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20 June, 2003

The Reviews Are In

I recently came across two reviews of the J-Walk Blog:

  • The Age: "J-Walk is one of those random blogs where the blogger, in this case Californian John Walkenbach, writes about whatever he likes, without seeming to care if it is consistent or interesting."

  • MSNBC: "I had to force myself to close the browser and step away from the computer for a few minutes in order to get back to focusing on other things."

Posted on 20 June, 2003

New Search, Courtesy of Atomz

I finally got around to implementing a decent search capability for this blog. The search service is provided by Atomz, and I would highly recommend this company.

Click here to try it (or use the "Search" link on the left).

Posted on 20 June, 2003

Another Junk Fax

I've started a tradition of writing about the junk faxes that I get. The whole point is to get these companies and people indexed in Google along with a reference to "junk fax" and any other unsavory terms I can think of.

Today, I got one from Southern California Marketing and Barter (the web site, of course, is completely worthless and is "under construction"). The fax states:

"We have you listed as a customer. If you would like to be removed from our list call 1-800-895-5169"

Yeah, right. I'm a customer of a shady outfit that resorts to illegal junk faxes.

The sleazy slime ball responsible for this junk fax is named Paul Hentschl. You can reach him at 858-521-0189. Or, just send him a fax (better yet, multiple faxes) at 858-521-0197.

And here's an email address for the spambots: paulh@scmbonline.com

Posted on 20 June, 2003

John Lee Hooker: R.I.P.

It was two years ago, today.

Posted on 20 June, 2003

The Quadrant Sign Code: Exposed!

Yes, folks. The truth can now be told. America, WAKE-UP!

The truth can now be told. Embedded in our nation's road sign system is a secret coding designed to target vital sites, facilities, routes and resources for military confiscation during a National Emergency. Though, concealed by the lies of the Department of Transportation for many years, "Free Indeed Research" has tapped deeply into one of the most clever, and deceptive cover-up operations to come down the pike in years!

Here's proof:

Posted on 20 June, 2003

Morbid Fact Du Jour

With every new day comes another morbid fact.

Posted on 20 June, 2003

55-Word Short Stories

Is it possible to write a decent short story using only 55 words? I think it is. Here are the winning entries the 15th annual mini short story contest.

Here's one called Dead Letter Department, written by Alan Dolit.

The mail collector had never lost a letter.

Except once.

At Hyde and Sikh in San Francisco, the wind blew a card from his hand. He grabbed at it and was hit by a car.

The card was addressed to him.

"Joe Johns," it read. "Your subscription to LIFE has expired.

Posted on 20 June, 2003

I Am A Minister

Yesterday I became a minister in the Universal Life Church. Thanks to the simple online application form, it was a snap. In fact, it took less than a minute.

ULC ministers world-wide perform weddings, assist in marriage ceremonies, do baptisms, funerals and much more. The Universal Life Church is interfaith and non-denominational.

Remember, you don't ever have to purchase anything from the ULC to gain all your legal benefits, entitlements, respect and honor from others. We do however offer for sale all those items that will help you with your new profession

I can't wait to perform my first wedding ceremony. Or maybe I'll start out with a baptism.

Here's my certificate.

Posted on 20 June, 2003

The Crumb Museum

A fan of the legendary R. Crumb has put together a collection of his work.

Posted on 20 June, 2003

3,200 Miles of Running

On 23 February, Scott and Dave set off to run across the U.S. They started in Sea Bright, New Jersey, and will end up in Florence, Oregon. Track their progress here.

Today, they're in Idaho.

Posted on 20 June, 2003

Paper Craft

Here's a whole bunch of rare animals that you can construct out of paper. Each one has detailed assembly instructions.

Posted on 20 June, 2003

Watching the Corn Grow

An Iowa farmer set up a web cam so you can watch his corn grow. It's a field south of Cedar Rapids. If you're looking for exciting web cam action, this is probably not your best choice.

Posted on 20 June, 2003

The Salt Maze

Snails and slugs, of course, can't stand salt. So this guy makes a maze of salt, and puts a slug in the middle of it.

I'm pleased to report that the slug made it through the maze.

Posted on 20 June, 2003

Slip-Ups

A collection of goofs in movies, TV, books, and quotes. You'll find 11,705 of them.

The term "Slip-Up", as we use it here, means any amusing accidental blooper or mistake that wasn't caught, and made its way to the viewing public. They can be inconsistencies in movies, like an actor wearing something in one shot, and it's missing in the next shot. Or they can be funny errors in books.

Posted on 20 June, 2003

It Ain't Over Till It's Over

Baseball is a funny game. On any given day, any team can beat any other team. Last night was proof.

The best team in the American League (Seattle) played the worst team in the National League (San Diego). Seattle was ahead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The Padres managed to load the bases, and Rondell White was at bat, with two strikes. Probably 99% of the viewers thought a Seattle victory would come on the next pitch (I did). But no. A grand slam home run wins the game in a dramatic fashion.

White, of course, will be traded to another team in the next few weeks.

Posted on 20 June, 2003