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30 April, 2003

First Water Lily

We have a small pond in the yard. This morning, the season's first water lily emerged. Click the thumbnail for a larger view.

Now it's officially summer.

Posted on 30 April, 2003

Celebrity Tippers

A list of celebrities who are good tippers (the saints), and a list of those who are bad tippers (the scum).

The true test of inner peace and civility is in how generously one tips. All servers know that. Please tell us what you have seen and experienced, so that we may reward the gentle-hearted and expose the bastards. Sources will remain anonymous, of course.

The site also has many anecdotes that were submitted by readers.

Posted on 30 April, 2003

Grocery Store Auction

Now this is an interesting auction (and it's not even on eBay).

In 1952, a Roundup grocery store [in Montana] closed their doors because of a death in the family and was never opened until a few months ago...over 50 years have passed! Everything was left, including all the memorabilia you would find in a 50s store. This will be the most interesting collectable auction you may ever attend. We will be taking phone and silent bid f you cannot attend, plus when they went into the basement, they found a speak easy with all the bar signs and memorabilia.

 You can view lots of photos.

(via Muxway)

Posted on 30 April, 2003

Daily Affirmations

Like most people, I like to start the day by reciting an affirmation. It makes me a better person. Here's a site that will generate a random affirmation. It's intended for "sensitive new age guys," but I think it will work for everyone. Here's a few examples:

  • Today I will synthesize my transparent self
  • Today I will empower my interrelated soul
  • Today I will grow my body core
  • Today I will evolve my ceaseless divinity
  • Today I will integrate my perceptual personhood

Posted on 30 April, 2003

J-Walk Blog: April Stats

Last month this blog set an all-time record in terms of visitors.

  • Total visitors: 14,286 (Avg = 476 per day)
  • Total page views: 45,085 (Avg = 1,503 per day)

Compared to March, total visitors increased by 14.4%, and page views increased by 35%.

The chart below shows the number of visitors per hour for April (U.S. Pacific Time).

How do people find there way here? Most of the regulars, I think, have the site bookmarked. Others get here from my Spreadsheet Page site. Others end up here as a result of a web search (mostly Google, followed by Yahoo). In addition, other sites link to this blog and send a fair amount of visitors. Here are the top referrers for April: Super Fast Computer, Whole Wheat Radio, gammatron (phase ii), Popdex, Astromart, and Off On A Tangent

To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of this blog is looking at the search terms typed into a Web search engine. Here are some of the more unusual search requests that (somehow) got someone to this blog.

Illegal aol dice roller * pamela anderson porn video using windows media * leaning against the light pole table lamp * plumber's butt image * calvin peeing on france * pregnant women in prison * computer software and hardware companies that begins with the letter j * new york sucks * dr joyce brothers beatles interview * Porta-Potty Cleaner * beer butt chicken dangers * miles davis bobblehead * the three stooges on vba * where can I buy McBaby clothes -- extra small? * monica lewinsky bobblehead * orson wells fake nose * can of spam 12-ounce price * 8 week old white labs for sale in Oklahoma * eula laughable * cesspool south dakota photo * x-ray goggles see through clothing * nude models printable posters * shania twain having caps on teeth * david coursey retarded * theory of relativity explained simply and with detail and pictures and interactive * porno star envy gallery * ugly bunion stories * garden gnomes wearing wooden shoes * foot soak from martha stewart's ingredients * pictures of pregnant women with tattoos * i love your eggs my boyfriend * muscular women with long fingernails * nude olive oyl photos * harry potter haircut * emails of females from 16 to 19 * goat sex * zaza gabor hangover.

Posted on 30 April, 2003

One More Reason to Disable Scripting

From Ad Age: Unicast Introduces Screen-Filling Online Ad Format.

Online advertising software vendor Unicast is introducing a new kind of Internet ad that doesn't just pop up over a portion of the browser but rather fills the entire screen of the computer user. The New York-based company described the new unit as a "full-screen, 15-second, 300k online ad." Unicast promotional materials suggest the new format will enable advertisers to reach their audiences "with the same impact" as TV.

Importantly, the ads aren't displayed if JavaScript is disabled in your browser. They can pay for 'em, but we don't have to see 'em.

If you use Internet Explorer, here are instructions for enabling JavaScript selectively.

Posted on 30 April, 2003

Galileo's Finger

If you've ever wondered what Galileo's middle finger looked like, go here.

Galileo's finger is on display at the Museo di Storia del Scienza in Italy. The finger was detached from Galileo's body by Anton Francesco Gori (Florence, 1691-1757, literate and antiquary) on 12 March 1737 when Galileo's remains were transferred from a small closet next to the chapel of Saints Cosmas and Damian to the main body of the church of Santa Croce.

It's a bit shriveled.

Posted on 30 April, 2003

Muddy Waters

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters. Born in 1915, Muddy's music had a significant impact on modern blues and rock.

Eric Alterman writes:

I saw him a couple of months before he passed, and he couldn't stand up very well. He sang from a stool -- and, when he got to the choruses of "Mannish Boy" -- "I'm a FULL-GROWN man!" Indeed -- the heavens shook. If you want a true primer, don't go to the obvious stuff. Find a Chess CD called "Folk Singer," and listen to "My Home is in the Delta," with a very young Buddy Guy on second guitar. You can hear the great river of the country's counter-narrative echoing like something deep in the rocks. You should also listen to your own heart. You will be amazed at what it's telling you. There is vast, wonderful hope there. We all need more of that.

One of my most prized possessions is a Muddy Waters replica guitar. It's an exact replica of the red telecaster shown in the photo.

Visit the Official Muddy Waters Web Site. And here's a good introduction to his music, by Bob Margolin.

(Thanks Zaine)

Posted on 30 April, 2003

The Dull Men's Club

I think I found an organization that will accept me as a member: The Dull Men's Club.

A place -- in cyberspace -- where Dull Men can share thoughts and experiences, free from pressures to be "in and trendy" to enjoy instead the simple, ordinary things of everyday life.

The site is jam-packed with fascinating stuff, including a listing of monthly events, cartoons, and even letters from readers. Here's a good one:

Dear DMC, I've really had fun this spring. I planned my travels this spring so I could change clocks twice, once in the UK and a second time in the US. This is possible when clocks change in the spring since they change one week earlier in the UK than in the US. I was in the UK Sunday morning March 30. That afternoon I flew to Colorado. I skied for a week waiting until April 6 for the clock-changing in the US.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 30 April, 2003

Alternative Browsing

For a different way to view this weblog, click here.

And if you like that, then try this.

Posted on 30 April, 2003

Gallery of World Currency

See pictures of money from all over the world.

Welcome to one of the largest web sites for a world banknote collector! Collecting world paper money let's you travel all over the world without leaving comforts of your home exploring all different cultures, countries, continents, getting to know many famous people, learning about fauna, flora, rivers, mountains that are plentiful on seven continents of our Earth. Bank note collecting is an exciting hobby which millions of collectors all across the world enjoy so much.

Posted on 30 April, 2003

Dog Island

A group of islands populated only by dogs.

Over 2,500 dogs are already enjoying a better life at Dog Island. Separated from the anxieties of urban life, dogs on Dog Island live a natural, healthy and happy life.

They live with almost limitless space, and tens of thousands of rabbits, rodents and other natural prey. Surrounded by thousands of other dogs, this is the only place for them to be truly social and create healthy families.

It's a joke, of course -- but it is very well done!

(via Everlasting Blort)

Posted on 30 April, 2003

Today is May Day

I'll be the first to admit that I really don't know the significance of May Day.

Somehow, it has evolved into a phrase uttered by pilots when their plane is about to crash into a children's celebration involving a pole.

I could look it up, I guess, but it doesn't seem that interesting to me.

Posted on 30 April, 2003