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Things I've Found 41 (Themes? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Themes!)—2/10/2005

by Mark Rose

Ever wonder what are the oldest dotcom domains? This link will tell you what you need to know. http://www.jottings.com/100-oldest-dot-com-domains.htm (although grebyn.com doesn't seem to be active any more).

I have trouble enough with contemporary appliances but if I had bucks, I'd be buying Vintage Stoves: http://www.vintagestoves.com/

The title says it all: An Assessment of the Impact of the Earthquake and Tsunami of December 26, 2004 on South and Southeast Asia from the Asian Development Bank. It's an interesting 10-page PDF report: http://www.adb.org/Documents/Others/Tsunami/impact-earthquake-tsunami.pdf

Keep September 11, 2005 open on your calendar. It's the 12th Annual Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship: http://www.goldenspurtle.com/

Surely you have wanted a list of novels featuring mathematics as their main theme? Surely, you need to look at Mathematical Fictions: http://math.cofc.edu/faculty/kasman/MATHFICT/default.html

Twinkies in the shape of sushi, complete with recipe. I feel queasy. http://www.twinkies.com/recipebox/index.asp?cmd=view&id=84

Fairness in Video Search: A couple of issues ago, I touted Yahoo's video search which searches video clips throughout the Web. Google has countered with a video search that is specific to references within television shows. This is actually pretty powerful and cool. I searched for "miniature golf" (as is my wont) and found a reference to it in a King of the Hill episode. Click on the link and you get key frames and the script itself. While the video isn't yet downloadable (most won't be from the major networks except for news clips), it's still a wonderful research vehicle (although it only goes back to December 2004 -- keep it around for future reference). http://video.google.com/

Why Taxonomy Is Important: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050129/ap_on_sc/jumping_mouse (I'll leave this without comment but if you have always loved the Endangered Species Act, or if you've always opposed it, this is a story you need to read.)

I never played the board game Fireball Island. http://www.x-entertainment.com/articles/0924/. Now I must do so, and soon.

Groff's, Gibble's, Martin's, Herr's, Utz, Middleswarth, Troyer Farms, Old Dutch, these are all different potato chip brands that you can buy in any grocery store in central and northern Pennsylvania. That's 8 different brands just off the top of my head. How many can you get in Seattle? 2 -- Tim's and the Ruffles/Lays conglomerate. That's pathetic. Well, a new brand has crept into 7-11 markets and it's called...wait for it....RapSnacks! Oh Lord. Yes, it's "The Official Snack of Hip-Hop!" Check out: http://www.rapsnacks.com and view the odd intro of a boy crawling out of a sewer to eat potato chips. Each bag features an actual hip-hop artist, and contains a bunch of cheesey and cheezy snacks from Southern Crunk BBQ potato chips to Ms. Toy's "Sweeties." I had a bag of the BBD Back at the Ranch chips and they weren't half-bad, not as heavily flavored as Tim's and not as greasy and bland as a Lay's chip. Interesting.

Freecycle is a way to reduce waste and provide a home for unwanted merchandise like furniture, computers, etc. Of course, you can also donate items to the various drive-by charitable organizations but if you want to go high tech, try it this way: http://www.freecycle.org/

You missed the International Snow Sculpture Championships. Let's go next year. Of course, we might want to start practicing if we have to compete with these winners: http://www.themoens.com/Photos/Events/snowSculpture/overview.htm. Or maybe we should just go to the Sapporo Snow Festival (no photos as far as I could see): http://www.snowfes.com/english/index_e.html

The World of Napkins: http://napkins.czi.cz/. You think I'm kidding, don't you? How about the preservation of historic traffic control devices? http://www.signalfan.com/. I can go on like this forever, or better yet, just start here: http://www.unusualmuseums.org/ and visit a LOT of odd places.

Would you like a newspaper made entirely of gold? http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12136486-23109,00.html

Public education -- I'm against it. Why? Because you have very odd people serving as educators. Better to learn by yourself. Here's an example from Missouri. Kid finds a gun on the street while waiting for his bus, takes it to school and immediately hands it to the principal. Kid gets suspended for a day. Yeah, that makes sense. http://www.kctv5.com/Global/story.asp?S=2889805&nav=1PubVshc