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Craigslist vs. Craig's tryst

Everyone's been talking about the Craigslist hookers - mostly in a thick tone of "duh!"(NOTE: Racy/appropriate photo on this one) - but for me it calls to mind a question I wonder every time a story like Senator Craig's comes up. With so many lower risk ways of obtaining sex for hire, particularly through the Internet, why are people still soliciting sex via foot taps in public bathrooms? Even if you don't have access to the Web, aren't all those ads in the back of the free weekly newspapers for prostitutes? Or is there really a large demand for "she-male" massages?

Maybe it's a matter of the drive through convenience of the bathroom? How far in advance does one plan ahead for bathroom sex? Christopher Hitchens mostly implies that it's a matter of tradition or even the sexually charged atmosphere of some "tearooms" that keeps men coming back, though in the last paragraph he veers to the conclusion that the men subconsciously want to be caught.

(By the way, speaking of being caught, that blogger who is threatening to expose gay Republicans blogs at blogActive.)

But speaking of paying for it, "Marry Our Daughter is an introduction service assisting those following the Biblical tradition of arranging marriages for their daughters." The pages give errors sometimes but a couple refreshes will eventually bring them up. 
Snopes is still debating whether this is real but it's leaning toward hoax. I'm inclined to agree. The real question is whether it's some kind of joke meant to mock Bible followers or whether it's an actual scam that tries to rip off losers who think they can buy a 15-year-old bride. Then again, lately I've been getting Filipino mail-order-bride spam. Those are exploitive, of course, but don't some people actually get brides from them?

Speaking of making fun of Bible followers, I almost didn't read this one because the title, "The time I helped some Jews," sounded like it was going to be offensive. But it's actually a story of a gentile who helps an Orthodox Jewish woman navigate through loopholes in her strict religious behavioral restrictions when she accidentally locks herself out of her house. Vaguely reminiscent of the Seinfeld when Elaine's boyfriend doesn't care that she's going to hell.

Speaking of cultural clashes, is there such a thing as "too sexy for this plane"? Apparently there was for one woman. (Shorter version.) I mean really, if Hooters girls want to fly on planes they should just start their own airline... oh yeah. Maybe attractive women in smallish clothing should be added to the list of people who have to buy two seats.

Loud Twitter sends your tweets to your blog. Twitter already keeps a log of what you send so that's sort of a blog but if you don't want to switch away from your blog or you want to mix in other content, this isn't a bad idea.

"Sutton received a heart transplant and her original ticker is on display as part of the Wellcome Collection's educational exhibition."

Speaking of surreal, the creator of this Droste effect photo shows explains how to do it here.

Speaking of surreal photos, Escher's "Relativity" in LEGO.

Still speaking of surreal photos, this shot of the twisted big rig sculpture at this year's Burning Man is the best (of very many) I've seen in the last few days.

Speaking of Flickr photos, Flickr River describes itself as a new way to view Flickr photos. It's basically just an updating scrolling page but somehow, I guess because of the ease of use, it's very addictive.  Though it's a little dense with super-saturated sunset photos and macro flowers and bugs, there are enough nice ones that it can become a real bottomless time suck.

The superiority of Bon Scott is no joking matter. C'mon now. (Reminder: let it buffer.) Random: Is there any band that got better when a prominent member was replaced?

Jason Kottke assembles reports and links on the new season of The Wire with the result of generating even more respect for the people behind that production.

Who's blogging New York Fashion Week? Annoyingly non-clickable. You have to copy/paste the urls.

Why Teachers Don't Use Web 2.0 - an historical perspective - This entry is a bit dense but still interesting, particularly because the challenge of adapting Web tools to a purpose for which they weren't necessarily intended is a point I often make to my colleagues in the news business. Almost everyone is in the same boat in this regard. The latest generation of online tools help people communicate and network and combine information for new purposes - if you can figure out what that purpose is. The flip side of this challenge is how to avoid adding every trendy new application just because it seems like it would be good for something. (This item calls to mind an NPR segment I heard a while ago about a private school that held classes online instead of having a snow day.)

That said, I finally got around to reading "What the Web Strategist should know about Twitter." (And what a handy looking site this is. Definitely a "come back later" link.

Personalized fishing lures

Loss of Arctic ice leaves experts stunned - You already know what this story says, but it stood out to me because recently global warming anti-hypists (?) were having a laugh at a British sailor stuck in ice he thought global warming would take care of for him. Going back to the Guardian article, maybe he just needed to wait a little longer: "So much ice has melted this summer that the Northwest passage across the top of Canada is fully navigable, and observers say the Northeast passage along Russia's Arctic coast could open later this month."

Slow growing grass seems like a good idea as does the idea of deeper roots. But I'm not sure I'm ready to buy into the idea of a conspiracy among gardening stores to keep people buying fertilizer and other lawn care products. Interesting discussion in the comments as people try to sort out the practicalities.

Facebook is going to make its contents available to search. It looks like they're going to give users the option to hide from search engines so if your Facebook account has photos of you at a bowling alley wearing a fake moustache and a viking helmet (um... for example) you might want to pay attention.

Speaking of Facebook, I clicked an ad for an "R rated" trailer for that new Shoot 'em up movie. When I tried to find the source link on the movie site it asked me for all kinds of personal age information that it then tried to match against a drivers license database. Anyway, here's the Facebook link instead. The R rated part is one quick curse and a lot of violence. (The mix is by something called Addictive TV. Click their "Clips" menu for more.)

Ralph's recommendations:

Bubble Struggle 2: Rebubbled
It's the long-awaited sequel to Bubble Struggle! Once again, you play a little devil popping the deadly bubbles coming your way. This time, however, there are lots of new challenges and new types of bubbles. But don't worry. You also get lots of new powerups to deal with them.

This is a great game, and it's worthy of the Bubble Struggle name. Oh, and things start to get really interesting around Level 19.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. You might want to set a clock nearby so you don't spend all day playing!
-Ralph

Will adds: And the controls are nice and simple.