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Frank Chu, the apocalyptic nut

Frank Chu, the apocalyptic nut who paces the streets of San Francisco with a sign that warns of various officials' sins against any number of "Zagnatronic Galaxies," has become a fixture in the city. Now, he's selling ad-space on his sign: "Underwritten by Quizno's subs, oven-baked classics. The galaxy's best sandwich." Link Discuss (via MeFi)

Pornagami! Erotic paper-folding, illustrated and

Pornagami! Erotic paper-folding, illustrated and described. I am having multiple origami! Link Discuss (via Memepool)

Lexical FreeNet allows you to

Lexical FreeNet allows you to explore the language, identify and visualize the relations, connections, intersections, and rhymes between words. Link Discuss (via Memepool)

DeskSwap: A screensaver that replaces

DeskSwap: A screensaver that replaces your idle desktop with some random person's active one from somewhere online. Link Discuss (via MemePool)

Stephen King's Dark Tower series

Stephen King's Dark Tower series is maddening. It's epic. It's haunting. And it's progressing very, very slowly. At the current rate, it's my guess that SK will have to live to 142 if he intends on finishing the story. Nevertheless, I eagerly await the coming of each book just as I have for the past fifteen-odd years. Book five is some ways out -- years! -- but King has posted the prologue to his site. Good stuff. Link Discuss

The Interactive Underwear Project: Send

The Interactive Underwear Project: Send Frieda and Guido underwear and they will wear them. Then they will take a picture. Then they will put the picture on the Internet. Link Discuss (Thanks, Drue!)

The Australian Ministry for Aged

The Australian Ministry for Aged Care has published a national public toilet map. <insert potty humor here> Link Discuss

Fun list of puzzles compiled

Fun list of puzzles compiled by evo-art pioneer Karl Sims.
"Fair Cake: When two people want to share a cake fairly, one cuts, and the other chooses. Assuming this is a fair scheme, devise a similar scheme for 3 people and 1 cake. Nobody should get short caked even if the other 2 cooperate."
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Somebody come up with a

Somebody come up with a parody of this. Paging Jim Leftwich? Link Discuss has original tunes played has original tunes played on toy pianos from flea markets. Neat music and a great photo gallery of old toy pianos. Link Discuss

"A simple tourist getting

"A simple tourist getting himself photographed on the top of the WTC just seconds before the tragedy... the camera was found in the rubble!" And the expected debunking of said image.Link Discuss (Thanks Gil!)

Gord works in a video

Gord works in a video store. Here are his tales of true encounters with idiots.

"Do you have any used PlayStations?"
Not at the moment, only new ones are in stock.
"I'd like you to order a used one for me please."
Well, it doesn't quite work that way.  I can only order them in new.
"Just order me a used one.  I don't want to pay for a new one."
I'm serious here, I can't just phone up and order used ones as Sony doesn't sell used machines, and neither so suppliers.
"Yes they do!"
No, no they don't.  Trust me on this one, being that I'm the one here with the game store.
"If you don't order me a used one, I'm not going to buy one from you."
If I don't order you something that I can't get, you won't buy it from me.  Sure, sounds about right.
"Just order me a used PlayStation!"
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Liberty at Risk: "In 1798,

Liberty at Risk: "In 1798, Congress enacted the notorious Alien and Sedition Acts, making it a federal crime to criticize the government. In 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War, President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus, citing the need to repress 'an insurrection against the laws of the United States.' Ulysses S. Grant sought to expel Jews from southern states. World War II brought about the shameful internment of Japanese Americans, which even the Supreme Court failed to overturn." Link Discuss

If this first person account

If this first person account of an American-born physician's encounter with bumbling FBI agents is any indication of US intelligence's abilities, then terrorists have little to worry about. Link Discuss

Surgeons removed the gall bladder

Surgeons removed the gall bladder of a woman from 7,000 km away, using remote-controlled robots. Link Discuss (via Meerkat)

A frustratingly brief article from

A frustratingly brief article from Scientific American claims that Quantum Computing solves the Prisoner's Dilema.
Hayden's group discovered that this entanglement actually removed the dilemma. In other words, it eliminated the incentive a player would have in the real world to betray his opponents.
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Gone and Forgotten: the webzine

Gone and Forgotten: the webzine devoted to the worst comics, ever. Link Discuss (Thanks, Pat!)

