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Month March 2004

The Condiment Packet Museum

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Ummm.

Free PCs

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Well, kind of:

Welcome to Metronomy, the revolutionary new concept which provides a FREE IBM HOME PC in exchange for your commitment to watch up to 3 minutes of advertising per hour of use.

Watch 3 minutes of ads for every hour I am on the computer??? I think I will pass but thanks anyway.
(via Bifurcated Rivets>

Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes

The Museum of Hoaxes has the top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes.

Weirdo Leonardo

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This web site is about the stranger artworks and writings of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) and includes ideas and images that may disturb. For this reason Weirdo Leonardo is not recommended for children.

Nazi Propaganda: 1933-1945

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Propaganda was central to Nazi Germany. This page is a collection of English translations of Nazi propaganda for the period 1933-1945, part of a larger site on German propaganda. The goal is to help people understand the great totalitarian systems of the twentieth century by giving them access to primary material.

The picture above is a 1938 postcard celebrating the incorporation of Austria into Germany. The caption reads: “One People, One Reich, One Fuhrer”

Virtual Models

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This is cool. Create a model of yourself and then dress it. There aren’t many clothes to dress in on the site unfortunately.
(via The G Spot)

LEGO Cubesolver

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Impressive!

I started to think about this problem in about August of 2000. In Jan 2001 fellow Mindstorms forums user ‘agiecco’ announced his intention to work on a robotic solution and, simultaneously, I saw that Rubik’s Cubes were on sale at www.target.com. So I bought a couple of cubes and started getting down to business…

The World’s Flags Graded

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Some time ago, browsing through my friend’s atlas, I realised that there are significant differences in quality between the flags of different countries. Some are good, some are bad. Some countries have clearly taken care in the choice of colours, layout, and design. Others have been lazy, stolen the flags of their neighbours, or just designed flags that are clearly supposed to cause pain to those who look at them.

To my surprise, there is no international body responsible for upholding simple standards of vexillilic aesthetics. Nor do the UN or Interpol have the power to call in and punish those responsible for such atrocities as the Brazilian or Cypriot flags. I suppose there is probably a conspiracy of rich western nations (those with permanent seats on the UN security council, no doubt) to prevent such crimes from being brought to justice; however, in the meantime I am giving letter grades to the existing flags of the world.

The country flag above is Gambia. They got the highest score. I think it is fairly ugly.

Translations

How to say, “Oh my god! There’s an axe in my head,” in 102 languages.

“Won suripiria nemia voci ‘wonden divin’. Un chafergarbar i conboro wonden siras posi.”

“Boje moj! sjekira mi je u glavi.”

“Oi troi phat oi! Cai rua chem vo dau tui!”

etc, etc.

Network Outage

I don’t know why my host was down all morning but seems to be back up. Finally I can post.


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