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Patriot Act Suppresses News Of Challenge to Patriot Act (washingtonpost.com)

In other news, the universe is imploding

posted at 11:51 pm
on Apr. 30, 2004

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300 Small Common Icons From 1800 Sites

300 from 1800 = 1,000,000 hits!

posted at 11:49 pm
on Apr. 30, 2004

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ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel

I'm linking to "Nightline" because it's simply not right for one media conglomorate to start deciding whether another media conglamorate's programming is legitimate news -- that should be up to the cable companies and the government!

posted at 11:46 pm
on Apr. 30, 2004

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Folio Magazine quotes me talking about Variety’s blogs

It gets most things mostly right.

posted at 9:03 pm
on Apr. 30, 2004

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AtomicLife - An Online Magazine

Instead of fitting everything above the fold, this site puts every single item on the extremely long home page. Counterintuitive, yes -- but in this case, it works.

posted at 5:15 pm
on Apr. 30, 2004

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The political jockeying over the position of National Archivist

I can't think of a less likely gov't role to become politicized, but the Bush White House really wants to keep the lid on its records, even after it's out of power.

posted at 3:09 am
on Apr. 30, 2004

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Man Bites Dog—AreYouGame.com

Dunno, but this board game seems like it has potential

posted at 12:28 am
on Apr. 30, 2004

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If you waste 12 minutes in each of thes games…

...you'll have wasted as much time as both Matrix sequels together, plus The Phantom Menace.

posted at 12:20 am
on Apr. 30, 2004

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Be a donut maker

Some would argue that this article urges you to achieve the wrong goal, though

posted at 11:46 pm
on Apr. 29, 2004

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Photo Exhibit: What Ceilings See

This was showing in North Vancouver.

posted at 11:08 pm
on Apr. 29, 2004

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GPS Drawing Gallery

It's like etch-a-sketch art via satellite, tracing where these people actually walk.

posted at 3:03 pm
on Apr. 29, 2004

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Bloggers in New York to Meet up at the Apple Store in Soho

I'm guessing it will attract slightly fewer viewers than the Victoria's Secret Webcast

posted at 12:34 pm
on Apr. 29, 2004

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A used wedding dress on eBay

Nothing special, but it has been viewed 1.7 million times. (Update: That was yesterday. Today it's 6.9 million times.)

posted at 11:41 pm
on Apr. 27, 2004

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A Curious lack—A9.com has 0 search results for penthouse

There are no search results for this query. (But there are many "Letters to Penthouse" books...)

posted at 3:24 am
on Apr. 15, 2004

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Amazon’s snoopy search engine:  A9’s Privacy Policy

If you were concerned about Google's GMail privacy invasion, you better read this line: "IF YOU HAVE AN ACCOUNT ON AMAZON.COM AND AN AMAZON.COM COOKIE, INFORMATION GATHERED BY A9.COM, AS DESCRIBED IN THIS PRIVACY NOTICE, MAY BE CORRELATED WITH ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION THAT AMAZON.COM HAS AND USED BY A9.COM AND AMAZON.COM TO IMPROVE THE SERVICES WE OFFER." On the other hand -- WOW, I'm impressed by the features they offer...

posted at 3:02 am
on Apr. 15, 2004

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WPVI.com: When Water Isn’t Wet

Water that isn't wet?! Unnatural! I blame gay marriage.

posted at 11:19 pm
on Apr. 14, 2004

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Prints the Chaff plans an unofficial Bloggers Day baseball outing

Or as I like to call it, Slowest ... Moving ... Flashmob ... Ever!

posted at 10:15 am
on Apr. 14, 2004

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ABMP-main

Oh my goodness. So many things to correct about this site!

posted at 8:44 pm
on Apr. 13, 2004

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This is the latest example of poor Google ad juxtaposition

If I had to guess what happened, I'd predict that the automatic filter here saw "man pleads guilty" and "2nd charge" and used that for one ad with the headline "Accused of Rape" and the other ad for "Microsoft License Experts." While it's bad that a piracy case gets an ad for rape, I think it's twice as bad that rape and Microsoft licensing are somehow associated.

posted at 2:06 am
on Apr. 13, 2004

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Random Personal Picture Finder (tm)

Look at a total cross-section of photos via Google Image search

posted at 2:00 pm
on Apr. 12, 2004

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Font makers House Industries made a book of fonts

The plot is something about a lazy dog and a quick fox who does a lot of jumping.

posted at 1:22 pm
on Apr. 12, 2004

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Choose Web Page Colors from Nature

I choose mine from clown makeup

posted at 5:12 am
on Apr. 12, 2004

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Gallery of Random Art

Truly random, not just "half a cow in plexiglass" random

posted at 2:28 am
on Apr. 12, 2004

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What’s Inside a Magic Eight Ball?

Lots and lots of blue

posted at 1:15 am
on Apr. 12, 2004

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Norman Borlaug has saved move lives than any other living human

Do you know who this American Nobel Prize winner is?

posted at 2:23 pm
on Apr. 10, 2004

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Maxim does Marge Simpson

She lets her blue hair down.

posted at 3:30 am
on Apr. 10, 2004

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My old job is posted on Monster (Editor, Variety.com)

Can you spot 15 errors in this job posting? Then maybe you're right for the job!

posted at 11:58 pm
on Apr. 8, 2004

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low culture‘s dog blogs the Oscars?!

I'm late, but this made me laugh real quiet inside

posted at 6:31 pm
on Apr. 8, 2004

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From GeorgeWBush.com: Compassion == Photos Taken with Black People

No, I'm not kidding.

posted at 5:09 pm
on Apr. 8, 2004

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George W. Bush, the War President: A photo mosiac

Via Eclectism, Michael Moore and ultimately from American Leftist.

posted at 5:02 pm
on Apr. 8, 2004

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XML.com: Normalizing Syndicated Feed Content [Apr. 07, 2004]

If you read this, you'll go insane. And you wonder why RSS hasn't taken off in a big way yet...

posted at 3:39 am
on Apr. 8, 2004

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Kathryn Cramer’s good analysis of the use of mercenary workers in Iraq

It's true that most of what she wrote here is summarized from newspapers, news Web sites and books as opposed to in-the-field interviews and reporting -- but it's broadly constructed, well summarized, cogent and interspursed with Socratic questions (not bully pulpit opinions). And the fact that these posts are intermingled with posts about breast feeding and salad dressing recipes just reinforces why I think blogs are so damn fascinating: here's a woman who is actually helping to develop a civil (meaning citizen, not polite) debate over the use of private military personnel by security firms in Iraq, simply because she decided to put her mind to this issue. Amazing.

posted at 1:26 am
on Apr. 8, 2004

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Can you figure out what song these visual lyrics go with?

Hint: Wayne's World

posted at 12:03 pm
on Apr. 7, 2004

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See Paris By Segway? Oui, Oui

Ah, to be young and geeky in the City of Lights.

posted at 10:44 am
on Apr. 7, 2004

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This headline was NOT a good idea

Then again, perhaps in this case it's appropriate to have a headline that blows.

posted at 11:44 pm
on Apr. 6, 2004

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Design shout-out: Barbelith

It's a rainbow of HTML colors!

posted at 4:06 pm
on Apr. 6, 2004

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bIPlog: ONA Last Panel: Back to the future

I was wondering if anyone recorded the question I asked about Google at this "superpanel" session

posted at 3:08 pm
on Apr. 6, 2004

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The Onion | The Onion | Yahoo Launches Soul-Search Engine

The screen shot is hilarious: Search (What is my destiny?) Sponsored ad: (Destiny on eBay -- Find Destiny at low prices)

posted at 2:38 pm
on Apr. 6, 2004

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Belated thanks: Prints the Chaffmentioned this blog

Tom and I go way back to early Web days. You whippersnappers ... ah, nevermind.

posted at 2:17 pm
on Apr. 6, 2004

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TheStar.com quotes me for this article

"Rabbit-crazed ladies make fine bloggers" and who am I to argue that premise?

posted at 2:14 pm
on Apr. 6, 2004

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Lost Remote gve me some electronic ink

"Variety.com editor steps down," they say; I see it as more of a step up.

posted at 2:13 pm
on Apr. 6, 2004

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Reason magazine customizes 40,000 covers with pictures of each subscribers’ home

Interesting that a print magazine did this, while many media Web sites still don't know who the heck is coming to their home page. (Thanks, L.A. Observed)

posted at 1:26 pm
on Apr. 6, 2004

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These Pulitzer Prize-winning pictures are worth $10,000

Carolyn Cole made Liberia's civil war a story about real people: scared, angry, aguished.

posted at 9:45 am
on Apr. 6, 2004

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Gibson’s ‘The Passion’ a Hit Among Arabs

Article quotes Middle Eastern Muslims who have seen the movie as saying the film reveals the "crimes committed by Jews against Christ"

posted at 2:38 am
on Apr. 5, 2004

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Why home prices are about to plummet—and take the recovery with them

Reading things like this makes my chest hurt: In California, the price of a home stands at 8.3 times the annual family income of its occupants

posted at 2:34 am
on Apr. 5, 2004

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Boredom is a lost art form.

I read this article as I was listening to iTunes and updating my Palm Pilot with tomorrow's to-do list

posted at 1:58 am
on Apr. 5, 2004

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Europeans have an innate ability to open triangular spread cheese packages

On the other hand, so this funny article says, root beer makes them spit

posted at 11:47 pm
on Apr. 4, 2004

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Electronic Altering of Worker Time Cards Spurs Growing Number of Suits

And this doesn't even begin to talk about the practice of simply pressuring employees to work off the clock.

posted at 11:43 pm
on Apr. 4, 2004

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Wonderful photos

I think you need to move really slow to see beauty the way this unknown photographer does. It's hard not to move too fast.

posted at 6:43 pm
on Apr. 4, 2004

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I am a grammar god; are you?

On the down side, I'm really irritating when you ask me to "quickly look over this memo I'm writing, would you?"

posted at 5:14 pm
on Apr. 4, 2004

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How to rate a guru

You know, in case you're in the market for a new one.

posted at 2:55 pm
on Apr. 4, 2004

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Beautiful cemetary photographs come to life

Taken over two years, this grave yard is amazingly shot and given a flash sound and animation treatment that makes it even more striking.

posted at 5:45 pm
on Apr. 2, 2004

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M?trorama - Panoramic photos of the Paris m?tro

Quite amazing, showing the variety of stations built.

posted at 5:31 pm
on Apr. 2, 2004

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ze frank savages the social networks

He raises a bunch of good points and made me laugh.

posted at 4:13 pm
on Apr. 2, 2004

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why content management fails

Because you can have the best system in the word, and still not hire someone who can manage content well

posted at 2:21 pm
on Apr. 2, 2004

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San Francisco’s paper hires a sex reporter

Makes it even more sad Variety cancelled its sex blog

posted at 1:47 pm
on Apr. 2, 2004

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Jackson County’s government-run porn emporium

This can't be true -- not the porn part, but the "efficiently run by county government" part.

posted at 1:40 pm
on Apr. 2, 2004

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‘Passion’ prompts confession from neo-Nazi bomber

However, he said he was surprised to be arrested: "I was expecting eight Hail Marys and a 'Go forth and sin no more.' "

posted at 12:43 pm
on Apr. 2, 2004

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University wants to hypnotise students

Failing that, to drug them and stack them like cord wood.

posted at 12:40 pm
on Apr. 2, 2004

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Peeps Doing Research

Quickest way to one million hits on the Internet -- make a site with photos of Peeps.

posted at 12:39 pm
on Apr. 2, 2004

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Google’s E-Mail Strategy Criticized

Google's AdWords "computer" is going to (*gasp*) read all your email? How is that different from when you do a "search" at Hotmail and Microsoft's computers "look through" all your mail?

posted at 11:22 am
on Apr. 2, 2004

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visual analysis of data changes in group information sites

Sounds boring, but it's really a great way to see how sites produced by groups change over time, and recover from cybervandalism

posted at 6:10 pm
on Apr. 1, 2004

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Judge: File sharing legal in Canada

And their beer is better, too.

posted at 6:04 pm
on Apr. 1, 2004

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even in your own publically posted Word documents

Dear Microsoft, your Word software often leaves old edits in documents; . Just FYI.

posted at 5:31 pm
on Apr. 1, 2004

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Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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