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Thursday, February 21, 2002
never knew there was this picture gallery on guardian u.

btw...

The Word of the Day for February 21 is:

demean • dih-MEEN • (verb)
: to conduct or behave (oneself) usually in a proper manner

Example sentence:
"It shall be my earnest endeavour to demean myself with grateful respect towards her Ladyship." (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice)

Did you know?
There are two words spelled "demean" in English. The more familiar "demean"—"to lower in character, status, or reputation"—comes straight from "mean," the adjective that means "spiteful." Today's featured word, on the other hand, comes from the Middle French verb "demener" ("to conduct"), which in turn comes from Latin "minare," meaning "to drive." This verb has been with us since the 14th century and is generally used in contexts specifying a type of behavior: "he demeaned himself in a most unfriendly manner"; "she demeaned herself as befitting her station in life"; "they knew not how to demean themselves in the king's presence." As you may have already guessed, the noun "demeanor," meaning "behavior," comes from this "demean."

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002
language determined thought (via dev null :) machine language!

In some ways, this idea is not a new one. It first arose early in the 20th century in the writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf, an engineer who studied the Hopi Indians. The Hopi language does not have past, present, and future tenses, and Whorf theorized that the Hopi had a profoundly different notion of time than English speakers.

what would margaret mead say? (pacific news :) by william o. beeman!

Mead's most important warning for Americans was against the national disposition for isolationism, which she saw as an outgrowth of American individualism. Mead believed fervently that humans must cherish the cultural diversity of the world, because in this diversity lay the hope for human survival.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2002
sci tech in the economist

sam vaknin in the idler

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Monday, February 18, 2002
world press photo winner (via blogdex)
visions of science winners (via blogdex)
postcards from hell (via metafilter)

counter-capitalism (via metafilter)
second world social forum (via nettime)
listening in on the WEF (via nettime)

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Sunday, February 17, 2002
thailand life (via metafilter)
the good government (from blogwars)

ivan brunetti comic strips (via metafilter)
tape this to your cubicle wall (via dirtynerdluv)

some dumb mp3 by vincent gallo (from metascene)
a messed up song by the shaggs (via dirtynerdluv)

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Saturday, February 16, 2002

no sugar by greg egan (via dev null)

In the end, we've been asked to pay almost nothing, sacrifice almost nothing, to make a few thousand desperate people feel safe and welcome. Instead, we just keep paying more and more, sacrificing more and more, to make them feel as wretched and persecuted as possible. Even those Australians who are indifferent to the money wasted on the “Pacific solution”, even those who can honestly say they're not saddened and ashamed that a government acting on their behalf has driven people who came here seeking sanctuary to hunger strikes and self-mutilation, must be weary by now of their own defensiveness.

change creeps in from the margins by naomi klein (via robot wisdom)

Many PT cities have adopted the "participatory budget", a system that allows direct citizen participation in the allocation of scarce city resources. Through a network of neighborhood and issue councils, residents vote directly on which roads will be paved, which healthcare centers will be built. In Porto Alegre, this devolution of power has brought results that are the mirror opposite of global economic trends. For instance, rather than scaling back on public services for the poor, the city has increased them substantially. And rather than spiraling cynicism and voter drop-out, democratic participation increases every year.

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Friday, February 15, 2002
watched in the bedroom and gosford park. in the bedroom starts out pretty great, gets better, but then mutates into this kinda tedious revenge fantasy. gosford park was great! a wonderfully catty bunch of people shadowed by their familiars involving a not so tedious revenge fantasy, masqued in a whodunit :) gonna see blackhawk down and super troopers this weekend.

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Thursday, February 14, 2002

Imports of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products into the United States by Country of Origin
November 2001 (Thousand Barrels)

  1. Mexico 50,934
  2. Saudi Arabia 45,421
  3. Canada 42,157
  4. Venezuela 33,377
  5. Iraq 26,661
  6. Nigeria 19,847
  7. Norway 8,060
  8. Angola 8,006
  9. United Kingdom 7,873
  10. Colombia 7,087
  11. Kuwait 5,868
  12. Gabon 4,663
  13. Argentina 3,097
  14. Ecuador 2,895
  15. Other 1,729
  16. Trinidad and Tobago 1,666
  17. Algeria 1,111
  18. Guatemala 861
  19. Congo (Brazzaville) 674
  20. Indonesia 639

Source: DOE

carey sent me the track to the royal tenenbaums. here i've pasted it for your pleasure and education.

01. 111 Arthur Avenue - Mark Mothersbaugh
02. These Days - Nico
03. String Quartet in F major (Second Movement) - Ysaye Quartet
04. Lindbergh Palace Suite - Mark Mothersbaugh
05. Wigwam - Bob Dylan
06. Look At That Old Grizzly Bear - Mark Mothersbaugh
07. Lullaby - Emitt Rhodes
08. Mothersbaugh's Canon - Mark Mothersbaugh
09. Police & Thieves - The Clash
10. Scrapping and Yelling - Mark Mothersbaugh
11. Judy Is A Punk - Ramones
12. Pagoda's Theme - Mark Mothersbaugh
13. Needle In The Hay - Elliott Smith
14. Fly - Nick Drake
15. I Always Wanted To Be A Tenenbaum - Mark Mothersbaugh
16. Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi Trio
17. Stephanie Says - Velvet Underground
18. Rachel Evans Tenenbaum (1965-2000) - Mark Mothersbaugh
19. Sparkplug Minuet - Mark Mothersbaugh
20. The Fairest Of The Seasons - Nico

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002
the religious experience of philip k. dick by r. crumb! also a nice cover gallery (via ghost rocket :)

btw, if you like sci-fi/fantasy art (like i do :) sfsite has a nice directory of artists' websites. and if you haven't seen it already be sure to check out the mastery and majestry of stephan martiniere!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2002
tells: the fine art of losing at poker (via cowlix)

supernatural selection: the darwinian way in which religions evolve and mutate (via plastic)

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Monday, February 11, 2002
mathematics, the constitution and the two party system

"We have now developed to the point we have to consider how to keep any *two* corrupt groups from dominating. I'd call that progress !" i'm intrigued by the "thin set." :)

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