March 28, 2003
More Drinking Games Via comes lThe Gulf War Drinking Game.

Man, that looks dangerous, you could put yourself in a coma with 15 minutes of CNN and that thing....

Posted by Arcterex at 08:49 PM
Mr Cranky Reviews the News Well, it's not a movie, but it's what everyone is watching these days. Therefor, Mr. Cranky has put up a review of Iraq War Coverage.
This failure of American news coverage has its roots in the 1980s, when the corporatization of America's news media really got underway and professional worriers worried that if the process was allowed to continue, one day we wouldn't have a credible fourth estate when we really needed one. Like now.
Posted by Arcterex at 02:35 PM
Free MP3 and WMAs Chris threw a link over to legal mp3 downloads a source of free mp3 and wma downloads.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:47 AM
Mozilla Updates Mozillazine has some Independent Status Reports for preusal. MozQuake???
Posted by Arcterex at 10:59 AM
March 27, 2003
RAID Definitions Random link from Cat5 with some detailed RAID terminology definitions.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:43 PM
Michael Moore Speaks The post acceptance speech interview of Michael Moore after the Oscars. Absolutely great stuff!
Posted by Arcterex at 02:22 PM
March 26, 2003 1.1 Beta Right on the heals of the previous story, an OpenOffice 1.1 Beta is now available for download. The downloads are still fast, get it quick! Features are some new import/export formats, new languages, and a few other things. It even runs acceptable on my Celeron 660.
Posted by Arcterex at 04:08 PM
Ximian's take on OO.o Looks like the ximian folks are taking a stab at getting OO.o up to spec. There is a good presentation here, and some good links and other info at the gnomefootnotes story.
Posted by Arcterex at 03:41 PM
Hubble Coolness Ooooh, nifty pics from Hubble of a starlight echo from cosmic blast.
Posted by Arcterex at 03:09 PM
Ick I'm not sure if I should put a "parental warning" or a "just plain nasty" lable on the story about Lisa Marie and Michael Jackson's sex life when they were (heheehe) "married".
Posted by Arcterex at 02:49 PM
March 25, 2003
The War of Images Great article on Salon about The real face of war, all about the media and their connection to the war, and the reactions to the showing of what war is really like.
Posted by Arcterex at 03:04 PM
Web Page Analyzer Nifty, a page that will grab a web page and give you suggestions on how to change/improve it based on images, code size, and other criteria. Check out the Web Page Analyzer
Posted by Arcterex at 02:44 PM
Questions for Mr. Bush Fark has the question of what would you ask Prez W Bush, and the responses are hilarious. Not even a big flame war either, which is nice :)

IE from Unyon:

If the war is going to cost $75 billion, did it occur to you to offer Saddam $10 or $20 billion to leave on day 1?
/basic economics
Posted by Arcterex at 12:48 PM
Jersey Girl Poster Art and Secret Stash Webcam Found some of the poster art for the New Kevin Smith flick "Jersey Girl" over at the View Askewniverse. The posters are here. Slated for November 2003 release, the movie is starrring Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler, and detail the way one's life changes with a new wife and 6 year old daughter.

As a bonus, check out the stashcam or best of the stashcam (a webcam at Kevin Smith's store, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash).

