Monday, June 30, 2008
Raising Arizona is a 1987 Coen Brothers comedy film starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, and Randall "Tex" Cobb. Not a blockbuster at the time of its release, it has since achieved the status of a cult film. Typical Coen Brothers fare, the movie is replete with symbolism, visual gags, yodeling folk music, unconventional characters, flamboyant camera work, pathos and idiosyncratic dialogue. The movie ranked number 31 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Laughs and number 45 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies."
Episode 2 of The Neatorama Show is up at both Neatorama and Dayrobber. If you saw the first episode, you'll probably agree this is better, but there is still room for improvement. I'm learning as I go!
Creme That Egg! A Rube Goldberg contraption to smash a Cadbury creme egg.
Who designed this logo? (via b3ta)
Top 10 Strangest Anti-Terrorism Patents.
65 Things that Look Like Pac-Man. Waka waka waka (pause) waka waka waka waka.
Repost: The internet is a very dangerous place.
Our Wonderful Nature takes a look at the mating habits of the water shrew. It's not at all what you'd expect from that description.
A Bra's Tale: Detour on a Daughter's Trip Abroad. A wardrobe malfunction causes a plane to divert over the Andes.
Scrotum Self-Repair. No pictures, but still not recommended for the sensitive.
Could my unborn child be a vampire?
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Things You've Never Heard on an Internet Forum.
You named your son what?
Boobs for Barack. Write your message of support for Barack Obama on your boobs, and send a picture in. For the life of me, I can't see how this is going to help his presidential campaign, but I bet it will draw a lot of internet traffic.
Kids and Knives: A Not-So-Safe Safety Guide.
Matthew Stromberg is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He also creates "explosive art". (Thanks, John!)
A stripper is practicing when disaster strikes.
A fashion tribute to Space Invaders. (via Dark Roasted Blend)
This is pretty neat! Using the principle of the old Zoetropes, this guy built his own 3D discs and rotated them with turntables.
In March 2007 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London we hosted an evening of animation related events which I took as an opportunity to make some more examples of my Phonographantasmascope, an extension of the Zoetrope principle. It is all live action and works by using the shutter speed of the camera rather than the rather irritating stroboscope methods other 3D Zoetropes use.
The music is "In the Lost and Found" by Elliot Smith. (via Arbroath)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
21 Incredibly Practical Tips to Survive the 'Real World' (A Must-Read for Any New College Grad). Although you really should have learned them in high school or earlier.
The Itch. You've never had an itch like the one that caused a woman to scratch through her skull and into her brain. Or have you? (via Metafilter)
It took five years, the deaths of 4,100 US soldiers, and the wounding of 30,000 more to make Iraq safe for Exxon. (via J-Walk Blog)
When you feel like your life is hard, remember this guy and his story.
Fathering in America: What’s a Dad Supposed to Do? (via Interesting Pile)
Gay couples can't have biological kids together. So if homosexuality is genetic, why hasn't it died out? Slate explains the fascinating theory of "sexually antagonistic selection."
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I was in an accident when I was 4 wks, I became disfigured. I have a Furry Will to survive and I am completely healed now at age 3. I require medication during the day to keep my eyes moist. I will always look different but I am in NO PAIN! I have seen 10 vets and they can attest to that! I'm a happy kitty and hope to help other humans (especially those disfigured) thru my work as a therapy cat feel just as great about themselves and realize that not everyone looks perfect and that is OK.
Now Chase has her own blog called Daily Tails of Chase. Some images may be disturbing to the sensitive. (via Arbroath)
If you ever watched Joe Cocker's performance at Woodstock in 1969, you may have wondered what he was singing. Wonder no more, since he has subtitles to make it all very clear.
The bizarre origins of eight wedding traditions.
7 Famous Executioners. from back in the day when public executions were a form of entertainment, the executioner was the star.
Harnessing the untapped power of breast motion.
The highest-popping toaster in the world. (via Neatorama)
Peepalot, from the folks who brought you 25 Peeps a couple of years ago. Click on my picture. Thanks!
