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November 30, 2005
[myspace] The Hit Factory -- Wired on MySpace ... '[MySpace] encouraged creativity to the point of chaos. For MySpace's mostly young demographic, their pages were multimedia outgrowths of their jackets, lockers, and notebooks - a place for band stickers, poems, personality quizzes, R-rated photos, and anything else HTML allows.'

November 29, 2005
[comics] I'll Thank You Not To Call My Collection Of Sequential-Art Erotica 'Dirty Comics' -- a classic Onion: '...your familiarity with comics is so limited, you couldn't identify Aquaman's wife without recourse to the Justice League FAQ! To think I believed you capable of appreciating the works of the finest erotic artists working in the medium today!'

[celebs] Finding Stalking Billie Piper -- a Blogger's Odyssey in search of Billie Piper ... 'Previously: Triforce decides it wants to find Billie Biper. Uses Google. Tracks down approximate location. Decides to go drinking and find her. And keep her.'

November 28, 2005
[bbc] BBC pulls plug on Dalek Lesbian Romp Flick -- DVD pulled from eBay ... 'The director of Terry Nation's estate, Tim Hancock, told the paper: "The reason the Daleks are still the most sinister thing in the universe is because they do not make things like porn. They weren't ever intended to be sexual creatures. It's simple, Daleks do not do porn."'

[microsoft] Use Excel? A couple of good blogs from Experts: Daily Dose of Excel and Andrew's Excel Tips.

November 27, 2005
[distraction] The Scribbler -- fun, web doodling toy (which has just reminded me to link to Doodleblog)

November 26, 2005
[ebay] Bayraider -- a blog about eBay from Shiny Media ... 'You Flog It. We Blog It.'

November 25, 2005
[football] The Long Goodbye -- George Best summed up by Gordon Burns ... 'It seems remarkable, given his career of drunk-driving, philandering and domestic violence, and his multiple addictions to alcohol, gambling and sex, that Best only went to prison once. That happened in 1984 when, after failing to appear in court on a drunk-driving charge and resisting arrest after the police cornered him in a girlfriend's flat, he served two months. But it's an exchange that took place in the canteen at Southwark crown court before sentencing that has entered Best lore. His friends and defence team were staring into the bottom of their coffee cups, with nothing to say. Then George glanced across at them with a smile. "Well, I suppose that's the knighthood fucked," he said.'

[comics] Amazing Heroes #176 Cover -- in an interview Grant Morrison points out the Greatest Ever Line in Comics: 'It was really a traumatic period, crammed with adolescent horrors. But all the stuff in St Swithins Day has come out of that time. The whole strip is lifted from my teenage diaries. I actually found the greatest ever line in comics in one of those diaries. It's the first time that a character has ever just sat down and said, "Why am I such a wanker?" That came from the 1979 diary, some tortured moment on the M6.' (from Feb 1990)

November 24, 2005
[links] Glanced at:

November 23, 2005
[graffiti] The Writings on the Stall -- website of writings found on toilet walls ... 'This toilet paper is like John Wayne. Tough as nails and don't take shit off nobody.'

November 22, 2005
[science] An Appraisal of the Utility of a Chocolate Teapot ... 'Events started to diverge from the course expected of a standard teapot in a very short timescale. The first evidence of loss of containment was observed at approximately T+5s, in the form of a major leak in the vicinity of the handle. By T+10s major structural failure was clearly in progress...'

November 21, 2005
[travel] Blogjam in North Korea -- Fraser visited the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea and produced some great reports... From Day Four: '...[We are] taken to the Arch of Triumph, built in 1982 and (as we're repeatedly told) three meters taller than its more famous Parisienne counterpart. The construction is dedicated to "the home return of the Great Leader Kim Il-sung who liberated Korea from Japanese colonialism". To be honest, there's not much that this fella didn't do.'

November 20, 2005
[music] 99 Luftballons, Side by Side Comparison -- a comparison of the German and English Translations of Nena's 99 Red Ballons ... 'If you have some time for me... Then I'll sing a song for you... ' vs. 'You and I in a little toy shop... buy a bag of balloons with the money we've got...'

[shops] Your Life in their Hands -- The Observer goes behind the scenes at Muji. ' on the second floor of the Yurakucho store I'd stumbled across a neat display of Muji Earthquake Emergency Packs. The black, 6,300 yen, zip-up cases open to reveal a wind-up torch/radio (in violently bright orange - not very Muji), a white towel, two small bottles of water, wet-wipes, a candle, plasters, a collapsible water-collecting bag, a roll of packing tape and, lastly, a pair of folding slippers...'

November 19, 2005
[movies] Glanced at: Superman Returns Teaser Trailer

November 18, 2005
[books] Blink: The Movie -- Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink to be turned into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio?! '...we were curious to hear what [Gladwell] had in mind for the movie. He tells us, "It takes a single character from Blink -- Silvan Tompkins -- and fashions an entirely new story around him, about what it means to be someone who can read other people's thoughts."'

November 17, 2005
[blogs] The New Commentariat -- the Guardian on the UK's Political Blogs ... 'Britain's bloggers are divided not just by ideology, it turns out, but by their perception of their own importance: while Samizdata proclaims that blogs are the future, for example, Oliver Kamm insists they are an essentially parasitic medium, that can only exist insofar as it feasts on the output of traditional media.'

[comics] Grant Morrison's Six Rules for Writing "All-Star Superman" ... 'PLAY CLARK AS A ROLE WITH A GOAL - We're playing Clark as a big, clever country guy who's used to wide-open horizons and who can't seem to move in a confined space without knocking something over. The real wizardry is in Frank Quitely's art, which captures a lot of physical nuances and subtle body language that previous Superman artists have often overlooked in their portrayal of Clark. He's not just Superman with glasses on. He's a performer. He allows Superman to experience humility, among other things.' [Related: Official Preview from DC]

November 16, 2005
[comics] The Killing Joke Script -- the first 40 pages from Alan Moore's script ... 'As far as the characters themselves go, I'll describe them in detail when they make their appearances, but my only general note would be that like the landscape and the various props, they have a sort of timeless and mythic quality to them which doesn't fix them firmly in any one age-range or time-period. The Joker looks either old or badly depraved, but then he's always looked that way. The Batman is big and grim and older than we are, because as I remember the Batman he's always been bigger and older than I am and I'll fight any man that says different.'

November 15, 2005
[blogs] Lord of the Blog ... recently retired blogging MP Clive Soley has become Lord Soley of Hammersmith but is still keeping a blog ... 'I made my first speech in the Lords on Monday...'

November 14, 2005
[blogs] Diary of a London Cokehead -- another UK Blog ... 'Soooo, Benny scale of Fuckedness = 900... Well done that man!!'

[blogs] Rachel from North London ... 'This blog was started to provide a place to continue my online diary that I started after surviving the 7/7/2005 London bombings, when I was travelling in the first carriage of the Picadilly line tube from Kings Cross to Russell Square. The bomb went off in my carriage, 7 feet behind me in carriage 1. 26 people died in that blast and dozens were maimed and wounded.'

November 13, 2005
[books] If You Haven't A Clue -- profile of Ben Schott ... 'The curious thing about Schott is that, despite his arcane tastes and instincts for privacy, he has a highly marketable persona: the blend of self-assurance and innocence you find in polished talkshow guests, and a nice turn of phrase. ("Google is about as good as going into the street and saying, 'Does anyone know how much the registration threshold for VAT went up?' And someone goes, 'I think it's 49,000.' And you go, 'Oh, 49,000, great.' That's Google.")'

November 12, 2005
[comics] Glanced at: Scott Pilgrim on MySpace.

November 10, 2005
[comics] Alan Moore on Terrorism, America and Britain: '...You have to remember that over here there were teenagers being taken out of cellar bars in separate carrier bags all through the '70s and '80s because of the war in Northern Ireland. In that case, the IRA were largely being supported by donations from America. That was why I was a bit worried when George Bush said he was going to attack people who supported terrorism, I thought, oh my god, Chicago is going to be declared a rogue state and they'll hunt down Teddy Kennedy.'

November 09, 2005
[books] The Curious Case of Malcolm Gladwell -- profile of the author Blink ... 'Henry Finder says that Gladwell's "real accomplishment is to develop a new genre of journalism -- 'a Gladwell piece.' Everybody knows what you mean by that -- a piece with an argument that is bound together by narrative and character, which often makes you take a second look at things you take for granted..."'

November 08, 2005
[comics] The T.M. Maple Memorial Leaf Pit -- a website on the King of 80's Comic Letter-Hacks. '...a legendary Canadian letter hack who wrote thousands of letters to comic book letter columns through the years. Burke first started writing letters in 1977 as "The Mad Maple", but Tom DeFalco, in order to get around a new stipulation of the time at Marvel (thanks to Jim Shooter) that pseudonymous letter writers couldn't get published, shortened it to "T.M. Maple" to sound like a real name. His letters kept getting printed, and Burke liked the new name, so he kept it for the rest of his letter-writing career.' [via Progressive Ruin]

[war] The Military Applications of Silly String ... ' I'm a former Marine I in Afghanistan. Silly string has served me well in Combat especially in looking for I.A.Ds., simply put, booby traps. When you spray the silly sting in dark areas, especially when you doing house to house fighting. On many occasions the silly string has saved me and my men's lives.' [via As Above]

November 07, 2005
[comics] Mike Sterling's Ten Favorite Scary Swamp Thing Moments ... 'Matt Cable, who has a problem with the drink, finds himself almost certainly mortally injured in a car wreck. Upside down, bleeding to death, he finds himself face to face with...a giant yellow fly. At this point, we don't know who the fly is or where it came from...but c'mon, we know it's Arcane...'

November 06, 2005
[comics] Tamara Drewe -- an archive of Posy Simmonds latest comic strip (published weekly in the Saturday Guardian) following on from Gemma Bovery.

November 05, 2005
[comics] The Dilbert Blog -- Scott Adams has a Blog ... 'Now this bird flu business has me worried. I already circle the parking lot twelve times to find a space that isn't under a tree and directly in the crapping zone. If birds start getting the flu, they'll be firing from both ends. There aren't enough squeegees in the world.'

November 03, 2005
[soundboard] The Shining Soundboard -- yet another flash soundboard using clips from The Shining ... 'Does it matter to you at all that the owners have placed their complete confidence and trust in me, and that I have signed a letter of agreement, a contract, in which I have accepted that responsibility? Do you have the slightest idea what a moral and ethical principle is, do you? Has it ever occurred to you what would happen to my future if I were to fail to live up to my responsibilities? Has it ever occurred to you? Has it?!'

November 01, 2005
[apple] Steve Jobs Quotes -- On Bill Gates: 'I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.'