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Just some more great Alan
Moore stuff. That's the cover of a recent Promethea. By the way, there's a
the annotated Promethea.
Army bots and droids, some can climb walls, look like snakes...I've
always thought these were the new heroes. Give me a mobile droid that can
motor at 70 miles an hour and has a vidcam and I Shall Fight Crime...
Another Story About How Wind is a Winner
Popular Science's Top Ten Scientists
No wonder the Evil Ones hate him so.
"Future reaction is equally predictable. Unable to blame their daily
cup of bitterness upon Saddam's former retinue, the Americans will have to
conjure up foreign intervention. Saudi "terrorists," al-Qaida "terrorists,"
pro-Syrian "terrorists," pro-Iranian "terrorists" -- any mysterious
"terrorists" will do if their supposed existence covers up the painful
reality: that our occupation has spawned a real home-grown Iraqi guerrilla
army capable of humbling the greatest power on Earth."
Rant, But I'm Still Not Going to Vote For Him
Funny Dean Jpeg from Fark:
I remember Rudy Rucker was
entertaining me with one of his gross visions of the future by way of his
book "Saucer Wisdom". In the future, girl kids rebel by growing fingers
around their necks as well as other appendages. I thought that was fiction,
until I saw this Warren Ellis link to some Russian kid who lost his original
look at the picture. Go ahead. Of course, does it, like, work or
anything? Is it functional? Just curious out here...
"Science as a Democratizer"
Ribofunk Watch: Grow Your Own Drugs
Here's a great new artist by the name
of Leinil Yu. He's
very talented. He's also doing an interesting Superman book with Mark Waid.
Late Friday Night
I wrote this over at
Here's a snippet:
"No matter what you
do out here on the net, there are people who sort of do the same weirdass
thing that you thought was your singular solitary obsession. The
interdimensional cousins of this blog would have to be
New World Disorder,
(otherwise known as the Hive) and probably a new blog
really cool memes over at both New World Disorder and the Hive have to do
with the "real" reasons behind the blackout. New World says that it was
possibly nuclear power plant sabotage. And in the
comments section, someone points out that awful new worm that's going around
might not be an accident...Not to be outdone, the Hive tells us that this
was the result of an odd electromagnetic effect. Could it be the rumored
project in the hands of terrorists, or worse, The
French, who believe their heat wave and resultant nuclear meltdowns are
weather control retaliation for not getting
involved in our stupid wars for oil expropriation...? I think it's obvious
that that's the truth. Just call me Phil Drudge, fair and unbalanced..."
Soldiers abroad reveal unhappiness
with the war by
this new thing called the Internet. You wouldn't believe the arguments
I'm having about this over at Warblogger Watch. Apparently, all of these
real soldiers are just useful idiots in my commie anti-war schemes. I wish.
headline about Iran: We Had A Democracy Once But You Crushed It
To Leave US. Says US Starting To Look Like Nazi Germany (IT's not just
me saying it folks...)
Incredible Warren Ellis online novel. Usually, these things don't
impress me. This is impressive. He's vibed into that City of Silence poetic
rant and it's beautiful.
"I looked out
on London at dawn, waiting for the tiny machines in my shoulder to die.
At this time in the morning, the streets still hold the darkness, the spires
and domes and towers bobbing above it. A lunatic's armada, masts and sails
of copper and slate tacking lazily over an ocean of shadows. The markets
would open soon; bananas from the Windwards, strawberries from Norway,
Finnish cloudberries, horsemeat from Japan. The Italian coffeehouses
unlocking their doors, greyfaced minimum-wage kids exhaustedly wrestling
themselves into workshirts and calling themselves baristas. Wishing they'd
made the cut for a job at one of the five remaining American-style fastfood
places in London. The German stalls frying ribers and bratwurst in the cold
online fiction ain't bad either.
not only wrote
a report about how the White House was using science for its own evil ends,
but he created a website that is ongoing, which I think is interesting. I've
been making the same argument for the last year or so without congressional
oversight but there you go...
Nice Green argument
for Howard Dean. It's comprehensive. He comes to the same conclusions
that I did when I had this debate
with Lisa Stolarski, who was pro Kucinich. I don't know what she is now
she kinda stopped talking to me...I seem to have that effect on women.
Breaking News from Ruskie Bloggers:
We Planted the WMDs and then we lost them. Russians got this story from
libertarian Al Martin.
