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... ? Anti-anti-americanism | Metafilter:FACT: we will never know what the Soviet State could have been, due to the concerted effort, on the past of the western capitalist industrial powers, to crush socialism in Russia from it's very inception (through sending troops and supporting the White Russian counterrevolution, and when this was unsuccesfull, through economic boycott.) The USSR came very close, at one point, to going the 'European' way of a 'mixed' economy. I would suggest that attempts to crush the Russian socialist experiment may have tipped that balance point, and that they certainly helped provoke the experiment's metastisization into Stalinism.
... ? ART FOR A CHANGE - Posters from the Paris 1968 Uprising2003-06-29An essay on the Atelier Populaire written by Mark Vallen.
... ? ArtByte: The Machine in Me : William Gibson speaks with Kodwo Eshun about Media, Makeup & Genetic Machinery
... ? blissblog : Simon Reynolds on Dizzee Rascalbut the Morrissey parallel is probably most apt. Even the disappointing UK chart position of "I Luv U" reminds me of what it was like to be a Smiths fan--the singles never got as high as they seemed to deserve. The sheer disbelief when "This Charming Man" only got to #25, and even more when "How Soon Is Now"--Epic Rock Single Dead Cert Number One surely?--only got to #24. The deep sense of aesthetic injustice. Fits with the Anglophile constituency syndrome in the USA too: the lost cause of being a Smiths fan in America. Why couldn't a new Morrissey for this new endless 1985 (worst pop year ever) emerge from London pirate radio? A voice coming in from the cold. Battling against the times. Bringing the truth few want to hear. “Oh, it’s real out here”… “MCs better start chatting about what’s really happening” . Panic in the streets of London, etc. The obsession with lost innocence, the wistful nostalgia. Dizzee even disses Her Majesty c.f. Mozz's "I'd like to drop my trousers to the Queen"...
... ? The Wire : Brian Eno - Sept 1995BE: Well, I think it comes back to this options thing again. The glamour in software design is to multiply options. That's considered the clever thing to do. And this is such a pathetic form of hubris, you know: it's like, the glamour in being a piano player is to play more notes. Any artist knows this is a fairly redundant idea.
... ? BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Right on in the Left FieldGlastonbury has always been a festival with a conscience - but do today's fans care about the political side of an event that was once known as the 'CND festival'?
... ? The Observer | Magazine | The last resortWhen you have a teenager on the rampage, who are you going to turn to? In America, parents send their troubled offspring to Jamaica's Tranquility Bay - a 'behaviour-modification centre' which charges $40,000 a year to 'cure' them. Decca Aitkenhead, the first journalist to gain access to the centre in five years, wonders if there isn't too high a price to pay
... ? The Observer | Special reports | BBC set to sue Minister over Iraq 'lies' claimGilligan's letter pushes the row between the BBC and the Government into uncharted territory. It is unprecedented for a member of the BBC's staff to threaten legal action against the Government.
... ? Icon War - When Icons Attack!!! - ( via NTK.NET )
... ? New Doug Coupland : Hey Nostradamus!...US July 2003, UK August 2003
... ? Gallery of Fluid Mechanics: Collapsing water drop2003-06-28The image at the right is a high speed photo of a water drop which is in the process of colliding with a rigid surface. It was dropped from a few centimeters above the surface and did not splatter.
... ? Iraq: The Computer Game - What "virtual world" games can teach the real world about reconstructing Iraq. By David Plotz
... ? Economist.com | COMPUTINGThough still in their infancy, sentient computing systems are likely to be everywhere within five years—listening and watching, and ready to anticipate their users' every need
... ? Boxes and Arrows: Ten Quotable Moments: Challenges and Responses for UI DesignersI like watching how people react to software. I also like watching how people react to me: I am often the first UI designer my clients have worked with. They say the most interesting things. I’m sure you’ve heard some, too. What are developers supposed to think about a guy who argues about color choice or which of two synonyms is the best? It’s not like choosing a sorting algorithm, is it? To many software team members who haven’t worked with UI designers before, it seems unlikely that there could be demonstrable differences in usability based on small details like those. I understand this skepticism, and my background as an engineer has helped me to figure out how to overcome it.
... ? ActionPixel -Welcome to ActionPixel.org--a resource for both designers interested in promoting social change, and activist groups in need of graphic design.
... ? Political Patterns on the WWW (via ActionPixel)After a recent on-line discussion about politics and political books in America, I wondered, what do our book buying patterns reveal about us? In the diagram above, two books are linked if they were bought together at a major retailer on the web. I call these 'buddy books'. A link was drawn if either book of a pair listed the other as a buddy. The data made public by the retailer shows just the 'best buddies' -- the strongest ties. Other patterns may emerge with investigation of weaker ties. The data was gathered January 2003.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Artists v critics, round oneIn 1877, John Ruskin accused James Whistler of 'flinging a pot of paint in the public's face'. Jonathan Jones on the first truly modern row about modern art
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | Bacterium restores glue-hidden frescoArt restorers in Pisa have found that a bacterium can do the job no chemical has managed to achieve: reveal part of a vast medieval fresco which was covered with a layer of glue during an unfortunate restoration attempt half a century ago. Scientists from Milan University have shown that the bacterium Pseudomonas stutzeri, applied with water on cotton wool, can eat through 80% of the glue in about 10 hours.
... ? Surreal torture in modern art cells - smh.com.auA Spanish art historian has uncovered what was alleged to be the first use of modern art as a deliberate form of torture, with the discovery that mind-bending prison cells were built by anarchist artists 65 years ago during the country's bloody civil war.
... ? Harry Potter and the International Order of Copyright - Should Tanya Grotter and the Magic Double Bass be banned? By Tim Wu
... ? BW Online | June 27, 2003 | Coming Soon: A Horror Show for TV AdsTiVo's digital recorders indicate that viewers don't necessarily watch the ads, even on hit shows. Agencies and networks are still in denial
... ? THE BUG FEATURING CUTTY RANKS: Gun Disease - RephlexMighty mighty follow up to the Smojphace EP, the Bug Returns with this devastating collaboration with dancehall legend Cutty Ranks.
... ? The Spectator.co.uk : Self abuse - Sean Thomas confesses that his addiction to Internet porn landed him in hospital
... ? Interviews by Don Swaim2003-06-27Listen to the voices of many of the best writers of the English language. These uncut, behind-the-scenes interviews were the foundation of Don Swaim's long-running CBS Radio show, Book Beat.
... ? BioWall - Applications Dear Santa...
... ? Slashdot | Hacking the XBoxThis part of the book quickly gets quite complicated, because Microsoft obviously tried hard to produce a secure machine that could provide a fair platform for people to play games. Getting the XBox to run any old software is not an easy task, but Huang describes several major techniques for drilling through the various layers of security. Again, he offers detailed pictures and instructions for construction special tools that snarf signals from a bus. Then he explains how he managed to grab the right keys for decrypting some of the most important data. Although it's a technical book, it unfolds like a spy novel. The book is also very politically thoughtful. While the clueless will equate the word 'hacking' in the title with piracy, money laundering, terrorism, and not phoning home on mother's day, Huang frames every step with a discussion of whether it is motivated by good or evil. He's not interested in building a tool to pirate XBox games and points out that many of the modifications aimed at running Linux on the Xbox do not help the pirates in any way. If anything, they make the games entirely unplayable.
