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Monday, February 28, 2005


Name that movie.


Chatting with ALICE if fun.

Human: how many toes do you have
ALICE: About one million.
Human: you have one million toes?
ALICE: That's an interesting question I don't hear everyday: Do I have a million toes.
I have a lot of friends on the Internet.
Human: are you friends with your toes?
ALICE: Yes my toes is one of my best friends.


Lost Marbles

Time waster...

One man's lawless crusade

I love people.

This guy has decided to take a cross-country journey, and break 40 random laws (one per state). What is a random law, you ask? Here are some samples:

Laws that Richard Smith intends to break include:

  • It is illegal to play cards against a Native American in Globe, Arizona
  • It is illegal to drive around the town square in Oxford, Mississippi, more than 100 times on a single occasion
  • It is illegal to say “oh boy” in Jonesborough, Georgia
  • It is illegal to play golf in the streets of Albany, New York
  • It is illegal to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats and other pets in Zion, Illinois
  • It is illegal to take a lion to the cinema in Baltimore
  • In Carmel, New York, a man cannot go outside while wearing a jacket and trousers that do not match
  • In Miami, it is illegal for men to be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown

    Times Online - Britain

    via Mesdag
  • MailFrontier Phishing IQ Test

    I got 8 out of 10, and the ones I got wrong were legit, and I thought they were fake. So I guess I am safe. Your best bet is to use a program like spoofstick, and type in your own url's.
    MailFrontier Phishing IQ Test


    The idea behind this email technology is exciting and scary. There are three main features that they offer. Un-savable email, un-printable email, and recall. It is the recall part that seems scary to me. I created an account and tried to send an email, but got a massive error. I forwared the error to their support, and got sent to a blank page. So far, I must say, I am unimpressed. But we shall see what the future holds...
    Big String

    via d

    Gmail Tips - The Complete Collection

    Handy little guide to owning a gmail account. If you don't have one, scroll down to see my current contests to get one.

    Gmail Tips - The Complete Collection

    Monday Morning News

  • This is why companies like Google do so well, they are willing to play the game and make themselves available to all.
    Google Maps adds browsers | CNET
  • This is a good article comparing Symantec and CA
  • Is Google Evil
    SEO thinks so
  • Speaking of evil
    AIM merges with Outlook
  • I guess nobody is perfect...I have upgraded have you?
    Mozilla Warns of Firefox Security Holes
    Update is here Firefox 1.0.1
  • I guess the internet is still the wild wild west, despite our best efforts...
    eBay provides phishing hole
  • Bamboo Bike

    I had previously posted on a bamboo bike, but I think this one is going to be a little more ridable. Maybe I should trade in my Rocky Mountain Slayer?

    via lat

    Sunday, February 27, 2005

    Google Search Results: Jew

    Makes you wonder a bit...
    Here is the Google explaination, but go look for yourself.

    An explanation of our search results.

    If you recently used Google to search for the word "Jew," you may have seen results that were very disturbing. We assure you that the views expressed by the sites in your results are not in any way endorsed by Google. We'd like to explain why you're seeing these results when you conduct this search.

    A site's ranking in Google's search results is automatically determined by computer algorithms using thousands of factors to calculate a page's relevance to a given query. Sometimes subtleties of language cause anomalies to appear that cannot be predicted. A search for "Jew" brings up one such unexpected result.

    If you use Google to search for "Judaism," "Jewish" or "Jewish people," the results are informative and relevant. So why is a search for "Jew" different? One reason is that the word "Jew" is often used in an anti-Semitic context. Jewish organizations are more likely to use the word "Jewish" when talking about members of their faith. The word has become somewhat charged linguistically, as noted on websites devoted to Jewish topics such as these:


    Someone searching for information on Jewish people would be more likely to enter terms like "Judaism," "Jewish people," or "Jews" than the single word "Jew." In fact, prior to this incident, the word "Jew" only appeared about once in every 10 million search queries. Now it's likely that the great majority of searches on Google for "Jew" are by people who have heard about this issue and want to see the results for themselves.

    Our search results are generated completely objectively and are independent of the beliefs and preferences of those who work at Google. Some people concerned about this issue have created online petitions to encourage us to remove particular links or otherwise adjust search results. Because of our objective and automated ranking system, Google cannot be influenced by these petitions. The only sites we omit are those we are legally compelled to remove or those maliciously attempting to manipulate our results.

    We apologize for the upsetting nature of the experience you had using Google and appreciate your taking the time to inform us about it.

    The Google Team

    p.s. You may be interested in some additional information the Anti-Defamation League has posted about this issue at In addition, we call your attention to both the Jewish Internet Association, an organization that addresses online anti-semitism, at, and Google's search results on this topic.

    Project Billboards

    I think my political leanings are starting to show. But politics aside, this one seams really basic to me. Yes genocide was occurring, yes the country was a threat to the world. BUT, one of the tenants of democracy, as I recall, is that the needs of the few must be protected.

    Here is my definition of freedom: The right to do what ever the hell you want to do, up until the point your freedom infringes on another’s freedom. Nothing had occurred in Iraq that had infringed on our freedoms. Yes, they definitely threatened our freedoms, but One of the drawbacks of being the good guy, is you don't get to choose who the bad guys are. The benefit of such a policy is that you do not create bad guys, and your job as a good guy gets easier.

    Name a major religion, and it will tell you not to cast the first stone. The most ironic part of this entire situation, is that the religion the Bush professes to follow, preaches directly against his course of action. Oh well, I guess there is always 2008...go Nader!

    Project Billboards

    via tm

    Weekend Update

    I have been milling around the site today, at looking at my poor stats, and trying to figure out ways to make the site more interesting. I did find some interesting information about you, the viewer, and I thought I would share.

    Looks like most of you are from the US, but it looks like my audience is world wide.

    Hmm..big shocker here

    This one I was actually surprised by. Lots of you are spending some serious money on your monitors..I may have to start rethinking my website design.
    (By the way, who ever is running 1600x1200, do you want to trade monitors?)

    Friday, February 25, 2005

    Holocaust Memorial

    This is a beautiful memorial and long over due. It is being put in place in Berlin, and if very fitting. I can't read the text, so I can't give you much in the way of detail, other than to say that it is breathtaking!
    Holocaust Memorial

    Thanks to Dave Diamond, we now have an English translation. Thanks Dave!

    English Version

    via eg


    Golf anyone?

    Notify List

    I added a notify by email jobby at the bottom of the sidebar. I don't know if I will keep it or not, but I thought it would be a good way to keep ya'll up to date.

    Time to shift gears

    This blog has been a lot of fun over the past few months, and I think it will continue to entertain me, and hopefully a few others. I have been making a lot of little tweaks over the past few weeks, and I think the blog is getting to where I want it to be visually.
    So now I guess it is time for a little more content. I will still be doing some of my one liner posts, and just letting you, the reader figure it out from there. But I want to start adding in more reviews, comments, opinions, and fun stuff like that. I guess we will be finding out together how good of a writer I am. And if it all goes horribly awry, I'll just go back to posting one liners again.
    Thanks to those of you who have been reading, and welcome to those of you who are hear for the first time. Hopefully it won't be the last!

    -the militantplatypus


    1. Open a new file in your PC.

    2. Name it "George W. Bush."

    3. Send it to the trash.

    4. Empty the trash.

    5. Your PC will ask you, "Do you really want to get rid of George W. Bush?"

    6. Answer calmly, "Yes," and press the mouse button firmly

    7. Feel better, don't you?

    via pwc


    Just click and watch

    I'll throw in an unrelated GIF for you to enjoy while you wait for the video to load.

    Served or owned?

    Firefox 1.0.1

    Lots of fixes, and a painless installation, what more could you ask for?

    Download here

    Hamster MIDI

    What do you get when you let a small group of hamsters make music. Surprising, you get a tune that is pretty good. Sort of like a Westerner listening to Chinese music. Make sure to listen!

    Hamster MIDI

    via KEC

    Package Museum

    I wee bit of nostalgia for all ya'all

    Package Museum

    via ch

    Blink O Rama

    The ugly side of blinking..

