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February 14, 2006


Answer_to_life_1 What is the answer to life, the universe and everything? The Answer to The Ultimate Question Of Life, the Universe and Everything is a concept taken from Douglas Adams' science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In the story, the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything is sought using the supercomputer Deep Thought. The answer given by Deep Thought leads the protagonists on a quest to discover the question which provides this answer. (From another fantastic Metafilter thread, called What's your favorite Google feature, trick, or hack?)

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On Tuesday, October 4 Samy, a 19-year-old guy from L.A., had a modest 73 friends on MySpace. At 12:34 p.m. he made an update to his profile. Eighteen hours later Samy had 1,005,831 friend requests—1 out of every 35 MySpace users—each and every one of whose profiles included the phrase "but most of all, Samy is my hero”. This and the rest of Top 10 Web Moments of 2005

World, Meet Mac. Mac, World. Here is the complete »Lost 1984« clip collection as a permanent download from this server for your convenience

The purpose of this guide is to show the process involved in tracing An Email

The Spyware Warrior List of Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites

How A Criminal Might Infiltrate Your Network. One of the great mysteries in security management is the modus operandi of criminal hackers. If you don't know how they can attack you, how can you protect yourself from them? Prepare to be enlightened

The vast bulk of international telephone and Internet traffic travels through underwater cables

Photo above from Jason Santa Maria. More To Life On The Internet Here

February 14, 2006 in Internet | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

February 13, 2006

“Two no six no twelve — baker's dozen! I told you that I'm crazy for these cupcakes cousin”…

Turkish_sweetsColour Coded Candy

The Spice Bazaar in Istanbul has hundreds of shops selling Turkish Delight. Walking through this market is a real feast for the eyes. There's candy everywhere and you can even sample the different flavours before settling on your selection. Turkish Delight on flickr

Trends in Japan: Sweets in Disguise. It appears that men do not like to be seen eating elaborate cakes in public, so a confectioner set up what looks like a typical fast food outlet to sell what look like hamburgers and fries, but that are in fact cake

Unique baked goods from Mirabelle, from some Hungarian bakery, Tutti Frutti, and from some French lady, Linda

SUGART uses delicious chocolate and your favorite candies for unique handmade landscapes, window fronts, boxes, and sculptures. (From Neatorama)

Johnny Depp Jumps the Snark by endorsing the new Johnny Depp Cereal

Many More Unusual Sweets and Unusual Chocolates Here

February 13, 2006 in Food - Desserts | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

February 12, 2006

When going for a job interview, a good thing to ask is if they ever press charges

Office_jobs_1 Four questions for the freeway exit-ramp beggars -
1. What's the best job you've had?
2. What's the worst job you've had?
3. What's the last job you had?
4. What's your dream job?

How to quit a crappy job - with style

Weapons Made From Office Supplies

The sky is falling - A new office prank

Repost: This Office Sucks

Many More Unusual Career Moves Here

February 12, 2006 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

This is The Onion Radio News with Doyle Redland!

Impeach_today Doyle Redland is smoking too much crack, and his stories are not funny any more:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- James and Sarah Brady made comments today related to Vice President Cheney's reportedly accidental shooting yesterday in Texas.

"Now I understand why Dick Cheney keeps asking me to go hunting with him," said Jim Brady. "I had a friend once who accidentally shot pellets into his dog - and I thought he was an idiot."

"I've thought Cheney was scary for a long time," Sarah Brady said. "Now I know I was right to be nervous."

More from The New Of The Weird Dept.: He didn’t see it coming - Blind man allegedly poisoned by blind ex-lover

Many More Weird News Stories Here

February 12, 2006 in Current News | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

“We are all ready to go! If you tell us we have to give our lives now, we’re ready!”


