Thursday, January 29, 2004

Neave Games has recreated several classic arcade games including Asteroids, Tetris, Space Invaders, and Pac-Man. You can play all these games online. To view the list of available games click here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Follow this link to Ben Fry's zip decoder. Each dot on the map represents a U.S. zip code. Type in a zip code and watch the map zoom to the location.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Josh Marshall discusses the question, "Did the Bush Administration create a new American empire—or weaken the old one?" in this New Yorker article.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

So you are orbiting the earth and you want to find Mount Everest. Even something as big as earth's tallest mountain is tough to spot when you are moving at 5 miles a second. Luckily, NASA has put together the tutorial Finding Mt. Everest from Space. (The secret is to watch for the V-shaped valleys.)

Thursday, January 22, 2004

According to this Boston Globe article, "Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media." These Republican dirty tricks "could result in ethics complaints to the Senate and the Washington Bar -- or even criminal charges under computer intrusion laws."

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

According to the MIT Technology Review, these are the 10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change Your World.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Political commentators are trying to figure out what the results of the Iowa Caucuses mean for the Democratic presidential race. William Saletan looks at how the candidates are spinning the results in this Slate column, while today's post on Eric Alterman's weblog Altercation discusses "What We Learned" from the Iowa Caucuses.

Monday, January 19, 2004

In this Atlantic Monthly article, Joshua Green explains why independent voters in about 15 states will decide the 2004 election.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Steve Curry's Expedition Company is offering a "once-in-a-life-time chance to discover Our Hollow Earth first hand." They have chartered a Russian icebreaker to search for the hole in the Arctic Ocean that leads to "paradise within our earth" where King David reigns over the City of Jehu. Cost is only $18,950 for the first 100 people to sign up.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Dr. Jukka Ammondt is a Finnish literature professor who loves Elvis. Dr. Ammondt translated several Elvis songs into Latin and released the albums "The Legend Lives Forever in Latin" and "Rocking in Latin." For his latest project, Dr. Ammodt translated "Blue Suede Shoes" into Sumerian, a dead language that has not been spoken since 1800 BC. To see Dr. Ammodt's discography, click here and then click on the "Records" link on the left.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

The Beastie Boys' bankrupt record label, Grand Royal, is for sale at the auction site Bid4Assets. Bidding is open for the next 7 days. Click here to bid.

According to this Billboard story, "For a minimum bid of $10,000, potential purchasers can acquire the label's entire product inventory as of May 2002 (including thousands of copies of releases by acts such as Josephine Wiggs, Luscious Jackson, Buffalo Daughter and Money Mark), master tapes and a wealth of merchandise."

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Some Democratic voters believe that Howard Dean is their party's best hope to win the Presidential election, while others are afraid he won't be able to beat President Bush. Here are two columns that examine this wide range of opinions about Dean. First, E.J. Dionne looks at the pros and cons of the Dean campaign in this Washington Post column. Second, William Saletan asks "Is Howard Dean electable? Should you vote for him?" in this Slate column.

Monday, January 12, 2004

The BBC has posted clips from many of their best-known sitcoms on this page. They have included everything from Black Adder the Third, to Fawlty Towers, to The Office, to The Young Ones.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Jonathan Yardley looks back at the work of William Faulkner, focusing on his novel "The Reivers," in this Washington Post article.

Thursday, January 08, 2004

Futurist/author Bruce Sterling discusses "media, design, fiction, and the future" in this Reason interview, and discusses the state of the world in 2004 in this Inkwell interview.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Louis Menand discusses top 10 lists in this New Yorker article.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

The Property Room is an auction site that sells stolen goods after they are "no longer needed as evidence" for police investigations. Be sure to check out their "Hot Pursuit Specials."

Monday, January 05, 2004

NASA is posting pictures taken on Mars by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on this Planetary Photojournal moblog.

Sunday, January 04, 2004

Each year Google reviews the queries used in its Internet search engine and compiles them into the Google Zeitgeist. This year's Google Zeitgeist includes the year's 10 most popular search terms (Britney Spears was the most popular) and the 10 most popular searches in categories such as news, men, women, and fictional characters. The Google Zeitgeist also includes the most popular searches by country and other search trends and surprises.