Telepathic Giraffe

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The Great Daryl Nathan Documentary

A true american hero:

These may grow up to be his children:

The Best Bush Dancing Video

The Sheep Market – 10,000 organic mechanical sheep

Artist Aaron Koblin hired 10,000 strangers to draw sheep using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service.

He had them draw the sheep using an online drawing tool and recorded the entire process of each. Check out his site here.

Ancient language from a far, cute little sheep up close.

Random paper / live sand art

So I gave my lady one of my high school notebooks so she could use the back of pages as scrap paper.   Tonight she said, go to this website right now, “agentvector.com”.  I had scribbled it on one of the pages at some point.  Looks like it just expired in early February and is pending renewal or deletion.

This wasn’t a good enough answer so I hit up google.  I found a reference to agentvector.com/sicaf_sand.wmv in a forum post from 2003 on Organic Flash.

I’m not sure if this video is why I wrote the domain on a sheet of paper in high school, but here it is on youtube:

Pharmaceuticals in US drinking water

I just an article on drugs in our water supply:

A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

I use one of Brita’s on-tap water filtration systems so I contacted their support to find out if their system catches any of these, and if they could provide me with any research or other info on it. Their site says they will reply within 48 hours, however the article makes it sound like the filter most likely does not remove drugs:

Even users of bottled water and home filtration systems don’t necessarily avoid exposure. Bottlers, some of which simply repackage tap water, do not typically treat or test for pharmaceuticals, according to the industry’s main trade group. The same goes for the makers of home filtration systems.

I also learned that Brita is a Clorox company, which made this line jump out at me:

Another issue: There’s evidence that adding chlorine, a common process in conventional drinking water treatment plants, makes some pharmaceuticals more toxic.

Full article here:

AP Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water

Edit 3/12/08 at 9:45pm:  I got a reply from Brita today:

Brita has not tested to determine whether our products filter out pharmaceuticals, but it is now something our scientists will investigate. All Brita pitcher filters reduce lead, mercury, copper, cadmium, benzene and the taste and odor of chlorine in tap water while keeping a healthy level of fluoride ¿ a water additive that promotes strong teeth.  All faucet mount filtration systems reduce chlorine, lead and asbestos. Depending on the faucet filtration system you choose, other impurities may be reduced as well, including mercury, benzene, turbidity (microorganism such as viruses, parasites and some bacteria) or Cryptosporidium/Giardia.  Please see Brita.com for the exact impurities each type of faucet mount reduces.  Brita is committed to providing healthier, great tasting water to all who use our filtration systems. 

how to lose your wallet in style

ride almost everywhere within 7 miles of your home on one of these:

schwinn stealth 1000

  1. get a passport holder with RFID blocking abilities from thinkgeek
  2. paste a ron paul sticker over your credit card
  3. keep only your credit card and license in your RFID blocking passport holder
  4. wear a brown furry hat in the winter
  5. pay for all of your drinks at the bar
  6. not have your RFID blocking passport wallet when you get home
  7. also don’t have your hat

now thing brings us to the story:

riding to work the next week, i propose the temperature should be 22 degrees fahrenheit. take care to wear a hat which covers your ears, but is not furry like your old hat. note to yourself how it feels to have frost inviting itself to dinner on your frontal lobes. yell at the cold “motherdamn you will never take my hippocampus!”

realize that your hat has whisked your wallet away to a romantic getaway in the islands

brown hat: i love you wallet, i will keep you warm forever
wallet: i love you so, brown hat… this trip is on me
narrator: i just canceled the credit card, you two are fkkd when you try to check-out at the hotel. (please come home right now)

Edit: Call off the search teams, the wallet was under a table in my apartment. Sneaky cats?

howto keep track of your great ideas on the go and actually end up using them

This is one of the most useful sites I have stumbled across in months for helping to remember things.

You provide an e-mail address, and your cell phone number to them. Then call a 1-877 number and record a clearly spoken memo for up to 30 seconds. The audio is automatically transcribed to text by a computer and e-mailed to your address. There is also a link to the audio in case there are any errors in the transcript and you want to hear what you originally said.

The service is free. You can login and setup reminders and priorities for your memo’s. They also have the ability to setup contacts and groups for the contacts.

To make this service even better I recommend using e-mail filtering to create a folded dedicated only to Jott messages (or just create a new address).

I haven’t tried it yet, but I believe you can also set it up to automatically blog your memo’s. This would be great for people who do any type of reviews, or just to remind yourself of great entries to write in the future.

Sign-up now at jott.com

cuptainers of water / some valid points

each day i drink at least one cuptainer of water.

i don’t have a birg feeder, but would like to get some birgfood for hummingbirgs.

recently wanted to purchase some plueberry oatuna baby food.

some girls feet hurt from small shoes.

image if i had pictures of these.

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