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1/30/2004

Hate fat cats? Why? They’re so cute.

HugeURL: Turn this into this.

Funny exposition on the lamentable state of German toilets: favorite line had to be “The only conceivable explanation is that Germans love to inspect their stool, so the German toilet of necessity features a built-in stool inspection shelf. I wouldn’t be surprised if the more expensive models include a digital scale: “Mein Gott, zwei kilogram!” exclaims Gnter, joyful and relieved.”

1/29/2004

Apparently, you can fold paper more than eight times. I’d offer you more detail but I’m not willing to fork out the $6 to get the booklet.

As a Phoenician, snow is that thing that we get every five to ten years that melts almost as quickly as it lands. You can’t make snowmen out of it and you can’t do any urinary calligraphy either. That’s why I love the Internet: someone’s addressed the latter.

I knew that there were a lot of niches in software these days, but I didn’t imagine that it went this far. Who needs software to raise pigeons? The flying rats seem to propagate quite well in the wild with no intervention.

1/28/2004

Apparently, Jesus is available and ready for a soak. If you’re looking for things to do with him, he likes shopping for Porsches and walks in the park.

Babies with Beards: finally their plight has been told.

The headline from this week’s The Onion in history is so wrong but so hilarious. [NOTE: If you’re visiting this link more than two weeks from the date of this entry, it won’t work. Sorry.]

1/27/2004

This isn’t your father’s Slim-Jim!

Skeedaddlehoppers: where can I buy one!

Free After Rebate: I love these things!

IKEA as RPG: can’t wait for IKEA to come to town this fall.

1/26/2004

Glossary of Car Salesman Jargon: what slimeballs!

For all you budding real estate moguls out there, here’s a hot property that’s only $9.95 per 100 square kilometers!

Table of Condiments that Periodically Go Bad: useful.

1/23/2004

Create-your-own British bum: I’d start dressing him pretty quick—the first image is haunting.

Here’s a whole bunch of remixes of Howard Dean’s “I Have a Scream” speech.

1/21/2004

I’m not the envious type at all, but this story about celebrity perks at the Sundance Film Festival leaves me a little disgusted. I don’t understand why these people don’t have to rent cars and buy TVs like the rest of us. I can’t picture John Wayne or James Stewart behaving like that; I can’t picture them clamoring for such things, either. Oh, and that Paris Hilton may be rich but she’s as white trash as the people she mocked in The Simple Life. [from Fark]

1/20/2004

The original SimCity online, free, and Windows-only. Guess I’ll have to wait for a break at work. 🙁

1/19/2004

A big gallery of girls eating sandwiches: weird, but cool.

Freehand drawings of cartoon characters by amateurs. The Snoopy ones aren’t half bad.

YAMS: The Meatrix.

1/17/2004

Great compilation of neologisms: my favorite has to be “angeroo,” which is someone so overcome with anger that they’re literally hopping mad. Oh, and “benefisted” is exactly what I recently was at my work. Oh yeah, people have accused me of being a “geniass,” though not in exactly that word.

1/16/2004

NotFoolingAnybody.com: I love the tagline “a chronicle of bad conversions and storefronts past” and that some of the conversions are in Phoenix.

Haven’t these guys ever heard of shrinkage?

Fascinating nineteenth-century ephemera exhibit from a collector.

Neat illustration of scale.

1/15/2004

Generic rap song: all the content with none of the flava.

It was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to capitalize on the craziness of spotting religious figures in everyday objects: ISeeJesus.com.

Is it a prank or a caring effort to stop the government from spying on a friend?

Meet Erica Jackson

1/14/2004

MyPetFat: like a pet rock, only it’s fat.

Exhibition of miniature books: if someone would produce this book in the small, I might finally finish it! Of course, it would probably be about six to eight inches thick—reducing its pocket carryability.

1/13/2004

50 out of Joseph Stalin’s 63 film appearances were after his death and were uncredited. I hope his estate’s got some good lawyers! (NOTE: It could be worse: Hitler had 192 film appearances after his death. He didn’t leave any surviving heirs, though.)

Reading over Will Ferrell’s 2003 Harvard commencement speech, I recalled Conan O’Brian’s 2000 one. I guess you should get some good entertainment after plunking down six figures on a bachelor’s degree. (BTW: There’s video available—fast forward to an hour and a half in.)

Here’s an interesting page of panoramic pictures of entire trains taken with a slit camera. The first link goes to a page in Japanese—just click on the trains to see the panoramics—and the second has an explanation of the technique in English.

1/12/2004

Public domain books about California

1/9/2004

I’m not sure what to make of this site listing the entrances to Hell in England.

Jean-Antoine Houdon: Sculptor of the Enlightenment. Exhibit at the Getty.

1/8/2004

Two studies in celebrity asymmetry: Shannen Doherty’s freakish off-kilter eye and Tom Cruise’s off-center tooth.

1/7/2004

The Case for Cannibalism: wha? I had not heard of this, which I’m glad about, but apparently it’s for real.

[UPDATE (1/27/04): Here’s everything you never wanted to know about the case.]

1/6/2004

Heaping gallery of photos, helpfully categorized.

Testicle Theater: it should go without saying that plays featuring male gonads as actors aren’t safe for work, but I’ll say it anyway for the slow-witted.

Here’s the canonical list of year-end lists for 2003.

Scene by scene analysis of Star Wars: obsession can be so fascinating.

Interesting experiment with brand awareness where they asked people to draw the logos of famous corporations from memory.

1/5/2004

Does your child look befuddled when you put him or her on your knee and play horsey because of a lack of imagination? Then you need Po-Knee.

Feel like there’s not enough bureaucracy between you and your fellow citizens? Instant Bureaucracy‘s got you covered with forms for every occasion: Verbal Communication Requests, Personal Favor Requests, Acquaintance Termination Forms, Sexual Congress Requests, and more—all ready for printing in PDF or Word formats.

1/1/2004

Gollum raps.

Long list of great Simpsons quotes