Good story on laid-off dotcommer

Good story on laid-off dotcommer volunteerism with the Peace Corps, and the changing perspectives wrought by the Current Situation. Link Discuss Read the rest

In addition to having a

In addition to having a cool domain, has a cool concept: Writing to "celebrities" (Jimmy Walker, The Professor from Gilligan's Island and the guy from Frankie Goes to Hollywood) and getting testimonials to the bulb that stinks and refreshes from 'em. Link Discuss (Thanks, Hutch!) Read the rest

Internet pharmacies are getting busted

Internet pharmacies are getting busted for bootlegging Cipro without a license or a scrip. Link Discuss Read the rest

This is a strange little

This is a strange little project: Comic-strip fanfic about the WTC disaster that actually pulls off some semblance of respectfulness. Link Discuss (Thanks, crow!) Read the rest

Here's a great roundup of

Here's a great roundup of the best of Internet gossip and rumor sites. I'd heard of a bunch of these, but there are some nice and novel gems here, too.Link Discuss (Thanks, James!) Read the rest

The Leonids aren't the only

The Leonids aren't the only noteworthy upcoming celestial event. Tomorrow, we'll have the first full-moon Hallowe'en since 1955, and the last one until 2020. Link Discuss (Thanks, Dave!) Read the rest

The Meathead: The ultimate

The Meathead: The ultimate Hallowe'en hors d'oeuvre! Start with a plastic skull, add red jello, coldcuts, some strategically placed egg yolks or pearl onions, and serve! Link Discuss (Thanks, ali!) Read the rest

"In the wee morning hours

"In the wee morning hours of Sunday, November 18, the Leonid meteor shower might intensify into a dazzling meteor storm, with 'shooting stars' continuously blazing trails across the night sky. Viewers across the United States are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the storm, which could be among the most spectacular sky events of the 21st century according to the latest scientific predictions. Use this nifty online app to calculate the Leonid shower activity from your your location. Link Discuss Read the rest

Steven Levy reports on Bill

Steven Levy reports on Bill Gates's reaction to the new Apple iPod:
He spun the wheel, checked out the menus on the display screen and seemed to get it immediately. "It looks like a great product," he said. And then he added, incredulous, "It's only for Macintosh?"
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Here's a poignant note from

Here's a poignant note from the proprietor of Adventures in Crime and Space, a wonderful science fiction bookstore in Austin, TX. ACS is on the verge of bankruptcy -- two weeks away! -- and they're desperate for their many customers to come on in and spend, spend, spend.
That's the basics of the situation. We have, as best as I can tell, TWO WEEKS to turn this around. If we don't find $6,000 by October 31 then the store may have to close. That's our time frame. If you like the store, we need you in there NOW buying something! I don't really care what you buy, but we need the funds NOW! If everyone on our email list buys just 2 paperbacks, we can cover past dues and order books for Christmas. I don't like to beg for your business but you guys are our extended family, the ones we chose rather than the one we were born into. We need your help, so we are asking for it.
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Some publishers have instituted new,

Some publishers have instituted new, fear-of-terrorism policies that will make for even greater delays in the handling of unsolicited manuscripts. I woulda said that the life of a hopeful, unpublished novelist couldn't get any more pathetic, but I was wrong. Send an ms to an editor at HarperCollins, and you've no guarantee that it (or any of your query letters) will ever be opened.
HarperCollins, owned by the News Corporation, has been asked by management to modify its submission policy as a result of an anthrax scare experienced by the New York Post in the same corporate group. As before, unsolicited submissions sent to the general HarperCollins Children's Book department will not be considered, but effective October 15 they are being discarded instead of returned. Also any mail received without a return address will be discarded by the mailroom immediately. Mail, including unsolicited submissions, addressed to a specific editor will be delivered to him or her. Whether editors open it if they do not know the sender, however, will be left to their individual judgment. That policy is to be reevaluated every month or so, and any changes will be reported as soon as possible.
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The new Mindjack has a

The new Mindjack has a great editorial on the theory and practice of the DMCA, one that exhaustively convers the history and consequences of one of the worst, oscially damaging American laws since Jim Crow.
For those of us teaching cybercultural issues, an area of content is also blocked: the realm of problematic digital copying itself. Although the DMCA insists on several occasions that its enforcement shall not abridge freedom of speech (such as 1201(c)(4)), at other points its language prohibits not only unauthorized copying but any discussions of how such copying works. This provision exceeds analog equivalents, since one may buy, sell, read, and own texts describing in vivid detail many means of illegal activities, from illicit xeroxing to homicide. In practice, would not teaching the history and culture of software piracy not fall foul of the DMCA? Assigning the current issue of 2600, the leading hacking journal, would also include students reading how to violate eBook protocols, for example. Lecturing about the popular disregard for freeware timelimits would also fall under the ban. Webbing notes on encryption techniques, a staple of computer science, should be a DMCA violation; merely linking to Web sites that contain such information can be a DMCA infraction. Section 1201(g) makes provisions for "Encryption Research" - so long as such work is "necessary to identify and analyze flaws and vulnerabilities… [and] if these activities are conducted to advance the state of knowledge in the field of encryption technology". Given this year's legal challenge to Professor Felten, it's clear that that section has ample room for interpretation.
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2308 items for sale

2308 items for sale at a giant upcoming dotcom bankruptcy auction in Sunnyvale. Dozens of Sun servers, Aeron chairs, and gobs o' pagers.
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A self-professed "rude and sarcastic"

A self-professed "rude and sarcastic" Christian site offering some pretty considered advice for Xtian alternatives to Hallowe'en.
* The bible teaches that all people are going to Hell if they don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (Sorry- it's not my fault. I'm not making this up. It's really what it says!)

* You're not going straight to Hell because you dress up your sweet little girl as a ballerina on Halloween and have fun. You are going to Hell if you don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It's a completly different reason you're going to Hell.

* Going to Hell has nothing to do with being good or bad, but only on your relationship with Jesus.

* The Bible actually has a few other verses in it beside that one that everyone seems to know about, "Love your neighbors". (Have you seen a bible lately? They're really thick.)

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NASA is researching boredom. They've

NASA is researching boredom. They've asked a group of volunteers to spend 30 days in bed, tilted head down, playing card games and watching TV to see how space travel will affect astronauts on long, confined jaunts. Volunteers get $11/hour! Link Discuss Read the rest

Dammit, I got outbid on

Dammit, I got outbid on this deck of Tarot cards themed after the Disneyland Haunted Mansion and Nightmare Before Christmas. $71+ for 24 bits of cardboard that came off the presses a couple months ago? Even I'm not that obsessive and lacking in perspective. Link Discuss Read the rest

The perfect Xmas gift

The perfect Xmas gift for the mystical nihilist who's got everything: Plush Cthulhu dollies! Link Discuss (Thanks, Tobias!) Read the rest

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