First up, some bad news: The Patriot Act was renewed. So while the government is still allowed to peruse your medical and library records and hold you indefinitely without trial, the bill passed with 100 less "yea" votes. Doesn't that make you feel better? There's decent commentary on slashdot...
Second item of business - a flash game (I swear I'm one of the only internet users who doesn't really like these), but the idea is cool, so this one's an exception. You are Mr. Sugar, a sugarcube hellbent on providing a baby with fun. But if the baby has too much fun without taking a nap, well, you'll just have to find out. (via)
Also thanks to boingboing, we have a mashup of hiphop and Philip Glass, which I haven't yet heard, but the idea is worthy of inclusion onto my glorious blog.
Also, I came across this movie today that's hosted on the internet archive. It's called The Power of Nightmares...reviews I've read have been really positive, you should check it out:
This film explores the origins in the 1940s and 50s of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, and Neoconservatism in America, parallels between these movements, and their effect on the world today. From the introduction to Part 1:
"Both [the Islamists and Neoconservatives] were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world. And both had a very similar explanation for what caused that failure. These two groups have changed the world, but not in the way that either intended. Together, they created todays nightmare vision of a secret, organized evil that threatens the world. A fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. And those with the darkest fears became the most powerful. "