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This zoomable model of the universe is really fascinating.


It goes all the way to the smallest theoretical particles and out to the boundaries of the observable universe. Totally stunning.
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This is a pretty trippy experience. Plug in the address of your childhood (or current) home that can be mapped with Google Maps (and has been Streetviewed), and then sit back and watch the music video unfold with your home in it.


It really throws you for a loop when you see your home incorporated into the video itself.
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Mine was 2.53, falling into the category of "you are a liberal airhead."


From that online F score test, this description:
Fifty years ago, the Authoritarian Personality studies attempted to "construct an instrument that would yield an estimate of fascist receptivity at the personality level."

This online, interactive F Scale presents that instrument in its final form. Additional infomation, including an explanation of the personality variables the F Scale tries to measure, is given below after the questionnaire. So take the F Scale now --- or else! And if you want a good definition of fascism (something that somehow eluded the authors of the Authoritarian Personality studies), check out Fascism: The Ultimate Definition.
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This is the greatest damn thing. And the soundtrack it provides -- it sounds like the nest is right behind my computer. I love it!
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These have to be watched in order, such as I just watched them, to have the desired effect. I feel so weird right now after watching these two videos.

First, from [livejournal.com profile] wtf_inc, this video, which is among the strangest things I've ever seen, and yet strangely artistic and dancelike at the climax (no double entendre intended). I really can't imagine what on earth has motivated these dudes to work up this strange ottoman-humping routine. It is truly weird. (My fave comment from the [livejournal.com profile] wtf_inc post was, "They had better enjoy that ottoman. That's about all they will ever get to hump if the girls see this video."

And second, via [livejournal.com profile] dani_namaste, this quite moving snippet from the British version of American Idol (which I believe Simon Cowell started first, before launching the US version):

Isn't that a twist to watch after the first one?
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This quiz must work properly, because I'm Canadian! Although, I don't think I sound like the characters in Fargo...

(By the way, HOW CUTE is that icon of Barley! NOSE NOSE NOSE!!!)

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: North Central

"North Central" is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw "Fargo" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

The Midland
The West
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
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Live-action stop-motion Space Invaders:

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Got this from [livejournal.com profile] vyoma. Thank God I'm already married. Can you imagine me saying to a prospective date, "You'll have no trouble finding me at the café -- I'll be wearing a blue shirt. And I look just like Arthur Miller shortly before he died."

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This one should make the rounds pretty quickly. It's not awesome, but it's fun for a couple minutes and the expression on Bush's face makes me laugh. Use your mouse to manoeuvre Bush around as he falls through the bubbles.

Click here to go to the site

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This is a spoof on that "Hand In Your Pocket" advert about banks and their service charges, I think it was. It's hilarious. The jingle is also priceless -- those commercial voices singing "Knee In The Package" as Mercer gets canned over and over again...

Click to watch video

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From this prodigious post on Bloggers Blog listing a huge number of April Fools-related spoofs this year, I browsed through the first half of The Museum of Hoaxes Top 100 April Fool's Jokes of All Time, and culled my following favourites:
8. The Left-Handed Whopper (1998): BK announced the new menu item in which all the ingredients were rotated 180 degrees for left-handed eaters. Thousands of customers ordered the sandwich in Burger King restaurants the next day.

10. Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity (1976): A British astronomer reported on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 AM, the planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a phenomenon that would lessen Earth's own gravity. Listeners were told that if they jumped in the air at that precise moment, they would feel a floating sensation. Hundreds of listeners called in to report that they had indeed felt the effect.

18. The 26-Day Marathon (1981): A story about a Japanese long-distance runner who, through a translation error, thought he had to run 26 days instead of 26 miles for the London Marathon.

21. Whistling Carrots (2002): A Tesco advert in Great Britain promoted a new genetically-modified carrot with airholes on the sides that made the carrots whistle during cooking.

22. Arm the Homeless (1999): A Phoenix newspaper covered this story about a new charity formed to provide homeless people with guns and ammunition.

Drunk Driving on the Internet (1994): A PC Magazine article described a bill going through Congress that would prohibit using the internet while intoxicated.

27. Michigan Shark Experiment (1981): The story of a government sponsored, $1.3-million experiment to see if sharks could survive in cold freshwater lakes in Michigan. Two thousand sharks of various types were to be released into 3 northern MI lakes.

33. An Interview with President Carter (2001): I like this one because it involves our CBC's Michael Enright, who spoofed an interview with Jimmy Carter on softwood lumber which degenerated into insults between them. My favourite excerpt was: Enright: How did a washed-up peanut farmer from Hicksville such as yourself get involved in such a sophisticated bilateral trade argument? Carter: Excuse me? A washed-up peanut farmer? You're one to talk, sir. Didn't you used to be on the air five times a week?

40: Internet Spring Cleaning (1997): An e-mail announcement that the internet would be shut down for 24 hours to clean out the electronic flotsam and jetsam in the form of dead e-mail, ftp, www, and gopher sites. This was an update to an old joke about the telephone network being shut down for cleaning, when people were told to place plastic bags over their phone receivers to catch the dust that might be blown out of the lines during the cleaning period.

