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Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Vegetarian Ham is made with Tofu. It's not the lifestyle choice of a pig.
Now you can buy that T-Shirt you saw on That 70's Show.
qbSearch lets you search multiple search engines and put all the search results on one page. One really long page. As you read all the search results, you can select the pages you want to visit. After you've selected all the pages, qbSearch will display them all on one really long page.
HBO Comedy and The ComedyLab want you to e-mail a friend a joke in your voice!
Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones along with two body doubles have enjoyed a naked jacuzzi party. I wonder if Catherine Zeta-Jones' body double is dating?
Off On A Tangent welcomes readers of User Friendly. Thanks for picking us as Link of the Day.
You are sex-typed in neither direction. You are androgynous.
Weblogs, what are they good for?

While you're at it, check out Track 1 from Edwin Starr.

Tuesday, February 27, 2001

Ed Toutant was recently on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. He got this question wrong.
Scientists in England recently genetically altered what vegetable so it glows when it needs water?
Biz Stone found this cool link to a list of TV drama pilots for 2001-02 and posted it on

Creepy Steve's Pick's To Click on TV for 2001-2001
Darren Star, Jeff Rake
Young people working in L.A. beachfront hotel
Creepy Steve: Darren Star, young people, L.A., Beachfront. Works for me.

Paramount Steven Bochco, Allison Cross
Kim Delaney in legal drama
Creepy Steve: Kim Delaney works for me.

20th Imagine Joel Surnow, Bob Cochran
Assassination attempt unfolds in real time over 24 episodes
Creepy Steve: Joel Surnow works for me.

Fair Play
Warner Bros. Sally Robinson, Alan Barnett
Peta Wilson as female criminologist
Creepy Steve: Peta Wilson works for me.

Dead Zone
Lions Gate Television Michael Piller, Shawn Piller
Adaptation of Stephen King novel
Creepy Steve: Stephen King works for me.

Warner Bros. M. Millar, A. Gough, M. Tollin, B. Robbins
Young "Superman"
Creepy Steve: Superman works for me.
How many times do I have to tell you not to leave your files in the driveway!
As of March 5th, 2001, Driveway will discontinue all file sharing and storage services. We have appreciated your support and use of Driveway. Effective immediately, Driveway is no longer accepting new user registrations, file uploads or purchases of additional space. After March 5th, 2001, you will no longer be able to access any files stored at
WriteTheWeb: because the web is not read-only. It's more like COBOL, read a record, write a record.
I hope you are enjoying your visit to Off On A Tangent. We like to post the best new links on the Internet for you. Links that you haven't seen before. Sometimes you'll see new sites that are a waste of time like We do not provide links to silly web sites like is a total waste of time. entices you to visit her web site with promises of live pictures. She writes stupid poetry like, "Sports can make you wear glasses". Do not go to If you go to all you will get are thinly veiled promotional statements to get you to go visit Don't go there either.

Monday, February 26, 2001

Am I ANNOYING or NOT? has a new look! Tony Randall? Hmmm.
Here Kitty Kitty. Wait! No! DO NOT GO NEAR THE POOL! AAAAARGH!
Should your cat fall into water by accident, some symptoms of drowning are: gurgling noises, gasping for breath, clawing wildly, or gagging - even if the cat is already out of the water. To resuscitate your cat, place him on a flat surface, open his mouth, pull the tongue forward, and clear away any debris in his mouth. If he's still in distress, hold him by his hind legs and gently swing him back and forth in an attempt to clear the water from his lungs and stomach.
There are more helpful tips like this at

I am a woman. Are you?

Get out your camera and pose.

Say pants to poverty.

They seethru stuff over there in the UK.

Give each contestant a gun and see who survives.

Dear Mr. President...

Old double hung windows with pulleys are fine. Do not buy replacement windows.

Saturday, February 24, 2001

Hi. I'm S.T.E.V.E.: Synthetic Technician Engineered for Violence and Exploration
As Jung pointed out in Der Sechsmilliondeutchmarkmann, we all have within our souls to desire to know what our names would stand for if we were cyborgs.
Teddy Tenenbaum is writing the script for a Land of the Lost movie:
"Teddy Tenenbaum originally played Augustus Gloop in "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Since that time, he has been trying desperately to repair the image of German children. He spends much of his time at Bavarian fat farms for youngsters, leading the little schnitzels in rousing renditions of "I am Woman" and playing exciting games of chance where the rewards are marzipan Oompah-Loompahs ("How ve love to bite zeir little heads off!") and the punishments are midnight jogs in the wolf-infested Black Forest. He would like to thank his wife for supporting him through the difficult Jenny Craig years and God for not smiting him."

Friday, February 23, 2001

I'm happy because I made my first sale on ebay.

It went so well, I'm putting more stuff up there, starting with some Elvis Costello, Blondie and Sex Pistols Buttons. Take a look!
A bluishorange crack in the ice in Massachusetts.
Am I dotDoomed Or Not?
Now you can own Qui-Gon Jinn's lightsaber
The lightsaber is the weapon of the Jedi, and is also used by the evil Sith. It has been described as an "elegant" weapon, since using a lightsaber requires great skill and talent. Only those that use the Force are able to use a lightsaber properly.

During production of "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace", the Prop Department crafted a number of lightsabers for Liam Neeson to use as his character, Qui-Gon Jinn. When the saber is not in use, the lightsaber handle hangs from Qui-Gon Jinn's belt. When activated for battle, the blade appears. While filming the movie, Liam Neeson used this lightsaber with a brightly-colored rod attached. The rod was later replaced for the final film with a brilliant glow by the digital animators at Industrial Light & Magic.
Microsoft says what we're all thinking. Also be sure to check out the copyright search page. Don't forget to click the submit button.

Editors Note: Children under 13 should get permission from their mommy or daddy before clicking on Richard's post.
Joe Lavin finds a golden dollar
I ended up at the US Mint's web site, which offers free shipping on all golden dollars. It sounds like a great deal, but there's only one problem. The Mint is selling a roll of 25 golden Sacagawea dollars for -- get this -- $35.50.

Thursday, February 22, 2001

We all thought it was pretty funny that the company that made the chopsticks we got at lunch was called Well Luck Co Inc. Our laughter soon turned to shock when we searched for them on the web and found that they have problems with the FDA for their handling of Straw Mushrooms, 2,216 cases, more or less. Good luck to them.
Los Angeles Madonna Convention. In lieu of the star herself, Viva, said to be Madonna's favorite impersonator will appear.
Jennifer Lopez has a new boyfriend. They are in Sydney together. She demands a lot while traveling:
$16,000 worth of scented candles specially made in a New York boutique.

40 roses in her bathtub at all times and perfume sprayers to scent the air she breathes with her favourite brand of perfume.
Peter Pan's Home Page. He's a very silly boy who likes to dress up.

Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Four cute Norwegian Forest Cats.
Six Degrees of Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Coelacanth lives! at metababy.
Metababy is an experiment in collaboration, a Web site created by its visitors. You're welcome to post anything you want on Metababy, and anybody else is free to change it.
I made this too. The pages you make can be edited by anyone, so what I created might be different by the time you get there.
Now you can get 250 free full color business cards at
My VW New Beetle had a flat tire this morning. When I opened the trunk to get out my spare tire, I was surprised to find a full size spare. They are about as rare as the coelacanth, once thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs, but discovered alive and well in 1938. Today you can buy a coelacanth keychain. Here's a nice coelacanth stamp from Madagaskar.
The Goatee Gallery is the Link of the Day over at User Friendly.
Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: My Glamorous Life
Miss Prendergast stood with her back to the chalkboard. "Today, class, we are going to talk about Web Design," she said.
I guess I have to get the book, to see if the graphic on my business card looks like a drawing in Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Bonsai Kitten
Initial insertion, kitten was injected with 2mg equivalent dosage of Valium via Ketamine after 12 hr fasting regimen. Notice pre-drilled side hole for ventilation/feeding tube.
VH1 has quietly replaced their atWork LIVE Radio with an audio stream. That's why your old links don't work anymore. I'll miss Maria Chambers the most. She rocked!
JustKim.Com. Sometimes you browse the web and follow links to sites and just keep following links. Other times you stop on a site and start reading. You get hooked because the writer is really sharing herself. She's not like us.

Tuesday, February 20, 2001

Craig Venter's Side of the Genome Story
On a return trip from Japan early in his career while working for the National Institutes of Health in the late nineties, Venter, lacking a book or movie to distract him, figured out he needed to stockpile cDNA (DNA clones) in order to sequence genes.
Moral of the story: Next time you take an airplane flight, don't bring a book.
The Bender File from The Futurama Chronicles.
Without Reservation : The Making of America's Most Powerful Indian Tribe and Foxwoods, the World's Largest Casino
The Mashantucket Pequot tribe of Connecticut were nearly penniless just a couple of decades ago. Today, they are the richest tribe in America and owners of the world's largest gambling casino. And, writes Jeff Benedict, their wealth is based on a fraud.
MTV has a Casting Call for new talent. Well, not really talent...
We're looking for energetic, spontaneous people who dream of FAME and FORTUNE and would do anything to be their favorite rock star... NO TALENT REQUIRED.
The Internet Public Library.
CIA teaches kids not to use drugs. This program was sponsored by illicit CIA drug trafficking.
67 GTO. I drove this car my senior year in high school.
This flavored beer tastes lemon-limey.

Sunday, February 18, 2001

Friday, February 16, 2001

Send some photomotage e-cards. Check out the Sitcom faces and TV Toys.
Build a website.
Microsoft did it again for their new OS, Windows XP.

The only thing original on Windows XP is the 'P'.
What time is it in Sydney Australia?
The Movie Review Query Engine provides more movie reviews than you could possibly ever need.
Moss Designs. Wow! What a store.
Now you can have Mr. Wakeup give you a morning wakeup call.
Here's a breakthrough in Internet advertising, Shoshkeles! Probably the worst development since the creation of banner ads from a user perspective. The technology is cool, but there's no way to shut these things off. They make noise. The only good thing I have to say is that the talking M&M sounds a bit like Bobcat Goldthwait. He's engaged to Nikki Cox.

Thursday, February 15, 2001

The iRobot is a physical web avatar - a remote presence that you control. It's a is great way to visit with elderly or house bound relatives. Converse with them and keep them company.
Want to get a good deal on a laptop? Read the computer ads very carefully. If you buy a laptop computer at Circuit City, it costs you $799.99 after rebates. A savings of $600. That's because the original price was $1,399 less a $400 Compuserve Rebate less a $100 Circuit City Bonus Mail-In Rebate less a $100 Instant Rebate, which gets you to $799. Now you are locked into a 36 month contract with Compuserve at $21.95 per month which equals an additional $790.20, after 3 years. So after you pay $799 and add the Compuserve price of $790.20, you have paid $1,589.20. That's $190.20 more than the original list price. Oh yeah, the $100 Mail in rebate is a credit in the form of a Circuit City Merchandise Card.
Here's a very interesting page full of news from DEMO 2001.
Lemon squeezer of aluminium casting.
Go get some HTML Goodies like: JavaScript, Perl & CGI, Tables, Backgrounds , Forms, Frames, Image Maps, Images, Colors, Buttons, HTML 4.0, Webmaster Tips, Reference Pieces, Style Sheets, JavaScripting, Java Applets, CGI Scripting, DHTML / Layers, ASP, and XML.
I was driving down Route 1, looked over, and saw you driving your '67 Red Mustang. I smiled and you smiled back. I tried to keep up with you, but my little VW Beetle couldn't keep up. I think there might be some chemistry between us. I wrote down your license plate number and sent you an email at I'm not a stalker or anything. I just think it might be fun to get together for some drinks or something. It's ok with my wife, as long as I get home in time for dinner.
Headline Spot.
My first ebay auction: eBay item 1410369874 (Ends Feb-22-01 06:44:52 PST) - The Clash - Set of 4 New Wave Buttons/Pinback
The Kodak mc3 takes videos and digital pictures, and plays music . The videos takes up 4 seconds per MB. So a one minute video takes up 15 MB. I wonder if Kodak is planning to go into the razor blade business too?

Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Now you can find out if that movie is worth seeing. You can also stop by metacritic too!
Now there's a Five Star Hotel on the web where you can become a little pixel person and chat with others from around the world. This is amazing!
Soylent Green is People! [ via ]
President Bush's Palm.
Bill Clinton dances to Jailbreak (funny), then hosts a game show where the contestants get a presidential pardon if they answer the questions correctly. Nicely done Flash Annimation.
BlogFinder searches tons of Blogs for whatever you ask it to search for.
Flounder's JavaScript Mission Statement Generator. Very cool. Click re-load/refresh to see a new, random corporate mission statement.
Jim Kent developed the Human Genome Browser Gateway in four weeks. It is estimated that it would have taken a team of 5-10 programmers 6 months to a year to get it done. This just proves, once again, that one exceptional programmer is better than a roomfull of average ones.

Monday, February 12, 2001

It was strange at work today without email.

Someone in the office opened up an attachment to the new Anna virus. It looks like this:
Subject: Here you have, ;o)
Body: Hi: Check This!
Attached: AnnaKournikova.jpg.vbs

I resorted to printing out web pages and walking into offices to discuss our web development efforts. SneakerNet Lives!

If you're interested in Anna Kournikova, she likes Omega watches.
So the guy who runs F*ck*d Company decided to start a new web site for him and his friends to talk about all the stuff that people are afraid to hear. It's at
You can track airline flights in real time with flightTRACKER. I think it's the coolest site on the web.
Learn to juggle from The Juggle Master. [ via The Ultimate Insult ]
The Sun's features Jakki's Bedroom among other things.
Soul of the Web celebrates and introduces all of us to personal web sites we might otherwise have missed.
Single malt Scotch whisky tastes better than blended.

Saturday, February 10, 2001

I just heard about a food lovers website. So I went there and found a page about Christmas Beer. Interesting if you want to see what they all taste like. I've been drinking Red Rack Ale from the Woodstock Brewery this weekend. Good stuff, born in 1995.

Thursday, February 08, 2001

Goo Goo Ga Ga. Babies are now holding their own press conferences.
Drew Barrymore screams with pleasure as she is kissed by male Harvard University Hasty Pudding Theatricals President Christopher Hans, left, and Vice President Michael Roiff, right, while being paraded through Harvard Square in Boston.
Aol Technica: The internet moron's resource.
A lot of you have written in asking "What the heck is the back button for?"
How to make money with an online news web site. multimedia is whipped cream, not ice cream, and should be served sparingly -- if at all.
Bye-bye Baywatch.
Random slashdot story generator. Refresh the page for a new story.
What Do You Want From Life, a baby's arm holding an apple?
A new look, a new name, a new site. Nothing, and lots of it.
I read on AM News Abuse that Brittany was happy about her new contract with Pepsi. I looked around and found more happy people.
All Things Must Pass, George Harrison's new web site.
Search the Top 1000 Search Sources at the same time.
Surf the Real World using iPIX.

Wednesday, February 07, 2001

I don't want or need anything else, but you might. How to buy products you can live with.
Top Ten Do's and Don'ts of Theater Etiquette From a Senior Retirement Community in Florida
10. Do arrive on time, enter and be seated prior to the start of the performance.
9. Do stay seated during the preformance.
8. Do refrain from loud or excessive talking during the performance.
7. Do dispose trash in the proper receptacles.
6. Do avoid singing or humming along with the performers.
5. Do adjust hearing aids so they can not be heard by other theatre goers.
4. Do use restraint in the application of prefumes, and colgnes, as many of our patrons suffer from allergies.
3. Don't bring cameras or recording devices as copyright laws stricly forbid them.
2. Don't unwrap cellphane candies during a performance, since it is impossible to do so quietly.
1. Don't leave your seats and head for the exits until the performance is complete, the performers have left the stage, and the house lights have come up.
The ComedyLab - Clearance Sale Now Underway. When you get there, click the link to France, but do not click the link to Anger.
Ariel Sharon, the new prime minister of Israel, thinks Condoleezza Rice has nice legs. [from | span |]

Tuesday, February 06, 2001

Who Would Buy That? (auction oddities from all over the web)
Try my weblog selector. It will recommend a weblog based upon your preferences.
The Old Testament Text Adventure
You and your neighbors are sitting around one day with nothing to do when one of them suggests that you make a golden calf and then use it as the centerpeice of orgiastic rituals in worship of heathen gods. Game as always, you collect the jewelry and hard currency of the group, melt it down, and fashion quite an impressive little idol.
The Art of Innovation
Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm
By Thomas Kelley with Jonathan Littman
The IDEO problem-solving method:

> Carefully observing the behavior or "anthropology" of the people who will be using a product or service

> Brainstorming with high-energy sessions focused on tangible results

> Quickly prototyping ideas and designs at every step of the way

> Cross-pollinating to find solutions from other fields

> Taking risks, and failing your way to success

> Building a "Greenhouse" for innovation

IDEO designed the Palm V, Nike Eyewear, Polaroid PopShots, the Transmeta Webslate Concept Product and more.
The Apple iBook goes head to head with the Osborne 1 at
Millions of adults, however, don't take advantage of the power of the Internet. They're too busy or find it too confusing to start using a computer. If there was a way to simplify the process of getting a computer, learning how to use it and getting help when they need it, these people would eagerly join the growing community of Internet users.

