July 16, 2005 | 2:52 PM ET

Sideshow asks about the media's agenda, but what it sounds like he's really talking about is the tipping point of a scandal.  A New York Times reporter once asked me what causes something to blow up in the blogosphere.  The question still bothers me because I had no good answer.  The same could be asked on a larger scale.  What makes the media, or the public at large, suddenly sit up and pay attention to something?  What triggers a media blitz?

Speaking of everyone paying attention to a story, I don't plan to do a Plame round-up every day, but I can hardly leave yesterday's entry hanging given subsequent developments.  The development is that in yet another leak (that some are not so ready to accept) we are told that Karl Rove learned Valerie Plame's identity from Robert Novak and not the other way around.

Glenn has a round-up, opening with a question that highlights how farcically cyclical the story has become.  Obviously a leak to the press can't come from the press, it had to start somewhere.  Anyway, this sends Mickey Kaus into think-out-loud speculation.  That, combined with Tom Maguire, who has distinguished himself as one of the deeper thinkers on the Plame matter, makes for better reading than the average airport bookstore — and some of it might end up being true!

John Dean, of Watergate fame, suggests that Rove isn't quite in the clear:

There are stories circulating that Rove may have been told of Valerie Plame's CIA activity by a journalist, such as Judith Miller, as recently suggested in Editor & Publisher.  If so, that doesn't exonerate Rove.  Rather, it could make for some interesting pairing under the federal conspiracy statute (which was the statute most commonly employed during Watergate).

Coffee mug as computer mouse — Not very practical, but I do like the idea of a mouse with a handle.

"A trip to the gents may be relieving but now it can be exciting as well. With the new Pee Goals, you can practice your aim and you might even score."  No word on whether this is endorsed by the MAPSU.

"If you think about it, Technorati has become a public utility on a global scale."

Sprout a couch — There's lawn furniture and then there's lawn furniture.

German Mtv: Pimp my Fahrad — They jazz up a junker bicycle.

Commuter Click:  Social machines — If you clicked the Rebuilding Media link yesterday, you might have read the horse story.  It's one that is told often in future-looking tech circles.  In short, when the car was invented, everyone was on horses and everyone had been on horses for thousands of years.  No matter what a car was, who could imagine we'd stop using horses as our primary transportation?  A lot of smart people feel we're at that point with media.  The trick is to guess how things will be different.

Time to check: Are you using the right blogging tool? — A nice guide for folks who want to start blogging.  Nice basic glossary too.

Video of the Day:  The heading says " ninja-like moves" but they look like gymnastics to me.  Is this how Olympic gymnasts hang out in the park?  I have to admit, if I could fling myself around like this guy, I'd probably never walk down the street normally again.

Photos of a funky bar in Poland — This feels familiar.  Somewhere between Gaudi and that upside-down building down in Orlando.

This seems like some kind of hoax, but I guess it makes sense:  Individual outsourcing.  Why wait for your company to lay you off and send your job to India when you can hire someone to do your job yourself while you either get a second job or just make your boss think you're super-productive?

ABCNews connects bin Laden and Saddam.  This seems like a big deal.  I'll be interested to see if ABCNews or the reporter does some kind of follow-up.  With it spreading on blogs and talk radio I don't see how this doesn't sit front and center for a while.
UPDATE: I'm wrong already.

Speaking of ABCNews reports causing a stir, they're at the center of new speculations that the U.S. played a key clumsy role in allowing the London bombings to happen.  The fine folks at Metafilter take on the story and Juan Cole discusses it at length.

Soldier survives attack; captures, medically treats sniper — ...and he gets a souvenir video of himself getting shot!

I happened to catch Tony on TV yesterday and he pointed out that the top search term at Technorati was NKF.  Turns out, while the U.S. media, blogosphere included, was otherwise occupied, the bloggers in Singapore have been caught up in a blogstorm over revelations that the head of the National Kidney Foundation who was using the company money to buy things like gold plated water faucets.  I got a nice introduction by picking a blog off the top of the list.  This timeline was also educational.

He might be blind, but no one's THAT blind.  And meanwhile, what the heck is going on?  Is this one of the signs of the apocalypse?

In case I seemed too hard on the Pope earlier for bashing Harry Potter, some Christians are able to see themselves in the books.

Speaking of Christians seeing themselves, some folks see Jesus in this Google Map image.  I think it looks like one of those Lord of the Rings tree guys, or maybe Rob Schneider in 50 First Dates, but that's just me.

This week we saw rocket-armed cars, but I think this rocket powered car tops them all.

Quick!  To the mailbag!

Hi Will,
I was a little concerned by a bit of bias in your article.  I'm not sure if it's something you knew, but just in case you didn't:

You said:  How to talk to a conservative about Karl Rove (This whole thing seems more partisan than ideological, so I'm not sure why the shot at conservatives, but whatever.)

The actual title of the article is "How to talk to a conservative about Karl Rove - if you have to" and it was a play on Ann Coulter's book "How to talk to a Liberal, if you have to".  So, to create such an idea of democrats with this example is highly unethical.  I will assume, that you were unaware of this, but then it would certainly say something about your journalism skills, or the lack thereof.
—Janie Mackenzie-Cohen

Dear Janie,
Wow, I completely missed that.  I'm not sure if I'm more embarrassed that I didn't get the joke or proud that I don't pay enough attention to Ann Coulter to know the title of her books.
Thanks for pointing that out,
Will

July 15, 2005 | 2:58 AM ET

The Valerie Plame affair continues to dominate blog discourse.  But just when you thought it was about who exposed the identity of a covert CIA agent, it turns out it's really about Joe Wilson, but that may only be because it's really about the Iraq war itself.

I clicked a lot of arguments resurrecting the debates we saw back when Joe Wilson was first being scrutinized in the wake of his fateful NYTimes Op-Ed:

Assuming you can make it through these lists of points, naturally the blogosphere has infinite space and energy to provide the counterpoints:

Billmon laments the digression:

The GOP noise machine appears to be having some success with its smear Joe Wilson campaign -- if only because so many lefties are now talking about that and not about how many White House officials are going to be indicted along with Karl Rove.

But the popularity of Daniel Schorr's essay ( text or audio), saying that the Rove leak is part of a larger scandal of deception leading up to the war, makes me think that liberals are not being tricked into talking about Wilson, but rather are going there willingly with an eye on taking the next step of initiating a pubic discussion about how the case for war was made.  A case, they often argue, that was woefully under-scrutinized by the media and public at large when it was initially made.

Weak Brits, Tough French — Argues the French have been tougher on terrorism.

"By now, media companies should start to realize that the time to start new-media subsidiaries has ended and the time to replace their old media with new-media has begun."  — Rebuilding media -on the disruptive changes afoot in media.  (Brand new  blog)

Waiter Rant the blogging waiter offers frank instruction on concluding your business at a restaurant.

40 things that only happen in movies

If you've ever wished you could take a picture of something but didn't have the means at the time, Fixr will help.  They'll find a photo for you to call your own.

As this set of rejection letters shows, Hollywood studios are not very good about sharing.

Speaking of people who think they own everything, the Internet Archive is being sued for keeping copies of old Web pages.  I understand the basic arguments of this situation, but I don't see how this differs from a library keeping back issues of periodicals.

" Flipbook! is an interactive Flash application that allows people to draw simple animations, save them to a gallery and share them with other people via e-mail."

The Medieval Bestiary - Animals in the Middle Ages

Video of the Day:  The Common Desk — This is seriously long, like a half hour, maybe more. I lost track, but I watched it instead of a CSI rerun on TV.  It's a sort of instructional video on how to set up a workplace to be more conducive to being creative and having ideas.  I think it's meant for advertising types because it mixes in a lot of ads that feel more like examples than sponsorships, though I could be wrong.  Anyway, I watched the whole thing and it was funny and interesting and though provoking.  It also has a second little movie at the end, so if you really don't have the time, you can fast forward to that.

The above video comes from something called Newstoday, which looks familiar, like I told myself once I'd have to go back there when I had more time, which is what I'm telling myself as I look at it again.

"An H20 Playlist is a shared list of readings and other content about a topic of intellectual interest.  It is a simple yet powerful way to group and exchange useful links to information - online and offline."

Visual Recipes - because recipes with pictures are inspiring.

Pew Global attitudes project:  Islamic Extremism: Common Concern for Muslim and Western Publics — Support for Terror Wanes Among Muslim Publics

Related: Iraqis march against terror

"What motivates a suicide bomber? Our correspondent talks to a young Muslim who survived his intended 'martyrdom' and describes the terrorists' rigorous training."

The BBC is hosting a Harry Potter fan fiction contest.  BUT WAIT!  Before you click, the contest has to do with the hint J.K. Rowling gave about a major character dying.  It's not really a spoiler technically, but they're open about who they think it is.  If you're blissful in your ignorance, skip this one until you buy the book on Friday night.

Bible quote of the Day:  Psalm 46: 1-3 — I'm not sure why this is drawing links.  Could it be a biblical version of We Are Not Afraid?

Akin to the "always wear clean underwear" rule is the "don't wear a t-shirt you wouldn't mind being photographed in" rule.

Brazilian bandits pull of big boob job

Japanese David Blaine — I'm thinking the burgers are fake, even though he takes a bite.  (Note: Surfing beyond this video will lead to links to non-worksafe links, but most are clearly marked as such.)

Will the U.N. run the Internet?

Consumer Sentinel — See how law enforcement all over the world work together to fight fraud, using Consumer Sentinel, an innovative, international law enforcement fraud-fighting program.

If disco balls were horses, divas would ride.  The problem with these videos from European bands is that I don't know their context.  I do know that riding a disco ball horse is a funny image.

"Michael Lefenfeld and James Dye of Signa Chemistry wanted to make rooms smell better.  Instead, they stumbled on a way that could make hydrogen fuel cells a practical reality."

What's with all the Transformers stuff lately?  Ah!  There's a Transformer movie coming July 4, 2007.

Not related in spite of the name:  Folks online are LOVING the Optimus keyboard.  You can almost hear the smurf-like gasps of oooo... ahhhhhh... ohhhhh....

African jailed for running as a woman

Related?? Woman 'miraculously' grows penis

Cory Doctorow's third novel is being released free online the same day it ships to stores for sale.  The site explains why that's not a stupid thing to do.

Mailbag!  Mailbag!

"There's a lot of video in today's entry, but I think this is the Video of the day:  While my Ukulele Gently Weeps — I want to hear him do Stairway. "

Then you'll love the Duke of Uke, one of the semi-regular contributors to the SubGenius Hour of Slack radio show, recently passed its 1000th show milestone.  The Duke has covered many rock classics.  Most shows are available for download or streaming, and all are indexed someplace, but good luck on finding them -- the organization is overwhelmed by the quantity.

You might have heard of the Church of the Subgenius in Time magazine.  In 1999 Time ran an online voting site for, among other things, Fraud Of The Century.  The winner was J.R. "Bob" Dobbs, the pipe smoking icon of the Subgenius Church.  Time grudgingly announced the winner in their magazine, noting that being imaginary, he was a fitting winner.

This was before it became common knowledge that such online voting was prone to fraudulent activity, such as people clicking the links hundreds or thousands of times, or even automating that process. Guess what?  The Fraud was a fraud.

"While there I liked the rocket armed car."

It's not a movie, and it's a discussion board rather than a blog, but my rocket is lots bigger. Yes, it's a real flying rocket.
—Dennis

Dear Dennis,
Thanks, I'll try the Slack shows tomorrow at work.  Regarding your rocket, I wonder how long you could drive that around before Homeland Security sent a Blackhawk after you.
Cheers,
Will

From July 14th: "But the reason I point it out is that we see a lot of this kind of altered video game imagery in creative Web media."

It's called machinama and they have awards, and all kinds of people doing work with it.

Red vs. Blue is a popular machinama series.  The guys who do it also do one using the Sims.
Thanks,
Ron

Dear Ron,
Thanks, I'm glad to know it's a real thing with a name and not just a trend I imagined.  Now that I know the name and a place to start I'll look into it a little more to get a better feel for it.
Thanks,
Will

Dear Will,
The Power of Nightmares

Didn't have the time to watch it all, but it's scary stuff.  Apparently this is a whole BBC series.
Best,
Adam

Dear Adam,
No wonder you didn't have time to watch it all, it's a three hour TV series!  That said, it took me a half hour to download the small bandwidth version and I watched (mostly listened to while working) the first chapter so far.  Real interesting.  When I read the description I thought it was going to be something partisan like Kos's recent comparisons, but this is a real history documentary and puts our whole situation in a context I hadn't considered.
Thanks for the tip,
Will

July 14, 2005 | 3:23 AM ET

The hot Plame scoop of the day appears to be from Murray Waas TalkLeft highlights the juicy part.

Meanwhile, all sides have their spin machines fully engaged.  Between the speculation, the twisted facts, the flat lies, the talking points and the general ill will, it's getting hard to follow the actual story.  For that reason, several people have written summaries of the story to help get everyone on the same page.  The ones I clicked were Defective Yeti, Digby and Arianna Huffington, who talks more about the difference between the political and legal sides of the story.

Speaking of Huffington, though I almost never start my surfing at the Huffington Post, lately I find myself at least passing through there a few times a week.  I don't know how they measure success because I remember when it was launched it was meant to rival Drudge and I don't really see it in the same category, but what I also remember about when it launched was the number of people who said it would fizzle and die.  That, it has not done.

And speaking of the Huffington Post, the Huffington Post gets bashed by... The Huffington Post.

Currently holding the top spot for coolest grandma is the fine lady featured at Old Grandma Hardcore where you'll find videos of her dominating the latest video games.  (Note, she curses a little, which can be tricky if you turn the volume up to hear her muttering and get caught off guard when she shouts.)

In the last entry I mentioned running into music videos all over the place.  Here's another example.  (This has some pop-ups, but I didn't encounter anything malicious.  There is one video on the popular list with some nudity, so don't click that one at work.)

New vocab word:  Londonistan

Other new vocab word: Islamophobic

Alton Brown appears to be some kind of TV chef or something.  He's on tour, he has a book, he blogs recipes, and a lot of people thought his rant about Tom Cruise's War of the Worlds causing him to need depression medication was funny.

There's a lot of video in today's entry, but I think this is the Video of the day:  While my Ukulele Gently Weeps — I want to hear him do Stairway.  NOTE:  College Humor is a good site but if you click around enough you may find boobies... or worse!

While there I liked the rocket armed car.

Also, there has been an apparent rash of kids playing a choking game for fun.  I can't help but wonder if this viral video has played a role in popularizing the activity.  (I seem to remember there being something similar when I was a kid, so I don't want to make it sound like I'm blaming "The Internet" for giving kids the idea.)

Is anyone making movies we'll actually watch in 50 years?  The Newsweek folks have an interactive in which you vote on which movies of big stars will stand the test of time.  I always seem to get the votes "wrong" on these things.  Jerry Maguire over A Few Good Men for Tom Cruise?  Really?

Speaking of A Few Good Men, here is the famous "You can't handle the truth" scene done with Halflife 2 video game characters.  Before you click it I'll tell you it's better with real actors.  But the reason I point it out is that we see a lot of this kind of altered video game imagery in creative Web media.  Someone smarter than I probably sees it as a sign of things to come.

Speaking of video games that aren't, Learning physics from Super Mario — A legitimate attempt to mix science education with video game characters and imagery.  I guess if it makes the kid think of the lesson at all when he goes home to play the actual game, then it's a success.  I'm not sure it would do that though.

The Glory Hole — I clicked this with one hand over my eyes, but it turns out that in this case the glory hole is a massive overflow drain at a dam.

Milblogger Mudville Gazette does a round up reports of particularly despicable tactics by the people we're fighting in Iraq.  It's so foul it's hard to comprehend.  How can blowing up children be seen as a winning strategy?

When you look at this panorama of the Philadelphia Live8 show, does it make you wish you were there or glad you weren't?

Yet another Sasquatch sighting — Could a capture be soon or is it all a PR hoax?

On The Debilitating Effects Of [Diet Coke] Welfare — A funny look at dealing with the free Coke bottle caps.

Yesterday I said that part of the Harry Potter hype would be about his evil influence on kids.  This just in from the Vatican, right on time.

"Unlike the imperial capital, which administered a vast empire and extracted riches from it, or the commercial city, which thrived by trading goods, the ephemeral city prospers by providing an alternative lifestyle to a small sector of society."

Related?:

  • Capture the Flag in the West Village is tomorrow (Thursday) at 8
  • Not enough notice?  How about a round-robin, all city, 24/7 water-gun assassination tournament?  July 25th.  This sounds like a homeland security nightmare.

Practical joke classified ads — Hysterical.

Pizza Man jailed for supporting the U.S. — Well, not exactly, but I'm thinking this won't be the last we've heard of this guy.

Predictably, folks online are very excited about NerdTV.

Videos of fireworks specialists engaged in a "stunt" battle
UPDATE:  I had initially referred to this as a "pretend" battle.  The Webmaster of FireworksWar.com writes to point out that the participants are, in fact, launching fireworks at each other, and there's nothing pretend about that.

" NINJAM is a program to allow people to make real music together via the Internet.  Every participant can hear every other participant."

Speaking of music:  Musicpedia — You can guess what this is by the name, but check out the melody search feature.  That is seriously cool.

"First you will vote on what type of business we pursue.  Then you will vote on things like who we hire, what type of financing we pursue, what marketing strategy we use, and other things like that."

Why voices in your head are usually male — I didn't actually know that, but it's interesting to know why.  The idea that men hear men differently than they hear women is a pretty significant finding I think.

Cool game to make you crazy - First, no that this makes noise from the very first click, so not a good work game.  Plus, it's not really a game in the traditional sense.  I didn't really get what was going on until I hit one of the buttons on the right that cleared the whole screen.  Once I started from scratch it made more sense and I played until I was annoying myself.

Exit Mundi -- a collection of end-of-world scenarios

The Escapist Magazine, issue 1 — I guess it's from my comic book days that I see "issue 1" and think "buy this."

A quick mailbag stop:

Jon Stewart just totally cracks me up.  I've seen where you've posted his videos a few times in the past and thought I'd pass this one on...

Also thought this was interesting as the poster claims to be a former classmate of Plame's.  "Valerie Plame was a classmate of mine from the day she started with the CIA."

Happy clicking!
Emily

Dear Emily,
Thanks for the links.  I caught that Daily Show episode.  I have to say, count me among those who are not so crazy about the new set.  Meanwhile, tonight's show in which he gives pretty rough treatment to Bernie Goldberg and his book of 100 straw men is a must-see.  Catch the re-run tomorrow if you missed it.
Cheers,
Will

July 13, 2005 | 1:03 PM ET

Technical issues put a crimp in my clicking yesterday, but this is what I clicked while the clickin' was good:

This is an e-mail that came in to the Letters to the Editor folder.  I'm not sure what AP story she's referring to, but it seems she's talking about the Duncan case and his Fifth Nail blog.

I think it is incredibly cruel and ridiculous of this site to post that poor mans blog as a link. He may be a criminal, but he has never denied that. He is still a man, and one thing men pride amoung all things in this country is right to privacy. His blog is where he goes to release his feelings, it is a private sanctuary! Posting a link to it in an article where thousands of angry people will go there just to insult him was immature, reckless, and abuse of power. How would you like it if someone grabbed your journal or diary and posted it online? The Associated Press is nothing but a bunch of heartless bastards for writing it, and MSNBC for allowing it to be used. You have just lost a reader in me.

Sincerely,
Krystin Dobbs

Leaving aside the strange sympathy for a suspected child kidnapper/rapist/murderer, I was most struck by how little Ms. Dobbs understands just how public a blog is.  In fact, one of the more exciting things about blogging is that you never know who's going to find you.  I always smile at the surprise and delight expressed by unknown bloggers who suddenly see their traffic numbers jump when something they post catches fire.  (Actually, sometimes it's frustration and dismay when big bandwidth issues are involved.)

I might have skipped over this issue entirely if I hadn't also just clicked this piece about employers looking at the blogs of job applicants (and it usually ain't pretty).

Commuter Click:  Towards Professional Participatory Storytelling  (As worked up as people were about blogs just a few months ago, they're now worked up about citizen journalism.)

al Qaeda Attacks: A Flash Presentation — A little slow moving, but interesting that bloggers are getting more involved in these flash presentations.  Like with the White House quotes, this kind of work highlights a real shortcoming of mainstream, especially TV, news to provide context for events.

The other day James Walcott tore into Glenn and Mickey Kaus over their criticism of the idea of Oliver Stone making a 9/11 movie.  Now Kaus quotes a long passage on Stone's interpretation of that event and I'm not even sure I can summarize it.  It sounds like he thinks 9/11 was part of a revolution against media monopolies.

I came upon a bit of a musical theme:

The Struggle to Right Oneself — He has a long explanation of what he's trying to say with these photos, but I think the message is pretty clear just by looking at them.

Love your job.  (No doubt soon to be the most e-mailed animated gif out there.)

USA Today publishes a new poll with Gallup, but it's Editor & Publisher that spots the real scoop: Gallup finds 1 in 3 Americans Believe Houses Can Be Haunted

Speaking of polls, "Survey finds average U.S. worker spends two hours a day surfing the Web, running errands or staring into space."  I don't know what they're talking about.

Speaking of wasting time, I often come upon sites offering advice on how to avoid procrastination or work more efficiently.  Recently I figured out that these sites were all associated with something called GTD.  Apparently there's a book called Getting Things Done that some people are taking very seriously — so seriously, in fact, that in an article yesterday Wired referred to it as a " new cult."

"Scientists have been warned that their latest experiments may accidentally produce monkeys with brains more human than animal."  And we all know where that will lead.

Environmental groups have singled out ExxonMobile as an object of attack.

When I first clicked the link to a bill for a national day of prayer for Darfur I admit I sneered a little.  For all the help those folks need, our Congress manages to offer a couple of days of official prayer?  But then I clicked the Save Darfur link and they seem to be behind the idea, so I guess there's something to be said for raising awareness.

Sheffield won't play in the World Baseball Classic.  Seems like the real answer is to expand baseball to actually include international teams.  A true "World" Series.

Some Christians are considering a move to South Carolina to concentrate their political power.  I remember something similar with Libertarians moving to New Hampshire.

SCOTUS rumor of the day:  a third justice to retire?

Chocolypse Now

Remember the "We're Not Afraid" site from the other day?  It's still growing, but not all of submissions are serious.  The New York Times makes some interesting observations.  (I'm not sure I agree, but still interesting.)

Shanghaiist — blogging the news from Shanghai in English.

The selling of the Blogosphere—Technorati's big push into monetizing its treasure trove of data collected about millions of blogs

Just how personalized can the news get?  Ask Paul.

Top 13 Most Overrated Songs

How to poach an egg — and a whole lot of how not to poach an egg.  I thought they sold special egg poaching dishes for that?  (Best poached egg dish ever at Public:  two poached eggs on garlic yogurt with kirmizi biber butter.  [Kirmzi biber is a Turkish chili powder.])

July 12, 2005 | 3:23 AM ET

The Video of the Day and no doubt tomorrow on TV from the poor man's Tivo-ist at Crooks and Liars is of White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan twisting in the wind, buffeted by questions about the Valerie Plame case from the White House press corps this afternoon.  I don't care what your perspective on politics or even partisanship is, this is some seriously painful-to-watch video that will leave you shaking your head.

I guess things didn't go so well this morning either.

Powerline presents some of the defense of Rove, including a detailed explanation of why it's unlikely he violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

Among bloggers on the left the one I see linked to most on this story is David Corn.  He agrees that Rove does not appear to be in steep legal jeopardy, but is more interested in the unavoidable lie this story drops in someone's lap, and the prospect of President Bush having to fire one of his closest advisors in order to keep his word.

, true to form, lists quote upon quote - though perhaps more significantly, the AP does

.  Wasn't it just a week or so ago that I was wondering why the news media doesn't do the kind of quote comparisons that bloggers and Jon Stewart does?  Well shut my mouth.

Wolfgang Puck's self-heating can, dissected.

For all the coverage of the goings on in central London this week, I was interested to find this mostly unrelated blog entry about a traffic control idea in that exact area.

After looking at the above link you'll better understand one of the jokes on this page.  This is one of many defiant blog posts from Londoners I clicked regarding last week's attacks.

Speaking of reaction and sympathy for Londoners, one of the more commons sentiments in the Letters to the Editor mailbag is from angry people demanding to know why we aren't hearing more from Islamic leaders denouncing the London attacks or terrorism generally.  That may be a bigger question than many people realize, but regardless, there are in fact some Muslims voicing their objections to terrorism.  By way of this very link heavy BBC article I learned that Global Voices is highlighting more here  and here.

London quotes.

It's always embarrassing when bloggers point out a good blog entry on my own site that I didn't see first.  In this case, Keith Olbermann blogs about Near Bag Experiences - coming upon unattended bags in cities.  There's a bit of Rove bashing as well, but the unattended bag part is what's most powerful.  It reminds me of the Sarah Vowell piece in the Times the other day.

Ho!  Awesome!  Real life Tron!  They wear a back pack and helmet that allows their path to be traced on a map.  The object of the game is to box the other guy in on the map, the same as the bikes they used in Tron.

Speaking of verbal tap dancing, this site lists what it calls " weasel words."  It's an Australian site, but I think most of them exist in American English as well.

The future is soon:

BeAWitness.org is a campaign to let the media know that more coverage of the Darfur genocide is appropriate.  The video explains their position well.

Age-maps -- Some people look amazingly similar to how they looked as kids.

This is really long to read, but to make use of it you don't have to.  Just print it up and leave it near the seat of the person you thought of right away when you read the title:   Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments

Chaos Theory game --  Good and noisy and not hard to play.  Just one click per round, make it a good one. (118 was my highest.)

Speaking of games, Planarity -- If you like untangling knots you'll enjoy this game.  Somewhere around level 4 I suddenly realized to my annoyance that I was still playing.

The 2005 Web Cartoonists Choice Awards are surprisingly... not very animated.  I got a kick out of some of the items from the Outstanding Newcomer winner.

Variations on the letter M and other Metro logos of the world

We've seen sites like Google Sightseeing that spotlight discoveries on Google Maps.  Been Mapped does something similar but allows it to be done collaboratively on the map itself.  Looks like a pretty global usership too.

Free audio podcast recording software -- I haven't tried it myself.

Presenting ALL 79 commercials from Bud Light's " Real Men of Genius" ad campaign!  (There are 79 of those things??)

Space.com on teleportation (not yet)

Sensory Overload - an original ficathon.  If you've been meaning to practice your writing but can't seem to get motivated on your own, this is something you should consider looking into.

Someone sent this video in by e-mail with no name or anything other than a note to say that they're U.S. troops.  Looks like they're getting a little restless.
UPDATE:   These are British troops, not U.S.  (Thanks Raoul & Barry)

The folks at The Hotline have a daily political blog round-up.

I'm not sure what has brought this to the fore, or, for that matter, what the text says, but it's certainly a beautiful collection of nature photos.

Did you hear about the kid who jumped over the Great Wall of China on a skateboard?  I guess Springfield Gorge was old hat.  Anyway, his site has video.  Clip 2 has a good perspective of how steep the ramp was.  All 5 clips are pretty much the same.  I kept waiting for one of them to show him make a successful jump back to the original ramp, but he couldn't pull it off.  Too much air.

I'm not sure I see what good it'll do to be able to see through the clothes of everyone on the subway.

Are PR bloggers spammers or bringing transparency to industry marketing?  A discussion is sparked

Can't find on Google -- If you can't find it with Google, maybe these folks can help.

Why Do You Work So Hard?  Is it maybe time to quit your safe job and follow your path and infuriate the establishment?

Fast Company looks at dream jobs.  (What's up?  Is this the job changing season?)

The all-new Sesame Street

Wretchard from The Belmont Club blog feels self conscious at being cited in a newspaper article and decides to cease blogging anonymously and outs/introduces himself.

Podcasting Is Still Not Quite Ready For the Masses -- In a check of how easy it was to create and download podcasts he finds a few complicated spots, but mostly everything works well.  If you're only a little familiar with what a podcast is, this is a nice look at its various elements.

Angels with attitude is not really new but seems to have caught a lot of people's interest or at least, criticism.

Debunking 8 Anti-War Myths About The Conflict In Iraq  (from Right Wing News)

Flickr for your Xbox?  A lot of people think that video game machines will be the way that the Internet ends up taking over home entertainment.  Computers are those wirey things in the office or rec room, but the Xbox is right on the TV in front of the couch.

The new Harry Potter book comes out on Friday so get ready for a week's worth of stories about how much money, how many books, how many pages, back problems in children from heavy books, and the standard "are they Satanic" debate.  The back cover has been leaked.  If you want to know more than that, you'll have to go to Vancouver and look for a few people with guilty but satisfied faces.

Related: Man commits suicide after learning Harry Potter spoiler

A chilling effect  -- (another) example

The Jumping Blog

Monday posts are always so long.  Just one quick dip into the mailbag before I close:

Will, is there another way to view the Amazing synchronized Chinese Dance (posted July 7th)?  Now it says then when you click the link:

Forbidden
You don't have permission to access /~panugant/downloads/chineese.wmv on this server.
Apache/1.3.33 Server at www .cse.ohio-state.edu Port 80

Thanks if you have time to help.
Gail Spake

Dear Gail,
Looks like they ran out of bandwidth.  But as luck would have it, today I clicked on Octopus Drop Kick, which is full of, among other things, funny Japanese commercials.  But also there is a link to our Chinese dancers (and with a lot more background info).
Cheers,
Will

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