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February 28, 2005

House of Wax

"This is weird."

Paris Hilton stars in House of Wax remake, a fun looking horror feature film with an Event Horizon-esque soundtrack (though this is likely just lifted for the trailer). I see the main website has a podcast feature on the way...

Prey. Slay. Display.

I say it is about time we saw a Black Lizard remake. The Flea would be happy to take on the Mishima role but only if Paris Hilton gets a cameo too.

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Basement Jaxx: Where's Your Head At?

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Grid Game

I managed a score of 1305 on this Grid Game.

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Office Friends

Superfriends at the office (some strong language).

Why does it say paper jam when there is no paper jam?
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Terry Tate

Terry Tate in sensitivity training. If it ain't something that's broken there's no need to repair it (via the Flea's HR consultant).

The first rule of sensitivity training is that every human has a personal bubble that should never be penetrated without HR approval.
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Hiëronymus

Must. Own. Hiëronymus Bosch. Action figures.

From an artistic point of view, the world famous brilliant forerunner of surrealism was, in his day, unique and radically different. Hiëronymus (Jeroen for schort) Bosch was born during the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, in the Duchy of Brabant. Bosch places visionary images in a hostile world full of mysticism, with the conviction that the human being, due to its own stupidity and sinfulness has become prey to the devil himself.
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Music box

Every time I hear a music box I am reminded I still need to pick up a Hellraiser lunchbox.

I confess I felt a slight, astonished sence of dizziness that I shall not describe when I turned the handle of the music box. The dizziness might be from the faint memory of my uneasy childhood, the memory of my gauche first love, or from the memory of every humiliation I have had.
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Numa Numa Goth

A goth rendition of the numa numa dance. I think I am in love. Takhisis comments on her project.

After watching the video, I realized it actually works, in a The Ring-Tool music video-Dave McKean kind of way. So I went with it. I cast Magic Missile at the darkness, and all that.

OMFG... a Magic Missile reference. Kill me now. I have nothing left to live for.

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Kailasa Temple

I particularly like the elephants at the Kailasa Temple.

Although all of the caves at Ellora are stunning architectural feats, the Hindu Kailasa Temple is the jewel in the crown. Carved to represent Mt. Kailasa, the home of the god Shiva in the Himalayas, it is the largest monolithic structure in the world, carved top-down from a single rock. It contains the largest cantilevered rock ceiling in the world.

The scale at which the work was undertaken is enormous. It covers twice the area of the Parthenon in Athens and is 1.5 times high, and it entailed removing 200,000 tonnes of rock. It is believed to have taken 7,000 labourers 150 years to complete the project.
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February 27, 2005

Red carpet

The Oscars red carpet of today and yesterday. Where is the Oscar coverage at the Manolo?

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Razzies

Halle Berry shows she is a class act and shows up to claim her Razzie for Catwoman.*

Hoisting her Academy Award in one hand and newly won Razzie in the other, Halle Berry reveled in a career low point. "Omigosh, oh my God," Berry gasped, feigning excitement. "I never in my life thought that I would be here, winning a Razzie. It's not like I ever aspired to be here, but thank you."

Berry was named worst actress Saturday night for 2004's action bomb "Catwoman," which also took the prize for worst film at the 25th annual Razzies, an Oscar spoof that trashes Hollywood's worst.

*Not unlike a certain intrepid Toronto Star columnist. Apologies for the Canblogger in joke.

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Oscars

As per usual I am in the wrong category to take part in a contest. This time it is an Oscars Predict the Winners game. You southern neighbours have no idea how frustrating it is (except for you southern neighbours in Alaska or Hawaii).

Think you know who's going to take home a statuette? Cast your vote now and you could win our grand prize!

And it is The Aviator for best film, btw.

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February 26, 2005

Love... Thy will be done

Martika, I thought to myself. Yes, Martika... I wonder whatever happened to Martika? She is not forgotten. This Chilean Martika fan-site has some serious Flash happening.

Love... Thy will be done
I can no longer hide, I can no longer run
No longer can I resist Your guiding light
That gives me the power 2 keep up the fight

Oh Lord, Love... Thy will be done
Since I have found U, my life has just begun
And I see all of Your creations as one perfect complex
No one less beautiful or more special than the next
We are all blessed and so wise 2 accept
Thy will, Love, be done

- Prince, "Love... Thy Will Be Done"
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Auf der Mar: Real a Lie

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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The Beastles

A collection of Beatles/Beastie Boys mash-ups equals The Beastles.

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Lost your marbles?

Lost your marbles? is the sort of thing that will destroy western civilization due to lost productivity. Imagine some future archaeologist digging this stuff up and finding it to be an unfamiliar marvel because of the strict religious injunctions that will ban all video games in that future, high-productivity utopia.

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Iron Man

Tom Cruise will not be starring as Iron Man. No more free on-set massage then.

Cruise had been attached to the on-again, off-again film adaptation of the Marvel Comics series. But he said that he's no longer involved. "I need to be able to make decisions and make the film as great as it can be, and it just didn't go down that road that way," he said.
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The Librarian Dialogues

The secret life of librarians is revealed in this shocking exposé.

This isn't a video store it's a library. What do we need DVDs for anyway?
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Cultural stupidism

Or you could try to write things people want to read (via PSFK).

Already at the pointy end of French court decisions favoring French firms that sued Google, the dominant search engine now faces French accusations that its plan to digitize the contents of major libraries constitutes an act of "crushing domination" over non-Anglo-Saxon culture. The head of France's national library said Google's choice of works to digitize will naturally favor American, and heaven forbid, British, culture. He called on the E.U. to start its own competitive effort.
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Arcade

Arcade is an interactive game played using a mobile phone and a facade of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (and elsewhere). So... this is a joke, right?

Tetris ist one of the most popular computer games of the last 20 years. Since its invention in 1985 it has found its way on almost any computer system and game console in one form or the other. With Arcade you can play Tetris with your mobile phone - on a playground 3370 m2 in size.
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Mordor

A virtual tour of Mordor. Much easier than crossing Middle Earth on foot.

Mordor is not mentioned in the histories of Middle-earth before the end of the first millennium of the Second Age, when Sauron chose it as his dwelling place. While its natural defences must have influenced his decision, we are told that the main reason for his choice was Orodruin, the great volcano that lay in the central regions of the Plateau of Gorgoroth, and which Sauron used in his sorcery, including the forging of the One Ring.
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February 25, 2005

Fred Durst video

Looking for the Fred Durst video? Read on...

Warning: adult content. Not work safe anywhere.

Seriously. This is in the "too much information" category.

Here is the "Fred Durst videophone" performance that Drudge Report has in its current newsflash regarding the same "T-Mobile Terrorist" responsible for those Paris Hilton phone numbers. This is graphic stuff and presented for news value only.

The hacker who splashed the contents of Paris Hilton's T-MOBILE Sidekick has struck again, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. This time the self-described 'T-MOBILE TERRORIST' has turned even more vicious -- by unleashing a 3-minute hardcore sex videophone capture of Limp Bizkit rocker Fred Durst. The hardcore video -- with audio -- shows Durst engaging in unprotected sex with a female. The graphic ''T-MOBILE TERRORIST' is seen throughout the clip.

A site hosting the hack reads: 'I'M SORRY, U SELLOUT :)' "The previous information was obtained using social engineering tactics." Law enforcement officials believe the video comes from the same source who presented Paris's Sidekick diary.

Obviously, there are people who would rather not know about this sort of thing but I believe incidents like this or the comparable situations presented by the Paris Hilton video or those videos of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee represent more than "amateur pornography". I believe new portable communication technologies and the networks they connect to represent the thin edge of the wedge of a wide-ranging social change. We are going to be exposed to much, much more of this sort of material in future.

Yes, it is Fred Durst and an unidentified (for the moment) woman in the video and yes, they are having sex. But for all that one of the people involved is a celebrity this is prosaic, human stuff. It is not entirely clear to me why Fred Durst would choose to record these moments in the first place but it is clear he is not alone in doing so. It is also clear that people are prepared to record just about anything they get up to in one medium or another. We are going to have to radically reconsider our ideas about privacy, be much more forgiving of the bad judgments some people make in their youth and - at least in my case - be grateful these technologies were not around when we were younger to leave some embarrassing evidence for all to see on "the internet".

You have been warned! The Fred Durst video can be found here.

Update: The first comments to this post provide a link to the original website cited in the Drudge Report news flash. Mirrors are currently down at that site but as I write this the file is still available through the above link.

Update: Here are two more Fred Durst mirror sites.

Update: And here is the link to the file at Gawker.

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War against the Martians

Everybody is reporting the Scientology tent Tom Cruise reportedly set up on the set of Steven Spielberg's latest effort though they are inexplicably leaving out the free Nerve Assist (rather than a Touch Assist or Contact Assist, whatever any of these may be), a "glorified minimassage", that Cruise' minions are providing. The real news, however, is this Ain't It Cool News article. Apparently, the aliens from the forthcoming War of the Worlds picture will not be from Mars.

Lame. Lame, lame, lame.

In the discussion of the aliens they were both quite tight lipped but the second man said at one point that this was a full on invasion picture and that we were being watched from a parallel dimension. Now with that nugget and the trailer saying they are already here it makes me think that the aliens are coming from another version of earth.
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David Guetta: The World is Mine

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance (through link no. 6).*

*Possibly nsfw due to risqué imagery and extreme cheeze content.

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Not amused

Ok, anthropology so needs a muse because this has left me feeling totally left out.

Why History People are Naturally Superior...
...to other social science types.

We have our own muse -- Clio.

That said, the muse of the Flea is Terpsichore. Obviously.

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Badaboom

Don't blame me if you look at Badaboom. It's not like you were even going to pretend to do work today anyway.

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The Game of Kings

This internet tennis game should keep you amused for about thirty seconds or so.

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Pimpin'

This pimpin' tank is a good potential Fleamobile.

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Durex

Durex Ultra Mega Thin condoms are not like competing brands. Probably not safe for work. Or anywhere else. Ouch!

Hi there, I'm Brian Durex. I don't like normal condoms. You see with normal condoms you can't feel anything.
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The L Word

Gawker helps out with some L Word market research.

How does it compare to Sex and the City in terms of the characters/sex scenes/plot?

I’ve tried, but I really can’t relate to any of the women on Sex and the City. Well, maybe Cynthia Nixon’s character.
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Paris Hilton, pure!

A worm cleverly masquerading as a "Paris Hilton sex video" attachment is making its way through "the internet". Imagine using the name "Paris Hilton" to get people to click on things. Scandalous.

Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global network of virus and spam analysis centres, have warned users that the W32/Sober-K worm is spreading widely. The worm, which can masquerade as x-rated videos of the society heiress Paris Hilton, is currently the third most commonly encountered virus, amounting to over 17% of all viruses reported to Sophos's global network of monitoring stations in the last 24 hours.

The W32/Sober-K worm bulk mails itself using a variety of different subject lines including "Paris Hilton, pure!" and "Paris Hilton SexVideos". It can send itself in either German or English language, depending on whether it believes the recipient's email address to be owned by a German or English speaker.
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MT3 design

Hi folks, I am still looking for a blog designer familiar with MT3 trackbacks, CSS and TypeKey set-up. Cheers.

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Jane

The New Jane offers an advertising strategy for female bloggers. Neat. Unless this a pyramid scheme and I am just not seeing it. Presumably this model could work for other groups (milbloggers, catbloggers, etc.).

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Blog traffic

I decided to search out tips to "increase blog traffic", "increase web traffic" and "increase traffic" and decided the best way was to write a post about exploding blog traffic. Like this guy.

There was Blog Explosion. Blog Clicker. And there's even now Blogazoo where you only have to wait 20 seconds for the next blog. However, I grew tired of the lame-O blogs and having people who stopped by without leaving a comment or coming back on their own. So I searched diligently and found the one guaranteed traffic generator. Blog Traffic. I couldn't believe how it worked.

This British blogs top ten list by traffic leaves me feeling vaguely pleased with myself even if the Flea counts as mostly Canadian despite my UK passport (via Chase me ladies...).

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February 24, 2005

Substance D

While I am excited to learn there may be hope for a forthcoming film-adaptation of Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly, I am pleased mainly to see Wynona Ryder re-appear on my nerd radar.

Some day in the future, there will be a new highly addictive drug called Substance D, and the main side effect is that it causes split personalities in all who use it. Drug cop Fred(Keanu Reeves) is working undercover to catch Bob a big-time drug dealer. Little does he realise that he is chasing himself, as Bob is really just one of Fred's many personalities.
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Franz Ferdinand: This Fffire

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance. So Gary Numan.

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Tokyo streets

Here is some more Tokyo street style for Flea-readers in search of a Harajuku look. Time to have another look at Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Girls.

Yoji Yamamoto, I'm hanging with the locals
Where the catwalk got its claws, all you fashion know-it-alls
With your underground malls in the world of Harajuku
Putting on a show, when you dress up in your clothes
Wild hair color and cell phones
Your accessories are dead on
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Dodge-Em X

I lasted 61.167 seconds against Dodge-Em X.

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For The Birds

For The Birds is another cute Pixar short (just be careful of the possibly racey text ads).

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British Kung Fu 2

More of the subtle and ancient martial arts style of my people.

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Blog Cabin Republican

"If this was the Clinton White House and this story broke tell me there would not be an angry mob with torches involved."

Bill Maher has a go at the Jeff Gannon story. The only good question I see in this is how someone using an alias gets a White House press pass. Otherwise, this is just another example of how gay-baiting politics and a generalized fear of sex is by no means confined to bigots pretending to speak for tradition.

I have not had much to say about this myself as I have followed the issue through reportage at INDC Journal. My only thought in looking at the blog with the most links to Gannon's other life as James Guckert (aka "Bulldog") is that I need to eat less and work out more. Nobody is paying the Flea two-hundred bucks an hour to do anything.

Update: Jon Stewart has the pun: Blog Cabin Republican!

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February 23, 2005

Tetsujin 28

The trailer for Tetsujin 28* will only appeal to folks who like giant robots stomping on Tokyo and hot women in ersatz paramilitary outfits so I doubt many people here will be interested.

*That's Gigantor for all you North American Flea-readers.

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Jentina: Bad Ass Strippa

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Juicy

"To shake off the maddening and wearying limitations of time and space and natural law -- to be linked with the vast outside -- to come close to the nighted and abysmal secrets of the infinite and ultimate -- surely such a thing was worth the risk of one's life, soul, and sanity!"
- H. P. Lovecraft, "The Whisperer in Darkness"

Nobody has the stats to survive a sanity roll against this Juicy Fruit game.

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Social interaction with your peers

An Elder Sign is:
... shaped like a star
... shaped like a tree
... completely useless
... difficult to draw while running in the dark
... a good idea for a tattoo

This H.P. Lovecraft Society SaniTest (TM) is an invaluable heuristic for these troubled times.

INSANITY INDEX 8.07 This a solidly high score, and it indicates that you're stark raving loco. People who score at this level have behavior and emotions that are highly unpredictable, and many of their ideas seem to come from left field. Other notable people who scored at this level include busty actress Adrienne Barbeau and physicist Stephen Hawking.
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Paris calling

I wondered where the traffic was coming from... yesterday's 20,000+ page views were in some part due to the Flea being the third Google search result for "Paris Hilton phone number" and number eight for "Paris Hilton phone numbers". Truly, the hard work of Paris coverage pays off if you just stick to it.

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Egg, Ball, and Bubble chairs

I am convinced that blog ad revenue alone will soon provide me with an egg, ball and/or bubble chair of my very own. Oh yes. Soon. (via Robot Action Boy)

Update: Hey, this comely wench stole SondraK's shoes!

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Wine pricing

How to price a bottle of wine. With graphs. (This works, by the way.)

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Ten Minutes

Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully: in Ten Minutes. By Stephen King (via C. Buddha).

I know it sounds like an ad for some sleazy writers' school, but I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn.
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Poor judgment

First, Judgment Day. Then we play golf.

We built this robot to demonstrate the basic principle behind all our walking robots: "Passive Dynamic Walking". The walking motion is the result of two pendulums (the legs) swinging in their natural frequency. The mechanical design of the legs, such as length, mass distribution and foot form, determines the stability of the walking motion.
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Robotic ball

Everyone on earth who read about this robotic ball must have gone straight to the Village from "The Prisoner", right?

The device, developed at the University of Uppsala, acts as a high-tech security guard capable of detecting an intruder thanks to either radar or infra-red sensors. Once alerted, it can summon help, sound an alarm or pursue the intruders, taking pictures.

It is capable of travelling at 20mph, somewhat faster than a human being. Even worse for intruders, the robot ball can still give chase over mud, snow and water.
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February 22, 2005

Singing in the rain

I hope I never have to face leukaemia. But if I do I hope I can face it with a tiny fraction of the dignity and humour of Milton Mermikides.

A video about feeling happy even when times are hard. Obviously only one take possible and very unplanned, but it all works out rather nicely.
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Millennium Kylie

The Meatriarchy stumped me with a Kylie trivia question. The first season dvd collection of Millennium includes an audio commentary extra about the inspiration for the Mark Snow Millennium title theme.

Two audio commentaries highlight this set, the first by Chris Carter on “Pilot” and the second by director David Nutter on “Gehenna.” Carter’s is a very dry track, dealing more with creative anecdotes than thematic interpretation, though he does drop one delicious bombshell I’d never heard: the Millennium theme was inspired primarily by a Kylie Minogue track.

So, what Kylie tune inspired the Millennium title theme? Mmm... good question.

And then... You would think I'd know the answer given my perfect score on this Kylie edition of What's that song?

And then... Ahh... "Confide In Me". Of course.

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Lance Henriksen

The official Lance Henriksen website shows off some mad pottery skillz.

Alien vs. Predator (AvP) now preserved in the permanency of porcelain. Original, handmade porcelain tiles by Lance Henriksen are now available at our online store.
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Bellatrix Lestrange

Elizabeth Hurley is reported to have been cast as a Death Eater, Bellatrix Lestrange in the forthcoming film adaptation of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (and that is quite enough about whipping out wands in that last link, thank you very much).

Bellatrix Lestrange was born into the Black family, along with sisters Narcissa and Andromeda. She later married Rodolphus Lestrange. Bellatrix was a Voldemort supporter and one of his most loyal Death Eaters. Bellatrix was imprisoned in Azkaban for the torture of Frank and Alice Longbottom. Eventually she was broken out and tried to help Voldemort recover the prophecy. Voldemort failed and he escaped with Bellatrix. While attending Hogwarts, she was in the Slytherin house.
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Bourne

The Bourne Simulator asks if you have got what it takes to be the next Jason Bourne.

Your Mission

Reveal the identity of the Treadstone Project leader and take out the operation.
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Aloud: Sex & Sun

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

*Warning: set shields for Hasselhoff!

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Zen

Strangely, this Zen Screen Garden inspires a state of non-relaxation in me.

It is not enough just to enjoy for oneself... true enlightenment comes only to those who share
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That's hot

Paris Hilton says she would choose Jennifer Aniston over Brad Pitt. Is this news? Sadly, yes.

The hotel heiress has admitted she harbours a crush on the 'Ocean's Twelve' star - but would reject his advances if his estranged wife was available instead.

She said: "He's so hot. But then I think that Jennifer Aniston is hot too. In fact I would turn Brad down because I love Jennifer Aniston so much."
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Tinkerbell rules

Britney Spears says her dogs are better than Paris Hilton's pet Tinkerbell. As if.

Britney claims her three chihuahuas - Bit Bit, Lacy Loo and Lucky - are far better turned out than Tinkerbell. According to Britney's website she said:"My dogs are stylin' and profilin. Von Dutch just sent them the coolest little clothes. My dogs are so much cuter than Tinkerbell"
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Angry Libertarian Alliance

While Prader-Willi Syndrome sounds like a nightmare I am writing this because of my misreading of the last but one paragraph of an article detailing the plight of 31-stone (434lb) Chris Leppard.

Angry Libertarian Alliance spokesman Dr Sean Gabb said: “What on earth justifies the intervention of the police and compels him to have medical treatment?”

Imagine my disappointment after a Google search revealed there is no such thing as the "Angry Libertarian Alliance". I feel a new blog-roll coming on, folks.

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Enkoder

A high-tech way of protecting your email address from harvesting spambots (via Knowledge is Power).

Posting your email address on a website is a sure-fire way to get an Inbox full of unsolicited email advertisements. The Enkoder protects addresses by converting them into encrypted JavaScript code, hiding them from email-harvesting robots while revealing them to real people.
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Cooking to hook up

She is Indie Girl

Click on the picture below to read more:

Indie GirlTake the 'What Kind of Girl Is She?' quiz at CookingToHookup.com

What kind of girl is she? What kind of girl are you?

Is she an Academic Girl who can kick your ass in Scrabble... in Latin? A Girl Next Door who makes gingham, college sweatshirts and needlepoint sexy? A Party Girl who has never lost a game of quarters... or bar golf... or strip poker?
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February 21, 2005

Hunter Stockton Thompson

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me"

Hunter S. Thompson, dead of apparent suicide. This is going to take some time for people to process. Rolling Stone is demonstrating old media time-lag and has yet to acknowledge Thompson's death and I expect we will see a tribute Doonesbury soon. In the meantime, here is news coverage from Aspen Daily News, Aspen Times, MTV, New York Post, Times of London, Spiegel, Reuters and Al Jazeera (wtf?). The Flea is now taking bets on how many minutes pass before this death is blamed on a) the current administration, b) multinational publishing conglomerates or c) global warming.

Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis, who is a close personal friend of Thompson, confirmed the death. Thompson's son, Juan, discovered his body on Sunday evening. Thompson's wife, Anita Thompson, 32, was not at home when the shooting occurred.

"On Feb. 20, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colorado. The family will provide more information about memorial service and media contacts shortly. Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family," Juan and Anita Thompson said in a statement released to the Aspen Daily News. "He stomped terra."
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Villa of the Papyri

"He began to work long before daybreak.…He read nothing without making extracts; he used even to say that there was no book so bad as not to contain something of value. In the country it was only the time when he was actually in his bath that was exempted from study. When travelling, as though freed from every other care, he devoted himself to study alone. In short, he deemed all time wasted that was not employed in study."
- Pliny the Younger writing of his uncle

On August 24, AD 79, Gaius Plinius Secundus, now known as Pliny the Elder, was admiral of the western Roman fleet at Misenum. With the eruption of Vesuvius, Pliny commanded a relief expedition "to observe the phenomenon directly, and also to rescue some of his friends from their perilous position on the shore of the Bay of Naples." And, in Robert Harris' telling of the tale, to rescue a library. To my mind, something worth dying for.

The Villa of Papyri, thought to be the home of the library at Herculaneum, is now to be excavated properly thanks to funding from David W. Packard. So, thank you Dr. Packard.

The villa is regarded as one of the most important unexcavated sites in Italy. Previous exploratory digs unearthed 1800 charred manuscripts, many of them unknown or known only through references in other works.

The scrolls were in crates and it appears that slaves were removing them from the libraries when they were inundated with ash from the eruption. Although the scrolls appeared to be in a poor state, scientists at Oxford University have been able to read them after subjecting them to imaging techniques.

It is believed that there are thousands more scrolls in the building, much of which lies beneath the modern town of Ercolano, and that they may include lost works by Aristotle, Livy and Sappho.
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Patrizio Buanne: Il Mondo

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Dance Dance Revolution

Dance Dance Revolution was suggested to me as part of my keep fit regimen. I have yet to be convinced.

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Paris Hilton phone number

Looking for Paris Hilton's phone book? Read on... And check out the rest of Ghost of a flea while you are here. Pop culture updates for people trapped in cubicles everywhere: Paris Hilton with her little dog Tinkerbell! Paris Hilton with Jennifer Aniston! Kylie Minogue with her perfect bottom! Sometimes Jessica Alba in spandex!

Paris Hilton needs to reconsider using her cell phone as a phonebook. In addition to images reportedly taken from Hilton's note book, this website (with a range of nsfw ads) hosts a number of calls including calls to Nick Carter ("Paris Hilton is a big idiot.") and Alexis Thorpe who were not pleased.

A friend of Jacobsen's in the hacker community, William Genovese, confirmed that account, and said Jacobsen gave him copies of digital photos that celebrities had snapped with their cell phone cameras. Last month Genovese provided SecurityFocus with an address on his website featuring what appears to be grainy candid shots of Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Nicole Richie, and Paris Hilton. He said Wednesday that he's since removed the photos at Jacobsen's request.

Update: And here are all the numbers from the Paris Hilton phone book.

Update: It looks like that LiveJournal site and the pr0n site have removed their content. No Vin Diesel phone number here... I will keep an eye out for live links. I post regular Paris Hilton news updates so drop by again tomorrow and I will see what I can find.

Update: Here is the Paris Hilton phone book (thanks to a Flea-reader!). Apparently the same T-Mobile terrorist has released a Fred Durst video (follow that link) to the internet. What next?

Update: And here is another take on Paris Hilton's cell phone.

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The Jefferson Parliament Bomber footage

This Atari viral for Act of War is all too believable. Since September 11, I really do not find this sort of thing amusing and wonder how something like this could have been produced to advertise a video game.

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Superman

Mike Miksch argues Superman is a dick.

I'll tell you why I'll neer marry you, Lana, or you, Lois! Who wants a wife so stupid she doesn't realize I'm Superman when I take off my Clark Kent glasses?
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General Xinchub

The man in the Tron outfit returns as General Xinchub. Do not view without eyes drops handy.

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Sleep City

Impressive investigations of parallel cities.

As the old splash page said: The city sprawls in all directions, a hectic mass infecting the earth it rests on. The buildings reach above and the tunnels burrow below. In this city the citizens run madly, ignoring the back alleys, tunnels and buildings of yesterday. Unknown to them, beyond that decaying door frame or small metal portal await adventure and sights few will ever see. All it takes to step across into this parallel world is a torch and a curious spirit. No joining fees, no ridiculous contracts and nobody looking over your shoulder. You might be surprised how little of your city you have ever appreciated.
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Temple of Romulus

Remains of the royal palace of the kings of Rome from an ancient time before the Republic may have been found beneath the Forum.

Andrea Carandini, a professor of archaeology at Rome's Sapienza University who has been conducting excavations at the Forum for more than 20 years, said he made the discovery over the past month at the spot where the Temple of Romulus stands today. It is next to the Sanctuary of Vesta - the Roman goddess of the hearth - just outside the Palatine walls, site of the earliest traces of civilization in Rome.

Where previously archaeologists had only found huts dating to the 8th century B.C., Carandini and his team unearthed traces of regal splendor: A 3,700-square-foot palace, 1,130 square feet of which were covered and the rest courtyard. There was a monumental entrance, and elaborate furnishings and ceramics.
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Seven pagodas

The tsunami has uncovered what appears to the remains of a lost city at what is now Mahabalipuram, 30 miles south of Madras. This may be what is left of some long forgotten disaster.

The six-foot rocky structures that have emerged in Mahabalipuram, 30 miles south of Madras, include an elaborately carved head of an elephant and a horse in flight. Above the elephant's head is a small square-shaped niche with a carved statue of a deity. Another structure uncovered by the tsunami has a reclining lion sculpted on it.

According to archaeologists, lions, elephants and peacocks were commonly used to decorate walls and temples during the Pallava period in the seventh and eighth centuries. "These structures could be part of the legendary seven pagodas. With the waters receding and the coastline changing, we expect some more edifices to be exposed," Satyamurthy said.
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February 19, 2005

Motorcycles

500 photos of motorcycles of the 20th century. So. Cool. The Flea is immediately familiar with the BMW R65 (1981), likes the look of this Daimler (1885) and still lusts after the Ducati M900 Monster (1996). I am pretty sure my Grandad's apple-stealing expedition ended in disaster when he tried to make his great escape on one of these babies. The farmer had no trouble chasing him down...

And then... Or you could just strap a rocket to a bicycle (possible nsfw banner).

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Girls Aloud: Wake Me Up

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

*With lurv to SondraK!

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The Faint

Dropkick the Faint. This is brilliant for those wanting to relive their mosh-diving youth without doing themselves a permanent injury.

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Discordian

A Discordian colouring book, long out-of-print and rare, is now available to everyone courtesy of "the internet".

A Discordian Coloring Book, originally created in 1982, was printed only in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, but now, via the medium of the web it is available for more general viewing.
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Scarlett Johansson breasts

I am trying to find words to express my shock that Ananova thinks Scarlett Johansson and her breasts are in any way news-worthy.*

Scarlett Johansson says she is happy for her male co-stars to see her breasts. The actress admits she doesn't really get nervous when she has to strip off for her sex scenes as she doesn't really think it's a big deal.

*Take that, Ardolino!**

**And here is some Jessica Alba in the new Fantastic Four teaser trailer.

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Amor vincit omnia

Latin love poetry for everyone.

Catullus' Page will introduce you to some of the best short Latin poems (or perhaps remind you?) - in Latin. If you never learned Latin, or did so a long time ago - this is for you as well. With Horace and Catullus, you'll find the poem in Latin, but the magic of the web will make everything clear!
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The DaVinci Code

The DaVinci Code: the game. I cannot quite resolve myself to the fact that not having read the novel, but having read The Holy Blood & The Holy Grail some years ago, I nevertheless know the entire plot (and it was annoying to be told my Priory of Sion guess was wrong because I answered the question in French).

The myth of the Holy Grail must be one of the most enduring of all human stories. Perhaps because we as individuals seek our own small version of that special but elusive Grail magic in our lives. In this sense, the Holy Grail might represent anything that we strive for, be it spiritual or material. And it would explain the enduring appeal of any Grail-type myth.
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Wadi al-Hayat

Ancient rock carvings in Wadi al-Hayat, the "Valley of Life", in what is now Libya are reportedly under threat due to oil exploration. Aside from the fact of the carvings themselves the mind boggles at the scale of the ebb and flow of the Sahara before, during and after the last Ice Age. I would love to travel to see these but do not know what to think of tourism in Libya.

Halfway up the slope, picking his way through a giant's playpen of boulders, Hassan Ahmed Breki stops, unwraps his long, white headscarf, and runs a finger along lines carved into a rock surface. Here, out in the open for all to see, is one of Libya's national treasures: rock engravings, some possibly dating back 9,000 years or more, created by a mysterious, prehistoric culture.
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Tweaked HIV

For all the scares about a possible new HIV variant other work with the retrovirus promises good news.

The UCLA AIDS Institute scientists genetically altered HIV and folded it into an envelope made of another virus called sindbis, which typically infects insects and birds. That turned the altered HIV into a missile that hunted down metastasized melanoma cells in the lungs of living mice.
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February 18, 2005

Hounds of Tindalos

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I do not know if I am more surprised that you can lift an essay on Frank Belknap Long's "The Hounds of Tindalos" off the internet or that anyone (except me) would assign the story for an undergraduate assignment in the first place. This review would get a better grade from me.

The story throughout suffers from vague, repititious gibberish about time and space; the dialogue is weak and clunky ("Theosophical rubbish!"). What really hurts, though, is that even when the horrifying brutes are coming in through the angles, Chalmers doggedly* keeps writing in his notebook: "They are breaking through! Smoke is pouring from the corners of the walls! Their tongues --- ahhhhh ---" Heh heh. I'm sorry. This reminded me so irresistably of that scene from MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL with the cave wall inscription that ends "Arrrghh" that I almost fell off my chair. You're being ripped apart by demonic beasts and you're still determined to write the word "ahhhh" as if you were talking into a tape recorder. Okay.

*sorry.
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The Futureheads: Hounds Of Love

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Sorrow Songs

"I walk through the churchyard
To lay this body down;
I know moon-rise, I know star-rise;
I walk in the moonlight, I walk in the starlight,
I'll lie in the grave and stretch out my arms,
I'll go to judgment in the evening of the day,
And my soul and thy soul shall meet that day,
When I lay this body down."

W.E.B. Du Bois cites a "sorrow song" of those weary at heart who walked in darkness in olden days. I came across Du Bois in the work of British sociologist, Stuart Hall and in him found a cultural history that somehow evokes the Mythos. The Souls of Black Folk provides a thoughtful alternative to simple stories of blood and soil while preserving the truth, dignity and inspiration one can find in a shared history. Du Bois is often talked about as an African-American sociologist. This is true. But it is a more important truth that he is an American poet and historian telling stories of American history.

I sit with Shakespeare, and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm and arm with Balzac and Dumas, where smiling men and welcoming women glide in gilded halls. From out of the caves of evening that swing between the strong-limbed Earth and the tracery of stars, I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously with no scorn nor condescension. So, wed with Truth, I dwell above the veil.
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Flea Circus

Like I could not link to this Flea Circus.

The show must go on.
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Okinawa Cold Chops

This anagram server should whittle away part of your workday.

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Don't Panic

"Here I am, brain the size of a planet and they ask me to take you down to the bridge. Call that job satisfaction? 'Cause I don't."

The new Marvin is cute but I still like the paranoid android from the tv series. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trailer is on-line as are these early bird prop replicas. I am lusting after an oversized Vogon coffee mug.

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Piercing the Sky

This multimedia presentation details the evolution of telescopes.

Go back to a time when our cosmic backyard was a mystery to us. As telescopes evolve, so does our understanding of the universe. Follow some of the leaps in knowledge spurred by the growth of telescope technology in "Piercing the Sky."
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Asteroids

Pathfinder will let you flex those junior high school Asteroids reflexes. Impress your office mates with your mad skillz!

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Dubai Desert Classic

Photos of Tiger Woods on the heli-deck of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai are absolutely stunning.

Yes, Tiger is paid $1 million each year just to play in the Dubai Desert Classic, regardless of how he plays. But hitting golf balls off the top of this "hotel" is really neat. Bet you've never seen golf balls hit like this, or a hotel like this.

Update: And here is a slightly dodgy looking image of the same helipad as a tennis court.

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Nonverbal communication

Note to Democrats planning a run in 2008: the outcome of the recent United States Presidential election is explained in pictures. A Clinton vs. Rice contest would not suffer the same problems.

The success of Condoleezza Rice as a potential 2008 Republican presidential nominee depends on her rivals, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 45 per cent of respondents would vote for the current state secretary in a head-to-head contest against 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
...
In an election pitting Rice against current New York senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democrat holds a seven per cent lead over the Republican.
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Still Roy Batty

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

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February 17, 2005

Have you found the Yellow Sign?

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I opened the box. On the pink cotton inside lay a clasp of black onyx, on which was inlaid a curious symbol or letter in gold. It was neither Arabic or Chinese, nor as I found afterwards did it belong to any human script.
- Robert W. Chambers, "The Yellow Sign" (1895)
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Matt Harding: Dancing

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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What if...

Craig Robinson asks a series of "what if" questions about his life in flowchart form. Brilliant.

Who hasn't at one time or another wondered how their life could've gone in other directions if different events had occured or different choices been made?
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Metaphysik

Metaphysik could be incorporated into job interviews as a way of determining an applicant's capacity to stay sane in cubicle conditions.

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Fortunately

SondraK is shooting at stuff.

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War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds website is now active. Being a Spielberg joint, it is impressive if inexplicably slow to load. But who writes this copy? Time to start referring to myself as an "international superstar".

Next summer, the earth goes to war. From Paramount Pictures comes the motion picture event of the year: Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, starring international superstar Tom Cruise. A contemporary retelling of H.G. Well's seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it.
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Harcèlement moral

This tale of harcèlement moral will not stop Canadian pseuds going on about Tuscany and Provence.

Over the next few years we suffered every kind of persecution imaginable. The neighbour's scruffy mongrel with close-set eyes was left outside to bark day and night, adolescents with mopeds revved for hours on end outside our front door, the cantonnier sprayed our roses with weed killer, fisherman tramped through our flowerbeds and horsemen tore down a part of the fence, then rode roughshod over our newly planted lawn. When we complained they said our garden was on a right of way and we had the devil's own job to prove them wrong.
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Pangea

Pangea offers insight into the motivation behind ancient cave paintings.

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February 16, 2005

Mnemonic

The Flea School for Wayard Expats continues a series in rhetoric and oratory. Today we are addressed by Johnny Mnemonic (1995).

Johnny Mnemonic: What the f*** is going on? What the F*** is going on?! You know, all my life, I've been careful to stay in my own corner. Looking out for Number One, no complications. Now, suddenly, I'm responsible for the fate of the entire f***ing world... and everybody and his mother is trying to kill me IF... IF my head doesn't blow up first.

Jane: Maybe this isn't just about you anymore.

Johnny Mnemonic: Listen. You listen to me. You see that city over there? THAT'S where I'm supposed to be! Not down here with the dogs and the garbage and the f***in' last months newspaper blowing back and forth. I've had it with them, I've had it with you, I've had it with all this! I want ROOM SERVICE! I want the club sandwich. I want the cold Mexican beer. I want a ten-thousand dollar-a-night hooker!! I want my shirts laundered... like they do at the Imperial Hotel... in Tokyo.

Given this film and The Matrix it is high Keanu Reeves content for some of my students this term. I assigned William Gibson's Johnny Mnemonic for my course in digital media and culture. Nothing beats cyberpunk for bricolage.

I put the shotgun in an Adidas bag and padded it out with four pairs of tennis socks, not my style at all, but that was what I was aiming for: If they think you're crude, go technical; if they think you're technical, go crude. I'm a very technical boy. So I decided to get as crude as possible. These days, though, you have to be pretty technical before you can even aspire to crudeness. I'd had to turn both those twelve-gauge shells from brass stock, on the lathe, and then load then myself; I'd had to dig up an old microfiche with instructions for hand- loading cartidges; I'd had to build a lever-action press to seat the primers -all very tricky. But I knew they'd work.

So, isn't it time Sci Fi Channel made a mini-series out of Neuromancer?

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Auf Der Maur: Taste You

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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A daily cup of tea

Help the mice in their quest for as much tea as possible.

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Party is a verb

Paris Hilton is too tired to party. I relate (though let's not go crazy, looks still count for something).

"I have to get up at, like, 5am - and that's when I used to stay out until."

The stunning blonde, who is currently single after splitting with Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, also revealed she is now more grown-up in her pursuit for a new boyfriend.

The 23-year-old said: "I used to date really big losers and mean guys. Now I've matured a lot, I just want someone who's sweet and loyal. Just someone who treats me well - it doesn't matter about looks any more."
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Great taste! Less filling!

Objectification and marketing: is there a relationship? Here is that scandalous Miller Lite ad again for your consideration. Comments are open... but continue to present a puzzle for Flea-readers wishing to present their views on this issue of increasing importance in these media saturated times.

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Maximus Factor

An ancient Roman cosmetic reveals "a surprising degree of technological sophistication."

A Roman-era container of white cosmetic cream, found during an archaeological dig in London, offers a glimpse at vanity 2,000 years ago, when a pale, even complexion apparently was the rage.
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The Law of the Blogger

American Digest channels Kipling (link via Dean's World as is the Kipling observation).

Blog daily from news-tip and hat-tip; blog long, but blog not too deep;
And remember the Pundit's for linking, and forget not that he has to sleep.
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Debbie Gibson naked

Bill at INDC Journal is outraged by naked Googlebating at Wizbang. Sensitive Flea-readers may wish to avert their eyes lest the sight of Debbie Gibson in lingerie present the fulfillment of too many angst-ridden teen moments. And perish the thought of "Kylie Minogue naked".

Personally, I think that Wizbang's habit of cynically baiting search engines with posts like "Debbie Gibson Naked" is a horribly cheap way to bump up a blog's traffic numbers. As are posts about "Olsen Twins Naked," "Paris Hilton Naked," "Naked Debbie Gibson and Paris Hilton Nudity. With nakedness. And pictures."

Google-baiting is naked manipulation that artificially inflates traffic and strips the good names of women like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, Shakira, Charisma Carpenter, Jennifer Garner, Heidi Klum, Catherine Bell, Salma Hayek, Eliza Dukshu, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce Knowles and Angela Lansbury. And sometimes, they even post scandalous free videos or free pictures!

And then... To link or not to link? That is the question. (Oh go ahead.) I think the image at Wizbang is worksafe. Some of these images from the Debbie Gibson Playboy spread are not.

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February 15, 2005

Grotesque ethnic genre

"Peace in the world. Peace in the country." Or something like that. While I am not certain Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had international song contests in mind I am positive that anyone looking for an extra hit of Europop will find it here as Tiscali links to the finale of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004. Yes, it is almost a year now but news travels slowly to these northern wastes.

Welcome to our special microsite for the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, the world-famous, ultra-fun, uber-kitsch Pan-Europe song competition set this year in Turkey.

The entries from Malta and Belgium were classic Eurovision as was Deen (aka Faud Backovic) from Bosnia-Hercegovina with "In The Disco". But the Ukraine... ahh... the Ukraine. For some reason "Wild Dances" by Ruslana Lyzhicko reminded me of someone... take this blurb for her "Kolomijka" video, for example.

“Kolomijka” is the first work of Ruslana in grotesque ethnic genre. This time all the impressive production is combined with comic style and pure eclecticism. “A “dull-witted” group working on music video “Kolomijka” comes to distant hucul village to set up a casting for actors and musicians the whole village is gathered in the local club to show their best.

The hearts of the show business sharks are captured by a modest and tender “daughter of the mountains”. The following is just like in all the Hollywood fairy tales with amazing transformations, fights and “happy end”, with the only difference that the whole story happens not in the hills of Los Angeles but in the Carpathian Mountains. This little detail will be a big nice surprise for the audience”.

So... ethnographic! Those without the patience (or three hours to kill) sitting through the whole broadcast will find "Wild Dances" at about 44 minutes in just after Albania. Now if only we could figure out how to get Agnetha (i.e. Agnetha Åse Fältskog) to say yes to an Abba reunion for Eurovision 2005.

And then...Oh why do I bother? Beautiful Atrocities was all over the Ruslana story, like, fully months ago. I suck.

On salo, Ukrainian chocolate-covered pork-fat: "I love it as it's unusual. I was given the first serving of Lviv's chocolate salo. Perhaps they were testing my bravery, but I ate it & I'm still alive!"
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Courtney Love: Mono

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Neighbourhood

Who are the people in your neighborhood?

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100 Words

Write 100 words every day.

Participants come and go. Some stay for months on end, others pop in and out, one month here, one month there. It's not as easy as it seems. You must be simultaneously inspired and dedicated. Most people don't survive until the last day of the month, despite their enthusiasm on the first.

Not a blog, apparently.

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Gem Mania

Drive your train through the labyrinth and try not to crash.

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Found and lost again

Homo Floresiensis has gone missing again.

As reported last year, Professor Teuku Jacob, of Gadjah Mada University, grabbed the remains of the seven creatures - dubbed "hobbits" - and locked them in his safe, refusing to let other scientists study them. He was not in the Australian-Indonesian team that found the bones, but was given them by an Indonesian team member.

Professor Jacob told the Australian press that he would return the bones on January 1. But The Age has learnt he has not done so and does not plan to.
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Colossus of Rhodes

The mayor of Rhodes would like to rebuild an ancient wonder.

Mayor Yannis Iatridis at a press conference proposed building the gigantic statue of the sun god Helios on a hill near the seaside resort of Faliraki. The Greek-Cypriot artist Nicolaos Gotziamanis, who has been preparing the project for several years, would erect the statue estimated to cost 100 million euros (129 million dollars) under the plan. It would be made of brass and stand about 33 meters (108 feet) tall.
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February 14, 2005

The Book of G'Kar

Last night I went looking for details about the cast of Babylon 5 to see what the actors had featured in since the end of the series. I found an interview with Jerry Doyle, "Michael Garibaldi" on his experience with Babylon 5 and later run for Congress. He has some choice words about JMS and W.S. and I had no idea he had married Andrea Thompson, "Talia Winters" (or that "Lyta Alexander" had married the guy in the Vorlon encounter suit).

Watching the series again recently this scene from the fifth season stood out. There is a critical difference between a living faith and worshipping a book. Or, for that matter, taking anyone's words so seriously that the person behind them is lost.

G'Kar is sharing his wisdom to a group of followers. He tells them that in the past they had little to do with other races. Evolution taught them that they must fight that which is different so they could secure food, land and mates. But now they must reach a point where the nobility of intellect asserts itself and says no. They need not be afraid of those who are different. They should embrace that difference and learn from if.

One of his followers interrupts, referring to G'Kar as "most holy". G'Kar makes it clear that there is no "most holy", only G'Kar. The student understands what G'Kar is telling them, but in the Book of G'Kar it states that the Centauri are not to be trusted.

G'Kar: When was that written in the book?
Narn: In the beginning.
G'Kar: Exactly. Over time, I learned, as you will learn.
Narn: The Book of G'Kar is holy. If it was written under the direct inspiration of the universe itself as everyone believes it to be, then the whole of it must be true. How then can you go against it?
G'Kar is becoming exasperated. They just don't get it. He asks the Narn to show him the passage in the book, then tells him to put his face in the book. The Narn is hesitant.

G'Kar: Well, if the book is holy and I am holy, then I must help you become closer to the thoughts of the universe. Put your face in the book.
The Narn still hesitates.

G'Kar: The first thing we are taught is that while outsiders cannot be trusted, we can always trust a fellow Narn, yes? This is your point, is it not? (the Narn nods) Good. Then put your face in the book.
With confidence, the Narn leans over and puts his face in the book....which G'Kar slams shut. The Narn whimpers in pain.

Ta'Lon: There's lesson number one.

- "The Ragged Edge", Babylon 5 (Season Five)
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Grandaddy: The Nature Anthem

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance (via Chapel Perilous).

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Hapland

A comment points to Hapland for something challenging (thanks, Liam!). Which reminds me... my comments are still wonky and I would be grateful if someone chould point me to a web designer who knows how to fix TypeKey quirks.

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Breakfast Surprise

If only there were a White Castle in downtown Toronto I could make my own Breakfast Surprise.

Our Chefs Use Only The Finest Ingredient.

I wonder what the "finest ingredient" is?

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Land Cruiser

Own your own JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank.

The JL421 Badonkadonk, aka “The Donk” is a “land vehicle and battle tank” created by outer-limits design firm, NAO Design for purposes unknown to Burning Man non-attendees.
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Seismic

The IRIS Seismic Monitor paints a global picture of earthquake activity thanks to the wonder that is "the internet".

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Liberated statue

While it is an eye-opener to see the Statue of Liberty slipping out of her toga and going for a swim in an old ad the concept is overshadowed by two towers in the distance.

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Hermes

Hermes with the Infant Dionysos has been fitted with Friction Pendulum bearings.

More than 2,000 years old and generally regarded as an original of the famous Greek sculptor Praxiteles, the Hermes statue, located at Archaeological Museum of Olympia in Greece, is one of few works of art in the world equipped with devices to protect it against damage from major earthquakes.
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February 12, 2005

Apocalyptica: Hall of the Mountain King

Finnish orchestral metal act, Apocalyptica interpret the Hall of the Mountain King.

Mountain walls behind us, black,
and below a void unfathomed!
First we clove through banks of mist,
then we clove a flock of sea-gulls,
so that they, in mid-air startled,
flew in all directions, screaming.
Downward rushed we, ever downward.
But beneath us something shimmered,
whitish, like a reindeer's belly.-
Mother, 'twas our own reflection
in the glass-smooth mountain tarn,
shooting up towards the surface
with the same wild rush of speed
wherewith we were shooting downwards.
- Henrik Ibsen, Peer Gynt (1875)
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Magical Trevor 2

Magical Trevor is back and he is ten times as slick as the last time you saw him.

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Hostile Skies

Hostile Skies is an intuitive WWI fighter ace game simple enough that even I can fly the airplane.

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Muppets Overtime

The animation is wonderful but it is the music that makes Muppets Overtime.

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Etymology

This Online Etymology Dictionary should end many bar arguments.

This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
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Name wizard

The scary thing to me about this Baby Name Wizard is how popular most of my relatives' names were at the time they were given. The names of pop singers are also revealing...

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Apollo

These 360 degree interactive panoramas have been stitched together from Apollo mission photographs.

On July 20 ( July 21 GMT ) 1969 the first man stepped on the moon. During the next 3 years 6 missions to the moon was made and a total of 12 astronauts walked on the moon. One of the missions Apollo 13 failed and they had to return.

During these missions thousands of images were taken, most of them with the Hasselblad EDC. A special version of the Hasselblad 500 EL. Many of these images are famous, like the one from Apollo 11 showing Buzz Aldrin with Neil Armstrong reflected in the glass of his helmet. (It is available in super resolution from the panorama).
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2004 MN4

A 1000ft (320m) wide asteroid, 2004 MN4 will pass close enough to Earth to be seen with the naked eye.

On April 13, 2029, it will be about 22,600 miles (36,350 kilometers) from Earth's center. That is just below the altitude of geosynchronous satellites, which hover in fixed perches above the planet to communicate with and collect data on half the globe at all times.

Of the ten known closest asteroid flybys, 2004 MN4 is by far the largest object, said Steve Chesley of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Only two have come closer, and they were only tens of yards (meters) wide.
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The Beast

At last a flashlight for the Flea.

The Beast is the most powerful flashlight SureFire has ever produced for civilian sale. Utilizing a xenon-fill high-intensity discharge (HID) arc lamp, it puts out 2000 lumens of blinding white light — 120 times the light output of a typical two D-cell alkaline flashlight.
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February 11, 2005

Liger

Ligers are cool. Not like tigons. Tigons are stupid and smell like poo.

Deb: What are you drawing?
Napoleon Dynamite: A liger.
Deb: What's a liger?
Napoleon Dynamite: It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed... bred for its skills in magic.
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Sinister Ducks

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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I'm A Cow

I'm a cow.

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Goldfish

This goldfish racetrack is a good preventative for Goldfish Boredom Syndrome (GBS).

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Bird brain

Einstein, the brainy bird. Her evil laugh is particularly effective.

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Easter Island

Nova Online presents an interactive Easter Island. There is plenty of other linked material too. A Roman Bath, for example.

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Greenhouse

Synthetic greenhouse gases could be used to make Mars habitable.

Artificially created gases could be 10,000 times more effective than carbon dioxide in warming up the Red Planet, the study determined. The gases that would work the best contain fluorine and carbon, and could be made from elements readily available on Mars, Marinova and her colleagues found. (They said the best gas for the job would be octafluoropropane, which is used on Earth for refrigeration and semiconductor fabrication.)
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Cordially

Some time back I signed up to beta test an on-line game coming out this spring. I had quite forgotten the whole endeavour until I received an email from the company a couple days ago. Apparently, folks will be offered "keys" to register and "stress test" the system for capacity and, while I am a big loser and this does not apply to me, I have the lucky opportunity to buy an advance copy of the game at which point I would be allowed to help them test their system too. How exciting! This is my reply.

Dear ****** Online,

If you are not going to ask me to beta test your game it is a bit much to dangle these keys in front of me then make it clear I will not be offered one but can pay for the golden opportunity to make your product work for you.

F*** off.

Don't email me again.

F*** you.

Cordially yours in telling you to f*** off,

Nicholas

So my intemperate mood continues this week. But really.

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February 10, 2005

Iconic Kylie

The Flea's irreversible commitment to Kylie-media means to am somewhat chagrined to report I missed this footage of Kylie at a launch for her LoveKylie lingerie line. A gentle reminder to sensitive Flea-readers that this material is for gay men only* for fear of inadvertently objectifying our favourite pop pixie as anything but a gay icon.

But it gets worse. I knew, of course, about the Justin Timberlake bottom grabbing incident. What I had not realized was that the incident took place while Kylie was singing Blondie's Rapture. I think my head is going to explode (and don't even ask about this Pepsi ad).

*Excepting, of course, those Flea-readers who have been keeping up with their lessons in Tibetan mind control at the Flea School for Wayward Expats.

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Disco Ascenseur

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Starry Night

Starry Night reminds me of that time I was imprisoned in a Mi-Go brain cylinder.

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The Perry Bible Fellowship

The Perry Bible Fellowship is a cheerful comic strip for you (hat tip to the Neighbour of a Flea).

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How to bow

How to bow. And much more... this is absolutely fascinating.

Whether you visit Japan as a tourist or a businessman - there'll be many occasions for you to drop a brick!

And then... White Peril offers thoughts on changing etiquette in Japan. Also fascinating!

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Tara's search for love

Tara Reid is looking for a boyfriend.

If you are a male and over the age of 18 years old and think you would be the perfect match for Tara, please send us a tape. On the tape, please tell us about yourself and why you would be right for Tara.
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To Welsh

Just proof that the phrase "Welshing on a bet" represents a foul stereotype and is completely untrue.

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Solar system

This scale model of the solar system is 6 million pixels wide.

This is a work in progress... 1 pixel = ~1,000 km; images are to scale with each other

The Sun is so big and Pluto is so far away. I had not realized how much bigger the Earth is than Mars. Earth could fully kicks Mars' ass.

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Polar Vortex

The Flea's base on Saturn is revealed. You did not imagine it was an accident I should live under the Earth's Arctic Polar Vortex?

Astronomers using a giant telescope atop a volcano have discovered a hot spot at the tip of Saturn's south pole.

The infrared images captured by the Keck I telescope at the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island suggest a warm polar vortex _ a large-scale weather pattern likened to a jet stream on Earth that occurs in the upper atmosphere. It's the first such hot vortex ever discovered in the solar system.
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South Pole

Keep up to speed with the South Pole live camera.

This photo is of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station taken every 15 minutes (if a relay satellite is available for transmission) from the roof of the Atmospheric Research Observatory which houses NOAA/CMDL's Clean Air Facility. In order to preserve the life of the camera, it is tilted down onto the snow when the sun is in the field of view, which occurs for several weeks around sunset (March) and sunrise (September) when the sun marches in a circle above the horizon. From mid-April until mid-August the moon and the aurora australis provide the only natural lighting.
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February 09, 2005

OrganicHTML

OrganicHTML turns any URL into a plant.

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Commy Ft. Kel-Li: Dilemma

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Montage-a-google

Montage-a-google v1.0 allows you to, uhh, make a montage from a Google search.

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Bonfire 84

Sophistpundit throws some cheese goodness on the fire. Mmmm. Cheese.

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Sounds of Titan

Some sounds of Titan.

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Sounds of New York

Some sounds of New York.

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Ultra-Condensed too

In the spirit of ultra-condensed SF/F books is the Movie-A-Minute ultra-condensed movie page.

Let's face it. There's a lot of movies out there and very little time to watch them in. Well sit back and relax, because your troubles are solved! We here at Movie-A-Minute have come up with a solution. We've taken several classic and contemporary movies and extracted the important stuff, cutting out all the filler.
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Fantasy coffins

While the pink fish and the hammer sort of make sense I am not certain I could see myself being buried in a giant polished uterus (that would be slide seven). Though I suppose there is an element of eternal return in the idea.

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Everyday objects = chic decor

Everday objects are reborn as decor for Generation D.I.Y.

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When everyday objects attack

When everyday objects attack features a very cute cat.

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Celebrating everyday objects

Tom Vanderbilt reviews a 2004 Museum of Modern Art exhibition celebrating everyday objects.

The beer can with its non-removable pull-opener; the molded paper-pulp egg carton; the Duracell AA battery: We don't buy these objects for their "design," but it's because of their design that they find their way to us.
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Learning from everyday objects

Rabbi Melanie Aron of Congregation Shir Hadash offers a lesson in learning from everyday objects.

A famous Hassidic rabbi, the Sadagorer rebbe, insisted that something can be learned from everything, even from the inventions of his time, which were suspect in his own ultra-Orthodox community.

"What can you learn from a train?" his students asked. He answered: "When you are late for your train, you learn that even a minute counts."
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February 08, 2005

Won-G ft. Gizelle: Caught Up In The Rapture

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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My house

My house is bigger than your house.

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Life in Hoth

It has not got this cold in Toronto for some time but -30 has been quite cold enough, thank you very much (possible nsfw sidebar).

This clip was sent in from Marleau in Manitoba, Canada. It got to minus 50 degrees one morning and he went outside with a hot pot of water threw it into the air and immediately it dissapearred into a cloud.
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Floydian slip

I have yet to try playing Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz. At least I now know to start the album at the third roar of the MGM Lion.

For the past couple of years, the Internet has been buzzing with stories of just such a mysterioso linkage between Hollywood's 1939 munchkin classic, "The Wizard Of Oz," and -- this is the mysterioso part -- Pink Floyd's 1973 art-rock monument, "The Dark Side Of The Moon." This may sound like pure bong-wash, but the story went mainstream this week, and well, it really is kind of strange.
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Faux fox fur

I am loving this fox fur as worn by Parker Posey as Danica Talos in Blade: Trinity. Bidding is at three-hundred bucks as I type these words... this seems a bit steep for something I would have trouble coordinating with a jacket and tie.

Wrap yourself in this faux fox fur worn by Parker Posey in Blade Trinity. This is the same fox fur with whiskers that hangs around Danica (Posey) in one of the movie's most memorable scenes.
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Hardly aimless

Eric is shooting at stuff.

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Tax cuts

Some UNLV prof thinks gay men tend not to plan for the future and so make different economic choices than other people.

