links for 2008-10-01

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  • An offshoot of the uber-popular Lingerie Bowl halftime show that's appeared during Super Bowls past, there's now a fledgling league of extraordinary women who will play tackle football against one another in their underwear. Tryouts for the Seattle team, the Mist, are this Friday at Greenlake, although official league play won't start for another year and games will be played indoors, ala arena football. Fully-clothed details after the jump. It'll be really interesting to see how this goes over in Seattle. Horizon Productions requests your coverage of the Lingerie Football League’s (LFL) Seattle Mist mini-camp try-out on Friday, October 3rd at Greenlake Field. The Super Bowl halftime special called ‘Lingerie Bowl’ has become one of television’s most watched properties and apart of Super Bowl Sunday festivities for millions worldwide.
  • This collection of Star Wars themed pumpkins are incredible and jaw dropping. I would need the force to even attempt to make a basic one. Of course, people can cheat to win a contest like this. There is a growing army of websites where you can download pumpkin tattoos and carving templates. These are simply applied to the gourd of your choice, and off you go. The gallery shows ten of the ones I like most, but there are thousands out there on the web! Check out the video to see an example of how it is done.
  • Scribus is an open-source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.
  • The Atlas of the Real World uses software to depict the nations of the world, not by their physical size, but by their demographic importance on a range of subjects. Here, we select a series of travel- and news-related maps.
  • Forget everything you've heard about frankness, sharing your feelings, getting him to express his. New research into the male mind makes it clear that discussion may be the fastest way to shut down communication. (Oh, you noticed that, have you?)
  • In honor of our 10th birthday, we've brought back our oldest available index. Take a look back at Google in January 2001.
  • Now that we're a decade old, we figured we're long overdue for some spring cleaning. We started digging around our basement and found all kinds of junk: old Swedish fish, pigeon poop, Klingon translation books. Amazingly enough, hidden in a corner beneath Larry's and Sergey's original lab coats, we found a vintage search index in mint condition. We dusted it off and took it for a spin, gobsmacked to see how different the web was in early 2001. "iPod" did not refer to a music player, "youtube" was nonsense, and if you were looking for "Michael Phelps," chances are you meant the scientist, not the swimmer. "Wikipedia" was brand new. Remember "hanging chads"? (And speaking of that election-specific reference — if you're a U.S. citizen, it's not too late: please register to vote.) We had so much fun searching that we wanted to put this old index
  • Image optimization is an art that not many people master. There are many good image editing tools that allow us to get the best visual result for a certain file size but "under the hood" a lot more optimization can be done. is a service that goes beyond the limitations of Photoshop, Fireworks & Co. It uses image format specific non-lossy image optimization tools to squeeze the last bytes out of your images – without changing their look or visual quality. You'll get a report of how many bytes you can save by optimizing your images and all the changed images as a single zip for download. Smush it comes in different flavours: * You can upload a bunch of pictures in your browser * You can provide us with a list of image urls or * You can get a Firefox Extension to optimize the images found on any web page Saving bytes has never been so easy – you point us in the right direction, and we'll do the rest for you. A ZIP archive with optimized
  • is your ultimate guide for electronics products you want or already own. You'll find buying guides, tips and how-to videos for audio, digital TV, digital imaging, home networking, car and wireless electronic products.
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