August 3rd thru August 9th
I couldn't think of anything this week
so I'm going with my own
art again. That's a very multi-colored Bjork by the way.
Q: What is the matrix?
It's a government program that's meant to mimic the dreaded TIA on a
statewide level. It's the bureaucratic underpinning of the Orwellian
Neo: Gaaawd nooooo this can't be real, this can't be
Morph: I just promised you the truth. I mean, I could
some crazy idea about human batteries and subsequently ruin the plot for
you but I'm simply telling you about the desert of the real...and related:
anti-war left already being tracked by government. Writer says this is
fascism now, not latter stages or warning shots...
Update: Over at Technoccult I posted
this, which I thought was a better joke:
I mean, I could have given you some
crazy idea about human batteries and subsequently ruin the plot for you but
I'm simply telling you about the desert of the real...ly
nightmarish paranoid style of the Bush administration...
And now links, links, links:
From Jorn Barger's Robot Wisdom (Jorn might not be dead
Bank Comes To Conclusion that Privatizing Every Solitary Function Not So
Good And in related news:
Iraq not so swell either. Also:
Can't Miss Cheap
Labor Conservatives Complain About WTO anti-tax break ruling. The
chickens have come home to roost as one great man put it...
Corporation Sez Free Energy Might Work...But You Have to Pay Them for Their
Yet Another Privatized Space Effort Gets Underway
Situation in Afghanistan: Same as it ever was, same as it ever was...And
from Flit: Two really good blogs about
Interesting Charlie Stross Post About Possibly Evil Extropian Behind
That Ideas Futures Idea
Two Superhero pieces (Here
here) about the inevitability of super powers (I personally can google
faster than a speeding bullet) that I liked. One was even by that evil
Instapundit. See? I'm not totally obsessed with his evil position on our
Because if I was I would link to this....And
an older story about superpowers that I probably linked to last year...
In case you were wondering just how we were going to
screw the Iraqis out of their wealth--it's a story that tends to be obscured
by our kids getting shot up on a daily basis or dying from
an odd illness or
committing suicide but it's still important--check
out this piece on the sneaky president's executive order essentially
giving the oil companies, and nobody else mind you, a get out of jail free
card. It's already being investigated
by this group, as
well it should.
By the way, there's also an
Coalition (of two) Casualty Count. It's growing.
labor conservatives. Cheap labor conservatives. Cheap labor
conservatives. That's my meme and I'm sticking to it through 2004! Also
check out the fine blog that this came from.
Nice Walter Mosley
Piece Against the War
this Bill Gross (real genius and founder of Ideolab, still around after the
bust) solar breakthrough. He uses genetic programming to improve
solar cells and the Stirling Engine. There's a bigger story in this month's
Tip of the Hat to Gravity Lens Blog for
the Above Pic
Hot off the presses:
Writes About Trans Humanist conference. Changesurfer radio guy James Hughes
gets a quote.
Over at Better Humans, where I owe them a piece or two,
new column by James and
also a long review of Bill McKibben's new book "Enough", or as I call it
"See? The Left fears Change too..." It's written by David Appell who hasn't
been blogging lately. He must be dead, like that Robot Wisdom guy Jorn
Even Big Companies like Amazon and Microsoft
Want Broadband Opened Up. They're right. It's a no brainer really.
Dialup is cheap because of competition.
Two interesting blogs that I might permalink one day.
Angry Asian Man and
great new blog. And his wife and adopted kid blog too! Why can't Harlan
Best Piece I've Read ABout Iraqi Insurgency. Big hint: has very little to do
Several years ago over at Nanodot I asked why someone
hasn't come up with a superantioxidant pill. Over at Better Humans, I found
the people who are making it so.
July 20 thru July 26
A Le Phil Original. Eat your heart out Tom Moody. Where's
my New York showing man? (Model is Danielle Dragan, at least that's what she
said her name was...A woman would never lie to me afterall...)
Meanwhile, in Machinima news,
Charlie Stross makes an appearance in that 20 minute documentary of theirs,
which looks cool. The idea of Machinima is that you use powerful game
engines as animation tools. The Scottish guy with long hair looks to be some
kind of Warrior Nerd. Also check out the
By Greg Palast Which Argues that the Gates Philanthropy Is a Sham...I like
Greg Palast but I find myself depressed by this story.
Isle of Tuvalu Believes in Global Warming (They're sinking)
of how Left Has Used the Net
Critical Article of the WTO
Update on Wired South Korea. Check out the political implications. Dean fans
Take the Red Pill: Scientific American Has Story About Universe Being a Big
Why One Iraqi Quit the Iraqi Council
More News on the Fascist Meme Front
And there's this incredible Atrios link to Italian fascism, lots of
parallels here of course...
Meant to Link To This Earlier: Better Humans Columnist
Dvorsky Rips Apart Tom Paine anti-transhumanist piece...? I really like
Tom Paine. Ah well. Apparently, we're neo-eugenicists. Great. Where's my
Gene Expression slot? ("I hate the minorities but it's all scientific don't
you know, sincerely, Atheist Imperialist")
Long Story About
Pro Peace Military Guy Who Was Recently Killed in Iraq
Goodie: Dean's 16 Questions for Bush
Nice New Redesign
at Technoccult with Courier fonts (looks like). Check out short interviews
with Warren Ellis and Bruce Sterling.
Summary of Why Moore Turns Bad on the Big Screen It's the lack of
Personally, and I'm
not sure about the money end of this, I think his stories and his detail
would work better in longform over at HBO. In fact, I've been pushing this
untrue rumor for years now: "You know, I heard a rumor that HBO was doing a
12 part version of the Watchmen, which will be produced and overseen by
Terry Gilliam and feature guest directing stints by Tarantino, Woody Allen,
and the Wachowskis...That's what I heard. It will be 14 hours with a two
hour premier and a two hour ending. And, get this, I heard Alan Moore gets
final script approval...imagine that. And look at the cast: either The
American Psycho guy or Redford for Ozymandius, Gandolfini for either the
Comedian or Nite Owl, Steven Buscemi or Dennis Hopper as Rorshack, Drea from
the Sopranos as the Comedian's daughter, somebody muscular yet cerebral for
Dr. Manhattan, and that's just for starters...Well, I hope that rumor is
true. And then I heard if that turns out well, Top Ten gets the same
treatment.....What a rumor." Watchmen is written by Alan "More than a man, a
god! (who oddly enough might be planning that in his guise as a black
July 13th thru July 20th
attorney isn't going to stop file sharing, even if he wins the case. But
he's a very good writer and now he's got a blog.
I give up: I'm permalinking Big Media
Matt and Calpundit.
Tons of stuff on the Bush meltdown. I get most of my dirt
from Atrios. The groupblog format almost gives me too much info. But for
Big Business Hates Bush (Needs Europe and allies in global
economy...what a shocker.) and
companies that are sidestepping the sanctions of off limits pro terrorist
rogue regimes. (Haliburton anyone...what a shocker...)
much more impressed that Dean got this gig than I am by his posts so
far. Can Bush even pronounce Intellectual Property? He's also holding out on
his DMCA position. Here's a hint Dean: if you want the hip youth and
digerati vote go the complete opposite way of Hilary Rosen. Demand
misdemeanors or less for file traders and have a long public disagreement
Conyers about this.
New Nan Site From
A Guy Who Writes For Small Times
And from Small Times: Report about how Nanoshells are being used in
Now on the alt science globalization horror front, this
piece from Public Citizen:
trades away food safety, allows uninspected meat onto U.S. shelves
Friction Between Scientists and the Bush Administration or my alt headline:
Logic and the Bush Administration Once Again Fail To Meet Middle Ground
Here's the money shot so to speak:
"The administration's stem-cell
stand is just one of many examples, from climate change to abstinence-only
sex-education programs, in which the White House has made policies that defy
widely accepted scientific opinion. Why this administration feels unbound by
the consensus of academic scientists can be gleaned, in part, from a telling
anecdote in Nicholas Lemann's recent New Yorker profile of Karl Rove. When
asked by Lemann to define a Democrat, Bush's chief political strategist
replied, "Somebody with a doctorate." Lemann noted, "This he said with
perhaps the suggestion of a smirk." Fundamentally, much of today's GOP, like
Rove, seems to smirkingly equate academics, including scientists, with
And here's a theme I've been pushing over at Better Humans:
"The Bush administration's dismissiveness toward
scientists could also have serious consequences, from delaying vital new
medical therapies to eroding America's general lead in science."
