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Saturday 19 May 2001, 23:45 BST
I know it's not a particularly novel idea to pick on Dubya for his little verbal confusions, but this one is just too good to pass up:
For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we're going to do something about it.
[Via a fire inside]
Tom over at tajmahal has come up with a new metric for measuring geekdom: the number of electrical outlets you'd need if you were living in one room (such as student housing). Excluding lighting, a quick look around confirms that I'm presently not quite as geeky than Tom, since I'd need access to just ten sockets.
Packing all my general election-related links into one entry:
  • A poster designed to ensure Labour gets a majority of at least 300.
  • Billy The Kid: a very decent profile of William Hague. I wonder if defeat will be the making of him? In the end it probably did Michael Portillo some good, but more because his unscheduled departure from Parliament meant he avoided the need to take up the poisoned chalice of facing a Labour government with a huge majority than because of the alleged "deepening" of his character while he was out of commission.
  • Prezza Prize Fighter. Need I say more?
  • Fantasyelection2001: find your preferred party. It turns out that I should be thinking about voting Liberal Democrat. It's fair to say that if we had an electoral system that didn't ensure that in my constituency a LibDem vote was a wasted vote I might well be considering doing just that.
[Via wherever you are, linkmachinego, Haddock.org and qwertyuiop respectively]
There's a "cute cat pictures" thread on MetaFilter at the moment. It started out innocently enough, but now it's gone from the undeniably heartwarming into the realms of weirdness and depravity.
John Carpenter's Big Trouble In Little China is a little gem of a film, a tribute to Hong Kong cinema a good decade before it became hip with a terrific lead performance from Kurt Russell, some rather nice special effects and some seriously funny set-pieces as Russell's character finds out just how out of his depth he really is. Science Fiction Weekly's review of the new special edition DVD makes me want to log on to Amazon.com and place an order ASAP, but I'm trying not to spend any more on DVDs for a couple of months so it'll have to join 2001: A Space Odyssey on my wishlist for the time being.
Joe Newman recognises just how "uber-cool" Daria Morgendorffer really is. I hadn't realised that the current US season was to be the last, but since Channel 5 have only shown two so far I'll be catching up with US fans for some time to come.
Fans of Danny Baker's radio show may remember the story of Joanne, the woman who rang up every week to describe in some detail her amorous adventures with no less than four professional players and two managers. She never named names (though that's about all she left to the imagination!), but now it seems that the truth has emerged. [Via MetaFilter]
Friday 18 May 2001, 22:15 BST
NPRQuake: Quake for architects, complete with blueprint view. [Via Haddock.org]
Amy Benfer on being a pregnant pariah.
There's an hilarious, inspiring and occasionally terrifying thread on rec.arts.sf.written at the moment on "Books that should not be written, Authors that shouldn't try." Inspired by the notion of singers doing cover versions of songs to which their style just isn't at all suited, the collective intellect of r.a.sf.w has come up with some real corkers:
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by E E "Doc" Smith
  • Any Star Trek novel by Philip K Dick
  • Cyteen by Neal Stephenson
  • A Deepness in the Sky by Robert Heinlein. The later RAH.
  • Foundation by C J Cherryh
  • Left Behind by Greg Egan
  • Snow Crash by Ursula K LeGuin
I think I'd read the Cherryh, Stephenson and LeGuin books, but the mind boggles at just how the Egan or Dick novels would turn out...
Wednesday 16 May 2001, 23:30 BST
No doubt this means that Christina Aguilera will be coming out for Hague any day now...
Mike the Headless Chicken. A heartwarming tale of a creature's indomitable will to live, or a sad freakshow? You decide. [Via Scalloblog]
Girls Are Evil. Mathematical proof at last! [Via plasticbag.org]
Eazel, the company that hoped to bring genuine ease-of-use to the Linux desktop, has shut up shop. Does this mean that Unix fans who want a desktop machine with a really nice GUI are going to have to buy a Mac? [Via MetaFilter]
Tuesday 15 May 2001, 23:40 BST
Something is pulling our deep space probes off-course. [Via Robot Wisdom]
Funky Food brings us chocolate furniture. Lick here indeed... [Via The View From Here]
BBC News Online compares the style of Labour's party political broadcasts in 1979 and today. I was aware of the shift to a more image-heavy approach with much less reliance on talking heads, but I'd forgotten how much longer the broadcasts used to be: 9 minutes 30 seconds in 1979, versus 2 minutes 30 seconds in 2001!
The Independent interviews Arthur Scargill. No matter what you think of his politics or his tactics, or his apparent inability to contemplate the proposition that he might have ever got anything wrong, you can't fault the man's dedication to his cause. [Via linkmachinego]
Ewwwwwwwwwww! [Via grayblog]
Tekken Torture Tournament. Scary ... and not just because of the profusion of animated .gifs on the site. [Via MetaFilter]
Quit Slashdot.org Today! [Via Memepool]
HowToWaste5k. [Via qwertyuiop]
Make your mark on any shrine with half a ton of pink petals and a thousand miniature sympathy cards scattered from a black hot air balloon or solemnly blasted over the entire area with a reserved ceremonial blunderbuss.
So this is why Oscar winners are so happy.
Monday 14 May 2001, 22:30 BST
Shuttle Moon. Another striking Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Science fiction author and OpenCola evangelist Cory Doctorow talks to Feed's Steven Johnson about his company's take on the concept of the "intelligent agent," and why the ability to have our computers collate information that they think will interest us needn't lead to the comfy, insular "Daily Me."
Disturbing Auctions. What the hell is this all about? Or this? [Via MetaFilter]
Not a very comfy sofa, but if you power it up I'll bet it'd keep you nice and warm. [Via /usr/bin/girl]
The Onion: Work Avoided Through Excessive List-Making.
Alana Kumbier wonders about effects of the images US drug companies use in marketing drugs to people with HIV/AIDS, and notes how their strategies have changed over the years.
Is the real problem with modern society that there are too many aliterate people? Or is the author wallowing in nostalgia for an (non-existent?) era when Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald were as idolised as Britney Spears or David Beckham are today? [Via MetaFilter]
Dot.com CEO sells his own mother. Well, sort of... [Via Techdirt]
Sunday 13 May 2001, 23:15 BST
An American takes a look at our general election, and sees it as Clinton versus Dole. Not a bad analogy, but I prefer to think of it as Thatcher versus Foot. [Via Guardian Weblog]
I-resign.com provides useful advice on how to kill time while you serve out your notice at work. [Via MetaFilter]
The law is an ass when applied to the internet. I wish I could claim to be surprised by this turn of events. [Via NTK]
Answering The Eternal Questions by David Neilsen.

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