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28 October, 2004

Political Doubletalk

Today George W. Bush said:

"The senator's willingness to trade principle for political convenience makes it clear that John Kerry is the wrong man for the wrong job at the wrong time."

Three and half years ago, John Edwards said:

"At a time when our Nation desperately needs unifying leaders, Senator Ashcroft is the wrong man for the wrong job at the wrong time."

This quote makes no sense to me. Wouldn't it be clearer if they simply said, "he is the wrong man for the job?" Why is the job wrong? And why is the time wrong? Will there ever be a right time when he will be the wrong man for the right job? Or will there be a wrong time when he's the right man for the wrong job?

Oh well, I guess it's about as meaningful as any political speech.

Posted on 28 October, 2004

What He Has Read

I wish I were able to keep this type of data: What I have read since 1974. It's by Eric Leuliette, a Research Associate at the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research.

The last book entry was made just a few days ago. It was The outlaw sea: a world of freedom, chaos, and crime, by William Langewiesche. I used the search feature, and it seems that he hasn't read any of my books.

He even has a few charts.

(via Burp)

Posted on 28 October, 2004

Frozen Critters

I'm not sure what to think about this site: Frozen Critters.

Handling custom needs for taxidermists, universities, and museums.

Here's the disclaimer:

All animals are legally taken and can be legally sold. When ordering any item, we assume the item/s can be imported and possessed by you and are in accordance with your state laws. In the event an item can't be legally possessed in your state, you will be held responsible for all legal fees and penalties incurred. All animals we sell are NOT for human consumption.

They certainly do have a wide selection. Right now they have a closeout sale on 30-35 pound frozen whole beavers from New York. Only $35.

Unfortunately, all of the picture links are broken.

Posted on 28 October, 2004


Read all about International Tipping Etiquette.

To tip, or not to tip? Mmmm... it's not that straightforward. Even when we've established that we ought to give a tip for something - that this is, indeed, a 'tipping situation' - the question is, how much? And to whom, exactly? And to make matters that little bit more complicated, the rules for tipping vary greatly from country to country. What's perfectly normal behaviour in a Tokyo restaurant might be thought rude in a Texan diner.

Posted on 28 October, 2004

Evil Clown Generator

Just move your mouse around and generate an evil clown.

(via Sarcasmo's Corner)

Posted on 28 October, 2004

Pumpkin Gallery

Here's a very nice collection of carved pumpkin photos: Pumpkin Gutter.

This is a special gallery featuring some of the pumpkins I have carved. I enjoy sculpting into the rind of the pumpkin to get an unusual effect and allow for more interesting possibilities with the pumpkin.

Afterward, lighting the pumpkin is especially striking since the change in thickness of the shell allows light to pass through in different amounts.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 28 October, 2004

What A Watch!

Here's a watch for you: A Truth Detector, Decoder and International Timepiece in One!

Move over James Bond! The world of high-tech spy gadgets is now available to even novice secret agents with the Truth Detector Spy Watch -- an advanced system that uses real lie detector technology to help you determine who's telling the truth.

Just ask the person you're testing to hold their index and middle fingers against the Truth Detector Spy Watch's bio-feedback sensors. With their fingers still on the sensors, ask them a question. As they answer, press the SET button once, which brings up a chart. The more bars appear on the screen, the less likely it is they are being honest. Look for other clues, such as rapid eye movement or a flushed face to help you decide.

It's only $15.99.

(via Engadget)

Posted on 28 October, 2004

How To Save Money

From Bankrate.com: Extreme saving: 20 strange ways to save.

...the oddest, most-extreme savings ideas that have been submitted by readers. We don't recommend you take these money-saving ideas seriously. In fact, most of them are just plain bad ideas. Some are illegal; some could be dangerous to your health. But mostly, they were too much fun to ignore.

A few examples:

  • When eating out, save on the expense of a soda by ordering a glass of water with lemon. Spice it up with a packet or two of sweetener, and it will taste like lemonade. No charge, no tax and no tip on that.
  • Instead of buying toilet paper, I use yesterday's newspaper.
  • Unplug clocks in your house while sleeping.
  • Next time you need an umbrella, go to your local public library and ask for the lost and found department. Tell them that you left your black umbrella at the library last month. They will show you a selection of several black umbrellas. Select the most expensive and it's yours. The bigger the library, the better the selection of umbrellas.

(via New Links)

Posted on 28 October, 2004


Here's a link to the first Bush speech transcript that uses the word Booo (with three o's): Remarks by the President at Florida Rally. It's from March 20, 2004.

BUSH: The presidential primary contest is over. I finally got an opponent.


The transcripts include other audience reactions as well:

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!


Since then, 190 speech transcripts have used the word Booo.

(Thanks Zaine Ridling)

Posted on 28 October, 2004

New Font For Highway Signs

From Typographica: Clearview: A New Typeface for US Highways.

America's big green highway signs are about to become more legible.

Type designer James Montalbano announces that after years of development, the US Federal Government has finally given official interim approval for his Clearview to be used on all Federal roads.

You can get your very own copy of this typeface for about $800. It would probably be great for an Excel spreadsheet.

Posted on 28 October, 2004

How To Make A TV Burger

Consumer Reports For Kids describes how to build a yummy TV burger. Just like you see in those fast food ads.

Hint: it involves petroleum jelly, cardboard, glue, and straight pins.

Posted on 28 October, 2004


From ABC News: Poll: Americans Skeptical About Election.

Six in 10 of those surveyed in an Associated Press poll say it's likely there will not be a clear winner in the presidential race by Nov. 3 the day after the election and fear the results will be challenged in court.

Elections used to be so simple.

Posted on 28 October, 2004

Eclipse Photos

Last night I shot 63 eclipse photos. I had no idea what exposure to use, so I did a lot of bracketing. Here are two examples. Nothing great. I really need a longer zoom lens for such photos.

Posted on 28 October, 2004

Free Photo Software

Free Software from Microsoft: Photo Story 3 for Windows.

Bring life into your favorite memories with Photo Story 3 for Windows´┐Ż by adding motion, effects, music, and more to your digital photos. Easily retouch your images with a single click and add slick-looking titles, or add dramatic pans and zooms that give your creations a professional finish, create a soundtrack-even record narration. Then enjoy the show.

To get it, you just have to prove that you're running a genuine version of Windows.

Posted on 28 October, 2004

Dog Helmets

The ultimate pet accessory: The Helmet.

Exclusively for pets! Made of high impact ABS plastic the same plastic used in construction hard hats. Designed with safety and comfort in mind, "The Helmet" can protect a pet's head from wind, windblown objects and other irritants when riding on a motorcycle, in a car, truck or boat.

Does your dog have stand-up ears? Not to worry....."The Helmet" was designed so that it does not rest flat on the head.

Posted on 28 October, 2004