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15 December, 2004

Pierced Eyeglasses

This link is making the rounds today, so I figure I should post it too: Pierced Eyeglasses.

The idea of hanging eyeglasses from a piercing or a combination of piercings or even transdermal implants is something that a lot of us have toyed with...

I, for one, have NEVER toyed with that idea.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

JAlbum

Earlier today I posted a small slide show that used Javascript. Thanks to Charles Byrne, I now I have much better way of showing photos. It's a free product called JAlbum.

Here's a link to those Pool Photos I posted earlier, this time done with JAlbum. It took about three minutes to generate, and another few minutes to upload. What you see is just one of many "skins" that are available. Very impressive.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Errorwear

When you can't think of any other gift for a computer nerd, there's always an Errorwear Shirt.

I happen to own the classic Windows 2000 Blue Screen of Death shirt -- although I will admit that I haven't seen that screen in a long, long time.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

New Pool Pix

If took more than five months, but the pool is now officially finished. Of course it will be several more months until the water is warm enough to swim it.

I took a few photos this morning.� Click here to view a slide show.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Amazon's Phone Number

Amazon's site seems to have everything anyone would ever need -- except their customer service phone number.

According to Slate, discovering Amazon's phone number takes major investigative skills: Amazon Grace.

A journalist, if he's lucky, gets at most one chance in life to leave a lasting legacy...

And me? If, after my journey is ended through this vale of tears, I should be favored with remembrance, it will likely be for the succor I provided holiday shoppers. It was I who discovered the customer service number for Amazon.com.

I wonder how he did it? The easiest way is to do a Google search for amazon customer service phone.

By the way, the number is 1-800-201-7575.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Javascript Slide Show

Here's an interesting way to display a series of photos, using some rather complicated Javascript. It's from Couloir.org: Resizing, Fading Slideshow Demo.

I like it so much that I created this little Arizona Slide Show.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Drugstore Price Codes

At Cockeyed.com: The Drugstore Pricing Codes.

There are a lot of codes and numbers on the shelf price tags in drug stores. Recently, Stacy pointed out a neat code on the shelf tags in Longs Drug Stores: A code that shows the store cost.

For example, the ANT on the label shown here indicates that the wholesale price for this item is $3.08.

He also cracked the code for Walgreens.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Online Converter

Need to convert units of measurement? Try the Online Converter. I don't know how accurate it is, but it's very comprehensive.

For example, I learned that 1 joule/centigram is equal to 1E-13 exagrays.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

James McMurtry

James Mcmurtry is yet another recording artist that I never would have heard about if it weren't for Whole Wheat Radio.

I really like this song: We Can't Make It Here. You'll find two versions to download: an acoustic version and a version with the band. They're both good, but I prefer the acoustic version.

Reaction to the song has been mixed. Read the Public Response to "We Can't Make it Here" A few excerpts:

  • Wow! What a powerful and truthful song!
  • You lost my respect. Every time I pay money to go see you in concert, I don't pay money to hear you campaign for the democratic party or bash the President (basically.)
  • 25 years from now, I will play this song for my grandkids and tell them this was the most accurate description of the American landscape at this point in time.
  • That was just about the most idiotic self-righteous piece of non-sense I've ever heard.

Here's a link to a video of McMurtry singing 60 Acres.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Mystery Image

What is this?

Inspired by Mystery Photo Contest Thing at SimpleBits.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Floating Logos

A photography project: Floating Logos.

The images are inspired by signs perched high atop very tall poles in order for people to view them from a very long distance. The poles are digitally removed from the image in order to give the illusion that the signs are disconnected from the ground as they ominously float above us.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Watching The News

Last night I did something that I haven't done in a long time: I watched the news on TV. I started with the local news and then continued on with the national news (ABC, I think).

I really don't understand how people can watch that garbage. Of the one hour total broadcast, I think there was maybe 20 minutes of actual "news." The remaining time was filled with commercials, idle chit-chat, and teasers about what's coming up in the next segment.

I could have spent five minutes online and gotten more "news" than I did in a full hour of TV.

Maybe it's time to support the Society for the Eradication of Television.

I do not watch television and encourage others to do the same.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

The Cubes

Build your own corporate labyrinth, one cube at a time: The Cubes.

Finally, the drudgery of corporate life has been captured in a play set for adults! Bob, Joe, Ted, and Ann spend eight hours a day, five days a week, at tiny desks in tiny cubicles in a giant room packed with countless similar cubicles in a giant building filled with countless similar rooms.

Each set has one 2-3/4" posable plastic figure and all the necessary plastic parts to build a classic corporate cube: four walls, desk, chair, file cabinet, in/out box, phone, and computer.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Christian Hip-Hop

This article attempts to answer the music question: Christian Hip-Hop: Gangsta Clones Or Urban Missionaries?

We've talked to some of Christian rap's movers and shakers, asking them about their art, their ministry and this growing musical phenomenon.

I also found these lyrics to a Christian Rap song.

Let's all meet, God to earth, feel the raw heat
Bow the knee, give Me props hip hop to Wall Street

The King, but I don't dream I decree things
I'm Supreme and My shekinah beams

Out the whirlwind I'm vexed so I jet through the porthole
Of time and appointment where divine meets the mortal

You darkeneth my counsel without an ounce of knowledge
The Bible is the food for your soul not your collards

Posted on 15 December, 2004

The Sound Of Pi

Pi10k...

This experiment attempts to convert the first 10,000 digits of pi into a musical sequence.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Jam Bass

I think this is one of those things that sound pretty good when you read about it, but if I bought one it would eventually end up collecting dust: Jam Bass.

The Jam Bass is a wafer-thin neck back panel for guitars that duplicates the bottom E and A strings fret by fret, voiced an octave lower like a bass guitar. The strip then plugs into a circuit pack that generates 128 Bass Audio Voices and also generates MIDI control signals! That's right -- both audio and MIDI outputs.

The video demo by Prashant Aswani makes it look so easy. I'm sure it's not.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

MS Office Christmas Templates

If you use Microsoft Office, you may want to check out this list of Christmas Templates. Most of them, I think, are for Word -- but there are a few for Excel.

And if you're using Firefox, you'll see the annoying message:

Warning: You are viewing this page with an unsupported Web browser. This Web site works best with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or later or Netscape Navigator 6.0 or later.

Get a clue, Microsoft!

(via Automate Excel)

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Drive-In Movies

The definitive resource for Drive-Ins Information.

The Drive-in Museum is a growing collection of online exhibits that celebrate the history, heyday, and current state of the drive-in movie theater.

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Sunday Newspaper Parody

It appears that there's a re-issue of the classic National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody. It's one of the funniest things ever published in the history of the world.

I still have an original copy, from 1978.

(via Tom McMahon)

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Yard Sale

Not just any yard sale, it's The 45-Family Mega Yard Sale of DOOM!

If there's one sure sign that Spring has arrived, it's the emergence of yard sales. If there's one sure sign that a neighborhood is inhabited solely by aliens hell-bent on destroying the foundations of our society... it's discovering a yard sale in which 45 families would supposedly be participating. Being a big fan of yard sales, garage sales, tag sales, yard tags, garage swaps, and estate fleas alike; you can imagine just how excited I became when I first heard about it. But was it real, or was it just a cruel hoax?

Posted on 15 December, 2004

Under The Ice

Not something I'd want to do, even if I did know how to dive: Diving Under Antarctic Ice.

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs sponsored an underwater photography team to dive out of the US Antarctic Program's base at McMurdo Station, on Ross Island in Antarctica. For three visits in late austral spring, photos were taken on scuba dives and field excursions at locations around McMurdo Sound: Ross Island and the Antarctic mainland.

Posted on 15 December, 2004