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February 28, 2006

A head start

Young_at_heart Listen to Young at heart and other songs from Doris Day movies. (Where is Doris Day? She's still alive? Haven't heard anything about her in 30+ years. Found on the blog of The Clerkenwell Kid)

Sex, Sinatra and the women who fell for him. Frank Sinatra was famously well-endowed and a voracious womaniser. A new biography details his string of lovers

1994 Playboy Sinatra Interview

A chronological list of Sinatra Albums

Todd Peach's Massive Sinatra Lyrics Page

MemoryWiki is the encyclopedia of memories. Kenny Morse remembers Working with Sinatra

Google pulls a Sinatra...

I have to move in the next few days. This post have been pre-blogged for your enjoyment. More Unusual Sinatra Links Here

February 28, 2006 in Music - Frank Sinatra | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

February 27, 2006

Ultimate Shuffles

Walkies From the Library of Congress: Japanese Acrobats. A clip by Thomas A. Edison, April 29, 1904 (Might take a while to load, worth the wait)

Do not cheat! scroll slowly, and try to answer all questions!

Magician Eric Mead retells The Aristocrats as a card trick, (Obviously NSFW!) then takes a cab ride in Aspen and performs the Three of Spades Card Trick inside the Ultimate Taxi. Learn to do card tricks with Ian Kendall

Depth Spinner and Squirming Palm

Juggling Balls. Boing light balls change color with a squeeze of the hand

MindFreak with Chris Angel

Animation above by Cyriak. Many More Unusual Magic Tricks Here

February 27, 2006 in Magic | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Houses made of bottles

Seattle_architecture The Bottle Houses on Prince Edward Island

House made out of bottles in Rhyolite, Nevada, a Ghost Town about 100 miles outside of Vegas

Doc Hope's Bottle House in Hillsville, VA, built in 1941

Anna’s Bottle Home in Tucson, Arizona

Why is there an airplane (with runway) on 77 water street building in Manhattan?

What was it like to live on a Utah farm in the 1920's? How were homes different then? Take a look through my grandparents home in Leamington, (Millard County) Utah

ArchInfo’s World's 12 Best New Buildings

Who wouldn't want to live in a Tree House?

The Cedar Creek Treehouse in Ashford, WA

Hiroba, the Sapporo Dome Stadium with the world's first "hovering soccer stage" (Including a QuickTime movie, showing how the full soccer field is being transferred in & out the dome)

“Raw concrete” of the Brutalist architecture

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman's Age of the Domiciles

Lincoln Toe Truck, a pink landmark south of Lake Union, and other Seattle Icons & Roadside Attractions. Also, Seattle's "Hat 'n' Boots" and other Unusual homes

This is another post that I am “co-blogging”, this time with Marlow Harris, a Real estate agent from Seattle who blogs at ”360 Digest”, and who provided most of today’s links. (Previous posts here.) Thank you, Marlow! If other bloggers are interested to share the forum here on any other topic, please contact me for details.

(Photo above from NW Links.) Many More Unusual architectural Links Here

February 27, 2006 in Architecture, Co-blogged with | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

February 26, 2006

Holy Civil War – Are you happy now?!

Samarra_blast Dark February 22nd, the start of the civil war, (not only according to John Murtha). Such tragic news. My heart breaks for the poor people caught in the line of fire there

Slideshow of the bombing

Real AP headline: Holy Shiite Tomb Attacked

Plans For Iraq Attack Began on 9/1

Even people like RJ Elliott acknowledge now that the invastion of Iraq didn’t work. Soon they’ll find an excuse to bail, and leave “The Iraqi People to deal with” the mess left behind... Oops, sorry I broke your stuff, goodbye...

Much More About The Civil War in Iraq Here

February 26, 2006 in War in Iraq | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Everywhere you go you always take the weather with you

Finn_brothers Here is a new collection of links, about Music from New Zealand. I am just discovering it beyond the basics, so this section will start a little thin, and grow as I explore more. Suggestions & recommendations from readers will be especially welcome here

Obviously, my introduction to Kiwi music was through the albums of Split Enz and Crowded house which were spearheaded by Tim Finn and Neil Finn. Like the Grateful Dead, these bands had (and still have) a rabid base of fans, and when I used to go to the Finn brothers concerts, you always met the same people in the audience...

Split Enz returning for a belated encore performance

Dave Dobbyn

Bic Runga

Maori singer Moana and the Tribe

New Zealand Music of the 60's, 70's and 80's

Mixotheque, a music blog of New Zealand rock

A massive collection of Kiwi Music Links

Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa

Other Kiwi Travel Links:

New Zealand in grip of man drought - Yeah!

