't be fooled by the injection of funds, this does not look good for higher education. It's doomsday for students, say critics of tertiary roadmap - education is getting seriously expensive, plus we'll have students taking on debt before they've even attended a class. No poll joy from this princely $4 - tax cuts... $10/week for the rich; $4/week for the rest of us. I must be strange, since that seems arse-about to me.
Fans of Jeff Koyen's work should check out another of his projects: The Turkish Backpack. If you don't know who Jeff Koyen is, stick "jeff koyen crank magazine" into google. Probably not at work.
Spinefinger Design lots of groovy droid/robot art.
Nine wins by a cleavage as 2 million take the flesh approach - smh.com.au
Here's a puzzle: Australian TV viewers are sophisticated enough to reject a calculated display of sadistic voyeurism (the first Big Brother eviction) but will happily spend three hours in front of a clumsy presentation of dubious awards (the Logies). And we're even more enthusiastic about half an hour of barely-disguised tits and ass.
Hey wow! I found some of the posts that got lost the other day. They were either getting lost or piping into the wrong blog. No idea how/why. Anyways. here are the ones I could retrieve from the other blog...
posts from 2003.05.07
The Sun | Secret copy of fifth Harry Potter book found in field. Hmm, was that the sound of my bullshit radar exploding from the overload? :)
The Register | Doing The Right Thing: Apple UI history -
"If you do this kind of work," says interaction designer Gitta Salomon, "everything bugs you. Your car, your cordless phone, your home entertainment system - you hate everything."
Show this guy the Lotus Notes client interface and watch his head explode.
Qapla'! Hospital seeks Klingon speaker. Apparently they have had mental patients who only spoke Klingon. This should tell you something, but hey...
Yahoo News | Is There Any Reason To Buy Microsoft Anymore? The worm may not have turned, but it's having a damn good look around. The real kicker will be if universities stop grovelling at the feet of MS, and start educating students about alternatives.
Another Jackass copycat injured.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Steve Burns said the teens were trying imitate the movie and now-defunct MTV show Jackass, which featured crude stunts and gross-out antics. "He's an 18-year-old and can make his own decisions," Burns told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. To put it more succinctly: what a jackass. Those warnings on the show were there for a reason, moron.
Governor-General stands aside. OK Johnny, repeat after me: Church and State should be kept separate. I won't even go into what Hollingworth should be saying at the moment. What he has said is infuriating:
In a short statement issued last night, Dr Hollingworth said in deciding to stand aside he was "mindful of maintaining the integrity and dignity of the office of the Governor-General of Australia". It's a bit late to start worrying about that now, asshole... and stop calling yourself "Doctor", it was only a fucking honorary doctorate.
"It is a profoundly disappointing outcome," said the Premier, Bob Carr. "Sadly, there is only one solution and that is the resignation of the Governor-General. That is not required by the outcome of the current court case but by the events in Queensland."
The rape allegations against Dr Hollingworth were not the point, according to Mr Carr.
Rather, he should have stood down because of his handling of sex abuse allegations against the clergy while he was the archbishop of Brisbane.
The federal Labor leader, Simon Crean, agreed. He said the Prime Minister had got it wrong and his decision to simply allow Dr Hollingworth to stand aside was totally unacceptable. Dr Hollingworth should step down, not because he had been accused of rape, but because he had protected a known pedophile.
Australia's cut-price awards have been doled out.... The list of logie winners - smh.com.au.
MOST OUTSTANDING COMEDY PROGRAM - Kath & Kim Fuck me. It was a one-joke series, yet it still won? Ahh well. Hopefully SkitHOUSE will bag it next year :)
The Register | Opera: Your mother should know. The tale of a net-user mum who switched from IE to Opera and couldn't be happier. Also remarks quite pointedly that MS hasn't updated its browser for an awfully long time now. Yes, kids... it's true. MS doesn't give a shit about us. Tell me you already knew that!
Situation Publishing Limited - Torches. I'll have one of each, thankyou.
Slashdot | Oddball PC Cases From Japan. The cardboard case just *screams* BAD IDEA at me. Heat + Cardboard = Fire. Simple really.
The prince of pop-up ads. This guy claims to have invented popups; then he decides to patent the method and start trying to sue people. Ahhh, the American Dream! Piss everyone off, then sue them!
blogger ate all my posts from wednesday night. fucker!
d gets the "insult of the week" award... :) waferbaby: home » archives » 03 » 05 » 02 » el profanity. stupid bleep bleep rat bleep. If I was posting after 9pm I'd say it without the bleeps...
or perhaps i should get more sleep...
Zeldman posts that pattern backgrounds are back. He doesn't point out that you still shouldn't put text on top of a patterend background. On the quoted examples it's more like an extended patterned margin than a background. Please take note, web building newbies.
TechTV covers a topic many people don't like to admit: the porn industry pushes technological development. It challenges people's sensibilities, I guess; but it's true. If we get virutal reality one day, it'll probably become popular only once the virtual sex kits hit the shops. Humans are just animals with a superiority complex, don't forget that :)
New Driver Down - "The Next Front ... Watch Yer Back".
Campus file swappers to pay RIAA | CNET News.com:
The settlements will see each student making payments to the RIAA totaling between $12,000 and $17,000, split into annual installments between 2003 and 2006. The lawsuits as filed could have entailed damages (in theory) of up to $100 million. ...keep in mind these are college kids, and that's USD.
A flash version of Honda's New Accord TV ad... this is the ad which took 600+ takes to get right. They really did this.
Index of /taliban_drifting.... proving that people are the same all over the world. including hoons.... these guys are nuts! :)
Designtechnica Reviews - Sony Vaio GT3/K First Look. It's a laptop and camcorder in one. If I was stupendously rich I'd be buying one :)
Slashdot | SBC Getting Aggressive With Frames Patent. Stunning that this bullshit is still going.
UNICAST INTRODUCES SCREEN-FILLING ONLINE AD. Having copped something very simliar on Wired the other day, I'll just say you won't believe how incredibly fucking aggravating this style of ad can be. You might think popups piss you off, but you ain't seen nothin' yet.
AlterNet: Getting Ashcrofted.
A friend of mine says I've been Ashcrofted – forced to give up my privacy for pretty much no reason at all. Maybe as more of us are Ashcrofted, we'll ask how we can balance liberty and safety instead of giving up rights for no return.
Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: The Daily Report - Rules-based design. An excellent statement about why it's bad when browsers don't support web standards. To put it simply: everyone loses and has to do more hack work. Which, as Jeffrey points out, computers are supposed to prevent.
AlterNet: Patriot Raid. It's a bad time to be in America if you're not white. Well, shit, like there was ever a particularly good time...
When I asked to speak to a lawyer, the INS official informed me that I do have the right to a lawyer but I would have to be brought down to the station and await security clearance before being granted one. When I asked how long that would take, he replied with a coy smile: "Maybe a day, maybe a week, maybe a month."
As I continued to press for legal counsel, a female officer who had been busy typing on her laptop in the front of the restaurant, walked over and put her finger in my face. "We are at war, we are at war and this is for your safety," she exclaimed. As she walked away from the table, she continued to repeat it to herself? "We are at war, we are at war. How can they not understand this."
What's worse is this was done under America's "PATRIOT Act"; and there are plans to extend the boundaries of that act. Meaning the US will have given its agents every power to abuse the citizens that Saddam's regime gave to its agents. For example, to detain a person without reason.