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An Indian village has uploaded itself onto the Internet, giving the outside world a glimpse of life in rural India.
Visitors to Hansdehar village's Web site (www.smartvillages.org) can see the names, jobs and other details of its 1,753 residents, browse photographs of their shops and read detailed specifications about their drainage and electricity facilities.
Most of the residents can't yet surf the Hansdehar Web site as the village is not yet connected to the Internet. But the villagers hope the site -- and their imminent first Internet connection -- will put them in touch with the world beyond the flooded rice fields surrounding Hansdehar, located in a rich agricultural belt in the northern state of Haryana.
"It will be a revolution," said farmer Ajaib Singh.
He and other villagers hope the connection with the outside world will help speed up improvements to Hansdehar's woeful infrastructure and services such as a lack of a dispensary and unreliable electricity. The village has long been neglected by the Indian government, locals complain.
"Now we can put our problems on the Web site, and then the government can't say 'we didn't know'," he said.
Web inventor warns of 'dark' net
The web should remain neutral and resist attempts to fragment it into different services, web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said. Recent attempts in the US to try to charge for different levels of online access web were not "part of the internet model," he said in Edinburgh. He warned that if the US decided to go ahead with a two-tier internet, the network would enter "a dark period".
Sir Tim was speaking at the start of a conference on the future of the web. "What's very important from my point of view is that there is one web," he said. "Anyone that tries to chop it into two will find that their piece looks very boring."
Neo-Hesse: Webmagister Ludi and the Glass Bead Game
We can now say the web is an exploration into our own psyches. The association of images and sounds is unique, and how we integrate our new behavior patterns is going to be reflected in how we create our own realities on the internet, even if those realities have not formalized themselves yet in our 3-D world of earth-fire-water-air. For what is the internet, but a continual hypertextualiztion of ideas made immediately manifest by a search engine or an available link. Web logic is not the same logic we use in a cause and effect relationship. Many times we are not aware of what information is going to be revealed to us through a search engine. Ideas are organized anew and not like the Dewy decimal card catalog system librarians are so accustomed to. We now access information by our moods or by our impressions or by audio stimulus. We have created a synaesthetic information environment where the association of ideas is not dependent on the syntax of the language, but on the mood obtained from a variety of media inputs. The age old adage of "a picture is worth a thousand words" takes on a new significance because any one of those thousand words can be searched to reveal a thousand more pictures. Frankly there is no one way to utilize the internet. There are no rules for information access, data organization, or logical understanding.
Keep in mind, this was written ten years ago.
US plans massive data sweep
The US government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity.
The system - parts of which are operational, parts of which are still under development - is already credited with helping to foil some plots. It is the federal government's latest attempt to use broad data-collection and powerful analysis in the fight against terrorism. But by delving deeply into the digital minutiae of American life, the program is also raising concerns that the government is intruding too deeply into citizens' privacy.
"We don't realize that, as we live our lives and make little choices, like buying groceries, buying on Amazon, Googling, we're leaving traces everywhere," says Lee Tien, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "We have an attitude that no one will connect all those dots. But these programs are about connecting those dots - analyzing and aggregating them - in a way that we haven't thought about. It's one of the underlying fundamental issues we have yet to come to grips with."
The core of this effort is a little-known system called Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight, and Semantic Enhancement (ADVISE). Only a few public documents mention it. ADVISE is a research and development program within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), part of its three-year-old "Threat and Vulnerability, Testing and Assessment" portfolio. The TVTA received nearly $50 million in federal funding this year.
happy birthday, birdonthemoon.com!
It's three years old!
Actually, that passed by last week, and I just now remembered it. I hope my own website will accept a belated birthday greeting from me. It's been a great run, and while I may not post four times a day anymore, I intend to keep going as long as possible, as long as the medium holds out.
It's connected me to some truly spectacular people and communities, has reached 180 countries, with over 1.9 million visits since inception (that's just baffling). So, the good times will continue to roll for this little website, as it plays, frolics, and grows its way into yet another year of bloggery.
As they say, w00t!
2005 stats in review
Here's the stats for birdonthemoon.com over the years.. we've really grown, and I'm really honored that so many poeple are interested all of this wonderfully crazy nonsense.
2005: 609,816 visitors
115/175 countries so far under the belt. I need the following coutries and territories to complete 'my collection...' lemme hear ya holla!
Ascension Island, Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Antarctica, Aland Islands, Burundi, Bouvet Island, Botswana, Congo, Republic of, Cook Islands, Serbia and Montenegro, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Dominica, Western Sahara, Eritrea, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Micronesia, Federal States of, French Guiana, Guernsey, Guinea, Guadeloupe, Equatorial Guinea, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Guinea-Bissau, Heard and McDonald Islands, Iraq, Jersey, Kiribati, Comoros, Korea, Democratic People's Republic, Liberia, Lesotho, Marshall Islands, Mali, Northern Mariana Islands, Mauritania, Montserrat, Malawi, Niger, Norfolk Island, Nauru, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Palau, Reunion Island, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands, Sierra Leone, San Marino, Turks and Caicos Islands, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan (c'mon Turkmenbashi!), Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna Islands, and Mayotte.
New commenting system
Finally... the least wonky commenting option I could come up with was Haloscan, and it seems to be working well. I've gotten many notes about how hard it is to comment here, mostly because of the measures I've had to take to prevent comment spamming. Haloscan seems to handily eliminate that threat.
The comment problem has been fixed. At least, I hope.
The Blog is going to have a massage
Bird on the Moon is taking Friday off of regular blogging duties and will return rested and ready on Monday.
Daily Lush: The Hurricane
There is little sense of impending disaster here. Instead, drunken tourists howl sports trivia at each other while a game plays on the oversized television. The elegant aspects of Pat O's are routinely offset by the bar's more craven business sensibilities: souvenir glasses, terrible music, and a smiling woman who walks up to couples with a camera and asks them if they wouldn't like their photos taken, for a fee, of course. Many drink Hurricanes, which, with its generous dollop of rum, is alcoholic enough to put even an experienced drinker off-balance. Drinking one is something of a baptism by fire for visitors, who can often be seen staggering along Bourbon Street for hours afterward, throwing money at local hustlers or staring in amazement at children tap dancing with bottlecaps nailed to the bottoms of their shoes.
Jesus' General gets an inquiry from CENTCOMedy:
I am a Public Affairs Officer writing from US Central Command. I would like to inquire about the possibility of you posting a link to our web site. I see that you are covering a lot of different types of stories in a lot of countries. I would like to get some of the stories out that are happening in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa. This is the area of responsibility for CENTCOM. Due to the nature of your blog, and the wide variety of information you cover, your blog is ideal for news stories. I have attached a couple of postings* that have been used by other Bloggers, please let me know.
Hilarity ensues, via amberglow on mefi.
The grassroots movement of the soul
Yet another local variation on blogging is Bird On The Moon, a collection of consciousness-exploring essays, poems and links.
"I'm still trying to figure out exactly what [Bird On The Moon] is," says creator Jay Joslin. "It's sort of a daily work in progress."
A reader of other blogs for years, Joslin created Bird On The Moon in 2002 as a way to get his feet wet in the medium. He says that his personal experiences with writing (he's the author of two poetry and essay collections) made him want to explore the new possibilities with reader interaction that blogs have opened up.
"I like to look at blogging as the grassroots movement of the soul," he observes. "I like to wonder how we can use this tool to evolve our knowledge of consciousness and the soul just a wee, little bit more."
While the majority of Joslin's posts involve Zen-koanlike musings on a range of topics – from silence to quantum physics – there are also personal revelations. For instance, Joslin says that his recent post about nearly drowning in an accident on a waterfall provoked a flood of responses.
"Every day, there are people that are in crisis and experiencing such tremendous life-changing forces," he says. "But their stories aren't necessarily being told. That's the whole idea behind Bird On The Moon. I really try to bring out issues and topics that represent the mystery of being alive."
Spiffy, but slightly wonky
As you can see, the redesign mayhem is under way. I've taken many things into consideration in undertaking this effort, including (of course) your fabulous input. The entire site will be migrating over to this style within a few weeks. Alas, however, nothing is perfect. MT is lopping off the last 1/3 of coding, for no apparent reason other than it being Saturday. I put in a support ticket over at Six Apart, and they're either laughing their asses off or getting out the schematics.
You'll also notice a new contact page. A heck of a lot more efficient, methinks. Try it out and send me a few words. I'll get inline comments back on soon, I want to discern the wonkiness that MT is throwing before reinstalling MT-Blacklist. Trackbacks are gone as they were being mightily abused, and also because I think the net has outgrown them. I'll probably go with the Technorati system in the future. On future entries, the title will also serve as the link. A lot less clutter.
I've been up since 3:30 this morning for no apparent reason. I'm yawning now but so far sleep has evaded me. No biggie. Watched a few stupendously awful films, but noting could bore me back to sleep. So I decided to code all day. Yipsters!
But the truly glorious gift of insomnia was another round of Perseid watching. I saw about 7 last night/this morning, and a lot more the night before. One was so brilliant... it lit the sky like a shiny knife's edge, and left a glittery trail of plasma. Just to think: we are not that far at all from a complete vacuum. The Earth's atmosphere is like the skin of an apple, I've been told, between our rambunctious civilization and the infinite expanse that holds us, much in the way a speck of sand can get blown in a gale.
I think I'll try a nap, and check to see if I can get the templates working again. I'll update my progress if you are truly interested.
UPDATE: Finally, a decent measure of success was achieved after some incredibly bizarre problems. All the archives, categories, and templates appear to be working, and comments are back. Please report bugs. Finally, I will retreat away from MT for some genuine experience: watching a huge thunderstorm roll in.
redesign - botm 3.0
Look for a brighter, cleaner redesign this weekend. Click on screenshot for mockup. Huzzah!
freedom on the internets
A bill just introduced in the House could destroy universal, affordable Internet access everywhere. The “Preserving Innovation in Telecom Act” (H.R. 2726) would let big cable and telecom companies shut down Community Internet and municipal broadband projects being planned across the country. The bill would prevent state or local governments from providing “any telecommunications service, information service or cable service” anywhere a corporation offers a similar service.
This outrageous legislation was introduced by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) — a former SBC executive — and is a blatant effort by the telecom and cable companies to cement their monopoly control of communications at the expense of innovation, competition, and local choice.
atoms packed in an egg-carton of light?
Scientists... have taken a step toward the development of powerful new computers -- by making tiny holes that contain nothing at all. The holes -- dark spots in an egg carton-shaped surface of laser light -- could one day cradle atoms for quantum computing. Worldwide, scientists are racing to develop computers that exploit the quantum mechanical properties of atoms... These so-called quantum computers could enable much faster computing than is possible today. One strategy for making quantum computers involves packaging individual atoms on a chip so that laser beams can read quantum data.
It's been a long time since I updated the sidebar, so please greet my new neighbors with loaves of warm bread and steamy pies.
modelling interconnectivity in real-time
People on the Internet have talked a lot about how a sort of intelligence will form just by connecting everyone together. The issue is how we are connected together. Since it is an organic/chaotic system you can’t engineer it like you engineer a bridge, you have to get it just right, and I think a lot of it is trial and error. Although this isn’t a great metaphor, the amount of DNA that separates us from Chimps or even slugs is quite small. Similarly, throwing social software at the problem of freedom, democracy and leadership is like trying to predict — by looking at a bunch of DNA – whether you’re going to get Einstein, a chimp, or a slug. Some day maybe we will know how to figure this out, but right now, it’s a lot of tasting and stirring.
So what have we learned? We’ve learned that conversations on mailing lists tend to explode in flame wars. We’ve also learned that if you make a web page, there is a good chance no one will notice. Mailing lists are like rooms that people can get into, but very difficult to get people out of. Everyone in the room hears everyone else in the room. Too much feedback.
A personal web page .... No one can hear you. Not enough feedback. Life and good emergent systems live in the interesting place between too much feedback and too little feedback, that very special space between chaos and order. It’s the sweet spot of emergent order that we see in fractals, life, and the high of being "in the zone."
My theory is that the critical mass of actors as well as the right balance of the cybernetic feedback systems is getting closer. Blogs allow you to more easily ignore stupid threads on other blogs, but participate in conversations. This is because blogs ping servers to let you know that they have been updated so they can be indexed immediately and those who have been linked to or mentioned will immediately know. They can read the post and assess whether the comment requires feedback or not. Speed has increased, feedback occurs, but filtering occurs as well.
Although the dialog on blogs is far from ideal, we have broken past many of the issues in mailing lists and web pages without the additional feedback elements of blogs. And we’ve introduced new issues. People can still troll your comments section and following conversations across blogs is still difficult, although this is getting easier.
new spring hours
That's right kids, you've noticed the past two weeks the weekned content has been lacking round here. That's because it's spring, and frankly it's too enchanting outside to compute heavily. Not to fear, the site is rolling along stronger than ever, and I'm always amazed at the response I get to this little mountain shanty.
I'd highly recommend that you get out there and revel in this downright holy time of year and play with the goddesses and gods of the emerging green!
May I kindly direct your attention to the renewed and re-visioned Wingspan blog...?
I started it as an mp3 blog, but never really did anything with it. There's a little project I've been working on, possibly for book 3, which I'm in the process of serializing and will be posting regularly to Wingspan Fiction Log.
It is the biography of a certain Polish immigrant and philosopher whose contributions to the study of consciousness and ontology have been hailed by some and ignored by many. He is often quoted on this website, for better or worse.
I don't know how regularly the installments will come, hopefully weekly. This should turn out to be an amusing project, so stay tuned, or, as Isadore himself once said, "stay enmeshed in a reality which has long since run out of room for more witnesses, so there's a little show off to the side..."
The sidebar population hereby adds six new weblogs to it's happy village of interconnected infoglots. Please do pay a visit:
become a cyborg
It "turns the surface of the human body into a data transmission path at speeds up to 10 Mbps between any two points on the body... Bluetooth, infrared communications (IrDA), radio frequency ID systems (RFID), and other technologies have been proposed to solve the "last meter" connectivity problem. However, they each have various fundamental technical limitations that constrain their usage, such as the precipitous fall-off in transmission speed in multi-user environments producing network congestion... RedTacton takes a different technical approach. Instead of relying on electromagnetic waves or light waves to carry data, RedTacton uses weak electric fields on the surface of the body (*4) as a transmission medium. A RedTacton transmitter couples with extremely weak electric fields on the surface of the body. The weak electric fields pass through the body to a RedTacton receiver, where the weak electric fields affects the optical properties of an electro-optic crystal. The extent to which the optical properties are changed is detected by laser light which is then converted to an electrical signal by a detector circuit.
Meet and greet my new sidebar links by visiting their sites, offering baskets of cheese and fruit:
joy of joys!
Finally, the database corruption has been defeated and bird on the moon rises again, albeit with patience and care. I've increased security big-time, not catching some previous vulnerabilities (I ain't tellin' what they were). Please report any bugs you see, and I'll know you'll see a few. I'm about 10% on correcting an import glitch on my entries: MT automatically added titles to untitled posts. That's going to be a long, boring fix.
Flightpath and Wingspan are online, but not yet functional... I'll be bringing them into the new install tomorrow. Unfortunately, I accidently hit delete in my FTP client and lost all the files in my index directory named A through M. Luckily, I had a backup of all my directories on disk, but it was a few months old. I figured everything out the best I could.
It's been a fun learning experience in database integration and repair, and in file importing. Thank the great gods of SixApart for that feature. I especially have to thank Anil Dash: he helped get the ball rolling on the tech support side. I'd like to thank Ursula for not sitting on the keyboard.
If you're intrigued in what I blogged in the interrim, go here for my "emergency" blogger page. That helped a tish with the post-withdrawl shakes. Bear with any strange server responses, still gotta stabilize this puppy, but it's good to be back!
happy birthday, birdonthemoon.com!
It was a mere two years ago when I made my first post here, using Greymatter and struggling with the coding. The switch to MT was a breeze, just after returning from Haiti in May '03. About a month ago I upgraded to MT 3.14, flawlessly.
It's been good times, folks, and thanks for the memories and the support. It will be interesting to see what life is like on the third birthday...
/blows out candles, makes wish.
Let's have a nice and warm meet-n-greet for these fine blogs joining the sidebar today:
We have one relocation:
And we sing the "So Long, Farewell" song to the following which have shuttered their doors:
NOTE: This site is quickly approaching its 2nd birthday. It's potty trained (mostly) and isn't putting everything it sees in its mouth.
Psyching teh intArweb, or, imagining the evolution or devolution of the internet:
XLIII: Think about 43 things you'd like to with your life: finish reading Ulysses, stop trading time for money, visit Machu Picchu, or tell someone you love them everyday... and at least 38 other things.
this week's welcome wagon
The sidebar is open, the barkeep is knowledgable, and the service... top notch. Visit these fine new additions:
Please honor these fine new kindred spirits on the sidebar with a clicky:
ecology of the divine.
People play games, go shopping and meet dates on the Internet. So why not use the Web to download the perfect mood-enhancing fragrance?
Robin has photo-blogged the making of my birthday dinner, and too bad we can't blog taste and smell yet; this was the best Greek Lemon Soup evAr!
What is EPIC 2014? An interesting take on the future of information. (flash)
2004 weblog awards
Bird on the Moon has been nominated (rather, has nominated itself) for Best of the 3500-5000 Weblogs category for the 2004 Weblog Awards. When you think about it, it's not the worst traffic ranking. In fact, with something like six million blogs out there, 'tain't too shabby. I don't know if that makes me a 'B' or 'C' blogger or not, but I'll take any letter as I love what I do and do it for my pleasure and the pleasure of my readers. Yeah, yeah, I'm into self-gratification, everyone does it. Anyway, traffic here has more than doubled since this time last year with something like 1.8 million visitors from 175 countries since our messy birth. Our 6 out of 10 Google page rank is rather a proud mark, too.
The site will be open for voting after the nomination round. At which time, I will call upon my loose band of loyal brigands to get thee to the voting page and do your duty. We celebrate two years of blogitude in February and will call upon all good readers to come to the aid of this wacky bucket of ephemera and personal puddle of well-intentioned brain matter. While I might not always have the time to go personal here, I deeply appreciate all the great feedback I get from all the peeps out there in Interwebland.
Do check out the other award nominees here. They are all excellent and one of them, Third World View, has been a favorite of mine for a while now and is lovingly linked in the sidebar. In the meantime, any housekeeping and design suggestions would be welcome as we prepare to spruce the place up for guests in white gloves.
It is what it is: web zen
Working on this redesign... bear with me. If you have Mozilla and have the expertise I lack as to why I'm overrunning the table borders at the bottom of the page, please let me know in the comments. Thanks! I think it may be a DIV tag, but I'm tired of trying to figure it out.
In other site news, I did my monthly cleaning of the template, and I'd like to draw your attention to the new kindred spirits on the side bar marked with an *. Please welcome them to this lunar aviary by visiting them... many of the sites I link to are generally lower traffic and "B" list bloggers, because you can find the "A" listers anywhere. I for one am proud to be a "B" lister, and while it means I don't receive hundreds of comments per day, I can relax and feel less restricted by millions of visitors streaming in.
In the past year, however, I'm delighted to say that 930,000 humans and their companion beings have visited .:bird on the moon:. which is actually quite amazing and wonderful, and since our inception in Feb. '03, over 1.3 million peeps from 174 countries.
Trawling for Sepetember's Weirdest
I was presently surprised this minth: less people found this website by searching for fairly relevant things, but as always, my referer logs were still laden with strange catches. Without further adieu, I humbly present Sepember's premier bizarre search requests linked to a suitably amusing corresponding graphic...
unexpected those that bring you far from
And this month's crème de la crème oddity:
August's 10 Weirdest...
Our lovely ongoing tradition of listing many of the utterly strange search
6. is it art?
2. weird things
and the most bizarre, most logically unruly, most supremely
1. frog porn
Taking a break inbetween shows
Taking a break inbetween shows toinght (as you can see from the moblog post, I'm the lights guy for a ritualo/concert celebrating the elements). Everyone's atwitter about the hurricane + tropical storm combo platter in Florida. Maps show that we may get sloppy seconds tomorrow night. I've only been privy to a few such conflagrations, but never in the big pulsating heart of the beast... where I'd really love to be. I'm a real storm freak, and the more extreme the better. I really envy this storm-blogger, right in the fun zone (and wish him luck, too).
July's Bizarre Search Requests
It never ends, this odd trail of odd things that people google away for. This month, more strange tales of the curious and deranged that came to this website in quest for a thing not found here... as usual, my replies are in italics.
and lovely! (R)
Oh, is that what that is, I thought maybe I'd eaten a lesser asteroid.
other involuntary physiological phenomena. But we do it fabulously.
but it was for Jesus.
life and the silver we ve got time and we could take the or take a fast jet
but what i ve got in mind there is a small cafe out of the way let s don t
stay what i ve got in mind let s disappeartell the truth what i ve got in mind
is making love to you | Sorry, but I gave up crack.
And this month's winner, which is so priceless that I cannot get snarky with
Now reopened for comments.
Now reopened for comments.
Comments are temporarily disabled due
Comments are temporarily disabled due to spam, aaargh! Overnight there's 3,300 more comments, bastards!
May I present to you,
May I present to you, for the advancement of audiophilia, wingspan, my new mp3 blog. Right now, I've got a catchy little German pop tune up. I expect to post a few times a week, maybe more, maybe less. Enjoy!
This site is presently being
This site is presently being backed-up to my hard drive as there was an outage that affected hundreds of blogomania customers, possibly due to a billing kerfuffle. If anyone could recommend a good hosting company, please leave it in the comments. I really like Blogomania but I'm a bit apprehensive now of the whole 'reseller' thing, as they don't physically control the servers.
June's Puzzling Searches
Let's begin with an explanation. A friend who visits regularly became a little freaked at last month's contestants in the strangest search requset posting. She found it all rather disturbing, and had no idea what the hell was going on. Neither do I, but these are keyphrases that are typed into a search engine which ultimately link, in some decrepit or obscene way, to my site. My server collects those search strings, and I geekily rifle through them, trying to discern how you people wind up here, of all places.
This month, several requests have become a regular theme and have been omitted because they were funny then and not now. With regard to that, there were scores of people interested in finding 'tea-bagging' content here. Look, I've been single forever now and I love tea-bagging just as much as the next leftyhomo, but just quit askin' kids, it ain't here.
As is standard, the actual request is in italics, the snarky reply in regular type.
cheese; yummier than june bug.
interact with snakes and mushrooms.
high, what kind of juice are they drinking, man?
but whatever marinates your baby...
psychedelia; it's totally beyond dualism...
never find it.
what does that mean / I think that means to think fishbowl, I think.
fabrics are breathier, with brighter colors are bolder shoes, darling.
And June's 'winner,' for which there is no prize other than your own mania:
Leave a comment here if
Leave a comment here if you need a gmail account, I've got invites!
Here's an entertaining read, and
Here's an entertaining read, and no, I won't give any hints as to why (you just have to see for your own inquisitive selves): The LiveJournal of Zachary Marsh
zackattack86: wtf he must be 100 years old
oldmanmarsh: He's quite a bit older than that
zackattack86: so we're having like a family reunion?
oldmanmarsh: You could say that
What star do you allegedly
What star do you allegedly look like? I tried this silly thing and ta-da, I'm Gary Oldman. Try for yourself, via j-walk blog.
The Beeb has created their
The Beeb has created their own online Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
May's especially surreal searches
May was a quitter month for truly disturbing search requests, which may mean one of two things: 1) this site has become more useful in terms of people finding what they’re looking for, or 2) it’s simply become less disturbing. Nonetheless, culled from the reams of google referrals, here’s last month’s simply bizarre or somewhat revolting queries (I love the word ‘query,‘ as much as I love ‘queue’):
that s just fabulous / It certainly is.
And this month's winner, apparently having some issues with Shit Creek and a lack of paddles:
In closing of this month's such entry, may you all find what you're looking for... dot com.
This site is frightfully addictive:
This site is frightfully addictive: ytmnd.com - you're the man now dog!
My contribution is this thing.
April's Quirky Search Requests
Yep, it's "that time of the month" here on birdonthemoon.com, where I let loose and open ye olde referrer logs for some search requests fun. I know it's spring and all, but dang, it was a naughty month. I'll omit the formerly-weird-now-regular requests for the sake of keeping onesself pure and diginified, but fear not, there are gems nonetheless. Request in italics, snark in normal.
And this moth's winner, in the decorative arts category:
Thanks to all for another great month!
Return of badger badger badger
This will be big: The
This will be big: The CPA of Iraq rips off the Brookings Institution website, via MeFi and TPM.
...a quick look under the hood of each site shows that either the CPA or Brookings snagged the other outfit's website and remodeled it as their own.
This is a new translation
This is a new translation of Sei Shonagon's "Pillow Book", a 10th century blog: Pillow Talk
This blog entry in Baghdad
This blog entry in Baghdad Burning by Riverbend is very moving- from his views of the deadly riot by the followers of al-Sadr, to planning to count the stars in an electricity free night.
"March's Utterly Baffling Search Requests"
It was a rather perverted month... in the name of Good Taste I've omitted the heinous offenders (who should be prostrate with guilt, saith the Lord! ) from the scroll, but as always it's spicy enough. March has continued the upward trend of readership, so thanks again for wasting some of your valuable time here. Anyway, I'm grateful that either my free time, research quandries, or sexual proclivities don't lead me down some of these confusing and puzzling paths that follow:
And this month's "like totally tormented" winner:
It's neat-o, realtime randomness: WebCollage
It's neat-o, realtime randomness: WebCollage [via Monkeyfilter]
Max Headroom predicted the future:
Max Headroom predicted the future:
The series featured computers and a frightening, high-tech, TV-centric culture "20 minutes into the future," as each episode would begin. Long before there was an Internet, a World Wide Web, e-mail, and cyberculture, this TV series displayed it all in amazingly accurate ways...
Mr-President bids for re-election: it's
My new purple and pastel-ish
My new purple and pastel-ish pet project, QueerMeta, got a nod from Metafilter today, and membership has skyrocketed in the past two hours or so. I'm really excited about this, and I sense from some of the users that I recognize from Metafilter and Monkeyfilter that we have a strong foundation for a warm and dynamic web community. I'm thinking of creating one more 'filter' site for spirituality/consciousness/mythology once this one is up and running steadily.
MonkeyFilter has a thread I'm
MonkeyFilter has a thread I'm quite proud of: Tipping the Lavender in which QueerMeta is announced and all rejoice and banter in MoFi's delightful non-snarky way. Membership shot up overnight and I'm just giddy with queer joy.
Wild idea: radio vox populi
Wild idea: radio vox populi
Digital Utopia and its Flaws
Digital Utopia and its Flaws
"February's Weird Searches"
The tradition moves into it's first full calendar year with some really ripe entries. Enjoy, rinse, repeat.
And this month's winner is...
The art of abstraction: 'the
The art of abstraction: 'the idea that anyone who creates anything is a hacker.'
Almost everyone can and should be a hacker, according to the curators of a new exhibition on the fine art of hacking at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain. Alongside the museum's collection of masterpieces by Picasso and Dalí, Hackers: The Art of Abstraction explores the connections between hackers, artists and anyone engaged in any kind of creative work, an idea that the curators of the show say was inspired by McKenzie Wark's The Hacker Manifesto.
I got my settlement today,
I got my settlement today, and woo-hoo kiddies, the $13.86 isn't enough to buy a new CD! Irony? Nah.
Iran's bloggers fear clampdown "We
"We always wear masks in our society." said Lady Sun, who started her blog in November 2001 and later married one of its readers. "This is a place to take them off."
Metafilter, my primary blogospheric addiction,
Metafilter, my primary blogospheric addiction, has been down since Tuesday... the mystery endures for fellow MeFites, who, devoid of snarky comments and clever witticisms, must be content with other distractions, like the outdoors.
Here's the last known feed...
UPDATE: From the Mefi's group on Flickr.com: "So you might have noticed that mefi has been down. A processor fan died yesterday, shutting down the box due to heat, and refuses to boot again. New fans are being shipped and hopefully things should be back up on Friday or Saturday."
Oh happy day, New computer
Oh happy day,
Yup, it's Groundhog day today
Yup, it's Groundhog day today here in America. Incidentally, it's also the first birthday of .:bird on the moon:.
Here's the very first week. Thanks readers for making this so much fun for me. (big sloppy morning kiss)
"January's Weird Searches"
In keeping with bird on the moon dot com tradition, and today being the end of the month, it's time to open the logs and have a peek at that which ye web pilgrims seek.
But first, in other rather exciting business, this website turns 1 year old on Monday! It's still teething and occasionally puking it's pablum, but it's been very successful. So, in celebration, on Monday we'll be launching QUEERMETA.COM, a group weblog for GLBT issues and discussion worldwide. It's been a mild nightmare designing the thing, but I think it will do well.
Now, let's search...
*Posted to Disturbing Search Requests
MainlyMartian is a new blog
MainlyMartian is a new blog for news and views from the red planet.
This is just awesome: Tholos,
This is just awesome: Tholos, a "webcam in the round."
Behold the Tholos, where the webcam meets the circular, painted panorama of the 19th century. The device, which features a 23-foot wrap-around screen some 10 feet high, works in pairs: People gathered at one Tholos can see real-time, life-size HDTV images of people around a distant partner device, with microphones enabling users to converse.
What, me worry? Mainstream media
What, me worry? Mainstream media reports about how spam targets men and their little "insecurities."
These days, a lot of electronic junk mail hits below the belt by seeking to profit from many men's deepest fear -- that their penises are too small.
Obviously, we humans and our gender roles are in quick need of evolving. If something paltry like this is raising so much ire, it's time to wipe the slate of our collective unconscious clean and start fresh. Oy vey!
Group hug is a website
Group hug is a website for positng anonymous confessions. C'mon, get it off your chest...
A Spammer Reads my Mind
"riddle hocus fran kong fountainhead"
Ok, spammers, I just don't get it. What's the point? It's like waving a tattered red flag saying
"Hi there! Notice the incoherent subject line? Sounds a lot like James Joyce mumbling into his pillow after a good round of whiskey, huh? But I'm really spam, not James Joyce, so go ahead and delete me now."
I'm stumped at this latest strategy. Perhaps you are reading my mind, revealing to me certain keywords that have floated around my mind in a kind of synaptic glee lately, and you've so clever to put these words in the subject line to attract my dangling cursor. Perhaps I will buy your V|@gR^ after all. Anyway, here's all the relevant words you've conjured up, which could've led me to open your mail, followed by the reason I ultimately didn't:
And the reason I didn't open the email:
Well, while I'm still extremely
Well, while I'm still extremely enthusiastic for the new project, CSS is proving to be quite the nightmare. I'm taking a break from it for today. A bit jaded, we are. I'm going to search for tutorial and/or real live people who are more knowledgeable in this quite vital yet shady means of sitebuilding. Arrgh, jimboy, arrgh!
Art for Housewives is an
Art for Housewives is an Italian blog, with, well, art for housewives. Neat stuff.
Refrigerator Cam Fridge Cam takes
Fridge Cam takes you to the inside of a fridge.This page is refreshed automatically at every minute.
"December's Bizarre Searches"
Plus, 2003's winner for the weirdest search request!
This month, things just weren't that odd, but these are the best I can do:
And the winner of 2003's most bizzare search keyphrase IS.....
Bizzare grow your own surreal
Bizzare grow your own surreal garden flash thingy
"Bird on the Broadband"
Today, I will finally give these old tired phone lines a rest... somewhere between 12 and 2pm, some digital angel will come over and install the cables needed for proper and uplifting broadband service.
Reenact the Yuletide suspense with
Reenact the Yuletide suspense with utter wonder's "blogvent" calendar.
For some reason I'm partial to #19. Brilliantly funny stuff.
Talk about blogging in extreme
Talk about blogging in extreme locations, visit the iceblog! live from Antarctica with stunning pix and warm commentary from the bottom of the world... [via MeFi]
5ives is a website with
5ives is a website with lists of, well, 5 things. Example:
Five great reasons to buy a Hummer™
1. You've been wanting to buy much wider groceries (but have been stymied by the timid width of your Escalade)
MeFi asks the question "was
MeFi asks the question "was Saddam's spiderhole photo taken in August? Why? The color of the dates!
4th Dementia: Down and Out
4th Dementia: Down and Out with Santa Claus [via Coffee Sutras]
Whilst attempting to interpret the
Whilst attempting to interpret the lyrics of a popular ballad concerning one's dairy beverage luring gentlemen to a yard, and it's subsequent superior appraisal,* I wandered into this mildly addictive site:
*My milkshake, it doth to the yard convey boys, who laud it above thine, and damned rightly; I could instill knowledge in thee, but I shall append upon it a price!
2003 Meta Best of List
Iranian bloggers rally against censorship
Iranian internet users have been venting their frustration at online censorship on a website devoted to the UN's digital summit in Geneva.
The Hello World Project
This is the 1,000th "official" post to birdonthemoon.com. Huzzah!
Try this and see whatcha
Try this and see whatcha get:
Great Posts in the Blogosphere
"November's Interesting Searches"
And this month's winner:
Clone blogs: spurious blogs that
Clone blogs: spurious blogs that look real, but exist solely to purvey smut in a very shady way. They're becoming ever more clever, those spammers.
Time mag lists this year's
Hunt for 'Napster of good
Good ideas that use technology to improve life offline are being sought by a new non-profit organisation. MySociety is looking to turn the ideas into working projects that help people get involved with their community or make a contribution to civil society.
How Much Information? Print, film,
Print, film, magnetic, and optical storage media produced about 5 exabytes of new information in 2002. Ninety-two percent of the new information was stored on magnetic media, mostly in hard disks. How big is five exabytes? If digitized, the nineteen million books and other print collections in the Library of Congress would contain about ten terabytes of information; five exabytes of information is equivalent in size to the information contained in half a million new libraries the size of the Library of Congress print collections.
October's Spooky and Kooky Searches
Keeping in monthly tradition, here's October's spooky search requests:
and the winner...!
Lively discussion on MeFi on
Here's a post regarding the
Here's a post regarding the DoS that brought down Hostingmatters.com and legions of bloggers everywhere:
Laughing Wolf says it best: "Heck of a thing to come home to." Damn straight.
We're back online again. My
We're back online again. My host, Blogomania.com, is a reseller of Hostingmatters.com who has been subjected to frequent DoS attacks, possibly directed against the blog Little Green Footballs. It's been very annoying, but I know they're pulling out their hair in frustration as it's a problem they cannot solve themselves. So, for now, I'm pleased to finally be back online again. Maybe it'll last awhile.
Human Body Network Gets Fast
Researchers... have demonstrated a 10-megabits-per-second indoor network that uses human bodies as portable ethernet cables.
Kids Play the video games
Kids Play the video games I grew up with. Sigh... I don't play video games now, but it does make one feel rather old.
"I'm sure the people who made this game are all dead by now." In reference to Space Invaders.
Grouphug is an online anonymous
Grouphug is an online anonymous confessional: let it all out.
i have been selfish, careless, and cockey and i believe i may have driven away my favorite person in the whole world. i didn't even tell her how i really felt about her until it was too late.
Jump in and cast your
Nothing is for sale on
Nothing is for sale on eBay: eBay item 2953932717 (Ends Sep-30-03 19:42:42 PDT) - nothing
via comments on yesterday's MeFi thread
"September's Weird Searches"
In keeping with bird on the moon tradition, here's the latest from the referrer files on how in the hell you (?) wound up here:
There is a sharp rise in requests, as has been strangely typical, of anatomical pictures of the pop wench who recently had a sensational smooch with Madonna, and likewise of some Indian actress who likes having the same name twice.
God bless the internet.
Need more hits? Try adding
first link via Reality Carnival, posted to MeFi
Verisign scandal attracting worldwide attention:
Verisign scandal attracting worldwide attention: Site finding system under fire ...the move has won protests from many other net firms who say Verisign is hijacking their customers and is inadvertently helping spammers spread their unwanted wares.
The Brianna Project is
The Brianna Project is a website set-up to collect donations for Brianna LaHara, the 12 year old who was forced to settle with the RIAA to a tune of $2,000. She lives in subsidized housing in NYC in a single parent household. Please give (I am).
RIAA keeps 12-year-old quiet with
RIAA keeps 12-year-old quiet with $2,000 bill The RIAA took quick steps to blunt a public relations atrocity by agreeing to settle out of court with a 12-year-old girl accused of trading copyrighted songs.
Durwood Pickle, 71, caught in
Durwood Pickle, 71, caught in music fight A grandfather has said he was wrongly accused of illegally downloading music online at the start of a legal campaign by the US music industry.
Ray Sweatman has created a
Ray Sweatman has created a 'collaborative' poem pulled for blog entries of many wonderful blogeurs, and this site is pleased to have contributed a few lines. Read Streams of Bloggishness (Golf Balls in the Graveyard)
Search engine answer's the most
Search engine answer's the most burning question... ever! Google Search: answer to life, the universe, and everything
Unusual Churches is about believing
Unusual Churches is about believing in a universal force that helps to guide us in our everyday lives. Many people choose to seek it in many different ways. How we choose to find it is up to the individual. Unusual Churches is also about the weird, wacky and funny churches one can find on the internet.
Baghdad Burning is Riverbend's 'girlblog'
Baghdad Burning is Riverbend's 'girlblog' from Iraq. Increible firsthand reportage.
Questionable Weirdom: this month's odd
Questionable Weirdom: this month's odd searches from the referrer logs:
and my personal favorite,
But curiously, one of my top referring sites, at 107 visits, is the International Atomic Energy Agency. Odd.
Birdonthemoon.com Build No. 2.0
Damn, this has been annoying but it works... less load time for dialups, slightly more efficient interface. We'll see. Time for a beer. Comments, anyone? Look alright? Do tell!
This is totally amazing: Zombie
This is totally amazing: Zombie Infection Simulation
My namesake is a junior
My namesake is a junior cowboy in Oklahoma. His namesake is a blogging weirdo in North Carolina.
"Our family Raises Cattle at Snow Oklahoma
I've finally gotten around to
I've finally gotten around to setting archive and category templates. Someday I'll even work on the silly comments thing.
Search for web's favourite colour
July's Questionable Seaches
Time to dip into ye olde referrer logs to find the gems of human curiosity:
This caused an uproar on
Bill Would Put Internet Song
Bill Would Put Internet Song Swappers in Jail Internet users who allow others to copy songs from their hard drives could face prison time under legislation introduced by two Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday.
Happy Birthday Metafilter!
A not-entirely too painstaking
A not-entirely too painstaking self-portrait thanks to the Mini-Mizer! via the Coffee Sutras
Search engine developed by MIT
Hackers Hijack PC's for Sex
One of the best post's
One of the best post's I've ever read in the blogosphere over at field notes. "I'm listening for ways to become weirder."
Oooh, I like it: BlogChatter
Oooh, I like it: BlogChatter
"Latest Questionable Searches"
I'm always amused by my referrer logs:
MSN search bot a glimpse
International Blog Meetup Day is
International Blog Meetup Day is Wednesday, July 16 @ 7:00PM
geegaw.com has been taken over
geegaw.com has been taken over by a plastic frog. "Froggy ah tired of holding mouth open
Orrin Hatch: Software Pirate? The
Orrin Hatch: Software Pirate? The Senator "suggested Tuesday that people who download copyright materials from the Internet should have their computers automatically destroyed. But Hatch himself is using unlicensed software on his official website, which presumably would qualify his computer to be smoked by the system he proposes."
Note to self: watch this one rise to top of blogdex, popdex and technorati.
Moving thread found on Open
Moving thread found on Open Brackets: Unsung: "truly fine street musicians, the unerringly curious, the humble, people who get excited about things that I barely notice or brush away, like bugs or bottle caps or Baltic dance, sentimental fools…"
Wander-Lust to stop wandering
Weird search stings that led
Weird search stings that led you here:
While I'm taking tech, thanks for the link, King23.
Virtual mafia gives out virtual
Virtual mafia gives out virtual cement shoes in virtual city: The mob moves in on `Sims Online'
Watch out for BugBear: New
Watch out for BugBear: New Computer Virus Makes Way on Internet
Photojournalist meets Salam Pax in
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Keep it even,
"Not all who wander
You contain everything
Everything contains you
If you desire the Infinite,
look no further than the window.
Ten Considerations for Being Well n this Goofy Universe
0. If you find yourself
wonderstruck, don’t forget to return the favor. 1. Always be of service to
the whole and the Holy. You’ll find that the Holy will reciprocate by being
of service to your becoming Whole. 2. You will be called upon
to use your mind and your vision in ways I cannot possibly glimpse. Never
turn down an offer to shine that light so uniquely yours to help others in
their darkness, and you’ll find that when it’s your turn to be in the night
that there’ll be someone along the way who happens to have a little glow to
share . 3. The rewards of being
true to yourself are infinite, even when outwardly your efforts are met
with nothing. 4. You’ll also see that
knowledge and wisdom will come from within yourself through your own
struggle and curiosity... your loved ones may guide you to insight, but
yours is the power to choose it. 5. You’ll find that some of
your choices could’ve been better, or at times were downright stupid. That’s
okay... I have a closet full of reckless decisions, but without making them
I wouldn’t have the slightest idea of what a good one might feel like if I
tried it on. 6. Your growth will be a
mysterious, comic, ecstatic and sometimes scary ride, and I pray that you
strive to savor each minute of it, even the most difficult or embarrassing
minutes. Don’t count on second chances. 7. In those times when
everything collapses around you, and what’s left won’t go right, don’t
forget your chances of being alive in this solar system, in this galaxy, are
a little on the slim side. So slim in fact that it could be called a miracle
to breathe this air, drink this water, and have whet ever predicament you’re
having no matter how you shake, rattle and roll it. So go with the cosmic
flow and always choose something over nothing, while remembering that
there’s a little of each one hidden in both. 8. Respond as best as you
can with love to adversity rather than reacting with fear... Love, in any
situation and being the primordial source and essence of ALL THIS STUFF,
leaves / enters us with the most possible ways out / in. 9. Whatever you’re doing,
celebrate the process of doing as much, if not more, than what you’ve got
when you’re done. Magic lives in the action. 9 ½ . All matter is energy.
All energy is infinite. We are but raindrops falling to the ocean, a short
time in this shape until we’re reunited with the expanse from which we came.
Your delicate yet sturdy, resilient body is a temporary shelter of energy
that has swam the universe eternally and will continue eternally. You are a
sudden crystallization of the infinite. One must ask themself, therefore,
why be bored? 9 3/4 . Choosing to live in
the moment is courageous but becomes effortless once you begin...feeling
obligated to survive in the past or future is dangerous and is difficult to
continue. It’s one of the few risks I’d recommend not taking, right up there
with trusting icons and shrugging off coincidences. 10. The Universe itself it
not confusing, we humans just like it that way. Do frogs seem bewildered ,
butterflies befuddled and amoebas addled? Nope, just us, my child. So,
whenever things just don’t make sense, just take a deep breath and laugh as
best you can, because that’s what you get for choosing this goofy,
unpredictable place called Earth to embody yourself upon.
0. If you find yourself wonderstruck, don’t forget to return the favor.
1. Always be of service to the whole and the Holy. You’ll find that the Holy will reciprocate by being of service to your becoming Whole.
2. You will be called upon to use your mind and your vision in ways I cannot possibly glimpse. Never turn down an offer to shine that light so uniquely yours to help others in their darkness, and you’ll find that when it’s your turn to be in the night that there’ll be someone along the way who happens to have a little glow to share .
3. The rewards of being true to yourself are infinite, even when outwardly your efforts are met with nothing.
4. You’ll also see that knowledge and wisdom will come from within yourself through your own struggle and curiosity... your loved ones may guide you to insight, but yours is the power to choose it.
5. You’ll find that some of your choices could’ve been better, or at times were downright stupid. That’s okay... I have a closet full of reckless decisions, but without making them I wouldn’t have the slightest idea of what a good one might feel like if I tried it on.
6. Your growth will be a mysterious, comic, ecstatic and sometimes scary ride, and I pray that you strive to savor each minute of it, even the most difficult or embarrassing minutes. Don’t count on second chances.
7. In those times when everything collapses around you, and what’s left won’t go right, don’t forget your chances of being alive in this solar system, in this galaxy, are a little on the slim side. So slim in fact that it could be called a miracle to breathe this air, drink this water, and have whet ever predicament you’re having no matter how you shake, rattle and roll it. So go with the cosmic flow and always choose something over nothing, while remembering that there’s a little of each one hidden in both.
8. Respond as best as you can with love to adversity rather than reacting with fear... Love, in any situation and being the primordial source and essence of ALL THIS STUFF, leaves / enters us with the most possible ways out / in.
9. Whatever you’re doing, celebrate the process of doing as much, if not more, than what you’ve got when you’re done. Magic lives in the action.
9 ½ . All matter is energy. All energy is infinite. We are but raindrops falling to the ocean, a short time in this shape until we’re reunited with the expanse from which we came. Your delicate yet sturdy, resilient body is a temporary shelter of energy that has swam the universe eternally and will continue eternally. You are a sudden crystallization of the infinite. One must ask themself, therefore, why be bored?
9 3/4 . Choosing to live in the moment is courageous but becomes effortless once you begin...feeling obligated to survive in the past or future is dangerous and is difficult to continue. It’s one of the few risks I’d recommend not taking, right up there with trusting icons and shrugging off coincidences.
10. The Universe itself it not confusing, we humans just like it that way. Do frogs seem bewildered , butterflies befuddled and amoebas addled? Nope, just us, my child. So, whenever things just don’t make sense, just take a deep breath and laugh as best you can, because that’s what you get for choosing this goofy, unpredictable place called Earth to embody yourself upon.