I'm doing this update remotely from Birmingham. Last night I had the slightly surreal experience of standing talking to Marvin Minsky and then turning round and talking to David Lodge. (Possibly slightly less surreal when you learn that David Lodge's newest book is about a cognitive scientist...)
RIP Edward Gorey
I will now vanish for a while more.
I got this bizarre spam message about becoming a Hindu (if I were an Indian that is) that pointed me to the New Jerusalem Church website as an example of what indians have to resist. These people (apart from being clearly mad) have pages and pages listing all the awards that thir (horrible) website has received. The head of this organization refers to himself (it is bound to be a him!) as " Chief Apostle.N.Lazar". The Hinud message also pointed me to this site of Hindu Links and to hindu.org.
Here's a page based on the Kokigami book. (N.B. not for the prudish) Searching for kokigami at google turns up all kinds of strange things. Like this anti-masturbation page. I assume it is meant satirically, but one can never be sure. I am actually now officially confused as there seem to be several people out there who believe that kokigami is genuine, whereas it seemed to me that it was an entirely bogus art that the authors of the book and invented. You can always take the purity test for people with large vocabularies.
Back (briefly). The PPIG meeting was most excellent, though there were various infelicities in the travel arrangements. I have missed a whole weeks world events and my family failed to record the Strangerers on Tuesday night. *sigh* I hope I can pick up the repeat whenever that is.
Some rather nice pen nibs.
Great Pico Iyer piece in Prospect. Most of his books are well worth reading (though the one about Cuba I didn't like). He seems to have a new book out in the USA which looks as though it might be good. Most of the other stuff seems to be out of print.
Virtual Speech Therapy over the Internet.
The Camion Code - a new fonetik writing system
Update swill be sporadic (or non-existent) for the next couple of weeks. Next week I am attending the PPIG 2000 workshop and the week after that I am at AISB in Birmingham.
Conjure & Gris Gris
Excellent piece on Fortean beliefs and anti-rationalism.
Hmmm, nobody seems to have registered piz.za.
Yay, a new Ghost Sites.
My Hawaian name appears to be Linake. I bet that's a girl's name. (Thanks alice)
Jazz++ midi sequencer for Linux and Windows. Open Source.
The Piano on the Net site I mentioned before is really excellent: well designed, easy to use, clear. Great stuff.
Some gems from today's Guardian:
The Sperm Bank of California, Piano on the Net - multimedia piano lessons, Worldskip - information about the world, and the Interactive Model Railway - one day soon we'll have our department's model railway on the web too.
Science made stupid. The tables and charts are especially useful.
What is the Probert Encyclopaedia? I found this mirror of it in Poland of all places.
Spiritsong - Find your own way to Higher-Self development
Light Mission - only those seeking to be blinded by horrible colours, vile animations and other nasties need enter here.
Sun magazine - noPage 3 girls then?
Excellent article about the US economy in The Nation. (Thanks rash)
Myers-Briggs applied to networks by David Strom
MyLackey - yet another case for mandatory regional domain naming.
Just trying Netscape 6 preview release - some of the rendering is pretty broken, but it is astonishingly fast. Looks good for a finished version.
CD on a Tesla coil.
The American Diner Museum.
Some great US roadside signs.
"Wacky Hospitality Sites" The word wacky always makes me nervous.
Motel Signs of the South West.
A whole site about the Who.
Garbology : Odd (not what I was looking for either - actually it was...)
Meet the staff of the Hotel California. I wonder which one stops you leaving after you check-out. Probably the dog. (And certainly not the link I had in here by mistake if you saw it - thanks Paul!)
I like these Japanes emoticons. (via gmtPlus9)
Cavies Galore - a cavy community.