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24 April, 2003

Sandals and Socks

Sandals + Socks = A Bad Fashion Statement?

Here's some photographic proof.

But who am I to talk about fashion?

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Mmmmmm.... Nutria

What's a nutria? According to this site, a nutria is:

A large rodent, nearly as large as a beaver but with long, rounded, scaly, ratlike tail; hind feet webbed; incisors orange-colored; female with mammae along each side of back, not on belly; upperparts reddish brown; the underfur dark slaty; tip of muzzle and chin white. External measurements of adults average: total length, 800-900 mm; tail, 350-400 mm; hind foot, 130-140 mm. Total length may reach 1.4 m. Weight, normally 8-10 kg

Go here for Nutria recipes. And here's a handy tip, how to de-bone nutria:

  1. Soak the meat for 36-48 hours in iced water with a pinch of salt and a 1/8 c of vinegar.

  2. Boil the carcass for 3 hours.

  3. The meat picks right off!

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Female Giants

Bizarre photos (lots of photos) of giant women. There's not much information at the site, but here are a few comments from the guestbook:

  • I loves giantesses. I wish the were real. your best is the best
  • I don't fully understand it yet, but I have liked Giantesses ever since I was in grade school. I appreciate web sites like yours
  • By far the best giantess site available, Always has consistent updates, with quality material as well
  • I have been to 50 giantess sites none come close to this one

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Mathematical Patterns in African-American Hairstyles

An article by Gloria Gilmer, who is a mathematician, mathematics educator, consultant and the founding president of the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics.

The main objective of my work with black hair is to uncover the ethnomathematics of some hair braiders and at the same time answer the complex research question: "What can the hair braiding enterprise contribute to mathematics education and conversely what can mathematics education contribute to the hair braiding enterprise?"

Posted on 24 April, 2003

For Women Only

Restroom techniques.

Some women master this skill on the first or second attempt, others take several months of practice. A survey we took of over 600 respondents indicated the success rate was about 70%.

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Microsoft Product Activation Woes

An interesting tale at the I Can't Focus blog: VS.NET: How to Lose a Potential Customer. He's working with a free 60-day trial version of VS.NET.

After waiting 40 f***ing minutes to install 1.5GB worth of s**t, then it decides that it won't activate because I've already installed it elsewhere. That would be all well and good if I were using a retail copy, but it's a f***ing trial version@#$%$#. The whole point of a "trial version" is to get me and as many others as possible to try it, then buy it. I can't do that when the piece of s**t software activation stops me from doing so. To make matters worse, now I have to wait for it to deinstall itself. F**k you Bill. I will find another IDE.

So I guess product activation is now added automatically to everything that comes out of Microsoft's doors. Hopefully, this anti-customer attitude will come back to haunt Microsoft, big-time.

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Infectious Awareables

Clothing items that feature images of bacteria and viruses.

Our mission is threefold: to generate interest, discussion - even excitement - about serious public health issues which affect us all; to educate and provide pertinent information on these issues; and to attempt, through contributions, to support the efforts of those involved in research and education.

The boxer shorts shown here depict gonorrhea.

 

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Life Lessons

A children's guide to life's lessons. This site emphasizes learning, sharing, and growing. The image shown here, for example, demonstrates what happens if you take candy from a stranger.

These short video clips are hilarious. The only problem is that there aren't enough of them.

Posted on 24 April, 2003

AdWeak

AdWeak is a parody of AdWeek -- and it's a lot more interesting to read.

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Telemarketing Trade Secrets

A few days ago, I revealed one of Laura Betterly's secrets of the spam industry (the key is writing the subject line!). Now it's time to turn to another scum-bag industry: telemarketing. From MSNBC: Telemarketer reveals tricks of trade.

The phone rings in the middle of a busy day. "I just want to verify some information for your yellow page listing," says a voice on the other end of the line. It's your business, so you agree to the chat. Name. Address. Phone number. You reply with a simple "yes" to eight or nine rapid-fire questions. A month later, there's a $29.95 charge on your phone bill for a service you don't remember ordering. You've been crammed, another victim of fast-talking telemarketers who are skirting the edges of telecommunications law to create a multimillion industry.

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Roy Haynes

Last night we had the pleasure of listening to two solid hours of legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes. He was joined by Kenny Garret (sax), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Christian McBride (bass), and Dave Kikoski (piano). The concert was a tribute to the music of Charlie Parker.

Haynes recently turned 77. But you wouldn't guess that by looking at him and watching him perform. He doesn't look a day over 55, and his age hasn't slowed him down a bit.

Says Haynes:

"Now I'm like a doctor. When he's operating on you, he's practicing. When I go to my gigs, that's my practice. I may play something that I never heard before or maybe that you never heard before. It's all a challenge. I deal with sounds. I'm full of rhythm, man. I feel it. I think summer, winter, fall, spring, hot, cold, fast and slow -- colors. But I don't analyze it. I've been playing professionally over 50 years, and that's the way I do it. I always surprise myself."

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Mouse Pointer Confusion

Which mouse pointer is the real mouse pointer? (requires JavaScript).

Posted on 24 April, 2003

The Nightmare Project

Bad dreams? Contribute to the Nightmare Project.

We provide a vehicle for visitors to share nightmares, experience the nightmares of others, and exchange ideas about these troubling dreams. For our purposes, "nightmare" means a dream you, the dreamer, considered significantly frightening or disturbing. We are looking for the dreams that made you wake with a start, that caused you to leave the light on, that made you think twice about going back to sleep.

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Puppet Portraits

Puppets, modeled after real people.

The Puppet Artists' puppet portraits are custom puppet caricatures -- puppet portraits of real people made from their photographs. Each standard puppet is 18" tall and spans 12" from fingertip to fingertip. Puppets with legs are 24" tall. Their faces are sculpted to match the photographs that you provide. (Your photos are returned with your puppets.) And they are clothed in precisely the costumes that you request. These can be humorous, realistic, or symbolic -- whatever you desire.

Posted on 24 April, 2003

DVD Easter Eggs

An archive that describes how to access hidden content on DVDs. For example, The Sopranos: The Complete Second Season:

On disc 4 go to the Special Features menu screen and select up (or down) until an outline of a Bada Bing Women shows up in the lower right hand corner. Select and you will go into a short montage of sound bites from the show with the words highlighted on the screen. You can also go to the main menu screen, select left (or right) until an HBO logo shows up. Once selected the DVD credits are shown.

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Animal Firm

Need a fake animal? Check out Animal Firm.

Animal Firm creates custom animal figures, puppets, and costumes to order. Working from reference material, supplied designs, or from designs created in house, we provide the museum and entertainment industries with high quality, durable animals and characters.

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Bush Approval Ratings Update

In January, I posted a chart that depicts George W. Bush's approval ratings. Here's an updated version of that chart (the source data are here).

There's probably a group of White House analysts who pour over numbers like these. And I'll bet that they are very disappointed that invading Iraq produced only a small "blip" in the chart.

Posted on 24 April, 2003

Office 2003 Will Be Delayed

According to this CNET article, Office 2003 will be delayed.

Microsoft on Thursday confirmed that it is preparing the unexpected Office beta release, which could debut in June. A company representative said the release is intended to give customers a chance to try out changes made to the software as a result of testing. The release will not be a completely new test version. Instead, Microsoft said it will issue a "refresh" to the existing second beta test release.

Analysts interpret the new test release to mean that the product, developed under the code name Office 11, might not ship until October or November.

Well, that's certainly good news for the authors who are writing Office 2003 books -- and who are so bored with the lack of new features that they are behind schedule.

It would be pretty cool if they used this extra time to actually fix some of the age-old problems with Office. But it won't happen.

Posted on 24 April, 2003