Sunday, January 23, 2005

Late Night King Dead - Long Live Carnac the Magnificent

qv: Yahoo News - Johnny Carson Dies at 79

Hey Monkey boy!

From IT Conversations:
Frans de Waal tries to convince us that we're all apes and that there's little difference between us except that we walk on two legs. At first you think hes joking. Perhaps not. A global ethologist and zoologist, de Waal is best known for his work on the social intelligence of primates.

qv: IT Conversations - Frans de Waal, Comparative Primatologist

Vitali Klitschko says he would relish a rematch with Lennox Lewis

"I've had to listen to a lot of rubbish from Klitschko and he is starting to get on my nerves."
-Lennox Lewis

qv: BBC SPORT | Boxing | Klitschko 'happy to fight Lewis'

Police hunt poo protesters

Police in Germany are hunting pranksters who have been sticking miniature US flags into piles of dog poo in public parks.

Josef Oettl, parks administrator for Bayreuth, said: "This has been going on for about a year now, and there must be 2,000 to 3,000 piles of excrement that have been claimed during that time."

qv: Ananova: Police hunt poo protesters

Saturday, January 22, 2005

I think I know this guy...

A Czech man is being taken to court after he hid in a restaurant washroom until the employees had left and then hooked up beer kegs directly to his mouth.

qv: Oddly Enough - Reuters

Kinky Friedman to announce bid for Texas Governorship

Kinky Friedman, author of Kinky Friedman's Guide to Texas Etiquette and 'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out : Reflections on Country Singers, Presidents, and Other Troublemakers is confirmed to appear on MSNBC's 'Imus Show' on February 3rd to announce his candidacy for the Texas governorship.

From Kinky's Campaign:
I'm a Jew, I'll hire good people.

If elected, I would ask Willie Nelson to be the head of the Texas Rangers and Laura Bush to take charge of education in the state. I'd ask my Palestinian hairdresser, Farouk Shami, to be Texas ' ambassador to Israel . We've worked together to create Farouk & Friedman olive oil. The oil comes from the Holy land and all of the profits go to benefit Israeli and Palestinian children.


Friday, January 21, 2005

A Rotary Portable Cell Phone Is (Re-)Born

The clever minds at Spark Fun Electronics have converted a 1950s style rotary phone into a battery powered cell phone. There is a complete description of the project on their website. Tres cool...

qv: Spark Fun Electronics - Portable Rotary Cellular Phone

How to Podcast RIAA Music Under License

Bret Fausett discusses the ins and outs of licensing music for use in a podcast.

qv: Bret Fausett's Internet Printing Press

The Pentagon's New Map - Thomas Barnett

In a speech outlining the topics in his book "The Pentagon's New Map," Thomas Barnett discusses how disconnectedness from the global economy leads to violence and how the American military is unprepared to accomplish its new mission in the world.

From IT Conversations:
Professor Thomas P.M. Barnett is a Senior Strategic Researcher in the Warfare Analysis & Research Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, U.S. Naval War College. Currently, Thomas is on temporary assignment as the Assistant for Strategic Futures, Office of Force Transformation (OFT), Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he is working with OFT Director Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski (USN, ret.) on a cluster of strategic concepts that link change in the international security environment to the imperative of transforming U.S. military capabilities to meet future threats.

qv: IT Conversations: Thomas Barnett
qv: The Pentagon's New Map - Storyboard

Got Bugs?

Every Tuesday, the bug guys, Eric Benson & Cam Lay talk to callers about what's bugging them. Topics range from lady bugs to water bugs, bed bugs to spiders. Their approach is whimsical and fun, and through the magic of the web, you can listen to past shows via their archives.
This podcast is WMA not MP3. It might not play on all devices.

qv: Your Day Radio Program

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qv: Download iPodder at

Smoke :: A Podcast By Phil Yanov

This is a sample podcast I have prepared. It is 30 minutes of cigars, technology, and whatever else I could think of. (Click on the title of this post to download the audio directly.)

The Medici Effect

The Medici Effect has been named an Amazon Editor's Pick - One of the Top 10 Best Business Books in 2004. In it, the author explores how exploring the intersection of widely divergent fields can bring about dramatic innovation.

From IT Conversations:
Moira Gunn interviews Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect, who shares his perspective on innovation today, a spark not unlike the remarkable developments the world witnessed at the time of the Medici.

qv: IT Conversations: Frans Johansson
qv: The Medici Effect Website

This Blog Is Now Podcasting...

I went to the websites, read the directions, followed them, and have now tested ths feed fore podcasting. It works. Use the links on the right hand side of the page to receive the RSS 2.0 feeds for this blog and add them to iPodder.

qv: How To Podcast With Blogger
qv: RSS 2.0 XML Feed for this Blog with Podcast

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

May The Spud Be With You

Falling to the temptations of the evil Emperor, MR. POTATO HEAD is adopting a new look and heading over to the dark side of The Force! Hasbro is launching a new MR. POTATO HEAD figure, Darth Tater. Available at stores nationwide in February, DARTH TATER comes complete with lightsaber, cape, helmet, shoes, eyes, nose, teeth and more. The figure will retail for approximately $7.99.
qv: Hasbro Introduces New MR. POTATO HEAD As Darth Vader

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

IT Conversations - Richard Florida

Richard Florida is the voice in the wilderness of the new economy. He reminds us of what has made America great and warns us that we are letting it slip away.
The title of this entry is linked directly to the mp3 file on IT Conversations. I did this so it would be picked up by any podcast software you might be running. If it doesn't work, click on the link below.

qv: IT Conversations: Richard Florida

Sunday, January 02, 2005

I want to thank my hard drive for remembering me...

What I did for Christmas Holiday...

On Christmas Eve day my laptop's hard drive ground to an ugly halt. Since then, I have been working hard to get a replacement drive, install it, restore my backups, and then recover from the stuff that doesn't want to restore the way I thought it should. It is now Sunday, January 2, 2005 and my computer once again remembers me. I am delighted at the progress while somewhat disappointed at the amount of effort that has been required to get this far.

A full report to follow...