We celebrated Bastille Day with a simple meal of moules marinière, baguette, handmade French farmer's butter, and a bottle of touraine (sauvignon) (photo).
I have been told by someone not to work on websites today as I'm sick and it tires me out too much. So instead I'll post a few of my favorite/most interesting and significant links from the past few months. I meant to post many of these awhile ago and some are "old news" now, but here they are if you somehow happened to miss them. Many of the political links were gleaned from springheel_jack (plus his excellent current affairs journal discutant) and insomnia, both of whom I receive my daily dose of depression from.
» art, design, film & literature »
Antartica Dream-Dollars (an old site, but one of my favorites)
Geographical Directory Of World Paper Money (by far one of the best sites I have ever seen)
Echoart is a C program, which responds to or drops ICMP echo request packets based on a pre-defined sequence. Echoart can be used to return crude ascii art in response to pings from a Cisco router.
Fabio Bresolin Infrared Images (beautiful infrared photography)
Bodies in Formation (thanks celie!)
The 1932 Sokol Slet. Strahov Stadium, Prague.
Exclusive Live Journal Premiere: Iraqi documentary (by habibi)
Opera : glamorous bodyguards and Gaddafi
Hunkabutta Tokyo photos, a stranger's life in pictures
Margot Quan Knight
"Written and directed by talented novice Greg Pak, Robot Stories is composed of four separate, exemplary tales about the nebulous boundary between man and machine. An independent production devoid of expensive, and unnecessary, special effects, it offers crisp glimpses into a near future in which the intelligence is artificial but the emotion is real."
Vectorial Elevation, Relational Architecture
‘I Dare You’: Madeleine L’Engle on God, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and aging well
On Seattle’s Bended Knees (by muse)
Brothers Grimm Pics and Movie News (Monica Bellucci in this costume = wow)
2004 Chinese New Year's Celebration (requires quicktime. thanks juliabee!)
The Human Clock - A Photo for Every Minute of the Day
A city is not a tree
Early Office Museum (celebrating the mudane)
Animals on the Underground
Abandoned Bicycles of New York
Ashkhan Sahihi: Women of the Israel Defence Force (another old favorite)
Israeli Girls with Guns
The Rasterbator (this is so cool)
Aesop's Fables - Online Collection - 656+ fables
Library of Alexandria discovered
Casshern and a review (I must see this film. Preferably in a theatre.)
passpartout (I wish I had participated in this now, but I never got around to it.)
Great Buildings Online
Skyscrapers transforming City skyline
Photographic map of London
Creating 3D Stereograms with Java
How to tie a turban - Sunnah hijab instructions
Park Woo Young: (thanks eyean!)
TextArc Reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Martha Stewart is Editing Your Life (That Includes You, Bill Gates) (thanks, celie)
» music »
120 Years of Electronic Music
9 Beet Stretch (Beethoven's 9th symphony stretched to 24 hours. thanks goes to about a dozen people for this link)
Warp to Release DVD Collection
Sex 'n' violence Mozart causes ruckus
Air on 'Talkie Walkie'
The Gallic kings of lush electronica - Jean-Benoit Dunkel and Nikolas Godin, a.k.a Air - talked John Kennedy through their latest synth-laden masterpiece, track-by-track.
U.N.K.L.E. on 'Never Never Land'
Brainwashed: A listing of recent & upcoming electronic/experimental/etc. releases (thanks interimlover)
Dreaming in Two Languages: An Interview with Natacha Atlas
The day the earth screamed
I lost it (My Bloody Valentine interview)
Kraftwerk - Seattle - 4-26-04 (excellent review of the Kraftwerk show in Seattle, by interimlover)
Africa on your street (UK guide to African music and performances)
» science & technology »
Celestia: A 3D Space Simulator
Butterfly Bending and Other Delicate Matters (written by our very own tully_monster! :)
A Sense of Scale: A Visual Comparison of Various Distances
Atomic particles 'teleported'
Student develops origami folding robot
JP Brown's Serious LEGO - CubeSolver
Robots designed to fight killer asteroids
Flying car more economical than SUV
Spot The Fake Smile (I got 15 out of 20)
Aral catastrophe recorded in DNA
Key computer coding creator dies (R.I.P. Mr. Ascii)
Mozilla Flaw Lets Links Run Arbitrary Programs
Robotic wheels that just keep rolling
The Humanoid Race
Machines are getting more and more like the rest of us. A piece-by-piece guide to the globe's most advanced bots.
