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17 January, 2004

Jeff's Talbert Pipes

Jeff Folloder reads this blog. And he has a good collection of Talbert Pipes,

Creating a pipe is a real pain in the a*s. I know because I've tried. I made my first pipe a little more than a year ago and I feel comfortable in stating that I have also made my last pipe! That said, there are an awful lot of really talented pipe makers out there. One of those talented pipe makers is a slightly demented and twisted soul by the name of Trever Talbert.

Shown here is aTrevor Talbert Halloween pipe, nearly a foot long.

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Bible in 50 Words

This could save some people a whole lot of time and wasted effort: The Bible in 50 Words.

God made, Adam bit, Noah
arked, Abraham split, Joseph
ruled, Jacob fooled, bush talked,
Moses balked, Pharaoh plagued,
people walked, sea divided,
tablets guided, promise landed,
Saul freaked, David peeked,
prophets warned, Jesus born,
God walked, love talked, anger
crucified, hope died, Love rose,
Spirit flamed, Word spread, God

Or, buy the unabridged version and waste your time.

(via Binary By Accident -- one of my favorite blog names. How's it going, Bill?)

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Vintage Supermarket Photos

You just gotta admire a guy who would put together a gallery of Vintage Supermarket Photos.

When I was a teen, I actually did this sort of work to earn about $2.00 per hour. But we never had this many eggs. Never. Dems a lotta eggs!

(via scrubbles.net)

Posted on 17 January, 2004

For Electronica Fans

I could easily do a dozen of these every day. Here's one more Internet Archives pick: Ernesto Aeroflot - Oll Tolk'n' no Ding atcheev'd

This 4th album from Ernesto Aeroflot comes from a mysterious fellow who's released on net.label Commie and a host of smaller labels under names/groups such as TranceYlvania, Sky Wide Jazz, Oodi & Elegia, High Grade Multi Purpose Intelligent Terminal (!), and more. This 10-trackalbum showcases his unpredictable but riveting style excellently,as '80s bleep sounds and stuttering electro mix up with distortedunrest, sweeping electronica, and a wholly surprising bonus cut to create something truly different.

Posted on 17 January, 2004

People Who Serve Food

For those who eat food or serve food... The Stained Apron.

Dedicated to the venting of food servers' frustrations and a harsh education of the dining public!

Here's an excerpt from "A Rant from the Bar"

First of all, understand something. Unless you knew them before they began bartending, bartenders are not your friends. Think of us like dancers. We are there for one reason only. To take your money

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Real Eyes * 3

This is probably some well-known phrase, but it's escaped me. I like the name of this blog: Real Eyes Realize Real Lies.

But he can certainly do without that background image that has one purpose in life: to make the text more difficult to read.

So why do the black guys come up with all the good blog names?

Posted on 17 January, 2004

They Quit Drinking

Let's all raise a toast to We Quit Drinking.

A blog by and about people who have chosen to not drink alcohol.

(via Anita Rowland)

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Need A New Watch?

Be the first on your block to get a Trip The Light Fantastic Watch.

The time is displayed in 3 colors. The left side represents the hours and can be easily read by looking at the digits to the left of them. The minutes are displayed in 12 rows of 5, in green, yellow, and red, with each row representing 5 minutes, each light representing a minute. To count the minutes after 15 minutes it is easiest to start by looking at the competed red row(s) and then start counting from there. Each completed red row is a 15, 30, 45, 60 minute indicator. So 7:17 like the diagram below 15 plus 2 green lights making up 17. It is really almost as easy to tell the time as a regular analog watch.

They are currently sold out, but you can reserve one. Cost: $129 (normally $149).

Just make sure you keep a cheat sheet handy in case you actually want to use it for telling the time.

(Thanks firq)

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Not A Video Game

From Dot Journalism: Apache killing video becomes viral news.

A graphic US military video showing the killing of three Iraqi people is being circulated via the web after appearing on US TV news channel ABC News.

The one-minute file, filmed from a US Apache helicopter, shows three suspected Iraqi insurgents being shot with 30mm cannon fire. The clip was cut from a longer video obtained by ABC News last week and verified by a senior US army official.

The site has a link to the video file, with this warning:

Some viewers may find this material disturbing.

Posted on 17 January, 2004

A Food Contest

A new contest from ze's page: Attacked by Food or, Playing With Your Food.

Send me a picture of yourself playing with food or being attacked by food. Interpret this however you like.

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Mensa Workout

If you have some spare time (about 30 minutes) and want to see how smart you are, try the Mensa Workout.

This quiz is provided for entertainment purposes only; it is not an IQ test. This score will not qualify you for Mensa. The questions on the "Mensa Workout" are biased towards people whose primary language is English. Mensa offers culture-fair testing throughout the world. Many of the questions on the "Mensa Workout" require you to have a graphical browser. The test is still enjoyable for those with text-only browsers, but your overall score may be considerably lower than it might be with a graphical browser.

I stopped at #8. My head was spinning

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Music For Toads

From the Internet Archives: Field Recording at the Colorado River.

It's 4:57 of toad sounds, recorded by Jesse Hammons. You never know what you'll find at the Internet Archives.

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Photo Glow

This looks kind of cool: Photo Glow. It's a frame system for displaying photos with backlighting.

When people think of backlit photos they think of the bulky display boxes in theatres and airports. These are backlit by fluorescent bulbs placed behind the image. PhotoGlows use edgelit technology which is more akin to a laptop screen. Light is generated and injected into the edge of a plate. We then balance scattering with transmission to make the light come out the front face of the plate.

Edgelighting has the advantage of a more uniform output, if done right. More significantly, edgelighting allows the total frame thickness to be reduced to 1" or less.

The photos must be printed on special media. They'll print them for you, or you can buy the material and print your own.

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Scary Clowns

At Scary Or Not, you can view some scary clowns images and vote on how scary they are.

(via Association Correlating Non-Essential Research)

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Spam Poetry Contest Finalists

Well folks, the Spam Poetry Contest has ended. Thanks to all who participated. We got some good entries, and I've narrowed it down to three finalists:

  • "even by moonlight," by Eric D. Dixon
  • "Untitled," by Matt
  • "Urgent Utilisation Assistance," by Sarpy Sam

Truth is, I can't decide on a winner so I'm letting you, the readers, decide. 

Here's a link to the three finalists' poems. Read them, and then cast your vote below. Voting will end at midnight on Sunday when I wake up on Monday morning, and the winner will be announced sometime on Monday.

Which Spam Poem is the best?
"even by moonlight," by Eric D. Dixon
Untitled," by Matt
"Urgent Utilisation Assistance," by Sarpy Sam
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Fox Trot Help Needed

Here is today's Fox Trot comic strip:

I don't get it. Can somebody explain it to me?

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Genericized trademarks

From the Wikipedia: Genericized trademark.

Trademarks, unlike other forms of intellectual property such as copyrights and patents, must be actively used and defended. A copyright or patent holder may simply "sit on" his creation and prevent its use, but a trademark owner claiming and even registering a trademark that fails to make active use of it, or fails to defend it against infringement may lose the exclusive right to use it. Further, if a court rules that a formerly trademarked term has become so successful in gaining mind share and becomes "generic" through common use (and so the average consumer doesn't realize it is a trademark), it may also be ruled invalid.

You'll find a list of former trademarks that are now used generically, as well as a list of current trademarks that are often used generically.

(Thanks Kevin Stecyk)

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Photo Contest

This site, called photos-of-the-year, has tons of great photos to peruse. Besides the annual contest, there's also a monthly contest.

This fine caterpillar shot is one of the entries for the annual contest.

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Goodbye Hubble

From CNN: Hubble casualty of Bush space plan.

The Hubble Space Telescope will be allowed to degrade and eventually become useless, as NASA changes focus to President Bush's plans to send humans to the moon, Mars and beyond, officials said Friday.

NASA canceled all space shuttle servicing missions to the Hubble, which has revolutionized the study of astronomy with its striking images of the universe.

Here's a link to some Hubble Goodies.

Posted on 17 January, 2004

Recycled Links, Part 14

These links were posted on the J-Walk Blog about a year ago. Good stuff that you may have overlooked.

Posted on 17 January, 2004