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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

"Today I recorded a bunch of different voices sounding really interested in what a telemarketer would be offering." (link to mp3) - creative bastard

"It's one of those slow days today. A little while ago I put together a little application on our phone system so that when a telemarketer calls in, I can transfer them to this extension and annoy the hell out of them. I thought about it a bit more and decided to make it a little more interesting, so I can get them to hold on the line as long as possible. Today I recorded a bunch of different voices sounding really interested in what a telemarketer would be offering. Have a listen:"

creative bastard

White Wedding Remix - (vid) Jumpcut

"Man these guys are talented and not bad looking for a bunch of horse faced mutants."

Jumpcut [View]

YouTube - this-n-that - Finger picking a vintage Martin 0018

Finger picking a vintage Martin 0018. 'This' is the intro to James Taylor's 'Mexico'. 'That' is 'Windy and Warm' by John D Loudermilk - made famous by Chet Atkins.

1967 Martin 00-18 serial# 223069. Beginning in April 1968 Martin changed the bridge plate. This seriously affected the sound quality and may help explain why old Martins sound so much better than newer ones.

YouTube - this-n-that

Munchkin Cthulhu - Boxed game with 168 cards, rules, and die

Written by Steve Jackson Illustrated by John Kovalic

Boxed game with 168 cards, rules, and die. Suggested Retail Price: $24.95
Stock #1447 ISBN 1-55634-760-X
In Production

Coming this fall . . . a new stand-alone Munchkin game!

Munchkins have hacked their way through dungeons, kung fu temples, starships, haunted houses, and supervillians. Now they face their greatest foe - Cthulhu! Will they survive? Will they retain their sanity? Will they . . . level up?

Of course they will. If something's got stats, you can kill it and Take Its Stuff.

Munchkin Cthuhlu is the newest standalone game in the Munchkin line, this time lampooning Lovecraft's Mythos and the horror gaming that surrounds it. Brought to you by Steve Jackson and John Kovalic, this set summons classic monsters from outside reality . . . to let you kill them, level up, and loot.

You can play Munchkin Cthulhu by itself, or combine it with any number of other Munchkin games for mind-bending silliness. (more of these game sets at link)

Munchkin Cthulhu

Friday, August 25, 2006

YouTube - Silent Library with Ernesto Hoost

"From the Japanese variety show Gaki no tsukai ya arahende. "Silent library" with special guest Ernesto Hoost.

YouTube - Silent Library with Ernesto Hoost

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Gromozon: AKA, Real Nasty Rootkit @ Alice Hill’s Real Tech News - Independent Tech

In the comments, someone posted a good way to block from that domain:

  1. In FireFox, just Adblock “http://*.gbeb.cc/*” and you are set. Oh yeah you need FireFox and AdBlock extension (one of the best ad cleaning extension).

    Comment by achacha — August 24, 2006 @ 7:14 am

"At this point, you’re probably wondering what a “Gromozon” is. Well, sadly it’s not a monster from Star Trek - it’s actually a rather nasty domain that pumps out all manner of Adware and Rootkits:

In May 2006, users started to report strange behaviour in Windows: strange crashes at boot up, unusual reports of Antivirus software reporting heuristic detections of files they couldn’t clean, and odd files appearing on the hard drive. Source: PC Al Sicuro"

Gromozon: AKA, Real Nasty Rootkit @ Alice Hill’s Real Tech News - Independent Tech:

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Google's Embed MP3 Player

Google has a nice little MP3 player you can use on your site, as Amit Agarwal found out by digging through Gmail code. Just append the URL of an MP3 file to "http://mail.google.com/mail/html/audio.swf?audioUrl=".


Google's MP3 Player

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Table of Malcontents

FARK.com: (2244898) Ownage! Pantera publicist's response to E! Channel's request to re-enact Dimebag's death

"Hi Beau. I’m leaving John’s comments in cause he’s a nice guy and I know this was difficult for him to send on through. I’m also blind copying a whole list of folks who will most likely copy a whole other list of folks until maybe this spreads like a good email should and end up on 100,000 websites to show the world what a collective bunch of tasteless morons you all are.

Dime’s birthday is this coming Sunday and your timing couldn’t be worse. Not that there is a good time. In fact, in honor of his birthday, I think I’ll send this around to a few of our favorite music websites who will most likely print the whole damn thing word for word, including your phone number and email. For good measure, I’m going to throw in the top 50 major daily music and some of the top TV writers in the country and why not, the weeklies as well.