Dancing Pipe Cleaner. Choose your music with the buttons, then move your mouse over the keyboard keys to make the little fellow dance.
The bad news is that I lost all my old files, so it may take a while to get back up to speed. There probably won't be any movies this week, and the links list will be shorter for a while. But this new computer is a pleasure to use, and I'll try to find lots of nice new stuff for you!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
The plot involves treasure hunters who track down a lost fortune in Nazi gold in the desert, only to discover that the treasure is still guarded by the soldiers transporting it, who have become zombies.
Oasis of the Zombies is in fact the French version of a Spanish film originally entitled La tumba de los muertos vivientes. The French version has different scenes and a different score, and must be considered as nothing more than a producer's cut. Only the director's cut includes the scenes with Lina Romay and Eduardo Fajardo.
When all your troubles seem so far away... (via Grow-A-Brain)
A round up of some really gross injuries and medical anomalies that people have survived over the years.
Ah, L’Amour. Just take my heart out and stomp it flat.
The World’s Weirdest Wedding Customs. “Blackening the Bride” would be hard to top for sheer strangeness. (via Dark Roasted Blend)
20 Strangest Things People Have Cooked in Microwaves. Fireworks? Dry ice? Batteries? Yes, and it’s all on video.
Dance Off with the Star Wars Stars 2008.
Look Who's Sleeping With Your Wife.
A mystery contestant on The Dating Game, 1968.
You might remember the Computer Trap Shoot from a couple of years ago, when some good ole Kentucky boys shot my old iMac for grins. It’s a Fourth of July tradition. To get you in the proper mood for the upcoming holiday, here’s the 2007 version, newly edited with the proper musical accompaniment.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The US Energy Department predicts gas will peak at 4.15 a gallon. The bad news is that it will probably stay there for quite a while.
Do you have something you want to say to Barack Obama? Send it to Notes to Barack and everyone can see it!
TIME Magazine named their picks for the 50 Best Websites of 2008. I am ashamed to admit how few of these I am familiar with.
Grandmother, 76, investigated over deaths of five husbands. You’d think they would have noticed after two or three.
History and trivia on some of your favorite board games.
Comcast’s new building in Philadelphia has a ten million pixel video wall. Now you know where your cable rate hike is going.
Studies show that cancer patients who know they are dying are no more depressed than those who don’t. However, only one-third of terminal patients hear about end-of-life issues from their doctors.
How to compete with other lemonade stands. This tutorial has advice that can be applied to any business you may want to start.
How far would you go to be taller? Some have surgery to lengthen their legs, but it’s anything but a simple option.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
People pay taxes not because government needs us to. People pay taxes because other people need us to. At least, that’s the way it should be. If we can find the money to kill people, why can’t we find the money to help people?
America’s Most Time-Draining Airports. You can’t avoid them because they are major hubs.
The former planet Pluto’s legacy lives on as a new word. A “plutoid” is now the term for a dwarf planet.
A Single Drop of Water Helps to Swell the Ocean. A short story featuring, but not starring, Albert Einstein.
10 Most Awesome Party Island Hot Spots.
12 Creative Table Designs. Too bad you don’t need twelve tables in one house!
The Case for Re-Regulating The Airline Industry. All you have to see is the state it’s in after 30 years of free market competition.
Mystery on Fifth Avenue. When he remodeled an apartment for a family, the architect included a scavenger hunt and puzzle in his work.
How to Clean Around the House with Alka-Seltzer. It can do to your drains what it does to your digestive system!
Monday, June 16, 2008
A pretty young circus trapeze artist is pushed by her domineering mother to be the best aerialist in the world. When she begins to fall for one of the two men in her act, her mother determines to break up the romance. So does the other trapeze artist, who is also in love with her.
The All-Time Best (And Worst) TV Dads.
The Discovery Channel’s popular video I Love the World gets the video game treatment from College Humor. Silliness ensues.
Extreme Sports Destinations. Great ideas for a summer vacation, or vicarious adventures to enjoy in the safety of your computer screen.
A great review of the worst book ever written.
