Friday, November 30, 2007


I loved being a hippie and I'm glad I got to visit Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love '67 and you know what else? I still have my Woodstock poster! It was a great time to be growing up. I'm still not quite a grown-up. Yet. Here's the proof:

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Farting Around on the Internet

Some more fun on the internet...

Hub Cap Creatures - This guy sees art in hub caps and creates elaborate fish out of discarded metal.

Bar Code Art - This website has all kinds of things made from bar codes. Here's a sample of the portraits they've done...

Odd Musical Instruments - Here, at this website, you can listen to the sounds of an Aeolian Wind Harp, Amazing Pencilina, Beer Bottle Organ, Cigar Box Guitar, Dulcimer and lots more!

Demeter Frangrances - Want to smell like Cotton Candy? Fresh Cut Grass? Earthworm? Paperback? Cappuccinno? Or maybe you'd just like to browse categories like the "Mood Enhancing scents" or the "Kahala (Hawaiian) Collection?" This place is fascinating.

Jesus on a Band-Aid - You know that slightly bloody pussy yucky stuff left on a Band-Aid? Well, some guy thinks his used Band-Aid looks like Jesus.

The Original Condiment Packet Museum - Ketchup, mustard, relish, bbq sauce, soy sauce, mayo, hot sauce, salads, honey, salt & pepper, seasonings, lemon juice, coffee, jam and other assorted packets of collected condiments here.

Handwritten Clock - Yep, that's right. A hand writes out every second, then minute, hour, etc. exactly as they pass. Don't click on this link if you are under the influence of drugs, lol.

Nose Hair E-card - Eew. Ouch. Pluck nosehairs online to send a message to loved ones. Complete with sound effects.

Vintage Circus Posters - These are nifty. Ever wanted to join the circus?

Who Would Buy That? - Auction oddities from around the world.

Sex Education for Girls, Parts One & Two

Part One
Part Two

Yep, this was the sort of thing we were made to watch in school. Even way back in the 50's and the 60's, teenagers were laughing at movies like this and making rude comments. I'm looking for the VD movie we were shown in junior high -- the overly melodramatic terror and shame promised in that movie was hysterically funny even way back then and would be even funnier today.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A great quote

"I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him."--Booker T. Washington

I discovered this quote again by visiting an old messageboard archive I keep from when I had a writer's online community. There was this lovely quote, right where I'd left it.

My comment after having posted this quote was kind of interesting:

...and it is amazing how many people will hate you for not being a hater. What's up with that? Unhappy people? Misery loves company? I kind of feel bad for people like that because I understand how unhappy they really are. I love people and I love helping people. That's all.
I recall (somewhat) being in an online community related to a screenwriting contest and even though the majority of people there were intent on polishing their writing skills, there were a few folks so down on themselves that they persisted in "trolling the place up" and one of their tactics was to launch attack wars against anyone they perceived as intelligent and self-assured and focused solely on helping their fellow writers.

That's what trolls do. They don't feel very good about themselves so they insist that everyone feel as awful as they do. It's very sad.

So, in place of responding to trolls in the way they would address me, I posted that quote instead.

I guess it was kind of like holding up a talisman to ward off the evil spirits. My apologies to Mr. Booker T. Washington or those that safeguard his memory because I don't think Mr. Washington had cyberspace trolls on his mind when he said that. Ha ha ha...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

How to paint the MONA LISA with MS PAINT

Friday, November 23, 2007

The Helicopter Game

The Helicopter Game

Use your arrow keys to fly the copter up and over or under obstacles. How long can you keep your copter flying?

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Life or Death: In the Jungle

Life or Death: In the Jungle
Your helicopter crashes on a jungle island. Think you can make it out alive? Explore an interactive island and find out.

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Today, the day after Thanksgiving, is known as "Black Friday" and the busiest shopping day of the year in retail circles. That goes for online shopping, too. In fact, many Black Friday specials are only available online.

Like the specials at Well, when it was functioning, that is. You see, their servers went down and then I learned that Sears had to take the site down on this busiest shopping day of the year because the prices were not coming out right -- in my case, things advertised and even shown on their individual online page as being 60% off came out full price in my shopping cart page.

Before I hit the order button, I called their customer service number. This poor man was frazzled to the core of his soul. He must have been fielding thousands of calls or anyway, he estimates that hundreds of thousands of angry online Sears customers were calling that number and the whole staff was overwhelmed.

To make matters worse, the staff could not check out what the problem was because their entire computer link was down and they all had blank computer screens.

They knew something terrible was happening by what the customers were telling them. People who bought non-sale regular priced items were being charged double in some cases.

And, in all cases, when you got to the last page of checkout, you were thrown off the Sears site altogether and back to their "We're sorry, but the Sears site is not accessible at this time" page.

Nobody could order anything and all of the prices were messed up.

I asked if Sears might extend the sale after they were back online and the guy thought that was a great idea but he didn't know anything that was going on. He didn't know what Sears was doing.

Meanwhile, all those hundreds of thousands of customers were going off to Target, Walmart, Penney's and other stores to hunt down sales and get their Christmas shopping done.

For me, it was just using one plastic card instead of another. No real biggie.

Oh man, to think of the absolute millions of dollars that Sears lost today. They are going to have one shitty season this year.

I wonder what happened?

So, I told the poor man on the phone that Sears ought to at least spring for margaritas for them all and he liked that idea. He said, "We sure could use a few margaritas around here."

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

My Yahoo Avatar

Yahoo! Avatars

I'm not exactly sure why I have a Yahoo avatar because I'm not into chat rooms and instant messaging but I do go to Yahoo Answers on occasion and try to help people out. I just stumbled onto the whole "make-your-own-avatar" thing and it looked like fun, so here it is.

She's a long blonde-haired hippie in raggy jeans and peasant blouse with love beads and showing the peace sign. The suitcase is there because I've lived all over the world and because I've travelled (by car) all over the United States. I'm not from New York but they didn't seem to have a suitcase with an "I Love L.A." sticker or I would have taken that one. And I've only ever been to Buffalo, New York and that's only because I went to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and we decided to visit Buffalo just to add New York to the list of States we'd been to (my Mom and Grandma and brother and me).

My little black Kitty is there beside me as he always is in real life. Except now, as I type this, because it's early morning and I've just given my Mom her morning insulin and Kitty knows this is the time when I now go outside for a smoke and a cup of coffee and he gets locked up in a bedroom while I'm outside. He hates that but Kitty knows how to open the screen door so he'd escape to the outdoors in a heartbeat if he could. And, every time Kitty makes it outside, he costs me hundreds of dollars in vet bills (other cats beat him up or he eats something bad or something terrible happens). Kitty is forever an indoor cat.

Anyway, in anticipation of being locked up, Kitty is hiding under my Mom's hospital bed. Kitty forgets he has a long tail and it always gives him away. He cracks me up. But, my arthritis won't let me bend to get him so I have to trick him out from under that bed. I know he'd much rather be sitting on his Kitty tree by the big picture window, spying on the sqirrels and birds in th eback yard. It's only a matter of time. If he thinks I've forgotten about him, he'll come slinking over to his Kitty tree. So here I am at the computer, typing away.

So... there you have my hippie avatar. Make love not war.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Um, yeah. Sure.

Turtle Love

This is what happens when you're bored and you've got Photoshop so why not piddle around with somebody else's picture.

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Einstein Quotes

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Marilyn Monroe Quotes

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles

Choking the Chicken

Astroland at Coney Island

"In the period since it first opened on June 26, 1927, the Cyclone has emerged as the outdoor amusement industry's most famous, most influential, and most copied individual ride.

Brothers Jack and Irving Rosenthal commissioned Vernan Keenan to design, and Harry C. Baker to construct, a monumental wooden-tracked twister, which was forced to be exceptionally tight and steep because of the small ground space that was available to them. Construction then began on a site historically significant in the world of roller coasters -- the Cyclone occupies the space, which contained the world's very first roller coaster, LaMarcus A. Thompson's Switchback Railway, as well as the world's first successful looping roller coaster, Loop The Loop." MORE ON THE CYCLONE


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Mexican Movie Posters

These are fun. Much of the old Mexican movies were all about violence or sex comedies or monsters and Mexican monster movies are great. As you can see from the sample above ("Revenge of the Mummy"), the advertising went for the extreme melodrama and horror. This is a great collection of movie poster art, sure to entertain you.


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Had your coffee yet?

Bizarre Bras

Okay, somebody got a little goofy but they can't really believe these things will sell... can they? Looking at the pictures, I had to wonder about what the models were thinking. Did they believe in the product they were promotng or were they thinking, "This guy must be nuts."

