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13 March, 2003

A New Career for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed?

Now that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has been forced to give up his terrorist career, he may want to pursue a career in modeling.

Posted on 13 March, 2003

Nuclear Adhesive Tape

OK, you've built your nuclear weapon. Now you need to ship it off to a country that harbors terrorists. You'll want to pay a visit to NADCO and pick up some nuclear adhesive tape to safely label that package.

NADCO has years of experience serving the nuclear safety market. Strict labeling policies are easily adhered to using our stock or custom labeling services. Nuclear grade duct tape, clean room tapes, and yellow/magenta barricade tapes are also available.

While you're at it, better order up some barricade tape. It seems that you can never have too much of this stuff on hand!

(via Muxway)

Posted on 13 March, 2003

Front Door Spam

It's a serious problem that's getting worse. I'm talking about front door spam. People are hired for minimum wage, and their job is to distributing advertising junk to people's door steps. In my neighborhood, the worst offenders are real estate agents. For some reason, they think everyone is interested in the number of houses they've sold. Other front door spammers include house painters, landscapers, tree trimmers, and home remodeling companies.

A variations on the theme is driveway spam. Apparently, somebody drives down the street and throws little packets of crap onto everyone's driveway. The packets are plastic bags that contain small rocks and an advertising flyer. The rocks are included to keep the junk from blowing away. Here's one that arrived yesterday.

I think the only solution is to move to a house in an isolated rural area that has a very long driveway.

Posted on 13 March, 2003

Unusual Fortune Cookies

This fellow has posted his collection of odd fortune cookies. Here's one of them:

And he's looking for more.

If you come across any unusual fortunes yourself, during your travels across the vast and unpredictable world of Americanized Chinese cuisine, make the world a better place by saving them for this collection!

And if you don't want to bother with ordering Chinese food, you can get your fortune cookie online.

Posted on 13 March, 2003

Norwegian Guy Wins Dog Sled Race

Robert Sorlie, a 43-year old man from Hurdal, Norway, finished first in the Iditarod, an annual sled dog race held in Alaska.

He, along with eight dogs, made the trek from Fairbanks to Nome, about 1,250 miles. It took him nine days, 15 hours, 47 minutes, and 36 seconds.

Sheesh! I couldn't even hold out nine minutes. Interesting read: How they keep track of dogs

(via Whole Wheat Radio)

Posted on 13 March, 2003

Time to Give Up?

Ida Dean Richardson-Anderson has been missing since 1958. But they're still looking for her.

Posted on 13 March, 2003

The PenAgain

A writing instrument call the PenAgain:

Until now, pens have typically been designed with only two things in mind: money and manufacturability. But the PenAgain's primary focus is comfort. The human hand dictates the design. Even though it may feel strange, try to resist the urge to grip the pen with your fingers. Just let your hand relax, and let the weight of your hand hold the pen in place. You'll feel tension of writing melt away.

Posted on 13 March, 2003

Four-Word Film Reviews

Movie reviews that consist of four words or less. For those who like to cut to the chase. For example, here's a review of Fight Club:

Perception versus reality. Whoa!

The review sums it up nicely, although it does fail to capture some of the subtleties of the film. This particular film, by the way has 87 reviews in the database.

Posted on 13 March, 2003

Posters for Peace

Another Poster for Peace is

...a group of designers who are committed to the peaceful and just resolution of the current crises in the Middle East. Our goal is to help create a grassroots campaign for patriotic dissent as a counter to the onslaught of fear and warmongering currently in the media.

You'll find quite a few high-quality images to download and print. Copyright-free.

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 13 March, 2003

Be Careful What You Read

From Reuters: Libraries Warn of FBI Spying on Reading Habits

Several libraries in California have begun to warn book lovers that the U.S. government may be monitoring their reading habits in a sweeping effort to crack down on terrorism, officials said on Tuesday.

The Santa Cruz Public Library has this warning notice posted at its web site.

Warning: Although the Santa Cruz Library makes every effort to protect your privacy, under the federal USA PATRIOT ACT (Public Law 107-56), records of the books and other materials you borrow from this library may be obtained by federal agents. That federal law prohibits library workers from informing you if federal agents have obtained records about you. Questions about policy should be directed to Attorney General John Ashcroft, Department of Justice, Washington D.C. 20530.

Posted on 13 March, 2003

Pork Brains and Other Potted Meat

Find out more than you want to know about potted meat products.

Canned meat products have a certain appeal. First is the morbid fascination of examining the ingredients, which might include items such as partially defatted cooked beef fatty tissue, beef tripe, or pork brains. Then there's the pity on the photographer who had to take pictures for the label in an attempt to make the product look edible.

Posted on 13 March, 2003