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11 March, 2004

The Spreadsheet Page As A Blog - Follow Up

A while back, I posted this item: The Spreadsheet Page As A Blog? I wanted to get some feedback about how I can revive my more popular site, The Spreadsheet Page.

Thanks to everyone who responded. Here's my thinking so far. I will definitely do something new with my Excel site, but it won't be for a while. I'm currently working on a book project, and after that we'll be moving. Once we settle in to our new home, then I'll start up a new Excel blog. I'll keep the old site up, but I'll gradually transfer the significant content to the blog. Eventually, I'll just delete the current site because everyone will be coming to the new wildly popular Excel blog instead. But this won't start happening until this summer. Probably late this summer.

There, Woody. Satisfied?

Posted on 11 March, 2004

The Living Legend

Jim, at Whole Wheat Radio, wrote to me:

Just wanted to thank you for writing your books. I'm receiving the best support I've ever received because of it.

Huh? Jim is not an Excel user. How can my book result in good tech support for him?

Well, it seems that Jim recently switched to a new vendor to serve his audio streams (Bean-Net). And, somehow, this vendor found out that I was a WWR listener. Because of that, Jim claims that he's been getting extra special support from them. The Bean-net guy closed one of his emails to Jim with this:

Tell J-Walk I said:


And this:

So how do you know J-Walk? That guy is a living legend among power Excel users and VBA coders. I have several of his books and some of his Excel tools.

I guess there are some advantages to knowing a guy who is semi-famous among a very small group of people.

Posted on 11 March, 2004

The Passion Of The Cross

After seeing The Passion Of The Christ, you'll probably want some souvenirs. Try this site: The Passion Of The Cross. The current "hot item" is a nail pendant.

The "Nail" pendants come in two sizes and feature Isaiah 53:5 inscribed on the side. The 20" cord has a Nail pendant that is 1 7/8" in length and the 24" cord has a Nail pendant that is 2 5/8" in length.

By the way, this is the "Official Merchandise" site for the movie.

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Paris Hilton Perfume?

One of my "inside sources" informs me that there may soon be a line of Paris Hilton Perfume. Yes folks, I'm not making this up. My source figured this out after participating in a market research project. If this product actually makes it to market, my guess is that it will be ready for Christmas. So start saving now.

And when it happens, remember this... you read it here first. This would be the first important news story that I ever broke. Drudge ain't got nothin' on J-Walk.

What's really ironic is that I had never even heard of Paris Hilton until a few months ago. Even then, I thought it was a hotel in France.

(This information copyright 2004, J-Walk. When spreading this rumor, you MUST attribute the source: J-Walk Blog.)

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Nigerian Scam Emails With A Photo

Chris Linfoot describes a new twist to the standard Nigerian Email Scam -- a JPG attachment that shows $15 million in two suitcases.

I guess these guys are getting desperate.

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Guess My Name

Guess My Name: Look at a photo, and try to guess the person's name from a list of five names. Apparently there will be a new photo every day.

(via thirdredeye)

Posted on 11 March, 2004


Not just any languages. We're talking invented and artificial languages. (This is from the University of Montana library -- where I spent lots of time in grad school.)

For example, there's a section of Ehmay ghee chah:

Ehmay ghee chah, properly written in its own script, is an artificial language invented by Elmer J. Hankes. Writings about it were first published in 1992. Hankes intended that this language be a second language for everyone; in other words, everyone in the world could learn it, not to replace their native language, but for universal communication. Thus, he nicknamed it "USL," or ""universal second language."

There's not much on the Web about Ehmay ghee chah. But if you really want to learn it, you can buy a book.

(via Incoming Signals)

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Faces For Sale

You can buy a boxed set of eighteen 16 x 20 photos by Ashkan Sahhi called the Faces Series. Then you'll have a collection of photos like this:

Or perhaps you'd prefer the Armpit Series.

(via Burp)

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Knock Down The Teddy Bears

Go ahead, knock 'em down.

Posted on 11 March, 2004

John And George

John Kerry and George W. Bush. John Lennon and George Harrison.

Is it just a coincidence that the two presidential candidates share the same first name as the two dead Beatles? It would be cool if there was a fifth Beatle named Ralph. And it would be even cooler if he was dead.

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Create Custom Posters

Now this is very cool: The Rasterbator.

The rasterbator is a web service which creates huge rasterized pictures out of relatively small image files. The pictures can be assembled into extremely cool looking posters!

I gave it a quick test. I discovered that it doesn't work with Mozilla Firebird, so I had to fire up Internet Explorer. I submitted a photo, set a few options, and I ended up with a 20-page PDF file. I printed the file on a laser printer and assembled the pages on the floor. Then I took a photo.

The first photo below is the original. The second is the assembled image (click for a larger view).

The site also has a gallery so you can see what others have done.

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Comparing IQs

Here's a list of links regarding IQ Comparison.

For example, you can get a list of IQs in various European countries. Topping the list is Holland (average = 109.4). At the bottom of the list is France (average = 96.1). This is from a study conducted in 1981, using a test that was standardized in the U.S. In other words, it's completely meaningless.

Posted on 11 March, 2004


Has anyone tried shirataki noodles? If I've eaten them, I didn't know what they were.

Thin, long, translucent noodles made from very fine strands of a gelatinous substance called konnyaku, which is taken from the "devil's tongue plant" (Japanese yam). Their texture is slightly rubbery and they do not have any flavor. The noodles will pick up the flavor of the broth or other ingredients in the dish in which they are simmered. They are available dried or packaged in water in a plastic casing that gives it a sausage-like shape. They are also found packaged in cans.

Supposedly, they have zero carbs.

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Easter Egg In A Car

Computer software has easter eggs. Why not an easter egg in a car? From Popular Science: BMW's Easter Egg.

There's a cheat code in the software running the BMW M3's sequential manual gearbox (SMG): Press the right buttons in the right order and the car will launch you from a stop after revving the engine to 5,000 rpm. But don't look for a how-to in the owners' manual-this feature is undocumented, an inside joke of sorts.

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Thinking Putty

Look out Silly Putty. This stuff is much cooler: Midnight Colors.

Black and mysterious, this Thinking Putty definitely sets your mood. Pull a strand out and hold a magnet nearby. This color will pull itself right up to it! Lay it on an incline and put a magnet underneath for a cool effect.

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Musical Tastes

Here's an interesting quiz: What your music tastes say about you.

What does your taste in music say about your personality? Find out with this quiz! This psychology test will tell you how other people see you based on what types of music you listen to. Results are instant, free, and anonymous.

My results:

People with high scores on the reflective and complex music-preference dimension tend to be open to new experiences, creative, intellectual, and enjoy trying new things. When it comes to politics, they tend to lean toward the liberal side. Wisdom, diversity, and fine arts are all important to them. When it comes to lifestyle, high scorers tend to be sophisticated, and relatively well off financially. After a hard day of work, if they're not listening to music or reading a book, they enjoy documentary films, independent, classic, or foreign films.

The quiz collects lots of additional demographic data. It would be fun to have access to the complete data set.

(via Love And The Happy Cynic)

Posted on 11 March, 2004

How To Tie A Tie

Attention male office workers: Learn How to Tie a Tie.

Assuming no previous knowledge on your part, I will be using colored and easy-to-follow diagrams as well as simple step-by-step instructions to help you on your way to become a real master at tying ties in no time. That way, learning how to tie a tie will be fun and about as easy as coloring by numbers!

All I ask of you, my friend, is an open mind and a few minutes of your time to practice today. It would now be helpful if you had a tie at hand and a mirror nearby so that we can "dig right on in".

Ah yes... an open mind.

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Guitar Projects

A site devoted to customizing guitars: Project Guitar.

Keeping with my original idea, this site is completely dedicated to teaching as well as showing where you can go to get specialty supplies or services to complete your unique project. I also hope this site helps to inspire those few that are looking for a group of people to hang out with on the Internet and have fun making one of a kind guitars as well as giving them an outlet to show off their own creations.

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Advertising In Space

From The Mercury News: Russian Inventor Patents Space-Ads Device.

Alexander Lavrynov, a spacecraft designer, said he has patented a device for putting advertising into space that would be seen from Earth, Interfax news agency reported Wednesday.

"Space commercials could embrace huge areas and a colossal number of consumers," he said. "This would literally be intercontinental coverage."

He said the satellites would be visible in the night sky by employing sunlight reflectors, with multiple satellites linked together to create a message large enough to be seen.

I really hope this happens. Looking at the stars is so boring. I'd love to see a huge Nike logo up there.

Posted on 11 March, 2004

Free Plants

Get some free trees and plants.

Every year millions of unsold high-quality nursery plants are destroyed. Thousands of disabled workers need jobs.

Solution? Put these people to work by sending out unused trees and plants. You pay only the shipping.

Posted on 11 March, 2004