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April 30, 2005

Chinaski's Rainbow

Bukowski_chinaski Zak Smith's Illustrations For Each Page of Gravity's Rainbow. Illustrating Gravity’s Rainbow is like putting Ezra Pound’s Cantos to music, or writing the novel of a grandmaster showdown—from the point of view of the chess pieces. It is, in other words, a massive task. (Never read it. From Giavasan)

Reductive Literary Equations, for example: Moby dick - genius = Jaws

“Parrots, The Universe and Everything”, a Lecture by Douglas Adams. The complete 87 min. talk at UC Santa Barbara given a month before his death. It’s a speech about the environment and his book Last Chance to See. (Never read him)

Also at "Graylodge" (Try the home page!) - you can download & listen to The Medium is the Massage; with Marshall McLuhan. A Long-Playing Record 1968

Dante's Inferno Hell Test. This test is based on the description of Hell found in Dante's Divine Comedy. Answer the questions below as honestly as you can and discover your fate. Based on your answers, your purity will be judged and you will be banished to the appropriate level of hell. Abandon all hope.

An audio of Charles Bukowski reading a couple of his poems: ‘The Soldier, His Wife and the Bum’, and ‘Fan Letter’. (From Matthew M. Boedicker)

A Portrait of Yo Mama As a Young Man by Andrew Barlow & Kent Roberts

Encyclopedia of gay literature

The Vatican's secret archives

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him…” Chapter One of you-know-what

Many More Unusual Literary Links Here

April 30, 2005 in Books & Literature | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

No Pope Jokes

Funny_joke A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"

The man below says, "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field. " "You must be an engineer", says the balloonist. "I am", replies the man. "How did you know?" "Well", says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's of no use to anyone."

The man below says, "You must be in management." "I am", replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?" "Well", says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault."
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A black man is going to get a vasectomy. He shows up to the doctor's office wearing a suit. The doctor says "Why are you wearing a suit?" The black man says "I just got back from a funeral".
“Something Awful” had a contest of Jokes with realistic endings (Many, obviously, offensive. From Famous Author Rob Byrnes)

- "Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?"
- "I think so, Brain, but if it was only supposed to be a three hour tour why did the Howells bring all their money?"
From some TV show called Pinky & The Brain(?)

Many More Jokes and other Funny Stuff Here

April 30, 2005 in Jokes | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

“I struck a match against the door - of Anthony's Bar and Grill…”

Fish_menu_2 Hilton opens The World’s First All-glass Undersea Restaurant in The Maldives. (Previously blogged, Red Sea Star in Eilat)

Chefs who sport tattoos. Cooking ranks with the Navy and the yakuza as one of the great tattooed vocations, though the images sometimes differ. The most committed chefs are known to ink tools and ingredients onto their bodies.

Reasons not to Fire a Waiter. If you are a restaurateur, you might want to think about firing your server who also blogs

A comprehensive guide to Dive Lunches in the Silicon Valley

Toilet humor - A new theme restaurant in Taiwan

JSF's Burger Chef page. A nostalgic look back at one of America's first and finest fast food franchise chains

Menus on flickr. Some old Russian menus

A tour of New York City Oldest Bars

“An Aussie in America” reviews The Outback Steakhouse, your typical American franchise restaurant overlaid with an Australiana theme

The posters of Chez Panisse

'Soup Nazi' plans to franchise his store

”Don’t tip the waiter”. (From Waiter Rant)

Many More Unusual Bars and Restaurants Here

April 30, 2005 in Food - Restaurants & Bars | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

April 29, 2005

Lists, lists, we got lists

Just_like_this Major League Baseball Franchise History, one of many lists found at Ken Fussichen's Giant List of Chronologies

From Merlin’s lists of Fives: Five terrible fake congressional honorifics, Five things the yuppie on the Harley doesn’t want you to know

JimWilson.com: A site devoted to all the brethren who go by the name of Jim Wilson

Odd Names From Remarkable Names of Real People by John Train (1977)

Funny Name Server. Admit it. As you were looking up a number in the phone book, a funny listing caught your eye. You chuckled at the poor guy whose name is also a curse word. Then you thought, "If I had nothing better to do, what other funny names could I find in the phone book?"

