If you're looking for the Manson/Dita pic, here's that page's link: heretic's linkblog of fun: marilyn manson and dita von teese holding a koala (too amusing not to share!)
the end of the world (flash). something silly for friday afternoon. wtf?
- New Scientist | US develops lethal new viruses, using "nine-eleven" as a justification for the work. I'm not convinced that making nastier pox viruses is a good way to prevent people using nasty pox viruses as weapons. But I'm strange like that.
- NYT | Ideas Unlimited, Built to Order. Note that the ten ideas in this article are linked in the "Related" sidebar.
- Slashdot | Deconstructing the Patriot Act PR Campaign. What does a doomed civilisation look like, again?
- Mercury News | 10/30/2003 | Vietnam embracing open-source products:
Nation's solution to software piracy: `Eliminate Microsoft'. You can't steal software if it's free.
- NEWS.com.au | Arrest over 'Nigerian' email scam (October 31, 2003). Sadly they only arrested the scammer, not the people who really believed they'd won the lottery in another country without even buying a ticket.
- NEWS.com.au | Tax hunt on Swiss millions (October 31, 2003) / Howard watching Rivkin investigation. 31/10/2003. ABC News Online / NEWS.com.au | I don't know anything, says Packer (October 31, 2003). These fuckers just make their own rules.
- NEWS.com.au | $700 for Wiggles tickets (October 31, 2003). That's $700 US, not AUD... from scalpers... since the shows are all sold out... the world has gone mad...
- Packer puts punters in their place - Business - smh.com.au -
I've got my opinion, and you've got your opinion, and I've got more shares than you.That's right kids, the Packers are prize arseholes and love to show it. They're rich, you see; so that somehow excuses them for behaving like dogs.
- Jack who fell flat on his ass - National - smh.com.au - remember the guy who got on the news doing a BMX pratfall off a block of toilets while on fire? That's his hobby, he just
The Problem With Music, by Steve Albini (
an independent and corporate rock record producer most widely known for having produced Nirvana's 'In Utero').
- Slashdot | Should Hackers Get Their Own Logo? More to the point, could they ever agree on one?
- Slashdot | Info Glut - Five Exabytes of Data Created in 2002. That's 800megs of data per human on the planet. I can't mentally separate statistics like that from "you create X tons of pollution per year" stats :) I wonder how that figure would drop if you removed all the spam.
- Slashdot | New Optical Chip Claims 8 Trillion Operations/sec. Thousands of geeks scoff and ask how many operations you could get if you overclocked that sucker.
- Slashdot | Microsoft Fires Mac Fan For Blog Photo. I cannot see that photo as a security risk. Even if it was; the reasonable response would be a Cease And Desist, which the author has already stated he would have complied with.
Tie-dyed Brain Rays: "'Eat It, Fight It, Fuck It or Flee'"
Foolproof [dive into mark] - Mark Pilgrim's adventures in breadmaking. Our breadmaker periodically produces a baked dough rock instead of a loaf. For no apparent reason. It's highly annoying. I have come to the opinion that yes, the bread is nice when it works. But I really can't be fucking bothered for daily consumption. There are shops for this purpose... and then I don't have to wash up the breadmaker's basket thingy, which can't be immersed. In fact, the instructions say "do not wet the outside of the basket thingy" (well ok they use whatever its real name is). Excuse me, it had DOUGH in it. It has little nooks and crannies where the paddle clips on. It needs cleaning... and I can't get the outside of it wet, let alone immerse the fucking thing? Gah.
We also have a juicer. The juice is great. The half hour scrubbing vainly at the fruit-encrusted internals is not so great. I'd like to point out that we do not save any money on bread or juice. So if you are planning to buy one of these appliances; do not fool yourself - you will theoretically get nice fresh bread and juice, but you will NOT save money. I don't know why people think they are going to save money... would you expect that if you were installing an espresso machine? Of course not. Same thing with breadmakers/juicers/icecream makers/pasta makers.
Meanwhile, someone in the comments section provides a link to an amusing comic.
Ctrl Alt Del - Tragically l337 - 2003.10.29 - "What if?" ...how many people have wanted to see this for years now? :)
- It's official: we don't trust bosses - National - smh.com.au. I think trust went out the window the day someone called sacking people "downsizing".
- That song's great: phone it to me - National - smh.com.au. Great idea. Although, I generally try asking the dj first. Depends on the club though.
- Harry and the Hogwarts headache - www.smh.com.au
- Red Cross cuts Iraqi role. 30/10/2003. ABC News Online
- Reuters | Traffic Chaos as Hearse Ejects Corpse -
BERLIN (Reuters) - A hearse overturned on a German motorway Wednesday, shattering the coffin and ejecting the corpse onto the tarmac along with a bag of coffin nails that brought traffic to a standstill, authorities said.
New Scientist - strange but true (I'm going to reproduce this bit completely since I think the host page is temporary):
AT THE UK's annual hi-fi show, held recently in two hotels at London's Heathrow airport, several exhibitors were selling exotic cables to connect amplifiers to loudspeakers. The price of these cables was staggering. A 6-metre length of oxygen-free copper could cost as much as £30,000 - and no, those four zeros are not a misprint.
We cannot comment on whether these cables really do make music sound better, because none of the exhibitors offered a controlled blind test - switching the same music between cheap and expensive cables without the listener knowing which was which.
But now that the show is over, we can reveal a secret.
One of the most popular demonstrations at the show was staged by British company Quad, to mark 50 years of making its world-famous hi-fi equipment. Recording engineer Tony Faulkner demonstrated Quad's latest loudspeakers. He explained how he used them to monitor the sound while making a recording of Saint-Saëns's complete works for piano and orchestra, which recently won the coveted Record of the Year award from Gramophone magazine.
As hi-fi buffs enthused over the sound, we spotted that the speakers were connected by some orange wires that looked strangely familiar.
'Yes, they would look familiar if you have a garden', Faulkner told us. 'Before the show opened we went over the road to the DIY superstore and bought one of those £20 extension leads that Black & Decker sells for electric hedge-cutters. They are made from good, thick copper wire, look nice and sound good to me. The show's been running for three days and no one in the audience has noticed'.
FOX SPORTS | League | Bill Harrigan calls it quits (October 29, 2003). Gee gosh, perhaps the NRL should have given someone else a few high-profile matches to prepare for this eventuality.
Current Brisbane Observations.... "it's fucking hot, and it's not even summer yet (technically speaking)".
- CNN.com - Rangers sniff out odors at big farms - Oct. 27, 2003
- Slashdot | Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX With CrossOver Office. Dreamweaver is a biggie... many people have decided against trying Linux because there was no DW equivalent/port.
- NBC | Who needs radio anymore?
- Gas mask barman appeals sacking. 29/10/2003. ABC News Online. He wore a gas mask to work when they re-introduced smoking to the venue after a trial ban. Highlights the fact that bar staff work in massive noise and smoke.
- Sun hurls huge magnetic cloud toward Earth. 29/10/2003. ABC News Online
- NEWS.com.au | Man sues after stubby-opening problem (October 29, 2003)
- Brisbane man charged with hacking. 28/10/2003. ABC News Online. Well actually a 17yo got charged with hacking; I would have said "boy".
- Terrorist cell smashed, say federal police - www.smh.com.au / Police step back from terror cell comments - www.smh.com.au. So which one is it?
Why is code so small? - A bug in IE/Windows makes text marked with code or pre display smaller than the style sheet says it should.
How did you know I was using IE/Windows? - You said the code looked small.
This is why non-geeks sometimes think geeks are freakishly psychic... they forget that the strange thing they're seeing is probably a bug in their bog-standard windows setup which has been seen a ton of times. It's not nearly as cool as being psychic, but it is about as useful when doing any kind of frontline support.
"About Us" -- Presenting Information About an Organization on Its Website (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox). Highlights a couple of particular bugbears of mine - a) not putting your contact details on your website, and b) assuming users are experts in your content area. It's like events that advertise nothing but the name of the bar/venue; assuming that everyone knows the address of every single friggin bar in the city. Don't assume!
can you guess where these came from?
- Slashdot | Which Adware and Spyware are the Most Insidious? I'm surprised the first post wasn't "Windows".
- Slashdot | Spam Rapidly Increasing In Weblog Comments. No medium too small, no effort too great. Spammers will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to ruin the internet.
- Slashdot | White House Website Limits Iraq-Related Crawling. This is a very sly way to control info.... remove anything sensitive from Google (and any other crawler which obeys robots.txt).
- Slashdot | Land Warrior Army Suits Simplified, Linux-ized. Windows warriors defeated by blue screen of death.
- NEWS.com.au | 40-plus killed in Iraq attacks (October 28, 2003) / Red Cross reviews Baghdad operations. 28/10/2003. ABC News Online:
UN secretary-general Kofi Annan says the bombings are a crime against humanity.
- Google's online float threatens to derail gravy train - www.smh.com.au - they may float the company, but they won't use bankers to do it.
- From Oz to OO7 - www.smh.com.au -
Hugh Jackman is reportedly the new favourite to take over from Pierce Brosnan as the next James Bond.Is the world ready for another Aussie 007*? Actually I hope so - I think Jackman could make the role work. Russell Crowe would be a shit Bond; he's just not the right kind of person.
- Workers off the hook - National - smh.com.au. Researchers trying to claim mobile phones have made people get to work late. Actually I'd say the truth is they arrive exactly when they would have arrived anyway; it's just that people know where they are. There is a flip side - thanks to mobiles, people can be "on call" which is a nice way of saying they're not at work, but they can't do what they want in case they have to go to work.
- WA council eyes condom tree plan. 28/10/2003. ABC News Online -
The idea involves supplying containers of condoms in trees easily accessible to the public.
* George Lazenby was the first Aussie Bond.
Google Groups: View Thread "Fannish Accent? Minicon panel (LONG)". Actually not very long, but very interesting. The concept in short is that geeks communicate differently and have different social cues/norms than non-geeks.
- NEWS.com.au | Google considers IPO (October 27, 2003). Personally I'd prefer they actually answered the phone in the Sydney office. PICK UP YER PHONE, YOU SODS.
- NEWS.com.au | Man, 71, on two kill attempt charges (October 27, 2003)
- Eritrea expected to slaughter sheep. 27/10/2003. ABC News Online / 'Ship of death' sheep set for Eritrean slaughterhouse - www.smh.com.au
- Thousands to march for industrial manslaughter law - National - smh.com.au
PBS | I, Cringely . Archived Column - How Microsoft's Misunderstanding of Open Source Hurts Us All. A clean and simple explanation of the difference between Microsoft products and Open Source products... and more specifically, the quality difference. In short - commercial operations are driven by business goals; while nonprofit projects are driven by quality goals.
Spam has e-mail by the throat, study says -
About a third of people responded to a spam, seeking more information. And 7 percent actually bought a product or service. .... a fucking third?? ....and seven percent??? arrrrgh you idiots!!!
- Brown's outburst a national embarrassment: PM - National - smh.com.au / NEWS.com.au | Speaker defends ousting Greens (October 24, 2003) / Greens Senators locked out of Parliament. 24/10/2003. ABC News Online / Charge of the Lightfoot brigade saves the day - National - smh.com.au
- NEWS.com.au | Bashing is another mistaken identity (October 24, 2003). Stupid fucking crims can't even get the right person; then people wonder why gated communities are popular??
- Study shows spam turning away email users. 24/10/2003. ABC News Online
- Laser hits the spot for acne sufferers. 24/10/2003. ABC News Online. Zit zappin'.
- Hu seeks closer Australian ties. 24/10/2003. ABC News Online
- Fears grow over free-trade deal concessions - National - smh.com.au. Who runs this fucking country anyway?
- Next, the greening of the tuckshop - www.smh.com.au:
Canteens in public schools will be able to sell chocolate, soft drinks and fatty foods no more than twice a term under a push by the State Government to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity.
this saturday in brisvegas
If you're looking for something to do; come along to STRANGE (www.sostrange.org). New venue, 2-for-1 spirits all night, dancers, good tunes.
Something a bit different from every other club around - it's not a doof club, not an 80s revival, not a goth club. Laid back, lots of fun.
Marilyn Manson, Dita von Teese and a koala who hopes to use this exposure to launch its burlesque career.
snapped while on their australian tour (duh). the staff member assigned to be their guide described them as "[the] most knowledgeable visitors I've ever taken through". apparently they'd looked up a bunch of real information about koalas beforehand.
You know, it just occurred to me that the only time I can recall seeing a koala up close was when we hosted an English visitor once; and we took her to some wildlife park specifically so she could hold one. I suspect I turned down the chance to hold one myself; since they tend to pee on people and frankly I wasn't paying for the privilege (where we went it cost extra to hold a koala, on top of admission). Otherwise i've only seen them waaaay up in trees. Usually asleep. Which is fine by me, that's what they do :)
BTW... please link through to this page rather than deep linking the image. Thanks. Here's the code to make it really easy :)
<a href="http://cheshrkat.blogspot.com/2003/10/too-amusing-not-to-share.html">Marilyn Manson, Dita von Teese and a Koala</a>
NYT | The Stealth Computer. new york times notices case mods.
NEWS.com.au | Industry to halt for dead teen (October 22, 2003):
FURIOUS construction workers lamenting the death of a 16-year-old labourer will stop work on Monday to march on NSW Parliament and demand jail sentences for bosses who are slack on safety.
- Slashdot | Sanyo Develops Corn-Based Biodegradeable CD
- Hardware Analysis - How NOT to install computer hardware. A little less direct than The Illustrated Guide To Breaking Your Computer (which appears to be mirrored hundreds of times, no idea which one is the original) and extremely similar to the ever popular How to destroy your computer! at Dan's Data. But still worth a read.
- Cool & Silent Hard Drive Sandwich. mmmm, quiet computing.
A List Apart has re-launched. I hope they do an alternative stylesheet with more contrast on the body text, though.
- Why is Bush avoiding the Australian media? Don't ask - National - smh.com.au. That's right, Dubya has flown his own media into the country and won't let any of these local hicks talk to him. Anyone who thinks we have a good relationship with America should read this one.
- NEWS.com.au | PM's China trade deal coup (October 22, 2003) -
The breakthrough agreement gives Australia a realistic chance of cementing bilateral trade deals with the world's two biggest economic powers - the US and China - by the end of the decade.I would have thought that quote would require, say, a realistic chance of some beneficial deal with the US. Which will never happen. Australian PMs have a long history of smiling and reaching for the lube; while pretending we're getting something good out of it.
- A whole night of Delta moments - www.smh.com.au. Get cancer, win the ARIAs. It's a twisted industry.
- Aust dollar hits 70 US cents. 22/10/2003. ABC News Online
- Rural News - 21/10/2003: Stanbrokes new owners put four properties up for sale
- NEWS.com.au | For sale: Penthouse magazine (October 22, 2003)
In other news, apparently the council still hires arseholes to drive their buses. 370 to the City this morning - fuck you, buddy.
The Courier-Mail: You too can dodge the long laser of the law [09oct03]. Hand-held radar guns proved impossible to hold steady on targets over 70m away from the operator.
Catalyst - Light Pollution:
The human body is adapted to a world where there were 8 to 14 hours of complete darkness each night. But in modern life complete darkness is very rare. ... All this unnatural light interferes with the body?s melatonin cycle, which in turn might upset the estrogen balance, and cause breast cancer.
7-Eleven Unveils New Hot Beverage Station. 1300 possible combinations... coffee, tea, toppings, different kinds of milk, etc. I just hope they clean the machines properly. Hah!
- Inquiry told 50-50 custody may hurt children. 20/10/2003. ABC News Online. I can't imagine what it would be like to split your time 50/50 between two different lives. I wouldn't have thought kids were that adaptable - wouldn't stability be preferable? But then, how to choose which parent gets custody. It's awful.
- Uncommon gene may cause poor memory. 20/10/2003. ABC News Online
- NEWS.com.au | Engineers suckers for mutts (October 20, 2003)
- Blaine's off his box - www.smh.com.au
Blaine, who has suffered severe palpitations and breathing difficulties in recent days, is expected to stay in hospital for some days where he will be subjected to a battery of tests and will not be restored to full health for around six months, doctors say.
- Google case could clip search engines' wings - www.smh.com.au. I wonder if that same court would rule that a competitor could not purchase space on a billboard outside the company's headquarters?
