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September 30, 2005

Aloha au iā ‘oe

Lava_1 He‘e holua, or the ancient Hawaiian tradition of lava sledding. Buy your Papaholua Sled here. (From ”Metafilter”). Before and after photos of Kilauea lava banch collapse site

Hawaii Island Virtual Tour

Kealii Reichel

Pele, the Goddess of Fire. (Thank you, Robin)

How to say "I Love You" in Hawaiian? Other Hawaiian Dictionaries

More Unusual Links about Hawaii Here

September 30, 2005 in Traveling Places - Hawaii | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 29, 2005

Getting ready for San Francisco

House_floor_plan_1 New York Artist & Realtor, also known as The Loft Ninja folded some of his blogs (Loftblog, Urban foto & Ninja Listings) into Just In New York

“826 Cambridge Oval” is a blog about a wonderful home that is for sale in San Antonio, TX . (From ”Inman Blog”)

Similarly, “Mattamy Homes in Hawthorne Village, Milton” is a weblog about buying a new Mattamy home in Hawthorne Village, Milton

Miami Sun Post Columnist & Realtor Phyllis D. Huguenin’s South Florida Real Estate Blog

Real estate India blog

Mandeville Responds: The purpose of this Weblog is to publish information about the response of the local and national communities in the aftermath of the Katrina disaster. Also: Realtors respond

From Petaluma, California - It’s your best move

The blog of Jason Nowlin, Realtor in Columbia, MO. (I once drove to Columbia, MO, to meet with one of my favorite authors, William Least Heat-Moon)

Denver Modern Homes. The newest from Todd Carpenter, publisher of a network of mortgage and real estate blogs

Vince Bindi of Keller Williams, a new blog from Orange County, CA

Luxury Sarasota Living

Cleveland Ohio Real Estate with Cecilia Sherrard

Jersey Shore Market Watch

Real Estate Internet Marketing

Dom Tassone’s My Place Chicago

By the way, if you are going to be in San Francisco at the end of October, and you'd like to meet, let me know...

The complete List of Real Estate Blogs as well as Grow-a-Brain’s Extensive Real Estate Archives are Here

September 29, 2005 in Real estate Blogs | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Food fight

Food_pyramid The 50 States of Cheese

Kevin Kostner’s delicious low-cal Bison Chili Recipe

Recipe for disaster: Katrina a la Bush

2 funky Jews sell Kosher food. (From ”Screenhead”)

Chances are, if you've eaten at an Asian, Thai, Korean or Vietnamese restaurant, you've used the red bottle of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, made right here in Rosemead, CA

Boomers remember their childhood food . From 'Chocolate Soldiers' and 'Cherry Mash' to 'Frozen Mellon Balls' and 'Flavored Straws'

The top 50 things every foodie should do. From “Catching your own dinner” to “Take coffee at Caffé Florian”

Eat babies

Do you want to be a character in a food fight?

Close-up salt and pepper. Winner of The “Visions of Science Photographic Awards”

Pizza Fork and Cutter. Slice and eat with the same utensil!

Kitchen Conversion Calculator

Many More Unusual Recipes and Meals Here

September 29, 2005 in Food | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

September 28, 2005

2,000,000 hits

2000000_1 Congratulations to the blog! Here are last night’s statistics:

Total number of hits: 2,001,100
Average per day: 3335.17
Today: 8044
In the last hour: 508
This week: 39717

I know it’s not Go Fug Yourself, and still I’m very pleased...

Every day there are thousands of visitors who arrive here through the search engines (mostly through Google), because “Grow-a-brain” shows as the first or second result to hundreds of search queries. Generally I assumed that these are people who “stumble” into the site, and who possibly stumble right out again. But the more I thought about it, the more I’ve to come appreciate these visits. I now realize that there are many postings here that truly deserve to be the answers people are looking for when they hit the “I feel Lucky” button. It’s actually pretty humbling. Here are a few examples:

Things to do before you die
Realtors Bloggers
Odd & Crazy
Coppola's The Conversation
Unicorn for sale
Military invasion of Iran
Death & Eternity
Who we’all honorin’ here today?
Alinea restaurant
"You're entering a world of pain". And many more.

So, until the next benchmark, here are a few, free gifts for you: The beautiful Magic carpet and Escape from The Museum of visual poetry by artist Jose Santos

Growabrain_2 Grab a graphic to link to Grow-a-brain

September 28, 2005 in Website News | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

We don’t do body counts

Jim_morrison “Once I wasn't and then I was And now I ain't all over again”. Virtual tour of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, including many famous graves…

Violent Art. (Warning: Violent Art!)

Obituary for one Dorothy Gibson Cully, 86: She was born the second child of six in 1919, daughter to Kathleen Heard Gibson and Calvin Hooper Gibson, an inventor best known as the first person since the Middle Ages to calculate the arcane lead-to-gold formula. Unable to actually prove this complex theory scientifically, and frustrated by the cruel conspiracy of the so-called "scientific community" working against his efforts, he ultimately stuck his head in a heated gas oven with a golden delicious apple propped in his mouth. Miraculously, the apple was saved for the evening dessert. Calvin was not. (From “Bifurcated Rivets”)

Death in Venice, based on the novel by Thomas Mann

St. Louis Cemetery Number One

Smelleze™ Funeral Home/ Autopsy Deodorizer Pouch

Another great product: Vidstone, a pioneer in multimedia tombstone technology, has introduced the first product of its kind, the Serenity Panel

Rapture Letters online death notification. After the rapture, there will be a lot of speculation as to why millions of people have just disappeared. Unfortunately, after the rapture, only non believers will be left to come up with answers. You probably have family and friends that you have witnessed to and they just won't listen. After the rapture they probably will, but who will tell them?
We have written a computer program to do just that. It will send an Electronic Message (e-mail) to whomever you want after the rapture has taken place, and you and I have been taken to heaven

Many More Unusual Links About Death and Eternity and about Unusual Coffins & Caskets Here

September 28, 2005 in Death & Eternity | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

September 27, 2005

That Cooper baby

Arbus_baby_1 “…To dispel the myth that Diane Arbus only took pictures of freaks, she made up a list of elegant people she wanted to photograph...As if to prove her point, she took a remarkable portrait of Gloria Vanderbilt's sleeping baby son, Anderson Hays Cooper, for a Harper's Bazaar Valentine issue…”

Portroids are Polaroid Portraits

Celebrities outlandish requests: When touring, Macy Gray likes to bring a chimpanzee on the road with her to keep her company. Singer Robbie Williams decorates his dressing room with kumquats, a bonsai tree, a pair of undies, and a framed photo of Bob Holness. Re-post: The Smoking Gun’s extensive list of contract riders

Mark Seliger portfolio

Portraits by John Kascht

From “Supermasterpiece”: Aaron and John Cougar Mellencamp's Wife

Peter Marshall: In one state, you can deduct $5 from a traffic ticket if you show the officer...what?
Paul Lynde: A ten dollar bill. Paul Lynde’s greatest Hollywood Squares lines

Seperated At Birth

Short shelf life of celebrity marriage

Many More Unusual Stories About Celebrities Here

September 27, 2005 in Celebrities | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

September 26, 2005

Social bookmarks manager

Blocked_access Improve this article! A magazine article on Wikipedia - written by Wikipedia. (From ”Pathologically Polymathic”)

Blocked pages to the internet in the middle east: From Qater, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabian and Iran. Screen shots from China

del.icio.us is a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others.
Here are some of the most popular bookmarks on the network:
43 Folders with 3242 users,
Boing Boing with 2500 users,
PostSecret (2793 users),
Fark (1942 users),
CNN (1944 users),
Grow-a-brain (with 86 users – c’mon, people, what’s up with that? Bookmark it already!)
flickr (4054 users),
and Slashdot with 7675 users

Russian Wooden PC Case Mod. From the same outfit: Decorative hand-painted mice

Kevin Schofield writes: Ten Reasons Why I Love Microsoft. (From Michel Vuijlsteke's blog)

How to Write sensible email messages

More To Life On The Internet Here

September 26, 2005 in Internet | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack


Tentacles_manga Go to pretty much any Japanese super market or combini and you'll find Umaibou. Literally translated it means "delicious stick"

The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife, an erotic woodcut made circa 1820 by Hokusai. Interpretations in stained glass by Judith Schaechter, and by New Zealand artists at Otago Stained Glass. Also, NSFW galleries by photographer Juergen Specht

Hello Kitty Vibrator Sale. Now Only $ 189 + $ 4 for priority mail shipping in the U.S

Yosuke Yamahata Photographing the Bomb in Nagasaki Journey. (From ”Folderol”)

Japan on Uncyclopedia. The physical geography of Japan is characterized by upheavals and the depressed. Because so much of the land mass is mountainous, 94% of the population is forced to live on mountaintops so that the limited amount of flat land can be used for cultivating monsters. Being squeezed onto mountaintops has forced the Japanese people to come up with space-saving innovations such as Game Boy Advance

Originally filmed in November 2001, this short video shows an extremely rare and ancient Japanese geisha dance as performed in Niigata, Japan by life-long, professional Japanese Geisha

The Pachinko Museum

Haiku in western languages

Japan Seldom Asked Questions (SAQ). What do Japanese People wear underneath their Kimonos? Why do all the Jizo statues in Japan wear "bibs"? What is the sound of one hand clapping? Many more

Anime Phone Cards. (From Podwall)

(Graphic above from The Octopus News Magazine.) Many More Unusual Links about Japan Here

September 26, 2005 in Japan | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

September 25, 2005

"#2 Grandpa


Losing consciousness - Don't make the commitment if you can’t handle the stress. (Very funny)

Complaint letter of the year. (From ”Wesa Turtle”)

Spam You Never See

Cumulative wind distribution - Rita in red & orange

Some poorly selling t-shirts

Midlife Assessment. I'm 41 years old, and I'm absolutely falling apart. I'll start from the top and work my way down, cataloging, as it were, my disintegration

Who would throw away a perfectly good horse?

Many More Unusual Oddities and Crazy linkage Here

September 25, 2005 in Odd & Crazy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The return of reefer madness

Cheshire_cat I Smoke Pot. Whats The Big Deal? "So what? I smoke pot. Think about it. Out of all the after work activities, there are about a bazillion other things that I could be doing that are worse than getting high. I am a tax paying citizen. I have a full-time job in the mental health field. I attend college full-time and carry a 3.5 GPA. And yes, I smoke marijuana"

Five kids smoked this - Two are in the hospital, one in jail – And the others have blown their mind!

Cannabis pipes made from vegetables

Drug War Victims

flickr set tagged with Cannabis. Some folks are very brave or stupid

Rasta glossary

A guide to higher education - High Times annual list of the Top 10 Cannabis Colleges in the US

Re-post: Kermit rolls a joint

At up to £300 an ounce, exotic strains of designer cannabis are fuelling a booming market in herbal highs for affluent smokers

Glue sniffing and pills

Myron Stolaroff finally discloses the name of the Secret Chief of The Underground Psychedelic Therapy Movement

(Graphic from ”Holy Mother of God!”). More about any kind of illegal drugs especially Acid and Pot Here

September 25, 2005 in Drugs - "Save the Roaches, Arnie" | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Technicolor Dreamcoat


Men’s leather pants for sale. You are bidding on a mistake

Apple Logo Shoes. Very Rare. Distributed to Apple employees in the 90's

Benefits of wearing a foil hat. (From ”Look at This”)

Billie Jean King’s tennis dress, 1973

Alice in Wonderland slideshow. Vogue Style version

Jeff Rubin’s wonderful jacket

Awkward Moments In Knitwear Modeling

Many More Unusual Fashion Trends Here

September 25, 2005 in Fashion | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Real Estate Commissions -

Apartment_housing The Malibu Pyramid house presented by Gary Harryman

Rows of Low-income housing in Ixtapaluca, Mexico

Small Polish Houses. (From ”Things Magazine”)

Rare opportunity in Rhode Island. 1494 sq. ft. house from 1979 - on sewer. Includes 245 sq. ft. porch

My Gay Agent. (From FHC's aborted blog)

Mushroom houses

The Ususal Bubble Suspects

If you own apartment buildings, you can find out how your tenants are rating your complex

Miami's New Skyline

More about brokerage fees: The 6 Percent Solution. Skip Real Estate Agents all together? (A NY Times article)

Many More Unusual Real Estate Stories Here

September 25, 2005 in Real estate | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Fake Beatles

Swedish Last weekend, we saw a performance of “Classical Mystery Tour”, a Beatles tribute band at a Newport Beach show. This was the first time I ever attended a Beatles-like performance, and as suspect & artificial as this concept is, I actually liked it a lot. The band tried to look & sound as closely to what The Beatles must have been in ‘64 & ’67, and they did a pretty good job at it. However, it must be strange to live a live of a performer, pretending to be somebody else like that.

There are many other Beatles tribute bands; Yahoo lists 31 of them. I imagine that there’s an Artistic Management Conglomerate that runs all of them, and when a Ringo or John is sick or indisposed at one band, they replace him with another…

Lucy In the Field With Flowers, Susan Lawlor’s grandmother. (More kitsch at The Museum Of Bad Art. Thank you, Julie!)

A different MIDI version of Revolution #9

Flash version of Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Beatles Blotter Art - Have your LSD & eat it too. Obviously, Lennon did a thousand trips

Wax Ringo Lost his sticks. More than a 1000 photos tagged with Beatles on flickr

9" long version of George Harrison Gretsch Country Gentleman Guitar and other Beatles Mini Guitars

A great version of Don't Let Me Down. Letting us down: What is Paul McCartney doing in that Fidelity ad? Going to the McCartney concert in Las Vegas November 30?..

Hard to find Beatles tracks from 1960 & later

A Hard Day's Night Screen Grabs

While my ukulele gently weeps. More at Ukulele Disco

Re-post: Musicologist Alan W. Pollack’s copious Notes on all of Beatles 187 songs & 25 covers

What's your favorite Beatles record?

The radio wars that erupted around the Beatles in 1964

A short story composed exclusively of Beatles song titles

Many More Unusual Beatles Links and Unusual Bob Dylan Links Here

September 25, 2005 in Music - Beatles | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 24, 2005



The Iconography of Saint Sebastian. (From ”Cipango”)

Alison Lapper Pregnant, A statue of an armless, naked, pregnant woman was unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square

The Girl with a Pearl Earring. An In-Depth Study of Vermeer's masterpiece, by Jonathan Janson. (From “Presurfer”, which celebrates 5 years of blogging today)

Tattooed Pig Hooves

Realistic Tattoo Portraits by Hungarian tattoo artist Boris

This poster features famous surrealists posing at a photo booth, one of the first of the time. The goal of the poster was to portray the quintessence of surrealism. (From “Jaf Project”). A photo booth blog

Art of Crap? Do you know your Dada from your Moma? Try the quiz and see

Panoramic views of The Louvre

Society for Art of Imagination

David Stoupakis

Many More Unusual Contemporary Artists Here

September 24, 2005 in Modern Art | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

September 23, 2005

e = mc hammer

Dog_sign Prophets to the Nation. The Founders of Gospel Mime. Ladies & Gentlemen - The animated ministry of J&K Mime

Lourdes water bottle. Since the first healing, of Catherine Latapie, on March 1st, 1858, as many as 2,500 unexplained healings have been recorded

The Bible Translated In Glaswegian: At the start, the Big Yin, brought aboot up rerr and doon here. An doon here wis sod all, and all the lights were oot. So the Big Yin says,"put the lights oan rerr"and here did the lights no go oan! The Big yin saw rat and sez "rerr, sorted" "Ah'll keep that dark bit though and call that the night and when they lights are oan Ah'll call rat the day!"

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is 95 years old

White churches

From NPR’s middlebrow “This I believe”, listen to Bill Gates’s Unleashing the Power of Creativity

Top Ten Signs You're a Fundamentalist Christian. No 2: You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers

Welcome to the Christian Tattoo Association website

Photo galleries from “Jesusland” abandoned - PTL Heritage USA, Fort Mill, SC

The Poetic Eddas, the oral literature of Iceland which were finally written down from 1000-1300 A.D, are like big summer movies, full of gore, sex, revenge and apocalyptic violence

Himalayan Art. Images of the hand and foot prints of famous teachers, predominantly Kagyu and Nyingma

The Dilgo Khyentse Fellowship (DKF) is dedicated to fulfilling the vision and projects of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991. Last two links from “Malanda”)

Many More Unusual links about Unusual Gods Here

September 23, 2005 in Spirituality | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack