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This picture explains my belief about the war efforts.
interactive gif from Cursor sort of sums up the reality of our
current political system.
12 Reasons Why The War on Iraq is Wrong and from same writers:
More Gripes About Ari
Frightening Followup to Government's Incredibly Stupid Drug Paraphenalia
Busts (Seems like the government can just take your website whenever it
wants to after you've been charged. No need for a conviction. Just a
Stunning Piece by Kurzweil About The Future of the Body And Related
Piece About the
Future of the Human Body
of Bush Lies
How The United States Could Lose It's Superpower Status Fairly Quickly
(Feels Tabloidly But It's Kinda Cool...)
Throbbing Rocking Acid Jazz
Online Television from the Guerilla News Network (Oliver: Take Notes...)
Fisk About Perfunctory Censorship at the Corporate Media
Predictably Optimistic Piece on Fuel Cells by the Futurepundit
Here's A Guy Who
Isn't As Optimistic About the Hydrogen Economy
The Writer of the Above
Link Runs This Site
very impressive Alan Moore tribute site put out by Jose Carlos Neves.
Check out the gallery and the links. You will need Babelfish though.
New Reviews of
Cory Doctorow's "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" (uncut
version here). And here's a review of
version here) Plus, I think I throw in a few words about the Animatrix.
nice essay about biotech in space. I'm of the opinion that we could
handle space better anyway after 10 years of progress in biotech and nan. By
that time, Highlift could be
ready to go.
Doesn't Work So Well My non Atlantic Monthly opinion? A completely
corrupted democracy mixed in with a corporate media that refuses, and
oftentimes can't, reasonably and responsibly question Power and Capital.
Cool Story About the Evolution of
Gaming Over at Slate
The Bad Boy of Cosmology (Thinks Einstein Got it Wrong)
It's the Oil, Stupid
It's the Privatized Water, Stupid (There are many horrific parts to this
the Oil, Stupid (Part Two)
Hentoff About Our New Hidden Killer Drones In The Sky (Related
Israeli Killer Drone Story...duck when abroad I s'pose...)
It's the Oil, Stupid (Part Three) (And we were kidding about that Democracy
My beautiful and talented half-sister Alicia Shropshire draws stuff!
And by draw, she actually uses these things called...brushes? Chalk? No
Photoshop. Well...I suppose that can be done. I also have a beautiful and talented
half-brother named Christopher but he doesn't draw and apparently he hasn't heard of
blogger yet despite being a sociology major. Alicia can also be seen acting in a very embarassing play, and
by embarassing I mean embarassing to me because I'm such a conservative prude.
(Buy my nudie art!)
In other news:
Creative Commons and Genomics
Ted Rall Piece About College Loan Debacle (China actually listed it as a human rights
Sex Sex Columns Over at Better Humans (I'm working on two pieces Simon hold your horses!)
Over at the Better Humans as well: Environmentalists
Oppose Wind Farms. Two words: Frellin' Insane. You know, we probably don't have to
kill people for fossil fuels. But we need alternative fuels. It's wind. How's that song
go? Making it real compared to what? Compared to fossil fuels?
List of Crazy Shuttle Theories
Pro Globalization Piece by Better
Humans columnist/Marxist James Hughes (sorta)
US Bars Foreign Scientists.
This is not good. Our high tech industries would keel over and die without foreign talent.
We have the talent in this country we simply aren't interested in developing it. We want
dumb consumers, not independent thinking scientists.
Two links about broadband over powerlines, here and here. Lordy let it
be true. Competition at last...
Have An Extra Gene Mutation
Stem Cell Advance
No Sweatshops for Schools
is part of what was covered up at the UN. Picasso's anti-war painting
What Mars Used to Look Like With Water
Weird Purple Streak (Tinfoil Hat Speculation: Alien Blue Light Fire and/or
Easterbrook Article at Time (Dismantle the Shuttle)
Commentary Over At Quark Soup (Dismantle the Shuttle even more...!)
probably right. Nuclear powered ships are better. But can we please not use the shuttle?
