Hefner, Stan Lee team for 'Superbunnies'. 'MTV has ordered an animated pilot for "Hef's
Superbunnies," a collaboration between cartooon veteran Lee's newly launched Pow! Entertainment and
Playboy's Alta Loma Entertainment division. Hefner's name and likeness will be featured in the
pilot, and he also might provide the voice of his cartoon alter ego.'
ColorCalm.com. Now you can buy a DVD to use your TV to
provide visual and audio background, sort of like a screen saver and Muzak.
Link to print.css in the <head> element. EG: <link rel="stylesheet"
type="text/css" href="print.css" media="print" />.
I don't make a print.css for my personal site because my screen version is
essentially a print version.
Guide To Firefox Extensions [/.].
Not just for the IE-to-Firefox converts but also the Mozilla-to-Firefox switchers. I just wish they
could commit themselves to producing Firefox v1.0 instead of the current 0.9 version.
Oops! I almost spoke too soon! (Look a few bullets down.)
'While testing our participants' eye movements across several news homepage designs, Eyetrack
III researchers noticed a common pattern: The eyes most often fixated first in the upper left of
the page, then hovered in that area before going left to right. Only after perusing the top portion
of the page for some time did their eyes explore further down the page.'
'The Firefox 1.0 Preview Release has been released. The 1.0 final release won't be out for
another month or so, and as such, the version number for this release is 0.10PR. For those who
still count in decimal, 0.10 is larger than 0.9, despite what you were taught in school.'
Well, I'm still waiting waiting for 1.0 then.
Bah! They should have called it "0.9.9" instead of "0.10PR".
'As far as I know, this is the only paper airplane that flaps its wings when it flies. No
motor, no rubberbands. Just a piece of typing paper, a penny and an inch of tape.'
BRB: I'm going to build the plane myself.
Back: It took around 10 minutes and there might be some flapping but it's hard to tell. I do
like how the weight of the penny allows it to fly fairly decisively though.
AquaDom. 'Positioned in the center of the
hotel complex, the base of the AquaDom rises 26 feet above the ground floor. Visitors have the
unique experience of ascending through the water's depths as they ride a split-level glass elevator
from the ground floor up seven floors, through the center of the AquaDom. As they rise they
experience an array of colorful corals, rock formations and a myriad of over 2,000 fish. The
AquaDom breaks all records as the largest cylinder aquarium in the world, at over 52 feet in depth
by 36 feet in diameter. This engineering marvel took 150 tons of acrylic to complete.'
NoGravity.com [Boing Boing]. Boing Boing
says: 'For about $3,000 US, passengers will be able to experience about 20 doses of parabolic
weightlessness during a 90-minute trip. Nothing like this has ever been offered to American
consumers before. ZERO-G is the only company with FAA approval to conduct weightless flights for
the public within the US. '
' So the "ludology" vs. "narratology" debate has flared up again, along with accompanying
feuding over whether "game studies" really is or should be a discipline. '
'So I thought I'd take a crack at this old chestnut myself. On one hand, I think the
ludologists are if anything being too generous to some of what has been said about games by
scholars who come more from the narratology end of things--the problem with some narratological
accounts isn't that narrative is somehow intrinsically different in games, it's that some people
coming out of literary or cultural studies have a tendency to write about genres and texts that
they know little or nothing about. On the other hand, I don't have much sympathy for the desire to
make "game studies" a discipline, partly because that's not where my bread is buttered, but also
because I think academic writing about games provides a good opportunity to practice a new
middlebrow form of academic cultural criticism that consciously avoids the insular norms of
FisheryCrisis.com [MeFi]. There are many sites that go over the
problems with the sea and this is one of them. People think that disappearing fish won't affect
them but it does. Fish is the greatest source of protein for people on the planet. The fact that
they can't catch fish as big as they used to harms my soul as well. Sometimes you need a
scientists, public outcry, and courageous governments to step in because if the "free markets" are
allowed to run wild, people will eat themselves to harm.
'The cost for wind power is more expensive than other options, but the cost has recently
decreased. The price used to be 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, but as of June it dropped to 1 cent
I keep pounding and pounding that the next economy is a Green Economy.
There are people who are willing to pay more for things that are greener: more renewable, more
DimensionsMagazine.com. This site concerns
itself with heavy people. Some of it borders on fetish but I think the site is serious.
Self-esteem, sexuality, etc. should be a separate issue from weight but it is hard to do sometimes.
Some people who have a high BMI are actually quite healthy but it can get quite dangerous.
"This I Believe! - Tom's 60 TIBs" by Tom
Peters [leads to a PDF]. I understand that these are very abbreviated notes. But sometimes I
find PowerPoint presentations too airy; sometimes I find corporate-speak/catchy-phrases offensive;
sometimes I don't have the patience to hear something restated in a different way. I had to
continuously get over these internal mental hurdles to actually listen to what he was saying
because much of it is actually quite good.
Key words. I put key words at the top of my home page but it changes frequently so I want to
take a snap shot of it now and then.
Athens > Sparta. Real Earth > Real Estate. Science > Superstition. Honest Questions >
Blind Faith. Philoxenia > Xenophobia.
Meter > Yard. Problems = Opportunities.
Everything is easy. Be present. Mistakes happen. Do you have X or does X have you? Out your
inner world. Respect and Dignity. Invest and give more than just money. Study then use your
instincts. The emotional and spiritual world are as real as physical one.
'But under hypnosis, Gruzelier found that the highly susceptible subjects showed significantly
more brain activity in the anterior cingulate gyrus than the weakly susceptible subjects. This area
of the brain has been shown to respond to errors and evaluate emotional outcomes. The highly
susceptible group also showed much greater brain activity on the left side of the prefrontal cortex
than the weakly susceptible group. This is an area involved with higher level cognitive processing
' Peter Naish, at the UK's Open University, says this moves the understanding of hypnosis away
from the popular misconceptions created by showy stage hypnotists. "We have a technique that has
now moved towards evidence-based treatments," he says. "Gruzelier's work is showing for sure that
the brain is doing quite different things under hypnosis than in normal everyday existence." '
A long piece but very relevant given how polarized the country is and how we can pick and
choose what we want to hear. Which came first?
'My purpose here is to cast some light on the relationship between democracy and new
communications technologies. I do so by emphasising the most striking power provided by emerging
technologies: the growing power of consumers to "filter" what it is that they see. In the extreme
case, people will be fully able to design their own communications universe. They will find it easy
to exclude, in advance, topics and points of view that they wish to avoid. I will also provide some
notes on the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech.
An understanding of the dangers of filtering permits us to obtain a better sense of what makes
for a well-functioning system of free expression. Above all, I urge that in a heterogeneous
society, such a system requires something other than free, or publicly unrestricted, individual
choices. On the contrary, it imposes two distinctive requirements. First, people should be exposed
to materials that they would not have chosen in advance. Unanticipated encounters, involving topics
and points of view that people have not sought out and perhaps find quire irritating, are central
to democracy and even to freedom itself. Second, many or most citizens should have a range of
common experiences. Without shared experiences, a heterogeneous society will have a much more
difficult time addressing social problems; people may even find it hard to understand one another.
Chicago's Biograph Theater Sold.
I usually drive by the BiographTheater (2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL
60657) almost everyday but today I noticed that there was a huge dumpster in front of it and their
marquee stated "THAT'S ALL FOLKS" instead of listing what movies they were showing. I was worried
for minute there but it turns out that the Biograph was sold. I hope the new folks do this Chicago
'Poetry, it seems, is forever writing its own elegy. The novel, yet again, seems to be
flipping pages to its last chapter. Now science fiction appears on the verge of getting beamed up
to the great Enterprise in the sky, with sci-fi writers concerned that they are facing the unique
irony of looking at a future where their writing could be a thing of the past.'
' "I would not be encouraging a young person today to be entering science fiction as a
profession. I do have a fear that the science-fiction novel is as much an artifact of the 20th
century as Victorian literature was of the 19th," said Sawyer. "No matter how hard you yell
'clear' and go for the defibrillator paddle, you still can't get that spark of life going again."
Setting aside concepts of 'The Singularity' aside, the problem has to do with lack of good old
storytelling. There is too much focus on gimmicks and special effects but not enough on stories
with twists, captivating emotive characters, and ideas and problems relevant to our current lives.
The trick is of good science fiction and fantasy is that real problems are abstracted in a
fantastic = safe way.
Sex [assume NSFW]
Zentai Woman [Fleshbot] There's a fetish for
almost anything. Zentai is a fetish for women that are completely encased in skin tight clothing.
'Who would have thought that "bringing democracy to the Middle East" didn't include due process
or an adherence to military regulations or international law?'
'We're stuck in this bad movie and we will be for another four years if John Kerry loses this
election. America has a chance to oust this corrupt administration on November 2, but I fear that
'Three years after September 11, President George W Bush's crusade is a failure. "War on
terror" is a meaningless myth: you can't combat a supple attack machine like al-Qaeda with shock
and awe. What should have been a long, meticulous police operation was turned by Bush - instigated
by his foreign policy adviser, God - into an illegal, preemptive attack on a nation that had
nothing to do with terror. '
'It should be very easy for the slumbering John Kerry campaign to smash that armory. Before
Iraq turned into a quagmire - before the 1,000th dead American soldier, the 7,000th wounded
American soldier, the 14,000th or maybe even 22,000th dead Iraqi civilian - Bush kept insisting
that Iraq was "the new front in the war on terror". Now Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are
doing everything in their power not to make the connection - because a majority of Americans seem
to view Bush as relatively strong on terror, but a failure in Iraq. '
'Two related facts are undisputable: more Americans are facing death and destruction in Iraq
after Saddam Hussein was captured than before; and now there are increasingly more global terrorist
attacks than when Bush proclaimed his "crusade", or "war on terror". The Bush administration always
sold the war on Iraq as part of the "war on terror". Reminding Americans about it is to fully
certify Bush's overall failure. '
'The bottom line: since Bush proclaimed his "crusade" or mission from God against terror, the
United States, the Middle East and the world are immensely less safe.'
'As nihilistic as it may be, al-Qaeda, from a business point of view, is a major success: three
years after September 11, it is a global brand and a global movement. The Middle East, in this
scenario, is just a regional base station. This global brand does not have much to do with Islam.
But it has everything to do with the globalization of anti-imperialism. And the empire, whatever
its definition, has its center in Washington. Bin Laden is laughing: Bush's crusade has legitimized
an obscure sect as a worldwide symbol of political revolt. How could bin Laden not vote for Bush? '
So earlier Russia is following Bush's example again. Just a few days ago they were copying
Bush's pre-emptive, pro-force polices by saying they'd fight terrorist anywhere anytime. Now they
are copying Bush's reduce freedom and democracy for the sake of security.
Any country can become more fascist to preempt terrorism. What a nice world Bush has brought
Russian-Chechen War Turns into
Bounty Race. Russian President Putin offered a multi-million dollar bounty for Chechen rebels,
and the Chechen rebels answered by offering a multi-million dollar bounty for Putin because of his
'A furious row has broken out over claims in a new book by BBC broadcaster James Naughtie that
US Secretary of State Colin Powell described neo-conservatives in the Bush administration as
'fucking crazies' during the build-up to war in Iraq. Powell's extraordinary outburst is
alleged to have taken place during a telephone conversation with Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. The
two became close friends during the intense negotiations in the summer of 2002 to build an
international coalition for intervention via the United Nations. The 'crazies' are said to be
Vice-President Dick Cheney, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz.'
True or not, it's fun to visualize Powell banging his head and saying "Those fucking crazies!".
'For the past four years the two men have been inseparable. Most vice-presidents have to fight
for time with their boss; Mr Cheney sees his several times a day. Most vice-presidents spend their
days at state funerals; Mr Cheney, more than anyone else, picked the members of the current
administration. Thereafter he helped to shape the administration's policies on everything from
energy policy to the invasion of Iraq.'
'Mr Cheney also brought to his job a sharp sense of how dangerous the world is. Thomas Hobbes
used to remark that "fear and I were born twins". The same can be said of Mr Cheney. As a
congressman, he boasted that he never met a weapons system he didn't vote for; as defence
secretary, he fiercely resisted pressure for a post-cold-war peace dividend. He tried instead to
focus America's armed forces on "new sources of instability" such as terrorism and renegade
regimes. This combination of a mastery of Washington bureaucracy and a Hobbesian view of the world
should have been perfect for the post-September 11th world.'
'But few people would now argue that Mr Cheney has lived up to his promise as a wise man. The
biggest mistakes of this administration, from the blithe acceptance of soaring deficits to the
insistence that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, have Mr Cheney's
fingerprints all over them. He resisted attempts to get both congressional and UN approval for the
invasion of Iraq. He has repeatedly favoured secrecy and "executive privilege" over consultation
'The cumulative effect of all these mistakes not only suggests a worrying preference for
ideology over common sense, but an arrogant indifference to the checks and balances that are the
glory of the American constitution. During the Ford administration, the Secret Service gave Mr
Cheney the codename "Backseat". One of the big questions facing America is whether this particular
backseat driver is taking his boss in the right direction.'
'This pattern of misplaced confidence in Cheney, followed by disastrous results, runs
throughout his life -- from his days as a dropout at Yale to the geopolitical chaos he has helped
create in Baghdad. Once you get to know his history, the cycle becomes clear: First, Cheney
impresses someone rich or powerful, who causes unearned wealth and power to be conferred on him.
Then, when things go wrong, he blames others and moves on to a new situation even more
advantageous to himself.'
' Those who have known him over the years remain astounded by what they describe as his almost
autistic indifference to the thoughts and feelings of others. "He has the least interest in human
beings of anyone I have ever met," says John Perry Barlow, his former supporter. Cheney's
freshman-year roommate, Steve Billings, agrees: "If I could ask Dick one question, I'd ask him how
he could be so unempathetic." '
I've been posting links for months that show what a freak Dick Cheney is. Bush and Cheney are
unimpressive in both ability and character. Powell and Rice, on the other hand are impressive but
they are so marred by Bush and Cheney. The only thing impressive about Bush and Cheney is
their audacity. Audacity is fine --when it is preceded or followed by results. I wonder if the masses will ever open their eyes about this stuff.
' President Bush had a lot of fun as a pilot in the Air National Guard. He got to fly really cool
jets, while maintaining the lifestyle of a rich playboy with plenty of
upstairs connections that
allowed him to ignore direct orders from his commander
and come and go as he pleased. And now, the President has a team of folks dedicated to smearing
Kerry for volunteering for hazardous duty in Vietnam. And it's working! Most people now believe
Bush is a military hero while Kerry is a shirking, wobbly liar. The president is a lot smarter than
' Simon sez: "I put together this visual explanation of Dubya's Air National Guard service (or
lack thereof) based entirely on the released documents to date. My goal was to put the confusing
mixture of events and records into some kind of order." '
On Writing III.
' Each year, Critique Magazine's staff compiles essays by and interviews with writers,
teachers, and translators of merit for inclusion in the special anniversary edition "On Writing". '