Postings to the B-List.
Subject: B-List: Music, Movies and metacritic.com
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2002 09:08:11 +0930
1. "Programs: 'Rock Manager' Makes Game of Music Biz"
< http://www.reuters.com/news_article.jhtml?type=technologynews&StoryID=1288727 >
2. "Heavy, Man: The ten worst concept albums of all time"
< http://www.westword.com/issues/1996-11-28/music4.html >
3. "VH1.com: 100 Greatest Music Videos of All-Time"
< http://www.vh1.com/shows/series/100_greatest/100videos.jhtml >
< http://www.metacritic.com/ >
Compiles reviews from a variety of sources and comes up with ratings called
"metascores". Categories include movies, games, cds and dvds.
* all-time high scores - movies
< http://www.metacritic.com/film/highscores.shtml >
* all-time low scores - movies
< http://www.metacritic.com/film/lowscores.shtml >
* music metascores
< http://www.metacritic.com/music/highscores.shtml >
* metascores faq
< http://www.metacritic.com/about/scoring.html >
Subject: B-List: Mmmm, Ice Cream
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 07:52:59 +0930
It's the middle of winter in Australia, so an ice cream theme may be
out of place and a bit of a tease. However these links may help keep
your cravings at bay for a few more months.
1. "The Wacky World of Japanese Icecream"
< http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/japano/0207/ice-cream/1.html >
2. "Garlic flavoured ice-cream commemorates festival"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_643539.html >
3. halfbakery: Vegetable Ice Cream
< http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/vegetable_20ice_20cream >
4. Unusual Ice Cream Recipes
< http://www.ice-cream-recipes.com/unusual_recipes.htm >
5. "Ben & Jerry's Fudging The Truth, Says CSPI; Nothing 'All Natural'
About Artificial Ingredients"
< http://www.usnewswire.com/topnews/prime/0730-109.html >
6. "Company starts selling ice cream for dogs"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_644985.html >
Subject: B-List: Sim Survivor
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2002 08:56:56 +0930
Sim Survivor Bobopolis
< http://www.buten.com/bobopolis/mario/survivor2/ >
Description as per site:
Everyone's seen Survivor and everyone's played Sims, so the folks
at Bobopolis (in other words Bobby) decided to put the two together.
What you get is Sims Survivor. The game is simple, eight contestants
are going to be left alone in a house and the one who survives the
longest is the winner. Sounds a lot like Big Brother, I know, but
that show isn't as cool as Survivor so we are calling this Sims
Survivor and not Sims Big Brother.
All the episodes for Season One are online.
Season Two starts soon. Preview of the contestants:
< http://www.buten.com/bobopolis/mario/survivor3/ >
And there was also a series of "Bobopolos Survivor":
< http://www.buten.com/bobopolis/mario/survivor/ >
Subject: B-List: In The News
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 09:29:20 +0930
1. "World's Greatest Job, Up for Grabs"
< http://www.reuters.com/news_article.jhtml?type=humannews&StoryID=1286172 >
2. "News crew pickpocketed while making pickpocket doc"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_643131.html >
3. "Firefighters called to blaze at own station"
< http://www.ananova.com/News/story/sm_648053.html >
4. "Wheelbarrowing: 'It's going to be huge'"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/sport/newsid_2179000/2179353.stm >
5. "Extreme exercise: Hundreds in Miami Beach to compete for title"
< http://www.miami.com/mld/miami/news/local/3827473.htm >
6. "Monkey mascot elected mayor"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/1965569.stm >
7. "End to vicious squirrel's reign of terror"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_647985.html >
8. "Runaway kittens kick new home into touch"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_648149.html >
9. "Heroic Family Dog Drags Problem Child Back into Burning Building"
< http://thespark.com/content/121099/heroic_dog.html >
Subject: B-List: webPlayer
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 10:09:16 +0930
webPlayer - Music to Watch URLs by ...
< http://www.twofivesix.co.uk/snd/ >
"The webPlayer is a generative music creator, taking pages from
the web and turning them into music, providing a soundtrack to
enhance your browsing experience."
Requires Macromedia's Shockwave plug-in.
Some other interesting/unusual projects on the site:
* the circadia project
< http://www.twofivesix.co.uk/circadia/index.html >
"Allowing your computer to dream when you send it to sleep..."
< http://www.twofivesix.co.uk/oops/index.htm >
"An object-oriented pixel system"
* the new typography?
< http://www.twofivesix.co.uk/type/index.html >
"A series of interconnected typographic experiments, embracing the
digital aesthetic and attempting to personalise digital typography."
Including the "decaying web page":
< http://www.twofivesix.co.uk/type/decay/decay.html >
< http://www.twofivesix.co.uk/vr/index.htm >
"experimental piece -> a fully working 3-dimensional desktop for
Subject: B-List: Signs, or Fun on the Farm?
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 08:43:44 +0930
1. "Signs? - Movie subject comes to life with mysterious crop circle
prank at Fresno State cornfield"
< http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/3976128p-5001785c.html >
2. "Minnesota's close encounter of another kind"
< http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/3154170.html >
3. "Arguments against the hoax theory of Crop Circles"
< http://www.greatdreams.com/crop/hoax/hoax.htm >
Some leading Crop Circle Sites:
< http://www.circlemakers.org/ >
Witnesses, perpetrators and exhibits, including Top of the Crops 2001:
< http://www.circlemakers.org/totc2001.html >
* Crop Circle Central
< http://www.paradigmshift.com/ >
Discusses peculiarities and theories.
* The Crop Circle Connector
< http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/anasazi/connect.html >
Has picture archives from 1978 to 2002.
* Crop Circles.co.uk
< http://www.cropcircles.co.uk/ >
More pictures and updates "from the heart of the action".
Subject: B-List: What's Wrong With This Picture?
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 08:25:04 +0930
What's Wrong With This Picture?
< http://www.rumdesign.com/wrong/ >
Be persistent, and be prepared for a shock.
Subject: B-List: The Library Hotel
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 09:02:26 +0930
The Library Hotel
< http://www.libraryhotel.com/ >
* The Concept
< http://www.libraryhotel.com/concept.htm >
"The Library Hotel in New York City is the first hotel ever
to offer its guest over 6,000 volumes organized throughout
the hotel by the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). Each
of the 10 guestrooms floors honors one of the 10 categories
of the DDC and each of the 60 rooms is uniquely adorned with
a collection of books and art exploring a distinctive topic
within the category or floor it belongs to."
"Read yourself to sleep at Library Hotel"
< http://www.freep.com/features/travel/libhot21_20020421.htm >
"Theme Hotels: Bored of conventional hotels? Then lend yourself
to the wackier side of life"
< http://www.stars.com/travel/101695691072432.htm >
Subject: B-List: Three Groups of Three
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 10:34:46 +0930
A. Three Stories on the Road
1. "Motorbike bride followed by six bridesmaids on mini-wheels"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_653322.html >
2. "Motorway Masseuses Soothe Driver Nerves in France"
< http://www.reuters.com/news_article.jhtml?type=humannews&StoryID=1341453 >
3. "Bus driver charges boy 10p fare for Nibbles the Hamster"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_655606.html >
B. Three Unlucky Thieves
1. "Man Robs Pharmacy, Serves Time, Robs It Again;
20 Years Later, Same Clerk On Duty"
< http://www.nbc5.com/news/1624615/detail.html >
2. "Monkey catches luggage thief"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_654623.html >
3. "Thief drives stolen lawn mower 27 miles"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_653230.html >
C. Three Stories about Unusual Names
1. "Mother Goes to Court over Newborn Named After Horse"
< http://www.reuters.com/news_article.jhtml?type=humannews&StoryID=1322299 >
2. "Woman Names Her Baby After Sauerkraut"
< http://www.ncbuy.com/news/wireless_news.html?qdate=2002-08-22&nav=VIEW&id=G00V2S726H5020822 >
3. "Just call me 'Turok'"
< http://abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s649416.htm >
Subject: B-List: Etch-a-Sketch v Magna Doodle / Save Karyn
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 10:35:17 +0930
At a party last weekend some (older) people were reminiscing about
toys from their childhood, including the Etch-a-Sketch. So I decided
to do some searching on the net for sites related to Etch-a-Sketch and
it's later cousin, Magna Doodle. Both toys are still available today.
How Etch-a-Sketch works
< http://www.howstuffworks.com/question317.htm >
Official Etch-a-Sketch site
< http://www.etch-a-sketch.com/html/main.htm >
Etch-a-Sketch Java Applet
< http://home.att.net/~phildonnics/Phil/PJP/Knob/ex1.html >
Etch-a-Sketch Flash Movie
< http://www.flashkit.com/movies/Games/Other/Flash_et-Patrick_-6600/index.shtml >
How Magna Doodle works
< http://www.howstuffworks.com/magna-doodle.htm >
Official Magna Doodle products
< http://www.fisher-price.com/us/products/content.asp?keywords=magna%20doodle >
Doodle Java Applet
< http://www.sharperdesigns.com/doodle.html >
Software version of Magna Doodle
< http://www.myfreesoftware.com/noframes/magnadoodle.htm?SITEID=.dZ3znERWck-L2DLeESe9Nb0_1XYCnDoCQ >
Want to reduce your debt? Try this approach ...
Save Karyn - Help her pay off her credit card debt!
< http://www.savekaryn.com/ >
"My name is Karyn, I'm really nice, and I'm asking for your help!
Bottom line is that I have this huge credit card debt and I need
$20,000 to pay it off. All I need is $1 from 20,000 people, or
$2 from 10,000 people, or $5 from 4,000 people - you get the
picture. So if you have an extra buck or two, please send it my
way! Together, we can banish credit card debt from my life!"
Grand Debt Tally...
< http://www.savekaryn.com.futuresite.register.com/_wsn/page5.html >
It seems to be working - she has halved her debt in 8 weeks.
Subject: B-List: Best and Worst of British
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 09:28:45 +0930
"Great Britons - says who?"
< http://media.guardian.co.uk/bbc/story/0,7521,778441,00.html >
BBC's list of Top 100 Great Britons
"Britons we love to hate"
< http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2002390351,00.html >
The Sun's list of the 100 worst Brits
"Majority of Britons Want to Leave Country"
< http://www.reuters.com/news_article.jhtml?type=humannews&StoryID=1371952 >
Subject: B-List: Friday's Findings
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 10:02:57 +0930
1. "Woman reunited with ring in apple after 27 years"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_655818.html >
2. "Girl finds gold ring inside apple" (different girl, different apple)
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_652972.html >
3. "Rugby league player finds tooth in his arm after visit to hospital"
< http://www.canoe.ca/Slam020827/rug_tooth-ap.html >
4. "Man buys 20p suitcase, finds £100K of cocaine inside"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_652257.html >
5. "Student to get whatever he wants for handing in lost £13,000"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_655646.html >