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December 31, 2006

Happy 007 to all

The World Hello Day Letters. November 21, 2006 was the 34th annual World Hello Day. Anyone can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people

Eliminating hunger and Defending the First Amendment by scraping it; Top 10 Orwellian Moments of 2006

Christmas Chaos

Milwaukee’s Wagner company makes Festivus poles, the only decoration required to adequately observe the holiday. All about Festivus

Happy new year

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Lower League Football

Soccer_field Gorgeous Photographs of soccer fields by Hans Van Der Meer

From De'Cody Fagg to Chubby Cox: Top Ten Dirtiest Names in Sports

The Juice Test Videos: Exploding Nike's Golf Balls

The Trailer to Good Stuff

Quray Ice Park is as the world's first park devoted exclusively to the sport of ice climbing

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December 30, 2006

Life of ease

Beatles_concert_ticket Beatles tribute from hell - A Rolling Stone Magazine 10th Anniversary TV special in 1977. (Found on WFMU)

Where were you when you heard John Lennon had been shot? (From Incoming Signals). NYC Radio The Night John Lennon Died

A sample answer on the thread Why do people dislike Paul McCartney so much?

The Peaple’s "Capt. Cicadella's Insect Circus Band"

The complete Yellow Submarine movie

Re-post: "There's a fog upon LA". How to find the real Blue Jay Way

Beatles Love site, and other newer mashups. Another re-post: Revolved: the MP3 mashup album. Enjoy it while it lasts

6 new UK Beatles stamps coming next month

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“I am not a failure. I am a success that hasn't occurred yet”

Malikis_signature_to_hang_saddam A scary article by Robert Parry; Intelligence sources say President Bush - along with Israel's Ehud Olmert and the UK's Tony Blair - are weighing the possibility of Israeli-led attacks on Syria and Iran in early 2007, with the United States providing logistical back-up. A Very Dangerous 2007

Statistics released by the Department Of Defense estimated that 2,937 U.S. troops and over 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died in the Continuing Iraq Victory

The Execution of Saddam Hussein on wikipedia

Books about the war I haven’t read yet: FIASCO: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, Bob Woodward’s State of Denial, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq, The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq

(Hover above photo above to see its meaning)

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A man walks into a bar

Man_walks_into_a_bar Barbara Walters did a story on gender roles in Kabul several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked 5 paces behind their husbands.

Recently she returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to walk even further back behind their husbands and are happy to maintain the old custom.

Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, "Why do you now seem happy with the old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?"

The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, "Land Mines."

Everybody loves a math joke

A man walks into a bar with a dog. The bartender says, "Hey buddy, can't you read that sign? It says no dogs allowed! Get that mutt out of here!" The man replies, "No, I can't read the sign - I'm blind, and this is my seeing eye dog." The bartender is embarrassed and gives the man a beer on the house. Later that day, the guy is telling his friend about it: "I told him I was blind and I got a free beer!" The friend then takes his dog into the bar and sits down, and the bartender says, "The sign says no dogs allowed! You'll have to leave!" The friend says, "Sorry, I can't see the sign because I'm blind, and this is my seeing eye dog." The bartender replies, "Since when do they give out Chihuahuas as seeing eye dogs?" The man says, "They gave me a Chihuahua?". All the Guy Walks Into a Bar... Jokes. (From Coudal)

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December 29, 2006

Fate of Saddam

Well_hung_saddam Sand People, a photograph that I help propagate on the interwebs 2 years ago, made it to a Fark photoshop contest recently

A Master Sand Sculptor

Biblical stories sand sculptures

Students join sand sculpture artists to create a giant Santa Claus sculpture on the Puri golden beach, in the Indian state of Orissa on the eve of Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006

Photo above from same story: Indian sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik gives finishing touches to a sand sculpture titled Fate Of Saddam at the Puri beach Bhubaneswar

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'Adagio for Strings'

All of J-Walk’s Banjo posts in one place

Praise the Lord! Tom Dooley’s 1000 acoustic guitars

Tiny Drums Ambient Sound Generator

Fetish Italian guitars of the 1960s

Music geek fun with Google Patents Search

Julio Iglesias and Johnny Carson sing "To All the Girls I've Loved Before"

Virtual harp

Blender’s list of the 50 most talentless music acts of all time

Barber's 'Adagio for Strings' (William Orbit) and the original’s impact

Here’s the homepage of Young @ Heart group (who harmonized 'Fix You' so nicely)

Renaissance - The Village People as you've never seen them before

A huge list of Elvis fan club (but no links. From Black Stump)

All about Electric violins

Atlas of Plucked Instruments

(Jerry Garcia’s “Smoke gets in your eyes” above from Rivets. The original)

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December 28, 2006

Escobar’s Hippos

Pablo_escobar Cowscapes by Rachael Sudlow

Pablo Escobar lived in a 5,500-acre estate 100 miles east of Medellin, Colombia. He built a bullring, an airstrip, an ersatz Jurassic Park with half a dozen immense concrete dinosaurs. He stocked a private wild animal park with hundreds of animals, including elephants, camels, giraffes, ostriches and zebras. He installed four hippos in one of the estate's 12 man-made lakes.

