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21 June, 2004

Petco Park Garbage Analysis

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: Ballclub wants to reduce what it sends to landfill.

Half-eaten hot dogs, spilled popcorn, miscellaneous plastic items - students studying environmental engineering at San Diego State University found all that and more when they waded through 8 tons of trash from a Padres game last month.

Now the city of San Diego's recycling gurus are using results of Petco Park's first waste analysis to spur the ballclub into doing a better job limiting the amount of garbage it sends to the dump.

The most amazing statistic: 6.42% of the garbage was peanut shells. I can't believe that number.

Posted on 21 June, 2004

Ripley's Blog

I've heard about Ripley's Blog, but I didn't visit it until today. I can't say that I understand it all, but it's fun to browse through the comments.

Posted on 21 June, 2004

Blank Pages

A Google search for this page intentionally left blank yields 72,100 hits. I think the TPILB Project is responsible for some of them.

Posted on 21 June, 2004

The Great MP3 Caper

Here's a silent film (Flash) by the Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Great MP3 Caper.

Posted on 21 June, 2004

Deadly Cards

David Maduram has excerpts from an out-of-print book called Cards As Weapons.

Shown here is the Lethal Four-Card Fist.

To fire, bring the right arm across the body and then extend it forward, releasing all four cards at once. The cards will spread slightly on release; the top card goes to the left, the bottom card to the right The two center cards will travel the furthest. With practice, one can strike four individuals simultaneously. This technique is particularly useful in gang warfare and most effective when the user can throw with both hands. A skilled helper is required to load cards between the empty fingers of the person throwing. In this way two men can hold off a small army of foes.

Rumor has it that the airports will soon begin screening for decks of cards.

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 21 June, 2004

ATI Music Video

This 45-Meg video at ATI's site is one of the coolest things I've seen. Turn up the volume and check out ATI-9700 Animusic Movie.

(via Metafilter)

Update: Jeroen pointed out to me that this is from an Animusic DVD. I just ordered a copy.

Posted on 21 June, 2004

April's Parents

April Winchell reminisces about her childhood and Lucille Ball: Mom vs. Lucy: Clash of the Titans.

Lucy hated my mother almost immediately, and my mother returned the favor. This was hard on my father, since Lucy was giving him great guest shots, sometimes without the dummies.

Dummies? Yep, her father is Paul Winchell -- ventriloquist, actor, voice-over artist, acupuncturist, hypnotist, and inventor. Besides inventing an artificial heart, Paul Winchell's other inventions include:

...the flameless cigarette lighter, illuminated pen- ballpoint (behind cartridge), the freezer interrupt indicator (which allowed people to see if their food had gone bad when their electricity was interrupted), battery heated gloves, a battery lighted key case, a portable blood plasma defroster, a sectional garment for hypothermia, a piezo-electric diaphragm, an aluminum electrical generator, novelty phonograph records, novelty upside down mask and mirror, a reversible alphabet that could be seen normally when shown in a mirror, rubber sand that allowed for the sturdy attachment of pictures to frames, an invisible garter belt and a retractable fountain pen.

(Thanks John Weeks)

Posted on 21 June, 2004

Indoor Water Fountains

This site has a huge selection of Indoor Water Fountains. I like the one called Blues in the Night.

Whenever I finish these wall fountains, my wife wanders by and comments on...well...all kinds of the symbolism in it. I tell her to go away and leave me alone. We're into music, but we're also into other things that...go bump in the night. If you want to see naughty symbolism in these wall fountains, go ahead. But I swear it wasn't intended. ...I don't think it was intended. Oh well. If you have a significant other who's a musician, or really likes music, particularly blues or jazz, this is a really neat addition...blues water fountains.

Posted on 21 June, 2004

That's A Big Truck

From New Scientist: Build it big.

Well, empty it weighs in at 224 tons (203 tonnes), it's 24 foot 3 inches (7.4 metres) tall over the canopy, 47 feet 6 inches (14.5 metres) long with a wheelbase of 21 foot 6 inches (6.6 metres). And it can carry loads of 400 tons (365 tonnes). So that's an overall weight when loaded of 624 tons (568 tonnes).

In the photo, notice the man standing next to the wheel.

More information is available at Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends.

(via Gizmodo)

Posted on 21 June, 2004

Eurobad

Welcome to Eurobad '74...

...an exhibition of Europe's worst interiors of 1974.

(via The Cartoonist)

Posted on 21 June, 2004

26 More Ways

Paul Simon sang about 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover. Here are 26 More Ways To Leave Your Lover.

A few examples:

  • Throw a toaster in the tub, Bub.
  • Stop taking your Paxil, Axl.
  • Tell her about her odor, Fyodor.
  • Dump her on "Springer," Klinger.
  • Dress like a girl, Merle.
  • Say she looks fat in those pants, Lance.

Posted on 21 June, 2004

Philosophical Movies

Here's a site that lists movies by philosophical theme.

Need a movie that illustrates a philosophical point for your philosophy class? Interested in learning about philosophy by watching what Hollywood has to offer? I have a list of movies here by theme. While there are some lists out there (ANU has a database, e.g.), I've tried to make mine very specific and fairly easy for first year undergraduate students to watch and understand.

Posted on 21 June, 2004

Baby Formula Tasting

Some people go to wine tastings, others take the Baby Formula Taste Test.

What does baby formula taste like? Do the major brands taste different from another? What are you feeding that kid? In the interests of science, and because we felt vaguely uncomfortable feeding this nasty-smelling concoction to our precious little angel, I decided to sample the major three brands of formula. Here is my report. You're welcome.

(via Waxy.org)

Posted on 21 June, 2004

Stranded At The Airport

This would make a good movie. From Snopes: A man has been living at a Paris airport since 1988.

What follows is one representative newspaper account of the strange story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, a man without country, trapped by his lack of papers in Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, since 26 August 1988

Posted on 21 June, 2004

3D Penguins

Get out your red-blue glasses, and view Antarctic Penguins in 3D.

Posted on 21 June, 2004

Play Tubular Bells

This is called a game, but I don't understand the rules: Tubular Bells III. Turn on the background music and play the tubular bells.

Posted on 21 June, 2004