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11.16.2000

Serbia Deploys Peacekeeping Forces To U.S.: "Serbian president Vojislav Kostunica deployed more than 30,000 peacekeeping troops to the U.S. Monday, pledging full support to the troubled North American nation as it struggles to establish democracy."
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11.15.2000

Distort the future president! Whoever he is.
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Read Michael Moore's message to Koffi Anan, begging for UN intervention on behalf of American voters!
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11.8.2000

Check out Election results for the whole country.
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Ralph Nader has garnered 3.9% in California, so far. But, here in Sonoma County, he's at 7.3%!
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11.3.2000

A great article on the "Nader dilemma", aimed at feminists, but good for everyone! Feminists for Nader/LaDuke Vote 2000
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Sparky, the Wonder Penguin stars in Flippers on Fury!
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heh. Head Hunting Firm Decapitates 250
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10.31.2000

The mainstream media sure treats Ralph Nader like shit. Read what FAIR says about it: Nader and the Press: Condescension Turns Nasty
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In honor of halloween, here's a scary story... one of my favorite radio shows, Democracy Now!, is being threatened by management at Pacifica Radio. Basically Pacifica is trying to force Amy Goodman out of her job as co-host. Amy is an award winning, totally heroic journalist. I hope they fail miserably. Pacifica Radio is such a mess, that FAIR has a series of webpages devoted to it!
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10.30.2000

This is really interesting: BEHIND THE CURTAIN: a day in the life of webloggers
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Dig this fabulous Nader animation done by matt haughey:


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Silly poem from Mad Magazine, that's stuck in my head. It's ancient, but I still remember the lines... Oh, why must my brainpower be wasted in this way?! My poor little brainpan.

There's little reason to discuss
the fuzzy brained Aquarius.
His mind is in the stratosphere,
the rest of him is barely here.
Psychiatrists throw up their hands
and mutter things about his glands.
In truth, his problem is clear cut,
he's just a happy, harmless nut!

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Webguys: Go green for Ralph Nader!
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10.28.2000

"I want to be President for a very simple reason. Because this country needs a very strong progressive movement that challenges the accepted concentration of power and wealth in the hands of global corporations who dominate our government, our workplace, our environment and many other areas of our political economy."
-- Ralph Nader - June 23, 2000
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10.26.2000

Sonoma Green Party Voter Guide
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10.24.2000

New filter scours servers for illicit content Hmmm... I really can't believe this works. I have to agree with the ARS Technica guy. Scroll down to the bit titled, "Image filtering tech steps up".
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10.23.2000

I was going to stop. Then I hit the motherlode.
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Kevin Spacey - he's A, B, C, Delicious! Okay, here's a couple more. That's it! I'm going to stop right now! I'm stopping!
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10.16.2000

BBspot - Linux Developer Gets Laid
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10.15.2000

Welcome to the Internet Helpdesk
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10.14.2000

TVparty! has tons of interesting tv related stuff. Learn more about Redd Foxx than you ever wanted... Do you ever wonder what happened to Alfalfa from Little Rascals? Okay, mebbe, mebbe not... anyway this is the place to find out! I give it "three snaps in a Z formation".
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10.11.2000

Check out the movie Killer Bean 2. Beauty, eh? 
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10.9.2000

Nader up to 7% in latest poll
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9.29.2000

Electronic fabric
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9.21.2000

Are mobile phones safe? - will your cell cause brain cancer? Maybe... maybe not...
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9.19.2000

Build your own spaceship - if you've got a half mil lying around, you can get a spaceship kit and do-it-yourself! It's called the "Kitten". Aww... gee!
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9.18.2000

Money Origami is cool.
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Find out why fellow journalists and television producers refuse to work with ABC News correspondent John Stossel.
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The New York Times recently reported "Iraq Won't Let Outside Experts Assess Sanctions' Impact on Lives." And yet, there are hundreds of outside experts in Iraq, who have been collecting this data for years! And, that information is available in the UN briefing that the NY Times used for their story! What is up with that?! I'm sure Secretary General Kofi Annan must be feeling really frustrated with the U.S. Press. For example, back in august 1999 the poor guy wrote a 104 paragraph briefing on the oil for food program, it contained two paragraphs of criticism. The NY Times wrote an entire article on those two paragraphs, totally ignoring all positive comments and praise. By the way, the same reporter wrote both stories. Her name is Barbara Crossette and I hope she's ashamed of the disservice her poor reporting does for both the United States and Iraq. The "lack of ethics" factor here is pretty big.
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9.17.2000

St. Seraphim Church is very beautiful. You can get a tour of the interior at the annual "Glendi: International Food Festival". There are some great frescos inside. Plus, you can great food at the fest, including the only Eritrean food available in sonoma county! Sure wish we could get that stuff around here regularly...
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9.15.2000

This Week's Horoscopes from the Onion.

Pisces: (Feb. 19--March 20)
Remember: Sometimes you just have to step back, take a deep breath, give yourself a shake, and blow off the top of your head with Dad's old shotgun.
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A message from the Dalai Lama for the Millennium Peace Summit (emphasis is mine).

"Dear Brothers and Sisters,

"I join in spirit the more than 1,000 religious and spiritual leaders around the world who will gather at the United Nations to attend the Millennium World Peace Summit to discuss ways to engage the power of religion to create a more peaceful world. While wishing the historic summit and the eminent participants every success in their deliberations, I take this opportunity to share with you a few thoughts of mine.

"I think it is a wonderful idea to employ the wisdom of ages to make our common future more peaceful and to discuss ways to ensure that rather than dividing us the power of religion will make us into a family of peace-makers.

"I see all the different religious traditions as paths for the development of inner peace which is the true foundation of world peace. These ancient traditions come to us as a gift from our common past. Will we continue to cherish it as a gift and hand it over to the future generations as a legacy of our shared desire for peace or will we turn it into another weapon that will snatch away the future of the coming generations? The choice we will make is obvious. What needs detailed discussion is how we can ensure that different religions of the world can become powerful allies of peace.

"In order to do this, the different faiths need to develop mutual respect for and understanding of each other's beliefs and values. The world's religions can contribute to world peace if there is peace and growing harmony between the different faiths. It would be sad and tragic if inter-religious rivalry and conflict undermines world peace in the 21st century. In this regard, I have always encouraged and supported efforts towards better understanding among our different faiths. It is my firm belief that this better understanding will enhance the ability of different faiths to make positive contributions to world peace. In this respect, the religious and spiritual leaders of different faiths can play a pivotal role by making a sustained effort to explain to their respective followers the importance of respecting the beliefs and traditions of other faiths. We need to embrace the spirit of pluralism in the field of religions as well.

"It is also my belief that whereas the 20th century has been a century of war and untold suffering, the 21st century should be one of peace and dialogue. As the continued advances in information technology make our world a truly global village, I believe there will be a time when war and armed conflict will be considered an outdated and obsolete method of settling differences among nations and communities. The nations and peoples of the world will soon realise that dialogue and compromise are the best methods of settling differences for mutual benefit and for the sake of our future and the future of our much ravished and fragile planet.

"However, there can be no peace as long as there is grinding poverty, social injustice, inequality, oppression, environmental degradation, and as long as the weak and small continue to be trodden by the mighty and powerful.

"The world's spiritual and religious leaders need to address these real and pressing issues and find ways to contribute towards their elimination. These are the enemies of peace and true tyrannies of our times.

"In conclusion I would like to share with you a prayer composed by Shanti Deva, an 11th century Indian Buddhist master, in the hope that it will provide you the same inspiration and determination as it continues to give to me.

"For as long as space endures, And for as long as sentient beings remain, Until then may I, too, abide To dispel the misery of the world.

"With my prayers and good wishes,
Tenzin Gyatso"
August 23, 2000
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"I will be brief. Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dali, who gave the world's shortest speech. He said I will be so brief I have already finished, and he sat down."
- Edward O. Wilson
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"...it will also be the first consumer OS based on a solid Unix foundation."
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9.13.2000

"There is chaos in our world, both within the countries' borders and beyond. Blind laws are offered like divine norms that would bring peace, order, well being and the security our planet so badly needs. That is what they would have us believe."

"Three dozen developed and wealthy nations that monopolize the economic, political and technological power have joined us in this gathering to offer more of the same recipes that have only served to make us poorer, more exploited and more dependent."

"There is not even discussion about a radical reform of this old institution over a half century ago when there were few independent nations -- to turn it into a true representative body of the interests of all the peoples on Earth, an institution where no one would have the irritating and anti-democratic right of veto and where a transparent process could be undertaken to expand membership and representation in the Security Council, an executive body subordinated to the General Assembly, which should be the one making the decisions on such crucial issues as intervention and the use of force."

"It should be clearly stated that the principle of sovereignty cannot be sacrificed to an abusive and unfair order that a hegemonic superpower uses, together with its own might and strength, to try to decide everything by itself. That, Cuba will never accept."

"The poverty and underdevelopment prevailing in most nations as well as the inequality in the distribution of wealth and knowledge in the world are basically at the source of the present conflicts."

"It cannot be overlooked that current underdevelopment and poverty have resulted from conquest, colonization, slavery and plundering in most countries of the planet by the colonial powers and from the emergence of imperialism and the bloody wars motivated by new distributions of the world. Today, it is their moral obligation to compensate our nations for the damages caused throughout centuries."

"Humanity should be aware of what we have been so far and what we cannot continue to be. Presently, our species has enough accumulated knowledge, ethical values and scientific resources to move towards a new historical era of true justice and humanism. There is nothing in the existing economic and political order that can serve the interests of Humankind."

"Thus, it is unsustainable and it must be changed. Suffice it to say that the world population is already 6 billion, 80% of which live in poverty. Ages-old diseases from Third World nations such as malaria, tuberculosis and others equally lethal have not been eradicated while new epidemics like AIDS threaten to exterminate the population of entire nations."

"On the other hand, wealthy countries keep investing enormous amounts of money in the military and in luxurious items and a voracious plague of speculators exchange currencies, stocks and other real or fictitious values for trillions of dollars every day."

"Nature is being devastated. The climate is changing under our own eyes and drinking water is increasingly contaminated or scarce. The sources of man's seafood are being depleted and crucial non-renewable resources are wasted in luxury and triviality."

"Anyone understands that the United Nations basic role in the pressing new century is to save the world not only from war but also from underdevelopment, hunger, diseases, poverty and the destruction of the natural resources indispensable to human life. And it should do so promptly before it is too late!"

"The dream of having truly fair and sensible rules to guide human destiny seems impossible to many. However, we are convinced that the struggle for the impossible should be the motto of this institution that brings us together today!"

