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2 November, 2004

New! Shorter Comments

Has anyone noticed that I changed the character limit for comments? The maximum used to be 2,500 characters, now it's 1,000.

I made this change to help with the comment spam problem. In the past 24 hours, I've been hit with a steady stream of about 80 comment spams. I noticed that the smallest one contained about 1,400 characters. Hence the new limit.

So far, it's working. Not a single comment spam has been posted since I made the change.

This change shouldn't affect normal comments. If you can't make your point using less than 1,000 characters, this probably isn't the proper place to make it.

Posted on 2 November, 2004

I Love Karl Rove

A blog by Kat Kinsman (of whitehouse.org fame): I Love Karl Rove.

ILOVEKARLROVE.COM is a digital satire of the Executive Branch of the United States Federal Government. ILOVEKARLROVE.COM uses the names and images of public figures for purposes of satire. Any other names are invented. The content of this web site should in no way be construed as factual.

...And NO I have NEVER, met, nor do I intend to meet Karl Rove, and would have no clue as to going about doing such a thing. I'm sure he's quite charming, and I have nothing but respect for his political acumen.

Posted on 2 November, 2004

Animated Paper

Flying Pig sells kits that let you create animated paper toys. They also have some free downloads.

Flying Pig Paper Animation Kits are paper models you make that move. Easy to assemble, fun to share, great gifts...

(via Tom McMahon)

Posted on 2 November, 2004

Here Are Some Answers

Still more answers to the Ask J-Walk questions...

Champthom: Who would win in a death match - Superman or Jesus?

I've often thought about that question, but I've never arrived at a satisfactory answer. The problem is, after three days Jesus would just keep rising from the dead. And he'd probably create some Kryptonite out of a fish or something. There would have to be some strict rules.

Yaanu: Ever link to a website for Rubik's cube answers?

No I haven't. I've never been interested in Rubik cubes, even when they were popular.

Frank: Do you or did you ever listen to "Coast To Coast AM"?

It's very rare that I listen to the radio, and I've never heard of that show. So if I have listened to it, I have no recollection of it. I just looked it up on Google and it seems like it might be good if you're driving across the country and you're tired of all of your CDs.

Frank Skee: Windows XP opens with a nice green rolling hill in the foreground and an apparently volcanic mountain in the distance. Do you know if this is a real picture? What is the mountain? Microsoft tech support never replied to my query and this bugs me more than it should.

That particular wallpaper is called "bliss." I don't know for sure, but my guess is that it's an actual photo, probably enhanced a bit. It's possible that it's two photos combined (one for the sky, one for the grass). Interestingly, it's the only wallpaper file supplied with Windows that's a BMP rather than a JPG. Therefore, it's about 20 times larger than the others.

Location? I have no idea. Someone asked a similar question in one of the XP newsgroups. One person thought that it was Scotland, and someone else suggested Magnuson Park in Seattle.

By the way, there's a special New Zealand version of that wallpaper. And here's a humorous version.

Performs: What's the coolest spreadsheet you ever saw?

All modesty aside, it would have to be my own Animated Hypocycloid Charts workbook. But there are some other good candidates here.

Poncho: I am trying to find a site that would give me the year to date totals of deaths attributed to automobiles and the separate column for those caused by commercial airline crashes. These would be national statistics for the USA.

I'm sure that data is readily available on the Web. It's not a topic that interests me enough to do the research for you. Maybe someone else will volunteer.

Randy: For someone who professes to be apolitical and doesn't vote, you seem to have too many links that are either anti-Bush or pro-Kerry. Why don't you just come out of the political closet?

There are a lot of anti-Bush links -- primarily because he's a terrible excuse for a president and he's an easy target for ridicule. I don't think I've posted many pro-Kerry links at all.

Jordon: What's your secret to having a popular blog?

Do you really think I'm going to reveal my secret? Just look at the content, the update frequency, and the layout -- maybe it will give you some clues.

F. Clark: Could you send me an e-mail with your phone # it will go nowhere else. I would like to talk to you.

No I couldn't do that.

Huts: What happens when you don't find stuff that may or may not interest you?

That will happen only when I'm dead. And even that may be interesting.

Posted on 2 November, 2004

Australian Slang

A long list of Australian Slang.

It wasn't easy but we've tried to include uniquely Australian slang here and to exclude British and American slang even though these are commonly used in Australia. We see no point in informing the world that "fridge" is Australian slang for a "refrigerator".

Here are a few that might come in handy:

  • Bog in: commence eating, to attack food with enthusiasm
  • Dunny: outside lavatory
  • Liquid laugh: vomit
  • Mystery bag: a sausage
  • Tinny: can of beer
  • Ute: utility vehicle, pickup truck

Posted on 2 November, 2004

Broken Umbrellas

Here's a specialized photo gallery for you: People With Broken Umbrellas.

(via Exclamation Mark -- hey, I thought he quit blogging)

Posted on 2 November, 2004

Kosher Machines

From Wired: The Geek Guide to Kosher Machines.

From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, Orthodox Jews are forbidden to work, write, and drive. In all, 39 activities are off-limits to those complying with the Torah's fourth commandment, to keep the Sabbath holy. In the home, that means no cooking or fire lighting - or its modern analog, moving electricity through a circuit.

A guy named Jonah Ottensoser has a solution.

Sabbath law prohibits Jews from performing actions that cause a direct reaction; that would qualify as forbidden work. But indirect reactions are, well, kosher. In Hebrew, this concept is called the gramma.

In other words, press a button and there's a delay before the desired action occurs -- and that's kosher.

Who needs comedy when the world has so many religions?

Posted on 2 November, 2004

The Office

A few months ago, Paul suggested that I watch a BBC comedy series called "The Office." I bought the DVD that has the first two seasons. Last night we finished with season 1.

The verdict? Outstanding! The only problem is that I need to turn on the subtitles. Otherwise, I miss a lot of the dialog.

Here's the Definitive Online Guide to The Office.

Posted on 2 November, 2004

Mugshot Calendars

Celebrity Mugshot Calendars.

Choose from the Hollywood Edition, the Music Edition, the Sports Edition, and the Hip Hop Edition.

Posted on 2 November, 2004

Sumo Outfit

A pictorial guide to learning how to dress like a Sumo wrestler.

Posted on 2 November, 2004

Brown Paper Tickets

Brown Paper Tickets: An alternative to Ticketmaster?

Ticket buyers and event organizers have been held hostage by ticketing companies long enough. Our mission is to keep as much money in everyone's pockets as possible. That way, producers can put on more shows, performers can earn a better living, and ticket buyers can see more shows! That's what building a community is about.

Posted on 2 November, 2004

Don't Name Your Dog Bob

From CNN: Brazilian lawmakers want ban on human names for pets.

A Brazilian legislator wants to make it illegal to give pets names that are common among people.

Federal congressman Reinaldo Santos e Silva proposed the law after psychologists suggested that some children may get depressed when they learn they share their first name with someone's pet, said Damarias Alves, a spokeswoman for Silva.

"Names have importance," said Alves. The congressman "wants to challenge people's assumptions that it's acceptable to give animals human names," she said.

Posted on 2 November, 2004


Phototropos - animated photography on the Web.

A phototrope is an old idea of pictures set to motion set to sound in a way that seems more non-linear than video or film. We begin with a creative vision for the project and then photographer Liz Linder begins to shoot the subject. Shooting can take place in one day or over a few weeks depending on the subect matter. When there are enough images, Jim Infantino begins to animate them to sound. Sound sources can be original music, or sound design provided by Aaron Shadwell.

Posted on 2 November, 2004

A $10 Guittar Pick

From Maverick Music: Custom Tony Zemaitis Black/Silver Guitar Pick.

This is a custom Black with Silver lettering Tony Zemaitis Guitar pick. These are custom picks that were made to go with his custom guitars.. Get yours today, before we run out!

Yeah, right. Those will go fast.

(via Music Thing)

Posted on 2 November, 2004

Largest Skateboard

Here's the world's largest skateboard.

Specs: 10' long, 4' wide, 3' high. Approximately 500 lbs. Double kick deck with fully functional trucks and hot rod wheels. Built in 1996 by Foundation Skateboards.

Posted on 2 November, 2004

Candidate Horoscopes

George W. Bush is a Cancer. His horoscope for today:

The glass is definitely half-full; in fact, it might be filled to the brim. That goes double for your heart, which will be just as full. The good news is that you've got a built-in safety net for all your ventures. Take advantage.

John F. Kerry is a Sagittarius. His horoscope for today:

You'll be just amazed at how intimate all your encounters will be now -- from a 'casual' chat to an evening alone with your current squeeze. Don't resist. It's time to get personal.

Oddly, neither horoscope mentions anything about being elected president. But W's built-in safety net thing is intriguing.

Posted on 2 November, 2004

Duckie Goddess

Kristal is the Duckie Goddess.

Welcome to Duckie Goddess, a site dedicated to my huge (and still growing!) duck collection. I mainly collect rubber ducks, but I just can't turn down any sort of duckie - I've got stuffed ones, plastic ones, and all sorts of other duck paraphernalia.

Shown here is a James Brown Celebriduck.

Posted on 2 November, 2004


Dan's 20th Century Abandonware.

Abandonware refers to software that is five years or older and no longer supported. It can be any software made for any computer system.

"Old" doesn't always mean "free." Abandonware does not always mean "freeware." It only means all support has been "abandoned" for that title.

Here's a link to the section on abandoned spreadsheet and accessory software. It's a good start, but it's missing a lot of spreadsheet add-ins that have been abandoned.

Posted on 2 November, 2004


Explore the history and making of Butter.

We have record of its use as early as 2,000 years before Christ. The Bible is interspersed with references to butter, the product of milk from the cow. Not only has it been regarded from time immemorial as a food fit for the gods, but its use appears to have been divinely recommended and its users promised certain immunities against evil. Butter was the only food ever defined by an Act of the U.S. Congress prior to the enactment of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938.

Posted on 2 November, 2004