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30 March, 2004

Personal Lightning Detector

A company called Outdoor Technologies sells StrikeAlert, a personal lightning detector.

An audible alarm sounds when there's a strike and a corresponding LED light illuminates accordingly at lightning distances of 20-40 miles, 12-24 miles, 6-12 miles and within 6 miles.

This might be useful for photographers who like to take lightning photos.

(Thanks firq)

Posted on 30 March, 2004

A Blog About Excel

Dick Kusleika's Excel blog is now up and running. it's called Daily Dose of Excel. I think the plan is to make it suitable for Excel users of all levels.

So welcome to the fascinating world of blogging, Dick

I snagged that photo of Dick from a group shot of the Excel MVPs taken at least year's Summit meeting in Redmond. The next MVP Summit is being held next week, so I'll get a chance to see Dick in person and we can discuss blogging while we drink beer.

Posted on 30 March, 2004

University Of Arizona Webcam

This is pretty cool: The Arizona Webcam.

This view from the Department of Computer Science looks north across the University of Arizona campus to the Santa Catalina Mountains. The vantage point is a window in the Gould-Simpson building. New images are generated every four minutes.

And every night, the photos for the day are compiled into a time-lapse movie. You can also view a "best of" photo album. The number of different views from the fixed camera position is amazing.

Posted on 30 March, 2004

Iris Recognition

For less than $500, you can get an Iris Recognition Camera.

Computers are great, but they're only as secure as your password, and somehow everyone always seems to know everyone else's password. Well, now you can rest easy, your secrets are safe with you. Iris recognition offers significant advantages over other less accurate biometric identification methods, such as fingerprints, voice and facial recognition, hand geometry, and keystroke analysis. The process is scientifically proven, user safe and operationally reliable and is destined to replace all other security procedures.

Posted on 30 March, 2004

Impress Your Date

Good advice from zefrank: How To Impress Your Date.

Posted on 30 March, 2004

DRM News From Microsoft

From BetaNews: Microsoft Remakes DRM for MSN Music Service.

Published reports have indicated that Microsoft is busy readying a secure clock DRM technology dubbed "Janus." Janus enables songs distributed under a subscription model to be transferred to portable devices, with a built in "time bomb" that enables songs to expire in the event that a customer's subscription lapses.

I think that's a great idea. Buying and listening to music should be as complicated as possible. Everyone who buys music needs to spend lots of time figuring out what they can and cannot do with their purchase. We can never have too many different DRM schemes out there. Go Microsoft!

Posted on 30 March, 2004

What A Spammer Drives

From BBC News: Spammer's Porsche up for grabs.

Internet giant AOL has ratcheted up the war against unsolicited e-mail with a publicity-grabbing coup - an online raffle of a spammer's seized Porsche.

AOL won the car - a $47,000 Boxster S - as part of a court settlement against an unnamed e-mailer last year.

Posted on 30 March, 2004

Shooting Rats

One guy's collection of dead rat photos (some may find this pretty gruesome).

One night the rats intruded on the sanctity of my home. My wife pushed my back in bed and I awoke with a start while she asked, "What is that sound?" That sound was a rat gnawing on some support beam underneath our bedroom. That meant war!

I went down to Big 5 sporting goods and picked up a single cock, single shot pellet gun and a box of pointed tipped pellets.

Posted on 30 March, 2004

Seinfeld And Superman

This, I think, is some viral marketing by American Express: The Adventures of Seinfeld and Superman. The videos are very good.

Posted on 30 March, 2004

Perfume Bottles

Those who have an interest in the historic and geographic evolution of perfume bottles will enjoy Museu Del Perfum.

The Perfume Museum of Barcelona, installed in the Paseo de Gracia 39, it was inaugurated in the middle of the year 1,963 in order to show the perfume vessels and containers evolution.

Inside our web page, you can see only a few selection of perfume bottles. The Perfume Museum have on the order of nine thousand pieces: perfume bottles, mini perfume, fictitious bottles, advertising documents, boxes, etc.

Posted on 30 March, 2004

Magic Eight Ball

Did you ever wonder what's inside one of those magic 8-balls? Find out. Secrets of the Magic 8-Ball Revealed.

WARNING:
While this gallery is presented only with the intent to educate and inform, our more sensitive viewers may not be ready to have the mechanics of this trusted, round oracle revealed.

Please proceed judiciously.

Posted on 30 March, 2004

Baseball Season

Today is the official start of Major League Baseball -- the American pastime. So why was the first game played in Japan? From MSNBC: Opening season in Japan is ridiculous.

Opening the season in any country other than the two in which major league baseball is played is an insult to the fans who support the game. Opening day is a big deal, darned near a national holiday. It's a day when you call in sick to work or sneak out early, a day to cut school, a day when uniforms are spotless and everyone's batting average is .000 and everything is possible.

And I'll bet those players just love that plane ride. But let's look at the positive side. At least the Yankees lost.

Posted on 30 March, 2004

Infrared Portraits

From Cool Cosmos: Infrared Portraits.

Do people glow in the dark? They do in the infrared! Infrared is mainly heat radiation and all warm-blooded animals, including humans, generate their own heat. The heat that our bodies emit peaks in the infrared at a wavelength of about 10 microns (1 micron = 1 micrometer or 0.000001 meters)

Posted on 30 March, 2004

Quotes From Mickey Rivers

Famous quotes from baseball legend Mickey Rivers. Examples:

"My goals are to hit .300, score 100 runs, and stay injury-prone."

"The first thing you do when you get out to center field is put up your finger and check the wind-chill factor."

"He's so ugly. When you walked by him, your pants wrinkle. He made fly balls curve foul."

Posted on 30 March, 2004

That's A Big Subwoofer

This is probably the biggest subwoofer in the world.

Royal Device has on its own developed and built the biggest subwoofer of the world for an AUDIO/VIDEO room that can be also considered as the biggest AUDIO ROOM for private music listening of the world. The audio reproduction is focused on the speakers output capability more than electric power output of the amplifiers with no need of KWatts power supply lines, releasing more than 110 dB/1W/1 meter sensitivity starting from below 10 Hz focused on the listening position.

Shown here are the chambers built into the floor. Wow!

Posted on 30 March, 2004

Dog Items

Two items about dogs:

  • No Rawhide! - Why you shouldn't give your dog rawhide to chew on.
  • Smiling Dogs - A photo gallery of dogs that have a smile on their face.

Posted on 30 March, 2004