I realize there is nothing anyone can do to stop E! from producing garbage like this below, as you’ve built your audience on the backs of other people’s private lives, creating some type of warped reality out of your garbage, which is merely excuses for programming on the cheap and at the expense of others.

I would like to request that you please read this out out loud to all the creative geniuses in the programming department that came up with this idea.

We have received your request to license footage on Dimebag Darrell Abbott for your upcoming production of, “25 Most Chilling Hollywood Murders.”

While we realize the average E! audience most likely has the IQ of an umbrella, they collectively are a smarter bunch than the lot of you. Your programming creativity falls somewhere to the bottom of the middle at best, and that’s saying a lot.

I ask that you all please take a moment from your busy days and close your eyes. Live out the fantasy of playing your favorite instrument onstage. Your closest friends in the world surround you, either in the band or in your crew. From one side of the stage, a man approaches. Thinking he’s a security guy or a drunk fan who’s just a bit out a line, you continue to perform. Two seconds later, he lifts his arms, aims a rifle at your brother, your best friend, your buddy and blows his brains out, not three feet from where you are. In the nanosecond it takes you to comprehend the magnitude of what just happened, he does it again…and again…and again…and again…and again…and again before taking aim and murdering additional members of your extended family as well as fans that have come to see you play. Two of your crew are shot but survive, but of course, will never be the same again.

Now imagine it’s a few years later and you turn on the TV set. Just in case you may be having at least a five minute respite from that scene that plays over and over in your head, just in case…..you flip through the channels and there it is. Again. Only with some two bit actor who thinks this is his big Hollywood break.

And please, if you don’t like that scenario, make believe it’s your child who got his brains splattered all over a stage in Ohio. And then you turn on E! Oh, the magic of television!

In case none of this appears clear enough and you need a definitive answer to your request…no. The answer if no, and on behalf of everyone that was there that night and everyone that misses him every day, you can take that no and shove it up your collective asses.

And, for your second request, yes, you can quote me on that.


Jane Hoffman"
Here's my favorite comment on the FARK thread so far:

2006-08-22 02:58:58 PM DaCaptain19

Dear Ms. Hoffman,

In regards to your response to the E! channel request vis-a-vis one Dimebag Darrell Abott, I would like to record my strongest protests on your language and form.

My good lady, I have well served my owner in the capacity of Unbrella for many years. Many is the drop of rain and, at times, snow or even sleet that my owner has had nary a worry about, all because of my humble service.

So when you, Ms. Hoffmann, needlessly characterize the intelligence of the E! audience as that of an "umbrella" well, I think I speak for all my Umbrella brethern in saying, for shame...for shame.

We Umbrellas have more pride than to be...cast, if you will, into the putrid sludge that is the E! channel viewership.

I am sure, Ms. Hoffmann, that you will at some point in your life require the services of one of my Umbrella brethern. Knowing that you will, please take a moment next time to reflect on your words before casting dispersion upon such a worthy group of inanimate objects, by comparing them to these types of viewers.

Thank you for your consideration.

Black "Rain-Off" Umbrella with Maple Handle

FARK.com: (2244898) Ownage! Pantera publicist's response to E! Channel's request to re-enact Dimebag's death

best of craigslist : Anyone ever been caught...


"Game Over" 1:30
by PES
Produced by Sarah Phelps & PES
Special Thanks: Megan O'Neill, AtomEntertainment


YouTube - wilkins coffee (TV ad with early Muppets)

"a montage of different wilkins coffee ads with early muppets".

Shooting puppets with a handgun is comedy gold!

YouTube - wilkins coffee 1

Monday, August 21, 2006

Trends: Adult Kickball Leagues Are Hot - Newsweek Periscope - MSNBC.com

"If you made it through second grade, chances are good you're familiar with kickball. Now tens of thousands of adults are forming kickball leagues for grown-ups. The World Adult Kickball Association (which charges players $60 to join) boasts 20,000 players who compete in tournaments and win prizes. Scores of independent leagues —whose players often show up for games wearing antlers, throw water balloons during a dull inning and use a Slip 'N Slide instead of a base—are holding weekly practices and games from Seattle to Brooklyn." (more) Trends: Adult Kickball Leagues Are Hot - Newsweek Periscope - MSNBC.com

Best/Worst "Independent" Titles

Here's the Top 10 of the Top 50 Best list, there is also a Worst Top 10 list at the bottom of the page at IMDb.

