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But how will I throw my vote away now?

September 3rd, 2004 · No Comments · Politics, Technology

Check out this demo of San Francisco’s very cool Ranked-Choice voting system.
No more worrying about your vote for the Waffle-Rights Party candidate inadvertantly giving a leg-up to your most hated foe.

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BZZZ!!!!

September 3rd, 2004 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

I have no idea what a “Lehtileikkeleet” is, but I just hope we’re on friendly terms with whoever owns it:

[update] Whatever it is, it’s being used as part of the Garzweiler II mining project.
[update 2] And now a Lego version.

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Lockin’ ‘em up, throwin’ away the key.

September 3rd, 2004 · No Comments · Politics, Technology

Emmanuel got arrested (again) on Tuesday while filming part of the RNC protests. He’s out now, after being locked up for over 30 hours. As a result, it’s a stone-cold lock that the upcoming episode of Off the Hook will be worth catching.
Which reminds me - I somehow missed the fact that last [...]

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</BUSH>

August 30th, 2004 · 1 Comment · Politics, Technology

There are protestors and then there are VERY GEEKY protestors.

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Welcome to the Internet circa 1955.

August 12th, 2004 · 2 Comments · Politics, Technology

AOL announces “Blackvoices.”
America Online on Thursday said it plans to sell a low-priced PC targeting low-income and minority households who agree to sign up for a year of dialup Internet service.

The computers will come configured with a simple desktop with large icons that send users to specific areas of the AOL service or applications [...]

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Attack of the Clones.

August 11th, 2004 · No Comments · Politics, Technology

British scientists have been given the go-ahead to clone human embryos for medical research purposes (as opposed to Evil Clone Army purposes, I suppose).
‘Bout damn time. We have oodles of catching up to do to stay in the race with China.

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Science!

August 10th, 2004 · No Comments · Politics, Rants, Technology

The Blogfather offers some concise rebuttals to the numerous complaints about his earlier post asserting that Kerry “got it right” on stem cells:
1. If you believe an embryo is a human life, I can see why you think research on embryonic stem cells is wrong. I don’t believe that. [There goes your shot at [...]

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Oh, NASA.

July 27th, 2004 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

THAT’S no space station!

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Your inbox will never be safe.

July 9th, 2004 · No Comments · Rants, Technology

There are 1,300,925,111,156,286,160,896 ways to spell “Viagra.”

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Steal this movie - pt. II

July 9th, 2004 · No Comments · Movies, Politics, Technology

Subsequent to Michael Moore’s approval of the bootlegging of Fahrenheit 9/11, Boing Boing presents a step by step guide for grabbing your own copy.

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Steal this game.

July 7th, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Technology

Some years after officially bowing out of the Console Wars, Sega has decided to release a USB version of the controller for their old Saturn console. Insofar as there are no PC titles available that would call for the specialized controller, it’s a fairly clear nod by a (once) major developer to the idea [...]

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I always feel like, sombody’s watchin’ meee…

July 1st, 2004 · No Comments · Politics, Technology

From CNN:
A teenager was arrested early Wednesday in a California theater showing “Spider-Man 2″ after a projectionist using night vision goggles saw him using a camcorder to make an illegal copy of the superhero sequel.
Projectionists sporting night vision goggles to catch bootleggers? Tyler Durden would be so ashamed.
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.iq

June 29th, 2004 · No Comments · Politics, Technology

With the “transfer of sovereignty” now officially over, Iraq is looking to take control of the .iq top-level domain.
Who currently controls .iq?
Texas-based InfoCom - a company run by Palestinian businessman Bayan Elashi, who is currently on trial in the US for allegedly channeling funds to Hamas.
It’s worth noting that this InfoCom [...]

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It’s a bird… it’s a plane…

June 24th, 2004 · 1 Comment · Misc., Technology

The good news:
There is a Superman.
The bad news:
He’s from Germany - not Kansas. Somehow, I think Hitler just won a bet.

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Beam me up…

June 17th, 2004 · No Comments · Technology

From the world of “pure science fiction”:
Scientists have performed successful teleportation on atoms for the first time, the journal Nature reports.
All I ask - please remember to keep bugs out of the teleporter.

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Who shut off the lights?

June 15th, 2004 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

Sometimes, you just have to ask the big questions. Questions like:
If we were to suffer an apocalypse where most of the living became flesh-eating zombies, how long, assuming I survived, would I continue to receive hydroelectricity from my power company?
Luckily, as has been the case for over thirty years, we’ve got Cecil Adams and [...]

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A/S/L?

June 2nd, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Technology

MMO Dating.
Clearly, this can only end well.

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E3 pictures ahoy!

May 15th, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Technology


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AFK

May 11th, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Technology

I’ll be at E3 for the rest of the week. I’ll update from the show, if I get a chance.

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Ru-dy! Ru-dy! Ru-dy!

May 5th, 2004 · No Comments · Art, Politics, Rants, Technology

Rudy Giuliani - lone voice of reason in a shit-storm of conservative nonsense:
I think Howard Stern is what he is… Everyone knows what Howard is like. They listen to his show and then they’ve made a decision that they enjoy his kind of humor. I think the F.C.C. or regulatory agencies have better things to [...]

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