Sunday, March 31, 2002

For your own good, here are some hoaxes you should be aware of this April Fool's Day.
Here is a site which is devoted to the research of my favorite Easter candy, marshmallow peeps. The peeps also have an official web site which isn't nearly as interesting. Oh, there might be one thing better than peeps though. That's See's chocolate.

Friday, March 29, 2002

I can't believe these shenanigans from Yahoo. They have changed every user's marketing preferences to maximize spam. If you have a Yahoo ID, go to your account info screen, and click the link labelled "Edit Your Marketing Preferences." Change every ad category to "no," and also click "no" for the "contact me by phone" and "contact me by US mail" options. Ugh.... and to think there was a time when they were actually cool.

Thursday, March 28, 2002

A new edition of the 1700 year old Kamasutra will be published this month. Sorry, the link does not contain any pictures.

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Jesus Shaves is a humorous story about the cultural differences surrounding the observance of Easter.

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

I never would have imagined that soap bubbles would be a cool toy, but a chemist in Taiwan has inventedCatch-A-Bubble, a soap bubble which can survive for days without popping.

Monday, March 25, 2002

One of my friends still thinks the Dr. Seuss book mentioned below is a hoax, but I've found it listed on e-bay here and here. However, for a real parody, read The Last Case Of Encyclopedia Brown.

Sunday, March 24, 2002

Do You Know What I'm Going to Do Next Saturday? That's the title of a banned Dr. Seuss book. Who wouldn't want their child to learn how to read with a rhyming story of shooting sprees and suicide? If violent textbooks are good for Afghanistan, then they are good for us too!

Saturday, March 23, 2002

This article from describes how humans might make a 43 year long journey to Alpha Centauri. The article doesn't explain what they might do once they get there. At least they will be able to grow their own fish sticks.

Thursday, March 21, 2002

Two German designers have invented the Painstation which allows computer games to inflict real pain. I do not want one. However, if these designers come to their senses and invent a Pleasurestation, I'll be first in line to buy one.

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

DataPlay's new digital discs are about the size of a quarter, hold 500 mb (which, using new compression techniques, equals up to 5 hours of digital music or 11 hours of mp3 files). The players will even come with small LCD monitors for viewing music videos.

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

These new home robots are so cool, but, geesh, they cost about as much as a home! How much are people willing to spend on a robot that can go fetch them a soda from the refrigerator? You can view some videos of the Honda Asimo in action.

Monday, March 18, 2002

What happens when a Cyborg is unplugged at the airport gate? After living as a cyborg for more than 20 years, Dr. Steve Mann was disconnected from his computers by airport security. He is now undergoing tests to see how being disconnected has affected his brain. His ordeal sounds almost as bad as my experiences travelling with an electric wheelchair.

Sunday, March 17, 2002

This little story perfectly illustrates why I never have and never will post personal entries in my blog. The star of the story is probably reconsidering his weblogging habits now.
Here is a very long list of phobias. I think it's perfectly natural to have atomosophobia. I'm pretty sure I don't have chrometophobia. I don't have diabetophobia although I had my blood sugar level tested today (it's fine). I'm glad I don't have erotophobia. I don't know what I would do if I had kathisophobia. This whole post reminds me of Lucy diagnosing Charlie Brown as having panophobia.

Saturday, March 16, 2002

Thursday, March 07, 2002

Tuesday, March 05, 2002

For endless fun, try The Always Amusing Euphemism Generator. "Alone once again, she retired to the bedroom and began slapping the flesh turtle."

Friday, March 01, 2002

Today, I'm going to actually post something useful. Here is a collection of techniques to resolve conflict. Most of these techniques can be used in any context including online communities.