Retro Sabotage has expanded to 20 games.
Welcome Back, Clinton. A great joke that was spoiled by circumstances, but enjoy the video anyway.
Phone Sex Operators. Not quite what you expected.
How to make a music video for twenty cents. Not literally, I guess. But being short on budget and long on creativity, these videos prove that necessity is the mother of awesomeness.
Brian & Katie’s Evolution of Wedding Dance. A real floor show for the guests!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Monsieur Verdoux is a 1947 black comedy film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin.
The film is about an unemployed banker, Henri Verdoux, and his sociopathic methods of attaining income. While being both loyal and competent in his work, Verdoux has been laid-off. To make money for his wife and child, he marries wealthy widows and then murders them. His crime spree eventually works against him when two particular widows break his normal routine. The film ends as Verdoux is being led to the guillotine in the prison courtyard after defending his actions as no worse than those carried out every day throughout human history, differing only in scale.
The New York Times just this week did an in-depth article on this movie.
Tips for saving money on your wedding. Eloping will save you even more!
Home prices are rising in Minot, North Dakota, while they fall everywhere else. Those millions of gallons of oil underneath make a difference.
Paul Nicklen is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine. Over the course of several days last year, he developed a relationship with a 12-foot 1,000 pound leopard seal. She brought him penguins to eat and even tried to teach him how to hunt penguins. (via Arbroath)
A newly-discovered ancient Roman burial ground is a rare find, because it’s filled with everyday people instead of royalty. Their bones tell what their lives were really like.
Honey produced from the flowers of rhododendrons may cause honey intoxication. “Mad honey” is so powerful, it’s been used as a weapon of war.
14 Research-Proven Ways To Boost Brain Power. Several of these can be fulfilled by reading mental_floss.
How To Visit a Secret Nuclear Bunker. Sharon Weinberger and Nathan Hodge came this close to attending Facilities Managers Conference at the secret Raven Rock Mountain Complex.
Summer recreation tips from Forecast Earth. Forest fires aren’t all that bad, but you don’t want to start one.
Two elderly people with dementia fall in love in an assisted-living facility. Should they be “allowed” to have sex? And who has the right to decide?
Thursday, June 12, 2008
On June 12th, 1942, a young girl in the Netherlands named Anne Frank turned 13 years old. She received a cloth-bound blank book that she had requested for a birthday gift. Anne intended to use it for a diary, although she didn’t think anyone would ever be interested in reading it.
For someone like me, it is a very strange habit to write in a diary. Not only that I have never written before, but it strikes me that later I, nor anyone else, will care for the outpouring of a thirteen year old schoolgirl.
Anne wrote about her life and how she and her family went into hiding in 1940 to avoid the Nazi death camps.
The little autograph book/diary that Anne had received less than a month before going into hiding, became a mirror into the soul of the teenager. As the world around her was increasingly crumbling, she began to pour out her heart and soul in her diary. She also used several other notebooks and individual pieces of paper when the book was filled.
The entries in her diary record the thoughts of the girl. She records the growing tensions in their hideout, and even despises her mother, although later she chastises herself for having such thoughts. She records her first kiss, from a 16-year-old boy whose family was in the hideout with them, but then squelches any possible romance. All in all, she records the ups and downs of budding womanhood, under the most adverse of situations.
She continued to write until their hiding place was discovered in 1944. Later, Anne died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Her father found the diary after the war was over. Millions of people have been touched by Anne’s writing in the years since. Anne Frank would have turned 79 today. (via the Presurfer)
The 10 Most Memorable Bachelor Parties on Film.
The Color Sense Game from Pittsburgh Paints finds your “color personality” based on your five senses, your interests, and your style. Each resulting personality gives you lots of colors to work with. My color personality is Mosaic and Tapestry, which I can’t argue with. (via the Presurfer)
A Spock Monkey. Why didn’t I think of that? Monkeys are available as other Star Trek characters, too.
6 Historic Figures Who Were Celibate. These six are mostly creative types who were obsessed with their work ahead of... everything else.
