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Archives: September 2003

Tue Sep 30, 2003

Irrational Satire Get Your Ninja Mission !!! BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 30, 03 | 4:20 pm

Just enter your secret agent number ( 007 by default ) and begin your mission. The below is Agent 6454, but I was partial to Agent 69, 10094, 99 ....







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Irrational Obscurity Are Your Ready ?! BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 30, 03 | 4:08 pm

Th Return of the King trailer available for download. So, Whatcha waitin' for?!



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Irrational Obscurity Did you konw tihs? BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 30, 03 | 1:50 pm

Phaeprs you've aaelrdy heard, but in case you haven't, acdcnroig to a veirtay of seourcs (none of whcih seem to pniot to the ogrniial), wdors can be ctpeolelmy saelrmbcd, ohter than the frsit and lsat lreetts, and you can sltil rezcoigne the wrdos. This anetrplapy is bcaesue we don't read every leettr of a wrod bfroee rzeigoncnig it.

Mybae I slohud sratt ptonsig lkie this all of the tmie?



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Thu Sep 25, 2003

Irrational Obscurity FeedDemon Beta Update: 1.0 Beta 6 BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 25, 03 | 11:07 am

Nick Bradbury has released FeedDemon 1.0 Beta 6. If you're upgrading from a previous beta, as always, please read the release notes before installing.

FeedDemon enables you to quickly explore the world of RSS from your desktop without having to visit hundreds of sites. Written by Nick Bradbury, creator of TopStyle and HomeSite, it makes RSS as easy to access as your email. Thousands of web sites offer their content as RSS newsfeeds.

Changes in Current Version:
  • Support for content:encoded
  • Channel properties now enables selecting an auto-update frequency based on hours or days instead of minutes
  • Hitting Ctrl+Enter in the address bar auto-completes the current entry by wrapping it between "http://" and ".com"
  • Added "Last 24 Hours" to newspaper filters



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Tue Sep 23, 2003

Irrational Obscurity Print Your Own Money BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 23, 03 | 12:21 pm

The more money you have, the easier it is to own it all - so print your own! Just click on the image of the money you want to find a whole page-full...



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Irrational Satire .NET Saves Boy Down Well BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 23, 03 | 11:03 am

In the early hours of the morning, .NET, Microsoft's platform for XML Web services, saved a five-year-old boy who fell down a well in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Erwin Trickle apparently fell down the thirty foot well and became stuck while in pursuit of a prairie dog. Local authorities were alerted, and spent 16 hours at the site attempting to remove the boy from the narrow opening.

At his wit's end, Ottumwa Cheroot Buck Bettendorf contacted Microsoft's head office in Redmond, Washington, hoping for a solution. Bettendorf spoke with Microsoft Solutions, who assured him that .NET could solve any problem he might encounter.

"I was durned skeptical at first," Bettendorf stated, "but them folks in Washington told me that this .NET 'enables an unprecedented level of software integration through the use of XML Web services: small, discrete, building-block applications that connect to each other--as well as to other, larger applications--via the Internet.' Well, I said to my deputy, if that ain't gonna save little Erwin, nothing will."...



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Thu Sep 18, 2003

Irrational News Flash Revisited: Ninjai, The Little Ninja BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 18, 03 | 12:02 am

Probably the greatest bit of flash animation I've ever seen. Discovered the series a while back, but was lost due to bandwith concerns. Kudos to AtomFilms for helping to bring it back...

Ninjai: The Little Ninja



Dial-ups beware...



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Mon Sep 15, 2003

Irrational Satire HORSE RACING - COULD IT WORK FOR COWS ? BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 15, 03 | 12:13 pm

Claims that a form of horse racing for cows, so-called "cow racing", could reinvigorate the gambling industry were made at a hush-hush meeting of farmers, breeders and online betting firms. "Punters are always looking for something new" said farmer David Howie, "and cow racing could be the next big thing."

Insiders are said to be looking favourably at the proposal. Said one bookmaker, "These days you have dogs, camels and ostriches competing on the track. There is no good reason why cows shouldn't also be put through their paces."

The initial proposal is for racecows between the ages of three and five to compete over a mile. The cows would be jockeyless and, much like greyhounds, would chase an attractive moving target. David Howie has suggested an electric rail which would propel a life-sized farmer carrying a mini-trough.

James Steel of the Farmers Union gave cautious backing to the plan, but called for more support from government for British farmers. "Diversification In Action is one thing but to have dairy cows charging round a track urged on by excited racegoers is bound to have an effect on yield".



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Irrational Satire Giant Flashbulb To Help Hubble Telescope See Even Further BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 15, 03 | 11:50 am

Nasa (NewsHax wire) -- A new flashbulb added to the Hubble Space Telescope has yielded images that have even Hubble's creators astounded, bringing much of the darker regions of the cosmos into visibility.

The bulb, from Sylvanias Blueshift Dot series, must be replaced by crews every 4 photos, but the details it can pick up are far beyond what experts ever thought possible and are expected to shed even more light upon the mysteries of the cosmos...



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Irrational News Are You Too Stupid to Surf? BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 15, 03 | 11:27 am

A virus fouls your computer and you haplessly pass it on. Advertising software loads stealthily on your machine. Your password gets stolen because of your negligence. The music industry sues you because of something your kids or grandkids did on your computer.

Barely a day goes by without someone, somewhere getting stung or stinging others through careless Internet use.

Though many of these situations are preventable, relatively few of us take the necessary precautions.

So why not institute mandatory education before people can go online? After all, motorists must obtain licenses before they can legally hit the road, and computers are much more complicated than cars.

"It could be a four-year college degree, a one-month course. It might be a good idea," said Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer for Counterpane Internet Security.

Or it might be a bad idea...




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Irrational News Stop the RIAA - Sign the EFF Congressional Petition BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 15, 03 | 10:20 am

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is on a rampage, launching legal attacks against average Americans from coast to coast. Rather than working to create a rational, legal means by which its customers can take advantage of file-sharing technology and pay a fair price for the music they love, it has chosen to sue people like Brianna LaHara, a 12 year-old girl living in New York City public housing.

Brianna, and hundreds of other music fans like her, are being forced to pay thousands of dollars they do not have to settle RIAA-member lawsuits -- supporting a business model that is anything but rational. This crusade is generating thousands of subpoenas and hundreds of lawsuits, but not a single penny for the artists that the RIAA claims to protect.

Copyright law shouldn't make criminals out of 60 million Americans, and it's time for a change. Congress is going to hold hearings; we need your help to make sure that the public's voice is heard. Tell Congress that it's time to stop the madness.

Sign the Petition !!!



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Thu Sep 11, 2003

Irrational Obscurity in Remembrance... BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 11, 03 | 12:01 am

A scant two years ago. I was headed for the opthamologist, same as today. A picture is worth a thousand words...









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Tue Sep 09, 2003

Irrational Obscurity Homeless Hacker Surrenders BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 09, 03 | 10:53 pm

Celebrated computer hacker Adrian Lamo has surrendered to US marshals at the federal courthouse in Sacramento, California, according to the FBI...



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Irrational Satire RIAA Says Future of Music is Suing File Sharers BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 09, 03 | 10:47 pm

The RIAA announced that they would begin a strategy of profits by lawsuit, which should keep them a viable business indefinitely.

"It's really a bold new idea that really gets back to the roots of the RIAA," said new RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol. "We'll no longer be worried about distributing music. The file sharers will do that for us, but now we'll just make our money from suing them and that's really what we're all about."

According to a report by The Inquirer it will take the RIAA over 2,000 years to sue every file sharer, which confirms the long-term viability of the business model.

"We agree that digital music distribution is the direction everything is heading, but it's not profitable to do that at $1 per song. We'd much rather receive $150,000 per song from suing file sharers. That's where the real profit is found."...



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Irrational News New $20 a month away BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 09, 03 | 10:37 pm

If federal banking officials have their way, retailers across America will be seeing pink on Columbus Day. That's because on Oct. 9, the new, peach-colored $20 bills will enter into circulation across the United States.


The front of the new $20 bill. The vertical red printing reads 'specimen'.

The Federal Reserve announced Tuesday that distribution of the new $20 notes will begin next month, the first in a series of redesigns that will take place over the next few years...





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Irrational News 12-Year-Old Sued for Music Downloading BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 09, 03 | 10:13 pm

The music industry has turned its big legal guns on Internet music-swappers — including a 12-year-old New York City girl who thought downloading songs was fun.

Brianna LaHara said she was frightened to learn she was among the hundreds of people sued yesterday by giant music companies in federal courts around the country.

"I got really scared. My stomach is all turning," Brianna said last night at the city Housing Authority apartment where she lives with her mom and her 9-year-old brother.

"I thought it was OK to download music because my mom paid a service fee for it. Out of all people, why did they pick me?"...



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Fri Sep 05, 2003

Irrational Obscurity This Sports Car Is in the Swim BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 05, 03 | 11:33 am

Britain's newest sports car took a test drive Wednesday, zooming back and forth across the waters of the Thames River in pure James Bond style.

The Aquada can hit speeds of 100 mph on land -- and once it hits water, the wheels retract into the wheel arch, jets kick in, and the car is suddenly a boat.

