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26 June, 2003

The Short Arm Guy

Check out the Short Arm Guy.

My arms are very different. I only have 8 fingers. My left arm is less than eleven inches long from elbow to fingertips and has no thumb. My right arm is almost normal length. It's hand has 3 fingers and a monster thumb which was formerly my index finger until they re-crafted it when I was less than 6 months old. It's now held to my hand by a set of ancient Frankenstein stitches.

Posted on 26 June, 2003

Do Not Call List Verification

From CBS MarketWatch: Yahoo blocks FTC do-not-call mail

Isn't it ironic. In the war against unsolicited e-mail, automated Spam blockers are actually getting in the way as they block legitimate mail from the government.

When you sign up for the "do not call" list, you must then reply to an email verification. Problem is, Yahoo mail's spam filters block the confirmation email.

Posted on 26 June, 2003

Strom Thurmond, Dead at 100

Yep, he's dead.

From Strom Watch:

Strom Thurmond, a Republican senator from South Carolina, died at 100 years old, and was still collecting a paycheck as a state Senator up until his 100th birthday, even when he was unable to perform the simple duty of gavelling the senate into order. He was often prompted by his aides to respond in affirmative or negative when asked for his vote, even though he was not apparently aware that he was voting or what the vote was about.

The guy should have retired from politics 30 years ago. Better yet, he should have chosen a different career.

Here's a concise list of his position on various issues (keep in mind that he probably had no idea what he was voting on).

My favorite accomplishment of this despicable old bigot is:

He holds the record for the longest filibuster in U.S. Senate history at 24 hours and 18 minutes, in opposition to the 1957 Civil Rights Act. He began his filibuster by reading the texts of the election laws of all 48 states.

And he will long be remembered for this famous quote:

"I wanna tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that there's not enough troops in the army to force the southern people to break down segregation and admit the nigger race into our theatres into our swimming pools into our homes and into our churches."

This quote, by the way, has been "cleaned up" in recent years by some of the major publications (see this article)

Thurmond's racist attitudes mellowed a bit later on, when an increasing number of black people registered to vote.

Now that he's dead, I've been trying to think of something nice to say about old Strom. But I came up empty-handed. I'll end with this quote from George W. Bush:

"His patriotism, courage and lifetime dedication to South Carolina and his nation will always be remembered."

Posted on 26 June, 2003

Bridge Basics

A fascinating introduction to bridges. I had no idea that there were so many basic bridge types.

The tied arch (bowstring) type is commonly used for suspension bridges; the arch may be trussed or solid. The trusses which comprise the arch will vary in configuration, but commonly use Pratt or Warren webbing. While a typical arch bridge passes its load to bearings at its abutment; a tied arch resists spreading (drift) at its bearings by using the deck as a tie piece.

(via Incoming Signals)

Posted on 26 June, 2003

Burning Copy Protected CDs

If you would like to burn a copy protected CD or DVD, you'll find complete instructions here.

It is my duty to inform the public on how to correctly burn some copyrighted copy protected games

Posted on 26 June, 2003

Kudos to No Starch Press

A small publisher called No Starch Press will be publishing Hacking the Xbox, a book by Andrew "bunnie" Huang.

According to CNET, the book...

...was recently dropped by Wiley subsidiary Hungry Minds, citing possible legal issues under the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Department of Justice recently used the DMCA to shut down ISOnews.com, a Web site partly used to distribute Xbox-hacking tools, and to imprison the site's owner.

Posted on 26 June, 2003

An Online Miracle?

Is this an online miracle, or just a hoax? Go here and see if Jesus winks at you.

On April 23rd 1996, this picture of Jesus Christ miraculously winked at me. This experience has changed my life. Over six hundred and thirty thousand people have come to witness this miracle.

He winked at me. Verdict: MIRACLE!

Posted on 26 June, 2003

Toast Portraits

The Toastman (who is New Zealand's most renowned artist) creates Toast Portraits: pictures of famous people, using toast.

This portrait of Elvis, for example, is made up of 3,525 slices.

Posted on 26 June, 2003

Loop Recorder

I haven't tried this yet, but I will. Loop Recorder lets you capture music from web casts or other streaming sources.

The loop mode infinitely records up to a specified number of minutes in a continuous loop while scrolling the data.

At any time the current data can be previewed and songs can be cut and saved as WAV or MP3-files, while the recording continues in the background. So you can always save the recently played songs.

This will be great for capturing some of the highlights on Whole Wheat Radio.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 26 June, 2003

Face Games

Two face-related games for your amusement:

Face Memory is a fun little game. See how well you can remember ten elements that comprise a facial drawing.

In Name That Face, you try to guess the identify of a celebrity whose face has been distorted. But the best part is that you can distort the face yourself. Shown here is a distorted image a former presidential candidate.

Posted on 26 June, 2003