There's the heated bra that uses microwaveable inserts to keep the girls warm and there's the chopsticks bra with a hidden compartment for your collapsible chopsticks (never know when they might come in handy!) and there's even a "Birth Rate Decline Bra" that reminds you and your honey to get busy makin' babies.

I guess my favorite is the shopping bag bra. I mean, you know know when you might need to whip that bra off and convert it into a shopping bag. Transformers ain't got nothin' on this guy.


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The Official Pat Sajak Website

The Official Pat Sajak Website

Well... what are you waiting for?

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Friday, November 16, 2007

a guide to collecting handcuffs and related restraints - an emphasis is given to vintage American handcuffs, defined roughly as those made from the time of the American Civil war through the 1970s


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Dude, just walk around it.

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Well, somebody thought it was a good idea...

Terrye Cheathem, a criminal defense lawyer and adviser to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, has developed a line of greeting cards for a Hallmark-ignored demographic: the recently incarcerated. Among her selections are cards reading "Sorry to hear about your arrest," and "Honestly, I never knew anyone who was arrested before," and, simply, "Not You!" A remorseful correspondent could choose: "I know that I have not visited you. But I still care about you ... When are you getting out, anyway?"

Card sales are slow, according to an October Los Angeles Times story, and Cheathem acknowledges that people might prefer to ignore their connections to criminals. [Los Angeles Times, 10-13-07]

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Paint a Picture!

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A little love for Windows VISTA Users... you poor things.

Rejected Condom Slogans

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Somehow, I don't think this "Wife Swap" worked out too well...

What do you think would be the result of a meeting between this lady and Osama bin Laden?

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Microsoft's Newest Keyboard

Boy hires hitman to kill parents after grounding denies PlayStation, TV

From Engadget:

We've certainly gotten cranky after being denied some quality gaming time, but 16-year-old Cory Ryder took it to the next level by attempting to hire a hitman to kill his parents after they took away his PlayStation and denied him television.


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Santas warned 'ho ho ho' offensive to women

SYDNEY (AFP) - Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.

Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha" instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.

One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use "ho ho ho" because it could frighten children and was too close to "ho", a US slang term for prostitute.

"Gimme a break," said Julie Gale, who runs the campaign against sexualising children called Kids Free 2B Kids.

"We are talking about little kids who do not understand that "ho, ho, ho" has any other connotation and nor should they," she told the Telegraph. "Leave Santa alone."

A local spokesman for the US-based Westaff recruitment firm said it was "misleading" to say the company had banned Santa's traditional greeting and it was being left up to the discretion of the individual Santa himself.



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More Sidewalk Art

For Walmart Lovers Everywhere

Momias de Guanajuato [MUMMIES!!!]

In the Mexican town of Guanajuato during the years 1896 and 1958 a taxation was imposed on burials, of 20 pesos annually, or 170 pesos for permanent burial. Many families could not afford this fee, thus large numbers of corpses were exhumed, presumably destined for an ossuary. But the qualities of the arid air perhaps interacting with soil conditions yielded a peculiar phenomenon, the desiccation instead of decomposition of the bodies.

After 1958 bodies were no longer exhumed, and some of those were placed on public display as a memento mori cum tourist trap, atop Trozado Hill. One can now pay respects by purchasing a horribly tacky souvenir.


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Stupid Idiots Fighting ON THE FREEWAY!!!


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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse

This is absolutely terrifying to watch:

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Monday, November 12, 2007


I've already posted two posts just before this one that show my name, "uhuru1701," in Braille and ancient Babylonian Cuneiform. I gave links to the webpages so you can go get your own name spelled out.

Well, there's a whole list of places where you can see your name spelled out in all sorts of ways and here's just a few:

Babylonian Cuneiform
Egyptian Hieroglyphs
ASL & FSL (French) Fingerspelling
Cyrillic (Russian)
Japanese (Hiragana/Katakana)

This post will be copied over to my Writer Blog, where I keep a few good resources for writers.

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Your Name in Braille

This is "uhuru1701" in Braille.

The American Foundation for the Blind has a fun webpage where you can input your name into a form, click, and it will show you what your name looks like written out in Braille. CHECK IT OUT!

Other words/expressions in Braille:

Bush Sucks


I Love You

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