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December 31, 2004

Last 2004 Posting

Happy_new_year_2 Beautiful Plankton Art by Louise Hibbert. (From the Hungarian linkblog “Szanalmas”)

George E. Ohr, the Mad Potter of Biloxi

Modern Guernica with influences by Dali, Picasso, Escher and Van Gogh

The Microsoft Art Collection began in Redmond in 1987 when the company had approximately 1,800 employees and occupied six buildings. In 2004, the collection includes 4,000+ works of art and is divided among 84 buildings throughout North America. (From ”Join the dots”)

When interactive art becomes bored with you at the Bar at the Folies Bergère

Pooptoth from Eastern Kentucky – The art of Ryan Greis

Fish & chicken painting by Travis A. Louie

Drawings by artist Laurie Lipton

Re-post: The master index of Jan Svankmajer's visual and tactile art. (Thanks, Frank C.)

Right now: What does 117,000 dead look like?

Happy New Year to all! Here are some 100 things we didn't know this time last year. Including, “Smoking killed nearly one million people worldwide in 2000” and Osama Bin Laden refers to 9/11 as "Manhattan")

A Large Collection of Unusual Art Links Here

December 31, 2004 in Modern Art | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bruckheimer, Riefenstahl, Bunuel

David_lynch_1 Leni Riefenstahl . (See bio page for photos with Siegfried & Roy, Mick & Bianca Jagger)

Guide to Determine If You Are in a Jerry Bruckheimer Movie:

1. Your girlfriend is a waitress, but could be a model.
2. A bus explodes.
3. A psychopathic millionaire devises an elaborate plan to murder you or someone you know ...
4. ... and you feel compelled to stop it.
5. You are Nicholas Cage…
(Much more)

"All Stanley Kubricks please be quiet and eat their lunch"

Four Unproduced Screenplays, including “One Saliva Bubble” by David Lynch and “Avatar” by James Cameron

Some Buñuel Quotes: "Thank God I'm an atheist", being one of the famous ones. Strictly Film School: Analysis of The Exterminating Angel, Belle de Jour, and That Obscure Object of Desire

Also, End of year summery from Dave Berry: No Thanks for the Memories

Our Extensive Collections of Best Film Directors and other Unusual Film Stories Here

December 31, 2004 in Cinema - Directors | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Indian Funerals

Indian_taxi_1 A Billion Faces

150 years of train history by The Indian Steam Railway Society. Also, IRFCA, the Indian Railways Fan Club

A funeral in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

Shree Ganesh Photo Gallery. (From ”Left Blank”)

Yellow Lemon Turban

Amar Chitra Katha comic books, Illustrated Classics from India

You are reincarnated a holy cow on the streets of New Delhi

Completely unrelated - Hippie New Year from “House Plant Pictures”, mainly because right now they are playing Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man”… Turn up your speakers.

Many More Unusual Links about India And About Denmark Here

December 31, 2004 in Traveling Places - India | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Iraq's best singer

Challah Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The Bob Marley of Pakistan, the Elvis of the East, Khan was one of the most popular singers in the Indian subcontinent. He predominantly sang qawwali, the music of devotional Sufism, but incorporated other forms including Khyal (traditional classical) to produce a unique style that appealed to followers of all religions. He performed with the Party, a group of highly trained Pakistani musicians which included several family members

Burger Ranch, a music video by the Israeli pop group “Ping Pong”, by Ido Fluk

Discography of Ester Ofarim

Iraq's best singer, Mohammed Abdul Razzaq Abdul Fattah Al-Gubbenchi, with many clips. (Not for the faint of heart!)

Jewish Songs of Celebration & Struggle. (From Tikun Olam)

6arab's Most Wanted songs from Miami Band

Many Links About Middle Eastern Music Here

December 31, 2004 in Music from the Middle East | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 30, 2004

“Souls Along the Way”

Clapping_musicNotes for Steven Reich’s Clapping music

Cole Marcus, the amazing 4 year old drummer. Another child prodigy, 10 year-old painter-poet Akiane

Tiny Tim sings "Santa Claus Has Got The AIDS This Year" , as the B-side of a single that also featured the heartwarming song "She Left Me With The Herpes". (Btw, the webmaster of “Empty Handed “ is married to Rubber Nun who ‘Vishnu a Hare Krishna’ for the holidays, and so do I)

Yu-Mex, Like Tex-Mex, but with Yugoslavians in Sombreros instead

Re-post: Listen to the devotional songs of Orrin Hatch, now that Hollywood discovered his talent

Songs about weddings. (From ”Incoming Signals”)

Coltrane's Giant Steps, visually explained

Interactive samba with Jemanja

Before they were rockers, they were cute little kids. Including: Janis Joplin, Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love

Many More Unusual Music Links Here

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100,000+ dead & missing

Tsunami_thailand_1Tsunami Warnings for children

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Petra Nemcova survived the Tsunami, Thank God

Julie Brooke just came back from a trip to Thailand. Here is what Patong Beach looked like a few days before the storm.

Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator

Dan Rather to Retire… but he’ll continue to work as a full-time correspondent for 60 Minutes and as a leader of his local al Qaeda cell

People in Ukraine. (Photos taken in May 2003)

The story of “Canadians Authorities Arresting Bush On War Charges” fooled Google' algorithms

Castro Announces Crude Oil Discovery - US to announce invasion plans soon

A Large Collection of Unusual Headlines Here

December 30, 2004 in Current News | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

December 29, 2004

Books I’m reading

DeliveranceHamlet 2! - Ophelia’s revenge, from Amazon

Book-Happy, World of Weird Books

All of Sappho’s poems, in English & Greek

Noam Chomsky’s Scandalous Hegemony

The Project Gutenberg eBook, Nonsense Books, by Edward Lear:
"How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!"
Who has written such volumes of stuff!
Some think him ill-tempered and queer,
But a few think him pleasant enough.”
(From ”wood s lot”)

The travels and surprising adventures of Baron Munchausen, illustrated with thirty-seven curious engravings from the Baron’s own designs. (From ”Exclamation Mark”). And Munchausology is occupied with the phenomenon of Munchausen

A Series Of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket

Susan Sontag essay on Bergman’s “Persona”. (From "Vitro Nasu")

Many More Unusual Books Here

December 29, 2004 in Books & Literature | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Slobs & snobs

AttuThe I-lean is a very strange concept. It's a piece of furniture that you ... lean against. Even in the world of funky furniture, that's a pretty specialized product

Some people live like Trump, in an apartment full of tacky crap . Some people are just slobs

A Dutch tub. (From ”Blanketfort”)

A folding chair from Namjoo Joh

Nimbus Cloud Lamp

Guerrilla birdhouses by the Wooster Collective

Re-post: Full-size automotive furniture, sofa, couches, bars, tables, mirrors, wall displays

Many More Unusual Home Decor Ideas Here

December 29, 2004 in Home Decor | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 28, 2004

Buy my book

Book_front_cover_1 If you read Hebrew, you can purchase a copy of my book “Between Geography & Mescaline”. I wrote this 128-page book of poetry in the early seventies, as I was hitchhiking and living the life on park benches and farm houses in Western Europe. A few years ago, when I was ready to get rid of all my notebooks, my sister, Dafna, discovered the manuscript of this book and got it published in Israel. I still have about 60 copies of it, and will sell each for $10 (plus shipping, no handling). If interested, send me an E-mail to realhanan (at) yahoo dot com, and I’ll get you a signed copy. The books can be sent from the US or from Israel. Thank you.

More stuff from the ol’ Middle East:

Lesson no. 12 when you learn to speak Arabic: “Ever since I was a teenager, I have loved Swedish women... The Swedish woman I love most is Britt Ekland…” (From W. Lynn Garrett)

Yasser Arafat loved to kiss his friends

Zaman Castle overlooking the Red sea. (From Living in Egypt)

Middle Eastern Weapons for sale - antiques only, unfortunately

Turkish Coffee Tutorial

I received this stupid E-mail chain letter: Jews & Muslims recipients of the Nobel prize. ”The Nobel Prize is rigged by the Jews”

Jerusalem Shots, a portal of photographs about Jerusalem

Osama - Room for Infidels - What if Bin Ladin stopped releasing tapes and started releasing albums?

My old high-school, The Reali School in Haifa has now a website too. (I dropped out of it a year before graduation)

"Now that Arafat's dead, the only thing standing in the way of peace in the Mideast is Sharon." (From The Onion). Many More Unusual Links from the Middle East Here

December 28, 2004 in Middle East | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Sound of a Harley Engine

Harley_engine The Motorcycle Diaries - “Let the world change you... and you can change the world”

Mike LeDuc’s Alaskan travelogue on a Harley Sportster. (From Plep)

The Trademark Registrability of the Harley-Davidson Roar: A Multimedia Analysis. Harley engine sounds, including “Potato, potato”

Restoration of a 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra-Glide

How Harley-Davidson Works

Parts Unknown in Toronto

Chainsaw motorcycle - Andi Feldmann rides on a motorbike Tuesday he invented together with his brother, German cartoonist Roetger (Broesel) Feldmann, in the northern town of Wietze-Jeversen. The self-constructed bike is powered by 24 chain saw motors

Amen Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycle Chassis with Lowest Seat Frame in the Industry. (From Jaf project)

Many More Unusual Harley-Davidson Links Here

December 28, 2004 in Harley-Davidson | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

How can you tell if your son or daughter smokes pot?

