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17 June, 2004

Five-Minute BBQ

Phillip Cairns and Jenny have a cook-out -- A Really Fast Barbeque. And, thanks to the wonderful world of time-lapse photography, you can watch it all in five minutes.

We made sheeshkobobs with shrimp, tofu (I'm not a fan, but anyway), Portobelo mushrooms, two big plumb tomatoes, green and yellow peppers, onions, etc. We ate it all with brown rice and red wine and had strawberry-rhubarb pie for dessert. We video taped the whole thing (cooking the food and then eating the food) from two stationary camera positions.

Excellent work!

Posted on 17 June, 2004


A new search service called Blinkx.

blinkx changes the way you find and access all kinds of information, from anywhere in the world, without having to search endlessly. blinkx rapidly links you with the information you need from the web, from online news sources and files on your own PC.

And you have to do nothing! Whenever you browse a website, read a news story, check your e-mail or write a document, blinkx automatically delivers suggestions from the Web, news or your local files; which you can view by simply clicking the links or rolling over to get a summary of the information found.

This looks very promising.

I had to fire up Internet Explorer in order to try it. It doesn't seem to work using Mozilla Firebird.

(via Gigaom)

Posted on 17 June, 2004

A Hyperlink Experiment

I wasted the past 30 minutes doing this.

It's a list of hyperlinks to all items that I've posted to this blog so far in June. The size of the text is proportional to the number of times visitors have accessed the comments for the item. Larger text means that more people read the comments for the item.

Inspired by this page at Everything Burns.

Posted on 17 June, 2004

Waiter Jokes

71 Waiter Jokes. All of them bad. Like these:

Waiter, there's a twig in my soup.
Yes, sir, we've got branches everywhere.

Waiter, bring me tea without milk.
We haven't any milk, sir. How about tea without cream?

Customer: I'll have some lamb chops and make them lean.
Waiter: Forward or backward, sir?

Waiter, there's a fly in my soup.
Couldn't be, sir. The cook used them all in the raisin bread.

Posted on 17 June, 2004

A Personal Beverage Vendor

The Skybox by Maytag is a personal beverage vendor. From the FAQ:

The SkyBox vending machine brings the niftiness of punching a vending machine directly into your family room. And you don't need to cram in dollar bills to make it work. As each new sports season begins, you can change out the front and side panels with a new sports team of your choice.

The front and side panels of the SkyBox unit can be customized with sports panels featuring the NFL, NASCAR driver, college, NHL, MLB and other sports logos. Soon you'll also be able to outfit your SkyBox Vendor with personal family photographs or art.

It costs about $500, and each sports panel is $39.

Posted on 17 June, 2004

Rolleiflex Digital Camera

A new digital camera with a retro look and feel: Rolleiflex MiniDigi.

In its design and many of its features, the Rolleiflex MiniDigi follows the Rolleiflex 2.8F with high exactitude. The two lenses, one above the other. The logo mark. The crank lever. The exposure meter. The shutter release. The carrying strap. All are miniaturized versions of the renowned original

Posted on 17 June, 2004

George W. Speeches

Download hundreds of sound bites of our president: The George W. Bush Public Domain Audio Archive.

The George W Bush Public Domain Audio Archive is a public domain database of the speeches of George W. Bush. Every phrase from each major speech has been made into an individual audio file, where the filename is, in most cases, the exact text content of the sample. This allows you to search the entire database for individual keywords.

There's also a Bush Raps Remix Contest.

(via Information Junk)

Posted on 17 June, 2004

Passion Of The Christ

Landover Baptist Studios presents: The Passion of The Christ Part Two. You can view the movie trailer online.

Posted on 17 June, 2004

The Pope Blog

The Pope Blog is about the pope. It is not written by the pope.

Unfortunately, it's dead serious and agonizingly boring. I would much prefer to read a parody blog written by the pope.

Posted on 17 June, 2004


Welcome to the ISM -- The Institution of Silly and Meaningless Sayings. It has a database of isms. What is an ism?

In a busy workplace, during an important phone call, when you're not quite sure of your ground or when you're simply trying to sound knowledgeable, sometimes the words that come out of your mouth can make you sound like a complete idiot - generally to the amusement of your colleagues who are listening in. Members of the ISMS always listen in, that's how we get most of our isms.

Here are a few random isms:

  • At the end of the day, I come to work in the morning and go home at night!
  • I won't be shoe-horned into a cul-de-sac!
  • We all have closets in our cupboard
  • Could you please be more pacific?

Posted on 17 June, 2004

The Green Hummer Project

They built the perfect SUV at the Green Hummer Project.

Our SUV is healthy, friendly, non-polluting, simple, inexpensive, fun, and socially responsible.

There are no black tinted windows to hide us from view. No air conditioning to further isolate us from the outside. No gas tank to fill and fill and fill. No greenhouse gasses pouring from the exhaust pipe. No frustration, no yelling, no honking, no road rage. No clocks to set, no alarm to annoy, no menus to scroll through. No video game system, dvd player, or GPS system. No "we own the road", "get out of our way", "don't slow us down" mentality.

Posted on 17 June, 2004

Becoming An FDA Inspector

At the FDA's site, a reprint of an article published in 1914: How to Become a United States Food and Drug Inspector.

Among the numerous and unusual advantages offered, may be mentioned the following: A big initial salary with fine prospects for promotion; liberal expenses while traveling; exceptional opportunities for extensive traveling; frequent and intimate contact, both professional and social, with successful men of recognized standing in the commercial, scientific and legal spheres particularly, such as presidents and other officers of corporations, leading manufacturers, U. S. District Attorneys, judges, noted scientific experts, etc.

What kinds of things do they do?

Some of the incidental but necessary tasks of Federal Inspectors are as follows: Hunting up boxes and other shipping containers, excelsior, nails, hammer, marking crayon and other promiscuous paraphernalia necessary for the proper packing and shipping of samples; carrying samples from the dealer's place to the express or post office; photographing labels on containers having food products of questionable wholesomeness; tracing labels on the cover of a barrel; typewriting letters; breaking into freight cars to get a sample of the contents; disguising as a laborer or "hobo" so as to facilitate the getting of employment in an establishment suspected of doing "dirty work," as in the case of the horse-meat sausage factory.

Posted on 17 June, 2004