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September 27, 2004

Cops kill Starbucks smoker It wasn't too much caffeine, apparently, but his refusal to obey the new smoking policy at the cafe. I used to be a smoker, and I was always conscious of non-smokers around me and tried to be unobtrusive. I can't imagine getting to the state that I would take on a cop with a Taser just to have a smoke, but the aggressor had a history of violent clashes with the cops. It sounds like the police did everything to subdue him appropriately, yet still things got out of control. Do we need to quarantine smokers, or can we coexist peacefully?
The Social Future as seen by six SF writers: Cory Doctorow, Pat Murphy, Kim Stanley Robinson, Norman Spinrad, Bruce Sterling, and Ken Wharton. Hosted by John Shirley.
If All Stories Were Written Like Science Fiction Stories
Going to prison soon? Looking to avoid being gang raped? Good news - you now have options... Oh yeah, you might also want to read up on how to avoid AIDS ("try to avoid men who used needles for drugs in the past or are still doing so."), or learn some amazing statistics, or just read some survivor stories. (easily among the more disturbing things i've ever read). If you are so moved, you can help the cause. more inside
Mmmmmmonkeys! I love monkeys. You love monkeys. So please extend a warm welcome my new favorite simian who lives in The House of the Orange Monkey. "Mr Monkey was, apparently, born in China, and brought over to Britain in some form of slave ship." Good clean Monkey Fun(tm) for a Monday morning.
Web Hosting: Reseller Account Curious George: Web Hosting, RESELLER Account. The earlier question on buying domains made me decide to ask fellow monkeys about recommendations for hosts with good deals in reseller accounts... more inside
Curious George: Flash guided tours I have to write one for work. Any monkeys seen any good ones? (MI) more inside
Theo Jansen builds mobile sculputural creatures of plastic yellow tubes. The walking skeletons are powered by wind energy. Eventualy he wants "to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives." The movies are not to be missed! via bTang ReBlog
Curious George: Earrings on Men - both ears? one ear? What is more 'preferred' or 'accepted' for men (in the USA) - both ears or single ear piercing? more inside
Maps of historic cities. Let's take a stroll past Notre Dame de Paris, between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, for example.
Mafalda is 40. Sort of like Peanuts with a political edge, Mafalda is immensely popular in Latin America and still a steady seller although Quino drew the last strips in the 70s. more inside
Curious George: Domain registrars I'm thinking of finally getting my own domain. more inside
Stereoscopic Images of Lighter Than Air Flight and Zeppelin-3d.de each provide access to 3-D images of mostly old-time Zeppelins and dirigibles. more inside
American Amnesia interviews Errol Morris. A fascinating discussion of how unwilling we are to change our negative opinions when new information about the past surfaces. more inside
"Perseveration" describes a mental dysfunction due to which a person cannot abandon a given course of action although they know that it's irrational and quite possibly fatal. more inside
"I love the smell of burnt cookies in the morning. Smells like...Tollhouse." Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory meets Apocalypse Now.
Curious, Geoge - iguana? An iguana has been hanging around our backyard for the last week or so. I think it must be someone's escaped pet. Can it survive? more inside
Buffalo Church Opens Own SUBWAY Restaurant "How does eat and worship sound to you. A Buffalo Church is the first church in America to open it's own Subway Restaurant."
The 50 best shooters
"What If Bush Wins" by a panel of 16 experts Some of these are rather thought provoking. Thought you monkeys might find them interesting.