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6 September, 2004

Paperclip For Sale

I think the U.S. Government must be bidding on this eBay auction: Brand new, unused paper clip. The current bid is $107.50.

Well, I will admit. It's a nice looking paperclip. But I wouldn't pay more than $95 for it.

Posted on 6 September, 2004

John Beardsworth Photography

Earlier today, I posted a link to some photos of Antelope Canyon. I've since learned that John Beardsworth (a regular reader here) is planning to visit the area in a few weeks. It's part of a 2-3 week trip through Arizona.

I've linked to John's site a few times in the past, and it's always worth another visit: John Beardsworth Photography. He also has a blog, and he's written a book that will be available in a few months: Step-by-Step Black & White Photography.

Even more incredible is the fact that he's an Excel guy. He says...

Excel is the program I know better than any other. I've 10 years' experience in all types of work from corporate modelling to advanced VBA programming and add in development. I've even been known to program Photoshop from Excel. Sad case? I'm almost as strong in Access, and Visual Studio.

Even though he wears a coat and tie in his "official" photo, I'm considering making the eight hour drive to meet up with him in Page, AZ. But I probably won't be able to make it (after all, there is a PUP v6 upgrade due by the end of the year). However, I've extended an invitation to John to visit us in Tucson for some BBQ ribs and javelina watching. I truly hope that he can fit it into his schedule.

Posted on 6 September, 2004

Ericofon Collection

A collection of Ericofons.

The Ericofon, made by the L M Ericsson Company of Sweden, is perhaps one of the biggest steps forward in telephone design. World War II had produced a number of new materials. From Plastics to lightweight ferromagnetic materials, the door was opened for a new era in telephone development.

In the late 1940s, Ericsson put together a design team, headed up by H G (Gosta) Thames, to come up with a new design for the telephone. The main purpose was to make the phone small, lightweight, and easy to use. After several prototypes, a design was settled upon and that one that went into production for the next 2 decades.

How come I've never heard of these?

The Ericofon was produced for the European and Australian markets, with home use sales starting in 1956. Ericsson was unable to penetrate the American market with any success because of Bell Telephone's monopoly stranglehold on the telecommunications market. They absolutely refused to have these "foreign phones" go into use on their circuits. A lot of hype and propaganda concerning fears of damage to the system and such were used.

Posted on 6 September, 2004

Desparate Yankees

Sports news: Yankees ask for forfeit as Devil Rays fail to arrive on time.

The New York Yankees asked the commissioner's office to award them a forfeit over Tampa Bay after the Devil Rays failed to arrive in time for the scheduled start Monday because of travel problems in Florida due to Hurricane Frances.

Even more amazing, commissioner Bud Selig actually said something that makes sense:

"Given the stage of the season we are in, and the exciting pennant races, it is critical that we do everything to decide the championship on the field,"

Posted on 6 September, 2004

Company Ratings

From Planet Feedback: The ten best-rated and worst-rated companies.

I have no idea how valid these ratings are. But, Interestingly, five of the ten worst-rated companies are telephone companies. That makes perfect sense.

Posted on 6 September, 2004

Where Is This Fountain?

Someone sent me this photo, with no identifying information. Does anybody know where this is? Or is it a fake photo?

Posted on 6 September, 2004

Mobile Phone Antennas

How to make ugly things more beautiful: Mobile Phone Masts Go Undercover.

European companies are finding ingenious ways to disguise ugly, but necessary, mobile phone antenna masts. Customers can pick everything from trees to crucifixes.

(via Engadget)

Posted on 6 September, 2004

Time Travel Technology

There's nothing worse than proprietary time travel technology. Fortunately, we have Tumxine,

Tmxxine is dedicated towards public domain Time Travel technology Tmxxine will instigate creation of the Chronology Protection Agency for the public good.

Laxmi Foundation has been started to ensure research, development and protection of chronaught and ozmonaught hardware and software.

Bridging technology between intuitive chaos and a stated dimensional reality is our first goal.

(via Cliff Pickover's Reality Carnival)

Posted on 6 September, 2004

Antelope Canyon Photos

Antelope Canyon photos by Jun Xu.

I had heard that the Antelope Canyon, one of the most picturesque spots in the world, was beautiful like a samari- tan's soul and majestic like a gypsy's eyes.

I want to go there.

Posted on 6 September, 2004

Gummy Stuff

A site about investing (with a fair amount of Excel-related material): Gummy Stuff.

I think the stuff below is correct ... but don't bet the farm ... for me financial stuff is a hobby, not a career.


There's also a FunnyPic directory, where I found these screen shots:

Posted on 6 September, 2004

One From Each State

Here's an idea that was stolen from Diversionz...

I am trying to see how fast I can get at least one visitor from each US State. Please post in comments below what state you are from.

Please read through all of the comments before you post to make sure that your state has not been submitted already. Sorry, this is limited to U.S residents only.

Ideally, this post will have exactly 50 comments.

Posted on 6 September, 2004

Tom Waits Quotes

For your Labor Day enjoyment: A page of Tom Waits Quotes.

The site is dated 15 July, 1995. But, as we all know, the words of Tom Waits are timeless. Missing from the list is one of my favorites:

"What's he building in there?"

(via Burp)

Posted on 6 September, 2004