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October 04, 2004

Disney announces partnership with Chinese Communist Youth League In an interesting "Capitalism meets Communism" moment, Disney Corp. will join forces with the Communist Youth League (aka the Junior Woodchucks' Chinese chapter) to bring the Gospel of Walt to the children of China. I wonder what Uncle Scrooge would make of that... On the other hand, I guess that Disney will need all the help it can get, considering the competing entertainment available to those children.
What Crack can do for you
Don't Forget Poland! Long Live Poland! more inside
Google oddity; We all know that Google calculator can do silly things. But what is this about? more inside
SpaceShipOne wins the X-Prize. For the first time, a commercial space ship has made it repeatedly into space and returned within a short period of time. As a consequence, aside from making history, they win the $10,000,000 X-Prize to get their company going on the dream of space travel for tourism and industry. more inside
Curious George: Dying peacefully? Seeing the story on Janet Leigh's death it was written that she "died peacefully at home". This reminds me of concepts like dying of old age, and how old people in tribal cultures would go off to die. It got me to wondering: is it physiologically possible to "die peacefully"? Do the primal survival instincts just get turned off like a switch? Or can we pretty much count on a gasping struggle in those last seconds if we're not mercifully knocked out with anesthetics?
Americans--surprise--do abysmally in geography. But thankfully, Canadians and British students aren't much better. Take the test. I got 100%! The test was administered by National Geographic. Here's the main story.
Free short fiction on the web. more inside
What would we like Microsoft to do for us?..."have Bill Gates send me a check for all the aggravation I've suffered" is one way of dealing with it. "Naked Microsoft" is a more unorthodox way. Geeks around the world weight in on this most interesting subject...o yah, what would you do Monkeys?
Better than the Italian Job: Now this is a nefarious heist that appeals to my criminal sensibilities.
Carl Lewis - Break It Up (QT)
The Noise & The City - I'm sitting at home listening to The Noise & The City and it's really great (think Autechre, The Future Sound Of London & the mellower, more musical side of Aphex Twin and you'll be heading in the right direction). more inside
Gmail Invites I've just received some, and as everyone was so helpful with my problem yesterday... more inside
The Upsidedown Map Page. There're a few to ogle (though the resolution could be better), help on where to purchase them and a heap of cartographical kinks and links
Saddam Hussein's lawyer has told a Danish newspaper that the ousted dictator will run in Iraq's general elections with a view to becoming president again. Yee-haw! bugger@mailinator.com bugger
Vibrating Trousers Treat (wait for it, wait for it)... Angina I can't believe no one has posted this yet. Wherefore art thou, 'tool?
Curious George: Back to the 80's. Our homecoming is coming up soon, and the theme is the 1980's. My date and my date and I need costume ideas! I know the monkeys can help us. more inside
Curious, George: Help me find a program I need help finding a specific program and Google has failed me. more inside
The guns of The Matrix. What are all those things they're firing?
TNR shows that despite all of his talk, GW isn't much of a churchgoer For (four) years we've discussed how much Christianity is supposed to influence GW Bush's policy... witness the "faith based initiatives" and the "valley of peace" references. As someone who grew up in the evangelical tradition, I fully recognize that GW's speed is chock-full of evangelical language and codewords("wonder working power"). But, what amazed me, is that GW doesn't even regularly attend church... Talk amongst yourselves...