Monthly Archives: July 2009
Try explaining this one to Geico…
Cat Likes Being Hit (at low-impact with a cardboard tube)
I’d play this.
Filed under 1980s, Video Games
Dennis Kucinich give a lesson on Canadian Healthcare
I really wish more people would give Kucinich a chance when running for president. Even if you don’t agree with his political leanings, the guy is very intelligent and well-spoken.
Filed under Politics & Propaganda
Ames Window Illusion
1. coconut across bay
2. dandelion to hill
3. coconut to valley to get fruit.
4. dandelion to hilltop
5. fruit to draw sheep.
6. dandelion to land on sheep
7. dandelion to blow by bridge
8. coconut to crack bridge once
9. dandelion to blow by bridge
10. coconut to crack bridge twice
11. dandelion to blow by bridge
12. coconut to crack bridge 3rd time
13. dandelion to blow by bridge
14. coconut to DESTROY bridge
15. fruit to attract large bird, get up cliff
16. coconut to go down waterfall and acquire vine
17. vine to climb cliff
18. fruit to attract large bird again
19. vine to get rid of large bird
20. dandelion to blow over waterfall
21. fruit to attract small bird, get over gorge
22. coconut to roll down hill and back from river
23. coconut to alter ramp
24. vine to climb ramp
25. fruit to attract small bird
26. coconut to jump river
27. Acorn to finish game
Filed under Video Games
Happy Liberia Induction Day
Sorry, Liberia. I guess we were no better at colonialism than the British Empire. But hey, at least Charles Taylor is gone, right?
Stepbrothers: Movie Trivia
I agree with Neatorama, I didn’t think much of Stepbrothers when I first saw the movie. It’s crass, extremely profane, and there isn’t much of a plot…but I really like the movie now. Neatorama came up with a bunch of trivia related to the movie, my favorite of which is the first bit, about the director of photography. It’s hard to believe the movie has been out a whole year, today. Enjoy.
Weird On-Stage Blooper Video
I think it’s funny that I already had a post-label for accordion…like that comes up very often. (Update…yeah, I realized it was dumb to have a category for accordion. There are only 2 posts in 4 years that have dealt with accordions. So yeah, it’s gone. Sorry accordion and polka enthusiasts.)
Silversun Pickups – Panic Switch
Filed under Music
Going To Paradise
Where are Rick Dees and Marilyn McCoo when you need them?
Filed under 1980s, Movies & TV, Music
I just saved an alien!
I just saved a daddy-long-legs centipede. Creepy as it was, this guy was just wayyyy too cool to squash. I carefully covered it with a foam cup, slid a paper towel underneath, and released the little dude (or dude-ette) outside.
Here’s where I swiped the photo: Mike and Melissa Williams.
Nothing to see here
Sorry, I needed a spot to stick this picture for a twitter post, and this was the first I could access. Enjoy.
My Favorite Tweeter
I had to post with due haste. I laugh at about 75% of his posts. Badbannana (Tim Siedell)
slightly Not-Safe-For-Work, but funny
This is off-color and crude, but I laughed a lot at this commercial. That was the “Do I post this, or don’t I?” litmus test.
40 Years Ago: Americans Landed On The Moon
Here are some related links for this historic day:
Nixon’s (happily) undelivered speech in the event of the deaths of the Lunar Astronauts.
Filed under History, Science & Space
Happy Birthday, Bruce the Shark!
Can you believe Jaws is 34 years old? I watched this movie when I was a kid, probably having seen one of the many sequels first, and I didn’t really give this movie another chance. It was slow, nothing happened for most of the movie, and you barely even saw the shark until he eats that old crusty guy.
I rediscovered Jaws in my late-20’s, and it’s simply an amazing, tension filled, hilarious and freaking scary movie! Yeah, I know, the effects are dated, but come on. Give them a chance, it was 35 years ago. There were computer effects in maybe 3 movies up to this point. This was the first big-budget movie by fledgling director Steven Spielberg. And if you’ve ever seen any of the many documentaries about this movie, the damn shark hardly ever worked. It’s amazing the movie got made at all, let alone made into such a masterpiece. I love this movie.
Much like one of my other all-time favorite movies, The Matrix, it’s best to just forget any sequels exist.
Oh, and here’s the original movie trailer, read by Orson Welles.
And Jaws in 30 Seconds, reenacted by bunnies.
I used to hate the water. I can’t imagine why.
Bizarre Ending is Apt…
The Star Wars Drinking Song
The video portion leaves a lot to be desired. I recommend just playing and listening. It’s a feel-good tune, which makes me want to go to the lake and get a little drunk.
Filed under Star Wars
Jesus! Mon Dieu! Jim Caviezel hurt in motorcycle accident.
Some guy threw his bicycle in the path of Caviezel’s Harley! I hope JC is ok. Here’s the story.
Besides The Passion of the Christ, James Caviezel was also in one of my very favorite movies, The Count of Monte Cristo.
Dedicated Readers / Perusers,
The number of cool things you can see here on a daily basis is going to slow to a crawl for a while. I’m still trying to post something new everyday, but not the mass amounts of things I’ve had on lately (which was the case because I needed to clean out my ‘favorites’ folder prior to a hard drive wipe and reload). I just wanted to let you know I haven’t forgotten about my old friend, Best Of Omaha Kraznoy Dakota East. I just need to focus on making some more money, getting college wrapped up, starting a career I actually enjoy, and maybe, who knows, starting a family in the next couple of years. As I start to move more toward multimedia outlets for my imagination, I’ll post my thoughts and inklings on here.
