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June 30, 2004

MP3 Soul

clock Lyrics Made Famous by Bing Crosby. (From “Rash Blog”)

The virtual orchestra

A mural of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in bottle caps and more bottle cap art

The Great Organ of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC

Play Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells. (From the Spanish “Milinkito”)

Making the rounds: Album covers that copy other album covers

The Rock Art of Mick Rock. (From “Ethereal Code”)

The Thelonious Monk Website

Lyle Lovett

Abra Moore

30 years of Live Music Archives by the Grateful Dead (At the digital library of thee “Internet Archives”)

Ten worst moments in Kisstory

From George Carlin: "I'll bet there aren't too many people hooked on crack who can play the bagpipes." Many More Unusual Music Links Here

June 30, 2004 in Music_ | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Only 12 were built

futureDocumenting the restoration of a 1953 GM Futurliner, futuristic-looking RV of the “arade of Progress”. (Thanks, Gayle)

Low, low-rider

French Curves: The Automobile as Sculpture

Volvos Can Fly

Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions

Rough Terrain Vehicle (RTV) in the sand at Glamis, California

Green Car Club, a car club for owners and supporters of environmentally friendly cars

A cut-out of the Trabant- East Europe's best known transporter

When the first man discovered cow-milking, what was he trying to do?... Our large Archives of Unusual Vehicles Here

June 30, 2004 in Cars | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"Iraq is Finally Sovereign!"

iraq_new_flag

Who Lost Iraq? by Paul Krugman

Fighting Machine: If we don't want to know about the dead, we certainly don't want to know about the injured. The unseen cost of the war in Iraq

Lots to be proud of: The vast majority of Iraqis still alive

Iraq as the 51st state: Interview with Juan Cole

“Debka” wrote yesterday that Allawi’s secret deal is to gain control of Saddam and his top 11 regime officials as hostages to guarantee his life. The insurgents will be given to understand that violence against the prime minister will be met with the fast trial and execution of a member of Saddam’s “dirty dozen.” As long as the insurgents attack only American, British and Iraqi troops, the deposed dictator and his men will languish in prison without trial.

Business Opportunities in Iraq from the (now defunct) CPA

Iraq’s new flag” above from “The Onion”, obviously. More News about War in Iraq Here

June 30, 2004 in War in Iraq | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Space Cadets

Alan_bean Alan Bean's Space paintings describes his travels. He was the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 12, and thus the 4th man to walk on the moon. (From Incoming Signals)

Peter Thorpe Rocket Paintings

Mojave Airport calls itself “America's First Inland Spaceport”. On June 21, 2004, the age of commercial space exploration was launched there with the flight of Space Ship One

Comets from The Astronomical Institutes of the University of Bonn

I need more readers! If you enjoy this blog, please forward it to your friends - they will appreciate it too! Lots of links about space travel Here

June 30, 2004 in Space | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 29, 2004

The Sun is the biggest clock in the world

Clock_template_1 Own a piece of rock and roll history, buy Alice Cooper’s watches: Every watch has been worn and used by Alice Cooper and are being offered from his personal collection

The Novel "Continental" Blinking Eye Clock, c. 1870, and Swimming Turtle Clock (From Novel Timepieces Gallery of the National Watch and Clock Museum. Found at “Boynton”)

The Nixie Tube Digital Wristwatch with Krusty Brand batteries

Digital Dali Clock and Spider Watch (From “Wrist Fashion”)

What time is it according to the Digital Doomsday ?

Cloth Aloha Shirt Hula Clock

Final thought of the day: Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity. Lots of Web Watches and Clocks Here

June 29, 2004 in Clocks & Watches | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

June 28, 2004

"Less Is Best, Mr. Nabokov"

Lolita_playing_1In April I submitted Vladimir Nabokov's short story "Torpid Smoke" to seven online manuscript evaluation services. Other than changing the title to "Russian Smoke" and Nabokov's name to Jonathan Shade, I left the piece unaltered. My online editors had some praise for the story, but also some suggestions on how to improve it. They each charged between three and fifteen dollars for their services…

Did Nabokov Plagiarized Lolita?

27.000 Miles through 48 States – On the road with kubrick’s 1964 version and with Adrian Lyne’s 1997 version. (Very slow downloads, but worth the wait. From The Lolita Chronology). Also the Magic Finger scene here.

A clip of James Mason sees Lolita for the first time in the garden, and James Mason reads the opening lines of the story

First American Review of “Lolita” from September 1958

Lolita, the opera

Lolita Foreward

Nabokov's Passion for Butterflies and Nabokov as Translator

Hitchcock and Nabokov

(The reason I find the still-photo above of interest is, naturally, because it's in color, while Kubrick's film was in black & white). More Unusual Nabokov Links Here

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Wasted!

strange_fishHello, Little Brother

Sink into Quicksand! A very strange hobby (or perversion)

Get Annoyed - Thousands of Ways To Annoy People

26 More Ways to Leave Your Lover. (From “J-Walk”), and “A Scientific Approach to Understanding My Girlfriend's Role in the Overall Degradation of My Life's Quality”

Celebrating 3000 years of cat mustaches

Urban life is fraught with daily challenges. You need a box of Urban asshole notification cards

Bloopers of The Winnebago man . (Very crude language! From “Leuschke”)

What are those strange objects?!

Toilet Tennis: “Look Left & Look Right…” From “The writing on the stall”

There are thousands of books out there to help you avoid self-destructive behavior – but what fun is that? The Self Destruction Handbook is the first book designed to help you not help yourself

I’m gonna run for Governor of this Wal-Mart (From “Catch”)

The Apple Game

Lots of stuff to waste time on Here

June 28, 2004 in Waste of Time | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 27, 2004

Flabob International

Flybob_airport_rubidoux Last week we listed & sold a triplex in Rubidoux, a sleepy suburb of Riverside. The old building we sold was only a few hundred yards from Rubidoux Flabob Airport, the tiny local airstrip that boasts the Flabob Cafe and that strange biplane installation in front of it…

Rubidoux is bleak. Its Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre is one of the only two drive-ins still-operational in Southern California. Here’s “Soo 54”, Business Car 'Mt. Rubidoux' from “The Orange Empire Railway Museum”

The Kodak Brownie collection at the University of California, Riverside Museum of Photography. The Sherman Indian Museum

1986: The Riverside Prostitute Killer

Landmarks in Riverside from Helen Sanematsu

Fighting the miserable traffic on the 91 Freeway

The majority here rent. Here’s information about Riverside Apartments & Rentals

The Economic Development Division of San Bernardino County

Many More Unusual Stories About Riverside And San Bernardino and about Orange County Here

June 27, 2004 in Riverside & Corona - California | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Fashion conscious

Queen_of_england Shoe of the day

Glossary of the Brooks Brothers Catalogue. (From “Injection” who predicts: 2005 is going to be a tough year no matter who wins…)

"Pain couture" (Bread couture) by Jean-Paul Gaultier

Pizza & Ice Cream Jewelry

Crack Smoking Shirts

Every t-shirt design that Threadless has put out in 4 years

Growing a beard can be hazardous to your health...

The Red Hat Society: When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me

Flipping people off is so over. I mean, seriously, why go through all that effort to tell people they suck? Just wear this Middle Finger Tee and save your energy for more important things

The usual disclaimer: Based on the frequency of Fashion postings, readers may suspect that I am very fashion-conscious myself. Nothing could be further from the truth. By the way, I am in possession of a link to the what seems to be the original GOATSE-VIDEO-CLIP. If you are interested, email me for the address. I am not going to post it here, that's for sure. More Odd Fashion News Here

June 27, 2004 in Fashion | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"When books are banned, only outlaws will have books"

Banned_books_1 A fully-working paper automata including a moving Oil Well and a saying goodbye Cowboy Bush and "I Love Rumsfeld" Mug. (Both from Tom McMahon)

The Rasmussen Reports Presidential Tracking Poll of the race for the White House

The Stop Bush Project documents anti-Bush sentiment from around the world

Bill Clinton’s “My life”, the Random House site. 957 pages too many? Here’s the Clinton PowerPoint version

Poker with Dick

Bush and Kerry decided to resolve their differences with a "Creepiest Laughter" contest!

"An election is nothing more than an advance auction of stolen goods." Said Ambrose Bierce, so the League of Non-Voters invite you to participate in their Black Ribbon Campaign against voting. See also the large Non-Voting Archive

On the other hand, here's the Michael Moore Pledge of Democratic Allegiance

Resourceful Americans Create New Ways to Honor Dead Republicans

Angry_gore_1 Top-secret conversations from “Dang Funny Politics”

The following headlines are not “Onion” posts. They are the features at the top of the GWB Official Campaign Blog:
“Kerry Struggles Not to Be Pessimistic." * "Poll: Bush Has the Highest Number of Positive Supporters in Recent History, Kerry the Lowest." * "Mrs. Bush's Oatmeal-Chocolate Chunk Cookies.”
(Is it scary or ironic?)

