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Messy Chestnut is a funny

Messy Chestnut is a funny blog.
"...I’ve been flying a lot lately, and I have some recommendations for you for replacement taglines.
Southwest Airlines: We’re goofy, you’re cattle.
American Airlines: We removed a row so you can pay twice as much.
United Airlines Damn good at striking.
Delta Airlines: We crash a lot.
Continental Airlines: Where pilots learn to fly.
America West: Come sit on our fart-saturated seats.
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Memoir of a woman cleaning

Memoir of a woman cleaning out the amazingly filthy, poorly maintained house she's just bought.
I also cleaned out the light fixture above the oven, which hadn't been working heretofore. It was full of DEAD GRASSHOPPERS. I kid you not. I put together a Visible Grasshopper model when I was a girl, and I know what one looks like!

Roaches of every size, and some of them even had wings! Bishop got a shovel and started helping me excavate. There was a layer of foam rubber, a layer of carpet, and layers and layers of bubble wrap (all crawling with cockroaches), and then a very large Mylar bag sealed up with duct tape and containing Something.

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I spend 15-25 days/month on

I spend 15-25 days/month on the road (if you don't see me post to Boing Boing for a day, it's likely I spent that day on an airplane) and when I get to my destination, there're only two things I want from my hotel: an ashtray and a highspeed, in-room Internet connection. Geektools' "Geektels" directory is a collaborative project to list every hotel thus equipped in the world. Link Discuss

Queer Trek: the long, long

Queer Trek: the long, long struggle to get a gay Trek character on-screen (awesome photoshopping, too).
Roddenberry's lawyer, Leonard Maizlish, even went so far as to write story memos and rewrite scripts. And Maizlish was hardly sensitive to the gay issue. "The last time I saw [Maizlish] I was helping Herb Wright pack up his office," says Gerrold. "The lawyer came to make sure we weren't stealing anything. To my face, he called me 'an AIDS-infected cocksucker. A fucking faggot.'"
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Ted Chiang is a brilliant

Ted Chiang is a brilliant sf writer who doesn't write nearly enough (OTOH, he keeps beating me out on awards, so maybe that's a good thing). His magnificent story "72 Letters" is available online. Link Discuss

My new personal calling cards:

My new personal calling cards: one for Toronto, one for SF, and one for both. Collect the whole set! Link Discuss

Koko the Gorilla needs a

Koko the Gorilla needs a caregiver/sysadmin. No, really. Link Discuss (Thanks, Dennis!)

Pat sez: "Furby now had

Pat sez: "Furby now had a girlfriend--a bearded clam (no, I'm not kidding)." Link Discuss

Kiss My Freckled Ass Goodbye:

Kiss My Freckled Ass Goodbye: resources for disgruntled employees. Link Discuss (Thanks, Sandra!)

"The psychology of the eyelids."

"The psychology of the eyelids." This is why I love Jorn Barger. Link Discuss

Cardiff City footballer's contract guarantees

Cardiff City footballer's contract guarantees him "physical relations with a sheep." Link Discuss (Thanks, mattrose!)

Breaking news! The film option

Breaking news! The film option on Richard Kadrey's excellent Wired cover story, "New You" (a fictional news account of the first human clone) has been exercised! Go Richard! Bring home the major Hollyweird kwan! Link Discuss

Fear! Famous Scientologists (Garrett, Travolta,

Fear! Famous Scientologists (Garrett, Travolta, et al) perform the music of L. Ron Hubbard. Link Discuss (via MeFi)

Melt a penny in 30

Melt a penny in 30 seconds using the power of sunlight and the wonder of fresnel lenses. Don't watch too closely,though -- "Looking at the melting penny is similar to looking directly into the sun. Eye damage can occur without any pain. Instruct everyone to look only for a second at a time and to then look away." Link Discuss (via Memepool)

Another tasty bit from Salon

Another tasty bit from Salon on the MS verdict: Andrew Leonard in streaming MP3, discussing the case. Link Discuss

Elian one year later, via

Elian one year later, via the BBC. Summary: he's doing real good. You know, what I'd really like to see is a world in which every media report on conditions in Cuba contained a comparison to US-friendly "democracies" in the region (i.e. "Fidel Castro continues his deplorable policy of quaranting HIV positive individuals, while in nearby Haiti, such people die in the streets, unfed and in constant danger of physical violence"). I've spent a fair bit of time in Cuba, and while it's got some undeniable problems, they pale in comparison to the Domincan Republic, Haiti, and other "free" lands. Link Discuss (via Exciting Monkeybum Stories for Boys and Girls)

