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19 June, 2003

Excel Function Clock

Excel fans will like this new item from Mr. Excel: The Excel Function Wall Clock. It's an actual clock, and each numeral is represented by a formula that evaluates to the appropriate value.

Great idea, Bill!

Posted on 19 June, 2003

What's Better?

Simple concept: You're presented with two items, and you decide which is better. So far, nearly 15,000 items are in the database, and you can view them in rank order.

Posted on 19 June, 2003

Privacy and Politicians

From the Contra Cost Times: Less privacy for all Californians, even lawmakers

When state lawmakers voted down a financial-privacy bill this week, consumer advocate Jamie Court wanted to give them a taste of their own medicine. So he hopped on the Internet, bought their Social Security numbers for $26 a pop and posted parts of them on his group's Web site.

Jamie Court's web site is The Foundation For Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. Here's a link to a GIF file that has the SSNs.

Posted on 19 June, 2003

The Pepper Fool

All things related to hot peppers: recipes, photos, hot sauce, seeds, and books.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 19 June, 2003

The Candy Critic

The Candy Critic writes reviews of candy. For example, here's his review of Sugar Babies.

Chewy, really chewy, that's a good way to describe these little bites. Although the package says caramel, it really isn't like regular caramel, it's more like a molasses. The candy coating seems to be to encapsulate the caramel rather than to add any flavor, I figure it's because the caramel is so sticky. There is a strange aftertaste as well, it's not as much a taste thing as it is a phlegm build up. These things are a traditional favorite, but I think that the flavor is a little much not the best.

Posted on 19 June, 2003

The Fat Project

Two people document their attempt to gain 30 pounds in 30 days.

Many answered, but only two were chosen: a man and a woman, the Adam and Eve of the new fat tomorrow. I call them Eric and Nicole. I've offered a prize of $3000 for gaining the weight.

Eric's volunteered to get fat because he needs money for an engagement ring for his girlfriend. Nicole's tired of people judging for her good looks--so she's agreed to ruin them. She was her high-school's homecoming queen.

Posted on 19 June, 2003

Harrison Ford's Finger Gallery

Just a bunch of photos that show Harrison Ford pointing his finger.

Posted on 19 June, 2003

Global Warming and Cooling

OK, I'm confused...

Posted on 19 June, 2003

Stamp Art

Art in the form of fake postage stamps.

(via Metafilter)

Posted on 19 June, 2003

The 800 x 600 Project

Submit a photographic collage to the 800 x 600 Project.

Collages in this project are made up of 64 pictures total. All 64 pictures must be original photographs, taken by the collage's creator. Each individual picture in the collage is 100 pixels wide by 75 pixels high, oriented horizontally. Pictures should be arranged in an eight picture by eight picture grid, forming the final 800 pixel wide by 600 pixel high collage.

Here's a very much reduced image of 64 photos taken at Yankee Stadium

Posted on 19 June, 2003

Send a Message to the Universe

Got something to say? For $19.95, you can tell it to the universe.

Stardatecards allows consumers to design and send messages enormous distances in the Universe by converting digital information to light waves. Using our laser-adapted telescope, messages are sent on an infinite voyage throughout the Universe providing an eternal means of celebrating a special occasion, event or commemorating the loss of someone dear.

Posted on 19 June, 2003

Searchable Restaurant Menu Database

Take a look at some old menus from restaurants.

This is a database of menus stored in the Rare Book Room of the Central Library. Images of the actual menus are being added.

Posted on 19 June, 2003

Law Suit Over Bottled Water

From CNN: Nestle sued over bottled water claims.

"Consumers purchase Poland Spring thinking they are getting a higher-quality natural spring water, but our suit will show that Poland Spring is neither natural nor spring water, and in fact comes from sources of a lesser quality than some tap water," Tom Sobol, an attorney who filed the complaint, said in a statement.

Posted on 19 June, 2003