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Saturday 17 November 2001, 23:30 GMT
Charlotte Coleman, RIP. She was probably best known for her role in Four Weddings And A Funeral, but I remember her for her excellent work in How Do You Want Me? and (especially) Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.
If you thought the image of a weeping eagle I linked to yesterday was bad, you should see this: Marvel Comics' very own über-villain Doctor Doom shedding a tear for the WTC disaster's victims. Utterly dreadful. [Via linkmachinego]
Talking of the way the WTC disaster influences popular media and the way we read it, Douglas L Howard finds himself reacting differently to the ending of From Hell, while various Plastic posters ponder whether the US is in the mood for a Batman or a Superman nowadays.
The Onion: 6,000 Runners Fail To Discover Cure For Breast Cancer.
Friday 16 November 2001, 23:10 GMT
Why did the salmon cross the road? [Via /usr/bin/girl]
Over at Bluezfire.Org, Lee has been thinking of redesigning. I think it's a shame she dropped this idea - it would have been fascinating to watch the users vote on how the redesign should look. (Not that I've got the guts to take that approach when I finally get round to redesigning Sore Eyes, mind you!)
Say hello to Yakuza Barbie. [Via MetaFilter]
How maudlin is this? [Via miss bitch]
Thursday 15 November 2001, 22:10 GMT
Terrorist-Busters! I feel so much safer... [Via Textism]
BBC2 are ditching their current series of channel idents. I'm sure the new set will be perfectly fine, but I'm really going to miss Zapper.
Kevin Poulsen reports that researchers have discovered that large chunks of the internet are inaccessible to the rest of us, thanks to a combination of router misconfigurations, aggressive attempts to filter routes by network operators, and (occasionally) attempts to distribute spam and launch denial of service attacks.

The idea that bits of the internet occasionally slip into darkness as far as the rest of us are concerned, and that there's all sorts of frantic murky activity under the surface of the internet we all see is very spooky - positively Gibsonian. [Via MetaFilter]
A Gravity Map of Earth. Very strange. But fascinating.
Wednesday 14 November 2001, 22:30 GMT
Wil Wheaton has announced that he's going to return to Star Trek for the first time in years, playing some sort of role in the next feature film in the series.

Returning to the role he played for six years for a quick cameo is hardly going to spark a revival in his career, but judging by his latest weblog entry he's really looking forward to working with his friends from the show's cast again. And hopefully we'll get some fun weblog entries while he's on set, since by all accounts the TNG cast are a bunch of jokers.
What's a singer to think when a single fan buys up all 4,000 seats for one of her performances? The fact that the fan is a wealthy businessman who asked her to marry him in mid-performance ratchets the creepiness factor right up to Michael Jackson-performs-for-small-children levels of sheer ickiness. [Via The View From Here]
A group of British plane spotters have been charged with spying on a Greek military base. What I found most surprising about this report was that plane spotting is mainly a UK hobby. I'm not a plane spotter myself, but I can't really see what makes it such a country-specific hobby. [Via the null device]
Is this really the worst poem of all time? It could well be... [Via dust from a distant sun]
Tuesday 13 November 2001, 23:30 GMT
I get the impression that NME's reviewer quite enjoyed seeing Garbage in concert:
First off, let us snort through widened nostrils, paw the ground like priapic stallions and slap the back our necks with all like steam coming out of our collars. Because Shirley Manson is wearing a white vest with black braces and even blacker combat pants.

Her strawberry blonde hair is piled up on top of her maniacally grinning head. She looks like Bridget Nielsen crossed with an especially feisty whippet. To which the only sane, considered and sober response is - COR! WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! DRIBBLE! Or possibly just PWOOOOAR!
And then he got really enthusiastic... [Via Do You Feel Loved?]
Torture Your Sister: The Bridesmaids' Dress Game. Watch the nice lady's face turn bright red! [Via World of Jill Matrix]
A major Japanese tobacco company has bought exclusive rights to any anti-lung cancer treatments a biotechnology company might develop. The idea being, presumably, that they'll make money curing the people their major products made ill. [Via Plastic]
A Scottish shopping mall is offering to allow women with shopping-phobic partners to borrow a surrogate boyfriend for the duration of their visit. A spokesman for the company behind the scheme noted:
"He will browse with the girlfriend for hours on end. He'll even say her bum looks small."
The abandoned boyfriend can be left in a "creche" to play with videogames and read magazines until his (ex?)-partner is ready to take him home. The word "infantile" springs to mind for some reason. [Via Inscrutable Exhortations]
I've just started reading Ken Macleod's new novel, Dark Light. It's a sequel to last year's Cosmonaut Lords, which I thoroughly enjoyed for the trademark Macleod mix of politics and SFnal speculation, and so far (70-odd pages in) the sequel is looking very promising.

Although Dark Light is by no means a comedy, I couldn't help but laugh out loud at as I stood waiting for my train this morning when I came across a wicked little throwaway SF in-joke that will delight anyone who has read Vernor Vinge's seminal A Fire Upon The Deep. Ken MacLeod is an evil man. In a good way, obviously.
Monday 12 November 2001, 22:20 GMT
"Google is the default command-line interface to the Web." Jason Kottke sums up the wonder of Google in a single sentence.
Annika Irmler is the girl with the world's longest tongue. "My friends always said I had an incredibly long tongue - I could make lots of money with it one day," she's quoted as saying.

I dread to think how she hopes to turn this particular physical attribute to her advantage careers-wise... [Via not.so.soft]
Lipstick. Nice. [Via It's All About Me, Me, Me]
The True History of the Net.
First there was God. He was quite lonely so he created Dennis.

Dennis was unimpressed with God.

So,... God created Brian.

But, Brian got bored with God.

So Brian and Dennis started playing, and they created C. God saw C, and saw that it was good. So he decided to let Brian and Dennis play some more.
As Kirsty noted, it's a test of geekdom to find out how many of the people identified by their first names you can identify in the full article without recourse to the glossary at the end. Which means I'm clearly a major league geek - I got all but one right. (Not being a Perlmonger, I didn't know who Randal was.) [Via nocto]
Sunday 11 November 2001, 21:55 GMT
Ouch! Suddenly Lorena Bobbitt doesn't sound so bad. [Via MetaFilter]
Now it's official: we're in a State of Emergency. I can't entirely disagree with the government's position that the Current Situation provides sufficient grounds for the temporary suspension of some elements of the European Convention on Human Rights so as to allow for the detention of those suspected of terrorist acts. What I would say is that the order needs to be reviewed on a regular basis and revoked as soon as possible, rather than left on the statute books for a couple of decades like the Prevention of Terrorism Act. The statement from "Whitehall sources" that the order won't be reviewed for at least a year is not a good sign. [Via linkmachinego]
By all accounts Buffy (The Musical) was a triumph. (NB/- linked article contains some spoilers for BBC viewers.) It's a shame it'll not show up on BBC2 for (at a guess) about 18 months.

If it weren't for the evidence to the contrary furnished by the Buffy feature film (which is on TV as I type this, funnily enough), I'd suspect that Joss Whedon really could pull off pretty much anything he sets his mind to.
J C 4:20 Wear: Clothes with a Christian Twist. As Meg noted, their web site makes your eyes bleed! [Via not.so.soft]

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