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6 February, 2004

I'm Off

We're heading up to Newport Beach for the weekend. But, through the powers of modern technology, this blog will continue in my absence. On Saturday, a new Recycled Links post will magically appear. And on Sunday, you'll see the traditional Sunday Quote post.

Posted on 6 February, 2004

Restoring Old Photos, Part 3

Here's one more amateur photo restoration job. This will be the last one, I promise (see Part 1 and Part 2).

This photo was taken when I was 12 or 13. I'm the one playing the guitar, and my brother is the one getting choked. The others are cousins.

It's a Polaroid print, and it's in very bad condition. I tried to salvage the window in the background, but I eventually gave up and just erased it.

Posted on 6 February, 2004

Lettuce And Coffee Diet

From National Lampoon: The Iceberg Lettuce and Coffee Diet.

This plan (Plan!) works because it's simple and generous. With LCD, eat and drink as much as you want, whenever you want, for as long as you want, with whomever you want, wherever you are, and however you want. And don't worry about esoteric concepts that throw smokescreens onto your efforts ("insulin?" What are we, scientists?!).

That's right, as long as it's iceberg lettuce and coffee, there are absolutely no restrictions. None at all! Take that, Jenny Craig!

The site has complete details, and lots of recipes.

Posted on 6 February, 2004

ALT Photos

Here's a community photo site that's new to me: ALT Photos.

Why another photo community? Are you an amateur or professional photographer? Do people tell you that your work is amazing? What are you doing with your work?

This is not another camera club site for pretty sunset pictures or cheesy photoshop work. We are a community of photographers, professional and amateur, who look for more than the average in photography.

Shown here is 1960's Diner, by Trevor Brady.

The site may be a bit slow, but apparently they're working on it.

Posted on 6 February, 2004

Acme Stuff

With the Acme Label Maker...

And with the Acme License Maker, you can make a personalized license plate, like this:

Posted on 6 February, 2004

Cooking Tips

Here's a site from the UK: Cooking With Students. It's a "survival guide to living by yourself."

Here are a few kitchen tips:

  • You can freeze most food
  • All food has got instructions on the back!!
  • To defrost, you usually put food in the microwave, on the defrost setting for 15mins.
  • Mince meat is very cheap and you can make lots of tasty dishes with it!
  • To make spaghetti bolognaise, follow the instructions for chili, but leave out the kidney beans and use dolmio instead of chili.
  • You can freeze Bread, and defrost it in the microwave, so you don't have to waste half a loaf each week !!!

Posted on 6 February, 2004

Closing The Analog Hole?

From CNET: SunnComm buys music antipiracy company.

CD copy protection company SunnComm Technologies said Wednesday said it has agreed to buy another firm to help move music antipiracy efforts to a new level.

Unlike existing CD copy protection, which tries to make CD music files invisible or unreadable to computers and other copiers, Darknoise actually modifies the audio of the songs slightly. If those songs are then copied--even by holding a tape recorder in front of a stereo speaker--the formerly inaudible Darknoise addition becomes audible and makes the copy unlistenable, the company claims.

You can read more about this technology, called Q-Spoiler.

Posted on 6 February, 2004

Labeling CDs

A new product called LightScribe.

LightScribe technology is an integrated system. It combines the CD or DVD drive of your computer with specially coated discs and enhanced disc-burning software to produce precise, silkscreen-quality, iridescent labels. With LightScribe, your disc is your label.

Posted on 6 February, 2004

A User Agreement

Got a few hours? Check out this User Agreement for the Central Pacific Railroad Photography History Museum.


You agree that your use of this website is irrefutable acknowledgment by you that you have read, understood, and agreed to each and every term and provision of this User Agreement

It contains 20,159 words. If printed, it would be a 37-page document. I think they just have a good sense of humor, and it's just big joke.

(via LawMeme)

Posted on 6 February, 2004

Microsoft Home Magazine

I don't know how long this has been around, but I just discovered it: Microsoft Home Magazine.

Microsoft Canada created Microsoft Home Magazine to show you how to do new things and simplify everyday tasks with your computer. It is a place where you and your family will find home computing articles and tips -- from design and decor to computer crafts to surfing the Web -- in one place.

Here's a story about the Microsoft's Digital Home. It's an actual house set up on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. I took a tour last year, and it was very interesting.

Posted on 6 February, 2004

Latex Masks

You'll find lots of scary images here: Latex Mask Central. The mask shown here is by Erich Lubatti.

(via Information Junk)

Posted on 6 February, 2004