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#   bifurbic rivets
ve   bovineinversus
rc3   browse-o-tron
hack   yuppieslayer
zippy   lycos top50
pokey!   card house
onfocus   bluesnews
memepool   genehack
pitchfork   tinomen
streettech   medley
eaton-blogs   eaton
robot wisdom   bird
awad   random   oed
linux   geek   suck
syzygy   /.   pitas
jlileks      scalzi
camworld    barrett
flutterby  meta log
anildash    entropy
gorjuss      grouse
kottke   aa   looka
kempa   pjoe   pcjm
math   saturn   nbs
jjg   westernh   jc
al   mr pants   ars
a   metaseen   almt
ly   renegade   bud
dog   anitalol   tv
bump   newsfeed   :
slave   rebeccab
raster   scribble
britain   valueape
strgbrew   gmtplus9
magnetbox   peterme
lystworthy   pigdog
lake effect   feed!
monosyllabic   rock
record addict   1sf
northern light   ev
about - bomis     !

Upcoming: Opinionation, Lewis Carroll Logic
Currently: Unfortunate Random Mode

Tis time for Mp3 o' the week. Here's the folk religion of the Danielson Family - Smooth Death.mp3


Be John Malkovich, or anyone else for that matter. Paranoia reigns! I'll let their quote describe this insanity:

"For the first time in history, one human being, from hiding, at a distance, can control the thoughts and actions of another, by way of undetectable hypnosis, using still-classified electronic technology. That is what this site is about."

Bdsjd (Z^%d C2uQb D5>&p is all I have to say about that.


This is probably just for my memory tanks, but you might like it. Wisconsin Public Radio [they also broadcast live with RealCrap] has an old-time radio drama show on Sunday evenings [8:30p CST]. Great listening, the organ/orchestral "gasps" of suspense crack me up. You know, when a character reveals a big secret or the story twists... DAH dah dah DAH!

I bring this up because next week's show is going to include the Orson Welles production of A Christmas Carol. Classic material, I need to remember to tune in.


Continuing the Halo track below, here's a content-free preview: PSX2 Central drools on Halo
T filled me in on a tangent I was unaware of: Halo is in the universe of Marathon. Now, I never owned a Mac and therefore never played the original Marathon. There are entire sites dedicated to the story and background though. Much of it ties into old Heinlein and Niven scifi while tying in references to quite a few religions... crazy stuff.

Even stranger is that fact that apparently Halo is set in the same timeline. These folks have... a wee bit of time on their hands to dissect anonymous mails.


Attn Nethack players: Spiffy new version!


Not much surfing went on today. I spent most of my online time at yesterday's featured link, the Supersphere indie concert archive. Explore the media at Supersphere, don't be shy! Not to be missed: The Horned Gramma, a strange little video exposé. Also, there's an excellent ®tmark section covering their media terrorism, or what have you.


Gamecenter predicts the top ten of 2000, looking forward instead of back.

Halo is getting games closer to that line between incredibility and belief. Nab the movie if you doubt.

Of course, being the team warfare nutball that I am, the most anticipated obviously has to be Team Fortress 2. It'll be the first game which includes voice communication in-box, and let me tell you. After playing TFC matches using voice comm, it forced me to realize how much more immersive a game is when you can talk directly to people.


Indie webcast archive got stumbled upon thanks to blind luck. There's a band for just about every indie fan in there; I'm not going to list them all. Go now. The quality is really quite good considering it's in usually gadawful RealVideo. I sense that I shall be devoting a large portion of ear-time to this massive archive.


JazzWeb is a resource hosted and somewhat maintained by WNUR, a station I have become so enthused with of late that I have embedded it in the sidebar so I can quicky clicky.

Their John Zorn section has a crushing stream of knowledge; just the discography alone is enough to send my mind retreating to the dark corners in search of relief.


It is now quite late. I saw Low. It was great, in a serene, muffled ecstatic way. Self-described: Wimp rock. High moments? They went ape rocking out on "Soon" and shuffled away happily with help from a bunch of folk on "Just Like Christmas".


So I muttered "Nice ai" in a q3a match where a bot cut me off at the pass. It responded, "A.I. is a crock." Also, in a team DM game with some bots someone mentioned they were from Vancouver. A bot swiftly replied, "All the good bands are from Canada."


Dsl.org's FSA page says Mirror is now set back to Jan 25. The Saucer's next album may end up being full-on acoustic, which I do believe will rule.


Fragments of Ender's Game script available online. It's great to see new content and have things fleshed out, but I worry so about this movie since the book was sort of an early epiphany for me. The only truly great part added to the book (from the short story) was the training game. The script appears to incorporate it smoothly, and it plays a part in the thought games as well. Filming this script correctly will be rough; as Mr. Card mentions, it's still more than 2 hours and that alone is bad for today's instant action theatre environment. [thanks bunches to brainlog]


Carol Lay was surprisingly dark this week. I like her perspective on probability.


Wishful thinking about not eating [metalog]

David: Could you describe a typical day of not eating?
Jasmuheen: It depends on what I'm doing.

Note: Humans are not very related to plants.


Simcoe pointed at the Skinny on Sleep Twitches which is timely. You know, when suddenly every muscle in your body goes bezerkers when you're drifting off? There's a faint sensation that you did it in reaction to falling, or in my case, sliding. But I just tell my brain, "Knock it off you idiot, you're on the floor, nothing is sliding."

Hannah Holmes' style is enjoyable, and the archives come highly recommended; covering the sort of useless crap that Apathy would be proud of exploring. Like strange sneezing situations, which includes the baddest acronym to ever walk the scorched earth: SNATIATION. Now there's inspiration! Think she made it up? [simcoe is rad, obviously]


So, just because I wasted my entire evening playing video games doesn't mean you are deprived of linkage. One of the more friendly competitors mentioned that he runs Funseek.net. It's a portal targetted at fun -- go figure. Any site where the search CGI script resides in a "goobersearch" directory is a-okay with me. The rest of this update's links are derived therefrom.

Babysue.com isn't what you might guess. It has a strange assortment of obscure music reviews and bizzare content; check it. The editor throws in reviews of movies with the music, as well as concepts and people. Plus, they liked the new Starflyer 59 record. [Man, look at all the rock they get in each month.]

I found me a completely dorky math comics listing! Funny in that unfunny way. The few salvageable ones all seem to be Calvin and Hobbes, but this panel of Frank and Ernest on infinity isn't too shabby.

Daryl Cagle's framed listing should come in handy when an overdose of currently running cartoons is required.

This surreal picture is disturbing in that aftertaste of reality way. Shudder... From the Pynoman domain. What?

Bringing sanity to us and then taking it away, it's the abstract humor page. Don't miss the salmon epics.

Not sure if this one passed through the weblog meme-a-lizer yet; perhaps it's a bit over the top. I saw it a few years back, and it falls under the absurd for sure: Jamming a Pair of Scissors Repeatedly Into Your Crotch. Hey, as long as it's for the cause of humor...

The Feels Like Forecast was definitely on target this week. Wednesday felt like a Monday, and Thursday was very much a Wednesday.

Awww nuts, Ackxhpaez.com is registered, and in use even. (!?) It hosts some extremely warped comics if you can call 'em that. Fun with Science will make you wince.

Went on a record buying spree today for no apparent reason. Got so much stuff I haven't even spun it all yet. I am particularly loving Coltrane's Jupiter variation from Interstellar Space tonight, where he rips reggae a new one with Rashied Ali. I need more Coltrane. In the more structured jazz [?] vein, I picked up Zorn's Naked City. Every time I find something like this I feel like a retard for not knowing sooner, ya know? Haven't dug into the whole thing yet, but... he covers Ennio Morricone and Ornette Coleman in between originals; a lot of ground is sped across in a blur.


Today's learn yerself somethin' link is on the past and present children of minimalism. If you read this page regularly, it's possible you know what post-rock might be. What sprung from the minimalist movement of the 60s? [The droning musical one, not the art one] Post-minimalism of course! Kyle Gann explains.

I've only heard a few of the mentioned post-minimalist composers. Kramer [not the lofi producer, Jonathon Kramer] wrote some very interesting tone-limited pieces. While the name Paul Epstein sounds very familiar, but I cannot place it.

The article goes on to mention the composers brought up on rock, and names some tempo-shifting rate-munging pieces that sound quite intruiging. Yet another avenue to walk down.


Gamasutra has been running quite a few post-development diaries by game designers lately. The only one I played was System Shock 2, certainly the most engaging "standard" single-player game experience this year. Check out the System Shock 2 postmortem for the good and bad:

One difficulty that we encountered was educating our designers in what was expected from them in terms of game-play implementation. Most of our level builders had previously built Quake or Unreal levels and were not familiar with the style of game play that we were trying to build in System Shock 2. Partially this was because we were simply exploring a style of game play that we did not entirely understand ourselves.

Also in games, here's a handy Quake 3 logfile analyzer in Perl. Yes, I now have been sucked into Quake 3. What'd you expect? I'm a videogame kid. Must improve that plasma aim. You crazy reader folks will understand if I'm not quite as verbose, right?


Ship of Fools: The Magazine of Christian Unrest is quite engaging. Don't miss the WWJD boxers in the Gadgets for God category. Religious retailing makes its own irony. [original link via memepool]


Continued surfing at Oculus: Cringe Factor puts the slam down on bad music. Decent writing.


Boomerang link: Western Homes is the man when it comes to music. Today he reviewed Palace's Viva Last Blues which is arguably Will's most accessible. If you could call a Palace album that. Spot on overviews of discs, but he's also moving from the realm of reviews to a full-fledged music log. Send links his way, people.

Oculus Magazine's Jazz Primer for Rock People covers the basics from the primordial soup through 1975. Highly recommended reading for the day.

WUSB Mutant Radio is now apparently Martian Liberation Front Radio. Free-form jazz-indie-noise-foundsound, spiked with a bit of dissent. Anyone have any idea if they're still on the air? Supposedly, you can listen to the WUSB 24/7 on the internet. It isn't working for me.


You have to hand it to those Civil War buffs. Their re-enactments aren't really all that lame; it's just like the real thing, without the blood and gore and dying. [Steal his eyeglasses!]

Maybe it's just me, but the huge crowd throws the whole thing off. Supposedly kids can learn about history this way. I remember attending some re-enactments at Fort Oswego back in the 80s. It sure was neat, I mean really, it's a fort and I was a castle-loving kid. But mostly I just learned that cannons are dad-blasted loud.

Okay, I admit it. I was looking for the R. Atkinson Fox super-sappy painting of the lil' drummer boy after overdosing on the Low track. Click the next few links for tacky extreme!

Yipes. A ray of sap. No thanks, I don't want the Mannheim Steamroller MIDI version. But here's the German translation. Soll ich für Dich trommeln? Mommy! I'm scairt.


Graphite is a complex Jscript or Perlscript-able shell for Win32. Lets you parse events as they roll by; might come in handy if Windows just doesn't work precisely the way you want.


Creative non-linear synthesis is good fun from Monkey Bagel. [foop makes my sox tingle]


MP3s of the Week: Premonition, I tell you. The day after I use a Low song title for the Stupid Quote, kranky's shipment of mellow arrives with the precious Low Christmas CD.

Although there's plenty of that expected Low sound, one of the originals and one of the traditional carols stand out. Just Like Christmas.mp3 shuffles along so quickly and with such happy gusto, it's hard to believe that it's Low! Their version of "Silent Night" is given the standard Low treatment and sounds very nice, but the catchy organ-buzzing drone of Little Drummer Boy.mp3 is the harmony-drenched sing-a-long I needed to get into that Christmas spirit.


Begging to be a meme: Crossed Lines and Bad Connections hooks up two people in a conference call -- each thinking the other called them.

In that department, Odd Duck's Pranques is fairly high quality compared to most of the unoriginal, annoying pranksters.

For prophecy, see Nostradamus Foretold, especially predictions of Mentos Candy and the A-Team.

The Odd Duck also provides the hilarious Aernold's Fables To convince you to visit, I present ripped in its entirety:

The Hen and the Chicken

One day, a chicken happened upon a hen.
"Ahh, it's fine to see another chicken in these here parts," said the chicken to the hen.
The hen stared at the chicken with disdain. "Are you blind. I am a hen, not a chicken."
"That's rich," cackled the chicken. "Don't you know that a hen is a female chicken?"
The hen had not known.

The moral: Hens are female chickens.


StarLogo decentralized thinking from Mitchel Resnick. Looks like he helped design the programmable bricks for LEGO MindStorms too.

Mr. Mitchel also appears to be involved in the Virtual Fishtank as well, which is a lot like that Technosphere thang. However, it's rather unfortunately not available for public access over the internet.

If you've got Java, definitely check out some of his "Active Essays". It's learning with moving pictures, super fun. Exploring Emergence has the good old Life Watchmaker but you can clickety clack on the squares to toggle them and mess with the circuitry.

Resnick's other active essays (Going in Circles and All That Counts) require a LOGO plugin but it's well worth it! Man, LOGO got me started on the road to fun programming, and those active essays are just a trip.


Toaster Y2K test.
Aside: Oddly enough, that beep is the tonic in the song I was spinning. [Foo - Aurora]


It Came From the Pita:

Get the Picture is a surprisingly addictive competitive naming game. There goes your free time, ploop! [fishstick]

Looky looky, an Insound worker's Pita.

Using the Socratic method to teach binary arithmetic is powerful. [tim o' the mooselessness]

I get all tingly reading about these kids learning. It is especially interesting to consider how much the teacher gains from this sort of group conversation. Thinking about it now, I am fairly sure my brother learned alternate bases in this same manner.

Don't you feel the urge to spend some time with Plato, or maybe Aristotle after that?

Exploring Plato's Dialogues: A Virtual Learning Environment should come in handy for following along. An excellent searchable cross-reference site.


Constantly thumbing the tree versions of the Perl books? I think it might be time for the Perl Cd Bookshelf. Too bad it doesn't include the regex book. Slashdot mentions it uses a Java search engine. This seems rather silly for a Perl book, and since I have an arbitrary hatred of the Java runtime environs, I'll hold out for a Perl interface.


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