Posted by Arcterex at 09:53 AM
March 23, 2003
Explosions NSLog() has a link to a page with some cool videos of various explosions and whatnot from chemistry class.
Posted by Arcterex at 04:26 PM
March 21, 2003
Caring for Your Introvert A must read for all geek-owners, Caring for Your Introvert.
Posted by Arcterex at 04:44 PM
Printer Ranting Excellent rant/editorial on printers and the prices associated with them over at warmbrain.
Posted by Arcterex at 04:42 PM
March 20, 2003
Jabber Logo Winner Jabber Inc has chosen a new logo. It's nice, very professional, but not a huge difference from the last one. It gets the ArcterThumbsUp though.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:21 PM
RSS Reader Directory The RSS Feed Reader Directory has readers listed by platform, a good place to look if you're getting tired of small fonts or badly designed pages, and want to read peoples BLOGs (or whatever else has an RSS feed) the way you want.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:08 PM
New Canadian Tax Form Thanks to Cat5 for passing the new form for Canadian taxes along. This really makes that accountant I hired irrelevant now doesn't it? :)
Posted by Arcterex at 11:17 AM
Why We Are At War JWZ has a great piece called A Warmonger Explains War to a Peacenik. It was an email forward, and pointed out by Derek. Sorry for all the political stuff lately, we'll get back to some good UF geeking RSN....
Posted by Arcterex at 07:55 AM
March 19, 2003
Windows Users Update Now! There is a new windows flaw out there. MS recomments everyone updates ASAP. It sounds like a typical outlook virus, executing arbitrary code via web pages or email (outlook email that is), and is interesting because it affects so many different versions of windows. The good news is if you are using OE 6 or Outlook 2002 you aren't affected.
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday warned about a serious flaw in almost every version of its popular Windows software that could allow hackers to seize control of a person's computer when victims read e-mails or visit Web sites.
Posted by Arcterex at 04:08 PM
Mr Cranky Reviews Willard Mr Cranky reviews Willard mentioned here previously.
Posted by Arcterex at 03:43 PM
"Psst Don't mention the war!" Raster web has a lighter view of world events.
Posted by Arcterex at 02:37 PM
Iraq Coalition Timeline [fark] Timeline of UN-Iraq-Coalition Incidents from 1991-2002. Very interesting on how things progressed and ended up where we are now.
Posted by Arcterex at 06:43 AM
March 18, 2003
How Did We Survive From my buddy Silv, a good text that is not only funny, but so very true. Read it: How Did We Survive.
Posted by Arcterex at 03:07 PM
RSS HOWTO Via lascivious there is a good pointer to Unix Gal's RSS feeds, and good stuff on how to set up your blog to do it's RSS nicely so that the folks with news aggregators have something nice to look at.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:45 PM
The Dubya War Glossary With the idiots in washington sending the US and their "coalition of the willing" (that'd be the UK) heading straight towards war, I thought that a post to The Dubya War Glossary was appropriate.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:24 PM
March 17, 2003
What if Netscape Had Won That's my blog, featured here before) pointed to a good link entitled What if Netscape Had Won, and outlined a few interesting points, including how Microsoft had no choice (in their minds) but to "win" to protect their monopoly, and how the state of browser innovation pretty much stopped when the dust settled from that battle.
Posted by Arcterex at 07:55 AM
Happy St. Patricks Day! This is the one day of the year that the other 364 practice days of drinking Guinness are for. So everyone make sure they raise a pint (or two, or three) today!
Posted by Arcterex at 07:42 AM
ZeroConf and Rendezvous Good article on the ORA Network on Understanding Zeroconf.
Posted by Arcterex at 07:39 AM
March 15, 2003
Raging Platypus The Raging Platypus FAQ (via Brian Flemming's Weblog).
Posted by Arcterex at 12:35 AM
March 14, 2003
Natalie Merchant Abandons the Music Recording Industry Apparently Natalie Merchant abandons the recording industry according to a blog entry over at She's cutting the major labels go and promoting her new album (june! yay!) through her website. WhatdoIknow notes:
She isn�t turning to the internet as a backup vehicle, but as the vehicle to promote herself and sell her music. Where, I should add, she could easily earn just as much in revenue by selling a quarter (or even less) of the units she moved while under a commercial contract. The profit margin is that much better, if you have the know-how, the technology, and the drive.
Apparently she is also the first successful recording artist to deliberatly leave. Good for her, I've been a huge fan ever since Iambe introduced me to "Tiger Lily" ages ago.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:27 PM
Porn on the P2P Networks? Holy crap! File-sharing sites allow trading of porn!!!!!!! Wow, does anyone else know this?
The same technology used to download music from file-sharing sites makes it possible to trade pornography, tech experts testified at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday
Ah, polititions and people who say things like "That's what makes it [p2p file sharing in relation to porn filtering] hard to police" really amuse me. This is how "free speech" works, and how that thing called "The Internet" works. You can't police it, and that's why it works.
Posted by Arcterex at 03:38 PM
Some Wild Job Offers Kethryvis wrote in with this one, a site called FUCK THAT JOB, which lists some most amusing job ads. $20k/y to be a "Content Master", $32k/y with the requirements that you know everything under the sun.... Guess it's a polar opposite to the "Need perl coder, $200k/y and a hummer with a capachino machine" ads we got a few years back in the boom....
Posted by Arcterex at 02:03 PM
March 13, 2003
Starting a BLOG Well, it's the new big thing, so for all the newbies out there who want to be like the rest of the weblogging world, check out NSLog()'s excellent article on Starting a BLOG with Movable Type. Some good tips, some learned the hard way. All good info.
Posted by Arcterex at 05:27 PM
MS Knowledge Base Entries [fark] I know my VB programming fiends will enjoy some Microsoft Q&A from the Knowledge Base. They range from funny (In the MS Knowledge Base, "hosed" is now a valid keyword.) to stupid (Q280711: Office Installation Program Starts When You Use Camera in USB Port).
Posted by Arcterex at 09:04 AM
March 12, 2003
Photoshop Contest Galleries Not the fark variety, but still the Photoshop Contests galleries are a great place to waste some time. Thanks to Joyce for passing this on.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:18 PM
50 Things Girls Wish Guys Knew 50 Things Girls Wish Guys Knew, via aspectus. Good stuff, guys - take notes. Now to write the "50 Things Guys Wish Girls Knew"... anyone want to contribute?
Posted by Arcterex at 01:05 PM
Movable Type Styles Book of Styles has arrived to solve the problem of designing a nice MT site when you have zero design talent. Found via etc.
Posted by Arcterex at 07:45 AM
March 11, 2003
OSX vs Windows XP Mac OS X vs. Windows XP. The results are unsurprising, especially since it's a mac advocate who runs the site. However, some interesting points are brought up.
Posted by Arcterex at 02:25 PM
Porn Not Challenging Enough A hilarious satire (kinda) article on bbspot entitled Obtaining Porn Not Challenging Enough for Kids
"Kids these days just don't appreciate a tough porn hunt..."
Even more scary is how true the article is. I could go into more details, but I'm sure you'd rather me not...
Posted by Arcterex at 01:52 PM
Lost Art of Programming The Lost Art of Computer Programming, posted some time ago, has moved to new home. Thanks Brad.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:47 PM
Random Linkage A couple of good ones from Oneiros:
Posted by Arcterex at 09:42 AM
March 10, 2003
Nautils 2.2.2 Released and Changes No, we're not freshmeat, but as a gnome user I was excited to see some of the details from the just released Eel and Nautilus 2.2.2. Some of these are saving state on forward/back, clicking on the transparent parts of icons, and the ability to disable "switch to manual layout". Yay!
Posted by Arcterex at 01:15 PM
March 09, 2003
Rate My Hedgehog Yea, you read that right. I don't have a lot to say about this, as I don't know what makes a hedgehog cute or not. Kittens are always cute though...
Posted by Arcterex at 12:50 PM
March 08, 2003
Mac vs. Windows UI An interesting page off of MacIdo is a neat, if slightly biased, article on the differences between Windows and Mac Copy. Short answer, windows completely sucks and mac is almost perfect :) There are other things on the interface page extoling the virtues of mac UI over windows.

