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18 December, 2003

Science And Technology Images

From Scientific American: Science and Technology Digital Image Galleries.

Shown here is the Whirlpool Galaxy, taken with the Hubble telescope.

The Whirlpool Galaxy (which is also known as M 51 or NGC 5194) is a nearly face on spiral galaxy some 31 million light years distant toward the constellation Canis Venatici. The Whirlpool Galaxy is undergoing a collision with the nearby companion galaxy NGC 5195.

Posted on 18 December, 2003

Men In Skirts

A special exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Bravehearts: Men In Skirts.

Throughout the history of Western dress, women have frequently borrowed elements of men's clothing. Examples of men appropriating women's dress, however, are rare. Today, while women enjoy most of the advantages of a man's wardrobe, men enjoy few of the advantages of a woman's wardrobe. Nowhere is this asymmetry more apparent than in the taboo surrounding men in skirts.

Bravehearts locates "men in skirts" in historical and cross-cultural contexts and looks at designers as well as individuals who have appropriated the skirt as a means of injecting novelty into male fashion, transgressing moral and social codes, and redefining ideals of masculinity.

(via Esthet)

Posted on 18 December, 2003

The Connected Thesaurus

Word mavens will find this interesting: The Connected Thesaurus.

This program allows you to search for relationships between words, concepts, and people. It is a combination thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, pun generator, and concept navigator. Use it to find words that fit the needs of whatever writing endeavor you've undertaken, or just to browse concept space.

(Thanks John Fleming)

Posted on 18 December, 2003

Air Crash Victims

A handy list of musicians who died in airplane and helicopter crashes. They are listed alphabetically from Aaliyah (never heard of her) through Stevie Ray Vaughan (I'm a big fan).

Posted on 18 December, 2003

Office 2003 Is Gone!

As you may know, I use Microsoft FrontPage 2002 to run this blog. I've written quite a few VBA procedures to make it relatively easy. However, FrontPage does not work reliably. About 20% of the time, my "build the index" procedure fails. The code is perfectly correct, so I can only assume the problem is with FrontPage.

Yesterday, I dug out my MSDN CDs and found a copy of FrontPage 2003. Thinking that it might work better, I installed it. Of course I had to log into the MSDN site to get the 25-character Product Key (that took about 15 minutes, because the MSDN login uses Passport -- and Passport is screwed up). I finally got it installed, and realized that FrontPage 2003 runs my VBA procedures even worse than 2002. So I quickly uninstalled it.

Later, I ran Excel 2003 and it prompted me for a CD Product Key. So I had to find it and type it in. And guess what? It didn't accept it. Maybe it wants the key for FrontPage? Nope. And Word 2003 also prompted me for the CD key.

The good news is that this frustrating experience gave me a reason to uninstall Office 2003 and go back to Office XP exclusively. Frankly, I can't stand using Office 2003. The Help system drives me crazy, and I don't like the looks of the toolbar icons. In terms of features, there is absolutely nothing new that I need, or even anticipate needing. And I think that applies to about 98% of all Office XP users.

So Office 2003 has been expunged from my system, and I'm a happy camper. And I can thank Microsoft and their worthless CD Product Keys. Does anybody know what purpose these Product Keys actually serve? Except to frustrate users, of course.

Posted on 18 December, 2003