The Null Device


This looks really interesting: Alphabet Soup, a Python program which generates randomly strange-looking letterforms from elements and a grammar. Currently it works with fragments of bitmaps, but a vector-based version is planned. (ta, Toby)

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Psychoceramic figures: Ann "invade them, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity" Coulter is at it again. After advocating a new Crusade in the Middle East and war against France (for being too soft on terrorism), she has now addressed the American Conservative Union Foundation calling for the use of the death penalty to intimidate dissenters.

"When contemplating college liberals, you really regret once again that John Walker is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too. Otherwise they will turn out to be outright traitors."

(There you have it, folks: the Taliban, one of the harshest Islamic Fundamentalist groups in the world, are "liberals", or their ideological kindred.) (via FmH)


Are we hardwired for religion? An article on the evolutionary psychology of religion, speculating on how the human tendency to religious belief and supernatural explanation may have evolved. (via FmH)

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For readers in Sydney: Prop are playing at somewhere called The Basement, in Circular Quay, this Friday, along with post-rock outfit Ukiyo-E. Prop are a mind-blowingly good band, and well worth seeing.

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The latest craze among hip young Germans: 1970s terrorist-themed T-shirts, bearing designs associated with groups such as the Red Army Faction and Baader-Meinhof in a "1970s glitter look". Sort of like an edgier version of the Che Guevara merchandise consumed en masse by teeny-bopper Nu Marxists.


The World's Oldest Multinational Corporation: A Catholic high school in Pennsylvania has awarded students extra credit for picketing an abortion clinic. More than 50 students of a religion class earned extra credit for picketing outside a Planned Parenthood clinic. The clinic also offers counselling, cancer screenings and contraceptives.

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