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Thursday, March 20, 2003
Confused

For some reason, our earlier post today has decided it belongs in a curious calendar dead zone between the 18th and 19th of March.

Purely in the interest of keeping the Circle (Cabal, whatever) unbroken, we draw your attention to Speckled Paint (from which we get this collection of Ď70s picturesí - images which to be honest actually span the decades from 1950 onwards. They do have a particularly fine set of Barbarella photos (1968), though). Also note Bifurcated Rivets, which gets full marks for brevity, and Woods Lot.

Digging through old print-outs (!) of web pages in a forgotten boxfile, we find the darndest things (such as this, the Four Waves of media interest). This far-reaching and rather pertinent Suck column from 2000 also caught our eye. (Strange to see things in pixels again, rather than paper. Donít ask why we were printing out websites. Thatís probably what everyone did in 2000, thinking that pages would just have vanished by the next day). A while ago we mentioned the folks at The Lordís Witnesses, and their desperate and (hopefully) futile attempts to nail down the exact date of the end of the world. Suck gives us the curiously forgotten Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, whose failed doomsday predictions triggered a massacre of jilted and confused members in Uganda.

That got the people at Suck thinking Ė how does a meme like impending apocalypse get going? Is the idea of the end of the world actually a tangible thing that can be imported and exported like any other commodity? The piece, in the much-missed siteís typically incisive way, skewers a few other examples of cargo cult apocalypse. This is perhaps as good a time as any to reiterate our own things-ness. We're going to be pretty unapologetic about ignoring the larger picture in favour of our usual concerns; there are tens of thousands of places one can read about all aspects of the war, and I just don't think newthings needs to be one of them.

Elsewhere, Slower.net goes all Magritte-style. Prints based on moon maps, via Caterina. Labels for recycling and a complete scan of the first ever Superman comic (Action Comics No.1, June 1938), both via haddock. The latter includes such classics as Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter, and Zatara, Master Magician, both of whom are surely due for a revival. A collection of Elvis Presley's jumpsuits.