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Saturday, November 29, 2003

Merengue

The Nuclear Explosions Database, weapons effect and the Federation of American Scientists. (first two via plep & quasimeta, respectively).

The Disaster Center and Survival Research Labs.

A Wiki list of famous suicides. (via metafilter)

The Moral Life of Geeks: "The basic dilemma lies between, on the one hand, not developing one's innate and learned capacities, which can be a kind of harm to oneself and to others, and, on the other, developing one's capacities by working for evil institutions."

Dictionary of Victorian London.

The Erotics of Type. (via The Cartoonist)

Leonardo Right to Left: Type in a phrase and see it written in da Vinci-style mirror writing.

Famous Rejections: "“Mr. F. Scott Fitzgerald deserves a good shaking … The Great Gatsby is an absurd story, whether considered as romance, melodrama, or plain record of New York high life.” Saturday Review of Literature. (via cup of chicha)

A step-by-step guide to making a Daguerreotype.

Jurustic Park--Creatures from the McMillan Marsh.

Cool gift: Customized Classics. Who wouldn't want to star in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde? (via Joi Ito, or the real Joi Ito)

The Legendary Tube Bar Recording: "Made in the mid ’70s, The Tube Bar is a bizarre, enthralling, and wonderfully chaotic recording of a series of prank phone calls made by a group of callers (who were unknown until recently) to the small Jersey City taproom of the title. Originally passed around as an in-joke by the bar's patrons, the tape became an underground favorite with everyone from the New York Mets to the staff at Caroline records, an alternative label." Turned into a running gag on The Simpsons, too.

A chocolate fashion show. (via Grow-a-Brain)

Juggling tattoos.

Create your own Picasso with Mr. Picassohead. (via Sensible Erection)

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Thursday, November 27, 2003

Having absolutely no connection to the holiday

Whimsical postcards by Quint Buchholz and Michael Sowa. (via Penny Dreadful)

Truly, truly outrageous body modification.

Themes: Parking Spots & Eleventh Pin (second via everlasting blort)

Vernacular architecture at Grottos of the American West.

Excellent online exhibition: Modern American Portrait Drawings. (via Neurastenia)

Face Jugs, face jugs, face jugs, face jugs, face jugs. Just what are face jugs?

Daruma dolls. More here.

Floraphilia. (via Metafilter)

The many faces of Gary Oldman, Bjork and Bob Hope. (first two via quiddity & Grow-a-Brain, respectively).

And Gurning Celebrities. (definition of 'gurning'.)

A Matrix-themed flash mob.

Circlemakers: The art and history of crop circles. (via most art is boring)

Pictures of the Sedlec Ossuary.

Photographs of signs enforcing racial segregation in the United States.

Carnal Cookies. (via Sensible Erection)

Dragstravaganza: A collection of drag queen recordings.

Instructions for fire breathing, stair diving and making your own prison wine. (Also, a poem)

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Friday, November 21, 2003

Salsa

'Log Frenzy: "The Weblog is a new form in the world of arts and letters. How could the Weblog 'form' be expanded in regards to narrative, not technology, to become exciting and valuable over time?" Follows with a long list of interesting suggestions.

Cartoons drawn on the backs of business cards. (via The Solipsistic Gazette)

The Epitaph Browser.

"Seppuku: A Practical Guide"

Irene Nordli's sculpture. (via cipango)

Fabulous Fakes: "20 contemporary artists accept a challenge to create new original works in the styles of famous old and modern masters." Results are uneven, at best. At the same site, "A History of Art Forgery" and information about Han van Meegeren, master art forger.

Photosurrealism by William H. "Dad" Martin.

From the Museum of Depressionist Art, A Gallery of the Unidentifiable.

Wearable art and edible art. (both via art for housewives)

Search for famous Jewish people at Jewhoo!

"Silophone is a project...which combines sound, architecture, and communication technologies to transform a significant landmark in the industrial cityscape of Montréal."

Adult movie posters from the 1960s and '70s.

Analyzing sex offender mugshots.

The Scary Baby Conspiracy. (via J-walk)

Masonic art. (via New World Disorder)

Penguin sweaters.

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Friday, November 14, 2003

Sha na na

The ICC's Weekly Piracy Report.

Victorian magic lantern slides.

An A-Z guide of common gravestone symbols. (via Grow-a-Brain)

Astronomy quilts and quilts inspired by Japanese manhole covers. (via Cup of Chicha and ikastikos, respectively)

Art on wheels: The Guitarbike.

"Face" by Bela Borsodi. (via everlasting blort)

Space age pop music and Cocktail Music for Robots.

Judy Garland dolls.

A Brief History of the Car Horn Organ.

Album covers done in legos. (via Boing Boing)

Pornolizer.

Cool cowboy boots and more at Maestro.

"Santeria: A Practical Guide to Afro-Caribbean Magic."

An International Catalog of Superheroes. (via Sugar'n Spicy)

The Bata Shoe Museum and Solemates: The Century in Shoes.

Matt Stuart's clever visual puns. (via b3ta)

"Dumbland". one and two: Strange (could it be any other way?) flash cartoons by David Lynch.

Whimsical animations from Fancyteeth.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Fa fa fa

A nice site about Russian lubok or the popular print. Translations of the featured pieces as well.

Marvelous. Bembo's Zoo. (via Being Daddy)

Subtly Simpsons: explaining obscure references from the TV show.

Life in Elizabethan England: A Compendium of Common Knowledge. (via J-Walk). Also, an exerpt from The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium: An Englishman's World by Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger.