Just one more comment. After the whole Kraznoy debacle, I’m actually very pleased with the web address I ended up with. I hope you are too. Thanks for watching.
– Aaron Burman
Filed under Blog, Blogsmith Commentary
Yeah, a couple more links.
Bob Marley website – plays his music, so it’s nice to stick in the background.
A picture of Winnie The Pooh, in a different light…
The Texas Hippie Coalition, a great unsigned band.
Various movie-themed fonts, primarily from the 1990’s. More fun to look at than to download, me thinks.
An unusual, but cool fan-site to Thomas Jefferson and Monticello.
Happy French Independence Day
More technically known as Bastille Day or Fête Nationale, this day commemorates the storming of the Bastille, the Parisian prison/fortress. Here’s some trivia you might not know about this old mighty fortress:
1) The Bastille was originally built during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453 A.D.), and held everyone from common criminals to high ranking officials. The original site is now a marina, an opera house, and city streets, but the outline of the Bastille’s dimensions are reflected on the pavement in the surrounding area.
2) Possibly the most interesting prisoner held in the Bastille is Marquis de Sade, whose moniker led to the term “Sadism”). The Marquis was transferred from the Bastille prison to an insane asylum less than two weeks before the Bastille was stormed, thus preventing him from escaping into the streets of Paris. Wikipedia has an interesting article on his life achievements, including various levels of sexual depravity.
3) The key to the Bastille was presented to George Washington, and currently hangs at Mount Vernon in Virginia. The attached letter read:
March 17, 1790
Marquis de Lafayette to GW
“Give me leave, my dear General to present you with a picture of the Bastille, just as it looked a few days after I had ordered its demolition,- with the main key of the fortress of despotism. It is a tribute, which I owe, as a son to my adoptive father, as an Aide – de – Camp to my General, as a Missionary of liberty to its Patriarch.” –Marquis de Lafayette
There is also a scale model of the Bastille at Mount Vernon, carved from one of the original stones from the fortress.
I wish some remnant of the building was still in existence, but it’s still worth a visit to Paris.
Dolphins in danger – human & dolphin interactions
12 fascinating tunnel networks
Science looks at Baltimore’s rats
Largest bankruptcies in history (infographic)
15 most disturbing movies ever made
35 tip jars that make you look twice.
Very rare Orca mass-wave-attack on a Seal. Very cool.
Galactic center of the Milky Way rises over Texas
Best selling car in American history…sold over 450,000 units last year. (funny, true article)
Cool music video from an NYU student
Official Dilbert website, with a long backlog of comics
Mr. Ostrich, don’t mess with the elephant. (animated gif)
Origin stories of various band-names
Serious Lunch (blog) – just a blog I like to peruse once in a while.
Filed under Blog
Hail photos from Sheldon, IA
Filed under weather
5 tweets I decided not to post
1) I have the worst eyebrow dandruff. No where else. Tried shampooing my eyebrows, just get it in my eyes.
2) I think my talking Yoda doll actually has an ancient spirit trapped inside. It’s uncanny that, based on yes/no questions, how accurate he is. I feel guilty for neglecting him.
3) I take an abnormal number of slug and bug photos. I should think about this for a career.
4) Slightly fascinated with the amount of hair growing on my body, ears, nose (in & out), unibrow, and mutant eyebrow hairs, all while it recedes and disappears from my scalp.
5) If I were any color other than white, I’d probably choose off-white.
Retro Sabotage…my favorite short-games site that they NEVER UPDATE!!
Top 10 rites of passage movies
The truth hurts. (funny God/Devil deaths infograph)
Ultra-ULTRA Right Wing Wacko bumper stickers. This guy has way too much to say.
Three sites. First, what Socialism would look like if Obama got his way. Second, what Socialism has looked like under recent Presidents. And third, what Alaska’s Socialism looks like under Sarah Palin.
Twitter / Facebook blues…
It’s hard. I’m trying to adhere to a self-proclaimed rule: “No More Than 3 Tweets In A Row Without Someone Else On Facebook Putting Up A Comment”. I don’t want to be one of those people who has like 20 posts in a row, making it impossible ‘not’ to think that person is really full of themself…themselves…their self?..whatever. I think that’s why I’ve put up a few new live-posts on here (not previously made auto-shots). Although I did make a post for the 34th anniversary of the opening of Jaws, but it’s not set to show up for a little over a week. Sorry. Be sure to watch the movie in appreciation of…it. Or of Bruce the Shark, the wonderfully clanky, breakdown-y shark that made the movie much more suspenseful than it was originally intended…because they couldn’t show the shark very often. Because he was broken. A lot.
Anyhow, that’s on like the 18th or 19th, I think. There’s a wiki for the movie, but I’m too lazy to look.
Anyhow 2, someone besides me really could use a nighttime schedule, in order for me to tweet a lot more often. I don’t think I’ll have any takers. Maybe Mike can help me friend someone from Japan who speaks English. I remember years ago, I would chat with someone from Australia. I don’t remember their name, and only chatted for a summer in like 1997, so I probably couldn’t relate to the person today, but it was fun while it lasted.
I love run-on sentences. I guess that’s all I have to say. Enjoy your weekend.
Here’s how Correctionville, Iowa, my favorite city-name, got its monkier (not from prisons): http://correctionville.govoffice2.com/
Filed under Iowa
Self portrait drawing ala Sharpie
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