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"I am the world crier, & this is my dangerous career...

I am the one to call your bluff, & this is my climate."

—Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972)

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Saturday, January 22, 2000

The Progressive Secretary


"Most people don't have the time to send these badly needed messages, because
they are doing other things. But our computers have the time, and want to go to work
for you. If you join us, we'll send you proposed email letters. You can tell us to send
each one for you, and we send it out over your return address."

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Protest.Net: A calendar of protest, meetings, and conferences.
"Protest.Net is a site to help progressive activists by providing a central place where the times and locations of protests and
meetings can be posted. I can't possibly keep up with all the actions, so if you find about a protest or meeting, please post that
information to protest.net."

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Science -- Hofstadter 281 (5376): 512 Douglas Hofstadter worries about the future of rational inquiry. This is not so new -- from July of 1998 -- but the concerns are worthy of ongoing attention even in this brief-attention-span post-MTV world. I'm not sure, however, I totally agree with Hofstadter. While I'm a scientist, I am exposing my children to the joys of the pseudo-scientific, the eerie and unexplained. These two are not necessarily dichotomous.

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-(SCRIBBLE)-(JOTTING)(weblogging: lessons learned) Some of this is trivially obvious, some worth listening to even if it has a chip on its shoulder.

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beebo.org: metalog
The most
frequently
linked-to sites, as
selected by over
250 weblogs.

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Molecules with Silly or Unusual Names
"Believe it or not, some chemists do have a sense of humour, and this page is a testament to that. Here we'll show you some real molecules that
have unusual, ridiculous or downright silly names."

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Update on Unabomber's appeal (from Sacramento Bee)

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Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Looked around at some other people's logs, and some logs of logs, this evening. One conclusion: very few people out there have anything approaching a clever NAME for their weblog. (Not that "Follow Me Here" is anything to write home about...) Another: it really is getting to be a movement, or a community, out there. Not necessary in a laudable sense; there's something really incestuous about people's reciprocal pointers to the other weblogs they each follow. Everyone seems to circulate the same stories, which I won't dignify by recycling here. Perhaps they were interesting the first time they were referenced. Must be sort of like the frenzied efforts reporters take not to get scooped. The important thing, it would seem, is to find something original that your readers would find enlightening and/or enlivening...

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Chicago Tribune | Print Edition -- Two Armchair Adventurers Write the Book on Surviving a Worst-Case Scenario

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Tuesday, January 18, 2000

End of the galaxy (but don't hold your breath)
"It will be a major car wreck, and we're the
Yugo in this one," said Ohio astrophysicist Chris Mihos.

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Street Gang Dynamics, by Steve Nawojczyk, gangwar.com ...including a primer on the interpretation of graffiti.

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Rapture Index How is the world doing today on each of forty-five millenial indicators? The author of this website apparently finds that these indicate how close the Biblical "rapture" is...

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Who Are the Tibetan Lamas? by Matt Alsdorf
Last week the Karmapa Lama, a 14-year-old Tibetan
Buddhist Leader, fled to India from Chinese-controlled Tibet.
Five years ago, the Chinese government sparked controversy
by nominating a different boy for the position of Panchen
Lama than the one the Dalai Lama had chosen. Who are all
these lamas?

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Monday, January 17, 2000

The Palindromist Magazine: "a journal for those who write -- and read -- palindromes."

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Sunday, January 16, 2000

Salon Technology | Fear of links
"The occasion was a panel discussion at a new media conference at the UC-Berkeley Journalism School earlier this year, and the message was clear: People who provide links to other people are performing a low, menial task that any boob can handle... Well, I beg to differ. And, more importantly, the behavior of millions of Web users suggests that they place an extremely high value on the reliable, timely provision of useful -- or quirky, or overlooked -- links."

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BBC News | UK | 'Spy in the sky' targets speeders
"An electronic speed regulator which
uses satellite signals to stop cars
breaking limits could soon become
compulsory in British vehicles."

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Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII
"Warning: Accessing this site automatically opens a file for you at FBI
headquarters. This warning, of course, comes too late. Sorry about that."

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
This site contains all kinds of information about the village with the longest name in Britain, such as how it got its name, what
there is to see and places to stay, and how to pronounce it.

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