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29 January, 2004

Bounty Hunters

Item: SCO Sets $250K Bounty for MyDoom Word Writer.

Item: Microsoft Offers $250,000 Reward for Information Leading to Conviction of MyDoom.B Perpetrator

Who says Microsoft never has any original ideas?

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Pizza Poll

Anchovies on pizza?
Absolutely!
Depends on what else is on it
Maybe
No way
I'd rather have my head chopped off
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Low-Carb Blog

I've been doing the low-carb thing for almost a year now. Here's a blog that's devoted to the topic: Low-Carb Blog.

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Terminator Technology

I know nothing about farming, but this is kind of scary: Monsanto's Terminator Technology.

One of the most serious, and potentially planet-threatening technologies ever to see the light of day, is Monsanto's new 'Terminator Technology'. Put quite simply, Monsanto has bio-engineered certain plant species to literally kill their own seeds--what we might call auto-botanical-abortion.

Why?

Two reasons; to take as much of the world's agriculture community hostage as possible, and to make mass profits for Monsanto.

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Africa Photo Gallery

Here are some great shots of Africa by Alex Bernasconi. Taken with a Nikon D100.

At the risk of scaring Wendy, here's a sample:

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Auction Fun

I found this entertaining site a long time ago, but I forgot all about it: Who Would Buy That?

Here at "Who Would Buy That," we patrol the web's auction sites so you don't have to. We devote hours, sometimes even entire days of our lives to ferreting out the true gems among the trappings of our modern society.

Check out the vintage Wonder Bread.

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Caffeine Content Chart

Who would have thought that a serving of Ben & Jerry's No Fat Coffee Fudge Frozen Yogurt would have 85 mg of caffeine? I found this out by consulting the Caffeine Content of Foods and Drugs chart.

(via Kottke.org)

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Chicken Hypnosis

From the Farmer's Almanac: Three Ways To Hypnotize A Chicken.

Every September, we start getting a lot of callers and e-mailers asking, "So just how do you hypnotize a chicken?" Although we have yet to understand why someone would want to hypnotize a chicken, we thought it was high time we gave the complete instructions to those who may be so inclined.

Posted on 29 January, 2004

California Driving Guide

For some reason, I found this site very interesting: Hamish Reid's California Driving: A Survival Guide. It's a comprehensive guide to everything you'll ever want to know about driving in California. Check the Table of Contents to get an idea of the topics that are covered.

It seems to be geared towards those from other countries who are visiting the state and want to drive around. But even California residents can learn a lot.

(via Information Junk)

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Elvis On Tape

Pay $495, and you'll get a 2-inch slice of recording tape. It's from an old original recording (1954-1955) of Elvis Presley. Oh, and it's mounted on a plaque.

This tape can be considered one of the single most important reels of tape ever to be unearthed.

So why cut it up into tiny pieces?

Master Tape Collection acquired the Sun Sessions tape, from a private collector who has owned the tape for more than ten years. Tapes from that era are fragile and are ultimately vulnerable to deterioration regardless of efforts taken to protect them. We considered many options and after very detailed discussions of what to do with the Elvis original tape, it was decided that MTC would offer the tape to the public. This significant piece of Rock ´┐Żn' Roll history can now and forever be shared with Elvis fans and the public at large.

How can you be sure it's authentic?

First, the original tape is secured in a controlled environment where it will remain until each section of the original tape is mounted on a plaque. Next, the process of cutting the tape will be videotaped in slow motion. Each segment of tape will be placed in a numbered control envelope along with a Certificate of Authenticity. A member of Master Tape's legal counsel's staff will verify, stamp, imprint and notarize the Certificate of Authenticity, as each piece of the tape is sealed in an envelope and taken to the manufacturing plant. The opening of the sealed envelope will also be videotaped as will the process of mounting that segment of tape and the Certificate onto the plaque.

(via Love and the Happy Cynic)

Posted on 29 January, 2004

San Diego At Night

Last night I had a few hours to kill near the airport, so I put that time to good use and shot a bunch of skyline photos.

Here are two examples. Click the thumbnails to see the actual photos.

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Nothing So Strange

A little more than a year ago, I posted a link to a film called Nothing So Strange. The subject of the film? The assassination of Bill Gates.

I just found out that the movie will soon be available on DVD.

NOTHING SO STRANGE, the critically acclaimed and award-winning faux documentary about the fictional assassination of Bill Gates, will be released on DVD on February 11, 2004, announced executive producers GMD Studios. The title will be available directly through the film's website (www.nothingsostrange.com), at selected retail outlets, and at online retailers including Amazon.com and affiliate sites.

(via Cinema Minima)

Posted on 29 January, 2004

From T-Shirt To Funky Bag

This service, called Tee Bags, will convert an old t-shirt into a bag.

Send me your favorite vintage shirt - I will transform it into a one-of-a-kind Tee bag!

Prices range from $60 - $100. Oh yeah, it's patent pending.

And there's also a secret compartment, but you'll have to send email to find out about it.

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Wave A Flag Online

Now you can show your support of our troops, and you won't even have to shell out money for a flag. Yes, you can Wave a Flag online.

So far, 1,286,294 flags have been waved.

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Free Posters From Microsoft

Security Posters from Microsoft.

Educate your students, faculty, and staff on the simple steps they can take to protect their PCs. Download the posters from the links below, or place an order and we'll send you a 3-poster kit (75 posters total) entirely free of charge. (U.S. and Canada only).

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Beauty Through The Ages

Here's a listing (with photos) of all of the Miss Europe contest winners from 1948 through 2003.

The first Miss Europe contest was in 1948 in Paris, and thereafter were held in locations throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. It was not held in 1975, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1998 and 2000.

Shown here are five contestants in the 1948 competition. None of these ladies won.

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Top Christians

The Church Executive site has a handy list of the 50 most influential Christians in America. Topping the list, of course, is none other than George W. And in the #2 position, it's John Ashcroft.

Oddly, Betty Bowers (America's Best Christian) isn't on the list.

(Church Executive list via Tom McMahon)

Posted on 29 January, 2004

Microsoft's Customer Confusion Tactics

From Dylan Greene: Maybe Microsoft wants to confuse us.

I figured out how Microsoft makes so much money: By reusing the same word to mean multiple things. Lower unique word count must mean lower overhead.

I personally think that Microsoft should spend some of it's cash on investing in new words.

He cites quite a few examples of confusing terminology.

I'll be the first to admit that I don't understand most of the written material Microsoft pumps out. To me, it's just a confusing string of acronyms, hype, patch announcements, and stuff I don't care about at all.

(via Scobleizer)

Posted on 29 January, 2004

More On CAN-SPAM

From Wired: Spam Travels Into Gray Area.

No sooner did the U.S. Can-Spam antispam law go into effect than spammers got to work exploiting its loopholes and gray areas, an e-mail-filtering company said Tuesday.

Representatives of United Kingdom-based SurfControl said that while 19 out of 20 spammers are ignoring the law completely, SurfControl researchers have observed some spammers adjusting their tactics to give at least the impression of compliance.

The spammers' methods, however, often violate either the letter or the spirit of the law.

But not to worry. Bill Gates will have the spam problem solved by 2006.

Posted on 29 January, 2004