TheShadow sent me a funny video clip of a transquilized bear that fell onto a trampoline. You can watch the original news footage in a streaming Flash video format, streaming video on StupidVideos (Windows Media and QuickTime), or MPEG format (1.9 MB). You can also download Craig Kilborn's video commentary (1.9 MB; WMV): #1 or #2 (local copy) which makes the clip funnier.
Today's Worth1000 theme is "If Pirates Ruled". Basically, depict the world if pirates ruled.
I am an animal lover so I like today's theme. Worth1000's contest theme is about animals in clothes. It's anarchy I tell you, anarchy. There are 63 entries.
This New York Time's article (thanks N.Y. Times Link Generator for registrationless access) talks about digital data can fade away. The nation's 115 million home computers are brimming over with personal treasures -- millions of photographs, music of every genre, college papers, the great American novel and, of course, mountains of e-mail messages. Yet no one has figured out how to preserve these electronic materials for the next decade, much less for the ages. Like junk e-mail, the problem of digital archiving, which seems straightforward, confounds even the experts.
Engadget has a photograph of a solar-powered cellular payphone that was spotted on boat sailing around Lake Victoria in Africa. It is probably not real since it could possibly be a staged advertisement for something or other.
FCW.com's article, titled "Finding Your Weakest Link", says interceptors are finding public- and private-sector wireless vulnerabilities. A Federal Computer Week team discovered that information and systems at many defense and civilian agencies are left exposed through wireless networks.
Others and I will be posting stories, screen shots, news, etc. so please bookmark this AQFL story! It will be like the stress test back in the beginning of September 2004. Be warned that this game is like a drug. You can't stop playing. ;)
Arimus and I are playing on test #8 server (Pacific Zone). Others will be joining this server to play together. So, please go there. We are elves so stay with Alliance group please if you want to be in the group as buddies! Here are the statistics for my current BuddyAnt character (Wowreader -- outdated). Everyone should run Wowreader OR Cosmoui.org with Thotbot, and upload their character statistics (registration required) so everyone can see. Please remember to take screen shots and share! Any funny, cool, etc. shots should be submitted to Blizzard like mine.
11/8/2004 3:13 PM PST: FilePlanet says "Open Beta Keys are GONE!". :(
11/8/2004 6:13 PM PST: www.worldofwarcraft.com has the downloaders. If you already started downloading the client earlier, you can use the new v1.1 client to resume! New keys are not out yet at the moment. Stay tuned...
11/8/2004 8:29 PM PST: Sign Up is back! The cool part is you don't need to an unique key. The page says to use "BLIZRD-BETA-ONLINE-OPEN-PUBLIC". I guess the guys gave up. Space is limited for open beta so go now! ;)
11/10/2004 1:10 PM PST: Open beta sign up is closed.
11/11/2004 3:40 AM PST: Cosmos UI rocks if you wish to add buttons, change stuff, etc. It makes the game a lot funner! Ulic and Ant approve! Get the latest version (even if it is alpha).
11/17/2004 3:22 PM PST: Read the patch's changelog for the game. The patch came out.
11/17/2004 7:00 PM PST: Open beta ends tomorrow! See its Web site for details. :(
11/18/2004 7:18 PM PST: 8 PM PST.
This Wired's article says there are nearly 50 visionary entrepreneurs profiled in a new 495-page book titled They Made America. It is an encyclopedic, entertaining tome by Sir Harold Evans is now the subject of a four-part PBS series (check this informative site out for names, history, images, etc.) of the same name.
Mousey's original post: I don't know why people send me these things... It just seems natural that I might be interested in the evolutionary links between female promiscuity and the size of your testicles right? I mean, that's a perfectly normal topic of discussion at work, right?? Engineers are weird.