Pride goeth before a fall. And when you’re proud of your ability to kick through a concrete wall, that fall can be painful.
New Talent on 60 Minutes. (via Grow-A-Brain) Oh, you want more? There’s more! (Thanks, Homer!)
Watch an extended clip of the new animated movie WALL-E. Yep, he’s the spitting image of Number Five from Short Circuit.
Respect the Segway. The only thing that looks dorkier than riding a Segway is falling off one.
Newspaper Nonsense. A collection of hilarious typos that actually got into print.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
1972 spaghetti western. From iMDB:
Philipp Wermeer has been framed for the murder of a powerful figure known as The Patriarch. Wermeer escapes, but the three Saxon brothers, sons of The Patriarch, have arranged for a large bounty on Wermeer's head. Clayton is a grizzled ex-sheriff stripped of his office in Jefferson after refusing to acknowledge Wermeer's guilt. During a series of fire-fights, Clayton contrives to help Wermeer escape from attacks of bounty-hunters. Together, the two make their way to Jefferson, where they can confront the three powerful Saxon brothers, and reveal the surprising truth about who killed The Patriarch.
Artist murdered after ex finds her on Facebook.
Sometimes customer service takes you places you don’t want to go.
Computer-generated child pornography is legal for now because no children are harmed. But as technology advances, it’s becoming harder and harder to tell CG from the real thing.
How to play a theramin.
Peeps in Space. An adventurous astro-peep flies to the edge of space on a balloon mission, nearly 97,000 feet high.
Baby Farming in Victorian England. Regulations designed to enforce morality and save government money led to a lucrative infanticide industry.
Why would someone pay $55.71 for a $50 gift card on eBay? Commenters come up with many reasons.
The male rejection of adulthood is now the dominant attitude in Hollywood comedy. The center of attention will be a guy, his buddies and his toys. He will, most of the time, be nudged toward responsibility, forgiven for his quirks and nurtured in his needs and neuroses by a woman who represents an ideal amalgam of supermodel and mom.
6 iconoclastic discoveries about the brain. We now know what we thought we knew is wrong. Ya know?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
William Shatner does a remake of Pulp's Common People, now with an animated video.
The Hair Rapist.
Chris is on a mission to make the best popsicle ever. His latest efforts include the Dirty Martini.
Luxurious Swimming Pools Around the World. We can dream, can't we?
How Do They Do That 2: 10 Awesome and Intriguing Flash Animations. The sequel to last week’s list. And just as good.
A business name should tell you what kind of business it is, and it should be memorable. This one certainly is! Best Week Ever has pictures of 50 storefronts featuring giggle-inspiring puns. (via I Am Bored)
The 5 Most Terrifying Rites of Manhood from Around the World.
Remember, never drive anywhere with a rabid wolverine in your pants.
Virtual LiteBrite. (via YesButNoButYes)
Monday, June 09, 2008
Godzilla (ゴジラ, Gojira) is an influential, successful, critically and commercially acclaimed, and popular landmark 1954 Japanese science fiction film, produced and distributed by Toho Company Ltd. Directed and co-written by Ishiro Honda with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, it was the first of many "giant monster" movies (known as kaiju) to be produced in Japan, many of which feature Godzilla.
5 Ways to Cause a Man-Made Earthquake. Kids, don’t try this at home!
10 Operas You Didn’t Know You Already Like. You know the songs; you just didn’t know where they came from.
Top 10 Scientists Killed or Injured by Their Experiments (plus one). These stories are cautionary, inspiring, and bizarre at the same time.
Neurofibromatosis was one of the disorder suffered by Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man. Meet four other people who live with the disfiguring disease and learn how they cope.
Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.
The story of Carol McCain.
40 years after he witnessed the death of RFK, David Steiner regains his idealism by teaching a new generation. His story includes a great snapshot of what the 60s were like.
The Ultimate Sacrifice for Music. The uncomfortable story of the castrato Farinelli.
It’s much easier to buy fresh local produce these days, since you can just order online. Several services will find the nearest source, and some even deliver!
