January 30, 2005


'This is what can happen when you add fireworks with alcohol...'
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January 28, 2005

Court OKs masturbation at home

'VANCOUVER (CP) - The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that masturbating at home is not an offence, even if the activity can be seen by peeking neighbours.'
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Blogging 'a paedophile's dream'

'Online journals and camera phones are a "paedophiles' dream" which have increased the risk to children, the Scottish Parliament has been warned.'
BBC News
Should a man be put in jail for what he's thinking?
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Wikipedia:Unusual articles

"This page is for Wikipedians to list articles that seem a bit unusual. These articles are valuable contributions to the encyclopedia, but are somewhat odd, whimsical, or... well, something you wouldn't expect to find in Encyclopædia Britannica. We should take special care to meet the highest standards of an encyclopedia with these articles so as to not give an appearance of unprofessionality."
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Google Video Search

'Search recent TV programs online.'
Google Video Search
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Jailed for using a nonstandard browser

"A Londonder made a tsnuami-relief donation using lynx -- a text-based browser used by the blind, Unix-users and others -- on Sun's Solaris operating system. The site-operator decided that this "unusual" event in the system log indicated a hack-attempt, and the police broke down the donor's door and arrested him."
Boing Boing
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Self-defence with a Walking-stick: The Different Methods of Defending Oneself with a Walking-Stick or Umbrella when Attacked under Unequal Conditions (PartI)

From Pearson’s Magazine, 11 (January 1901), 35-44.
Barton-Wright, Journal of Non-lethal Combatives
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January 27, 2005

Animal-Human Hybrids Spark Controversy

Scientists have begun blurring the line between human and animal by producing chimeras—a hybrid creature that's part human, part animal.
National Geographic Society
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Secrets Shared

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January 25, 2005

A fantasy of freedom

If Bush wanted to tackle tyranny, he could start with regimes under US control.
Guardian Unlimited
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Tall or Not?

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The Beast 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2004


Countdown to global catastrophe

'Climate change: report warns point of no return may be reached in 10 years, leading to droughts, agricultural failure and water shortages'
The Independent
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January 24, 2005


Use several Google search services in parallel:
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January 21, 2005

JibJab - Second Term

Yahoo movie
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Steven Pinker on Women in Science

'In an e-mail exchange with The Crimson yesterday, Johnstone Professor of Psychology Steven Pinker, who teaches the popular spring core class “The Human Mind,” opined on the latest flap over President Summers’ comments on women in science.'
The Harvard Crimson
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January 20, 2005

Beer battles cancer

"It sounds like the perfect excuse to quaff more beer. New research with mice shows the beverage protects against the effects of some cancer-causing chemicals. But there's a catch: it was non-alcoholic beer. Nonetheless, if the scientists can pinpoint the protective compounds involved, brewers may be able to produce beer particularly rich in them. While drinking too much alcohol increases the risk of cancer, for now it remains a mystery whether moderate tippling of alcoholic beer has any anti-cancer benefits..."
NewScientist.com: Mystery compound in beer fights cancer
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Preventing comment spam

"If you're a blogger (or a blog reader), you're painfully familiar with people who try to raise their own websites' search engine rankings by submitting linked blog comments like "Visit my discount pharmaceuticals site." This is called comment spam, we don't like it either, and we've been testing a new tag that blocks it. From now on, when Google sees the attribute (rel="nofollow") on hyperlinks, those links won't get any credit when we rank websites in our search results. This isn't a negative vote for the site where the comment was posted; it's just a way to make sure that spammers get no benefit from abusing public areas like blog comments, trackbacks, and referrer lists."
Google Blog

Movable Type Publishing Platform: Movable Type 'nofollow' plugin

Yahoo! Search blog: A Defense Against Comment Spam

Six Log: Support for nofollow
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January 18, 2005

Censorship of the Internet

Web Sites completely or partly censored by Google.de and/or Google.fr
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Wacky Warning Labels

'A flushable toilet brush that warns users, “Do not use for personal hygiene” has been identified as the nation’s wackiest warning label in an annual contest sponsored by a consumer watchdog group.'
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January 16, 2005

Silly Cats

Video Clips of Silly Cats
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Glass Ceilings at Altar as Well as Boardroom

"Men would rather marry their secretaries than their bosses, and evolution may be to blame, psychology researchers at the University of Michigan reported last week."
The New York Times
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January 13, 2005


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Winners of the "I Look Like My Dog" Contest

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Free Screen Cleaner

Free Screen Cleaner
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Blogger sacked for sounding off

'A bookseller has become the first blogger in Britain to be sacked from his job because he kept an online diary in which he occasionally mentioned bad days at work and satirised his "sandal-wearing" boss.'
Guardian Unlimited
The Woolamaloo Gazette
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January 12, 2005

Humanitarian response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake

List of major donors ranked by Permille of GNP
CountryPermille of GNP
Qatar> 1.43
Netherlands> 1.06
Germany> 0.49
Hong Kong0.36
Switzerland> 0.35
India> 0.3
Ireland> 0.28
Czech Republic0.19
United Kingdom0.13
Japan> 0.115
Spain> 0.087
Italy> 0.085
United States0.08
China> 0.04
France> 0.03
Saudi Arabia>
United Arab Emirates

Source: Wikipedia
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20-year Usenet Archive

Google Groups
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Fake cigarettes 'more hazardous'

"The growing number of fake cigarettes coming into the UK contain high levels of hazardous substances, the government has warned in a new campaign."
BBC News
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January 11, 2005

Finger length ratio (2D:4D) correlates with physical aggression in men but not in women

"Finger length ratio (2D:4D) is a sexually dimorphic trait. Men have relatively shorter second digits (index fingers) than fourth digits (ring fingers). Smaller, more masculine, digit ratios are thought to be associated with either higher prenatal testosterone levels or greater sensitivity to androgens, or both. Men with more masculine finger ratios are perceived as being more masculine and dominant by female observers, and tend to perform better in a number of physical sports. We hypothesized that digit ratio would correlate with propensity to engage in aggressive behavior. We examined the relationship between trait aggression, assayed using a questionnaire, and finger length ratio in both men and women. Men with lower, more masculine, finger length ratios had higher trait physical aggression scores (rpartial = −0.21, N = 134, P = 0.028). We found no correlation between finger length ratio and any form of aggression in females. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that testosterone has an organizational effect on adult physical aggression in men."
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Women live longer if they throw away the ring

"If women are looking for the key to long-lasting health, they should consider getting rid of their man."
The Sydney Morning Herald
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How to fix Mom's computer

"A list of steps taken to resuscitate Windows 98."
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London Underground filk

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January 10, 2005

Scientific Method

About inductive & deductive approaches to the science The cornerstone of modern science is the scientific method. Scientists first formulate hypotheses, or predictions, about nature. Then they perform experiments to test their hypotheses. There are two forms of scientific method, the inductive and the deductive.

formulate hypothesis
apply for grant
perform experiments or gather data to test hypothesis
alter data to fit hypothesis

formulate hypothesis
apply for grant
perform experiments or gather data to test hypothesis
revise hypothesis to fit data
backdate revised hypothesis

From Science Made Stupid

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A Porsche Boxter in front, accelerates hard. Never a problem, but evenly matched. At 110mph, my car starts frantically pulling to the left, my knuckles white trying to control it. I let him go.

A few days later...reverse out of drive...*grinding noise*...no transmission. A quick check reveals snapped driveshafts, after being replaced less than six months ago. The weakest link in an overpowered car.

Ergo, public transport. To Skeg. With Chrsitmas presents including a pink fairy outfit, with wings. There is a replacement bus service from Nottingham to Skeg. Total journey time: approx. 7 hours.

Homeward bound, a phonecall confirms that there are no problems. But there are. A replacement bus service from Nottingham to Long Eaton. Total journey time: approx 7 hours. Time spent in Long Eaton KFC: 2 hours. Total cost of return journey: over £50.

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Masturbating boys cause a stir

Tzaneen, South Africa
"Sexily-dressed women in a small Limpopo town have fallen prey to a group of teenage street kids that masturbate in public whenever they see them."
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Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)

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Neighbor charged in sex abuse of dog

"A Perth Amboy man has been charged with six counts of animal cruelty for sodomizing his neighbor's dog several times over the past year."
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Tsunami - Receding waters, Kalutara Beach, Sri Lanka

"Before/After" photos
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1st-graders suspended in sex case

Boy and girl caught with some clothes off under stairwell at an Eastside IPS school.
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N Korea wages war on long hair

North Korea has launched an intensive media assault on its latest arch enemy - the wrong haircut.
BBC News
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January 6, 2005

Tsunami E-mail Hoaxer

'A Lincolnshire man has pleaded guilty to sending hoax e-mails to relatives of people missing following the Asian tsunami disaster.'
Tsunami e-mail hoaxer admits guilt

'A man who was told by an internet hoaxer that relatives missing in the tsunami disaster were dead has condemned the action as a "sick trick".'
Email victim condemns 'sick' act
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Statement from the International Action Center

"While earthquakes and tsunamis are natural disasters, the decision to spend billions of dollars on wars of conquest while ignoring simple measures that can save human lives is not."
Full text:
Tsunami - 134,000 Dead: The Role of U.S. Criminal Negligence on a Global Scale, 30 December 2004
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The Most Hated Advertising Techniques

"Studies of how people react to online advertisements have identified several design techniques that impact the user experience very negatively."
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox
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Is America Mean?

