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21 February, 2004

A Musical Ad

I never thought I'd be linking to an advertisement, but this is actually pretty cool. Clive Thompson (at Collision Detection) found it. Use your mouse to play a violin.

You can see the ad here. Or here.

It's one of those ads that you can watch in order to get access an article at Salon. Clive says:

I messed around with it for a few minutes and soon was able to play quite complex melodies. And I thought, damn, now this is what more online ads ought to be doing -- producing fun, engaging, quick-hit interactive experiences. It's a superb little bit of work: Part ad, part game, part instrument.

You can play two octaves (plus one note) in the key of Eb minor.

Posted on 21 February, 2004

The Fisherman's Parable

I found this at Jeroen's Semi Blog:

A tourist from a rich, western country finds, during his morning walk on a Caribbean island, a local fisherman who is just watching the sea while lying in the shadow of a palm tree next to his boat on the beach.

"Shouldn't you be fishing?" asks the tourist.

"I already did" says the fisherman with a sleepy voice.

"But there's enough time to go out again. It's still morning!"

"Why? I caught enough for the day."

"But you could sell the rest, couldn't you?"

"But what should I do with the money?" asks the fisherman.

"You can save it in the bank. That will even earn you some interest. If you save enough, you can buy yourself a second boat, and you can have someone catch even more fish."

"But what should I do with that money?"

"Oh man, you'd be free as a bird! You can just do nothing and lay on a beach under a palm tree and just watch the sea."

Posted on 21 February, 2004

Specialty Glasses

3D Glasses from Rainbow Symphony.

Rainbow Symphony Inc., a leading manufacturer of 3D glasses, has been supplying quality paper eye wear and specialty optical products for over twenty five years. Whether you're looking for specific types of 3D Glasses, 3-D Fireworks and Rainbow Glasses or Eclipse Shades - Safe Solar Viewers, you can be certain, we have the experience and expertise to handle your request.

Shown here is a pair of rainbow glasses.

Posted on 21 February, 2004

Singing In The Office

This short video demonstrates what happens when someone who can't sing sings.

Posted on 21 February, 2004

The Fair Tax

It's tax time in the U.S. Every year, I'm astounded by the complexity of the tax laws. Maybe it's time for a complete overhaul. This Fair Tax idea sounds like a good plan.

The latest "let's dump the Tax Code" idea from Washington's wishful well of best intentions we call Congress, the FairTax bill would abolish all federal income taxes, death taxes, capital gains taxes, and payroll taxes and replace them with a national retail sales tax.

In place of all current federal taxes, the FairTax would place a 23 percent tax on the final sale of all goods and services. Exports and business inputs (i.e. intermediate sales) would not be taxed.

Individuals would file no tax return at all. Businesses would only need to deal with sales tax returns. The IRS and all 20,000 pages of IRS regulations would be abolished.

Under the FairTax, no federal taxes would be withheld from employees' paychecks. Social Security and Medicare would be funded by sales tax revenue.

What about poor people?

The FairTax would provide every family with a rebate of the sales tax equal to spending up to the federal poverty level. The rebate would be paid in advance and updated according to the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines. Based on the 2003 guidelines, a family of four would be able to spend $24,240 annually tax free

But it will never pass. It's just too simple, too logical, and too fair.

Posted on 21 February, 2004

Google Search By Zip Code

You can use this Google form to search for something in a specified U.S. Zip code.

Sometimes you want to search the whole worldwide web; sometimes you just want to find a pizza place close to home. Google's search by location service helps you focus your search on a specific geographic location.

For example, here's a search for coffee in 98052 (Microsoft's zip code).

Posted on 21 February, 2004

CrapRadio

Here's a webcast called CrapRadio.

You are about to embark on a journey through the wonderful world of computer and video game soundtracks and remixes.

That's all it says.

Posted on 21 February, 2004

Chitlins Online

Do you know that you can order chitlins online? Just go to Shauna's Hand-Cleaned Chitlins site. If you're not familiar with chitlins (AKA chiterlings), they are the small intestines of a pig. Click here for a photo.

The site is run by Shauna Anderson, who is a former IRS statistician -- and a nationwide chitlin expert.

Posted on 21 February, 2004

Biological Attack Fashion

If you're concerned about a biological terrorist attack -- yet have a need to be fashionable -- FBS Clothing is for you.

This fashionable neckwear is made of 100% silk on its outer shell and contains medical filtration fabric, which filters a high percentage of germs, particles, and debris from the air you breathe. Independent lab tests show this material filters 98% of aerosolized droplets containing staphylococci, when particles measure an average of 2.9 microns.

Scarves for the ladies. Ties for the men. $40 each.

Posted on 21 February, 2004

Recycled Links, Part 19

These links were posted on the J-Walk Blog about a year ago. Good stuff that you may have overlooked.

Posted on 21 February, 2004

Business Sentence Generator

If you need to write a business report, check out the Business Sentence Generator. Just click a button, and you'll get a sentence that you can put in your report. No one will ever know the difference. Unfortunately, it's a Java applet so you can't copy and paste the result.

You can string the sentences together into a paragraph. Example:

Due to modern dependence on end-to-end solutions, our quest for a successful business model leverages existing standards resulting in staffing positions now deemed surplus. In listing specific unknown problems, focus optimization is further compounded by considering systematic mobility. At the end of the day, failure to enter solution mode enables one to synergize restructuring the subtle overhaul.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 21 February, 2004