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Old convention: discourage open-source Linux programs from being ported to Windows, because unique programs on Linux will draw people to it.  New convention: port programs because if people get used to using them, transitioning to Linux will be easier.

I have benifitted greatly from this trend.  I currently use these open-source programs regularily:
Firefox, Thunderbird, GIMP, 7zip (Windows only), FileZilla (Windows only), VNCViewer
Boys are getting dumped because of an evil book.  Happily, these boys are fortunate not to be coupled with such superficial girls.  Sadly, these girls are now looking for new boys.

Yes. Sadly, we have heard of this book. We too know of fellow (and future) victims of this vile, evil text.
Pictures of children who are scared of Santa.

Frankly, I'm still scared of Santa.
Cassini just had a close fly-by with Saturn's moon Dione, and returned these two stunning images of it.
World's tallest bridge in Millau, France just opened to the public.

Pics & article:
Whole bridge pic:
Mozilla just put a sweet ad in Today's New York Times.  It's worth checking out the hi-res version.  (Or getting a NYT?)  I hear they are shooting for 10% of the browser market, which at this point would be much deserved.

Fine print at the end:
This message has been brought to you by the thousands who contributed funds to The Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting choice and innovation on the internet.
Coolest Martian cloud picture to date.

Also, a nice Cassini update, with noteworthy events coming soon.
I officially have a fear of reading about other people's fears.  It's freaking me out.

Pretty astronomy photo of a pretty circumstance.
I have been cooking up this site up for a few months now (only an idea until a few weeks ago).  And it is finally ready to be unveiled.  Introducing, The World Leader Log.
The Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie protects against all kinds of mind control.

AFDBs are safe and operate automatically. All you do is make it and wear it and you're good to go! Plus, AFDBs are stylish and comfortable.

What are you waiting for? Make one today!
The 10 toys of 2004 most likely to cause harm to children.  Although, if something is named "Megabuster Battle Weapon," you'd probably have to expect it to be a /little/ harmful.

( is awesome!)
In 9th grade English class, I thought I had a pretty good handle on which Greek gods were related to which.  I was wrong.
Taste the meat rainbow!  A few nights ago, there seemed to be some confusion about what, exactly, a turducken is.  As the end result is a blasphemy against God and nature, it stands to reason that the recipe should be profanity-laden:
Presidential debates have recently ended, and Christmas fast approaches.  Make me happy:
Cassini took various pictures of Titan during its close fly-by last Tuesday.  Here are two false color images of the moon's surface (not visible to the human eye because of the thick clouds).

And two land feature close-ups:

This election is gonna be the bomb!  And like a bomb, it will probably kill me.
Cassini will be its closest to Saturn's largest moon Titan today.  Here is a picture from yesterday during its approach.  As far as I know, this is the clearest picture so far of Titan.  (It is taken at specific wavelengths to see through the clouds.)
The Earth drags space-time around it as it turns, like a bowling ball spinning in molasses.  (Also, check out the picture of the satellite we made to measure this.)
This is the biggest spectacle I've seen on the internet in a long time.  It's 13 minutes of John Stewart being a guest on CNN's Crossfire.  I can't find where anymore, but I read that this has been downloaded more times now than the number of people who watched it on TV when it happened on the 15th.
An up-to-date global polution map produced by an ESA satellite.
Yelp, from a co-creator of paypal.  Interesting.  I think.  I never really understood what friendster was about, so I don't really know.  Someone should try it out, though, and include me in the ask list.  I probably won't have an answer.  (Although this kind of stuff is why it's so hard to have a public e-mail address and a personal e-mail address.)
The internet is rife with various drinking games.  Television is rife with presidential debates.  Obvious synergy!
Take a sip if. . .
-John Kerry dribbles a basketball loudly during one of Bush's responses.
-George W. Bush somehow sets his hair on fire by taking a drink of water.
-George W. Bush pronounces spaghetti "pah-sketti".
-John Kerry calls a timeout to eat an entire huckleberry pie.
-John Kerry squirts blood out of his eyes to frighten away a predator.
A study on living without the internet.
A measure of how well I'm doing at work.  We're about half way there, I'd say.  A good read anyway, if you're into software development.
The Soros Blog.  (Updated daily.)
Some company is going to put RFID tags on their products, and they don't want anyone to know about it.  I'm haven't been paying much attention to the RFID controversy in general, but perhaps it's time I started.
India recently launched a satellite that will broadcast educational programs to its people.
First, review

