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Subject:cold war for the hot days
Time:09:24 am
Ah - nothing peaks my interest like apocalyptic melodrama - and I came upon this great movie description at Big Dead Place:

http://www.bigdeadplace.com/the_thing03.html

Of course - tracking down a decent copy of the movie requires care as there are many films called "Virus" and apparently a US video edition that cuts an important six minutes off the ending. A good place to start is:

http://amazon.imdb.com/title/tt0080768/

A reviewer at Amazon pointed out that to get the proper edition of "Fukkatsu no Hi" - one could go to:

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=KABD-149
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Subject:Recomended reading
Time:12:59 pm
I'm new to this group but thought this was a very good place to recomend a book. Has anyone on here read "The War Against The Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race" by Edwin Black? It's an amazing read which chronicals not only the history of the movement that lead to the genocides in Nazi Germany but also how the whole campaign was sold to financiers, politicians and charitable organizations.

I'd be interested in anyone's take on this within the context of this list.

Deftly-D

http://www.s6k.com
http://www.voidstarproductions.com
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Time:03:12 pm
If you hear this tune again after clicking on the link (particularly the bit in the middle), it is an OMINOUS PORTENT - pass it on.... (what are the odds you'll hear this 19th century Francisco Tarrega guitar lick again?)
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Time:10:26 am
An interesting Phenomenon, gakked from boingboing...

A well annotated version of In the Beginning there was the Command Line annotated with the knowledge and permission of Neal Stephenson.

http://home.earthlink.net/~android606/commandline/index.html

In college, an art project that I dearly wanted to undertake was the extensive annotation and illustration of two books, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Bell Jar. The only thing that held me back was the concern that there would be no audience for such a thing. (Not many people want to examine a book. They want to read it, and get it out of the way.) But I think that with open-source deveopment, and the wiki-style of documentation, the idea of multiple authors of a work (or multiple contributors,) is catching on. The time may come when we culturally accept this type of thing. If someone reads the book as a sort of hyper-critic, and the reader's annotations are valid to the work, and especially the evolved cultural life of the work, then those annotations can add another level of insight.

For example, who wouldn't want to read Peter and Fran Jackson's marginal notes in "The Lord of the Rings?" or Orson Welles notes in "The Heart of Darkness?" or Timothy Leary's or Terrence McKenna's in "Brave New World?"
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Time:10:41 am
Current Mood:busy
Apologies for the spam.

I am conducting research into what degree the need for affiliation plays in an individual's involvement in internet memes, LJ memes in particular. I am looking for people with an interest in memes to take 10 minutes to complete a questionnaire here regarding the use of memes and their social orientation. The definitions of meme are left deliberately obscure, it is more about your own definition.

Also, if any of you generous peeps out there who wouldn't mind pimping the questionnaire to your friends list I would be truely grateful, the more the merrier!

Thanks very much, and apologies if this is not appropriate for the community.
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Subject:Ego Bashes Ego
Time:04:34 pm
n'yah n'yah n'yah n'yah n'yah

http://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/1234000637021322/
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Subject:where's hopkin?
Time:07:47 am
In case this slips by your boingboing radar:

http://www.boingboing.net/2004/11/06/all_your_basestyle_t.html

http://lostfrog.org/index.html
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Subject:i forgot to wind my apocalypse watch this morning
Time:04:55 pm
came upon this page by accident when looking into
what a 'probable coal bump' is (when mining activity
sets off seismic sensors) - it's weird wacky fun with
some truth mixed into apocalyptic rhetoric - it's
pretty large and never did finish loading into my
browser with my dial-up connection:

http://www.earthmountainview.com/yellowstone/yellowstone.htm

it seems to be a collection of gathered data mixed in
with dream accounts and random oddness. sample:

Then Menno asks if we will be struck soon by that meteor an angel had told him
about years ago. This angel said no, not that one. Then, I saw a meteor hit the
earth and the angel said, it will strike in the ocean near Yukatuk, Alaska
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Time:04:12 pm
I'm relatively sure I'm doing this wrong; however, I'm interested in your community, and wondering how to post to it, as opposed to you individually (no offense meant).

I'll be the first to admit that I'm interested in memes in order to attempt the creation of a "super meme," capable of indescribable popularity and spreading as quickly as it can be communicated. think of it as the next step in warfare - from WMDs to bio-weapons to... I dunno, "psychological warfare" sounds like an adequate enough title to me.

I know I sound like a mad scientist. really, can you think of a better archetype to drive the studies of memetics?

Salaam,

-MV
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Subject:real or fake
Time:07:05 pm
raising the issue of cyberspace credibility again
I give you the maybe-fake maybe-real
Quentin Tarantino Blog

edited to add...
and the 'it's a fake' POV:
http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104-5325241.html
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