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3 June, 2004

Which Side?

Brian Lucas answers the question, Which side of the road do they drive on?

This is an attempt to list which side of the road people drive on around the world, and to find some reasons why.

The site goes much deeper than that. It also covers walking, escalators, revolving doors, and aircraft. It's about 20 pages of information, all on a single page.

(via JerryKindall.com)

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Godfathers Of The Spreadsheet

From PC World: Three Minutes: Godfathers of the Spreadsheet.

n May, the Software History Center in Boston reunited veterans of the PC's first decade to reminisce and exchange war stories. The luminaries included the three principals behind VisiCalc: Dan Bricklin, who conceived the idea; Bob Frankston, who programmed VisiCalc; and Dan Fylstra, whose VisiCorp brought the product to a surprised world. Here are edited versions of interviews with all three.

Here's a question:

Question: Do you get a kick from seeing spreadsheets in use?

Bricklin: I love it. I still get letters. I responded today to a letter from somebody saying, "Thank you for putting food on my table." That makes me feel really good.

That letter was not from me -- although it could have been.

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Star Estimator

Find out which celebrities you look like: Analogia Star Estimator.

Right now you have a possibility to compare yourself impartially with the Top Celebrities in the World. We do not know you and have no reasons to make things better than they are. Our engine ANALOGIA will find most matching similarities between your portrait and 200 photos of Top Stars.

Pattern recognition software will test you. It shows 3 best matches, and, finally, only you decide if you are looking like those famous persons.

I submitted a picture of myself, and the three matching celebrities are: Paul McCrane, Stanley Tucci, and Kevin Costner.

It's pretty obvious that Kevin Costner is the closest match. No question about it.

Note: This requires Netscape Communicator 4.x or MS Internet Explorer 5.x and higher.

(Thanks Kirk Fleming)

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Animated Hover Links

I didn't know this was possible. Check out the Meta Efficient blog, and put your mouse pointer over a link. The link changes color (which is common), but it also displays an animated underline.

I guess I know just enough about CSS to get by -- nothing more.

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Getting Shot

From the Chicago Sun-Times: How it feels to get shot.

Plenty of ballistics experts and pathologists have studied the tangible effects of bullets on the body. But little research has ever been done on what it feels like to be shot, the mental and physical sensations of a slug piercing the skin and wreaking its internal havoc.

The answer isn't simple. It depends on a multitude of factors, including the type of bullet used and, more important, where that bullet happens to hit the body. Getting shot in the liver can feel very different from taking a bullet in the rib. Both hurt; they just hurt in different ways.

(via Information Junk)

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Bible Movies

From Fark: Unlikely Bible-Based Movies.

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Denny Dent

Artist Denny Dent died about two months ago. Check out his Web site: Denny Dent and his Two-Fisted Art Attack.

With three brushes in each hand, Denny paints portraits on six-foot canvasses in the time it takes to play a few carefully selected pieces of music.

Whether painting Jimmy Hendrix, General Colin Powell, Jack Nicklaus or Martin Luther King, Jr., the power and integrity is always the same. Audiences, ranging in size from hundreds to hundreds of thousands, have been witnesses to a performance that is an exciting blend of art, dance, and music. The artist himself refers to his work as "a passionate dance on canvas" and those who have seen his creations are compelled to agree.

Shown here is a portrait of Miles Davis.

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Japanese Table Manners

You might want to read this before your next trip to Japan: Japanese Table Manners. A few excerpts:

  • Blowing your nose in public, and especially at the table, is considered bad manner.
  • It is considered good manner to empty your dishes to the last grain of rice.
  • Talking about toilet related and similarly disappetizing topics during or before a meal is not appreciated by most people.
  • Unlike in some other parts of East Asia, it is considered bad manner to burp.

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Submit A Self-Portrait

Take a photo of yourself, and submit it to Picture Yourself.

It has been a year since this site was first launched, and in that time frame over a thousand photos have been submitted and shared with the world. Quite an accomplishment.

Shown here is Heather Haggerty's self-portrait called "Digital Malaise.".

At home in my bathroom - November 22, 2003. Photo taken of myself originally called headache and left black and white. I tweaked it a little to give it a more ... digital feel.

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Tour A Refugee Camp

Use your mouse to explore the Anatomy of a Refugee Camp.

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Crickler

A word game called Crickler.

Cricklers are a new type of word puzzle. We set out to totally re-invent the crossword puzzle for the computer age. Traditional crossword puzzles are incredibly successful but they have several serious drawbacks: (1) They are difficult to construct, (2) Most words are short and often silly -- chosen only because they fit, (3) Matching clues to numbers is a distraction, and (4) A given puzzle is usually either too easy or too hard.

Cricklers solve all of these problems while retaining the essence and feel of a traditional crossword puzzle.

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Bad Candy

Candy that's not good is called Bad Candy.

Welcome to the Ultimate Bad Candy Web Site, the virtual crossroads where candy and people barfing up candy meet! Since 1997, Mark and Ben have been saving your ignorant asses by the truckload from the terror of accidentally eating bad candy. And we've inadvertently encouraged about ten times that many people to eat it anyway. So right now I guess we're in the red as far as people actually saved. Regardless, the cause marches on.

Shown here is a hammer doing the right thing to a Circus Peanut.

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Dump The Penny

William Safire, at the New York Times (login with bakabaka / bakabaka): Abolish the Penny.

The time has come to abolish the outdated, almost worthless, bothersome and wasteful penny. Even President Lincoln, who distrusted the notion of paper money because he thought he would have to sign each greenback, would be ashamed to have his face on this specious specie.

I agree. Life would be much simpler without pennies. But Mike Hayes probably wouldn't agree. At Snopes: Cent to College.

Mike Hayes of Rochelle, Illinois, long ago proved he was one of the more clever types. Back in 1987, while a chemistry freshman at the University of Illinois, he came up with a novel idea to solve his tuition and college expenses problem. Figuring that just about anyone could spare a penny, he brazenly asked everyone to do it.

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Lost Words

The Compendium of Lost Words.

The Compendium lists over 400 of the rarest modern English words - in fact, ones that have been entirely absent from the Internet, including all online dictionaries, until now. By revealing the existence of these words online, I do not necessarily promote their revival, but I do encourage an appreciation of the flexibility of English vocabulary. In theory, the Compendium will be the only web page on which each of these words occurs in its proper English context.

Posted on 3 June, 2004

Imagination

Here's an entertaining Flash thingy called Imagination. Just move and click your mouse to create animated art -- or something.

Posted on 3 June, 2004