Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The next Westy?

If VW ever builds this camper concept car, I'll be first in line to buy one!

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Peace Bikers

A tale of zero tolerance: "for me it’s less about protesting bush, per se, than about public space and the methods of social control. in a world where property ownership is god and real estate determines culture, public space is precious. that is where people can congregate without some specific authorized purpose. do we want to live in a world where we need permission to gather? i sure don’t."

Monday, November 29, 2004

Planning ahead...

Some things to do before the Inaugural:
  1. Get that abortion you've always wanted.
  2. Drink a nice clean glass of water.
  3. Cash your social security check.
  4. See a doctor of your own choosing.
  5. Spend quality time with your draft age child/grandchild.
  6. Visit Syria, or any foreign country for that matter.
  7. Get that gas mask you've been putting off buying.
  8. Hoard gasoline.
  9. Borrow books from library before they're banned - Constitutional law books, Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter, Tropic of Cancer, etc.
  10. If you have an idea for an art piece involving a crucifix - do it now.
  11. Come out - then go back in - HURRY!
  12. Jam in all the Alzheimer's stem cell research you can.
  13. Stay out late before the curfews start.
  14. Go see Bruce Springsteen before he has his "accident".
  15. Go see Mount Rushmore before the Reagan addition.
  16. Use the phrase - "you can't do that - this is America".
  17. If you're white - marry a black person, if you're black - marry a white person.
  18. Take a walk in Yosemite, without being hit by a snowmobile or a base-jumper.
  19. Enroll your kid in an accelerated art or music class.
  20. Start your school day without a prayer.
  21. Pass on the secrets of evolution to future generations.
  22. Learn French.
  23. Attend a commitment ceremony with your gay friends.
  24. Take a factory tour anywhere in the US.
  25. Try to take photographs of animals on the endangered species list.
  26. Visit Florida before the polar ice caps melt.
  27. Visit Nevada before it becomes radioactive.
  28. Visit Alaska before "The Big Spill".
  29. Visit Massachusetts while it is still a State.

Disclaimer: this was making the rounds of e-mail; I have no idea who the originator/author is.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Why Evangelical Christians Should Not Vote for Bush

Oops, too late. But Paul Ford's article on is really funny anyway.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004


Well, it's looking like Ohio and Florida will both go to Bush, putting the presidency out of reach for Kerry. I haven't seen a poll site yet that got all the key states right; neither right-leaning nor left-leaning. I hope _all_ the polls are wrong enough that Kerry comes out ahead when all the counting is truly complete, but that sounds like a pipe dream just at the moment.

Poor Tom Brokaw sounds like he wants to cry, describing the nearly-lost cause of the Kerry campaign. At the moment, Kerry would have to win every remaining state, including Nevada, and that just ain't going to happen.

But what I just can't comprehend is Florida going to Bush! Didn't the democrats in that state learn anything in 2000?

And what about the "nation's breadbasket" -- what part of "giant deficit", "incipient draft", and "disingenuous foreign policy" do those people not understand? Never mind, it's a rhetorical question. The very people who vote for Bush are those who will suffer the most under his policies.

Bunch of sheep, those folks.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Current Electoral Vote Predictor 2004

Click for The Electoral Vote Predictor looks to be where I'll be keeping my eyes tomorrow... as of this posting, it is predicting Kerry 298, Bush 231. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

...and don't forget to peek at BetaVote, which is hot on the tail of 500,000 votes from around the world.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Pictures from ZMM

Here's an album with pictures from Robert Pirsig's original 1968 cross-country motorcyle journey (as told in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance") plus photos from more recent re-creations of the trip. It's cool to see how closely the actual people/places are to what I had always pictured in my mind's eye!

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Industrial Art Gallery

The Industrial Art Gallery offers gratuitously artistic images from a wide variety of vintage books on mechanical drawing and design; dates range from 1906 to 1953.

Monday, August 30, 2004

What if the whole world could vote in the U.S. presidential election?

Tuesday, August 24, 2004


Mod-e-fy -- some great video projects, including text-art-poetry and burning man documentary footage.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Rocketcam + radiohead = cool!

What do you get when you make a music video with your home-brew wireless rocket-cam footage, set to Radiohead's 2+2=5? This.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Steve's Biking Videos

Steve's Biking Videos has some great clips of trails; you can preview what a trail looks like from the bike!

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Joe Bageant: Mash Note for the "Girl with the Leash"

Joe Bageant: Mash Note for the "Girl with the Leash": "Most of the young soldiers were fleeing economically depressed places, or dead end jobs like Lynndie had at the chicken processing plant. These so-called volunteers are part of this nation's de facto draft---economic conscription. Money is always the best whip to use on the laboring clasess. Thirteen hundred a month, a signing bonus and free room and board sure beats the hell out of yanking guts through a chicken's ass."

Sunday, May 30, 2004

826 Valencia

One of the best pirate supply stores in San Francisco...

Friday, April 02, 2004

F u t u r e M e . o r g

This has actually been around for quite a while, but it sure is nifty: lets you send e-mail to yourself at some date in the future -- a virtual time-capsule if you will! Now if only they would extend it to include photos...

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

If you use a Mac and are a net news/info junkie, you have to check out NetNewsWire, an RSS aggregator combined with weblog editor... outstanding!

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Look -- I finally made it into the Type 2 Technical Resource Library with my article on Teflon/SS brake lines!

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Autonomous biped robot conversion for the Mini Cooper r50 -- this is either brilliant engineering, or the best put-on I've ever seen... but I just can't tell!

Monday, March 15, 2004

Oh. My. God. Literally: behold The Brick Testament, the Bible rendered in Lego!

Saturday, March 13, 2004

Not enough flame and noise in your life? Maybe you need to build aPulse Jet Engine!