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19 November, 2002

A JavaScript Clock

Somebody sent me some JavaScript code that displays an animated clock. Even better, it responds to mouse movements and generates some very cool onscreen graphics.

If you're using Internet Explorer, click here to see it in action.

The code was written by Kurt Griggt. It's probably been around for a long time, but I've never seen it before -- probably because I keep active scripting turned off.

Posted on 19 November, 2002

Make Any Web Site Ugly

Fuli is a Swedish word that means ugly. The Website Fulifier accepts any URL, and makes it...

...three thousand times uglier than it was before, making it look something like all the sites around 1998 made by lame ten year old script kiddie who wanted to prove they knew some HTML, liked colors, and knew how to use gif-animations from some clipart archive.

To get a feel for how it works, click here [new window]. It may be a bit slow, but it's worth the wait.

Posted on 19 November, 2002

The Semifinal Round of Ms. M.o.X.i.e.

Doc Searls pointed out that Microsoft has announced the semifinalists in their Ms. M.o.X.i.e contest (which was open to females contestants only). The winner should exemplify:

  • Originality of business practice and her role in that practice
  • Proven success (as shown through sales, business longevity, and so forth)
  • Agility and business insight
  • Illustrated use of Macintosh and a version of Office for Mac prior to the contest start
  • Overall achievement as a smart and determined businesswoman

You can view photos and read bios at Microsoft's Mactopia site. There will be no swimsuit competition. The winner will be announced on 4 December.

Posted on 19 November, 2002

Coming Soon: A New Microsoft Ad Campaign

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new campaign: Realizing Potential.

The campaign employs a distinctive visual technique that illustrates examples of every day people having the potential to do amazing things. In one of the advertisements, a grade-school student stands at his desk, arms outstretched like wings. Drawn around him is the form of a rocket. Planets and stars dot the classroom. The boy becomes a rocket scientist in the making.

Sheesh! And I thought the MSN butterflies were bad news...

I'm sure the folks at despair.com will have some fun with this tripe.

Posted on 19 November, 2002

Sliced Peanut Butter?

Is there an annual award for the worst new food item?

If so, I would like to nominate P.B. Slices. That's right, peanut butter that's packaged in individually wrapped slices -- just like the unappetizing cheese slices that have been available for a long time.

No more double-dipping in the peanut butter jar or peanut butter covered utensils on the counter. Peanut butter just got "funner." Finding an easy, portion-controlled way to eat peanut butter was something consumers didn't know they needed until P.B. Slices came along. Individually wrapped peanut slices, P.B. Slices is one of the hottest products available in supermarkets.

I guess some people will buy anything.

Posted on 19 November, 2002

Watching the Meteors

We set the alarm clock for 2:00 am, anticipating a once-in-a-lifetime event. The alarm went off, we stumbled out of bed, went outside, and stepped into the hot tub.

The full moon was a bit distracting, and cast an eerie glow over the yard. But the sky was clear. We laid back, turned on the jets, and watched. It took about five minutes before we spotted the first meteor. We kept count. In 25 minutes, we saw a dozen meteors streak through the sky.

Then we dried off and went back to bed. Leonid wasn't quite as spectacular as I had envisioned. But having a hot soak at 2:00 am was kind of fun.

Posted on 19 November, 2002