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Reading assignments
Web related stuff:
Scary Stuff
Here's a Jersey Devil story with some good descriptions of where he lives. The Jersey Pine Barrens is a weird and spooky place even without stories about big horse-headed, goat-footed flying things. via ghost rocket.

I'm going to a story-telling festival, then camping with a bunch of kids this weekend so I looked up my favorite campfire ghost story - Fishhead - written in 1911 by Irvin S. Cob. It's about another weird creature in another eerie place.


Humor
A short list of funny reading material:
Napster
Scott Rosenberg of Salon and rc3 both believe the court ordered shut down of Napster will cause an explosion of growth in MP3 piracy. On a similar topic, Matt Johnson, from The The is giving his most recent album away, track by track on a weekly basis. Read his reasons why. "...events are converging and have placed us on the threshold of a watershed in the music business that I believe will dwarf the punk revolution in it's ultimate significance."

Dangerous exploration
darkpassage.com has some impressive photography of their expeditions into abandoned subway passages and deserted hospitals.

One of their links is planetjinx.com an excellent collection of urban adventure stories and advice. Advice on how to survive your first trip to Rikers, info on prison as well as jungle diseases, stories about urban mountaineering in NY, sneaking into an abandoned Soviet sub base, exploring in Pol Pot's jungles etc. etc. In their link section they point to another excellent adventure resource: Feilding's Dangerous Places which are detailed feild guides for dangerous countries. You probably won't plan a trip to the Congo, Burundi or Chechnya any time soon, but these guides will teach you what's happening and why in the world's hot spots.


Color
crumpledpappers.com's pages on color tell us that Joseph Lovibond developed the first system to measure color in 1880. He was a brewer, and he did it to ensure his beer was a consistent color. Learn more about Lovibond, and the instruments used to visually measure color (including the proper color range for animal fat).

Lycos and NASCAR
NASCAR driver Johnny Benson had to strip the LYCOS name of his car. The sponsorship deal the car owner made with LYCOS was shaky at best, involving bartering for ad bannersand no cash. Now they're suing LYCOS because they didn't even get their banners. Lycos recieved an estimated $1.1m in ad exposure by being on the car for the Daytona 500.

Crashes increase sponsor logo exposure except when you manage to shred all the ad-covered sheet-metal of your vehicle as demonstrated by Geoffrey Bodine's horrifying NASCAR truck series crash at Daytona. (Bodine's back racing after months of recovery.)


Joysy
Going back to NJ this weekend. Anybody want anything from back there? Examples are ring-dings (I believe you people call them hoo-hoos), soda, paper bags (not sacks), Schaeffer, Rheingold, strombolis, full-serve gas stations, and rocks taller than a 150' length of rope.

The Moon
Looka reminds us that its been thirty-one years since we landed on the moon. Here's the transcript of the astronauts the moon. Here's the transcript of the post-flight press conference.

Macs
Apple announced a few new things at Mac Expo in NY, including the supercool Power Mac Cube and an Indigo iMac for under $800. There's a few other new colors including snow.

Knowledge
We here at KIPlog do our best to bring you knowledge on the Web. We do not profess to know anything the way SuperTectonics does. It's pretty ballsy to be put a trademark on the quote "We Know Anything" But they will tell you why are other people stupid, what that does, what an Ozark is, etc. Plucked from a WebReview article on blogs which doesn't really say anything new about blogs other than the author has his own blog and that he works on SuperTectonics.

Web business quickies


True History
Tompaine.com article on A REVOLUTION WITHOUT PRINCIPLE: Hollywood Takes on the American Revolution. Read more articles from the History News Service, an informal syndicate of professional historians who seek to improve the public's understanding of current events by setting these events in their historical contexts.


A Knowledge repository
I'm still forming an opinion about the Info Network. "Just select a topic to write about and you'll receive a place on the Internet to share your knowledge." I'm all for sites that attempt to collect all human knowledge. Its got a ways to go though. The creator is 13 years old. He was a finalist in the ArsDigita Contest He's also a local (from Highland Park, Il.) Of course I'll support any site that contains the The History of Alcohol.

Somebody at ArsDigita suggested that it was done before at Everything, which I plan to explore. Here's their node on Knowledge.


Accessiblity
Here's a few links I've been collecting on Web accessiblity.

Mathmetical Mistakes
The Glossary of Mathematical Mistakes explains conspiratorial coincidences, credit card interest games, how to make information on a graph look more significant, the numbers behind the Kevin Bacon game, the face on Mars and much more.
Via Bubble Chamber

MILLIONS AND BILLIONS: Translating Big Numbers So Readers Can Understand Them explains how some simple conversions could help the media explain big numbers.

Web design centered reading


Web site quality
philosophe, A thoughtful approach to web site quality has lots of good advice on many Web site issues from design and testing, to ecommerce and searches. Make sure you brush up on your Quality Assurance terms.


The Revolution
I've been so busy I've forgotten to do something here on Independence Day and the Revolutionary War. iblog tells us what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of lndependence. The CIA tells us all about Intelligence in the War of Independence. Some good stuff at PBS's site for the TV production of LIBERTY. Lots more sources at the Modern History Sourcebook.



The Hunley
The Hunley was the first submarine in history to sink a ship in battle. It remains a mystery why the 39.5 foot long Confederate sub sank after it torpedoed and sank the Union sloop-of-war, the U.S.S. Housatonic. It wasn't actually found until 1995 under 29 feet of water and 3 feet of silt. The sub is filled with sediment, and this may have preserved the remains of the crew. Spooky. Read the current news about the attempt to raise her.




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