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  1. This Would Make Ashcroft Smile

    brian on 2004.03.30
    at 12:48 pm

    Police Get Warrant Based on High Utility Bill. Somewhere, John Ashcroft is grinning like a kid with his hand in the cookie jar. This kind of malicious invasion of privacy should be a federal offense.

    Posted in: Politics

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  2. Monday Morning Tabs

    jake on 2004.03.29
    at 12:23 pm

    Just some clean up before I get to work...

    Action needed now on Xbox pirates - Umm... yeah, so let's mess with consumers just like the music industry.

    "The impact on Xbox will be significant. VUG is currently exploring methods used by the music industry to prevent or disrupt casual 'piracy'."

    Cause everyone just loooooves the music industry right now. This will not stop piracy, going after casual pirates should be done through education, not restricting them. I could definitely rant a little more here...

    Report: Orbach may leave 'Law & Order' - Oh crap... He's pretty much my favorite character...

    Samsung HT-DB390 Bluetooth Surround Sound Speaker - This is pretty sweet. I like the idea, though I already have a nice Harmon Kardon receiver so I probably wouldn't shell out extra money. But I'd love to see it be able to receive signals over Bluetooth too. I would love to just turn on iTunes and listen to music without connecting any wires between my Powerbook and the receiver.

    Posted in: Hardware · Rant · Technology

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  3. Aerogel

    jake on 2004.03.26
    at 07:15 pm

    Aerogel from NASABoing Boing has a link to an article about Aerogel. I'd be more skeptical but I saw this stuff on The Screen Savers a few weeks ago.

    Posted in: Science · Technology

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  4. Libraries issuing chapters to entice readers.

    jake on 2004.03.26
    at 07:02 pm

    I found out this great news from techdirt. A few years ago when employees complained of not having the time to read Suzanne Beecher started sending them a small portion of a book through email to inform them of good reads. It bloomed into a full scale company that works with libraries to get visitors interested in reading. This is a great story by itself. I’m keeping my fingers crossed it expands and major publishers don’t try and stop something that obviously helps them make money.

    Posted in: Books · Service Announcement

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  5. US Rep Sets Bush Straight

    brian on 2004.03.26
    at 02:02 am

    "Prepared at the direction of Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the Iraq on the Record Database is a searchable collection of 237 specific misleading statements about the threat posed by Iraq"

    Iraq On the Record. Note the "house.gov" URL.

    Posted in: Politics

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  6. Sibel Edmonds puts Clarke to shame

    jake on 2004.03.25
    at 03:30 pm

    Sibel Edmonds was a translator for the FBI shortly after 9/11, Sept. 20, 2001 to March 2002. Boing Boing has 2 articles describing how her testimony is only being heard now because she was threatened if she went public. She found enough specific information about the terrorist plans to warrent a coverup. These precedings are really starting to heat up. And she's not promoting a book either...

    My translations of the pre 9-11 intercepts included [terrorist] money laundering, detailed and date specific information enough to alert the American people, and other issues dating back to 1999 which I won't go into right now.

    Update: A little search provides more info, why am I only hearing about this now?!? 60 Minutes - July 13, 2003

    "I appeared once on CBS 60 Minutes but I have been silenced by Mr. Ashcroft, the FBI follows me, and I was threatened with jail in 2002 if I went public," Edmonds told tomflocco.com.

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  7. Drink a Gallon of Milk in One Hour

    jake on 2004.03.25
    at 01:23 pm

    Boing Boing seems to have a fascination with these guys trying to drink a gallon of milk in an hour. It's an old dare that I've heard of people trying to undertake before. With exception to someone like this guy, who trains to win hot dog eating contests I recall that it is impossible. Considering many factors including, the average human stomach can not hold a gallon of any fluid, it's no surprise that everyone vomits up the milk before they get the end of the jug. Though that second guy comes pretty damn close before he loses it...

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  8. CIAB - Campaign In A Box

    brian on 2004.03.23
    at 11:49 pm

    We started this blog to simply talk about what we read everyday, pass infallible judgment on it, and post it for millions to read. What we didn't set out was any sort of focus on topic. We've gravitated to two things we like to harp on: technology and politics. Therefore I'm obliged by some sort of Internet Law to mention OR - Open Republic.

    CIAB–Campaign In A Box is an idea to build software in the vein of the Dean For America software movement, but continue on in an apolitical, free and open way, to advance American (and, well, anyone's) politics to a more citizen (user) friendly level.

    Of course, the thing they need to address in any attempt to make something open source and usable... is the fact that most open source projects are very far from usable for the average Joe. Or even me, many times. And I'm a "genius." Almost.

    Posted in: Politics · Technology

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  9. 100 Year Domain Renewal!?!

    jake on 2004.03.23
    at 01:10 pm

    Apparently now that Network Solutions had trouble with their redirecting scheme they needed another way to force revenue. They have started offering a way to register a domain name for 100 years. This is ludicrous. While this would hypothetically make sense for an enormous corporation, like my employers' who've been around 70+ years, it doesn't work for smaller companies that only last 10.

    To top it off, it's similar to the stupid copyright law. It keeps things out of the public domain. What if Company A pays for a 100 year renewal for domain, *catchy-marketing-name*.com and they go out of business in 6 years? The person who registered *catchy-marketing-name.com still own the domain for the next 94. So 50 years from now, you'd have to track down the owner and hope they will sell it to you for a reasonable price so you can use it for your similarly named company. Could you imagine if this happened with all the dot-coms that went belly up?

    This is similar to a problem I had with rain.com. A few years ago I wanted to purchase rain.com, no big surprise it was owned by some marketing company with Rain in their name. Well that company is gone, presumably assimilated into Verio's parent company. So now rain.com shows verio.com, even though they don't call themselves anything similar to that anymore. The company just re-registers it every year and holds onto it. I even inquired to buy it and was told it's a "company domain."

    It makes sense if they just want old customers to be redirected, but I have to imagine that stops happening after a while. It's not necessary to keep it forever.

    The 100 year renewal would pretty much just perpetuate this. Let's hope this doesn't stick...

    From: Slashdot

    Update: Apparently in October Verisign sold Network Solutions. Now I'm just confused. They're both still bad ideas, I guess they're from two different companies now.

    Posted in: Rant

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  10. Foreign Terrorists Prefer Bush to Kerry

    brian on 2004.03.22
    at 02:13 am

    I don't know what their toothpaste preferences are, but it seems that foreign terrorists would prefer Bush to stay in office. This isn't a joke in regards to foreign leaders supporting Kerry secretly. It makes sense: when the US acts aggressively, unilaterally, it gives terror leaders more fuel to say "I told you so. The Great Satan is attacking us again."

    If you vote Bush for anti-terror reasons, you're deluding yourself. And endangering all of us.

    Posted in: Politics

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  11. Morning Reading

    brian on 2004.03.21
    at 03:54 pm

    Things I read this morning (unrelated):

    Economist: "Lessons of Madrid." Will the Spanish change in government be the first of four in the coming year, as a reaction to administrations who championed the controversial war in Iraq? Will the people of the US, Australia and the UK follow the lead of their Spaniard counterparts?

    Rocky Mountain Views: Rocky Mountain Scenery. Not much reading to be done here of the "letters" and "word" kind. Just beautiful imagery of the American West. Brings back lovely memories. The site's design is reminiscent of early 90s design, but the pictures are timeless.

    Posted in: Photography · Politics

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  12. Recycling: Not Cleaning Up as it Could

    brian on 2004.03.18
    at 01:25 pm

    A terribly interesting story on the state of recycling in the US, and how with the exception of the situation in San Francisco, Europe is humiliating us in regards to cleaning up our acts.

    Posted in: Politics

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  13. Doonesbury

    jake on 2004.03.15
    at 07:42 pm

    Sunday's Doonesbury had some interesting thoughts on Dubya.

    Posted in: Humor · Politics

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  14. Paper models

    jake on 2004.03.15
    at 07:39 pm

    I found this cool link for paper toys over at Boing Boing. All you need is a printer, some glue and a pair of scissors.

    Posted in: Art

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  15. Saving the hair on my head.

    jake on 2004.03.15
    at 07:23 pm

    Recently I went to my doctor and he confirmed I'm losing my hair. But only on top, good old male patern baldness. He gave me a prescription for Propecia, which my insurance naturally doesn't pay for, I started looking at other ways to acquire it. Then I found out, that it would exempt me from donating blood (at least for a few weeks after taking the last dose). What a pain in the butt.

    New Scientist reports that stem cells may be the answer. Hopefully in the future this will solve both my problems.

    Posted in: Science

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  16. More Bush Administration Lies

    brian on 2004.03.14
    at 02:07 am

    More evidence that the Bush administration systematically lies to achieve its political goals:

    The nation's top Medicare cost analyst confirmed Friday that his former boss, Thomas Scully, ordered him to withhold from lawmakers unfavorable cost estimates about the Medicare prescription drug bill. He said the estimates exceeded what Congress seemed willing to accept by more than $100 billion.

    Posted in: Politics

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  17. An Accurate account of Camp X Ray?

    brian on 2004.03.14
    at 01:51 am

    Several British prisoners of Camp X-Ray were have been released. One has told his story in the Mirror. How true are his accounts?

    Posted in: Politics

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  18. OPML Updated

    jake on 2004.03.09
    at 10:37 pm

    Well I have a small update, other things are floating in my head, but there's something immediate that's about 90% done, like everything else I do.

    If you look to your right... no not that far, the right of the page. You have some basic info about the two authors here, Brian and I. One of the links is for OPML. I took a script from Clint Ecker and started modifying it. I still have some work to do with it but it's functional for both of us. In fact I added a little bit to produce XHTML lists and a bit of hierarchy for my NewsDesk opml file. Since categories are exported, you can see how I organized my feeds.

    Posted in: Service Announcement

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  19. Bush Needs to Silence MoveOn Any Way Possible

    brian on 2004.03.08
    at 03:06 am

    The Republican National Committee has sent threatening letters to television stations who MoveOn.org has contacted to show their ads countering the President's policies. The letters suggest that showing the ads is somehow illegal. Disgusting. Meanwhile, the all the President's men are starting their own ads, which are offending the families of September 11th victims. Irony? "I'm Lovin' It."

    Posted in: Politics

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  20. Good Home Audio Fun

    brian on 2004.03.05
    at 10:31 pm

    The JayZConstructionSet and Apple's GarageBand lead to hours of at home artistic fun. Proceed with caution!

    Posted in: Movies · Technology

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  21. Philips Fluid Lens

    jake on 2004.03.04
    at 03:14 pm

    Picture comparison of sizeThis morning PhotographyBLOG had news of a new fluid lens from Philips. The lens is super small and can provide good focusing from 5cm to infinity. I'm sure this would help the camera in my phone. Very cool news.

    The photo is provided by Philips.

    Posted in: Photography · Technology

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  22. "I love death" stick figure animation

    jake on 2004.03.04
    at 12:15 pm

    A bit crude but "I Love Death" is a well done Flash animation. I didn't have a problem, but it might not be work safe for you.

    Posted in: Art · Music · Web

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