That's why so many people are coming to Beautiful We're the first Personal Internet Service Company dedicated to making the Internet and computers convenient and easy for everyone. Beautiful turns the Internet into your personal paradise-complete with friendly support people to serve your every need.
Greymatter. A new weblog tool by Noah Grey.
DigitalMASS pet peeves:
"Once you send an e-mail it's out of your hands and you don't know where it will end up."

And once you put a letter in a mail box you don't know where it will end up, either! has gone out of business? I would think the year after a major presidential election would be a big profit period for them!
Ice Alaska

Top 50 at Lycos

Float Pens

Russian Ladies

Love Me

Tea with Lemon, without the Tea

Monday, February 05, 2001

Fluoride-enriched, purified drinking water for dogs pre-packed in a 24oz dog bowl where the top pops off as a Frisbee.
Good Stuff, Cheap. buys the inventory of failed dot.coms and sells it at a huge discount. takes back returns, from all sorts of companies, and then sells them on ebay.
Behind the Website, the story behind Pyra/Blogger.
I've certainly learned a lot in the last year (mostly in the last month or two) about building a business, so here's a run down of them, Matt Haughey.
Quick Honey close the blinds, people are looking in the window.
Gorilla chooses Orange Slice!

Friday, February 02, 2001

Now you can self-diagnose your own medical problems. Why use a doctor when you can use the web to find out what that nasty chest pain is all about? The only thing this site did not have was a listing for a recurring ailment I have: Eye Problems - I can't see going to work.
Alicia Silverstone Discusses Basic ISDN Configuration. Whatever.
I'm not a Neo-Pagan. Are you? Find out what your belief system is here.
You are my hero.
I'll admit I like the reality TV shows. Do You? Now MTV has a show that highlights the best of reality TV shows like: Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Survivor, Temptation Island, The Mole, Popstars. It's Kathy Griffin's so-called reality.

Jerri, on Survivor, is bad news. I bet she was a snotty cheerleader in high school. (from
Jerri: "I think Kel is a liar and a cheat."
Survivor Producers (per CBS News): "It's impossible to sneak food because everyone is searched before they start."

Why Kel lost.

Newly appointed Attorney General John Ashcroft and his staff. No, not really. It's a row of monkey heads from the upcoming Planet of the Apes movie!

Thursday, February 01, 2001

AOL-Time-Warner-CNN is suing the creator of CNNdn - the financial crash network. I wonder why they are doing that when they just announced that they are changing CNNfn to CNN MONEY?
And the winners are: 2001 Weblog Awards™.
There are many local card games played in particular parts of the USA. Examples are Bouré (or Boo-Ray) in Louisiana, Pedro in Southern Louisiana, Pepper in Iowa and Ohio, Tribello in Illinois, Sheepshead and Skat in Wisconsin. You can find them all and more at the huge Card Games web site.
John D. Freyer is selling a Talking Japanese Key Chain at his incredible personal web site which has links over to ebay where you can actually buy all his stuff.
You can listen to new Depeche Mode music on the web before their new CD is released. You could even wake up to it if you download the songs into your eclock. If it's late at night and you are too tired to turn on the light, how would you find your cold drink? Put litecubes in it. They are ice cubes with little lights in them.

Now you can be either a Mod or Rocker with your own Vespa scooter. You'll never get lost again with a GPS on your Handspring Visor, unless the battery dies. But wait, now you can power your cell phone with the sun.

Did you ever want one of those Flowbee's? No? Maybe? Well you can buy one, and almost anything else that was Seen On TV. Mr. Microphone coming soon. A new book is coming out with every quotation ever made. See famous quotations like: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind, or not to have a mind." -- Dan Quayle, and the more recent "It depends on what your definition of 'is' is." -- Bill Clinton

Roast your own coffee beans with a cornpopper at I have nothing better to do with my time. Teddy Roosevelt wrote a bestseller. George W. Bush is probably next.