1.8.8Pulp Fiction (1994)180,544
2.8.8One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)91,838
3.8.7The Usual Suspects (1995)133,841
4.8.6Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)82,091
5.8.6Psycho (1960)69,084
6.8.6Memento (2000)121,816
7.8.6The Silence of the Lambs (1991)117,012
8.8.4Apocalypse Now (1979)84,426
9.8.4Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)81,645
10.8.4To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Best/Worst "Independent" Titles

Friday, August 18, 2006

Slashdot | The Thalamus - The Kernel in Your Mind

"'This article on Yahoo Science News describes a new finding that explains how the thalamus is used by your brain to essentially boot your brain, and provide for central processing and control of all impulses going to and from the cortex. The article describes its function as an operating system, but from the description it actually seems closer to the functions of a kernel.' From the article: 'The finding, published last week in the journal Neuroscience, changes the way scientists understand nitric oxide's role in the brain, and it also has them rethinking the function of the thalamus, where it is released. The thalamus was thought to be a fairly primitive structure, sort of a gate that could either open and allow sensory information to stream into the cortex, the higher functioning part of the brain, or cut off the flow entirely. Godwin says the new research shows it's more accurate to think of the thalamus not as a gate but as a club bouncer, who doesn't simply allow a huge rush of people to go in or no one at all, but picks and chooses whom to let in and out. '" (comments at link) Slashdot | The Thalamus - The Kernel in Your Mind

Friday web zen: writing zen

Thursday, August 17, 2006


Wired News: Text Games Get Film Treatment

""It was a time where, for a while, the top-selling interactive games in the world were essentially books," said Jason Scott, a Boston filmmaker and Unix system administrator who is shooting a documentary called Get Lamp about text adventure pioneers. As with his last film -- a five-and-a-half-hour documentary about bulletin boards called BBS: The Documentary -- Scott's plan is to archive a period in computing history that's at risk of drifting into obscurity.

Text-based games faded from popular culture in the late 1980s as personal computers became advanced enough to process detailed graphics and sound. But early favorites, like the underground adventure series Zork created by MIT students in the late 1970s, still have a cult following. Online repositories like The Interactive Fiction Archive and the Society for the Promotion of Adventure Games also maintain access to early works." (more at link)

Wired News: Text Games Get Film Treatment

'Downtime' by Spiral Lobster (book)

Spiral Lobster: "Spiral Lobster came into existence through the fusion of a sperm and egg some thirty years ago, but was only able to acquire credit cards recently. He studied at Manchester University gaining a Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence, as well as studying Astrophysics and Philosophy.

In 1994, he was appointed Acting Omnibenevolent Polyfather of the Virginity in Gold to the Discordian Society, an agnostic anti-dogmatic religion founded in 1959 and now a worldwide phenomena. For six years he was the editor of the Discordian magazine 'd8mer', to which he remains a regular contributor.

He recently joined International Hobo (www.ihobo.co.uk), where he produces game designs, scripts and guerrilla ontology. He is very much in love with his wife, and his zero children.

He is currently working on a novel based upon his experiences with the Discordian Society, and with his own cabal, the Tropist Monks of Byzantium (www.discordia-inc.co.uk) and has recently completed 'Downtime', the sequel to 'Downtime'."

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase (2d claymation video) Google Video

Peter Gabriel approves!

Two-dimensional clay animations melding and merging the work of 35 famous artists.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Their motto is: "we make dreams come true".

I think they are on to something wonderful, indeed.


From the list of "most painful ways to die": Being pulled all the way through a wood-chipper, feet first - FARK.com: (2233367)

FARK.com: (2233367) From the list of "most painful ways to die": Being pulled all the way through a wood-chipper, feet first:

From Cpu_thrasher:

"I can't be the only one that thought of this:

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
by Randall Jarrell

From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from the dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose."

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Crispin Hellion Glover's Books & CD

books: "Rat Catching, Oak Mot, and What it is, and how it is done.

All books are fine, signed, hard bound editions with over two hundred photographs and illustrations for your assistance and perusal."

Thursday, August 10, 2006

YouTube - Country Snoop Dogg Dogg Gin And Juice

"Country song snoop sings along with it. Hillarious, Gin And Juice in Country song by The Gourds."

YouTube - Country Snoop Dogg Dogg Gin And Juice

YouTube - Robot Chicken - Eight Mile Parody (stop motion with Looney Toons characters)

8 mile parody on robot chcken with looney tunes characters. Nice stop motion.

YouTube - Robot Chicken - Eight Mile

Monday, August 07, 2006

BBC NEWS | Business | Google signs $900m MySpace deal

"Google is to provide search and advertising on MySpace.com and other websites owned by News Corporation's Fox International Media.

The deal will see Google pay Fox at least $900m (£472m) provided certain web traffic targets are met.

However the agreement does not include FoxSports.com, which already has contracts with Microsoft and MSN.

Google said online community MySpace was an important site to be involved with given its rapid popularity growth." (more) BBC NEWS | Business | Google signs $900m MySpace deal

Bush Backrub - Presented by Addicting Games

Description:These people look sad! Bush to the rescue!
Instructions:Click and hold down - rub vigorously to massage the negotiators.

Bush Backrub - Presented by Addicting Games

Imagining the Tenth Dimension | MetaFilter

"Greetings Earthlings. I am Sparx of what you might call the 'Puppy Love Dimension'. I have crossed the multiverse at right angles to bring warning. The arrival of our ancient adversaries from the 'Savings Dimension' to your humble plane of existence is imminent! They have already conquered eight of the 10 dimensional constructs, with their fearsome false prophecies of a fast approaching 'Rainy Day'. Your only chance is to spazz out at your parents' lack of understanding of your forlorn hope that you can create a lasting relationship of unparalled epic romance with that cute strawberry-blonde in HomeRoom. That is all.

posted by Sparx at 3:36 PM PST on July 4"

Imagining the Tenth Dimension | MetaFilter

Unknown City - a travel guide and city guide for broke people

UC is a travel guide and city guide - for the broke, by the broke. A constantly updated survival manual for people who don't have much money but want to still have a life, with a growing national and international network of members. All content is member-submitted - just sign up with an e-mail to post and comment. Simple as that.

Unknown City

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Deer Gets Revenge on Bow Hunter - Google Video

The music complements the ass kicking hoofed out by this deer perfectly.

Deer Gets Revenge - Google Video

Britney Spears acting very strange or STONED

Nipple check... one two... one two...

I love that crazy table slapping she does, what a doof.

"Britney Spears talks about how she believes that it's possible to time travel like in "Back to the Future." She also burps and talks about being ugly."

YouTube - Britney Spears acting very strange or STONED

Saturday, August 05, 2006

God Listens... (funny photo)

Originally uploaded by Theremina.

... TO SLAYER!!! (insert gratuitous air guitar riff)

Friday, August 04, 2006

YouTube - Darth Vader being a smartass

From Doomblake
I edited this together from clips from Empire, and time-remapped some to get a few expressions to work. Enjoy

YouTube - Darth Vader being a smartass

X-MEN Animated TV Series (4 DVD) - neodvds.com

neodvds.com: "This is the complete 5 season 4 DVD set of X-MEN the animated series. Including all 76 episodes aired. This includes a bonus episode 'Pryde of the X-MEN'. It features the cover art displayed on the site and complete episode listing on the back.

Season 1

1. Night of the Sentinels Pt. 1
2. Night of the Sentinels Pt. 2
3. Enter Magneto
4. Deadly Reunions
5. Captive Hearts
6. Cold Vengeance
7. Slave Island
8. The Unstoppable Juggernaut
9. The Cure
10. Come the Apocalypse
11. Days of Future Past Pt. 1
12. Days of Future Past Pt. 2
13. The Final Decision

Season 2

14. Til Death Do Us Part Pt. 1
15. Til Death Do Us Part Pt. 2
16. Whatever It Takes
17. Red Dawn
18. Repo Man
19. X-Ternally Yours
20. Time Fugitives Pt. 1
21. Time Fugitives Pt. 2
22. A Rogue's Tale
23. Beauty and the Beast
24. Mojovision
25. Reunion Pt. 1
26. Reunion Pt. 2

Season 3

27. Out of the Past Pt. 1
28. Out of the Past Pt. 2
29. The Phoenix Saga : Sacrifice Pt. 1
30. The Phoenix Saga : Dark Shroud Pt. 2
31. The Phoenix Saga : Cry of the Banshee Pt. 3
32. The Phoenix Saga : Starjammers Pt. 4
33. The Phoenix Saga : Child of Light Pt. 5
34. Obsession
35. Cold Comfort
36. Savage Land, Strange Heart, Pt. 1
37. Savage Land, Strange Heart, Pt. 2
38. The Dark Phoenix : Dazzled Pt. 1
39. The Dark Phoenix : Inner Circle Pt. 2
40. The Dark Phoenix : Dark Phoenix Pt. 3
41. The Dark Phoenix : The Fate of Phoenix Pt. 4
42. Orphan's End
43. Juggernaut Returns
44. Nightcrawler
45. Weapon X, Lies, & Videotape

Season 4

46. One Man's Worth Pt.1
47. One Man's Worth Pt.2
48. Courage
49. Proteus Pt.1
50. Proteus Pt.2
51. Sanctuary Pt. 1
52. Sanctuary Pt. 2
53. Beyond Good and Evil Part 1: The End of Time
54. Beyond Good and Evil Part 2: Promise of Apocalypse
55. Beyond Good and Evil Part 3: The Lazarus Chamber
56. Beyond Good and Evil Part 4: End and Beginning
57. Have Yourself a Morlock Little Christmas
58. The Lotus and the Stee"

Friday web zen: the return of photo zen

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Slashdot | Matt Damon as Kirk in Star Trek XI?

"Our friends at IMDB.com are reporting that Matt Damon has been cast to play a young James T. Kirk in the new Star Trek Movie directed by J.J. Abrams. Is this the end of the Star Trek series we fans know and love, or the beginning of something bigger and better for the series?"

Slashdot | Matt Damon as Kirk in Star Trek XI?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Pullman Is A Dick, Philip K. That Is (August 1st 2006)

Bush plan for military courts will expand their authority to include trials of people who aren't terrorists. No public or speedy t

"Bush plan for military courts will expand their authority to include trials of people who aren't terrorists. No public or speedy trial, and crimes can be added at will"

FARK.com: (2207664) Bush plan for military courts will expand their authority to include trials of people who aren't terrorists. No public or speedy trial, and crimes can be added at will:

Ultimate iPod accessory?

"Manufacturers say the iCarta is designed to 'enhance your experience in the smallest room', reports the Daily Mail.

The gadget, which costs around £50, merges an iPod docking station with a loo roll dispenser." (more) Ananova - Ultimate iPod accessory?

YouTube - Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager (episode 2)

Chad Vader trains new employees and goes on a date.

YouTube - Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager (episode 2)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

How much do you have to drink to become a bigot? moxie: Carnival of Mel

Mel has apologized in a decent way (finally) but here at the Moxtopia compound, we are conducting a scientific experiment to determine exactly how much booze it takes to make a normal person become a bigot. Sure, it's a Tuesday, but we're doing this because we care.

Therefore, I, Moxie the atheist am drinking nonstop for the next 10 hours and posting every hour...the goal is to identify the amount of booze required to spew even one anti-semitic slur.

Joining me will be a good Christian, Steve H. of Hog on Ice.

Our control subject will be Aaron, who is an observant Jew.

It's the unholy trinity! (more) moxie: Carnival of Mel

CNN.com - Authors to Rowling: Don't kill Harry Potter - Aug 1, 2006

Stephen King is on the lookout in this pic for runaway vans looking to smite them asunder.

"NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Two of America's top authors, John Irving and Stephen King, made a plea to J.K. Rowling on Tuesday not to kill the fictional boy wizard Harry Potter in the final book of the series, but Rowling made no promises.

'My fingers are crossed for Harry,' Irving said at a joint news conference before a charity reading by the three writers at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

The author of 'The World According to Garp' and a string of other bestsellers said he and King felt like 'warm-up bands' for Rowling, who is working on the seventh and last book in the Harry Potter series, and who has said two characters will die.

King, who shot to fame in 1974 with 'Carrie,' said he had confidence that Rowling would be 'fair' to her hero." (more) CNN.com - Authors to Rowling: Don't kill Harry Potter - Aug 1, 2006

787 Cliparts (Mesmerizing looped animation, Quicktime)

Amazing Stop Motion Video - www.2BlogGadgets.com - Google Video

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