September 29, 2004

StrengthsFinder Profile

The Signature Themes report below displays my five most dominant themes of talent, as indicated by my responses to StrengthsFinder, The Gallup Organization's Web-based talent assessment tool.

MY SIGNATURE THEMES:

Ideation: People strong in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

Analytical: People strong in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.

Relator: People who are strong in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.

Adaptability: People strong in the Adaptability theme prefer to "go with the flow." They tend to be "now" people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

Includer: People strong in the Includer theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them.

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September 28, 2004

BetaVote.com

What if the whole world could vote in the U.S. presidential election?
BetaVote.com
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Crap Towns II - The Nation Decides

1 Luton
2 Windsor
3 Sunderland
4 (Joint) Edinburgh,
Glasgow
6 Clapham
7 Bath
8 Nottingham
9 Corby
10 Middlesbrough
11 Birmingham
12 Hackney
13 Kew
14 Hanwell
15 Camden
16 Brixton
17 London
18 Littlehampton
19 Hull
20 Port Talbot

Mirror.co.uk
The Idler
CRAPTOWNS.COM
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September 27, 2004

Iraq


Wounded Iraqi boys wait inside an ambulance at the restive city of Fallujah to be transferred to another hospital. The boys were victims of US air strikes late 25 September 2004 on suspected hideouts of a militant group in Fallujah.

Child Victims of War
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Which OS Are You?

BBspot - Which OS Are You?
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How F**king American Are You?

Quiz
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NTL customers told to 'f**k off'

The Register
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September 26, 2004

Project Gutenberg's Hand Shadows To Be Thrown Upon The Wall, by Henry Bursill

Hand Shadows by Henry Bursill
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Siberian boy 'brought up by dog'

"A seven-year-old boy who has been brought up by a dog for the past six years has reportedly been found in Siberia."
Onlypunjab.com
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How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

"Rumours of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have circulated for decades. Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by today's president"
Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power
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Britney Spears's "Faux" Wedding

Britney Spears's "Faux" Wedding - September 24, 2004
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Stairway to Heaven Backwards

Stairway to Heaven Backwards
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September 25, 2004

Freddie's Blog: Ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff!

Freddie's Blog: Ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff!
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Balancing Act: How News Portals Serve Up Political Stories

"Google News uses computer algorithms to identify top stories while Yahoo News favors old-fashioned human editors. But do Google's automated search results display a conservative bias?"
OJR article: Balancing Act: How News Portals Serve Up Political Stories
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Cleaning Pennies with taco sauce

Cleaning pennies with taco sauce
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Shop for chav at Argos.co.uk

Search for 'chav'
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Unfortunatley named authors

Amazon.co.uk: Unfortunatley named authors
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September 23, 2004

Inside the ivory tower

"Blogging is allowing academics to develop and share their ideas with an audience beyond the universities. But as Jim McClellan reports, not everyone is convinced"
Guardian Unlimited | Online | Inside the ivory tower
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September 22, 2004

RED CARD FOR FLYBE'S EURO 2004 ADVERT

'An advert for a low-cost airline was labelled "irresponsible" today by an advertising watchdog for encouraging football fans to harass the referee who presided over England's controversial exit from Euro 2004.'
this is exeter
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Bar crowd kills man over a cigarette

"A crowd outside a Denison Avenue bar beat a Cleveland man to death early Sunday after the man apparently refused someone's request for a cigarette."
Cleveland.com
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"Home Computer" in 2004 (as envisioned in 1954)

photo
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September 21, 2004

The Official God FAQ

The Official God FAQ
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September 14, 2004

Domain name infringement - gooooooogle.com

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September 07, 2004
 
Via email to martin@martinsewell.com
 
Re:  Domain name infringement - http://www.gooooooogle.com (Our ref.:  11.542)
 
Dear Martin:
 
Google is the owner of the well-known trademark and trade name GOOGLE, as well as the domain name GOOGLE.COM.  As you are no doubt aware, GOOGLE is the trademark used to identify our award-winning search engine, located at http://www.google.com.  Since its inception in 1997, the GOOGLE search engine has become one of the most highly recognized and widely used Internet search engines in the world.  Google owns numerous trademark registrations and applications for its GOOGLE mark in countries around the world.
 
Google has used and actively promoted its GOOGLE mark for a number of years, and has invested considerable time and money establishing exclusive proprietary rights in the GOOGLE mark for online computer services and a wide range of goods.  As a result of its efforts, the GOOGLE mark has become a famous mark and a property right of incalculable value.
 
You have registered, without Google's permission or authorization, the domain name http://www.gooooooogle.com (the "Domain Name").  The Domain Name is confusingly similar to the famous GOOGLE mark, and, by its very composition, suggests Google's sponsorship or endorsement of your website and correspondingly, your activities.  The Domain Name merely adds o's to the GOOGLE mark, mimicking the appearance of the mark at the bottom of a Google search results page.
 
Your use of a Domain Name that is confusingly similar to the famous GOOGLE mark constitutes trademark infringement and dilution of Google's trademark rights and unfair competition.  Your use of the Domain Name is diluting use because it weakens the ability of the GOOGLE mark and domain name to identify a single source, namely Google.  Further, your registration and use of the Domain Name misleads consumers into believing that some association exists between Google and you, which tarnishes the goodwill and reputation of Google's services and trademarks.

