March 26, 2009

all the news, none of the paper

Women started grabbing me and throwing my whole body backwards into the crowd. I was shocked. All I was trying to do was throw my panties.

Loiterer About Town: Tom Jones at the Warfield: Culture/Entertainment: SFAppeal

July 26, 2007

best of craigslist : Wanted: STONER BOYFRIEND

June 8, 2006



May 10, 2006

something about well enough alone

So now to balance everything out, we needed someone who could kill the Assassin, Terrorist, and the Ninja, but for some reason loses against the Bear, Cowboy and Judge.

Cowboy, Ninja, Bear!

March 31, 2006

I love this picture

The lyrics to the classic "Ca Plane Pour Moi," translated into English.

January 19, 2006

Good Coffee

The Clover is a completely new mechanism for brewing coffee

Not to get too grandiose, but once you've crossed over into accepting only flawlessly brewed cups of coffee, a new horizon appears. The majority of coffee in the world is regarded as an interchangeable commodity - coffee is coffee. This has historically been bad news for coffee farmers. The best cared for, sustainably grown coffee from a small farm must compete in the marketplace with all the other coffees from their country and world."

Sewage overflows threaten London Olympics

Sewage overflows threaten London Olympics:

The Olympics site is close to the biggest sewage overflow pumping station in London. The tideway group warned last November that there was currently a 100% chance of sewage overflows in the area between May and October.

To cope with the problem the tideway group recommended that the government build a £1.7bn "super sewer" under the Thames, stretching 22 miles from Hammersmith to Barking.

But the water regulator Ofwat has urged ministers to look at other options, because building a super sewer would add £45 to the annual water bills of Londoners. A separate study, commissioned by Ofwat, warned that the super sewer would be a risky construction project.

You had me at "super sewer."

January 13, 2006

Fozzie mp3 waka

Does there exist a situation that cannot be improved by the addition of a puppet bear saying 'waka waka'?

November 18, 2005

How Much Is My Blog Worth?

September 27, 2005

Kiddy Land

Crowds ogle Ma-Mail, a bioengineered plant that grows from a seed after five days of watering to reveal a message -- "I love you" or "Good luck" -- emblazoned on a sprout.

3 1/2 hours at Japan's coolest toy store.


New communication style: Ma-Mail. 1. Open. 2. Water. 3. The Message. I love you; good luck!

July 4, 2005


Bzzzpeek: animal and machine sounds according to speakers of 17 languages.

April 5, 2005

The Ball Clock

Design without Reach: “Tootsie Pops and a few other household items can be used to imitate a Nelson clock” fantastic!

January 27, 2005

101 bonkers magyar ads

101 entirely bizarre 1980s Hungarian adverts, via MeFi. Any translations required, please see me.

PS: I am now no longer posting to flux (even though this is arguably a lazy flux-ish post). Thanx to Nedlog for kicking me up the butt on this question.

December 13, 2004

Turn Alek Komarnitsky's Christmas lights

Turn Alek Komarnitsky's Christmas lights on and off via his Web page.

July 31, 2004

political fashion

A fashion label with attitude.

July 20, 2004


What is the Dicshunary?

Normal dictionaries wait until a word is old and stale before publishing them. They need to have proof that a word has written, published citations, or is in wide popular use.

The Dicshunary aims to provide a home for all the small, endangered werds that might only exist in the language of one neighbourhood, one family or even one person.

Werds for all at the Go there now.

May 14, 2004

Six Apeaks

On the Go: Anilblog.jpg

If Anil spent less time with that short dwarf who spoke backwards, we could make sense of what's going on a little more.

Talk to me when you've written a CMS of your own

Ian Betteridge gets the gold star.

May 11, 2004

you've got it all wrong

The deadly truth about cicadas.

May 8, 2004

the New York City housing market

After paying $500 a year for auto insurance, camper living is incredibly inexpensive, Mr. Hines said. Except for extreme hot or cold weather, he pays about $10 a week for propane, for which he must drive the camper to Nassau County for refills. He pays $25 a week in gasoline for the generator.

He spends $7 a day on cigarettes, $4 on coffee and the rest on food.

Jimmy Hines, 50, lives rent-free in New York City.

May 7, 2004

Reuters AlertNet - FAO provides

Reuters AlertNet - FAO provides locust recipes and maps

LONDON (AlertNet) - The U.N. Food and Agriculture Association (FAO) provides maps of locust infestations on the website of its Desert Locust information service.

The website forecasts invasions and suggests locust recipes from around the world. Visit the Desert Locust information service website or go straight to the locust recipes

February 16, 2004

there's a tube of spearmint in my bathroom right now

Finding the all-natural toothpaste can be, depending on your own worldview, a satisfying discovery: Ah, I'm in the home of a good and gentle center-lefty or lefty-lefty, a thinker about issues, a possessor of good books and record albums, an opposer of most wars, a composter perhaps, or at least a saver of natural resources, etc.

Or it feels somehow suspicious: Et tooth, Brute? We used to be Crest people, you and I. We liked bad television and shopping malls and staying out all night. Now I'm getting a "Kill Your Television" vibe from you. You're opposed to crass commercialism now? You're worked up. You're lecturing the rest of us. Your breath isn't quite so minty. Finding Tom's in this person's bathroom is like finding Dr. Judith Steinberg Dean -- she who is "not a 'thing' person" -- hiding behind the shower curtain, enjoying a smooshed cupcake.

The Washington Post's Hank Stuever, in top form, on Tom's of Maine toothpaste.

January 8, 2004

lord licorice regime change

I'm the Kandy King!
Hey!! You're King Kandy! The Imperial Head Bonbon
and Grand Jujube of Candy Land!! Rock on
Jujube, rock on!

Which Candy Land Character Are You? I post this only because I've been playing marathon sessions of this game with my daughter as of late.

January 2, 2004

OUT: Jessica Lynch / IN: Shoshana Johnson

OUT: Trucker Hats

IN: Intellectualizing The Trucker Hat Dilemma

Washington Post: THE LIST: What's Out and In for 2004?

December 17, 2003

I don't feel thirty

To filibuster is to babble on and on. (It's actually a legislative term; Senators will filibuster, sometimes deep into the night , in order to kill a bill.) Thus, our blue canary is squawking endlessly (but tunefully) to the inanimate objects in the room. And filibuster sings well.*
Several They Might Be Giants fans have been analyzing that song that "always makes me happy" for about a year now. I'm sure they are not the first. And, certainly, not the last.

*Come to think of it, from a distance, the Capitol dome does look like a birdcage.

December 12, 2003

Game Over is your source for SCO quotes and links on the case. It would be funny if these people weren't out to destroy Linux.

December 2, 2003

"a whole new image to promote their new pizza"

Please watch the Where'd The Cheese Go fan video.

public service announcement

Sakai, an award-winning tattoo artist, was tired of seeing sacred Japanese words, symbols of his heritage, inked on random white people. So he used their blissful ignorance to make an everlasting statement. Any time a customer came to Sakai’s home studio wanting Japanese tattooed on them, he modified it into a profane word or phrase. [...] "I think I’m helping my fellow man by labeling all the stupid people in the world," he explained. "It’s not a crime, it’s a public service."
A story from December 2002, via Burnt Toast.

November 13, 2003


Seven boys were found to have the name Del Monte - after the food company - and no less than 49 boys were called Canon, after the camera.

Designer firms and types of clothing were also well represented, with almost 300 girls recorded with the name Armani, six boys called Timberland and seven boys called Denim.

BBC News: US babies get global brand names.

November 6, 2003

what if I want to peel out at a stoplight?

The New Yorker: "What Would Jesus Test Drive?"

October 2, 2003

coz CZJ says so

September 16, 2003

astrology, phrenology... hypnology?

One in ten people like to cover themselves entirely with the duvet.
BBC News: Sleep position gives personality clue. As Tom Petty sang, I'm freefallin'.

August 14, 2003

hey hey hey

On the '70s television show "What's Happening!" Berry used to play that funny, heavy-set, dancing character named Rerun in a red beret and suspenders. In his real life over the years, Berry has experienced drug and alcohol problems, gone through recovery, gone through six marriages to four women and become an ordained minister. But he seems happiest being thought of as lovable old Rerun. He legally adopted the nickname as his middle name, and even now, at 52, he wears his trademark beret and suspenders when he makes public appearances. When he calls his fans through Hollywood Is Calling, he tells them it's Rerun and says a line from the show, "Hey-hey-hey." Sometimes they scream.

"I'm not doing it for the money," Berry says. "Hearing the excitement in people's voices -- I think I would pay them if I really had the money." Indeed, he considers making people laugh over the phone a sort of ministry. "This is like curing the world," he says.

The Washington Post writes up Hmm, my mom's birthday is coming up.

August 3, 2003

where'd the cheese go?

At some point in 2002, Pizza Hut approached Ween to write an advertising jingle for their latest devilish creation, a pizza with cheese on the inside named, er, The Insider. Pizza Hut didn't like any of the songs, two of which Ween kindly share with us here. Do listen to both. (Via Domo Domo.)


This is what we've been waiting for. From the press release:

Inspired by the futures market in terror and war that the Pentagon released earlier this week (and then immediately yanked; see here), a consortium of computer scientists, political scientists and others announced today an online futures market in White House behavior.

"The Pentagon felt that a market in terrorism futures could predict terrorism," said AAM spokesman Tad Hirsch, a researcher at MIT's Media Lab. "If the market is indeed such a powerful tool, then it should be directed at the most urgent question facing the world: what will the White House do next? And the second most urgent: what is it doing right now?", will offer various categories of "futures" that users can bet on and trade. Some of the contracts traded on AAM will be based on objective data and observable events, as on a horse track, e.g.:
  • the next White House lie to break into the news;
  • the next country the White House will threaten, and when;
  • the lifespan of various DARPA projects, such as Total Information Awareness [site] and Babylon [site];
  • the first White House staffer to resign in disgrace, and when;
  • Who will be the next foreign leader to move from the CIA payroll to the White House "most wanted" list?;
  • What will be the next major White House lie to break, and how will the White House attempt to control it? Will the attempt be successful?; and
  • Which corporation will be next to see its close relationship to the White House erupt in scandal?
And this is what I've been waiting for, a new way to get rid of people: Introvertster.

August 1, 2003

my new planting technique is unstoppable

The Crown of Thorns: My blogging life is complete.

July 21, 2003


July 14, 2003


Ouch! (via kottke's remainder)

July 3, 2003

3rd annual nigerian e-mail conference

I am Mr. Laurent Mpeti Kabila, a senior assistant leader of the Revolutionary United Front of Sierra Leone. I present to you an urgent and confidential request: I request your attendance at The 3rd Annual Nigerian EMail Conference. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your distinguished colleagues, learn new marketing techniques, and spend your hard-earned money. Attending this conference demands the highest trust, security and confidentiality between us.

May 25, 2003


On a totally trivial subject in which I'm extremely interested: "I had a dream of setting up a little projector to display the visuals on a wall or ceiling whenever iTunes was playing." Beyond that, I hope to rent a projector to screen movies at the mad backyard parties I hope to throw once we move into an actual house with an actual yard this summer. (Print out this post for discounted admission! ;)

May 18, 2003

another intern steps forward

He turned. He saw me. He recognized me. The noise was deafening but he spoke to me. I couldn't hear a thing, but I read his lips, and I'm pretty sure what he said was, "How are you coming along?" But I wasn't positive. So I replied as best I could. "What?" I said.
Nora Ephron, All the President's Girls.

originally posted by xowie

May 16, 2003


Completely safe for work and reassuringly family-friendly adult image thumbnails, via dutchbint. And here's a random kitten generator.

April 8, 2003

MLK: African-American or Anti-American?

Fark: What if Fox News were around during other historical events?

April 4, 2003

via b3ta

happy birthday dj.

March 30, 2003 slideshow

I've got an old pair of red/blue 3D glasses near my desk, "just in case" -- Boy Scouts motto, you know, 'be prepared' -- so I was searching for some 3D pictures. There doesn't seem to be any way to view the results as a slideshow, which seems not only fairly obvious but probably trivial with the Google API. In fact, the halfbakery has already considered the idea but I'm not sure the lazyweb has. What do you think?

Continue reading " slideshow" »

March 28, 2003

Michael Moore's next project

Filmmaker Michael Moore's next project.

for auntie agony

Bush is still really pissing me off. Why can't I just forget about him?
Kim Jong Il's LiveJournal. [mefi]

originally posted by daiichi

March 27, 2003

iBush special wartime edition

iBush - special wartime edition

An artificially unintelligent Oval Office Occupant simulator

New in version 2.0:
  • iBush now talks openly about the need to control US oil supplies;
  • Some minor tweaks.
Download the new beggarware iBush application.

March 21, 2003

chin chin everybody

Drink when:
  • Bush mispronounces the word 'nuclear'
    - finish your drink if it's referring to a bomb that has gone off
  • If you can't find Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, or the United Arab Emirates on a map
    - x2 if you even own a map of the region
    - finish your drink if you can pronounce them all correctly
  • A puppet government is installed in iraq
    - x2 if its by the puppet government installed in the US
Gulf War Drinking Game (via uffish). I'd add:
  • Blair pronounces 'disarm' as 'dizarm' or 'absurd' as 'abzurd' (must be the company he keeps)
  • the BBC or indeed any news network breaches the Geneva Convention by broadcasting footage of POWs, who have the right to anonymity in case of later recriminations, or
  • not drinking just doesn't have the same appeal any more.

March 14, 2003


So I've been reading the excellent Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis, and studying two-letter word lists, but still can't beat Janie at Literati. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, a basketball coach is losing his job, maybe, under the watchful eye of the Coach Wooden Pyramid of Success, which does not seem to apply to Scrabble, by the way. Also, what the heck, here's an entertaining metafilter thread that might come in handy for some trivia contest yet to come.

originally posted by xowie

March 13, 2003

yo ho ho

Bren Mar Park, Cameron Station, March 1. A park employee found a miniature boat made of plastic, duct tape and plastic foam floating in a pond, with three mice peering out. An animal control officer took the mice to the city shelter, where they were being cared for. Their owner, a young man, was deciding whether to take the mice home.
From today's Alexandria (Va.) Animal Watch.

March 11, 2003

5 lines

Draw yourself in 5 lines (or less), then submit. Via b3ta.

March 4, 2003


MetaFilter in the Ruins

February 24, 2003

see america first

A camera crew and I followed Hollywood legend Ernest Borgnine at the wheel of his beloved 40-foot luxury bus The Sunbum as he barrels across the Midwest. Yep, he actually drives it! A special thank you to my brother Michael who drove the crew RV.
Ernest Borgnine on the Bus (1997).

originally posted by xowie

February 19, 2003

for better or for worse: end is in sight

Michael and Elizabeth have grown to young adulthood; Michael is married and a father. Elly's mother has died, as have two of the family pets, most recently April's rabbit, Mr. B. Each time "FBFW" has dealt with such a grim subject, Johnston has gotten pointed reminders from readers that this is supposed to be a comic strip. ("Do you know what comic means?" one asked.) But she also gets letters of appreciation and gratitude.

The rabbit's passing elicited a "huge" response, she said, much of it for the discussion Elly and April had as April held the dying Mr. B. Elly told her that life is a miracle, as is death, but death is a "sad miracle." Readers told Johnston that they've used those words to talk to a child about, for example, a grandparent's death.

"It's marvelous that readers use these things in their lives," she said.

For Better or For Worse is one of the few comic strips I've read as long as I've turned to the comics pages, but it looks like that will end in four years. Why couldn't Beetle Bailey take the hit? (Via Obscure Store.)

November 4, 2001

Pratt Slams Unbeaton Ton.

Pratt slams unbeaten ton

Hyderabad - Propelled by an elegant unbeaten knock of 114 by Garry Pratt, England reached 256 for 4 on the opening day of the third and final under-19 Test against India at Lal Bahadur Stadium here today.

Joing skipper Ian Bell after the openers were dismissed by Amit Mishra for 66, Pratt dominated the the day's proceedings and registered a 102-run partnership for the 3rd wicket.

Pratt toyed with the India bowlers during his unfinished essay of 114 runs of 194 balls in 270-minute stay at the wicket.

He scored runs with a flourish lofting spinner Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan over long-on and punished Mishra with a second 6 over long-off. Pratt, who scored 28 and 66 in the first Test at Mumbai, compiled his 114 with the help of 13 fours scored all around the wicket.

Playing the role of anchor, skipper Bell rotated the strike back to in-form Pratt wherever possible and in the process scored 46 off 132 balls including 6 fours before being traped leg before wicket by Dharmichand at the fag end of the day.

September 16, 2001

Satan's Face

originally posted by dm8k

August 17, 2001

TUFFest MEN ever

TUFFest MEN ever

originally posted by dm8k

April 15, 2001

This is certainly nothing to

This is certainly nothing to smile about.

January 26, 2001

Football politics

Who needs analysts, degrees or intelligence when professional sports can predict the future?

Consider the Redskins Indicator, which holds that the Washington, D.C. football team's last home game before the U.S. presidential election is pivotal. A Redskins win means a victory for the incumbent party; a loss lands the challenger the White House.

According to ABC Sports, the indicator had a 15-0 success rate going into this election. Make that 16-0. The Redskins lost to the Tennessee Titans in the crucial home game before the election.

originally posted by zagg

December 22, 2000

Baseball in a new light.

Baseball in a new light. Go Dharma Beats!

originally posted by zagg

December 6, 2000

Ha! I found my favorite

Ha! I found my favorite commercial ever online. You probably liked the "How Many Licks?" one better, though.
Too bad they're not vegan.

November 29, 2000

Did you ever wonder which

Did you ever wonder which baseball players had the same birthday as you? Wonder no longer.

originally posted by zagg

November 17, 2000

Why don't we all just

Why don't we all just go kill ourselves.

originally posted by zagg

November 10, 2000

originally posted by zagg


originally posted by zagg

November 9, 2000

Looks like we've got

Looks like we've got a winner.

originally posted by zagg

October 25, 2000

Moreover, after studying the Amendment's

Moreover, after studying the Amendment's language and historical context, they realized that the principal intent of this "missing" Thirteenth Amendment was to prohibit Attorneys of the Bar Associations from serving in government as an "elite" class, i.e., lawyers holding membership in a society with a charter that creates special privileges for the them.

I don't know if this is true, but it's fun to think that it might be.

In other news, 'In God We Trust'.

Also, recently I watched Don't Look Back for the first time and I'm back on a Dylan kick. So read this please.

originally posted by zagg

September 29, 2000

The Las Vegas Convention and

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority had a four-page full color supplement in the USA Today today advertising this Freedom Party thing. I guess it's supposed to be clever or something.

originally posted by zagg

September 13, 2000

If you don't already waste

If you don't already waste enough time watching TV, you can look at the online
episode guides.

August 30, 2000

You've got to be kidding

You've got to be kidding me.

originally posted by zagg

August 21, 2000

My original broke, so I

My original broke, so I could use a replacement.

April 17, 2000

My favorite typo is because

My favorite typo is because -> becasue. I always wonder who Becca Sue is, and why I type her name so often. There's always

April 11, 2000

I was looking for the

I was looking for the lyrics to Fugazi's In Defense Of Humans (one of the greatest songs ever), and accidentally came across this page. Now I feel like I've been spying on someone.

March 31, 2000

Big A found this article

Big A found this article on dorms which mentions some colleges I've spent many hours at... isn't it time to go back to school?