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Archive for July, 2004

Google secrets revealed

Posted by Martin Poulter on 27 July 2004

It appears that the secret behind the success of Google has been revealed …

http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonrank.html

Perhaps the downtime they experienced recently was due to a virus spreading out corn …

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An Intuitive Explanation of Bayesian Reasoning

Posted by Martin Poulter on 23 July 2004

http://yudkowsky.net/bayes/bayes.html

I haven’t read this myself yet, but it sounds like something I would heartily endorse… heck, something I should have done myself.

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Documentaries to watch now you’ve seen Fahrenheit 9/11

Posted by Martin Poulter on 23 July 2004

“Unprecedented” is a documentary about how the Republicans stole the 2000 election. The illegal barring of thousands of black voters – something touched on briefly in F9/11 – is explained in detail. This 2002 film will be given a re-release in the USA in September.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0346091/

“We interrupt this Empire” is made by a group of activists in San Francisco. Mainly it follows the anti-war protests and the biased way they were reported by the media, but sections of the film also deal with many aspects of the war on terror and how it has affected America.

http://cultureshop.org/details.php?code=WITEMP

I haven’t seen “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism” but it’s from the MoveOn organisation that have also brought out some very original anti-Bush TV ads.

http://www.outfoxed.org/

http://www.moveon.org/front/

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Interesting optical illusion

Posted by Martin Poulter on 14 July 2004

http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~moraes/illusion.html

Found by Skip_C after being nearly found by Adam_S. This is a static image: amazingly, there is no animation involved.

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Congratulations, Dan and Damian

Posted by Martin Poulter on 13 July 2004

http://www.spaink.net/fishman/home.html

…on getting a threat of legal action from the Church of Scientology for accidentally hosting a copy of the Fishman Affidavit (a wad of precious Scientology internal documents that escaped onto the net after being entered into a court record in the USA). The link goes to an online copy of the Affidavit that Dutch author Karin Spaink has successfully defended in court.

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Fark: Photoshopping New York Post front-page scoops

Posted by Martin Poulter on 9 July 2004

The PhotoShop Challenge format still has life in it.
Photoshopped newspaper front pages get sucked into a whirlpool of self-reference.

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Rob Manuel – the stuff I’ve made

Posted by Martin Poulter on 9 July 2004

http://www.b3ta.co.uk/

Andrew A points out that Rob Manuel, creator of some of the most twisted things on b3ta.com, has his own site. This illustrates what you can do with an acoustic guitar, many pictures of kittens, Flash games and lots of rude pictures, if you’re a freak.

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An alternative guide to Zen

Posted by Bhagesh Sachania on 9 July 2004

In need of spiritual enlightenment? Look no further. Maharishi Fattifatbastard offers some guidance:

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Michael Moore vindicated?

Posted by Martin Poulter on 8 July 2004

This is the most enjoyable reading I’ve found on the Web all year: accounts of the response to Michael Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11 in its first two weeks of release. It has apparently sold out nearly everywhere it has played, despite many cinemas putting it on extra screens. Almost all the accounts mention standing ovations, crying audiences and people feeling united in outrage at the Bush administration. Lifelong republicans are swearing they will vote against Bush. What’s more, these stories are coming from republican heartlands. Many more stories here.

F911 is on track to be an order of magnitude more successful than Moore’s previous film, “Bowling for Columbine”, which itself was an unprecedentedly successful documentary. Moore gets a lot of criticism from both left and right (heck, maybe only 97% of his claims are true) but the charges that he just preaches to the choir or that he hasn’t made a good (moving, funny, entertaining…) film are looking pretty empty. Yes he does use the popular media in the way that other people disdain, but from this it looks like he actually gets his message across.

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B*tt-plugs

Posted by Martin Poulter on 3 July 2004

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/plugs.php

You make a simple request for customer service, and what do you get?

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