The Nutlog

The Nutlog Archive

10th November
Guardian Quiz - 'Can you survive the British apocalypse?' I can, just about. See how you get on.

The Bathroom Diaries. Top quality public toilets around the world. Excellent. Via The Age's weblog.

Guardian - 'World's youth sees Britons as racist drunks.' 'Britons are seen by young people in other countries as arrogant, xenophobic and frequently drunk, according to a poll conducted by the British Council in 17 countries and published yesterday. '
'A British Council report accompanying the poll said that in general "young people overseas have a positive image of the UK as a country but are less admiring of Britons as a people". '

Discovery - 'Worms: Good tasting, good for you.'
Discovery - 'Massive solar storm batters Earth.'
BBC - 'Europe's 10 founding 'fathers'.' 'More than 95% of European men alive today are descended from 10 ancient "fathers", according to new genetic evidence. '

Precocious, a weblog I used to read all the time, is back. This comes as a huge relief to me!

More American election shenanigans...this is fascinating stuff, and worth recording.
CNN - 'Unofficial Florida tally completed: Bush's lead down to 327. This is a tiny margin; overseas and absentee votes have still to be taken into account. Gore is still ahead in the popular vote.
Guardian - 'Voting over, but campaign continues.' Various legal challenges are being prepared over the confusing ballot papers and a few other issues.
Cecelie Barry in the Washington Post - 'Preparing an 8-year-old to run for President.' This is a very moving article about innocence, idealism, power and class - must read. Via YAWL.
APBNews - 'Florida cops accused of harassing black voters.' Thanks to Zippylog.
Salon - 'Florida sent duplicate ballots overseas.' 'Defense Department employee alleges that some co-workers on an air base in England voted twice.'
The Daily Telegraph helpfully explains what the electoral college is all about.
The world press reaction is covered by Slate, varying from thoughtful to tongue-in-cheek. I wonder if some kind of international mediation might be helpful at this stage? ;)
Reuters - 'Italians get sweet revenge with US elections.'
A definition of the word 'schadenfreude'.

9th November
More on the US election... a statistical analysis of the Buchanan vote in Palm Beach compared to the rest of Florida. The disparity is impressive! Thanks to Nick for the link.

BBC - 'Ancient fish farm revealed.' 'New details of a 'lost' landscape of earthworks covering hundreds of square kilometres in the Bolivian Amazon have been revealed by scientists. '

BBC - 'Invasion of the 'killer' seaweed.'
BBC - 'Warming world's winners and losers.' How much climate change will affect different parts of the world.
Register - 'Russian credit card scam looks bigger than we thought.' Be careful.
Reuters - 'Exploding egg sparks fears.'
Reuters - 'World's fastest thawing spaghetti.

Go and visit Glamvan, another fab Britblog.

Times of India - 'Taj 'vanishes' as Sorcar waves his wand.' 'The elegant 16th century embodiment of love, Taj Mahal, was on Wednesday made to "vanish" by noted magician P C Sorcar junior. '
'Sorcar, master of the "Indrajaal" magic show, performed the feat at 2.50 p.m. for over two minutes from a distance of about 400 metres behind the Taj at a spot called Kachpura across the Yamuna river. '

Onion - 'Bush or Gore: 'A new era dawns'.'

More on the US elections... a summary of the rumours and allegations, for posterity's sake :-
CNN - 'Election Day allegations could form basis for legal challenges, experts say.' To summarise :- allegations that some Gore supporters in Florida mistakenly voted for Pat Buchanan (because the design of the ballot paper was confusing, and possibly illegal), accusations of uncounted ballots, accusations that a judge in Missouri illegally ordered polling places to stay open past the scheduled closing time, etc.
CNN - 'Congressman says 19,000 Florida votes invalidated; 2 suits filed over irregularities.'
Daily Telegraph - 'Confusion reigns in Palm Beach.'
The Florida ballot paper which caused so much confusion.
UPI - 'Rev. Jackson hints legal challenge to Fla vote.' 'Rev. Jesse Jackson Wednesday called for a thorough investigation of the voting process in Florida and suggested black leaders may initiate legal action to challenge "patterns of irregularities" that appeared to interfere with a full accounting of African-American voters.'
According to the New York Daily News, if Bush had lost the electoral college but won the popular vote, he would have fought on to win over the electoral college on an anticipated wave of popular anger. So what will he do now? Link thanks to Pigs & Fishes.

