An armada of small, faded yellow toy ducks is expected to make landfall in Britain within weeks at the end of an epic 11-year voyage from the Pacific Ocean.
[Reuters, via CNN]
One busy Friday night, I encountered a diminutive young lad who will forever be known as Chicken Boy. He had ingested enough speed to keep a platoon of Marines awake and killing for a month. He'd lost the ability to blink and kept bumblefucking out into traffic, his head pecking back and forth. I was about to handcuff him to a tree to keep him from dancing in front of a bus. Most troubling, however, were the beeping and clucking noises emitting from his closed mouth, like the sound effects of an android chicken: Brrdt. Coo. Coo. Brrdt. Chp. Chp. Coo. He locked himself in one of the Porta-Pottis outside the club. Five minutes passed, filled with steady mechanical poultry chirps emanating from the vents in the green plastic shithouse, before his friend asked, "Hey, are you OK in there?"
[The San Francisco Bay Guardian]
Experimenting here with a way to present stereo images on the screen by simply putting the right and left images in an animated .gif.
A 42-year-old Braintree woman gave birth to a baby boy while standing on an inbound Red Line train yesterday morning, refusing help from stunned passengers who heard her moan and seconds later looked down to find her baby on the floor.
With the JFK-UMass stop still three minutes away, passengers, some of whom vomited in the wake of the bloody birth, inundated State Police with cell phone calls.
At one point, Judge took some nearby newspapers and placed them on the floor to soak up the blood. Some witnesses heard Judge apologize for the mess.
Charlatans UK frontman Tim Burgess is presently laboring on his first solo album and has announced some very diverse and commercially appealing artists to assist him, perhaps revealing an inner urge to fulfill his lifelong dream of appearing on TRL. According to New Musical Express, Burgess has hired out no less than P. Diddy, Li'l Kim, J-Lo, Snoop Dogg, and Beck for the effort. What, no Matrix? What's the dilly-o?
(If you don't know what I'm talking about, trust me, you don't want to know. Stop reading right now before you get sucked into this world.)
A burning cargo of sex toys closed one of the country's busiest sections of motorway and brought the Midlands to a standstill today.
Paraphernalia including whips, plastic breasts and dolls spilled from the wagon and onto the road as fire crews sought to make the lorry safe.
The Fink, Gentoo,and DarwinPorts projects are pleased to announce the formation of a cooperative development alliance forged to facilitate delivery of freely available software to Mac OS X. Under this new alliance, the projects will share information and coordinate efforts for porting software to Apple's Mac OS X and Darwin operating systems. Members of the alliance will share information using the www.metapkg.org Web site, which will provide a home for this cooperative effort.
A new compilation from super producers the Neptunes features "Operator," the first song Ol' Dirty Bastard recorded after his release from prison. The rapper -- now calling himself Dirt McGirt -- laid down the track with Pharrell Williams in ninety-eight minutes, rushing to beat a midnight parole curfew.
William Marshall, a serious actor who played Shakespearean roles including Othello, was best known as Blacula, an African prince bitten by Dracula.
Panoramas.dk features Full Screen Quicktime VR Panoramas from VR Photographers all over the world.
...you will find more than 80 fullscreen QTVR movies from more than 25 different countries made by more than 50 photographers.
Mark Pilgrim is getting married today.
Another stupid Internet Explorer trick... This webpage actually opens your CD-ROM drive without prompting, using VBScript to access the Windows Media Player API.
Why has iSync got its fingers in Safari's bookmarks? Don't see any evidence of them on my iDisk, iPod, or in iCal. Theories?...
lookie here: http://www.thinksecret.com/news/isync11.html
I'll bring the beer, marshmallows, and hot dogs. You bring your topless, drunken wife.
via Erosblog (nsfw)
it took me forever to learn how to make them. all the cookbooks seemed to have instructions like "allow the egg mixture to fluff and turn rapidly will adding the ingredients in an aesthetic manner" and mentioned that omelets are a bit difficult to make. all i managed to make were scrambled eggs of hot death. oh, they tasted ok, but they weren't omelets. [ambiguous]
"We have to provide information in all the languages our clients speak," said Jerry Jelusich, a procurement specialist for the county Department of Human Services. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
All songs,All parts,MOUTH WORKING ONLY.
Mutant Storm is inspired by Williams classic RoboTron, Smash TV and Jeff Minter's fantastic Llamatron.
To those unacquainted, this means one hand controlling fire direction, and the other controlling movement. Sounds confusing? ...don't worry, just grab your trusty dual stick joypad and give it a go. Its very simple once you try, and very effective when you're used to it.
As a subject, rude food can be roughly divided into three main areas: natural rude food, eg. mishapen carrots and bulbous courgettes, intentional rude food, eg. pasta pubes and Fat Bastard chardonnay, and the area that concerns us here, unintentional rude food, the product either of language differences or gross naivety.
When an accessory lets you flaunt your style, musical taste and tech skills and carry everything you need for the day, you know that form and function have finally fallen in love.
ORLANDO -- Ben Wallace leapt for a rolling rebound and rammed it through the rim. A minute later, he whacked a Gordan Giricek shot halfway to the Magic Kingdom. Two minutes later, Chauncey Billups, finishing the night of his NBA playoff life, banged home a three-pointer that silenced the crowd. And before you knew it, the Pistons were on their jet, waving good-bye to the city of Mickey and Minnie, with one question on their minds:
What are you doing Sunday?[The Detroit Free Press]
AOL has a rule in the fine print that says that we must NOT put a web link into any email!! Yep - it's there in the fine print. Take a look.
Well I had our website ( www.amrt.net ) on the bottom of my email and someone ratted me out - saying they found the amrt.net website "offensive" - this is the site for dogs and cats in animal shelters - not a porn site.
So AOL went in and changed my password. Oh yes they sent me an email explaining why they had changed my password. But I never got that email - because they had changed my password. And I never got the email that told me a litter of puppies needed out of the Downey shelter NOW. And thanks to AOL those puppies died that night. And I was on the phone for over an hour trying to get my email back.
QCast Tuner is software that plays audio, video, and image files from your computer to your network adapter-equipped PS2. There are two pieces to the software, the PS2 DVD and the computer software (on a separate CD), for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. I used the Mac OS X version, of course. There's a configuration utility to set up what you will share, and to what users/IP addresses. Then a separate program launches the server, which serves up the files and playlists. It's all written in Java, which means the UI stinks, but it seems to work well. [Slashdot]
By utilizing the networking kit available for the PlayStation 2, BroadQ's QCast Tuner PS2 software can deliver digital media over a LAN from a PC to a networked Playstation2. This would allow any room with a ~$200 PS2 and networking connectivity (wireless or wired) to enjoy the kind of multimedia content that's traditionally tied to a single PC. [Ars Technica]
On this hot blue summer afternoon, King's Free Park was as crowded as it ever gets.
Someone at police headquarters had expected that. Twice the usual number of copseyes floated overhead, waiting. Gold dots against blue, basketball-sized, twelve feet up. Each with a television eye and a sonic stunner, each a hookup to police headquarters, they were there to enforce the law of the park.[Known Space: The Unofficial Larry Niven Home Page]
She was considered one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen, but Hedy Lamarr never wanted to be known as just a pretty face. The same woman who said, "Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid" was actually quite smart, some would say brilliant. In fact, she is credited for patenting a technology that is used every day. Hers is a story that is something right out of... well... Hollywood. [TechTV]
It's 2003 -- are we really building RSS aggregators that pull a feed a thousand times to feed a thousand customers? USENET and RSS have a common transmission pattern where small messages from diverse sites are often redistributed to locally clustered users, so why are we pulling so much XML when we already know how to fix it?
a poster responded:[Advogato]
Well, just to get the flamewar started: NNTP is the most horrendously evil pathetic rotten useless crappy protocol that ever there was. And I mean that in the nicest possible way, because all the NNTP *software* was much worse. (I say "was", not because it got better, but because nobody cares anymore.)
Gnome and Bitstream have released the final version of the Vera font family. Go get it, install them, and enjoy! They work for Windows and Mac users too!
Our earlier story. [Slashdot]
I know it's late, and I'm probably flogging a dead horse, but when it comes to pop punditry I just don't know who to trust any more.
What strikes me about pop criticism of late - and this afflicts the broadsheets as well - is the tyranny of received opinion. I have yet to meet anyone, obsessive fan or otherwise, who thinks the last two Nick Cave albums come close to 1997's The Boatman's Call in terms of emotional depth and songwriting skill, but both releases were greeted with an across-the-board acclaim that bordered on instilled reverence, and an attendant lack of critical rigour. Likewise Beck's last few album releases since the ground-breaking Odelay. I mean, do you really reach for Sea Change or Midnite Vultures when you need a fix of Beck?[The Observer]
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Inc. today announced the "largest-ever" HDTV, the new 82-inch Mitsubishi Alpha Widescreen HDTV.
The new television features 1,080 by 1,920 resolution, Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LcoS) reflective LCD technology, super-high precision optics and "the highest performance digital receiver and processing circuits ever created by Mitsubishi Electric," the company said in a press release. Mitsubishi said the TV would cost about $20,999. [Network World Fusion]
It helps (comedy, at least) to have plutocratic religious fanatics with imperialist ambitions occupying the White House, and "The Daily Show" has been at the forefront in finding a new way to make political humor in the age of Dubya. [Salon]
Welcome to Identifont®, the unique font identifier that enables you to identify a font from a sample by answering a series of simple questions. It is ideal if you want to match an existing typeface, or identify a typeface you have seen in a publication.
Anyone who has ever checked out a book knows the stereotype about librarians: Thick glasses. Hair pinned up in a bun.
ALL triplets in North Korea are being forcibly removed from parents after their birth and dumped in bleak orphanages.
The policy is carried out on the orders of Stalinist dictator Kim Jong-il, who has an irrational belief that a triplet could one day topple his regime. [Victoria Herald Sun]
In Canada, when engineers finish their undergraduate degree, they attend a ceremony referred to as Kipling. Alongside the formal ceremony are the kipling pranks. This year, the Software Engineers at McMaster University designed a life sized Pac-Man board, thus answering the question of whether or not software engineering is in fact engineering. [/.]
WASHINGTON--Critics of the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act said Friday that they were disturbed by proposals for similar laws at the state level.
Quietly, opponents said, with few people paying close attention, state legislators are considering bills that would be even broader than the controversial DMCA, which restricts bypassing copy-protection measures.[CNet News.com]
A pen that receives FM radio; a talking keyring; a lighter that will also open bottles: they'll all fit into your pocket, so in terms of consumption, these gadgets are less than conspicuous [The Independent]
The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) is a club for scientists who have, or believe they have, luxuriant flowing hair. [The Annals of Improbable Research]
A World of Girls Kissing. (probably only SFW if your boss is really cool.)
This was the absolute MOST!
Here are some screenshots of me logging in via SSH, doing a 'top' command, screen, BitchX, pine, and links....
I want this on my SK now!!
The Women in Waders™ calendar makes a great gift for your buddy, your relative and yourself. Let the 12 beautiful Women in Waders™ take you on a year long trip to some of the best fishing locations. Go to the ocean for perch, to lakes for bass, to trout filled streams, or to rivers full of salmon and steelhead.[Women In Waders]
Members of the Mafia in America were sent across the pond to perfect the criminal trade from pros in Sicily, according to a turncoat don. Antonino Giuffrè, arrested in 2002, confirmed FBI reports that members of the Bonanno crime family in the US were sent to the province of Trapani for training.
One of the hardest lessons of an effective criminal organization to teach the Americans? To shut up. Giuffé said the code of silence, or omertà, was alien to the garrulous Americans: "They just couldn't stay quiet, they always talk too much." The improvised professors of crime were Cosa Nostra dons who agreed to take in the Americans on a learning-by-doing tour of how things are done in the old continent. [Zoomata]
Menke said she and her daughter had their hands in the water, hoping to pet a small approaching shark that a woman monitoring the tank said was friendly. That's when another passing shark whipped around and bit her hand, she said.
"If that thing had bitten my baby, I'd still be taking that place apart," Menke said.[WOKR-TV 13 Rochester]
Why I became a chemist, lesson 1: explosions, pretty colors, and dry ice. This page lists some interesting chemical reactions, captured in moderately sized QuickTime movies. Well worth a few minutes of your time if you care at all to see chemistry in action. [NSLog();]
His article starts by asking the question "What if Netscape had Won?" Well, first off, that's a pointless question, because it was absolutely impossible for Netscape to "win" against Microsoft once Microsoft bundled their browser with the operating system. Sure, technically Internet Explorer 4 was superior to Netscape 4, but even if Netscape 4 hadn't been inferior, would it have mattered? No, of course not. Just look at how far beyond Internet Explorer other browsers have gone, and do they have any substantial market share? No. [Surfin' Safari]
China is equipping its courts with mobile execution vans as it shifts away from the communist system's traditional bullet in the head, towards a more "civilised" use of lethal injection. [The Age]
As I watched Bush give his recent speech I realized that his eyes wandered from right to left and from left to right. It was obvious that he was not reading from a TelePrompTer. Also I noticed that there were long pauses between his sentences. On queue he would look left and then right before beginning his next sentence. It soon became apparent to me what was going on and why President Bush had suddenly become erudite....
Using a small earpiece a FM signal is broadcast into the ear of the narrator. Another voice reads the dialogue and the signal is sent to the earpiece. The narrator hears the words in his ear and uses this as his prompt.[rense.com]
Norwegian death metal band MAYHEM were involved in one of the most bizarre rock accidents last night (March 9) when a flying sheep's head fractured a fan's skull.
Lead singer Maniac was carving up a dead sheep as part of the stage act in Bergen when the animal's head flew off, striking Per Kristian Hagen, 25.
According to Metro, Hagen was recovering in hospital last night and said: "My relationship with sheep is a bit ambivalent now. I like them, but not when they come flying through the air. I have a headache now."[New Musical Express]
Brazilian prisoners have sewn their mouths shut and tied themselves to crosses to protest against their conditions in a Bolivian jail....
They told Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper that conditions in the jail are terrible and many of them are in constant fear of being murdered.[Ananova]
Is the iconography intentional, or is this guy just clueless? Er, not that there's anything wrong with that.
For over one hundred years, copyright law has aspired to strike a fair balance between the interests of copyright holders in the control and exploitation of their works with the interests of society in the free flow of ideas, information and commerce. The great challenge today is to maintain that balance in the digital age by finding ways to prevent and punish digital pirates without treating every consumer as one. The Benefit Authors without Limiting Advancement or Net Consumer Expectations (BALANCE) Act of 2003 achieves this, and does so without utilizing government mandates or other prescriptive measures that ultimately only serve to stifle innovation. [Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, California, 16th District]
Doughty was jailed Sunday on suspicion of shooting his Dell computer four times with a revolver earlier that day in the middle of the Sportsman's Inn Bar and Restaurant.
He then allegedly hung the destroyed laptop on the wall "like a hunting trophy," said Lt. Rick Bashor with the Lafayette Police Department. [The Daily Camera]
The RIAA's travelling "Hide The Website" gameshow rolled into Virginia this week, with a new hosting company given the privilege (or curse) of looking after one of the world's most reviled web destinations. ... This time, it's an accounting firm in Arlington, VA called Kilday CPA. [The Register]
Fans will find a three-day techno party at Hart Plaza on Memorial Day weekend, but it won't be the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.
After three years of the DEMF, a different name will grace the riverfront marquee this year: Movement 2003 -- Detroit's Electronic Music Festival. [The Detroit Free Press]
Someone's actually gone and built a meter which gauges the world's level of terror by connecting to the Internet and continually analysing the appearance of certain terror-related keyworks in global news feeds. As if anyone really needs a constant, easy-to-read reminder of the distressing state of the world right in front of them at all times. You could just leave Fox News on all day and achieve the same effect.
Read [Via StreetTech] [Gizmodo]
"Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"--Gold Hat, as played by Alfonso Bedoya "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948)
This site aims to be the primary Internet resource for any and all references to the aforementioned quote. But we need your help! [Stinking Badges Home Page]
So, apparently, in Japan, the hot new thing is a "hug pillow" or "daki-makura." i guess if you are a lonely Japanese man tucked away in a sleeping drawer in some towering high-rise, these might seem like good company. [the reverse cowgirl's blog]
On this occasion I awoke to the sense that there was a large menacing presence approaching me silently out of the gloom, so I opened my eyes, and there it was! A LARGE SILENT MENACING PRESENCE WAS APPROACHING ME OUT OF THE GLOOM, AND IT COULD FLY!!! [Teemings]
Thousands of pairs of Nike basketball shoes are washing up on beaches from Washington state to Alaska after spilling from a container ship in Northern California. [Yahoo News]
Did he die of natural causes following a brain haemorrhage or was Stalin killed because he was about to plunge the Soviet Union into a war its people were in no position to fight? [BBC NEWS | Europe]
Now a Saturday tradition, with bells on...
An aged geek lies in bed, dying. From across the country, family members — some of whom he hasn’t seen in years — come to pay their respects.
As life’s brief candle starts to flicker, the family strain forward to hear the geek’s last words.
...those of you using font sizes set in pixels, or points, or millimeters: Your sites are actually unreadable now [Hixie's Natural Log]
No, it's not a see-through skirt. Rather, it's a regular skirt with an pretty realistic image of panties and legs silk-screened onto it.
Call me crazy, but this faux-peeping-tommery seems dirtier than actually seeing the woman nude. Maybe that's the intent. These clothes do come from the land that brought you tentacle porn.[The Adventures of AccordionGuy in the 21st Century]
From: Image Entertainment - Year: 2000 - Rated: Not Rated - Release Date: December 03, 2002 - Features: Extras! * - Recommended!
For better or for worse, the modern memory of Marion Davies is cemented in the character of Susan Alexander in Citizen Kane. The drunken, talentless golddigger character from that classic film has utterly replaced the real-life talented woman Marion Davies was. This documentary takes a stab at righting that wrong, giving us a glimpse of the true Davies. [digitallyOBSESSED.com DVD Reviews]
Plastic::FilmTV::Dumb: ""Not content with merely insulting our intelligence, Hollywood is now taking a leaf from the music business' book, where sampling and remixing songs has been commonplace for a long, long time. " [Plastic]
"The nine companies promoting Blu-ray Disc technology--a next-generation recordable DVD format using blue-violet lasers--announced Thursday that licensing will begin Feb. 17. Blu-ray Disc technology allows for 27GB storage capacities on a single-sided 12cm disc." [CNET Asia]
"The weapons you are looking for are currently unavailable. The country might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your weapons inspectors mandate."[http://www.coxar.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/]
"Security firm Symantec withheld information about at least one big cyberthreat for hours after spotting it, possibly harming millions of Internet users. Symantec claims to have identified the Slammer worm that ravaged the Internet during the last weekend of January hours before anyone else did. Symantec then shared the information only with select customers, leaving the rest of the global community to get slapped around by Slammer. "[Wired News]
"While Pepsi decided to agree to most of the HHSAN (Hip-Hop Summit Action Network) demands, Russell Simmons has other plans to combat the bias the hip-hop community has faced from conservatives like Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor." Simmons said that he has begun the purchase of an unnamed soft drink company" [AllHipHop]
"Matt sez, "a hip-hop video for DJ Format's 'We Know Something' featuring plushies breakdancing. It's the best thing ever." (Link) [Boing Boing]
Did Opera expect some sort of prize just for showing up? Any Mac user could tell you that just showing up is not enough. Nobody wants an afterthought for a browser, or a second-rate knockoff of your shining Windows star.[Surfin' Safari]
Gone the artistry of the airbrush, wizardry of make up artists and the kind, magic lighting of studio crafted reality. You can see the rumored (please note inventive use of word "rumored" to avoid a law suit...) fake-nose-tip-prothesis hanging off as well as the scars.[The HisTory of Michael Jackson's face]
Ozzy Osbourne vs. Ludacris! Bill O'Reilly vs. Russell Simmons! Beneath the goofy grudge match over those Pepsi TV ads lies some real racial hypocrisy.[Salon]
Software developers have created Web browsers with built-in pop-up-ad blockers, spam filters and code so malleable that the same program can fit on a hand-held as well as a desktop computer. But unless you do more than click the blue "e" icon on your screen, you may never enjoy these features.[Chicago Tribune]
Now, does that mean that blogging is pointless? Well yes, if what you're after is fame and fortune. Those 3 hits a day are almost certainly not going to balloon into 3000 or 3 million. And even if you combine all the 3-hit sites together, they won't ever move markets like The New York Times. On the other hand, those 3 hits are the most important thing in the world, because they're real people.[dive into mark]
Making a Virtue of Vice City
The Design Museum in London has put Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on its short-list of nominees for the Designer of the Year award. But its sexual and violent content mean organizers won't show the game at the award's exhibition. By DaithíÓ hAnluain. [Wired News]
Feral hippos haunt druglord's estate
The animals of Pablo "drug kingpin" Escobar's private zoo have gone feral, and ten hippopotami now roam the grounds of his estate north of Bogata.
A dozen refugee children play in the grounds all day, and the hippos watch them from the lake. Only the tops of the hippos' massive, reddish-brown heads and their constantly twitching ears show above the water. If the children come too close to the shore, the hippos snort and bluster and open their jaws menacingly, or make a rolling dive, to scare them away...LinkDiscuss (via MeFi) [Boing Boing]
Tabbed browsing in Safari - What for?
Combining Safari, AppleScript and the nature of the OS X system, a new and more efficient way of browsing can be created that makes the question of tabbed browsing somewhat irrelevant. [Studio Log]
If all the world’s a stage, I want to operate the trap door.
— Paul Beatty