    Blink O Rama

    Thursday, February 24, 2005


    Share you dreams, read other peoples dreams, and advance to the next dream via a common thread. Very interesting reading


    With a positive CNET review, I am feeling pretty good about this program. Load up all your free email accounts, and access them all from one window. The numbers represent the number of new emails in each account, and the colors are coded so you can view it in your systray.

    I don't know if you can run multiple accounts under one domain though, so it will require a bit more playing with before I employ it.


    Every Video Game

    What more is there to say...except you need java...
    Every Video Game

    via d

    Sarah McLachlan - World On Fire


    This site is easily confused, and very limited in the historical questions it can answer. But, it has a lot of potential. My suggestion would be to keep an eye on it.


    via br

    How To Start Your Very Own Blog In Fifty-One Easy Steps!

    Very informative, and helpful...expecially step 23

    How To Start Your Very Own Blog In Fifty-One Easy Steps! ||

    via br

    Wednesday, February 23, 2005

    USA 1 mile at a time

    This is an amazing project. This guy drove accross the US taking a picture every mile. The project is documented very well. You can view at 1 mile, 25 mile, or 100 mile intervals.
    "Join Matt Frondorf as he drives from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge, his camera clicking at every mile. Retrace his trip through the Picture Viewer"

    How Wide is America?

    via d


    An amazing use of flash, very interesting site

    via d

    Calvin and Hobbes

    Rumor has it, that this is the entire collection. I have no way to verify...

    Calvin and Hobbes


    You know you have really cornered the toy market when your target demographic reacts like this

    via tm

    Bluetooth Cassette

    Okay, I know I got swept up in the excitement yesterday, but I am drawing the line today. Bluetooth cassette tape, it alows you to play your bluetooth enabled MP3 player through your tape deck. But I must again ask, who the hell still has a tape deck, and if you do, do you own a bluetooth enabled MP3 player?

    Bluetooth Cassette


    Dyson phone home

    File this one under creepy. Grab the phone, put it next to your dyson, and it will tell them what is wrong with it. Gizmodo does a very good job of explaining it.

    New Dyson calls home

    via gmodo

    Tuesday, February 22, 2005

    SD/USB Update

    I posted about this being on the way, well now it is here. Hopefully it is the same length as a regular SD card, so I can put it into my Kyocera 7135!

    SanDisk Ultra II SD PLUS

    Cassette Styled Flash Player

    Makes me wish I still had a tape deck. This flash player, when put into a tape deck, behaves just like a tape, only with all the benefits of a flash player!

    Cassette Flash Player

    Here is the product site: Mobiblu DAH-220

    via gmodo

    Microsoft To Force SP2 Update On All XP And XP SP1 Machines


    A brave test in advertising...according to the site, the money is real!
    3m Security Glass

    via d

    First Picture posted on the web

    According to Wiki at least...
    1st Pic

    via gb

    Wacky Fuali Tests

    For those of you struggling at work today, I offer Wacky Fuali Tests

    Virtual Model

    So, you buying a pair of pants online, but you want to know what they are going to look like on you. What you need is a virtual model. Describe yourself to the site, and then go shopping!
    Virtual Model

    via pg

    Shake baby shake

    Shake face, take picture, post

    via rf

    Monday Morning News

  • Bill says "Browsing is definitely a point of vulnerability" and plans to release IE7 separately from Windows
    Possible shift to paid model
  • Useful News:
    Microsoft and Symantec are backing a plan to create a severity scoring system for software holes.
  • Nokia chooses Firefox over IE
    Firefox at Nokia
  • Lockergnome says"One Minute A Month Can Eliminate 100% Of Spam"
    Using Challenge based software
  • I think we can safely list this under bad ideas
    Configure Internet Explorer To Work As An FTP Client
  • Artificial eyes by 2010, says EC
  • Featherboard, circuit boards made from feathers
    Feathers in PCs No Birdbrain Idea
  • Friday, February 18, 2005

    How to Record Streaming Media

    Straight forward instructions, but I will leave you to ponder the legality...

    Tech Monkey - Don't be a Monkey's Uncle

    Everquest II...Delivery

    OMG..that is all I can say...Oh my God...

    via d

    Snow Sculpture Competition

    Sure does make me wish we had snow here...
    Snow Sculpture

    via lat


    Let me start out by saying that I am not a Bush fan, and in fact I think that he is a @#%^! idiot. Having said that, this is so damn funny...

    pictoral essay on why Kerry lost


    Virtual Stan

    ASCII Art

    This is so cool. The program will take any image, and turn it into ASCII art. View source, and copy.
    ASCII Art

    via d

    Three-year-old passes Mensa test

    The kid looks stoked!
    A three-year-old has become the youngest member of the high IQ group Mensa after taking a series of tests run by psychologists.


    via d

    Dell 24" Update

    There is nothing like good design done right. I thought that I was in love with this monitor just looking at the specs, but now witht a closer look, I really want it!

    Read the review here.

    via et

    Real Life Tetris

    Be sure to watch the video, first glance I was pretty excited, but after watcing the video, I am not so sure.
    Tetris Tower

    via en

    Anyone remember this beauty?

    Free Gmail account to the first one to post this guys name!

    via KEC

    Thursday, February 17, 2005

    Disney for Sale

    Now you can take a piece of Disneyland home with you and not get arrested!
    Disney Auction

    via bb

    hand painted russian movie posters

    These posters are handpainted to advertise American movies. They are Brilliant! The image above is an advertisement for the Matrix III
    hand painted russian movie posters

    via db

    Hee hee hee

    How to make a unicorn

    Grapple Update..cause I know you were dyin

    I blogged the grapple a while back, well I have an update...
    They don't look too happy...but you are welcome to try it for yourself

    via tm

    Escher Web Sketch

    This is a lot of fun to play with, but obviously I am no prodigy. Check out the favorites on the page
    Escher Web Sketch

    via lat

    Google Toolbar

    Version 3
    Includes new features like
  • Spell Check
  • A translator
  • A function to turn street address into hotlinks
    Downside: Doesn't look like it is Firefox ready yet

    Google Toolbar
  • -> [Guide] Windows Shortcuts

    Great little shorcut guide for Win XP -> [Guide] Windows Shortcuts

    Wednesday, February 16, 2005

    Schmancy Toys

    My sister wants to go here next time she is in Seattle.

    via KEC

    GameRival - Free Online Games!

    New favorite time waster..

    GameRival - Free Online Games!

    Spamusement! Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines!

    The name says it all...
    Spamusement! Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines!: "Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines!"


    How to Ship a brain

    Lord knows how many times I run into this issue, and had to figure out someway to FedEx Overnight a fresh brain, and make sure the box didn't leak. Well finally, someone posted instructions.
    How to ship a brain


    My phone comes with a ringtone maker, so I don't need this, but not everyone is so blessed, so here you are:

    Free ringtones
    smashTheTONES :: Why would you pay FIVE BUCKS for a ringtone or graphic???

    Sliver V8

    For me, most of the sex appeal of the Razr was the brushed stainless, and the thin clamshell form factor. So, in my opinion, this is the worst thing you could do to the phone...
    Silver V8

    via mb

    Tuesday, February 15, 2005

    R/C X-UFO

    I am positve that Mesdag will be ordering one as soon as he sees the post!

    via gmodo

    Human For Sale - Results -

    MobileWEB4U WAP Gateway

    Verizon Web Hack

    MobileWEB4U WAP Gateway

    via d

    How to Rip off Napster

    Poor old Napster...
    Hundreds of music CDs, zero dollars*, obtained legally.
    *Not including the cost of blank CDs...14 day trial = 336 hours = 20,160 minutes of potential music = 252 80 minute CDs

    How to Rip off Napster

    via bb - Which Website are you?

    RedNova News - Can This Black Box See Into the Future?

    This is an interesting article on the mind, the soul and how they relate to physics. I don't know if the box can predict the future, but it sure is giving scientists a lot to think about.

    RedNova News - Can This Black Box See Into the Future? - search results

    Love is in the air... - search results

    Wearable Warnings

    I posted a while back about an anti-molestation jacket. This is the updated version. I think that my favorite part is that the hair raises up, like an animal. Be sure to watch the movies.
    Wearable Warnings

    via wmmna