Month: June 2006 blog archive
redundancy in the lavatory - 30 Jun 2006

I recently used a restroom that had a stall that made you feel like you were hunkered down in a bomb shelter. Why? There were eight rolls of toilet paper. Now, I’ve seen plenty of bathrooms that have 2 rolls, which makes perfect sense. The janitorial staff can replace one if it’s empty when they […]

Categories: Humor
a useful memory tip - 29 Jun 2006

I’ve been listening to books on CD on my commute and I recently listened to a book called Improve Your Memory by Gary Small. I wasn’t all that impressed by the book, especially since I had to search the web to find the title and author. You’d think after having just read a book on […]

Categories: Useful
testing your site on different browsers - 28 Jun 2006

I have a list of ideas that I’d like to implement (I use MediaWiki, the same software that runs, to manage all of my lists and things I want to remember. It’s turned out quite nicely). But back to my original point. On the list of things to implement, I had the idea to […]

Categories: Web browsers,Web design
seamless pictures - 27 Jun 2006

Here’s a collection of seamless pictures that are pretty slick. It takes a few seconds to pick up on the subtleties. They remind me of M.C. Escher’s work.

Categories: Entertaining
opera 9 is worth a look - 26 Jun 2006

I’ve been an Opera fan for several years now, but I haven’t used Opera 8.x in the past year because it didn’t support several essential features in Gmail (like auto-completing e-mail addresses). As a result, I’ve used Firefox exclusively. The last few releases of Firefox have seemed to make it more sluggish and there has […]

Categories: Web browsers
death forecast - 23 Jun 2006 said I’m expected to live until 77. Drat. I was hoping for at least 80.

Categories: Entertaining
embeds - 22 Jun 2006

This is very entertaining, especially the video where people walk by and wonder how in the heck someone managed to get their head stuck in the wall. (via William Bragg)

Categories: Entertaining
you may want to buy a shredder - 20 Jun 2006

Related to the opt out for life post, Rob Cockerham’s experiment will make you want to buy a crosscutting shredder on the way back from mailing your opt out request. He calls the experiment the Torn up Credit Card Application. It’s a pretty good name seeing as he tears up one of the credit card […]

Categories: Identity Theft
a day to remember - 15 Jun 2006

I’ve been trying to post every morning (on weekdays) to get back into a steady rhythm of blogging, but this morning I was involved with another, far more important, activity. My wife gave birth to our second child (a boy). This photo does a far better job of describing him than anything I could write. […]

Categories: Journal
blogging in utah - 14 Jun 2006

A mere month after I move out of Utah, a blogging conference is held within walking distance of where I used to live. Coincidence, or conspiracy? It sounds like they had great participation (over 150 people attended) assisted by the free food and t-shirts I’m sure. Of course people have blogged about the event including […]

Categories: Blogging
geography quiz - 13 Jun 2006

My United States geography skills could use some work according to this fun little place the state site. You just drag states into place and it tells you how far off you are. My average error was 87 miles. William’s was only 26 miles. (via William Bragg)

Categories: Entertaining
blog entry notifications - 12 Jun 2006

A while ago I toyed with the idea of sending out notifications of new blog entries and eventually began doing it. However, I have found that they have had an unanticipated impact on my daily blogging, apart from my original concern that people wouldn’t want to unsubscribe. I resolved that by switching to WordPress and […]

Categories: The site
zero energy home a reality - 09 Jun 2006

A for-profit builder built a home for $200,000 that uses zero energy. That’s some sweet energy saving action. I thought those types of homes would have cost several times that amount and while this one is 1650 sq feet, that’s still a good deal. The house actually needs to borrow some energy from the power […]

Categories: Technology
opt out for life - 08 Jun 2006

I have it on good authority that the site is a legitimate and fairly successful way to opt out of all sorts of junk mail. First, the site is mentioned on the FTC’s site as a way to reduce the amount of unsolicited credit and insurance offers. Second, Ed Foster researched the site and […]

Categories: Useful
does hot water freeze faster? - 07 Jun 2006

There was a braingle brain teaser based on the claim that hot water freezes faster than cold water, known as the Mpemba effect, but I found out that there’s quite a bit of controversy on the veracity of the claim. There was also quite a bit of discussion on the braingle web site itself. The […]

Categories: Trivia and tidbits
top 10 stock photography cliches - 06 Jun 2006

You’ve probably seen the classic marketing pictures used in so many advertisements nowadays. I never thought much about their overuse, but forty media provides a humorous commentary on 10 oft-used photos in marketing.

Categories: Humor
your chocolate age - 05 Jun 2006

I received this in a humor newsletter. I’ve seen several variations but I have yet to understand how this works mathematically. Does anyone know? It’s probably best to try it before you read too much further (in case someone is able to explain it) because like magic tricks, they’re usually not nearly as impressive after […]

Categories: Entertaining
which door do you pick? - 02 Jun 2006

In my Statistics class we discussed the problem below and my knee jerk reaction was you have a 50/50 chance of winning whether you switch or stay. What do you think? Suppose you’re on a game show and you’re given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats. […]

Categories: Trivia and tidbits
little toot - 01 Jun 2006

When I was a wee lad I loved listening to a song about a little tug boat named Little Toot on the record player. So great was my vigor and enjoyment of this song that I would often dance about, emphasizing the toots in the song with a vigorous leap of joy. My family was […]

Categories: My Thoughts