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12 June, 2003

Desert-Bound

This weekend, we're heading for the heat. No more posts until Monday. Hopefully, I'll come back with some good photos -- assuming my camera doesn't melt.

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Origami

A good place to learn about origami is origami.com. Lots of examples and photos. Like this one.

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Hooterville Scale Model

Fans of the old Green Acres TV show might get a kick out of this scale model of Hooterville.

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Saddam Hussein, the Novelist

BBC News reports that copies of a novel written by Saddam Hussein have been found in Baghdad.

The novel, called Get Out of Here, Curse You, were being stored at the Information Ministry buildings in Baghdad before going on sale when the US attacked Iraq in March.

It tells the story of Salem, an Arab nobleman who defeats his American and Jewish foes, represented by foreign tribes. Salem's victory is said to mirror the attacks on the US on 11 September, 2001. The book includes the destruction of two towers.

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Art Cars in Cyberspace

I guess this sort of thing could qualify as art. Dozens of photos of art cars.

This Garden Car is pretty interesting.

The Garden Car started out as a 1981 Toyota Corolla station wagon that was owned by my neighbor who had lost his license and wanted to sell it for $200. I bought it as a Christmas present to myself. I was trying to think of a theme for the car when I came up with the idea of making a garden car. Since everything grows in Miami, why not grow a car!

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Microsoft and Technology Licensing

From the Washington Post: Rivals Say Microsoft Flouts Deal

Microsoft Corp. is trying to license key pieces of its technology at inflated rates and under onerous conditions, according to competitors who charge that the software giant is thwarting its antitrust settlement with the federal government.

That's not too surprising, really. And neither is this:

Among the terms: Companies must put up $100,000 just to see the technical information about the 133 protocols, which helps a potential licensee determine if it wants or needs any of them. But if the company chooses not to license, it gets back only $50,000.

It must be nice to be Microsoft.

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Cloudship Photos

Sometimes, a cloud isn't what you think it is. It could be a cloudship.

These pictures show cloudships or starships disguised as clouds in the daytime sky. The Pleiadian Star Fleet and other starfleet ships that are here around Planet Earth at this time use technologies to prevent them from being seen at times in third dimension. They have the ability to change the color of the "skin" of the starship to match the color of the sky or to collect water molecules in the air surrounding the ship, which then form a cloud to conceal the ship, thus cloudships. Cloudships can be seen almost daily anywhere in the daytime sky, but are usually thought to be clouds by the casual and unenlightened observer.

Shown here is a Shuttle Craft in cloudship form from The Phoenix Mothership, over Tehachapi, California.

All of this is brought to you by the folks at Four Winds -- whatever that is.

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Toy Soldiers

This site is called Everything Toy Soldiers. It's an appropriate description. If you like looking at photos of toy soldiers, you can spend the rest of your day here.

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You Must Choose

At You Must Choose, you are presented with a series of choices. You must choose one. Then you can see how many others made the same choice.

It's a bit more interesting than it sounds.

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Working at Wal-Mart

For the past three years, this guy has been keeping an online journal about his experiences working at Wal-Mart (which he refers to as Wally World).

Besides the fact that I believe that I work for an evil corporate empire, Wally World is actually a pretty good place to work, despite a few setbacks from time to time. The reason I have posted a web site about my job is because Wally World happens to be a mecca for shoppers, and everyone is a shopper, especially stupid people.

This is great stuff. Here's a recent entry:

5-17-03 - A customer returned some sort of "As Seen On TV" dieting gimmick thing. Her fat ass complained that it didn't work. If you're stupid enough to buy in to a dieting gimmick, much less an "As Seen On TV" one then you deserve to be ripped off and stay fat. She got her money back, but I had the last laugh because she was old and fat.

And this one:

9-17-02 - The people greeter with one thumb and one finger sneezed in the break room. He attempted to cover his mouth, but used the wrong hand, and unfortunately his one finger is not enough to cover his whole mouth.

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The Web 100

The Web 100 keeps a list of the best web sites, arranged by category.

...where user ratings and reviews of Web sites guide you to the best of the Web. The Web 100's rankings change hourly, with new sites added each day.

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Need a New Suit?

If you need some new duds, check out FancyDeluxe. Shown here is one of my favorites -- the incredible and very colorful stuffed animal suit. This suit is "covered in a stuffed animal fur, faces, eyeballs, etc."

Pricing is available upon request. If you have to ask...

If that's too flamboyant for you, they have several other styles, including a sky blue cloud suit, a duct tape suite, and a suit made out of matchbooks.

(via Iconomy)

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Microsoft and Media

From Wired: Bill Gates, Entertainment God

Microsoft has two visions for the future of digital media: unlimited choice for consumers, and unlimited control for producers. One thing's for sure, it's unlimited opportunity for Redmond.

It looks like Microsoft can't lose. They will most definitely play a major role in determining the future of home entertainment.

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Lip Tattoos

Three pages of lip tattoo photos.

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Homer Simpson = Greatest American

According to an online poll conducted by BBC News, Homer Simpson is the people's choice as the "greatest American."

1. Homer Simpson: 20.65%
2. Abraham Lincoln: 15.13%
3. Martin Luther King Jr: 13.91%
4. Thomas Jefferson: 9.26%
5. Mr T: 8.09%
6. Bob Dylan: 8.03%
7. George Washington: 7.87%
8. Franklin D Roosevelt: 6.37%
9. Benjamin Franklin: 6.22%
10. Bill Clinton: 4.48%

They made a special point of referring to it as a "strictly unscientific survey," and point out that the results "may not reflect public opinion." Well, duh! Of course it's not accurate. Bob Dylan should be #1.

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