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June 30, 2006

Selling Out

Endorsement Louis Armstrong pushing Suzy Cute dolls, 1964

Also, Wilkins Coffee commercials by Jim Henson from the sixties, including what seems to be the first Kermit. (From Samizdata)

Other celebrity endorsements - Mandy Patinkin for X-Elscior: Pap Smears are against Jesus!

It happens. Not here, but now, from Amnesty International, Switzerland

Church Marketing Sucks’s mission is to frustrate, educate and motivate the church to communicate, with uncompromising clarity, the truth of Jesus Christ

Yes, this is one of the famous TV commercials for Ayds, a simple diet candy that was supposed to help satisfy your cravings for something sweet long enough to keep you from raiding the fridge and eating higher-calorie items. Unfortunately for the company's marketing department, in 1982 AIDS was starting to become a name known to the public

Haagen-Dazs Launches Flavored Stamps

American Nothing Smart CAr

Pixel ads now take over a building, Personal Stamp Ad and all the other advertising-related posts at The Cool Hunter

So, how do you get your message across and get people talking about your product? You do what Papa John's Pizza did

The Lynx Effect: What do you get when you mix The Swedish Bikini Team with the Carlton Very Big Ad

(Graphic above from J-Walk). A Large Collection of Unusual Ads Here /// Digg this post /// Add it to your del.icio.us

June 30, 2006 in Advertising | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

“I was just helping the sheep over the fence”

Very_funny_joke Eric Lynn’s version of Invitation to the party

“Mr. Clark, I have reviewed this case very carefully,” the divorce court judge said, “and I’ve decided to give your wife $775 a week.”
“Thank you. That’s very fair, your honor,” the husband said. “In fact, every now and then I’ll try to send her a few bucks myself.”

Casey came home from the doctor looking very worried. His wife said, "What's the problem?" He said, "The doctor told me I have to take a pill every day for the rest of my life." She said, "So what? Lots of people have to take a pill every day their whole lives." He said, "I know, but he only gave me four pills"

What's up doc??? (Warning! Language issues!)

The Joke project sounds like a project that is traying to be as filthy as The Aristocrats, but not as funny. The above are some clips (More warnings)

See Jessica Alba nude (Warning: Very loud)

How to come home drunk and still get breakfast

Many More Hilarious Jokes and other Funny Stuffs Here /// Digg this post /// Add it to your del.icio.us. I am not a serious person

June 30, 2006 in Jokes | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack


Maori_kids_1 Mixotheque is a music blog with “compilations of the classic and obscure. Every month, two 80 minute mixes catering to the cognoscenti and the newcomer”. A large Kiwi Category with lots of MP3’s

Ha! I found another blog called… Moving to New Zealand… A story of a boy, a girl, and a cat moving around the world (I wonder how they move the cat. And I have two!)

Doctor Fun: I picked it up in New Zealand

Earth, Sea and Sky. (From the Te Ara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand)

100% Pure New Zealand, winner of the 2006 Webby Awards

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Las Vegas Dispatch

Love_at_the_mirage “In case you've never heard of Danny Gans, he's HUGE in Vegas. He's the best! Danny Gans! Danny Gans!” Report from Brian Sack’s Bantarist: “Las Vegas is filled with morbidly obese people milling about extravagant billion-dollar casinos, in complete denial of the fact that the extravagant billion-dollar casinos they're milling about were built with money from morbidly obese people…”

A very clear Satelite map of the strip in Las Vegas from Windows Live

A very positive review of Love at The Mirage, the $130M million Cirque du Soleil/Beatles mash-up. (I have to see it when I’m next in Vegas). Watch a tiny preview to wet your appetite

Dolphins at The Mirage

From The Sierra Club: Las Vegas as The House of Cards - Too many people in the wrong place, celebrating waste as a way of life

Repost of the Bellagio Fountains dancing to “Luck Be a Lady”

Unrelated, I leave you with “For PumpGas News, I’m Jack Raff..”

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June 30, 2006 in Traveling Places - Las Vegas | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

June 29, 2006

Here's Johnny

Heres_johnny Day of the fight, Stanley Kubrick's first short film from 1951. (Thank you, Jamie!)

Visiting the Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon. Other pretty location reviews at “Cinema Astoria”

“Shining” Redux. Some Shining Trvia

Music from The Shining. (From White Man Stew)

Treehouse of Horror V, The Simpsons spoof of The Shining

Elsewhere: A public service commercial to "clean up new york", directed by David Lynch and photographed by Frederick Elmes

A difficult Opening Shots Quiz. How many can you guess?

