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Tuesday, February 27, 2001

See what happened on any particular day in Dr. Mac's Cultural Calendar.
3:51 AM

How Power Shapes the News from FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting). Lots of blatant manipulation of the press is exposed here... as if the mainstream media weren't good enough lapdogs as it is... I guess the dogs have to get whipped in to shape sometimes. Check out the article to see which carots and sticks are being used on whom.
2:59 AM

Things my girlfriend and I have argued about. Well, no, not me personally, but someone has... specifically the someone who wrote that web page.
1:32 AM

Monday, February 26, 2001

"BlöödHag ... are dedicated to the promotion of literacy in a Heavy Metal format. All their songs are short speed metal bios of some of the greatest science fiction writers of all time. With songs such as "J.R.R. Tolkein and "Michael Moorcock" they will blow your illiterate ass right back to the library.."
2:11 PM

Sunday, February 25, 2001

NASA is secretly developing a Death Star underground!
11:45 PM

The real-world problems of managing 40,000 bitmaps and textures to 3D models, sounds and music, and source code files for Age of Empires 2. I blame it on Microsoft! :) Seriously, though, they should have used Perforce.
10:45 PM

Friday, February 23, 2001

A trackball designed for manipulating objects in a 3D virtual-reality space.
2:00 AM

A trackball that scans your hand in infra-red for biometrics applications such as credit-card transactions. It seems to be an interesting alternative to fingerprints or retina scans.
1:58 AM

Who wouldn't love a site dedicated to philosophical humor?
12:21 AM

A talented artist's comic depiction of his obsession with chess.
12:08 AM

Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Microsoft's assertion that Open Souce stifiles innovation has sparked a huge thread on Slashdot. Although interesting, I hesitate to call it a discussion, as all the high-rated posts are of one oppinion. I hope some more effective alternative forms of moderation become popular soon. It would be nice to see well-thought-through oppinions come from all sides of an issue, rather than hear the party line endlessly repeated.
9:55 PM

Monday, February 19, 2001

How much journalistic integrity does the news media have? Grade the News brings some of the issues to light. (thanks to Sean for this one)
1:34 PM

Wednesday, February 14, 2001

Parasites and Parasitalogical Resources
6:02 PM

What religious/political group is responsible for most of the "30 Worst Atrocities of the 20th Century" ?
1:05 PM

Burned remains of the "greatest classical library" are now readable using new digital imaging techniques. Lost classics from Aristotle to Epicurus to Sappho to Euclid may be available for scholarly study for the first time in hundreds if not thousands of years. Here is another fascinating article about the applications of the technology.
1:39 AM

The Art of UNIX Programming by Eric S. Raymond (of the annoying "The Cathedral and the Bazzar") seems to be worth looking at.
12:58 AM

Quantum mechanics meets information theory.
12:40 AM

Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Amputation set collecting. Need I say more?
11:29 PM

Someone called the Humor Police AKA the FBI on the parody site www.bonsaikitten.com
10:40 PM

After the Singularity, will we still be human? Does it matter? And will we still know the difference? Look here to find out.
9:50 PM



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