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3 August, 2004

DNS Problem With j-walk.com?

There seems to be a DNS problem with my other Web site, j-walk.com. Please try that link, and if you can't connect, do a tracert and post the result as a comment.

In the Windows command prompt window, type tracert j-walk.com and hit enter. Then copy/paste that info.

Thanks!

Posted on 3 August, 2004

Privacy Policies

Virtually every major Web site has a privacy policy. As it turns out, they are completely meaningless. Well, not completely meaningless. They do have some advantages for the vendor.

From Ed Foster's GripeLog: Privacy Policies As a One-Way Ticket.

All those upset about the recent court decision that said Northwest Airlines' privacy policy doesn't count, raise your hand. And, while your hand is up there, use it to slap yourself upside the head. What, you thought vendors' privacy policies gave you even a little bit of protection?

Posted on 3 August, 2004

Idiots On Unicycles

Lots of photos of mountain unicycling: Idiots on Unicycles.

Posted on 3 August, 2004

Composing Photos

Lots of good advice here: Guidelines For Better Photographic Composition.

Posted on 3 August, 2004

Roadsiders Diners

A blog devoted to roadside diners: Roadside Online. Oops, apparently, it's not a blog.

We noticed a huge spike in traffic last Thursday thanks to a mention at www.metafilter.com which called our humble site a "blog about diners." This marked the first time anyone labeled our site as a "blog."

So, please help us spread the word about this site. Tell everyone you know. Just don't call it a blog.

Mmmmm.... It's set up like a blog. It supports comments, just like a blog. Items are assigned to categores, just like a blog. And it even uses off-the-shelf blogging software. But it's not a blog.

Posted on 3 August, 2004

Mythical Geography

Illusions, Delusions, and Confusions - Mythical geography in antique maps.

Old maps are filled with inaccuracies--rivers running a wrong course, cities placed incorrectly, coastlines lacking bays, and mountains, lakes and islands missing completely. The mistakes in old maps are one of the primary aspects which makes them interesting to us, and much of the history of cartography is the history of the correction of these errors. One category of cartographic error consists of what are called �geographic myths.' These are geographic features that appear on the map but not on the earth; cities where none ever were, islands where there are but waves, lakes and rivers where there is dry land, and kingdoms of non-existent kings.

Posted on 3 August, 2004

Large Stupid Men

A t-shirt:

Maybe you can't recite the Gettysburg Address or differentiate a calculus equation. It doesn't matter. You can move stuff. Like big boxes, refrigerators, pianos.

Sure, a computer geek can make lots of money. But when he's got to move his office, he's going to come to you for help.

Posted on 3 August, 2004

Bush Items

A few items related to the President of these United States:

Posted on 3 August, 2004

About Comment Spam

Cameron Marlow describes a growing problem: Comment Spam Arms Race.

While cleaning up a few spam comments today, I noticed the next effort in the spamming arms race: encampment. The purpose of comment spam, as we all know, is to harvest PageRank from weblogs that have it and aren't paying attention. The problem with this strategy is that there is more than one contending force attempting to take over this blog ghetto. The more links that appear on a given post, the less each individual link is worth in Google's currency.

Instead of spreading links across thousands of pages, the new technique I've become aware of is to take a single weblog post, obviously deserted, and use comment spam on other sites to give support.

That is exactly the type of comment spam I've been receiving. And it's all done by online casinos.

Posted on 3 August, 2004

I, Pencil

My Family Tree as told to Leonard E. Read: I, Pencil.

I am a lead pencil-the ordinary wooden pencil familiar to all boys and girls and adults who can read and write.*

Writing is both my vocation and my avocation; that's all I do.

This was written in 1958, and I think it's still used in economics course.

Posted on 3 August, 2004

Language Equations

From rec-puzzles.org: Language Equations.

Here's an easy one:

26 = L. of the A.

This one's more difficult:

25 = Y. of M. for a S. A.

Posted on 3 August, 2004

Cutout Coins

These humorous cutout coins are created in fun.

They are Not Intended to cause Embarrassment, nor do they imply any negative connotations upon any of the people or countries.

Posted on 3 August, 2004

Beastly Garden

Animal-related words compiled by Melissa Kaplan: Beastly Garden of Wordy Delights.

For example, you'll learn that a bunch of baboons is called a rumpus, and the adjective that describes a mouse is murine,

Posted on 3 August, 2004