November 30, 2008
My poor cat by David Bollinger
Shorpy photoshop contest chez Farque
Slow motion video clips from UltraSlo
Male Female Child by Petra Cortright
allRGB is a website where you can find images where every single pixel is a unique RGB color. The images are 4096 by 4096 pixels big, so they cover every single RGB color too. Here is one scaled down version. (From Picdit)
A Huge Depository of Digital Eye Candy Here
The Chocolate Hills is an unusual geological formation in Bohol, Philippines. It is composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size, spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi). They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name
In October 1968, Nobuo Sekine constructed Phase - Mother Earth in the Sumarikyu Park in Kobe. Consisting of a hole dug into the ground, 2.7 metres deep and 2.2 metres in diameter, with the excavated earth compacted into a cylinder of exactly the same dimensions, Phase — Mother Earth was instrumental in the early development of work by the Mono-ha artist group, and has been considered a landmark work in Japanese postwar art history. (From Your Monkey called)
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20 Computer Mouse Designs from the Past to the Present: From Functionality to Fantasy
If your standing in line to purchase something at your local Shell station, and a woman suddenly enters the store... defective yeti's Konsumer Korner
Packaging goes Postal - turn-of-the-century envelopes with illustrations of product packaging
More examples of Vinyl Sleeve Faces
The Tale of Bao Xishun, The World's Tallest Man
The dog groomer from Hell
49 days to go
“I came to Washington with a set of values, and I’m leaving with the same set of values,” Said Bush. “And I darn sure wasn’t going to sacrifice those values; that I was a President that had to make tough choices and was willing to make them. I surrounded myself with good people. I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people and made tough decisions.”
Matthew Yglesias comments: Unlike many things that come out of his mouth, this is basically true. Bush considered the advice of smart, capable people such as Colin Powell, Richard Clarke, Rand Beers, Paul O’Neal, Christie Todd Whitman, etc. and he chose to
regret ignore it. These were tough choices. The destinies of billions of people around the world were in one way or another effected. Hundreds of thousands of lives lay directly in the balance. And rather taking the advice of smart, capable people Bush decided to take the advice of dumb, inept people. And he did it, as he says, because he was following his values — immoral values that he he shared with the people on whose counsel he preferred to rely. The results have been disastrous and are plain to see
Outsourcing the news
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The editor of a Pasadena, California paper, Pasadena Now is outsourcing the local coverage to India. Indians are writing about everything from the Pasadena Christmas tree-lighting ceremony to kitchen remodeling to city debates about eliminating plastic shopping bags. (Reported by Maureen Dowd)
A Huge Depository of Unusual Newspapers and Magazines Here
From “Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories”: How to bake an Apple Apple Pie (using a 45 watt carbon-dioxide laser for the etching of the logo)
Welcome to Templar University, the University that respects everyone's intelligence. We think that most curious people who have searched for truth in their lives have found some. That's why we're prepared to present anyone a free Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. if they answer one simple question: "What are the most important things you've learned in your life?" There are, of course, no wrong answers. If you're prepared to share your wisdom with us, please proceed to the Degrees section to receive your diploma
Also, Welcome to Generic University
(From Oliver Benjamin)
November 28, 2008
The Symbols on My Flag
Davy Crockett shaking hands with Daniel Boone symbolizes how we need to put aside our differences.
The skull and crossbones, in the lower right corner, stands for pirates, and all that they have given us.
The angel holding the sword represents how guns are nice but swords are more of a “heavenly” thing.
The plow with the four-leaf clover symbolizes the luck of the farmer.
The quicksand represents the travails of life. The hand sticking out of it is so you know it’s quicksand and not just a dirty spot on the flag.
The bat stands for eternal life, through our lord Dracula.
The sheaf of wheat symbolizes the bounty of the land, and the hope that soon more things will come in sheaves.
The parrot represents the need to communicate, even if it’s only squawks.
The tin of paprika stands for paprika, a spice I hope to learn more about.
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From: The Symbols on My Flag and what they mean
Also, My First Day in Hell, and "We are gathered here, way far in the future, for the funeral of Jack Handey, the world’s oldest man. He died suddenly in bed, according to his wife, Miss France"... How I Want To Be Remembered
30,000 ordained Dudeist Priests
In the film's opening scene, the Dude buys cream to fuel his White Russians. John Goodman reveals a scene that was cut out of the film. "Originally the Dude had somebody carry the milk out for him. They asked him if he needed help out with it, and he did." (From The Decade of the Dude)
The Dudespaper is the official publication of The Church of the Latter-Day Dude, a religion better known as “Dudeism”. Dudeism is a real religion with over 30,000 ordained “Dudeist Priests.”
A Huge Depository of Unusual Links About The Movies of Coen Brothers Here
Glass drops & the pain index
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The bathing machine was a device, popular in the 19th century, to allow people to wade in the ocean at beaches without violating Victorian notions of modesty. Bathing machines were roofed and walled wooden carts rolled into the sea. Some had solid wooden walls; others had canvas walls over a wooden frame. (From Pruned)
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Prince Rupert's Drop are a glass curiosity created by dripping hot molten glass into cold water. The glass cools into a tadpole-shaped droplet with a long, thin, tail. The water rapidly cools the molten glass on the outside of the drop, while the inner portion of the drop remains significantly hotter. When the glass on the inside eventually cools, it contracts inside the already-solid outer part
The modern candle wicks as marvel of engineering (YT)
(Pix above from Michellious)
A Huge Depository of Unusual Inventions & Discoveries Here
Capers C. Funnye Jr.
Capers C. Funnye Jr. is a Jewish African-American head rabbi of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation of Chicago. He is also the first cousin once removed of Michelle Obama
The Ancestry of Barack Obama all the way to his great-great-great grandparents
To be Kristol clear: Billl Kristol to run against Obama in 2012. Yep, that will work…
Obama's speeches are much admired and endlessly analysed. But one of their most interesting aspects is the enormous debt they owe to the oratory of the Romans. The new Cicero
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MSFT under $20
What you can buy with your near worthless stock shares. For example, a single share of Microsoft buys you a 10 pound Butterball turkey. (From Barry Ritholtz)
Also: Follow the Government's $8.5 trillion Bailout - The Breakdown
A Huge Depository of Unusual Stories About Money Here
November 27, 2008
This year, White's holiday wish will be fulfilled -- thanks to an impromptu Craigslist posting.
The 36-year-old posted a two-sentence invite on the Internet classifieds site last week. The receptionist at a dentist's office was feeling a little lonely, her two sons spending the holiday with their dad, so she figured maybe four or five strangers would reply and join her and longtime partner Doug White for Thanksgiving dinner.
Instead, 32 people are headed to their Littleton townhouse. They're busy preparing nine turkeys, four hams, 16 boxes of stuffing and a dozen or so pies.
The Whites say they've been blessed.
They're both working and have bought a home. They say the dinner is their way of giving thanks for their changed lives.
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Also, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders in a press conference, September 19, 2007 (YT)
Many Other Stories of Heroes and Sheroes Here
November 26, 2008
Click-a-Flick is a puzzle place for movie mavens…
Can you guess which movie this is?
How about this? Most are easy, some are not.
From Cam, the man who brought you Cameroddities. (Thank you, Cam)
There's a place for us
There's a place for us
Somewhere a place for us
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us...
A Growing Depository of Unusual Links About Tom Waites Here