Do you Remember Jonestown? The extreme example of persuasive salesmanship, done daily on any battlefield, is convincing people who don’t know enough to give their life for your beliefs. The Jonestown Death Tape is a chilling 45 minute long audio tape that was recorded on November 18, 1978, just before and during the mass suicide of the Peoples Temple folks. (From Negative Smart). Lots of alternative information about the cult of The Peoples Temple. Brrrr...

In similar vain: How to be persuasive and How to Detect Lies

Last words of people who are about to perish

Less tragic: The magnificent product that will make any customer happy - Polsupah, the ultimate washing powder. A short animation by Alek Wasilewski

A Christmas Message From Alec Baldwin's Character in Glengarry Glen Ross

Many More Stories of Unusual Salesmen Here

February 12, 2006 in Salesmanship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Smartest Kid on Earth

Chris_ware I drove today to Los Angeles to see the Ecstasy show at the MOCA, before it ends next week. It was rather disappointing, so I continued to visit the other exhibitions. ‘Masters of American Comics’ had many original drawings & proofs by Chris Ware, author of Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, as well as many of his ACME Novelty Toys. Also, art by Gary Panter

Alcoholic Anonymous Comic Strips, collected by Ethan Persoff. (From Milk and Cookies). Also there, "Johnny Surge" comic book from 1947, a teat-clip that gave comfort to the udders of countless cows

Personalized custom comics for people who wish to be immortalized

69 flavors of ice cream by Shane Glines

Re-post: Stainboy, written & directed by Tim Burton

Stop Elmer Fudd

Freudian interpretation of Marmaduke, the Great Dane; In my local newspaper, the crappy square strips -- Marmaduke, Heathcliff, Dennis the Menace, and Family Circus -- all appear together, in a sort of matrix of suckitude. Occasionally they synergize.. Each of the four consistently deals subtextually with deep-seated social neuroses…

How to win the New Yorker caption contest every time. (Again, from a Metafilter thread)

The Other Family has nothing to do with Family Circus and should not be allowed around children

Get Your War On, the theatrical adaptation

The Wand

John @ Organique, please email me again. I want to send you something, and my emails to you bounce back! Thanks.

A giant Collection of Unusual Comics Here

February 12, 2006 in Comics & Cartoons | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 11, 2006

Thanks for the memories

Sit_ups_1 Tónlistarmyndband aldarinnar! I wanna love you tender - IcelandicFinnish TV from the 70’s at its very best

3D Goatse!

Art depicting Alan Greenspan sold on eBay

Flags of the British Empire (Circa 1920)

High above the mountain, above the rest Appalachian State University is Hot Hot Hot

Do one thing at a time! Get set! Start now! Finish each job first, then teach love, here is how! And more of Dr. Bronner's Magic Quotes. Also, Ray Fenwick's The Hall of Best Knowledge

Cursing Teddy Bear - lots of NSFW language! (From ”Fawn Jotters”)

Unusual Cards featuring the collage art of Francesca Berrini

Strange Google maps in the UK

Two Chinese Students sing I Want it That Way

Virtual coin flipping

QuipBoard Community letterboard

Many More Unusual Oddities and Crazy linkage Here

February 11, 2006 in Odds & Ends | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

February 10, 2006

The Earth Is Not Moving

Geocentric_model The Geocentrism Challenge. CAI will write a check for $1,000 to the first person who can prove that the earth revolves around the sun. (If you lose, then we ask that you make a donation to the apostolate of CAI). Obviously, we at CAI don't think anyone CAN prove it, and thus we can offer such a generous reward. In fact, we may up the ante in the near future

Turning the Bell Model 500 desk phone mobile. “Not only is it hands free, but the antenna is more then twice as far from my head reducing my exposure to harmful cell phone rays by a factor of four”

When I was in New Zealand, I read about the “Sipahh”, Unistraw’s Milk Flavoring System, and how they designed it from the ground-up to become a global brand. Interesting.

