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Saturday, July 03, 2004

Rock Paper Saddam OMFG TOO FUNNY.

Friday, July 02, 2004

Defamer: Lindsay Lohan's Vanity Plate Lindsay's going to need a new license plate for her 18th birthday. If she registers her wheels out west, we've got a suggestion for a replacement after the jump. It sets a similar tone and (big surprise) it's still available in California.

Newsday.com - AP News: "A suspected large-scale polio outbreak was reported Friday among children in a heavily Muslim northern Nigeria state that had boycotted immunization campaigns, and local authorities appealed for urgent action to stop the spread.

The suspected outbreak was in Kano state, one of several in northern Nigeria that had shunned polio vaccination drives over suspicions the vaccines were part of a U.S.-led plot to render Muslims sterile. "

SpaceShipOne 2004 On June 21, 2004, I joined ten or fifteen thousand other people to watch the launch of SpaceShipOne, the first private-venture craft to attempt to leave the earth's atmosphere and enter space, defined as an altitude of 100 kilometers (62 miles). I and the other afflicted technophiles gathered in the pitch blackness of Mojave airport in California sometime after 3 AM, to await the 6:30 AM takeoff. As you can see from this photo, our particular religious devotion has its own special rituals and posturing. Various luminaries such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governator of California, John Travolta (a long-time fan of aeronautics) and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin were also on hand - but you can be sure they weren't slumming it with the rest of us!

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Yahoo! News - Cosby Has Harsh Words for Black Community

Dell puts $100 bounty on iPods | CNET News.com Desperation act, very few people will bite.

MSNBC - BMW bets that small is beautiful: "German automaker to launch 1-series
in bid to capture young audience"

Agenda - Breaking News Some of the best links on the web, every week...

The Oil-for-Food Scandal: Next Steps for Congress: "The Oil-for-Food fraud is potentially the biggest scandal in the history of the United Nations and one of the greatest financial scandals of modern times.1 Set up in the mid-1990s as a means of providing humanitarian aid to the Iraqi people, the U.N.-run Oil-for-Food program was subverted and manipulated by Saddam Hussein's regime--allegedly with the complicity of U.N. officials--to help prop up the Iraqi dictator.
Saddam's dictatorship was able to siphon off an estimated $10 billion from the program through oil smuggling and systematic thievery, by demanding illegal payments from companies buying Iraqi oil, and through kickbacks from those selling goods to Iraq--all under the noses of U.N. bureaucrats.
Members of the U.N. staff that administered the program have been accused of gross incompetence, mismanagement, and possible complicity with the Iraqi regime. Benon Sevan, former executive director of the Oil-for-Food program, appeared on an Iraqi Oil Ministry list of 270 individuals, political entities, and companies from across the world that allegedly received oil vouchers as bribes from Saddam Hussein's regime.2"

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Boston.com / Business / Technology / Amazon.com to lay off workers in France Amazon is trying to fire some French workers. The Seattle-based e-tailer is finding, as with many employers of French outfits, the business unfriendly laws, courts and customs make it difficult to do so. Many American firms are finding that having offices in France is proving more of a disadvantage, as the liability exposure to sometimes anti-American courts increases dramatically, costs are very high and decisions to redeploy resources are often restricted.

The Awful Forums - Homegrown PVC flamethrower (56k image heavy)

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

WWDC: Apple's 30 Inch Aluminum Displays and More That is sick!

2005 BMW 3-series. Looking good... Chris Bangle was promoted out of the day-to-day design, so we'll see if they stop making weird looking cars.

CNN.com - Teacher charged with having sex with 14-year-old student - Jun 29, 2004 Wow, that must have been some 14 year old...

Monday, June 28, 2004

Pacific Beach, June 14, 2004 The Tale of the One-Armed Texan...

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Language (1895 Exam). They argue that it's false, but they don't provide any hard evidence either. Web browsers should come come equipped to automatically annotate web pages with links to snopes.com :)

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: All Hail Moore

tim.oreilly.com -- Various Things I've Written: Tim's Archive: "The Open Source Paradigm Shift"

8th Grade Exam: "This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 from Salina, KS. USA.
It was taken from the original document on file at the Smoky Valley
Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS and reprinted by the
Salina Journal."

Guide to Lock Picking