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16 May, 2003

Excel Power Programming in Cyrillic

One of the cool things about writing computer books is that they get translated into other languages. Occasionally, the publisher even sends the author a copy of the translated book. I got three of them yesterday. One of them is in Cyrillic.

It's always fun to see how my name gets translated.

Posted on 16 May, 2003

Request For Wheat

This morning I received two emails with a subject line, "Request For Wheat." They start out like this:

We have requests for Milling Wheat as in the terms written in the LOIs. Would you kindly qoute us a soft price , for the requests? And would you inform us if we require sample in howmany days can you send it , And can you issue Prof of Product for the deals. We are waiting for your early reply

Best Regards
Fatih Tongal
GTM Foreign Trade Co.
Konya / TURKEY

One of them included five JPG attachments, which are scans of what appear to be official-looking documents. The other simply had the wheat requirements listed in a table.

What the hell? Is this some new way to run a business? Send a request to everyone in the world, and then look for the best price? The messages seem to have a legitimate reply to address, which goes to the Global Trade and Marketing Co.

Posted on 16 May, 2003

Root Beer Reviews

Here's what Spike says about root beer:

I like root beer. I like root beer a lot. That's pretty much the reason I built this site. Why else would I take time out of my busy life, build a web site, take pictures of bottles, and scan cartons? My beloved wife wonders those same things...especially since she cannot stand neither the taste nor the smell of root beer. However, she puts up with me and "that demon drink". Of course, I work on this site late at night while she sleeps...and she thinks I'm just looking at porn...

You'll find information about dozens of brands of root beer, along with photos and spike's review. Each one is assigned a letter grade.

Posted on 16 May, 2003

Magic Makers Costumes

This place seems to have it all: costumes for sale or rent, magic supplies, clown supplies, mascots, an Egyptian exhibit, and even photos of their pet monkeys. Here's just a tiny sample of the many bear costumes available.

You can also get a complete Uncle Fester costume for only $43.95. Seems like a good deal to me.

Posted on 16 May, 2003

Macintosh Users and Microsoft

Someone named SteveJack explains why Mac users should not buy Microsoft software.

Do not buy Microsoft software. It's as easy as that. And no Microsoft keyboards or mice, either. You really don't need Microsoft to do anything on a computer that you want to do, unless you're somehow shackled to some proprietary Microsoft solution already.

His arguments do make some sense.

Posted on 16 May, 2003

Air Guitar Competition

Mark your calendar. The 2003 US Air Guitar Championship competition will be held in June. Regional competitions will be held in Los Angeles and New York. The winner gets a trip to Finland.

Rule #2 pretty much sums it up:

The instrument must be invisible, i.e., air.

Posted on 16 May, 2003

Famous Curves

Mathematical curves, that is. You'll find information about lots of curves (famous and not so famous), along with interactive graphs and some history of each. Shown here, the famous Rhodonea Curves.

(via Muxway)

Posted on 16 May, 2003

Skulls Unlimited

So what company is the world's leading supplier of osteological specimens? That would be Skulls Unlimited.

You can purchase museum quality skulls, or just browse the skeleton gallery.

This site is really very interesting Check out the one-of-a-kind items, which include a freeze dried mole ($39.00) and a juvenile human skull ($6,500).

Posted on 16 May, 2003