- Lawrence Lessig on Wilco being the future of music – or at least an example of how artists should think about and treat their fan base. Music doesn’t need to be about anything other than artists and fans – who says there needs to be a music industry?
- A virtual island has sold for $26,000 – Its in the in the virtual world of Project Entropia in which you are encouraged to convert real money into virtual dollars. [Source: /.]
- Google Maps is the best thing I have seen on the web in months! – the best thing about it (and there are many) is the cleanness of the maps. They are beautiful. And the arrow keys and double clicking and the balloon with the shadows! Right now my wishlist only includes a way to zoom with the mouse – like dragging a box to zoom.
- 43 Things you want to do in your life – in the vein of del.icio.us, friendster and flickr [Salon]
- New Chip to be used in PS3 could revolutionize entire industry – New chip can utilize underused processing power of other such ships connected via the internet.
- Men and Women may not be equal?! – I wouldn’t think this would be such a controversy nowadays.
- There are no Social Security Experts
- Looks like there will actually some interesting candidates for President in 2008 – John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Joe Biden for the Democrats. Their scariest opponents would be John McCain, Rudolph Giuliani, and (don’t laugh) Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Sound clips from Napoleon Dynamite
- Feature claiming Apple is back! – seems Salon is bit late to the party on this one. (The article includes a link to Kottke.org)
- Apple and the one-button mouse – hasn’t this one been put to rest?
- When bloggers make news. – A rehash of the old journalism vs blogging thread.
- Deciding to eschew actually improving their products North Carolina-based Alvis Coatings, Inc. has decided to sue their customers [sub] for posting criticism on their personal website.
- One down.
- fuckthesouth.com – and a related idea (but less crass?) suggesting we “blue-staters” simply stop caring so much about those “poor, wretched, red-staters.”
- New book covers and uncovers porn stars. Its on Salon.com so its NOT porn.
- The most amazing adaptation I have seen – Can you see the octopus in the video?
- Halliburton admits bribes may have been paid. Just think what they haven’t
been caught doingadmitted to yet.
- Use the Drake Equation to estimate the number of technological civilizations that may exist in the universe. You can use SETI’s formula calculator or a better one from Nova that doesn’t assume prior knowledge of the variables – and is “interactive”. – [Nova: Origins]
Despair.com now seems to have (or maybe they always did) copyright on the demotivational posters that once graced the former aberratum.com. It looks like they actually could make money by selling that crap now.
Here’s a new waste of time for you: dumblaws.com.
Among the dumbest laws:
- It is illegal in Alabama to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
- Boogers may not be flicked into the wind. (also in Alabama)
- Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses in California (whatever that means)
- There also seems to be a few too many cheese-related laws in Wisconsin.
- It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun in New York.
- Also in New York – A license must be purchased before hanging clothes on a clothesline.
The dumbest laws I could find in Minnesota’s books were:
- A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.
- It is illegal to sleep naked.
- All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts.
- Oral sex is prohibited.
- All bathtubs must have feet.
There are even some city-specific laws:
Red cars can not drive down Lake Street
Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays.
You’re not allowed to park your elephant on Main Street.
And no, I am not kidding. If you want even more dumb fun, check out dumbwarnings.com.