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1 December, 2003

A Legal Machine Gun

If you need a machine gun, but are annoyed by the fact that they are illegal, try this Rubber Band Machine Gun.

This beauty is a fully functional machine gun with TWELVE rotating barrels and a live action trigger. Loads 12 bands per barrel for a whopping 144 rubber bands that shoot off as fast as you can turn the handle! Great fun for kids of all ages. MORE than just an amazing machine, this is a true work of art.

Oh yeah, and it's legal in all 50 states.

Posted on 1 December, 2003

Eating In Space

From Science Daily News: Orbital Thanksgiving: Special Recipes Give Space Station Crew A Taste Of Home.

Space and zero gravity offer challenges for food preparation. There is no refrigerator or freezer aboard the Station, so food must remain good for long periods at room temperature. Many offerings are freeze-dried. Others are thermostabilized, just like some foods found in grocery stores that do not require refrigeration. Some items are canned, others, like candy, nuts and cookies, are fine just the way they are on Earth.

Posted on 1 December, 2003

Wallpaper Clocks

If you like to see a clock as your desktop wallpaper, you should go here.

It is a collection of beautiful clocks and watches which can be placed on your computer desktop. All clocks shows real time!

I haven't tried these because they require the use of "active desktop" in Windows. I prefer to keep my desktop stark black.

Posted on 1 December, 2003

Health Insurance Costs

One of the few disadvantages of being self-employed is health insurance costs. I just received my annual package from Kaiser Permanente, and the rates have increased by 52%. In 2004, I'll be paying $762 per month for coverage of me and my daughter.

The chart below shows how my monthly premium has increased over the past eight years. I guess this is what they mean by "spiraling health care costs."

Posted on 1 December, 2003

My Nikon D100 Photo Gallery

As some readers may recall, I got a new digital camera a few weeks ago. I've taken about 2,000 shots so far, and I'm finally starting to feel comfortable with it.

Using a digital SLR is much different than using a standard digital camera. But it's much more fun, and offers lots of new possibilities. It's also a lot more expensive.

I've started a PBase gallery to display some of my D100 images. You won't find any prize-winning photos there, but a few of them are fairly decent.

Posted on 1 December, 2003

Just Filth

Here's a site devoted to filth: Filthy Mess.

Hi, my name is Omar, and I am the administrator of this site. FM is dedicated to analyzing why we suffer and tolerate filth. The term filth, for the purposes of this site, encompasses everything from grime and litter to industrial-grade pollution. The goal of FM is to draw attention to examples of filth in the hope that we can make our surroundings more livable.

Shown here is an example image from the "street filth" section.

Unfortunately, running into a filthy mess like this is a fact of life in New York. But, what makes this scene distinctive is the combination of french fries and Colt 45 malt liquor... Someone had a good time before sharing his refuse.

Posted on 1 December, 2003

Street Signs For Sale

If you'd like to make your house look like a street, check out Street Signs USA.

Suppliers of traffic signs and road signs, street signs, safety signs, patriotic stickers, American flag decals with distribution centers operating in Ny, Fl, Tx & Mo... These are the real official signs and the aluminum reflective type meet State and Federal MUTCD standards.

For example, you can get this cool no parking sign for only $16.

Posted on 1 December, 2003

Living In A Plane

A plane is about the last place I would want to live. But not everyone feels that way. See: A Boeing 727-200 Home Project.

I paid $100K for the aircraft. But I think retired 727-200's are significantly lees expensive now. The costs of staging site rent, wing and tail removal, moving, and other logistics will total slightly over another $100K. So the project total will be a bit over $200K.


It's a great toy. Trick doors, trick floors. Hatches here, latches there, clever gadgets everywhere. Cool interior lights, awesome exterior lights, sleek look, titanium ducts, Star Trek movies a Star Trek like setting. It's a constant exploratory adventure, ever entertaining, providing fundamental sustenance for a middle aged technology nerd like me. Having lots of little toys is very fulfilling. Having lots of little toys enclosed in a very big toy is nirvana.

Posted on 1 December, 2003

Harry Potter Trailer

Watch the trailer for the next Harry Potter movie.

Posted on 1 December, 2003

Bird Diapers

Last week I mentioned Dog Diapers. Now there's Bird Diapers.

Posted on 1 December, 2003

Wal-Mart Isn't So Bad

You probably heard about this: Shopper trampled by Wal-Mart mob.

Patricia VanLester 41, was pushed to the floor by the bargain-hungry crowd, where doctors said she had a seizure. "They walked over her like a herd of elephants," said her sister, Linda Ellzey.

But all is cool. Wal-Mart has offered to put a cheap DVD player "on hold" for the trampled woman. Now what other store would do something so nice?

Posted on 1 December, 2003

Jesus Balloon

Full of hot hair: Jesus, The Hot Air Balloon.

From the very conception of the project, a major concern was how to do justice to the creation of a hot air balloon in the likeness of Jesus. So, how do you create a hot air balloon that is both authentic and reverent in its mission of creating Jesus, the Son of God?

The design of the balloon combines Jesus, in a majestic purple robe, trimmed in gold, rising above a base of white clouds, in all power and majesty as is presented in the book of Revelation, with the glory, compassion and love of the resurrected Jesus.

Posted on 1 December, 2003

Predicting Presidential Race Results

From the Annals of Improbable Research: An Algorithm for Determining the Winners of U.S. Presidential Elections.

We present an algorithm for determining the winners of United States presidential elections, based on the previous experience of the major party candidates for President and Vice President. The algorithm correctly determines the winner of each of the 54 U.S. presidential elections between 1789 and 2000. Our algorithm predicts that President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney will win the 2004 election unless...

Posted on 1 December, 2003