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Thursday, January 31, 2002

Taliban Go Boom.
via [ random abstract ]
What is the Frank?

The answer to this, I knew at Trivia last night!

The XANADU Preservation Society.
Found at [ The Interstallar Cafe ] via [ The Bran Flakes ]
Retro-Mad FOX To Launch That '90s Show.
HOLLYWOOD, CA (DPI) - Remember Marilyn Manson, Green Day, The X Files and cellular phones? FOX TV Executive Jeff Kamen is betting that you do. Kamen, 22, is the brainchild behind FOX's newest retro-sitcom, That '90s Show. "The thing with Retro is that, honestly, that stuff is way too old," Kamen told reporters at a Beverly Hills press conference. "I mean, the '70s? Who remembers the '70s? Most people weren't even alive then. Same with the '80s. What's so funny about stuff that happened when I was in diapers?"
"When he handles the mail, [his nose] just starts bleeding. Same with his ears."

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Bin Laden Forges Alliance With Pretzels.
Bill Simmons - The high comedy of Media Day at the Super Bowl.
Now Patrick Pass and I are discussing the Snow Game, the victory over the Raiders in which poor Pass had to return kicks in a blinding snowstorm. "It was like ice skating," he says. "Like running on ice. Even Jesus Christ himself couldn't have made a cut on that field."
Only Bill Simmons could manufacture a line like that!

Oh Happy Day: Bill Simmons will be filing "Postcards from New Orleans" every day during Super Bowl Week. from Belgium.

The Famous Fonts web site has fonts from TV Shows, Movies, Music, Food and Drink, Publications, Games, Automobiles, Sports, and Companies.

It's awesone.

Now I have to go and write my mother a letter in the frutopia font. Maybe I'll use the How The Grinch Stole Christmas font for the envelope.
via [ blivet ]
"Chocolate for me is just like an orgasm," Britney Spears.
Celebrity mugshot: NYPD Blue's Kim Delaney.
via [ parallax view ] who found it on [ fark ]
Lord of the Rings, by Gene Roddenbury.
"Strider, we've got to get out of this snow. Legolas, did you get a reading on that creature?"

"Fascinating, Captain. It appears to be an unknown creature that lurks in the pool waiting for passing strangers. Ecologically implausible, captain."
via [ Andy Affleck's Webcrumbs ]
Enron Code Of Ethics Manual on eBay.

Never Read?
The Greatest Commercial That Almost Never Aired.
"My friends, each of you is a single cell in the great body of the State. And today, that great body has purged itself of parasites. We have triumphed over the unprincipled dissemination of facts. The thugs and wreckers have been cast out. And the poisonous weeds of disinformation have been consigned to the dustbin of history. Let each and every cell rejoice! For today we celebrate the first, glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directive! We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology, where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thought is a more powerful weapon than any fleet or army on Earth! We are one people. With one will. One resolve. One cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death. And we will bury them with their own confusion! We shall prevail!"
via [ ]
President Bush Has A Heart Arrhythmia.
Had the press known that President Bush has sinus bradycardia, and that fainting is a common symptom of bradycardia, the story might have been reported much differently. But the press didn't ask the right question, and the White House didn't volunteer the right answer. Instead, the Bush White House focused on the pretzel, and the press swallowed the story whole.
via [ The Web Today ]

Tuesday, January 29, 2002
Attorney General: "America Must Cease to be a Lurid Statuary of Deviant Sex"
via [ Caffeined Out ]

Get Your Enr On.
via my new favorite site [ boingboing ]

The 40 40 Club: Your Abstination Destination. Join Now Risk-Free!
To the 40/40 club I do solemnly swear,
To always keep on my underwear,
And to the abstinence for which it stands,
I vow to meet its celibate demands.
Funny, this website is so well done it looks like it was created by a movie studio trying to promote an upcoming movie.
via [ SixDifferentWays ]

Rebecca St. James is keeping a gift for her future husband.
"I received a huge response. One guy e-mailed me that he had been addicted to sex for years. When he heard me talking about purity on the radio..., he gave it up."
I hope she means radio.
Overheard In Passing.
My wife brought me home a Patriots Shirt yesterday.
She got a good deal on it.
It has, 'Terry Glenn' on the back.

Apple's Rejected iMac Designs.
via [ boingboing ] which I found on [ SixDifferentWays ]

Monday, January 28, 2002

Top Ten Bond Babes - Ursula Andress - #1.
WebMerge generates static Web pages from database files.
via [ MacNN ]
How living on a Mac nearly made me change careers.
IF THERE IS a creative bone in your body, it's hard not to look at the Macintosh and not feel something tingle--which is precisely what Apple is counting on.
I feel tingley!
via [ Mac Slash ]
So you wanna be a rock 'n' roll star?.
Singh reasoned that his millions were certainly enough to allow him to live comfortably and support his music without working full time. Singh was ahead of schedule last October when he stepped down as CEO at age 38.

Since November, Singh and the top-notch local musicians who play in the ensemble... have been flying between Boston and Singh's 70-acre oceanside estate in the French West Indies to rehearse...

