November 30, 2003

Famous monkeys throughout history.
It slimed me If, like me, you have an eelskin wallet, you might be interested in what it's made from. It turns out it's not an eel, but a hagfish, aka slime eel. Yes, it's called a "slime" eel for a reason. Its slime is the subject of ongoing research, including egg replacement in scones. Before we get too far, let's not fall prey to hagfish misconceptions.
Friendless Churches in Britain. Pictures, and information, on abandoned churches in Great Britain. more inside
Whether it be a nostalgic look at the decisions that changed America, or maybe you just want to remind yourself of that sad day in history. Whatever the case may be, the Legal Information Institute has documented Supreme Court Decisions from 1990 to present as well as many historical decisions.
The astronomy picture of the day, as brought to you by the folk at NASA. Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Pirate Riddles for Sophisticates - Q: What's a pirate's favorite aspect of computational linguistics? A: PARRRsing sentences. I know this is too late for Talk Like a Pirate day, but it made me laugh all the same.
Dear Santa...
The Mojave Desert Phone Booth The sad, cautionary tale of a phone booth that became too popular for its own good. However, I have heard of another...
Old People Are Funny!

November 29, 2003

Butterflies on Japanese crests Japanese family crests contain numerous designs based on butterflies.
a guide to very eclectic australian sound and noise makers including a guy who plays record players (as opposed to a guy who plays records on record players) The mind numbing mediocrity offered up by the global- music-mart can't be avoided; but while using this archive it can temporarily be ignored
The Texas Camels
No, it's not a new MLB expansion team; wild herds of camels can be spotted along US Hwy 287 in the vicinity of Wichita Falls, Texas. What are camels doing roaming Texas pastures? While this lot is apparently there for mesquite control [scroll down to bottom of page], importing camels into the Lone Star state dates back to 1835.
ZooperStars Shaquille O'Seal, Harry Canary, Shark McGuire and Clammy Sosa dancing and clowning for your family entertainment. more inside
Activism, Old Ladies, and Funny Hats. The Raging Grannies emerged in the late 1980's to bring attention to pressing peace, justice, and environmental issues. Their goal was to create a more humane, just and non-violent world for their grandchildren and for all the world's people. Hint: The Seattle Chapter has the best songbook by far.
MAD SHOUT OUT TO NOKIA N-GAGE!
This website, which spoofs the n-gage mobile game deck made the rounds a bit ago, but I wanted to share it with those of you whom may have missed it
The truth behind a bizarre tradition more inside
Step lightly Be sure to welcome your new kitten overlords.
Want to buy Jaws' jaws? A NZ fisherman who expressed "remorse" last week after catching a 7-metre pregnant great white shark is trying to sell the shark's jawbone - but only if the price is right. Unable to get $20,000NZ for the jaw, he's asking $10,000NZ. Any takers? And, by the way, is it reasonable to profit from accidentally killing an endangered species?

November 28, 2003

Filter 2.0 I think that MoFi gives us a great opportunity to not just replicate Mefi, but to improve on it. How would you make the concept of the Filter better - radically, not just incrementally better? How can we recombine the concept with other technologies, mutate it, or maybe even strip something away to radically improve it? Or maybe, simply, you do want MoFi to be the same old Filter. Either way, let's discuss it here.
"Hit Song Science," an application that can analyze a song and determine it's "hitability." The company's website is worth poking around in as well. Does this scare anyone else?
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