And today's We Are Amused™ prize goes to BBC News Online for "Moodiest Picture of a Mouse and...

And today's We Are Amused™ prize goes to BBC News Online for "Moodiest Picture of a Mouse and Keyboard, Ever". How long did the photographer spend setting up the light and shade in that picture? This is what happens when you hire too many arts students. Be warned. Oh, and I have to say I agree with the article, after spending 6 of my 10 weeks at IBM this summer surfing the web.
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This is what it look like in Trinidad right now. I hate winter. Veering randomly to a totally...

This is what it look like in Trinidad right now. I hate winter. Veering randomly to a totally different topic as usual, I was listening to Groove is in the heart by Deee-lite, and it made me wonder what the hell succotash really is. And how on earth can it be sufferin'? But I love the web, for being able to find me all the answers to those questions. Finally, is this guy still president or something? I'm sure we never heard about Reagan and Bush this much after they retired (at least, not until Dubya got in).
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Brace yourselves, it's time for another one of those semi-meaningful all-about-me blogs... November...

Brace yourselves, it's time for another one of those semi-meaningful all-about-me blogs... November 17th, 2002 is my 4th anniversary of coming out Sometimes, when I'm walking around, I feel the impulse to do something spontaneous. I might sing a snatch of a song, or hold my hand out and run it along the wall as I walk, or a might adopt a different step, tip-toeing around and twirling my wrists as I open doors and pick up objects. It's just an affectation, of course: I don't do these things all the time, and I don't feel compelled to do them. There is no meaning in these actions, no logic underlying them. I don't plan to do these things more than a second in advance. These are just things that I do, odd habits I have just like everyone else. Like everyone else, I take the freedom to do these things for granted. In fact, most people would probably not even consider doing these things a freedom, having never even imagined a situation in which doing such things might not be allowed. But four years ago, I...
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Calling Mr. Sharon... we haven't even started the war on Iraq yet; is it really necessary to start...

Calling Mr. Sharon... we haven't even started the war on Iraq yet; is it really necessary to start saying we should attack Iran next? And ordinarily I wouldn't post something like this, but you really need to see Pamela Anderson's new video.
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I love sitting 6 inches from a window when I'm at my computer this year; it's almost like going...

I love sitting 6 inches from a window when I'm at my computer this year; it's almost like going outdoors without all the tedious hassle of being even momentarily out of link with the Internet. At the moment (1.30 in the morning... I'm working, honestly!) it's raining, and the ducks of Claycroft are frolicking on the lawn, quacking happily as they snap up worms coming up for air. No kind-hearted girls to save you this time, wormies! These birds are really early, and you know what that means. And in case the thoughts of nature were making you think pleasant, peaceful thoughts, don't worry: the US Army now has laser cannons. Doesn't that make you feel safer? I was mid-way through a mini backlog of links for this update, including a rant about how good Phoenix is, especially its useful feature of being able to drag-and-drop bookmarks into textboxes (like the one I'm using to type this update) and they turn into URLs. However, I then discovered another feature of Phoenix's bookmarks pane: the "open in tabs"...
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And so, after a long hard struggle, the battle is over, and democracy has lost. President Bush has...

And so, after a long hard struggle, the battle is over, and democracy has lost. President Bush has consolidated his power, engendering great quotes like this one from Nancy Soderberge, a "senior member of President Clinton's National Security Council": "It sends a strong message to Saddam that President Bush has got support ... The Russians, the French and the Arabs will tell Iraq there are no checks and balances on President Bush." The irony of that statement is just amazing.
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Old lady gets weepy, nation goes apeshit with in-depth analysis of what might have made the Queen...

Old lady gets weepy, nation goes apeshit with in-depth analysis of what might have made the Queen cry. Was it family strife? The male rape allegations? A nation waits, apparently. Hello, Britain, could we have some perspective please? Maybe she had something in her eye! She's an old lady! Maybe her tear ducts are a little leaky! Maybe a corgi died this morning! Lighten up! (Says the man who's just used five exclamation marks in a row). Meanwhile, who'd like some more terrorist attacks by people angered by unilateral aggression? Thought so.
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Oh all right then, I'll blog, if you insist. Things to check out today: Those clever people at...

