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10 November, 2003

Invention Of The Year

Time Magazine has named its Invention of the Year for 2003. Drum roll, please... The winner is Apple's iTunes Music Store.

Since when is a business model an invention? Especially a business model that doesn't even make any money!

Oh well, what do you expect from Time Magazine?

Posted on 10 November, 2003

New Camera Gear

Last week I ordered a new camera, a Nikon D100. I also got a fast 50 mm lens, and the beauty shown below: A Nikkor 70-200 mm f2.8 zoom lens. And a 2-Gigabyte Compact Flash card. Hopefully, the goods will arrive within a day or two.

Posted on 10 November, 2003

World Records

Move over Guinness. Here's the Catalog of Ridiculous Records. Just a few examples of records:

Most tennis balls held - naked

Heaviest object dropped onto unprotected foot

Longest time holding a pint of beer at arms length

Most Big Macs in 10 minutes

Most butts photo-copied at once

(via Attu)

Posted on 10 November, 2003

Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving

This is kind of interesting: Recreating Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving.

It may be twenty years too late, but a few days ago, I made a decision. It was time to collect on that vow. I was going to recreate the god damned Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. One trip to the supermarket later (two, actually...forgot the popcorn), and I was on the road to a promise kept.

Here's a big stack of toast, originally made by Linus and Chuck.

Posted on 10 November, 2003

Mystery Site

OK, I have no idea what Superbad is all about. Just click stuff.

Posted on 10 November, 2003

NY City Signs

Lots of sign photos at the New York City Signs site.

This site intends to survey all of the signs in New York City from 14th Street to 42nd Street.

Of course, this is not possible, since there would be tens of thousands of signs within this area. The 29 crosstown streets are each 10 to 11 blocks long (1st Ave. to 11th or 12th Aves.). This gives some 300 blocks, each containing, say, 100 signs of one type or another. This would total 30,000. Even if we eliminated the repetitive traffic signs (actually, each one is different, in setting if not otherwise), the remainder would probably be over 20,000 ..

Here's one from 20th St.

Posted on 10 November, 2003

Living Cheap

Learn how to save money at Frugal Finesse.

Hello, and welcome to Frugal Finesse! A website devoted to getting the most out of life, while taking the least out of your wallet. Whether you are living "La Vida Frugal" from desire, habit, or necessity, I hope you will find what you are looking for here.

For example, what do you do with a burned out light bulb?

Darning egg (for mending socks)

Energy Saver Place in every other socket of a multi bulb light to reduce energy use. This is safer than leaving the socket empty.

Make Christmas ornaments! Paint bulb white. Make a hat from scraps (felt for a Santa hat, a small sock for a knit cap, etc.). Glue cap over socket end. Paint a face on the bulb. Accessorize with fabric scrap "scarves", bow ties, and so on.

Posted on 10 November, 2003

Shrek 2

If you liked the animated film Shrek, you might like to see the trailer for Shrek 2 (coming in about six months).

Posted on 10 November, 2003

Six String Tricks

This is a great site for guitar players: Guitar Tricks.

Guitar Tricks is a community of guitar players who are building a library of guitar knowledge that is accessible to anyone in the world for free. Anyone is welcome to participate in the Guitar Tricks community. We are not proponents of any one style of music or method of instruction. We welcome all styles and actively promote the addition of new styles into our library.

Guitar Tricks was originally started in 1998 by Jon Broderick of Oakland, CA. Jon wrote the original Guitar Tricks tutorial on the pentatonic scale and is now the webmaster of Guitar Tricks.

Posted on 10 November, 2003

3D Puppet Animation

A site devoted to 3D animation. It's called Animation of Heaven and Hell.

In my opinion, the most technically intriguing animation is done with 3-D puppets. These strange toons aren't simply drawn; they're built! You can actually TOUCH the sets, actors, etc., if you only knew where in the world they were. On film, we actually see "living" dolls, toys, etc., which, when well done, seem like they could easily be living among us, which may cause minor paranoia about small movements in the corners of our vision...

One of the better known series in this genre is Davey & Goliath.

Posted on 10 November, 2003

McJobs and McLives

From Purdue University's The Exponent: McJob: The Explanation, by Tom McHenry. It's an opinion piece about the recent controversy about listing "Mcjob" in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

But since McJob is causing so much corporate and legal controversy, I propose McLife as the word for this strange new existence. McLife's my new word for those of us in this generation who will wander through college, get a degree and hop from menial job to menial job, peaking somewhere near middle management. We'll never make near the living wage, only the minimum wage, and so retirement will be a fairy tale we tell our grandchildren about once we get home from the McJob of our golden years.

Posted on 10 November, 2003

Beggin' Strips

Another good one from The Sneeze: Steve, Don't Eat It! Vol. 3. It's about a dog treat called Beggin' Strips.

Alas, there is no turning back now. Despite the fact that I am a grown man with children, I'm off to go eat dog food. And what better way to have Beggin' Strips than in a Beggin', Lettuce, and Tomato Sammich!

Posted on 10 November, 2003

Bush Declares...

Two news items about George W. One of them is fake.

Posted on 10 November, 2003

Giant Rabbits

Some big bunnies at the Giant Rabbit site.

Dedicated to the Welfare, Breeding, Rehoming and Exhibition of British Giant Rabbits and Continental Giant Rabbits. Home of Giant Rabbit Rescue.

(via The Museum of Hoaxes)

Posted on 10 November, 2003

Why Not?

At Why Not? they tell you how to use everyday ingenuity to solve problems big and small. For example, here's an idea for a better car brake light system.

I would propose that car companies should develop a center brake light which behaves similarly to a "level meter". This level meter would probably have about 10 distinct squares of red light. These squares would be illuminated from left to right and more lights would be lit based on the strength of braking and/or deceleration levels.

Posted on 10 November, 2003

It Was 20 Years Ago Today...

From The Dawn of Windows:

On November 10, 1983, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, Microsoft Corporation formally announced Microsoft Windows, a next-generation operating system that would provide a graphical user interface (GUI) and multitasking environment for IBM computers.

They've had a fair amount of success with this product.

Posted on 10 November, 2003

Smiley Toolkit

The Smiley Toolkit is a  graphical smiley face editor. The example below has no happiness, lots of anger, some disgust, and just a bit of irony.

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 10 November, 2003