Ganja On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

12 kids of popping
11 magic mushrooms
10 yolli buttons
9 caps of dropping
8 spoons of snorting
7 whites of buzzing
6 joints of smoking
5 valiums
4 grams of hash
3 pounds of grass
200 reds and
a tab of yellow sunshine LSD

Lake County Cannabis Farm. I don’t care how politically motivated you are, but if you have a huge pot plantation on your land, should you keep such documentation online?! Better play Grow Op, all the dangers, without the risks

An extensive Weed index

Home Honey, I'm High! Kevin Kalliher’s sick & perverted “The Donna Weed Show” animation

The Smoke Filtration Systems are a series of sculptures that are also working marijuana water pipes

Making Homemade Bucket Bongs. Experience classic homemade bucket bong smoking. Then you'll know why you must have our new “Bukket”

How can you tell if your son or daughter smokes pot?

11_hot_link_button_3 Squealer, surrealistic video with Hieronymus Bosch atmosphere. Also, from “Byronic Eye”, Marijuana In Your Brain, and “Tomorrow there will be hell to pay”, Betty Boop in a 1930 Republic Studios animation with music by Squirrel Nut Zippers

Pot sold - Only $25.25, at Target

More about any kind of illegal drugs especially Acid and Pot Here

December 28, 2004 in Drugs - "Save the Roaches, Arnie" | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Crazy jumpers

Matrix_origami Mike Basich’s Helicopter jump, 120 feet high – Photo, poster, video

Cal Ripken’s ball

Jamie Pierre’s 55 meter jump - Don't try this at home

Down Under Tour 2004. Motorized by nothing but the wind ... Earthflyer Dirk Gion skates all over Australia on his mountain-board powered by his kites only

Slideshow of cluster ballooning

Danny Way breaks the World Record. 75' Backside 360 and 23.5' Backside Air

Sign up for kick-ass Dog Judo episodes

Many More Unusual Links of Extreme Sports Here

December 28, 2004 in Extreme Sports | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tom Yum Goong

Thai_noodles What brands of beer are available in Thailand?

Stop the cruelty towards sharks. While in Thailand, please don't eat shark fin soup

Baan Thai Recipes from Katie

Mmmm… Tom Yum Goong

Malay Satay Hut Menu, nice photos

The Thep Padung Porn Coconut Co., Ltd. for all your coconut milk, chili paste, and chili sauce needs

More About The Best Thai Food in Southern California Here

December 28, 2004 in Best Thai Restaurant in OC | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 27, 2004

No holiday shopping this year

 Black_white Shop at The Black & white Store. (From Seth Godin’s Blog)

Candles of modern days saints by Vicki Berndt

Bad gifts as told by Andy Rooney: "Don't Buy This For Me"

The Ashhole, the world’s first bottle-top ashtray. (From Church of Moo)

How Communities are Re-Using the Big Box: what happens when the superstore leaves the local community, abandoning its huge warehouse-like structure?

Looking for a very rare video? Try Robert's Hard to find Videos. (From Ack ack ack)

Food Suit, for the sports fan who wants to remain at his seat at the game and not miss anything. (Found on Dave Barry's holiday Gift Guide)

…Trashy lady: "Scuse me, you got Wifebeaters?"

Light Wedge for book lights

Here is the best story of the day: Anonymous Man Gives $35K to Homeless

Many More Unusual Things To Buy Here

December 27, 2004 in Shopping | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Kitschy art on restaurants’ walls

 Italian_restaurantGastro Kunst, the seedier side of restaurant decoration

World's highest restaurant: Sirocco Restaurant on top of State Tower, Bangkok

“Chef Revival”, trendy (or wacky) chef uniforms. (From ”Angry chef”)

Hints for chefs: So you want to open a restaurant. Well don’t bother spending three years at catering college. Here’s all you need to know

Restaurant that offers Catfish Pizza Breakfast (and hogies) in Kansas City

The Ghetto Gourmet underground restaurant in Oakland. (From RxReed)

In San Francisco, there is a great restaurant called Cafe′ Gratitude which supports local farmers and nourishes its customers with the practice of Gratitude, (From ”Violets & Lemons”)

Many More Unusual Bars and Restaurants Here

December 27, 2004 in Food - Restaurants & Bars | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack