March 28, 2002

[POLITICAL] - Chicken Hawks Defending

[POLITICAL] - Chicken Hawks Defending the Roost - is there somehting to the idea that the dreater the distance from the front line, the more vigorous one's attitude toward pursuing war? Check out Working For's article: 'Chicken Hawks' defend the roost
Where were 'war on terrorism's' shrillest cheerleaders when their country was calling?

Posted by James at 12:04 PM

March 27, 2002

[NEWS] - Dudley Moore Dies

[NEWS] - Dudley Moore Dies - I only knew him as "Arthur" and he was an unmistakable character. I had no idea about his musical talent until now. BBC News | Comedian Dudley Moore dies

It's odd to now be at an age where these iconic figures from the 80's are dying.

Posted by James at 3:58 PM

March 26, 2002

[RUNNING] - Running Calendar -

[RUNNING] - Running Calendar - Mike mentioned that the kick Sports site has a good race calendar. They're basically pointing to the Coolrunning race calendar. Coolrunning has a lot of good running-related stuff, including races and race results.

Posted by James at 4:53 PM

[HUMOR] - Register as a

[HUMOR] - Register as a Patriot! - Before someone gets the idea you are a traitor.Don't wait!

Posted by James at 4:11 PM

March 25, 2002

[MEDICAL] - Running is a

[MEDICAL] - Running is a Pain - Well, it is for me. I'm attempting to train as a beginner runner and around every turn I injure myself. Even starting out slowly. Luckily there are a number of books for runners that deal with injuries, and Maggie owns two decent ones. The Runner's Repair Manual is an oldie but a goodie, and Running Injury-Free is a newer book that has helped us out.

I found the following website which has a lot of the same advice: Kick! | Aches & Pains. It's a general running website, but the injury section is a good place to start. Even if you're not running, it's nice to know how to deal with some of these foot and leg problems. I've had plantar fascia problems long before I started running, so walkers and hikers can get decent advice here.

Posted by James at 8:34 AM

March 22, 2002

[DESIGN] - Designs that make

[DESIGN] - Designs that make you go "Hmmmmmm?" - Anyone remember The Design Of Everyday Things. I was very interested in Donald Norman's book back when I first saw it not only because designing for use is somehting we deal with all the time in software. It's also just plain fun to think about and criticise designs. And nothing is nicer than a good design that is gives you everything you need.

Patti sent along this site: Bad Designs which gives examples of poor designs in everyday life. We shouldn't settle for bad designs, we ought to call them out and talk about them. Otherwise we just get used to bad designs. We may learn to live with them, but they still expose us to greater possibility of costly errors and even injury.

For more talk about useability there is Jakob Nielsen's "" website. The focus there is on web design, but he sometimes wanders into other areas. Worth a look.

Posted by James at 11:02 AM

March 21, 2002

[WEIRD WIDE WEB] - Britney

[WEIRD WIDE WEB] - Britney on Semiconductors - Bizarre attempt to increse interest in semiconductors or some weird Britney Spears fetishist hobby? You decide. Britney Spears guide to Semiconductor Physics: semiconductor physics, Edge Emitting Lasers and VCSELs

Posted by James at 11:40 AM

March 20, 2002

[WORD FUN] - Words that

[WORD FUN] - Words that make you go - UGH! - Everyone has their word pet peeves. Here are a hundret mispronounced words and phrases from everyday English. Surely, your favorite is in here somewheres. No, those aren't from the list - I came up with them myself! What's your favorite? There are so many to choose from here in Southeastern Massachusetts. Someday I will start writing down the ones I hear most often.

Have I watched Pygmalion and My Fair Lady one too many times? Henry Higgins I ain't.

For now, we'll have to enjoy the " • 100 Most Often Mispronounced Words" Try saying them with a handful of marbles in your mouth.

Posted by James at 1:43 AM

March 18, 2002

[PERSONAL] - More on Maggie's

[PERSONAL] - More on Maggie's Race - Here's Maggie's Race Diary Entry for the New Bedford Half Marathon, complete with some video capture stills courtesy of my Father In Law.

[UPDATE] - City's race makes 2,255 winners: 3/18/02 - This is the New Bedford Standard Times story about the half marathon.

Posted by James at 12:32 AM

March 17, 2002

[PERSONAL] - Maggie's Race Day

[PERSONAL] - Maggie's Race Day !!!!!! - It went extremely well. Margaret's results are:

1308 Margaret Burke F 36 1:52:44 8:36 64/128 1112 Somerset MA

See the full listing here at Cool Running. Details and pix later...

Posted by James at 5:47 PM

[SKEPTIC] - Hoax History -

[SKEPTIC] - Hoax History - Hoaxes are fascinating to me, along with cons and scams. Here is a collection of hoaxes throughout history - A Museum of Hoaxes. These include academic hoaxes, like archaeology'sThe Piltdown Man to modern hoaxes like the "glitterati" hoax at the Toronto Film Festival 2000.

Why are these things so fascinating to me personally? I'm not entirely sure. I suppose that it is at least in part a marvel to me how people largely hoax themselves. Hoaxers rely on the "mark" or "sucker" to be an active participant. Usually scams involve greedy people. It's tough to cheat an honest man, as the saying goes, because many swindles involve a flavor of impropriety. This is also why many swindles don't get reported.

There is also an element of control involved, of will domination. Like stage hypnosis, the subject is a willing participant to the extent to which they are involved. Swindlers take advantage of the social patterns we all fall into, so analyzing scams involves a bit of introspection and separating yourself from these patterns, questioning them.

Posted by James at 5:31 PM

March 15, 2002

[NEWS] - Human Rights Standards,

[NEWS] - Human Rights Standards, Not So Important in Columbian Military Aid - Bush is going to ask congress to start funnelling more money to the Columbian military and forget human rights.

The Bush administration plans to ask Congress next week to remove all restrictions on U.S. military aid to Colombia, including those that limit assistance to counter-narcotics efforts, impose human rights standards on the Colombian military and cap the number of U.S. military personnel in the country, administration and congressional sources said.

The whole thing is disturbing, but if the Columbian military has so much trouble adhering to human rights, why do we want to give them more weapons, more power and a longer leash?
Broader aid for Colombia sought / Administration wants Congress to lift limits on U.S. involvement

Posted by James at 4:51 PM

[FUNNY] - The 101 Dumbest

[FUNNY] - The 101 Dumbest Moments in Business - I have to admit it. I love "dumb." Dumb moments in history, in business, stories of dumb criminals, you name it. Here's a list of the dumbest business decisions from Business 2.0.

It mentions Steve Ballmer's "monkey boy dance" incident. For sheer surreaility if you haven't already seen it, you must rush right out and see the video some creative Mac user made of the Steve Ballmer footage. It is entitled "Ballmerfunk Music Video".

Posted by James at 12:48 PM

[WEIRD] - Speaking of Ghost

[WEIRD] - Speaking of Ghost Photography - Here's an example of what's out there in the ghost photog world. I use this link as an example because the picture is obviously a photo taken by a child through a fish tank. He got his reflection, and a picture of a fish, which really gives it away. Look at the ridiculous discussion in the comments section of this page. There are people who are actually willing to believe that this is a ghostly picture. Despite that fish floating around to the right. Remarkable. Ghostly Boy or Double Exposure?

Posted by James at 12:44 PM

March 14, 2002

[PHILOSOPHY] - Are your beliefs

[PHILOSOPHY] - Are your beliefs consistent? - Battleground God puts you to the test. Answer the questions to determine whether your beliefs about god are internally consistent, or whether they logically contradict each other. I'm an agnostic with atheist leanings, but I try to be consistent.
Take the test and let me know whether an answer tripped you up!

Posted by James at 12:22 PM

[WEIRD] - Crazy Digital Camera

[WEIRD] - Crazy Digital Camera Returns From The Dead - When this fellow fished his camera from the bottom of a pond, he suspected it was a goner. Instead it is posessed. Read: Lawrence Journal-World: Unexpected images
A refreshing change from hoax ghost photography.

Posted by James at 12:01 PM

March 13, 2002

[FOOD] - Steak on the

[FOOD] - Steak on the cheap - I'd never heard of steak cut research before, but apparently some folk out there are experimenting with new types of steak cuts. he recent results are cheaper cuts of steak that are purportedly just as good as a New York Strip. The one that is getting the most attention is the "Flat Iron Steak." If your local market doesn't carry it yet, the following articles tells you how to but a cheap blade roast and cut one or two of these steaks yourself. The Flat Iron Steak
For more info: The Flat Iron Steak -- Merchandising Information and Cutting Instructions

Posted by James at 5:14 PM

[HUMOR] - What's wrong with

[HUMOR] - What's wrong with that guy? Is he blind or something? - On a tip I got from Patti I went looking and found this story about Bush's excitement upon seeing Stevie Wonder. Please click the link and just scroll to the bottom and read the last paragraph. Make sure you swallow your beverage first. One Toke Over the Harvard Line? (

Posted by James at 11:14 AM

March 12, 2002

[FINANCE] - Buying a car

[FINANCE] - Buying a car is a pain in the neck, but it doesn't have to be. - The Motley Fool has good car-buying advice on its website, including a method for negotiating a deal on your target car that doesn't even involve you leaving your house. This method separates you from nearly all of the pressure which takes place at the dealership. Check out: Buying a Car

Posted by James at 5:19 PM

March 11, 2002

[PERSONAL] - Margaret has entered

[PERSONAL] - Margaret has entered the New Bedford Half Marathon - So, my SO has progressed to the half-marathon. I'm still afraid to run more than 2.5 miles and aggravate my shins. I have a suspicion that I won't be running in any 5 mile race on the 4th, but we'll see what happens. Perhaps Maggie can motivate me with her success completing this 13.1 mile race on Sunday. Think of her on Sunday! : New Bedford Half Marathon (We're hoping there are no dogs on the course. At least Maggie is vaccinated now.)

Posted by James at 8:25 PM

March 10, 2002

[SCIENCE] - Closer To Truth

[SCIENCE] - Closer To Truth - Why Is Quantum Physics Beautiful? "Closer To Truth" has done a show on the beauty and applications of quantum physics. Five scientists discuss quantum physics in a way meant to explain its importance and elegance. The web link includes a link to the show itself which can be viewed online.

Posted by James at 7:58 PM

March 9, 2002

[MEDICINE] - A link between

[MEDICINE] - A link between dental hygiene and Diabetes - Most of the announcements of "there is a link between X and Y" aren't as surprising as this one - that there is a link between gum disease and diabetes. They are suggesting that dental hygiene may be a better factor in the onset of diabetes than age and obesity. Read about it at: Yahoo Reuters.

Posted by James at 12:03 PM

March 8, 2002

[SCIENCE] - Oops! Who says

[SCIENCE] - Oops! Who says science isn't self-correcting? - Recently, when some scientists announced that the universe was (overall) a turquoise color, they ment it to simply be a fun side detail in an otherwise serious report. Of course, colors are much more exciting than scientific numbers and measurements, so the media took the story and ran with it. But it turns out that the software doing the analysis was used incorrectly. The universe is actually more of an off-white cream color.

Perhaps this disturbs some people, but I find it reassuring that they are so willing to admit their mistake. Not everybody is like that.

For example, Enron has admitted that they spent at least 3 times the money they previously had acknowledged lobbying the White House and congress. I'm willing to bet that their clarification has something to do with how Bush has abandoned them. Still, no one at Enron is willing to sign off on this new announcement.

Posted by James at 3:37 PM

[WRITING] - A drug information

[WRITING] - A drug information resource for writers -

"The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (for ONDCP) has developed to present the latest drug-related information to entertainment writers and feature journalists. offers its audience of writers links to Web sites that offer detailed content on specific drugs and drug related issues."

Posted by James at 3:24 PM

[SCIENCE] - BBC News |

[SCIENCE] - BBC News | Robot sub finds Antarctic food stash - A team of scientists found a major reserve of krill which live beneath the Antarctic sea ice and act as a source of food for various marine animals.
Research like this makes me wonder about the fragility of our ecosystem. What if some climate change were to eliminate this source of food? What would the chain reaction be?

Posted by James at 11:38 AM | Comments (1)

March 7, 2002

[GAMES] - Talisman Circus is

[GAMES] - Talisman Circus is a free unofficial expansion set for Talisman. Remember Talisman? That goofy game where the object of the game was to gain access to the center of the board by getting a talisman, but sometimes it was just plain more fun to cause trouble to the other players.Check out the travelling circus ate this

Posted by James at 11:38 PM

[ENTERTAINMENT] - Undies switcheroo -

[ENTERTAINMENT] - Undies switcheroo - ABC is showing James Bond movies. But apparently someone has decided that the half-naked women often appearing in the films (well, Diamonds Are Forever for one) should have different colored underthings. Enter the magic of digital enhancement! The Smoking Gun has the story about ABC's digital manipulations, pictures included. If they really wanted to improve some of these films they would simply digitally replace Roger Moore with Sean Connery.

Posted by James at 12:42 PM

[HORRIFIC] A man was hit

[HORRIFIC] A man was hit by a car in Texas and got lodged in the windshield. The driver was a nurses aide. She drove back to her garage with him still impaled to the car and left him there where it took days for him to die. Occasionally she would come out to apologize.Bizarre details of man's death revealed

Posted by James at 10:56 AM

March 6, 2002

[WEIRD WIDE WEB] - Furnication

[WEIRD WIDE WEB] - Furnication - Where do you go when you want to see pictures of hot chair-on-chair action? You go to the Furniture Porn website, that's where. If pictures of furniture in the nude (unvarnished?) in unnatural positions with other furniture disturb you, surf elsewhere. NOTE: This site is slow to download, which tells me that this "scoop" is not an Aces Full of Links exclusive.

Posted by James at 11:25 AM

March 5, 2002

[HUMOR] - John Ashcroft -

[HUMOR] - John Ashcroft - Swingin' Attorney General?
Ashcroft Sings. Here we have the Smoking Gun website distributing mp3s of the Attorney General putting his whole heart and soul into a rousing tune - "Blessed Be That City."
While I appreciate his anti-materialistic message, I have to scratch my head at verses like:

We got hot-shot jocks explainin'
How eatin' right and trainin'
Gonna save you from yourself and make you free.

I thought eating right just made you healthy. Then again, I'm not one to listen to "hot-shot jocks, " so...
At any rate, the guy's voice isn't half bad. I would encourage the man to quit public servitude and seek opportunities in a boy band.
(While we're doing singing politicians, let's not leave out Jim Jeffords and The Singing Senators.)

Posted by James at 4:27 PM

[HUMOR] Rude Joke Of The

[HUMOR] Rude Joke Of The Day - Here is the rude and crude joke of the day, in the form of a JPEG. Don't click if you don't want to risk offense. Please, think of the kittens.

Posted by James at 2:52 PM

[SITE NEWS] - We now

[SITE NEWS] - We now have on-the-page comments! - Thanks to Mike for bringing YACCS to my attention. They are now hosting inline commenting on this site. A little more convenient than the forum, now if you want to comment on a specific story, just click on the "Comments" link. The link also lists how many comments have already been made. Other readers will see your comments in context when they click the link after reading the story. Neato!

Posted by James at 12:51 PM

[WEIRD] - Steve Burns (formerly

[WEIRD] - Steve Burns (formerly "Steve" of Blue's Clues) has his own web page promoting his new projects. The main one is an album of music calles "Songs For Dust Mites." The sample songs are odd, in a neat way. See Steve without hair!
Steve's Web Page: The Main Central Page With All the Doings

Posted by James at 12:27 PM

March 4, 2002

[FRIENDS] - Mike has a

[FRIENDS] - Mike has a weblog! He calls it Random Noise. I now have some motivation to start a list of other weblogs. Also, he's got a cool comments system that I am going to steal for "AcesFull" when I get the time.

[Ed. Mike long ago moved his blog to curious frog. Someone else has Random Noise]

Posted by James at 12:05 PM

March 3, 2002

[HUMOR] - Art for the

[HUMOR] - Art for the lowest moments - The Museum of Depressionist Art is a collection of... well, let me allow it to describe itself:

As all collections profit from a common theme, the Mumblestoats decided to specialize in the art of the Depressionist school, which most other museums rejected as being too miserable, dejected and hopeless to warrant space on a wall.

Depressionism, according to the landmark Johnson & Jansen "Big Book o' Art Stuff," is not limited to a single place or time. Instead it reflects the low point of an otherwise highly regarded artist's career.

One of my faves from the collection is Young Girl With An Attitude. And who could forget The Heartbreak of Genetic Engineering.

Posted by James at 3:18 AM

March 2, 2002

[FUN] - Aspiring alphabet creator?

[FUN] - Aspiring alphabet creator? - Here's just the thing for you. It will guide you through a number of steps to randomply generate an alphabet resulting in a real TrueType font all your own. Hours of good, clean fun. The Alphabet Synthesis Machine. Requires Java.

Posted by James at 5:36 PM

[BOOKS] - A classic tale

[BOOKS] - A classic tale of a bully's comeuppance - Mr. Bear Squash-You-All-Flat. After many years of being out of print (apparently surviving original printings are going for $300) they're reprinting it with comments from the author and a foreword by Gary Larson. I have huge fond memories of this book! Anyone else remember it?

Posted by James at 2:38 PM

March 1, 2002

[SKEPTIC] - Scientology's manipulation of

[SKEPTIC] - Scientology's manipulation of Google - "While the Church of Scientology is merely one of thousands of entities attempting to manipulate its rankings in Google and other search engines, unlike the others, Scientology has managed effectively to subvert the PageRank™ technology and elect itself supreme." : "Scientology" and Google

Posted by James at 9:01 PM

[FUNNY] - The wit and

[FUNNY] - The wit and wisdom of Prince Phillip - Duke of Edinburgh - Read the quotes for a laugh.

Posted by James at 12:34 PM

[AMAZING] - Marine crisis averted

[AMAZING] - Marine crisis averted - This is a tale told in pictures of a boat about to make impact with a drawbridge that failed to open, and how it escaped, just barely. Towboat Limbo
-UPDATE- A backup link for the same pictures.

Posted by James at 11:51 AM