Namely - A list of people whose name makes a complete sentence

Things I Miss About Los Angeles and many other lists from Dooce’s Lists Archives

Vodka Pundit’s Lists of 50 Things, from “50 Words and Phrases Not to Use on a First Date” to “50 Things to be Thankful For”

High concept: 10 New Products For Which Market Research Is Probably Unnecessary

A list of 1,159 Naughty Words. (Caution: A list of 1,159 Naughty Words!)

A list of Current Apple iPod Models. (From ”All Lists Considered”)

Grow-a-brain’s Long List of Unusual Lists Here

April 29, 2005 in Lists | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

The Mystery of Nature

Carnivorous_plant Welcome to Maverick Surfer, your online source to big wave surfing

Forests Forever

What is Photosynthesis? Only the most important process on earth.

Hear the sound produced by the Ringing Rocks of Upper Black Eddy, PA

Natural formation that looks like Mother Nature's Tile Floor. About 100,000 years ago a 400 foot thick molten mass of lava cooled and shrunk, breaking into long vertical shafts, each multisided like a pencil, and about a foot and a half in diameter, creating a rock formation known as "columnar basalt." Later a glacier ground its way across the mass, leaving a surface flat as a floor with the long thin parallel scrape marks across it. (From ”Reality Carnival”)

A tornado is approaching

International Carnivorous Plant Society, snaring insects in a blink-of-an-eye

Mysterious People - Who are they?

The Indian legend of the Thunderbird, a cryptozoological mystery. There are many remote parts of the world where humans rarely travel through that can hide a species that hasn't been discovered yet. Here are just a few of the many unknown, undiscovered, mysterious animals that may be out there

Explore Sacred Sites and Ancient Civilizations - Mysterious Places: Easter Island, Stonehenge, Malian Magic

This is the second post composed together with another blogger, this time with Gerard Vlemmings of ”Presurfer”, who provided many of today’s links. (First post here.) Thank you, Gerard! If I get some positive response, I may repeat the process with other bloggers perhaps, and on other topics. Contact me for details.

Many More Unusual Mysteries of Nature Here

April 29, 2005 in Co-blogged with, Nature | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 28, 2005

We are all Losers

Civil_liberties US Postal Service celebrates Presidential Election Losers. (From “Worth 1000” Going Postal contest)

Who is Clay Johnson III? “Rolling Stone” reports on what it calls 'Bush's Most Radical Plan Yet,' a three-sentence proposal tucked away in the federal budget that "would enable the Bush administration to achieve what Ronald Reagan only dreamed of: the end of government regulation as we know it."

Laura Bush fun facts: She loves reggae, Bob Dylan, Ben Stiller and Dostoyevsky. She used to chain smoke, has a dark past and may have once been a pothead. She could have been somebody. Instead, she married a Bush.

Propaganda Posters. A Collection of 1400+ posters from Russia, Czech republic, Poland and Cuba

Hippie Switches To Organic Rolling Papers For Earth Day. (From ”Michigan Blog”)

Many More Links About Unusual Crooks, Criminals & Evil Men Here

April 28, 2005 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Smoking Kills

Smoking_jesus Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein

Short cuts from Wortel Drie. I like No. 9

Monsieur Gustave

“I remember it so clearly, like it was yesterday”, from Overheard in New York

Don Hertzfeldt was Rejected! One of the lowest budgeted films ever nominated for an Academy Award in 2001. In 2004, it was ranked by the IMDB as the 3rd highest rated short film of all time

Natalie Dee is an artist and wife of the guy who draws Toothpaste for dinner. Correction: His sister, not his wife. Thank you, burnsy

Smoking Kills

The creative abundance of Patricia Storms, illustrator

Wil Forbis about his favorite Roz Chast cartoon

Many More Unusual Comics and cartoons Here

April 28, 2005 in Comics & Cartoons | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Let’s Roll

Dead_mall The Sumo Tube is a new towable that is not connected to the boat. The rider slides into the Sumo suit and holds on to a grab handle on the end of a 60' rope. The rider can roll 360s from left to right, jump the wakes, steer left and right by moving their arms, or just glide across the water's surface

Welcome to the Virtual Toilet Paper Museum, a tribute to that material which plays such an important role in our everyday lives. View our extensive collection of brands from the mundane to the exceeding rare, wondrous toilet-paper-related artworks of unusual beauty, and myriad informational exhibits. Here is The Vintage Collection

