Chris’ random links: May day

Some guy figured out how to use Gmail as a spam filter for his regular email address.

Some of these fonts look like they came out of a free font CD from 1996 but it’s worth sharing since there are over 300 of them.

Interesting article about how some chef’s are accepting money to promote certain foods, or even name dishes a certain thing.

I’m tempted to order these shoes just for the kicks! You gotta wonder who picks the colors. These ones (if you read the description) are from 1982 world cup.

Excellent list of web cams from all over Arizona.

Ken Ham has a new blog.

Interesting plug in for Outlook that brings prioritization and sorting tools into play.

I’ve been making my way through the book Getting Things Done (which is apparently hugely popular right now) and have recently been trying out the technique of having a Tickler File. Cool concept. If it works out I’ll be sure to report on my findings.

Whether you like Bush or not this is pretty funny.

I knew very little about the Passenger Pigeon until I read a few interesting articles recently. It was a bird that became extinct in 1914 after about a hundred years of hunting. Estimates say there were between 1 and 4 billion of these birds in North America. Simply amazing!!

Feel good story of the month: Teenagers Survive Six Days Lost at Sea

Brief history of the word “hello” and how Thomas Edison brought it into popular use.

It seems that a slang word “hullo” was developing in the mid-1800’s to express surprise and as a means of calling attention, and that Edison was indeed the first to spell it “Hello” in the 1877 letter to T. B. A. David. This usage was picked up at Menlo Park where Edison continued to make substantial improvements to Bell’s invention, especially in the transmitter. As Edison’s inventions were incorporated into the growing Bell system (his patents for Western Union were turned over to Bell in 1879), his greeting (perhaps a misspelling of a word which he heard with difficulty) spread at the telephone exchanges which standardized introductions between strangers.

Another site says it better:

Q: What common word do we have Thomas Edison to thank for?
A: ‘Hello’
Edison proposed that the word ‘hello’ be used to begin a conversation on the telephone. (Alexander Graham Bell, the telephone’s inventor, had suggested ‘Ahoy, Ahoy.’) The idea caught on, and the word became a common greeting for face-to-face communications, as well.

5 responses to “Chris’ random links: May day”

  1. Ahoy Tommy,
    Well, looks like I was wrong about the Edison thing. Or rather, the article I was reading was wrong and I didn’t check. I actually did look at three or four sites so it’s obviously a very big misconception out there.


  2. By the way, I set up gmail as a spam filter for one of my email addresses that has been around for about 6 years and gets about 1000 junk emails a day.
    1. Register fake gmail account that you won’t ever use
    2. Set your spam-inundated email address to forward to your new gmail address.
    3. Set your gmail address to forward to your real email address.

    Tada! Automatic, server-side spam filtering for free. Awesomeness.
    I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.

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