New Scientist

Pigs Are Both A Meat and A Vegetable.
Pigs implanted with spinach genes have been created by Japanese scientists. Akira Iritani, at Kinki University in western Japan, who led the research, says the genetically modified pigs contain 20 per cent less saturated fat than normal pigs - and so could be healthier to eat.
via [ Cybershaman News and Comments ]

Hmm... so would a Tofu Ham be a Vegetarian Pig . And how does the Tofurky feel about this?
Chumworth on the News - Real Headlines, Real Funny
President Bush might go to the Super Bowl.

Naturally, in light of recent events, security will be pretty tight; no pretzel vendors will be allowed within 500 feet of him.
I'm a Thaught at pyschowaste.

I think it's a good thing. Isn't it?
How To Get Super Bowl Tickets.
The FAQ web page at tells you how to get into a randowm drawing for tickets to Super Bowl XXXVII at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium .

Don't waste money on eBay buying this information. People are selling it with the title: SUPERBOWL TICKETS AT FACE VALUE "REALLY".

Read the message carefully, it says, "This is for SUPERBOWL XXXVII. Don't be mislead."

That's next year's game, this year it's Super Bowl XXXVI.

If you really want tickets to this year's game, they seem to have them here starting at $1,254 each.

Jeff @ The House was on TV today.
I caught an episode of A Dating Story today and saw Jeff @ The House on there. He went on a blind date and got sick on a sailboat ride. Nice way to make a first impression.

I went over to his web site and emailed him a note. He emailed back and told me to take a look at this interview he did with a girl who kept track of every penny she spent in 2001 on her web site.
Go Pats!
This image is taken by a camera located inside the Mount Washington Observatory at the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, the highest point in New England. It's looking east - northeast out of a window in the Observatory tower.

Watch out for Hobbits Drinking in Bars!
Elijah Wood turns 21 today.

Note: Galadriel, Queen of Lothlorien, and Lady of the Golden Wood aka. Cate Blanchett is grandmother to Arwen Evenstar aka. Liv Tyler. You can see it in their eyes.

Sunday, January 27, 2002

Bledsoe Returns After Brady Injury to Propel Patriots to Super Bowl!
Third Touchdown Patriots!

Brandon Mitchell blocked a field goal try, Troy Brown picked up the ball, ran 11 yards, then lateraled it to Antwan Harris, who ran 49 yards into the end zone.

Woo, Hoo!
Touchdown Patriots! Troy Brown returns a punt 55 yards.
Laid-Off: A No Nothing Production.
Odd Todd's like not working you know, so he has time to make a flash movie about a day in his life.
10:30 a.m. -- Wake up.
10:45 -- Goof off on computer
11:17 -- Eat fudge-striped cookies and Pringles
11:30 -- Watch television
12:30 -- Watch more TV
16:00 -- Power nap
I got this link from Richard who is working and doesn't have time to update his weblog, The Happy Atheist.

There's a story on Reuters too.
"I decided I was going to write like a movie, but after a half page or so I got kinda bored and I found out it's really hard to write a whole movie,'' Odd Todd says in the film.
Hmm... Time for breakfast!

Saturday, January 26, 2002

Lucca Restaurant Boston.
After spending 3 hours watching Lord of the Rings, we went to Boston's North End to see if we could get into Ted Kennedy's restaurant.

We got there at 5:30, but there was no room at the inn. All tables were booked, so we sat at the bar and had dinner there. It was a blast. Great service, food and wine. The dinners from the bar menu were $6 less than from the dinner menu and more than enough to eat.

If you go, tell Ted that Creepy Steve sent you!

Have a Sam Adams Light on me!
Sam Adams Light - a flavorful, higher quality alternative to the less flavorful domestic light beers as well as the imports.

At 128 calories, Sam Adams Light features a clean finish and no aftertaste.
Last night I had a couple of Sam Adams Light beers at the best pub in America, Doyle's Cafe. It was the first day for Sam Adams Light at Doyles. Usually if I want a glass of water I have a Bud Light, but since Sam Adams Light was brand new, I wanted to try it.

Sam Adams Light tastes just as rich as a regular Sam Adams. It has it's own flavor with no light beer aftertaste. Try it, you'll like it, and you'll loose weight too.

If you're ever in Boston, stop by Doyles for a beer, then go take a tour of the Sam Adams Brewery nearby.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2002

There is no privacy protection for people who take their clothes off in public.
Becky Lynn Gritzke bared her breasts at Mardi Gras and ended up on the Girls Gone Wild videos, TV ad and Web site. Now she's suing.

But being Miss September in her college campus calender didn't seem to be a problem for her.
Link to me:
<a href="">Off On A Tangent</a>

If you link to me, and people click the link, your site will be listed on my snazzy link rerferral lister. It's at the bottom of the page.
2002 SXSW Website Competition Finalists.

