“Smith fails to mention how the IC will handle purging news stories about the news stories about purging the news stories about purging news stories, or how it will handle purging news stories about purging news stories about the news stories about purging the news stories.” — here
The movie, however, is rather hard to follow without either the appropriate amount of revolutionary fervor or, perhaps, hallucinogens. — there
Alice Sheldon was born 100 years ago today, which means that in a certain sense, James Tiptree, Jr. is 100, because Sheldon wrote under that name. — here
If the great composer Rossini were alive today , he would no doubt have suffered heart failure during one of the opera’s ballet sequences in this production. — there
A little while ago, thanks to Dustbury, I discovered Grammarphobia and I have been reading it for about 30 minutes I think and I’m not going to stop. Oh don’t pout, Charles; your blog is fascinating too.
Animated GIFs from Japan – Nice.
Late 60s Decor – It looks odd and cheesy today, and this was never my style, but I long for a world in which real color is more popular than “earth tones,” or as I prefer to call them, “dirt colored”. Seriously, it’s not that I care how other people decorate their homes; it’s just that I would like to be able to walk into a home improvement store and see something bedsides 500 different “colors” of beige flooring.
Artist Mike Winkleman – Very interesting. A huge variety of images, including sci-fi, futuristic, architectural, and abstract. Found here.
Cyborg – The first human to be officially recognized as a cyborg.
Unusual Buses – From cute to weird
Ebroidered Illustrations – Beautiful
Cat with sandals – Just some cute pics
Trust Me I’m an Engineer – I have doubts about that statement.
Memorial You probably never heard of
Snow Globe Sugar Bowl – Nifty idea.
Never do when you can overdo. — here (Very similar to one of my favorite Mythbusters sayings but totally different context)
I’m sorry to admit, however, that if a spider happens to end up on me in some way, my instincts kick in way before my “Be nice to spiders” moral view does. — there
Guys, I hate salons. I FRICKIN FRACKIN HATE SALONS. I’ve been their unwilling victim for years due to the cut/color/yaddayadda requirements of various jobs. Every time, I drag my heels like I’m going to the dentist. (Actually, my dentist’s office is a way more pleasant experience.) — here
We look out at the universe through a metaphorical chink in the wall. — there
London 1860s-1870s – Great old photos
The Eyes Have It – a collection of vintage sci-fi covers featuring creepy floating eyeballs
U.S. National Archives Tumblr – fascinating stuff
Chatelaines – Perhaps we should bring these back.
You’re Getting Old – This is actually useful because sometimes when I need to know how old I am I actually have to pause to do the math.
9 Unique Hot Dogs – See, there is more than one right way to make them. I would try any of those. What? Yes. Even the Japanese hot dog.
10 Weird Car Safety Features
Photo Fantasy Art – Digital fantasy art from WWII era black and white photos. Wonderful!
Programmers’ Excuse Generator – Quite a few would work for non-programmers, such as “I was just fixing that.” (Just keep reloading the page to see more excuses.)
What 8-year-olds think of fashion models – Kids telling it like it is, as usual.
The “Independent Nation” of Christiania – A lovely and interesting place but I wouldn’t want to live there.
Giant Gummy Bears – Wow. I’m not fan of real gummy bears but this is cool.
Artist Jake Weidmann
2014 Picture of the Year – Great!
Brainy Thoughts – speculations about the brain
Hack the Menu – Secret menus. I would be afraid that if I asked for something on the secret menu the restaurant employee would look at me like I was some kind of idiot. Some of the items on these “secret” menus are not secret at all. Everybody knows about the Peanut Buster Parfait. It is definitely on the menu at the Dairy Queen in Tulsa.
Interactive Orrery – Very cool.
Medieval Butt-Licking Cats – Yes, literally.
Sci-Fi’s Most Iconic Sound Effects
Hair Tapestry – Interesting and looks okay but… no.
Sportswear Logos, Improved
This has to be one of the more unusual reasons for road resurfacing that I’ve ever encountered. — here
…just how tall are stormtroopers, anyway? — there
In terms of my own hometown, I am at the point now where if there are any warnings beyond the most routine, I have to say something on Facebook just to reassure everyone that I am not in fact dead. — here
Honestly, people, my brain has gone on vacation and left me behind, like the odd sock in the laundromat dryer of life. Just tumbling around all hot and cranky, then kicked under the washer to commune with the dust bunnies. — there
Poorly Translated Shirts – (Profanity alert) I like the “Flower Aroma Tour” shirt. It’s poetic in its incomprehensibility.
Passing Strangeness – a blog that looks interesting; history, archaeology, etc.
Signs of Springfield
Female Pilots of WWII
Am I a Psychic? – Want to find out if you’re psychic? There’s an app for that.
The Berenst#in Bears Problem – How to use science to explain your poor memory.
History of Light Bulb Development – long article with several photos and vintage ads
Lou Lou P’s Delights – Cakes and cookies that look like everything imaginable
I am a multi race annoyance, looking past color, creed, or gender to bug the hell out of any person or creature I deem worthy of aggravating, or if I’m just bored and want to get on with killing Siths already. — here (OMG! Seriously?)
There seems to be a confusion here about what women want, along with more than a touch of the old maxim about designing for The Ladies — shrink it and pink it. — there
But some folks don’t listen to naysayers -they just keep at it until they get a chance to show their stuff. — here
This is municipal lip service of the most collagen-injected kind paid to idealistic notions of contemporary urban living. — there
As I’ve said or intimated more than once in these scribblings, my mind knows more than I do. I should pay deeper attention to myself. — here
Abandoned Websites – Must go have a look at some of those sometime
Most Insane Pizza Ever – No, I don’t want to try it. Really.
History of Aliens on Film – I haven’t watched the video yet.
13 Things… – Some very cool and interesting things.
“Until we can get out of this ‘me’ culture of ‘my wants, my desires come before everything else,’ I think we’re going to have clashes like this,” — here
It turns out that there is no correlation between homework and achievement. According to a 2005 study by the Penn State professors Gerald K. LeTendre and David P. Baker, some of the countries that score higher than the U.S. on testing in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study—Japan and Denmark, for example—give less homework, while some of those scoring lower, including Thailand and Greece, assign more. Why pile on the homework if it doesn’t make even a testable difference, and in fact may be harmful? — there
Superman isn’t good or special because he’s an alien who crashes on Earth and ends up being incredibly powerful. He’s special because after all that he becomes someone who always does the right thing because he was raised by a couple of decent people from Kansas. — here
We live strung between either the naïve fantasy of pure choice or the absurd determinism of none. — there (This is long and I have only read about half of it so far.)
“Not everything has to be useful because some things are allowed to just make me happy too.” — here
Faces in Things – a fun Twitter feed
Muumuus – “… the muumuu is the product of imperialism.” Isn’t everything?
Nouvel Alphabet Militaire’ – a rather unusual children’s ABC book
Vintage Sea Flags
Spacing is Important!
10 Movies That Could Change Your Understanding of Life – Well, you have to understand the movies themselves first, I suppose. (I’ve only seen one of them.)
The Garden Glove – gardening and outdoor decor
Wordables – Inspiring quotes and other literary lists; great site
Warp Drive From a Garage? – That would be awesomely cool but I’m not holding my breath.
Curious Places – Very interesting.
I figured if they were going to judge my skin, I might as well adorn it appropriately. Give them some color atop my offending color. — here
First, it’s true that the issue is complicated. But the deeper you dig, the more fraud you find in the case against GMOs. It’s full of errors, fallacies, misconceptions, misrepresentations, and lies. The people who tell you that Monsanto is hiding the truth are themselves hiding evidence that their own allegations about GMOs are false. — there
…“flavorful,” that popular foodie term, does not, I believe, necessarily imply that the flavor in question is at all desirable. — here
…we like to buy from producers who offer sermons with which that we want to identify, even when the connections between product and sermon are very weak. — there
It appears that all American business models have been updated to include “Pester the customer as much as possible in an effort to get the sucker to buy more.” — here
(You know what I really hate? When a company I ordered from once or twice starts sending me “We miss you” emails. That seems way too familiar for a mere company.)
I never respond well to someone telling me what I “need.” — there
If blogging is like communicating with the world via smoke signals sent from between the cooling towers of a Romanian power plant, and I think we can safely claim blogging is exactly like that, then communication with the world through Twitter is akin to flicking eye drops into the sea spray of an angry Atlantic ocean on an especially stormy day. — here
This is kind of why I hate having the reputation for being responsible – you drop one ball of the fifteen you’re juggling and everyone points and screams about it, never observing that you’re managing to juggle FOURTEEN FLIPPING TENNIS BALLS. — here
Then they snuck their piece into the display area of the exhibit. Its presence raised no eyebrows. In fact, it was promptly awarded a ribbon for merit. — there
What do you say when you want people to smile? — here
So I’ve bookmarked and copied and watched YouTube videos on how to this that and the other, and I’m not entirely sure “the other” is legal in this state… — there
25 Years Under Water – No, it’s not Oklahoma.
Image Recognition Gone Weird – Strange computer generated images
Breatharians – O-kaaaay…?
Safer Than We Think – There’s not much need to fear giant space rocks.
Machines Alive – Whimsical or disturbing? You decide.
“See-through” trucks – Maybe a good idea.
Gentleman’s Surprise Chair – I’m not a gentleman (nor any kind of man) but I WANT it!
Oddity Mall – A wide variety of odd things that you can buy
Jim’ll Paint It – He uses Microsoft Paint to create whatever weird pictures people ask for. Things like, “Jeremy Clarkson getting fired from his new job as a McDonalds trainee” and “Compo from Last of the Summer Wine stabbing a man-eating shark in the eye during a nuclear war”.
Don Featherstone – The man who invented the plastic lawn flamingo has died.
World’s Ugliest Chicken?
Alternative to Canned Air – Could be useful.
Once again, Donald Trump is taking advice from the ferret occupying his scalp: — here
I’ve met a lot of robots in recent months. — there
11 Reasons Why Things Are the Color They Are – I almost stopped reading this after the first three, thinking this is all stuff everybody knows and it is mostly stuff like that but there are a couple of interesting bits later in the list.
Bendable Glass – Shiny! Imagine what they will be able to do with this.
29 Things Every Crazy Cat Lady Needs – Some of these are pretty nifty, some are more like… um… No.
Dinosaurs to Birds – article I want to read later
Pencil Sculptures – Wow
Ultimate Health Drink?
Victorian Fairly Tale Art – Wonderful!
Penguin Mirror – Weird
Weird Pictures – Just a collection of weird and funny photos. A few NSFW but mostly okay.
“What’s true for you may not be true for me” is an out-and-out lie. Actual truth is, and can only be, absolute. It is measured against fact, against reality. If it can’t be so measured, then it’s not a case of being true or false – it’s a matter of opinion. — here
I like men, and if they were sexist, I knew a good joke or teasing would change their mind. Feminists just faint and quit, or maybe faint and sue you for harassment. Poor things: acting like Victorian woman who faint at the sight of table legs. — there
Why must the “word problems” we give our children to solve be boring? Let the problems capture the imagination, and then math homework will be a joy. — here
Clothes now have so many labels that a pair of jeans can come with 700 words attached. — there (Labels: another good reason to sew your own clothes)
Pluto and Eris – The debate continues.
No-Bake S’mores Cheesecake – Oh damn. Another thing I don’t need that I have to try.
Odd front entry – I don’t know what happened here but I’m pretty sure this doesn’t qualify as a handicap access ramp.
The Mystical World of Mushrooms – Great photos of fascinating and bizarre mushrooms. Most of these I’ve never seen before.
Online Etymology Dictionary – Oooo! I must spend some time with this later.
Weather in a Box – Nifty. If you had this thing you might actually wish for rain.
Fantasy Forests – Beautiful photographic art
Dream House – I don’t care that some people think this house is haunted. It’s beautiful! My ultimate dream house looks something like this.