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16 June, 2003

Human Animals

This site is called Image Imagine. It has images of humans combined with animal parts.

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Play With a Skeleton

I'm not sure what this is all about, but it's kind of fun. Use your mouse to drag a skeleton around.

(via Sublimate)

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Post-It Notes Gallery

How much art can you fit on a Post-It Note? Apparently, quite a lot. Check out the Post-It Notes art contest.

Here's a brief history of Post-It Notes. They were introduced in 1979 (it seems like they've been around longer than that). And now there are more than 600 Post-It Notes products.

Posted on 16 June, 2003

AOL's Radio Advertising

From Ad Age: Radio Staffers Object to AOL Advertising Deal.

A $15 million advertising and promotional deal between Viacom's Infinity Broadcasting Corp. and struggling online service America Online is raising hackles as some Radio stations receive free broadband service in return for on-air plugs within editorial content.

As part of the deal, the on-air DJ's are required to make references to AOL.

The memo said the station had to refer on-air to content on AOL for Broadband six times a day and send at least three mentions per week back to AOL.

I wonder if a comment like, "AOL sucks big-time" counts?

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Rock Posters

Bob Masse's Rock Posters.

Thirty-five years of poster art by one of North America's premier poster artists.

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Iraqi Housewives Adapt

From Humor Is Dead: Iraqi Housewives Find Joy, Convenience In Western No-Spill Cartons

Mrs. Fareeza Hassad's life has just gotten a lot easier, thanks to western advances. "If my kids wanted an after-school snack of yogurt, I'd have to milk the goats, inoculate the cultures, and ferment for weeks. Today I just put handy Go-Gurt Tubes in their lunches and that's it!"

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U.S. National Debt Clock

I'm 51 years old, and I still have no idea what the "national debt" really is. But this national debt clock tells you. Right now...

The estimated population of the United States is 291,258,072, so each citizen's share of this debt is $22,613.47.

If you click the link, the numbers will be higher. I guess that's bad. Maybe I should write a check and pay my share.

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Get-Rich-Quick Books

Here's a big selection of worthless get-rich-quick books for sale. The people who buy these books are the same people who respond to spam.

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Cowboy Hot Tubs

Looking for an affordable spa? Try a cowboy hot tub.

Our Cowboy Hot Tub Heater is a wood burning semi submersible water heater that can be used for heating a hot tub and many other water heating needs. It is designed to be totally portable so it can be used anywhere! You can hot tub anywhere! It is very inexpensive. The Standard Cowboy Hot Tub heater is about $229.00. A 150 gallon stock tank is less than $200.00. Using the Cowboy Hot Tub Heater and this tank, you can have a ready to go anywhere hot tub for less than $500.00.

Posted on 16 June, 2003

The Great Harry Potter Book Heist

From BBC News: Thousands of Potter books stolen

Thousands of copies of the long-awaited fifth Harry Potter book have been stolen from a warehouse just days before the book's eagerly-awaited launch.

They warned the public that anyone who tried to sell or buy the books between now and Saturday could face criminal charges.

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Bullfighter

Bullfighter, from Deloitte Consulting, analyzes text for jargon and readability.

Bullfighter is software that runs in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, within Microsoft Office 2000 or XP. It works a lot like the spelling and grammar checker in those applications, but focuses on jargon and readability. Download it for free, or order a CD-ROM/book package.

I used this software to analyze a random chapter from my Excel 2002 Formulas book. I'm pleased to report that the chapter is certified to be "bull-free." The results are shown below.

Just for fun, I analyzed some of the press releases at the Deloitte web site. Some of them didn't fare too well. I guess those were written before the Bullfighter software was available.

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33 Things

Jake Metcalf: 33 Things I hate about the Internet.

I agree with every one of them.

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The 50 Best Magazines

The Chicago Tribune compiled a list of what they think are the 50 best magazines.

The top-rated magazine is Cook's Illustrated. I've never even heard of this magazine, but it sounds pretty interesting. I especially like the fact that it has no advertising. Here's the Cook's Illustrated website (most of the content is members-only).

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Atom Films

Lots of online movies. The cost? You'll need to sit through an ad before the video is shown.

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US Politicians Database

I'm not really interested in politics, but I did find OnTheIssues.org interesting. You can look up any US state or federal officeholder, and get a quick summary of where they stand on a variety of issues.

Based on their voting records, it displays a graphic that puts them into a category. For example, Mary Bono is a "Moderate Libertarian Conservative."

Mary Bono, by the way, has expressed interest in Hilary Rosen's job at the RIAA. Rosen, as you may know, is leaving at the end of the year.

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The Mustard Museum

There seems to have a museum for everything, so why not a Mustard Museum?

The Mount Horeb Mustard Museum is home of the world's largest collection of prepared mustards - nearly 4,000 jars, bottles, and tubes from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. We also sell oodles of different mustards through our nifty catalog, online, and in our gift shop.

Posted on 16 June, 2003

Security Check

Test your system's security at AuditMyPC.com.

Audit your firewall with a free online Firewall Test, Port Scan and Privacy Test that provides immediate results designed to promote security awareness and help secure your firewall. Port Scan all 65,535 tcp ports or choose your port scan range!

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