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17 June, 2003

Pinhole Photos

Oatmeal Box Pinhole Photographs, by Stewart L. Woodruff.

Several of my friends were then teachers and with their encouragement I decided to search for an inexpensive way to teach photography to children. My search soon led to the oatmeal-box pinhole camera. While exploring the camera's potential as a learning tool, I soon realized that the seemingly simple camera was a true photographic instrument. No other type of camera can produce the unique images characteristic of the oatmeal-box (cylinder) pinhole camera.

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The Sketchbook of Kevin Cornell. Drawings made between July 2002 and February 2003.

I have posted the book in its entirety -- front cover to back cover.

This is very nicely done.

Posted on 17 June, 2003

The Wise Guide

The Wise Guide is from the Library of Congress.

The "Wise Guide" will be refreshed monthly, much like a magazine, offering links to the best of the Library's online materials. Each of these "articles" is based on items contained in a collection, database, reading room or other area of the Library's online offerings. You will see that we are "more than a library," and our holdings range from prints, photographs, films, audio recordings, maps, manuscripts, music and digital materials to (of course) books.

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300 Love Letters

Yep, there really are 300 scanned love letters here.

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Orrin Hatch: The Moron From Utah

From the Seattle Times: Senator Takes Aim at Illegal Downloads. Orrin Hatch thinks it should work like this:

Illegally download copyright music from the Internet once, or even twice, and you get a warning. Do it a third time, and your computer gets destroyed.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing:

"No one is interested in destroying anyone's computer," replied Randy Saaf of MediaDefender Inc., a secretive Los Angeles company that builds technology to deliberately download pirated material very slowly so other users can't.

"I'm interested," Hatch interrupted. He said damaging someone's computer "may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights."

The Register is also covering this story. They sum it up nicely:

Or perhaps Congress will realize that Hatch is talking utter nonsense and ignore his bizarre suggestion. It all depends on how much money the MPAA and RIAA lobbyists can slip into the pockets of their Congressional lapdogs.

Or maybe Orrin Hatch is simply looking out for his own interests. He is, after all, a musician and he reportedly earned $18,000 in royalties last year (see the Music of Senator Orrin Hatch).

I listened to a few samples, and I don't think he has to worry about people stealing his music.

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Patent of the Week

An excellent collection of patents.

Strange, interesting, bizarre, inexplicable, wacky, useful, and sometimes just plain perverted patents, issued from the U.S. and around the world, updated every week!

These are all real patents. The current patent of the week is:

6293874 User-Operated Amusement Apparatus for Kicking the Users Buttocks

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Ice Cream in 30 Seconds

Popular Science describes how to make ice cream in 30 seconds. The secret ingredient? Liquid nitrogen.

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Tools For Phone Numbers

If you've ever tried to make a word from a phone number, you'll probably enjoy the DialABC site.

DialABC is your online destination for telephone related tools, information, trivia, and links. DialABC lets you find words in phone numbers and even find touch tones in audio clips.

(via Muxway)

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Predicting Harry Potter

The Guardian is sponsoring a Harry Potter Simulator contest. The first 48 words of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, to be published on June 21, are:

"The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive... The only person left outside was a teenage boy who was lying flat on his back in a flowerbed outside number four."

What happens next?

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When I was a kid, I spent many hours playing Whiffleball. Since 1980, they've held the World Whiffleball Championship.

The Championship, which lives on as an invitational tournament, features four-person teams playing with perforated plastic WiffleBalls, on miniature ball fields with six-foot home run fences. Over the years, the event -- which grew up in the shadow of Notre Dame's famed golden dome -- has been featured on ESPN, Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC-TV.

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Imaginary Food

Carlos Poveda is a Latin American artist. His recent work is called Domestic Landscapes. It depicts food that doesn't exist.

(via Solipsistic Gazette)

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