American stinginess is saving lives
'So American personnel in American planes and American ships will deliver American food and American medicine and implement an American relief plan, but it's still a "UN-led effort".'

When Does $350 Million Equal 42 Hours?
'According to this story in the Chicago Sun-Times, the war in Iraq has cost $130 billion to date (per the Office of Management and Budget). Given that we invaded Iraq 20 March 2003, that comes to 656 days since the invasion, which in turn equals $198,730,732 per day.
In other words, the total amount committed by the US government to date for tsunami relief -- $350,000,000 -- equals 42.27 hours of the cost of the war in Iraq. Just to put things in perspective.'
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New Year's Resolutions 2005

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Top 20 Nude Scenes, 2004

Top 20 Nude Scenes, Year 2004
Contains nudity, oddly enough.
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January 5, 2005

Clever devils get the bird

"IT REALLY is brains not brawn that women look for in a man. An exhaustive study of people from primary school to middle age has proved that clever men are much more likely to marry than those with lesser intelligence."
Times Online - Sunday Times
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Artfacts Artist Ranking Top 100 Chart

"The A.R reflects the artists exhibition career from 1999 to today as seen from the perspective of the organizing curators of museums and private galleries."
Artfacts Artist Ranking Top 100 Chart
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'We are in the age of "searchculture", in which Google and other search engines are leading us into a future rich with an abundance of correct answers along with an accompanying naïve sense of certainty. In the future, we will be able to answer the question, but will we be bright enough to ask it?'
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Jenny, Are You There?

'There is an 80s song by Tommy Tutone called "Jenny (867-5309)" about a guy finding a girl's name and number on a wall and he wants to call it. The song led to telephone lines getting jammed when the song first came out, which led to the rumor that telephone companies don't give the number out or discontinued every 867-5309 out there. As you can see, I proved this wrong. The numbers are area codes.'
Jenny, Are You There?
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January 4, 2005

Wot, no plate tectonics?

The Earthquake - Could it Happen in the US?

Not in Kansas between August 1999 and February 2001!

"In a dramatic revision of science education in the state, the Kansas Board of Education voted 6-4 last Wednesday to remove almost all mention of evolution from its required curriculum. If the decision stands, one of science's central concepts will be cut from state assessment tests at all grade levels. It will become optional for teachers to cover the origins and history of life on Earth, as well as principles that require Earth to be older than creationists believe. These would include theories of the Big Bang, geologic time, and plate tectonics."
Science News, August 21, 1999
Kansas cuts evolution from the curriculum

"On 14 February 2001, the Kansas Board of Education voted 7-3 to restore evolution to the Kansas science education standards. Also revived by the new standards are the theories of plate tectonics and the Big Bang."
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One Big Problem For Brainy Women

"Maybe we haven't evolved as much as we thought. A high IQ is apparently a hindrance for women who want to get married, although it is an asset for men who are looking for a wife, according to a study by four British universities that was published in London's Sunday Times newspaper.

The AFP news service reports that the study of 900 men and women between ages 10 and 40 conducted by the universities of Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, and Glasgow found that the likelihood of marriage increased by 35 percent for men for each 16-point increase in IQ. However, for women, there was a 40 percent drop in the likelihood of marriage for each 16-point increase in IQ.

Interestingly, it may not be that men are spurning smart women. Instead, women are rejecting the men. "Women in their late 30s who have gone for careers after the first flush of university and who are among the brightest of their generation are finding that men are just not interesting enough," said psychologist and professor at Nottingham University Paul Brown in The Sunday Times. Others speculate that smart men are seeking women who are more interested in staying at home than pursuing careers."

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January 3, 2005

Indian Ocean Tsunami Imagery

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How Did Animals Escape Tsunami?

"Wild animals seem to have escaped the Indian Ocean tsunami, adding weight to notions they possess a sixth sense for disasters, experts said Thursday."
Wired News
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Asia's Deadly Waves

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"Kind of a Shame"

James Wolcott: "Kind of a Shame"
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