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Saturday 13 January 2001, 23:00 GMT
Note to personnel departments everywhere: email travels much more quickly than snailmail.
Do you ever google potential paramours? [Via Techdirt]
Phil Greenspun's stunning photo of Yellowstone Falls: just one of a succession of terrific images in his extended travelogue, Travels with Samantha. [Via Bifurcated Rivets]
Caleb Carr worries that if we aren't careful we'll all be suffering from "information poisoning" before long. The culprit is the internet, and his conclusion is that government should regulate the internet, forcing Matt Drudge to label hearsay as such and allowing us all to rest easy knowing that the government has assured us of what's true. Yeah, that'll work really well.

The problem isn't that information on the internet isn't labelled clearly, it's that people don't think critically about what they read.
Josh Simpson and friends have been stashing miniature glass planets all over the world. A million years from now, there are going to be some very confused archaeologists. [Via Café Helix]
NASA thinks the space elevator (as predicted by Arthur C Clarke and Charles Sheffield) may be a serious proposition sooner than expected.
Why bosses don't need to spell properly. [Via Techdirt]
Jyoti Mishra describes how to make an indie music video. [Via NYLPM]
An hilarious list of Things to Say When You're Losing a Technical Argument. I yearn for a chance to use No 75:
"I heard that the only real application for that technology was child pornography. How did you hear about it?"
[Via Metafilter]
The Viridian electricity meter. They're all at least intriguing, but I particularly liked the Wattbug (which, according to an article in the current print edition of Wired, might actually go into production), Deborah Anne Driscoll's Energy Minder, the entry from Christopher Schmidt and Ceci Thompson's Sprout.
The Aliens are here! The evidence is all around us![Via As Above]
You need never buy a jewel case for your CD-ROMs and CD-RWs again. mathematician Thomas Hull has produced a really nice set of plans for origami CD cases, available as a PDF file or a .GIF. [Via Memepool]
Fanfic for Microsoft's Minesweeper. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. Half Life, Command & Conquer or Tomb Raider I can understand - there's even some Lara Croft erotica, after all - but Minesweeper?[Via Windowseat Weblog]
Monday 8 January 2001, 23:45 GMT
Just a quick note to say that as I'm spending the week in Birmingham there are unlikely to be any updates here until Friday night at the earliest, or possibly even Saturday.

In the meantime, may I suggest you take a look at one or more of the excellent weblogs listed in the column to the left.
Sunday 7 January 2001, 22:30 GMT
I forgot to mention yesterday how glad I am that Frasier is back on Channel 4 at last. The season-opener was a delight, though we didn't get enough Roz for my liking.
Larry Wall is Weird Al! [Via NTK]
Now that the internet bubble has burst and the venture capitalists are running scared, will we have to start paying for our content? Andy Bourland thinks content providers might have to make some hard choices if they want to have any chance of turning a profit. Would you agree to be subscribed to email advertising lists in return for free access to content? [Via Techdirt]
Nearly one in ten men forget sex and play with high-tech toys instead, according to ZDNet UK. [Via Metafilter]
I watched Chicken Run on DVD this afternoon. I had wondered whether Aardman would manage to stretch out a story over 80 minutes, but I needn't have worried. It's very much the sort of film that you'll want to watch again to catch all the little sight gags and one-liners you missed first time round, but there was plenty to satisfy on a first viewing: a bevy of British TV actors doing their level best to bring their characters to life, plenty of the Heath Robinson machinery Aardman are so good at, and more than a few gags about Mel Gibson's sex appeal. (The Chicken Impossible trailer included as part of the extras is a hoot too.)
Now that bubblegum pop music is in the ascendant, you'd think that its stars would be living on easy street. Not so, according to The Age. [Via the null device]

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