Sunday, July 31, 2005

Statler & Waldorf

Watch Muppet cranks Statler & Waldorf as they review current movies on

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Technology -

"Connecting the Dots
Steve Jobs looks back at his remarkable life and career and gives some advice to grads"

Google Logo Maker-Logogle

"The logo of the Google style is made.
Please input the character string to the text box and push the button. "

BBC Motion Gallery

"Welcome. Here you will find easy access to thousands of shots from the vast and diverse archives of the BBC and CBS News. Our library of motion imagery is one of the world's great living treasures.

Spanning over 70 years, BBC content encompasses more than 300,000 hours of footage, including a wealth of material covering natural history, wildlife, news, locations, art, music, celebrities, culture, performing arts and more."

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 120 -- Economic Literacy.

"Wondering about your own economic literacy?

Take the quiz.

You can also download the .pdf of the entire quiz.

Some of the questions are pretty easy (while some are exceedingly difficult without a calculator or professional knowledge of how these things work), which makes America's embarrassingly low scores all the more astounding."

The Columnist Manifesto: Relationships 101: "Do I look fat?"

"Relationships 101: 'Do I look fat?'
A lesson in how to answer 'the question'

Here is a bit of human experience that seems to fall into the “things everyone has to learn for her- or him- self” category: how to handle the question from wife/girlfriend, etc., “Do I look fat?” And yet the pain of that relearning process seems so avoidable. We all know the question will be asked. Why wait around unprepared only to be caught like a deer in the headlights when it finally comes up:"

FrontPage :: The Ugly Left by Tammy Bruce

"When you view the future with optimism, when you feel you are in charge of your destiny, you’re going to be kinder and take better care of yourself."

Virtual Street Reality

"Julian Beever is an English artist who is famous for his art on the pavements of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium. It's peculiarity? Beever gives his drawings an anamorphosis view, his images are drawn in such a way which gives them three dimensionality when viewing from the correct angle. It's amazing !!!"

Free Enterprise: Appreciating the Churn

"Free Enterprise
Appreciating the Churn

Dallas Fed Chief Economist W. Michael Cox explains the creative destruction of capitalism's growth process, also known as the churn."

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Howard Dean Again Ratchets up Anti-Bush Rhetoric

"'The president and his right-wing Supreme Court think it is 'okay' to have the government take your house if they feel like putting a hotel where your house is,' Dean said"

Captain's Quarters

: "Dafydd: ab Hugh's Universal Rules of Intelligence

Thinking about the terrible shooting of Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, shot to death in London by police who mistook him for a suicide bomber, recalls some rules of intelligence and analysis that we should always keep in mind:

1. The Law of Imperfect Precognition: Sometimes there is no 'right choice.' Throw the dice.

2. The Law of Imperfect Postcognition: Not even hindsight is ever really 20-20.

3. The Law of Colliding Interests: Five different people can each make a rational decision and still wind up in a melee.

4. The Law of the Rational Onion: There is always another layer of analysis that contradicts everything you've already concluded. At some point, you just have to stop.

5. The Law of Models: There is a real reality out there, whether you can see it or not. And it bites."



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Monday, July 25, 2005

Yvan Cartwright's Lecturing Notices

"FSDD extra tutorial on 6th March 2002. Powerpoint slides - Java Syntax & Classes"

The Poverty Diet

"What to buy, what to cook, without starving"

Pizmo Games : Sugar Crash

"Sugar Crash Beta"

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Saturday, July 23, 2005

go2net | deep magic

"Deep Magic was once a glorious and magnificent forum where every week (slightly less often towards the end) the programmers at go2net would grace us all with their ascerbic wit, keen insight and general propensity to talk about cool stuff. In all honesty, they probably weren't that witty or insightful but dangit if the topics were the toppest notch o' cool.

Unfortunately, as all tradgedies go, their collective time ran short and their collective todo lists ran long and in the interest of there continuing to be a go2net for which to program, they opted to stop spending a lot of time trying to write prose and start spend more time writing code.

What remains here are the results of 6 months of laughter, sorrow, blood, sweat, tears and a whole lot of source code. We hope that you enjoy reading our articles as much as we enjoyed writing them (and we really mean that)."