Today, Hacienda Napoles is in ruins, taken over by jungle foliage and bats. But the hippos are still here

The Wildlife Sound Recording Society

Moishe, the jumping dog

Tiny Animals On Fingers

Parrot with 950 words vocabulary

Fish faces

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list of -isms

Stranded_on_a_desert_island List of clichés, euphemisms, sayings and figures of speech

Six-Word Memoir at Wordie

197 Reasons to date me

The list of -isms is a list of words that have the –ism suffix. This list should not include words like prism or schism or jism which end in -ism but have no etymological connection with -ism words

Wikipedia’s list of paradoxes, grouped thematically. Note that many of the listed paradoxes have a clear resolution once the reason behind the paradox is understood

Many more thousands of lists on wikipedia, from abbreviations to the absolute (last word in any dictionary)

A list written by my little sister to convince me to switch bunk beds with her

(Cartoon above by Linda Causey)

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December 27, 2006

When we were kids

Wilensky The Great Songs of Moshe Wilensky: Wilensky (1910 - 1997) was one of the most influential composers of the new Israeli Song. He wrote his melodies to the lyrics of prominent Hebrew poets such as Natan Alterman, Tirza Atar and more. The famous singer Shoshona Dammari, as well as Chava Alberstein, and others, performed his greatest hits.

The site includes musical notes, sound, video clips, pictures and scores of 14 songs (on the right sidebar). Here is a typical, evocative song (In 4 versions on the left side - try No. 4 sung by Yehoram Gaon, first):

When we were just kids,
We played on the dunes of the great sea
We lost an aluminum bucket in the sand
And with it we lost a tear of childhood…

Nothing is left now…

And then when we were teens,
We walked on the sand with girls in curls
We dropped a flower on the sands
And with it we lost a tear of puberty…

Nothing is left now…


Also, Religious popular music from Upper Egypt. (Found on Metafilter)

(No time to blog more tonight. Sorry.)

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Homeless prophets

False_prophets Interior design of the Pope's Place

The Official Scientology and Dianetics Glossary. For example: "A=A=A=A: anything equals anything equals anything. This is the way the reactive mind thinks, irrationally identifying thoughts, people, objects, experiences, statements, etc., with one another where little or no similarity actually exists. Everything is everything else. Mr. X looks at a horse knows it’s a house knows it’s a schoolteacher. So when he sees a horse he is respectful"

Scientology and the Clearwater Police. (Google video)

Jews are crazy too: Letters to God

Vivek Speaks - 38 minutes of a ongoing, heartfelt lecture about God, Personal power & the Truth by Vivek, a homeless guy. (YouTube)

About 95% of Americans believe in angels and only 69% believe in Santa Clause. Here's a depository of archangels

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December 26, 2006

Tenaciously Disappointing

Pick_of_destiny_1 We ride with kings on mighty steeds, across the devil's plain.
We've walked with Jesus and his cross—he did not die in vain: No!
We've run with wolves, we've climbed K-2, even stopped a moving train.
We've traveled through space and time my friends to rock this house again.

The tragic squandering of Jack Black's awesomeness. Read it & weep

John Kricfalusi animated video for the new D movie – NSFW. (From Boing Boing)

Noone Can Destroy The Metal on SNL

The Pick of Destiny

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Metric Olympics

Lisa_suben When Lisa Suben took a job last year as the fifth-grade math teacher at the AIM Academy in Southeast D.C., she was told her lessons had already been prepared for her. AIM was the second charter school founded for low-income D.C. students by KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program. KIPP had gained a national reputation for math instruction. The KIPP leaders in D.C. had good reason to think, as they told Suben, that "we have math pretty much figured out."

Suben, 23 at the time, still thought she could do better. She told her supervisors she was going to produce her own fifth-grade math curriculum. A year later, her students achieved the largest one-year math score jump ever seen at a KIPP school from the 16th to the 77th percentile... (More inside)

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Noah Kalina, celebrity

Ex_husband I just heard: Kevin Federline, Wife Divorce. Celebrities and personal drama took center stage before a gossip-hungry public this year, and perhaps none received more press than superstar rapper Kevin Federline. So when his wife of two years abruptly filed for divorce, the country took notice

Noah Kalina and friends. Some background

More on flickr: Pictures I've taken of Superstars, by Alan Light

The Tetris Wax Museum in Moscow displays busts of political leaders from the past. (From Reflections)

“Will Ferrell arm-wrestles the sound guy on the first day of every film shoot. If he loses, he buys everyone on the crew a car.” People are talking about Will Ferrell

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December 26, 2006 in Celebrities | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The quick brown fox

Quick_brown_fox "I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs." Tracking down the sexiest sentence alive

1. write two sentences.
2. create tension between them.
3. define "tension" any way you want.
Example: The tension of his first day of incarceration washed away in the waters from the prison shower. Then he dropped the soap.

Two sentences (By Grumblebee)

Sentences that contain all letters commonly used in a language. (Like The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog). The flickr pool

A virtual multilingual keyboard emulator

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