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August 18, 2005

The ghost village of Imber It's not easy to find the "ghost village" of Imber. On maps its location is a great big blank space, and it doesn't appear on any road signs. You only know you're in the right area when you spot a single "Tank Crossing" sign about a mile south of West Lavington...
The mother of a U.S. soldier slain in Iraq was denied a face-to-face meeting with President Bush - that's about all that isn't politically tinged in the story of Cindy Sheehan Salon. But an estimated 1,600 coordinated candlelight vigils indicates something that approximates a movement. As people Gather around her or get frustrated with the situation, the POTUS' says "I think it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life." more inside
Have a look around the architecture and mosaics of the 6th century monuments of Ravenna. I highly recommend the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Neonian Baptistry, and the Basilica of San Vitale. Don't forget to look at the floors and ceilings! At the other end of the Middle Ages are the Gothic cathedral of Amiens (with "movies"-- click the yellow dots on the cathedral plan to move around) and York Minster. Alas, neither of these latter two allows you to focus on the ceiling and twirl around. (Quicktime required)
A Sartrean Analysis of Harry Potter.
Religion Facts - This seems to me to be a pretty good resource for what it is. It alleges it is neutral. There's some pretty good articles to my way of thinking, although it will not satisfy everyone's factual wishes with regards religion. That's a given.
Camilla Queen - a flash ode to Camilla, Prince Charles' partner, set to the tune Killer Queen by Queen, but with new lyrics. I thought it was merely amusing until the rats in Brian May wigs came on playing kazoos for the solo break. Then I fell out of the chair laughing. Some naughty words - no nudity but sexual references. Requires FLASH more inside
univers revolved Via Core 77
Shaggy checks out what's available...very silly. Flash w/ sound more inside
Ask a scientist. more inside
Architonic - Mid-Century, Modern Design Database more inside
The Mother of All Traitors
Star Wars as it should have been I haven't laughed so hard in all of 2005. Watch this and you'll see why. Enjoy.
Curious George: Ow So today I had two impacted wisdom teeth removed. My dentist is lovely but didn't explain the aftermath too well. [The more inside could be gross.] more inside
Fetal tissue heals burns. An experimental therapy that uses skin cells grown from an aborted fetus successfully healed severe burns in eight children, sparing them the need for skin grafts. Did you hear that noise? That was the sound of Bill Frist's head exploding.
Group Wants to Transplant African Animals to the Great Plains Of course, parallels were drawn between this and how Australia has suffered because of relocation of animals, but the foreign, distructive, animals in Australia were taken there for entirely different reasons. more inside