Friday, July 22, 2005

Exam failure equals deferred success

"THE concept of 'failure' should be removed from the British education system and be replaced with 'deferred success', according to a motion being considered by a teaching union.

The proposal has been tabled for the forthcoming annual conference of the Professional Association of Teachers in Buxton on July 25."

Leszek Kolakowski & the anatomy of totalitarianism by Roger Kimball

"No academic is more distinguished than Leszek Kolakowski. He boasts a string of glittering honors and prizes that includes—I confine myself to a few A-list American awards—a MacArthur Fellowship (the so-called “genius” award, justified for once), the Jefferson Award, and, in 2003, the first Kluge Prize for “lifetime achievement in the humanities,” a commendation that carries a purse of $1 million."

The Syllogisms of Seinfeld: The Connections Between Logic and Humor

"There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth. -- Victor Borge"

Philosophy Now

"A Logical Vacation

Julia Nefsky on the curiously strong connections between logic and humour."

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

William Girdler: Blobfest 2002

"It's impossible to describe how heartwarming it was to see an entire town rally around the success of a B-movie. Granted, The Blob is no ordinary B-movie. The film is a b-movie benchmark that has entertained three generations of moviegoers. Like a Wagnerian epic, the tale will never grow old. It doesn't matter if it costs 80 cents or eight dollars, The Blob will always be worth the price of admission"

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

When It's Time to Turn the Page - New York Times

"WHERE do you house 10,000 books? In an apartment with plenty of shelf space, of course.

So that's what Thomas and Katherine Cole needed when they moved to New York.

Mr. Cole, 71, who retired five years ago as a classics professor at Yale University, likes working from home, which means having on hand the thousands of reference works he might need. (He is writing a literary study of Ovid.)" | Flip-Flops At White House Cause Stir

"Before visiting the White House, Kate Darmody carefully planned her outfit. She bought a sundress from Ann Taylor. She put on a strand of white pearls.

And then she slipped on flip-flops to meet the president. So did about half of her teammates from the national championship Northwestern University women's lacrosse team, invited to the White House last Tuesday after a 21-0 season. "

Monday, July 18, 2005

ReadyMade: Feature - Sprout a Couch

"How much oxygen did your furniture produce today? In our version of the future, the things we loaf about on indoors will be as beneficial as the stuff that grows out back. In the meantime, sculpt lawn furniture from the lawn itself. Unlike your standard-issue sofa, this lush greenery is totally organic, requires no synthetic finishes, and can be brought to life, Golem-style, from salvaged dirt. St. Augustine tiles create a seamless, living upholstery, or try wheatgrass for a durable alternative. Ask your nursery about planting tips unique to your sod. Note: Couch may require mowing."

Nigeria jails woman in $242 mln email fraud case - Yahoo! News

"Amaka Anajemba, one of three suspects in a $242 million fraud involving a Brazilian bank, would return $48.5 million to the bank, hand over $5 million to the government and pay a fine of 2 million naira ($15,000), the agency said."

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Optimus keyboard

"Every key of the Optimus keyboard is a stand-alone display showing exactly what it is controlling at this very moment."

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


"Planarity Flash Game
Instructions: Arrange the vertices such that no edges overlap."

Audio & Video from Vortex Technology

"Some Featured Items:
'Professor Neon's TV & Movie Mania' Radio Show Sampler
PRIVACY Forum Radio
Cold War Air Defense
Orson Welles' Voiceover Session
'Bride of the Monster' Trailer
Boris Karloff's 'Thriller'
JAY WARD Animation Special!
Computer 'Daisy' from 1961"

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Debunking 8 Anti-War Myths About The Conflict In Iraq

"Debunking 8 Anti-War Myths About The Conflict In Iraq
by John Hawkins"

Sunday, July 10, 2005

IRR Soldier: Kentucky Rides Again, and How to Fix an Iraqi Hose

"but I do know that the hose must have been too short because as of yesterday it's now twice as long. How did they mend the two hoses together you ask? Simple, they nailed it together."

Grand Illusions

"Dragon Optical Illusion

This little dragon appears to be looking at you. But if you rotate the base this way or that the dragon's head appears to turn the other way...

