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29 July, 2004

Nothing And Something

Visit nothing.com, and you get a quote from Charles S. Peirce:

We start, then, with nothing, pure zero. But this is not the nothing of negation. For not means other than, and other is merely a synonym of the ordinal numeral second. As such it implies a first; while the present pure zero is prior to every first. The nothing of negation is the nothing of death, which comes second to, or after, everything. But this pure zero is the nothing of not having been born. There is no individual thing, no compulsion, outward nor inward, no law. It is the germinal nothing, in which the whole universe is involved or foreshadowed. As such, it is absolutely undefined and unlimited possibility -- boundless possibility. There is no compulsion and no law. It is boundless freedom.

Visit something.com, and you get:

Something.

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Not A Sales Call

Phone rings...

Me: Hello, this is John.

(silence)

Me: Hello?

Voice: Is this John Walkenbach

Me: Yes it is.

Voice: This is [somebody] from Qwest.

Me: Is this a sales call?

Voice: No, I'd like to tell you about some new service options.

Me: Are these options free?

Voice: Well, no. Let me explain...

Me: So this isn't a sales call?

Voice: One of our newest...

Me: Put me on your do not call list and never call me again.

I'd call it verbal spam. But at least it wasn't a sales call.

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Cactus Recipes

Quite a few cactus recipes that use prickly pear.

All opuntia species are edible (non-toxic) but some species are easier to use than others. Two parts of the plant are edible, the pads (nopalitos) and the pear (tuna). The pads are vegetable and the pear is fruit.

Posted on 29 July, 2004

The Skin Bag

SkinBag: Products made from (presumably) fake human skin.

At last an epidermic, polysemic accessory, a successful alchemy between captivating & repulsive for a less accommodating yet terribly efficient fashion. Its skin-like appearance and its feel provides an enticing and reaction provoking object.

(via Waxy.org)

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Nissan Vs. Nissan

Go to nissan.com, and you'd probably expect to see a site about cars. But you don't.

Uzi Nissan, of Nissan Computer Corp (not the automobile company), describes an interesting law suit.

Nissan Motor is suing Nissan Computer for Trademark Infringement, Trademark Dilution and Cyber Squatting seeking 10 Million Dollars in damages.

The site hasn't been update in over a year. I wonder what's been going on with this?

He also provides a list of other trademark owners that don't own the dot-com domain.

(Thanks Steve Thorn)

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Products From GenieCorp

Check out the innovative products from GenieCorp. It's all done with gene splicing (or something like that).

Shown here is the AlarmCock. It's a genetically altered rooster that contains only the parts necessary to wake you up.

(via Cynical-C Blog)

Posted on 29 July, 2004

ClamperPod

Now here's a useful tripod alternative: ClamperPod.

Made of heavy-duty die cast aluminum alloy, the ClamperPod mini tripod is strong enough to hold even the heaviest cameras, but weighs only 2 ounces.

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Mispronounced Words

A list of the 100 most mispronounced English words.

Now that Dr. Language has provided a one-stop cure for the plague of misspelling, here are the 100 words most often mispronounced English words ("mispronunciation" among them). There are spelling rules in English even if they are difficult to understand, so pronouncing a word correctly usually does help you spell it correctly. Several common errors are the result of rapid speech, so take your time speaking, correctly enunciating each word. Careful speech and avid reading are the best guides to correct spelling.

And yes, the list does include nuclear.

The British and Australians find the American repetition of the [u] between the [k] and [l] quaintly amusing. Good reason to get it right.

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Bird Egg Gallery

A photo gallery of bird eggs.

All birds lay eggs. These exhibit a great diversity of shape, colour and patterns. Despite their fragility, the calcium carbonate shells provide protection and a self-enclosed environment for the developing chicks.

You may recognize the egg shown here. It was laid by a Dusky Moorhen.

(via Metafilter)

Posted on 29 July, 2004

The Leaning Tower

Tower's Gallery -- an online photographic archive of the leaning tower of Pisa.

(via Penny Dreadful)

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Peeps Flag

The Peeps Spangled Banner.

It's a flag made of Peeps candy. Check out his gallery for more Peeps art.

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Steve Jobs' Beard

Sometimes Steve Jobs sports a beard. Other times he doesn't. Details at The State of the Beard of Jobs.

The Beard O' Jobs is not about Steve Jobs. It does not support or worship Steve Jobs. It is about the state of the Beard of Steve Jobs, past, present, and future.Nothing more. By the way, his wife makes him shave it.

Unfortunately, most of the photo links are broken.

(via Off On A Tangent)

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Sharon And Jeff's Pool

Sharon and Jeff had a pool built, and they took photographs at every phase. Lot of photographs. Forty pages of photographs. Whoever they used sure did a nice job. It looks great.

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Find Sex Offenders By Zip Code

I used Public Data to find out that there are three sex offenders living in my zip code.

PublicData.com is providing one-click search of sex offender databases in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming for FREE!

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Photo Manipulation By Drudge

This is interesting. It seems that Matt Drudge took one of Tom Tomorrow's photos, changed it a bit, and then published it on the Drudge Report.

So basically, rather than just give a leftie cartoonist a small photo credit, he steals the picture and goes to the trouble of changing a red traffic light to green, flopping the image and altering traffic signs, all presumably in a clumsy attempt to give himself some sort of imagined plausible deniability.

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Plumber's Truck

Here's a very creative paint job on a plumber's truck.

(via Attu Sees All)

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Shifting Gears

An extensive list of songs that change key: The Truck Driver's Gear Change Hall of Shame.

Many writers and arrangers feel that when their song is in risk of getting a bit tired, it can be given a fresh lease of life by shifting the whole song up a key, usually in between choruses, towards the beginning of a "repeat-till-fade" section. You may have heard this technique informally referred to as "modulation", but the correct ethnomusicological term for the phenomenon is the truck driver's gear change. This reflects the utterly predictable and laboured nature of the transition, evoking a tired and over-worked trucker ramming the gearstick into the new position with his - or, to be fair, her - fist.

Contrary to what many people seem to think, the truck driver's gear change is in no way inventive, interesting or acceptable: it is in fact an utterly appalling and unimaginative admission that you've run out of inspiration and the song should have ended one minute ago; but you're under pressure to make something which can be stretched out to the length of a single.

Call me old-fashioned, but I kind of like key changes.

(via Steel White Table)

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Taliban Singles

A dating service: Taliban Singles Online.

"Before I found this site my love was limited to the beasts of the field, but now I have found many women to subjugate and brutalize. Nice job."

Posted on 29 July, 2004

Phake Emails

From MSNBC: Consumers still falling for phish.

Nearly one out of three Internet users was unable to tell the difference between fraudulent e-mails designed to steal their identities and legitimate corporate e-mail, a new study finds.

Yet another reason why people should be licensed in order to use the Internet.

Posted on 29 July, 2004