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July 31, 2006

I’m a modern man, a man for the millennium

Modern_man_george_carlin "...Behind the eight ball, ahead of the curve, ridin the wave, dodgin the bullet and pushin the envelope. I’m on-point, on-task, on-message and off drugs. I’ve got no need for coke and speed. I've got no urge to binge and purge. I’m in-the-moment, on-the-edge, over-the-top and under-the-radar. A high-concept, low-profile, medium-range ballistic missionary. A street-wise smart bomb. A top-gun bottom feeder. I wear power ties, I tell power lies, I take power naps and run victory laps. I’m a totally ongoing big-foot, slam-dunk, rainmaker with a pro-active outreach. A raging workaholic. A working rageaholic. Out of rehab and in denial…

…I bought a microwave at a mini-mall; I bought a mini-van at a mega-store. I eat fast-food in the slow lane. I’m toll-free, bite-sized, ready-to-wear and I come in all sizes. A fully-equipped, factory-authorized, hospital-tested, clinically-proven, scientifically- formulated medical miracle. I’ve been pre-wash, pre-cooked, pre-heated, pre-screened, pre-approved, pre-packaged, post-dated, freeze-dried, double-wrapped, vacuum-packed and, I have an unlimited broadband capacity..."

- George Carlin is a Modern Man

By the way, if you haven’t done so already, I am still interested in sending you 100 dollars... Less than 150 comments to go... Spread the word, please...

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Circus blogs

Three_ring_circus Buckles Blog for discussion of American Circus History

Also: Bill Strong's Yesterday's Towns and a blog of Carson & Barnes Circus, now celebrating it’s 70th season

The half-life of an online posting? 36 hours

Top 100 Military Blogs

Ten Reasons Why Blogging is My New Cup of Tea

Blogs from the middle East: Lebanese Blogger Forum, Moroccan Blogs, blogs from Kuwait and Jordan

Winners of the 2nd Annual European Weblog Awards

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Save or delete?

Chickenhead Would you save or delete Distorted dogs ? From Olympus Camera

Everything you didn't want to know about the annual Canadian Harp Seal slaughter

An otter eating fish

Wikipedia on Chicken sexing

5 Cats nodding

Junku’s Cat bathing set on flickr

What Is It? Somewhere in Bolivia, this terrible critter is crawling around, waiting to snatch off a finger

Jen's Stuffed Toy Archive Crochet Patterns

Alpaca Warfare. Llamas help Israeli troops bear Lebanon offensive

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Baiting the Nigerian 419 Scammers

No_419 Scam-O-Rama – The Lads from Lagos. Why should scammers have all the fun?

Johnny Cash Mug Shot

The deathbed ramblings of mobster Dutch Schultz

Headline: Murdered - For Falling in Love!

Murder Auction for true crime artifacts

Chicago crime. A freely browsable database of crimes reported in Chicago

Corporate Crime Reporter. Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the Nineties. (This decade coming up)

I Was Assaulted By This Man Who Identified Himself as a Police Officer and Refused to Provide Me Identification. Photography is Not a Crime

News: Giant Inflatable Frog Stolen

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July 30, 2006

Blue Ice

Riverside_parks My friend, the dead tree flickr set

Glacier Margarita & other iceberg photographs by Aneel Nazareth. (From How does an iceberg get such an intense color of blue?)

Dan Bush’s Missouri skies

Amorous Nature. (From Mira y Calla)

Oh my God, it's full of stars

Mount St. Helens Volcano Cam

Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Always On

Do_it_yourself_car_assembly The Real cost of a restoration of a Dodge M37. Taking on a total restoration project can be a very good deal or a very bad deal depending upon how you account for your time and expenses

A classic car show we stumbled across in Orvieto, Italy, May 19, 2006

Strange and Unusual Vehicles can arise for many different reasons. Large, well-known manufactures are responsible for a large portion of unusual vehicles, in attempts to further the boundaries of vehicle design these manufacturers often produce outrageous concepts, some enter production, others are confined to the history books

Big is Beautiful

“Grab the shiny thing & give it a tag” - Blond Star - Always on ‘cause you’re always blond

World’s Largest Monster Truck is Bigfoot # 5, a 1996 Ford F-250 with 120 x 48 x 68 Firestone Alaska Tundra Tires with aluminum wheels, weighing approx. 2400 lbs. each. (From Neatorama’s and See Here’s co-post of Weird World Records)

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July 30, 2006 in Cars | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Swirling Vortex of Doom

Supreme_court_pick The 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill. (From Presurfer)

The Military-Industrial Complex explained in Why We Fight, an inside look at the anatomy of the American war machine

Conservative Kids was founded in summer of 2004 when I was 13

Conservative Links at The Cato Institute

Bush executed his first veto since entering office on a bill supporting stem-cell research. What do you think?

The Ugly Truth: The emperor has no brain – “Russia's big and so is China

I’m reading The One percent doctrine by Ron Suskind. It’s not very well written, but scary nevertheless

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July 30, 2006 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What Global Warming?

First_night_portsmouth Colored frog

From the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri Snow Festival

The winning entry in this year's International Snow Sculpture Championship in Breckenridge

Barcos Congelados

Breaking the ice (wmv file)

The six-and-a-half-ton ice sculpture of Ford’s new Focus car. (From Neatorama). Other racecars. Stupid Toyota ad for a 3D computer-generated ice car

The Monster.com Snow Maze

What happens to an ice sculpture after it's been seen?

