The Dork Report for April 21, 2006

  • CSS Beauty, a great web design resource I hadn’t seen before. Watch the layout rearrange itself as you resize the window. Neat!
  • Secretary of State, check, unlikely teen hero, check, super-hot and super-smart codebreaker, OK, fine. But who’s going to play the dog that survives as humans around him are crushed and/or incinerated by killer robots from outer space? (guest submission by Dave)
  • J.J. Abrams to reboot Star Trek.
  • Once again, the US Goverment brazenly denies science. A review by “the Institute of Medicine, a part of the National Academy of Sciences, the nation’s most prestigious scientific advisory agency”? Who needs scientists?

Flarf! Gesundheit. More Spam Poetry prior art

Forget “spoetry”; according to Boing Boing, experiments in the field stretch back a few years, and were known as “flarf”. The Flarf Festival is a series of live events in New York City between April 20-22.

For archival purposes, here are my own three attempts:

The Dork Report for April 20, 2006

  • Pee Wee. Definitely Pee Wee. *shudder* (guest submission by Dave)
  • Who knew? Bush took the initiative in inventing the iPod. And now that a huge percentage of the population owns one, the Justice Department can activate the hidden Echelon II chip inside… NOW! (guest submission by Dave)
  • Chris Ware on the frustrations of having his elaborate comics printed & distributed. (spotted on
  • Dorkiest. Link. Ever. Featuring Spider-Man and special guest star Agent Faces. Where do I sign up for The Mighty Marvel Marching Society? (guest submission by Your Friendly Neighborhood Andrea, with reporting by Dave)
  • Roll a real-world Katamari Damacy in San Francisco. (spotted on Boing Boing) q.v. my Katamari love letter.
  • The Brothers Wayan are on the offense again. These guys are a high-low concept machine!

The Dork Report for April 18, 2006

The Dork Report for April 14, 2006

The Dork Report for April 13, 2006

  • Can a virtual band break up? The latest Gorillaz newsletter features the following response from Murdoc: “Absolutely gobsmacking! I know whatshisface gave us a hand with the record and, yes, a great big round of applause to him and his Gorillaz ‘tribute act’ concerts in Harlem, but who the hell is this bloke to say when it’s time to pull the plugs on MY band? Seriously. And incidentally, I think I may be overstepping the mark here, but I personally can’t really see a next album for Blur. ‘Think Tank’ was probably the best album they could make, so maybe a couple of gigs in Las Vegas then I’d put the whole thing to bed. Unbelievable!”
  • Obligatory Snakes on a Plane updates (featuring reporting by Herpetologist Andrea):
  • How companies get product placement for “free.” (guest submission Sponsored by Andrea)
  • Watch, nay, smell The New World in Smell-O-Vision. (guest submission from Olfactorally Pleasing Andrea)
  • Finally! Confirmation that The Beatles are remastering their catalog! Let It Be… Naked and 1 sound nothing less than glorious… I can’t wait for the rest.
  • I’ve been a loyal Lost addict watcher since the very beginning, but have strangely never thought to check it out online. Just for starters (featuring reporting by But-Now-I’m-Found Andrea):
  • Great Scott! The Jerry Seigel estate was awarded the copyright to Superboy? As the comics industry is about as historically evil as the music industry, this is remarkable.
  • Doctor Who Season Two kicks off Saturday! Lots to look forward to, including even a spinoff show for kids.
  • A new study on gender and reading finds some shocking, shocking results: evidently men are all about “angst and Orwell… puberty reading” while women reach for either Mr. Darcy or the “slash your wrist corner.” And let’s not even get into hardcover/paperback tendencies. (guest submission by Bibliophile Andrea)
  • A key component in everyone’s disaster survival pack: a genuine 19th Century Vampire hunting kit. (guest submission from Dave)

The Dork Report for April 7, 2006

  • Brings new meaning to the phrase beer garden. OK, but does it facilitate pollination? (guest submission from Designated Gardener Andrea)
  • Spammers don’t know cute. (guest submission from Dave)
  • Now, this is nothing but bait for Christian Persecution Complex-ers. “We’re under attack by … [whoghk, spit!] … scientists!” (guest submission from Complex Andrea)
  • Compounds & Elements, a new sampler from the resurgent label All Saints.
  • What’s the opposite of an oxymoron? Stupid comics. If not stupid enough, pick a random link from the bottom of the page. (guest submission from Dave)
  • More glorious comics trash in the Gorilla Cover Gallery. (spotted on
  • Tiktaalik roseae gots da proto-wrists, baby! Take that, ignorant Darwin-hatas!
  • And she’s already a star. (spotted on Boing Boing)
  • Skip film school and pitch your scripts to Steven Spielberg On the Lot. (guest submission from Studio Insider Andrea)
  • Now dorks can reach out and touch their sweeties via Bluetooth with a Hug Shirt. (guest submission from Early Adopter Andrea)
  • And to close with a strong contender for all-time dorkiest link: an almost-full emulation of Mac OS 7.1… in Flash! (guest submission from Dave)

Test drive a Macintosh!

The Dork Report for April 5, 2006

The Dork Report for April 3, 2006