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21 October, 2004

Nominate The Daily Dose

Dick Kusleika, the guy who does the most excellent Daily Dose of Excel, is asking for some help. He wants to win one of the First Annual TechWeb Network Best Independent Tech Blog Readers Choice Awards. Click here for details.

The winner gets a $500 Starbucks Coffee Card.

Cool! That should be good for, what, 10-12 cups of coffee?

Posted on 21 October, 2004

Makeup School

Attend the Yossibitton Professional Makeup School. Here's one of several before-and-after shots -- actually it's an after-and-before shot.

Posted on 21 October, 2004

Coming Soon: The End Of The Internet

From Ars Technica: Internet about to collapse, says Finnish scientist.

In today's edition of "they sky is falling," we pick up on the woeful predictions of one Dr. Hannu Kari, who pinpoints 2006 as the end of the Internet as we know it.

Today the good professor warned that the fun bus could all come to a crashing halt in less than two years because of steady increases in everything that makes the Internet such a pain in the rear. Viruses, trojans, spam, and security flaws are all on the march in the view of the Helsinki University of Technology professor, and if current trends continue, their burden will topple the global network.

Posted on 21 October, 2004

Still More Answers

It's time for more answers to the Ask J-Walk questions -- otherwise known as procrastination...

Tina: What made you decide to change the picture and masthead? A new look for the next two years?

Basically, I was just getting tired of looking at it. I visit this site several times a day. Because there was such a huge public outcry over the new photos, I reverted back to the old photo. And I'm still tired of looking at it.

Cesar: Do you watch "Reality TV" shows?

When "Big Brother" first came on TV (four years ago?), I think I watched almost every episode. I thought it was an interesting psychological experiment. By the time it was over, I realized that it was just a bunch of garbage. I've also seen a few episodes of "Survivor." But in the past three years, I've watched very little television. In fact, I called the cable company a few days ago and changed my subscription to the most basic of basic -- plus Music Choice.

Anja: My start toolbar has disappeared and I have no idea why. When I start up the PC, No icons come up or toolbars, only my background. To start a programme, I have to use ctrl+alt+del. I have tried everything, it hasn't minimized, And I have the distinct feeling my dad will murder me if he finds out before I fix it. Help!, Save my life!.

This question was posted two days ago. Sorry for the delay. Anja's funeral services will be held on Friday morning.

PLJ: Does Pamn think you're funny? Do you think you're funny? Be Honest.

Yes, yes, and I am. I do admit, however, that Pamn doesn't think I'm as funny as I really am. Many of my jokes go over her head, or she doesn't even realize that they are jokes.

Chris: Do you, or have you ever listen(ed) to Jesse Cook? Who is your favorite flamenco artist?

No, I've never heard of him. I don't listen to any "real" flamenco artists, but I do like "nuevo flamenco" music by La Esperanza, Ruben Romero, Ottmar Lievert and others.

cacafuego: What is your opinion of NORML and its work?

Frankly, I don't know much about that organization. But I am certainly in favor of modifying drug laws. Not because I use them (I don't), but because it's pretty much a victimless crime not worthy of the jail time that is being spent.

Posted on 21 October, 2004

Some Reading Material

If you don't mind reading stuff on a computer monitor (of if you have lots of paper/toner), this site will keep you in reading material for many years to come: Bartleby.com.

Bartleby.com began as a personal research experiment in 1993 and within one year published the first classic book on the Web (Whitman's Leaves of Grass).

Since its incorporation in 1999 and the release of preeminent contemporary reference works, Bartleby.com becomes the most comprehensive reference publisher on the web, meeting the needs of students, educators, and the intellectually curious.

For example, you'll find all 70 volumes of the Harvard Classics:

The most comprehensive and well-researched anthology of all time comprises both the 50-volume "5-foot shelf of books" and the the 20-volume Shelf of Fiction. Together they cover every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century.

Posted on 21 October, 2004

Parking A Car

Try parking a car using the arrow keys on your keyboard: Parking: Battle of the Sexes.

Posted on 21 October, 2004

More FBI Warnings

From CNN: FBI warning labels to appear on CDs, DVDs, software.

The FBI said Thursday it is giving Hollywood film studios, music companies and software makers permission to use its name and logo on their DVDs, CDs and other digital media in hopes the labels will deter consumers from making illegal copies.

"This anti-piracy seal should serve as a warning to those who contemplate the theft of intellectual property, that the FBI will actively investigate cyber crimes and will bring the perpetrators of these criminal acts to justice," said Jana Monroe, assistant director of the FBI's cyber division.

What a joke. How many hundreds of thousands of hours have been wasted while the big red nonsense is frozen on TV screens across the world while people are waiting to watch a movie?�

Does anyone think that this warning has prevented even one illegal copy?

Posted on 21 October, 2004

Reducing Software Piracy

From ZDNet: Ballmer: We need a $100 PC.

"The biggest problem we have right now is that people who should be paying for software aren't," Ballmer told an audience of technology executives at an industry conference here sponsored by market researcher Gartner.

One way to stem piracy is to offer consumers in emerging countries a low-cost PC, Ballmer said. "There has to be...a $100 computer to go down-market in some of these countries. We have to engineer (PCs) to be lighter and cheaper," he said.

Microsoft is doing their share to reduce end-user costs: Microsoft brings XP starter software to India.

The ability to do home networking and to create multiple user accounts on a single PC has been removed, while display resolution is capped at a maximum of 800 by 600 pixels. More important, users can run only three programs or have three windows opened at once, a limitation that research company Gartner believes could frustrate users and drive them to buy bootleg copies of Windows XP instead.

Posted on 21 October, 2004

George Carlin's New Book

George Carlin has a new book, with a great title: When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

You can also listen to his version of the Ten Commandments.

(via Jaf Project)

Posted on 21 October, 2004

Colored Salt

There is no end to human ingenuity: Colored table salt.

We couldn't see how much salt we were sprinkling on our food, so we introduced What's Shakin! Colored Table Salt. Since you can see it you use less - and it looks great on food too! Add some color to your dishes today with What's Shakin! Table Salt.

Comes in orange, green, yellow, red, and blue.

Posted on 21 October, 2004

World Series Tickets

Get yer World Series tickets here. I was checking the availability for the first game, and here's one marked "best value!"

If you don't like sitting in the cheap seats, they have three Row H Fenway tickets for $9,860 each.

Posted on 21 October, 2004

FX

Morten Jacobsen FX: make-up FX, sculpture, and props.

I have worked as a professional make-up artist since 1987. I do both regular make-up and FX, the majority of my work being special make-up effects, including over fifty feature films, many commercials and TV productions.

This site is meant as a sort of cyber portfolio - in the photo gallery you will find more than 100 photos of my work - so feel free to look around!

This one kind of looks like Eric Clapton.

Posted on 21 October, 2004

Google Mirror

If you haven't seen this Google mirror site, it's worth a look.

Posted on 21 October, 2004

Geeky Hobbies

From The Wave: The ten geekiest hobbies.

You can tell a lot about a person from the hobbies they choose, especially if it requires them to be tied to a bathtub full of hot dogs with a panel of judges and a proctologist with a tape measure watching. But enough about coin collecting. We've contacted renowned experts on geeks, as well as many actual geeks, to compile this list of the dorkiest things you can do with your time.

The top 3:

  1. Live action role playing
  2. Furries / Plushies
  3. Star Trek

Posted on 21 October, 2004

A Jerd Of Javelinas

We've been in Tucson for about three and half months, and we've seen only one javelina -- until this morning. About a dozen javelinas made their way through the back of the property.

I took some photos, but they are not very good. Too dark, long lens, long exposure.

The image The image

Posted on 21 October, 2004

Britney's Blog?

The world just became a better place. Britney Spears has started a blog-like Letter To Fans.

I am going to start writing this column now as often as possible. The reason being is so I can talk directly to you, my fans, who have stuck by me & who continue to support me. Also, I'm not going to be as busy as my Mom. She's running behind my sister like crazy! I am also going to take some time off to enjoy life. I've actually learned to say "NO!"

Good for you, Britney.

Posted on 21 October, 2004

Books As Art

An organization called Altered Books. What is an altered book?

It is any book, old or new that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art. They can be ... rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned... and yes! it is legal!

Posted on 21 October, 2004