The Face Analyzer purports to determine your personal characteristics from your portrait
The description of the methodology leaves a whole lot to be desired, but it's worth a few chuckles around the water cooler on a slow day. The results seem erratic. they tagged Bill Gates as a 10.0 out of 10.0 for income but Paris Hilton at just a 3.9 for promiscuity. No, I did not upload my photo yet
An avalanche of new products from Apple announced at MacWorld
Too many cool things to list, and most of the coolest is on the software side, in my opinion. Includes HD support across the iLife and Final Cut Express apps. Multi-way video and audio iChat. Being a Mac user is a hell of a lot more fun than being a Windows user. Microsoft has a ton of great ideas and smart technologists, but their product life cycles are much too long (their margin of error is provided by their massive installed base). Meanwhile, Apple seems to issue new hardware every 4 months, productivity app upgrades every half year, and operating system upgrades every year (take the Tiger tour; how many big cats are left?)
iCal calendars to subscribe to (e.g. U.S. holidays, sports schedules, movie openings)
Now that I don't have a Windows computer anymore, I use iCal to manage my schedule and to-do list. Now that Macs are available for $499, maybe some more of you will switch over as well and find these of use
Ciphire Mail is a free e-mail encryption client
Yo, folks I e-mail regularly: let me know if you download this, too, so our trivial e-mail conversations will be secured from the eyes of the prying world
The USPS Cycling team is now Team Discovery Channel
Strange to see Lance in the new uniform. He still hasn't decided if he's going to ride the Tour de France this year. Nervous TDF bike tour operators wait in suspense.
Six Apart's comprehensive guide to stopping comment spam
Since I get hit with this crap almost daily, I plan to implement these steps in the next week or so
The website of the girl from Fox's reality TV show "Who's Your Daddy"
Included is a letter clarifying some issues surrounding the show. I never watched it, but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of the letter. Supposedly the show was originally titled Reunited, or so she was told.
An Acehnese man swept out to sea by the tsunami survives for two weeks
He ate coconuts for 12 days, clung to a log, climbed in a damaged wooden boat, and finally cobbled together a raft from floating debris. In the wake of all the tragedy, good to read a story of survival. A real life Cast Away. He's the third Indonesian rescued from open sea since the tsunami. The others include a pregnant woman who clung to a palm tree for five days and man who spent eight days aboard an uprooted tree.
Just for the record, they didn't have any when we sent in the troops
Malcolm Gladwell and James Surowiecki, two New Yorker giants, discuss their books Blink and The Wisdom of Crowds at Slate
I read the latter and enjoyed it, and am awaiting my Amazon shipment of the former
Stephanie Zacharek, David Edelstein, A.O. Scott, Charles Taylor, and Armond White discuss the year in movies at Slate
Bare Bones Software makes its text editor TextWrangler 2.0 free
Good for them, and good for us
Nicollette Sheridan is the worst of the worst, joined by Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Courtney Love, Serena Williams, Britney Spears, Paula Abdul, Meryl Streep, Anna Nicole Smith, and the Simpson sisters. Best dressed include Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Barbara Walters, Kate Winslet, Annette Bening, Oprah Winfrey, Scarlett Johansson, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Garner, and Teri Hatcher
SmartDeck, a new intelligent cassette adapter for the iPod
Allows you to use your cassette player buttons in your car to control your iPod. Simple, and brilliant
For you lazy people: gargling with Listerine is not as good as flossing
But by all means, keep gargling. Halitosis stinks
So does B.O., so wear Federline, the new scent by Britney Spears