Month: September 2002 blog archive
custom icon in mozilla - 30 Sep 2002

I’ve noticed that in Mozilla (or Galeon) on Linux there are a small number of sites that have an icon next to the URL. Naturally, I wanted to join the elite few and spent the better part of an hour trying to find out how to accomplish this little web site trickery. I already knew […]

Categories: Web browsers
unclaimed property - 29 Sep 2002

On I read how he searched for abandoned property and ended up finding money for someone is his family. I doubted I would find anything, but ran a search on the abandoned property list for NH. I tried my last name and found a result for my grandfather. I informed my parents, they looked […]

Categories: Useful
religion test - 28 Sep 2002

If you don’t know what faith you are, Belief-O-Matic can tell you.

Categories: Entertaining
inconceivable - 27 Sep 2002

You’ve probably all seen this optical illusion by now, but I just can’t get over how impressive it is. Plus, it’s a link that I want to have in my archives in case I ever want to refer back to it.

Categories: Entertaining
the circus - 27 Sep 2002

I’m going to the circus tonight for the first time. It has been advertised a lot on TV and with it being so close I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see what it’s like. From what I’ve seen on TV they are very entertaining, but I would imagine it will be even better in […]

Categories: Journal
happy birthday google - 27 Sep 2002

I can’t believe our dear friend is 4 today. Why, it seems like just yesterday that it was a newborn.

Categories: Search engines
weird searches - 26 Sep 2002

I’ve been keeping track of the strangest search terms that have led people to my site for the past few days. Today, when I went see if there were any to add, I discovered that my Big Tracker account didn’t exist anymore. They had a disk crash on the server and lost everything so I […]

Categories: Strange searches
HEM Rabbit Songs - 25 Sep 2002

I’ve finally done my first CD review for for HEM’s Rabbit Songs. It’s harder than it looks to put into words how you feel about a group of songs. I’ll have to work on that. I posted the review at blogcritics and I’ve included it here as well. I should note that Levi was […]

Categories: Music,Reviews
tricky - 24 Sep 2002

Carolyn Snyder at IBM has listed 7 tricks that many web users don’t know about. It was a very useful read for me because I wouldn’t have called them tricks. I thought most of them were common knowledge for the majority of web users. It makes me wonder how many other things there are that […]

Categories: Web design
test extravaganza - 23 Sep 2002

I enjoy taking personality tests to learn about myself, so after finding I spent far too much time clicking checkboxes and radio buttons. The accuracy of the results vary from test to test and they have some annoying advertising, but they were still fun to take. They also require you to register before taking […]

Categories: My Thoughts
rejection - 22 Sep 2002

I heard a song on the radio and googled the lyrics to figure out who sang it. One of the resulting pages happened to be the rejection letters that an author received in the process of getting his book published. He made the following four observations, which are good reminders for everyone. Life is tough. […]

Categories: My Thoughts
blog detective - 21 Sep 2002

I’ve rediscovered one of the original reasons people started blogging. It provides a history of the sites you’ve found interesting while browsing the web. Last night I wanted to take another look at a site I’d seen a few days before, but I couldn’t remember where I’d seen it. I began to trace my steps […]

Categories: Blogging
yo-yo smack - 20 Sep 2002

When I was a teenager I had an infatuation with yo-yos. Due to my youthful zest I had a rather humorous (in retrospect) experience. I had recently purchased a butterfly yo-yo and as a result was able to perform more tricks. They are more stable than their narrow cousins and I could make it sleep […]

Categories: Stories
arrr matey - 19 Sep 2002

Today is international Talk like a Pirate Day. If only I had known that this morning. My pirate name is Mad Dog Flint, what’s yours? (Thanks Jason)

Categories: News
magnetic knives - 18 Sep 2002

The second blog meetup was fun, but there were only four people again. I was hoping to find some new blogs to read, but Matt, the new guy, (who has the dubious honor of being called “the new guy” at the second meetup, happens to be Maria’s husband) hasn’t posted since June 13, 2002. The […]

Categories: Blogging
water bonding - 17 Sep 2002

A couple has been charged in the death of their 4-year-old adopted daughter who allegedly had been forced to drink large amounts of water as part of an unusual therapy to promote family bonding. (SF Chronicle) The idea that drinking extreme amounts of water will help you bond with your family doesn’t make any sense […]

Categories: News
howdy to NH girls - 16 Sep 2002

In a recent Metafilter thread regarding the use of soda versus coke, I noticed three girls from New Hampshire (still no guys) who said they had lived in New Hampshire. It’s nice to see some folks who have lived in my home state. Hello to Beth, Debra and Hilary.

Categories: Blogging
cheers - 15 Sep 2002

You probably know the song, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” from the hit TV show Cheers, but did you know that there are more verses? Where Everybody Knows Your Name (by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo) Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got Taking a break from all your worries […]

Categories: Music
seafood surprise - 14 Sep 2002

Guests at a fund-raising dinner on Cape Cod, Mass., were a bit surprised when one of the guests decided to “rescue” portions of the menu. “I went by the pot where they had the lobsters,” said Arlene Ellis. “They were saying, ‘Take me back to the beach’.” She grabbed several and ran to her car, […]

Categories: Entertaining
:-) - 13 Sep 2002

It’s official, Mike Jones Scott Fahlman was the first to suggest the use of the smiley. The jury’s still out on whether to thank him or not. They’re useful when you want to denote humor or sarcasm, but messages can (and do) get misinterpreted in spite of them. I also find myself using them too […]

Categories: News
the red shirt - 12 Sep 2002

One day, while sailing the Seven Seas, Captain Bravo’s lookout spotted a pirate ship. The crew became frantic! Captain Bravo bellowed, “Bring me my red shirt!” The first mate quickly retrieved the captain’s red shirt, and while wearing the brightly colored frock, the Captain led his crew into battle and defeated the pirates. That evening, […]

Categories: Humor
how to remember - 11 Sep 2002

Yahoo has come up with a site that allows people to create a tribute tile to remember the lives that were lost in the terrorist attacks. Everyone is trying to do something to express their feelings, whether it be a moment of silence, paintings, singing Mozart’s Requiem, driving with your headlights on or making a […]

Categories: My Thoughts
hi, i’m from Rwanda - 10 Sep 2002

There was an article in the Washington Post that I wanted to read, but instead of seeing the article I was asked to give them my personal information. Not a problem I thought, I’m more than willing to enter my vital statistics for demographic analysis. I proceeded to enter the following information: Female from Rwanda […]

Categories: Usability
an unexpected awakening - 09 Sep 2002

An uncle of mine had a rather interesting experience during his visit to Lassen Park. His writing is usually clever and entertaining, but this one made me laugh out loud. This last trip to Lassen Park, where you and I went one summer, was o.k. but not as spectacular an end to the summer as […]

Categories: Stories
ATM redesign - 08 Sep 2002

How many people have to

Categories: My Thoughts
I Am Sam - 07 Sep 2002

I watched I Am Sam tonight. Wow. It was a very powerful movie. The plot presents you with a difficult question of whether or not a man with the mental capacity of a 7-year-old can successfully raise a child. The acting from all three is superb. Sean Penn’s portrayal of a retarded man is very […]

Categories: Movies and Theatre
shaking your bot - 06 Sep 2002

Too bad I didn’t get to attend the Google Dance in San Jose. It took place during the Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose. Google figured “it was only natural to invite everyone to come up to the Googleplex to get acquainted and get down with the Google team. The Google Dance — named […]

Categories: Search engines
soap scum - 06 Sep 2002

In the shower this morning I had an ironic epiphany of sorts. It’s odd that the bar of soap you use in the shower causes soap scum, requiring you to buy different soap to get rid of the soap scum. Wouldn’t it be more logical to make the bar of soap so that it doesn’t […]

Categories: My Thoughts
strange referrer - 06 Sep 2002

I often check my referrers to see how people are finding my site and sometimes I’ll see one and have no idea how they got here. That is the case with As far as I can tell, it’s totally unrelated to anything on my site, what with its Power Puff girls and all. I […]

Categories: Blogging
ded kitty - 05 Sep 2002

The only phrase on the web site is “Napster was here“. They revolutionized the way people found and listened to music and it’s too bad the RIAA wasn’t willing to work out some sort of compromise. At least they still have a sense of humor. Update: The Napster site has been changed, but the images […]

Categories: News
daypop down - 05 Sep 2002

So what’s the deal with the Daypop Top 40? It doesn’t have any titles (everything says Untitled) and twenty-one of the entries are links to I realize that dan is in Rome so he can’t fix it until he gets back, but the problem is very strange. Why didn’t it decide to make twenty-one […]

Categories: Blogging
One more day - 05 Sep 2002

I’ve discovered another song that I really, really like. It’s called One More Day and is sung by Diamond Rio. I think I’m going to get their album to see if the rest of their music is as good as this song. I first heard it on the radio but now I have downloaded the […]

Categories: Music
browser support - 04 Sep 2002

There are over 1 million sites with notices stating that a “browser is not supported“, typically in large, bold type at the top of the page. Why would a site choose not to support a browser? Browsers should only be expected to render sites which follow the standards provided by the W3C. Nothing more, nothing […]

Categories: Web browsers
when politics and science collide - 02 Sep 2002

It’s possible that the Salt Palace Convention Center was built on a fault. When construction began the workers found some disturbed ground, but enough controversy existed regarding the cause that the politicians decided to continue. It’s important that politicians pay attention to science, but what do you do when science doesn’t have a clear answer? […]

Categories: News
great programming - 01 Sep 2002

You might not find this story funny if you’re not familiar with programming, but it made me laugh out loud.

Categories: Programming