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July 26, 2005

People and travel. more inside
Microsoft has a google-style map site too. The only difference is that in Bill's world, Apple doesn't exist. Dun dun dunnnnnn...
Canadian feds investigating links between Viagara and blindness. Whaddaya know -- your mother was right. You WILL go blind. more inside
Dance Dance Immolation Straight outta Black Rock City!
When Microsoft Flight Simulator's not enough. Some guys in L.A. built a 737 simulator in a home garage. Scroll from bottom to top on the updates page to watch three years of progress as panels, avionics, visual collimators, and other gadgets get added.
The kittens have returned. Along with the Spongmonkeys. Joel Veitch's video for the song "I'm Gonna Flip Out Like A Ninja" by 7 Seconds of Love, containing a flashback through other familiar clips. Really... the only thing better than Viking Kittens must be Ninja Kittens. Appropriately silly flash, SFW. (via Screenhead.) more inside
I am the Walrus Coo-coo-catchoo! more inside
Truthmapping. If you've been active in any of the political (or other) threads that attempt debate around here with varying degrees of success - perhaps this format is for you. via
Classical Midi Archives is a repository of 34,000+ free classical MIDI files. It rocks, so to speak. more inside
World Jump Day is less than a year away, and they don't have nearly enough people signed up yet! more inside
This Dream Dictionary may help you work out what your dreams mean. more inside
Curious George: Tell me something I don't know. more inside
Jihadi's guide to sneaking into Iraq - a new guide posted on the net tells would-be terrorists the best way into the Land of Two Rivers. It establishes much of the truth of strategies used by jihadis in their mission to make Iraq a never-ending war for the US military and Iraqi civilians. "Indeed, dozens of the suicide bombers have been identified as having come from foreign countries -- most of them from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria -- and the number of foreign fighters in Iraq may number in the thousands." Via Robot Wisdom
Elena Filatova update You probably know Elena Filatova from her purported motorcycle trip, "Ghost Town", in the area around Chernobyl, Ukraine. You may know of her revisit and her follow up to that story, "Chernobyl - Land of the Wolves". But, she also has newer* entries online. *It's hard to determine the chronology since most of the journaling is done sans date stamps. more inside
The Differences Slavery Made A comparison of two communities near the Mason-Dixon Line "designed to isolate the role of slavery in shaping societies of similar location and histories", "an applied experiment in digital scholarship".
Perhaps the greatest disaster in the history of rocketry occurred in 1960, at Baikonur Cosmodrome, during the test of a new ICBM, the R16, when the second stage accidentally ignited while sitting on the launch pad, rupturing the fuel tank of the 1st stage below it and causing a huge fireball that incinerated about 100 personnel who were on the launch pad. The Western world would not learn of this incident until James Oberg, an expert on the Soviet space program, pieced it together from various stories and rumors he heard coming out of the USSR in the early 80s. More here.
Images from Iceland contains some nice pictures of Iceland more inside