Lutherans can absolve anyone they want!  Lutherans absolve people ALL the time and don't even think twice about it.  These guys are so crazy and awesome that they flip out ALL the time.  I heard that there was this Lutheran who was drinking beer at the pub on Sunday.  And when some guy dropped a spoon the Lutheran absolved the whole town.
(via my dad, via the Calvinists.)
Preacher Lady: “I got freedom of speech! And GOD TELLS ME THAT THE GAY DEVILS ARE CONTROLLING NEW YORK.”

Me: (standing up) “If you do not cease and desist fouling the air with homophobia, I must sing . . . SHOW TUNES.”
You could look at for an hour and still have no idea what it was for or how it got there.  Love it.
"This Is The Title Of This Story, Which Is Also Found Several Times In The Story Itself."
Facts I did not know about the planet Mercury:

Also, the Mars Global Surveyor has been orbiting Mars for 7 years today;  and today they offer this detailed animation of the planet in full.
The Weblog Review:  A site that reviews weblogs.

Onto the blog itself. I found the entries to be very easy to read. All of them talk about what is going on in "petite anglaise's" life with a focus on Mr. Frog and a Tadpole (read significant other and child). None of the entries really struck out at me as a "Wow I gotta read this site", but after reading several posts I was hooked in.

How much can fit in a square tea-bag?  A seemingly simple question, but it turns out to be quite the question.  [Warning: Math.]
Mpls light rail ridership is still way up.
Mars passes behind the sun today, and it will come out the other side in 11 days.
No one really knows the precise rotation speed of Saturn.  Cassini is measuring ~1% slower than Voyager 2 measured 23 years ago.

the solution may be tied to the fact that Saturn's rotational axis is nearly identical to its magnetic axis. Jupiter, with a more substantial difference between its magnetic axis and its rotational axis, shows no comparable irregularities in its radio rotation period.
Those of you who are interested in Transformers will probably want to build your own out of paper:
The future shall bring a new era of thirst-quenching:  Mountain Dew Pitch Black.
The Art of Casting Spells.  (from the Psychic Journal)
Supplies arriving at the International Space Station:

attached view:
File sharing, file sharing, file sharing.
Chris has persuaded me that having a random generator is like having an intuitive and extensive knowledge of a poorly-editted copy of "Chaos Theory for Dummies."

Having said that, random sidekicks have never fought crime more successfully.
He's a bookish umbrella-wielding firefighter in a wheelchair. She's a chain-smoking communist vampire in the wrong place at the wrong time. They fight crime!
Just a cool home-brewed astronomy page.  The pictures are cool, and the explanations are well written.
Jason vs. Freddy was an anomoly, or so I hoped.  The new Alien vs. Predator certainly led to a bunch of computer games, but its Hollywood debut demands the following chart of Supervillian Showdowns:
Freaky perspective of a solar eclipse:

And "anticrepuscular rays".  I finally have a name to go along with an amazing atmospheric visual experience I had recently.  (Note: in this picture, the camera is turned *away* from the sun - not toward it.)
Saturn update:  Cassini is hearing lightning on Saturn; and Titan glows in infrared.
(Titan pic:

And the Mars rovers are wearing out, but they're still sending back some mean pics.

When I was a kid, I figured this whole scheme out myself using trial and error -- and in Mega Man, it's just about impossible to get many of the combinations just by playing.  I was extremely proud of my work, and submitted it to Nintendo Power.  They totally ignored my genious.

Now, all I have are my porely written notes from the time, and not a coherent write-up.  Fortunately someone else has done the same, and laid it out plainly for all.
Fool's World Map - I'm still not getting how this came to be, but it's funny.
Slashdot stole our color scheme.  (God's color.)  DD.

And some other neat things stolen from
Reading speed test:
Pics found on file sharing programs:
Bags made of synthetic human skin (gross):
I'm putting this up mostly because it took me a while to make.  (I can't have all that effort wasted.)  But, I like to think it's pleasing to look at anyway -
Lemmings: now written in JavaScipt.
When I got home from work, this page was open on my computer.  I have no idea why.

My alter-ego must be preparing for something exciting.
How do shows like SeaLab 2021 and Space Ghost stay so great? 

They're unsupervised.  And they know their audience.  (Well, they know we don't care if something doesn't make sense.)
2 Geeky things:
A visual bit torrent simulator that one could look at for hours; and what has been characterized as the best flash game ever.
A drawing I made tonight - ball point pen on paper:
This guy moves really large rocks.  I don't know if I should lump him in with the 3rd Testament to Bibles guy, or Copernicus.
Another Meteorite found in Antarctica (in December) was just characterized as having come from Mars.

Also, a cool story about the edges of our outer solar system.
Apparently Venus wasn't the only thing to pass in front of the sun on June 8th.  The International Space Station did also.  Here are some pictures.
Martian landscape with clouds.
A site which answers that most vexing of questions:

Is it November?
A sculpture in Salt Lake from 1970 re-emerges.
The Museum of Bad Art.
Do tricks with your lighter.

And if you don't have one, do tricks with your pen.
Time lapse video of Minneapolis's new light rail line.  Way cool.
A neat article on why scientists don't have much patience for philosophy.

All good principles should have sexy names, so I shall call this one Newton’s Laser Sword on the grounds that it is much sharper and more dangerous than Occam’s Razor. In its weakest form it says that we should not dispute propositions unless they can be shown by precise logic and/or mathematics to have observable consequences. In its strongest form it demands a list of observable consequences and a formal demonstration that they are indeed consequences of the proposition claimed.
[I'm going to have to post this.  It will convince my friends to go see the movie.]  I've heard vague rumblings of this same take/reaction on Farenheight 9/11, and now I'm hearing it from Roger Ebert.  So, anyway.

Btw, the site is back up.  Denial of service attack, apparently.
H.L. Menken's amazingly comprehensive 1921 discussion of British and American English.

(from the always-erudelicious )
Cassini had a close encounter with Saturnian moon Phoebe, and took some nice pictures.  It is the first of 52 expected "close encounters" with some of Saturn's moons.

These new pictures are way more detailed than anything ever taken before.  This is the next most detailed picture, taken by Voyager 2 in 1981.

Update: and now we have these...
Peter sayz: "weird"
Here's what I've been up to in my other life:

And the sweetest possible 3rd party review:
Venus passed in front of the sun last night, for the first time in 122 years.  You can find pictures & commentary here:
Self-cleaning glass.  It was once an unachievable dream, but now it's here to stay.
If you were a computer nerd before it was fashionable, then you might appreciate the Flash-music-video, "Hey, Hey, 16K".
Creative Commons have evolved their licensing models.  The only major interface change is there is no option for "author attribution" anymore; but there are other interesting subtleties.
Cool looking site redesign of (I haven't developed an opinion beyond that yet).
Cell phone cameras banned in the US military.  If this is true, I am shocked.  (And I don't shock easily).  This reeks of self preservation; what possible good could this serve?
Astronomy news:

A new "second closest object to the sun on average" besides Mercury was discovered, with the unremarkable name of 2004 JG6.  (orbit path illustrated)

Things turn red when they are in space for a long time.

The solar system may have been created by the ridiculous means supposedly illustrated in this diagram (scroll).
The Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness:
"The Wheel of Dreaded Consequences" is a parenting device with the best name of all time.
Disclaimer:  Bob Saget is probably not God. 

Interesting argument on Art & Copyright (not to mention cool-sounding art).  A preemtive apology goes to those who have trouble getting into NYT (try
Photos with such bias, it's comedic.
April is National Poetry Month.  Transcribe your favorite poems in the QuickTopics forum.
Why a newspaper monopoly in a city almost necessitates bad art criticism.
This monopoly places an unhealthy burden on critics. If theirs is to be the only voice to pronounce on a new show or the fate of an institution, they are obliged to wear a mantle of responsibility that is antithetical to good journalism. A critic is licensed to get it wrong from time to time. Restrict that license and the reviews grow safe and solemn.
I could make a separate post about every part of this site.  When you have some hours to waste, look at this site, and dream about how cool you would be if you were this guy.
Potential celebrity palindromic remarks:
"Set at serif, as Safire states."
— From the New York Times Manual of Style & Usage

"Plan no damn Madonna LP! "
— Guy Ritchie advising the D.J.
For the trial-&-error ne'er-do-well:  The random anachist cookbook generator.
Destroying a bicycle
The easiest way is to destroy the engine by adding sticks of butter or chewing gum to the gas tank. Alternatively, you can ruin the finish by pouring nitric acid over the paint! Or write rude words on the windows with a plaid marker.
These people more or less took my idea (but that's not necessarily going to stop me).
The Museum of Bad Art is good because it's so earnest.
You might not expect a magazine titled, "Philosophy Now" to have a great article on the history of philosophy and why it's so weird.  Or maybe you would expect nothing else. Is the history of philosophy like the history of science, where we can say that some ideas were just plain wrong?  Or is it like the history of art, where the larger schools are kind of kingdoms unto themselves?
If you haven't been lucky enough to witness green flashes at sunset first-hand, look at pictures of them on the internet.  (Maybe this link should only be available for a narrow window of time in the evening.  That would make it more like the real thing.)
You'll be able to scoff at those with lesser email addresses, when you have the LONGEST EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE WORLD!
Scramjets: neat technology that only works above mach 5.
Current events:
How they work:
Money, Money, Money.  Presidential campaign spending is setting records already.

Groups such as Citizens United are hampered in their fund- raising efforts by a perception among potential donors that the Bush campaign is raising enough money to run the campaign without the help of outside groups, Bossie said.
Bizarre technology used in this e-book reader.  (Power is needed only when you "turn the pages".)
David Rees on Rumsfeld's questioning:
Charlie Brown as a Sartean existentialist:
In order to combat despair, Charlie Brown succumbs to bad faith, which is to say, he denies his freedom: “I wonder what would happen if I went over and tried to talk to her! Everybody would probably laugh ... she’d probably be insulted too ...” It is only by falsely denying his freedom that Charlie Brown can overcome his despair. But by hiding behind bad faith, he does himself no favours. Another lunch hour is spent alone on a bench with a peanut butter sandwich.
Check out Sedna's ridiculously oblong orbit (scroll down).  Apparently it's only going to get closer fot the next 72 years.  But then the earth as we know it can pretty much say goodbye, because it's not coming back for another 10,500.
Combining the recent make-your-own-spheroid post with the World Cup post, we present a guide to making a soccer ball from junk.  (This should be a Boy Scout merit-badge.)
Law & Order doubleheader, courtesey of :

Random Law & Order plot generator:

Law & Order: Artistic Intent
New Yorker article on shopping malls. 
One person who wasn’t dazzled by Southdale was Frank Lloyd Wright. “What is this, a railroad station or a bus station?” he asked, when he came for a tour. “You’ve got a garden court that has all the evils of the village street and none of its charm.”
Yep, *that* Southdale.
The President's Council on Bioethics has written a paper addressing just what it means to be human.
Do "Silas Marner" and Walt Whitman and Achilles have anything to do with debates over the harvesting of microscopic human cells or the development of antidepressants?

Yes, as it turns out, they do. In fact, "Being Human" may be the most unusual document ever produced by any government panel.
In your spare time, you'll probably want to make an incredibly shiny ball out of mud.
"Photographs of signs that transcend their objectivity to reveal our humanity."

Totally great.
2nd-ever photo of Earth from another world.
The Atkins-Diet craze is getting out of hand.

Low-carb Pepsi.
Interesting sociological significance of headphones and mp3 players.  (I haven't used headphones at all in a long time.)
Everyone should know several different ways to tie and lace their shoes.
If you know what to make of this, then you've probably been looking at the internet for longer than I have.

Make sure to peruse "The Third Testament to Bibles" link on the left side.
It's official: Opportunity rover is driving around in the bed of an ancient lake.
NASA, w/ pics:
This meditation is confusing, but it's going to be a reference point for me whenever I make pages with comments.

Also, this is a funny anecdote of blog comments having more impact than they should really have:
Apparently you and I are part of a trend.  A national survey was just released about the public's online habits.  Lots of interesting stats.
This is brilliant.  "Easy expert search" on Google.
Soros in his own words.  This interview gets better the further down the page you go.

I am supporting so-called 527 organizations, especially America Coming Together, a voter registration and mobilization effort and the Voter Fund. I didn't create these organizations. They were there. And I have contributed to them. The Republicans actually contribute more to conservative 527s than I have contributed, even though the Bush administration has a huge advantage in collecting direct political contributions with the so-called Pioneers and Rangers who bundle $2,000 contributions into $100,000 or $200,000 packages. The big difference between me and the Pioneers and Rangers is that they are looking for access and special consideration for special interests, corporate interests mostly. I have no such interests; I'm acting on the basis of my support for open society.
Famed TV weatherman Al Roker has an infrequently-updated webpage.  It also seems that he draws cartoons.
I will never write again.
Abusive uses of e-mail are so prevalent, that "they" are finally working to change the spec.  (These things take time when you're talking about world-wide standards.  It's like saying, "Hey, let's all drive on the left side of the road.  Go!")
A comprehensive list of all "* for Dummies" books.

"College Admission Essays for Dummies."  Seriously.
Dude, disciples are totally rocking.
Some things to know about Disciples

1 - Disciples follow Jesus around the desert and don't even think twice about it.
2 - To become a Disciple you have to be totally HOT, which they all are and everyone knows it, so that's that.
3 - Disciples get ALL, and I mean ALL, the hot first century Jerusalem babes.
4- Disciples GET THE JOB DONE!
Creepy new microscopic image of Matian soil.
A manifesto for the reformation of design from 1989.  It still applies today, and it will continue to apply for a long time.

Life issues — social, material, environmental, spiritual — disappear from consideration amid a blur of disembodied representations. Within the dazzle of the spectacle, the real problems, needs and hopes of millions are made invisible.

Packaging seduces through a process of codification. Information and culture are delivered pre-codified, pre-digested, pre-packaged, ready-to-wear. Little is left to the imagination. Imagination is dangerous. It can imagine things not for sale.
Pay artists to produce uncopyrighted (i.e. public domain) art.  By Dean Baker, my favorite economist.
(google cache:
This California initiative doesn't seem like it's going to serve the public interest.
More righteous donations:  Electronic Frontier Foundation just got $1.2M from the Leonard Zubkoff estate.
Fury in Shaolin Pentagon!  Donald Rumsfield demonstrates the fighting techniques which have made him invincible:
It pays to carefully proofread legal documents before submitting them:

In documents filed with the court, the Proposition 22 Legal Defense and Education Fund had requested a court order that would force the city "cease and desist issuing marriage licenses to and/or solemnizing marriages of same-sex couples; to show cause before this court."

"The way you've written this it has a semicolon where it should have the word 'or'," the judge said. "I don't have the authority to issue it under these circumstances."

( Login & password: )
Google has 74 of our Shrub of Consciousness pages on file, but it has lost all of our entry pages.  This is not useful.
My favorite New Yorker article of all time.
To get to the most distant known object, you'd have to travel 17,000 times faster than a human being has ever traveled, for 100 million times longer than a human being has ever lived.
M&Ms pack more densely than spheres.  Why?  The world may never know.
Mars Global Surveyor says "Happy Valentine's Day."
The International Packaged Ice Association:

Check out the Consumer Info & Tips:
Crush ice for snow-cones, use it in blender drinks, cocktails, soda’s, use it at Beach, All your parties, Chew some at work, apply to wounds and stay hydrated. Ice is good for you, but only if it crystal clear (not cloudy refrigerator ice), taste-free, quality ice  with the IPIA logo on the bag. Obtainable at your local food stores.
Phoenix is Firebird is Firefox.

Firefox 0.8 and Thunderbird 0.5
The history of Dutch comics:
Bobby Badfingers can snap his fingers pretty fast.

How fast?

So fast that he turned pro.