“Not worth the crayons it took to write the script". 4 years worth of Defective Yeti’s Bad Review Revue

Tupac Shakur in Forrest Gump? Top 25 Rejected Movie Roles

Woodenhead, the movie

How to Write Screenplays. Badly

“Simply Scripts” - Read scripts online

Cien de Cine. (From Monkeys for helping)

I viddied it on the screen, Alex Jack’s in-depth reviews of films he likes

Grow-a-brain’s Extensive Collections of Best Film Directors and other Unusual Film Stories Here /// Digg this post /// Add it to your del.icio.us

June 29, 2006 in Cinema - Directors | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

June 28, 2006

News of the weirdo

Losing_job_to_mexican Dick Pound takes over. The Canadian Medical Association has named Dick Pound to replace former Supreme Court chief justice Antonio Lamer as head of a panel mandated to recommend a new governance structure for the embattled Canadian Medical Association Journal

"The Onion" Site Folds? Is it real or is it Onion News?

"Ronald MacDonald charged in Wendy's theft"

For immediate release! San Diego trash collector wins Trash driver of the year award for the forth time.

This is not a joke even though it reads like one: Befuddled motorist goes wrong way

Friedrich Nietzsche’s Diet Book. Apart from my own Beyond Good and Evil Flapjacks and Will to Power Salad Dressing, of the truly great recipes that have changed Western ideas Hegel’s Chicken Pot Pie was the first to employ leftovers with meaningful political implications. Spinoza’s Stir-Fried Shrimp and Vegetables can be enjoyed by atheists and agnostics alike, while a little-known recipe of Hobbes’s for Barbecued Baby-Back Ribs remains an intellectual conundrum

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June 28, 2006 in Current News | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Eleven sombreros

Eleven_sombreros I have eleven sombreros. Besides throwing a sombrero party, what are some useful, interesting or bizarre things to do with said sombreros?

Here is another example of why I’m fascinated by AskMeFi: It only took 13 minutes for someone to answer this question correctly…

How do Ouija boards work?

A photo of Mass wedding from an interesting discussion: Are we getting lonelier?

What is the most important thing your father ever taught you, either explicitly or through example?

I would like to stop faking orgasms. “Help me survive the break-up of a 5 year relationship.” How do I become a Chinese citizen again? “Did I inadvertently commit mail fraud?” A total of 1,000 Anonymous AskMeFi questions

“I'm thinking of killing my fat friend by running her over with an SUV full of meat while listening to Creed. When's the best time of day, do you think?” - If you wanted to post an Ask Metafilter question that would generate a lot of controversy, a flamewar, or just incredulity, what would you post?

My Dinner With Jack Abramoff, by Mefi member Mark Hemingway

Sombrero cookies above from “Diane's Cakes and More”. More of The Best of Metafilter Here /// Digg this post /// Add it to your del.icio.us

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June 27, 2006

Havana Cigars

Stained_glass Mexico as seen through the eyes of Electric Meters and Wires

Stained glass with Boston Motives by Nancy Nicholson

A hidden British military port on some pacific island, discovered on Google Earth

Victorian London

Dan Heller photographs from Partagás Cigar Factory in Cuba

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Interactive cool capitals. (From Napfisk)

The Art of travel is like the 2006 edition of “Europe on $10 a day” and “Steal this book”

A trip to North Korea

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June 27, 2006 in Traveling Places | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Driving that train, high on cocaine,
Casey Jones you better watch your speed

Jerry_garcia_chia_head Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Vince Welnick sing the National Anthem in Candlestick Park, on April 12th, 1993

The Dead play Alabama Getaway On SNL

Susana Millman’s beautiful pix of the Dead

Ann Coulter’s love of The Grateful Dead

Born Again Dead Head Blog. In the Fall of 2004, I fell in love with The Grateful Dead again after not listening to them for 10 years

Diary of a 'One-Man Grateful Dead'. (From Goodshit. Source is NSFW)

Jerry Garcia Chia Head for sale on eBay

My next CD: Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen

Cover gallery of Leonard Cohen’s first book Let Us Compare Mythologies

"Let Me Call You Sweetheart" (1935) - Cecil Dill and his musical hands (youTube2)

Banjo Chicks

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June 27, 2006 in Music_ | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Invasion of The Giant Oranges

Giant_orange_of_riverside On Sunday I took a stroll through downtown Riverside, and photographed some of the giant oranges that were installed there (According to a patrolman on Lime St., four of the 32 figures have already been stolen. See note below)

Looking for similar street art projects on the internet, I collected here some links of giant fiberglass installations from around the world (Many were blogged here before). If you know of others, please feel free to add them in the comments below!

The original Cows on Parade Project was not in Chicago, but was done a few years earlier in Zurich - see also here

Athens, Georgia’s We let The Dawgs Out

Go Fish in Erie, PA and NOLA’s Festival of Fins

Cranes on parade from Kearney, Nebraska

Moose in the City in Toronto

Belfast Bearfest in 2000

Penguin Parade in Youngstown, Ohio

Mermaids on Parade in Norfork, VA

The People Project of St. Louis (Just type A)

Pigs on Parade in Seattle and Big Pig Gig Cincinnati

Peanuts on Parade and Charlie Brown Around Town in St. Paul, MN

Frogs in Toldeo OH

Lighthouse on Parade from Portland Maine

The sharks of San Jose

Boston’s Cavalcade of Cod

Columbia, SC’s Palmetto Tree Project

Flamingos on the Beach in Miami

Gators On The Geaux in Lake Charles, LA

Cleveland’s Guitar Mania

Los Angeles Community of Angels

Suite Home Chicago: An International Exhibition of Street Furniture, and Chairs On Parade from Charlotte, NC

Lions in Jerusalem

The main organization that initiated the Cow Parade, has programs all over the world, a little bit like Cirque du Soleil

But is it art?

