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... ? Six Foot Two: On BloggingGoogle Answers, eh? Anyway, I want to know why some people, like you and me, no matter how hard they try, can't keep their blogs alive for more than a few months. And I'd also like to know why they keep coming back to it. There you go. Now start writing. Raj.
... ? The Observer | Magazine | About last nightOne in three Britons suffers some form of sleeplessness. Here, chronic insomniac Aminatta Forna shines a light on the dark secrets of the wide awake club
... ? Spacefem.com: Your ColorThis quiz is simple. You check the box next to a word that describes you, and you get to see what name HTML color best represents your personality. The colors are found based on hue (how you think), saturation (how much you do about it), and lightness (the effect you think it has). Fairly simple, but fun in a way that other lame color tests aren't, because there are 140 possible results and it uses a lot more math. So, on with the checkboxes...
... ? BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts | Export ban for 'lost' Bacon artBacon believed the painting had been destroyed and it was only rediscovered after the artist's death in 1992.
Withdrawn from exhibition twice, Bacon sent the work to his art material supplier and later expressed regret at its loss.
... ? BBC - What's On - Programme Information for Israel's Nuclear WhistleblowerSun 30 May, 22:45 - 23:25 40 mins
Mordechai Vanunu spent 18 years behind bars for revealing Israel's nuclear secrets. Freed last month he's still forbidden to leave Israel or speak to foreigners. This is the exclusive BBC interview the Israeli Secret Service tried to block.
... ? Turning the TideThe official weblog of Noam Chomsky, including exclusive, original observations drawn from personal correspondence, ZNet Sustainer Forums posts, and direct blog entries
... ? The Observer | Magazine | Enter the dragonIn the early Eighties, the notorious Ford Estate boasted Britain's highest rate of heroin abuse among teenagers. Now, two decades later, Ursula Kenny discovers that many of these youngsters have never escaped the spectre of drugs
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts reviews | The quiet AmericanThough most of us have only seen the posters, Edward Hopper's paintings have become icons of 20th-century American life. But what are they like in reality? His first British show for a generation defies all expectations
... ? Neowin.net - Where unprofessional journalism looks better - Neowin Interview : Justin Frankel, creator of Winamp and Nullsoft
... ? Pluck: In the NewsPluck Launches Free Browser Companion to Improve Online Information Management (*New*)
5/24/2004 - Pluck Corp., a software company dedicated to making it easier to manage Internet information, today unveiled the Pluck web browser companion application, which greatly improves the way users search, retrieve, organize and share information found online.
The new application, which integrates with Microsoft Internet Explorer, is available for free.
Full PDF of Press Release http://www.pluck.com/docs/Pluck-PressRelease-5-24-2004.pdf
... ? BBC NEWS | In Depth | 2003 | Military fact filesAn analysis of the military superiority that allowed the US-led coalition to overwhelm Iraq.
... ? Chris Hardwick -=[bio]=- TRON: THE ROCK OPERA-Yes, Nerds and lovers of Nerds, it's the 12-minute rock opera celebrating the load of cyber-brilliance that was shot all over the unsuspecting, self-indulgent tits of 1982, TRON.
Unfortunately, for reasons beyond my control, we probably won't be performing it anymore which sucks because we only played it 4 or 5 times. In any case, the best I can offer is a crappy recording from a December show at Spaceland in L.A that 18 people enjoyed. Please like it, even in its assy state:
... ? Jobs Editorial | Jobsadvice default | Could you cut it as a creative?The arts and media are notoriously difficult to break into - no wonder as they offer some of the most glamorous and exciting jobs around. To get ahead you'll need talent, contacts, determination and the ability to work for nothing.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Prophet of a pitiless worldJohn Berger used to think Francis Bacon painted only to shock and his appeal would soon wear thin. But at a new show in Paris, he realised the painter's personal preoccupations have become terrifyingly relevant
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Heroes and wretchesFor most of her life, Alice Neel was barely known - she was a figurative artist when abstract expressionism was all the rage, and being a woman didn't help, either. But full-on, psychologically and sociologically acute portraits were her strength, and she stuck with it. Eventually, says Suzie Mackenzie, the world caught up with her
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Online | The future is flat-screen2004-05-28Is Samsung poised to pull alongside Sony in the race to become the leading electronics brand, asks Ashley Norris
... ? Reviews - Suede : SinglesAsphalt, terylene, glitter and grit… Suede were a band who knew their substances. Right from their first single in 1992, Brett Anderson and the boys had an eye and instinct for the sights, smells, feelings and tastes that made up the fabric of early Nineties society. The rush of a pill, the sting of a lovebite, the sadness of a down-at-heel seaside resort - the precision of Suede’s descriptions and evocations combined to create a mental landscape that’s one of the most recognisable in pop, and from which they could not, eventually, escape.
