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September 29, 2000  
Faulklands | Malvinas | Fuckland

Here in baires this movied called Fuckland just opened up. It was made by an Argentine who traveled to the Faulkland Islands and (supposedly) clandestinedly filmed his movie with a small digital camera. The plot revolves around him seducing a local woman, known here as kelpers, with the idea of getting her pregnant. The protagonist's vision is for Argentines to claim the island thru sex, not war. As the movie's website said, "Don't applaud me, don't criticize me, imitate me".
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September 28, 2000  
Shopping South American Style:

After the Brazilian team won the 1994 World Cup in the United States players, coaches and executives brought back several tons of household and electronic appliances, computers and other luxury goods. When they landed and customs officials demanded they pay duty, they threatened to boycott the official celebrations, and top government officials were forced to intervene to get the customs department to relent.
From the New York Times, on various financial scandals of the Brazilian fĂștbol team and coach.
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September 27, 2000  
Paseaperros: Unclear on the Concept

Buenos Aires has a lot of dogs and a lot of dog walkers (known as paseaperros). People aren't very tidy about cleaning up their dogs' debris. According to Pam's trip to South America, the dogs dump daily 68 tons of turd and 30,000 gallons of piss.

Paseaperros/Dog Walkers

This morning I witnessed a dog walker whip out a doggie bag (practically unknown here), scoop up the fresh zorete and promptly toss it into the street.
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September 26, 2000  
Design and Disaster
Some interesting pieces on the human interfaces of aircraft:

  • Chapter 1 of "Inmates Are Running the Asylum" by Alan Cooper, which begins describing the American Airlines crash in Cali, Colombia caused by a badly programmed auto-pilot.
  • Bruce Tognazzini on Interfaces that Kill, which describes a possible reason for John Denver's crashing his home-made plane.
  • A recent Malcolm Gladwell piece from the New Yorker about Panic vs. Choking which includes a discussion of JFK Junior's Crash.
  • The Lessons of ValuJet 592 by the masterful William Langweische, published in Atlantic Monthly, March 1998. Basically when systems get complex you get complex errors where no one party shoulders the full blame.
  • The same Mr. Langweische has a book called "Inside the Sky: Meditations on Flight" which looks interesting.

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September 22, 2000  
Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires

Added to my Buenos Aires Pictures page.
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Dust Storms in Africa

From weird but true, a collection of scientific oddities.
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September 21, 2000  
Putting kids in front of PCs a great idea? Think again. US News & World Report:

Too much "screen time" at a young age, they say, may actually undermine the development of the critical skills that kids need to become successful, diminishing creativity and imagination, motivation, attention spans, and the desire to persevere.
It's disturbing that something so obvious even needs to be said.
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September 18, 2000  
John Seely Brown on Trust on the Internet. Forbes ASAP.

We judge truth in terms of trust, and trustworthiness through triangulation, taking bearings not on the information alone but also on its context. Whatever people say, most of us actually do judge books by their covers, not just their content. Where you find information is usually as critical as the information itself.

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September 15, 2000  
Lucianne.com. Slashdot for ultra-conservatives (which i'm not). A rather well-run weblog by the imfamous Lucianne Goldberg who was the liason between Linda Tripp and Ken Starr. Ahh, nostalgia for the 1990s.
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Joe Clark on Bad Stock Photography: "The rise of royalty-free stock-photo houses has made it easy for that minority of designers who bother to add photography to select terminally boring, unoriginal, and inappropriate imagery, of the sort that features smiling, well-dressed, improbably multicultural office workers huddling close enough together to trigger a sexual-harassment lawsuit."

Exhibit A

Source: Mellon Bank

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Slashdot Interviews Robert X. Cringley.
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September 13, 2000  
What groweth under manager's noses. A good post from a rather dull slashdot thread on threats to force AOL to open Instant Messenger:

Recently we released the list of "approved" aplications and recieved a ship storm that AIM was not on there. it seems that several folks have taken to using this as their primary form of interstate comunication between departments/facilities...management was taken compleetly by suprise by the fact that this "toy" had sudenly become a buisness critical aplication.
Click here to read the post and it's responses in full.
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September 06, 2000  
The Economist on the US's silly and regrettable "aid" package to Colombia.

A good map of FARClandia

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September 04, 2000  
Photographs by David Fokos. These amazingly serene, semi-abstract compositions he takes with a large format camera and really long exposition times.


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My name's Thomas Locke Hobbs. I used to live in Argentina, now I am in New York City. I grew up in California. I'm a bit suspicious as the value of keeping a weblog, but I do it anyway. Go to my home page for more about me.

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