Update: Life size American Presidents in Rapid City, South Dakota

Bucks in Bellevue, (Washington. From Blogging in Seattle)

Penguins in Tulsa

More cows in Buenos Aires

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9/9/06 Correction: According to Ada Passaro, one of the Orange artists “None of the oranges have been stolen...4 oranges had damage done to them and they were taken in to have the artists repaint some areas after the damage had been repaired...31 are on view in the downtown area and 1 is housed in the Riverside Art Museum...As of this moment they are all safe and sound...”

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In other news, I’m thinking of taking up Hang Gliding again at the Crestline place in San Bernardino…. Should I?

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June 27, 2006 in Riverside & Corona - California | Permalink | Comments (14) | TrackBack

June 26, 2006

Pop open a cold one

Giant_beer_cups I may not have a lot to offer the world. I can't program computers very well, I can't give you fashion tips. My financial aptitude is roughly above a crackhead's. I do know one thing, however, and that is how to open a beer bottle with a lighter

The standard Danish way of opening a beer bottle with another beer bottle (YouTube), and 998 other ways to open a beer bottle

Beer for dogs

Where can I find the giant plastic cups that you see in the picture above?

For the love of beer

Italian Beer. For drivers. (From Nothing To Do With Arbroath)

How to Brew Beer in a Coffee Pot

A collection of 12,614 Beer Caps. (From Davide's Cap Collectors Database)

Beer Trek - the greatest Star Trek Drinking game in the universe

A Huge Collection of Unusual Beers And Other Alcoholic Beverages Here /// Digg this post /// Add it to your del.icio.us

June 26, 2006 in Beverages - Beer | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Universal Health Care To All

North_beach_restaurant Francis Ford Coppola sits outside his cafe on Columbus Avenue in the city's North Beach district, and other photographs of The Streets of San Francisco, "From the Taxi Driver's Seat"

Art from the Oakland Taco Trucks scene

Detailed map of San Francisco's Presidio. Also, Real-Time Ship Positions on San Francisco Bay

A Mission District Set on flickr

Scar Tissue: Satellite photo of a piece of San Francisco healing around now-gone railroad tracks

Peachy's Puffs, the Original Cigarette & Candy Girl Company

Hyperstereo Bay. Click an image for a hyperstereo views of the San Francisco bay area


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June 26, 2006 in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

June 25, 2006

Caught Rocking

Swimming_baby Water Babies sing Water will rock you. (Mpeg)

The Museum of Umbrella Covers. (From Neo-Neocon)

Caught Cheating

My name is Aaron Schwarz and I've decided to change my name. I figured, rather than dealing with the boredom of researching mythological deities or wasting my precious time looking through popular books of names, I would just get the entire population of the world to do the job for me. Oh yeah, I'm going to give $25,000 to whoever suggests the best name

30 Days to Success. A powerful personal growth tool is the 30-day trial

In this special radio address, former President George H.W. Bush joins the commender in chief to celebrate the special bond between father and son

Peg it up – An Israeli exhibition showcasing 300 clothes pegs from all over the world. (From Iz Reloaded)

Hand videos. Things people can do using their hands

Knife Sharpening Tricks

The Marsden Archive, a picture library specializing in the fantastic and the supernatural

The Spanish Castle Illusion

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June 25, 2006 in Odds & Ends | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me

Richard_mimi_faria The trailer to the book Sea otters gambolling in the wild, wild, surf

Maps of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex

Coudal’s Verse By Voice: Call 703 637 9276 and recite your favorite short poem

A Few Poems by Dylan Thomas

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Which One will YOU be in the Year 1984

The Richard & Mimi Fariña Fan Site

Literature & Culture of the American 1950s

Old-Timey Paperback Book Covers Pool on flickr (1,054 total today)

Scanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books

Happy 70th Birthday Penguin Books

How Books Are Sold. Once you have designed, written or published a book, how does it get into the hands of readers?

The complete text of Schopenhauer’s The Art Of Controversy (In German & English)

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June 25, 2006 in Books & Literature | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What is a doohickey?

Ooooooch Adje's FotoShop


Approaching stars and Spinning 3D blocks. (Both from Ochblog)

Infinite bulletin doohickeys

You are invited to colorize your brain to the new flash movie by Larry Carlson- "SEE YOU ON THE FLIPSIDE"

Color Girl - Black and white artwork coloured in Photoshop. And BigBug. Eye irritainment. An endless cycle

Elephants Dream - A computer-generated movie made using open source applications

Ten Ways to Interact with Getty Images

A large Collection of Digital Eye Candy Here /// Digg this post /// Add it to your del.icio.us

June 25, 2006 in Digital Art | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack