29 April 2004

Fart Filter: Doctor Recommended - Flatulence Deodorizer


Fart Filter: Doctor Recommended - Flatulence Deodorizer(tm)... Quote: "Take Back Your Life Again! No Need to Remain Trapped in Your Home! Now you can go out in public without fear of embarrassment due to the odour of excessive intestinal gas: Flatulence - caused by any reason or condition! Say Goodbye to malodorous gas - permanently! This material is proven in Gulf Combat! Lives depend on it!"
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Gratuitously stolen from monochrom

Checking out that DiVinci book

No, not that DaVinci book. I mean an actual DaVinci book. The British Library has digitized and posted images of classic books, including Leonardo DaVinci's famous notebook of mirror writings.


The site uses the Shockwave plug-in to display the book image, and let's you zoom in to get a better look.


[via Christian Science Monitor | Sci/Tech]

28 April 2004

Earth, Wind, & Zire

Ok, I stole that headline from Gizmodo. I don't know why, I just think it's funny. Actually, since Jamie sent me a link to an MSNBC/MSN story about the new Palms, my brain was tuned to scan for reviews of the units. They really aren't bad units when you read what you get. For $299 (which is what I paid for my Vx back in the day), the Zire 72 is a spiffy little Palm. Now, if it only had a GSM phone integrated.


Yeah, I'm being greedy. What's a geek to do? Oh, and since the NDAs lifted today, check out all the reviews:



Read - Zire 31 Product Page [PalmOne]
Read - Zire 72 Product Page [PalmOne]
Read - Zire 31 Review [InfoSync]
Read - Zire 72 Review [InfoSync]
Read - Zire 31 and 72 Review [PCWorld]
Read - Zire 31 Review [Brighthand]
Read - Zire 72 Review [Brighthand]
Read - Zire 31 and 72 Review [MSNBC]
Read - Zire 31 Review [TechTV]
Read - Zire 72 Review [TechTV]
Read - Zire 31 Review [PCMagazine]
Read - Zire 31 Review [BargainPDA]
Read - Zire 72 Review [BargainPDA]
Read - Zire 31 Review [CNet]
Read - Zire 72 Review [CNet]
Read - Zire 31 and 72 Review [TrustedReviews]


[via Gizmodo]

SphereXP

Holy crap is this cool! 3D desktop; check out the movies to get a better feel for how it works. If MS puts this in Longhorn, it would be incredible.

 

27 April 2004

Stupidest Description Evah

Comcast digital cable provides an on-screen menu to select what to watch. Very handy usually; especially the Reminder feature (Note to any Comcast people; provide more listings... go like two weeks out so I can set reminders farthur out.) The guide also provides descriptions of the shows so you can get an idea of what the show is about. Pretty straightforward. How straightforward? Try this one on:



auction.jpg

Thanks, that was very helpful. Notice that it's a 6-hour event, too. I don't know about you, but a 6-hour auction sounds to me like a pretty important event, say, one that deserved a better description.



Who writes this stuff? Seriously, I want to know.

23 April 2004

This "Controversy" Over the War Dead Photos

This idiocy of the pictures and Bush "hiding" the dead returning from Iraq needs to stop. 


From "Curtains Ordered for Media Coverage of Returning Coffins" by Dana Milbank (Washington Post, 21 Oct 2003):


Since the end of the Vietnam War, presidents have worried that their military actions would lose support once the public glimpsed the remains of U.S. soldiers arriving at air bases in flag-draped caskets.


To this problem, the Bush administration has found a simple solution: It has ended the public dissemination of such images by banning news coverage and photography of dead soldiers' homecomings on all military bases.


In March, on the eve of the Iraq war, a directive arrived from the Pentagon at U.S. military bases. "There will be no arrival ceremonies for, or media coverage of, deceased military personnel returning to or departing from Ramstein [Germany] airbase or Dover [Del.] base, to include interim stops," the Defense Department said, referring to the major ports for the returning remains.


A Pentagon spokeswoman said the military-wide policy actually dates from about November 2000 -- the last days of the Clinton administration -- but it apparently went unheeded and unenforced, as images of caskets returning from the Afghanistan war appeared on television broadcasts and in newspapers until early this year [2003]. Though Dover Air Force Base, which has the military's largest mortuary, has had restrictions for 12 years, others "may not have been familiar with the policy," the spokeswoman said. This year, "we've really tried to enforce it."


Let's break this down. "Since the end of the Vietnam War.." That's a long time ago. This is not a Bush policy (I or II). This is a long-standing policy instituted out of common sense. (Notice also that this policy was instituted by the Clinton administration [and not enforced; now there's a surprise]). If we ran a ticker at the bottom of CNN Headline News every day, all day, showing the faces and bodies of all the people that died in car accidents, we'd all be walking inside a year.

Enforcement of directives is not a damnable offense. If people have an issue with this policy, strike at the policy and those who created it. What idiot believes that it's righteous or good or intelligent to purposefully undermine your own initiative. And while you're raging against the machine, could you please list a couple of positive reasons for getting rid of this policy?

It is naive to believe people aren't aware of the cost of war or are actively ignoring it. Here, on the West side of Michigan where I grew up, we have two holidays for those who served; they're called Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Every year (every year) the parade in my home town ends at the town cemetary where Boy Scouts place flags on the graves of every, single fallen solider. They block off a street (which is full of people) so they can stand there and listen to the roll call of names.

If the bloggers and journalists who are sensationalizing the release of these pictures honestly believe that they are informing people about something we are all ignorant of, I would invite those people to crawl back into their protective holes and pull the rock back over the opening. Stop using the fallen for your political bullshit; honor their memory by thanking those they left behind. Go stand at a Memorial Day ceremony and scream "Baby Killer" or call the President a "Nazi". Ignoramus. If you come to my hometown, I'll even guarentee that you'll leave with a souvenir.



UPDATE: It figures. With something this big, no one bothered to check their facts. Seems that 70+ photos being circulated as Iraqi war casualties are, in fact, pictures of honors given to the Columbia crew. Way to go, peacenicks; you managed to demean two honorable groups in one fell swoop. Link

Used cellphone market

This is the article on BoingBoing:



Used cellphone market taking off The NYT reports on the growing US market for refurbished, used cellphones.



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But there is also the cellphone equivalent of the preowned BMW. ReCellular, a company based in Dexter, Mich., resells about four million handsets in bulk worldwide each year. Of the 1.5 million it resells domestically, mostly for use in prepaid wireless plans, "plenty are higher-end with cameras and bells and whistles," said Eric Forster, an executive for the company, which finds buyers for phones collected by charities, as well as retailers' overstocks and trade-ins.


Link (via Engadget)


Now, why do I post this? Becuase I was curious about stuff from Dexter, of course. I did a Yahoo Maps on the company: check out where they're located. (For those who don't know, it's about 500 yards from where my girlfriend used to live.) Small world.


[via Boing Boing]

22 April 2004

Wrap rage - "Extreme anger caused by product packaging that is difficult to open or manipulate"

Wrap rage? Aren't we all becoming just a little overly sensitive? I mean, I don't like that I have to whip out scissors to get at my headphones, but rage? I think there's enough misery and injustice in the world to rage against. Let's leave our consumables out of it.



Wrap rage - "Extreme anger caused by product packaging that is difficult to open or manipulate"


Link [via kottke.org remaindered links]

Express owner in 'Nazi' tirade

God I love British politics. If only Americans were this funny.



Express owner in 'Nazi' tirade Goosestepping Richard Desmond mocks German takeover bid for Telegraph in extraordinary outburst.


19 April 2004

The Simpsons - The Complete Fourth Season

Woo HOO!


The Simpsons - The Complete Fourth Season The Simpsons - The Complete Fourth Season -- $32.49

[via Amazon.com - DVD]

Detroit Gets High-Tech Parking Meters

Bravo Detroit... now don't screw this up.



The meters are part of a 90-day experiment with battery and solar-powered, online-operated parking meters.

Some issue receipts that drivers leave on their dashboards to show parking enforcers how much time is left on the +space+. Others can be programmed to accept credit cards or allow someone to pay by cell phone. downtown.


Oh wait, they already are.



"You need a master's degree or something," said Robert Blackwell as he tried to figure out how to use one of the new meters in downtown Detroit. "All I'm trying to do is not get a parking ticket."


Link [via All Headline News - technology News and Headlines]

13 April 2004

Unbelievable Mars Photo

I share this sentiment as well.

The new 3 Mbps broadband line has made me unafraid to download things like 26 MB panoramic photos snapped by the Mars Rovers.


The full picture is amazing.


12 April 2004

Legal Torrents adds RSS

This probably isn't that new, but I missed until tonight. LegalTorrents.com has added RSS support for all three of there media types.

Music
Movies
Books

07 April 2004

Islam and Liberalism

A fascinating take on the world's current events. The battle isn't between the US and al-Qaida, it's between the West and the East, Islam and Democratic Liberalism (not the US politcal party).
Al-Qaida, despite its ominous portrayal in the Western press - is no exception. It, too, will succumb, in due time, to the twin lures of power and money. Nihilistic and decentralized as it is - its express goals are the rule of Islam and equitable economic development. It is bound to get its way in some countries.

The world of the future will be truly pluralistic. The proselytizing zeal of Liberal Democracy and Capitalism has rendered them illiberal and intolerant. The West must accept the fact that a sizable chunk of humanity does not regard materialism, individualism, liberalism, progress, and democracy - at least in their Western guises - as universal or desirable.

Live and let live (and live and let die) must replace the West's malignant optimism and intellectual and spiritual arrogance.

Link [via Blogcritics]

06 April 2004

Interactive Gravesite Explorer

It's either cool or really weird, probably both. This little Flash site let's you explore Amsterdam's Old Church graveyard. You can drill down (no pun intended) to see the headstones of those buried in the Church.


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Wireless Internet Popular in SE Michigan (AP)

I'm actually a little surprised by this.

Wireless Internet Popular in SE Michigan (AP) AP - Wireless Internet is spreading faster in southeast Michigan than any other metropolitan area across the country, according to a new national study.

Link [via Yahoo! News - Technology]

02 April 2004

HP Gear

Ever wanted that HP sweatshirt? Or how about a floating pen? Yeah, well, here's where you can get it. Reasonable prices, too. I need to look for a Dell site like this.
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