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|Saturday 23 March 2002, 23:15 GMT|
The Wing Kong Exchange is a
site celebrating the wonder that is John Carpenter's
Big Trouble in Little China.
Naturally, there's a fanfic section. And
best of all, there's Army of
Trouble, a fanfic which pairs Big
Trouble... hero Jack Burton with Ash from Sam
Raimi's Army of Darkness. Now that's
a film I'd like to see!
[Via David Grenier]
Thatcher told to quit public
Do I really need to add a comment?
Jamie the Sphynx: The Bald
Pussy. Scary. (NB/- The site itself
is work-safe, but the pop-up ads aren't.)
|Friday 22 March 2002, 22:00 GMT|
would like to
thank a few people...
|Worried about 500 billion tonnes of ice shelf melting in the space of a month? Don't worry. It's nothing to do with global warming - the Center for Climatological Happenstance would like to reassure us that it's all because of Global Coincidence.|
A keyboard made of light. Quite possibly
the coolest PDA accessory ever.
[Via Ben Hammersley.Com]
Attention Rights. Coming soon, the next
stage in the battle to monetize our every waking minute:
October 8, 2006
|Thursday 21 March 2002, 23:55 GMT|
|Context Remix. A Britney Spears interview collides with an academic's discussion of the Ebola virus, and hijinks ensue. Funny stuff.|
|Dan Bricklin has
finished his three
of the Handspring Treo 180 mobile phone/PDA.
I particularly like his argument that companies which
approach developing a wireless phone/PDA from a computing
background will tend to produce systems that can be
expanded and upgraded through software. I think this more
open approach is likely to win out over the consumer
electronics/mobile phone mindset of supplying users with a
package which works in a certain way and needs to be
replaced to add new functionality. He's also correct to
note that having the ability to easily back up, update and
transfer your address book and other PDA data in formats
which won't be rendered useless by the next major system
software update is a big win for Treo users.
I think it's safe to say that unless the UK version of the Treo ends up being priced at stupidly high levels I'm going to want one very much indeed.
|Wednesday 20 March 2002, 23:20 GMT|
Copy That. Technology versus plagiarism,
with a neat twist.
Ali G Stole My Image... says Jimmy
[Via miss bitch]
|Tuesday 19 March 2002, 23:35 GMT|
Norton's Archives. Everything you ever
wanted to know about Joshua Norton, Emperor of the United
States. I first came across Norton I in one of Neil
Gaiman's Sandman stories. A fascinating
explains why it'll be a long, long time before we have
paperless offices. And, more importantly, why
this is a good thing.
As someone whose desk rarely supports less than four piles of papers, I'm with Gladwell on this. It's all well and good to say that on a computer I could categorise and rank the data and assign it keywords and schedule it and all the rest, but unless your job never involves dealing with printed information from outside organisations you soon reach the point where the categorisation is more trouble than it's worth.
[Via Robot Wisdom]
There's some exceptionally cool kit here.
in the 20th Century. Very nice Flash
|Monday 18 March 2002, 23:15 GMT|
|Asteroid 2002 EM7 almost sneaked up on us a couple of weeks ago. We wouldn't even have seen it in time to ask Bruce Willis to get up there and blow it up. Scary.|
|Word of the day:
Hawaiian Happyface spider. Very pretty,
but I'd prefer to admire it from a very great
distance, if that's OK with you.
|Sunday 17 March 2002, 23:00 GMT|
First of all, an
apology. Several of the links I posted over
the last three days were broken as a result of my failing
to notice that the text editor I was using was adding the
odd space when word-wrapping. I've corrected all the errors
I can find, but if I did miss any please email me and I'll put
In particular, I'd like to point out that yesterday's links to the story about Iran and the two articles commenting on The Gift are now functional. All the articles are well worth a read, so if you gave up on them yesterday because I boobed please try again.
Thanks to Stuart of feeling listless for pointing out the broken links.
Press Photo of the Year. The winner may
not be to everyone's taste, but there are some gems in some
of the specialist categories.
|While I'm on the subject of photos, I was browsing ann elizabeth's photo gallery this afternoon and came across this exquisite image of a white rose. Speaking as someone who doesn't even own a camera, I can but stand back and offer virtual applause.|
|Computer book publisher Tim O'Reilly
as worried by digital "piracy" as the entertainment
industry thinks he should be. As O'Reilly
points out, the software industry is even more at risk from
the availability of perfect digital copies than Hollywood
and the music business are. The difference is, the software
business went through the vogue for copy protection back in
the 1980s. The result: dongles, manuals printed in
hard-to-copy (and hard-to-read!) colours and "uncrackable"
non-standard disk formats.
And yet, here we are now with almost all software supplied via media which can be duplicated and a lot of very rich software companies with plenty of users. Granted, Microsoft are giving copy protection one more try via Windows Product Activation, but it seems unlikely anyone with less of a stranglehold on their corner of the market could pull a trick like that. And Microsoft will almost certainly quietly drop WPA once it's pissed enough people off by failing to operate when it' supposed to and kicking in when it shouldn't.
[Via Charlie's Diary]
Menawhile, over on the
audio front of the Intellectual Property
Wars, Kevin Kelly
maps out a strategy - several, actually - by which the
music business may continue to make money despite the rise
of file sharing networks. (NB/- New York Times link -
free registration required.)
I think Kelly places far too little emphasis on the importance to file sharers of the "zero cost" aspect of Napster et al. Even so, it would help if the music industry actually tried some alternative approaches, rather than just try to persuade lawmakers to criminalise the use of technologies which could concievably be used for file sharing.
[Via Boing Boing]
Six months that changed a year. Armando
Iannucci. Chris Morris. The War on Terrorism. I'm sure
you can imagine how this story goes.
Like any satirical piece, it's hit-and-miss. It's also very English:
20th October: The Pentagon denies reports of civilian casualties and adds that even if there were some, they couldn't be shown in case they 'died in shapes that could be code'.
Blogs. Weblogs listed (among other
things) by their location. An excellent idea.
I've submitted this site, but it probably won't show up for a couple of days.
[Via 13 days from monday]
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