- NEWS.com.au | Entertainment | Idol comment hurts (October 20, 2003). If people don't despise the industry yet; they never will. Ever since Popstars openly manufactured an act; people have had absolutely no excuse to think it's an ethical industry. The only surprise here is they said it on air; instead of using their fucking brains and either keeping their mouth shut, or having a quiet word later about choosing clothes for TV. Although from the sounds of it the guys were dressed pretty badly themselves.
Kids Play: a bunch of 10-13yo kids are given a go on classic games like Space Invaders. Their comments are funny; although, yes, some of us will feel a touch old.
Driver Down reaches the fourth and final episode of his Jury Duty experience.
In the end, any system is only as good as the people involved - and that's why we're totally fucked.
I try to comfort myself with the thought that it's always been this way. That these are not unique times. That there have always been people to cheer on lynchings, witch burnings, Inquisitions ... Humanity has always been a dull spoon intent on marching towards its boring doom, shitting where it sleeps and killing something to celebrate.
Google Labs | Britney Spears spelling correction. Britney's fans can't spell her name. That's ok, she probably can't either.
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- NEWS.com.au | Uni row 'based on false information' (October 16, 2003) / SMH is carrying the same story / Uni staff strike; ANU rejects plan. 16/10/2003. ABC News Online / The Courier-Mail: Canberra out of control: ACTU [16oct03]
- Lower House passes higher education bill. 16/10/2003. ABC News Online
- Pressure mounts to slaughter sheep at sea - www.smh.com.au
- 'Real' James Bond dies. 16/10/2003. ABC News Online
- NEWS.com.au | 'Nazi dog' let off the hook (October 16, 2003), seems the court is going to concentrate on the more serious stuff.
- NEWS.com.au | MPs cool on clapping for Bush (October 15, 2003). Gosh, who'd a thunk it. People don't want to applaud Dubya, a complete fucking moron hell-bent on starting world war three.
- 12 million Pathe stills published on internet - www.smh.com.au - news coverage of the archive i linked yesterday.
- FOX SPORTS | World Cup Centre | Bandidos scare off Fainthearts (October 15, 2003). I'm still surprised that Rydges took the Bandido's booking.
- NEWS.com.au | Three dead as families war (October 15, 2003)
- 'Nazi' dog lands owner in court. 15/10/2003. ABC News Online
Considering buying a Mac? Read Mac Sucks first. Macs do crash; they are no faster than a decent PC; they are more expensive than pretty much any PC; they are no more user-friendly than a PC. News flash: all computers crash sometimes. You will have to learn how to use whatever computer you buy. You will be able to hassle infinitely more friends for help if your PC has a problem..... oh wait. Get a Mac! Yeah! Great idea!
MSN Autos - Future Vehicles. Anyone care to buy me the Aston Martin? No? How about the Lamborghini then? Oh c'mon be a sport...
Top 20 films in a digital news archive. Interesting mix: it features several on war, the beatles and fashion.
- NEWS.com.au | Alston admits trust held Telstra (October 14, 2003) -
FORMER communications minister Richard Alston today said he stood to benefit from a family trust that included thousands of Telstra shares while he held the portfolio. ... He said the investment was losing money and now appeared to be a bit of a dud....at what point can we burn this fucker at the stake?
- NEWS.com.au | 90 pc of drivers 'hit by road rage' (October 14, 2003)
- Banks accused of laying debt traps - National - smh.com.au. Perish the thought.
quislibet: a musical interlude. The pain. The pain. The terrible pain. Baby Got Back translated to latin and back...
Listen up, please!!! If you have lost something, you did not "loose" it. The word is "lose". The long "oo" sound is in the pronunciation, not the frackin spelling. OK? Simple test: compare Dictionary.com/lose (
To be unsuccessful in retaining possession of; mislay) with Dictionary.com/loose (
Not fastened, restrained, or contained). The dictionary makes it clear.
I have lost count of the number of people out there I've seen fuck this one up. Blog after journal after blog, people write loose instead of lose. My school teachers pulled students up on mistakes like that; what the fuck happened to everyone else?
Yes, I realise I've already ranted about this. Oddly enough, it hasn't stopped pissing me off since then ;P
./ & the reg
- Slashdot | MS Dissatisfaction High, Users Consider Switching. MS has a 28% satisfaction level... perhaps they should FIX SOME FUCKING BUGS IN THEIR SHIT-ARSE SOFTWARE. *deep breath* Pwwweeease? Like... maybe it would be nice if just ONE FUCKING OFFICE PRODUCT COULD SPELL CHECK IN AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH?! *deep breath* Fuckit. I wish Linux was easier to use. I'm too lazy to switch. Of course, I don't have to pay for MS crap either, since it's all covered by Work At Home licencing.
- Slashdot | Matrix Revolutions To Be Released On Imax. That'd be cool. Pity the IMAX in this town appears to have gone bust (bad location and huge prices will do that).
- The Register | BOFH makes a hardware call
- The Register | Ballmer's new MS security fix - same patches, but 'nicer'
::ill Will Press:: NEUROTICALLY YOURS CARTOON: FOAMY'S RANT. Language warning. Funnn-ay :) See also: the other cartoons.
- NEWS.com.au | Bali services mark year of pain (October 13, 2003) / ABC News Online - Bali Anniversary.
- NEWS.com.au | Police 'delivered' man for spearing (October 13, 2003). If we're going to incorporate Payback into our justice system, we can't turn around and make value judgements about it. The Police probably didn't have any reason to expect a second attack would occur, since the man had already been speared. But then, I really don't think white Australians have a particularly good knowledge of Payback.
- NEWS.com.au | IBM installs laptop 'air bag' (October 13, 2003)
- NEWS.com.au | Fresh bid to lift lid on lawyers' wigs (October 13, 2003). I can't help thinking lawyers will keep the wigs. They like status symbols, no matter how stupid.
New Driver Down... mr driver goes on jury duty. three posts, this oughta be good...
- NEWS.com.au | SMS may only cost 3 cents each (October 10, 2003). Mobile networks have SMS capabilities built in. Basically all the telcos have to do is switch the feature on. The rest is pretty much pure profit. The bandwidth used by each message is miniscule.
- NEWS.com.au | PM rejects health deal (October 10, 2003) / Doctors to stop quitting if legal action limited: AMA. 10/10/2003. ABC News Online. You can't ask to be excused of liability when you're in a position of such responsibility. People trust doctors with their lives; they have to have recourse if that trust is misplaced and a doctor is negligent. Of course, the doctors could always kill off a few lawyers - the root cause of this litigation nightmare. Get a bit of a tribal war going between the two richest fucking groups in society. Raaagh.
- Hurrican Carter honoured by Brisbane uni. 10/10/2003. ABC News Online. I hope the Innocence Project really can make a difference.
- Pay teachers on merit: report - National - smh.com.au... interesting idea, the problem would be how you identified the good and bad teachers. It took me the benefit of years and hindsight to recognise some of my teachers as positive influences on my life. The very best teachers may inspire students in ways that don't show up "on paper" so speak. The idea that extra-curricular activities are a measure is bullshit; since many schools make it a condition of employment that every teacher does at least one extra-curricular activity per semester. So you get brilliant humanities teachers dragging around on afternoons and weekends trying to be sports coaches. Or alternatively they try to do something more interesting, but there's no money to make it work - so it will hardly make them look good.
- NEWS.com.au | Hikers find 140 buttered shoes (October 10, 2003). Art installation or psychotic jilted lover? Who can tell.
Julian Burnside - A Bit About Words:
P.G. Wodehouse used gruntled as a humorous opposite of disgruntled. Gruntle came first. It means to utter little grunts. As a noun, it is the contented grunting sound made by happy pigs; it is also a pig's snout. A pig whose nose is actually or metaphorically out of joint is aptly described as disgruntled.
Cross ref: Team Random.
Earth Science Missions Anomaly Report: GOES/POES Program/POES Project: 6 Sep 2003 | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference. The full story behind the broken satellite photo that everyone seems to have forwarded around :)
colinmo: Owlies. One of the reasons I like working here is the fact it's in the middle of Toohey Forest (caveat: sometimes that's why I hate working here too - burnoffs and hayfever). We get to see various creatures around the place that you don't get elsewhere.
- Slashdot | MS Patents IM Feature Used Since At Least 1996. I recall BBS chat systems from 1994 that showed the other person typing; and that was standard software that would have been in use for many years before got into the BBS scene. Hooray for bullshit patents.
- Guardian Unlimited | Online | Treasure i-land (no BBC archive until at least 2006).
- Philly.com | Charges in hacking against Phillies. A less parochial headline would be Spammer Gets Arrested.
- Slashdot | Top 10 Software Titles Every Home PC Needs? Let the geek flaming commence :)
- Wired News: How Computer Chips Keep Cool - details a water cooling system that works like a radiator; solid state and silent! Sign me up! :)
Interior bitmaps and views..... everyone has a hobby, i guess :)
- Lawyer claims Hicks, Habib tortured at Guantanamo Bay. 08/10/2003. ABC News Online. Meanwhile... UK artist builds replica Guantanamo Bay camp. 07/10/2003. ABC News Online. Let's face it; all most of us know about Guantanamo Bay is based on a Hollywood movie (A Few Good Men).
- Napster rises again, minus the freebies - www.smh.com.au
- NEWS.com.au | Bikies open fortress doors to Premier (October 8, 2003) (or at least claim to - the Police are denying receiving the keys).
- NEWS.com.au | $A charges above US69c (October 8, 2003). Get excited. Then don't, since it didn't stay there :)
- Furtive Google has your number - National - smh.com.au
- NEWS.com.au | Abbott to sweeten health package (October 7, 2003)
Doctors have complained that the incentives offered are too low, while patient advocates fear the shift would see out-of-pocket fees skyrocket.Article includes a Q&A section on the entire situation.
- NEWS.com.au | Flo decries no compo for Joh (October 7, 2003):
'It's one rule for Joh and another rule for everybody else,' Lady Flo said....which is pretty much what got him into the shit in the first place, Flo.
- NEWS.com.au | CD sales fall despite drop in downloads (October 7, 2003). Think of it this way: books have a blurb. Would you buy a book without a blurb?
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- Another bottle? Perhaps you've had too much Bach. 05/10/2003. ABC News Online
- Aussie researchers claim success in male contraceptive trial. 05/10/2003. ABC News Online
- Working harbour to go in trade-off - National - smh.com.au
- NEWS.com.au | Struggle to fit bums in seats (October 6, 2003). Doesn't mention that seats have been getting smaller over the years leading up to this. Case in point: the redeveloped Gabba sportsground, which has small hard seats and fuck all legroom. It's uncomfortable for me and I'm skinny.
- FOX SPORTS | League | Penrith upset Roosters (October 6, 2003). What the hell, I just like seeing the Roosters get beaten >:) They may be a great side, but under Ricky's coaching they've turned to a lot of smart-arse tactics - you know, all the stuff that's just a whisker shy of straight cheating. It pisses me off that other teams have had to adopt those tactics to counter them.
Edmonton News | Simple Solution To Strange Case. Paranoid much?
goodie goodie yum yum
david lee roth ain't no samurai
David Lee Roth cancels tour dates:
Singer needed 21 stitches after martial-arts accident. Depending on reports, he either kicked himself in the face or belted himself with a staff. Either way it's funny :) Nasty for him, but funny for us...
author meme off a random lj. couldn't resist a bookish meme :)
- Neal Stephenson
- Iain M. Banks
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- Robert A. Heinlein
- H.P. Lovecraft
- Tad Williams
- Neil Gaiman
- William Gibson
- Mary Stewart
- Stephen King
- Neal Stephenson
- Iain M. Banks
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- Neil Gaiman
- William Gibson
- Rudy Rucker
- Alexander Besher
- Terry Pratchett
- Darren O'Shaunessy
- China Mieville
I need a new stomach. This one seems faulty. Or food pills for the bad days. Or maybe I need the construction sites to be finished so I can sleep more than 6.5 hours a night. Actually, several million dollars would probably sort all of this out - I could buy the perfect house, plus all the houses around it, then rent them to quiet people. Actually I'd settle for buying out the unit block next to ours and bulldozing the fucking thing. I might even give the annoying neighbours two minutes notice.
oh fuck, this is turning into a journal post. i need a link to validate it... here we go: Golden Casket. these fuckers keep getting the lotto numbers wrong. i buy a ticket with numbers written on it, then they broadcast different numbers. that's not how it's supposed to work, they have it all wrong.
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