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June 15, 2004

Tomorrow is Bloomsday 100. Bloomsday. Bloomsday. Bloomsday. Bloomsday. Bloomsday. Bloomsday. Bloomsday. Bloomsday. Not that Bloomsday. ... but nothing in the UK, apparently?
Striking photos of Kamchatka. more inside
via BLORT, so you can just imagine. "Didn't know I could do that, did you?"
The International Necronautical Society “We, the First Committee of the International Necronautical Society, declare the following:- 1.That death is a type of space, which we intend to map, enter, colonise and, eventually, inhabit. more inside
Breaking News This just in. Ronald Reagan is still dead.
Bilingualism: antidote for senility? According to the researchers cited, bilingual people do better on cognitive tests. They didn't study people who learned a second language as an adult, though.
Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, says the Bush administration has made her work of promoting democracy and human rights harder by invading Iraq.

June 14, 2004

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We All Hate Mondays... This is the best explaination for Garfield ever.
Taking Life's Final Exit - It is common for people in the last stages of life, the bedridden and the dying - to talk of taking a journey, meeting with people, or being in a preparatory stage of transit. What does this mean, for us, our loved ones, and consciousness? [LA Times link - reg. required - use buttafucco/demanteca as login/pass or check out the Yahoo News version of the story]
Curious George: Playlists. Why are MP3 playlists all over the Web? Google finds countless thousands of hits. What ends does posting a list with 1000+ songs serve, besides the fact that one simply can? Just curious... I seem to run up against tons of such superfluous content when I'm searching for music details.
Postal Experiments. Deer tibia. Our mailing specialist received many strange looks from both postal clerks and members of the public in line when he picked it up at the station, 9 days. The clerk put on rubber gloves before handling the bone, inquired if our researcher were a "cultist," and commented that mail must be wrapped. more inside
Spirits of dead climbers haunt Mount Everest - and funeral rites need to be performed to aid their transit into the 'next world' (or whatever). So says Pemba Dorji Sherpa. And he should know, because he's the climber who got to the summit of the world's highest mountain in the record time of 8 hours 10 minutes. more inside
Cybersex in a "The Sims"-like world! Yes, who wants to play a massively-multiplayer online RPG that allows you to tenderly caress the avatars of boys pretending to be girls? Hot pixelated pictures within! [Via the site I linked to.]
Crispin Glover On David Letterman Need I say more? [wmv file]
Hook 'em while they're young, and keep 'em hooked when they're older.
Disastrous? The European election thing didn't turn out the numbers of voters the men-in-grey-suits wanted. They called the election a disaster. No, what's disastrous is that people don't feel that voting will influence anything. What's disastrous is the fact that many people consider their nominal representatives non-representative. What's disastrous is the failure of a pan-European democracy. Sorry 'bout the News-filter. Wanna buy a hole on the Intarweb? A wedding dress?
Oh, this is much fun. Schoolchildren illustrate idioms, drawing pictures of "a bee in her bonnet," "a hill of beans," "a penny for your thoughts." One of my faves: What it looks like to "have a crush on someone." Heh.
Curious, George: Decent Chat? Several recent posts seem to suggest that we monkeys are looking for some decent virtual conversation. Are there any quality chat rooms online? more inside
Khazaria [map]. The Khazars [wikipedia] were a Turkic people [wikipedia] that settled in contemporary southern Russia and Ukraine and converted to Judaism. more inside
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