He said there is a belief among some economists that one of the 20th century’s most influential economists, John Maynard Keynes, was influenced in his beliefs by his homosexuality.. Keynes espoused a “spend it now” philosophy to keep an economy strong, much as President Bush did after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

I did not know John Maynard Keynes was gay but I have had my suspicions about President Bush ever since that huge tax cut. Huge tax cuts are so gay (not that that’s a bad thing).

/mockery of asinine reasoning by some UNLV prof

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Bill C-38 Civil Marriage Act

Bill C-38 (the Civil Marriage Act) will alter legislation on civil marriage, the "lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others" such that Canadians will have equal treatment before the law regardless of their province or territory of residence. Wikipedians have compiled a list of Canadian Members of Parliament and their likely stand on the issue of same-sex marriage.

In all the furore about rights and the anxieties of those concerned at some hypothetical infringement of their entitlements by those who have long been denied them there is one word I have yet to hear in public discourse on the subject of gay marriage: love. It seems so small a leap of the imagination to understand the fact of two women or two men who should love one another that I believe I shall never understand people who cannot, or will not, make it.

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February 07, 2005

Transhuman

When I mentioned transhumans and technophiles over the weekend I forgot to use the moment as a segue into Angelina Jolie. A friend mocks my fascination claiming I must be really into transhumans. "Not that there's anything wrong with that," she adds.

Let us not be afraid of vision and hope. It was the daring of visionaries that has brought us this far--from gloomy primordial marshes to where we are today--reaching for the galaxies reaching for immortality.
- FM-2030, "Up-Wingers Manifesto"

Surely that sure be "Up-Whingers"...

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Tears For Fears: Closest Thing to Heaven

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Mini

Mini understands advertising.

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Couronne Deluxe

Couronne Deluxe could become compulsive.

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Free Spirit Spheres

These Free Spirit Spheres are the best treehouses, like, evar. Also good for "healing & meditation".

The concept borrows heavily from sailboat construction and rigging practice. It’s a marriage of treehouse and sailboat technology. The wooden spheres are built much like a cedar strip canoe or kayak. The suspension points on the spheres are similar to the chain plate attachments on a sailboat. The stairways are hung from the tree much like a sailboats shrouds hang from the mast.
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Symbolism

A move to ban Nazi symbols across Europe is running into trouble thanks to those who have the pesky idea that by the same logic Soviet symbols should be banned. Presumably, this would have to include every Che poster and T-shirt.

"We would like to have an equal treatment of the other evil totalitarian regime of the communist system," said Jozsef Szajer, a Hungarian MEP, according to the Associated Press news agency. Czech MEP Jan Zahradil agreed: "If we decide to ban one, we should decide to ban all of them."
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Canadian heritage

The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen remind us of the history that has made this country great. Remember the anthem!

Our country reeks of trees
Our yaks are really large
And they smell like rotting beef carcasses
And we have to clean-up after them
And our saddle sores are the best
We proudly wear women's clothing
And searing sand blows up our skirts

And buzzards, they soar overhead
And poisonous snakes devour us whole
Our bones will bleach in the sun.
And we will probably go to hell
And that is our great reward
For being the-uh-roy-yal
Canadian kilted yaksmen

Our country reeks of trees
Our yaks are really large
And they smell like rotting beef carcasses
And we have to clean-up after them
And out saddle sores are the best
We proudly wear women's clothing
And searing sand blows up our skirts

And buzzards, they soar overhead
And poisonous snakes devour us whole
Our bones will bleach in the sun
And we will probably go to hell
And that is our great reward
For being the-uh-roy-yal
Candian kilted yaksmen
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February 05, 2005

Anouk Teeuwe: Girl

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

*Many Flea-readers will captivated not only by the (distant, pop and Dutch) echo of London Calling but by a Carol Pope drawl. The 80s are returning in truth.

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Comments

Comments are now totally on the blink... sorry folks! Thanks to everybody letting me know. Still looking for a blog designer with mad MT3 skillz.

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Anouk Pascale

And another Anouk (done up as Kylie).

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House of Cards

If you want to get anything productive done this weekend, best to forget I ever mentioned House of Cards.

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Work

Hi folks. I am hoping that amongst the sixty-five thousand or so people rolling through here in a month there are some of you who have thoughts on getting work in Paris, Barcelona or pretty much anywhere in Italy as an English speaking fellow. My French is rusty and my Spanish and Italian limited to what I can infer to be derivatives from the Latin. I would love to learn either Spanish or Italian - or to improve my French - but would need to make a living in the meantime. I have an EU passport so that at least would present few difficulties.

Not that I am picking up sticks just yet. I have job applications out there in the English-speaking world and some offer may set me in a different direction. It is just that this week I have had an opportunity to reconsider what it is I am doing and quite where I would like to be.

And then... I realize the comments function presents an obstacle... Please do email me if you have some thoughts on my new life in, for example, Montparnasse.

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MT3

While I am asking for advice... I am looking for an established web designer for a new look Flea. Working trackbacks and TypeKey comment registration would also be a plus! One absolute advantage of the current, slightly wonky set-up, however, is the absolute negation of spam and a 99% reduction in drive-by comments. Nice.

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British Indian Ocean Territory

The Flea rattles its ghostly chains in welcome at a visitor from the British Indian Ocean Territory. I have wanted to visit Diego Garcia...

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Eye of the Tiger

The Flea has almost the exact same keep fit regimen.

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Royal Naboo Fork Buffet Table

Star Wars: A Lost Hope looks significantly better than the soon to be released last dying gasp of my violated childhood. Some folks are probably still excited at the prospect.

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The future

I am with the transhumanists and technophiles.

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Battle Rainbow

I have been wondering what the producers of the new Dukes of Hazzard movie are going to do about the Confederate battle flag on the roof of the updated General Lee. Perhaps the Battle Rainbow provides an answer.

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Objectification

Raymi addresses the objectification of women.

women who complain about the objectification of women are irritating as crap and men who complain about the objectification of women are spineless pussies who are dating the women who complain about the objectification of women and they can get out of my life and shut up.
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George Washington

Researchers hope to create a new image of George Washington. Starting with his teeth. They already have me convinced. I had no idea, for instance, that the first President was 6'3".

"People know that Washington was great, but many people think he was boring and nothing could be further from the truth," said James C. Rees, executive director of the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, Washington's home in northern Virginia. "Of all the founding fathers, he was the most athletic, the most adventurous and clearly a man of action," Rees said.
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Gone to Croatan

New evidence may help to locate the exact location of and thereby better understand the disappearance of the ill-fated colony at Roanoke.

Working off a copy of the original document that was located at the Archive of the Indies in Seville, Spain, James Lavin, professor emeritus with the department of modern languages and literature at The College of William and Mary, said that Spanish pilot Pedro Diaz described a “flimsy” wooden fort that is “in the water,” possibly indicating a moat, and that it was located in a wet, marshy spot.

That could mean that the elusive “Cittie of Raleigh” – which housed Sir Walter Raleigh’s 1587 colony of 117 men, women and children – had been situated near Mother Vineyard or Shallowbag Bay, miles away from the once-presumed location at what is now Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Lavin, a Spanish Golden Age scholar, said that Diaz had been held captive on an English ship and was relating what he had been told by an unnamed witness on Roanoke Island.
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February 04, 2005

Squirrely Kylie

One of most important and satisfying factoids I have ever learned is that while squirrels may cache fifty pounds of nuts in a year that half are lost to the squirrel because they forget where they put them. That is a lot of accidental new trees and some reassurance that things really do not have to work out all the time to work out alright for everyone in the end. The only disappointment I now face with the impersistence of memory stems from my new knowledge that Kylie Minogue may never write an autobiography.

"It doesn't really appeal to me. I'd feel compelled to correct everything that was incorrect and replace it with the truth. But I've got such a bad memory, I'd probably have to make it all up."
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O-Zone: Dragostea Din Tei

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

*This one goes out to the Flea's many Europop fans**. Here's an idea... film yourself singing along and post it to "the internet".

**Ok. I am adding an extreme meme virus-warning to this one. If you listen to this more than a couple times you may find yourself singing along just like the fellow in the linked home video. Here are the Romanian and English lyrics in case you cannot help yourself.

And then... Can't get enough Numa Numa goodness?

And then... Wait... there's more!

And then... And more! And more!

And then... Perpetual Stroll is keeping an archive including this goth version...

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Captain Ozone

I wonder if Environmental Media Northwest really think Captain Ozone will sway people to their cause.

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Lick 'N Bowl

There is something wrong with the whole premise of this game.

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Barf means snow

It's Barf fresh! Great. Now I need to find an Iranian department store (via Beautiful Atrocities).

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Geneva

Some weather-porn from Switzerland.

L'avis de grand froid annoncé par la météo est au rendez-vous. Spectacle de glace garanti au bord du lac Léman où des rafales de vent sont annoncées à 110 km/h.... Je vous laisse deviner la température.

Attention, certaines images peuvent choquer les personnes sensibles au froid!
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Global colding

My suspicion that humanity may have saved itself from a new ice age is now supported by research by University of Virginia in Charlottesville climatologist, William Ruddiman.

What stopped it has been the activity of humans, both ancient and modern, argue the scientists. Over the last 8,000 years carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have gradually risen, when previous trends indicated that it should have dropped. Methane, another greenhouse gas, had also increased instead of fallen. The unexpected trends could be explained by massive early deforestation in Eurasia, rice farming in Asia, the introduction of livestock, and the burning of wood and plant material, all of which led to an outpouring of greenhouse emissions.

INDC Journal links to more global warming material.

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Scenarios

Which World offers global scenarios for the 21st Century. While I have not had time to run through all the material this was the sort of thinking I had to do in my life as a technocrat in the UK so I am generally scepto-sympathetic.

Scenarios are not predictions. Rather they help us visualize different possibilities, take account of inherently unpredictable events, challenge our implicit but often deeply held assumptions or worldviews about the future. As such, scenarios can help to free us from the grip of the past and enable us to prepare for a future that will assuredly be different from today.
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The faces of meth

So, if after all the years of moral panic about illicit drugs would anyone believe it when one came along that really was as dangerous as the authorities made it out to be? I keep hearing bad things about meth and am inclined to believe them. But then I am getting older.

Using brain-imaging techniques, researchers have found that meth's toxic chemicals eat away at brain tissue, eventually robbing addicts of the ability to feel pleasure without the drug. With each hit, meth changes the way the brain works, impairing judgment, giving rise to psychosis and aggravating any existing mental illness, Rawson said. Meth also boosts heart rate, blood pressure and respiration. Over time, a user's eyes and mouth dry up. Teeth fall out. The body stops craving food, and only wants meth.
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February 03, 2005

World War II

World War II pictures. In colour. (And here are some from the Great War.)

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Feline Dance Classes

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Snowy

I love Snowy and was confounded only once I figured out how to get by the teapot.

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Office Slang

This list of office slang may come in handy for all you desk-bound folks.

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2007 Ford Shelby GR1

The 2007 Ford Shelby GR1 concept car would make a stylin' Fleamobile. Though the 2006 Bugatti Veyron is also impressive... just as soon as those BlogAd millions start to roll in.

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Bi-La Kaifa

This is not quite drum sand but Nova's Booming Sands addresses a phenomenon I had always thought Frank Herbert had entirely imagined. So, apologies to Frank Herbert then.

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Evin Law

Wine-grower Catherine Gachet is (sometimes) too sexy for her Sauternes.

Two different photographs of Catherine Gachet about to sip a glass of the wine she produces in south-western France show her looking more like a Hollywood starlet than a winemaker.

But in the eyes of a French law at the centre of a battle between the country's ailing wine industry and health pressure groups, only one of the images is legal.
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Floating Logos

Floating Logos has a sinister, They Live quality to it.

'Floating Logos' is a working title for this project. The images are inspired by signs perched high atop very tall poles in order for people to view them from a very long distance. The poles are digitally removed from the image in order to give the illusion that the signs are disconnected from the ground as they ominously float above us.
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D&D-themed sex

I cannot quite believe I read this entire post about how to convince your girlfriend to have D&D-themed sex.

make sure to tell her, in no uncertain terms, that you played along when she wanted you to stand outside in the cold with a damn boombox and a damn peter gabriel tape, and you caught a cold as a result, not to mention that she wouldn't stop calling you "mister cusack" during the act itself, and the least she could do for you was to mix fruit juice with club soda for you and pretend it was a magic potion, for god's sake.
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February 02, 2005

eXistenZialist

Ted: We're both stumbling around together in this unformed world, whose rules and objectives are largely unknown, seemingly indecipherable or even possibly nonexistent, always on the verge of being killed by forces that we don't understand.
Allegra: That sounds like my game, all right.
Ted: That sounds like a game that's not gonna be easy to market.
Allegra: But it's a game everybody's already playing.
- David Cronenberg, eXistenZ (1999)
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Everybody dance

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

*Just ignore the banner ads. Except I suppose they are paying for EJB's bandwidth so look at them but only out the corner of your eye and only if you are over 18 (or possibly 21 depending on your province, territory or state). Also, this being a US military college: don't ask.

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Cyborg Fish

This Cyborg Fish is cute but I am not certain what it is supposed to do.

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Sayuri

Sayuri has the most peculiar animation I have ever seen. I don't know what the fake Japanese accent is supposed to mean. Arguably not safe for work due to extreme oddness.

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Burutako

Another insight into the pop culture of Japan. Maybe if I bought one and plugged it into my computer I would understand everything all at once.

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Millennium Falcon

The best Xbox mod ever.

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Qix

Qix reminds me of one of those old Vectrex games. Possibly also called Qix.

The object of the game is to claim territory by sealing off areas with your marker. You must avoid your enemies: the Qix, Sparx and the Fuse.
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Pong

The story of Pong.

This site is dedicated to Ralph H. Baer, Inventor of the video game.
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Human Pacman

The next step in Pacman gaming.

Human Pacman, based on the popular arcade Pacman from the 1980s, is a novel and entertaining game which seeks to bring about such association through stimulating multiple human senses and perception.It is a real-world-physical, social, and wide area mobile entertainment system that is built upon the concepts of ubiquitous computing, tangible human-computer interaction, and wide-area entertainment networks.
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Linked

A Norwegian student has been fined for linking to MP3 files hosted elsewhere. This is an astonishingly dangerous and stupid decision on the part of the Norwegian courts. If the act of pointing to material through a link is illegal because of the (alleged) illegality or impropriety of the linked material we might as well shut down the internet.

Norwegian student Frank Allan Bruvik has been fined $15,900 for providing links from his website, Napster.no, to MP3 files hosted elsewhere, the Associated Press reports. The Court found that he had violated copyright law by helping netizens to locate forbidden files. In other words, by linking, Bruvik was assisting in an illegal act.
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February 01, 2005

Baptize the imagination

It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (1999)

David Kopel reviews John Granger's "The Hidden Key to Harry Potter" and agrees that J.K. Rowling is a latter-day Inkling.

Granger demonstrates the absurdity of the claim that Harry Potter is anti-Christian. And even if you've never worried about charges brought by misguided fundamentalists, The Hidden Key will substantially augment your understanding of what's really at stake in Harry's adventures.

The Inklings were originally a group of Oxford dons who wrote Christian fiction. The most famous of them are J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Lord of the Rings and the Narnia series never mention Christianity overtly, and in Tolkien's books, religion itself is absent from the plot. Yet these mythopoeic books aim to "baptize the imagination" of the reader — to teach her the importance of fighting for the right, no matter how powerful the forces of evil may appear.
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Wizard challenge

I did not do terribly well at this Harry Potter Wizard Challenge.

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Pottermania

I did rather better at this Guardian Harry Potter quiz.

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Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis

While Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis has languished on my wish-list I am delighted to see an ancient Greek translation of Harry Potter is also underway.

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The banality of magic

The "family romance" and the mythology of Harry Potter. I got in trouble the last time I posted a link to a Freudian reading of J.K. Rowling's books.

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Wainscot cultures

Kerrie Anne Le Lievre's "Wizards and wainscots: generic structures and genre themes in the Harry Potter series" introduced me to John Clute's nice distinction between "primary reality" and wainscot culture, a stunningly useful term that will now be part of my everyday vocabulary.

Although wainscot fantasies are ostensibly set within Primary Reality, they focus on fantastic "invisible or undetected societies living in the interstices of the dominant world" (Clute and Grant 991). In wainscot fantasy a particular relationship exists between two cultures which share the same physical space. The dominant culture--the culture the text's readers are presumed to share--is mundane, large, and presumed to hold power over its environment, but is largely unaware of the existence of the wainscot culture. The wainscot culture is fantastic in some way, but also small (often literally tiny, but also in terms of numbers) and marginal, vulnerable to the power the dominant culture can exercise over its environment (which includes the wainscot culture) and therefore fearful of attracting the dominant culture's attention. Wainscot cultures tend to defend themselves against the power of the dominant culture by becoming invisible and very insular.
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Hermione Granger

This Harry Potter Name Origins page set me straight on the name Granger. I have a different thought about Hermione.

Hermione - Hermione was a character in Greek mythology who was loved by two men. She was the daughter of Helen of Troy and Menelaus. These men (Orestes 2 and Neoptolemus, the son of Achilles) fought terribly for the love of the beautiful Hermione (Krum and Ron?). Orestes 2 was killed by a snake. Could this mean that either Ron or Krum will die at the hands of Lord Voldemort (whose symbol is a snake?). Hermione translates as "well-born" in Greek.

Would not Harry make a better son of Achilles given the death of his heroic father? This would suggest a conflict between Harry and Ron, much more dramatic that between Ron and secondary character Victor Krum. What's In A Name? suggests Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale" is a more likely source for the name. Yet more name origins may be found at MuggleNet.

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Harold Potter, gardener and tax official

Wikipedia offers some thoughts on the name Harry Potter and the first line of J.K. Rowling's first Potter book.

...the original name of the character and the famous first line of the first book are quite similar to one found in episode 7 of Monty Python's Flying Circus. This is a transcript of the narration compared to the first line of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone":

"It was a day like any other and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brainsample were a perfectly ordinary couple, leading perfectly ordinary lives - the sort of people to whom nothing extraordinary ever happened, and not the kind of people to be the center of one the most astounding incidents in the history of mankind. . .so let's forget about them and follow instead the destiny of this man. . .Harold Potter, gardener and tax official."

"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious. . ."
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Mary Sue

"Who Is Mary Sue and Why Does She Have to Die?" The Mary Sue litmus test offers a guide in how not to write fan fiction for Harry Potter or any other fannish context.

Who is "Mary Sue"? Mary Sue is the perky, bright, helpful sixteen-year-old witch who hangs out with the main characters as though she was always a part of J.K.'s universe. Everyone likes Mary Sue, because Mary Sue is good at everything. Mary Sue is an brilliant sorceress, a helpful friend, a good leader, a cunning and skilled dueler, and is stunningly beautiful. Her name is often the author's name, be it a net name, birth name, or a favored nickname. By the end of the story, Mary Sue will be locking lips with the author's desired character, will have left amid cheers from all the regulars, or will be dead, usually accompanied by heavy mourning from the cast. The reader, on the other hand, will be celebrating.
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