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25 September, 2004

The Bra Fence Accord

This story is about a month old, but I missed it when it was fresh. From the Billings Gazette: Landowners, state agency reach accord over 'bra fence'.

Facing a fence festooned with bras, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks decided letting it all hang out was a bit too much.

The agency recently cut about 20 bras off a barbed-wire fence near a state-managed fishing site along the Missouri River. That riled property owners Frank Cooper and Shirley Cleary, who saw a "bra fence" in New Zealand and liked it.

"We decided it would be fun to do that here in Montana," said Cooper, who contends Fish, Wildlife and Parks violated his speech and property rights.

The photo below depicts the bra fence in New Zealand.

Posted on 25 September, 2004

Deja Vu

I've noticed that when people use the term deja vu, there's about a 50% probability that it will be followed by the phrase all over again. I guess we can thank Yogi Berra for that.

To test my theory, I did some Google research.

  • "deja vu" has 316,000 hits
  • "deja vu all over again" has 21,300 hits

Conclusion: My theory is not supported. It seems that when people use the term deja vu, it's followed by all over again only about 6.74% of the time.

But that's based on written content. I still think it's much higher when people talk. To test that theory, I did the same searches in Google Groups. Presumably, posting to a newsgroup is a bit more like speaking. I found that the percentage of deja vu all over again is only slightly higher in the newsgroups: 7.29%.

OK, what about Google News? Here, the percentage of deja vu all over again is a whopping 21.46% -- but still a far cry from my 50% estimate. If we could limit the news search to only sports stories, it would probably be about 95%.

Posted on 25 September, 2004

Synchronicity Arkive

The Synchronicity Arkive. Synchronicity is defined as:

The match formed by synchronizing a movie with an unrelated music album, to produce a new experience unintended by either work.

For example, a synch called "Abbey Rings" uses the Lord of the Rings video, combined with the Beatles Abbey Road.

First set up the CD Abbey Road by the Beatles so its ready to play (on CD repeat). Then start to play (DVD or Video) Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring). When you see the New Line Cinema Logo fade to black, then hit play on your stereo and things should just come together.

I always wanted to try to match up a Beatles album to something else than '2001'. So I just took the best film of 2001 put it together with the best album made the same year as the film '2001' and then luckily I had made it.

Posted on 25 September, 2004

Listening To Blind People

From Brad Zellar's Open All Night blog: All Blind, All The Time.

I decided yesterday to spend the entire day listening to blind people. Not surprisingly --or perhaps surprisingly-- it wasn't all that hard to do. The most difficult part of the project was just rounding the stuff up, and even that didn't prove to be terribly difficult, once I got rolling.

He then provides a list the music he listened to. Most blues, but he did manage to listen to some Doc Watson.

Posted on 25 September, 2004

Digital Music Eyewear

This product is making the rounds: Oakley Thump.

The world's first digital music eyewear. No more wires. Just high-performance optics forged with an integrated, state-of-the-art digital audio engine. Listen to music virtually anywhere. Change the way you see and hear the world. OAKLEY THUMP comes in seven color combinations and two types: a 128 MB version for $395 and a 256 MB version with polarized lenses for $495.

Good idea, but it seems a bit over-priced.

By the way, the photo is a bit misleading. When you're wearing one of these, the sound doesn't really come out of your mouth.

Posted on 25 September, 2004

Bushisms On DVD

First it was a series of books. Now it's a DVD: Bushisms.

If you watch the 5-minute preview, make sure you watch it all the way to the end. The performance by the George W. Bush singers is hilarious.

Posted on 25 September, 2004

Recycled Links Part 46

These links were posted on the J-Walk Blog about a year ago. Good stuff that you may have overlooked.

Posted on 25 September, 2004