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25 May, 2003

Naval Safety Photos

From the Naval Safety Center: A collection of photos that depict how not to be safe.

The example show is here is described like this:

Short version: Big truck parks for lunch. Small truck sneaks up and parks right under big truck's wheel. Big truck driver finishes his bologna sandwich, belches, and then drives off. He stops when he realizes that the crunch he hears is not the soda can he tossed out the window.

Posted on 25 May, 2003

The Duct Tape Guys

Duct tape, and nothing but duct tape. I may have linked to this site before, but it's worth another visit. I used to think that duct tape could fix anything. Now I know it's true.

Posted on 25 May, 2003

Climb Like a Gecko

The Gekkomat is described like this:

From the very start, the aim of this project was to give humans the ability to traverse horizontal or overhanging walls and ceilings as a Gecko. This should be done as naturally as possible with little hindrance and independently from outside energy sources. The project started with technical-physical calculations, followed by ergonomical design studies, computer-aided planning and experiments.

Today, the "gekkomat" is a fully autonomous machine which enables a man to move about on various surfaces (horizontal and overhanging). The technique is based upon a combination of vacuum and friction principles. The "gekkomat" is comprised of a central energy unit which is worn on the back of the "gekkonaut" and four vacuum pads attached to his hands and feet.

Posted on 25 May, 2003

A Bunch of Forms

This blog site, called manyforms, is just what it claims to be: a collection of online forms.

Posted on 25 May, 2003

Hate on Display

A collection of hate symbols, with lots of interesting information about each one.

Symbols are the most powerful communication tools that have ever existed. Because they have the ability to convey so much meaning, intent and significance in such a compact, immediately recognizable form, the effect that they have is tremendous. One need only reflect on the reverence or passion that symbols ranging from the American flag to the Star of David to the Christian cross to the Red Cross can evoke to be able to understand exactly how powerful a symbol can be.

Posted on 25 May, 2003

Eating Challenges

Descriptions (and lots of photos) of various food-eating challenges. The word "food" is used loosely. You'll find:

  • Cinnamon challenge (two of them)

  • Horseradish challenge (two of them)

  • Saltine challenge

  • Sardine challenge

  • Tobasco challenge

  • Cricket challenge (shown here in the photo)

Posted on 25 May, 2003

A New Theme Park

A new theme park in New York, called Twin Towers at Ground Zero.

Note: This is a joke, of course, and some would consider it to be in poor taste.

Posted on 25 May, 2003

Art or Crap?

Can you recognize real art when you see it? Take this visual quiz and find out. For the record, I got 10 of the 16 items correct -- which is better than chance.

Posted on 25 May, 2003

Text-To-Speech Online

If you'd like to hear a synthesized voice read to you, go here. Enter some text, specify the voice options, and click the button. You can even download the sound file if you like.

For more voice options, visit the ATT Text-to-Speech site.

Posted on 25 May, 2003

Heavenly Images

If you've always wanted a picture of yourself posing with Jesus, you're in luck.

Send you photo and some cash, and folks at Heavenly Images will do the Photoshop work for you.

They are very versatile. You can choose the background image, specify a verse or prayer, and they even merge multiple photos into the final image. And, I see that they are not limited to humans. Photos of dogs and other pets are gladly accepted. The price for a pet is the same as for one human.

Posted on 25 May, 2003

Zen and Small Claims

At his web site, Zen and the Art of Small Claims, Ben Livingston shares his experience suing spammers, telemarketers, and those who send junk faxes.

It's a lot of work, but Ben has had some success.

Posted on 25 May, 2003

Turn of the Century Baseball Cards

The Library of Congress has a collection of old baseball cards.

This collection presents a Library of Congress treasure -- 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914. The cards show such legendary figures as Ty Cobb stealing third base for Detroit, Tris Speaker batting for Boston, and pitcher Cy Young posing formally in his Cleveland uniform. Other notable players include Connie Mack, Walter Johnson, King Kelly, and Christy Mathewson.

Posted on 25 May, 2003

Sign Up To Send Some Bush-Cheney Spam

As if the world doesn't have enough spam. Now the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign is trying to generate some more of it. You'll find a checklist of things you can do to "help." Among them is:

Forward emails to 10 friends

Or maybe you prefer to annoy people with unwanted phone calls. If so, you can:

Make get-out-the-vote phone calls

By the way, a few days ago I posted a link to the fake Bush-Cheney campaign site. This is at the real one.

Posted on 25 May, 2003

Nice Tub!

If you're going to take a soak, you may as well watch a DVD at the same time. The La Scalla, from Jacuzzi.

La Scala treats you to the ultimate home theater surround and entertainment system right in the luxury of your own whirlpool bath. With plenty of room for side-by-side bathing, you can nestle in for a long soak and the finest motion picture experience ever imagined. Thoughtful touches, such as a floating remote control and ten fully adjustable jets for the ultimate in head-to-toe relaxation.

Posted on 25 May, 2003