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16 November, 2002

Fun With Household Appliances

Cooking food and nuking CDs is only the beginning. There's a lot more you can do with a microwave oven.

 These guys have been running a washing machine non-stop since 8 November.

The object of the game is very simple; we are trying to break a washing machine by running it 24/7, whilst adding foreign objects to the drum to help it along. If you guess the nearest to the time when it breaks, you win �1000.

The web cams make for fascinating entertainment. ZZzzzzzzz.

Posted on 16 November, 2002

Zzyzx

Zyzyzx Road is an exit off of I-15 between Barstow, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. I've seen the exit sign a few times, and I've always been curious about. Here's a link that provides some information about Zzyzx Road.

A Google search for "zzyzx road" results in more than 1,500 hits. But it seems that zzyzx is a very popular word, even outside of the context of a road. Remove "road" from the search, and Google comes up with nearly 9,000 pages.

There's a company named Zzyzx Peripherals, and there's even a musical group named Zzyxx Road.

Posted on 16 November, 2002

Rick McCallum on Movie Piracy and Terrorism

The producer of Star Wars probably regrets making this statement about peer-to-peer movie downloading:

The drive to protect movie copyright needed to be "as concentrated an international event as the war on terrorism."

Well, if he doesn't regret that statement, he should.

Hey Rick, get a clue. The people who download your silly movie are your biggest fans. Ninety-five percent of them will pay to see it on the big screen (probably 4-5 times each) -- and the vast majority will also buy the DVD.

Original source.

Posted on 16 November, 2002