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October 30, 2004

The Machinist

Christian Bale looks like H - E - double-hockey sticks and this is just the trailer for The Machinist. And given my secret Jennifer Jason Leigh worship should they not have warned me she was going to be bare breasted? Sensitive ears should also be warned of some swearing.

How can you wake up from a nightmare if you are not asleep?

Compare and contrast with this much spookier covered up Machinist trailer!

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Friday the 13th

A Friday the 13th themed Nike ad is just the thing for a spooky Hallowe'en weekend. Though it is perplexing that Nike's ad agency should think this concept was a great way to sell shoes.

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L'il Johnny's Aquarium Adventure

A grotesque yet compulsive web game. I managed 4400 points.

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Barcelona

Too much Doom 3 means the whole world resembles this ersatz Barcelona simulation.

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Asylum Eclectica

This may prove to be an invaluable resource for Flea-readers of a morbid disposition.

The website where bad things happen to good people!
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Lovecraft

The works of H.P. Lovecraft are made available thanks to the information miracle that is "the internet."

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
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Masks

Masks: not just for Carnival!

Masks, cloaks and other forms of disguise today generally are relegated to holidays, such as Halloween, but a new book by one of the world's leading experts on Venetian history, art and architecture suggests visual deception through masks, clothing, shoes, hair coloring and makeup was more the norm than the exception in 18th-century Venice.
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Lamella

One of only five lamella (lamellae, I suppose) ever found in Britain turned up in an unlikely place.

The Norfolk gardener was quite irritated at finding bits of rubbish mixed with the expensive topsoil he had bought: he picked out what he took to be foil from a champagne bottle and unrolled it - to reveal a lost world of Roman magic. Experts from the British Museum and Oxford University have been poring over the scrap of gold foil, no bigger than a postage stamp, which went on display for the first time yesterday, with other archaeological finds reported in the past year.

"It meant nothing to me at first, I wondered if it was a scrap of decoration from a garment or a piece of furniture," said Adrian Marsden, the finds officer in Norwich whose desk it first landed on. "Then I suddenly saw the Greek letter A, and I knew what we must have."

Sadly, no image or transcription of the spell itself accompanies the article. A silver lamella offers an idea of what these objects look like while some sample lamella incriptions suggest its contents.

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October 29, 2004

What you waiting for?

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Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.*

*More of Gwen Stefani in the complete What you waiting for? video!

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Squirrel Babes

These Squirrel Babes (from prison) want to meet you!

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Virgin

What if I think one of them is lying and they are both virgins?

The Art of Spotting Virgins
...takes a lifetime to master, unless you're a lucky guesser or can smell into the past.

You got 12 of the 21 people correct, and you did better recognizing the virginity guys. Overall, you guessed better than 45% of all test takers.
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Escape From Detention

Escape From Detention is clever but I have been stumped too quickly to invest myself in it. I present it for folks who are better at puzzling their way out of things.

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The Choice

This is pretty much all I need to know: The Choice.

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October 28, 2004

Blogiversary

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The Flea turns two today... Woo! Yay!

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Kylie Minogue, "Come Into My world"

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Small dog

Never underestimate the little guy: when weiner dogs attack!

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Elms

A study suggests every elm in England may be descended from a tree introduced for the Roman wine industry.

On the basis of the new survey and historical evidence, Dr Luis Gil and colleagues in Madrid propose today in the journal Nature that the English elm is the same as the Atinian elm - a tree that can reproduce asexually but not by seed - which originated in Italy. This elm was used to train vines for wine production, as recommended by Columella, an influential Spanish author of a "how-to" book on agriculture written in AD50.
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Homo floresiensis

Everyone is talking about Homo floresiensis (hat tip to Urthshu). The Flea suspects the inevitable Hobbit comparison may have something to do with it.

Most fascinating of all, local legends suggest that the "Hobbits" may have survived until modern times, at least until the 16th century, when Dutch traders arrived in the Spice Islands, and perhaps even more recently. "Until they found this creature they would have dismissed them as tales of leprechauns, but no longer," said Dr Henry Gee, the senior editor of the journal Nature who handled the "Hobbit" paper.

Warren Ellis is not pleased.

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October 27, 2004

Unknown Pleasures

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A Joy Division television performance of Shadowplay is animated using the famous cover art of Unknown Pleasures (1979). So. Freaking. Cool. I wonder what happened to my Joy Division T-shirt.

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Traffic Island

There is no place like home.

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Mini

Mad Mini skillz would come in hand with this parking game. I did so badly I played a second time as a woman to balance the stats.

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Cat-Vac

Too many cats had to die before I got the hang of this game.

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Faking it

Something Awful offers valuable instruction in becoming a fake college of musical knowlege (via Colby Cosh).

A) The importance of Double Dare.
Suppose someone says this: “Hey, have you heard of Flop?” Obviously, we’re also going to suppose that you haven’t heard of Flop, because you haven’t. How would you react to this? Your first instinct might be to say “Yeah, I’ve definitely heard of Flop.” This is bad idea for many reasons: first of all, it might be a trick. There might be no such band as Flop. Worse yet, your interrogator might have all manner of follow-up questions about Flop, and they’re going to be increasingly difficult to weasel your way out of. It might also be tempting to say “I’ve heard of them, but I haven’t really heard their records.” This is a wishy-washy compromise, and it’s an essentially meaningless answer. Basically, the only way to win at this game is to play it like Double Dare. You supposedly know everything about music. They ask you about Flop: dare. It’s time to put them on the defensive. “Hmm, Flop… what label were they on?” Double dare.
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El Greco

Perhaps a search of Flea Towers will turn up my own El Greco.

A 16th Century painting by artist El Greco, valued at £500,000, has been discovered in an envelope in Spain. The Spanish family that has owned the oil-on-wood portable altarpiece, The Baptism of Christ, since the mid-19th Century, did not know what they had.
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Papyri

University of Utah history student Matt Malczycki has been "translating and analyzing the 777 documents and fragments of the Utah Papyri Collection, believed to be the largest collection of Arabic papyri in North America."

Most of the documents date to between AD 800 and 1050. But at least one may be even older. "This piece is probably from the early 8th century, the 700s," said Malczycki, pointing to one document. "Papyrus was very expensive in this period," he added. A set of the material equivalent to our ream of paper might have cost about as much as the monthly rent a shopkeeper would have to pay on his store. "So generally they used every bit of space," writing in a small, neat hand.

"Most of the documents that we have are business letters. We do have a couple of literary texts and some administrative documents," he said. The documents stood the test of time purely by accident. A businessman working in the year 1000 might collect a stack of his correspondence the way people today gather their bills. "Someone would throw it in a box or a jar, in a closet," he said.
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Skuldelev

Archaeology reports it it has been the season for Vikings, commenting on the Skuldelev ships and the discovery of a copper brooch.

Archaeologists at Ireland's National Museum have announced the "significant" and "exciting" discovery of a ninth-century Viking burial north of Dublin. The individual, most likely female, was buried with a bone comb and a bronze oval brooch of Scandinavian manufacture. Brooches also led to the discovery of England's first Viking burial ground in the village of Cumwhitton, near Carlisle.
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BBC bias

The BBC World Service and Global News director accuses the American media of bias while BBC World lines up Michael Moore for its American election coverage. You could not make this stuff up.

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October 26, 2004

Mary Ann

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TBS' new Gilligan's Island themed reality show allows us to revisit one of history's great debates (and Ginger should be a redhead!).

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Balance Beam Girls

I have been sitting here trying to come up with a sociological rationale for linking this clip from a Balance Beam Girls Japanese gameshow. Just give me a minute here.

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Treasure Box

Treasure Box is a clever, beautifully presented puzzle game that had me stumped quite quickly.

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English-to-English

The most accurate English-to-English dictionary on "the internet".

This internet service will translate any English word, phrase or passage into English, or vice versa. Your original grammar, style, and spelling are left intact!
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Clothing inspection

Venemous Kate explains the importance of a clothing inspection before making a court appearance.

Back when I was practicing law, I made it a point to inspect the clothing my clients intended to wear to court appearances. Most of them - who were appearing in court for the first (and hopefully only) time - appreciated the help.

Take, for example, one of my male clients: an OB-GYN requesting a drastic reduction in his alimony and child support payments because sky-rocketing insurance premiums and student loans left him with less disposable monthly income than a McDonald’s manager. It took less than a minute to explain that his 3-button Armani suit (one that he’d purchased before his finances took a nose-dive) would work against him. He looked just fine in the khaki Levi’s Dockers and navy sports coat he chose to wear instead, even if his apparel wasn’t as ritzy as the Prada suit his ex-wife chose to wear. But he won.
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October 25, 2004

Duran Duran, "Hungry Like The Wolf"

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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In pieces

I expect most everyone will have seen this linked from Drudge but the Flea is as much an on-line database for my pop culture-based quest for global domination as it is anything else. In this light, it is only prudent to include news of Ashlee Simpson's lip-synch malfunction on Saturday Night Live. Strangely enough, I saw her "singing" Pieces Of Me and was thinking how much better live she was than her sister Jessica. If I had kept watching her next segment would have explained everything. Having formed a positive impression of Jessica Simpson I was positively predisposed to her kid sister. My only new reservation stems from her blaming her band for playing the wrong song. I suppose we are meant to include the guy who cues her vocal track as part of the band.

And then... Gothamist has more including a link to Stereogum and a pointed Zapruder observation. A comment at the latter quotes an interview:

Lucky Magazine: What are your takes on lip-synching?

Ashlee Simpson: I'm totally against it and offended by it. I'm going out to let my real talent show, not to just stand there and dance around. Personally, I'd never lip-synch. It's just not me.

And then... Solomonia is having sympathy pains. Not to worry. They got the tape working again for tonight's Radio Music Awards.

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Road Blocks

Road Blocks is a simple webgame that requires some tricky thinking.

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Hubal

Hubal was de god van de Ka'ba reeds ver vóór de tijd van Mohammed.

I was googling around about the architecture of Mecca and came across a website explaining the etymology of the name Allah and its relationship to other names for god(s) in the ancient near east. This isn't actually written in Dutch is it? Suddenly I can read Dutch? It feels like the time Murdock on the A-Team claimed he could understand Spanish because Spanish was only English spoken with an accent.

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Freegan

Actually, I used to date a freegan. I just did not know what it was called until now (and no, I did not share the menu).

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Lie Girls

Yes, yes, I know Lie Girls is meant to be satirical but even parody needs to be credible to be effective. As if anyone in the VRWC could forget Poland!

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Predictions

John Hawkins publishes his latest poll of bloggers. This one suggests an overwhelming confidence in the outcome of the forthcoming United States elections.

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October 23, 2004

Nucleus

Nucleus reminds me of my poor webgame and physics skills.

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Sunfish

There is a lot of good eating on that sunfish (via the Flea's Whiskey Expert).

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Elephantine

Al-Ahram Weekly seems a most unlikely source for discussion of women's rights, let alone women's rights among the Jews of ancient Elephantine (the island formerly known as Yeb). So, snaps to Al-Ahram Weekly then.

Little is known of the vibrant Judaic community which already existed on the island of Elephantine when Cambyses invaded Egypt in 525 BC. What we do know, however, is that they had a Jewish temple to serve their religious needs.

The liturgical protocol detailed on some of the documents discovered on the island by archaeologists during the first decade of the 20th century dates back to a time before the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem. It is clear from this that the Judaic presence on Yeb (the Biblical name for Elephantine) stretches far back into antiquity.
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October 22, 2004

Buffy

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Vampire: I'll kill you for that.
Buffy: For that? What were you trying to kill me for before?
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Tommy

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.*

*Dance for the hills! Dance for your lives!

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Goth Kylie

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The Sun says "lace is more" to Kylie in black.

The Aussie singer dazzled in gothic-style black as she stepped out for dinner at trendy West End eatery Mr Chow. The glam look could look daft on lesser stars – but Kylie showed lace is more as she dazzled in a see-through top and cardy.
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Kylie & Jason

"And now we're back together, together
I wanna show you my heart is oh so true
And all the love I have is
Especially for you"

Kylie's greatest hits tour is set to be a blow-out. A rumoured reunion performance with Australian soap icon Jason Donovan would be a treat for long-time fans.

"Kylie is going all out to make sure her greatest hits tour will be talked about for years. She knows that her duet with Jason - Especially For You - propelled her into the big time and she'd like to perform it with him again. Kylie feels it would be a great gesture to ask Jason to join her for some dates on her tour - they have a lot of history together."

(hat tip to Dodgeblogium)

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Letters

With letters the true meaning of "the internet" is revealed at last.

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Autruche Skieuse

An ostrich with mad skiing skillz.

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Office Bricolage

For all your improvised office weapon needs.

Bricolage - (noun) Something made or put together using whatever materials happen to be available.
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Risable

National Post reports Military Balance, the annual report of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), ranks Canada "near the bottom of a list of 169 nations' military spending, far behind its NATO allies and lagging behind countries such as Croatia and Guinea" (via Andrew Coyne).

Colonel Alain Pelletier, a former army officer who is now director of the defence lobby group Conference of Defence Associations, said the true picture of Canada's military budget may be even worse than the report suggests.

He estimated this year's Department of National Defence budget will amount to about 1% of Canada's GDP because the Canadian economy has grown while defence spending has remained largely the same.

As well, Col. Pelletier said the real budget is smaller than it appears because the Forces are compelled to spend billions on programs that have little to do with supporting soldiers, sailors or airmen, including more than $1-billion on pensions and hundreds of millions on projects such as making military bases accessible to the handicapped.

And then... I should have added some further reference to the bad pun in the header for this post. I shall avoid risible puns in future!

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October 21, 2004

Badger Badger (Live)

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Space Launch

A clever rocketry game that I do not have enough time to become adept at.

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Disease Cards

I cannot fathom how anyone at the CDC thought these cards were a good idea.

This card set has photos and information about some of the infectious diseases that CDC studies. You can view the set online OR download and print your own copy.
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Walking forest machine

Yet another Fleamobile for my garage in the Flea Cave. But then it is all fun and games until some AI decides to use these things to harvest humans.

The walking machine adapts automatically to the forest floor. Moving on six articulated legs, the harvester advances forward and backward, sideways and diagonally. It can also turn in place and step over obstacles. Depending on the irregularity of the terrain, the operator can adjust both the ground clearance of the machine and heigh of each step.
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October 20, 2004

Alizée, "I'm fed up!"

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Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.*

*Oui, j'en ai marre!

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Western Bacon Thickburger™

Hardee's offers a spot the hamburger optical illusion test.

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Antz Pantz

Echidnas kick ass. Still odd to see one put in an ad appearance.

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Iron Loaf

"Being a Wood Elf changes everything!"

The fact people are making Everquest themed rap videos and posting them on "the internet" gives me some reassurance I am not completely wasting my life. Catchy tune, actually.

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Starships

Scaled rendering of starships allows for size comparison. So cool I don't care if I have linked to it before. Now to the important business: I say that Shadow attack ship could take out anything else on the page.

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Earth

This Rotating Earth Watch puts the Earth on your wrist.

What is this? Well, it's a watch with a small rotating Earth that makes a full rotation once every 24 hours.
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Caledonian

"They [the Romans] say the Scots used to live underwater and breathe through reeds, then spring up and attack ... But nobody would repeat that because it is so absurd."

Considering the bellicose behaviour I have witnessed from blue-painted fellows in the fountains at Trafalgar Square I consider the account to be all too plausible. Professor Chris Smout, the Historiographer Royal, believes the great Caledonian forest was ancient "spin". Flea-readers might consider competing spin between the rhetorical needs of nationalism and environmentalism in a story for contemporary Scotland.

When the all-conquering armies of ancient Rome failed to subdue the northern end of Britain, there had to be a good reason. So the Romans decided it was not the primitive barbarians known as the Caledonii who had defeated them, but the vast impenetrable forest covering the country now known as Scotland.

However, a new book to be released next month on the history of Scotland’s woods claims this idea was invented by Roman writers to preserve the image of the empire’s "invincible" legions.
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October 19, 2004

ReSuperman

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Latino Review reports Bryan Singer has cast a square-jawed Brandon Routh to play Kal-el/Superman/Clark Kent (that last link is to Routh's website... possibly knocked offline by the news).

Routh had some bit parts in television roles on “One Life to Live,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Will & Grace,” and “Cold Case,” and recently wrapped his first film role in an indie titled “Deadly,” starring alongside Laura Prepon, Misha Collins, and Tess Harper. The actor’s next role will have him undoubtedly put to the test as he has some very big red boots to fill.

And then... Bryan Singer confirms the Brandon Routh rumour.

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I Must Destroy the Evilbear

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Rshot

Ahh... shades of Vectrex.

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Monster

The Monster at the end of this Book! I loved this one when I was small.

On the cover, what did that say? Did that say there will be a Monster at the end of this book???
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Lego

How Lego is made.

Everyone knows where Lego bricks come from. They're scraped off the inside of magic trees by tiny Danish elves, right?
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Desktop

I have yet to install Google Desktop for fear of turning the tiny remainder of my life over to them. When Judgment Day comes its motivating intelligence will not be called Skynet.

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October 18, 2004

Heroic stupidity

I do not understand the words these motorcycle guys are saying yet the language they speak is universal.

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X-Prize

One of the X-Prize flights. Something else.

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Other People

Things other people accomplished when they were your age.

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Umami

A New Yorker articles asks why ketchup is not prepared in comparable variety to the myriad of available mustards (via A&L Daily). Good question. But it was an observation about Heinz ketchup that caught my attention. Apparently, Heinz' innovation was to create a condiment that combined all five fundamental human tastes, "salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami."

Umami?

A definition of umami was a quick google away. It is a sad state of affairs when a taste has been around for almost 100 years and I only learn of it now.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Professor Kikunae Ikeda of Tokyo Imperial University was thinking about the taste of food: "There is a taste which is common to asparagus, tomatoes, cheese and meat but which is not one of the four well-known tastes of sweet, sour, bitter and salty."

It was in 1907 that Professor Ikeda started his experiments to identify what the source of this distinctive taste was. He knew that it was present in the "broth" made from kombu (a type of seaweed) found in traditional Japanese cuisine. Starting with a tremendous quantity of kombu broth, he succeeded in extracting crystals of glutamic acid (or glutamate). Glutamate is an amino acid, and is a building block of protein. Professor Ikeda found that glutamate had a distinctive taste, different from sweet, sour, bitter and salty, and he named it "umami". 100 grams of dried kombu contain about 1 gram of glutamate.
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Jon Stewart

I was a big fan of Jon Stewart back in the day when Lara Flynn Boyle was stalking him. The Daily Show was a pleasant surprise and it was great to have him back on tv until the leftward editorial lurch of the last six months brought polemics and dullness. I suppose some must feel the same way about Dennis Miller (the only show I can watch knowing I will not be irritated).

Watching Jon Stewart on Crossfire reminded me why I like and respect the man (via Wizbang).

STEWART: You know, the interesting thing I have is, you have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably.

CARLSON: You need to get a job at a journalism school, I think.

STEWART: You need to go to one.

If the CNN appearance is not enough to be getting on with, Stewart appeared on NPR's Fresh Air to discuss his new book. The only disappointment is to hear him recycle his "hot stone massage" joke.

And then... Apparently I am not the only one to stop watching.

And then... INDC Journal comments.

You can't have it both ways, Stewart. It's fine for you to take sides, but you're drubbing of Begala and Carlson marks you as a hypocrite. And besides - any sensible political junkie isn't stupid enough to view Crossfire as anything other than really bad comedy. Unfortunately ...

And then... American Digest comments and offers a Stewart link round-up.

I actually caught Jon Stewart's on-air evisceration of 'Crossfire' last week, and I have to admit I enjoyed the discomfort and confusion he brought to the dual tools of that broadcast. At the same time I also noted what a large, self-impressed tool Stewart has become.

And then... Jon Stewart discusses his appearance on Crossfire.

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October 16, 2004

Team America

I went to yesterday's matinée for Team America: World Police. No sneak preview like Boing Boing but a dinstinct advantage to seeing it with the hoi polloi... This is the antidote to Farhenheit 9/11. Canadian audience reaction suggests a five point swing to President Bush in the under-30s (and more than that for the under-30s men). But will American South Park fans turn up at the polls?

Hey studio peeps, 100,000+ page views at the Flea so far this month so comp me some tickets! My review will run this Monday.

And then... My Team America review as advertised...

And then... And it looks like I lifted that "antidote" line from Rusty.

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Chaos

The new look Chaos Central has Kylie Minogue in a Red Riding Hood outfit floating in the sidebar. Shameless!

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Shrunken heads

An inventive shrunken heads webgame.

Dr. Strangemitten's plan of introducing nougat filled Shrunken Heads as this year's newest Halloween treat has gone awry. An unfortunate series of events has caused his Head Shrinker 5000 to go berkserk. Nougat filled Shrunken Heads are multiplying at an alarming rate and no one is around to stop it.
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Carolingian

The origins of the Carolingian scripts.

The following are samples of the major late Roman and early medieval scripts. They present some of the sources for the origin of Carolingian scripts, especially Caroline Minuscule.
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Ancient Egyptian Flying Vehicles

D. Hatcher Childress shows you do not have to be a street protestor to be a devoted moonbat. Of course I knew someone who would not shut up about ancient Indian spacecraft and he is probably tenured somewhere by now so what do I know.

Many researchers into the UFO enigma tend to overlook a very important fact. While it assumed that most flying saucers are of alien, or perhaps Governmental Military origin, another possible origin of UFOs is ancient India and Atlantis. What we know about ancient Indian flying vehicles comes from ancient Indian sources; written texts that have come down to us through the centuries. There is no doubt that most of these texts are authentic; many are the well known ancient Indian Epics themselves, and there are literally hundreds of them. Most of them have not even been translated into English yet from the old Sanskrit.
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Vision

"The accomplishment of NASA that I'm most impressed by is how they manage to take the most romantic subject I know of and by careful application make in incredibly dull."
- Robert Heinlein

NASA's vision for space exploration is interesting mainly for Dr. Buzz Aldrin's cameo appearance (cool Flash too).

In the coming years, NASA will be extending our reach into space... going to the Moon and paving the way for eventual human exploration of Mars and beyond.

It is always nice to hear talk of exploration. But NASA is ignoring something important to their projections: private enterprise beating them to it. And I expect prospecting and colonization to be rather more important than state sponsored exploration of the Moon, Mars or the asteroid belt.

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October 15, 2004

The Aleph

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I believe we all have EVERYTHING we need in us. In a tiny little spot, hidden somewhere we have the whole world. Like in that Borges short story: the Aleph.
- Asia Argento

From The Aleph:

Really, what I want to do is impossible, for any listing of an endless series is doomed to be infinitesimal. In that single gigantic instant I saw millions of acts both delightful and awful; not one of them occupied the same point in space, without overlapping or transparency. What my eyes beheld was simultaneous, but what I shall now write down will be successive, because language is successive. Nonetheless, I'll try to recollect what I can.
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Fett's Vette

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Zoom

Zoom is an interactive art project.

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Cat Yoga

I can think of a number of people for whom a cat yoga video is the perfect gift.

Practice. Purify. Purr-fection.
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Kingda Ka

456 feet tall and launching at 128 mph. Kingda Ka. The tallest, fastest rollercoaster on earth...

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Endless Echoes

Endless Echoes lets you send a "personalized message through space and time."

Just imagine, your own voice, your own words, broadcast out into the cosmos for all eternity. You can use any phone to dial into the Endless Echoes control center and leave your message. Within seconds your words will be reaching out, beyond the grasp of the earth's atmosphere, into the far reaches of the universe. You can even track your message's distance right from the Endless Echoes website!
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October 14, 2004

Didier

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Abraca-Pocus! posted images from around the home. Here are a couple items from the Flea's ethnographic collection by way of reply. Didier is a faux shrunken head purchased in Camden Market in north London. Next to him is a quite authentic Jivaro blow-gun originating with the people who used to make fully functional shrunken heads.

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Bird

Can you find the worm? I missed it on my first try.

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Harry and the Potters

For lovers of books. For lovers of music: Harry and the Potters

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Matchcar

This Matchcar die-cast stunt simulator makes me yearn for my matchcars stored carefully somewhere in my parent's basement.

It is the spring of 1970. Last year man set foot on the moon, and die-cast toy cars suddenly developed go-faster wheels. The future is here... Cool! There was only one thing to do. Build huge ramps in the hallway and hurtle your entire prized collection of cars as far and fast as possible through the air.
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Drunk

University of Kentucky research suggests women are better at... no... no, I can't type the words.

Some men may not want to hear this - but scientists have found women are better at holding their drink. Kentucky University researchers found men's loss of inhibition was three times greater than women's with the same blood alcohol levels.
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Protest

A Halliburton protestor claims to have been assaulted by Protest Warriors and American talk radio replies with the ridicule such a charge deserves. We have nothing like this in Canada. Time for that internet radio idea...

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They served

They served.

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October 13, 2004

Autumn colours

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SondraK asked for fall photoblogging. John replied with pictures of Fort Leavenworth while George sent Knowledge Is Power some images of fall in Idaho. Fall colours from Toronto are muted with only the sumac turning red so far. Here is the Ontario Red Ensign flying at Casa Loma to be going on with.

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Buck Filbo!

Fellowship 9/11 interviews Rep Grima Wormtongue (D) Rohan on the links between fundamentalist wizards Saruman the White and Gandalf the Gray. As a fundamentalist wizard, I am shocked at Rep Wormtongue's latest distortions of our effort to liberate the slaves of Rhûn (via the jawa report).

Michael Moore's searing examination of the Aragorn administration's actions in the wake of the tragic events at Helms Deep. With his characteristic humor and dogged commitment to uncovering - or if necessary fabricating - the facts, Moore considers the reign of the son of Arathorn and where it has led us. He looks at how - and why - Aragorn and his inner circle avoided pursuing the Saruman connection to Helms Deep, despite the fact that 9 out of every 10 Orcs that attacked the castle were actually Uruk-hai who were spawned in and financed by Isengard.
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Mr Woo

A contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace is nice and all but the Nobel Peace Prize should have gone to Mr. Woo.

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Mini Jump

I am hopeless at this Mini Jump game.

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Coffins

The Ga people along the coast of Ghana have fantasy coffins for sale. I am going to start saving up for the fish.

The coffins are produced by Ga craftsmen in carpentry shops in Teshi and Nungua. In the shapes of canoes, fish, leopards, cars, houses, Bibles and a host of other motifs, the colorful and fanciful coffins unambiguously celebrate life's work and achievements, while proclaiming the family's collective prominence and wealth.
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Google Print

What is Google Print?

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Since a lot of the world's information isn't yet online, we're helping to get it there. Google Print puts the content of books where you can find it most easily; right in Google search results.
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Bali

Silent Running describes Australian television coverage of a remembrance ceremony for the Bali massacre as "a colossal experiment in neuro-linguistic programming."

An alien visitor to earth who had just arrived would have tuned in to the broadcast and assumed that two bombs had simply assembled themselves, for no readily apparent reason, and had subsequently exploded, again with no human intervention whatsoever.

I think the natural disaster approach to covering the war against us serves two purposes of the mainstream media's "progressive" ideology. First, to limit the natural, righteous rage against the murderers that would otherwise demand resolute action. Second, to construct events as divine punishment for our own transgressions and in this way perpetuate the narcissistic self-congratulation that is the only emotion so many of our elites seem to be capable of.

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October 12, 2004

Psycho le Cému

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Once again I am left speechless by MasaManiA reportage. I had not heard of anime J-pop stars Psycho le Cému until ten minutes ago but now must learn everything there is to know about them, procure a costume of my own and place them in my thoughts next to Dir en grey and Malice Mizer, two other bands whose albums I cannot find in downtown Toronto. Who could resist a live tour called "Bad boys, be ambitious!"...

A quizilla result claims I am Yura-Sama but AYA is clearly my favourite.

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you are YURA-SAMA....yay for you ^^. like, teehee.


Who are you in Psycho Le Cemu?
brought to you by Quizilla

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Big nipples

I was in no way prepared for this chewing gum ad. And despite the tag line this one is safe for work if somewhat disturbing and peculiar.

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En Bolas

On occasion I have used the Flea to link to salacious material out there on "the internet" under some hastily contrived pretext. This time I can assure you that En Bolas, a webgame where you pop bubbles so as to see the pictures underneath, has serious ramifications for hand-eye coordination and cognition.

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The Empire Skins Up

I had wondered what Star Wars action figures got up to when left to their own devices.

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Imperialism

For all the talk of American "empire" it is worth considering the subject from a non-Eurocentric perspective. They came, they went away is from those pre-millennium days when I still agreed with the Economist's editorial line and, for all that has become clear in the last three years, is still worth a look.

It has been a millennium of empire. Yes, but which empires? Those overseas of Portugal and Spain, Britain, France and the Netherlands? The mainland ones of Austria or Russia? No. As the era began, Europe was disunited, and feeble. As it ends, Europe and its American heirs dominate the globe. Yet Europe’s empires have come and gone, short-lived all of them. And what is thought of as, above all, “the age of empire”, the 40-odd years up to 1914, was not just brief but essentially trivial. Within 80 years all modern European empires were dead.
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Greetings from Earth

What if Voyager encounters intelligent life as it travels beyond our solar system?

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The outer cover illustrates how to play the Golden Record and a reference for locating the spacecraft's home star.

There is a scene in Cosmos where Carl Sagan cheerfully calls out "Greetings from Earth" and the Four Seasons or some such starts to play. It is a wonderful scene evoking the optimism and adventure that are the very best of humanity and, one would hope, the qualities embodied in the Voyager message to some distant reader. Now I look at the record instructions and the politically astute but scientifically nonsensical choice to include greetings in a variety of mutually incomprehensible human languages and I am disappointed at this effort. Worse yet are a selection of creepy photos (human mouth function?). At least the uranium 238 timekeeping is a clever idea.

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2004 Election Guide

The Onion's 2004 Election Guide.

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October 11, 2004

Space: 1999

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A collection of Space: 1999 sound files fully justifies the time and expense of building "the internet". Chill out to the Space: 1999 Electrotheme...

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William Shatner, "Has Been"

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Fake smile

Spot the fake smile! I managed a satisfying 100% correct.

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Mad

Esther is to feature as a judge on a forthcoming Pop Idol style talent show fronted by Missy Elliott. For the first time I feel like trying out.

A source close to Madonna told me: “She doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She will have no patience with the have-a-go heroes trying to make a name for themselves. If someone walks into the room the wrong way she’ll say ‘no’ before a note is sung and that will be their chance gone.

“She will reduce people to tears because she is so direct.
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Flybar

The Flybar is a souped up pogo-stick.

About two years ago, I met someone that shared my quest for the next generation of pogo sticks. His name is Irwin and he owns the company that has been manufacturing the lion's share of the earth's pogo sticks since the early 1900's.
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PowerSkip

And if the Flybar is too tame for your office commuting needs you can always PowerSkip to work.

The concept of our well known model PowerSkip Standard is characterized by our flexible binding system, which allows to fit the PowerSkip to nearly all shoe sizes in a short time. This makes this model ideal for using it by different persons.
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Off his trolley

And finally, the last word in inter-city commuting. Andy Tyler has built a jet-powered shopping cart whose engine "glows red hot at temperatures up to 600°C, so he has to sit with his back to a heat shield."

“It can’t go on roads, runs out of fuel after two minutes and at over 50mph becomes unstable. People think I’m off my trolley but it’s exhilarating.”
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Zeus

The U. S. Army has built and tested a laser gun turret equipped humvee intended to destroy unexploded munitions and roadside bombs. I am sure there is a personal transport joke in here somewhere. Basically, I just think this is cool.

The system, called Zeus-HLONS (HMMWV Laser Ordnance Neutralization System), uses an industrial solid state laser, normally used to cut metal, but can also ignite explosives up to 300 meters away. Normally, engineers have to approach such munitions (shells, cluster bombs aircraft bombs) or roadside bombs, place explosives next to it, then move away, trailing a detonator wire behind them, and then set off the explosive to destroy the bomb or unexploded munitions. Using the Zeus laser is a lot cheaper (a few cents per laser shot) and safer than the traditional method.
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October 09, 2004

The League of Mean Girls

Beautiful Atrocities uncovers fraud in the blogosphere (via INDC Journal).

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Quotable

"When the SAS meet weekend soldiers, the results aren't pretty"

With a tag-line like that even the most ill-advised triple-dog dare seems justified. Quotulatiousness rises to the challenge but in doing so raises a question about some missing weapons...

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Death Ray

The Death Ray is "an oxygen cannon using a nine thousand volt power supply to ignite the reaction chamber with an ultra hot plasma arc. It can be constructed for around two hundred dollars."

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The odds

What are the odds of dying?

The table below was prepared in response to frequent inquiries, especially from the media, asking questions such as, "What are the odds of being killed by lightning?" or "What are the chances of dying in a plane crash?"
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America and the World

I managed 84% on this American foreign policy matching quiz. I had the 18th and 19th amendments confused (hey, it's not my constitution) and did not know the answer to "Limited Cuba's right to make treaties or borrow money."

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Higher purpose

Robert Wright writes about his interview with Daniel Dennett, declaring it to be "bad news for Dennett's many atheist devotees."

He recently declared that life on earth shows signs of having a higher purpose. Worse still, he did it on videotape, during an interview for my website meaningoflife.tv.

As one of those folks who has a materialist conception of evolution and yet knows there is a higher purpose to life (ahem...) I am pleased to report Daniel Dennett regards this as a "not obviously incoherent" position. It is important to note, however, that he does not "buy it". Fair enough. Having missed that important caveat Wright should do as Dennett suggests and watch the interview again.

A higher purpose is not necessarily a divine purpose. Wright is at best confused about the terms in which he and Dennett compose their philosophies and inadvertantly engaged in equivocation. A "probabilistic direction toward complexity and intelligence" no more suggests a Creator than trend-trading in the stock market. It is difficult to explain the jump from Denett's cautious skepticism to Andrew Sullivan's breathless claim that an "atheist recants".

No, he doesn't. So, a hat tip to Dr. Sullivan for the link and me left scratching my head at his post. There is the possibility Wright and Sullivan intentionally confuse Dennett's use of the term "higher purpose" with one that would support belief in a big-D Designer of life. To do so as a debating point to win over people who have not read Dennett's work strikes me to be a pointless waste of time. Worse yet is the possibility Wright and Sullivan want their faith to be underpinned by scientific authority. This would not only mistake Dennett's position but, in my opinion, misunderestimate the difference between experimental and revealed truth to the diminishment of both.

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October 08, 2004

Raj

Raj Bhakta continues to inspire us all on The Apprentice. This week he asked Anna Kournikova for a date for coffee, "a harmless beverage." When confronted with an epic beauty he felt he could do no less.

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This Wonderful Life

Revisiting This Wonderful Life we find a virtual photo shoot and learn CGI people are figuring out how to render skin.

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Surgery

Remains from the abandoned village of Wharram Percy show the Anglo-Saxons were capable surgeons.

The skull in question, dating back to the 11th century, had been struck a near-fatal blow by a blunt weapon, causing a severe depressed fracture on the left hand side. Closer examination revealed the victim had been given life-saving surgery called trepanning.
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October 07, 2004

One Million Years B.C. Kylie

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The cover of the Kylie Minogue 2005 calendar features "a shimmering mermaid dress atop jagged rocks."

In other shots, she is seen on the beach in a steamy "wet look" image, and wandering down a hotel corridor in nothing but a men's shirt, black stockings and strappy black stilettos.

How to explain this departure from a recent avoidance of hotpants? Perhaps Kylie's Astro Fashion Profile will explain: "sophisticated with an “impish” sense of humour."

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PixelField

PixelField is an oddly beautiful webgame that I am still trying to get the hang of.

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Spot the airplane

Castle Argghhh!!! offers an optical illusion challenge quiz.

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He-Man

By the Power of Greyskull this is a horrid idea!

Fox 2000 has selected John Woo to direct and produce "He-Man," a live-action pic based on the characters in Mattel's "Masters of the Universe" line of action figures. Adam Rifkin ("Zoom's Academy") will adapt the screenplay according to Variety .

The characters of this universe are best known in the early 80's synidcated cartoon series which was successful enough to lead to a spin-off entitled "She-Ra" (I kinda preferred her show as well myself). The property previously was done in live action in the 1987 movie "Masters of the Universe" with Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor.
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Blogwear

We off the pajamahadeen have called them pajamas. It took mb of My Left Wing Girlfriend to call it by its true name: blogwear.

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Ryugyong Hotel

How did I miss this Showtrial link to The Shape of Days' images of North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel? It is as if the post never existed.

The Ryugyong Hotel is, in my opinion, the single most unsettling structure ever erected by the hand of man. It's 1,082 feet tall, has 105 floors, and encloses 3.9 million square meters of floor space.

And it is completely empty. It doesn't even have windows.
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October 06, 2004

HMCS Chicoutimi

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First we learn Canada's new submarine fleet is lacking in torpedoes. Now HMCS Chicoutimi, Canada’s Fourth Victoria Class Submarine, is adrift in the North Atlantic following a fire in an electrical panel. My optimism for these vessels should now be described as a cautious optimism. Canadian Fleet Atlantic commander, Commodore Tyrone Pile comments.

But Cmdre. Pile said the fire was a fluke occurrance and doesn't indicate a problem with the submarines. "Like any ship or submarine, these are complex entities, warships in general, and although fires and floods and incidents of that nature are a rare occurrence they do happen and they will continue to happen."

Cmdre. Pile later added: "This incident just tells me that like other warships we'll continue to deal with fires and floods and incidents of this nature, that it happened this week and it's just one of those coincidences."

Let us hope Commadore Pile is correct in his optimism and offer a prayer for some sailors in a cold, damp and hopefully safe vessel.

Update: Oct. 6, 7:15 p.m. The fire was apparently worse than initial reports indicated or were interpreted to be. A Canadian sailor is dead.

A sailor from Canada's stricken submarine off Ireland has died of his injuries, Prime Minister Paul Martin said Wednesday.

Lieut. Chris Saunders, a combat systems engineer, died after being airlifted from the heavily damaged HMCS Chicoutimi as his crewmates remained adrift for a second night.

"We pay him homage and we make known our deep respect to his family," Martin said in the Commons.

Update: Oct. 7, 10:24 p.m. The Arsenal publishes an email that offers the first detailed consideration I have read regarding the seaworthiness of this vessel. It is speculative but in my opinion merits serious consideration.

I suspect that Chicoutimi's problems are the result of equipment which passed muster during the inspection because deterioration was not detected, or the items were still deemed servicable because of lack of use vs age, etc. Fifteen year-old wiring which has not been used for ten years, nor maintained, nor preserved properly, would be less than trustworthy

Update: Oct. 8, 10:09 a.m. Damian Penny carries the text of Rex Murphy's CBC commentary.

We are hypocrites of the worst order. Boasting of our contribution to the international stage, our legendary reputation for peacekeeping missions while consistently short changing the services that at one time built that reputation.
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Come sail away

Don't miss your chance to spend a week cruising the Caribbean featuring three of rock's biggest artists, Journey, REO Speedwagon and Styx in this rock and or roll holiday escape.

/waving lighter over head

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Car logos

The history of car logos.

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Airport

Some unintelligible airport public address system announcements deciphered.

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Bloggish Enlightenment

The latest on what Mike Campbell has termed the bloggish enlightenment (via InstaPundit).

Five hundred years ago, the Catholic Church was the big four networks, CNN, the New York Times, and NPR all rolled into one. To its adherents, the Roman Catholic Church was the only authoritative source of truth about the world. In a Europe populated largely by illiterate, ill-traveled peasants, who could contest the Church's interpretation of anything?
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Rebirth

Zombie comments at lgf and links to photos taken at Ground Zero, the World Trade Center site in New York, on September 13, 2001. Project Rebirth chronicles rebuilding on the site.

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October 05, 2004

MirrorMask

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MirrorMask is a film on the way from Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.

MirrorMask centers on Helena, a 15 year old girl in a family of circus entertainers, who often wishes she could run off and join real life. After a fight with her parents about her future plans, her mother falls quite ill and Helena is convinced that it is all her fault. On the eve of her mother's major surgery, she dreams that she is in a strange world with two opposing queens, bizarre creatures, and masked inhabitants. All is not well in this new world - the white queen has fallen ill and can only be restored by the MirrorMask, and it's up to Helena to find it. But as her adventures continue, she begins to wonder whether she's in a dream, or something far more sinister.

Sore Eyes points to "four very nice stills" at Neil Gaiman's blog. Elsewhere, Gaiman discusses the project with Filmforce including details of his first face to face collaboration with graphic art genius Dave McKean. Glowering is mentioned.

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Reverse

I got to level 6 in Reverse before freezing up.

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Sick and Famous

Sick and Famous is the strangest web game I have ever played. Hands down.

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Spike

For all your Hawaiian shirt wearing vampire needs.

I'm a vampire. I *know* something about evil.
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They

They lives.

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Ariel Atom

This looks fun. The Atom is a "minimal sports car" by Ariel of British racing fame. Up and at them!

For following function, race bred design and truly uncompromised performance. This is the Atom.
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Windows XP SP2

At last a means to making good on that time-wasting Windows Media Player 10 Beta.

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Brews

Science News offers a review of ancient microbrews.

Beer is nearly as old as civilization itself. It's mentioned in Sumerian texts from more than 5,000 years ago. Starting in the 1950s, scientists have debated the notion that beer, not bread, was actually the impetus for the development of agriculture. Nearly every culture around the world has invented its own local concoction.
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Crane dance

Eight and a half thousand years after somebody stashed their crane costume behind a wall at Çatalhöyük archaeologists are wondering why everybody likes to get their crane dance on.

Says ornithologist McGowan: "Dancing is one of the most obvious displays by any social bird, and all species of cranes do it. It is quite striking and impossible to miss -- by people today as well as those in cultures thousands of years ago" the dance involves stiff-legged marching, running and leaping into the air with spread and beating wings, bowing, pirouetting, stopping and starting and tossing twigs into the air.

Zooarchaeologist Russell (an anthropologist who studies the role of animals in the lives of ancient peoples) adds: "Cranes of various species are found all over the world, with the exception of South America and Antarctica, and so are human crane dancers. They were at ancient Chinese funerals and Okinawan harvest festivals. The Ainu of Japan, the BaTwa of southern Africa and the Ostiaks of Siberia did costumed crane dances. Plutarch writes that Theseus and his companions, after they slew the Minotaur and landed in Delos, performed a crane dance."
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October 04, 2004

Adopt a Sniper

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An organization that helps real snipers get "the real gear they need to help keep us safe."

Q: How did this organization begin?

A: A group of SWAT snipers in the US were all too aware that they (the police snipers) often have to make do without the things they need to get their jobs done. Often misused and misunderstood, the police snipers correctly figured that the military snipers were operating under the same circumstances. The police snipers established contact with the various military sniper school cadre and began sending items they could spare right out of their own gear bags and also making personal purchases. An article on the organization later appeared in Stars and Stripes overseas. The military snipers began networking with the police snipers more and more and the rest is as they say ... history.
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Red Ensign

DANGER: SHOCKING NUDITY!

Flea-readers will spot the mistaken file name immediately. That is a Red Ensign not a Union Jack (almost certainly nsfw).

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Paperclip

Hey, it's look like you are writing a letter! Another nsfw offering but appropriate for a Monday morning in the office if you turn down your speakers.

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Hitchhiker

I would play this Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game if I could figure out how to get out of bed.

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The Long Now

Brian Eno speaks to the Long Now Foundation in a series of Seminars About Long Term Thinking.

Q:Can you give us some examples of long now thinking, historical that we are reaping the benefits of now?

BE: Well there’s one very famous example, it’s an English example, there’s a college in Oxford called New College, which was built about five hundred years ago. The college is a big high building and it has very thick oak beams to support the ceiling. About twenty years ago those beams started to appear to be in such bad condition that it was necessary to replace them, so the dean of the college said to the head gardener - because Oxford has a lot of lands and forests, actually all over England – “We need a lot of oaks - what shall we do?” And the gardener said when they built that college they planted a grove of oaks, to replace those beams, and so they had been planted five hundred years in advance of their need – so that’s a kind of long term thinking. I don’t know that anybody is doing that kind of thing now.
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The Secret Rose

Flea-readers with deep pockets should feel free to purchase this W.B. Yeats second issue for my library.

W. B. Yeats's Talismanic Book: The Secret Rose

W. B. Yeats's collection of 17 short stories, The Secret Rose (1897), illustrated by the poet's father J. B. Yeats and published by Lawrence and Bullen, is one of the most striking volumes in a decade of ornately-styled books. Much of the text is in the elaborate style of Walter Pater that Yeats himself later deplored. Cover designs in cabalistic iconography, fitting the book's content to create a "talismanic" work, are by Althea Gyles, whom Yeats knew as a fellow student of the occult as well as an artist and poet.
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Kalashnikov

Lieutenant General Mikhail Kalashnikov engages in judicious brand-stretching with the introduction of Kalashnikov vodka.

"I've always wanted to improve and expand on the good name of my weapon by doing good things," he told Reuters Television on Monday. "So we decided to create a vodka under my name. And we wanted that vodka to be better than anything made, up until now, in both Russia and England."
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VolcanoCam

The Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam website includes an image archive site featuring a notorious fly-related incident.

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Ecological footprint

According to this ecological footprint quiz we need 3.7 Earths for everyone to adopt the Flea's standard of living. Sounds good to me. Like we needed an excuse for a campaign of interplanetary conquest. But they will have Fox News on the Moon, Mars and (unspecified Earth size planet) before we do in Canada.

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Dead Alive Zombie

You are a DEAD ALIVE ZOMBIE
You are a Dead Alive Zombie. You or somebody that
bit you was infected by the Sumatran Rat
Monkey. You are intent on killing and shredding
anything that moves, unless you're full of
tranquilizers. You can't be killed unless you
are completely chopped to bits.


What kind of Zombie are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

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October 02, 2004

Toastgirl, "Cooking"

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.*

*"Hey Flea," they say to me, "why do you dance?" I say, "Watch this one. It takes a minute to load but your dancing feet will explain everything."

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The Sea

Even the power of a Morcheeba soundtrack could not convince me to jump off cliffs and such but this is inspirational viewing nonetheless.

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Amulets

"May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord cause his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and grant you peace."

Silver amulets composed of texts from the Five Books of Moses have been dated to the First Temple period.

The amulets contain the text of the Priestly Benediction, which appear in Chapter 6 of Numbers, and are still recited today in synagogue prayer by descendants of the Jewish priestly clan.

The dating of the amulets, which were fully not deciphered until recently, has been the subject of scholarly debate. Tests carried out in NASA laboratories have now allowed the artifacts to be dated to the end of the First Temple period, circa 600 BCE.
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Damn the torpedoes

I was pleased to report Canada's new submarine fleet belatedly coming into service. One small problem.

HMCS Windsor will be without torpedoes until 2006, a high-ranking Canadian naval officer says.

"That's probably right," Capt. Dean McFadden, who commands Atlantic operations, told reporters Monday night on board the submarine as it conducted exercises off the coast of Nova Scotia.
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Battle Monkey

Flea
is a
Rock-Eating Spider Monkey


...with a Battle Rating of 8.5



To see if your Food-Eating Battle Monkey can
defeat Flea, enter your name:

Flea defeats A Small Victory's Food Eating Battle Monkey!

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October 01, 2004

CSS Alabama and USS Kearsarge

ManetKearsargeAlabama.jpg

The Civil War Preservation Trust has dedicated the first historic Civil War site outside the United States. In France.

On June 19, 1864, far from battlefields at home, the USS Kearsarge hunted down and sank a dreaded Confederate raider in one of the most important naval battles of the U.S. Civil War - off the coast of France.

The Confederate State Ship Alabama today lies where it sank under 198 feet of swirling currents about 7 nautical miles off the French town of Cherbourg.

Accounts of the battle are haunting to this day. The CSS Alabama Association has more details on the ship's history and recent excavations while the name USS Kearsarge has a more contemporary pedigree.

And then... Not to forget the USS Alabama.

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Futureshock, "Late At Night"

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Traffic report

Davids Medienkritik reports more than 105,000 unique visitors for September 2004. Well done and well deserved. The Flea welcomed more than 40,000 unique visitors and over 200,000 page views in September... with zero Instalanches!

And then... Glenn Reynolds reports "a shade over 8,320,000 pageviews in September."

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5.345 seconds

A minimalist webgame. Just the thing for Friday at the office. Challenge your coworkers and lower productivity is only a few clicks away!

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Naked Paintball

There is something noble about this man's stupid, pointless sacrifice. This is a guy thing. Naked paintball is probably not safe for work (obviously).

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National Treasure

The Flea makes no comment with respect to any specific claims made in this trailer for National Treasure. Urthshu reports that one of his friends, "a Mason, says that his Lodge is going en masse [or is it en bloc?] to the local premiere and essentially buy out all the seats."

Nicolas Cage stars as Ben Franklin Gates, an archaeologist and adventurer looking for the legendary lost treasure of the Templar Knights, spurred on by the stories he was told as a young man by his grandfather, John Adams Gates, twenty years before. John tells Ben the secret hiding place for the treasure is encoded on the back of the Declaration of Independence, placed there by none other than the founders of the United States of America, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.
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Vehicle Code

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has ruled horses are not "vehicles" under state drinking and driving legislation. The decision was not unanimous.

Justice Michael Eakin, who is fond of writing rhyming opinions, summed up the lone dissent with two stanzas mimicking the theme song of "Mister Ed" -- a 1960s TV sitcom about a talking horse:

"A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
but the Vehicle Code does not divorce
its application from, perforce,
a steed as my colleagues said.
"'It's not vague,' I'll say until I'm hoarse,
and whether a car, a truck or horse
this law applies with equal force,
and I'd reverse instead."
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Turncoats

Anyone wondering how to sum up how Canada is broken need look no further. Canadian snipers cited as one of the most useful, impressive contributions this country made to the liberation of Afghanistan have reportedly been treated poorly for their accomplishment (via Daimnation!).

Hailed as heroes in early 2002 by the U.S. military, the six Canadian marksmen were later given highly coveted Bronze Star medals - awards normally reserved for American soldiers who display extraordinary heroism during combat. However, sources close to the investigation say the snipers were treated with much less than high regard when they returned to their Canadian bases, both in Afghanistan and back home.

"They were treated as outsiders and sort of turncoats," said one source who didn't want to be identified. "At least three of these guys have since quit the army over their treatment."

If this is true we should hang our heads in shame. Gentlemen, if you should happen to read this, I want to express an apology as a Canadian. I also want to offer thanks for the sacrifice you made for those millions of Afghans, for standing by our friends in their hour of need and for safeguarding my freedom to sit here and type these words.

And then... Paul Jané comments.

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