Article About An AIDS Cure No One Can Afford
Story About DIY Television Networks and Stations (I would love to do my own
July 6th through July 12th
All Your Film Belong to Us: The Maladjusted Fanboy Comic
Geeks. On the other hand, Alan Moore is really really good.
written, for Locus no less, the world's greatest Alan Moore suckup quote.
Claude's assertion that Alan was the greatest writer to ever write
comics by saying that Alan is more than just the greatest writer to ever
write comics, he's one of the world's greatest living writers, period.
I then continued about how I would rather be seen in
a pit of my own filth than share the same page with this great, totally
man...(By the way, if you just read one comic this year, try the above...)
(Damn! The direct link to the Python sketch doesn't work...put in the phrase
"In a pit of my own filth" and you'll get the reference...)
Speaking of Python,
here's the "Dead Parrot" sketch updated to aWol's Iraqi quagmire reality...
tired of waiting for the future to catch up with him, is putting his
micropayment theories into action. It also has some very cool bits of
animation and the storytelling method is completely different. You just
haven't seen anything like this before, even though I sense that McCloud is
a better critic than an artist. Go support this effort, especially if you
would like to make money doing this online stuff one day. It's easy to do if
you have either Paypal or a credit card, which I think is every person on
Earth. I threw in my quarter with pride. Here's to our self-sufficient
Thanks to the now
must read daily
Blog for not only pointing out some of my Red Hour columns, but also
giving me the latest heads up on the
Whole Earth Catalog's Singularity issue. Very cool.
This is the
of Esteban Maroto.
that reflects on those great Warren artists.
The entirety of the new Wired Magazine
in now online. And it's pretty good. Top Stories include new ways of
planetary and/or stellar death. (rogue black holes anyone?)
There's an interview
with Robert Moog about his new snyth project. Moog got input from Rick
Wakeman of Yes and Bitches Brew Jazz godz alumni Chick Corea and Herbie
And there's a
about Burt Ruttan and the whole private space race movement which has
Good Salon Piece About the Public Research Movement. The ACLU ad nicely
sets it off I must say. The group behind it
also has a site here.
Just go read the latest
Tom Moody Posts. Most literate Hulk review, ever. Nice review of a
laptop band as well.
Services Add Anonymity in wake of RIAA legal Crackdown. Boy, I sure hope
Emule and Edonkey do this kind of privacy thing, not that I would care, of
course, because I'm not some kind of lawless cad enjoying his rare
Mahavishnu Orchestra video clips. Not me.
June 22 thru June 28th
You know I never wrote a review of the
Hulk. I actually kind of liked it. Hulk smash. Me like. I also thought the
science was pretty cool even though Nan looks to be the gamma radiation of
our times. More over at Majic 12 at a later date...
Well, like a pundit I admire, Max Sawicky, I'm going
to go over what I got right and wrong about Moveon's online primary. (By the way, this is
very unlike Instapundit and Pejman "Soon I Will Be Named The King of Persia!"
Yousefzadeh who never admit they're wrong, at least not in public.)
I was right that Dean would probably win the vote. I
was right that he probably wouldn't hit 50 percent. That was just too high. However, over
at American Samizdat where I've been debating Dean Vs. Kucinich (You just have to scroll
down. You know how blogger is with permalinks.), I made it clear that I wasn't that
impressed with Kucinich's online efforts thus far. I was wrong. He came in second. That's
pretty impressive or it was a sabotage vote from the usual Freeper suspects, but to
believe in a fair and loving world for a moment, that's still pretty impressive. Hey, the
guy beat Edwards, Kerry and Gephardt. Not bad. I also remarked where's the guy's blog?
Well, Kucinich does have a blog here. In fact,
Kucinich seems to be doing more original posting than Dean. So, while I don't think
Kucinich has outperformed Dean on the net, it's clear that the former Cleveland mayor has
outperformed every other candidate.
It also proves that the net offers a level playing
field. Where would we be without this wonderful form of expression and change...
I'm voting for Howard Dean on Tuesday. My vote isn't
etched in stone and I may change my mind before the Pennsylvania primary. Yet Dean to me
has a few qualities that I think stand out. One: he's one of the two candidates that
opposes the Iraq war. I believe that the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan are
nightmarish and that American casualties will probably mount. I believe Dean, who is by
far the most photogenic and dynamic of the Democratic speakers, can best exploit and
explain this position. Two: He's run a brilliant campaign so far and he's the only
candidate that I believe understands the net and understands it's potential. Why is this
important? Because traditional politics poisoned by hard money combined with the decided
FCC lean of the corporate media will give the Republicans a decided Orwellian advantage.
Yet on the net, where Dean's Meetup sign-ups are nothing short of astonishing, it can be a
fair vote. Let a thousand Three River Techs bloom, all of which endorse Howard Dean. I
think we can make a fight of it out here. Three: Looks count and see one again. It matters
how you look on television. Whenever I see Howard speak I feel like saying "Give 'em
Hell Howard". Four: A vote for Kucinich is a vote for Graham or God help us
Leiberman. I have nothing against Dennis, in fact I think he would be a great secretary of
labor. But after watching him in debates, I just think that Dean can reach more voters.
That's just a gut feeling. My gut told me the same thing about Bill Clinton. Charisma
matters. He will also clean Bush's clock in a debate, decisively. It will be the guy who
can talk against the guy who can't. I can't wait.
If you want to read something
very sad, then go over to Unknown News
and read about the impromptu visit to the emergency room. It's located on
the site's left hand side. They'll probably be about four grand in the hole
at the least. They're not insured.
Scott Bateman's Funny
Pro Kucinich Ads (I'm probably going with Dean, though. The few things I
don't like about him make him more electable come November.)
Here's a nice
ocean tide alt fuel contraption devised by the Brits. If they scale it
up, it could replace half of that country's nuclear energy output.
Argument About How To Get the Public More Involved in Science Policy Issues
Our loyal ally
Spain considers charges against us for deliberately targeting their
Article About Publicly Available Peer Review and this
is a related story and
link about peer reviewed inventions. Reads completely science
Here's a writer who I should have linked to long ago
because she's digging in the same vein that I am (a left view of technology)
except people pay her a decent wage. Her name is
She has a website, but doesn't blog so you
have to look around for her newer stuff. She wrote the piece above about
open peer review and publishing. I really liked her piece about Cuban
and here. I'm
also convinced that given a choice between the standards of our client
states in Latin America, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras (being the main
ones), and what looks to be the Mad Max style ruins in construction in both
Afghanistan and Iraq, then I would take Cuba.
Science Agency Comes Out Against GM Foods
and here's the site for the
Independent Science Panel
Classic Rall: "They Impeach Murderers, Don't They?"
Guys With Great Racks (Warren...You Missed This? Beaten by a corporate
media hack like Dvorak...what would Spider say...?)
A Geek Volunteer
Horrific House Vote (yet again, sigh) Against Class Action Lawsuits
How Do You "lose" a 727 Exactly...Sounds Very X Filish or very prelude to
terrorist action ish...
Calling the Instapundit Propaganda Crowd: Please Rebut
Mr. Beers, (trying
to see the big picture here...wants to force a larger investigation,
possibly state that someone told him to lie, someone higher up...oh lawd let
it be Rove) if possible. Also check out this Cursor commentary:
accusing the Bush administration with 'Dereliction
of Duty' in its war on terror, Paul
Krugman refers to Monday's Washington Post
with Rand Beers, the former top White House counterrorism adviser who
before the start of the Iraq war and has recently become a volunteer
national security adviser to Sen. John Kerry. While
only a handful
of U.S. news outlets have picked up the story, it has been linked to by
more than 100
Here's my new meme (catch it!) "The
Internet: It's the new counterculture...man..." And oh, loyal
allies the Brits say we suck as imperialist occupiers...
That's a classic Heavy Metal cover by
Rich Corben, done in the 70s with Old School 3D, way before Poser.
Impressive. And I hope he's a fair use kinda of guy.
He's built like Den. I
don't think I would like him when he's angry...
Remember: go out and collect all the
Red Hour Orgy piece is up at Better Humans where I take on the New
Atlantis (or the Stop Self-Evolution Crowd) and where I make the suggestion
that Leon hisself is reading our words of wisdom. It's always good to have
fans. And as usual, here's some of my breathless unbeatable prose:
"On the whole, I find the enterprise to be
somewhat irrelevant and preachy, which is probably what I should expect from
the editor Eric Cohen, a Weekly Standard alumnus. Here is a man who on the
net can be quoted as saying that
role for religion in public life".
I'm sure that's what science needs, just a touch of Wiccan lore added to
that proteomic mix, or quantum computing spells conjured up by the dead
Warlock Aleister Crowley (death shouldn't stop him), or Hare Krishna chants
thrown in with your GPS tracking or imaginary beings in the sky who watch
over your particle acceleration runs and yet have time to talk to Jerry
Falwell and Pat Robertson about their money problems. Thanks for nuthin'
At the time I posted this, Better
Humans was having some problems, so you can find
Red Hour Orgy, raw and uncut, right here as well. (I wasn't going to
link to my raw version this time because Simon added some important things
to the piece that I didn't know and of course I always want to take full
credit for the "brilliance".)
Speaking of Red Hour Orgy, in a past
column I made an original argument (sez me) that we probably don't have to
fight a war over oil if science progresses at even a conservative rate. I
thought that if you combined wind, conservation, nan breakthroughs and
the Turkey Guts
fuel conversion people you would end up a situation where you wouldn't
have to kill anybody over oil.
Turns out that
there's a buncha' nanotechnologists who are making the same point, and it
will be archived on video. Two interesting companies will offer
and another company that specializes in
State light. And these dry
battery guys sound interesting.
Here's a place where
find online left video. The Internet: Today's Counterculture. Can you
dig it man...?
(From Daily Wireless)
Pentagon Plans to Ring Country with Surveillance Blimps...Feel Safer
Already. He also thinks this company
represents Wifi's next big thing.
Klein on the Privatization of Iraq (It's not pretty and this isn't what
happened in Germany or Japan.) And in a related story, the plunder and
misery and backlash continues
(From Boing Boing)
history of those early media pirates: The Film and Music Industries.
More of Brendan
McCarthy's Incredible Artwork
I'm permalinking the
Center for Digital Democracy.
Their Principle meme seems to be Cheap Broadband for the Masses. You can
also see Jeff Chester speaking now over at a
"Take Back the Media"Conference over there
at C Span, which also features a funny Eric Alterman monologue. Chester
interesting 12 point media plan which I've probably linked to before,
but I don't mind doing it again.
completely depressing portrait from prison written by a non violent prisoner.
It's not quite OZ, but it doesn't sound like fun. Well-written.
I saw this on Tech TV. It feels a lot
like Bit Torrent and it's called E
Mule. It seems like a more effective version of Kazaa. Let's put it this
way: Overnight, at a lawless friend's house where they simply don't respect
the RIAA or the wonderful choices in music I'm being given by Clear Channel
and MTV these days, a half hour concert of Frank Zappa was completely
downloaded (the bad person has dsl broadband). It was about 250 mbs.
My lawless friend who doesn't love
America and/or Hilary Rosen is now taking legitimate shots at live videos
from Allan Holdsworth, Traffic and Bjork, all about a half gig apiece.
Appell Piece on How States Are Leading on Environmental Issues
Jeremy Rifkin Sez
the EU doesn't like GM foods because they like really good food and don't
want their country turned into one big mall.
On a related note, here's why
Canadian farmers don't like GM foods.
There are three good pieces by Robert
Cringely that would usually be pointed out to me in Robot Wisdom, but Jorn
hasn't posted anything in a while. One piece has to do with how Open Source
could be compromised.
And I guess on a related note, he writes two columns ( here and here) on
how he senses Microsoft's Dark Hands are manipulating the SCO vs.
I was involved in a debate with someone
on the Instapundit side of the spectrum and she told me that she wished
somebody would shut down Greenpeace because...well her reasons didn't make
sense to me. I thought Greenpeace didn't like France either? Oh well.
Anyway, curious as to what Greenpeace
was up to of late, I checked
out this. They even have downloadable videos which I'm going to look at
Or you can read this:
"Greenpeace Victories in 2002: Check out this new video
highlighting two of Greenpeace's major victories in the past year:
ratification of the solar bond initiatives in San Francisco, which put in
place the largest investment in renewable energy in U.S. history, and an
historic decision, backed by research from Greenpeace, which led to the
shutdown in the trade of illegally logged mahogany from the Amazon."
Gawd, sounds terrible. Alt fuels and
environmental protection. Should be stopped at once.
Here's an interesting story about a local activist, whose office space
houses our new Pgh Indy Media office and other "radical" and "dangerous"
Gene Expression Call Your Office and Resign: Ghana Creates Its Own
Competitor to Microsoft Called "Soft"
Back when I wrote "Why I Don't Support Harlan
Ellison's Lawsuit Against Internet Piracy" I noted that even if he was
able to shutdown Kazaa and Aimster, that would do nothing to stop portable
big gig devices that you could carry house to house on a keychain. And sure
this new 1.5 gig hard drive on the market that's about a big as a USB
microdrive. Oh woe to the man who insists upon the worldwide integrity
of his Deathbird Stories copyright...
Here's a left argument against germline engineering that I
should attempt to make fun of over at Better Humans.
Cool John Ridley Profile (Must Get His Newest Novel About Superheroes)
More Evil From My Own Home State: State Attorney
General Won't Tell Me Which Sites Have Been Blocked
...Now that's good for Democracy... I am also permalinking the Center for Democracy and Technology, probably
Lawrence Lessig and I'm dumping Winterspeak (it just got boring.) And
where's Jorn over at Robot Wisdom? Hope he's okay even if he is a jerk...
Nice good cop/bad cop rant
for Fantagraphics from Warren Ellis (From Gravity
Lens Blog), even though they are easy to hate and
according to them what Warren does isn't really "Art" they'd probably sniff
contemptuously from their critical heights... I'll probably buy something,
maybe that hot porn of theirs...
Check Out the Plausible Futures Newsletter
this kind of guerilla
campaign that will be will waged against Bush Lite.
Pentagon Seems to
Declare That Space is Off Limits to Non Americans...Ahhh to live in the
Speaking of our friendly military, the Memory Hole scores
a valid journalistic coup by
acquiring never before published papers about Operation Phoenix.
A group that
studies how many pollutants are in your body or why we still need those
pesky environmental laws.
Scary Site About
Untraceable Ballot Box Tampering
Good Story about
the war brewing over GM foods over at Quark Soup. His publisher wouldn't
print it so he put it online.
And from that story, Dave gives us some pretty cool links
to the Genetic Engineering
Action Network and
Bill of Rights
Good Noah Story on Hi Tech Military Advances
Open Access or Peer
Reviewed Journals Online
Depressing Yet True Accounts of all the Media Firings That Have Occurred
Since 9-11 (kinda not a liberal media...)
Gravity Blog) Long interesting Interview with Greg "Blood Music" Bear.
Disturbing Account of the Rise of the Russian Mob...It evolved because
we didn't invest in their rebuilding efforts. It's sort of what happens here
in the black community or what we see happening in both Iraq and
Tech Improvements in Television
Evil Pennsylvania (my evil state) Targets Municipalities That Start Their
Own Broadband and here's a
story about public
Science and Science Fiction Shows Across The Country
Economy, Fueled by Nuclear Power (!?), When we're on the
a nan fueled energy revolution...how did Charlie Brown put it....Aaagh!
Here's an interesting story:
Biotech firms hurt Indian Kids
and this is the
interesting site that it came from.
Warren Ellis to this link to
McCarthy's Incredible Artwork!
I just can't get rid of that Brendan
McCarthy piece yet. My review of the Matrix is over at Majic 12 Blog. I also
have two posts over at
Warblogger Watch. My most sarcastic bits:
"Glenn, it's about time that you admit that the
situation in Iraq has evolved into what you yourself have defined as a
marginal and/or substantial loss by Allied forces in Iraq. And you should
apologize, preferably in public, your head bowed in shame, your face full of
wet mucousy tears. It's time for the pro war side, whose hideous jingoism
you ably represent, to admit that the rebuilding of Iraq would be a tough
job for people who are competent, not bought off or are wholly owned
subsidiaries of the fossil fuel industry, and understand the complexities
and mechanics of the Iraqi society...let
alone the Bush Administration.
It's time for the pro war side to admit that the war has done nothing to
disable terrorist groups and in fact has
strengthened their recruitment and fundraising,
just as Osama had wanted. And finally, it's time for the pro war side to
admit that stealing a country's oil in broad daylight is a tough, if not
impossible job, and that Iraq would be better served by 100,000 United
Nation troops (armed with nonlethals) and headed by a multilateral coalition
that's actually interested in creating a real democracy in Iraq and not some
puppet regime, as the Iraqi people themselves have called for. By the way,
if you're looking for a way to do that then please reread the works of Lani
Guinier and take a good long look at the South African constitution, which
was inspired by her work. (It's why the white minority hasn't been
Alarming Roundup of Real World Nan Products
From Science A Go Go: Story about Artificial Proteins
(I'll probably permalink them just because of that cool name.)
Intimidating Paul Orwin Outline for
Expression Call Your Office: MIT Tech Review
Debates Future of Genetic Scripting by Race
Garbage Into Oil Machine Gets Animated (MIT Tech Review or the other less
well known Tech Review)
Warren Ellis to this link to
McCarthy's Incredible Artwork!
Very Needed and
Decent Petition Against Media Consolidation or "Clearchannel owns my local
radio, tv, and newspaper and I don't know what's going on in the world..."
On a related note, I discovered
called The Future of Music while sifting through the above link.
Security over at Wired. David Brin has been talking about this sort of
thing for years...
Krugman on Our Bought Off Privatized Media
Narco News on
Bought Off Media and Blair Controversy (Nice analysis here)
Interview and Related Story:
They Plan on Doing it Again, Nationwide...Where are the Dems on this?
Shouldn't there be a preemptive lawsuit, something about the roll erasures
being known at least six months before the election...?
Delany (legendary science fiction writer and one of the world's great
Tom Moody's High Brow
weblog. He is, thus, permalinked.
Hilarious Post On "Our Glorious War Thus Far" By Max Sawicky
Related Note: The 14 Signs of Fascism or "Welcome to the U. S. of A."
Update on Nonlethals Over at Popular Science
Nanotube Based Ram From A Company Called Nantero
Interesting Profile of French 3D Film
I actually thought
this movie had its moments. I find the
politics behind the X Men more interesting than the fight scenes, though the
intro scene with Nightcrawler was very very cool. Personal teleportation can
be a very potent weapon it seems. I also agree with
Media Matt (his last name frightens me) that it's not clear to me that
Magneto is the bad guy, other than his complete disregard for human life. It
seems to me, and this is a question that the American Left itself might have
to face (soon), sometimes force might be appropriate, especially in
self-defense against the
of our imagination and our reality. We may have to become the monster in
order to fight it. Best bits of writing: When out actor Ian McKellan
deliciously smirks about just how "good" adroit shapeshifter Mystique
happens to be. She probably turns into Brendan Frasier when she's sleeping
with old Ian. I also like the prison break and the slow buildup to the birth
artist/writer Tom Moody has a blog online.
America's Broadband Dream Is Alive in South Korea. There's also some
commentary here from the Daily Wireless guy.
Nice Quark Soup
Piece on the New McKibben Book
May 7th, 2003
on E Ink (think flexible computers and wifi cloud connected clothes that
flash sites, art, music...) and
here's an older
explanation at How Stuff Works.
New Nader Corporate
Accountability Group: Points out that not only was Haliburton Iraq deal
sleazy (big shock there), but they've skirted rules prohibiting them from
dealing with Axis of Evil countries.
Public Citizen PDF on just how really baaad the new energy bill is.
Estimated Cost of the War: Between $120 billion to $1.75 trillion
In related news and not linked to by Instapundit:
as cool as once believed.
US Fails to
Provide Iraqi Heathcare and
Needed to Protect US Troops, Iraqis from the Effects of Depleted Uranium
RIAA Dreams Up Software Bullets
for Peer to Peer
There are lots of interesting political posts that I've
been slowly digesting. God I hate that metaphor.
Here's one from
Max Sawicky, and
here's another one. Here's
Oliver's visit with
John Edwards. I'm leaning toward Dean by the way (just once I'd like to
elect a real democrat into office). Here's the
official site and
here's the "fan" site.
interview with Margaret Atwood and her impressive new book (critically
anyway), even if it does sound firmly entrenched in the McKibben just
say enough school of science.
Canadian writer wants a publicly-owned paper. That would be nice here as
Warren Ellis (Die Puny Humans)
thinks this list is
silly, but I've always worshipped
Week of April 20 thru
intends to start his own space program. Check out that cool alien design
an art exhibit that features Nanobots. Here's a definition of what
The above and below is from
Pittsburgh Indy Media.
Below is from the weekend's slightly more rebellious anti-war demo.
Where do they get those cool corporate flags?
In other news:
Left Television I've Seen So Far
Shoots For the Moon (Chung Kuo, SFnal story of China Ascendent, At
My New Column is up at Better Humans where I Give the Heads Up on anti-nan
group text called the The Big Down