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12 February, 2004

The GrooveTube

I'll bet watching a GrooveTube would be more entertaining than most network TV shows.

The Groovetube is simply a translucent plastic box that suction cups to the screen of your television. It has a grid of dividers inside it that diffuse the colors from your T.V. producing an amazing colorful abstraction of anything you watch.

But there's a problem. The largest size is for 22-inch TVs. Who has a TV that small?

(via Xenomicon)

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Air Force One

From How Stuff Works: How Air Force One Works.

The most remarkable feature on the plane is it's extensive electronics. It has 85 onboard telephones, a collection of two-way radios, fax machines and computer connections. It also has 19 televisions and assorted office equipment. The phone system is set up for normal air to ground connections and secure lines. The president and his staff can reach just about anybody in the world while cruising tens of thousands of feet in the air.

The onboard electronics include about 238 miles of wiring (twice the amount you'd find in a normal 747). Heavy shielding is tough enough to protect the wiring and crucial electronics from the electromagnetic pulse associated with a nuclear blast.

This is an interesting article. But no mention of Harrison Ford.

(via Pop Culture Junk Mail)

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Digital Camera News

Attention photographers: Pentax USA Announces new status as "the official digital camera of the internet."

"For more than half a century, PENTAX has delivered better and easier ways to capture and share images. By being THE OFFICIAL DIGITAL CAMERA OF THE INTERNET, Pentax underscores the recognition that digital photography in the Internet age has forever changed this process," said Jim Kast, vice president of marketing, PENTAX USA.

Yes, it's official. Hurry now. Get rid of your Nikons, Canons, Sonys, and anything else not made by Pentax. It's time to get the official camera of the Internet.

(via DigitalSLR.org)

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Bush Teeth

The Smoking Gun provides proof from the White House that George W. fulfilled his National Guard Duties.

The dental document's distribution was done to further address stories that Bush did not show up for guard duty during a one-year period in 1972-73 when he moved from Texas to Alabama to work on a congressional campaign. TSG is not sure what the record proves, but it provides an unparalleled peek into the president's mouth.

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Draw Your Boss

At Draw Your Boss, you can submit a drawing of your boss. As you can see from this example, talent is not required.

(Thanks Marilyn)

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Small Guitars

If you've got really small hands, you might like these: MiniGuitars.

Welcome to Miniguitars.com - a world leader in the supply of miniature guitars ! We ship all year round anywhere in the world! Best quality and many famous guitars available - ideal guitar gift or music gift for man who has everything.

Each miniature guitar is handmade and comes with fantastic adjustable display stand.

You can get a 9-inch replica of B.B. King's Lucille guitar for only $31.95. Seems like a good deal to me.

(via Jeroen's Semi Blog)

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Kerry-Bashing

From the Drudge Report: CAMPAIGN DRAMA ROCKS DEMOCRATS: KERRY FIGHTS OFF MEDIA PROBE OF RECENT ALLEGED INFIDELITY, RIVALS PREDICT RUIN.

A frantic behind-the-scenes drama is unfolding around Sen. John Kerry and his quest to lockup the Democratic nomination for president, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

Intrigue surrounds a woman who recently fled the country, reportedly at the prodding of Kerry, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Note: This is a **World Exclusive** and I must credit the Drudge Report for this breaking news -- which I did.

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Fake Food

Get your fake food from Fax Foods:

Fax Foods is a California based manufacturer of high quality plastic food replicas. Our products are individually manufactured in California by a skilled craftsman, to enable us to provide the most authentic and appealing replicas available today

This fake sandwich looks pretty tasty.

(via Coudal Partners)

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XML For Music

From Electronic Musician: XML For Music.

XML is particularly well suited to the representation of music. First, there are many ways to represent a musical structure ranging from a single, indivisible monolith to a finely grained, ordered collection of notes and inflections. Most music has internal structure that falls somewhere between those two extremes. The different levels of structure imply hierarchy, and that is how XML structures information. In addition, XML lets you identify and isolate various types of musical components.

This sounds like a great alternative to MIDI.

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New York Photos

Selected photos from Allan Tannenbaum's book, New York in the 70s. Shown here is Iggy Pop.

