The Null Device
You can now buy absinthe online. They supposedly deliver worldwide, though at £29.95 for a small bottle, following the footsteps of the great Victorian decadents has its price. (via Found)
Researchers are now claiming that caffeine does not improve performance, but merely reverses caffeine withdrawal, and the consequent deterioration in performance. (The Guardian)
On a recent album, white-trash rapper Eminem pantomimes murdering his wife. Now, in real life, she has been hospitalised after attempting suicide. (BBC News)
I saw another "OXO OVO" graffito on the way to work today. What is the story behind this? Is it an underground rock band, a neo-Dadaist group, some sort of artistic/political movement/manifesto, or just a meaningless phrase to confuse people?
Well, the GST is in force, and the prime minister's popularity has risen astonishingly; were there an election now, the Tories would win. So we may have a few more terms of Howard's Menzies-revivalist paternalism, Salvation Army-influenced legislated morality and peculiarly antipodean Little Englandism.
A piece on rogue video game conservationists, who read and upload old arcade machine ROMs for posterity, whilst dodging the zealous copyright lawyers of corporations who'd rather see old games disappear and not compete with the latest $89.95 PSX blockbusters. (Warning: heinous frames and cycling ads)