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10 April, 2004

Text On Text

I found this blog in my referrer logs: Viking Zen: For the Mathematically Deranged.

It looks interesting -- written by a "half-Brazilian, half-American chick." But there's a problem. It's IMPOSSIBLE TO READ IT! For some reason, the background graphic is some handwritten text. So the reader is forced to read text on top of text.

C'mon, Viking Zen. If you want people to read your stuff, at least make it possible to do so without adjusting browser settings.

No offense, VZ. I'm just doing my part to make the Web more readable.

Posted on 10 April, 2004

The Scam Report

A new feature at Snopes: The Scam Report.

This page features a daily collection of links to articles about Internet scams (as well as some links to prominent scams of the non-cyber variety). Due to the ephemeral nature of this type of material, some of the links may expire within a few days of being posted here. Stories are chosen for inclusion here purely on the basis of their entertainment value; we make no claims about the reliability of information linked from this page.

Posted on 10 April, 2004

Top 36 Miracles

Just in time for Easter: The Top 36 Miracles of Jesus. I don't know about you, but I get tired of reading about healing the sick and raising people from the dead. That's why I've always liked this miracle, which deals with more mundane issues:

Jesus took two fish and 5 rolls of bread and fed 5000 men plus the women and children and had 12 baskets of food left over.

But then again, walking on water is also pretty good.

Posted on 10 April, 2004

Everyone's A Cover Girl

From the New York Times (fake registration required): Putting 40,000 Readers, One by One, on a Cover.

When the 40,000 subscribers to Reason, the monthly libertarian magazine, receive a copy of the June issue, they will see on the cover a satellite photo of a neighborhood - their own neighborhood. And their house will be graphically circled.

On one level, the project, sort of the ultimate in customized publishing, is unsurprising: of course a magazine knows where its subscribers live. But it is still a remarkable demonstration of the growing number of ways databases can be harnessed. Apart from the cover image, several advertisements are customized to reflect the recipient's particulars.

Posted on 10 April, 2004

Sky Ear

Coming in May: Sky Ear.

Sky Ear will be a one-night event in which a glowing "cloud" of mobile phones and helium balloons is released into the air so that people can dial into the cloud and listen to the sounds of the sky.

The cloud will be made of one thousand large helium balloons each responding to the electromagnetic environment (created by distant storms, mobile phones, police and ambulance radios, television broadcasts, etc.) with coloured blue, red and yellow lights.

Posted on 10 April, 2004

In The Beginning...

For historians: How it all began.

It starts out like this:

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had been called Amazon Dot Com.

Posted on 10 April, 2004


If you're looking for a comprehensive site about mugshots, try Mugshots.com.

Three things you can count on in life: death, taxes, and screwing up. Don't feel badly, though. Everyone does it, including your favorites from the worlds of business, television, music, and film. And most likely, no one is looking up your photograph on the web to see how badly you messed up this time!

You can search for your favorite celebrity by name, or just browse through the categories. Shown here is Ted Nugent.

In January of 1993, Ted Nugent was arrested for shooting a flaming arrow into his guitar at a show Cincinnati, Ohio. He was charged with a misdemeanor fire code violation, and was fined $1,000!

Posted on 10 April, 2004

Eyeball Jewelry

Just in case you missed it. From MSNBC: Eyeball jewelry a new Dutch fashion trend.

Dutch eye surgeons have implanted tiny pieces of jewelry called "JewelEye" in the mucous membrane of the eyes of six women and one man in cosmetic surgery pioneered by an ophthalmic surgery research and development institute in Rotterdam.

The procedure involves inserting a 0.13 inch wide piece of specially developed jewelry -- the range includes a glittering half-moon or heart -- into the eye's mucous membrane under local anaesthetic at a cost of $610 to $1,232.

Posted on 10 April, 2004

Nick Drake Downloads

Fans of the late Nick Drake might like this: Time Has Told Me.

These files constitute the entire contents of the limited vinyl triple album Time Has Told Me. They are designed to be listened to with Winamp (or any other mp3 player) set to gapless mode.

The album was digitally "cleaned" to remove as much as possible of the vinyl noise (clicks, pops, needle talk and turntable rumble) while leaving the sound of the master tapes intact. No attempt has been made to remove the tape hiss that clearly originates on the masters.

The tracks were encoded into high quality mp3 with the LAME encoder, using Variable Bit Rate in the nominal range of 112-192Kbps.

All in all, 44 songs.

Posted on 10 April, 2004

Unreal History

Edgar Governo is a Historian of Things That Never Were.

Peering into the real past is fine, and in fact I enjoy doing so quite often, but it takes a certain amount of panache to hold an interest in fictional history. Gleaning knowledge from a past that never existed--or a future, for that matter--is simply so much more sublime. That is what this site is all about.

For example, you'll find a link to this Harry Potter Timeline.

Governo's site is interesting, but the poor choice for a background graphic makes it almost illegible unless you make some browser adjustments.

Posted on 10 April, 2004

Good Days For Marriage

If you're planning a wedding in 2004, don't miss this: Good Days to Wed.

In order to help you plan your wedding well in advance, WOFS.com is delighted to present PRE CALCULATED AUSPICIOUS WEDDING DAYS OF THE YEAR ... We have investigated the Tung Shu to identify the most auspicious days to get married, as well as unfavorable days which must be avoided at all costs.

As it turns out, tomorrow is a good day to get married. Go for it.

Posted on 10 April, 2004

Headline News

The Daily Rotation:

Quick loading headlines from 300+ tech sites. You pick the sites. We snag the headlines.

Posted on 10 April, 2004

Surveillance Planes

From Science Daily: Tiny Surveillance Aircraft To Fly In Tucson.

Thirteen teams from the United States, Korea and Germany will be in Tucson April 9-11 to compete for $6,000 in prize money during the 8th International Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Competition.

MAVs are tiny, radio-controlled airplanes -- less than six inches in diameter -- that carry video cameras. They're designed for reconnaissance missions and can be used for search-and-rescue, law enforcement, military surveillance, or in any situation (such as a nuclear power plant breakdown) where sending in a human observer might be dangerous.

Posted on 10 April, 2004

Recycled Links, Part 26

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

Posted on 10 April, 2004