Sunday  the Fourth of August, 2002

"SNAPCHECK: Is 'do you remember?' one of her favourite phrases? Doom."
I picked up a tatty fifties hardback called How To Avoid Matrimony, for some light holiday reading - much of-its-time caddishness, as amusing as it was dated. (Still not sure quite how much the author thought he was saying when he talked about places to "make love".) It contained a handy checklist test for seeing if your current girlfriend is in danger of wanting to marry you, and since very little of the book seems to have made it into the 21st century at all - behold, the automated Froy Marriage Test.

Gimmickry: Jump to a Random Archive Link

 Saturday  the Third

I've been thinking about something like this for a while, so that's a good few days of my future life now free - BlogTree maps the genealogy of weblogs, inviting writers to cite the inspirations for their blog's conception. Find out who your vampiric slave-children are, see if you've got any long-lost "siblings" and whether they share any traits with you, and the rest. Even without a "murderer" category for dead blogs, it'll be very interesting to see how this one develops. (Matt Webb is entirely, entirely to blame for the page you are reading now being anything other than a 404 error.)

Interconnection - the Blog Twinning Project connects blogs by their audience-perceived similarity, rather than stated sources of inspiration. And is overdue an overhaul.

Spluttering into metaphorical cornflakes; this morning's "Week on the Web" column in the Grauniad quoting my comment (not really an accusation) from three weeks ago about their blog award being cheap viral publicity. But does anybody bother typing these tangential URLs in?

 Tuesday  the Thirtieth of July

Bless them - little ebooks of Will Self articles, with boldly colourful covers and pointillist Selfs. Meanwhile, his planned screenplay of an updated Picture of Dorian Gray is preparing to surface as a novel instead - he discusses it a bit in this interview.
"Don't Be a Sucker 1947
Producer: U.S. War Department
Sponsor: U.S. War Department
Admonishes Americans that they will lose their country if they let fanaticism and hatred turn them into "suckers." "Let's forget about 'we' and 'they' -- let's think about us!" In the context of the emerging Cold War, this film appears paradoxical.
Descriptors: Prejudice; Cold War; Racism
Run time: 17:21 Color/B&W: B&W Silent/Sound: Sd"
The Internet Moving Images Archive - a cache of American public information films from the last century. [via Projoy@MCiOS]

 Monday  the Twenty-Ninth

Other nearby sequels: K-PAX III has arrived in paperback, and Thief 2 is out on some five-quid budget label.
Sat through Stuart Little 2 with a seven-year-old friend last week. There's something very unsettling about the film's talking-animal hierarchy - that the friendly mouse converses with humans as an unquestioned equal, but the talking cats seem thoroughly inaudible to humans, or are just ignored. And pigeons just make pigeon noises and get kicked out of the way. Universally talking animals I can cope with, but this just feels like I've missed some dark, selective-mutagen class-war backplot.
In the grand tradition of Infocom filling game boxes with shiny rubbish to increase the product's physical sense of worth, are offering to arrange and ship in-game trinkets and printouts to go along with independently-produced interactive fiction. A magical treatise on divination, a genuine New York subway token, a newspaper clipping ("Do You Want to Quit Smoking?"), a canary-colored pill of rephasia...

Admirably, they also link direct to their suppliers if you'd rather organise it yourself, or have a simple, single whim you want to bludgeon. [via Crummy]

As Above

Brain children. Those that overlap the Internet.

Online cliques. Trespassers may be welcome.

In the bookpile. About to read, or currently reading, or meaning to take back to the library.

Incidental music. Ohrwurmen or otherwise.

Other weblogs. The ones I make a point of returning to a lot.

Supporting cast. That have Web pages. In alphabetical order.

Weeks beginning. All having ended.
2002: 29.07 22.07 15.07 08.07 01.07 24.06 17.06 10.06 03.06 27.05 20.05 13.05 06.05 29.04 22.04 15.04 08.04 01.04 25.03 18.03 11.03 04.03 25.02 18.02 11.02 04.02 28.01 21.01 14.01 07.01

2001: 31.12 24.12 17.12 10.12 03.12 26.11 19.11 12.11 05.11 29.10 22.10 15.10 08.10 01.10 24.09 17.09 10.09 03.09 27.08 20.08 13.08 06.08 30.07 23.07 16.07 09.07 02.07 25.06 18.06 11.06 04.06 28.05 21.05 14.05 07.05 30.04 23.04 16.04 09.04 02.04 26.03 19.03 12.03 05.03 26.02 19.02 12.02 05.02 29.01 22.01 15.01 08.01 01.01

2000: 25.12 18.12 11.12 04.12 27.11 20.11

Archive search. You never know.