Compounds is a union of several polyhedra with common center. There exists an infinite number of ways to do make compounds. For example, Compounds: 6 Ih -> Oh. From Vladimir Bulatov's Polyhedra Collection

Cool Science Experiment

Harry Porter is building a computer out of relays. (From Myra y Calla)

Inflatable Concrete, the winner of the 2005 Saatchi & Saatchi World-Changing Ideas awards

From The Thomas Crapper Memorial Plumbing Poll - The History of Plumbing

The Fine Art of Denim

GoDogGo, The Automatic Fetch Machine for dogs

How Products Are Made explains and details the manufacturing process of a wide variety of products, from daily household items to complicated electronic equipment and heavy machinery

Many More Unusual Inventions & Discoveries Here, especially the previous post about the Mechanical Ass Chewer that sold on eBay

February 10, 2006 in Science & Inventions | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 09, 2006

How to make sense of $1 trillion

Powder_keg A recent estimate says that the cost of the Iraq war could exceed $ 2 trillion. It sounds enormous. It sounds impressive. But a trillion dollars means nothing - the number is so large that it is almost impossible to comprehend. So I decided to see if I could find a way to make a trillion dollars comprehensible. This is what I came up with: If you stack up $ 1,000 bills, $ 1 trillion would need a pile that is 80 miles high

Honor after the fall. The ceremonial process of informing military families that their loved ones have died in Iraq

Iraqi Beach Boys from “Freeway Blogger”

In an attempt to gain support among idle and sleepless Americans, the White House Debuts Iraq War Infomercial, cohosted by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former Dynasty star Linda Evans. (From ”J-Walk”)

Ashoura celebrations, the 10th day of Muharram, turn bloody

Top Ten Myths about Iraq in 2005. By Juan Cole. Read & weep

Much More About The Upcoming War on Iran Here

February 9, 2006 in War in Iraq | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Heaven & Hell

Escher_heavens Jennifer Sharpe’s Photo Walls series. Found on the Metafilter’s thread “What's up with those framed autographed headshots that decorate so many restaurants, bars, and laundromats?” These headshots encompass the whole range from A-list superstars and B-list character actors down to Z-list nobodies and has-beens… The photos of SharpeWorld (And an excellent excuse to repost another link to radio anarchists Coyle and Sharpe)

Tokyo bar matchboxes. (From ”Bifurcated Rivets”). In Tokyo today, popular Maid Cafes in Akihabara district

Bad Joke of the Day: If Big Breasted Women Work At Hooters, Where Do One Legged Women Work?

The Encounter Restaurant at Los Angeles Airport (LAX)

The F Word Restaurant - The F does not stand for what you think

Competing to see how much faster can you deliver junk food

Another very nice tale from “Waiter Rant”, Heaven & Hell. I predict that 2006 will be the year for this anonymous waiter-writer to get his million dollar book deal. If anybody deserves fame & fortune… Read all 267 wonderful previous stories in the archives… (Colorized image of Escher’s Heaven & Hell above, from Worth 1000’s Escher Blowout 2)

Horny Toad, the best Fried Chicken Restaurant in Arizona. (According to Smiles & Groans)

Saveur magazine's eighth annual list of favorite restaurants, food, drink, people, places and things

I ordered my ticket today for a surprise November trip to China! What to expect there? Restaurants in China...

(Typepad’s Stat Counter seems to be broken today; It shows 44,941 visitors on this blog between midnight & 10PM. Mmmmm?..). Many More Unusual Bars and Restaurants Here

February 9, 2006 in Food - Restaurants & Bars | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

February 08, 2006

Bags & Purses


A full Alligator Claw Handbag with a snap closure & rope handle, a 1970’s Telephone Bag that Really Works, and many other vintage purses. (From Nothing to do with Arbroath). More (Mostly) hideous bags at “The Bag Lady”

Turkeyzilla, The Tote Bag

Romantic knits, including Crochet Thong Kit and Knitted Garter Belt

Free Judith Miller Classic Thong

The history of yellow at Fashion in Colors. Pantone's top ten fashion colors for fall 2005

