Oct 31, 2003

Halloween : Trick or Treat ?

Halloween = Satanism according to this helpful conservative Christian video, also candy corn = third ring of hell.

Oct 29, 2003

NOAA Fire Events

Warning these pictures can be quite huge.

My email is sick

If you sent me an email in the last week or so, go ahead and resend... I've got issues.

Napster Bits

Rather violent animations promoting the new Napster.

Oct 28, 2003

Palm and Handspring make it official

I'm giving them a silver engraved stylus as a wedding gift.

$20M dollar man to play $6M dollar man

I'm sure it's a drama.

Homeless gnomes gather dust

This isn't an article about a destitute Chris Pirillo.

Blogging To Cure Diabetes

Diabetes Advocates moved do something in the blog community.

CTU ballcap

Now you can look vaguely official too.

It's time again for '24' to shock around the clock

Hah! Kiefer concedes that the cougar plot development last year was lame.

Oct 27, 2003

Sneak a Peek at the Next Windows

'...users can aggregate information notification services such as a buddy list or even an RSS feed'

Mattress Discounters Jingles

Breakbeat and Opera versions coming soon. These jingles on AM radio make the evening commute 10x worse.

Oct 24, 2003

The OC-athon on FX

All seven episodes IN A ROW for those of us affected by the baseball induced OC blockage. The injustice.

Down time

Shellen.com will be off the air for a few minutes while more memory is added to the aging beast that is the shellen.com server. We will be able to remember more upon it's return. During the downtime ponder this, all that separates us from the apes is always-on network connectivity...and something to do with thumbs. You can quote me on that.

[update] ...so the good news is shellen.com is back up! Bad news - I killed Evhead. Sorry buddy!

Oct 23, 2003

Oct 21, 2003

Oct 20, 2003


via Nelson Minar

Neighbor Hoodies

Mine is going to say 'East Side Blogger' in all caps Gothic script.


This uses Google's new define feature.

Oct 17, 2003

Oct 16, 2003


Great online font recognition tool.

Oct 15, 2003

32 Candles

Way to suck the life out of a classic. I'll still watch it, of course.

Halloween poisonings not random

I will once again eat my ill-gotten candy corn in peace.

Oct 14, 2003

12 Million historic still images

British Pathe newsreel service releases an amazing amount of photos from their archives.

Oct 13, 2003


I still stand by my naming suggestion of PalmSprings for the Palm / Handspring merger.

Oct 10, 2003

Biz Stone, Googler

Giving people more reason to use the phrase 'those geniuses at Blogger'.

Nine decades of wheels in motion

I don't ride 150 miles a week now... I'd better get crackin'.

Oct 9, 2003

Affidavit to flush out traitor

I understand not being able to find people in remote wilderness but DC 'cmon.

Oct 8, 2003

Google Guy is listening

Concerns voiced on blogs are certainly being heard at Google.

The Grand Challenge

Unmanned robot cars have 10 hours to travel and navigate 250 miles of desert on March 13, 2004.

Governor Rainier 'McBain' Wolfcastle

Rainier 'McBain' Wolfcastle is the cartoon parody of Schwarzenegger on The Simpsons
I'm seeing a trend. Any time that I think a candidate is ridiculous, has no chance in hell of winning an election, he or she does in fact win.

California has just elected cartoonish, action hero type, Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor. Besides wanting to have a special election to create a new state line below Carmel, I'm trying to learn from this win. Below I've listed a strategy for the Democratic candidates in the 2004 presidential election. I think it's a winner.

Democratic Presidential Plan B

  • Abandon current high brow debates. No one likes an egghead.
  • Hide all copies of current strategy. Your actual opinions can only hurt your chances. Save those for after the swearing in ceremony.
  • Begin making wild outlandish claims about wanting to be the 'peoples president' and that you want to work with 'everyone'. Try something original like 'I want to give every man and woman I see a firm handshake.'
  • Try and work with your PR folks to work up a rivalry with a Republican candidate. Everyone loves a fight.
  • Play up any character points. If you are from Idaho, have publicity shots of you eating a potato. If you are from Vermont, attend a Phish concert. People love visual hooks.
  • Make brash statements about the incumbent, ie: 'The problem with the current administration is that the fat cats are pandering to lobbyists every Tuesday of the month at TGI Fridays!'
  • Get endorsements from people who don't really have anything to do with politics. Specifically, Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and Jessica Simpson could swing a state like Michigan with their views exposed on Letterman.
  • Late night talk shows. Do them. Do them well, perhaps hire a stand-in like Ray Romano if you can't do them yourself.
  • Enjoy the view from the Oval Office.
You are welcome.

update: Say what you will but, I feel the demise of the Davis campaign can be atributed to the lack of permalinks on the No Recall blog . So simple, yet oft overlooked.

Also, I saw this photo of Arnold pointing AFTER I posted the Wolfcastle image above.

Oct 7, 2003

An audiopost

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Dive into Page Not Found

This is one of the more creative 404s I've seen in a while. Nice work Mark!

California Race Too Close to Call

Hey Californians, go vote!!!

Oct 6, 2003

Male contraceptive '100% effective'

Will women believe 'Don't worry, I'm on the pill' from men?

Oct 5, 2003

Great Logos and Why

Interesting take on logo development.

Alien Invasion

A funny ad for a new film.

Blogging for Dollars

Matt has a great write-up on the sucess of his PVR blog and AdSense.

Oct 4, 2003

Oct 3, 2003

Cool (or so)

Liz Phair is short in person
Liz Phair signed my ticket the other day at the unbelievably hot, yet excellent Duran Duran - Liz Phair show in Golden Gate Park. I'm going to keep this ticket in my pocket this weekend as I have Pergo installed in the entire downstairs of my house. I'm hoping it will somehow counter act my feeling that I am becoming less cool. If you want to experience a similar, 'cool but not really' feeling I suggest going skateboarding at Sears in the 'Young Miss' department.

In other news, Godspeed to Goldman this weekend as he gets Con'd on behalf of the Blogger team.

ICANN puts foot down with Verisign

Verisign is also going to bed with no dinner.

Oct 2, 2003

Living Language at Fodors.com

Useful expresions in German, French, Italian and Spanish with audio examples.

Camworld probable 'blog strategy guy' for Clark

Perhaps 'Little Green Footballs' will be the Bush campaigns pick.

'Stacy's Mom' video

Starring Rachel Hunter. They should really just say that in the song somewhere.

Google for Governor

Not that she's running.


When you need an email address yesterday.

Oct 1, 2003

It's drafty in here

I was just looking at all the things I've never posted to this site. I know that sounds odd but in Blogger you can mark things 'Draft' and they just hang out waiting to be finished (or not). It's great to see what didn't make the cut over the years. I'm not sure why I didn't finish some of these posts or if I was beaten to the punch by another blogger at the time of writing. Either way I found a funny(?) draft post from around the time everyone and their mother was signing a blog book deal that I never posted. Apologies to Rebecca Blood, Biz Stone, and the We Blog crew.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 4, 2002 / -- Jason Shellen announced today in an agreement with no one in particular to not write a book about the weblog phenomenon.

Mr. Shellen made a similar agreement earlier this year with Evan Williams, CEO and President of Pyra.

"I consider Jason a talented guy," said Williams, "and all of us here at Pyra are happy to work with him but his spelling is atrocious and frankly he spends enough time looking at the damn things (blogs) without him spending more time writing a book about them!"

The first title not to be published by Shellen was to be called ‘Blogger: How to win friends and write influential posts’.

In 2003 Shellen is expected to not publish several titles, including 'Pyra Labs: Nope, I’m the other guy', and 'Blog Off! : 101 ways to blog'

Shellen.com receives upwards of 5 visits a day, not including his mother's crawling of the site for 'inappropriate content'.

"I am delighted to not be working with a publishing house," said Shellen. "It's a perfect match for both our houses.

Eye Cracker

EyeCracker... cracking eyes for over a year. Incidentally, I found this via a Google TextAd.