Thursday, 31 May 2007

Computer Enhancers

Dozens of improvements to, totally meaningless, or humorous (intentional and otherwise), computer messages.

Strange and Unusual Deaths..!

Death is inevitable for all of us. But for some, it is so strange that it is like a joke or daily amusement from Death. What about you? Would you rather die normally (aging, cancer, traffic accident etc.) or make your name in the following list?

  • 458 BC: The Greek playwright Aeschylus was killed when an eagle dropped a live tortoise on him, mistaking his bald head for a stone.
  • 1305: Scottish patriot Sir William Wallace was stripped naked and dragged through the city at the heels of a horse. He was hanged, drawn and quartered — strangled by hanging but released while still alive, emasculated, eviscerated and his bowels burnt before him, beheaded, then cut into four parts.
  • 1771: King of Sweden, Adolf Frederick, died of digestion problems on February 12, 1771 after having consumed a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, which was topped off with 14 servings of his favourite dessert: semla served in a bowl of hot milk. He is thus remembered by Swedish schoolchildren as "the king who ate himself to death."
  • 1830: William Huskisson, statesman and financier, was crushed to death by the world's first passenger train (Stephenson's Rocket), at its public opening.
  • 1899: French president Félix Faure died of a stroke while receiving oral sex in his office.
  • 1987: Dick Shawn, a comedian who starred in the 1968 movie The Producers, died on stage of a heart attack. While portraying a politician, he announced, "if elected, I will not lay down on the job," then lay down on stage and never stood back up.
  • 1972: Leslie Harvey, guitarist of Stone the Crows was electrocuted on stage by a live microphone.
  • 1973: Péter Vályi, finance minister of Hungary fell into a blast furnace (some sources say a pit of molten iron) on a visit to a steelworks factory at Miskolc.
  • 1981: A 25-year-old Dutch woman studying in Paris, Renée Hartevelt, was killed and eaten by a classmate, Issei Sagawa, when he invited her to dinner for a literary conversation. The killer was declared unfit to stand trial and extradited back to Japan, where he was released from custody within fifteen months.
  • 1986: While on the air giving a traffic report, the helicopter that Jane Dornacker was riding in stalled and crashed into the Hudson River, killing her. This was the second helicopter crash she had been in that year.
  • 1993: Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, was shot and killed by a prop .44 Magnum gun while filming the movie The Crow. The gun was pre-loaded by the Weapons Master for the set, but the casing for the blank shattered upon firing and the fragments became instant projectiles. They pierced Brandon's chest in five places, some in the heart. It was not instantly recognized by the crew or other actors; they believed he was still acting.
  • 1993: Garry Hoy, a Toronto lawyer, fell to his death after he threw himself through the glass wall on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in order to prove the glass was "unbreakable".
  • 2001: Bernd-Jürgen Brandes was stabbed repeatedly in the neck and then eaten by Armin Meiwes. Before the killing, both men dined on Brandes' severed penis. Brandes had answered an internet advertisement by Meiwes looking for someone for this purpose. Brandes explicitly stated in his will that he wished to be killed and eaten. This is referred to in the song "Mein Teil" by German NDH band Rammstein.
  • 2005: Kenneth Pinyan of Seattle died of acute peritonitis after submitting to anal intercourse with a stallion in the town of Enumclaw, Washington. Pinyan had done this before, and he delayed his visit to the hospital for several hours out of reluctance for official cognizance. The case led to the criminalization of bestiality in Washington.[32] His story was recounted in the 2007 documentary film Zoo.
  • 2005: 28-year-old Korean video game addict Lee Seung Seop collapsed and died of fatigue in an Internet cafe after playing World of Warcraft for almost 50 consecutive hours.[33]
  • 2006: Steve Irwin, a television personality and naturalist known as The Crocodile Hunter, died when his heart was impaled by a short-tail stingray barb while filming a documentary entitled "Ocean's Deadliest" in Queensland's Great Barrier Reef.[34]
  • 2007: Jennifer Strange, a 28-year-old woman from Sacramento, died of water intoxication while trying to win a Nintendo Wii in a KDND 107.9 "The End" radio station's "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest, which involved drinking large quantities of water without urinating.[37]
  • 2007: Martin Harris, a Danish train surfer, who published several video clips on the internet and was featured on regional TV for his sport, was killed during train surfing while passing under a low bridge.

