Saturday, December 11, 2004

Olympic Indecency

The Federal Communications Commission’s enforcement bureau has asked NBC for tapes of the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics, apparently in response to one or more indecency complaints.
Anyone who saw the Opening Ceremony from Greece knows there was nothing indecent with the production. What is the FCC trying to accomplish by looking into this?



The Turning Torso

Turning Torso is an exciting structure of cubes twisting towards the water and the surrounding area. A unique building, unlike any other anywhere in the world.
I have been following this project since day one and it is nearing completion.



Christmas links for Kids

Let the kids at em. All are child safe links.


Spy Phone

The Nokia spy phone can also prove valuable in business negotiations. The spy phone owner leaves the meeting room, (claiming a restroom break, for instance), calls the spy phone and listens to the ongoing conversation. On return the owners negotiating positions may change dramatically.



Friday, December 10, 2004

Penn State dumps IE

Penn State University on Wednesday issued an alert to students and staff recommending that they dump IE and use a different browser.
This could be the start of something big. Look for more institutions to follow this trend. Microsoft will start sweating soon.



Funcup

This site was recommended to me because of the great graphics and sound. Check it out and enjoy. Use the arrow keys to guide you around and watch the map for guidance.



Google Suggest

Google Suggest guesses what you're typing and offers suggestions in real time. By suggesting more refined searches up front, Google Suggest can make your searches more convenient and efficient by keeping you from having to reformulate your query.
Google Suggest might offer suggestions that you will find novel or intriguing.
Try it out for yourself, you might even want to type in kuklas and see what happens.



CIA Takes Action

You may recall the JFK Reloaded post I made about 2 weeks ago. Well, the CIA is taking action against the creator of the docu-game.

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

The quality and concept of this movie is just the sort of thing 3D technology needs to propel it into more home theaters around the world. With plenty of sex and violence combined with beautiful cinematography and excellent narration, what more could you ask for?
Read more here....



Trac your Teen

Patent pending GPS and voice-response technology allows you to locate your teen or other family member 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Whether you’re on vacation in Europe or having dinner at a local restaurant, you can check on your child whether they are driving to a ball game, riding in a friend’s car, or hanging out at the mall.

All Mascots

Two guys travel around North America snapping pictures of team mascots.



Lonely, Singing Whale

A lone whale with a voice unlike any other has been wandering the Pacific for the past 12 years.
Maybe the whale has a future (will open in WMP).
A real humpback whale singing. ex1 and ex2 (will open WMP).



Thumbies

Another way to remember the deceased.



Thursday, December 09, 2004

Creator of this and That

Tim Hunkin looks like he enjoys what he does. Engineer, cartoonist and wearer of many other hats. If you are into building projects, you will marvel at his work.



One Man Band

A unique sound arranged using 5-string banjo (Scruggs and clawhammer), dobro, harmonica, vocals, kazoo, and the one-of-a-kind foot controlled "Guitar Machine" - all played at the same time.



Hi-Tech Bargains

Woot is a website that sells only one item per day. Many of the products do not last the whole day and a new offering becomes available at midnight, central time.



The Outhouse Tour

Go back in Americana and actually see what we missed. Actually, many outhouses are still being used and this site covers all the bases.



Legally Drunk

The chart doesn't take into account your individual body composition, your use of medication, your mood changes, or your personal metabolism rate. Therefore, your blood alcohol level may in fact be slightly higher or slightly lower than the chart indicates for the number of drinks you consume.



Painter had Vision

Painting of inebriated villagers drinking, fighting, kissing, urinating, dancing, vomiting and defecating with complete abandon sells for $7.15 million.
It was painted in 1628 without knowing it would depict a victory celebration after a major sporting event.



Dude

A linguist from the University of Pittsburgh has published a scholarly paper deconstructing and deciphering the word "dude," contending it is much more than a catchall for lazy, inarticulate surfers, skaters, slackers and teenagers.



Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Techno Stressed

If you find...
  • Lots of computer disks showing up all the time with new games and programs.
  • Constantly talking about online friends whom you have never met.
  • Busy telephone lines when you are away from home, but the children are there. Then you need to check this out.



Men's Health - Eye Exam

How often do you get an eye exam? If you are under the age of forty, every 2 years is acceptable. Over the age of 40, then every year is recommended.
Take this eye test to see if you need to make an appointment.



Where Were You

Twenty four years ago John Lennon was killed. Next to 9/11, I think that day is etched in my mind more than any other day. I remember watching Monday Night Football and ABC went to a shot of Howard Cosell (link opens and you will find an audio of that announcement) where he announced the killing of Lennon.
Some famous people reflect on that day too.



Virtual Christmas Tree

For the kids or the kid in you, decorate your own virtual Christmas tree.



15 year olds flunk Math Test

American 15-year-olds rank well below those in most other industrialized countries in mathematics literacy and problem solving, according to a survey released Monday.



Squared Circles

A group of circled pictures in a square frame from flickr, my hosting site for photos.




I Smell Success

Scents sent . Sorry, couldn't resist.



Real Time Target Shooting

Actually practice your shooting in real time from your computer desk. You can even receive a DVD of your shooting skills and if I am comprehending correctly, eventually you will be able to participate in a live hunt from your home. Unbelievable!!!



$7500 to meet Barry

Mingle with Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez for $7500, or for $1050 you can get their autograph the next day.
A-Rod donating the money to charity, Bonds putting the $$$ in his pocket.



Mother gone Bad

An 8-year-old girl was suspended for nine days for bringing to school what appeared to be about 30 Jell-O shots. The girl told the principal that her mother, who works in a bar, makes alcoholic shots at home and sells them at work. The fourth-grader said her mother had instructed her to take the shots to school and sell them, three for $1, to make some money for Christmas.



Tuesday, December 07, 2004

What Is This UPDATE

Originally posted last night: Your correct answer will gain you much fame and recognition.

Well it looks like Charlie Gordon from Karmic Irony was pretty close with his guess of an "early projector".
The device is known as a "Magic Lantern" and it goes back to the year 1660. Get all the details here. Thanks to all who participated and Charlie will now gain much fame and recognition. Also, it looks like Charlie has a great job which allows him to blog more often.



Weight Watcher Recipe Cards

30 years ago people were actually eating food from these recipe cards. I remember these cards, I believe my sister and mom tried to follow this diet but just could not eat the Chilled Celery Log pictured below.



Just Whistle

"You just put your lips together and blow."
Here is a sample( opens WMP) of what you will find at Thewhistler.com.



Remember Pearl Harbor




Puzzled Marriage Proposals

How do Marriage Proposal Puzzles work? Normally, the puzzle is given as a present, and the Proposal Piece (or pieces in some cases) is kept by you. Read on...



Telemarketer can't handle the word NO

A Michigan woman received a threatening letter in the mail from a telemarketer in Texas after she refused to donate money in a recent call from the telemarketer.
"It makes me nervous. Obviously he's not playing with a full deck and even my kids are nervous," the woman said.
El Paso police are reportedly taking the threat seriously and are searching for the person who sent the letter.



Monday, December 06, 2004

SI

Most people associate the initials SI with Sports Illustrated. Well, this SI stands for Shakespeare Illustrated and the website is a labor of love. Take some time off and enjoy the different paths you can take. I recently spent two hours there and will be going back.



Wireless Phone Directory

Confusion reigns when discussing cellphone numbers becoming available to telemarketers, directories, etc. The CTIA Public Affairs Association clears it up for us.



Urban Trees

If you can't grow a tree, make one. A very nice collection of man-made, artistic trees lining the Port of San Diego.



Walking to your Death

Walking is by far the most dangerous mode of travel per mile. Although only 8.6 percent of all trips are made on foot, 11.4 percent of all traffic deaths are pedestrians.
This report is quite detailed but I found it quite interesting.



New Media Advertising

Mercury's "Meet the Lucky Ones" is a new effort to excite heavy Internet users about a brand. The film is aimed at 20- to 30-year-olds who are spending more time on the Web than other media.
Read about all the new ways advertising is being structured.



Fine Dining Quiz

I am considered "The Debonair Diner". The debonair diner loves to eat and is too busy enjoying the fruits of chef's labors to be bogged down with every last kitchen detail. Still, Debonair Diners have more than enough knowledge to know and ask for what you like. If you spent a little more time in culinary academia, you could easily be a Blossoming Bon Vivant. But you are more likely to think there's no reason to bother with such a pursuit since the best culinary experiences are about sitting around a table enjoying great foods with equally special friends, which you do with frequency and fervor.
Take the two minute quiz here. Believe me, it is not easy.



2004 Weblog Awards Voting aided by Bot

Over 50,000 votes generated by scripted voting have been removed. Why would anyone want to cheat a voting system is beyond me.

Stop by and Shoot a Live Machine Gun

What are they trying to say here. I can visit their store and shoot a live machine gun? Will it die if I shoot it and how do I know it is a "live" maching gun?
Plus it is good to know they feature "non-toxic Frangible Ammo for customer's health and safety".



Sunday, December 05, 2004

This is only a Test

Due to circumstances in my control, Kukla's is dark on Sunday's. Please take a look around though and remember to return on Monday.
Test your computer here.