Archive for July, 2003

An interesting essay on copyright and public domain…

Thursday, July 31st, 2003

(via lessig blog)

disguised as a review of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Blake’s 7 is coming back!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2003

For those to whom this name is unfamiliar, it’s a 25-year old British sci-fi series, with all the hokey special effects and production values of Dr. Who, but with great stories and interesting characters.

Cult TV desciibes it thus: “Terry Nation’s great gift to the sci-fi genre, the story of a motley group of outlaw revolutionaries led by a patriot-hero who fight the fascistic Federation (motto: ‘Strength from Unity’) in the second century of the third calendar.”

…and it’s coming back as a feature film, with Paul Darrow reprising his role as Avon.

Robot is ‘too scary’

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003

(via BoingBoing)

A University of Reading robot is apparently too scary to be seen by foks under 18, unless they get prior consent from a parent or guardian.

Unfortuate, in a robot designed to study how peole interact with robots.

A few hints, guys:

1. Don’t make it look like a big disembodied skull,
2. Don’t give it glowing eyesockets,
3. Don’t give it a big ol’ nasty frown,
4. Don’t let it follow people around,
5. Don’t give it a name that sounds like ‘morgue’,

and then you might have a little better luck not scaring the kiddies.

Just a thought.

Oh, and keep it from saying things like “Yum! Human flesh!”


Monday, July 21st, 2003

(via MetaFilter)

A juggler.

Now you know why my family moved out

Thursday, July 17th, 2003

Europe vs. Italy

Not that I believe Europeans drive like that…

Crows make tools!

Thursday, July 17th, 2003

(via BoingBoing)

Apparently, crows can make and use tools.

It’s all in the timing

Thursday, July 17th, 2003

(via devnull)

Microsoft admits critical flaw in nearly all Windows software

The announcement came one day after the Department of Homeland Security announced that it awarded a five-year, $90-million contract for Microsoft to supply all its most important desktop and server software for about 140,000 computers inside the new federal agency.

“We have met the enemy and they is us.” — Pogo

Happy Birthday Joanne

Thursday, July 17th, 2003

Joanne is 45 today! Hee, hee, for about a month, she’ll be a year older than me.

Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Disposable email address

Wednesday, July 9th, 2003

APINC provides a disposable email service at Give them your real email address (they promise not to sell it), and pick a time period (24/48 hours or 4/6/8 days) and they’ll create an email address that expires after that amount of time.

So, somebody you’re not sure about needs your email address? Give ’em one of these. If they sell it to spammers, no problem, the name will expire soon.

Be careful…in most email programs, if you reply to an email someone sends to the temporary address, your real address will go out in the from or sender field.

Depending on your ISP, there are a few do-it-yourself temporary address tricks you can use. If your address is, then the addresses or somebody(anything) might work. Test each, and see if any of them work for you.

Then, if MrSpammer wants your email address, give them If you start getting spam, you know MrSpammer really is a spammer, or sold your address to a spammer. So set your email program to filter that address straight to trash.

Little Brother gets a website

Wednesday, July 9th, 2003

(via Wired)

MIT Media Lab’s Government Information Awareness.

Their mission statement says it bes:

“To empower citizens by providing a single, comprehensive, easy-to-use repository of information on individuals, organizations, and corporations related to the government of the United States of America.

To allow citizens to submit intelligence about government-related issues, while maintaining their anonymity. To allow members of the government a chance to participate in the process. “

The Declaration of Independence – © The Boston Globe?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2003

(via JD)

Check the copyright notice at the bottom.