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26 November, 2004

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Posted on 26 November, 2004

Rebuilding Iraq

From Unconfirmed Sources: Can We Rebuild Iraq? Yes We Can! says Bob the Builder!

"This is just the kind of project Bob excels at." Said White House spokesman Ben Lion. "Bob has been a close friend of the President's from way back in the Texas oil fields. Whenever the President had a big job under tight deadlines he called in Bob. Bob has the right kind of 'can do' spirit in the face of impossible odds that the President requires in close supporters."

Posted on 26 November, 2004

John Ashcroft Sings

John Ashcrsoft (American's crooning crusader) sings...

Posted on 26 November, 2004

Microsoft News

Two Microsoft items:

Posted on 26 November, 2004

Free Firearms Information

Courtesy of Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc.: Free Stuff.

Currently, only two items are available: A Hitler poster and a coloring book for children.

(via Metafilter)

Posted on 26 November, 2004

Create A Badge

Create a custom badge at the Officer Store.

Please note: Some Badges may require ID & Proof of Employment

Posted on 26 November, 2004

Floss 'Em If You Got 'Em

The National Flossing Council reminds us that today is National Flossing Day.

During that day each and every American is encouraged to consider the role flossing has played in his or her life during the previous year, and make plans to Help Spread "Peace of Mouth" in their own lives and the lives of others around them, in ways with and without floss.

On this special day, our children should also be made aware of the richness and health that flossing can bring to life.

Please celebrate responsibly.

(Thanks Thalia)

Posted on 26 November, 2004

Seinfeld Stuff

Well, it looks like the first three seasons of the Seinfeld TV series is available on DVD. You can guy a "gift set" at Amazon that also includes salt & pepper shakers and playing cards (huh?).

As TV series go, Seinfeld was definitely one of the best. But I think I've seen each episode at least three times, so I won't be buying the DVDs.

And here's the Jerry Seinfeld Dictionary of Terms and Places. Examples:

Close Talker - one who speaks to a person at point blank range (usually with both peoples' noses less than a foot away from the other)

High Talker - 1) a man with a very high voice 2) a man who gives the impression of being a woman over the telephone

Low Talker - 1) a woman who speaks in a very low (sometimes sub-sonic) voice 2) a woman who speaks in a low, inaudible tone in order to trick some-body into wearing a funny looking shirt on a nationally televised talk show

Posted on 26 November, 2004

The Pink Floyd Child Singers Sue

Remember this Pink Floyd song?

We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone

Well... Pink Floyd pupils sue for royalties.

A group of former pupils at a London comprehensive school are poised to win thousands of pounds in unpaid royalties for singing on Pink Floyd's classic Another Brick In The Wall 25 years ago.

The pupils from the 1979 fourthform music class at Islington Green School secretly recorded vocals after their teacher was approached by the band's management.

Now the 23 ex-pupils are suing for overdue session musician royalties, taking advantage of the Copyright Act 1997 to claim a percentage of the money from broadcasts.

Posted on 26 November, 2004

Jump Project

Photos of people jumping. The Fake Funk Jump Project.

I started taking jump pictures regularly in 2002 during a visit to Rome, Italy. Tired of the "this is me in front of the Coliseum" picture, I asked Silvio (partner in crime) to take a picture of me jumping in front of different landmarks. When we came home, we showed the pictures to friends who all roared with laughter. I thought, "huh, OK, this is funny!" So for the rest of our 2002 holidays we took pictures jumping in Viet Nam, Sweden, France, Japan, Cambodia and the United States.

This one was taken at the Grand Canyon.

Posted on 26 November, 2004

Personal Weather Stations

Does anyone have a personal weather station? I didn't even know these existed until yesterday.

Weather Stations consist of an anemometer (measures wind speed and wind direction), a self-emptying rain gauge, temperature, humidity and barometric pressure sensors. Most weather stations also measure indoor temperature and humidity. Some weather stations include solar radiation, UV, water proof probes, additional temperature and humidity sensors, leaf wetness, soil moisture, and lightning detectors.

And all the data is stored on a computer via a wireless connection.

Posted on 26 November, 2004

Hubble Quilt

Yesterday's Astronomy Picture of the Day was a bit unusual. It was a quilt: What the Hubble Saw.

In this striking 41 inch by 38 inch quilt, astronomy enthusiast Judy Ross has interpreted some of the Hubble Space Telescope's best galactic and extragalactic vistas.

Posted on 26 November, 2004

Gorilla Covers

Here's a large collection of comic book covers that feature a gorilla: The Gorilla Cover Gallery.

(via Incoming Signals)

Posted on 26 November, 2004

The Moral Majority

I thought the "moral majority" movement died out a long time ago. Apparently not: The Moral Majority Coalition. Or is it called the Faith and Values Coalition? In any case, they have a three-fold platform:

  1. The confirmation of pro-life, strict constructionist U.S. Supreme Court justices and other federal judges;
  2. The passage of a constitutional Federal Marriage Amendment; and
  3. The election of another socially- fiscally- and politically-conservative president in 2008.

Posted on 26 November, 2004

The Frigid 50

From Film Threat: Frigid 50: The coldest people in Hollywood 2004.

Topping the list are Michael Moore, Halle Berry, and Michael Eisner.

Posted on 26 November, 2004

Judge Honors George Harrison

From The Guardian: And the defendant gently weeps.

It was a flamboyant first, from any judicial bench: a ruling in rhyme which parodied the best loved song ever written by the late Beatle, George Harrison: "Something", with a sleight-of-hand reference to While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

And it was apparently appropriate, since the defendant in the case was none other than Gil Lederman - the doctor who once treated Harrison himself, and won infamy by asking the dying Beatle to sign a guitar which was later subject to a legal dispute.

The judge's ruling started out like this.

Something in the folks he treats
Attracts bad press like no other doctor...

Posted on 26 November, 2004

AOL Throne

Very nice! The AOL Throne.

The AOL Throne was built in the summer of 2003. It contains 4000 CDs, weighs at least 150 pounds, barely fits through doors, and plugs into an electrical outlet.

Posted on 26 November, 2004

I Ran Out Of Bandwidth

How embarraskin... At some point last night this site exceeded its bandwidth limit and was shut down. 50 Gbytes of bandwidth just doesn't go as far as it used to. At least I'm in good company. Robert Scoble's linkblog suffered the same fate.

I blame it all on the conservatives and the pornographers. In the past few days this site was linked to by The National Review and a prominent porn site.

I upgraded my plan, so now I've got 100 Gbytes.

Posted on 26 November, 2004