(check the videos.)
If you need information about things that are wild, uncultivated, or free-ranging, you'll probably want to check with The Wildlife Society, which seems to have ideas on just about everything.

e.g.  They have policy statements on both "Feral and Free-Ranging Domestic Cats" and "Confinement of Wild Ungulates Within High Fences".
How to diagram a sentence, complete with copious examples:
With all the computer virus-craziness going on, it seems like we should have a link to a good free virus-scanning program.  I use the AVP freeware version, and it garners my highest degree of praise:  I think it's nice.
Why the internet is good?
Microsoft is not the only target of internet worm DoS attacks.  SCO joins its ranks.
Exxon is ordered to pay $4.5 billion for oil spill after 14 years.
Robots made out of food-boxes, etc.
Lord of the Rings, re-written in every style imaginable.

Seriously.  Just keep scrolling down--you'll be amazed.
Moria was Khazad-dûm, now it's Moria, not Khazad-dûm
Been a long time gone, old Khazad-dûm
Now it's orcish delight in the endless night
Every orc in Khazad-dûm lives in Moria, not Khazad-dûm
So if you've a date in Khazad-dûm, she'll be waiting in Moria.
This is what happens, apparently, when two of my favorite things collide.
This one goes out the dictionary enthusiats.

It seems to be well-intentioned.
Old-skool electronic gadgetry:

I still want a calculator-watch.
Opportunity, Spirit's twin, landed on Mars yesterday and has sent us pictures.
The International Hedgehog Association:

Check out the handy color-guide if you want to accurately categorize your hedgehog, or if you just want to be reminded how terribly cute they are:
Get Your War On on the State of the Union speech:

I have weird feelings about invading Iraq.  I'm a little glad we did it, but I'm also relieved to know I wasn't an idiot FOR FEELING TOTALLY SAFE FROM SADDAM HUSSEIN for the past twenty years.

Also, Maakies is on a Metal Detector kick.  (Listening to too much TMBG?)
Hyper-sharp image of Martian soil taken by the Spirit Rover (1 pixel = 0.002 inches):

And, super-cool Martian weather analysis by the Mars Express:

Update: surreal first images from Mars Express
Demand is finally rising for environmentally friendly cars.
Eolas, having just won $521 million in royalties from MS, plans to arrange different terms for open-source uses of their patent.,414...
Yahoo has been threatening to drop the Google connection to its searches.  After doing a few test searches, it kind of looks like Yahoo's search isn't the same as Google's search anymore.
The average color of the internet is grey.

Also The Numbered Shirts Project:

(Both via
Officials of the Dutch Finance Ministry deny that they've banned white socks on fashion grounds.
The reports suggested that white socks were banned after being labelled as "transgressing the limits of decent dress behaviour".
The Man attacks clean air in Southern California by taking it to court, so they can make their numbers in engine sales.
I'm always amused when people or organizations get into trouble and then set up websites to make themselves look good. 

To put it another way, Matha Stewart is making me giggle.
Dem. presidential hopeful Howard Dean seems to have appeared in the questionable movie "Ninja III: The Domination".

User summary:
Awful Ninja farce about a woman named Christy who becomes possessed by an evil spirit of a ninja and starts killing cops who killed the ninja. Terrible movie has a breakdancing edge to it making all the more laughable. Awful plot, awful acting, awful everything. Well worth avoiding.
A lot of links here about highway expansion.  (I like the recent roadkillbill strips.)  I might be posting more from the links burried within, as I haven't explored them all yet.
Dell has new policies about selling computers to terrorists.  I thought this article was a satire, but I have verified that it is not.
What does one do about the fact that "the United States [is responsible for] more than 20 per cent [of the earth's greenhouse gas emmissions] although it contains only 4 per cent of the world's population" other than wait for someone else to be elected president?  This attack seems futile to me.
Iraqis add a new (derogatory) word to their vernacular to describe US soldiers.
Witness "the highest resolution image ever taken on the surface of another planet" taken by the Spirit Rover.
The dullest blog in the world:
Exactly what you might think it is:

NASA's Mars lander, Spirit Rover, just successfully landed and has sent back pictures.

(I had no idea any of this was in the making.  I am a bad Mars enthusiast.)
Metafilter ( is a great community weblog.  The new feature, Ask Metafilter ( is even better.  People ask questions, and other people answer them.  If you like information you weren't expecting, this is the site for you.
People try to draw various corporate logos from memory:
Freshen up on current public sentiment.  Most popular Google searches of 2003:

It didn't make Google's list, but "Kazaa" was apparently Yahoo's most popular search.

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