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26 May, 2004

Comment Spam

I just finished deleting about 25 spam messages in the comments. You know, comments like, "Great site. Keep up the good work" Along with a link. What a bunch of morons.

I think in the near future we may have to start requiring a sign-up and approval process in order to post comments. I don't want to do it, but I don't see any other option.

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Freaky Animated GIF

Felix, at b3ta, created a very weird animated GIF of a woman's face called facemash. If that link gets broken, you can also see it here.

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Superb Computer Animation

Someday, film viewers won't be able to distinguish computer animated humans from real humans. After watching This Wonderful Life, by Liam Kemp, I think that day will come sooner than I expected.

The characters were modeled using just polygons, originating from a cylinder primitive. The textures were made up of a series of projected maps (mostly planar) that were then positioned over the different areas of the character. These textures were then blended together using the greyscale value of additional maps laid over the top.

Here's Liam Kemp's home page.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Quality Of Life

Here's another one of those "quality of life" ratings, this time by counties in the U.S.: Go west for top quality of life. The top 10 are:

  1. Los Alamos, N.M.
  2. Olmsted, Minn.
  3. Pitkin, Colo.
  4. Douglas, Colo.
  5. Loudoun, Va.
  6. Washington, Minn.
  7. Johnson, Kansas
  8. Hamilton, Ind.
  9. Howard, Md.
  10. Fairfax, Va.

The last on the list? It's Bronx, NY.

You can download an Excel spreadsheet that has the complete results for 3,141 counties. This will enable you to sort the data based on any of 20 criteria.

By the way, San Diego County is ranked 517, and Pima County (where we're moving to) is ranked 740. So, in about five weeks we expect to experience a decline in our quality of life.

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Nixon The Boozer

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Tape details Nixon drinking incident.

Five days into the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, with the superpowers on the brink of confrontation, President Nixon was too drunk to discuss the crisis with the British prime minister, according to newly released transcripts of telephone calls.

This quote will probably become famous:

"When I talked to the president, he was loaded."

- Henry Kissinger

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Heritage House

Heritage House 76: Your one-stop shopping place for items dealing with anti-abortion, abstinence, and re-electing George W. Bush.

Due to the unstable and uncertain times our world offers we are dedicated to serve the Pro-Life movement with solid and unchanging convictions of the heart. These convictions help to make us leaders in meeting the needs of Pro-Life and Pro-Family organizations by providing quality materials, at the best prices, with superior service.

Shown here is a $49.95 set of fetal models (first trimester) in white.

Now your organization can have the most effective tool ever created to show the humanity of the developing child - and at a cost lower than other plastic models. This new fetal model set is not like any you've seen or used before. The babies were individually sculpted to have a personality of their own.

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Paul Anka Speaks

Here's an amusing audio clip of Paul Anka. He seems like a pleasant fellow. Careful, it contains some salty language,

And if you're wondering... yes, he's still alive.

(Thanks Matthew)

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Photos Of Suburbia

Bill Owens Photography: Suburbia. Many of these photos are reminiscent of the work of Diane Arbus.

(via Metafilter)

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Supertotto

Marco sent me a link to the Supertotto site. I've seen similar sites (e.g., Pixelfreak), and they are equally baffling. Somehow, I think I've missed something along the way.

Can anybody explain what all of this "pixel" stuff is all about?

Posted on 26 May, 2004

British Nostalgia

Sterling Times: A virtual scrapbook of British nostalgia.

It's the site where etiquette is still more important than political correctness. SterlingTimes focuses upon some of the eccentricities of British culture. It's about old and vintage radio, television, music and literature. It's about Englishness and patriotism.

The site design is a nightmare, but if you dig around you'll find something interesting. Like Nipper...

Nipper the dog was born in Bristol in 1884 and so named because of his tendency to nip the backs of visitors' legs. When his first master Mark Barraud died destitute in Bristol in 1887, Nipper was taken to Liverpool by Mark's younger brother Francis, a painter.

In Liverpool Nipper discovered the Phonograph, a cylinder recording and playing machine and Francis Barraud "often noticed how puzzled he was to make out where the voice came from." This scene must have been indelibly printed in Barraud's brain, for it was three years after Nipper died that he committed it to canvas.

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Think Again

Have you seen Jan Nordgreen's new blog? It's called Think Again!.

Seductive math problems for the modern mind.

Every day, a new math problem. The solution is discussed in the comments.

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Archie Comics

Comic book fans can read lots of Archie Comics online.

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Junk Fax From Winning Stock Picks

In the past few months, I've received about 5-6 junk faxes from the scumbags at Winning Stock Picks. Every time I get one, I call the number to be removed from their list. Every fax has a different number.

Junk faxes are illegal, but they do it anyway.

And don't send them any email. Their privacy policy comes right out and says that they'll sell any information that they can get:

You must assume that information collected is shared with other persons or entities for commercial purposes... This type of shared information may include your name, address, phone number, email address and buying habits, as well as other information. This information may be used for general commercial solicitation by this website or other persons it is sold to, rented to, or shared with.

And they even have a heading called SPAM:

By providing to this website information that forms the basis of communication with you, such as an email address, you waive all rights to file complaints concerning unsolicited email or spam from this website since, by providing such information, you agree to receive communication from us or other marketing organizations.

In about five weeks, I'll have new fax number. I wonder how long it will take before I get my first junk fax. I publish the number on my Web site, so I figure it will take about 2-3 weeks before the junk fax bots discover it.

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Monopoly Varieties

Did you know that there are more than 70 different versions of the Monopoly game? I would have guessed about 20.

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk's Web site kept me entertained.

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Medicine Cabinets

Photos by Coke Wisdom O'Neal: Medicine Cabinet (Portraits).

The artist finds his way into the bathrooms of relatives, friends, even sometimes strangers, and snaps pictures of the hidden mecca behind their mirrors. Only making sure that the names are concealed, O'Neal voyeuristically examines the truth contained on the small shelves of medicine cabinets. His work thrives on an inquisitive arrogance, and pure curiosity.

(via List)

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Clear Channel News

From Rolling Stone: Clear Channel Limits Live CDs.

In the past few years, fans leaving some concerts have discovered a souvenir far better than a T-shirt: a live recording of the show they just attended...

But in a move expected to severely limit the industry, Clear Channel Entertainment has bought the patent from the technology's inventors and now claims to own the exclusive right to sell concert CDs after shows.

How can something as obvious as selling a recording be patentable?

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Celebrity Look-Alikes

Normal people who think they are celebrity look-alikes submit their photos at People Say I Look Like.

This one is pretty good:

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Chihuahuas Are Not Rodents

Snopes has put this rumor to rest: Claim: Chihuahuas are actually a type of rodent bred to resemble dogs.

Status: False

I don't believe it for a second.

Posted on 26 May, 2004

Photoshop How-To

A virtual treasure trove for Photoshop junkies: Good Tutorials. You'll find 2,485 Adobe Photoshop tutorials.

Good-Tutorials started in August 2002 as Photoshop Design. It moved to Good-Tutorials.com in February of 2003 and underwent a complete redesign in November 2003. It is the largest Photoshop tutorial resource on the web today.

Posted on 26 May, 2004