The Null Device
I found a reasonably good guitar tablature archive. It doesn't have everything, but has good sections for a number of bands (there's a lot there for The Cure and The Smiths, for example).
Horrorshow news on the sinny front, my brothers: A Clockwork Orange is due to be released on video here (in Australia) this November (to video libraries, anyway).
The tragic, absurd and grotesque story of the death of a circus elephant, hanged from a crane for killing a man in Erwin, Tennessee in 1916. (via Found)
Free software of the day: ttf2pt1, an open-source program for converting TrueType fonts to PostScript Type 1. Useful if you can't be bothered getting a TT font server for your X server, or if you want to use TrueType fonts in your hand-coded PostScript door sign/party invitations/bookplates (as one does).
Pittsburgh City Council recently declared October 1 to be Boy George Tribute Day, and named the cross-dressing pop star/DJ as a honorary Pittsburgher.
An enterprising hacker with seemingly too much time on his hands has created a hand-held Atari 2600, out of an original Atari 2600, a pocket television and various other pieces.
I just bought an electric guitar (something I had been meaning to do for a while), and have been playing with it most of the evening. You can get some interesting sounds with a guitar, a Mac, Cubase VST and some effects plug-ins.
The BBC has a disturbing exposé of the sex slave trafficking racket:
Another Latvian girl who applied for a job as an au pair, was told that she would be met at the airport by her family. The "family" turned out to be a pimp who took her straight to a brothel where she was expected to service her first client that first night. She was never paid for that night nor for the three months of sex slavery which followed...
"You can get up to ten years for selling or importing drugs into Denmark and the longest sentence anyone has ever received for importing women is a year, and even then the Judge apologised to the man in court, saying it was a long sentence. You could cry!"
The policy in Denmark and the UK, of removing women quickly without allowing them to give evidence, could well increase the number of women who become ensnared. In Copenhagen, Dorit Otzen says, "the police give the girls twenty four hours and then they're out. The pimps just go and collect another batch week after week, month after month."
(It's interesting to note that the article mentions Australia as a model for needed anti-sex-slavery legislation.)