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Bob K.
Posted on Monday, December 20, 2004 - 04:52 pm:   

My friend and former boss at Microsoft, Mark Rose, ran a regular e-mail newsletter called "Things I've Found," in which he picks up bizarre nuggets of stuff from around the Web, and I'm going to run it as a column at ElectricStory. Here's a sample:

Things I've Found (The Mattress: Reloaded)

Endangered Animals -- Videos, Stills and Sounds. http://www.arkive.org is attempting to assemble a multi-media archive of video footage, still photos and sounds of the 11,000 animal species on the World Conservation Union's Red List of Threatened Species. Go to the site, click on "ARKive species", then click on one of the chapters (Globally Endangered or British) and make sure to click on the text itself (the imagemap click doesn't work). Lots of very cool imagery. Also, click on "ARKive news" and "Most wanted" to find a list of the species for which the project most desperately wants video footage and still photos. I swear they're getting some of these species names out of a Dungeons and Dragons game, like the "No-eyed big-eyed wolf spider" and the "Pygmy hog sucking louse." Wait, I have one of those last animals for my boss! Ba-da-boom.

Hey, what's with the stupid Matrix crack in the title of this email, but nothing even remotely Matrix-related? Well, how about this very cool ping pong video:
http://www.ntv.co.jp/channel/asx/hkzkt10.asx

Generate your own Church Sign: http://www.aboyandhiscomputer.com/churchsigngenerator/index.php

For the artists among you, a collection of Russian candy wrappers: http://www.fantik.com/

Which Historical Lunatic Are You? I generally don't go for these online "tests" but this one was fun. I turned out to be Caligula, which means I now have to rent the movie. Pray for me. http://rumandmonkey.com/widgets/tests/lunatics

All you fanboys and fangirls out there know that there's a super-hot celebrity out there that is just right for you! So go to this site:
http://www.celebmatch.com/
and find out just who it is by entering your birthdate. Now I love my wife Janet, but it turns out that I'm most compatible with Catherine Bell of JAG (99%) and Debra Messing of Will and Grace (98%). Hmmmm....

Screw the RIAA! From reader Mahalie comes this wonderful link:
http://www.magnetbox.com/riaa/search.asp
It's a search tool to tell whether your next CD purchase is funded by a crap music company that is suing little kids for downloading music. And if you want to see Amazon's Top 100 from the good guys (that is, non-RIAA musicians and record companies), here is that link. Support all these artists:
http://www.magnetbox.com/riaa/zeitgeist_topamazonsafe.asp
I had no idea The Shins were that popular, but then I don't get out of Ballard much.

In case you get lost in Britain: http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/BirthplaceMaps/Maps/UK3.gif




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Bob K.
Posted on Friday, December 31, 2004 - 10:53 pm:   

I've started posting "Things I've Found":

https://www.electricstory.com/reviews/thingsfound.aspx
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Bob K.
Posted on Friday, December 31, 2004 - 10:57 pm:   

I'm using a new system for "Things I've Found" that automatically formats the files. Many of the old links are dead, and some may be rerouted to locations best unvisited, due to adware concerns. Read the bracketed text before following the links. (If there's no bracketed text after the link, the link is probably fine.)

Bob
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Bob
Posted on Friday, December 31, 2004 - 11:01 pm:   

Whoops, bad link. It should be:

http://www.electricstory.com/reviews/thingsfound.aspx

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