8th November
CNN - 'Overlooked ballot box found in Florida church.' In a Democratic area.(Update - CNN says the ballot box contained supplies, not votes).

The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide.
Moscow Times - 'School trip finds ancient remains.' Schoolchildren in St. Petersburg discover evidence of 4000 year old civilisation.
Reuters - 'Man bites dog, stands trial.'
Onion - 'Neighborhood children gear up for hotly anticipated 'opening of the gerbil's tomb'.'
BBC - 'Patient gives old heart to museum.'
Inside.Com - 'Oops! She'll do it again: Britney Spears to write parable.'
Register - 'Register domains with Korean, Japanese or Chinese characters.'
The BBC on bad British weather through the ages.

Check out the BBC's guide to the Dome Diamond Raid. Yesterday, Scotland Yard foiled an attempt to steal a 350 million GBP collection of diamonds which was on show at the Millennium Dome (of all places). Had they been successful, it would have been the world's biggest ever robbery.
BBC - 'Visitors flock to Dome crime scene.'

Washington Post - 'Presidential race hinges on Florida.' Gore actually conceded at one point when it looked at though Bush was going to win Florida, then retracted once it became clear there had to be a recount. Gore is currently ahead in the popular vote, but both Gore and Bush need to win Florida to get a majority of the electoral college. I think the winner should appoint a vice-president of the other party. After all this, whoever wins is going to have a limited mandate. Might some kind of bipartisan, national unity government help ease the situation?
Seems like an appropriate time to re-visit the Complete Bushisms. If GWB wins, I would expect satirists to have a productive four years.
Washington Post - 'Carnahan apparent winner in Missouri.' 'In one of the strangest elections in U.S. political history, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan (D), who was killed in a plane crash three weeks ago, appeared to have defeated incumbent Republican John Ashcroft for the U.S. Senate.'

7th November
BBC - 'No let up in flood chaos.' The flooding here isn't nearly as severe as last week, but it's still affecting quite a few people. The nearest river burst its banks late last night; it's quite an eerie sight, seeing so much water silently and gradually rising, and engulfing roads and houses.

Before you decide...'s Skeleton Closet purports to dish the dirt on the major US presidential candidates. I have no idea how much of all this is true.

SatireWire - 'Riot erupts at dot-com refugee camp.'

6th November
Independent - 'The Bard and dope: Was this such stuff as dreams were made on?' Via the Web Today.

Discovery - 'Life coaxed from dead brains.'

Reuters - 'Children take cow hostage.'

Register - 'Yahoo! legally obliged to ban the French?'

5th November
A short story in the Register! Read and enjoy Crusoe.Com.

Register - 'Pro wrestling & Green Party FUD to decide election.'

The Anarchist Teapot. 'To have free minds, we must have free tea!' I think the idea is that free tea will encourage communication, break down social barriers, etc.

Positive Propaganda - a directory of independent web sites. Some interesting stuff here. Check out the eccentrics and the bad guys.

Blue Lines is closing; Taking the Wrong Road Round is a good read.

BBC - ' 'Extinct' lions surface in Siberia.'
BBC - 'Japan archaeologist exposed as fraud.'

Guardian - 'Would he do to the US what he did to Texas?' 'Viewed from here, Texas is a harsh state of extreme inequality, which has become more unequal under Mr Bush's leadership. In a time of booming economy and record budget surpluses, the governor's corporate allies have made a killing at the lucrative intersection of state government and business. Meanwhile 45% of the population in the lower Rio Grande Valley live below the poverty line and pray that they never need medical help they cannot afford. It is an unforgiving place, unrecognisable from the progressive and tolerant state evoked in Mr Bush's stump speeches. '

Toxic Custard. Absolutely brilliant Aussie humour site.

Buy alien kitsch here.

BBC - 'Scientists revise asteroid warning.' 'Astronomers say reports that the Earth could be struck by a small asteroid in 2030 are wildly exaggerated. '
'Less than a day after sounding the alert about asteroid 2000SG344, a revised analysis of the space rock's orbit shows it will in fact miss the Earth by about five million kilometres (three million miles). '

Reuters - 'Enormous deep-sea specimen astounds scientists.'

Zoo Keeper UK - a pleasant virtual zoo.

Today is Guy Fawkes' Day, when British people traditionally commemorate the failure of Fawkes and his co-conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. This is done by setting off lots of fireworks, lighting large bonfires and drinking mulled wine. You can read all about it at the Gunpowder Plot Society and the Bonfire Night page. The latter site includes the recipe for treacle toffee and asks whether the 'conspirators' were framed, possibly to play on anti-Catholic feeling at the time (the Catholics were often scapegoats in the 17th century - the authorities also tried to blame them for the Great Fire of London in 1666).

4th November
Discovery - 'Ancient ship found off Turkey.'

BBC - 'Asteroid heading this way.' Scientists estimate that a newly discovered asteroid, 70 metres across, stands a 500-to-1 chance of hitting the Earth in 30 years' time.

I-Resign.Com, the resignation portal, with resignation letters and much more.

SelectSmart's American Presidential Candidate Selector is interesting. I must admit, I find it quite find to get worked up about some of the issues in this election - I think that in the UK and Europe generally, subjects such as gun control or abortion tend to really be non-issues, or matters for individual conscience rather than party politics, and the idea of teaching creationism in schools (in particular) would almost certainly be laughed out; environmental, poverty and human rights issues are really ethical matters, rather than party politics. The political centre in America tends to be further to the right than in Europe; Gore would be in the centre or centre-right in the UK, Bush on the hard right; Ralph Nader of the Greens would still be on the left, but probably not the outsider he is in this election. FWIW, the SelectSmart quiz reckons that I'm most compatible with David McReynolds of the Socialist Party, followed by Nader.

3rd November
Gillian Anderson on LAN switching.
Gillian Anderson on LAN switching, part 2.

Reuters - 'School science experiment blows up.'

The Sheep Bank. An excellent cause. The Benevolent Organisation for Development, Health and Insight (BODHI) helps poor herdsmen in Tibet become self-sufficient by providing funds for the local government to buy ewes, which are then allocated to the herdsmen. After several years, the herds have multiplied sufficiently for the herdsman to pay back his debt, allowing the Sheep Bank to help more poor people. Microbanking at its best.
Read the Bodhi Times.

Rotten luck, Kasparov. You can always blame Big Blue. Well done, Kramnik.
The World Chess Championship, move by move.

2nd November
A girl's guide to geek guys.

Joseph Wu's Origami Page.

BBC - 'Double-headed creature revealed.'
Reuters - 'Cold rats set rural houses on fire.'
Reuters - 'Students arrested for pumpkin thefts.'
Reuters - 'Princess Diana the ghost - in fun or bad taste?'
Reuters - 'Penguin plane spotters intrigue scientists.'

New Scientist - 'Flood alert.' 'A major European study on the impact of climate change predicts northern floods and southern deserts.'

New Scientist - 'Planetary puzzle.' On 'planet nurseries' in our galaxy.

New Scientist - 'Hooked on hash.' 'Monkeys stir up the debate about cannabis addiction.' Also check out New Scientist's Marijuana Special Report.
Cute picture. 'Mahayana Buddhist tradition tells how Buddha lived on one hemp seed a day. This was enough to sustain him during the six steps of asceticism leading to his Enlightenment. In recent centuries, higher doses have been favoured.' Thx, R. Pye.

1st November
BBC - 'Cave paintings may be 'oldest yet'.' 'What may be the world's oldest known cave paintings have been discovered in northern Italy. They are between 32,000 and 36,500 years old. '

Reuters - 'Vampire, victim to wed at edge of Hell.'

SatireWire - 'World's 400 million Net users vote to make Net private club.'

BBC - 'Egyptologists discover 'oldest boat'.' The boat is 5000 years old and was discovered at a royal burial site.

Well, the flood waters have receded now, and we are now on 'flood watch' (i.e. flooding in the area possible) as opposed to 'flood warning' (flooding expected). A report on climate change suggests a hotter and wetter Europe in 2100.

Vader for President. I expect he's marginally to the left of the Republican candidate. Via Cabin Pressure.