Archive for August, 2008

Aug. 31, 2008

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When NOT To Hyphenate Your Name I actually have a brother-in-law whose married name is hyphenated. He’s English, she’s Scottish, and they live in Scotland (where the locals aren’t fond of the Brits), and since her last name is Bruce (a name the Scots hold in reverence), it was a good move.

If you like VH1’s “Classic Albums” series, you’ll probably like Mixonline.com’s Classic Tracks, a series of articles on songs dating back to 1960 that covers the same ground, with studio hands recalling the making of the music. Heavier on the technical stuff than VH1’s shows, but there are a lot of interesting insights. Example: The Phil Spector-produced “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” has 3 basses playing — 1 acoustic upright and 2 electrics. And they dealt with the song’s length (nearly 4 minutes) in an unusual way — they marked the running time as 3:05 when it was really 3:50, so if anyone complained they could claim it was a typo on the label. Sneaky!

Aug. 30, 2008

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Cars of future past
Pebble Beach hosts a concours of old “concept cars” that never became a reality. And here are even more concept cars. As they say, the future ain’t what it used to be.

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Aug. 29, 2008

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I can has prezidency? Fox News reports on the presidential race using a familiar font:

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HowManyOfMe.com tells you how many Americans share your name (first + last). Turns out there’s about 25,000 of me (half as many as “John Smith”), and only 2 of my wife. Or so the site says. I’ll bet a Zabasearch would turn up more than that. (UPDATE: I’m wrong. Zabasearch says there are only 2 — but the other is in California, so hopefully there won’t be any wacky sitcom-type mixups in our future).

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Nifty interview with the creator of the Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle website and book. Apparently the whole thing was conceived of and built in a matter of hours, inspired by an offhand remark he made to his wife. Nice work if you can get it.

I was never much of a Guns ‘n’ Roses fan, but this story of the origin of “Welcome to the Jungle” is pretty interesting.

Aug. 28, 2008

Remind me to never, ever live in Iowa. Olive Garden? Really? (Make sure you read the comments at the bottom, especially Doug’s.)

I knew he was good, but … Game maker Electronic Arts shows its sense of humor (and Web savvy) with a response to a report of a glitch in its Tiger Woods golf game.

Aug. 27, 2008

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The 5 Most Badass U.S. Presidents of All-Time When Cracked.com has a list, it’s usually worth a click. When the list has the word “Badass” in the title, change “usually” to “definitely.”

Aug. 26, 2008

This is a nifty find: 2001: Why Kubrick used “Daisy” for HAL’s death. The relevant (from a Bell Labs demo) is around 1:05.

Aug. 25, 2008

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I’d forgotten all about the PartiallyClips webcomic until I saw this beauty. I’ll have to ask my wife the scientist (who has been interviewed many times) how accurate it is. (via Pharyngula, which also has a really nifty suggestion for ticking off the religious right.)

I’m leery about linking to this, but what the hell: What Makes for a Good Blog? I think I meet maybe 3 or 4 of his 9 criteria. Sigh.

Aug. 24, 2008

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I enjoyed what Olympic coverage I was able to watch on vacation, but I really hope this becomes an Olympic event soon. I liked being back in Canada, and visiting my wife’s family, but it’s nice to be back in a country where a guy winning a bronze medal isn’t automatically front-page news the next day. (If you’re interested, we’ve got some vacation pics here.)

Aug. 8, 2008

I’m on vacation for 2 weeks — look for an update Aug. 25, with perhaps occasional posts between now and then (Internet access will be sporadic at my brother-in-law’s place in Nova Scotia, and on the road as we take the long way home). For now, I’ll leave you with this:

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19 Clev
er Inventions That Make Life Easier… or Not
You want to know “why they hate us”? Look no further.

Aug. 7, 2008

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Martin Eberhard, former CEO of Tesla Motors, has a long blog post about his experience driving the coolest eco-friendly car ever built. The Green Home “huddle” summarizes it nicely.

Aug. 6, 2008

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Ten Reasons It Would Rule to Date a Unicorn From the same guy who did 9 Reasons Not to Date a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Aug. 5, 2008

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The Ten Most Outrageous Car Body Kits Maybe it’s just me, but I think the Fiero kit shown looks pretty good. Better than a Fiero, anyway.

Aug. 4, 2008

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10 Fascinating Facts About the Ancient Olympic Games Everyone knows the Greeks competed in the nude, but how many people know one of the events was an “ultimate fighting” type of deal where the only rules were “no biting” and “no eye-gouging”? (If I’m wrestling naked, I want at least one other rule.) Notice that in the picture above, the eye-gouging wrestler in the middle is about to get hit with a stick by the referee on the right.

Aug. 3, 2008

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Queen guitarist Brian May completes Ph.D. thesis after 30 years Gosh, it only took my wife about 6 years to finish hers. Imagine what he could have made of himself by now if he’d only stayed in school! (the pic shows him with honorary fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University)

Aug. 2, 2008

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Picasso draws a bull, and then un-draws it The final drawing looks like basic line art, and the first (shown) and second look like classical drawings, but the steps in between look like Picassos.

Aug. 1, 2008

Ten Things Women Should Know About Men An excellent and instructive read, even though I think he’s wrong about at least 2 things (and no, I’m not telling which 2).

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Recursive motivational poster satire This animation reminds me of reading the comments in a group blog. (Getting an error message? Try this mirror courtesy of Waxy — my original source for the link.)

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