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4 February, 2004

Restoring Old Photos

Today I cleaned out a drawer of old photos. It was fun. I hadn't seen some of these photos in years. I also threw out a few hundred -- mostly bad shots that I never should have kept in the first place.

Many of the photos are in poor condition -- faded colors, dirt, fold marks, etc. I thought I'd try my hand at restoration. I use my digital camera and took a close-up photo of an old photo. Then I used Photoshop Elements to attempt to fix it up.

Here's a picture of me when I was in high school. Or maybe it was eighth grade. I'm not sure. Just ignore the dorky haircut, and focus on the restoration job. I'm sure someone who knows what they're doing´┐Ż could do a much better job, but it's a definite improvement.

Posted on 4 February, 2004

Think Tank

A computer called the Think Tank.

Think Tank is the world's first computer to fuse top-of-the-line technology with a customized black motorcycle tank dressed in classic hotrod flames.

The first one? I wonder why it took so long to think of putting a computer inside of a motorcycle tank?

Posted on 4 February, 2004

Mozilla Firebird

From Forbes: Building A Better Browser.

Within minutes, it becomes clear that Firebird is a breath of fresh air compared to Explorer. If you're fond of keeping many browser windows open at once, then you'll like the tabbed browsing feature native to Firebird which lets you open a new browser window on a "tab" in order to switch back and forth from one site to another, without searching through several layers.

It concludes with this:

But it's certainly worth a try if you're finding Explorer getting old. If, in its unfinished state, Firebird is this good, perhaps Microsoft should be worried.

It's about time Firebird gets some attention from a major publication.

Posted on 4 February, 2004

The Prayer Team

Not just any prayer team, this is the Presidential Prayer Team.

The independent, nonprofit organization behind The Presidential Prayer Team, has a singular purpose: to encourage Americans to pray daily for the President.

This site is jam-packed with things to do. For example, you can take part in a poll:

Do you participate in "virtual prayer" by praying on the phone or on your computer?

About 70% of the site visitors do engage in such virtual prayer. How does one pray on a computer? Can you use copy and paste to save time?

But you'll probably want to grab that virtual shopping cart and head for the Presidential Prayer Team Store, where you can buy The Presidential Prayer Team Collectors Pen ($30), a bumper sticker ($10), a coffee mug ($25), a mouse pad ($15), or lots of other stuff.

Posted on 4 February, 2004

Comprehensive Beatles

Alan W. Pollack's Notes on The Beatles. He provides a detailed analysis of each song.

In 1989 the American musicologist Alan W. Pollack started to analyze the songs of the Beatles. He published his first results on internet. In 1991 -- after he had finished the work on 28 songs -- he bravely decided to do the whole lot of them. About ten years later, in 2000 he completed the analysis of the official Beatles' canon, consisting of 187 songs and 25 covers.

For example, here's a tiny excerpt from the analysis of "She Loves You."

  • Ringo uses sizzling cymbals only in the verse section; the intro, refrains, and outro omit them.
  • Each verse is introduced by a growling, fanfare-like guitar lick that contains a number of minor key inflections.
  • Each refrain is introduced by a short burst of signature falsetto singing on the phoneme, "whooo."
  • Paul's bass part uses a rhythmic pattern of dotted quarter followed by an eighth note and half (the boom pah'boom pattern heard years later in "All Together Now") just about everywhere in the song except on that syncopation in the third line of the verse.
  • Ringo tries for a wrenching syncopation in parts of all the non-verse sections, placing his accents on the eighth notes preceding beats 3 and 4.

This is one of the most amazing Web sites that I've ever seen. It truly boggles the mind.

(via Exclamation Mark)

Posted on 4 February, 2004


Anima is a Dutch site that deals with early methods of animation.

(Thanks Ben)

Posted on 4 February, 2004

Robot Chicks

Robot Chicks are sculptures.

Each Robot Chick begins as a hand sculpted original, built by the mad artist himself, Brent Harris. A high quality resin casting is then made and customized for a one-of-a-kind piece of sculpture. Each Robot Chick is numbered and comes with her own hand stamped ID tag. Materials used for customizing include: sheet aluminum, copper wire, springs, rivets, screws, bolts, and old sewing machine parts.

Posted on 4 February, 2004

Gallery of Computation

Jared Tarbell's Gallery of Computation.

It consists of a bunch of Flash and Java applets. Some are interactive.

Posted on 4 February, 2004

This Is Not A Book

Here's a service called Blogbinders.

Blogbinders.com helps you turn your blog into a bound book - great as a gift, an archive, or even to sell to your readers!

I guess that might be useful for blog authors who actually have something to say. But I don't think anybody would want to read this blog as a book.

Posted on 4 February, 2004