March 31, 2005

Creation Science Fair

At least one word in the phrase "creation science fair" is a contradiction in terms. While I think the entire enterprise is an exercise in faith rather than a demonstration of scientific reasoning it is impossible to dismiss the enthusiasm evident in Cassidy Turnbull's "My Uncle Is A Man Named Steve (Not A Monkey)".

Or an ape, which would better reflect the dispute at issue though this may be overly pedantic of me given the context. But as quotes go, this intervention on teaching biology in Pennsylvania sums up the problem neatly (via Chapel Perilous).

"We've been attacked by the intelligent, educated segment of the culture," he said, adding that the school board's declaration is just a first step.

More on a related theme at the Commissar (via INDC Journal).

Update: Here is something yet more deranged. So, if an undergrad does not like a religious studies prof's interpretation of Paul or an art history studies prof's description of, say, Fauvism they can sue? Or is this farcicle law only meant to intimidate professors of biology? How about this: if you would rather learn "Intelligent Design" than science you should pursue your education at an establishment willing to teach it and discover precisely how far your credentials will get you (via Harry Hutton).

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Harold Be Thy Name

What is the origin of the H. in the phrase, Jesus H. Christ? I like these related suggestions.

The theologian will undoubtedly be familiar with "IHS," which stands for the Latin phrase "Jesus Hominum Salvator," which means Jesus, Savior of Man. Note that the J, as a separate character from the I, is only a few centuries old. This trigraph is frequently found in medieval and Renaissance art.

An historian may be familiar with the tale that, before an important battle in 312, the Emperor Constantine saw vision of the cross in the sky and heard a voice saying that he would conquer "under this standard" or "in this sign." The Latin words would be "in hoc signo," which abbreviates to IHS.
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Tokyo Sexwale

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Aside from some bikini-themed ads I think this site is worksafe. Except for the RayRay game itself, that is. If you get started with this do not expect to get much work done.

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Iris Mulej

One of my main irritations with claims about the objectification of women is that they are often based in the very sexism they claim to oppose. Take the case of Iris Mulej, for example. Why shouldn't a model have an IQ of 156? Alternatively, why should someone with an IQ of 156 not earn a living as a model? It looks a lot better than academia (though it is easy to romanticize the employment of others).

A Slovenian TV programme that tried to prove top models were brainless bimbos was scrapped after an ex-Miss Universe turned out to have a higher IQ than a nuclear physicist. Iris Mulej, better known for her comments about group sex, was found to have an IQ of 156 by scientists working for the programme makers.
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Perfect 9

John Lowe offers a perfect 9 dart game. Impressive.

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Lots and lots of straight bourbon lore. And here is the ultimate whiskey index.

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Goa'uld sarcophagus

Ginza's Goa'uld sarcophagus salon is now open.

A man is in a caspsule filled with 30 percent concentrated oxygen in a laid-back style to recover fatigue and feel refreshment at Tokyo's oxygen-treatment salon "AirPress" 30 March 2005. The salon provide fresh air treatment of concentrated oxygen and aromatic oil therapy for stressfull people priced 1,000 yen (9.35 USD) for ten minutes.
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Bun fight

Is P.G. Wodehouse responsible for the expression "bun fight"?

P G Wodehouse has been responsible for several things, most notably the best comic writing in English, but we’re fairly sure he didn’t invent this one. Who did is lost in the anonymity of slang history, but it seems to have first appeared in the late nineteenth century, a bit early for Wodehouse.

If it sounds to you like a Victorian children’s nursery at teatime, that surely must be the original allusion behind it. Imagine children having tea, inevitably squabbling over the buns, teacakes, muffins and—this being a British expression—crumpets. Two similar expressions are known from the middle of the nineteenth century: crumpet-scramble and muffin-worry; these haven’t survived.

I shall now endeavour to work crumpet-scramble or muffin-worry in at least one conversation every day.

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March 30, 2005

Why Johnny can't code

This latest iteration of math related moral panic is no more likely to be effective at getting anyone to learn math than the posters they used to pin to the wall in the back of math class. Besides, coding is a writing skill.

Imagine being the parent of a 15-year-old sophomore at an elite high school who comes home with a report card ranking him near the bottom of his class in math.

Knowing your child will soon enter the same job market as his classmates, would you be concerned? Would you work with him to improve? Would you begin to question the way math is taught in school?
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Numa Numa Class

Now the term is almost done I am tempted to set a Numa Numa in-class assignment for my digital media class.

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Fangoria: Todas las velocidades

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Doomed is a nice distraction. Go shoot some stuff!

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Doom Reloaded

Doom Reloaded is even better for shooting stuff if you can remember how to finish that first level...

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Hello Tomorrow

"Spike Jonze dreams up a gorgeous new spot for Adidas." I admit a certain wonder at a shoe with a computer that could have got people to the Moon 40 years ago.

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Strong Idea

The Strong Idea TG-273 Commando Flashlight II Stun Gun: a stun gun flashlight for all the Flea's crime-fighting needs at long last!

What Do You Get When You Combine an Industrial Strength Light, a 130 Decibel Siren & a stun gun? It's the Commando Flashlight
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Cold Regions


I wondered why they put my office over with the archaeologists and discovered the reason one particularly cold day about a month ago. Now the snow is almost gone it does not sound quite so bad.


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Crushing foot motif

So... I am not the only person who is fully convinced this is the future, right?

CAMERA comes to rest on a burnt and rusted tricycle... next to the tiny skull of its owner. HOLD ON THIS IMAGE as a female VOICE speaks:

3 billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare, the war against the Machines...

A metal foot crushes the skull like china.

TILT UP, revealing a humanoid machine holding a massive battle rifle. It looks like a CHROME SKELETON... a high-tech Death figure. It is the endoskeleton of a Series 800 terminator. Its glowing red eyes compassionlessly sweep the dead terrain, hunting.
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March 29, 2005

Gothic Martha Stewart

I first heard of Gothic Martha Stewart while I was living in England though at that time I had never heard of Martha Stewart. Flea Towers is packed to the rafters with curios and ethnographic miscellany making an "opposite of minimalist" Victorian look a virtue of necessity.

This site sprung from the hypothetical question: "What if Martha Stewart was a goth?" For the uninitiated, Martha Stewart is a phenomenally successful domestic arts champion and stylemaker who advocates an upscale but not ostentatious style of living which has a lot to do with making things yourself and finding new uses for the old, instead of just buying everything new.
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DaVinci California

As soon as the Flea's ad revenue make me independently wealthy I will lounge around in DaVinci originals drinking cocktails.

DaVinci of California was originally started in the late 1940s producing high quality leisure suits. IN 1952 DaVinci became known for its classic two tone button down woven shirts, and fashion knits called Ban-lons. Hollywood, 1952: DaVinci Clothing is born and quickly becomes the style of choice for members of the swinging Rat Pack. Frank, Dean, and Sammy can't get enough and the rest of Hollywood is quick to follow.
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Deadly Nightshades

Deadly Nightshades is "the original 1950's fiberglass, reproduction lampshade company." Heaven and Hell is one elaborate example and there are plenty of custom variations.

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Vivienne Westwood


Something I have been meaning to mention is that I now have Vivienne Westwood King's Road sunglasses so everybody looks at me on the street and is really jealous because I rule and they suck.

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Chemical Brothers: Believe

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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London-based agit-prop artist, Bansky decides to show his work in New York's four biggest galleries. Wooster Collective has the exclusive.

The images above - exclusive to the Wooster site and provided by Banksy - are of Banksy installing four pieces in New York's most prestigious museums - The Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Natural History.

Dressed as a British pensioner, over the last few days Banksy entered each of the galleries and attached one of his own works, complete with authorative name plaque and explanation.

He says - "This historic occasion has less to do with finally being embraced by the fine art establishment and is more about the judicious use of a fake beard and some high strength glue." Banksy continues -"They're good enough to be in there, so I don't see why I should wait"
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March 28, 2005

Blue Equinox

Now that Weiser Press is belatedly reprinting it, some folks are at long last making available their treasured copies of the Blue Equinox. I have a '70s edition on the way... Meanwhile, I notice a Leon Engers Kennedy portrait of Aleister Crowley reproduced in the original edition of the Blue Equinox is on sale. A snip at £17,500!

Leon Engers Kennedy (Frater T.A.T.K.T.A.) Original Oil Painting c.1918. Used in the Equinox Vol.III No.1 (the Blue Equinox) 1919 where it is described thus:- "The master is represented in His holy meditation. About him flames the Aura corresponding to that particular Trance as directly observed by the artist, who posesses the power of True Vision" An image of historical importance. 3 feet x 2 feet in original frame. Has been professionally cleaned so very bright. £17,500
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Malleus Daemonum

I am almost certain there is a Flea-reader out there just itching to pick up this first edition of the Malleus Daemonum for me. Once it arrives I can go smite some demons assuming, of course, I can figure out the appropriate demon-smiting outfit. Something pea-soup resistant, I think.

Alexander Albertinus, a Franciscan of the Observance of the Roman Catholic Church, in 1620 from Mantua, addressed to the Bishop of Verona this “Hammer of Demons; or Four Most Experimented “widely used” Exorcisms Collected from the Gospels; a different format than what is used in the Flagellum Daemonum of Girolamo Menghi. The text consists of alternating prayers with certain scriptural passages from the Gospels, litanies, and sections containing instructionary notes for the Priest performing the exorcism. There is also included in the text, an Italian translation of the fourth exorcism, giving somewhat of an overview of the actions being performed. This is a most rare work, and here available in its first edition with all text completely intact and in excellent condition considering age.
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The puzzle box

Or you could get me the original, on-screen puzzle box from Hellraiser.

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Lone Star Kabbalah

With a slogan like this I don't even care what the rest of this kabbalah site is content free.

Jewish Mysticism from Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Morrissey: Everyday Is Like Sunday

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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VE Day


I am making somewhat hasty preparation for a period costume party in celebration of the 60th anniversary of VE Day. This will take place in the context of a Cotswold village fete and I am expecting people to go all out. Now, the Flea is more Victorian through Edwardian by preference but I suppose I can manage a 1940s men's look.

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March 26, 2005


I got round to renting Ju-On at long last. Creepy!

A volunteer care worker, Nishina Rika (Megumi Okina), enters the home of a bed-ridden patient and discovers a strange ghostly presence lurking behind a door sealed with duct tape.

The Grudge, by contrast, was over-produced and CGI-ridden. This was a big disappointment given the successful interpretation of Ringu as The Ring (if not the not so great Korean Ring Virus). Part of the problem may have been that The Grudge was directed by Takashi Shimizu, the fellow who had directed Ju-On, in Japan and by a Japanese crew. Producer Sam Raimi probably meant this to ensure a faithful remake but in doing so missed the need to translate family relationships, reactions to scary situations and so forth to an American context. Now, look, I revere Sam Raimi but this thing would have been better if they had made an American, and not only an English-language, version of the film (and included The Classic).

On a related note is a site with some nsfw banner ads. I imagine this was a promotional stunt for Ring 2. Funny.

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The Shining

So what do you call The Shining in Italian? I don't remember that line about tiramisu from the original. I am afraid this movie was ruined for me by a friend's Shelley Duvall impersonation.

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Exorcism in Russia

It might be all the horror movies I have been watching lately but this sound-file of a Russian exorcism in progress is creeping me out.

A sixteen-year-old girl sits in a chair in a Russian Orthodox Church. She is being held down by her mother. Light filters in from high windows and the air is thick with tension and the smell of holy incense. A priest stands over her reading the rite of exorcism. The girl squirms in her mother’s arms, groaning and growling as if the priest’s words were a torment to her mind and soul. The girl struggles violently, her groans becoming inhuman howls and deep, guttural moans of psychological pain. Then she lashes out at the priest, and in a voice that seems not to be her own, spits words of defiance.
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New Order: Krafty

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Jessica Alba lasso practice

Jessica Alba explains her striptease practice regimen to David Letterman. Apparently the rope needs to be stiff but a little bit soft.

"So I practice in my hotel room in my underwear and a lasso... to get comfortable."
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The crack-like effect of this Gems game reminds of that time on Next Generation when the whole crew got hooked on that game-pod thing except Wesley who was too cool to be addicted or something.

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Luang Sathorn Mansion

The former Russian Embassy to Thailand was housed in the Luang Sathorn Mansion. How vacant... how mysterious!

The vacant and mysterious Luang Sathorn Mansion and former Russian Embassy. See soundproof and metal-lined rooms, a labyrinth of windowless chambers, and rooms with no apparent way in...
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Medici muddle

Investigation of the remains of Medici family members has been complicated by extra bodies, bodies in the wrong burial and... previous investigations. Take Grand Duke Francesco Medici I, for example.

As for Francesco himself, according Dr Lippi, an earlier researcher threw away the most vital clue.

"His body was exhumed in 1947 by an anthropologist. Being an anthropologist, what interested him was the shape of the skull. So what did he do? He took away the scalp. ... "Arsenic residues end up in the nails and hair. But it would be difficult to find any in the four hairs we found left in Francesco's tomb."
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Hobbit vandalism

Yet another shining moment for paleontology is it is learned the remains of Homo floresiensis have been damaged since their discovery.

The damage to the bones of this diminutive being -- named Homo floresiensis and nicknamed hobbit by scientists -- is so extensive that it will limit scholarly research on the species, say members of the Indonesian Center for Archaeology-based discovery team. Considered the most important discovery in human origins in five decades, the remains are marred by broken jaws and smashed bones.

"The equivalent in the world of art would be somebody slashing the Mona Lisa and then trying to fix it with chewing gum," says paleontologist Tim White of the University of California-Berkeley, who was not on the discovery team.
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March 25, 2005

The Apprentice: Glenn Reynolds

NBC has announced Mark Burnett and Donald Trump are to co-produce an Apprentice spin-off and that "not only will the series be like The Apprentice, it will in fact be The Apprentice."

Entitled The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, the new Apprentice version will feature Stewart taking over Donald Trump's hosting responsibilities in a move that The Donald termed the first "domestic expansion" of "The Apprentice franchise."

You see where I am going with this. Imagine teams of aspiring bloggers arranged into two competing groupblogs, say "Mortal Humans" and "Top 100". Each week teams would have to carry out vaguely ludicrous tasks under the tuition of Glenn Reynolds. Can that hair possibly be real? If I get links will I have a hot wife too?

This week on the Blogprentice - we'd have to call it that... we're geeks - teams have to design a viral marketing campaign for a carbonated milk beverage. Top 100 has a tried and true strategy of paying off "Democratic" "bloggers" through Soros-controlled NGOs. "It's marketing! It's activism! It's actimarketing!" A fight breaks out, "Surely, that's marktivism..."

Meanwhile, Mortal Humans takes the rash decision to try the beverage. "Gahhh! This is foul... sell it to teenagers!" They enlist Paris Hilton and Fred Durst to the project somehow and combining tricky Google keywords involving "Jessica Alba assless chaps" the uniques roll in.

Cut to a Mazda RX8 rolling up to an ivy covered building and two teams in the boardroom reserved for law faculty of the University of Tennessee. For Mortal Humans it is a prized evening seminar in space science policy but for Top 100 it will be a return visit to the boardroom and one blogger will hear the dreaded words:

"Heh. Indeed."

So who gets to be Carolyn Kepcher?

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I'm crushing your head

The US Navy having fun. I notice at least one Canadian martial arts move is now being deployed by naval aviators.

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Goldfrapp: Strict Machine

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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This collection of latte art is strangely inspirational.

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Ship of fools

If I was delivering a sermon in London on the 24th April the first thing I would do is announce that any market research types could bite me. And shouldn't pews be stern and uncomfortable? This could be why I am not cut out for the clergy.

Churches will be judged on the warmth of the welcome, the length and content of the sermon, the music and even the after-service coffee and the softness of the pews.

Among other things, mystery worshippers will be asked to describe the moment which brought them closest to heaven and the moment closest to "the other place".

Well, I have certainly never heard it called that before.

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Age project

How old do you think I am?

What age do you appear to be?

Old enough to buy beer? To be called "Ma'am" or "Sir"? To get special discounts?
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Chlodosind the Blood-thirsty

Merovinginate yourself with the Merovingian Name Generator.

Ever heard of Clovis (466-511)?

OK, probably not. He was king of the Franks, converted to Christianity by his wife Bathilde, and brought a good chunk of Europe under the thumb of his warlord dynasty, known as the "Merovingians." That is, until Charles "the Hammer" Martel came around, ousted the old nuts, and began the Carolingian dynasty, best known for producing that illiterate patron of the arts, Charlemagne. Anyhoo, the Merovingians didn't do much for Europe, or for themselves, for that matter.

They did, however, have one thing going for them...very funny names.
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March 24, 2005

Eko Eko Azarak

I keep hearing rave reviews about the new Chaosium Secrets of Japan supplement but have yet to purchase it. It is a question of spending that much money for anything with that much anime it it. That said, there are local Japanese interpretations of the Mythos on offer. Take, Misa the Dark Angel for example. This ritual offers an interesting spin on the division of labour in the Mythos. Umm... Atorakunakua?* Something to do with the "Weitly" family presumably. You know, the one's who used to worship the demon god Yog Sototo.

I make myself as an angel...
I dedicate myself to the god of the spider, Atorakunakua.
I make myself as an angel...
I dedicate myself to the god of the wind, Huster.
I make myself as an angel...
I dedicate myself to the god of the underworld, Tsatugua.
I make myself as an angel...
I dedicate myself to the god of chaos, Niarlratohotepu.
I make myself as an angel...
I dedicate myself to the god of water, Dagon.
I make myself as an angel...
I dedicate myself to the god of the black goat, Shupunigras.
I make myself as an angel...
I dedicate myself to the sleeping god, Cthulhu.

*Ahh... Atlach-Nacha. It's one of Clark Ashton Smith's.

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This Suntory ad sums up why I should move to Japan. The wire-fighting badminton moves are inexplicably set off against the Sheena Easton tune and now I want some soda.

Update: The Flea's regional culture expert writes to correct my naive view of badminton and sunshine. That's no soda!

It's for canned ^chuhai^: a sho^chu^-based ^high^ball. Shochu is a distilled liquor--lots of the cheap stuff you get mixed with in bars is from Korea, which isn't to say it's bad. The drink in the ad, BTW, is called カロリー ("Calorie," because it has 50% fewer calories than the regular version). Comes in a selection of delicious flavors, too. The one at the bottom, green plum, sounds most refreshing to me, but tastes vary.
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Ethnic doughs

The fried dough of many peoples. I must say I missed doughnuts while I was in England.

Exactly where and when the first fried dough appeared is the subject of much speculation and one that is covered under the History portion of this site. What can be agreed upon is that almost every culture has its own version of fried dough, be it savory or sweet, with or without a hole.

Those bismarks look really, really good and this is the second time this week I have been tormented with the thought of zeppole.

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Emiliana Torrini: Sunny Road

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Just how comparatively fast is a Grand Prix car? I admit it. This really sucked me in. So cool.

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Master Chief

I have never played Halo but yet I want a Master Chief wearable suit.

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Ball achieves a webgame zen in its simplicity. Too bad my right arrow key is sticking.

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COMINTERN Electronic Archive

For all your COMINTERN documentary needs.

The Communist International
The Communist, or Third, International (COMINTERN) was founded in early 1919 by Lenin as an international revolutionary proletarian party. The COMINTERN consisted of about 70 communist and socialist parties in Europe, Asia, and America. Consequently, it deeply influenced the political life of many countries worldwide. The semi-legal and clandestine activities coordinated by the COMINTERN made this one of the most cloistered societies of recent centuries.

The COMINTERN archives contain 55 million pages of original documents in almost 90 languages, covering the whole period during which the organization was active, from 1919 till 1943. The archives contain 237,000 files from seven Congresses, thirteen Executive Committee Communist International (ECCI) Plenums, and over 70 communist, socialist, and other international organizations. Hand-written amendments and other personal corrections made by various figureheads of the communist movement make this material even more valuable.
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Handbook for civilians

Just in case atom bombs fall.

This booklet has been prepared by the Denver Civil Defense Office -
1. To outline, according to the latest available and authentic information, the capacities of modern destructive warfare as made possible through the use of atom bombs and similar high explosives, and as brought about by biological and chemical warfare weapons.
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March 23, 2005


Let's say you used your stylin' hoodoo powers and a bottle to capture a "haint", specifically the ghost of a four or five year old girl. What would you do with this destructive spirit? Destroy it at the crossroads? Or sell it on eBay.


I am pretty sure this one violates the eBay "no human body parts" selling policy.

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"The Necronomicon really improved my life! I'm dating my dead girlfriend again, and I sent my math professor to an early grave. Life is good, and this iDeath system really rocks!" - Anonymous

Necronomicon Ex Mortuis, for business!

Reach thousands in our mass-marketing program with the NECRONOMICON. Raise the dead, kill, destroy, live forever... do what you want with the latest and greatest that technology can offer through use of the Necronomicon!

Sure, but will it drive blog traffic?

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The Complete Waste O'Timeline

This Unified Field Crossover History of the Universe should come in handy.

600 BC: Nuclear war breaks out on planet Skaro.

570 BC: Survivors of Skaran war, reduced to nervous systems, survive in mechanical travelling cases developed by mutated scientist Davros.

567 BC: Gautama born, will achieve enlightenment as the Buddha.
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Basement Jaxx: Oh My Gosh

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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I figure my average reaction speed is ok.

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Big Fast Finger

I only managed 37 clicks in 10 seconds but I am blaming the interface for not registering my blinding click-speed.

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Free the balloon

I did manage to the free the balloon and open the door but that is as far as I am going.

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It is not like I will stop pointing to other vehicles but I suppose I should admit the true Fleamobile. I have wanted one of these since I was a kid. Anything in the range would suit me down to the ground though I admit a special place in my heart for the Three Wheeler. It strikes me to be particularly well suited to a crime-fighting life.

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The worst jobs in history

There have been a lot of rotten jobs throughout the history of Britain though this website inexplicably overlooks adjunct lecturer as one of them. Though I suppose it is not that far from being a sedan-chair bearer.

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Bird flu

Two million people could be killed by the Bird Flu if it gets loose in the UK. Or, taking the World Health Organization estimates, it could be eleven million. I imagine the Canadian government is doing even less to address the problem than their British counterparts. Time to stock up on kimchi fixings.

"We know that the virus, when it gets into people - which doesn't happen very often but has happened in the Far East - is very, very lethal, much more than the ordinary kind of flu virus that we're used to," he told BBC News 24.

"If it does that and it keeps this ability to kill, where it kills between 60% and 80% of the people it infects, that's were these big numbers of deaths come from."

In an interview with the Independent on Sunday, he said the government hoped the problem would "go away" and likened its attitude to the BSE crisis.
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If you know the power of prayer I would a appreciate a prayer for my family today. Thanks, folks.

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March 22, 2005

Hilton sisters

Magic Short Bus chronicles the self-styled "Hilton sisters" of animation. Va va voom!

Yes my name was on the list in Paris' stolen sidekick info, but the truth is, it's just someone with the same name and pretty soon, the gig will be up and I'll be just plain ol' me again.

It's so shallow and lame to gossip about celebrities on the internet, right? I mean, if I were really cool, I wouldn't name drop. So, thank God I'm not cool.
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Sheet music

Lots of Kylie Minogue sheet music!

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Brawny Innocent Escapes

Why yes there is something beautiful about me today. But this is still the closest thing to hell I have ever seen on "the internet" (via Chapel Perilous).

Oh hey I didn't realize anybody was here. No, I'm glad you are. What a pleasant surprise. I was just upstairs building you an armoir.
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Anna Kournikova tennis shoes

There is simply no good reason why that shoelace keeps coming untied. These so-called "Anna Kournikova tennis shoes" are nothing but a cheap excuse for crass, crass objectification. For shame. Why, a second look reveals those, uhh, shoes probably don't even belong to Anna Kournikova.

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Limbo X-treme

I would watch competitive limbo if it was on the tv and, sadly, I would still support the England side. Interesting animation too.

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Dustball: Play

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Lost Planet of the Gods redux

Now the new Battlestar Galactica is proving itself so ass-kicky let us once again spare a thought for Jane Seymour.

Jane Seymour looks every bit the frazzled soccer-mom of Caprica in this image. Can you blame her? Her home-world has been destroyed by reptile-cyborgs and she is now part of a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest. More important, she has by now discovered just how wrong a show can go ...
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Trackback spam

So... comments and trackbacks are now working at the Flea so comment and ping away! (Thanks, TacJammer!) Of course, every blessing conceals its own lesson as I have received ten spam trackback pings this morning. Does anybody have suggestions on deflecting this stuff?

Update: I found a couple interesting suggestions here...

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Google OS

Rumour has it Google is developing an operating system.

Speaking of Microsoft, Dave Winer found an interesting tidbit. Seems that Google has hired away one of the company’s operating system gurus, a fellow by the name of Mark Lucovsky. What’s Google got up its collective sleeve? Let your imagines roam, my droogs.
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Don't bring a knife to a car fight

Yep. Canada. So much less prone to violence than our southern neighbours. Take policing in Toronto, for example. When our local constabulary is not busy forcibly coralling suspects I see they are also making good use of "the internet" with daily major crime news reports (that second one via Bob Tarantino).

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March 21, 2005

TacJammer, F*yeah!

TacJammer, f* yeah!
He's coming again to make comment spam go way, yeah!
TacJammer, f* yeah!
'cause track-back pings they make my day, yeah!

Comment spam your day is through...
'cause now you have to answer to
TacJammer, f* yeah!

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Nightmares of Lovecraft

The sound of money flying from the Flea's vast treasure-houses can be heard as I learn of the forthcoming Nightmares of Lovecraft line from SOTA Toys.

“I wanted this line to be about taking the classic stories of Lovecraft and combining them with an original take by our artists,” says SOTA Toys president Jerry Macaluso. “ I want these to be beautiful and terrifying all at once.”

The first three figures in the line include C’thulhu from “The Call of C’thulhu”, the Ghoul from “Pickman’s Model” and Dagon from “Shadow Over Insmouth.”
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Unreleased Scissor Sisters/Kylie Minogue

Arjan Writes has a copy of the previously unreleased, now leaked to the internet, Scissors Sisters/Kylie Minogue track "Lovin' You." Loving it! Also at Arjan Writes, a first release of the Fettdog mix of "Giving You Up".

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Stay the distance

A fun horse-racing game but slightly worrying if you have trouble with the jumps. Poor horse!

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Dr. Gene Scott

Dr. Gene Scott was easily my favourite television preacher ever. Yes, his rants about money were part of the appeal and I also liked his occassional discussion of his horses. But he is also the only television preacher I have ever seen refer to the New Testament in the Greek. This was an educated man. So... would his unique approach work for blog funding? (Just kidding.) (Send cash!)

Scott's appeal lay in his genius as an entertainer. Buccaneering, shaggy-haired and bearded under a bandana or flamboyant hat, he was by turns unpredictable, outrageous, funny and inspired, but always compelling. Fat cigar in hand, his face contorted with rage, he would mix scripture with profanity-laden monologues about the state of the world ("Nuke 'em in the name of Jesus!" he cried during the Gulf War), punctuated with demands for more money.
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Laura Roslin


“I want you to hear me on this. You made a true believer out of me – as strange as that sounds, considering. But I believe I know you’re the one to lead us to our salvation. You are going to guide us – to Earth.”

“Then we’d better find it soon.”

Mary McDonell considers her role as a war president of the thirteen colonies. I did not spot egregious spoilers for Canadian readers (who are only half way through season one) but think before clicking.

"Playing this part on `Battlestar'," McDonnell says, "I've been in the position of having to make sometimes military decisions regarding life and death. It has been a huge stretch for my progressive little heart and soul. The first time I had to experience this in the miniseries, I was really disturbed, when I really got inside that moment.

"As the 13 episodes went on, and I got more and more in command, I started to notice the separation taking place, separating the perhaps compassionate person from the practical person that had to keep the bigger prize in mind. You start feeling yourself becoming more male in a kind of cliched sense, but in fact, you start relying on a different side of yourself more often to get through the moment and not experience some of that pain."
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Gaius Baltar

A Ron Moore's Blog reader asks about the new Gaius Baltar as a chair-swiveller.

"Hello, Ron. I have a question about Baltar you ought to answer. One of the things I liked about the original series was the way Baltar did all his chair-swiveling. Boy, he sure looked evil way the frak up there on that big pedestal. And then Lucifer or some other Cylon would come in, and there would be those big, dramatic polytonal chords, and then Baltar would slowly swivel around in his chair to face whatever had come into his room because before they came into his room, he was facing a wall, or something off screen-- who knows what was there. I'm sure there's been a lot of speculation about it. But you see, when you made the new Baltar the way he is-- that is, a non-- chair-swiveller, I didn't think the show could work at all. You've got to have a chair-swiveller in it, and there hasn't been one-- until now. Just as I'm getting used to Callis NOT being a chair-swiveller, there he is at the end of "Tigh Me Up" SWIVELING IN HIS CHAIR! Well, I must say I was very pleased with that, and so now I must ask: Was James Callis's chair-swiveling scene a tribute to John Colicos's chair-swiveling?"

Chair-swiveling is an old and honorable avocation for any accomplished and self-respecting villainous personage. How could its inclusion be anything but a loving tribute?
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Diversity certified®

Eric is celebrating diversity.

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March 19, 2005

Ragged Robin


"We got The Moon as a fate card."

If a particular time-travelling tarot-reader (in a comic babe outfit) should happen to read this I am hoping I have almost caught up to you in your trip to the future (am hoping it isn't the twelve year version). I am not sure how grown up I am now (but I am doing my best).

- King Mob

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Battle Speech at the Black Gate

The Flea School for Wayward Expats continues a series in rhetoric and oratory. Today's speaker is Aragorn (son of Arathorn) offering a battle speech at the Black Gate.

Hold your ground! Hold your ground. Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers, I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day.
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Mushy peas

I was spoiled by the British Isles Show that came through Toronto recently and must now find a source of mushy peas somewhere downtown. Please help! This was much simpler when we still had M&S.

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Twinoo is the First MoMPG (Mono MultiPlayer Game). My left brain just kicked my right brain's... uhh... ass, I guess.

May the best brain hemisphere win!
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Dinosaur robots

Ok, dinosaurs are cool and robots are cool so dinosaur robots must be cooler than cool.*

*This is such a bad idea. Are you trying to get us all devoured by dinosaur robots?

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Warp Factor Love

Sadly, I was singing along the second time I played it.

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Girl with a straw

Time to make some existentialism cinema at a Starbucks. The Einstürzende Neubauten soundtrack is a plus.

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The Demoiselle D'Ys

When my Flea ad revenue makes me independently wealthy I shall pay for a film adaptation of The King in Yellow (the short story collection not the play itself). Starring in The Demoiselle D'Ys will be Audrey Tautou as Jeanne D'Ys. Oh yes.

There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.

Further googling reveals a number of striking Mythos themes in the Legend of the City of Ys... hmm...

Abaoue ma beuzet Ker Is
N'eus kavet den par da Paris

Since was drowned the City of Ys
Nobody found an equal in Paris

Pa vo beuzet Paris
Ec'h adsavo Ker Is

When Paris will be engulfed
Will re-emerge the City of Ys
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The real Michael Jackson

It's funny because it's true. Also, really freaking scary.

SANTA BARBARA, CA—During a search for evidence at the Neverland Valley Ranch, investigators discovered a corpse that has been identified as that of Michael Jackson, Santa Barbara police officials announced Tuesday.

"Coroners have officially pronounced Michael Jackson dead. From what we can tell, he died between 18 and 20 years ago," forensic investigator Tim Holbrooke said. "We are not certain, at this time, who—or what—has been standing trial in that Santa Maria courthouse."
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A website featuring English accents and dialects... neat!

Listen to England's changing voice. Extracts from the Survey of English Dialects and the Millennium Memory Bank document how we spoke and lived in the 20th century.
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I love it that this UrbanDictionary entry for scene can include text, image and sound. There are plenty more interesting definitions to be found at the site though I notice "gay porn cock of lies" has yet to find an entry.

1. A term to define hardcore and metalcore kids, mainly around demographics of 24 years old and under. These are the same kids who may be considered fashioncore, emo, hXc and etc. with their tight jeans as well long shags blindfolding their eyes.

2. A way of saying "cool" in definition #1's very perspective of relevance. It's used to express approval/acceptance usual to a scene kid by a scene kid.
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March 18, 2005


What once was rumour is now a fact. Joss Whedon, super-genius is to write and direct a Wonder Wonder feature film (hat tip to the Sister of the Flea). Check out the stone cold butch teaser poster.

"There's no one better than Joss to adapt the legendary Wonder Woman comic book character created in the 1940s into a dynamic feature film for 21st century audiences," producer Joel Silver added. "Wonder Woman was the first great female superhero to emerge from comic books and later inspire millions of fans in her television incarnation, but unlike her counterparts Batman and Superman, this groundbreaking heroine has yet to be reinvented for the feature film arena."

"Wonder Woman is the most iconic female heroine of our time, but in a way, no one has met her yet," Whedon said. "What I love most about icons is finding out what's behind them, exploring the price of their power. When Joel and I began discussing the character, I realized there is a woman behind the legend who is very fascinating, very uncompromising, and in her own way, almost vulnerable. She's someone who doesn't belong in this world, and since everyone I know feels that way about themselves, the character clicked for me."
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Alien Apocalypse

It's a new Bruce Campbell feature... available in Canada sometime a few years from now! Thanks Canadian regulatory bodies! Your protectionist policies may inconvenience thirty million people but sheltering those four or five jobs at Space makes it worth the wait! It's not like we can just download this stuff and watch it commercial free! No wait, that's what we are doing.

Yesterday they were only astronauts. Today, they're humanity's only hope.

And some more good news: a second book from the man!

I had originally pitched a travel book, but the publishers thought it'd be a good idea for me to write a book about relationships instead. And so, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way was born. The only problem is that I don't know the slightest thing about relationships."

(via Ookii Ne)

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Jessica Alba stripper video

So, if it is Jessica Alba doing striptease and it is a teaser trailer does that make this a... oh, I can't finish this sentence.

Robert Rodriguez co-directs this adaptation of the comic book Sin City with the series original creator, Frank Miller. In a gritty, noir-drenched urban landscape, gangsters and other assorted lowlifes look for redemption.

Hmm. I am missing the bit about the noir-drenched blogosphere in there somewhere.

Update: Noted film scholar, Dr. Rusty Shackleford has vidcaps.

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Marilyn Manson: Personal Jesus

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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The maze

It took me three tries but I made it through the maze. This one is stress inducing.

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Who will be eaten first?

An oldie but a goodie. Remember... Yog Sothoth is the Gate!

One day, while sitting in a cafe...

"George, it's vital that you make the right decision before you die."

"You're gonna say I have to choose between God and the devil, right?"

"WRONG! The stars are right! The Elder Gods are going to rise and eat us all!"

"In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming." - HP Lovecraft
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Banned on Vulcan

I can't quite process this Voltaire fellow. I think he may be a genius. I mean. Klingon rap.

One night after one if his shows at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, he was invited to sit in on a "filk" session. Filk apparently is a convention phenomenon where musicians sing songs that have sci fi lyrics transplanted over recognizable folk melodies. He says, "There I was hearing these songs about Star Trek and I thought, damn! now, why didn't I think of this?! My love for music and obsession with Star Trek collided and I started to write Star Trek parody songs."
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Aieeee... my eyes! It's like A Clockwork Orange.

Congratulations! Your reading speed just increased from 546 WPM to 1122 WPM. Just think of how much you could improve if you used the full EyeQ program.
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TV Ratings

What television ratings really mean.

You just heard that a TV Show was ranked #1 in the NielsenTV ratings. What does that really mean? How does Nielsen Media Research "rate" TV shows? Why do shows you think are really pretty good get canceled? This page will answer these questions, and in the process give you a bit of background about a unique partnership between audience research and the television business.
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Blog reader survey

Henry Copeland summarizes his recent BlogAds blog reader survey. Take note all you opinion leaders... time for FleaTV!

The most interesting news comes in section 8. Aficionados of PR-speak will recognize these questions as benchmark tests to identify who is an opinion maker, a member of the ten percent of Americans who are believed to set the agenda and steer the opinions of the other 90%. To qualify as an official "influential," RoperASW, the leading firm consulting in the field, you have to answer 3 of those questions (excluding a petition) in the affirmative. Clearly the blogosphere is crawling with certified grade A opinion makers.
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March 17, 2005


Alan's Kaiju Room offers an introduction to a "truly powerful elemental force" and the growing field of Kaiju-Biology (Godzilla, King Ghidora, Mothra, Rodan... and more!).

Kaiju is translated to "mysterious beast/animal". This is somewhat like "monster" but with a supernatural overtone. Japanese monster movies are often called "kaiju eiga".
- from the Godzilla FAQ

Make your own origami kaiju! It's not like you have a job!

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David with the Head of Godzilla

Caravangeo has been heavily influenced by anime and manga, the Japanese comic-book styles of art with their fanciful monsters and action heroes.

Upon his return to Italy he attempted to apply what he had learned to more traditional Renaissance styles, especially Biblical motifs. His first attempts, The Conversion of Sailor Moon and The Sacrifice of Pikachu were not well received. Fortunately the unveiling of the painting shown here happened to coincide with a rash of sea-serpent stories reported by sailors off the Azores, which lent greater credibility to his work. He was later commissioned by the Papal nuncio to create his masterpiece, The Betrayal of Sonic Hedgehog, which now hangs in the Galleria Borghese in Cincinnati.
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Blue Öyster Cult: Godzilla

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Godzilla wedding

These godzilla wedding photos are brought to you courtesy of "the internet".

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Godzilla ® Trivia Quiz

I managed a paltry 88 points on this Godzilla trivia quiz.

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Godzilla vs The Hulk

The problem is that the Hulk's strength grows geometrically in proportion to his rage so given time he should in theory be able to kick, say, Galactus' ass. But on the other hand Godzilla has some sumo moves plus heat breath and also seems to get more ass kicky the madder he gets. Some folks compiling Godzilla's Marvel stats make a similar observation.

(Godzilla #1-5) - In the modern era, Godzilla surfaced off the coast of Alaska and began his trek across the USA. At first, Godzilla was somewhat disoriented; he rampaged across Alaska, ripping apart the Alaskan Pipeline. Soon after this, he settled down and would only rampage when provoked (kind of like a really, really big Hulk).
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Godzilla vs Tamagotchi

If you start playing Godzilla vs Tamagotchi you risk getting maternal feelings toward those little egg guys so be strong and get stomping.

You are Godzilla. Tokyo has hired you to wipe out the tamagotchi menace.
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Godzilla vs The Smog Monster

Godzilla: the world's largest ecologist. Play the song!

The situation is looking bleak for Japan, everything is polluted or dying and the full horror of late 60's music is upon them. Researchers are trying in vain to find solutions to the many problems. Dr. Yano might be a brilliant scientist, but he can do little more than join in when everyone cries out, "We're doomed!" While diving (to mourn the destruction of coastal ecosystems) he encounters the evolving menace called Hedorah. Poor little Ken, standing alone on the rocks and calling out to his father, is one of the only poignant moments in what was intended to be a meaningful film. After this it gets silly.
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Godzilla vs Destoroyah

Check out the Kaiju biology of Destroyah (or Destroyer, Destroyah, Desutoroia), everybody's favourite metamorphosing amalgam of Precambrian crustaceans.

The original form of this monster was a microorganism, which inhabited the Precambrian era where oxygen was not yet found on the earth. Destoroyah absorbs carbon dioxide from the air and emits microoxygen. The monster evolves rapidly by using the genetic code found in its prey. Eventually, Destoroyah absorbed the life energy of Godzilla Junior and the energy from an explosion at Shinagawa power plant, which caused it to evolve into a bigger form, the mature adult form.

(Yeah, that sure was obvious from the movie's context...)
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A Godzilla time-line.

1954 The fishing boat Fukuryu-maru (Lucky Dragon) makes big news in Japan: The boat accidentally strays into a nuclear test site, its crew becomes ill and one man dies. A nationwide recall of tuna is ordered. Meanwhile, Tanaka, with the help of former documentary filmmaker and Akira Kurosawa assistant Ishiro Honda, brings his dream to life: "Gojira," featuring radiation-stricken sailors, is a box-office hit in Japan.
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Learning how to panic

Or, How I spent my Sunday running away from Godzilla. By Andy Johnson.

Today my friend Preston Nevins and I joined about 200 Japanese extras in running away from Godzilla for the lastest Godzilla flik - Godzilla X Megaguirus which will premiere in December 2000. Officially speaking, we were 'evacuating' Tokyo in advance of Godzilla's approach, though in Japan 'evacuating' apparently means "run real fast where people tell you to go."
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March 16, 2005

Airbus A310

Seeing as the Flea has a flight booked with Air Transat I thought it prudent to write and ask them the model aircraft I am currently scheduled to fly. It turns out the Airbus A310 may have a wonky rudder system. Hardly reassuring.

At 35,000 feet above the Caribbean, Air Transat flight 961 was heading home to Quebec with 270 passengers and crew. At 3.45 pm last Sunday, the pilot noticed something very unusual. His Airbus A310's rudder - a structure 28 feet high - had fallen off and tumbled into the sea. In the world of aviation, the shock waves have yet to subside.

Mercifully, the crew was able to turn the plane around, and by steering it with their wing and tail flaps managed to land at their point of departure in Varadero, Cuba, without loss of life. But as Canadian investigators try to discover what caused this near catastrophe, the specialist internet bulletin boards used by pilots, accident investigators and engineers are buzzing.

Here are some rather alarming photos of the missing rudder (the comments are worth reading). It turns out the light-weight composites used in the manufacture of the A300 and A310 (as well as the new super-jumbo) may not be up to the task. Frankly, I will be astonished if Air Transat gives me a straight answer about the aircraft I am currently booked to fly and given the liability involved I could hardly blame them. I also doubt my flight insurance covers sketchy feelings about aircraft safety so my next stop is the Canadian transportation safety board (TSB).

Update: (This was posted after the extended entry which follows.) I just spoke with someone at the Transportation Safety Board and, while I explained I publish a blog, I did say I was not with the press and so will not say too much specific about what I found. What I can say is that I am left profoundly reassured by the inspection and review process that is underway both in Canada and internationally. If these guys are anything like the engineer I spoke with then they are seriously on the ball. I have also written to Air Transat to ask if my flights will be on one of their ten A310s in service and will report on any response they make.


BitsBlog considers the politics behind the week it took for a rather alarming incident to make its way to the MSM and a grotesque distortion reportedly made by the airline to its passengers regarding the choice to return to Cuba rather than land in the United States (via Instapundit).

The FAA says that at this point, the pilot opted to return to Cuba. Now, it should be noted that had the pilot declared an emergency, he could have put down anywhere he wanted to. Thing is, such an emergency was never declared, and the reports I've seen of the radio exchanges, and some reports from Quebec, it was the pilot's choice to return to Cuba. Apparently, what didn't make it to the air controller's tapes was the conversation between the pilot and Air Transat's ownership, wherein, we're told the choice to go back to Cuba was made.

But watch this; What was told the passengers, was that the US had refused to allow an emergency landing. I've seen reports in the frankophone press to this effect several times in the last week since this story came up. The reason given to the passengers and the press of course was the trade Embargo against Cuba.

If this is true it strikes me that Air Transat owes everyone an apology and an explanation. Yet more worrying than this spin is the possible link to American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 downed in November 2001 due to... wait for it... rudder separation. Note the A300 and A310 have identical rudder systems.* While the American NTSB report blamed pilot error (itself only possible due to a flaw in the rudder control system) some media have reported intense lobbying by Airbus in reaching this determination. Not good.

*Following my conversation with the CTSB I now gather that earlier model A300s used a different rudder system to a later system shared by the A300 and A310. It would take some more poking around to discover if the same system was in place about the American Airlines and Air Transat flights.

Update: More here (again via Instapundit).

Regular readers will remember my brief consideration of "glass" airplanes to replace the Tampico. One of the things that convinced me not to take that path was a conversation with my mechanic. He said there is nothing inherently wrong with glass planes, but that it is very difficult to determine their condition. He told me that the structure of a glass plane can be damaged, but the damage will be invisible and extremely hard to detect visually because the part retains its original shape. In other words, it doesn't dent like metal.

And, to paraphrase a reliable source, we are in an ongoing learning process with these composites. We simply have not had them in service long enough for engineers, airlines and regulators to have the experience that has been built up in, for example, aluminum alloys.

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Lord Of The Rings musical

It is obscurely satisfying to me that The Lord Of The Rings musical will open in Toronto a year before it opens in London.

The hugely-anticipated Lord Of The Rings musical will have its world premiere in Toronto next year – because they cannot find a theatre big enough in Britain.

The £11.5 million adaptation of the JRR Tolkien trilogy - destined to be the most expensive musical in history - had been due to open in London in December.

That said, and despite being the most expensive musical theatre production ever staged, it strikes me as near impossible to tell the story in an all singing, all dancing three hours. This thing is a disaster in the making.

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Being stranded in the frozen wastes means I will miss Beckham the Musical.

Sarah and Danai sang an acoustic ballad of Beckham's move from Manchester United to Real Madrid live to the radio audience during the interview Beckham the Musical is about David Beckham's time at school, his football career, his personal life and how he achieved success.
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That stripping thing

“I just wanted you to know,” Alba told me, sounding hungry and decidedly sober, “that I’m half-naked right now and eating chocolate cake.”

How many times have I spoken those same words? Jessica Alba discusses "that stripping thing". Warning: photos!

The night Jessica Alba and I got smashed together—after what I now dimly recall as our seventh glass of wine—she turned to me and said, "Now that you’ve gotten me good and drunk, you probably want to know about that stripping thing."
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J-Lo: Get Right

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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General Lee

It looks like they have kept the Confederate battle flag on the roof of the General Lee for the new Dukes of Hazard film.

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I could set up the Flea with 3D posts and then everyone would get motion sick. To the extreme!

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Emily T-shirt

While it would not fit me the Emily T-shirt alone made a minimum bid a must.

Own this chic outfit worn by the beautiful and athletic Jessica Biel in Blade Trinity. Complete with red crew neck Emily T-shirt (size M), long sleeve charcoal waffle weave T-shirt, green khaki pants, and red and white striped head scarf, this is one outfit you don't want to pass up. Comes with a letter of Authenticity.

Elsewhere at New Line is this non-functional Gandalf pipe. What is the point of a non-functional pipe? You could at least make one that would blow bubbles or something.

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The tape


Watch the tape.

If you watch this video you must pass it on and have someone else watch. If you don't you will die in 7 days.

Also, I am pretty sure there is a viral curse about how important it is to visit my advertisers! Ok, not really.

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March 15, 2005

Revenge of the Sith

Here is the trailer for Star Wars Episode III. Despite my every reservation I have to say I still have hope this one will be the good prequel. It has only just occurred to me that if it is done well that this film will be upsetting to watch... but then we knew from the beginning that things could only end badly.

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Aliens: Motion Tracker

This motion tracker would come in handy. Too bad it is not in stock. One day I will own an M2019 Blaster, dang it. Harry Potter chess set. Nice. Sword cane of Dracula. Better yet. Kroenen Mask... best of all for Flea-related crime-fighting activities. I also fancy this High Elven warrior shield... and now I am noticing the rest of the LotR clothing available. A ranger coat, boots and leather surcoat. I am clearly not nearly enough of a giant nerd yet... a wearable helm of Sauron... hit the tipjar, folks!

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Rocket Science: Being Followed

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Micro Life

I am feeling protective of my Micro Life. My favourite part is the jungley background noise.

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International Eat An Animal For PETA Day

It's that special time of year again! Don't forget to feast! It's International Eat An Animal For PETA Day!

The day that started as a reaction to one of the most offensive PETA ad campaigns ever is now an annual event (joined by many others). Why? Because there are still plenty of offensive PETA campaigns to get annoyed about, whether or not they're using Jews (and let's not even talk about their lies regarding the kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa). So, because we've had such a good time for the past two years, once again, I urge you all to have a fun, meat-filled day on March 15th, the official International Eat an Animal for PETA Day.

(with a hat tip to the Flea's Canadian military expert for the reminder)

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D&D vs IDF

The Israeli Defense Forces are reluctant to offer security clearance to Dungeons & Dragons players because they consider the latter to be "detached from reality and susceptible to influence".

"We have discovered that some of them are simply detached from reality," a security source told Ynet.

Game enthusiasts are aware of their problematic image in the army and prefer to maintain their anonymity. Many of them are from the former Soviet Union, where the game is very popular.

Given the nonsense that guy at Hairy Tarantula was telling me about Hastur the other day I can only sympathize with the IDF position vis a vis hard-core gamers. Robert W. Chambers stealing Hastur from H.P. Lovecraft? Talk about detached from reality. Everyone knows he borrowed the name from Ambrose Bierce.

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Batman: New Times

Batman: New Times is a fun animated short inspired by Spiderman: The Legend of Doc.

Written and Directed by the team of William Vaughan and Jeff Scheetz, this fast-paced animated adventure follows the exploits of Bruce Wayne as his crime fighting alter ego -- BATMAN. Bruce risks everything to deliver GOTHAM CITY from the vile JOKER. The JOKER and his henchmen do all they can to spoil GOTHAM'S New Years Eve party. Animated star HARLEY QUINN joins the fray, throwing everything she can in BATMAN'S way.
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Origin Comics

Origin Comics presents: Superman!

On Krypton lives a race of Super-Men! These gents leap over buildings in a single bound, folks! Kryptonian women are discouraged from doing anything spectacular!

"I just leapt for a second!"

"I've never been so humiliated in my goddamn life, Gladys."

And don't miss the origin of... the Bat-Man! ("Grab a plate, Commissioner! This man-buffet is open!")

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Angelina Jolie no strings sex

Is it news that Angelina Jolie enjoys lesbian sex? Sadly, it appears to be.

Hollywood beauty Angelina Jolie has boasted that she is an expert at lesbian sex. Bisexual Angelina, 29, says she knows what girls like, adding: “I absolutely love women and find them incredibly sexy.

“I have loved women in the past and slept with them too. I think if you love and want to pleasure a woman, particularly if you are a woman yourself, then certainly you know how to do things in a certain way.”

Update: The Superficial runs with the story, links it to comparable Jessica Alba news and the inevitable narrative unfolds (via Beautiful Atrocities). Ahh... the things I report as a citizen journalist.

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Mitsou Gélinas


Not content with borifying "edgy" MuchMusic vj George Stroumboulopoulos, the CBC has now frumpified Mitsou. This chanteuse, whose genius "Bye Bye Mon Cowboy" was the single notable accomplishment of Canadian culture during the 1980s, is now reduced to interviewing elderly folks about their Irish heritage in Quebec or some such. This is a travesty. Thanks, CBC. Thanks for violating my youth.

Get ready for the cultural and political musings of Mitsou Gélinas, the former teen idol who today begins the touchy job of interpreting Quebec for the rest of Canada. As host of the new CBC show Au Courant, Mitsou, now 34, is restyling herself into Quebec's TV ambassador to the nation. Every Saturday afternoon for 30 minutes on Newsworld, her mission will be to give les anglos an inside track on what's really on Quebecers' minds.

"It's a big job and responsibility, I know," admits Mitsou, who exploded on to the airwaves with her 1988 hit "Bye Bye Mon Cowboy" and a steamy music video shot in a Turkish bath that was initially banned from MTV and had many calling her Quebec's home-grown Madonna. "But it's going to be different and fun, no?"

Sadly, no.

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March 14, 2005

Five Things I've Done That You Probably Haven't

1. Had clearance for a nuclear submarine base and a pass to London Fashion Week. At the same time.
2. Been exorcised by an evangelical congregation. I did not feel at thing at the time and only found out a couple years after the fact.
3. Explained how Clive Barker's "Hellraiser" puzzle box works. To Clive Barker.
4. Opened my Sahasrara chakra, or crown chakra, and levitated six inches or so off the floor.
5. Flown to Paris for a blind date. That was a nice weekend.

Inspired by Gen-X at 40 via Babbling Brooks.

Oh, let's make that "ten" shall we.

6. Done something most guys have wanted to do and have not. It was Beltaine.
7. Interviewed Poppy Z. Brite for her thoughts on voodoo.
8. Appeared in one of Tanya Huff's Keeper novels. I was not obviously a Keeper-in-training though a case could be made for the next installment.
9. Spent an afternoon at the Crown over a beer or two with Robert Holdstock learning how to speak Ice Age British.
10. Been offered love and hugs for my blog by Kylie Minogue.

Guess which one makes me happiest.

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Kylie Minogue: Giving You Up

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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The CCL Game

The CCL Game is a great little shipping/logistics viral game for a computer systems supplier. Cute.

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Choose Life

Which Trainspotting Character Are You?

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Star Trek XI

Most fans have noticed the odd numbered Star Trek films have been utter pants (though I quite liked the first one). Given the descent into blah of the latest series I do not hold out much hope the premise of the eleventh Star Trek film will save it from the odd-numbered curse, "Romulan chill pill" notwithstanding.

Reports of the next movie have it taking place after the events of "Star Trek: Enterprise" and before the adventures of James Kirk in the original "Star Trek" series. Jendresen confirmed that the movie would take place more than a century before Kirk, but acknowledged that it would not be an "Enterprise" spinoff.
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Country life

"To contradict Samuel Johnson", Sam Taylor was tired of London, but "was definitely not tired of life." This is the Islington, champagne socialist dream move to the south of France and I must say I share it. Not to worry. It sours on him in the end. That said, I think he should have run with that novel written from the point of view of a flea.

It was, at first, like being on a holiday that never ended. The simplest things were pleasurable: just being able to drive to one of the four boulangeries in the nearest small town every day and choose between about 50 varieties of fresh bread; discovering the local Madiran red wine, famous for its thick, heavy, tannic flavours, and drinking it in the sun with bloody, barbecued magret (duck breast) and home-grown tomatoes; watching the corn in the fields opposite our house grow from tiny green shoots in late June to triffid-like monsters in late July (and worrying about the kind of chemicals needed to make it grow that fast); going to a nearby farm instead of the supermarket to buy a rabbit for our Sunday dinner and discovering that it was still alive. (Danielle, the farmer, slit its throat and I had to hold its legs while she pulled off the pelt; within seconds, half a dozen chicks appeared at our feet to lick the fresh blood from the ground.)
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Afghan Warrior

As'salam alaikum, Waheed!

I would like to say hello to all bloggers. My name is Waheed. I am a 20 year old male from Afghanistan and I have been working with the US Army in Kabul, Afghanistan as an interpreter for the last 2 years. Our base is located inside the ANA (Afghan National Army) Central Corps and the US officers train the ANA. I would like to thank my friend Paul Edwards who persuaded me to start my blog and send the real news from Afghanistan.

(via KiP)

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Elite Combat Unicycle

At last, a viable alternative for the Canadian military: the Elite Combat Unicycle. I make joke.

There have been found to be psychological factors which adversely effect an enemy unit under attack from combat unicyclists, primarily the well established 'gawp/double take' effect.

It has been observed that a proportion of the enemy soldiers on realizing that they are under attack by soldiers on unicycles will cease their combat activities and stare in disbelief, they are then highly susceptible to return fire.

Indeed, there are some unconfirmed reports of spontaneous 'enemy applause' with the appearance of E.C.U personnel during a firefight.
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March 12, 2005


This somewhat racey trailer leaves me wondering if we get the Oxygen network in Canada. Also, I could not help but notice Ms. Love Hewitt graces the cover of Maxim this month.

Don't miss Jennifer Love Hewitt as the endearingly despicable Katya Livingston, star of Oxygen's newest romantic comedy, Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber.
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Skinny Puppy: Pro-Test

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

*For those with the patience for a five minute download and a burning desire for high-resolution goth break-dancing imagery try right-click and saving Pro-Test from here.

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Say it!

Say it!

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Cat stacking

Cat Stacking is the best Tetris variant yet. I made it to level eight before losing my mind.

Cats are not for stacking!
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Superflow Jeans

Is it just me or are singing bellybuttons disturbing?

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The Continental

How is it possible that Christopher Walken and the Flea have exactly the same accent, fashion sense and pick-up lines?* Except for that rhinocerous horn business.

And may I say you have exquisite taste in underwear!

*Ok, not really.**

**Well, maybe the same fashion sense.

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Anna Kournikova bikini calendar

I would post a link to some video from an Anna Kournikova 2005 bikini calendar fashion shoot but I doubt anyone here would be interested. Well, just in case someone is researching an article or something. At least this shows Kournikova has a life away from Enrique Iglesias despite what some people would have us believe. I should probably also point out this is work tricky unless your work is bikini-related.

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No sex tonight

Venus and Mars: discuss.

I never quite figured out why the sexual urge of men and women differ so much. And I never have figured out the whole Venus and Mars thing. I have never figured out why men think with their head and women with their heart.
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Janey Canuck

One of the most frustrating things about identity politics, or any politics that refuses anything but a party line, is the notion that this or that political perspective can act as a guarantee for the rest of a person's views. Take Canadian icon, Emily Murphy for example. We were taught she was a feminist icon without the awkward fact of her also being a racist. This is the history we should have been taught in high school.

The honour of being represented by a statue on Parliament Hill is usually reserved for prime ministers and royalty, but an exception was made for the Famous Five: Irene Parlby, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Nellie McClung and Emily Murphy, the Alberta women who won the Persons Case that gave women the right to sit in the Senate.

The five were recently added to the back of the new $50 bill as part of the 75th anniversary of the Persons Case. That's what most people know.

What most people may not be celebrating during this International Women's Week is that in 1922 Emily Murphy began writing under the pen name Janey Canuck in Maclean's and other publications, regularly vilifying Asian immigrants, American blacks, Jews and Eastern Europeans who had chosen Alberta as their home.

Recall those fifty dollar bills from circulation now, please.

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March 11, 2005

Shaken and stirred


Thanks to some extraordinary event planning the words "ROM" and "hip" have been made to rhyme. The Royal Ontario Museum pulled out all the stops for a party meant to promote the impending opening of the Libeskind crystal redesign of the museum and to showcase two halls for future events. For school kids of Ontario the ROM is probably best remembered for the high school field trips where most of us cut the tour as quickly as possible to take in the big city of Toronto. It was nothing short of astonishing to me to find the same place transformed into a movie nightclub scene where the multiple open bars were presided over by a monumental bronze buddha and assorted antique weaponry in display cases. Easily, easily the best such event I have been to on this side of the Atlantic.

The miso encrusted black bass (encrusted?) and what passed for a sidecar at one of the bars could have been better but then I have been spoiled in my friendship with one of the best known foodies in T.O., the "queen of cocktails" Christine Sismondo.

Odd place to meet a queen of cocktails.

"I don't like beer," says Christine Sismondo. "But I never met a cocktail I didn't like."

Sismondo, 34, teaches humanities at York and has written a book about the meaning of life vis-a-vis cocktails. Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History is due out in October.

A bunch of us were on hand as the cheering section for Christine's perfomance as mixologist to the stars. One of her latest creations, having been diligently taste-tested by the Flea, was a finalist in the cocktail competition that was the showpiece event of the evening. And in the event, the "Victoria's Secret" made an impressive second-place showing. Woo! Yay!

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Chemical Brothers: Star Guitar

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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I enjoy a good puzzle and consider solving this one time well wasted.

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Triumph in Hawaii

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog does the weather.

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Miami Vice

Miami Vice: the movie. Oh yes. To play Detective James "Sonny" Crockett? Colin Farrell!

Miami Vice is scheduled to hit theaters in 2006 with Jamie Foxx playing Detective Ricardo Tubbs and Michael Mann (Collateral) directing. I'm not sure if it's going to be set in the present day or back in the '80s, but it looks cool nontheless. Miami Vice was one of my favorites as a kid and I can't wait to see more of this.

More here.

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Microwave melting

Turn your microvave into a home foundry.

Research is nearing completion on a system that will allow the melting and casting of bronze, silver, gold, and even cast iron, using an unmodified domestic microwave oven as the energy source. A potential foundry in every kitchen!!
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There is no scientific evidence to suggest that we use only 10% of our brains.

In other words, the statement, "We use only 10% of our brains" is false; it's a myth. We use all of our brain. Let's look at the possible origins of this myth and the evidence that we use all of our brain.
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Implicit Association Test

"Your data suggest a strong automatic preference for United States relative to Canada"

Despite my hesitation about their methodology and some of my results, a variety of implicit association tests offer something to think about.

It is well known that people don't always 'speak their minds', and it is suspected that people don't always 'know their minds'. Understanding such divergences is important to scientific psychology.
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March 10, 2005

The King in Yellow

If anyone feels like buying me this "true first edition" of The King in Yellow please do.

This is an apparent review copy, with an inked inscription on the title page: "To The Editor of The Western Stationer with the regards of the publisher / 19 July 1895."

The text on page 126 (in "The Yellow Sign") appears to be in its earliest form, with line 13 reading "her spirit fled to God" and line 16 reading "there was only Christ to cry to now." (In all of our later copies of The King in Yellow, the text has been revised.)

This Magickal Childe edition of The Voudon Gnostic Workbook by Michael Bertiaux would also look great on the shelf next to my other Magickal Childe editions.

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Hurra Torpedo: Total Eclipse of the Heart

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

*These guys sound a lot like Hand of Vecna... dang.

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Nanaca Crash

I keep expecting Nanaca Crash to throw something odd at me but so far it is all crashing my bicycle into some guy. My best record is 529.64m. It's all about the boost...

Update: Having noticed those "specials" I just managed 1319.67m.

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All those people

Some sort of sinister Grover.

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SLAY Radio

SLAY Radio features on the finest in Commodore 64 synth music. Or rather, to only broadcasting Commodore 64 remixes. This sounds as though it should be awful but it in fact kicks ass.

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Crowley 101

Flea-fav, Robert Anton Wilson is already a couple weeks into an on-line eight week introductory course on the philosophy of Aleister Crowley. I might have signed up for this thing had I known about it earlier. It is not too late to sign up Peter Carroll's chaos magick course...

An inquiry into the ideas and theories of Aleister Crowley - RAW style. This course will not practice or discuss at length any rituals, spells, invocations etc. It is a exploration of the psychology and philosophy of Crowley's work with some modern perspective on what's behind all the Crowley hubbub.
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The Rite of Luna

Lucky Seattle residents can attend a rock-opera rendition of the Rite of Luna. Will someone local please check this out and blog it? Bring a camera!

Sekhet-Maat Lodge will host a production of Aleister Crowley's The Rite of Luna performed as a Rock Opera by the Eleusyve Players of Seattle, Washington. Featuring a cast of talented musicians and dancers, Crowley's climactic Rite is brought to life before your eyes in sight and sound. Tickets are available below.
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This on-line Thelema encyclopaedia should come in handy. I have been reading about Jack Parsons lately, however, and if his entry is a bit spare.

Welcome to Thelemapedia, the first open-source encyclopedia of all things Thelema, including topics on magick, gnosticism, ritual, qabalah, astrology, mythology, biographies, and much more. Everyone from every corner of the Thelemic universe is welcome to add knowledge to the encyclopedia by becoming an editor. Our goal is to make Thelemapedia the single best, most comprehensive source of academic information on Thelema.
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That's no space station... it's a moon!

That's no moon, it's a space station. Actually it's Saturn's satellite Mimas, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the Death Star - the planet-destroying space station in the film Star Wars. Scientists at Nasa's jet propulsion laboratory in California have released a new image of Mimas, which was snapped by the Cassini spacecraft in orbit around the ringed planet.
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March 09, 2005

Hot for Tootie

Some memorabilia from The Facts of Life. Oh yes. The Flea as a young man had a thing for Tootie. I think it was the rollerskates. Better get back to work on my forthcoming article, "TC, Tootie and Tattoo: aporia and alliteration in 80s tv sidekicks".

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Jim Noir: My Patch

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

*I was singing along half-way through the first time I heard this one. Check out Eanie Meanie too.

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There are only so many levels of Orbox I am going to play before I know I will no longer be able to stop.

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Podcast Galactica

A ragtag collection of Battlestar Galactica podcasts is fracking great idea (hat tip to Urthshu).

With the Battlestar Galactica podcast, you can listen to exclusive commentary by executive producer Ronald D. Moore about each episode, while you're watching it.
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This list of metasyntactic variables should come in handy. I like the French equivalents included too.

Strictly, a variable used in metasyntax, but often used for any name used in examples and understood to stand for whatever thing is under discussion, or any random member of a class of things under discussion. The word foo is the canonical example. To avoid confusion, hackers never (well, hardly ever) use "foo" or other words like it as permanent names for anything.

See also, Commonwealth hackish for hacker jargon as spoken outside the US, especially in the British Commonwealth.

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The Hassidic hip-hop reggae of MatisYahu. Kick. Ass.

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Wanting this distorted wall clock.

This classic design has been created as a tribute to Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Perfect for anyone who desires the creative and unusual.
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Market Cross

The medieval Market Cross, on site for two-hundred years at historic Norwich market, has been uncovered by recent archaeological work.

The Cross was expensive to maintain and over the years the citizens were taxed to raise funds for its repair. In 1732 it was pulled down, the stone sold for £125 and the site levelled. Norwich market, established between 1071 and 1074, is one of the oldest and largest in England.
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Mother culture

Debate continues to raise in the fraught world of central American root culture research. The Olmec: mother culture or not? Having been indoctrinated into the Olmec interaction sphere model I would say "mother culture".

Besides the key Olmec settlements at San Lorenzo and La Venta, evidence of "Olmec-style" imagery and design is reflected in pottery at other contemporary sites. At a famous meeting of Olmec scholars in 1942, Mexican archaeologists suggested the Olmec were a "mother culture" whose ideas, religion and iconography were adopted and imitated by surrounding peoples.

Later, however, other scholars described this view as overly simplistic. They said the surrounding cultures were as sophisticated as the Olmec, and as "sister cultures" had developed similar pottery styles and iconography from what Grove described as a regional "root style of unknown origin."
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March 08, 2005


Music is a half-forgotten memory of a primitive state, it is a bridge of holiness between this world and the world of all beauty…
- Hildegard von Bingen

After repeated suggestions by Flea commenters I have belatedly picked up a disc by QNTAL, a more Dead Can Dance than thou goth outfit. If "Illuminate" is indicative I will be looking for more.

If you can't figure out what Qntal means, don't feel bad - the band has no idea either. The name came to the singer in a dream.

Along the way I also picked up Irfan who are even more medievalish. Time to start plotting my connections to modern day Templar/Cathar/Albigensian conspiracies... Next on my shopping list: "The Vast Astonishment" by Pinknruby.

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Pinknruby: Zacetek

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Balance is a disturbing short film. Sort of like my working day.

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This beginner's guide to being a bitch-hermit was not terribly helpful to me as I already do all of these things.

Yeah, what difference does it make?
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No Name Game #1

If you have any plans on getting anything done today just don't bother with No Name Game #1. I mean, you could probably ace it easily anyway.

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Nancy's New Age Bargain Warehouse

Your spirit may be eternal but these bargains aren't! I'm amazed nobody has marketed a Zen rock garden kitty litter arrangement.

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Tarocchi Marvel

What I want to know is why Claudio Villa's Marvel Tarot was only released in Italy. It is only the major arcana and not terribly well thought through but it still going on my collecting list. Now for the all important argument about correspondences... Galactus, Eternity and Dr. Doom are all glaring omissions.

0 Wolverine (il matto; the fool)
I Dr. Strange (il mago; the magician)
II Storm [Tempesta] (la papessa; the high priestess)
III Invisible Girl [La Donna Invisible] (l'imperatrice; the empress)
IV Mr. Fantastic (l'imperatore; the emperor)
V Prof. X (il Papa; the hierophant)
VI Spider-Man and Mary Jane [l'Uomo Ragno e Mary Jane] (gli amanti; the lovers)
VII Ghost Rider (il carro; the chariot)
VIII Daredevil [Devil] (la giustizia; Justice)
IX Silver Surfer (l'eremita; the hermit)
X Longshot (la ruota o la fortuna; wheel of fortune)
XI Hulk (la forza; strength)
XII Nightcrawler (l'appeso; the hanged man)
XIII Thanos (la morte; death)
XIV Scarlet Witch (la temperanza; temperance)
XV Mephisto (il diavolo; the devil)
XVI Baxter Building (la torre; the tower)
XVII Dazzler (la stella; the star)
XVIII Moon Knight (la luna; the moon)
XIX Thor (il sole; the sun)
XX Punisher [Il Punitore] (il giudizio; judgement)
XXI Captain America (il mondo; the world)

Some smarter Marvel correspondences are available and here are two attempts at a DC Tarot.

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The Brain of LB1

"The Brain of LB1, Homo Floresiensis" opens up new avenues in Hobbit brain research.

Last October, skeletal remains of a bipedal adult female barely 36 inches tall were unearthed by Australian and Indonesian researchers on the Indonesian island of Flores. The new dwarf human species was catalogued as LB1, Homo floresiensis, and nicknamed "hobbit."

With a brain one-third the size of a contemporary human's, LB1 had a blend of Homo erectus traits -- like a sloping forehead -- and more familiar Homo sapiens characteristics. It co-existed during the 25,000 millennia that Homo sapiens was presumed, until recently, to be Earth's sole human inhabitant. Given the hobbit's small brain, Falk, a paleoneurologist, was intrigued by the sophisticated tools and evidence of fire that archaeologists uncovered near the remains.
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Numa Numa Dance

Gary Brolsma, better known as the Numa Numa Dance guy, has become a recluse.

He has now sought refuge from his fame in his family's small house on a gritty street in Saddle Brook. He has stopped taking phone calls from the news media, including The New York Times. He canceled an appearance on NBC's "Today." According to his relatives, he mopes around the house.

What's worse is that no one seems to understand.
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March 07, 2005

How to destroy the Earth

This guide on how to destroy the Earth should come in handy.

You've seen the action movies where the bad guy threatens to destroy the Earth. You've heard people on the news claiming that the next nuclear war or cutting down rainforests or persisting in releasing hideous quantities of pollution into the atmosphere threatens to end the world.


The Earth was built to last. It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-tonne ball of iron. It has taken more devastating asteroid hits in its lifetime than you've had hot dinners, and lo, it still orbits merrily. So my first piece of advice to you, dear would-be Earth-destroyer, is: do NOT think this will be easy.
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Auf der Maur: Followed The Waves

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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lightning is my girl

Must. Get. Flea. On. Melissa Auf der Maur's blogroll! As soon as she has a blogroll.

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I love this hedgehog flipping game.

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Nature Calls

I am mildly disturbed by how much I relate to this tree. Technically, this is safe for work. Sort of.

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I figure pretty much just as soon as I hit the 1m uniques a month target I will also have completed my Flea sculpting keep fit regimen. Then I can set up my own ludicrously Flash enabled website and sell shots of me in underwear and such like having skipped the otherwise essential reality show contestant phase of the process.

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French Island

Kylie Minogue has reportedly purchased a parcel of French Island, near Melbourne.

The singer, who dates French actor Oliver Martinez, bought the secluded 20-hectare block in the middle of the island for an estimated $400,000.

In true celebrity style, the diminutive diva hired Allan "Koala Dundee" Chandler, the island's tour operator and bushman, to look after the property. The home, once re-developed, is expected to be Kylie and sister Dannii's retreat.
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Jessica Alba assless chaps

Jessica Alba was reportedly daunted at the prospect of playing a stripper in the forthcoming Sin City.* Watching Beyoncé helped put her at ease. "I was like, 'All right, if she can do it, I can do it'."

"I get self-conscious, but you have to just embrace it and go with it. I was so nervous during Sin City because I play a stripper. I wore chaps and little underwear. My butt cheeks were hanging out! It was so embarrassing. I remember being in my underwear in my hotel room, trying to get comfortable with my Sin City role. Beyonce's Baby Boy video kept coming on MTV, and all she had on was a short little thing, and she's grooving around and she has this gorgeous womanly body."

*The Flea is your number one news source for "Jessica Alba assless chaps"!

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No ntwrk stickers sighted/sited in Canada as of this posting.

ntwrk is a sticker project that's open to everybody. its goal is spreading the ntwrk sticker as far as possible on the planet.
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Boing Boing vs DPRK

Boing Boing annoys the DPRK. Job well done.

Crank up your speakers, comrade! This flash movie from "The Korean Friendship Association" -- their website claims they're sanctioned by the DPRK government -- promises an awesome getaway to North Korea with many! electric! guitars! The choral-accompanied montage includes shots of fun relay games, Kim Jong Il, and these weird "travel transition" shots -- in which a tiny red plane icon appears to attack a larger passenger plane. Totalitarian tourism!
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March 06, 2005

Kabbalah Centre and the Holocaust

And here is something to get really worked up about. A "senior figure" in the Kabbalah Centre reportedly claims Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves for failing to practice kabbalah.

Eliyahu Yardeni, of the London Kabbalah Centre, made the astonishing claim to an undercover reporter investigating high-pressure sales techniques employed by the group, which promotes its own brand of beliefs, part ancient Jewish mysticism and part pseudo-science.

The probe also revealed how Kabbalah Centre representatives claimed bottles of "healing" spring water sold by the group could help cure cancer - and how they sold a batch to a sufferer for hundreds of pounds.

Talking about the wartime massacre of the Jews, Mr Yardeni said: "Just to tell you another thing about the six million Jews that were killed in the Holocaust: the question was that the Light was blocked. They didn't use Kabbalah."
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Kabbalah and homosexuality

Drudge Report links to an Irish Examiner report of Boy George having a go at Madonna. Ostensibly, Madonna is a hypocrite for enjoying the support of a legion of gay fans while adopting kabbalah, supposedly an anti-gay religious perspective. Somebody has their wires crossed. Whatever the merits of the Kabbalah Centre, their particular version of kabbalah takes a live-and-let-live approach to "homosexuality". I find nothing particularly hypocritical or homophobic if Madonna shares the views of the following statement and in any case one would imagine she need not subscribe to the Kabbalah Centre's every public utterance.

While Kabbalah and its cardinal text, the Zohar, has little to say about homosexuality, it is a main focus of The Kabbalah Centre and Kabbalah in general to stay away from judging others for any reason, external or internal, physical or metaphysical. Kabbalah also explains that the most sharing act we can achieve on this planet is childbirth, which is unattainable between two members of the same sex alone. However, that is not to say that two same-gendered people cannot have the same or more loving, rewarding, and lasting relationships as heterosexual couples. Kabbalah is all-inclusive rather than exclusive, and I hope you feel comfortable continuing your study.

Update: Someone named "Billy" taking questions for the Kabbalah Centre seems to take a more nuanced view of not judging but not "condoning". Perhaps Boy George has a point.

Hi everyone, I understand that Kabbalah does not condone homosexuality. What would you suggest a gay man to do - leave his lifestyle, get married to a woman against his desire? Be celibate?

Learn Kabbalah. Study. Make the effort to probe to the spiritual root of the condition. First,learn who we are, why we are here, and where we came from. Find out why man exists. Once you learn and understand these compelling and fundamental questions of life, the rest will come. That said, Kabbalah is about transformation, change, character arc, etc. We come to this world one way, with one nature, we are supposed to complete this world with a whole new nature. Its not about giving up but rather, how to get it all!!
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March 05, 2005


The Amityville Horror: the remake. Many, possibly most, remakes strike me as a pointless waste of time and effort. I still do not understand what possessed the otherwise brilliant Gus Van Sant with the notion Psycho could be remade. But even the trailer for this one scares the heck out of me. Love it.

In the true story (at least, some believe it to be true) that inspired "The Amityville Horror," George Lutz woke up demonized every night at 3:15 a.m., the exact time a boy living in his house a year earlier killed his family.

After the first night of shooting the 2005 version, inspired by the same 1977 book that spawned 1979's first "Amityville" movie, actress Melissa George ("Alias") woke up in the middle of the night and glanced at her clock. It was 3:15.

I am not all that interested in the "true story" behind the remake, the original film or Jay Anson's book though it does make me wonder what it must be like to live in, oh, for example, Amityville ("Is that Amityville or North Amityville?"). There are many lovely old homes in Amityville... these folks have a serious branding problem.

There are many lovely old homes in Amityville; some are situated on the Great South Bay while others are found on one of our many tree-lined streets (You can take a Virtual tour of one of streets, by clicking in the box just to the right of this). We pride ourselves in being a "Tree City, USA".
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Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Power Fox 2

Power Fox 2 is hands down the best webgame I have played all week. Also the most stressful.

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Tattoo question

Actually, the Flea is quite expert at offering tattoo advice.

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Base jumping

I am not one for jumping out of airplanes or off tall buildings but this looks like fun.

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Dungeon Majesty

Let's have another look at Dungeon Majesty. Once again: where are these women? I may have to look into that LARPing suggestion.

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Spider-Man's Greatest Bible Stories

Have you ever stopped to think how lucky God was to have the help of Spider-Man?

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So what do you call a nutmeg enthusiast? Or a nutmeg addict? Just don't mix your 'meg with cocoa or you will get, like, a weird trip.

With nutmeg the effects begin very slowly, growing in intensity until about the 5th hour when they peak. Therefore one might be tempted to overdose, thinking the dosage ineffective, when the effects are imminent. That nutmeg is widely available, even in your mother’s kitchen, not to mention legal, contributes to the preconception that it has no narcotic effect. Nothing could be further from the truth! Do not enter into nutmeg thinking it is harmless or weak. Nutmeg is enormously more potent than alcohol by any measure you care to apply.
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Les Sayer is losing weight by eating at McDonald's.

Originally, the message was supposed to be one about objective evaluation. Recognizing opinion versus impartiality. Learn how to make informed decisions based on knowing and understanding both sides of an argument.

Now the message is being expanded to include a health and wellness perspective. And I am quite comfortable with this. I am predicting better health from this diet primarily because it is combined with an exercise routine.

I also wish to dispel the notion that McDonald's food is bad for you. Overeating is bad for you, not getting enough exercise is bad for you. Blaming McDonald's for your expanding waistline is like blaming MasterCard for your overspending.
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March 04, 2005

Teen Machine

So, I am pretty sure France de Griessen from Teen Machine should, like, marry me or something. I have the bald guy Fester-goth, side-kick look down. Failing that, with 85k+ people reading the Flea last month you might think I would have groupies of my own by now. Dang.

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Moderatto & Belinda: Muriendo Lento

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

*Danger: leg warmers! Just doing my bit for civilization here people.

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Jessica Alba wants no-strings sex

A reputable news source reports Jessica Alba wants "no-strings sex".* Apparently Jessica Alba "likes the idea of getting intimate with lots of different people because she loves experimenting in sex" but only "as long as the man leaves the next morning."

She told Cosmopolitan magazine: "I just wanted to see what it was like to be with different people. I don't think a girl's a slut if she enjoys sex.

"I could have a one-night stand, and I'm the kind of girl who looks over in the morning and is like, 'Do you really have to be here?' I don't need to cuddle and do all that stuff because I know what it is and I don't try to make it more.

*Take that Ardolino!

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Thank you for helping everyone better understand blog readers! This survey, sponsored by Blogads.com, poses 18 brief questions.

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Phosphor Alpha 4

Phosphor Alpha 4 is a seriously impressive Shockwave 3D first-person shooter technology demo. Oh yes.

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This Resident Evil: Apocalypse game should distract you from life as an office cubicle zombie. No, wait...

Racoon City has been quarantined by the Umbrella Corporation and Alice is inside. Take control of Alice and destroy all contaminated humans.
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Corporate Ladder

Corporate Ladder is Snakes & Ladders for shark-like personalities such as my own. For example.

Do you have what it takes to climb the corporate ladder? Test your skills by fending off your power-hungry coworkers as you make your way to the top!
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Vote Labour

Harry Hutton explains aspects of British jurisprudence to Columbian police asking for his identity card.

I told them that, as an Englishman, I do not have such a thing. As a British subject, I may not be stopped unless the pigs have reasonable grounds to suspect that I am a wrong doer, or a bad apple. Until next year, that is, when I will be required to produce a lump of skin and a photocopy of my arse every time I wish to borrow a library book. Vote Labour, by the way.
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Mall P Gone

Surely that's Mall "B" Gone? An ersatz, step by step guide to defeating civilization one mall at a time. At least the chair idea looks like fun.

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Hunter S. Thompson

The Flea was taking bets on how many minutes would pass before the death of Hunter S. Thompson would be blamed on a) the current administration, b) multinational publishing conglomerates or c) global warming.

Answer: choice "a" in less than a week. Though I expect this sort of thing was in the works pretty much immediately.

Paul William Roberts in his Globe and Mail article of Saturday, February 26, 2005 wrote the following:

Hunter telephoned me on Feb. 19, the night before his death. He sounded scared. It wasn't always easy to understand what he said, particularly over the phone, he mumbled, yet when there was something he really wanted you to understand, you did. He'd been working on a story about the World Trade Center attacks and had stumbled across what he felt was hard evidence showing the towers had been brought down not by the airplanes that flew into them but by explosive charges set off in their foundations. Now he thought someone was out to stop him publishing it: "They're gonna make it look like suicide," he said. "I know how these bastards think . . ."
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Flea highway

Flea Highway
Childbirth Hospital167
Study Hall327
Please Drive Carefully
Where are you on the highway of life?
From Go-Quiz.com
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March 03, 2005

Happy Slap TV

Despite my family, citizenship and wavering mid-Atlantic Madonna accent I cannot claim to understand the English. Perhaps that is part of being English (nsfw banner ad... via the Flea's pastry consultant).

quote [ Happy Slap TV is when you film someone punching the shit out of someone on your phone, then send it to everyone you know. ]

This seems to be the new craze in the UK right now. Kids hitting strangers in the face and recording it on the video phones.

Not that being Canadian always makes much sense either.

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Steve Durand: God and the shit life

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

*More Steve Durand home movies here.

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All the bacon

All the bacon in the world couldn't save you now!

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I have been looking at the giant Paris Hilton promotional posters at the Guess on Yonge St. and contemplating the difficulties I would face in staging a giant Paris Hilton poster heist.

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People who never should have got get married (via Beautiful Atrocities).

Ever since the famed Seymour-Buttz wedding of 1965, I have been saving all my favorite wedding announcements and pinning them up on my sumo-sized fridge. Thanks to the advent of the computer, I now share them with you.
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Trolli Road Kill Gummi Candy

But I was not a roadkill gummi candy fancier so I did nothing.

Production of roadkill-shaped candy screeched to a halt Friday, as Kraft Foods Inc. announced it would stop manufacturing the treats amid protests by animal rights activists.

"We take comments from our consumers really seriously and, in hindsight, we understand that this product could be misunderstood," said Kraft spokesman Larry Baumann.
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Firewheel fires rubber bands in single, semi-auto, full-auto, semi-burst, shotgun, and aimed rifle mode.

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Evil Deads

Sam Raimi discusses the latest on the Evil Dead remake and the possibility of an Evil Dead 4.

Would the idea behind that, be that you'd be more faithful to the beginning of the second one?

SR: Nope. I wouldn't really want to put my paws all over it. I'd want a new, young , hungry director who had a really dramatic vision, to make a brand new picture out of it. You know, something different. I would want to direct EVIL DEAD 4 if we get around to making EVIL DEAD 4, that's what I wouldn't want somebody else to do, because I really want to do it. But as far as remaking the "Evil Deads" that have been done, I think a new director would bring things to them that I couldn't. And I think that would be really exciting to see that happen.
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March 02, 2005

Mew: Comforting Sounds

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Fast Times at Hero High

Superheroes weren't always super. I am so Lex Luthor.

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I was too impatient to work out the real-world version of this puzzle let alone the virtual one.

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Dance Dance Revolution

Dance Dance Revolution represents an unlikely, but by all appearances successful, keep fit strategy.

DISCOVER how Tanya, Matt, and others have lost weight by playing a video game called Dance Dance Revolution™ (DDR). Find out how to set up your own DDR station at home. All you need is a PlayStation game console, a DDR™ game and a Dance Pad and you're ready to go!
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I am not a big Audi fan but this is impressive. Also, precarious (just ignore the trickier ads).

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An-225 Mriya

The Antonov An-225 is one really big airplane.

At 600 metric tons, the An-225 is the world's heaviest aircraft ever, although its wingspan is less than that of the "Spruce Goose", Howard Hughes' flying boat, which never went beyond a single short low-altitude test flight. Both the An-124 and An-225 are larger than the C-5 Galaxy, the largest aircraft in the U.S. inventory.
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50 years gallery

This 50 years gallery hosts World Press photos of the year. Fascinating.

World Press Photo began with a competition, and the competition is still at the core of the foundation's activities. Held annually, the World Press Photo Contest creates an overview of how press photographers tackle their work worldwide. It is the only international event of this stature, not simply bringing together pictures from all parts of the globe but also reflecting trends and developments in photojournalism, and revealing how the press gives us the news.
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Neal Stephenson is interviewed at Reason on power disorders, shaftology and the emblematic figure of our age (via C. Buddha).

If the emblematic figures of earlier eras were the pioneer with his Kentucky rifle, or the Gilded Age plutocrat, then for the era from, say, 1940 to 2000 it was the engineer, the geek, the scientist. It’s no coincidence that this era is also when science fiction has flourished, and in which the whole idea of the Future became current. After all, if you’re living in a technocratic society, it seems perfectly reasonable to try to predict the future by extrapolating trends in science and engineering.

It is quite obvious to me that the U.S. is turning away from all of this. It has been the case for quite a while that the cultural left distrusted geeks and their works; the depiction of technical sorts in popular culture has been overwhelmingly negative for at least a generation now. More recently, the cultural right has apparently decided that it doesn’t care for some of what scientists have to say. So the technical class is caught in a pincer between these two wings of the so-called culture war. Of course the broad mass of people don’t belong to one wing or the other. But science is all about diligence, hard sustained work over long stretches of time, sweating the details, and abstract thinking, none of which is really being fostered by mainstream culture.
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March 01, 2005

Constructing the future

Some seasons Donna Karan gets it exactly right. Wow.

A renewal, a rebirth with an industrial soul. Born of the elements, refined by design. This collection was inspired by the innovative passion of artist Lee Bontecou and architect Zaha Hadid, women who employ the strength of an artistic lens.

The palette - metal, air and water, contrasts the fire within. Each piece has intention with craftmanship and luxurious detail, articulating the body with modernity and movement.

So. I am looking for an excellent tailor in downtown Toronto. I am usually a DKNY guy due to the Flea not having made me independently wealthy but... found a silk, "black label" Donna Karan jacket at a thrift shop. It is in excellent shape but is in need of some careful surgery on the inside breast pocket.

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Underworld: Dirty Epic

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

*And check out Spoonman too. Cowgirl. Dubnobasswithmyheadman is probably my favourite album. It's all good.

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Hate site

This hate site is shocking proof of the troubling world that is "the internet" (via Blogulaciousness).

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Do not start with Cubeoban if you have any work to do.

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Stand by your statue

Stand by your statue reminds me of 09h09.

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HK Noir

Spirit Fingers worries at the lack of dojos and kimonos in Hong Kong and a case of gross misstereotyping in a noirish Pepsi ad.

Pepsi is launching a cinema spot featuring Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and soccer star David Beckham that will only run in markets outside the U.S., the company said.

The noir-ish, two-minute spot is set in Hong Kong and opens inside a dojo, a place where martial arts are studied and practiced, and shows two masked, leather-clad figures practicing their fighting moves. The two peel off their masks revealing that they are the two female singers. Instead of breaking into song, however, they jump onto motorcycles and tear through the streets of Hong Kong on a secret mission.

And via the same Spirit Fingers run down of HK/Japan differences is this Japander Posh and Becks page. Sadly, the couple both have much better accents when dubbed into Japanese. By contrast, Madonna knows how to make selling out look good. Just so we are clear on something. I have only one goal in life: for the Flea to appear in lucrative J-pop themed television ads.

Update: Gaahhh... Rick Astley!

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Super Missile Redirecting Magnet

Canada continues its recent foreign policy of participating and not-participating in its own defense (via Ben). One of our southern neighbours suggests an alternative missile defense solution (via Rusty). At least incoming missiles will be redirected toward Manitoba...

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The Talent

I'm a Talent!

You're a risk-taker, and you follow your passions. You're determined to take on the world and succeed on your own terms. Whether in the arts, science, engineering, business, or politics, you fearlessly express your own vision of the world. You're not afraid of a fight, and you're not afraid to bet your future on your own abilities. If you find a job boring or stifling, you're already preparing your resume. You believe in doing what you love, and you're not willing to settle for an ordinary life.

Talent: 74%
Lifer: 19%
Mandarin: 37%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

Via that Mandarin, the Tiger in Winter.

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