LAST POST UNTIL JUNE -- I'm going to be taking an analog vacation in Europe for the entire month of May. No posts till I get back. I recommend visit my favorite blogs (listed in the column on the right.) Bye! -- Mark
Spanish farmers are growing three-meter high artichokes
for burning in special power stations to produce electricity, the Independent newspaper reported on Thursday."
From my pal, Jim Leftwich: "The Russians were planning a lunar lander that looked like it was made from a beer keg.
It's oddly sporty looking I think, compared to the American lander. More stylish!" Jim has a new blog, Jimwich
Here are some UFO-themed oil paintings
by one of my favorite authors, Rudy Rucker. The same page has a link to two essays about writing.
designer Will Wright gives diseased virtual guinea pigs
to unwitting players.
"Like almost everything in the game, the guinea pig's function as a disease vector was carefully simulated, Mr. Wright said. For example, the guinea pig only spreads the disease if a Sims player neglects to clean its cage, and only if a player reaches into the cage to pet the software animal and is bitten will he get sick. Someone who has gotten sick sneezes and coughs and will infect other human characters in the game who come within several 'tiles' distance."
I'm probably the last one to know about this Elian-Wassup!
The New York Times
got their hands on a still-classified CIA-written report
(presented here in Adobe Acrobat format) on how the agency overthrew the Government of Iran in the 1950s. (Acess requires free registration with nytimes.com.)
I was surprised to learn that Thomas Hart Benton
was Jackson Pollack's art teacher. From this
is a comic strip
based on dreams that people submitted. (Does anyone else remember the Jack Kirby comic book called The Strange World of Your Dreams