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Dead Man Flying

Wang Jiaxiong from northwest China's Shaanxi province falls to his death while trying to jump over the Great Wall in Tianjin, China, on October 2, 2002. Wang tried to clear the wall on his bike after riding down a 35-metre high, 76-metre long runway. Picture taken October 2. REUTERS/China Photo

Yes, this is a rerun.

You totally have to listen to this

Check out the tracks selected for a mix tape called if i ever hear any of these on the radio again i'll just shit.

As a recovering mix tape maker (I lost count at 180 cassettes or so), I appreciate the care and feeding of a good tape. I also like that on this site you can see other's mixes and comment on them.

(UPDATE: just found this at digg.com, Print your own mix tape cd sleeves)


Yes, hello, young man. It would seem I am in the market for a new Pop-A-Shot. You see, my previous machine has broken.

What sort of machine am I looking for, you ask? Well, sonny, that's a harder question than you know. The way I see it, a man can grow close to a machine. Closer than he might suspect. One day you're wandering aimlessly, swallowed up by the great expanse of sky around you, trying hard to make some meaning out of life, this place, this man you see before you every day in the mirror, on the movie screen and the like. Well, let me tell you, sonny--to come home to the glorious sound of your Pop-A-Shot machine, blinking and beeping as if to comfort you, console you in your quest for truth ... this does more for me than I think your mind might comprehend.


(Found at brainlog.)


Revisionist Archie - click through the images to get to the end of the story.

(Found at boingboing a while ago.)

GI Joe was a punk

Big Jim pages from the Sears Wish Book.

More Big Jim vehicles.

The Best Ad on Television

The brilliance of Geico's "Tiny House."

(Found at scrubbles.)


We recently acquired a recumbent indoor bike, like the Spartan Sports G88 Recumbent Bike pictured above.

What is really nice about it is that we have placed it in front of the TV. The TV with the Playstation2 attached to it. That's right. If I want to play a game, I have to exercise at the same time.

The above link is to Dick's Sporting Goods, where we got our bike, and the shipping is free. It is not an affiliate link. If I wanted that, I would have put up a link to Amazon and let you get shafted $40 for the shipping.

Happy Making

The rolling ball web - An Online Compendium of
Rolling Ball Sculptures, Clocks, Etc.

Awesome site. Includes information about that rolling ball sculpture that was on Sesame Street. You know the one I mean. You can even get it on video.

(Classic entry from 1-22-2003)

Getting Medieval on you

Examples of Medieval Writing

Internet Medieval Sourcebook - Full Text Sources.

The Tudor Tarts perform Bawdy Ballads, Lascivious Limericks, and NASTY bits of Humor!

You don't have to be crazy to work there, but it helps

Index of English and Welsh Lunatic Asylums and Mental Hospitals.
Based on a comprehensive survey in 1844, and extended to other asylums.

Mixed feelings


On one hand, this appears to be opportunism at it's worst. On the other hand, if I was a regular commuter in NY or London, I might consider carrying a kit like this. Of course, the panic stricken person next to you would likely club you over the head and take your mask...

(Found at The Cartoonist.)

Stop, Drop and Pray

What if you were on an elevator and the cable broke?

Postcards from the fringe


(Found at Thoughts of a Mad Scientist in Training.)

There is a God

Kenny & Company is now available on DVD!

When I was 10 this movie was on HBO every other day. My brother and I would lose our minds watching it. It is just pure fun. Read the above article, then go Kennyandcompany.com and buy it. The only way to get it before this was to shell out $40 for a bootleg on ebay.


Index of famous people's cats

(Picture from Arty Cats.)


Intertwine, by Carol Berry

How to make miniature barbed wire (as well as tips on repairing your G.I. Joe!)

Karamaru - Intertwined III by Michiko Muramatu

I don't want anybody else

Girls' choir sings "I Touch Myself"

More about the Scala Choir.

(Found at Tastes Like Burning.)


The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making Your Own Pizza

(Found at BrainLog.)

The Star Wars

Flickr set of 113 original pieces of concept art for the original Star Wars Trilogy.

(Found at BrainLog.)

Funny how things work out

Army medic shot by insurgent sniper, survives, shoots sniper, tracks him down, administers first aid.

(Includes video footage of him being shot by the sniper.)

(Stolen from FARK.)

Hit the target, win a prize

We recently went to the Orange County Fair and saw all of the "Games of Skill" on the midway. After seeing what looked like an intelligent man drop $18 on the basketball toss game (and not even get the $10 stuffed animal,) I decided to check on the legitimacy of these games.

According to a Contact 4 investigation by KRON-TV, the games aren't rigged, just really hard and not worth the money.

An expose of different types of carnival fraud, including how that dart and balloon game works:

A dart-the-balloon game has some very desirable prizes on display. To win, you're told you have to throw a dart, burst a balloon, and the tag under the balloon tells which prize you've won. What you don't know is that no tags show the desirable prizes. They all show the cheap prizes, called slum. You spend a dollar for three darts and you walk away with a plastic comb that cost the game operator less than a nickel.

The basketball scam has even pissed off Christians.

10 things not to do at a carnival, including playing the games.

Old Grandma Hardcore

No, not that kind of hardcore, you sick bastage!

This has been making the rounds lately, but in case you haven't seen it yet.


From the site:

"This blog is the chronicle of my experiences with Grandma, the video-game playing queen of her age-bracket and weight class. She will beat any PS2, XBox, GameCube, etc., console game put in front of her, just like she always has. Her favorite game of all time was Final Fantasy VII, her current task is reaching 100% in tour mode of Outlaw Golf 2. These are her stories. She is absolutely real. She lives in Cleveland."

And, because I used the word bastage, here are some sound clips from Johnny Dangerously for you corksuckers.

(Grandma link found at Badassmofo.com.)

HL2 Machinima

A few good g-men, an adaptation of the courtroom scene in A Few Good Men. That Barney does a great job getting the truth out of the G-Man!

minimalist hotel

The Morgan


35. During all police investigations it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.

40 Things That Only Happen In Movies

(Found at kottke.org.)

Set fire to his hair, Blair

"Paul Simon's song, from 1975's Still Crazy After All These Years, quotes some mysterious woman as saying there must be 50 ways to leave your lover, allowing lazy songwriter Simon to only offer five ways in the chorus: to 'slip out the back, Jack; make a new plan, Stan; you don't need to be coy, Roy; hop on the bus, Gus; just drop off the key, Lee, and get yourself free.'"

45 Additional Ways to Leave Your Lover

(Found at mefi.)

I have had back surgeries and this site helps to distract me from the pain. When I am finding cool sites and ranting, I feel better.

Would acupuncture help with the symptoms of sciatica or would any other complementary medical solutions be worth considering?

I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.

This book, Back Pain: What You Need to Know (Johns Hopkins), is very good and inexpensive; regardless of what the review on amazon says.

Good luck and try to stay off the pills (unless you really, really need them!)

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