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9 June, 2004

Infinite Art

Some cool fractal-based art: The infinite art of Kerry Mitchell and Janet Parke.

Shown here is Homme, by Kery Mitchell. I wouldn't mind some of these images hanging on my walls.

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Hosting Update

For those who care about such things, my hosting problems have been solved. The key to getting tech support, I learned, is to forget about the official channels and send an email directly to "admin." It takes about six hours to get a response, but it eventually happens.

Apparently, the problem was caused by a security update to the control panel. I'm still undecided as to whether to get a new host.

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Gmail

OK, I'm officially jealous of Glenn. He was invited to open a Gmail account. How can a mere contractor peon get an account, when a famous author like me can't? Huh? Tell me. It just ain't fair.

I hereby declare that I am open to all Gmail invitations. I can't wait to dump my current account and switch to Gmail -- assuming, of course, that Google knows how to filter spam.

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Mixing Politics And Religion

From MSNBC: Bill gives political churches an out.

Churches that mistakenly mix religious and political activity would face reduced fines but keep their tax exempt status under a provision in a corporate tax bill the House is to consider this week.

The proposal, which could invalidate the strict separation of religion and politics in current tax laws, was introduced by House Republicans the same week President Bush's re-election campaign targeted 1,600 Pennsylvania congregations to recruit voters.

This was tacked on to the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Google Doodles

Finally... something interesting at the Google Blog: Oodles of Doodles.

My name is Dennis, and I'm the guy who draws the Google doodles.

The Google doodles are also known as the holiday logos.

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Moving Sale: Excel 2003 Bible

I just posted this at my Excel site:

I have five copies of Excel 2003 Bible for sale. Signed by the author. $25 each, including shipping (list price is $39.99). To order, send an email and I'll reply with credit card payment instructions. US orders only.

I've got a lot of books to get rid of before we move. I thought I'd try to sell one title per day to avoid making it too complicated.

Update: Sold out.

Posted on 9 June, 2004

No Pictures

Has anyone noticed that there have been no pictures in today's posts?

That's because I'm not using my super-easy customized FrontPage front-end to make pMachine posts. I've gotten spoiled by how easy it is. Using the normal pMachine entry form to insert an image just seems like too much work.

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Meeting Mick Jagger

Find out what people who have met Mick Jagger have to say about him: Meeting Mick. This is from an insurance salesman:

I was a spectator at Trent Bridge and saw Mick in the bar and went up to him to try and get an autograph. I said, "Excuse me, Mr Jagger, but would you..." And he jumped to his feet and said, "...Have the next dance?" and proceeded to waltz me around the room.

(via Easy Bake Coven)

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Spurl

Has anybody used Spurl?

Spurl is a free online bookmark service with a lot of additional benefits...

Save it - With one click Spurl saves the interesting things you find on the web. And it stores not only the link, but the entire page contents for later reviewing.

Search it - Spurl allows you to effectively search through all the pages you've ever "spurled".

Share it - By tapping into the user community, Spurl can recommend pages that you are likely to be interested in and the lists of New and Hot pages give a unique view into what is happening on the Internet.

(via Modern Times - Another Jan Nordgreen blog)

Posted on 9 June, 2004

More Thoughts On Web Hosting

Thanks for all of the hosting recommendations. Some of them won't work for me because of the limited storage or bandwidth. Currently, I use about 540-Mb of storage (I think I'd need 1,000-Mb). I've been averaging about 14-Gig per month in bandwidth, so I figure I'll need at least 20-Gig to allow for future growth. I don't need any email accounts.

Here are some hosting services that I've been looking at:

  • midPhase Services- $7.95 per month. What's the catch? They even offer a free service that will do all of the file transfers and setup for you.
  • InMotion Hosting - Another too-good-to-be-true $7.95 plan. Maybe they make it up in volume?
  • Startlogic.com - Their $14.95 per month plan looks good. And they're located in Phoenix.
  • 1&1 - Their $19.99 per month Linux plan might work. I think I remember some discussion of this company when Whole Wheat Radio was looking for a new host. I don't remember if it was positive or negative.
  • FutureQuest - I would need their $39.95 per month plan. It seems like overkill for my simple needs.

Toad's suggestion of converting this blog to a paper newspaper is sounding better all the time.

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Revisiting The Park Lady

Last week I posted a link to dbate's The Lady At the Park -- photos of a lady who spends her days at a park.

Now you can join in the fun, and post your thoughts on What Is The Park Lady Thinking?

Posted on 9 June, 2004

The Fastest Gun

Bob Munden claims to be the fastest gun who ever lived.

You know that old joke, "You want to see how fast I can draw? -- You want to see it again?" With Bob Munden it's no joke. If you blink your eyes, you will miss the draw. It is no wonder he demonstrates his ability in shows all over the world, and earns his living performing his exceptional gun act with his wife and partner Becky Munden, a champion in her own right.

(Thanks John Fleming)

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Create New Words

Here's a random word generator.

By analyzing the frequency of pairs of letters in 45,402 different words it is possible to generate new words which, although, don't have any meaning are reasonably syntactically correct.

Enter some characters to start the word, and it does the rest. For example, here are some new words that begin with jwalk:

  • jwalkant
  • jwalkinsite
  • jwalksouthly
  • jwalkated
  • jwalkswires
  • jwalkswame
  • jwalkieve
  • walkiritnessineeze
  • jwalkier
  • jwalkancere
  • jwalkies

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Making Tacos

Here's a site that provides detailed step-by-step instructions: How to make the best taco EVER.

It looked pretty promising until I saw the photo of an Ortega Taco Kit box.

(via List)

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Remote Control Jammer

The Remote Control Jammer does just what you would expect: it jams the TV remote control.

If your partner is always changing channels, don't throw a wobbly, simply reply 'of course you can love' - have we gone mad? No there's method in our madness.

The Remote Control Jammer is a tiny but ingenious gadget that will make sure the channel you want on stays on. It jams any infra red remote control - TV, video or stereo - and noone but you will be able to fix it. And because the jammer is so small, no one will even see you press it, so your secret stays safe.

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Morse Code

......-.. ..... .- .....-. -.....-- --..-...-..--.... -----.-..... -.-.----....-.-.- .---..-...- .-.-..-. -..... -.-..----..-- -.-..-....-.-.-.- .- -.....-------.--..-- .--.-.. --..- -..... -.-.----....-.-.-

-----.-..... -.-.----... --..-...-..-----.-.

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Lighted Shower

Our new house has a huge shower with "his and her" shower heads. This Shower Star might be kind of cool.

Water enters the shower head through the flow restrictor (1) then travels through the injector plate (2) which directs the water to the waterwheel (3). The water spins the magnetic waterwheel past the stator (4) of the field wincing (5). This hydroelectric generator develops the 2.5 volts at .31 amps which lights the PR-6 bulb.

In other words, the water pressure generates light!

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 9 June, 2004

Looking For A New Host

OK, enough is enough. Today I'll start looking for a new Web host for this blog. My current host has proven to me that they have no interest in supporting their customers.

Here's the deal. Monday evening something went wrong on the server. I have not been able to connect using FrontPage. I'm still able to post to this blog using the normal pMachine form (which I'm doing now), but I much prefer to use the custom VBA procedures that I developed for FrontPage.

I tried everything that's possible from my end (i.e., uninstalling and reinstalling the FrontPage extensions), with no luck.

Tuesday morning I submitted a support ticket. It's now Wednesday morning, and I still haven't gotten a response. They have no phone support, so I tried calling the sales number. The line was busy all day yesterday (phone off the hook?). This morning I finally got through, and the guy basically told me that there's nothing he could do for me.

Posted on 9 June, 2004