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29 March, 2004


Dave is an artist. Well, if he's an artist, so am I -- and so is any 5th grader..

But I will admit... his home page overlaid on Google is pretty cool.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

World War III

To the best of my knowledge, there have been two world wars. But what do I know? See Three World Wars.

While it hasn't been an easy task, we have summarized the significant facts of all Three World Wars in one table. It's impossible to have 100% accurate figures since many sources have slightly differing details of significant facts, and some facts are just simply not known. Where there has been discrepancy, we have made best estimates and assumptions, in the interests of comparative studies. Any omissions are unintentional, and you are encouraged to contact us with relevant links where information should be updated or corrected.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Free Car

Earlier today, I told my UK readers how they can get a free PC. Now, for my friends in the US: Free Car.

FreeCar Media is revolutionizing how consumers and advertisers interact by providing a fresh and exciting advertising venue while providing a means for people to drive for free.

Sign up for one of our ad sponsored brand new vehicles or sign up to wrap your own car and get paid up to $400 per month.

Every once in a while, I see a decked out car like that. And I think, "That poor driver must be really desperate." But I can't remember what the ugly car was actually advertising.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Earth Images

The top satellite images for 2003 at Space Imaging.

Space Imaging, the world's leading provider of Earth imagery and related services to commercial and government markets introduces its top 10 images from the IKONOS satellite taken during 2003.

The images featured here include Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom; a 17th-century fortress in Bourtange, Netherlands; El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Calif.; the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center; Lake Arrowhead during the devastating 2003 California fires; Mount St. Helens, Wash.; the Vatican City, featuring St. Peter's Basilica and Square; the Taj Mahal in India; Akkeshi Lake Resort in eastern Hokkaido, Japan; and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, South Africa, one of the 'Seven Natural Wonders of the World.'

The images are zoomable and scrollable. Shown here is a star-shaped 17th century fortress in Bourtange, The Netherlands.

(Thanks Craig)

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Computers And Laundry

From miss-information.net: Computers used to do laundry.

Carnegie Mellon students in Pittsburgh will now be able to use the Internet to check their laundry. The University has launched a new program called eSuds.

eSuds is a Web-based laundry system that allows students to use the Internet to check whether any machines in a specific laundry room are available, and how much time is remaining on each machine's load. Students can sign-up for an email notification that tells them when their laundry is finished.

What a wonderful world we live in.

Posted on 29 March, 2004


Google's index contains a few dozen entries for "New York Stork Exchange" -- which would be a pretty decent name for a blog.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

How To Do Stuff

This site is dubbed "an experiment in intuition." How To: By You.

Every now and then, a new topic will be posted. It could be anything from 'How to eat peas.' to 'How to build an areoplane.' No answer is wrong and it's up to you, the player, to explain how to do it. Have fun, try to keep it on topic and check back for more updates.

For example, a recent topic was 'How to: Stop itchy toes before they make you insane.' As you might expect, some answers are serious, and some are not.

Posted on 29 March, 2004


What is this?

It's a blot. Every day, the eBlot site posts a new blot image.

Enter what you first think it looks like. If others have submitted thoughts, you'll see them when and if you've contributed your own.

What's the point? Beats me.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Stinking Badges

In the 1948 film, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, somebody said:

"Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"

Since then, that phrase has been uttered in many additional movies. The Stinking Badges site has a list.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

The Work Ethic Calculator

If you have a copy of Excel installed, download this Work Ethic Calculator. For best results, right-click the link and save the file to your hard drive. It has no macros, and is perfectly safe.

I remember seeing this a few years ago, but I forgot all about it. Author unknown. It wasn't me, really. I mean it. I did not create this file.

(Via Spinning)

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Today's News, Yesterday

I found this clever Photoshop job in a private newsgroup (click for a larger view).

Posted on 29 March, 2004

National Gallery

Here's a very cool gallery of National String Instruments -- guitars, dobros, ukes, and banjos.

Posted on 29 March, 2004


From The Skeptic's Dictionary: Cryptozoology.

Cryptozoology is, literally, the study of hidden animals. It is the study of such creatures as the Australian bunyips, Bigfoot, the chupacabra, and the Loch Ness monster. It is not a recognized branch of the science of zoology.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Bugs Henderson

Want to hear some great blues-influenced guitar music? Check out Bugs Henderson.

Bugs Henderson was born in Palm Springs, California in 1944 and grew up in Tyler, Texas. Bugs had a burning desire to pick up the 6 string at an early age. At the age of 6 he discovered his first love.

I have six of his CDs, and I've seen him play twice. If you ever have a chance to see him live, go for it (all of his appearances scheduled for this year are in Texas).

My favorite Bugs CD is Daredevils of the Red Guitar. According to RIAA Radar, most of his CDs are on non-RIAA affiliated labels.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

End Of The Fourth Amendment?

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

News item: Court Opens Door To Searches Without Warrants.

It's a groundbreaking court decision that legal experts say will affect everyone: Police officers in Louisiana no longer need a search or arrest warrant to conduct a brief search of your home or business.

Leaders in law enforcement say it will provide safety to officers, but others argue it's a privilege that could be abused.

Will this power be abused?

New Orleans Police Department spokesman Capt. Marlon Defillo said the new power will go into effect immediately and won't be abused.

Well, as long as the Police Department says it won't be abused, then I guess it's OK.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Yesterday Paper

Here's a huge collection of old print ads: Yesterday Paper.

Let our vintage magazine advertisements take you on a journey through U.S. history, all the way back to 1890! You'll find some fascinating ads from the early 1900's up through the 1960's. You'll see the powerful ads of the World War II years, followed by the romance of of the late 1940's. See the family focus of the 1950's and the freedom of the 60's. All in all, our history as a nation is closely followed in vintage advertising.

(via Sugar'n Spicy)

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Happy Birthday Jan

Jan Nordgreen turns 52 today. He's finally as old as I am.

Today, is my birthday. I was born in 1952, my father in 1917. When he was 52 I noticed that I was 17. 'Hmmm,' I wondered. 'Is that just a coincidence?

I tested it immediately. 'My mother was born in 1922. When she was 52, I was, ....(calculating) ..., 22.' I was amazed and delighted!

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Object Not Found

A gallery of found items: photos, postcards, writing, and other stuff.

I wanted to write a treatise on the politics of losing and finding things. Our culture is so much a mismatch of confluences and influences that the act of finding something is so ingrained in what we do and how we interact with our environment. The thing is though, i have been putting it off and putting it off so that if i don't write something, anything, nothing will be written at all.

Shown here is a found book, with some type of animal pressed inside.

(via Penny Dreadful)

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Eating SPAM

News item: All SPAM restaurant open in the Phillipines.

A businessman in Manila has just opened the first all-SPAM SPAMJAM restaurant.

"I love Spam. If you ask people my age, I grew up with SPAM. It's a favorite," owner Philip Abadilla said.

SPAMburgers and SPAMnuggets are just a few of the items on the menu.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Spam And Politics

From PC World: All's Fair in Politics and Spam.

A new class of spam is sliding into in-boxes alongside pitches for Viagra and low-interest loans. It's coming from President George Bush and Democratic frontrunner Senator John Kerry and their supporters.

Political groups I spoke with say e-mail is an inexpensive supplement to television, radio, and print ads that reach out to the electorate.

Doesn't the CAN-SPAM act make this illegal?

If you don't like the political spam you're getting, you're out of luck this season. That's because the recently enacted Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act, known as CAN-SPAM, applies to unsolicited commercial e-mail only, not to unsolicited political e-mail.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Celebrity Palindromes

From Yankee Pot Roast: Celebrity Palindromes. Examples:

O.J. nabs banjo.

Is Don Adams mad? (A nod.) Si!

Men, I'm Eminem!

Posted on 29 March, 2004


The legendary Foto-Sniper Camera.

It's a unique configuration of a 35mm camera with a powerful 300mm telephoto lens and an ingenious integrated stabilization system.

In lieu of needing to use a cumbersome tripod or other stabilization device, the Foto-Sniper's camera and telephoto lens are mounted on its special metal alloy rifle-type stock, which has an integrated trigger-activated shutter release and focusing mechanism.

They should make a digital version of this.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

About Google

Here's an interesting article about Google: Inside The Wide World of Google.

Google gets over 1,500 resumes from people hoping to work at the giant search engine, which says that if you want to get hired, you'll have to have to fit in with Google's corporate philosophy, which is: "Don't be evil."

Google will eventually become evil. It's inevitable. I wonder how long it will take?

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Mr. Tweak

Use your keyboard to make a body builder flex his muscles: Mister Tweak-A-Thon.

(via Sarcasmo's Corner)

Posted on 29 March, 2004

A Free PC?

If you live in the UK, you can get a free PC.

Welcome to Metronomy, the revolutionary new concept which provides a FREE IBM HOME PC in exchange for your commitment to watch up to 3 minutes of advertising per hour of use.

From the FAQ:

60 seconds prior to advertisements being shown, a warning screen will appear, the screen contains an accept and delay button. Each advert broadcast can be delayed for 5 minutes to enable the customers to either pause a game or complete on-line transactions

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Roller Coaster Photos


...a photo gallery celebrating the joy and beauty of amusement park rides, especially roller coasters!

Shown here is Desperado, at Buffalo Bill's Casino in Primm, Nevada.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Cooking Science

From The Exploratorium: The Science of Cooking.

Discover how a pinch of curiosity can improve your cooking! Explore recipes, activities, and Webcasts that will enhance your understanding of the science behind food and cooking.

The Comparative Muscle Chart is interesting. For example:

Chickens spend a lot of time roaming around or standing. Their thigh and leg muscles are used constantly, and so the meat from these parts is dark. Since they rarely fly, and then only for very short distances, the meat that comes from the breast and wings is white. In contrast, wild birds such as ducks fly a lot; the meat from their breasts and wings is dark.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Online Travel Sites

If you've ever spent time at any of the online travel sites, you might find this interesting: Online Travel Site Homepages.

So because there's nothing better to do at midnight on a Thursday, I grabbed screencaps of the home pages of Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz (at 1024x768 resolution with just a bit of chrome and no scrolling) and mapped the major areas of functionality, in four categories. The flight picker (obviously), nav/tools (things that help the user with functionality of the site), marketing (deals, deals and more deals) and branding.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Free Full Text

Want to read some journals online? Try Free Full Text.

FreeFullText.com provides direct links to over 7000 scholarly periodicals which allow some or all of their online content to be viewed by ANYONE with Internet access for free (though some may require free registration). The issue(s) which are available for free are indicated for each title on the alphabetical periodical lists.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Repainted Dolls

A gallery of painted doll faces by Noel Cruz: The Repaint Gallery.

Repainting dolls happened by accident when he was looking for a Gene doll to add to his wife's collection. He stumbled upon several Gene dolls repainted to resemble different likenesses. This became an inspiration for him to project his painting talents onto Gene, which became the beginning of another facet of artistic outlet for him.

Much to his delight, he discovered that painting a doll's face is very much like painting on canvas or paper, but with the extra challenge of working on a three-dimensional surface as well as a different surface texture.

The doll shown here is painted to resemble Michelle Pfeiffer.

Posted on 29 March, 2004

Clone Your Pet?

Need to make a clone of your pet? Try Genetic Savings & Clone.

Thanks to cloning, you don't have to rely on luck to have another pet very much like yours. After six years of research, we've begun the commercial cloning of cats, and we believe we're less than a year away from offering commercial cloning of dogs. The first step is to preserve your pet's DNA in our gene bank. It's simple, it's safe, it's forever.

Congratulations to the person who come up with the name for that company.

Posted on 29 March, 2004