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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The smallest park in the world.

Indie music (from independent) is any of a number of genres, scenes, subcultures and stylistic and cultural attributes, characterised by (real or perceived) independence from commercial pop music and mainstream culture

A proverb says that "all roads lead to Rome". Roman roads were designed that way to prevent provinces from organising resistance against the Empire.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Muhammad cartoons controversy (with interesting talkpage digression)

Gamespot/Joystiq: MS veep drops wikipedia buzzword: "We're going to take on the Wikipedia model. We're going to take on...the open-source model, if you will, for gaming."

While on the surface the line is a bit simplistic (systems like wikipedia are socially complex, and setting them up is very difficult -- and there are plenty of differences between the wikipedia and spore models), it's good to see the power of distributed content generation getting noticed.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Euphemisms can eventually become taboo words themselves through a process called the euphemism treadmill

Hundertwasserhaus was built between 1983 and 1986 by architect Univ.-Prof. Joseph Krawina. It features undulating floors ("an uneven floor is a melody to the feet"), a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows.

Michael Malloy was a New York City vagrant in the early 20th century. He is known solely for his constitution, rivalled only by that of Rasputin. It is said that 30 attempts were made to murder him, all unsuccessful but the final one.

Check out this picture of Brazil. (It's amazing how much it looks like Simcity.)