Daily Archives: September 12, 2003

That Old Wrong Chong Bong Song

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 11 – Comedian Tommy Chong has been sentenced to nine months in federal prison and fined $20,000 for selling bongs and other drug paraphernalia over the Internet. Chong will be told in a few weeks where he’ll have … Continue reading

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Disney and Dali – Dead Can Colaborate

In 1946, Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, in one of cinema’s oddest collaborations, teamed up on a short film called Destino. But Disney’s studio ran into financial trouble and put the unfinished film on the shelf. Now, 57 years later, … Continue reading

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Scare Tactics Fail: File Sharing UP

The RIAA has certainly been getting a lot of press in their campaign to intimidate millions of downloaders via seemingly random subpeonas of 12-year-olds and grandfathers.  So how is that stratedgy working out for them? According to the BBC, "There’s … Continue reading

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Personal Pyramids Wave of the Future

The rising number of overweight, inactive Americans is shaking the Food Guide Pyramid to its foundation. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture prepares to revamp the pyramid in 2005, it is proposing tailoring its advice to sedentary Americans to help … Continue reading

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Oh yes, this looks much more intuitive

This handout is the first place winner of the National Science Foundation and Science magazine inaugural Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, illustration category, entitled ‘Innolab 3D File Manager’ by Adam Miezianko, Kristopher Rambish, Karen Fung and Zavnura Pingkan illustrating that … Continue reading

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CIA: Bin Laden Tape Authentic

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 – A C.I.A. technical analysis has concluded that the voice on an audiotaped message broadcast this week and represented as that of Osama bin Laden is probably authentic, an official at the intelligence agency said today. from … Continue reading

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Approaching Critical Mass

Soon after I started blogging this year, I had the good fortune to be taken in by the group of bloggers at Harvard’s Berkman Center under the visionary leadership of Dave Winer. I got the impression very early that Dave … Continue reading

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The Other September 11

Those were the days. When the CIA could meddle with impunity, blogs and the internet didn’t exist, and the White House could change a regieme faster and easier than changing the sheets in the Lincoln Bedroom. The word at the time … Continue reading

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Record Cold in Cambridge – half a billionth of a degree above absolute zero

A team of physicists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created the coolest thing in the world. Using a labyrinth of lasers, lenses, and magnetic fields, the scientists chilled sodium gas to the lowest temperature ever recorded, half a billionth … Continue reading

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Invisible Police Officers Ruled Illegal

An interesting case out of Olympia, Washington. Police suspected William Bradley Jackson  of the murder of his 9-year-old daughter, but had no evidence. So they planted a GPS tracker in his vehicle and followed it until it led them to … Continue reading

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