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31 January, 2004

Fruit And Vegetable Shots

Here's an interesting gallery of photos.

The items were placed on a sheet of glass, and photographed from below.

Posted on 31 January, 2004

Rules For The Big Game In Houston

The law firm of Leventhal Senter & Lerman provides a PDF file that describes the marketing rules for the big game in Houston: Broadcasts and Promotions Related to Super Bowl XXXVIII.

Here's an excerpt:

You cannot say or print: You can say or print:

"Super Bowl"

"Super Sunday"

The Super Bowl logo

"NFL", "AFC", or "NFC"

"National Football League"

"American Football Conference"

"National Football Conference"

Any team name (e.g., "Buccaneers") or nickname ("Bucs")

"The Big Game in Houston"

"The Professional Football Championship Game in Houston"

The date of the game (February 1, 2004)

The names of the cities of the competing teams in the Super Bowl (e.g., Indianapolis vs. Tampa Bay), but not the team names

You can make fun of the fact that you cannot say the phrase "Super Bowl" (e.g., by beeping it out)

Posted on 31 January, 2004

Airplane Music

August Kleinzahler attempts to answer the question, Why is airplane music so universally bad?

You probably don't want to be listening to Sonic Youth or Pearl Jam as you taxi out onto the runway in a Boeing 757 stretch, unless maybe you're 18 years old with $200 worth of coke up your nose - at least that's what market research people are telling the various airlines about the behavioral responses of their respective demographics.

Posted on 31 January, 2004

Down With Courier New

From ABC News: US bans timed-honoured typeface.

In an internal memorandum distributed on Wednesday, the [State] department declared "Courier New 12" - the font and size decreed for US diplomatic documents for years - to be obsolete and unacceptable after February 1.

"In response to many requests and with a view to making our written work easier to read, we are moving to a new standard font: 'Times New Roman 14'," said the memorandum.

This is an example of the old font
that is no longer acceptable.

This is an example of the new,
much more modern font.

So far, no comment from the Ban Comic Sans site.

Posted on 31 January, 2004

Mike Rowe Soft Update

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Mike Rowe docs on eBay.

Just when you thought his 15 minutes were up ... Mike Rowe has resurfaced, evidently auctioning on eBay the infamous package of documents he received from Microsoft's intellectual property lawyers.

Here's a link to the auction. The high bid is currently $59,100.

He refers to it as a "chance to own a piece of Internet history."

Posted on 31 January, 2004

Recycled Links, Part 16

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

Posted on 31 January, 2004

Toy Cameras

A site called Toy Camera.

We're all about Plastic Cameras.

Cameras called "Holga", "Diana", "Dories", "Debonair", "Lubitel", "Banner" "Snappy" and "Yunon". They're cheap, maddening, fascinating plastic pieces of crap. Many people hate them, they think they're junk, worthless, a waste of time. But we love them.

The photo shown here is by Alain Gauvin, and was taken with a Holga.

Posted on 31 January, 2004

Mother And Grandmother

This is odd: Woman gives birth to her own grandchildren.

A 43-year-old woman in western India gave birth to her own grandchildren after she acted as the surrogate mother for her daughter's twin children, doctors said Friday.

Posted on 31 January, 2004

The Beatles And Rolling Stone Covers

Here's a gallery of Rolling Stone magazine covers that featured the Beatles.

And they're also on the cover of the current issue, celebrating 40 years of Beatlemania.

Posted on 31 January, 2004