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18 September, 2003

A Funny Picture

I got this photo in my email. No explanation, and no source. Click it for a larger view.

Update: It came from Ananova: Naked bodies are the canvases in new exhibition

Posted on 18 September, 2003

Cartoons For Sale

CartoonStock sells cartoons.

CartoonStock is a searchable database of over 40,000 quality gag cartoons, political cartoons, cartoon pictures and illustrations by over 240 of the World's best cartoonists. Their work appears in leading newspapers and magazines including Reader's Digest, The New Yorker, Maxim, Punch, Private Eye, The Spectator, The Times, The Guardian and many others.

Prices vary, depending on how the cartoon is used.

Posted on 18 September, 2003

Attention Lotus Improv Fans

Those who mourn the death of Lotus Improv may be interested in a new product called Quantrix. For many situations, it may be a good alternative to Excel.

Quantrix is a tool that enables the creation of multi-dimensional numeric models, with speed, simplicity and accuracy. For simple models containing two dimensions, current spreadsheets are sufficient. However, when model complexity increases or multiple dimensions are introduced into the model, Quantrix gives you the increased power and the flexibility required.

It's now in public beta, and you can download a copy and take a spin.

Posted on 18 September, 2003

Hasbro Endorses Counterfeiting

You're playing Monopoly. You land on Boardwalk, and it has four hotels. You're broke. No worry, just print some more money.

Hasbro's web site has PDF files for each denomination. Just load the file, and click Print.

And the statistically-minded blog readers might be interested in Probabilities in the Game of Monopoly.

(via Tom McMahon)

Posted on 18 September, 2003

The Asphalt Museum

The World Famous Asphalt Museum hints that there is actually more than one asphalt museum:

Come see the most select holdings of any asphalt museum in the WORLD.

The asphalt core sample shown here is used to test compaction, density, and oil content. You'll find this item on level four of the museum (i.e., the top shelf of a bookcase). There's also an asphalt art gallery that (believe it or not) has some pretty cool images.

Posted on 18 September, 2003

Paper Senators

Jon Haddock's 98/107.

This piece consists of ninety-eight paper mache pulp figures representing the members of the US senate who voted for the USA Patriot Act.

Posted on 18 September, 2003

A Long Limo

About a year ago, the world's longest limo was auctioned. It sold for $21,000.

This is the longest Limousine in the world !!!! 100 ft long with 26 wheels. 1980 Cadillac with less than 10,000 miles. The Limo has a large Jacuzzi and sun deck. There are 2 drivers' compartments. One in the front of the vehicle and one in the rear to make reversing easy.

(via Attu)

Posted on 18 September, 2003

About Music And Copyright

Orson Scott Card wrote an excellent article about music and copyright: MP3s Are Not The Devil.

So it's pretty hilarious to hear record company executives and movie studio executives get all righteous about copyright. They've been manipulating copyright laws for years, and all the manipulations were designed to steal everything they could from the actual creators of the work.

Do you think these companies care about the money that the actual creators of the work are being deprived of when people copy CDs and DVDs?

This article is well worth reading.

(Thanks Walter Reade)

Posted on 18 September, 2003

Printing On Stone

This device, from Korea, lets you print photos on a stone tablet.

This is a printing robot which engraves photos of people, animals, landscapes or the shapes of real things into computers, processes and treats them on natural stones, thus producing works of industrial art.

Photo images engraved on natural stones do not erode or fade thus can be preserved forever even when used for outdoors applications such as on gravestones.

(via Volume 22)

Posted on 18 September, 2003

Pez Memorabilia

Welcome to the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia. It's actually a real museum, near San Francisco. No offense, but this rendition of Krusty the Clown is terrible.

Posted on 18 September, 2003

Monkeys Are Fair

It's official. Monkeys are more human than many humans. At National Geographic: Monkeys Show Sense Of Fairness, Study Says.

Researchers studying brown capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) have found that the highly social, cooperative species native to South America show a sense of fairness, the first time such behavior has been documented in a species other than humans.

Posted on 18 September, 2003

Searching For Satire

If you're looking for satire in all the wrong places, try using SatireSearch.

For example, I found this: RIAA Sues 12-Year Old Girl, Pope, Orphanage, Puppy.

"Just because someone appears to be 'innocent,' or 'harmless', or 'physically incapable of using a computer,' doesn't mean that they're not guilty of intellectual property theft," said RIAA President George Shubb. "For example, our sources indicate that Randal Jenkins of Syracuse, New York, has illegally distributed over 10,000 songs, costing struggling musicians hundreds of thousands of dollars."

Jenkins, who is still a fetus, could not be reached for comment.

Posted on 18 September, 2003

Talk Like a Pirate?

Today, everyone and their brother is linking to the Talk Like A Pirate Day site. I have no intention of talking like a pirate today or any other day.

Posted on 18 September, 2003

French Fractals

Lots of awesome fractal images at the Galerie de fractales.

Posted on 18 September, 2003