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26 April, 2004

Long Fingernails

Here are some photos of a woman who will never get a job as a typist.

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Three Spams!

I had to laugh when I read this article by Katha Winther in this morning's San Diego Union-Tribune: Don't mess with her, spammers.

As I checked my e-mail messages this morning, I found three spams.

Of course, I deleted these messages. You have to be extremely careful these days about what messages you open - especially at-home PC users. If you open a message (and/or attachment) you could potentially get a virus, spyware or adware on your computer.

I'm at war against these spammers.

Three spams? If I got only three spams during the nigh, I would declare victory over the spammers.

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Boeing 7E7

Photos of the Boeing 7E7.

Boeing is working to ensure that the 7E7, expected to enter service in 2008, will be more comfortable than any other commercial jet airplane. Details about the interior will not be available for some time, but the company showed several interior concepts that demonstrate the innovative concepts it is considering during its development phase.

If the actual seating arrangement is anything like that shown in this photo, flying could actually be tolerable.

(via gammatron phase ii)

Posted on 26 April, 2004

The Human Target

Here's an odd Quicktime video: The Human Target. Some guy puts on a target t-shirt, and others shoot fireworks at him. It's not clear what the actual purpose is. Unfortunately for the human gene pool, he survives.

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Virtual Autopsy

Attention amateur pathologists: The Virtual Autopsy.

You can read the case history, and then read the autopsy reports for that case. This is done by clicking on the labels on the "Interactive Cadaver" on the left of the screen. Each system is labeled, and has a separate autopsy report including some pictures. Note that in some cases, some words, terms or phrases may be highlighted in blue, clicking on this text will give you more information.

(via Monochrom)

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Burning Man 3D

Get out your Red-Blue glasses, it's Burning Man 3D.

Eight years of stereoscopic photographs from the Burning Man festival.

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Non-Existent Album Covers

From The Art Rocks:

100 of the world's most celebrated artists chose their favorite musician and created The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were.

Shown here is a Muddy Waters album cover by Larry Brooks.

(via Tom McMahon)

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Steve Martin Stuff

Bits by Steve Martin, including the ever-popular "What I Believe."

I believe in rainbows and puppy dogs and fairy tales.

And I believe in the family - Mom and Dad and Grandma.. and Uncle Tom, who waves his penis.

And I believe 8 of the 10 Commandments.

And I believe in going to church every Sunday, unless there's a game on...

This is a very well-done fan site, with lots of other good stuff about Steve Martin.

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Mirror Shot

Pamn took this photo of a mirror outside of a restaurant in Yuma, Arizona.

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Relaxing TV

Need to relax? Try Relaxing TV.

Welcome to relaxingTV.com, your only source for on-demand relaxing streaming media.

You can watch such things as a fish aquarium, a fireplace, sunsets, and waterfall.

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Long Domain Name

Here's a pretty long domain name:

http://www.thepersonwithanewideaisacrank-untiltheideasucceeds-by-marktwain.com/

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Pills For Dogs

These pills are for dogs.

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Excel Pile

Anil Dash is thinking about collecting geek spreadsheets. See Excel Pile.

Perhaps the ultimate example of this sort of dorkiness is the fact that almost every one of my friends has, at one point or another, made at least one Excel spreadsheet to document some arcane aspect of their lives. The number of consecutive sunny days, the types and prices of the cups of coffee they drink, or just straightforward charts about their boss's mood. There's no end to the ways one can misuse desktop applications in one's personal life.

So I've been meaning for a few years to create a site for people to upload their spreadsheets and then explain the purpose behind them

I've got a few that I could contribute.

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Exhilarator

Take random single-panel cartoons, and combine them with random punch lines, and you've got Exhilarator.

Submissions are welcome.

So far we have two-hundred and twenty-two equal units of both text and image at our mercy, all eagerly awaiting reorganisation.

It's amazing how many of these actually make sense. Some of them make no sense at all, but are still somehow funny.

Posted on 26 April, 2004

MS Office Tips

At PC Magazine: Microsoft Office: 106 Tips And Tricks.

I mention this link not because it's useful, but because the layout is terrible. Some of these tips may be useful, but it will take 106 mouse clicks to view them all. Each tip is on a separate page, accompanied by about a million ads.

These guys need to get a clue.

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Metaphors

As a professional writer, I learned a lot from this site: How not to write metaphors. For example, you won't find these sentences in any of my books:

  • He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
  • She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature British beef.
  • It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall.

Posted on 26 April, 2004

Oro Valley Data

I linked to this site a few months ago: City Data. It shows lots of statistics for various U.S. cities.

Here's the listing for Oro Valley, Arizona (where we are moving to). I made a chart that shows the average daily high and low temperatures, by month (in Fahrenheit).

It's definitely tolerable. But the best part about living there (compared to San Diego) is the relative lack of people and a much more laid back lifestyle.

Posted on 26 April, 2004