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9 July, 2003

Art From Dead People's Ashes

At Eternally Yours, they specialize in creating art made from cremains -- what's left after a body is cremated.

We use a special adhesive to permanently adhere the cremains onto the finished artwork. The cremains are not mixed into the paint as some may have imagined, but rather they are applied with several layers of sealant on top of the finished art.

Prices range from $350 to $950, depending on the size and style.

Oh yeah, they also do pets.

Posted on 9 July, 2003

Striking a Sausage

If you've ever seen a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game, you've probably seen the traditional sausage race, which is held during each game. A bunch of people dress up like sausages, and have a race.

On Wednesday, the race was actually exciting. Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Randall Simon took a swing at the Italian sausage. According to Sports Illustrated, Simon..

...won't face criminal charges for swatting a young woman with a bat as she took part in the popular human sausage race at the Milwaukee Brewers' ballpark. Deputy District Attorney Jon Reddin said the women "were not interested in having him charged criminally" and did not believe Simon meant to hurt them.

The sausages were racing past the Pirates' dugout Wednesday night when videotape showed Simon took a bat and swatted the Italian sausage. The 18-year-old woman in that costume fell to the ground and caused the 19-year-old woman in the hot dog costume to also fall.

Posted on 9 July, 2003

Annoy Mosquitoes With Your Cell Phone

Coming soon, to a cell phone near you: anti-mosquito sound.

The mosquito repelling service uses a particular spectrum of sound waves, which are undetectable by human ears. But the frequencies annoy mosquitoes... A disadvantage is that the service takes up more battery power, but customers can effectively use the service with rechargeable equipment.

(via Gizmodo)

Posted on 9 July, 2003

A Sightseer's Guide to Engineering

The National Society of Professional Engineers brings you A Sightseer's Guide to Engineering.

Do you realize that nearly everything around you that makes your life easier and more fun, nearly everything that makes our economy go, has been created by an engineer? So when you take a trip -- either around your neck of the woods or around the country -- you'll find countless sights that tell the engineering story.

You can click on a US state, and then get a list of tourist-worthy attractions that make an engineer proud.

Posted on 9 July, 2003

Sue All The World

From Camp Chaos: Sue All the World, a great cartoon video parody of the old "We Are the World" song. You can view the lyrics here, or view the video directly here (resizable). Highly recommended.

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 9 July, 2003

Little Wrestlers

From Ananova: Giant toddlers meet for wrestling match

A pair of youngsters, billed as two of the world's largest pre-schoolers, have met for a wrestling match in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. Georgy Bibilauri and Dzhambulat Khotokhov had both hoped for victory, but they settled for ice cream instead.

"They are fantastic kids," he said. "These two giants give off such positive vibes. We Russians and Georgians should follow their example."

Posted on 9 July, 2003

Feedback on the Nigerian Email Conference

My Nigerian Email Conference spoof seems to be experiencing a second wave of popularity. I was particularly amused by an email I received this morning (from Australian, not Nigeria):

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Posted on 9 July, 2003

Grand Canyon Interpretive Tours

If you ever visit the Grand Canyon, make sure you check out this tour service.

Are you fed up with the pervasive propaganda from the religious philosophy of Evolutionism? Are you tired of constantly telling your kids that the signs and the guides are wrong? We are not the end result of evolution of millions of years. The land is the way it is not because of millions of years of erosion and deposition, but because of Noah's flood catastrophe.

They offer:

Daily, canyonside talk/walks scientifically interpreting Grand Canyon and its stratified layers within the Biblical paradigm of Creation and Noah's Flood catastrophe.

Posted on 9 July, 2003

Montana Real Estate

I spent about six years in Montana. Back then, real estate was cheap. If you've ever wondered what kind of house you can get for $13 million in Montana, check out Eagles Rest, on Flathead Lake.

Completed in May of 2003, "Eagles Rest" commands over 10.5 acres of heavily treed ground on the shores of Flathead Lake in Northwest Montana within driving distance of Glacier National Park. The American bald eagle still fishes along the lakeshore in winter. In summer the lake becomes one of this country's last remaining unspoiled recreational paradises. The terraced, landscaped grounds around the 15,500 square foot home slope to 400' of lakefront.

Living here would be like living in a hotel -- although the indoor pool looks pretty nice. I suspect some Californian will buy it.

Posted on 9 July, 2003

Super Intelligent Beings

Now here's a wacky site for you: Super Intelligent Beings (or, SIBs). It's filled with multicolored uppercase text, with lots of bad links -- a sure sign that it was created by a raving lunatic.

The image shown here is taken from the page named SPACE SHIP TYPE 3.

