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24 February, 2004

Software For Slackers

Here's an interesting eBay auction: Software for the slacker.

Ever wanted to leave your desk but knew your boss or co-workers would notice the silence? Want to read your favorite website, but the silence from your desk is too revealing? Here's an opportunity to throw off would-be eavesdroppers.

This program is extremely simple to use, just start it up and it generates randomly timed typing noises, making it sound like a real person is at the keyboard. You can adjust the delay between typing bursts, so that it sounds more like your own typing speed.

Only $4.00.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Piotr Kowalik Photos

Now this guy knows his way around a camera: Top Photos of Piotr Kowalik. You'll find a wide variety of subject matter -- portraits, landscapes, still life, and even a few cat photos.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Flintstones On DVD

Stop everything. I've just been informed that The Flintstones are coming to DVD.

I used to like The Flintstones when I was a kid, but I don't think it's one of those cartoons that gets better with age. And besides, I'd rather watch the TV series upon which it was based.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Bob Dylan And Monotheism

From Jewsweek: A four-part series called "Bob Dylan's Unshakeable Monotheism." Part I, Part II, and Part III (Part IV has not been published yet).

It is awfully ironic that the seemingly inconsistent Bob Dylan -- who occupies such hallowed space in the counter-cultural decade of the 1960s -- has been so consistent in assuming that God exists.

When asked by Neil Spencer of New Musical Express about the "compatibility" between his interest in Judaism (his visits to Israel in 1969-1971) and his controversial beliefs of 1979-1981, Dylan simply replied, "There's really no difference between any of it in my mind."

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Grey Tuesday

Today is Grey Tuesday. I pretty much support any anti-RIAA cause, but this site is not gray today for a reason: I downloaded a few songs from the Grey Album. They really suck -- as in unlistenable.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Alaska Pipeline Trinkets

A perfect gift idea for Jim and Esther: Pipeline Gifts.

Pipeline gifts are hand cut individual sizes from the 48" pipeline. Power tools are used to prepare the piece for the engraving or inlay process. The engraved piece is coated and the flags are polished and protected. All deskweights and magnets are packaged on scenic display cards. Our souvenirs are as unique as Alaska itself.

Shown here is the Alaska flag. $29.95.

(Via Information Junk)

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Microsoft's Caller ID

From InfoWorld: Microsoft to unveil antispam plans.

On Tuesday, the company will release a specification for an antispam technology called Caller ID, a Microsoft-developed take on sender authentication technology that tries to validate the source address associated with an e-mail message, according to John Levine, co-chairman of the independent Antispam Research Group, part of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Caller ID? Is that the best name they could come up with? Oh well, I guess part of their job is to use confusing names.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

City Data

If you want to find out about a U.S. city, the City-Data site is a good choice.

We've collected and analyzed data from numerous sources to create as complete and interesting profiles of thousands of U.S. cities as we could. We have thousands of pictures, maps, satellite photos, stats about residents (race, income, ancestries, education, employment...), geographical data, crime data, weather, hospitals, schools, libraries, airports, radio and TV stations, zip codes, area codes, user-submitted facts, similar cities list, comparisons to average.

(Thanks Katlady)

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Word Spy

Learn some new words at The Word Spy.

This Web site is devoted to lexpionage, the sleuthing of new words and phrases. These aren't "stunt words" or "sniglets," but new terms that have appeared multiple times in newspapers, magazines, books, Web sites, and other recorded sources.

For example:

mucus trooper (MYOO.kus troo.pur) n. An employee with a cold or the flu who insists on showing up for work.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Unusual Lamps

Lots of unusual lamps from Uncommon Goods. Like these skirt lamps:

Reminiscent of Olive Oyle.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Marketing Phrases On The Web

Here's a challenge... Type a trite marketing phrase into Google, and see how many hits it gets. Examples:

  • "you've got to see it to believe it"- 3,570
  • "we're number 1" - 6,690
  • "staff of professionals" - 24,900
  • "just in time for the holidays" - 36,900
  • "our valued customers" - 78,600
  • "count on us" - 101,000
  • "you have nothing to lose" - 104,000
  • "guaranteed low prices" - 286,000
  • "save even more" 364,000
  • "limited time only" - 384,000
  • "we respect your privacy" - 422,000
  • "what are you waiting for" - 425,000
  • "click here to order" - 2,480,000

Rules: The phrase must contain at least three words. When searching Google, put the phrase in quotes.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Celebrity Clowns

From Worth 1000: Celebrity Clowns.

The rules of this game are thus: Turn any famous person or celebrity (except for those on the cliche list) into a clown. Don't just photoshop their face into a clown suit - give them makeup and clown coloring, as in the themepost.

Shown here is the governor of California, as a clown.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Google Print Edition

From The Specious Report: Google Publishes Print Edition.

Have a house full of empty bookshelves? Then you might consider getting the complete Google in hardcover.

The world's biggest search engine is now the world's biggest set of reference books.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Egg Donor Matching

A service called Woman Not Included.

Woman Not Included will allow you to advertise for an egg donor online with complete confidence that your donor will remain completely anonymous, likewise your identity will never be revealed to your donor. We also welcome lesbian couples as well as single women.

It gets better - WNI's leading edge search engine lets you select your donor based on your chosen characteristics, whilst still preserving anonymity.

It'll cost you �145.00 to search the database.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Office Adventure

Play a game of Office Adventure.

Office Adventure is an exciting new text-based game in the classic choose your own adventure style. Enjoy over five hundred hours of game play and infinite storyline variations as you seize opportunities, climb the corporate ladder, and achieve successes spoken of only on executive memos and inspirational posters!

It's a fairly accurate depiction of office life. But it does get a bit boring after a few hours.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Obscure Patents

Delphion's Gallery of Obscure Patents.

Shown here is a Versatile necktie tying aid gauge.

...for aiding a user in knotting a tie so that one end hangs to a desired length and has a knot having a predetermined length...

Back in the days when I wore I tie, I could have used this. It usually took 3-4 attempts before the tie was the proper length.

Posted on 24 February, 2004

The 47 Society

There is a group known as The 47 Society. Why? Because...

In short, 47 appears to be the quintessential random number of the universe. In other words, when a number appears randomly, more often than not, that number is 47. In other other words, if you asked people to pick a number at random, more often than not, that number would be 47. Of course, if 47 shows up more than any other number then it isn't truly random, but using the word random makes the whole phenomenon easier to describe.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 24 February, 2004

Microsoft Art

Did you know that there's an official Microsoft Art Collection?

In early 1987, Microsoft entered the first six buildings of its new corporate campus in Redmond, Washington, a group of X-shaped buildings nestled among tall Douglas Firs. The beauty of the surrounding natural setting contrasted with the rather plain and not-very-stimulating interiors of the buildings, which featured unadorned gray walls, blue-gray carpeting, and narrow, maze-like hallways.

The drab interiors did not go unnoticed. During the question and answer portion of the 1987 company meeting, user interface designer Virginia Howlett asked why there was no art on the walls. Good question! Jon Shirley, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer at the time and himself an avid patron of the arts, fielded Virginia's question. He responded by chartering a committee of employees to acquire art for the company's buildings. Thus, the Microsoft Art Collection was born.

Currently, the collection includes about 2,700 pieces.

Shown here is a sculpture called "Bonds Four," by Jiro Yonezawa. It's part of the Eccentric Forms & Structure exhibit.

Posted on 24 February, 2004