Thursday, December 13, 2001

buying stamps can be unpatriotic. just be glad they didn't use UPS. or would that be shopping and therefor more patriotic? it's so hard to remember all the rules of patriotism these days. (via metafilter)

Wednesday, December 12, 2001

sanderson beck has a lot of peace essays, quotes, etc.
i'd rather have a megway than a segway.

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

netcraft has a new statistic: "Sites with longest running systems by average uptime in the last 7 days." the top 50 are almost all variants of bsd. not a single windows server.
bbc news writes "The most sought after object in particle physics, the Higgs boson, may not even exist. If there is no Higgs, science will be left totally unable to explain mass."
it's so hard to tell who's serious and who's joking here. anyone who is serious is most likely an idiot, as the entire discussion is ridiculous. but i hope most of them are joking.
i was looking at my log and i saw this, which i then submitted to disturbing search requests. while there, i noticed that disturbing search requests uses the same log tool i use. a quick look at their referrals shows that they are gradually accumulating traffic from all of the search requests posted on their site. how long is it going to be before all disturbing search requests lead straight to disturbing search requests?

Monday, December 10, 2001

"The study took about a year. More than 5000 people, mostly in Australia but some as far afield as Texas, took part, shaving their upper and lower bellies to order, regrowing the hair and reporting on what happened in their navels over several months. More than 3500 sent in pieces of belly-button lint."

after i read this, i remembered another questionable science story i'd heard that went something like this:

"When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300C. When confronted with the same problem, the Russians used a pencil."

but it turns out the pen story isn't true.
david tell on the weekly standard writes "How, then, with respect to these detentions, is it fair to say that President Bush has restricted previously existing civil liberties? It is not fair to say so. It is false. In fact, the entire parade of constitutional horribles alleged against the administration is a groundless slander." this conclusion is based on the recognition that the laws necessary to carry out bush's war on terrorism were in place well before bush took office. but are bush's actions any more legitimate if clinton also abused the constitution?
robert fisk says "It doesn't excuse them for beating me up so badly but there was a real reason why they should hate Westerners so much."
bbc news reports "Scientists in Sweden say they have found evidence ultrasound scans may cause brain changes in unborn babies after they found men whose mothers had tests were more likely to be left-handed."
"On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages." it's interesting to see at how many of these human rights america, the world's supposed beacon of freedom, is itself violating:

"Article 3. Everyone has the right to life..." american captial punishment.
"Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law." american general denial of non-citizen rights.
"Article 9. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile." american arbitrary and secret detention
"Article 10. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal..." american private military tribunals
"Article 12. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence..." american censorship
kim sengupta of independent news writes "The [British] Government said yesterday it would hand over Osama bin Laden for trial in the United States only if he would not face the death penalty."
idea a day has had some good ideas, and some really terrible ideas. but they're all free.