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Friday, June 04, 2004

Yahoo! News - World Photos - AP Today is the 15th anniversary of Tiananmen Square. Let the fight for freedom live on.

Thursday, June 03, 2004 College Capers: "Defying voters, UC, Berkeley is admitting kids with low SAT scores and rejecting high achievers."

Seattle Weekly: News: Microsoft's Sacred Cash Cow by Jeff Reifman: "A former Microsoftie says addiction to Windows revenue, mediocre products, and missed opportunities could doom Seattle's most successful company."

President Bush speaks at Air Force Academy Graduation: "Remarks by the President at the United States Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony" Read the whole thing. What is a Plog? Amazon is doing some STRANGE stuff lately.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Ass-vertise-- The latest craze in Marketing to Men, as seen on ABC News, assvertising, Guerilla Marketing Specialists, Brand Experience Advertising Experts - Leaders in Non-traditional Outdoor Advertising Media Specialist - New York City, Chicag I'm starting an ad agency.

John Kerry intern scandal - Alexandra Polier's account Compare this to Monica Lewinsky...

CBS News | Enron Traders Caught On Tape | June 2, 2004 11:52:46 Enron traders talking like pirates. Awesome. Probably tame compared to real Wall Street trading floors.

The speech SDB wishes Bush would give at Normandy.

The Howard Stern Liquidation Clearance Sale. Everything must go! He's going out of business and he'd rather sell it than move it! Wait a second, I thought they fired him a couple of months ago. I think the FCC fining people for objectionable broadcasts is wrong - if people don't want to listen, they can change the station. But the problem with riling up people who talk for a living is: they never, ever shut up. Maybe he is getting paid by the word?

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

I4U News - Answers to Why the Trilobite Vacuum Robot is Expensive Ever wonder why the Trilobite 2.0 robotic vacuum is about $1,800 when you can get a good ol' American Roomba for as low as $160? Turns out, it's because the Roomba is, as robots are judged, pretty dumb. One of I4U's readers with a degree in human computer interaction and artificial intelligence wrote a nice piece about some of the major differences between the two robot vacuums, which he compares to the difference between a "Trabant versus a Rolls." Unfortunately, without one of them fancy AI degrees, the Roomba is the one I can afford.

Monday, May 31, 2004


Sunday, May 30, 2004

monochrom's massive Multiplayer Thumb-Wrestling: "By forming a star, it is also possible to play the game with three or four participants. The left hands are also free to hook up with even more players. Again a connection with up to 4 players is possible. By Massive Thumb-Wrestling according to the rules described above unlimited amounts of players can connect to join a Multiplayer Thumb-Wrestling Network. As the number of players is unlimited, global thumb-wrestling may emerge through self-sustaining peer-to-peer networks and ad-hoc socializing."

The New York Times > Fashion & Style > A BlackBerry Throbs, and a Wonk Has a Date Crackberries, crackberries, crackberries.