... ? New Order return to 'dance' music for new album - NME.COMThe band told BBC 6Music that the album, currently being recorded in Bath, is similar in flavour to their 1989 collection 'Technique' rather than 2001's guitar-heavy 'Get Ready'.
... ? Computer Laboratory - Assorted photosThe Computer Laboratory is the Computer Science department of the University of Cambridge.
... ? BOOKMOBILE projectNow in its third year, projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project is an annual touring exhibition of artist books, zines, and independent publications. Traveling by way of a vintage Airstream, the BOOKMOBILE visits a variety of venues in Canada and the US including community centers, schools, libraries, festivals and artist-run centers. A group of coordinators traveling with the exhibition facilitate a series of workshops, artist talks, and educational forums. The project has exposed thousands of visitors to a unique collection of independently produced book works.
... ? Interview with Billy BraggFive years in absentia, Billy Bragg finally resumed his career recently with the release of William Bloke and a promotional U.S. tour. The occasion prompted what we should have done years ago: a Big Takeover interview with the man himself!
... ? Terrorism in historical perspective Fred Halliday - openDemocracyTerrorism is the defining issue of the post 9/11 world. It is also one of the most confusing and contested words in the political lexicon. The route to understanding, says Fred Halliday, is through making connections: between past and present, state and insurgent violence, nationalist and religious movements. The result is an illuminating survey of terrorism’s history, current impact, and possible future.
... ? Sony to ship portable video, MP3 player next month | The RegisterHaving admitted this week that Apple beat it to offering the "Walkman of the 21st Century", Sony is fiercely fighting back to recapture the title. Earlier this month we reported on its first Vaio-branded colour portable music player, the VGF-AP1. Today, Sony unveiled a second machine, this time pitched even more as an adjunct to a home PC, but this time with still photography and video playback functionality. And in a rare move for Sony, the player supports MP3 rather than the company's own ATRAC audio format.
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... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts Friday Review | The God of small thingsHe is a master of the musical miniature. And now he's finally getting the recognition he deserves. Richard Causton on Jeremy Dale Roberts
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts Friday Review | Dirty pretty thingsThey played 'beautifully badly'. But Malcolm McLaren still fell in love with the New York Dolls - and became their manager. As the punk pioneers reunite for Morrissey's Meltdown, he relives their garish 1970s excesses. Below, today's bands pay tribute
... ? KORG.co.uk :: Legacy - Virtial Instrument Collection - MS-20 software synthesizer2004-05-27Since the MS-20 went on sale in 1978, this semi-modular monophonic synthesizer has enjoyed unbroken popularity for its thick and solid sound, aggressive analog filters, and inexhaustible potential for creative patching.
... ? BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Rings ready for their close-upA new close up image of Saturn and its rings taken by the Cassini space probe reveals just how close the European-US mission now is to its target.
... ? BBC NEWS | In Pictures | In pictures: Doctor Who's assistantsBillie Piper is to follow in a long line of actors who have travelled through time with Doctor Who - including two early assistants Vicki, played by Maureen O'Brien, and Steven Taylor (right), played by future Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves.
... ? Design Observer: writings about design & culture: Stanley Kubrick and the Future of Graphic Design
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Fragments of the universeCubism wasn't just a style. It was a full-scale inquiry into what it means to be alive. No wonder we still find it mystifying, says Jonathan Jones
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Top drawersDrawing has fallen out of fashion - and out of many school curriculums. Why? We asked David Hockney and Allen Jones, who have devoted this year's Royal Academy summer exhibition to it, to discuss
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Life | Why did the Paris airport terminal collapse?2004-05-26We won't know until the investigation reports. But normally tube-like buildings are extremely strong. Any loads placed on them are distributed around the whole structure. These "hoop stresses" are commonly used in nature - they are the reason that an eggshell is so strong relative to its thickness, for example.
