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25 November, 2002

The Great Turkey Fryer Fire

This link to the Underwriter Laboratories web site will probably be very slow for the next few days, so check it out now and avoid the rush. It points to a Quicktime movie that shows a turkey fryer catching on fire. Not a pretty sight.

But I like to live on the edge, so I'll be frying a turkey on Thursday. This will be my second attempt. The first one came out absolutely perfect. This year it will be even better.

Posted on 25 November, 2002

The Return of Jethro

According to this CNN article, Max Baer Jr. (AKA the dim-witted Jethro of The Beverly Hillbillies) is starting a new venture creating penny slot machines for casinos. The machines, of course, will feature a Beverly Hillbillies graphic theme.

If Baer, 64, hits his jackpot in the casinos, he wants to strike gold in supermarkets with bakery goods, such as Elly May's buns, Granny's lye soap and perhaps Jethro's sausage. ...He spent years after the show ended trying to shed the Jethro persona that resonated with America and doomed his acting career.

He even has a web site.

Posted on 25 November, 2002

A Day in the Life of a Mouth

A guy puts a small pinhole camera inside of his mouth. The camera takes a bunch of pictures. The guy posts the pictures on the Internet.

Posted on 25 November, 2002

Lifestyles in Your Zip Code

Back in the old days, I worked in marketing. We used several types of demographic analysis tools to analyze customers. One of these systems was is called PRIZM, and was developed by Claritas. It classifies neighborhoods into one of 62 categories based on census data, consumer surveys, media measurement data, and other public and private sources of demographic and consumer information.

Claritas has an online system the enables you to enter a Zip code, and it displays the most common PRIZM segments for that Zip code. For example, my zip code (in the San Diego suburbs) is comprised of the following segments: Winners Circle, Kids & Cul-de-Sacs, Upward Bound, Boomers and Babies, and Starter Families. Yep, that sound about right.

Each segment is described in general terms, such as age range, occupation type, and household income. In addition, it lists other data about each cluster. For example, those in the Winners Circle cluster are likely to have a passport, shop at Ann Taylor, have a Keogh plan, watch NYPD Blue, and read epicurean magazines.

Posted on 25 November, 2002

Googling the Alphabet

What happens when you do a Google search for a single alphabetic character? This page takes that to its logical limit, and asks:

In the space of human awareness, who has won the battle for the basic building blocks, the very letters that make up the words with which we express ourselves? Who does the Internet's collective consciousness associate most closely with each of our 26 alphabet atoms?

Some of the results are surprising. For example, the top choice when searching for the letter "I" is Disney Online.

Apparently, Disney owns I due to the large number of porn site EULAs with an "I disagree" link leading to disney.com!

(via Google Weblog)

Posted on 25 November, 2002

Oswald Jam Session

Ah, a blast from the past.

Thanks to Boing Boing for reminding me of this excellent photo manipulation. The original photo was taken on the day Lee Harvey Oswald was shot. But I never knew who was responsible for it (Dr. Cosmo) or the background:

One sunny afternoon in 1996, I was eating lunch and surfin' the web when I came across the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Bob Jackson of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. Bob's camera certainly caught a rare moment in time - that grey area between certainty and unreality. Jack Ruby was in a posture that spoke of conviction and drive and there was something in Oswald's face - a look of passion that's hard to duplicate. The phrase "screamin' the blues" came to mind because he looked to me like a young Rock 'n' Roller belting out a serious tune. The Photoshop bug sunk its teeth into me. 40 minutes later, my photo-illustration was born.

Posted on 25 November, 2002