WorldChanging: Another World Is Here: "Models, Tools, and Ideas for Building a Better Future"

great site. stole that last link from them, found because they are a featured puny human[s].

newsmap way super cool visual news.

About me: "So, there was nothing for it but to shed all those pounds I'd packed on through the stressful years of starting, growing, and running a company. ``If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.'' I'm an engineer. I decided to approach weight loss as an engineering problem."

The Hackers Diet, written by the founder of AutoDesk.


Ask MetaFilter | Community Weblog: "If the tub were submerged up to the brim, it would displace this volume of water. The density of water is 1000kg/m^3, so it weighs 9800N/m^3 or 3.612�10^-2lb/in^3. Therefore the weight of the water displaced is (54672in^3) * (3.612x10^-2lb/in^3) = 1974.7lb. This is much larger than the 340 lb weight of the tub (plus the weight of a passenger), so by Archimedes' Principle, it will easily float. In fact, it will probably be less than halfway submerged."

THIS sort of thing is exactly why ask meta is popular.

Animal Congregations, or What Do You Call a Group Of.....?but...WHY?

Blogumentary: "The revolution will be blogged."

GreatSoftwarePrices.net | Lowest Prices On The Web For Software ????????

F u t u r e M e . o r g do i want to send email to myself at a later date? is that considered spam?



die puny humans: James Bond would be impressed. A hand gun that speaks several languages, broadcasts the conversation to the police, fires lethal and non-lethal bullets and is activated only by the grip of the registered owner. This is a DPH link to an article about a MetalStorm handgun. I've been following Metalstorm for a few years now...simply amazing technology. It is appropriate that Warren Ellis has that link on his site, as i recall that he used a weapons system "designed by some australian guy" in the arm of a beserk bionic man that the Global Frequency team takes out.

Emerson Carlson Emerson Carlson, in the local libertarian internment camp. Poor kid....though he looks like he is making the best of it.


well, i'm already outgrowing blogger capabilities....

i found an old cd, back up from an old 2 gig drive...i now have photoshop artwork dating back to 1994 or thereabouts. Crazy. I also have my 1997 portfolio website, all content from my cultfiction site, my thephil site and Others.

what does this mean?

i don't know. but i think it is time for a new domain name, some space, some pics, some timelines that show my weight gain and hair loss...that sort of thing. artwork of Ex girlfriends will probably be ommitted. are you excited?

[brasshorsekiller - aaron st. goddard - concept artist] cool animation/character design portfolio site.


artnight IMG_1436

MSNBC - Oregon county bans all marriages huh.

photo tool links: calculators, programs etc. related to photography: "a collection of links to programs, calculators, simulators, tables, formula's, and applets related to photography and optics"

Sideways ballcap lands Scottsdale teenager in jail Stupid fucking school adminstrators. Jesus H. Christ. via dane via somebody via somebody etc...etc...etc...

Sim-Cam - The online camera exposure simulation: "Learn about photography - Try setting the SimCam to F2.8 - 1/250 and shooting a frame."


ebay Items matching ( spare time )Just wondering a)if any is for sale and b)if so, would anyone want to buy mine?

Next up: Lies My Teacher Told Me.

So this is a book i've had for a while, finally picked it up again where i left off, loved this quote/comparison:

Consider how textbooks treat Native religions as a unitary whole. "The American Way" describes Native American religion in these words:

"These Native Americans believed that nature was filled with spirits. Each form of life, such as plants and animals, had a spirit. Earth and air held spirits too. People were never alone. They shared their lives with the spirits of nature."

Stated flatly like this, the beliefs seem like make-believe, not the sophisticated theology of a higher civilization. Let us try a similarly succinct summary of the beliefs of many Christians today.

These Americans believed that one great male god ruled the world. Sometimes they divided him into three parts, which they called father, son, and holy ghost. They ate crackers and wine or grape juice, believing that they were eating the son's body and drinking his blood. If they believed strongly enough, they would live on forever after they died.

Textbooks never describe Christianity this way. It's offensive.

Great book....i think it is too bad that history is written by the victors. We learn less that way. I want to know all of the terrible things that people have done....to learn from mistakes and also to realize that flawed people can make something great, like the United States.

I have been meaning to put up quotes from my lunch-time reading, i'll start today with something i finished yesterday, then I'll post again with something i've gone back to reading today.

We must be wary of granting too much power to natural selection by viewing all basic capabilities of our brains as direct adaptations....

....We need not view Bach as a happy spinoff from the value of music in cementing tribal cohesion, or Shakespeare as a fortunate consequence of the role of myth and epic narrative in maintaing hunting bands.

Stephen Jay Gould, The Mismeasure of Man

The Mismeasure of Man is a refutation of The Bell Curve--the conservative darling of biological determinism of intelligence, success, etc...

The Bell Curve bored me to death when i read it. Gould's book reveals it for the shoddy piece of re-hased failed science that it is...and actually changed some of my ideas about the nature of intelligence and heritability. Intelligence isn't a simple thing. It isn't Nature Vs. Nurture, it is a million times more complex than that. What Gould refutes is the science of IQ testing, and the Bell Curve, and gives some excellent background on the Racist/classist ideas that spawned the misuse of Alfred Binet's attempt at Helping children.

the book reviews on that page get a bit rabid. wonder if they even READ the book.

This Modern World So, people who have only been online for a few years, or have only cared about political cartoonery for a few years don't have a fucking clue about Tom Tomorrow. Hate Clinton? Go into a bookstore, find his big book of tom tomorrow and go back in time to when clinton was president. Great stuff. The fact is this, TT has been mocking presidents and their administrations since he started.

don't want him making fun of bush? elect a new president, its that simple. He'll nail whoever it is in a heartbeat.

that camping thing..... hey loyd, content for your camping site!

jrdn There are other old-school people in modesto. I swear, they were sitting next to me at starbucks the other day.

Dane Carlson's Weblog is he really back? or is it just a fancy google script?


Wired News: Brits Going at It Tooth and Nail

if those brits aren't careful, ole mike powell at the FCC is just going to ban their whole bloody island.

papersplease.org :: Hiibel: "One balmy May evening back in 2000, Dudley was standing around minding his own business when all of a sudden, a policeman pulled-up and demanded that Dudley produce his ID. Dudley, having done nothing wrong, declined. He was arrested and charged with 'failure to cooperate' for refusing to show ID on demand. And it's all on video. "

radiofreesrini.com - a union shop

another old school webzine guy. I still have the "keep music evil" button I bought from him at webzine 98 or 99.

Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Ask the Experts: Biology: Do we really use only 10 percent of our brains?: "Do we really only use 10 percent of our brains?' The look of disappointment that usually follows when I say it isn't so strongly suggests that the 10-percent myth is one of those hopeful shibboleths that refuses to die simply because it would be so darn nice if it were true."


THE BATTLE OVER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE / Straights working to win legal rights for gay couples: "Among the new activists is Derek Powazek of San Francisco, who headed to Civic Center three days after the weddings began with his fiancee and a homemade 'congratulations' sign. The 30-year-old Web site designer and producer brought along a camera and began snapping photos. "


webzine98 pics by evyeah, that ev.



all sorts of famous people were around then...but they weren't famous. I'll do a long entry about this someday....but all the new people online wonder where the "a-list" came from. Well, that is because you are new...ta-da! A lot of talented people started to get together at webzine, Fray Day, and other events...a lot of local SF people but also people like me who drove 200 miles round trip, or Chris...who if my memory serves correct, first visted San Francisco to speak at webzine 98 or 99. How awesome is that?

matter of fact, the willie brown came, and to everyone's surprise, including MC Justin, he read a proclimation affirming "internet independence". Had a certificate and everything. Most of us were just unknown geeks slaving away in various places. My girlfriends parents didn't know what a Web Designer was in 1996--they thought i was nuts.

You see how long ago all that stuff was? Before millions of diary sites, blogger, MT, 5 megapixel digital cameras. Kottke was known for his 0sil8 projects.

Personal content didn't come from nowhere. "Famous" bloggers didn't just appear one day. I get pissed off that references to some of the people I looked up to back in the late 90's are now seen as jokes....referencing kottke on metafilter? The masses don't know the history and think---well, i don't know what they think actually. I'm going to re-rant this later....maybe do a big history of the internet for people who never had to look at a webpage using Netscape.

i guess i'm just wishing that the haters would realize that the Web has been around for a lot longer that they have been aware of....and that it used to be Geeks, Designers, and University kids primarily. That is why it felt like a better signal-to-noise ratio. Anyways...more, later, someday.


yep. he is making a comeback. maybe i will come out of the dust as well.


Whoops. this is where that quote was from.

Crack Cam - the Wrybread VIP room: "This is Crack Cam�, a few movies shot from my new work space which looks directly over the crack spot of choice in my lovely neighborhood."

ok, i'm getting all nostalgic for the old webzine days. i spent some time in a van, in costume, drunk with this guy. really. *errr* filming.

maybe i can find some of the other old survivors.

: "What does this all mean? 'A lot of this is repairing yourself,' Cult Fiction's
Baird told me about the Webzine phenomena. Many of these zinesters have day
jobs at design companies cranking out sites they don't feel personally
connected to. How much interest can they possibly take in designing a Web site
for, say, a transmission shop? Baird works for such a company, where he can put
in as much 60 hours a week. Webzines are a way to reclaim the spirit that moved
them to create online in the first place.

"The Web's not like it was in 1995," Baird said. 'It's like you have a place in
your childhood that you used to play at, but then it gets bulldozed over and
shopping centers are put in its place.'
For Baird, today's giant commerce sites
are those shopping centers. And Webzines are the 'tree houses' where he can
reclaim some of the original spirit of the Web."

some old quotes from me in some baltimore paper. Told you i was old school l33t.


before there were millions of bloggers, there was a small subculture of fairly radical self publishing, or 'webzines' online. Took a lot more work, i'll tell you that.

anyways, most of the domains have faded away, and people have changed, times have changed, whatever...but my early involvement with Webzine98,99,2000....made me feel like the web was a great place. It was before the biggest part of the boom and bust, in a less corporate, mainly flash free online world.

when will the next one be? ever? who knows. maybe nostalgia can take over and we can have a reunion.

New Scientist: "'Our research shows the transmission of retroviruses to humans is not limited to a few, isolated occurrences like those that gave rise to HIV,' says Nathan Wolfe of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, who lead the study. 'It's a regular phenomenon, and a cause for concern,' he says."

so, perhaps the old social taboo about cannibalism can be applied to fellow primates in general...maybe it isn't a good idea to eat something that shares so much DNA with you.


Yahoo! News - McCain Says Kerry Not Weak on Defense: "WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday he did not believe Democratic candidate John Kerry (news - web sites), a friend and Senate colleague, was weak on defense or would compromise national security if elected president. "

Kerry-McCain 2004? that would Rock.

Yahoo! News - Poland 'Misled' on Iraq, President of Poland Says: "Naturally, one may protest the reasons for the war action in Iraq. I personally think that today, Iraq without Saddam Hussein is a truly better Iraq than with Saddam Hussein,' Kwasniewski told the European reporters.
'But naturally I also feel uncomfortable due to the fact that we were misled with the information on weapons of mass destruction,' he said, according to a transcript released by the presidential press office. "

well said mr. Kwasniewski. Does it matter? Yes. Do I think that the administration did it on purpose, Yes. Governments have a long record of doing so, republican and democrat alike. Gulf of Tonkin anyone?

BBC News | UK | Secret village to be pulled down: "But it was the solar panels used to generate power that revealed the existance of the 20-strong hamlet to the world at large.
While villagers had been careful to cover the rooves of their buildings with grass to avoid detection from overhead, a passing plane spotted their solar panel glinting in the sun."

dooce: "A Labor Story
16 March 2004
The format of this post is inspired by Mrs. Kennedy�s brilliant account of the birth of her son, something I read studiously in the weeks leading up to the birth of Leta, something that had me squarely convinced that any labor not involving a toilet was really no labor at all."

1. Glad i'll never have to give birth.
2. Glad the wife isn't planning on it anytime soon.
3. People who grew up mormon, but now say "Fuck" as a part of their standard vocabulary, are much, much cooler than people who didn't and don't. You know what i mean, if you do. I'd like to think i'm one of those people--that Do know, and that did, and that do.
4. I will continue to steal music ideas from her sidebar, and my friends will think me amazing.

Brain Dump v.4: SXSW - New Social Networking Application - iwaskissedbyminjung.org Club Heh. nice. via waxy.org

yourDictionary.com � 100 Most Often Mispronounced Words via kottke.


the art of phil noto danger girl et al, fantastic art.

Rhea County officials seek change in law to ban gays

you know where the new "third world" is going to be? the parts of the U.S. that want to return to the Good Ole Days.


BW Online | March 16, 2004 | Gunning for the U.S. in Technology: "In the history of the U.S. technology industry, 2004 will be remembered as the year that outsourcing hit home. Consultancy Gartner Group figures that U.S. tech companies will send 500,000 jobs overseas this year -- and indeed, hardly a week goes by without a major U.S. tech outfit announcing a new R&D center in Asia. As outsourcing has begun to hit high-salary jobs in programming and tech services, the trend is giving rise to a wider fear -- that U.S. dominance in high tech is starting to wane."

artbomb: "indy comics news, notes and spare change.
because someone has to give a shit."

very cool. via diepunyhumans.com


Berry's World: "Tommy Chong sold bongs over the Internet.

JAIL TIME: 9 Months.

Leslie Smoot left her two foster children in her Cadillac Escalade for five hours in near 100-degree heat, killing both of them, and during her testimony, Smoot seemed to indicate that God was an accomplice, 'I cried out to the Lord: Lord, why didn't you tell me the babies were in my car?'

JAIL TIME: 6 Months." via welch.

CREAX - Creativity for Innovation#20 huge list of links. i guess i could just link 10 a day as seperate posts. Actually, i'll just later post the good ones. this from MEFI, from sgt. serenity.


MySA.com: Business: "Rounding out his unorthodox look are patches on his hip pack bearing the anarchy symbol and the words 'vampire' and 'ninja.' "

something about the hip pack makes it funnier. doesn't it? I think his religious views---however strange--are 100% just as valid as anyone elses. They are all just made up anyhow...just not usually with such style.

The Decemberists Official Site Finally followed the link at Dooce.com....sampled some tunes, I like.

I'm sort of a failed one-man-band version of the D's...i have guitars, a banjo, an accordian, a piano, whistles, and a witty voice.

my voice is all i really know how to use. lots of so-la-ti-do's you know.

Technorati: Results Help

remember when none of this existed? need to install Lynx again.

Technorati: Results Help

remember when none of this existed? need to install Lynx again.


Schlock, Yes; Awe, No; Fascism, Probably - The flogging Mel Gibson demands. By Christopher Hitchens: "Now, as the dollars begin to flow from this front-loaded fruit-machine of cynical publicity, he is sobbing about the risks and sacrifices he has made for the Lord. A coward, a bully, a bigmouth, and a queer-basher. Yes, we have been here before. The word is fascism, in case you are wondering, and we don't have to sit through that movie again."

like derek, i don't have much to add besides a heartfelt Amen.

The Victorian Taxidermy Company Limited - Eight legged piglet: "Eight legged piglet

Stock Number: 517

Most unusual and rare relic from the past an eight legged"


New Scientist: "A robot for 'printing' houses is to be trialled by the construction industry. It takes instructions directly from an architect's computerised drawings and then squirts successive layers of concrete on top of one other to build up vertical walls and domed roofs."

bouncing in via boingboing.

gravitypark ::. who is gravity park? i don't know. but i will find out.


El Paso Times Online: "One thousand, one hundred needles were inserted in his legs and 300 in his arms." via DPH.

he also told them his pin number, where he keeps his dirty magazines, and just because he couldn't think of anything else, the location of osama's hideout, "....Whittier, CA...", before screaming for god to make him die because he had 1,100 needles stuck into him. Jump'n Jesus on a Pogo Stick, that would Kill me.

Chase nabs FBI fugitive: "Sharonville officers caught up with him about 10:30 a.m. Sunday when they got a call from OnStar that a stolen Hummer was parked at a Hampton Inn near Sharon Road. Washington refused to get out of the vehicle, and officers chased the vehicle for several miles."

ok, sure, stealing a car with OnStar isn't that bright of a thing to do, but...a Hummer? you are on the run and you steal the right leg of Voltron!?

next time try an '88 honda accord or something that will blend in.


Bretagne-Brittany Rocky coast - Full Screen QTVR panoramic movie from panoramas.dk WOW WOW WOW


Jimmie Style Corp: "Jimmie Style� incorporates quality, style and originality into every design. We impose the highest quality standards on our suppliers while maintaining affordability. Jimmie Style Corp.� is a strong supporter of safe sex and proudly supplies contraceptive with every product we sell at no added cost. Striving to be the industry leader in innovative apparel, customer satisfaction is a necessity and our obligation."

ok, a guy i know just made a poster for them, i love their product...it is a hat, with a special pocket in it for a condom. Sweet.

03.03.2004 - UC Berkeley Researchers Developing Robotic Exoskeleton that can Enhance Human Strength and Endurance add this to the sci-fi is here NOW list.

Those naughty Girl Scouts (kottke.org): "Those naughty Girl Scouts
posted March 05, 2004 at 10:03 am ET
Excerpts from a story about a cookie boycott involving the Girl Scouts, sex education, and the great state of Texas, with my [my means Kottke] comments interspersed throughout:"

damn funny post from mr. kottke. Makes me want to buy girl scout cookies. Even more than i already do.


Worth1000.com | Photoshop Contests | Are you Worthy� | contest LOL, the far side meets photoshop.


Index of /audio/mp3/Douglas_Adams: "The Douglas Adams media archive is presented here by the
wi2600.org groups for your enjoyment. This allso is to
serve as a tribute to Mr. Adams's great, but suddely shortened
career. Those who have not heard his voice and those who
know it well will both enjoy having this material available.

We will miss him!"


Bartleby.com: Great Books Online -- Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Thesaurus and hundreds more

awesome searches here.

Active Denial Technology: "Active Denial Technology uses a transmitter to send a narrow beam of energy towards an identified subject. Traveling at the speed of light, the energy reaches the subject and penetrates less than 1/64 of an inch into the skin, quickly heating up the skin's surface. Within seconds, an individual feels an intense heating sensation that stops when the transmitter is shut off or when the individual moves out of the beam."

crazy stuff.

The Graphics File Format Page (2D specs) cool old-school html list of graphics formats.

The Eerily Lovely Children of the Photoshop Generation: "Fourteen years ago this month Adobe introduced Photoshop to the software market, a leap forward in graphic design that allowed any fool to cut, paste, shade and rearrange images with ease. One of the original 'killer apps,' this widely adopted program has also been widely abused. The temptation to play virtuoso riffs on the keyboard has led to countless pictures that aspire to be 'futuristic' but reek of a moldy surrealism better done when scissors were cutting-edge. Photoshop may have been a boon to print advertising, but the compelling artworks it has facilitated have been scarce."

One of the best paragraphs about photoshop art i've seen.

Badmash Badmash is bad-ass. Interesting to see comics from this viewpoint...they are hella funny, while at the same time they give me a glimpse of what life is like for someone else. Yeah, yeah, i'm so deep and insightful for thinking so, and i love samosas. Seriously though....i think the comics in this archive are great.

Identify a font: "Identify a typeface by answering a series of simple questions about key features."

another super cool font finder. Can you tell what i'm working on today? Logo re-creation is Grand. I tell ya.

WhatTheFont : MyFonts.com "Upload a scanned image of the font and we'll show you the closest matches in our database!"

this is a pretty cool deal, as with many things on a computer, it either works really well or doesn't at all--but i still love it.


Bloomberg.com: U.S.: "NASA's robot rover Opportunity found evidence on Mars that liquid water once existed in abundance in the area where it landed, a finding that fulfills the leading objective of the mission"