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10 June, 2003

Adobe Reader 6.0... Just Say No

Like a fool, I went and installed Adobe Reader 6.0 -- even though 5.0 was working fine for me. At Adobe's site, they don't list what's new and improved, but (like most people) I just assumed that a newer product was better. Wrong!

Hey Adobe, feel free to use this text at your web site:

What's New With Adobe Reader

  1. It takes about four times as long to start

  2. The splash screen shows a huge list of patent numbers (as if anybody cares)

  3. It uses a lot more memory.

  4. You'll probably experience twice as many Internet Explorer crashes.

Now I need to uninstall this piece of crap and round up a copy of 5.0.

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Ouija and Other Talking Boards

I had no idea that there were so many variations on a Ouija board. Check 'em out at the Museum of Talking Boards.

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Music Games

A dozen music-oriented games and amusements from the BBC.

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Pixelated Images

Highly pixelated erotic images for sale. Oil on canvas paintings that look like modern art when viewed close up. But view them from a distance, and you see something else.

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Fads Spread Through Spam

From The New York Times: E-Mail Message Blitz Creates What May Be Fastest Fad Ever

This article discusses the ubiquitous "Iraqi Most Wanted" deck of cards. I think I've received more than 100 spam emails trying to get me to buy this crap.

Hundreds of millions of e-mail messages about the cards have been sent since, and some 1.5 million decks have been sold by GreatUSAflags.com, a Web site owned by JDR, based in Los Angeles, and its partner, Lionstone International, which is based here. Other companies have sold a total of more than one million decks, making the Iraqi cards one of the fastest-selling fad products in history.

This article will undoubted convince thousands of people that spamming is a viable way to make quick money. Thank you very much, New York Times.

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Ebay Curiosities

A collection of wacky Ebay auctions.

This is great stuff. I'm not sure which I like best: the spring shoes or the briefcase full of diamonds.

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Magazine Covers as Art

Conde Nast Art takes old magazine covers, digitally remasters them, puts them in a frame, and sells them..

For example, you can get a reproduction of a 1958 cover of Vogue for $350 (of $100 less if you want it unframed).

Posted on 10 June, 2003

More on the Nigerian Email Conference

Today, The Register picked up on my spoof piece on the 3rd Annual Nigerian Email Conference.

The best part is the update -- a letter from Michael A. Fabikun of the MK Nigerian Association. Fabikun threatens legal action for not pointing out what is perfectly obvious to 99% of the population: That it's a joke.

The fixed it by adding the following graphic:

I can see his point. It must be tough living in a country that is now best known for the scams perpetrated by a small percentage of its people.

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Today's FoxTrot

In case your local newspaper doesn't carry it, here's today's FoxTrot, by Bill Amend.

It's not often that a single comic covers two of my favorite topics: spreadsheets, and the RIAA.

(Thanks Jon Peltier)

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Blog of the Score Bard

What do you get if you combine baseball with Shakespeare? Probably, something like the Blog of the Score Bard. This blog covers baseball topics, but it does so in verse!

For example, here's one that talks about a rare, but exciting play: an outfielder robbing a hitter of a homerun.

These days, it is formulated, sprawled above a fence
Only seven feet high, Hunters on a wall,
How can it make much sense
To compare the glove hands of older days?

(via Side Salad)

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Pictures of Weather

What would you find at a site named Weather Pix? Pictures of weather, of course.

A source dedicated to severe storm and tornado education for spotters, enthusiasts, and scientists alike who share an avid interest in atmospheric violence.

These are some great shots.

(via gordon.coale weblog)

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Fotolog.net

Attention photographers. Create your own "fotolog" at Fotolog.net.

Open a free account, which allows you to upload one photo per day. Or, just browse through the 175,000 photos that have already been submitted.

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Cheesy Jesus

Cheesy Jesus is an online store that specializes in "Truly God Awful Stuff."

This bottle of "Wash Away Your Sins" bubble bath is a good example.

No rinsing, no scrubbing, the Wash Away Your Sins Bubble Bath will cleanse even the most guilt-ridden soul. Plus it leaves no visible sin scum ring! The 12 oz. bottle of super-concentrated suds guarantees hours of bathroom redemption fun.

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Mouse Pad Museum

With the growing popularity of optical mice, the mouse pad may become a historical relic. Not surprisingly, there's already a Mouse Pad Museum.

(via The PreSurfer)

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Open Your Own McDonalds

Here's a PDF file that appears to have the recipe for every item sold by McDonalds.

Recipes based on the old McDonald's production methods of the 50's, 60's, and 70's. These recipes are what made McDonald's famous!

Posted on 10 June, 2003

Searching for "Search"

So what happens when you search for the word "search" at various Web search engines? This is what you get (ignoring the "sponsored results" which appear at the top of the list for many of these sites):

  • AltaVista: (1) AltaVista, (2) Google, (3) Search Engine Watch, (4) Yahoo, (5) Search.com

  • Goolge: (1) Search .com, (2) Yahoo, (3) AltaVista, (4), Lycos, (5) Google

  • HotBot: (1) Google, (2) Search.com, (3) Yahoo, (4) AltaVista, (5) Lycos

  • Lycos: (1) Lycos, (2) Search.com, (3) Google (4) AltaVista, (5) Search.ch

  • MSN Search: (1) MSN Search, (2) Search Engine Watch, (3) Microsoft bCentral, (4) Aqua11.com, (5) Search Engine Guide

  • Search.com (CNET): (1) Yahoo, (2) Lycos, (3) Search Engine Watch, (4) Altavista, (5) Search.com

  • Yahoo: (1) Yahoo, (2) Google, (3) MSN Search, (4) AOL Search, (5) Ask Jeeves

A few observations:

  • The following search sites all return "themselves" as the number one hit: AltaVista, Lycos, MSN Search, and Yahoo.

  • Even though Google is, by far, the most popular search site, it lists itself fifth in the search results.

  • Google doesn't even appear in the top 5 for MSN Search and Search.com.

  • None of them list HotBot in the top 5 (not even HotBot).

  • Lycos lists a Swiss search engine in the #5 position.

  • MSN managed to put two Microsoft sites in the top 5. A site called aqua11.com (which I've never heard of) appeared in the #4 position.

  • Surprisingly, Yahoo lists AOL Search and Ask Jeeves in the top 5.

Posted on 10 June, 2003