January 27th, 2005

Porsupah smile by Djinni

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Interesting.. Viktor Yushchenko's planning on moving towards Ukrainian entry into the EU.

And this (1296x1728 784K PDF) is why one seldom sees scubadiving cats - consider getting that over your tail. (Or, locally, as a 170K JPEG)

A short interview with a foreign-born geisha.

Another older clip well worth mentioning again: Truth in Advertising (3.5MB QT), a clip from an industry short, showing how the business might run, if people really said what they were thinking..

Not only did 380 fully documented tons of RDX go wandering in Iraq under Bush's watch, but so did around a few thousand surface-to-air missiles. It's a WaPo report from early November, which I missed at the time.

Looks like October's going to be a good time to sit in darkened rooms; Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Wererabbit is coming then, along with Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride. A three minute "behind the scenes" featurette is up at iFilm in various streaming formats and speeds.

I feel obliged to note addedentry's review of the new QI bookstore, in Oxford. One may hope that, in the fullness of time, its exploratory reach will extend to the wildernesses of the west and north.

Noteworthy pic for the day: kyoht's Rabbit Warrior, for a roleplaying game.

An article from The Nation: "Twenty of the biggest chemical companies in the United States have launched a campaign to discredit two historians who have studied the industry's efforts to conceal links between their products and cancer. In an unprecedented move, attorneys for Dow, Monsanto, Goodrich, Goodyear, Union Carbide and others have subpoenaed and deposed five academics who recommended that the University of California Press publish the book Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution, by Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner."

Following criticism by the Education Secretary, wherein Margaret Spellings "denounced PBS on Tuesday for spending public money on a cartoon with lesbian characters, saying many parents would not want children exposed to such lifestyles", PBS has apparently removed the link to the offending Postcards from Buster entry, which used to reside here. Thanks to the Power of Google, it can be found here instead. ^_^ 'We traveled to Vermont in the spring. They call it "mud season" because all the melting snow makes lots of mud. It's like the whole state is a mud puddle!
While there, we visited Emma, David, and James, who live with their two moms, Karen and Gillian. Karen and my mom used to work at the same newspaper together.' The actual episode has yet to be aired.

Regarding the recent train crash in LA: "Police believe Mr Alvarez, who was not injured, left his Jeep on a railway line in a suicide bid before changing his mind at the last moment."

In September, Andrews McMeel will be publishing the Complete Calvin and Hobbes. 1440 pages, in three hardback volumes, and currently available for pre-order at Amazon, for $94.50.

After a 50 year break, it seems Fiat will shortly be producing cars in Iran once more.

And in keeping with the theme, rampant asshattery! ^_^
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