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May 14th, 2002

The Picture Every Heterosexual Male Star Wars Fan is Drooling Over

That would be this Photoshopped one.

The picture occasionally doesn’t want to come up. Keep trying. Me? I’ll pass. But thanks.

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 14, 2002 -- 12:07:24 am
I'd like to get HER on my Craftmatic II, vroom vroom!

(Who the hell is she?)

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Tuesday May 14, 2002 -- 4:40:50 am
Ummm, it looks like the girl that plays Padme/Queen Amidala. I also believe I've seen footage of her from one of the trailers out there that has her in this very outfit, ramping around in one of the fight scenes either with a gun or saber. I'm almost thinking it was the latest trailer out there. I can't remember the actresses name but she's been in other shows too.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 14, 2002 -- 9:00:38 am
403 - You are forbidden from accessing this server. I guess the Force has determined that I'm not worthy...

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 14, 2002 -- 9:17:52 am
Chris -- Just reload... it loaded for me on the second try.

This picture is just another example of something I realized after Jason X: in the future, all women wear belly shirts.

FROM: Patrick
DATE: Tuesday May 14, 2002 -- 10:20:24 am
Ryan - that is Natalie Portman. She was also in, among others, 'Where the heart is.' That movie is pretty good.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 14, 2002 -- 11:04:58 am
I just reloaded my brains out and the pic is not coming up. This isn't fair, dammit!

FROM: Greg
DATE: Tuesday May 14, 2002 -- 11:50:16 am
Ryan - There's a colthing material shortage in the future... only the upper class can afford a full shirt.

What is so great about this picture anyway?

FROM: Patrick
DATE: Tuesday May 14, 2002 -- 1:38:22 pm
For all those having problems getting the not so great job at photoshop picture try cutting and pasting this link

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 14, 2002 -- 9:32:36 pm
What is so great about this picture anyway?

I'm wondering the same thing. Hollywood grinds up and spits out enough pretty faces on skinny bodies that I have a hard time deciding which are special and which are not.

FROM: Pete
DATE: Tuesday May 14, 2002 -- 11:02:35 pm
Its fairly obvious what the forbidden message means. Perhaps you should host your own images? Hell, you can get this at

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 5:02:30 am
Why yes, that is Natalie Portman (duh), and I forgot to address the fact that the page *WILL NOT* load for a lot of people until you add the "WWW" in there in front of it. Ahh, the chaos of trying to see a bit of bare belly skin and frantically sobbing at the 404's as they repeatedly pop-up...

That was one of the first things I tried btw when I got the message repeatedly. Guess it's force of habit...

Kinda' worked out like the old adage on how to keep a moron in suspense...

::pssssst:: I'll tell you later...

In terms of Hollywood skin...

What in Hollywood is really worth going after? I'm not sure there's anyone there with any real substance. After all, they're *ACTORS* and therefore put on the act. If you expected to find that in Hollywood... I'd wager you're better off finding it anywhere but Hollywood. Maybe even Compton if you elect to look in Cali... it definitely would be more *REAL*...

So in a nutshell... if you're looking for a woman with substance... ummm... ::scratching chin:: Hmmmm... Y'know... I'll get back to you on where to look, haven't had such great luck in that area myself. ;-)

As far as where to find bare exposed belly's...

::humming Summertime by Sublime::

Gotta' love 'da warm weather of Chee-CAW-go... too bad it ain't really hit yet. Parkas in July? Here?!? It could happen...

I'm not even sure Mr. Skilling would deny that now...

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 8:28:46 am
Thanks for the investigative work, Marcus. The link is fixed.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 12:03:11 pm
Something about her stomach looks fake.

FROM: Jeff
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 2:45:38 pm
A link in your heading that dosn't work now thats professional!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 3:22:25 pm
So is it "Jeff" or "Jon"? Make up your mind, son.

FROM: son
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 3:27:05 pm
still not very professional!

FROM: Pete
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 8:41:18 pm
Marcus, the page will not load because the images directory checks the referrer. By putting the URL into the browsers address box you send "-" as a referrer and apache lets those referrers go through.

Obviously, the webmaster doesn't want to pay extra bandwidth bills and that's something people should respect. Considering the same photo is all over I don't know why the ping is linking to someone's weblog with a link that doesn't work.

DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 9:18:54 pm
It's because the dailyping has no respect for anyone or anything.

DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 9:20:49 pm
anyone drooling over this pic. needs to grow up it's not that hot.

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 10:22:47 pm
If he didn't want to be linked, he'd take it down. :-D Remember, the internet is but an outlet to find information (information superhighway), and if you can find it anywhere around the internet, of course people link to it/from it. Lord knows if Paul or Ryan link to anything on my server space (which at the moment there's not much worthwhile), I'd be more flattered than I would be disgruntled over the few k it saps up. If it crippled it all 'til it went down the crapper, well then, I'd surely have to realize what a wonderful site or piece of content I have up that has people glued to it in prime fashion to knock my bandwidth down. So far, that's never happened... yet it's not keeping me up at nights either. Mind you I run a racetrack website that gets tons of hits a month from one of my server spaces, so if he's that starving for bandwidth, it might be time to give up on Geocities...

Would you consider's image search engine an outrage because it finds images out there on the 'net? So why is this any different? They found something they wanted to discuss, posted a ping about it, and yet we are up in arms based on the content provided. Much like TiVo or ReplayTV (noting another ping) you can just zoom right on by it if you don't like it (at least the government hasn't sought to track us all and determine why we go past certain sites... yet), and I very much doubt that this site (outside of the "Super Blue Stuff" or "Senior Prank" postings) draws the kind of web hits to cripple the other guy's poor bandwidth. Not like they linked the image directly in the ping so it loads the image everytime you go to the default "TDP" page.

And j, jon, son, or joe... if you don't like "The Daily Ping" so much, why are you here? I guess you're so bored you have to fall into the disgruntled spammer category, eh? What'd they do, make fun of the name of a product you thought diligently on?

Alas, if you'd read what I said about substance, you'd denote that nothing was said about ::drooling:: over Natalie's airbrushed tummy. I think that was the point of the Ping that you failed to comprehend... hence "Photoshopped" included in the title. I think that's exactly why Monica made her comment as well, because it does look like an amateur Photoshop artist went in and took the airbrush tool to her 10-minute abs...

And the "www" pre-domain directory works, irregardless of how or why, it just does, and I often try both to see what comes back in return; much as if you find a site with anything but "www" listed (sorta' how most of the cjb sites work) I very often try inputting a general "www" to see what the default directory provides. I typically also make sure to close off all of my directories when I link so as to have the page load that much quicker rather than hunt around for where it locates it's default page. Granted I don't go overboard and type the default/index filename for every site (bit of guessing) but closing the directory off in linkage is good practice, especially in site design. Every fraction of a second helps...

Not that it's necessarily an element of professionalism or lack thereof, it's just a trick of the trade. Nobody is perfect, but we all learn as time goes on. Perhaps even j, joe, jeff, son or the rest of the family will learn to look before they leap before spamming. Otherwise they fall into another "j" word...


FROM: Pete
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 10:32:56 pm
Marcus, you're missing the point. The entire problem can be fixed if they followed basic nettiquette. Everything on the internet is not fair game, its obvious the webmaster is protecting his bandwidth. There's nothing stopping you from copying the image and putting it on your own webspace.

As for being flattered because someone wants to use your bandwidth, well that's subjective. You're also ignore the very likely scenario that so-and-so weblogger is doing this because it became a problem. The site in question posts a lot of cool stuff and I'm sure he's doing this because he's been burned before. Regardless, the smart thing to do would be to link at and get the big full version. If you hit refresh often enough its the splash page at It ain't exactly rare.

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 11:23:17 pm
Pete: if one can't link to something, then that defeats the entire purpose of the web.

Also, man, everyone needs to lighten up. Until we start tackling the hard issues like Peace in the Middle East, that is. We're talking about an image of Natalie Portman that is obviously airbrushed.

Clearly, more people visiting with Wacky Google searches and not reading the About Page....

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday May 16, 2002 -- 12:12:30 am
Wow. I friggin' love the Ping. It's turning into Fark. Er... I better bite my tongue.

FROM: Pete
DATE: Thursday May 16, 2002 -- 12:52:49 am
Paul: If you read and understood what I was saying about the referrer link, you would know that you can link to it. Link to the archive page (he's using blogger) that provides that link. Its actually pretty simple.

Secondly, nothing defeats the entire purpose of the web. If someone doesn't want others to embed their photos they have every right to do what they want with their webspace.

FROM: Pete
DATE: Thursday May 16, 2002 -- 12:54:36 am
Just because it isn't convienant for a lazy admin on some other site to go through someone else's limited access folders doesn't mean the net is going to collapse on itself. It means a certain guy from the daily ping should learn some manners.

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 16, 2002 -- 8:47:30 am
It means a certain guy from the daily ping should learn some manners.

Your mom!


FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Thursday May 16, 2002 -- 1:35:25 pm
Actually, I don't feel I missed the point, as contrary I believe you missed the point. I don't even see them violating netiquette. The web is a source of information, and the ability to link to/from a site or element isn't something where you must first request permission, it's almost *IMPLICIT* that you're allowed that right to link to anything from anywhere as long as you don't host it yourself. What *IS* an area where you must ask permission is if you download and serve the content from your own server, as your own (which is to say if Paul and Ryan downloaded the image and stored it on their own server without asking permission). That's basic netiquette...

What you refer to is excess red-tape and a haughty over-extension of the idea of netiquette for a self-serving or excuse-driven need. It's sorta' like asking your girlfriend/wife if it's okay to hold her hand... do you do that or do you violate the new "unabridged" testament of relationship etiquette?

I didn't think so...

Point taken, point rejected, luv serving 30...

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday May 16, 2002 -- 5:46:40 pm

It's not violating netiquette in any way to link (or "deep link" if you prefer) to an image on someone's site -- it still requires an action by a visitor to bring that image up. What would have been a violation of netiquette would have been if Paul put an IMG tag and pointed directly to the image on another server. In that case, every viewer to our page would end up using someone else's bandwidth. A pretty easy distinction, if you ask me.

FROM: steve
DATE: Thursday May 23, 2002 -- 12:23:58 am
star wars has succesfully managed to create their own version of tomb raider. not bad. not too bad at all

FROM: Busta
DATE: Thursday June 6, 2002 -- 5:21:39 pm
You don't have permission to access /images/feeltheforce.jpg on this server.


Apache/1.3.22 Server at Port 80

FROM: Busta
DATE: Thursday June 6, 2002 -- 5:27:03 pm
Now I see it. Thanks Patrick.

I say she looks like an average 10 year old with an 18-year-old athlete's stomach. Too skinny. Too young.

Who's getting a thrill from this photo?

Humbolt that's who.

DATE: Thursday June 6, 2002 -- 5:31:29 pm
I think there may be a few homosexual male star wars fans who would drool over this photo too. She kind of looks like a boy. She cannot compare to the beloved Boob Parader. Ms. Joli's trussed up front ends were characters themselves worthy of bust supporting actress awards themselves.

FROM: spengy
DATE: Friday September 20, 2002 -- 6:57:49 pm
her abs are lopsided!

DATE: Tuesday June 7, 2005 -- 11:32:45 am

FROM: Ground Hogg
DATE: Saturday February 11, 2006 -- 3:25:52 am
What's the "hotness" here? Her hip-huggers are too high-rise, that won't get me half-eay to normal body heat. Surely, when they make an action movie, a lot lower low-rise hiphuggers can keep the heroine's ultimates from slipping down to where they can no longer be considered "outerwear" suitable to wear in public?

Even Susan George's "half-way-only-down" hipsters in the Clint Eastwood film "The Gauntlet" or the biker chick's just a bit lower bare belly in Tom Loughlin's "Born Losers" were umpteen times hotter (and in my mind not really popping the top of the thermometer all the way either) than Natalie Portman's outfit in this subject photo of this thread.

I haven't seen the movie yet so maybe there's more of her lower belly exposure in the film, and I know she is an attractive actress, but if this photo is the best that can be "promoted" (and generally movie promotions just show the few seconds of the "hottest" scenes), then I think that a lot of "red-blooded males" have been "de-blooded" by political correctness to the point where they will accept a presentation of an image of a "hot" woman which simply is "not".

Ground Hogg

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I was just given two Craftmatic beds. I tore a shoulder muscle getting one of these hunks of steel up the stairs only to find out that the control was broken. (well, free is free, right?) Anyway, we used the control off the other one to figure out that the other control was broken. Has anyone ever tried to order a control from the company? I went to the web site and all they want is what I consider WAY too much information about me…there is no other way to get in contact with anyone unless you fill out a form and have someone call you. Just curious….

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