Thursday, January 31, 2008

Vikings in the midst

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What kind of fruit are you?

You Are a Lemon

You have a very distinct personality. And if you're not being sweet, you're a little hard to take.
You're a bit overpowering, especially in one on one situations.

And while you are very dominant, sometimes your power is needed and appreciated.
You can liven up a dull situation, and you definitely bring a fresh outlook.

You are a bit of an acquired taste, and you tend to grow on people over time.
People feel refreshed and rejuvenated after spending time with you.

New Zealand PSA for drunk driving

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Very clever anti-drunk driving campaign. There's a series of four posters along with tv spots and information sheets. Pretty cool.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Art of the moment: Annie Liebovitz revisited

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The next in the series of Liebovitz' art photos for Disney is available via SuperPunch. Great tableaux.

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Chinese castle wall by Eisbeertje

Originally uploaded by Eisbeertje.

Flickr user Eisbeertje has several beautiful sets of ice sculpture photos from Dutch ice festivals. Definitely worth a look.



Fun with pictures and Google. Grant Robinson has created a web app that uses the Google image search to create a montage based on your search results. Here's what I got for boliyou:

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What age do you act?

You Act Like You Are 30 Years Old

You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!
You're responsible, wise, and have enough experience to understand a lot of the world.

You're at the point in your life where you understand yourself pretty well.
You are figuring out what you want... and how to get it!

If the Grinch met Sleeping Beauty

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Animation stylists Eyvand Earle (those tapestry-like backgrounds in Sleeping Beauty) and Maurice Noble (the ultramod colors and shapes of How the Grinch Stole Christmas) teamed up to create Rhapsody of Steel. The animated industrial film, presented by U.S. Steel, traces the history of steel through the progress of humankind.

The film had a companion read-along book and record set, and Animation Archive has scanned in some of the pages of the book for our viewing pleasure.

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More books for my reading list

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List Universe presents the top ten fiction books, as determined by an aggregate (by Norton Anthologies) of lists by the top 125 living writers.


Oscarology: when the stars you trust are in the movies

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Astrology just too random for you? Try Oscarology: the idea that the movie that was selected for Best Picture in the year you were born determines your personality.

Mine could be considered accurate. Do I have to wear that hat?

Link via Mental Floss

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ubercool retrofitted nerf guns

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I really have to learn to do this, and keep a few around the house for when the children annoy me.

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Threadless' Bestee competition

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Threadless has selected their highest-rated tee designs from 2007, and is asking people to vote for their favorite. There are 15 really clever designs, and I had a hard time picking my favorite.

So here are all the ones I like. Maybe one of these is your favorite; maybe you like one of the ones I didn't post. Go's good practice.


Cellular jewelry from Brevity

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Brevity sells these cool cellular necklaces at SupermarketHQ. They remind me of those little coasters you made out of melting plastic beads with an iron. What were those called?


Are you a hippie?

You're Not Exactly a Hippie...

While you're not a hippie, you've got the spirit of one.
Like most hippies, you have deep beliefs and unusual interests.

You may not buy into hippie fashions, music, or heavy drug use.
But at heart, you are a free spirit and suspicious of the status quo.

What is your name's hidden meaning?

What Boliyou Means

You are full of energy. You are spirited and boisterous.
You are bold and daring. You are willing to do some pretty outrageous things.
Your high energy sometimes gets you in trouble. You can have a pretty bad temper at times.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

You are a very lucky person. Things just always seem to go your way.
And because you're so lucky, you don't really have a lot of worries. You just hope for the best in life.
You're sometimes a little guilty of being greedy. Spread your luck around a little to people who need it.

Monday, January 28, 2008

LEGO turns 50

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From the site:
"The LEGO history began in 1932 in Denmark, when Ole Kirk Christansen founded a small factory for wooden toys in the unknown town of Billund in the south of the country. To find a name for his company he organized a competition among his employees. As fate would have it however, he himself came up with the best name: LEGO – a fusion of the Danish words “LEg” and “GOdt” (“play well”)."

LEGOs have been a fixture of childhood for so long, I was surprised to learn they're only 50. LEGO has taken people back in time, to the stars, to the future, to a galaxy far, far away. As far as their imaginations will go.

Geek heaven

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The Star Wars galaxy map. I used to have this poster... it's a great reference whether you just know the movies or read the books, comics and fanfics, too.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


OMG... why was I just thinking of this commercial the other day, for the first time in over 20 years? Honestly, it's the most obnoxiously catchy jingle in history. Thanks, Mental Floss.

Dramatic moments in Star Wars

No, really, just watch. Don't these two belong together?


Sites to see: Extreme origami

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Amazing examples of time, talent and skill in the art of paper folding. Did you know MIT had its own origami club? I didn't, although it makes sense.

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