Month: February 2007 blog archive
AMEX extended warranty protection buys a new laptop - 28 Feb 2007

This is truly a heartwarming story. A laptop stopped working a mere 2 weeks after the 1-year warranty had expired. Compaq wasn’t willing to budge on the 1 year mark, but since the laptop had been purchased on an American Express card, which has extended warranty protection, they would take care of it. The customer […]

Categories: Finances,Useful
Jefferson’s Bible - 27 Feb 2007

I had never heard of the Jefferson Bible before this reddit post. Here’s an explanation of what it was. The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was an attempt by Thomas Jefferson to glean the teachings of Jesus from the Christian Gospels. Jefferson wished to […]

Categories: Religion
Monty Python’s spam-a-lot - 26 Feb 2007

Here’s a fun Monty Python game to brighten your Monday morning. The idea is simple. You launch cows, chickens and goats (and in later levels shubbery, the holy hand grenade of Antioch from Brother Maynard and even the vampire rabbit – he’s dynamite). Good clean animal-throwing fun.

Categories: Games
Make money from telemarketers - 23 Feb 2007

Note that this is not about making money from telemarketing, but from the telemarketers. André-Tascha Lammé of Sacramento, CA has made $6,000 from unwanted telemarketers’ calls so far. He files in small claims court (online) and most companies have settled with him out of court. That money has got to be some of the most […]

Categories: News
The Line Game - 22 Feb 2007

It looks simple, but it’s actually quite challenging. The game is called The Line Game, and to play you just move a little red dot through a maze with the arrow keys. Avoid the obstacles and complete the level by touching the pulsating green orb. It says you had x.x seconds left, but it’s actually […]

Categories: Games
How to praise others - 21 Feb 2007

I just read an article that claims generic praise doesn’t work. Telling kids they’re smart or a natural can actually reduce their performance instead of enhancing it. The key is to praise effort, not natural intelligence. Emphasizing effort gives a child a variable that they can control. They come to see themselves as in control […]

Categories: Society
How to avoid advertising - 20 Feb 2007

The typical sources of advertising come in the form of TV commercials, radio commercials, billboards and online ads. Paul Bausch wrote a review of The Consumer Trap and in his review, he described how big business marketing plays a central role in our lives, shaping our choices, thoughts, feelings, and even our culture. JD at […]

Categories: Society
One site for all your finances - 16 Feb 2007

I have a lot of different financial sites to keep track. I thought there must be a way to enter all the stocks, mutual funds, accounts and their interest rates as well as regular deposits or purchases I make so I could track the growth of my portfolio in one place. I searched around for […]

Categories: Finances
Deconstructing finance personalities - 14 Feb 2007

Trent at the simple dollar has done an overview of 5 authors in the financial management area. I find the subject quite interesting and having read several personal finance books myself, I’m inclined to agree in general with his opinions on them. He did the reviews from best to worst (in his mind) and I […]

Categories: Finances
The world in 7 pictures - 13 Feb 2007

Jason once showed me a site that described an ideal vacation resort. It talked about relaxing in the warm sun, swimming and enjoying time away from the bustle of crowds and city life. Then it displayed the first picture on this site. Man that’s crowded. I guess it depends on what you’re comparing it to.

Categories: Humor
Convert images into ASCII art - 09 Feb 2007

The ASCII-o-matic converts an image (has to be 60 x 50 jpg) into ASCII art. Here’s one I did of my Nissan 300ZX. Update: Here’s another image to ASCII converter that doesn’t have so many restrictions on the original size of the image, but the output didn’t look as good.

Categories: Entertaining
Make web sites go crazy - 08 Feb 2007

Using the instructions found here you can make any web site go a little crazy. It should work on most sites.

Categories: Entertaining
Are women really bad drivers? - 07 Feb 2007

After seeing the video below, you might be inclined to believe that no one could be as bad a driver as this woman (it’s also shocking how calm the two guys seem to be, as if this happens all the time). There seems to be a general consensus that women are bad drivers, but guys […]

Categories: Society
WordPress comment cookies not being set - 06 Feb 2007

For quite some time I thought WordPress wasn’t setting the comment cookies properly, because when I made comments the fields wouldn’t remain populated after I commented. I finally realized that if you’re logged in, you don’t have to worry about the fields at all because it pulls the name, e-mail address and URL from the […]

Categories: WordPress
Disable the snap preview - 05 Feb 2007

Sites like techcrunch (among many others) have introduced an annoyance that I find exceedingly . . . annoying. Fortunately for me (and anyone else who is similarly annoyed), you have but to click this magical link. It will set a cookie to disable snap preview on every web site that uses it. (via Paul Bausch […]

Categories: Useful,Web browsers
Drag the circles, have some fun - 02 Feb 2007

Here’s a cool little flash game where you drag the circles around, and have some fun.

Categories: Entertaining
Identify the 50 Dark Movies - 01 Feb 2007

As a gimmick to promote Dark chocolate M&Ms they created a game where you try to identify the 50 dark movies represented in imaginative ways in the painting. For instance, there are a few sheep with headphones on, so you click in that general area and type in “Silence of the Lambs”. Ding! That’s one […]

Categories: Entertaining