Friday, June 21, 2002, For All Your Villianous Needs

From their site:

From Scaramanga & No, LLC, the world's #1 choice in villainous architecture and weapons systems, the Doomsday Star Satellite fires a single fusion-powered energy blast that instantly liquifies the Earth's crust, destroying all life. Be the envy of other supervillains. Orbital insertion not included.*

Price: US$1,200,000,000 (additonal 10% discount for recidivist VilAnon members)
*requires the Halex Diamond for beam cohesion; currently stored at the Pentagon's High Security Facility in Virginia.

Thursday, June 20, 2002

2002 Webby Winners Announced - What's Wrong With This Picture?

Well, the votes have been counted and the 2002 Webby Awards are in. Surprisingly, shockingly, even - this site was nowhere to be found, which is confounding, to say the least. Oh well, Fark - which I steal half my links from - didn't get anything either, so I'll try not to feel too bad.

Besides, I don't think it's quite as big a deal as it used to be anyways - with the lack of all that mad cash that used to get tossed around like R. Kelly handing out Pokemon cards to potential dates, I think this year's ceremony was held in an IHOP or something anyway, so no big loss. Still, too bad - I'd already written my four-word acceptance speech: "Drew Curtis got farked!".

No, We Don't Sell Big Macs - That's Mcdonald's...Grrrr

The Burger King Therapy Center is a place for the beleaguered workers of Burger King to unite and share a few war stories:

Here at the Burger King Therapy Center we strive to be a compassionate solace for the tortured & battered souls of past, present and future BK employees. We hope you will find comfort in being here - A place to share your stories, your tears and your victories. Or just laugh everyone else's!

Powers of 10

A cool little java applet that gradually takes you from a picture ten million miles from the outer rim of the Milky Way to a face-to-face meeting with a single photon in Florida by magnifying it's view 10 times with each snapshot.

The Cult of Hasslehoff

I was at B3TA awhile back and they had a link to some surprisingly gushing reviews of a David Hasslehoff cd on Amazon. Well, it seems the link inspired some of their readers to go there and post their own over-the-top reviews, some of which are really hilarious - shining accounts of the album that put Best of David Hasslehoff on a plane well above Sgt. Pepper and Bridge Over Troubled Water abound, along with praise of his acting ability and overall genius and charisma, which is compared favorably with that of God's on more than one occasion. Here's a typical example:

Reviewer: Victoria from Bristol, England
I'm writing through a veil of tears having listened to this CD, which I can only describe as a work of art. Tears of wonder at the feelings that the songs evoke in me. Tears of sadness as the beautiful words and melodies re-open every mental or emotional wound that I believed had healed. Lastly, tears of joy at finally finding what I have been searching for all my life. I feel that my life is complete now that I have David and his work in it........and I am at peace with the world.

By the way, I feel that Hot Shot City deserves a special mention.

I think I'm going to go back to Amazon right now and start a new John Tesh thread, this is just too funny :)

Canadian Superheroes

A site about superheroes from Canada.

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Star Wars...FOR ME TO POOP ON!

This link's a bit stale, I suppose, but hey...I didn't get around to watching Episode II till last weekend and I haven't watched this until today, so what the heck, it's pretty funny.

Conan O'Brien's "Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog" hassles die-hard Star Wars nerds standing in line for the latest installment.

Did You Hear What I Said?

The Al Pacino Soundboard (warning: foul language - duh - it's the Al Pacino Sounboard, so obviously...)

For Love of Beer and Back Bacon

A fan site dedicated to my favorite Canadian television hosts, Bob and Doug McKenzie, of SCTV and Strange Brew fame.
Snap Your Desk

At Snap Your Desk you can view photos of other people's desktops and upload your own to share with the world.

Hobo Nickels

In the thirties, when money was tight, says engraver Sam Alfono, one of the more unusual and creative ways for an homeless person, or hobo, as they were called, to make cash, was by carving so called "hobo nickels".

The coin of choice, used as a starting point for the work, was the U.S. Buffalo nickel - introduced in 1913 and well-suited to the art, as there was lots of metal to work with and around. Alfono, an active practioner of the art form, has many examples of his own works in the medium on his website, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to make them yourself, if you're so inclined.

Someday You Won't Have to Get Up for That Beer (Yes!)

In case you haven't seen them, Honda has been running a commercial showing off their new humanoid Robot, Asimo, which looks to be an AIBO-type thing that walks on two legs. Pretty cool looking, you can check it out here and view movies of it in action.

Pac-Man Fever (Again)

An article about the mighty Yellow One from, which I'm posting because...well, you know, I'm just a Pac-Man nut, basically. Some things never change.

Monday, June 17, 2002

More ASCII Imaging Fun

The other day I linked to a page that would convert your pictures into ASCII artwork, but it had some pretty severe limitations (the size of your original picture had to be just-so). This one's way cooler - not only does it convert any picture you have laying around to a text-image, it does it in color, as well. The pic above is a detail from a screenshot I took of a Jimi Hendrix photo I converted with it.

The Seven Deadly Sims

For my Sims playing buddies out there, I don't know if you guys are still into this at all, but if you get the urge, they have a lotta Sims-stuff here.


I had to include this link to a fully-searchable edition of George Orwell's masterpiece, 1984. If I had to choose, this is probably my favorite novel of all time and it's chilling message of a totalitarian future seems to grow more timely with each passing day:

The telescreen struck fourteen. He must leave in ten minutes. He had to be back at work by fourteen-thirty.

Curiously, the chiming of the hour seemed to have put new heart into him. He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear. But so long as he uttered it, in some obscure way the continuity was not broken. It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage. He went back to the table, dipped his pen, and wrote:

To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone -- to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink -- greetings!

He was already dead, he reflected. It seemed to him that it was only now, when he had begun to be able to formulate his thoughts, that he had taken the decisive step. The consequences of every act are included in the act itself. He wrote:

Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death.

In addition to 1984, the site has searchable online editions of The Bible and works by other literary greats, like Fitzgerald, Tolstoy and others.

Bubblegum Art

This guy makes his artworks from that time-honored medium, chewed-up gum. Uh huh...chewed-up bubblegum. Come on, you knew it was bound to happen sooner or later.

Molested Cars

They're out there, you've seen them...people doing unspeakable things to innocent cars that never harmed anyone - horribly pimped out trucks, terrible paintjobs, Neons with fins and racing stripes. The horror is all too real.

And We All Shine On

The latest fad among Japanese schoolchildren is making hikaru dorodango, or "balls of mud that shine". Kids there have gone nuts for this trendy new diversion and making a ball with the highest shine-factor, such as the one above, is quite the feather in one's cap.

Top 100 Monsters of All Time

As compiled by Their list is bound to tick off some serious monster-loving fanatics out there, seeing as my boy Herman Munster and Casper the Friendly Ghost made the cut, along with such perennials as Godzilla and Frankenstein. Personally, though, I'm glad they saw fit to recognize some rather oddball choices, such as Bizarro Superman and Michael Jackson. The commentary regarding each pick is pretty good too.
The Elements

A cool little Flash toon that adds a bit of pizazz to the old Tom Lehrer song The Elements, a musical ode to the periodic table. I remember hearing this old song on Dr. Demento's radio show all the time when I was a kid. It's still pretty nifty, especially with the added element (no pun intended) of some simple animation.

Vintage Coffin Nail Ads

In the forties and fifties, not only was smoking not bad for you, heck - it was downright cool and good for you. Why else would Old St. Nick himself (shown above, endoring the delicious, soothing flavor of Chesterfields) be hawking them? Not to mention the obvious appeal of such gushing copy as this, regarding Kent brand smokes:

"Now, more than ever, you want a cigarette that really tastes fresh. Better change to Kent. It's the only cigarette with the Micronite filter... the filter that gives you high filtration to help you keep your smoking moderate. And besides, the Micronite filter smooths the flavor... If you really like to smoke a lot, why not make the change to Kent, today? And why not start with a carton?"

These old-school cigarettes sound great, how come nowadays they have all that awful "stuff" in 'em that kills you? Just another sign of how good, old-fashioned craftsmanship and value has gone out of style, I guess.

Perhaps the Most Creative 404 Page I've Ever Seen

Dude takes his page-not-found messages very seriously...(warning: language).

I've never given much thought to bathroom decoration, but recently I saw a couple items on the web that were just way too cool (and over the top) not to like, such as this aquarium toilet and what is perhaps the supreme bachelor-pad accessory, the home entertainment jacuzzi, complete with surround sound and widescreen tv monitor.

Evil on a Budget

A funny article on how to set yourself up as an evil-villian on a shoestring budget.

Sunday, June 16, 2002