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.
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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.
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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."
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