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Thrilling adventures at the frontiers of pop culture

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Complaints and compliments to Stuart Houghton


Thursday, September 30, 2004

Cooking For Engineers

A cooking site geared towards geeks - I particularly like the little flow diagrams that make up the recipes. So... elegant.

Posted by: Stuart / 10:21 am ::link to this entry

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Interesting files, collected by Stig Hackvan

Does what it says on the tin - most of these files are, as reported, interesting.

Posted by: Stuart / 1:17 pm ::link to this entry

Friday, September 24, 2004

Installing Linux on a dead badger

Step 2: Once you have obtained a dead badger, check it carefully for structural damage, particularly in the spine, skull, and legs. Dead badgers do not heal, and a badger with broken legs will display limited mobility. Brain and spinal cord damage is likely to interfere with the Linux installation and render any successfully-installed system unstable, as well as voiding all explicit and implicit warranties according to the laws of any and every state, country, or alternate dimension, present or future.

Posted by: Stuart / 4:53 pm ::link to this entry

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Space Food Sticks and Astronaut Food

This company seems to be selling proper astronaut food!

Posted by: Stuart / 9:37 am ::link to this entry

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

FrontPage - Mentat Wiki

A WikiWeb devoted to methods of improving thought and mental skills. Only slightly let down by being designed in Frontpage.

Posted by: Stuart / 10:16 am ::link to this entry

Monday, September 20, 2004

Philip K. Dick - How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later:

"One day a girl college student in Canada asked me to define reality for her, for a paper she was writing for her philosophy class. She wanted a one-sentence answer. I thought about it and finally said, 'Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.' That's all I could come up with. That was back in 1972. Since then I haven't been able to define reality any more lucidly."

Posted by: Stuart / 4:22 pm ::link to this entry

The Complete Calvin & Hobbes

There is a hardcover slipcase box-set thing of the complete Calvin & Hobbes due out soon.

Let this be a formal statement of Xmas desire.

Posted by: Stuart / 10:08 am ::link to this entry

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Emmanuel Goldstein on RNC 'little Gitmo'

Emmanuel Goldstein (of 2600 magazine) was one of hundreds of protestors arrested during peaceful demonstrations during the 2004 Republican National Convention in NYC. He, and most of the others, were held for over 24 hours in 'Little Gitmo' - the Pier 57 holding facility, also known as 'The Tombs'.

It seemed obvious to us all that the inefficiency of their system was being used as an excuse to keep us locked away for as long as they wanted. If only Kafka had been around to appreciate this.

Posted by: Stuart / 4:38 pm ::link to this entry

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Lovecraftian Fonts

Lots of cool fonts (several available free) based on HP Lovecraft miscellany.

Posted by: Stuart / 4:05 pm ::link to this entry

Monday, September 13, 2004

Like a magesterial William Burroughs coruscating on acid, his fluent prose was divided like the state of India itself.

A summary of book review cliche.

tour de force (of literary scholarship) – the minimum length for a tour de force, not including notes, bibliographies and appendices, is 400 pages

Posted by: Stuart / 3:14 pm ::link to this entry

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Underground cinema discovered under Paris

Police have discovered a fully equipped cinema and restaurant in a hidden cavern beneath Paris.


Posted by: Stuart / 10:25 am ::link to this entry

Thursday, September 02, 2004


Doubtless fascinating article on the similar-ish philiosophical underpinnings of Kabbalah and Nanotechnology that I will almost certainly make the time to read at some point.

Posted by: Stuart / 4:29 pm ::link to this entry

Freddie's Blog: Ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff!

Had to include this to balance the previous post.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Ruff ruff ruff?


posted by Freddie @ 9:29 AM

Posted by: Stuart / 4:05 pm ::link to this entry

Olivia the Cat's weblog

Friday, February 06, 2004
"Meow! Meow, meow… meow.
M30W M30W M30W M30W!!!!!!!!!111 Meow, meow, meow meow? Meow! Meow, meow… meow.
Meow, meow, meow meow? Meow, meow, meow meow? Meow… meow. M30W M30W M30W M30W!!!!!!!!!111 Meow meow meow meow meow : meow. Meow, meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow. Meow! Meow, meow… meow.
Meow! Meow, meow… meow.
Meow… meow."

Posted by: Stuart / 4:01 pm ::link to this entry

Possible Alien broadcast found by SETI?

The SETI project has found a weird signal originating from somewhere between Pisces & Aries that looks like the best candidate yet for being of artficial origin.

Named SHGb02+14a, the signal has a frequency of about 1420 megahertz. This happens to be one of the main frequencies at which hydrogen, the most common element in the universe, readily absorbs and emits energy.

Some astronomers have argued that extraterrestrials trying to advertise their presence would be likely to transmit at this frequency, and SETI researchers conventionally scan this part of the radio spectrum.

Posted by: Stuart / 3:17 pm ::link to this entry

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