Cowlix Wearing my mind on my sleeve

Sunday, January 26, 2003 Permanent link to this day
Dual use technology

Colombian Rebels Embrace New Technology

Tucked inside a small room in a downtown apartment building, an illiterate but mechanically trained rebel operates a remote control device.

Two miles away, a car without a driver slowly creeps along a shadowy street, a camera guiding it to the site where it will blow up with the click of a button.

Sunday, January 19, 2003 Permanent link to this day
Trance remix?

I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag

Well, come on America, it's time to defend,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
He's got himself in another big jam
With his former partner, Mister Saddam.
So turn off Survivor, watch the News at Ten
You'll see it all on CNN

[via wood's lot]


Recipes for bioterror: censoring science - on the quandry of publishing information important for research when it might also be useful to evildoers.

Several months before 11 September, Australian scientists published a paper describing how they had unintentionally created a "supervirus" that, instead of sterilising mice as intended, killed every last one. Could this information help someone to create a human supervirus in the same way?


Saturday, January 18, 2003 Permanent link to this day
Mind numbing

WMFU's Kenny G devoted 3 hours on Christmas day to a partial rendition of Eric Satie's Vexations, a 18 hour repetitive piece reported to induce hallucinations and amnesia in its performers.

To play this motif 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities.

[via Scribbler]

Sunday, January 12, 2003 Permanent link to this day
Vanishing act

Elsevier's Vanishing Act: on a risk of electronic publishing compared to the print form: articles cannot be removed from a print journal. [via Booknotes]

Round and round

New World of Iron Rain: on the work by Dimitar Sasselov and team involving the transit technique of locating planets around distant stars and and a new planet found by that method, OGLE-TR-56b. The Jupiter-sized planet orbits star OGLE-TR-56 every 29 hours. The atmosphere there is such that the weather might well include rain of liquid iron.

See also:

[via A Voyage to Arcturus]

Sunday, January 05, 2003 Permanent link to this day
Stopping to hear the flowers grow

Slow down, stop even, and listen to the world around you. [via The Excitement Machine]

Who to believe?

Mike Ward, PopMatters film critic, lists the Top Ten Conspiracy Theories of 2002

Following are the ten most alarming theories about September 11, the "war on terror," and the future of the world. Feel free to accept them as gospel, study them as symptoms of a traumatized culture, or scoff at them as anti-American propaganda: I'm only the messenger. Personally, though, at this point the only person I hold above suspicion in the matter of September 11 is that poor kid with the goat.
-- Mike Ward

[via American Samizdat]

Wednesday, January 01, 2003 Permanent link to this day
New Tolkien

Michael Drout has published a previously unknown Tolkien book, Beowulf and the Critics, which he discovered in the Bodleian Library while researching a 1936 lecture by Tolkien on the subject. [via blogdex]

Good grief

The Peanuts Arcana Tarot Deck: I suspect this won't be up long. [via Boing Boing]

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