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Week 4

11.26.2001

www.afghanan.net/kabul/page2.htm

Okay, it's a weapons bunker in Afghanistan, it's also a hospital, and it's supposed to be Osama bin Laden's "house." What I want to know is: what about bin Laden's *interior decor*? Was Ossie doing the classic Islam prayer rug and pillow thing? You know, like maybe the Kashmiri chain-stitch item from islamshop.com?

http://www.islamshop.com/ishop/
search_result.asp?Category=Home

And maybe the *digital Mosque clock.* That looks handy.

http://www.islamshop.com/ishop/
fdetail1.asp?product_ID=I1001

 

11.27.2001

150 years of Iranian feminists. When you're an Iranian feminist, you get to write books with titles like "Crowning Anguish."

http://www.payvand.com/women/

http://www.iranian.com/History/2000/
March/Women/index3.html

There's like, a little Iranian Feminist newsletter and stuff.

http://www.badjens.com/ngos/index.htm

Disco Teheran, baby. Sexy Persian supermodels in bikini!

http://www.topsitelists.com/bestsites/
farsi/listall.html

 

11.28.2001

Some Dutch guys and some DARPA guys are training wasps to sniff out dope and explosives. No, not WASPs, I mean actual bugs. The wasps are cheaper and eat less than dogs, and even though they don't whine and point, they do nod their little parasitic wasp heads when they smell items of interest with their antennae.

http://www.augustachronicle.com/
stories/013199/met_LG0419-7.000.shtml

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/
20011119/od/wasps_dc_1.html

Spool down this page, and check out that helmeted cyborg honeybee. Maybe they can get her to remotely target cruise missiles.

http://www.coxnews.com/washington/
ANIMAL.HTM

 

11.29.2001

http://www.breakthechain.org/whatsnew.html

Latest chain-letters on the Internet. A good place to check the collective unconscious of the cut-and-paste lumpenproletariate. Urban Legends tend to be a bit vapid after you've read your first couple of hundred, but it's nice to have a report that's all up-to-date.

http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/

These guys do nothing but fight the Nigerian 419 Advance Fee Fraud Scam. Lately I've been getting a couple of 419 pitches every day.

 

11.30.2001

Got some time (and a mouse) on your hands? Why don't you help NASA catalog Martian craters?

http://clickworkers.arc.nasa.gov/top

http://clickworkers.arc.nasa.gov/
faq.html#faq7

Pimps, call girls and rent boys offer their considerable street-wisdom on the psychological after-effects of 9.11. Warning: of course it's all mighty seamy. Better not look.

http://www.alternet.org/
story.html?StoryID=11928

 


Bruce Sterling is a science-fiction writer who lives in Texas. The sun is a G-type star out towards the edge of the Milky Way.

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