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Georgia schools closed because its too cold...
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:11 pm EST, Jan 27, 2003

] Even though roads were clear of snow, sleet and ice
] Friday, schools around Georgia closed because of brutal
] cold.

Southerners are WEAK!!!

Georgia schools closed because its too cold...

Grocery Store Customer, 80, Charged With Bumping Man's Cart
Topic: Humor 11:09 pm EST, Jan 24, 2003

] An 80-year-old man has been arrested on charges that
] might be described as shopping cart rage.

Who needs the onion when you got people like this...

Grocery Store Customer, 80, Charged With Bumping Man's Cart

Topic: Miscellaneous 10:54 pm EST, Jan 17, 2003

The latest figures about the earth and it's population, updated in real-time. The numbers mean so much more when you see them change.


Topic: Miscellaneous 8:08 am EST, Jan 16, 2003

"Drinking is an odd thing. I mean, you go out, get shitfaced, have a great time, and party all night. Then you wake up, sore, tired, and wondering how you got home and where your clothes are. And you ask yourself with that little voice upstairs 'Goddamn, was it really worth it?'. Well, it must have been, dumbass, bceause we all know that you are just going to go out and do it again next weekend. And as you pick up that glass, that little voice in the back of your head is going to say 'Yeah, it was.'"
- Dale J. Clark, II

©2003 Dale J. Clark, II - Used with permission.

Strongbad's Email: Japanese Cartoon
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:05 am EST, Jan 11, 2003

Here's another absolutely hilarious Strongbad email.
So cool an email, I thought you would enjoy it.

Strongbad's Email: Japanese Cartoon

Requiem for the Pay Phone (
Topic: Technology 9:44 pm EST, Dec 31, 2002

] "In Washington, as in other parts of the country, pay
] phones are disappearing from the landscape."

The death of the fortress phone. A sad day. - Decius

With any luck this will drive down the cost of buying a payphone to hang on my living room wall.

Requiem for the Pay Phone (

Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes of 2002 (Alertbox Dec. 2002)
Topic: Technology 12:11 am EST, Dec 28, 2002

] "As the Web grows, websites continue to come up with ways
] to annoy users. Following are ten design mistakes that
] were particularly good at punishing users and costing
] site owners business in 2002."

Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes of 2002 (Alertbox Dec. 2002)

44100 Explained
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:02 pm EST, Dec 27, 2002

From John Watkinson, The Art of Digital Audio, 2nd edition, pg. 104:

In the early days of digital audio research, the necessary bandwidth of about 1 Mbps per audio channel was difficult to store. Disk drives had the bandwidth but not the capacity for long recording time, so attention turned to video recorders. These were adapted to store audio samples by creating a pseudo-video waveform which would convey binary as black and white levels. The sampling rate of such a system is constrained to relate simply to the field rate and field structure of the television standard used, so that an integer number of samples can be stored on each usable TV line in the field. Such a recording can be made on a monochrome recorder, and these recording are made in two standards, 525 lines at 60 Hz and 625 lines at 50 Hz. Thus it is possible to find a frequency which is a common multiple of the two and is also suitable for use as a sampling rate.

The allowable sampling rates in a pseudo-video system can be deduced by multiplying the field rate by the number of active lines in a field (blanking lines cannot be used) and again by the number of samples in a line. By careful choice of parameters it is possible to use either 525/60 or 625/50 video with a sampling rate of 44.1KHz.

In 60 Hz video, there are 35 blanked lines, leaving 490 lines per frame or 245 lines per field, so the sampling rate is given by :

60 X 245 X 3 = 44.1 KHz

In 50 Hz video, there are 37 lines of blanking, leaving 588 active lines per frame, or 294 per field, so the same sampling rate is given by

50 X 294 X3 = 44.1 Khz.

The sampling rate of 44.1 KHz came to be that of the Compact Disc. Even though CD has no video circuitry, the equipment used to make CD masters is video based and determines the sampling rate.
Just in case you actually wanted to know. Right. Didn't think so.

44100 Explained

~*~ Secret Diaries ~*~
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:04 pm EST, Dec 25, 2002

Here's a twisted little something for all you Lord of the Rings fans.

~*~ Secret Diaries ~*~

Troublemint Listening Room
Topic: Arts 12:09 am EST, Dec 16, 2002

Punk rock covers of soft rock/classic rock songs.

Troublemint Listening Room

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