Thursday, March 31, 2005

Bad Blind Date

Bad Blind Date, originally uploaded by idogcow.

This is a picture I drew the other day on the back of a bill. For some cool postcards and random secrets, check out postsecret:

"You are invited to anonymously contribute your secrets to the PostSecret project. Each secret can be a regret, hope, belief, experience, fear, betrayal, desire, feeling, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything - as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before."

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

WalMart, Choice & You

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for contacting us at regarding women?s
prescriptions for birth control. Your comments and concerns are very
important to us as we strive to meet your needs.

Wal-Mart does not carry emergency contraceptives. Our pharmacists may
decline to fill a prescription based on personal convictions. However,
they must find another pharmacist, either at Wal-Mart or another
pharmacy, who can assist you by filling your prescription.

Again, we thank you for your comments regarding this issue.

Customer Service at

in reply to:

Dear Wal-Mart Pharmacies,

All over the country I have noticed a disturbing trend of
pharmacies refusing to fill women's prescriptions for birth
control. When a woman and her doctor decide that a prescription
for contraception is in the woman's best interest, a third party
has no right to override that decision. Pharmacies must ensure
that patients get their doctor-prescribed medication without
delay or inconvenience. I ask that your company assure me and
your other customers that no woman seeking prescription
contraception will be turned away by your company's pharmacies.

No doubt a majority of your customers take for granted that
women should be able to receive their birth control despite the
personal beliefs of the individual pharmacist. Timely access to
contraception is central to women's health, autonomy, and
equality. We must trust women and their doctors to make their
own reproductive health decisions.

I thank you, in advance, for protecting your customer's health
by ensuring your pharmacy will guarantee women have unhindered
access to their prescribed medications.

Thank you for your attention and support.
Pimp My Shuffle

Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog can make your iPod Shuffle the coolest one on the block.

Vast quantities of iPod art to make yours one of a kind.
Mailing Lists For Sale

The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized reports the New York Times, a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that thousands of strangers moved by her plight will receive a steady stream of solicitations from anti-abortion and conservative groups.

"These compassionate pro-lifers donated toward Bob Schindler's legal battle to keep Terri's estranged husband from removing the feeding tube from Terri," says a description of the list on the Web site of the firm, Response Unlimited, which is asking $150 a month for 6,000 names and $500 a month for 4,000 e-mail addresses of people who responded last month to an e-mail plea from Ms. Schiavo's father. "These individuals are passionate about the way they value human life, adamantly oppose euthanasia and are pro-life in every sense of the word!"

Privacy experts said the sale of the list was legal and even predictable, if ghoulish. "I think it's amusing," said Robert Gellman, a privacy and information policy consultant. "I think it's absolutely classic America. Everything is for sale in America, every type of personal information."

The new nickel

Free Money For All

originally uploaded by Useful Arts.

Yesterday while walking to the train I found a nickel on the ground.

Not one of the new Louis & Clark ones, or the even newer Westward Journey Nickels.

While on the topic of money: I seem to be falling behind in my quest for State Quarters as well, guess that's what happens when you don't use cash much.

Monday, March 28, 2005

PSP Fun II (Speed Racer!)

Proving that the Sony PSP is as much a game device as well as doing the Apple iPod one better, Sony launched PSP Connect.

Right now there are a few Speed Racer episodes, some ABC news clips, and some trailers (Warren Miller, Lords of Dogtown), but this could be huge.

Grab your PSP and a MemoryStick and get downloading!
Yahoo! Evolves

Yahoo!360º is still in beta but Charlene Li's Blog has a report:

First look at Yahoo! 360.

Anyone wondering if this means the XBox version 2 now will HAVE to be called something else?

Already there seemes to be a PSP web browser.

Engadget has the scoop!

Friday, March 25, 2005

Donations Needed! has this today: FOR SALE/BARTER: My body in Persistent Vegetative State...

If I am rendered comatose and determined to be in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for a period longer than one month and if no imminent cure is forthcoming, I do not wish to be kept alive by artificial means including but not limited to nourishment, hydration, etc.


If, due to the absurd political state of affairs in this country, my persistent vegetative state and impending unplugging can be parlayed into some sort of political leverage, I wholly endorse using my predicament in whatever way possible for the purposes of passing legislation favorable to my general political and ethical outlook. Here is a list of top-tier causes I support and will continue to support, both while in my PVS and after my eventual death.

* Debt Relief to Impoverished Nations: I will agree to stay in a PVS for an indeterminate amount of time if the United States aggressively pursues a policy of debt relief and debt forgiveness to developing and impoverished nations.

Medicine Via Electronic Means

"Are you sick? Injured? Worried about a medical problem, but can't afford a physician? Well, worry no longer! Because Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, doesn't even need to see you to make a diagnosis and prescribe care."

Take a digital picture or video of your medical problem – tennis elbow, acne, runny nose, hemorrhoids, or whatever ails you - and send it to the doctor in charge of the US Senate and your health care.

Also, take two minutes and upload your photos to "Tag" the photo "Frist." If we get critical mass, we'll send everyone's photos to Dean Rosen, the good doctor's Health Care policy director!
Online Photos

Digital Photography Review reports HP is buying Snapfish while Yahoo! is buying Ludicorp Research & Development Ltd, which operates year-old photo sharing website Flickr.

You may recall Kodak bought ofoto some time ago and is expected to retire the ofoto brand some time soon.

Photography was never so much fun!

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Don't Go See Star Wars III, Revenge of the Sith

One Step Up, 200 Million Steps Back: IMAX theaters in several Southern cities have decided not to show a film on volcanoes out of concern that its references to evolution might offend those with fundamental religious beliefs.

As reported by electablog.
Yahoo! Creative Commons Search

Yahoo! Search out-flanks Google with a Creative Commons Search (beta).

"While most stuff you find on the web has a full copyright, this search helps you find content published by authors that want you to share or reuse it, under certain conditions," says Yahoo!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Business 2.0 Taunts Apple Legal With Product Speculation

Just in case you thought Sony and the PSP was going to rule the week, Business 2.0 magazine has five imaginary Apple products, as envisioned by Pentagram, the product design company that was founded by Bob Brunner, who designed the PowerBook. Business 2.0 apparently looked at recent Apple patent applications and job postings to come up with what they predict is the latest gear from the gang in Cupertino.

Images include:

  • vPOD (A digital image/iPod combo would feature a camera for still photos and video and would wirelessly sync with iPhoto, iMovie, and iTunes)
  • iHOME (Wi-Fi-based home network and media server would be the ultimate digital appliance, managing everything from music and photos to TV recording and office tasks)
  • iPHONE (A simplified wireless phone married to an iPod would feature Apple's signature scroll wheel for navigation and a slide-out keypad)
  • Everything You Need To Know About the PlayStation Portable

    PSPWorld has a roundup of all the info about the PSP you need to know for tomorrow's launch.

    "It's also Sony's answer to the Nintendo Game Boy and Apple iPod. The PSP has been called a "lifestyle device" because it not only plays games — it lets you enjoy music, movies and digital photos on a 4.3-inch wide screen TFT display."

    Tuesday, March 22, 2005

    Life Culture

    HOUSTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's intervention for Terri Schiavo has opened old wounds in Texas where death penalty opponents say his words of support for a "culture of life" ring hollow after so many executions during his time as governor of the state.

    Bush said he stepped into the Schiavo case because the United States should have "a presumption in favour of life," but there were 152 executions in Texas during his administration, including some in which the convict's guilt was in doubt, critics said.

    "It's hypocrisy at a thousand levels," said University of Houston law professor and death penalty defence attorney David

    Monday, March 21, 2005

    Revenge Begins

    All new chapters of Star Wars Clone Wars Volume II all this week on the Cartoon Network.

    Star Wars: Clone Wars continues the saga where the live action feature film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones left off at the beginning of the Clone Wars, an epic civil war that pits the old Republic against a vast separatist movement led by the forces of evil.

    Star Wars: Clone Wars is being produced at Cartoon Network Studios by a team led by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory. Each episodic short is approximately three minutes in length. Star Wars: Clone Wars is airing exclusively on Cartoon Network worldwide.

    They will appear on the Cartoon Network website one day after the TV broadcast.
    BBC's Massive Staff Cuts

    Brutal cuts involving the loss of 2,050 jobs - more than 400 in the newsroom - were unveiled at the BBC today reports The Guardian. The unions immediately condemned the cuts describing today as "the worst day in the history of the BBC".

    In total, up to 6,000 staff will go as part of the cost-cutting. Detailed plans for the news and nations and regions division, which will bear the brunt of cuts, were also released.

    Friday, March 18, 2005

    Ten Percent Solution

    Borders (or Walden Books) coupon good for 10% off the book (video game or electronics) of your choice.

    Coupon good now through April 30th.

    Thursday, March 17, 2005

    Free Jamba Juice 18 March

    Free Matcha Green Tea shots, 3-6pm.
    Do You Watch Fox's 24?

    The BBC's Spooks (or MI-5 as it is known in the states on A&E) is a show for you. Don't let the accents or the evolving storyline stop you. This drama series explores real-life situations involving domestic terrorism in the UK and around the world. Looking to provide a unique insight into the secret and gritty world of undercover espionage and international intrigue, the writers and cast were advised by ex-MI-5 officers, helping to create a drama which gives an exciting glimpse of how spies operate and the way their job affects personal relationships.

    Season 3 just ended but Season 1 DVDs and a soundtrack are available.

    "...MI-5 is vastly superior to 24" — Seattle Times

    Wednesday, March 16, 2005

    Feed The Kitty

    Need a cat treat, or want to bribe someone to NOT scratch the carpets?

    Get a free mini-carafe of Fancy Feast Gourmet Gold dry cat food and a coupon for US$1.00 off.

    Act quickly otherwise I bet all you'll get is the coupon.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2005

    TiVo Signs With Comcast

    ars technica has news that TiVo issued a Press Release stating that they will partner with cable-giant Comcast and adapt their software to work with the DVRs Comcast now provides its subscribers.

    Currently TiVo's share price is up ~50% on the news.
    The Ring Cycle

    Yahoo! News is reporting 'Lord of the Rings' to Take to Stage as Musical.

    Based on the fantasy classic by J.R.R. Tolkien, it will open in March 2006 in Toronto and come to London six months later.

    Friday, March 11, 2005

    What TiVo Needs to Stay On the Air

    Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection: TiVo Pauses Company Costs and Growth.

    In brief:

    1. Increased mobility and portability. Ramsay continued to promote the TiVoToGo technology. He also specifically reiterated today that TiVo is developing the ability to offload recorded television to Microsoft's Portable Media Center units.

    2. Deliver a TiVo branded experience on the PC. Wow. This is huge. Although there are over 3 million TiVo units out there right now (about a million with broadband connection) there are vastly, vastly more PCs out there. "This platform (PC) is playing an increasing role in the management of home entertainment and TiVo intends to offer applications and services that capitalize on the PCs unique power and network capabilities as well as it's enormous reach and scale of install base," said Ramsay.

    3. Continue to develop a broadband delivery platform. TiVo is right on here. They should continue to look at ways to push both popular programming and micro content over the network and on to their units.
    Not Another Music Blog?

    Marketplace | Jane's Music is a space devoted to the music you hear on Marketplace. Notes from the show's director on what gets played and why. Who is that band you heard on yesterday's show? And what's the connection between that story on global politics and the Massive Attack song that followed it? Here's where you can find out.

    Great stuff, check it out and then go support Public Radio.

    Wednesday, March 09, 2005

    TiVO to Go (a-go-go)

    Instructions and (free) software to extract video from Series 1 TiVo and burn it to DVD or VCD/SCVD.

    Toast from Roxio may shorted the 6 step process.
    Pencils Down!

    Drawn! is a multi-author blog devoted to illustration, art, cartooning and drawing. Its purpose is to inspire creativity by sharing links and resources.

    Albert Einstein said, “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources,” but what the hell did he know anyway?

    They claim the site was "conceived by John, like all good ideas, while goofing off at work."

    Tuesday, March 08, 2005 has Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) [Adult edition] only 9.99 Pounds. (Price not weight).
    An Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice


    Dear Condi,

    I'm glad you've decided to get over your fit of pique and venture north to visit your closest neighbour. It's a chance to learn a thing or two. Maybe more.

    I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defence system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were carefully rigged to show results.

    But, gosh, we folks above the 49th parallel are somewhat cautious types who can't quite see laying down billions of dollars in a three-dud poker game.

