Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The New Yorker's Cheap Dates - Gladwell tells them what to think. By Mickey Kaus

"I just installed the highly-touted Google Desktop search engine because a friend of mine told me that it will change my life. It will. My computer is now running about half the speed it used to and I'm going to lose my job! I think I will now uninstall Google Desktop. [Update: Google gone. Speed back.]"

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Open Source Projects for Oracle

"This is a small sample of the numerous Open Source projects available that extend, use, and build upon Oracle technology."

The American Experience | Race for the Superbomb | Panic Quiz

"The following government-sponsored quiz appeared in the August 21, 1953 issue of Collier's magazine as a supplement to an article about human behavior during nuclear attack. It was intended to help readers from becoming 'victims of panic.'"

TV Tunes Online Television and Cartoon Theme Songs, plus Trivia!

"TV Tune Lyrics: Cartoons"

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Graphical Event Ticker for your Signature, Message Boards, Blogs and Web Page

"Add a useful graphical tracker to your message board signature, home page or blogs using the free tickers."

A War to Be Proud Of

"LET ME BEGIN WITH A simple sentence that, even as I write it, appears less than Swiftian in the modesty of its proposal: 'Prison conditions at Abu Ghraib have improved markedly and dramatically since the arrival of Coalition troops in Baghdad.'

I could undertake to defend that statement against any member of Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International, and I know in advance that none of them could challenge it, let alone negate it. Before March 2003, Abu Ghraib was an abattoir, a torture chamber, and a concentration camp. Now, and not without reason, it is an international byword for Yankee imperialism and sadism. Yet the improvement is still, unarguably, the difference between night and day. How is it possible that the advocates of a post-Saddam Iraq have been placed on the defensive in this manner? And where should one begin?"

Friday, August 26, 2005

Cellphones Catapult Rural Africa to 21st Century - New York Times

YANGUYE, South Africa - On this dry mountaintop, 36-year-old Bekowe Skhakhane does even the simplest tasks the hard way.

Fetching water from the river takes four hours a day. To cook, she gathers sticks and musters a fire. Light comes from candles.

But when Ms. Skhakhane wants to talk to her husband, who works in a steel factory 250 miles away in Johannesburg, she does what many in more developed regions do: she takes out her mobile phone.

Oakland: Spinmeister charts new course

"Tim Monroe is rolling to the finish line on his 25-year quest to navigate all 831 miles of Oakland streets, plus hundreds of miles in neighboring towns, on skates."

Thursday, August 25, 2005

BlogRolling - Members Home

"Below are all your available BlogRolls. All the other sections of BlogRolling are available from the navigation menu on the left."

The Powerbook Prank: He wanted a Powerbook. We gave him a P-P-P-Powerbook!

"It all started with an eBay auction for a new G4 Powerbook. My friend Cory wanted me to sell it for him just days after he bought it. Probably because he realized that, aside from looking cool, he had no real use for it. For the sake of an easy sale, I just pretended to sell it as my own, with a starting price of $1700, and the 'Buy It Now' option for $2100."


"One of the most addictive games we've posted in a while!"

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Programming Language Designer or Serial Killer?

Take the quiz, see how many you identify as either a language
designer or serial killer!

Brutally Honest: Greatest Movie Line Ever

Featuring Bob Hope and Zombies.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Monday, August 22, 2005

Crazy eBay mom

Crazy eBay mom: "My mother is insane. Like, one of those ladies you see on the local news insane. Since it's inevitably going to come up I'll get out of the way that I am too, but at least I take a full dose of my medication. I've been meaning to make this thread for about the last year, but the longer I waited the more interesting the situation became. Also, I'm incredibly lazy. Case in point, these pictures are about three weeks old. Anyway, lets take a tour of our eBay house."

Sunday, August 21, 2005


"This street photography,this purity of approach,is potentially the most beautiful.Perhaps it is for the very reason that the photographs have no meaning,no function,no purpose to fulfill,no axe to grind,no ideology to speak of,that they please me as much as they do.It is the simplicity of the moment,the quality of the composition,which affect me.The fact that I saw something,a situation,that it moved me,that I wish to photograph it, that is enough. I take my camera everywhere because you never know when a lucky moment might happen."

Yat-kha, Albert Kuvezin Tuvan throat singing punk band.

"KANZAT is his special style of kargiraa khoomei. When he was a little boy he was thrown out of the choir and told never ever to sing again. So he tried playing football instead. When he realised that there was such a thing as Deep Purple and Sonic Youth, he decided to get rid of the football and get a guitar and start singing again, although the ideology department of the Communist Party didn't like it very much."

Feature Article

"A space elevator could be the biggest thing to happen since the Stone Age, but can we build one?"

Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal: Robin! To the CulturalStudiesMobile!

