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23 August, 2004

Books For Soldiers

Here's the U.S. Army Chief of Staff's Professional Reading List.

The Professional Reading List is a way for leaders at all levels to increase their understanding of our Army's history, the global strategic context, and the enduring lessons of war.

Sadly, Excel 2003 Bible is not on the list.

(via Linkfilter)

Posted on 23 August, 2004

The Good Old Days

Mike Ricciuti writes: Stumbling over SP2.

People have Bill Gates all wrong. He doesn't want to rule the world (or at least the computerized portion of it). And although he may secretly hope that all Linux source code spontaneously combusts, that isn't his biggest wish.

No, the man just wants a return to the old days. Think back to the early 1990s, when Microsoft would introduce a new version of, say, Excel. The only things that mattered were what kinds of charts people could draw and how many formulas they could embed in spreadsheets. Customers--lots of them--willingly shelled out $300 or $400 a copy for the new software. The notion of security was left to the folks in uniform who kept reporters like me away from the customer briefing rooms, where good food and strong drinks were served.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Dumb Woodpecker

We've been hearing an unusual sound in the house for the past few mornings. Kind of a vibrating/rattling sound. We had no idea what it was.

This morning I spotted a woodpecker on the roof, sitting on top of a metal furnace vent. He was pecking away at the vent as if it were a tree. The sound was echoing down the nearby chimney and became amplified inside of the house.

Mystery solved.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Rhetorical Devices

Here's a Handbook of Rhetorical Devices.

This book contains definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices, all of which can still be useful today to improve the effectiveness, clarity, and enjoyment of your writing.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Guitar Rig Database

The GuitarGeek site has a database of guitar rigs used by famous guitar players.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Women And Dogs

Photos that depict Women and Dogs.

Hello and welcome to my little corner of the world wide web. This page isn't about me so much, it's more about my hobby. I collect second-hand photographs of women and dogs. That's right, both women and dogs together.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Biscuits And Gravy

American Folk presents Biscuits and Gravy: Cowboys, cowgirls, cowboy poetry, vittles and more.

America's only newsletter devoted to the fine frontier tradition of Biscuits & Gravy serves up reviews of the best and gadawful worst B&G found in America.

For those who like to cut to the chase, you can go directly to Chuck Green's recipe for Drinking Man's Biscuits and Gravy.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Classic Car Paintings

Robby Dohmen's paintings of old cars: Rust Never Sleeps.

With my art, I want to hold on to a piece of automobile culture. My paintings are based on photographs of old cars. I create realistic but nostalgic pictures of old cars and their final resting-places. I try to capture that feeling known to all lovers of classic cars, when in their travels through the world they come across beautiful old cars that have been dumped and forgotten.

(via Tom McMahon)

Posted on 23 August, 2004


A fan site for Shemp Howard: The Shemp Company.

(via The Lalo Show)

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Software Copy Protection

From Ed Foster's Gripe Log: New Frontiers in Frustration.

Are software publishers bound and determined to test the limits of customer frustration over copy protection? You'd think so, because every week seems to bring reader reports of yet another company that's found yet another way to treat its customers like outlaws.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

TV Guide Cover Statistics

Jim Ellwanger has compiled some TV Guide Cover Statistics. For each year, he counts the number of covers devoted to each TV network.

I can think of worse ways to spend your time. Well, maybe not...

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Magnet Man

No doubt about it, this guy is attractive: Baffled by 'pull' of farmer.

Farmer Tan Kok Thai has found instant fame in Tanjung Rambutan with a body that can attract rocks, metal, plastic and rubber items, pieces of wood and even bananas.

He has left people in the town completely amazed by his mind-boggling feats - spectators often find it hard to believe their eyes when they see a hefty piece of rock sticking to Tan's chest. The 66-year-old has even demonstrated the ability to lift two bicycles tied to a chopper attached to his body.

(via The Museum of Hoaxes)

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Clear Channel

From Rolling Stone: Inside Clear Channel

How the company's domination has made the airwaves blander and tickets pricier.

For Clear Channel, nothing is sacred.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

China's Hairboy

From MSNBC: China's 'hairboy" aspires to be a rock star.

He is an aspiring rock star, but Yu Zhenhuan's claim to fame for now is that he is the hairiest man in all of China.

Hair covers 96 percent of Yu's body. He may be surpassed only by a pair of Mexican brothers - Victor "Larry" and Gabriel "Danny" Ramos Gomez - listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having 98 percent hair cover.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Software Design Manifesto

Mitch Kapor's 1990 Software Design Manifesto.

There is a paradox of success in the PC industry. The revolution is over. The PC revolution has succeeded. There is great success in terms of the acceptance of PC's and even its growing, dominance of entire computer industry. But at the daily experience of using computers is still fraught with difficulty, pain, and barriers for most people.

Fourteen years later, nothing has changed.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Famous Vegetarians

From the International Vegetarian Union: An extensive list of famous vegetarians. It may or may not be accurate:

This list is presented in good faith - we cannot guarantee that any of these people still are, or ever were vegetarian.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

2004 Election Guide

The Onion's 2004 Election Guide.


Posted on 23 August, 2004

The Source Hot Sauce

I saw this on the Food Network yesterday: The Source Hot Sauce.

Worlds Hottest Sauce Registered at 7.1 Million Scoville Units.

What's a Scoville Unit?

Working as a chemist for Parke Davis, the pharmaceutical company, Wilbur Scoville set out to develop a unit of measure for the heat in chile peppers.

The test he came up with is a dilution taste test where ground chile peppers are diluted with a sugar-water solution and tasted. The level at which there is no longer a burning sensation is then determined. So, the amount of water needed to dilute the pepper determines where that pepper will fall on the scale.

In other words, if you have one ounce of The Source (which costs $79), it would have to mixed with 7.1 million ounces of sugar water before the heat could no longer be detected. That's about 111,000 gallons of sugar water.

Actually The Source is not a hot sauce at all. It's a food additive. It is most definitely not intended to be put directly on your food.

And speaking of hot sauce, here's one for the lawyers: Judicial Flavors. They make products with names like Shyster Sauce, Bailiff Brutality, and Lawyer's Breath.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Banner Ad Collection

From Wired: A Site for Banner Ad Freaks.

Tari Akpodiete has what might be called a mildly unnatural preoccupation with banner ads. For the last couple of years, she's been copying just about every one she's come across onto a website, and in the process has built what she believes is the largest collection of such ads in the world.

You can view them here.

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Butt Paste

If you're shopping for butt paste, you'll want to check out Boudreaux's Butt Paste.

"It's not just for diaper rash anymore."

They claim that this stuff is also good for Abrasions, Acne. Chafed Skin, Chapped Lips, Feminine Irritation, Fever Blisters, Heat Rashes, Hemorrhoids, Incontinent Rashes, Jock Itch, Minor Burns, Oral Lesions, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Psoriasis, Razor Burn, Rectal Itching, and Shingles.

(via Scripting News -- of all places)

Posted on 23 August, 2004

Kerry's Record

From Humor Is Dead: Love Boat Veterans Attack Kerry's Love Record.

A new book has hit the stores today, causing a veritable partisan firestorm among the various political factions, especially among the Nick at Night constituency. A new group calling itself Love Boat Veterans Against John Kerry has begun an all-out attack, claiming that Kerry's Love Boat service, which only lasted 1 1/2 episodes, has been grossly misrepresented by the Kerry campaign.

Several crew members, along with Charo, a special guest on an episode in question, claim that Kerry did not find love aboard the ship at all. In fact, he was described as "surly", "boring", and as one anonymous source said "a loose cannon."

Posted on 23 August, 2004