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In which our fearless readers are presented with links. And context!
The Law of Monkey - an examination of social grouping phenomena and the de-anthropomorphication of individuals outside your tribal threshold.
It's not only the performance, it's the luxury - a clever way to sell your car.
Some time ago, I gestured mildy in this direction* and at another time I waved over here. Jonathan Harris is a man who could appreciate that. He is developing very interesting new ways of presenting information.

* Really cool literature and film relational exploration tool.

Information UI Presentation 10x10 wordcount


The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Entertainment

When newspaper writing about tv is funny.

Funny Sci-Fi Media
And no, I am not unaware of the fact that the tags come close to outweighing the content in this here post. Live with it, tags are like XML, they bloats things but make manipulation easier.


Links of Interest

Obviously this whole work thing is interfering with postage. On a related note, funding has been delivered for the new Lappy 486 - I will be able to post more frequently from the privacy of my own laptop.

Wired News: Young Blood Makes Muscles Spry
Wired News: Cookies Get a Pass in Congress
Wired News: More Watchful, Probably Not Safer
MercuryNews.com | 02/16/2005 | 145,000 Americans' identity data stolen
Wired News: No Protection for Bloggers



Short films from sundance

And today, we come up with another tag:

Content Film

Green Consumer Guide - Environmental News and Products

Money makes the world go 'round - so Buy Green.
Environment Business

The Big Picture: Debate on Downloading

OK, funny time. From a market strategist's blog where he argues with a hedge fund manager :The Big Picture: Debate on Downloading. So we extract a quote from the hedge fund manager:

The effects of piracy on the economy and the world are just getting started. Music company EMI told investors today that it would miss sales projections for the year by about 9%. Trading in England, the stock took a huge hit on the news, wiping out billions of dollars of value.
Music content sales such as records, tapes and CDs have long trended with the broader economies. With global economies steadily growing the last couple of years, the music business should have been on fire. Alas, that is not the case, and the single biggest reason is piracy.

Gee, that downloading is sure bad for stocks. Oh, no, wait. It turns out that EMI is going to miss predicted sales because Coldplay are going to be late with their album.

I sure hope that the investors in his hedge fund sue his ignorant little ass off.

Idiots Copyright Business Too-Sad-To-Be-Funny


and unpasteurised.

In honour of some of the finer whiskeys and wines and sundry other european food commodities, and because I don't have time, today is another day to indulge in mindless link propagation. I am gonna just throw a bunch of stuff at you.
Yesterday and Today were good days for Wired News.

Buffalo Beast's "The 50 Most Loathsome People In America 2004" is worth a gander, as is some of the other content there, look around, enjoy yourself.
Today's tag is cheese. And I'll throw in MLP for good measure.


How I choose my tags

I am working of something of a keyword search here, in addition to larger categories, kind of like web-page Meta tags. The idea is that if I can remember any keywords at all I can find my article easily, but if I have only a vague idea of the subject then it's much harder - I have to browse the months around when I (almost always incorrectly) remember posting it. The larger categories aren't that useful either, because they'll return too many hits.
Tags Meta-blogging

Oil chief: my fears for planet

Last summer, but better late than never.

The head of one of the world's biggest oil companies [Lord Oxburgh, Chairman of Shell] has admitted that the threat of climate change makes him 'really very worried for the planet'.

Another good quote from the article: "In June 2002 ExxonMobil's chairman, Lee Raymond, said: 'We in ExxonMobil do not believe that the science required to establish this linkage between fossil fuels and warming has been demonstrated.'" Kinda sounds like a Tobacco industry executive a year or two before the multi-billion dollar law suits.
Business Environment

Electronics designers find it's not easy being green

But at least they are trying.

"We wanted to eliminate hazardous materials and make it easy to recycle," said David Thompson, director of corporate environmental affairs at Matsushita Electrical Industrial, which owns Panasonic. "This is a design objective that's being built into all of our products."

Technology Environment

Larry Lessig & Jeff Tweedy

Larry Lessig interviews Jeff Tweedy of Wilco
Copyright Music

What Exactly Is Under the Sea?

When you care enough about your maps because nuclear submarines just keep driving into mountains and want the very best.

The Echoscope. Where conventional sonar uses one beam to build up a picture gradually, Echoscope uses an array of more than 16,000 beams to create an instantaneous, real-time image.

Science Technology also Oceanography Earth Exploration


Those wacky eastern europeans


"Actually the song is by O-zone featuring Haiducci and its called dragostea
din tei. It is a romanian dance hit that has been around for a few years.
There is a Hungarian version too which has the refrain sounding like
Numerakirai instead of numaye." - a source that would prefer to remain anonymous :)

Reminds me of Elektronik - Supersonik

On a related note, the makers of jetlag travel guides have released a helpful reference to the tropical paradise of Phaic Tan

Travel Funny Music

Wired News: Photographer Seeks Resolution

More gigapixel imagery.

Homeland Security Operations Morning Briefs - 27 September 2004 to 14 January 2005

What your friends and mine in Heimatsicherheit are doing.
Privacy Rights Politics Law
Excessive over-tagging perhaps (I made up a new word today, how very German of me), but DHS demands linkage on so many categories.


Young Nigel Holmes?

Young Sherlock Molesworth?
Funny Books

They're coming for me - aaiiieeee!

