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— June 2005 Archive —

Finished Eragon by Christopher Paolini tonight. Before I get to the book itself I want to mention something that I found a little sad. Paolini wrote this book when he was a teenager. And as it turns out, his parents owned a small press (Paolini International, LLC), and it was […]

OK, how incredibly freaky and sick is this? Man Arrested For Allegedly Hiding In Women’s Toilet In case you’re wondering, its a strange type of toilet…my guess is that there’s no plumbing at this rest stop so stuff goes into a storage tank underneath. This freak got into the tank […]

Microsoft, Toshiba team on HD-DVD players The latest volley in the DVD format wars. The article gives MS a lot of weight, which is understandable in the PC marketplace but I’m not sure it matters so much when it comes to consumer electronics. DVD-HD won’t be ready for the launch […]

Today thehe Supreme Court ruled that peer-to-peer companies could be held responsible for copyright infringement on their networks. Supreme Court rules against file swapping “There is no evidence that either company (Grokster or Streamcast) made an effort to filter copyrighted material from users’ downloads or otherwise impede the sharing of […]

Just got finished watching Hero, the Jet Li crazy-wire work movie. I’m really growing to like this ‘real life anime’ style of movie, though when they get totally crazy with the wire work it just starts looking silly. Unfortunately, I watched it off of cable. It was badly dubbed and […]

If you use del.icio.us (the ‘social bookmark manager’) then you owe it to yourself to check out del.icio.us direc.tor. This builds a browser-based GUI for your del.icio.us bookmarks. (Unless you’re using Safari…it won’t work with Safari.) Well worth checking out.

If you’ve been playing a lot of Destroy All Humans and it’s making you paranoid, this should help put your mind at ease. read more | digg story

Russia: Solar sail launch fails I haven’t been blogging this story since I’ve only been watching it with 1 eye for some reason, but I’ll be a vulture and swoop in now that failure is confirmed. At least this won’t, or shouldn’t, dampen enthusiasm for solar sails, since the craft […]

OK, this is strange. And I’m not sure why we need to know this. Yet, I feel compelled to share it: Orgasms: a real “turn-off” for women Basically, some scientists did brain scans of women being stimulated in various ways and determined that all emotions turn off in a woman […]

Finally finished Steven Johnson’s Emergence today. It started off pretty interesting, talking a lot about self-organizing systems, from ant colonies to cities to software. All good stuff. And that was probably the first half of the book. But then Johnson starts talking about the Web and it starts to fall […]