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31 December 2003

e.g. Satan was a Lesbian
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"Paolo Viscardi, flight physiologist at the University of Leeds, says that if they do, they need record-breaking wings."
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"your shit." (sic)  I prefer the quizes written by an adult...
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"You're in the Goth box."  Which is odd.
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"At age 50, a DNA test suggests Wayne Joseph isn't really black, as he assumed all his life."
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'The political story of 2003 was, in some ways, the fashionableness of "hate." It became respectable not simply to disagree with George W. Bush or to dislike him and criticize him -- but to go further and declare your everlasting hate for the man. People bragged about how much they hated Bush. This loathing of Bush from the left does not, as yet, seem any more vicious (and perhaps less so) than the loathing of Bill Clinton from the right. But what is different is the willingness to call it "hatred" and to have the label blessed by much of the press, which has concluded that Bush is different from other modern presidents.'
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"They used to be known as the boys on the bus: the big-name columnists, network TV producers and reporters for large-circulation newspapers who had the power to make or break a presidential candidate's reputation. Now they've got competition."
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"One of the biggest difficulties in migrating from Windows to Linux is the lack of knowledge about comparable software. Newbies usually search for Linux analogs of Windows software, and advanced Linux-users cannot answer their questions since they often don't know too much about Windows :). This list of Linux equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software is based on our own experience and on the information obtained from the visitors of this page (thanks!)."
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"In search of enlightenment and answers, information seekers the world over turned to Yahoo! Search in 2003. File-sharing program Kazaa beat out heavy hitters like Harry Potter and Britney Spears to take top overall honors. War in Iraq and rumors of cloned babies topped news searches, while American Idol and Survivor continued to outlast their reality TV competition. The year also saw its share of scandals, with Rush Limbaugh, Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and Paris Hilton in the spotlight. Here are some highlights from The Year in Search..."
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Photojunkie Zine
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...in Texas.
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Top 10 blunders of 2003.
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Extreme overclocking
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A man who says he sells books and magazines on the street was rescued after being trapped for two days under a mountain of reading material in his apartment.
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"Want to buy a largish island off France? Slightly used, with annex. Rains a bit. Trains often late. Nice gardens. Food dubious, but lots of places to drink."
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"Candy maker plans to eliminate colors temporarily during marketing contest."
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We saw this in Bedford on Boxing Day.  It seemed a lot less tedious than the second film - perhaps due to the volume of sweets and popcorn that the girls bought for the duration.
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"Illusionist David Blaine has been voted the biggest loser of 2003 in a poll of 1,000 people to find the year's failures."
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"A 21-year-old Nebraska exhibitionist who operates an X-rated web site stocked with photos of her posing naked was ticketed yesterday by Lincoln cops for violating the city's public nudity ordinance. The proof, as it were, was in Melissa Harrington's postings. Her web site includes photos of her topless--and almost bottomless--in a Lincoln bar called the Marz Intergalactic Shrimp and Martini Bar (according to Harrington's site, the offending photos were taken in late-November)."
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Funny Quotes
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(US $6,000,000.00 starting bid)
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"College student Lara Hayhurst was not prepared to let officials treat her little pet like Osama 'fin' Laden"
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"The FBI is warning police nationwide to be alert for people carrying almanacs, cautioning that the popular reference books covering everything from abbreviations to weather trends could be used for terrorist planning."
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30 December 2003


BallDroppings is a noisy play-toy. It can also be seen as an emergence game. My brother Marc takes this software seriously as an audio-visual performance instrument. Balls fall from the top of the screen and bounce off the lines you are drawing with the mouse. The balls make a percussive and melodic sound, whose pitch depends on how fast the ball is moving when it hits the line.

Note: When you run this program, your screen will turn completely black. Start clicking around. Make sure the computer's sound is on."

Link thanks to Pete.

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29 December 2003

Some tips...

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"A Brooklyn cop is being investigated over Internet postings that brag about beating suspects, writing phony tickets and ignoring calls to his precinct."
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"A 2-year-old model and actor who cut his head at a playground is seeking unspecified lost wages and other compensation from the city."
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"Accused star says he will no longer live at his Neverland ranch after it was 'violated' by police search"
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"A man in Sicily asked a friend to shoot him in the groin in the hope of making his ex-girlfriend feel sorry for him, police said on Friday."
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"Lists include top 10 words, top 10 names, the latest in YouthSpeak, top phrases, best and worst product names, and more."
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24 December 2003

Not office safe - involves chocolate and a cat.

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No, not me!
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"Technology analyst Bill Thompson wonders why he cannot stay away from Google, even though he has his doubts about it."
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(Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
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Thai Square - very tasty!
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23 December 2003

Golf game
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"Argentine police are reportedly hunting for Diego Maradona's missing penis."
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"A Kenyan man chopped off one of his testicles in a row with his wife and then walked naked to a police station to report the incident, police said on Monday."
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"The P.U.-litzer Prizes were established more than a decade ago to give recognition to the stinkiest media performances of the year."
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Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | The best of British blogging

The revolution should not be eulogised

BLOGGER - Knowledge Base - How To Get A Book Deal With Your Blog

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(Note how the story was not reported in any mainstream US press.)

Yahoo! News - Saddam was held by Kurdish forces, drugged and left for US troops

Saddam's spiderhole photo was taken in August? | Metafilter

Revealed: who really found Saddam?

Correspondences - News By the People For People: Who captured Saddam Hussein?

Dates Clash With Saddam's Day of Destiny

We got him: Kurds say they caught Saddam - www.smh.com.au

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22 December 2003

A dismembered foot was accidentally sent to the family of a dead teenager in North Carolina. A medical center representative blamed the incident on an overcrowded refrigerator in the morgue.

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"A Black Country postman is taking legal action over claims he pulled a muscle carrying too many letters."
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Pubic hair trimmer.

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21 December 2003

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"Help for Parents and/or Loved Ones"
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At the eleventh hour, I acted as the sound and light engineer for our departmental Christmas Panto - Cinderella.  I almost got away with it - I got off to a nervous start and if only I knew how to use PowerPoint at the end...  But apart from that the panto was great.  Another great Panto@cs.ucl.ac.uk production.


KFC and the Marlborough Arms


Walked round the Computer Fair, which was geeky.

Burmese food at the Mandalay. Friendly waiter, tables too close together and the food made us ill.


Woke up, realised that I've not bought any Christmas cards, and that the final posting date was yesterday. Decided that this year would be the first exclusively e-Christmas. Then went out and bought some cards anyway...
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