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18 February, 2004

George Bush Resume

This George W. Bush Resume has probably been around for a while, but I just found it (it's a PDF file).

At first glance, it's kind of funny. But I think most of the items on it are factual.

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Sol's New Shoes

Yesterday, I reported that Sol bought some new shoes, in an attempt to solve a static electricity problem. Today Sol presents a detailed analysis of the new shoes. It's pretty good news -- and Weberly even digs 'em.

If nothing else, Sol's post probably sets a record for the most smiley face icons used in a single blog post.

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Yahoo! Search!

From E-Commerce News: Search Wars Heat Up as Yahoo Drops Google.

Yahoo has given the boot to longtime partner Google , saying its own family of search tools, based on its own technology, will now return results to its users. The move puts an end to what had become an increasingly awkward relationship.

The severing of ties, which Yahoo hinted at earlier this year, also sets the stage for a far more aggressive head-to-head battle between the two companies for both paying advertisers and the eyes of the general Web-using public.

One problem with Yahoo search is that it's not at all clear if the search results you see are legitimate, or if they were paid for. The search is broken down into Sponsor Results (paid for) and Web Results. But what comprises the Web Results? Form Yahoo Help:

Web Results include Yahoo! Directory sites, including those submitted via the Yahoo! Express program, and other sites submitted to search engines via other "pay-for-review" or "pay-for-inclusion" programs.

Posted on 18 February, 2004

ESP

I took an online Zener Card ESP Test, and discovered that I do not have ESP.

You got 4 / 25 correct (16%). By chance we would expect 5 / 25 correct guesses (20%). For 25 trials, a score of 9 or above would be statistically significant.

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Superior Prescription Service

Here's the text from a spam message I just received:

Together with our commitment to save you and your family time and money, we strive to provide you with superior prescription services and quality care.

We ship the following: ~ So.m.a ~ Pnterm.i.n ) V1agr@ ~ Vali:u:m $ XA:n:ax $ At|v@'n

Plus: Adipe.x, I0nam|*n, M'3ridia, X3n`ica|, Ambi3'n, S0naT:a, Fl3x'eril, C.e|3brex, F`i0ric3t, Tram@do.|, U|`tr@m, L3v'|tra, Pr0p`3cia, Ac:yc|0vir, Pr0`z@c, P@.xil, Busp@:r

I think the spammers are creating an entirely new language.

Posted on 18 February, 2004

What's In Tang?

I was trying to find a list of ingredients in Tang. All I could find is this photo of a Tang can:

NATURAL FLAVOR WITH OTHER NATURAL FLAVOR

I tried the Kraft Foods site. They list the product on their Brands page, but provide no information. Then I found some info on their International Brands page.

Tang, popular in many parts of the world, this fresh fruit flavored drink is available in a wide array of convenient packaging. Major Markets: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Central America, China, Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, Central America, Colombia.

Tang is no longer popular in the U.S.? What do the astronauts drink?

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Postcards From Prison

Lots of prison images at Postcard from Prison.

Postcards from Prison are for anyone with internet access to send, receive and enjoy. They are not for use by prisoners or for those wishing to write to those in prison. These cards are internet-based, and prisoners do not have internet access. The cards are designed to be used in the same that all e-cards are used - the only difference is our subject-matter: prisons and punishment.

Forget that. Just look at the pictures.

Shown here is Florida's new electric chair. Looks comfy.

This site also features some of the most obnoxious animated banner ads I've seen. What kind of moron would click on something like that?

(via Exclamation Mark)

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Adaptation, The Movie

Last night we watched Adaptation, a 2002 movie that features Meryl Streep and Nicolas Cage. I hadn't even heard of this movie, but I picked up a copy at Costco yesterday based only on the package description. I really enjoyed it. The time-lapse sequence at the end is incredible.

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Underground Books

View a collection of underground books and magazines (in English and Swedish) a the Flashback Underground Archive. You'll find titles such as The Big Book of Mischief, the CIA Book of Dirty Tricks, and Albert Hofmann's LSD - My Problem Child.

Some of the links don't work.

(via consumptive.org)

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Inky

Photos of vintage ink bottles at 1001 Ink Bottles.

(via The Cartoonist)

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Anatomy Of A Jetliner

Part of NOVA's piece on the Crash of Flight 111: Anatomy of a Jetliner.

From the grind and pop of retracting landing gear after takeoff, to the incessant whoosh of air conditioning mid-flight, to the hydraulic moan of wing flaps extended before landing, it's clear that much goes on unseen beneath the floorboards, above the ceiling panels, and elsewhere in the guts of a modern passenger jet. In this interactive, look beneath the skin of a late-model Boeing 737, the most widely flown commercial jetliner of all time, and explore a cutaway detailing the 12 major systems that make it tick.

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Zippo Lighter Tricks Is Back

Last year, I posted a link to a page that has lots of tricks performed with a Zippo lighter.

That URL no longer works, but the site has been resurrected. It's now called Lighter Tricks. I guess the Zippo lighter folks didn't want to be associated with these potentially dangerous activities.

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Pocket Bush

Sound bites from George W: Pocket Bush.

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Explore Color

At the Behr Paint site, you can play around with colors. Click the Browse Colors button, and then select a color. You'll then see some coordinating colors, and you can see how they would look in a room.

For example, I learned that I would not want to have a kitchen painted like this:

Posted on 18 February, 2004

About Japan

A Canadian's observations on Japan: Random Discoveries and Irreverent Observations. As you'll see, he doesn't seem to care much for the country or the people. For example, Japanese television:

You really have to see it to believe it. Sure during the day everything seems normal, but then in the evening there are all these game shows and variety shows, and umm�other shows� that I can hardly fathom the purpose of. I am currently watching a show where people are dressed in Velcro, throwing themselves against walls, and running around an apartment bashing automated gophers that pop out of random spots in the walls. All the shows are also made like video games with levels and proud "level cleared" announcements at the end of each challenge. Bizarre.

And he also doesn't care for the food.

I don't know who this guy is. I went to his home page, but the color choices in the menus make it fairly illegible to me. I think his name is Mike. It's not clear if he lives in Japan, or was just visiting.

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Girly Car

Yes, it's a high heeled car.

Posted on 18 February, 2004

Mridul Seth, MS Wizard

From The Telegraph: A Microsoft certificate at eight.

"I want to build a computer that will respond to brain waves and dispense with the need to use hands," says Mridul Seth, his fingers almost a whir as he punches the keys of a laptop.

Mirdul is eight years old, and is the youngest person to become a Microsoft Certified Software Engineer.

Posted on 18 February, 2004