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1 October, 2004

John Prine

After watching John Prine: Live From Sessions At West 54th, I'm becoming a huge fan for the second time. I used to love this guy. Then I kind of forgot about him. Now I'm back.

Truly one of the great singer/songwriters of 20th Century. I don't think I've ever head a song from him that I didn't like.

Even though it got bad reviews, I just ordered a copy of a movie that he was in: Daddy Of Them. I've never heard of the movie, but I'm very familiar with one of the songs he wrote for the move -- "In Spite Of Ourselves." Whole Wheat Radio has two cover versions in its music library. Until tonight, I didn't even know it was a John Prine song.

Here's the John Prine Shrine.

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Relevant Sites

If you watched the presidential debate last night, you might find one of these sites amusing:

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Spam Town

I found a blog called Spam Town.

We are just regular guys looking for ways to cope with the growing barrage of email spam. We have decided to track our progress.

You can view each blog entry on a separate page by clicking the item's title. You'll then see a list of "Recent Referrers." Most of the links displayed there are referrer spam links.

In other words, it's an anti-spam site that is actively promoting spam.

Back in the old days, automatically displaying referrers on a Web page was a cool thing to do. But, thanks to referrer spammers, it's now a stupid thing to do.

Posted on 1 October, 2004

It's Probably Expired

Culinary historians will surely want to See the World's OLDEST Salad Dressing.

These are pictures of the World's Oldest salad dressing! The first is a 16 fluid ounce bottle of Russian Creamy Dressing from Seven Seas. The second flavor is not known exactly because the main front and back labels are missing. It is thought to be a 12 fluid ounce bottle of French Creamy Dressing from Pfeiffer. Both bottles expired in March of 1976! Both bottles remain unopened.

That's only 28 years old. That's nothing! I'd be willing to bet that someone has salad dressing that's much older than that.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Twinkie Wedding Cake

Here's a A wedding cake made out of Twinkies and other junk food: Phil Delaplane Designs Swanky Cake for Special Day.

Phil Delaplane of Red Hook, NY is a man with a sophisticated palette. A chef by trade and an instructor at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Phil teaches chefs who go on to cook in some of the fanciest restaurants in the world.

So when Phil and his fiancee Pam began planning their wedding, he knew the only cake that would make their special day complete was one created entirely of Hostess snack cakes.

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Looking For Mr. Kloss

Even if you're not a Whole Wheat Radio fan, you might enjoy this. From Karsten Propper's Planet Jupiter blog: The Search For Jim Kloss.

I was in Talkeetna for one reason and one reason only. To find Jim Kloss. Alaskan internet radio pioneer and Indie music guru, Jim runs an internet radio conglomerate in Talkeetna, Alaska, called Whole Wheat Radio. He had commented some time ago on one of my articles and since I was in Talkeetna, I was going to find him.

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Wanted: JWalk Items

Somebody named pb988 sent me this link: We want to buy your JWalk items.

We want to buy your JWalk records, CDs and memorabilia! If you want to sell any JWalk records, CDs and memorabilia, or your entire collection, we want to hear from you. We are always looking for items to buy...

I had no idea I was so popular!

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Weird Guitars

From the infamous Ed Roman: Weird Shaped Guitars. Shown here is the Johnson SMG (ammo not included).

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Math Jokes

Here's Mike Cook's Canonical List of Math Jokes.

This limerick had me in stitches:

       |  2            3 X pi          3_
       | z dz  X  cos(--------) = ln (/e )
       |                 9

Which, of course, translates to:

Integral z-squared dz
from 1 to the cube root of 3
times the cosine
of three pi over 9
equals log of the cube root of 'e'.

Posted on 1 October, 2004

The Swiss Army Knife Of Swiss Army Knives

This knife has everything you would ever need: Victorinox Swiss Champ XXLT. Even better, it even has stuff you would never need.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Words He's Looked Up

Marcel Molina Jr. has an online list of all of the words that he's looked up. It's his Definition Log.

A log of the words I have looked up with dict (1,827 so far). Total days: 442. Average words per day: 4.1.

Posted on 1 October, 2004


When it comes to Marmite, it seems that you're either fer it or agin it.

Marmite is a concentrated yeast extract paste, enjoyed at any time of the day, whether on toast for breakfast, in sandwiches at lunchtime, or as an added ingredient in stews and casseroles.

I've never tried it. In fact, I've never even heard of it until about five minutes ago.

(via The Surreal World of Albert, by Slim)

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Use Of Unlicensed Software

There's currently some discussion in this thread about pirated software. Shallow suggested a poll. I'm game (and also curious), so here it is:

Of the software installed on your system, what percentage is not licensed (i.e., pirated)?
Irrelevant - I don't use ANY commercial software
Less than 10%
10% - 25%
25% - 50%
50% - 75%
More than 75%
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Currently, my answer is 0%. But that wasn't always the case. I used to use a pirated copy of Photoshop Elements, which I downloaded from a newsgroup. But I liked it so much -- and the price was reasonable enough -- that I bought a legitimate copy.

Posted on 1 October, 2004

I Can't Believe I Watched The Whole Thing

Amazingly, I watched all 90 minutes of the first presidential debate last night. I guess I was hoping it would get better. It didn't. A few observations:

  • If they edited out all of the repetition, it could have been a 30-minute show, with room for a few commercials.
  • The main thing that stuck me was the silly look on Bush's face while Kerry was speaking.
  • You can bet that Bush's people will be working on that silly look, and it will be gone by the next debate.
  • Bush mispronounced "nuclear" at least three times.
  • It wasn't really a debate. It was just a chance for the candidates to deliver pre-rehearsed sound bites.
  • When Bush's family came to the stage when it was over, I liked that fact that one of his daughters was wearing jeans.
  • Kerry's wife doesn't look anything like what a "first lady" should look like.
  • You can't believe a single thing that they actually said. People will be making judgments based on how they came across -- their poise, mannerisms, speech patterns, etc. Based on that, Bush lost it big-time. The only thing that was missing was a Nixonesque sweaty brow and 5 o'clock shadow.

Interestingly, the John Kerry Web site declares a "decisive victory." I couldn't find any victory declaration at the Bush Cheney site.

Related links:

Posted on 1 October, 2004

About CD Baby

Derrick Bang writes about CD Baby: Baby, you're the best!

It seems appropriate that a new business model emerging during the infancy of the recorded music revolution would call itself CD Baby.

But this company ain't no babe in the woods; CD Baby is the future of the music business.

I first encountered the still largely unknown outfit last autumn, while researching titles for my annual survey of new holiday jazz releases. A diligent Internet session produced a few musicians whose albums were available from an online business whose name - CD Baby - initially sounded like a joke.

I quickly learned otherwise.

CD Baby has quickly turned into my favorite place to buy music.

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Wooden Shoes

A question for my friends in The Netherlands. Do people really wear wooden shoes? Or are these just for tourists? Are they comfortable? Do they allow you to walk on water?

Posted on 1 October, 2004

The State Of Copyright

From Forbes: Name That Note.

The stories sound like urban legends, only they're true: A judge halts the distribution of a Bruce Willis movie because one scene resembles a drawing by an avant-garde architect. The Beastie Boys are sued for using a six-second snippet of an obscure flute recording--even though they got a release from the record company beforehand. And, most recently, a federal appeals court holds a film studio liable for a soundtrack tune that includes a three-note guitar lick from a recording by 1970s funkster George Clinton.

What's next, copyrighting a single note? We're almost there. In a digital world, where entire songs and movies can be composed from bits and pieces of other media, lawyers are working overtime to protect what their clients see as the right to be paid for every scrap of intellectual property.

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Only Once

From The Funk Broker: Things you do only once. It's a short list that could easily be expanded. A few examples:

  • Tabasco eyedrops
  • Smoke poison ivy
  • Play with a laser pointer at the Republican convention
  • Serve as dictator
  • Vomit in the jury box

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Sneaky Shorts

Dr. Sneaky's Sneaky Shorts.

Want to save money and still have fun when you go out? Get SNEAKY!

Bring your favorite beverage where you want, when you want. Sneaky Shorts have been specially designed to STAY THIN WHEN FILLED so they are FULLY CONCEALABLE under your pants or shorts.

Here's a tip:

Use different beverages in each Bladder for Mixed Drinks!

Posted on 1 October, 2004

Calling Shotgun

The Official Shotgun Rules.

The term "Shotgun" refers to the front passenger seat of an automobile. "Calling Shotgun" is the act of claiming the position of Shotgun for one's self. As this position is the most coveted of all positions when riding in a car, the following list of rules has been created to ensure that Shotgun can be acquired in a fair and equitable manner by any passenger of an automobile.

It's a promo site for a pocket reference guide on the same subject.

Posted on 1 October, 2004