THERE'S LOTS OF STUFF ON THE INTERNET

  • The "How long has this been in the refrigerator?" list is so useful, especially if you're like me and would prefer not to poison yourself with food from your own kitchen.

  • "Free Will: Now You Have It, Now You Don't" at The New York Times explores the idea of free will:
    ...physicists, neuroscientists and computer scientists have joined the heirs of Plato and Aristotle in arguing about what free will is, whether we have it, and if not, why we ever thought we did in the first place.

  • "A deathswitch is an automated system that prompts you for your password on a regular schedule to make sure you are still alive. When you do not enter your password for some period of time, the system prompts you again several times. With no reply, the computer deduces you are dead or critically disabled, and your pre-scripted messages are automatically emailed to those named by you."

  • Problogger has an article entitled "Blogging Wills - What Happens To Your Blogs When You Die?"

  • The founder of The Shower Project explains his work this way:
    I work in the film industry and about a year and a half ago on the set of a film, the grip/electric guys were convinced I was pretending to be gay to "get" women. They would walk by me when I had my arm around a women and whisper things like, "We’re on to you, Brian." Anyway, to taunt my taunters I thought I would shower with several of these women and take a picture of it. I thought about it and talked about it and finally obsession set in and I set a goal to shower with 100 women by the end of the year.

  • "Redivider" is a journal of new literature and art.

  • For a weblog that is about such a specific topic, History Of The Button never ceases to get my attention. There is seemingly no end to buttons in the modern world.

  • "The Human Face Of Torture Dossier" at The Left End Of The Dial V2.0 is "...a series of features...intended to portray the human cost of torture by sharing the stories of those who've suffered directly as well as those stories of friends and loved ones of torture victims."

  • "La Jetée" (1962) is the film upon which "12 Monkeys" was based. Get some snack food and sit down to watch this film. It is one of my all-time favourites.


  • The Implicit Association Test "...presents a method that demonstrates the conscious-unconscious divergences much more convincingly than has been possible with previous methods." In other words:
    Psychologists understand that people may not say what's on their minds either because they are unwilling or because they are unable to do so. For example, if asked "How much do you smoke?" a smoker who smokes 4 packs a day may purposely report smoking only 2 packs a day because they are embarrassed to admit the correct number. Or, the smoker may simply not answer the question, regarding it as a private matter. (These are examples of being unwilling to report a known answer.) But it is also possible that a smoker who smokes 4 packs a day may report smoking only 2 packs because they honestly believe they only smoke about 2 packs a day. (Unknowingly giving an incorrect answer is sometimes called self-deception; this illustrates being unable to give the desired answer).

    The unwilling-unable distinction is like the difference between purposely hiding something from others and unconsciously hiding something from yourself. The Implicit Association Test makes it possible to penetrate both of these types of hiding. The IAT measures implicit attitudes and beliefs that people are either unwilling or unable to report.


  • Need to make an apology? The Apology Blog can help.

  • Read an article from Eurozine called "Blogging, The Nihilist Impulse":
    Media theorist and Internet activist Geert Lovink formulates a theory of weblogs that goes beyond the usual rhetoric of citizens' journalism. Blogs lead to decay, he writes. What's declining is the "Belief in the Message". Instead of presenting blog entries as mere self-promotion, we should interpret them as decadent artefacts that remotely dismantle the broadcast model.

  • Simon Høgsberg, a photographer, has a project called "Faces Of New York" in which he photographs people and then asks them about their faces.

  • "Smashing Telly is a hand edited collection of the best free, instantly available TV on the web. Not 30 second clips of a dog on a skateboard, or the millionth person to mime the Numa song, but full length programs. Smashing Telly, not Gimmick Telly."

  • And do go read Bloggy McBlog Blog, the King of the Bloggers.
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