Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Knit, knit, knit knit...
...the revolution is coming!

Friday, October 26, 2001

You have to be a regular CBC listener to fully appreciate the humour of Wayne MacPhail's mock-transcript of "This Morning with Osama: Shelagh Rogers Interview with Osama bin Laden"

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

It is important for everyone to read and re-read the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights at least every couple years.

It disturbs me to recognize that such a bold document would never make it past a first draft in this "modern" world.

How shameful it is that there are so many active human rights violations going on in my own city, province and country! Off-hand (I just did another read through) I can think of cases where the following articles of the Declaration are either outright violated, or otherwise interfered with, in my country: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28. Keeping in mind that if we include the actions of corporations and the government abroad, nearly every article would be subject to violation.

As a social justice, pro-democracy and environmental activist -- I've got my work cut out for me...

Sunday, October 14, 2001

The Onion reports: God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule.
'nuff said!

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

It all started with a website - started a few years ago - dedicated to revealing to the world that Bert is Evil.

Now a photo linking Bert to Osama Bin Laden has turned up on a poster reportedly used widely by pro-Taliban demonstrators.

There's also some interesting discussion about this phenomenon.

Tuesday, October 9, 2001

"The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith presents: The Brick Testament." A satirical, occaisionally offensive (to overly-serious folks, anyway), depiction of Christian/Jewish stories in Lego.
You can also read more about it in the ongoing discussion on LUGNet.

Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Lego Technic Space Shuttle - 8480This is the single most complicated set I've ever seen or built. The gear systems are excellent - actually educational. It's big, excellent parts, and an amazing feat of design engineering. Simply the best Technic set ever.

The set isn't being produced any more, and isn't available on the Lego website or in stores. However, they seem to have found a few in a warehouse somewhere and those are available from the Lego Shop at Home 1-800-453-4652 number in Canada and the U.S. US$158 (plus shipping). Ask for set number 8480.

Thanks to the ever-excellent LUGNet for putting the details of this set on the web, including the picture referenced here which is Copyright ©1996 LEGO.
"New LEGO system for business and strategy development." This is a press release from The Lego Group announcing "the first-ever LEGO product specifically for adults -- a tool that helps business managers develop strategy by using the creative dynamics of the LEGO Brick and play."

Tuesday, October 2, 2001

"The title that wasn't there" is a semi-real (maybe) piece on the Coen Brothers' process for selecting a movie title.