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Wednesday, February 15, 2006


I've been using Peanut Butter Wiki ( to keep notes and some work-related bookm arks that have no place on Best use of it so far has been to use as a notepad while taking an MCSE course where we we kindly provided witInternet access. That way I didn't have to lug a notepad around with me and I could easily share the notes with colleagues.

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Thursday, March 24, 2005 The End of Oil
The Long Emergency is going to be a tremendous trauma for the human race. We will not believe that this is happening to us, that 200 years of modernity can be brought to its knees by a world-wide power shortage. The survivors will have to cultivate a religion of hope -- that is, a deep and comprehensive belief that humanity is worth carrying on. If there is any positive side to stark changes coming our way, it may be in the benefits of close communal relations, of having to really work intimately (and physically) with our neighbors, to be part of an enterprise that really matters and to be fully engaged in meaningful social enactments instead of being merely entertained to avoid boredom. Years from now, when we hear singing at all, we will hear ourselves, and we will sing with our whole hearts.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Project Delphis: Mystery of the Silver Rings

Some dolphins can create vortices in water that form helixes and 'silver rings' and can teach each other how to do the same trick. Does this fulfill the criteria of art?

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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson 'to be fired from cannon'

Friends of journalist Hunter S. Thompson say they want to blast his cremated remains out of a cannon in a final salute to the gun-loving writer who committed suicide last weekend.

"If it can be done, we will do it," said Boston attorney George Tobia Jr., who represented Thompson for about 15 years. "Maybe it will be part of a public thing or maybe one night a shot will ring out and people will know."

It's what he would've wanted.

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Thursday, February 10, 2005

C4 Guantanamo reality show

This could be both timely and brilliant. Channel 4 has filmed a documentary which places volunteers into a simulated Gitmo (based on declassified documents and testimonys) to explore the use of torture in the War on Some Terror.

Posted by: Stuart / 3:43 pm ::link to this entry

What's In Popeye's Pipe?

During the 1920s and '30s, the era when Popeye was created, "spinach" was a very common code word for marijuana. One classic example is "The Spinach Song," recorded in 1938 by the popular jazz band Julia Lee and Her Boyfriends. Performed for years in clubs thick with cannabis smoke, along with other Julia Lee hits like "Sweet Marijuana," the popular song used spinach as an obvious metaphor for pot.

In addition, anti-marijuana propaganda of the time claimed that marijuana use induced super-strength. Overblown media reports proclaimed that pot smokers became extraordinarily strong, and even immune to bullets. So tying in Popeye's mighty strength with his sucking back some spinach would have seemed like an obvious cannabis connection at the time.

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Watchmen movie in '06

I can only assume that they were waiting until after Constantine so it will appear to suck less in comparison.

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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Stewart Lee interviews Alan Moore

Transcript from the Radio 4 'Chain Reaction' series.

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