Wednesday, July 28, 1999
Those who have been following CamWorld know that I've been requesting an iBook poster for a while. Yesterday, I started bidding on iBook posters at eBay only to see the prices go up to $20 or more. What's even worse, is some clueless AOL person spammed about 50 people whose email addresses he'd gleaned from the eBay bids, including me. After an entire day of flames (with the entire group involved) a long-time Apple employee got sick of the idiots trying to make a profit on Apple's promotional materials and received permission to give away iBook posters for one cent plus the cost of postage. Folks, this is simply amazing. These kinds of actions by Apple employees are what makes Apple such a great company. Think Different. Think Apple.
re:Sale is a cross-platform piece of software that tracks aucions. [Cool! The only thing better would be a web-based tool to do this.]
Personalized license plates of an Internet flavor. [via RasterWeb]
Tuesday, July 27, 1999
Matt Haughey had an unusual problem with Network Solutions today.
I don't know how to classify mood-swings.org. Is it a weblog? It's got plenty of delectable links, though.
Sigh, and I actually thought Woodstock 99 was going to be cool. Some enlightening pictures.
Make of it what you will: I've noticed a surprisingly high concentration of new postings from WebTV subscribers to the alt.alien.research newsgroup. [Shrug.]
Chainsaw Bears! [That'd be a great name for a band.]
Jorn Barger has set up a Deja.com Community about weblogs.
Which is where I found a link to a great article about the death one of my favorite Hawaiian musicians, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
Monday, July 26, 1999
Some weblogs get a nice mention in a Quebec newspaper (in French).
NTIA: Falling Through the Net: Defining the Digital Divide
From the Economic Theory of Relativity comes a new concept: variable pricing.
Hmmmm, I'll take 4 million acres near the Copernicus crater.
I wake up some mornings with bites on me, too.
Ebay crap: 1, 2, 3
Everything you ever wanted to know about Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, and yes, even Ghostbusters 3.
Warning to Hollywood: See what happens when you mix reality with fiction? There's a whole lot of folks out there who believe just about everything they see on TV.
Saturday, July 24, 1999
Jack Saturn sums up nicely many of the thoughts I've had this week about how the media has been playing the JFK Jr. tragedy. [Besides this link, CamWorld is happily JFK-Free this week!]
Friday, July 23, 1999
More sites should be as good as FameTracker.com. My only complaint about the design (which is stellar) is that it's a bit slow to download.
Revenge is sweet. Yes, indeed.
Mi-ki Dog Breed FAQ. And a spoof!
ZDNet: Are You Getting Shafted By Your Credit Card Company? [I sure am. Beware, Direct Merchants Bank really sucks!]
I wonder how long it will be before FOX does a special called "When Customers Attack!"
Wow, this is a weird bug, that could only come from Microsoft.
First there were the operating system wars, then the browser wars. Following that came the online bookstore wars. Now, it's the drugstore wars.
What now, a battle over Instant Messaging? When are these companies going to realize that the consumer will choose the best service, and that forced marketing isn't going to work anymore?
Thursday, July 22, 1999
Thanks to Netscape's crash-fantastic browser, I lost all the links I for today's entries. I'll try to dig them up again from memory when I have more time tonight. Well, to be fair, it was a nasty java applet or something at this site that crashed Netscape.
Slamming Silicon Valley.
NY Times: lemonyellow.com [Congrats Heather!]
The book "The Beach" sounds very, very good.
I don't care what you think, I'm getting a Johnny Popper!
Research Challenge: If I wanted to get lottery-type tickets printed (the kind with scratch areas), what printing company who specializes in this would I go to?
Answers from Tara:
Wednesday, July 21, 1999
Welcome Rageboy readers!
New comic: Boat Anchor
First, there was the crazy "sputnik" lady, and now this guy who likes to dress up in silly costumes.
The Art of Memory.
Can anyone tell me if Apple is giving away posters of their new iBook at MacWorld? If so, I'd appreciate being sent one. Yes, I'll cover the shipping/packing costs.
About a month ago, I was watching some special on PBS. I can't remember exactly what it was about except that they were doing some kind of comparison between two families and showing the differences between how kids are raised in the two very different households. The first family was typical, the kids were typical and the parents were very all-American. The second family was well, how do I put this? The mother was the dominating force in the family with a very militaristic style. And this was enforced by everything around them, even the kids names. Seven kids (and I wrote this down so I wouldn't forget): Trevor, Tyler, Taylor, Tanner, Tucker, Thomas, and Tanya. The dog's name was Tugboat. This bird's name was Tinker. Ugh! Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this?
Tuesday, July 20, 1999
This guy needs to check himself back into the loony bin.
Has the Y2K paranoia gone too far? Maybe.
The Church of Latterday Saints has thoughtfully provided us with Steps in Overcoming Masturbation. [Uh...]
Some quotes for you to enjoy from this woman, who clearly is delusional:
- "The sputniks cause earthquakes by splitting the atoms of things deep in the earth..."
- "The sputniks have been up for millenniums, the Russian Military created the religious saviors and religions with them to keep mankind backwards, superstitious, anti-scientific, to hide their technology."
- "The Russian Military has a network of satellites up with gamma ray, x-ray, lasers that they call sputniks."
- "The sputniks say they can kill over 97% of us Americans, with their sputniks alone, without any warming at all, in a matter of nanoseconds."
Monday, July 19, 1999
I'm trying to figure out what be more upset about, the fact that this guy is using my HTML code and graphics without permission or the fact that his page is obscenely large (something like 500-600K).
Still trying to track down a good source for inexpensive 27x41 poster frames. I've visited almost every one of these sites, and surprisingly few of them sell frames. The amazing Tara has pointed me to FramePlace.com. Cool.
Sunday, July 18, 1999
CamRant: I Live in a Wired World
Onion: Should the U.S. Impose Limits on Incredibly Stupid Shit?
Even though I hate to drag it back into the news, there's a brief mention about my "employment situation" from late 1997 in this MSNBC article about x-rated nurses.
I've been looking for a good source for 27x41 poster frames, but haven't found any reasonable prices. I'm specifically looking for the kind with black plastic trim. The best I've found is Rick's Movie Graphics, who has high-quality metal frames for about $40 each.
I read the most amazing book the other night, from cover to cover. It's a short little novel by D.M. Roman called Fried Calamari. The entire book is written in dialogue between two people on a first date. Fascinating insight into how we behave around the opposite sex while on a first date. On a similar note, go read Jessica Jernigan's most recent column about women antagonists in novels as written by men.
If anyone is going to MacWorld next week, I'd appreciate a huge favor. I'd like a wall poster of whatever product they are unveiling, likely the Apple/Palm PDA or the consumer iMac portable.
Ross Olson has proposed an interesting idea for treating defunct-but-usable web site files: put them in a /trash directory that's only accessible from a 404 page.
Who knows where I can order (online) some Tim-Tams Biscuits, a popular cookie in Australia?
Does anyone have a problem with me categorizing the weblog list to the right? Does anyone feel I've mis-categorized anything? If you run one of the weblogs/resources I've listed and feel that it belongs in a different category, please let me know.
I'm blushing. Word has gotten back to me that one of the Double Webpardy questions yesterday in Peter Merholz's Webpardy game at Web99 was "Who is the Cam of CamWorld?" None of the three contestants knew the answer.
Web site usability sites are popping up all over the place. Here's another one called Useful, Inc.