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They link to me, I link to them, They link to me...
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Sun-Jan 29 2006
Baby Want Brainsss
From The BigMoboDaddy, Gallery of Demonic Tots and Deeply Disturbing Cuisine
Cue Mad Scientist Laugh
As promised, I've finally written my own plugin for Blosxom, the program that runs this blog. If you look over to the left you'll see a sidebar block with links to the blog posts that have the 10 latest comments. I'm inordinately proud of this, especially because it means I can add all sorts of all-blinking, all-dancing cgi goodness to the Utility Fog Blog.
Sat-Jan 28 2006
The woman with Desmond in the photo in the Hatch is still not Jack's wife Sarah. But she is the woman who tried to adopt Clair's unborn baby.
Link between Clair and Desmond (Alt.TV.Lost Newsgroup)
Wed-Jan 25 2006
Tue-Jan 24 2006
53 True Facts About Chuck Norris
"1. Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.Via The C.D.P.
Lost/Recurring Box II
Mon-Jan 23 2006
Al Gore MLK Day Speech
"Can it be true that any president really has such powers under our Constitution? If the answer is "yes" then under the theory by which these acts are committed, are there any acts that can on their face be prohibited? If the President has the inherent authority to eavesdrop on American citizens without a warrant, imprison American citizens on his own declaration, kidnap and torture, then what can't he do?Al Gore MLK Day 2006 Speech
Via The BigMoboDaddy
Sun-Jan 22 2006
The same kind of box appears in an apartment in Australia and Station #3 (aka the Hatch). This might be meaningful or it might be nothing-they do make mistakes in the set design.I doubt that TPTB will ever explain the retro-looking yet modern washing machine and dryer in the hatch. What's in the box?
Source Screen Captures:
Box in "The Greater Good"
Box in "The Hunting Party"
Suggested by a post at the Fuselage
My apologies to everyone who left a comment in the last week or so-I finally got around to paying attention to you. Thanks again for posting.
Lost/No Forcefield (Yet)
There's been interweb speculation that "Zeke" bounced a shot from Sawyer back using some kind of force field. To me, it was clear Sawyer hadn't fired his gun. And now, from Javier Grillo-Marxuach, writer and supervising producer for "Lost", on the Fuselage: Sawyer was shot at by an Other.
Fri-Jan 20 2006
Thu-Jan 19 2006
Lost/Ep#212-"The Hunting Party"
* The new combo to the gun-room is 25 right (2 times), 29 left (2 times), and then something like 24 right.
* Geronimo Jackson- The Apache Indian chief Geronimo fought the U.S. Army during the time of Andrew Jackson. Geronimo was said not to leave footprints.
* Hatch Mural- Are there 2 of these? I thought one was in the hallway but a mural shows up in the room with the record player. Also, some people think the box on the table also showed up in Wayne's house (What Kate Did, Ep#209) and Essem's friend's house (Greater Good , Ep#121, Sayid-centric).
Three Screen Caps of Mural & Box:
Hunting Party Mural 1
Hunting Party Mural 2
Hunting Party Mural 3
* The song Hurley and Charlie played was "Fall On Me" by the Pousette-Dart Band.
* "Mr. Friendly" aka "Zeke" quoted Alvar Hanso when he said "From the dawn of our species, Man has been blessed with curiosity."
* "Mr. Friendly" asked "Alex" to give him Kate. Alex is the name of Rousseau's Other-napped daughter.
* Michael told Jack "He had to go alone". Michael knew where to go. I think the person on the other end of the computer told him to come alone and where to go. It might not have been Walt.
* My Thoughts: The Others have something to hide.
Mon-Jan 16 2006
For a long time I've wanted a way to add functions to this blog. I could do it by writing a plugin for the Blosxom software that generates this page, but that would require me to learn Perl. I don't really want to go through the time and effort to learn Perl, but I can write scripts in Bash. I had a brainstorm the other day and went on the web looking for ways to run a Bash script from with Perl, which turns out not only to be possible, but trivial. So all I have to do is write a tiny Perl Blosxom-plugin that calls a Bash script that will do all the heavy lifting and then pass information back to Blosxom. Now I have a way to have a short list of posts with recent comments and a random thumbnail of my computer art to put in the sidebar. Of course, first I have to write the code.
If you're curious, I've written a CSS Flavour/Alternative Version of Utility Fog Blog that uses CSS instead of Tables. Well, the header and navigation button sections still use tables, but the sidebar and blog posts are all CSS. One difference I notice is that my browser is noticebly slower to report a link on mouseover. I just recently figured out Blosxom's flavour feature, which I use to easily test layout possibilities without futzing with the site the public sees.
Sun-Jan 15 2006
"The Ten Commandments of Lost:The Lostaway's massive incuriosity has made me wonder if they're drugged or under some form of mind control. I hope so, else they're the dumbest bunch of coconuts under the sun.
Via The Fuselage
Sweet peanut-eating jeebus, please let this be from a dream-sequence.
Sat-Jan 14 2006
Welcome To The Future
Fri-Jan 13 2006
Charlie was Singing 'He's Evil'
Now I want to know what Locke has against ranch dressing.
*Images In Monster/Smoke, they seem to be from Eko's past
*Monster/Smoke in Slow-Mo
*The middle-eastern looking drug dealers mentioned the word "Sayid", among other untranslated middle-eastern grumbling.
*I want to know what the safe combo was and what Kinks song Charlie was mangling.
*My general take: Yeah Yeah, we saw the Monster, big whoop. And now we know that Eko did Bad Things in the past-what a surprise. But we learned NOTHING about any of the big questions. I predict the next ep will end right after we hear the line "This Island Is Ours!" (from the trailer) and we'll be left hanging high and dry.
Circle 7, Annex 147, The Inferno
It's probably for the best that I don't have that "Scanners" power. You know, the one where you concentrate real hard and somebody's head explodes. Because if I did, today the Post Office would be have been skulls-a'poppin. I think Dante missed an important section of Hell-the one where you wait in line behind the dreaded "Elderly Chatter".
Wed-Jan 11 2006
Sun-Jan 08 2006
Fresh Bruce Goodness
It's time for Bruce Sterling's 2006 on-line interview
"This isn't a "Chinese century," or anything so corny and fearsome. The Chinese have got maybe 25, 30 lively years in the sun before they run into the weirdest demographic problems on the planet. That doesn't even count their restive land-empire and the pervasive corruption problems they have. We ought to be crossing our fingers for the Chinese people, rather than sitting in some neocon bunker plotting their demise.Via my buddy The BigMoboDaddy, who should still have his own blog
It Blew Up Real Good, Floyd
Notes from the Technology Underground features anvil firing, exploding chickens, flying squirrel men and other fascinating topics:
"The Technology Underground Blog: Extreme Tinkering and Radical Self Expression Through Technology This blog covers events where things that go whoosh, boom, or splat are featured. On-Topic examples include events that have rockets, pulse jets, tesla coils, magnaformers, homemade subs, pyrotechnics, railguns, catapults, etc . . ."There are books too.
Via Boing Boing!
"When the New York Times revealed that George W. Bush had ordered the National Security Agency to wiretap the foreign calls of American citizens without seeking court permission, as is indisputably required by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), passed by Congress in 1978, he faced a decision. Would he deny the practice, or would he admit it? He admitted it. But instead of expressing regret, he took full ownership of the deed, stating that his order had been entirely justified, that he had in fact renewed it thirty times, that he would continue to renew it and--going even more boldly on the offensive--that those who had made his law-breaking known had committed a "shameful act." As justification, he offered two arguments, one derisory, the other deeply alarming. The derisory one was that Congress, by authorizing him to use force after September 11, had authorized him to suspend FISA, although that law is unmentioned in the resolution. Thus has Bush informed the members of a supposedly co-equal branch of government of what, unbeknownst to themselves, they were thinking when they cast their vote. The alarming argument is that as Commander in Chief he possesses "inherent" authority to suspend laws in wartime. But if he can suspend FISA at his whim and in secret, then what law can he not suspend? What need is there, for example, to pass or not pass the Patriot Act if any or all of its provisions can be secretly exceeded by the President?The Hidden State Steps Forward
Thu-Jan 05 2006
Lost/Hulk Bored, Hulk Want New Shows
Tue-Jan 03 2006
From an ABC Press Release:
""The Hunting Party" - Jack, Locke and Sawyer pursue a determined Michael after he heads into the jungle toward the dreaded "Others" in search of Walt. Meanwhile, Sun has a surprising reaction to Jin's desire to join the search party, and Hurley and Charlie commiserate over the age-old conundrum of "what women want," on "Lost," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.M.C. Gainey last appeared at the end of Season 1 (Exodus pt.2) as the captain of the boat that kidnapped Walt, aka the "Bearded Man"
Mon-Jan 02 2006
I Would Have Paid Good Money To See This
"A pack of angry Chihuahuas attacked a police officer who was escorting a teenager home following a traffic stop, authorities said.Pack of angry Chihuahuas attack officer
Sun-Jan 01 2006
Regarding NSA warrentless wiretaps:
"This is against the law. I have put references to the relevant statute below the fold; the brief version is: the law forbids warrantless surveillance of US citizens, and it provides procedures to be followed in emergencies that do not leave enough time for federal agents to get a warrant. If the NY Times report is correct, the government did not follow these procedures. It therefore acted illegally.Hilzoy on NSA Taps
Via Kung Fu Monkey
Bush=National Security Threat
Excellent Bruce Schneier piece on Bush's secret & illegal wiretapping:
"In defending this secret spying on Americans, Bush said that he relied on his constitutional powers (Article 2) and the joint resolution passed by Congress after 9/11 that led to the war in Iraq. This rationale was spelled out in a memo written by John Yoo, a White House attorney, less than two weeks after the attacks of 9/11. It's a dense read and a terrifying piece of legal contortionism, but it basically says that the president has unlimited powers to fight terrorism. He can spy on anyone, arrest anyone, and kidnap anyone and ship him to another country ... merely on the suspicion that he might be a terrorist. And according to the memo, this power lasts until there is no more terrorism in the world.There are lots of good links here, including:
"Authorization for Use of Military Force (2001)," the law authorizing Bush to use military force against the 9/11 terrorists.
"United States v. United States District Court," 407 U.S. 297 (1972), a national security surveillance case that turned on the Fourth Amendment.
"Hamdi v. Rumsfeld," 124 S. Ct. 981 (2004), the recent Supreme Court case examining the president's powers during wartime.The Security Threat of Unchecked Presidential Power
Via tecznotes links
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Via Bifurcated Rivets