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22 May, 2003

The Insect Company

Buy insects online from the Insect Company. They have a huge selection, and lots of cool photos.

Posted on 22 May, 2003

Time Capsule

It's the dMarie Time Capsule. Enter a date, and find out the headlines, birthdays, top songs, TV shows, toys, and books.

Posted on 22 May, 2003

28-Hour Days

Read about a proposal to create 28-hour days.

Under the 28 Hour Day system, the current week would remain at exactly 168 hours. (24 x 7 = 168) However, this 168 hour period would be divided into six 28-hour days rather than seven 24-hour days.

Posted on 22 May, 2003

Coming Soon: Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is scheduled for 31 May.

The most impressive aspect of the event will be an annular, or ring eclipse, so named because the Moon's disk will be too small to completely cover the Sun's disk. The result is a ring of fire surrounding the black circle of the Moon. It's like a dull penny sitting atop a shiny nickel.

Posted on 22 May, 2003

Bush Cheney Re-Election Site

The official site for the Bush Cheney 2004 Re-Election Campaign. Well, not really. It's a joke.

I like this quote:

"A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it." - President George W. Bush.

Posted on 22 May, 2003

20 Questions

Play a game of 20 Questions with a computer. Think of an item, and the program will try to guess it by asking your questions.

This is damned impressive! I tried it three times, and it guessed all three.

Posted on 22 May, 2003

Digital Dog Tags

This is called Dog-e-Tag. It's a digital dog tag.

It is 1 3/8 inches (36mm) around, weighs 3/4 of an ounce (21g) and is worn in a similar fashion to a common metal tag. With up to 40 lines of information, one can store large quantities of data, such as cell phone numbers, pager numbers, e-mail addresses, county license numbers, rabies vaccine numbers, veterinary and neighbor contacts, etc. Beyond simple data, Dog-e-Tag can also contain messages such as: "I like my tummy rubbed"

Posted on 22 May, 2003

Text Effects in Flash

Here's a fun Flash presentation that demonstrates a plug-in that offers many ways to present text.

Posted on 22 May, 2003

Gig Posters

View thousands of gig posters by hundreds of artists.

This site is dedicated to the artists, designers and musicians who create amazing gig posters to advertise shows and events. The art of gig posters, flyers, and handbills showcases the talent of many designers who see little to no profit for creating gig posters.

This site has so many images available that it's almost overwhelming.

Posted on 22 May, 2003

The Rise and Fall of Google

Philipp Lenssen offers a hypothetical timeline for Google, which covers the period 1996 through 3088. The entry for 2051 is interesting:

2051: Google is officially a footnote in Internet history books. The elders who knew it refer to the early 21st century as the "golden Google age, when information was valid". The younger generation doesn't understand.

However, I think this will happen long before 2051.

Posted on 22 May, 2003

Elephant Art

A few weeks ago I linked to some gorilla art. Now the elephants are at it. Take a look at some paintings by elephants.

But I think they may be going overboard. The painting shown here, for example, was done by an elephant called Wanalee, and it sells for more than $1,000. It's called "Exotic Shade," and it's described as:

Dramatic brushstrokes result in instinctive abstractions heightened by powerful red. Wanalaee's composition suggests intention as black disrupts the crimson flow of images. A talented Thai elephant-artist, Wanalee executes this painting with acrylics on Canson paper.

Posted on 22 May, 2003

McDonald's and the Pope

From Yahoo News: Holy Meals at McDonald's

McDonald's is sponsoring the Pope's visit to Spain.

A highlight of the Pope's trip was a massive pray-in at a Madrid aerodrome, with tickets going for between $11 and $45 apiece. According to a report in The Guardian, believers received a backpack (dubbed the "pilgrim's bag") full of papal merchandise, including a "You Will Be My Witness" tour cap, CD, rosary and prayer book, plus vouchers for dinner (a burger, fries, soft drink and an ice cream or baked apple pie) at McDonald's.

My favorite quote from the article:

Despite the absence of a Soccer Jesus figurine in the package, more than half a million people showed up for the event.

Posted on 22 May, 2003

Recycling Documents

From ComputerWorld:

Approximately 3 million pages of Microsoft Corp. documents, once part of a lawsuit against the software company, are being shredded and will ultimately become toilet paper.

We're talking 937 boxes of legal documents from a case originally filed in 1996. But...

At the eleventh hour, Sun Microsystems Inc. petitioned the court to stop the destruction so it could look for evidence to support its own antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft. The judge granted that petition, and Sun pulled out 40 boxes of documents.

Posted on 22 May, 2003