Postings to the B-List.
Subject: B-List: Wanna know a secret?
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 11:47:49 +0930
An assortment of secret links.
1. Computer Passwords Reveal Workers' Secrets
< http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2781327,00.html >
No, "beer" is not a good password.
2. Submilimal Message Museum
< http://www.mohammedi.freeserve.co.uk/subliminals.html >
Make of this site what you will. The adverts and Windows spash screen
3. "Secret Message" Encoder and Decoder
< http://www.thunk.com/index.cgi >
Qnyyf, tre lfd xnng r bntanc?
4. Whose Watching?
< http://www.newscientist.com/dailynews/news.jsp?id=ns9999927 >
A new study concludes that interactive television technology could
endanger individual privacy.
< http://www.WouldYouBelieve.com/ >
A site dedicated to "Get Smart", the TV series. Let us enter the
"Cone of Silence".
(btw the site could have a 404 page titled "Missed it by that much")
Subject: B-List: Worldwide Music Links
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2001 11:10:37 +0930
1. GEMM - The Global Electronic Music Marketplace
< http://www.gemm.com/ >
"World's largest music catalog! 11 million items from 4000 sellers."
Comprehensive listing of music for sale, with lots of hard-to-find
stuff. Also lists books and vids.
2. CDDB (aka gracenote)
< http://www.cddb.com/ >
Online database which has CD track listings.
Many CD playing computer apps can connect to this database over
the net to retrieve track names (eg iTunes for Mac, Xmcd for unix).
To see a list of CDDB-enabled players, go to:
< http://www.gracenote.com/players.html >
Subject: B-List: Nintendo vs Atari
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001 10:05:20 +0930
In the blue corner ...
* Nintendo GameBoy Advance
< http://www.gameboy.com/system/index.html >
And in the red corner ...
* Atari VCSp Gold
< http://www.classicgaming.com/vcsp/ >
Updated and available to the public.
* Review of the two adversaries by the maker of the VCSp
< http://www.classicgaming.com/vcsp/GBAReview.htm >
* The original VCS handheld hack
< http://www.classicgaming.com/vcsp/VCSpModels.htm >
* And for the record, the only official Atari handheld game system,
< http://www.atari-history.com/videogames/lynx.html >
Subject: B-List: CyberPets
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 11:37:46 +0930
Some links related to robot pets:
< http://www.robotpetvet.com/ >
< http://store.yahoo.com/robotoys/robotpets.html >
< http://www.smcdesign.clara.net/recommended/gadgets/robot_pets/ >
< http://www.aibo.com/ers_210/ >
Probably the cream of the litter, but a bit too pricey.
A more affordable kitty:
< http://store.yahoo.com/robotoys/kittekkit.html >
But it doesn't look as cuddly as my pet cat.
Subject: B-List: Items of Possible Interest
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001 11:57:29 +0930
1. Microsoft Closes A Window On Charity
< http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/2001/07/14/FFXAPVFU2PC.html >
Good to see Micro$oft isn't run by a bunch of bleeding hearts.
2. New Life For Old Mobiles
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid_1436000/1436910.stm >
Donate your old phone to charity. But make sure it doesn't run
3. Red Bull Under Investigation
< http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2-2001240396,00.html >
I didn't realise it was that dangerous. Don't mix with vodka or
consume after a workout.
4. Lowest Common Denominator Continues To Plummet
< http://www.theonion.com/onion3716/denominator_plummets.html >
5. Pet-Care Tips
< http://www.theonion.com/onion3723/pet-care_tips.html >
Subject: B-List: Curious and Useful Math
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 09:56:38 +0930
Curious and Useful Math
< http://personal.cfw.com/~clayford/ >
As the title suggests - tricks with numbers and maths.
* Calendar Math
< http://personal.cfw.com/~clayford/calendar.html >
What day of the week was/is ... ?
* Scroll Down Slowly
< http://personal.cfw.com/~clayford/scroll.html >
A variation on the email "pick-a-number" tricks.
< http://personal.cfw.com/~clayford/finger.html >
Word for the day:
Chisenbop = "the use of fingers to do arithmetic".
If you're really keen, you can check out this site:
< http://klingon.cs.iupui.edu/~aharris/chis/chis.html >
Subject: B-List: At Your Service
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 12:15:51 +0930
1. The International Guild of Professional Butlers
< http://www.butlersguild.com/ >
Ever fancied having someone at your beck and call, doing your
every bidding? This comprehensive site covers the private
Even if you can't afford a butler or maid, this site offers
advice on table settings, how to tie a tie, wine and food
pairing, stain removal etc, eg:
< http://www.butlersguild.com/guests/index.html >
< http://www.androidworld.com/ >
A site devoted to robots that look and act like humans. Soon
you can buy a domestic robot to do the housework:
< http://www.androidworld.com/prod27.htm >
For the sci-fi buffs, the site has an interesting critique of
the late Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics:
1. A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction,
allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except
where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such
protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
< http://www.androidworld.com/prod22.htm >
Subject: B-List: The Artchive
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 09:25:08 +0930
< http://www.artchive.com/ >
An extensive online art archive. Contains overviews of artists
and art movements. If this site doesn't have it, there's probably
a link to a site which does.
Some of my picks:
* Munch: The Scream
< http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/munch/munch.scream.jpg >
How I feel when I'm at work?
* Picasso: The Guitar Player
< http://www.artworld.co.kr/artist/picasso/analytical/cadaques.htm >
Of course, how could I not have seen that!
* Dali: Persistence of Memory
< http://www.mcs.csuhayward.edu/~malek/Dali3.html >
Love the melting clock.
* Escher: Ascending and Descending
< http://artchive.com/artchive/E/escher/escher_ascending.jpg.html >
* Boccioni: Dynamism of a Soccer Player
< http://artchive.com/artchive/B/boccioni/soccer.jpg.html >
I have a soft spot for Futurism.
* Michelangelo: Creation of Adam
< http://artchive.com/artchive/M/michelangelo/hands.jpg.html >
A tiny part of the magnificent ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
* Leonardo da Vinci: Mona Lisa
< http://artchive.com/artchive/L/leonardo/monalisa.jpg.html >
The classic portrait.
On this day ...
< http://www.on-this-day.com/onthisday/thedays/alldays/jul26.htm >
Subject: B-List: What'll They Think Of Next?
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 09:25:59 +0930
1. Shirt Rolls Up Its Own Sleeves
< http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99991073 >
2. Bionic Suit Takes Pain Out Of Lifting
< http://www.msnbc.com/news/605071.asp?0si=-&cp1=1 >
3. Great Garb For Gadget Geeks
< http://www.msnbc.com/news/570394.asp >
4. Arm Patch Monitors Alcohol Tolerance
< http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99991038 >
5. Video Toothbrush Hunts Debris
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1456000/1456058.stm >
6. Dental Laser Can Replace Deep Drilling
< http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99991040 >