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30th November
Visit the Online Fast Food Toy Museum.

BBC - 'Frosty craters on Mars.' Great pictures.

BBC - 'Whales pick up new songs.' 'Humpback whales living in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef have astonished scientists by learning a new melody sung by visitors from a distant ocean. '

29th November
The Skeptic's Dictionary.

Dan Zen (mad inventor meets Internet finds peace) keeps emailing me, urging me to visit his site, which really is rather good.

28th November
Play Fantasy World Order. If I were Ruler of Earth, my popularity rating would be 73.8 %.

27th November
Read some classic quotes from supermodels.

BBC - 'Feathers fly over fossil reptile.' 'A small, lizard-like creature that lived 220 million years ago is at the centre of renewed debate over whether it had feathers and could fly. ' Feathers or scales?

Reuters - 'Afghanistan joins tug-of-war over ancient mummy.'
Reuters - 'Brazil town where size matters erects tallest X-mas tree.'
Reuters - 'Bump on the head returns sight to blind woman.'
Reuters - 'Man finds his stolen car on the Internet.'

Noam Chomsky writes for Index on Censorship on 'rogue states'. Good read, this.

A couple of interesting links from the Guardian weblog :-
Beliefnet asks, 'Are you a narcissist?' I'm happy to say that I'm categorised as a 'selfless spirit'.
New Statesman talks about America's democratic deficit.

25th November
AFP - 'Strong solar storms to wreak havoc in northern latitudes.' What's really exciting is that much of Europe and North America might be able to see the aurora borealis (if it's a clear night - a big 'if' admittedly)!

BBC - 'Pinochet admits responsibility.' 'Chile's former military ruler, General Augusto Pinochet, has said he accepts political responsibility for all the acts committed by the armed forces during his 17-year rule. '

Hammer Glamour.

23rd November
LA Times - 'City life, 2300 BC.' 'An ancient tomb in Syria offers a peek into one of the earliest urban civilizations. The bejeweled remains of two women raise questions about presumed dominance of men. ' Interesting speculation. Via Robot Wisdom.
National Geographic News has an article about this discovery, with pictures of the tomb and some of the precious objects!
The gold objects in the tomb are restricted to the two women; the males do not have gold adornment (which would seem to indicate high status), although they do have some silver and bronze objects. So possibly the women could have been of higher status than the men, or (as an archaeologist speculates) it could have to do with a ritual sacrifice, or there could be an entirely different reason.
There's also an article in the Washington Post.

New Scientist on nanotech submarines. Also via Robot Wisdom.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead.

No updates tomorrow! RL busy. Probably back around Sunday.

Demented Experiments. Don't try this at home, eh?

BBC - 'Gutenberg Bible goes online.'
Background to the Gutenberg Bible. The British Library website has information about and images of the Gutenberg Bible.

22nd November
Chihuahuaboy: Cruel Poetry: Maggie Thatcher: A Study in Evil. 'Mrs. Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the UK, could muster up sympathy for former Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet, but has been mute about the suffering of millions of others in the world. We suppose that she feels the bond of humanity only with other right-wing tyrants.' A nice little poem.
Slap Maggie. Hehe.
Where were you when Thatcher resigned? I was a student, and very happy when the news came on over the radio. :) My friend Kotaro, who I was with, was very surprised by the speed of the whole thing, but I wasn't. Hehe. Via Linkmachinego. - it's just a red web page!

National Geographic News - 'Nepal town may reveal origins of Buddhism.'

Register - 'Sony, Honda prep people-like robots.'
The Kama Sooty. Sooty and chums in rude positions. Only for grown-up bears.
Tipper Gore's Guide to Dating Dos and Don'ts.
Onion - 'Nation Plunges into Chaos.'

21st November
Dermatology in the Cinema. There is a website devoted to actors' skin conditions. Amazing, really. - 'GFI discovers the 'Romeo and Juliet' virus.'
Register - 'It's like the Love Bug, only less romantic.'

BBC - 'More evidence of flowing water on Mars.'
BBC - 'Churches urge polluters to repent.'
Age - 'Cut cable causes Net chaos.'
Reuters - 'Two thousand apply to join House of Lords.'
Reuters - 'The world's happiest people?' 'Colombians see themselves as the world's happiest people, an internet survey of more than 400,000 people around the globe showed on Friday.'
Register - 'Yahoo! loses Nazi trinkets case.'

BBC - 'New animal discovered.' 'Danish scientists claim to have discovered a new class of animal living on algae in the Greenland ice. '
'The microscopic organism is believed to be the newest member of a recently recognised group of animals with complex jaws. '

20th November
What's your Bond Girl name? If I were a Bond Girl, I would be called Annie Position.

Guardian - 'It's hell down there.' What it's like to work for the London Underground - a good read. Thanks, Linkmachinego.

Sydney Morning Herald - 'Damaged cable sinks Net links.' 'The SEA-ME-WE 3 communications cable which links Europe, Asia and Australia was damaged on the sea floor near Singapore around 5.20pm, severely disrupting local Internet access.'
'Telstra spokesman Mr Richard O'Connell said Internet access had been affected in Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, the UK and the US.'
Wonder if that explains why everything's sooo sloowwww... Heh.

Neferchichi's Tomb, home of the chihuahua pharaohs.

The Budget Traveller's Guide to Sleeping in Airports.

According to this page, George W. Bush is a direct descendant of Henry III and Charles II. I knew it! He has all the right qualities (i.e. prone to gaffes, slightly inbred). Gore, on the other hand, is descended from Edward I and Charlemagne. Hehe.

19th November
These kitsch postcards are exceedingly cute.

The Belgrave Ghost. A Leicestershire ghost supposedly captured on film.

Register - 'Surgeon on train saves woman - by email.'

18th November
Haunted Places.
Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England.

What does your name look like in kanji? Via Andrea's Weblog.

Get your own Teletubbies email address. Via Swallowing Tacks.

The Virtual Church of the Blind Chihuahua.

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets.

Important UK Government Announcement.

Visit Steve's Ant Farm. Fascinating stuff! Cute too.

Lip Balm Anonymous. Is lip balm addictive?

17th November
A page about the famous people on British banknotes issued by the Bank of England (the Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland and some banks in Northern Ireland issue their own notes (designed differently) under licence from the BoE). Very pleased to have my first Charles Darwin tenner today :). I bet his bushy beard will hard to forge! ;)

Shinji-san by Peter Richardson - a delicious piece of Flash artwork. 2.7 Mb with the Flash 4 plug-in installed, 3.8 Mb with Flash 3.

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Cat haiku. Via Bindi.

Daily Telegraph - 'Wellingtons running out in wave of panic buying.' Floods in Britain cause a run on wellington boots.
Reuters - 'Pig owner says her pet had a right to fly.'

16th November
Hello Bindi. Thanks for linking to the Nutlog.

BBC - 'Pyramids lined up with the stars.' 'Ancient Egyptian astronomers aligned the pyramids due north by using two stars that circle the celestial polar point.'
Also covered in New Scientist.

BBC - 'Monkey brain operates machine.'

BBC - 'Iron Age Scots 'had milk with their porridge'.'
Also covered in New Scientist, with amazingly cute photo of Highland cow.

Reuters - 'Authors vie for dubious honor - bad sex award.'
Reuters - 'Highway chase for man in wheelchair.'
Register - 'Toilet web site owner arrested for climbing skyscraper.'
Moscow Times - 'Sinister ideas lurk behind Teletubbies.'
Guardian cartoon on the US election.

15th November
The Happy Hour gallery - the quirky and fabulous art of Yoshitomo Nara. I bought a set of postcards of these pictures from the Japan Centre in Piccadilly today. A friend compared them to Teletubbies with psychotic facial expressions... I just think they're great.

Update - After checking my ISP's helpdesk's page, I see there have been routing and DNS problems in the US in the last few days which may have caused some of you not to see the Nutlog. Sorry about that, hopefully normal service will now be resumed.

Apologies for any problems that you may have had trying to see the site over the last few days. This address should always work :- . You can always mail me - .

BBC - 'Smallest primates discovered in Madagascar.'
Register - 'NSI dodges naughty domain name lawsuit.'
The Guardian has a go at guessing how global warming will affect different parts of the world. Very interesting.
Fun collection of US election humour, compiled by Gael.
Build your own virtual fish tank. Via Pop Culture Junk Mail, via Swallowing Tacks.
AFP - 'Men cleared to wear frocks in Australian state.' 'Men in Tasmania who like to wear frocks in the evening no longer risk arrest following the lifting of a 65-year-old ban on cross-dressing.'

Zippygirl wants to know what I think about the US election mess. Awww, I'm flattered *g*. Well, you asked, so I'm going to produce an uncharacteristically long post... Various possibilities may include a shoot-out, a hamburger eating competition, a pro wrestling match, or 'rock paper scissors', but this is what I think ;).

Personally, I think that both the Gore and Bush camps are behaving very poorly; a few hundred votes here or there is not, and should not, be a mandate to govern a country the size of the US. Whichever side wins, there will be a lot of bitterness and pain on the part of the people who supported the losers - about half the country in either case. With an evenly balanced Congress, the new President will be severely weakened, and more likely than not will lose by a landslide in four years' time. Who would want to be President under those circumstances?
One solution would be for the two sides to work out a coalition, with one as President and the other as Vice-President, and the Cabinet divided 50/50 between Republicans and Democrats, governing from the centre. There are plenty of countries which have had this kind of 'grand coalition' government after extremely close elections.
Ultimately, democracy means government for all of the people, not just the slightly-more-than-half who voted for the winning candidate. That seems to have been forgotten.
Unfortunately, since the impeachment crisis two years' ago, the political atmosphere in Washington is absolutely toxic, with very little room for compromise on either side; at least that's the perception from the outside world.
The lawsuits and accusations flying around are not helping the situation. It might be worthwhile for the two sides to take a timeout, possibly even take Bush and Gore outside normal politics and let them talk face-to-face somewhere that is off home territory for both of them; Camp David, perhaps ;). Someone who is respected and viewed as impartial by both sides could help in the negotiations. Former Senator George Mitchell, who was so helpful during the Northern Ireland peace negotiations, has all the right personal and intellectual qualities, but as a Democrat might not be seen as completely neutral. Another possibility might be to introduce someone from outside the United States, an experienced international mediator with no axe to grind. Kofi Annan of the UN might be one possibility; another might be Martti Ahtisaari, the Finnish politician who played an important role in negotiating an end to the Kosovo conflict; or even Britain's very own Mo Mowlam. One would hope that the present dispute is less intractable than any of those conflicts!
Also, if there are going to be recounts, it might be helpful to introduce international mediators, who would be seen as truly neutral, to assist in the counting. I originally suggested this as a joke, but after seeing all the poison that's been flying around, I think it might actually be a good idea.
One final point; I don't think that people who voted for Nader (or for that matter, any of the other minor candidates) should feel at all bad that their votes may have contributed to this deadlock. Their votes don't belong to any party by divine right, and it's much better to vote out of principle than out of political expediency. Actually, after all this week's goings-on, I'd feel very good about voting for the 'right' candidate rather than the 'expedient' candidate.
(I'm sure I'm going to get flamed for this, but well, that's life *g*).

14th November
BBC - 'Amazon vaccine claims disputed.' 'An influential body of US scientists has disputed claims that one of its members killed hundreds of Yanomami Indians during experiments with a measles vaccine.'
Also read this :- Guardian - 'Scientist 'killed Amazon Indians to test race theory'.' This article contains details of the original allegations.

Register - 'US Presidency up for grabs on eBay.'
How to build an igloo. Via The Age's weblog.
Reuters - 'Hospital sends live woman to mortuary.'

Guardian - 'Scots solution to riddle of the pyramids.' 'Robert Lomas, of the University of Bradford, says builders in Orkney developed the complex techniques and methods of measurement needed to construct the sophisticated buildings more than 1,000 years before Egyptians started using them.'
'Dr Lomas believes the Egyptians heard of the Orcadians' ideas after they spread across Europe, and copied them. He said remains of buildings on Orkney dating from 3800BC show an extremely sophisticated construction technique.'

13th November
A good humour site... Ironic Times. Lots of funny US election stuff in the current issue.

Daily Express - 'Mars plague that could kill off Earth.' 'A group of scientists are trying to persuade Nasa to abandon plans to bring back a soil sample from Mars because they fear an extra-terrestrial plague could be unleashed on Earth. ' Thanks, Unknown News.

The Nutlog intends to participate in a Day Without Weblogs this year.

SatireWire - ' 'Hackers-for-Nader' deliver surprise victory.'

12th November
Register - 'Tiny sovereign state set to open for e-business.' Good for those Sealanders.
Discovery - 'King Tut gets paternity test.'
Sunday Times - 'Scientists claim nothing will stop climate change.'

11th November
Reuters - 'Police find locked ballot box at Miami hotel.'

BBC - 'New dinosaur unearthed in Italy.'
BBC - 'Lone neutron star speeds through space.'
Reuters - 'Twenty blind cricket fans to get 20 corneas.' 'Twenty blind Bangladeshi cricket lovers will be donated 20 corneas by the Sri Lankan cricket board to mark their country's first official test match, board officials said Friday.'
Got a suggestion for ending the US election impasse? Post it here.