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10 May, 2004

Real Estate Advice

Here's a hot real estate tip:

  1. Buy some land in California
  2. Purchase and erect this Circus Tent
  3. Wait a year
  4. Profit!

Posted on 10 May, 2004


For conspiracy theorists: McMurder Worldwide.

As murders in major cities across the United States continue at a relatively unaltered rate, we have formed a task force to analyze the surrounding community to see if we could find any patterns. What we found was disturbing to say the least. The common bond? Within 1 mile of each murder scene we able to locate a McDonald's restaurant. Coincidence? We thought so, until further investigation provided more evidence to link McDonald's to a campaign of murder.

Not surprisingly, McDonald's lawyers can't appreciate good humor. See the obligatory legal filing.

Man, let's hope they don't look at Starbucks!

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Michael Jackson's Autograph

Check out Michael Jackson's signature on a legal document. I wonder what a handwriting analyst would say about that?

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Bush Approval Ratings

Regular readers know that I track Bush's approval ratings, and occasionally post the chart here. The chart is based on data from the ongoing CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll, and shows the percentage who approve.

The most recent polling period was 7 May through 9 May. The approval rating for that period was 46%, which is an all-time low.

Posted on 10 May, 2004


I first heard the term adipocere last year when I watched the David Westerfield trial on TV.

Here's a web site all this rather morbid topic: Introduction to Adipocere.

If one chooses interment, what then will happen?

We know with the surety of science and reason what can happen. Under the proper conditions- sufficient water moisture, little or no free oxygen, alkaline soils or chemicals, ambient temperatures, lack of scavenging animals, and- a certain minimum percentage of body fat- a deceased being of any species will go through several decomposition stages, possibly ending with the transformation into adipocere of much- and sometimes nearly all- of the fatty tissue. Although the Bible states we shall go from ashes to ashes, dust to dust-- it may not always be so. Your corpse will not go away, necessarily.

Warning: If you click the Images links, expect to to see some rather gruesome photos.

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Master And Commander

Last night we watched the Master And Commander DVD, with Russell Crowe. I will admit that I had not even heard of this movie, but it was very good. Lots of action, and great surround sound effects. And the little strummed violin/cello duet at the end was incredible.

I found out that the ship used in the film is currently on display at the San Diego Maritime Museum. I think we'll have to check it out.

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Happy _____ Day

Just about every day of the year is some type of "special" day. For example, today is Clean Up Your Room Day. And my birthday is, appropriately enough, Do A Grouch a Favor Day.

You'll find a complete list at Bizarre and Unique Holidays.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Rejection Hotline

There's a list of fake phone numbers at Rejection Hotline.

In a nutshell, the Rejection Hotline is a number you can give out to somebody who asks for your phone number if you just don't want to give out your real number. When they call the number, they hear our humorous Rejection Hotline recording and they are not-so-subtly informed of your non-interest.

Note: For all I know, it may just be a way to use caller ID to harvest incoming phone numbers. If you want to check it out, I would advise blocking your caller ID first (*67 on many phone systems).

(Thanks Rebel Girl)

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Blog Impressions, Take 2

A few months ago, I gave myself an assignment: Find a new blog to read. I went to Weblogs.com, and started clicking on recently-updated blogs with names that caught my attention. I kept doing this until I found one that was worth a re-visit.

I did it again, with the following results:

  • Blog by night: By Dave Samojlenko. The first entry started out like this: "So for some reason roughly a year ago I stopped posting to this blog. It's not the first time I've taken a break from it. I'm not a good blogger. But Blogger just relaunched with a cool new site and all these new features that I just had to try out." I'll check it again and see if he keeps it up.
  • Hammer and Peg: A green and pink color scheme. Too bad, the content looks promising.
  • things i want to tell you: It's one of those all lowercase blogs. Every time I see that style, I think it's written by a 15-year old. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. I didn't stick around long enough to make that determination.
  • Emphasis Added: Too much text and too much war-related stuff for my taste.
  • Solution: Written in French, with an annoying moving calendar.
  • Nostlgia: The old-fashioned way: The content looks decent, but the design is a major turn-off. It's one of those blogs that puts the content in a scrolling text box. I REALLY hate that.
  • Super Sea Chimps: By someone named Diane. It's not updated very regularly. A few days ago, she rode one of those mechanical bulls at a country/western bar.
  • Just bring it!: Too difficult to read. Too much text, with no blank space between paragraphs.
  • Delusions of Adequacy: Too many religious posts for me.
  • Beadwork: This is one of those fake blogs at about.com.
  • Carbwire: A blog about low-carb eating. Interesting content, but not something I'd want to read every day.
  • ...Mostly Wide: Too difficult to read for these aging eyes.
  • Nowhere in America: See previous comment.
  • Blankbaby: Nice clean layout, easy to read (after I enlarged the text), and some good links. It's done by someone who is "a techie with an English degree." He even has a post that links to my Nicholson Baker site. So I'll stop here.

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Stock Xchng

Royalty-free stock photos: Stock Xchng.

Browse through the categories of our huge gallery containing over 50.000 quality stock photos by more than 2.500 users! Need a wallpaper for your desktop? Need a pic for your commercial website design? Looking for inspiration? Have a look around.

Share your photos with fellow designers! SXC is a friendly community of photography addicts who generously offer their works to the public free of charge. If you have some nice photos that you'd like to share with others, join us!

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Flag Grades

The world's flags, with assigned letter grades.

Some time ago, browsing through my friend's atlas, I realised that there are significant differences in quality between the flags of different countries. Some are good, some are bad. Some countries have clearly taken care in the choice of colours, layout, and design. Others have been lazy, stolen the flags of their neighbours, or just designed flags that are clearly supposed to cause pain to those who look at them.

Shown here is the flag from the Virgin Islands, which earned a F grade.

Appears to have been painted by number. Another unspeakably horrible flag from a US territory

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Paranormal Potato Chips

Take a look at some oddly shaped potato chips at the Paranormal Potato Chip Gallery.

Stop! Before you chomp-down on that handful of potato chips you're holding, take a moment to see if you may be in the potato chip presence of a Hollywood celebrity, famous world leader or even your great aunt Edna.

Strange as it may seem, every so often the Great Chip Lover in the sky sees fit to create potato chips that resemble people or things we all can recognize.

Like Abe Lincoln.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Guess Their Age

View a photo of a person, and guess how old they are: How Old Do You Think I Am? After you submit your guess, it shows the actual age and the average guessed age.

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Photo Wow

Here's a service that can make some interesting prints from your digital photos: Photo Wow. For example, they can convert a photo into a pop art comic panel.

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Salt FAQ

Yesterday, while waiting for the ballgame to start, I watched an episode of my favorite cooking show: Alton Brown's Good Eats (on the Food Network). It was all about salt.

And, from the Salt Institute, the Salt FAQ.

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Heavy Little Objects

Mack Reed is cleaning out his junk drawer, and created a blog to describe the contents: Heavy Little Objects.

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Edouard Martinet Sculptures

Sculptures by Edouard Martinet.

The work represented on this site consists of metal sculptures created using found materials which are fixed without welding. Edouard carefully selects his raw materials found in brocantes and junk yards. The finished pieces achieving a life of their own.

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Voices On Tape

This is kind of like audio voyeurism: Voices From The Thriftshop.

Thrift shops and junk stores end up with boxes of old tapes, 'donated' by well-wishers who don't feel right about tossing them in the trash. The bulk of the unmarked recordings are just pirate music, recorded off albums or the radio.

Sometimes, there are voices on them

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Baseball Hair

From ESPN: Baseball's all-time all-hair team. I liked this bearded Bagwell look, but it didn't last very long:

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Price Per Gallon

A list of common liquids, along with their price per gallon: The Price of a Gallon. A few examples:

  • Absolut vodka: $58.26
  • Penicillin: $301.49
  • Cover Girl nail polish: $892.80
  • Chanel No. 5 perfume: $25,600

The list is not up-to-date. It lists unleaded gasoline at $1.39 per gallon.

Posted on 10 May, 2004

Soap In Eggshells

If you'd like to create some soap using an eggshell as a mold, try this: Making Soap in Eggshells.

It seems like a L-O-T of work just to get a bar of egg-shaped soap. It's something Martha Stewart would recommend.

Posted on 10 May, 2004