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Coincidence Design is a service

Coincidence Design is a service for single, fit, well-heeled men (women and fat guys need not apply). If there's some unattainable babe you're fascinated with, they'll stalk her, profile her, make sure she's not a drunk or a psycho, and give you an in-depth briefing on her tastes and interests, then engineer a "coincidental" meeting where you can charm her with your stolen knowledge, arrange future dates, and eventually get married. Hard to imagine that anything this unsavory is anything but a hoax. Link Discuss (Thanks, kirstie!)

Nice little profile of retro-style

Nice little profile of retro-style artist Shag. Link Discuss

An Ottawa artist has

An Ottawa artist has whipped up a bunch of cold-war-era Civil Defense posters and put 'em up around the city. Link Discuss (Thanks, Jude!)

Some bloggers are organizing a

Some bloggers are organizing a blogging conference in Vegas next August. Sounds like a lot of fun -- I love meatspace gatherings of virtual groups. Link Discuss (Thanks, kd!)

Gallery of weird old comic

Gallery of weird old comic book covers back in the days when they published comics about all sorts of things and not just superheroes. Link Discuss

A guide to hangover cures

A guide to hangover cures from around the world. Happy New Year!
  • Tripe soup (turkish)
  • Eine Chance fuer die Saueferleber
  • South African Hangover Cures
  • Kudzu - The Chinese Cure
  • The Russian Cure
  • Korean Tea Touted as Hangover Cure ve function
  • Thai drinking Food
  • White Willow Bark
  • Die Dampframme im Hirn
  • German Hangover Food
  • JASSA-The Senegalese Hangover Food
  • Thai Restitution Soup
  • THC in Lebensmitteln
  • ROTE RADIKALE
  • Johanniskraut hilft gegen Alkoholsucht
  • The Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrom
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Here's a concept robot dog

Here's a concept robot dog that runs Windows. No screenshots, unfortunately. Link Discuss (Thanks, Michael!)

The NYT polls six legal

The NYT polls six legal experts for a review of Internet law in 2001. Link Discuss (via /.)

The Linksys WAP11 -- the

The Linksys WAP11 -- the cheapest, most versatile wireless access point around -- has an undocumented software switch that puts its output into overdrive, vastly (and illegally) increasing the range and power of the device. Link Discuss (via /.)

Bruce Sterling's doing a public

Bruce Sterling's doing a public ongoing interview on the WELL.
You wanna read a real futurist, check out this blurb I just wrote for Jules Verne's latest English-language translation, INVASION OF THE SEA.

"Mr Verne's latest techno-thriller boldly confronts the menace of Islamic terrorism. He has topnotch chops in technical accuracy, with endearing dashes of broad humor and a keen eye for telling detail. Let me be the first to predict this: someday this French novelist will be known worldwide!"

And it's true, because Verne's book really *is* about Islamic terrorism, specifically, French engineers versus fanatic desert saboteurs in North Africa. Some "wars" are older than others. Bin Laden thinks that war been going on since the 12th century, but, you know, how often do the rest of us bother to notice?

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The USPTO is moving to

The USPTO is moving to an all-digital archive, and they're tossing old patents as they digitize them, creating a bonanza for dumpster divers.
A few random swoops into the bins produce aged prints of patent documents dated from the 1880's and 90's, with spidery intricate sketches of inventions.

Four of the reproductions have the name T. A. Edison at the top of the page. That's Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of the light bulb and the holder of more than 1,000 United States patents. One of the sketches retrieved from the dust bin of bureaucracy is of Mr. Edison's "dynamo electric machine or motor," patented March 15, 1892.

This is not Mr. Rabin's first dive into the trash bins. He was there a few days ago with a friend. "We started taking out ones that just appeared to be old, that just seemed to be interesting, that was something you just can't see going into the trash," said Mr. Rabin, the president of a patent research firm.

Link Discuss (Thanks, Steve!)

Universal's Cactus Shield copy-protection software

Universal's Cactus Shield copy-protection software can be "circumvented" by playing protected discs on a DVD drive/player, as opposed to a plain old CD player/drive. Then you can rip the tracks to MP3. Link Discuss

JK Rowling got married last

JK Rowling got married last week. Link Discuss

YEAH! Mena at Dollarshort

YEAH! Mena at Dollarshort has scanned this 1963 National Geographic pictorial/historical on Disneyland and posted it to her site. This is really fabulous stuff, with tons of material on the upcoming World's Fair attractions (espcially Mr. Lincoln!) and photos to die for. Link Discuss (Thanks, Mena!)

