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September 20, 2004

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

September 19, 2004

Platitudinous George...what's the most cliche thing you've ever done? I got married in Vegas, and have the tattoo to prove it!
Single Female Cat Lovers - Rebel! "It was very interesting to hear that owning a cat increases a man's pulling power, because it definitely doesn't increase a woman's. Whereas the male cat owner is apparently imbued with caring, sharing qualities, owning a cat for a single woman these days is tantamount to admitting you're a frigid, emotionally unstable sociopath who should probably be burnt at the stake as a witch." [via: Zen Blues]
While the votes are being tallied at the central computer, "inserting a very short (6-line) text file on any disk or CD, which self-executes" ... I dunno, I don't use Windows. Can this happen? "... 5. RISK MANAGEMENT FOR INSERTING VB SCRIPTS TO MANIPULATE ELECTION: ... manipulating the election with the GEMS central tabulator is easily achieved by inserting a very short (6-line) text file on any disk or CD, which self-executes upon placing the disk in the central server computer. The procedures I observed on 9/14/2004 (popping disks in and out of the server during the middle of the count, with very sloppy disk management) put this security risk at a high level for King County. ...." more inside
"If you're into dead presidents (and gosh, who isn't?), you came to the right place."
Baby Hot Cakes! Ever seen a cake made of 120 diapers? "Have your cake and wear it too."
The risks ahead for the world economy: Fred Bergsten, Director of the Institute for International Economics, says that the way things are going, we're going to see a 20% drop in the value of the dollar. Paul Volker, formerly of the Fed, says there's a 75% chance of a big drop in the next 5 years. Curious George: how can anyone with the least business sense possibly vote for Bush?
Hand Shadows To Be Thrown Upon The Wall - by Henry Bursill, 1859. Courtesy of Project Gutenberg. Nicked from Incoming Signals
Arrrr, matey! Just a reminder that today is a special day.
How much money are you making sitting on the loo? Toilet humour (obviously). more inside
It's not as though beer drinking weren't demanding enough on the bladder, there's a new German device which orders men to sit down before they pissen. It must be a humbling experience, given that the word for guys who sit while doing that is "Sitzpinkler", i.e., "wimp." "Hey, stand-peeing is not allowed here and will be punished with fines, so if you don't want any trouble, you'd best sit down," one of the devices orders in a voice impersonating the German leader, Chancellor Gerhard Schroder. If nothing else it's a victory for German feminism. more inside
Pen and ink portraits by Dave Archambault I think my stick men need some more work...

September 18, 2004

The Primate Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Harvard University. Note the morph in the top right corner. [Via Boing Boing.]
Tim Ware's site of Pynchonalia "Time to gather your arse up off the floor, (have a bana-na) Brush your teeth and go toddling off to war. Wave your hand to sleepy land, Kiss those dreams away, Tell Miss Grable you're not able, Not till V-E Day, oh, Ev'rything'll be grand in Civvie Street (have a bana-na) Bubbly wine and girls wiv lips so sweet-- But there's still the German or two to fight, So show us a smile that's shiny bright, And then, as we may have suggested once before-- Gather yer blooming arse up off the floor!"
Let's Hear It For the Liberal Media Via Left I On The News: I had to had at how Chris O'Brien of the San Jose Mercury News wrote this piece that reads like it came out of Karl Rove's office.
Silicon Valley's unemployment rate fell nearly a full percentage point to 5.5 percent in August. Yet the valley also lost 1,500 jobs.
It gets bad when you can't tell the difference between real news and The Daily Shows
Curious George: December fun? In light of the doubly successful MoFi CD Swap, I've been thinking about other fun forms of monkey interaction via snail mail. So I'm throwing this out there - would anyone be interested in a secret santa? more inside
Curious George Sockherding: Following on Nostril's post a couple of weeks ago, which I just stumbled across, I thought I would share my sockherding technique -- use large safety-pins to keep all sock pairs together when washing. I noticed that everyone complained about missing socks, but no one had any creative suggestions on how to avoid this problem. Does anyone have any other solutions like mine?
I have no words. I have a bunch of words. more inside
All Hail the Iron Penis! Taiwanese Kungfu Master Tu Jin-Sheng is famous for pulling heavy objects with his...talent. He's not only gifted, he's my neighbor. Ironically, SFW.
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