Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Spectre of Spector's Fro

I have no idea whether the dude offed his wife or not.

But if that's an unretouched picture (via the Albany Times Union),than the dude should go to jail on hair styling alone.

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Spector's past gun play to figure in trial
Alex Veiga
Associated Press,  8:26 a.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2005

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Baghdad by the Bay

San Francisco: Baghdad by the Bay is a fascinating mapping experiment by Paula Levine.


In it, she superimposes the initial aerial assault on Baghdad from March 2003 -- over San Francisco. Although its strictly from GPS and web based maps -- there are no renderings of San Fran in ruins -- it is obviously disturbing. After a few minutes, you will want to click the green "stop bombing" button so as to avoid the horrific nonstop noise.

Baghdad <> San Francisco is the first project of the Shadows From Another Place series of hypothetical mappings which use GPS to imagine the impact of cultural and political changes that take place in one location upon another.

Note: The name "Baghdad by the Bay" came from Chronicle Columnist Herb Caen.

Click around the site -- there is a forum developing that is just starting to see some traction . . .


via Urban Cartography

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Mt. Wilson Observatory

Too beautiful:

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le blog exuberance writes:

High up in the San Gabriel Mountains, overlooking the San Gabriel Valley, sits the 150-Foot Solar Tower at Mt. Wilson Observatory. You can get a live image from their webcam on this page. Way cool.

very cool snap, via le blog exuberance

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Blank Keyboard



Das Keyboard

Can someone explain this to me?  Thanks


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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Fight Club

Fabulous graphic on the front page of the NYT Week in Review section by Knickerbocker, Christoph Niemann and Brian Rea.

Its one of those things that works even better on newspaper pages than digitally:

The gray line background, the almost superimposed quality of the fighting fools -- temporary residents damaging the pre-existing location -- has almost an ethereal quality to it:

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courtesy of NYT

The Senate Nears the Point of No Return
Jeffrey Rosen
May 22, 2005

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Friday, May 20, 2005

The Deadwood F-Bomb Counter

HBO's show Deadwood, known for its salty language, has spawned a unique web following: The running Deadwood F*ck Counter.


Total f*cks in series:  1837
        Cumulative series FPM:  1.48

  Total f*cks in  Season Two:  1006
        Average f*cks per episode:  91.5
        Cumulative Season Two FPM:  1.77


Total f*cks in Season One:  831
          Average f*cks per episode:  69.3
          Cumulative Season One FPM:  1.23

Total number of f-bombs so far? 1837 or 1.48 F*cks per minute.
If that's not enough for you, there's a cumulative c*cksucker count.
And, you can even combine the two:

The last show had a f*ck to c*cksucker Ratio of 9.5 : 1.

Now thats entertainment!  (Lets hear it for mathematics)

via Bradley's Almanac

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50 Fun Things to do with Your iPod



Jason has an awesome list over at kottke.org:  50 fun things to do with your iPod besides listen to music


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Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Big Filibuster Lie

The filibuster debate, as demonstrated by the graphic below, is a big lie.

What's really at stake is Rehnquist's seat. With the Chief Justice in God's waiting room, this manuever is a pretty transparent attempt ast positioning before the event comes up. If the President nominates a far right extremist, they want to be positioned as having a response  to the Dems' objections.

Here's the filibuster reality:   

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UPDATE: May 19, 2005 9:05 pm

via David Galbraith:  "Examine the numbers and the reality of the current Senate standoff looks quite different from the spin. On the face of it, it looks like it is the Democrats that are being stubborn by threatening to filibuster judicial nominees.

The reality: The numbers show something different, the Senate agreed to approve all but 1.5% of judicial nominees, and the Republicans are threatening to change one of the fundamental checks and balances on government to have things 100% instead of 98.5% their own way.

"Since Bush took office, he has made 218 judicial nominations and the Senate has confirmed 208 of them. Ten, including Owen, failed to win confirmation because of Democratic filibusters. Seven of those 10 were renominated at the start of this year. Of those seven, Democrats have indicated that they would be willing to confirm as many as four to avoid the showdown."

David Galbraith Weblog

Also, see Doc Steven L. Taylor (PoliSci Prof at Troy University) of Poliblogger also has additional analytical data, looking at a century worth of appointments . . .


NYT, May 19, 2005
Created by Sarah Binder, Alan Murphy and Forrest Maltzman
Sarah Binder is a senior fellow and Alan Murphy is a senior research assistant at the Brookings Institution. Forrest Maltzman is a professor of political science at George Washington University.

Neither side blinks as Senate starts debate on judicial nominees
Chicago Tribune, Posted on Wed, May. 18, 2005


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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The Beach Boys' Kosovo

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A terrific spoof by some Norwegian Soldiers in Kosovo, having fun and making a music video using  the old '80s hit Kokomo.

The video is very well done and pretty funny.


via GMSV


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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

How to Detect Lies

Introduction to Detecting Lies, via blifaloo

Good post over at blifaloo, on how to tell when you are being BS'd.  

"The following techniques to telling if someone is lying are often used by police, and security experts. This knowledge is also useful for managers, employers, and for anyone to use in everyday situations where telling the truth from a lie can help prevent you from being a victim of fraud/scams and other deceptions."

The post breaks down "tells into 5 categories, or "signs of deception." They are:

Emotional Gestures & Contradiction
Body Language of Lies
Interactions and Reactions
Verbal Context and Content
Other signs of a lie

My favorite of the list were these:

Emotional Gestures & Contradiction

• Timing and duration of emotional gestures and emotions are off a normal pace. The display of emotion is delayed, stays longer it would naturally, then stops suddenly.

• Timing is off between emotions gestures/expressions and words. Example: Someone says "I love it!" when receiving a gift, and then smile after making that statement, rather then at the same time the statement is made.

• Gestures/expressions don’t match the verbal statement, such as frowning when saying “I love you.”

• Expressions are limited to mouth movements when someone is faking emotions (like happy, surprised, sad, awe) instead of the whole face. For example; when someone smiles naturally their whole face is involved: jaw/cheek movement, eyes and forehead push down, etc.

Check out the full post here:  blifaloo

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