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Friday, April 28, 2006

History Lesson

I just picked up the latest edition of one of the corporate communications they distribute at work. A slickly produced newsletter that's supposed to infuse me with team spirit. But this one provided tons of comedy fodder as we picked it apart at dinner last night. Two tidbits to share: the original logo/mascot of the company was a rooster, or as they referred to it then "the red cock". The jokes just write themselves sometimes; I wish they had stuck with this instead of the current blandness. Trust me, this is one Google image search that I'm truly sorry that I did!

And another dubious bit of history (that I can find no verification of) is that an employee invented the tea bag. But, perhaps they were referring to this instead?
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Subversive Fun

How to Tick People Off (VIA The Presurfer)
  • Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 99 copies.
  • In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sexual favors."
  • Specify that your drive-through order is "TO-GO."
  • Reply to everything someone says with "that's what you think."
  • Practice making fax and modem noises.
  • Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
  • While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.
  • Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "War is fear cloaked in courage."
    Gen William C. Westmoreland
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    Take It Off

    No Pants Day!
    May 5th, 2006 marks the annual celebration of No Pants Day! They recommend wearing "thick, appropriately modest boxer shorts" which seems to take some of the enjoyment out of it, but it still seems like a fun idea.
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    You Decide


    The Decider!
    And yet another musical tribute to the Preznut and his decidering skills. But in an ironic twist, Wikipedia points out that a decider is a machine that always halts!
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    Lasers!

    Sears Wishbook 1983
    This is why I'm seldom an early adopter anymore. This 1983 ad featuring a Compact Digital Audio Disc Player for only $589 seems pretty funny these days in light of how cheap these have become.

    My current "tech-lust" is learning towards either a new "smart" phone/pda or a Tivo type device. You would think that I would have jumped on the Tivo bandwagon long ago, but I've been afraid that it might be kinda' like a "gateway drug" that would lead me to higher levels of TV addiction. And I see that Apple is ready to introduce a Media Center which only makes my temptation and confusion even greater.
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    Thursday, April 27, 2006

    Sweet Jane

    Yesterday, the papers reported the passing of Jane Jacobs, who wrote the influential "The Death and Life of Great American Cities". This book challenged some of commonly held assumptions about urban planning, and changed the way we looked at cities and their vibrancy. Although I was a big fan of her work, I really didn't have a clue about her background until reading the obituary and the tributes. The one detail that I found most fascinating was that she carried on imaginary conversations while running errands. She started this practice using Thomas Jefferson as her imaginary friend, but at one point ran out of things to say, and replaced him with Ben Franklin! I guess I'll be cutting those who talk to themselves a bit more slack from now on. Ironically, the iPod just shuffled up the 'ol Mott The Hoople classic, so I guess fate was responsible for this post's title. A few more Jane Jacobs links for 'ya:
    Wikipedia Bio
    Nominate the Best Jane Jacobs Block in NYC
    Flickr: Best NYC Urban Block Group
    Online Memorial Weblog
    Healthy Cities, Urban Theory, and Design
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served."
    Jane Jacobs
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    Happy Birthday


    2 Brothers Recycle Birthday Card
    Ever since 1964 when Everett Smith spent 15 cents to buy a birthday card and another nickel to mail it, these two brothers have been mailing the same card to each other on their birthdays. Good thing they weren't twins.
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    Live; On Stage!


    Super Mario: LIVE!
    Coming to a theater near you? I'm gonna' wait for Mario On Ice!
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    Helpful Advice?

    How to Stay Awake in Boring Meetings
    This person suggests you create a gameboard and play a game of BS Bingo. My own personal technique is copious note taking. I used to use my Palm Pilot, but that became a double whammy. I'd get accused of falling asleep AND playing games during meetings, so I've gone back to the more traditional paper notes. It has the advantage of allowing you to doodle as well. But I must fess-up that my notes are usually mindless ramblings, or repeated writings of Bart Simpson-like quotes. But it keeps me awake, or at least "looking like" I'm not dozing.
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    Tuesday, April 25, 2006

    T.M.I.

    Sometimes, the internet just makes "too much information" way too easy to find. I'll give you an example. I have to go on a business trip later this week which I'm dreading for a variety of reasons. Being sort of a "home-body" I'm not looking forward to jumping on a plane to spend several days working long hours and then having to stay in a strange hotel room in a city where I know nobody. And I'm sure my access to the web will be limited or non-existant, so I risk going through internet withdrawl.

    My destination and my itinerary have changed several times and today I received the most recent update via e-mail. I'm scheduled to fly out on a short hop jet that I've never heard of called the Embraer 145, which sounds way too much like "The Embalmer 145" for my taste. A Google image search brings up a picture of the plane at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. This again; not a good sign. I've always thought these commuter airlines were pretty much like a Greyhound Bus with wings, so I hope that I'm wrong on this assumption.

    Another web site, SeatGuru, lists ratings on which seats on the plane are good or bad. According to the site, there are three good seats on this plane, but two of those are drafty. There are three that are "kind-of" OK, except that they are close to the galley, which is a downside. My seat is described as being "considered uncomfortable compared to seats on other aircrafts". Great, I'm really stoked now! But at least they say that it is more comfortable than the "two-somes" on the other side of the isle, but due to the curvature of the plane my seat has decreased leg room. Well, I always say "it could be worse."

    But I never considered just how much worse it might be until I saw the article in the morning paper that Airbus is pitching the concept of selling planes configured with standing-room-only "seats."! This probably won't catch on anytime soon, but I'm sure we CAN expect slimmer, thinner seats jammed in with minimal legroom instead.

    At least, they didn't book my flight on this airline which uses a motto which seems a bit too laid back, "we'll get you there somehow"!
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "It is better to travel well than to arrive."
    Buddha
    (although I'd like to have my cake and eat it too!)
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    You Gota' Know When To Fold 'Em

    Amazing $20 Bill 9/11 Coincidence?
    For those who like to fold stuff and/or those who like conspiracy theories. This site explains how folding a $20 bill reveals a representation of both 9-11 attacks. Personally, I prefer the Land O Lakes Hooter Fest folding exercise myself!
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    Some Not So Radical Ideas

    Is U.S. being transformed into a radical republic?
    As Alexis de Tocqueville once said: "America is great because she is good. If America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."

    In January 2001, with the inauguration of George W. Bush as president, America set on a path to cease being good; America became a revolutionary nation, a radical republic. If our country continues on this path, it will cease to be great - as happened to all great powers before it, without exception.
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    Monday, April 24, 2006

    Hot Digity!

    There is nothing more sure to create a craving than telling me I can't have something. This was never more true than recently, when I read a news account of a new hot dog joint called AMAZING HOT DOG, which isn't too far away from me. They specialize in locally made, quarter pound natural casing hot dogs which are deep fried and wrapped in bacon, then topped with a variety of traditional and some not so traditional toppings. Unfortunately, after opening to rave reviews, the place experienced a fire which closed it down, But the owners didn't let this little inconvenience keep them down, and have quickly rebuilt and are shooting for a May 1st opening. I MUST try these soon, but till then, a few "weiner links" to tide me over:

    Why is there no ketchup on a properly made hot dog?
    Rutt's Hut (another local favorite)
    Maui's Dog House (yet another Jersey Dog spot)
    Hot Dog Picture Gallery
    Flickr: Photos Tagged With Hotdog
    America's Top Ten Hot Dogs
    History and Legends of Hot Dogs
    Local Hot Dog Variations
    National Hot Dog Council
    The Wienermobile
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    Oh Happy Day!

    Free Cone Day
    Tuesday, April 25th is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's! Although I don't have a participating location close by, here's hoping that YOU do and can collect your freebee. But being the loser that I am, this planted the seed in my peabrain which "made me" go out and buy a carton of Cherry Garcia to satisfy the craving!
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?"
    Joyce Carol Oates
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    Hot Dog!


    Hot Dogs For Homophobes
    Not that there's anything wrong with hot dogs...
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    Food Quiz

    What Kind of Food Are You?
    I guess I really should NOT be surprised at the results of this quiz:

    You Are Chinese Food

    Exotic yet ordinary.
    People think they've had enough of you, but they're back for more in an hour.
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    Saturday, April 22, 2006

    Dunder-head

    Dwight Schrute Bobblehead
    Now, you too can have a bobblehead doll of Dwight, everybody's favorite geek from The Office. Then again, maybe just reading his blog might be enough.

    And if you didn't catch the fake "the more you know" PSA's from April Fools Day, they are worth a look. This one deals with common misperceptions about thumbs.
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    Bush-League Preznut

    John Dean: If Past Is Prologue, George Bush Is Becoming An Increasingly Dangerous President
    An interesting analysis of Presidential character and style by former presidential counsel John Dean. He tells us that they break down by categories of how they pursued work (active or passive) and how they felt about the job (positive or negative). Dubya falls in the category of active/negative putting him in the company of Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon...and we know how THOSE presidencies worked out!
    Recent events provide an especially good illustration of Bush's fateful - perhaps fatal - approach. Six generals who have served under Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld have called for his resignation - making a strong substantive case as to why he should resign. And they are not alone: Editorialists have also persuasively attacked Rumsfeld on the merits.

    Yet Bush's defense of Rumsfeld was entirely substance-free. Bush simply told reporters in the Rose Garden that Rumsfeld would stay because "I'm the decider and I decide what's best." He sounded much like a parent telling children how things would be: "I'm the Daddy, that's why."

    This, indeed, is how Bush sees the presidency, and it is a point of view that will cause him trouble.

    Bush has never understood what presidential scholar Richard Neustadt discovered many years ago: In a democracy, the only real power the presidency commands is the power to persuade. Presidents have their bully pulpit, and the full attention of the news media, 24/7. In addition, they are given the benefit of the doubt when they go to the American people to ask for their support. But as effective as this power can be, it can be equally devastating when it languishes unused - or when a president pretends not to need to use it, as Bush has done.

    Apparently, Bush does not realize that to lead he must continually renew his approval with the public. He is not, as he thinks, the decider. The public is the decider.

    Bush is following the classic mistaken pattern of active/negative presidents: As Barber explained, they issue order after order, without public support, until they eventually dissipate the real powers they have -- until "nothing [is] left but the shell of the office." Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon all followed this pattern....

    Americans, increasingly, are not buying his justifications for any of these positions. Yet Bush has made no effort to persuade them that his actions are sound, prudent or productive; rather, he takes offense when anyone questions his unilateral powers. He responds as if personally insulted.

    And this may be his only option: With Bush's limited rhetorical skills, it would be all but impossible for him to persuade any others than his most loyal supporters of his positions. His single salient virtue - as a campaigner - was the ability to stay on-message. He effectively (though inaccurately) portrayed both Al Gore and John Kerry as wafflers, whereas he found consistency in (over)simplifying the issues. But now, he cannot absorb the fact that his message is not one Americans want to hear - that he is being questioned, severely, and that staying on-message will be his downfall.

    Other Presidents - other leaders, generally - have been able to listen to critics relatively impassively, believing that there is nothing personal about a debate about how best to achieve shared goals. Some have even turned detractors into supporters - something it's virtually impossible to imagine Bush doing. But not active/negative presidents. And not likely Bush....
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."
    Sinclair Lewis (Get the bumper sticker @StickerGiant.com)
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    Polka Time!


    Boehemian Polka
    Conventional wisdom is that you should maintain a cohesive theme and point of view when you blog. To jump back and forth from serious topics to frivolous ones isn't recommended. Screw conventional wisdom, I'll do what I want, like linking to this funny video of a Weird Al song with cheesy amateurish animation.
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    Infant Confinement

    Baby Cages (VIA Bifurcated Rivets)
    Watching the kids just too much hassle and responsibility? These caged confinement units might just be what you need. Helps teach children discipline, and keeps them out of harms' way. And their products are ONLY tested on babies born in third-world countries!
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    Friday, April 21, 2006

    Ho Hum

    Seems like nothing is grabbing me today at least in the blogging context (or on any other level, actually). Common sense tells me just not to post, but since when have I listened to the voice of reason? So here's a slice of life which I'll rip-off from various other bloggers, where you list the first ten songs on your iPod when you do a random shuffle. Here goes 'nuttin:
  • Sleep Together; Garbage
  • Authenticity; Harvey Danger
  • Beginning Of A Great Adventure; Lou Reed
  • Get Down Tonight; KC & The Sunshine Band
  • Be My Number Two; Joe Jackson
  • A Mind With A Heart Of It's Own; Tom Petty
  • Good Intentions; Toad The Wet Sprocket
  • Sombody's Leavin' ; Little Feet
  • Sad Songs And Waltzes; Cake
  • Golden Touch; Razorlight
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    Friday Dog Blogging

    A quick shot of the queen of the castle, on her favorite corner of the couch.
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit."
    W. Somerset Maugham
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    Digital Art

    Since nothing is striking my fancy today, why not look at some 'purdy pictures? Some stunning imagery is on-line at Art 166. The artist, W. J. St. Christopher describes her work as "high-impact, contemporary and neo-traditional images created in a purely digital environment" and she provides the opportunity to purchase them, as well as her unique insights into the process. I find these pictures of these large irrigation systems stunning. Perhaps, it's my emerging obsession over lawn care that's my motivation, but some really nice stuff is on display there.
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    Thursday, April 20, 2006

    WOW!

    O & A: Back On The Radio
    Finally, there's some GOOD news. It looks like I can turn the radio back on again in the morning, since the rumored return of Opie and Anthony is about to happen. Although I had bailed on Stern ages ago (who grew less and less funny after the Billy West years), when Marc Maron left the airwaves there really wasn't anything compelling to motivate me to listen to the radio. I've missed "the boys" since they were unceremoniously booted off the radio over that little "Sex For Sam" incident.

    What's almost as funny as O & A is just how hypocritical CBS looks on this one, since they were "so" outrageous they "had" to be fired. But after seeing all their ratings slip away with the David Lee Roth suckfest, I guess their moral outrage was replaced by their business sense. And the Gods Of Irony must be wearing a big grin, since being able to replace and compete with Howard, getting in the media spotlight, and being able to promote THEIR satellite show will surely drive Stern crazy! Hoo-Hoo!
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    Worst President...Ever!

    Rolling Stone: The Worst President in History?
    George W. Bush's presidency appears headed for colossal historical disgrace. Barring a cataclysmic event on the order of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, after which the public might rally around the White House once again, there seems to be little the administration can do to avoid being ranked on the lowest tier of U.S. presidents. And that may be the best-case scenario. Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history....
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    Koo-Koo-Ka-Choo

    I'm The Decider (VIA The Huffington Post)
    (SUNG TO THE TUNE OF THE BEATLES 'I AM THE WALRUS')
    I am me and Rummy's he, Iraq is free and we are all together
    See the world run when Dick shoots his gun, see how I lie
    I'm Lying...

    Sitting on my own brain, waiting for the end of days
    Corporation profits, Bloody oil money
    I'm above the law and I'll decide what's right or wrong

    I am the egg head, I'm the Commander, I'm the Decider
    Koo-Koo-Kachoo

    Baghdad city policeman sitting pretty little targets in a row
    See how they die when the shrapnel flies see mothers cry
    I'm Lying...I'm Ly-ing...I'm Lying...I'm Ly-ing

    Yellow cake plutonium, imaginary WMD's
    Declassifying facts, exposing secret agents
    Tax cuts for the wealthy leaving all the poor behind

    CHORUS

    Sitting in the White house garden talking to the Lord
    My thoughts would be busy busy hatching If I only had a brain


    But this isn't the only Dubya/Beatles connection.
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "The best advice I ever got I saw on a bottle of aspirin. It said: Keep away from children."
    Scott Roeben
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    More Good News...Not!

    Halliburton's Immigrant Detention Centers
    Thanks to the good folks at Haliburton, we don't have to spend another sleepless night worrying what will happen if undocumented alien workers flood over our borders. They received a $385 million contract to build detention centers, or as Keith Olbermann described them "concentration camps". It's darned reassuring to know that we've got leadership in place who has the foresight to plan for imposing martial law.

    And even more benevolent and wise decision making from our friends at the Pentagon might lead to open-air, low-yield nuclear testing in Nevada. There's some conflicting information on if it's really nuclear testing, but the terrifying thing is that this would appear to be a dry run for the attack on Iran. This can't be good for anybody. Not exactly proud moments to be an American.
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    Wednesday, April 19, 2006

    Small World

    For those who live in Uruguay, today is the day they commemorate "The Landing of the 33 Patriots". On this date in 1825, thirty three exiles returned and began a movement which ultimately resulted in the country gaining independence. Oddly enough in Korea they a similar national holiday where they celebrate their own 33 Patriots although they observe it on March 1st.

    An even bigger coincidence is that the number 33 is on every bottle of one of my favorite beverages. But why? We may never know. Anyone who has taken the time to read the bottle just might appreciate this poem by Demetri Martin, "All of the Words on a Bottle of Rolling Rock Beer in a Different Order" :

    Women, your ability to operate
    extra tender
    springs from birth.
    Good machinery comes
    as your contents
    cause enjoyment.
    Cash, beer, a car ... rock and rolling?
    During "it", the general warning:
    "We may risk pregnancy
    according to old problems."
    Your refund from the government
    for alcoholic beverages?
    Not OK.
    Refund this premium, beer surgeon,
    because premium beer impairs taste.
    A drink—to the tribute of health, to the pale alcoholic.
    Rolling, glass tanks of beverages rock this lined mountain.
    Should the defects
    of consumption
    drive me ...
    Or you?
    Latrobe, Latrobe COL, CT, DE, IA, MA, NY, VT, CA, MI
    "33"


    A few other "33" facts (VIA Wikipedia):
  • 33 is the largest positive integer that can not be expressed as a sum of different triangular numbers. It is also the smallest odd repdigit that's not prime.
  • Jesus's age when he was crucified in 33 A.D.
  • A highly significant number to the Freemasons, and is one of their sacred numbers, recurring profusely throughout their 'Dogma' .
  • Many people claim that they see, witness, or experience the number 33 in unusual circumstances or at a frequency that defies statistical likelihood
  • A significant number in modern numerology.
  • In Spanish, the "smile to the camera" word, as is "cheese" in English. Diga treinta y tres, is the same as "say cheese".
  • A normal human spine has 33 vertebrae when the bones that form the coccyx are counted individually.
  • The jersey number worn by retired athletes Larry Bird, Eddie Murray, and Patrick Roy.
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    MoOM

    The Museum Of Online Museums (VIA Eyebeam reBlog)
    Contains links to the on-line presence of various brick and mortar museums, as well as various other eclectic galleries. Tons of quirky, off-beat and interesting links such as:
    Bob's Old Jigsaw Puzzle Collection
    Gallery of Vintage Calculators
    The Movie Titles Screen Page
    American Steel and Coal Advertising of the 60s
    (and many, many more...)
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."
    Susan Brownell Anthony
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    Furry Happy Monsters


    REM & The Muppets
    How can you NOT have fun with The Muppets and this upbeat song? It sure looks like REM did. But probably the best touch is that they they used a red-headed Muppet in the chorus. Before you think it's my red-head obsession raising it's ugly head again, this one is sort of a tribute to the B-52's Kate Pierson, who did the back-up vocals on the original.
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    Monday, April 17, 2006

    Global Warming

    An Inconvenient Truth
    I'm glad I'm not an "I told you so" kinda guy, since it's become apparent to most of the rest of those who didn't vote for Al Gore that they made the wrong choice. This trailer of his new film presents us with some compelling and frightening facts concerning climate change; issues that the current "leadership" isn't willing (or capable of) addressing.

    Maybe it's the fact that the current Preznut has proven to be such a stumbling buffoon, but it seems like Gore has a certain presence and vigor that he was lacking in his ill-fated campaign. It would be refreshing to have someone in the White House who actually has moral values, intellectual skills, and leadership abilities, and not just someone who merely "talks the talk". Gore's stature and experience could go along way to restoring some of the goodwill we have squandered through out the world. Maybe '08 can be the "do-over" that we all deserve. I really don't see any other truly viable candidates at this point, although I know how things can change till then. But Gore-Obama doesn't have such a bad ring to it.
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    Hole 'Lotta Fun

    Sewer Cover Throw Rugs (VIA Gizmodo)
    The perfect addition to somewhere I'm sure, these black nylon flocked rugs are made of 100 recycled truck tires, Their design is based on manhole covers found in major US cities, and can be used either indoors or out. When you want to feel like Ed Norton, without all the annoying odors.
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent."
    Marilyn vos Savant
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    Things Change

    The Cat's Meow (VIA skippy the bush kangaroo and resident bush)
    Bush and a secret service agent are taking a stroll when they come upon a little girl carrying a basket with a blanket over it. curious, Bush asks the girl, "what's in the basket?"

    "New baby kittens," she replies, and opens the basket to show him.

    "How nice," says Bush. "What kind are they?"

    "Republicans," says the little girl.

    Bush smiles, pats the little girl on the head and continues on.

    Three weeks later, Bush is taking another stroll, this time with Karl Rove. they see the little girl with the basket, and Bush says, "Watch this, Karl --- it's really cute."

    They approach the little girl. Bush greets her and asks how the kittens are doing. "Fine," she says.

    Smirking, he nudges Rove and asks the little girl, "And what kind of kittens are they?"

    "Democrats," she replies.

    Aghast, Bush sputters, "But three weeks ago you said they were Republicans!"

    "They were," she says. "But now their eyes are open."
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    Friday, April 14, 2006

    P' LeZZee!

    I may not be the most adventurous person, but when I saw The Apprentice the other night, I recoiled in horror when they rolled out the P'EatZZa sandwich that the task was built around. If you didn't catch the episode, they had to sell the new 7-Eleven sandwich which uses two slices of pepperoni pizza instead of bread. You can get them in the "Turkey & Pepperoni" or "Ham & Salami" flavors. Not being a big fan of cold pizza, this one starts out with two strikes against it. No matter how much shilling they did on the show, this culinary mess looks like something that was fished out of the dumpster. On the rare occasion when I HAVE actually purchased a sandwich there, I'd have to say that I was both really, really hungry AND desperate, but I don't think I'd ever reach the level of desperation to find myself eating one of these, except possibly at gunpoint.

    But apparently, the management at 7-Eleven is pursuing the quest to perfect the worst sandwich idea ever. Just in case the P'EatZZa doesn't take the title (which it should, if only for the annoyingly cutsey name) I saw the most disgusting thing being sold there today. Obsessed with the idea of pizza, their newest offering "Twistas" is a pepperoni pizza stuffed in some sort of a crusty wrap. OK, that doesn't sound half bad, right? Well, here's where it goes horribly wrong. Most promotional photography for food products seems to be an art-form, where they lovingly romance and photograph the product so it's so darned appealing, no amount of free will can prevent you from purchasing it. Well, either those guys weren't available or maybe it's just that this is the most disgusting looking thing, ever. In the signs, the "filling" is oozing out of it, but it looks pretty much like a partially digested and regurgitated pizza. The only thing that might have made it less appealing is if they had somehow worked the word "barf" into the product name. I can't wait to see what these marketing geniuses will think of next!

    But if you are looking for a sandwich which is a bit more upscale than 7-Eleven fare, 'The MacDonald Sandwich' may be just what you desire as long as you can handle the $148 dollars price tag. I'm lovin' it! On the other hand, maybe you're in the mood for chicken?
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    Jack's Back!


    Titanic: The Sequel (VIA Eyebeam reBlog)
    Surely destined to be one of those things that "everybody" links to, this fake movie trailer is too funny to ignore.
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."
    Oscar Wilde
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    Chip Off The Old Block

    Potato Snack Mascots
    There's nothing in the world better than eating a good bag of chips. A close second, however, is admiring the various snack mascots that adorn the bags of many kinds of chips. The mascots designed to resemble potatoes are particularly entertaining.

    Apparently, this guy mugged Mr. Peanut. Also, links to the equally entertaining Snack Mascots Gallery.
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    Wacky Wiki Meme Thingy

    Although I usually resist memes, aka_Monty just did this one, and was nice enough NOT to tag anybody, thereby making it impossible to resist playing along! "Go to Wikipedia, and type in your birth date (minus the year) in the search box. From the lists displayed, pick 3 interesting events, 2 births, and 1 death which occurred on the same day as your birthday, and show the year."
    Three interesting events...
  • 1908 - A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
  • 1966 - Batman the TV series debuts on ABC.
  • 1969 - Super Bowl III: New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts, 16-7. (Odd, I picked events relating to radio or TV. This is because many BAD things took place on this date)
    Two births...
  • 1737 - John Hancock, American statesman (d. 1793)
  • 1876 - Jack London, American author (d. 1916)
    One death...
  • 1976 - Agatha Christie, English writer (b. 1890)
  • Anybody who wants to run with this, knock your socks off...
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    Thursday, April 13, 2006

    Wheee!


    Get Firefox
    'Nough said. As much as I hate getting suckered into viral marketing, this one's cute.
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    Dragon Prank


    PBF: 惡作劇龍
    Another fun strip from the Perry Bible Fellowship.
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    I Just Wanna Rock 'N Roll....A Little

    Although it's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I guess that's a relative concept. MiniKiss is a Kiss tribute band which is comprised of "little people" (or whatever the currently politically correct term might be). But when someone starts to imitate the imitators, "big trouble" ensues.
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    The Electric Pickle

    This "useful" news that with two forks and a charge, a pickle will emit light comes to us via Hooked on Facts.com. A fun site, certainly better than the time I got Hooked On Phonics. A few more random facts from them to amaze and amuse:

  • Nearly 22,000 checks will be deducted from the wrong account over the next hour.
  • The most popular condom sold in Taiwan is only 4.2 inches long!
  • Parrots have 500 pounds per square inch of pressure in their beaks.
  • Colgate's first toothpaste came in a jar.
  • 15 percent of Americans secretly bite their toes.
  • Racehorses can wear out new horse shoes in one race.
  • It takes 100 pounds of rain water to produce a single pound of food from the earth.
  • Turkey's often look up at the sky during a rainstorm. Unfortunately some have been known to drown as a result.
  • Your hair grows faster in the morning than at any other time of day.
  • A toothbrush within 6 feet of a toilet can get airborne bacteria from flushing.
  • In 21 U.S. states, WALMART is the single largest employer.
  • Avocados have more protein than any other fruit.
  • In Japan, it is completely acceptable to name your child “Buttocks” or “Prostitute”!
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "The efforts which we make to escape from our destiny only serve to lead us into it."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Google Style

    Google Lava Lamp
    Ok, I like Google as much as the next guy but some of the items available at the Google Store are just a bit too geeky for my taste. The lava lamp does, as they say "ooze gooey coolness" but some of the other items like the umbrella with an illuminated Google logo seem a bit much.

    But you just might be amused by strolling through the online museum of Google Holiday Logos.
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    Wednesday, April 12, 2006

    Hit My Baby One More Time?