46. Hong Kong Powdered Water (1982): The story of three incredible new techniques to address Hong Kong's fresh water shortages: (1) drain clouds of their water by electrifying them; (2) attract new clouds by means of a weather satellite over India; and (3) import packets of powdered water from China, which, when combined with one pint of regular water, would instantly transform into ten pints of water.
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Just called the box office for the Vienna Symphony Orchestra to book our tickets for this show on June 10th. We'll be in town for a conference and we wanted to see some legit classical music while we're there. The programme features a Mendelssohn violin concerto and Mahler's 5th Symphony. The latter is a brash, exciting work I've never heard performed live.

Speaking with that German call centre rep reminded me of this commercial I saw recently for Berlitz language training. I presume the ad was staged, but I've not seen confirmation one way or the other. It's good for a laugh, though.
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Garden State was a really fantastic movie, written and directed by Zach Braff of Scrubs fame. I've never followed Scrubs, so this movie was my first real exposure to Braff's writing and acting, both of which I thought were amazing. (As was Natalie Portman, by the way, who was some kinda hotttt in that flick.)

Anyway, I added the RSS feed for Braff's weblog to my LJ friends page a long time ago, but the first post I've ever seen (see the LJ page entry or Braff's original blog entry) just got added today. It's a very funny read, especially near the end with his description of the role he just won in the next James Bond film:
I am going to be Vesper Lind (the new Bond love interest). After the success of certain films this year, they have decided to "shake things up" this time around. And so Bond will be gay. I play Vesper Lind, a German spy who loves trip-hop and raves. I assassinate my victims by forcing them to drink the fluid inside of glow-sticks. James and I meet when our hands accidentally touch during a "Licensed to Kill" seminar in Dusseldorf. We were both reaching for an "Ain't Misbehavin" CD that kills an enemy after he/she listens to the Act One curtain closer. Not very effective as a means of assassination since the target would have to make it through some really mediocre numbers in the first act, and like I said, it only works on "he/she's" which aren't very common in the spy business outside of Thailand. Can't say much more it's all very hush-hush...
Add his feed to your LJ friends page here, or else subscribe to his feed directly with your favourite RSS reader. Braff's blog's home page is here.
iamom: (delete bush?)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] baal_kriah for this one. It's very funny, albeit dark. And for the record, it's heavily edited -- this isn't the actual speech Bush delivered:

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My cousin Marc just sent me this link, and even though I'm not a huge Norris fan or anything, I thought that the writing was great. Very funny hyperbole -- I dug it. Here's the full list of Top 30 Facts About Chuck Norris, but my faves are below:
-- Chuck Norris counted to infinity - twice.
-- If at first you don't succeed, you're obviously not Chuck Norris.
-- When Chuck Norris sends in his taxes, he sends blank forms and includes only a picture of himself, crouched and ready to attack. Chuck Norris has not had to pay taxes ever.
-- Chuck Norris is not hung like a horse -- horses are hung like Chuck Norris.
-- If Chuck Norris is late, time better slow the fuck down.
-- Chuck Norris uses a night light. Not because he is afraid of the dark, but the dark is afraid of Chuck Norris.
-- To prove it isn't that big of a deal to beat cancer. Chuck Norris smoked 15 cartons of cigarettes a day for 2 years and aquired 7 different kinds of cancer only to rid them from his body by flexing for 30 minutes. Beat that, Lance Armstrong.
-- Chuck Norris lost his virginity before his dad did.
One other funny thing about this is that after reading the whole list, I found that the words "Chuck Norris" stopped making any sense. That ever happen to you when you read a certain word over and over and over again? I remember that happening for the first time in my childhood. It was like my first koan -- I contemplated a certain word so hard and for so long that its meaning seemed to disintegrate before my very eyes. As I recall, the first word that happened to with me was the word smile.


Jan. 13th, 2006 01:53 pm
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Oh, dear. Look out, time:


To save time, try typing your words instead. It's kind of like Boggle, but more fast-paced.

My first high score was 13,000 even, but my all-time high score is 35,040:

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Okay, I think this is very, very funny. This must be one of those things he wishes he hadn't done in his youth when he ran for Governor. (Not that it hurt his gubernatorial race, but still...)


Some highlights include Arnold trying to get a Brazilian woman to suck on a carrot suggestively as well as making a total fool out of himself on the dance floor (i.e. groping the dancers to their chagrin and also dressing up in a Carnival costume and making faces). He's so funny, you know -- imagine having someone like that try to pass themselves off as a romantic to you. Like, ouch.
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Disclaimer: I attained these scores with this even MORE addictive modified version of the game:

Smack the Penguin (on Steroids)

You can also read about the game's history (and get tips for improving your score) here.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] fickleasever, I think it was, I've just reacquainted myself with this most excellent, ridiculously addictive winter game called Smack The Penguin. The position at which the penguin is situated in his cliff dive in the following picture corresponds roughly to the point at which I click the mouse to make the Abominable Snowman swing his bat.

Smack the Penguin

my best recorded distance: 319.3

my best recorded popfly distance: 204.2

I swear I'm not taking the game too seriously, though. Honest. I've only played it for like 20 minutes tonight.



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