February 28, 2006
A head start
Sex, Sinatra and the women who fell for him. Frank Sinatra was famously well-endowed and a voracious womaniser. A new biography details his string of lovers
A chronological list of Sinatra Albums
Todd Peach's Massive Sinatra Lyrics Page
MemoryWiki is the encyclopedia of memories. Kenny Morse remembers Working with Sinatra
I have to move in the next few days. This post have been pre-blogged for your enjoyment. More Unusual Sinatra Links Here
February 27, 2006
From the Library of Congress: Japanese Acrobats. A clip by Thomas A. Edison, April 29, 1904 (Might take a while to load, worth the wait)
Do not cheat! scroll slowly, and try to answer all questions!
Magician Eric Mead retells The Aristocrats as a card trick, (Obviously NSFW!) then takes a cab ride in Aspen and performs the Three of Spades Card Trick inside the Ultimate Taxi. Learn to do card tricks with Ian Kendall
Juggling Balls. Boing light balls change color with a squeeze of the hand
MindFreak with Chris Angel
Houses made of bottles
The Bottle Houses on Prince Edward Island
House made out of bottles in Rhyolite, Nevada, a Ghost Town about 100 miles outside of Vegas
Doc Hope's Bottle House in Hillsville, VA, built in 1941
Why is there an airplane (with runway) on 77 water street building in Manhattan?
What was it like to live on a Utah farm in the 1920's? How were homes different then? Take a look through my grandparents home in Leamington, (Millard County) Utah
ArchInfo’s World's 12 Best New Buildings
Who wouldn't want to live in a Tree House?
The Cedar Creek Treehouse in Ashford, WA
Hiroba, the Sapporo Dome Stadium with the world's first "hovering soccer stage" (Including a QuickTime movie, showing how the full soccer field is being transferred in & out the dome)
“Raw concrete” of the Brutalist architecture
Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman's Age of the Domiciles
This is another post that I am “co-blogging”, this time with Marlow Harris, a Real estate agent from Seattle who blogs at ”360 Digest”, and who provided most of today’s links. (Previous posts here.) Thank you, Marlow! If other bloggers are interested to share the forum here on any other topic, please contact me for details.
February 26, 2006
Holy Civil War – Are you happy now?!
Slideshow of the bombing
Real AP headline: Holy Shiite Tomb Attacked
Plans For Iraq Attack Began on 9/1
Even people like RJ Elliott acknowledge now that the invastion of Iraq didn’t work. Soon they’ll find an excuse to bail, and leave “The Iraqi People to deal with” the mess left behind... Oops, sorry I broke your stuff, goodbye...
Much More About The Civil War in Iraq Here
Everywhere you go you always take the weather with you
Here is a new collection of links, about Music from New Zealand. I am just discovering it beyond the basics, so this section will start a little thin, and grow as I explore more. Suggestions & recommendations from readers will be especially welcome here
Obviously, my introduction to Kiwi music was through the albums of Split Enz and Crowded house which were spearheaded by Tim Finn and Neil Finn. Like the Grateful Dead, these bands had (and still have) a rabid base of fans, and when I used to go to the Finn brothers concerts, you always met the same people in the audience...
Split Enz returning for a belated encore performance
Maori singer Moana and the Tribe
Mixotheque, a music blog of New Zealand rock
A massive collection of Kiwi Music Links
Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa
Other Kiwi Travel Links:
New Zealand in grip of man drought - Yeah!
Phil Garrett's Flying Kiwi project – breaking the world sidecar speed record @ 320 km/h
Blue Ferns. New Zealand is a land filled with ferns, none of them were blue - until now
RE: Immigration - move2nz – a comprehensive site that includes resources, services, contacts and information: “we wished we could have had when we emigrated to Christchurch in 2000”
A Metafilter thread about an inexpensive shipping route when you move to NZ
You’ll find a copy of this section on the Moving to New Zealand blog
February 25, 2006
Antique radios collectors
Five rules from the NPR drinking game
Vintage Microphones from the collection of Chris Owen
I can’t stand listening to the sleepy voice of Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion, but here are the weekly greetings read on the show
Archives of The Naked Scientists Internet Science Radio Show
Many More Unusual Radio Links Here
Corruption as usual
The Shot Heard 'Round the World, an “Urly Art” photo mosaic
"Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day
I’ve got a beautiful feeling - down in Guantanamo Bay..."
From Rocketboom: Why Is President Bush So Awesome?
Only in this corrupted Congress could a politician like John Boehner successfully present himself to his colleagues and the press as a "reformer”. (By Joe Conason. A Salon registration required)
Nothing made a more lasting impression during my journey through America than the semi-comatose state in which I found the American left: A Letter to the American Left, by Bernard-Henri Lévy
Jim Derych’s Confessions of a Former Dittohead: One Year Later
A reasonably-lucid interview with Senator Joe Biden on Fresh Air
Many More Unusual Links About The Election of 2006 Here
Where do burgers come from? (WARNING: Graphic link – NSFW!)
An invention which involves a device for perfusing an animal head
Weird Meat documents experiences eating strange food, as I travel around the world. From duck tongues to chicken butts
Going whole hog. Savoring the whole hog, one piece at a time
The coconut temple courier service. How does a temple in India make sure that it gets 15,000 coconuts a day delivered for its rituals?
Many More Unusual Vegetarians and Meat Eaters Here
February 24, 2006
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
On the third day of rain they had killed so many crabs inside the house that Pelayo had to cross his drenched courtyard and throw them into the sea, because the newborn child had a temperature all night and they thought it was due to the stench. The world had been sad since Tuesday. Sea and sky were a single ash-gray thing and the sands of the beach, which on March nights glimmered like powdered light, had become a stew of mud and rotten shellfish. The light was so weak at noon that when Pelayo was coming back to the house after throwing away the crabs, it was hard for him to see what it was that was moving and groaning in the rear of the courtyard. He had to go very close to see that it was an old man, a very old man, lying face down in the mud, who, in spite of his tremendous efforts, couldn’t get up, impeded by his enormous wings…
When Gabriel Garcia Marquez Met Hemingway in Paris, one rainy spring day in 1957
Love in the time of viagra. Salon review of “Memories of My Melancholy Whores”
When driving thru Boyle Heights last week, I was so elated when I crossed a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Street. What a blast!
Unrelated, Happy birthday, Salvadore Tessio - 85 years young today
More Unusual Links About Borges & Marquez Here
Year of the Mona Lisa with Dogs
More Baby Squirrels
Types of the Modern American Ass
Save The Bald Beaver Society. The North American Bald Beaver is the official symbol of Berlow Canada.
The website of the Animal Liberation Front (Loads slowly)
Mona Lisa with dogs - Many breeds of dogs...
Many More Unusual Animal Stories Here
February 23, 2006
A Tokyo based jeweler has baked a 5 million dollar chocolate bar, in the mold of an African continent
A Plumber's Dream Scene - Chocolate Toilet Seat
3D chocolate printer made from LEGO. I did this project a long time ago so the documentation is incomplete, but hopefully it will inspire someone to rebuild it and fill in the blanks
Ever had a big lunch and then fall into a food coma when you go back to work/class? Chocolate Jolt's a nice 'pick me up' treat that's simple to make and delicious as well
February 22, 2006
Sons of Atrus!
One of the earlier posts that I’ve composed last year together with another blogger, was the one about the unusual Russian Dolls (Matryoshka). I somehow connected with Robyn Miller, the webmaster of the then-new Tinselman, and we did our thing. I didn’t inquire about him, and at the time I even thought that he was a She (Robyn?).
Since then, his blog continued to flourish and get exposed, as those things usually do. And then about a week ago, I somehow realized that THIS IS THE MAN who (together with his brother) created Myst AND Riven! and who caused millions of grown-up like myself to spend many months losing ourselves in the mysteries of tragic imagination during the mid-90’s! And just today, as I was preparing to write this post, Robyn published on Tinselman one of his earliest design maps of the five islands of Riven on his blog! Thank you, man! I didn’t know!...
Other Unusual individuals:
People think that they animals! Sarah discovers the truth behind Furries: “This is horrible! I may kill myself over this, because I don’t want to be part of the human race anymore!”
Lucky Diamond Rich - The Most Tattooed Man In The World
Johnny Eck, the man who was born with no lower half
New York artist Chrissy Conant sells Chrissy Caviar, one of her own pearly eggs, a human, Caucasian Beluga
Many More Unusual People Doing Unusual Things Here
Visit to a small planet
Nakano Broadway is a warren of small (and one or two large) shops selling vintage toys and newer collectible vinyl at prices that are in some cases bargainous
Watch “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof in Japanese. (Thank you, Jeff)
Shingo Mama no Oha. Shingo Mama, a cross-dressing Japanese singer, advocates the use of "oha" as an abbreviation for the Japanese greeting ohayō which means "good morning"
Hadaka Matsuri, The Naked Man Festival in Okayama, Ten thousand near-naked men huddled together to fight the cold
Public bathing - Water Therapy for better human
Many More Unusual Links about Japan Here
February 21, 2006
Almost more screensaver than video game, Cosmic Bounce is to Web-based games what salami is to manhole covers: Zen
Mister Mojo Rising - The secret behind Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, as told by Victoria, their blond net artist
Decorate your site with Bigger squares
A large Collection of Digital Eye Candy Here
Happy Language Day! Language Movement Day is a national day of Bangladesh to commemorate protests and sacrifices to protect Bengali as a national language during Pakistan regime in 1952
Antarctic slang, or, English, as She is Spoke at McMurdo and Pole
Art of Chinese Calligraphy
Would you like to say the following in Maori - instantly?
• Will you marry me:
• Does my bum look big in this?
• Hi honey, I'm home
• Don't give up your day job...
and hundreds of other practical, street-wise and occasionally risqué English/Maori prases and words? Then you need Instant Maori
2006 version of The List of Banished Words: 97% fat free, Dawg & Talking points, among similar dogs
Many More Unusual Language Links Here