Saturday, November 30, 2002

Study Finds Expectation of Humor Has Biological Effect on Body
Half of them were informed three days in advance
they would watch a humorous video.
At the same time, endorphin levels rose 27 percent,
and growth hormone levels rose 87 percent.
These changes were not seen in the other eight men
who were told they would not view the funny video. "

Choosing Book Art
What kind of person would become a book artist?
(got Quicktime?)
Multiple Intelligence Inventory
don't worry, I think it's multiple-choice!
Define Recursion without using your hands!
(and try not to throw up)
TextArc "is a visual represention of a text
—the entire text (twice!) on a single page.
Some funny combination of an index, concordance, and summary,
it uses the viewer's eye to help uncover meaning."

Check out Hamlet!
The Waste Books is NYRB's edition
of the one-liners of brilliant
18thC. aphorist Lichtenberg

"We may use Lichtenberg’s writings
as the most wonderful dowsing rod:
wherever he makes a joke,
there a problem lies hidden."

"Some people read because they are too lazy to think."

"Sometimes men come by the name of genius
in the same way that certain insects
come by the name of centipede--
not because they have a hundred feet,
but because most people can't count above fourteen."
The Jewish Conspiracy FAQ

e.g.: " # 7. Can I help? (Becoming a collaborator.)

From time to time, selected goyim are brought aboard as collaborators. Collaborators are rewarded commensurate with their service to the IJC, typically very handsomely as befitting the generous and gregarious nature of the Jewish people. However, becoming an IJC collaborator is not merely a matter of choice, one must be recruited. IJC representatives actively recruit goyim who are found to be in situations deemed strategically advantageous to the Conspiracy. These lucky individuals will be contacted by local IJC representatives when appropriate. "

Happy Holidays!

Welcome to the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn
"our primary goal is to normalize Adeptship"
The Church of Krispy Creme
pssst! It's a chance to get in on the ground floor!
"I could tell you what's happening here,
but I don't know if that would really tell you what's happening here."
It's a Hollywood remake of an actual "film"
but several respectable geeks are giving it three bionic thumbs up.
ooooo's and/or aaaah's part 4
just think: what volume would Jesus play at?
Online Etymology Dictionary
"It is often forgotten that (dictionaries) are artificial repositories,
put together well after the languages they define.
The roots of language are irrational and of a magical nature."
-Jorge Luis Borges, Prologue to "El otro, el mismo."
"I imagined places like Woodstock, Vermont, and
Concord, Massachusetts, for inspiration."

from a 1998 newsgroup posting
flash-backed at robot wisdom

Workshop encourages using less-violent metaphors
"Cultivate peace, don’t combat war.
Share knowledge, don’t battle ignorance."

Damien Hirst's art heads to Mars
Unfortunately, it's only one piece
but Blur is also contributing to the mission...
so this is how the Brits go space-age!
Bush anything but moronic
according to (Canadian) author
who hears "dark overtones in his malapropisms"
ReviewSource is good, but that's just my opinion.
Gay Test
hint: don't click your answer,silly.
Punch it hard, like a real man!
Cauliflower Carnage
must...pull...plug...on...caulifower carnage!
left blank got googled!
i'm #215 in the world of "john eno",
validated by a web-crawling search-robot!
(hi Mom!)
a Dow Jones & Reuters Company
jumps on the API bandwagon
ooooo's and/or aaaah's: part 3
simply superb replica scientific instruments
Extremely peculiar structures
"Researchers come across mysterious shapes
on the sea bottom just west of Cuba.
Patterns suggest an ancient civilization."

The Wacky World of Japanese Ice Cream
would you like a cup or a koan?
The best encyclopedia ever written was published over 90 years ago!
"...a system where people can categorise their posts
and put them in a global index...
automatic topical, shared blog generation."
EduResources--Higher Education Resources Online
"... focuses on locating, evaluating, discussing, and providing guidelines
to instructional resources for faculty in higher education"
Some lecture notes on Peirce's"How to Make Our Ideas Clear"
"Metaphysics is a subject like the knowledge of a sunken reef
--it enables us to steer clear of it."
The MegaPenny Project
what would a billion pennies look like?
National Novel Writing Month is almost over.
Participants have set out to write a 175 page novel
between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30.
Good luck to all the procrastinators!!
I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance,
were it not for making a living, which is rather a nouciance.
— Ogden Nash

Obsessions: Looking It Up
by Paul Ford (q.v.)
On drawings by Pierre Klossowski
"Claiming not to be a writer, philosopher, or even an artist
'but first, foremost, and always, a monomaniac...' "
ooooo's and/or aaaah's: part 2
BubbleTimer cube sculpture

oooo's and/or aaaah's: part 1

X5 LED Long Distance Flashlight
Electromagnetic Technology and Mind Control
absolutely crazy...
except that the government seems
to have invested $60M so far
( I...will...forget...what...I...have...just...learned)

Friday, November 29, 2002

Depressed Man Diagnosed as "British"
from The Brains Trust
Unreliable Facts
e.g.: "The internet is now so accessible
that a recent survey has shown that children
on average learn to read from the internet
before they even attempt to speak.
This in turn only happens when they discover's pronunciation guide feature."
An articulate attack on the concept of Fatalism
it had to happen sooner or later.
A radio magazine
from the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
Sure doesn't sound like the public radio I know.
Secret Society Shennanigans
a 1930 catalog of prank equipment
for hazing neophyte Masons
Is it art or is it playing with matches?

Thursday, November 28, 2002

The Politics of User Experience
from the admirable Boxes and Arrows | get your war on page seventeen!
"Well, at least Timmy had a good ten years
without having to know who Henry Kissinger was."
Can We Have A New Song of Thanksgiving?
and can I have the drumstick?

(and can William S. Burroughs say grace?)

Giving thanks for William Blake

Happy Birthday, Burning Bright!
Just one more shopping day until
Buy Nothing Day!
From adbusters ,
who've revived the First Things First Manifesto.
You could ingnore this link entirely,
or you could Turn the Pages

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Researchers study how music affects the brain
"The brain's chief task, [the article] concludes, is to keep astonishing itself. And music may do it best."
The Free Fall Research Page
"A few people have survived a fall of thousands of feet
without a working parachute.
This research page is dedicated
to recording their stories."
House of Con Games
a look up the sleeves of the masters,
from the old switcheroo
to the Nigerian scam-spam
Spacey starts writers' site
payin' it forward
(with royalties and residuals?)
9 Beet Stretch
Beethoven's Ninth stretched to 24 hours
packaged in digestable one-hour packets
Short Photographic Poems
say something that rhymes with "cheese"!

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

"Irreverent buttons and badges
for the connoisseur of bad taste!"
Dognose Heaven
God knows we love dog's noses!
Hey, don't flame the messenger!
work-safe...or not?
¤ c i r c l e m a k e r s ¤
D.I.Y. cropcircles!
Microchip #1 Names
Hey! My name's up there, sort of
The Universal Library
from the nice folks at Carnegie Mellon
industrialist-strength reference resources!
Blackmask Online:
'Like Getting a Drink of Water from a Fire Hydrant"

hey...electronic Pulp!
"In other words, a psychologist used economic theory
to measure the value of work and leisure
-- at least for rats."

Devil's Playground
documents teen Amish house parties.

"...when each child turns 16 they can experience the outside 'english' world with all its temptations -'the devil's playground' - in order to make their decision. This period in their life is known in their Pennsylvania Dutch language as 'rumspringa', which literally translates as 'running around'. It ends whenever an individual feels ready..."

Metaphors of Terror by George Lakoff
another outspoken radical linguist speaks, brilliantly.
From a nice crop at wood s lot
a DVD filled with some old-skool PC-demos!
pre-order in time for Christmas!
Now THAT'S how I remember the Future!
SomaFM: Streaming MP3 Internet Radio
SomaFM is back and street-legal (so far)
a mini-PC modded into a lunchbox
(a Batman lunchbox!)
Bill Plympton's HAIR HIGH
real-time (reeeal slow) animation-cam
"In typography there is no right or wrong,
just appropriate or inappropriate."

This is
the Tibetan version of "the previous link"
Alter Ego
nicely implemented "roleplay" game...
what have you got to lose?
The Mythical Quest
from the British Library
by way of plep
from the World Treasures of the Library of Congress:

Monday, November 25, 2002

The Ulimate Linux Newbie Guide
Linux without the technobabble
The Trained Eye series
Tim Davis Art Images
you've gotta love close-ups of old boxcars
Cabinets of Curiosities
17th century weblogs!
reviewed in Ain't It Cool
Colour a history of pigment
"Those splodges on old palettes turn out to be anything but mundane:
they contain real blood, squashed bugs, purple Phoenician seashells,
even ground-up Egyptian mummies.
For ultramarine, semi-precious lapis lazuli gets powdered
into whipped egg yolk like some celestial mayonnaise.
One hue was said to be obtained by collecting the urine from a holy cow
after it gorged on mango leaves.

(mmmmm...celestial mayonnaise!)

Sunday, November 24, 2002
so anyway, where was I?
Screenplays for You
read hundreds of free movie scripts and screenplays on-line
and not a one of them is unsolicited!
Jennifer Government: NationStates a nation simulation game.
"You create your own country,
fashioned after your own political ideals,
and care for its people.
Either that or you deliberately torture them.
It's really up to you."
The Mirror Project
"adventures in reflective surfaces"
"it's about closure", and that's all she wrote
Level 3 of Consciousness by Richard Brodie
"You are reading about something that most people don’t even know exists."
Conservation of Rodin's The Thinker
a mind is a terrible thing to oxidize
Hunkin's Experiments
what if you clicked this
'Tis the Sadness
fa la la la la
RayKurzweil's Cybernetic Poet
a blathering, sometimes brilliant

Saturday, November 23, 2002

A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices
I say!
from the wonderful
resource page at virtual salt
Chinese Scholar Stones Links
"There is an ancient tradition in the Orient
of collecting and displaying certain stones
that seem to contain worlds within them."
Inference Group: Dasher Project
Three-page explanation
Badger Vocal Communication
What the hell did it just say?
This Into That: Bookshelves made from old books
I've experimented with this concept
but everything keeps falling over
Apple - Switch - Ads - Ellen Feiss
Blogistan's gone berserk
for Apple's "It Girl"
Sociobiology and You
Steven Johnson reviews Steven Pinker
in The Nation
Paper Lane
a collaborative blog
from deep in the midst
of Game Neverending
soothingly pointless
but lovely nonetheless
MEARY from the world
oh good! another unsettling Japanese craze
Wishing for a really neat
scarf this Christmas?
Pedestrian Killer
make sure you look both ways!
How long have we been missing Strongbad?
Puppets in Prague
an amazing masterclass workshop,
I wonder if I could pull some strings...
ooooooh la la!
Panoramic view of Versailles'
Hall of Mirrors
For Sale By Mental Patient
World's #1 Source for Toothcrafted Mugs!
Web Page Design for Designers - Home Page
very effective little monthly What Does This Do?
(it turns the internet completely inside out!)
The Secret Books
fabulous Flash
with text by Borges
Google Fight : Make a fight with Googlefight
zeitgeist keyword smackdown!

Friday, November 22, 2002

ACME Coalition
meep meep!
Zodiacal Zephyr
astrology resources
Strange New World
an online interactive philosophical game
...or IS it?
Speed thrills, say American TV producers
(read this part real fast...faster!)
Actors in US sitcoms and drama series
are speaking more words a minute than ever before
in a bid to make their characters appear more intelligent
and appeal to younger viewers.
The practice has its drawbacks, however.
The number of takes required to complete each scene
is said to have rocketed.

Glossary of Book Terms
Independent Online Booksellers Association
The Temple of Yehwe
a Voudou temple in Washington DC
Popul Vuh
Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life
"you cannot erase time"
The Prisoner board game
Sure beats another game of human chess!
Cell Biology
global swarming
what do they all talk about?
Shostokovitch Symphony No.11
soundtrack for our times?
The Surveillance Camera Players speak
Interactivist Info Exchange: Independent Media & Analysis
via wood s lot
Ontology, Metadata, and Semiotics
there's a picture of a cat!
Mayan Glyph Database
I've no words for this,
only feathered monkey-head curlicues
coming out my mouth
"cartoons drawn on the back of business cards"
Happy Great American Smoke-Out!
You can quit smoking
or else you can quit quitting smoking
Overlooked scientific contributions
from the glory that was Moorish Spain

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Bovine Inversus: Things Tell Your Children
Sweetie? We have to have a little talk.
Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz!
After so very long a time...
finally a scent of pie on the breeze!
pssst! pass it on
everyone on earth will see this by Tuesday
(by way of the award-winning Scaryduck)
Hello Cthulhu!
Hello Cthulhu will soon be taking a vacation from the Web.
Don't say I didn't warn you.

Color Matters - Global Color Survery
This really, really matters!
(Stick to shades of grey!)
wuthering heights roleplaying game
Go directly to the moors, do not pass go!
I think I'll just play the Consumption Card
and excuse myself.
City Creator
now in a lovely seasonal snowy version!
hurry before it turns to grimy frozen slush!
Bobby Fischer's Pathetic Endgame
It's like "A Beautiful Mind"
only with chess
and evil donut tycoons
and a very long and drawn-out
not-very-Hollywood ending
do like

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

here, before I forget:
I remember / je me souviens
where were YOU when Jenni did the Letterman show?
This is a sentence declaring
that this is a link
to a magazing called This is a Magazine
Sign up for Massively Distributed Secret Santa
using your Amazon wishlist
God Is the Machine
Thus sayeth Kevin Kelly
Worst-selling grocery items
from the photoshoppers at Fark
careful not to click too soon before
or after eating!
Speaking of payphones...!
The Payphone Project
My own semi-random telecommunications empire...
um...can i borrow a dime?
Near-Live Leonid Watching System
for everyone who was almost watching!
Extreme Ironing is still hot!
Is it really a Hoax Photo Test?
Naaaw, it couldn't be!
3-Dimensional Hindu Temple Tour
seems pretty glitchy to me
maybe it's all my impurities
options after death
uh...can we pick more than one?
Ladies and Gentlemen ... the Band
The wunderkids who are marketing the war on Iraq
oooh, they're playing our song again
Huge list of open source Multimedia Projects
from robot wisdom
Award-winning Flash-movie modern art-happy hour
shaken not stirred, with a twist of alienation
Pah! I could've done that!
Dolls of Hans Belmer
sounds disturbing already, no?
Dark Passage
eerie urban archeology

Tuesday, November 19, 2002


Sunday, November 17, 2002

100 books index
from the nice folks at bookslut
"Now available for non-governmental sale. Use only with utmost discretion." Intrigued, or what?
rambling toward recursion
two chat-bots face off
"Interesting. But all things are not always are not always are not always..."
Oh yeah? They are so!!
Pretty good collection of Free Software
by a private citizen
I think it's your move...
classic chess games in java
Crumb Products - Family Gallery
the family that's almost too real for cartoon depiction
or something...
Secret midnight cremation for Hindley
Guardian feature about
"the first modern serial killers"
from Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy
(from O'Reilly via Boingboing)
Anarchist Parenting home-page
Don't make me pull over
and come back there
and make YOU drive!
Gallery of floaty-pens
a screensaver for your handwriting processor device!
a little interactive three-dimensional dolphin,
of course!
This is a link to an online version of an article called
This Is a Headline For an Essay About Meta
(New York Times free registration required)

Saturday, November 16, 2002

free personal PC audit software
i used to believe
did i post this already...?
movie trailers galore
grab me some raisinettes, okay?>
Vent - the get it off your chest portal
a streaming bile-pile!
go ahead...pitch right in!
optimal web design
sensible and effective reminders
about clarity and coherence
on the visual level
(what's the word for coherence
on the visual level?)
Poetry and Literature
digital archives from the factory school
does your favorite poet sound like a cartoon character?
don't click if you don't want to know

Friday, November 15, 2002

Academic Skills Center - Procrastination
helpful words for when you get around to it
Linux kernel for poets
a service of jorn at robot wisdom
but i can't find a rhyme for robot wisdom
Sam Barros' PowerLabs!
rail guns and tesla coils
and fire-breathing robots...oh my!
Distributed Proofreaders
joinn the the croud! - The Tutorial Website
so many tutorials... so little bandwidth
Too Much Information
the impact of overload
Fair Use
the loveable moptops of Negativland
speak up
Samuel Beckett Interviews John Lennon
well,, then!
a helpful review
comprising the major elements
of the counterfeit of argument
brilliant, whacky timepieces

Thursday, November 14, 2002
Resource for CGI, Perl, PHP, ASP and JavaScript materials
ibiblio -
the public's library and digital archive
Open source schools
Fostering Free & Open Source Curricula, Software and Thought in School
From Traci's Lists
a series of approaches
to the motivation of learners
oriented to kids and such
but thus even more interesting
impressive portal of rhetorical
and compositional resources
The New York Public Library Digital Library Collection
rigorous collection
but only one lion!
EuroGamer reviews The Getaway
playstation's run amok in london
International Dunhuang Project
silk-road cave-trove
CyberSpace Avalanche Center
the most exquisite and ephemeral
of the natural disasters
in my opinion
some sweet little seasonal vignettes
from the folks at o-matic

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Pat Beirne's Linux FAQ
pretty good newbie-orientation
via robot wisdom
Another renaissance out of Florence?
huge convocation hashes out the new progressive agenda
"the dictionary for words that wouldn't make it into dictionaries"
"makes your dreams come true!"
Commonweal Institute
“the Heritage Foundation of the Left”

From a simpler time...

it's peanut butter jelly time!
Only In America
photographic gallery of ridiculocities
WRITERS ON ART: Acts of Friendship
An essay with pictures
The Bunion
Mad parodies the Onion...
how meta is that?
Peeling the Onion
from the American Journalism Review
Handy -seeming freeware
Kim Blank'sWordiness, Wordiness, Wordiness List
guidelineage and accoutramentification
for the eschewance of obfuscatory impulses
What is the New Yorker brand?
I think it involves living in a William Hamilton cartoon
Visual Thesaurus
new and improved
Madison Avenue and your brain
Neuroscientific advances
in the advertiser's quest
to get you to "just do it"

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Black Vault
Thousands of supposedly declassified goverment documents.
Probably nothing too funny.
The Buryat Home Page
Shamanic resources from an ancient Siberian culture.
LiveWave : Camera Browser
Manipulatable cameras, mainly of local Massachusetts interest
Paper Dolls of Notable Communists
go have nothing to lose but some printer ink
Lost city discovered
in Nicaragua
Meteor Shower Coming
due November 18th and 19th
Responses to the B3ta challenge.
Eschatological Flash!
Off-beat, not ready for mainstream comic:
Achewood - A New Cartoon Every Weekday
or check out the archives
FM 91.1/Jersey City, NJ; 90.1/Hudson Valley, NY
The Art of the Mix
Making Mix Tapes, Mixed CDs and MP3 Playlists

Monday, November 11, 2002

Empty Victory for a Hollow Man
Garrison Keillor totally powdermilks Norm Coleman

A quick guide to wireless internet on the cheap

Using a Sprint PCS Sanyo 4900 with Linux and USB
The Phrase FinderPhrases, sayings, quotes and clichés, with their meanings and origins. Simpler'n prehistoric pie!

Sunday, November 10, 2002

CONELRAD: All Things Atomic
"Eerie, creepy look at Cold War Culture"
Into the Wilderness
Paul Krugman, also from Common Dream
Brighten Up, There's Always Another Election
by Molly Ivins on CommonDreams

Saturday, November 09, 2002

phrase-shifted duet
flash movie: sound based project
Atrise Golden Section
Easy to use Golden Section ruler software
Welcome to CanonicalTomes
"...a volunteer-created, volunteer-administered, and user-contributed database of books or other works which define their respective domains"
from Edge

Friday, November 08, 2002

The Renaissance of Anti-Intellectualism
and the rise of the attack-pundit
Keep at it, contenders in the
National Novel Writing Month
from a NaNoWriMo wannabe
Structured Procrastination
i am going to read this two weeks from tuesday

Eric Drooker
Sequential art pieces
A bit of Agricultural
or perhaps Industrial
Flash fun?
World Monuments Fund
imperiled cultural heritage sites around the world
Biography Project: An Independent Reference Resource for counterculture|subculture|underground
looks like a brilliantly motley crew
via the inestimable plep
Bush Tax Dollars FY2003
a quick peek at the bill
from the remarkable and new-to-me
The Advantages and Limitations of Calmatives for Use as a Non-Lethal Technique
compulsory relaxation in handy aerosol form
say goodbye to unsightly social unrest!
The (Im)moral Animal
A Quick & Dirty Guide to Evolutionary Psychology & the Nature of Human Nature
(the fault, dear brutes, not in our stars but in ourselves)
The Invention of the Teasmade
Victorian robotics capably done
via Bifurcated Rivets
The Wooden Library in Alnarp
these trees gave of themselves nobly
via BookNotes
Russian Gothic Page
Dark Gothic Art
incudes "The Art of Mentally Affected People"

Thursday, November 07, 2002

Oh! the Public!
enough of politics for today...
201 Stories by Anton Chekhov
Michael McNevin - Sketch Art
for your consideration
could this be real?
Thinking About Thought: Consciousness, Life and Meaning
my meta-corpus infra-collosum hurts

Wednesday, November 06, 2002

Transaction Net: Enabling Markets Online
Radically distributive concepts
and resources
what comes next?

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

regarding: Adaptation a weblog - about a movie by Spike Jonze based on The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean and posted by a guy who noticed and passed it along to you who in turn whatever
Fading Ad Campaign
be reminded to take snuff and drink ovaltine
before it is too late
Elaborate Booknotes
toward Rudy Rucker's new non-sf novel
about 16th C. Dutch painter Peter Bruegel
3D Animation for your Desktop...pretty cool

Monday, November 04, 2002

Global Eye
says "I know what you did two summers ago!"
real high-class paint-by-numbers
U.S. Bombing Watch
Let's long has it been since we've bombed Iraq?
(in days)
M John Harrison's top 10
from the Guardian Weblog's Top Ten lists
Carve-up of oil riches begins
a-hah! So it's about busting up OPEC!
Microwave weaponry
for when time is tight
Do you fit the profile
of compulsive online psychological test-taking syndrome?
(no...that's not one of the questions)
Brainwave/Cymatic Frequency Listing
the entire spectrum of neural ring-tones

Freakshow in My Pocket

F.I.M.P. tiny twisted matchbook dioramae

Sunday, November 03, 2002

BREVITY: Concise Literary Nonfiction
that's all i have to say about that one
gamebutton arcade
totally low-tech
A Rejection Letter
thank you! (via wordforge)

Victorian mugshots

hooligans, cads, tramps and urchins
Tate's Turners Touring
presciently modernistic waves and whisps
Flowfazer for Java
Dream Anatomy: Gallery
"reveals as much about the outer world as it does the inner self"

via wood s lot
Uda Atsuko's site
very smart little personal narrative Frash experiments

Saturday, November 02, 2002

Light & Dust anthology of international visual poetry
How about a voynich manuscript distributed computing project?
Thanks to Boing Boing!
Slow Wave
Collective participatory dream comic project
All the Googles
on one page!
Abandoned Asylum
creepy leftover Halloween thrills
Natural Language Search
Modern Ruins Photographic Essays
a walk down Ozymandius Avenue
The Free World's Information and Software repository
NOTE: not valid in most parts of the free world
Pentagon Plan to Provoke Terrorist Attacks
Your taxes (and oil industry profits) at work
Talking to Your Kids About Fascism
let's call it a chat about the birds and the Bushes

Superiority Complex

now all snobs are created equal!
from the Atlantic
Do It Yourself
virtual building blocks don't hurt when you step on them barefoot in the middle of the night
some drop-jaw little flash experiments,
with source code!
a new new newsbot

Friday, November 01, 2002

"Communication from the dead"
absorbing account left by the nursing school shooter
Textism » regrets»
what would you have done differently?
Andy Goldsworthy Work
punctuations in the call of the wild
Please look at the work of
Andy Goldsworthy