August 31, 2005
Trailer for Sarah Silverman’s Jesus Is Magic (Offending for the offendees)
From UnPopArt: God Bless Our God. Art by Charles Krafft
“Hong Kong Gone Wrong Pictures” presents Kung Fu Jesus
Obscenities Uttered by Jesus Christ: "Dad damn you!"
The Lord’s Prayer on a head of a pin
Production Error Jesus - Rare, Factory Mistake Jesus Action Figures. Also from Archie McPhee: "God Bless Our Home" Fiber Optic Picture. When the glory of fiber optics meets the glory of Mary and Jesus the results are simply dazzling
The list of people who have said that they are gods consists of those notable human beings who have made statements about being a god or being God
A Tokyo subway station ad for Passion of the Christ
Photo above from ”Super Frankenstein”. (Great news! The Super Frankenstein Singers have been invited to perform at the assassination of Hugo Chavez!) More Unusual Links About Jesus and Other Strange Spiritual Links Here
August 30, 2005
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"False perspective" space in a Quaker Oats commercial directed by Errol Morris, and starring magician Ricky Jay
Last week's New Yorker hits the bright red bull's-eye on advertising chutzpah with an entire issue containing only one advertiser - The middle-brow big-box retailer, Target. Hey, that's just what New York needs: Buildings with targets painted all over them
As part of the nature/culture division, we see numerous representations of stupid women in popular culture. The division of the world into the male symbolic realm of culture and the female domestic realm leaves women as intellectually inferior. In popular advertising this trope is expressed in visual senses—as women’s faces are composed in such a way as to suggest stupidity—as well as linguistic senses—women are seen saying stupid things or being portrayed as unable to think for themselves without assistance of a man. 2,500 more images about Gender and advertising
Bumvertising™, the use of sign holding vagrants to advertise
(This is post No. 1600). A Large Collection of Unusual Ads Here
More & More real estate blogs (The List)
First of all: “The market is booming! How come real estate agents aren’t getting rich?” An illuminating Slate article that illustrates my old points: No. 1. The average agent sells only a few homes a year, and No. 2: The median annual earnings of real estate agents were $30,930 in 2002. That’s a shame – Would YOU let a person earning $31,000 / year handles your biggest asset?
The historic homes blogger, a new blog by Realtor Frances Flynn Thorsen of Bethlehem, PA, who is organizing the Real Estate Blog Squad. There are now about 30 Realtors / bloggers who are planning to cover the NAR convention in San Francisco next month, including Craig Newmark, founder of Craigs list (and responsible for the Craigslist Effect). So, if some local readers of Grow-a-brain wish to get together, email me. The convention will take place October 28-31. I’ll probably be hanging around, looking for the old places I knew when I lived in the city in 1986-1990…
John Mudd of Tampa Bay, FL, one of the very first real estate bloggers, wrote an article for this month’s Realtor Magazine of how to build a successful blog. Worth reading -
From Todd Carpenter of “Lenderama”, a new Mortgage Industry Forum
A good blog from The Affordable Housing Institute
The rat and mouse, “estate agent” blog from London
Taro Akasaka’s Japan Real Estate Digest
Michelle, Organic Realtor from San Francisco
From The Columbus Ohio Real Estate Blog: “Columbus Ohio is the 78th most liberal city in America” - ?!
John A Keith’s Boston real estate blog
Snow Home Properties, about Colorado's finest ski and golf homes
Linda DeVlieg’s Albuquerque MLS Blog
Joeann Fossland’s blog “Relaxed”
Jay Hollander’s Real Estate Law Weblog, “From Bricks to Clicks”
I am getting my new home built in the White Gate area of Riverside. Photo above is of the lot after ground breaking. House warming party should take place around New Year’s Eve. You are warned. The complete List of Real Estate Blogs as well as Grow-a-Brain’s Extensive Real Estate Archives are Here
August 29, 2005
The End of The Fall
Opulent living & working - The Emirates palace in Abu Dhabi
FatwaIslam - The most comprehensive online Islamic Fatwa guide
Western advertising under Islam. The visual culture of the Middle East is a mixture of the socialist realism and emerging consumerism
Starlets in chadors. Iranian postcards of western actresses in Muslim attire
Security officials in Kuwait have banned the import of Iraqi watermelons amid fears the fruit could be used to smuggle explosives
Jamaica in the desert. Rastafarians in Kibbutz Rastafarian
Flights of the Imagination: Banksy vs. The West Bank
Many video clips of Israel under the British rule, many from British Pathe Archives and many from after 1948. (In Hebrew only) - ארץ ישראל בתקופת השלטון הטורקי
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Here’s another poem by my favorite poet, Dalia Rabikovitch. It is called “The End of The Fall” -
If a man falls from a plane in the middle of the night
Only God can pick him up.
God shows himself in the middle of the night
And touches the man and eases his suffering.
God does not wipe his blood
Because blood is not his soul,
God does not indulge his body
Because man is not of flesh.
God leans over him, lifts his head and watches
In his eyes the man is a child.
As he gets up heavily on all four and tries to walk
And then he feels that he can fly.
The man is still confused and does not know
That it is far better to float that to crawl.
God wishes to caress his head
But he waits, because he does not wish
To scare the man
With signs of love.
If a man falls from a plane in the middle of the night
Only God knows the end of the fall.
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Many More Unusual News from the Middle East Here
August 28, 2005
Akbar And Jeff
Kingsmill Resort's Dagwood Sandwich. Named after Dagwood Bumstead, a character in the "Blondie" comic strip, this extremely thick sandwich is piled high with a variety of meats, cheeses, condiments and lettuce
Jeremy Banx, creator of Mister Bignose, The Many Deaths of Norman Spittal, Turkeys of doom, more
Buddhist cartoons - A Wandering Monk's Tale; The Adventures of Ohmiomyo and Karma
The art of Vera Brosgol
(I don’t remember where I saw the graphic above?!?). Many More Unusual Comics and cartoons Here
August 27, 2005
Hitchcock's "elevator story" as told by Peter Bogdanovich
Hitchcock at War. Despite being unfit for active military service, Hitchcock was very keen to contribute to the war effort, especially after a snide comment by his former producer Michael Balcon about "plump" British directors going to Hollywood "while we who are left behind short-handed are trying to harness the films to our great national effort"
IMDb rating of Hitchcock’s 53 movies
Joe Bob Briggs interviews Tippi Hedren
Film still collection from all movies
Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Episode guide, including air dates, cast and crew, and plot synopses, 1955-1960
History of American candy
Vintage Candy advertisements of Brach's Confections
Cupcake cook-off of a graduate pastry chef. Click on his graduation photos on flickr
The PEZ collector
How Atomic FireBalls candy is being made
Ice Cream Ball. With “ Play & Freeze Ice Cream MakerTM”, you can make ice cream anywhere! You don’t need electricity, just add ice and rock salt in one end and ice cream mix in the other end–then have a ball as you shake it, pass it or roll it
Cluster of sweets on flickr
The Panda's Thumb
Chinese Fish of the week
Painted beehive panels from the Museum of Apiculture in Slovenia
Bad feather day. Photographed by Bill Hilton Jr., of Hilton Pond
Cats in Sinks is about cats. And kittens. Who like sinks. And basins. And that's it
You're always typing.
Well, let's see you ignore my
sitting on your hands
More Cat Haiku
Re-post: Albino Tricolors
Trained goldfish rings the bell when hungry
Cluster of animals on flickr
Been all over: Praying Mantis Vs. a hummingbird
Many More Unusual Animal Stories Here
August 26, 2005
The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people
Rob Cockerham’s Power Harness. (One of Cockeyed.com Extremely Classy Historical Gallery of eBay Curiosities)
Official Letters Patent: 1850 – present. The official certificates for patents granted by the Patent Office have changed over the years
US Patent No. US00808897 granted in 1906 to Willis H Carrier, for the invention of “Air Conditioning” – One of Gallery of Historic Patents
The new Gen Pets
Troy Hurtubise is an inventor and conservationist noted for his bizarre, yet functional, protective creations that he tests on himself in incredible and at times dangerous ways. Examples: Firepaste, Angel light & God light
Inventor of the Week Archive at Lemelson-MIT-Program
Many More Unusual Inventions & Discoveries Here
August 25, 2005
Who’s Riley Keough?
Lance Armstrong & other close-ups by Stern’s photographer Martin Schoeller
Christopher Walken in “The Mask”
Whose lips are sexier? Jolie leads Novak by narrow margin
From the Esquire Cover Gallery: The Beautiful People/ Campus Heroes for 68/69
Carrot Top Gets Buff. Carrot Top is a comedian, actor and former spokesperson for 1-800-ATT commercials
Celebrity Interviews for Cisco professionals: From Elizabeth Hurley On the Cisco 2600 Series to Alicia Silverstone on ISDN. Router Gods for Ubergeeks
Celebrities in Sand by the people at Sandscapes
A list of famous people who've managed to get ahead with missing fingers. Including Jerry Garcia, Django Reinhardt, Boris Yeltsin & Daryl Hannah
Modern Renaissance 5 - Modern celebs in old art, from “Worth 1000”
Hollywood Is Calling. Now for the first time ever you can have a real celebrity make a live phone call to someone you know for just $19.95
World's Ugliest Dog now has a blog
Many More Unusual Stories About Celebrities Here
August 24, 2005
One of my favorite Hebrew poets, Dalia Rabikovitch committed suicide 2 days ago in Tel Aviv, after battling a life long struggle with depression.
אפילו סלעים נשברים אני אומרת לך
ולא מחמת זקנה.
שנים רבות הם שוכבים על גבם בחום בקור,
שנים כה רבות,
כמעט נוצר רושם של שלווה.
אין הם זזים ממקומם וכך נסתרים הבקיעים.
שנים רבות עוברות עליהם בציפייה.
מי שעתיד לשבח אותם עדיין לא בא.
ואז האזוב משגשג, האצות נרגשות, והים מגיח וחוזר,
ודומה הם ללא תנועה.
עד שיבוא כלב ים קטן להתחכך על הסלעים
ופתאום האבן פצועה.
אמרתי לך, כשסלעים נשברים זה קורה בהפתעה.
ומה גם אנשים
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"Even rocks break, I’m telling you,
And not from old age.
For many years they lay unshielded in the heat and chill
So many years they seem peaceful.
They don’t move, and that’s how cracks are formed.
Many years they lay there waiting,
The ones who were supposed to praise them, did not show up,
But the moss thrives, the sea weed agitates, and the sea attacks & retreats
While the rocks seem secure in place.
Until a young sea lion snuggles against them
And then leaves.
And suddenly the rock is shattered.
I told you that when rocks break, it happens without warning
And more so with people -"
Many More Unusual News from the Middle East Here
August 23, 2005
Cheerleaders of The Philadelphia Eagles
Holy Crap! This is my entire wrestling figure collection from the mid 1980's to today
Rankings of the top eaters on the International Federation of Competitive Eating circuit. See for example, No. 13 - Allen Goldstein; Achivement - Bologna: 2.41 Pounds Pork & Chicken Bologna / Six Minutes. Nice T-shirt, Allen!
Nike’s balloon bowl
Freeboard explained - Snowboarding on the Street. (May re-size the browser, sorry)
Kris Holm’s unicycle catalog
Re-post: Joe Jennings - Skydiving Reel
Many More Unusual Links of Extreme Sports Here
August 22, 2005
“Too loud, too large and too banal”
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Glendale's Forest Lawn cemetery: To live in LA is often to die in LA. Still, even eternal slumber doesn't excuse you from the SoCal obsession with wealth and looking good. Mel Blanc’s grave. (From ”Beneath Los Angeles”)
Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village in Simi Valley
How do you pronounce the new L.A. mayor's name? Hear how Antonio Villaraigosa explains how to pronounce his name
A Morning in Chinatown. Photo essay by Mark Dixon
August 21, 2005
I’ll be at this corner reading for the next few weeks -
In my efforts to spend less time online, I drove to Orange this afternoon, to The Bookman store, and asked Dave, the owner, to recommend some randomly great reads. Here are the books I walked away with:
The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. "A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of The Oxford English Dictionary"
Mario Puzo’s The Godfather - Saw the movies dozen of times, never read the book
Peter Biskind’s “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls” - How the Sex-drugs-and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Changed Hollywood
The Pillars of the Earth - I never read Ken Follet. Apparently, this is a story about building of a Cathedral in Kingsbridge
Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove - Never read any of his books either
Tama Janowitz’s A Cannibal in Manhattan
So, I’ll see y'all later, ok?…
The idea behind Altered books: Cut the bindings off of books found at a used book store. Find poems in the pages by the process of obliteration. Put pages in the mail and send them all around the world
Fans from around the world have contributed to this scanned collection of over 650 Philip K. Dick book covers
So You Want to Write a Book? A Guide for New Authors, from O’Reilly
All 190 volumes of The Hardy Boys - Adventures since 1927
Leonardo DiCaprio as played by Earnest Hemingway
As I Lay Reading. Oprah Winfrey announced that her Book Club would be embarking on an ambitious program called "A Summer of Faulkner." Faulkner? Oprah? Really?
Many More Unusual Literary Links Here
August 20, 2005
Every Body is a Scared Mirror
On Thurday at 6:00 pm, a bunch of people got together in DeCafe to reenact Leonardo DaVinchi's "The Last Supper". It was trully spectacular ...Afterwards, things got silly. Ever seen Jesus with rabit ears?
David Douglas Duncan’s portraits of Picasso
An ice cube’s chance in hell - Summertime art that should have lasted more than a day
Paint by Number: Accounting for Taste in the 1950s. Although many critics saw "number painting" as a symbol of the mindless conformity gripping 1950s America, paint by number had a peculiarly American virtue. It invited people who had never before held a paintbrush to enter a world of art and creativity
Joseph Seigenthaler’s Noggins
What happens when an artist becomes a mayor? The city becomes his canvas
Aquarela, a blog about watercolors
Many More Unusual Contemporary Artists Here