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August 12, 2004

America's First Gay President The outted and outgoing governor of New Jersey is by no means America's first, or highest-ranking, or most controversial gay politician.  That honor very likely belongs to President James Buchanan and his probable paramour, former Vice President Rufus King.  Somewhat scholarly discussion of the Buchanan controversy here here and here
Humans may be hardwired with an instinctual attraction to alcohol. I wonder if that means, as an Irishman with a liver made of steel, I'm more evolved?
NJ Governor Resigns, Admits to Gay Affair. This is the shortest AP Story I have ever read.
Aerial Photos
No witnesses for Guantanamo detainee - Man claims witnesses would prove that he was conscripted to be a cook for the Taliban and received no weapons training. The head of the tribunal doesn't care and called the witnesses irrelevant. The hearing lasted for more than two hours but officials were forced to take a 45-minute recess because they forgot to give the detainee a consent form saying he agreed to participate.
President Niyazov of Turkmenistan has ordered the construction of a palace made of ice in the heart of his desert country. 'Let us build a palace of ice,' said President Niyazov.
Your marriage? Null and void. California Supreme Court has nullified the San Francisco gay marriages performed this spring, saying Mayor Gavin Newsom overstepped his bounds. Thousands of couples who had finally accorded the right to marry have had the rug pulled out from under them. What is it going to take to get equal support and rights for all couples?
The Angus Diet. Burger King is famous for its Subservient Chicken "viral" marketing campaign. But their advertisements for the new Angus Burger up the ante, with a 139 page advertisement ("book") which you can download or even apparently purchase as an actual hardcover. more inside
Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines.
Mystery o' the day: Any guess as to what this is, its meaning, or who created it? (Roll your mouse over the images.) It's all the talk of Washington today. Several large ads for it in the WashPost. Some kind of political marketing ploy, but for what?
Clean Venue Olympics
Strict regulations published by Athens 2004 last week dictate that spectators may be refused admission to events if they are carrying food or drinks made by companies that did not see fit to sponsor the games.
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Click and drag on the red box. Avoid the blue boxes and the wall. If you last 18 seconds you are a Phenomen.
Gene Therapy: Lazy Monkey --> Workaholic Monkey.
New ShardsO'Glass Lights! (QuickTime) Just as tasty and refreshing as original ShardsO'Glass Freeze Pops, but with fewer glass shards. more inside
The Deadly Sins and Heavenly Virtues Page
Collect 'em all!
The transhumanists are coming! And they're promoting mito flushes, sousveillance, cyberglogging, and genetic virtue.