Quebec may tax junk food and from MediaScout

The Citizen and the Post report that Alberta Health Minister Iris Evans wants her province to be the first to give tax breaks for gym memberships or recreational activities. The Post runs an Edmonton Journal comment piece that praises Evans: “Attacking the problem from the front end, where prevention can actually save some money, makes far more sense than pouring money endlessly into the bottomless pit of acute care.” The Citizen runs a brief focusing on the Alberta premier’s response: Ralph Klein is apparently a “gym rat,” and he heartily approves of the idea. MediaScout wonders at the quality of the gyms in Alberta, given Mr. Klein’s, um, girth, but still, the idea is a good one. Too bad they thought of it in BC first:
on Thursday, the Victoria Times Colonist reported that former cabinet minister Christy Clarke is planning on tabling a private member's bill so that parents can receive tax breaks on all extracurriculars for their kids. Now, this is the kind of provincial rivalry MediaScout likes to see. The West is leading the way—will the rest of the nation be up to the challenge?

Health Politics

SAQ strike could soon be over

Which is interesting, for those of my gentle readership located in Quebec, but what I really wanted to point out was yet another example of the decline of journalistic standards.

Still, many Quebecers have turned to corner stores to buy wine, but they normally stock only low-end vintages.

Can you spot the glaring error?

Viridian Note 00429

Bruce Sterling thinks you should read this, which concerns this. And if Bruce wants you to, then I suggest that you jump to it, soldier. Toot Sweet.
Science Politics Sci-Fi

Things That Make the Earth Go Hm

Their headline says it all.

Canadians Fight for Privacy

Our southern neighbours notice that we might be reluctant to purchase services from them if it means that we selling our medical data to a country that has no interest in other people's privacy.
Politics Technology Privacy

CBC News: Sunshine might help prevent cancers

Whu? I mean, huh?

One group of U.S. researchers suggests that the more melanoma patients were exposed to sunlight, the more likely they were to live.

Science Health

Mac Mini: The Emperor's New Computer

This article produced an apparent storm of protest from frothing-at-the-mouth Apple fan's. Something of a tempest in a teacup as you will realize when you read it. Conlcusion: Mac users have style but no sense of humour.
Funny Technology

style.org > State of the Union Parsing Tool

State of the Union Parsing Tool

Funny Politics


Expectations of privacy

In the course of this thread on Interesting People(search for privacy), David Brin entered into the fray and presented this, this, and this. Themes and variations on this.
Privacy Rights Politics Sci-Fi


Oh, and btw

I went to check out the new, more web-standardy MSN interface just now and my little Spybot S&D warning pops up and says that Avenue A1 just tried to do something underhanded. Way to go Microsoft.

ho for hoggwarts!

In which our hero Nigel leaves deer old St. Custard's for the Mutant Wastelands of Hoggwarts!
Funny Books


Disturbing Auctions

Disturbing Auctions via William Gibson's wife.
Funny Business
Man, I've been waiting *minutes* to use that particular combination of tags.

The logical Fallacies: Index

When they try to mislead to you, they are probably using one or more logical fallacies.

SOS: Students for an Orwellian Society

Funny Disinformation

Blackhats Use DRM To Plant Massive Amounts Of Spyware

And you wonder why I don't use Windows media player and live with the DRM crap.

When a user tries to play a protected Windows media file, the anti-piracy technology demands a valid license; if that license is not stored locally, the player looks for it on the Internet so the user can download or purchase it.

'I pressed 'Yes' once to allow the installation. My computer quickly became contaminated with the most spyware programs I have ever received in a single sitting...all told, the infection added 58 folders, 786 files, and an incredible 11,915 registry entries to my computer.'


Windows Security Checklist

A 10 part list of things all windows users should know and do.

American Airlines Flight 77.

Lucky found this.

The Economic Consequences of the Peace

The full text of The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes.

CNN.com - Your Command

Their news is slanted, but it's better than Fox and they can be quite funny.
You will note that I just added a new tag. How expansive and liberal of me.

Pentagon Strike

A very well put-together video of the various accounts of the crash of American Airlines flight 77 into the Pentagon. Excellent sound track.

Border Patrol hails new ID system - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - December 21, 2004

Which part of criminal =/= terrorist do they not understand?


LibraryLaw Blog: Great News! Orphan works examined by Copyright Office - public comment solicited - deadline March 25th

The Copyright Office is soliciting public comment (deadline March 25th) in their examination of orphan works.

Hapless band of staff and regulars: 389 ...doh

doh indeed.

The New York Review of Books: Europe vs. America

So much more than just a book review —

The New York Review of Books: Europe vs. America:

  • "The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy - T.R. Reid

  • The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream - Jeremy Rifkin

  • Free World: America, Europe, and the Surprising Future of the West - Timothy Garton Ash

Three books providing counterpoint to the common belief that the US economic model is the strongest and provides the most for it's citizens and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future.


More on tags

I won't use the main link, except to add the rel="tag" attribute. Instead I will add links to the bottom of the post. Right now my feeds are divided into

I'll keep it at that, but add Funny - Defective Yeti hereby becomes my first Funny blog. Suggestions welcome, BBSpot, perhaps, or The Onion, if you can find RSS feeds. For I'll probably add and tags

But, but, he is so lazy.

Will I be able to get of my duff and use http://www.technorati.com/tag/ ?

Probably ... I may even standardize on using it at the title header. Or do you click that? Should I embed it somewhere in the post?

Students way mistaken about 1st Amendment

Survey saaays:

  • Nearly three-fourths of high school students either do not know how they feel about the First Amendment or admit they take it for granted.

  • Seventy-five percent erroneously think flag burning is illegal.

  • Half believe the government can censor the Internet.

  • More than a third think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.

Marvel vs NCSoft

Some legal commentary for your amusement

Quicken disables the software you paid for to force paid upgrades

Intuit is bad, lather, rinse, repeat.