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24 August, 2003

Improving the Movies

Peter Howell and Geoff Pevere offer 50 ways to improve the movies. A few excerpts:

  • Offer "Suck Insurance." That way, if a movie sucks, the theatre owes you.
  • Deduct advertising fees from ticket costs. We shouldn't pay for trailers, pre-screening slide-show ads for video games and discount jewellery, or noxious product placement in movies. For this we should be paid.
  • Let the cute puppy die.
  • Instead of announcing the list of the weekend's bestselling movies every Monday morning, list the ones that are the best.

(via Scrubbles.net)

Posted on 24 August, 2003

Shoe Art

Shoe Art, by Juan.

Artist seeks investor to finance the manufacturing and wholesale distribution in the Footwear and Novelty gift industry. This could be a great opportunity for a small business to generate great capital returns.

Posted on 24 August, 2003

Weird and Disgusting Food

Ray Bruman has a theory about weird and disgusting food.

I have a theory that many (all?) cultures invent a food that is weird or disgusting to non-initiates as a sort of a "marker." The kids start out hating it, but at some point they cross over and perpetuate it (perpetrate it) on the next generation. Then they nudge each other when foreigners gasp.

He then presents a huge list of such food, sorted by country.

Many of his choices are arguable. For example, his list for "U.S. South" includes deep-fried turkey. Obviously, he's never tried it. It's not weird, and it certainly isn't disgusting.

(via Volume 22)

Posted on 24 August, 2003

Jesus Of The Week

Every week, a new Jesus picture at Jesus of the Week. The image below is from a few weeks ago. I think it's a fake.

Posted on 24 August, 2003

The Onion-O-Matic

The Onion is a classic humor site. Now you can generate a random Onion-like article at Humor Is Dead. Just refresh the page to get a new one.

Posted on 24 August, 2003

Photo Blink

There's no shortage of great photography sites. Photo Blink is another site that accepts submissions, and has photo contests. Here's one by Edwin Loyola called Little Lark.

(via Sensitive Light)

Posted on 24 August, 2003

An Alternative To Adoption

Need a baby? Try Black Market Babies.

Have you ever tried to adopt a child? It's not easy. There's a lot of paperwork, you have to deal with numerous people - many of them dirty or carrying bad odors - and of course, you have to prove to a social worker (who is usually of a low social class) that you are a fit parent. A single felony conviction or ownership of a large, vicious pet (pit bull, mountain lion) can disqualify you.

Black Market Babies.com is one-of-a-kind: a full-service, fee-based adoption agency. It's safe, fast, and in many ways legal.

And it works both ways. If you want to get rid of a baby, they also buy used babies.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 24 August, 2003

Classic Pinball

Old pinball machines for sale at the Classic Pinball Corporation.

We sell, service and rent pinball machines, juke boxes and other nostalgic game room items. Expert restoration service. Locator service for those hard-to-find classics, both old and new! We pay cash for old pinballs, coke machines, advertising clocks, neon, gumballs and nostalgic signs.

Posted on 24 August, 2003

The LJ Times

The LJ Times is an online newspaper template, with random blog entries instead of actual stories. It changes every 30 minutes.

Here's a variation on the theme: A mock-up of the Washington Post web site, with blog entries substituted for actual headlines.

Posted on 24 August, 2003

Past Life Analysis

Go to this site, enter your birthday, and find out what you did in your past life. Here's what it said about me:

You were born somewhere in the territory of modern Poland around the year 1375.

Your profession was that of a trainer or holder of fine animals, such as birds. Your brief psychological profile in your past life: Person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man.

That's amazingly accurate. I do kind of remember being a chief garbage man.

Posted on 24 August, 2003

Insecure By Design

From the Washington Post: Microsoft Windows: Insecure by Design.

Between the Blaster worm and the Sobig virus, it's been a long two weeks for Windows users. But nobody with a Mac or a Linux PC has had to lose a moment of sleep over these outbreaks -- just like in earlier "malware" epidemics.

This is not a coincidence.

Posted on 24 August, 2003

That Blackout Picture

By now, I think everyone has seen this satellite photo of the recent blackout.

When I first saw it, I knew it was fake. Snopes agrees, and displays some actual satellite photos taken during the blackout.

Posted on 24 August, 2003

Baseball Dice

Tom McMahon reminisces about Baseball Dice -- a game he played as a child.

Well before video games or cable TV, the kids in my neighborhood used to play a game of "baseball" using a pair of dice and their baseball cards. You put 4 of the unused baseball cards down as the bases, then make your lineup of 9 using whatever cards you had. You rolled the dice, and the results were per the table below.

For example, rolling snake eyes counts as a home run. Most of the rolls, of course, result in an out -- just like in the real game.

Growing up in St. Louis, I was a huge baseball fan, but I'd never heard of that game.

Little Professor Baseball expands upon this concept and uses three 10-sided dice.

Posted on 24 August, 2003

Sci-Fi Art

A gallery of art by Frank R. Paul.

Whenever people ask me who my favorite science fiction artist is, I always say Frank R. Paul. Most sci-fi art simply washes over me, like so much water in an ocean. But every once in a while, I come across something so marvelous, so different that I have to stop and say, WOW. Whatever else I'm doing becomes irrelevant and I stare at that image until it burns into my consciousness. Paul's impact on other people, and in fact on the entire history of science fiction, is also undeniable.

Paul died about 30 years ago.

Posted on 24 August, 2003

Slogan Generator

Enter some text, and the Magical Slogan Generator will give you a free marketing slogan.

Actually, it seems to do a simple substitution using existing slogans. For example, I entered "J-Walk Blog," and got these:

  • J-Walk Blog, Mother Approved.
  • Poppin' Fresh J-Walk Blog
  • Men Can't Help Acting On J-Walk Blog
  • The Lighter Way to Enjoy J-Walk Blog
  • Get Serious. Get J-Walk Blog.
  • Every J-Walk Blog helps.

(thanks Jody Cairns)

Posted on 24 August, 2003

ASCAP and BMI

The terms ASCAP and BMI appear on most CDs. Did you ever wonder what it's all about? Musician Harvey Reid explains: ASCAP and BMI - Protectors of Artists or Shadowy Thieves?

ASCAP and BMI are extremely powerful organizations that control large amounts of money, and through the mechanisms of their various policies, lawsuits, intimidation, odd legal arrangements and seemingly outdated legal precedents, they are systematically engaging in activities that are entirely unregulated by elected officials, with rules and policies set by those who profit the most from the current system. Those who are in a position to reform the performance rights licensing system are the very ones who are profiting most from it, and the system currently shows no signs of abandoning any of its methods of running itself.

This article is about 10 years old, but I suspect that things have not changed much over the past decade.

Posted on 24 August, 2003

How Disgusted?

Look at a series of photos, and rate them on how disgusting they are.

This is actually a serious experiment developed by Dr Val Curtis of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Posted on 24 August, 2003

Mini Kites

This looks pretty cool to me: miniature kites.

kitecompany.com has developed the most amazing and innovative little post card size kites - they are tiny kites that fit in the pocket and travel the world to the international kite festival, the holiday abroad or wherever you go.

There are 6 beautiful shapes to choose from - classic, heart, swallow, Christmas tree, glide and eagle, and more on the way......

Posted on 24 August, 2003

Smoking Candy

Check out The Bizarre World of Candy Cigarettes ("Eventually you'll get pretend cancer.")

For the past 100 years, a variety of chocolate, candy, and bubble-gum confections have been manufactured that simulate the appearance of actual cigarettes. For the first 65 or so years, the major cigarette corporations either looked the other way or took an active part in ensuring that the candy package reproductions were "faithful" to their less-appealing tobacco brothers.

For some reason, a lot of people believe candy cigarettes were "totally outlawed" in the United States sometime in the past, when in actuality, the major players have remained one step ahead of governmental regulation via sluggish self-policing and a strong commitment to what ESPN would call "Extreme Hiding"

Posted on 24 August, 2003