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1 March, 2004

The Spreadsheet Page As A Blog?

As some of you know, I also have a Web site called The Spreadsheet Page. Unfortunately, that site has been very much neglected for the past year or so. I used to update it several times a week. Now, it gets only trivial updates about once per month.

I've been thinking... What if I converted that site into a blog? I would keep all of the significant current content, but it would be converted into categorized blog entries (user tips, programming tips, jokes, downloads, PUP, etc.). The information would still be searchable, of course, and it would probably be a lot more "browsable." Another advantage is that visitors could provide comments.

Perhaps the key advantage is that it would be much easier to update. Therefore, I would be adding a lot more new material.

I'm still mulling this over. It would take a lot of work to convert it, but it may be worth the effort in the long run. As I see it now, the site is dying a slow death. Maybe converting it to a blog will save it.


Posted on 1 March, 2004

Buy A Crushed Can

Spend $4.95, and get a crushed can.

It's not like this is rocket science or something. It's very simple. This site is all about crushed cans. Cans are cool, they are readily available, they are easy to crush and they are part of our everyday lives.

So here is a place you can purchase a blank, sealed aluminum can that has been artistically crushed.

The FAQ explains it all, and answers all of your questions.

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Get A New Job Title

With the Job Title Generator, you can click a button and get an impressive-sounding title. Something like...

Executive Director of Scalable E-Business Conception.

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Fake Your Own Death

Advice from Rant Morgan: How to Fake Your Own Death.

The key to making this whole plan work is to make sure absolutely no one knows. Not even your mother. You won't be able to come back, ever. If you want to eliminate your debt, but still have your life, this plan isn't for you. This is for someone who wants to disappear forever.

What's the first step?

You'll need a body. Now, the good thing about this plan is that with six billion people on the planet, many are dying. Thus you have a wealth of people to choose from. I'm not suggesting murder, but rather making sure you get the perfect fit. You want someone with your characteristics

Oh yeah...

This Guide Is For Entertainment Purposes Only. Not To Be Taken Seriously.

Posted on 1 March, 2004

The Value Of Pain

Here's a fascinating story about a little girl who has a genetic defect called Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathy Type-5: The Girl Who Feels No Pain.

For no matter how hard Gabby hits the ground, she will not shed a single tear. Hard as it is to fathom Gabby Gingras feels no pain. There is no cure, nor will she outgrow it.

So often we think of pain in a negative way. But it is pain, that protects us.

Because Gabby feels no pain, she no longer has any teeth. "Didn't hurt her at all getting a tooth ripped out," Steve Gingras says. The teeth she didn't break off while biting toys were removed by an oral surgeon after Gabby chewed up her mouth and tongue so badly she had to be hospitalized.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Who Is Luca Pacioli?

I'll bet every accountant who reads this blog knows all about Luca Pacioli. He's the Father of Accounting.

In 1994, accountants from around the world gathered in an Italian village called San Sepulcro to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the first book written on double-entry accounting. The book was written by an Italian monk, Luca Pacioli

If my math is correct, this means that accounting is now 510 years old.

Accounting practitioners in public accounting, industry, and not-for-profit organizations, as well as investors, lending institutions, business firms, and all other users for financial information are indebted to Luca Pacioli for his monumental role in the development of accounting.

Yep. If it weren't for Luca Pacioli, lots of folks would be unemployed. And it's very likely that Excel would not have been developed.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Fire Truck Wreck

A dozen photos that answer the question: What happens when a fire truck wrecks at approximately 80 mph?

(Thanks Valerie DeFrance)

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Back To Work

It's time to get back to work. Today I begin working on Excel VBA Programming For Dummies.

The previous edition of this book covered Excel 2000. There is still a fair amount of interest in this title, so we've decided to do a new edition.

The book is only about 400 pages long, and I have about eight weeks to complete it. So it should be a piece of cake compared to the last three book revisions I did.

I had to re-install Excel 2003 so the screen shots will be accurate. I even went so far as to switch over to the Windows XP look (I much prefer the "classic" windows look). See what an author must put up with?

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Deliberately Concealed Garments

This is pretty interesting: The Deliberately Concealed Garments Project.

Despite the fact that this term may conjure images of underwear, it is used to describe instances where items of clothing have been deliberately hidden or buried in a building. The evidence for this practice dates back to the Middle Ages.

Builders, owners or residents appear to have hidden clothing and other objects in the fabric of buildings, intentionally sealing the space afterwards. Garments have been discovered at a later time when changes are being made to a building. They have been found most commonly near entrance and exit points in buildings, for example windows or chimneys.

(via Metafilter)

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Windscreen Gallery

A photo gallery called Windscreen.

Windscreen Gallery is dedicated to pictures taken through the car window. It has been my long time passion to take pictures while traveling by car. You can snap this shot spontaneously, without even stopping - somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

I've taken several shots like this:

Posted on 1 March, 2004

The Academy Awards

No, I didn't watch the Academy Awards show. I did, however, check out the list of nominees. I've only seen three of the movies that were nominated in any category:

  • Finding Nemo (saw it on DVD)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (was dragged to the theater)
  • Seabiscuit (saw it on DVD).

So, based on my experience, I hereby declare Seabiscuit the best movie of the year.

Posted on 1 March, 2004

About Real Player

This guy explains why he hates Real Player: Real Obnoxious.

Unfortunately, playing video streams is only a very small aspect of what Real Player does; Real Player, most prominently, is a small application with inferiority complex and delusions of grandeur, not too different from Napoleon. Although Real Player's task is simple and limited to a certain timeframe, Real Player defaults to running at all times, whether its limited functionality is needed or not, and claims a seat for itself in the throne commonly called the systray.

Have you ever heard anyone say anything good about Real Player? I haven't.

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Blogging Stats

From USA Today: Between 2 and 7 percent of American adults blogging.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project, in a study released Sunday, found that somewhere between 2% and 7% of adult Internet users in the United States keep their own blogs.

Of those, only about 10% update them daily, the majority doing so only once a week or less often.

Posted on 1 March, 2004

RFID Tags In US Currency?

I found this article: RFID Tags in New US Notes Explode When You Try to Microwave Them.

Dave and I have brainstormed the fact that most items can be 'microwaved' to fry the 'rfid' chip, thus elimination of tracking by our government.

So we chose to 'microwave' our cash, over $1000 in twenties in a stack, not spread out on a carousel. Do you know what exploded on American money?? The right eye of Andrew Jackson on the new twenty, every bill was uniform in it's burning... Isn't that interesting?

I'm inclined to think that this is fake. I have not read anything about RFID tags in U.S. currency. Maybe Alex, over at the Museum of Hoaxes, can clear this up.

I'm curious enough to stick a new $20 bill in the microwave and try it myself. But right now I don't have any of the new bills. Does anyone want to give it a try and report the results?

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Cosmic Fractals

Check out these images: Cosmic Recursive Fractal Flames.

Fractal Flames are algorithmically generated images and animations. The software was written in 1992 and released as open source, aka free software. It has been incorporated into many graphics programs and ported to most operating systems. The shape of each image is specified by a long string of numbers - a genetic code of sorts.

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Insert Title Here

You'll find more than 3,500 documents when you do a Google search for Web page titles that contain insert title here.

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Cool Monkeys

From RetroCRUSH: The fifty coolest apes of all time.

Shown here is J. Fred Muggs (on the right), former star of the Today Show.

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Microsoft Office Blogs

I was trying to find blogs that deal with Microsoft Office apps. I could only find three:


Posted on 1 March, 2004

Ask The White House

I don't understand this. Ask the White House.

Welcome to "Ask the White House" -- an online interactive forum where you can submit questions to Administration officials and friends of the White House.

The questions are all directed to Michael Waltrip, who appears to be a NASCAR driver. He may be famous, but I've never heard of him.

What does it take to be featured at Ask the White House? I wonder if they'd be interested in an Excel book author? I'd gladly answer questions.

Posted on 1 March, 2004

Joshua Tree Photos

Here's a link to about 20 photos I took at Joshua Tree National Park. It was a very clear day, and the sky could not have been any bluer.

Posted on 1 March, 2004