New Study In Moths Shows Insects Not Entirely Ruled By Instinct
Canada's on the up - US is going down
Monsanto wins Canada seed battle
Hawking cracks black hole paradox
New light on dark energy
New particle baffles physicists
The turbulent life of dolphins
Claim made for new form of life
Nanobacteria revelations provoke new controversy
Primal Scream: The Infant Universe Speaks
Scientists Demonstrate Best Way To Use Caffeine
Astronomers size up the Universe
Cosmos 'a billion years older'
EU 'confident' of star power site
Lens effect reveals distant world
MRI used to detect lone electron
New biometric approach secures ID cards
Milky Way spiral gets an extra arm
CIA plotted to bring down Evil Empire with malware
Genghis Khan's DNA can get you a free meal
New Mineral From the Moon Discovered
Wild 2 comet unlike any other
U.S. scientists create new form of matter
Solar wind to shield Earth during pole flip
Galaxy cluster X-rays confirm dark energy
We hold these freedoms to be self-evident...
Richard Glen Boire, co-founder of the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics in California.
E.U. seeks quantum cryptography response to Echelon
Stealth ships steam ahead
The human body as a computer bus
Empire North: The logical solution - ID SNIPER
» politics »
I love this lady.
Cold Turkey, by Kurt Vonnegut
Global Corruption Report 2004
Monica and Me (by our very own slit)
Abuse of children in U.S. prisons in Iraq (by insomnia)
We've seen the enemy, and he is us
Pakistan for Bush. July Surprise?
Two voting companies & two brothers will count 80 percent of U.S. election using both scanners & touchscreens
U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba
The Patriot Act compared to The Enabling Act
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: Map of the Separation Barrier
Gas Price Surge Under Bush Follows Unchecked Refinery Mergers
My Statement, in English: Statement regarding refusal to serve in the Occupied Territories (by ijon)
Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election
OUTFOXED Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
The Hunting of the President
CACI's Job Database: Interrogator/Intel Analyst Team Lead Asst., BAGHDAD, Iraq (any takers?)
Evidence Shows Shell To Demolish Profitable Refinery, Drive Up Gas Prices
Torture and the Future
Annals of National Security: The Gray Zone
Institute for War and Peace Reporting (In English, Arabic, and Kurdish)
Cheney doesn't know Dick (by hal_obrien)
O’Reilly: Iraqis are Prehistoric, Primitive (as if we needed more reasons to hate the man.)
Donald Rumsfeld: "Immediate Threat"
Christian Exodus (how about we send them all to the sun, or is that too good for them?)
Did one woman's obsession take America to war?
Report reveals local troops may be victims of america's high-tech weapons
Opensecrets.org--Money in politics data
Neighbor Search (check out the presidential campaign contributions of your neighbors and people like Bill Gates and corps like Wal-Mart. No real surprises there.)
» environment »
Sunspots reaching 1,000-year high
Peat bogs harbour carbon time bomb
Summer heat will cause deadly ozone
Melting ice: the threat to London's future
Ocean 'dead zones' double in number since 1990
When Sun's Too Strong, Plankton Make Clouds
Arctic researchers see early warming signals
Did cosmic rays cause ice ages?
No Ice Age soon
Humans May Surpass Other Natural Forces As Earth Movers
Church group slams Bush on Clean Air Act
Lisbon to try sustainable living
Climate change heralds thirsty times ahead
Industrial pollution may double twin births
Global warming debate aside, West is heating up
Study links sooty pollution, genetic mutations
» linguistics »
A Collection of Word Oddities and Trivia
Common Errors in English
History of the English Language
Half of all languages face extinction this century
» humour »
You Can't Mock the President or Say "Balls" (one of the funniest things I've read all year)
France Invades U.S. (second funniest)
A Child's ABCs of Terrorism
The Cheerful Confessions of Ali G, Borat and Bruno
ChavScum: A humorous guide to Britain's burgeoning peasant underclass
Ten things yet to happen on LJ (by phelyan)
A future connoisseur of the arts (by arianadii)
Livejournal Drama Queen Bingo
Study: Breast Baring Popular in 1600s
Brit Airways' honorifics kick United's ass
Is President Bush A Homo?
» health »
Thousands may be harbouring vCJD
France did not detect hundreds of thousands of BSE infected animals (So much for the smug people who would "only eat French beef")
A Worker from the Mad Cow Meat Plant Speaks Out: They Are Lying About Your Food
U.S. Expands Anti-Mad Cow Restrictions
Ranking nations' healthcare: US isn't No. 1 (I could have told you that.)
The Way We Eat Now
Ancient bodies collide with modern technology to produce a flabby, disease-ridden populace.
Why Is the Best Available Sunscreen Illegal in U.S.?
Things get worse with Coke: Bottled tap water withdrawn after cancer scare
Trucker concocts superbug killing cream in his garage
» misc »
LJBook (This is awesome!)
Turn your blog into a PDF Book
Russian LiveJournal: National specifics in the development of a virtual community
Why Speculate? A talk by Michael Crichton
Making a Theremin (by quent)
One Acre: On devaluing real estate to keep land priceless (thanks whorlpool)
FutureMe: Create an e-mail to send to the future
Fontifier: Your own handwriting on your computer!
Feed Me Links
The Viridian Room (Follow-up to The Crimson Room)
Vending Machines of Japan
Blog Survey: Expectations of Privacy and Accountability
Serco TransArctic Expedition - Solo across the North Pole One man. 1,240 miles. Alone in the Arctic.
Plane's wreckage puzzles investigators
Group Hug - Anonymous Online Confessions
Family lives alone for 20 years
Blazing mystery is straight from the ‘X-Files’
Whenever I come across something interesting that I want to post here, I bookmark it in a specific folder. There's so many because I meant to post this over a month ago (though I did update it with new links). Anyway, as I'm sick it beats mindlessly sitting in front of the tv. ;)
I look forward to buying a camera that I can use a infrared lens with.
You seem to have been sick and/or tired a lot lately, could it be that your soul is still stuck somewhere over the Atlantic, travelling UK-wards at the speed of an Arcturan mega camel? Whatever, I hope you get better soon.
Thanks for the links - if I manage to investigate even 1% of them I'll consider myself enlightened. I saw something similar to the LED lighting one when we were about to re-do our upstairs lighting, I was all for using this option, until I saw the prices. Then when I was in Antwerp the other week, Guy took me to visit a friend who runs an electric vehicle shop, and he was just installing his own (very bright) LEDs. (sigh) one day.
I've had sickness, insomnia, and other random weird thing go wrong with my body for the past several months. No idea why, but I think you're right in that part of it probably comes from the emotional turmoil that's come from missing my family so much. (I'm not sure about the Arcturan mega camel part, though. ;) I am seeing a doctor next week as I haven't seen one for 5 years, I think it's about time.
This list is probably daunting for most people to tackle. It was relaxing putting it together and I enjoy sharing stuff that interests me, if even just a few people get something from it then it's been worth my time. I used to do these lists in email for my parents, now they come to my journal. :)
LED lighting is mega-pricey. I love my warm light too much to ever have a full LED house, but I think it would be fun to have it in a room or two, or even just a hallway as I've seen it done in one house before. The bathtub is my favorite part of that house.
I'm sure several uncredited links were from you, I don't always remember to note where I got a link from. Your Kraftwerk post made me upset I had missed them when they came through London. I grew up listening to them on my parents vinyl and they're my second favorite musical artists ever. bah on finances.
Have you seen this? I thought of you when I saw it. :)
Wow, that is huge! I've already wasted a half hour of my morning on this, I'll have to put it away till later.
You need to get a del.icio.us account! Then you can post these as you find them and we can all subscribe & be enlightened. It's free, and it works just like making a local bookmark, but the bookmark list is a web page and people can view it or subscribe via an RSS feed.
My account is snej ...
There will probably be many lost work hours due to my post. ;)
I already have a del.icio.us account here and I've had you added to my inbox for awhile now. :) I don't often remember to use it and I'm not sure how many people who read my journal have accounts. When my other blog is up and running I intend to have the feed there.
I swear, you and one of my other lj friends (and RL friend, too) Bunkadoo are a never ending supply of awesome internet goodness. Moreover, you two set me up with two entirely different kinds of links--not overlapping at all. Thank you! I hope I discover some cool links to share now and then, to return some of the goodness!
Glad to be of service. :) I owe part thanks to my friends list as several gems are gleaned from them, but I try to condense (ha ha) it down to the best over the last few months. I hope you do share some of your own finds sometime, it's always interesting to see what people come up with when they have completely different sources.
P.S. Interestingly, I found your LJ from a link in snej's journal. I found his journal because he listed "pupshaw" as an interest. Pupshaw and Pushpaw are adorable characters from Jim Woodring's incredible imagination. His work is fascinating. Quality begets quality, does it not?
Links to Jim's work: http://www.livejournal.com/users/nickdangerous/196410.html
Fantastic set of links. I've just spent 4 hours going through them and I've barely made a dent! Thanks for reminding me about Casshern, I saw a link to the trailer in Ario's journal once but forgot to bookmark it.
I got 15 out of 20 in that smile test, too. Fascinating...
...Those israeli girls with machine guns. So wrong, but...mmmmm >:)~
I've been lusting after Casshern ever since mopedronin wrote about it. I'm still not sure if it's coming to the UK? I want to see it on the big screen soooo bad.
I find those Israeli girls with guns photos completely fascinating. They're very powerful images and I agree, it is wrong, but there is something rather sexy about them.