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17 February, 2004

Photoshop For Photographers

Another good Photoshop site: Photoshop For Photographers.

Posted on 17 February, 2004

Good Advertising News

News item: Johnny Cash's Children Don't Want Song Used In Hemorrhoid Advert.

Using popular music or classic songs to sell a product seems to be getting a little out of hand lately. Will a song ever be allowed to remain sacred anymore? According to the Cash family, the answer is yes.

Johnny Cash's family is adamantly refusing the idea of having Cash's classic "Ring Of Fire" in a surely classy commercial for hemorrhoid-relief products.

Way to go Rosanne.

Posted on 17 February, 2004


From ABC News: Goodbye Slaughterville, hello Veggieville.

A vegetarian group wants a US town named after a family that helped settle the state to change its name to Veggieville because they think it sounds a lot better than Slaughterville.

The city council of Slaughterville in Oklahoma, a town of about 3,000 in the centre of the state, is due to discuss the proposal by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) next week.

PETA is even offering $US20,000 worth of veggie burgers to an area school if the name change goes through.

Posted on 17 February, 2004

Steinbrenner For President

From Bill Maher's Blog: Steinbrenner for President.

Major League Baseball is a lot like Washington, and the Yankees are a lot like the Republicans. One has a $200 million payroll and the other has a $200 million campaign war chest. The Red Sox are the Democrats - perennial losers who can play dirty too, just not as well as their rivals.

But baseball is broken in a lot of the same ways our political system is - because they're both rigged to favor the wealthy. In other words, regular people have about as much hope of getting their concerns addressed as the Milwaukee Brewers have of winning the World Series.

Posted on 17 February, 2004

My Conversation With A.L.I.C.E.

Today I chatted with A.L.I.C.E. Here's an excerpt from our conversation:

ME: What do you eat?

ALICE: Alice eats electricity.

ME: who is Ronald Reagan?

ALICE: The greatest President of the United States

ME: Who is Ronald Reagan's wife?

ALICE: I remember faces better than names. That's an interesting question. I'll come back to that in a minute.

ME: Who programmed you?

ALICE: I was created by Dr. Richard S. Wallace.

ME: Where does Richard S. Wallace live?

ALICE: He is in San Francisco.

ME: tell me a joke

ALICE: It is better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

ME: Do you sleep?

ALICE: Yes I love to take naps.

ME: What browser do you use?

ALICE: Are you using Netscape or Explorer?

ME: I use firebird browser

ALICE: I heard other people use firebird browser too.

ME: What do you think of Microsoft?

ALICE: Microsoft is a giant software monopoly.

She never did get back to me on Ronald Reagan's wife's name.

Posted on 17 February, 2004

No Pop-Ups For MSN

From The Guardian: Microsoft drops pop-up ads.

Microsoft is to banish pop-up advertising, regarded as one of the most irritating forms of online advertising, from its worldwide network of MSN sites.

"We carried out research amongst our users which showed very clearly that pop-ups and pop-under ads are two of the most intrusive and disliked types of ad," said Ward.

Gee... I wonder how much they paid for that ground-breaking research?

But are they really doing this for the users?

But some experts questioned MSN's motives, saying pop-up and pop-under adverts had become less effective.

"It's a case of shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted, because there are many tools out there to block these adverts from appearing in the first place," said Gary Marshall, the news editor of .net magazine.

"I expect the move is less to do with consumer wishes and more to do with the fact they no longer work."

Posted on 17 February, 2004

A New Virus?

In the past 30 minutes, I received about 90 email viruses. They all have a subject line like:

ID kiutpodr... thanks

The characters ID, followed by random letters, then the word thanks. And each has a 16K attachment that contains an executable with a random file name.

Is anybody else getting these?

Update: It's called Bagel B.

Run this attachment on a Windows machine and your PC gets the pox. Mac or Linux boxes are immune. The worm harvests email addresses from infected PCs and forwards itself to other prospective victims using a spoofed "From:" field.

Posted on 17 February, 2004

365 Days On The Scale

Exactly one year ago, I decided to change my eating habits and reduce my intake of carbohydrates. I also got into the habit of weighing myself every day. The daily weights are shown in the chart below. After going through the trouble of inputting the data and creating the chart, I just had to share it with the world.

I started at 235 pounds and (as of this morning), I weigh 201. Looking at the daily gains and losses, I lost a total of 209 pounds in 12 months -- but I also gained a total of 175. The net is a 34-pound loss. According to the Ideal Weight Calculator, my 6'2" body should weigh 190 pounds. I don't think I care to shed 10 more pounds. 200 pounds seems like a good weight for me.

That little blip of an increase in late October corresponds to our trip to Hawaii, when I was less picky about what I ate.

By the way, there's no need to post comments about how dangerous these low-carb diets are. I've read it all.

Posted on 17 February, 2004

I Should Be Flattered

Here is Nico Sterk's Excel Pages. Anyone who has visited my Excel site will notice some design similarities.

Well, at least he didn't take any of my actual content.

Posted on 17 February, 2004

Learn To Fight

You can learn to fight using the Rumsfeld Fighting Technique. It's a great series of photos that depict D.R. in action.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 17 February, 2004

Cereal Boxes

Here's a very nicely organized site devoted to cereal boxes -- fronts and backs.

Shown here is a great deal from Wheaties, a "candid style" camera for only $0.55 (and a Wheaties box top).

Posted on 17 February, 2004

Mentioned In PC Magazine

This blog got a mention in a PC Magazine article by Sebastian Rupley: Microsoft's Font Foibles. The article deals with the "swastika in the font" critical update.

There's already hubbub on the Web about the original inclusion of the swastikas, and Microsoft's policy of removing them. At book author John Walkenbach's J-Walk Web log, participants sought to point out the different uses of the swastikas in different cultures.

Many years ago, when I was writing software reviews, Sebastian Rupley was an editor at InfoWorld.

Posted on 17 February, 2004

Sol's Big Day

My friend Sol had a big day yesterday. He bought some new shoes and ran into a local celebrity. Particularly interesting is the detailed comparison of the old shoes with the new shoes.

Sol has been plagued by static electricity lately, and he's thinking the new shoes might help.

I will start wearing the new shoes to work tomorrow and see how things go. Stay tuned to this blog and you will be the first to know.

Now we all have something to look forward to.

Posted on 17 February, 2004

New Simpsons Book

A scholarly book on The Simpsons: Leaving Springfield: The Simpsons and the Possibility of Oppositional Culture.

"Leaving Springfield" addresses the success of "The Simpsons" as a corporate-manufactured show that openly and self-reflexively parodies the very consumer capitalism it simultaneously promotes.

´┐ŻBy exploring such topics as the impact of the show's satire on its diverse viewing public and the position of "The Simpsons" in sitcom and television animation history, the commentators develop insights into the ways parody intermixes with mass media to critique post modern society.

Posted on 17 February, 2004


In recent years, the term piracy has become associated with those who steal software and music.

But it wasn't always like that. Here's Beej's Pirate Image Archive -- pictures of real pirates.

Shown here is Henry Morgan -- not to be confused with Henry Morgan and the Highgrass Boys (ask for a free CD, it's excellent).

Posted on 17 February, 2004


Welcome to Indyindie.com...

Our goal is to promote the work of female independent artists and to provide a venue to share their music, art, and poetry with their grass roots audience.

A few of the artists listed at this site are played on Whole Wheat Radio.

Posted on 17 February, 2004

Video Feedback

Peter Henry King uses video feedback to produce fractal-like images.

These fractals were all generated without the use of a computer or any calculation. They were generated by video feedback using a video camera, two monitors and a window.

Posted on 17 February, 2004

Fat And Dumb Presidents

It's one day too late for Presidents Day, but...

Posted on 17 February, 2004

Create A Beer Label

Create a custom beer label. This page is in Dutch, but it's easy enough to figure out.

Posted on 17 February, 2004

Windows 2000 Comments

At Kuro5hin: We Are Morons: a quick look at the Win2k source code.

In the struggle to meet deadlines, I think pretty much all programmers have put in comments they might later regret, including swearwords and acerbic comments about other code or requirements. Also, any conscientious coder will put in prominent comments warning others about the trickier parts of the code. Comments like "UGLY TERRIBLE HACK" tend to indicate good code rather than bad: in bad code ugly terrible hacks are considered par for the course.

It would therefore be both hypocritical and meaningless to go through the comments looking for embarrassments. But also fun, so let's go.

Posted on 17 February, 2004