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22 October, 2004

One-Button Remote Control

This might be the week's most popular product. The Web site was down for a few days because it couldn't handle the traffic. But now it's back.

The product is called TV B-Gone. It serves one purpose: to turn off TVs.

  1. Point it at a TV set
  2. Press the button (no need to hold the button down)
  3. Keep pointing it at the TV until the TV turns off (which may take up to 69 seconds).

Posted on 22 October, 2004

Misleading Headline

Here's my nomination for the week's most misleading headline. At The Register: Three-quarters of Brit workers drunk after lunch.

Read the article, and you'll see where the number comes from:

Even more worrying is that a third of respondents (33 per cent) claimed to enjoy a liquid lunch three times a week with 76 per cent feeling slightly drunk when returning to work.

Let's see... 76% of 33% is 25%. So only a quarter of our British friends are a bit drunk after lunch. That's about the same as in the U.S.

Posted on 22 October, 2004


All about apples (the fruit, not the computer): Apple Journal.

You'll also find an apple photo gallery that can help you identify an unknown apple. The apple shown here is a Rhode Island Greening.

Posted on 22 October, 2004




Posted on 22 October, 2004

Pachelbel's Canon

Here are 32 versions of Pachelbel's Canon in D. This is one of the few songs that I can almost play all the way through on the piano.

(via Steel White Table)

Posted on 22 October, 2004

Freak Show

Welcome to The Freak Show.


Most of these are well-known, but I did see a few new ones. Shown here is Rubber Man.

Posted on 22 October, 2004

World's Worst Web Site?

Here's another candidate for the world's worst Web site: Arngren. Lot's of great content here, but the design is just a tad bit overwhelming.

Posted on 22 October, 2004

Mystery Worshipper

It's kind of like the Lone Ranger, but different: Mystery Worshipper.

Ship of Fools has an intrepid team of Mystery Worshippers travelling incognito in the British aisles and beyond, reporting on the comfort of the pews, the warmth of the welcome, the length of the sermon... The only clue that they have been there at all is the Mystery Worshipper calling card, dropped discreetly into the collection plate.

Here's an excerpt from a review of Christ Church in Braunton, Devon, England:

What happened when you hung around after the service looking lost?

I was sat at the back of the church, and when the service ended remained standing by my seat. The whole church emptied past me until there was only myself and a few others left in the hall. I'm 6 foot 4 tall and rather wide, so am instantly recognisable as a visitor - I even made eye contact with people as they went past so I know they saw me. But not one person even said hello. After I went out into the hallway I stood there for a few minutes, and was still ignored by every person there. I have never been to a church that made such little effort to welcome visitors, and this in a part of the country that gets a lot of tourists. The church should be ashamed of itself.

Posted on 22 October, 2004

My New Karaoke Music

It's loads of fun: J-Walk: The Original Karaoke Version #1.

Posted on 22 October, 2004

Download Fahrenheit 9/11

If you can handle 650Mb, you can download Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 right here.

I watched it on DVD last week. If even half of it is true, George W. Bush should be defeated in a landslide. But he won't be.

Posted on 22 October, 2004

Myths In Rock

From Rolling Stone: Rock's 10 Wildest Myths.

We all know that rock & roll is the devil's music, so it should be no surprise that the Great Deceiver likes to occasionally spice up his raucous riffs with tall tales. With dead rockers often appearing alive, and live rockers often whispered to have died long ago, rock & roll is indeed ripe with mystery. From the bats to the cows to the elephants to the ham sandwiches, here is the devil's best work.

So Mama Cass didn't really choke on a ham sandwich.

Posted on 22 October, 2004


What do you get when you combine a telephone with a blender? The Amazing Blenderphone.

Posted on 22 October, 2004

Stealing Letters

Here's a big board with magnetic letters: Just Letters. Drag the letters to make some words. The only problem is that others are doing the same thing.

Posted on 22 October, 2004

Wrong Date, George

From the President's Remarks on Homeland Security in New Jersey.

I have a record in office, as well. And all Americans have seen that record. September the 4th, 2001, I stood in the ruins of the Twin Towers. It's a day I will never forget.

Maybe he's living in a time warp.

Posted on 22 October, 2004

1964 World's Fair

All about the 1964 World's Fair. Actually, it wasn't an official world's fair.

The problem was that the fair wasn't sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions because world's fairs are limited to one year runs. Besides the BIE had already given their blessing to Seattle's 1962 fair (only one U.S. fair allowed per decade). Consequently most European countries and the Communist bloc boycotted it. None-the-less countries mainly in Asia, South America, the Mid-East and Africa were represented.

General Motors had an exhibit called Futurama. This underseas city never quite happened.

(via Things Magazine)

Posted on 22 October, 2004