Angels from Another Pin
(A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Gnus)

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Now, what's the difference between an invisible, incorporeal, floating dragon who spits heatless fire and no dragon at all?
These guys are evil geniuses, BD, not evil idiots.
You're supposed to be miserable for my entertainment. Whatever happened to suffering for your art?
Light the sky and hold on tight
Taking the windowless bus to Unhappyland.
Martha Stewart's closet-organization and bric-a-brac technology is obviously decades ahead of ours.
Sell crazy somewhere else,we're all stocked up here.
By the time I was your age, I had exterminated the Jedi Knights.
Jesus would tell you to shut up.
Zippity BOPô doesn't figure in here. Zippity BOPô is timeless.
All right, Raggedy Evil, I've had about enough of this.
Actual sucking does not happen too often in science.
If Eminem and Pikachu got in a death match with staplers and other fine, attractively priced office-supply items, who would win?
Y'know, if Optimus Prime tells me that Batman kicks ass, I am going to damn well believe that Batman does indeed kick ass.
Well, it could have been an evil lamp monster.
The jewel-encrusted tax return of the Pharaoh Khaleimi!
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
We have recieved the message from the sun.
It could just be that there isn't much work for obsolete Soviet government policies regarding social problems in today's job market.
Here I am, about to expose the draconian secret priesthood behind the "New Yorker"...

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28 September 2001
I am declaring that the current situation needs a name. I am also declaring that it will be called World War Two-Point-Five.

Why force assimilation of alien worlds when you can get folks to pay you?

The Prisoner's Dilemma seems not to exist in quantum mechanical computing algorithms.

Bruce Sterling looks into the future and sees his Viridian movement becoming the Monks of Cool (although he never actually uses that turn of phrase).

27 September 2001
The game of Fubar looks really, really cool.

The entire text of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is online.

26 September 2001
The Onion: "God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule."

TV Alert: The premiere of Star Trek: Enterprise is on tonight. All faithful geeks are required to watch it by law, or something. (Except for Ivy, who will be observing Yom Kippur. We will tape it for her. Try to ignore our sounds of jubilation from the living room, Ivy!)

NASA has updated the Deep Space One picture site with images from DS1's fly-by of Comet Borrelli.

That big solar flare has hit the national news media.

Are you looking for a job in television? CNN is hiring. So is Turner Broadcasting.

25 September 2001
According to the NOAA proton flux graph, there's one heck of a solar flare event going on. (I just like saying "the NOAA proton flux graph." It sounds like something on Doc Brown's Delorean.) This graph is a link from the SpaceWeather site, submitted by Unit 31337.

Mike Ryan
People deal with loss in a lot of strange ways--like seeing 1350-foot-tall ghosts.

Accidental history: A recording of the Apollo 11 controllers in Houston was labelled "bad tape" and lost for over 30 years.

Mike Ryan
24 September 2001
Our own Banned Weasel Group (a.k.a. Matt Smith) got engaged to Donna over the weekend. Congratulate him over in the Discussion area!

The alphabet of the lost planet of Krypton is displayed here for you earthlings to marvel at!

Glenn Juskiewicz
Sublimely silly: Someone with a lot of time and a lot of little Lego people has made a Lego version of the "Camelot" scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Mike Ryan
21 September 2001
The author of the Nimda worm must die.

Deep Space One heads for its final mission.

20 September 2001
The Mir space station had the ultimate in take out food.

Ben Loukota
Operation Infinite Justice? Someone on the naming committee for this must have been on drugs.

19 September 2001
Here's an old interview with Terry Pratchett.

18 September 2001
Richard Dawkins says everything I have been thinking lately, with more elegance and authority than I can bring to the task. "To fill a world with like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used."

Not only did Senator Orrin Hatch try to boost his own political record in the hours after the terrorist attacks on Tuesday, he gave away top secret intelligence information on CNN. I remember hearing him say this. I remember wondering how we had intercepted that call. All in favor of kicking Orrin in the head, say "Aye."

"The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam," said President Bush. I am glad to see the President doing the right thing.

17 September 2001
Presidential politics, circa 1996.

A warning against demogogues.

Mark Sachs
14 September 2001
Mister Rogers sums it up: "It's okay to be angry, but it's not okay to hurt."

Mark Sachs details the arrival of the Star Force on Iscandar.

Mark Sachs
Speaking of ruling the world: Kneel before Zod!

13 September 2001
Land in Europe changed hands dozens of times between 1 and 1700 AD. This kind soul has put up a series of maps detailing the changes in nations over these 17 centuries.

You can help NASA stamp out boring acronyms.

12 September 2001
NATO has activated its mutual defense clause for the first time in its history.

The Taliban's latest communique can basically be boiled down to "please don't hurt us!" It states the Taliban hopes that "sanity will prevail among the American people." It's too late for that, guys.

The project engineer who built the Twin Towers explains why they fell.

Scary talk: "'No option has been taken off the table,' senior U.S. officials said. Asked if that included nuclear weapons, one senior official said: 'I said no option is out of the question. Thatís precisely what I mean.'"

11 September 2001
Two planes have hit the World Trade Center towers and another has hit the Pentagon. Both of the WTC towers have collapsed. Every airport in the United States and Canada has been closed. Most of the Internet news sites are timing out, but the links below work sometimes.
MSNBC: story
Sky News: story
Ananova: story is working for Philadelphia folks: story
Canoe Canadian News: story

1:02 PM: I've noticed that MSNBC has stopped using ASP pages (which eat server cycles) and has started serving pure HTML pages.
2:57 PM: CNN has also cut down to a bare-bones format which allows for quicker loading times.

Radar in the NYC area is showing an immense dust cloud. Mirrored locally here.

Bart Simpson, Nietzschean ubermensch.

This Web page has real-time data on pretty much everything.

10 September 2001
"Not long ago, before my days spent on the backyard dock of my home in Wellington, Delaware, I would gaze at the setting sun with my feet in the pond, listening only to the sweet birdsong of the Sandpipers above me. But that was before I heard 'Looking For-Best of David Hasselhoff [IMPORT].' Since then, I have remained indoors from dusk to dawn, sitting in the middle of my living room, curtains drawn, softly rocking back and forth to this new musical discovery."

Glenn Juskiewicz
The late composer John Cage was really weird. A church in Germany is going to perform one of his compositions, which will take six-hundred and thirty-nine years.

Life imitates Monty Python. Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! ... Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!

Signs That You Are Living in the Third Millennium: Scientists are working on genetically engineering a mosquito which is incapable of passing on a number of deadly diseases to humans.

7 September 2001
Warning: Extremely weird interactive artwork ahead.

Glenn Juskiewicz
The weird little Radiskull movie is the Official Bizarre Flash Movie of Mark Sachs' office and Ben Loukota's cubicle.

Ben Loukota
Political cartoonist Ted Rall explains why tax cuts for the rich are stupid in a way that makes perfect sense.

The computing glories of yesteryear... "$U in and begin to hack. / Twiddle bits in a core dump and write it back. / You can hack anything you want, with TECO and DDT."

I'm doing some research on software that blocks access to objectionable Internet sites. (Yeah, I've become The Man. One of the Establishment. A Corporate Puritan. My defense: I vas only following orders, Your Honor.) Anyway, I found out that the company that makes CyberSitter is run by people who are so stupid that they will lie to a reporter even when that reporter has information proving their statements false.

6 September 2001
We have a new look. Please comment

Game programmers (hi, Mark!) make a fair amount of money. I don't understand the relevance of the "they work 80 hours a week during four months a year" comment made by the author, though. No networking (or programming) person I know has a 40-hour work week.

Hi! We're Microsoft! We're so helpful that we'll take over your browser's error page with our own search tool! Did we mention we're not using our monopoly power for evil?

This game of cricket is extremely silly. (Warning: Moderately long load time.)

The Hugo awards have been announced. The latest Harry Potter book won best novel; an author who is going to die soon won best novella (sympathy vote!); and Locus won best semi-pro magazine for the nine millionth year running. Yawn.

5 September 2001
Some clever/insane fellow has written var'aq, the Klingon programming language. In programming, a "Hello World" is the first thing you generally try to write. In var'aq, this comes out as What do you want, Universe?

Hark! A mad spirit of the air hath created the Shakespeare Programming Language! Forsooth!

4 September 2001
Jessica knows this guy, who edited someone's site by accident with FrontPage. He doesn't sound too innocent to me (downloading the password file and using it to log on is throw-the-book-at-him hacking), but you have to admit that FrontPage's security holes are awe-inspiring.

This list of the numbers from one to ten in the world's proto-languages is fascinating. It is part of a larger site which lists the numbers from one to ten in over 4500 languages.

(The Other Side of the Angels)


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