When Salon is good, it's

When Salon is good, it's very, very good. This morning, they've assembled commentary on the MS decision from the likes of Lessig, O'Reilly and Raymond. Thoughtful, revealing stuff.
I think hackers in general have always suspected that what the government did would turn out to be irrelevant (Eric S Raymond)

I guess they still do have a monopoly on desktop clients -- and as a result, it would be great to see some restrictions on their ability to use that monopoly in anticompetitive ways -- but we have to remember that the desktop is less of a power base than it was a few years ago. (Tim O'Reilly)

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Ow ow ow! A Saskatchewan

Ow ow ow! A Saskatchewan farmboy-turned-chef "helps" a man who wishes to become a woman, by castrating him, using skills acquired castrating farm-animals. The operation is not successful. Link Discuss (via Exciting Monkeybum Stories for Boys and Girls)

Mouth-watering new vaporware gadgets "reviewed."

Mouth-watering new vaporware gadgets "reviewed." Why vaporware? Well, they rely on things like 3G cellular and Bluetooth, wireless infrasctructure that appears to be dying a-borning. Link (via /.) Discuss

My friend, Marc Weingarten, wrote

My friend, Marc Weingarten, wrote this terrific piece about Ghost World cartoonist and screenwriter Dan Clowes.
Clowes still finds it hard to believe that next month, two actresses playing his comic-book heroines will appear, larger than life, in megaplexes everywhere. "I had this feeling of, ‘Hey, I was sitting in my underpants when I drew this comic, and now someone is spending thousands of dollars building a set for it?’"
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New jargon: "Spim." Instant Message

New jargon: "Spim." Instant Message spam. Various startups are contracting with companies to send you AIM/MSN Messenger/ICQ messages that say things like "Hey, FAOschwartz.com is having a sale!" Discuss (Thanks, ronks!)

Holy moly! The appeals court

Holy moly! The appeals court has overturned the Microsoft Antitrust rulin and removed Judge Jackson from the case.
The court vacated all of the restrictions that Judge Jackson had placed on Microsoft's business practices and ruled that the government had failed to prove many of its contentions involving the company's Internet browser
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My impending Orlando trip is

My impending Orlando trip is getting scarier and scarier every day -- the gators are attacking the nudists! Link Discuss (via Exciting Monkeybum Stories for Boys and Girls)

The master sex-toy sculptors behind

The master sex-toy sculptors behind the infamous Realdoll are now offering an apparently long-awaited male version! Only 6,999 dollars! Link Discuss

Blogger recently announced their 200,000th

Blogger recently announced their 200,000th user. And as Sturgeon predicted, 180,000 of them are crap. Take a look at the "10 most recently updated blogs" on the blogger home page. The first one I looked at had this engrossing entry: "The sight of food has been making me ill. But, I have to eat cuz hunger sucks. I guess I'm just going through a food backlash after oinking out big time, which reminds me that I should go get something to eat now. My tummy is growling. Arghh." Link Discuss

ViciousCargo sez: "Hilariously defensive and

ViciousCargo sez: "Hilariously defensive and pathetic email responses from the CEO of Blur.com (who designed the annoying 'Simon' character for MySimon.com) to an email sent criticizing the Simon character." Link Discuss

More Haunted Mansion! Photos of

More Haunted Mansion! Photos of the backstage, castmember-only areas of the Haunted Mansion. The design flourishes, even in this offstage area, are mind-blowing. Link Discuss

Video of the Disneyland, Disney

Video of the Disneyland, Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland (!) Haunted Mansions, shot with nightvision camcorders. I'm in heaven. Link Discuss

Dan Gillmore is as astute

Dan Gillmore is as astute as ever in his column about the NYT's reaction to a Supreme Court decision that it ripped off freelance writers. Best quote: "The publication that considers itself the nation's newspaper of record would rather destroy the record than pay a few dollars to the people who created it in the first place." Link Discuss

Clean, stylized Japanese cartoon characters

Clean, stylized Japanese cartoon characters (text in Japanese). Link Discuss (via gmt+9)