Thursday, October 02, 2003
New York Daily News - Home - Rush Limbaugh in pill probe -- Thanks, Fark, and thank you, Mr. Limbaugh.
Wednesday, October 01, 2003
mugshots The largest collection of mugshots on the Internet. From famous celebrities to old gangsters.
Yahoo upgrade disrupts Trillian IM software This is also disrupting my use of Proteus on my two Macs. Highly irritating. Alot of my friends are on Yahoo! Steps taken by Yahoo to safeguard its Yahoo Messenger instant messaging (IM) service from spammers are also disrupting the legitimate use of the popular Trillian application, a problem that had been foreshadowed in recent weeks. Trillian is an application made by Cerulean Studios that lets end users manage multiple IM accounts from a single IM console in their PCs....
Wesley Clark, the Water Walker The press continues to probe Gen. Wes Clark's fitness to be president. The October Atlantic Monthly takes a hard look. And in this week's Newsweek (with Clark as the cover boy), Evan Thomas has a backgrounder on Clark, the Water...
Think Of The (Unexploded) Children Plastic::Media::Disaster: The missile didn't go off while the children were posing on it. It is not known whether the reporter was disappointed.
The Dean Campaign Does Something REAL Smart I?m impressed by Dean Campaign?s new Net Advisory Net, which is nothing less than a modular, virtual, board of policy advisors which has as its first effort attracted some serious people with serious ideas. (And?very smart?the ?NAN? is set up with campaign deniability built-in in case the advisors go nuts on some issue.) You have to had it to the Dean for President campaign. They are not only smart but they have good taste . I almost turned myself into a Dean volunteer long before he was famous as the ?anti-war? candidate ? I liked his health care plan which...
David Brooks, Relativist I was going to avoid blogging anything about David Brooks?s phenomenally wrongheaded op-ed, The Presidency Wars, in today?s New York Times on the grounds that its deficiencies were obvious. But then ABC?s influential and often sensible The Note (warning-this link will only work on 9/30/03) praised it, saying, ?If you care even a whit about America having a civil national public discourse (during this time and forever), read every word of David Brooks? brilliant New York Times column, and thank Arthur for hiring him.? In light of that maybe there is some need to point out just how unreasonable and...
Europe's Legal Music Alternative Once again, it looks like the Europeans are ahead of the US in successfully implementing a major new technology: When it comes to legally downloading music in Europe, there's one name that's both way out in front and hidden in...
Supreme Court To Hear Stolen Nazi Art Case The Supreme Court said Tuesday it would use a case about Nazi-era stolen art to clarify when foreign governments can be sued in U.S. courts. Immediately at stake in the case is $150 million in paintings that an elderly...
Walls, Doors, Floors, Ceilings: Your Days Are Numbered
I must have warmed to David Giacalone's BloggerCon essay ("Jargon Builds Walls Not Bridges") because of the chaotic, construction-ravaged state of my home at the moment. We're all about ripping through walls, windows, floors, ceilings, peace, quiet... (Don't ever think you can undertake a "small" construction project. There is no such beast. Recently, I was game enough to suggest to some nice friends who want to throw me a shower in November, "Hey, we could do it at the house." Now I'm wondering: (1) whether the sounds of hammers, saws, and a vast array of power tools might actually be soothing to an infant, like a clothes dryer or car engine, and (2) whether any of our local hotels might cut me a special "maternity leave" rate come December.)
But as usual, I digress. Do you think terms like "blog" and "blawg" are cliquish and off-putting? I don't. If you have an opinion, go add it to the thread. (If you have carpentry skills, I'll see you at 8:00 a.m. sharp.)
Conducting the Plame Investigation The AP reports on who is conducting the CIA-Plame investigation: For now, the investigation is being done by FBI agents...
Why grossout photos online should make you smile Because they're proof that the Internet is still, on whole, uncensorable:
They die over and over on continuous loop, the journalist's throat slashed again and again, the bank robber blown up by the bomb locked to his body time after time. The graphic video and still images of dead and dying people that mainstream news organizations choose not to display inevitably find their way to the Internet, where they can't be killed. Some can be legally challenged, but even if a site is shut down, the image rarely goes away. Link (via politech)
And there's a vigorous argument over whether instant access to such images is good or bad: Are they examples of stomach-turning excess or honest depictions of a disturbing world? There's little disagreement, however, over the Internet's role in eroding the mainstream media's reign as gatekeeper -- the media's decisions to withhold images from their viewers no longer mean viewers won't see those images
Mild-mannered spam victim strikes back Wired News story about a graphic artist whose domain and professional reputation were effectively hijacked by a spammer -- and what he did to fight back:
One week later, the spammer struck again, using Markley's domain. Five days after the second attack, the spammer struck yet again. Thousands of bounce reports and hate e-mails arrived in Markley's inbox. And Earthlink reps told Markley they could do nothing to help him. So "blood boiling, furious and literally foaming at the mouth," Markley set out to track the spammer down. (...) Link
Markley checked the headers on the original spam returned with some of the bounces. Then he learned how to access domain-registry information and how to use a trace-route program. Over the next two weeks, he painstakingly worked his way through a half-dozen hijacked servers and a dozen spoofed e-mail addresses and bogus identities to find "his" spammer. "Last Thursday, at around 7 p.m., I finally knew without a doubt that my nemesis was Eddy Marin, who has a reputation as the world's most prolific spammer," said Markley.
Michael Moore - THE HUGEST TOOL Well, I guess I should have predicted it, Michael Moore is the bigger political "tool." And that is meant in...