Friday, December 29, 2006


Save Darfur!

Did you know that 2.5 million people have been driven from their homes in Darfur, Sudan? Each day, they face threats that are hard for us to even imagine including rape, disease, and starvation.

These people need our help to put an end to the genocide and they need it NOW.

Please join me in taking the first step to stopping the violence.

Sign the Save Darfur Coalition's petition urging President Bush and the UN Secretary-General to take immediate steps to stop the killing.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of millions of people in the region who desperately need outside help.

The Save Darfur Coalition is urging the international community to prevent further killings, displacement, and rape by deploying the UN peacekeeping force that has already been authorized, strengthening the understaffed African Union force that is already in Darfur, establishing a no-fly zone, increasing humanitarian aid, and ensuring access for delivery of food, medication and other essential supplies.

Please do not stand by while the violence continues - you can make a difference.

Go to to get involved.

Then please tell your friends and family and ask them to join you.

If you'd like to make a donation to support the campaign, you can do so at:

Thank you for your help!

Classic 80's Games

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love 80's music. I also love 80's games. The 80's was the decade that video games really took off. I just love that era!

80' has assembled a page chock full of all your favorite classic 80's games such as:

Donkey Kong
Space Invaders
and many more!

Have fun!

Maple Leaf Roses

Excellent picture tutorial on how to make roses out of maple leaves. A perfect fall project!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Hand Stuck in Toilet for 8 Hours!


A 27-year-old man was taking a train from Wuchang to Guangzhou in China when a little mishap caused him to drop his cell phone into the toilet bowl while using the toilet.

In a state of panic, he tried to fish it out but got his hand stuck instead. The attendants on board the train tried to free his hand from the compartment below for 3 hours but to no avail. It even got worse as his hand had now gotten deeper into the hole. As such, they had no choice but to stop at the next station to get some help.

Technicians removed part of the floorboard and the man was sent to the hospital with his hand still stuck. At the hospital, his hand was freed without further incident. By now, 8 hours had already elapsed. This poor guy must have suffered badly from both the pain and pungent stench! A total of 1,300 passengers were delayed for 5 hours as a result of this incident.


Max's Crawlspace

Max Action has an interesting story about a find in the crawlspace under his house. Very freaky story!

Mushroom Shelves



Wednesday, December 27, 2006

DIY Maven has a fun tutorial on Curbly on how to make a potted light bulb lamp that's cute and doesn't need any water.

Another email joke!

Sitting on the side of the road waiting to catch speeding drivers, a state trooper sees a car puttering along at 22 mph. He thinks to himself, "This driver is as dangerous as a speeder!" So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.
Approaching the car, he notices that there are five elderly ladies - two in the front seat and three in the back, wide-eyed and white as ghosts. The driver, obviously confused, says to him, "Officer, I don't understand. I was going the exact speed limit. What seems to be the problem?"
The trooper trying to contain a chuckle, explains to her that 22 was the route number, not the speed limit. A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.
"But before you go, ma'am, I have to ask, is everyone in this car OK? These women seem awfully shaken."
"Oh, they'll be all right in a minute, officer. We just got off Route 127."

Einstein's Fish Puzzle

This brainteaser, reportedly written by Einstein is difficult and Einstein said that 98% of the people in the world could not figure it out. Which percentage are you in?

There are five houses in a row in different colors. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The five owners drink a different drink, smoke a different brand of cigar and keep a different pet, one of which is a Walleye Pike.

The question is– who owns the fish?

1. The Brit lives in the red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The green house is on the left of the white house.
5. The green house owner drinks coffee.
6. The person who smokes Pall Malls keeps birds.
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhills.
8. The man living in the house right in the center drinks milk.
9. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
10. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the one who smokes Dunhills.
12. The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Princes.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.

There are no tricks, pure logic will get you the correct answer. And yes, there is enough information to arrive at the one and only correct answer.

ANSWER: Don't click if you don't want to know.

VIA Neatorama

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Photolurking, blog streaking and cheesepodding: The new Internet addictions

PARIS (AFP) - The Internet has given birth to a quirky range of modern addictions and maladies, the British weekly New Scientist says in its Christmas issue published this Saturday.

They include these:

- EGO-SURFING: When you frequently check your name and reputation on the Internet.

- BLOG STREAKING: "Revealing secrets or personal information online which for everybody's sake would be best kept private."

- CRACKBERRY: "The curse of the modern executive: not being able to stop checking your BlackBerry, even at your grandmother's funeral." (A BlackBerry is a popular handheld device that can be used for phoning, emailing and web-browsing).

- GOOGLE-STALKING: Defined as "snooping online on old friends, colleagues or first dates."

- CYBERCHONDRIA: "A headache and a particular rash at the same time? Extensive online research tells you it must be cancer."

- PHOTOLURKING: Flicking through a photo album of someone you've never met.

- WIKIPEDIHOLISM: Excess devotion to contributing to the online collaborative encyclopaedia, Wikipedia. (Wikipedia even has a page where you can test whether you're an addict: (

- CHEESEPODDING: Downloading of a song "so cheesy that you could cover it in plastic wrap and sell it at the deli counter." Cheesepodders are especially vulnerable to soft-rock favourites from the 1970s.


GorillaPod & MonsterPod


These are too cool!
I've been trying to get more "artsy" and creative with my photos since getting a digital camera. These two products are awesome in that you can get shots that you could never get before. I'm going to add these to my "creative arsenal" as soon as I can.

Sticks to over 1,000 surfaces and objects, even upside down and peels right off.
Holds any camera up to 20oz (560 grams).
Tilts and rotates
to any angle with pivoting tripod mount.
Molds to hold almost any surface or object.
Waterproof and dirt resistant
Fits in your pocket.
Works over and over. Simply wash it with water when it gets dirty.


Can be used as a traditional standing tripod, or molded around objects using sturdy moldable arms.
The go-anywhere Original Gorillapod holds up to 9.7oz (275 grams). Enough for most Point & Shoots.
The heavy-duty Gorillapod SLR Zoom holds up to 6.6lbs (3kg!). Enough for an SLR + zoom lens + flash.
Flexibile arms make it easy to orient your camera in any direction.
Waterproof and impact-resistant.
Rubberized arms and feet provide additional gripping power.
Takes great vacation photos, steady night shots, and amazing time lapses!

VIA Photojojo

Word Shoot

Whew! This game will whip your butt!
My highest score so far? 35,010!
Beat that!

(No download required)

Practice your typing skills (and spelling to boot) with Word Shoot, a fun game that pits your fingers against various tiny assassins.

You can choose your difficulty level from Easy to Impossible; once you hit Start, the object of the game is to type as fast as you possibly can to defeat the wee warriors. This might be a good one for all you hunt and pecksters out there. — VIA Wendy Boswell

Word Shoot

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Graham Owen's Fly Tying Creatures

Graham Owen

Check out the realistic insects this guy makes by fly-tying. Keep in mind that these are not real. Fantastic!

Road Blocks

Road Blocks is a really smart game of logic and luck........of which I obviously have neither.

Another email joke from Aunt Marge!

I love email jokes! For some reason, my Aunt Marge has sent me a couple good ones in the last few days. I don't know why she's started doing this, but I like it!

One beautiful December evening Pedro and his girlfriend Rosita were sitting by the side of the ocean. It was a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, "Hey, mamacita, let's do Weeweechu."

Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!" said Rosita.

Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged.

"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon." replied Rosita.

Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me."

Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "OK, one time, we'll do Weeweechu."

Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....

"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,
Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year."



Wednesday, December 20, 2006


This is freaking hilarious! I think I kinda look like Vince Neil.


Turn your brother-in-law into a cross-dresser, add a Santa cap to your K-9 and more with Pikipimp, an online image-manipulation tool that lets you "pimp" your photos.

Start by uploading a photo. Next you choose an object category (ranging from beards to wigs), then drag and drop individual objects onto your photo. Pikipimp supplies surprisingly robust tools, allowing you to resize, rotate, order and even adjust the transparency of each object. When you're done you can download the pimped photo or embed it in your site using provided code.

Pikipimp requires no registration, though signing up (free) entitles you to store and edit your images, vote on other pimped pix and more. It's a great way to have some fun with your photos. — VIA Rick Broida

Microwavable Mitten Warmers

DIY site Instructables shows you how to make microwavable mitten warmers using little more than a few pieces of fabric, a handful of rice and some thread.

The key ingredient is the rice, which, when nuked, stays nice and warm for upwards of an hour. The tutorial shows how to make a variety of warmers, including some that require no sewing.

Microwavable Mitten Warmers

Funny Email Joke from Aunt Marge


Liquor manufacturers have accepted the Government's suggestion that the following warning labels be placed immediately on all varieties of alcohol containers:
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell happened to your bra and panties.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
WARNING:! The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a retard.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may be a major factor in getting your ass kicked.
WARNING: the crumsumpten of alcohol may Mack you tink you kan tpye reel gode

LOL! Good one, Aunt Marge!


Play a fast action arcade game where you have to avoid the falling snow spikes. This game makes me crazy!


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Homemade Gift Wrapping

AlexRussell has a few ideas on what to use for wrapping a gift when you don't have or don't want to use traditional wrapping paper.

Because store-bought wrapping paper is so boring these days. Around the house there's plenty of gift wrapping to make your presents pop if you experiment a little. Here are a few ideas:

Paper towels: This is the one that started it all. My paper towel-wrapped White Elephant gift was the most battled over at the last Holiday party. It was so intriguing. What kind of gift could be wrapped in paper towels? Paper towels are a great, but they use a lot of tape and tear easily.

Sunday Comics: This gift wrapping idea is an homage to the comic issue of McSweeny's. Comics pages are a great way to wrap a present, and they're a lot cheaper than store-bought wrapping paper featuring the same characters. But don't stop at just the comics section of the newspaper. For your beloved meathead, think about the sports section. For your brother the CEO, how about the stocks? Where does it really end?

