Thursday, September 30, 2004

ABCNews posts review of first US Presidential debate -- BEFORE debate takes place.

Some pics of the articles here. (Sadly, huge .bmp's rather than .png's...).

Am I alone in wondering if ABC staffers are possessors of crystal balls? (And if so, do they clink when walking?)

EDIT: The Independent Just did it too:
Last night's presidential debate pitted George Bush against John Kerry on the issues of national security, terrorism and Iraq - issues that, almost certainly, will decide the election. Yet, for all the claims of deep differences, in many respects the foreign policies of the two candidates are very similar.'

Posted ~1hr30m before the debate starts...

I watched the debate. Kerry 0wn3d Bush totally. At one point, Bush appeared to claim that it was Iraq that attacked the US and Kerry had to remind him it was al Qaeda.

Meaningless online polls: (as of now)
Who won the first presidential debate?

President George W. Bush18%7.79%30%23%
Sen. John Kerry79%91.46%70%72%

A quote from a BBC interview "... it was amazing to watch the wheels come off this presidency...".

Not a bad night, all things considered.

Saddam to Declare Candidacy for Iraqi Elections

From Zaman News:
"Overthrown Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was arrested by US forces last December, reportedly plans to run as a candidate in the Iraqi elections scheduled for January 2005.

Saddam's lawyer Giovanni di Stefano told Denmark's B.T. newspaper that Saddam decided during one of their discussions that he would declare his candidacy for the elections.

Stefano said that there was no law that prevented Saddam from appearing on the ballot. He added that Saddam hopes to regain his presidency and palaces via the democratic process."

You couldn't make it up...

Electronic Voting Machine Demo

A demo of how Florida's Electronic Ballot systems will work on November 2nd 2004. Will Tony Blair want to adapt this system here for the next General Election, I wonder?


No it's not Deep ASCII again - it's the State of the Union address from Bush (jr and sr) in an ASCII stylee.


via boingboing

Mount St. Helens Webcam

With the news that Mount St Helens may be on the verge of erupting again New Links provides a ring side seat for you to enjoy the fireworks if they happen.

Coming out

Which Simpsons character is coming out? The Scum has the answer.

Link pinched from awelshview

Scientists Invent 1TB Optical Discs

Courtest of X-bit labs:
"A lecturer in Photonics from the Department of Physics for Imperial College London has described a new method for potentially encoding and storing up to one terabyte of data, or 472 hours of film, on one optical disk the size of a CD or DVD."

.... imagine how much data you could lose from a simple scratch...! ;)


Farenheit 2004. Starring George Bush and Michael Moore. Needs sound.

The Bug. TiVo for your radio.

One for Hippy Tony...mayhem and chaos hair.

Are Friends Eclectech?. b3ta inspired madness.

Telefunkenphone division. WWII's biggest secret revealed. Needs sound. My best link of the week.

This is broken.

Faux News Channel

Faux News is a parody of Fox News and despite being satire is probably still closer to the truth than Fox is.

via Linkfilter

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Blogging multiple pictures in a single post

When we first started using Picasa's free unlimited jpg image hosting we only had one complaint and that was regarding the fact you couldn't post multiple images at once.

We worked around this using the New Links picture dump to dump the images (and our icons) which we then hack about and put in a single post if we want to. Well it seems there is a way to queue images and post them to a single post after all. We'll be expecting a double post from Bungers tomorrow.

via Blogger Forum

Make your own George W. Bush stump speech!

Use the simple form here: and make your very own George W. Bush stump speech!

George uses it himself, so it must be good!

EDIT: Life got you down? You need Bush Goggles!

SpaceShipOne about to launch

SpaceShipOne is about to launch at 2pm - I think! The BBC site says it is due to go at 1pm GMT. I'm crap at the whole clock going forward/backwards for BST so I'm unsure whether 1pm GMT is 12pm BST or 2pm BST. As no one is reporting it has took off yet I'll plump for 2pm.

UPDATE: The New Scientist says it will actually be at 1447 BST - so in about an hour then.

Case Mod of the Month

Last night I was mostly playing with DDR voltages. Well I changed one setting anyway and it worked - I now have a nice shiny fully functioning turnonutterbastard PC. All that remains is to mod my case. Here's some inspiration.

Morning All

Cool picture Bungholio.
Here is todays pile of...

Bombs Over Denver!. A handbook created in the 50's for the citizens of Denver helping them to prepare for an A-bomb attack.

The Belly Button Lint survey or fluff in your belly button.

For those of you that live in an IKEA house how about solid wood PC peripherals.

GoogleDate lets you enter a date and then searches using Google for what happened on that date and shows three results.

Thanks to coolios.

I apologise for any re-posts.

Be nice day!

Morning all! Here's today's daily pic...

It's from last night, on the Tyne. Maybe I'll start a New Feature™ called "The Shipping News™"... ;)

In the news today...

GameSpy's 25 Most Memorable Games of the Past 5 Years 

Yep, Gamespy is 5 years young today, and they...
...aren't necessarily the BEST (games), just the ones that are nearest and dearest to our heart
Should get a good Mass Debate™ out of that one!

My other campaign today is "International Be Nice to Someone™" day. Tell your nearest and dearest something nice, or do something good for someone today. Me and The Chump are off to visit our buddy in the hospital today. Get well soon Gerg!

Most Accurate Online Translator

This online translator guarantees that
Your original grammar, style, and spelling are left intact!
The service has also recently been extended to add three new languages - French, German & Spanish.

via Waxy

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Lego Film Posters

Large collection of film posters in the medium of Lego. Minifigville has lots of other Lego stuff including a Hall Of Fame for Lego people.

More Lego?

Another from SnarkySpot - seems they like Lego too!

Andrew Lipson's Lego Page

ASL's LEGO Page has some cool Technics bits and bobs but the most stunning models on his site are his Escher recreations.

More Lego?

via SnarkySpot Politics - Crimes Against Nature

Cockup post, see here for the original.

Match reports

Match reports for the West Brom game are up at and Black and White and Read All Over. Pick a smaller name for your next blog lads - BAWARAO takes some typing in full! ;)

Today's Front Pages

Today's Front Pages - high-res jpegs of 341 newspaper front pages from 41 countries presented alphabetically -- updated daily.

Rather funky, IMO.

Sony developing 200GB Blu-ray disc

Sony developing 200GB Blu-ray disc:
"Sony will announce next month that it has developed an 8-layer version of the Blu-ray disc that is capable of storing 200GB of data, according to a company spokesman.

The announcement will be made at the International Symposium on Optical Memory 2004, South Korea, according to Sony. The company further plans to commercialize a 4-layer 100GB version in 2007, said Sony spokesman Taro Takamine."

Sunderland is 3rd in the land!

Third what though? How about third shitest town? They failed to make the top 10 last year but now the public have had a chance to vote and correct this travesty. Sunderland have now been lofted to 3rd worst town in the UK. If only we'd known before the poll - first place would have been theirs.

I'll finish with this quote about Sunderland from the article:
not so much a town as a mortuary

emailed by Mike

Rome: Total War

Buy Rome: Total WarIn what must surely be the gaming best news since this Rome: Total War (PC) gets it's UK release on Friday October 1st. Since I first saw the new engine on Time Commanders it was a must buy for me. I've always been a fan of the Total War series but is the first time they've used true 3D graphics for the battles and it looks gorgeous. Did I mention it's also got Romans in?

It's getting very good reviews (IGN 9.4, Gamespot 9.1), the demo is fantastic and I will officially be disappearing from New Links posting duties from Friday evening and I may be gone for some time! ;)

OMFG!! Final Fantasy VII: Compilation

w00+!! In surely what must be the best news in ages Square are bringing out not one but lots of Final Fantasy VII stuff!

Check out the whole article here--->PlayStation 2: Final Fantasy VII: Compilation

via gamespy

Green Day cash in.

Green Day are cashing in on the P2P market by selling printed blank discs. The site says "Burn responsibly. Download music legally and burn your own Green Day compilations." Hmmmmm.

Thanks to Engadget

Lingerie Dreams

Or a blog about laydees underwear. A little NSFW (LNSFW?) due to the odd visible booby.

It's better than the lingerie section of the Littlewoods catalogue.

Puppy Curling

And another game - and a possible solution to the problem of all the spare foxhounds we'll have in this country soon. You could try Puppy Curling. Slide the puppy along the kitchen floor and into the target. No sign of the sweeping brushes though so it's more like bowls than curling I reckon.

via A Welsh View

Compact Catch!

The Independent have a flash game called Compact Catch! on their site. You have to throw papers through the air to your customers working out angle and power of your throw. Sort of like Yeti Sports crossed with Paperboy.

via Ultimate Insult


USB Mini Desktop Aquarium. I quite fancy one of these.

I've booked us 6 tickets for the NewLinks trip into space.

3D Ascii art.

The Strange Mechanism Museum. Strange indeed.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Still Seeking a Fair Florida Vote

Still Seeking a Fair Florida Vote (
"After the debacle in Florida four years ago, former president Gerald Ford and I were asked to lead a blue-ribbon commission to recommend changes in the American electoral process. After months of concerted effort by a dedicated and bipartisan group of experts, we presented unanimous recommendations to the president and Congress. The government responded with the Help America Vote Act of October 2002. Unfortunately, however, many of the act's key provisions have not been implemented because of inadequate funding or political disputes.

The disturbing fact is that a repetition of the problems of 2000 now seems likely, even as many other nations are conducting elections that are internationally certified to be transparent, honest and fair."

How to do the Great North Run in 4 minutes...

Buy yourself a Honda motorbike, fit a turbocharger, and get yourself into the Smoking Gun's hall of shame!!

New Links does not condone speeding in any shape or form! Don't do it kids!

Top 50 shoot 'em ups!

Im not sure I agree with half of these titles but they have put together a pretty hefty list of old school shooters!
Check it!

Nazi Grandpappy Bush

..or how Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power. So that's two powermad, homicidal despots Prescott Bush is responsible for. Mind I can't see this causing any great anguish amongst Republicans - it didn't harm Arnie's chances of becoming the Gubinator even though he is a Nazi's son.

One for coders

Coders (and printers) know how useful Lorem Ipsum is but it makes for very boring reading when you've seen it for the millionth time during testing.

Now there's an alternative - the Malevole Text Generator asks you for the number of paragraphs of text you require and generates them. So what's different? The source of the text used - it's drawn from song lyrics, cartoons and TV series.

For example the page I am currently working on has three paragraphs of generated text consisting of the Muskehounds, Thundercats and Hong Kong Phooey theme songs. This should make page development slightly more amusing if nothing else! :)

Jesus Weren't No Sissy!

A Christian comic that shows us wretched sinners how Jesus was the toughest guy evah!

Bush Worst Ever On Environment Politics - Crimes Against Nature:
"George W. Bush will go down in history as America's worst environmental president. In a ferocious three-year attack, the Bush administration has initiated more than 200 major rollbacks of America's environmental laws, weakening the protection of our country's air, water, public lands and wildlife. Cloaked in meticulously crafted language designed to deceive the public, the administration intends to eliminate the nation's most important environmental laws by the end of the year. Under the guidance of Republican pollster Frank Luntz, the Bush White House has actively hidden its anti-environmental program behind deceptive rhetoric, telegenic spokespeople, secrecy and the intimidation of scientists and bureaucrats."

One for Bungers

Transportation Futuristics. This brilliant site even has a hands-free mode of transport for Bungers when he takes his snaps of the Toon on his way to work.
Keep them coming Bungholio.

Another brill performance from my FF team this w/e has got to see me rise from the depths of the NewLinks league. Hopefully.

Link pinched from Incoming signals


Best popup book - evar!

Unfortunately it needs the most stupid looking glasses evar!

Black Magic is a system that takes video of the real world in the direction you are looking then works out if any popup objects are visible. If there are it combines the object with the feed and displays it all on the glasses.

via Waxy


Strange deaths archive. Should'nt laugh, really.

Need a banner for your site? Then MediaBuilder 3D Text Maker is for you. There is lots of options to tick then add your text and sit back and watch it be made for you. Save the image then you can use it on your site.

Analyse your dreams with the Dream Dictionary.

Todays weird eBay item a Glow in the dark cheerleader wig.

The sequence of human evolution.