THE ABOVE CROSS-SECTION, TIME-REGRESSED PHOTO IS OF THE VERY UNUSUAL SIB SPACE SHIP No. 3 UNDERGOING METAMORPHOSIS FROM THE HUGE DOUBLE "SIBIGA", INTELLIGENTLY GUIDED ASTEROID LOCATED TO THE LOWER RIGHT. EVENTUALLY, THE ENTIRE SIBIGA AS WELL AS OTHERS WILL BE ABSORBED INTO THE EVOLVING SPACE SHIP. NOTE TO THE LEFT CENTER OF THE SPACE SHIP THE GREEN TRIANGULAR SHAPE WITH A BAR RUNNING DOWN THRU IT. AS WILL BE SEEN IN LATER PHOTOS, THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF AN OFFSET, 100 FOOT DIAMETER OPENING IN THE SPACE SHIP WHERE DEPOSITS OF MATERIAL WILL BE MADE INTO FOUR PODS FROM ONE OF THE MULTITUDE OF 50 FOOT DIAMETER SUPPLY CONDUITS SERVING THE FABRICATION AREA.

Posted on 9 July, 2003

The RIAA and Terrorism

PC Magazine's John Dvorak talks about the RIAA and terrorism: The Anonymity Doomsday Factor.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) may become indirectly responsible for our inability to stop the next terrorist attack on the US. Hear me out on this one. The association's recent move to bust individuals, mostly students, for music trading will spark a movement toward anonymous computing unlike anything we've ever seen. Already two anonymous music swapping systems have appeared: Filetopia and Blubster. This is just the beginning.

Posted on 9 July, 2003

Virtual Church of the Blind Chihuahua

At first I thought it was a joke. But the Virtual Church of the Blind Chihuahua appears to be for real -- sort of.

Welcome to this sacred place in cyberspace named after a little old dog with cataracts, who barked sideways at strangers, because he couldn't see where they were. We humans relate to God in the same way, making noise in God's general direction, and expecting a reward for doing so.

The question on everyone's mind is answered in the FAQ:

Q. Is the Virtual Church of the Blind Chihuahua affiliated in any way with Taco Bell?

A. No. Our Chihuahua appeared first, and ours always wears dark glasses, speaks without an accent, and has a penis. (Taco Bell's Chihuahua is a female cross-dresser.) The Blind Chihuahua displays his penis to honor those religionists who behave as if that organ were an antenna that lets the bearer hear directly from God. We suggest that they try another channel.

Posted on 9 July, 2003

New Dimensions For Excel

Simon Peyton Jones heads a research project at Microsoft called New Dimensions in Excel. The goal is...

...to empower end-user programmers (that is, Excel users who are not professional programmers) to tackle more challenging applications. At the moment, larger and more complex spreadsheets often require the help of a professional programmer to write part of the application in Visual Basic. Our extensions would extend the "reach" of what can be done without leaving the familiar cells-and-formulae paradigm that has proved so successful in practice.

The main focus of the project is internal (to influence the Office team) but we have also published one paper.

The paper is called A User-Centered Approach to Functions in Excel, and it was written by Jones, along with Margaret Burnett and Alan Blackwell. The paper describes a new way to create user-defined functions directly in the worksheet (VBA not required).

Interesting stuff. I wonder if it will ever be incorporated into Excel? It appears to be a feature that many people would use. Therefore, it will probably never make its way into Excel. The Excel designers seem to focus on obscure features that sound good in the marketing material -- but offer very little actual value to the majority of users.

(thanks Jody Cairns)

Posted on 9 July, 2003

Illustrator World

People who use vector graphics tools (as opposed to bitmap graphic tools) hang out at Illustrator World. You'll find lots of image galleries, tips, and contests.

Shown here is an illustration of a Fender Telecaster, done by Andrew Mosquito, a 24-year old artist from Hungary.

Posted on 9 July, 2003

Book-A-Minute

Super-condensed books. Choose from Science Fiction, Bedtime, or Classics. For example, here's the quick version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone:

Harry Potter:
I thought I was a lowly child; instead, I'm a wizard.

Hagrid:
Harry, here are some secrets I'm not supposed to tell you.

Harry Potter:
(saves the world)

THE END

Posted on 9 July, 2003

Potus For President

Finally, a presidential candidate that may actually motivate me to register to vote: Potus For President.

Why are we running? Think about it for just a moment. The human candidates run on their "platforms." They spend months incorporating into those platforms the positions that will bring them the approval (and money) of the the powerful, the rich, and the influential. Then they campaign for votes, barely knowing what's in the platform. And when elected to office, the platform, which is sort of a written equivalent of a campaign promise, is all but forgotten. So much for those guys. Now, let us look at the humble hamster. Hamsters run on little hamster wheels. When we are elected, we will run on those same wheels. We will sleep all day and run on our wheels at night and let you -- voting-age adults -- govern yourselves.

Posted on 9 July, 2003

One-Way Bullet Resistant Glass

In this day and age, bullet-resistant glass is a necessity. Even better is one-way bullet-resistant glass: You can shoot out, but the bad guys can't shoot in.

Depending on the level of protection desired, a series polycarbonate, acrylics, and glass layers are merged in a special manufacturing process using proprietary compounds of special glue or resin compounds. The resulting "glass" is significantly lighter than ordinary products of similar NIJ protection levels, has smaller cross-section profiles, and produces extremely low distortion, while maintaining a clarity level of up to 90%.

(via Educated Guesswork)

Posted on 9 July, 2003