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Thursday, April 22, 2004

  Tactile text messaging.

  The ancient wonder of Kampyr-Tepe.



Wednesday, April 21, 2004

  Remote-controlled destructive fun with the Australian Battle Group.

  Animation from Augenblick Studios.

  Search request of the day: "how do I see myself?"
Well, a mirror works.



Tuesday, April 20, 2004

  BBC2 is forty. Now it'll feel a crisis coming on, start wearing jewelry, and have an affair with a younger station. Then we can expect it to calm down and enjoy a more relaxed attitude to life in general, occasionally taking us by surprise.

  Mystery of a peculiar device is solved by boingboing's readers.

  Relax on a big, soft escape key.

  Licorice: the next food scare? Probably not. Though it does have many effects, some beneficial, and some contested.

  A nice marketing gimmick from Campbell's to celebrate Andy Warhol's famous interpretation of their product. Via boingboing.

  If you have neither the inclination nor the patience for a serious MMORPG, visit the Kingdom of Loathing instead. Or use your imagination. Via the Firmary.



Sunday, April 18, 2004

  Ice age cave art by the merry Magdalenians.

  "Crash Bonsai is the creation of John Rooney, an artist who is torn between the desire to create and destroy." Via thingsmagazine.

  Yo-yo mania: reinventing the yo-yo, an online yo-yo museum, and the history of the yo-yo.

  Khaaan.

  A lost Valentino film is discovered in the Netherlands.



Saturday, April 17, 2004

  The envelope epiphany of Dan Grigsby.

  Pixellated robot romance: Diesel Sweeties.

  Some parents are so cruel.

  The slightly condensed Lord of the Rings.

  Social networking as procreating insects. Well, it's different.

  Romanian vampire slayers worry police.

  Feel like a MMORPG (massive multiplay online role playing game)? Then go to Eternal Lands. Or read Twisty Little Passages, a history of interactive fiction.



Friday, April 16, 2004

  Searching in the third dimension.

  Not what it sounds like, fortunately: www.runoff.com

  Another Heath Robinson site, showing some of his wonderful illustrations for Uncle Lubin.

  The ingenious and daftly consistent logic of W Heath Robinson and Rube Goldberg.

  The emerging science of sonocytology. Or listening to cells.

  The random personal picture finder.



Thursday, April 15, 2004

  Find out where you are with photo recognition.

  Meme time:

I may as well play along with this, since it's spread all over the web.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

The River Dorman roll'd their blood
Into the Northern sea;


- The Penguin poets - William Blake - edited by J Bronowski.


  History of the Silly Brewery.

  A cautionary article about hard drives and the data you think you've removed.

  Infantilising democracy - a Spiked article.

  Sedna has no moon.

  The Skylon could return to London. Via Moosifer Jones.



Wednesday, April 14, 2004

  Massive irony crisis as millions of people take the Onion seriously. That's a slight exaggeration.

  Eye-bending fun with The Principles of Artistic Illusions.

  Another strange search request which has led someone to this page: "Phineas gaga."



Tuesday, April 13, 2004

  Libya has disappeared. From the internet.

  One-way ticket: the story of the London Necropolis, and its dedicated railway.



Saturday, April 10, 2004

  A Tom Lehrer classic, animated with Flash.

  Slim Whitman will never seem the same again. Rainbow.

  There are (more than) 600,426,974,379,824,381,952 ways to spell Viagra. Let's see what Adsense makes of that.

  A test page for Adsense; see what adverts Google would place on your page, according to context. This page already has them. Free sex with barely legal nuns. Just testing.

  Ghostly gadgets in the X-Ray Picture Gallery.



Friday, April 09, 2004

  Absurd ignorance. According to Blenheim Palace's original press release, entitled "Brits Fail the Test of Time" - don't they mean Britons? (my links) :

"The 300th Anniversary Survey was carried out by Omnimas at TNS, using a quota sample, designed to be representative of all adults in Great Britain. Face to face interviews were carried out between 20th -24th February 2004 by fully trained and supervised market research interviewers on a sample size of 2,069 adults over the age of 16 yrs."

Yes, but where? And who on earth were they? Had they been drinking? Were they under sedation? How did they manage to understand the questions? Did they understand the questions? Could they understand any question?

  No such file.

  Discover what your name - or any phrase less than twelve characters in length - looks like as Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

  From the sublime to the gorblime; visit the Landover Baptist Church. Yes, it's a parody. I pray that it is so.

  The difference between British and American arts journalism, according to Norman Lebrecht. Via the Arts and Letters Daily.

  Camille Paglia on the magic of images, or why "education must strengthen and discipline the process of visual attention."

"Those in whom eye movements and vestibular equilibrium are disrupted, I contend, cannot sense context and thus become passive to the world, which they do not see as an arena for action." Interesting point, and it seems to bear some weight of study and argument, but what about Helen Keller? Christy Brown? The world to them was certainly an arena for action, and neither could be described as passive. Perhaps the apparent problem of attention-deficit in the young requires a more diverse examination. Great article though.

  The mystery of V838 Mon, said by some to be reminiscent of a Van Gogh. Personally, I think it looks like a startling hairy red cabbage, with the texture of creamed potato. But that's unscientific.

  Hedy Lamarr and spread-spectrum communication. Part of this article on women and engineering.



Thursday, April 08, 2004

  The domestic relationship between humans and cats goes back further than was previously thought.

  Looking through my log files, I happened upon this strange Google search request which led someone to this site:

pancake "Diana Rigg" -breakfast -syrup -makeup

That's Diana Rigg sans makeup, in conjunction with pancake, but without the syrup. And not for breakfast. Which neatly links us to the next link: Disturbing Search Requests.

  Find the answer to life, the universe, and how to deep-fry ice cream with Answerbag. Via Bifurcated Rivets.

  The open-source comic book Jenny Everywhere.

  Spread a meme today.

  Ugh. Eyeball jewelry.

  On a cheerful note, the sunlight reaching Earth's surface is getting feebler.

  Scientists seek a "map of science." That's interesting, but other scientists are saying that we should behave like chimpanzees in order to "...resolve workplace conflicts, express emotions and strengthen human bonds." Isn't that the problem in the first place?

  I do hate to boast, but, I quote:

Grammar God!

You are a GRAMMAR GOD!

If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!

How grammatically sound are you?

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Wednesday, April 07, 2004

  The poetry of Gen. George S Patton, and the Art of Money-Getting by Phineas T Barnum (both via Incoming Signals).

  Some fascinating examples of modern design from MoCoLoco.

  Fantasy economics crosses over into reality.

  The mystery of Petrarch's head.



Tuesday, April 06, 2004

  Chaotic computing. Is there any other type?

  Riding a square-wheeled bicycle is easy, given the right surface.

  Life beyond Google.



Monday, April 05, 2004

  How to catch a phone thief by thinking on your feet. Via boingboing.

  Bach's missing score found in Japan.

  On a similar theme to Found Magazine, some found photographs at Object Not Found. That was a lot of "founds" wasn't it?

  An ongoing collection of the most bizarre things found on internet auction sites: Disturbing Auctions.

  A very very strange animation-experience-thingy: The Woodcutter.



Friday, April 02, 2004

  An interactive reverie with Fly Guy.

  The Boston Globe uses words like metastasized. And it's a newspaper. I'm impressed. Conspiracies so vast.

  "Fagan Finder’s goal is to help people find what they are looking for." It's certainly a useful site.

  Will Gmail be a threat to privacy? On the other hand, what privacy does email afford us anyway?

  "...Where does the quantum world stop and the classical world begin?" Physicists are beginning to explore this question.

  Freeserve is now Wanadoo.

  Ancient builders followed the stars.

  Strange face-clicking entertainment from Dominique. Via Cynical-C.

  Real actors, warts and all: alternative hollywood.

  Learn to tie your shoelaces super-efficiently with the Ian Knot. Or not.



Thursday, April 01, 2004

  I noticed this label on the packaging of my wonder emergency phone battery charger, and just had to scan it.


Label which reads 'Similar to as seen on TV'


  A guide to Molvania, the birthplace of whooping cough.

  You can view a diagrammatic snapshot of the news with Newsmap (via Sore Eyes).