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Block most web ads by saving a simple file to your hard drive? If you run Windows, you probably have a ‘Hosts’ file — basically a pre-ISP DNS directory. And if you put in the addresses of websites that serve ads, setting their destination to null, your web browser will...

I’m having trouble putting into words just how valuable I think the The Television Archive‘s “Sept. 11 Collection” is. Just the other day I was thinking to myself how quickly America seemed to have recovered from, if not outright forgotten, that terrible morning. But one click and fifteen minutes of...

This is the actual lede on an Associated Press story posted today: “President Bush fainted briefly in the White House residence Sunday after choking on a pretzel while watching a National Football League playoff game on television, White House physician Dr. Richard Tubb said.” The folks over at MetaFilter have...

Who cares if I’m starting the year behind in journal entries as it is. It’s time once again for Heather’s contagious Friday Five! 1. You’ve just won a complete collection of movies starring one actor – what actor would you pick? Hmm. Christopher Walken? The smaller the parts, the better...

I was actually wondering, not too many weeks ago, how there could not be sites like this one: a personal web site, weblog included, of a man killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. 22-year-old risk consultant Paul Battaglia had an office on the 100th floor of one of the World...

Hey, kids! Long-time reader, first-time poster… it’s time for my very first Friday Five! 1. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Being the sensitive, multicultural fellow that I am, I’m reluctant to call many foods “weird,” since I’m sure braised monkey brain in some cultures is as popular...

Well, Google has redeemed itself after the Deja takeover fiasco, and how. They’ve had much of USENET online for months now (it was quite a trip seeing my first posts — March 1994, many in alt.romance and alt.sex — what a dork!), but today, they announced essentially the entire twenty-year...

Well, Money magazine came out with its (presumably annual) “Best Places to Live” list. In the wake of Sept. 11, they gave top honors to New York City, but also given top scores was Portland, Oregon, named “Best Big City.” (Honolulu didn’t do that badly, all things considered – though...

This weekend brings the Leonid Meteor Shower, and not only is the Earth passing straight through one of the sometimes evasive debris fields, but folks in Hawaii, Australia, and the western Pacific are expected to have the best view. The best show in 30 years, say some excited astronomers. I’m...

You know, I wish I had the money to throw away on a Premium Subscription to Salon.Com… but apart from most of the “Sex” department, I haven’t found what they keep outside the pay barrier too lacking. For example, the “preview” of a recent piece by Jennifer Foote Sweeney —...

It’s often said that a million monkeys locked in a room with a typewriter will eventually — albeit probably after an eternity — create Hamlet. So I guess that’s part of the appeal of National Novel Writing Month, the brainchild of California columnist Chris Baty. Jolene cued me in, and...

Within hours of the attacks on America — when I was at work but thinking only of being back at home with my family — I knew we’d soon be hearing predictions of a June 2002 baby boom. It makes perfect sense. Sex in a time of terror (Salon.Com); More...

Probably an old link, but I stumbled across the story at The Smoking Gun, and a quick search for the name of the suspect — Celinda D. Barge — turned up a more local story on this unfortunate incident at a Burger King. Have it your way, indeed.

Woo! Check it out! After half a dozen submissions, one of my amateur airport digicam shots finally made it past the tough quality-control moderators at Airliners.net. I had no idea they were going to be so picky, but I guess if you’re hosting half a million images on your own...

Some odd local news to report… First, in the “Duh!” department, local stores are pulling those fun little jelly candies off shelves after two kids in California choked to death on them. On one hand I thought it was ridiculous, but then again, it is marketed toward kids, and you...

The Honolulu Advertiser again takes glee in shining its bright lights (?) into the dark musty corners of our local television news market. An article in Sunday’s paper features some familiar insights (KHON tops, KHNL bottom), but at least one great quote – Joe Moore called a pinhead!

Now some of these anecdotes are funny — strange things announced on commercial airplanes, courtesy the discussion forums at Airliners.Net. US Airways? “After takeoff, we’ll be dimming the cabin lights to make our flight attendants look more attractive.” And Southwest not only seems to have the best customer service, they...

The WorldPoint empire continues to quietly unravel. Though the auction house is kind enough to not name any names, the location of the selloff is indeed that of the former “world headquarters” of WorldPoint Interactive. High-end Mac G3 towers, fifteen fifty-inch color plasma flat display panels, leather massage chairs… I...