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8 June, 2003

Thank You, RIAA!

Once again, I would like to thank the RIAA for providing a handy music boycott list, i.e. a list of RIAA members.

A few days ago I learned that Gillian Welch has a new CD. I was just about to buy it from the link at her web site. Before clicking the "check out" button, I decided to check the RIAA list. Good thing. Her label, Acony Records, is a member of the RIAA.

Sorry Gillian. I really like your stuff, but not enough to show a token of support for the crooks at the RIAA by buying it. Every RIAA CD that is not purchased will help drive music sales down -- a worthy goal.

I'll just get Natalie Merchant's new CD instead. She is among a growing number of artists who understand the future of music. And, fortunately, the RIAA isn't part of this future.

Note: As I write this, the RIAA web site is not available. So what else is new? Their site seems to get hacked about once a week. Here's a link to Google's cache of the boycott list.

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Bowling Pin Art

$600 gets you a painted bowling pin.

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Dead and Buried

Bite the big one. Exported to a flat file. Kick the bucket. Sleeping with the fishes. Pushing up daisies.

These, and many more euphemisms for death are available here.

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Photo Essays

A great collection of black and white photos by Herman Krieger.

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The Chanthaburi Fruit Fair

It's coming right up, in Thailand: The Chanthaburi Fruit Fair. Featuring the durian. The what? A durian is a dangerous-looking tropical fruit, which I don't think I've ever seen.

Westerners do not generally become excited by the durian and this may be due to not knowing how to select or eat this wonderful fruit. It doesn't help that Western descriptions of the fruit usually mitigate against the formation of favorable reception. It is a pity that the authors of travel guide books are not more fair-minded about the durian. Their descriptions are extremely negative and frequently use scatological terms in reference to the durian.

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Not Writing

Now here's a site that I can relate to. Stuff one writer does when he should be writing.

Here at NotWriting.com you'll read daily or weekly commentary (really whenever the author feels like it) on one writer's plight with not writing. Through this series, you'll gain tremendous insight into the things writers do when they really should be writing like watching traffic stops out the window, making ice cubes, and sorting paper clips. Welcome.

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The Numbered Shirt Project

Here's another one of those sites that makes the Internet so much fun.

The Numbered Shirt Project is a collection of photos that depict shirts with a number on them. The goal, it seems, is to collect shirts that range from 0 to 100. A few are still missing.

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Microsoft and Lindows

Michael Robertson writes about Microsoft's plan to get rid of the minor competitor known as Lindows: How to Buy WinXP for $50.

There's one additional dynamic that comes into the equation - Microsoft's money to discourage retailers who start selling large numbers of LindowsOS computers. Microsoft routinely offers financial inducements to computer companies to not carry LindowsOS computers. With $40 billion in the bank, it's an easy decision for them to use a few million dollars to block Lindows.com from major retailers. Every month that Microsoft keeps their monopoly position, it is another billion or so in profit.

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Martha's New Digs

The members of Worth 1000 try their hand at decorating Martha Stewart's jail cell.

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Pets Warehouse Update

The latest news on the Pets Warehouse law suit. It started out with...

A group of aquarium hobbyists who frequent the Internet Aquatic Plant Digest have been sued in Federal Court for $15,000,000 by Robert Novak d/b/a petswarehouse.com. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. All of the defendants reside outside of New York. The lawsuit involves allegations of defamation for certain messages that were posted to the Aquatic Plant Digest.

Now we learn that...

On June 2, 3003 Robert Novak d/b/ Pets Warehouse and d/b/a petswarehouse.com filed for bankruptcy in the E.D.N.Y.

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Tom Volk's Fungi

Tom Volk is a professor at the University of Wisconsin. And he's really into fungi.

Particularly notable is his Fungus of the Month page. I also kind of like his Holiday Fungi page -- where you'll learn about the fungal diseases that must be overcome to have a traditional Thanksgiving.

(via The Solipstistic Gazette)

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Disaster Models

Disaster models for sale.

Souvenirs are important cultural objects which can store and communicate memories, emotions and desires. Buildings of Disaster are miniature replicas of famous structures where some tragic or terrible events happened to take place.

Shown here is a model of the disaster known as the "O.J. Car Chase."

(via Incoming Signals)

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Online Comics

If you're getting bored with the daily newspaper comic strips, you can find more at OnlineComics.net. Links to more than 1,500 comics.

OnlineComics.net is a searchable directory of online comics (i.e. comics published on the Internet, rather than in print). We do not publish online comics, nor are we affiliated with the comics listed in the directory. This site merely points you toward other sites that publish online comics. Think of us as the Yahoo! of online comics.

That's where I found out about The Evil Doctor Palindrome.

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Nonprofitable Tech

A parody of a corporate web site.

We have Experience
We've written lots and lots of software. Lots of software. Really huge quantities of software. It kind of works together, but we know for sure that you'll need to pay us to get it to work for you. We have lots of MBAs. Oh my goodness. You know all those MBAs that have been laid off. We hired them all. They are all counting the money we've raised.

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The Most Expensive Hotel Rooms

From Forbes.

What will $25,000 get you these days? A modest down payment on a home? A year of college tuition? How about a single night in the world's most expensive hotel room--the Bridge Suite at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas? Based on a typical 21-hour stay (2 P.M. check-in and 11 A.M. check-out), that would break down to $1,190 an hour for the privilege.

Or, you can just stay here.

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Logical Fallacies

Before your next argument, check out Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies.

The point of an argument is to give reasons in support of some conclusion. An argument commits a fallacy when the reasons offered do not support the conclusion. These pages describe the known logical fallacies

Each fallacy is described, and most have several examples.

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What Art Garfunkel Has Been Reading

Art Garfunkel (who use to be half of Simon and Garfunkel) maintains a list of books that he has read.

Since the 1960's, Art Garfunkel has been a voracious reader. We are pleased to present a listing of every book Art has read over the last 30 years.

Whoah! I'm impressed.

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The Home Vasectomy Kit

Very funny stuff: The Home Vasectomy Kit. If you're squeamish about seeing lots of blood, you should avoid this site.

The image shown here depicts the administration of the anesthetic.

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X-10 Pop-Up Ad Gallery

A gallery of those obnoxious X-10 pop-under ads -- including the "bonus" edition from 9/11/2001. The ad reads:

We have suspended our service out of sympathy to the victims and families of this National tragedy.

Oh, so those ads are considered a service!

I keep scripting turned off, so I think I've only seen 2-3 of those ads.

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Junk Fax From City Mortgage Services

I got another junk fax today. This one from City Mortgage Services in San Diego. Specifically, it came from Bradley Pastman, who also holds a California Real Estate License (#01222160).

I seriously considered taking him to small claims court to collect my $500. The law is perfectly clear, and there is little doubt that I would win the judgment (for example, see this small claims ruling). But it's simply not worth my time -- and actually collecting from this low-life would probably take months. So there we have it: a junk fax law that is, for all intents and purposes, unenforceable. I'm sure the upcoming spam laws will be just as effective.

I do, however, plan to file a complaint with the California Department of Real Estate. I'm sure it will do no good, but it will make me feel better.

By the way, the City Mortgage Services web site is good for a laugh. My favorite page is the Meet Our Staff listing (wow, nine people named Jane Smith!). The Customer Comments page is also pretty good, and their Company Mission page sums it up nicely.

And finally, if anyone needs to get in touch with City Mortgage Services, their fax number is 858-673-1003. I'm sure they'd love to receive copies of any advertising you'd like to send. Tell 'em Brad Pastman sent you. Or, maybe you'd just like to chat with Brad. His toll-free number is 800-310-8488.

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Pi Music

The .microsound list members have contributed 33 MP3 files that are based on pi. Each one, of course, is 3:14 in length. They were all released on pi day, which is March 14.

What is .microsound?

.microsound is an unmediated mailing list oriented toward discussion of the styles of digital and post-digital music promulgated by the proliferation and widespread adoption of digital signal processing (dsp) tools.

(via Everything Burns)

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