Related to this is a blog entry discussing some of the visible Longhorn UI.

Posted by Arcterex at 07:57 PM
March 07, 2003
How to Tie a Tie Well, right after the page on how we miss comes a nifty page onhow to tie a tie. My dad taught me long ago, and my hands still remember how to do it, but I can't show someone how to do it. I have no idea which one is the one I know how to do either.... to be honest, I didn't even know there was more than one way to do it until today.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:09 PM
RSS Blog Search Engine Looks like FuzzyBlog has started a Blog/RSS search engine modelled after Google. It is called Roogle and seems to work :) The add feed is broken, but there is an email notice to tell you how to add your own blog to his list of searched blogs. I wonder if Google's eventual search engine (which they will have right?) will look anything like this :)
Posted by Arcterex at 10:48 PM
Waterskiing Animals I blame FootNote for pointing me to this article involving Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel. His trainer has trained a host of other animals to waterski as well though. Some people have far too much time on their hands. As a bonus you can take a minute or two to watch this mpeg. It's called "Suburban Trunk Monkey".... you go see.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:44 PM
Canadian Humor Canada Has a Warship? Like for War? Hilarious link to a classic Satirewire article. Muchos gracias to Cthulhu for pointing this out to.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:23 PM
Posting to MT From Perl Looks like Jeremy Zawodny got posting to MT from perl going nicely. This will help those trying to post from work but not wanting the boss to see your MT Posting screen up on the monitor all the time.
Posted by Arcterex at 07:23 AM
March 06, 2003
I'm a Cow As a random companion to the last post, I was pointed to I'm a cow, another flash movie.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:45 PM
Sometimes We Miss My buddy Raskal found this beaut, showing just how hard it is to be a guy sometimes. Flash game, very amusing, see how good of a score you can get. Overheard from a girl: "Ok, I am never getting anywhere near a guys feet in the bar again!"
Posted by Arcterex at 10:34 PM
Apple Patents Everything In a link grabbed off the nautilus-list in a thread about how to implement spring-loaded folders without violating Apple's patent, Roberto R threw out a link to a Mac Observer article on Reading The Apple Patent Tea Leaves. Apparently apple has patented everything from any frontend for cron to the progress bar, in addition to the garbage can icon.

All I want is spring loaded folders dammit! And I don't want to pay for Apple hardware to get them!

Posted by Arcterex at 04:36 PM
Jabber Logo Finalists JSF Logo Contest Finalists.

'Nuff said.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:32 PM
Photo Friday Hot on the heals of friday five comes the Photo Friday! Same basic rules, looks potentially interesting... this week's subject is "Stop Sign". Via Rasterweb.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:33 PM
March 05, 2003
Web Filter for the Colorblind Very cool idea via NSLog() is a web filter for the colorblind. I guess you could use this to see what it is like to be colorblind, use it to make sure your pages are accessible to the colorblind, or just search for new color scheme ideas.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:34 PM
How to Better BLOG Well, it seems everyone is jumping on the blogging bandwagon, and in an effort to make sure that that bandwagon isn't filled with illieterate morons, NSLog() has some good thoughts on the subject, and a link to a similar article over at alistapart.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:35 AM
Mozilla for Blogging Mozilla: Blogging's Killer App is a good look at the features that mozilla gives you (tabs, ad blocking, control over javascript, etc) as well as how it's useful to help with blogging. The article is more on an overview of the whole system, but a good read anyway, with a couple of good links. Found via MozBlog.
Posted by Arcterex at 07:57 AM
Jabber Survey Results The results of the Jabber survey can be found here.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:22 AM
March 04, 2003
The Bush Credibility Gap Through no fault of my own I found The Bush Credibility Gap, a collection of things that Bush has said, and what he actually did.

Gosh! polititions lying!? Say it ain't so!

Posted by Arcterex at 01:10 PM
March 03, 2003
Forbidden MSN Words Random linkage found the list of forbidden words in MSN messanger. Via MovableBlog.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:35 PM
An Apology From Canada Horribly politically incorrect, to the Americans out there at least, but still horribly funny.... passed on to me by Cat5. Read more for the full deal. Courtesy of Rick Mercer from This Hour Has 22 Minutes CBC Television:

On behalf of Canadians everywhere I'd like to offer an apology to the United States of America. We haven't been getting along very well recently and for that, I am truly sorry.

I'm sorry we called George Bush a moron.

He is a moron but, it wasn't nice of us to point it out. If it's any consolation, the fact that he's a moron shouldn't reflect poorly on the people of America. After all it's not like you actually elected him.

I'm sorry about our softwood lumber. Just because we have more trees than you doesn't give us the right to sell you lumber that's cheaper and better than your own.

I'm sorry we beat you in Olympic hockey. In our defense I guess our excuse would be that our team was much, much, much, much better than yours.

I'm sorry we burnt down your white house during the war of 1812. I notice you've rebuilt it! It's Very Nice.

I'm sorry about your beer. I know we had nothing to do with your beer but, we Feel your Pain.

I'm sorry about our waffling on Iraq. I mean, when you're going up against a crazed dictator, you wanna have your friends by your side. I realize it took more than two years before you guys pitched in against Hitler, but that was different. Everyone knew he had weapons.

And finally, on behalf of all Canadians, I'm sorry that we're constantly apologizing for things in a passive-aggressive way which is really a thinly veiled criticism. I sincerely hope that you're not upset over this. We've seen what you do to countries you get upset with.

Thank you.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:09 PM
Mind Reading Web Page An old friend from High School passed this page on to me today. I'm not sure how it's done, but it seems to work. Very spooky if you ask me. All I need now is to be able to write something like this to extract the winning lottery numbers now...
Posted by Arcterex at 10:27 AM
March 02, 2003
(Another) Apple Switch Parody BSpudd threw this over. The video is one of the funniest things I've seen since tonight's Malcom in the Middle, and well worth the download.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:28 PM
March 01, 2003
Movie Cliches List of movie cliche sites:
Posted by Arcterex at 11:51 PM
An Alternate Atlas Horribly politically incorrect I know, but I thought it was funny :) Thanks to W for passing this over.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:20 PM