1. Libya Returning from the Fringe

    brian on 2003.12.21
    at 04:11 am

    A fascinating account in the Guardian of the past two years of diplomacy between the UK, Libya and the US which led to the announcement this past week that Libya would abandon all WMD programs and allow intrusive international inspections to ensure accordance. In return the UN and the US have dropped their sanctions against the outcast country. Very interesting is how Libya's network of intelligence sources is now working to name terrorists, instead of organizing terrorist strikes themselves.

    Posted in: Politics · Recent Events

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  2. Origami Creations

    jake on 2003.12.19
    at 07:53 pm

    Wizard Origami sculptureBoing Boing showed me to a web site with cool origami sculptures.

    Posted in: Art · Cool Info

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  3. Gowing human organs inside animals

    jake on 2003.12.19
    at 07:38 pm

    I found an article on about growing human organs in animals by using stem cells.

    Though I found it an interesting read, I thought it would have more of a relation to something my friend has been doing for a couple years.

    My friend works in a lab where they are studying Hepatitis C. This is necessary because humans can not be tested on and the animals can not contract the virus. Also the virus does not survive in a petri dish. A hybrid liver is created that can be infected.

    Posted in: Science

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  4. Garfield the Movie?

    jake on 2003.12.19
    at 07:21 pm

    I had no idea there was going to be a Garfield movie. But the fact that you can watch a trailer of it proves it.

    I'm not sure what to think of this. It doesn't seem to have much of a plot, though it's just a teaser, and the idea of it being 3D kinda creeps me out.

    Personally I'd much rather see a Get Fuzzy movie. It has a similar setup of characters, only Bucky is a lot more harsh than Garfield.

    Posted in: Movies

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  5. Don't Cry For Scott Blum

    brian on 2003.12.15
    at 10:40 pm

    You'll have to excuse me for not crying for Scott Blum, CEO of "BuyMusic." You may remember their claims of being music for the rest of us (referencing the mythical "97%" of non-Apple users)

    "If you don't support Windows, you cut off 97% of the market," Blum said.

    Well Apple's iTunes and iPod has fully compatibility with Windoze boxes and today he's back with a different tune,

    "We're not achieving [Apple's numbers] at all," says BuyMusic CEO Scott Blum. "I've spoken with my competitors, and we're nowhere near [Apple's] numbers."

    Posted in: Music · Technology

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  6. Current Events Spam

    brian on 2003.12.14
    at 03:06 pm

    Found in the junk-inbox just now:

    "Sender: News Service, Subject: Saddam Captured.. Get it first with Dish, Sent 11:34:47 AM EST"

    The body of the email was mainly images (purposely blocked by's anti-spam utilities, thanks) but the text at the bottom was actually just a news blurb, no selling nor porn. I'm not curious enough to load the pics, and give away my existence. Instead, I'll bounce it back to them, as I do about a hundred times a day, spamming the spammers.

    Posted in: Recent Events · Web

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  7. FU H2!

    brian on 2003.12.14
    at 12:10 am

    "Welcome to, home of the official Hummer H2 salute."

    Posted in: Politics · Rant · Web

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  8. Snow article contains connection to Trey Parker

    jake on 2003.12.08
    at 05:47 pm

    I found an interesting article about how humans have dealt with snowstorms in North America at Blues News. But beyond all that I also found a reference to a movie in the text.

    In winter 1873, Alferd Packer and several other gold seekers trekked into the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado. Trapped in severe winter weather, months later, only Packer returned. When the bodies of the remaining men were found, evidence indicated that they had been cannibalized by Packer, for which he was tried and convicted.

    This is the basis for a movie that Trey Parker of South Park fame made while he was in college. Called Cannibal! The Musical it is a comedy loosly based on the event referenced above.

    Posted in: Humor · Movies · Science

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  9. Real life Hungarian Phrasebook Sketch

    jake on 2003.12.08
    at 05:39 pm

    A practical joker released a Japanese to English phrasebook book with incorrect translations. I read the article over at Yahoo!

    "For instance, when the Japanese think they're asking 'Can you direct me to the rest room?' the book actually has them saying, 'Excuse me, may I caress your buttocks?'"

    This is similar to a sketch from Monty Python where a man publishes a Hungarian Phrasebook containing incorrect translations.

    Cop: What's going on here then?
    Hungarian: Ah. You have beautiful thighs.
    Cop: (looks down at himself) WHAT?!?
    Clerk: He hit me!
    Hungarian: Drop your panties, Sir William; I cannot wait 'til lunchtime. (points at clerk)
    Cop: RIGHT!!! (drags Hungarian away by the arm)
    Hungarian: (indignantly) My nipples explode with delight!

