I was talking on Thursday night about how the Internet is enabling The Long Tail. Disintermediation is allowing small, specialized producers to deal directly with their far-flung customers.
Today I tripped over a perfect example: Mr. McGroovy’s sells “box rivets”. These are small plastic fasteners designed to hold cardboard together in building projects. You know, fire trucks, castles, submarines, etc. for kids to play in :-).
Now this is a specialty market! But his website doesn’t just have the product; he has free plans, and details on how to easily get large cardboard boxes (and how to load them into your car!). Very well done, and an excellent example.
posted at 10:31 am on Sunday, November 05, 2006 in Links, Odd | Comments Off on Mr. McGroovy’s
I know my priorities are messed up.
My biggest nagging worry about global climate change is that Americans are going to flee northwards. Into Canada. Bringing their ideology (and idiocy) with them.
Wouldn’t that keep you awake at night?
posted at 12:37 pm on Thursday, July 07, 2005 in Current Events, Odd, Random Thoughts | Comments (1)
What a fabulous idea! Works for airplane tickets and passports and similar items, too…
So, you’re going to a ticketed event, like a concert or a ball game. It’s out of town. You’re carpooling with four other people. How do you ensure that everyone in the car has their ticket with them?
The car doesn’t move until each person takes out their ticket and holds it to their forehead.
(quoted from 43 Folders: The Forehead Ticket Trick)
posted at 10:51 pm on Monday, January 03, 2005 in Favourites, Links, Odd | Comments Off on The Forehead Ticket Trick
posted at 10:11 pm on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 in Links, Odd | Comments (1)
“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist waits and expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails.”
(Seen at adventure journalist : the notebook)
posted at 11:31 pm on Sunday, June 13, 2004 in Odd | Comments (1)
Just in case you ever wanted to know, The Straight Dope brings us:
When the zombies take over, how long till the electricity fails?
How long the power supply would last in the most critical zombie situation depends on two key factors %u2013 first, how long a given power plant can operate without human intervention, and second, how long before enough power plants fail to bring down the entire transmission grid. I’ll ignore the side issues of whether the zombies would want to try to run the power plant themselves, or if they would be a union or non-union shop.
(If you’re lazy, the answer appears to be that:
within 4-6 hours there would be scattered blackouts and brownouts in numerous areas, within 12 hours much of the system would be unstable, and within 24 hours most portions of the United States and Canada, aside from a rare island of service in a rural area near a hydroelectric source, would be without power. Some installations served by wind farms and solar might continue, but they would be very small. By the end of a week, I’d be surprised if more than a few abandoned sites were still supplying power.
posted at 8:33 pm on Sunday, June 13, 2004 in Gaming, Links, Odd | Comments (1)
My MP3 player on shuffle mode just played Don McClean – American Pie and Weird Al Yankovic – The Saga Begins back to back…
posted at 1:44 pm on Thursday, February 12, 2004 in Odd | Comments (1)
I’m not entirely sure what to think of this:
He built a computer to propose to his girlfriend; the case (and interior!) are decorated in a bridal theme. It’s actually pretty cool as a craft project, but a computer? I dunno…
I guess the important part is that she said yes :-)
posted at 10:05 am on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 in Odd | Comments (1)
In a wide ranging discussion about Genesis, M. comes up with:
that doesn’t mean God didn’t create gravity, it just means He didn’t document it!
posted at 8:36 pm on Thursday, January 08, 2004 in Odd | Comments (1)
So the amazon.ca package tracker says I should expect to receive my shipment between the 8th and 14th of January.
It was sitting in my mailbox when I got home today.
I’m off to (finally) watch the Firefly pilot… <grin>
posted at 9:29 pm on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 in Odd | Comments Off on amazon.ca shipping
I’m a beer drinker, and I love bocks. So when I received this in an e-mail message, I loved it, and I have to share:
Monks in Germany began brewing bock beers back in the 1500s’. They used the full-bodied libations to fortify themselves while fasting during Lent. But along with caloriesâ€¦ bock beers contain a lot of alcohol.
One abbot was concerned that the merriment caused by the potent brew might be sacrilegious, and sent a barrel to Rome, asking for guidance.
The cardinals – wine drinkers allâ€”found the bitter brew unappealing. They not only decided the monks could continue to make their beerâ€¦ they commended them for being willing to drink such awful stuff as a way to pay for their sins.
(forwards lost to antiquity, sadly).
posted at 10:11 pm on Monday, November 03, 2003 in Odd | Comments Off on Beer: Truly a Blessed Beverage!
From ryochiji’s blog:
I accidentally ran over my PowerBook with my dad’s SUV today.
It’s not very often that someone gets to say that. But perhaps what’s even more surprising is the fact that I’m writing this on that very same PowerBook. Hold a 12” PowerBook G4 and you can just tell it’s sturdy. It’s thin, but not flimsy, and the aircraft-grade aluminum case makes it feel like a lump of metal, rather than a sophisticated high-tech gadget.
If I ran over my Acer, there’d be a pile of pieces on the ground. While the lid is wrapped in metal, the rest of the system is plastic case and layers of circuit board…
posted at 3:47 pm on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 in Humour, Links, Odd, Personal | Comments Off on Macs are Tough, Too!
Critters’ Journey a Lesson in Currents”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5445-2003Aug30.html
Back in 1992, a violent storm tossed 20 containers of rubber duckies off the back of a cargo ship halfway between China and Seattle, and they were quickly presumed lost at sea. Instead, it appears the castaways embarked on an epic 11-year swim across three oceans and half the globe.
A couple of researchers have taken the opportunity, and are using duck sightings to update their computer models. Cool!
[ Title and link shamelessly swiped from Brian Dickson. ]
posted at 11:51 am on Sunday, August 31, 2003 in Odd | Comments (1)
The Zombie Infection Simulation would normally go in the sideblog, but it’s just so cute that I had to put it here instead. Go play with it.
(There’s a version where the humans fight back, which seems just as inevitable but leaves lots of dead bodies lying around :-)
posted at 11:29 am on Thursday, August 28, 2003 in Odd | Comments (1)
posted at 4:36 pm on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 in Odd | Comments Off on Hair
Mark Pilgrim is evil. (or is that E-Ville?)
My eyes hurt.
posted at 3:15 pm on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 in Odd | Comments Off on Matchmaker
The Blog of Jvstin → Ones and Zeros → Nail Tinted Glasses → Dean’s World
The Monty Hall problem is simple:
You find yourself on a game show called “Let’s Make A Deal.” The game is very simple. There are three doors: door #1, door #2, and door #3. Behind one door is a million dollars. The other two doors contain worthless joke prizes. All you have to do is pick which door you want to open, and you get whatever is behind it. But you only get to open one door. By simple math, then, you obviously have a 1 in 3 chance of picking the correct door and becoming an instant millionaire.
You pick a door. As soon as you tell Monty (the gameshow host) what door you want to open, he stops and says, “Okay, you’ve made your choice. Now, I’m going to do what we always do here on this game. I’m going to open one of the other two doors for you that I know has a booby prize.” And he does so. Then he asks, “Okay, now, would you like to stay with your original guess, or would you like to switch to the other door that’s still closed? You only get one shot, so do you want to stay with your original choice, or switch?”
Here’s the question: is there any compelling reason to switch doors?
The answer is surprising!
posted at 1:39 pm on Thursday, April 10, 2003 in Odd | Comments (9)
In Bits and pieces [dive into mark] , Mark writes that he has installed an OpenLDAP server and software to manage his contact lists, “For fun”.
(In 1995, my dog had an e-mail address and a home page; in 2003, she was the first entry in my LDAP directory. This we call progress.)
Sounds exactly like something I would do. persephone.cfrq.net is primarily an excuse for me to play with technology, after all. (In fact, stay tuned; LAMP ganglist software is currently undergoing a security audit on my laptop :-)
posted at 12:21 pm on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 in Odd | Comments Off on I’m not the only one playing with technology
It’s snowing. A lot. The roads are treacherous.
Happy April Fool’s Day…
posted at 9:13 am on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 in Odd | Comments (1)
From Jim O’Halloran’s Weblog :
In March, 1999, a man living in Kandos (near Mudgee in NSW) received a bill for his as yet unused gas line stating that he owed $0.00. He ignored it and threw it away. In April he received another bill and threw that one away too.
The story has a happy ending, which surprised me until I realised that it occured in Australia. I wonder if the outcome would have been as positive if the situation had occured in the United States or Canada?
posted at 11:36 am on Friday, March 28, 2003 in Odd | Comments (1)