Month: June 2003 blog archive

they know where you are - 30 Jun 2003

Many 3G cell phones are already capable of revealing your location to anyone who asks and as more phones have the feature, the requests are sure to follow. It’s wonderful if someone is missing or needs to be contacted immediately, but what if you don’t want to be found? Colin Bates, CTO at Mobile Commerce […]

Categories: Technology
successful google listing - 28 Jun 2003

I received an email today from a guy wanting to know how to get listed on Google. My response was that it takes time and effort. Google optimizes their algorithm constantly to keep people from finding and using loopholes or quick fixes. The best solution is to play by the rules and provide plenty of […]

Categories: Web design
no more telemarketers - 27 Jun 2003

Today is the first day to register for the national do not call list, a program by the FTC to help people to stop getting calls from telemarketers. The site is receiving over 100 requests a second and is slow as a result. The list will go live on October 1, 2003, requiring all telemarketers […]

Categories: News
savant for a day - 26 Jun 2003

Allan Snyder, a scientist at the University of Sydney, has found that during transcranial magnetic stimulation people exhibit savant-like intelligence (requires registration). There are four drawings at the top of the page drawn by a research subject who was asked to draw a picture of a dog before, during and after the TMS. As you […]

Categories: Technology
a black 1934 two-door sedan - 25 Jun 2003

Charlie Brown explains love.

Categories: Entertaining
the missing future - 24 Jun 2003

Eric Kidd speculates on what developers will be doing in 2031.

Categories: Programming
how to hide the e-mail address - 22 Jun 2003

If you allow comments on your blog and accept an e-mail address, it is your solemn obligation to protect the address from spammers. I used to rely on security through obscurity, replacing normal characters with HTML entities in an effort to hide the e-mail addresses, but that doesn’t work. Contrary to what we would like […]

Categories: Blogging
you can’t drive - 21 Jun 2003

After seeing one too many bad drivers, this guy categorized them. (via bifurcated rivets)

Categories: My Thoughts
claiming blog - 20 Jun 2003

I found out about Blog Street through Renee’s post and now I’m claiming my blog. So, I hereby claim this blog for my newly created user on BlogStreet. So let it be written, so let it be done.

Categories: Blogging
a sneak peak into politics - 20 Jun 2003

Miraculously, George W. Bush’s hotmail account has been breached and made available for all to read. (via inluminent) Some highlights include: Arafat: “We ran out of toilet paper at the compound, can you help?” Saddam: “If I resign can I retire in the US?” George Bush, Sr.: “Idiot, I told you not to cry in […]

Categories: Entertaining
brush with the weight of an orange - 19 Jun 2003

Urgent news just in. Don’t brush your teeth too long. It could damage your teeth. A new study recommends brushing with the weight of an orange (just the weight of one, not with one) or around 150 grams (except for mandarin oranges, those weigh less) for two to two and a half minutes. They also […]

Categories: News
Daydream Believer - 18 Jun 2003

I was listening to Daydream Believer (or Beleeevah) on the The Monkees’ Greatest Hits album but couldn’t understand the dialog before the song starts. Google revealed a raging debate on the subject and naturally I had to listen to it over and over again in order to form my own theory. Chip: “7A.” Davy: “What […]

Categories: Music
automotive orientation - 17 Jun 2003

Tom and Ray from cartalk have concocted top ten lists of gay and lesbian cars. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. By the way, did you know these guys are brothers? Or that they both graduated from MIT? I had no idea. If you have some extra time on your hands you should explore […]

Categories: Entertaining
better days - 17 Jun 2003

Is the world a better place now than in days past? An interesting look at how our society has improved and regressed over time.

Categories: My Thoughts
no more emoticons - 16 Jun 2003

This article about emoticons is humorous, but makes a valid point. Letters have been written without emoticons for centuries. Why do we need them now? I used to rationalize that the missing inflection of the voice could cause humor or sarcasm to be misinterpreted, but that’s been the case with the written word all along. […]

Categories: Language
cities for singles - 15 Jun 2003

Sarah’s post about being single in Cincinnati made me curious about how Salt Lake was rated, so I took a gander at Forbes’ Best Cities for Singles for 2003. The methodology is explained here in case you’re curious (as I was) why Salt Lake was rated second-to-last by readers. It was measured by an online […]

Categories: News
radio to mp3 - 14 Jun 2003

If I hear a song I like on the radio, I google the lyrics and download the song. If I already like the artist, I’ll probably buy the album. If I don’t know the artist, I’ll listen to more of their songs to gauge my interest. I’ve done this with songs like “Forever and For […]

Categories: Music
posts per minute - 13 Jun 2003

After publishing one of my blog entries I checked to see my name in lights but it wasn’t there yet. I waited a few minutes and reloaded and was shocked to see how many other people had posted. In only 17 minutes there were 165 new posts. It was only one sample but I […]

Categories: Blogging
things to do - 12 Jun 2003

Things to Do provides lists of activities and sites of interest for every state in the US. Going to Kentucky? Be sure to visit the Australian themed animal park.

Categories: Travel
the bite of a brown recluse - 11 Jun 2003

I knew a spider bite could have unpleasant results but I had no idea the brown recluse could wreak such havoc. (Not for the faint of heart.) (via mefi) You may never see one depending on what state you live in but just in case, here’s how to treat a bite.

Categories: Useful
full text search for blogs - 10 Jun 2003

David Sifry has written a full text search of blogs at Technorati. All matching text posted two hours ago or more will be shown from over 300,000 blogs. It’s pretty slick to be able to search a post you made on the same day you made it. (via boing boing)

Categories: Blogging
a lonely goatherd - 09 Jun 2003

In The Sound of Music Maria and the children sing a lovely song about a lonely goatherd, but do you know the story? I’ve seen the movie numerous times but never paid attention to the words. In case you’re in the same boat, gather round and I’ll explain it to you. Once upon a time […]

Categories: Music
2003 webby awards announced - 08 Jun 2003

The best sites of the web for 2003 have been announced and Movable Type won in the Best Practices category. The winners (and nominees) are an excellent source for your collection of links.

Categories: News
fast food salads - 07 Jun 2003

Good Morning America‘s food editor, Sara Moulton, tested 30 salads from major fast food restaurants for their nutritional value. In some cases you’d be better of eating a burger based on the fat and calorie count. I used to think I was eating healthy by ordering a salad but I’m going to take a closer […]

Categories: News
finding a new blog - 06 Jun 2003

I enjoy reading new blogs, especially when I find one to add to my daily reads. When I’m out to find a new one, I use the following sites: MT’s recently updated list Weblogs recently updated list Technorati’s top 100 blogs Globe of blogs Blogrolling’s top 100 I don’t have a specific set of rules, […]

Categories: Blogging
forever is seven months - 05 Jun 2003

This Pearls Before Swine comic reminded me of when I heard the song When You Say Nothing at All sung by Allison Krauss. I commented to the girl sitting next to me that if they ever broke up, the song would be invalidated. (because his eyes had lied). She wasn’t impressed.

Categories: My Thoughts
the signature of an epileptic ferret - 04 Jun 2003

The Credit Card Prank tests how much (or little) retailers pay attention to your signature. He even used “Please check ID” and “I stole this card” as his signature without incident. (via mefi)

Categories: Entertaining
read your archives - 03 Jun 2003

For a smidgen of good old fashioned jocundity, read some old entries in your blog or journal. Not only do you get a chance to reminisce, you can also catch blunders. Some will be minor, like ‘prempt’ instead of ‘preempt.’ Others will be major, like forgetting to close the italics tag. This will cause the […]

Categories: Blogging
women and their pants - 02 Jun 2003

The King of Swaziland has singled out women wearing trousers as the cause of the world’s ills. What do the women there say? The king says I am the cause of the world’s problems because of my outfit. Never mind terrorism, government corruption, poverty and disease, it’s me and my pants. I reject that. The […]

Categories: News