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9 April, 2003

Pencam Images

A Pencam is a very cheap (~$50) and very tiny digital camera made by Aiptek.

Dave Faris' Pencam gallery proves that photographic success depends more on the photographer than the camera.

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Religious Beliefs of Americans

This recent Harris Poll is interesting. I always knew that most people were religious, but I didn't think some of these beliefs were so widespread. For example:

  • 90% of adults believe in God
  • 84% believe in the survival of the soul after death
  • 84% believe in miracles
  • 82% believe in heaven
  • 69% believe in hell, and 68% believe in the devil
  • 77% believe in the virgin birth
  • 51% believe in ghosts
  • 31% believe in astrology
  • 27% believe in reincarnation

This was an online poll of 2,201 adults conducted in January. The actual questionnaire and details of the sampling procedure are not provided. I suspect that the wording of the questions would have a dramatic impact on the results.

(via JOHO)

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Amusing Bass / Guitars Index

Guitar players may find the instruments in this gallery amusing or interesting. Others will say, huh?

As an example, here's a swiss cheese guitar.

(via The Presurfer)

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Anorexic Models

A disturbing collection of anorexic models. These images were found at a web site called Invisible Existence, which claims:

This is an anorexic site. If you do not have an eating disorder then I advise you to leave. This site is NOT here to 'encourage' people without an ED to 'become anorexic' but it does provide information etc for those who already have an ED. Eating disorder treatment is only successful when the person is ready, until then, this site is a place for sufferers to come, relax, open up, be themselves and get support and encouragement from others who understand.

I guess I don't understand. Most of the information here deals with ways to lose weight.

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DIY Horse Trailer

Need to transport a horse, but you don't have a horse trailer? No problem.

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Pork is Up

The Citizens Against Government Waste recently released their 2003 Congressional Pig Book, an annual summary of the U.S. Government's "pork barrel" projects.

Pork barrel spending refers to the long-standing practice whereby lawmakers slip favored (and usually completely irrelevant) projects into various spending bills, sometimes in the dead of night when no one is watching.

According to the Pig Book the worst offenders (in terms of pork per capita) were lawmakers in Alaska, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia.

An excellent recent example of pork barrel spending is the emergency budget bill created to finance the Iraq war. According to the New York Times, this bill has...

...suddenly morphed into a Christmas tree festooned with senators' special-interest baubles. Dozens of non-war items were inserted into the $80 billion measure at the last minute, as the forget-the-deficit mentality ran shamelessly out of control. Pork, not war, is the only common denominator linking boons for the salmon industry in Alaska, a leaky dam in New Hampshire, business protection for a cargo deliverer, feed subsidies for catfish farmers, a senator's election-year franking privileges and much more costly fine print.

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American Brandstand

Lucian James keeps track of commercial products that are mentioned in Billboard's Hot 100.

It's not clear how many of these are actual paid-for "placements." I suspect that the list simply reflects what's on the minds of these pop stars.

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Pop Rocks

I haven't seen pop rocks candy in years. But it's still being made. Apparently, there's an old legend about this candy:

The legend is simple. If you eat Pop Rocks with soda, then you explode. Coke is the favorite legend, but others say milk, root beer, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Zima or Mountain Dew.

This legend is true, so use extreme caution.

If you're curious about how this patented candy works, go here.

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Chromatism

This site features the work of Edward S. May. Chromatism is...

... a discipline which lies at the confluence of mathematics and art.

In any case, it sure features some cool images.

And if you like that, you will also like the "mathematical doodles" at ogre's gallery.

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Reflections: A Game

Jody Cairns pointed me to this rather addictive Flash game. It involves reflecting lasers to accomplish various tasks.

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Microsoft Licensing Policies

Another interesting article by InfoWorld's Ed Foster: Your loss, their gain.

The longest and most complex research project I've ever done for The Gripe Line has uncovered some interesting revelations about Microsoft's 6.0 volume licensing program and Software Assurance. Acceleration clauses and other convoluted language in the 6.0 contracts regarding Microsoft's license transfer policies can obligate divesting customers to pay early for services they -- and the acquiring company -- will never receive.

You gotta love those lawyers at Microsoft. They've spent years learning how to write one-sided licensing contracts that no one can understand.

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Baseball and the War

From an ESPN article:

Baseball's Hall of Fame has canceled a 15th anniversary celebration of the film "Bull Durham" because of anti-war criticism by co-stars Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, the shrine's president said.

"We believe your very public criticism of President Bush at this important -- and sensitive -- time in our nation's history helps undermine the U.S. position, which ultimately could put our troops in even more danger. As an institution, we stand behind our President and our troops in this conflict."

Yeah, right.

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Kitty Litter Cake

Now your kids can make a cake that looks exactly like a well-used kitty litter box.

By the way, the items in the photo are tootsie rolls.

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Motorcycle Hearses

Order a motorcycle hearse for a dignified last ride.

Providing a dignified final journey by motorcycle. As with a traditional cortege families can travel in the funeral director's limousines or with their own vehicles. Our unique hearse is available for either a religious or non religious service and we are are respectful of all traditions, requests, customs and open to "unusual" requests.

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Who Owns What

Here's a handy list of what each of the major media companies own.

Media companies continue to grow, and a shrinking number of them shape what we view and read. What does that mean for journalists -- and for the nation? The resource guide is maintained by Aaron Moore, Ph.D., a Publishing/Media writer.

This is actually very scary.

(via Love and the Happy Cynic)

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Patriot Act 2 Pop-Up

The Defective Yeti has created a clever pop-up ad for the Patriot Act 2 (requires JavaScript).

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Arachnophobes Need Not Apply

What's a good name for a web site devoted to giant spiders? How about giantspiders.com?

This web site gives an all-round guide to the housing, feeding and general care of the worlds largest spiders - the theraphosids or tarantulas. Although focusing mainly on tarantulas, this site also offers an insight into the araneomorphs or 'true spiders' such as the wandering, huntsman, orb-web and wolf spiders

And they have a cool photo gallery.

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Copy Protected CDs: One Man's Experience

A perfect example of why you should never, ever buy a copy protected CD. Better yet, don't by any CDs from the big labels. There are thousands of independent artists that make better music.

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Cool and Strange Music

Personally, I'd say the music available for download here is more strange than cool.

These files will be up until April 15th, when we will take them down forever. If you are a copyright owner of any of this music, and don't want it shared with the public, just let us know and we'll take that particular file down. As far as we know, it's all in the public domain, and no copyright infringement is intended.

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