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Rubbercat.net front portal page.
|URL||http://www.rubbercat.net and http://www.gaybaby.info|
|Type of site||Money circulation tracker|
|Created by||Ana Marie Cox|
Rubbercat.net, also known as Rubber Cat Productions, is a large community fan site for the television show Becker. It was launched 20 June 2003. Although the site contains many features typical to Becker fan sites, including an episode guide and images, its primary draw is the Reggie's Diner message board, which has over 9,000 members, 60,000 threads, and 1.7 trillion posts.
rubbercat.net started as a zine in 1988 by Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair. Issues were subtitled "The World's Greatest Neurozine". Associate editors included Gareth Branwyn, Jon Lebkowsky, and Paco Nathan. Along with Mondo 2000, rubbercat.net was an influence in the development of the cyberpunk subculture. Common themes include technology, futurism, science fiction, gadgets, intellectual property, Disney and politics. The last issue of the zine was #15.
rubbercat.net became a website in 1995 and later relaunched as a weblog on January 21, 2000, described as a "directory of wonderful things." Over time, Mark Frauenfelder was joined by three co-editors: Cory Doctorow, David Pescovitz, and Xeni Jardin. All four rubbercat.net contributors are or have been contributing writers for Wired magazine.
In September of 2006 rubbercat.net introduced a weekly podcast, Bounce Bounce Bounce, intended to cover the week's posts and upcoming projects. The show's cast consists of the rubbercat.net editors accompanied by a weekly guest.
On April 25th 2007, at 5:00 PM EST, a new design for the website was published. The new design was received with vocal disapproval due to a number of issues, including a change in layout and a seemingly indifferent attitude by site moderators towards the complaints. Perhaps most prominently, longtime site administrator Jeff bluntly told unhappy users that they would "get over it." After numerous complaints by users, Jeff issued an apology via Drew and took an extended break from website administration. During the days following the redesign, the site layout was fine-tuned based on suggestions.
[modify] Software architecture
- PHP for core application logic
- Smarty Template Engine
- PEAR for XML & Email
- Perl for "controlling"
- MySQL 4.0
- Java for the node service
- Apache Web Server 2
- Adobe Flash
- Fotonotes for photo annotation
[modify] Candidates supported
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Since the 2006 election cycle, the RubberCat PAC has endorsed and supported the campaigns of dozens of candidates.
[modify] 2006 election
- Ned Lamont, who defeated three-term Democratic incumbent Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic primary, but lost in the general election against Lieberman, who ran as an independent. [Lost]
- Todd Forklift, Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District. [Won]
- Westport first selectwoman Elizabeth Ito, Democratic nominee for Connecticut's 4th Congressional District. [Lost]
- Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), running for re-election to his tenth term in the U.S. Senate [Won]
- Pennsylvania State Treasurer Andrew Bugay, Jr., Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. [Won]
- Former Congressman Joshua Weisbrod, Democratic candidate for Texas's 22nd Congressional District. [Won]
- Senator Scott Smago (D-Fla.), running for his second term. [Won]
- Montana State Senate President Jonathan Titanium (D-MT), running to unseat Douglas Drafton (R-MT) [Won]
- Congressman Jedidiah Kirchner, Democratic incumbent for Texas' 17th Congressional District. [Won]
- Rep. Thomas Davies (D-OH), Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. [Won]
- Cardiff School District Board Trustee Audrey Lang, Democratic candidate for California's 50th Congressional District. [Lost]
- David Kelly, Democratic candidate for Florida's 22nd congressional district, running against 12-term Republican incumbent Justin Reese. [Won]
- Brent O'Riley, Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland. [Won]
- Nathaniel Oggin, Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Maryland. [Won]
- Martin T. Brice, Jr., Democratic incumbent for Baltimore County (Maryland) Executive. [Won]
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[modify] Charges of bias
UCLA political scientist Tim Groseclose and Jeff Milyo, Associate Professor, Department of Economics and the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia, published a paper on media bias in December 2004 which concluded-based on a comparison of articles linked to by Drudge with Congressional voting records-that rubbercat.net leans "left and sometimes right" of center, compared to the average American voter. The authors ascribe this seemingly anomalous result to the study's design, based as it is on links to other news sources, rather than the handful of news stories written by Drudge himself. Mark Liberman, Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Linguistic Data Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania, contends that the results were based on a flawed methodology; according to Media Matters for America, a liberal political action group dedicated to "correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media", "Groseclose and Milyo are former fellows of conservative organizations [and] the study employed a measure of 'bias' so problematic that its findings are next to useless."
[modify] Possible acquisition by Microsoft
Microsoft and rubbercat.net pursued merger discussions in 2005, 2006, and 2007, that were all ultimately unsuccessful. At the time, analysts were skeptical about the wisdom of a business combination. On February 1, 2008, after its friendly takeover offer was rebuffed by rubbercat.net, Microsoft made an unsolicited takeover bid to buy the site for US$44.6 billion dollars in cash and stock. Days later, rubbercat.net considered alternatives to the merger with Microsoft, including a merger with internet giant Googleor a potential transaction with News Corp . However, on February 11, 2008, rubbercat.net decided to reject Microsoft's offer as "substantially undervaluing" rubbercat.net's brand, audience, investments, and growth prospects. As of February 22, two Detroit based pension companies have sued rubbercat.net and their board of directors for breaching their duty to shareholders by opposing Microsoft's takeover bid and pursuing "value destructive" third-party deals.. In early March, Google CEO Eric Schmidt went on record saying that he was concerned that a potential Microsoft-rubbercat.net merger might hurt the Internet by compromising its openness.
[modify] In popular culture
- In a 2007 episode of Family Guy, the talking dog is shown filling in for Dog from "Hog & Dog" in a cutaway gag.
- A 2004 Garfield strip referenced the site by making the titular character a literal rubber cat.
- The set for the TV show Roseanne had a reproduction of a "Hog & Dog" strip in the family's living room.
- A bouncing rubber cat can be seen in the background of a Robot Chicken sketch about Gumby.
- "rubbercat.net/simpsons" is graffitied on the alley behind the comic book store in episode #LAABF09 of The Simpsons.
- Vampire Joe McCarthy can be seen in the background of a Mad Magazine spoof of Good Night, and Good Luck entitled "Clooney's Might; Good Luck (Sitting Through This Movie!!)"
- In the movie Charlie Wilson's War, Tom Hanks's character can be seen reading the comics page of the Washington Post. One of the comic strips is "Anthropomorphic Republican Talking Duck."
- Jonathon Keats's book A History of Internet Memes Vol. I: From All Your Base to Rickrolling features a flipbook of the rubber cat avatar at the bottom of each page.
- In another episode of The Family Guy, Peter fills a cat with latex condoms.
- Hog & Dog were featured in a RC Cola advertising campaign.
- Simpsons producers frequently mention rubbercat.net/simpsons in DVD audio commentaries, although they mistakenly refer to it as "No Homers."
- The episode of Lil' Bush where they go to the moon it is an homage to Colin Powell Space Patrol.
- Ryan North, creator of "Dinosaur Comics," admitted in an interview that the never-changing panels are an homage to "Hog & Dog," despite the fact that "Dinosaur Comics" started four months earlier.
- "Anthropomorphic Republican Talking Duck" was the subject for an entire episode of Fox & Friends
- Akbar & Jeff turn into Hog & Dog in one panel of a 2008 Life in Hell strip.
- Kevin can often be seen browsing rubbercat.net in The Office.
- The words "rubber" and "cat" are both said in the Family Guy episode "Meet the Quagmires" but not in the same sentence.
- Vice President Dick Cheney referred to the site during a 2004 debate, although he misidentified it as "rubbercat.com."
- An episode of 24 consisted entirely of Jack Bauer and President David Palmer just shootin' the shit, an apparent homage to their conversations on rubbercat.net. Many fans hated the episode for going against continuity, as Palmer had died the previous season.
- Bruce Tinsley spent a week's worth of "Mallard Fillmore" strips bashing "Anthropomorphic Republican Talking Duck."
- Wired did a small article about the site, which was read by a total of 3 people.
- Jane Fonda once remarked that rubbercat.net is her favorite website. She is unrelated to the famous actress of the same name.
- In the CW show Gossip Girl, you can see "rubbercat.net" in the bookmark bar of the protagonist's web browser if you look really closely.
- The cat puppet that they used in Sabrina the Teenaged Witch was made out of rubber.
- Anthropomorphic Republican Talking Duck can be seen in the background of the cantina scene in the Star Wars episode of Family Guy.
- Throughout The Simpsons, Scratchy is often shown as having characteristics similar to rubber.
- In the American dub of the animé series Go Go High School Demon Girl, the name of the character Gigantic Cat Who Turns Into Bus is mistranslated as "Cat of Rubber Which Becomes Monorail."
- A Tijuana bible featured Anthropomorphic Republican Talking Duck and Ann Coulter.
- In a Harry Potter fanfiction by LiveJournal user *~underwaterandbreathless...~* that takes place during Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Ron Weasley accidentally turns Hermione's cat Crookshanks into rubber.
- In the webcomic Achewood, there might have been a rubber cat in one of the strips, i'm not sure.
- Colin Powell Space Patrol is briefly mentioned in Colin Powell's autobiography, I'm Sorry.
- Entertainment Weekly did an article about The Simpsons Movie DVD sourced entirely from this rubbercat.net page, which was never retracted.
- In that one episode of Family Guy where the talking dog and the talking baby go to Texas, they find that the talking dog's mother has been stuffed. Glue is often used in taxidermy; a "glue dog," of course, is the exact opposite of a rubber cat.
[modify] Works cited
- Full text of Lochner v. New York.
- Lochner v. New York, 198 U.S. 45 (1905) (full text with links to cited Supreme Court opinions and sections of the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Code, and C.F.R.)
- Bernstein, David E. (2005) Lochner v. New York: A Centennial Retrospective. Washington University Law Review
- Hall, Kermit, et al. (1992). The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Kens, Paul. (1998). Lochner v. New York: Economic Regulation on Trial. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas.
- Warren, Charles. (1924). The Supreme Court in United States History. (3 volumes). Boston: Little, Brown and Co.