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14 May, 2003

Ads From the Comic Books

This site is devoted to classics of comic book advertising.

You'll find all the old favorites: Sea Monkeys, Charles Atlas, Silly Putty, Army Men, and lots more. It also has my personal favorite: Make Money, Get Prizes -- the ad that launched millions of door-to-door salesman careers,

Posted on 14 May, 2003

Intuit Drops Product Activation

According to this Extreme Tech article, Intuit has decided to drop the problematic product activation requirement from future versions of its products. Steve Bennett, Intuit's president and CEO is quoted:

"Intuit has a long heritage of doing right by customers, and some of our customers didn't have the great experience they expect from Intuit. In addition, we didn't get the revenue and profit growth we expected. Therefore, we've decided to discontinue product activation next season."

Maybe Microsoft will also get the hint.

Posted on 14 May, 2003

Creating Rap Music

Did you ever wonder how they come up with rap music hits? It's one of the music industry's best-kept secrets: The Microsoft Hit Wizard.

(The originator of this joke is not known)

Posted on 14 May, 2003

Guerilla Parenting

Got kids? Check this out.

Do your children respect the hours of hard work that you invest in them? No! Children exploit their parents in much the same way that McDonalds corporation exploits the poor and weak people of Canada's rainforests. It's time to take matters into your own hands and force the little bastards to behave properly. The time for calm exhortations and promises of extra cartoon time is over. Use our stencils to decorate your neighborhood with messages that will make your kids behave and stop treating the place like a goddamned amusement park. it's for their own good.

Posted on 14 May, 2003

The Resume of George W. Bush

Dubbya's accomplishments, compiled by Kelley Kramer.

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 14 May, 2003

The Cinemorgue

Did you ever wonder if a particular actor ever did a death scene in a movie? You'll find the answer at Cinemorgue. Jack Nicholson, for example, has died in five films.

Posted on 14 May, 2003

Monkeys For Sale

This site has a classified ad service for people who are selling monkeys.

Unfortunately, there is no law against dressing monkeys in cute little costumes.

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My Tiny Garden

Excellent close-up photos of garden insects. There's even a virtual magnifying glass for a closer look.

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Bad Singers That You Like

At the Fender Discussion Forum, there's an interesting thread about "bad" singers that people like.

Nominees include Leo Kottke, Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Ric Ocasek, Sheryl Crow, Pat Benatar, Jerry Garcia, Leon Russell, Dan Hicks, Joe Cocker, Steve Stills, Ringo Starr, Jimi Hendrix,  Stevie Nicks, Rickie Lee Jones, John Renbourn, John Hiatt, Dr. John, Alanis Morrisette, and Janis Joplin.

It all boils down, of course, to a definition of "bad."  I certainly don't agree that all of these artists are bad singers, but I think most of them would be cast into that category. Interestingly, I like the vast majority of them. Come to think of it, I'm sure that I generally prefer "bad" singers to good singers.

Posted on 14 May, 2003

The Smallest Restaurant in the World

Solo per Due calls itself the smallest restaurant in the world.

...it has only one table and it takes just two people at a time. So there are no queues, no turns, and no waiting; all our attention is dedicated to the two people who have booked.

This singular characteristic has made SOLO PER DUE world famous, and it has become an unmissable experience for visitors to Italy, and particularly for the romantically inclined!

Someone should open a restaurant with a single table for one. That would easily set the record for the smallest restaurant in the world.

Posted on 14 May, 2003

Patriot Raid

Here's a very interesting first-person account of what it's like for a law-abiding citizen to be threatened by the police and federal officials -- just one of the side-effects of the USA Patriot Act.

Every American citizen, whether they support the current war or not, should be alarmed by the speed and facility with which these changes to our fundamental rights are taking place. And all of those who thought that these laws would never affect them, who thought that the Patriot Act only applied to the guilty should heed this story as a wake-up call. Please learn from my experience. We are all vulnerable so speak out and organize, our Fourth Amendment rights depend upon it.

Posted on 14 May, 2003

A Headphone Fetish?

Humans have lots of strange fetishes, but this is one of stranger ones: a fetish for women who wear headphones.

Welcome to the largest, most comprehensive site on the Web for pictures of women wearing headphones, ear defenders, headsets and all the rest of that good stuff.

The gallery has thousands of photos -- not all of which are suitable for the entire family.

Posted on 14 May, 2003

Now Available: Lexicon Recentis Latinitas

The main problem with speaking Latin is that it's difficult to talk about modern things. For example, there are no Latin words for post Ancient Rome items like modems, vacuum cleaners, and telephones.

Never fear, a new Italian-Latin dictionary is coming (see article).

But the release of the book this week is one of those esoteric, niche events that has put talk in literary circles into overdrive. Or as the language of ancient Rome would put it, "instrumentum velocitati multiplicandae".

The Italian-Latin dictionary, called "Lexicon Recentis Latinitas" was put together to join two earlier volumes, A-L and M-Z, which had been released in past years but sold out. It offers students of Latin, still the Catholic Church's official language, a way of speaking or writing about things that did not exist when ancient Rome ruled the world.

Posted on 14 May, 2003

Tongue Splitting News

If Illinois politicians have their way, it will be illegal to have your tongue split surgically. According to this article:

The craze, which involves surgically splitting the tongue to make it look like a lizard's tongue, has been branded a mutilation by legislators in Illinois. The bill to ban tongue-splitting was passed almost unanimously in the Illinois House, and is now awaiting the approval of the Senate. Illinois would be the first US state to ban tongue-splitting. Michigan tried unsuccessfully to pass a similar vote last year.

So I guess the elected officials in the state of Illinois have nothing better to do with their time?

To view more photos of split tongues, go here.

Posted on 14 May, 2003