... ? The Un-Doom Boom"While many developers in the multibillion-dollar video game industry seek to extend its appeal, profile and profits with bolder, flashier and ever more engrossing games - some so difficult that learning curves outlast players - a different sort of video game is quietly asserting itself into the mainstream.
... ? Art in ScienceThe contributions of science and technology to the art of painting have been incalculable. They can be seen in the composition of the stuff of painting -- the paints, the papers, the canvasses -- the preservation of paintings, and even where painting takes place, since it was the development of the tube that allowed painters to port their paints into the open air -- a shift of venue that provided the impetus for the Impressionist movement. Not content with simply accepting these munificent contributions, the painters have also seized upon Science and Technology as subjects for their works.(Yet another gem from Lee Potts at The Eyes Have It )
... ? Milestones in the history of thematic cartography, statistical graphics, and data visualization - (via The Eyes Have It )
... ? Yahoo! News - Frozen Water Detected at Mars' North Pole - Report"The Martian north pole is honeycombed with frozen water, exceeding the ice deposits detected on Mars' southern end and raising hopes of finding traces of past microscopic life, astronomers reported on Thursday. "
... ? The Neal Pollack Invasion: My Name Is Michael Savage, And I Am A Homosexual Who Enjoys The Private Company Of ImmigrantsYes, that's right. Michael Savage is gay. Tell everyone. Michael Savage is a big fat old queer. And as such, I like doing the things that most gay people do, such as walking my dog, mowing my lawn, and eating dinner. I do all of those things as a homosexual.
... ? Airport screeners may get X-ray visionSusan Hallowell, the director of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's security laboratory, allows her body to be X-rayed by the 'backscatter' machine that bounces X-rays off the skin, producing a black-and-white image. To the eye, she is dressed in a skirt and blazer in dark, businesslike colors. On the monitor she is naked, except for a gun and a bomb that she hid under her outfit. (AP Photo/Brian Branch-Price)
... ? SOS: Four Tet (Thanks, Ceri...)...2003-06-26
... ? 'Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology' by Edward Tenner"Mass literacy made vision aids a necessity for tens of millions of people. . . . In the 19th century, reading appeared in a different light, no longer as the attribute of a clerical and administrative elite but as a mental skill indispensable to the new industrial world of complex equipment and printed manuals and regulations. Governments also needed literate populations to enforce policies and mobilize opinion, and manufacturers' marketing depended on posters and advertisements. Reading was the mental technique that was essential to the maintenance and operation of 19th-century technology."
... ? Bell Studies For The Clock Of The Long NowThis record has grown out of the Long Now Foundation's project - the Clock of the Long Now. This is an idea to create a working clock which will mark time for ten thousand years - not really because we need more clocks in the world, but because we need more encouragement to start contemplating the possibility of a distant human future. The Clock of the Long Now is an icon to long-term thinking. When we started thinking about The Clock, we naturally wondered what kind of sound it could make to announce the passage of time. I had nurtured an interest in bells for many years, and this seemed like a good alibi for taking it a bit deeper.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Do not adjust your eyesBridget Riley's paintings can be difficult to look at, says Adrian Searle. But it's even harder to tear yourself away
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Allergy reaction to food and surroundings affects 1 in 3 - and the NHS just can't copeProf Holgate said genes were partly responsible for the soaring allergy rate. "Genetics are important - allergies run in families," he said. But "the early-life experiences associated with western civilised society" must also bear some blame. "Most pronounced is the lack of exposure to agents that stimulate the immune system in early life," he said. The immune systems of babies and small children were no longer challenged by infections, dirt and bacteria because of our sterile homes and tendency to run to the doctor. Antibiotics were frequently given, even for coughs and colds which were probably viral, and wiped out the bacteria in the gut.
... ? Defending Drug UseThere has to be a better way than voodoo pharmacology, and Sullum has one. It will appear radical only in a society conditioned to yield its moral agency to the state, because what Sullum counsels is plain old personal responsibility and a government that respects its citizens enough to allow them to make their own choices. Moderation, or temperance, before the term was hijacked by the prohibitionists, is what Sullum advises, for both drug users and those with a hankering to restrain them. Most people use drugs responsibly, Sullum notes, and they should be left alone.
... ? Design According to IveAfter the machine's unveiling by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the chattering began. But the man primarily responsible for the stark, minimalist look of the G5, Jonathan Ive, stood quietly at the edge of the crowd, chatting with a couple of colleagues. Ive, the 36-year-old, British-born designer who heads up Apple's industrial design team, is a quiet-spoken, somewhat shy man. In spite of all his awards and plaudits -- he was recently named Designer of the Year by London's prestigious Design Museum -- he is accessible and friendly, almost egoless.
... ? Ten Inventions That Will Change Your World "SOME SAY PROGRESS is now the province of groups, and the days of the lone inventor are over. Maybe so. But inventors will never disappear. “The initial flash of an idea is often an individual idea,” says Francis S. Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute and World Economic Forum fellow. “So brilliant, creative people are crucial.” Since the dot-com bust, such types have continued to ply their craft in labs and basements, producing ideas that seem obscure, even loopy, until a closer look reveals their world-shifting import."
... ? "It began with some children throwing stones. It left a town turned into a battle zone and 10 people lying dead"
... ? News: Hall: Protect open source from 'looters': "The open-source development community is an international treasure and should be protected as such, said veteran Linux advocate Jon 'Maddog' Hall, in a talk in Birmingham that emphasized the role of open-source software outside the United States"
... ? The Road to Oceania: Gibson on OrwellIn the age of the leak and the blog, of evidence extraction and link discovery, truths will either out or be outed, later if not sooner. This is something I would bring to the attention of every diplomat, politician and corporate leader: the future, eventually, will find you out. The future, wielding unimaginable tools of transparency, will have its way with you. In the end, you will be seen to have done that which you did.
... ? Noticed anything different? - Finally got around to tidying up the code & design of this page. Still some minor details to be sorted out, these never end, so if you do spot any oddities pls let me know...
... ? YouWorkForThem | Profile: "YouWorkForThem was founded as the people's source for aiding and accelerating culture through innovative developments. This fine knit administration operates within an aggressive and integrated network, all nodes working together; providing an engaging cultural experience for the common man and woman. "
... ? Install BlogThis: "Before the migration to Dano, the new version of Blogger, there were two different installers, the original BlogThis and BlogQuote, which put the text you selected in an italic blockquote. Now, Dano's BlogThis script puts your selected text inside double-quotes, so putting a blockquote inside that ends up looking really stupid. Sorry."
... ? Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Take two PhDs, a library card and some notebooks and leave for two years ...: "It's one of the burning questions of the moment: how easy would it be for a country with no nuclear expertise to build an A-bomb? Forty years ago in a top-secret project, the US military set about finding out. Oliver Burkeman talks to the men who solved the nuclear puzzle in just 30 months "
... ? BLOGGER NEW: "Welcome to all the excitement. We've created Blogger New to share the things we're building. And, of course, there's a blog to keep you up-to-date on our progress. Please keep in mind these projects are under active development, so thanks for using BloggerControl to report bugs or wishlist items."
