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28 August, 2003

Quotes From Sherlock

A nice set of 167 quotations from Sherlock Holmes. A few examples:

  • "It is a question of cubic capacity. A man with so large a brain must have something in it."
  • "It is one of those instances where the reasoner can produce an effect which seems remarkable to his neighbor, because the latter has missed the one little point which is the basis of the deduction."
  • "What one man can invent, another can discover."
  • "Only one important thing has happened in the last three days, and that is that nothing has happened."
  • "My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built."

This makes me want to re-read some of the old stories.

Posted on 28 August, 2003

Grateful Dead Lighting

Lots of photos of Grateful Dead concert lighting, from the company who put it all together.

(via Information Junk)

Posted on 28 August, 2003

Another Reason to Avoid BuyMusic.com

Ed Foster takes a look at the privacy policy of the BuyMusic.com music download service: BuyMusic's Privacy Policy Hits the Wrong Notes.

The most alarming term, underlined for emphasis, states that: "Except as limited below, we reserve the right to use or disclose your personally identifiable information for business reasons in whatever manner desired."

Because BuyMusic only allows Internet Explorer users at their site, I fired up my old copy of IE and checked out their privacy policy. It consists of 6,000+ words that, essentially, states that they can do whatever they want with the information you provide.

Posted on 28 August, 2003

The Tiny House Company

Need a small house? Try Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.

My name is Jay Shafer, and I designed, built and inhabit a house smaller than some people's bathrooms. I call my tiny home Tumbleweed. The decision to live in 130 square feet arose, in part, from some concerns I had about the impact a larger house would have on the environment, and mostly because I just do not want to pay for and maintain more space than I need to be happy. Tumbleweed meets my needs without exceeding them. The simple, slower lifestyle my home affords is a luxury for which I am supremely grateful.

Posted on 28 August, 2003

Documentation Weirdness

Check out the Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness.

On this page, I list wacky, bizarre, surreal and otherwise strange examples of technical documentation, particularly illustration. This page is in its infancy, so I welcome submissions, both written and visual. Note that I'm not looking for just bad technical writing--there are plenty of examples of that. I'm looking for the inexplicable, the surreal and the strange.

Posted on 28 August, 2003

RIAA and Home Invasions

An amusing video: RIAA Starts Home Invasions Commercial

The home invasions are scheduled to begin in about four months.

The message is clear:

Prevent this tragedy from happening in your home. Do not download music.

Posted on 28 August, 2003

Virus Map

Trend Micro has an interesting Virus Map.

The Trend Micro Virus Map displays information about actual virus infections detected by HouseCall, our free on-line virus scanner for PCs, and by Trend Micro Control Manager (TMCM), our central management solution for network administrators.

Posted on 28 August, 2003

Mars Shots

Some new photos of Mars.

NASA released a pair of highly anticipated Mars portraits from the Hubble Space Telescope today as the observatory's operators took advantage of a proximity to the red planet not equaled in 59,619 years.

I was expecting these to be a lot more impressive.

Posted on 28 August, 2003

That Time Machine Spam Guy

You've probably received at least one spam from a guy who claims to be from the future, and is attempting to repair a time machine. In fact, got another one of them this morning.

Wired has a story about this: Building a Time Machine by Spam.

A trail of Internet clues has fingered Robert "Robby" Todino as the source of the time-travel messages. In a telephone interview last week, the 22-year-old Woburn, Massachusetts, resident admitted that he has sent nearly 100 million of the bizarre messages since November 2001.

Posted on 28 August, 2003

Eating a Big Burger

Step-by-step photos of a guy eating an In-And-Out Burger with 16 patties and lots of extra cheese. Get rid of the bun, and you've got a nice low-carb meal.

(via Metafilter)

Posted on 28 August, 2003

Customizing Windows

For those who like to customize the look and feel of Windows, here's a very detailed article: Customizing the Windows desktop: A primer. Note the disclaimer by the author:

I work for Stardock which makes desktop enhancements. It is because of my job that I'm familiar with desktop environments enough to write on them. But it also means that I am not necessarily an objective source. This primer is as objective as I can make it, but my background is important so that you, the reader, can determine for yourself whether I am successful in my objectivity.

Personally, I prefer the Windows classic look, with no wallpaper and a plain black desktop. But that's just me.

Posted on 28 August, 2003

The Blaster Worm Suspect

From Reuters: Teenage Blaster Worm Suspect Under Investigation

A Washington state teenager suspected of making the devastating Blaster Internet worm even more potent is under investigation and his arrest is pending, U.S. law enforcement sources said on Friday.

That's good news. Let's hope the punishment fits the crime. I'm thinking life in prison without parole and without a computer.

Now if they could just find that guy responsible for that Sobig virus, I'd be happy. I had about 600 of those emails waiting for me this morning.

Posted on 28 August, 2003