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these guys weren't the sharpest knives in the forehead.
never accept candy from strangers. especially if they are the defiled, reanimated corpses of the dead.
see? you get a lot more stopping power out of whole wheat.
what are the odds? two giant robots in the same show? and they want to fight?
but ogdenville, north haverbrook and brockway all have monorails!
sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinguishable from malice.
and here the satellite is tracing the flow of hairspray used by tv anchormen around the globe.
i sense someone who is jealous of my outside the box genius! jealous with envy!

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A Miracle of Science

Angels From Another Pin

Chicago: Howtown on the Make

Roger Ebert

The Institute of Official Cheer


ToastyFrog Jump!


Homestar Runner

Bob the Angry Flower


Old Quotes File

Zhen Ji (DW3) wallpaper

Xiahou Dun (DW3) wallpaper

DW4 Soundtrack Disk 1 cover

DW4 Soundtrack Disk 2 cover

How about some freeware games you simply must play? Run right over and enjoy Warning Forever, Turrican 2002, Pac-Mondrian and last but far from least Battle for Endor. (Pac-Mondrian is played on the Web, while the other three are downloadable games for the PC.) They are altogether quite magnificent. As a side note, you can download some music from the Turrican games in MP3 form here.

The Adventures of Dark Neutron! Some would describe him as "the Nick Nolte of superheroes." After all... it's not that he's apathetic... he just doesn't care. While we're on this City of Heroes jag, there's also a few cogent points on why Paragon City Sucks. I myself have more or less put an end to my career in America's famous city of masked freaks, but I may still manage to scrape the screenshots I took into some kind of album. It was at least mildly fun while it lasted.

Say... yeah.

The magnificent Treewave mixes lush vocals with the sound stylings of the Commodore 64's SID chip. I strongly recommend their song "Sleep," which you can download from their MP3 section.

Cory Doctorow's presentation to Microsoft about why they should abandon digital rights management. It begins, "Greetings fellow pirates! Arrrrr!"

This experiment in mixing computer security with visualization goes by the intriguing name The Spinning Cube of Potential Doom.

Words that need to be said, but I doubt anyone is listening.

Jeff Freeman makes an important point about blogging, and about everything else on the Internet for that matter. He also wrote something I liked about Ronald Reagan.

The final degenerate state of the massively multiplayer online RPG. I guess we can all go home now... er... I mean... go outside and get some sun now.

Wow, where does the time go? I can tell you this much -- the game I've been working on, Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, is now in stores for X-box and PS2, so rush right out and buy yourself ten copies! Aside from that, I can lay a few links on you. Here they are: the problems with classifying classical music as well as classical music's ten dirtiest secrets, M. C. Escher's Print Gallery re-realized, a pretty if undeniably overexposed image from the Clementine moon probe, and finally scary and perfectly written dystopian fears. Oh, and via USENET: how to survive an explosion, and how to use a pager.
There's a fairly hilarious controversy going on over who really wrote LINUX. When I say "controversy," I of course mean "some people are hoping that nobody will check up on their facts."

A request for more realism in wargames:

I want a war sim where I spend two hours pushing across a map to destroy a "nuclear missile silo," only to find out after the fact that it was just a missile-themed orphanage.

I want little celebrities to show up on the scene and do interviews over video of charred teddy bears, decrying my unilateral attack. I want congressional hearings demanding answers to these atrocities.

On the very next level I want to lose half of my units because another "orphanage" turned out to be a NOD ambush site. I want another round of hearings asking why I didn't level that orphanage as soon as I saw it, including tearful testimony from a slain soldier's daughter who is now, ironically, an orphan.

Finally, think fast: Massively multiplayer game worlds to the same scale! Via Semiskimmed, a trip inside an Antarctic crevasse! The Glass Engine! The view from the top of Mt. Everest! The remarkable and wonderful MAME Jump! Downloadable music from Metroid: Zero Mission! 42 Optical Illusions to amaze and delight you! A field guide to apologies! And finally, Two Nations Divided By A Meat Cleaver.

Creepies. It's been a while since I updated this thing, hasn't it? In my defense I've been, well, working all the time. During the small sliver of time I haven't been working, I've been doing the comic. During the small sliver of time remaining after that, to stay sane I invested a few weeks playing NCSoft's online game Lineage 2. Is it a good game? No, not at all. But I needed something simplistic where a brain was not required to play, and as Lineage 2 is so simple that it has since been completely taken over by robot players from China, it fit the bill. I got keen armor and a cool sword, visited some neat-looking places in the process of hitting monsters to gain EXP, and ran into nearly six other people out of the thousands of other players who communicated in complete sentences, so that was nice. I'm done with that game now. But as cybernetic vacations go, one could do worse. And yes, that was my character, and no, I don't even want to hear about it.

Why mention this at all? Well, mostly I wanted to show off those two screenshots. I thought they came out quite nice.

You're probably wondering why we don't have a man on Mars at the moment. It turns out that you can blame the media. Be warned, however: if you care about unimportant things like, say, humanity's future, or truth, this article will make you very, very angry.

An analysis of the deadly Witty Worm.

The so-called "green flash" is a rare atmospheric phenomenon that happens at sunset, when the light from the sun is so severely refracted and distorted that it turns bright green. For a long time many people doubted it existed, but as it happens the green flash has been photographed and now thanks to the World Wide Web anyone can see what it looks like.

There's an inanity in Microsoft Outlook Express where it will refuse to export email messages, giving you the error "An error occurred while initializing MAPI." The reasons for this are too stupid to go into. After searching around the web I found the simple little program DBXConv which neatly solved the problem. So, just thought I'd pass that along. With that, I am now using K9 as an automated spam filter. We'll see how that goes.

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