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Last weekend we saw an Asian production of Twelfth Night in the West End. It was set after a monsoon in India with beautiful stage design that conveyed the colourful streets of Delhi well (complete with rain and a mixed score that even included Hindi pop music). Neha Dubey (Monsoon Wedding) was the lovely Olivia, but the performances that stood out the most for me were Malvolio and Feste. Oh, and Shereen Martineau was hot as Viola in drag. ;)

We sat directly next to the theatre reviewer for The Telegraph. We knew he was a reviewer because he received special attention from the theatre director, who was plying him with free wine. He certainly seemed to enjoy it, with several belly laughs for the comical parts (perhaps it was just the wine, but he did give it a favorable review).

In unsurprising news, I'm sick again. It's been a month since last time so it is right on schedule. I seem to be hit hard by every bug going in this country, which I suppose is one of the hidden dangers of emigration. I used to have an immune system much like my father's; I can count how many times he's been ill in my lifetime on one hand.

The month in review:

» art, design, music, film & literature »

Hybriden Museum



300 Love Letters

The Empire That Was Russia: The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated (An old favorite from the archives, if you haven't seen it yet definitely check it out.)


The Emir of Bukhara, Alim Khan (1880-1944)

Exhibit Features Viruses as Art



Postcardman.net (Massive collection of vintage postcards.)



Jan Dunning


The Girl Became a Bird, 2003

Pencil Carving



Origami Convention



Alice's Adventures under Ground
What you'll find below is a complete graphic image collection of an antique book. The title is Alice's Adventures Under Ground. It was the Rev. Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll's) precursor to Alice In Wonderland.


Ecotonoha (Beautiful flash website displaying messages as leaves. thanks, interimlover)

Edouard Martinet Sculptures



Monkey Portraits (thanks again, interimlover)

In the pod-house (like living in a giant hamster ball.)



Our expert panel votes for the top 10 sci-fi films

The Erotica Bibliophile (everybody likes naughty pictures!)

Harry Partch's Instruments (thanks, womanonfire)

BrainWave Generator
BrainWave Generator is a brain stimulation application that generates audible frequencies with binaural beats.


» science, technology & psychology »

Scientific Method Man (One of the most interesting articles I've read recently.)
Gordon Rugg cracked the 400-year-old mystery of the Voynich manuscript. Next up: everything from Alzheimer's to the origins of the universe.


How to create an "indecipherable" manuscript

Ghosts in the Machines
What Happens to Your Online Self When You Die?

What Happens When You Die?

Thirty-eight dishonest tricks which are commonly used in argument, with the methods of overcoming them

A Fish Story -- Or Not?
Not all liars are fraudsters, but all fraudsters are liars.

Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments (or: "You suck.")

Encouraging Cameraphone Use -- For Less Than Encouraging Reasons
While many oppressive regimes have banned cameraphones, they can also be used as a tool of oppression.

Is this the answer to God, the universe and all that?

Sex and Propaganda



Digital Photomontage
Check out this stunningly clever digital photomontage software that was presented at the 2004 SIGGRAPH conference. It makes the task of combining multiple source images into a single composite that is superior to any one of the sources.

DNA technique protects against 'evil' emails
A technique originally designed to analyse DNA sequences is the latest weapon in the war against spam. An algorithm named Chung-Kwei (after a feng-shui talisman that protects the home against evil spirits) can catch nearly 97 per cent of spam.

Next-generation search tools to refine results
The vast corpus of human knowledge could soon be published on the Internet. The problem now is how to wade through it.

Have 25 Years of Progress Helped?
Have we gotten any smarter over the past quarter century, or have instant access to information and all those wonderful technological advances made us more confused and far crazier than we were in 1979?

Matrioshka Brain Home Page (thanks ubik)

Copyfight: Patenting Punctuation


3D audio system developed by MP3 pioneer
A sound system that creates immersive, three-dimensional audio for everyone in a room has been developed by one of the creators of the MP3 audio format.

Weird links with words and colours in the mind
Synaesthesia, a condition in which people make weird sensory associations, may rely more on the plasticity of the brain than on any genetic predisposition. This might mean that all of us are capable of having a synaesthetic experience.

Language may shape human thought

Plaska! Iku-iku! Ji ji ji! Gwa-gocha! (This is an entertaining one to read out loud.)
English is squeezing the sound-words out of the world’s languages.

English becomes an Indian language (from jace)
Based on present trends, India will, predicts English linguist David Dalby, become the largest English-speaking nation in the world by 2010, overtaking the United States. Dalby, the author of Linguasphere Register of the World’s Languages and Speech-Communities, says India will then become ‘the centre of gravity of the English language’.

Pleasing names make faces sexier

In Defense of Memorization

Why we enjoy telling people off

Fossils from forgotten time amaze
Rare fossil creatures from a mysterious time known as the Ediacaran are amongst the most exquisite examples of the earliest complex life, experts say.


The organisms are neither animal nor plant

Scientists Report First Observation of an "Atomic Air Force" (Atomic Borg!)

Digital memories survive extremes

Virtual gaming worlds overtake Namibia

Breakthrough Yields Simple Way To Make Microscopic Electronics

Mysterious signals from 1000 light years away

Cluster Finds Giant Gas Vortices At The Edge Of Earth’s Magnetic Bubble


Experts worry that synthetic biology may spawn biohackers

Bigelow, NASA now working together on space hotel



Nasa powers up with supercomputer

New Theory Links Neutrino's Slight Mass To Accelerating Universe Expansion

Sewers host cryptography system
The first bank transfer performed using quantum cryptography based on entangled photons takes place in Vienna's sewers.

Scientists Discover First Of A New Class Of Extrasolar Planets

Scientists Formulate Intelligent Glass That Blocks Heat Not Light

WinAmp flayed by skins attack

Study: Gene blocker turns monkeys into workaholics (Just another step towards personal MONKEY SLAVES.)


» politics »

Bush Tells Veterans 'We Will Win' Terror War, a Day After Suggesting All-Out Victory Impossible (flip-flop much?)

Swift Boat Veteran: `This is what I saw that day' (bugmenot.com for login)

The GOP doesn't reflect America, by Michael Moore

Excerpt of Ben Barnes on getting Bush into the National Guard (quicktime. thanks insomnia)
"I got...I got a young man named George W. Bush into the National Guard when I was the Lt. Governor of Texas, and I'm not necessarily proud of that. But, But I did it, and I got a lot of other people into the National Guard because I thought that's what people should do when you're in office and you helped a lot of rich people. And I walked to the Vietnam Memorial wall the other day and I looked at the names of the people that died in Vietnam, and I became more ashamed of myself than I've ever been because it's the worst thing I did was help a lot of wealthy supporters, and a lot of people who had family names of importance get into the National Guard. And I'm very sorry about that, and I'm ashamed. And I apologize to you, the voters of Texas." - Ben Barnes

Science Plays Politics
With more than 4,000 scientists, including 48 Nobel Prize winners, having signed a statement opposing the Bush administration's use of scientific advice, this election year is seeing a new development in the uneasy relationship between science and politics.

Iraq's Child Prisoners
A Sunday Herald investigation has discovered that coalition forces are holding more than 100 children in jails such as Abu Ghraib. Witnesses claim that the detainees -- some as young as 10 -- are also being subjected to rape and torture.

Bush camp solicits race of Star staffer
President Bush's re-election campaign insisted on knowing the race of an Arizona Daily Star journalist assigned to photograph Vice President Dick Cheney.

Iraq is worse off than before the war began, GAO reports

Keyes: Cheney's Gay Daughter Is a Sinner

'Half of govt secrets shouldn't be secret'

The Daily Show: Mr. Vice President Your Pants Are On Fire (realplayer)

The Democrat (sic) Party

U.S. Shifts Stance on Nuclear Treaty

U.S. Readies for Draft

Rev. Moon's submarines, sold to Kim Jong-Il: nuke threat?

Regime change in Iran now in Bush’s sights

Audit Finds Fraud, Other Abuses in Iraq Contract Awards

Betraying Iraqi Women

Big lies for Bush

Bush Taking Anti-Depressants

SCHWARZKOPF Divorces Bush

US forces' use of depleted uranium weapons is 'illegal'

Current Electoral Vote Predictor

Cost of War ($2.5 billion for WA alone.)

Sovereign Iraq Just as Deadly to U.S. Forces

Florida Republicans Tell Some Voters to Skip Touchscreens, Vote Absentee

Iraqi officers threaten reporters

Mysterious Diseases Haunt U.S. Troops In Iraq

Robert Fisk: Unreported war: US document reveals scale of conflict

Exposed: Scandal of double voters

PM admits graves claim 'untrue'
Downing Street has admitted to The Observer that repeated claims by Tony Blair that '400,000 bodies had been found in Iraqi mass graves' is untrue, and only about 5,000 corpses have so far been uncovered.

Radiation in Iraq equals 250,000 Nagasaki bombs (thanks vulgarlad)

John Perry Barlow 2.0: The Thomas Jefferson of cyberspace reinvents his body -- and his politics. (Barlow is a smart man.)

GRRR! (by mephron)
This morning, they're doing bag searches again to get on the ferry. And the guy doing the searches pulls me aside and says, "Sir, I feel that I need to confiscate this book."

Note to Tom Brokaw: Why I get my hard news from Jon Stewart

Audit says military is buying deficient planes

The Cost of Doing Business
The mining industry is one of the planet's biggest polluters. But Echo Bay had another dirty little secret. It was funding Al Qaeda-linked terrorists.

GAO: Most U.S. firms paid no tax in late '90s

Japanese man arrested after writing 'suicide bomb'

The Right's New Wing
Diverse and well funded, the next generation of conservatives is winning battles on campus. But not all are fighting for George W. Bush

Security, Houston-Style (Why didn't we let Texas secede, again?)

Airport Rangers

OMG!! TEH BARAK IS TEH ANTI-CHRIS!!11!! (Religious crazies)


» health »

Stay calm everyone, there's Prozac in the drinking water (Maybe that's why I've been down, I drink bottled water. but mmm, prozac showers.)

Fears of vCJD timebomb revived
A "significant number" of people in the UK may be harbouring vCJD with no clinical symptoms, reveals the study of a new case. The work suggests the epidemic of the human form of mad cow disease may be far from over.

Second CJD case from transfusion

Mad Cow 'Firewalls' Just a Smokescreen

Is AM Radio Harmful?

Leukaemia risk for kids living near petrol stops

Flu 'becoming resistant to drugs'

Wine leftovers 'fight bacteria'

Cinnamon Oil Kills Mosquitoes More Effectively Than DEET

Do Teeth Whiteners Lead To Oral Cancer?

Potentially Lethal Parasite Can Be Transmitted By Mosquitoes

Sensitivity To Seasonal Changes Affects Disease-causing Bugs' Success


» environment »

Boys will be girls - eventually
Extinction threat rises as creatures ingest 'gender-bending' chemicals from plastics and pesticides

Bush eases pesticide rules

Mysteries of the Ocean Deepen



Cigarettes more polluting than diesel exhaust

Flame-retardants found in salmon meat

Global warming to devastate Europe first

Dust storms on the rise globally

White House report says people cause global warming (How nice of them to admit it.)

Greenland ice-melt 'speeding up'

New Hypoxic 'Dead Zone' Found Off Oregon Coast

'Dead zone' spreads across Gulf of Mexico

Vast New Energy Source Almost Here: Solar Hydrogen Fuel Dream Will Soon Be A Reality

Molecular Assemblies Created To Convert Water To Hydrogen Gas

Shell hit by $1.5bn Nigeria spill claim

Scripps Researchers Document Significant Changes In The Deep Sea

Technology Already Exists To Stabilize Global Warming


» humour »

700-year-old picture of 'Mickey Mouse' found in Austrian church



Crafty sheep conquer cattle grids
Hungry sheep on the Yorkshire moors have taught themselves to roll 8ft (3m) across hoof-proof metal cattle grids - and raid villagers' valley gardens. (I love this story.)

Braille t-shirts and tops

Child Pimp & Ho Costumes (Is this for real?)

How To Make Friends By Telephone

Giants and Girls Galleries--B-Movie and Art Archives Featuring Damsels in Distress Menaced by Giants, Freaks, Gorillas, Mutants



» misc »

SeatGuru.com - Your Enlightened Guide to Airplane Seating

Consistency (by bram)
LiveJournal taps into one's full self. Icons, music, mood, give one a wider identity, more to play with, and as well there is the web of friends. Bloggers have bowties, LJers tie-dyes. The Blogger is scrubbed up to face the world, the unruly subconscious put aside to be a more credible authority. LJers fall in love and have drama, go overboard on their pet peeves because they can't help it. Their blogs don't have subjects like "politics" or "sports" because their Universe eschews categories; everything bursts into everything else.

"Who wants to be a legal immigrant?"
Contestants on a Hispanic reality show eat live beetles in the hopes of winning a green card.

Woman's tooth gives her sight back

Japan suicides reach record high

Medical Antiques


16th Cent. Arrow Remover

Limbless Woman Sues Air France Over 'Torso' Snub

Fawn And Dog - Best Friends (cute overload.)

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On September 2nd, 2004 12:55 pm (UTC), beatnikside commented:
How I love your posts! They encompass so much that interests me. If there were any one publication out there that featured Prokudin-Gorskii, the current political stage and the ten greatest science fiction films of all time within its pages, I'd probably kill myself trying to get on its masthead. Please keep doing what you're doing.
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On September 2nd, 2004 06:22 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you, Good Sir, it's that kind of appreciation that keeps me posting these behemoths. :)

If you're already a fan you've probably already seen this, but here's another excellent Prokudin-Gorskii resource:

Restoring Prokudin-Gorskii's Photographs
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On September 2nd, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC), sylys commented:
Wow, that's one amazing eclectic selection,
So much to read, so little time.
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On September 2nd, 2004 06:28 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Enjoy, it'll probably keep you occupied until next month's update. ;)
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On September 2nd, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC), interimlover commented:
whew, i need a secretary to keep up with these :)! great stuff!
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On September 2nd, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
At least being sick is good for something, I'd never have the time to assemble these posts otherwise. :)
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On September 2nd, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC), foxbase commented:
i love when you post your links like this :)
hey, have you heard the new Pan Sonic album?? 4 cds! brilliant! i'd love to see them live someday, have you ever seen them?
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On September 2nd, 2004 06:31 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: i love when you post your links like this :)
I haven't heard it, 4 cds?? Is it all new material?

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On September 2nd, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC), antitype commented:
Wow. I think I may have to bookmark this entry and read a bit at a time.

Thanks for posting the links to those "what happens to my online self after I die?" articles. This is something I've often thought about. I've developed some relationships that I consider meaningful online, so what would happen were I to get in a car accident or suddenly fall ill and die? No one online would ever know what became of me.

It's interesting to think of what we leave behind in e-space -- blogs, email, sites full of images, etc. How long will all that information linger? Would LiveJournal eventually realize that thousands of journals have been inactive after a few decades, or a century? What becomes of the blogs of the dead? (Hah!)

What a plethora of reading material. Thanks for putting this all together!
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On September 2nd, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Welcome, glad you're enjoying them. :)

I have pondered "online self after death" in the past as well. I would have so many online remnants of myself dating years back. Every once in awhile I get the urge to do an "information suicide", i.e. purge and delete everything I can as a cleansing.

How long will all that information linger? Would LiveJournal eventually realize that thousands of journals have been inactive after a few decades, or a century?

This may be incorrect, but I think I remembering reading something by the Livejournal creators that they would never delete the journals of those who have passed away. Eventually that information has to go somewhere, but in the meantime there are hundreds of Livejournal ghosts out there (as evidenced in the slightly macabre community ljers4eternity.

I had a friend who died of cancer 4 years ago and his website is still up, every once in awhile I come across the bookmark. I can't bring myself to delete it. Then there's johnthecamera who passed away last year. At what point do you remove a dead LJ-er from your friends list? I removed him only recently, but he will have me on his list until one of our journals are deleted.

Blogs of the Dead sounds like a great title for a B-movie. ;)
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On September 2nd, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC), fuzzybumblebee commented:
i was goign to try to get some work done while my boy napped but now i have spent all my time looking at this stuff. i love the hybridum museum.
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On September 2nd, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Employers are starting to hate me. :)
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On September 2nd, 2004 02:57 pm (UTC), springheel_jack commented:
The result of that study, about people overestimating their competence, should read "stupid people overestimate their competence, smart people underestimate it." This seems like the kind of thing that I think I object to someone spending actual money to 'prove.'
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On September 7th, 2004 04:35 am (UTC), nomi replied:
True, there are a lot of worthless and obvious studies being conducted out there.
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On September 2nd, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC), celie commented:
soo much... I'll have to come back. Thank you! :)
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On September 7th, 2004 04:33 am (UTC), nomi replied:
My pleasure!

I am entranced by your icon. :)
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On September 2nd, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC), crankmagnet76 commented:
Fantastic. That's another 3 hours that have suddenly flown past! ;)
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On September 7th, 2004 04:42 am (UTC), nomi replied:
happy to provide an enjoyable (hopefully) distraction. :)
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On September 2nd, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC), nickdangerous commented:
Keep 'em coming!
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On September 7th, 2004 04:28 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I will, as long as people are enjoying them. :)
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On September 2nd, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC), vizzygoth commented:
best. article. ever.
"Sheep are quite intelligent creatures and have more brainpower than people are willing to give them credit for" ~ National Sheep Association

"They eat plants, flowers and vegetables in gardens... It is soul destroying." ~ Dorothy Lindley, a Conservative councillor in the former textile town on the edge of the Pennine uplands in West Yorkshire
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On September 7th, 2004 04:26 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: best. article. ever.
I couldn't stop giggling while reading that article. I want to see the "crafty sheep" roll over the grids.

I thought the "soul destroying" comment was a bit, er, over-dramatic. ;)
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On September 2nd, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC), scarfboy commented:
Do you mind if I mention this in my journal? These posts of yours are often just too intereting to miss:)
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On September 7th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I don't mind (if you still want to). :)
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On September 3rd, 2004 10:01 am (UTC), longlivepeach commented:
damn. this is impressive. lots of really good picks, too!
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On September 7th, 2004 04:30 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Hope you learned something new!
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On September 20th, 2004 12:29 am (UTC), cellophane01 commented:
Holy shit.
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