Thursday, April 30, 2009

Senator Dick Durbin: "The bankers own congress" (salon)
40,000 frozen baby mammoth
10 minute Monkey Fist (knot)
via instructables

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Michael Jackson Auction: My favorite items
Sweet Jesus.

Monday, April 27, 2009

IBM plans to enter computer in Jeopardy! (nytimes)
A Glimmer of Hope?
The Economist gets pessimistic
Tracking the Mexican Swine Flu outbreak geographically with Google Maps
Not quite up to TimeCube levels of bat-shit insanity, ISYM is nonetheless an oddball treasure trove of wacky conspiracy and preachy screed. (via metafilter)

Plus, if PBS's Electric Company did web design, this is what it would look like.

If topics like weather control, black helicopters, will subversion, and robot armies are your bag, definitely check out, which is ground zero for these sites.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Another fine Maira Kalman art/essay in the NYTimes


The paper sculptures of Jen Stark
Not her day.
Fossil Fuel industry buried climate change evidence (nytimes)

“The role of greenhouse gases in climate change is not well understood,” the coalition said in a scientific “backgrounder” provided to lawmakers and journalists through the early 1990s, adding that “scientists differ” on the issue.

But a document filed in a federal lawsuit demonstrates that even as the coalition worked to sway opinion, its own scientific and technical experts were advising that the science backing the role of greenhouse gases in global warming could not be refuted.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I hope these jerks arent so callous as to actually execute their layoffs today, which is Take your Child to Work Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

UrbanEcoMap will clock carbon emissions by zip code. SFgate article on same.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Amazing Cassini pictures (
More on banning Comic Sans (wsj)
Pulp Photography (via metafilter)

Monday, April 20, 2009

PBS Frontline: Inside the Meltdown
A great summary of the events of the past year in finance.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Conservatives can now shut their tea-bagging mouths.
NSA Wiretaps exceeded law. of course they did.
File under: never trust a Bush Administration policy, ever. Obama - get this shit off of our books.

After a contentious three-year debate that was set off by the disclosure in 2005 of the program of wiretapping without warrants that President George W. Bush approved after the Sept. 11 attacks, Congress gave the N.S.A. broad new authority to collect, without court-approved warrants, vast streams of international phone and e-mail traffic as it passed through American telecommunications gateways. The targets of the eavesdropping had to be “reasonably believed” to be outside the United States. Under the new legislation, however, the N.S.A. still needed court approval to monitor the purely domestic communications of Americans who came under suspicion.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nice garage find. I only turn up rusty bolts and half-used bags of fertilizer.
Class Dismissed: The Atlantic on the American class system.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Real Life American Psycho: Life imitates art (vid)
via designobserver
PG&E makes deal for space solar power

Monday, April 13, 2009

Peeps Show III
Quite a few topical entries this year.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Ebert let's O'Reilly what's on his mind about the Sun-Times cancelling the right-winger's column.

EFF on The Obama Administration's shocking bait-and-switch on accountability for warrantless wiretapping.

Accompanying article, where the EFF claims that the policy is 'Worse than Bush'

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

"Around Cape Horn" (Google Video, 36:00)
Narrated 1929 Documentary by Capt. Irving Johnson, during the final days of sea trade aboard tall ships
Bailout for Life Insurers?! (wsj)
All of our money is going to produce-nothing/contribute-nothing "industries", while manufacturing and technology continue to circle the drain for lack of investment. What's next, free cash for the opportunistic liars in big oil?
"I am under a lot of pressure not to diagnose PTSD" (Salon)
A secret recording reveals the Army may be pushing its medical staff not to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder. The Army and Senate have ignored the implications.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Bush Six (newyorker): Will Obama step up and arrest the Bush Torture Squad?

It is hard to predict what will happen next, but, if arrest warrants are issued, the Obama Administration may be forced either to extradite the former officials or to start its own investigation. Sands, who admires Obama, said, “I regret that I have added to his in-box when he has so much else to sort out. But I hope he does the right thing. There’s not much dispute anymore: torture happened, and the law is clear—torture must be punished.”

Meanwhile, Sands reiterated a warning that he made in his book. “If I were they,” he said, referring to the former officials in question, “I would think carefully before setting foot outside the United States. They are now, and forever in the future, at risk of arrest. Until this is sorted out, they are in their own legal black hole.”

Monday, April 06, 2009

TV studio sets in miniature. because.
(flickr, via coudal)
Robotic mimicry of infant learning

Friday, April 03, 2009

Chinese cave school

Frog table

Thursday, April 02, 2009

This should stimulate the economy

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

200 MPG Aptera
Strange snippet in riot/protest news from London's pre-G20 summit this morning:

"Fearing they would be targeted by protesters, some bankers swapped their pinstripe suits for casual wear and others stayed home. Bolder financial workers leaned out their office windows Wednesday, taunting demonstrators and waving 10 pound notes at them."

WHAT?! Taunting an angry, violent mob with a symbol of greed and excess during a recession-gon-depression?! If that's not a death-wish, I don't know what is.

Much deeper coverage on the riots at The Guardian
Finally, some bright news.
The Quiet Coup (the atlantic)
Legends of Zork goes live today. I spent many hours in the early 80s on Zork I and II.