Friday, November 26, 2004

Everyone is a potential torturer

Fab labs

"His success suggests that manufacturing - like publishing, coding, music and film distribution, and communications before it - is about to bust out of its industrial confines."

Nintendo DS Review

This thing is pretty cool...

Call of India lures European workers

"although the employees are paid local salaries, they receive other compensation in the form of free housing, a furnishing allowance and subsidised meals."

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Monday, November 22, 2004

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The Faith-Based Encyclopedia

An interesting piece on the Wikipedia from a former editor of the Encyclopædia Britannica.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004


An intriguing story in Wired on mysterious radio transmitters.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Wal-Mart Data Warehouse

The New York Times has a story on Walmart's insanely big (and a little scary) sales database.

Friday, November 12, 2004

US Election Results

  • A really cool set of The maps showing the US election results distorted by voting population (i.e. a cartogram). More typical maps.
  • Some more on the conspiracy theories from jwz and Wired.
  • An even worse election result?

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Delicious Library

ArsTechnica has quite an interesting software review for Delicious Library, a piece of Mac software, that talks quite a bit about what drives Mac culture and software:

"There is simply a "climate of excellence" on the Mac platform. Any developer that does not live up to community standards is looked down upon, or even shunned. Commercial, open source, freeware, shareware, it doesn't matter: pay attention to detail, or else."

(I think the application itself is pretty cool too, and it looks delicious!)

Monday, November 08, 2004

The Infinite Cat Project

The New York Times > Warplane Strafes a School in New Jersey

"...custodians arriving at the school found 13 cannon slugs - 5 in a parking lot and 8 inside the school in various classrooms and offices..."

Thursday, November 04, 2004

format c:? sure...

It seems amazing that this bit of computer lore hasn't been tested before (well, not to my knowledge at least):

"So there you have it. Stop telling people they should run 'format c:' because it won't get you or them anywhere. Same goes for 'rm -Rf /'"

Star Wars: The Changes

An interesting (well, pedantic and nerdy) series of articles on

"this is perhaps the single most objectionable change in the entire trilogy. Putting aside the fact that it transforms Han Solo from the aforementioned ice-cold space pirate to a lucky son of a bitch, the effects used to bring the new scene to life are simply atrocious."
"One of the little-known edits to the film included the trimming of a few frames to remove the flashes when the bolts hit the human officers ... What makes matters worse is that this censorship isn’t even consistent..."