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17 December, 2004

Dick K Photos

Another fun evening at Casa Del JWalk. By request, here are a few photos for the Daily Dose of Excel groupies:

Dick Kusleika... needs a shave.

Dick Kusleka and his lovely wife.

Dick Kusleika, guest blogger.

Dick Kusleika, guest drinker

Dick Kusleika... a more animated blogger you'll never see.

Posted on 17 December, 2004

The Truth About J-Walk

Hey, J-Walkers. Dick from Daily Dose here, guest blogging on a Friday night. J-Walk is great. Pamn is great. The ribs were great...

...Okay, J-Walk left the room, so I've got to make this quick. You know all those pictures that he posts of his house and pool? All fake. The pool and the house are actually his neighbor's. I'm not sure he can really call them neighbors. Despite what he says, he actually lives in a storm sewer. Sure it's in a nice neighborhood, but I don't think the people who live next to the sewer call him "neighbor". And Pamn? There is no Pamn, unless you count that racoon that steals J-Walk's dinner on occasion.

I haven't found the "friend" that he calls Toad yet, but I'm starting to think the "guy from Pittsburgh" is a javelina or something. Oh $%#@!, here he comes...

...the cole slaw was great. Everything was great. I love Tucson and can't wait to visit again.

P.S. Please help me.

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Blog Name Generator

Musician's Friend calls this a Band & Song Name Generator, but it's really a blog name generator.

It came up with these swell blog names:

Socio Girl
Blog Monitor
Keen Rat
Lassie Resistance
Blog Septum
Blog Duck
Blog Tomato
Blog Frog and the Body
Shaved Grass
Flash of the Blog Glue
Shaved Blog
Blog Sauce
Blog of the Dandy Friend
Blog Tick
Blog Atom
Blog Manifest
Bean of the Dry Blog

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Reverspective

Patrick Hughes' has an interesting perspective: Gallery of Reverspective.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Elvis Sold

News item: King's Ransom.

Lisa Marie Presley is keeping the Jungle Room and her daddy's Caddiess. Other than that, however, she's selling off the bulk of her father's estate, including his business interests, in a deal valued at $100 million.

The buyer is Robert F.X. Sillerman, who built the SFX radio and concert promotion empire in the 1980s and sold it to Clear Channel in the 1990s for $4.4 billion.

Great! Now she should be able to afford some new eye shadow.

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Top 100 Toys

Another toy memorabilia site: TV Cream's Top 100 Toys.

We polled TV Cream's readership to find the most well-remembered - for better or worse - toys that turned up in the stockings of yesteryear, from the tiniest fifty pee rubber novelty to the many bulky Bakelite candidates for that hallowed "main present" status.

Operation, shown here, came in at #47. I wonder how many medical doctors were inspired by this?

Posted on 17 December, 2004

A Podcasting Lesson

Jim Kloss put together a very informative guide for podcasters: How I Make An Audio Magazine (Podcast).

Even those who have no interest in podcasting might find it interesting. It's very detailed and has lots of images and screen captures. Somehow, it involves a can of tomatoes and two frozen beer cans...

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Blogger's Dinner

If you read blogs like Scobleizer and Scripting News, these "A list" bloggers are always talking about getting together with other bloggers for dinner and stuff.

Well, I'm pleased to announce that I'm hosting my own blogger dinner tonight. It'll be a small affair -- just one other guy. Dick Kusleika (Daily Dose of Excel) and his wife are in town and they'll be stopping by tonight for some of my famous BBQ ribs, washed down with cocktails and/or beer.

If I can get him drunk enough, I'll get a photo of him jumping into the pool. At the very least, I'm sure I can convince him to do a "guest blogger" entry.

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Random Missing Images?

Someone wrote to me with this problem:

i've encountered something strange lately--randomly missing images. here's the latest example, and the first instance of it on your site.

This screen capture is from this post -- which clearly has an image.

Is anyone else having this problem? Or does anyone know what might be causing it? He doesn't say what browser he's using.

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Specialty Dictionaries

When a regular dictionary won't do: Specialty Dictionaries.

Not even a native speaker knows all the words of his own language. Technical vocabulary is used only by specialists and so is not generally known by non-specialists. Here you will find dictionaries and glossaries of specialized words in the English language.

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Sonia Dada

Any Sonia Dada fans?

I found out about her yesterday and ordered her Test Pattern CD. Actually, it's a CD and a DVD for $14.00. Another example of irrational music pricing.

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Fictional Things

At Wikipedia: Lists of Fictional Things.

For example, here are just a few fictional diseases:

  • MPS (Acquired Melanin Production Syndrome) - (sexually transmitted, genetically engineered disease that turns white people black, Good News From Outer Space, by John Kessel
  • Andromeda - airborne pathogen, unknown organism, extraterrestrial origin, causes fatal blood clotting, Andromeda Strain
  • Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome - a disease that apparently re-activates pseudogenes, resulting in physical "devolution" to earlier phenotypes. Named after Reginald Barclay in whose body it was inadvertantly created, Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • "The Big Death" - airborne pathogen, virus, biological weapon, notable for its high lethality amongst persons over the age of puberty, Jeremiah
  • Boneitis - fatal, non-contagious, affliction of the bones, Futurama

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Mandolin Tunes

Here's a fine collection of mandolin songs: Mandolin MP3 Music.

The MP3 Archive is a place to listen to some exceptionally high quality mandolin playing from artists you already know, and some we'd like to introduce you to. Below you will find links to a free MP3 and a place where you can purchase their music.

(via Grow A Brain)

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Yanks Deserve Randy Johnson

From the Arizona Republic: While Yankees suit him, Unit owes Valley more.

Yet no matter when or how this trade eventually goes down, this much is also certain: Diamondbacks fans deserved a little more from Johnson, too.

They deserved more than a pitcher who couldn't see beyond his own self-interests, whether that meant maliciously bumping Luis Gonzalez in the dugout, blowing off the team picture, ditching an autograph session or bemoaning no-decisions that slowed his personal quest for history.

They deserved more than a pitcher who played both sides of the fence during the trading deadline, claiming he would accept a move if it helped Arizona's future, but only if it's a trade to the Yankees. Pretty considerate, don't you think?

I never liked that guy because of what he did to that poor bird.

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Camera Innards

Part of a study of nude photography: Olympus Stylus.

Any volunteers to do this to a Nikon D-100?

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Christmas Virus

At Snopes: Zafi.D (aka "Merry Christmas").

Christmas is the season for many things, but holiday greeting messages that trick users into executing malevolent computer programs shouldn't be one of them. Unfortunately, that is the case with the Zafi.D mass mailing worm, launched in mid-December 2004.

When will people learn to stop opening attachments?

Posted on 17 December, 2004

Academic Gifts

Holiday gift ideas for people in the academic world.

Researchers and educators (and students at all levels) are known to wear clothes, jewelry, and other adornments expressing their disciplinary leanings. Here is a list of places from which you may order something special for that special person.

How about a pair of Freudian Slippers for your psychology professor?

(Thanks Kirk Fleming)

Posted on 17 December, 2004