Michael Kalish's license plate art. (via art for housewives)

The Classic Postcard Bourse.

Soccer (or should I say, 'football'?) songs and chants from all across Europe. Disclaimer: "Many of the songs contain bad language. They may be sexist, violent, racist, overtly nationalistic, homophobic or just insulting." Well, duh.

Alternative History Timelines. Speculation concerning the road not taken.

Songs about science. Oh no--not lame at all.

The Ultimate Guide to Shooting Rubber Bands. Astonishingly detailed.

R. Crumb's Heroes of the Blues series. (via LinkMachineGo)

The Beloit College mindset list is a quick summing up of each year's freshman class for teaching staff. Very interesting.

LouieLouie.net: a celebration of the song. Part of a documentary project.

"Hit Song Science (HSS) - Offers Singers, Songwriters and Musicians the opportunity to use the latest technology to test their songs for hit potential." Is this for real?

Photography: Jennifer Shaw; Satumaa; "White women"; The Empire that was Russia; "fotos aira". (all via Conscientious)

An exhibition about spy-fi gadgets at the CIA website. (via The Cartoonist)

Nails: Strange, interactive flash.

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Sunday, November 09, 2003

Nyah nyah nyah

Pop Culture Monsters: photoshop contest at Worth1000.com.

Similarly, Fisher Price toys up to no good. (via Pop Culture Junk Mail)

Not to mention, Kewpie doll massacre. (Scroll down) And the Tattoo Baby Doll Project. (latter via Milk and Cookies)

Earth Pilgrim: photography by Sacha Dean Biyan.

Elevator Moods: Tiny play-lets set in the elevator.

Prints by Peeter Allik. (via Neurastenia)

Jorge Luis Borges' The Book of Sand turned into hypertext puzzle.

A gallery of antique radios.

15 Trends Taking Shape in Logo Design. (via Metafilter)

A website devoted to Classic Movie Kids, and one all about child stars of today.

"The embroideries are laboriously produced copies of pieces of text taken from sources ranging from great books to candy wrappers....copies are of less value than originals. However, when I copy by embroidering, the value of the copy is increased because of the elements of labor, handicraft and singularity....The copy is now an 'original.'" (via art for housewives)

Egg carving. (via Boing Boing)

Cool French Comics.

Yet another spin on the HotOrNot thing: Am I a Poet or Not?

TalkBackwards.com: Upload an audio file and hear it played backwards. No download or special software required.

A website devoted to Paint-by-Numbers.

A Keyword Map for the Whole Internet.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

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Thursday, November 06, 2003

Blah blah blah

Talk about yourself, constantly: The Haircut Story Site; Grouphug; I used to believe; My Miserable Life; Fray. Other people's stories doesn't really count but I'm including it anyway.

Hello Kitty--The Remarkable Story: An interview with the designer of Hello Kitty. (via Pop Culture Junk Mail)

Monobrow.com: Celebrating the unity of your eyebrow.

Tankens Bilder: Images of Thought. Wonderful. (via The Solipsistic Gazette)

Anonymous answers to life's Embarrassing Questions. Example: "I have a third testicle. Is this something to be concerned about?"

A Tight History of the Corset.

Female Images in American Cartoons and Japanimation. While we're on the subject, the Wonder Woman Comic Page and a gallery of Superheroines, in general. (via obliterated, scrubbles, and Cup of Chicha respectively)

Images of Cocktail records.

Pimp hats and other paraphanalia.

Methods of execution around the world. Top three methods: firing squad, hanging and stoning.

How to eat fire. (via J-Walk)

Also, How to swear in foreign languages, from Afrikaans to Yiddish. Special French guide, too.

The Joy of Shards has updated its photo galleries, including the London Hitchcock mosaics.

BBC test card gallery.

"Mark Twain was a lifelong creator and keeper of scrapbooks. He took them with him everywhere and filled them with souvenirs, pictures, and articles about his books and performances....In 1872, he patented his “self-pasting” scrapbook, and by 1901, at least 57 different types of his albums were available. It would be his only invention that ever made money."

Yellow Submarine Ascii pictures.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2003

La la la

Cool stuff by Daniel Martin Diaz, Nathan Henderson, Peter Goode and others at smog.net

Crane porn. (via metafilter)

Cooking By Numbers will give you recipes based on what you already have in your kitchen.

Recession Recipes will tell you how to make on-the-dole delicacies like Lettuce Soup and Bran Gruel.

Meredith Allen's popsicles. (via obliterated)

David Lynch posters.

Online fortune cookie.

Art and nature come together in the work of Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey. (via asecretsmile)

"For over 20 years the artist Stan Herd has worked the earth using indigenous materials to produce evocative and mystical works. From 160 acre plowed portraits to one quarter acre intimate stone designs, his work has become a platform for discussion of mankind's contemporary relationship to the land."

From Trees to Buildings and Alex Erlandson's living tree sculptures. (via Amberglow and Cup of Chicha, respectively)

The Natural Building Colloquium.

Valerie Hammond's hands. (via Neurastenia)

Pavement Terror: Man makes loud noise, takes pictures of people's reactions.

The Bolt Gallery and Lawrence Northey's robot art. (both via iconomy)

The Museum of Black Superheroes.

An Eye-Placement Principle in 500 Years of Portraits: an inquiry into the placement of eyes in portraiture. Also has a nice little 'Who's eye is it?' quiz. (via cipango)

Mise en Page: The art of composing on paper. (via plep)

Screw Batman. Now you can get your very own personalized action figure!

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