(via The Cartoonist)

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Too Much Bush-Bashing?

Yesterday, I posted a link to a humorous article about George W. Bush. Wes posted this comment in reply:

I really like your site. The variety of content is delightful and informative. I appreciate all the work you put into it. Thanks.

I do have one humble request, though. Would it be possible to have a little less Bush-bashing? I can appreciate your perspective and know you hate him, but it comes across like the same note hit over and over again on a piano.

Thanks again for all the great links and humorous commentary. Great site, man.

I always appreciate feedback, and I'm glad Wes likes the site. But I'll reply to his request for less Bush-bashing.

First, I don't think there is an over-abundance of Bush-related posts here. In the first 12 days of February, only five posts have mentioned George W. Bush (six, if you count this one).

But Wes is right about one thing: I don't care for Bush at all. He's unqualified to be president, and he wasn't even elected by a majority vote. And I happen to think he's a despicable human being. But I actually dislike all politicians. The very nature of this political system virtually ensures that only privileged power-hungry manipulators who take contributions from special-interest groups can reach a high office. If this blog is still around when Bush is replaced, you can count on the fact that I'll be bashing the new president.

I read a lot of blogs every day, and I certainly don't always agree with what they say. But I've never been compelled to ask a blogger to change his or her content because it doesn't suit me. I've found that It's very easy to skip over a particular entry and not read it.

Finally, I certainly don't expect everyone to be interested in everything I post. After all, this is "stuff that may or may not interest you."

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Mouse Execution Update

Thanks to everyone who replied to yesterday's Of Mice And Spas post. Good ideas. I tried John Batzel's suggestion of putting the bait under the trigger, forcing the rodent to put his/her nose underneath.

The result? The bait from both traps was eaten. One of the traps was triggered, but the mouse somehow escaped.

Next, I think I'll try the "thread" method suggested by Curtis.

By the way, there is a cat who hangs around the yard. I think it's a feral cat. But he doesn't seem to be much of a mouser.

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New Google Logos

You probably know about Google's collection of holiday logos. The folks at Fark have a contest to submit additional Google logos.

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Communicate From The Dead

Final Partings provides a way for you to communicate after you're dead.

FinalPartings.com gives you the ability to send your personal messages by email or regular mail after your death. You can send a message to a distant old friend or to a loved one close by. Imagine the emotional relief of knowing that unsaid something will be shared in private to the right person at the right time.

The cost? Five messages for $19.95.

(Thanks Betty)

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Embossed Roses

At Speaking Roses...

We emboss on natural roses for any occasion.

The world is a better place. You can now ruin a perfectly good flower with an advertising message.

(via Pop Culture Junk Mail)

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Who Plays Games?

Study: Women Over 40 Biggest Online Gamers.

AOL, a unit of Time Warner Inc, released a study on Tuesday showing that U.S. women over the age of 40 spend nearly 50 percent more time each week playing online games than men and are more likely to play online games daily than men or teens.

The game-playing that goes on in the J-Walk household certainly corroborates these results.

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Killing A Simpsons Character

Here's an interesting poll. Who would you kill on The Simpsons?

Thus far, Apu is the top choice, followed closely by the Comic Book Guy. Surprisingly, Marge is in third place.

I would vote for Sideshow Bob. I just don't like him.

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Poodles

Finally, an answer to the nagging question (from Slate): Why Are Poodle Haircuts So Weird? It's because they were hunting dogs.

An unshorn poodle's thick coat could weigh it down in the water. With the bottom half of its body shaved, the animal was more buoyant and could swim more freely. The long mane and hair around the chest were left intact to keep the poodle's vital organs warm in the cold water, and owners also kept the hair around the joints to protect them from cold and injury and to help prevent rheumatism.

Shaving the hair around the face left the poodle's mouth and eyes free so it could fulfill its retrieving responsibilities, and tying the hair on a poodle's head into a "top knot" also kept hair out of its eyes. Owners eventually tied these knots with brightly colored ribbons to help them identify their dogs from afar.

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Reality Shows

From Blogcritics: The 10 Most Degrading Reality TV Shows (So Far).

I can't comment because I haven't seen any of them. But they all sound horrible.

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