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28 December, 2004

Bush Inauguration Ceremonies

Like most U.S. citizens, I'm anxiously awaiting the George W. Bush inauguration. It will be a big day for George. Here's a story about it: Bush's inauguration to reflect nation at war.

This year's theme will be "Celebrating Freedom, Honoring Service," said Jeanne Phillips chairwoman 55th presidential committee speaking to the media for the first time on Wednesday about the theme and schedule for this year's festivities.

And this is certainly good to know:

"The President and Mrs. Bush are always involved in inaugural ceremonies, they know what is happening at every level. We constantly keep them up to date."

How much will we pay for this important war-time event?

The estimated budget for the event is $30-40 million, but that will not cover security costs.

A pittance -- only 3-4 hours of war cost.

Posted on 28 December, 2004

NY Times Photos

From the New York Times: 2004: The Year in Pictures.

Great shots. Photos in six categories. And, I'm pretty sure you don't have to go through their registration BS to view them.

Shown here is a Red Sox victory photo by Vincent Laforte.

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Richard Thompson On Kenny G

A few weeks ago I posted a link to an article by Pat Metheny in which he talks about why he doesn't care for Kenny G. As it turns out, Richard Thompson feels the same way -- and he put his feeling into a song (listen to I Agree with Pat Metheny).

And speaking of Richard Thompson... if you'd like to hear a great cover version of Britney Spears' "Oops! I Did It Again," check out the audio at NPR.

(Thanks Keef)

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Fixing Mom's Computer

Some good advice from Gina Trapani at Scribbling.net: How to fix Mom's computer.

Went home for the holidays this week, and of course, the annual fix-Mom's-computer event. This year things on my mother-in-law's Windows 98 PC were especially bad; it could've been used as a software showcase of the latest and greatest in malware.

For future reference, here's a laundry list of steps I took to get Mom's computer working and secured from evil software.

Posted on 28 December, 2004

What's This?

Yesterday's image was too easy. Try this one.

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Documentaries

A small book by Kevin Kelly: True Films: 100 Great Documentaries & Factuals.

I've collected all the reviews of True Films from the past years, winnowed some, and came up with an alphabetical list of 100 documentaries I feel are worth your time. I then printed a few hundred copies of this booklet to mail out to my friends. I'll be releasing about 75 copies on Amazon.

This thin book (50 pages) is overpriced at $15, but if you'd like to purchase one, order it fast because I won't be reprinting this version. Once they are gone, they are gone. (You can always get all the reviews online at True Films). Let me know what great documentaries or factuals I've missed in case I do a version 2.0.

Kevin kindly sent me a copy of this book. I agree that it's not worth $15, but I quickly found about a dozen films I'd like to see.

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Search Google Adword Results

If, for some reason, you'd like to see which ads Google displays for a particular keyword, try Google Sponsored Links.

I learned that there are currently eight ads keyed off of my last name.

(via Research Buzz)

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Available At Wal-Mart

You can buy this book at Wal-Mart, and save $3.40: How Walmart Is Destroying America And The World: And What You Can Do About It.

Since Wal-Mart opened two superstores thirteen miles from Grand Saline, Texas, half of the retail businesses in Bill Quinn's once-thriving hometown have closed. But dismantling the American dream wasn't enough for this retail Goliath, and now Wal-Mart is aiming for world domination. If you've ever wanted to fight for the little guy, now's the time -- and this feisty Texas grandpa will show you how.

Here's the book's listing at Ten Speed Press.

Posted on 28 December, 2004

I Won The Lottery!

First it was my relatives. Now it's me! I got the news by email:

We are pleased to inform you of the released results of the ONCE SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY/INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAMS held on the 20TH DECEMBER 2004. Your name was attached to a ticket number 94918 with serial number 041 drew the lucky numbers 3 8 2 1 9 which consequently won the lottery in the 1ST category. You have therefore been approved for lump sum pay out of 550,000.00

But there seems to be a slight problem...

Due to the mixed up of numbers and names, we ask you to keep this award top secret from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account as this is a part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants.

Now I just need to get in touch with Alex Brooks, the Payment and Logistics Manager. I may have to pay some small expenses to claim the prize, but it will be worth it.

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Bicycle Museum

When in Freehold, New Jersey, visit the Metz Bicycle Museum.

A step into this newly opened Metz Biclcyle Museum in Freehold is truly a peek into history. Inside the newly decorated facility is one of the world's finest collection of antique bicycles, dating from the 1850's to the 1950's. On display are hundreds of different bicycles of all kinds. Some of them are boneshakers, high wheelers, quadricycles, tricycles. a "Zimmy", a lamp lighter bicycle, children's bikes, trick bikes, and many more other unusual and one-of-a kind cycles, according to David Metz, owner of this fascinating collection.

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Guitar Drop

Coming New Year's Eve in Nashville: The Guitar Drop.

In the first of its kind event from Nashville, live music will highlight the New Year's countdown from the floating Riverstage in the Cumberland River's downtown setting. In celebration of Nashville's unique positioning as the country music capital of the world, the traditional "ball drop" at the strike of twelve, will be replaced by a huge guitar that will descend from high over the Cumberland River.

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Toupee Template

The first step in making a Toupee Template:

Place an 18-inch square of clear plastic wrap so that it covers the top portion of the head.

(via Everlasting Blort)

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Two Wrong Numbers

Apparently, someone named Daryl had our phone number in the past. We get quite a few calls for him. Here are two:

Me: Hello
Him: Daryl?
Me: No, Daryl doesn't have this number anymore.
Him: Gimme the new number.
Me: I don't have his number.
Him: Click

* * *

Me: Hello
Her: Is this Daryl?
Me: No, Daryl doesn't have this number anymore.
Her: I'm so sorry to bother you. You have a happy new year, OK?

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Shorter Days?

From Newsday: Did quake trim day length?

Major earthquakes can change the rate of Earth's rotation, scientists said yesterday, but it's not yet clear if the 9.0 quake actually did so - and, if so, by how much.

If the rotation rate was changed, it was by less than three microseconds, said gravity expert Richard Gross of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. A microsecond is one millionth of a second.

"We won't know for weeks," said geophysicist Thomas Herring of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Fortune Cookies For The Stars

What do Oprah Winfrey, Ozzy Osourne, and (the late) Mr. Rogers all have in common? They all buy (or bought) custom fortune cookies!

Who Else Wants the Amazing Fortune Cookies Chosen By Oprah, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ozzy Osbourne, Seinfeld and Hundreds of Beautiful Brides...

Don't overlook the Top 7 Celebrities and Their Custom Cookies.

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Free Spelling

Is it a language revolution, or just a stupid idea? Free Speling.

  1. First - you write with your own speling for those words you find most difficult or illogical. But don't go wild! Don't litter the paj with dozens of unconventional spelings. Treat freedom gently!

  2. Second - Freespeling.com has already promoted three trial World Votes to stimulate a consensus for simpler, easier spelings which will become a new set of Standard Spelings for the future.

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Naoto Hattori

Weird art by Naoto Hattori.

(via Reality Carnival)

Posted on 28 December, 2004

Bacon Diet

Here's an important news story: Man survives on bacon sandwiches for 45 years!

on Cofield, who works as a financial adviser at Bromsgrov, London has lived on bacon sandwiches for 45 years, and in spite of eating 20,000 bacon butties, Jon stands slim at 5ft 10in.

According to The Sun, the 48-year-old Jon has had only bacon for his main meals since the age of three.

Posted on 28 December, 2004