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28 February, 2003

Stupidity is Genetic

From New Scientist:

Fifty years to the day from the discovery of the structure of DNA, one of its co-discoverers has caused a storm by suggesting that stupidity is a genetic disease that should be cured.

Posted on 28 February, 2003

Baseball is on the Air

I'm sitting here listening to Jerry Coleman do the play-by-play for the Padres/Mariners game. It's just like summer

Posted on 28 February, 2003

British Advertising Memorabilia

The Robert Opie Collection is actually a commercial site, but it has thousands of interesting an amusing images. Like this one:


 

Posted on 28 February, 2003

More BSA Lunacy

A few months ago I described why the software piracy reports published by the Business Software Alliance aren't worth the paper they're printed on. Today, I learned from SlashDot that the BSA robots are scouring the web in search of copyright infringements -- and they aren't doing a very good job. Here's an excerpt from an email sent by the BSA to a German university:

RE: Unauthorized Distribution of the following copyrighted computer program(s): Microsoft Office

Dear Sir/Madam:

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has determined that the connection listed below, which appears to be using an Internet account under your control, is operating an FTP server to offer unlicensed copies or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted computer programs published by the BSA's member companies.

What was located as infringing content:
Filename: /mandrake_current/SRPMS/OpenOffice.org-1.0.1-9mdk.src.rpm

That's right. They found a copy of OpenOffice and assumed that it was Microsoft Office. I guess no one actually bothers to read the threatening emails before they are sent out.

Posted on 28 February, 2003

Button Cafe

Button Cafe calls itself the largest button collection on the Web. We're not talking about clothes buttons or political buttons. Rather, this guy collects buttons that he's snagged from web pages. Like this one:

He's got 5,000 of them! But he fails to answer the big question: WHY?

Posted on 28 February, 2003

Carrot Museum

Not just any carrot museum -- this is the WORLD Carrot Museum.

Everything you wish to know about the wonderful Carrot is here.

Don't forget to check out Romona the Carrot Queen, and The Carrot Tattoo Lady..

Posted on 28 February, 2003

Civil Defense Art Gallery

Images from the Cold War

This page features the ultra-wacky, super-cool art style featured in the Cold War Civil Defense Publications and Posters that came out in the 50's and 60's.

Posted on 28 February, 2003

Pitching a Perfect Game While Half-Drunk

In his forthcoming biography, pitcher David Wells admits that he was "half-drunk, and had a raging, skull-rattling hangover" when he pitched his perfect game against Minnesota in 1998. He was partying till 5:00 in the morning, and was scheduled to pitch at 1:00 pm.

Ah, that's nothing. Doc Ellis supposedly pitched a no hitter while tripping on acid.

"I was in Los Angeles, and the team was playing in San Diego , but I didn't know it. I had taken LSD. I thought it was an off-day, that's how come I had it in me. I took the LSD at noon. At 1pm, his girlfriend and trip partner looked at the paper and said, "Dock, you're pitching today!"

"I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria."

Posted on 28 February, 2003

Google is Not a Search Company

At Jason Kottke's blog:

With their acquisition of Pyra and new Content-Targeted Advertising offering, it should be apparent that Google is not a search company. What they are exactly is unclear, but their biggest asset is: a highly annotated map of the web.

And here's a Business Week article: Google's search for new ad revenue.

Aiming to expand its advertising network, Google is moving beyond selling sponsored links that appear alongside search results to selling similar links on partner sites, including on the pages of newly acquired Blogger.

And Dave Winer says:

Put it all together, and Google has changed... Google started as a response to bloat and non-weblike-behavior among the search engines. At least that's what we hoped they were. They never actually said. This is what their success is built on, we perceive their love of the Web. Now it becomes clearer, thanks to Martin's comments, that they just want to put ads on our stuff. Why didn't I see that before?

Posted on 28 February, 2003

Nigerian Scam T-Shirt

Get it here:

My money went to Nigeria and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

Posted on 28 February, 2003

It's Raining Paper In Iraq

As you probably know, the US is dropping millions of leaflets over Iraq. Here's a link to the leaflet gallery, courtesy of the United States Central Command.

(via Incoming Signals)

Posted on 28 February, 2003

Bad Puns

Lots of bad puns, plus a huge list of book titles. For example: "Waterways Of The World," By Sue S. Canal. Or "The Rooster's Mistake," By Rhoda Duck.

Posted on 28 February, 2003

Bill Gates Look-Alike?

John Ranlett was supposedly hired by Microsoft to fill in for the real Bill Gates.

Posted on 28 February, 2003

Sideways ASCII Pi

This is a 50-MByte document, but you don't have to load the entire page to see what it's all about. It invites you to:

...come back on pi day (3/14) for more fun.

Hey, that's only two weeks away.

(via Ultimate Insult)

Posted on 28 February, 2003