September 30, 2002

Misc - Here are some

Misc - Here are some pictures of weekend activities on their own convenient little page.

Also in the news, A man survives being compacted (twice) in a trash compactor. If that's not the low point of your week, you're in serious trouble.

Finally check out the facial recreation of King Tut. Such facial recreations are often a controversial subject in the world of anthropology, but for a news story it makes good fun.

Posted by James at 5:38 PM

September 27, 2002

A little Iraq/Star Trek satire

A little Iraq/Star Trek satire - provides this bit of humor: Been there, done Iraq
Recently discovered "Star Trek" scripts reveal Saddam-busting strategies.

Posted by James at 3:46 PM

September 24, 2002

The sausage of the new

The sausage of the new century? - Two things it's best not to look too closely ad the production of: sausages and laws. Is there now a third thing to add to that list? Coffee prices have slumped recently, leading coffee producers to begin to cut corners on their product. The lack of money and manpower may lead to things like twigs, floor sweepings and mold appearing in coffee.


Posted by James at 10:54 AM

September 23, 2002

The Cost of Silence -

The Cost of Silence - Can you copyright the absence of a song? Silent music dispute resolved

Posted by James at 4:19 PM

Free Encyclopedia - This looks

Free Encyclopedia - This looks cool. Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia. In its own words:

"a collaborative project to produce a complete encyclopedia from scratch. [...] The content of Wikipedia is covered by the GNU Free Documentation License, which means that it is free and will remain so forever."

Posted by James at 3:42 PM

High-Altitude Rambos - (This is

High-Altitude Rambos - (This is another NYT story requiring free registration)

Okay. Can we stop now? I won't be flying anytime soon (especially not with my children), and my fear has nothing to do with terrorists. You're a lot more likely to run into these less-lethal-but-still-loonie gung-ho folks. I guess we've decided to turn "Let's Roll" into "Let's roll all over your rights as a citizen."

The moral of this story? Don't have a tan or watch law enforcement "too closely."

Posted by James at 11:44 AM

KFC Customer Gets Pot With

KFC Customer Gets Pot With Chicken - They're always screwing up drive-thru orders, but this one takes the cake. At least KFC can take care of the munchies for you.

"Police arrested Carlos Ayala, 26, of Vallejo, shortly after the customer complained about the pot."

Everyone's a critic.
(Free registration required to read that New York Times link above)

Posted by James at 11:30 AM

Out og body, or out

Out og body, or out of mind? - Researchers gain insight into Out Of Body Experiences. It has something to do with the brain - there's a shocker!

Posted by James at 10:45 AM

September 19, 2002

A Big Stretch - Yesterday

A Big Stretch - Yesterday I had my gastroscopy. Apparently I have a lot of stomach inflammation (gastritis) but no ulcer. I think this is "goodish" news, but I haven't had a chance yet to go over the results with the doctor. After the procedure I was groggy. They'd drugged me with Demerol and Versed (Midazolam). Supposedly, I was basically awake during the procedure, but Versed makes you calm and then later you forget what happened. Well, I have forgotten pretty much everything that happened. I do remember that the doctor told me he had dilated my esophagus.

It's still unclear haw bad my gastritis is, or whether it is caused by an infection. We'll see.

Posted by James at 3:31 PM

September 16, 2002

The Undetectables - What are

The Undetectables - What are the set designers from Wallace and Gromit doing lately? They're making hard-to-detect cell phone antennas. See: BBC NEWS | How mobile phone masts 'vanish'.

Posted by James at 4:11 PM

September 15, 2002

September 12, 2002

Pay Cut Sacrelige! - William

Pay Cut Sacrelige! - William McDonough, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank yesterday called on corporations to cut executive pay, referring to executive salaries as "excessive."

"Sadly, all too many members of the inner circle of the business elite participated in the over-expansion of executive compensation," which turned out to be "terribly bad social policy and perhaps even bad morals," McDonough said.

I applaud him for a statement which probably will not be received well. At best, many companies will nod their heads and quickly ignore this. Executive pay does not benefit conumers and neither does it benefit stockholders.

Posted by James at 11:30 AM

Memories! - Remember the early

Memories! - Remember the early days of the WWW? Well now you can relive them. Deja Vu: (re-)creating web history is a site containing emulated versions of those old browsers like NCSA Mosaic, Lynx, Mosaic Netscape, and others. Try out the pages optimized for those browsers, or try out your own recent web pages!

Posted by James at 10:39 AM

September 10, 2002

Just plain lying - Cheney

Just plain lying - Cheney is on Sunday Morning news shows growling and straining like a man who is ignoring his prescribed high-fibre diet. Not only that, but he is on the attack, slapping the label "reprehensible" on the folks who think that the Bush administration manipulates the timing on the release of information, specifically their information regarding Iraq's capabilities.

The assumption that Bush is doing somehting fishy is almost a no-brainer alone. This administration with a mind for sneaky "strategery" (to steal an SNL word) couldn't resist a dirty trick if it wanted to.

However, what makes this attack particularly sweet is that Card and Rove confirmed earlier in the week that the administration thinks about the president as a product, and thinks about releasing information as a marketing problem. And, in this particular instance, they were on record saying that "you don't introduce new products in August."

Check it out: No Crawfishing From a Unique Vernacular (

Posted by James at 12:18 PM


FARSCAPE CANCELLED - I don't watch much TV. I watch fewer and fewer shows as time goes on. This summer it was USA's "The Dead Zone" and SciFi's "FarScape." And now I've added the new mystery "Monk" to that list.

During the regular TV season I will probably be watching "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "24." But that's the extent of my TV watching, ant "FarScape" is my favorite. Well, my terest in a show must be a kiss of death.

Read the details on FarScape's Cancellation.

Posted by James at 11:49 AM

If I only had a

If I only had a brain... - This is a cautionary tale. When you find a strange box on the street it may not be best to open it: Human brain found in Oslo street

Posted by James at 11:24 AM

September 5, 2002

Carter on the Current Situation

Carter on the Current Situation - The Troubling New Face of America ( is Jimmy Carter's take on the bind we now find ourselves in. America needs all the help it can get around the world to combat terrorism, yet we are increasingly isolating ourselves and alienating our allies.

We have thrown down counterproductive gauntlets to the rest of the world, disavowing U.S. commitments to laboriously negotiated international accords.

Posted by James at 12:09 PM

September 4, 2002

Chickenhawk Database - Where can

Chickenhawk Database - Where can you learn that Rush Limbaugh avoided Vietnam with the excuse that he had anal cysts? Where can you learn that Dick Cheney "had other priorities?" That our president was missing in action? Why, The Chickenhawk Database of course.

The next time you hear one of these hawks talking "preemptive strike," take a stroll down to the database to see where they were when it was their necks that could have been on the line.

Posted by James at 2:21 PM

September 3, 2002

Unobtrusive Wedding Photog... through Science!

Unobtrusive Wedding Photog... through Science! - Last night, Rui, Maggie and I watched Ang Lee's great movie Hsi yen (The Wedding Banquet). This got us talking about obtrusive wedding photographers. Coincidentally, this story was referenced in SlashDot today regarding an unobtrusive robotic wedding photographer.

Posted by James at 12:01 PM

First Amendment Loses Support -

First Amendment Loses Support - ...especially among stupid people. (CBS News: Support For 1st Amendment Slipping)
Brilliance. Anyone with a screw loose can get a gun, but people are starting to wonder whether we should be able to criticise the government. Am I on crazy pills?

Posted by James at 11:47 AM