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Saturday, January 08, 2005

Yahoo! News - Pa. Boy, 13, Scores Perfect 1600 on SAT In other news, EEPers demonstrate that good SAT scores don't mean shit if you don't keep kicking ass in non-academic ways later..

Hugh Gallagher's 'College Essay' A co-worker pointed me to this. Hilarious.

Friday, January 07, 2005

22+ year old Jeep rescues Hummer H2 in parking lot

Check this map out. Click to find your representatives. Sound Politics: State Legislative Map

I sent the following to the 3 reps in my district:

Please do not certify the flawed governor election

Dear Mr. McIntire

I'm writing to you as a lifetime Seattleite and a graduate of the University of Washington. In the time I have lived here, I have not seen a more bitterly contested political race. I am immensely disappointed by the level of partisan bickering brought about by this governor's election.

Ultimately, I am concerned that our governor will not be decided by the People, but rather, by powerful lawyers. This is unacceptable to me, as a citizen of the greatest democracy in the world.

I strongly urge you NOT certify the flawed governor election, and to find an alternative way to find, and represent the voice of the people in your state.

I view it as the responsibility of our representatives to find and execute a method where the desires and interests of the People are counted, rather than the goals of powerful lawyers and politicians.

Thank you sincerely for your time in reading this.


Thursday, January 06, 2005

Boing Boing: 120-year-old tortoise adopts baby hippo How cute is this?

Commentary - The Intifada Comes to Duke: "Following a month or so of debate on and around the Duke campus, the conference itself opened on October 15. Its hundreds of participants were treated to a series of lectures, panel" Dude, Will, What is up with your school these days??

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Engadget - Bionic trousers help people walk Wow this is pretty cool. It doesn't say who it's intended to help but hopefully this technology will be used to help not just our military so they can run around like they're playing a mechassult game, but also to help people who can't walk or have difficulty walking. Maybe you will use it when you get old instead of this Hoveround

How to be a Programmer: A Short, Comprehensive, and Personal Summary

A Phone You Can Actually Type On - Finally. By Clive Thompson cool. crack.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005 ~ Noticias scanned-in version of an interview with Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo's former CEO. It's interesting, but also seems faked. :)

i'm a seething militia in the body of a butterfly A funny poster on cyber sex.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Bullies for Hire - For all your sissy pounding needs!

The Diplomad: UN Death Watch . . .

monkey methods: Roundup of Monday Media News I posted a roundup of news on the monkey methods blog. Check it out...

Interview with Nintendo creator Best quote? "Hey, Ballmer, suck my tiny yellow balls." Classic.

The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > Head of Goat, Tail of Fish, More Than a Touch of Weirdness Weird. Must read.

Yahoo! News - Brainy women face handicap in marriage stakes: British survey Uh, can we please not confuse correlation with causation again? Dumbass AFP. All the study says is that high IQ in women tends to correlate with lower probability for marriage. It could be that both correlate with a more indepedent attitude, or that they typically live in urban areas where marriage is perhaps not as important, etc., etc. Embarassing statistics.

VC system protects profits in downturn