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|Saturday 29 September 2001, 22:50 BST|
Misguidance. All programme descriptions are created from
intact, individual lines from a single page of an existing listings magazine,
for your viewing confusion.
23.00 Night Columbo[Via As Above]
|Does your intranet suck? By these criteria, my employers have recently set up pretty much the suckiest intranet imaginable. Which would be about right. [Via Azzorz blog]|
|Clown Dentistry. Ouch! [Via Goatee Style]|
it time you upgraded to Microsoft Girlfriend
Plug-and-play configuration[Via Scobleizer]
|The title that wasn't there. Apparently working with "les frères Coen" can be somewhat tiresome.|
|The latest trailer for The Fellowship of The Ring is now available. It looks simply gorgeous. I know that doesn't really prove anything about the film's overall quality - Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes looked the part, but otherwise fell well short of the original - but it does help encourage me to be in the queue on the opening night.|
|Friday 28 September 2001, 22:40 BST|
|Mrs Betty Bowers (Love the sinner. Hate their clothes!) on how to spot a Middle Eastern terrorist. [Via Looka!]|
|Following the recent break-in at an apartment Britney Spears shares with Justin Timberlake, Tom comes up with the perfect headline. [Via plasticbag.org]|
|Lovely dragonfly picture.|
|Jack Straw has been talking utter crap about encryption again. First, nobody has produced a shred of evidence that the WTC terrorists used strong encryption. Second, if they had I doubt they'd have placed their private keys in the hands of the government.|
|Ursula K Le Guin:
Basically my attitude is that "genre" is A. an unpronounceable French word, B. a very useful descriptive tool, and C. a pernicious instrument of prejudice.[Via Yet Another Web Log]
Anglesey remembers the trade union disputes of the 70s and 80s,
wait for the PFA to bring professional footballers out on strike.
Baiting By Riot Cops
|Thursday 27 September 2001, 23:35 BST|
|Anyone for a game of Prostitute Trading Trumps? [Via blogjam]|
your employees a lesson in capitalism. EasyJet's founder is
about to force through a revaluation of shares in several of his other
companies, thereby leaving employees who invested £10,000 with just
£100. Three points come to mind:
|Barry Crimmins says "If you really want to annoy the Taliban airdrop elementary school teachers into Afghanistan and have them teach science -- to girls." Heh. [Via Off On A Tangent]|
Dear God,[Via Krisalis, who contributed the entry quoted above in a comment. But the other entries are very funny too, honest.]
|Wednesday 26 September 2001, 23:15 BST|
|Tech CEOs Forced Into
Some executives have been luckier. Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has recently been touring as a backup dancer for Destiny's Child. Bandleader Beyonce Knowles exclaimed at a recent concert, "We saw him bouncin' around in that Developers video, and I turned to LeToya and said, 'Oooh, LeToya, we gotta get that boy on the road with us!" Ballmer was unavailable for comment.
|Gbloogle, the GBlogs-specific search engine, has had a significant upgrade, and is now at a new URL: http://gbloogle.benhammersley.com/. [Via Ben Hammersley.Com]|
|Kevan is ...
unimpressed ... with some of the bright ideas that are knocking around for
"An ID device would be ideal to deal with terrorism menace. Ideally, it should be worn like a watch on each and every person in USA. [...] Anyone without this capsule should be unable to make any transaction in USA."
Terrorist agencies will, of course, be made to promise only to use agents who are known to the police. Clever forgers will generously carry ID cards saying that they're clever forgers. Each card will be magically unstealable, even from a kidnapped innocent, and will immediately report itself if its owner mislays it. Police will be smiley and helpful towards anyone who has mislaid their card. Expensive technology will successfully conquer all of mankind's slightest tendencies towards 'evil' (as defined in an imminent government paper) by 2013. Etc.[Via As Above]
|Empire Online has a couple of pictures of the cast of the forthcoming live-action version of Scooby Doo, complete with CGI Scooby. It doesn't look good. [Via I Love Everything]|
returns in triumph, proving conclusively that even the Current
Situation isn't immune to satire.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said the war against terrorism will be different from any previous model of modern warfare.And:
Bush Sr. Apologizes To Son For Funding Bin Laden In '80s
|The Blog Twinning Project has really taken off now. It's turned into a seriously good way to find weblogs that are similar to the ones you already enjoy.|
|Tuesday 25 September 2001, 23:30 BST|
|I think we can all agree that suggesting George W Bush might be a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize is just a tad premature. Then again, if Kissinger could win it, why not? Perhaps it'd prompt Tom Lehrer to come out of retirement. [Via MetaFilter]|
|Grant Morrison has a distinctly idiosyncratic
take on how to
deal with Osama bin Laden.
We bring bin Laden back to the U.S. for trial and BEFORE locking him up, we keep him in house arrest.... IN THE PLAYBOY MANSION!It gets even sillier after that... [Via Do You Feel Loved]
|Monday 24 September 2001, 21:50 BST|
|Kevin the Spaced Penguin. Just go and play now. I'll still be here when you come back, a couple of hours or so from now. [Via Haddock.org]|
|Today's set of links on the Current Situation. Robert Fisk wonders what good bombing Afghanistan will do, Jesse Walker ponders the Gandhi/Kojak/Bronson/Bugs Bunny/Caesar/Strangelove options, Snopes pins down the wilder rumours, and everyone to the left of Tony Blair asks whether ID cards will really help. [Via t-melt.com, massless, making light, BBC News Online respectively]|
|I'd love to see Michele take on the Chocolate Nazi. They could sell a lot of tickets for that match-up.|
|Movie Robot or Programming Language? I scored 12 out of 15. I misidentified Cecil (I thought the programming language was spelled 'Cesil'), Johnny-5 and CHOMPS. Still, I suspect that any score above 5/15 identifies you as a total geek.|
|The end of the road for Catatonia. Damn. [Via feeling listless]|
|Mr Repeat Offender Takes A Bath. Cute. [Via a fire inside]|
I cant think of a better way to go than having a 1" fish swim into my urethra, lock its spines out so that it can only be surgically removed, and proceed to suck my blood.[Via Davezilla]
|Sunday 23 September 2001, 22:15 BST|
|What sort of a crazy, mixed-up universe do we live in where Kevin Costner gets to be a big star and Bruce Campbell ends up toiling in semi-obscurity? [Via MetaFilter]|
|Dave Coursey reports that Microsoft have announced that as we're all so suspicious of their Passport/Hailstorm online identity-tracking system they're prepared to open the standard up and permit competitors like Yahoo! and AOL to become repositories of user information. Their "clarification" of their intentions is still a tad vague for my liking - the devil is in the details, as always - but if this is true and there really aren't any hidden catches then it's very good news. [Via rc3.org]|
|The 'Current Situation': further developments. politicians are making idiotic comments, Bruce Sterling ruminates on the implications for the Viridian movement, black humour makes a welcome return, we're reminded that truth is the first casualty of war, and a British journalist shares the lessons it's taken the British authorities 30 years to learn about fighting terrorism. [Via Plastic, the null device, MetaFilter, What's New, Pussycat? and Salon respectively]|
|Felice Frankel has taken some beautiful pictures of scientific phenomena. This image of a ferrofluid is gorgeous - it looks like it's some particularly juicy, exotic piece of fruit, though I suspect it wouldn't taste very good! [Via As Above]|
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