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17 December, 2003

How Intelligent Are You?

In an attempt to learn more about the 1,600 or so daily visitors to the J-Walk Blog, I recently asked how old are you?. So far, about 600 people responded, and it seems that the average age is about 37.8.

Today's question is:

How intelligent are you?
Extremely stupid
Very stupid
Average
Very intelligent
Extremely intelligent

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Free polls from Pollhost.com

Note: Voting or viewing the results may result in a pop-up ad. That's why it's a free service.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Flipping Off Hummers

The home of the official Hummer H2 salute. You'll see photos of what people think of these vehicles.

(via Metafilter)

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Rent A Village

Need a unique setting for your next corporate event or conference? Maybe you should rent a village.

Not just any village, but nice, little, cozy villages in the Austrian Alps, in the wine-growing regions of Germany or the small principality of Lichtenstein.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Coveralls

Another weird one: Guys working wearing coveralls.

The subject of this site is my interest in coveralls or boilersuits. It's main content is pictures that I have taken of workmen wearing coveralls. These are real guys taken in real working situations.

The site also has sections of scanned images of coveralls from magazines and brochures. Theses sections are subdivided by type of coverall e.g. jumpsuits, flightsuits, hi-vis, PVC etc.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Fred The Whistler

Who's the most successful whistler of all time? It's Fred Lowery.

Fred Lowery, the most successful and the greatest of all the whistlers, lost his sight at age two as the result of complications from scarlet fever. With an artificial right eye and limited vision in the left, Fred Lowery was legally blind - not totally blind. At the age of seven he was entered in the Texas School for the Blind in Austin.

Fred's first experience whistling in front of an audience came when he was cheered on by his fellow students to demonstrate his talent for bird whistler Ernest Nichols, who had come to the school to perform. Fighting off a severe case of stage fright, Fred whistled through To a Wild Rose and two more classics without a miscue. Walking off the stage, Nichols told Peggy Richter, Fred's music teacher, that someday Fred would be the world's greatest whistler

Find out more about whistling at Whistling Records.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Utili-Key

This looks like it could be handy: Utili-Key. A 6-in-1 tool that looks like a key.

Knife Blade Serrated Cutting Surface, Micro-Sized Phillips Screw Driver, Eyeglass Screw Driver, #1 Flat Screw Driver, Bottle Opener

They also have other small tools.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Nursery Rhyme Head Injuries

This is funny: Head injuries in nursery rhymes: evidence of a dangerous subtext in children's literature.

In the case of Humpty Dumpty, we question whether "all the king's horses and all the king's men" were capable of launching an appropriate medical intervention after Mr. Dumpty's unfortunate accident. What sort of EMS training and equipment did these first responders have? Although the accompanying saddlebags might have contained a cervical collar, it is unlikely that a spinal board would have been available, seriously compromising spinal management. The presence of "all the king's men" also suggests a shocking lack of crowd control.

It's written as a scientific research article, and it seems that many people don't catch the joke.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Guess The Image

A gallery of close-up photos. Your job: guess what they are.

This gallery contains images which were created by focusing on a small portion of a larger object. The images show a part of the whole, but never all of it. They are representative of an area that is unique to the object or its class.

Each item has three photos. The first two photos provide enough information to identify the object. The third photo is the "answer."

Most are fairly difficult, but this one was very easy:

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Bad Corp

BadCorp.org is devoted to bad corporations. They also explain why most corporations are evil:

Imagine for a moment an entity with no conscience, no soul, no morals, no remorse, and no fear of imprisonment but with all the rights of an individual, seemingly unlimited power and only one interest: making money at any cost. We would fear for our lives in the face of its ruthlessness. We would seek to protect ourselves from it and perhaps even to eradicate it if possible. Yet we live our lives largely oblivious to the thousands of such entities around us.

We don't blame them for the deaths of our friends even though their actions cause thousands of deaths. We ask them politely not to destroy the planet while they flagrantly ignore the toxicity of their waste and the devastating impact of their operations. We trust the government to exert control over them only to watch officials cower and become complicit.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Skyscrapers

Here's a site devoted to skyscrapers. It has an interactive world map that shows you high-rise statistics for various locales. For example, New York city has 5,535 of them.

And here's some information about X-Seed 4000, a building in Tokyo that's currently listed as a "vision."

This is the tallest building ever envisioned, at 4000 meters high with 800 floors.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Human Waste On The Highway

This is a very strange news story: Highway workers lament increase of human waste.

From March 4 to Nov. 27, 2002, one Adams County [Washington] highway cleanup crew picked up 2,666 jugs of urine and 67 bags with human excrement in them.

The problem isn't limited to Adams County.

"All of the cleanup crews encounter it. It's pretty much the same around the state," she said. "They're mostly found on interchanges near rest areas. Why can't they stop there?"

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Celebrity Detouching

Worth 1000 has a Photoshop contest for celebrity detouching.

Removing the retouching from airbrushed celebs.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Spam And Government Waste

From the Seattle Times, Charles Bermant writes: 'Lip-service bill' against spam may alter perceptions at least.

There is a lot of smoke about the Can-Spam Act of 2003, scheduled to be pushed through the sausage machine that is our federal government this week.

While our leaders' collective heart may be in the right place, there is no universal agreement about the situation. Much of the debate centers on whether any such legislation has a chance, since spammers can just go offshore. Too many people now feel that spam can't be stopped.

Count me among that group. The only solution is a massive overhaul of the email system.

I like Bermant's closing statement:

By passing a lip-service bill, it can still change people's perceptions toward spam and steer them away from purchasing goods through that channel. If people stop buying, the bad guys will stop spamming. And that will take a while.

The question is whether passing a lip-service bill like this qualifies as government waste.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Dumb Criminals

You read stories about dumb criminals all the time. The Dumb Criminal Acts site has compiled a bunch of them.

Our goal is to build the largest database of stupid criminal acts on the Internet. While we realize that criminals aren't usually the brightest people, some just stand out, err... sink below, the rest. We are dedicated to publicizing their completely humiliating stories.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Glowing Pets

Have fun with glow-in-the-dark pets and animals.

GlowingPets.com offers news and information on bioengineered [GM] pets and animals. These creatures will be hitting world markets in late 2003.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Coffee Table Books

From Something Awful: Coffee Table Books of the Damned. Well, they're not real coffee table books. But they are a lot more entertaining.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Falling Off A Ladder

Apparently, some guy on the QVC network fell off a ladder on live TV. Details (and links to amusing video) here.

Out in television land, a somebody, somewhere, happened to record the incident and uploaded the segment to the Internet (where it circulated under the title "QVC Ladder Fall"), prompting a debate over its authenticity. An e-mail statement from QVC spokesman Brandon Hamm tacitly confirmed that the clip was genuine:

QVC is a live television network and does not delay or edit its programming. Our customers have come to know and trust in our live television experience . . . The QVC guest did suffer minor injuries; however [he] has returned to his place of employment.

Posted on 17 December, 2003

Christmas Costs

Another annual Christmas classic: The cost of the 12 days of Christmas, courtesy of of PNC Bank.

While stiff import competition is driving deeper discounts on merchandise sold in the United States, skilled labor cost is on the rise, resulting in a 16 percent increase in this year's PNC Advisors Christmas Price Index - the biggest jump the Index has seen in its 19-year history.

Posted on 17 December, 2003