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August 30, 2004

Long Bets: Accountable predictions. The purpose of the Long Bets Foundation is to improve long-term thinking. There is real money involved, at least to participate, and along with bets there are predictions, some optimistic, some pessimistic and some that are just plain fanciful. And so I predict... more inside
Paul Krugman interview on WFMU. Paul Krugman is on The Speakeasy with Dorian right now - 6pm to 7pm EST - talking about the Rebublican Convention and his new book. You'll likely be able to get the archive at one of those two links when it's over as well.
You have bad taste in music! Who says soapbox oratory is dead? Hooray for this guy! His appearance at Christina Aguilera / Justin Timberlake is classic. He even tries to reason with fans of Linkin Park. (QuickTime) more inside
Why haven't they retired? Four years ago, the U.S. elections were said to be about much more than choosing a President. They were to be about choosing one, two, or possible even three new Supreme Court justices. Much was speculated about retirements once Republicans took full control of Congress. more inside
Batman Sucks Forever Read the whole thing. more inside
60MPH in a what? Giuseppe Cannella had a big surprise for his mother-in-law when he put a jet engine on the back of her wheelchair...
Curious George: What do you do with a stray pet? A very young kitten got trapped inside my car engine this weekend while trying to escape a rainstorm. We got him out, but can't find his mom. None of the shelters will take him because he's too little. And my other 2 cats have already voted "no" on keeping him. more inside
Banana Power!
V ideogame Music (midi files) - More found at the Video Game Music Archive
MeFi/MoFi DC Meet Up? A bunch of DCers are thinking of meeting up after work at the 18th Street Lounge this Thursday (or maybe Wednesday) to drink beer and perform other social rituals. Any monkeys want to come so we can pick flees off one another? (Okay, maybe not until we're really drunk.) more inside
I know it's a little early to be thinking about Halloween costumes for the young 'uns, but if you're at a loss for ideas, these folks have come up with Child Pimp and Child Ho ensembles. Stuff like this usually sets off my Punk'd radar, but they take credit cards so I guess it's legit, if legit is the proper word.
The Scientists Agree: Top 10 SCI-fi Movies of all Times... so I ask you monkeys...what are YOUR top 10? or top 5 or top 3 or whatever? (Greetings from the Warrior)
We make our decisions and we stick to them - a social psychologist talks about cognitive dissonance. [first link LAtimes, reg req'd] more inside
It's state fair time! State fairs are a wonderful summertime bit of Americana, celebrating agriculture, livestock and domestic skills. I went to the Maryland State Fair this past weekend, where I rode a Tilt-A-Whirl, saw the top baked goods in the state and petted lots of farm animals. The Illinois State Fair (my home state) has a cool Web site where you can take a virtual tour of the huge fairgrounds. The Wisconsin State Fair is famous for its cream puffs -- they sold 360,000 this year alone! Overseas monkeys, do you guys have state fairs, or something similar?
Lingua Franchise Mat saleh calling it English killer language. Wah. For chiak kantang, salarymen it a bit the different, lah?
No Monkey Sex for You! Why does Feili, a Chinese chimpanzee, smoke and spit at people? Simple: "A male chimpanzee at the zoo has failed to live up to Feili's sexual demands"
OOOOH!! AAAAH! OSTRICHES Mother of Pearl! Behold some large birds wigging out! May bug people who are against riding freakass birds that can kill you. Watch the video clip (Quicktime) Most important! "Continue holding on tightly as the ostrich attempts to dislodge you." No shizzle, nizzle.
Devoter.com -- Kissing babies and giving stump speeches. A new PoliticalFilter by jca. [Via MeFi.]
PG-13 turns 20 from CNN more inside
I'm a cow