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14 August, 2003

Larry Zarella

A few days ago, I got the Stay Alive CD by Larry Zarella. I finally had a chance to listen to it carefully. And I like it. I think it will be one of those CDs that you can listen to over and over and not get tired of it.

Larry Zarella is a performing songwriter living in Talkeetna, Alaska. Since 1990 he has performed as a solo artist and with his band the Denali Cooks throughout Alaska and the lower 48 states.

When Larry is not playing music he spends a lot of his time building and wood working. His artistic ability is echoed in his workmanship as in the lyrics and melodies he brings together in his songs.

This is another artist that I learned about through Whole Wheat Radio.

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Pointless Questions For Glenn (Not Reynolds)

Glenn didn't ask for these questions, but he's getting them anyway. Somehow, I get the feeling that he will answer them in his blog. But let's hope he does a better job than he did a few days ago, when he took it upon himself to answer questions intended for Eyeno. Tip to Glenn: The key is creativity. This time spend more than 45 seconds, OK?

  1. What's the longest document that you've ever written? You blog doesn't count.
  2. You're the casting director for a new movie, "The Black Three Stooges." Who are your choices for Moe, Larry, and Curly?
  3. As a child, what was your favorite toy? And what toy did you really want, but never got?
  4. Choose one: Being blind, being deaf, or being neutered.
  5. If you were a male stripper, what would your stage name be? And what would it be if you were a female stripper?

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Wooden Puzzles

Trevor Wood has gallery of Wooden Puzzles he created.

Numerous collectors have been keen for me to publish a pictorial record of the puzzles that I have made. I did consider doing this, and actually produced a few pages of a book "A Gallery of Puzzles". That is as far as it got.

Pictured here is a puzzle called "Never Ending Puzzle."

The pieces are built up from half cubes cut at an angle to form rhomboid faces. The eight pieces pack into a 2x2x2 box the lid of which is cut at a similar angle. The pieces can also be assembled into many other shapes.

These things drive me crazy.

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Fair And Balanced

Just for the record, the J-Walk Blog is Fair And Balanced (tm).

Update: Go here for a list of other blogs that are Fair and Balanced.

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Snakebite Photos

The Venomous Reptiles site has quite a few snakebite photos. Some people may not like to see this kind of thing (you know who you are). Page 2 is particularly gruesome.

(via Attu)

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Registering With the New York Times Online

As you probably know, the idiots at the New York Times Online require you to "register" before you can read their stuff. I'm registered there, but for some reason it didn't accept my fake name and password this morning. So I had to do it again.

It took me four tries to come up with a fake email address that wasn't already in use! For future reference, don't use joeblow@hotmail.com, biteme@hotmail.com, or thissucks@hotmail.com.

This time, I have a household income of $20K, I'm a doctor, I work in the Religious Institutions industry, and my job function is Education/Training. And, of course, I subscribed to all of their crap -- including the crap from their "partners." Yep, that'll be some real useful information.

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Blackout Photos

Lots of blackout photos taken with phone cams.

(via Doc Searls)

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Barf Bags on Display

Despite the subject matter, this is a very fine site: Rune's Barf Bag Collection. Besides an impressive collection of 583 vomit bag photos, you'll find lots of other interesting stuff.

Shown here is a bag from Emirates Airlines: "Very stylish bag, yellow with exclusive gold printed logo. Made by ELAG in Switzerland."

By the way, the photos all depict unused bags.

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Pointless Questions For Ober Dicta

Here's a set of questions that will be answered at Ober Dicta.

  1. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone? We're talking paper, envelope, and stamp.
  2. Would you rather be a goldfish in a bowl with an opposite sex goldfish, or a single parakeet in a cage?
  3. How many clocks are in your house? And which is your favorite?
  4. What would you do if you had all the tea in China?
  5. Certs. Breath mint, or candy mint?

* * *

Don't forget to read the answers to the previous rounds of Pointless Questions: Eyeno, Binary By Accident, Asparagus Pee, Gooblek And Other Neat Stuff, and Happy Robot.

Posted on 14 August, 2003

HTML Paintings

Generate paintings created with HTML.

The painting in the age of the internet? The idea for E.G. is simple: the machine is the new painter and its languages are the new painting techniques. The brush stroke is now replaced by a portion of HTML code, the painter is your own computer, each painting is generated each time and everytime is brand new. References to the past abstract masterpieces are evident, but today a work of art like a Rothko's painting is reduced to a mathematical formula that give instruction to the machine to create the final painting.

Shown here is a piece called Untitled #11 -- but it has the title "Crows Over Field."

(via Iconomy, who has regained her blogging mojo)

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Adult Christianity

The Adult Christianity site...

...was founded in the Fall of 1995. Its original mission described Adult Christianity as "an antidote to the Christian Right." The mission included "defending the rights of the un-BornAgain, challenging destructive dogmas and agendas with humor and critiquing the prophet motive."

Make sure you Get Saved.

This site has lots of good stuff -- although some may find it offensive.

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Creating With Corncobs

For some reason, I found this book to be amusing: Creating With Corncobs. It's available from Kim's Craft Books for only $2.00.

(via Open All Night)

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Funny Films

From Reader's Digest: The 104 Funniest Films Ever. (I was surprised to discover that Reader's Digest is still published).

This list is in chronological order, beginning with The Gold Rush (1925) and ending with My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). It's actually pretty good, despite the absence of any Pee Wee Herman movies.

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Guess Their Age

This is fun: AgeGuess. You're shown a series of people's photos, and you guess the age of each person. After making your guess, you see their actual age, along with the average guess.

I'm terrible at this. For example, the guy shown here is 19. I guessed 26.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 14 August, 2003

The Blackout

Four kind-of-humorous items related to the east coast blackout.

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Body Art

A site called Body Art, subtitled "BodyHacking and Mutations." I can't read the text, but it has some very strange photos (some of them quite graphic).

Posted on 14 August, 2003

Cheap Software In Thailand

From The Inquirer: Microsoft agrees to remove XP activation, slashes price to bone

According to the [Wall Street] Journal, Microsoft said it would sell Windows XP and Office at a piffling $36 a PC... But here's the real stunner, aside from the price. The Vole also removed the need for product activation for Windows XP in Thailand, at the government's request.

Posted on 14 August, 2003