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Wednesday, September 07, 2005  

via Rare and Exotic Marine Life .. Critter Hunts

Speak of the Devil!

The Inimicus are commonly referred to by colorful names like sea goblins, bearded ghouls, demon stingers and devilfishes. This extensive article is illustrated with numerous photos, including a photo gallery of 16 enlargeable shots showing devilfish color variants that will make you weak in the knees!

posted by Gary Williams at 2:04 PM | link |

[BAD SIGNAL]The Log Of Doom

From Warren Ellis's Bad Signal

[BAD SIGNAL]The Log Of Doom

bad signal

10.59am -- I open the Engine to readers of Bad Signal.

11.02 -- Comics writer Andy Diggle posts a message. That
proves to be the last message posted on the Engine. Many,
many people will blame Diggle for what is to follow. And who
is to say they shouldn't?

11.25 -- Email fills with reports that the Engine has engine trouble.

12.30pm -- I return home. The Engine is not responding. I ignore
it and eat lunch.

1.30 -- The Engine is still not responding. I ignore it and start work.

2.30 -- The Engine is still not responding. I start reloading the page
once every couple of minutes.

2.42 -- I have slow access to the Engine. The log states that the
rush has reduced to one new visitor every twelve seconds or so.

2.44 -- I have no access.

2.51 -- I send Melinda and Jessica in to try and reach the Admin
menu of the forum software. I need to take the load off the server
so Billy can get into the Secret Codey 10101110101 Bits and look
at the deep settings.

3.06 -- No word from Melinda or Jessica. I am growing worried.
They didn't take any food or water in with them, after all.

3.10 -- Melinda makes it to Admin. I instruct her to set the
forum to "restricted." No word from Jessica.

3.11 -- Jessica is probably dead.

3.14 -- Jessica is definitely dead. No word from Melinda.

3.15 -- I get the log-on screen.

3.16 -- Nothing happens. And Melinda may be dead. Darren's
going to fucking kill me.

3.20 -- Jessica is alive and in admin. Melinda is alive and has
attempted to lock the forum. If Melinda fails, I have to send
Jessica in. The awful, senseless waste of human life tortures
me as I eat some more fruit.

3.21 -- I note out of the corner of my eye that LiveJournal's
gone down. Is that my fault too?

3.28 -- Melinda reports restricted status on. Jessica is
definitely dead this time.

3.30 -- No change. A vein bursts, somewhere deep in my brain.

3.33 -- Restricted status seems to have gone on. Visitors
increase to an estimated one every six fucking seconds.

3.35 -- I get into Admin myself, stepping over Jessica's body.

3.37 -- I am attempting to close the Engine entirely. I may not
survive the attempt. Remember me. Just, you know, not the
farting and the snoring. You can forget that.

3.39 -- I think I just ruptured something. No, really.

3.40 -- I go for a piss. While I'm doing that, Melinda dies.

3.42 -- The front end of the Engine should be sealed off.
I don't know, because people are still hitting it and it's not

3.46 -- I purge all records of Melinda and Jessica from my
email and go out for a cigarette. Let it be known that they
died for Comics and The Internet. When I have their
bodies burned in a garbage can in a remote location, I
will do it with love and appreciation for their sacrifice.
The Engine will be back later, once I satisfy myself that
there's nothing off in the deep settings, and once people
stop hitting it -- it looks like it's still being hit once
every couple of seconds...

I'm sorry, but I'm finding this funny as all hell...

-- W

BAD SIGNAL mailing list
Archived at BAD SIGNAL
Moderated by Warren Ellis (probably in a pub) (

posted by Gary Williams at 12:40 PM | link |

Tuesday, September 06, 2005  

[Doctorow] Videoblogs from my copyright talk in Singapore

[Doctorow] Videoblogs from my copyright talk in Singapore

Ambar, a videoblogger in Singapore, has produced a bunch of short
video and audio clips culled from my talk on Copyright and the Future
of Media last weekend at the Singapore Writers' Festival.

Videoblogs, audio-clips:


Cory Doctorow

posted by Gary Williams at 2:23 PM | link |

[BAD SIGNAL]Click Click Click

[BAD SIGNAL]Click Click Click

bad signal

And something clicks into place.
William @ Avatar and I are
finalising the details of turning
Apparat into a line of Original
Graphic Novellas. Standalone 48pp
books with spines. I have my own
ongoing label. How strange.

Official announcement of the change
in plan will come once we've got
some books in production.

This feels right for me. The direction
I should be going in. Also, I'm amused
to note, the opposite direction from
most other people I know, it seems...

Into cult obscurity with me!

-- W

Sent via mobile device
probably in the pub


posted by Gary Williams at 12:07 PM | link |

via Homeport:? Submit Missing/Stranded Person Reqlcouest

Hurricane Katrina Disaster Assistance

To assist the United States Coast Guard in Hurricane Katrina Search and Rescue efforts,
please submit missing/stranded persons information in the form below. Please do not send duplicate requests.

For urgent Search and Rescue requests contact the State Office of Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge , La.

The emergency numbers are as follows:

(225) 925-7708
(225) 925-7709
(225) 925-3511
(225) 925-7412

posted by Gary Williams at 11:51 AM | link |

via Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things

Katrina: UAV drones sent in for survivor search


Unmanned remote-controlled airplanes used in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars may be deployed to find people trapped in New Orleans' buildings by Hurricane Katrina's flood waters, a U.S. congressman said Friday.

Five Silver Fox 'unmanned aerial vehicles,' or UAVs, equipped with thermal imaging technology to detect the body heat of storm survivors, are en route to the crippled city, Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Curt Weldon said.

Weldon told reporters in Baton Rouge that he had bypassed government bureaucracy to obtain the drones from a private company to be used in search and rescue operations in New Orleans, scene of one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.

'With thermal imaging capability ... you can actually see into the buildings and see the body image of a person still alive,' Weldon, vice chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, said.

posted by Gary Williams at 11:40 AM | link |

Monday, September 05, 2005  

via Stu Savory's Blog - September 2005

666 Viagra The Number

'Sildenafil citrate, the 'Pfizer riser' Viagra, is a selective inhibitor of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)-specific phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5). 1-[[3-(6,7-dihydro-1-methyl-7- oxo-3-propyl-1 H-pyrazolo[4,3-d]pyrimidin-5-yl)-4-ethoxyphenyl]- sulfonyl]-4-methylpiperazine citrate is C28H38N6O11S. Given rounded atomic masses of : carbon=12, hydrogen=1, nitrogen=14, oxygen=16, and sulfur=32, we seize salient actuality: Viagra's molecular weight is 666 ' ;-)

posted by Gary Williams at 9:26 PM | link |




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