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23 March, 2004

The Crimson Room

After 20 minutes, I could not escape The Crimson Room. I'll gladly accept a hint.

As you may surmise, I am not very good at games.

Posted on 23 March, 2004

Seeking Perfect Lighting

Here's an interesting idea: A Photographer's Quest For Perfect Light.

Once upon a time I was thinking about going on the street and take some more street portraits. I made this several times before, but this time I wanted to have pictures of people who don't look into the camera like Bambi in the headlights of a car, but happy smiling or even laughing people taken with a moody light.

That this simple idea would turn into an creative adventure, I had no idea.

The secret is revealed on Page 2. It involves a flash unit and an umbrella mounted on a helmet.

Posted on 23 March, 2004

How Do You Read This Blog?

Now that the RSS feed for this blog includes the complete text for each item, I wonder how many people read this blog without actually coming to the Web site?

Let's find out.

How do you read this blog?
I read it by visiting j-walkblog.com
I read it in my RSS news reader
A combination of the above
What's an RSS news reader?
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Posted on 23 March, 2004

How Big?

Here's an interesting demo called How Big?

Use this animation to compare the relative sizes of cells and organisms. Nearly invisible without magnification, dust mites dwarf pollen grains and human cells. In turn, bacteria and viruses are even smaller.

It's from a site called Cells Alive.

Posted on 23 March, 2004

International Man Of Mystery

A new video from the Republican National Committee: John Kerry: International Man of Mystery.

Posted on 23 March, 2004

Free Animated GIFs

For animated GIF fans. Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets on the Web is the incredible collection of animated GIF files at Whole Wheat Radio. The files are grouped into 44 categories, and there is a huge selection and variety.

These animations are provided so people who participate in the WWR chat room can add some graphics to their comments. But people who want to design a cheesy Web site will find lots of other uses for them.

You'll find everything from ringing telephones to dancing fat men.

Posted on 23 March, 2004

Record Labels

A Child's Garden of Record Labels.

I am quite happy to present this selection of labels. It doesn't matter whether you [like records], or if you [love records], there is something here for everyone! I will have anecdotes and/or explanations for each record and where I found them, if I can remember!

Shown here is "Evol - Not Love," by The Five Americans. It's on the HBR label, which stands for Hanna-Barbera Records.

(via I Like)

Posted on 23 March, 2004

Post-It Notes Prank

Check out Damon's New Office.

Damon has been playing tricks on me for a few days now. So I came in on the weekend and did some "re-decorating" in his office. He didn't see it until Monday morning when he came in and opened his office door.

Posted on 23 March, 2004

Button Maker

Use the Button Maker to create tiny buttons like this:

Posted on 23 March, 2004

RIAA Site Is Down

From Netcraft: RIAA Web Site Remains Offline.

The web site of the Recording Industry Association of America remains offline in an outage now approaching five days in duration. The www.riaa.com web site was targeted for a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack by the MyDoom.F virus. The current outage now exceeds the RIAA site's four-day outage in July 2002, which was attributed to a DDoS.

How unfortunate.

Posted on 23 March, 2004

Death Blog

The Blog of Death consists entirely of obituaries.

Posted on 23 March, 2004

Dreaming Of Tetris

From Scientific American: Tetris Dreams.

Robert Stickgold and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School recently conducted a clever set of experiments in which they used the game to guide the content of people's dreams: among 17 subjects they trained to play Tetris, more than 60 percent reported dreaming of images associated with the game. And the researchers found that when and how the study's sleeping participants saw these images helps confirm the idea that the brain uses dreaming to reinforce learning.

I'll vouch for that. I've dreamed of Tetris many times. When I was in college, I played a lot of chess. And I would often incorporate chess moves into my dreams.

Posted on 23 March, 2004

525 Reasons

On 26 May, 2003, Rhonda and Jane started a blog: 525 Reasons to Dump Bush. Every day, a new reason, counting down from #525. Today is reason #224, The Medicare Mess.

Update: I posted this item because it was an interesting blog. I did not post it in order to solicit the political views of the people who read this blog. I thought maybe, just maybe, my readers had figured this out by now. Well, at least one (who is a regular reader) hasn't figured this out. So comments are now disabled for this item.

Posted on 23 March, 2004

Star Trails

Cool photo: Star Trails - Ancient Bristlecone Forest, by xc coyote. It's an eight-hour exposure.

This was the Photo of the Week at Photo Net.

Posted on 23 March, 2004

Screen Spam

An increasing number of news websites are now engaged in the latest form of annoying commercial messages: screen spam.

You're on a news website reading an article when, suddenly, an invisible hand starts scratching words in red ink across your screen. What's this? You've just been targeted with screen spam, the latest and most aggressive advertising tactic yet deployed by unscrupulous Internet marketers, designed to do nothing other than interrupt your visit and cajole you into buying something.

Welcome to "interruption advertising," Internet-style.

Posted on 23 March, 2004

Coffee Cup Culture

Culture Competition: A contest to see who can submit a photo of the moldiest coffee cup.

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 23 March, 2004

A Novel As A Blog

Trudy W. Schuett is posting her novel in blog format. It's called Sweethearts and Monsters.

A page a day or thereabouts, I'll publish what we've affectionately referred to as "Sweets," my book that originally appeared at Hyperpedia in 2000. It's a fun, fluffy bit of romantic suspense, that equally appeals to men and women. It's a bit dated, since it's set in pre-dotcom-bust days, when the Internet was fun all by itself, and everyone seemed to be making buckets of cash.

Posted on 23 March, 2004