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17 May, 2004

Anti-Bush Recordings

From Sea Lion Records: Election Day USA: A Sound-Wise Voter Guide.

A CD COMPILATION of ANTI-BUSH, ANTI-WAR, ALLIED ARTISTS to be released to college and public radio stations during late SUMMER 2004.

You can listen to all of the songs in Real Audio or MP3 format.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Singing Science

Listen to some old Singing Science Records.

When I was a kid my parents got this six-LP set of science-themed folk songs for my sister and me. They were produced in the late 1950s / early 1960s by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer... Three of the albums (the best three in my opinion) were performed by Tom Glazer, semi-famous 1940s folk musician and somewhat of a lyricist himself (he wrote "On Top of Spaghetti").

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Maritime Museum Photos

Here's a link to some photos I took yesterday at the San Diego Maritime Museum. We got there early in the morning, so it was still gloomy. The shots would have been much better with a blue sky.

Shown here is the wheel from the HMS Surprise replica.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Ask The White House Chef

This is about a year old, but it's still interesting: Ask The White House Chef. It consists of questions asked of Walter Scheib, the White House chef. For example:

Q. Are you an Emeril Lagasse fan? Have you ever been in the kitchen at the White House and thrown pepper on a dish and yelled BAM!

A. Emeril has visited us several times at the White House, but I do not use his schtick!

Q. Hi dad its Jim, how are the questions going

A. Get off of the computer and do your homework! Just kidding, things are going fine. See you when I get home.

This went over so well that he did another Q&A session six months later. Here's a good question:

Q. I am looking at your picture on the web page - what exactly are you doing in that photo? It looks like you are sticking a tooth-pick into a taco salad. That can't be right, is it?

A. I am arranging a salad that is served in a Asiago tuille.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

The Incredibles, From Pixar

Watch the trailer for The Incredibles, a Pixar film coming in November.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Personal Ads

From Esquire: Brutally Honest Personals.

The singles below are real people with real issues. Some are overweight. Others are crippled by debt. Quite a few live with their parents. But they all have one thing in common: They are available. And they've put themselves out there with the hope of finding someone willing to accept them at face value.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Illuminated Umbrella

This seems like an obvious product, but I've never heard of it: Illuminated Umbrella.

And here's a review by Judy Hughes.

The Bright Night Illuminated Umbrella is a gorgeous display of color in a sea of otherwise boring umbrella canopies. The addition of the light-bulb makes it a convenient gadget for those that want the security of a lighted path while they are walking in the rain on a gloomy night. I can't tell you how much I have been enjoying mine. If I had to pick one con it would be that I wish there was a compact model available that could fit in my gear-bag.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Andy Kaufman Returns

I knew it all along. Andy Kaufman is not dead.

Sorry about faking my death. I always knew my biggest supporters would play along until it was the right time for me to return. Yesterday, being the 20th anniversary, was a long enough time to go away.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

One Year Of Blogging

Congratulations to Tom McMahon, one of my favorite bloggers. Today marks the first anniversary of his blog. He says:

It's only been a year, and I've already made 80 cents in Amazon referrals!

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Guitar Pick Bracelet

From the Arizona Republic: Guitar picks pluck a new tune as bracelet. You'll find complete instructions for creating a bracelet made from guitar picks.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Political Spam

From CNET: Political spam as national pastime.

Since Jan. 1, a federal law has regulated spam. But if you look at the law's fine print, you'll find a telling exemption: Our elected representatives made sure the restrictions don't apply to them. As a result, the Can-Spam Act covers only e-mail promoting "a commercial product or service," which lets political spammers off the hook.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Italian Police Cars

From Reuters: Italian police car is Lamborghini.

If you are thinking about speeding on Italian highways this year, think twice. You might find yourself being chased by a Lamborghini.

Italian police took possession on Friday of a sleek, 500 horsepower, two-seater Lamborghini Gallardo, which can hit a top speed of 185 mph.

The sports car, painted in the police's distinctive blue and white colours, comes complete with a flashing blue light on the roof and will initially patrol the Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway -- a road notorious in Italy for wild driving.

And it serves a dual purpose:

The Lamborghini will also be used to transport human organs for emergency operations.

(Thanks John Beardsworth)

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Office Stamps

Finally, some useful ink stamps for the office: Abusive Stamps.

Get straight to the point extremely fast with Abusive Stamps. Break out your inner BOFH and let your true feelings come forth, into an ink pad, and onto some paper. All without the safety of using acronyms! It's absolutely cathartic. Some tasks in the workplace are just so unbelievably prosaic and pointless that it's only fair you occasionally are enabled to call a spade a spade. And you get to do so using advanced language skills in the process!

(Thanks Shallow)

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Duck Urns

Is it a duck, or is it Aunt Martha? Exclusively for B&L Cremation Systems: Hand-Carved Keepsake Duck Urns.

We are proud to offer these high quality, hand carved urns to our customers. Each one has been meticulously designed in every detail.

We are offering five distinct duck urns representing the mallard, blue-wing teal, red head, and the yellow Ruddy duck.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Poot Poot

Here's another way to read this blog. Many will prefer it.

And if you like that, you'll also like this.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Bad Neighbor

Another story about a slob and a trashed apartment: Bad neighbour.

About a year ago we noticed a foul smell coming through the walls of our bedroom from the apartment next door. Our neighbour was an older gentleman who had been living there between 10 and 20 years. We complained, but there wasn't much anyone could do, the guy had changed all of his locks and never let anyone else in.

So we did the best we could by blocking up all of our electrical sockets.

He finally moved out, and several photos were taken. Among them is this shot of the bathroom.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Graduation Speech

An all-purpose graduation speech, written by Ed Kemmick: The speech graduates won't hear.

Greetings, graduates. I am writing this for all of you about to leave the hallowed halls of ______ High School, just in case the speaker you were supposed to hear from went to the wrong commencement, lost his speech or was indicted before he could make an appearance.

Let me start by saying how honored I am to have invited myself to take part in this important ceremony. As then-Gov. Marc Racicot said at my daughter's commencement in 1998 ... well, OK, I can't remember a single word he said, but he was the governor and we all felt privileged to be able to nod off and saw logs in his presence.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Firq's Discussion Site

Now, J-Walk Blog readers can avoid the oppression and censorship that's rampant on this blog. Over the weekend, firq krumpl (not shown here) created a discussion site which he calls j-walkers. It's described as:

an unofficial cyberlounge for all manner of j-walkers

The point of this is to provide a place to discuss topics such as politics and religion -- which are not discussed here. But firq is also posting some of his own links, so it may turn into a blog-like thing.

So head on over there and do some Bush-bashing or Kerry-bashing. Tell everyone how you found Jesus, or why you think the Pope is actually the devil. Discuss the Iraq war, the Vietnam war, or even War on Drugs.

If this is still alive by the end of the week, I'll put a permanent link on the left-side menu.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Urban Trees

We saw the Urban Trees sculpture exhibit yesterday.

The Urban Trees project features thirty original sculptural works of public art, each designed and fabricated by a different artist. The artworks on display stem from a juried artist competition held earlier this year, which garnered over 100 highly imaginative entries. Artists were required to design artworks around a 12-foot high, 6-inch diameter pole (tree trunk) that would be fitted into a special 48-inch square, 3-foot high concrete planter base. Maximum creativity in design and selection of materials was both encouraged and realized.

Shown here is Mini The Mermaid, by Frank Mando (click for a larger view).

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Gadgets For Girls

A blog called Shiny Shiny -- A girl's guide to gadgets. That's where I found out about the intelligent perfume dispenser.

Essentially SNIF (Sexy New Intelligent Fragrance) monitors the space the user is in and dispenses the correct amount of scent. So for example it keeps the output low in a confined space like a car, but really pumps it out when you are hitting the dance floor.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Education By State

From the U.S. Census Bureau: Percent of People With a Bachelor's Degree or More.

The District of Columbia is the most educated state, followed by Massachusetts and Colorado. The least educated states are West Virginia, Mississippi, and Nevada.

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Pimp Suits

Get your pimp suits.

Pimp Suits is your one stop Pimp Clothes shop. All products offered are great for Bachelor Parties, Halloween, New Years, and just about every day of the week. We carry it all: Pimp Clothes, Pimp Costumes, Pimp Hats, Jumbo Afro Wigs, Pimp Shoes, Removable Gold Teeth Caps, Pimp Jewelry, Hos' Costumes and Accessories, Pimp Cases, and more.

Shown here is the Big Poppa, $52.99 (hat extra):

A purple velvet suit with Zebra print trim. Sizes come in medium, large, XL.

(Thanks JuanKilo)

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Make Wounds

Make your own fake wounds with the Simulaids Moulage Kit.

Train your team with the up-to-date simulation scenarios available with this kit. Contains an expanded line of accessories, allowing you to create 70 individual wounds, including 15 never before seen moulage stick-on wounds. Wide assortment of kit contents lets you create extreme realism in your own scenarios. Instructions included.

Just a few of items you'll find in the kit:

  • Eviscerated intestines
  • Crushed feet (2)
  • Projectile entry
  • Plexiglas pak for simulated "glass in wound"
  • Simulated dirt package

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Christian Debt Removal

Even Christians sometimes need to resort to spam. I found this site in a spam email: Christian Debt Removal.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another... Romans 13:8

Posted on 17 May, 2004

Hillbilly Housewife

Cookin' with the Hillbilly Housewife.

Welcome to the Hillbilly Housewife. The focus here is on low-cost, home-cooking from scratch. I am not a professional, and this is not a professional website. I am just a humble, barefoot, hillbilly woman with too many irons in the fire like most folks.

There aren't any exotic meals here, only family-friendly recipes that use basic ingredients. The recipes are all tested in a real kitchen with hungry children, stalking cats, begging puppies and a playful husband underfoot.

Posted on 17 May, 2004