September 16th, 2003

A Disco Legend Returns, Without His Feathers: “I would go to the all-night grocery store and pretend that I was at Studio 54 because it was the only place open all night. Truman Capote in the frozen foods. Andy Warhol over in vegetables.'”

September 15th, 2003

weird search requests part [whatever]: Giaconda 2001: aka “Mona Lisa in a NASA space suit”

September 15th, 2003

A facelift for the $20 bill – May. 13, 2003: My girlfriend, who works in a bank, mentioned this to me today. She said even her mother, who rarely leaves the house, knew about it. Where have I been????

UPDATE 01.27.04 See even more funny money in Foundlings

September 15th, 2003

BoingBoing Discussions

Jerks complaining about the Discuss links – QuickTopic bulletin board: discussions are down at BoingBoing. This is a previous thread on previous problems, previously.

UPDATE 09.15.03 evening
Here’s the last active Boing-Boing discussion.

Just wear your asbestos suit, that’s all I’m sayin’.

UPDATE 09.17.03 mornin’
Seems like this is now one of the few ways to get into the still-alive “meta-disccussion” (although how “meta” is it when all other discussion is gone?). Not that what is there passes much as discussion. Pescovitz (or some other admin) took down the link on the gust-guest-blog (no permalink available; click here), but the other one on Macki’s post still remains active as of 8:37 EST.

UPDATE: 09.18.03 morning
New guest-blogger Jason initiates live discussion forum.

09.18.03 afternoon: Craniac has created a Generic BoingBoing discussion.

UPDATE 09.19.03 the wee hours’
Let me get this straight…. “Xeni” is a fakester, while “xeni” is real; and “Cory Doctorow” is real, while “cory doctorow” is the fakester. Right???
09.19.03 afternoon: Craniac, I suppose, is deleting messages on the Generic discussion. There are scattered points being made in all three of ’em, though. As well as gratuitous flames.

UPDATE 09.20.03 morning

flame wars continue. a lower-case “xeni” (note the indefinite article) has claimed (Computer History, msg 48) Cory D. tried to kill himself last weekend due to the flame-threads. Having seen them, I can almost believe it, were it not for the fact you can’t believe anything in these forums anymore.

The Timecube guy posted to the Generic discussion, msg 27.

Also, it seems that the old Pausing the Warblog For Now thread from 3.21.03 is QUITE active, with over 3300 posts on it.

UPDATE 10.08.03 morning
Generic is clunking along, while Pausing seems to have turned into a family squabble (/m3321 – “Aunt Marion” ??!??). The nearly-dormant BoingBoing.tribe sprang to large life yesterday with a surge from 28 moribund (no offense) members to more than 160 after Xeni blogged it. Jason Scott has continued to create new discussions for each (insightful, detailed, hyperlinked) post, engendering on-topic, respectful posts.

UPDATE 10.12.03 morning

Pausing has this charming message:
Messages 3323-3316 deleted by topic administrator 10-11-2003 11:04 AM (not accepting new messages)

So much for the family squabble. Which >was< still on-topic. why was it deleted? If the commenters themselves decided they were ashamed of their words, QT allows them to edit them down to nothing. It's a pity they're gone, because it was an interesting example of a long-thread becoming >else< while still maintaining its original purpose (nominally). UPDATE 01.27.04 afternoon
y’all should know the only really active site is the BoingBoing Tribe. Although it’s not so much active as not comatose.

UPDATE 02.05.07: discussions are back! well, maybe my use of the plural is a bit misleading.

September 15th, 2003

X-rayed contents of handbag: Chloe went to the courthouse & took a gorgeous photo of their xray.

September 14th, 2003

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September 14th, 2003

Names I have been called by SpamBots:


to be continued…..

September 14th, 2003

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Okay, I accidentally opened spam called "Remove cellulite!" and found this bizarre beautiful hakui-like verbiage.  I’m an aithiest but could this be a gift from a god? Thoughts?


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September 11th, 2003

[Fwd: [talk.bizarre] Spice World!] : something claiming to have to do with Malcolm McLaren (verified) and SPAM (unverified). and the Spice Girls.

September 11th, 2003


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September 11th, 2003

Most of my recent weird site stats have been obliterated in the BoingBoing slam [grumble grumble grumble], I should often be so unfortunate!

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pictures of hats that you can wear: as opposed to the other kind

September 11th, 2003

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September 11th, 2003

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September 11th, 2003

Macki’s NSFW dissertation slams my bandwidth limitations today. Not that “width” is the proper word for a free ad-supported Tripod account.

September 10th, 2003

Miss Mona Superhero’s duct-tape “drawings”: “ever since she picked up her X-Acto knife just last winter, Mona’s shiny, hyperkinetic color riots have been in high demand for everything from album art to wall murals. Lucky for us, this gracious cut-and-paste queen (she works only in multicolored tape on white melamine)”

September 10th, 2003

b l u e j a c k ~ William Browning Spencer: “Drafted in the sixties, William Browning Spencer was court-martialled twice and spent five months in the stockade. Do they really still have stockades? Now if that’s not bound to lead to a life of writing, I don’t know what is. Motivated, he says, by a desire to sleep late, he took up writing after working in corporations both large and small.”

I’m currently enjoying re-reading Zod Wallop for the nth time.

September 10th, 2003

go naked for a sign
weird dancing in all-night computer banking lobbies

September 9th, 2003

Bribe your way into the BoingBoing guest-blog.

I shelled out $0.36.

Update, a few minutes later:


Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2003 19:03:56 -0700


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September 9th, 2003

Mike B., having completed the Pacific Crest Trail, has time on his hands in Washington State.

He’s using the site stats to communicate.

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