Or if you stand the dragon on a shelf and walk about, the dragon's head follows you around the room. And yet it is simply a sheet of paper, cut and folded in a certain way. How does it work?"

Friday, July 08, 2005

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat

"I took some solace in editing the family movie, which contains all sorts of heartstring-yanking moments. Last day of school. Last day of playroom. Last day of swim class! Get out the fargin’ hankies, son. It’s bad enough to cry at movies, but to cry at your own? Embarrassing. And it has nothing to do with the brilliance of my cinematography; it’s just the fatally cute combination of slo-mo and acoustic guitar that unmans me. For three years I’ve managed to get the “end of school” shot with Gnat walking away ito sunlight, and if you edit out the ambient noise, airplane racket, screechy kids, and boost the Pat Metheny, you get boo-hoo moments so powerful they could be used in a heartwarming local TV news segment. Yes, that heartwarming. The maximum amount of ventricle-enflaming Federal regs permit. My hands slip off the keyboard, because they are soaked with tears. Of joy! And regret.

What made this year’s effort even more unbearably emotional than usual was the dreaded Photo Montage, complete with pan-and-zoom effects for 37% more poignancy. I do it in the hopes that one day she’ll watch this an adult and realize that daddy loved her so much he took extra time to lock the audio clip to the playhead so it faded out just at the right moment, regardless of how much he edited out of the overlong swingset segment.

And if she doesn’t realize that right away, well, I’m sure iDVD 6.0 will allow me to add commentary tracks, so I can remind everyone. "

Print - SPIEGEL Interview with African Economics Expert: "For God's Sake, Please Stop the Aid!" - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

"The Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati, 35, says that aid to Africa does more harm than good. The avid proponent of globalization spoke with SPIEGEL about the disastrous effects of Western development policy in Africa, corrupt rulers, and the tendency to overstate the AIDS problem."

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

EFF: Bloggers

"EFF's goal is to give you a basic roadmap to the legal issues you may confront as a blogger, to let you know you have rights, and to encourage you to blog freely with the knowledge that your legitimate speech is protected.

To that end, we have created the Legal Guide for Bloggers, a collection of blogger-specific FAQs addressing everything from fair use to defamation law to workplace whistle-blowing."

Monday, July 04, 2005

Test for Security Efforts: Next Harry Potter Book - New York Times

"The security plans are in place, the delivery efforts are under way and lawyers are standing by in case any copies of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' go astray before 12:01 a.m. on July 16, the official time of release for the latest installment in the J. K. Rowling series."

Profits, Not Jobs, on the Rebound in Silicon Valley - New York Times

"In the last three years, profits at the seven largest companies in Silicon Valley by market value have increased by an average of more than 500 percent while Santa Clara County employment has declined to 767,600, from 787,200. During the previous economic recovery, between 1995 and 1997, the county, which is the heart of Silicon Valley, added more than 82,800 jobs.

Changes in technology and business strategy are raising fundamental questions about the future of the valley, the nation's high technology heartland. In part, the change is driven by the very automation that Silicon Valley has largely made possible, allowing companies to create more value with fewer workers."

Sunday, July 03, 2005

OpinionJournal - Featured Article

Alexander the Great
Hamilton saved America from the Founding Fathers' economic ignorance.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Decision '08: The Top Ten Liberal Reactions to the Retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor

"The Top Ten Liberal Reactions to the Retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor"

G8 summit at Gleneagles Times Online The Times

"In person Mr Bush is so far removed from the caricature of the dim, war-mongering Texas cowboy of global popular repute that it shakes one’s faith in the reliability of the modern media.


Objective Justice: Legos Explain The Hearsay Exception

"Energy Spatula at Will Work For Favorable Dicta had an exceptionally talented producer in her evidence class. He created this video that explains the hearsay exceptions through the amazing acting of Lego characters. So cool, that guy deserves an A."

School lunch

School lunch: "School Lunch"

Friday, July 01, 2005

Fish whopper: 646 pounds a freshwater record - Environment -

"Thai fishermen netted a catfish as big as a grizzly bear, setting a world record for the largest freshwater fish ever found, according to researchers who studied the 646-pound Mekong giant catfish as part of a project to protect large freshwater fish."