December 31, 2006
Happy 007 to all
The World Hello Day Letters. November 21, 2006 was the 34th annual World Hello Day. Anyone can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people
Eliminating hunger and Defending the First Amendment by scraping it; Top 10 Orwellian Moments of 2006
Lower League Football
Gorgeous Photographs of soccer fields by Hans Van Der Meer
From De'Cody Fagg to Chubby Cox: Top Ten Dirtiest Names in Sports
The Juice Test Videos: Exploding Nike's Golf Balls
The Trailer to Good Stuff
Quray Ice Park is as the world's first park devoted exclusively to the sport of ice climbing
December 30, 2006
Life of ease
The Peaple’s "Capt. Cicadella's Insect Circus Band"
The complete Yellow Submarine movie
Re-post: "There's a fog upon LA". How to find the real Blue Jay Way
6 new UK Beatles stamps coming next month
“I am not a failure. I am a success that hasn't occurred yet”
A scary article by Robert Parry; Intelligence sources say President Bush - along with Israel's Ehud Olmert and the UK's Tony Blair - are weighing the possibility of Israeli-led attacks on Syria and Iran in early 2007, with the United States providing logistical back-up. A Very Dangerous 2007
Statistics released by the Department Of Defense estimated that 2,937 U.S. troops and over 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died in the Continuing Iraq Victory
The Execution of Saddam Hussein on wikipedia
Books about the war I haven’t read yet: FIASCO: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, Bob Woodward’s State of Denial, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq, The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq
(Hover above photo above to see its meaning)
A man walks into a bar
Recently she returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to walk even further back behind their husbands and are happy to maintain the old custom.
Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, "Why do you now seem happy with the old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?"
The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, "Land Mines."
A man walks into a bar with a dog. The bartender says, "Hey buddy, can't you read that sign? It says no dogs allowed! Get that mutt out of here!" The man replies, "No, I can't read the sign - I'm blind, and this is my seeing eye dog." The bartender is embarrassed and gives the man a beer on the house. Later that day, the guy is telling his friend about it: "I told him I was blind and I got a free beer!" The friend then takes his dog into the bar and sits down, and the bartender says, "The sign says no dogs allowed! You'll have to leave!" The friend says, "Sorry, I can't see the sign because I'm blind, and this is my seeing eye dog." The bartender replies, "Since when do they give out Chihuahuas as seeing eye dogs?" The man says, "They gave me a Chihuahua?". All the Guy Walks Into a Bar... Jokes. (From Coudal)
December 29, 2006
Fate of Saddam
Students join sand sculpture artists to create a giant Santa Claus sculpture on the Puri golden beach, in the Indian state of Orissa on the eve of Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006
Photo above from same story: Indian sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik gives finishing touches to a sand sculpture titled Fate Of Saddam at the Puri beach Bhubaneswar
'Adagio for Strings'
All of J-Walk’s Banjo posts in one place
Praise the Lord! Tom Dooley’s 1000 acoustic guitars
Tiny Drums Ambient Sound Generator
Music geek fun with Google Patents Search
Julio Iglesias and Johnny Carson sing "To All the Girls I've Loved Before"
Blender’s list of the 50 most talentless music acts of all time
Renaissance - The Village People as you've never seen them before
All about Electric violins
December 28, 2006
Cowscapes by Rachael Sudlow
Pablo Escobar lived in a 5,500-acre estate 100 miles east of Medellin, Colombia. He built a bullring, an airstrip, an ersatz Jurassic Park with half a dozen immense concrete dinosaurs. He stocked a private wild animal park with hundreds of animals, including elephants, camels, giraffes, ostriches and zebras. He installed four hippos in one of the estate's 12 man-made lakes.
Today, Hacienda Napoles is in ruins, taken over by jungle foliage and bats. But the hippos are still here
Moishe, the jumping dog
list of -isms
Six-Word Memoir at Wordie
The list of -isms is a list of words that have the –ism suffix. This list should not include words like prism or schism or jism which end in -ism but have no etymological connection with -ism words
Wikipedia’s list of paradoxes, grouped thematically. Note that many of the listed paradoxes have a clear resolution once the reason behind the paradox is understood
A list written by my little sister to convince me to switch bunk beds with her
(Cartoon above by Linda Causey)
December 27, 2006
When we were kids
The Great Songs of Moshe Wilensky: Wilensky (1910 - 1997) was one of the most influential composers of the new Israeli Song. He wrote his melodies to the lyrics of prominent Hebrew poets such as Natan Alterman, Tirza Atar and more. The famous singer Shoshona Dammari, as well as Chava Alberstein, and others, performed his greatest hits.
The site includes musical notes, sound, video clips, pictures and scores of 14 songs (on the right sidebar). Here is a typical, evocative song (In 4 versions on the left side - try No. 4 sung by Yehoram Gaon, first):
When we were just kids,
We played on the dunes of the great sea
We lost an aluminum bucket in the sand
And with it we lost a tear of childhood…
Nothing is left now…
And then when we were teens,
We walked on the sand with girls in curls
We dropped a flower on the sands
And with it we lost a tear of puberty…
Nothing is left now…
(No time to blog more tonight. Sorry.)
Interior design of the Pope's Place
The Official Scientology and Dianetics Glossary. For example: "A=A=A=A: anything equals anything equals anything. This is the way the reactive mind thinks, irrationally identifying thoughts, people, objects, experiences, statements, etc., with one another where little or no similarity actually exists. Everything is everything else. Mr. X looks at a horse knows it’s a house knows it’s a schoolteacher. So when he sees a horse he is respectful"
Scientology and the Clearwater Police. (Google video)
Jews are crazy too: Letters to God
Vivek Speaks - 38 minutes of a ongoing, heartfelt lecture about God, Personal power & the Truth by Vivek, a homeless guy. (YouTube)
December 26, 2006
We ride with kings on mighty steeds, across the devil's plain.
We've walked with Jesus and his cross—he did not die in vain: No!
We've run with wolves, we've climbed K-2, even stopped a moving train.
We've traveled through space and time my friends to rock this house again.
The tragic squandering of Jack Black's awesomeness. Read it & weep
Noone Can Destroy The Metal on SNL
When Lisa Suben took a job last year as the fifth-grade math teacher at the AIM Academy in Southeast D.C., she was told her lessons had already been prepared for her. AIM was the second charter school founded for low-income D.C. students by KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program. KIPP had gained a national reputation for math instruction. The KIPP leaders in D.C. had good reason to think, as they told Suben, that "we have math pretty much figured out."
Suben, 23 at the time, still thought she could do better. She told her supervisors she was going to produce her own fifth-grade math curriculum. A year later, her students achieved the largest one-year math score jump ever seen at a KIPP school from the 16th to the 77th percentile... (More inside)
Noah Kalina, celebrity
I just heard: Kevin Federline, Wife Divorce. Celebrities and personal drama took center stage before a gossip-hungry public this year, and perhaps none received more press than superstar rapper Kevin Federline. So when his wife of two years abruptly filed for divorce, the country took notice
More on flickr: Pictures I've taken of Superstars, by Alan Light
“Will Ferrell arm-wrestles the sound guy on the first day of every film shoot. If he loses, he buys everyone on the crew a car.” People are talking about Will Ferrell
The quick brown fox
"I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs." Tracking down the sexiest sentence alive
1. write two sentences.
2. create tension between them.
3. define "tension" any way you want.
Example: The tension of his first day of incarceration washed away in the waters from the prison shower. Then he dropped the soap.
A virtual multilingual keyboard emulator