Archive for March, 2004

Greeted With Guns or Flowers?

March 31st, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Not flowers in Fallujah. Today was perhaps the saddest and most gruesome day in Iraq since the U.S. invasion. Canada’s CTV provides video from the scene on their website– the only media outlet in North America to do so.

Gives Good Headlines

March 31st, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Tokyo geek, Marcos Weskamp, has made the way-cool Newsmap. It visually displays newsheadlines pulled from google news in a treemap, a space-constrained visualization of information.

Personalized Google Searches

March 30th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Google gets personal.

What’s Aerogel?

March 29th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

It is 99.8% air and invented by NASA to capture comet particles that move six-times faster than a speeding bullet. It’s also the coolest looking stuff ever.

Rove Rage

March 29th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Hundreds of students protest at Karl Rove’s home. The crowd surrounded Rove’s house, tracking him through the many windows, waving signs that read “Say Yes to DREAM” and pounding on the glass. At one point, Rove rushed to a window, pointed a finger and yelled something inaudible.

Apple and Oranges of Real Estate

March 29th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Hmmm, it’s the same $2,000/month mortgage payment. Should you go for the 17th century manor house and farm in France or the stucco dump in the ghetto? Real estate is strange.

Do As I Say Not As I Do, Iraq

March 28th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Oh man, don’t go padlocking newspapers. US authorities shut down a Baghdad newspaper after it was accused of printing lies that incited violence. Omar Jassem, a freelance reporter, said he thought that democracy meant many viewpoints and many newspapers. “I guess this is the Bush edition of democracy,” he said.

Loop the Laces

March 26th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Here’s the most comprehensive site for learning new ways to tie your shoes. I’m going to be trying out the Ladder Lacing technique this week.

Yep, Everybody’s Got a Blog

March 26th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Even Noam Chomsky.

Pre-Emption’s a Bitch

March 24th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Unfortunate breaking news splitscreen less than gracefully undermines the message of Vice President Cheney’s speech.

Bah Abba Wins the Rolex Award

March 23rd, 2004 by Jeff | 0

For developing his pot-in-pot refrigeration system to keep perishable foods fresh without electricity, Mohammed Bah Abba of Dutse, Nigeria, has won the Rolex Award for Enterprise.

Hadid Wins the Pritzker

March 23rd, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid wins This year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize. Her first bulding in the U.S. is Cinicinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center

Here’s to You J.J.

March 21st, 2004 by Jeff | 0

With his warm dulcet voice and his passion for music, J.J. Jackson helped to define what a “VJ” was during the formative years of MTV. For the five of us, he was the wise DJ, said fellow early 80’s MTV VJ Mark Goodman. He was the guy who had been through it all and was able to always put a mature perspective to things. He wound up handling the spotlight that was thrust on us better than any of us. Jackson died Wednesday night in Los Angeles while driving home from dinner. He was 62.

Sarah Etta Pigg

March 20th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Take a look at this list of humorous names people have found while doing genealogical research.

See You in the Funny Papers

March 19th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

The American Newspaper Repository has a huge collection of old newspapers from all over the world. And they’ve got a great gallery of art and illustration from American papers available online.

The Term is Flexitarian

March 19th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

More than 70% of Vegetarian Times readers aren’t vegetarian. They’re flexitarians, folks who are motivated less by animal rights than by a growing body of medical data that suggests health benefits from eating more vegetarian foods.

Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

March 18th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

British citizen Ronald Fiddler tells how he went from Manchester to Guantanamo and spent 2 years in jail there. Yes, I travelled to Pakistan in October 2001, he said. But if that’s my crime then you would have to arrest whole planeloads of people. He also described the torture given to him and other prisoners held in Gitmo. These are American prisons? whoa.

Congress to Make Supreme Court Useless

March 16th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Well nobody in the mainstream press is writing about this doozie -yet. Kentucky Congressman Ron Lewis has sponsored the Congressional Accountability for Judicial Activism Act of 2004 to allow Congress to reverse the judgments of the United States Supreme Court! That law has to be unconstitutional, but then the ruling could just be reversed by Congress and then ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, and then reversed by Congress and then…

Bob Zangas

March 16th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Bob Zangas, a former helicopter pilot and lieutenant colonel in the Marines who was working as a civilian employee of the Coalition Provisional Authority, was killed last week south of Baghdad when gunmen wearing Iraqi police uniforms stopped him at a makeshift checkpoint and shot him to death along with another American and an Iraqi translator. His blog is still online. Read his last entry or offer condolences.

George Orwell

March 16th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

In case you’ve got an extra long lunch hour to kill, checkout the complete works of George Orwell.