Thursday, October 26, 2006


Happy Birthday to Evo Morales

Okay, it's been a while, and I don't have a lot of time so I'll make this one quick, and I promise to make more updates more often. Really. I mean it this time.

Superhero Hype! has all the news on superhero-related entertainment in one place. Want to know more about the Iron Man movie? Got to Superhero Hype! Also see

Find anagrams for your name, or anything else at the Internet Anagram Server. My favorite anagram for my name is 'cerebrate vents.' It almost makes sense. And, perhaps more appropriately, The Crabster becomes Brat Retches.

Also from, A.Word.A.Day gives you a new word every day to increase your vocabulary and annoy your colleagues.

The Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus is cool, but you only get a short free trial before you have to pay to use it.

A sobering thought.

The Funny Name Server. Needs no explanation.

Thursday, October 12, 2006


I Am Back! (again)

Yes, I know, I know. And I apologize. I've been real busy with school and my daughter. While I'm making excuses, I may as well tell the truth. I blame society.

On to the goods. I've started using a new media player for my mp3s. It's called MediaMonkey, and it beats Winamp (and certainly the Windows Media Player). It's great for managing my large and unwieldy mp3 collection (it handles many other audio formats, and does video too), because it can download metadata and album art for your music, and it lets you tag music by mood, occasion, and other such subjective categories.

If you've ever called customer service and had to stay on the line punching numbers or, even worse, trying to get the speech recognition to understand what you're saying, the folks at gethuman can help. Go to the database section for a listing of phone numbers for major companies/government offices, along with instructions for getting through the system and right to an actual human on the other end of the line.

Find out what the Church of Scientology is all about at Scientology Kills. The good people there have assembled tons of information on the Church, their front organizations, and their beliefs. Find out what Tom Cruise and John Travolta are into! Good stuff to know, especially if you or someone you know is interested in joining this cult -- find out what you're getting into before your life savings are gone.

Check out some crazy bicycle videos at Lucas Brunelle Productions. This guy straps video cameras on his bike helmet and goes on some wild urban rides. My favorites are "Drag Race NYC" and "Rumble Through the Bronx".

TESTdex is an index of free personality (Myers-Briggs et al.) and intelligence (IQ etc) tests. Impress and annoy your friends by showing off your genius IQ.

Find everything you've ever wanted to know about playing cards and more at The World of Playing Cards. History, artwork, manufacturing process, the origin of the joker, it's all there.

I found this super cool gallery of photographs of spirals. Check it out.

What A is dedicated to collections of all kinds. Dolls, antiques, baseball cards, postcards, records, it's all there. Obsessive compulsive behavior has never been so much fun!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


I Am Back!

Yes, it has been a while since I updated. Thanks for noticing. I've been to busy (or is it lazy?) to update for the past week, but now I'm back at it.

If you like blowing stuff up, this site is for you. Implosion World has information and a database of pictures (lots of pictures, and animations too!) of controlled demolition projects. And if you have a structure you need imploded, just go ask the friendly folks at Controlled Demolition, Inc. to help you out.

It's official -- the emperor isn't wearing any clothes. According to a recently released National Intelligence Estimate, the war in Iraq is succeeding. That is, if by success you mean creating more terrorists and making the Muslim world hate us. I, for one, am not surprised. I have maintained since before the war began that this would be the outcome. It doesn't take a genius to make the connection between dropping bombs on civilian's homes turning someone into a militant suicide bomber -- when you have nothing left to lose you will use any means available to exact revenge. Of course, that isn't the only bad news about the Iraq war to come out recently. The Senate found no link between al-Qaida and Saddam (big surprise). And where are the WMDs? I wish I could say that all of this makes me happy, because more Americans are realizing how our leaders defrauded us, but it actually makes me depressed, now that it's proven that our soldiers (many of whom are my age) are dying thousands of miles away from home for no good reason.

In happier news (unless you're French), Airbus is having trouble producing the A380. That can only mean good things for Boeing, and by extension, the U.S. economy. The A380 is a pretty awesome bird, though. Compare its size (it is the big one) to the Airbus A340 next to it -- the A340 is a fairly large plane, too! Up to 853 passengers could fit on the A380 if it is configured in full economy class (it has two decks through the whole length of the plane). More typical is the three-class configuration, which holds a mere 555 passengers.

It's nearly time for snow (at least it is here in Alaska), so here, just for the season, is Make-a-Flake, a snowflake maker. My wife and I spent a lot of time last winter making cool snowflake designs.

Finally, check out Virtual Dali for a very well made gallery of paintings and photos by Salvador Dali.

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