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Day December 13, 2005

Galumpia Adult

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My favorite part about Galumpia is apparently their first host closed the site down for having no pornographic images whatsoever.

The Rohonczi Codex

You can find the complete Rohonczi Codex scanned here. For those who have never heard of the Rohonczi Codex before, Wikipedia has a nice primer.

The codex has 448 paper pages (12×10 cm), each one having between 9 and 14 rows of letters. Beside the text, there are 87 illustrations that include religious, laic and military scenes. The crude illustrations seem to indicate an environment where Christian, pagan and even Muslim religions coexist, as the symbols of the cross, crescent and sun/swastika are omnipresent.

The number of symbols used in the Codex is about 10 times higher than any known alphabet, but some letters are used rarely, so they might represent pictograms, instead of letters. The justification of the right margin would seem to imply the symbols were transcribed from right to left.

The study of the paper on which it is written shows that it is probably a Venetian paper made in the 1530s. However, it may be simply transcribed from an earlier source.

Reminds me of the Voynich Manuscript.

Does the Philip K. Dick Android Dream of…

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Google Video of a Philip K. Dick robot at the AAAI 2005 conference in Pittsburgh.

The Seven Worse Moments of the Star Wars Holiday Special

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This special only aired once, and was immediately hidden deep in the archives, as all persons involved attempted very hard to forget about its existence. The only way its been viewed since that initial, infamous airing is thanks to a small collection of people who recorded it on their home VCRs and then sent the tapes into circulation, passing them from fan to fan in a strange network of geeks and masochists who feel some need to view the atrocity. I have recalled here for you some of the moments that I find particularly terrible (and often amusing) from the Holiday Special.

I have no recollection of the Star Wars holiday special which is odd since at the time everything I owned was Star Wars related, but I must not have seen it because there is no way I would have forgotten this:

Bea Arthur as owner of Mos Eisley Cantina (remember, this is the place which is supposed to be the most “wretched hive of scum and villainy in the galaxy) performing a strange bar song for the benefit of her amusingly drunk patrons. Just the concept of Bea as the owner is offensive enough, but a song routine? This special rapidly descends into some weird comedy variety hour.

A quick google search shows that there is an entire website dedicated to the Star Wars Holiday Special.

Complete Audio of the Execution Tapes

Below is the complete collection of subpoenaed Georgia execution tapes, totaling more than eight hours of audio. These RealAudio files are transfers of the raw, unedited tapes. Some of the tapes begin after the execution has started or end before the procedure has been completed. Any gaps in the files exist on the original tapes themselves.

Wikipedia Class Action Lawsuit

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There is now a website dedicated to a potential class action suit against Wikipedia.

WikipediaClassAction.org is currently gathering complaints from the entire Internet community, including individuals, corporations, partnerships, etc., who believe that they have been defamed and or who have been or are the subject of anonymous and malicious postings to the popular online encyclopedia WikiPedia.

Alternatively, if you are aware of postings on Wikipedia that are either untrue and or potentially libellous to another, please contact them and make them aware of the offending content and this website so that they may file a complaint with our group.

Our intention and the purpose of this website is multi-fold. Specifically, we seek to achieve the following:

* Expose the inherent faults and flaws of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia

* Force Wikimedia Foundation Inc., through legal action, to change its current practices that permit anyone to post content to their website, without formal attribution and without recourse back to Wikimedia Foundation and or the author of the content

* Recover substantial monetary damages, on behalf of those who have suffered as a direct result of Wikimedia’s flawed business model

* Establish a precedent that will ensure similar websites are held responsible for their content

Sigh, I guess this was inevitable at some point. Wikipedia’s strength in allowing anybody to edit their content is also its biggest weakness. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

BTW, I am and have always been a huge fan of Wikipedia. It is by far the best general knowledge encyclopedia that you can find online. I never take any of the information that I get from Wikipedia as gospel, although I don’t even take the gospels as gospel.

Give The Jew Girl Toys

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The war on Christmas rages on. Bill O’Reilly is turning in his grave I’m sure.
(via Screenhead)
Update:
Bill O’Reilly is still alive. Anybody care?

How To Make Fake Glass (Sugar Glass)

For those aspiring fx people out there.

Unusual Scholarships

Anybody apply for any of these?

Klingon Language Institute Scholarship

The Kor Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the Klingon Language Institute to recognize and encourage scholarship in the field of language study. Familiarity with Klingon or other constructed languages is not required, but creativity is preferred. The $500 award is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Nominations must be submitted by academic department chairs and/or deans. Only one undergraduate student and one graduate student may be nominated by each department chair or dean. The deadline is June 1. For more information, write to:
Klingon Language Institute
Kor Memorial Scholarship
PO Box 634
Flourtown, PA 19031

(via Bifurcated Rivets)


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