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19 August, 2004

Color Wheel

Another one of those color picker things: 4096 Color Wheel.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Christian Guide

Here's the Christian Guide to Small Arms.

The Christian's Guide to Small Arms was developed in response to the fact that most American Christians have fallen into ignorance concerning the responsibilities and skills required of the Christian freeman.

CGSA is not intended to be THE definitive source on this subject, but rather a primer for the Christian who is beginning to reject the false theology that requires him to be a pacifistic patsy in the face of heathen hordes.

(via If you don't have cable and your library card has expired)

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Music For Grownups

A music site that mentions artists that I've actually heard of: Music For Grownups.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Fatal Auto Collision Song

A half-decent idea submitted to Halfbakery: Fatal Auto Collision Song.

I've been concerned about this for some time. The scenario is this: I'm driving along, typically and compulsively twirling the radio dial searching for a song I like. Suddenly - Crash! Swerve! Boom! Smoking remains of the car and me...

My blood is rapidly emptying itself onto the side of the road. My vision is getting dark. This is it. Somehow the radio still works and my dying breaths are drawn while Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" takes me off to the hereafter. "Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl," etc., while my essence drifts away.

What an intolerable and undignified way to go! With Fatal Auto Collision Song, an audio device is wired into your car. When unsupportable body damage is done to the car, an override system goes into effect, canceling the currently chosen audio selection with the music you'd prefer to hear on your deathbed.

I discovered Halfbakery years ago, but I keep forgetting about it.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Magazine Art

Magazine cover art from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Magazines shaped our lives. They came into our homes and showed us how to dress, how to act, what to read, which way to vote, and how to think about ourselves, literature, science, art, and the rest of the world.

We've created this website because these magazine covers are difficult to find and study, even considering all the influence they had on us.

Shown here is an issue of Radio News from March, 1923.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

XP SP2 News

From The Spoof: Microsoft Has Serious Problems With XP SP2.

If your PC is set to automatically download Microsoft's enormous SP2 security patch to upgrade and repair the Windows XP operating system, prepare for the horrid ramifications. Office and home users may be surprised to learn that none of their programs will work and will have to replace them.

A spokesman for Microsoft, Chin Xu-Lin stated, "Any program ever written prior to this release will simply not work and that was our goal". "Backwards compatibility of our programs is a distant memory". "We even made sure current antivirus programs, including those made by McAfee and Symantec would be in conflict".

Posted on 19 August, 2004

A Walking Ad




A Tattoo of the name and/or logo of the winning bidder on the back of my head & a full wrap advertisement on my car, custom license plate and GPS Locator (to monitor the moving billboard and myself.)

Only one bid so far: $25,000. Reserve not met.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Training A Donkey

If you have a donkey (or if you're thinking of getting a donkey), you need to read this: Donkey Training: Part One.

Training a donkey is not difficult. They are intelligent and learn quickly once they understand what you want them to do. Donkeys communicate using body language and with a little practice you can learn what their different postures mean so you can talk to them with a human version of their donkey language.

(via Information Junk)

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Scary Movie Formula

Press Release: Mathematicians declare The Shining perfect scary movie.

How'd they come up with that decision? By using a formula:

(es+u+cs+t) squared +s+ (tl+f)/2 + (a+dr+fs)/n + sin x - 1

For example, es represents "escalating music," tl stands for "true life," and n is the number of people.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Cat Restaurant

News item: Restaurant for Cats Opens in New York.

Dressed in a tuxedo, Simba sat at the front of one of Manhattan's newest dining establishments and nodded at people who greeted him. Then he yawned, began to roll on the floor and lick his paws. That's acceptable behavior at the Meow Mix Cafe, a new eatery designed especially for cats and their human owners.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

A Good Place To Die

From Forbes: Best Places To Die.

The best place to die is Utah. The worst is Washington DC.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Russ Widstrand Photos

Photos by Russ Widstrand.

More recently, Russ has redirected his photography to a more introspective course. Rather than relying on external direction, he has begun an internal search to attempt to communicate the beauty and sorrow of the human spirit. He has chosen the pear as a symbolic metaphor through which he is able express himself. The works are photographed in his natural light studio on polaroid film, scanned and printed on archival paper. The works are created in a very spontaneous manner after long periods of gestation.

Here's one of the images from his pear series.

(Thanks John Beardsworth)

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Google Employees

From CNET: Google employees waiting for ship to dock.

Google employees may not have six- or seven-figure bank accounts yet, but a number of them are gearing up to play the part.

Secretaries to executives may soon find themselves holding a small fortune, after Google launches its long-awaited initial public offering. And although the vast majority of employees to executives will not be able to cash in their options until the lock-up expires 30 days and 90 days after the IPO, some are laying the groundwork for big-ticket items.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Pocket Chapel

What in heaven is a Pocket Chapel?

To put it simple. PocketChapel is a software altar for your Computer.

Create your own special christian altar on your Computer. Choose the looking and the furniture of your altar. Place flowers, holy objects and candles on your altar. Add your wishes to the altar candles. Use the altar to pray.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Steve Earle Interview

From the Onion A.V. Club: An interview with Steve Earle.

Since getting out of prison and cleaning up in 1994, Earle has begun to realize his early promise, in part by cultivating the same audience that enjoys Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, and Bruce Springsteen: roots-rock fans who like character-driven story-songs from committed artists. And Earle has salvaged some of his youthful rebellion, too, by becoming deeply involved with organizations that advocate abolishing the death penalty.

His activism made him a controversial figure in 2002, when his song "John Walker's Blues" (a sympathic song from the point of view of "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh) led to Earle's vilification on radio talk shows across the nation. With a new set of even angrier songs (titled The Revolution Starts Now) in stores Aug. 24, Earle spoke with The Onion A.V. Club about his history of taking stands.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Universal Remote From an iPod

This seems like a lot of work, but apparently you can turn your iPod into a universal infrared remote control.

(Thanks Ross)

Posted on 19 August, 2004

All-Canadian Guitar

Six String Nation - A journey through the musical soul of Canada.

We are building a guitar using pieces of wood, bone, steel, shell and stone from every province and territory of Canada - each piece with its own story to tell.

Justin Trudeau has donated one of his father Pierre's canoe paddles, and Senator Wilfred Moore has provided material from the hull of the Bluenose II. In addition, we have wood from Canada's first church - St. John's Anglican in Lunenberg NS (which burned down in 2001) and a section from the longest covered bridge in New Brunswick.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Name Their Baby

Four days remain in the Name Our Baby contest.

Enter as many suggestions as you want. Nominations will be open for another 4 days, at which point we'll decide on our top 5 favorite names. Be sure to come back on or after September 1, 2004 to vote on which name wins out!!!

So far, the top five names submitted are: Nathan (Nate), Jackson, Benjamin, Roman, and (my favorite) Gary Coleman.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Tessellating Alphabet

Scott Kim's Tessellating Alphabet.

Each letter fits together with copies of itself to tile the plane.

Shown here is the letter J, tiled.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Diet Coke Floats

A short movie that demonstrates an important finding: Diet Coke floats, Classic Coke sinks.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Units Of Measurement

Here's a dictionary of Units of Measurement.

Each unit's definition includes conversion factors you can use to convert that unit into other units measuring the same concept. In the case of the traditional units, remember that in many cases the "precise" definition for an older unit (such as the league or the hogshead) was not established until the nineteenth century. It's not wise to rely too much on these definitions when reading older works. Also, many units which have precise meanings now, such as the barrel and the gallon, formerly had a variety of special meanings when applied to particular commodities; there isn't space in the dictionary for all these meanings.

In related news, it seems that there is a lot of confusion about converting meters to inches. See Our Friend, the Meter.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

Origami By Robert J. Lang

Robert J. Lang can fold some paper.

Robert J. Lang has been an avid student of origami for over thirty years and is now recognized as one of the world's leading masters of the art, with over 400 designs catalogued and diagrammed. He is noted for designs of great detail and realism, and includes in his repertoire some of the most complex origami designs ever created.

Posted on 19 August, 2004

The End Of BugMeNot?

I've mentioned BugMeNot several times. It's a handy service that provides usernames and passwords for news sites that require registration.

Now it seems to be gone. Too bad.

Posted on 19 August, 2004