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Wednesday, January 29, 2003

How to waste time

Brush up on your pickup etiquette at (via Sensible Erection)

Here are some helpful suggestions on how to off yourself with "style and flare" [sic]. (via Spike mag)

No climbing in the window for me. Greg Miller's Guide to Lock Picking.

Things not to do on a unicycle. (via

This seems a bit counter-intuitive, but what the hell: How to shoot Candids.

A dumpster diving FAQ. Um, some people actually dive for food. Yum.

Hehe. His name is Dave Cummings. Hehe. How to be a porn star. (via Daze Reader)

The DIY Network.

Magic tricks for beginners. And don't tell anybody, 'cause then we'd have to kill you. With our magic. Yeah.

Detecting baloney with Carl Sagan.

How useful is this? The Interactive Stain Removal Chart

Michiko Kakutani rocks. Ace!


Thursday, January 23, 2003

Paranoid Planet

A step-by-step guide to ditching your boring life and setting up a new one. Includes tips on disguising yourself, destroying evidence of your old life, and what to do in the event of a manhunt. Keen. (via Follow Me Here)

Dean and Nigel Blend In! Um, kinda.

Fight the power: Illegal Art. (Or at least pretend you are by watching one of the neat-o videos.)

Despite what they would have you think, Dilbert is not your friend!

The Quotation Comparer at Big Picnic is kinda funny, but in a gut-twisting way. (FYI: The first quote is not from current President George Bush, but dear ol' dad. Make you feel any better? No? Okay, then.)

FBI files on dangerous, commie scum like Jackie Robinson and Pablo Picasso. Courtesy of the Freedom of Information Act.

A page with FBI files on cattle mutilations, UFOs, the enduring popularity of collagen, and other unexplained phenomena.

But wait, here's The Skeptic's Dictionary.

And The Museum of Hoaxes

Don't forget The Quackwatch Home Page

Classic Straight Dope, straight up: 'Do tinfoil helmets provide adequate protection against mind control rays?'

Afraid someone's looking over your shoulder? Try Ghostzilla--makes goofing off on company time much easier.


Sunday, January 19, 2003

Cleanin' out my (Favorites) folder

A photo of the mysterious visitor. (via Fark thread)

And a rather un-romantic element to the story. (Also via Fark thread)

Twenty things you must eat before you die. Erm, okay. (First link via Follow Me Here)

Mmmm...Czech absinthe.

A lovely collection of vintage bellydance photographs. (via Iconomy. Check out her own collection of vintage mermaid images)

The Contortion Homepage. Don't try this at home. Obviously. (via Mimi Smartypants) (via Bizarre Mag)

Graham Barker's Naval Fluff Page. Ew. (via Magnificent Obsessions)

The Big Nose Appreciation Society. I don't know about the gallery, though. Just 'cause you don't have a tiny, upturned snub doesn't mean your nose is 'big'. I know, I know--Whatever. (via Sensible Erection)

First it was mullets, then it was combovers, now it's all about feathered hair. (Last link via Diminished Responsibility)

Real men wear kilts. Actually, I kinda think they look cool. It's all about attitude, baby. (First link via BB Spot)

I knew those Canuck bastards were up to something! Thankfully, a certain group of patriots have set up counter operations. Vive le resistance! (via Bizarre Mag).

And to end on a completely useless note, Figure out how many socks you've worn in your life. (via everlasting blort)


Saturday, January 18, 2003

"I roam around around around around"

What's your Eurotrash rating?

The French were right all along: "Almost all British men gay, reveals new research".

A really cute, really funny song that I first heard over the holidays. Hilarious video.

Why everyone should ignore Jacques Derrida.

On a slightly more frivolous note, this page is all about the various Disney theme parks, complete with pictures and commentary. Best part is the author's look back at a childhood visit to Disneyland. I was born a few decades too late, but I still got fuzzy nostalgia for the sixties.

More mid-century nostalgia, courtesy of Roadside Peek (via Flip Flop Flyin')

Some unusual (and cool) city guides by Underbelly. (via Boing Boing)

Hitchhiking on the Net for stories, tips and advice from a seasoned hitchhiker.

"Fly like an eagle/ To the sea/ Fly like an eagle/ Let my spirit carry me..." Here's a beautiful little flash game for you. "...Fly right into the future." (via Fimoculous)

Taking pictures of people taking pictures. Can you stand the meta?

Internet Project 1: The Mirror Project. (via Magnificent Obsessions)

Internet Project 2: Random Access Memory (via Hairy Tongue)

Internet Project 3: Other People's Stories. (via Excitement Machine)

Internet Project 4: The Dead Letter Office. (via Sensible Erection)

Finally, throw off the shackles of your white oppressors! The Louis Farrakhan African Name Generator. (via Bizarre Mag)


Thursday, January 16, 2003

Bright lights, filthy lucre

World's most expensive cities (And the least expensive. But I don't foresee a tourist boom in some of these places.)

Celebrity or Look-alike?

I bet I could snap Brittany Murphy's legs like the twigs they are. While I'm on the subject, check out various celebrities' body fat indexes.

And, celebs eating. Cool. (via memepool)

Also, celebs looking normal. Meaning bad. Cooler.

Finally, drunk celebs. Coolest.

Find out what famous people are reading. Unsurprisingly, Keruoac, Hunter S. Thompson and Anne Rice are popular choices, though there are a few head-scratchers--Anthrax reads Bonfire of the Vanities? (via The Guardian)

A '70s Celebrity Portrait Gallery. My faves are the Art Nouveau Barbra Streisand (#12), that smug bastard, Chevy Chase (#50. BTW, he was kicked out of my school), a Magritte-like Telly Savalas (#146), psychedelic Ike and Tina (#4), and an oddly touching drawing of Nixon and Kissinger...together, at last! (#160)

John Cusack for President, seriously.

Things we've learned from the movies #35 "When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other." (via BBspot)

Enjoyably snarky coverage of "The Two Towers" London premiere.

The cast of "The Fellowship of the Rings", together and looking kinda weird.

Average faces are the most attractive, according to these researchers. (via Fark thread)

"A wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh..." A familiar tale of exploitation, greed and copyright shenanagins. (via Metafilter)

Another internet project: All-Con$, a detailed listing of all the stuff some guy bought in 2001. (via LuLu mag)

Who would buy that? (via Magnificent Obsessions)
Tired of mindless consumerism? Take a break with Adweak and Adbusters.


Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Dark days

The skinny on the evil eye

Awwww...Home Of The Cutest Antichrist.

Getting a real job doesn't mean you have to give up your goth ways: Corporate Goth

Oh yeah, Jesus was gother than you (via Canadian World Domination)

Another spin on the weblog: Trashlog

What's your prison bitch name? (via Bizarre Mag)

The Evil Clown Generator.

There's a lot of things you don't want to pick up from porn stars, and decorating tips is one of them: Obscene Interiors. (via Sharpeworld)

Professor by day, vigilante crime-fighter by night. (via Incoming Signals)

The Crime Clock.

Used mannequins. (via Huge magazine)

L.A. isn't all sunshine and botox: The Los Angeles Grim Society. (via Frugal Fashionista)

The Freakatorium, for all your side-show viewing needs.

Chastity belts, lesbian pulp fiction book covers, nude stereograms--Brian's Page of Antique Wierdness (via Bizarre Mag)

Jaw-droppingly bad art, with price tags to match. (via Something Awful)

And to cleanse the palate: Goreyography (via The Guardian)

Skulking around abandoned buildings = 'Forensic Archaeology'.

Abandoned Places. (via Morbid Fact Du Jour)

And similarly, The Marsden Archive. Really beautiful pictures of castles, gardens, gargoyles and graveyards. (also from Morbid Fact Du Jour)

The Andrew Dickson White Collection of Architectural Photographs is an online archive of 19th and early 20th century photographs of "architecture, decorative arts and sculpture." One of my favorites is called 'Bitonto, Palazzo Siros, Loggia dei rinasciment '. I think that translates into: Bitonto, Siros Palace, home of the Renaissance?

Some of the people who modeled for these are long dead, so I guess they can't all be called 'life masks' (via Incoming Signals)

The Unheard Beethoven. Cool. (via Magnificent Obsessions)


Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Outrage fading to outright frivolity

Hell in a handbasket: The Secret War On Condoms

North Korea is Dark. (via Metafilter thread)

If you're still willing to throw money at the stock market, at least do it responsibly.

An old article in Discover explains the evolution of skin color. (via Liberal Arts Mafia)

Hidden bias? Why does the new contraceptive patch only come in one color? What about band-aids? Hey, change can be good.

Will all humans one day be the same color? An interesting (though probably questionable) answer from The Straight Dope.

On a sexier note (heh), the color of your panties reveals your deepest, darkest thoughts. I hope this is a mistranslation: "The brown colour is basically preferred by constraining women."

The Buffy sex chart. (via BB Spot)

WWJD? (via Daze Reader)

If you're not one for the whole messiah thing, but still need guidance, then here's advice from dead philosophers. (via Metafilter)

An oldie but a goodie: "Jean-Paul Sartre's Cookbook" (via Metafilter thread)


Friday, January 10, 2003


The Vice Guide to Getting Beaten Up.