It's like the holodeck on StarTrek.
Over on this Flash site, UltraShock, I found BeingSmart on the message boards, who posted a picture of the cutest little kitten, that found a nice warm place to rest.
via [ Site du Jour of the Day ]

Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Jennifer Connelly.
New Guy Exposes Everthing in the Middle of Episode 8 of 24.
Apparently you only have to make movies at the level of quality of The Replacements and Evolution to be promoted out of 7-Up pitchmanship. And while of course few would think twice if a white shill replaced a white shill, it's interesting that they replaced Orlando Jones with a black man being asked to perform in a similar style.
Sean Weitner reviews both 24 and the commercials.

Dirty euro.
Most of the countries in Europe chose the boring euro design, but not the Netherlands.

They have hot sexy girls on the euro.
[ You must be over 18 to view this link ]

Monday, January 21, 2002

Hello... Other people need to use the airplane toilet too!
An American woman had no need to fasten her seatbelt on a flight from Scandinavia to the United States after a high-pressure vacuum flush sealed her to the toilet seat of the transatlantic airliner.
Heat Vision and Jack Black.
An astronaut (played by Jack Black) with a medical secret is on the run from his evil employers with the help of a talking motorcycle called Heat Vision (voiced by Owen Wilson).
Physics diagrams, brain X-rays, Rodin’s The Thinker, An
eclipse, a naked Jack, a LOT of light bulbs, but mostly
“E=mc².” Jack’s distant inner voice can be heard,
shouting: “I KNOW EVERYTHING!”
Dear Fox Television,
Please place an order for a full season of Heat Vision and Jack.
Monica Lewinsky is revealed to be a double agent working for the KGB and US intelligence services.

25 Sexiest Women in Entertainment: Photo Gallery.
Can't you stop what you are doing and pay attention for one minute?
Imagine telling a teenager who was attempting to fulfill an important goal, the following:
- You should be further along than you are.
- You'll never get it right.
- Lower your expectations.
- What makes you think *you* can do that?
- If everyone else can accomplish this goal why can't you?
- It's too late, you'll only screw things up.
- You might as well give up.
- I told you so.
How many times have I told you not to talk to teenagers like that!

Hello, is Al there? Al Koholic?
Phone Losers of America are in to Prank Telephone Calls in a big way.
via [ Site of the Day Du Jour ]

the Art of prank calls.

Sunday, January 20, 2002

Guerrilla News Network is an underground news organization with headquarters in New York City and production facilities in Berkeley, California. Our mission is to expose people to important global issues through guerrilla programming on the web and on television.

News about Koko is here.

Saturday, January 19, 2002

I defeated Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee, but was killed by Jonathan Ross in this fun Karate game.

My [ up arrow ] was too slow.
via [ bloggerheads ]
I like
Here are the Top 25 Online Petitions at Petition

The Petition for Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda didn't make the Top 25.

I didn't even know that Gene Roddenberry had an Andromeda.

Here's the backstory.
The Cartoon Files has the LOggys.
The Loggy's r given to webloggers from around the world. They can not be asked for, you have to watch your inbox to see if you get one...LOggy the real inbox expirience.
Go see where they lead.

I liked this one.

I hope I get one!
via [ Adam Curry ]
Before you believe what the Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division has to say about the dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide, take a look at the Dihydrogen Monoxide page at Snopes Urban Legends Reference Pages.

When all the facts are in you'll be drinking DHMO like it's water!

You might even join in singing the DHMO Song.

Thursday, January 17, 2002 has some great workshops to help you learn how to shoot digital video, how to use Final Cut Pro, and how to distrubute digital video.

I know, because I just finished their three day dv revolution workshop. It was great!

Now all I need is a Macintosh, tons of software, a video camera, lights, microphones and a bunch of other stuff.
Text of Sherron S. Watkins' Letter to Enron's Chairman Kenneth L. Lay.
[ NY Times link requires free registration ]
I am incredibly nervous that we will implode in a wave of accounting scandals.
For those of you who don't want to register for the NY Times, here's the short version of the letter:
Dear Ken,
We're screwed.

Tuesday, January 15, 2002

David Grenier's Weblog points us to Wordplay, where you can learn everything you need to know about writing screenplays.
Does Your Dog Eat Poop?
Here at Brown Dog Institute, we research canine taste preferences and formulate our revolutionary dog biscuits accordingly. You've seen "gourmet" dog treats but let's face it, your dog is no pansy. You might prefer cheesecake, but your dog will eat his own vomit.

Monday, January 14, 2002

New Bond Girl Rosamund Pike is finally being photographed.
If you like science fiction news, check out and
Did you catch Saturday Night Live this weekend? Well, these people did, and have some reviews.
Jokes that were good were... the White House canceling his trip to Nigeria because he called Pakistan's "Paccki's", and this one; "Bruce Willis and his band, The Accelerators, are starting a 13 city tour this Friday in Atlanta. Tickets will go on sale anyway."
Cheryl Richardson.
Take out your calendar right now and set aside time to exercise at least three times per week.
Michael Gerrish M.S.
A woman named Janet Merel of Deerfield, Illinois has created a product called "Diet Dirt," which is sterilized, edible soil. When this product is sprinkled on pastry, sweets, and other binge-causing foods, it makes them taste (surprise) like DIRT, and thus, nips a binge in the bud.
Hmm... Dirt Donuts.