INAXI snow and ice sculpture

(Photo above from Portsmouth NH). Many more Unusual Ice Sculptures Links as well as Sand Sculptures Links here /// Digg this post /// Add it to your del.icio.us

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July 29, 2006

Beer Fermenters

Mug_of_beer What makes a glass of beer taste so good?

Beer Hats are cowboy hats that are fashioned from actual beer cases. (From Information Junk)

Do bubbles in Guinness go down? We are used to seeing bubbles float up in a glass of beer, but bubbles in Guinness appear to break the rules.

Do the bubbles really sink in Guinness, or is it just an illusion?

Beers around the world. (From gmt plus9)

My science project: How to Keep Beer Cold

Jesus, King of Beers billboard

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72 suburbs in search of a city


My favorite portraits from Caras de Los Angeles - Faces of the Angels, by musician P.S.Zollo

Charles Phoenix’s Slide of the Week: Fondue Party, Los Angeles, 1968

The legend of Mashti Malone ice cream store on La Brea

Re-post: You Are Here - Los Angeles murals

Burbankia, a web site about the lore, local legends and history of Burbank (As well as Wes Clark’s Seventies Belt Buckles. From Sciatica)

Malingering's flickr set Ridiculous LA

From Los Angeles Street Art Pool

Golf In Old Hollywood

Local Calling Areas for Los Angeles (1961) and 1971 (pdf)

(Photo above from Losanjealous). Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here /// Digg this post /// Add it to your del.icio.us

July 29, 2006 in Los Angeles | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 28, 2006

Introducing the grow-a-brain flag!

Following Philipp Lenssen’s post about Flags for Websites a few weeks ago, I asked if any grow-a-brain reader would care to design a perfect flag for this blog.

Robert M. Geoduck did and sent me the above specimen. Thank you, Sir. This is a thing of beauty, and I’ll always cherish it!

Meanwhile, my 100-Dollars-For-A-Comment-Promotion is taking off with over 330 comments already posted. Thanks to all! And if you own a very high-traffic site of any kind (or smaller), please help me go over the top and get the last 170 comments, by linking to that post, so that I can award the C-note to the lucky winner. And if you haven’t done so already, please click there & say “Hello”. It’s FUN & it’s FREE!

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A new war

Missiles_in_haifa_1 My parents & sisters live between Haifa and Akko and I am worried about them, (as I am about all other people living in a 500 mile radius of there). But they don’t seem to be too concerned. I am not going to write any platitudes about this new, stupid war: Like children, both Arabs & Israelis can’t stop fighting with each other. It’s terrible.

The photograph above is of 7 missiles that were shot into the sea right outside Haifa. (Click to enlarge)

Stop Destroying Lebanon. A collection of images highlighting the destruction in Lebanon

Where is Osama? An icon to many in the Islamic world, this short essay shows how visible the world’s most wanted man actually is

War Shooter, a portal for photojournalists covering conflict, crisis & disaster

Middle East Crisis: Who backs an immediate ceasefire?

Coffins of Death

A comprehensive coverage of Israel-Lebanon conflict on Wikipedia

Iranian cartoonist Hanif Bahari. (From Internet Weekly Report)

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July 27, 2006

Recently discovered real estate blogs

Keys_to_your_house Infamous New York Real Estate Address anguish: houses of ill repute or residences shadowed by shame, blame, and pain in NYC. Ever wonder about the dark history hidden inside your doorway. . .?

NY Houses 4 Sale

The Pine Needle Lawn blog

Will Sanford’s Intown Report

Ubertor Real Estate Blog

Real estate news from Mohave County

Roof Top Views from Denver

Actualite Immobiliere

Eugene, Oregon real estate online

Real Estate Ethics Blog

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July 27, 2006 in Real estate Blogs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Announcing The New Grow-a-brain T-shirt Closet Collection

Office_pirates_1 If you would like to have your blog promoted on grow-a-brain’s new snazzy collection, “The T-shirt Closet”, and be seen by (up to many dozens of) readers on the same day, please send a free T-shirt (Extra Large only, unfortunately) to me

Hanan Levin
c/o The Champion Company
3714 Tibbetts Dr. # 104
Riverside, CA 92506, USA.

I will personally look for a lovely, young woman to stand beside me as I display your blog’s T-shirt, and post it here. (Click on pix to enlarge)

The beautiful, red on black donation above came from the NYC blog Office Pirates, a division of Office Pirates North America, which, in turn, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Worldwide Office Pirates.

Thank you.

Other very fashionable items:

Urban Hungarians showing off

Andy Warhol's soup dress

Blond Hair Dress, dress made out of leaves and other conceptual clothing and shoes by Jenni Dutton. (From Metafilter)

Vintage Accessories

Women playing with their hair. (From Very Big Blog)

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By the way, The Say-Hello-And-Win-A-$100-Promotion is taking off with nearly 240 comments already posted. If you haven’t done so already, please say Hello & help spread the word...

July 27, 2006 in Fashion, Grow-a-brain T-shirt Closet | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

July 26, 2006

Alizée Jacotey

Alizee Vidéo Nostalgie, a wonderful new blog from “BB” who is obviously the same Bibi blogging at Plus de Chansons Françaises. You won’t need anything else

Nel blu Dipinto di blu

Young Jodie Foster Et Claude Francois swinging

Mireille Mathieu y Julio Iglesias

More Alizée. I know I’m shallow, but I’m still totally, completely head over heels in love ). Also, Alizée Internet Radio. (Thank you, Dana)

France Gall - J'ai Retrouvé Mon Chien

All of Serge Gainsbourg’s videos on TouTube

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