Combat Chic: The United States is fighting a war to preserve liberty and protect the world from terrorism. Other nations dress up male models in stylized military garb to parade before the fashion press

Open Baltic Nail Art Championship

Got tache? These days more and more people are growing taches. One example of this is Chris from We Are Scientists

“Hel Look”, Street fashion from Helsinki

Village Hat Shop. (From Fulminatia)

Today’s hot link: Ken Russell’s 1955 photo essay on London’s Teddy Girls

The usual disclaimer: Based on the frequency of Fashion postings, readers may suspect that I am very fashion-conscious myself. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many More Unusual Fashion Trends Here

February 8, 2006 in Fashion | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

February 07, 2006

Hacking cameras

Camera_hacker Katie - Walking on Water, by Ken Watson

Photographs by Chema Madoz. More at Robert Klein Gallery

Do not write on wall (Is what it says)

Camera Hacker

High speed photography

Photo of the week at photo.net (Another Philip Greenspun’s creation)

The Art of Retouching by Glenn Feron

Re-post: Kleptography by Don Ellis: Photographs could steal your soul. (Including his tsunami diary)

A gallery of images from the Gigapxl Project

Many More Unusual Photography Links Here

February 7, 2006 in Photography | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 06, 2006

One million wishes

Wishes I received an email this morning from a loyal reader of 'Grow-a-brain' who started a new "Million Pixel Page", and dedicated the first star to this very blog:

“The idea for One million wishes is to create the largest collection of online wishes by filling one million pixels with stars at 10 cents per pixel. You can also supply a link to the website of your choice and 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation”

So if you have a need to make wishes, please visit the site & purchase some pixels….

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

February 6, 2006 in Website News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Judging a book by its cover

Conan_the_librarian_1 Poems written by Adora. Adora Svitak is a poet, humanitarian & the author of over 300 short stories (She has written over 250,000 words this year alone). She reads 2-3 books a day & types 60 words a minute. She is seven year old

Readers’ comments about the design & typography of Book Covers. (From “Wholesome Goodness”)

An archive of gay paperback artwork from the 50's and 60's

A Tower of Books by Matej Kren. (From Militant platypus). Also, constructing a Bookbar, from books discarded by the Stanford Library

Gallery of Bellydancing Librarians. Stereotypes still abound regarding the Bellydancing Librarian

How To Become A Librarian. To be perfectly honest, it’s easy to become a librarian. You need but two things. A Master’s Degree from an ALA accredited graduate school, and complete and utter interest in almost anything and everything you’ve ever encountered

Italo Calvino

Another interesting thread on Ask Metafilter: How do I interview a novelist? (In this case, Guillermo Martinez, author of The Oxford Murders)

785 Dirty Words in Catcher in the Rye. (By JD Salinger...)

My First Literary Crush - The books famous people loved in college. Wouldn’t you love to say: “It would have to be Shakespeare, and if one play only, Henry IV, Part I, because in Falstaff I found myself more truly and more strange”…

The Oscar Wilde Collection

Many More Unusual Literary Links Here

February 6, 2006 in Books & Literature | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

February 05, 2006

Midnight shopping

American_cheese_1 The eBay Heartbeat ticks right on schedule before the holidays

Looking for American cheese: Just another quiet midnight shopping at The Big Mart. (By Stinky Toons)

Shopping With Betty Friedan

Decoding the meaning behind ’Best Buy’ Wall Numbers

Original Nintendo Game Boy - Bling Bling - $25,000

Dyke Tees, gay and lesbian t-shirt seller

Hello Kitty roru tishu. (roru tishu = roll tissue = toilet paper)

The latest Must-Have: Poop-Freeze™, a formulated aerosol freeze spray that, upon contact, forms a frosty film on dog poop (or cat poop) to harden the surface for easy pick-up. Great companion to a pooper scooper

Dr. Bronner fine products…


Many More Unusual Things To Buy Here

February 5, 2006 in Shopping | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack