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3 March, 2003

The HyperDictionary

Look up a word in the HyperDictionary, and every single word in the definition is a hyperlink that leads to a definition. You can also view a list of the most frequently searched words (the winner, oddly enough, is "antonym").

Chris Knight describes the motivation to create this site:

The Exploding Dictionary has its origins as a get rich quick scheme. There, I said it. Hopefully all the librarians and researchers out there who have linked to me will be able to forgive my base motives. It all started with an offer from a company called ClickFinders to buy banner ad space on my site. That is what got the ball rolling...

If you're too lazy to go to the site, you can try it here:

Hyper-Hyper-Text Definitions



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Posted on 3 March, 2003

No Insurance Coverage For Nuclear Attack

State Farm Insurance will soon begin notifying customers that their auto insurance policy does not cover nuclear blasts or radiation damage. Mike Zitz summarized it nicely:

The nation's largest auto insurer said nuclear blasts and radioactive damage are not normal road hazards and are thus not covered. In other words, if you hit a pothole, you're covered. If you become a pothole, you're not.

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The Beating Heart

A very realistic-looking beating heart. Use your mouse to change the BPM.

(via The Presurfer)

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High Speed Photos

Amazing photos by Andrew Davidhazy. The photo reproduced here shows a bullet ripping through a playing card.


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Two-Buck Chuck

Trader Joe's has been selling Charles Shaw wine for $1.99 per bottle. Apparently they're selling a boatload of the stuff, which has been dubbed "Two-Buck Chuck." This wine has even been the subject of urban legends (see Snopes).

To see what all of the hubbub is about, we splurged and purchased two bottles yesterday (a cabernet and a chardonnay). We tried the cabernet last night. The verdict? Not bad. Not great, but definitely not bad. It compares favorably with many $6-$7 bottles of wine. This article explains why it's so cheap.

First, the glut of grapes. Second, bulk wine has been in a steep decline, selling from a high of $10 a gallon a few years ago to a dollar a gallon today. The outfit that turns out Two-Buck Chuck fills a bottle of wine for around 25 cents a bottle. It's sold to Trader Joe directly, no middle man.

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Not Web bookmarks -- real bookmarks that are used to mark your place while reading a book. Everything you've ever wanted to know about bookmarks, and hundreds of interesting images.

The need for some device to mark the place in a book was recognized at an early date. In 1584 Queen Elizabeth was presented with a fringed silk bookmarker by Christopher Barker who had acquired a patent as Queen's Printer in 1577 which gave him the sole right to print the Bible. He was also a draper: hence the silk for the bookmarker.

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B.B. King Article

The New York Times published a great story about B.B. King.

King, at 77, travels relentlessly around the country, as consumed with performing and recording as he was 30 years ago. "If I don't keep doing it, keep going, they'll forget me," he says.

I doubt that!

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Jazz in 1958

This is very cool: A 1958 photo of 57 jazz artists, taken in Harlem for Esquire magazine. Click the photo to zoom in on a particular person and get a brief bio.

Another site shows the exact scene of the photo taken much later.

(via MetaFilter)

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How to Embarrass Your Dog

If you'd like to get even with your dog, Costumes Inc. has a great way to do it. Just dress him up in a stupid costume, and then take him for a walk around the neighborhood.

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The $115 Hot Dog

How can a hot dog sell for $115? When it's a fake hot dog.

Trengove Studios is one of many companies that sells realistic fake food for movie props, store windows, and other uses.

How about a pitcher of beer to go with that hot dog? That'll be $240. For dessert, a slice of apple pie will set you back only $75.

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I Want This Monitor

The Sony SDM-P232W. 1900 x 1200 resolution!

That's 39% more pixels than my current monitor.

Posted on 3 March, 2003

Cow Blogging

Raging Cow is a weblog written by a cow. Not a bad idea. It could be amusing. The only problem is that it's nothing more than a sleazy advertising campaign by Dr. Pepper, in an attempt to take advantage of the popularity of blogs (see story at MSNBC).

Next comes a blog-related twist on viral marketing--recruiting "key influence bloggers" to promote Raging Cow by sharing their enthusiasm, linking to the site and distributing special screensavers, banners and skins. Beginning with an initial group of six people in their late teens and early 20s--flown to Dallas with their parents for an induction session--Dr Pepper hopes to develop a "blogging network" to hype Raging Cow and "be part of the 'in the know' crowd," says its brand-marketing honcho Andrew Springate.

Give me a break! But on the other hand, their "viral marketing" may be successful. After all, I linked to it, and I suspect that Raging Cow will be one of the most linked sites on tomorrow's Popdex.

(via Doc Searls)

Posted on 3 March, 2003

Sending Your Software List to Microsoft

What happens when you connect to Microsoft's site to perform a Windows update? According to this article at The Register, Microsoft receives a list of all software installed on your system -- not just Microsoft software. Maybe it's an underhanded way of determining market share and monitoring the usage rate of competing software. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft responds to this.

Posted on 3 March, 2003

Remember kozmo.com?

Over the weekend I watched a documentary called e-dreams. It chronicles the rise and fall of kozmo.com -- a company with an absurd business plan that managed to raise $250 million in venture capital. The company took orders via the Web for low-ticket items, and then delivered them in less than an hour using a crew of bicycle delivery people. Great idea, but there is no way in hell that they could ever turn a profit from such a venture.

But things were different back then. In the course of a year, kozmo.com grew to more than 3,000 employees. Then the bubble burst...

The film focuses on the Joseph Park, the 28-year old CEO. I wonder what happened to him. My attempts to locate current information about him on Google met with no success.

The film is playing on the Sundance Channel this month.

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Today is 3 March, 2003. A noteworthy day. Enjoy it while you can. This sort of thing won't happen again for 398 days.

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