Day: May 5, 2003

The road to 1984:

Thomas Pynchon’s introduction to a forthcoming edition of Orwell’s 1984. “George Orwell’s final novel was seen as an anticommunist tract and many have claimed its grim vision of state control proved prophetic. But, argues Pynchon, Orwell – whose centenary is marked this year – had other targets in his sights and drew an unexpectedly optimistic conclusion.” Guardian UK

[props to mousemusings]

Everybody’s talking

about this Honda advertisement, viewable if you have Flash6. “Yes, everything in the ad did happen as shown. There was no computer generation involved.” As this Slate commentary points out, what I’m really doing by blinking to this is helping Honda spread its message ‘virally’ far more efficiently than if it were just a television commercial. It sticks in my craw but, just this once, I’ll tell you this is worth viewing. I won’t make a habit of it.

Rob’s Amazing Poem Generator

creates a poem from the content found at a URL. Here’s what feeding it this page gave me:

Follow Me

brûlées and the
rock had entered the
memorabilia you feel alone, afraid and
civil Liberties to
Air Force Counterproliferation
Center. for the presidential committee
on leaving the
family members of proliferating idiosyncratic diagnostic categories The
handwriting nor the biggest drop in less than any president Bush
leagues: He became ill again after
they would
be able to broadband access at charming
and you
are Yahoo! News 8:50 years
in US history;
First president in the story but Syria
until
a great Iraq and in
it, is a profile
from being a Grand
Junction hospital. NY Times
1:17 PM LinktoComments Comment .............. Stalin
to press for granted. The Mississippi
River and netting
to resist the brain during this start
an antispam
law.

Number One, with a Bullet?

Software Bullet Is Sought to Kill Musical Piracy: “Some of the world’s biggest record companies, facing rampant online piracy, are quietly financing the development and testing of software programs that would sabotage the computers and Internet connections of people who download pirated music, according to industry executives.” NY Times