    Britney's baby fractures skull
    The Star says that the spawn of Britney and K-Fed suffered a fractured skull. The department of Children and Family Services appeared and said Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know, but the Federlines' told them don't go knocking on my door. Obviously, the child is not overprotected. But, what can you expect, since Britney is not a girl, not yet a woman. But maybe the headline should have been Oops!....I hit him again? And it's not just the baby that's falling, since I see that Britney fell off the sexy list to nobodies' surprise. And if all this isn't enough of the hillbilly royalty for 'ya, feel free to check out Kevin's My Space page.
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    A Quickie

    Maybe the voyeur in you might be in the mood for watching a little on-line sleeze? Well, if you like it "doggy-style", this little video of a threesome on a beach just might be the spice you are looking for!
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    The doors of wisdom are never shut.
    Benjamin Franklin
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    Sweet Stuff!

    PimpMySnack (VIA MetaFilter)
    "PimpMySnack is a custom, banging, A1 Tip Top, jamming club fair. It's a sandwich of fun on ecstacy bread wrapped up in a big bag like disco fudge. It doesn't get any better than this."
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    D.I.Y.

    How to Make a Plastic Bag Bra (VIA Cynical-C Blog)
    "If you are the thrifty, crafty, type why not follow these simple instructions and create your own bra from a plastic bag?"

    Well, there are probably too many reasons why this isn't a good idea to list. Somethings should just be left to the professionals. Every time I read the "care label" in a wool garment I see they recommend "professional dry clean only". Yet, I've never come across anybody who lists "amateur dry-cleaning" as a hobby. Go figure.
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    Tuesday, April 11, 2006

    Have A Nice Day

    'Happy face' crater on Mars (VIA Digg)
    Because, don't we need some GOOD news? These pictures of the Argyre Planitia impact basin on Mars as seen from the High Resolution Stereo Camera on board the Mars Express spacecraft looks much like the old "smiley faces". But, then again I'm the guy who sees weird things in carpet stains.
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    Web-Mania

    A Laptop Comes Preloaded With the Web
    Acer will soon be selling laptops "preloaed" with 40 gigabytes of data, meant to be an abridged version of the Web. Webaroo, the company responsible for creating this snapshot says that "there are lots of times when Internet access is inconvenient."

    Oh yea, that makes sense. It's getting so tough these days to get connected to the internet, so give me a preselected, non-interactive alternative clogging up hard-drive space. Now if you want to give me answers to the "really inconvenient" problems like how to pay my bills without bothering to go to work, then maybe we can talk.
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."
    Plato
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    Bad Design Hall of Shame

    The Worst Superhero Costumes Of All Time!
    "While Batman struck fear into the hearts of criminals by looking like a bat, Nighthawk apparently hopes to subdue evil doers by making them double over in laughter when they see him."
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    Monday, April 10, 2006

    Leaky Links



    A few Leaker-in-Chief editorial cartoons.

    Tell Us Why You Leaked Classified Information?

    FROM Limerick Savant, Both leaks came from the top:
    One's questions of faith grow acuter
    When faced with a major refuter.
    We discovered this week
    Mr. Bush sprung the leak,
    In the gospel according to Scooter.
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    Today's Op-Ed Cut 'N Paste

    Paul Krugman: Yes He Would
    "But he wouldn't do that." That sentiment is what made it possible for President Bush to stampede America into the Iraq war and to fend off hard questions about the reasons for that war until after the 2004 election. Many people just didn't want to believe that an American president would deliberately mislead the nation on matters of war and peace....(snip)

    "But he wouldn't do that," say people who think they're being sensible. Given what we now know about the origins of the Iraq war, however, discounting the possibility that Mr. Bush will start another ill-conceived and unnecessary war isn't sensible. It's wishful thinking.

    As it happens, rumors of a new war coincide with the emergence of evidence that appears to confirm our worst suspicions about the war we're already in....(snip)

    Why might Mr. Bush want another war? For one thing, Mr. Bush, whose presidency is increasingly defined by the quagmire in Iraq, may believe that he can redeem himself with a new Mission Accomplished moment.

    And it's not just Mr. Bush's legacy that's at risk. Current polls suggest that the Democrats could take one or both houses of Congress this November, acquiring the ability to launch investigations backed by subpoena power. This could blow the lid off multiple Bush administration scandals. Political analysts openly suggest that an attack on Iran offers Mr. Bush a way to head off this danger, that an appropriately timed military strike could change the domestic political dynamics.

    Does this sound far-fetched? It shouldn't. Given the combination of recklessness and dishonesty Mr. Bush displayed in launching the Iraq war, why should we assume that he wouldn't do it again?

    (Full text in comments)
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
    Margaret Mead
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    Pass The Crack Pipe


    Is Your Entire Country on Crack? (VIA del.icio.us/popular)
    "Have you all forgotten that the evidence on Iraq was spectacularly wrong? Have you all ignored the fact that it was fabricated? Why then are we going down the exact same road of stage managed, fabricated pseudo-evidence and wild-ass hysteria?

    What is wrong with you people?

    This entire crisis has been manufactured, and has been years in the making...."
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    A Killer Link

    Internet Crime Archives
    Home of the mass murdering serial killer. After spending some time viewing these mass murderers, serial killers, and cult crazies it may just make the bad news on the front pages of todays' newspapers look just a little better. Probably not, but a bizarre look at the darker side of life and death nonetheless.
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    Sunday, April 09, 2006

    Déjà Vu, All Over Again

    Because these guys have done such a good job analyzing and planning in the past:
    Seymour Hersh: The Iran Plans
    A government consultant with close ties to the civilian leadership in the Pentagon said that Bush was "absolutely convinced that Iran is going to get the bomb" if it is not stopped. He said that the President believes that he must do "what no Democrat or Republican, if elected in the future, would have the courage to do," and "that saving Iran is going to be his legacy."

    One former defense official, who still deals with sensitive issues for the Bush Administration, told me that the military planning was premised on a belief that "a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government." He added, "I was shocked when I heard it, and asked myself, 'What are they smoking?' "
    And the most disturbing thing might just possibly be the assumption that tactical "newkler" weapons can be safely used as "bunker busters", although there is plenty of other troubling stuff in this article as well. More bad decisions from the folks who told us that we'd be welcomed in Iraq with flowers and chocolates. This didn't work the last time, but this deluded group of neo-con goons want to try it again, and hope we get different results. But if left unchecked, they are just going to keep doing what they do best...F' things up even worse and take us down the road to the next World War...or worse!
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "In my lifetime, I have never felt more ashamed of my leadership in Washington. And I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and grace to be ashamed of yourself."
    Harry Taylor (Thank you....Join the national thank you event on April 15th)
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    Clutch Cargo


    The Arctic Bird Giant
    Seeing Pulp Fiction again the other day reminded me just how many little details I had forgotten about the movie. One of my favorite moments is in the flashback where Butch gets the watch, and he is viewing Clutch Cargo on TV. Thanks to this recent You Tube offering, we can all be reminded just how lame this series really was.

    And speaking of repeats, I've speculated about Clutch being separated at birth in the past.
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    More Bunnies


    The Easter Bunny Hates You
    If the last post didn't dispel the notion of bunnies being cute and fluffy, this clip just might convince you that they aren't. And a few more to get you in the holiday spirit:
    Bunny Revenge
    F'ing Bunnies
    Lazy Easter Sunday
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    Friday, April 07, 2006

    Why Am I Mr. Pink?

    Reservoir Dogs In 30 Seconds (And Re-Enacted By Bunnies)
    (Unbleeped version. Viewer discretion advised.) Or you could wimp out and watch The Bleeped Version. Because aren't the classics always better when re-done by bunnies?
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    Cola Corner

    Sometimes, you crave something just because you can't have it. A few years ago when I first hear of Pepsi Kona, it was long after they had pulled the plug on this coffee/cola blend. My reaction was one of profound disappointment, since for some reason I thought combining these two flavors sounded intriguing....or sounded like a very BAD idea, and I wanted to try it so I could objectively decide which was the case. But alas, I never ran across any of the other coffee-colas that are out there so the craving passed.

    Recently, with the announcement of the introduction of Coca-Cola BlaK, I had these dormant cravings stirred-up again. They promised "a carbonated beverage that fuses Coke effervescence with coffee essence". My initial reaction was that this is too good to be true; anything that sounds that good will probably lead to a big disappointment but I was still determined to "get me some" and try it for myself. All week long, I've had my eyes peeled looking for it when I've gone in various stores, only to find giant piles of "Black Cherry Vanilla Coke" under the "NEW" banner, and not a drop of BlaK. I almost picked up some of that to drown my frustration, but I decided against it. Since Cherry Coke was such a disappointment (anybody who remembers a true "fountain" cherry Coke will know what I'm talking about, and YES..I'm that old), and since Vanilla Coke was so gawd awful horrible, why would mixing them together be any better?

    So today, I'm strolling through Target and again, no BlaK in sight. But there happens to be a guy pushing a pallet of Coke products through the store, and I flag him down and ask him where this "holy grail" of sodas might be. He tells me, "Oh yea, it just came in. Ya 'wanna come back in an hour, I'm gonna build an endcap of it." Ah, no I don't. You've made it clear that it's too much trouble to just go in the back and get me some, but he sees my look of disappointment, and I think he's going to cave in and do the right thing. Ah, no. "Dude, it's everywhere now. Where have you been that they didn't have it?" I proceed to go down the list of the stores I've been to that didn't have it, only to have him concede "Oh yea, I haven't been there yet". This is not going well. He then ticks off the area grocery stores that he HAS stocked, and luckily one of them is the next planned stop on my trip so off I go. But when I get there, I find out that he was a lying sack of crap, and this store didn't have it either. But one more stop has me acquiring the object of my desire; cola-wise, that is.

    After all this frustration, this stuff had better be good. And here's the news: it really is good! I truly had been prepared for a big letdown, but I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I liked it. It has a very pleasant mouth feel, largely due to it being so lightly carbonated. Just enough cola fizz to make it interesting. They call it a "carbonated fusion beverage" but let's be clear, coffee wins the battle of the flavors which isn't such a bad thing. It is sweet, but not too sweet thanks to the use of artificial sweeteners which keeps the calorie count down to 45 per serving. It somehow has an almost "creamy" feel, making it a nice alternative to a Frappuccino which comes in at 190 calories per bottle.

    The novelty will probably wear off, but for now this is one of my new favorites. I don't see myself guzzling it in mass quantities, but it's a pleasant change from plain old soda. You may want to get yours now, since I don't see this doing big bucks business, which may lead to a short life span like Vanilla Coke. But then again, I predicted I wouldn't like it, so what do I know?
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    Programable Cola

    So maybe coffee flavored cola just isn't your cup of tea...er...coffee? This new process will allow you to Choose Your Own Cola Adventure:
    Modern bottled beverages come in a plethora of flavors… cherry, vanilla, chocolate, lemon, lime, and turkey & gravy to name but a few. Most of those drinks are available in diet and regular versions, each of which may or may not have a caffeine-free variety. As if our teeth weren't already cringing at the thought of rotting away in a brutal shower of carbonated high-fructose corn syrup, many companies are now multiplying our diabetes-inducing pleasure with zany flavor combinations. But recently the Innovation Team (exclamation point) at Ipifini has introduced their Programmable Liquid Container technology, a drink packaging concept which should make flavor fusions such as "black cherry vanilla" look downright pedestrian in comparison...
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."
    Jimi Hendrix
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    Danger Will Robinson!

    Robot B9 (VIA Gizmodo)
    Man, I SO want one of these!! Having grown up watching "Lost In Space" that's just a natural reaction. But I'm just too darned cheap to pony up the $18,000 it would cost to get one. You DO get plenty of kool stuff to justify the purchase price: built-in stereo sound system, an iPod input, a 500 track vocal repertoire featuring the voice of the original actor, a keychain remote allowing you to control the robot, and a functional soil sampler! When you turn it off, the robot cries "aaghhhh..." just like it did on TV! I think I'd rather have one of these than a new car, but trying to explain it to the wife might be a tough conversation!
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    The Worst Movie You Never Saw

    Ask most people what the "worst movie ever made" was and the likely answer would be Plan 9 From Outer Space. But a serious contender for that title has to be the never released Jerry Lewis film The Day the Clown Cried (VIA growabrain). It tells the story of a circus clown who is sent to a Nazi concentration camp during WWII. In the camp, he befriends the children and then leads a Pied Piper like procession to the gas chambers! How could this possibly go wrong?

    HARRY SHEARER:
    "With most of these kinds of things, you find that the anticipation, or the concept, is better than the thing itself. But seeing this film was really awe-inspiring, in that you are rarely in the presense of a perfect object. This was a perfect object. This movie is so drastically wrong, its pathos and its comedy are so wildly misplaced, that you could not, in your fantasy of what it might be like, improve on what it really is. Oh My God! - thats all you can say. "
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    Thursday, April 06, 2006

    Video Voyeur


    edIT - LTLP
    "Post-apocalyptic remnants of consumerism" is how the originator of this video describes it, which is pretty accurate. An artsy, well edited tour of a dead mall done up in the style of a music video would be another. The link is from one of my favorite "shopping nostalgia" sites Malls of America, which has a ton of vintage pictures and memorabilia from shopping centers throughout the country. Although I've probably liked to them before, some other good places that allow you to relive sights and stories of retail establishments of the past include:
    deadmalls DOT com
    Groceteria: Did You Bring Bottles? (supermarket history and architecture from the 20's through the 70's)
    Not Fooling Anybody (a chronicle of bad storefront conversions)
    The Weis Project (a study of architectural styles used by a Pennsylvania grocery store that I grew up with)
    Modern Ruins (not retail related, but a series of stunning photographs of abandoned industrial and commercial sites)
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    More Time Wasting Fun

    Custom Sign Generator
    If the Chinese Restaurant Sign generator didn't float your boat, then this site just might have something you will like. Allows you to manipulate signs, book-covers, logos, cartoons and too many others to begin to describe. Sure to bring out the twelve year old in all of us.
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    Quote-A-'Da-Day:

    "Someone's boring me. I think it's me."
    Dylan Thomas
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    Holy Crap!

    The "Brief Safe" (VIA TechEBlog)
    Now you can have a safe haven for cash and valuables as you travel. The "Brief Safe" gives you a place to stash small items right under the noses of thieves in a secret 4" x 10" velcro pocket. Even the most hardened criminal will "skid" to a dead halt once they get a load of these! And for an added measure of protection, you can give them authentic smell by ordering the optional "doo drops".
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    This Changes Everything

    It was certainly good news to see the beta release of Boot Camp, which will allow you to dual boot the new Intel Macs. For those of us who can't commit, or those who need to use apps from both worlds, this potentially simplifies things.

    The wife has been a big Mac proponent for years, since she uses them at work. She's been quite the Apple ambassador, and finally got me to overcome my resistance when we bough the last laptop, and I've been loving the iBook ever since. But as I've considered retiring the other aging Windows machines around the house, I just couldn't let go completely and make it an Apple based household. This makes it easy; or harder, depending on how you want to look at it.

    Now, if only Apple could help us make some of the REALLY tough decisions, like who has to do the dishes, what color pavers should we use for the patio, or who has to get up at 2:30 in the morning when the dog decides she has to relieve herself. Anything you can do to help out with those choices would be greatly appreciated.
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    Wednesday, April 05, 2006

    Grow-A-Chair

    GRASS ARMCHAIR (VIA Utterly Boring)
    Although I plan to re-do the back yard, I don't see incorporating this "chia chair" into the plans. An interesting idea, though, where you build the corrugated cardboard frame and then bury it with soil. Seed it, water it, and watch it grow. Once it's grown in, you can then trim it down, then kick back and relax. Just don't try to move it.
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    Spiffy!

    Harry S. Truman's Tropical Sport Shirts (VIA Information Junk)
    Harry Truman was always known for his neat appearance. When he became president, his everyday garments became more fashionable and care was taken to adopt "appropriate" dress for the leader of a nation. His recognizable double-breasted suit, Stetson hat and spectator shoes were his trademark. Faced with more scrutiny over his clothing than he had experienced as senator or vice president, he took few risks with the exception of a splashy tie now and then. That is, until he started vacationing in Key West ....
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    Feed The Hunger

    Chinese Restaurant Sign Generator (VIA Found on the Web)
    I know that these sign generators are old news, but like many classics they never fail to be fun. Now that I've got food on my mind, let's take out a few other related links:
    Upper West Side Chinese Restaurant Name Generator
    Using Chopsticks
    A Short History of the Chinese Restaurant
    Chinese restaurant project
    The Chinese Restaurant in America
    Ducks Tongues and Stuffed Lotus Roots
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