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18 August, 2003

Blackout Panorama

A large panorama photo of the New York skyline during the blackout (2.8 Mb image).

Posted on 18 August, 2003

The Wilhelm Scream

Chances are, you've heard the Wilhelm Scream while watching an old movie.

A series of short painful screams performed by an actor were recorded in 1951 for the Warner Brother's film "Distant Drums." They were used for a scene where a man is bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator. The recording was archived into the studio's sound effects library -- and it was used in many of their films since.

The site has an amazingly long list of films in which this sound was used. Click here to hear the Wilhelm Scream.

(Thanks James Lacey)

Posted on 18 August, 2003

Dateline: Hollywood

Dateline: Hollywood is a pretty good parody of those stupid entertainment sites. Its mission?

To cover with unerring integrity that which matters least.

An example is Candidate Schwarzenegger vows to move state capital to Vancouver.

In what is being called the most egregious example of runaway production to date, California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger has promised to move the state's capital to Vancouver, Canada. Citing industry estimates, Schwarzenegger says the favorable exchange rate and low labor costs will reduce the costs of his four year production as California's governor between 10 and 15 percent.

(via Finger Lickin' Good)

Posted on 18 August, 2003

Scientific Creationism

Evolution or creationism? The Scientific Creationism site is...

...dedicated to refuting evolution and promoting creationism, but in particular promoting the Bible as true in all it says and claims.

There's also a message board so you can present your point of view. One poster summarizes it perfectly:

There is absolutely no point in arguing creation VS evolution, here's why, Evolution is logical. Creationism is not. You evolutionists out there can give the best arguments and the most accurate facts, but the Creationists will always be able to argue outside the laws of logic, Example: "God is all powerful", "It's all part of god's plan".

Frankly, this sort of thing bores me. I don't even know why I posted the link.

Posted on 18 August, 2003

Elevator Moods

This is one of the best Flash apps I've seen: Elevator Moods. Press a button, and view a short elevator-related film.

Posted on 18 August, 2003

Office Terrorism

Software-related tricks to play on your officemates. For example...

Go into MS Word or similar program on co-worker's computer, and add an entry to the AutoCorrect feature. This is a very simple prank that will send the novice user into frenzy. Configure the AutoCorrect option to replace the word "the" with the phrase "you suck!" They will usually panic and start scanning for viruses.

If that's not enough, the Message Board at Mr. Excel has a lengthy thread on Excel Pranks.

By the way, I urge you to use caution with these. Some of these can literally ruin a person's entire day.

Posted on 18 August, 2003

The God Detector

Yo God offers a complete line of God Detectors.

How many times have we heard it said, "Oh, Lord, give me a sign!" Alas, too often the reply is vague and ambiguous: the phone rings at an opportune time, a feather falls from out of the blue, a water stain appears that resembles a religious image. We all want to know if God exists; maybe He just needs a reliable method to let us know He's here.

Posted on 18 August, 2003

Stuff From You Are Lame

The You Are Lame site has a huge collection of funny photos, animations, and games -- all nicely organized for your viewing pleasure. You've probably seen many of these before, but it's nice to have them all gathered together in a single location.

Posted on 18 August, 2003

The Sobig Worm

So far today, I've gotten about 100 emails, each with a 1-Mb or so attachment. Apparently, the Win32.Sobig.F worm is to blame.

Win32.Sobig.F is a worm which spreads via e-mail using its own SMTP engine...The worm is coded to stop replicating as of 10th September 2003

At the rate it's going, email will become completely useless long before 10 September.

Posted on 18 August, 2003

Blogging For Bush

From the Washington Post: Bush Campaign Reaching Out to Bloggers

President Bush's campaign will unveil a Web site today that allows proprietors of online journals -- Blogs or Web logs -- to "get the latest campaign headlines and inside scoop posted instantly to your site through a live news feed from GeorgeWBush.com!"

Note: the final exclamation point was apparently in the original press release. I wasn't too excited about this news, but that exclamation point won me over.

Posted on 18 August, 2003

Good Vs. Evil

Enter a URL, and the Gematriculator will determine the percentages of good and evil. The J-Walk Blog, as you may have guessed, is mostly good.

How does it work?

Basically, Gematria is searching for different patterns through the text, such as the amount of words beginning with a vowel. If the amount of these matches is divisible by a certain number, such as 7 (which is said to be God's number), there is an incontestable argument that the Spirit of God is ever present in the text. Another important aspect in gematria are the numerical values of letters: A=1, B=2 ... I=9, J=10, K=20 and so on.

Is it valid?

Experts consider the mathematical patterns in the text of the Holy Bible as God's watermark of authenticity. Thus, the Gematriculator provides only results that are absolutely correct.

'Nuf said!

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 18 August, 2003

USDA Historical Photos

A large collection of old photos from the USDA.

Most of the photographs on display in this section were taken between 1937 and 1943 during the Farm Security Administration (FSA) era. The entire FSA collection of almost 300,000 pictures are housed at the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration. Included on these pages are other USDA photographs, some of which date back to the 1800s.

(via gordon.coale weblog)

Posted on 18 August, 2003


Tad Szulc's 1977 Psychology Today article: The CIA's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

During almost a quarter of a century, the CIA conducted or sponsored at least 419 secret drug- testing projects. The experiments were part of a broader pro-gram that also explored other means of mind and behavior control, such as hypnosis and even implantation of electrodes in the brain. Although the agency tested compounds ranging from mescaline to extracts from poisonous mushrooms, the key drug was LSD-25, a synthetic variation on a compound found in a fungus. The tests were con-ducted at a cost of at least $25 million at 86 United States and Canadian hospitals, prisons, universities, and military installations, as well as the agency's own "safe houses" in Washington, New York, and San Francisco.

Fascinating stuff.

Posted on 18 August, 2003