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6 May, 2004

Best Freeware

From Tech Support Alert: The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities.

There are a lot of great freeware programs out there. Many are as good or even better than their commercial alternatives.

This is my personal selection of the best of the best. I've used every single product in this list and find each to be a gem.

(Thanks Shallow)

Posted on 6 May, 2004

The Shoe Project

A photo blog that consists of shoe photos: The Shoe Project. The blogmeister, Ann, says:

Over the last year or so, I've developed quite a serious liking for all things shoe, and spurred on by various friends who are similarly afflicted, decided that it was time there was somewhere to show off those fantastic new finds (or old favourites).

This pointy pink pair looks painful.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

More On Disney And Moore

As it turns out, the Michael Moore / Disney news yesterday was nothing more than a publicity stunt by Michael Moore. See: Moore admits Disney 'ban' was a stunt.

In an indignant letter to his supporters, Moore said he had learnt only on Monday that Disney had put the kibosh on distributing the film, which has been financed by the semi-independent Disney subsidiary Miramax.

But in the CNN interview he said: "Almost a year ago, after we'd started making the film, the chairman of Disney, Michael Eisner, told my agent he was upset Miramax had made the film and he will not distribute it."

Well, any credibility he had just went down the toilet.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Wireless Mouse

The main problem with a wireless mouse is that the batteries don't last long.

Andy Pope came up with an ingenious solution: Mikrohard Wireless Optical Mouse With Universal Mains Adapter. Just plug it into the wall, and your wireless mouse will never need batteries.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Old Newspapers To Duke University

The newspaper collection from the American Newspaper Repository has been donated to Duke University (story here).

A 5,000-volume collection containing many rare and historically important 19th and 20th century American newspapers has been donated to Duke University Libraries.

Novelist and essayist Nicholson Baker announced the transfer of the American Newspaper Repository (ANR) during a speech Thursday at Duke. Baker founded the repository in 1999 and acquired the bulk of the collection from the British Library, which like other major libraries got rid of long runs of original edition newspapers and now rely instead on microfilm editions.

"Many of the newspapers in the collection exist nowhere else in their original print format," Baker said. "These 19th and 20th century newspapers are magnificent landmarks of American publishing."

(Thanks Dan Mckenzie)

Posted on 6 May, 2004

The End Of Kulak's Woodshed?

About a year ago, I wrote about an incredible video webcast called Kulak's Woodshed.

The image Kulak's Woodshed is Free, Independent, Out of Pocket, Acoustic Music, Video Webcast, Singer/Songwriter Venue, Broadcasting Live and Archived on the World Wide Web, 24/7.

Now it looks like they are in trouble. See Kulak's Woodshed Troubles at the Whole Wheat Radio Blog.

I've only tuned into this webcast 4-5 times, but I've never seen anything else like it. It will be sad if the City of LA bureaucrats force it to close down.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Online Comics Day

I'm two days late with this link: Online Comics Day 2004.

(Thanks Terri Noble)

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Cosmetic Surgery Transformation

Cindy Jackson wasn't satisfied with her looks, so she spent lots of money on cosmetic surgery. Here's a partial list of the procedures:

  • Eye lifts
  • Nose jobs
  • Cheek implants
  • Lip augmentation
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Chin reduction
  • Jaw reshaped
  • Facelifts
  • Breast implants in
  • Breast implants out
  • Dermabrasion
  • Chemical peels
  • Fat transfers
  • Liposuction
  • Filler injections
  • Laser treatment

I think I prefer the "before" look rather than the Barbie doll look.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Clement Dodd Is Dead

A reggae pioneer has died: Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd.

Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd, the record producer who died on Tuesday aged 72, was credited with launching the career of the reggae star Bob Marley and was a hugely influential figure in the development of Jamaican music.

Besides Marley, Dodd is credited with launching the careers of dozens of reggae stars, including Horace Andy, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Burning Spear, Marcia Griffiths, Sugar Minott, Dennis Brown and Freddie McGregor.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

More Desktop Wallpaper

There is no shortage of desktop wallpaper. Here's a H-U-G-E selection of quality images from Vladstudio. Each is available in multiple resolutions.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Analog Cover Gallery

Forty years of covers from the Analog science fiction magazine. Shown here is a cover from 1960, when they were in the process of changing the name from Astounding to Analog.

(via Reenhead)

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Miss Poppy Dixon

For those who can appreciate humorous religious products: Miss Poppy Dixon.

For example, $0.99 gets you the popular Dropped Wallet Bible Tract.

Prove to your heathen friends once and for all that they're secular scum steeped in moral relativism as you watch them fall EVERY TIME for the old dropped wallet Bible tract trick.

(Thanks Rebel Anne)

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Google Vs. Other Methods

From the Guardian: On your marks, get set, search...

Google, the world's most popular internet search engine, is about to offer shares to the public. It has built its reputation on being the fastest and most accurate way to find information. But is the internet really the quickest way to access facts - and get them right? We put Google to the test against more old-fashioned methods.

Here's one of the questions:

What was unusual about the British gold medal victory in the 400m in the 1908 Olympics in London?

The results:

Google: 1 minute, 42 seconds
Phone: 26 minutes, 30 seconds
Library: 1 minute, 20 seconds.

But, of course, it doesn't take travel time to the library into effect.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

No Pants Day

Last year, No Pants Day fell on 2 May, and I missed it. This year, I'm giving you a full day's notice. No Pants Day is tomorrow.

No Pants Day is a day where everyone, be they students, respectable businessmen, or cherished community leaders, leave their pants behind. Usually this means wearing thick, appropriately modest boxer shorts, but bloomers, slips, briefs, and boxer-briefs all work as well.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Alternate Materials

A Photoshop contest at Worth 1000: Alternate Materials.

In this contest, your task is to change the very substance an object is made of. Take any object, and swap its material, in a major way. Use a material the object would not ordinarily be made from, for obvious reasons.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Phrase Finder

Looking for the meaning or origin of a phrase or saying? Try The Phrase Finder. For example, what about the expression "close, but no cigar"?

Meaning: Come disappointingly close to success.
Origin: Early slot machines gave out cigars as prizes.

And the phrase, "in a pickle" comes from Shakespeare:

ALONSO And Trinculo is reeling ripe: where should they Find this grand liquor that hath gilded 'em? How camest thou in this pickle?

TRINCULO I have been in such a pickle since I saw you last that, I fear me, will never out of my bones: I shall not fear fly-blowing.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

I Made A Photo Book

A week ago, I mentioned a service called MyPublisher. I not only mentioned it, I tried it out. I created a book that contains 20 shots I took at Joshua Tree National Park.

My $9.95 20-page photo book arrived yesterday. I'm impressed. Very impressed. The software used to create it is a bit tricky at first, but the result is very good. The quality of the printing isn't quite up to the level of EZ Prints, but it's certainly acceptable.

I'm sure I'll be creating more photo books.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Donald Duck

A 1947 give-away comic: Donald Duck's Atom Bomb.

(via Incoming Signals)

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Sewer History

This site is more interesting than it should be: The History of Sanitary Sewers.

The purpose of this website is to house this dynamic collection of materials about the evolutionary development of sewers over the past 5500 years, and to provide a location for the sharing and distribution of information to others. The donation of additional photos, sketches, articles, books, or other sources of historical information on sewers is welcome.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Britney Photos

Here are some Britney Spears photos.

This is a collection of photos taken of ads in the New York City subway stations, for the HBO airing of the Las Vegas Britney Spears concert.

For some reason, they've been vandalized.

And here's a collection of photos that reveal that, without the makeup and fancy clothes, Britney is just a normal-looking person.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

Quentin Tarantino Interview

A few days ago, I finally got around to seeing Kill Bill Volume 1. Excellent movie. It was not at all what I was expecting.

Here's a Quentin Tarantino interview byTomohiro Machiyama, published at Jap Attack.

Hi, I'm Tomohiro Machiyama. I usually write only for Japanese Magazines, but I would like you people who cannot read Japanese to read my interview because Mr. Tarantino told me a lot of information that American critics and viewers might never know. The night before this interview, I first spoke with Tarantino at a party after the screening of Kill Bill. Unfortunately, I didn't bring my tape recorder. We were both totally smashed, but I remember these things he told me.

Posted on 6 May, 2004

The New United States

Here's a proposal to re-draw the state boundaries of the U.S. into 50 areas with equal population.

The goal is to make the Electoral College more fair, but I think it would just be a fun thing to do. Under this re-alignment plan, I was born in the state called Show Me. I went to grad school in Rocky Mountain High. Then I lived in the state of Wilamette, and eventually moved to the state of Los Angeles. I'm currently living in Nice Weather, and I will be moving to the state called Rio Grande.

But alas... the chances are slim that this will actually happen.

Posted on 6 May, 2004