Thursday, June 30, 2005

Interesting Flora (odd plants from my garden)

I have some pretty odd plants in my garden:

This one is called a passion plant: Its vines have these springy tendrils, they just grab onto stuff. Its flowers are beuatiful, and seem to close at night and reopen in the morning.

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One open and one closed flower:
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These are called Parachute Plants: Before they open, their flowers look like a parachute:

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When they do open, the flowers are a gorgeous deep purple, with these veins running thru them:

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Gallery of DRM-Related Antipixel Buttons and Badges

      
Everyone loves cute little 80x15 "antipixel" buttons and badges.  Here is a gallery dedicated to DRM and filesharing issues.  Most have links.


Copy them at will with no restrictions.  Copy to your own server if you can. 

Thanks very much to Luca Zappa's Brilliant .

via nootropic

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Freedom Tower Redesign

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Photos courtesy of NYT



Source:
New Design to Be Unveiled Today for Freedom Tower
By DAVID W. DUNLAP and GLENN COLLINS
NYT, June 29, 2005
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/29/nyregion/29cnd-tower.html

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Bill Hick's Revelations

Transcript of a great Bill Hicks performance, via Ranprieur.

Excerpt:

"Kennedy, I love talking about the Kennedy assassination because to me it's a great example of, er, a totalitarian government's ability to, you know, manage information and thus keep us in the dark any way they... Oh sorry wrong meeting... Ah shit. That's the meeting we're having tomorrow at the docks. [winks] I love talking about Kennedy. I was just down in Dallas, Texas. You know you can go down there and, er, to Dealey Plaza where Kennedy was assassinated. And you can actually go to the sixth floor of the Schoolbook Depository. It's a museum called... 'The Assassination Museum'. I think they named that after the assassination. I can't be too sure of the chronology here but... Anyway they have the window set up to look exactly like it did on that day. And it's really accurate, you know, cos Oswald's not in it. "Yeah, yeh so wow that's cool." Painstaking accuracy, you know. It's true, it's called the 'Sniper's Nest'. It's glassed in, it's got he boxes sitting there. You can't actually get to the window as such but the reason they did that of course, they didn't want thousands of American tourists getting there each year going [Mimes looking out of window] "No fucking way! I can't even see the road. Shit they're lying to us. Fuck! Where are they? There's no fucking way. Not unless Oswald was hanging by his toes, upside down from the ledge. Either that or some pigeons grabbed onto him, flew him over the motorcade... Surely someone would have seen that. You know there was rumours of anti-Castro pigeons seen drinking in bars... Someone overhead them saying 'coup, coup' Coo. Unbelievable. And you know what's wild, people's, er, attitudes in the States about it. Talking about Kennedy, people come up to me: "Bill, quit talking about Kennedy, man. Let it go. It's a long time ago - just forget about it." And I'm like alright, then don't bring up Jesus to me. As long as we're talking shelf life here. "Bill, you know Jesus died for you." Yeah, well it was a long time ago. Forget about it! How about this. Get Pilate to release the fucking files. Quit washing your hands Pilate - release the goddam files. Who else was on that grassy Golgotha that day? "Bill, it was just, you know, hur, taking over of democracy by a totalitarian government, let it go."

Revelations

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Cloud Photos

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Monday, June 27, 2005

spiral-shaped galaxy

This Hubble image of a spiral-shaped galaxy is more than just a pretty picture. A series of images like this allowed astronomers to measure its distance -- 60 million light-years from Earth -- ten times more accurately than ever before.

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Photo: Courtesy of Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA)



Source:
Happy 15th Birthday, Hubble 
Amit Asaravala
Wired, 02:00 AM Apr. 25, 2005 PT

http://www.wired.com/news/space/0,2697,67304,00.html 

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Cheating Husbands Lotus Sold on eBay: half a pound

Last week, this item went up for sale on eBay -- sold immediately for the equivalent of about 90 cents.

Ebay Item for Sale
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=2192&item=4556985749

I need to get rid of this car immediately - ideally in the next 2-3 hours before my cheating arsehole husband gets home to find it gone and all his belongings in the street.

I am the registered owner and I have the log book. Please only buy if you can pick up tonight.

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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned . . . 

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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Is Dick Cheney the New 'Baghdad Bob'?

Greg Mitchell asks:  "Is it just me, or is Vice President Cheney, who repeated Thursday that the Iraq insurgency is in its final throes, starting to sound like former Saddam spokesman, "Baghdad Bob"? Is it time to start calling him "D.C. Dick"?

Yesterday, after a week of serious criticism, for claiming that the insurgency in Iraq was in its “last throes,” Cheney refused to back down, even after Gen. John Abizaid, our top military commander for the Middle East, proclaimed that the insurgency, in fact, was as strong as ever, and “a lot of work” remained to be done to defeat it."

That's a valid question:  To test your knowledge, we put together a little quiz: Some of the  following comments came from Baghdad Bob (circa spring of 2003), and some are more recent statements D.C. Dick ?

QUIZ:  'Baghdad Bob' or D.C. Dick ?

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"No, I am not scared, and neither should you be."

"We will succeed in Iraq, just like we did in Afghanistan"

"Be assured: Baghdad is safe, protected."

"We are doing what we believe is right. We're convinced it's right. We're convinced that in fact we'll achieve our objectives."

"We are in control, they are not in control of anything, they don't even control themselves!"

"we've got a pretty good idea of the general area where [he] is hiding, but I don't have the street address."

"The battle is very fierce and God will make us victorious."

"The point would be that the conflict will be intense, but it's intense because the terrorists understand if we're successful at accomplishing our objective, standing up a democracy in Iraq, that that's a huge defeat for them."

"They think that by killing civilians and trying to distort the feelings of the people they will win."

"Capturing Saddam wouldn't be worth additional U.S. casualties or the risk of getting bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq."

"I blame Al-Jazeera."

"All of a sudden you've got a battle you're fighting in a major built-up city, a lot of civilians are around, significant limitations on our ability to use our most effective technologies and techniques."

"Those are not Iraqis at all. Where did they bring them from?"

"I believe the chief of staff of the Army and the vice chief -- vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs have testified recently that all of our troops in Iraq are now properly equipped with the newest body armor."

"I can assure you that those villains will recognize in the future how they are pretending things which have never taken place."

"There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction, there is no doubt that he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us, an aggressive nuclear weapons program."

"I would like to clarify a simple fact here: How can you lay siege to a whole country? Who is really under siege now?"

"Did I say 500 tons of sarin and 25,000 liters of anthrax? I meant `weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.'"

"We're giving them a real lesson today. Heavy doesn't accurately describe the level of casualties we have inflicted."

"Iraq is now the central front in the war on terror."

"The American press is all about lies! All they tell is lies, lies, and more lies!"

"Once we had rounded him up and gotten rid of his government, then the question is what do you put in its place? You know, you then have accepted the responsibility for governing Iraq."

"They are becoming hysterical. This is the result of frustration."

"We believe that he Saddam Hussein has in fact reconstituted nuclear weapons."

"I speak better English than Bush."

"I think it’s very important that we have a president with firm leadership who has the kind of track record of dealing straight with people, so that friends respect us and adversaries fear us."

"Just look carefully, I only want you to look carefully. Do not repeat the lies of liars. Do not become like them."

“There’s been a decision not to allow US firms to invest significantly in Iran, and I think that’s a mistake.”

"The United Nations...it is all their fault."

"The effort that we've mounted with respect to Iraq focused specifically on the possibility that this was the most likely nexus between the terrorists and weapons of mass destruction."

"Even those who live on another planet, if there are such people, would condemn them."

"Now what kind of government are you going to establish? Is it going to be a Kurdish government, or a Shi'ia government, or a Sunni government, or maybe a government based on the old Baathist Party, or some mixture thereof? You will have, I think by that time, lost the support of the Arab coalition that was so crucial to our operations over there,"

"This is unbiased: They are retreating on all fronts. Their effort is a subject of laughter throughout the world."

"A return of inspectors would provide no assurance whatsoever of his compliance with UN resolutions. On the contrary, there is a great danger that it would provide false comfort that Saddam was somehow 'back in the box.' "

"The force that was near the airport, this force was destroyed."

"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."

"They are achieving nothing. Our estimates are that none of them will come out alive unless they surrender to us quickly."

"We learn more and more that there was a relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda that stretched back through most of the decade of the '90s."

"They hold no place in Iraq. This is an illusion."

"We've never been able to develop any more of that yet, either in terms of confirming it or discrediting it. We just don't know."

"Once again, I blame al-Jazeera. Please, make sure of what you say and do not play such a role."

“Halliburton is a unique kind of company. There are very few companies out there that have the combination of very large engineering construction capability and significant oil-field services.”

"Most of you probably saw the movie 'Wag the Dog'. I hope you remember it."

"If our commanders need more troops, they'll ask us."

"These cowards have no morals. They have no shame about lying."

"We've made significant progress in Iraq."

"You can go and visit those places. Everything is okay. They are not in Najaf. They are nowhere. They are on the moon."

"What we did in Iraq was exactly the right thing to do. If I had it to recommend all over again, I would recommend exactly the same course of action."

"Rumsfeld, he needs to be hit on the head."

"I had other priorities in the '60s."'


Answer Key:
 
Highlight text for the solution to the quiz

Italicized sentences are VP Dick Cheney; Plain text is Baghdad Bob.





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Sources:

Is Dick Cheney the New 'Baghdad Bob'?
Greg Mitchell
Editor and Publisher, June 24, 2005
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/columns/pressingissues_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000967845
Greg Mitchell (gmitchell@editorandpublisher.com) is editor of E&P.

Cheney Quotes:

Cheney link of Iraq, 9/11 challenged
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2003/09/16/cheney_link_of_iraq_911_challenged/

What did the Vice-President do for Halliburton?
http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/040216fa_fact

On the Issues:  Dick Cheney on War & Peace
http://www.issues2000.org/2004/Dick_Cheney_War_+_Peace.htm

On the Issues:  Dick Cheney on  Foreign Policy
http://www.issues2000.org/2004/Dick_Cheney_Foreign_Policy.htm

Cheney changed his view on Iraq 
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/192908_cheney29.html

No 'Timetables' for Iraq Pullout, Bush Promises Visiting Premier
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-bush25jun25,0,2852853.story

Cheney is still paid by Pentagon contractor
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,912515,00.html

U.S. general's remarks contradict Cheney on strength of insurgency
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/11969481.htm

Cheney: Iraq will be 'enormous success story'
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/06/23/cheney.interview/

Hill Republicans Desert Bush
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=808

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Mission Not So Accomplished

The Great Tom Toles:

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Stuffed animal Hacks

 This guy has been making one homemade stuffed animal a day for a full year (read the faq for more details)

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365 Days of stuffed animals via boingboing

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