Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii was a color photographer before his time, who undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire for Tsar Nicholas II. He was able to capture color by taking three pictures of each scene, each with a different red, green or blue color filter. Walter Frankhauser, a photographer contracted by the Library of Congress, manually registered and cleaned up some 120 of the original high-resolution scans, with breathtakingly beautiful results. The results of his effort can be seen at the online-exhibit The Empire That Was Russia.
Cliff Stoll’s “The Cuckoo’s Egg” is one of my favorite books. It’s a classic cybersleuthing story based on true events that happened to Cliff who was an astronomer turned system admin at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. It starts off with him discovering a 50 cent hiccup in the accounting software that ends up being a hacker involved with the KGB. The entertaining part of the story is how Cliff tracks the hacker through the early days of the internet. Great read. I knew that it was also made into an episode of NOVA but hadn’t ever seen it until now. (Thank you YouTube)
WOOHOO! Here are a few of my favorites:
Troy McClure: Donâ€™t kid yourself, Jimmy. If a cow ever got the chance, heâ€™d eat you and everyone you care about!
Homer: Iâ€™m normally not a praying man, but if youâ€™re up there, please save me, Superman.
Chief Wiggum: Fat Tony is a cancer on this fair city! He is the cancer and I am theâ€¦uhâ€¦what cures cancer?
Troy McClure: Hi. Iâ€™m Troy McClure. You may remember me from such self-help tapes as â€œSmoke Yourself Thinâ€ and â€œGet Some Confidence, Stupid!â€
Hmmm. They seemed to have forgotten Kent Brockman’s, “And I for one welcome our new insect overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.”, which launched a thousand slashdot comments. This list is null and void without that quote.
Max Blumenthal went to the College Republican National Convention (sounds like one hell of a shindig) and brought his camcorder along for the ride. Some of the highlights include:
- Max asking the student war supporters why they don’t enlist.
- Tom Delay claiming if abortion was illegal, we wouldn’t have a problem with immigration. Seriously!
- The “not gay” student claiming that just because he is attracted to the same sex, doesn’t mean he is gay.
(via Evil Bobby)
Waiter Rant takes a question about ordering in a restaurant right before closing and dishes out some good advice.
Wes, coming into a restaurant 30-45 minutes before closing is totally cool. Itâ€™s the fifteen minutes to three seconds before closing tables that drive me batshit. Donâ€™t get me wrong, waiters understand that customers often canâ€™t get away from their soul sucking/youth thieving/relationship destroying corporate jobs until late in the evening. We understand that some people can only pencil in quality time with their significant others after eleven oâ€™clock. To make life easier for late night diners Iâ€™ve compiled a handy list of doâ€™s and donâ€™ts.