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10 December, 2003

Rating Kittens

If you like to look at kittens, here's a site for you: Rate My Kitten. If you're in a non-judgmental mood, you can just view the top-rated or the bottom-rated kittens.

The kitten shown here (peeking out of a Scrabble box) has an average rating of 8.48.

Posted on 10 December, 2003

A Milestone For National Geographic

The December, 2003 issue of National Geographic magazine is notable because all of the photos in its lead story ("The Future of Flying") were shot with a digital camera. Joe McNally used a Nikon D1X. See: Shooting the D1X for National Geographic.

"What we set out to do," McNally says, "was to do a good story, first and foremost, and secondarily to prove a point. And I think we did that. We brought home a story that showed the digital possibilities." That story, from the opening B-2 image to the closing F/A-22 shot, runs thirty pages in the magazine. It comprises 23 of McNally's images, including five double trucks and a four-page gatefold. That seems like pretty clear evidence that Joe McNally did not screw up the National Geographic's first digital assignment.

You can read part of the story and view a few photos at National Geographic's site.

Posted on 10 December, 2003

Old Christmas Lights

To see some old Christmas lights, go to Bill's Antique Christmas Lights Site, which is...

...devoted to providing information about the development of electric Christmas lighting in America. Here you'll learn all about Twentieth Century electric holiday lighting in the United States, and see how it has changed over the years. Did you know that in the earliest days, Christmas lights were so expensive that they were commonly rented for the season? We've come a long way since 1900...

Posted on 10 December, 2003

Pope List

If you ever find yourself in need of a complete list of Catholic popes, just go to the List of Popes. The list dates all the way back to the first pope, St. Peter. He held the office between the years 32 and 67.

Posted on 10 December, 2003

How Do You Feel?

Well, how do you feel?

There's more to this site than meets the eye. Click a few links at the bottom to see what it's all about.

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Take a ride on an Airboard.

It's here The AIRBOARD is the latest fun leisure vehicle seen recently at the Olympic Opening Ceremony celebration held Sydney, Australia! Easy and fun to ride - simply start it up, hop on, adjust the throttle and off you go! It's easy to learn and simple maneuvers are achieved with just a little practice.

Posted on 10 December, 2003


Here's a question for you, What Would Jesus Do?

I don't have the answer, but I'm pretty sure he wouldn't be running a cheesy web site selling WWJD junk.

Posted on 10 December, 2003

Mechanical Banks

Here's quite a collection of mechanical banks.

Mechanical Banks Online has the largest collection of Mechanical Banks at any given time in the world. You will find the largest selection on the internet of all original and rare banks.

Here's a pineapple head bank from Hawaii. Put a coin in his hand, and he puts it into his mouth for safekeeping.

(via The Cartoonist)

Posted on 10 December, 2003

Tattoos By Photoshop

Lots of excellent Photoshop work from Worth 1000: Body Shop 6. It's described as:

Nude skin given tattoos via Photoshop.

Posted on 10 December, 2003

Fake Dictionary Update

A few days ago I mentioned a Yahoo News (I mean Yahoo! News) article about a bogus Japanese-to-English dictionary. I've been informed by Alex (who runs the Museum of Hoaxes) that the story was a hoax. And this is verified at Snopes.

Unfortunately, Yahoo!, a primary news source for many people on the Internet, reprints some Weekly World News articles in their TV News section under a heading of "Entertainment News & Gossip," a title that doesn't convey a strong "bogus" warning to readers who don't notice the original source is the Weekly World News (or don't know what the Weekly World News is).

Too bad. I really liked that idea.

Posted on 10 December, 2003

Internet Usage

From CNN: Survey: Kiwis top world Web usage.

Seventy-five percent of the 1,000 New Zealanders surveyed in August had used the Internet in the previous month, up from 71 percent in a 2002 survey, market research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) said Tuesday.

Among the 32 countries participating in the TNS survey, the Netherlands was second in Internet usage at 72 percent followed by Denmark (71), Norway (69) and the United States (68).

Posted on 10 December, 2003

What's Bill Clinton Up To?

The answer is at The Onion: Clinton Googles Self.

Citing curiosity as his primary motive, Bill Clinton typed his own name into the popular search engine Google.com during a lull in his daily activities, the former president reported Monday.

"I had no idea I would get 2,790,000 results!" Clinton said while seated before the Apple PowerBook in his Harlem office. "Besides all the news articles, there were encyclopedia entries, links to Amazon for books about me, and tons of photos, too. I even came across some frame captures from those Rock The Vote shows I did back in 1992. I'm going to take a couple of those and make them my desktop picture, once I figure out how to tile them."

Actually, a search for "Bill Clinton" (in quotes) yields only 2,670,000 hits.

Posted on 10 December, 2003

New Guy At The RIAA

From Fox News: ATF Director to Head Music Industry's Anti-Piracy Efforts.

The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (search) is leaving his post next month to lead the recording industry's efforts to stop music piracy.

Bradley A. Buckles, who served ATF for 30 years and was named director in 1999, will come head of the Anti-Piracy Unit of the Recording Industry Association of America (search), the trade group announced Tuesday.

Maybe they should just rename the government agency to be the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives, and Downloads?

Posted on 10 December, 2003

Warning Labels

I've probably linked to this site (or a similar one) in the past. But reading product warning labels is always fun. Examples:

"Do not use while sleeping or unconscious." -- On a hand-held massaging device.

"Recycled flush water unsafe for drinking." -- On a toilet at a public sports facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body they do not cover." -- On a pair of shin guards made for bicyclists.

"This product not intended for use as a dental drill." -- On an electric rotary tool.

Posted on 10 December, 2003

Amazon's Top 50

From Amazon: Top 50 Customers' Favorite books of 2003.

Not surprisingly, Harry Potter is #1. This is followed by The Da Vinci Code (which I just bought). Surprisingly, the top 10 includes two diet books. Even more surprising: The list doesn't include any of my Excel books!

Posted on 10 December, 2003

Mouse Stroke Drawings

Here's a very weird site with some unique drawings, done with a mouse (I think).

Posted on 10 December, 2003

Shockwave Stuff

You'll find some interesting Shockwave apps at ertdfgcvb.ch. My favorite is "Tiny Statue."

Posted on 10 December, 2003

AOL Joke

Q. What do you call it when AOL lays off 450 employees?

A. A good start.

Posted on 10 December, 2003