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20 October, 2004

No Joy In The Big Apple

The best team that money can buy loses four in a row.

Posted on 20 October, 2004

CD Sales Are Up

From CNET: CD shipments surge after lean years.

The record industry's trade group said the value of shipments of all music at the midpoint of 2004 had climbed nearly 4 percent compared to the previous year. The industry has shipped 10 percent more CDs to retail outlets than last year, showing a strong increase in demand.

But that growth does not mean that the industry can let up in its years-long legal attacks on file swapping and other digital copying, executives said.

"We are rising out of a deep hole and still have a long way to go," RIAA Chief Executive Mitch Bainwol said. "Piracy, both online and on the street, continues to hit the music community hard, and thousands have lost their jobs because of it."

I wonder if he can name one person who lost his job because of piracy?

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Drug Photos

From the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration: Photo Library. Shown here is a crumbled Coke can, along with some crack cocaine.

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Posted on 20 October, 2004

A New Nigerian Scam

A (presumably) true story about a new twist on the Nigerian email scam: The Nigerian Roommate Scam.

The first person to answer my ad was a woman named Susan Smith´┐Ż..a name only a slight step up from 'Jane Doe,' but I didn't think much of it. Susan Smith emailed me telling me that she was a model on a shoot in Africa. After the shoot, she was going to be moving to Ohio for a total of 3 months and she wanted to know how much it would cost to rent out my extra room for that time. I emailed her back and told her that three months of rent would cost her a little over a grand. She wrote back claiming, "Great! I'll send you the money in 2 weeks!"

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Make Baseball More Interesting

There's a good thread going on at Moe's Tavern (the non-guitar forum at the Fender Discussion Page): Ideas For Baseball. Things MLB can do to make the sport more interesting.

A few examples:

  • Games too slow? Too many foul balls? NO MORE FOUL TERRITORY! Ball fouled into the stands? IT'S IN PLAY!
  • Umps charge a time out on excessive velcro usage on batters' gloves.
  • Start every game in the 9th inning, 2 outs and bases loaded...
  • Let the runners keep their bat. That'll spice things up a bit.

I've got a few ideas of my own:

  • All base runners must keep their shoes untied.
  • Everyone in attendance gets a free laser pointer.
  • Seventh inning beer break: Each player must chug a 40-ouncer.
  • Binary uniform numbers!
  • Small land mines planted at random intervals in the warning track.
  • Make the third inning "switch hands" inning. Left-handers must play right-handed and vice versa.
  • All pitchers with an ERA of under 4.0 must pitch with an eye patch on.

What else?

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Milly And Rupe

Coolbubble's photos of Milly and Rupe. These two really get around!

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Posted on 20 October, 2004

Good Job, BoSox

I hate the New York Yankees, and I really don't care much for the Boston Red Sox. Actually, I don't like any American League teams -- it's that designated hitter thing.

But... the past three games in the ALCS have been incredible baseball. I've been rooting, of course, for the lesser of two evils, and my team hasn't let me down. Last night's late inning parade of police in riot gear was an added bonus.

At 5:00 today, I'll be perched in front of the TV once again.

Posted on 20 October, 2004

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Posted on 20 October, 2004

Office Bricolage

Take a look at the winning entries in the Office Bricolage contest. What is bricolage? Something made or put together using whatever materials happen to be available. In this case, the materials are commonly found in an office.

The winning entry (shown here) is called Micro-Claymore.

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The micro-claymore is a small device designed to deliver a short-ranged, dispersed payload from a concealed location. The mine is created from commonly available office materials. It may be either manually fired or fired by a tripline, depending on the orientation of the firing pin.

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Viewing Mona Lisa

From the Guardian: Smile, please.

It's the most famous painting in the world and a must-see for anyone visiting Paris. But most people fight through the crowds to spend a mere 15 seconds in front of it - just long enough to grab a snapshot. So why do they bother? To find out, Amelia Gentleman spent a day with the Mona Lisa.

I've never seen Mona Lisa, but this paragraph pretty much sums up how I imagine it:

Waiting to see the Mona Lisa has all the thrill of standing in an airport check-in queue. The crowd pushes forward, cattle-like and unquestioning, performing a ritual they know they have to go through with in order to complete a pre-ordained tourist experience.

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Pool Progress

Some of you may recall that we're having a pool built. Work started in early June, and they've been making slow progress. But the end is in sight. Here's a photo I took yesterday.

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All that remains is the plastering, painting the surrounding walls, the landscaping, and the lighting. 

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Nick Nolte's Fake Diary

A few days ago I linked to Nick Nolte's Diary. I knew it was too good to be real. Yep, it's a fake. See Not Nick Nolte's Diary.

So, if Nick Nolte's not writing Nick Nolte's Diary, just who is?

Christian Newton and Casey McAdams.

The aspiring screenwriters, both Nolte fans, concocted the site as an antidote to the actor's official, but perpetually "under construction" URL (www.nicknolte.com).

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Beauty Counts

In this day and age, you might think these types of beauty pageants for kids would be a thing of the past. Not true: America's Gorgeous Girls.

If you're a Gorgeous Girl (total package) or have a Gorgeous Girl Face (facial beauty only) and love Christmas then we are the pageant for you!

Well that's nice of them. Even fat girls can enter as long as they have a gorgeous face.

Here's xxxxxxx xxxxxxxx, from Kentucky. She's the "Grand Supreme" in the 0-6 category.

Update: Here's why the photo is missing.

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Homeland Security

An interesting three-part series at CNET: Digital Agenda: Homeland Security. It covers these topics:

  • Throwing money at technology
  • Companies profit from fear
  • Global assault on anonymity

Posted on 20 October, 2004

World Wide Wounds

This is a serious academic journal, but I found the title amusing because it reminds me of David Letterman: World Wide Wounds.

The mission of World Wide Wounds is to be the premier online resource for peer-reviewed information on dressing materials providing practical guidance on all aspects of wound management to health professionals worldwide.

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Living On The Cheap

A 1978 book by Dolly Freed: Possum Living.

After discussing reasons why you should or shouldn't give up your job, POSSUM LIVING gives you details about the cheapest ways with the best results to buy and maintain your own home, dress well, cope with the law, stay healthy, and keep up a middle-class facade--whether you live in the city, in the suburbs, or in a small town. In a delightful, straightforward style, Dolly Freed explains how to be lazy, proud, miserly, and honest, live well, and enjoy leisure.

I didn't read it all, but I did notice a lot of references to moonshine.

(Thanks Mateo Technoscribe)

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Engrish

From Worth 1000: Engrish 5.

Many happy fun musings of style engrish making from Chinese! You like!

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Posted on 20 October, 2004

Ads In Blogs

Jason Kottke did a little blog research: The revolution will be commercialized.

Out of Technorati's top 100 most-linked weblogs, only 16 don't feature advertising or are otherwise noncommercial.

Someone made an interesting observation in the comments:

Somewhat tangentially, one thing I've noticed is that spammers are actually setting up entire fake blogs on Blogspot just to take advantage of Blogger's "next blog" button on their new navigation bar - it'll be entire blogs that say nothing but "home equity loans" or something. Clearly the commercial world - whether we're talking about the high end, the cutting edge, or the bottom feeders - has spotted the potential of the blogging world.

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Which File Extension?

Here's another one of those stupid quizzes that's making the rounds: Which File Extension Are You?

I couldn't resist. I'm an *.exe file.

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Posted on 20 October, 2004

Hair Manners

If you have hair, you should read up on these Hair Manners.

In the spirit of Miss Manners, there are definitely some hair-related manners. This goes for long and short hair, and every hair in between.

Lots of good advice, including these:

  • Do not pluck your eyebrows in public
  • Be aware of where your hair is at all times, especially in a restaurant. In other words, be careful not to drag your hair through the guacamole.
  • Do not chew the ends of your hair in public. Get your protein another way

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Bees In The Wall

Alex Boese, the guy who runs the Museum of Hoaxes, describes a problem at his house:

I didn't get around to posting for the last couple of days because a major situation developed in my house. We discovered that an entire wall in our guest room is home to a colony of bees. What a nightmare. I thought (hoped) it was some kind of hoax at first, because I didn't know that bees will build hives inside of walls. But sadly, it's very real.

I spent the last two days moving furniture around, getting everything ready for the exterminator to come next week. But as much as it sucks to discover these uninvited guests in my house, I'm dying of curiosity to see what the hive looks like once the exterminator knocks down the drywall. Plus, now that I know they're there, I'm running into the guest room every couple of minutes to put my ear up to the wall and listen to them buzzing around. It's very creepy.

It's a 300-pound hive that covers about 8-feet of wall space.

We want photos!

Posted on 20 October, 2004

Obscene T-Shirts

It happened in Oregon: Teachers' T-Shirts Bring Bush Speech Ouster.

Three Medford school teachers were threatened with arrest and thrown out of the President Bush rally at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Thursday night, after they showed up wearing T-shirts with the slogan "Protect our civil liberties."

The women got past the first and second checkpoints and were allowed into the Jackson County fairgrounds, but were asked to leave and then escorted out of the event by campaign officials who allegedly told them their T-shirts were "obscene."

Posted on 20 October, 2004