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7 July, 2003

The Voice of Golden Eagle

Want to expand your musical horizons? Download a few MP3s from Voice of Golden Eagle (VoGE). It's described as:

Native American music crafted with tools from both ancient and modern times. Cherokee heritage fueling modern spirit songs.

I've found that some of his music is reminiscent of the Moody Blues or Alan Parsons.

VoGE has five CDs available, for $7.99 each, and (of course) you can download complete songs. Start with "Sage Upon the Wind," and see what you think.

I became acquainted with VoGE's music via Whole Wheat Radio. VoGE, who is based in Memphis, is also a frequent WWR listener (maybe even more so than me), and you can often find him in the WWR chat room.

VoGE is also known as Steve Cox, and he has recorded lots of other music in various styles: jazz, electronic, pop, and even spoken word. You can hear many other unreleased Steve Cox and VoGE music on Whole Wheat Radio. And if that's not enough, check out his digital art.

Posted on 7 July, 2003

An Early Bloomer

More cactus-related excitement at the J-Walk household. We have a large cactus in the yard, in a container. Every year it puts out huge flowers in the Fall. But this year, one of them came out about three months early.

Here's the photographic proof (click to enlarge).

The flowers last about two days.

Posted on 7 July, 2003

Gas Signs

Here's a collection of gasoline signs.

Welcome to my collection of gasoline photos and logos from maps. I began this project in 1996 by scanning some images of my small collection of roadmaps, and photographing some of the gas stations I saw during my travels. Since then, many people from all over the world have kindly donated photos and map scans of gas stations from their area. We are presenting them here for history's sake, lest they be forgotten in the world of ever-changing gasoline brands.

Posted on 7 July, 2003

Patron Saint Database

For some reason, just about everything you can think of has a patron saint. Fortunately, there's a Patron Saints Index. A few examples:

  • Isidore of Seville is the patron saint of computer users

  • The patron saint of "backward children" is Hilary of Pointiers

  • John Nepomucene is the patron saint of "silence"

  • Ambrose of Milan is the patron saint of wax melters (and also wax refiners)

  • Gertrude of Nivelles is the patron saint of "fear of rats"

  • The patron saint of "sick horses" is Eligius

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 7 July, 2003

Bottled Water For Dogs

Yep, there is such a thing as bottled water for dogs -- in four yummy flavors: beef, chicken, liver, and lamb. If you include shipping, it works out to $3.36 for a 16.9 ounce bottle.

It's called K9 Water -- but perhaps PT Barnum water would be a better name.

Posted on 7 July, 2003

Get a Free Movie Ticket!

That's right, folks. Hurry on over to FreeFlixTix and get your free movie ticket. All you have to do is open an account (i.e., give them all of your personal information), and then get five of your friends to do the same thing. In fact, if you get 20 people to sign up for this, you can get four free tickets!

A few excerpts from their terms of service and privacy policy:

  • FreeFlixTix reserves the right to modify or amend this Agreement at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all, at FreeFlixTix's sole discretion.

  • FreeFlixTix collects and retains the email addresses and postal addresses of all registered users, and reserves the right to rent, sell or market this information to any other third party.

  • Remember that we only give away free tickets when 5 referrals sign up. If you get less than 5 referrals to sign up -- sorry, no free ticket.

And I really like this one:

  • We at FreeFlixTix.com are opposed to spam. Our No Spam Policy and Terms of Service prohibit all users from engaging in any activity involving spam on our service.

Notice that it prohibits users from engaging in spam activity. It doesn't say that they won't be sending spam.

OK, so you earn a free ticket, then what? Well, you need to complete and mail in a redemption form. Then, in 6-8 weeks you'll get your ticket. If you're lucky. According to Snopes:

Some people have reported to us that even after fulfilling all the listed requirements, they were informed they would not receive their tickets until they had purchased something through one of FlixTix's offers, so even the "free" part of this offer may be in question.

All this for a lousy movie ticket!

This site is further proof that the Internet is turning into one massive con game. And it's all because people are stupid enough to fall for this type of crap.

Posted on 7 July, 2003

Training For Servants

Everyone knows that good domestic help is hard to find. It's damn near impossible to find a decent butler these days. That's why you should know about the Starkey Institute -- founded by Mrs. Starkey who is a self-proclaimed "personal service visionary."

A sophisticated person is necessary to run a modern estate, as well as deal with the complex service relationship issues that exist in all households. So, when the persons of means with high standards look for service employees, they need to put the same demand for trained and competent personnel in their home as they do for personnel in their businesses.

You can view their Alumni Wall of Fame. Oddly, none of these people is named Jeeves (although there is a Monty).

You might want to check out the Starkey Store. You can buy a copy of Mrs. Starkey's book, Setting Household Standards for only $129. Or, get on the waiting list for the forthcoming Household Manager's Software (price not listed, but if you have to ask...).

I found out about the Starkey Institute from this Slate article: Why is the Pentagon sending soldier to butler school?

Posted on 7 July, 2003

Tattoos For Babies

At Baby Ink Tattoo, they believe that...

...it's never to early to start expressing your unique personality through professional, high quality body art. Baby Ink locations are non-threatening, family friendly places where people of all ages can feel calm and at ease.

Update:
Alex, at The Museum of Hoaxes, informs me that this is a hoax. the Baby Ink tattoo parlor was an April Fool's day joke created by a couple of San Diego DJs. The DJs boast about the prank on their website:

For April Fool's Day, the Playhouse created and promoted a fake website called "Baby Ink". The website showed children getting real tattoos. We even brought in a fake tattoo artist and pretended to tattoo a baby live on the air...in the end we revealed our joke!

Posted on 7 July, 2003

Replacement College Diplomas

You went to college, earned a degree, and now the college is closed. You need a copy of your diploma and transcripts. What do you do? Contact closedcollege.com.

Simply complete the order page, and specify what school you attended, and all of the other information listed on the order page, and that is it. We will ship your authentic replacement diploma within two weeks. Again, This is a better option than buying a fake diploma or fake degree.

Here is my favorite quote:

We will take your word that you are ordering a replacement. We believe that most of the Internet community is honest and forthright.

The web site goes on and on about the valuable service they provide. But the truth comes out in the "legal disclaimer."

THOUGH THESE PRODUCTS ARE AUTHENTIC IN APPEARANCE, I UNDERSTAND THE DOCUMENTS I AM ORDERING ARE NOVELTY AND ENTERINTAINMENT (sic) PURPOSES ONLY... I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ANY REPRESENTATION MADE OR GIVEN BY THE ISSUING AGENT IS ONLY IN RELATION TO ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES. I UNDERSTAND THAT ALL SAMPLES SHOWN ARE FOR ENTERTAINMENT VIEWING PURPOSES ONLY

Posted on 7 July, 2003

Model Ships

This site has lots of photos of model ships. Most of them are fairly small, but the 1:20 scale model of a German ship, shown here, is about 30 feet long.

Posted on 7 July, 2003

Speech Accent Archive

At the Speech Accent Archive, you can listen to 249 samples of people from around the world, reading the same paragraph (in English).

This is very interesting to anyone who is fascinated by accents.

Posted on 7 July, 2003

The Crossing Man

You've seen hundreds of those road signs that depict a man crossing the street.

One day when Ton was hanging out at a friend's house he saw a perfect opportunity for a prank! On the corner there was a crosswalk with two crosswalk signs. Wouldn't it be nuts if you were driving along and there actually was a guy shaped like that crossing the street? He did.

(via Muxway)

Posted on 7 July, 2003

Virtually Lost

The Virtually Lost site can keep you entertained for a while.

It's easy to get lost. We can be mentally lost, globally lost, lost socially, lost in our work, lost in our lives, and lost in love. We lose our heads, lose our minds, lose our patience, lose our innocence, lose our marbles, and even lose our hearts and souls. But what is found? What are the answers that we all look for in our lives? This website visually explores being lost in hope of finding the answers that we are all searching for.

Posted on 7 July, 2003

Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg, who died in 1970, was a Pulitzer Prizing winning cartoonist, sculptor, and author.

Through his "INVENTIONS", Rube Goldberg discovered difficult ways to achieve easy results. His cartoons were, as he said, symbols of man's capacity for exerting maximum effort to accomplish minimal results. Rube believed that there were two ways to do things: the simple way and the hard way, and that a surprisingly number of people preferred doing things the hard way.

Here's a "picture-snapping machine."

Posted on 7 July, 2003

Last.fm

This Wired article talks about a new streaming webcast called Last.fm.

Last.fm is a streaming radio station with a built-in collaborative filter that attempts to learn its listeners' likes and dislikes. Based on data gathered, the station delivers a personalized radio stream to each of its listeners.

Apparently, this has lots of appeal. The servers at Last.fm are hosed, and they are sending out very little in the way of music.

Posted on 7 July, 2003