Monday, August 30, 2004

GMail invites...

Somehow, I've got more gmail invites than I know what to do with. Any ideas? These look interesting:

Friday, August 27, 2004

Peer-to-Peer politics.

Wired reports on a website that's helping people make a difference. Still, not all is going well, despite raising millions to show political ads and a nifty distributed telephone poll/information system.

Top 10 Sci-Fi films of all time? is a perfect piece of film-making in its genre, which I would call 'action movie' rather than 'sci-fi movie' if it were not for the fact that there are very few, if any, movies that genuinely deserve to be called sci-fi.

There's also a list of top sci-fi authors.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

How 8 pixels cost Microsoft millions

Banner ads

This site has a massive collection of the best kind of banner ads — ones that you can't click on.

Wired News: BugMeNot Gets Booted, Restored

Monday, August 23, 2004

Living on the edge

The Washington post reports half of Americans have needed food stamps at some stage in their lives.

Friday, August 20, 2004


Hack spoke to Ciaron O'Reilly on the Ploughshares movement and the dismantling U.S. war planes as they passed through Ireland (Real stream until Thursday).

The interview covers some interesting stuff, including the point that the USA is one of the few 1st world countries that is still predominantly religous.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

A new form of advertising

Wired has a story on the advertising company that has an interesting idea...

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Meatless Monday

New Scientist has an interview with Robert Lawrence where he discusses the true cost of meat, and why we should eat less.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

French author urges slacking

Slashdot | SHA-0 Broken, MD5 Rumored Broken

This /. story has some interesting comments. Particularly the one in regards to the strength of 256-bit encryption.

Wired News: Flight ID Fight Revived

I hope this guy wins, and I wonder what the equivalent Australian situation is?

Combat robots

New Scientist reports on a robot gladiatorial contest in Japan. The videos are quite neat — but for some reason I'd imagined the robots would be bigger...

Wired News: Let the Web Games Begin

CRAIGSLIST / On the record: Craig Newmark

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Against meritocracy

see also

Maths and STDs

Love (at high school) is a Spanning-Tree Network with no 4-Cycles ...

Friday, August 13, 2004

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Super ant colony hits Melbourne

A giant colony of ants stretching 100km (62 miles) has been discovered in the Australian city of Melbourne, threatening local insect species.

Big Brother UK

Big Brother and the looming anti-feminist backlash

Meet the Catholofascists by Johann Hari

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Smart phone virus

New Scientist has an article on a smart phone virus (well, trojan really) hidden in a game that sends rogue texts. This kind of thing could be really annoying...

Shifty tiles bring walking to VR

Wouldn't want to try running on them though...

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

What are you looking at?

The New York Times (see BugMeNot! in post below) has an article on a funky system for capturing what you're looking at by photographing it's reflection on your eyeball.

Pass the salt?

An article with phenomanal photos of a huge crystal cave found in Spain.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

On Mieville and the economies of fantasy worlds

Wired News: Bike Writer Pedals for Protests

A nifty computer-controlled graffiti-sprayer on the back of a bike that lets you sms messages to be written on to the street.

Dear John...

Letters from Richard Berry syndicated in TNT magazine to John Howard have been published in a book. Also an article in the SMH (requires registration, try BugMeNot!)

"I suggest, to save you time and money, that you stop writing to the Australian Prime Minister as it is not possible for him to be your pen pal."