My pet goat ate Bush's 9-11 story. (And, Raising Meat Goat for fun & profit)

(Photo of Robot-Gore from “Honzo”.) More Odd News about Election 2004 Here

June 27, 2004 in 2004 Election | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

BASE Jumping and more

extreme_bike Pictures from the 2001 World Championships Recumbent bike races

Amazing 10 minutes of BASE jumping videos (including a final scene of jumping out of a window of a NYC hotel before dawn. From “Coolio”)

The 13,000+ members of the Iron Butt Association are dedicated to safe, long-distance motorcycle riding

A new French urban sport known as Le Parkour - or obstacle-coursing. (From “Deep Fun”)

Working out-Icelandic style: Bjáni Kanisson attempting some classic strongman events

Water Cycling. (From “Underwater Times”)

Many more Links of Extreme Sports Here

June 27, 2004 in Extreme Sports | Permalink | Comments (13) | TrackBack

June 26, 2004

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11

American_flag_waving I went to see Fahrenheit 9/11 last night, but in North Orange County, with its hundreds of movie theaters, it was shown on only three screens, and was sold out. (Shame on them theater owners). So I had to come back today for the matinee. I found the movie scary & extremely sad, and I think that every American should see it before the November election, in order to form their opinions accordingly.

Here are some reviews of the movie: Rotten Tomatoes gives it a “84% freshness” level. Slate’s David Edelstein says it describes it as "part prosecutorial brief and part rabid editorial cartoon: a blend of insight, outrage, and sniggering innuendo, the whole package threaded with cheap shots". Christopher Hitchens calls it dishonest and demagogic, and the NY-Times’ David Brooks compares Moore, unflatteringly, to Sartre. CNN claims that Fahrenheit 9/11 captures the zeitgeist

On IMDb, 3159 users have rated the movie during the first day with an average rating of 6.8. 62% gave it a 10, 29% gave it a 1. (By the way, see also the IMDb’s Top 250 movies as voted by their users)

John Ashcroft sings Let the eagle soar

Box Office Domestic Totals for the film

Warning: This Movie Contains Opinions

The rest of our links about the presidential November election here

June 26, 2004 in 2004 Election | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Travel to Walden Pond

walden Mexican popular imagery

Nicaraguan Murals from Stanford University’s ”Expressions of South America”

Transparent New York

I Love New York, video of the maiden voyage

The Explorers Club , Promoting Exploration for One Hundred Years. (From “Mookie”)

Walden Pond Photographs from Concord, MA

Many More Travel Links Here

June 26, 2004 in Traveling Places | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Do outrageous things

massage Waterboy is a self contained liquid-suspension environment. The unit is designed to support one individual submerged in a warm distilled liquid bath. Respirator and audio communication technology are added to allow longer submersion times. (From ”Weird Links”)

Odd celebrity portraits from Sublime Stitching

Fight Terror - Turn off your television!

Child Weddings in Alabama. Local girls and boys can marry there at age 14, with parental consent. (From ”Lots of Co.”)

Since 2002, Kempa used 2,635 caps to build a Bottle cap mosaic depicting his late brother, Chris. Here’s a quick time version of his effort

38 dishonest tricks which are commonly used in argument, with the methods of overcoming them

“You're Too Kind” - A Brief History of Flattery

LifeSharers is a non-profit voluntary network of organ donors

Gui Lian, ”Make a face” in Chinese

hot_link_buttonAnti-Smoking Stamps from many countries around the world. (But none from the US. Also, stamps honoring Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Chess on stamps)

The other day, I went and had me an hour-long, full-body Deep-tissue massage. It was heavenly and I'm going to start taking massages regularly.

Many more things to do with your life Here

June 26, 2004 in Do Something with your Life | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

June 25, 2004

A lesson in determination

cameron The amazing courage and will of Cameron Clapp, a teenage triple amputee

Uri Geller, Does this man ever sleep? (From “Absolute Speakers”)

Jeri Ryan, a former Borg and a former wife of Jack Ryan

Rick Mills is a male model, specializing in modeling for body painting

Joseph Pujol, 'The Fartiste'. (From ”Metafilter”)

Becky Martz collects banana stickers(?). Her collection now consists of more than 4000 different banana labels, 93 broccoli bands and 157 asparagus bands. Here is the group photo of participants from the Banana Label Collectors' Convention in Munich

White rappers

Bill "El Wingador" Simmons, the new winner of New Jersey Turnpike hot dog competition

Chuck Nolan is a float hunter

A Vietnamese man who has not had a hair cut in 31 years hopes to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest hair in the world

Miss Plump Universe. (From Sugar-n-Spicy)

Our large collection of unusual people here

June 25, 2004 in Unusual People | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack