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23 December, 2002

Contract Riders For Celebrities

When a celebrity is booked to perform a concert, the contract often has a list of items that must be provided. The Smoking Gun has amassed a huge collection of these contracts. As you might suspect, they reveal quite a bit about certain entertainers.

Here's an example from a contract for The Dixie Chicks:

EVENT COORDINATOR to provide 2 bunches of fresh cut mixed flowers to include the following: stargazer lilies, Casablanca lilies, iris, gladiolas, and eucalyptus. Please provide a very limited amount of filler such as baby's breath, leaves, and ferns, etc. Flowers should arrive in paper and not in vases. The flowers will be separated into several arrangements by one of the DIXIE CHICKS backstage staff therefore it is important that you provide enough flowers to brighten up a minimum of 4 rooms.

Oh yeah, and they'll also need:

...six (6) tee time passes with carts at a local par 72 championship level course.

As you read through these documents, you'll find that The Dixie Chicks are one of the least-demanding acts!

Posted on 23 December, 2002

The Orphanage of Cast-Off Mascots

What happens when a product mascot is no longer needed? Why it goes to the Orphanage of Cast-Off Mascots. You'll meet lots of other unwanted characters, such as Dave the Self-Denying Fish, Mr. Doomed Roach, and even Plywood Pete.

This site is part of the Institute of Official Cheer. Lots of good stuff there, including two of my favorites: the Gallery of Regrettable Food and The Dorcus Collection.

Posted on 23 December, 2002

Shelter for Six Sick Scenic Sightseers

Lots more with this came from, at the Tongue Twister Database. (Sorry, it's a Geocities site.)

Posted on 23 December, 2002

Competition For Google?

Yahoo (I mean Yahoo!) announced that they are acquiring Inktomi, a company that specializes in Web search technology. (Press release)

"Since 1996, Inktomi's foundation has been the Web search business and we have grown it significantly with our core customers and new paid inclusion partners while focusing on extending and innovating our technology," said David Peterschmidt, Inktomi chairman and CEO. "Today's announcement matches our premier Web search technology and team with Yahoo!'s global reach and commitment to providing the best user experience on the Web, bringing us closer to achieving our mutual goal of making the Inktomi-Yahoo! search offering the standard bearer for searching on the Web."

Personally, I don't think Google has a thing to worry about.

Posted on 23 December, 2002

Microsoft to Acquire Macromedia?

The Register is spreading rumors. And so is Slashdot.

A Microsoft acquisition of Macromedia would inevitably see Flash, and Macromedia's other cross-platform tools, tailored purely for Windows and .NET.

Posted on 23 December, 2002

My First "Where's George?" Bill

The Where's George web site tracks money (US or Canada only) by serial number. Enter a serial number, and that bill will be entered into a database so you can follow its progress. Most people who enter a serial number also write (or stamp) "wheresgeorge.com" on the bill so others will know that it's being tracked and add their own tracking data.

I've know about this site for quite a while, but I had never seen a bill that was tagged with "wheresgeorge.com" -- until yesterday. I received a $5.00 bill as change in a grocery store, and it was stamped in red. It was a raggedly-looking bill, so I was expecting to read an interesting account of its travels. No such luck. The bill had only one previous entry, from about a month ago. During that time, it had traveled about 12 miles.

Posted on 23 December, 2002

Airport Security: One Man's Story

It seems that everyone is posting a link to this story, by Nicholas Monahan. It's called:

Coffee, Tea, or Should We Feel Your Pregnant Wife's Breasts Before Throwing You in a Cell at the Airport and Then Lying About Why We Put You There?

It's fairly lengthy, but it's well worth reading.

Posted on 23 December, 2002

The Ultimate Drop

Check out this photo by Yves P. Kafrifelle, posted at photoSIG. It was taken with a Sony F707 digital camera.

...there is no Photoshop work on this picture beside recrop. I used a combination of daylight, flash and +4 close up lens to achieve this one. The extra colors are from the bowl I used to receive the droplet. It is an Italian Pasta Bowl with plenty of colors.

Posted on 23 December, 2002

Is Spam Destroying Email?

I think so. And so does Barry Shein, owner of a small ISP.

"Spam is a thousand times more horrible than you can ever imagine," Shein said. "The entire Internet mail system is under a denial-of-service attack. ...We're victims of crime, and nobody gives a damn. That's a nice feeling -- your business is being pounded into dust by criminals, and people say, `Live with it,'" Shein said. "The spammers are calling the shots, the spammers are in charge of my time, and they are in charge of the Internet."

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Posted on 23 December, 2002