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Saturday 9 February 2002, 23:50 GMT
Frognuts. A very nice educational site, allowing you to dissect a (virtual) frog online. [Via Ben Hammersley.Com]
Davezilla relates the story of Steve the Idiot.
Nancy Griffing interviews Michael Cimino, whose career never recovered from The Deer Hunter. Cimino apparently hopes that the change in the national mood might make US audiences more receptive to his brand of patriotic filmmaking.

I suspect the problem isn't just Cimino's politics, though that may play a part, but that he's an abrasive perfectionist who made a horribly expensive film which helped sink a major studio. You can blow vast amounts of money even if you're fairly right-wing - see, for example, James Cameron's oeuvre - but you have to fulfil your part of the bargain by either raking in the cash with the resulting film, or at least accruing sufficient critical respect (ie Oscars) to make you a magnet for A-list talent.

NB/- URL of article will change when the next column goes up. Go to the archive page and look for the article on the archive page. [Via Looka!]
Biscuit Image Creator. Does exactly what it says on the tin. [Via 8[letters]]
Friday 8 February 2002, 23:55 GMT
The Blue Marble. NASA have released some gorgeous satellite images of Earth. True colour, 1 kilometre resolution, available in a range of formats, not paid for out of my taxes: what more could you ask for? (Well actually, it would be nice if NASA hadn't divided the images into views of the Eastern and Western hemispheres, thereby leaving the UK out on the limb. Until the European Space Agency mounts its own Earth imaging project I suppose that NASA's US-centric orientation is something we'll just have to live with.)

Oddly enough, you can't see any national boundaries when you view the entire planet like this. Anyone would think they're just a figment of someone's imagination... [Via MetaFilter]
Thursday 7 February 2002, 22:50 GMT
Snow Peeing: Newest Olympic Sport to Debut in 2002. [Via my 2p]
The Princess and the Frog.
Wednesday 6 February 2002, 23:00 GMT
Google: Elmer Fudd. I'm Feewing Wucky.
Simply Switch On: A virtual museum of small early electrical appliances. More interesting than it sounds. [Via not.so.soft]
20 Years Later.
A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband was not in their bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in front of him.

He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wiped a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee.

"What's the matter, dear?", she whispers as she steps into the room, "Why are you down here at this time of night?".

The husband looks up from his coffee, "Do you remember 20 years ago when we were dating, and you were only 16?" he asks solemnly.

"Yes I do" she replies.

The husband paused. The words were not coming easily. "Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car making love?"

Yes, I remember" said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.

The husband continued.. "Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, 'Either you marry my daughter, or I will send you to jail for 20 years?"

"I remember that too" she replied softly.

He wiped another tear from his cheek and said......"I would have gotten out today."
[Via 3 Bruces]
"More money is not a major motivator for me." A profile of coding god John Carmack, the man who gave the world Doom. [Via Found]
Tuesday 5 February 2002, 23:05 GMT
It turns out that yesterday's post about the delights of travel by London Underground was based on an email hoax that's been doing the rounds.

Thanks to Nico Morgan and Martin Conaghan from The Copydesk for putting me right.
Cheese Racing: The Rules. Tasty. [Via 3 Bruces]
Brawl Erupts at World Economic Forum Weigh-In: Gates Bites AOL Rival; Critics Call for End to "Weigh-In Circuses."
Monday 4 February 2002, 23:30 GMT
It turns out that Velma is going to come out of the closet in the forthcoming Scooby Doo feature film. And this is news? [Via world of jill matrix]
Cory Doctorow has a good rant about one of the more dismissive put-downs that we've all used at one time or another.
Churchgoers win damages for not meeting Jesus. Come on, how could I fail to link to a story with that title? [Via The Sideshow]
Jann shares the details of a scary little experiment with the world.
During Autumn of 2000, a team of scientists at the Department of Forensics at University College London removed a row of passenger seats from a Central Line tube carriage for analysis into cleanliness. Despite London Underground's claim that the interior of their trains are cleaned on a regular basis, the scientists made some alarming discoveries.
From there on in it gets scary...
Superidol. A new online comic from Warren Ellis. [Via Boing Boing]
Steve Jobs' email. Damn funny stuff. My favourites: [Via tajmahal]
Sunday 3 February 2002, 23:10 GMT
Will Hutton dissects the logic behind the proposal to "open up" the postal service to competition. My favourite paragraph (on the world envisaged by the regulator):
In this universe, the private sector does not cherry-pick, and the cross-subsidy between operations inherent in any universal public service is irrelevant to the success or failure of the organisation delivering the service. There are no economies of scale and nothing inherently stupid in imagining that two networks are more efficient than one. By this logic, we should have two national road systems side by side to provide competition.
Users of Linux on PCs will be familiar with LILO, the program which manages whether their PC runs Windows or Linux (or, for that matter, some other operating system) when it boots up. The thing is, LILO's user interface is a little dull for some people's tastes. Well, not any more: RaphaŽl Quinet has now enhanced LILO with splash screens and even a little game to play before your system boots up. Windows-style bloatware, or a neat little hack? You decide. [Via Slashdot]
Scientists report that gzip (a widely used file compression program on non-Windows systems) is very good at figuring out who wrote a piece of text. Powerful stuff, this Open Source software. [Via Honeyguide]
Complaints by two MPs who embarrassed themselves by appearing in the Brass Eye paedophilia special have been rejected by the Broadcasting Standards Commission. Quite right too. Isn't it in the public interest for us to find out which politicians are gullible, bandwagon-jumping idiots? [Via Haddock.org]
Surely this photograph is a Photoshop job? [Via Boing Boing]
All Windows users have been here before:
computer: I have absolutely no idea what you're referring to. There's no scanner here.

me: What's wrong with you? It's plugged into your ass. How can you not be aware of that?
[Via Davezilla]

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