Archive for December, 2004


Carnival of the Capitalists

Monday, December 20th, 2004

XTremeblog has it. And who’s that Marshall guy… ;-)



Saturday, December 18th, 2004

Presented without further comment.

samaBlog I had a sudden realization

Asteroid Of?

samaBlog How long do you think it will be before bars and restaurants start offering chewing tobacco to their nicotine addicted clientele?

Asteroid I long time.

samaBlog And when that happens, do you think there will be a new found market for spitoons?

Asteroid Won’t be the same.

Asteroid There will be individual spitoons, not just a lone one in the corner.

samaBlog exactly

samaBlog or maybe one in the center of the table

Asteroid Did you just buy some Copenhagen or something?

samaBlog no

samaBlog I blogged it

samaBlog fascinating website

samaBlog my favorite

samaBlog Röda Lacket: strong taste, a bit more sticky so easier to use. Perfect for the beginner

Asteroid Any bets it has more nicotine than the others?

samaBlog dunno, may be

samaBlog I like the ones that offer a Bourbon flavor

samaBlog as if you want people to smell your breath and think you’re drunk when you’re not

Asteroid In some circles, that would be more acceptable than smelling like tobacco.

samaBlog true

samaBlog what if you combined the concept of a spittoon and a hooka

Asteroid Hell, just the hooka.

samaBlog so each person sitting at the dinner table has their own mouthpiece, with a gentle suction to take away the spit

samaBlog Call it an inverse hooka-spittoon

Asteroid It may be time for an opium den Renaissance in America.

samaBlog word g


TV Skinny

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

Velociman gives us the low down on the holiday TV specials. An excerpt:

Bobby loses his virginity, and awakens with a Skoal ring around his penis from a bi-curious Neimann-Marcus elf on a very special King of the Hill.


Read Velociworld.


Trogdor Snowglobe

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

Complete with a “Time Wasted” meter.

Check it.


Who’s Censoring Blogger Rabbit?

Friday, December 17th, 2004

Blogger Rabbit is threatening to quit, and he did it with a hilarious “final” post. Go pay him a visit and tell him to change his mind.

See Blogger Rabbit’s Final Post.


Ancient Eating

Friday, December 17th, 2004

Archeology Magazine had some interesting pieces on how people cooked and ate in ancient times:

The first difficulty a twenty-first-century home cook runs into when attempting to explore cuisines hundreds or thousands of years old is in establishing the ground rules. Does one make use of refrigeration? (The answer, after a brief but definitive analysis of logistics: an emphatic yes.) What about mutton, one of the most common meats throughout the Old World but now almost impossible for the common consumer to obtain in this country? Would I be cheating if I settled for lamb? (In America today, sheep are slaughtered almost exclusively before the end of their first year, making them technically lamb. Anything older is very, very tough–to buy, I mean, although I presume it also presents a challenge to the incisors.) And what about all those archaic food-preparation methods? I possess neither a horse under whose saddle I can shove meat for tenderizing, as the Mongols did, nor a yard into which I can dig a six-foot-deep hole to cook my turkey Maya-style. And then there are the Sumerian recipes that call for blood. Is it safe to cook with blood? Is it even legal?


Read more here.
See recipes here.

(Thanks to Blogger Rabbit for the heads up).


Smart Mob War For Iran

Friday, December 17th, 2004

Daniel Henniger has a good column on the way American born technology is helping spread freedom around the world:

Not that long ago, in 1989, the world watched demonstrators sit passively in Tiananmen Square and fight the authorities with little more than a papier-mâché Statue of Liberty. Poland’s Solidarity movement had to print protest material with homemade ink made from oil because the Communist government confiscated all the printers’ ink.

In 2004, in Ukraine’s Independence Square, they had cell phones.

Using the phones’ SMS messaging technology, demonstrators sent messages to meet to 10 or so friends, who’d each SMS the message to 10 more friends, and so on. It’s called “smart-mobbing.”

Frankly, I think the time has come for overt military planning to be conjoined with smart mobbing. Imagine smart mobs, moving around a city in a manner coordinated with air strikes from above. Such a smart mob war would enable peoples to liberate themselves without any American ground presence. American military planners, using their eyes in the sky, could send out instructions like “take this building” or “avoid this area” and then deliver air strikes that would aid the smart mob in taking over their government. We could use existing cell phone devices for this, or single use devices, built and distributed just for this purpose. And we would call such a war a “Smart Mob War”.

Frankly, I think we need a smart mob war in Iran.

Read Daniel Henniger.


People Over 30

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

Sent to me by a friend:

People over 30 should be dead. Here’s why ……………….**
*According to today’s regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were*
*kids in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, or even maybe the early
probablyshouldn’t have survived.*

*Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.*

*We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles* *, doors or
cabinets, …
and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. *

*(Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.)

As children, we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or air
bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was
always a special treat.*
*We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. *


*We ate cupcakes , bread and butter , and drank soda pop with
sugar in it,*
*but we were never overweight because we were always outside
*We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and
no one *** *actually died from this.*

*We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then
rode* *down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes..*
*After running into the bushes a few times , we learned to solve
the * *problem.*

*We would leave home in the morning and play all day , as long as
we were back when the street lights came on .*

*No one was able to reach us all day. *



*We did not have Playstations,* * Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video
games * * at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies,
surround sound,*
*personal cell phones, personal computers , or Internet chat
rooms .*

*We had friends! We went outside and found*
*them. We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really
hurt *

*We fell out of trees , got cut and broke bones and*
*teeth , and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.**
They were accidents. No one was to blame but us.*
*Remember accidents? *
*We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue
*** *and learned to get over it.*

*We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and*
*ate worms , and although we were told it would happen, we did not
put * *out very many eyes , nor did the worms live inside us

*We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s home and knocked on the door
, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them . *

*Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. * *Those
who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.*

*Some students weren’t as smart as others, so they failed a grade and*
*were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors!*
*Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own.*
*Consequences were expected . The idea of a parent bailing us out
if * *we broke a law was unheard of They actually sided with the
law. Imagine * *that!*

*This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem*
*solvers and inventors, ever.*

*The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new
ideas. *

*We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we
learned * *how to deal with it all. And you’re one of them!
Congratulations! *

*Please pass this on to *others* who have had the luck to grow up as
kids, *
*before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good

*People under 30 are WIMPS ***


Make Yourself Toys

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004

In this case, a plastic hydrogen bomb:

It sounds like the perfect terrorist weapon, but it is a toy that teaches the principles of electrochemistry. It’s also a high-tech squirt gun.
The Plastic Hydrogen Bomb uses electricity to break apart water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. Then it uses a spark of electricity to explosively recombine the gases into high pressure steam, which propels a stream of water high into the air.
The construction is a little more difficult than the other toys in this book, but the skills learned by building this toy can be put to good use building many other devices and works of art.

Bombs Away!


Not Quite An Exoskeleton

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004

But I like it nonetheless:

A new breed of wearable robotic vehicles that envelop drivers are being developed by Japanese car giant Toyota.

The company’s vision for the single passenger in the 21st Century involves the driver cruising by in a four-wheeled leaf-like device or strolling along encased in an egg-shaped cocoon that walks upright on two feet.

Check it here.