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29 October, 2003

Plants In Motion

I love time-lapse photography, and this site is incredible. Roger P. Hangarter presents: Plants In Motion.

With few exceptions, plants grow and change on a time scale that is too slow for us to observe in real time. Time-lapse photography is a simple technique that allows us to see the movements of plants and clearly demonstrates that plants are living and capable of some extraordinary things.

For example, you can watch the negative gravitropic response of a Coleus shoot after being placed on its side. The images below shows what happens after about an hour.

(via Incoming Signals)

Posted on 29 October, 2003

A Death Bed Request

The obituary for Gertrude M. Jones (published in The Times-Picayune):

Word has been received that Gertrude M. Jones, 81, passed away on August 25, 2003, under the loving care of the nursing aides of Heritage Manor of Mandeville, Louisiana. She was a native of Lebanon, KY. She was a retired Vice President of Georgia International Life Insurance Company of Atlanta, GA. Her husband, Warren K. Jones predeceased her. Two daughters survive her: Dawn Hunt and her live-in boyfriend, Roland, of Mandeville, LA; and Melba Kovalak and her husband, Drew Kovalak, of Woodbury, MN. Three sisters, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren, also survive her. Funeral services were held in Louisville, KY. Memorial gifts may be made to any organization that seeks the removal of President George Bush from office.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 29 October, 2003

Google Glossary

Google continues to be more than a search engine. You can now get definitions. Enter something like define plagiarism to see the definition for plagiarism (along with the normal search results).

You'll also get a "more definitions" link, which will take you to additional definitions. If you include a colon after the word define (for example, define: plagiarism), you'll go straight to the complete list of definitions.

(via Google Weblog)

Posted on 29 October, 2003

Truth In Advertising

What would it be like if business people were perfectly honest? View the Truth In Advertising video to find out.

After 4+ years, we've discovered that The Truth in Advertising clip is more than a Director's promotional reel piece- a longer version with additional scenes is available on DVD! If you work in advertising or marketing- you have to see this Quicktime clip. It's a riot.

Note: If you're offended by strong language, you might want to pass on this.

(Thanks Switch)

Posted on 29 October, 2003

Beer Bottle Organ

The Peterson Beer Bottle Organ. Yes, it's a real organ that uses beer bottles to produce the sounds. You can play it using a keyboard, or as a MIDI device.

Posted on 29 October, 2003

Animated Population Pyramid

Take a look at this very interesting animated population pyramid at the U.S. Census Bureau's site. It shows how the age distribution changes over time.

(via kottke.org)

Posted on 29 October, 2003

Radio?

From MSNBC: Who needs radio anymore?

With a virtual jukebox of music at your fingertips why would anyone tune in to their local radio station, where a limited play list, abundance of commercials and cookie-cutter deejays flood the airwaves.

As far as I'm concerned, radio has been irrelevant for about 10 years.

Recently, I found a much better alternative: Whole Wheat Radio. The playlist is extensive, there are no commercials, and the "DJ" is one of the most innovative and entertaining persons I've ever known.

Posted on 29 October, 2003

Music For Cats

Two CDs of music created just for cats.

Our Goal: To develop music that calms and relaxes cats, and at the same time sounds soothing to human ears.

Knowledge of animal psychology and high quality music are combined to create our CDs 'Music for Cats and Friends' Vol. 1 & Vol. 2.

I listened to some excerpts. All it did was make me want to scratch the furniture.

Posted on 29 October, 2003

Creating Information

From Byte and Switch: Info Overload! Billions of Bytes Born.

If you created 800 MBytes of new information last year, congratulations: You're as prolific as the average person on the planet.

That's according to a team of University of California at Berkeley researchers who claim there were about 5 exabytes of new information stored in print, film, magnetic, and optical storage media in 2002. And because nobody's volunteering to do a recount, we'll take their word for it.

How much is 5 exabytes?

...enough data to fill the print collections of the entire Library of Congress 500,000 times. And that's twice as much new information as was created in 1999.

Posted on 29 October, 2003

Happy Birthday, Bill

Bill, I know that you're a regular visitor to this blog. I'm very sorry that I forgot your birthday yesterday. You've done reasonably well in your 48 years, and I wish you continued success. And I'm sorry I missed your party.

I couldn't decide what gift to give you, so I just sent some cash -- something everyone can use.

Posted on 29 October, 2003

The National Beard Registry

Got a beard? Register it at the National Beard Registry.

The National Beard Registry has been established to encourage men in all walks of life, from every continent, to resist conformity, corporate culture, and androgyny by embracing the beautiful, unique and utterly personal habit of growing a full beard.

Posted on 29 October, 2003

Shocking Roulette

If Russian Roulette is too dangerous for you, try Shocking Roulette.

Shocking Roulette is an electronic game for 2 - 4 players. Each player places their finger in one of the holes on the board. Press the start button, and the agonizing wait begins.

A flashing light makes its way around the board, accompanied by the sound of a roulette wheel. As it slows, the tension reaches fever pitch - and then it stops. And one unlucky player receives a jolt of electricity through his or her finger!

Posted on 29 October, 2003

A EULA For A Tool

From Ed Foster's Gripelog: Use of Stots TemplateMaster Woodworking Tool Limited to One Shop.

A small woodworking tool manufacturer, Stots Corporation, includes a license agreement on its TemplateMaster jig tool. The tool is licensed, not sold, and customers cannot sell it or lend it to others. Nor can they sell or lend the jigs they make with it.

Welcome to the future, folks. We no longer buy stuff, we just license it.

Posted on 29 October, 2003

Dtoy vs Byokal

OK, I have no idea how to describe dtoy vs byokal, but it's kind of fun to play around with.

Posted on 29 October, 2003

Volkswagen Bus Ads

A modest collection of VW ads ranging from 1962 through 1990.

VW fans will find other interesting things in the fun section of the site.

(via The Ultimate Insult)

Posted on 29 October, 2003

The End Of The World

The End Of The World is a very well-done Flash presentation.

(Thanks Tom M.)

Posted on 29 October, 2003

The Genius of Armand Morin

Armand Morin is a marketing genius. He's created a way to display PopOver Ads that are immune to most pop-up blockers (and even Mozilla Firebird).

As marketers, obviously we love popups. You have to. It hits the consumer dead in their face with your offer and if you have good ad copy, you will get tremendous results.

The problem lies is in the fact that in the recent past, several companies came out with something called "Popup Blockers". Quite simply, it's a piece of software to counteract the popups and prevent them from popping, meaning your window never appears and your prospect does not see it, ending in a loss of time, effort and more importantly revenue.

Popup Blockers are the Internet Marketer's worst nightmare!

But, as a webmaster, are you qualified to use PopOvers? You can purchase his product only if you meet the following criteria:

You want to increase the responsiveness to your online advertising.

You feel that it is time to fight back as a marketer.

You know what HTML is.

You have an HTML editor and know how to use it.

You can copy and paste simple code.

You know how to FTP your own page to your server.

Clearly, most people won't qualify.

Armand's presence is all over the Net. If you don't believe me, try this Google search for his name. Oddly, his last name really is Morin (not the more descriptive Moron).

By the way, if you're using Mozilla Firebird, closing one of his PopOver ads might crash your browser. But that's a small price to pay for viewing important marketing information.

Posted on 29 October, 2003

25 Years Of Laughs

From The Onion: Pope John Paul II: 25 Years of Laughs.

VATICAN CITY-As Pope John Paul II enters his 26th year as pontiff, the world is stopping to reflect on the legendary funnyman's career as one of the most influential performers in modern history. Standing staunchly against contraception and women's equality right through the turn of the 21st century, the pope and his quirky, deadpan comic persona still entertain audiences around the world.

Posted on 29 October, 2003