Sunday, June 08, 2008
I just discovered Simulated Comic Product with this comic yesterday. You'll have to click to enlarge it, or go to the comic on the site. Looking through the archives, I find it full of dry geeky fun. Check it out yourself!
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Yes, Google, that's exactly what I meant! What do I do?!
Ten tributes, covers, and video remixes of Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 hit I will Survive.
The Haircut. After all, a customer is a customer, and the customer is always right.
Bo Burnham sings about New Math. It doesn’t make any sense, but that the way new math is.
Nine funny forklift videos.
The letter at the bottom of the pond. It’s enough to make you change your mind, even though it’s too late.
The 5 Most Terrifying Rites of Manhood from Around the World.
Ten videos with the word “idiot” in the title. All involve some kind of stunt that didn’t quite go right.
The weirdest news stories of the week.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Dementia 13 is a 1963 horror thriller released by American International Pictures, starring William Campbell, Patrick Magee, and Luana Anders. The film was written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Roger Corman. Although Coppola had been involved in at least two nudie films previously, Dementia 13 served as his first mainstream, "legitimate" directorial effort. The plot follows a scheming young woman who, after having inadvertently caused the heart attack death of her husband, attempts to have herself written into her rich mother-in-law's will. She pays a surprise visit to her late husband's family castle in Ireland, but her plans become permanently interrupted by an axe-wielding lunatic who begins to stalk and murderously hack away at members of the family.
Corman offered Coppola the chance to direct a low-budget horror movie in Ireland with funds left over from Corman's recently completed The Young Racers, on which Coppola had worked as a sound technician. The producer wanted a cheap Psycho-copy, complete with gothic atmosphere and brutal killings, and Coppola quickly wrote a screenplay in accordance with Corman's requirements. Although he was given total directorial freedom during production, Coppola found himself fighting with Corman after the film was completed. The producer declared the movie unreleasable and demanded several changes be made. Corman eventually brought in another director, Jack Hill, to film additional sequences.
Carlo Broschi was a man who really suffered for his music. Known to the world as the great opera singer Farinelli (1705-1782), he was castrated as a young boy to prevent his exquisite singing voice from ever breaking. But before you start feeling too sorry for the songsmith, it’s worth bearing in mind that Farinelli was showered with wealth and adulation throughout his career. And even with a couple of pieces missing from his repertoire, he still managed to make beautiful music with the ladies.
How fair is it to castrate a young boy? Even if he thinks he understands what that's all about, he doesn't know because he is not yet a man. I'm glad they don't do this anymore.
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31 Places to Go This Summer. Creativity and a willingness to stay closer to home can make it happen this year.
Scenes from a group marriage.
Rare Surgeries: six success stories of the amazing things doctors can do with the human body. I had no idea they can transplant nerves!
The descendants of a single E. coli microbe have been multiplying for twenty years. The ongoing experiment is giving us new insights into the mechanics of evolution.
With the space station toilet fixed for now, an astronaut looks back on how they used to manage. No one said space travel would be easy.
Footprints left in volcanic ash that fell in central Mexico about 40,000 years ago are evidence that humans have inhabited the Americas far longer than previously confirmed. About twice as long.
The History of Guerrilla Marketing. Part one in a series on how businesses use unconventional tactics to advertise on a small budget.
Is your kitchen wasting energy? Here’s a 33-point checkup.
A Cold War defense project somehow leads to MySpace and YouTube. The 50-year history of the internet, told by the people who made it happen. (via Boing Boing)
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Show Me Your Genitals. A song for the ladies.
The 6 Most Innovative Brothels From Around the World.
Virtual LiteBrite. (via YesButNoButYes)
150 Funniest Resume Mistakes, Bloopers and Blunders Ever! The best argument for proofreading I’ve seen anywhere, although obviously some of these people really don’t want a job.
How Do They Do That? Nine Mind Blowing Flash Animations. You may have seen some of them before, but they are all worth clicking the photo for a visit.
The story of a girl and a very creepy pencil. Watch early in the day so it won’t give you nightmares.
The truth about internet dating. You might laugh, but you’re cringing on the inside because you know it’s true.
Security cameras catch an extreme case of cubicle rage. This guy needs to lay off the caffeine.
Hi! It’s me, every girl ever!
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
1935. From iMDB:
Bill Collins meets up with his look-alike the Phantom and is soon involved in his fight with Buck Houston. Houston has a big robbery planned but the Phantom beats him to it. Bill fights off Houston's men only to find the Phantom shot and dying and unaware that Houston is about to finish him off also.
2012: The Year The Internet Ends.
How to dice an onion. If you have a big sharp knife and a nice cutting board.
50 Mostly Immature and Hurtful Ways to Leave Your Lover.
It’s Not So Easy Being Less Rich. Those who have more risk losing more, therefore those of us with nothing can feel better about the possibility of losing it all.
In the '50s, disabled children often disappeared into state institutions. One family tracked their son down almost fifty years later.
What Does It Mean to Be Human? A panel of scientists give their answers, and commenters have lots more.
While U.S. cities are hot spots for global warming, people living in them turn out to be greener than their country cousins. Here are the top and bottom ten cities.
Why Are Senior Female Scientists So Heavily Outnumbered by Men?
A teacher answered her students questions about sex and was suspended from her job. Parents want blood. The world is crazy.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
A pie chart is a round graph divided into sectors that illustrates percentages of a whole. It is named after the way we normally divide a pie into slices. Whether it is effective depends on the type of data you want to present. What really matters is whether you can make it funny!
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Porno Italiano. Probably NSFW.
English Russia has a video report of a hot sauna built from ice! If that isn’t weird enough, you’ll see a builder chinking the cracks with slush using his bare hands. And after a nice hot sauna, the participants take a dip in the water outside! (via Unique Daily)
5 Weirdest Fruits and Vegetables. (via Geek Like Me)
15 of the Weirdest Home Remedies and Folk Treatments Ever.
Story of the stupid secretary. These things really happen.
Yes, I have dreams. But I forget them as soon as I wake up.
Bond gadgets: Never say they will never work. Science and technology are starting to catch up with 007.
Viva Calaca! A charming animation project by artist Ritxi Ostariz based on the Mexican Day of the Dead.
Big Daddy Driver. The perfect Fathers Day gift. Ha!
Monday, June 02, 2008
Shaolin Chamber of Death (traditional Chinese: 少林木人巷) (Shao Lin mu ren xiang) is a 1976 Hong Kong action film, directed by Chen Chi-Hwa. It was made at Lo Wei's studio at Golden Harvest, during the post-Bruce Lee era. During this time Hong Kong film producers, including Lo, tried in vain to find "the next Bruce Lee".
You name it, and somewhere there’s a place where you can buy it right out of a machine! Let’s take a look at some of the weirder vending machines you can stick your money into.
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100 Ways to Scale Down Your Life. Because “livin’ large” is a real hassle.
Could someone else be using your social security number? The US government collects $500 billion in uncredited Social Security wages, so it’s not in their best interest to do anything about it.
Eight Things We Are Running Out Of And Why. Most of them can be attributed to what we know as “modern living”.
Working from home is not easy, but it’s easier when you have an office you can use just for work. If you have a shed or room to build one, it can become a home office away from the distractions of the house. Here are twenty such shed offices that have been customized to the max.
Underwater Wonders of the World. (via Dark Roasted Blend)
The Connections Between Music and Mathematics.
A fossil fish, estimated at 380 million years old, has been discovered in the act of giving birth. The fish and her offspring died while still connected by an umbilical cord. The discovery is also the earliest evidence so far of internal fertilization, or sex with penetration.
Seven Famous Sets of Conjoined Twins. Such twins would find it difficult to not be famous.
Ten Clever Furniture Designs from Recycled Materials.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Dan Piraro’s comic Bizarro is not exclusively a webcomic, since it appears in newspapers all over. But you'll see more of it on the 'net. I love his sense of humor! I laughed out loud at one that was recently featured at Neatorama, The Salvation Army Special Forces. To keep up with the latest, check out Dan's website and blog.