Friday, 25 May 2007

Lost episode ratings

Hey Lost folks. Finally we have seen the last episode of 3rd Lost Season. It was really good but below my expectations. However, if you have seen the Heroes finale, this Lost episode was a training for Heroes folks to show how a season should end. I am really angry about the feel they screwed up a great show like in the last 4-5 episodes. I am planning to write on this in detail.

I can write pages of review about Lost finale but I haven't received any feedback from readers about my Lost reviews and I think you don't appreciate my detailed reviews so I will pass on this finale until I receive a request. I will give you DarkUFO reader ratings of this season's episodes and my top 10:

My Top 10:

  1. Flashes before your eyes
  2. The Brig
  3. The Man from Tallahassee
  4. Through the looking glass
  5. Enter 77
  6. A Tale of two cities
  7. Greatest Hits
  8. The Man behind the curtain
  9. Catch 22
  10. The Cost of living


It is really hard to differentiate some of them. Here is the source link to Aref-Adib's site where you can find many look-alikes and here are some examples:

Sean Connery and Khomeini

Kofi Annan and Morgan Freeman

Borat and Internet Mahir (Mahir çağrı)

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Google is better than Limewire to download Mp3

Today my friends, I will make you a great favor and teach you how you can use Google to download MP3. Let's assume we want to download I want it that way from Backstreet boys. type in your Google search tab:

intitle:"index.of" mp3 -html -htm -php -asp -cf -jsp

this makes sure you get mp3 file under the Index of/ folders. also the -html, -php etc. makes sure you don't get spam results. the dots between the words are important for search criteria. Push enter and tada. A lot of indexes containing the song you want. Simply click one, find your title and download.

I can hear you complaining about typing this all the time. If you are using Firefox you don't have to. After searching a song copy the address that appears in the address bar and open the bookmarks with ctrl+b. right click and select new bookmark. paste this address to location tab. find the song name in that address and replace it with "%s". type any name you want in the name tab. Type an easy word to keyword tab. Lets say "music". push ok.

Now go to the Firefox address bar and try typing "music hotel.california". It will bring you the results directly. You can use this shortcut feature for all search bars and sorts. For example you can right click on wikipedia or imdb search and click add a keyword for this search.

If you cannot understand very well or if I made a mistake in explaining, refer to this guy who explains it a bit better and shows some more interesting stuff:

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

The Ultimate Rejection Letter

Herbert A. Millington
Chair - Search Committee
412A Clarkson Hall, Whitson University
College Hill, MA 34109

Dear Professor Millington,

Thank you for your letter of March 16. After careful consideration, I
regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me
an assistant professor position in your department.

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually
large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field
of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite Whitson's outstanding qualifications and previous experience in
rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at
this time. Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor
in your department this August. I look forward to seeing you then.

Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.

Chris L. Jensen

Personality test

I do not particularly like the personality tests but this one has cleverly designed questions and surprisingly accurate results. I turned out to be a ISTJ. I suggest you to take it. Here are my results:

ISTJ - "Trustee". Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time- honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

The most useless information ever

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters

Almonds are members of the peach family.

The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.

The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

Ingrown toenails are hereditary.

The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the

English language.

"Underground" is the only word in the English language that
begins and ends with the letters "und."

There are only four words in the English language which end

in"-dous" tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

The longest word in the English language, according to the
Oxford English Dictionary,
is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

The only other word with the same amount of letters is
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

The longest place-name still in use is

ngahoronukupokaiwenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.

Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la
Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be
abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

In most advertisments, including newspapers, the time displayed

on a watch is 10:10.

Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button.It was eliminated
when he was sewn up after surgery.

Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.

Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have
the same pattern of whiskers.

Steely Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the

book 'The Naked Lunch'.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses
II who fathered over 160 children.

There is a seven letter word in the English language that

contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters,
"therein" the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are
registered blood donors.

John Larroquette of "Night Court" and "The John Larroquette
Show" was the narrator of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after

Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in
Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life"

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw

up.The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of
it's mouth.Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the
stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.

Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully
ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth
from 1.8 miles away.

The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.

The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the
creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z,

hence "Oz."

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar
tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the

left hand.

To "testify" was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a
statement made by swearing on their testicles.

The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different

ways.The following sentence contains them all "A rough-coated,
dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough;
after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a

letter is uncopyrightable.

Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct
order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."

Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the

Australian coat of arms for that reason.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have
about ten.

The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase
"Shah Mat," which means "the king is dead".

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days
of lore when the engines were pulled by horses.The horses were stabled
on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight

Lost Season finale on Wednesday..!

The most anticipated TV-Series of all times, Lost is closing up the season on this wednesday evening only to be seen around again in January 2008. It is supposed to be the best finale ever in Lost history. They promise closure on "The Others" story and a great turn around in the main story. While we are waiting eagerly for the 2 hour finale lets read what creators of the show Cuse and Lindelof have to say:

After three years and countless viewer questions, the executive producers of "Lost" are promising fans what they want most from the May 23 season finale: answers.

"We sort of see each season as a book, and we're going to be concluding this book of 'Lost,'" co-executive producer Carlton Cuse said during a break from editing the third season's final episode. "The finale promises a showdown between our guys and the Others, and we really deliver on that."

Not only does the May 23 episode wrap up the third season of "Lost," it also marks a turning point in the show's history. Earlier this month, ABC announced the Emmy and Golden-Globe award winning drama would conclude in 2010.

Knowing exactly how much time they have left -- 48 episodes, to be exact -- Cuse and co-executive producer/co-creator Damon Lindelof said they can plot out twists and turns even the most seasoned viewers won't expect. That means more suspense for those at home -- and more fun for Cuse and Lindelof in the studio.

"It's utterly liberating for us. It allows us to sort of take our remaining mythology and plan it out with great specificity over the remaining 48 episodes," Cuse said.

Providing Answers, Preserving Mystery

Though fans may be more than halfway through the tale of a group of plane crash survivors stranded on a tropical island, some of the story's most basic elements are still in the shadows.

For starters, no one knows where they are: heaven, hell, a black hole or somewhere else altogether. Well, no one except perhaps for Cuse and Lindelof, who refuse to divulge any details. Fans shouldn't expect the producers to one day reveal the island's coordinates (imagine the tour groups that would flood the place by the boat-load) but they can anticipate a conclusion to the epic.

"I think the audience can expect that we can finish our story," Cuse said.
"One of the big ongoing questions on 'Lost' is whether magic is really an element there, or is there a reasonable explanation for all these things. I think when you get to the end of the journey, that will be answered," Lindelof added.

How do Cuse and Lindelof balance providing answers with preserving mystery? In their time working together on "Lost," they have yet to find a formula. There's no ratio; there's no abacus.

"It's like a pendulum swinging back and forth. We sit down every morning and we really hash over that question. There is no perfect temperature to the porridge," Cuse said. "I think that basically the rule is that if Damon and I think something is cool, then it kind of works its way into the show and we just try to use our own gut as the litmus test."

"We are the arbiters of what stays and what goes and what course the show takes," Lindelof added. "But then the show itself sort of has a life of its own. A lot of what Carlton and I try to do is listen to what the show is telling us. The exciting part is when suddenly you realize, 'Hey wait a second, we had this plan but now the show is rejecting it like an organ that doesn't fit.'"

An Online Alter-Ego

Sometimes, shifts in the über "Lost" story come from fans themselves. So, all those fans blogging or posting any number of questions on the Web: the producers are listening.

"We started hearing last year that people were wondering why Hurley was so fat," Cuse said. "So we started discovering a hidden stash of ranch salad dressing in the jungle. We will take on certain questions that percolate to the surface if we really feel like we're ignoring something."

With so much of "Lost" subject to interpretation, fans of the show live on the Internet, throwing out theory after theory about the island, what it means and how it will all end. While shows like "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars" make for water cooler fodder, "Lost" is the stuff of serious debate. Beyond the ratings, beyond the awards, the show has burrowed into the cultural fabric of the country, creating a fan base arguably more ravenous and wrapped up than any ever before.

Cuse believes the show's Internet alter-ego is crucial to its on-screen success.

"I think that Lost would never succeed in the pre-Internet era. It's the fact that the show is complicated and intentionally ambiguous; it allows the fans to become involved in its analysis," he said. "In the old school, traditional three or four network media model, this show is too complicated and too hard to keep up with. It wouldn't work."

The much-talked about season one cliffhanger invited the audience to theorize away, Lindelof said.

"When Carlton and I made the choice in the end of season one to end with Locke and Jack looking down into the hatch as opposed to going down there, we opened the door to a tremendous amount of criticism in terms of, 'That's frustrating, why didn't we go in?' But the reality is that the show has always been about, 'What do you think is down there?' We're going to give you six months now to figure that out and we're going to try to think of something nobody has imagined," he said. "There is no Johnny the explainer on the show. There is no great floating head. I feel like that really activates people's imaginations in a positive way."

'Lost's' Legacy

Twenty-five years from now, it's not hard to imagine die-hard fans rubbing dirt on their faces and donning scraggly beards for "Lost" conventions. But Cuse questions whether the legacy of the show will be about the story or the impact the show has had on the way people watch and interact with TV.

"We've accomplished some things with the show that has changed the process and the perception of what a drama show can be," he said. "Whether they'll still be embracing the story, that's kind of more for other people to decide."

Cuse and Lindelof will be embracing the story for three more years. Writing, producing, living, breathing "Lost" day in and day out, the two can't help but think of the show's characters as flesh and blood. Which three would they want with them if they were on a deserted island?

"I definitely would want Locke," Lindelof said. "I probably want Kate, just because she's nice to look at, at the very least. And probably Hurley because you've got to keep it light."

"I would definitely take Kate, Sawyer, and probably Jack -- just you know, the hero character," Cuse said.

In the end, how well fans remember the story after the island and its inhabitants fade into TV history may depend on how it finishes. While the May 23 season finale will provide answers, it will also keep fans salivating for the series finale in 2010. So where will it all end?

Cuse laughed. Lindelof provided some insight, if a bit broad.

"Somewhere just outside the Crab Nebula is where it will all end, geographically," he said.

Source: ABC News


And here is a good recap of the episodes until today with comments and hints from the producers:

Part I:

Part II:

Part III:

Part IV:

Sunday, 20 May 2007

Starcraft 2 is ON..!

Yeah it is true. At last we can start waiting for SC2 for real. We expected that it would come. There has been so much speculation about it, especially its genre. Many assumed that it will be a MMO but it is confirmed that SC2 will follow the footsteps of its ancestor. It will be a real time strategy with improved graphics and new units. I think the fact that they do not change the whole picture is a good thing since you cannot add too much to an almost perfect game. We have seen so many examples of this. Starcraft is almost perfect and by far the best real time strategy ever. I think you cannot add so much to it other than updating it. Starcraft II web page which was opened recently, offers some nice wallpapers and amazing Blizzard style trailers. You can follow this web site for updates and more information. I suggest you to be patient for SC2 since we all know how many delays we have experienced from Blizzard. Until then, these pictures will have to be sufficient.

Edit: For a detailed article about SC2 launch please visit GamesRadar

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Award Winning Cartoons

I like cartoons and caricatures a lot. I admire the work people do and respect them. Not only they have a gift with drawing but also they can make their point with lines when others need thousands of words. I also think caricatures and jokes reflect the culture of a society. We are what we laugh for. Here are some award winning caricatures some of which are from Turkish caricaturists.

And here are some more

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

You Know You're in College When... [List]

1.High school started before 8am, but now anything before noon is considered “early." 64.You meet the type of people you thought only existed in movies. 91.You are no longer thankful that fire alarms are here to protect you.We have all been to college/university and had some fun time. Here are the stuff that differentiates university from high school.

read more | digg story

15 coolest firefox tricks ever

A bunch of hacks to tweak, maximize and customize your firefox browser.

read more | digg story

A Tattoo that did not go so well..!

Some people should not draw.

Monday, 14 May 2007

10 Totally Stupid Online Business Ideas That Made Someone Rich

1. Million Dollar Homepage

1000000 pixels, charge a dollar per pixel – that’s perhaps the dumbest idea for online business anyone could have possible come up with. Still, Alex Tew, a 21-year-old who came up with the idea, is now a millionaire.

2. SantaMail

Ok, how’s that for a brilliant idea. Get a postal address at North Pole, Alaska, pretend you are Santa Claus and charge parents 10 bucks for every letter you send to their kids? Well, Byron Reese sent over 200000 letters since the start of the business in 2001, which makes him a couple million dollars richer. Full Story

3. Doggles

Create goggles for dogs and sell them online? Boy, this IS the dumbest idea for a business. How in the world did they manage to become millionaires and have shops all over the world with that one? Beyond me.

4. LaserMonks is a for-profit subsidiary of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank, an eight-monk monastery in the hills of Monroe County, 90 miles northwest of Madison. Yeah, real monks refilling your cartridges. Hallelujah! Their 2005 sales were $2.5 million! Praise the Lord. Full Story

5. AntennaBalls

You can’t sell antenna ball online. There is no way. And surely it wouldn’t make you rich. But this is exactly what Jason Wall did, and now he is now a millionaire. Full Story

6. FitDeck

Create a deck of cards featuring exercise routines, and sell it online for $18.95. Sounds like a disaster idea to me. But former Navy SEAL and fitness instructor Phil Black reported last year sales of $4.7 million. Surely beats what military pays.

7. PositivesDating.Com

How would you like to go on a date with an HIV positive person? Paul Graves and Brandon Koechlin thought that someone would, so they created a dating site for HIV positive folks last year. Projected 2006 sales are $110,000, and the two hope to have 50,000 members by their two-year mark.

8. Designer Diaper Bags

Christie Rein was tired of carrying diapers around in a freezer bag. The 34-year-old mother of three found herself constantly stuffing diapers for her infant son into freezer bags to keep them from getting scrunched up in her purse. Rein wanted something that was compact, sleek and stylish, so in November 2004, she sat down with her husband, Marcus, who helped her design a custom diaper bag that's big enough to hold a travel pack of wipes and two to four diapers. With more than $180,000 in sales for 2005, Christie's company, Diapees & Wipees, has bags in 22 different styles, available online and in 120 boutiques across the globe for $14.99.

9. PickyDomains

Hire another person to think of a cool domain name for you? No way people would pay for this. Actually, naming domain names for others turned out a thriving business, especially, when you make the entire process risk free. PickyDomains currently has a waiting list of people who want to PAY the service to come up with a snappy memorable domain name. PickyDomains is expected to hit six figures this year. Full Story

10. Lucky Wishbone Co.

Fake wishbones. Now, this stupid idea is just destined to flop. Who in the world needs FAKE PLASTIC wishbones? A lot of people, it turns out. Now producing 30,000 wishbones daily (they retail for 3 bucks a pop) Ken Ahroni, the company founder, expects 2006 sales to reach $1 million.

To see other businesses that have not made the top 10 list but came pretty close, visit Business Ideas Blog


It is not always C!!

This student obviously wanted to try his luck but even luck cannot help you when you are as clever as a vegetable. Here is the answers of a student to a True/False exam and teacher's response.

Dear Michael,

Every year I attempt to boost my students' final grades by giving them this relatively simple exam consisting of 100 True/False questions from only 3 chapters of material. For the past 20 years that I have taught Intro Communications 101 at this institution I have never once seen someone score below a 65 on this exam. Consequently, your score of a zero is the first in history and ultimately brought the entire class average down a whole 8 points.

There were two possible answer choices: A (True) and B (False). You chose C for all 100 questions in an obvious attempt to get lucky with a least a quarter of the answers. It's as if you didn't look at a single question. Unfortunately, this brings your final grade in this class to failing. See you next year!

May God have mercy on your soul.

Professor William Turner

P.S. If all else fails, go with B from now on.
B is the new C

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Who invented?

Everyone knows the big question of "Who are more clever? Men or Women?" Appearently Google has also taken its side in this debate. When you search for "she invented" Google suggests "Did you mean "he invented"?". Guess we know who runs Google..