This is not the Ted Nelson Newsletter, nor the
book by Terry Pratchett.
(an annotated hotlist)
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s e r e n d i p i t y
- Jet City Orange, webzine with unusually
high hit rate for me.
- modern humorist. Wish they had a print magazine.
Finally snapped out of their April fool's joke.
Communal encyclopedia. Very pleasant to edit.
Go there, sign up, waste some time.
- South Park
May God have mercy on us.
Fact sheet on the Guevara Lock of Beethoven's Hair
"Dr. Guevara, a urologist, and Mr. Brilliant, a Beethoven collector
and specialist, have assembled a nationwide team
of scientists to perform tests on a small sample of the portion
of the hair in Dr. Guevara's possession."
Star Wars IV
The first 30 minutes or so, in ASCIImation.
Abridged script of part I.
- ConScript Unicode Registry.
Unicode has code space for private use. The CSUR is trying to manage
the assignment of invented and reconstructed languages to this code space.
The result is a fascinating list of current and historical invented
alphabets, often beautifully lettered.
(Maybe having one's own glyph will one day become a geek fashion statement
like having one's own domain name.)
- The Laundry Product Showcase.
- New! Wow! The EarthSmart, Unbelievable, Natural, Ionic,
O.K., Turbo Plus, Stereo, Dynamic, EcoSave,
Tri-Clean Laundry Ball, Disk, Washball, Stone,
- Turing test for Barry.
Immolation from Eric Paulos.
``Brass Lips On The Finer Statues Of Europe''
is exactly what it says it is.
- Our Wonderful
Cerebellum,'' a short paper (with a few huge images)
by MIT grad student
h i s t o r y
An Abridged History of the United States.
Very much so; covering WWII to 1996 in 13 short articles.
The History of Computing, with lots of photographs;
for History and Computing'' and their
links to history servers.
The VW Type III Owner's Manual: the ``grown-up'' Beetle,
from around 1963.
The Dead Media Project.
The Year in Review
Wallenberg's rescue operation of Hungarian Jews in
World War II.
- The steadily growing MacTutor History of Mathematics archive
contains biographies of more than thousand mathematicians,
about half of them with images.
A Brief History of Algebra and Computing refers
to it a lot.
Johnathan also maintains the Virtual Museum of Computing, the Virtual Library's
home page for computing history.
PLATO: The Emergence
of On-Line Community
- Describes how the Notes system, predecessor of USENET and
just about everything else, evolved in the
- A Brief Stop
at Mount Carmel
Two years after the Waco disaster, libertarian Daniel Tobias
visited what remained of the Branch Davidians.
c u r r e n t e v e n t s
p e o p l e
- The Lee Atwater Invitational Dead Pool
- Where the web jet-set bet on the dates of the dead.
(Dot com version.)
Speaking of dates of death: here's the very tasteful
A non-virtual version would give the Y2K countdown clock
producers something to do on Jan 1 0000.
- Berserkistan, a.k.a. Bosnia.
the Information Age sounds like a paper, but is mostly news.
Local (German) News from today.
For medium- and long-range analysis of international developments
in German: the
The current DFN trouble tickets.
of Discourse is rebuilding;
Ranjit's playground has moved.
Carnage from Scott Christensen.
- Andrew Hodges' Alan Turing Home Page.
- The author of
``Alan Turing: Enigma'' has created an engaging site;
not just for the generous quotes from his book, but also for
countless little scanned pictures and scraps.
Don E. Knuth.
- Ken Thompson gets to fly his first MIG, while Ken Jenks takes a ride (fall?) in the KC-135 zero
- Kathy Acker got kicked off AOL for talking dirty.
More about that, and about the new book
(``Pussy, King of the Pirates'')
in an interview with Rosie X in an old issue
RU Sirius interviews
Acker for i/o magazine. The interview is dumb, but
there are links to Acker's original writing on the bottom.
The short story ``The Language Of The Body'' was recently reprinted by
- Spyke, aka Brian W. Bramlett, has been voted
`Mr. Leather, Portland.'
A few of Dave Sim's
essays on how to become a cartooning self-publisher are being
the World-Wide Webfoot.
Against my expectations,
Lanier's site is growing into something real and interesting.
died of a sudden illness; he'll be sorely missed.
Penn & Teller at Sin City.
The transcript of a talk that Penn & Teller's
good friend Randi (hypermail archive of the
James Randi Hotline)
in 1992 at Caltech was reprinted in Jim
Lippard's Skeptic magazine.
- The Noam Chomsky archive has moved under the wings
More physicists at
b u s i n e s s
- Internet Providers.
E-mail addresses of
Most Fucked-Up Person Alive Tells All, and their
What Sn00z? Page (nothing behind it, but
the descriptions are wellaimed.)
Reserved Edition: stamps.
Fake teeth, genuine shop: Dr. Bukk's.
the Franklin Mint for the rest of us.
(especially the Computing
Science Research Center);
Microsoft service /
Network (use the
r e f e r e n c e
f o o d
of comp.risks; of
of a few sweet technical and social
of IETF RFCs (quickref)
current Internet Drafts (via ftp)
of TV evening news abstracts from 1969-1995
- Joe Smith's PDP 10 Page
- frees (among other things)
Henry Baker's hypertext PDP 10 manuals from
their netcom vault.
- Multics, including live coverage from the last minutes of the Multics host at
HTML Multics Glossary.
- Yow! HAKMEM items 145..180 from Gerad K. Newman;
and more HAKMEM (items 1 .. 191) from Henry Baker,
- Vintage Hypertext
on HTML, SGML, etc., HTML Developer Resources at U Washington.
- Programming in C (local)
- Computers and Telecommunications standards (Mirror: Stuttgart)
POSIX 1003.2 draft, Shell and Utilities,
Roman Czyborra's ISO 8859 series reference.
ungeek (expands geek code v2.1,
it doesn't really get you a life).
Searchable Computer Science Bibliographies mirrored in
Illustrated Data Powers of Ten.
The On-line Dictionary
Jennifer Myers' Unix reference desk.
InterNetwork Mail Guide;
X.500 directory service.
Well-known and Registered (TCP/UDP)
ISO 3166 country codes.
by ticker or name.
Weights and Measures from the CIA factbook (95).
in the Animal Diversity Web.
medical journal search.
Exchange Rates; Koblas Currency
Search the first 1254541 digits of PI; more on
the Value of Pi; large Primes.
US Postal Service Address Quality &
ZIP Code Lookup
Search US phone books; find
US people/businesses given name, state.
Sells 3D models and related data. You can look at,
and walk through, the models before you buy the data.
I like one of their slogans:
``Save Time. Save Money. Save Sanity.''
- Chemistry & Physics
Practical Holography, by Christopher Outwater
and Van Hamersveld.
periodic tables at
U Sheffield /
UNSW, Australia /
- The HCI Launching Pad
pointers to all available HCIrelated resources and to other launching
pads, such as
Hans de Graaf's HCI index, or Mikael Ericsson's list of
The Autonomous Agents Group at
the MIT Media Lab.
The Cognition and Affect Project at the University of Birmingham.
Peedy at Microsoft, and their list of related works.
The Sociable Web
(Paper, 4 illustrations, lots of links.).
``Before the test, the Twinkie was relatively quiet,
and the Lovett sophomore was confused by the whole thing.''
- 1970 Official Gaz. (U.S. Patent Office) 11 Aug. tm 65 Van Brode
Milling Co., Inc., Clinton, Mass... Spork for Combination Plastic
Spoon, Fork and Knife.
- Cooking with Cronin: Mango Sorbet
- You can tell if your sorbet is ready to eat by pressing
a small amount into your hand.
If it melts under the pressure, then it is ready to serve.
If your hand feels cold and then shatters when you bang
it against a hard object,
leave the sorbet to thaw for a few more hours.
Mrs. Morrison's Mace Cake
``... Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt,
and 1 tablespoon mace.''
Insect Recipes from Iowa State University
- Bug Blox, Banana Worm Bread, Rootworm Beetle Dip,
and Chocolate Chirpie Chip Cookies.
The Hacker's Diet, or
How to lose weight and hair through stress and poor nutrition.
A self-help hypertext book by John Walker, a hacker who
lost more then 70 pounds in
less than six months and managed not to regain them - he hacked
(He's kidding about the hair, though.)
Sex In A Pan from Carrie Gates, CS dep.,
- Almonds or nuts, cream cheese, vanilla pudding,
chocolate pudding, cool whip, and optional shaved chocolate.
Patrick R. Michaud's Strawberry PopTart BlowTorches.
and the UnPizza UnHut, the
Along similar lines,
The Internet Lunch Counter.
- Mark Hutchenreuther explains how to
o r g a n i s a t i o n
c u l t u r e
- Good guys:
The IETF's gopher
The IEEE Computer Society.
- Societies, etc.
the CIA (yes, that CIA)
The National Fraud Information Center.
Don't click there: digicrime.
Putrid Afterthought, by
Antonio Mendoza: Escher on acid.
- Writers, Publishers, Movies, Literature
(A separate page with all those bookish/media links.
The best catalog is amazon.com's, the best
movie reference the Internet Movie Database
William Gibson's Alien III Script,
at Will-Harris House;
from Charles Anderson.
Siegel's typography (critique of Siegel from the wayward web),
and the Silicon Graphics
Typeface Collection at Paul Haeberli's Graphica Obscura.
Internet Font Archives
Letraset evaluation typesetting.
Pixelsight custom buttons.
- Jim Pallas:
- ``Generally, ONE OF THE BOYS only inflates during quorum calls,
the dollar may fall at any time, and the action of the wheels of
justice is erratic.''
- domespace, the ``house of the future''.
- Stage designs by jean sebastian bouju.
Grammar FAQ, articles posted to alt.usage.english
- by John Lawler, the hippest Linguistics professor I've ever
had the pleasure to meet over coffee. Who else can
you talk Chomsky, Penn & Teller, and FORTRAN with?
occasionally veers into the linguistic as well.
- Dreamtime - The Didjeridu
Voxers at Large
(home pages, Tom Tomorrow's
languages in general.
Neologisms in Journalistic Texts, Apr-Jun 1994:
Corpus Sampler, grep 40 lines from a huge database of
spoken (transcribed) and written American and British sources.
Museums: The San
Francisco Exploratorium and the Smithsonian Institution.
w o r s t
- Annotated pointers
Useless WWW Pages from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mirksy's Worst of the Web has ceased
publication and will close down entirely in February.
- Destructive criticism
Why AOL Sucks
- Deliberately bad design
B1FF#S K3WL H0M3 PAG3!!! , recent winner of the
The Blacklist of Internet Advertisers from Axel Boldt.
a n t i r e l i g i o u s t e n d e n c i e s
s e a r c h i n g
Browser for the Illuminated Generation! Fnord!
God's Total Quality Management Questionnaire
The Clearing playing cards
Decapitate an Angel. Kill, slay, maim.
Wallet reading, by Daniel Will-Harris
McWorship at McChurch!
Torot reading and the
Talk New Age, by Mick Winter; with illustrations by Bob
The Joy of Sects, by Robert S. Wieder
(converted from TeXinfo)
Andrew Plotkin's ``Old
Time Religion'' search engine.
Universal Life Church, and of course the
of the Subgenius.
A conspiracyrich excerpt
from Mike Davis' City of Quartz
describes how Hubbard picked up the basics of
occult dramaturgy in a Crowleyinfluenced
L.A. black magic loge around 1945.
Tilman Hausherr has put a few photographs from a
Berlin anti-$cientology demonstration online.
Jack Chick: Someone Goofed;
Christian hypocrisy: The Charlatan Observer
General scepticism, with a focus on health issues: Brian Wall's Sceptics'
Ron Newman: The Church of Scientology vs.
Scientology Critics' Info Page; interesting
texts from alt.religion.scientology.
Martin Hunt's alt.religion.scientology Acronym and Terminology FAQ
and David Dennis'
extensive archive of Clam hunting material.
Celebrity Atheists. Do your gods
Skeptical Scientology Stuff, aka Sloth's Suppressive
Person's Page, now: organized.
The Talk.Origins Archive at uci.edu.
The hypertext Alt.Atheism FAQ.
Not directly atheist, but may come in handy:
Fallacy reference from Diana Mertz Brickell.
- Indices and Organizations
The CSICOP sponsors the
First World Skeptics Congress in Amherst, NY.
Left Hemisphere: Skepticism, Religion, and Secularism
on the WWW.
The Secular Web
(part of the WWW Virtual Library).
High Weirdness by WWW
The (UK) Skeptic magazine;
Skeptics Society Web;
Robert T. Carroll's excellent
The Skeptic's Dictionary.
More focused, the UK newspaper the observer presents the A - Z of
[German] `Religio', Winfried Müller about
cults in Germany.
The Green Eggs Report
(URLs posted on USENET, sorted by subject.)
(technical only) at deja news (& | &! ^ (near), default &)
Automatic News HREFs, linked USENET article excerpts.
Yahoo at Stanford
What's New Too!
central www.w3.org registry's list of all WWW servers
The Planet Earth
Home Page. (Backup,
Network Academy MetaLibrary
Special Internet Connections, by Scott Yanoff.
Internet Catalog (at GNN)
Lycos query (large / small).
Inktomi (+must -maynot),
Infoseek ("two words",
two-words in any order, [two words] within 100 words of each other,
The World Wide
WebCrawler (ex U-Washington, now
- CUSI meta-index at
Nexor, U Twente, Quarterdeck, CWI, Telecom Australia, U Saskatchewan
All-in-one Search Page
searchable databases by subject or alphabetically.
CUI WWW Catalog
NCSA Experimental MetaIndex
Last update: June 5th, 1998,