Sunday, January 13, 2002

Punch your own Hollerith card.
via [ FARK ]

Lady Lovelace: The World's First Programmer.
The Slip-up Archive.

The big list of movie mistakes.

Get continuity in here so our mistakes don't end up on some internet site!

Happy Easter!
The term "Easter Egg", as we use it here, means any amusing tidbit that creators hid in their creations. They could be in computer software, movies, music, art, books, or even your watch. There are thousands of them, and they can be quite entertaining, if you know where to look.
Some I looked at:
Character Names in Enterprise, "Futurama" was the name of a General Electric display at the world's fair, and if The Matrix wasn't confusing enough:
After Cypher betrays his friends, he tells the agent that he wishes to come back as someone famous, an actor, he wants to be powerful, and he wants to remember nothing. Now, the agent calls Cypher Mr. Reagan, so Cypher could be Ronald Reagan. He was famous, an actor, was very powerful and since he has Alzheimers, he can't remember anything.
via [ Site du Jour of the Day ]

Saturday, January 12, 2002

Bush Writes Funny Letters. (NY Times (subscription required))
Mr. Lay and Mr. Bush appeared to develop a warm relationship during Mr. Bush's tenure as governor. In April 1997, on Mr. Lay's 55th birthday, Mr. Bush sent him a joking note:

"One of the sad things about old friends is that they seem to be getting older — just like you!

55 years old. Wow! That is really old."
The letter goes on to say:
Thanks goodness you have such a young, beautiful wife.

Laura and I value our friendship with you. Best wishes to Linda, your family and friends.

Your younger friend,

George W. Bush
Nice letter.
If it were possible to see the universe from afar, it would appear pale green, astronomers say.

A whiter shade of pale, 70's rockers say.

Survivor Africa Final Result Rests on The Graduate.
Benjamim Braddock: Mrs. Robinson, I can't do this. It's all terribly wrong.
Mrs. Robinson: Do you find me undesirable?
Benjamin Braddock: Oh no, Mrs. Robinson, I think you're the most attractive of all my parent's friends, I mean that.
Kelly Goldsmith is a Psycho.
...she was thinking of Benjamin's hotel room number in her favorite movie, ''The Graduate.''
Ethan Zohn guesses 888 which is close enough to 568 to win $1 million.

He has a girlfriend.
ActiveECG is an inexpensive, handheld cardiac monitor that works with your existing Palm OS handheld computer.

"According to my Palm, I'll need to sit down for a second and rest, until my heart rate returns to normal", Dick Cheney.
Spiderman, Spiderman, he's your neighborhood Spiderman.
Hot Girls Internet Photo Contest: Round one - Halle Berry vs. Rosamund Pike
James Bond's upcoming movie stars Halle Berry and British newcomer Rosamund Pike as Bond's female sparring partners.

Decision: Halle Berry wins by a knockout. Rosamund Pike demands a rematch in late 2002!
Save Our Streams.

Write Your Representative.

Friday, January 11, 2002

Clock Watching.
In some strange way it's exciting to watch this clock gain a minute.
via [ evhead ]

Thursday, January 10, 2002

CIA -- The World Factbook -- United States
US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay is leased from Cuba and only mutual agreement or US abandonment of the area can terminate the lease.
GTMO.NET, Guantanamo Bay's link to the world.
They're not talking about a Jeb Bush Blow Up Doll in Florida.
There's a FREEosk in the Jamaica Plain Store24!

I couldn't get near it, make that didn't want to get near it, because there was a big fat guy sitting at it eating ice cream.

I got near it. The big fat guy was gone when I went back. The seat is broken. He probably exceeded the weight limit.

On closer examination you can send an email or a video mail using this free kiosk. So I went ahead and recorded a video. As you'll see, the interface is bad because you don't know when the recording starts or stops. So what we have here is me, sitting in a Store24, making a video while people in the background are buying Doritos, Lottery Tickets, Cigarettes, and Newspapers. Please don't feel like you have to watch the whole video, if you stay with it though, you'll see a guy in a blue jacket in the process of leaving the store.

It's really not even worth looking at, but I guess it means I have my own web cam now! Maybe I'll join a HOT GUY! web cam ring.

Maybe not.
Technoerotica has a great page that will Kill Pop Up Ads.
With just six clicks you'll stop pop up ads from Doubleclick,,,, Interpolls, and 24/7 media.

You guys are going to love this. It's the Image Metadata AGgregator for Enhanced Searching. I guess they like to call it IMAGES for short. Cute huh? They've got thousands of images online!

They've got World War I and II posters, African-American Book Illustrations, photographs from the Charles Babbage Institute and even images of backdrops used in theatre productions!

I found a bunch of photographs from Burroughs Corporation, a company I used to work for.

It was exciting times getting the LED readout working on one of these for the City of Waltham Receipting Solution! Those were the days.

This product was so far ahead of it's time, it makes me sick to think how inept marketing destined this multi-user multi-tasking marvel from Convergent Technologies to the trash heap of computing history. And don't get me started on, dex, the first fax machine.

Paper Tape Reader
Ah, I remember the days when working at Burroughs meant living through the history of computing. We used to load programs using paper tape. We had this set up in the Boston Thrift Branch, which we lovingly referred to as the office in the Burger King Building, where we supported the roll of paper tape with a cigarette stand and a pencil. Then we had the teller terminal's data controller, read in the tape. If it ripped, we were mad because that meant a ride out to Lexington to punch another paper tape off the old Medium system. We learned to punch two tapes and then we happy when we got to use Mylar tape. It didn't rip.

Oh yeah. On-line real time transactions. Well, not really real time, but we did store and forward all the info over to the data center. ATM's were cool and exciting back then. Hmmm… I wonder where all the Burroughs ATM's are, probably with the B20's.

Clint Vander Klok's page can be displayed, but his links page can not.
Prisoners Of AOL.
Many of us thought AOL was training wheels for the Internet but never understood that the training wheels were welded to the bike!
Get out now while you still can!
via [ Signal vs. Noise ]
Leaving AOL - Part 5:
How to make Outlook Express 5.5 say "You've Got Mail" when New Mail Arrives

To Play a Sound when new mail arrives
Note: If Outlook Express 5.5 already makes a sound when new mail arrives, you can skip this step.
Click the TOOLS menu.
Select OPTIONS...
Click on the GENERAL tab.
Under Send / Receive Messages, Check the box for "Play sound when new messages arrive".
Click OK

To change the sound to "You've Got Mail".
Click the START menu for your version of windows.
Choose SOUNDS.
A sound properties dialog box will open.
Under WINDOWS, SELECT "New Mail Notification".
In the Sound area under Name: enter the location of the "You've Got Mail" WAV file as: C:\WINDOWS\AOLSHARE\sounds\US\Default\gotmail.wav or browse for it's location on your system.

If you've completed all these steps and it doesn't seem to work, you might just have to exit out of Outlook Express 5.5 and restart it.

Now You've Got Mail!

Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Badasschick Magazine.
THE online magazine for Bad Ass Chicks and the men that love them.
What's inside Brian's Belly? Beer! Cold Beer!
Almost Famous Review at Movie Juice!
Wait until you see Kate (Hudson) in this movie! If the universe has a center, it's playing five times a day at an AMC near you. She shimmers and shines and tempts and teases until she's paper and we're glue - and not that Elmers stuff, I'm talking contractor-grade.
You know how you say, "I'll catch it when it comes on cable?" Well, I caught Almost Famous on cable. It Rocks! And Rolls.

It's by Cameron Crowe, who wrote Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Say Anything.

Need I say anything more?

Check out the answers Mark Ramsey got, to his silly questions, from Cameron Crowe, Kate Hudson and the cast of Almost Famous.

The next time a Cameron Crowe movie comes out, I'm going to see it in the theatre!

Unless I wait for it to be on cable.
This is V, one of the many webcams you can find on is the ultimate webcam portal.
We collect and archive webcam images in real time from personal webcams all over the world. You can see at a glance who is currently active, and what they are doing.
Bring me the one over there with a lot of makeup and long hair.
When a man spots a woman he’d like to meet, he will summon a waiter and place his “order.” The waiter then physically delivers the target woman to his table.
Hmm... this one seems a little tough, do you have anything more tender?
Theremin World.

Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey.
This Sundance winning film looks at Leon Theremin and his link between The Day The Earth Stood Still, the Beach Boys, Jerry Lewis and Carnegie Hall.
You can download and play your own Virtual Theremin.
Become a Writer for The Late Show with David Letterman.
via [ Fark ]

Tuesday, January 08, 2002

I am somebody! I am somebody! The New Dictionary's Here!
tivo'd - To pause live TV for later playback.

ex. The anchor on TechTV says, "Don't worry about missing any of Steve Job's Live keynote address at MacWorld. It's being TiVo'd, so you won't miss a second. We'll be back to continue broadcasting the speech, right where he left off, after these commercial messages."
I added that entry, you can add one too!
Jive translator.
Blogstickers are Open Source.
You Can't Tell The Players Without A Program.
My Friends at the General Cinema Premium Cinema sent me a little cheat sheet to help you keep the 29 characters of Gosford Park in order.

The Aristocrats:
Maggie Smith -- Constance, the crusty Countess of Trentham
Kelly Macdonald -- Mary Maceachrean, Constance's young Irish maid

Michael Gambon -- Sir William McCordle, lofty owner of Gosford Park and
Husband of Sylvia
Kristin Scott Thomas -- Lady Sylvia McCordle, Sir William's alluring wife
Camilla Rutherford -- Isobel McCordle, William and Sylvia's daughter who has
captured the heart of a married man

Charles Dance -- Raymond, Lord Stockbridge, Husband of Louisa
Geraldine Somerville -- Louisa, Lady Stockbridge, sister of Lady McCordle
(Kristin Scott Thomas)
Clive Owen -- Robert Parks, Sir Raymond's handsome valet

Tom Hollander -- Lt. Com. Anthony Meredith, Husband of Lavinia
Natasha Wightman -- Lady Lavinia Meredith, Wife of Anthony, siter of Lady
McCordle (Kristin Scott Thomas)
Adrian Scarborough -- Barnes, Anthony's valet

James Wilby -- Freddie Nesbitt, suffering from a disappearance of wealth
Claudie Blakley -- Mabel Nesbitt, Freddie's long-suffering wife who has no
servants. gasp!

Jeremy Northam --Ivor Novello, Sir William's cousin and dashing Hollywood
movie star
Bob Balaban -- telephone loving Morris Weissman, a film producer from LA
Ryan Phillippe -- Henry Denton, Morris Weissman's valet

Laurence Fox -- Lord Rupert Standish -- a minor and late arrival with Jeremy
Trent Ford -- Jeremy Blond

The Servants:
Alan Bates -- Jennings the butler
Helen Mirren -- Mrs. Wilson, the alert and shrewd housekeeper
Eileen Atkins -- Mrs. Croft, the angry cook who hates Mrs. Wilson
Emily Watson -- Elsie, the head maid
Richard E. Grant -- George, the head footman
Jeremy Swift -- Arthur, the second footman
Derek Jacobi -- Probert, Sir William's valet
Meg Wynn Owen -- Lewis, a maid
Sophie Thompson -- Dorothy, a still room maid
Theresa Crutcher --Bertha, the feisty full-figured laundry maid

Stephen Fry -- Inspector Thompson

imdb has the cast listed in credits order with links, if you're really interested.
Negativland is the manager of The Intellectual Property Fund on the RTMark web site.
Scantily Clad Hot Girls Are Important To Good Weblog Design.
Estella Warren has nothing to do with Dan's post over at In fact, she has almost nothing on.

You were saying something Dan?
Supermodels. Thousands of hopefuls.. Eight Episodes.. One Dream.

Hmm… Make that at least eight dreams!

And the winner is…
If George W. Bush has a PC, does his domesticker look like this? What wallpaper is he using?
PayPal now charges sellers a fee when buyers use a credit card.

I just found this out when someone paid me for an eBay auction, with a credit card. PayPal told me I had to upgrade my account in order to get the money. Nice incentive for me to upgrade, huh?

But they're still cheaper than eBay Payments and as a buyer you don't pay a fee. I still like them.
Where's my kid?
The New A-Team.
"None of us expected to survive, but it went just about as perfectly as you could hope."
via [ Drudge ]
News Update from CNN: Paula Zahn Not Sexy.
Embarrassed CNN executives on Monday yanked an on-air promotion that referred to anchorwoman Paula Zahn as "sexy," accompanied by the sound effect of a zipper.
They're looking into changing the sound effect into something more acceptable, like rapid shutter clicks from a still camera.

Monday, January 07, 2002

He's Dead, Jim.
The new iMac.
I watched Steve Jobs Keynote at MacWorld and thouroughly enjoyed his presentation. He's really great at what he does.

The new iMac page is up at

The Time Cover Story: Flat-Out Cool.
The new machine bears an uncanny resemblance to Luxo Jr.-the fun-loving, computer-animated swing-arm lamp that starred in a short film by Pixar, the fabled computer-animation studio that Jobs runs. (Pixar creative chief John Lasseter has also made the first new iMac ad.) It looks alive.
To start I'll need a new iMac, a video camera, an iPod, a digital camera and a bunch of cute kids.

Then I'll take them outside and we'll capture a lifetime of memories and then I'll send them back.

Next, I'll load all my memories into my new iMac while listening to my iTunes. iPhoto will automagically load in all my digital photos. I'll have iPhoto create a web page, and have Kodak print out a huge photo of the cutest kid and get that one matted on a posterboard. Next, I'll edit all my favorite moments into a three minute video, adding real time dissolves and text using iMovie 2.

Post Production.
I'll contact some recording artisits to see if I can use their music on my movie, then lay down some audio as a backing track. I'll record some voiceovers to add to the story, but not too much that it would take away from the beauty of the moment. Next I'll burn everything to my DVD using my Superdrive and mail it off to the Sundance Film Festival.

Free Money Direct From Nigeria!
I just got an email from Hajia Mariam Abacha of Nigeria. She wants to give me $10.5 million dollars just for keeping her $35 million dollars safe in my bank!

Wait a minute, her lawyer’ name is BARRISTER CLETUS EDUVIE.

Something's fishy about this...
Hot Girls! Sex! Live Video! Palua Zahn!
It's out with the news, in with the sex at CNN this weekend after the network launched an ad campaign for 23-year news veteran Paula Zahn -- declaring her 'sexy'!
It's not too late to join the Yahoo! club.
This club is dedicated to the celebration of the sex appeal of Paula Zahn. Of particular interest are photos!
More on CNN
Ted's Turnover's.
Spy Mac.

Sunday, January 06, 2002

Big Fat Guy Runs 67 Yards in NFL Game!
Keith Traylor was huffing and puffing, his 300-pound-plus body chugging down the field with an interception.
Yes! Best running play this weekend.
Wil Wheaton is on Fire, Literally.
I set myself on fire. I keep this candle near my computer, because it smells good and I think the simplicity of fire balances out the complex technology of the computer...but when I leaned over the desk to mess with the cable, my shirt fell into the flame, and caught on fire.

