Saturday, May 31, 2008

Web Zen: feline zen 2008

Web Zen: feline zen 2008: "

shocking cats

stunt kitty

kitten and his box

plague of kittens

kitten or spider

unagi reviews

chat noir

katnip kollege


talking cats

hugo, cat of 1000 faces

mr. lee cat cam

kitty wigs

lasagna cat

ian the cat

i like cake

and the classics...

going to a gay bar

smoking in paris

and for a limited time...

something for cat

(this will disappear on 06.06.08)

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T-shirt with picture of armed robot endangers British aviation system

moron alert

T-shirt with picture of armed robot endangers British aviation system: "This poor guy tried to board a BA flight at Heathrow terminal 5 but was turned back and told to change out of his t-shirt, which featured a Transformer robot carrying a gun -- a robot with a gun that apparently posed a threat to flight safety.

Go through security, get pulled to the side. I'm wearing a French Connection Transformers t-shirt. Bloke starts joking with me is that Megatron. Then he explains that since Megatron is holding a gun, I'm not allowed to fly. WTF? It's a 40 foot tall cartoon robot with a gun as an arm. There is no way this shirt is offensive in any way, and what I'm going to use the shirt to pretend I have a gun?


(Thanks, PT!)


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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Alice, a song and video composed from the Disney movie's audiobits.

Alice, a song and video composed from the Disney movie's audiobits.: "

Remixed into being by 19-year old Nick Bertke, who is based in Australia. Link to video on YT, found on Kottke, with this link to audio download. What a sweet little unicorn chaser of a video this is. (Thanks, Susannah Breslin!)


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James Lileks goes to Disneyworld

James Lileks goes to Disneyworld: "200805201717.jpg For my Internet dollar, no one is funnier than James Lileks, and he's in top form here with his trip report from Disneyworld.

Dinner was large. The portions are huge. They might as well put the plate down and say ‘here’s more than you can possibly eat, and here’s nine potatoes on the side. Would you like another gallon of high fructose corn syrup? Okay, well, don’t forget to leave room for six pies.’ There’s something a bit sad about seeing childless adult Disney fans, lanyards spattered with pins, eating slabs of prime rib thick as a Tolstoi novel, the chairs about to splinter from their enormous fundaments. On the other hand, what gives them happiness? Food and Disney. This is the happiest place on earth after all -- even though there seems to be a subset of Disney nerds who appear immune to the very thing they've come to experience. But that's another story for later.

Off to Downtown Disney, which we hadn’t visited before. Sheer marketing genius: an open-air shopping center designed to extract the last possible penny from every molecule of the Disneyverse. I loved it. As I’m sure I noted last year, you’re either immune to the Mouse or you get it, and if you get it that means the white-gloved hand has closed around something deep in your emotional constitution and squeezed, and squeezed hard. It’s best to get the Mouse and still maintain critical distance, because then you’re not just wallowing in the warm bathos of nostalgia and the murky brew of ersatz Americana, you’re laughing with delight at its innumerable manifestations.

We found the giant World of Disney store, and there (G)Nat was entranced. Me too. Behold the zombie Thumpers, screaming for BRAAAAINS.



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Monday, May 19, 2008

7 insane conspiracies that actually happened

7 insane conspiracies that actually happened: "Cracked has a fun list of seven crazy but real conspiracies.

#7. The Business Plot

The Plan: In 1933, group of wealthy businessmen that allegedly included the heads of Chase Bank, GM, Goodyear, Standard Oil, the DuPont family and Senator Prescott Bush tried to recruit Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler to lead a military coup against President FDR and install a fascist dictatorship in the United States. And yes, we're talking about the same Prescott Bush who fathered one US President and grandfathered another one.

How did that work out?: A good rule of thumb: never trust a man named Smedley to run your hostile military coup for you. Besides being no fan of fascism, Smedley Butler was both a patriot and a vocal FDR supporter. Apparently none of these criminal masterminds noticed that their prospective point man had actively stumped for FDR in 1932.

Smedley spilled the beans to a congressional committee in 1934. Everyone he accused of being a conspirator vehemently denied it, and none of them were brought up on criminal charges. Still, the House McCormack-Dickstein Committee did at least acknowledge the existence of the conspiracy, which ended up never getting past the initial planning stages.

Though many of the people who had allegedly backed the Business Plot also maintained financial ties with Nazi Germany up through America's entry into World War II.



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Day With No News -- brilliant BBC news-footage remix

Day With No News -- brilliant BBC news-footage remix: "

Flickr's Pixelsurgeon has remixed a bunch of BBC news-footage in which the anchors, having signed off, just look at one another with relief and sit silently waiting for the fade-out, calling the result, 'The Day There Was No News.' The effect is nothing short of wonderful.

Mr Jalopy adds, 'Somehow, this silent newscast is more eerie than normal boombastic version of the days events.'

(Thanks, Mr Jalopy!)


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Darth Vader, blues harmonicist

Darth Vader, blues harmonicist: "

Darth Vader Feels Blue, a short video by youtuber Billyfaithfull, gets really funny (and funky!) around the 30 second mark. Who knew that Vader was such a master of the blues harp?


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Enchanting nudibrach glam-shots

Enchanting nudibrach glam-shots: "

Marilyn sez, 'David Doubilet is the Annie Leibowitz of the marine gastropod world. He took all but two photos in this amazingly beautiful gallery of nudibranchs to accompany a feature story on the same subject in the June Nat Geo magazine, online now.'

Link to article, Link to gallery)

(Thanks, Marilyn!)


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Frozen Han in carbonite ice-mold

Frozen Han in carbonite ice-mold: "

I'm skeptical about a 'talking R2D2 ice bucket,' but I'm utterly sold by the fact that it comes with a Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite ice-cube mold! Now that'd be a classy cocktail!


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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Today at Boing Boing Gadgets

i'm getting two

Today at Boing Boing Gadgets: "alienvinyl.jpgToday at Boing Boing Gadgets we started off the morning by looking at some zombie robots who like to eat brains. From there, it was straight to serious gadgetry: AT&Ts plans to subsidize the 3G iPhones, a look at a WiFi detecting watch, a tiny wireless camera perfect for covert perversion, a video game controller that claims to work on psychic reverberations and the workstations of the rich and tasteless.

We also rounded-up our 1k Competition Entrants... those works of genius from our readers in 1024 bytes or less. A bottle of Marilyn Manson's new absinthe was broken open, with much reminiscing about similar beverages quaffed in bars of yore. And then Rob broke out Photoshop and created this incredible image of cyborg Steve Jobs with his face ripped off, to celebrate a vintage Japanese automaton's refurbishment.

Also: the cutest Alien vinyl figurine ever.



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