Archive for February, 2001

random URL generator

Short on inspiration today, so decided to play around with the random URL generator.

The results in full:
1. For God’s sake, why does it always have to come down to porn?
2. “Mark McKay, The voice of legendary powerhouses KFRC/San Francisco… WRKO/Boston…WAPP/NYC… KMEL/San Francisco… WRQX/DC… KDWB/Minneapolis… and many more… can now be the voice for your station at a fraction of the cost.” Er, sorry Mark…. what cost?
3. Welcome to General Engineering Laboratories‘ web site. Inside you”ll find facts about GEL, one of the largest analytical laboratories in the Southeastern U.S.
4. Hounsfield is the UK’s leading manufacturer of materials testing machines.
5. Some kind of portal with a good URL and crap content.
6. Another crap portal With irritating pop-ups. Lots of ’em.
7. Site under construction.
8. minimal.
9. Noteworthy Network Consulting – Computer solutions for small businesses in Denver.
10. Confusing URL/Actual content situation.

On relection, I really wish I hadn’t bothered. Instead, here’s something quite clever. Read the instructions first…


Now this seems like a good idea. I won’t even attempt to explain it myself, so here’s the blurb:

To support FightAIDS@Home, you simply download a free software program from Entropia that runs “in the background” on your computer. FightAIDS@Home processes information (in this case using AutoDock) and calculates prospective targets for drug discovery. Basically, what this means is that FightAIDS@Home uses idle processor cycles that would normally be wasted. FightAIDS@Home captures the otherwise wasted cycles of your PC and applies them to model the evolution of drug resistance and to design the drugs necessary to fight AIDS. When your computer has finished a FightAIDS@Home computation, the FightAIDS@Home results are packed up and sent back to Entropia, ready for Scripps researchers to collect and analyze them. Then when you are using your computer and it needs cycles, FightAIDS@Home simply and automatically turns those resources back over to the program you are using.

Sounds great, but could someone please explain to me (in the language of the stupid) how this actually works? Further information.


The start of a new global meme? It appears as though I live just round the corner from Dutchbint. Perhaps some sort of geographical “six degrees of blogging separation” is about to start…

Uses of The Internet

Six great and various uses for the Internet

1.”This site is dedicated to the best culture of hooligans the world has ever produced. These people have been classed as NEDS, and only can been seen in the Glasgow area. They have the most original fashion sense with their kappa track suits with their socks pulled over the bottoms, their baseball caps wore at a 45 degrees angle and plenty of gold jewelery.” This is the introduction to Neds-R-Us, a guide to Glasgow’s finest, which includes a page dedicated to the alcoholic’s favourite tipple Buckfast, and more, much more…

2. The Labour Party get voters to do what their PR people should be doing. Cheapskates. (Via Dave)

3. A guide to Rectal Foreign Bodies. Invaluable. It even reveals the sad truth about gerbilling.

4. Piglog. No, not a weblog, but a device for measuring pigs prior to slaughter. Step three is demonstrated below. (via Franza)


5. A Tiramisu Portal. Yummy.

6. A guide to celebrities with missing fingers.

Thankyou, Tim Berners-Lee.

Joey Deacon

Here’s a link that’ll bring back submerged memories of playground cruelty. This only really applies to watchers of vintage 1970’s episodes of classic UK kids TV show Blue Peter. And another.

dot com slavery

It’s roughly 3am, and I’ve just finished work for the day, after starting 19 hours ago. Working for a dot-com isn’t supposed to be dangerous, is it? Perhaps I should give these guys a call. Still, it’s not all bad. After all, I start again in five hours time…

another blogjam

I just found another blog called blog jam, which has actually been round longer than mine. At first glance it didn’t seem to get posted to that often, with an enormous flurry of activity on the 24th of November last year, and since then, well… very little. Further research seems to suggest that the blog jam blog then became the main focus of attention on, where it remains, apparently quite happy to this very day, but without the jam. I feel like I’ve gained a sister.

Whatever next? Two different /usr/bin/girls? Quite probably.