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26 October, 2004

Thank You Rance!

A big public thank-you goes out to Rance, a long-time J-Walk Blog reader.

As promised, a box of smoked salmon showed up at my door this afternoon -- overnight delivery from Alaska. And I mean a lot of smoked salmon. I tried a sample, and it's delicious.

A quick Google search brings up lots of recipes that use smoked salmon. I've got a feeling that we'll be trying quite a few of them. Suggestions are welcome.

Posted on 26 October, 2004

He Believes In Our President

Thomas F. Schaller provides an interesting take on George W: Why I believe in our president.

An excerpt:

I believe the president was right to oppose the formation of the 9/11 Commission, to change his mind but then oppose fully funding it, to change his mind but then oppose granting its request for an extension, to change his mind but refuse to testify for more than an hour, to change his mind but then testify alongside Vice President Dick Cheney so long as transcripts and note-taking were prohibited. I believe the investigation into the Abu Ghraib prison scandal shows it was the fault of a handful of misguided underlings who simply misunderstood a memo signed by the Secretary of Defense which authorized the use of dogs to interrogate prisoners.

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Flat Stuff

His name is Hank, and Hank Makes It Flat.

Shown here is a flattened blue plastic chair -- just one of many things Hank has flattened.

It seems that his flattening skills will be passed on the the next generation:

Flattening things is very liberating. I wish people would moan less and be a little more open-minded. Heather, my daughter is growing up into a very level-headed young lady. A couple of months ago I found her in the kitchen using a rolling pin on one of her toys. She had more fun flattening it than playing with it! She looked up at me and said: "Flat is good Daddy" Exactly!! It was music to my ears!!

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Ketchup Conundrum

Malcolm Gladwell has a lot to say about catsup: The Ketchup Conundrum. This was originally published in the New Yorker.

Mustard now comes in dozens of varieties. Why has ketchup stayed the same?

(via Sachs Report)

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Favorite Colors

A little Google research. Search results for "My favorite color is ___"

  • blue - 4,830 hits
  • green - 2,050
  • purple - 1,950
  • red - 1,900
  • yellow - 1,090
  • orange 929
  • black - 617
  • white - 222
  • brown - 154
  • gray - 137

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Springtime In The Desert

In about five more months, we can look forward to Springtime in the Sonoran Desert.

It's a nice collection of photos by Peg Price.

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Google And Girlfriends

This seems rather obvious to me: Men talk to Google not girlfriends.

Men talk to their search engines more than their girlfriends, work colleagues or even their families, research has claimed.

A poll conducted by MSN Search found that search engines are the first port of call for nearly half of men seeking advice. Family are consulted by a third, while partners are the sounding board of choice for only one in four men.

In comparison, the study into gender search patterns reveals that women still opt for more traditional advice options, with one in three rating family as their number one choice for help and information.

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Bible Recipes

A collection of Bible Recipes.

Here's a recipe that uses a standard Oreo cookie to "reinforce the Creation story."

Carefully take apart an Oreo cookie.

The side without any filling is before God created light.

The filling is the light God created.

This recipe serves a dual purpose:

This can also be used for God making the moon.

There's also a recipe for Noah's Ark Dog Biscuits.

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Dvorak On Podcasting

At PC Magazine, John C. Dvorak writes: Podcasting: Not Ready for Prime Time.

I like this part:

If podcasting such as this becomes popular then its place in the pecking order for all forms of fun entertainment would be as follows:

Sporting events
Cable TV
Network TV
County fairs
Talk radio
Fingernail clipping

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Double Lives

Celebrities who look like works of art: The Double Lives Gallery.

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Neutralize Dog Gas

It's called Dogone, and it's for dogs:

The Dogone - Dog Gas Neutralizing Pad is a comfortable and least intrusive means for deodorizing gassy discharges in a thong design. This will eliminate pet odors and dog odors from flatus or flatulence.

The thongs are available in small, medium, and large sizes. $19.95.

(Thanks Curtis)

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Rogue Taxidermy

Images from the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists.

The taxidermists abide by a strict non-violence policy. Almost none of the animals used in the taxidermy were killed expressly for the purpose of mounting. Specimens are collected as road-kill, gifted to the taxidermist by friends, gifted after natural deaths by pet stores, or purchased from scientific supply companies.

Shown here is some mammal with three turkey heads.

(via Screenhead)

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Interesting Churches

Here are links to a few interesting churches:

  • The Church of the Friendly Ghost - By all rights, it should be in Casper, Wyoming. But it's actually in Austin, Texas.
  • The Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church - Located in San Francisco.
  • Atheists For Jesus - Are you tired of having people like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson ridiculing your beliefs as being "liberal revisionism"?
  • The True Christian Church of God - We have a general attendance of over 1,500 True Christians who sadly will be the only people to go to Heaven [that is except for the good people at Saddleback Church, CBN, Jerry Falwell Ministries, Fred Phelps Ministries , George W. Bush and his wife, Dick Cheney and his wife, the members of the Army of God (which our whole Church Family is currently enrolled in), the NRA, Pastor Thomas Robb Ministries, Kent Hovind Ministies, Jack Chick Ministries, and that's it].

(via Unusual Churches and Cults)

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Two Bush Sites

The nice thing about the Web is that it's very easy to confuse *.com, *.org, and *.gov domains.

Which of these Bush/Cheney sites is more interesting?

And what about these?

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Whistling Lessons

Instructions on how to do something I've never been able to do: Two-Handed Whistling.

Generally I can teach someone how to whistle with their hands in two minutes or less, but that's when they are standing in front of me and I can show them the technique. Still, I suspect that if you give it a try you'll get the hang of it in ten minutes of real effort.

Posted on 26 October, 2004

High Speed Video

A good collection of high-speed video clips.

The video clips below were filmed with a special high-speed camera. The super slow-motion playback lets you visualize effects that cannot be seen with the naked eye or with a standard video camera.

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Evian Trio

If you've got more money than brains, spend $20 and pick up an Evian Trio.

Airplane oxygen and hotel air conditioning have left your skin more parched than a desert. Refresh yourself with a spritz of Evian's Brumisateur; a mist of the company's famous water from the French Alps. 3 pack. 1.7oz each container.

Let's see... 5.1 ounces of water for $20. That's just slightly more than $500 per gallon. But hey, it's from the French Alps.

Posted on 26 October, 2004

Graph Paper

Hey everyone, it's free graph paper. Lots of options. Just open the PDF file and print it.

Posted on 26 October, 2004