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December 05, 2003

The Medicare bill is a Washington-style mafia bustout Josh Marshall of "The Hill" writes about how the Medicare bill is bad business and a power grab for the Bush administration. He makes this analogy. Say you more inside
Faking cancer for fun and/or profit. I was reading the Kaycee Nicole thread yesterday and thinking about what sort of person would fake cancer for the hell of it, when I found the above article, then this one and then this one in close succession. What the hell, people?
A Vast Repository of Toonological Knowledge.
Comic Sans MS. Some people love it, some people hate it, still others are making a concerted effort to ban it (with pretty stickers and everything!). Read what the creator, Vincent Connare, says about his abomination, discover why he created it, check out some alternatives, or see just how Comic Sans MS is slowly but surely destroying our society.
Mayo Mayo Mayo "I gave her everything she asked for -- mayonnaise, no mustard, onions, everything I could possibly do for this lady. Mayo, mayo, mayo, and it's still not good enough,"
70 years ago, today, Prohibition ended and Americans were once again allowed to indulge in booze. It was a massive failure of what came to be known as the noble experiment. Meanwhile, in England, the medical journal The Lancet is recommending a total ban on smoking in Britain. Another doomed noble experiment? Are there just some bad habits in this life humans refuse to live without?
First person account of a NSA recruitment interview (via Slashdot)
Photoshop exists because of Star Wars - An interesting article about the promotion and development of Photoshop. more inside
Defective Yeti's annual list of fun party games - I've never heard of any of them and they sound great.
The wisdom of Google
Evolving Alphabets [note: java] A program called The Alphabet Synthesis Machine allows you to create your own language, letting it evolve based on some user-defined parameters.
Scientific American's Top Sci/Tech Gifts 2003, which is a very cool list of toys/gagets for those of us who refuse to grow up. Link from Fark. Yes, I said Fark. You heard me.
"The new group is called the Groonies, because they happen to live in a town where [Data], the Chinese kid, lives ... and he's got an electronics repair shop and all the kids hang out at his shop. He has this Chinese accent and he calls the Goonies the Groonies, and so the new kids call themselves the Groonies, until they get into a situation where the old Goonies have to save the new Groonies, or vice versa." Richard Donner on a possible Goonies sequal. Keep up to date via Greg's Previews. Further, check up on the original gang here. Not to be confused with The Goonies II.
artblog: indy comics news, notes and spare change. because someone has to give a shit. more inside
There is grumbling in the glens over one company's efforts to introduce a 'new' kind of whisky. A deal has now been reached though. more inside
Jessa Crispin, Bookslut, doesn't appreciate being called a drunken slut, apparently. In a recent column in the Austin Chronicle, Shaun Badgley mentioned that the well-known Bookslut had spent a night on his couch after getting drunk. She's taken offense to that: Last I checked, calling someone a drunken slut, whether or not she is one, was frowned upon. In other news, those who don't know about her website probably should. more inside