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20 April, 2004

We Are Going House Hunting

This blog will be dormant for the next several days. Pamn and I are going to Tucson to look at houses. With any luck, I'll return on Monday with an offer pending on the perfect desert home. And photos.

For all you newcomers. If you'd like to get a feel for what this blog is all about, I suggest you click the "View a Random Entry" link on the left. Check out a few random blog entries. You'll either want to add this to your favorites, or forget all about it.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Welcome PC Magazine Readers

As OJ pointed out, today's surge in visitors is probably due to the fact that this blog was mentioned in an article in PC Magazine, which just hit the streets today (see online version -- but be prepared to do a lot of clicking).

I might point out that my very first major computer magazine article was published in PC Magazine. The title was: Downloading: Building your own characters, and it appeared in the May 1 issue, 1984 -- almost 20 years ago. Those were the days when PC Magazine was the size of a large city phone book. It was an article about an obscure dot matrix printer, and it probably appealed to about 3-4 readers (at most). I'm pretty sure that they accepted it because they had a cancellation, and needed a filler. But I was happy to have it published, they paid real money, and it led to bigger and better things.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

This Blog And Google

Usually, this blog gets about 3,000 visitors on a weekday. But today, it's getting a lot more traffic than normal. I just checked, and the unique visitor count so far is 5,638 (and the day still has seven hour remaining).

As far as I can tell, the extra visitors are coming here from Google searches. I think maybe the page rank for this site just increased.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Only In....

Only in [insert country here] photos.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Banana Guard

For banana lovers: Banana Guard.

Are you fed up with bringing bananas to work or school only to find them bruised and squashed? Our unique, patented device allows for the safe transport and storage of individual bananas letting you enjoy perfect bananas anytime, anywhere.

But bananas come in lots of different shapes...

The Banana Guard was specially designed to fit the vast majority of bananas.

I wonder if this product has any other features?

Its other features include multiple small perforations to facilitate ventilation thereby preventing premature ripening and a sturdy locking mechanism to keep the Banana Guard closed.

It sounds good. But it must be difficult to clean, right?

The Banana Guard is of course dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

I'm sold. What else do I need to know?

The Banana Guard currently comes in 9 colours, available online

Posted on 20 April, 2004

More MVP Summit Photos

Colo, my friend from Japan, posted some photos he took at the recent MVP Summit. They're posted on a Geocities account, so the bandwidth can expire at any moment. But I snagged three of them...

That's me spinning a pen in the hotel lobby. Debra gave me a pen that has colored lights. I was spinning it, and Colo took a long exposure. That's Juan Pablo, next to me.

This is Harald Staff, from Norway. I really like this shot, both the composition and the pose.

This was taken at the Rock Bottom. That's me on the right (I had no idea the back of my head was so bald). The guy sitting to my left is Jan Karel Pieterse. Dick has his eyes closed. Debra is covering her face. The fellow with the white beard is David McRitchie.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

American Idol Poll

I've been hearing a lot about a TV show called American Idol. I think it's the most popular TV show in the U.S. I've never seen, and it doesn't appeal to me at all. What about you?

Have you ever watched American Idol?
Once, that was enough
Two or three times
I'm a fairly regular viewer
I wouldn't miss it
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Amusement Park Accidents

Find out who's getting hurt on amusement park rides: Amusement Accident Reports and News.

This is the world's single most comprehensive, detailed, updated, accurate, and complete source of amusement ride accident reports and safety information. This website documents the history of amusement ride fatalities in the United States since 1972, and includes more recent accounts of non-fatal accidents. The site also includes coverage of accidents which occurred outside the United States.

(via Idle Type)

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Gallery Of The Forbidden

Check the exhibits at the Gallery of the Forbidden.

It is the packaging of musical products - rather than the "controversial" lyrical content within - that has often provided busybody "moral guardians" with the easiest avenue of attack against artists whose ideas (or existence) they object to.

And, it is the corporate music biz itself - rather than the traditional "usual suspects" (parents, preachers, principals, & police) - that does most of the "reining in" of today's artists.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Product Simulations

A company called LiveManuals creates online product simulations. For example, if you're thinking of buying a Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital camera, you can try it (in a virtual kind of way) before you buy it.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

What People Search For

I've probably linked to this before, but I always forget about it: Metaspy.

Catch a glimpse of some of the searches being performed on MetaCrawler at this very moment. The Metaspy page will automatically refresh every 15 seconds.

You can choose between the full version, or the "unfiltered" version. But even the unfiltered version seems to do lots of filtering.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Color Astrology

This, from Pantone, attempts to combine colors with astrology: Pantone Colorstrology. Here's the color for my birthday:

And here's what it says:

You are enthusiastic and theatrical in your expression. You are very talented and need to follow your dreams. The challenge often lies in how to do so. Some people born on this day try so hard that they tend to buck the system and others find it difficult to try at all. Balancing desire, sensitivity and action is the key to this situation. Usually honest even to a fault, your personal color helps balance your exciting personality. Wearing or surrounding yourself with Lavendula helps calm your nerves as you gain perspective.

Usually, these types of horoscopes are so general that anyone can relate to them. But in this case, it's completely wrong. I'm not powerful (and don't want to be), I'm� not at all theatrical, and I'm not very driven. Plus, I really hate that color!

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Interview With A Spammer

For some reason, I always enjoy reading interviews with spammers. Here's another, from InfoWorld: Interview with a spammer.

You almost certainly got the offer in your inbox a year ago this week: A copy of the "Iraq's Most Wanted" playing cards created by the Pentagon. Yours for only $5.95.

One of the entrepreneurs hawking the cards was OptInRealBig.com founder Scott Richter, who sold 40,000 decks the first week -- before they were even printed.

Richter is a rarity: a spammer willing to show his face and give interviews. Last year, Details magazine placed him on a list of "Ten Most Influential and Powerful Men Under 38," along with Ben Affleck and Eminem.

Richter is quick to differentiate himself from the spammer hordes, however: "What we do is opt-in e-mail marketing," he says...

Well, I must have received 100 of those spams and I've never opted into anything.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Paper CDs

From Yahoo News -- I mean Yahoo! News: Sony develops paper DVD.

Electronics giant Sony and another Japanese company have developed a "paper disc" that can record more than two hours of high-definition images and be destroyed with scissors for foolproof data security, officials said.

The 25-gigabite Blu-ray optical disc is 51 percent paper and was developed jointly with Toppan Printing Co. Ltd. of Japan.

(Thanks Christopher Moore)

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Dead Celebrities

Fark asks the question, What would dead celebrities be doing today if they hadn't died? The responses are in the form of Photoshopped images.

One example:

(via Pop Culture Junk Mail)

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Late Night Jokes

I never watch the late night talk shows anymore. They are on long after my bedtime. Here's a site that archives the jokes from Leno, Letterman, and Killborn: Late Night Liners.

For example, here's a joke from Jay Leno last night:

Starbucks is teaming up with the makers of Jim Beam whiskey to introduce a whiskey-flavored coffee. So now just instead of being late for work, you just don't go in at all.

And this from Letterman:

It's almost spring time in the city. Today I thought I saw a robin redbreast. Instead it turned out to be a pigeon with a knife wound.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Whatever Happened To...

Kind of interesting: Whatever Happened To...

Ever wonder what happened to: Eddie The Eagle? The chick who shot Andy Warhol? That "Mikey" kid from the Life Cereal commercial?

Well you've come to the right place, this is where we track the has-beens, the flash-in-the-pans and those pseudo-celebrities who were all too annoying during their 15 measly minutes.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

40 Things

From Modern Drunkard: 40 Things Every Drunkard Should Do Before He Dies.

Each culture, of course, has a different idea as to what rates as an accomplishment. Muslims, for example, put a tremendous amount of stock into making a pilgrimage to Mecca, while generations of Frenchmen have taken great pride in not tripping over their discarded rifles while fleeing the Germans.

The subculture of avid drinkers, living as we do by our own set of rules and priorities, has an entirely different idea altogether. To the degree that our notion of a goal worth achieving may well appear bad behavior or even a criminal offense to the parent culture.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

File Formats

Here's a handy reference: File Extensions, Formats, and Utilities.

Posted on 20 April, 2004

Joe For President

The campaign site for Joe Martyniuk Jr. isn't as flashy as the other presidential candidates: Joe For President.

But then again, he says...

I Don't Want To Be President. I'm a short dumpy guy, who stutters and stammers when I talk. I'm a terrible business man, a failed inventor, always broke. All the mud they'll sling at me, all the bad things you'll hear, are true. But what does that have to do with building a better tomorrow? Cheer up! We can get what we need long before election day.

Posted on 20 April, 2004