Thank you.
President Fidel Castro's Address to the UN Millenium Summit in NY on Wednesday
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9.11.2000

A Guide to Bushspeak includes such fabulous utterances as, "an economically vile hemisphere."
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9.4.2000

Lucid dreaming and how to do it.
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I'm Jesus Christ. I'm a messiah. This is my story.
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High percentage of vacationing Americans stay connected with office Americans... they just don't get the whole vacation racket.
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Drive Different with the iCar from Chris3D.
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8.30.2000

From The Onion:

Dolphins Evolve Opposable Thumbs: 'Oh, Shit,' Says Humanity

Here's a quote from this important article, "I believe I speak for the entire human race when I say, 'Holy fuck,'" said Oceanographic Institute director Dr. James Aoki, noting that the dolphin has a cranial capacity 40 percent greater than that of humans. "That's it for us monkeys."
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8.29.2000

Hua Mei, the baby panda at the San Diego Zoo, just turned one year old. Check out the nifty birthday cards kids sent her!
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8.28.2000

Chem and Bio Weapons Tests on US Citizens

"The Army has acknowledged that between 1949 and 1969, 239 populated areas from coast to coast were blanketed with various organisms during tests designed to measure patterns of dissemination in the air, weather effects, dosages, optimum placement of the source and other factors. Testing over such areas was supposedly suspended after 1969, but there is no way to be certain of this."

From William Blum's Rogue State
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8.27.2000

Fun With Lighters will show you "how to modify an ordinary cigarette lighter to produce a giant ball of flaming molten death".
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8.26.2000

Awhile back, I talked smack about digital smell technology. Now it's time to make fun of feel technology.
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TRUSTe, a privacy advocate organization that runs a privacy seal-of-approval program for retail Web sites and shows companies how to write effective privacy policies, itself has tracked users with means not mentioned in its own privacy policy, a security group says. Yeesh.
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More action you can take to open up the debates!
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Here's a little action you can take, if you're tired of listening to just democrats and republicans debate.
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I was just remembering my first entry in blogblog. I took the opportunity to express my delight at the fact that my mom didn't have brain cancer, she'd already been diagnosed with lung cancer. Well, the lung cancer finally killed her in June. How I love my mom and how I miss her.
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8.24.2000

Engineers discover procedure that can make tissue temporarily transparent, potentially improving medical procedures Yes, it's true, they can make a small piece of flesh transparent for a short period of time. Amazing, eh? Imagine being able to check out a damaged organ or a tumor or anything before doing surgery!
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Lightning strike triggered by a flying airplane Holy moly!
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8.23.2000

Yes, there is a TrekSmut University Web Ring, in case you were wondering. If you're into that sort of thing, check out Jungle Kitty's Lair.
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8.22.2000

Outrageous Commercials... including a cold cream commercial that has the poor model's face covered in radioactive dirt!
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Star Wars Gangsta Rap Movie
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8.20.2000

Read Michael Moore's latest message: Mike's Message 08/08/00.

Here's an excerpt:
"Of course, not to beat a dead Corvair, there is a candidate who is now, according to Tim Russert on "Meet the Press" last Sunday, polling between 11% and 15% in some surveys, and has chosen a woman as his running mate. His name is Ralph Nader and HER name is Winona LaDuke. She is a Harvard graduate from Minnesota and a Native American. She has a bunch of wild ideas women usually come up with, the kinds of things that probably keep them off the other tickets -- like, everybody should be guaranteed insurance if they get sick, or working moms and kids deserve day care, or maybe we shoud build a few less submarines in Connecticut and build a few new schools in the Bronx. Stuff like that. Chick stuff, ya know. Stuff us guys ain't got time for."

-Michael Moore
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Fabulous passage from "Rogue State," by William Blum:

In 1998, the State Department issued its annual human-rights report, listing Cuba amongst those nations alleged to "sponsor terrorism". Curious about this, I called up the State Department and was connected to what they called "The Terrorism Desk", where a gentleman named Joe Reap told me that Cuba was included because "They harbor terrorists."

"So does the United States," I replied. "The Cuban exiles in Miami have committed hundreds of terrorist acts, in the US and abroad."

Mr. Reap exploded. "Sir," he cried in a rising voice, "that is a fatuous remark and I will not listen to such nonsense!" And he hung up.

Unrepentant trouble-maker that I am, the following year, May 4, 1999 to be exact, when the new human-rights report was issued (does the word "self-righteous" ring a bell with the folks at the State Department?), I again called 202-647-8682, and again 'twas Joe Reap who answered. I doubt he knew that I was the same caller as the year before but, in any event, we went through the same dance steps. When I repeated my comment about the Cuban terrorists being harbored in Miami, he became instantly indignant and said that they were not terrorists.

"But the FBI has labeled some of them just that," I said. "Then take it up with the FBI," said Joe. "But we're discussing a State Department report," I pointed out.

His voice rising..."I will not listen to people call this government a terrorist sponsor!" Phone slammed down. The intervening year had not mellowed ol' Joe any more than it had me.

It's always fascinating to observe how a True Believer reacts to a sudden, unexpected and unanswerable threat to his fundamental ideological underpinnings.

The Cuban exiles are in fact one of the longest lasting and most prolific terrorist groups in the world, and they're still at it. During 1997 they carried out a spate of hotel bombings in Havana, directed from Miami.

- William Blum, Rogue State
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From FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting - Media Unconcerned as LAPD Attacks Peaceful Crowd, Harasses IMC
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The ACLU of Washington's report on the WTO protests in Seattle: Out of Control: Seattle's Flawed Response to Protests Against the World Trade Organization.
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I just love Lexx! Check out the Sad-geezers Guide to LEXX. I'm so happy that I scored a bunch of episodes from a guy off ebay. Yay! Yes, there are a few drawbacks to living in a no-television zone. Actually, it's a we-get-no-reception-and-cable-will-destroy-my-life zone.
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In case you were wondering what the Garden Gnome Liberation Front is up to.
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What a relief... the Kansas State Board of Education gets to keep its Ig! "An Ig is forever."
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Middle East Peace Solution from the AIR: Annals of Improbable Research. "The Panel was directed to disregard abstract philosophical quantities such as money and human life."
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8.19.2000

"... the U.C.L.A. team says it has succeeded in using a molecule to create an electronic switch that can be reconfigured -- that is, it can be turned on and off, and on again -- like a transistor." I sense teeny, tiny electronic devices...
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Developers of Linux Software Planning Assault on Microsoft. As the KoDT would say, "Hoody hoo!"
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US women exceed men on net
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Linux powered PDA!
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100 times faster than dsl?
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Patrick Crispen is great at explaining stuff. He runs the Internet TourBus. Here's his explanation of PayPal.
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8.9.2000

Chew Chew, the gastrobot
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8.4.2000

The Oz Witch Project and The Wicked Witch Project
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8.2.2000

Accidental Hanging With Delayed Death in a Lift...eh?
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Yes, Hua Mei has her own video! And yes, I already own it.
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Interested in PGP? Check out Tom McCune's PGP Questions & Answers.
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Shower is a film from China. It looks pretty keen and it's playing locally here in sonoma county at the fab Rialto Cinemas!
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8.1.2000

Check out Tammy's Faves and Tips Galore! It's the icon with the check mark. Some advice from Tammy, "Don't EVER go out without lipstick. It brightens your face and gives you a happy look. I'm torn whether to advise on lip-liner. I use EstÈe Lauder. A lot of people get on to me and say lip-liner should match the lipstick.

Whatever."


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7.27.2000

Cold Plasmas really exist and could be used as cloaking devices! Okay, it's more likely they'll be used to sterilize food, medical equipment and whatever else at room temperature. Cool.
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7.25.2000

Wow, there's a whole slew of nifty stuff here for gameplayers: a name generator, npc generator and a village generator! Yes, generate an entire, detailed village with this generator! Really neat.
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7.20.2000

Power Mac G4 Cube. I think it's cute.
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7.19.2000

Great Taoist tale:

The Path
A Taoist teacher asked her student to accompany her on a hike. The teacher, with her student at her side, walked to the foot of a small mountain and started up the path that led to the top. About halfway up, she stopped and asked her student, "Which way is up?" He pointed up. She asked, "Which way is down?" He pointed down. She said, "The same path takes you up and down. That is the unity of opposites. If you again tell me that you don't understand the unity of opposites, I will tell you to take a hike.

-- Benares, Camden. A Handful of Zen. Las Vegas: New Falcon Publications, 1990.
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CNET's report on carnivore.
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7.17.2000

Wow, I'm mentioned in our local paper, the Press Democrat!
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7.13.2000

From the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest:

"His eyes bored into hers like the slowly turning bit of a 2.5 horsepower drill press set to slowspeed to keep from scoring the surface of a priceless mahogany table being repaired for an estate auction that was not expected to bring in much, anyway."
--Martin M. Conrad II
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7.9.2000

Hey, cool... a nifty way to remove seeds from a watermelon! I love the web!
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Sand Castles!
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Microsoft Purchases Evil From Satan surprise, surprise...
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7.7.2000

These Google Browser Buttons are very handy. Add one to your personal toolbar. When you click on it, a search box is invoked, you don't even have to go to their search page. You can also highlight a word or phrase on a webpage and click the search button, it will input your search terms automatically and show your hits. Cool, eh? It's really quick and convenient. Shouldn't all search engines do this? I sure wish my favorite, Northern Light, would! I emailed them and asked. Let's hope so.
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7.3.2000

The World EXPO 2000 is being held in Germany and the US isn't even participating!
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7.2.2000

Very groovy piece of art, interesting technique...
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7.1.2000

Great review of Iron Chef New York Battle by Atomic
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6.30.2000

Microbots!
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6.28.2000

Al Jazeera is a very interesting news station in Qatar. Complete support from Qatar's ruler, Sheikh Hamad, is the reason they continue to exist. Some more info: Letter from the Levant: Al Jazeera: Mirroring change in Qatar
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Links to all of NASA's Space Science Missions. Did you know we're collecting interstellar dust? The STARDUST spacecraft is beyond the orbit of Mars right now.
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6.27.2000

CornCam
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Some of the beautiful glass artwork done by the Wallach Glass Studio. Check out the Mayo Clinic stuff. We'll be using these guys for the donor panels in our new building. Neat.
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6.26.2000

My "Internet Basics" webpage JESUSIFIED!
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For the southpaw in your life: Left Hand, Left-handed Products. And did you know august 13 is national lefthanders day?
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From Customerssuck.com:

"I received a call the other day from a lady who couldn't find her sports channels. I looked up her services and saw she should be receiving about 60 channels, many of which are for sports. I asked her which channels she was getting, and she told me she only gets 9 stations (chs. 1-9). I thought maybe her television was on the wrong channel and proceeded to troubleshoot with that in mind. Well, it turns out that wasn't the problem. Since 1992, she has only been getting 9 stations. According to her, this was because her remote control only had numbers 0-9 on it. When I explained to her she needed to press double digits into the remote control to get channels above 9, she then said she wanted credit all the way back to 1992. (What, for her stupidity????) She stated she was never told our remote worked differently than her old remote. After putting her on hold so I could regain my composure.... I told her all remotes only have number buttons from 0-9 and her old remote never had an "11", "12", "13" etc. button on it either!!!!! Please, people.... use a little common sense!!!!!!!"
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Ask Jesus to work his lamb-like magic upon a specific web page.
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Wow, the Palm IX does everything! Sure it's a bit larger...
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6.23.2000

tulip butt
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Who is the leading third party candidate for president? Ralph Nader!
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6.21.2000

FAIR's webpage devoted to Rush Limbaugh.
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From AlterNet: I Want My SUV

"To be fair, Ford actually has tried to make its SUVs play nice with other vehicles. For example, the new 2000 Excursion comes equipped with a solid-steel bar (called the Blocker Beam tm) attached to the front of its lower frame. Honest to God, it's a device designed to keep your car from sliding under the Excursion when it runs into you and your family."

What a relief.
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6.20.2000

Spud Server - don't ask, just go.
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6.17.2000

Kitsch Postcards - Whew!
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6.16.2000

Yes, it's a mouth wash that makes you want to quit smoking.

"The new mouth rinse is a product of the same creative mind that developed the first Xerox copy paper, Ciancio said. The product's data sheet describes it as a breath-freshening, germ-killing liquid that works like any normal mouthwash with one notable exception: For 5-8 hours after using it, "the taste of cigarette smoke is distorted to the point where the person will not smoke past the first puff.""
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Fab quote from a webmonkey article (specifically the Heidi and Josh Transcripts:
"Inspiration is hitting me hard and heavy like a bag of wet kittens."
posted 6/16/2000 (link me, baby)

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6.14.2000

What is your glam name? I'm Ginchy Fairypowder. Jim is Ginchy Hotplume.
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6.12.2000

Read about Intel's tragic fear of the PowerPC processor.
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Great quote from Rick Steve's latest dispatch:

Behind it stands the cathedral built upon the ruins of a mosque by puffed-up Spaniards who bragged, "We'll build a church so big those in the future will think we were madmen."


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I didn't realize ruggedization was a word...
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Got this in email and think it's funny enough to blog. This was supposedly sent to Dr.Laura in response to her claim that homosexuality is an abomination because it says so in the bible.

Dear Dr. Laura,
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's law. I have learned a great deal from you, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination..... End of debate !

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them as a true believer.

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. How should I deal with this?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as it suggests in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations that are around us. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans but not Canadians. Can you clarify?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 10:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 20:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear prescription glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident that you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
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Wow. Between medical stuff and machine trouble, I haven't been online in ages!

Here's something cool... the first webserver in space... it's a G4!
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5.30.2000

Holy mackerel! It's the little bars of soap story! I got this via email several years ago. I tried to dig it up in the London Times (it was supposedly published there), but never could locate it. What a shock. Anyway, here it is again and I still love it more than ever! This is courtesy of WhatTheHeck.com. They also have all the fabulous weird ebay stuff.
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The Miraculous Winking Jesus. Support this guy, buy a bust of Jesus or a gun rack.
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Painter is just too groovy. It's the best! Take screenshots of the patterns you create and turn them into mind blowing (or nausea inducing) backgrounds!
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Biorhythmic Compatibility Test
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5.29.2000

Heh, I don't think Canadians like Dr. Laura!
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Uh oh, more internet smell technology and while we're at it... taste, too.
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QUALCOMM and NetZero
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Sounds like Saint Isidore is the leading contender for the title, "Patron Saint of the Internet".
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5.26.2000

More images of Mars than you can shake a stick at.
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5.24.2000

AdCritic.com has that weird President Clinton thing that he did for the White House Correspondents' Dinner. It's got lots of other weird ads, commercials, etc...
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5.23.2000

Ars Technica is filled with interesting stuff, like Network Services in an Uncooperative Internet and DNA Computing. From Network Services in an Uncooperative Internet: "As we'll soon see, there are ways to get a TCP-compliant server to send data to you arbitrarily fast, at the expense of the bandwidth of everyone else on your network."

From Scientific American: Computing with Molecules.
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So, in the song, White Rabbit, are they singing "Feed your head" or Eeyore's dead? Find the answer to this at kissthisguy.com: the archive of misheard lyrics.
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5.19.2000

Remember chick publications? Check out the Dark Dungeons chick comic.
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My friend, Tim, forwarded this terrific spam haiku from the Spam Haiku Archive. Of course.

If meat is murder,
SPAM fried, in more ways than one,
is death warmed over.
--Dorian Mackenzie, KSEG, dorian@eagle969.com

The beach picnic ends.
The sand blows, the naked SPAM
Puts on a tweed coat.
--John Mitchell, jam@altagroup.com

Curious white dots
Are sprinkled like confetti
In a pork parade
--John Mitchell, jam@altagroup.com
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5.14.2000

Support organic food production. Check out the new proposed USDA Rules for Organic Standards. You may want to sign the Organic Consumers Association's Food Agenda 2000 petition.
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Send American automakers a postcard.
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5.7.2000

An account of the April 15 anti-Prison-Industrial Complex demonstration and the illegal detention and arrest of 678 people.
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See why Michael Moore thinks April 30 Should Be a National Holiday. This is a short, excellent piece on America and the war in Vietnam.
posted 5/7/2000 (link me, baby)

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Check to see if a ficus is running for office in your area!
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5.2.2000

REDMOND, WA--In what CEO Bill Gates called "an unfortunate but necessary step to protect our intellectual property from theft and exploitation by competitors," the Microsoft Corporation patented the numbers one and zero Monday. Find out more.
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5.1.2000

My current favorite quotes from La Enojada's Disagreeable Quotes:

"In the interest of time, let's just say that I'm right."

"Televangelists: The Pro Wrestlers of Religion"

"Diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggie" ... till you can find a rock."

"Challenges: If they don't kill you, they make you stronger. But usually they kill you."

"Someday, we'll look back on this, laugh nervously, and change the subject."

"If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around."

"Madness takes its toll ... please have exact change." posted 5/1/2000 (link me, baby)
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4.30.2000

The book I'm reading right now is Otherland: City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams. Great book!

I've actually read it before, but Tad Williams hadn't published the second volume, yet. By the time the second one was out, I felt compelled to read it again. Luckily, the third one is out, too. I just hate waiting around for the next volume! I hope #4 comes out pretty soon. Gosh, I'm an ungrateful bastard, pushing a hard working author this way!
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The fabulous Kai from Lexx.
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Even though we don't get any tv, I've still discovered LEXX!
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4.25.2000

I hope you're not "doing the dew".
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4.24.2000

Jakob Nielsen recently talked about the "paradox of the active user". I've quoted it below, because it was such fun to read!

The "paradox of the active user" is a concept introduced by John M. Carroll and Mary Beth Rosson (then at IBM, now at Virginia Tech) to explain a common observation in several user studies done at the IBM User Interface Institute in the early 1980s (later confirmed by many other studies, including my own): Users never read manuals but start using the software immediately. They are motivated to get started and to get their immediate task done: they don't care about the system as such and don't want to spend time up front on getting established, set up, or going through learning packages. The "paradox of the active user" is a paradox because users would save time in the long term by taking some initial time to optimize the system and learn more about it. But that's not how people behave in the real world, so we cannot allow engineers to build products for an idealized rational user when real humans are irrational: we must design for the way users actually behave.

Reference:

Carroll, J.M. and Rosson, M.B. (1987). The paradox of the active user. In J.M. Carroll (Ed.), Interfacing Thought: Cognitive Aspects of Human-Computer Interaction. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/activeuserparadox.html http://www.cs.vt.edu/~rosson/papers/paradox.pdf
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Live video surgeries? I guess so... at AmazingSurgeries.com.
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4.19.2000

An interview with Jakob Nielsen, you know, the web usability guy.

A simple vision of the Web: In quest for creativity, sites shouldn't forget their users

He refers to splash pages as "nothing but an irritation". Right on, soul brother!
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4.18.2000

Instant, real time type online communication? Maybe... with electro-optic modulators. These li'l pups "convert electric signals into optical transmissions at a rate of 100 gigabytes of information per second". Yikes! Plus, they're low voltage!
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4.17.2000

Wow, this snow crystal is beautiful! More.
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This used to be a joke, but I guess someone is intent on making it a reality. What is it? digital smell technology. Yes... that's right... online smell... thing...
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It's A Citizen's Guide to the World Trade Organization. This is a pdf document. Check out these other nifty publications.
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Boy, this is pissing me off! Ebay, my favorite auction site has filed a lawsuit against bidders edge, my favorite auction comparison engine. And a federal judge is going to issue an injunction against bidders edge! Apparently, ebay thinks that bidders edge is violating the law by using information from ebay's website. HELLO?! That's what these comparison services do! They compare prices from many sources! What about all the other comparison engines out there, like mySimon? This is a really bad trend. I'm so disappointed in ebay! And gee, think how ripped off ebay must feel... I mean that darn bidders edge is giving them all that free advertising and making their products available to a wider audience! The rats!
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4.16.2000

Oh, gee, I love this quote!

"The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy."
--Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General under President Lyndon Johnson
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So many people believe that crime is on the rise. The publications that I normally read indicate that crime has decreased. But, I guess the "average American" (whatever that is) tends to rely on major media outlets. So, it's nice when something like this pops up in the LA Times.

"Crime plummeted nationwide last year, for the fifth straight year, to its lowest levels since the government began keeping records a quarter-century ago, the Justice Department said," from which the executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police naturally concluded that "Unless anti-crime efforts are intensified, we're going to be in for a horribly rude awakening."
--Los Angeles Times, July 19, 1999
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Guess this needs no comment.

"America spends 50% more incarcerating 1.2 million non-violent offenders than the entire $16.6 billion the federal government is currently spending on welfare programs that serve 8.5 million people."
--Justice Policy Institute "The Punishing Decade," December 1999
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4.15.2000

Just what have I got against the World Bank and IMF, anyway?!
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The IMF and World Bank meetings being held this weekend won't be attended by any independent journalists. Why? Because the IMF and World Bank are denying press credentials to independent journalists. That's right, only corporate owned media will be present.
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I can't believe those pandas are still wrassling in the tree... it's past midnight!
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4.14.2000

Yay! Intergalactic space travel! Guess them wormholes will come in handy after all!
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This is just really far away from earth.
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4.13.2000

So, I'm sick, for christ sake, and I can't get the pandacam to load! I had to settle for oinkernet. Now, the oinkers are really swell and I love the little guys... it's just that sometimes you need to see the baby panda before you hoist your sick, tired ass into bed and prepare for a night of hacking, sniffling and not breathing very well. sigh
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4.12.2000

More great images of Lord of the Rings from The Tolkien Sewer. And a bunch more info on LOTR from Coming Attractions. And of course, the official site, which includes a preview.
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Scroll down for some nifty pictures of the set of Lord of the Rings from Ain't It Cool News.
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4.11.2000

It's an iMacAquarium.
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It's Asia Carrera! You know, the famous porn star. Oh, I should mention that you have to be over 18 to visit her site. So, if you're not over 18, don't be following any of these links! You kids. There was an interview with her in Giant Robot. She seems really neat. She created and maintains her own website. She's a geek! Darn her, she beautiful even without make-up! And here she is all dolled up.
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More information on the defense budget from the Center for Defense Information.
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Where the heck do my taxes go? To the military, of course! Last year the military budget was $293 billion, this year it's $305 billion. The next person who tells you we need the money for our diminishing military readiness (operations and maintenance), you can smile sweetly and say, "Then why the heck are they using the money for weapons procurement?" Could it be... pressure from the powerful weapons industry? Hey, they're armed after all! heh.
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4.7.2000

Uh-oh, it's a plethora of cute Jet Li pictures! AGH!
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Cute photo of Jet Li alert!!
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I know I've already mentioned the DNRC mailing list and the fabulous "True Tales of Induhviduals". If you don't already belong to the DNRC (Dogbert's New Ruling Class), I suggest you join immediately. Well, this particular tale is just too precious and I have to reprint it here (hope I don't get busted). This is True Tale 7 from Dilbert Newsletter #29:

"We tested our Y2K power contingency plans a few weeks before New Year's. The Induhviduals in IT didn't expect any downtime, so the test was performed during the normal work day. The idea was that when power was cut, the six generators would kick on and we wouldn't notice a thing.

"Three generators failed to start. Two threw their breakers due to the high load on them. The last was overwhelmed when the previous two cut out and threw a tremendous surge through the lines, blowing up hundreds of light bulbs, frying fax machines, radios and pencil sharpeners along the way. The surge jumped circuits in our industrial level surge protector and traveled through our "surge protected" lines to every desktop in the company plus the server room. After taking out over a hundred monitors and almost forty PCs, the surge proceeded to destroy our server room air conditioner, four huge UPS systems, thirteen servers and both AS/400s. Several small fires started throughout the building, including our now half-melted Christmas tree and our molten-menorah.

"The surge then jumped the lines into the main power grid, blowing up two transformers, one of which fell on the IT manager's car (poetic justice) and cutting power on the entire block. The remaining generator then proceeded to burst into flames, eventually blowing up all six generators and burning up seven cars.

"This all occurred within about thirty seconds and sent 38 people to the hospital, cost the company over $650,000 in equipment (not to mention the impending lawsuits), destroyed eight cars and caused weeks of downtime. Three people quit the company. One woman is still in the hospital with electrical burns. The resulting publicity got us on television in five states."
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4.5.2000

I think these guys are neat. They're called Honesty.com and they provide various free online auction tools. I just added their web counter to my homepage. You may find it difficult to read, because it's in Chinese characters.
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4.4.2000

Amazing dragon done in cross-stitch by this talented gal.
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4.3.2000

Bizarre item of the day (week? month?): Mike, the Headless Chicken. Courtesy of my pal, Chris.
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4.2.2000

These are the cutest little oinkers! And there are lots more here at PiggiePiggieCage, which is part of PiggiePiggiePage.
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4.1.2000

If you aren't already a member of the DNRC, I suggest you join. There's an archive of the newsletters. The "True Tales of Induhviduals" are always high-larious! Here's a good one from newsletter #29:

"We received a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency stating that unless we provided answers to their outstanding questions within two weeks they would recommend that our power plant construction project not proceed.

Apparently they failed to notice that, a) we already answered the questions, b) their approval had already been issued and, c) the $600 million power plant had been built nearly two years ago."
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3.31.2000

Constructor "animates and edits two dimensional models made out of masses and springs". And it's just plain fun.
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Heh.
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Groovy map of China from 1808.
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The World Wide Phone Guide has great information on hooking up your modem "just about anywhere". I was especially interested in the stuff on digital phone systems (near the bottom of the webpage) and the list of resources is very helpful.

You can also get some good traveling/getting online type tips from a couple of TidBITS articles


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Finally, an answer to the question, Why do Windows Web Pages Have Tiny Text? Here's the quick summary, "Because Windows thinks monitors use a screen resolution of 96 dpi by default, rather than the Mac's 72 dpi, Windows-based Web designers often lower the font size so text doesn't appear too large for Windows users. Mac users are then faced with tiny text that's hard to read."
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3.28.2000

You may feel the need to write your name in Inuit (Eskimo), Mayan Glyphs or Egyptian hieroglyphics.
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I've found the grail. It's the Douglas Adams Quote Directory. At last.
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3.27.2000

CounterPunch just printed a story about CNN and the military PSYOPS. Their story is based on the findings of a Dutch journalist, Abe de Vries.

"The facts are", De Vries told me, " that the US Army, US Special Operations Command and CNN personnel confirmed to me that military personnel have been involved in news production at CNN's newsdesks. I found it simply astonishing. Of course CNN says these psyops personnel didn't decide anything, write news reports, etcetera. What else can they say. Maybe it's true, maybe not. The point is that these kind of close ties with the army are, in my view, completely unacceptable for any serious news organization. Maybe even more astonishing is the complete silence about the story from the big media. To my knowledge, my story was not mentioned by leading American or British newspapers, nor by Reuters or AP."
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Hmmm... printers with their own IPs. You can print remotely to them without running the associated application. Too bad they're so expensive.
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Monster.com's offices are decorated with diagonally striped purple and lime green carpeting. The designer says, "It had to scream energy. It had to scream attitude." I think if I had to work there, I'd just have to scream period.
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3.25.2000

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media."
--Former CIA Director William Colby
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The U.S. may not have the highest literacy rate, but at least we have the most death row prisoners. What a great feeling.

"The U.S.A. has the highest known death row population on earth: over 3,300 people await their deaths at the hands of U.S. authorities."
--Amnesty International "United States of America--Rights for All," October 1998
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VarsityBooks.com is handing out a buttload of scholarships. They're giving out 16 scholarships each month totaling $45,000 and an additional $25,000 scholarship for the top submission of the year. So, I guess I'm not sure exactly how these guys make money. I bought my school texts from them for less than I could find anywhere else. And now they're giving out all these scholarships. Maybe they forgot they're supposed to make a profit?
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Just in case there's anyone out there who thinks we just don't spend enough on defense here in the U.S.... This is a quote from former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, in a letter to the UN, November 1998:

"The United States spends more on arms annually, $275 billion presently, than the rest of the Security Council combined. U.S. arms expenditures are approximately 25 times the gross national product of Iraq. The U.S. has in its stockpiles more nuclear bombs, chemical and biological weapons, more aircraft, rockets and delivery systems in number and sophistication than the rest of the world combined. Included are twenty commissioned Trident II nuclear submarines any one of which could destroy Europe."
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A couple of interesting things from a recently released report by the United Nations Development Program, entitled "Human Development Report 1999":
  • "The income gap between the fifth of the world's people living in the richest countries and the fifth in the poorest was 74 to 1 in 1997, up from 60 to 1 in 1990 and 30 to 1 in 1960."
  • "By the late 1990s the fifth of the world's people living in the highest income countries had 86% of the world GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the bottom fifth just 1%."
  • "The assets of the three richest people were more than the combined GNP of the 48 least developed countries. (Comprising some 600 million people.)"
  • "The assets of the 200 richest people are more than the combined income of 41% of the world's people."
So, the next time someone mentions our fabulous economy and how well off everyone is, you give them a sharp smack. And remember these words from Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1916-1939, "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."
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I found this statistic interesting. It's from InternetStats.Com. The leading languages online:
  1. English 148,500,000
  2. Japanese 19,800,000
  3. Spanish 17,000,000
  4. Chinese 15,100,000
  5. French 10,900,000
  6. Korean 10,400,000
  7. Italian 9,700,000

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3.24.2000

I wanna WAP device! Dangit. I think the Nokia 9110i is neat, especially since it has a keyboard. I love my palm, but I can sure type faster than I can scrawl. However, I admit, the best looking is the Benefon 'Q' and the Ericsson Communicator. Ooo-la-la.
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FreePad is one of the many neat things I bumped into today.
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People are certainly doing interesting things with magnets these days. NASA has created a couple of magnetic levitation tracks to give a rocket a running start before it has to switch to rocket engines. Once again those wacky NASA guys have a really oddball little graphic on their page. And regular, non-NASA types are messing around with magnets, too.
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3.23.2000

I love this site from NASA. You can see which satellites will pass over your area at what times. You can also watch various satellites moving around in real time. And you can view them in 3-D.

Eros is an asteroid in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Four years ago, a rocket was launched with the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft perched on top of it. NEAR's objective is to go into orbit around Eros. It finally reached Eros and began it's orbit in February. It's getting a great close-up view of Eros and providing NASA scientists with lots of fabulous data concerning Near Earth Objects (NEOs). In December, it will be orbiting only 21 miles above Eros! While you're visiting this nifty NASA site, try and figure out what the little grey animal is near the bottom of the webpage. He's a cute little critter in a violet colored box, but I have no idea what the heck he is! I like his little rumba.
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3.22.2000

What is "existential crunch"? Find out.
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Another way of tracking users: web bugs.
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If you think personal information is easy to obtain on the internet, you'll be shocked to find out what's available over the phone. As private investigator, Ted Moss, says, "That's how private investigators have always gotten their information. We find out more from talking to public servants than we ever do from the Internet." An interesting story from Individual.com.
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3.21.2000

The following is a message from the Dalai Lama. Since I think he's about as enlightened as you can get, I'm passing it along via my blog.

The Dalai Lama has asked that the following practice be shared with as many people as possible.

A group recently spent days visiting with the Dalai Lama focusing upon what they believe are the five most important questions to be considered as we move into the new millenium.

The five questions were:

  1. How do we address the widening gap between rich and poor?
  2. How do we protect the earth?
  3. How do we educate our children?
  4. How do we help Tibet and other oppressed countries and peoples of the world?
  5. How do we bring spirituality (deep caring for one another) through all disciplines of life?
The Dalai Lama said all five questions fall under the last one. If we have true compassion in our hearts, our children will be educated wisely, we will care for the earth, those who "have not" will be cared for. The group asked the Dalai Lama, "Do you think love on the planet is increasing or staying the same?" His response: "My experience leads me to believe that love IS increasing." He shared a simple practice that will increase love and compassion in the world. He asked everyone in the group to share it with as many people as they can.

The Practice:

  1. Spend 5 minutes at the beginning of each day remembering we all want the same things (to be happy and to be loved) and we are all connected to one another.
  2. Spend 5 minutes - breathing in - cherishing yourself; and breathing out - cherishing others. If you think about people you have difficulty cherishing, extend your cherishing to them anyway.
  3. During the day extend that attitude to everyone you meet. Practice cherishing the "simplest" person (clerks, attendants etc.) as well as the "important" people in your life; cherish people you love and the people you dislike.
  4. Continue this practice no matter what happens or what anyone does to you. These thoughts are very simple, inspiring and helpful. The practice of cherishing can be taken very deep if done wordlessly, allowing yourself to feel the love and appreciation that already exist in your heart.
Will you commit to creating Peace in yourself and thereby "On Earth" by spending 10 minutes a day with this simple meditation? Peace on Earth, Good Will to All - Not a Season, it's a daily practice. Please pass this on to as many people as you can.
posted 3/21/2000 (link me, baby)

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Well, I don't think any of our systems people would agree with this description of windows from KatieSoft.

"katiesoft is an award-winning software tool that is built upon the solid Internet technology of the Windows operating system. katiesoft is compatible with most Internet browsers and versions of the Windows operating system."
posted 3/21/2000 (link me, baby)

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A statue of the Buddha, 500 feet tall, is being built in India. That's more than 3 times taller than the Statue of Liberty. The current "world's tallest Buddha" in Tokyo is a scant 394 feet tall. A British firm in Sheffield will be building it. Thanks to Ed Portal's net.Headlines for this bit of news.
posted 3/21/2000 (link me, baby)

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Wow, it's the coolest mug ever!
posted 3/21/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.20.2000

How many clicks does it take to get from one randomly selected webpage to another? Researchers at the University of Notre Dame say that there are 19 clicks of separation. They state that the web is "developing along the same mathematical principles that govern the organic development of plants in the natural world." Very interesting!
posted 3/20/2000 (link me, baby)

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How many clicks does it take to get from one randomly selected webpage to another? Researchers at the University of Notre Dame say that there are 19 clicks of separation. They state that the web is "developing along the same mathematical principles that govern the organic development of plants in the natural world." Very interesting!
posted 3/20/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.17.2000

Wow, blogblog shows up on this nifty picture of weblogs!
posted 3/17/2000 (link me, baby)

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I just watched a great piece of film noir, called Detour. It's a terrific movie, starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage. And, wow! That Ann Savage is really something! What an incredible actor! She appeared in person at American Cinematheque's First Annual Festival of Film Noir. It sure would've been neat to meet her.
posted 3/17/2000 (link me, baby)

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Which is more popular? coke or pepsi? netscape or explorer? Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? Let the web decide.
posted 3/17/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.16.2000

Groovy. It's the Poor man's Lava Lamp.
posted 3/16/2000 (link me, baby)

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Well, I don't know, but this just seems like a good idea. It's the Tour de Butt.
posted 3/16/2000 (link me, baby)

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My favorite state quarter so far...
posted 3/16/2000 (link me, baby)

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Yowza! I'm now part of the webloggers webring. Right on.
posted 3/16/2000 (link me, baby)

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Just in case you've ever wondered where your money's been.
posted 3/16/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.15.2000

So, whenever I create a form, I test it and I like to use humorous names, so I get responses like this!
posted 3/15/2000 (link me, baby)

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The mainstream media drive me crazy and although they're fun to analyze and poke, I certainly wouldn't want to get my news from them! A good place to go is AlterNet. They were created by the Independent Media Institute. WebActive is another good one. I love FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting). And I have some other good resources on my bookmarks page under "news & politics".
posted 3/15/2000 (link me, baby)

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Hmmm... one is now able to send email into outer space. You probably thought you were already doing that when you replied to email from pacbell's helpful customer service people. Well, yes, you were. But, now you have the opportunity to pay for the privilege!
posted 3/15/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.14.2000

So, I haven't been blogging lately, because I'm trying to write a paper for my class. Thanks goodness for all these fab About.com Chinese Opera links! Yes, my paper is on Beijing Opera. Did you know there are over 1,000 types of painted face in Beijing style opera? Here are a few examples. And here are some great pictures of costumed performers. It's in Chinese, but just click on the links. My personal favorite.
posted 3/14/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.10.2000

Well, since we're on the topic of animal cams.. don't forget the Panda Cam! Panda! Panda! Panda!
posted 3/10/2000 (link me, baby)

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Absolutely hands-down the most fabulous thing I ran across today is OinkerNet Guinea Pig TeleVision - Almost Live!. Dig it.
posted 3/10/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.9.2000

Philip Agee worked for the CIA, but quit during the Vietnam War. He later exposed various undercover agency officers and operations around the world and wrote a book called, "Inside the Company: A CIA Diary." Now, he's involved in a Cuban travel agency. Interesting, eh? Find out why.
posted 3/9/2000 (link me, baby)

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Unravel the mysteries of email attachments. Here's the exciting conclusion.
posted 3/9/2000 (link me, baby)

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Dig Wendy' Stalking Techniques. These ought to come in handy.
posted 3/9/2000 (link me, baby)

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Laugh your ass off with this review of Disgusting Digital Stench Technology. I know I did. But, my cats slept through it. It was published in the Pigdog Journal.
posted 3/9/2000 (link me, baby)

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Holy Mackerel! VarsityBooks.com is giving away tons of scholarships! They're giving away 16 scholarships totaling $45,000 each month, plus one $25,000 scholarship for the top submission of the year. Man, that's alot of money.
posted 3/9/2000 (link me, baby)

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I've been using this really keen program called Kaleidoscope. It allows you to customize your mac's interface. It's extremely groovy, very fun and hasn't muffed anything up on my machine! What more could you ask for?
posted 3/9/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.7.2000

On March 1st, the State of Texas executed Odell Barnes Jr. He was innocent. His last words were, "I thank you for proving my innocence, although it has not been acknowledged in the courts. May you continue in the struggle and may you change all that's being done here today and in the past."
posted 3/7/2000 (link me, baby)

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These are the most vivid peeps I've ever seen.
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3.6.2000

The SF Bay Guardian is a resource I trust. Check out their endorsements. I also trust Sonoma County Conservation Action. Although I hate their homepage. The design is like the opposite of what they represent!

Once again, I'm voting for Ralph Nader. The Greens have nominated him. Why would he make a good president?
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3.2.2000

Gee, as a library worker, I had no idea I was working in a pit of perversion. According to Dr.Laura, I certainly am. Apparently the American Library Association has the audacity to link to websites that offer kids and teens actual information about their bodies, health and nutrition issues, emotional health, drug and alcohol use, relationships and sex. One of the websites that Dr. Laura criticizes is Go Ask Alice, which is maintained by those notorious perverts, The Columbia University Health Education Program. Hilariously, Dr.Laura's own website not only provides the url for Go Ask Alice, but also includes excerpts from the website! That nucklehead! Now kids have even more access to Go Ask Alice. (Which, btw, is quite an informative and nifty site.) Get even more irritated with Dr. Laura... read her monologues. You might want to get involved in giving the ax to her new tv show. Hmmm... looks like HateWatch finds Dr.Laura as irritating as I do.
posted 3/2/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.1.2000

Ahhh... Great Moments in the History of the University. Gee, there are so many to choose from. Here's one in particular that I enjoyed:

"It was at Wittenburg in 1517 that Martin Luther posted his theses on the doors of the church, and challenged anyone to debate them with him. At first, no one answered his challenge, but soon Luther was invited to Leipzig University to debate the issue of papal indulgences. At that time, the academic world was a little more demonstrative of its opinions than it is today, and Luther arrived with his colleagues and two hundred muscular students, carrying battle axes. His opponent in the debate, Dr. John Eck, had a round the clock escort of seventy-six well armed men. Remarkably, no bloodshed occurred, though the issues remained unresolved after the debate."
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Travel down this webpage a bit and discover a little something about El Santo. El Santo was a silver-masked wrestler who went on to become a tv and film star in Mexican. He's still very popular and considered a super-hero. His children thought he was a traveling salesman and discovered his identity by accident!
posted 3/1/2000 (link me, baby)

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This sort of thing always piques my interest. It's an "internet appliance" called i-opener. I think this (or something like it) will be the reason everyone (practically) gets online. Just from my experience here in the library, I know that many people want online with no muss and no fuss. This is probably the best way to do it.
posted 3/1/2000 (link me, baby)

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I've found the grail. It's the Douglas Adams Quote Directory. At last.
posted 3/28/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.27.2000

CounterPunch just printed a story about CNN and the military PSYOPS. Their story is based on the findings of a Dutch journalist, Abe de Vries.

"The facts are", De Vries told me, " that the US Army, US Special Operations Command and CNN personnel confirmed to me that military personnel have been involved in news production at CNN's newsdesks. I found it simply astonishing. Of course CNN says these psyops personnel didn't decide anything, write news reports, etcetera. What else can they say. Maybe it's true, maybe not. The point is that these kind of close ties with the army are, in my view, completely unacceptable for any serious news organization. Maybe even more astonishing is the complete silence about the story from the big media. To my knowledge, my story was not mentioned by leading American or British newspapers, nor by Reuters or AP."
posted 3/27/2000 (link me, baby)

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Hmmm... printers with their own IPs. You can print remotely to them without running the associated application. Too bad they're so expensive.
posted 3/27/2000 (link me, baby)

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Monster.com's offices are decorated with diagonally striped purple and lime green carpeting. The designer says, "It had to scream energy. It had to scream attitude." I think if I had to work there, I'd just have to scream period.
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3.25.2000

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media."
--Former CIA Director William Colby
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The U.S. may not have the highest literacy rate, but at least we have the most death row prisoners. What a great feeling.

"The U.S.A. has the highest known death row population on earth: over 3,300 people await their deaths at the hands of U.S. authorities."
--Amnesty International "United States of America--Rights for All," October 1998
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VarsityBooks.com is handing out a buttload of scholarships. They're giving out 16 scholarships each month totaling $45,000 and an additional $25,000 scholarship for the top submission of the year. So, I guess I'm not sure exactly how these guys make money. I bought my school texts from them for less than I could find anywhere else. And now they're giving out all these scholarships. Maybe they forgot they're supposed to make a profit?
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Just in case there's anyone out there who thinks we just don't spend enough on defense here in the U.S.... This is a quote from former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, in a letter to the UN, November 1998:

"The United States spends more on arms annually, $275 billion presently, than the rest of the Security Council combined. U.S. arms expenditures are approximately 25 times the gross national product of Iraq. The U.S. has in its stockpiles more nuclear bombs, chemical and biological weapons, more aircraft, rockets and delivery systems in number and sophistication than the rest of the world combined. Included are twenty commissioned Trident II nuclear submarines any one of which could destroy Europe."
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A couple of interesting things from a recently released report by the United Nations Development Program, entitled "Human Development Report 1999":
  • "The income gap between the fifth of the world's people living in the richest countries and the fifth in the poorest was 74 to 1 in 1997, up from 60 to 1 in 1990 and 30 to 1 in 1960."
  • "By the late 1990s the fifth of the world's people living in the highest income countries had 86% of the world GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the bottom fifth just 1%."
  • "The assets of the three richest people were more than the combined GNP of the 48 least developed countries. (Comprising some 600 million people.)"
  • "The assets of the 200 richest people are more than the combined income of 41% of the world's people."
So, the next time someone mentions our fabulous economy and how well off everyone is, you give them a sharp smack. And remember these words from Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1916-1939, "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."
posted 3/25/2000 (link me, baby)

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I found this statistic interesting. It's from InternetStats.Com. The leading languages online:
  1. English 148,500,000
  2. Japanese 19,800,000
  3. Spanish 17,000,000
  4. Chinese 15,100,000
  5. French 10,900,000
  6. Korean 10,400,000
  7. Italian 9,700,000

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3.24.2000

I wanna WAP device! Dangit. I think the Nokia 9110i is neat, especially since it has a keyboard. I love my palm, but I can sure type faster than I can scrawl. However, I admit, the best looking is the Benefon 'Q' and the Ericsson Communicator. Ooo-la-la.
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FreePad is one of the many neat things I bumped into today.
posted 3/24/2000 (link me, baby)

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People are certainly doing interesting things with magnets these days. NASA has created a couple of magnetic levitation tracks to give a rocket a running start before it has to switch to rocket engines. Once again those wacky NASA guys have a really oddball little graphic on their page. And regular, non-NASA types are messing around with magnets, too.
posted 3/24/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.23.2000

I love this site from NASA. You can see which satellites will pass over your area at what times. You can also watch various satellites moving around in real time. And you can view them in 3-D.

Eros is an asteroid in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Four years ago, a rocket was launched with the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft perched on top of it. NEAR's objective is to go into orbit around Eros. It finally reached Eros and began it's orbit in February. It's getting a great close-up view of Eros and providing NASA scientists with lots of fabulous data concerning Near Earth Objects (NEOs). In December, it will be orbiting only 21 miles above Eros! While you're visiting this nifty NASA site, try and figure out what the little grey animal is near the bottom of the webpage. He's a cute little critter in a violet colored box, but I have no idea what the heck he is! I like his little rumba.
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3.22.2000

What is "existential crunch"? Find out.
posted 3/22/2000 (link me, baby)

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Another way of tracking users: web bugs.
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If you think personal information is easy to obtain on the internet, you'll be shocked to find out what's available over the phone. As private investigator, Ted Moss, says, "That's how private investigators have always gotten their information. We find out more from talking to public servants than we ever do from the Internet." An interesting story from Individual.com.
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3.21.2000

The following is a message from the Dalai Lama. Since I think he's about as enlightened as you can get, I'm passing it along via my blog.

The Dalai Lama has asked that the following practice be shared with as many people as possible.

A group recently spent days visiting with the Dalai Lama focusing upon what they believe are the five most important questions to be considered as we move into the new millenium.

The five questions were:

  1. How do we address the widening gap between rich and poor?
  2. How do we protect the earth?
  3. How do we educate our children?
  4. How do we help Tibet and other oppressed countries and peoples of the world?
  5. How do we bring spirituality (deep caring for one another) through all disciplines of life?
The Dalai Lama said all five questions fall under the last one. If we have true compassion in our hearts, our children will be educated wisely, we will care for the earth, those who "have not" will be cared for. The group asked the Dalai Lama, "Do you think love on the planet is increasing or staying the same?" His response: "My experience leads me to believe that love IS increasing." He shared a simple practice that will increase love and compassion in the world. He asked everyone in the group to share it with as many people as they can.

The Practice:

  1. Spend 5 minutes at the beginning of each day remembering we all want the same things (to be happy and to be loved) and we are all connected to one another.
  2. Spend 5 minutes - breathing in - cherishing yourself; and breathing out - cherishing others. If you think about people you have difficulty cherishing, extend your cherishing to them anyway.
  3. During the day extend that attitude to everyone you meet. Practice cherishing the "simplest" person (clerks, attendants etc.) as well as the "important" people in your life; cherish people you love and the people you dislike.
  4. Continue this practice no matter what happens or what anyone does to you. These thoughts are very simple, inspiring and helpful. The practice of cherishing can be taken very deep if done wordlessly, allowing yourself to feel the love and appreciation that already exist in your heart.
Will you commit to creating Peace in yourself and thereby "On Earth" by spending 10 minutes a day with this simple meditation? Peace on Earth, Good Will to All - Not a Season, it's a daily practice. Please pass this on to as many people as you can.
posted 3/21/2000 (link me, baby)

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Well, I don't think any of our systems people would agree with this description of windows from KatieSoft.

"katiesoft is an award-winning software tool that is built upon the solid Internet technology of the Windows operating system. katiesoft is compatible with most Internet browsers and versions of the Windows operating system."
posted 3/21/2000 (link me, baby)

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A statue of the Buddha, 500 feet tall, is being built in India. That's more than 3 times taller than the Statue of Liberty. The current "world's tallest Buddha" in Tokyo is a scant 394 feet tall. A British firm in Sheffield will be building it. Thanks to Ed Portal's net.Headlines for this bit of news.
posted 3/21/2000 (link me, baby)

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Wow, it's the coolest mug ever!
posted 3/21/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.20.2000

How many clicks does it take to get from one randomly selected webpage to another? Researchers at the University of Notre Dame say that there are 19 clicks of separation. They state that the web is "developing along the same mathematical principles that govern the organic development of plants in the natural world." Very interesting!
posted 3/20/2000 (link me, baby)

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How many clicks does it take to get from one randomly selected webpage to another? Researchers at the University of Notre Dame say that there are 19 clicks of separation. They state that the web is "developing along the same mathematical principles that govern the organic development of plants in the natural world." Very interesting!
posted 3/20/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.17.2000

Wow, blogblog shows up on this nifty picture of weblogs!
posted 3/17/2000 (link me, baby)

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I just watched a great piece of film noir, called Detour. It's a terrific movie, starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage. And, wow! That Ann Savage is really something! What an incredible actor! She appeared in person at American Cinematheque's First Annual Festival of Film Noir. It sure would've been neat to meet her.
posted 3/17/2000 (link me, baby)

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Which is more popular? coke or pepsi? netscape or explorer? Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? Let the web decide.
posted 3/17/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.16.2000

Groovy. It's the Poor man's Lava Lamp.
posted 3/16/2000 (link me, baby)

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Well, I don't know, but this just seems like a good idea. It's the Tour de Butt.
posted 3/16/2000 (link me, baby)

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My favorite state quarter so far...
posted 3/16/2000 (link me, baby)

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Yowza! I'm now part of the webloggers webring. Right on.
posted 3/16/2000 (link me, baby)

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Just in case you've ever wondered where your money's been.
posted 3/16/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.15.2000

So, whenever I create a form, I test it and I like to use humorous names, so I get responses like this!
posted 3/15/2000 (link me, baby)

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The mainstream media drive me crazy and although they're fun to analyze and poke, I certainly wouldn't want to get my news from them! A good place to go is AlterNet. They were created by the Independent Media Institute. WebActive is another good one. I love FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting). And I have some other good resources on my bookmarks page under "news & politics".
posted 3/15/2000 (link me, baby)

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Hmmm... one is now able to send email into outer space. You probably thought you were already doing that when you replied to email from pacbell's helpful customer service people. Well, yes, you were. But, now you have the opportunity to pay for the privilege!
posted 3/15/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.14.2000

So, I haven't been blogging lately, because I'm trying to write a paper for my class. Thanks goodness for all these fab About.com Chinese Opera links! Yes, my paper is on Beijing Opera. Did you know there are over 1,000 types of painted face in Beijing style opera? Here are a few examples. And here are some great pictures of costumed performers. It's in Chinese, but just click on the links. My personal favorite.
posted 3/14/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.10.2000

Well, since we're on the topic of animal cams.. don't forget the Panda Cam! Panda! Panda! Panda!
posted 3/10/2000 (link me, baby)

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Absolutely hands-down the most fabulous thing I ran across today is OinkerNet Guinea Pig TeleVision - Almost Live!. Dig it.
posted 3/10/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.9.2000

Philip Agee worked for the CIA, but quit during the Vietnam War. He later exposed various undercover agency officers and operations around the world and wrote a book called, "Inside the Company: A CIA Diary." Now, he's involved in a Cuban travel agency. Interesting, eh? Find out why.
posted 3/9/2000 (link me, baby)

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Unravel the mysteries of email attachments. Here's the exciting conclusion.
posted 3/9/2000 (link me, baby)

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Dig Wendy' Stalking Techniques. These ought to come in handy.
posted 3/9/2000 (link me, baby)

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Laugh your ass off with this review of Disgusting Digital Stench Technology. I know I did. But, my cats slept through it. It was published in the Pigdog Journal.
posted 3/9/2000 (link me, baby)

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Holy Mackerel! VarsityBooks.com is giving away tons of scholarships! They're giving away 16 scholarships totaling $45,000 each month, plus one $25,000 scholarship for the top submission of the year. Man, that's alot of money.
posted 3/9/2000 (link me, baby)

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I've been using this really keen program called Kaleidoscope. It allows you to customize your mac's interface. It's extremely groovy, very fun and hasn't muffed anything up on my machine! What more could you ask for?
posted 3/9/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.7.2000

On March 1st, the State of Texas executed Odell Barnes Jr. He was innocent. His last words were, "I thank you for proving my innocence, although it has not been acknowledged in the courts. May you continue in the struggle and may you change all that's being done here today and in the past."
posted 3/7/2000 (link me, baby)

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These are the most vivid peeps I've ever seen.
posted 3/7/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.6.2000

The SF Bay Guardian is a resource I trust. Check out their endorsements. I also trust Sonoma County Conservation Action. Although I hate their homepage. The design is like the opposite of what they represent!

Once again, I'm voting for Ralph Nader. The Greens have nominated him. Why would he make a good president?
posted 3/6/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.2.2000

Gee, as a library worker, I had no idea I was working in a pit of perversion. According to Dr.Laura, I certainly am. Apparently the American Library Association has the audacity to link to websites that offer kids and teens actual information about their bodies, health and nutrition issues, emotional health, drug and alcohol use, relationships and sex. One of the websites that Dr. Laura criticizes is Go Ask Alice, which is maintained by those notorious perverts, The Columbia University Health Education Program. Hilariously, Dr.Laura's own website not only provides the url for Go Ask Alice, but also includes excerpts from the website! That nucklehead! Now kids have even more access to Go Ask Alice. (Which, btw, is quite an informative and nifty site.) Get even more irritated with Dr. Laura... read her monologues. You might want to get involved in giving the ax to her new tv show. Hmmm... looks like HateWatch finds Dr.Laura as irritating as I do.
posted 3/2/2000 (link me, baby)

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3.1.2000

Ahhh... Great Moments in the History of the University. Gee, there are so many to choose from. Here's one in particular that I enjoyed:

"It was at Wittenburg in 1517 that Martin Luther posted his theses on the doors of the church, and challenged anyone to debate them with him. At first, no one answered his challenge, but soon Luther was invited to Leipzig University to debate the issue of papal indulgences. At that time, the academic world was a little more demonstrative of its opinions than it is today, and Luther arrived with his colleagues and two hundred muscular students, carrying battle axes. His opponent in the debate, Dr. John Eck, had a round the clock escort of seventy-six well armed men. Remarkably, no bloodshed occurred, though the issues remained unresolved after the debate."
posted 3/1/2000 (link me, baby)

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Travel down this webpage a bit and discover a little something about El Santo. El Santo was a silver-masked wrestler who went on to become a tv and film star in Mexican. He's still very popular and considered a super-hero. His children thought he was a traveling salesman and discovered his identity by accident!
posted 3/1/2000 (link me, baby)

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This sort of thing always piques my interest. It's an "internet appliance" called i-opener. I think this (or something like it) will be the reason everyone (practically) gets online. Just from my experience here in the library, I know that many people want online with no muss and no fuss. This is probably the best way to do it.
posted 3/1/2000 (link me, baby)

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2.29.2000

North American Monarch butterflies undertake the longest migratory journey of any insect.

So, what do we need a leap year for?
posted 2/29/2000 (link me, baby)

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Wondering who the oil & gas industry supports in the presidential race? George Bush... overwhelmingly.

opensecrets.org gives the lowdown on whose money goes where in the presidential, congressional and even local races. I just found out my neighbors are contributing to Steve Forbes campaign! Holy moly.
posted 2/29/2000 (link me, baby)

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2.24.2000

I just finished a wonderful book by George R. R. Martin, called "Clash of the Kings". I guess I wasn't the only one who liked it. It's number one on the The SF Site: Readers' Choice Best Books of 1999! Yeah baby. The first book, "Game of Thrones" is also fabulous.
posted 2/24/2000 (link me, baby)

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2.22.2000

Sure, it looks funny, but for those of us who like to drag laptops around, it's a fabulous idea! What is it? A Computer Hood! Right on.
posted 2/22/2000 (link me, baby)

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Quick! Rush over to TidBITS and vote in their poll on next generation mac colors! Okay, I went for ice. Jim went for banana. I could go for midnight blue and ebony, too! But, brushed metal?! Woodgrain?! No way.
posted 2/22/2000 (link me, baby)

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2.20.2000

I don't get any television, so I missed the whole "Who Wants to marry a Millionaire?" debacle. I was pretty stunned when I heard about it. I have to agree with my coworker, who said, "It's wrong on so many levels, I hardly know where to begin!" I just ran across an interesting article about it. Apparently an escape clause was built in before the wedding. The women participating, as well as the groom-to-be, all signed statements agreeing to get the marriage annuled if either person wanted out. The annulment could be invoked only minutes after the wedding.
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A terrible thing happened recently. Bill Gates unveiled Windows 2000 with Patrick Stewart at his side!!! I am so bummed. Okay, well we've got John Delancie on our side! I saw him at MacWorld! Yes, the fabulous "Q".
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I guess we've all heard loads concerning the WTO meeting in Seattle last December. Just in case you were under the impression that the police were not brutalizing protesters during that debacle, here's one eyewitness account. It's only one of many similar reports.

"In one scene I witnessed this morning (at 8th Avenue and Seneca), police who had been standing behind a blockade line began marching in lock-step toward the line, swinging their batons forward, and when they reached the line they began striking the (nonviolent, seated) protestors repeatedly in the back. Then they ripped off the protestors' gas masks, and sprayed pepper spray at point-blank range into their eyes repeatedly. After spraying, they rubbed the protestors' eyes and pushed their fingers around on their lips to aggravate the effect of the spray. And after all THIS, they began striking them again with batons.... The police then were able to break up the line, and the protestors retreated to the steps of a nearby church for medical assistance."

Various mainstream media were praising the police for their restraint. That may be because many of these hard-hitting investigative journalist-types obtained their information from the Seattle Chief of Police! What's wrong with this picture?

A Seattle physician, Richard DeAndrea, who was present at the protests paints a different picture, "The police were using concussion grenades. They were...shooting tear gas canisters directly at protesters' faces. They were using rubber bullets. Some of the damage I saw from these rubber bullets took off part of a person's jaw, smashed teeth.Ö There are people who have been...treated for plastic bullet wounds. Lots of tear gas injuries, lots of damage to [the] cornea, lots of damage to the eyes and skin."

Coverage of the WTO/Seattle event was misrepresented in a variety of other ways as well. Shocking, isn't it?! Check it out in the latest edition of Extra!
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2.17.2000

Away back in May 1999, the U.S. bombed the hell out of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. A series of investigative articles were published in the London Observer and the Politiken (a Danish paper). But, none of the major U.S. papers would touch the story with the proverbial ten foot pole. Recently, the New York Times claimed that, dang, they'd love to do a story, but there's just nothing to report! Golly, they looked high and low and couldn't find any evidence to substantiate that investigation by those wacky European newspapers. Well, I guess they didn't look too hard, since they never even bothered to contact the journalists from the Observer and Politiken. Interestingly, the Washington Post's follow-up on the story exactly paraphrased the explanation given by the CIA. Gee, I guess that isn't so odd, since they only interviewed American military officers! As FAIR says, "...a curious approach to checking a story that has European officials pointing accusing fingers at the U.S. military".
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2.15.2000

Wow, there's an annual State of the Panda address. I am so there!
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So, just what will ants eat? The Mad Scientist Network is filled with fabulous information of this sort.

Are you a mac user in sonoma county? Come to the NCMUG meeting tonight. I'll be there!
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2.14.2000

Finally! A steering committee that sounds interesting! And while you're at it, find out why meteorites in Antarctica are important to scientists at NASA.
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2.13.2000

Now that the y2k bug is gone we have this to look forward to. Okay, maybe not. Just trying to inject a little excitement into your day.

I was listening to KPFA this morning and I heard a speech by Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. In it he mentioned habeas corpus. Many hours later I was walking by a box of gift books in our receiving area (here in the library) and was attracted to some 1953 volumes of the "World Book Encyclopedia". I picked one up to take a look at it and when I flipped it open, I was looking at the entry for.... you guessed it... habeas corpus! Weird, eh? Just FYI, the writ of habeas corpus has been called, "the great writ of personal liberty". The next page in the encyclopedia had a picture of a haddock. Just so you know.
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Okay, I know I'm always saying, "I love this site! I love that site! etc..." but, look I really mean it when I say, I just love this site!!! With comments like this, "You know, most guests really donít like it when the dinner loaf has a spinal column". How can you go wrong?
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Okay, I'm going to try to reconstruct my posts from the 7th and 10th, since I can't seem to make the edit function work correctly.
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All this stuff that looks like it's posted during the 13th, was not. Some of it was posted on the 7th and a bunch of it was deleted. Christ, I can't believe it. I guess I trusted blogger too much. Now it's let me down, just like my bloody palm 3x. The thing is, when these fabulous utilities let you down and lose all your data, you reallly lose heart and just don't want to play anymore.
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Jesus, I can't believe it. Blogger is totally screwing up. It just deleted a couple of my posts and won't stop pasting part of an old post in, no matter what I do!!!
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Did you know that two of Henry VIII's wives Jane Seymour and Katherine Howard were barely literate? Henry composed some love this site!!! With comments like this, "You know, most guests really donít like it when the dinner loaf has a spinal column". How can you go wrong?
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Wow, it's finally here, the hottest game of the year!! Can't wait to slip into my "fuzzy wuzzy kitten claws" and try it out!

On a more tragic note... "A young man using the handle "flea" uploads a pornographic picture to an Internet "newsgroup". It happens an estimated 2000 times a day, but this time, it's different. The picture shows a naked six year old, who we will call Kathy, helplessly tied in thin blue yarn... and what is perhaps even more disturbing, the man distributing the picture is Kathy's legal guardian. To this date, no legal action has been taken and Kathy is still in the custody of "flea". Why has justice failed Kathy? Why has the law not intervened? The answer is simple... Kathy is a cat."

Oh boy! A special message from cyberbear!
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2.6.2000

I love this poem by W.H Auden:

At last the secret is out, as it always must come in the end,
The delicious story is ripe to tell to the intimate friend;
Over the tea-cups and in the square the tongue has its desire;
Still waters run deep, my dear, there's never smoke without fire.

Behind the corpse in the reservoir, behind the ghost on the links,
Behind the lady who dances and the man who madly drinks,
Under the look of fatigue, the attack of migraine and the sigh
There is always another story, there is more than meets the eye.

For the clear voice suddenly singing, high up in the convent wall,
The scent of elder bushes, the sporting prints in the hall,
The croquet matches in summer, the handshake, the cough, the kiss,
There is always a wicked secret, a private reason for this.

Twelve Songs VIII
W.H.Auden

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Find out which of the candidates was willing to jump into Michael Moore's portable mosh pit and which had him hauled off by the cops. Also discover the answer to the burning question, "Is Steve Forbes an alien?" on the Feb 4 episode of Democracy NOW!
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Tired of trying to figure out who to vote for?! Just take one of these handy quizzes!
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2.4.2000

I'm a big fan of Herbert Kornfeld, Accounts Receivable Supervisor AKA tha H-Dog, tha Mack Daddy Enforca of tha Accountz Reeceevable Department. Check out his autobiography over at The Onion. While you're there, you'd better read Thanks For Dedicating That Mediocre Sitcom Episode To My Memory. I love the ending... but don't skip ahead!

So, while Jim and I were at our Chinese class wednesday night, Jim noticed something funny tacked to the wall.
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Interesting... a clothing company in South Carolina, NuSouth, has reinvented the look of the southern flag. They've changed the colors to red, black, and green; the colors of African-American liberation!
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Wow, it's been days since I've mentioned the pandacam. The best action is definitely at night, especially late at night... too bad about that work thingy I have to do in the morning.
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Well, it's lucky mark emailed me, so that I could blunder onto this. Unlike him, I do remember alot of these 70's kids shows. Boy, do I remember. There's really nothing quite like hearing the old Banana Splits and H.R. Pufnstuf theme songs again. Let's reach back a tad farther to one of my favorite cartoons, Beany & Cecil! I was pretty young at the time, but I loved that Cecil, the Seasick Sea Serpent. I've owned a stuffed Cecil from as far back as I can remember!
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2.3.2000

For some reason, I'm thinking about an incident that happened long ago... back before the web. I work at the Ruben Salazar Library at SSU and this very nice co-worker of mine just could not grasp the concept of the internet. I remember standing with him near one of our dumb terminals, which gave access to various library catalogs and gopher. He pointed to it and asked, "So, I could put a floppy disk in there and copy the internet onto it, take it home and put it on my own computer?" I just love that moment! Yep. Well, he was confused at so many different levels, it was tough to even know where to start. I guess the thing that makes me smile most is not so much the idea of downloading the internet to a floppy disk, but doing it on a dumb terminal without a cpu or disk drive! Heh, I'm laughing right now! Oh man.
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So, I popped over to eatonweb blog and bumped into this... it's mighty interesting... it's called PayPal.com and it allows you to send money to people online. You register at paypal and when you want to send someone money, you login, enter your credit card info and the receiver's email address. The receiver gets email with a link to an account at paypal. They follow the link and enter their name and address. Then they can get their cash through direct deposit at their bank or receive a check from paypal or they can forward the money via email to someone else. Money makes a lovely gift! Hmmm... I think online auctions just got alot easier. Gee, going broke is easier than ever before! I think I'll have to try it. Did I mention that this is a free service?
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I'm not sure exactly what this is... It's called IconTown and it's just so darn cute!

I live in the land of no funding, so I have to pick up free fonts. There are many places to do this. Check out my bookmarks for links to several (look under "fonts"). Or visit my favorite, the Font Fairy. I hope you've got Goudy Sans on your machine. This is a versatile, clean, easy-to-read font.
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2.2.2000

These days I'm getting an up-close and personal look at the quality of health care in America. It's such a sad and terrible tragedy the way ill and injured people are treated by HMO's in our country. If you want to know more, I recommend Making a Killing - HMOs and the Threat to Your Health. This book was just recently published by Common Courage Press. They publish alot of other fab titles. Common Courage decided that this book is so important, they loaded the whole thing on the web, so you can read it for free. Of course, buying it helps ensure more of this type of investigative work will be published.

Are you a commie-pinko-rat, like me? You might be interested in the Political Literacy E-Mail Course from Common Courage Press. Bet ya didn't know that corporations commit no crimes...
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1.30.2000

Take the poll at Zhongwen.com and find out if the Monty Python song "I like Chinese" is offensive to Chinese people. There is also much fabulous information on writing Chinese characters. Might as well go ahead and buy their book, Chinese Characters : A Genealogy & Dictionary. It looks really great. Read the reviews on amazon. But, order it from VarsityBooks.com, where it's cheapest. Drop by FlamingoWorld to pick up a $10 off coupon for VarsityBooks.com. Look for the coupon on the "Coupons H-Z" webpage. You'll never guess where it is .... that's right! The V's!
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Hope you noticed that the AOL/Time Warner merger was "one of those rare events that seems to change the world overnight," comparable to "the 13 colonies defeat[ing] the British." That's USA Today's comment. Those knuckleheads! If you'd like real analysis, check out FAIR's webpage on Time Warner and AOL.
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I was under the impression no one paid attention to spam, but I was wrong.
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1.29.2000

I've never been to Ohio, but if I ever get there, I sure hope I run into one of the Loveland Frogs! Gee, you'd think living all these years in California, I'd have glimpsed at least one Phantom Kangaroo.
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1.27.2000

Leonardo DiCaprio as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars' Episode 2...My mellow is totally harshed at the thought. You'd better hustle over to Jason Bayne's page and check it out. Vote while you're there!
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Dig these haiku by my friend, Chris:

Panda Cam. I watch,
their big bellies full of twig,
warm,sun-soaked panda

These next ones are dedicated to our pal, Tim, who just got a palm! Guess I should mention that I just got one, too. But, it's too painful to talk about... Yes, something bad happened. I told you... I can't talk about it.

Palm Pilot, Geek tool
Fits in pocket, beams knowledge
I feel the palm call

Tim, bitter are we?
Grasp the Palm in your sweaty hand
Beam cynicism

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1.26.2000

SSU is hiring PeopleSoft to implement it's big ol' administrative system (student info, financial and human resources stuff). I wonder what will happen?
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More personality/career/relationships/health tests than you can shake a stick at. If you simply must know.

Or follow Saul Bellow's advice...
Socrates said, 'The unexamined life is not worth living.' My revision is, 'But the examined life makes you wish you were dead.'"
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1.25.2000

Back in December 1999, I posted a couple haiku to SFGate's Y2K Haiku Contest Board. I didn't win or anything, but I like them. So I'm posting them here. You may notice a theme...

blame

Blame must be assigned.
Y2G or net traffic?
Panda cam still down.


longing

Oh, baby panda.
How I miss your sleeping form,
sometimes you wiggle.


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A little while back I watched this flick called, "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing" with William Holden and Jennifer Jones. It was one of those irritating sorts of 50's films filled with (mostly) unrequited love. Although, it was cool seeing Hong Kong in 1955! Anyway, there's one particularly memorable scene, where our Eurasian heroine's Chinese Dad welcomes her home for a visit. He tells her, "You are at home. We shall now have tea and speak of absurdities." Oh, man I laughed! I couldn't believe he said this, it seemed so out-of-place in this film. Still makes me smile.
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Some great images from Chicken Run, a new film coming out this summer. It's directed by Nick Park. You know... the Wallace & Gromit guy! Oh, you might want to check out the story, too.
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1.23.2000

Here are handy instructions for removing windows and installing linux on your machine...
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1.22.2000

Tired of people talkin' smack about the mac? Here's some ammo.
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1.20.2000

Hmmm... I don't believe I've mentioned the pandas today... oh! Oops, there ya go!

I actually wanted to test this blogger browser shortcut. It works! But only after I found an informative post about bookmarklets, netscape and the mac in the blogger forum. Thank god for newsgroups and forums (fora?)!
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My sister, Dawn, alerted me to the new web forum over at Videofitness. Much better than the last one. In case you're wondering, Dawn is "Dawn P" on the forum. You'll never guess who I am...
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1.19.2000

Want to know more about tomorrow's eclipse? Bad Astronomy has some interesting information on this event. And you can understand it. Always a plus...
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You'll need to check the 12/8/99 issue of The Onion to find out how we're coping with our crippling depression and loneliness. It's accompanied with a lovely graphic. I prefer "Staring at wall as sun slowly sets, casting bedroom in darkness".

How I love this article from the onion. Still one of my all time favorites. Obviously, I appreciate subtle humor. If you need to read more on the H-Dog, go to the onion archives and do a find on Herbert Kornfeld.
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Bummer. Looks like I won't be blogging much this weekend.
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1.18.2000

Thanks to TurlyMing dot com, I just found out about a bright red moon this thursday night. Neat.
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Extreme panda action today! The mama panda, Bai Yun, has been romping about outside. Okay, mostly lying around snacking. There's been alot of panda tummy exposure today. Knew you'd want to know.

I feel I must mention Linky & Dinky. It's one of those "nifty links" sorts of websites. There's also a mailing list. I can't resist the name! They've been around awhile and their website is what we refer to here in the library as "butt-ugly". I like it.
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Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today". He said that it was "on the wrong side of a world revolution." This info comes courtesy of the Institute for Public Accuracy. They've got more interesting info about King.

Ever wonder why traffic jams up for no apparent reason? You're poking along and when you finally get up to the jam, you see... nothing. Not a dang thing. Discover just what the heck that was all about on the Science Hobbyist's page on Traffic Waves: physics for bored commuters.

While you're messing around, check out the current tool I'm digging.
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1.14.2000

Guess my whining had some effect... Today, when I visited MSN's bandwidth speed test, I got readings around 1400 kbps.

I was up late last night, getting my club's new website up. I think it looks pretty good, but there's not alot there yet. Hope to get more up soon, but there's just not enough time! sigh...
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1.13.2000

There are many internet and web searching tutorials out there. But, I just ran across one (courtesy of my boss) called Web Searching, Sleuthing and Sifting. This one looks really great, it's done by Angela Elkordy, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Electronic Resources, The Sage Colleges.

Boy, I'm sure glad I stumbled on Searchability, just in case I felt low on search engines...
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Geez, I just went to MSN's bandwidth speed test and my suspicions are confirmed... my connection at work really bites. My connection speeds range from a mighty 300+ kbps to 560+ kbps on this "T1" line. Hmph!
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1.11.2000

Caught in the act at MacWorld! Hooboy! Blogging at MacWorld just seemed like the right thing to do. And I'm using one of the fab green machines, one of my favorite colors. Gosh, I feel so famous!

But, I really got on to share a good source of Chinese Opera links. Because, when you're obsessing about Chinese opera, you just gotta go with it. Trust me.
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1.10.2000

So, this sunday the Beijing Kunju Opera is performing at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts. I think we're going to get tickets. Beijing (or Peking) Opera is really keen, very dramatic and beautiful. But, I like all kinds of Chinese Opera. Another nifty Chinese Opera link.
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Wow, check out the ultraviolet sun cam. Or do like I do and spend every waking moment at the panda cam! panda... panda... panda...
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1.6.2000

Uh oh, here I am at macworld expo and I'm blogging! But I got a great deal on a book for Adobe GoLive, called Real World Adobe GoLive 4. I definitely wanted it because not only is it a peachpit press publication, but one of the authors is also a writer for TidBits, one of my favorite mailing lists. Definite score. Boy, do my feet hurt.
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1.5.2000

I'm going to take advantage of this blog and blurt the good news! My mom just phoned me and her MRI came back negative. We're all so HAPPY! Okay, so she has lung cancer, but she doesn't have brain cancer and that is a really terribly groovy thing. You may know my mom from ebay. She is the fabulous Garree. My day is definitely made.
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Just checking... want to see if this really, REALLY works!
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Uh oh... am I really doing it? Have I succumbed? Looks that way...
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