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Not right

The site where I found that is a human rights site. I do not have a problem with gun ownership. I think they should be licensed like cars and you should prove you know how to use one. I think you should be able to hunt and eat what you kill. I think that young people should be allowed to hunt, with adult supervision and proper training. I don't think that the gun in the photo should be used by civilians, let alone children. As you will see from their site, the womenfolk in his family are probably pretty well armed, so there is no need for little Johnny to be packing such serious heat.

Throw away those pain pills!

Sex Relieves Pain

Pro: Sex can get rid of headaches and menstrual cramps

Con: Sex can be a laxative.

You make the choice.

Kids say the darndest things

Boy rats out his family's Meth Lab


A nice compilation of the various Nigerian 419 scam emails.

A turning of the tables on the scammer.

You may not fall for something as obvious as some of the illiterate offerings of millions, but there are a multitude of ways you can be fleeced.

Scum Removal Tip #3

Another in my series of telemarketing avoidance posts; this cool trick was found through a link from skippy.

Movie Time

I keep seeing my secret stash of great old films being posted, so I figured I should join the bandwagon and let you in on it as well.

The Internet Archive at archive.org. You don't need broadband, but you do need to cast your mind back to the days of yore, when attitudes were a little different. A sample of the films you will find:

Word to the Wives, A  ca. 1955
Producer: Telamerica, Inc.
Sponsor: American Gas Association, National Association of Home Builders, and The Woman's Home Companion
How two women trick a husband into buying a new kitchen.
Descriptors: Consumerism;  Gender roles
Run time: 12:41   Color/B&W: C   Silent/Sound: Sd
Download: DiVX 4.11 19587.avi (42.4 MB)    VCD 19587.mpg (140.8 MB)    MPEG-2 19587.mpg (321.7 MB)
Streaming: DSL/Cable      Dialup   

They also have the funniest movie I have seen in a while. If you make, sell or buy things for a living, you will want to show this one to the boys in marketing. I am sure they will actually use some of this. My company uses something very similar...

"Your Name Here" Story, The  ca. 1960
Producer: Calvin Communications
Sponsor: Calvin Communications
The ultimate generic industrial film, built around every script and visual cliche.
Descriptors: Motion pictures: Production;  Motion pictures: Sponsored;  Humor
Run time: 10:10   Color/B&W: C   Silent/Sound: Sd
Download: DiVX 4.11 01681.avi (32.1 MB)    VCD 01681.mpg (106 MB)    MPEG-2 01681.mpg (280.9 MB)
Streaming: DSL/Cable      Dialup   

We're sorry...

Earlier, I linked to a site with a counterscript to use against telemarketers. Now comes the ultimate response, convincing the bastards you don't exist. By using the three tone sound that you hear when you get a non-working number at the beginning of your answering machine message, the dialing machines will mark your number as dead. Full Instructions for this are provided along with the sound file you need (sit.wav).

Note: According to an article in the latest WIRED, you only need to put in the first tone, not all three. Use your sound recorder program to edit the wav file.

One more thing to consider

Great discussion going on in the alt.support.chronic-pain newsgroup, What cars are least uncomfortable to drive?

One of the posts recommends the following:

The first thing to do is to take the car to the body shop, and make sure the
seat is not "leaning" left or right. Even 1/2 inch difference makes *all* the
difference. My STS was a pain to drive, and I don't have back troubles. The
left side of the seat mount was 1/2 inch lower in the back corner that the
rest of the mounts. $18.00 fixed it-and I still have the car.(1994 model)

Bactine, stat!

How to Give Your Cat a Pill


Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9

And, of course, Number 9.



Duck Duck Noose

I did a search for "a duck in a noose" and got zero results. How odd. The guy picked a totally unique phrase.


Great Cartoon

Don't you hate those little airline liquor bottles. They're so hard to open...

Bringing up my dinner


God Bless GPS

You think your job sucks?

What was that?

Tim Goldsmith looks over his shoulder as he walks up and down Rockville Pike Saturday, October 20, 2002 in Rockville, Md. Goldsmith who gets paid to wear this Disc-o-rama CD exchange store billboard and walk up and down the street is literally a slow-moving target, vulnerable to the sniper.

From the Associated Press

Get Mama's Pryin' Bar

Oh, Dritt!

Suuuure, pal. You're the KING, and I am the Queen of England.

King of Norway caught speeding.

Yes, that is her underwear

OLEG KULIK is insane. He is an artist who seems to work with nudes and animals. He is considered one of the more interesting Russian artists.

I am guessing he is tired of being poor. He has created this rather menacing wax figure of the Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova at his new exhibition in Moscow. He also plans on adding bjork and madonna.

I see him breaking into the same ranks as the idiot Jeff Koons.

From Fark

Thanks for the laugh Suburban Cowboy.

How a poster won the war

As a nation, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Thomas Murray. Mr. Murray, who died this week, was featured on two WWII posters encouraging rationing. Visit The Northwesterns' collection of WWII posters for more.

I always thought he was an artist's conconction, like Rosie the Riveter, not a real person. In a world where Apple uses real (albeit real lame) people to flog their products and Microsoft counters with a "real" person who is really from a photo CD, it is nice to know that a real person posed for this.

And, for those of you who know you have seen this poster somewhere before, you can have a nice cup of shut the .... up.

There are also more parodies of those old posters.

And someone who will probably by put into one of Ashcroft's camps has put together a page of NSA/Ministry of Homeland Security posters using WWII themes.

Here are the real posters that the NSA has made.

Oh, the humanity

It is every boy's dream to grow up and own a Lamborghini, Porsche or Ferrari. A select few get to live out this dream.

Some of these people, however, never read "How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink." The photographs of the aftermath reside over at wrecked exotics.

I cannot even imagine what would go through the head of a guy who just fried a half million dollar car.

Fight Back

A hilarious anti-telemarketing counterscript. When Sprint calls you, don't hang up. Hit them with questions. You can download a pdf to keep by your phone.

via Penny Arcade.

Getting relief

Many ways to deal with chronic pain is a great article from last week's Salina Journal covering sciatica.

"I wanted people to know that it isn't all in your head, that there is help available, no matter what kind of pain you have," she said. "There's no one method of pain management, either. It's whatever works for the individual. The expert in pain is the person who is in pain, and there are many ways to manage it."

All forms of pain management are covered, including massage and water therapy. Chiropractic (boo! hiss!) is covered as an option, but notably, is dismissed almost right away. The DC interviewed even says that most of the neuro referrals are for acupuncture. I had a real bad experience with chiropractic that severely worsened my condition, basically forcing me into surgery.

Please read the article and let me know what you think. I will be glad to publish your responses. Am I wrong about Chiropractors being devil spawn? What works to relieve your pain?

This is where it all begins

This is Plum Island, off the northern shore of Long Island, N.Y. The island is home to the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, where scientists study some of the world's most infectious animal diseases. A strike by maintenance workers at the facility enters its third month on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, and Hillary Clinton is demanding the parties reach a settlement over concerns the impasse may pose a national security risk.

The official site proclaims, "Not once in our more than 40 years of operation has an animal pathogen escaped from Plum Island." I am sure that record isn't in any trouble with the place not being properly maintained for three months.

More info about the island is here


A couple of months back, I posted a screed about people who do not flush public toilets. I found a more simple and elegant plea over at unproductivity.com.

Your Ad Here

Great piece about product placement on the "Sopranos." The show may suck this season, but at least they are distracting us with more ads...

There is also a funny story about the Seinfeld "Junior Mints" episode in the article.


MSNBC has canceled "Ashleigh Banfield: On Location."

Not that I watch MSNBC anymore, but when I did, I never liked her. Give me Christiane Amanpour for great reporting. Ashleigh, say "hi" to Arthur Kent when you get to whatever journalist hell is next for you.

One hell of a weekend

"We take for granted that our children can watch a clown during a family's Friday shopping without being blown to bits."

You should be able to take that for granted. You really should.

You should also be able to pump gas.

or go dancing.

No parking

New "No SUV Parking" signs were posted throughout Park Slope, Brooklyn. All sport utility vehicles within the area, then,
were served with the parking ticket shown over at Stay Free!

I am not against SUV's, but I do wish the people who owned them could actually drive. I would also like them to understand that they are not allowed to take up two "compact" spaces when parking.

It's a blog thing, you wouldn't understand

I have actually posted dozens more entries to this blog than I have allowed to be published, simply because they just didn't come out right. On most of these, the links were great, but I just didn't feel I did them justice.

Dear Owen is a great example of presenting a list of cool links (which is all I try to do) with some context.

Uppity Negro also does this on a daily basis. I am neither uppity nor negro, yet I enjoy the site because it has a defined point of view and a great sense of humor.

Hey Now

This clever actor made a name for himself by playing obnoxious characters on TV and in films. He's the guy you love to hate. He seemed to be a sophisticated, mature man, but what a surprise last Saturday night! Patrons at the Mousetrap after-hours club in Hollywood were surprised to find themselves smoking pot and boozing it up at 4 a.m. with the guy they grew up watching on TV. He bounced from table to table, but it wasn't young girls he was after -- he kept asking: "Where can I score some blow?"

According to Blind Items, it could possibly be Jeffery Tambor, Dabney Coleman or John Larroquette. I can picture all three of these guys doing that, especially Larroquette.

If you can believe what is on that site, everyone in Hollywood is gay and doing piles of coke. Rumors include Ben Affleck's butt waxing, Quentin Tarantino dropping his crack pipe at a restaurant, Mike Myers phone sex addiction and a bunch of real bad things about Julia Roberts and Tara Reid.

Fascinating reading.

Jumping Springfield Gorge

The photo of Wang Jiaxiong taken right before his death during a bicycle stunt has created a lot of interest. Lately, it seems that all the "daredevils" are media creations that commit pre-packaged stunts that look hard but are ultimately safe. They are designed to sell soda pop on FOX, or NBC, or ABC. Not that there is anything wrong with escapist entertainment. It is just that no one is gonna get hurt. There is no risk. That is what makes a daredevil.

China showed us someone doing the stunt for the sake of it (and for the glory, of course.) It is too bad he did not make it. It would have made an even better picture to see him land triumpantly after his bike soared right over the wall. More detail is available in this article, Deadly stunt.

The history of these folks is fascinating. I have put up a couple of links to get you started.

Bicycle Daredevils
Dave Sharpe - the Crown Prince of Daredevils

and, of course, the greatest of all time:


Record Company to Sell TV-Like DVDs with Ads

My ass is on the floor. I laughed it off.

The good people (well, just Wil) over at Acid Logic have two great features today. A killer review of Office Space, one of the finest pound me in the ass movies ever made and a warning about fax machines that is making me worry.

A robot in every pot

Robots could lighten load of household chores

Technological improvements and falling prices could soon see robots doing many household chores, from cutting the grass to cleaning windows, according to a United Nations report on Thursday.

I am sure this is of great comfort to the billions who don't even have what we consider the bare minimum of housing, let along windows and a lawn.

Screw developing cheaper more effective drugs and food, bring on the robot vacuums!

Simpsons Did It

Baby Cry Translator

A Spanish inventor, intrigued by his son's incessant crying, has designed a detector that he says will tell harassed parents within 20 seconds if their baby is hungry, bored, tired, stressed or uncomfortable. The device, the size of a calculator and powered by batteries, has five faces on a screen on the back representing the possible reasons why a baby is crying. When the baby cries, it sets off the Why Cry and in 20 seconds the little faces light up.

This is extremely similar to the Simpsons Episode, "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?" In that episode, Homer's brother Herb invents a baby translator.

It measures the pitch, the frequency, and the urgency of a baby's cry,
and then tells whoever's around, in plain English, exactly what the
baby's trying to say! Everything from "Change me" to "Turn off that
damn Raffi record!"

-- Herb explains his baby translator,
"Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?"

No referral codes, just a great deal

Over at Computer Surplus Outlet, they have a P133 laptop for $99!

The Itronix XC6250 P133 40MB 1.6GB 33.6 Laptop is a pig at 15 pounds, but it has all you need to use as a second computer for surfing in another room or out on the patio. Just pop in a PCMCIA NIC and install linux, or hook up an external CD and go for the full blown windows 95/98!

The Itronix XC-6250 is a durable, rugged notebook designed for use in even the most inclement of environments. Check out the specs:

  • Transflective screen is easy to read in direct sunlight -- great for outdoor use.
  • Excellent for use during inclement weather -- the XC6250 is completely waterproof.
  • Safe against accidental drops -- designed to survive 3-foot drops at every possible angle.
  • Withstands vibration -- can survive in the roughest of vehicles.
  • Dust and dirt proof -- perfect for ag environments.
  • Accidental spills --fertilizer, coffee, grease, etc., won't damage the XC6250. Simply wash off spilled substance.
  • Works in extreme temperatures -- operates in ranges from -4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and stores in ranges from -40 to 167 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Connect the XC-6250 to your other computer equipment -- bar code readers, printers, GPS equipment, etc.

Basically, you have to be Jerry Lewis in The Disorderly Orderly to kill this thing.

With Neighbors like these

Man charged with burglarizing his neighbor�s home and then holding a three-day yard sale.

Police allege that Fuller appeared to have sold the Labelles� items, which they eventually valued at approximately $30,000. Fuller�s friend, Donald Tallman, 41, purchased two of the Labelles� lawn tractors, a barbecue grill and boat trailer for $30. Police said the value of those items was closer to $400.

Fuller and Marro told police their yard sale netted $547.90 in cash.

Not only are they thieves, they can't even profit from it. A bad fence will still give you more than that.

Maybe they should have read this, Models of the Indirect Costs of Theft. Apparently, one can do the math and figure out exactly how much to steal.


Escher's "Ascending and Descending" in LEGO�

This is good use of Lego. They have other Escher recreations that are just as amazing.

via b3ta, which is now tied with bifrucated rivets as the best site on the planet.

And some Lego humor, also found at b3ta.

Dead Man Flying


Wang Jiaxiong from northwest China's Shaanxi province falls to his death while trying to jump over the Great Wall in Tianjin, China, on October 2, 2002. Wang tried to clear the wall on his bike after riding down a 35-metre high, 76-metre long runway. Picture taken October 2. REUTERS/China Photo

It's all about the humping

Colin Douglas's Humping Adventures

I hump things

Statue Molesters

car humping


Really, it is

Download the Internet. 56k'ers beware. Some bits NSFW.

Protestor Porn

If you can't make it to any of the big Not In Our Name extravaganzas this weekend, get your fill of police brutality, fire and naked demonstrators over at the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.

found at gmtplus9.


Good lovin' gone bad

When police arrived at the homicide scene, they found Heathcote's naked body on the bed with multiple stab wounds to the torso. Heathcote still had a blindfold over his eyes, a dog collar around his neck, and his ankles were still tied with stockings to the mattress handles.

According to the article, the murderess worked as a body piercer.

That's good eatin'!

From The Onion.

I have eaten the cheese bricks and the lardito. Both quite good. I am looking forward to trying that KFC sandwich.

Play Ball Redux


Nice piece from the New Yorker, link stolen from robotwisdom.com. Includes an interview with Steve Bloom, the manager of the BongHitters, the High Times softball team.

"Part of the secret for us personally is that we don't go out on the field too stoned," Bloom said the other day. "You don't smoke just before you go out on the field, 'cause you kinda lose your concentration. Baseball's a concentration game. People here may smoke during the day, doing whatever they're doing. I don't keep tabs on every player. And, you know, they may or may not wake 'n' bake. But, basically, we'll smoke one in the car on the way up to the game, and that's the extent of it. And then we go out and do our batting practice and play our game, and then maybe in the middle of the game, if we really feel so inspired or feel we need a rally joint or something, we light one up. But it's generally kind of an after-game thing.

So, basically, it is like Steve Martin says:

I used to smoke marijuana. But I'll tell you something; I would only smoke it in the late evening. Oh, occasionally the early evening, but usually the late evening�or the mid-evening. Just the early evening, mid-evening and late evening. Occasionally, early afternoon, early mid-afternoon, or perhaps the late-mid-afternoon. Oh, sometimes the early-mid-late-early morning.... But never at dusk!

Thank you

Ping. It is the most important tool in your networking troubleshooting kit. It had helped me more times than I can count.

The Lockergnome Tech newsletter today has a link to the site of the man who wrote Ping. He, sadly, is no longer with us. His website has been preserved and includes this hilarious adecdote.

The best ping story I've ever heard was told to me at a USENIX conference, where a network administrator with an intermittent Ethernet had linked the ping program to his vocoder program, in essence writing:

ping goodhost | sed -e 's/.*/ping/' | vocoder

He wired the vocoder's output into his office stereo and turned up the volume as loud as he could stand. The computer sat there shouting "Ping, ping, ping..." once a second, and he wandered through the building wiggling Ethernet connectors until the sound stopped. And that's how he found the intermittent failure.

That is so cool.

This just in

First of all, I want to thank Skippy for sending over 80 new folks to this page. If you have a few hours a day to spare, you will enjoy reading all of the great articles on his site. He posts a lot and it's all good.

Second, I needed to let you know that this game now ownz me.

They don't make 'em like that anymore

Big Jim - Screw GI Joe!

SSP Racers - ZZZZiiiiipppp. My brother and I beat the hell out of the hallway mouldings with these cars.

Zillion Bubbles - Lots and lots of bubbles.

Vertibird - This was so cool. And the blades could cut you!

Six Million Dollar Man - He has a bionic eye!

Battling Tops - Got nothing clever. Liked it.

Click Clacks - Did you hear about the kid who got killed when the balls shattered???

Gnip Gnop - Toy designers used to have much better drugs back then.

Odyssey - It came with a bunch of games, all the same with different plastic overlays you put on your tv screen.

Romper Stompers - When you are a little kid, these are like stilts.

I have had back surgeries and this site helps to distract me from the pain. When I am finding cool sites and ranting, I feel better.

Would acupuncture help with the symptoms of sciatica or would any other complementary medical solutions be worth considering?

I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.

This book, Back Pain: What You Need to Know (Johns Hopkins), is very good and inexpensive; regardless of what the review on amazon says.

Good luck and try to stay off the pills (unless you really, really need them!)

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