Thursday, June 30, 2005

SHORT FILM: Fiat Lux

Check out this short film that offers some of the best computer animation you've ever seen.

It's really impressive!

Click on the link, "Download the Movie" to watch the film.

Axe Body Spray Web Commercial -- Funny!

Here they go again!

The Axe body spray people are at it again with a web-exclusive commercial that's working it's way around the Net through viral e-mails.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Online Fridge Magnets

Now, you don't have to buy a refrigerator in order to enjoy the fun times of playing with Fridge Magnets!



Just spend your valuable time accomplishing nothing online -- instead of sitting down on front of your fridge on the linoleum.

New King Kong Movie Trailer

The upcoming King Kong movie trailer makes the film appear to be a cross between Indiana Jones, The Mummy, and Jurassic Park.

What do you think? Are you planning on seeing it?

Hotel Lost Liberty

If this actually happens, it would be one of the most outrageous turn of events to ever come out of a Supreme Court Ruling.

WEARE, NEW HAMPSHIRE (PRWEB) -- Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land.

Read the rest of the press release ... this isn't a joke.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

VR3: MP3 Music In Your Car On The Cheap

Check out this inexpensive option for getting your MP3 music (from your flash drive) running through your car's stereo.

It's called the VR3 FM Modulator



Cost: $35 Available from: Next Power USA

Friday, June 24, 2005

Bacon Bandages!!!

The next time you get a papercut or cut yourself shaving, don't reach for the Snoopy bandages, reach for these...



Bacon Bandages!


(Don't forget to pick-up your Bacon Air Freshener too!)

The 50 Coolest Websites, Like, Evar!

According to TIME magazine, these are the 50 "coolest" websites of 2005.

They wouldn't be my 50 choices, but there are some gems in there. I'll let you mine them yourself.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Custom Golf Carts Are Now "Affordable"

All I Do Is Report This Stuff...

I can't make up stuff like this...

"Children at playschool in Austria are having their toys taken away in the belief it will help them fight drug addiction and alcoholism later in life. "

Why Are Yawns Contagious?

"Ask Yahoo" has an answer for you!

Pun For Today

There was this guy who entered a pun content. He sent in 10 puns, in hopes of one of them being a winner.

Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.





If that wasn't funny with the first read, then read the last line out loud this time.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Everyone’s Doing the Cruise!

From The Defamer...

Everybody’s Doing The Cruise!
An operative informs us that at last night’s special preview of The Island, suited agent and studio exec-types were seen “falling to one knee and pulling in their arms and punching the ground and/or doing the two-handed arm grab with one another—all in imitation of Cruise on Oprah.”

You heard it here: Everyone’s doing the Cruise!

Engage your closest cubicle-mate in some two-handed wrestling, throw your arms in the air (pretending that you just don’t care is optional) and yelp about the intensity of your feelings for each other, jump up and down on your boss’s couch...

For actual Cruise steps and positions, see this page.

New Grunting Record Established!

Maria Sharapova has topped her personal best grunting record.

"The reigning women's Wimbledon Champion recorded a grunt of 101.2db."

The article is brief and situational. We are supposed to assume that the record-breaking grunt came during a match -- but the article never goes far enough to say that.

I guess I just find it funny to think that the famous grunt may have come during the celebration of her win, between serves (just for the heck of it), or even before the match begin -- to psyche out her opponent.

It's more fun when lazy journalists leave stories open-ended like that. :)


Thanks to Ananova for reporting this important information.

Ouch!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

A New Way To Post In My Blog...

Shake It Like A Polaroid-o-nizer™

Here's one of the more fun online tools I've come across in a while...

The Polaroid-o-nizer™

Just enter an image URL and a message and you get something like this...

Are You Rich? (Hint: Yes)

If financial struggles are stressing you out, try out this tool that will help put your financial situation into perspective.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Apparently, A True Story...

The Dalai Lama has admitted mosquitoes drive him crazy because his Buddhist faith rules he cannot kill them.

His quote?

"When I'm trying to sleep, the loud buzzing of mosquitoes and their bites really annoy me."

Perhaps he would make a better Christian. He'd sleep better at least.

Upside-Down Hot Air Balloon

Ever see one of these before?

Until this designer created this one, your answer had to be, "No, I haven't seen an upside-down hot air balloon before now, Mike. That's crazy! Thank you for making my life better."

You're very welcome.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Spray-on Mud for Your Truck

Someone will buy it.

I'm thinking Jeep owners, primarily.

11 Steps to a Better Brain

Maybe after using the strategies mentioned in this article, someone will be able to come up with a smarter, two-step way to a better brain.

I don't think it'll be me ... not today at least.

TOP LINK: Icon Wars Animation

Take 60 seconds to watch this animation. It's funny, creative, and one of the most well-done animations you've seen in a while!

On A Little Funnier Note...

Sad, but in a funny way...

Bookies are currently offering just even odds that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes will have a baby in 2006.

Messed-up Society Update:

Yet another way our society is out-of-whack...

When a pet, or even a wild animal, is born with deformities of some kind, we think of it as so "special." We run features on the poor animal in news casts and we rally around them to give them the best life possible.

But when the same thing happens to a human, we suggest abortion (if he or she is still in the womb). Or, we tend to see the child as a burden to society and to the family. Not everyone -- but I'm talking about our society, and you know this is true.

Same situation, and only one is human. Which one grabs our hearts and our sympathies? Which one gets treated with a life that allows him or her to live the best life possible for their situation?

It's so sad.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Wacka-Wacka-Wacka...

Nintendogs!

I've been waiting for more "real life" video games to come over from Japan -- where they love these kinds of games.

Here's one that'll be here soon -- even though it's only for Nintendo. It's called, "Nintendogs."

"Nintendogs" lets owners pick an incredibly realistic-looking pup, then raise and train it. Players throw flying discs and tennis balls to improve their pup's coordination, bathe it when it gets dirty and use personal voice commands to teach the dog to do tricks.

If players train their pet well enough, the pup will excel in obedience and agility competitions, which will earn money that can be used to buy more supplies and puppy breeds. Once players earn enough cash, they can buy even more puppies.

What games would you like to see be created along the lines of this one?

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

An Onion You Can Eat Like an Apple

This seems like one of those things that a scientist did simply because he or she could do it. But actually, it's just an extra sweet crop of Lincolnshire-grown Supasweets. (nice name)

Now, if they can create an apple that makes your eyes water, this blog post would come full circle!


(where's my rim shot??)

Monday, June 13, 2005

Risky Q*Bert Post

This post is risky because the content here will only be funny to a small group of people who are about my age.

The rest of you will either think it's stupid or it simply won't make any sense to you...and, that's okay.

This blog (and its blogger) lives life on the edge).

Enjoy! (all three of you)


P.S. -- Who is Q*Bert?

Ooh, ooh, ohh...I know, I know!!!

do you know where to look to find out which blogs are the biggest ones out there?

i do.

Three-Minute Drill: Start Your Own #&!@ Blog

How difficult (Read: easy) is it to start your own blog?

Got three minutes?

Mark Cuban Might Have A Point...

I think I'd have to agree with Mark on this idea ...

What do YOU think?

JN36TN

You're really up a creek if your name is "John," you're 36 years old, you're from Tennessee, and you now live and drive in Vermont and want a vanity plate.

This is just another example of the lack of understanding of the true meaning of the "separation of church and state" taking down another victim.

Sorry, "John."

Katie-ology

This was bound to happen.

Nicole Kidman didn't have to convert. She reportedly remained a Catholic, at least, by name. Very possibly a practicing one.

I hope formerly sweet Katie isn't doing this to try to keep Tommy Cruise. This is gonna be a freak show to watch for a while. I'm guessing one decent story every week or two.

It may not be purely a PR move, but there's a lot of PR happening here with this relationship.

Who could blame Katie for returning Tom's attraction to her. As for Tom, he doesn't have the best track record with women. Odds aren't good for this one to end up "Happily Ever After."

(Why do I care? ...oh yeah, the article)

Narniacs Unite!!

If you're looking forward to the release of the upcoming Narnia film, here's something to hold you over.

Christina Aguilera Music Used As Torture In Gitmo...

Sure, that's a great headline, but the real story is how Christina's music is being used as torture for the rest of us on radio stations, CD players, and MP3 players around the world!!!



Thank you very much, I'll be here all week. Please tip your waitresses.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Free Flickr Schwag (that's, "Schvag" for you Swedes)

Send a SASE, and you're golden!

Vintage Stuff...

I came across this image of me in my old files today. I had created it back when I was learning some new things on Photoshop -- about 9 or 10 years ago.

That's me from my college baseball days (the second school I played for). Yeah, it looks like I'm working hard on laying an egg, but, that's all a part of baseball -- funny stances, scratching, spitting, etc.



It's the closest thing I'll post (for now) to a bio picture of me, Mr. Blogger Guy. (That B&W image of me is 11 years old.)

This post is a test to see if Image Shack is the image hosting answer I've been looking for.

This might be the one.

Fun At Worth1000.com

If you haven't seen Worth1000.com yet, click over to it right away. I've enjoyed it for years, and there's always something interesting, fun, funny, or just plain weird to look at.

There are continuous Adobe Photoshop contests going on at the site. They'll give some simple instructions and often a theme or a photo image to start with, and then they let the artists go at it with their own creativity.

You'll never run out of things to look at. And, they have great tutorials that show you how to do the amazing effects you see in the contest entries.

Tasting New Switchfoot

Fans of the band Switchfoot can get about a one-minute taste of the title track from their upcoming album, Nothing Is Sound, at their official website.

True, non-fans can also listen -- it's a free country (we are at least).

The project drops/bows/releases in August.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

What Happens on the Web, Stays on the Web...(forever)

Here's an article about something to remember...

Once it's on the Web, it can be very tough to get it removed.


Thanks, SearchEngineLowdown.com

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Raining Cats & Frogs...

Okay, sans cats...

Serbian storms can be brutal, especially when you can hear a faint, yet growing sound of croaking.

(There's a Croatia/croaking joke in there somewhere, but I can't quite find it.)

Blogging v. Message Boards

If these two forms of online, interactive communication technologies went 12 rounds in the boxing ring, most people would understand that Blogging would come out the champ.

But, who would've thought the fight would go all 12 rounds?


It's an interesting read, well-written, and worth checking out.

Pick & Arrange "Fresh" Flowers Online

It's a Crazy, Sad World...

Now, people are suing because their babies are being born alive.

What's next??

Free Beethoven MP3 Downloads

The BBC is releasing all nine of Beethoven's symphonies (five are up now) as MP3s.


Thanks for the link, BoingBoing.

"D" Is For "Duh"

John Kerry finally released some of his personal information the other day, and it appears that he received four D grades in college his freshman year. Overall, his grades were very similar to Bush's grades in school -- even though we were told the Kerry was the more intellectual one.

The difference between these two men (one of the differences, at least) is that Kerry claimed to be much smarter and intellectual.

Interestingly enough, one of the "D's" was in Political Science. The only reason this might be considered "news" is not that he got a grade that low (we all watched him during the election campaign, and heard even more about the disasterous campaign after it was over), but instead, the news angle would have to be that his grade was so high.


Don't hate me because I'm right. Just love me because I blog.

Where Have You Been Mr. Blogger Man?

Sorry about the "dead air" lately. I've been in bed the last few days with some of the most intense days of pain since I was rear-ended by that 18-wheeler two years ago.

I'm still struggling a lot today, but I'll get back to linking to stuff really soon.

Don't leave me ... I'm not dead yet!!!

Monday, June 06, 2005

Business Name & Tag Line Generator

Here's a SUPER resource to bookmark.

Business Name & Tag Line Generator

You might not think you'll need this, like EVAR, but someday you or someone you know will be looking for this resource -- and you'll have it!


Thank you for putting this together for us, Marsha Yudkin.

Art or Crap?

Can you tell the difference between the two?

Modern art has helped us get to the point to where a website such as this one becomes a challenge.

Thank you, Modern Art.

The Ultimate Source of Free Creativity For Artists

What's the greatest source of non-stop, free creativity for artists?

KIDS !!!


Hat Tip: BoingBoing

I'd Love For This To Be True...

Six minutes of exercise 'as good as six hours'

Now, can I get my doctor and my girlfriend to believe this study was really done by true "researchers"?

Like Church Should Be

Here's a peek into the kind of Christianty that I know about and want in my own life -- and that most of the rest of the world doesn't realize exists.

More Like It Should Be.

Non-Christians can enjoy this read...really. :)

Friday, June 03, 2005

Free Stock Photography/Fonts

Find a HUGE list of free stock photography websites and free font sites as well at Blue Vertigo.

It's a very impressive list, and very helpful too!

Read a Secret, Share a Secret!

PostSecret Blog

All confessions are mailed in on a postcard.

It makes for a very interesting, sometimes entertaining, user-generated blog. Some posts are very sobering, others are shameful, others reveal how much help the posting person really needs.

I just hope the confession act isn't seen as a fix. It's only one of the many steps needed to move through what a lot of these people have, or are going though.

Here are a few other related sites:

Not Proud Blog

Daily Confession

Here's a New York Times article that analyzes this trend and what it might mean for those taking part in such confessions

A Moment of Silence for the Subway "Sub Club"

You may have received an email about this (it's been gonig around). Sadly, it's true.

Today I went to my local SUBWAY franchise, and was horrified to discover that they will no longer be doing the SUBWAY CLUB stamp program. The cashier at the store told me it was because some kids in California had stolen a roll of stamps and tried to sell it on eBay. He showed me a small in store display that explained that they would no longer be issuing stamps and would honor existing stamps until June 30th, 2005.

The author of this brief letter apparently is quite the drama queen. She was "horrified." Horrified??

Using words like this one in that situation is yet another reason why we are hated as Americans.

This is horrifying.

This is horrifying.

Not this.


Give me a break.


A Moment of Silence for My Contacts List

Unbelievable.

All of my eOutlook e-mail contacts are -- POOF! -- gone. My Outlook application got all corrupt and stuff, and all of my contacts are now GONE, GONE, GONE.

If you know me, please send me an e-mail, just say "hi" or whatever. That way, I'll be able to get your address again. This is so frustrating.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Here's Something You Don't Expect To See...

Reuters - Five Thai Buddhist monks have been defrocked and fined after a brawl with monks from a nearby temple, police and newspapers said Tuesday.

Put Some Clothes On!!

Here's my take on these kinds of protests.

If you have a body that people generally will enjoy seeing naked, then pay someone else to do your protests. Otherwise, you'll be making sure that no one does what you want so everyone will be able to see you naked again. Common sense, right?

What exactly are these people thinking when groups like PETA and similar organizations get together supermodels and such to pull off their clothes in protest?

Apparently it's just an excuse to get naked and not feel bad about doing it in public.

My advice? Keep your clothes on and threaten not to take them off unless you get your way.

Why do I always have to be the one to explain things to people when they should be able to figure it out themselves.


DISCLAIMER: The preceeding message was for entertainment purposes only. News stories like the one linked above always leave me scratching my head about what these people are thinking and if they really believe disrobing will accomplish anything.

Colson Blasts "Deep Throat"

If you have been following the news about W. Mark Felt revealing himself as "Deep Throat," then you might be interested in this interview.

The website that I work for has published an interview with Charles Colson, who was special counsel to President Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

Colson blasts Felt for what he did, and it makes for an excellent read. Great interview, Stan!

Marathoners Go the Extra Mile

I saw this story on the front page of the Chicago Tribune this morning when I picked-up my paper...

Unbelievably, marathon runners in the recent Lakeshore Marathon, in Chicago, had to run an extra mile because the course was set-up wrong. But, that wasn't the only problem with the event.

The problem was the race--27.2 miles--was a full mile longer than a traditional marathon. But participants didn't know about the mistake until the event was over Monday.

This gaffe, along with other organizational disasters, including missing mile markers and unstaffed aid stations, unleashed a firestorm of criticism from Chicago's running community over Illinois' only spring marathon. Some runners are so livid they are urging the city to stop issuing permits for the Lakeshore Marathon until it's under new management.

On Thursday, after nearly a week of mounting fury on Web sites among many of the marathon's entrants, race founder and organizer Mark Cihlar issued an apology on www.marathonguide.com.

What did the organizers say about the extra mile?

"[Last-minute changes] caused us to miscalculate and we foolishly added an extra mile--how terrible!" he wrote in the memo to Lakeshore participants.

The idea of "going the extra mile" is supposed to be a voluntary effort. Not this time!

NOTE: If you check out the old version of the Lakeshore Marathon website, my favorite statement on it is this, "Runners love the course!"

Thursday, June 02, 2005

List of Links To Blog Promo Tools

If you run a blog, get more promotion at these sites.

Lee Odden did all the work for us. Thanks Lee!

What This Means For You...

from SearchEngineLowdown.com

eBay Buys Shopping.com for $620 million

eBay has announced it plans to buy comparison shopping engine, Shopping.com, for $620 million in cash.

'We really like the essence of Shopping.com,' said Bill Cobb, president of eBay North America, who told MarketWatch that eBay approached Shopping.com a few weeks ago. 'Shopping.com focuses on bringing buyers and sellers together.'

Both companies hope that the deal will allow for exposure to a wider audience of buyers and sellers.

(This is the "What this means for you" part...)

'The eBay/Shop combo can be great for buyers,' said Scot Wingo, of ChannelAdvisor, which helps sellers liquidate merchandise across eBay, Amazon.com and search engines. 'If the integration is well thought out and seamless, buyers will be able to find in-season products and end-of-life products in one marketplace.'

Must-see Furniture

This furniture design is absolutely CRAZY!

Skip the intro and get to the images of the furniture. Click the gallery link at the top of the page, and enjoy!


Thanks for finding this gem, BoingBoing!

Lost

My New (Other) Blog Is Now Live...

I've started a new blog called, "After the Accident..."

It's my hope that I'll be able to help others who are also attempting to pick up the pieces of their life and their health after an auto accident.

My story is detailed in the first post, and I plan to attempt to add new links and content to that one on a daily basis as well.

If you know someone (or if it's you) who has been affected by an auto accident, then please visit the blog and pass the URL around to your friends and family. Most of us know someone who has been in an accident in the past year or so, so please let them know about this resource.

I'm going to offer to do research for people as well if I'm able to help them in that way. I've learned that finding just a little bit of information about my future or about new options of treatment I wasn't already aware of has given me just enough hope when I really needed it. I want to be able to do that for others too.

I also have an RSS/Atom feed for that blog -- if you would like to read it in your RSS reader.

The feed URL is:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/AfterTheAccident
(other feed formats are also available on the blog itself)

Infant Sleepware Issues

Makes some valid points ... (and cracks me up)

An open letter to the manufacturers of infant sleepwear.



ASK YAHOO: The President's Allowance

Ask Yahoo is a great daily feature that is a small part fo the Yahoo! monster. It's updated every weekday, and they're great at giving us the info on just about every question under the sun.

Today "Carl" from Columbia, Missouri asks, "What financial obligations do the President and first lady have while living in the White House? Is everything free?"

The answer is pretty much along the lines of what every President receives while in office -- and later in life. So, no, this isn't an opportunity to think, "Oh man, Bush gets all that? He's such a greedy jerk...blah, blah, blah" etc., etc. Save that for your own time if you have those issues to deal with. Just enjoy this column today.

It's an interesting read...

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Grocery "Store Wars"

This spoof of Star Wars is well done and was created to promote organic foods.

Take a few minutes to enjoy this tale of young Cuke and Obi-won Canoli...

Video link



Thanks to my brother, Tony, for this great link!