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25 February, 2003

Music for Newscasts

If you're curious about the music that is played during news broadcasts, check out SouthernMedia's News Music Search Archives. It's a fascinating site, with lots of Real Audio streams that may bring back some memories.

Posted on 25 February, 2003

So You Wanna...

SoYouWanna.com teaches you how to do all the things nobody taught you in school. For example, it tells you how to fake being a wine expert, how to buy a guitar, and even how to do laundry.

Posted on 25 February, 2003

Nobody Here

This web site has lots of interesting stuff -- including this interactive Flash that involves a nose and a pair of tweezers. But for some reason, the author made it very difficult to navigate. It's also available in Dutch and Japanese. 

Posted on 25 February, 2003

International Association of Fake Universities

The IAFU organization has many members.

Mission Statement: We the members of the International Association of Fake Universities care deeply about your educational profile and will bend over backwards to provide you a FREE degree in almost anything.

You can even create a diploma or generate transcripts online.

Posted on 25 February, 2003

Excel Charts, by John Wiley

Barnes and Noble has the listing for my Excel Charts book a bit screwed up. They list the publisher as the author.

John Wiley took over his family's publishing business in 1826, at the age of 18. In 1850, the company became known as John Wiley and Son. John continued to run the company until his death in 1891.

Posted on 25 February, 2003

Lonely Socks

At the Lonely Socks site:

Here you will find the biggest known collection of lonely socks on the internet. Have you ever rifled through your socks drawer to find only three socks. One green, one blue and the other yellow? Where did the other one go? Unfortunately these lonely socks are usually thrown away like a piece of rubbish.

This is easily the most impressive database of lost socks that I have ever seen.

Posted on 25 February, 2003

Six Degrees of Baseball

Link any two major league baseball players by a chain of teammates. For example, Ty Cobb is linked to Tony Gwynn as follows:

Ty Cobb (1905-1928) played with Ray Hayworth (1926-1945) for the 1926 Detroit Tigers. Ray Hayworth (1926-1945) played with Cal McLish (1944-1964) for the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers. Cal McLish (1944-1964) played with Rick Wise (1964-1982) for the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies. Rick Wise (1964-1982) played with Tony Gwynn (1982-2001) for the 1982 San Diego Padres

Posted on 25 February, 2003

A Music Industry Case Study

Did you ever wonder how much money a reasonably successful rock band might earn from a record deal? Find out here.

The short answer:

...about the same as a city sanitation worker with two years' experience, without health benefits, vacation and retirement fund. But with, of course, groupies.

Posted on 25 February, 2003

The Fingerless Fiddler

Roy Thackerson is the Fingerless Fiddler (and guitar player):

At the age of 6, I lost the sight in my left eye and fingers on my left hand to a dynamite cap explosion. As a result of these childhood injuries, I am unable to hold and chord any stringed instrument in the usual fashion.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 25 February, 2003

Word Bursts

Daypop is a current events search engine that crawls news sites, online magazines, and weblogs. The site has a new feature called Word Bursts:

Word Bursts are heightened usage of certain words in weblogs within the last couple days. They are indicators of what webloggers are writing about right now.

Some of the current word bursts are grammys, horsemen, debray, combatant, and seymour.

Posted on 25 February, 2003

Microsoft For Teens

You can now download a beta copy of Microsoft's new threedegrees software. This free product (probably underwritten by Windows and Office sales) is intended to lure teenagers away from AOL chat rooms and competing instant messenger services. More info in this Newsweek article.

Bill Gates didn't get it. Neither did Steve Ballmer. In July 2000, when Tammy Savage, a 30-year-old manager in business development, went before Microsoft's heavy hitters and presented a case that they were clue-challenged in understanding an entire generation, the reception was chillier than a campsite on Mount Rainier.

But after explaining it to the Microsoft brass, Tammy Savage says,

"Bill Gates totally gets it now."

Groovy.

At 51, I'm far from the target audience, but I think Microsoft is trying just a bit too hard to appeal to the hip young "NetGen" crowd. Only time will tell if this product suffers the fate of Microsoft Bob and Microsoft Comic Chat.

Yoram Grahame had the guts to actually install this bloated piece of teenware, and he posted an entertaining review.

Posted on 25 February, 2003