01-15 May, 2002

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 1, 2002

Category: Uncategorized

This entry was posted on
Wednesday, May 1st, 2002
at
9:03 am and is filed
under Uncategorized.

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Date
20020501
Mustard Man II
Time
09:03
(DAY THREE)

Grand things are happening on the Mustard Man front. The first thing I noticed this morning was the top search result for ‘Mustard Man’ in Google. Dog bless them and their daily indexing. There’s more, but I have to dig through my email first, m’kay?

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Date
20020501

Time
09:11
Mustard Man rated 33 on Daypop before slipping off the charts. It’s currently #34 on Blogdex. We will find him, I know it in my heart.

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Date
20020501

Time
09:13
Check out this special event on the weekend of May 18-19. And it’s in a good cause, too. How touching.

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Date
20020501
Flash Games
Time
09:20
If you’re into Lego, check out Junkbot (as blogged by the lovely Firda).

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Date
20020501

Time
09:33
The following wonderful people have supported us in our search for Mustard Man.

Fark

insignifica.org

chime.tv

toddfederman.com

Off On a Tangent

Juul!

Rankfish

The Ultimate Insult

bigsky.tk

Links are also coming in from about a dozen forums and message boards. Word is spreading. It’s only a matter of time, now…

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Date
20020501

Time
09:44
Snopes: the TV series. You know it makes sense. I’ve had to present fellow workers and webbers with a necessary clue-by-four in the form of a Snopes URL so many times it boggles the mind. Urban legends are not only seductive, they’re damn persistant. Having this kind of information fed to the masses via everyone’s favourite noisebox just has to happen. Please support it any way you can.

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Date
20020501
ITV: DOA
Time
11:07
For those of you who missed it.

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Date
20020501

Time
11:49
Feeling discombobulated? You need a culmative, or maybe one of these breakthrough medical devices

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Date
20020501
Christianity Watch
Time
11:53
Join the Jesus Massive, also known as the SWAT Team for Christ.

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Date
20020501
Photoshopping
Time
11:55
This is an outstanding thread over at Fark. Words don’t begin to do it justice.

(Look out, it’s a big download…)

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Date
20020501
Groovy Movies
Time
12:28
Funny. Very, very funny. (AVI file)

Yet another classic courtesy of punchbaby.com

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Date
20020501

Time
12:38
Nintendo is recruiting gamers to play all day, every day – for $100 a day – as part of a special summer promotion. Not a bad job, so long as your thumbs hold out for the duration.

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Date
20020501

Time
12:44
Have fun being an air traffic controller. Coffee, Speed and No-Doze not supplied.

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Date
20020501
May Day
Time
12:46
From urban75.com comes 15 Reasons To Be Angry. If this gets you worked up enough to get your skates on and get into town with the rest of the soap-dodgers, then please take the time to read the following legal advice. Looking at my watch, I can see that the Mayday in Mayfair event is just about to start.

Hmm, I can’t help but wonder how this one will turn out, especially considering what happened last year. You can tell that even Ananova are just waiting for something exciting to happen. After all, it has been a pretty slow news day so far.

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Date
20020501
May Day (Again)
Time
13:15
No TV? Watch the police milling about in Oxford St, waiting for trouble live on webcam.

I’m hoping this dog will put in an appearance.

[UPDATE – The webcam I linked to above is suffering from a heavy load today. Funny that. Here’s a whole bunch of alternatives to help you follow the action in London.)

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Date
20020501

Time
14:30
10 things you should learn before you leave school.

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Date
20020501

Time
14:47
The Dallas Morning News doesn’t like it when people deeplink – so, in the spirit of May Day

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Date
20020501

Time
14:55
Football, soccer, whatever you want to call it, it’s a sport for wimps. You want a man’s game? Try Aussie Rules.

John Hopoate, eat your heart out!

(If you enjoy this story, pop on over to the related Fark thread).

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Date
20020501

Time
15:47
When Mark Shuttleworth returns from space, everybody dress in Ape suits.

Pass it on.



It’s an old gag, BTW. You’ll find this short rundown of the original variants particularly informative and amusing.

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Date
20020501
Mayja Vu
Time
15:55
IndyMedia reports that 2,000 protestors are hemmed in at Trafalgar Square. The BBC webcam is mysteriously whited out, and the Camvista version is offline too. Earthcam is ‘temporarily offline for scheduled maintenance’. Yeah, and I bet I know who scheduled it. One can’t help but feel a little paranoid when this kind of thing happens…

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Date
20020501

Time
16:48
Attention, busy executives!

You can now enjoy Hamlet as a Powerpoint Presentation over a cup of coffee, and still have time to give your secretary a good seeing to before lunch.

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Date
20020502

Time
07:50
I caught our 4 year old, Jack, looking at a book waaaay after bedtime last night.

“Jack, you know you’re not supposed to be reading!”

“Dad, you know I can’t read!”

Ah, Yes. Touché…

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Date
20020502

Time
07:55
Angry parents demanded the resignation of a California high school vice principal Tuesday because she lifted the skirts of teenage girls at a dance in front of men and male classmates to make sure they were wearing “appropriate” underwear. Also on CNN, those robots in disguise, Transformers, are making a comeback. No, the two stories are not interchangeable… (but if you like, you may now take a quick peak down your own trousers and check for mechanical parts or sensible underpants – if you have both, good for you).

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Date
20020502

Time
08:01
Deep Throat may finally be named. About a week after Linda Lovelace leaves us. Could one of the oldest jokes in politics be truer than anybody dared to believe?

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Date
20020502

Time
08:07
This is ‘the very best that the Internet has to offer’?

You might want to chip in and vote in the upcoming Webby Awards, even if a lot of the nominations are pretty lame. Yes, even All Your Base is there. The members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences obviously don’t get out much.

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Date
20020502

Time
08:13
I love the web. In fact, there are days when I could just kiss my monitor. Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to present the Velvet Elvis art collection.

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Date
20020502

Time
08:15
Bloggage will be light from here until about late afternoon. London awaits.

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Date
20020502
Flash Games
Time
15:36
It’s time to look outside the blue square.

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Date
20020502

Time
16:05
May Dog bless my wife and keep her. She went out on a special trip today to secure a cold six-pack of Victoria Bitter (not an easy thing to do around here). For those not in the know, Fosters is regarded as the equivalent of cat’s piss in Australia. Up and down the eastern seaboard, the drink of the working clarses (oh, I say) is VB – and with good reason. They changed the name of the UK import for a while here, as the poms thought ‘bitter’ meant ‘bitter’. It doesn’t in this case. VB is the lager of choice for Aussie east-coasters, be you from NSW or Victoria (Queensland being a separate nation unto itself). On this, at least, these two small country town conglomerates can agree.

I have a cold can right next to me now. The sun is shining. All is right with the world. Halle(hic)lujah!

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Date
20020503

Time
08:38
Australian prostitutes worn out by US sailors had to close up shop for a cup of tea, a Bex and a good lie down. In a completely unrelated story, 55 gallons of goat semen has been found abandoned in a US nature preserve .

[UPDATE – That boat full of US sailors is now headed for Tasmania.]

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Date
20020503

Time
08:44
It could happen!

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Date
20020503

Time
08:53
Warning: Importing.dbx files from a backup CD really, really screws up Outlook Express (as the buggers are classified as ‘read only’). Here’s the fix. Now to try and recover all of those ‘lost’ folders. Ho-hum.

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Date
20020503

Time
08:56
Hollywood froths at the mouth, fearing a Napster-style movie trade.

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Date
20020503
Mustard Man II
Time
09:31
(DAY FOUR)

Could this be Mustard Man? I’ve heard from three people so far who insist that it is. We’ll see what proof I can dig up…

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Date
20020503

Time
10:34
Prosecutors said they will drop assault charges against a man who scuffled with two teenage boys he found hiding in his 13-year-old daughter’s bedroom closet. At 4a.m., no less.

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Date
20020503

Time
10:39
There’s a very popular link doing the rounds suggesting that the Simpsons may be axed. It would appear, however, that Matt Groening was mis-quoted. To the cynical, it may even appear that he just has a very clever publicist.

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Date
20020503

Time
11:58
Is HIV really the cause of AIDS? These people don’t seem to think so.

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Date
20020503

Time
12:02
Meet Jakob Nielsen’s fan club.

(A groovy link, as blogged by Smuj.)

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Date
20020503
Yet Another Lame Quiz
Time
12:08
How would you die in a horror movie?

Hmm, I’m not sure – but in my dream it always starts with the damn torch going on the fritz. By the way, if you ever hear scary music in the basement – GET THE HELL OUTTA THERE!

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Date
20020503

Time
12:56
According to this article, horses can’t vomit.

I beg to differ.

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Date
20020503
History Revised
Time
13:27
Some good work on this theme over at SomethingAwful.com, showing that they can come close to the sublime material at Fark. From time to time.

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Date
20020503

Time
15:09
Well, there’s something you don’t see every day – at least not here. I live in a nice little village out in the sticks. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. We all get along – most of the time. This afternoon, a team of tramps moved in (right outside the local off-licence, as it happens). They don’t have a dog on a piece of string, but they are bugging every local who walks by for spare change. I’m used to being confronted like this in London, but most of the locals don’t know how to react. It’s going to be very interesting watching how this pans out.

[UPDATE – The police came and moved them along quietly and firmly after about an hour. I’m sure it would have happened faster were it not the day after local council elections…]

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Date
20020503

Time
16:29
I’m just now opening the 2nd can from that six-pack of Victoria Bitter. Again, the sun is shining. I’m hoping that if I ration the beer, the weather will hold out.

PS – Thanks go to Adam, who pointed out that he gets to enjoy Victoria Bitter in the sun most days – living as he does erm, in Melbourne, Victoria. I’m not sure it quite classifies as living, though…

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Date
20020506

Time
08:19
I honestly can’t tell you how happy I am that the French chose the crook over the Nazi. Even if Chirac is an arrogant bastard and a notorious fish-nuker.

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Date
20020506

Time
08:29
Yeah, I know it’s a Bank Holiday – but some of us have work to do. Besides, everybody knows that it’s going to rain all day today. I’d much rather work today and take Wednesday off when the sun comes out.

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Date
20020506

Time
08:34
A homeless graffiti artist is facing felony charges for writing the name ‘Jesus’ (and/or drawing a little fishie) all over a US town. Maybe they can give him a burger with the works and dig up a case for copyright infringement as well.

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Date
20020506

Time
08:40
Poking around the web, I can see that – apart from a cynical release or two – not a lot is being done to mark the 1st anniversary of Douglas Adams’ death (this coming Saturday, May 11th). I shall have to see what I can do to correct this oversight…

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Date
20020506

Time
15:13
The suddenly-popular suicide bombing game now has a slightly-slower-to-load mirror. My advice is to save a copy to your hard drive before it disappears into the ether.

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Date
20020506

Time
15:17
Swear your head off and win big prizes!

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Date
20020506
The Dotcom Goldrush Dustpile
Time
15:19
Ever find yourself wondering where all the money went?

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Date
20020506

Time
16:46
OK, I wrapped up my work at about 3:00pm – which gave me ample time to do this:

What Are You Doing On May the 11th?

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Date
20020506

Time
18:17
It’s not turning out to be good week for the far right. The Dutch right-wing politician Pim Fortuyn has been shot dead, according to the latest media reports.

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Date
20020506

Time
18:18
I just don’t get this. Ann Winterton, the Conservative shadow Rural Affairs Minister, has been sacked for telling a racist joke in a rugby club. In a rugby club! It just doesn’t make sense.

Why in heavens name would they allow a woman into a rugby club?

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Date
20020507

Time
08:43
A chap named Steve emailed regarding yesterday’s comments about women being permitted in rugby clubs, pointing out that his club, and many others, had women’s teams that ‘kick ass’. Erm, it was a joke, Steve.

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Date
20020507

Time
08:47
You’ve no doubt read or heard about the man who stole more than $20,000 worth of rare comic books, including a rare copy of the first issue of The Amazing Spider Man. Well, I’m sorry, but this story has more heart. And explosives.

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Date
20020507

Time
09:09
I don’t know how often you see this kind of thing over in the US, but in Australia and the UK we get a lot of Merkin ads that have been dubbed with local voice artists. Inevitably, they end up looking like a cross between a commercial and a bad kung-fu movie. One of the latest examples of this has been the Tampax ad where the hapless and hungry guy (who turns up for a date and does his best to eat his girlfriend out of house and home while she hurriedly gets ready), mistakes a conveniently wrapped tampon for candy. A new one that’s just gone to air, for Nivea deodorant, has yet another girl running late for her date and features the same shoddy V/O dubbing – with the same female V/O artist. If she’s not careful, she’s going to be stereotyped as the voice of hastily applied feminine hygiene.

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Date
20020507

Time
09:10
As sure as God made little green apples, he needed to create some kind of demand for them. Right?

No? OK, how about some candy instead?

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Date
20020507

Time
10:21
Hulk SMASH! There’s been a few links around lately for the online trailers for HULK: The Movie which reminded me of a little URL I’ve had floating around for a few weeks now. Ah, me – to blog or not to blog, that is the question…

Oh, OK, what the hell – but remember, this link is soooooooooo not safe for work. Hell, I wouldn’t even look at it whilst eating lunch if I were you. Check out this extremely twisted tribute to She-Hulk.

[UPDATE – Oh, looky. I’ve popped over to test the URL and all of the links to these highly questionable images are failing today. And here was me fretting about it all. Ho-hum. Drop by and visit another time if you must, but take my advice and don’t put the URL in your ‘favorites’ folder. It’s the kind of thing that can easily be misconstrued…]

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Date
20020507

Time
10:32
Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter has been asked to leave Cambodia voluntarily.

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Date
20020507

Time
10:40
Now that’s a badge worth wearing.

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Date
20020507
Old Links
Time
15:08
She’s a chestnut all right, but you’d be surprised how many people without a high-bandwidth connection between their left and right lobes fail this classic test.

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Date
20020507

Time
15:11
Investment guru Warren Buffett assures us that a nuclear terrorist attack on American soil is “virtually a certainty”. This other site has some interesting things to say about Canadians. Yes, I do believe there’s a connection.

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Date
20020507

Time
21:00
A woman arranged the theft of her computer in a faked home invasion in a misguided attempt to stem her boyfriend’s thirst for Internet porn.

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Date
20020507

Time
21:57
Firda is expanding. I told her to cut back on the duckburgers.

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Date
20020508

Time
07:12
Ladies and gentlemen, I await final confirmation, but I do believe that we have located Mustard Man. Confidence is high. I repeat; confidence if high. Watch this space.

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Date
20020508

Time
07:15
This has to be a joke, but at least it’s a tasteless one. Somebody has started an online petition protesting against director Peter Jackon’s ‘decision’ to name the LOTR sequel “The Two Towers” – and therein lies the subtle clue that yes, it must be a joke. Either that or our schools have well and truly failed us.

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Date
20020508

Time
07:31
Nice try, loser.

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Date
20020508

Time
07:36
A lot of role-playing forums seem to be linking to bloggerheads these days. Perhaps someone can tell me why.

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Date
20020508

Time
07:43
If you’re wondering where the promised case study for The MASH Quiz is, please let me assure you that it is on the way. Soon. One day.

At the moment, I can’t write it up because vastly differing – and evolving – results are still coming in. The little bugger spread from weblogs to forums a few weeks ago, and it’s still being ‘discovered’ by a new communities. Being the No. 5 result in Yahoo for the search query ‘MASH’ might have something to do with this, of course…

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Date
20020508

Time
07:51
Hollywood wishes to secede from Los Angeles – and they want to take their sign with them.

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Date
20020508
Life Imitates Ant
Time
07:55
(Well, bees, actually.)

Remember that ad for X-box with the buzzing, beating, musical insects? Well…

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Date
20020508
Star Wars Watch
Time
08:02
For those of you who really, really can’t wait another 10 days, here’s some poor quality bootleg footage that will surely only spoil the greater pleasure of seeing it all for the first time on the big screen. I saw an advance pirate of ROTJ and it ruined the film for me. This being the case, it was easy for me to resist the temptation – even with the Yoda fight footage on offer. How about you?

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Date
20020508

Time
10:55
You may remember the story we linked to a few weeks ago, where a woman was charged with ‘assault on a peace officer’ for throwing her cat at a policeman. Strangely enough, we can go one better today. A suspected robber has been accused of throwing his 1½-year-old son at a police dog to stop the dog from chasing him.

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Date
20020508

Time
10:59
Sometimes required reading can be very entertaining. If you’ve ever been frustrated by the dimwitted automatons that always seems to get jobs in bookshops, then have a read of this. Investigative journalism at its best.

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Date
20020508

Time
11:33
If you’ve read my article concerning questionable opt-in tricks, then you’ll have a pretty good idea of how much this titbit tickles me:

Egg have been regularly and repeatedly sending emails to those who have clearly opted out of receiving junk from them, with a message along the lines of; “Look, we know you opted out, but are you really sure you don’t want any emails from us? I mean, we have some pretty good deals an’ all.”

Netimperative has the story.

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Date
20020508

Time
14:05
This is really weird. I’m in touch with not one, but two gentlemen who claim to be the man behind the mustard. I can’t publish my findings until this whole thing is cleared up, so please be patient. I know who is he is, I just don’t know which.

[UPDATE – A third Mustard Man has just entered the frey. This one can’t even spell his ‘own’ name, but it is getting very confusing…]

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Date
20020509
Paws
Time
07:27
An oldie, but a goodie. As the blurb goes: “When cats walk or climb on your keyboard, they can enter random commands and data, damage your files, and even crash your computer”. Pawsense is a special bit of software that can detect cat-typing and block it before it does any serious damage. Right, like this is is going to stop one of the most evil and ruthless creatures in the world from destroying your hard drive….

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Date
20020509
Laws
Time
07:35
Of the dumb variety.

In Australia, bars are required to stable, water and feed the horses of their patrons – and presumably not makes jokes along the lines of “Why the long face?”

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Date
20020509
Santa Claus
Time
07:43
Oh dear God, I’m blind! This is a concept so basic, so simple, and yet so evil – I simply can’t bring myself to describe it. I’ll just give you the URL and let you work it out for yourself:

www.santa-claus-porn.com

(not safe for work, obviously)

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Date
20020509
War!
Time
07:48
Huh! Good God, y’awl. What is it good for? Well, it can be amusing when Japanese soldiers refuse to believe it’s over, or when Donald Duck wins an Oscar for propaganda.

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Date
20020509
Pause
Time
07:59
Erm…

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Date
20020509
Doors
Time
08:04
Jehovah’s Witnesses want to knock on yours, even if it’s against the law.

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Date
20020509
Straws
Time
08:08
The attack of, the tower challenge of and the popping of.

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Date
20020509
Star Wars
Time
08:13
Discover the truth, as told by one brave man.

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Date
20020509
Claws
Time
08:16
Madonna has them. Erm, and Popbitch reports this morning that “her Guy Ritchie film caused test audiences to gnaw their own arms off with boredom… her London stage debut is beset with cancellation rumours … and now reports of her latest album suggest that she’s going backwards rather than forwards”. I can’t wait to hear a new version of ‘Like a Virgin’.

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Date
20020510

Time
09:01
Even better than yesterday’s Donald Duck propaganda link:

Dr Suess Went To War.

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Date
20020510

Time
09:02
Win your own weblog, as designed by Firda. If you’ve always wanted to run a blog, you won’t get a better start than this. Go to it.

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Date
20020510

Time
09:10
Give us this day our crispy crust, and deliver us from anchovies. A Seattle businessman is opening a pizzeria-church.

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Date
20020510

Time
09:14
So this is it. We’re all going to die.

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Date
20020510

Time
09:17
The B3ta Class of 2002. Only funny if you know which one I am. Erm, and contribute to B3ta.

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Date
20020510

Time
09:20
Behind the computer virus Klez.h lurks a nasty surprise. Update and scan now.

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Date
20020510
A letter to Private Eye
Time
10:21


Sir,

Has anyone noticed the increasing similarity between cakehole stuffer Jo Brand and Robert Smith of The Cure? Could they by any chance become related?

Yours, etc…

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Date
20020510

Time
10:26
The web is distracting. Well, duh. By the way, what are you doing here? Don’t you have work to do or something?

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Date
20020510

Time
10:27
Two Australians trekked from Siberia to the North Pole. Both suffered from frostbite and were threatened by a large polar bear. One nearly died when he fell through thin ice into near frozen water. What a pity they forgot to take the flag with them.

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Date
20020510

Time
10:34
Some thoughts on Australia by Douglas Adams. BTW, don’t forget that tomorrow is a very important day.

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Date
20020510
Viral Marketing
Time
10:42
The ‘subtlety’ of this campaign astounds me.

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Date
20020510
Star Wars Watch
Time
12:51
To get a PG rating in the UK, Fox had to cut one entire second from Star Wars II: Attack Of The Clones. It showed a head-butt. I’m hoping it’s not from the reportedly amazing Yoda fight scene.

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Date
20020513

Time
08:29
Mr Kipling does make exceedingly good cakes, but his flash games aren’t up to much.

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Date
20020513

Time
08:31
More attention for bloggers. We’re getting there. I dream of a day when I can say the word ‘weblog’ in a meeting and not have everyone go “Huh?!”

Revolution Magazine had a small piece on them a while back, but the next one is going to much, much more interesting.

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Date
20020513

Time
08:46
Forget backwards masking, digital facing is here.

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Date
20020513

Time
08:49
Hello, Newman. A US mail carrier has been fired and faces charges over dumping thousands of letters into a pond over the last several months.

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Date
20020513

Time
09:16
How to tell your child about oral sex. Not as easy as you think. For a start, all discussions regarding birds and bees are irrelevant.

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Date
20020513

Time
09:29
You know all those crap products you see on the shopping channel that seem waaaaaaaaay too good to be true? Here’s a guy who puts them to the test.

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Date
20020513

Time
09:33
The best beers in the world, ‘as ranked by real drinkers’ (they say). VB gets a disgraceful rating, but most of the reviews are by beer-snobs and people who don’t seem to have drunk the beer at all. One even described the taste as ‘bitter’, showing that he based his review entirely on the packaging.

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Date
20020513

Time
11:31
Sweets shaped like heroin syringes are causing concern among parents and MPs. Here’s the record of the related question put to the Prime Minister.

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Date
20020514

Time
08:22
I was going to email this article about corporate weblogs to Justin, Steve, and a whole bunch of other people – but I figured I’d just post it here with the inevitable: “told you so”.



If your company wants to approach the subject of weblogs, blah blah blah.

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Date
20020514

Time
08:28
Cats are evil, I tells ya. Eeeeeeeeeeevil!

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Date
20020514

Time
08:45
I’ve noticed when poking through the archives that a lot of the old news items disappear after a month or even a couple of weeks. Fair enough, server space costs money, after all, and not everybody is going to subscribe to an archive system just to see one article. They might throw some spare change into the tin, though. Too bad the major banks still haven’t got off their arses and initiated a decent micropayment system. You’d think we were still back in 1997 or something. Hmm, perhaps this can be the next project for Can Weblogs…?

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Date
20020514

Time
08:47
Come back, Ann Landers, all is forgiven!

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Date
20020514
Star Wars Watch
Time
09:02
Combining their love for Star Wars ‘and their love for each other’ (awwww), a couple were married last Saturday in a wedding based on a Star Wars theme. After they exited the church, the crowd yelled, “May the Force be with you!”

When you see the picture, you’ll have a fair idea of why the bride didn’t wear a metal bikini.

[Oh, and while we’re on the subject of Star Wars, here’s a rundown of the Skywalker family tree and 10 things we want to hear Samuel L. Jackson say in Star Wars…]

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Date
20020514

Time
11:46
Marc Needham is still looking for work. Maybe he ought to up the prize money.

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Date
20020514

Time
11:47
Under My Rock 3.0 has an interesting way of dealing with the frustration of spam. Rick not only mocks the sillier examples, but feeds the addresses from which they come to those loveable spambots in the process. (I haven’t got the heart to tell him that most of these email accounts will be dead by the time the bots get to them.)

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Date
20020514
Oldies but Goodies
Time
11:54
Have you ever wished that you could step into that classic picture of dogs playing poker and say ‘deal me in’? Wish no longer.

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Date
20020514
Weblogs (Again)
Time
13:15
Weblogs creep ever closer to the mainstream.

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Date
20020514
September 11th
Time
13:17
Well how about that, the FBI did have a clue. The tragedy seems to have been displayed on the US $20 note all along, too.

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Date
20020514

Time
13:26
5.2-magnitude earthquake hits San Francisco. Entire population shrugging it off registers as 3.5

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Date
20020515
Spamwatch
Time
08:54
The recent sharp upturn in spam is finally turning a few heads. Things like street spam are on the rise, too – and it gives me no joy to know that the spammers themselves are being ripped off. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Some harsher punishments for those who are the true source of the Spam wouldn’t go astray. Educate/help the users, go for the bloody dealers. They shouldn’t be able to get away with stuff like “OK, here’s your spam script and your spam tools, now don’t spam, m’kay?”.

This kind of a thing is a scam, pure and simple. They send Joe Bloggs over the top – who suffers most of the punishment, if any – while they gain what little benefit there is out of the exercise and legally withhold payment for the service rendered.

Excerpt from The Porn Report:

“Think of it as trying to keep a damp barbeque alight by throwing lit matches at it. A dozen or so matches aren’t going to help at all, but once you start throwing hundreds or thousands of little flames at it, you have real bonfire going. That doesn’t help you much, because you’re just one match. You light up and burn yourself out – and for what?”

Of course, given the UK government’s tolerance of the fax spam scam (providing a premium rate number as an ‘unsubscribe’ method, I mean really…) and their ongoing ignorance and inaction regarding all things networked, I don’t think we can even expect any help on the home front anytime soon.

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Date
20020515

Time
09:02
Why live your dreams when you can share your nightmares?

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Date
20020515

Time
09:08
Check out this guy who chooses to spend his time baiting some poor woman from Ghana. I mean, all she wants is a visa, and she is willing to have his ‘babby’.

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Date
20020515

Time
09:11
In a similar vein to All About My Vagina (sorry, maybe I could have put that better):

All About My Penis.

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Date
20020515

Time
14:44
New Zealand scientists trying to curb their country’s influence on global warming are starting with a crackdown on burping sheep.

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Date
20020515
Oldies but Goodies
Time
14:46
Tempted to play with radioactive materials? In your Mum’s shed perhaps?








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