Sheriff Armadillo Taxidermy Weird Western Decor on eBay

Four Way Rubberbands

Puppy Purses doggie carriers

I blogged about Dead malls before. John has some more interesting mall facts

Free After Rebate: computer gear, consumer electronics, office supplies, often 100% off the original price after rebate

Hippy shopper is the UK and Europe's first news blog devoted to greener and more ethical shopping

Many More Unusual Things To Buy Here

April 28, 2005 in Shopping | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

April 27, 2005

Star Wars Toy Collectors

Chess_clock Do you play chess? Play against Thinking Machine 4, and watch it plot its next move. When the machine is thinking, a network of curves is overlaid on the board, showing potential moves. Orange curves are moves by black; green curves are ones by white. The brighter curves are thought by the program to be better for white. Beautiful!

Star War Toys that never were, by Gobler Toys, manufacturer of Señor Sandwich. (Thank you, Michael). Here is a giant Star Wars Collectors Archive

The Rollercoaster from Hell

flickr memory game, but with only 16 squares

The Bootleg Toys Links. The number of toy lines and characters that have been bootlegged is incredible

Wheels O’ Wisdom, four to choose from

On November 16, 2003 a team of Kapla enthusiasts gathered at the National Building Museum in Washington DC to attempt to Break the World Record for the tallest Kapla tower

Heximoes are, as the name so clearly implies, 132 hexagonal dominoes

Dada Dolls, created almost entirely of recycled elements

Booty Babe Art by artist Spencer Davis

The Game of Mao is perhaps best summed up by the statement: "The only rule I can tell you is this one"

NiubNiub’s Toy Collection. NiubNiub's mom says: "when are you gonna grow up and stop buying toys !"

Many More Unusual Games and Toys Here

April 27, 2005 in Games | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

April 26, 2005

It’s a lovely war

One_atomic_war The German Diaspora. Between 1933 and 1942 Wernher von Braun built up what was called the 'Rocket Team' - German engineers, recruited from universities all over Germany, to participate in development of the V-2, the world's first ballistic missile. At the end of the war, those who had experience in this new technology were eagerly sought after by the winning Allied powers. The US, the Soviet Union, and France moved over 400 of these 'Peenemuende Germans' and their families to new research facilities in the powers' respective countries. The work the Germans did at Huntsville, Vernon, and Gorodomlya led directly to the rockets that would take all three nations to outer space… In modern terms, this was the single greatest example of technology transfer in history

The Armour Archive, an on-line Journal devoted to teaching people how to make armour

Interactive conflict maps of the 20th century. Drag the timeline

First there was “Where’s Waldo”. Now here is Where’s Osama

Veri-SEAL. Do you, or somebody you know, pretend to be a SEAL? Check Veri-SEAL’s Hall of Shame to identify any imposters

Bombs over Denver - Handbook for civilians, just in case atom bombs fall

Books go to war: The Armed Services Editions in World War 2. (From ”Good Shit” - source is NSFW)

Unusual Technical Images Of Equipment Used In World War II. Featuring technical cutaway drawings of submarines, ships, aircraft and arms

Blood & Honey, Ron Haviv’s A Balkan War Journal

Military related videos

Star Wars Origami

The journalism and films of John Pilger from Vietnam

Many More Unusual Links About War and About Peace Here

April 26, 2005 in War | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"Vos enfants sont très beaux. Ils sont adoptes?"

Street_art_1 Jen and Scott of “Bridge and Tunnel Club” take photographs, many beautiful photographs, of their walking tours in New York neighborhoods

Going to France? Here are some useful French phrases: "Est-ce que vous êtes ivre?"

Asia Grace by Kevin Kelly. (From ”Information Junk”)

The travel itinerary of John Paul II

Guess the Google Map destination. (Hint: 14305)

Snow in Venice: Here are a slew of pictures of the recent freakish snow that pummeled Venice on February 21, 2005

Rent a German offers a wide range of Germans for your personal and social needs

The Hungry Cyclist, Tom Kevill Davies's inter-continental pursuit of the perfect meal - on a bicycle

The Lost Highway. A collection of photographs, stories, and maps of old, original, or abandoned pieces of roadway that once made up part of the fabric of the highway system today. (From ”Ronsens”)

Welcome to Budapest Gay Guide

Street art above by Dan Witz. Many More Unusual Travel Destinations Here

April 26, 2005 in Traveling Places | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Blogging full-time

Seth_godin In response to Jason Kottke asking for micropatrons who will support him becoming a full-time blogger, ”Idlewords” decided to look for a Macropatron, asking one of his regular readers to contribute the lump sum of three hundred thousand (300,000) US dollars to enable him to quit his job too

Seth Godin about The Long Tail effect; In order to become a popular (successful) blog, it doesn’t matter who you know, like in the old day. Working your way up requires only a few things: Persistence, patience and low overhead.

