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21 August, 2003

Flash Head

I'm not sure how to describe this Flash app. Maybe something like this: It's a partial head that moves in response to your mouse. The author calls it "Looking," and says:

This is one of the hardest things I have ever managed to code. The engine is based on a single image and multiple clips sandwiched together. The math involved in the movement is still really buggy.... but hey! it's gettin there.

The site is called ARSEIam, and it has lots of other cool stuff.

Posted on 21 August, 2003

Pet Skunks

Scent-Sational Skunks: The home of the American Domestic Skunk Association.

Our primary purpose is education and our philosophy is "To educate is to protect." Our activities are aimed at safeguarding the lives of pen-raised skunks who have been captive bred for generations at licensed breeding facilities. While we do not advocate the capture of wild skunks as pets, we will readily provide assistance to wildlife rehabilitators and individuals who have come to the aid of an orphaned wild skunk.

Unfortunately, it seems that the site has been abandoned. The last update was in January, 2002, and many of the links are "under construction."

Owners of Pet Skunks (OOPS) is, perhaps, a better choice.

Posted on 21 August, 2003

The Tall Man

Information about Robert Pershing Wadlow.

Robert Pershing Wadlow was born, educated and buried in Alton, Illinois. His height of 8' 11.1" qualifies him as the tallest person in history, as recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. At the time of his death he weighed 490 pounds.

Robert was born on February 22, 1918, and weighed a normal eight pounds, six ounces. He drew attention to himself when at six months old, he weighed 30 pounds. A year later at 18 months, he weighed 62 pounds. He continued to grow at an astounding rate, reaching six feet, two inches and 195 pounds by the time he was eight years old.

Can you spot him in this photo?

Posted on 21 August, 2003

Baseball Salaries Database

USA Today has a baseball salaries database, accessible online.

USA TODAY's baseball salaries database contains year-by-year listings of salaries for Major League Baseball players on opening day rosters, 1988 through the current season. The search options here allow you to see salaries for specific players, plus median and total salaries for each team.

Posted on 21 August, 2003

Mozilla Coffee

Get your Mozilla coffee here.

In an effort to support the worlds best browser and email client, RJ Tarpley's has agreed to donate half the profit of all orders from Mozilla users directly to The Mozilla Foundation. The foundations goal is to promote the development, distribution and adoption of the award-winning Mozilla standards-based web applications and core technologies.

(via mozillaZine)

Posted on 21 August, 2003

Suicide Causes Big Traffic Jam

On Wednesday, freeway traffic in San Diego was about as bad as it gets. One of the vehicles contained a man who was threatening suicide (and eventually carried out his plan). Both sides of this always-clogged freeway were shut down for more than five hours at the peak of rush hour.

Many who were stuck stayed calm, such as Sparkletts truck driver Mike Wiles of La Mesa. "I'm patient. I'm on the clock," he said while parked with other southbound vehicles at Deer Springs Road. Others drove past officers on Mesa Rock Road and shouted that they should shoot or kill the man causing the backup

But there was a bright side:

Business was booming at the AM-PM market at Deer Springs Road and I-15. Chris Andaya, a manager who stayed on past his morning shift, said he was selling food, beer and maps, and helping motorists find alternate routes. "Aside from the bad part (the man threatening suicide), we've made a ton of money," Andaya said.

Posted on 21 August, 2003

Eliminating Paint Fumes

From Venomous Kate comes an unlikely household hint:

If you add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract to a gallon of paint, you don't get paint fumes.

Call me weird, but I've always liked the smell of paint fumes.

Posted on 21 August, 2003

Sardine Can Art

A very small gallery of artistic sardine cans.

I wanted to see more sardine cans, so I headed for Google. I found a site by Pedro A. Sanjuan. He's done some of his own sardine can art.

In the days before terrorism became a fashionable threat, Sanjuan searched for sardine cans in supermarkets. The bottoms of the cans had to be free of blemishes or stamped numbers and "made in Norway" markings. On these tin can plates, Sanjuan etched in drypoint a series of extremely fine scenes of completely mysterious origin, all equally enigmatic and perplexing. The ink he used was a reddish brown.

I also found a diamond and gold sardine can.

(via Information Junk)

Posted on 21 August, 2003

The Seedy Side of Ebay

The Ebay auction site has an x-rated area. And it's doing very well according to this article.

Beneath the squeaky-clean veneer of the website that set out in 1995 with the wholesome intention of unloading Pez dispensers lies a thriving multimillion-dollar backroom business in off-color merchandise.

Posted on 21 August, 2003

Most Misspelled Cities in America

A list of the top 15 U.S. city names that are most often misspelled.

Pittsburgh tops the list, followed by Tucson.

Posted on 21 August, 2003

Photos by T Glow

T Glow is an artist in Brazil. He has some incredible photographs posted at the Usefilm site. The image shown here is called Colors Of Nature, taken with a Sony F717 digital camera (no Photoshop work).

Posted on 21 August, 2003

The Low-Carb Lifestyle

From USA Today: Low-carb 'lifestyle' goes mainstream.

The low-carb on-ramp is getting jammed. From mega-cities to small burgs, Americans in huge numbers - 15 million to 30 million, industry watchers say - are tossing medical caveats aside and shedding weight on low-carb, high-protein diets that were once considered weird science.

I've been doing the low-carb thing for about six months now. During that time I've dropped 30 pounds, and I've never felt healthier. I'm convinced that it's the easiest diet ever invented.

In related news: Patent pending for low-carb French fry. It's made from cauliflower, egg whites, and a small amount of potato.

Mmmmm.... cauliflower.

Posted on 21 August, 2003

Happy Anniversary Idle Type

The Idle Type blog is one year old today. Congratulations, Troy.

The first anniversary of the J-Walk Blog is less than two months away. I have something very special planned...

Posted on 21 August, 2003

Sam's Toybox

Take a look at some old vintage toys at Sam's Toybox.

I have always been interested in toys and had a very few left over from my youth but was not a big collector until May, 1998 when I discovered eBay. Upon bidding on and winning the first toy I had in my youth, the Mattel Powershop, I was hooked and started trying to build a collection of the world's coolest toys.

As I collected more and more toys which now overrun my entire computer room (and various other nooks and crannies in my house) I decided that it would be neat to share the toys with others.

Shown here is Hasbro's Think-A-Tron -- an electronic question and answer computer that used punch cards.

Posted on 21 August, 2003

Mandatory Windows Updates?

At Ed Foster's Gripe Line: Will the Blaster Worm Make Windows Updates Mandatory?

It's a depressing irony, but the creep who wrote the Blaster worm may very well have done Microsoft a tremendous favor. After all, what better argument could the folks in Redmond have been handed to do what they've always wanted to do - namely, force users to accept automatic Windows updates.

Forcing Windows updates on everyone couldn't be that bad, could it?

Remember also that the type of automatic downloads the EULA language usually refers to are updates of DRM (Digital Rights Management, or Digital Restrictions Management, depending on your point of view) modules in the OS. The ability to instantly put copy protection on any Windows system whenever it wants would be a dream come true for Microsoft.

Posted on 21 August, 2003