Aluminum foil: This is probably the most controversial gift wrap idea, because it's pretty expensive and you can get foil gift wrapping in the store that looks much better. However, you probably have aluminum foil in the house, and when you're done opening presents it's easy to recycle. And if there are cookies to take home from that holiday party, well...

Tinted Plastic wrap: This is almost a non-wrap gift wrapping, because it's transparent. But if you want to wrap and wrap and wrap until that's no longer so, I won't tell you not to. It's pretty easy to work with. You don't need tape, and even if there are creases and folds in the first few layers, pulling the last couple layers tight will make them look intentionally textured.

More ideas: There are plenty of other gift wrapping materials around the house. Here are a few more: printer paper; paper grocery bags with the labels turned out; pages ripped out of magazines, bonus for using the New Yorker; pages ripped out of dubious magazines (you know what I'm talking about); a cardboard box as-is; wax paper...

Outside Cat also had a great idea for wrapping paper using a copy machine and whatever your mind can imagine to make a copy of.

Armadillo Run

Armadillo Run is a physics-based game in which you have to build a Rube Goldberg style contraption to make it to the next level. For each challenge, you're given a budget to buy rope, cloth, metal bars, metal sheet, and other components. Then you have to assemble a structure and adjust the tension of the component so that it will successfully deliver a basketball to a circular blue portal. The challenges get harder as you progress. The game cost $20, but you can download a 10-level demo version for free. (It's for Windows only.)

Monday, December 18, 2006

Calvin and Hobbes Snow Art Gallery

These are just a few of my favorite winter time cartoons from Calvin and Hobbes! I think they're HILARIOUS!

See more at Calvin and Hobbes Snow Gallery

Calvin and Hobbes


I LOVE this game! It's simple but challenging and there's no downloading necessary. The best part is the comments you get when you mess up.
Try it!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Burger King Scares Me

I don't know what it is about this guy. Maybe it's because he doesn't talk or something, I dunno. But the Burger King mascot scares the beejeezus out of me.
Really....I get creeped out watching the commercials. The one where the guy opens up the window blinds and "The King" is standing there staring at him from outside. And the one where the guy wakes up with "The King" in bed with him.....I'd have a freaking heart attack if that was me! Burger King really needs to have this guy soften up a little or start talking or something.

12 Signs You Drank Too Much


How To Make A Christmas Card Star

Christmas Card Star from WikiHow

What a great way to re-use your old Christmas cards from year to year instead of throwing them away.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Paper Holidays!

Jaime over at Paper Forest has assembled an incredible list of holiday papercrafts.

Spiky Star

Zero from the Nightmare Before Christmas (Purchase the CD from Trader Sam-the least you can do for all his other magnificent Free models.)

and Jack Skellington's Coffin Sleigh (same deal)

Moving Santa Model (Nominal fee for Download)

Santa Popper (nominal Fee for download)

Cool 3-d snowflake

Printable tree for those with NO space

Keisuke Saka's Carolers

Keisuke Saka's Reindeer

Paperpino's Flying Santa

Pop-up Tree, Pointsettia (new), and Reindeer

Holiday Costume for your Paper Bear and more to explore!

Holiday Gift Box Star Box

Cards from Epson Hong Kong

Snowflake cut-out cards

Simple Tree Place Card

Dreidel Favor Box

Paper Snowflakes

Paper Snowflake templates

Rob Ive's List of paper models (many aren't included here)

And Flying Pig has assembled their own fantastic list:

Festive Paper models to print out and make.
A selection to paper animations from our site and from around the web for you to download print out and make.
Let us know if you find any others we can add to the list. Ho ho ho!

Santa Popper
Press down on his head and he raises his arms cheerfully. One of our models available here.

Stella Stellated Solids
...make fantastic Christmas decorations! More info.
Hako Santa
From the Paper Pino web site The HPH Santa disassembles and fits completely into his head.
Free to download here
Warming Up
By Keisuke Saka. Delightful model with an athletic Rudolph limbering up for the big day!
Free to download here
Christmas Kiss
One of ours! Charming moving Christmas card. Pull the tab and the festive couple kiss under the mistletoe.
Free to download here
Ho Ho Ho!
Another one of ours! Turn the handle and the jolly Santa laughs heartily!
Download here
Flying Santa
Another model from Paper Pino - What fun!
Download for free here

Pop Up Christmas Card from Canon
Reindeer and Sleigh
Christmas Game
Carol Singers

Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree with Stange Characters
Hako Reindeer
Santa on rails
Various Christmas Trees
Flying Angel
Nativity Scene
Snowflake Cards
Interesting Santa
Various very nice pop up cards
Weird sort of Santa thing
Flying Santa
Thanks to Arturo Palacios and others for these links! Have fun everyone. I'm going to start with the nice pop up cards.