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November 30, 2006

Is it safe?

James Dean & Paul Newman in a screen test for “East of Eden”. (From TickleBooth)

“Is it safe” scene from Marathon Man

"Office Space" Recut

Old fashioned cinema houses from around the world

Actual English subtitles used in films made in Hong Kong

(No time to blog tonight….)

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November 30, 2006 in Cinema | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Pith Helmets

Hats_online Pith Helmets. The pith, or cork, of certain trees lent itself as the basis of a headgear that was strong and protective and at the same time lightweight and comfortable

Vintage condom package design. (From Blort)

The Space Cube is the world's smallest personal computer. The unbelievably minuscule cube (2 x 2 x 2.2 inch case) packs 300 MHz CPU and 64 MB of SDRAM

Redesigned flags of the world, as per client’s suggestions

Hello Kitty Toilet Paper. (From J-Box)

Video of mannequins on skateboards. (YouTube)

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November 30, 2006 in Shopping | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 29, 2006

Naked Yoga

Yoga_los_angeles_1 “Oblivion”, an exhibition of recent aerial work of the city of Los Angeles by photographer David Maise

From 1894 to mid-century, the Parkinson firm played a primary role in shaping the character of downtown L.A. While scores of fine Parkinson buildings have been demolished to make way for progress, to date, almost 60 of them have survived in the downtown Los Angeles area alone. (From The Parkinson Archives)

Naked Yoga Los Angeles is a private club for men who enjoy the freedom of practicing yoga without the restriction of clothing

1955 Nevada A-bomb tests as seen from downtown Los Angeles

… I wanted to celebrate my tenth anniversary in Los Angeles by doing something absolutely nuts: Walking the entire length of Wilshire Boulevard. To my pleasant surprise, almost 30 people I had never met decided to come along for The Great Wilshire Boulevard Walk

Hazy LA smog

The Dungeons and Dragons House, 20 Westminster, Venice Beach. Also there, House of David, Christmas 2005

Abandoned Shopping Carts of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Crime Incident Lookup

The North Hollywood shoot-out, February 1997

The bunny museum in Pasadena

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November 29, 2006 in Los Angeles | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

November 28, 2006

Lots of amperage

Superconducting_magnet The largest superconducting magnet ever built, (Click for High-Res) in the Atlas detector at the Cern lab, has been powered up successfully. Engineers sent a current of 21,000 Amps round the coils. Atlas will analyze collisions in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which will recreate conditions just after the Big Bang.

More about the ATLAS experiment plus a video explaining it. There will be a test tomorrow. You can also visit CERN next time you are in Geneva

Photos of Plasma & High Voltage Sparks. (flickr set. Thank you, Richard Morrow)

Simplicity, new concepts from Philips

A moving stone bicycle. More from Japan: See-through Refrigerator

Medieval and renaissance scientific instruments from four European museums: the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence, the British Museum, London, and the Museum Boerhaave, Leiden. (From Barista)

Ninja Band-Aids

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

November 28, 2006 in Science & Inventions | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 27, 2006

A Blog Timeline


The evolution of a blog design, as conceived by MBoffin. Inspired by it: Yahoo in time and wikipedia timeline. (Designed by Computerroriginaliascience)

FRN, a new blog about trains and the people crazy about them

Mad Libs Fill-In-The-Blog, from “Not All Who Wander Are Lost”

Donald Crowdis, the World’s Oldest Blogger. (The only blogger born in the 1910’s, according to The Ageless Project. From Boing Boing)

(Unrelated photo above from Negatendo)

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November 27, 2006 in World of Blogging | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Hidden Story

Iraqi_blood The story of what does not get reported in Iraq by the mainstream media. Learn about journalism in Iraq

Body bags is Baquba

Eager to bring accountability back into government? Here's a suggestion. Find out what happened to the nearly $9 billion dollars of Iraqi oil funds and reconstruction cash missing in action since the beginning of the war

Our choices in Iraq are not limited to “Go big, go long, or go home.” We’ve got options

The quiet day we lost the war, April 12, 2003

Re-post: More than a number

Fernando Botero Paints Abu Ghraib

Helicopters on rooftops of the largest embassy in the world

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November 27, 2006 in War in Iraq | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Batch No. 5

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Fire truck pix from Rhys Postlewaight. The latest 40 images posted to Live Journal

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November 27, 2006 in Gifs and pix | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 26, 2006

Kerouac, Ginsberg and friends

Maguire_cover_art R.A. Maguire cover art. Robert A. Maguire illustrated over 600 covers for such publishers as Pocket, Dell, Ace, Harper, Avon, Silhouette, Ballantine, Pyramid, Bantam, Lion, Berkeley, Beacon and Monarch. (From Hanuman)

Explore Ibsen

Who is Arthur Dent?

