XScreenSaver 4.22 out now

Four new hacks, a bunch of minor updates. Go get it.
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Current Music: Traci Lords -- Fly ♬

"All I want is a balding bowler with frickin' laser beams on his head, is that too much to ask?"

"Australian spin bowler Shane Warne undergoes laser hair treatment at the Advanced Hair Studio (AHS) in London. After taking more scalps than any other Test cricketer, Warne turned his attention to his own thinning locks. (AFP/AHS)"

It's coming right at us!


Curse you, Lazyweb

Nevermind, I don't care enough to wade through your lousy answers.
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Ed Gein Fashion

Jewelery from the Barbie Slaughter:

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Current Music: Pig -- Wrecked ♬


Six-legged puppy found in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A puppy with six legs and two penises was found sleeping outside a Chinese temple in a Malaysian town, and devotees are treating the freak find as a good omen, a news report said Sunday.

The furry puppy with brown patches was sleeping at the temple entrance on Thursday morning when it was spotted by a temple caretaker, said the Star newspaper, which published the animal's picture clearly showing the extra two legs and the additional organ.

"He (the caretaker) lifted the canine to place it elsewhere and was shocked to see that the puppy had six legs," the Star quoted the Kwang Sung Temple committee member Tee Kim Huat as saying. The temple is in Pandamaran town, south of Kuala Lumpur near Port Klang.

The puppy, believed to have been left there by someone, is being cared for by the temple committee, Tee said. He said devotees feel that the unusual dog is a bearer of good fortune and have named him Ong Fatt, or the Lucky One.

The temple committee has obtained a dog-rearing permit from the Klang Municipal Council to keep the puppy as a pet.

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Paper Street Soap Company

Bar of soap sells for $18,000

BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Perhaps the oddest piece of work at Art Basel is a bar of soap, displayed on a square of black velvet, purportedly made from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's fat, removed during liposuction.

Gianni Monti's work called 'Clean Hands' -- the title is a play on the name of an anti-Mafia group -- sold in less than an hour for 15,000 euros ($18,000) to a private Swiss collector, according to Monti's Galerie Nicola von Senger of Zurich.

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Current Music: Lard -- Hell Fudge ♬

tonight's random Mac thoughts

I think I've finally gotten all my mail imported into Mail.app. It was a tedious, glacial pain in the ass.

What's a good typing-break timer? I grabbed Time Out, and it seems ok... it's kinda ugly, though. And it's more insistent than what I'm used to (XWrits).

    Update: AntiRSI is a lot better looking.

I want a dock button that means "create a new Safari window". If you click on Safari in the dock, it opens a new window if there are none; but otherwise it opens some existing window. I want a fast way to always get a new window. (I imagine this is a Small Matter of Applescript...)

    Update: There's a "New Window" menu on the right-click context menu on the Safari icon in the dock, which is close enough.

I love that in Safari, Cmd-Shift-click does "Open Link Behind..." (opens a link in a new window, but stacks that window behind the one youre curent looking at.)

However, is there some way to change that binding so that Cmd-click does that (without a shift)? One of my mouse buttons sends Cmd-click, so I'd like to be able to do "Open Link Behind" without using the keyboard. (I could change that button to send Cmd-Shift-click, but that would be less convenient in other applications.)

    Update: Please stop telling me how much you love tabs. I'm happy for you, but I think they suck. You needn't elaborate on how wonderful you think they are. I get it.

I'm getting along with Mail.app OK, but it's weird that:

  • You can't click in the "unread" and "flagged" columns to change the status of a message (you need to use a toolbar button instead).
  • There seems to be no way to put a "next message" or "next unread message" button in the toolbar. I really miss that. I find myself scroling and visually searching a lot.

I really wish I could get it to save a copy of my outgoing messages into the folder of the message to which I'm replying. Right now I'm doing BCC and then manually refiling my outgoing messages, but that's annoying.

    Update: Please stop mailing me to tell me "just Cmd-click the Sent folder to see your incoming and outgoing messages together." That conflates the entire Sent folder with the current folder, not just the subset of Sent that are replies to the messages in the current folder. It is, therefore, totally worthless.

Also, my BCCs make the "you have new mail" flag go up: it's not smart enough to not notify me about mail from me. To get better notifications for incoming mail, I'm using the "Mail Notification" AppleScript that came with Growl, and having my mail filters run that when putting messages into certain folders. I guess I could just hack that script to be silent when the mail is from me...

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Gonzo editing

Here's an entertaining story about what it was like to be Hunter S. Thompson's editor. It's about what you'd expect!

Whether it was a memo from the national affairs desk, campaign coverage, a letter to Jann, or a full-blown HST feature that combined both forms with Raoul Duke correspondence and long, feverish dreams of pure imaginative flight, my first job was to set and then enforce actual publishing deadlines. "Ho, ho," as Hunter would respond with sincere skepticism. Deadlines were the only things that mattered to him, he said, besides fees and expenses and press credentials. In fact, he considered himself a likely candidate for the Deadline Hall of Fame, which honored "Stories of Intense and Historic Quality Produced under Extreme Pressure in Savage and Unnatural Circumstances."

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Monkey Fluffer

Fluffer Girl Sought for Prize Orangutang

Reply to: anon-77674915@craigslist.org
Date: 2005-06-08, 11:15AM EDT

I represent a nationally recognized zoo. Due to the curious nature of this request, I cannot disclose the name of the zoo. Please believe this offer is for real. We recently purchased a female orangutang to mate with our prize male. The problem is a couple of animal trainers were having relations with the male. He has since lost all interest in mating with females of his species. The zoo I represent has authorized me to offer $10,000 to a woman that can "fluff" the male and get him to inseminate the female. Your identity will be completely secret and every effort will be made to keep this from the press. You and I will meet only once. You will be shown pictures of the orangutang at that meeting. I cannot email you a pic in advance as he is very famous and quite recognizable. The only other person that will see you is one of the animal trainers. He will be standing by with a tranquilizer gun in case the female gets jealous, or the male gets a little too rough. You can let the trainer know up front whether you are into the rough stuff. We are anticipating a huge response, so to save time please include a pic and brief bio/resume. I can share these with the orangutang in advance. All info. sent will be destroyed. Thank you and the millions of youngsters who will love to see any baby orangs you help bring into existence thank you.

You need to be able to host, or we can do this in a mutually agreed upon hotel.

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