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September 21, 2004

It AKA Barktoberfest. One highlight of the day: A toenail clipping demonstration. Also don't miss pics of Yorkiefest I ("People came in all types of vehicles") and II ("Hubbies and friends manned the front gate after the planned ticket takers cancelled with no notice). So, come on, "Let
So, you want to date a white woman. Now you, nervous Asian man, can read this handy guide that tells you how! But wait, there's more! more inside
Is Putin's reaction to Chechen terror one of the last nails in the coffin for Russian democracy? On September 13th, Vladimir Putin announced a plan to eliminate the general election of regional and independant seats in parliament. The Kremlin now enjoys (Reg. Possibly Required) control of "an absolute majority in parliament, all major television stations, the Russian gas giant Gazprom (which reportedly is positioning itself to acquire the private oil company Yukos), the country's corrupt judicial system and a massive state security apparatus," and the suppression of viewpoints opposing the Kremlin has prompted parallels to be drawn. more inside
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People of Earth, Your Attention Please
For those can't wait until next year for the movie, a new series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy premieres this evening on BBC Radio 4. 18:30 BST, repeated Thursday 23:00. For those unable to catch the live feed, the new eps will be up on the listen again site for a week after the initial broadcast.
We men don't get this kind of lovin' :-(
Women and Dogs
Flight of the Valkyrie. Forty years ago to this day was the first flight of a huge Mach 3 aircraft, as big as a DC-10. The XB-70 Valkyrie lifted into the skies at Palmdale, California and embarked on an intensive testing program. After its role as a bomber was abandoned, NASA helped it build a mountain of research for the doomed Boeing 2707 SST. The XB-70 was an icon of an era in which technology was grandiose and inspiring, and anything seemed possible.
Academic fashion, or lack thereof. I think my section was beginning to get suspicious when I wore the same thing every time - now they know it's the only decent clothing I own. [via A&L daily]
Animations by Pes These reminded me of the work of Jan Švankmajer, but that is a good thing. Using everyday objects and materials, Pes creates a very funny films. Examples: KaBoom!, Drowning Nut and Prank Call. Many more available, some are NSFW. [Quicktime required]
Eyesore of the Month. Architectural blunders in monthly serial: photos and articulately astute commentary from architectural critic and artist James Howard Kunstler. more inside
How To Loose An Election This article on Alan Keyes is so hysterical that it reads like a Tom Tomorrow comic strip. I let you monkeys read it and post your comments. more inside
Kalashnikov vodka. I swear I'm not making this up. "I've always wanted to improve and expand on the good name of my weapon by doing good things," he told Reuters Television. more inside

September 20, 2004

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match! You know, I should say something appropriate here about getting a life, but then again, who am I to criticize?
Curious George: Monday Monkey MP3 Musical Musings: Here's a song that's all about sex. (via fluxblog) Know any others? Not a tune about wanting it, or wanting it with somebody else for a change, or wishing that your partner wasn't having it with somebody else, or remembering it, or wishing you hadn't done it, but just about it?
Curious George: Scanner help Looking for a scanner that will scan multiple slides at once. more inside
Welcome to Mold Awareness Week starring Bianca Jagger!
Curious George: Showreel Curious George: Showreels What exactly does an actors showreel contain? Is there a standard formatting that is expected or is it just free form? I'm about to make one you see...
Rasputin was really assassinated by a British spy - a new study suggests. The reason? To prevent him brokering a peace with Germany - which would have freed 350,000 troops to fight against the Poms on the Western Front. Login may be required: try bigal@hotmail.com/aljzera or find another one at bugmenot.com more inside
University of Virginia Electronic Text Center. Including The Negro Exodus From the Gulf States by Frederick Douglass [illustrated], The Aspern Papers by Henry James, The Marvelous Land of Oz: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of the Scarecrow and Tim Woodman ... a Sequel to the Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum [illustrated] more inside
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