Sunday, December 22, 2002

Internet keepy-uppy, with bizarre pseudo-japanese commentary.

Monday, December 16, 2002

"Pearls Before Swine" is a great comic strip, one of my faves. It appears every day in the Washington Post. All the more surprising, then, that they were able to publish this strip apparently without a garnering any protest from, oh, I dunno, these folks ...

Friday, December 13, 2002

Thanks Shaun, I was eating! Reverse psychology won out. After following that link I think you'd be well served watching this. Mmmmmmm, lesbian implications.
This book appears, at least from the cover art, to be from the creators of Warning: Don't look at at work. In fact, don't look at it at all.
Who says Open Source doesn't produce quality software?

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Look what Google thinks of us. Highlights include:

  • astounding date

  • a grievous and vexing spectacle

  • none other than strollette linda raine

  • the blue cow

  • indispensable to the existence of the elect

  • really unchristian

Interestingly, The Blue Cow appears to be a bar in Singapore and is a suitably oblique reference, so I humbly submit the following as a candidate for the Reprobates logo:

Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive

Thursday, December 05, 2002

Doh! Now I get it - there's no point in signing up for my rapture letter until I've got my ticket!

Wednesday, December 04, 2002

If you're Googling for information on clusters (such as you might find here), then don't do as I did and let your right index finger slip from the "U" key over to the "Y" key and then click the first link that comes up ... because it may look a little like a medical information page at first ... but it isn't ...

Of course, given the topics under consideration here, the name of this book's author is ... strangely appopriate ...

Tuesday, December 03, 2002

Ever twiddled the dial on a short-wave radio? Sure you have. We all know Karlheinz Stockhausen has. But what it is to be made of "the toneless recitation of random strings of numbers" sometimes heard on the shortwave bands, as the much-imitated (and, as noted in reprobates entries passim, often-bettered) Onion referred to it in this article that followed the 2000 Florida election debacle? I remember hearing these stations as a lad, and have occasionally since pondered their meaning, but British newspapers aren't even allowed to cover this topic any more, not that they ever did before, really.

However, Radio Netherlands has a great article about it, and Akin Fernandez's Irdial-Discs has even, if you have $250 to spare and really want to hear this stuff first-hand (or a simulacrum thereof), issued a 4-CD set called "The Conet Project" that also contains an 80-page booklet.

Of course, if you'd rather hear it live (and save yourself $250 and the shelf space occupied by 4 CDs and the accompanying booklet), you could always tune in and hear one of the more durable examples - the Lincolnshire Poacher, presented here courtesy of one Simon Mason. More stuff here.