Thursday, December 23, 2004

Happy Festivus!

"There must be a better  way. And, out of that, a new holiday was born. A Festivus, For the Rest Of Us!"   — Frank Costanza, Seinfeld

What is Festivus?

Festivus is a holiday held on 23 December of each year. It was created by Mr. Frank Costanza, father of Seinfeld character George Costanza. Frank became tired of holiday commercialism and wanted a holiday for the ordinary person. From this thought Festivus was born: "A Festivus for the rest of us!"

Festivus does not have all the commercial trappings of Christmas and Hanukkah, instead it approaches the holiday as a time to bring the family together and 'bond' with one another.

Festivus begins with the decorating of the Festivus pole, followed by dinner (at which time begins the airing of the grievances). Festivus is brought to closure by the feats of strength competition. And through it all, the family celebrats Festivus with a plain aluminum pole as a decoration.

The Festivus celebration includes three major components:

1. The Airing of Grievances

The airing of the grievances takes place during Festivus supper.

Each member present discusses a grievance they have with someone else present at the table.
This list of Grievances Worksheet will help you get your grievances organized.

2. The Feats of Strength

Once dinner is completed, the feats of strength takes place.

This is when the head of the family tests his or her strength against one participant and usually consists of some form of wrestling. Festivus is not considered over until the head of the family has been pinned.

A participant is allowed to decline to attempt to pin the head of the family only if they have something better to do instead.

This Official Challenge Card makes challenging someone for your Feats of Strength easy, and fun too!

3. The Festivus Pole

During Festivus, an unadorned aluminum pole is displayed in opposition to the commercialization of the decorated Christmas trees and because the holiday's creator, Frank Costanza "finds tinsel distracting."

Decorations should be kept to a minimum. The idea is to keep the cost down.

About the Festivus Pole:
Material - an aluminum pole works well
Height - about 6 feet tall
Diameter - about 2"

Building a stand for your Festivus Pole: A simple stand can keep it upright (a couple of 1x4 boards work well).


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HearUsNow: a Consumer Resource


Consumers Union has released a new telecommunications and media online resource: HearUsNow

Its worth checking out.

The site offers in-depth reading on over 60 consumer related telecom issues. Consumer tips on what to do before you buy, understanding your bills after and making companies listen when you are unhappy (from phone services to copyright rules on digital content).  There are also 7 different ways to make a difference in less then 2 minutes (see "Get Heard" on the left bar and click the red link). gives consumers the ability to work for change on an individual level and provides hundreds of resources to join efforts already going on across the country.

And there is a fun movie to watch, a spoof on a current TV show, but more importantly puts media consolidation (a somewhat dry topic) in to a nice, easily digestible, package.

You can help spread the word by going to HearUsNow

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

The Graphing Calculator Story

A very funny explanation as to how a former employee of Apple kept breaking INTO the building to code software:  He ended up creating the Graphing Calculator:   

"This is an old story, but I've only told it in person before. Now that  I've put it in print, I thought you might enjoy it.

"It's midnight. I've been working sixteen hours a day, seven days a  week. I'm not being paid. In fact, my project was canceled six months  ago, so I'm evading security, sneaking into Apple Computer's main  offices in the heart of Silicon Valley, doing clandestine volunteer  work for an eight-billion-dollar corporation."

The story behind the Macintosh Graphing Calculator is at

Be sure to read the simple explanation as to why this never made it to Windows (at the very end) . . .


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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

The Beastles

I'm a huge Beatles fan. I also think Paul's Boutique is the greatest rap album ever made.

So how can I not love this mash up?


Grab it soon before its gone . . . 

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Monday, December 20, 2004

50 things to eat before you die


50 things to eat before you die . . .

6. Ice cream

7. Pizza

8. Crab

9. Curry

10. Prawns

11. Moreton Bay Bugs

12. Clam chowder

13. Barbecues

14. Pancakes

15. Pasta

16. Mussels

17. Cheesecake

18. Lamb

19. Cream tea

20. Alligator

21. Oysters

22. Kangaroo

23. Chocolate

24. Sandwiches

25. Greek food

26. Burgers

27. Mexican food

28. Squid

29. American diner breakfast

30. Salmon

31. Venison

32. Guinea pig

33. Shark

34. Sushi

35. Paella

36. Barramundi

37. Reindeer

38. Kebab

39. Scallops

40. Australian meat pie

41. Mango

42. Durian fruit

43. Octopus

44. Ribs

45. Roast beef

46. Tapas

47. Jerk chicken/pork

48. Haggis

49. Caviar

50. Cornish pasty

Full list (with live links):

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Sunday, December 19, 2004


Can you Snowboard on pavement?


Wicked cool . . .

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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Express this

If its the weekend, then its time for Gaping Void:


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Friday, December 17, 2004

Big Truck . . . Really Big Truck

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Cheeburger! Cheeburger!

That's a big ass burger!


Open Wide!


Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pennsylvania
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Fortune's 25 Best Products of the Year

Fortune's 25 Best Products of the Year showcases some interesting designs.  Quite a few did nothing for me, while more than a few were intriguing. 

Here are my favorites:

LED flashlight

Pro Paint Bucket


Artificial Limb Joints


Double Walled Glasses

Underarm Thermometer



25 Best Products 2004
Fortune Magazine
December 2004,18467,785792,00.html

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