Part one: Give people 1,000 channels to watch, and they won't all watch the same thing. Give people 1,000,000 books to read, and they won't all want to read a bestseller

The original Wired article article ‘The Long Tail’ - How to find local audiences, and the democratization effect of Amazon recommendations

Five terrible fake LiveJournal memes:
2. If I were a piece of food caught in your teeth, would you pick me out? What kind of food would I be? Would I be delicious even after I’d been trapped between your molars since lunch?

Coming May 9th: Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington is set to launch an interactive, Celebrity Blog, to counter The Drudge Retort

Blogs 101 for businesses, from BusinessWeek Online. "Blogs Will Change Your Business"

Blogging Is Pure Vanity: Profile Of A Vain Blogger

Many More Unusual Blogs and Bloggers Here

April 26, 2005 in World of Blogging | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 25, 2005

Out of a job

Diver_suit Odd Todd is Laid off and he has no money! How does he spends the day? Extremely funny. Help a dude recover

Job outlook, earning potential, training & qualifications for Roman Catholic Priests

"Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's not So bad after all… As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It's a wetsuit…"

Current employment opportunities at LucasFilm

Stress by Jim’s Big Ego

Cube Figures

Poke around Bob’s cube

Breaking news! Beer Truck Loses Load, Creates Traffic Nightmare. (With photo)

Also, reciprocal backslapping: Lots of traffic and some very nice words from The Steel Deal out of the blue. Thank you, Turman!

Many More Unusual Professions Here

April 25, 2005 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

April 24, 2005

People share their one-of-a-kind collections by opening museums

Baptist_college Frank Zappa sings San Ber'dino. (From Zappa ‘Chalk Pie’ - unreleased album)

Located halfway between the glamour of Los Angeles and glitter of Las Vegas (and just off historic Route 66), Exotic World is the only museum on the planet exclusively dedicated to the art, artifacts and stars of Bump & Grind's Golden Age.

The California Route 66 Museum in Victorville (Next door to the 8-unit building we just sold. From a Press Enterprise story)

The Fox Riverside Theater in downtown Riverside, where the sneak for "Gone With The Wind" had its first public showing

From FUH2, a vehicular mishap, across the street from my house, by the La Sierra University here in Riverside

Parishes in the Diocese of San Bernardino

Freecycle in Riverside, a community-based forums where people give (and get) stuff for, well, free

One of the oldest local blogs: The Orange Empire of Southern California Weblog

Palm Spring Live Cam

Craig List for the Inland Empire

Photo above of the Baptist College here in Riverside. Many More Unusual Stories About Riverside And San Bernardino Counties and about Orange County Here

April 24, 2005 in Riverside & Corona - California | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Camarillo Brillo

Zappa_mothers On Sale - This guitar was given to Frank Zappa by Jimi Hendrix... and was played by both of them. (Thanks to ”Chardman”)

Zappa on Hungarian phone card

"Zappa commissioned the making of the famous American quilt made entirely of women’s undergarments. I was fortunate enough to attend a show at the Berkeley Community Theater on the tour that yielded some of the component parts of this quilt.

There were panties strung from both sides of the stage to the bass drums and one panty over each of the holes in front of said drums. Wafting panties marking time as the girls made their way to the stage to give their undergarments to the bass player, who used giant plastic tongs to deposit them on a silver platter which he then passed to Frank. If the garment was deemed worthy, Mr. Zappa would then twirl them on his finger without missing a beat. These gifts were saved for later use. The results were very Frank"...

Zappa's treasure house. Gail Zappa has a hoard of music that could fill a hundred albums - and she hopes to release it, bit by bit. (Thank you, Al)

Zappa Vs. WMD - Silly

Who are the brain police? Many More Odd Zappa Moments Here and Unusual Dylan Links Here

April 24, 2005 in Music - Frank Zappa | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack