Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Ugh, Another One

Eagle Settlement is another Blogger spam blog (for lack of better word), but this one's different from the previous ones I've found. Check out the profile of the person who made it. Scroll down the the bottom of the page and look at the blogs this person (or persons) has, and they're all the same kind of crap.

The Barn Door's Open

Earlier I was out walking and taking pictures (some are up at my moblog). As I walked down the sidewalk, I noticed my pants felt funny. I wondered if my fly was partially unzipped. It wasn't, it was completely unzipped. How long had I been walking around like that? My shirt tails were out, so maybe no one noticed.

Less than five minutes later, my pants felt funny again. I checked my fly and it was completely down again. Apparently Mr. Happy wanted some exercise. I zipped them up. Then I pulled the zipper up again as far as I could get it. Luckily, that was the end of it.

"Is there an Al Koholic here?"

Beautiful Stuff: Ridiculously Large List of Silly Names. [Link via someplace I can't remember. Was it Metafilter?]

I Don't Like Bowling

Geoff Elder's Rocketry: "I'm obsessed with building rockets to launch bowling balls." Well, we all need a purpose in life.

Vintage Book Jacket Art

Livre de poche et hardcover has galleries of lots of 50's science fiction paperbacks. All the text is in French, but the site's easily navigated.

This Is So Wrong

"Hate married people? Tired of engagement news? Still want to sleep with your ex but don't know if he/she is in a new relationship? Breakup News is the place to get the announcements that really matter. Get the skinny on recently ruptured romances." [Link via Monkeyfilter.]

Monday, September 27, 2004

Here's Another One

FredJohnson2169 Blog is another one of those fake blogs designed to boost some questionable site's search engine ranking. This one is identical to FredPeterson8584 Blog that I mentioned a few days ago.

Are these generated by some program? How many of these obnoxious fake blogs are they?

Sunday, September 26, 2004


This morning I was talking to my maternal grandmother and she said that last night she dreamed my father was wearing a long, floral pattern dress. He told her only wore it around the house.

Minor Irritants

Haloscan's been acting a little flaky and not showing the correct number of comments.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Blah Blah Blah

Things have been dull around the old homestead the past few weeks. Since there's nothing going on, I haven't been writing much here, just posting a series of increasing lame links.

I have been posting photos again at my moblog. I posted some geese photos today I took a few days ago and yesterday I posted some shots I took when I went up to Richmond with my parents to see my sister. It's mainly dark shots of her disturbed cat, but there is one of an alligator.

And I've been posting stuff every other day to my new beverage review blog, Watch it Fizz, which is astonishingly pointless, but oddly enjoyable. Eventually this blog will only be updated once or twice a week because I don't want to go bankrupt and burn out my liver at the same time.

Weird New Jersey

Weird NJ: Your travel guide to New Jersey's local legends and best kept secrets.

Root Beer Fanatic

anthony's ROOT BEER barrel has reviews of at least 270 different varieties of root beer.

Scientology and Celebrities

The scientology celebrities FAQ supposedly lists all the celebrities who've ever been involved with Scientology.

More Uses and Abuses for Blogs

A few weeks ago I linked to a blog that was nothing but endless links to the same site. Shortly afterwards that blog disappeared. I have no idea if my linking to it had anything to do with its disappearance.

Yesterday, while playing with the Next Blog button at the top of most Blogger pages, I found LarryJohnson5731 Blog. It didn't look right. Every post had something to do with grannies. And none of it made any sense. At the bottom of each post was an identical link, which naturally, was for a porn site.

I hit the Next Blog button again and found FredPeterson8584 Blog. This one looked exactly like the previous blog, but this one delt with panic attack. Every post was a portion of something about panic attack. The links don't appear in every post, but are all for the same panic disorder site.

Are these two blogs done by the same person?

English Idioms

English Idioms - Sayings and Slang is a very extensive resource. Useful for when you want to look up the meanings of things like, "all wet" or "an axe to grind".

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Textual Instruments

Regime Change: A Textual Instrument: "Textual instruments make text playable in a new way. At first, as one encounters their workings, they are toys for exploring language — more flexible than link-node hypertext, more responsive than batch-mode natural language generators. With growing experience, these instruments can also become tools for textual performance."


I don't even know how to describe Brad McCormick's Post-Postmodernist Web Page?

The Notion of Authorship

Authorship and plagiarism: "Can anybody own an idea?"

The Racial Slur Database

The Racial Slur Database is (at least to me) surprisingly long. Or perhaps I should say depressingly long.

Friday, September 17, 2004

My Laptop, My Life

As if we need more reasons to back up the data on computers, here's another.

The Artist's Statement

Humiliated, Angry, Ashamed, Brown: A disturbing account of a photography student's run in with the police and Homeland Security. [Link via Grow A Brain.]

OK, Now I'm Scared

For the woman who has everything, except protruding nipples, there's Bodyperks Nipple Enhancers. No fair, I say.

Very Useful

It's annoyed me and I'm sure it's annoyed you, but now there's a solution, for I've found a site that shows How To Draw The Nipples Back On Victoria's Secret Catalogue Models Using Adobe Photoshop.

Miss Information

Miss Information is a blog about "The desperate life of a tormented library clerk."

Celebrity Death Sites

Celebrity Death Sites: "A list of celebrities, whose deaths were the result of murder or suicide, including the location of their death sites."

Hollywood, Satanism, Scientology and Suicide

Hollywood, Satanism, Scientology and Suicide appears to be an entire book. I read little of it.

No Sharp Objects!

Mr Blowup is pretty freaky. Imagine walking into someone's home and seeing this or this? (Not quite safe for work.) [Link via Fleshbot. ]

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Bad Fads

The Bad Fads Museum: "Browse through the fun and fascinating fashion, collectible, activity and event fads of the last 100 years."

(And I usually hate splash screens on websites, but I don't mind Bad Fads' splash screen.)

Soda Museum

Soda Museum: "Welcome to the largest online source for authentic Soda related items for sale in the world."

Google Blogoscoped

Google Blogoscoped is a blog entirely about Google.

Old Wives' Tales

Old Wives' Tales: "Thrown salt over the shoulder? Got up 'on the wrong side of bed'? Slept with a piece of wedding cake under the pillow? Cross the street to avoid a black cat? Have blue blankets if a male child or pink because you were female? Found a penny, picked it up for good luck? Curious about superstitions, old wives' tales, and similar folklore trivia or sayings?"

In The Hat

In The Hat is a blog about gangs, crime, cops and politics in Los Angeles: "I welcome news and abuse from neighborhoods, cops and interested parties. All correspondence remains anonymous."

North Korea

NKZone is blog that's devoted entirely to North Korea. The explanation in the side bar reads, "This is a 'blog-zone' on North Korea: an interactive site that helps you stay informed and also helps you share what YOU know about North Korea with other people around the world. Have you been to North Korea? Do you know people who have? Do you have information and insights about North Korea that you'd like to share?"

The Soda Can Library

If you ever wanted to see a whole lot of vintage soft drink cans, then The Soda Can Library is right up your alley. If you don't have any interest in vintage soft drink cans, then it's probably not going to interest you in the least. Sorry.


I"m going to try and post something today, I swear. I've got a few interesting links, but I don't have the energy to post them right now. Meanwhile, have a look at my new blog where I review soft drinks. (Stop laughing!)

Friday, September 10, 2004

Creative Commons Search Engine

Creative Commons search engine: "Full copyright applies to most stuff on the web. But this search helps you find photos, music, text, and other works whose authors want you to re-use it for some uses -- without having to pay or ask permission." [Link via Wiremine.]


Now Haloscan's on the fritz, and that's something I'm actually paying for. It would be nice to have everything working together for once.

Musical Plagiarism

"Ever notice a song whose melody sounds remarkably similar to some other song?" Then have a look at a list of Similar-Sounding Songs. There's even .mp3's to compare for yourself.

Similar to the above is Disturbingly Similar Songs, which also has .mp3's.

I love Led Zepplin, but they weren't quite original. Have a look at "A list of some of the songs Zep stole from other artists". And a far more detailed look at Zepplin's "borrowing" can be found at Led Zepplin's Influences.

"Oasis has often been acused of plagerism and Noel has never denied his tendency of lending material made by others, but he do not see it as a problem. Plagerism is more like a part of the Oasis style and sound."

The Copyright Website: "These are the sonic outlaws; people who have pushed the audio envelope, allegedly encroached upon another's copyright, and sometimes paid the price."

Over at Illegal Art you can read about, and listen to, Copyright and Music: A History Told in MP3's.

And if you've read this far, you might be interested in Columbia Law School's Music Plagiarism Project.

Since this whole post was about music plagiarism, I should probably admit that I shamelessly stole all the above links from Die Songähnlichkeitsliste, which also features a very long list of similar-sounding songs.


What the hell language is this?

Thursday, September 09, 2004


Yep, I went and changed my template again. The other one, as boring as it was, was just fine, but it seemed a little faint. This one isn't faint.

In the past I've complained about dark background/light text layouts, but this one doesn't seem quite so bad. Any thoughts? Maybe I should put it up to a vote: Do you like this template or the previous one?

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

The Fugitive, pt. IV

This afternoon I got back my reply from the state police. It's official, I have no criminal record. The database of the company my temp agency uses to check the criminal background of their prospective employees is obviously corrupt.

Problems, Problems

I've been trying to get the previous post to appear since last night, but Blogger kept choking. The Blogger Status page explained what was going wrong.

Now if I can just figure out what the hell's going on at Textamerica. Hours ago I posted three photos I took this morning and they've yet to appear on my moblog.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Inventor of the Leslie Cabinet

I put up several Leslie links yesterday, and I just found out that Donald Leslie, the inventor of the Leslie cabinet, died last Thursday at 93.

And while I'm here posting, have a look at Unearthing the Mysteries of the Leslie Cabinet. I forgot to post this one yesterday.

OK, enough.

Monday, September 06, 2004

More Leslie Cabinet Stuff

Several days ago I linked to a site showing how to build a Leslie cabinet. Yesterday I found another one.

Something similar to a Leslie's innards can be seen at Inside the Fender Vibratone.

If you're curious about Leslie simulators have a look at the Leslie simulator roundup.

Interested in homebrew effects projects? I found a bunch of scans of late 60's Popular Electronics articles on effects, amps, and speakers.

I don't know why this stuff fascinates me. I'm a lousy musician and my guitar never gets played. I pawned my little amp years ago and never bothered to get it back. Maybe it's just fun to pretend.

Friday, September 03, 2004


Ah, there's no joke like an old joke.

Mail Order Penis Enlargement!

Since I can't think of anything clever to write about today, nor can I scrape together several peculiar links, I'm just going to reproduce an email my sister sent me. I doubt she wrote it.

Follow these instructions EXACTLY, and in 3 to 6 weeks you will have received well over 50,000 inches of penis, all yours. This program has remained successful because of the inadequacy and vanity of the participants. Please continue its success by carefully adhering to the instructions.

Welcome to the world of Mail Order Penis Enlargement! This little business is a little different than most cosmetic surgery. Your product is not solid (sic) and tangible, but rather a service. You are in the business of extending penii. Many small of endowment are happy to pay big bucks for this service.

(The money made from the penis enlargement is secondary to the income which is made from people like yourself requesting that they be included in that list.)

  • Immediately cut off your penis at the base.
  • Cut off the head of your penis, and pack it in ice.
  • Take the remaining midsection of your penis, and cut it into 5 pieces of equal length.
  • Immediately mail each piece to the first 5 names listed below starting at number 1 through number 5. Send penis only please (total investment your penis). Enclose a note with each piece stating: "Please add my name to your mailing list." (This is a legitimate service that you are requesting and you are paying your penis for this service).
  • Remove the name that appears number 1 on the list. Move the other 9 names up one position. (Number 2 will become number 1 and number 3 will become number 2, etc.) Place your name, address and zip code in the number 10 position.
  • Post the new letter with your name in the number 10 position into 10 (Ten) separate bulletin boards in the message base or to the file section, call the file, MAKE.PENIS.FAST.
  • Within 60 days you will receive over 50,000 inches of PENIS. Keep a copy of this file for yourself so that you can use it again and again whenever you need penis enlargement. As soon as you mail out these letters you are automatically in the mail order business and people are sending you their penis to be placed on your mailing list. This list can then be rented to a reconstructive cosmetic surgeon that can be found in the Yellow Pages for additional income on a regular basis. The list will become more valuable as it grows in size. This is a service. This is perfectly legal. If you have any doubts, refer to Title 18, Sec. 1302 & 1341 of the postal lottery laws.

NOTE: Make sure you retain EVERY Name and Address sent to you, either on computer or hard copy, but do not discard the names and notes they send you. This is PROOF that you are truly providing a service and should the AMA, FDA, or some other Government Agency question you, you can provide them with this proof!

Remember as each post is downloaded and the instructions carefully followed, five members will be reimbursed for their participation as a Penis Enlarger with one inch of penis each. Your name will move up the list geometrically so that when your name reaches the number five position you will be receiving thousands of inches in penis.

  • Daniel J. Karnes, 6394-B Tawney Bloom Mogi Donuts, MD 21045
  • Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House of Misrepresentatives, Washington, DC 20515
  • Emil T. Chuck 6394-A Tawney Bloom, Mogi Donuts, MD 21045
  • Charles Brown 7690 Karnesville Road, Phobic, MI 48348
  • William Davenant 8295 Hiding Closet Rd, Clarkston, MI 48348
  • Peter Ruckman 14805 Rivercrest, Sterling Hts., MI 48312
  • Steven Crisp 3718 Kings Point, Troy, MI 48083
  • Mark Gengler 5748 Patterson, Troy, MI 48098
  • Pat Robertson 666 God's Little Homophobe Road, Anti-Christ Hills, VA 48307
  • Jesse Helms 20840 Tobacco Mercenary Street, Lung Cancer Hacks., VA 48038

Dear Friend,

My name is Daniel J. Karnes. In September 1988 my life was repressed and the bible thumpers were hounding me like you wouldn't believe. I was never laid and my mental disability checks had run out. The only escape I had from the pressure of failure was my Apple computer and my bible. I longed to turn my fixation into my vocation.

This January 1989 my family and I went on a ten day cruise to the tropics. I bought a Double-Wide Trailer with CASH in Feburary 1989. I am currently building a Self-Worship Temple on the West Coast of Florida, with a private S/M Dungeon with room for all of my closeted friends, and a beautiful view of the bay from my women's shoes closet and wardrobe. I will never be underendowed again. Today I am equipped! I have over 400,000 inches of penis (33,333 feet and 4 inches! ) to date and will become a million-incher within 4 or 5 months. Anyone can do the same. This penis enlargement making program works perfectly every time, 100% of the time. I have NEVER failed to earn 50,000 inches or more whenever I wanted. Best of all you never have to leave home except to go to your mailbox or reconstructive surgeon.

In October 1988, I received a letter in the mail telling me how I could earn 50,000 inches of penis or more whenever I wanted. I was naturally very skeptical and threw the letter on the desk next to my computer. It's funny though, when you are desparately underendowed, backed into a corner, your mind does crazy things. I spent a frustating day looking through the want ads for a wife who didn't need sexual fulfillment. The pickings were sparse at best. That night I tried to unwind by booting up my Apple computer and calling several gay bulletin boards. I read several of the message posts and then glanced at the letter next to the computer. All at once it came to me, I now had the key to my dreams.

I realized that with the power of the computer I could expand and enhance this penis making formula into the most unbelievable penis enlargement generator that has ever been created. I substituted the computer bulletion boards in place of the post office and electronically did by computer what others were doing 100% by mail. Now only a few letters are mailed manually. Most of the hard work is speedily downloaded to other bulletin boards throughout the world. If you believe that someday you deserve that lucky break that you have waited for all your life, simply follow the easy instructions below. Your dreams will come true.

Sincerely yours,

Daniel J. Karnes

About six months ago I received the enclosed post in letter form. I ignored it. I received about five more of the same letter withn the next two weeks. I ignored them also. Of course, I was tempted to follow through and dreamed of making thousands of inches, but I was convinced it was just another gimmick and could not possibly work. I was wrong! About three weeks later I saw this same letter posted on a local bulletion board in Montreal. I liked the idea of giving it a try with my computer. I didn't expect much because I figured, if other people were as skeptical as I, they wouldn't be too quick to part with their penis. But, I buy lottery tickets weekly in my province and have nothing to show for it but ticket stubs. This week I decided to look at this as my weekly lottery purchase. I addressed the envelopes and mailed out one piece of my penis in each as directed. Two weeks went by and I didn't recieve anything in the mail. The fourth week rolled around and I couldn't believe what happened! I can't say I received 50,000 inches, but it was definitely well over 35,000! For the first time in all my years, I was adequately endowed. It was great. Of course, it didn't take me long to feel inadequate again so I am using this excellent penis enlargement opportunity once again. Follow the instructions and get ready to enjoy.

Please send a copy of this letter along with the enclosed letter so together we can convince people who are skeptical that it really works!

Good Luck,

Charles R. Smith
St Agathe Que.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

A New One

I haven't seen this before. Reminds me of wiki spam, but they're using their own blog.

Update 9/5/04: I'm getting a 404 message on the above link now. I guess Blogger kicked them off.

I Can't Find Anything

I have a favorites list longer than my arm. (Actually it's a bookmarks list since I'm using Firefox, but it's the same thing.) I can't find anything on it because there's no explanations of what anything is. I have a few things grouped in folders, but the majority of it is just one long, jabbering mess. I thought I'd figured out a solution when I decided in early July to do a bookmarks blog using the spiffy BlogThis! tool to quickly post to it as I browsed. This worked great until I'd try to find something. Since Blogger has no categories, if I want to find something, I basically have to scroll through an entire month of posts. Fun. To make searching easier, I put a Google search tool at the bottom of the page fairly early on, but it's practically useless. I'd say 2/3's of the time Google comes up empty-handed. So the bookmarks blog just doesn't work. I have two months of entries in no particular order that I can't even search with any sense of confidence that I'll be able to find whatever it is I'm looking for.

When looking for a solution to this problem, I downloaded a couple of different favorites/bookmarks organizers in hopes that I'd find something easy and quick that would allow me to actually be able to find what I'm looking for when I want to find it. None of the organizer programs looked like they'd solve my problem. But I didn't really want a program that would organize my bookmarks. I love the idea of my bookmarks blog because my bookmarks would be online so I could easily access them no matter where I was browsing.

A few days ago I stumbled across again. I'd seen this before, but had forgotten about it. I signed up yesterday and started playing around with it. Interestingly, it's pretty much the same thing as my Blogger bookmarks blog, except it has categories. It also may be quicker than using BlogThis! with Blogger. I'm sold.