Great piece on Weblogs in today's San Francisco Chronicle
A homebrew MST3K Web-episode: Mike and the 'bots take on a Chick Tract about the evils of D&D. High-larious! Link
Simply astonishing tiki merchandise. Link
Flash! Mormon apostle advises consumption of snacks as a means to control masturbation! Link
(Thanks, Elder Shunn!)
Action figure deities at jesuschristsuperstore.com Link
The coolest goddamn shoes in the universe. Link
PayPal froze a customer's account with $20,000 in it. I suspect there's a run going on at PayPal because every time I try to log on I get a message telling me that its servers are too busy. I want to get my $500+ out now.
But I have a bad feeling. According to this Salon article, "PayPal remains outside the strictures of banking laws. Consumer accounts have neither the protection of federal insurance systems like FDIC nor the assurance of regulatory oversight." Link
Facsinating account of the weliveinpublic.com fiasco, by Jupiter/Pseudo founder and (ex?)-millionaire Josh Harris's live-in girlfriend, Tanya Corrin.
"Before the project began, I was hoping I’d be able to do absolutely everything in public, even masturbate. But I never got comfortable with being naked or using the toilet (that was Josh’s specialty), and especially not having sex. Josh wanted to have wild simulated sex, but that felt too manipulative. This was about real life, real feelings. So we did it under the covers late at night, or else we’d cover the cameras. Once we had dirty-talking sex with the camera covered, still unaware that the audio had gone out crystal clear. We were mortified. Viewers went berserk. Link
Review of a new book, BURIED ALIVE.
"In 1937 Angelo Hays was interred in the village of St. Quentin de Chalais after a motorcycle accident. When insurance inspectors exhumed him a few days later, they discovered that Hays was still alive. A head injury had caused his system to shut down temporarily, making him appear dead. Hays recovered and went on to invent his own security coffin equipped with a chemical toilet and radio transmitter. He became a minor celebrity in France, performing for a TV audience from six feet under." Link
And Memepool's picked up the soft-drink story! Slashdot effect, here we come! Link
Excellent OpenCola/Disneyland story in today's Globe and Mail
Robots to lay fiber optic cable through sewer pipes. (Thanks Jon!) Link
"A young Chinese tiger keeper has been mauled to death after apparently trying to defecate on one of his big cats." Link
Heh. Speaking of Microsoft, looks like their redirector has been hacked by someone with a relatively subtle sense of humor. Link
(Here's a mirror of it -- refer to this once MSFT catches on Link
"You brutish product of the mineral world!" A collection of insults hurled by Dr. Smith at the robot from Lost In Space. Link
Microsoft operating system chief Jim Allchin is the Joe McCarthy of the software industry: "Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer ... I can't imagine something that could be worse than this for the software business and the intellectual-property business. I'm an American, I believe in the American Way. I worry if the government encourages open source, and I don't think we've done enough education of policy makers to understand the threat."Link