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I’ve got a couple of video clips for you tonight. The first one is of an undersea robot sawing a slit in a pipeline. Doesn’t sound very interesting? Well, it is. Have a look at The Crab and the Pipeline. Be sure to read the information on the page before you watch the movie. The other clip is from the brilliant documentary by Michael Moore, Bowling for Columbine. One of the creators of South Park, Matt Stone, actually attended Columbine High School in the 1980s. He and his South Park partner, Trey Parker, made a rather satiric snippet for the movie. It’s available from the official Bowling for Columbine site. Kind of makes you think.

Having miss typed ‘bowling’ twice when I wrote the above text, I started to wonder how long it will take until we see a p0rn movie called “Blowing for Columbine”. Hopefully, it’ll take a few years. I guess even that industry has some respect for the dead.

A few entries ago, I complained a lot about how Opera 7.0 messed up my site. And it look like I was right to complain, and that a bug in Opera was causing it, not me. Depending on the DOCTYPE, Opera would either render a site in Standards mode (which is the good mode), or Quirks mode (which is the bad mode). In Quirks mode, it tries to display pages the way another browser would. This causes opera to actually emulate bugs in Internet Explorer, yay for that, which in turn caused my site to look like the bitch it is in IE. Even if I had the right DOCTYPE for Opera to display everything like it’s supposed to, in Standards mode, it got confused with the XML-statement in the first line of the code and entered the lame Quirks mode instead. With the XML-statement removed, Opera strolled along happily in Standards mode, and everything now looks fine. Unfortunately, removing the statement means that the code no longer validates as XHTML, hence the removal of the validation link on the bottom of each page. Confused? For a while, I was, too. It’ll hopefully be fixed in the next version.

My ISP is behaving rather funky at the moment, with transfers clocking in at about 500 bytes per second, so I’m not sure if this entry will ever reach my site. If you can see this, it did.