The Empire That Was Russia

July 31, 2006 at 10:52 am | Posted in History, Photography, Physics, Television | Leave a comment

Using a clever technique,  Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii made vivid color photographs of his native Russia as early as 1909!  (Via Damn Interesting).

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The Voices of the Simpsons Visit Conen O’Brien

July 31, 2006 at 10:28 am | Posted in Humor | Leave a comment

Two voice actors, ten characters.

About.com

July 30, 2006 at 9:10 am | Posted in CG, Games, Gratis, Health, History, Painting, Reference, Software | 1 Comment

A lot of people seem to totally ignore it.  Despite this, it has some remarkable resources for anyone interested in digging.  Like a roster of free board/card games, plus resources for game inventorsOr a bunch of stuff on computer security for beginners.  Like so much of the Internet, there exists someone with the expertise and interest to discuss just about anything.

Plate Mail Is The New Black

July 30, 2006 at 8:56 am | Posted in Fantastic, Kinesthetics, Photography, Television, Weapons | Leave a comment

Just ask Christian Dior.  Really, it’s sporty.

The World Map of Happiness

July 30, 2006 at 8:40 am | Posted in Biology, Cartography, Chemistry, Health, Painting, Psychology, Reference, Statistics | 3 Comments

Though some might questions its methodology, this map does seem to nail down that elusive sense that Russians are world-class-unhappy, and the Scandinavians of all stripes think things are swell.

“Man 1, Bank 0” by Patrick Combs

July 30, 2006 at 4:06 am | Posted in Architecture, Humor, Legal | Leave a comment

What happens when you deposit a junk mail check for over $95,000, only to discover that it clears and the money is legally yours?

The Generated Art of Alex Dragulescu

July 30, 2006 at 4:03 am | Posted in Art, CG, Eye Candy, FutureTech, History, Mashup/Remix, Software, Vehicles | Leave a comment

Prior medium in, art out. Be sure to check out his spam plants.

Removal of a Parasitic “Dead Twin” Fetus From a Man’s Abdomen

July 29, 2006 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Health | Leave a comment

I strongly suggest that anyone with a delicate disposition pass on this one.  It is at once remarkable and viscerally disturbing.

AggregateData

July 29, 2006 at 12:48 pm | Posted in CG, Chemistry, Gratis, Propaganda, Statistics | Leave a comment

Easy slider-based survey creation, free to use.

Proportional Representation of the Solar System

July 29, 2006 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Astronomy, Eye Candy, Psychology, Vehicles | Leave a comment

Following the lead of the 11-Mile Web Page, this similarly over-wide page shows the relative sizes and distances in the solar system.

The History of Computer Languages

July 29, 2006 at 7:41 am | Posted in History, Physics, Software, Technology | Leave a comment

40 years and thousands of languages later, computing’s starting to look pretty complicated.

Burning Safari

July 29, 2006 at 7:37 am | Posted in Animation, CG, Eye Candy, Fiction, Mashup/Remix, Vehicles | Leave a comment

Kid robots! Electrified photographs! A monkey!

Tag OK: The International Tag Game

July 28, 2006 at 11:19 pm | Posted in Games | Leave a comment

Tag!  You’re it!

Kevin Cook’s Dice

July 28, 2006 at 11:17 pm | Posted in Games | Leave a comment

Kevin Cook collects diceHe owns a very large number of dice.

Maim That Tune

July 28, 2006 at 11:15 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment

Have a song stuck in your hear?  This site will provide you with an even catchier tune to dislodge it.

The Politics of Paranoia and Intimidation

July 28, 2006 at 11:14 pm | Posted in Chemistry, Gratis, Propaganda, Statistics | Leave a comment

Floyd Rudmin points out how unlikely the success of the NSA wiretapping program is.

“Iran: The Next War” by James Bamford

July 27, 2006 at 2:23 am | Posted in Gratis, Journalism, Propaganda | Leave a comment

Rolling stone discusses long-standing plots within the Pentagon to go to war with Iran.

The Naval Safety Center’s Photo of the Week

July 26, 2006 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Health, Humor, Photography, Reference, Television, Vehicles | Leave a comment

People are stupid.  The Navy has five years of archives to prove it.

Click Survey

July 26, 2006 at 6:44 am | Posted in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Statistics | Leave a comment

Click on a series of screens, then see where tens of thousands of others have clicked.  Admittedly, this is more interesting than it sounds.

Unusual Hotels of the World

July 26, 2006 at 6:38 am | Posted in Architecture, Mathematics, Painting, Reference | Leave a comment

A growing guide to exotic accomodations.

The Terrible Cosmic Death

July 26, 2006 at 6:20 am | Posted in Animation, CG, Eye Candy, Fantastic, Fiction, Humor, Kinesthetics, Mashup/Remix, Robotics, Sculpture, Vehicles | Leave a comment

Starring our hero, Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America!

He-Man and Irish Evil

July 26, 2006 at 2:31 am | Posted in Humor | Leave a comment

Sometimes, webcomics inspire people to do mean things to Wikipedia.  Sometimes, these things can get out of hand.

INAPPROPRIATE CAPS: Misleading title 4 exclamation points

July 26, 2006 at 2:02 am | Posted in Gratis, Humor, Propaganda | Leave a comment

Left-wing heavyweight blog DailyKos has beaten its blogosphere opponents to the punch by masterfully parodying itself.

Neave Strobe

July 26, 2006 at 1:52 am | Posted in Eye Candy, Vehicles | Leave a comment

A striking means to harmlessly, temporarily, and non-chemically induce drug-like visual anomalies.

Ian Albert’s Unicode Chart

July 26, 2006 at 1:51 am | Posted in History, Painting, Reference, Software | Leave a comment

Unicode is an unbelievably vast character space, so tools to navigate it can help greatly in its exploration.

The World of Music

July 25, 2006 at 11:17 pm | Posted in Art, Chemistry, Dance, Eye Candy, Mathematics, Music, Painting, Reference, Statistics, Vehicles | Leave a comment

Using listener feedback from Yahoo! Music to create a map of “artist similarity” that is both telling and beautiful.

The Biggest Hole In The World

July 25, 2006 at 8:42 pm | Posted in Architecture, Mathematics, Photography, Reference, Technology, Television, Vehicles | Leave a comment

Sreedhara claims this massive diamond mine is the biggest hole in the world. (Plus a big truck!)  But other sources identify the Orapa diamond mine as being the biggest.

GROW

July 25, 2006 at 8:23 pm | Posted in Books, Eye Candy, Games, Vehicles, Webware | Leave a comment

Eyemaze has a series of challenging puzzles. GROW ver. 2 is a good introduction, but things get considerably more difficult with GROW ver. 3, GROW RPG, and GROW CUBE.

The Best Thing Project

July 24, 2006 at 8:37 pm | Posted in Chemistry, Humor, Statistics | Leave a comment

Pairwise voting allows apple-to-orange comparisons to identify the best thing in the world.  After voting a few times, see what’s currently winning.

Green Wonders of the World

July 24, 2006 at 9:54 am | Posted in Architecture, Journalism, Mathematics, Technology | Leave a comment

BusinessWeek presents a sampler of some of the most impressive ecological buildings in the world.

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