The Null Device
The atrocity exhibition: Pressure from the Labor Party rank and file and community groups may have forced Victorian premier Jeff Bracks to cancel the barbecue he was to hold in honour of police involved in the acts of brutality at the World Economic Forum protests. Meanwhile, here is the account of the student journalist bashed by police, as mentioned on 3RRR.
An interesting paper about the design of the Google search engine.
An excerpt from a book about the strange case of Michael Rockefeller, scion of the famous banking dynasty who, seeking adventure, went to New Guinea and disappeared. Most people presumed him dead; though some are not so sure. (via bOING bOING)
The new, minimalist Windows keyboard. (via FollowMeHere)
Some of the bozotic questions the McLympic organisers have received from clueless tourists:
Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA)
A: Depends on how much beer you've consumed ...
To commemorate the transformation of Sydney into a Disneyland-esque heavily regulated tourist precinct for the McLympics, some subversive malcontent has created this street sign.
Technofetishism: Handspring are about to release a new Visor PDA with 16-bit colour. Though while the colours are going up, the screen resolution is presumably staying at the woefully inadequate 160x160. Somehow I suspect my next PDA will be a Psion.
Historical document of the day: Beyond Cyberpunk; originally published as a HyperCard stack in the early 1990s, it's a snapshot of some of the fringey memes around in the "cyberculture" scene before normalcy set in. Some are still worth checking out (such as many of the books mentioned), and some are ironically amusing (Billy Idol's Cyberpunk concept album?) (via FollowMeHere)