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Monthly Archives: April 2008

Another Dispatch from Bad Idea Camp

Safety third. Things get crazy up in the desert, apparently.

Al-Qaeda angry at 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists

Al-Qaeda’s deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has blamed Iran for spreading the theory that Israel was behind the 11 September 2001 attacks. In an audio tape posted on the internet, Zawahiri insisted al-Qaeda had carried out the attacks on the US. He accused Iran, and its Hezbollah allies, of trying to discredit Osama Bin Laden’s network. [...]


Really interesting piece on whether it’s important to have clear channels versus channels with occasional chatter on them. Phrased in terms of radio, but I think it’s a general work/leadership/communication style issue. I had been doing some projects with the RAND corporation in Santa Monica. One of them had to do with task-oriented group behavior [...]

Dissolving the Magic Circle of Play: Lessons from Situationist Gaming

There was an interesting post on the nettime list the other day, which I thought I’d include some excerpts from and a link to here, In recent years, commentators on game culture and ludology have undertaken the task of analyzing and structuring play. Such work has been strongly influenced by the Dutch researcher Johan Huizinga’s [...]

earth shattering kaboom, puyallup

There was a house explosion in Puyallup today: Pierce County Sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer said a couple called 911 after returning home Monday evening to find their 26-year-old roommate angry and handling explosives. When deputies arrived at the house near the intersection of 160th Street and 70th Avenue East, the man ran upstairs with a [...]

protests in tibet: chronically uninformed as to berlin olympics in 1936

IMG_8843 copy Originally uploaded by dead-ro Remember, folks, those who forget history are doomed to… err, look stupid. Really stupid. And people will take photographs and post them to the internet so everyone will know just how stupid you are. The 1936 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, were held [...]


I haven’t read Jared Diamond’s Collapse, but one of the things I wonder is whether civilizations thrive according to their ability to optimize food production in some fashion and then fail as that optimization fails. I should really read that book.

End of the world as we know it

Ninety percent of the oil consumed in this country is burned by airplanes, ships, trains and automobiles. You can kiss goodbye groceries at the local big-box grocery store: Our entire system of food production and delivery depends on cheap oil. If you’re alive in a decade, it will be because you’ve figured out how to [...]

The Cure at Troy

Human beings suffer, they torture one another, they get hurt and get hard. No poem or play or song can fully right a wrong inflicted or endured.The innocent in gaols beat on their bars together. A hunger-striker’s father stands in the graveyard dumb. The police widow in veils faints at the funeral home. History says, [...]