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8 July, 2003

Adult Baby Clothing

Forever A Kid. This is just too weird.

Forever A Kid offers good quality, innovative and creative designs and custom fits for Little Boys and Little Girls who need Baby, Toddler or Juvenile clothing that is realistic and comfortable.

Posted on 8 July, 2003

The War On Criticism

From The Onion: Bush Asks Congress For $30 Billion To Help Fight War On Criticism.

"Sadly, the threat of criticism is still with us," Bush told members of Congress during a 2 p.m. televised address. "We thought we had defeated criticism with our successes in Afghanistan and Iraq. We thought we had struck at its very heart with the broad discretionary powers of the USA Patriot Act. And we thought that the ratings victory of Fox News, America's News Channel, might signal the beginning of a lasting peace with the media. Yet, despite all this, criticism abounds."

Posted on 8 July, 2003

Underwater Photos

Ric Frazier Productions specializes in underwater photography.

Posted on 8 July, 2003

Spam Legislation

From InfoWorld: Congress Fights Over Spam Rules.

The story describes US lawmaker's attempts to create anti-spam legislation. What caught my eye was a quote by California Representative Maxine Waters:

"I believe we should not try to create a definition of spam and figure out what is meaningful and what is not meaningful (e-mail).  I'm just not in the business of that kind of censorship."

Hey Maxine, it's pretty simple. If somebody sends you email that tries to sell you something, it's spam. There is no such thing as a meaningful unsolicited commercial email. Censorship has nothing to do with it.

How about if I forward about 10,000 spam emails to you? Maybe that will help you figure it out.

Posted on 8 July, 2003

Battleground God

The Battleground God quiz will make you stop and think about religion and logic.

In this activity you'll be asked a series of 17 questions about God and religion. In each case, apart from Question 1, you need to answer True or False. The aim of the activity is not to judge whether these answers are correct or not. Our battleground is that of rational consistency. This means to get across without taking any hits, you'll need to answer in a way which is rationally consistent.

Posted on 8 July, 2003

Suing the RIAA

Now here's a switch: Net Radio Group Threatens to Sue RIAA.

Small Internet radio stations, angered over what they say is the recording industry's effort to wield royalty rates as a weapon to drive them out of business, say they are preparing to file an antitrust suit against the Recording Industry Association of America.

I wish them success.

Posted on 8 July, 2003

The Acme Klein Bottle

Need a Klein bottle?

Need a zero-volume bottle? Searching for a one-sided surface? Want the ultimate in non-orientability? Get an ACME KLEIN BOTTLE!

At last, Acme has conquered topological and engineering frontiers to manufacture genuine glass Klein Bottles. These are the finest closed, non-orientable, boundary-free manifolds sold anywhere in our three spatial dimensions.

If you don't know what a Klein bottle is, click here for the skinny.

(via Tom McMahon)

Posted on 8 July, 2003

The Bata Shoe Museum

A Museum For Shoes, sponsored by the Bata Shoe Museum Foundation.

Discover the treasures of North America's unique shoe museum. Over 10,000 shoes are housed in architect Raymond Moriyama's award-winning 5 storey structure. Artifacts on exhibit range from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut crushing clogs and Elton John's platforms. The Museum celebrates the style and function of footwear in four impressive galleries. Over 4,500 years of history and a collection of 20th century celebrity shoes are reflected in the permanent exhibition, "All About Shoes". Three other galleries feature special exhibitions.

Posted on 8 July, 2003

Art by Brian Evans

Some cool stuff by Brian Evans.

Brian Evans is a digital artist/composer who uses mathematical models as the basis for his artwork, manifesting them through sound and image... In his recent work Evans builds models of jazz chords and simple melodies using his own computer software. He then visualizes the models, making music visible.

Posted on 8 July, 2003

The IBM Songbook

The folks at IBM were much different back in the old days. They had an IBM Songbook.

An integral part of early IBM history was the enthusiasm of the IBM salesmen in their dark suits and white shirts who set out to sell to the world. They were the employees of The Tabulating Machine Company, The International Time Recording Company The Dayton Scale Company and The International Scale Company, all Divisions of International Business Machines.

(via Incoming Signals)

Posted on 8 July, 2003

The Refrigerator Chronicles

Chroniques frigorifiques is a French blog that displays photos of the inside of a refrigerator.

I don't speak a word of French, but I used an automated translation site to translate one of the entries:

Landed here a little by chance or promotion, the six frankfurters to the poultry are presented by separate cases of two parts, in order to allow the spreading out of their consumption over three days. As perdurer never should be made artificially its pleasure, one will put them at the dustbin into only once.

(via Geisha asobi blog)

Posted on 8 July, 2003

A Microsoft Patent For Analyzing Music

This is a very odd patent granted to Microsoft Corporation: System and methods for training a trainee to classify fundamental properties of media entities

A system and methods are provided for training a trainee to analyze media, such as music, in order to recognize and assess the fundamental properties of any piece of media, such as a song or a segment of a song. The process includes an initial tutorial and a double grooving process. The tutorial phase exposes the trainee to a canonical set of classifications and then exposes the trainee to certain definitive song examples for each classification level of fundamental properties. The double grooving phase leverages the skills of the experts that defined the canonical set of classification terms to ensure that new listeners, even though exposed to the tutorial, appropriately recognize all fundamental musical properties.

Scroll down to the bottom, and you'll see hundreds of songs listed. For example:

Exemplary songs having a melodic movement of between 1 and 2 include Godflesh's "Wounds" and the Beastie Boys' "Finger Licken Good." Exemplary songs having a melodic movement of between 3 and 4 include Flying Saucer Attack's "A Silent Tide", Thievery Cooperation's "Encounter in Bahia", Arrested Development's "Mr. Wendel" and Keith Hudson's "Rub Dub." Exemplary songs having a melodic movement of 5 include Kid Rock's "Wasting Time", G. Love and Special Sauce's "The Things That I Used To Do" and The Ramones' "I Want To Be Sedated."

It sounds as if Microsoft is attempting to do the impossible: classify music. And they're using "double grooving" to do it (whatever that is!).

Posted on 8 July, 2003

Shooting Wildlife in the Yard

Yesterday, a brightly colored dragonfly started hanging around the fish pond -- a perfect photo op. Amazingly, he let me get within three inches to take a close-up shot. I was surprised by the amount of detail in the photo (click the image to see a larger view).

I did a little online research, and determined that this is either a Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata) or a Neon Skimmer (Libellula croceipennis). The Digital Dragonflies site is a great resource, and has some awesome photos.

I also did a bit of photo manipulation on a different shot of the dragonfly. I added human facial parts: eyes, nose, and a mouth. Click the photo on the right to see how it came out.

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This morning I saw a newly-hatched snail on a wet palm leaf, and couldn't resist.

I rushed into the house to grab my camera, and was pleased to see that he hadn't fled the scene. And he didn't even run away when I moved in close for the photo. Those snails are just such good photographic subjects!

Posted on 8 July, 2003

Blog Chatter

With Blog Chatter, you can get an up-to-the-minute list of recently updated blogs.

It is a real-time event stream of weblog updates, similar to the data provided by weblogs.com, without polling or a static data format. Pings to BlogChatter are displayed instantly the moment they are received, and only persisted in memory for no longer than 30 seconds.

This is actually a good way to check out some new blogs, and be assured that they haven't gone stale.

Posted on 8 July, 2003

Great Guitars

The Great Guitar Gallery has photos of some great guitars.

Posted on 8 July, 2003