Posted by Robert Stern on 9/28/2002 08:18:00 AM
"TOY shops are under fire for selling a range of monster-like dolls that it is claimed could encourage violence in children. The terror toys, called Stretch Screamers, let out horrifying screams when pulled by the arms and legs. When strangled, their brains and eyes pop out of their heads." Yeah...ok....I know that would make me more violent...obviously they don't notice that kids always have action figures kill each other anyway.
Posted by Robert Stern on 9/26/2002 11:46:00 AM
Israel launched two missiles at Gaza City. "Witnesses said a car took a direct hit, and explosions set fire to a second vehicle. Gaza hospital officials said at least 27 people were wounded, six of them seriously.
The two cars were reduced to tangles of metal. Local residents pulled body parts from the smoking wreckage and held them aloft, shouting in fury."
Posted by Robert Stern on 9/26/2002 11:23:00 AM
Videos of the firing of Grable. Grable was a nuclear weapon launched from an artillery cannon...quite a punch. "The Atomic Cannon, at 280 mm, was the largest nuclear capable mobile artillery piece manufactured by the United States. On May 25, 1953, a 280 mm cannon fired an atomic projectile a distance of 7 miles at the Nevada Test Site. Twenty 280 mm cannons were manufactured. None were used in battle."
Posted by Robert Stern on 9/25/2002 10:00:00 PM
Zen gardens are cool. "The garden's 15 rocks are of various sizes, placed in five separate groupings. The white gravel that surrounds them is raked every day; perfect circles around the rocks, perfectly straight lines in the rest of the space. The rocks are arranged so that no matter where a visitor stands, only 14 can be seen. It is said that only when you attain spiritual enlightenment as a result of Zen meditation will you see the 15th stone."
Posted by Robert Stern on 9/25/2002 08:52:00 PM
"Tis Time to kill any educator who does not teach Cubicism above cubelessness. To save humanity from extinction, like prior civilizations perished, youth must redirect self teachers, or destroy them." This guys a freaking wacko.
Posted by Robert Stern on 9/25/2002 08:43:00 PM
"When a Greek sponge diver called Elias Stadiatos discovered the wreck of a cargo ship off the tiny island of Antikythera in 1900, it was the statues lying on the seabed that made the greatest impression on him. He returned to the surface, removed his helmet, and gabbled that he had found a heap of dead, naked women. The ship's cargo of luxury goods also included jewellery, pottery, fine furniture, wine and bronzes dating back to the first century BC. But the most important finds proved to be a few green, corroded lumps—the last remnants of an elaborate mechanical device" Very interesting what they found down there. Only now are they starting to understand what exactly it was.
Posted by Robert Stern on 9/24/2002 02:20:00 PM
"Scientists have discovered a crystal that answers back. They sent a sound wave into the material, there was a quiet pause, then it suddenly emitted the same sound." Could be fun to make a room out of it that echos back after you say something. Or maybe there is a way to store sounds in it longer and retrieve them with an electrical charge, might make for an interesting voice recorder.
Posted by Robert Stern on 9/24/2002 02:04:00 PM
Well, I added a comments link for the things I post, so if you can't actually post articles, etc. to the page you can still comment on things.
Posted by Robert Stern on 9/24/2002 01:51:00 PM
Disney wants to be merged with AOL. This means CNN would be merging with ABC. Official transcript of upcoming news bulletin;)
Announcer: "We have Mickey Mouse here, live from Afghanistan."
Mickey: "Well uh guys, huh huh, looks like these people here fighting need some mousketeer ears!"
Cluster bomb goes off and Mickey suddenly disappears from the screen. Zoom in on a pair of ears and a bowtie.
Alright, so maybe it wouldn't be so bad.
Posted by Robert Stern on 9/24/2002 01:29:00 PM
"NO NO NO! NOW YOU WAIT A SECOND THERE CHILD! YOU AIN'T GOIN NOWHERE WIDDOUT ME! THEY TOOK YOUR BROTHER AND I'LL BE DAMNED IF DEY GONNA TAKE YOU TOO! I'MA COMING WITH YOU TO THAT FUNERAL HOME BECAUSE I'LL BE DAMNED IF I'M PAYING TO BURY BOTH MAH BOYS TODAY!"
Posted by Robert Stern on 9/23/2002 09:20:00 PM
New version of Kazaa out allows unlimited bitrates, less misnamed files, and makes it easier to download "playlists"(in other words, whole albums) all at once, along with a bunch of other things like skins, etc. Not sure if the hacked, ad free version, KazaaLite is up to date yet though.
Posted by Robert Stern on 9/23/2002 11:26:00 AM
In the Persian Gulf war, Israel got hit by 39 Iraqi Scud missiles, with no response. However, this time: "I don't think there is a scenario in which Israel will get hit and not strike back," a senior Western official said." And a little overview of the whole thing.
Posted by Robert Stern on 9/23/2002 08:05:00 AM