Oh all right then, I'll blog, if you insist. Things to check out today: Those clever people at Infogrames (makers of... er, not nearly as many games as I thought) have come up with Monopoly Tycoon, allegedly a sort of cross between SimCity and Monopoly that I am in no way utilizing quasi-legal file-sharing technology to download ASAP. The FDA has licensed an HIV test which gives results in 20 minutes. Why hasn't this been more widely reported? I have been doing big, overcrowded busloads of research into various web standards, including RDF (too theoretical), XHTML 2.0 (way cool), XFrames (dumb! very dumb!), XForms (exceedingly clever), XSL (complicated) and XML namespaces (necessary, but I have doubts about the implementation). This all being background reading for my excessively ambitious third-year project, Web2. If you set up Internet Explorer to use a proxy server that doesn't exist, you can stop KaZaA's popups without breaking KaZaA. This of course breaks Internet Explorer for you as well, but since...
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Hey, America! Getting a bit chubby? Maybe 1 in 3 of you are obese or something? No problem! Why eat...

Hey, America! Getting a bit chubby? Maybe 1 in 3 of you are obese or something? No problem! Why eat sensibly and get more exercise, when you can just avoid death by heart attack* with your own in-home defibrillator kit! They're not just for restaurants anymore! The low, low price of $2,295 buys you all the peace of mind you can get, without needing to take on any inconvenient responsibility for your own actions. Call now! But not if you're having a heart attack right this second, because delivery can take 6-8 weeks. * But not the heart attack itself.
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Living on campus again is a unique and fascinating experience, which leaves me filled with...

Living on campus again is a unique and fascinating experience, which leaves me filled with admiration. As I trudge home through inch-deep slurry, I often ask myself why they felt it necessary to build a university on land that is only ever a heavy rainfall away from being a swamp. It takes a special kind of mind to build a university on top of a lake when there are miles of empty, dry fields in every direction. And my kitchen-mates are a source of constant interest, especially with regards to the increasing levels of intra-kitchen pilfering: the guy who stole the pork chops really upped the ante, although you have to admire someone who steals milk from a 2-pint bottle marked "THIS IS NOT COMMUNAL MILK", when my own 4-pint bottle is sitting right next to it. That takes a certain style. I'm also amused at attempts to circumvent the university's fierce anti-marijuana stance (you can get kicked out of campus accommodation for using drugs of any kind, including pot). When I got back home this evening, there were...
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The world is in safe hands, courtesy of Melton :-) And it's good to see Bush's supporters are not...

The world is in safe hands, courtesy of Melton :-) And it's good to see Bush's supporters are not going into hiding after the election.Now, for your geeky challenge of the day: NIFG ENNY LPOJ HBSI ILYG WUIZ BXAG JELL VSXR RQDA LFVC RNEO PGCH AQUG TYKV HOFK ZRPV EZK Encoding using settings AAA, M1322 group 4, Naval M3, using wheels in the order 3,2,1 left to right. Don't be so lazy; find it yourself.
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"If Sharon and Bush are men of peace, we are also men of peace" Al Quaeda makes a good point.

"If Sharon and Bush are men of peace, we are also men of peace" Al Quaeda makes a good point.
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Okay, I just had to blog this. Entitled US Youth can't find Iraq, an article from CNN reveals the...

Okay, I just had to blog this. Entitled US Youth can't find Iraq, an article from CNN reveals the fairly embarrassing truth that only 13% of Americans 18-24 could find Iraq on a world map. But, infinitely better, tucked away at the bottom of the article is the finding that 11% of Americans aged 18-24 couldn't find the United States on a world map, either. I don't think I need to emphasize that point any further, really. Update 2002.11.23: Take the test yourself. I've been getting yelled at a little bit for not blogging recently, and there's some good stuff at the moment, so here you go: Thank god we live in a democracy. Otherwise, we wouldn't be able to charge £12 a ticket for a public autopsy, and that would be a tragedy. According to the article, "About 500 people [will attend] the public autopsy, which is to be shown on giant screens inside an art gallery. The organs are to be passed around the audience in trays." Charming. Want a home that stands out? How about an airplane home? Yes, you too can live...
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A funny thing happened to me today. I was reading this article about President Bush, and for a...

A funny thing happened to me today. I was reading this article about President Bush, and for a split second there, I almost respected him. Weird, huh? But as the article points out, despite Bush's many failings, the Bush administration -- run by people much cleverer than Dubya -- is actually doing quite well (at least on the international front. Don't yell at me; I know the tax cut was a bad idea). The Bush administration has: Responded in a relatively measured and sensible way to the threat of Al-Qaeda, and waged war in Afghanistan so effectively that people have now stopped sniggering when they mention the "war on terror". Forced a much tougher UN resolution on Iraq, and enlisted the support of both China and Russia on that. On top of that, it has successfully used a real threat of force to gain what currently looks like full Iraqi compliance to that resolution. Of course, there was that whole sponsoring-regime-change-in-Venezuela thing, and of course both Rumsfeld and that crazy fuck Ashcroft still...
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I really love the Economist (thanks for the subscription, dad!). Apart from being amusingly...

I really love the Economist (thanks for the subscription, dad!). Apart from being amusingly irreverent*, they also very occasionally come up with great images like this week's cover: Which is just cool on so many levels. * Example from this week's the world this week: A tanker broke up off the west coast of Spain... Everyone blamed everyone else.
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'Tis the season to make money. And what better way than to play my current candidate for...

'Tis the season to make money. And what better way than to play my current candidate for second-best game ever (after Alpha Centauri and the Sims, obviously) than with Monopoly Tycoon? The reviews are in, and are uniformly in the 80-90% area, and I agree wholeheartedly. I love the original board game, but this is no simple "monopoly for the PC": this is a true simulation game, a full-on reworking of the concept, taking the familiar elements that make Monopoly fun and adding whole new levels of depth and sophistication. This game rocks. And I like it a lot.
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Fog is like rain that has been caught in the act. It hangs there, motionless, guilty, waiting for...

Fog is like rain that has been caught in the act. It hangs there, motionless, guilty, waiting for you to chew it out. You who grew up in temperate climates may be able to view it as just an ordinary if not everyday occurrence, but fog is really weird. It turns the landscape into some kind of cheap horror film, hushed and still, waiting for the monster to jump out of the shadows. Trees and buildings fade into the distance too quickly, like those early 90s flight simulators where they couldn't render enough polygons. As I walk home from an unexpected "Christmas" dinner, everything is deathly quiet. Every light is surrounded by a halo, and the air is full of a golden glow from the nearby buildings as I walk along the lake path, the loudest noise my own breathing as I tread soundlessly over compacted, wet leaves. The air is totally motionless, insulated by the fog, and the lakes look incredible, like someone has cunningly inserted some giant mirrors into the turf. The silhouettes of the trees reflect perfectly...
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God bless Scott Adams. From the Dilbert Newsletter 44.0 ("A little ray of bitter...

God bless Scott Adams. From the Dilbert Newsletter 44.0 ("A little ray of bitter sunshine"): Recently I heard an interview that CNBC did with Lou Gerstner. He said his biggest contribution as CEO at IBM was changing its culture. His example of how he changed the culture is that when he came into the job there was a lot of talk about breaking up the company into smaller companies; he decided not to do that. In other words, his biggest contribution to IBM was NOT DOING SOMETHING. Then he wrote a best-selling book about his leadership. The Magic 8 Ball would have had a 50% chance making the same decision; a sock monkey would have nailed it on the first try.
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How could I possibly resist? And if you want to pretend to yourself you're doing more than just...

How could I possibly resist? And if you want to pretend to yourself you're doing more than just letching at that picture, see if you can find the duplicates: 1 person appears 4 times 2 people appear 3 times each 5 people appear twice each (not counting the twins :-) And, FFS, okay, here are the answers. I actually made this to put as a poster on the wall of my room, it's just gotten a bit out of hand.
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6.50am: Fire alarm. Uh oh. We've heard this tune before... 6.52am: And again. Thought...

6.50am: Fire alarm. Uh oh. We've heard this tune before... 6.52am: And again. Thought so... 6.55am: And again. Quite tired of this now. 6.57am:DAMN THAT !"%^£*! FIRE ALARM! I MUST SLEEP! So much for my first lecture...
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