    As our erstwhile Prairie-born and bred (and therefore prudent) finance minister pointed out in presenting his recent budget, we've had eight years of balanced or surplus financial accounts. If we're going to spend money, Mr. Goodale added, it will be on day-care and health programs, and even on more foreign aid and improved defence.

    Sure, that doesn't match the gargantuan, multi-billion-dollar deficits that your government blithely runs up fighting a "liberation war" in Iraq, laying out more than half of all weapons expenditures in the world, and giving massive tax breaks to the top one per cent of your population while cutting food programs for poor children.

    Read all of it here.
    Harry Potter (the remix)

    Wizard People, Dear Reader is an unauthorized re-envisioning of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by Brad Neely. To experience it, viewers need to get a copy of the first Harry Potter movie (known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Europe) and watch it with the sound off, replacing Neely's narration with the original soundtrack.

    It was not meant to be, however. Warner Brothers, which owns the copyrights on the Harry Potter movies, forced theaters to cancel screenings.

    Not to say you can't find it on the 'net, tho.
    Free (Nerd) Porn

    SciFi Network is now offering a podcast of commentary by Executive Producer (and Creator) Ronald D. Moore to be listened to while watching the new Battlestar Galactica series.

    "When you synch your MP3 device, you'll automatically receive any new commentary that's been posted. Start playing each episode's file when the words "The Cylons Were Created By Man" appear on your TV screen. Beeps will indicate when to pause for commercial breaks."

    Podcasts are available Friday so listening before that night's episode may provide spoilers. You were warned.

    Monday, March 07, 2005

    eTicket vs E Ticket

    MICKEYAVENUE has an amazing collection of Open Source fonts designed after those you''ll see at the Magic Kingdom.

    Short of going to Disneyland or Disney World, this might be the next best thing. (Big Al is gone, you know.)

    Big Al, originally uploaded by Snapatorium.
    Free Posters

    NYPL Digital Gallery provides free access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

    Make your own desktops and screen-savers!
    Fish-Sticks, Fish-Sticks

    95.3% (and climbing) of MP3s of every one of the 1,338 Doctor Demento Show ever made.

    Files are high-quality stereo (192kBit/s or 128kBit/s), 64kBit/s stereo and 32kBit/s mono (for "our friends with modems" says site creator).

    Free registration required.

    Friday, March 04, 2005

    The Golden State, Indeed

    Arnold Watch keeps an eye on what the California Governor is up to. Mercury News today reported that the Governator is now raising money faster than Grey Davis did when he was Governor.

    Apparently only Arnold gets to decide who is a special interest and who isn't.

    Thursday, March 03, 2005

    More Mac Rumors

    From MacOS Rumors:

  • iSight: An updated iSight camera/microphone is due to be released within 3-4 weeks. The revision is expected to include modified mounting hardware (possibly a 2nd interchangeable bracket for use when the standard one won't fit) and other changes to bundled accessories.
    Major changes, like a new CCD camera unit, new microphones, USB 2.0 support, or a price drop are still unconfirmed.

  • "Asteroid" audio I/O device: Further confirmation of this rumor has come in the form of HexEdit scans of GarageBand 2.0, as reported by reader Andy Fenner who pulled this file:

    iLife '05 Install DVD/Individual Packages/Packages/GarageBandApp20.pkg/Contents/Archive.pax.gz

    from the DVD and remove the GZip compression. If you open it with HexEdit you will find all kinds of allusions to Asteroid. Asteroid Max Volume, Asteroid Min Volume, Asteroid Slider, Select ASteroid Input and many, many others.

    Read the rest
  • Yahoo! Turns 1010

    Yahoo! is ten years old this week. Here's a copy of their homepage in 1995.

    Here's one Jason Kottke found from the Stanford days circa December 1994.

    Wednesday, March 02, 2005

    Add This to the Wish List

    EvolutionTV - Digital Video Recorder for your Mac now tops the list of the things I shouldn't be spending money on (~US$280) but just might.

  • MPEG-4 (able to directly moved to iMovie) and DivX hardware compression.
  • Comes with fully featured software enabling you to watch and record TV, schedule recordings, access online TV guides.

    Thanks to its built-in video compression hardware, EvolutionTV will let you store hours of TV programs on a single DVD. Or load tons of movies to my PowerBook.

    [For those who are looking for the other items there is no physical list (yet) but for the curious:

  • a G5 and/or Mac mini
  • iPod shuffle or iRiver 800 series
  • Say Goodbye To eMac?

    AppleInsider is reporting that Apple appears to be phasing out eMacs at retail stores.

    If this is to make room for a newew G5 eMac the end of a product line now that the Mac mini is here remains to be seen.

    Either way it's a great time to score a new cheap Macintosh!

    Tuesday, March 01, 2005

    Do What We Say Not What We Do

    If you listen to what comes out of the White House these days you would think they want everyone to be like we are. Well, that may be true but only up to a point you see.

    An editorial in Today's San Jose Mercury News sums it up nicely.

    In brief, at a recent United Nations meeting (attended by more than 100 countries) the goal was to document and advance the cause of gender equality as outlined in a platform adopted at the 1995 U.N. women's conference in Beijing, which the United States endorsed during the Clinton administration. Organizers had hoped to adopt a declaration before the opening session reaffirming the Beijing platform. However, as attendees soon found out that, the United States would not be signing any document supporting a woman's right to have an abortion.

    Even though Roe vs. Wade ensures that right in the United States and the thrust of the U.N. platform isn't about abortion rights, but rather about ending discrimination against women in 12 different areas, ranging from health to education to employment. Ignoring that the U.N. strategy on reproductive health is resulting in reduced abortion rates around the world.

    To quote the editors, "The president should stop pandering to abortion opponents and start putting U.S. funds toward helping the world's poorest and most-vulnerable women."
    Opening For Duran Duran

    Ima Robot
    Just for fun here are 'Love is a Boombox' Lyrics:

    A long time ago
    A storm ripped my heart
    She's mean
    But I'm letting you know
    is the end.

    Oh, here in the dark, the taste is sweet
    Out in the park, off an unknown street
    I've got to find, what it is I like
    The monster awaits for me tonight
    You don’t have to run
    When you’ve got that sweet gun
    Just use it to blow
    When the nite beats slow
    You aim for my head
    But hit your knees
    heaven will know what you mean to me
    I'm the one that got my soul knifed

    Hey you evil motivator
    Sucking on the now and later
    Love's a boombox
    Turn the fader
    I'm in love again
    doooo dooo doooooo dooooo!

    Now im darth vader
    Once was beat but now its later
    Love's a boombox
    Turn the fader
    I'm in love again
    Dooo dooo dooo doooooo!

    Meet you up in the hills
    For cigarettes
    Sinking your teeth into my neck
    You’ve kept me alive
    I couldn’t escape
    Cuz heaven was full and hell can wait
    You held my hand
    I kissed your feet
    I was a slave that you would beat
    Had no strength to hit you back
    Broke my heart and left me cracked
    Without a name I loved for you

    Hey you evil motivator
    Sucking on the now the later
    Love's a boombox
    Turn the fader
    I'm in love again
    Dooo dooo doooo dooo!

    Now im darth vader
    Once was beat but now it's later
    Love's a boombox
    Turn the fader
    I'm in love again
    Dooo dooo dooo doooooo!

    Voice: Ive been hunting you down your whole life
    Ima Robot: I cant be scared anymore
    Voice: Oh, Here I come
    Ima Robot: I got my light saber now
    Voice: What?!
    Ima Robot: That’s right, ive been practicing
    Voice: What are you doing?
    Ima Robot: Bitch im gonna kill you this time

    Now im darth vader
    Once was beat but now its later
    Love's a boombox
    Turn the fader
    I'm in love again
    Google Alerts Mean Never Having To Wonder How News Turns Out

    Read the local papers or watch the local news when on holiday? Hate when something happens but you leave the area before it gets resolved? Make a Google Alert and stay on top of all the developments as they happen without having to find out of town newspapers or their web-sites.

    That's what I did when I got home from Edinburgh last July. I wanted to follow the tale of "former dustman Mark Hobson" who made quite a splash on the BBC and Sky News for 2 days.

    Not the kind of story any local paper here is going to cover, much less for almost a year. (Especially when Michael Jackson is making headlines again.) Well, I got an email today with a link to the Times Online (Britain) that he has admitted to committing four killings that led to one of the biggest police manhunts in British history.
    idogcow. Get yours at

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