Monthly Archives: May 2004


Contest to design a chair that can support a 200 lb. person and can fit within a Fed-Ex box link1 link2

Cool spiral stair case made by Rod Miller who lives in Anderson, Indiana. spiral stair case

Crash Testing: MINI Cooper vs Ford F150 link

Make your own biodiesel link

The mathamatics of Futurama link

Cow magnets link

Texas fire ants

Texas fire-ants, insect vultures
Fire ants

I was greeted at my door step with this sight today. It looks like a lizard or a snake (I didn’t get too close) died and the ants were hungry. Usually, all the ants dine on are earth-worms. They must be picky eaters because they never finish the worms off like they are doing to this poor creature. I wish the ants would devour those earth-worms instead of leaving the shriveled up, mummified carcasses on my driveway.

Ants are close to the top of the insect food chain. They are up there with spiders and wasps. But they have no defense against a broom!


Off the westernmost coast of Japan, is an abandoned island called “Gunkanjima” that is hardly known even to the Japanese link

Futurama panoramas link

Asteroid-eating robots considered for Earth’s protection link

Most Valuable Weapon: the RPG link

A pink dinosaur appears link

High resolution landscape photos link

We could replace all of our petroleum needs with bio-diesel grown in the desert link

Talking toilet orders German men to sit down link

Autogenerated Garfield strips link

Summer begins

Summer begins

And so it begins… temperatures in the high 80s (with a 90 degree day on Wednesday)… the air conditioner starts to turn on… the green landscape starts to turn a thousand shades of yellow… 4 1/2 months of oven-like heat!

And, no, that is not a U.F.O. That is is sun. Which for some reason turned the camera’s recptors black.

Supersize me!

Supersize me!
Supersize Me poster

I went to see Supersize me today. I was interesting to see the effect of eating Mc Donnald’s food for 31 days straight. At the start, doctors thought that no harm would come to the director, Morgan Spurlock. However Morgan’s liver was in bad shape after two weeks! Doctors were recommending that he quit eating Mc Donnalds.

The scariest part of the movie was the statement that children are brought up to remember Mc Donnalds fondly when they eat and play in the restaurant. This reinforces the eating at fast food restaurants behavior of adults. Kids are able to recognize Mc Donnalds before they can read. Also, their eating habbits at schools was not that encouraging.


Amusing tapeworm story link

A declassified document has had strike-outs recreated link

Someone tries to link murder with Mc Donnalds link

Redivide the territory of the United States into 50 bodies of equal size to fix the electorial college link

Print your own bar code with any price site shut down by lawyers and comes back as a WalMart parody link link

IBM car show

IBM car show


What hot-rod?

F-150 Harley Davidson

IBM had an auto show for IBM employees/retirees today in a parking lot. There was a small selection of cars to look at. I wonder how many employers do this for their employees?

In the picture of the Ferrari, you can see my finger in the bottom. This is from a flaw in the design of the cover of the Sanyo 8100 phone. The cover will stick up and block the lens of the camera so I have to hold it down with my finger when I take a picture. However, occasionally my finger will then block the lens. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see this happen when I took the picture because the sun was so bright that I could barely see the screen showing the results. Oh, well…


Amusing warning link

Jack Valenti still doesn’t have a clue link

Star Wars Galaxies’ economy link

Google’s “Winner’s Curse” link

The FCC requires all cable companies to provide a Firewire-enabled Cable box to any customer who asks link

Pizza delivery stories link

Where is the nipple outrage now? link

Useless facts link

Developers vs Drug Dealers link

Half of those tested failed to notice that, as the door passed by, the stranger had been substituted with a man who was of different height, of different build and who sounded different. He was also wearing different clothes. link

Cellular phone + GPS put into Coke can so winners can call and be tracked immediately link

Goat lost for 6 years was found and his fleece was shorn of for charity link



Fuddruckers is another example of a company enabling people to eat too much food. But first let me preface this commentary by saying that, so far, it is the only good hamburger place that I have found where they will cook the burgers medium-rare for you. However, the problems can outweigh the benefits. First, they sell burgers up to one pound in size. Then they use a large, buttered bun. Then you may order extra toppings for the hamburger. Next, you may order some sides such as french fries or onion rings. Of course, you need a soda to go with that. Then, place free toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, onions, salsa, mayonnaise). Don’t forget the cheese sauce for your fries!

And if that was not enough, there is a dessert area where you can order milk shakes, cookies, brownies, pies, or ice cream. Of course, they make it convenient by creating meal specials (hamburger, fries, dessert) to further incent you. If only people could show more restraint in eating.

Don’t forget that this is a costly experience. Is 10 to 15 dollars too much to pay for a 2000 calorie meal?