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11 December, 2003

Amazon The Meat Market

If you need to buy meat, Amazon.com is probably the last place you would think to look. But they actually do sell meat. Sometimes in mass quantities.

For example, you can get eight 10-pound boneless rib roasts for only $3,376.98 (plus shipping). That works out to about $42.21 per pound!

This hearty roast is a real crowd pleaser. And with the ribs removed, our Wagyu rib roast is easy to carve and serve.

I found out about this from the always-excellent The Sneeze -- where you'll find The Sneeze Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out.

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Speed Stacking

What is speed stacking?

Cup stacking with Speed Stacks is now the fastest growing new sport in the country!

Cup stacking is an exciting individual and team sport where participants stack and unstack 12 specially designed plastic cups (Speed Stacks) in pre-determined sequences... With practice, a person can stack at lightning speed that has to be seen to be believed!

Check out the videos.

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Dreadlocks

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Dreadlocks.

Dreadlocks have been around for a long time. Over the years people have come up with a number of ways to make dreadlocks. They have also come up with many dreadlocks myths.

On this site I'm going to tell you 9 different ways to make dreadlocks, information on how to maintain your dreadlocks, show you dreadlocks pictures, and tell you about the history of dreadlocks. I'm also going to share information about a great routine for washing dreadlocks.

Plus, links to lots of other dreadlocks sites.

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Islands For Sale

Buy a private island in Canada -- cheap.

We are offering these selected island properties at special US Dollar prices until January 30, 2004.

Canada's clean coastline, rivers and lakes, unspoiled forests and friendly inhabitants, make Nova Scotia and Ontario ideal locations for island purchasers. There is also a wide range of leisure activities, including water sports, hunting and golf.

Shown here is Little Rocky Island, 7.7 acres for only US $59,792.

(via The G Spot)

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Underwear Repair

Yet another holiday gift idea: Men's Underwear Repair Kit

"For bachelors and married guys alike!"

Posted on 11 December, 2003

The I Hate Mayo Club

Personally, I like mayo. But those who don't can join a club -- the Worldwide I Hate Mayonnaise Club.

Members from around the world joined, proving that the insidious spread of mayo is indeed a worldwide threat. The club now has members from Japan to South Africa and from London to Australia.

Nose around on our page here to learn more about the club. If you want to join, check out the membership page. But the main thing is to spread the word: mayo-haters are uniting. We will fight the scourge of mayo. We will one day be able to order a BLT without the white slime. We will wipe mayo from the face of the earth!

Posted on 11 December, 2003

The Human Society Vs. Dick Cheney

Read what the Human Society has to say about the Vice President's recent hunting trip.

Monday's hunting trip to Pennsylvania by Vice President Dick Cheney in which he reportedly shot more than 70 stocked pheasants and an unknown number of mallard ducks at an exclusive private club places a spotlight on an increasingly popular and deplorable form of hunting, in which birds are pen-reared and released to be shot in large numbers by patrons. The ethics of these hunts are called into question by rank-and-file sportsmen, who hunt animals in their native habitat and do not shoot confined or pen-raised animals that cannot escape.

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Variations On A Christmas Theme

Three variations on 'Twas The Night Before Christmas:

Programmer's Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Visit To EBay, and The Net Before Christmas.

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Task List Programs, Explained

Now this is truly a handy resource: Task List Programs.

Through our support service we often come across problems caused primarily by programs running in the background, programs which in most cases start at the same time as Windows. Sometimes these programs are useful and need to be there; quite often, however, they are not needed, and in too many cases they cause severe problems.

You might be surprised at how much crap is running on your system.

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Power Company Signs

Here's a gallery of power company signs.

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Blogging Lessons

From Gothamist: What Not To Do When You Blog. For example:

Therefore, for the love of God, do not write about yourself. Do not write about your friends. Do not write about your family. Do not write about your pets. Or airport travels. Do not write about that girl at the bodega on 4th avenue and how she's giving you the eye. Do not write about your dates. Pick a real subject or series of subjects and stick to it - if you have to use the word "I" more than once a week, you are doing something very, very wrong.

(via LAst CAll)

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Pollen Images

Check out these incredible electron microscope photos of pollen.

(via Dublog)

Posted on 11 December, 2003

D-Squared Really Sucks

From Wired: Company Fights for Pop-Up Rights.

Those flashy pop-up ads that annoy millions of Internet users each day are getting a legal test, thanks to a pair of 20-year-old college students who are challenging the government's effort to regulate the advertisements.

The Federal Trade Commission accuses the students' small California company of committing "high-tech extortion" by using a feature inside popular Windows software to generate pop-up ads as frequently as every 10 minutes. Ironically -- and a key factor in the government's case -- the students' pop-ups tout software designed to block such ads.

The company, D-Squared Solutions of San Diego, has countered that the government's allegations go too far and that its ads are "no more harmful than roadway speed bumps or television commercials."

These guys (Anish Dhingra and Jeffrey Davis) use Messenger pop-ups to sell their software -- which is designed to eliminate Messenger pop-ups.

Not too surprisingly, D-Squared Solutions is in the Spam Hall of Shame, where you'll find lots of information about this scumbag company.

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Dead Logos

Logo R.I.P. -- a commemoration of dead logotypes.

Logo R.I.P. is a commemoration of logos withdrawn from the ocular landscape. Many are considered icons of their time or international design classics, whilst others cost millions only to be replaced within a year or two. These logos disappeared, yet in contrast to the ceremony and pomp that greeted their arrival, they often suffered an ignoble death. Now deemed defunct, they are consigned to the logo graveyard, no longer allowed to signify.

Shown here is the grave for the PanAm logo, which died in 1991 at the age of 33.

And speaking of airline logos, here's a humongous collection of airline logos.

(via Magnetbox)

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Build A Snowman

Now you can build a snowman, and not even get cold. Go ahead, create a snowman. I did:

(via A Welsh View)

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Mixed-Up Names

Here's an unusual list: Famous People Who Have a First Name for a Last Name. Contributions are welcome, but...

Stop sending me your name, unless you are famous. Are you famous? If you can safely answer "yes" you can email me your name.

(via Tom McMahon)

Posted on 11 December, 2003

An Excel 2003 Bug

From Woody's Office Watch: Excel 2003 RAND() Bug.

If you have a spreadsheet that uses the RAND() function, and you're using Excel 2003, you may be getting bad results - and you probably don't even know it. Excel 2003's RAND() has a big, big bug in it.

In short, RAND() should produce a pseudo-random number between 0 and 1. Microsoft reworked the function for Excel 2003 so that it would produce a better quality of randomness, especially when you ask for a large number of random numbers.

Guess what? If you do try to get a lot of random number, the function gets buggy, instead of numbers from 0 to 1 you start getting negative numbers. If that weren't enough, the negative numbers aren't sufficiently distributed to be considered 'random'.

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Take A Jelly Bath

Without actually trying it, I must say that taking a Jelly Bath doesn't sound too appealing.

JellyBath is a truly unique spa experience. One box will turn your bath water into luxurious encasing comfort. Add JellyBath to warm water and it becomes a translucent, fluffy jelly which will retain its heat up to 4 times longer than water. It's a virtual bath blanket!

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 11 December, 2003

Safe Search?

Yesterday I linked to an article from The Onion, which stated that a Google search for "Bill Clinton" results in 2,790,000 hits. I tried that search and got 2,670,000 hits.

It was suggested that I must have been using Google's "safe search" option, which filters out any adult-oriented sites. I never use the safe search feature, so that didn't explain the discrepancy. So I tried again, this time with safe search turned on. This time, Google reported 2,680,000 hits -- 10,000 more than with safe search turned off. Huh?

I guess I don't understand how Google works.

Posted on 11 December, 2003

TunA Music

From Wired: TunA Lets Users Fish for Music.

Media Lab Europe, research partner to MIT Media Lab, is testing tunA, a software application that employs Wi-Fi to locate nearby users, peek at their music playlist and wirelessly jack into their audio stream. Pronounced like the fish and signifying music "tunes" and "ad hoc" file sharing, tunA is being designed for wireless PDAs, cell phones and even its own hardware device.

(Thanks Jan Nordgreen)

Posted on 11 December, 2003