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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

John Peel is dead, alas

Fuck. This is bad.

Posted by: Stuart / 2:24 pm ::link to this entry

Friday, October 22, 2004

The Doctor Is In

Dr Hunter S Thompson returns with his take on Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, 2004.

Richard Nixon looks like a flaming liberal today, compared to a golem like George Bush. Indeed. Where is Richard Nixon now that we finally need him?

If Nixon were running for president today, he would be seen as a "liberal" candidate, and he would probably win. He was a crook and a bungler, but what the hell? Nixon was a barrel of laughs compared to this gang of thugs from the Halliburton petroleum organization who are running the White House today -- and who will be running it this time next year, if we (the once-proud, once-loved and widely respected "American people") don't rise up like wounded warriors and whack those lying petroleum pimps out of the White House on November 2nd.

Nixon hated running for president during football season, but he did it anyway. Nixon was a professional politician, and I despised everything he stood for -- but if he were running for president this year against the evil Bush-Cheney gang, I would happily vote for him.

You bet. Richard Nixon would be my Man. He was a crook and a creep and a gin-sot, but on some nights, when he would get hammered and wander around in the streets, he was fun to hang out with. He would wear a silk sweat suit and pull a stocking down over his face so nobody could recognize him. Then we would get in a cab and cruise down to the Watergate Hotel, just for laughs.

Posted by: Stuart / 2:53 pm ::link to this entry

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

MirrorDot - Solving the Slashdot Effect

When a site gets slashdotted, it can really spoil your groove. MirrorDot keeps the party going! When Slashdot posts a new story, MirrorDot automagically parses the story and mirrors any linked pages. Do not let the Slashdot effect kill your buzz. Yeah baby!

Posted by: Stuart / 10:14 am ::link to this entry

Creative Commons

The Creative Commons site hosts lots of information about open licensing models for artistic works plus a search engine for CC licensed works themselves.

Posted by: Stuart / 9:56 am ::link to this entry

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Prescription Drug Database

RxList is a pretty comprehensive-looking prescription meds database.

Posted by: Stuart / 12:22 pm ::link to this entry

Thursday, October 07, 2004

PDA-sized Translator

A handheld device that enables a user to chat in another language - without having to learn any words or phrases for themselves - has been developed by Japanese electronics firm NEC.

The system is about the size of a handheld PDA and converts spoken Japanese to English and vice versa. It is planned for launch in Japan in the next few months.

It consists of three components - a speech recognition engine, translation software and a voice generator. Spoken English or Japanese is recognised and converted into text by the speech recognition engine. The text is then converted from Japanese to English or the other way by translation software and the resulting text is vocalised by a voice synthesiser. The entire process takes about one second.

This sounds great, but I have a nagging suspscon that it will talk like one of the appalling actors who dub low-budget anime andtrytofitintooMANYWORDS!!atonceWITHappARREntlyRANDOMVOCALINFLECTION!

Posted by: Stuart / 5:25 pm ::link to this entry

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Schneier on Security

Bruce Schneier has a weblog full of his wisodm.

Posted by: Stuart / 2:53 pm ::link to this entry

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