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5 February, 2003

A Very Big Moustache

I'm not sure what this site is about (it's in German), but it has lots of photos of a guy with an extremely large moustache. But if you go simply by length, Kalyan Ramji Sain deserves the title of Mr. Moustache. No contest.

Posted on 5 February, 2003

Ray Guns

This site contains links to everything you'd ever want to know about ray guns and related devices.

Posted on 5 February, 2003

The Jack Valenti Interview

Last month I posted some 20-year old quotes from MPAA president Jack Valenti. At that stage in his career, he was convinced that the VCR would destroy the motion picture industry.

Derek Slater recently conducted an interview with Valenti, which appears in the Harvard Political Review. Read the interview, and you'll see that the man has not gotten any smarter during the past two decades. Derek Slater has provided some additional comments about his interview at his blog.

Posted on 5 February, 2003

Download the Internet

Want to speed up your Web surfing? Just download the entire Internet (JavaScript required).

At last you can have the entire internet on your hard drive, at your fingertips, any time, day or night.

Posted on 5 February, 2003

They Call it iWave

From CRN: Microsoft Looks To Ride 'iWave'

Microsoft is laying the foundation for what it calls its "iWave" product launches later this year. Specifically, the software vendor aims to get the most bang for its marketing and messaging buck out of the Office 11, XDocs and SharePoint 2.0 product releases expected in June.

iWave is supposedly Microsoft's internal name for this push, which is designed to sell products that work with Office.

"What Microsoft has now is a strategy without a name," he said. "They want to convince you that if you have Office on the front end--which you probably do--you should have Microsoft on the back end--which you probably don't--and Microsoft everywhere in between."

My take on this? Microsoft will need to rely on what it does best: marketing. The tough part will be convincing customers that they actually need these new products when, in the vast majority of cases, they don't.

Posted on 5 February, 2003

The Ugliest City in the World?

A Google search for "the ugliest city in the world" comes up with only 29 hits.

Contenders include Tokyo, Athens, Knoxville (Tennessee), Rome, Lago (Nigeria), Krefeld (Germany), Hull (Quebec), Belgrade, Las Vegas, Tel Aviv, El Paso (Texas), Sao Paulo, and Newark (New Jersey).

Posted on 5 February, 2003

The Gender Test

Here's an interesting test. Answer a series of questions, and the program will determine if you are male or female. The test is designed to improve, based on feedback regarding the correctness of the evaluation.

It pegged me as a male, with 80% confidence. I took this test about a year ago, and it identified me as a female. So either the test has improved, or I've become more masculine.

Posted on 5 February, 2003

Digitized Comics Collection

This site, from Michigan State University, contains digitized versions of 34 old comics books dating back to the 19th Century.

The comics collection is part of the Digital and Multimedia Center, which has many other interesting online collections (including old cookbooks).

Posted on 5 February, 2003

Andrew Sings

Sometimes it's difficult to determine if a web site is a parody, or if it's the real thing. The official website for Andrew Antone had me wondering. But I think it's for real.

Andrew is a 15 year old kid/singer who is influenced by Celine Dion. I listened to a clip, and the kid sure can sing. But the style of music isn't quite my cup of tea.

He has a fan club site, but "due to an overwhelming response from fans," the site is temporarily shut down.

Good luck to you, Andrew.

Posted on 5 February, 2003

Making of America

The Making of America (MOA) collection at the Cornell University Library is...

...a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.

This incredible collection of 907,000 pages is publicly accessible. You can search and view any of the documents in their original form (viewable as GIF images) or read the text that has been scanned using OCR.

Posted on 5 February, 2003

He is the Egg Man Goo Goo G'Joob

Ron Cheruka, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, does amazing things with eggs.

Welcome to the home of Ron Cheruka, "The Egg Man." Here you will find eggs of all types, some carved, some filigreed and others carved and sculpted.

He even teaches classes in egg carving:

If you are interested in learning how this Art is done, I am offering One-on-one classes at my EggArt Gallery. The class runs for three days and covers all aspects of Carving and Sculpting egg shells, from pheasant to ostrich.

Posted on 5 February, 2003

Patriotic Ties

If I wore ties, and if I needed a new patriotic tie, I would shop at ABC Neckties, where the slogan is, "everything from A to Z.".

Besides patriotic ties, you'll find every other type of tie you can imagine -- and many that are unimaginable.

Posted on 5 February, 2003

Space Shuttle Music

NASA lists the wake up music played for the astronauts aboard the Columbia.

Wake-up calls are a long-standing tradition of the NASA program. Each day during the mission, flight controllers in the Mission Control Center will greet the crew with an appropriate musical interlude.

Posted on 5 February, 2003

People With No Clue

This morning's email yielded the following gem, from a complete stranger:

hi

i saw your web site and it look like u know about excel. take a look at this and let me know whats wrong. i have a tight dead line.

The email included five attached files (not zipped), totaling about 6Mb.

Posted on 5 February, 2003