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1 February, 2003

Why I Rarely Go to the Movies Anymore

It's simple. I resent paying to watch commercials. And according to this article, it's only going to get worse.

Posted on 1 February, 2003

Not All Record Company Executives are Idiots

Here's an excellent article at Salon.com by John Snyder: Embrace file-sharing, or die. It's a lengthy article that makes perfect sense. Example:

It's also been widely reported that the most downloaded album of all time was "The Eminem Show," by Eminem. It was downloaded so heavily that Interscope took the unusual step of releasing the album a week early due to the rampant online sharing of tracks from the album. Fast-forward to the end of 2002, and "The Eminem Show" is the best-selling album of the year. This seems to indicate the opposite of what the RIAA would have you believe. When people share MP3s, more music is sold, not less.

Posted on 1 February, 2003

Perspective on the Space Shuttle Accident

Seven people died this morning in a terrible accident involving the space shuttle Columbia.

A few days ago, four US soldiers were killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan. According to this story:

...the apparent accident brought to 22 the number of US military personnel killed accidentally in Afghanistan since operations began here 15 months ago.

Accidents happen. But, judging by the relative amount of news coverage, some of them are deemed more tragic than others.

Posted on 1 February, 2003

Grading Spam

What if there were a course in spam composition? The Defective Yeti takes a close look at the "Eat Pizza and Watch TV...And Lose 22 Pounds" spam. Hilarious!

Posted on 1 February, 2003

Odd Search Requests

In January, 1,807 people found their way to the J-Walk Blog by using a search engine (79% were via Google). My referrer logs track the actual search terms used, and some of them are rather amusing. Others are downright scary.

I compiled a list of some of the most interesting search requests for January. Here are a  few of my favorites:

  • "beating soles of feet"
  • hobby collecting cat whiskers
  • comic strip purses
  • how to spray a computer
  • current health with zaza gabor
  • worst bunion pictures
  • "marge and bart" porn -hentai
  • Fun facts + "theresa brewer"
  • picture eggs over easy
  • 20 of the weirdest stuff about albert einstein
  • butt tattoos
  • "Steve Balmer" t-shirts
  • electric torture female
  • help i never see my boyfreind as he lives so far away

Posted on 1 February, 2003

Weapons of Mass Destruction Handbook

A guide for consumers, courtesy of Fox News.

Posted on 1 February, 2003

1911 Encyclopedia Online

Complete text, but no photos. Check it out.

This site is a work in progress. We have spent the better part of a year OCRing a copy of this 1911 edition. The OCRed text still has numerous errors, which we are working through steadily.

Here's an interesting entry:

CALCULATING MACHINES: Instruments for the mechanical performance of numerical calculations, have in modern times come into ever-increasing use, not merely fos dealing with large masses of figures in banks, insurance offices, etc., but also, as cash registers, for use on the counters of retail shops. They may be classified as follows:-- (i.) Addition machines; the first invented by Blaise Pascal (1642). (ii.) Addition machines modified to facilitate multiplication; the first by G. W. Leibnitz (1671). (iiL) True multiplication machines; Leon Bollhs (1888), Steiger (1894). (iv.) Difference machines; Johann Helfrich von Muller (1786), Charles Babbage (1822). (v.)Analytical machines; Babbage (1834). The number of distinct machines of the first three kinds is remarkable and is being constantly added to, old machines being improved and new ones invented; Professor R. Mehmke has counted over eighty distinct machines of this type.

Posted on 1 February, 2003

Wanted: Patron Saint For the Internet

As if the Catholic Church doesn't have anything better to occupy their time, now they're trying to come up with a patron saint for the Internet.

"Everyone needs patrons in the Kingdom of Heaven, and perhaps the Internet as a very young child needs the interventions of a saint all the more," he said.

I nominate St. Germain.

Posted on 1 February, 2003

Dental Art

Ron Grant, a dental technician in Georgia, creates tiny paintings on porcelain crowns -- including the copyright violation shown here.

Posted on 1 February, 2003