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Suspended on a dog's say-so

A teenager in Ottawa was fingered (nosed?) by a drug-sniffing mutt. Even though a subsequent search failed to actually turn up any drugs, the kid was suspended from school. Now the kid is suing. Link Discuss (Thanks, Jim!)

Quayle's no dove

Did Dan Quayle put a hit out on the Chief Kiwi?
Former New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange has claimed that ex-U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle threatened to have him "liquidated" over his country's anti-nuclear policy in the 1980s.
Link Discuss (Thanks, Michael!)


I have a new collection: Victorian Carte-De-Visites (CDVs) and Cabinet Cards from the 19th century! (Three of anything makes a collection!) CDVs, introduced in 1859, were essentially photographic calling cards. A few years later, slightly larger albumen prints called Cabinet Cards became all the rage. Here's one that I just scored on ebay and one that I lost (dammit). Link Discuss

Bureaucrat humor -- ar ar ar ar ar

The head of the Council on Foreign Relations opens a speech with:
Good Evening, my name is Leslie Gelb. I'm President of the Council on Foreign Relations and Commander in Chief of our black helicopter forces. Only kidding Kofi, the helicopters are yours
Link Discuss (via New World Disorder)

Celine Dion broke my Mac

The copy-prevention "feature" of the new Celine Dion CD seriously breaks Macs:
* It won't eject via normal methods.
* Booting into Mac OS 9.2.2 will take up to 30 minutes until the hard disk will start spinning. Booting into Mac OS X works.
* Corrupt session data could unpredictably affect the drive's firmware.
Link Discuss

Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln

Michael Eisner has ginned up some quotes from Honest Abe Lincoln to defend technology mandates, things like "any man might instantly use what another had invented; so that the inventor had no special advantage from his own invention. The patent system changed this; secured to the inventor, for a limited time, the exclusive use of his invention; and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius, in the discovery and production of new and useful things."

Here's a counterquote from the Lincolnbot at "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln" at Disneyland.

Shall we expect some Transatlantic giant to step across the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Africa and Asia combined could not by force make a track on the Blue Ridge nor take a drink from the Ohio River, not in a trial of a thousand years. If destruction be our lot, then we ourselves must be its author, and its finisher. It cannot come from abroad. As a nation of free men, we must live forever -- or die by suicide.
Stirring words as the American Techniban greedily slaughter American innovation. Discuss Link

The 300 most common words

Derryl sez, "It reads like a zen poem."
the of and a to in is you that it he for was on are as with his they at be this from I have or by one had not but what all were when we there can an your which their said if do will each about how up out them then she many some so these would other into has more her two like him see time could no make than first been its who now people my made over did down only way find use may water long little very after words called just where most know
Link Discuss (Thanks, Derryl!)

Occupational hazards of the conceptual artiste

A British conceptual artist lost her cat. Her neighbors mistook the posters she put up with a pic of the missing moggy for art and so took them all down, believing them to be quite valuable.
While enthusiastically endorsing her other works, including a tent embroidered with the names of all the people she has slept with, Miss Emin’s agent insisted that this time, the poster was definitely “not art”.
Link Discuss (Thanks, Glenn!)

Online Visual Autobiography

Miles Hochstein has created a really amazing autobiography using pictures of himself from every year he's been alive. I would love it if every person on the planet made one of these. Link Discuss

Weblogs and Googlebombs

From Slate: "Google searches favor Weblogs because they're sites that contain freshly updated content with lots of links. Conceivably, Weblogs could unleash powerful Google Bombs and threaten the legendary accuracy of the world's favorite search engine." Link Discuss (Thanks, Bonnie!)

AdCritic will be reborn

Advertising Age has bought up (the late, lamented), and they're soliciting consumer feedback on what netizens want from the new AdCritic. Link Discuss (Thanks, Roy!)

Captain Kirk rules Liberia OK

The Republic of Liberia is putting Star Trek captains on its money. Link Discuss (Thanks, inne!)

Space elevators ho!

Civil engineers are watching the progress of carbon nanotube fabrication and licking their chops in anticipation of groovy sci-fi space elevators in 12 years.
For a space elevator to function, a cable with one end attached to the Earth's surface stretches upwards, reaching beyond geosynchronous orbit, at 21,700 miles (35,000-kilometer altitude). After that, simple physics takes charge.

The competing forces of gravity at the lower end and outward centripetal acceleration at the farther end keep the cable under tension. The cable remains stationary over a single position on Earth. This cable, once in position, can be scaled from Earth by mechanical means, right into Earth orbit. An object released at the cable's far end would have sufficient energy to escape from the gravity tug of our home planet and travel to neighboring the moon or to more distant interplanetary targets.

Link Discuss (Thanks, Grad!)

Blue embroidery

The extreme embroidery at Sublime Stitch just got blue. Jenny sez:
I'm starting a series of full-busted babes. And speaking of BUSTs, the magazine survived and I have a full-page embroidery/illo in the current ish.
Link Discuss

Lights out in the Czech Republic

The Czech republic bows to the powerful skywatcher lobby and bans light-pollution:
The new law defines "light pollution" as "every form of illumination by artificial light which is dispersed outside the areas it is dedicated to, particularly if directed above the level of the horizon."  Under the law, Czech Republic citizens and organizations are obligated to "take measures to prevent the occurrence of light pollution of the air."
Link Discuss

P-mail yeilds to email

India's police are abandoning "P-mail" -- the carrier pigeon network that gets messages to remote stations.
The carrier pigeons were often a vital link between remote police stations when traditional communications failed, beating storms, disasters - and birds of prey.

But the government's audit department now believes that the service - employing some 800 birds - has become redundant with the advent of e-mail and electronic communication.

Link Discuss (via New World Disorder)

IBM and Nazi Germany

The damning evidence of IBM's collusion with Nazi Germany continues to mount -- IBM leased and serviced the automated machinery of the Holocaust.
IBM constantly updated its machinery and applications for the Nazis. For example, one series of punch cards was designed to record religion, national origin, and mother tongue, but by creating special columns and rows for Jew, Polish language, Polish nationality, the fur trade as an occupation, and then Berlin, Nazis could quickly cross-tabulate, at the rate of 25,000 cards per hour, exactly how many Berlin furriers were Jews of Polish extraction. Railroad cars, which could take two weeks to locate and route, could be swiftly dispatched in just 48 hours by means of a vast network of punch-card machines. Indeed, IBM services coursed through the entire German infrastructure in Europe.
Link Discuss (Thanks, Michael!)

Irradiation reduces farting

Indian scientists determine that irradiating fart-causing legumes can reduce oligosaccharides, the carb that breaks down into sufur and methane.
"In India, beans are a very popular and important part of the national diet, but some people can't eat a lot of beans because of the flatulence problem," Machaiah said.
Link Discuss

Horoshoh Harry

Harry Potter is bolshoi in Russia.
Over 415,000 Russians have rushed to see the adventures of the trainee wizard created by novelist JK Rowling, said the film's distributor, Karo-Premier.

Pottermania has also hit Moscow bookstores, which have been flooded with Harry Potter books for weeks.

Link Discuss

Doonesbury on Napster

Garry Trudeau's doing an interesting series on the generation perceptual shear between parents and their Napsterized kinder. Link Discuss (Thanks, Pat!)

The Musee Mechanique is saved!

Hurrah! The Musee Mechanique is saved!
So I'm happy to report today that the charming and historic Musee at the Cliff House will be saved, and the officials from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area deserve some credit for responding to the protests from around the country.

Just where Laughing Sal, the Tijuana Brass bear and peep-show machines of early 20th century belly dancers will end up while the park service rebuilds the Cliff House is still being worked out. But for the first time since the Musee became an endangered species, both the recreation area and museum owner agree that a temporary home for the historic toys will be found until a permanent home is built above the new Cliff House.

Link Discuss (Thanks, Heather!)

Will this bring peace to Canadian rightsholders and their audiences?

Canadian rightsholders have convinced Parliament to consider (sometimes punishing) levies on all media on the grounds that it may end up being used to store copyrighted material. I wonder if this means that they're going to give up infringement claims against people who share files? After all, they're getting compensated.
If approved, the new tax would levy an additional fee of 59 cents (Canadian) on blank CDs. Memory cards, such as those used in handheld computers or digital cameras, would be taxed at 0.8 cents per megabyte of storage space. Manufacturers of blank DVD discs would pay an extra $2.27 per disk.

Hardware manufacturers would also be affected. Makers of MP3 players would pay $21 in fees for each gigabyte of memory available on their devices, raising the cost of devices like Apple's iPod by more than $100.

Link Discuss (Thanks, Zed!)

Indy promotion gone mad!

This is indie media promotion at its finest. Greg Knauss has written a book called "Rainy Day Fun and Games for Toddler and Total Bastard" that he's selling off his site, and to promote it, he's doing a virtual book-tour, where he takes over a different person's blog every day and does a little promotional stumpage. Betcha he sells a jesusload. Link Discuss

What if the labels designed Napster? Ewwwww.

Shift's done a roundup of the music industry's grotty little replacements for Ur-music services like (the original) Napster.
* You will be billed if you do not proactively cancel your fourteen-day "free" trial at the end of those fourteen days.

* You can’t burn more than two tracks per artist per month. Because you have to be online to burn pressplay downloads and you have use the integrated burning software (the tracks are encrypted), pressplay can monitor what you burn. Want to make a mixed Radiohead CD? Too bad. You can’t. You can mix two Radiohead tracks with other artists’ tracks though.

* If you unsubscribe, all of the tracks you’ve downloaded to date deactivate themselves and become unplayable. So, if you’ve been a subscriber of the Premium Plan for a year, you lose $400 of music. (Your tracks can be reactivated if you re-subscribe within six months). I can’t imagine how frustrating this would be for a dial-up user.

Link Discuss (Thanks, Mark!)

Punk poster art

GigPosters is an amazing collection of alternaband poster-art from around the world. Link Discuss (via Schism Matrix)

Forbes takes the cake

Amazing first-person account of a woman guy (thanks, JRC!) who, through an amazing set of circumstances got commissioned by Steve Malcolm Forbes to bake a 3' high Fabrege Egg replica cake -- after he stole the first one.
Still not satisfied, three stewardess and one steward stewed over the problem until the plane was almost 10 minutes late (Headline: CAKE HOLDS UP PLANE). Finally, the pilot came back, surveyed the situation, and told them all to get a grip, that he thought the cake was fine. Phew! We flew.
Link Discuss (via MeFi)

My God, what have I bid on?

The logbook of Captain Robert A. Lewis, the US Army Air Corps pilot who dropped the first H-Bomb A-Bomb exploded as an act of war on Hiroshima is up for auction in the UK. Ghouls and H-Bomb A-Bomb enthusiasts can own the 11-page book that contains the famous line "My God, what have we done?" and the less-known line, "Damn, that cheeseburger is rebounding on me something fierce -- hoo-ee!" Link Discuss (via New World Disorder) (Thanks, Maurice!)

Forget butterflies, they need warfarin ballots

Electoral recounts in Thailand are being foiled by the fact that mice have eaten the archived ballots. Link Discuss

Ali G's porno film poster

Ali G, the UK's answer to Tom Green, is a comedian who goes all the way through stupid and comes out the other side. His risque film poster ("Vote Ali G: Tax Da Panty") is drawing fire in England. Link Discuss

Worst terrorist ever

A Reno craps dealer seriously lost his shit Friday and barricaded himself in a comics store, threatening to blow it up or burn it down. He was convinced that the store had fenced pieces of his beloved funnybook collection after it was burgled from his garage. Link Discuss