Tired of fingerprints and scratches

Tired of fingerprints and scratches marring the surface of your iPod? Try waxing it with car-wax!
Of course it is important to not wax over the headphone and firewire jacks as well as the buttons and scroll wheel. Use particular care in waxing around the buttons as not to get any wax in between the case and the buttons that?s where the q-tips come in handy
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Over on Slashdot, you can

Over on Slashdot, you can vote for the most prophetic SF writer. Can't say I agree with the results so far, with Orwell way out in front and Brunner trailing by a mile. (fixed the link, thanks, sandifop!) Link Discuss

Dig this groovy map of

Dig this groovy map of Disneyland, circa 1963. Damn, I wish I'd been born early enough to see the Pack Mules, the Indian Village and the Flying Saucers. Link Discuss (via Blather)

A patriotic sentiment I

A patriotic sentiment I can get behind. Link Discuss (via GregLog)

Novelty coffins inspired by

Novelty coffins inspired by the accomplishments of the deceased, like this airplane coffin, are traditional among prominent Ga families in Ghana, Africa. Link Discuss (via MeFi)

Pepsi launches new wireless soda

Pepsi launches new wireless soda machines nationwide this week. The machines use a wireless Internet connection to process credit-card transactions and report on inventory via a Web browser -- it's the fingerable pop machine, Mark II! Link Discuss (via Meerkat)

E-Lang, a way-cool language for

E-Lang, a way-cool language for creating secure Peer-to-Peer transactions, has been ported to MacOS X. Link Discuss (via Meerkat)

The terrorists have already won.

The terrorists have already won. A blogger's 70-year-old mother is visited by the CIA when her son ships the grandson's xmas gifts to her ahead of their visit. The Feebs want to know why she's taking delivery of a large, ticking box (it was the battery-powered Tonka truck, whirring). Link Discuss (via Meerkat)

Monty Python's Terry Jones critiques

Monty Python's Terry Jones critiques the War on Terrorism.
However, finally the 'War on Terrorism' is achieving its policy objectives. Osama bin Laden is looking haggard. We may not have caught him or brought him to justice but, at the cost of thousands of innocent Afghan lives, billions of dollars of US citizens' money and the civil liberties of the Free World, we have got him looking haggard.
Link Discuss (Thanks, Simon!)

More evidence of the power

More evidence of the power of patents to stimulate innovation. The inventors of a fast and accurate HIV test have exclusively licensed the patents in the US to companies that provide slower, more expensive, less accurate, more profitable tests. These companies are using their license to keep the technology out of America, so that they can continue to profit from their inferior technology. Link Discuss (via Plastic)

Revolting criminal gets 20 years.

Revolting criminal gets 20 years. This Florida man prank-called women and impersonated a doctor, talking them into mutilating their nipples and genitals. The link below is to the newspaper story on his sentencing, but if you've got a strong stomach, go have a look at The Smoking Gun, where they've got court documents detailing the crimes. I can't imagine anyone being convincing enough over the phone to convince the party on the other end to mutilate herself -- if this were a horror novel, no one would believe it. Link Discuss (via Plastic)

So much for actually improving

So much for actually improving airline security. The Feds are dropping the high-school diploma requirement for airport screeners who've worked a year on the job, on the grounds that anyone who lasts a year in such a crappy, dead-end low-paying job really must be extraordinary. Link Discuss

RSA announces a WEP improvement

RSA announces a WEP improvement that allegedly secures 802.11 networks (unlike the current WEP, which is basically useless). Any bets on how long it takes for this rev to be cracked? Link Discuss (via /.)

Good, in-depth look at the

Good, in-depth look at the tech behind the XBox, PS2 and GameCube. Link Discuss (via /.)

Internet Freak Show. Siklink's got

Internet Freak Show. Siklink's got all kinds of nifty pix and text about human oddities, freaks and the weird. Unfortunately, it's really badly organized and hard to navigate, but there are some real nuggets here for the diligent surfer. Link Discuss

Infringing while framing. Swedish cops

Infringing while framing. Swedish cops faked up video evidence used to frame a protester, and now the cops're being sued by the TV networks whose copyrighted footage they used without permission in the fake evidence. Link Discuss (via On Lisa Rein's Radar)