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Monthly Archives: January 2006

Nutty Blasphemy Accusation

Here’s an absurd article, calling out AOL for using the phrase “I am” as its new slogan.

But when Millar saw the company’s new slogan, he was shocked and disgusted. He was not alone.

America Online is now acting like God – using what some consider to be His very name in a marketing pitch for e-mail, voice chat, video chat, instant messaging, text messaging and other forms of communication.

AIM’s new slogan is “I AM.”

Give me a fucking break.

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Re:The Better Book

Whether it’s due to lack of interest or lack of attention, I don’t know, but so far I’m (more or less) the sole contributor to the Better Book. And that’s fine, actually. It’s kind of a strange project, and the best way to explain it to other people is probably just to do it. So I’ve been doing it.

To recap what “doing it” entails, I’m basically revising the Bible. So far it’s been light revision (rewording and such), but eventually I’d like to drastically change the stories, accentuating themes and maybe making it more interesting to read. Doing this is proving to be pretty hard work because I have to read what I’m changing pretty thoroughly and figure out exactly what every sentence is saying.

For someone who hasn’t had much contact with the Bible for a long time, I’ve learned some things. Maybe most significantly, that some parts of the Bible make for some really shitty reading. I mean everybody knows about the “so-and-so begat this dude who begat your mom” stuff, but that kind of thing shows up constantly. At some point, I’ll probably just wholesale cut some chapters out because all they do is list names without saying anything interesting about the names. And right now, I’m working on a chapter that is just instructions on how to build a temple.

But then here’s an important aspect of the Bible that will present a challenge to my project: it’s not just stories. It’s not even just teachings. There are all kinds of purposes going on. As a history of the Jewish people, it’s important to have these long lists of begetting. But it’s interesting that modern-day Christians haven’t considered that maybe the genealogy part’s not so important for them. It’s all the word of God I guess. Or not.

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Benford’s Law

I can’t remember who I was talking to. Or exactly what we were discussing. Or the point I was trying to make. But I’m pretty sure I was arguing something rougly similar to Benford’s Law, which states that in a random set of statistics, numbers whose first digit is 1 will pop up more than numbers starting with 2, which will be more common than those with 3, etc. (My own words, so I hope I’m not getting it wrong.) Anyway, look at this chart:
 Benfords Law

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The Flower Printer

 The Flower Printer
The Flower Printer prints on flowers.

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The World as a Model

Olivo Barbieri takes amazing photographs of real places that make them look like models. Look… The World as a Model

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No More Direct-to-Video Disney Sequels?

You might already know that Toy Story 3 has been cancelled, thanks to Pixar people now running Disney’s animation studios. But hey this could be cool: Jason Kottke wonders if Pixar-in-charge might mean that the era of shitty, cheap, and direct-to-video Disney sequels is over.

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America and Iran Agree: Gays are Bad

At the UN, the US backed Iran’s motion to deny 2 gay rights groups “consultative status”.

Nearly 3,000 nongovernmental organizations have such status, which enables them to distribute documents to meetings of the council.

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Is Dog.

 Is Dog.

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Tetris Shelves

 Tetris Shelves

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Yes, But Are You Screwing?

University of Florida employees have to pledge that they’re having sex with their domestic partners before qualifying for benefits under a new health care plan at the university.

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