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29 January, 2003

State of the Union

By my count, Bush mispronounced "nuclear" 12 times last night. You'd think that somebody on his staff would tell him that the word is not pronounced "nukular."

Update: Ed Hansberry pointed out some more info about this particular mispronunciation at Slate.

Posted on 29 January, 2003

Old-Time Radio Shows

Now this is very cool: RadioLovers.com.

We offer hundreds of vintage radio shows for you to listen to online in mp3 format, all for free. Before the days of video games, shopping malls, MTV, and the Internet, families used to sit in their living room each night to listen to radio shows such as Abbott and Costello, Superman, Groucho Marx, The Avenger, Gunsmoke, Sherlock Homes, and many others.

I've been listening to Amos And Andy this morning (there's a HUGE selection). You can stream the MP3 files, or download them to your hard drive. I think I'll snag a bunch of these and make some CDs for long car trips.

Is it legal?

We do not own the copyrights to any of the shows available on this site. We believe that any copyrights have expired, and that many of the shows are in the public domain because they were never copyrighted. We do not sell the recordings or charge for access to our site. We are trying to bring the exciting world of Old Time Radio to a whole new generation of listeners using the new technology of the Internet. We are not trying to deprive the original creators of any money due to them, and we will remove any recording from our site that is shown to violate a copyright.

Posted on 29 January, 2003

Buy a Fedora Online

You've probably noticed that it's very difficult to find a good fedora these days. Amazon to the rescue. They offer a Sexy Fedora for only $50.

Posted on 29 January, 2003

Market-O-Matic

Fine Arts Version:

Tired of racking your brain trying to squeeze out yet another artist's statement extolling the unique virtues of your latest net.art joint? Do you lapse into fits of involuntary muscle spasms every time you hear the word "immersive" in casual conversation? Then search no further -- The Market-O-Matic (1.0) [fine arts version] is here!

Respond to a bunch of controls in a form, and click the button to generate the text. Click here to see an example.

Posted on 29 January, 2003

Shop. Destroy. Rule.

Home Despot: A good parody of the Home Depot web site.

Posted on 29 January, 2003

Smokey Bear? Don't Even THINK of Using It

U.S. Code Title 18 Section 711:

Whoever, except as authorized under rules and regulations issued by the Secretary of Agriculture after consultation with the Association of State Foresters and the Advertising Council, knowingly and for profit manufactures, reproduces, or uses the character ''Smokey Bear'', originated by the Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Association of State Foresters and the Advertising Council for use in public information concerning the prevention of forest fires, or any facsimile thereof, or the name ''Smokey Bear'' shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

And yes, that's just one sentence.

(via The Volokh Conspiracy)

Posted on 29 January, 2003

Mistake-Proofing

Lots of interesting examples (and photos) of how products are designed to prevent user error. Compiled by John R. Grout.

Posted on 29 January, 2003

Internal Microsoft Memos Regarding Slammer Virus

Somebody inside of Microsoft leaked some memos to The Register. All in all, it's fairly typical of corporate memos: very dull reading.

Posted on 29 January, 2003