Students for an Orwellian Society:

“The mission of SOS is to promote the vision of a society based upon the principles of Ingsoc, first articulated by George Orwell in his prophetic novel, 1984. SOS is active at Columbia, Oberlin, Penn State, NYU, UMass, Minuteman High School, FSC, CalTech, UVA, RIT, Murray, JHU, UC-Berkeley, MSCD, SUNY-Stony Brook, UC-Davis, Bellevue CC, Trinity Chrisitan Academy, and a number of other schools…

As to be expected, SOS has been quite successful. Since the events of 11 September, we have been able to convince a number of figures in national and local politics to help forward our aims. How could they do otherwise?

Our successes can be shown to fit into the three major ideals of Ingsoc as expressed by Orwell:

  • War is Peace
  • Freedom is Slavery
  • Ignorance is Strength”

[thanks, walker]


Adding a fresh twist to cans of pop

The “bottle can” – an aluminum can with a screw cap – is the latest product design from Japan likely to take the world by storm: “There hasn’t been much change in the world of beverage cans since the stay-on tab replaced the ring-pull tab in the late 1980s. But now Japan has put a new twist on the old can, and it’s coming your way.

The ‘bottle can,’ an aluminum can with a screw cap, has taken Japan by storm, as consumers show a growing thirst for its novelty value and the ability to re-close it like a bottle. Now the can is set to take on international markets.” —Taipei Times [via girlhacker]


End Daylight Saving Time

A history of the concept and a plea to abolish it:

“Why did daylight saving time (DST) start, and why does it still continue? When asking a random sample of people we heard two answers again and again: ‘To help the farmers’ or ‘Because of World War I … or was it World War II?’

In fact, farmers generally oppose daylight saving time. In Indiana, where part of the state observes DST and part does not, farmers have opposed a move to DST. And the chief adversary of daylight saving time in the United States is the Farm Bureau. Farmers, who must wake with the sun no matter what time their clock says, are greatly inconvenienced by having to change their schedule in order to sell their crops to people who observe daylight saving time.”