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7 October, 2004

Three Beards

Three guys, three beards.

This is where we will post pictures of our beards month by month.

Here's the progress after nine months:

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A Recipe From The Slammer

In the Nevada prison system, what do they do with food abusive inmates? They give them an alternative meal. They even include the recipe:

Two (2) ounces of powdered milk;
Three and one half (3.5) ounces of raw grated potato;
Three and one half (3.5) ounces of carrots, chopped fine;
One (1) ounce, by volume, tomato juice or puree;
Three and one half (3.5) ounces cabbage, chopped fine;
Four (4) ounces of ground beef;
Two (2) ounces of lard or shortening, or salad oil;
One (1) ounce of white or whole wheat flour;
Three and one half (3.5) ounces of chopped celery;
One (1) egg; and
Five (5) ounces of dry red beans, precooked before baking.

Chop/dice vegetables; thoroughly mix the vegetables, meat, milk, tomato juice, flour, shortening, and egg; mold, place in bread pans; bake at 350 degrees (do not grease loaf pans). Bake until done. Makes one loaf.

Mmmmmm... random food medley.

(via Mimi Smartypants)

Posted on 7 October, 2004

Hat Etiquette

From the Village Hat Shop: Hat Etiquette.

There was a time when almost everyone knew these rules, but ever since hats fell out of fashion about 40 years ago, entire generations have come of age with little understanding of proper topper protocol.

By the way, they've got a pretty good deal going if you need a pack of 48 fezzes. But there is no expedited shipping for that item.

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Volcano Pictures

Lots of high quality photos of Mount St. Helens, courtesy of the USGS.

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Google Print

New from Google: Google Print.

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Since a lot of the world's information isn't yet online, we're helping to get it there. Google Print puts the content of books where you can find it most easily; right in Google search results.

To use Google Print, just do searches on Google as you normally would. Whenever a book contains content that matches your search terms, we'll show links to that book in your search results. Click on the book title and you'll go to a "content page," where you can see the page containing your search terms and other information about the book.

The program is new and not many books are available yet. Oh yeah, and you won't be able to read entire books online.

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Superscripted Beer

Beer news: Anheuser-Busch to debut souped-up beer.

In an effort to revive flattening sales and attract new drinkers, Anheuser-Busch is unveiling a new concoction -- a fruity-smelling beer, spiked with caffeine, guarana and ginseng.

The world's largest brewer said Monday its planned offering -- B^E, pronounced B-to-the-E, with the "E" denoting something "extra" -- should appeal to 20-something consumers looking for something zippy in their highly social, fast-paced lifestyles

I'd try it, but I don't think I'd like it. It's contrary to my antisocial slow-paced lifestyle.

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Custom Armor

At Neiman Marcus, you can get a custom-fitted suit of armor.

  • For a perfect fit, an artisan will gather measurements and a lower leg casting of the lucky recipient.
  • Handcrafted brand new suit of armor straight from the 15th century.
  • Armor will be hand-hammered from steel and polished to a mirror finish.

The price? $20,000. Jeeze, you can buy two houses for that.

(via Sarcasmo's Corner)

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A Bin Laden Book

Here's an interesting story about a library in Washington state: Small Town Library Takes On the Feds.

The FBI wants to know who checked out a book from a small library about Osama Bin Laden. But the library isn't giving out names, saying the government has no business knowing what their patrons read.

The library in Deming isn't much larger than a family home. Located in rural Whatcom County, it hardly seems the site for a showdown with the feds.

At the center of the issue, a book titled "Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America."

The FBI confiscated the original book after a patron reported than some one hand wrote a bin Laden quote in the margin that read: "Let history be witness I am a criminal."

The FBI demanded to know the names and addresses of everyone who ever checked out the book.

The FBI eventually withdrew the subpoena, but they kept the book.

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Toy Hall Of Fame

You may recall some of these toys from you childhood. The National Toy Hall of Fame. From the FAQ:

Q. Why do toys merit a hall of fame?

A: Toys are among the most important human artifacts. They are learning tools. By guiding play, they foster imagination, creativity, and critical thinking. They socialize us and teach fairness. They reveal what we believed and valued, encouraged and endorsed, dismissed and feared. They remind us of who we were, who we are, and who we hope to become. They help us imagine what's next.

This was my favorite toy:

Find out more about Erector Sets from Joel Perlin, the metal construction toy specialist.

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Overheard In New York

Here's a blog that consists of things that were Overheard in New York. For example, this was overheard in the NY Science Library:

Chick: I'm looking for a book on wars.

Librarian: Okay. Anything in particular?

Chick: Oh, you know. Just whatever.

(via Newyorkish)

Posted on 7 October, 2004

The Best Of Geocities!

At first, I thought it had to be a joke. But I think it's for real. The Best of Geocities. Here's some of the criteria:

  • quick-loading pages
  • minimum of banners
  • NO pop-ups
  • NO false or misleading re- directs
  • attractive web design
  • NO overload of links or endless drivel
  • Content that is meaningful

I would think that those criteria would eliminate every single Geocities site. Maybe it has. The site was last updated in 2002.

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Scanned Heads

Jasmine Hsu's gallery of heads captured by a flatbed scanner.

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Just Ten Blogs

Laurence Simon, who runs This Blog is Full of Crap, writes:

Sometimes, I ask myself questions. Occasionally, I'll answer them. Today's question is "If I could only read ten blogs, which blogs would they be?"

If you scroll all the way down to Update 10, you'll find that J-Walk didn't make the cut:

J-Walk is a fun and eclectic site, but it just isn't enough to unseat any of the current Ten And Only Ten. Almost, though.

But then again, neither did the Grand Blogfather.

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Team Photo

This team photo was snapped at the precise moment.

(Thanks Paul Allen)

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Just TP

Just Toilet Paper specializes in toilet paper and toilet paper related items.

Due to the global scope of where we ship to, and the urgency with which you might want your package, we deal with each order on a case by case basis...

Shown here is the Camouflage Roll. "Even GI Joe's Gotta Go!"

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Homer

Here's an interactive Homer Simpson.

This would keep a 6-year old occupied for about five minutes.

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Signing Without Reading

From Ed Foster's Gripelog: In-Line Sneakwrap.

"I made a purchase at CompUSA today with my credit card," the reader wrote. "On the receipt I had to sign, below the signature line was a statement that read approximately: 'I have read and understand the return policy below and on the back of this receipt.' I cannot say what the wording is for sure, as it does not appear on my copy of the receipt."

Since the reader was about to affirm with his signature that he had read the policy, he thought he should actually read it. "The cashier immediately started telling me what it said," he wrote. "I told the cashier that since I was signing it, I needed to read it. As I read, the cashier kept telling me what was in it, then called out 'Next!' I tried to ignore the cashier, and was not otherwise prevented from reading the text to completion, whereupon I signed the receipt."

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