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1 April, 2004

PC Magazines's Top 100 Sites

PC Magazine's April 20 issue has an article titled Top 100 Web Site: Sites You Didn't Know You Couldn't Live Without. And guess what site is listed? Go ahead, guess.

Yep, it's the J-Walk Blog:

Computer book author and Excel guru John Walkenbach scours the Web for interesting news and sites. His blog, updated daily, presents these stories and sites, with commentary. Be warned: You may spend too much time following the fascinating links.

Thank you PC Magazine. It's an honor.

But they could have picked a better day to announce it. There will probably be lots of new visitors today -- and they'll be greeted with an ugly pink background, a stupid-looking banner, and a bunch of items for chicks. Do you think some of them might get the wrong impression?

Attention First-Time Visitors: This site doesn't always look like this. Today is April Fool's Day, remember?

Update: OK, things are now back to normal.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

First Ladies

Only in America. Any girl can grow up with a dream of becoming a First Lady. But of course 99.9999999% of them never make it, and their dreams are shattered like a cheap wine glass. But they can still hope and dream. Or, they can just go to the First Ladies' Gallery and be jealous.

Shown here is Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt -- Teddy's ball and chain.

Attending Miss Comstock's school, she acquired the proper finishing touch for a young lady of that era. A quiet girl who loved books, she was often Theodore's companion for summer outings at Oyster Bay, Long Island; but this ended when he entered Harvard. Although she attended his wedding to Alice Hathaway Lee in 1880, their lives ran separately until 1885, when he was a young widower with an infant daughter, Alice.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

April Fools Sites

Here's a list of Web sites that pulled April Fool's Jokes for 2004.

I wish I had thought of something for this site.

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CWW = Christian Women's Wrestling.

At a recent prayer breakfast (of fresh fruit, bran croissants and mint tea) a few of us ladies discussed strategic and novel ways of reaching sinners for our Lord. Mrs. Betty "Knock Out" Bowers of BRINGING INTEGRITY to CHRISTIAN HOMEMAKERS suggested professional wrestling.

She successfully enlisted Beverly "Boom-Boom" LaHaye of CONCERNED WOMEN of AMERICA and Barbara "Big Mama" Johnson of SPATULA MINISTRIES.

Unfortunately, this is not a real organization. Just a cruel joke.

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Nun Better

Just a few items about nuns:

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Discount Pregnancy Tests

From Tests For Less: Pregnancy Tests.

You can get a 100-pack of "Dip Strips" for only $0.65 per strip. I'll call that a lifetime supply.

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Chick Flicks

The Top 10 Chick Flicks. They are:

  1. Beaches
  2. The Way We Were
  3. Sleepless in Seattle
  4. Waiting to Exhale
  5. The Women
  6. Steel Magnolias
  7. When Harry Met Sally
  8. Gone With The Wind
  9. Pretty Woman
  10. Sabrina

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Car Maintenance

If you're gonna drive it, you need to know how to maintain it: Car maintenance for women. For those who aren't "match challenged," here's a useful tip:

To figure out mpg (miles per gallon), fill your tank and set your trip counter to zero or mark down the mileage at the time of fill up. Also make note of the number of gallons it took to fill the tank. Do not add gas until you reach empty. Then divide the miles driven by the gallons of gas and you have your average mpg.

You can use either a calculator or a spreadsheet.

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Web Site Design

I think I'm getting bored with the design of this site. I'm looking for a new design. Something fresh and exciting. Something like this.

For a special treat, make sure pop-ups are enabled.

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Days Of Our Lives

One of the worst parts of being a "working gal" is that you miss out on lots of good daytime TV. Especially the soaps. Did you know that you can get a daily recap of Days of our Lives? It's true.

Here's just some of what happened yesterday:

Lucas gets grim news from Tek about Alice. Sami and Lucas race over to the Horton house. Bo and Hope arrive at the Horton house and find Alice sitting on a chair, peaceful, her eyes closed and surrounded by donuts. �Hope is beside herself; Bo finds a weak pulse. Alice opens her eyes briefly but is unable to name the killer. By the time Lexie arrives, Alice has succumbed. Bo and Hope mourn the passing of the original Horton matriarch. Alice is at peace as she joyfully reunites with the great love of her life, Tom. Sami and Lucas arrive - Lucas mourns Alice.

That photo, by the way, is Lucas. But you already knew that!

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Dr. Laura

I make it a point to catch Dr. Laura's radio show every day. I've always suspected that the best counseling advice is given out by someone who has a Ph.D. in Physiology. And Dr. Laura is a perfect example.

I'm looking forward to reading her new book, The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands. Even though I don't have a husband and I'm not even a husband, I'm sure I'll learn a lot.

Dr. Laura explains that emotionally men are "simple" creatures and women only need provide such basic necessities as respect, gratitude, food, sex, and some space for "guy time" in order to achieve the happy home they truly desire.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Flirt Horoscope

Horoscopes are great, but sometimes you need more. Try the Daily Flirt Horoscope. Here's mine:

With proper planning on your part, today could be hilarious. Fate has decided that you will be the victor -- not the victim -- in any prank war today. So find the most fun and funny ways to fool people.

Hmmmm... I'll have to think of something funny.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

The Wit And Wisdom Of Ms Manners

I'm sure you never miss Judith Martin's Ms Manners column in the newspaper. The folks at Wikipedia have compiled some sample answers that demonstrate just how witty she is:

"Dear Miss Manners: What is the correct way to walk in high-heeled shoes?
Gentle Reader: Left, right, left, right, left, right."

"Dear Miss Manners: How should I address a homosexual couple?
Gentle Reader: 'How do you do?' 'How do you do?'"

"Dear Miss Manners: How is a hat properly worn?
Gentle Reader: Same as always; on the head."

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Fix Chipped Nail Polish

A common problem: chipped nail polish. Now there's a solution: Nails A New.

A revolutionary new product to fix chipped, flaked, peeled or dented DRY nail polish. Our patent pending Nails AR New Dry Nail Polish Repair allows you to quickly repair damaged DRY nail polish without the need of applying a top coat.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Leg Waxing

A complete tutorial: How to wax your legs.

Waxing your legs isn't as hard or frightening as you may think. I'm going to walk you through it.

Plan on spending 20 minutes for this painful, but necessary, chore.

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Homemaking Tips

I think there's something here for everyone: Susie Homemaker Skills Corner.

Homemaking is a true talent! This page is focused to help you in all areas of homemaking!!! There are many ideas to help you keep it simple.

I really liked the article on oven cleaning.

Cleaning your oven has got to be one of the last on the list of "things I like to do"! If you're like many women, you might just tend to leave the job until the bottom of the oven is littered with carbon mountains and burnt crumb trails. And let's face it - the smell of Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner isn't one to engender any sense of homeliness as the fumes vapors any last remnants of the muffins you made this morning!

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Girls And Computers

Lots of good advice here: Getting Girls Interested in Computers. Like this:

Put the home computer in a centralized location and give girls equal access with their brothers. Is it any wonder that girls aren't using the computer at home if it's in the boy's room?

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Celebrity News

This is pretty interesting: J.Lo Reinvents Herself.

Singing superstar Jennifer Lopez is deserting the celebrity world of Los Angeles and casting off her diva image - in an effort to show fans her true, down-to-earth personality.

You go girl!

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Is there any comic strip better than Cathy? I think not. It's not only hilarious, but many of us can really relate to her.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Blond Man Jokes

Here's a good collection of blond man jokes. For example:

How do you confuse a blond man?
Tell him to alphabetically sort Social Security Numbers.

Why did the blond man drown?
The sign said 'NO SWIMMING'.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

1,000 Hairstyles

You won't believe this: 1,000 Hairstyles. Yes. There really are 1,000 hairstyles from which to choose.

Wanting a new hair style every few weeks is not fickle, it is merely evidence of being multidimensional.

The style shown here is in the "funky" category. If you don't like it, you have 999 more to look at.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Do It Like A Man

From Restrooms of the Future: A Woman's Guide on How to Pee Standing Up.

It took 18 months, a fair amount of money, a lot of patience and the help of more than 900 prototype testers from around the world, but we're pleased with the result. The new device, dubbed "TravelMate" won a prestigious Medical Device Excellence Award at New York City's Javitts Convention Center in 2001.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Get Rid Of The Symptoms

I haven't tried it, but I've heard this stuff works well: Midol.

MIDOL helps you get rid of your symptoms so you can get on with your life. It's strong on menstrual cramps, plus it relieves bloating, fatigue and even breast tenderness.

It comes in four colors. One is probably right for you. Ask your doctor.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Flower Arranging

Everybody needs to learn how to arrange flowers. Probably the best way to learn is: Flower Arranging 101.

Warning! Some of the advice is rather revolutionary:

You can read dozens or even hundreds of articles and books about floral arranging, but you will automatically know what will be most pleasing to your eye. If the book says "Never mix purple and orange flowers together" and you like purple and orange together, mix them together.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

The Wedding Channel

This is an excellent resource for future brides, present brides, and former brides: WeddingChannel.com.

View 30,000 photos to find the perfect wedding dress, hairstyle, cake, bouquet and more.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Makeup Tips

Pault Begoun presents: Makeup Tips And Tricks. Example:

Mascara is an amazing invention and is considered fundamental to any kind of makeup application. Many makeup artists, including myself, say that if you're not wearing any other makeup but still want to wear something, wear mascara.

On the other hand, many of us -- and I'm guilty of this too -- get carried away and wear way too much mascara.

Posted on 1 April, 2004

Closing The Gender Gap

Yesterday I conducted a poll to determine the sex breakdown of this blog's visitors. I was surprised to discover that only 21% of the visitors are female. Most likely, this is because I don't post enough female-oriented items.

To avoid any future sex discrimination charges, I plan to make some subtle changes in this blog. Most people won't notice any difference. But, over time, I think these changes will attract more female visitors.

Posted on 1 April, 2004