Oct 31, 2001
Oct 30, 2001
Since we've moved to Los Angeles it hasn't rained. I was just thinking yesterday that it was strange to live in a city with no rain and then today it rained. Somebody call Schwoegler 'cause I'm on fire! By the way, Schwoegler—thanks for the help on my sixth grade science project. I got a "B." I guess photocopies of lightning colored in with markers and a letter from actual Bruce Schwoegler isn't "original" enough for the science fair. Genius is never appreciated in it's time.
Oct 29, 2001
Oct 28, 2001
Oct 27, 2001
Oct 26, 2001
Google Search: anthrax cigarettes. This search was in my referral logs today. I'm guessing that would be a very effective method of distribution. What's the security like in cigarette manufacturing plants? If someone could taint a big batch, that would be hundreds of thousands of people willingly inhaling anthrax. Freaky.
Oct 25, 2001
Oct 24, 2001
Oct 23, 2001
Oct 22, 2001
Metafilter Launches TextAds "Ads are priced at $2 per thousand impressions, with a minimum of 5,000 impressions. So for as low as $10, you can announce new projects, articles, companies, and services to thousands of tech- and media-savvy users of MetaFilter." Update: I bought an ad. Good stuff!
Oct 21, 2001
Apple's New Device is called the iPod. It can be synched with the computer to download music into a portable system, which can then be accessed by either a car or home stereo system. This is according to sources familiar with the company but Apple is not releasing the real news until Tuesday.
Spamthrax—Contracting Anthrax Via Email "The FBI today did not issue an alert for electronically disseminated anthrax, also known as "spamthrax," because anthrax cannot be propagated through email. However, that will likely not stop panic-stricken thousands, who freaked after viewing the headline above, from spreading a rumor that the Internet has been evacuated."
Oct 20, 2001
Oct 19, 2001
"With CityDesk, people who don't know anything about HTML or web servers can easily add, edit, and remove articles from a web site, using a program that is as easy as a word processor. CityDesk will automatically apply standard formatting, according to templates you provide, to those articles. Then it copies them to your web server automatically. Each article can include pictures, sounds, and other media elements."
Voice recognition programs work by measuring variations in spoken commands. Dr. Igarashi's system would work by measuring the pitch and duration of sounds like "ah" and "umm." So to control your television, you would say "volume up, ahhhhhh," and the volume of the TV would rise while the "ahhh" continues. I'm not so sure about this. If this idea catches on, humans may evolve into freakish beings that scream at their TV's. Oh, wait.
Oct 17, 2001
Rabbit Blog: "I know what you're thinking. 'Why should a rabbit have a blog?' And I guess if I weren't a rabbit, I might wonder the same thing. If I were, god forbid, a squirrel, or a dog, I would really wonder. I might even think, 'Jesus, who cares about rabbits?' Of course if I were a dog, I'd probably be too busy eating someone else's vomit off the pavement to notice."
Oct 16, 2001
It seems as though I may have to become an Evil Genius. But I'm afraid if I try to grow a goatee, I'll just look like a minor league baseball player—rather than a proper arch-nemisis. Maybe a cape would do the trick. Plus, I'd have to consult with my staff at Genius Labs because it would be required that they all become evil as well. I'll look into it.
My mom is in London right now. I wonder if she knows that Cellphones spook British ghosts. "Apparently paranormal events, which some scientists put down to unusual electrical activity, could be drowned out by the electronic noise produced by phone calls and text messages." Fear not, Genius Labs is working on a "ghost friendly" cell phone.
Oct 15, 2001
We were at the beach yesterday hanging out and having a picnic and I saw a dolphin. At first, I thought it was a shark but then I used my supervision to detect minute hairs—a sure sign of mammalian lifeforms. So I went swimming. It's seems weird to swim in October. Nevertheless, I swam.
Oct 14, 2001
Furtive Glances Start Happy Brain Waves Firing "Volunteers were asked to rate the attractiveness of the people they saw in the photographs ...sparks start firing in an area of the brain called the ventral striatum. Studies have shown the same region is also active in gamblers and drug addicts." Could this explain the popularity of hot or not? Genius Labs says: "perhaps."
Oct 13, 2001
Oct 11, 2001
Did you get an email about a girl who received a letter from her disappeared Afghan boyfriend saying terrorists are going to strike at U.S. malls on Halloween? Yeah, so did I. It's not true. I avoid malls as a general rule anyway. They may not be toxic, but I can't stand being sprtized with sample perfumes.
Oct 10, 2001
Oct 9, 2001
Oct 8, 2001
The sink in our new apartment is large and deep. In fact, it can hold almost every dish we have in a junkyard of upside down bowls, mugs, and little bits of pasta. I know this because I just came from the kitchen. Unfortunately, the weight distribution of aforementioned "dishload" is uneven and some breakage is occurring. We've already lost mug handles, ceramic spoons, and one trusty bowl. I used to wash dishes professionally, but I'm daunted by the current situation.
Oct 7, 2001
Oct 6, 2001
Crime and Underpants: "A drunken Norwegian who pulled a pair of underpants over his face and robbed a post office told a court he did not remember the robbery, but admitted he had a suspicion of having been up to no good when he woke up and found a large wad of money in his living room." He might have evaded capture if he'd invested in these underpants from Genius Labs.
Oct 5, 2001
It's exciting but dangerous to be a creative director in New York. My friend Steve spent 6 hours in the hospital on Wednesday. I'll let him explain: "On my way to work I stepped on a plastic afro-pick which acted like a supersonic banana peel and sent me sprawling on the sidewalk (after a brief and rather exciting skateboard-like ride) resulting in a variety of cuts and contusions to my chest, arm, hand and a broken toe." Supersonic banana peels and strategically placed plastic afro pics? Now that I know they're out there, they'll never get me!
Oct 4, 2001
Brewster is oddly fascinated with a vent in the bathroom. Could there be small, invisible humans living in there? Perhaps there are weirdly alluring feline songs being broadcast from the basement? Or is it simply an interdimensional vortex created by aliens masquerading as Italian tile artisians in the 1920s? In any case, I'm onto it.
Oct 3, 2001
Happy 30th Birthday, Email! "Ray Tomlinson, principal engineer at Cambridge, Mass.-based BBN Technologies, finds himself in the spotlight again after all these years, having to answer questions about the computer program he designed as it reaches its 30th birthday in the coming weeks."
Oct 2, 2001
Oct 1, 2001
It's a Trillion-atom triumph! Eugene Polzik and his associates at the University of Aarhus in Denmark have entangled millions upon millions of caesium atoms. What does this mean? Well, it doesn't mean Star Trek-style teleportation involving the wholesale deconstruction and reconstruction of humans, but it does mean that photons of light could be transmitted from one place to another without sending the photons across the intervening space. That is some serious instant messaging.