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17 March, 2004

The Major Record Labels

Downhill Battle presents: The Reasons to get rid of the major record labels. Here are the reasons (each is explained):

  1. Music diversity will grow.
  2. Pay-for-play radio will end.
  3. Independent music won't be marginalized.
  4. The lawsuits will stop.
  5. Artistic freedom will expand.
  6. Musicians will make a better living.

Posted on 17 March, 2004

Beat Up Your Computer

Throw some virtual punches at a computer system, and watch it fall apart before your very eyes. This might make you feel a whole lot better.

(Thanks Craig)

Posted on 17 March, 2004

A Portrait Gallery

From the University of Texas: Portrait Gallery.

A selection of portraits of historical figures from the Perry-Castaneda Library, University of Texas at Austin. The images in this collection are in the public domain. You do not need to ask for permission to use these images.

Shown here is Daniel Boone. This is not at all how I envision him. I guess I didn't recognize him without a coonskin hat.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 17 March, 2004

Rocket Info

I checked out a new Web-based RSS reader called RocketInfo. It uses a three panel design: RSS sources in the left panel, a panel for the item titles, and another panel for the content.

For some reason, it isn't displaying the images in my RSS feed. Images in other feeds work OK.

As far as I can tell, it must be launched in a new browser window, and I don't see anyway to create a bookmark for that window. I don't like that at all. I think I'll just stick with Bloglines.

(via Scobleizer)

Posted on 17 March, 2004

It's Not Easy Being Green

EngMike told me that I look a bit like Lou Ferrigno today. I didn't know who he was, so I had to look him up. Yes, there certainly is a resemblance.

You know, I really shouldn't have used a permanent marker.

Posted on 17 March, 2004

Football In Burundi

Bob Smit sent me this link: Old plastic bags turn into a football. Bob says:

I have been in Burundi for the last 8 years and it never stops to amaze me.

More information about Burundi.

Posted on 17 March, 2004

Ukulele Oddities

Check out Ukulele Freakshow.

I'll be using this page to post photos of various oddball ukes, oddball uke players (no such thing, right?) and anything else that strikes me as ODD in the world of the Jumping Flea.

Here's a uke that looks like a cherry pie. Mmmmm... Pie.

(via Ukulelia)

Posted on 17 March, 2004

Irish Palm Pilot

Tom McMahon posted a photo of an Irish Palm Pilot.

He claims that it's stupid and juvenile and dated. It may be stupid and juvenile, but it's new to me.

Posted on 17 March, 2004

Does He Or Doesn't He?

It looks like Donald Rumsfeld went to the hair salon a few days ago. He looks much younger after washing that gray right out of his hair. Well, at least he has hair (which is more than I can say).

Stay tuned for more beauty and fashion news from the J-Walk Blog.

(via Reenhead)

Posted on 17 March, 2004

Funny Senators

The Senator Prank... an attempt to determine American's funniest senator.

Some guy posed as a 10-year old boy, and wrote a letter to each senator, asking for his or her favorite joke. Some of them actually replied.

(via Metafilter)

Posted on 17 March, 2004

Best-Selling Artist?

BBC News answers the question: The best-selling artist of all time?

If you tried to guess who was the best-selling artist of all time, the first names that would come to mind might be van Gogh or Picasso.

But a moment's reflection tells us that the world doesn't work like that. A more considered answer might be Charles Schulz or Matt Groening - Messrs Peanuts and Simpsons respectively.

The truth could hardly be more different or more surprising...

Here's one of the drawings by the best-selling artist:

Posted on 17 March, 2004

U.S. Stats

From the U.S. Census Bureau: 2003 Statistical Abstract of the United States. Reading these PDF files should keep you busy for the next few years. It's more than 1,000 pages long.

Posted on 17 March, 2004

Stupid Browser Tricks

Try this. It's similar to this.

Posted on 17 March, 2004

The Last Breakfast

This is pretty interesting: The Strange Synchronicity of The Last Breakfast.

So it seems, however unlikely, that 2 artists have done almost exactly the same painting without even knowing it. What are the odds of this happening? If this is just a coincidence, I find it incredible.

I agree.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 17 March, 2004

Sunset On Mars

Watch a Martian Sunset.

The sunset clip uses several of the more than 11,000 raw images that have been received so far from the 18 cameras on the two Mars Exploration Rovers

I can summarize it in one word: disappointing. It's very unlikely that people will be traveling to Mars to watch the sunsets.

Posted on 17 March, 2004

A Novel About You

Create a personalized romance novel. You can choose from 15 novels, and each comes in a "mild" version and a "wild" version. You'll need to submit the information used for personalizing the book, and also pay $49.95 for each copy you want.

Posted on 17 March, 2004