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23 September, 2004

Building A Manwich

James builds a huge sandwich, and then he eats it: The 8500 calorie manwich! You gotta admire a guy who uses an Excel spreadsheet to calculate the calories.

They went down really well, an awesomely tasty mash of cheese and sauce and meaty goodness.

He couldn't finish eating it in one day, but he did polish it off for breakfast on the next day.

Posted on 23 September, 2004

Fill A Seat

Consider becoming a Seatfiller.

Would you like to attend some of Televisions' biggest events? Well, Seatfiller.com provides audiences for many of these events. And if you have what it takes to be a part of our audience teams, you could find yourself in the front row one of these galas.

From the FAQ:

Q. Can I talk with the celebrities?

A. Do not speak to talent unless they speak to you. Approaching the talent could cause for removal from the theater.

Posted on 23 September, 2004

Offline For Two Weeks

From Media Daily News: When The Web Goes Missing, Users Suffer Withdrawal.

It's tough enough for some digital disciples to leave behind their PDAs while away on vacation. But imagine life without the Internet. Yahoo! Inc. and media agency OMD asked participants in their "Internet Deprivation Study" to do just that by living without the Internet for two weeks.

The result?

Even more than missing the ability to compare DVD prices or get driving directions online, study participants missed e-mailing and instant messaging people in their Web-based social networks. More than one of the participants used the phrase "out of the loop" to describe their feelings without the Net. Almost half of the respondents--47 percent--indicated that the Internet made it easier to manage personal and professional relationships.

Evidently, the Internet also helps study participants to at least feel more productive and comfortable at work. Study subjects referred to the Internet as a "private space" that enables online breaks, and characterized the Web as a virtual haven to which they can escape, but readily return from. Participants also worried that they would appear lazy or unproductive when making phone calls rather than e-mailing, or reading the newspaper in print form rather than online.

Posted on 23 September, 2004

R.L. Burnside

It appears that bluesman R.L. Burnside (and his record label) aren't doing too well these days.

From the Boston Phoenix: Bittersweet endings: R.L. Burnside and Fat Possum.

Burnside, who's doing a day of phone interviews to plug his new A Bothered Mind (Fat Possum), explains that he hasn't been playing, even around his home base of Holly Springs, Mississippi, since his heart attack about 18 months ago. He seems eager to pass the torch along to his sons, Dwayne and Gary, who've been working with their own bands lately, and he adds, "I ain't recording anymore," that followed by a string of hard-to-distinguish words that trail off in volume and end in an exhaled breath.

Posted on 23 September, 2004

Birders United

An organization of bird lovers: Birders United to Defeat Bush.

How 15 million American bird watchers could control the outcome of the next Presidential election.

If only 270 Republican bird watchers in Florida had shifted their votes, President Bush would not now be in the Oval Office.

(via Dvorak Uncensored)

Posted on 23 September, 2004

Photo Cake Printer

Everything you need to get into the edible imaging business: Icing Images.

If you own a bakery or want to start your own custom edible imaging business, Icing Images, LLC can provide you with all of the cake equipment and supplies you need to create pictures on cakes. If you enjoy working with computers and images and love to experiment, you will be amazed at the edible images you can produce.

Icing Images has been a pioneer in the edible printing industry. This is all we do!

(via Information Junk)

Posted on 23 September, 2004

Firefox Keystrokes

Derek Featherstone: My Favourite Firefox Keystrokes.

Here's a handy one that I didn't know about:

Ctrl + plus / Ctrl + minus
Scales text size up and down accordingly to adjust for microtype sites or for viewing at a distance while casually reading.

He also mentioned an extension that lets you customize the keys: keyconfig.

(via Cynical-C Blog)

Posted on 23 September, 2004

New Photoshop Feature

Latest news: Photoshop Now Offers "Family Beach Photo" Generator.

Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard for digital photography... now offers a "Family Beach Photo" generator that will quickly and easily create a gorgeous, large format photo of your family on a virtual beach with just a couple quick clicks of the mouse. Now travel-adverse Midwesterners and heliophobes alike, who've never stepped foot on a sandy shore, can take part in this timeless American tradition.

Posted on 23 September, 2004

Tequila

Tequila: Culture and myths.

This site offers a comprehensive look at the Mexican drink called tequila - with individual sections (pages) on tequila's production, history, lore, culture, and more.

Just click on the links to read about some of the myths and legends surrounding tequila; the tequila industry, or to peer into the Mexican home of the spirit: Jalisco state. Along the way you will read personal notes, news, trivia, and production data. I also look at tequila's sister drink, mezcal, as well as its ancestor, pulque, with some asides on other regional Mexican drinks like bacanora and sotol.

Posted on 23 September, 2004

Woot

This is an interesting concept in selling stuff: Woot.

woot.com is an online store and community run by the employees of a 10 year old consumer electronics distributor that focuses on close-outs and generally buying stuff cheap. Since the distributor doesn't sell to end users, Woot, Inc provides us with an employee-store slash market-testing type of place. Hopefully the boss won't take notice. We anticipate profitability by 2043 -- by then we should be retired; someone smarter might take over and jack up the prices.

We sell 1 item per day until it is sold out or until 11:59pm central time when it is replaced (see next entry for details). However, each item we sell is in stock and ready to ship that day. Our warehouse manager thinks we are insane.

Posted on 23 September, 2004

Seeing Ghosts

From Ask MetaFilter, an apparently serious question:

My 6-year-old daughter sees things other people don't. "Skitter scatters," ghosts, auras. She just started school and there's something in the lunchroom only she can see, and this one makes her nervous.

Posted on 23 September, 2004

The New Paris

I've heard that Ohio is the New Paris.

Discuss among yourselves.

Posted on 23 September, 2004

Childhood Goat Trauma

Finally, an organization worth supporting: The Childhood Goat Trauma Foundation.

The Childhood Goat Trauma Foundation was created in 1982 by a small group that originally came together as a an informal support group for problems that were the result of traumatic experiences at petting zoos as children. This group realized that there were many others out there who were afraid to come forward with their horrific stories and wanted to find some way to help as many people as they could. The Childhood Goat Trauma Foundation is the result of their dream.

(via User Friendly)

Posted on 23 September, 2004