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1 January, 2004

Brand Name Parodies

Another good Photoshop contest from Worth 1000: Brand Name Parodies. Here's an example:


Posted on 1 January, 2004

Bill Gates Gets A Patent

A new patent awarded to Bill Gates: Method and system for distributing art.

An art distribution system for distributing art to multiple display devices within an environment. The art distribution system provides a technique for specifying images to be displayed in an environment. The art distribution system provides a hierarchical representation of spaces within the environment. Each space may be further subdivided into subspaces.

The art distribution system allows a user to select a space within the hierarchy and then to select an image that is to be displayed at the display devices within the selected space. The art distribution system then displays the selected image within the space including within all subspaces of the selected space. The art distribution system may allow a subsequent assignment of the image to a subspace to override within that subspace the previous selection of an image for the space.

Posted on 1 January, 2004

Some New Photos

I've lived in San Diego for quite a while, but sometimes I feel like I just moved here. Today, we got in the car and visited two places that I've never been: San Onofre Beach (a popular surfing beach near the nuclear power plant), and the Oceanside Harbor.

It was a beautiful day, and I snapped about 100 photos. Here are a few samples (click for a larger view).

You can find even more photos at my Nikon D100 Gallery.

Posted on 1 January, 2004

Year Domains

Well, 2004.com is a Swedish sports and information news site. What about other domains for future years? Steve checked them out at his Off On A Tangent blog. He looked at 2004 through 2012.

Posted on 1 January, 2004

Download A Mad Cow Book

A book by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber: Mad Cow U.S.A. The book was published in 1997, but it seems relevant today.

Due to the USDA's failure to keep the nightmare from happening here, demand for Mad Cow USA has outpaced supply. Our publisher is rushing to produce a paperback version. In the meantime, you can download a free PDF version of the entire book right here.

(via Gordon Coale Weblog)

Posted on 1 January, 2004


From Snopes: New Year's Superstitions.

Besides getting sloppy drunk and kissing everybody in the room at the stroke of midnight, celebrants throughout the ages have observed numerous other lesser-known New Year's customs and superstitions. New Year is a time of beginning and thus something which, according to lore, needs to be influenced favorably to ensure a good outcome.

Many of the superstitions associated with the event bear the common theme that activities carried out on that day set the pattern for the year to come. Others have to do with warding off evil spirits or attracting luck.

The article has a long list of superstitions -- most of which I've never heard of.

Posted on 1 January, 2004

His Receipts

This is incredible. It's called My Receipts. Some guy (named Mark A Thomas, I believe) scans the receipts for everything he buys, and posts them on the Web. You'll find 748 receipts, on 40 pages.

And it seems to be very up-to-date. The most recent receipt (shown here) is from 30 December. He bought three cans of chicken noodle soup, some half & half, and Guinness Stout.

There's even more good stuff at this site. He also has a very nice photo gallery called Pictures of Pipes -- which is exactly what you would expect.

(via Cloudal Partners)

Posted on 1 January, 2004

2003 Famous Dead

Here's a  pictorial wrap-up of famous people who departed the Earth in 2003.

Posted on 1 January, 2004

A Good Sign

So far, things are looking good. I've seen no evidence of Y2K04-related computer glitches.

Posted on 1 January, 2004

I'ts Now 2004

It's now 12:00 midnight in California. Happy 2004 to one and all.

Confession: This is a "post to the future" that I entered at 6:20 pm on 31 December. I'm probably sleeping right now.

Posted on 1 January, 2004