More free music. The soundtrack to Shaft in Africa.

Hyper History Online. Some interesting stuff, if you like that kind of thing.

Free films from the including Night Of The Living Dead, Reefer Madness, 3 Stooges in Sing A Song Of Six Pants and many more all free and Legit.

Galleries of The Monkees magazine covers. A site devoted to car crash pics and videos.

Thanks to coolios, incomingsignals and catch.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

MIT researchers powering electronics with photosynthesis

AP Centerpiece: MIT researchers powering electronics with photosynthesis:
"'Eat your spinach,' Mom used to say. 'It will make your muscles grow, power your laptop and recharge your cell phone... '"

The Godfather horse head pillow

Started your Christmas shopping yet (I have!) -- well, here's the perfect gift for the man/woman/child who has everything -- The Godfather horse head pillow.

More Lies? Key Bush Assertions About Iraq in Dispute.

Bush Assertions About Iraq in Dispute:
Many of President Bush's assertions about progress in Iraq -- from police training and reconstruction to preparations for January elections -- are in dispute, according to internal Pentagon documents, lawmakers and key congressional aides on Sunday."

Friday, September 24, 2004

Fixed Extensions for Firefox 1.0PR

If you're an extension whore like me then this is the link you have been waiting for.
Loads of extensions updated to work in Firefox 1.0PR

One for Fiddy

I've seen the pictures that proves Fiddy Dent is 'into' very small horses. He should like the Borg My Little Pony.

via Everlasting Blort

BT going head-to-head with Sky?

According to The Telegraph, yes -- with a mix of terrestrial broadcasting (Freeview) and a video-on-demand option via broadband.

I recall them trialling the video-on-demand part in London way back in '98, as part of the initial ADSL trials.

Asshat: the official site

Ever wonder where the word "asshat" originated?

Well wonder no more!

Firefox Download Tweak Extension

Exactly what it says on the tin. This extension soups up the download manager in Firefox a bit but best of all puts it it into a tabbed window if you want rather than in a new window.

via Linkfilter

Hur hur...

One of the girls in our office is up the stick.
Check out this photo of her first scan...



- A collection of faculty with some of the worst names known. The dream team university
- A collection of robots from the silver screen.
- More on the free iPod story.
- One for Mr Toongoals. The Internet Deprivation Study.
- Eighteen years after Chernobyl, Norwegian sheep still glow in the dark.
- One for Hippy Tony. The Men's Long Hair Site.
- What your PC does through the night. This explains why my PC is so bloody slow in the morning.
- Today's eBay link. The super mini iPod.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The BBC have taken Infocom's text adventure version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, added graphics and stuck it online to play. Some scenes are still missing graphics and they are the subject of a competition so get your colouring set out.

If posting is slow today you know why!

via Waxy

Daily Toon Pic

Chiggedy ch-ch-checking out how nice the quayside looks this morning.. :)


Some guestbook entries from a pro-Democrat blog site. Some of it's absolutely hilarious. Here's my favourite bit:
The democrats want ultimite control over the poeple through the goverment.
Why would they do that you ask?
Because in a socialism goverment only the ones with money are worth anything.
Only those with money are respected and feared.
Only those with money have power.
Thats what socialism is and democrats want it.

Do you think this guy read 1984?

Edit: Update -- even more wingnuttery here. This one's also viewable/listenable and much funnier that way -- click the Washington Journal 23rd Sept. stream and fast-forward to the 1hr56m mark and listen to the caller from Louisiana. Pure comedy gold.

Portable Firefox 0.9.3 & 1.0PR USB Drive-Friendly

So you're travelling in a foreign land (Vietnam perhaps) and you want to get on the web. You find a local net cafe and find it's installed browser is IE4 or something else equally ancient and crap. So how are you going to access your Gmail account and surf the web in the style you've become accustomed to?

Just make sure whatever net cafe you go to has PCs with USB and you're sorted. Portable Firefox can be installed onto, and ran completely from, a USB memory stick. So I could even stick this on my XD card for my camera and just plug my camera into a PC to get a decent browser.

Bloody tourist? I prefer to think of it as travelling with savvy! ;)

Thursday, September 23, 2004

More Star Wars DVD Changes...

...but to your Xbox this time!

When you play the Extra Features DVD on the Xbox it will update the dashboard without asking your permission.

Naughty Bill. Naughty George. tsk tsk.

via linkfilter

If America Were Iraq

Here's something a little different - history professor Juan Cole posted today a piece discussing how the situation in Iraq might be if it were taking place in the USA.

Blog journalism at its finest, IMHO -- or "best psot evah!" if you prefer that meme..

How Chav Are You?

From the soaraway shiSun comes the Chav quiz. When did Fred Perry get to be charver wear? Skinhead yes. 'Skate' rock yes. Chav????

I'm off to burn some shirts.

via Small Values of Cool

Primate Penitentiary? Chimp Chokey? Bonobo Big House?

...or a prison for naughty monkeys.

As monkeys are sacred to Hindus due to them being living representatives of the monkey god Hanuman (the White?) they can't give them a good kicking when they run amok so a monkey jail has been built to keep them off the streets. Apparently the current exchange rate for a banana is 2 phone cards.

via boingboing

Follow Up : Q-bert news

As Merg pointed out earlier in the week Roger Ebert has a new website. Ch-ch-check out his review of :: Sky Captain : The Things of tomorrow (or whatever it's called).

Good things : It looks like FFVII the movie crossed with AI
Bad things : It has serial whinger/cry baby Paltrow in it.

The Da Vinci Code - crock of shite

I finally caught up with the rest of the world and read the Da Vinci code the other day expecting a rollicking good read with lots of historical accuracy. What I got was what I described to Bungers as an average potboiler which despite claims to historical accuracy was very inaccurate in a lot of places. The disturbing thing to me is that Brown's version seems to have become interweb gospel.

Well let this be a lesson to all the believers. It's a fictional story not a history book.

Jamming wit' the Lord!

Mexican churches are using cellphone jammers reports Engadget.

Makes a change from Mexican pirates I suppose.. ;)

Also, chiggedy ch-ch-check out the video of them picking a bike lock hacking a Kryptonite Evolution 2000 U- Lock with a bic pen. Parp!

The Jedi Training Generator

The Jedi training generator generates pearls of pure Jedi wisdom like this one:
Mmm! Powerful, the Force is. Yes! Suffering leads to darkness. A Jedi uses the Force to protect and defend, never to destroy. If you do not have commitment, consume you will the Dark Side. To give into the evil pull of fear is to give your destiny over to the Dark Side. Wrath leads to impatience!
Take these into your heart and mind and you too a Jedi will be. Probably.

via the Flophouse

Bush is full of shit

And we have the pictures to prove it.

Bush to blame for Ebola

..or at least the flesh of Bush.

Bush Foments Unrest In Middle East...

for millennia to come.

Bush Camps In Africa

Hot country, stuff being shot, basic living conditions. Sounds about right.

... is that burning I smell?

Yup, sure looks like it.

Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the burned motherboard.

A mighty ex-bush, yesterday...

A tree that had exploded yesterday. Check out more photos of the splod tree here. It's a series called "WITW did that happen!", or something... :)

The mighty Bush

As Merg pointed out yesterday this place is rapidly turning into Bush Links. Always happy to oblige here's which is 'dedicated to the finer aspects of living'.

mmmmm chronic.

The War On Hats

Psst... don't tell Bush about the war on hats.

Okay, so it's really a story about "Anti-Social Behavior Orders".

Morning All

- A Brief History of the Apocalypse. Just so you know when the world will end.
- Want some free music? Columbia University is willing to let you download some music in return for your completion of some survey information regarding your musical tastes. Or you could just go here.
- One for Merg. rss creator. Don't know if it is any good to you tho.
- One for Hippy Tony. Make your bike sound like a motorbike with turbospoke. Then again, you'll still need a back wheel first. :)
- Another for the Hippy. He was talking about making massive posters with a printer a while back. Then again, you'll need a printer first. :)
- Bush gets confused, again.
- Todays amusing item on eBay. Not so much the item but more the story.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Russ Meyer has went to booby heaven

Booby film maestro Russ Meyer has passed away aged 82. Fingers crossed for a tribute season on C4.