The Null Device
And while I'm ripping links from NtK: Some enterprising cypherpunk type has written a CGI for disguising messages in spam boilerplate. That's right; "we strike at 23:55" comes out as "Dear Business person ; This letter was specially selected to be sent to you . If you no longer wish to receive ..." and several pages of similar verbiage. It should keep Echelon busy for a while.
Sarky British email newsletter NtK are now selling T-shirts. The "memes don't exist; tell your friends" one looks reasonably doovy, and the proposed tDR-spoof sounds like an interesting idea.
The German government is to cut down a forest consisting of two types of trees planted in the form of a swastika. The forest, planted in 1937, forms a swastika clearly visible from the air every autumn. (via Leviathan)
Strange but true: There is a patron saint of disputed elections, and he is none other than Saint Chad. a seventh-century English bishop.
This just in: Britpop is officially dead, the final nail in its coffin being the closure of Select, the magazine called the Britpop bible. Maybe now the British indie/pop crowd can stop slavishly fetishising the 1960s, put aside their vintage scooters, moptop haircuts and pop art and actually come up with something new.
Run away, run away! Country music enters the web age, with "www.memory", the newest song from country singer Alan Jackson.
The ex-York Mornington Crescent server seems to have gone walkabout; and just when the game was getting interesting. Hope it comes back soon.
AIDS day feedback: Not much of it, except for a comment from a lefty doctrinaire type on a mailing list, and a link to a page which claims that AIDS is not caused by HIV, but rather by drugs, including AZT, and that the AIDS virus theory is perpetuated by the drug industry. A friend of mine knows someone who believes this -- and who has been HIV-positive for over a decade with no sign of AIDS. Curiouser and curiouser.
While I am concerned about issues of importance, I do not have time for dogmatic fundamentalists, be they of the Christian, Marxist or Randroid stripe, or any other. Guess I'll see you in the reeducation camps.