In Defense of Freedom: a

In Defense of Freedom: a petition signed by 150 organizations, 300 law profs, and 40 computer scientists urging the US government to fight terrorism without declaring war on freedom at home. You can sign, too. Link Discuss (via Electrolite)

British coverage of the Current

British coverage of the Current Situation that lauds Americans for their positive and reasoned reaction.
The single most impressive fact about the past few days has been the general refusal to adopt an ugly or chauvinistic attitude towards America's most recent and most conspicuous immigrants: the Middle Eastern ones. The response of public opinion has been uniformly grown-up and considerate. As if by unspoken agreement, everyone seems to know that any outrage to multiculturalism and community would be an act of complicity with the assassins. And in rather the same way, no one chooses to be very raucously in favour of hitting just anyone in "retaliation" overseas.
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Uptalking -- ending every sentence

Uptalking -- ending every sentence with rising, questioning inflection -- is taking over the English language. Link Discuss (via Electrolite)

In Heinlein's Friday, the story

In Heinlein's Friday, the story opens with the city of Seattle long-destroyed by terrorists. Throughout the novel, the various characters explain how the disaster allowed them, and an entire generation of dropouts, to create new identities, and kill off their old ones. Will the Current Situation create the same opportunity? Here's New York's streamlined death certificate program -- with nothing more than a signature, you can legally die. Link Discuss (via MeFi)

The Onion took last week

The Onion took last week off -- no one was in the mood for satire. They're back this week, and funnier than ever:
  • Hugging up 76,000 percent
  • Jery Falwell: Is that guy a dick or what?
  • Rest of country temporarily feels deep affection for New York
  • Massive attack on Pentagon page 14 news
  • President urges calm, restraint, among nation's ballad singers
  • Report: GenX irony, cynicism may be permanently obsolete
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Computing pioneers and super-leet haxors

Computing pioneers and super-leet haxors tape a TV public service announcement pleading with "patriot hackers" to stop screwing around with the Arab world's computers. Link Discuss

Interesting Salon piece compares the

Interesting Salon piece compares the war on terrorism with the war on P2P file sharing.
When the MPAA tried to suppress the distribution of DeCSS, it quickly discovered that many of the individual users posting the code to the Web were prohibitively difficult to identify, ruling out direct legal action against them. The MPAA instead targeted their ISPs: legally, the Web hosting companies were obligated to take down DeCSS pages, unless the users were willing to stand up in court and be sued. Through this sidestep, the MPAA was able to sic its lawyers on the people it really wanted to sue, or failing that, make the problem go away.

In declaring that the U.S. government would not distinguish between terrorists and regimes that harbor terrorists, President Bush acted on the same principle. Like the ISPs, the Taliban would prefer to be a bystander in any conflict. By making them liable for the safe harbors they grant, though, Bush transferred some of the weight of U.S. pressure to a more identifiable target -- in order to acquire greater leverage against his real enemies.

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Good piece on Generation Y's

Good piece on Generation Y's double-identity: bovine consumers and globalization-busting hacktivists. Link Discuss

14 e-gold users made transfers

14 e-gold users made transfers between 2,890,982.78 USD and 28,911,165.55 USD yesterday. Something's a-brewing. Link Discuss (Thanks, John!) is a nonprofit Web is a nonprofit Web service that generates really, really random numbers, for all your truly random needs.
True random numbers are typically generated by sampling and processing a source of entropy outside the computer. A source of entropy can be very simple, like the little variations in somebody's mouse movements or in the amount of time between keystrokes. In practice, however, it can be tricky to use user input as a source of entropy. Keystrokes, for example, are often buffered by the computer's operating system, meaning that several keystrokes are collected before they are sent to the program waiting for them. To the program, it will seem as though the keys were pressed almost simultaneously.
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Clay Shirky argues that cities

Clay Shirky argues that cities are an example of the vigor of decentralization, not (as some argue in the post-9.11 world) a vulnerable centralized point-of-failure.
New York City happened not because the Bureau of Centralized Cities decreed that New York City should be the largest. Indeed, at the founding of the United States, either Philadelphia or Boston would have seemed liklier candidates for that sort of pre-eminence. New York is big because over time more people came than left, because millions of uncoordinated actors decided independently to move to New York. The population is not a single variable, it is the sum of these countless distrbuted decisions.
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Phil "PGP" Zimmerman says that

Phil "PGP" Zimmerman says that the Washington Post misquoted him, and he has no regrets over releasing strong crypto, despite speculations that strong crypto may have enabled the authors of the Current Situation to plot their plots.
In these emotional times, we in the crypto community find ourselves having to defend our technology from well-intentioned but misguided efforts by politicians to impose new regulations on the use of strong cryptography. I do not want to give ammunition to these efforts by appearing to cave in on my principles. I think the article correctly showed that I'm not an ideologue when faced with a tragedy of this magnitude. Did I re-examine my principles in the wake of this tragedy? Of course I did. But the outcome of this re-examination was the same as it was during the years of public debate, that strong cryptography does more good for a democratic society than harm, even if it can be used by terrorists. Read my lips: I have no regrets about developing PGP.
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