February 09, 2004

George W. Bush: The Plato of the White House William Saletan of the Slate compares President Bush to Greek philosopher Plato. Plato believed that what's real isn't the things you can touch and see: your computer, your desk, those empty barrels in Iraq that Bush thought were full of chemical weapons. What's real is the whole idea of these things. The idea of a computer. The idea of a desk. The idea of a grave threat posed by Saddam Hussein. Whether you have a computer or a desk, or whether Saddam had chemical weapons, doesn't really matter. What matters is the larger truth. The abstraction is the reality.
The Eyes Have It: photographer John Goto's digitized galleries kept me happily occupied for hours. There is fascination after fascination here, from the pastoral landscapes portrayed in 'High Summer' to the urban setting of 'Gilt City'.
Spot The Fake Smiles. Can you tell who is trying to play you? (blatantly stolen from MeFi, with a smile, of course...)
World of Illusion: Community Bridge, is not what it seems to be, but the creation of muralist William M. Cochran, who transformed a plain concrete bridge into an elaborate trompe l'oeil structure.

February 08, 2004

Monkey Sex Song My pal Discothekid was "awoked up" by his upstairs neighbor having "monkey sex." He posted this song in response.
Kikkoman Extravaganza. Soy sauce hero will save us all from Banana and Shrimp. (japanese flash, via brainwashed) There is an English translation of one of Kikkoman's adventures here.
The Art of Susan Kare Those of you (possibly very few) not already aware of her will be shocked at the influence she has had on your daily life. Here's an interview, too.
The Horniest Apes on Earth
via Game Girl Advance
If John Kerry And John Edward Had A Baby. Scroll down for Phresh Photoshop Phun!{via Wonkette.com} more inside

February 07, 2004

Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life A serialized graphic novel. With robots! Yay! It's good.
From the Pigeons Viewpoint: After a ten-year study, scientists conclude pigeons navigate by using landmarks such as highways and railroads. (It has been known for some time that pigeons use magnetic and celestial patterns to find their way}.
Atrios Tires of the Pro-War Hypocrisy Atrios writes a suberb essay on how the violence is getting worse in Iraq and the hypocrisy the the pro-war people. He targets warbloggers, Paula Zahn, Andrew Sullivan, Ahmed Chalabi, Jim Hoagland and liberal hawks. It's aided and abetted by the "liberal hawks" who for the most part seemed to just want to prove they have bigger testicles than the rest of us. But, why the hell should anyone listen to them? They were wrong, and I don't really care about reading their tortured essays of self-evaluation. I say it didn't matter whether or not Saddam Hussein had WMD. The Bush administration don't need a reason 9in their collective minds.)
I knew science would explain this.
Create your own conspiracy theory. Or try the Warner Bros. option, the pull-down menus, or the Internet Conspiracy Generator. Or, lastly, the George W. Bush Conspiracy Generator.
419! Small wonder these Nigerian types keep sending those stupid emails: the returns can be spectacular!
Thanks for the Memories: a whimsical and charming Flash perspective on our ties to Saddam Hussein. Enjoy.
Qwerty. [more inside]
Valentine's Day Cards For The (Dis)Enchanted. {via Boing Boing}
Quality Control. The plant was also perturbed that they "did not hear the title in some songs." It seems that a logical doublecheck for most WEA manufactured albums is to match up the lyrics with a tracklist of titles. It had to be explained that the songs on this album don't necessarily feature the titles shouted out in the choruses. . . . Manufacturing was undertaken at the customer's risk. An amusing story from Damon and Naomi's website. more inside
What the hell? Anyone wanna buy a Bulgarian scammer? Only 25 available...
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