Thursday, March 09, 2006
- The Dragon laughs at the Eagle, or perhaps the other way 'round? on YouTube: Ha Ha Ha America, a short film by John Daniel Ligon featured at the Sundance 2006, is a provocative, patriot-baiting, Engrish-subtitled, no-so-good-natured ribbing of America's self-image in the New Global Economy.
"...What?/No believe?/Here fact/China population/1.5 billion/Maybe/Or 1.2 billion/Maybe/Either result mean/America just rounding error/compare to China..."[Also see: ShanghaiIST on Ha Ha Ha America]
- Give me Wi-Fi, or Give Me Death? Guillermo Farinas, a 41-year old Cuban psychologist, is in his 36th day of a hunger strike to protest his nation's censorship of Internet access [MSN News]
- Euthanasia is a collection of photographs documenting industrial decay and infrastructure breakdown in the former Soviet Union [via MeFi]
- CNet News reports on a new prison program that trains inmates on the latest digital imaging and printing techniques, so they can find jobs and "stay out of trouble" after they're released. Hmm...unless they decide to start new careers in forgery and counterfeiting.
- "Could glowing, Wi-Fi wine glasses let people in long-distance relationships feel more in touch with their other half? Don't scoff: researchers in Boston at MIT's Media Lab - that citadel of outside-the-box thinking - believe so. [New Scientist]"
- The Bad News: I "accidentally" formatted the hard drive on my old Gateway laptop, and I don't have the original OEM setup discs. The Good News: I've finally got my chance to experiment with a homebrew Linux installation. Being the frugal DIY soul I often am, I'll go for a free Debian/GNU Linux distro. Any tips from fellow geeks out there?
- "The Crappiest Invention of All Time: Why The Auto-Flush Toilet Must Die," by Nick Schultz [Slate]