... ? BBC NEWS | In Pictures | In pictures: Lost artworksGavin Turk's Floater was also destroyed.
... ? Design Museum: London - design, architecture and fashion - DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2004.Daniel Brown...yay!!..
... ? Pluck: Search, Retrieve, Organize & Share the WebPluck's suite of integrated applications helps you search, retrieve, organize and share the best parts of the web.
Pluck transforms Internet Explorer into a web workhorse!
And it’s free.
... ? Phaidon PressA collection of unique portraits by British born, New York based, fashion photographer Platon. Over 120 photographs have been selected from an enormous range of powerful images taken over the last decade and together they constitute a unique and dynamic cross-section through the cult of fame and power. Platon’s Republic is a window into today’s media-led culture that bombards, and sometimes overwhelms, us with images of world-wide importance juxtaposed with frivolity.
... ? Blogger Knowledge : Hello, PhotobloggingThe fine folks at Picasa have worked with us to create the quickest, easiest way for Windows users to send photos to a blog—via IM. That's right, Instant Messaging has gone to the blogs. The IM client they built is called Hello. It's a peer-to-peer networking application that enables users to share photos and text-chat about them live. It's a snazzy little app but it's even more impressive when it's engineered to work seamlessly with Blogger.
... ? UK public sector now paid almost as much as commercial techies - silicon.comClose but no cigar
... ? Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Rat Study Shows That Exercise Promotes Neuron GrowthRegular exercise can benefit the body in a number of ways, from aiding weight loss to increasing energy levels and improving cardiovascular health. Findings published online this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences bolster the notion that the brain, too, can profit from physical activity. Results of rat studies indicate that exercise can stimulate the recovery of injured neurons.
... ? Internet ArchiveThe Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
... ? Wendy Carlos Surround1Adventures in Surround Sound, from 7.2 to Quad (personal and historical notes, basics, and acoustic realities often forgotten)
... ? Social insects point to non-genetic origins of societies'The patterns are things that we call emergent properties - colony-level behaviors or structures that can be explained by looking at interactions,' Fewell said. 'The one that I am most interested in is division of labor, in which different individuals perform different tasks and specialize on different activities.
... ? BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Venus clouds 'might harbour life'There could be life on the planet Venus, US scientists have concluded in a report in the journal Astrobiology.
... ? BBC NEWS | UK | Care call to help convict addictsMore must be done to stop the "postcode lottery" of provision for drug-addicted persistent offenders after prison, a think tank has said. A massive expansion in residential centres is needed, the Re-thinking Crime and Punishment group believes.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts galleries | Edward Hopper at Tate Modern index2004-05-25The luminous, often lonely paintings of Edward Hopper are being shown at Tate Modern from May 27 to September 5. Here are a few of the highlights
... ? BBC NEWS | England | Southern Counties | Milligan gets last laugh on graveRelatives of the former goon have now decided that it can bear the star's epitaph: "I told you I was ill."
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | Restoration complete for Michelangelo's DavidA fierce debate had raged about the best way to to clean its surface of dirt and grime. The original restorer Agnese Parronchi walked off the job last April when her preferred "dry" method of cleaning using brushes was rejected. Her replacement Cinzia Parnigoni completed the job using distilled water and a "mud pack" of cellulose pulp and clay.
... ? The New York Times > Magazine > Encounter: Music's Misery Man ReturnsStanding stoically under a haze of hair spray, the 45-year-old Morrissey -- hair a tad thinner than it was in the Smiths days, sideburns speckled gray -- wore modishly distressed jeans and a white blazer. He wore, too, his signature stare: a stony, blue-eyed gaze that toes the line between apathy and ache.
... ? The Observer | OMM | The first teenage dreamFirst the Teds, then the squares... the notion of the teenager was born 50 years ago. Simon Napier-Bell, later manager of Wham! and celebrated pop author, reveals how he came of age - in every way
... ? The Observer | OMM | Inside grimeFrom the tower blocks of east London comes the thrilling sound of grime. By Chris Campion
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | We like it like thisFor more than 30 years, Glastonbury has been the festival global superstars want to play. But why? What is the attraction of all that mud and mayhem? Crispin Aubrey and John Shearlaw find out
... ? Literary Kicks: NealCassadyThe real genius behind the Beat movement in literature never published a book during his life. He appeared as a main character in many books, though, from 'Go' by John Clellon Holmes to 'On The Road' by Jack Kerouac to 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test' by Tom Wolfe. His free-flowing letter writing style inspired the young Kerouac to break his ties to the sentimental style he'd picked up from Thomas Wolfe and invent his notion of 'spontaneous prose.' Without Neal Cassady, the Beat Generation would never have happened.
... ? Google's Blogger Boss Focuses on the UserIn a wide-ranging conversation with eWEEK's Steve Gillmor, Blogger co-founder and Google Program Manager Evan Williams runs through the changes in the software, the company, and the RSS and ATOM content syndication ecology.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts galleries | Dan Chung indexThis week, the Guardian's Dan Chung was named photographer of the year at the prestigious Picture Editors' Awards. Here is a selection of his winning work from 2003.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | 'It's not haute cuisine'2004-05-20Why is ex-KLF prankster Bill Drummond travelling the country making people soup? Dave Simpson finds out
... ? BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Cosmos 'a billion years older'"The Universe could be a billion years older than was thought, according to Italian and German scientists."
... ? Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Decoding Schizophrenia -- [ NEURAL PHARMACOLOGY ] -- A fuller understanding of signaling in the brain of people with this disorder offers new hope for improved therapyThe ability of PCP and ketamine to induce a broad spectrum of schizophrenialike symptoms suggests that these drugs replicate some key molecular disturbance in the brain of schizophrenic patients. At the molecular level the drugs impair the functioning of the brain signaling systems that rely on glutamate, the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain.
... ? Requiem for a DreamSara: Big deal? You drove up in a cab. Did you see who had the best seat? I'm somebody now, Harry. Everybody likes me. Soon, millions of people will see me and they'll all like me. I'll tell them about you, your father, how good he was to us. Remember? It's a reason to get up in the morning. It's a reason to lose weight. To fit in a red dress. It's a reason to smile. It makes tomorrow alright. (sighs) What have I got, Harry? Hm? Why should I even make the bed or wash the dishes? I do them. But why should I? I'm alone. Your father's gone. You're gone. I've no one to...care for. What have I got, Harry? ......I'm lonely. (starting to cry a little) I'm old.
... ? BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Claim made for new form of life2004-05-19Doctors claim to have uncovered new evidence that the tiny particles known as "nannobacteria" are indeed alive and may cause a range of human illnesses. The existence of nannobacteria is one of the most controversial of scientific questions - some experts claim they are simply too small to be life forms.
... ? BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Disaster may have killed ancientsThe remains of 28 early humans found buried at the bottom of a cave shaft in northern Spain may belong to a group that died suddenly in a "catastrophe".
... ? The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > The Library That Puts on Fishnets and Hits the DiscoA photograph of Rem Koolhaas's new Central Library in Seattle.
... ? Cities CollectionWelcome to the Cities Collection of images. This collection hosts the best views of cities around the globe as photographed by astronauts while in orbit.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Attention to detailStephen Gill takes pictures of those small moments most of us miss. In the first of a three-part series, Jon Ronson analyses one man's obsession with the minutiae of modern life
... ? FrontPage - DoubleType2004-05-16DoubleType is an open source graphical typeface designer that builds TrueType font file.
Written in Java, DoubleType runs on platforms supported by Java, including Windows, Linux, and Macintosh.
Glyphs are stored in XML based file to aid collaboration using existing tools such as CVS.
... ? BBC - BBC Four Storyville - ComandanteCOMANDANTE - Oliver Stone, USA/Spain, 2003 Sunday 16 May 2004 9.20pm-10.55pm; rpt 12.20am-1.55am
In 2002 Oliver Stone spent three days in Cuba with Fidel Castro frankly discussing everything from world events to their favourite movies. Comandante is the compelling result of the trip.
... ? The Observer | Food monthly | Food: David Rowan explores the cutting edge of food technologyStill worried about 'E' numbers? Do try to keep up. How about sliced bread that lasts for months? Or steak and chips rustled up from the submolecular constituents of nothing more than fresh air? As David Rowan reports, food technologists are dreaming up ever new ways of feeding us.
... ? MetaCreativity | MetafilterWhat is the modus operandi of creativity? According to two cognitive scientists, Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner, the subconscious operation of conceptual blending. The formal theory, known as the Network Model of Conceptual Integration (CI), seeks to explain how creative insights are derived from pre-existing knowledge and understanding.
... ? Playing With TimeHere at the Playing With Time web site, unseen worlds of change will be revealed. You will see time sped up and slowed down, and behold the beauty of change. Time will be in your hands to witness, replay, and even create. You never know... you might not look at things quite the same way again.
... ? BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts | 'Dying' sparrow on show at TateA "dying" sparrow has become the first of a series of installations in a new space at London's Tate Modern. Created by Danish and Norwegian duo Michael-Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, the stunned sparrow appears to be trapped inside the museum window.
... ? The Observer | Magazine | Dear MariellaHe's worked hard to kick his heroin habit, so why are his girlfriends now giving him the boot?
... ? The Observer | Magazine | Handbags & Gladrags2004-05-15She's a committed feminist with a PhD in political science; a former communist who trained as a mime artist... She's also the creative force behind the world's most influential fashion brand. Michael Specter visits Miuccia Prada in her Milan studio and home to see how a label became a legend.
... ? k-punk "'War strips us of the later accretions of civilization and lays bare the primal man in each of us. It compels us once more to be heroes who cannot believe in their own death; it stamps strangers as enemies, whose death is to be brought about or desired; it tells us to disregard the death of those we love.' - Freud "
... ? BBC NEWS | Magazine | For newspapers, size mattersNewspaper readers in the UK have for decades had a simple choice: tabloid or broadsheet. From next week it's not so clear.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts Friday Review | 'In modern America, no nightmare is forbidden'JG Ballard reveals what the Hollywood disaster movie says about the US psyche
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | The good old naughty days2004-05-14In life Tamara de Lempicka was a Left Bank bisexual with an appetite for bohemian living. Her work, though, portrays the dubious glamour and discipline of fascism
... ? A New Kind of Science: The NKS ForumThis is the official forum for the NKS community, and for public discussion of issues related to Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science. It is read and moderated by members of the Wolfram Science Group.
The forum is intended both to provide further explanation of ideas and discoveries in the book, and to serve as a communication medium for research and collaboration building on the contents of the book. Informed debate is appropriate so long as it is constructive in furthering the exploration of NKS ideas.
... ? Separation: The Web Designer's Dilemma: A List ApartSeparation: The Web Designer’s Dilemma by Michael Cohen
With all the discussion about separating presentation from content (and structure), it’s easy to lose track of the goal. So let’s step back, define our terms, and take a look at why it matters.
... ? TASCHEN Books: Pop Culture - New Titles - 1000 Signs - FactsThis book features an amusing collection of signs from around the world. Divided into chapters by type (animals, men, stop, danger, weapons, transport, children, toilets, work, no!, etc.), the signs demonstrate how different cultures portray the icons with which we are all so familiar. The diverse selection of photographs is accompanied by texts describing the cultural and social significance of signs. You may even learn things from this book that could save your life the next time you travel!
... ? TASCHEN Books: Travel - All Titles - Cheap Hotels - FactsCheap Hotels -Author(s): McLane, Daisann - ardcover, 165 x 222 mm, 192 pages
Travel ecstasy I spent four years on the road, staying in more than 200 budget hotels from Berlin to Bali, and took photos of my rooms before I turned down the covers every night. Along the way, I discovered that travel ecstasy usually increases in inverse proportion to your hotel bill. Cheap Hotels is a quirky memoir of a life lived under hideous bedspreads, a guide to choosing inexpensive hotels that embody the spirit of a place.
... ? Philosopher's Stone Truffles - Fresh Magic MushroomsThe Psilocybe Tampanensis truffle is also known as the philosophers stone. This hallucinogen will give you a stoned, psychedelic, philosophical, happy and visual trip. The philosophers stone can last as long as 6 hours. Its very different from the other magic mushrooms and it tastes better too! This psilocybe truffle is a psychedelic (hallucinogen) and psilocin and psilocybin. Because of the different effects of this truffle, it is often compared to other Psilocybe magic mushrooms other psychedelic alkaloids are suspected to be present.
Fresh Psilocybe Tampanensis truffles are technically not mushrooms and do not look anything like magic mushrooms; they're closer to muesli or breakfast cereals.
According to some experienced trippers, Psilocybe Tampanensis is a very good alternative to magic mushrooms for first time users, because they give a good feeling and it is an easy controllable trip compared to other psychedelics.