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27 July, 2004

How To Make A Zombie Cake

Save this recipe for Halloween: Zombie Cake.

Posted on 27 July, 2004

The Answer Bag

Got a question? Ask the Answer Bag.

Answerbag is a universal, user-generated collection of frequently-asked questions. It is built and moderated by you, our users.

So far, there is no answer to "How do you grow dreadlocks?" But there is an answer to "How do people with dreadlocks wash their hair?"

Posted on 27 July, 2004

MSNBC Newsbot

A competitor for Google News: MSNBC Newsbot.

Our newsbot is an automated test scan of the Net's most current headlines and is designed to enhance the breadth of MSNBC.com. Your feedback is welcome.

Posted on 27 July, 2004

Lighted Frets

Two guitar teaching systems that use a lighted fretboard:

I played an Optek (shown here) many years ago. I wasn't impressed with the quality of the guitar, and some of the LEDs didn't work. Maybe it was just a dud.

Posted on 27 July, 2004

Arizona Photos

We're now pretty much settled into the new house. I don't think we'll ever get tired of watching the wildlife and the weather.

A few days ago, this deer sauntered by a neighboring house.

Last night, rainbows were popping up everywhere. This one appeared over a neighbor's house at sunset. After dark, the first monsoon hit. I haven't seen that much rain in a long time.

Posted on 27 July, 2004

A Record-Setting Day

Yesterday, the number of visitors to this blog set an all-time record: 9,341 unique visitors.

The vast majority of newcomers are getting here via my platform jumping page. That page has become very popular. The animated GIF (which I simply tiled on the page) was done by magigale, and he has more good stuff here.

Posted on 27 July, 2004

MVP Blogs

Here's a list of blogs that are written by Microsoft MVPs. The list is categorized by product specialty. But, oddly, there is no category for Excel.

Posted on 27 July, 2004

Coffee Mug Heaven

Tom McMahon might like this one: Coffee Mug Heaven. Scroll down to see the list of categories.

This site is a tribute (not a store) to our trusted friend, the coffee mug. It does not judge us, it simply serves us our daily coffee. Coffee Mug Heaven's mission is to serve the global internet community as the best site to see and find interesting and unique coffee mugs.

Shown here is the mug used by Clark Kent.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 27 July, 2004

Photos By Mark Tucker

Check out these incredible photos by Mark Tucker, who specializes in advertising photography.

Posted on 27 July, 2004

3D Sound

I'm a sucker for surround sound, so I found this article from CNET to be pretty interesting: MP3 creator returns with 3D sound.

One of the inventors of the MP3 format is back with a new technology that he hopes will revolutionize audio, creating superrealistic sound for theaters, theme parks and eventually even living rooms.

He and his team are touting their new product as true "three dimensional" audio, which can give the impression of, for example, a horse galloping through the center aisle of a movie theater, or pinpoint a noise so that it sounds exactly like a person shouting from outside theater walls. The best existing surround sound speakers can approximate this only for a small "sweet spot," perhaps a few feet wide, while the Iosono system would create the same realistic illusion for everyone in the room.

Update: This is also covered at Wired.

Posted on 27 July, 2004

Pudding Fest

Photos from the Pudding Fest (whatever that is). It's kind of like mud wrestling, but they use pudding instead of mud.

Posted on 27 July, 2004

Dead Malls

A site devoted to a certain type of shopping mall: Dead Malls. A dead mall is defined as:

A mall with a high vacancy rate, low consumer traffic level, or is dated or deteriorating in some manner.

Posted on 27 July, 2004

Big Arms

Who has the biggest arms in the world? Maybe it's Gregg Valentino.

Hi and welcome to GreggValentino.net the all-new home of Gregg Valentino proud owner of the largest arms in the world!! Gregg has a column in Muscular Development Magazine called the Ramblin Freak. You may also have seen him on TV shows and in the media such as Ripley's Believe it or Not, the National Enquirer, FHM magazine, the Carson Daly Show, Simon Cowel's TV show Cupid, ESPN and MSG.

Posted on 27 July, 2004

This Song Ain't Your Song

You may have seen the most excellent parody of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land." According to CNN, the music publisher that owns the rights to that song is suing.

"This puts a completely different spin on the song," said Kathryn Ostien, director of copyright licensing for the publisher. "The damage to the song is huge."

Here's where it gets interesting. According to the EFF, Woody Guthrie once used the following as his standard copyright notice:

"This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do."

Posted on 27 July, 2004