"Barry Nalebuff defends his company's tea-sweetening policies as those of an honest agent making tea in accordance with what the rational utility-maximizing choices of its principals (the tea-drinkers) would be if its pricipals thought hard about the tradeoff of sweetness of taste versus inches on the wasteline:"


"If your pictures aren't good enough,you're not close enough. ---------------Robert Capa. 22"

Friday, August 19, 2005

Editor Explains Reasons for 'Intelligent Design' Article

"Within hours of publication, senior scientists at the Smithsonian Institution -- which has helped fund and run the journal -- lashed out at Sternberg as a shoddy scientist and a closet Bible thumper."

The Lovers, the Dreamers, and Me

"Why are there so many
Songs about rainbows? "

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Elephants, lions to roam North America once more? - Yahoo! News

"'Managed elephant populations could similarly benefit ranchers through grassland maintenance and ecotourism,' they wrote, adding that reintroducing lions would represent the pinnacle of the Pleistocene re-wilding of North America."

iowahawk: How to Blog Good

"It's kind of confusing, but for your blog you will need 'software,' which is a 'hi-tech' term for a thing inside the computer that keeps your blog from accidentally exploding and ruining all the wires. The key is to select the proper blogging software for your budget and level of stupidity."

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Wordlab: Names Behind the Dukes of Hazzard

"Everybody knows The Dukes of Hazzard is based on a popular television series of the same name. What's not generally known is that the 'original' television series was based on a 1975 movie called Moonrunners."

Cenarion Circle Realm Forum -

"Pardon me for hijacking the thread, here..

But, Brion - if you don't want your mother to know you were up and on the computer at 3:29 in the morning - DON'T post on a forum that she reads.


Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Spurgeon's Love of Fine Cigars

"'Well, dear friends, you know that some men can do to the glory of God what to other men would be sin. And notwithstanding what brother Pentecost has said, I intend to smoke a good cigar to the glory of God before I go to bed to-night.'"

Flash » Learn to Dance with Napoleon Dynamite

"Albino Blacksheep » Flash Files » Learn to Dance with Napoleon Dynamite"

Napoleon's Sweet Ads

Look on the bottom of the left-hand menu.

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"Fight ! Kikkoman"

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"Designer Decal Sets
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New Scientist Breaking News - Counterfeit goods rock virtual world

"As if battling dragons, goblins and orcs was not enough of a challenge, avid online computer gamers now face an even scarier menace - rampant inflation.

Players who immerse themselves in the hugely popular online fantasy game EverQuest2 last week saw the price of everyday goods – like the Wand of the Living Flame and the Dark Shield of the Void – plummet after some participants discovered a way to duplicate valuable items for free."

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Nick's Cafe Canadien: July 2005

"That said, I would find it unlikely that very many others have underscored a formal Catholic wedding with music from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for Super Nintendo."

Saturday, August 13, 2005

BBC NEWS | UK | Nations get set for memory battle

"Fifty finalists from 16 nations are due to battle for the title of 2005 World Memory Champion."

Friday, August 12, 2005

Sun Comprehending Glass: Perfect Pizza Crust

"1 tsp dry active yeast
3 cups flour
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp rosemary

combine, knead then let rise. dough should be elastic and slightly sticky. toss and then push into a circle on your pizza pan, slick with more olive oil"

Chris Rock - The William F-ing Buckley of stand-up. By John Swansburg

"Sub a few $10 words for some F bombs, and this material could almost have come out of the hallowed jowls of William F. Buckley Jr."

Random Goldberg-ism Generator Project

"A humorous take-off on the colorful, creative vocabulary of the writer,
and National Review Editor At-Large, Jonah Goldberg."

The Corner on National Review Online

"This is a blast from the past. I believe it actually predates my use of the phrase 'timewaster' for this sort of thing. Oldtimers will remember and curse me. Newcomers will not remember -- but will still curse me. Please do not send me your scores.

Behold (again): Miniputt."

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Unraveling of Scientific Materialism

"Carl Sagan described the theory of evolution in his final book as the doctrine that 'human beings (and all the other species) have slowly evolved by natural processes from a succession of more ancient beings with no divine intervention needed along the way.' It is the alleged absence of divine intervention throughout the history of life—the strict materialism of the orthodox theory—that explains why a great many people, only some of whom are biblical fundamentalists, think that Darwinian evolution (beyond the micro level) is basically materialistic philosophy disguised as scientific fact. Sagan himself worried about opinion polls showing that only about 10 percent of Americans believe in a strictly materialistic evolutionary process, and, as Lewontin’s anecdote concedes, some of the doubters have advanced degrees in the relevant sciences. Dissent as widespread as that must rest on something less easily remedied than mere ignorance of facts."