Your registration and use of the Domain Name is clearly designed to appropriate the goodwill associated with the famous GOOGLE mark in violation of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act ("ACPA").  Because you are using a Domain Name that incorporates the famous GOOGLE mark to direct Internet traffic to your commercial website, your bad faith intent to profit from our mark is manifest.  Please note the ACPA provides for damages of up to $100,000 per domain name.
 
Your registration and use of the Domain Name is also actionable under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy ("UDRP").  Because you are using the Domain Name to attract Internet users to your website for commercial gain, your actions meet the bad faith criteria of Section 4(b)(iv) of the UDRP.  Under similar circumstances, Google has prevailed in numerous UDRP actions.  These decisions are located online at http://www.icann.org/udrp/udrpdec.htm.
 
In view of your infringement of our rights, we must demand that you provide written assurances within 14 days that you will:
1. Immediately discontinue any and all use of the Domain Name;
2. Take immediate steps to transfer the Domain Name to Google;
3. Identify and agree to transfer to Google any other domain names registered by you that contain GOOGLE or are confusingly similar to the GOOGLE mark;
4. Immediately and permanently refrain from any use of the term GOOGLE or any variation thereof that is likely to cause confusion or dilution.
 
Sincerely,

The Google Trademark Enforcement Team
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September 8, 2004

George W. Bush: a coward and a liar

A flash animation by Tim Ireland.
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BushWhacked

"A new twist on an old familliar Georgie classic ! (QT6 req.)"
BushWhacked
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September 7, 2004

Inequality

"Inequality measures - Gini index
Measures the extent to which the distribution of income (or consumption) among individuals or households within a country deviates from a perfectly equal distribution. A Lorenz curve plots the cumulative percentages of total income received against the cumulative number of recipients, starting with the poorest individual or household. The Gini index measures the area between the Lorenz curve and a hypothetical line of absolute equality, expressed as a percentage of the maximum area under the line. A value of 0 represents perfect equality, a value of 100 perfect inequality."
Gini index
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Man Kicks Woman

video
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Maths holy grail could bring disaster for internet

"Two of the seven million dollar challenges that have baffled for more than a century may be close to being solved"
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Maths holy grail could bring disaster for internet
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Beslan

Blogging the Siege
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Looby Outed on his Blog

Sunday 5th September entry on looby's blog.
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Cleric supports targeting children

"An extremist Islamic cleric based in Britain said yesterday that he would support hostage-taking at British schools if carried out by terrorists with a just cause."
Telegraph | News | Cleric supports targeting children
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Graham book: Inquiry into 9/11, Saudi ties blocked

"Two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers had a support network in the United States that included agents of the Saudi government, and the Bush administration and FBI blocked a congressional investigation into that relationship, Sen. Bob Graham wrote in a book to be released Tuesday."
Herald.com | 09/05/2004 | Graham book: Inquiry into 9/11, Saudi ties blocked
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Why I Will Not Seek a Best Documentary Oscar (I'm giving it up in the hopes more voters can see "Fahrenheit 9/11")

Michael Moore.com : Mike's Message : Messages
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A Girl's Guide to Geek Guys

A Girl's Guide to Geek Guys
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Political Victory: From Here to Maternity

"What's the difference between the protesters outside the Republican convention and the delegates inside? There are many, of course, but one will ultimately skew American politics and the culture wars in the Republicans' favor, regardless of who has God or reason on her side. It's the divide between who is having children and who isn't."
Political Victory: From Here to Maternity (washingtonpost.com)
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Censored 2005: The Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2003-2004

Project Censored 2005 - Top 25 Censored Stories
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BUSH 'TOOK COCAINE AT CAMP DAVID'

"GEORGE W Bush snorted cocaine at Camp David, a new book claims."
Mirror.co.uk - BUSH 'TOOK COCAINE AT CAMP DAVID'
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Indiana University study: having children significantly lowers parents’ IQs

"A five-year study run by Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction proves what many in the scientific community have always suspected: having children significantly lowers the IQ of both male and female parents."
Indiana University study: having children significantly lowers parents’ IQs
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September 6, 2004

Bush by numbers: Four years of double standards

Independent
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September 4, 2004

Space signal studied for alien contact


"An unexplained radio signal from deep space could -- just might be -- contact from an alien civilization, New Scientist magazine reported on Thursday."
CNN.com - Space signal studied for alien contact - Sep 2, 2004

"Astronomers have moved swiftly to quell speculation they may have received a deep-space radio signal from ET."
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Astronomers deny ET signal report

"...the best candidate yet for a contact by intelligent aliens in the nearly six-year history of the SETI@home project..."
Mysterious signals from 1000 light years away | New Scientist
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September 2, 2004

South London Tube Map

Colourcountry - South London Tube Map
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September 1, 2004

E-mail Addresses It Would Be Really Annoying to Give Out Over the Phone

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: E-mail Addresses It Would Be Really Annoying to Give Out Over the Phone.
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