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9 September, 2004

AdminShop Is A Spammer

Here's a site that shows up more than 20 times a day in my referrer logs: AdminShop.

AdminShop.com is a producer and seller of scripts and applications written exclusively for webmasters and their needs. We focus on software that help you make traffic and money, and have fast and personal support. So browse our site and see if you find something of interest!

It's also an unethical scum-sucking spammer.

Adminshop, of course, does not have a link to my site. They simply engage in referrer log spam in an attempt to increase the search engine ranking. And I'm not the first to notice it.

Remember folks, that's adminshop.com. And they are spammers.� adminishop.com. Spam. Unethical.

On the other hand, maybe Google is already wise to these morons. An advanced Google search shows no links to adminshop.com. So whatever they're trying to accomplish doesn't seem to be working.

Posted on 9 September, 2004

Laundromat On TV

Who said there are no great ideas left? Insert the DVD, and your TV will display clothes spinning in a dryer.

Posted on 9 September, 2004

Answers, Part II

Here are answers to some of the questions that were asked here. Part I of the answers is here.

experimental_error: Advanced Excel use requires programming skills. I used to use Excel a lot, but have found that I can generally achieve the same things in less time in Matlab, Perl, or Fortran95 (depending on what I am trying to do). What do you see as the main advantage of using Excel over using a programming language, when you are trying to do something complicated?

If you are comfortable using those other tools, there is really no reason to force yourself to use Excel. And I also take exception to your comment about advanced Excel usage requiring programming skills. You might be amazed by what you can accomplish using only worksheet formulas. But, it can be argued that writing formulas is actually a type of programming. In any case, I happen to be very familiar with Excel -- and that's the main advantage for me.

Righteously Indignant: I have 6 extra G-Mail invitations and no one left to give them to. Can you help me find some worthy invitees?

I think everyone in the world who wants a GMail account already has one. If there's anyone who wants one, send an email to RI and tell her why you are worthy. If the replies are any good, I'll be happy to post them here.

Sol: WWJD? (What Would Jimbob Do?)

It all depends on the particular phase of his manic depression. If he's manic, he would get on the air, yell and scream, and be very amusing. If he's depressed, he would get on the air, be very quiet and reflective, and be very amusing.

Sol: "I'll avoid questions that are too personal or those that may incriminate me." Are there questions for which the answers would incriminate you?

Just one: "Where were you on the night of October 9, 1977?"

Sol: Do you think that Toad has some ugly warts under that wastebasket or what?

No, I still adhere to my "elephant man" theory. What else would explain Michael Jackson's interest in Toad?

FFSteve: What is the biggest disappointment or dislike or hassle about Arizona/your new location?

I've thought about this for quite a while, and I really can't think of a thing.

Rg: What is the origin of the name "Pamn"?

As a child, Pam had a very common last name. In order to distinguish herself a bit, she added an "N" to her first name. The rest is history. You may notice that her site usually comes up first when you do a Google search for "pamn."

Rg: What are your feelings on Frisbee Golf?

I have no feelings whatsoever about Frisbee Golf, but if dogs are allowed to play them I'm all for it.

Rg: I've worked in uptown Charlotte for 3 years. Two weeks ago at volleyball league, I met this woman that also works in uptown Charlotte. Today at lunch, I saw this woman and we exchanged "hello"'s. It left me wondering if that's the first time I've seen her in 3 years, or if I've seen her many times as just another one of the thousands of faces. Does this sort of thing freak you out?

No it doesn't.

Pamn: By not posting to the newsgroups anymore, will that hinder your chance of once again being named a Microsoft MVP?

Well, it didn't have any affect the last time around. I think I was awarded MVP because of my books and Web site. But you never know what Microsoft will do.

Toad: If you lose your Microsoft MVP status, will Pamn stick with you, or will she want to "just be friends"?

I can't speak for Pamn, but I'm pretty sure that she'd be out the door in a flash.

Shallow: Did you kidnap Rance?

No I didn't. But I am a bit concerned. Rance used to be a daily visitor here, and it seems that he's disappeared off the face of the earth. Last I heard from him, he was going to send me some smoked salmon. Maybe someone should check the Alaska fishing accident report.

Shallow: On a more serious note: do you have any upgrades/new features in mind for the next months concerning the blog?

Not really. I think this blog is running rather well (except for occasional slowness caused by the server). If I upgraded from pMachine to Expression Engine, I would have a lot more flexibility. But the downside is that all of URLs would change, resulting in about 20,000 dead links. And I'd have to start all over in terms of Google ranking.

cacafuego: What is the single biggest glitch/useless feature in excel??

Well, not really a glitch but a MAJOR weakness: Excel's charting. I'm pretty sure that Excel is the most commonly used charting tool in the world. Yet the quality of the charts are absolutely abysmal.

T-Dog: John, a two part question, 1a: Why did you REALLY quit posting to this blog? (1b. Was it a blackmail conspiracy?)

Do you mean what happened exactly one year ago, today?

At the time, I just thought that it had run its course and it was time to move on to something else. But, based on the tremendous outcry of loyal readers, I resumed the blog within two days. Readership has just about quadrupled since then, and I haven't thought of quitting again for at least two or three weeks.

Blackmail played only a minor role in my decision.

Cesar: When will your pupv6 coming out?

Barring any unforeseen events, it should be available by the end of the year.

Cesar: What "budget" below $150 classic guitar would you recommend?

I have no idea. I don't know anything about classical guitars. I'd suggest that you find a classical guitar forum. That's probably a FAQ.

Susan: Can I steal the code you use for the Previous/Next page on the bottom of your blog?

I see that you have a TypePad blog. The pMachine code that I use wouldn't do you any good. I'm surprised TypePad doesn't have a similar option.

T-Dog: How much does Pamn contribute to this blog?

Except for an occasional comment, absolutely nothing. Wait a minute, I think she sent me a link one time.

JBB: Why should I listen to Whole Wheat Radio?

Well, if you have to ask then I'd say that you probably shouldn't listen to WWR.

Posted on 9 September, 2004

Julia Vs. Paris

A comparison of two celebrities: From Heiress To Famous.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Paris Hilton. Familiar faces to any television-watching American. But while Julia's name is synonymous with her character Elaine on the hit television show Seinfeld, and Paris is commonly recognized for her "work" on The Simple Life and various other, ummm... film endeavors, the two have more in common than just prime time popularity.

While both of these heiresses are now famous, the roads they've taken to stardom couldn't have been any different.

Posted on 9 September, 2004

Comic Book Words

Ka-Boom is a "dictionary of comic book words on historical principles."

Based on the Latest Conclusions of the Most Dubious Wordologists & Comprising Many Hundreds of New Words which Modern Literature, Science & Philosophy have Neglected to Acknowledge as True, Proper & Useful Terms & Which Have Never Before Been Published in Any Lexicon. Compiled & Edited Under the Careful Supervision of Kevin J. Taylor.

Here's a tiny excerpt:


PHFFT also PHFFFTT [The Adventures of Bayou Billy #2, 1989] The sound of a blowpipe

PHFISSHT [The Adventures of Bayou Billy #2, 1989] The sound of an oxy-acetelene gas welder

PHHHHHHT also PHHHHHT [G.I.Joe vol.1 #104, 1990] The sound of a dart in flight


Posted on 9 September, 2004

Mysterious People

A Web site that covers Mysterious People.

Mysterious People is devoted to the lives of mysterious, strange and unusual people. It consists of a series of biographical articles, with sources and further reading listed at the end of each piece...

The choice of subjects for the site is entirely personal, and reflects the author's own interests and preferences, rather than following any strict, objective criteria which make up an unusual or mysterious person. In the main I have tried to write about those who were, experienced or did things, genuinely, sometimes startlingly, unexplainable or unique.

Shown here is a mysterious person named Eleonore Zugun -- the poltergeist girl.

(via Penny Dreadful)

Posted on 9 September, 2004

Excel Newsgroup Stats

Debra Dalgleish compiles stats from Excel Newsgroup postings.

Back in the old days, my name would appear in many of those lists (usually towards the bottom). But I don't post to the newsgroups anymore. It seems like a waste of time I think that about 90% of all questions that are posted can be answered by searching Google.

Posted on 9 September, 2004

I'm Still Taking Questions

If anyone is interested, yesterday's Ask Me A Question thread is still open.

I'll leave it open until I get a dozen or so good questions, and then I'll post Part II of my answers.

Posted on 9 September, 2004

Dick Cheney - What A Guy!

From Rolling Stone: The Curse of Dick Cheney.

I know nothing about Dick Cheney. But if even half of this article is true, he has absolutely no business being the Vice President of the U.S.

Update: From the New York Times, an editorial with a great headline: Cheney Spits Toads (thanks John C. McKee).

Posted on 9 September, 2004

The Flapper

Instructions for making a paper airplane that flaps its wings when it flies: The Flapper.

If somebody tries this, please report back with the results.

Posted on 9 September, 2004

Cloning A Mouse

From the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah: Click and Clone.

Using what you know about Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, let's try it out! Your mission is to create a genetically identical clone of Mimi, a brown female mouse.

Posted on 9 September, 2004

Golf Cart Parade

There's excitement in the air. Palm Desert is gearing up for the annual Golf Cart Parade.

Every year America's premier golf resort stages the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade, featuring decorated electric golf carts, marching bands, live entertainment, food booths, children's games, celebrities and dignitaries. It's an orgy of community fun set against the haute cosmopolitanism of shop-'til-you-drop El Paseo, the Rodeo Drive of the desert.

Posted on 9 September, 2004

How To Cook An Alien

A complete guide to alien cuisine: How to Cook an Alien.

The first step, of course is to catch one...

Before discussing catching aliens, it must be made quite clear that humane restraint must always be exercised. There is no need to make the creature suffer unnecessarily, therefore such techniques as snares, rattraps, poisonings etc are extremely discouraged.

Bear in mind that the alien may become agitated and strike out. Don't let the creature bite you, or point a "death ray" at you. If you find yourself in this kind of situation, look at it this way: "It's either you, or it", so take whatever steps are necessary.

Unfortunately, the Recipe section has not been completed.

Posted on 9 September, 2004

Fictional American Presidents

Here's a list of Fictional American Presidents.

Since the office of President of the United States is somewhat hallowed, fiction writers often choose to 'invent' a president in their stories to prevent a real one from being possibly insulted and/or their story from becoming 'dated' over time.

(via New Yorkish)

Posted on 9 September, 2004

Celebrity Smokers

This seems to be amazingly comprehensive -- almost too comprehensive: Female Celebrity Smoking List.

(via Seven Wonders)

Posted on 9 September, 2004

Fly Gun

It's probably not as effective as a traditional fly swatter, but I'm sure it's a lot more fun: The Amazing Flygun.

Posted on 9 September, 2004