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27 March, 2004

Baseball History

Baseball fans who like statistics should check out A Graphical History of Baseball.

Shown here is just one of many charts -- the average number of stolen bases per game (since 1900).

I couldn't get the pop-up charts to work in Mozilla Firebird, so I had to use Internet Explorer.

(via Information Junk)

Posted on 27 March, 2004

No-Contact Jacket

For women only: No-Contact Jacket.

The No-Contact Jacket is a wearable defensive jacket created to aid women in their struggle for protection from violence. When activated by the wearer, 80,000 volts of low amperage electric current pulses just below the surface shell of the entire jacket. This exo-electric armor prevents any person from unauthorized contact with the wearer's body.

If an assailant were to grab hold of the wearer the high voltage shocking exterior would interrupt their neurological impulses which control voluntary muscle movement. The neuromuscular system would be overwhelmed causing disorientation and loss of balance to occur and of course pain

(via Grow A Brain)

Posted on 27 March, 2004

The Interrobang

I've never heard of an interrobang until today. But I like the idea.

The INTERROBANG was created to fill a gap in our punctuation system where writers often used typographically cumbersome and unattractive combinations of the question mark and exclamation mark to punctuate rhetorical statements where neither the question nor an exclamation alone exactly served the writer. (HOW ABOUT THAT?!)

I think Interrobang would be a great name for a blog. Oops, already taken.

(via boynton)

Posted on 27 March, 2004

Beer Cozies

If you know how to knit, here's a great idea for your next project: Hand Knit Beer Cozies. The one shown here has a cute little bunny on it.

(via List)

Posted on 27 March, 2004

Confidential To

From a site called Creamed Peas: Confidential To.

We all have something we've been dying to tell someone else for way too long, so this episode was an opportunity for people to spill their guts anonymously. They sent in messages, and if they included an email address for the intended recipient, I sent them on. I hope everyone is feeling just a little bit better to have everything out in the open.

Here's an example:

You are SOOO horrifyingly tone-deaf, if you insist on singing, keep it down. No one wants to tell you this because you happen to be singing praise music in church. But if it were anything else, people would probably staple your mouth shut.

Posted on 27 March, 2004

Recycled Links, Part 24

These links were posted on the J-Walk Blog about a year ago. Good stuff that you may have overlooked.

Posted on 27 March, 2004

Hair Science

Here's an interesting site from L'Oreal: Hair Science.

We may think we know everything about hair. It seems to be very much alive, sensitive to our moods or the vagaries of the weather. And yet the part of it we see, the fibre, is a material which is biologically dead. It is under the epidermis, in the root, that the vibrant life is going on, where the hair is made as the result of complex and ceaseless chemical and biological reactions, initiated at the very start of embryonic life.

Posted on 27 March, 2004

Don't Live Here

Attempted humor from Forbes Magazine: Eight Not-So-Great Places To Live in The U.S.

With April Fools' Day just around the corner, we thought we'd get a jump on the jokes. You've seen the lists of best places to live, but what about the other places, the ones that don't make the list? Here's our tongue-in-cheek list of where you really don't want to live, work or play.

Shown here is a typical day in Mt. Fungi, Washington.

Posted on 27 March, 2004

Math In The Movies

Here's a Web site from Arnold G. Reinhold that's devoted to Math In The Movies.

Posted on 27 March, 2004