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3 December, 2004

A Rat In The Toilet

Twenty years ago, Cecil answered this question: Can rats swim up through the (urk) toilet?

I was reminded of this topic after reading this post on the FDP: How's This For Pretty Freakin' Disturbing?

Sometime during the night a rat crawled up through the sewer and drowned in my toilet. My wife found it and I got to fish it from the bowl with a hanger. Lovely. Thank goodness the lid was closed.

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Old Toys

Nostalgic stuff: Wes Clark's Toys from the Sixties.

Shown here is Topper's Multi-Pistol 09 Set. Try carrying one of these on a plane as a gift to your grandson...

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Wheat Hole Concert Guide

Jim Kloss has put together a Guide to Whole Wheat Radio House Concerts. It's intended primarily for musicians who want to play at the Wheat Hole. But it's an interesting read even if you're just a listener. Example:

Q. Will you sign a contract and/or rider?

A. Yes. But we read them first. And we take them seriously. If we can't provide something, we say so. For example, we do not have running water so providing a dressing room with a shower isn't possible.

And if they insist on a real toilet, forget it!

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New Guitar Playing Record

From Mosnews: Georgian Guitarist Plays 27 Hours in Russia.

Guitar player Temur Kvitelashvili from Georgia has broken the world record for playing time. He played for 27 hours with only several five-minute breaks.

His marathon took place in the Siberian town of Angarsk. The rules allow a five-minute break after every hour, but the daring musician only took a few.

The previous record was held by an Indian guitarist who played for 24.5 hours.

Kvitelashvili currently lives in Moscow. He took up the guitar at the age of 11. An international contest last year in Los Angeles named him the world's best guitarist.

Here's his Web site.

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I like this guy's work: Coro.

Representing the great lone star state, Coro originally hails form the filthy border town of El Paso, where he began his career defacing public property with spray paint. Through this illegal medium he honed his interest in the arts. In 1997, Coro moved to San Francisco, where he studied traditional illustration at the Academy of Art College for three years. After amassing a massive debt in college loans, he left school and began working in the production art industry, where he resides today.

Here's a painting called "Broadway."

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Rock And Roll Memorabilia

For auction at Christie's: Rock & Roll and Entertainment Memorabilia.

Shown here is Elvis Presley's personal bible -- expected to sell for $4,000 - $6,000.

And here's a check for $85.85 signed by Marilyn Monroe, made out to her maid in 1959.

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For those who need to know: How do I get an armadillo out of my yard?

So, what can be done about these marauding mammals? Unfortunately, not a whole lot. Capturing the armadillo is one option, and it has worked for some people.

Keeping armadillos from entering your yard in the first place is also an option.

(via Information Junk)

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Claria's EULA

The scumbags at spyware company Claria (formerly known as Gator) must spend a lot of money on lawyers. See: Gator's EULA Gone Bad.

Gator has recently taken steps to portray itself as a model citizen among what it calls "adware" companies... Has Gator turned over a new leaf? For insight, I turned to Gator's license agreements, to see how Gator currently presents itself to ordinary users.

Claria's EULA consists of 5,936 words that nobody will ever read. Particularly notable is the part where the user agrees that he/she will not use any spyware removal tools:

"You agree that you will not use, or encourage others to use, any unauthorized means for the removal of the GAIN AdServer, or any GAIN-Supported Software from a computer."

And they even prohibit the use of packet sniffers, just in case someone is curious about the information they're sending:

"Any use of a packet sniffer or other device to intercept or access communications between GP and the GAIN AdServer is strictly prohibited."

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247 Media Studios

Here's another one of those annoying Flash sites: 247 Media Studios. So annoying that it even has a pop-up.

The only thing it has going for it is a fly that walks across the screen. very realistic.

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Beer Logos

A boatload of beer logos.

All Logos in Adobe Illustrator format or EPS files and everything packed with Winzip.

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This Blog In 2024

Assuming that this blog is still up and running 20 years from now, what do you think the item headlines would be? Things like...

  • The CAN-SPAM Act Still Isn't Working
  • Sunday Hologram Caption Contest
  • Google Now Indexing 903,000,000,000,000,000 Web Pages
  • Another Critical Security Update From Microsoft

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A rubber track conversion system for 4x4 vehicles: Mattracks.

MATTRACKS rubber track conversion systems transforms most 4x4 vehicles into a true all-terrain vehicle equipped with rubber tracks that will go almost anywhere and bring you back!

(via Jaf Project)

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The Silents

All about The Silent Generation.

Nearly fifty million Americans were born to the Silent Generation in America between 1925 and 1942. Before them were the so-called G.I. Generation and after them the Boom Generation, then the X, and now the Millennial. No generation has so small a reputation as does the Silent. No generation since the American Civil War has been so misunderstood and underestimated.

Silents are about 95% retired at this point.

(Thanks Kevin Kelly)

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Best Photojournalism

From the National Press Photographer's Association: The Best of Photojournalism 2004.

This photo, "Going For A Leap" by Gary Porter, won an honorable mention in the Feature category.

Trixie, a Jack Russell Terrier, has a hard time staying on the ground like normal dogs, and commonly performs a three foot vertical when she's excited. Neighbors have been known to come by when she's outside just to watch her leap.

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Dog Bite Ratios

Read some excerpts from Charlie Mesloh's research: "An Overview of Canine Apprehension Methodologies and their Relationship to Bite Ratios."

Bark and Hold (Find and Bark) trained dogs have a higher bite ratio than Bite and Hold dogs.

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The Value Of Santa

From BBC News: Santa teaches kids to be good.

Santa Claus - and his ability to "know if you've been bad or good" - helps children learn the difference between right and wrong, said Dr Lynda Breen.

Writing in this month's Psychiatric Bulletin, she said the Santa myth gives parents an "ace up their sleeve".

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A revolutionary new concept in toilet paper dispensing: Tilt-A-Roll.

Should toilet tissue be hung so it comes "over" the top of the roll or "under" and down the wall? For many households this question can lead to a heated debate. Argue no more! The Tilt-A-Roll lets each user decide "over" or "under."

As seen on TV.

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Dylan On The Tube

I just may have to turn on the TV on Sunday. Bob Dylan will be interviewed on 60 Minutes: Up Next: Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan will appear on 60 Minutes, in his first television interview in 19 years. The music icon sat down with Correspondent Ed Bradley while on tour in Northampton, Mass.

Dylan delves into several subjects in the intense interview, discussing his career, the burden of his fame, his difficult relationship with the press, and the relationship he had with his father

Actually, I guess it's just a plug for his new book.

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Food Blogs

Kiplog's Foodblog has a huge collection of links to food blogs -- everything from The Aardvark Cooks to Yum.

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Jaywalker Twelve Step Site

Not affiliated with this blog, and not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous: The Jaywalker Twelve Step Site.

Posted on 3 December, 2004