Gmail 4 Troops

Gmail 4 Troops is an interesting service. They are helping gmail users who want to donate accounts to service members. On their site, they say:

Gmail is the new email service from Google ( They are offering 1 GigaBybe (1000 megabytes) of free space for their users (compared to 100 megabytes for Yahoo, and 5 megabytes for Hotmail) The Interface is also VERY speedy compared to whats out there. Right now it’s in beta testing and is invite only. People are swapping invites for silly things. Troops abroad have a real use for these accounts. Loved ones can send them movies or photos from home and they don’t have to worry about having to delete things. If you are a troop and would like a Gmail Invite, or you have invites to offer, post!

So, I’m donating a couple of invitations (which means that I only have two left of the 5 I offered earlier…).

If you have a gmail account and a spare invitation, why don’t you consider doing this, too?

The MegaPenny Project

by kokogiak media

Visualizing huge numbers can be very difficult. People regularly talk about millions of miles, billions of bytes, or trillions of dollars, yet it’s still hard to grasp just how much a ‘billion’ really is. The MegaPenny Project aims to help by taking one small everyday item, the U.S. penny, and building on that to answer the question: ‘What would a billion (or a trillion) pennies look like?’

All the following pages have tables at the bottom, listing things such as the value of the pennies, size of the pile, weight, and area (if laid flat). All weights and measurements are U.S. standards, not metric.

I found this site oddly absorbing. We talk about large numbers at work a lot… but when we say that one of our competitors has assests worth almost a trillion dollars, that number really isn’t very… real. The MegaPenny project is trying to help.

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some arsenic

A woman walks into a pharmacy and asks the pharmacist for some arsenic.

He asks “What for?”

She says “I want to kill my husband.”

He says “Sorry, I can’t do that.”

She then reaches into her purse and pulls out a photo of her husband in bed
with the pharmacist’s wife and hands it to him.

He says, “You didn’t tell me you had a prescription…”

Bonzer Site of the Week

This is from a newsletter I get once a week, called This is True. I

tried two questions out on this thing, and it guessed the first one

right in 22 questions, the second it got in 19… (gun was the first item,

velociraptor was the second)

If you try it out, let me know.

BONZER WEB SITE OF THE WEEK: – Twenty Questions, updated for the computer age.

In this experiment in artificial intelligence, the computer tries to guess what you’re thinking of by asking simple questions. Think of an object and give it a go; you could be surprised by what it can guess. (It correctly guessed I was thinking

“unicorn” after 12 questions.) Everything 20q knows and all questions that it asks were entered by people playing the game; the more it’s played, the smarter it gets. At the end it lists contradictions to what it “knows”, which can be quite interesting.

For a BWSotW archive see

The technology behind Google’s great results

Google Technology

As a Google user, you’re familiar with the speed and accuracy of a Google search. How exactly does Google manage to find the right results for every query as quickly as it does? The heart of Google’s search technology is PigeonRank(tm), a system for ranking web pages developed by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University.

Building upon the breakthrough work of B. F. Skinner, Page and Brin reasoned that low cost pigeon clusters (PCs) could be used to compute the relative value of web pages faster than human editors or machine-based algorithms. And while Google has dozens of engineers working to improve every aspect of our service on a daily basis, PigeonRank continues to provide the basis for all of our web search tools. Read more…

R.A.D.A.R.! Where the Heck are You?

The Cognitive Personal Assistant – Computerworld

Future Watch by Thomas Hoffman

Cognitive Personal Assistant

AI-based systems could handle routine administrative tasks.

JUNE 07, 2004 (COMPUTERWORLD) – Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing a computer-based administrative assistant that draws upon artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to perform routine tasks such as scheduling meetings for busy managers and filtering and prioritizing their e-mail.

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(too funny) Greetings From The Fluffy Bunny Coven!

Greetings From The Fluffy Bunny Coven!:

The Mystical Wiccan Coven Grove of the Glittery Butterfly Unicorn of Magical Healing and Holy White Light of Divine Spiritual Spiffiness and Enchanted Smiling Faerie Goddess of the Brilliant Light of Wonderfulness is currently accepting applications.

Hi! On behalf of the MWCGGBUMHHWDSSESFGBLW group, I’d just like to say…Hi! We’re a loving, accepting group of Eclectic Wiccans who worship the LIGHT! We believe that you can’t hurt anything, because the rede says so! So we don’t eat animals, because animals are people TOO! You know those meanies say that plants are alive too but they’re just huffy because they’re carnivorous and angry and not enlightened like us. But you look like a really NEAT person! You just might be PERFECT to join our group!