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I bought a neat book


I bought a neat book called Painted Rocks which comes with six colors of paint and one rock. Here's my first attempt. (click on link for bigger image.) Link Discuss

I want somebody to start

I want somebody to start a website that features funny or embarrassing SirCam attachments. Anyone know if there is such a site? Discuss

Dr. Jan Bondeson is a

Dr. Jan Bondeson is a physician at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in London who moonlights as an author of cool books about medical curiosities and wonders of nature! His latest is "Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear." Link

The Micro-Ecological Life Support Alternative

The Micro-Ecological Life Support Alternative is essentially a compost heap for spaceships! Link

U.S. seniors are telling Uncle

U.S. seniors are telling Uncle Sam to shove it by purchasing their drugs from Canadian prescription sites. Link Discuss

Dumbass nerd infighting. The hacker

Dumbass nerd infighting. The hacker clan that discovered a vulnerability in telnet on BSD and created an exploit to demonstrate the extent of the bug are all hottenbothered because Bugtraq, a venerable security-alert mailinglist posted the exploit, despite a header that forbade such action. Now, the leet haxors want to sue the company that publishes BugTraq, despite the fact that the exploit is circulating all over the net in the usual places -- irc, gnutella, etc.-- because they're worried that publication of their exploit exposes them to liabiity if it's used to trash a server. In reality, I suspect that this is more security geek schisming -- every security guy i know has something disparaging to say about {bugtraq|comp.risks|Bruce Schneier|etc}. Near as I can make out, it all comes down to dick-swinging. Link Discuss

Tokyo DisneySea, the latest Disney

Tokyo DisneySea, the latest Disney theme park, is set to open.
The new park is divided into seven theme areas, with more than 23 attractions--including a storm simulator and a volcano-themed roller coaster--33 restaurants and a luxury hotel. The park will feature water rides similar to Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean at existing Disneyland parks, but it will be based on cartoon characters from "Aladdin," "The Little Mermaid" and the "Indiana Jones" movies.
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A full set of Harry

A full set of Harry Potter characters, furnishings and settings for The Sims. Link Discuss (via Exciting Monkeybum Stories for Boys and Girls)

Everybody wants animated lenticular images

Everybody wants animated lenticular images of winking girls, don't they? Link Discuss

Disney sends bullying letters to

Disney sends bullying letters to Anahiem merchants warning them to buy $3000 season tickets to its stupid hockey team... or else. Link Discuss

This is hands-down the coolest

This is hands-down the coolest thing I've seen on the Internet in like, a month. A 25MB Quicktime clip (you have been warned) of the trailer for a remake of The Princess Bride, reenacted with rubber sharks. Rubber. Sharks. I nearly shat myself laughing. This kicks so very much ass. Link Discuss (via MeFi)

MyPhysicsLab: groovy interactive animations illustrate

MyPhysicsLab: groovy interactive animations illustrate the principles of physics. Link Discuss

OK, I like Disney, but

OK, I like Disney, but this guy makes me look like a punter. 1,005 Disney tattoos, a house furnished with all-Mickey tchotchkes. Yikes. Link Discuss (via Memepool)

RIP, Wau Holland, founder of

RIP, Wau Holland, founder of the legendary hacker clan, the Chaos Computer Club.
Even the first famous CCC hack never would have happened had the German postal and telecommunications authority heeded Holland's and Wernery's warning that they had found a security hole in the Btx network. To make their point, the pair hacked into the system using the password of the Hamburg savings bank and ran up the equivalent of roughly US$50,000 in credit to the CCC account. Then they went to the media with the story, which caused a major stir in West Germany.
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ZDnet is reporting that Amazon

ZDnet is reporting that Amazon is de-ephamsizing its auction biz, possibly prepatory to phasing it out altogether. Link Discuss

Things must be tough: Lucent

Things must be tough: Lucent is selling off its private golf course (and, I hear, one of their jets, and I think, a helicopter? Jesus, these guys had the whole set). Link Discuss

