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Saturday 16 June 2001, 23:00 BST
Say hello to a real-life Peter Pan. I'm not at all sure about some of his fashion choices. [Via grayblog]
Richard Littlejohn vs Will Self. A win for Self on points by quite some margin, I'd say. [Via wherever you are]
David Lavery on the Soul of Andy Sipowicz. I stopped watching NYPD Blue a season or two ago, but I can still recognise that there's a lot to Lavery's suggestion that series TV can allow for a depth of characterisation and richnes of character development that feature films can't possibly match. I know this only happens when you get good writing which lets the characters grow and avoids formulaic storylines, and there are still an awful lot of cookie-cutter dramas out there, but even so I think there's a lot to be said for the argument that television drama - at least, in the United States - is currently going through something of a golden age.
Shoes of the Fisherman. Witness as you walk. [Via memepool]
The Bootyque. Well worth a visit. [Via The Cavalcade of Schlock]
YPL eXtreme Vacations. You may end up dead, you may end up with a criminal record, but you will not be bored. [Via miss bitch]
Friday 15 June 2001, 22:40 BST
Dogs in elk carcass. I laughed until I cried. Then I laughed some more. Classic! [Via rachelandrew.co.uk]
I've wasted far too much time this evening playing Mini-Golf and Kick Ups. (Flash required for each site.) [Via little.yellow.different and not.so.soft respectively]
U2 lose several million brownie points at a stroke. [Via MetaFilter]
Nick Davies makes a clear, cogent case for decriminalising drugs. Trouble is, modern politicians are as addicted to the drug war as their victims are to their drug of choice.
Sounds as if Lara Croft Tomb Raider is going to be worth a look. Not an all-time classic, but a fun ride. So says Roger Ebert:
And please don't tell me it makes no sense. The last thing I want to see is a sensible movie about how the Illuminati will reunite the halves of the severed triangle in order to control time in the ruins of the ancient city that once rose in the meteor crater--if, and it's a big "if," the clue of the All-Seeing Eye inside the hidden clock can be used at the moment of planetary alignment that comes every 5,000 years, and if the Tomb Raiders are not destroyed by the many-armed Vishnu figure and the stone monkeys. The logic is exhausting enough even when it doesn't make sense.
One obvious question: why not just call it Tomb Raider? [Via Windowseat Weblog]
The solution to the crisis in independent online content: get a job! So says John Scalzi. Think of it as a parallel to the way that so many open source projects are dependent upon developers who earn their daily crust working in salaried IT jobs and devote their spare time to polishing the next version of their pet project. [Via MetaFilter]
Kill the Cool Site of the Day. I had no idea it was still around. I doubt I've looked at it since about 1995. [Via the null device]
Thursday 14 June 2001, 21:45 BST
Yesterday it was pick up lines, today it's anti-men jokes, courtesy of overyourhead.
Apple to the Church of Satan: please don't think too differently. [Via MetaFilter]
Focus on the dot in the centre... [Via RavenBlog]
Wednesday 13 June 2001, 23:10 BST
300 Miles High. Stunning images of the Earth from orbit. Eye candy, and lots of it. [Via Jejune.net]
Britney Spears killed in crash.
Britney's close friend Christina Aguilera was too happy for comment.
I don't suppose the BBC will let the site stay up much longer, but I wonder how far the rumour will spread? [Via New York London Paris Munich]
A rather good fan site for Manhunter. [Via linkmachinego]
Pick Up Lines. They claim to have several categories to choose from, but I think they all belong under "Corny." I mean, listen to these:
You might not be the best looking girl here, but beauty is only a light switch away.

Nice legs. What time do they open?

Hey babe, do you realize that my mouth can generate over 750 psi?
[Via /usr/bin/girl]
Tuesday 12 June 2001, 23:00 BST
Hello there. My name is John. That's J.O.H.N.: Judge Optimized for Hazardous Nullification. Get your very own cyborg acronym here. [Via pie in the sky]
Joyce Millman remembers Xena, Warrior Princess.
S is for swordplay. "Gladiator," Shmadiator! Maximus wouldn't stand a chance against Xena.
Die, Gnome, Die! Good, sick fun. [Via BlueEar Forum]
Character carnage! 15 authors detained.
Monday 11 June 2001, 22:05 BST
The End of the World As We Know It. Jeffrey Zeldman reminds us that regardless of the noisy demise of many major-league content sites, the web's ability to lower the cost of publishing and support small-scale, personal content is undiminished. [Via Bump]
In a similar vein, Jon Carroll describes rentapriest.com, a classic example of the internet bringing people with a particular interest together to their mutual profit.
Sunday 10 June 2001, 21:55 BST
Revolutionary Communication. Rick Chandler wonders what would have happened if online forums had existed in 1776.
What'll happen if the PDA takes on the Gameboy? While it's true that Gameboys sell to people in their twenties, I don't think those buyers want much more than the ability to spend a few minutes passing time, so the type of game required for a PDA is very different from that demanded by the kiddie market. Also, I'm sceptical that the price of colour PDAs will fall as rapidly as the article suggests: I think PDA pricing will work the way desktop PC pricing has, with effort mostly going into adding functionality at existing price points. [Via Techdirt]
SciFi.com Proudly Presents Michael Swanwick's Periodic Table of Science Fiction. Obviously it's a bit of a gimmicky idea, but Swanwick's plenty good enough to make it an interesting gimmick.
SatireWire has found a major bug in Microsoft Office XP. That'll take one helluva fix pack.
To British eyes the High School graduation ceremony seems like a rather odd, peculiarly American custom, so this sorry tale of autocratic behaviour by a school principal seems like a big deal over nothing much, However, the MetaFilter thread the incident inspired includes a description of one of the neatest school pranks I've ever heard of.
Automaton Dominion Products. If you're serious about world domination, you need to do business with these guys.
We can provide you with all the services and parts you need for world domination at competitive prices. We maintain a constant database of our competitors' prices, and strive to bring you, the robot army-building consumer, exactly what you need and want.
Just don't mess with their accounts department. Here's an excerpt from their Legal Minutiae:
4. ADP maintains its own highly advanced robot army, and so assault on the offices, employees of ADP, or their families, is an action that is ill-advised and will result in the cancellation of your ADP account and the destruction of all that you hold dear with extreme prejudice.

5. ADP invoices are sent out on the 20th of every month. To avoid payment without a special dispensation from our finances department is to incur the wrath of ADP's robot army. Repeated failure to pay ADP for its services and merchandise will result in your extermination.

6. We accept personal checks, money orders, gold bullion, shielded uranium, and Visa.
[Via Memepool]
I'm delighted to see that season 3 of Lexx starts on Channel 5 this Wednesday. Unfortunately it's been stuck in a post-midnight timeslot again but heck, that's what VCRs were invented for. Mind you, if I'd been relying on Channel 5 to publicise the show's return I'd still be none the wiser: thank goodness for DigiGuide's Favourite Programmes feature.

Mind you, they'll have to go some to top last season. Destroying the entire universe in the final episode is a pretty tough act to follow...
While I'm on the subject of good TV, can I just say that I hate Channel 4 for showing the season 1 finale of The West Wing and them telling us terrestrial viewers that we're going to have to wait until 2002 to see the upshot of that assassination attempt. What a bunch of arsecandles!

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