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22 January, 2004

White House Press Release

This is truly bizarre: Remarks by the President to the Press Pool. It's from the Nothin' Fancy Cafe, in Roswell, NM. And yes, that's really the White House Web site. It's not a parody.

The man really wants some ribs.

(via Metafilter)

Posted on 22 January, 2004

Photos Of Photographers

Here are three pages of photos of photographers in action. Some are pretty funny.

Posted on 22 January, 2004

Giving Credit For Links

Here's an article that may be of interest to bloggers: Link propagation and "discovery credit".

It is generally accepted that giving credit for creation is important; is it the same for "link discovery credit?" Will (should) the practice of linking to sources of links come to be taken very seriously by bloggers, out of a shared concern to keep things fair and transparent, in a similar manner to standards of citation in academia? Should one link to the immediate source or make an effort to trace links back to the original source? (Is it always clear which is "the" original source?)

I usually (but not always) provide a "via" link back to the blog where I found a link.

(via Anil's Daily Links)

Posted on 22 January, 2004

Babies With Beards

Yes, Babies With Beards.

Welcome, and thank you for joining us! We are parents, teachers, educators, and caretakers of bearded babies. It is with pride and enthusiasm that we introduce you this site. Babies With Beards is your window to the world of bearded babies! Enjoy your stay, and please come back soon.

Posted on 22 January, 2004

Bogus Names

Here's a pretty extensive list of bogus names.

At the church I attend, we are encouraged to wear name tags. Wearing my own name seemed a bit boring, so I started borrowing the name tags of other people when they weren't there. Some didn't like this, so I started producing my own counterfeit name tags using fictitious names.

Just a few examples: Jim Equipment, Doug Graves, Phil Erup, Pete Sake, Al Kaholic, Norman Conquest, and Grant Application.

Posted on 22 January, 2004

Airline Security

It's getting so I'm developing an extreme dislike for anything related to air travel, so I missed this one. From the Mercury News: TSA Discourages Lavatory Lines on Planes.

Airlines have been asked to tell passengers they shouldn't congregate near aircraft lavatories because of security concerns, the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday.

The agency in mid-December sent an advisory to airlines asking them to inform passengers that they should not gather in groups on airplanes, especially near the restroom, said spokesman Darrin Kayser.

Patrick O'Brian relates his experiences on a flight from Helsinki to New York: Security As Theater.

And how, exactly, is the sight of multiple passengers simultaneously lunging from their seats towards a suddenly available lavatory an attractive alternative to having a little group milling about by one of the galleys?

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 22 January, 2004

Eva Cassidy

From Pravda (of all places): True talent cannot be silenced. The author, David R. Hoffman, talks about the late Eva Cassidy.

Eva Cassidy had been a nightclub singer, performing primarily in and around the Washington D.C. area. She had never sought fame, and, according to many of her friends, would probably have been uncomfortable with it, even though she possessed talent superior to many, if not most, of the artificially manufactured "superstars" who inundate the music industry.

She also refused to subscribe to one of the primary "rules" of the record companies-that singers should confine themselves to one musical genre. She performed folk, gospel, jazz, country, rock and blues, and all exceedingly well. Although this was an unmistakable testament to her extraordinary talent, it also meant that she could not be compartmentalized and marketed to a specific audience. Ironically, because of her insistence on performing different styles of music, which appealed to everybody, she appeared destined to reach nobody.

So, in 1996, when she passed away from melanoma at the age of thirty-three, her music might have faded away as well, and, like a buried treasure, the world would be poorer for losing a talent it had never even known.

If you're not familiar with Eva Cassidy, you should be. Here's a link to the Eva Cassidy Web Site.

Posted on 22 January, 2004

TV On A Watch

A company called NHJ Ltd introduced a wristwatch-type, liquid-crystal television at the recent 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Story here.

It seems kind of inconvenient. Who wants to be tethered to the cable box?

(via Gizmodo)

Posted on 22 January, 2004

Cure Every Phobia

The Phobia Clinic can cure every phobia known to man -- and even some that are not known to man.

This is actually a pretty interesting site. They present a H-U-G-E list of phobias. Click on one, and you'll see what appears to be a web page devoted to that particular phobia. For example, if you're interested in the "fear of long words" phobia, you'll see a page with the heading:

Long Words Fear?
The Phobia Clinic's 24-hour Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, Sesquipedalophobia, and Fear of Long Words program offers guaranteed relief.

It's driven from a database, and the only thing that changes with each phobia is the header and a small definition box that describes the phobia.

Some of them are pretty funny. Fear of mothers-in-law. Fear of mushrooms. Fear of people who are bald. Fear of Aurora Borealis. Fear of ideas. And even fear of Walloon, which is defined as:

1: walloons fear: a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of the walloons , despite the understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger. 2: walloons fear: a strong fear of, dislike of, or aversion to the walloons.

They can cure it. They just can't tell you what it is.

(Thanks Jody Cairns)

Posted on 22 January, 2004


Here's an online museum of drafting pencils, AKA leadholders.

Leadholder can be broadly defined as any durable instrument that is designed to hold and be refillable with consumable pieces of graphite so that the graphite can be conveniently used for drawing or writing. Within this definition there are subsets such as porte-crayons, mechanical pencils, and drafting leadholders. This website is primarily concerned with drafting leadholders, which are commonly called by draftsmen in the US as simply leadholders.

Shown here is a Lamy "abc" from Germany.

Posted on 22 January, 2004

Baseline Security Analyzer

From Microsoft: Baseline Security Analyzer v1.2 (for IT Professionals).

As part of Microsoft's Strategic Technology Protection Program, and in response to direct customer need for a streamlined method of identifying common security misconfigurations, Microsoft has developed the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA). Version 1.2 of MBSA includes a graphical and command line interface that can perform local or remote scans of Windows systems. MBSA runs on Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP systems and will scan for common security misconfigurations..

Posted on 22 January, 2004

Physics For Cartoonists

If you've ever watched cartoons, you'll recognize these Cartoon Laws of Physics. For example:

Explosive weapons cannot cause fatal injuries. They merely turn characters temporarily black and smoky.

(via Tom McMahon)

Posted on 22 January, 2004


A sculpture by Lars-Erik Fisk: Volkswagenball.

Fisk's earliest works in this series were exhibited on the Museum's lawn in 1997, and included, among others, Street Ball, Tree Ball, and UPS Ball.

Later works in the series included architectural and vehicular subjects, such as Barn Ball and School Bus Ball, and his newest piece, Volkswagenball, which will be exhibited at the Fleming this summer.

Posted on 22 January, 2004

Microsoft's New Watch

From The Register: Microsoft watch requires three-fingered reboot.

Peter Rysavy, who runs a couple of community sites, one for Tablet PCs and a sideline on Microsoft's SPOT watches, has been having trouble with one of his. SPOT stands for 'Smart Personal Object Technology'.

"Take off a sweater. Touch a thermostat. Have a co-worker touch your watch. All of those actions can at least temporarily disable your Abacus watch," he writes.

So how do you reboot a watch?

"I tried the three-finger salute for the Abacus (push all three buttons on the right side - I'm not sure if it's the same for all the other watches) to reboot it, but nothing much seemed to happen. The watch eventually turned back on a few minutes later."

Maybe they'll provide a patch.

Posted on 22 January, 2004

Standard Disclaimer

Here's a disclaimer message that covers just about everything. It starts out like this:

This product is meant for educational purposes only. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. Void where prohibited. Some assembly required. List each check separately by bank number. Batteries not included.

And then goes on and on and on and on.

Posted on 22 January, 2004