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11 May, 2004

UFIOs Over Mexico

UFIO = Unidentified Flying Invisible Object.

From ABC News: Mexico Air Force video creates UFO stir.

The Mexican Air Force has released footage of what a UFO expert said were 11 unidentified flying objects (UFOs) picked up by an infrared camera as they whizzed around a surveillance plane.

Long-time believer in flying saucers, journalist Jaime Maussan, told a news conference on Tuesday the objects were real and seemed "intelligent" after they at one point changed direction and surrounded the plane chasing them.

"They were invisible to the eye but they were there, there is no doubt about it. They had mass, they had energy and they were moving about," he said, after showing a 15-minute video he said the Defence Ministry gave him permission to publicise.

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Rock And Roll Assault

The Rock 'n' Roll assault on Noriega, Dec. 20, 1989 - Jan. 31, 1990.

Courtesy of the Freedom of Information Act. You'll find six pages from the original 227-page documents, including a list of the rock songs they blasted at Noriega.

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President's Day

I used to be a huge fan of Loudon Wainwright III. He's best-known for a throw-away song called Dead Skunk In The Middle of the Road. He's also the father of the now-popular Rufus Wainwright.

Loudon has a new song called President's Day, and you can download the MP3.

Good People - Kindly lend an ear or even 2 to this March 27th recording of my song "Presidents' Day," captured live at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California. Due to its particular timeliness with regard to our nation's impending electoral decision in November, I have made the rather unusual (for me) decision to cast it into the ether of cyberspace, there to be had gratis, absolutely free of charge for citizens armed with an MP3 player and a taste for broadside material.

Note: This is a political song. You are free to post comments about Loudon or his music, but please don't post political comments here. They'll just be deleted, so save me the trouble.

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Follow The Money

Here's an interactive Flash thingy featuring George Bush and Tony Blair, following the money.

(Thanks Jim Kloss)

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Moving Experiences

We're starting to think about the logistics of moving to Arizona. High on the list is hiring a moving company vs. renting a truck.

So far, we're leaning towards a do-it-yourself move -- mainly because of the uncertainty involved in using a moving company. They usually provide a 3-4 day "window" in which you can expect it to arrive with your stuff. I don't like that idea at all. It's less than a six hour drive, so I think I could handle a 20-foot truck for that amount of time, even at 5-miles per gallon (I will need a new trucker's hat, though).

I don't put a lot of faith in the reviews at Epinions.com, but there is a big difference in the ratings between U-Haul and Penske. It's actually kind of fun reading the moving horror stories. Maybe if I read enough of them, I'll be geared up for the inevitable problems.

Care to share your own moving experiences?

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House For Sale

Hanan Levin (of the Grow-A-Brain blog) is selling his house. If you've ever wondered what kind of house $1.4 million will buy in Southern California, check it out. Those who live outside of California may find it difficult to believe, but this house seems to be priced appropriately (based on my recent selling experience).

Oh yeah, he's also offering a finder's fee of $10,000 if you refer a buyer.

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Weird Stuff At Amazon

Sheila Chilicote-Collins compiled an Amazon List: The Top 25 Weirdest Items You Can Purchase Through Amazon!

Shown here is item #25 on the list, the Rejuvenique RJV10KIT Facial Toning Mask Kit.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Update: As "Howard Stern" noted in a comment, here's an even better Amazon list: So you're going to jail...

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Google Blog

The Google Weblog has been around for quite a while -- but it's "unofficial," and not affiliated with Google. As of yesterday, now there's an official Google Blog.

Insight into the news, technology, and culture of Google.

Get the latest word direct from the Googleplex about new technology, hot issues, and the wide world of search.

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Hey, it's the 21st Century. It's about time we had a flying car. It's the Moller Skycar M400. Well, it's not quite ready yet...

Once private air travel was the exclusive preserve of the rich and famous. Sadly, it still is, unless you happen to have the lion's share of half a million lying dormant in your bank account. The Skycar, though, has whipped the Firebox team into a collective frenzy with its vertical take off capability and vaguely enticing 380Mph top speed.

Unlike previous prototype Skycars, the M400 can comfortably seat four people, making a day trip to the south of France with your mates the equivalent of a two-hour blat down the motorway. That's when it goes on sale, of course, which isn't just yet.

(Thanks Craig Batten)

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Turn The Pages

Use your mouse to turn the pages of some historical books at the British Library.

Shown here is an 18th century anatomy book.

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Brad Pitt's Fashion Prediction

"Men will be wearing skirts by next summer. That's my prediction and proclamation."

- Brad Pitt

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HP Shopping

It's pretty sad when a technology company can't even get their act together when it comes to ordering products online. From Ed Foster's Gripelog: HP Won't Cancel Backlogged Order.

How hard can it be for a computer company to cancel an order that isn't going to be shipping for several weeks? Apparently it's a little too hard for Hewlett-Packard.

Apparently, once an order is placed, the only way a customer can cancel the order is to refuse shipment -- and then pay shipping both ways.

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The Grand Canyon

Take a virtual tour of the Grand Canyon.

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They Rule

A site called They Rule...

They Rule aims to provide a glimpse of some of the relationships of the US ruling class. It takes as its focus the boards of some of the most powerful U.S. companies, which share many of the same directors. Some individuals sit on 5, 6 or 7 of the top 500 companies. It allows users to browse through these interlocking directories and run searches on the boards and companies. A user can save a map of connections complete with their annotations and email links to these maps to others. They Rule is a starting point for research about these powerful individuals and corporations.

Posted on 11 May, 2004