Saturday, May 11, 2002

War of the Worlds

Well, since Hollywood is running low on new ideas, they're going to remake H.G. Welles' War of the Worlds soon, starring Tom Cruise. Here's a page that chronicles the panic Orson Welles created with his October 31st, 1938 radio broadcast of the story.
Spiderman Artist Sketches for Little Girl With Cancer

Friday, May 10, 2002

The $20 Bill Remembrance of 9/11

First up, I'd like to thank for plugging me earlier today, it's a great site, go there now, check 'em out. That said, on with the blogging.

This first item is pretty weird, you fold up a twenty dollar bill a certain way and when you're done, one side of the bill shows the flaming pentagon, the other shows the twin towers.
Attack of the Clones Clones

Well, by all accounts, the latest installment of Star Wars, Attack of the Clones, looks to be a smash. Much to Lucasfilms' dismay, however, it's already showing up online. The copies, which are of questionable quality, were apparently filmed at a private screening of the film on a videocamera and uploaded and passed around on IRC..
Compaq Pinches the Pennies

Due to a "hiccup" in their online purchasing system, Compaq Australia mistakenly put a bunch of their pcs on sale for the ridiculously low price of one penny. To make things worse, before discovering the mistake, they'd actually transferred the money and are now offering the buyers a refund of their money. Even though Compaq says it was simply an honest mistake and they're not at fault, as you can imagine, the buyers want their pcs, not the penny back.
Free Pool and Billiard Lessons Online

If you're a pool player, or if you'd like to learn, this looks to be a great place to start. My friend Jeff, who's a pool whiz, showed it to me this afternoon and it looks really helpful and thorough. Rack 'em.
Funniest Concept for a Show I've Heard Since The Osbournes

Kato Kaelin, desperately clinging to his fifteen minutes of fame for dear life, like some kind of pit bull that just won't let go, is filming a pilot for a proposed reality show. In the show, called Houseguest, Kaelin, perhaps the most famous couch squatter in history, simply shows up on people's doorsteps and invites himself over to stay as their guest for awhile and the tv crew films his stay. Mind you, this is a funny concept, probably it'll get stale when the novelty wears off, but I got a laugh out of the idea anyway. Hey, whatever Kato, keep milkin' it for all it's worth, that's what America's about, I guess.
The Stupid Store: Nibble Notes - W/ edible ink and paper

A blog about...well...cows. Yep.

Wednesday, May 08, 2002

"The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." - Mark Twain

Sorry about the lack of updates recently. The sparseness of posts is due to a number of things; I've been getting out a little more lately, for one thing. Never fear, though. I'm not about to take up permanent residence in "meatspace". I'm firmly glued to my chair again at my computer.

Another reason I haven't posted much lately is that I've been getting up earlier.

For some reason, blogging seems, to me - to be a task best performed in the wee hours of the night, surrounded by darkness, basking in the cool, soothing glow of my monitor - all jacked up on Mountain Dew and hearing nothing but the sounds of my fingers going clickety-clack on my keyboard and maybe a good mp3 (the song of the moment, incidentally - Driver's Seat, by Sniff 'n' the Tears).

That said, think I'll do a nice fat update, here's the first post, a funny little mockumentary of Ken Burns' The Civil War that depicts the events of Star Wars' "Battle of Hoth".

Next up, we have this odd, bitter bit of illustration and poetry - a wonderful way for you goth parents out there to teach the kids their abc's, trust me.

Toon Appreciation

The Toonopedia is a massive repository of all things toon, from comic book characters to advertising shills like Cap'n'Crunch. They hope to someday be the web's leading source of information on the subject.


You have some time on your hands and you're the do-it-yourself type? How about building your own pinball machine as your next project?

Taking it to the Extreme

Maybe it's the Mountain Dew talking, but after looking at this site, I'm feeling foolhardy enough to consider some extreme ironing. Looks dangerous, though, so be sure and bring along your Extreme Teen Bible for good luck.

Beer Magic

A collection of magic tricks you can play on your friends or at bars, such as the "Spiderman" beer trick pictured above, in which a beer bottle is stuck to the wall, without the benefit of gum or glue.

Ticking Off the Neighbors 101

Gillian Greensite, of Santa Cruz, can't understand why her neighborhood is in such a snit over her sculpted Eugenia hedge. Aparrently they're reading something into it that she's not. be the judge.

Mesh Shirt to Replace "Wife-beater" as the Official Undergarment of Domestic Violence

Experience Music Project

EMP is a museum devoted to music and memorabilia. Their online presence is a great site, the kind you can get lost in for awhile. Among other things, there are exhaustive articles devoted to artists such as Jimi Hendrix (EMP's patron saint - the museum takes it's name from his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience).

Other fun stuff: offbeat items like the infamously diminutive Stonehenge model from This is Spinal Tap. Be sure and listen to the audio of Derek and David extolling the virtues of corporate sponsorship. If you don't know what or whom I'm talking about, either go rent the movie or, failing that, check out some of these clips from it, it's a comedy classic.

Tuesday, May 07, 2002

The Hulk Trailer Online

Not much to this, it's really just a tease...anyways, hopefully you already saw Spiderman - which was awesome, btw - and it's the same trailer they showed during the coming attractions.

Still....hey, it's the trailer for The Hulk so I'm posting it.
Apologies to My Canadian Friends...

But this was just too funny not to post. The truth about CANADIANS!

Monday, May 06, 2002

Joke Lands Man in Jail

Jeffrey Price Barber, possessing perhaps the world's lousiest sense of humor, decided to play a little joke on his wife - by smearing himself with ketchup, then firing a .22 and letting her come in and find him all bloodied and supposedly dead.

Oops. His distraught wife called 911 and the police didn't find it very funny. They also took into account the fact that previous felony convictions prohibited him from even OWNING a firearm, of which there were plenty in his home. So now Jeffrey's sitting in the pen for five years.

In the immortal words of The Simpsons' character, Nelson: "HA, HA!"
Fast Food Abroad - Countries' Spins on American Resturaunts

Growing up with Burger King, it's hard to imagine how weird it is to see the Australian version of the resturaunt's site. It's like stepping through a dimensional portal and into the Bizarro universe. For one thing, the name is different. Happy Jack's, it's called. I don't get it, what's wrong with Burger King?

Sunday, May 05, 2002

Dream Domain

An experimental Flash-based community site, where you take the form of an insect - a flying drone - which can post an read messages and short cam feeds left by other drones on the virtual estate, as well as chat with other drones in the same area.

Dream Domain
Valentine Performing Pigs