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Monday, March 20, 2000
rebuilding beirut

"Beirut is a good place for a seminar. It is now easy to get to. It is cosmopolitan and people who have not been here are curious to see what is going on."

Nori: The Original Nasal Passage Cleaner

Sunday, March 19, 2000
experiments with home explosives (via slashdot):

it seems potato gun pages on university sites are mysteriously disappearing, hmmmmm...

Saturday, March 18, 2000
death penalty debate

At one time, Anthony Porter came within two days of his execution.

Convicted for killing two people in 1982, the Chicago-area man lived on death row, awaiting that fateful day when he would die by an injection of lethal compounds.

After 16 years behind bars sentenced to die, Mr Porter was released last year - free to go, with all charges dropped - after David Protess, a journalism professor at Northwestern University, and four students helped prove him innocent. With the aid of a private investigator, they found the real killer, who admitted to the crimes.

Friday, March 17, 2000
i saw titus last night. it was a bloody hell. no one does it like the bard, although it kind of reminded me of small soldiers for some reason.

here are some sites you can tinker around in:

Thursday, March 16, 2000
cool pics from outerspace:

Wednesday, March 15, 2000
the social route

Economists still analyse the behaviour of rational economic man. He is constantly maximising. At work, he steers a balance between the pain of additional effort and the joy of additional reward. In the supermarket, he rushes from aisle to aisle comparing price and marginal utility.

In the extreme variant put forward by some University of Chicago economists, this behaviour is universal. We refrain from stealing only when the expected penalty exceeds the value of the loot. We marry to gain economies of scale from living together. We commit suicide when the net value of future utility is no longer positive.

belly dancing

Candle flames dance to pulsating Middle Eastern music as a group of female dancers takes the floor. Standing with shoulders gracefully erect, the women begin moving their bodies in a wave-like motion. Their hips move in figure eight motions, dropping and rising to the rhythm of the music. But instead of wearing flowing skirts and sheer scarves, the dancers are garbed in nondescript leggings and T-shirts. The venue for this performance isn't a medina in Morocco but rather, Crunch Fitness Centre in Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday, March 14, 2000
i've been more into documentaries and non-fiction lately than i have been into movies and fiction. like even on tv i've been finding c-span strangely fascinating, especially washington journal - an admixture of inscrutable hosts, eclectic guests and crazy callers.

i have to say, though, that spaceghost is similarly entertaining, especially brak. carey sez, "Go to myboot.com/movies and check out a clip or two and then go to the Brak page at spaceghostcoasttocoast.com" for best results :)

i saw american movie over the weekend. it's funny, touching and suspensful! the homepage is cool, too. you can call mike! and see what he's up to and order your own personally autographed copy of coven!

Monday, March 13, 2000
alt-country handsome family profiled in the irish times! (via robotwiz)

neal stephenson's "in the beginning was the command line" and eblen moglen's "anarchy triumphant" are not only great essays on technoculture, but offer invaluable insights on the use of metaphor.

the sky really is falling according to the world watch institute:

Sunday, March 12, 2000
hey, i made up this dumb joke the other day.

Q: what did teena brandon say to the doctor after he explained the procedure for a sex change operation?

A: there's a vas defrens between you and me.

for those who'd like to pry at the shackles of our gnostic prison and shed some illumination around the proverbial platonic cave there's bananafish.

samples include:

  • a house divided: the clash between hermeneutical and post-modern anthropology
  • running ahead: does more college football on tv contribute to decreasing attendance at division I-AA football games?
  • cast for authenticity: concepts of authenticity in hanif kureishi's the buddha of suburbia

i think they're kind of in competition with FEED.

bernard butler's first solo album is also pretty sweet-sappy btw. on his second album, though, he just sounds like bon jovi as confirmed by both brian and jack.

Saturday, March 11, 2000
the new pumpkins album is out to much fanfare, sound & fury. i borrowed james iha's solo album from my roommate. it's surprisingly sweet-sappy and simple in contrast.

thanks to my brother for the optical illusion he happened on after cleaning up his computer :) it's pretty cool! i also found this other one that'll "blow your mind!" for y-all's enjoyment. this is a neat site, too.