Once waterborne it can reach speeds of 30 mph, according to Gibbs Technologies, the British firm that designed it.

With a sticker price of about $235,000, the convertible has no doors in order to avoid leaks. Drivers and passengers must jump over the side to get into the car -- just like a boat.

"With this you can have a really good car on the road, and an exciting toy that can tow a water skier, that you can commute to work with, that you can go to St. Tropez with and take two girlfriends," the firm's chairman Alan Gibbs told reporters at the car's test drive on London's Thames on Wednesday...



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Tue Sep 02, 2003

Irrational Satire Bush announces new Job Creation McCzar BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 02, 03 | 11:49 pm

NewsHax wire -- President Bush announced Monday he is creating a new high-level government post to reverse Americas spiraling unemployment trend. According to Bush political advisors, America is hemorrhaging jobs. Most horrifying to Bush's advisors, job losses are mainly occuring in states crucial to Bush's re-election, prompting a real action from the president.

To fill the post, Bush announced the appointment of Ronald
McDonald, whom he touts as being "more responsible for more American jobs than any man, or clown, alive." Bush lauded his choice of Employment Mczar further, saying that "Mr. McDonald is a can-doer and will provide the American people with jobs. He's got job applications with him now in fact. That is plain talk you can take to the bank, along with your $200
paycheck."...



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Irrational News Asteroid Danger in 2014 Downplayed BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 02, 03 | 11:47 pm

Astronomers monitoring near-Earth objects are playing down the chances of a newly discovered asteroid hitting Earth in 2014.

They say that there is a one in 909,000 chance of asteroid 2003 QQ47 impacting our planet.

The chances of a catastrophe are likely to become even slimmer once more measurements of the asteroid's orbit have been made.

The current odds are based on 51 observations made since the giant rock was spotted by a US programme in New Mexico on 24 August...



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Irrational Obscurity So You Want To Learn Japanese BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 02, 03 | 11:40 pm

You've eaten at a few Japanese restaurants, seen some anime, hosted an exchange student, and had a Japanese girlfriend. And now, somewhere in the back of your tiny brain, you think that Japanese would be a good language to learn. Hey, you could translate video games! Or Manga! Or even Anime! Pick up Japanese girls, impress your friends! Maybe you'll even go to Japan and become an anime artist! Yeah! Sounds like a great idea!

So you head down to the library, pick up some books with titles like "How To Teach Yourself Japanes In Just 5 Seconds A Day While Driving Your Car To And From The Post Office" and "Japanese For Complete And Total, Utter Fools Who Should Never Procreate". Hey, you already know a few words from your manga collection/girlfriend/anime. Excited and impressed with your new knowledge, you begin to think: "Hey. Maybe, just maybe, i could do this for a living! Or even major in Japanese! Great Idea, Right?


WRONG...



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Mon Sep 01, 2003

Irrational Satire Holiday Inn Declares Towel Amnesty Day BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 01, 03 | 8:39 pm

Too little too late...

As the most recognized hotel brand in the world, Holiday Inn is an American icon and part of our everyday lives. For some of us, it's more a part of our lives than others'. "Borrowed" towels from Holiday Inn hold a special place for our guests. The trademark script has shown up everywhere from bathroom floors to beach parties. However you got one and whatever reason... "About the towels, we forgive you."

We have declared August 28th, 2003, as our National Towel Amnesty Day. Stay tuned for exciting opportunities across the U.S. to acquire your own souvenir towel!

Do you have a Holiday Inn towel? Tell us how you got it and what became of it. Is it proudly displayed as a collector's item, used in your bathroom or perhaps your favorite beach towel?



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Irrational Satire Holiday Inn Declares Towel Amnesty Day BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 01, 03 | 8:39 pm

Too little too late...

As the most recognized hotel brand in the world, Holiday Inn is an American icon and part of our everyday lives. For some of us, it's more a part of our lives than others'. "Borrowed" towels from Holiday Inn hold a special place for our guests. The trademark script has shown up everywhere from bathroom floors to beach parties. However you got one and whatever reason... "About the towels, we forgive you."

We have declared August 28th, 2003, as our National Towel Amnesty Day. Stay tuned for exciting opportunities across the U.S. to acquire your own souvenir towel!

Do you have a Holiday Inn towel? Tell us how you got it and what became of it. Is it proudly displayed as a collector's item, used in your bathroom or perhaps your favorite beach towel?



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Irrational Obscurity You Never Know: It may come in handy... BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Sep 01, 03 | 8:34 pm

worlds first personal DNA storage & profile request kits

For the first time you can crack the genetic code and discover the secrets of your DNA

Protect your family with DNA identification and celebrate being unique today...

Courtesy of MetaFilter



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