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28 May, 2004

Igpay Atinlay

Watching Lyle Overbay in the Padres vs. Brewers game, I'm reminded that Pig Latin is becoming a dead language.

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Student Sues University

This is good... From BBC News: Plagiarist to sue university.

Michael Gunn, a 21-year-old English student, told the Times Higher: "I hold my hands up. I did plagiarise. I never dreamt it was a problem.

"I can see there is evidence I have gone against the rules, but they have taken all my money for three years and pulled me up the day before I finished.

"If they had pulled me up with my first essay at the beginning and warned me of the problems and consequences, it would be fair enough.

"But all my essays were handed back with good marks and no one spotted it."

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Factory Tours

This is an interesting site that lists factories in the U.S. that offer tours: Factory Tours USA.

454 tours and counting! This site celebrates American imagination and industry. What better way to appreciate those qualities than to visit and tour America at work. The information on this site is maintained by many people throughout the United States who enjoy visiting American industry.

In San Diego, Taylor Guitars offers a tour. In Tucson, there's the famous Airplane Graveyard.

(via Steel White Table)

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Microsoft MVP Web Sites

More Microsoft MVP Sites than you can shake a stick at. Excel MVPs alone have 26 sites.

Posted on 28 May, 2004

All-Purpose Excel Formula

Here's a useful Excel formula that you can insert into your boss's spreadsheet:

=ADDRESS(10,238,4)&""&MID(ADDRESS(1,20,4),1,1)

(Thanks Jeremiah)

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Banned In Iraq

From the MemoryBlog: The Memory Hole Banned In Iraq.

I've received email from a person with an [army.mil] address. This person is stationed in Iraq, and he/she tells me that The Memory Hole is blocked on military computers.

The site is categorized as "Extreme;Politics/Religion"

How interesting. I post raw documents created by the government, military, and corporations. These days, that apparently amounts to "political extremism."

Link to The Memory Hole.

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Victorian Ads

Ben Crane's Victorian Scrapbook:

This scrapbook is a present day, Internet version of the scrapbooks used by Victorians over 100 years ago to keep and display their trade card collections.

Trade cards were the medium for advertising. Shown here is a trade card that features two polar bears fighting over some hams.

Ben Crane also has a collection of Before And After trade cards, which typically illustrate the effect of using a particular product.

(via Beautiful Stuff)

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Widescreen Movies On TV

From Slate: How Widescreen Won.

Last year, something remarkable happened in the world of cinema. Blockbuster Video, the country's dominant rental chain, announced that from that point on it officially preferred widescreen DVDs to pan-and-scan (also known as "full screen"). For those movie buffs who had been eagerly watching this battle, the news came as a shock. In the fight for the hearts and minds of viewers, widescreen and its film-geek adherents had won an unexpected and glorious victory. Just a few years earlier, Blockbuster had discouraged widescreen DVDs, on the grounds that customers confused by the letterbox format thought they were defective.

Posted on 28 May, 2004

The Pope Is Worried

An AP story: Pope Worries About 'Soulless' U.S. Life.

Pope John Paul II warned several U.S. bishops Friday that American society is in danger of turning against spirituality in favor of materialistic desires, giving way to a "soulless vision of life."

To fight this, the pontiff argued, the U.S. church must study contemporary culture to find a way to appeal to youths.

Solution: Make James Brown a bishop!

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Brittle Bones

Here's another one of those "mystery" sites: Brittle Bones.

The text is too small to read, so I don't know anything about it -- except that it has some very cool images, and some of them are interactive.

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Weather Stickers

HTML or XML weather feeds from Addresses.com.

You can add a forecast box, a number of XML weather feeds, a weather search box, or a direct link to forecast information.

I've added two of these to see how often they are updated.

Update: I removed those weather stickers. Very slow and unreliable. Not recommended.

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Ray Guns

You don't hear much about ray guns these days, but they were quite popular in the '30s and '40's.

Shown here is a Superman Krypto-Raygun:

The Superman Krypto-Raygun was produced by Daisy in 1940. A "genuine electric projector pistol," the gun is equipped with seven 16mm Superman films which can be projected through a lense at the end of the barrel. The gun is available in a colorful box illustrated with a picture of Superman drawn by Joe Schuster, one of Superman's creators. Length of the gun 7 inches.

(via Sugar'n Spicy)

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Name Acronym Generator

Not just any name acronym generator, it's the Magical Name Acronym Generator.

his generator will take your real name or blog/journal username and tell you what each letter of it means about your personality.

Here's mine. It's amazingly accurate -- except for the Jolly part, the Whimsical part, the Altruistic part, and the Little part.

(via Sarcasmo's Corner)

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Ford F-150 vs. MINI Cooper

I've seen this link everywhere this week, but I hadn't bothered to check it out until now: Crash Testing: MINI Cooper vs Ford F150.

If you were going to run into a wall at 40 mph, which would you rather to be driving?

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Cyndi Lauper News

It takes something like this to get Cyndi Lauper back in the news: Bird dropping hits singing Lauper in mouth.

The Boston Herald reports Lauper was performing at a concert sponsored by a radio station WXKS when a bird relieved itself over her head.

It's bad enough that it hit Lauper. It's even worse knowing Lauper had her mouth open for a high note and the bird made a one-in-a-million shot.

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Google Domain Names

Here's a list of recent domain name registrations that include the word "Google."

By my count, 485 google-related domain names were registered in the first 25 days in May. Just a few examples:

googlemicrosoft.com
sonygoogle.com
googlewomen.com
googlelawyers.com
defensedepartmentgoogles.com
mixeddrinkgoogles.com
sinatragoogles.com

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 28 May, 2004

J.J. Cale

This morning's San Diego Union-Tribune has an article about J.J. Cale: J.J. keeps up the pace, as unhurried as it is.

Today, John Jaques Cale is 65, slender as a teenager and happy to maintain a lifestyle as laid back as his earthy, easygoing music.

Yet, while he has always been the retiring kind - at least when it comes to maintaining any kind of public image - he has no intention of stepping back from music.

He also has no intention of speeding up his unhurried pace, as evidenced by the fact that his fetching new album, "To Tulsa and Back," is his first new studio release in eight years. That's one year longer than the seven-year stretch between his previous two albums.

Here's a link to the full interview on which the article was based. And here's the Offical J.J. Cale Website.

A new CD will be available early next month.

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Monster Origami

How to make origami models of famous monsters.

Shown here is Rodan.

Posted on 28 May, 2004

Terrorism News

From The Daily Farce: Major Terrorist Attack Coming Sometime This Year Somewhere In The U.S. Killing An Unknown Number Of People.

John Ashcroft and Robert Mueller will announce today in a press conference at 11am PST that the United States needs to brace itself for another major terrorist attack happening sometime in the Summer or Winter or Fall or Spring either in LA, New York, Boston, or any city in any of the states targeting either airports or malls or convention centers or retail outlets or restaurants or sidewalks, killing between 1 dog, 2 cats and perhaps up to 1 million people or more or less.

Posted on 28 May, 2004