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31st January
A Brief History of Banned Music in the United States.

The UK Sucrologists' Club claims to be the first and only sugar packet collectors' club in the UK.

30th January
BBC - ' 'Cells' hint at life's origin.' 'Scientists have managed to create "primitive cells" in an experiment which may indicate that life began in space and was delivered to Earth.'
Postmodernist academic claims Harry Potter is a class enemy. Via Drudge.
The Register rants amusingly about Davos, and notes the similarity to Davros. Are they by any chance related?
Japanese retrospective signs. In Japanese, via GMT+9.
Will 'Internet twins' scandal hurt online baby sales?
The Oegar Report is full of news and gossip, about Romania, in Romanian and English. Via the Guardian's weblog.; there is an interesting article about her here.

29th January
The BBC in depth on the Gujarat earthquake.
Guardian - 'Florida 'recounts' make Gore winner.' Via Reutellog.
BBC - 'Pinochet 'arrest ordered'.' Via Reutellog.
Bizarre stuff you can make in your kitchen.
Have you lost your marbles? Everything about small glass balls.

26th January
Interesting times, indeed. 2000 was a difficult and challenging year for a lot of people. I'm glad to see the back of it :).

Killing the Buddha. Via Lukelog.
The Zen master Lin Chi said, 'If you see Buddha on the road, kill him.' I.e., if you have an idea of Buddha that prevents you from having a direct experience of Buddha, you are being limited by that idea, and the only way to free your mind and experience Buddha (or enlightenment) fully is to kill your idea, sensory desire, thought, perception, belief system, or whatever is limiting you. I think!

No Peace Without Justice.
The Maya Ruins Page.
Tokyo is trying to clear the concrete jungle by planting trees, flowers and lawns on rooftops. Via Rebecca's Pocket.
The Kumbh Mela pictured from space.
Reuters - 'Bones in chimney reveal fate of missing burglar.'
Reuters - ' 'Titanic' craze grips Afghans, Taliban not amused.'
Reuters - 'Officials ordered to rear cows.'

25th January
Reuters - 'Scientist extols horseradish toothpaste.'
The palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould on science and religion and why they don't always get on. Via Reutellog.
An open letter to an Israeli settler. Via Booknotes.
Age - 'Four accounts of death in Tiananmen.'

24th January
The Liberated Party.
How to deal with the Snowhite virus. Beware of any emails about 'Snowhite and the Seven Dwarfs.' Via
Duct Tape Fashion Gallery One.

Happy Year of the Snake. Get a load of this albino python!
Theseus and the Minotaur. A fun and difficult puzzle. Via Blue Ruin.
Engrish.Com - yet another page about Japanese English.
Register - 'Harry Potter URL backlash begins.'
David Clark is a pensioner from California who is trying to become the oldest person to sail around the world. He's most of the way there now - good for him.

23rd January
Bad Science. Via Reutellog.
Wired - 'Anybody home at' 'Dozens of links return error messages, and the home page appears to have sported an unusual slogan on the left-hand rail when it first went up on Saturday: "Insert Something Meaningful Here." ' Via Reutellog.

The Motive - a collaborative novel (i.e., you can have a go at contributing). Starts today.
BBC - 'Pupils' space flag challenge.' 'Schoolchildren have been invited to design a flag representing Earth for the launch of the European Space Agency's biggest observation satellite. '
MSNBC - 'Searching for the God within.' Speculation that religion and spirituality might be hardwired into the human brain. Via Rebecca's Pocket.
Times - 'Tories pray for divine guidance.' 'The Tory party, beset by leaks, stricken by Shadow Cabinet feuds and facing another election defeat, is now turning to the power of prayer for help. '
Reuters - 'Bathhouse may be sued for barring foreigners.'
Salon - 'God's Army twins admit they can't repel bullets.'

Bubblebodywear. Via Pop Culture Junk Mail.

CNN/Reuters - 'Indian newspaper offers Bush a travel guide.' ' Under a map of India, the Asian Age wrote: "This is India. Very Conveniently located. Pakistan to the left and China just above." '
Reuters - 'Letter 'W' missing from White House keyboards.' 'In an apparent prank carried out by departing Clinton administration staffers, Bush aides discovered that dozens of computer keyboards were missing the ``W'' key.'
Bushisms.Com. Chortle.

Office workers plot revolution by text message in the Philippines - great photo, from AP.
Reuters - 'Cellphone text revolution helps People Power revolt.'

BBC - 'Climate change outstrips forecasts.'

Salon on 'the worst jail in America'.
Reuters - 'New trial sought for Texas killer whose lawyer slept.'
Register - 'DEA agent charged with selling citizens' data.'
Guardian - ' 'I knew what was about to happen'.' On the Challenger disaster, which was exactly 15 years ago.

Foreign Affairs on the Tiananmen Papers, which allegedly detail discussions among top Chinese leaders at the time of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
BBC - 'Falun Gong stages 'suicide protest'.'

Reuters - 'Hi-tech tunnel from slum to prison.' 'Police in Rio de Janeiro on Monday found an 80-yard tunnel stretching from a shantytown toward the Bangu III maximum security prison, a half-complete passageway that would have been used in a jailbreak, police said.'
Reuters - 'Cop stitches mouth shut in protest.'

22nd January
Guardian - 'U-turn on adoption website crackdown.' Can anyone say 'kneejerk reaction'?

Bird Bun Theatre. Funny little comic strip - thanks, Maxi.

Onion - 'Bush: Our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over.'

The Potter War - more about this on the Register.

21st January
Calculate your ecological footprint. It's designed for use by Americans, but may be relevant to other First World nationalities too. FWIW - it calculated my footprint as being 20.3 acres, 80.5 % of an average American's footprint. The biologically productive space available per person is 5.4 acres. I live alone (most of the time), in a fairly small house, don't drive but have a long commute (by train), and take a couple of long distance flights a year. Thanks Nick.

Actually, this is what I really look like :-

Get your own!

20th January
Reuters - 'Mummified body of ancient princess faked.' Via Ancient World Web.
The Swear Page. Hours of harmless fun with rude words.
On similar lines, there's the Crude Thesaurus.

19th January
Reuters - 'Constipated jewel thief gives up loot.'
Guardian - 'Virtual lovers win Japanese hearts.'

18th January
BBC - 'Songbird shows how evolution works.'
BBC - 'Still no sense in signal.' 'A detailed look at the point in space from where an intelligent signal might have come has revealed nothing unusual.'
BBC - 'Ice may have shaped Martian surface.'

Freakles thinks I look like this! Who am I to disagree?
Get your own stortrooper here; there's a whole gallery of webloggers' troopers here, courtesy of Threadnaught.

How to design a Goth webpage.

Augustine of Hippo. Very comprehensive. This page has been up since 1994, so was Augustine the first saint to have his own homepage?

Picasso's Guernica Unveiled. Interesting page about Picasso's Spanish Civil War painting. The author believes there are 'hidden images' in the painting - take a look and decide for yourself.

Pigdog Journal - 'Things to say when you're losing a technical argument. Thanks, Shelda.

17th January
My great friend Beth now has a weblog. Check it out, please. She would also like a job!

AP - 'Twin Myanmar rebel chiefs surrender.' 'Thailand said Wednesday it may give humanitarian asylum to Johnny and Luther Htoo, the twin boy leaders of a mystical rebel movement from Myanmar who have surrendered with some of their followers.' The 'Burma Twins' are fascinating - read more about them here.
IRNA - 'Lovebirds joined in marriage.' 'In an unprecedented match a 20-year-old Iranian bachelor has married a 77-year-old virgin in a village in this Iranian province, an official said here Tuesday. '
See 'Ginger' in all its earth-shattering glory. Not really, but it is pretty funny.

15th January
Daily Telegraph - 'Mallard leads Oxford fellows a merry dance.' 'Some of Oxford's most learned fellows were marching around their college behind a wooden duck held aloft on a pole, after excessive eating and drinking, late last night.'
'The bizarre ritual of "hunting the mallard" occurs once every 100 years at All Souls College in commemoration of the chase after a huge wild duck which flew from a drain during 15th-century building works. Archbishop Henry Chichele, who established All Souls in 1438, is said to have had a premonition about the duck in a dream.....'

14th January - for the scorned woman.
Temple ov the Lemur - amusing babble.

12th January
Interesting Salon profile of James Lovelock, the grand old man of the 'Gaia hypothesis' (the theory that the Earth is a kind of super-organism) (old).

New Scientist - 'Killer virus.' 'An engineered mouse virus leaves us one step away from the ultimate bioweapon...'
'The Australian researchers had no intention of producing a killer virus. They were merely trying to make a mouse contraceptive vaccine for pest control. "But it's a good way to show how to alter smallpox to make it more virulent," says Ken Alibek, former second-in-command of the civilian branch of the Soviet germ-warfare programme.'

New Scientist - 'Ancient Aussie.' More on Mungo Man.

11th January
BBC - ' 'Bizarre' planetary systems discovered.'
BBC - 'Ancient crystal questions Earth's history.'
Seattle Times - 'Black Plague, AIDS immunity linked.' Via Rebecca's Pocket.
Reuters - 'Man bites python, escapes death.'
Reuters - 'Light bulb went unchanged for nearly 70 years.'

10th January
Picture Australia. Via Reutellog.
Senet. Ancient Egyptian game, looks fun. Also via Reutellog.

Last night's lunar eclipse as viewed from Jerusalem and London.

Reuters - 'Subway passengers get free massage.'
Reuters - 'The changing ruins of Stonehenge.'

9th January
AFP - 'Adam was an Aussie not an African, Australian researchers say.'
Scary Squirrel World.

8th January
Weather permitting (a big question mark), tomorrow night I will be viewing the total lunar eclipse which will be visible in Africa, Asia and Europe - read all about lunar eclipses (including the approximate viewing times for the one tomorrow) here.

7th January
BBC - 'Singing from the same song sheet.' 'Whales, birds and humans all sing and they do it in much the same way, researchers are finding. '
'The similarities are so marked researchers have suggested that the three types of animal may share a musical ancestor at some stage in their evolutionary history. '

BBC - 'Millions flock to Hindu festival.' 'Pilgrims have begun arriving in the northern Indian town of Allahabad for Hinduism's most important spiritual gathering, which is expected to attract at least 20 million people over the next 42 days. '
'The Kumbh Mela takes place every 12 years and sees millions of devotees bathe in the Ganges to purify their sins. '
Also see the official Kumbh website.

Economist - 'Extra sensory perception.' 'Vibrations in the ground are a poorly understood but probably widespread means of communication between animals.' Do some animals have a 'sixth sense' (unknown in humans) which enables them to detect vibrations in the ground, or 'seismic signalling'? Does this explain odd animal behaviour prior to earthquakes and thunderstorms? Fascinating stuff.

6th January
BBC - 'Galaxies may have darker doubles.'
Lew's Tube. All about the London Underground.

5th January
George Rodger : Photographic Voyager 1908-1995. Rodger took some particularly wonderful photographs of Nuba tribespeople in the Sudan (I recommend his book 'Village of the Nuba'). He also took many great photographs from many other parts of the world.

The Subway Page. Underground train systems, all over the world - for example, Pyongyang.

A nice collection of photos of religious shrines from around the world. From the same people who wrote the 'short history of English' (see yesterday's links). They also travel the world to see solar eclipses - visit their fascinating eclipse page which includes accounts of eclipses visited in Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Venezuela, Mexico, Chile and the UK.

4th January
The English Language : A Short History. Good page. Via
BBC - 'Ancient Egyptian animal cemetery found.'

3rd January
CNN - 'Mystery monolith shows up in Seattle.'
Reuters - 'Charged with tying old-age song to leader.' 'A lighting engineer has been charged with inciting hostility against Robert Mugabe after shining a spotlight on portraits of the Zimbabwean president during a live performance of a popular song on old age, state media reported on Tuesday.'
Reuters - 'The curse of the 'devil' monkey.' Hollowed-out primate causes trouble for customs officers.

2nd January
Register - 'Millennium bug stalls Norwegian trains.'
Britain's latest export - humiliation.
Reuters - 'Bergman: Movie business is butchery and whoring.' 'Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman thinks of the movie business as an industry of butchery and whoring, and recently dreamed he was kissing his actresses' feet, according to a rare interview published on Friday.'

1st January
It may be a bit late but you can still email Santa.

Happy New Millennium. The Nutlog is exactly one year old today.

What's your Geek Code? GAT GIT$ d s:- a- C++ UV++++ P+ W++ N+ K+ w-- PS++ PE- tv-- b+++ DI++ D--- G- e++ h r% z? - so now you know.
The Surrealism Generator.
Che-Lives.Com. Gallery of images of Che Guevara. Via old GMT+9, who I hope is now feeling much better.
MSNBC - 'Slavery's new face.' Disturbing article about bonded labour in the US (but it might as well be any Western country). Via old Reutellog.
A weblog that's new to me - That's where I found La Viuda Loca, an interesting politically-oriented weblog from the Philippines.
The Beano comic, a staple of my childhood.

A document about the Pig War of 1859. Both the British Empire and the USA laid claim to San Juan Island, which lies between Seattle and Vancouver. Because the American and Canadian inhabitants of the islands got along fairly well, this wasn't too much of a problem, until an American settler shot and killed a pig belonging to the (Canadian) Hudson Bay Company. This resulted in an escalation of the dispute, with the American sending in the infantry and the British sending in the warships. The whole matter was referred to the Kaiser for independent arbitration, and he ruled in favour of the islands being part of the USA, with the poor pig and maybe a bit of national pride as the only casualties. is a cartoon art page. I'm linking to it because I like the URL.