Books that have been given up. Found at a thrift store, in the garbage, in closets . Now ReMade into something different. Ophelia Chong’s Re-made books

Silent footage of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and others in New York, Summer 1959

First Lines to Richard Stark's Parker Books. (From Incoming Signals’ post about crime novelist Donald Westlake, alias Richard Stark)

Joel Derfner’s Gay Haiku

My Penguin: Books by the Greats, Covers by You

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November 26, 2006 in Books & Literature | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Secret Santas

Bowie_heroes For 26 years, a man known only as Secret Santa has roamed the streets every December quietly giving people money. He started with $5 and $10 bills. As his fortune grew, so did the gifts. In recent years, Secret Santa has been handing out $100 bills, sometimes two or three at a time, to people in thrift stores, diners and parking lots. So far, he's anonymously given out about $1.3 million. It's been a long-held holiday mystery: Who is Secret Santa?

This holiday giving started in December 1979 when Larry Stewart was nursing his wounds at a drive-in restaurant in Kansas City after getting fired. "It was cold and this car hop didn't have on a very big jacket, and I thought to myself, `I think I got it bad. She's out there in this cold making nickels and dimes,'" he said.

He gave her $20 and told her to keep the change.

"And suddenly I saw her lips begin to tremble and tears begin to flow down her cheeks. She said, `Sir, you have no idea what this means to me.'" (From Presurfer)

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Other heroes:

Dr. Ashis Brahma, a physician with the International Rescue Committee, about attacks on himself and those he works with in Chad, along the border with Sudan's Darfur region

Henry Waxman

Hugh Hefner

January 13, 2007 update: Millionaire Secret Santa dies

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November 26, 2006 in Heroes | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Here on Planet Kolob

Mormon_theology Deleted Dinner prayer at Mark Foley’s house – Extremely embarrassing. (YouTube)

A portrait series of Eastern Orthodox women with icons of their patron saints. (From Tazzle)

Australian filmmaker John Safran is so fed up with Mormons ringing his doorbell early in the morning that he flies to Salt Lake City Utah and tries to convert Mormons to atheism. Needless to say, the locals were not pleased. Part of an 8 part television documentary series John Safran vs God

Cartoon about Mormon Theology. (From Blurbomat)

All about Mormon underwear

Das Fliegende Spaghettimonster Sighted In Germany

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November 26, 2006 in Spirituality | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 25, 2006

All Blacks Haka

Black_haka_1 A Stone Circle at Whanganui Bay, Lake Taupo

You Want Testosterone? I'll give you some testosterone

I wanna buy The Barton Estate! (Thank you, Doddery. TradeMe = the Kiwi eBay)

Fast-motion video of a scenic drive from Te Anau to Queenstown, New Zealand (original video was 40 minutes). On the left-hand side is Lake Wakatipu

Fish found in New Zealand

New Zealand is Droning

I love the Mutton Birds' haunting "White Valiant", but I have no idea what it means. Can somebody tell me what the song is about?

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November 25, 2006 in Music from New Zealand | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Endurance 50

Running_medal After running 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days, Dean Karnazes is now running home, from New York City to San Francisco

Amateur Wrestling Collectibles Gallery - Artwork & Prints though the 19th Century. (From Quiddity)

Art is subjective. In comparison, bowling is far more simplistic. You either love it, or you hate it. Bowling Art

World's Largest Skateboard Ramp, built by Bob Burnquist

The Big Kite Stunt

The Madden Curse

Bring the 2016 Olympic Games to Chicago

The World Pie Eating Championship - not previously known for its adherence to the principles of healthy eating - has been rocked by new rules designed to help the fight against obesity.
In a break with tradition, contestants will no longer have to eat as many meat and potato pies as possible in three minutes. Instead, they will compete to eat just one pie in the fastest time. And for those health-conscious professional pie-eaters, the competition will include a vegetarian option for the first time

White Sifakas monkey dancing. (From Particles)

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November 25, 2006 in Extreme Sports | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 24, 2006

In God We Trust

Chinese_currency From a television coin with a moving image to odd-shaped Zambian coins and more at Unusual coins. (From Pennylicious)

Home of the world's largest collection of 1968 pennies

An online gallery of Colonial American Currency

$8 billion in Chinese Hell money

Stuff that people write on money

Spending Godless Money. Use a red pen or stamp to "de-God" all of your paper money. It's fun. It's easy

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November 24, 2006 in Money & Finances | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Traffic Control in Denmark

Danish_crown_1 The 2400 years old Tollund Man

This movie was made by the Danish Road Safety Council and aims to draw attention to speed signs and speed limits in Denmark. Despite a decrease in speed violations, 7 out of 10 Danes still exceed the speed limit on a regular basis. Respecting the speed limits is the simplest way to save lives. (May be NSFW in some countries)

Jeg går en Tur - A self portrait by Lasse Gjertsen (Not a Dane)

Palaces of the Danish Crown

Seven New Denmarks

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November 24, 2006 in Traveling Places - Denmark | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

DC Cockfighting Crackdown

Slime_mold_beetle The United States Congress in photos

Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are now species of slime-mold beetles - but strictly in homage. (From Brain Shrub)

Republican hypocrisy on moral values, in alphabetical order (Including Sex Slavery, at the bottom)

Which Bush sucks more?

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November 24, 2006 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack