Saturday, October 19, 2002

Look, Up in the's a Bird, it's a Plane, it's a...Pumpkin?

Pumpkin hurling, the practice of firing pumpkins at high-velocity from trebuchets, catapults and air cannons.
Superhero Cliches

The Fight-And-Become-Friends Rule: A. A man and woman who hate each other must be sexually attracted. B. Training-- A character in training meets someone who starts out as a rival, then they become friends, then enemies. C. Most common-- whenever two heroes meet for the first time, they MUST fight.

The Monster Salary Timer

Pick a celeb and see how fast their cash pours in as the seconds and minutes tick away. For an extra dose of humble pie, enter your own salary and watch them side by side to see how you're doing by comparison. It's kind of amazing to see the dollars and cents add up in real-time. I mean, you hear Oprah makes 150 million dollars a year and that's kind of abstract, but watching the money tick off second by second puts things into perspective. In the time it's taken me to post this article, Ms. Winfrey made $9,000. In an hour she'll have made approximately $75,000.

Thursday, October 17, 2002

I Used to Believe...

A place for people to chuckle over the silly things they once believed to be fact when they were children - goldfish heaven, the Tooth Fairy, etc. Some of the readers' stories are pretty funny.
Safer America

Safer America is the name of a boutique that's set up shop a few blocks from the Ground Zero and bills itself as the world's first "anti-terrorism store". Their stock includes gas masks, radiation detectors and the like.

Pong Remembered (Again)

Yet another article about Pong, the action-packed, graphically-stunning progenitor of modern videogames with lots of good pictures of various old systems. What can I say? I can't resist a good Pong article.

Prize Winning Poultry

A gallery of weirded-out blue-ribbon chickens.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Pixel This

Matt's Mess - Online Playground is an interesting little design/game/blog site that focuses on those wonderful little points of light on our monitors we call pixels. I've noticed over the last year or two this pixel-art look is showing up more and more and if you'd like to learn a little about it, Matt has tutorials on giving your icons, artwork or site that slightly retro videogame feel...teaching you a little about the specifics of the medium, blending colors with pixels, etc. Pretty cool stuff.

Your Mom's So Fat She Fell in Love and Broke it

Your - the internet's first "Your Mom's So ___" joke portal.
Blogger's On the Fritz

So I guess I'm just going to go ahead and write this stuff and post it all in one big lump later. Don't you hate when that happens?

Krispy Kreme Behind the Scenes

I found this earlier while browsing Atomgrid and I know at least a few people out there who really love Krispy Kreme donuts. Probably my Canadian friends would say they prefer Tim Horton's, which I'm sad to say I've never had the pleasure of trying but, if you're a fan of the original glazed and ever wanted to know pretty much all there is about the world-famous donut, of which 2 billion are cooked every year...this is your lucky day.

Hometown Gal on The Bachelor

I could really care less about this show, however, I have been meaning to catch an episode - a combination of morbid curiousity and the fact that one of the bachelorettes this time around is from my hometown of Albertville, Alabama.
Looks like she's still in the running, too, so maybe I'll catch it tonight. I saw one episode of the first season and was pretty disgusted with the show overall. Gotta hand it to the girl, though, this is a pretty small town and it's rare anyone in the media has anything to say about it. Other than Rusty Greer, the pro baseball player, the only other semi-famous person I know of who came from Albertville was a Playboy Playmate of the month named Angela Little (guys, I'm not gonna link that one, you know how to use Google) so hey, she managed to get her fifteen minutes without even getting naked, good for her - though I did hear there was some semi-sordid hot tub stuff in the opener. Never met the lady but oh well, she's a Tide what the heck - good luck to you, Brooke, hope you win - though if you don't, never fear, our intrepid webmaster Jimmy Olsen is single and available ;)

When You're Smiling, the Whole World Smiles at You

Or at least they'll give you some odd looks if you get yourself one of these finely detailed tooth paintings. Yep, I don't know why you'd want to, but if you're of a mind, this fellow will do a work of art on your chompers. He specializes in miniature works of art on porcelain crowns. I bet this guy'd love to get ahold of the Osmond family. That'd probably be like his own personal Sistine Chapel.


A Flash version of the game - sling your curling stones against the computer and try and get your stones closer to the center. This was actually pretty fun. The computer always throws it's stones towards the center, so keep that in mind when you're deciding where to put your shots.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Hockey Uniforms

Since I posted the Football Helmet Project earlier, I suppose I'll go ahead and give equal time to hockey - this site, here's the complete history of hockey uniforms. This one's for you, Hockeygirl.

Sam's Mailbox Picture Collection

A bunch of pictures of oddball mailboxes.

Digitized Photos of Days Gone By

The NYPL (New York Public Library) Digital Picture collection has 30,000 digitized images (of NY and other subjects) that are in the public domain. Browse by topic or search for pictures.

The Helmet Project

An "atlas" of football helmets and football helmet history. Yes, that's right - everything now has it's own webpage. Pictured above, my personal fave, The Crimson Tide's helmet, of course.


A really spiffy internet portal for live television broadcasts with lots of channels from all over the world. For the most part this is for the broadband audience among you - there are a few 28k-56k streams, but the folks with fat pipes will probably get the most from this one. Enjoy and remember, nothing personal broad-banders...but I hate you.

Let's Go to the Movies

Or at least post a few sites regarding them, since I can't think of anything better to do. I downloaded a few songs off a movie soundtrack the other day (I'll leave you and the RIAA to speculate over which one) and coincidentally come across this site, Score Baby! shortly thereafter. It's a celebration of movie scores from the 60s, 70s and beyond, with special attention given to the "groovy" stuff. Lots of sound bytes, reviews and a movie score radio station, via Live365.

Speaking of scores, Ray Coniff, who copped a Grammy for the Dr. Zhivago theme Somewhere My Love died recently. He was 85 years old.

More stuff for the film score fan can be found at Film Score Monthly and if you'd just like some movie sounds to add to your windows theme or playlist, where else but The Movie Sounds Page, with tons of .wav file snippets of dialogue and sounds.

Perhaps you're not in a listening mood and you'd rather nitpick and criticize - if that's the case, head on over to Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics, where you can ponder things such as why, exactly, whenever a car in a movie so much as goes into a ditch, it's immediately engulfed in flame and/or explodes.

I failed to mention it and probably anyone who cares knows, but the trailer for the next installment of The Lord of the Rings is online. I also heard of a couple off-the-wall movie projects that are in the works - believe it or not, they're going to make movies out of the television shows Bewitched (with Nicole Kidman possibly playing the role of Samantha) and Dallas. I think the Globe and Mail news service summed that one up nicely with their headline, "Good God, here comes Dallas: The Movie". My sentiments, exactly. It's beginning to look like they'll make a movie out of anything at this point - I swear, when they start production of Mr. Belvedere: The Movie, I'm going to boycott cinema altogether.

Wow, when I began this post twenty minutes ago I wasn't really taking into account just how many sites there are out there devoted to movies and how many quality ones, at that - what the heck though, I'm just gonna keep on tossing them out there until I get sleepy, I suppose. For those of you in a reading mood, you can check out Drew's Script-O-Rama - with links to movie scripts and other random cinematic stuff. Pete's Movie Page and Movie Ring has tons of links to trailers, etc. Then of course we have the old standbys: The Internet Movie Database, Ain't it Cool News (where I stole many of the preceding links), Roger Ebert's column and his shared page, Ebert and Roeper....did I mention there were a lot of movie-oriented sites out there?

Here's one for the Drive-in fans, titled, simply enough, Drive-in Theater, which discusses their history, famous Route 66 drive-ins, concession stands and everything else related to the silver screen of the outdoors - old movie ads and even a screensaver featuring intermission characters like the dancing hotdogs. Drive-in Movies is another site devoted to the medium, where you can reminisce about summer nights and creature-features with other site visitors and search for drive-ins in your area and check up on their history. Beware the sappy midi, don't say I didn't warn you.

Finally, for the do-it-yourself types, why not just make your own movie?

Okay movie buffs, I've run out of steam, in the words of Forrest Gump, "That's all I have to say about that." Tune in later when I'll possibly be able to think of something more earth-shattering to post about.