PhotoStamps: Home

"PhotoStamps are a fun and easy way to add a personal touch to everything you send, and they make great gifts too!"

Kansas State Department of Education

"Kansas Curricular Standards for Science Education (March 9, 2005 Draft)"

Evolution as Dogma: The Establishment of Naturalism. Johnson, Phillip

"In fact, there is a great deal more to the creation-evolution controversy than meets the eye, or rather than meets the carefully cultivated media stereotype of 'creationists' as Bible-quoting know-nothings who refuse to face up to the scientific evidence. The creationists may be wrong about many things, but they have at least one very important point to argue, a point that has been thoroughly obscured by all the attention paid to Noah's Flood and other side issues. What the science educators propose to teach as 'evolution,' and label as fact, is based not upon any incontrovertible empirical evidence, but upon a highly controversial philosophical presupposition. The controversy over evolution is therefore not going to go away as people become better educated on the subject. On the contrary, the more people learn about the philosophical content of what scientists are calling the 'fact of evolution,' the less they are going to like it."

Discovery Institute

"Discovery Institute's mission is to make a positive vision of the future practical. The Institute discovers and promotes ideas in the common sense tradition of representative government, the free market and individual liberty. Our mission is promoted through books, reports, legislative testimony, articles, public conferences and debates, plus media coverage and the Institute's own publications and Internet website ( ).

Current projects explore the fields of technology, science and culture, reform of the law, national defense, the environment and the economy, the future of democratic institutions, transportation, religion and public life, government entitlement spending, foreign affairs and cooperation within the bi-national region of 'Cascadia.' The efforts of Discovery fellows and staff, headquartered in Seattle, are crucially abetted by the Institute's members, board and sponsors"

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - Taxonomy of Liberal Blogs

"The following, I think, is a fair representation of what you'll find on Liberal Blogs."

Osborn's Checklist - Crinnology - Creativity and Innovation

"A basic rule of Brainstorming is build onto ideas already suggested. Alex Osborn, the originator of classical brainstorming, first communicated this. A checklist was formulated as a means of transforming an existing idea into a new one. The checklist is designed to have a flexible, trial and error type of approach."

Airport Sleeping Tips

"You are probably asking yourself one (or all) of the following questions: How do I do it? What should I bring with me? What tips do you have to share with us airport sleeping newbies? Well, here are some ideas that will help you get started in your airport sleeping careers. "

Ranch Dressing - Why do Americans love it so much? By Brendan I. Koerner

"Ranch dressing has been the nation's best-selling salad topper since 1992, when it overtook Italian. How did this simple mixture of mayonnaise, buttermilk, and herbs become America's favorite way to liven up lettuce?"

Monday, August 08, 2005

Where Are the War Heroes? - New York Times

"Richard I. Bong, for example, an Army Air Corps pilot who came to be known as the Ace of Aces, was sent home in December 1944 after shooting down his 40th Japanese plane. He was dispatched immediately on a nationwide tour to help sell war bonds."

A Hero in Every Aisle Seat - New York Times

"The Air France evacuation required an extraordinary degree of social coordination - which emerged among a group of strangers with virtually no time to prepare. Once out of the wreckage, they were aided by other strangers who, on the spur of the moment and with no expertise in emergency situations, had pulled off a nearby highway and calmly charged into the scene, despite the risks posed by an exploding plane."

Detainees under Harry Potter's spell

"Harry Potter's worldwide popularity is so broad-based that it has become favorite reading for Islamic terror suspects at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay. "

Friday, August 05, 2005

Theories of humour | Poking fun |

"So why did they laugh? Dr Morreall's thesis is that laughter, incapacitating as it can be, is a convincing signal that the danger has passed. The reaction of the psychologists, linguists, philosophers and professional clowns attending the Fifth International Summer School on Humour and Laughter illustrates his point. Dr Morreall survived to tell the tale and so had an easy time making it sound funny."

David Klinghoffer on Darwinism & Intelligent Design on National Review Online

"When laymen, including conservative journalists, follow the scientific majority on a question like this, rather than the dissenting minority, they should at least be aware that they are following guides who, while claiming to be disinterested, are anything but that." | Phillip Johnson's Assault Upon Faith-Based Darwinism | 2005-07-27

"If Johnson is going to make a leap of faith, he'd prefer it to be a religious one. 'I am a philosophical theist and a Christian,' he wrote in Darwin on Trial. 'I believe that a God exists who could create out of nothing if He wanted to do so, but who might have chosen to work through a natural evolutionary process instead.'

Darwin on Trial is not just an attack on evolution, but on the very modern principles of science. Johnson believes Galileo and his descendants worked to solve the questions of our existence based on science, not faith, but that for several centuries since then, men of reason -- astronomers, mathematicians, philosophers -- have conspired to purge God from the handiwork of the universe. By the time Darwin published Origin of Species in 1859, the fatal blow had been cast.

'The very persons who insist upon keeping religion and science separate are eager to use their science as a basis for pronouncements about religion,' he wrote. 'The literature of Darwinism is full of antitheistic conclusions, such as that the universe was not designed and has no purpose, and that we humans are the product of blind natural processes that care nothing about us.'

Johnson suggests that evolution has become a faith-based movement in its own right. He maintains that biologists have become so invested in the Darwinian worldview that they have ceased looking for contradictory evidence. 'As the creation myth of scientific naturalism, Darwinism plays an indispensable ideological role in the war against fundamentalism,' he wrote. 'For that reason, scientific organizations are devoted to protecting Darwinism rather than testing it, and the rules of scientific investigation have been shaped to help them succeed.'

Johnson regards scientists as today's reigning priesthood -- a monklike discipline that controls our culture's story of creation and prot"

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Matthew in Beirut: Backstroke of the West

"captions there be, mangled they are."

IFILM - Viral Videos: CTRL-ALT-DEL

"David Bradely, inventor of the Windows CTRL-ALT-DEL function, describes the origins of the shortcut and makes a joke at the expense of Bill Gates."

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Sushi Lesson - How to eat sushi properly | Bayosphere

"The experience of going to eat sushi in the US is quite nice because it is casual."

How to Cut in Shortening -

"Cutting in shortening is a crucial step in many baking recipes, especially pie dough - it's the technique that helps ensure flakiness. Cutting in is easy, but some ways are better than others. "

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Douglas W. Jones's punched card index

"Punched Cards
A brief illustrated technical history

Part of the Punched Card Collection
by Douglas W. Jones "

ypsi~dixit: punchcard mp3

"'Assuming a non-Hollerith encoding with eight bits per column, and an MP3 file encoded at 128kbps CBR, there would be 36,864 cards in that deck, and the card reader would need a throughput of 205 cards per second. It might be wise to include an 8-column sequence number, however, so that a misordered deck can be repaired by a card sorter; with 72 data columns per card, the total is precisely 40,960 cards (40K cards), requiring a 228 card/second throughput.' The 21 boxes of cards needed would by 5 feet 9 inches tall. That such a huge leap in technology is well within living memory astonishes Y."

DreamHost Blog » Let’s Save Our Environment

"One day my uncle picked up a hictchiker going down Topanga Canyon Blvd. The hitchiker gave my uncle a packet containing a cd-rom video and a few pages of song lyrics and the synopsis/proposal for a movie called “Kathy and Erol”. Here is the video for your consideration"

Weather Underground: Sky

"Enter the zipcode where you will be star gazing"

What's in store for Piedmont?

"In most towns, a bid to change owners of a neighborhood store would stir little interest. But in Piedmont, an upscale enclave tucked in the East Bay foothills and surrounded by Oakland, it became front-page news and the buzz of the community."

RedNova News - Space - Nissin Food Develops Instant Noodle Eatable in Space

"'I'm happy I've realized my dream that noodles can go into space,' he said. "

Monday, August 01, 2005

Dynamist Blog: Bring Back Gridlock

"What has Congress accomplished? A pork-filled highway bill (Is there any other kind?) and an energy bill that's all subsidies plus Daylight Saving Time--everything for which there was an actual policy debate was removed as 'controversial.' Who, after all, can be against giving money to constituents?"

Fantasy Ideology - Policy Review, No. 114

"And what it did for him was to provide him with a fantasy — a fantasy, namely, of taking part in the revolutionary struggle of the oppressed against their oppressors. By participating in a violent anti-war demonstration, he was in no sense aiming at coercing conformity with his view — for that would still have been a political objective. Instead, he took his part in order to confirm his ideological fantasy of marching on the right side of history, of feeling himself among the elect few who stood with the angels of historical inevitability."

The Claremont Institute: The Right Stuff

"Can it be that National Review, flagship of the modern conservative movement, is turning 50 years old? And can it be that William F. Buckley, eminence of both magazine and movement, will soon celebrate his 80th birthday? To conservatives who came of age along with National Review, both facts must seem highly improbable. It was only yesterday, after all, that Chairman Bill gaveled the ragtag national conservative meeting to order and urged it (as National Review's inaugural issue had famously instructed) to 'stand athwart history, yelling Stop.'"

Large bodies present issues for funeral industry

"The challenges of extreme obesity don't necessarily end with death. Additional handlers are needed to transport the body. Families might have to buy extra-wide caskets or double cemetery plots. And cremating a large body is a long, meticulous process."

Make Mine Shoebox

"How greeting cards are made"