How to acquire a New Zealander accent and American versus New Zealand vocabulary

More from The Flying Kiwi: Common Birds of the New Zealand Forest, basic New Zealand geography (And other Asian travel wallpapers)

Phil Garrett's Flying Kiwi project – breaking the world sidecar speed record @ 320 km/h

Toward the Top of the mountain and other bike photos by Reinhard Pantke, who bikes around the world

Girls Go Wild - 5-part Adventures in New Zealand by Elisabeth Eaves, author of “Bare”

Blue Ferns. New Zealand is a land filled with ferns, none of them were blue - until now

RE: Immigration - move2nz – a comprehensive site that includes resources, services, contacts and information: “we wished we could have had when we emigrated to Christchurch in 2000”

A Metafilter thread about an inexpensive shipping route when you move to NZ

You’ll find a copy of this section on the Moving to New Zealand blog

February 26, 2006 in Music from New Zealand | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

February 25, 2006

Cool Microphones

Prairie_home_companion The Rod Walker Collection of Radios, Telephones, Gramophones & Phonographs for sale. (From ”Bifurcated Rivets”)

Antique radios collectors

Five rules from the NPR drinking game

Vintage Microphones from the collection of Chris Owen

Cool Microphones! (From Mira y Calla)

I can’t stand listening to the sleepy voice of Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion, but here are the weekly greetings read on the show

Archives of The Naked Scientists Internet Science Radio Show

Many More Unusual Radio Links Here

February 25, 2006 in Radio | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Corruption as usual

Dittoheads The Shot Heard 'Round the World, an “Urly Art” photo mosaic

"Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day
I’ve got a beautiful feeling - down in Guantanamo Bay..."

From Rocketboom: Why Is President Bush So Awesome?

The kingdom of America

George Bush Forever

Only in this corrupted Congress could a politician like John Boehner successfully present himself to his colleagues and the press as a "reformer”. (By Joe Conason. A Salon registration required)

Nothing made a more lasting impression during my journey through America than the semi-comatose state in which I found the American left: A Letter to the American Left, by Bernard-Henri Lévy

Jim Derych’s Confessions of a Former Dittohead: One Year Later

A reasonably-lucid interview with Senator Joe Biden on Fresh Air

Many More Unusual Links About The Election of 2006 Here

February 25, 2006 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Mystery Meat

Meat_market Barbeque Lamb Belly The Slow Way. Or How I Wasted My Saturday Afternoon. By Stephen Judd

Hotdogs for Homophobe

Happy ham flickr pool – Hammy is always happy to be eaten…

Virtual Pig Dissection

Deconstructing the McRib sandwich. And The Boneless Pig Farmers Association of America

Where do burgers come from? (WARNING: Graphic link – NSFW!)

An invention which involves a device for perfusing an animal head

Weird Meat documents experiences eating strange food, as I travel around the world. From duck tongues to chicken butts

Going whole hog. Savoring the whole hog, one piece at a time

Meat Identification Test

Vegetable Liberation Army. (From ”Presurfer”)

The coconut temple courier service. How does a temple in India make sure that it gets 15,000 coconuts a day delivered for its rituals?

Bananart - Go bananas and Tattooed Bananas

Many More Unusual Vegetarians and Meat Eaters Here

February 25, 2006 in Food - Meat & Vegetables | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 24, 2006

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Magical_realism On the third day of rain they had killed so many crabs inside the house that Pelayo had to cross his drenched courtyard and throw them into the sea, because the newborn child had a temperature all night and they thought it was due to the stench. The world had been sad since Tuesday. Sea and sky were a single ash-gray thing and the sands of the beach, which on March nights glimmered like powdered light, had become a stew of mud and rotten shellfish. The light was so weak at noon that when Pelayo was coming back to the house after throwing away the crabs, it was hard for him to see what it was that was moving and groaning in the rear of the courtyard. He had to go very close to see that it was an old man, a very old man, lying face down in the mud, who, in spite of his tremendous efforts, couldn’t get up, impeded by his enormous wings

When Gabriel Garcia Marquez Met Hemingway in Paris, one rainy spring day in 1957

Love in the time of viagra. Salon review of “Memories of My Melancholy Whores”

No more writing for Gabo

When driving thru Boyle Heights last week, I was so elated when I crossed a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Street. What a blast!

Unrelated, Happy birthday, Salvadore Tessio - 85 years young today

More Unusual Links About Borges & Marquez Here

February 24, 2006 in Books - Gabriel Garcia Marquez | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Year of the Mona Lisa with Dogs

Bird_dogs_2 Photos of snakes eating things. Not for the squeamish or those with a tenuous grasp on nature. (From McWetBoy)

Bug Macros

More Baby Squirrels

Types of the Modern American Ass

Albino animals

Save The Bald Beaver Society. The North American Bald Beaver is the official symbol of Berlow Canada.

Chimp Joke

The website of the Animal Liberation Front (Loads slowly)

Vintage pitbulls. (From Monkey Media Report)

Mona Lisa with dogs - Many breeds of dogs...

World’s ugliest Cat

Many More Unusual Animal Stories Here

February 24, 2006 in Animals | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

February 23, 2006

Got Chocolate?

Fountain_of_chocolate_1 Got Chocolate Milk?

A Tokyo based jeweler has baked a 5 million dollar chocolate bar, in the mold of an African continent

Brad Pitt made of chocolate

A Plumber's Dream Scene - Chocolate Toilet Seat

3D chocolate printer made from LEGO. I did this project a long time ago so the documentation is incomplete, but hopefully it will inspire someone to rebuild it and fill in the blanks

Ever had a big lunch and then fall into a food coma when you go back to work/class? Chocolate Jolt's a nice 'pick me up' treat that's simple to make and delicious as well

Alasdair Watson’s report on a Gerard Coleman chocolate-tasting event. (From Warren Ellis)

Chocolate Coma

Many More Unusual Chocolates and Unusual Desserts Here

February 23, 2006 in Food - Chocolate | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

February 22, 2006

Sons of Atrus!

Myst_riven One of the earlier posts that I’ve composed last year together with another blogger, was the one about the unusual Russian Dolls (Matryoshka). I somehow connected with Robyn Miller, the webmaster of the then-new Tinselman, and we did our thing. I didn’t inquire about him, and at the time I even thought that he was a She (Robyn?).

Since then, his blog continued to flourish and get exposed, as those things usually do. And then about a week ago, I somehow realized that THIS IS THE MAN who (together with his brother) created Myst AND Riven! and who caused millions of grown-up like myself to spend many months losing ourselves in the mysteries of tragic imagination during the mid-90’s! And just today, as I was preparing to write this post, Robyn published on Tinselman one of his earliest design maps of the five islands of Riven on his blog! Thank you, man! I didn’t know!...

Other Unusual individuals:

People think that they animals! Sarah discovers the truth behind Furries: “This is horrible! I may kill myself over this, because I don’t want to be part of the human race anymore!”

Fred Gratzon: the world's laziest man. (And his book, The Lazy Way to Success)

Einstein’s Wife Mileva Maric Einstein. (From Plep)

Lucky Diamond Rich - The Most Tattooed Man In The World

Why is this smiling man wearing a Superbowl tattoo? Hint: His name is Mark Roberts and he has streaked over 380 times in the last ten years

Johnny Eck, the man who was born with no lower half

New York artist Chrissy Conant sells Chrissy Caviar, one of her own pearly eggs, a human, Caucasian Beluga

Many More Unusual People Doing Unusual Things Here

February 22, 2006 in Unusual People | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Visit to a small planet

Japanese_sento Nakano Broadway is a warren of small (and one or two large) shops selling vintage toys and newer collectible vinyl at prices that are in some cases bargainous

Watch “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof in Japanese. (Thank you, Jeff)

Shingo Mama no Oha. Shingo Mama, a cross-dressing Japanese singer, advocates the use of "oha" as an abbreviation for the Japanese greeting ohayō which means "good morning"

Hadaka Matsuri, The Naked Man Festival in Okayama, Ten thousand near-naked men huddled together to fight the cold

Public bathing - Water Therapy for better human

Many More Unusual Links about Japan Here

February 22, 2006 in Japan | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 21, 2006


Rorschach_test_for_kids Bankers

Almost more screensaver than video game, Cosmic Bounce is to Web-based games what salami is to manhole covers: Zen

Mister Mojo Rising - The secret behind Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, as told by Victoria, their blond net artist

25 minutes to go and other creations by Neen, stands for Neenstars, a still undefined generation of visual artists. The Neen manifesto, by Miltos Manetas

Decorate your site with Bigger squares

Rorschach Test and 45 other experiments at Story Nest

Amorphoscapes by Stanza. (From the previously-blogged Sound Toys)

A large Collection of Digital Eye Candy Here

February 21, 2006 in Digital Art | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Language martyrs

My_hovercraft_is_full_of_eels Happy Language Day! Language Movement Day is a national day of Bangladesh to commemorate protests and sacrifices to protect Bengali as a national language during Pakistan regime in 1952

Antarctic slang, or, English, as She is Spoke at McMurdo and Pole

Art of Chinese Calligraphy

Would you like to say the following in Maori - instantly?
• Will you marry me:
• Does my bum look big in this?
• Hi honey, I'm home
• Don't give up your day job...
and hundreds of other practical, street-wise and occasionally risqué English/Maori prases and words? Then you need Instant Maori

An Animated History of the Alphabet

How to say My hovercraft is full of eels in many languages. (From MP’s Hungarian phrase book)

2006 version of The List of Banished Words: 97% fat free, Dawg & Talking points, among similar dogs

Many More Unusual Language Links Here

February 21, 2006 in Languages | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack