Monday, September 30, 2002
      ( 4:13 PM )   by David Barker  

Sometimes A Great Notion

From no less an authority than the BBC, a discussion on the topic of the most boring place on Earth.

!!It's only moments after posting, ladies and gents, and damn if the 'boring' story expired or migrated or met up with the wrong kind of traveller going in the opposite direction in a bad neighbourhood, if you catch my meaning. /!!

!! And now, moments even later, I discover that on occasion, Blogger's edit/save process can insert spaces after forward slashes (in URLs only?) that various hosts react differently to. The 'boring' link above spontaneously acquired an extra space just before the 'newsid_yadda' section. I have edited it out now, but keep it in mind, because I know it's as important to you as it is to me./!!

With the extraneous space added to the URL, BBC doesn't return a 'Not Found' error, it just goes to what appears to the 'Talking Point' main page, or something. Huh.

Short attention span. Next thingy now please.

      ( 3:44 PM )   by David Barker  

Brurn Drad

Narn garngle lumlum lurb bendle ? dendle urm landardeddle hooloo.

      ( 3:02 PM )   by David Barker  

Because I Want To. Because I Can. So There.

I found a nice little website for movie-lovers, that is for people who, since they're going to go to movies anyway like me, might as well enjoy it. It's called Counting Down. You sign up for free, get a few ads (no surprise), and get to check out various things about movies, or movies, and the occasional movie. What things, you ask. The usual; chats, cast, news, fun'n'games, links.

If you have a harumph coming on, or are having your moral outraged because of implied sloth or self-indulgence - well, I'm laughing my head off at you (you don't know) - and you can just go to here. But don't go here. Or - snicker - here. But feel free.

Monday, September 23, 2002
      ( 11:10 AM )   by David Barker  

Read this first please, if you haven't already. Thanks.

The Visible Earth

This is The Visible Earth, from NASA. It's a collection of satellite views of Earth and interpretations in various categories. There are links to all sorts of related sites, including the projects referenced. Please groove on my dime.

Saturday, September 21, 2002
      ( 12:11 PM )   by David Barker  

The Wayback Machine

Holy cow! The Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive. Cool.

      ( 11:24 AM )   by David Barker  


A nice collections of poems at Western Michigan University.

Seamus Cooney, whose site is the above, also has a site for bad poetry.

And then there's Ray Miller's "Yowl", 3rd Place & People's Choice Winner for 1999 at the Julia A. Moore Poetry Parody Contest.

And to be fair, Allen Ginsberg's (1926-1997) original, of which Yowl is a parody, the classic Howl.

And madness lurking at an assault on the aesthetic, using Howl and a Markov chain convolution(WTFTI; 4 hits from Google, two are this guy) by Chris Seidel.

And while I'm lecturing...Linguistic Phenomena/Devices by K. Barker (no known relation) at the University of Ottawa.

And "NOTES ON LITERARY TECHNIQUE" at the University of Edinburgh.

      ( 10:11 AM )   by David Barker  

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Zero Tolerance

Randy Cassingham has been doing This is True for a while now. It's a little like the Darwin Awards(a slow redirect is currently in place...), and a little like the old National Lampoon True Facts (requiescat in pace, whatever that means). You can subscribe to a regular e-mail (with ads) and it's a laugh. But Randy, justifiably to my mind, has a bee in his bonnet about stupid Zero Tolerance policies, especially their narrow minded misapplication, especially in schools. Here's his rant.

Not For the Faint of Heart, or Weenies

And, surprisingly, a few days later, I think to look, and lo and behold, there actually still is a National Lampoon True Facts site.

Friday, September 20, 2002
      ( 10:45 AM )   by David Barker  

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Holy schlamoly, is this ever cool! Georgia State University's Hyperphysics! If you clicked on it and are back here yawning and thinking 'so?', bugger off. No smiley.

      ( 10:32 AM )   by David Barker  

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Refdesk again, but it's cool, by way of encouraging you to to check out their Site-of-the-Day archives. Today's Site-of-the-Day, for example, is the University of Texas' internet map resources; click on the first link here and then on the Site-of-the-Day link. Cool.

And Refdesk's Thought-of-the-Day archives, too.

Okay, Refdesk's Quick Reference/Research page. Very nice.

Thursday, September 19, 2002
      ( 3:49 PM )   by David Barker  

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National Geographic Keywords

I love this! This is the keywords meta tag from the header of the National Geographic home page, for search engines to feed on. Check it out! It's like a precis of science, history, ethnography, environmentalism and technology for the last century.

' meta name="keywords" content="national geographic pt-109 pt109 pt 109 john f. kennedy Robert ballard Solomon islands bob world war ii wwii k-19 k19 widowmaker widow maker submarines subs Russian Russia true story history facts spiders afghan girl pearl harbor salem witch trials underground railroad cobra afghanistan maps war america terrorism u.s. magazine channel geographic society traveler national geographics king tut world adventure expeditions nature photography travel wildlife wild photography dinosaurs pictures rain forests animals endangered species natural disasters www.national homework history tiger new where lesson plans great white everest sharks canada california explorer physical jane goodall cultures space exploration earth science society ancient united states prehistoric geography dinosaurs ali online geografic africa marco lewis clark information fossils wildlife conservation mammals discovery discoveries education news maps kids postcards wallpapers photos maps travel news e-mail '

      ( 2:01 PM )   by David Barker  

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W3's Web Tutorials

Okay, most of you won't care but this blog is all about ME ME ME and I care. I just found an excellent resource for learning HTML, CSS, XML, etc. It's W3 Schools. I learned more about CSS in 15 minutes here than 5,000,000 hours up to my arse in the W3 standards at W3, but bless'em for trying, the dear anally retentive things.

Wednesday, September 18, 2002
      ( 10:27 AM )   by David Barker  

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Broadband Reports

Just found this and it's kinda cool. Broadband Reports. Interesting independent third party stuff on ISPs, high speed access, hardware, etc


According to imdb's search engine, there have been 143 movies in which a male character named Bubba appeared (but only 2 female), including such luminous notes as Forrest Gump (1994) (q.v.), Bikini Planet (2002) (q.v.), Convoy (1978) (q.v.), and Invisible Maniac, The (1990) (q.v.). Why do I know this? I looked it up. Why did I look it up? Don't ask. But it's fun that I can.

Tuesday, September 17, 2002
      ( 11:41 AM )   by David Barker  

Read this first please, if you haven't already. Thanks.

Online Libraries

Bookrags, e-books on-line, like Gutenberg only with stuff, like their own (for purchase) type of Coles Notes (Cliff Notes?) and tests...

Online Library at UPenn, similar to both the above. And just as valuable.

Monday, September 16, 2002
      ( 10:38 AM )   by David Barker  

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If someone were to buy the DVD of the entire first season of Kiefer Sutherland's series 24 and needed someone to help watch it...

A Joke's A Joke But... can't be serious! :-(

Saturday, September 14, 2002
      ( 11:30 AM )   by David Barker  


      a quasihaiku nouveau by david barker

Rosebud was a sled.
Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker's father. And Princess Leia's.
Soylent Green is people. (Now with more girls!)
Bruce Willis is dead.
Old Yeller gets shot.
Amy's not a lesbian.
Tyler Durden is the narrator guy.
Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes is - um - I don't actually know.
Fiona is a she-ogre. (Donkey does Dragon.)
Li Mu Bai dies. Jen dies. Jade Fox dies. Lo is heartbroken. Hsu Lien is heartbroken.
God is Alanis Morissette. And so is Bud Cort.
Alien conquerors' computers support a Java virtual machine which can be hacked from a Mac laptop. Really.
There are more dinosaurs on another island nearby.
The Mummy returns.
The Japanese did it.
The old lady was lying about the jewel.
Dil is a man in drag.
Frankly, my dear, he doesn't give a damn.
Jesus gets crucified.
Grace and the children are the real ghosts.
The original Planet of the Apes is really Earth.
Norman Bates' mother is Norman in drag.
Oz was all a dream.
The thing in the briefcase was probably Marcellus' mojo.
Kevin Spacey is dead.
Kevin Spacey is Keyser Soze.

      - fin

      ( 11:21 AM )   by David Barker  

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Dimspace Movie Reviews

Okay, you gotta check this out. Dimspace Haiku Movie Reviews . Select a movie from the list and click on 'Read One'. Good ones get a haiku and bad ones get a limerick.

Thursday, September 12, 2002
      ( 2:51 PM )   by David Barker  

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About that Trusting the Evidence of Your Own Senses Thing...

The Committee for the Scientific Investigations of Claims of the Paranormal, who are also publishers of The Skeptical Inquirer.

This is From the homepage: "Crank Dot Net is devoted to presenting Web sites by and about cranks, crankism, crankishness, and crankosity. All cranks, all the time."

"Nine out of ten Americans believe that one out of ten Americans knows something the other nine don't."
                      - Attribution unknown.


      ( 12:01 PM )   by David Barker  

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Irrational Hatred and Fear

"Know who I hate? Bigots. I fucking hate them. Why don't they all just go back where they came from if they hate everybody here? They come here and they take our jobs. They get all assimilated and cosy and you don't even know. You can't always tell a bigot just by looking. You see a fat guy and you think 'That's a fat guy.' You see a Hasidic Jew and you think 'Hasidic Jew.' But you mostly can't tell a bigot until he (or she, believe you me) gets you alone and says stuff like 'How about those fucking n-words?' Or 'k-words' or 'c-word s-worders.' "

"It's like they think there's this secret bigots club that all white guys belong to and all they have to say is the secret code; 'q-word' or 'z-word' and Bob's your big-ass bigoted uncle. I don't fucking think so."

"I'm not going to have some ignorant numb-nuts from Bigotsville, Bigotsylvania badmouthing my friends and co-workers or even me, accusing me of being a 'v-word' behind my back or saying I must be part 'w-word' because I'm lactose intolerant. So what if I fucking am. Lactose intolerant or part 'w-word', take your pick because I don't care."

"And these bigots are raising their kids right here among us! You know what they do, don't you? That's right. They sacrifice their own kids (and other peoples' if they can get to them) to their own bigotry. And they worship some weird-ass God who actually tells them to do all this shit, that it's all okay! Right here in this country! In my neighbourhood and yours!"

"You never know. Your joe-friendly neighbour might be watching Jerry Springer and high-fiving the TV by way of agreeing with the fucking neo-Nazi skinhead surprise guest. And your kid is playing with his kid. Maybe even in his house, where all this wicked shit is going on."

"And what's really scary is this. Since they're hard to spot, they're hard to stop. You have to be on your toes all the fucking time. They're smart and they're crafty but they always give themselves away, sooner or later. Nothing so blatant as 'Hitler meant well' or 'Indians must like reservations or they wouldn't all live there.' No sir. Just that nasty smirk when they meet somebody named 'Mohammed' or 'Singh' or 'Kaosayananda'. I swear to God, when I see that shit I just want to throw them on the Greyhound and express them right back where they came from. And so should you."


      ( 11:48 AM )   by David Barker  

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Geography IQ is an interesting, if basic (but not dull), site to help learn about jogfree. For me, the most interesting part is the Rankings section, q.v..

Corona's Test Pattern, a different take on movies and TV than imdb (which rocks), and just as interesting.

Cool Quiz, a general knowledge, quiz, games and trivia website for kids. And me. (I win a lot, so it's good for my morale...)

Very cool. Pulchritudinous Primes:Visualizing the Distribution of Prime Numbers from a New York Times article.

James Randi, Master Skeptic, but don't take my word for it.

NASA's Imagine the Universe site! Mega-hyper-extra-number-one Cool!

Everyone knows that the dog who played Astro Jetson was the same dog who played Scooby-Doo in the original television series. But not many people realize that the dog who played Scooby-Doo in the recent movie was her great granddaughter.

And on a related note: I find it fascinating that the actors who played Rocky and Bullwinkle in the movie of a few years ago, while no relation to the original actors from the 60s TV series, bore such strong likenesses to them.

Regarding Luc Besson's 'The Professional', to paraphrase a friend when he finally saw 'Fight Club', why didn't somebody drag me kicking and screaming to see this!?!?

Tuesday, September 03, 2002
      ( 10:57 AM )   by David Barker  


October is Brain Cancer Awareness Month.

My friend Jim Richardson died of a brain tumour in January. He was a great guy, a fine father, and (I'm guessing from the evidence, Laurie, a good husband). One of the things of which he was very proud was his long history of blood donations. He had all the pins for his totals - in liters or gallons, I forget - and he always looked forward to being able to do it again.

Now I can't give blood (due to childhood illness) but maybe - probably - you can. If you can, you should anyway. But at least this year, if you give blood in October, please - if only in your heart - dedicate it to my friend James Cronyn Richardson, husband of Laurie Townsend and father to Alan and Liam. And let me



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