    Posted in: Books · Humor

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  10. Community Building ("for America")

    brian on 2003.12.08
    at 03:36 am

    I haven't made my final decision on whom to support for President (right now its just anyone but who comes up when you search Google for "miserable failure" and press the "I'm feeling lucky" button), but I have been seriously impressed by the community (virtual, etc) that has sprung up around Howard Dean.

    The New York Times Magazine has a great story on some of the people who make "Dean for America" go. It's quite the page turner. Highly recommended.

    Posted in: Politics · Web

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  11. Snow, snow, snow

    brian on 2003.12.08
    at 03:26 am

    If you're in the US, then you likely heard about the mammoth snow drop this weekend.

    If you're curious how it hit my abode, check out the web gallery I have put together on how my neighborhood fared under enormous snowfall.

    Posted in: Recent Events

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  12. Philip K. Dick in the news

    jake on 2003.12.02
    at 07:33 pm

    This month't issue of Wired Magazine has an interesting article about Philip K. Dick. He is the brain behind a few of Hollywood movies like Minority Report and Blade Runner and the soon to be released Paycheck. Though Hollywood takes some liberties with their adaptations... I was reminded of this because I read the late writer has an official web site.

    Posted in: Books · Movies

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  13. Digital Sundials International

    jake on 2003.12.02
    at 07:27 pm

    Also Boing Boing pointed me toward this little gem this morning. A Digital Sundial. It uses two masks to display digits. It's also completely passive.

    Posted in: Technology

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  14. Haunted Mansion Replica House

    jake on 2003.12.02
    at 07:12 pm

    Boing Boing pointed me to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about Mark Hurt, a guy whole built his house to look exactly like The Haunted Mansion ride in Disney Theme Parks.

    Something frightful happens every time Mark Hurt turns on the cold water in his downstairs bathroom.

    The lights begin to flicker. A mysterious voice cackles, "Watch out for hitchhiking ghoooosts." And then, right on cue, a cadaverous ghost hovers for a few heart-stopping seconds in the gold-rimmed mirror above the sink.

    Don't forget the movie...

    Posted in: Design · Humor · Technology

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  15. PS3 artwork making rounds as Sony concept

    jake on 2003.12.02
    at 05:50 pm

    PS3 artwork by Julien VanhoenackerThis is the first time I have first hand info that a concept piece is fake. It's more annoying than anything else. kanex at GFXartist created a 3D render with Rhino3D and Brazil of what he thought would be a cool looking Playstation 3.

    In the last 24 hours his work has been published in a few different places as a concept image from Sony. Sorry, but this image was created back in July by Julien and I think he should get credit. thinks it's not actually a concept image, but I'd just like to prove that it's not before it makes the rounds even more...

    Posted in: Art · Media · Service Announcement · Technology

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  16. Add Your Own

    brian on 2003.12.01
    at 07:20 pm

    What happens when the Zagat Guide meets Craigslist?

    A: BYO restaurant reviews at AddYourOwn. Boston section is quite new, and hopefully linking it up will lead to some reviews. Help it out!

    Posted in: Web

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  17. Cool Tools: site find of the day

    brian on 2003.12.01
    at 03:48 pm

    Cool Tools by Kevin Kelly is a site not unlike Gizmodo: a blog-esque site detailing cool gadgets. There's one important difference. When you write in, the gadget must be one you've used extensively and evangelize strongly. That's the point: good stuff, well liked, that stands up. Also, the gadgets don't have to be electronic.

    Bonus points for nice clean site layout (powered by MT) and the BIG bonus: RSS feeds!

    Posted in: Web

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  18. iPod Anniversary

    brian on 2003.12.01
    at 11:12 am

    Two years ago Apple released its first electronic device that wasn't a personal computer in a while. The iPod aimed to combine the storage of hard drive based digital music systems, and the skip protection and diminutive size of the flash-ram based systems. Add to that phenomenal speed of music transfer and seamless integration with Apple's competent iTunes software, and you had simply the best portable digital music player on the planet.

    I'm a very difficult person to buy gifts for, but when this came out at about the same time as my birthday (and still having a college graduation gift to cash in) I knew exactly what I wanted when this was announced. It was the device I had been waiting for.

    Not everyone had the foresight to appreciated it as I did. See this blog entry with selected Slashdot comments about the iPod's release. Heehee.

    Today, the iPod is an icon of music empowerment. Every gadget geek and musician and sports star worth his or her salt has one. They've been given as gifts at the Grammys and other awards shows. The New York Times Magazine writes extended stories on the magic of its existence. Stereophile Magazine lists it as the product of the year.

    Although there's been some controversy about its internals at times (my original 5gb model is still working just fine, thank you), no one can deny that two years after its introduction, its the most popular electronic device on the market today, as well as the season's most desired gift.

    Posted in: Apple · Technology

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