... ? We ask the questions"It took a British journalist to put the American Defence Secretary on the spot. Why, asks Justin Webb, are the US media so timorous?"
... ? ‘Groups Like Us Will Always Exist’ :The administration of a suicide Web site defends her online forum
... ? JCS-ONLINE - I am John's BrainThe brain and its 'agent' debate the provenance of thoughts in the charming language of an old Readers Digest article."
... ? EFF: Internet Blocking in Public Schools: "Internet Blocking in Public Schools A Study on Internet Access in Educational Institutions"
... ? Great white in fast food heaven2003-06-23So how do you persuade a great white shark to come out of what sounds like fast-food heaven: a cage filled with more than 100 - oops, make that 99 . . . no, 98 - bluefin tuna?
... ? "You can't distinguish between who's trying to kill you and who's not," he said. "Like, the only way to get through s*** like that was to concentrate on getting through it by killing as many people as you can, people you know are trying to kill you. Killing them first and getting home."
... ? Johnny Spencer: "Welcome to my 'vanity site' directed towards fans of Black popular music c1940's to 1970's. Music from both Jamaica and America"
... ? ChessBase.com - Chess News"How to build your own super-computer Just in case you decide to do this, here are instructions from a well-known grandmaster. John Nunn says that it is time to get a new computer when you get twice the performance of your current system. But it may not be advisable to simply order an off-the-shelf product. Instead he shows you exactly how he went about building his own state-of-the-art machine."
... ? Wired News: E-Mail Mob Takes ManhattanThe crowd of people was participating in the Mob Project, an e-mail-driven experiment in organizing groups of people who suddenly materialize in public places, interact with others according to a loose script and then dissipate just as suddenly as they appeared.
... ? Wired 11.07: Bill Gates, Entertainment GodWhy would Microsoft both giveth and taketh away? If the company can demonstrate to movie studios and record labels that they'll be able to control their content in a PC-centric world, those content providers will be more enthusiastic about getting in the game. When that happens, consumers will be more apt to think of the PC as a media device. And that will sell more Windows.
... ? The Observer | Comment | We've been muggled - Potty about Potter, bonkers over Beckham ... it's all just marketing over content : David Aaronovitch
... ? FatCat RecordsThe DIY Resource has been designed to help new artists and labels find out what they need to know to get their own work out into the world. The intention is to provide a forum of information, ideas and resources that will help to demystify the process of getting started. We hope that, with your help, we will be able to provide a resource that evolves and changes rather than one which remains a fixed entity.
... ? California Open Source Textbook ProjectThe California Open Source Textbook Project (COSTP) is a collaborative, public/private undertaking. It has been created to address the high cost, content range, and consistent shortages of K-12 textbooks in California.
... ? New Scientist : Tiny computers will bend to browseWhen computers become too small to be operated by buttons, how will we control them? The only option will be to gently bend them, according to engineers at Sony's Interaction Lab in Tokyo.
... ? Mercedes-Benz - Movement All the recent Merc Ads (with Aphexs Widowlicker as the Soundtrack)....Great "Making of..." film and also a screensaver (PC Only...)..
... ? Sun-Sentinel: TVHoaxes, pranks and stunts have been part of radio for generations, back to the granddaddy of them all, Orson Welles' 1938 Martians-invade-New Jersey broadcast, based on H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds," which inadvertently created widespread panic. There's rarely anything inadvertent in today's broadcast stunts, which feature an uneven variety of edgy cleverness and malicious manipulation. Radio stations with shrinking promotional budgets but a desperate need to stand out in their conglomerate-dominated world have taken on-the-air goofery to new heights.
... ? overedue billIn March of 1994, everything was going gangbusters for the career of comedian/social commentator Bill Hicks. He had two albums of funny, penetrating material in the can and ready for release, two previous albums and a pair of HBO specials under his belt, a relentless touring schedule, and a growing UK fanbase that was making the American export with fearless material and killer timing an instant legend. And, in a move that's been the ultimate career boost for so many, he had just died.
... ? OJR article: Bloggers Rate the Most Influential BlogsIt's been a breakout year for Webloggers as they've taken on Trent Lott and The New York Times, as well as put their own stamp on the war in Iraq. So. Who's who in the blogosphere?
... ? U.K. urged to hold back on open source | CNET News.comA U.K. tech industry body has urged the U.K. government to show restraint in its use of open-source software, particularly software covered by the General Public License.
... ? Fortune.com - Fast Forward - Sun Seeks a Boost from Stronger JavaDell and HP say they will start including the latest version of Sun's software on new PCs. Will that allow Java to finally live up to its promise?
... ? ABCNEWS.com : DVD Rentals Top Videocassettes for First TimeWeekly rentals of DVDs outpaced videos for the first time last week, an industry group said on Thursday, as movies and entertainment on disks continued their steady conquest over VHS videocassettes. Encino, California-based Video Software Dealers Association said 27.7 million DVDs were rented in the week ended June 15 compared with 27.3 million VHS cassettes.
... ? Boston Globe Online / Editorials | Opinions / Which lies matter most to the American public?But none of that explains the outrage over perceived lying about whether a wife knew about her husband's infidelity. And it doesn't explain the absence of outrage when it comes to possible dishonesty about an administration's reasons for going to war. One issue seems a lot more important to the country and its future than the other. And the more important issue does not involve the tawdry story of an intern, a president, and a pizza delivery.
... ? The New Republic Online: The First Casualty (1 of 3)2003-06-19Foreign policy is always difficult in a democracy. Democracy requires openness. Yet foreign policy requires a level of secrecy that frees it from oversight and exposes it to abuse. As a result, Republicans and Democrats have long held that the intelligence agencies--the most clandestine of foreign policy institutions--should be insulated from political interference in much the same way as the higher reaches of the judiciary. As the Tower Commission, established to investigate the Iran-Contra scandal, warned in November 1987, "The democratic processes ... are subverted when intelligence is manipulated to affect decisions by elected officials and the public."
... ? Wired News: Male Chromosome Seriously WeirdThe Y chromosome is probably the weirdest chromosome in the human genome.
... ? Wired News: IPod Muzak Isn't Same Old SongMusic entrepreneurs are using Apple's iPod to put a new spin on old-fashioned Muzak. Instead of piping bland background music over tinny speakers, enterprising music promoters are loading hundreds of hours of hip tunes onto iPods and renting them to restaurants, nightspots, clothing boutiques and hair salons.
... ? In Chicago, red light means Go!Chicago drivers blow through red lights at a rate four times higher than the national average, according to the contractor hired by the city to install surveillance cameras to nail errant motorists.
... ? news.independent.co.uk : US oil giant faces court battle over Burma violationsOne of America's most powerful oil conglomerates looks likely to get its comeuppance in court over its overseas business practices after spreading a trail of misery through a small rainforest village in the Tenasserim region of Burma in November 1994. When the Union Oil Company of California, or Unocal, started working on a gas pipeline project there, it con-tracted out security operations to the Burmese military regime; and that was when the horror began.
... ? Salon.com Technology | iTunes -- the i doesn't stand for innovationAs songs are increasingly sold one by one online, the musical creativity and risk-taking associated with the album format will decline.
... ? NBC2 News Online - Cops shut down little girl’s lemonade standA six-year-old girl was heartbroken when her small lemonade stand was put out of business because she didn’t have a temporary business permit. A neighbor called the police and her stand was shut down.
... ? Adbusters: Early Signs of FascismQ. Can you tell us your definition of traditional fascism? Yes: the convergence of military and economic power on behalf of an ultranationalist ideology that views its enemies - internally and externally - as evil and subject to extermination or extreme punishment.
... ? The 14 Defining Characteristics Of FascismDr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each
... ? Global GoonGlobal Goon's new CD Family Glue, available in the future, send me an email and you'll receive advance warning when it's available, by the way, it's limited and it's only available through this web site. Email me at email@example.com
... ? Canadian Leaders Agree to Propose Gay Marriage LawThe Canadian cabinet approved a new national policy today to open marriage to gay couples, paving the way for Canada to become the third country to allow same-sex unions. "You have to look at history as an evolution of society," Prime Minister Jean Chrétien told reporters after a meeting of his cabinet. "According to the interpretation of the courts these unions should be legal in Canada. We will ensure that our legislation includes and legally recognizes the union of same-sex couples."
... ? NewsTo bee or not to bee Search engines may be remarkable resources, but they're not intelligent. Will a new 'semantic' web be clever enough, asks Danny Bradbury, to tell a flying insect from a work of music?
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Life | Furry logicIt was an ordinary day at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC. Five orang utans were milling about the yard of the exhibit called the think tank, playing intermittently with a barrel that a keeper had rolled out for them. By the time staff had realised that the power to the electric fence on top of the wall had failed, orang utan Bonnie had up-ended the barrel, scaled it and escaped. Mingling with the zoo's visitors, her baby son Kiko clinging to her body, she headed for lunch. "We did a double take," says Lisa Stevens, the zoo's curator of primates and pandas. "There she was, sitting in the flowerbed outside the compound with Kiko on her lap, her back against the glass, a drumstick in one hand and an icebox in the other." With the zoo crowded with visitors, the situation was potentially dangerous. Like most animals, orang utan mothers will attack if they feel their young are threatened. But when the vet arrived to dart Bonnie with a sedative, she calmly watched him climb out of his car, dropped the bottle of Coke with which she had washed down her chicken leg and sloped back into the compound.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Life | You ain't seen nothing yetSo Sars wasn't 'the big one' after all. But it did cause worldwide chaos. How will we cope when a deadly pandemic really does kick off? Ian Sample reports
... ? Dereliction of Duty2003-06-18It was a perfect symbol of the reality of the Bush administration's "war on terror." Behind the rhetoric — and behind the veil of secrecy, invoked in the name of national security but actually used to prevent public scrutiny — lies a pattern of neglect, of refusal to take crucial actions to protect us from terrorists. Actual counterterrorism, it seems, doesn't fit the administration's agenda.
... ? Salon.com | Shocking silenceSomething truly extraordinary has been going on in Iran these past few months and especially in the past couple of weeks. A grass-roots, student-run, anti-theocracy movement has reached some sort of critical mass. The enemy is the religious right of Iran, the group of murderous mullahs who have run their country into the ground and now have to answer for their godly tyranny to a new and populous generation of under-30s. Suddenly, we have the possibility of regime change in a critical country without war and without the intervention of the United States.
... ? BBC NEWS | England | Southern Counties | Rape 'filmed on mobile phone'Police investigating the rape of a woman in a pub toilet say onlookers may have recorded the crime on video-equipped mobile phones.
... ? Universal Indicator 5 (ultra violet)All traxx recorded 1990-1992. Recovered from original DAT Previously unreleased.
... ? CTHEORY.NET > Black Secret Technology (The Whitey On The Moon Dub) by Julian JonkerMore specifically, black secret technology is taking white technology apart and not putting it back together properly. Black secret technology is finding the secret life of hi-fi equipment like the Technics SL-1200. Black secret technology is discovering the mis-uses of the Roland TB-303, a machine originally intended to help rock guitarists practice over synthesized basslines, but tweaked in order to create acid house and all its subsequent variations. Black secret technology is George Clinton setting out to find a 'psychedelics of the mixing desk'. Or Lee Perry confessing that his studio had become a "pulsating, unpredictable brain". "It was like a space craft. You could hear space in the tracks."
... ? The Philadelphia Inquirer OnlineA third of the American public believes U.S. forces have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, according to a recent poll. Twenty-two percent said Iraq actually used chemical or biological weapons. But such weapons have not been found in Iraq and were not used. Before the war, half of those polled in a survey said Iraqis were among the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001. But most of the Sept. 11 terrorists were Saudis; none was an Iraqi. The results startled even the pollsters who conducted and analyzed the surveys. How could so many people be so wrong about information that has dominated news coverage for almost two years?
... ? Salon.com News | Bush's 9/11 coverup?Family members of victims of the terror attacks say the White House has smothered every attempt to get to the bottom of the outrageous intelligence failures that took place on its watch.
... ? Noam Chomsky Speaks UpNoam Chomsky, educator and liguist, has taught at MIT since 1955. A prolific author, Chomsky was an early and outspoken critic of the Viet Nam war and writes extensively on many political issues. He is also a prominent campaigner for human rights and a critic of the American political system.
... ? BBC NEWS | Health | Why some of us are early risers2003-06-17Are you a lark or an owl? Are you at your best early in the morning or late at night? Whatever the answer, scientists believe they may now know why some of us are early risers while others prefer to burn the midnight oil.
... ? Weblog : June 13, 2003This is probably going to be tricky but what I'd like to see arise out of discussion is the possibility of creating a document (or set of documents) that could help open source developers get a better understanding of usability issues. This might help in educating the community as to what to think of when creating new tools
... ? BBC NEWS | UK | The untapped potential of Caller IDKnowing who is phoning you before you answer their call is normal on mobile phones - but there's much more that could be done with the system when you're at home.
... ? BBC NEWS | Technology | Will porn kick-start the video phone revolution?Pornography is the handmaiden of new technology, it's often claimed. So, will video phone sales be driven by the lust for bare flesh?
... ? BBC NEWS | Programmes | wtwta | Is globalisation Americanisation?Will Hutton, author and chief executive of The Work Foundation, and Michael Elliott, an editor for Time magazine in New York, exchange views on whether globalisation is simply exporting the American business model and if that benefits the world, or not.
... ? Former Aide Takes Aim at War on Terror (washingtonpost.com)Part of that stemmed from his frustration with the culture of the White House. He was loath to discuss it. His wife, Bonnie, a school administrator, was not: "It's a very closed, small, controlled group. This is an administration that determines what it thinks and then sets about to prove it. There's almost a religious kind of certainty. There's no curiosity about opposing points of view. It's very scary. There's kind of a ghost agenda."
... ? Hey, wassup [censored]? | MetafilterA judge rules that chanting "Paki" at a football match is a criminal offence. "Lord Justice Auld ruled...that the word 'Paki' was 'a slang expression which is racially offensive.Indeed it is..Very Offensive...Somewhat bemused that the metafilter crew can see otherwise...perhaps just an British thing....
... ? Popular Science | Microcrystalline in 30 SecondsLiquid nitrogen is cold. Very cold. So cold that if a drop falls on your hand, it feels like fire. So cold that it can turn a fresh flower into a thousand shards of broken glass. So cold that it can make half a gallon of ice cream in 30 seconds flat. I first heard about liquid nitrogen ice cream from my friend Tryggvi, an Icelandic chemist working in the Midwest (these things happen). He suggested we make it for dessert at a dinner party I was planning. Yes, he said, he had a recipe, something he'd seen in Chemical and Engineering News.
... ? BBC NEWS | Health | Nicotine 'reduces Alzheimer's symptoms'A by-product of nicotine may help prevent the plaques linked to Alzheimer's disease from forming. But the by-product itself is toxic, so researchers are hoping to produce an artificial version to help patients. Experts stress people should
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | George Monbiot: We can seize the dayStraw's scheme is a response to two colliding realities. The first is that the principal instruments of political globalisation are in trouble. The security council, the World Trade Organisation, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, having already lost the support of the world's people, are now losing the support of their principal sponsor. Other nations are beginning to face a stark choice: they must either accept direct global rule from Washington, or bypass the superpower and design a new, multilateral system of global governance.
... ? Index - Linus Pauling Research Notebooks - Special CollectionsAs with many scientists, Linus Pauling utilized bound notebooks to keep track of the details of his research as it unfolded. A testament to the remarkable length and diversity of Dr. Pauling's career, the Pauling Papers holdings include forty-six research notebooks spanning the years of 1922 to 1994 and covering any number of the scientific fields in which Dr. Pauling involved himself. In this regard, the notebooks contain many of Pauling's laboratory calculations and experimental data, as well as scientific conclusions, ideas for further research and numerous autobiographical musings.
... ? Charges of Cruelty at a Jamaica Discipline AcademyTranquility Bay is a troubled paradise. A tightly guarded compound in a lovely Caribbean hamlet, it is the oldest foreign outpost in a booming network of behavior-modification programs for American teenagers. Tranquility Bay has a reputation as the harshest of them all.
... ? BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Africa 'needs anal sex awareness'2003-06-16Anal sex could be a major cause of the HIV/Aids epidemic in Africa, according to new research. A study published in The Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Aids claims awareness of the risks posed by anal sex is ignored in many of the continent's health campaigns.
... ? Soulseek NewsPosted version 149 to the homepage, it includes a few minor fixes, some optimizations to search handling, and a change in the way the client handles itself in the distributed network that should help ease things up for the server if enough people use it. Expect this to become the minimum allowable version soon if no unexpected problems arise.
... ? Andie's WebI've been wondering recently where my community is, so I decided to create this site to bring together some of my favourite people/ideas. Some of them are in Johannesburg, South Africa where I live, but many of them are virtual friends.
... ? Boston Globe Online / City & Region / The camera phone quietly wins fans''I'm telling all the plumbers and electricians I work with to get picture phones,'' he said. ''I spend a lot of time describing situations to those guys . . . I'd much rather send them a picture.''
... ? Boston Globe Online / City & Region / The camera phone quietly wins fansTrend-conscious youth are the primary focus for this ''fun'' technology currently being marketed by a number of wireless service providers. But many of these services are discovering a surprising new segment they hadn't anticipated: business people and professionals who are taking advantage of the phone's ability to take digital snapshots and quickly share them with colleagues and customers.
... ? Reefer gladness / Drug users in the next office and atop the corporate ladderThe case of Ed Rosenthal, the East Bay medical marijuana grower who escaped a heavy federal jail sentence earlier this month, suggests one rationale for legalizing pot: It comforts the sick and dying. The case of corporate tycoon Peter B. Lewis suggests another -- one that involves many more people.
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | News | Orwell and meMargaret Atwood cried her eyes out when she first read Animal Farm at the age of nine. Later, its author became a major influence on her writing. As the centenary of George Orwell's birth approaches, she says he would have plenty to say about the post-9/11 world
... ? Coherence Engine2003-06-15Geoff Cohen's blog on social software, human interfaces, online games, biological models of computing, intellectual property, and the future of software.
... ? The Observer | Special reports | Turning the tanks on the reportersThe Pentagon made it clear from the beginning of the Iraq war that there would be no censorship. What it failed to say was that war correspondents might well find themselves in a situation similar to that in Korea in 1950. This was described by one American correspondent as the military saying: 'You can write what you like - but if we don't like it we'll shoot you.' The figures in Iraq tell a terrible story. Fifteen media people dead, with two missing, presumed dead. If you consider how short the campaign was, Iraq will be notorious as the most dangerous war for journalists ever. This is bad enough. But - and here we tread on delicate ground - it is a fact that the largest single group of them appear to have been killed by the US military
... ? The Observer | Review | The coldest circle of hellThe story needed to be told and Anne Applebaum tells it with admirable attention to detail, proper restraint and a generally successful attempt not to allow horror to drive out objectivity. But, as I read Gulag, I experienced what is, for me, a rare emotion. Normally I cannot open a book without wishing that I had written on the same subject. With Gulag, I felt from start to finish, 'Rather her than me'. Does she, I wonder, still have nightmares about the atrocities committed by Stalin between the opening of the first forced labour camp on Solovetsky Island in 1923 and the virtual end of the system 30 years later?
... ? The Observer | Review | Tales of misery and imaginationMorrissey and Charles Saatchi are both great British enigmas - but are we any the wiser after this week's documentaries?
... ? The Observer | Magazine | The happy campersYet while Jonathan Harvey - the playwright who wrote the smash hit gay movie Beautiful Thing and created the sitcom Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - agrees that television has helped change straight men's perceptions of gay men, he believes another element was equally, if not more, influential in narrowing the gap. Ecstasy. 'In the 90s straight and gay people came together in mixed clubs for the first time because that was where people took E. It would have been the first time some straight guys had met anyone gay and when you're on Ecstasy everyone in the world becomes beautiful and gorgeous. The knock-on effect of the love it evoked had an impact.'
... ? The Observer | Magazine | Geraldine Bedell on the West Bank WallThe government doesn't like its structure being referred to as a wall, pointing out that only in places along its length (360km) will it be made of 10m-high concrete. Officials translate the Hebrew name for it, kav ha tefer as 'the seam zone'. As this phrase is meaningless in English, it is more commonly referred to by Israelis as 'the separation fence'. In some places, including here at Jayyous, it will indeed be more like a fence, but with wide ditches and embankments, electrified barbed wire, detection devices and watchtowers manned by armed patrols. But whether of low-tech concrete or armed emplacements, the effect will be the same - try to get past it and you'll be shot.
... ? The Observer | Magazine | American iconPoet, shaman, self-styled saviour of rock'n'roll... there are many epithets for Patti Smith, but all she ever wanted to be was an artist. Now 56, and still a creative tour de force, the godmother of punk tells Sean O'Hagan why she left her heart in Bloomsbury
... ? Salon.com Technology | Warning. Warning. Warning. Fatal error. Stop.Ethan Levin wasn't worried. Programming mistakes were inevitable. He'd fix it, and move on. An excerpt from Ellen Ullman's new novel, "The Bug."
... ? 'The Bug': The Postmodern Prometheus''The morning begun not with hello but with a system prompt. Everyone's day begins like that now, but on that morning of March 5, 1984, only programmers and testers lived that way. From log-in to log-out, e-mail to e-mail, mouse click to mouse click -- we were just then starting to make computers 'friendly' for everyone, preparing the world for a programmer's life.'' If more contemporary novels delivered news this relevant and wise they'd have to stop declaring the death of the novel.
... ? Salon.com Books | Bugged out"The Bug" author Ellen Ullman talks about the Gothic terrors that lurk between the rational lines of computer code
... ? The Observer | Special reports | Why pushy patients get better careAs surgeries struggle to cope with a rising demand for appointments, the average consultation with a GP now takes only seven minutes in the NHS. But patients armed with computer print-outs and a long list of questions can take twice as long. Patients have been told to think of themselves as 'consumers' and to ask more of their doctors, but the trend may be going too far.
... ? The Observer | Business | John Naughton: A perfect match for political protestIn the current hysterical atmosphere, putting an anti-Bush poster in your window might result in a brick being thrown through it. Alternatively, of course, it might result in a ring at the doorbell and a neighbour saying 'Thank God someone has spoken out against this nonsense'. The point is that you cannot know in advance, and nobody is willing to take the risk. Now comes a thought that links Amazon with political atomisation. In principle, it would be possible to use collaborative filtering and other data matching techniques to allow people safely to describe themselves in terms of political or ideological values, and then provide them with anonymised contact details of others in their locality who have similar profiles.
... ? Michael Pollan on Sustainable Meat EatingThat animal liberation is the logical next step in the forward march of moral progress is no longer the fringe idea it was back in 1975. A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals.
... ? A VIRTUAL PATH TO SUICIDE / Depressed student killed herself with help from online discussion groupThere, Gonzales found people who told her that suicide was an acceptable way to end her despair, and who gave her instructions on how to obtain a lethal dose of potassium cyanide and mix it into a deadly cocktail. During the early hours of March 23, after she cleaned her apartment and fed her kittens, Gonzales checked into a Tallahassee motel, where she stirred the poison into a glass of tap water, checked its acidity with a pH meter, and drank it. Her family, best friend, and the Tallahassee police were notified of her death by time-delayed e-mails that she had prepared with the help of another member of the online community.
... ? Did You Hear the One About the Suicide Bomber?2003-06-14Shazia Mirza is coming, and Mirza is a Big Act in Britain these days. She enters and steps up, or rather over, to the stage and prepares to do her set. A few in the tiny crowd do a double take, for this comedian is wearing a traditional Muslim headdress. ''I'm really pleased to be here, because my dad has let me out for the night,'' Mirza says, utterly deadpan. ''So I'm not going to stay long. My dad is picking me up in 10 minutes. He thinks this is a library.''
... ? Two Local Wars (Vietnam & Arab-Israel)They will find their model in themselves and in the repressed experiences of revolutionary history. The Palestinian question is too serious to be left to the states, that is, to the colonels. It is too close to the two basic questions of modern revolution — internationalism and the state — for any existing force to be able to provide an adequate solution. Only an Arab revolutionary movement that is resolutely internationalist and anti-state can dissolve the state of Israel while gaining the support of that state’s exploited masses. And only through the same process will it be able to dissolve all the existing Arab states and create Arab unity through the power of the Councils. SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONAL October 1967
... ? EDGE: THE SECOND COMING: A MANIFESTO - Page 214. The important challenge in computing today is to spend computing power, not horde it.
... ? A List Apart: Fixing Your Site With the Right DOCTYPEThis little article will provide you with DOCTYPEs that work, and explain the practical, real–world effect of these seemingly abstract tags.
... ? Public Citizen | Publications - Rx R&D Myths: The Case Against The Drug Industry’s R&D "Scare Card"
... ? A Fatal Imbalance in Medical TreatmentForces besides those of the market must be harnessed to determine which diseases are studied and how life-saving medicines are researched, developed, manufactured, and priced. The current system of research and development is failing the poor, and we must change course dramatically if we hope to turn the tide against infectious diseases that claim millions of lives every year. Both government action and global cooperation are needed to connect the staggering health needs around the globe with the astonishing capabilities of the scientific community.
... ? The Spectator.co.uk:The chimp genomeEveryone knows that the Earth is not at the centre of the universe and that mankind has descended from the apes. But what about this: according to the latest estimates, we share 98.8 per cent of our DNA with the chimpanzees. What distinguishes us from our closest living relative is due to a 1.2 per cent genetic distance.
... ? Edge: A BOZO OF A BABOONA Talk with Robert Sapolsky For the humans who would like to know what it takes to be an alpha man—if I were 25 and asked that question I would certainly say competitive prowess is important—balls, translated into the more abstractly demanding social realm of humans. What's clear to me now at 45 is, screw the alpha male stuff. Go for an alternative strategy. Go for the social affiliation, build relationships with females, don't waste your time trying to figure out how to be the most adept socially cagy male-male competitor. Amazingly enough that's not what pays off in that system. Go for the affiliative stuff and bypass the male crap. I could not have said that when I was 25.
... ? BW Online | June 16, 2003 | Has America Become a Bullyboy?In October, 1999, candidate George W. Bush told a campaign audience: "If we are a humble nation, [other nations] will see that and respect us."
... ? Analyze
this!James Gosling talks with Bill Venners about his current research project, code-named Jackpot, which builds annotated parse trees for programs and can help you analyze, visualize, and refactor your program.
... ? Brain Imaging Study Reveals Interplay of Thought, Emotion in Economic DecisionsFor many people who follow America's financial markets, it is clear that economic decisions people make are not always rational. A study now offers one neurological explanation: people's choices can depend in part on what region of their brain emerges victorious from a battle between centers of emotional impulse and rational thinking. In a paper to be reported in the June 13 issue of Science, Princeton psychologists used brain-imaging technology to study people as they made decisions that caused them needlessly to lose money and found that negative emotional states can override logical thinking. The study supports a growing area of research called behavioral economics, which departs from conventional theory by considering psychological factors other than pure logic in individual decision-making.
... ? AFX: Smojphace EP - MEN RecordsFinally released after much fuss and many delays, Aphex Twin rejuvinates the fledgling MEN label with its second release – the excellently titled Smojphace EP. There are 3 tracks on offer, the A-side raagastep remix of the The Bug and Daddy Freddy’s “Run The Place Red”, and two new tracks memorably titled “Ktpa1” and “Ktpa2”. The opening mix of the Bug and Daddy Freddy sees Mr James showing the kids a thing or two about raggastep/gabbacore/speedfreak production with a growing monster of a track, from the reverberated opening intro from the Daddy to a devestating punch up of gabba beats, disfigured Amen breaks and, of course, a devestating assembly of stepping basslines and stabs...all coming incorrect with a massive blitz of distortion and white noise as the track approaches 5 minutes and it’s sweet-ass end. Blinding. As for the two extra tracks, fans of Hecker, Russel Haswell and Merzbow will have fun here with a metallic assortment of noise, high frequencies and the sounds of a tazmanian devil screeching himself to death...brought to life with hands on knobs and tongue preesed firmly against cheek... erm, probably. But the A-Side wins the raffle for a blinding, value for money, super-collectable Aphex 12”!! Ace.
... ? Judges hit out at tabloid stingsTwo judges strongly criticised the methods of the News of the World yesterday, after the collapse of a drugs trial involving the pop singer Brian Harvey and the jailing of a fantasist who claimed she was raped by Neil and Christine Hamilton.
... ? BBC NEWS | Health | Rembrandt victim of 'botched ear piercing'The artist Rembrandt may have been one of the earliest victims of a bungled attempt at ear piercing, according to a British surgeon. The intriguing theory has been put forward as a medical explanation for the Dutch master's deformed left ear lobe.
... ? BBC NEWS | Health | Rembrandt victim of 'botched ear piercing'The artist Rembrandt may have been one of the earliest victims of a bungled attempt at ear piercing, according to a British surgeon. The intriguing theory has been put forward as a medical explanation for the Dutch master's deformed left ear lobe.
... ? Wrigley patents anti-impotence gumWm. Wrigley Jr., maker of Juicy Fruit, Big Red and Doublemint gums, is expanding its definition of “doubling your pleasure.” The Chicago gum company has been granted a U.S. government patent to develop a gum that contains a dose of the generic chemical in Viagra.
... ? Abbie The Cat Has A PosseHere is a good cardinal rule You should follow it quite closely the food in the bowl is no good if you can see the bottom of the bowl This is what we consider Cause For Alarm It only stands to reason posted by Abbie the Cat
... ? F/X PORNWhat's the difference between a Hollywood special-effects blockbuster like "Terminator 2" and a hard-core porn film? Very little, claims novelist, essayist and footnote fetishist David Foster Wallace.
... ? S. 2633 RAVE Act - Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002This Act may be cited as the 'Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002' or the 'RAVE Act'.
... ? Guy Debord's Films2003-06-13Guy Debord made six films between 1952 and 1978. Following the still-unsolved assassination of the films’ producer in 1984, all of them were withdrawn from circulation for nearly twenty years. In 2001 Debord’s widow Alice began the process of rereleasing them with a complete retrospective at the Venice Film Festival. In 2002 there was another complete showing in Paris. It is expected that the films will eventually be made generally available (hopefully sometime in 2004), but so far no definite schedule has been set for this. Whenever I have any further information, it will be posted on this webpage.
... ? Guardian Unlimited Film | Features | Death in the snowWhen I got back to London I found out more about Doug, the American married businessman in Tokyo who Takako couldn't get over. I found out that she had been to Minnesota three times before - possibly with Doug. I found out that the last call she ever made was to him. She made it from her hotel room in Bismarck, the day before she left on the bus for Fargo. Takako probably died of a broken heart. That's the true story.
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Why Palestinians are the modern SiouxBaruch Kimmerling and Joel S. Migdal's The Palestinian People: A History charts an unequal struggle that has a depressing parallel
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Observer review: No Telling by Adam ThorpeParis 68: tear gas, riots, The Beatles - and that very odd business with the vacuum cleaner
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | LRB essay | Apocalypse nowArmageddon is hot in America. With a majority of US citizens believing we are witnessing the end of the world, publishers have been quick to fill bookstores with novels alerting us to the imminent apocalypse. In the latest exclusive online essay from the London Review of Books, John Sutherland explores the phenomenon of endtimes fiction and the work of two of the undisputed champions of this booming Christian genre
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | Artists put a different slant on chessChess and modern art might not seem to be the most obvious bedfellows, but the latest creations from Damien Hirst and the Chapman brothers appear to suggest otherwise. Double-headed skulls, pawns made from medicine bottles and odd-looking knights crafted from bronze are among the offerings made by Britart bad boy Hirst and Turner Prize nominees Jake and Dinos Chapman as a tribute to the hallowed game. Their work is to be displayed at a new exhibition featuring 19 chess sets designed by artists over the past 100 years which shows how closely the game has interacted with art and literature.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Online | Talk TimeSusan Kare designed the original desktop icons for Apple and Microsoft Windows
... ? USATODAY.com - 'Towers' collectors' DVD runs a spell longerAdmirers of manly actor Sean Bean will rejoice, if somewhat briefly, when the three-hour, 43-minute extended cut of last year's No. 2 box-office hit The Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers reaches shelves in a four-DVD collection on Nov. 18. One of the year's most-anticipated DVD releases is timed to the release Dec. 17 of The Return of the King, the final film based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved fantasy trilogy.
... ? Side-LineEMI Records have just informed us of the rush-release of the new single and album from Kraftwerk. The single, "Tour De France 03" (see photo) will be released on 7th July to coincide with the centenary of the Tour de France bicycle race which this year starts on 5th July and will be available on CD and 12" vinyl. The album, "Tour De France" features the all-new recordings of "Tour De France 03" alongside brand new compositions and a new version of their seminal, electro masterpiece "Tour De France" from 1983. Kraftwerk are currently working on the final album mix at their Kling Klang studio in Düsseldorf, with the release scheduled for 21st July, 2003. Kraftwerk's music on "Tour De France" acts as a soundtrack to the race and inspires similar feelings of drama, excitement and intensity. We'll soon announce this release in pre-order! For the moment check below to order some really rare import material from Kraftwerk!
... ? Art and Science in the ClassroomCreating links between art and science in the classroom is often quite difficult, but the interdisciplinary approach proves a highly effective means for teaching these two disciplines, and their connections. In the following essay, you will find three classroom project ideas (not complete lesson plans) based upon three basic physics principles that may be executed either by combining art and physics classes or with a physics class alone. All of the projects fulfill State Goals and Academic Standards in science.
... ? PCWorld.com - Philips Unveils Mirror TVIs it a television, a PC monitor, or a mirror? Royal Philips Electronics hopes you'll ask that question of its new product by next year, and that you'll like the answer: It's all three.
... ? HIV Originated With Monkeys, Not Chimps, Study FindsScientists now say that the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), which is believed to have been transmitted to humans to become HIV-1—the virus that causes AIDS—didn't start its life in chimps.
... ? Wired News: This Artist Painted With PoisonWilliam Morris is famous for creating beautiful tapestry designs, full of lush green leaves and vines, in the late 19th century. A new study shows that Morris derived the color green from a dangerous source: arsenic. His father owned the processing plant that became the major supplier of arsenic used in green pigments in 1867. Morris made his own fortune from shares in the company, Devon Great Consols, and served on the board.
... ? Study casts doubt on keyboard illsUsing a computer does not appear to pose a severe occupational hazard for developing the wrist and hand ailment known as carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a Danish study published Tuesday.
... ? Salon.com Technology | The plot to kill Social SecurityBush's tax cuts won't do much to create jobs or boost economic growth, but they will bankrupt the nation's retirement program. That's the plan, anyway.
... ? Salon.com Technology | The plot to kill Social Security2003-06-12Bush's tax cuts won't do much to create jobs or boost economic growth, but they will bankrupt the nation's retirement program. That's the plan, anyway.
... ? BBC - The Talk Show - Christopher Hitchens on Orwell transcriptWell, there's also the question implied by what you were saying, as to whether it existed then, or not. I think he decided to write as if people could be addressed in that way, as if they could be addressed as humane and intelligent and democratic, but he wasn't always completely confident that such an audience was there and he also was never confident he could get published
... ? BBC - BBC Four Documentaries - The Real Room 101This film is about Room 101 - the room itself, Orwell's influences in creating it (his school days, his time at the BBC, Soviet Russia and communism), the psychology of fear used in Room 101, and its impact on popular culture since its creation. Orwell based Room 101 in part on his experiences of the BBC and the political vetting that used to go on in its conference room on the first floor. There is also a theory that the headmaster's study, in his old school St Cyprians (pictured), was a model for Room 101. Artist Rachel Whiteread is filmed making a plastercast of the original Room 101, based in Broadcasting House. The room is facing demolition as part of building development.
... ? Scientific American: Vocal Learning Similar in Humans, BirdsWest describes the findings as the first to show "that babies change how they vocalize in response to social responses--not sounds, but sights--by using more mature sounds." Remarks Goldstein: "This project shows that maternal behavior and infant sensory capacities interact to generate the development of more advanced infant behavior. It shows that social learning is a crucial part of vocal development."
... ? Wired News: Fotolog: Where Art Meets T&AThe increasingly popular Fotolog website is becoming a battleground where high and low culture clash. Fotolog is a relatively new weblog-cum-photo-gallery that allows anyone to post digital photos in chronological order. Thanks to the ability to link to, and comment on, others' work, the site is rapidly building a large community of enthusiast snappers.
... ? BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Oldest human skulls found2003-06-11They are described as the oldest known fossils of modern humans, or Homo sapiens. What excites scientists so much is that the specimens fit neatly with the genetic studies that have suggested this time and part of Africa for the emergence of mankind. "All the genetics have pointed to a geologically recent origin for humans in Africa - and now we have the fossils," said Professor Tim White, one of the co-leaders on the research team that found the skulls.
... ? BW Online | June 10, 2003 | The Net: Now, Folks Can't Live Without ItAt There, which is basically a virtual place for hanging out, a human assumes an online identity -- an avatar. For instance, Tate runs a clothing design business at There, whereas in reality she's starting a film production company. Visitors can chat while adopting the persona of a cartoon-like character that talks by spouting bubbles or by using voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) to speak to another person.
... ? Mercury News | 06/10/2003 | Online service pairs students, mentorsBlankenship, who studies in St. Louis, and Lee, who works in the Stanford Research Park, were one of 2,816 pairs matched this year via the Internet. Their ``e-mentoring'' relationship was arranged and supported by MentorNet, a program that connects students with experienced scientists and engineers.
... ? PC (Platforms for Communication) ForumModels Come Alive Will Wright, Maxis/Electronic Arts
... ? Salon.com | The real reason we went to war2003-06-09It wasn't WMDs, it was about teaching our enemies a lesson. But in a democracy, leaders shouldn't lie about issues of life and death.
... ? Paying for PainThat was the scam: crush the bones of homeless people so desperate for a buck that they'd allow their own bodies to be maimed for money, then hit up insurance companies with a sob story about how badly and quickly their hurt "relatives" needed the cash settlements.
... ? E-Mail Message Blitz Creates What May Be Fastest Fad EverAs he tapped out an e-mail message early one Monday morning in April, Zac Brandenberg had no idea the kind of success he would achieve. At 2:30 a.m. he pushed a button on his keyboard, sending two million copies of the message scampering across the Internet imploring their recipients to "Get the `Iraqi Most Wanted' Deck of Cards!"
... ? Online Video Lectures (Class, Lessons) on Computer Networking (Networks) - Prof. Shivkumar (Shiv) Kalyanaraman
... ? Wired News: Smartcams Take Aim at TerroristsThese distributed digital video arrays, or DIVAs, are collections of really smart cameras able to detect and identify an individual in a crowded train station and track him wherever he goes -- out of the station, into the parking lot, onto the freeway and so on. They also notify authorities when they "think" the individual engages in suspicious activity or meets with questionable cohorts.
... ? Wired 11.07: Slammed!An inside view of the worm that crashed the Internet in 15 minutes.
... ? Zenarchery.com: Revolution RockThe article seems to take the currently acceptable stance that revolution -- violent or otherwise -- is no longer a good idea, because of September 11th. Anything seen as remotely oppositional to the (supposedly) generally held belief that America is a great country that does the right thing (or the wrong thing for the right reasons) is dangerous and should be eliminated. Which is the scariest thing about this country right now.
... ? ZDNet |UK| - News - Software - Story - UK councils dump Windows for LinuxLocal authorities in Newham and Nottingham are expected to migrate more than 10,000 desktop computers from Windows to Linux Open source software is set to dramatically increase its foothold in the public sector. Two councils, Newham in London and Nottingham City Council, are examining the feasibility of shifting all their 11,500 staff desktop computers from Windows to Linux with open source desktop applications by the end of the year, according to E-Government Bulletin.
... ? Harry Partch -- his online home IS Corporeal MeadowsHarry Partch -- iconoclastic American composer, musical theorist, philosophic instrument builder, raconteur, hobo, artist -- presents unique challenges and aesthetics. This site, centering on the life and works of Partch, is maintained by people who knew him, worked with him, and are familiar with what moved him. We are one set of viewpoints, presented in a tone that we hope Harry himself would have approved: sometimes irreverent, occasionally bordering on the academic, essentially uncompromising. His beliefs, concepts and attitudes are advocated here. We are loose, but we are serious.
... ? The Observer | Review | Paris 68: tear gas, riots, The Beatles - and that very odd business with the vacuum cleaner
... ? The Observer | Business | Web's lack of bell curve is alarmingThere are, as is well known, lies, damned lies and statistics. And within statistics there is the bell curve. This is the shape of the frequency distribution one gets when conducting measurements of just about anything in the natural world.
... ? The Wagon Christ Source - newsJungle EP’s on Rephlex under the name Amen Andrews:
... ? Turbo10.com : Our TechnologyTurbo10 is a powerful Metasearch Engine, that provides a simple, universal interface to the Deep Net™.
... ? BBC NEWS | Technology | Confidential Apple music details leakedAn insight into the success of Apple's online music service has been provided by leaked details from a meeting with representatives from the independent record industry.
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... ? ExactitudesRotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and stylist Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 8 years. Rotterdam's heterogeneous, multicultural street scene remains a major source of inspiration for Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, although since 1998 they have also worked in cities abroad. They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people's attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element.
... ? Funkstörung"Isolation Remixes" is open to the global creative community. Designers and creatives are invited to remix any of the photographs provided on this site. Photographic Library will be updated each month with new photographs to give you more interesting and exciting objects to remix. Description: Selected remixes will be published in an art-book (minimum 60 pages) together with the new Funkstörung album, each contributing artist will receive a free copy of the book when it is published. A few selected artworks will be displayed on the website as well as being exhibited in Europe and Australia during late 2003 - early 2004. The selected images will also be compiled into a motion graphics clip for the new Funkstörung music video. Chosen music video clips will appear on the new Funkstörung Album as well. Duration: This project will run for 2 months. May 01 - July 01, 2003. Deadline for remix artwork is July 01, 2003. We will not accept work after this date. Images submitted after this date will only be eligible for inclusion in the music video project.