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7 August, 2003

Vintage Chinese Posters

View lots of old Chinese Posters at Deco Orient's Galleria.

The story of Vintage Chinese Posters is truly the story of the East meets the West, if there ever was one. In Vintage Chinese Posters one finds a curious mixture of Eastern themes with Western cultural influences and painting techniques. This mixture of ideas and techniques created what is today known as Chinese Calendar Posters, Chinese Lady Posters or simply as Shanghai Posters.

As with much of today's advertising these posters depicted an ideal world, a world and a lifestyle desired by millions of Chinese, but also one that only a privileged few managed to attain to some degree.

Note: The images are actually larger than they appear. To view a larger size image, download it to your hard drive.

Posted on 7 August, 2003

Random Personal Picture Finder

Go here and view some random photos from Google's Image Search. Refresh the page and see some more.

All this thing does is create a random number and slap it into a filename that has the structure used by default in a few different digital cameras.

Occasionally, you'll come up with a winner. Like this guy passed out with a beer can perched on his mouth.

Posted on 7 August, 2003

David Hasselhof Reviews

TV star David Hasselhof has recorded several CDs of him singing. Check out some hilarious reviews for "Best of David Hasselhof" at Amazon (you'll find more than 700 of 'em!). A few samples:

  • I am almost tasting and smelling every niceness of David with these CD. I think he taste of dirty leather and hair, its real good, with talent.
  • Having listened endlessly to this opus I can only recommend it being played from speakers to Iraq, Iran, North Korea and France to achieve true world peace with all non Americans.
  • I have now dumped my girlfriend, quit my job and become a hermit living in a cave. I use all my savings to purchase batteries to power my walkman just so I never have to stop listening to David's dulcet tones.
  • Was the world really so heartless and cruel that nothing of beauty could ever exist without being tainted and corrupted by the overwhelming evil which is so prevalent in our society? Had God truly abandon us? Then I heard this album and my heart sang,
  • I play David's love music so often, yet I can't seem to get enough. You can often find me standing near elevators in hopes of hearing just a few sweet notes from Best of David Hasselhoff
  • The songs of Daunting Hangover send trembles down my spine the way too much chili greets the toilet with happy tidings of corn husks.

(Thanks Brad Bigelow)

Posted on 7 August, 2003

About Martians

The image here is from a 1920 edition of the New York Tribune (click here for the full-size version)

Caption: "Scientists agree that the people of Mars differ from us in many ways. The Martians are believed to have very large noses and ears and immense lung development, because of the rarefied atmosphere. Their legs are poorly developed, because matter on Mars weighs less than here and sturdy legs are not needed to bear their weight. Birds and butterflies are very large and beautiful."

This is just one of many images available at the American Newspaper Repository -- an organization founded by writer Nicholson Baker.

We founded the American Newspaper Repository in 1999 in order to save a unique collection of original newspapers that would otherwise have been destroyed or dispersed. The Repository exists in order to preserve and make available to the scholarly public, and to future generations, these magnificent landmarks of American publishing.

Posted on 7 August, 2003

Computer Stupidities

An extensive collection of computer stupidities.

It's a baffling phenomenon that in today's society an individual, who might in other circumstances be considered smart and wise, can sit down in front of a computer screen and instantly lose every last shred of common sense he ever possessed. Complicate this phenomenon with a case of "computerphobia," and you end up with tech support personnel having phone conversations that are funny in retrospect but seem like perfectly valid motives for wild machine gun shooting sprees at the time.

(Thanks Tim Spellman)

Posted on 7 August, 2003

Aura Photography

Aura Photography from Rainbow Reflections.

Aura photography is a photograph in living color of the electromagnetic energy field that surrounds and permeates all living things. First discovered in Russia in 1939 and called Kirlian Photography, it was further studied and developed by UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) researchers. This colorful field tells us about the focus and attention we place on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our lives... Aura photography is a brilliant technology which allows you to see your own aura in all its brilliant colors.

Or, you can just play around in Photoshop for a few minutes and get the same effect. It will be just as meaningful and a lot less expensive.

Posted on 7 August, 2003

It's About Music

It's About Music is an indie music label that's worth checking out. Here's an excerpt from their press release last year:

Founded two years ago by Dean Sciarra, music journalist, editor of the FM Radio trade publication - Walrus, artist manager, and head of the independent record company - 7Records, ItsAboutMusic.Com boasts a growing roster of exceptional independent artists from a myriad of genres including Pop, Rock, AAA, Americana, Alternative Rock, Classic Rock, Celtic, Blues, World, Folk, and Jazz.

Exceptional, indeed! You can listen to lots of music online, try some free MP3 downloads, request free CD samplers, and purchase CDs (most are $12.99). And, a good portion of their catalog is available at Emusic.

Posted on 7 August, 2003

Workspot

Workspot is a Java applet that provides you with...

...a Linux desktop outside your network, from which you can browse, ftp, or ssh. It lets you form a kind of instant VPN. It lets you share a desktop and applications, real-time, with someone on the other side of the globe, or with many people simultaneously. It lets you cut and paste across platforms. It's an invaluable tool. You'll find countless uses.

It costs $9.95 per month, and you can get a free 10-minute demo. That was just enough time for me to fire up the spreadsheet application, enter some numbers, and create a chart. Ten minutes is about all most people can tolerate. As you might expect, it is very slow.

Posted on 7 August, 2003

African Posters And Photos

From the Other Africas site: Images of Nigerian Modernity.

Other Africas was on exhibit at the University Museum of Southern Illinois University from January 15 to April 21, 2002. This is an digital record of the exhibit that will be online indefinitely.

These are some interesting images, compiled by John C. McCall and Christey Carwile-Routon.

Another popular theme in Nigerian posters and calendars is the trade in human body parts for ritual purposes. Although these stories are sensational and often based in folklore, they represent a criticism of certain members of Nigerian society. Stories of persons who consume and/or sell the very bodies of Nigerian citizens in order to accumulate fast wealth offer yet another commentary on greed and the inequalities of wealth and power that have become all too obvious for Nigerians

(via Iconomy)

Posted on 7 August, 2003

Spotting Airline Terrorists

A list of tips to help you identify potential terrorists. A few examples:

  • If the guy seated next to you is named Al, watch him with suspicion; that's halfway to Al Qaeda.
  • If the oxygen masks come down, make sure they are dispensing oxygen and not poison. The best way to do this is to use the lighter you took from the shoe bomber. If you apply fire to the mask and it immediately burst into flames, then yes, it was dispensing oxygen.
  • When fighting a terrorist, the best and most climatic way to finish him off is to open an emergency door and suck him out. Be careful, though, as air pressure imbalance does not distinguish terrorist from decent American; it's neutral like the Swiss.

Posted on 7 August, 2003

High Wire Walking At The WTC

Exactly nineteen years ago, Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. And he lived to write a book about it: To Reach The Clouds.

The year was 1974. A hundred thousand people gathered on the ground to watch in awe as twenty-four-year-old high wire artist Philippe Petit made eight crossings between the all-but-completed towers, a quarter mile above the earth, over the course of nearly an hour.

(via DeanLand)

Posted on 7 August, 2003

A Dumb Copy Protection Scheme

From Ed Foster's Gripe Log: Daily Product Reactivation. Miva, a company that sells online storefront software, recently implemented a new feature -- the Miva License Validation Lockout system.

"Once a day during an admin login attempt, Miva Merchant will connect to the license manager to check two things: 1. That the Miva Merchant license is active, (and) 2. That the store running the license is the same store that registered it initially," the Miva engineer's post read in part. "If any of this information does not check out or does not match up, the admin interface will be locked and you will be directed to contact Miva Support.

The worst part is that their customers were not even told about this.

At Miva's web site, they have a trademarked tagline: "We're dedicated to your success in online business." Yeah, right.

Posted on 7 August, 2003

Japanese Buses

Page after page of photos that depict Japanese bus advertising. Yep, they've even got the stupid MSN butterflies in Japan.

Posted on 7 August, 2003