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29 December, 2003

Predictions For 2004

As 2003 draws to a close, here are my predictions for 2004.

  • Google will remain popular, and expand into several other areas.
  • John Walkenbach will release a new Excel book.
  • There will not be a terrorist attack in the U.S.
  • Internet Explorer will remain the most popular browser, but Mozilla Firebird will gain popularity.
  • The CAN-SPAM Act will actually increase the amount of spam.
  • There will be a scandal involving a popular baseball player (Barry Bonds?) and steroids.
  • George W. Bush will be re-elected, but not by a landslide.
  • Several new Excel-related blogs will emerge.
  • Michael Jackson's popularity will decline significantly.
  • A religion-themed movie will be a huge box-office success.
  • A Beatle will die.
  • You would be wise to buy stock in Apple.
  • The RIAA will file a series of law suits, but they will have little or no effect on file sharing.
  • Email viruses will continue to be rampant.
  • A high-ranking official in the Bush administration will be forced to resign due to a scandal.
  • Readership of the J-Walk blog will double, and average about 6,000 visitors per day.
  • At least one spammer will go to jail.
  • Blogging will continue to be popular, although many blogs will be plagued by a new type of spam.
  • A new version of Power Utility Pak for Excel will be released.
  • The Yankees will reach the playoffs, but they will not win the World Series.
  • Spyware will be prevalent.
  • A former president will die (either Bush or Reagan)
  • A blind/black entertainer will die (either Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles)
  • A large computer company -- perhaps Microsoft -- will file for bankruptcy.

Posted on 29 December, 2003

Steering Wheel Laptop Mount

I guess some people might find this useful: Executive Laptop Steering Wheel Mount.

Mount your laptop or notebook to your car's steering wheel and catch up on all your work while parked for extended periods at a location. Ideal for outside field sales and service professionals, real estate executives, students, etc.

I wonder how many people won't heed the warning?

IMPORTANT NOTE & SAFETY WARNING: THIS PRODUCT IS ONLY FOR USE WHEN THE VEHICLE IS PARKED AND THE IGNITION IS TURNED OFF. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE A VEHICLE WITH MOUNT ATTACHED TO STEERING WHEEL.

Posted on 29 December, 2003

The CIA Museum

Welcome to the CIA Museum.

Housed in the Agency's Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia, this unique collection illustrates the history of US intelligence -- which effectively began when this country was still 13 separate colonies -- by showing some of the artifacts and tools used by men and women serving in various aspects of espionage.

Posted on 29 December, 2003

Hair Drying Fashion

Why be ugly while your hair is drying? This inexpensive hood dryer is efficient, and very attractive.

(Thanks Christopher and Agatka)

Posted on 29 December, 2003

The Ugly Necklace Contest

Jewelry designers take note. The 2004 Ugly Necklace Contest.

Yes, an UGLY Necklace Contest. Here's your opportunity to show your design skills, your visual acumen, your senses and sensibilities. Can you put together a well-designed and functional, yet UGLY, necklace? The Second Annual Ugly Necklace Contest for 2004 is offering a first prize of a $992.93 shopping spree...

Posted on 29 December, 2003

Virtual Punchcard

Create a virtual punchcard. You can type anything (even FORTRAN code).

Posted on 29 December, 2003

Fake Watches

For those who got a Rolex watch for Christmas: Rolex or Replica?

Many people are buying and selling Rolex and other fine timepieces over the internet. Most are honest people representing their product correctly. However, some are either intentionally or unintentionally representing their watches as something they are not.

Having a resource to clarify this information can mean the difference between making a wise investment in a quality timepiece, and overpaying for something that was misrepresented.

Posted on 29 December, 2003

Michael Jackson Interview

Apparently, Michael Jackson was interviewed on 60 Minutes last night. You can read the complete transcript -- which is much more efficient than watching it.

Posted on 29 December, 2003

PBS Fish Commercial

Watch this creative TV commercial for PBS.

Posted on 29 December, 2003

The Year's Top Ten Words

For word freaks: Top Ten Word Lists of 2003 Announced by yourDictionary.com.

yourDictionary.com the Web's most complete language resource, today released its Top 10 Words of 2003, featuring words that have made the news this year. The complete list includes the top phrases, the top names, the best and worst product names, top Enron inspired words, top YouthSpeak words, and others.

So what's the top word of 2003? It's embedded.

Posted on 29 December, 2003

Photos by T.S. Sullivan

Some nice black and white photos by T.S. Sullivan.

The layout is simple and elegant. It's very refreshing to see a professional photographer's site that isn't created with Flash.

Posted on 29 December, 2003

Easy RGB

If you like color, you'll like Easy RGB.

The purpose of this site is to give users practical suggestions about real life colors matching computer generated RGBs.

Every day architects, graphic designers, painters, everybody using home improvement software, generate new colors on their computers. As long as they do not need to translate their colors in real products, RGB values are OK.

But what if an architect does want to spec a paint for his project? What if a designer does need to print his artwork? What if you have to specify the color of your company logo to an advertising company? These are the occasions where RGB values are useless, specially if physical color standards are not available at the moment. This site is here to fill the gap in between computer generated colors and real world colored products.

For professional in the color industry we also introduced a powerful color calculator to convert color data in different color spaces. If you don't know what XYZ are, don't worry, this is stuff for the color lab experts.

(via Living Home)

Posted on 29 December, 2003