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The Ultimate NSFW
If you're at work right now (how likely is that?) don't even think of clicking on this link.  
(I know, I know....)
An interesting column by Matthew Yglesias at the American Prospect:  
Tell me that Rudolph Giuliani did a good job on September 11 and you'll get no argument from me. Say he was, all things considered, a good mayor and, despite my disagreements with him on some matters, you'll get no argument from me. If we were in the middle of a presidential campaign focused on the topic of reducing urban crime, he'd be just the man I'd expect to see giving a prime-time address. If we were in the middle of a presidential campaign focused on the topic of rallying a confused and frightened population with inspiring rhetoric and personal leadership, again, he'd be a good choice.  
But we're not in the middle of either of those campaigns.
Ultra-accurate timekeeping could soon be commonplace, now that physicists have built the workings of an atomic clock just a couple of millimetres across. The clock, which could run off an AA battery, could enhance digital devices such as mobile phones and global positioning system (GPS) units.  
Viable embryos have been created from dead people by fusing their cells with empty cow eggs, a controversial fertility scientist claimed on Tuesday.  
And once you have clones, they can only be controlled by a robot army, see? And then the clones and the robots start fighting, and the Predator shows up, and then the Aliens...
At the beginning of the year, Thomas Lifson, who was at Harvard Business School with George W Bush, made an interesting observation about the President. He notes that young George "was a very avid and skillful poker player" when he was a Business Administration student and that "one of the secrets of a successful poker player is to encourage your opponent to bet a lot of chips on a losing hand. This is a pattern of behavior one sees repeatedly in George W Bush's political career".
Being a pompous nut on LSD makes you think that everything (and I mean everything) that the rock trio Rush ever wrote is referring to an LSD trip.
The price point of the Game Boy Advance SP is to drop to $79.99 in the United States later this week, according to sources at US retailers, with a cut in Europe expected to follow in the coming months.  
The $20 cut should help to stimulate sales of the handheld device in the run-up to Christmas, but more importantly, it will position the GBA SP on the market relative to Nintendo's forthcoming DS handheld, which is set to launch in the USA later this year.
Welcome, Republicans. You're proud Americans who love your country. In your own way, you want to make this country a better place. Whatever our differences, you should be commended for that.  
But what's all this talk about New York being enemy territory? Nothing could be further from the truth. We New Yorkers love Republicans. We have a Republican mayor and governor, a death penalty and two nuclear plants within 30 miles of the city.  
New York is home to Fox News Channel. The top right-wing talk shows emanate from here — Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly among them. The Wall Street Journal is based here, which means your favorite street is here. Not to mention more Fortune 500 executives than anywhere else.  
You may think you're surrounded by a bunch of latte-drinking effete liberals, but the truth is, you're right where you belong, smack in the seat of corporate America and conservative media.
A look at the hows and whys of two fine fonts designed for the screen, one of which is my favourite: Georgia.  
In large sizes, Georgia might be mistaken for a heavier Times New Roman. It's a sturdy face that could easily be used by any newspaper. On-screen in body-text sizes, it takes on new life--looking friendlier, almost like Cheltenham. The characters are beautifully clear at 8-12 point. Its x-height is larger than Times, but not as large as Verdana's, and the result is a face with a traditional feel that's very pleasant on-screen.
A button for cookie stuff. Currently it does:
    * Show cookie permission for the current site.
* Select cookie permission for the current domain.
It's not quite the same as the "Cookies" submenu in the Mozilla suite, but it's close. It's nice having this functionality restored to Firefox, even if not exactly in the same way.

The extension adds a new toolbar button that you can add in Customize mode (right-click on the regular toolbar and click on "Customize"). Clicking on the button drops a menu down, from which you can select the cookie permissions for the site you're at.

"What do you do?" is the lamest and most boring question there is. Asking people about their jobs means they are defined by what they do, and it's not 1950, so fuck off. The worst part is when people actually answer it and start getting into the nuances of their job and how they totally nailed that proposal and how everyone knows it but Gordon. Dude, I don't care if your job is battling Argonauts. We don't want to hear it. The only people who have jobs exciting enough to talk about are sick of talking about their exciting jobs so, by definition, job talk has got to go. If that means knowing someone for days without knowing what they do, so be it. What's wrong with that? Are you so shallow you need to know everyone's job before you can like them?  
NSFW 'cause of the bad words
Five Alive?
the juice
the robot
The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative have reported that they are well ahead of their Proposition 71 opponents in fundraising to support a measure that would provide $3 billion in state funding for stem cell-related research.  
California residents will vote on the measure in November, but heavyweight donors like Bill Gates ($400,000), eBay founder Pierre Omidyar (Buffy, does that sound French to you?) ($1,000,000+) and Herbert Sandler ($509,000)are helping the Research and Cures Initiative get the word out, with most of the donations targeted for television advertising.  
Despite raising only $75,000, opponents are convinced that the state's voters will reject the proposition at the polls.  
Of course, we haven't heard from Laura Bush yet.
President Bush said Tuesday ``we will win'' the war on terror, seeking to quell controversy and Democratic criticism over his earlier remark that victory may not be possible.  
In a speech to the national convention of the American Legion, Bush said, ``We meet today in a time of war for our country, a war we did not start yet one that we will win.''  
That statement differed from Bush's earlier comment, aired Monday in a pre-taped television interview, that ``I don't think you can win'' the war on terror. That had Democrats running for the cameras to criticize Bush for being defeatist and flip-flopping from previous predictions of victory.