Now this is my kind of tractor.
Monthly Archives: January 2002
And this one’s MAD!
Dept. of Varying Perspectives
Dept. of International Relations
Despite what certain New York area NoGators legal correspondents may tell you, not all Australian residents are friendly. (Note: Unless you are particularly annoying, Andy is unlikely to eat you.)
It’s Probably Just The Wind
Fantastic and terrible Lego sculptures documented at LegoDeath.com. Enjoy.
This is really amazing. Render any picture as text/html. Give it a try.
Why the DMCA Still Sucks.
Great discussion of said law and how it stifles innovation in the Scientific American.
This is so wrong. And yet so right.
If only this were actually a Delta promo. We loves us some flyin’, and it be showin’ like a motherfucker.
Dept. of Truly Amazing Clocks
Dept. of Warning Signs
Can you tell which beer goes in which bottle without benefit of labels? Give it a try. I got 10 of 12.
Whether this is a good thing or not is probably best left undetermined.
As it turns out, the New Economy isn’t so dead after all.
The Wall Street Journal (login required) is reporting that Amazon.com has posted its first quarterly profit. Granted, it’s a profit of about $5 million on quarterly revenues of $1.12 billion, but it’s a hell of a lot better than last year’s Q4 (net loss of $545 million), and exceeds analyst expectations by a significant margin.
Recession? What recession?
Dept. of Propaganda
The good folks at the University of Washington are running a nice primer on propaganda techniques. If you think this sort of thing is limited to “bad guys,” think again.
If you’re not pissed off, you aren’t paying attention
Afghanistan has the press enthralled, but the thing we really should be worried about (I mean, now that the Taliban lives beardless and bald in Cuba) is still Enron. The evidence of systemic failure is huge, and the political implications are terrifying.
Look. We admit it. We know there are sometimes things that we post here that are horrible. Ridiculous. Painful, even. Maybe visiting this page has gotten someone into trouble with a spouse, a lover, a co-worker, a boss, or even the clergy. That we know this, publically acknowledge it, and yet not change compounds the sin immeasurably.
And yet, you keep coming back. For you, the determined sort not yet sufficiently burned, offended, or morally compromised to realize the error of your ways, we present the GeezerSqueezer.
Dept. of Click-Trance
It’s not a game. Really.
Dept. of Retro Pix
Okay, get this. Flotsam Cove is a site dedicated to old photos and the stories behind them. It’s pretty darn neat — especially his deconstruction of these shots documenting “Murder at the Casablanca Lounge.”
Ok, so my own fondness for lizards is well-document…
But this gives even ME pause.
Dept. of Excellent Fan Sites
LilBill.net is a fan site devoted to a Saturday morning cartoon called “The Adventures of Li’l Bill & Hill,” which ran from 1993 to 2000. The show, clearly patterned on the Clinton administration, followed the lives of the gang at White House Elementary (like the Simpsons, they never seemed to age). This site — which purports to be the only fan site of its kind, and I believe him — includes episode and character listings (complete with guest star and voice actor credits) as well as a reasonably complete survey of show-related collectable items.
Of course, the real kicker is that it’s all fiction; no such show ever existed. I love this. AMAZING.
Dept. of More Stuff That Pisses Me Off, and also some Clowns
Bear with me. I’ll be funny again (indeed, if ever I was such a thing) soon.
First up, we have the inimitable P. J. O’Rourke venting about airport (in)security in the current Atlantic Monthly. Of course, complaining is probably tantamount to treason under Mullah Ashcroft, but P. J. marches on.
Then we’ve got this administration’s first big scandal, right here in my own backyard. Senior NoGators Political Correspondent E. Willis (seen here, at left, with editor) points out this bit from the Washington Post, which puts things in perspective. Also, ABCNews.com is running a particularly disturbing story that makes it abundantly clear that Lay & co. knew their empire was a house of cards.
Oh, yes. The clowns. Late last night I found this running on HBO. It’s a fifteen minute short on the difficulties and discrimination facing clowns in America, even in this day and age. Brilliant.
Look! A 100% Science-Free Museum!
This just makes me cringe. Trust me: not every Christian is as willfully ignorant as these guys.
Dept. of Who’s Who
Confused by the new geopolitical climate? Use this handy guide.
And It Just Keeps On Going
Freedom of Information Act? Not with Mullah Ashcroft in charge. When will this madness stop?
Dept. of Creeping Fascism, Bush Family Style
When I was in Florida right before Christmas, the plight of University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was all over the local news, but nowhere else. Now Salon has picked up the story, and thank God for that. This professor has been fired as a result of a witch hunt centering around him making “provocative statements,” which (last I checked) were also Constitutionally protected free speech, especially for an academic. The USF president should be ashamed, and so should the entire university community.
I fear this kind of thing far, far more than I fear terrorists. Enemies with bombs are one thing; enemies in our own country systematically destroying the whole point of our nation is something far, far worse. Read this article.