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Saturday, May 15, 2004

The Village Voice: Features: Generation Debt: The New Economics of Being Young: The Ambition Tax by Brendan I. Koerner

The Ladder Theory funny, haha

Friday, May 14, 2004

A Failing Grade For "Friends" - May 12, 2004 Though "Friends" would prove to be a lucrative ratings powerhouse, the sitcom's pilot received a failing grade and was described as "not very entertaining, clever, or original," according to an internal NBC research report obtained by The Smoking Gun. Months before the program's debut, "Friends" was shown to test audiences that were "not very favorable" to the show or its six main characters, according to the May 1994 report (a copy of which you'll find below).

Victor Davis Hanson on Rumsfeld and Iraq on National Review Online

Wonderland: Painful Women in Gaming

P-P-P-Powerbook | Metafilter This is a lovely tale of revenge on a scam-artist: a Powerbook seller on eBay realized that he was being ripped off by an overseas buyer, who had even set up a fake escrow service to handle his phony payment. Instead of blowing it off, the seller sent the crook on a wild goose chase that culminated with him taking delivery of a "P-P-P-Powerbook" made out of keyboard bits glued to an old binder, after paying £350 in customs fees and friends of the seller who'd staked out his mail-drop photographed the whole thing for posterity.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

"Why you should never put your picture on the Internet ..."

Yahoo! News - Top Stories Photos - AP Kindergartners all over the world could be making big dough if they just sold their fingerpaintings...

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

The Walrus Magazine | Game Theories On-line fantasy games have booming economies and citizens who love their political systems. Are these virtual worlds the best place to study the real one?

This could lead to an excellent twist on the old garden gnome road trip prank. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Just how big is eBay? eBay generated over $1B in sales in over 10 product categories. That's big.

Google Blog... could be good, with more content.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

With supporters like this, who needs supporters?

It's Australian for "government."

X-Prize launch a go. Let's see if NASA beats private enterprise in putting a man on Mars!

Stopdesign | The New Blogger

Halo 2 Coming To Xbox November 9

Pictures from the Front Line on a Friendster-clone

theyrule Social networking for executives!

Monday, May 10, 2004

Yahoo! News - Policeman Arrested Driving in Fishnet Tights A French policeman faces trial in a police court for driving under the influence after he was stopped at the wheel of his car drunk and wearing only a pair of fishnet tights, a prosecutor said on Friday.

Illuminating blacked-out words | CNET News.com European researchers at a security conference in Switzerland last week demonstrated computer-based techniques that can identify blacked-out words and phrases in confidential documents.

Nurses have got to come to grips with the deep philosophical concept that carrying someone else's shit is a privilege.

This story does not make me optimistic about Europe's prospects for absorbing and integrating an ethnically diverse immigrant population. I hope they learn from our mistakes.

The Seattle Times: Education: Study: Success won't spoil women's marriage prospects here's the original study as PDF.