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20 May, 2004

In A Past Life

In a past life, I was...

"J.W.A.L.K. the Jaded , Wholly Anglicized Lebanese Know-it-all."

Posted on 20 May, 2004

Profiting From Spam

News Item: Spam Maker's Profit Jumps 59 Percent.

Hormel Foods Corp., the maker of Dinty Moore (search) stew and Spam luncheon meat, on Thursday reported a 59 percent increase in second-quarter earnings due to strong results in its refrigerated foods and Jennie-O Turkey businesses.

Not to mention all of the free advertising they've been getting in recent years...

Posted on 20 May, 2004

More Baseball Links

I apologize for the abundance of baseball topics lately, but I wanted to make sure I can find these links again. (Yes, you've figured it out. This blog exists primarily to serve as my own annotated bookmark list.)

(via Slashdot)

Posted on 20 May, 2004

Toys On A Car

There's no real explanation why this car has toys glued to it.

So, there you have it. The coolest car that's ever lived. If you're ever in the Belmont area and you see this little gem, stop and check it out. You will not stop smiling for a week. I would have donated a toy, but all I had in my pocket was a red Superball, given to me by Boyfriend. I'll have to look up some of my old toys and start carrying them around with me everywhere.

Posted on 20 May, 2004

The Music Industry

This is pretty good: What's Wrong with the Music Industry in One Long Sentence (annotated).

The sentence starts out like this:

We have an industry that is afraid of technology, its senior spokespeople lie to congress, they use Enron-like accounting, they somehow --WHOOPS! -- forget to pay their artists, they are convicted price fixers, at the first sign of any kind of an economic rebound their instinct is to raise prices...

(via Magnetbox)

Posted on 20 May, 2004

Traveling On A Freighter Ship

Here's a comprehensive site called the Internet Guide to Freighter Travel.

These pages were created to provide as much information as possible to those interested in this truly unique experience. I suspect that most of you have never seen a freighter up close, let alone sailed on one. Traveling on a containership is not better than sex, though it does last longer. It is an experience you will never forget.

(via Incoming Signals)

Posted on 20 May, 2004

Largest Crossword Puzzle

Here's the world's largest crossword puzzle.

Breaking the 1996 Guinness record, this crossword hangs on a full seven feet by seven feet of wall space and has 28,000 clues for over 91,000 squares. It's a challenge that can take months, even up to a year, to complete.

There was a time when I was a crossword puzzle addict. I would do the New York Times puzzle every day.

I guess this giant puzzle is a good novelty item, but I don't think very many true crossword puzzle fans would care for this.

(via Grow-A-Brain)

Posted on 20 May, 2004

Bush And Historians

From the History News Network: Historians vs. George W. Bush.

Although his approval ratings have slipped somewhat in recent weeks, President George W. Bush still enjoys the overall support of nearly half of the American people. He does not, however, fare nearly so well among professional historians.

A recent informal, unscientific survey of historians conducted at my suggestion by George Mason University's History News Network found that eight in ten historians responding rate the current presidency an overall failure.

(Thanks Shallow)

Posted on 20 May, 2004

Pollution In Ganga

From Eco Friends: Pollution in Ganga Image Gallery. And more photos of the cleanup.

When we attempt to reconcile the significance of the sacred river in the past to its present reality, a most tragic paradox is encountered. Ganga today is being worshipped and defiled simultaneously. In fact, at most times, the process of worship itself has a polluting influence since bulk of the worship materials are disposed off in the river in ugly non-biodegradable polythene bags and in other unthinking ways.

Today Ganga is the natural home and recipient of half burnt dead bodies, unclaimed bodies, animal carcasses, washermen's points, dairies and cattle bathing points, slums situated in between heaps of garbage, open defecation along the river and domestic and industrial effluents of all kinds

Note: Some of these photos are gruesome.

Posted on 20 May, 2004

666 Watch

Everything you need to know about the Mark of the Beast: 666 Watch.

This is good to know:

Q. Every so often, someone contacts us inquiring if they take a social security card, debit card, smart card, vaccine, etc. could they "accidentally" be receiving 666: The Mark of the Beast.

A. No. One can NOT "innocently" or "accidentally" receive 666: The Mark of the Beast.

Posted on 20 May, 2004

Google And Spyware

From Google: A proposal to help fight deceptive Internet software.

At Google, we put a lot of thought into improving your online experience. We're alarmed by what we believe is a growing disregard for your rights as computer users. We've seen increasing reports of spyware and other applications that trick you in order to serve you pop-up ads, connect your modem to expensive toll numbers or hijack your browser from the site you're trying to visit.

We do not see this trend reversing itself. In fact, it is getting worse. As a provider of services and monetization for users, advertisers and publishers on the Internet, we feel a responsibility to be proactive about these issues. So, we have decided to take action.

Posted on 20 May, 2004

Unique Products

This UK site called I Want One of Those has some cool stuff for sale. Just a few examples:

Posted on 20 May, 2004

Cell Phones Behind The Plate

Over the past few years, virtually every televised baseball game has had one thing in common: They all show idiots in the expensive seats behind home plate talking on the phone and waving to someone who sees them on TV.

Yesterday I watched a double-header between the Pirates and Padres. During the first game, I saw no one waving (but there were hardly any people in the stands). In the second game, they made it through the bottom of the eighth before two cell phone wielding guys did some fancy synchronized waving. I think one of them may have been Toad.

Posted on 20 May, 2004

The State Of Jefferson

If these folks have their way, Jefferson will be the 51st state in the U.S.

Jefferson is located in the mountain border region of what has more commonly been known as northern California and southern Oregon.

Jeffersonians desire to be free from the influence of the population centers of California and Oregon because voters in those areas tend to vote against the lifestyles and livelihoods of their rural counterparts. We are outvoted and under represented.

Posted on 20 May, 2004

Conflict Map

This is an excellent use of Flash: Conflict Map.

It's an interactive map. Move the timeline slider, and see where wars took place during that time. It covers the period 1900-2000.

Posted on 20 May, 2004

Gilligan Returns

Must-see TV! A new reality show based on Gilligans's Island.

Get ready to take a three-hour tour and end up on an uncharted desert island. That's right -- Gilligan's Island is coming back on TBS -- and this time, you can be a part of it!

The producers of "Gilligan's Island" are teaming with the producers of the "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" to bring Gilligan's Island to reality TV.

This all-new version of the classic sitcom will feature real life versions of the original show's characters: a real-life skipper, first mate, millionaire couple, movie star, professor and Kansas farm girl. And one of them could be you!

I think I might apply as The Professor.

(via Improbable Research)

Posted on 20 May, 2004

Derelict London

Photos by Paul Talling: Derelict London.

This site is obviously not taken to illustrate London at its most beautiful or most successful. The name derelict London is a memorable name for a website though not everything within this site is of derelict areas and everyone has their own definition of derelict...

Posted on 20 May, 2004

The Editing Room

You'll find lots of abridged movies scripts at the Editing Room. What's the point?

The purpose is to save you time so you don't have to see the movie but can still talk about it to your friends, co-workers, and mistresses.

Posted on 20 May, 2004