Let's wait ten years for that space elevator
fellas. No messy radioactive residue from Blue Light Alien Fire explosions, please.
There's also a must listen at
Democracy Now, which goes into warnings that NASA ignored, how the shuttle may have
been carrying radioactive ingredients and a spokesman from the group Space 4 Peace, which apparently is not related to Peace for Space. I agree that sending nuclear
materials into space with current propulsion tech is a bad idea. But I didn't agree that
we shouldn't colonize Mars! I've stated my Leftists for Space
position here. In fact, noted 3 River Tech
punching bag Glenn Reynolds noted it recently. Thanks Glenn, he said through a great
knashing of teeth. I'm going to have to call or email Democracy Now and offer to be That
Crazy Leftist for Space Exploration.
This is truly science fictional.
(thanks Die Puny Humans). I look at this and I feel future shocked. Just stir in some
jetpacks, the aircars and My Name...Is...Neo! Keep in mind that this is just the initial
crappy version. You'll have stealth mode in a few years. It looks like it could be a kind
of art. I could buy seven of these and flash continuous montages of my art, websites,
Moving Ideas is
another fine American Prospect publication. It looks to provide deep background facts
and figures from what I can tell.
Yet Another Rifkin
Pro Hydrogen Piece
a nightmarish piece about how Hydrogen could be centralized and fueled by gas, nuclear
fission and coal. No wonder Bush likes it.
(Quark Soup) on How Science Can Save the World
a comprehensive piece by the Etc. Group about how Nan Might Destroy the World. (Dismantle
those assemblers...if ever they're built.) The paper has a very poetic band name by the
way. "Ladies and Gentlemen, from Luddite Europe, they don't believe in electric amps,
the devil's tongue, so listen hard...And let's get really small for 'The Big Down'!"
And Now For
Something Completely Different: Terry Jones Takes on the Silly Pro-War Parties....Ok,
we lose Hitchens, but we get Terry Jones? It's a fair cop. (Thanks Oliver)
A site, long overdue, that ties together trends
in technology and social justice. Thanks Sassafrass. (For example: The American Left should support the Open
Spectrum Movement, and wifi,
and broadband competition...)
Related Molly Ivins Piece on our
Ton of good stories from Daily Wireless, or Wi Fi
News which I refuse to update:
Why Wi Fi is the Way
of the Rising Strength of the Chinese Hi Tech Sector
Another National Summary of Wi Fi Progress
Piece With This Great Line:
"The Revolution Will Be Blogged"
short film from the Animatrix has been released. It's impressive. More over at Majic 12.
Short version: This is the Al Jazeera maybe we had it coming version. People are
bad. A lot of the robots look like our friend below. Geoff must be story boardin' again.
It's very good, intense.
Pittsburgh protests were pretty successful. You get 5000 people out on a cold wintry
day...That's organizin'. By the way, the photos and stories come by way of Pittsburgh Indy
Media. I'm beginning to like them more and more everyday. They need funding though and
professionals. Also: some of those folks laid out in the cold for three hours. I use
to canvass in zero degree weather but I had to keep moving. That looks rough...It should
be noted that the completely sold out corporate paper, Scaife's Tribune Review, didn't
seem fit to mention the protest on its front pages. Channel 4 and the Post Gazette did a
much better job.
Everybody Must Get Cloned
Dorgan Believes in Hydrogen (Even if the Future of
Now Seems to be Hybrids, sellin' like hotcakes, as predicted by pinko
lefties for years now...Thank God we're ceding this business to the
Okay, this is absolutely the best cover of
Zappa's "Peaches En Regalia". The band is called Oucho Sparks and if you check out
their downloads it's a pretty
ambitious band. I guess that would be par for a band that does the very
challenging Zappa covers.
Addin' some sites: Union of Concerned Scientists, Gravity Blog (Said some nice things
Better Humans Piece and has some news on a
Philippe Druillet project.), Defense
Tech.org, and Behind the Homefront
There's a great new Vonnegut interview
(thanks Atrios) over at In These Times. I have never forgotten the lesson of the foma.
And I have always yearned to be in the man's karass.
New Wired is out. The essential stories include: very good yet disturbing
Bruce Sterling piece about a networked riot in Florence Italy, interview with Robert
Preston about bio-plagues, review of new Gibson novel
by fellow Mirrorshades alumnus and pal (is that ethical?) Rudy Rucker,
...the very scary
genetically altered supermouse, and why Kazaa is still kicking when
Napster went belly up (short version: multinational decentralization, tax havens and
ruthless planning...), oh, don't forget to be frightened by very scary New Mutant photo of
Kazaa head Nikki Hemming.
Walking Bots (Look: some of us really really want the walking bots mixed in with Peta Wilson...got
it? Let's get to work fellas...)
Speaking of the Matrix, not only will the two films
be coming out this year, but there's a compilation of intense anime shorts being prepared
called What is the Animatrix. Check out the Superbowl and the Animatrix clips here.
The evil AIs who run the site won't let you link to pages, so you have to search them out.
And oh yeah: They're still doing comics over at the site as well. The above is the work of
the great artist Geoff Darrow.
And back to Philippe. The Larch.
Now, here's a science blog that Virginia Postrel, Mother
of Satan, likes. Last time, I took link advice from Virginia I was introduced to the Great Rationalizer of Republican Evil. Well, let's give it a try.
Technical Yet Interesting Post About Possible
Here's more on why Nanosys could be the
next big thing. It looks like Nanosys
might be the closest players to using Nan to make Solar cheap and affordable. That means
we wouldn't have to kill anybody in Iraq, unless you're evil, greedy oilmen who have
hijacked the leadership of the most powerful nation on Earth, of course. And here's more
about their company. The PDF
reproduces a Nan tech letter for free that usually goes for $50.
Here's List of DMCA Evils (Plenty to Go Around)
Anti-War Poetry From Counterpunch
Assessment of Pro Choice Realities
Speaking of choice, new Get Your War On comics are oddly
Here's one from Indy Alt Press
Veterans. If Indy Media ever gets funding, then this is what it should strive for.
NPR rant from Sam Smith. Check out the articulate line about what propaganda is.
I actually found all kinds of versions of Peaches En
Regalia MP3s done by other bands. Here's a version from a Philly band called Aftershock--they've
got the Mahavishnu lineup...(!). Here's another band's version. The
band is called Bogus Pomp. In fact, they have a whole damn page of Zappa covers.
And no I don't think Barking Pumpkin sends out a lot of "Cease and Desist"
orders. Speaking of the official Zappa page,
that's here. They usually have a Zappa tune in the background.
Here are some interesting pics from Saturday's
And there's this:
I thought the best commentary came from Max Sawicky, who was there. He
takes two devastating shots at Instapundit here and here. And Atrios takes a shot at Glenn
as well, always good fun. And Oliver, bloggin' up a storm lately as befits his
celebrity status, takes on the ANSWER Smearers.
Meanwhile, back at the Transhumanist Future, James
Hughes has written a very
compelling piece over at Better Humans. He too is pushing the correct idea that
technology thrives in democratic societies. He actually elaborates on this more in this
essay. (My Fave line: "avante garde minorities.") Like me, James is also a
charter member of the Ministry of Extraneous and Ironic Links. Check out his Pac Man link.
It's not nearly as cool as my "Brotherhood of Evil Mutants" link the week
before, but hey, we can't all be gifted.
Also at Better Humans:
Democracy Uses Internet Voting (They already have direct democracy...need to look at
(computer art by Le Phil' Shropshire)
My evil cousin Todd Jackson (seen above), who will
cut off his left nipple
lactate to write for Front Page, is some sort of Bizarro world political
version of myself ("Me Am Far Right Wing Conservative Pundit and me know Horowitz am
decent guy....!"). But just because you're a neo-fascist that doesn't mean that
you can't write well, as James Lileks proves to us everyday. Check out Todd's intense poetry.
Dr. Seuss Advertising Art (Was He Channeling Future Biotech ads...hmmmm
"More Human Than Human" Indeed)
Like Magneto, the Transtopians know a war is coming and they
know what side they're on...
My New Red
Hour Orgy column is up at Better Humans. (Link here for appropriately geeky Star Trek allusion.) Simon
actually made my piece better with his editing--I'm far too
egotistical to admit that often--but here's a good line that made the Big Time. For the
right effect, imagine something triumphal in the background like Zappa's "Peaches En
Regalia" and my voice rising in pitch:
fact, I'm of the firm belief that for the Transhumanist dream to ever be fully realized,
there has to be the creation of a new cultural and constitutional framework to contain it.
As a result of this, we may find that the most important contribution to the world that
Transhumanists could make -- by way of new constitutions, new countries, new discoveries,
even new ways of living -- is not just a self-directed evolution of the body, but of the body
edited out these bits:
Hail Ceasar! Khan Will Rise Again!
Kneel Before Zod!
A number of good stories at MIT
Interview with Pro Biotech Guy Gregory Stock
Emerging Technologies, plus long analysis from Future Pundit
At Wired: Power Lines might work at
delivering broadband. Had seen mixed results on this. Would be a great boost for
broadband in the United States.
At Edge: All the responses to this question
(A fake email from President George Bush asking for scientific advice, as opposed to the
more realistic inquiry of how to suppress revolutionary change...Oh, I've got a few things
to tell him...) were interesting. But
I thought Ray Kurzweil provided the best answer.
Here's an interesting profile of Indian software giant
Couple of good stories from Daily
Broadband costs so much, FCC
Censorship, and a
roundup of Public Telco projects
Nope. There's not enough Phillippe Druillet
on the Internet.
Cory Doctorow just released his first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, online
for free. That's free. Now that's walking the walk...Some of us cowar--, uhh,
"interested observers" will see how this works and also take another look at the
Creative Commons license.
William Gibson, or his Artificial Construct, now has a blog. For those of you complete
drooling illiterates who haven't heard of him, I strongly recommend Burning Chrome,
because I think he wears better in shorter bursts. I'm also shocked, just shocked (You
mean...the president lies!?) to report that his blog features Heavyweight
"Afterward, walking back to my hotel along one of the safer
thoroughfares crossing the heroin-drifted maze of the Barrio Chino (you can tell them
because they have lights, Christmas decorations, and policemen) I wished that I had been
able to more clearly describe, for Alberto, the level of technology that this
book/PDA/download business has always conjured up for me.
The Borgesian meta-library contains a copy of every book ever written, but my
dream-artifact is already, and always, every book every written, on demand -- yet feels,
looks, and even smells exactly like an ordinary hardcover book. Only the content is
protean. That simple. The end of the world as we know it, and a good read every single
Tale of Maverick Biotech, Fluent in Several Fields, Is
Plan To Oust Saddam That Doesn't
Require Mass Genocide
Logic Breaks through the Gates: Electrolite
Returns Its Comments
But I'll Be Back Posting in January...2004!
There Something to this Rechargeable Car Story?
Power company claims 80 percent efficiency (current rate is 17 percent or so...). I
think this is fake. Was fooled by the Entropic Energy company. Not this time. I'm older
and wiser now. Besides, my favorite pie-in-the-sky company remains BlackLight Power. And if the technology doesn't work, they
can always trademark it as a pedestrian Jazz Rock band name.
Speaking of unteneble and highly dubious tech claims,
I was over at American Antigravity dotcom
and found these
silly ass interesting companies. I'm going to let The
Supervillain Troupe of Players Introduce these wondrous new products, must haves for any
decent Lair of Evil mind you...
"Die Puny Humans (!), bow before the unmatched might of my Vortex
Thruster! Bhahahaha etc..."
"What's that Mister Fantastic? You mock me? Then tremble before the
glory and power that is the Lifter 4...! And
yes I think a war for oil is perfectly reasonable, although I do admire Saddam's methods,
I mean, here in Latvia blah blah blah"
Goldfinger sez: "Ahhh, Mr. Bond, of course I
support a war with Iraq and I don't think that George Bush is a dumb man. And wait until
you see my nefarious plans for Personal
Flight Systems...No I don't expect to show you the product Mr. Bond, I expect you to
(Separated at Birth?)
"Yeah, well I see your little joke. Har har. How humorous. I think there's a
difference between myself, The Great Rationalizer of Republican Evil and General Zod.
Afterall, General Zod never offered an intelligent rationale for his conquest of the
Planet Houston. Where, in Iraq, who we're going to smoke (unless they have weapons
of mass destruction, which they shouldn't, because we want the invasion to be fun n' easy,
besides, nobody lies to us...We're the good guys...), it's uh, well, let me take my Hovercraft over to Zod's so I can clarify my
now for something completely different: Hot Stick Figure Porn Action!
the Sinister Doc Menlo's Sensual Liberation Army)
Have a Happy New Year From The
Good Folks at Three River Tech Review! (It's Got To Be Better Than Last Year, Possible
Nuclear Exchanges Notwithstanding...)
By the way, those guys in the
space suits will probably be European if the EU has its way. Check
out this site and this invaluable
checklist of technologies that could aid space travel.
Yet Another Great Kurt Nimmo
Piece About How The Government Could Attempt to Subvert the Net (Bonus points: check
out his throwaway reference to a great Joe Haldeman book...) Also: Good Piece Over At Counterpunch. He Also
Has A Cool Blog Called Another Day in the Empire
Atrios Has Insulted Pejman Pundit (implying that
he's a nimrod and a partisan hack, well-known truths..).You Are Hereby Permalinked!
Photo of Catpower Lead Vocalist Chan Marshall:
You must check out this MP3. It's
beautiful. It's called He War. Note the Haunting "Hey Hey Heys" near the
middle of the piece...You must listen! You must! There are also other new posts over at my
long undisturbed Majic 12 Blog...
Project Where Computers Are Built For Every Schoolkid
New Genetically Engineered
Protato Developed By Indian Biotechs (Not clear, but it looks nonproprietary and has no
multinational development behind it...)
Here's My Debut Column at Better Humans
Don Hazen's Depressing Year in
Justifiers Have A Political Message By the Way: "They Believe, They Judge, They
Kill"...Now, who would that describe...? I'm continuing in the vein of great comics
artists. Jack Kirby This Week,
Steve Ditko last week...
Took The Science Fiction Test And I'm Ursula LeGuin, Who Recently Led A Peace March in Seattle...Must
Ursula, by the way, is a stunningly great writer. Find
her incredible fictional denunciation of the Vietnam War The
Word For World is Forest (Anthologized in Dangerous Visions) and I also recommend her
creepy erudite anthology of science fiction stories: The
A Few From Future Pundit: Homegrown Kidneys (If
it can be replicated easily, no more transplants...) and a nice post about Human Life
A Related Note: New Science Blog Debuts
China Racing To Become Leader
in Genomic Research
(What? Isn't the Kass Commission Wisely Attempting
to Stop Them As Well?)
On Related Note: Dopey
Anti-Science, Anti-Intellectual Kass Commission Works to Countervail Important Stanford
Update: From New Better Humans Website...
Leon Kass Wants You To Die
Osama May Already
Have Suitcase Nukes (From Indispensable Unknown News)
United States Wrecks Efforts For Poor Countries To Get Cheap AIDs Drugs
(Reason 45,673 as to Why They Hate Us,
Great Follow The Money Site From The Guy or Gal
Red Herring Piece
on Plastics Rising
That Biotech Could Be Used for
Nefarious Ends (duh)
(Haven't These Guys Ever Read Ribofunk (Paul Di Filippo)
or even Egan's "The
Great Classic Steve Ditko Cover
Which Is Inarguably About
Total Information Awareness
Note: Comics Journal Blog Not Just Best Comics Blog, But a Great Blog, period.
Harry Potter Seen Through India's
Interesting Debate Between
Pro Open Source and Anti
Open Source Side at Conservative and Objectively Pro Global Warming Mag Tech Central
Left Answer to Right Wing Think
(Now if they could only get a network of their own...)
Ivan Illich, of
Deschooling Society Fame and one of my Heroes, Has Passed Away
Story About IMF Screwing Two
Poor Countries (Robot Wisdom) And It's About Water Privatization Again
(Gawd the US is Evil)
Gets Interrogation From Secret Service After
Wearing Anti Bush
(Gawd the US is Evil Part 2)
Great Interview With
Artist Micah Wright
Speaking of Foreigners (Other
Than Iraqi Kids) We Have To Kill...
Conflicting Views Toward US Role
(Am Strongly leaning toward Blame America First Because
Of Our Sponsored Coup Attempt the First Time)
Blame America First
Blame America First Three
Goddam' Commies or Homegrown American
Pravda Writer Glenn Links To This Perspective
Nice Followup on
Rifkin's Hydrogen Age
Have Mixed Feelings About This
Story About Increase in Female Fighters
Nice Essay About How Easy It Is To
(Read Above Story About How Principal Admired The
Kids Who Turned in Anti-Bush T-shirt Boy For Proof)
Great Alternet Story on Solar
Which Also Includes Cool
Links Here and Here
Media is Approved!
(I tried to do this but apparently you have to be a
Yet Another Great Pittsburgh Site
Called Element 5
Two Cool Links From Element: A Page on Ocean Thermal Energy Converter
(OTEC) And Fictional
Feminist Future of Biotech Page...Interesting
Farscape Fans (And I'm
Frellin' one of them) Have Raised Enough Money
For Their Own Commercial
To Your Orwellian Nightmarish Future
Sawicky Post on Trent Lott Brouhaha
Deep Think Piece About Economics and Eugenics
Piece About Black White Hat Cracker
Tuvalu Is Sinking: But
Don't Worry Global Warming Isn't Real
Critical Piece on Clear
Farscape Fans (And I'm
Frellin' one of them) Have Raised Enough Money
For Their Own Commercial
About How Planet Hunting Tech Could Create An Internet That's 100 Times As Fast
Good Declan Column About
Variety of Cool Topics
The Men Who Sold The Moon
(Interesting story (with nice Bowie reference) about the potential commercialism of the
moon and note final graphs: It's the constitution, stupid! Must build a better one before
going to space...!)
Amnesty Report About American Companies That Aid
Chinese Censorship ("You will sell us the
Deconstructed Turnaround Interview With AP By Indy Media
Huxley Piece About Propaganda in a Democratic Society
Devastating and Probably
Accurate Critique of the Democratic Party
Memory Increases Mean You
Could Start Recording Every Second of Your Life
(IBM Futurist Predicted This Would Be Practical Right When Terabyte Memory Becomes
Approachable...Time is Near...)
Lifeboat's Save Humanity Plan
Related Story: Dems Losing
Money Battle ("When people have a choice between a Republican and a Republican,
they choose the Republican...")
Wealthy Genius Elon
Musk (Still Sounds Like a Heinlein character...) Attempts to Build a Rocket
Cringely On Surprising
Microsoft Declaration That P2P Will Win
Several Interesting Posts By Futurepundit On Life Extension, Retinal Replacement,
And The Tongue As a