Saturday, January 05, 2002

Please Save Alias and Bring Back Alias Smith And Jones.
Has there ever been a show that you wanted to stay on the air, and you wished that you could have your say? This is what is all about.
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what it feels like for a girl...
via [ blogger: blogs of note ]
I went over to the Microsoft Update Page to update my Internet Explorer. Everything worked out well. The site automatically checks to see if you need an update, then lists out your options.

I chose to go to IE 5.5. In addition to the new IE I also got a new Outlook Express 5. The update process was kind enough to ask me if I wanted to load all my email addresses into the new version. Well, I did it and put my trust in the installation process. I'll have to hand it to Microsoft, they did a nice job on the update page.
I installed AIM+ and like it. It removes ads from AOL's Instant Messanger.

Update: I uninstalled it. It greyed out my AOL buddies list. Now my AIM window only shows a 2" high list of buddies. I left a message on the AIM+ support board, but it crashed.

I guess it's time to try Trillian?

OK, so I downloaded Trillian and found out I had to update my Winsock2 components to get it to run. So I figured, hey why not. I ran the Microsoft install and then ran Trillian again. Now it won't connet to AOL IM.

So I exited and re-ran AOL IM and now it works fine and displays fine. It has the ads though. Ugh!

I wonder if it was that stupid comet cursor that automatically installed itself on my PC recently?
Eye contact experiment.
:-) Hi!
Cheatsheet Creator might come in handy.
It's been the worst of times for American Taliban Johnny Walker -- but it's about to become the best of times, if his new defense lawyer, Johnnie Cochran of O.J. Simpson fame, has anything to say about it.

And he does.

"The tape of Walker confessing was faked by the CIA," Cochran told reporters, giving a preview of the defense he is preparing for Walker. "If the tape's a fake, throw it in the lake."
Watch Free Movies NOW!

Friday, January 04, 2002

Hey, the United States Post Office will now send out Greeting Cards and Postcards with your own graphics.

You upload the image, and they print it out on a card with your message, and then they mail it for you. Cool.
This just in from Yahoo! Most viewed.
Dancers from the Australian Ballet pose in their underwear.
Best Headline Ever!

Buddy Clinton, Friend to President and Nemesis of Socks, Is Dead at 4 1/2.

That's from the print version of today's New York Times. If you follow the link to the online Times, you'll notice that the headline is slightly different.
The New York Times On The Web Learning Network for those who need help in understanding the stories in the print version.
Timelines I've Gotten to Know and Love over Time
A Google Timeline for last year's big internet events.

The less popular Clinton Timeline of legislative accomplishments.

Hey, Hey, it's a Rock and Roll Timeline.

Of course there's an Internet Timeline.

Let's eat! There's even a food timeline that starts at salt and goes all the way up to Flutie Flakes.

How about a topical Tolkien Timeline?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History.

Hello? It's the Telephone Timeline.

And finally, The Historical Timeline of Concrete.

Thursday, January 03, 2002

Taking a Spin around the Web.
When the parakeets ate my condo I decided to take a digital nap. When I awoke, I took a spin on my podular and came across rannieturingan.
I Was Just Thinking:
What's the deal with old ladies who pay with checks at the supermarket?

Do they go home and do a trial balance against their aged receivables to see how their month is going?

I can tell you how their month is going, down hill.

I had this lady pay with a check in front of me, then ask for change for $1.

See, she does have cash. So, if she has cash, why is she using a check?

Good thing we don't live in Europe, otherwise I'd have to wait an hour in line behind her while the cashier explained the euro to her.

And why do the doors in the supermarket say IN and OUT when you're inside?

I might want to go IN to the outside? Might I not?

And what's the deal with Dry Cleaning. If it's dry, how does it clean?
The new mayor of Mercer, Pa. (pop. 2,391) planned to spend his first night in office having dinner at home with his parents and watching his girlfriend lead cheers at a high school basketball game. [ photo ]
Fark says Desktop Angels needs a stress test.

Who am I to argue when Hot Girls are involved?

And then there's this:

The Wisdom Of Supermodels.
"I would rather exercise than read a newspaper."
Kim Alexis
Hmm... I'd rather exercise while watching cable TV.
The PhotoDude has a weblog in addition to photos. Here are his favorites of 2001. A bunch of people like Jim share photos on his pixelpile site.
READY TO DO SOME EVIL? Hot, slender thirtysomething single female megalomaniac looking for tall, skeletal globe-threatening madman to share the good life: hiding in caves, making spooky videos, and jihad! No smokers, please.
via [ metafilter ]
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Gone In 60 Seconds.
Angelina Jolie is hot! There, that should satisfy the search engines.

We watched Gone In 60 Seconds last night. After it was over, my wife put some dredlocks in her hair, I bought a black leather jacket, and we went out and stole a vintage 1967 Pontiac Tempest!

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It was a fun night.

Wednesday, January 02, 2002

Haiku Spam Removal
I just got this at the end of some unwanted email:
If you have no use for these updates, please reply with haiku.
So I responded with this:
Without extra mail
My busy life, simplified,
Please remove me now.
You too can write Haiku.
Quick Honey check out those pixels and vectors.
Bad in a Good Way.
Good in a Bad Way.
Antwon has named Off On A Tangent as his Site of the year!

Thanks Antwon.
The Spam Letters.
I'm sorry to break this to you, Hon, but the naughty schoolgirl thing with the plaid skirt getup , glasses, and suggestively placed apple near your privates just doesn't cut it anymore.
Jonathan Land does a public service by posting all the SPAM emails he receives along with the responses he sends, like the witty section of one above.

Jonathan, you are my new hero!
via [ The Ultimate Insult ]
EasyEverything boss Stelios Haji-Ioannou parked one of two advertising lorries outside AOL's UK headquarters complete with a huge tear up your AOL account poster. has diversions.
Andyco is a really big, important company with a web site. They say that they care about YOU more than many other companies probably do!

Andyco Aerospace has designed an Inexpensive Spacecraft for Cost-Saavy Exploration built off the the frame of a 1977 Ford Mustang II.

Best of all, they're hiring!
Two Rainy Nights CD - Joe Jackson.

It's an official bootleg, meaning that they recorded it right off the sound board or some such audio device.

If you go to the website, you can listen to the cuts in AM Radio Quality.
via [ now this log ]
Apple's Home Page: 5 Days to Macworld San Francisco. Beyond the Rumor Sites. Way Beyond.

StimpSoft, Inc. creates software like iHam on iRye.

Hmm... If I had a Mac, I'd grab one for lunch.
via [ aaronland ]
My Favorite Movies:
The Fifth Element
Groundhog Day
La Femme Nikita
The Professional
Star Wars
American Beauty
12 Angry Men
The Matrix
Toy Story 2
The Graduate
Young Frankenstein
Die Hard
Back to the Future
Twelve Monkeys
The Truman Show
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Ed Wood
Starship Troopers
Planet of the Apes (1968)
As Good As It Gets
The Sixth Sense
The Usual Suspects
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
The Breakfast Club
National Lampoon's Animal House
National Lampoon's Vacation
Rain Man
Charlie's Angels
The Brothers McMullen

What are yours? IMDB can help you compile your list with their Top 250.
Why Clinton Slept: By Dick Morris
Everything was more important than fighting terrorism. Political correctness, civil liberties concerns, fear of offending the administration's supporters, Janet Reno's objections, considerations of cost, worries about racial profiling and, in the second term, surviving impeachment, all came before fighting terrorism.
He probably still gets a good night's sleep.
via [ Drudge ]
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Mark Ramsey told me that his interview with Chyler Leigh from Not Another Teen Movie is even better than his interview with Shannyn Sossamon, star of "A Knight's Tale".

It was. She's hot!

She's gonna be in That 80's Show too.
Boston is GMT -5 according to this world time zone website.

Adam Curry's Weblog is closer to GMT than mine is.

Tuesday, January 01, 2002

Ali: Movie Review
This movie was a big mess, but Will Smith as Ali was the best and the best don't mess!

In order to understand this movie you need to know the following people because the movie doesn't fully explain who they are and their relationship to Ali:

Mohammed Ali's Father: Marcellus Clay
Malcom X
Martin Luther King Jr.
Idi Amin
Don King
Howard Cosell
Maya Angelou
Dr. Ferdie Pacheco - Ali's Doctor. His review of Ali.
Angelo Dundee - Ali’s chief trainer.
Drew "Bundini" Brown - Ali's confidant
Howard Bingham - Ali's photographer

We ended up seeing Ali because Lord of the Rings was sold out. The lady sitting next to me had the price tag still attached to her hat. The guy sitting on the other side of my wife refused to move his coat to let anyone sit near him, so he took up four seats for himself in a packed theatre.

I thought Wil Smith did a great job making me believe that he was Ali. Most of the supporting cast was underdeveloped leaving you wondering who was who after walking out of the theatre. Never mind that, I was wondering who they were during the movie.

Who was that guy singing through the first half hour, a younger version of Ali's dad?

Questions, I have a lot of questions...
FanCast says it's the only website that lets you become a sportscaster or talk show host.

They used to provide the technology for Lycos Talk Radio.

I used to have a show on there. Maybe 2002 is the trime for a new show?

I just found this picture of me, on the left, and Gerard who has a punk in his mouth.
MovieJuice! wrestles with Shannyn Sossamon, star of "A Knight's Tale".

Mark Ramsey is producing some cutting edge realvideo comedy on his movie site. I laughed and laughed!
The Ratings Game.
At a time when all artists' rights to free speech and expression continue to be in peril, I believe that the artistic freedom and integrity of American filmmakers are being compromised by an outdated and unfair rating system whose practices have and will continue to result in the de facto censorship of their work.
Back Off Jack: The A Rating.
The Obscure Store & Reading Room.
Jim Romenesko's MediaNews.
Happy New Year!

Imogen Heap is coming out with a new album this year. She's collaborating with Guy Sigworth. Listen here.