The Null Device

2000/6/16

An informative piece about haiku, its origins and philosophy, and why the popular 5-7-5 syllable convention may in many cases be inappropriate for English-language haiku:

"Haiku is more than a form of poetry; it is a way of seeing the world. Each haiku captures a moment of experience; an instant when the ordinary suddenly reveals its inner nature and makes us take a second look at the event, at human nature, at life."

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The classic libertarian-anarchist temporary autonomous zone travelogue Visit Port Watson! is online here. (via bOING bOING)

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In a bid to combat illegal immigration, the Australian government has unveiled a sort of anti-tourism advertising campaign, depicting Australia as a bleak, hostile place: (The Age)

One of the videos opens with shots of massive crocodiles sliding out of an estuary on the Top End. A shark cruises into view ... and then comes a blurry shot of a man apparently drowning in deep green water, thrusting a hand out as though to protect himself.

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Some cute downloadable fonts from a Japanese designer. (Some of them are Mac-only, though, and some don't seem to have download links at all.) (via Pigs&Fishes)

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It had to happen (part 5,471): Fundamentalist teddy bears, inscribed with the insignia of a uniquely American fringe Christianity.

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Cliché watch: +"welcome to my" +"i kiss you": 198 pages.
("i kiss you" matches "about 5000" pages.)

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Another machine purporting to be the Commodore 64 of the future. The site's rather light on details, but unlike the bozotic Dutch Windows-PC-with-emulator, this one allegedly has a "6502 on board". Though I wonder how they will fit 512Mb of expandability into the 6502's address space... (via watching me fall)

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