Quick Comments and One Liners

We have enough trouble protecting the 'net from those who would destroy it from ignorance, we don't need someone who should know better advocating doing damage. Dave Winer, host of http://www.scripting.com/ does just that in his Making Money from DNS piece.

You can put your own messages on the Netscape sign:

If you're not in the bay area, ignore this:

It rained and rained and rained
The average fall was well maintained
And when the tracks were simply bogs
It started raining cats and dogs
After a drought of half an hour
We had a most refreshing shower
And then the most curious thing of all
A gentle rain began to fall
Next day was also fairly dry
Save for the deluge from the sky
Which wetted the party to the skin
And after that the rain set in
- Anonymous

Pat Califia's busy, she's also got Topping the News in Spectator Magazine . Reports on (mostly anti-sex) happenings.

It's a shame, I had such high hopes for Rumor Mill, but the new one simply gloats over a picture of youthful Bill Gates arrested many years ago for a traffic violation.

On the other hand, Need To Know rarely disappoints.

Pat Califia has a new quickies column at Good Vibrations.

Hey: Flutterby.com is a fairly new resource, and I'm trying to figure out which directions I should grow it. If you're one of the regular readers (and I know you're out there, I can see the recurring entries in the logs. Don't worry, I won't tell), drop me a line at danlyke@flutterby.com and tell how you found this, what you find here that you like, things you think would be cool to add, &c.

Possibilities include:

As of Thursday, May 28th, I'm having some problems updating pages. Stay tuned, I hope to get this ironed out soon.

TechWeb theorizes that the anti-trust hysteria is a Microsoft marketing ploy...

Quote of the Day:

I went to my first computer conference at the New York Hilton about 20 years ago. When somebody there predicted the market for microprocessors would eventually be in the millions, someone else said, "Where are they all going to go? It's not like you need a computer in every doorknob!" Years later, I went back to the same hotel. I noticed the room keys had been replaced by electronic cards you slide into slots in the doors. There was a computer in every doorknob.
-Danny Hillis

Aaaand, nearly a week late, here's Marylaine's latest Observing US .

Yep, Peter Zale has a new Helen, Sweetheart of the Internet , starring:

Bill Gates
International Man of Microsoft

Yeah, baby!

And, of course, Marylaine Block has a new My Word's Worth , titled A Field of Dreams, talking about the meaning of college.

Mother Teresa is a nice lady because it makes her feel good. I light things on fire for the same reason. The relative merit of either action can be argued, but the base motivation is exactly the same.
--- Mark Denovich

Crypt Newsletter 48 is out. Where do the Pentagon and other clueless "Electronic Pearl Harbor" doomsday screamers come from? Is this some sort of evolutionary time warp? Good reading if you don't mind getting depressed about use of tax dollars.

Don't bother checking this link, there's nothing here: http://emptywebsite.com/

Yep, <*the* weekly high-tech sarcastic update for the UK>, Need To Know rides again.

A new rumour mill takes Ellison to task for his recent comments about Bill Gates, points towards some in-depth Apple bashing, etc.

The justice department claims that the case against Microsoft is build on some Interesting memos that assert that Microsoft knew they had a technically inferior browser, and that bundling was the only way to get market penetration.

I just got back from a day talking with people from Digital about the Alpha. There'll be some notes on the changing philosophy of programming coming soon.

Good Vibrations has a new Queen Online , celebrating National Masturbation Month.

A new My Word's Worth from Marylaine this morning. Notes from her trip to Colorado and the west.

I'm getting lots of hits from Jade and Rebel's butch vs femme test. The test is slowly growing and should be up to the full size soon.

I've run across a couple of really badly biased "sex on the web" tests which have gotten a whole lot of publicity. It'd be fun to do one biased the other way. Any suggestions for questions? Mail 'em to question@flutterby.com .

A new Net Future .

All new Volkswagen Beetles have been recalled . I don't care how cute it is, that company hasn't made a car that'll run reliably since the original one. Who'd think they'd break a trend?

Well, Frank Sinatra may be dead, but Need To Know lives. You've got to love any industry publication with the chutzpah to write like this:

Bill Gates may be able to turn his company around on a dime, but only STEVE JOBS keeps his organisation swivelling like a top.

Rather than toadying up to the "oooohhh, pretty colors. iMac good." crowd.

A new Rumor Mill, The Devolution will not be Webcast .

Keith Knight has a great sendup of the Godzilla advertising on Salon Magazine.

Seiko is introducing the Ruputer on June 10th. Wristwatch computing for the masses, 128k volatile, 512k or 2mb non-volatile, 102x64 screen, IR port and joy stick.

There's a new set of Helen, Sweetheart of the Internet strips up.

Everyone needs an occasional Dysfunctional Family Circus fix.

A new Need To Know :

"Such a policy would impede a process that leads to long-run growth in productivity and living standards. It would throw sand into the gears of human progress." - GREG MANKIW, Harvard economist, on what would happen if the US government delayed Windows 98 - this guy's been playing way too much Civilisation

News.com's rumor mill focuses on the non-NTness of Hotmail, now a Microsoft company...

Felice points us to a new Jesus of the Week .

Henry Knorr points out flaws in the new iMac . Like: No printing; no backup; and you pay quite a bit more for the lack of those capabilities than you would with a comparable Wintel machine.

Fairfaxians! Gordy Toe sends along this:

I've again updated the NO ON MEASURE C web site. I have added information about the upcoming meetings, the ballot language and stuff provided courtesy of LadeyJ, and of course, my amusing comments on it all. To get there just aim yer mouse to:

Just found this sound-bite, better than the one below, from the same source:

"Our design group is phenomenal," Jobs said. "We're seeing some great designs coming out of Apple. How important is fashion? If you go back 10 years, the average American owned one watch. Because of fashion, the average American now owns seven watches. We believe Apple has a core competency in the fashion and design area."

Apple introduced a new computer today. Steve Jobs had this to say about it:

"It looks like it's from another planet, but a good planet," he said. "The back of the iMac looks better than the front of the other guys' products."

Apparently things like "usefulness" no longer sell product. I despair for our culture.

A new Net Future

U.S.: First cyberattack by terrorists screams the Reuters headline , but when we read a little further we find that this " was little more than a bid by ethnic Tamil guerrillas to swamp Sri Lankan embassies with email". Thank god for the US State Department, what would we possibly have to worry about without them...

May is National Masturbation Month! so celebrate often!

There's an interview with Annie Sprinkle in Spectator Magazine online, about her new show opening soon in San Francisco.

And, at long last, the network seems to be working again and you can get to Friday's Need To Know .

Microsoft has announced plans to introduce a line of vacuum cleaners. They want to market a product that doesn't suck.

Usual monday morning fare, starting with My Word's Worth .

Archives of neat sites posted to Flutterby , notes to webmaster@flutterby.com