From Harper’s Index for March 2002

Amount the United States spent in 1949 on international aid and diplomacy : $66,400,000,000

Amount the United States plans to spend on this in 2002 : $23,800,000,000

Total voting population of a Denton, Texas, tax district when a development plan was approved there in 1996 : 1

Weeks before the vote that the resident was moved there by Dell Computer so that he could approve the plan : 5

Number of years a sheep can remember another sheep’s face : 2

More from Harper’s

Links for 3/19/2002

Targeted Serendipity Weblogs aren’t just glorified pages of links and rambling personal sites; they are an antidote to mass media. According to the author of “The Weblog Handbook,” Rebecca Blood, they are also bringing creative expression to everyday people when they need it most.

And have I linked to Microcontent News yet? I’m gonna add a perma-link too.

At Airport Gate, a Cyborg Unplugged Steve Mann, an engineering professor at the University of Toronto, has lived as a cyborg for more than 20 years, wearing a web of wires, computers and electronic sensors that are designed to augment his memory, enhance his vision and keep tabs on his vital signs. Although his wearable computer system sometimes elicited stares, he never encountered any problems going through the security gates at airports.

The Incredible Rubberband Machine Gun! It’s the only fully automatic machine gun that’s legal in all 50 states! This beauty is a fully functional machine gun with TWELVE rotating barrels and a live action trigger. Loads 12 bands per barrel for a whopping 144 rubber bands that shoot off as fast as you can turn the handle! Great fun for kids of all ages. MORE than just an amazing machine, this is a true work of art.

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I created this blog today for random stuff. I figure I can use it as an outlet for whatever. I use Blogger for a bunch of other sites and I figured one for random notes from me would be cool, be they links or mindless ramblings..

Speaking of links, here are two I’ve found today that rule. The Freak Watcher’s Textbook catalogues all sorts of freaks native to Royal Oak, Michigan. Amused.com’s Webcam Theatre is a great spot to watch grass grow or paint peel. Really.

Okay, I’m out for now.