I've always wanted to learn how to confuse and annoy undergraduates.

I don't believe in Him but He seems like a pretty sensible fellow.

Joshua Norton (or Norton I) was the first and only Emperor of the United States. He issued his own money, ordered the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, dissolved the Democratic and Republican parties, and declared those who uttered the word "Frisco" to be guilty of a High Misdemeandor. Read about him here.

Another internet project: The Degree Confluence Project. "The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location." The pictures are posted on the website, along with a kind of travelogue about each confluence. Neat!

Another internet project: The Quiet American. A sort of travelogue but with sound recordings rather than photographs. Encantada.

Useful French phrases. "T'as une tĂȘte a faire sauter les plaques d'egouts!"

Finally, a cute little flash game. Is the circle a hole, the moon or a bubble? (via MilkandCookies).


Thursday, January 09, 2003

"It's Shake 'n' Bake and Ah haylped!"

The actual words to "Auld Lang Syne". Here is an interesting article about the origins and evolution of the Robbie Burns poem upon which the song is based. And this page has a little translation of the lyrics into English! (Scroll down to the bottom of page.)

The Brunching Shuttlecocks rate New Year's Eve (that's Hogmanay to you, sir!) traditions.

If you didn't make it to Times Square, here's a nifty, 360-degree panorama of the festivities. (Scroll down a bit and click on the first link).

The Ladder Theory.

Everyone 'knows' by now that symmetry = beauty, but this company claims to have discovered the archetypal, "perfect face" (which they're trying to patent, of course). There's even a print out of the face so that you can do a comparison with your own. Don't everybody all run to the printer, now.

The Makeup Gallery has pictures of actors in makeup. Duh. But some really funny pics. Like some rather frightening attempts to make people look like Elizabeth I, and a gallery devoted to white women trying to look like brown women. Ugh. (via Sharpeworld)

Speaking of good (or bad, depending) makeup jobs, here's a little test. Can you tell which are women and which are transvestites?

I've heard people claim that men either don't care about armpit hair on women or find it sexy. I'm highly skeptical. And fairly repulsed.

I'm an INTJ. So's Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry O'Connell and George Lucas. Damn!

The Celebrity Atheist List. (via Excitement Machine)

A quiz to determine which religion is best for you.

Another real life sim to get all obsessed about: Jennifer Government, a site where you can create your own nation. Not very interactive right now (you can make up to two decisions per day) and site is very slow because of all the people trying to log on. But it's worth a visit, if only to check out the bonehead mottos that people have made up for their countries: "Gareth is God." (via Metafilter)

Why do books cost so much?

This article explores the phenomenon of 'alliteracy'.

People 'rediscover' Beowulf all the time. Seamus Heaney wrote a translation that made it onto the bestseller lists. Now a Tolkein version has turned up. I think I prefer the illustrated Beowulf though. It has pictures, you see.


Tuesday, January 07, 2003

"People are strange, when you're a stranger..."

You control the vertical. You control the horizontal. You also control this guy's lamps and sprinklers. Coool.

The Bathroom Diaries.

Entrances to hell .

Redheads give me the shivers. And not the good kind. Here's someone talking about why redheads tend to be seen in clusters. Shivers, I tells ye.

The Stanford Prison Experiment.

It had to happen at some point, I guess. The Ultimate Hans Blix Fan Page. Superinspector!

Teeny-weeny sculptures in a needle's eye, on the head of a pin, carved onto a grain of rice. "In general, I work in the moments between the beatings of my heart. Because, while my hands are not shaking, the pulse produces motions which can destroy all my work."

A musical in a library. Rock on, you crazy kids.

Bringing the world together through balloon hats.

A scary, interactive face thing. The nostril-flaring is quite disturbing. (via. Milk and Cookies)


Monday, January 06, 2003

Random: Let's stop using this word.

Dead Grandmother Syndrome.

The Straight Dope rocks my world. "Do The French Really Love Jerry Lewis?"

I have never, ever, ever been able to do the pen-spinning thing. This website is devoted to it. Please practice in area free of short, bespectacled girls with slow reflexes.

Silly doggy bodysuits. (via Metafilter)

Scenes from "Pulp Fiction" played out by characters from "The Simpsons". Excellent.

A fascinating list of film sound cliches. (via Metafilter)

And a hysterical short made up of clips featuring the "Wilhelm scream". Look it up if you don't know. (via Metafilter)

Wow your friends. Get the hottie. Impress the bartender (unless he beats the hell out of you for fucking around in his bar). Bar magic tricks.

Bar Signs, for when "Damn, I am sooo drunk." just ain't enough.

Photoshop fun = sex-change some celebrities.

David Bowie's "area". Rather frightening, actually.