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Thursday, 29 July, 2010
Phone Books ARE Useful
Found at There, I Fixed It.
It looks like a Holy Bible is also contributing.
Jean Beliveau has about one year remaining in his walk around the world.
On August 18th, 2000, at 9:00 am, Jean Beliveau left Montreal, Canada. His goal is to walk around the planet to promote "Peace and non-violence for the profit of the children of the world". He is travelling alone with a three wheeled stroller to carry a bit of food, his clothing, a First Aid kit, a small tent and a sleeping bag.
Ansel Adams News
You probably read about the guy who paid $45 at a garage sale for a box of glass negatives. And they turned out to be unpublished photos by Ansel Adams. It was estimated that they may be worth $200 million.
The works are estimated to have been made in the 1920s, which could actually complicate things. However, from all of the indications, none of these works were "published," and as the handy dandy public domain tracker notifies us, unpublished works are given a copyright of "life of the author +70 years." Ansel Adams died in 1984, so it would appear that the copyright on the images would likely belong to his heirs, and will last until 2054.
Now, if the works were published (which seems unlikely) then it gets a bit complicated. If they were done before 1923 (and no one's exactly sure of the date on most of these negatives), then they're in the public domain. If they were done after 1923 and weren't registered at the Copyright Office then, again, they're in the public domain.
If that's the case, then Norsigian actually could make prints, but once those prints were out there, others could most likely copy the prints and sell competing prints themselves legally, which could put a damper on the $200 million. Of course, there then could be things Norsigian could do, such as specially "branding" his prints in some manner, but it's a bit trickier.
More Faith-Healing Morons
A Beavercreek couple who left their infant daughter's fate to God rather than seek medical treatment for a mass that grew over her left eye will face charges of first-degree criminal mistreatment.
Prosecutors revealed Thursday during a custody hearing that a grand jury has indicted Timothy and Rebecca Wyland, members of Oregon City's Followers of Christ church.
The Wylands' 7-month-old daughter, Alayna, was placed in state custody earlier this month after child-welfare workers received a tip about the untreated and ballooning growth. Doctors said that the condition could cause permanent damage or loss of vision.
The Wylands and their church reject medical care in favor of faith-healing -- anointing with oil, laying on of hands, prayer and fasting. The parents testified at a juvenile court hearing last week that they never considered getting medical attention for Alayna.
These are slightly smaller and have better screen contrast. And they're not white. Plus, a real browser!
Anybody want to buy a used Kindle 2?
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010
I've almost finished with Season 1 of 24. It's great treadmill viewing. One episode per days give you a 42 minute workout.
I watched Season 1 about 7-8 years ago. I don't remember a thing, so it's just like watching it for the first time.
The first time, I thought Nina Myers was really attractive. But this time, I'm not so sure. Sometimes she looks pretty good, but most of the time she's kind of ugly. I looked her up. Nina Myers is played by Sarah Clarke.
She looks pretty good here:
Here's the weird thing I noticed: She was born in St. Louis, exactly 20 years after I was born in St. Louis. Her date of birth is 2-16-72. Mine is 2-16-52.
This seems like a pretty good idea. When you die, have someone make a replica of yourself in a funeral cake.
That little girl seems delighted to have a piece of his left arm.
Small-minded preacher news, from Georgia: Preacher wants Warner Robins mascot changed.
A Warner Robins pastor is on a crusade against something sacred to many in his middle Georgia town: high school football.
The devil is at the center of a fight that seems to start every few years when someone new to Warner Robins realizes that the city's oldest high school, which has one of the most successful football programs in Georgia, rallies around a green-eyed, pitchfork-carrying demon.
The Warner Robins High School Demons.
A pastor at Kingdom Builders Church of Jesus Christ was shocked when he realized his own son could be among the hundreds of students shouting Go Demons!' to cheer on the school's sports teams, but particularly in football, where the Demons have won four state championships over the years.
The preacher has tried to move his ninth-grade son to a different school, one with a mascot more to the family's liking.
The preacher, Donald Crosby, sez:
"A demon never has a good connotation. Never. If you look it up in Webster's Dictionary, there's nothing good about a demon."
Shown here is just a random demon.
Aeron Chair Question
An Ask J-Walk question:
My wife is thinking of getting me one of those Herman Miller Aeron chairs I'm 6 foot and 200 pounds and wonder whether the medium size will do or if we should get the large.
Well, I'm 6' 2", and weigh a "bit" more than 200 pounds. My Aeron chair has served me well for 6+ years. It's adjustable, and if it were any more comfortable I'd fall asleep. Expensive, but well worth it.
Your best bet, of course, is to go to a store that sells them and try them out.
At LP Cover Lover.
Junie "Bread Alone" (1980) Westbound Records A rare solo release by Ohio Players and P-Funk alumn Junie Morrison.
Setting up that photo must have been fun.
Best Magazine Articles
At Cool Tools: The Best Magazine Articles Ever.
The following are suggestions for the best magazine articles (in English) ever. Arranged in chronological order. Stars denote how many times a correspondent has suggested it. Reader notes are in italics.
Driving With Water
Toyota/Sweden's campaign to lower your fuel consumption: A Glass of Water.
Drive more efficient and have fun. Make a sport of it and push yourself to improve your driving and fuel consumption every day. Analyse your progress and see how your results compare to others.
They don't actually explain how or why it works, but I assume that it forces you to start and stop more gradually.
From the FAQ:
Do you have to drive a Toyota?
No, the 10%-challenge is for everyone, regardless of make or model of your car. It is for anyone interested in lowering their fuel consumption and becoming an ecodriver.
Am I really supposed to put a glass of water on my dashboard?
No, spilling water on your dashboard can of course be unsafe, so we do advice you to take precautions. The important thing is that you apply the principles of driving with a glass of water. You can do this by driving with our iPhone app, or simply imagining a glass of water on your dashboard while driving.
Tuesday, 27 July, 2010
World Leader Attacks Octopus
What a world we live in! Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacks Octopus Paul.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian leader, says Paul the Octopus, the sea creature that correctly predicted the outcome of World Cup games, is a symbol of all that is wrong with the western world.
He claims that the octopus is a symbol of decadence and decay among "his enemies".
The Iranian president accused the octopus of spreading "western propaganda and superstition." Paul was mentioned by Mr Ahmadinejad on various occasions during a speech in Tehran at the weekend.
"Those who believe in this type of thing cannot be the leaders of the global nations that aspire, like Iran, to human perfection, basing themselves in the love of all sacred values," he said.
Good point. Iran is pretty much the poster child of perfection.
Sluggo was bummed today.
When Sluggo's upset, that means it's time for a poll.
I predict 12% of respondents have never gone fishing.
Country Music Portraits
A nice sampling of the photography of Henry Horenstein.
The hollow Country/Pop crossover stars of today are more L.A. than Nashville. They make Garth Brooks look like Hank Williams. Video killed the AM radio star.
Henry Horenstein's Portraits of Country Music 1972-1981 is a hugely inspiring photographic archive that perfectly captures the days when Country was
Here's one from 1974. It needs a caption other than A dog playing the banjo at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.
Feel free to add a better caption.
Poet Surprised By Kindle
I'm afraid of never heard of Billy Collins, but... Poems a tough fit in e-form.
Billy Collins, one of the country's most popular poets, had never seen his work in e-book form until he recently downloaded his latest collection on his Kindle.
He was unpleasantly surprised.
"I found that even in a very small font that if the original line is beyond a certain length, they will take the extra word and have it flush left on the screen, so that instead of a three-line stanza you actually have a four-line stanza. And that screws everything up," says Collins, a former U.S. poet laureate whose "Ballistics" came out in February.
When he adjusted the size to large print, his work was changed beyond recognition, a single line turning into three, "which is quite distressing," he adds.
Get used to it, Billy. I was also appalled. That's why PDF support is critical.
(Thanks Jack, by way of Mr. Curtington)
Saving Trapper’s Soul
In Canada: Priest sorry for giving dog Holy Communion.
A priest in Canada has apologised after giving Holy Communion to a dog.
Reverend Marguerite Rea of St Peter's Anglican Church, in Toronto, received complaints from Christians all over Canada after she fed communion bread to a German Shepherd cross named Trapper.
Ms Rea said it had been a "simple church act of reaching out" to a new congregation member and his pet. "If I have hurt, upset or embarrassed anyone, I apologise," she told her congregation on Sunday morning, the Toronto Star reports.
Cheryl Chang, director of the Anglican Network in Canada, describes what her cult believes:
"Communion is a symbol of the sacrifice of Jesus' body; he died for all of us. But I don't recall anything from the scripture about Jesus dying for the salvation of our pets."
Shown here is a random German Shepherd -- who just happens to be named Trapper.
Intuit Is Anti-Consumer
In California: Intuit just won't quit.
Here we go again. Another legislative session, another well-funded campaign waged by Intuit Corp. to abolish California's free, innovative and wildly popular electronic tax filing programs, ReadyReturn and CalFile.
These two programs provide California taxpayers with a reliable, voluntary, safe and free way to calculate and file their taxes... The state estimates that 6.4 million Californians are eligible for these services - more than 40% of the state's taxpayers.
Sounds good, but it's really cutting into the profit of companies like Intuit.
Despite the success and savings of ReadyReturn and CalFile, Intuit wants both programs to disappear - badly. It manufactures Turbo Tax, and it's leading the fight to replace the state's free tax filing programs with its and other software manufacturers' programs.
And here's how our legal system works:
Not surprisingly, Intuit has been greasing the wheels in order to try to sell its scheme in California. Since 2005, public filings indicate that Intuit has spent $1.25 million on lobbyists in the state. Over the same period, it contributed an additional $2.12 million to statewide campaigns, including more than $1 million to state Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks), a ReadyReturn foe who is running for state controller. In all, Intuit has doled out cash to nearly 120 politicians.