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Friday, June 7, 2002

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (Reuters) - An American missionary held hostage for more than a year by Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines was killed and his wife wounded but rescued on Friday during an attempt by Philippine troops to free them, officials said.

A Filipina nurse held hostage by the same Abu Sayyaf rebels linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, was also killed in the rescue attempt, the officials said.

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Thursday, June 6, 2002
What Is Protoculture?

Should You Fight Entropy?

Live from Iran, Film88

Is China's Control of the Internet Slipping?

What's Better: Ralph Wiggum Or The Moon? (i just like the hed :)

Wonder Twin powers, activate!

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002
some nice writing on killoggs:

Where are they now? Case # 2,493

I was an atrociously lonely child. I had very few friends, and the ones I did have gave me lice or tried to strangle me. My mom could see this and felt bad, she thought I needed a real playmate.

One day she saw a personal ad in the paper. It was a woman looking to find a friend for her daughter to play with. My mom thought it sounded perfect and she answered the ad and that was how I met Carrie.
Embracing it

Reaching around to her back, she scratches lightly at the irritation with the knife. She looks in the mirror, but winces and looks away. Turning away from the mirror, she uses the painful bruises as her guide. She stabs at one and then the other, making two slits down her back. Blood trickles down her butt onto the floor.
some more cool links off of boing boing:
Mysteries Under Moscow

Trips under Moscow have grown riskier as people have settled on the levels nearest the surface. The underground shelters gypsies, spongers, political refugees, and professional hermits. These people usually enter the underground through the grates of heating and rubbish collecting systems.

According to the Diggers, the underground is also a refuge for former prisoners. It is against the law for ex-convicts to reside in the Russian capital, so those who do move to the city must find inconspicuous lodgings. Some settle in basements with good air-conditioning systems and two or three exits. Sometimes they gather in groups, living by "prison laws."
SHINY MUD BALLS

At elementary schools, kindergartens, and preschools all across Japan, kids are losing themselves making hikaru dorodango, or balls of mud that shine. Behind this boom is Professor Fumio Kayo of the Kyoto University of Education. Kayo is a psychologist who researches children's play, and he first came across these glistening dorodango at a nursery school in Kyoto two years ago. He was impressed and devised a method of making dorodango that could be followed even by children. Once Kayo teaches children how to make these mud balls, they become absorbed in forming a sphere, and they put all their energy into polishing the ball until it sparkles. The dorodango soon becomes the child's greatest treasure. Kayo sees in this phenomenon the essence of children's play, and he has written academic papers on the subject. The mud balls could also offer fresh insights into how play aids children's growth.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2002
note to self (via boing boing :)

cool robot of the week (via boing boing guest sideblogger wiley wiggins!)

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Monday, June 3, 2002
post ends

  • "Like so many other responses I have seen on this and related issues, your post (either deliberately or blindly) assumes that response to this threat can only be registered on a scale running from 0 (sit on your hands) to 10 (nuke the middle-east). The painful lack of imagination in this line of thinking seems self-evident to me."*
  • "Heh. The world had to be nervous while the US and the Soviets glowered at each other... only fair the US should take a turn being vicariously nervous I'd say... and only fair we should have to trust in the sanity of others, just as they had to trust in ours."*

follow ups

  • '"Lowercase sound" is the name given to a loose movement in electronic music that emphasizes very quiet sounds and the long, empty silences between them.'* [prev.]
  • "Having stepped outside the picture frame into the white cube walls, floor, and the whole space, artists and curators should feel at home taking yet another step: treating this space as layers of data."* [prev. 1, 2, 3]

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Sunday, June 2, 2002
reality overlay (via slashdot)

MEMs displays can use the same chip for a display of almost any size. All that matters is how bright the light source. Put a MEMS chip in your mobile phone and scan a low power beam straight into your eye, not even bothering with a screen. In this case, your retina is the screen, and the display can easily match the video quality of a big screen TV. Scan a different signal into each eye, and you have 3-D. MEMS retinal displays in use today have such high color saturation that they are capable of displaying colors never before seen on a computer of television screen.

suspicious death (via ars technica)

It’s just a thin slice of plastic that’s stuck into your satellite TV set-top box when you first bring it home. To viewers, the card is the key that unlocks pay-TV. To corporations, smart cards are much more — 80 million of them currently unlock one of the world’s most influential and lucrative industries. But now, the plastic cards are at the center of a global conspiracy theory — a cutthroat corporate battle, some say, to control the world’s living rooms through deception, cheating, and intimidation.

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Saturday, June 1, 2002
hey, just woke up and had this idea about a spreadsheet for clothing. i imagine it'd be used by women more really, but it'd be a good way for men to arrange their clothing too i think. think of it like making your own personal clothing catalog. you take pictures of all your clothing (and i'm thinking the software might have to come with a special mannequin!) and upload it all into the application, which then arranges each article in a cell. you can then perform 'functions' on each cell in relation to every other cell and output the results to a 'chart' or whatever if need be, so it'd be kind of like pages in a catalog. mix 'n match :)

i'd like to credit carey for this idea because i was emailing him about database thinking and he said he's going to try his hand at making people look cool. thaaaaaang-kya :) that is how they express appreciation to one another in hollywood. mission: fashionable!

also i had this idea about NASA television :) like it could be way better!

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