2000jun01. It’s a big day here in the big city. It’s the day the window-washing guys (tethered only by a frighteningly thin set of ropes) slide past our own 40th floor, causing near heart-attacks in startled workers who were sitting pleasantly at their desks, gazing out at the horizon, only to suddenly be face-to-face with window-washing guys where no sane person should be. [soosan]
hoi brigitte / hello brigitte / eff een mailtje / hoor je ook de muziek / anders is het fout gegaan / nou ik hoop dat je examens goed gaan / veel liefs – rosalie
hoi hoi! ik vinden heb je naar de verkeerd persoon. ik verrichten niet zijn ieder examen. en ik verrichten niet spreken nederlands.
2000jun05. I was just wondering about WVHS. You remember, the high-grade analog video machine that was supposed to knock the legs out from under analog HDTV? It only cost around $5000 back in 1996 or so. The only time I saw one was at work – it came in with Japanese-only instructions. The Vancouver International Film Festival is accepting entries in WVHS, so the format is “getting around.” The resolution of WVHS was “almost” comparable to HDTV – something like 1907x1009 (vs 1920x1034 for HDTV) – but the interesting bit was that instead of recording one near-HDTV program you could also record three simultaneous VHS programs. So if that brand-new JVC WVHS deck is actually now priced at $250 (maybe they’ve just had one sitting around the shop for five years? floor model?) and you’re a big video geek who doesn’t mind the prohibitive cost of WVHS tapes (I believe it also takes VHS for those special moments when you know you won’t have programming conflicts), this would be a good present for YOU! I wonder if it’s compatible with TiVo, which cannot record two shows at the same time. I am guessing “no.” Figure it out, geek.
2000jun05. “With more and more advances in medical technology, it is crucial not to forget to inform younger patients of what can be perceived as 'scary medical equipment.’” [soosan]
Inga ... ROXETTE! ... Inga. (alltifrån 1991)
Roxette är död! Lång bor Roxette!!!! [via cvb]
hi there you ... .this is just a personal note to let you know what a blast I had looking at your site..I was supposed to be researching Unilever for a college paper and through MARGARINE got linked to you (yeah I know I was wasting time but hey..I am ON VACATION) got a big charge out of the candy cigarette thing ... I “smoked” a million of those when I was a kid, and especially loved the ones that had that white powder under the paper wrapping. You can still find them at Baldinger’s Foods of the World in Cranberry Township, PA. It is a mecca of hard to find candies and specialty foods (chocolate covered bees and crickets are a MUST). I saved your site and will be perusing it when I am again ALLOWED to get off the fast track. PS ... Being so witty, I bet you are a cutiepie..got a picture?
I am, Misread and Ms Red
I am just a robot.
2000jun08. A Lesson In The Transitory Nature of The Web. I found what appears to be a very useful freeware software package. Twenty minutes after downloading all of the relevant programs, the site put up a password-protection scheme.
On your front page, the may 19 bsv entry points into outer space. Also, the forward arrow from mail/mailbag.htm points at mail00.htm, which isn’t so tragic because there isn’t a big teaser for mail00 on the front page, making me wonder, What does the “B” stand for? Backslash? Bang? B? Bracket?
For security, use Ctrl-G as your separator. The klaxon will warn you when someone’s peeking at your files.
I like the bell ideer. But the “B” in BSV stood for “bar.” I removed the page because it started a little holy war, and I’m already backed up on my email so far that [insert wacky metaphor here]. So away it goes for now. You didn’t see anything. Move along.
I’ve also fixed the mail problem. The actual mail from the last five months will be up “shortly.” Dr. Berk is patiently revising the auto-mail algorithm while I furiously attempt to “add value” to the program by changing my mind every twelve seconds. “It should have FINS!!!! GLEAMING EMAIL FINS!” He is the best Staff Chemist in the whole world, I said as I prepared another onslaught of “improvements.”
2000jun09. Must-read Microsoft breakup account featuring shell-shocked, delusional, disbelieving cult employees ... “our leader ... our leader ... what? Lik’em Aid? Okay, I guess ... (pause) bitter ... almondy taste ... ” [via Obscure Store]
2000jun09. “That iced tea just goes right through ya. Am I president yet?" Vote for Nader. NADER
I had to something something /
had jump in my car /
be a rider in the something something /
‘Cause I was out of freaking stamps.
are you sure that the dye contained in haw flakes is the safe
one? check out this page on the FDA site
which seems to indicate otherwise.
That page chronicles the US detention of haw flakes (and slices) from a company named ”Zibo Minyue Food Co., Ltd.” The two companies that I have purchased haw flakes from (and are discussed on other pages) are named “Shan Zha Bing,” and “Sunflower.” Now, perhaps Zibo Minyue owns or is somehow responsible for the product for each or both of these companies. I don’t know. More contact and background information about Zibo Minyue is available at this page (which is no longer up, of course), which will cause anyone familiar with the Tufte school of visualization to twitch uncontrollably.
But considering the content of the page, as difficult as that is to do, it appears that Zibo Minyue is a new company, whereas the haw flakes from Shan Zha Bing and Sunflower certainly look, from the packaging alone (this is Sunflower; if I remember correctly, Shan Zha Bing looks mysteriously the same minus said flower on the top of the package) as if they’ve been around forever. And hey, the package lists only two ingredients: haw, and sugar. As I mentioned in the article, the color is completely unappetizing – it looks like some new company figured on eliminating this roadblock to increased sales but their zeal has defeated them! DEFEATED THEM I TELL YOU!
2000jun10. I just received word from the National Street Assocation: streets diagonal to cardinal directions have been DEPRECATED.
Update the damn deck o’ junk before i come drop a little ‘john shaft wisdom’ on your dome!! – wally
2000jun15. “Don’t you hate it when environmental legislation stops you from dumping dioxins in the nearest lake? Yeah, I do, too. Hey, do we have any Superfund site nominees here? Anyone? Love Canal? Don’t even get me started!” [audience roars] Also, please note that the site itself pretty much is the most obnoxious non-porn web site I’ve ever encountered. Pop-ups, numerous legal warnings everywhere, and, a special treat for you PC users (click the right button on any “comedian” link, quite possibly any link) LEGAL WARNING POP-UP!
2000jun15. Courtney love on the music business including the dirty, dirty figures (long, a must-read); The Trouble with Music, a similar, older piece by Steve Albini on a website with a delightful background. The piece might be on Negativland’s site somewhere, but I can’t find it.
2000jun15. I like eating those tiny candy bananas, because I am getting all of the nutritional value of regular bananas but in a pleasing candy form.
2000jun15. Wow, that’s some collection of the world’s worst products! [via Robotwisdom] Where have I seen that collection before? Where have I? Oh yeah, they’ve all appeared first in Beer Frame Magazine. The incredibly sad thing about this “World’s Worst Products” page is that instead of just simply plagiarizing the articles whole, the “author” has successfully beaten down well-written, entertaining columns into a half-recognizable sound bite mash (say, 40% copied, 60% mash) with no credit listed. The current online adjunct to Beer Frame deals with Y2k-incompatible Life Savers and two mysteriously similar brands of Colgate.
2000jun16. I mentioned this web ad blocking technique site awhile ago – but I was never able to get it working with my browser (pc netscape 4.0.8). The standard 127.0.0.1 loopback mentioned on the site doesn’t work its magic on my dial-up machine. Today I accidentally stumbled across an ip address that works (without the additional local proxy list, apparently), and also found out why, somewhat. Just replace 127.0.0.1 with 254.0.0.0. This address will work with dialup pc netscape 4.0.8, and both pc/mac netscape communicator 4.7. There’s apparently no need to add the local proxy list mentioned farther down the page. Getting this to work is incredibly easy - you cut, you paste, do a global replace, you’re done – and suddenly, no more slow-loading, flashing, annoying ads! 90% of the ads – gone! It will take five minutes, I say!
Oh! Here’s the reason 254.0.0.0 works ... found this on a Cisco site.
“The range 220.127.116.11 through 255.255.255.254 is reserved for experimental use (IP address classes D and E), and 255.255.255.255 is the universal broadcast address.”
So that will work for awhile, that’s for sure. No software, just one text file. Very nice.
2000jun16. While we’re talking about removing ads, here’s a way to eliminate the advertising pumped through the sub-par Odigo messaging system, if you’re using it for some reason. First, let’s block those Odigo sites. You’ll need to edit your hosts file again. Add three new entries:
This way, your Odigo software can’t go out and get new ads. If you’ve been using Odigo at all, you’ve built up an ad cache – let’s get rid of it. Go to your Odigo ad cache folder, which is probably in Program Files\Odigo\adcache. Delete everything there. They’re just ads.
Now you can run that graphically-pretty-but-still-a-user’s-nightmare Odigo without those darn ads. I didn’t test this fully, but I was not subjected to ads for a five-minute period, and was able to chat with some random person about absolutely nothing.
2000jun20. There’s this guy I know, right? So he registered a domain, just this made up concept that got stuck in his craw a few years ago. Well, turns out it was a registered trademark! Hahaha! What a goof! He could have saved himself a lot of time if he had checked out the U.S. Trademark Electronic Search System! Now he checks “TESS” every fifteen seconds. Because of his “pro-active” vigilance, there’s precious little chance that he’ll find himself in front of a judge staring down a fine of $1,000 to $100,000 for “cybersquatting.” Thumbs up to Mr. Goof!
My name is Naomi J., and I found your site via Etour.com. I am also the biggest Led Zeppelin fan in the Midwest, and oddly enough, also used to sing along with Gordon Lightfoot. Guess what? Your The Stairway of the Edmund Fitzgerald is, without a doubt, the funniest thing I’ve read in decades. For a Zep fan, it’s delicious. For a Zep fan who remembers the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, it’s hysterical. For me? The biggest belly laugh in years! Good show, jolly good show! – Naomi J.
I came across your site, which is fabulous! I’m a researcher working on the second series of Treasure, which is Channel Four’s late night look at weird and wonderful collections, and your collection definitely falls into that category (I hope you consider that a compliment, as it is intended) Would it be possible for you to give me a call so that I can find out more about your interest and I can tell you about Treasure. I am really looking for people based in the UK. Are you or do you know of anyone with a similar collection who is?
Kind Regards – Margaret M.
Do what now?
2000jun22. Hey sodium fans! Are you “jonesing” for your favorite element? Well, search no more! Here are the results of the poorly-promoted Sodium Contest, in which contestants were asked to find food products with the highest sodium content per serving and the highest total sodium content. I am awarding “Best of Show” to Temple Brand Salted Black Beans, for just about tripling the sodium content of the first runner-up and also your recommended maximum “Daily Value” of sodium (2400mg). I cracked open a can of this stuff, and the salt molecules actually reached up and started strangling me. Totally bizarre. I also found a recipe on the web that calls for salted black beans and a “bit of salt,” presumably to get you up to that cherished 300% mark.
As far as total sodium content is concerned, it’s HAM! HAM! HAM! But I think we all knew that.
serving %pdv total 6950mg 289% 6950mg Temple Brand Salted Black Beans 130g (Philippines) 2380mg 99% 2380mg Boston Market's Orignal Chicken Pot Pie 2310mg 96% 2310mg Hardee's Big Country Sausage 1760mg 73% 1760mg Trader Joe's Shrimp & Surimi Sushi Rice Bowl 1520mg 63% 1520mg Trader Joe's Middle East Feast 1510mg 63% 3020mg Libby's Corned Beef Hash (16 oz can) 1400mg 58% 1400mg Smack Cup Ramen (Spicy Chicken flavor) 1030mg 43% 27810mg Armour Premium Canned Ham (5 lbs) 920mg 38% 9200mg Kikkoman Soy Sauce 900mg 37% 5400mg Hillshire Farms Cheddar Wurst Smoked Sausage with Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese 700mg 29% 17500mg Westbrae Natural Soy Sauce 570mg 24% 3420mg Kraft EASY MAC Macaroni "Macaroni & Cheese Dinner: Microwavable Single Servings." 153mg 6% 10215mg Marmite
special thanks to novarese, tecopa jane, and david c.
sa vedem cum merge?????????????????
hatlar? alsana guga ... bega.
2000jun28. I haven’t acquainted myself with the heavily-advertised set of 50 “state” quarters released this year. Every time I run across a new one, my brain momentarily becomes feverish with the notion that I’m in a FOREIGN COUNTRY.
[A reader corrects an earlier statement] Actually there are not 50 state quarters released this year. Starting in 1999, 5 quarters each will be released every year for 10 years ending in 2008. The quarters are released in the order that the states joined the union. Therefore, it won’t be until sometime next year that we even finish recieving the 13 original states in quarter form ...
It is an exciting time to be a quarter, that’s for sure!
what is the point of this? or is that the point
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I JUST GOT A NEW CAT (FEMALE) AND I CAN’T THINK OF A NAME! what are some good names for a cat? huh? huh!
Captain Shitter, Eight Ball Deluxe, The Cat, Winstun, My First Cat, Snugglesdroid, An Inevitable Compact, Jet-Set Darling, Pants, McGyver, 721, Ting Ting Jahe, Flashlight Song, Shiloh, Cardhouse, Snot, Bang Drop It, Super Baby Smotherer (cape not included), Meow Mix ’88, High Noon, Camule, Taterboy (this is even though it’s a girl), Glendale California, Dammit, My Cat Is A Fucking Star, 981495, Did You Hear The One About The Cat That Never Came When You Called It So Why The Hell Name It?, Plastikat, Mr. Sheds, Old Shit-N-Sleep.