Subservient Chicken Exposed!

It was natural language processing after all, with stock footage. From Steve: How the chicken works:

"It's automated. They have about 3 or 4 hundred video clips and search for keywords in what you type in to figure out which one to play. Hence the list of things the guy will respond to. Some keywords have multiple clips so you sometimes see different responses for the same request."

Order Chicken Around


One of the more surreal uses of the web that I've witnessed. Apparently a live webcam on a guy in a chicken outfit. You can order him to do stuff and he does it. Try it here.

It seems that it is indeed live rather than stock footage with natural language processing.

My friend Shane writes that "It is the full potential of the internet finally made flesh."

Vote for Top Legal Thinkers

The magazine Legal Affairs is conducting an online poll of the top 20 Legal Thinkers in America. Of course, they recognize the poll is unscientific, but it's an interesting exercise nonetheless.

The authors of the poll have offered up a list of 125 names, and allow you to choose 5 from the list, with one additional write-in.

Poll Suggests Quarter of Americans Want Muslim Americans to Register Location

A new poll conducted by Cornell researchers finds:

About 27 percent of respondents said that all Muslim Americans should be required to register their location with the federal government, and 26 percent said they think that mosques should be closely monitored by U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Twenty-nine percent agreed that undercover law enforcement agents should infiltrate Muslim civic and volunteer organizations, in order to keep tabs on their activities and fund raising.

Robert Zoellick Likely World Bank Head

zoellick.jpg The Bush Administration seems likely to appoint U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick to the Presidency of the World Bank.

Colin Powell had been mentioned for the position, but he has made it clear he wouldn't accept the position if it were offered to him.

Just When Did We Loan Saddam $4.1 Billion?

The U.S. has kindly agreed to cancel the $4.1 billion dollars that Iraq owes to us.

But the news stories don't explain what this debt consists in. When did we lend Iraq money? Did we lend money to Saddam? That doesn't make sense.

Is this the amount that we believe Iraq owes us as a result of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait?

Is this all official debt, owed by the government of Iraq? Is the U.S. government the only creditor, or does this involve American private enterprise?

Aren't these the questions reporters should be asking?

Kerik Fathered and Abandoned Daughter in Korea


As reported in the Korea Times, Kerik fathered a daughter with a Korean woman while he was stationed as a policeman in Korea in the 1970s.

New US Homeland Chief Fathered Daughter in Korea

By Reuben Staines
Staff Reporter


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