I tell you, that little scamp Jay Dowling has far too much time on his hands, because he is deluging me with seductively beguiling websites that drag my increasingly short attention span hither and thither.
For example, let's take a look at a few of the highlights with which Jay has seen fit to tempt me over the course of the past few days:
Parking Ticket Leads to Virus A report from the BBC website about how hackers are using fake parking tickets to dupe folks onto fraudulent websites.
Free 'My Phone' Backup Sync Service In which we discover how phones powered by Windows Mobile 6 or later will be able to back up contacts, calendar appointments, text messages, photos and other information online.
It's Bacon! By prefixing the URL you actually want to visit with the URL for Bacolicious, an image of a piece of ever-so tasty bacon will be superimposed over the target site (what do you mean "What's the point?" ... It's BACON for goodness sake!)
The Sound of Financial Crisis It seems that German experimental musician Johannes Kreidler has used graphs of the share prices of troubled institutions to create a series of unsettling melodies (and I thought I was strange).
Jeff Russell's Starship Dimensions This site contains way too much geek-a-licious fun. My mind boggles when I try to think how many person-hours have gone into creating these "to-scale" spaceship models.
Death Star Cost Analysis What? You've always wondered just how much it would cost to construct a real, full-size Death Star (as in Star Wars)... well, we need wonder no more because Ryszard Gold has done the math for us.
Come on ... you can't tell me that you won't be passing at least one of these little ragamuffins on to your friends (grin).
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
T=365, C=40, R=325
T=1000, P=120.00, A=142.81, Δ=+22.81, R=857.19
Only 857 more miles to go (sob sob)...
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