Unicode table for you

Ξ August 31st, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

Stumbleupon Review of : http://www.ftrain.com/unicode


BBC NEWS | Business | Murdoch attack on dominant BBC

Ξ August 28th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

In this case, however, it fell on its head.



Ξ August 26th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

Stumbleupon Review of : http://twitter.com/fireland

Johua Green Allen wins Twitter.

    Gorgeous out today. I'm gonna sit under a tree, take off my shoes, huff some Lemon Pledge and fight with the centaur who lives in my hair.


Website Optimizer Tricks

Ξ August 25th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

Stumbleupon Review of : http://www.gwotricks.com

Question Test everything.

It doesn't make nearly as much difference as you'd think, but statistics is fun.


There Are More Slaves Today Than at Any Time in Human…

Ξ August 25th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    One hundred forty-three years after passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and 60 years after Article 4 of the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights banned slavery and the slave trade worldwide, there are more slaves than at any time in human history -- 27 million.

    Today's slavery focuses on big profits and cheap lives. It is not about owning people like before, but about using them as completely disposable tools for making money.

    During the four years that Benjamin Skinner researched modern-day slavery, he posed as a buyer at illegal brothels on several continents, interviewed convicted human traffickers in a Romanian prison and endured giardia, malaria, dengue and a bad motorcycle accident.

    But Skinner is most haunted by his experience in a brothel in Bucharest, Romania, where he was offered a young woman with Down syndrome in exchange for a used car.


    BS: Yes, and I knew that I could get that car for about 1,500 euros. While that may sound like a very low price for human life, consider that five hours from where I live in New York -- a three-hour flight down to Port au Prince, Haiti, and an hour from the airport -- I was able to negotiate for a 10-year-old girl for cleaning and cooking, permanent possession and sexual favors. What do you think the asking price was?

    TM: I don't know ... $7,500?

    BS: They asked for $100, and I talked them down to $50.


Language in Thought and Action – Wikiquote

Ξ August 25th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    Such complicated and apparently unnecessary behavior leads philosophers, both amateur and professional, to ask over and over again, "Why can't human beings live simply and naturally?" Often the complexity of human life makes us look enviously at the relative simplicity of such lives as dogs and cats lead. But the symbolic process, which makes possible the absurdities of human conduct, also makes possible language and therefore all the human achievements dependent upon language. The fact that more things can go wrong with motorcars than with wheelbarrows is no reason for going back to wheelbarrows. Similarly, the fact that the symbolic process makes complicated follies possible is no reason for wanting to return to a cat-and-dog existence. A better solution is to understand the symbolic process so that instead of being its victims we become, to some degree at least, its masters.


Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess

Ξ August 25th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    The long-running tech-industry war between engineers and marketers has been ended at craigslist by the simple expedient of having no marketers. Only programmers, customer service reps, and accounting staff work at craigslist. There is no business development, no human resources, no sales...


Eurozine – Debt: The first five thousand years – David…

Ξ August 23rd, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    What follows is a fragment of a much larger project of research on debt and debt money in human history. The first and overwhelming conclusion of this project is that in studying economic history, we tend to systematically ignore the role of violence, the absolutely central role of war and slavery in creating and shaping the basic institutions of what we now call "the economy". What's more, origins matter. The violence may be invisible, but it remains inscribed in the very logic of our economic common sense, in the apparently self-evident nature of institutions that simply would never and could never exist outside of the monopoly of violence-- but also, the systematic threat of violence -- maintained by the contemporary state.


Twitter + Dinosaur Comics Mashup @ idefex.net

Ξ August 15th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

Dinosaurs tweet.


::: Early Advertising of the West, 1867-1918 :::

Ξ August 13th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

The real reason Summers always seemed so much better in the past?

Beer goggles.