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Tools for your avant-box [05 Jul 2005|09:24pm]

This is a very nice collection of tools and methods. I'm a little jealous, as I was planning to do something like this.

Language is a Virus collects a variety of tools and methods that many of us know, use, and love. It provides tools for doing cut-ups, Exquisite Corpse, Mad-Libs, haiku, collage, and much more.

I found this via a post on 43folders. I saw the name go by a few days ago on del.icio.us, but decided it wasn't interesting enough to check out. Oops.

It looks like a lot of programs I was planning to write have already been written. After a quick survey, I don't see any notes on the page about the licensing status of the software/scripts. I hope the authors have or will release them as free and open source software. I think that's the thing to do to stay in the cut-up / sampling / anti-original-genius spirit.

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Caffeine and nicotine [05 Jul 2005|09:30pm]

This explains a lot, if it's true; posted on alt.coffee by one CmdrJoe.

From the book Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine by Stephen Braun, 1996 (pg. 121) (ISBN 0-14-026845-6):

By a still imperfectly understood mechanism, cigarette smoking "revs up" the liver's caffeine-destroying enzymatic machinery (Benowitz et al. 1989). As a result, the half-life of caffeine among smokers is reduced to an average of three hours (Parsons and Neims 1978). This double-speed elimination of caffeine may explain the long-standing observation that smokers drink more coffee than nonsmokers. Smokers may simply be adjusting their caffeine intake to maintain the same degree of stimulation achieved by nonsmokers.

There's a little more in the alt.coffee message (that link will expire shortly).

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Obituary for Thomas [05 Jul 2005|09:36pm]

You can read the Houston Chronicle obituary online now.

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Limoliner [05 Jul 2005|09:39pm]

This looks like a nice way to travel from Boston to New York City. More expensive than a Greyhound, but maybe less expensive than a plane or Acela.

LimoLiner offers mobile professionals high-quality, personal business services that enable you to be productive en route for your entire trip. It’s the only travel alternative between Boston and New York with seatside power outlets, unlimited wireless Internet access, clear and constant cell phone reception, an onboard attendant, and worktables for meetings.

A one-way ticket on the bus is $76. That's substantially more than Greyhound or Peter Pan --- more than twice as much --- but is competitive with flying and with taking the train. At 4 hours, it's also competitive time-wise with the whole airport to airport experience.

You can view all of their obnoxious marketing materials if you're interested. They're not paying me and I haven't tried it yet. Just passing on interesting info.

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