The Pogues' Shane McGowan on

The Pogues' Shane McGowan on Salon today.
MacGowan wears pain and pleasure on his sleeve, along with beer stains, cigarette burns and the remnants of some long-forgotten curry. In Chicago, he once threw up onstage in midset fronting for his new band the Popes, and resumed singing without a hitch. When he broke up with the Pogues, U2's Bono, one of a passel of celebrity admirers that includes Bob Dylan, Johnny Depp and Nick Cave, let him dry out at his Martello tower in Dublin. Just over a year ago, the Guardian reported that MacGowan was admitted to a fancy rehab facility after his pal, Sinéad O'Connor, called the cops on him -- allegedly because he was hooked on heroin, a rumor MacGowan later denied after he was ejected from said dry-out program for reasons unknown. O'Connor told reporters that she feared for MacGowan's life, but MacGowan shrugged off the whole incident as if that sort of thing happens every day in his world. "I might as well clear up the fact that she [O'Connor] has made out that I was lying on the floor in a coma," he told the Guardian. "Whereas in fact I was sitting on the sofa having a G and T and watching a Sam Peckinpah movie, 'Cross of Iron.'"
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The Joy of Linux --

The Joy of Linux -- a handbook for explaining Linux to your parents or your boss -- reviewed today on /. Link Discuss

The polls are in, God

The polls are in, God wins! From Gallup.com:
"[M]any Americans don't accept evolution as proven scientific theory. A March Gallup poll found that when given a choice, 48% of the public said they believe more in the theory of creationism, while just 28% said they believed more in the theory of evolution. Interestingly, 81% of Americans said they considered themselves to be at least somewhat informed on the issue. Additionally, when asked directly about Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, just 35% said that it was a scientific theory that has been well-supported by evidence. Thirty-nine percent say that it has not been well-supported by evidence. The rest say they don't know enough to say."
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Genetically modified laboratory pigs are

Genetically modified laboratory pigs are stolen and turned into sauages. Link Discuss

Good Jakob Nielsen AlertBox on

Good Jakob Nielsen AlertBox on designing the PR section of your Website to make journos happy.
In our study, we visited journalists where they work. Many journalists are freelancers or work from home, typically using slow dial-up connections. Many also have old computer equipment and do not feel an obsessive need to download all the latest software. Thus, non-standard data formats like PDF, Flash, and QuickTime tend to clog their limited Internet connections. In several test sessions, PR information actually crashed the journalists' computers. Not a good thing if you're looking for positive coverage of your company.

Another finding? Journalists spurn the informational black holes that populate corporate PR areas. They don't want to register to read a press release; they just want to see if it contains anything worth using in a story. And they don't want to send questions to generic email addresses. What do you think the odds are of getting a useful quote from something called "corporate.communications@nokia.com" when you're on deadline?

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Blogdex is a spider that

Blogdex is a spider that indexes all of the links being posted via Blogger and tabulates the top ten. Link Discuss

First corporate naming rights, now

First corporate naming rights, now this. It seems like imminent childbirth is a surefire ticket to wealth and fame for a certain class of fruitbat. For a minimum bid of $10,000, you can fly to Florida and watch a woman give birth. No pictures, though. Link Discuss (Thanks, drue!)

SETI is firing up a

SETI is firing up a new optical detection system that detects laser light beacons from hundreds of light-years away rather than listening for radio signals. The rub is that the ETs must be pointing their galactic flashlight right at us for the system to detect the signal. Link

A company called Minrad has

A company called Minrad has developed a laser-guided surgical scalpel and named it the Light Saber. It's that last part that doesn't sit well with the Empire. Link (Thanks, Gil!)

"How to Teach Someone to

"How to Teach Someone to Use a Computer" -- humane advice for techies from Phil Agre.
Be aware of how abstract your language is. "Get into the editor" is abstract and "press this key" is concrete. Don't say anything unless you intend for them to understand it. Keep adjusting your language downward towards concrete units until they start to get it, then slowly adjust back up towards greater abstraction so long as they're following you. When formulating a take-home lesson ("when it does this and that, you should try such-and-such"), check once again that you're using language of the right degree of abstraction for this user right now.
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Paul Di Filippo reviews Starlight

Paul Di Filippo reviews Starlight 3, the kick-ass new SF anthology in which my story "Power Punctuation!" appears. He says: "Cory Doctorow is in fine gonzo fettle with a silly-serious story that would be right at home in H.L. Gold's Galaxy." Link Discuss

Tech-support nightmares: slashsite for tech-support

Tech-support nightmares: slashsite for tech-support professionals. Link Discuss (via EvHead)

New jargon, courtesy of the

New jargon, courtesy of the below link: "Twelve O'Clock Flasher." Someone whose every household appliance is currently flashing "12:00 12:00 12:00." Internet support line slang for a hopeless fool. Discuss

Standup comedians have always used

Standup comedians have always used their place-of-work as a source of comedy. It was only a matter of time until an Internet Help Desk tech took up the mic. Link Discuss