April 30, 2005
Zak Smith's Illustrations For Each Page of Gravity's Rainbow. Illustrating Gravity’s Rainbow is like putting Ezra Pound’s Cantos to music, or writing the novel of a grandmaster showdown—from the point of view of the chess pieces. It is, in other words, a massive task. (Never read it. From Giavasan)
Reductive Literary Equations, for example: Moby dick - genius = Jaws
“Parrots, The Universe and Everything”, a Lecture by Douglas Adams. The complete 87 min. talk at UC Santa Barbara given a month before his death. It’s a speech about the environment and his book Last Chance to See. (Never read him)
Also at "Graylodge" (Try the home page!) - you can download & listen to The Medium is the Massage; with Marshall McLuhan. A Long-Playing Record 1968
Dante's Inferno Hell Test. This test is based on the description of Hell found in Dante's Divine Comedy. Answer the questions below as honestly as you can and discover your fate. Based on your answers, your purity will be judged and you will be banished to the appropriate level of hell. Abandon all hope.
A Portrait of Yo Mama As a Young Man by Andrew Barlow & Kent Roberts
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him…” Chapter One of you-know-what
Many More Unusual Literary Links Here
No Pope Jokes
The man below says, "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field. " "You must be an engineer", says the balloonist. "I am", replies the man. "How did you know?" "Well", says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's of no use to anyone."
The man below says, "You must be in management." "I am", replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?" "Well", says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault."
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A black man is going to get a vasectomy. He shows up to the doctor's office wearing a suit. The doctor says "Why are you wearing a suit?" The black man says "I just got back from a funeral".
“Something Awful” had a contest of Jokes with realistic endings (Many, obviously, offensive. From Famous Author Rob Byrnes)
- "Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?"
- "I think so, Brain, but if it was only supposed to be a three hour tour why did the Howells bring all their money?"
From some TV show called Pinky & The Brain(?)
“I struck a match against the door - of Anthony's Bar and Grill…”
Chefs who sport tattoos. Cooking ranks with the Navy and the yakuza as one of the great tattooed vocations, though the images sometimes differ. The most committed chefs are known to ink tools and ingredients onto their bodies.
Reasons not to Fire a Waiter. If you are a restaurateur, you might want to think about firing your server who also blogs
A comprehensive guide to Dive Lunches in the Silicon Valley
Toilet humor - A new theme restaurant in Taiwan
JSF's Burger Chef page. A nostalgic look back at one of America's first and finest fast food franchise chains
A tour of New York City Oldest Bars
“An Aussie in America” reviews The Outback Steakhouse, your typical American franchise restaurant overlaid with an Australiana theme
'Soup Nazi' plans to franchise his store
Many More Unusual Bars and Restaurants Here
April 29, 2005
Lists, lists, we got lists
JimWilson.com: A site devoted to all the brethren who go by the name of Jim Wilson
Odd Names From Remarkable Names of Real People by John Train (1977)
Funny Name Server. Admit it. As you were looking up a number in the phone book, a funny listing caught your eye. You chuckled at the poor guy whose name is also a curse word. Then you thought, "If I had nothing better to do, what other funny names could I find in the phone book?"
Namely - A list of people whose name makes a complete sentence
Vodka Pundit’s Lists of 50 Things, from “50 Words and Phrases Not to Use on a First Date” to “50 Things to be Thankful For”
High concept: 10 New Products For Which Market Research Is Probably Unnecessary
A list of 1,159 Naughty Words. (Caution: A list of 1,159 Naughty Words!)
Grow-a-brain’s Long List of Unusual Lists Here
The Mystery of Nature
Welcome to Maverick Surfer, your online source to big wave surfing
What is Photosynthesis? Only the most important process on earth.
Natural formation that looks like Mother Nature's Tile Floor. About 100,000 years ago a 400 foot thick molten mass of lava cooled and shrunk, breaking into long vertical shafts, each multisided like a pencil, and about a foot and a half in diameter, creating a rock formation known as "columnar basalt." Later a glacier ground its way across the mass, leaving a surface flat as a floor with the long thin parallel scrape marks across it. (From ”Reality Carnival”)
International Carnivorous Plant Society, snaring insects in a blink-of-an-eye
Mysterious People - Who are they?
The Indian legend of the Thunderbird, a cryptozoological mystery. There are many remote parts of the world where humans rarely travel through that can hide a species that hasn't been discovered yet. Here are just a few of the many unknown, undiscovered, mysterious animals that may be out there
This is the second post composed together with another blogger, this time with Gerard Vlemmings of ”Presurfer”, who provided many of today’s links. (First post here.) Thank you, Gerard! If I get some positive response, I may repeat the process with other bloggers perhaps, and on other topics. Contact me for details.
Many More Unusual Mysteries of Nature Here
April 28, 2005
We are all Losers
Who is Clay Johnson III? “Rolling Stone” reports on what it calls 'Bush's Most Radical Plan Yet,' a three-sentence proposal tucked away in the federal budget that "would enable the Bush administration to achieve what Ronald Reagan only dreamed of: the end of government regulation as we know it."
Laura Bush fun facts: She loves reggae, Bob Dylan, Ben Stiller and Dostoyevsky. She used to chain smoke, has a dark past and may have once been a pothead. She could have been somebody. Instead, she married a Bush.
Propaganda Posters. A Collection of 1400+ posters from Russia, Czech republic, Poland and Cuba
Many More Links About Unusual Crooks, Criminals & Evil Men Here
Short cuts from Wortel Drie. I like No. 9
“I remember it so clearly, like it was yesterday”, from Overheard in New York
The creative abundance of Patricia Storms, illustrator
Wil Forbis about his favorite Roz Chast cartoon
Many More Unusual Comics and cartoons Here
The Sumo Tube is a new towable that is not connected to the boat. The rider slides into the Sumo suit and holds on to a grab handle on the end of a 60' rope. The rider can roll 360s from left to right, jump the wakes, steer left and right by moving their arms, or just glide across the water's surface
Welcome to the Virtual Toilet Paper Museum, a tribute to that material which plays such an important role in our everyday lives. View our extensive collection of brands from the mundane to the exceeding rare, wondrous toilet-paper-related artworks of unusual beauty, and myriad informational exhibits. Here is The Vintage Collection
Sheriff Armadillo Taxidermy Weird Western Decor on eBay
Puppy Purses doggie carriers
I blogged about Dead malls before. John has some more interesting mall facts
Free After Rebate: computer gear, consumer electronics, office supplies, often 100% off the original price after rebate
Hippy shopper is the UK and Europe's first news blog devoted to greener and more ethical shopping
Many More Unusual Things To Buy Here
April 27, 2005
Star Wars Toy Collectors
Do you play chess? Play against Thinking Machine 4, and watch it plot its next move. When the machine is thinking, a network of curves is overlaid on the board, showing potential moves. Orange curves are moves by black; green curves are ones by white. The brighter curves are thought by the program to be better for white. Beautiful!
flickr memory game, but with only 16 squares
The Bootleg Toys Links. The number of toy lines and characters that have been bootlegged is incredible
Wheels O’ Wisdom, four to choose from
On November 16, 2003 a team of Kapla enthusiasts gathered at the National Building Museum in Washington DC to attempt to Break the World Record for the tallest Kapla tower
Heximoes are, as the name so clearly implies, 132 hexagonal dominoes
Dada Dolls, created almost entirely of recycled elements
Booty Babe Art by artist Spencer Davis
The Game of Mao is perhaps best summed up by the statement: "The only rule I can tell you is this one"
NiubNiub’s Toy Collection. NiubNiub's mom says: "when are you gonna grow up and stop buying toys !"
Many More Unusual Games and Toys Here
April 26, 2005
It’s a lovely war
The German Diaspora. Between 1933 and 1942 Wernher von Braun built up what was called the 'Rocket Team' - German engineers, recruited from universities all over Germany, to participate in development of the V-2, the world's first ballistic missile. At the end of the war, those who had experience in this new technology were eagerly sought after by the winning Allied powers. The US, the Soviet Union, and France moved over 400 of these 'Peenemuende Germans' and their families to new research facilities in the powers' respective countries. The work the Germans did at Huntsville, Vernon, and Gorodomlya led directly to the rockets that would take all three nations to outer space… In modern terms, this was the single greatest example of technology transfer in history
The Armour Archive, an on-line Journal devoted to teaching people how to make armour
Interactive conflict maps of the 20th century. Drag the timeline
First there was “Where’s Waldo”. Now here is Where’s Osama
Veri-SEAL. Do you, or somebody you know, pretend to be a SEAL? Check Veri-SEAL’s Hall of Shame to identify any imposters
Bombs over Denver - Handbook for civilians, just in case atom bombs fall
Unusual Technical Images Of Equipment Used In World War II. Featuring technical cutaway drawings of submarines, ships, aircraft and arms
Blood & Honey, Ron Haviv’s A Balkan War Journal
The journalism and films of John Pilger from Vietnam
"Vos enfants sont très beaux. Ils sont adoptes?"
Jen and Scott of “Bridge and Tunnel Club” take photographs, many beautiful photographs, of their walking tours in New York neighborhoods
Going to France? Here are some useful French phrases: "Est-ce que vous êtes ivre?"
Guess the Google Map destination. (Hint: 14305)
Snow in Venice: Here are a slew of pictures of the recent freakish snow that pummeled Venice on February 21, 2005
Rent a German offers a wide range of Germans for your personal and social needs
The Hungry Cyclist, Tom Kevill Davies's inter-continental pursuit of the perfect meal - on a bicycle
Welcome to Budapest Gay Guide
In response to Jason Kottke asking for micropatrons who will support him becoming a full-time blogger, ”Idlewords” decided to look for a Macropatron, asking one of his regular readers to contribute the lump sum of three hundred thousand (300,000) US dollars to enable him to quit his job too
Seth Godin about The Long Tail effect; In order to become a popular (successful) blog, it doesn’t matter who you know, like in the old day. Working your way up requires only a few things: Persistence, patience and low overhead.
Part one: Give people 1,000 channels to watch, and they won't all watch the same thing. Give people 1,000,000 books to read, and they won't all want to read a bestseller
The original Wired article article ‘The Long Tail’ - How to find local audiences, and the democratization effect of Amazon recommendations
Five terrible fake LiveJournal memes:
2. If I were a piece of food caught in your teeth, would you pick me out? What kind of food would I be? Would I be delicious even after I’d been trapped between your molars since lunch?
Coming May 9th: Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington is set to launch an interactive, Celebrity Blog, to counter The Drudge Retort
Blogs 101 for businesses, from BusinessWeek Online. "Blogs Will Change Your Business"
Blogging Is Pure Vanity: Profile Of A Vain Blogger
Many More Unusual Blogs and Bloggers Here
April 25, 2005
Out of a job
Odd Todd is Laid off and he has no money! How does he spends the day? Extremely funny. Help a dude recover
Job outlook, earning potential, training & qualifications for Roman Catholic Priests
"Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's not So bad after all… As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It's a wetsuit…"
Current employment opportunities at LucasFilm
Poke around Bob’s cube
Breaking news! Beer Truck Loses Load, Creates Traffic Nightmare. (With photo)
Also, reciprocal backslapping: Lots of traffic and some very nice words from The Steel Deal out of the blue. Thank you, Turman!
Many More Unusual Professions Here
April 24, 2005
People share their one-of-a-kind collections by opening museums
Located halfway between the glamour of Los Angeles and glitter of Las Vegas (and just off historic Route 66), Exotic World is the only museum on the planet exclusively dedicated to the art, artifacts and stars of Bump & Grind's Golden Age.
The Fox Riverside Theater in downtown Riverside, where the sneak for "Gone With The Wind" had its first public showing
From FUH2, a vehicular mishap, across the street from my house, by the La Sierra University here in Riverside
Parishes in the Diocese of San Bernardino
Freecycle in Riverside, a community-based forums where people give (and get) stuff for, well, free
One of the oldest local blogs: The Orange Empire of Southern California Weblog
Craig List for the Inland Empire
"Zappa commissioned the making of the famous American quilt made entirely of women’s undergarments. I was fortunate enough to attend a show at the Berkeley Community Theater on the tour that yielded some of the component parts of this quilt.
There were panties strung from both sides of the stage to the bass drums and one panty over each of the holes in front of said drums. Wafting panties marking time as the girls made their way to the stage to give their undergarments to the bass player, who used giant plastic tongs to deposit them on a silver platter which he then passed to Frank. If the garment was deemed worthy, Mr. Zappa would then twirl them on his finger without missing a beat. These gifts were saved for later use. The results were very Frank"...
Zappa's treasure house. Gail Zappa has a hoard of music that could fill a hundred albums - and she hopes to release it, bit by bit. (Thank you, Al)
Zappa Vs. WMD - Silly