Thursday, October 27, 2005


It's Official

Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources provides us with all the offical web pages of every country in the world. From His Majesty Mohammed Zaher Shah, the exiled king of Afghanistan to the government web site of Zimbabwe. They're all here!


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Remember these??

A list of the top 100 toys/games from the 70s and 80s. With pictures!! What a nostalgia trip!! note: seems to be British/European toys.


The Open Library

The Open Library website was created by the Internet Archive to demonstrate a way that books can be represented online. The vision is to create free web access to important book collections from around the world.

Books are scanned and then offered in an easy-to-use interface for free reading online. If they're in the public domain, the books can be downloaded, shared and printed for free. They can also be printed for a nominal fee by a third party, who will bind and mail the book to you. The books are always free to read at the Open Library website.

Check out the Internet Archive ..... it contains 20,535 movies, 26,718 concerts, 37,332 recordings and 24,136 texts


Einstein's chalkboard

He was a good pupil.

Create your own Einsteinchalkboardmessage, if you want....

Saturday, October 22, 2005


Catalogue of every new word coined in "The Simpsons"

Homerisms, Bartisms ..... it's like a new language!


Reality Carnival

Thursday, October 20, 2005



No matter who you are, you have the potential to be so very much less. Some pretty funny "posters" in this gallery


Like Hotdogs?

One of America's favorite sandwiches (the other being the hamburger), which consists of a Frankfurter in an oblong-shaped bun with any of various toppings including mustard, ketchup, pickle relish, cheese, sauerkraut and beans. Regular hot dogs are about 6 inches long, while they are also available in foot-long versions. Among the many aliases for hot dogs are wiener dog, frankfurter, frank and tube steak.

In 1867, Charles Feltman, a German butcher, opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand in Brooklyn, New York. He sold 3,684 sausages in a roll during his first year in business.

There's more ...... lots more


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World Sunlight Map

A world map showing current sunlight and cloud cover. This is the hemispherical projection. You can also see a Rectangular Projection


The English-to-American Dictionary.

I'm sooooo glad that I found this site!! Having moved to the US earlier this year, I discovered that there's quite a few words that are perfectly harmless in the UK, in the right context, yet here in the US, those same words can get folks looking at me strangely


Make your own Coke

The DRINK, silly!!

The Coca-Cola formula is The Coca-Cola Company's top-secret recipe for Coca-Cola. The formula is considered one of the most closely-held trade secrets in modern business. Only a few top Coca-Cola employees are reported to know or have access to the formula. Amateur sleuths have tried to reverse engineer the production process and ingredients. The secret formula is the subject of books, speculation and marketing lore. The company consistently claims that all published recipes are incorrect. Here's a few recipes for you to try.


Through the Glass

One of the best magic tricks I've ever seen. I don't know who this guy is and how he does it, but it's amazing. I know it's a trick but I can't figure out how it's done.


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Study Reveals Pittsburgh Unprepared For Full-Scale Zombie Attack

Typical government unpreparedness! A zombie-preparedness study, commissioned by Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy indicates that the city could easily succumb to a devastating zombie attack. Insufficient emergency-management-personnel training and poorly conceived undead-defense measures have left the city at great risk for all-out destruction at the hands of the living dead.


The Onion

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Happy Birthday to me!!

damn ....... 33 already! Where'd the years go???

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


Murphy's Laws

If anything can go wrong, it will.

All of Murphy's Laws, neatly categorized


How smart is your right foot?

This is so funny that it will boggle your mind. And you will keep trying it at least 50 more times to see if you can outsmart your foot. But you can't!!!

1. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles with it.
2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction!!!

I told you so... And there is nothing you can do about it.



Apply now to secure a lucrative career both decrying and luxuriating in the spoils of Big Government!


Are you a Firefox user?

Whether you're a first-time user or a veteran, this Firefox Tweak Guide brings together all the major tips, tricks and tweaks for Firefox. From the basic to the advanced, the listed 11 pages of information are sure to enhance your Firefox experience.


All about Beer

Beerwise is about beer.

Stories about beer and links about beer, beer ads, beer history, beer jokes, and beer photos.



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Sunday, October 09, 2005


British Library puts 14 great books online

including da Vinci's personal notebook, Vesalius's stunning 16th century anatomy, and the first atlas of Europe, compiled in the 1570s


Alien Plants

An animation showing what alien plants would look like made by 1st Ave Machine.

1st Ave Machine is a NYC based animation studio which creates high end design work by employing 3D in ways that blur the line between what we perceive as real and impossible.


Hope and Memory

Hope and Memory is a flash timeline of 163 US military interventions from 1801 to 2004. It is a multi-faceted catalog of coups, humanitarian incursions, covert actions, proxy armies, freedom fighters/terrorists and multilateral offensives.

Saturday, October 08, 2005


Forty things that only happen in movies

including: 7. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red digital displays so you know exactly when they are going to explode.


Pumpkin Carving

This guy's good ....... these are not your average carved pumpkins, they're works of art. Check out the George Bush!!


Make up your own title for this lil' gem!

Click on the .... um .... horses??


Reality Carnival


Life inside a water bottle

You know those 2 litre water bottles that you see in offices? How would the world look like if you were inside such a bottle. German photographer Thomas Mottl shows you with a great panoramic picture. You have to click on the screen to "turn around inside the bottle".

There's other panoramic views on the site, including a great shot of a Los Angeles wildfire

Friday, October 07, 2005


Giggle Time!!!

A great compilation of folks fainting.

can't ....... stop ........ giggling!!!

might take a while to download it, but well worth the wait

stolen from



How fast are your reactions?

Play this little flash game and find out


Your age on other planets

The time it takes the Earth to rotate from noon until the next noon we define as one day. We further divide this period of time into 24 hours, each of which is divided into 60 minutes, each of which is broken into 60 seconds.

When it comes to other planets, there are no rules that govern the rotation rates. It all depends on how much 'spin' was in the original material that went into forming each one. Giant Jupiter has lots of spin, turning once on its axis every 10 hours, while Venus takes 243 days to spin once.

Enter your birthdate and see how old you are on other planets.


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What REALLY happened

What Really Happened is a heaven for every conspiracy theorist.

You'll know what you can expect with headlines like: Martin Luther King - The fatal shot was not fired from the rooming house!, The Florida Vote Fraud, who really did it?, Echelon: The Government system that reads all your email, and Waco - Who Fired First?

Thursday, October 06, 2005


Panoramic views of Hurricane Katrina's devastation.

Some great shots from New Orleans, Pascagoula, Biloxi and Waveland.

you'll need Quicktime in oreder to view these



A Guide for those of you that might be considered "parking-challenged".


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146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health

Scary stuff, backed up by evidence.

I might only have one sugar in each coffee tomorrow morning, instead of two!


The Beatles

A collection of photos of The Beatles from the 1950s to 1963

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Civil liberties in the UK

This would be quite humorous if it wasn't so damn scary

The police abuse terror and harassment laws to penalise dissent while we insist civil liberties are our gift to the world

'We are trying to fight 21st-century crime - antisocial behaviour, drug dealing, binge drinking, organised crime - with 19th-century methods, as if we still lived in the time of Dickens." Tony Blair, September 27 2005.
"Down poured the wine like oil on blazing fire. And still the riot went on - the debauchery gained its height - glasses were dashed upon the floor by hands that could not carry them to lips, oaths were shouted out by lips which could scarcely form the words to vent them in; drunken losers cursed and roared; some mounted on the tables, waving bottles above their heads and bidding defiance to the rest; some danced, some sang, some tore the cards and raved. Tumult and frenzy reigned supreme ..." Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens, 1839.

All politicians who seek to justify repressive legislation claim that they are responding to an unprecedented threat to public order. And all politicians who cite such a threat draft measures in response which can just as easily be used against democratic protest. No act has been passed over the past 20 years with the aim of preventing antisocial behaviour, disorderly conduct, trespass, harassment and terrorism that has not also been deployed to criminalise a peaceful public engagement in politics. When Walter Wolfgang was briefly detained by the police after heckling the foreign secretary last week, the public caught a glimpse of something that a few of us have been vainly banging on about for years.
On Friday, six students and graduates of Lancaster University were convicted of aggravated trespass. Their crime was to have entered a lecture theatre and handed out leaflets to the audience. Staff at the university were meeting people from BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Shell, the Carlyle Group, GlaxoSmithKline, DuPont, Unilever and Diageo, to learn how to "commercialise university research". The students were hoping to persuade the researchers not to sell their work. They were in the theatre for three minutes. As the judge conceded, they tried neither to intimidate anyone nor to stop the conference from proceeding.

They were prosecuted under the 1994 Criminal Justice Act, passed when Michael Howard was the Conservative home secretary. But the university was able to use it only because Labour amended the act in 2003 to ensure that it could be applied anywhere, rather than just "in the open air".

Had Mr Wolfgang said "nonsense" twice during the foreign secretary's speech, the police could have charged him under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. Harassment, the act says, "must involve conduct on at least two occasions ... conduct includes speech". Parliament was told that its purpose was to protect women from stalkers, but the first people to be arrested were three peaceful protesters. Since then it has been used by the arms manufacturer EDO to keep demonstrators away from its factory gates, and by Kent police to arrest a woman who sent an executive at a drugs company two polite emails, begging him not to test his products on animals. In 2001 the peace campaigners Lindis Percy and Anni Rainbow were prosecuted for causing "harassment, alarm or distress" to American servicemen at the Menwith Hill military intelligence base in Yorkshire, by standing at the gate holding the Stars and Stripes and a placard reading "George W Bush? Oh dear!" In Hull a protester was arrested under the act for "staring at a building".

Had Mr Wolfgang said "nonsense" to one of the goons who dragged him out of the conference, he could have been charged under section 125 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, which came into force in August. Section 125 added a new definition of harassment to the 1997 act, "a course of conduct ... which involves harassment of two or more persons". What this means is that you need only address someone once to be considered to be harassing them, as long as you have also addressed someone else in the same manner. This provision, in other words, can be used to criminalise any protest anywhere. But when the bill passed through the Commons and the Lords, no member contested or even noticed it.

Section 125 hasn't yet been exercised, but section 132 of the act is already becoming an effective weapon against democracy. This bans people from demonstrating in an area "designated" by the government. One of these areas is the square kilometre around parliament. Since the act came into force, democracy campaigners have been holding a picnic in Parliament Square every Sunday afternoon. Seventeen people have been arrested so far.

But the law that has proved most useful to the police is the one under which Mr Wolfgang was held: section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000. This allows them to stop and search people without the need to show that they have "reasonable suspicion" that a criminal offence is being committed. They have used it to put peaceful protesters through hell. At the beginning of 2003, demonstrators against the impending war with Iraq set up a peace camp outside the military base at Fairford in Gloucestershire, from which US B52s would launch their bombing raids. Every day - sometimes several times a day - the protesters were stopped and searched under section 44. The police, according to a parliamentary answer, used the act 995 times, though they knew that no one at the camp was a terrorist. The constant harassment and detention pretty well broke the protesters' resolve. Since then the police have used the same section to pin down demonstrators outside the bomb depot at Welford in Berkshire, at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, at Menwith Hill and at the annual arms fair in London's Docklands.

The police are also rediscovering the benefits of some of our more venerable instruments. On September 10, Keith Richardson, one of the six students convicted of aggravated trespass on Friday, had his stall in Lancaster city centre confiscated under the 1824 Vagrancy Act. "Every Person wandering abroad and endeavouring by the Exposure of Wounds and Deformities to obtain or gather Alms ... shall be deemed a Rogue and Vagabond... " The act was intended to prevent the veterans of the Napoleonic wars from begging, but the police decided that pictures of the wounds on this man's anti-vivisection leaflets put him on the wrong side of the law. In two recent cases, protesters have been arrested under the 1361 Justices of the Peace Act. So much for Mr Blair's 21st century methods.

What is most remarkable is that until Mr Wolfgang was held, neither parliamentarians nor the press were interested. The pressure group Liberty, the Green party, a couple of alternative comedians, the Indymedia network and the alternative magazine Schnews have been left to defend our civil liberties almost unassisted. Even after "Wolfie" was thrown out of the conference, public criticism concentrated on the suppression of dissent within the Labour party, rather than the suppression of dissent throughout the country. As the parliamentary opposition falls apart, the extra-parliamentary one is being closed down with hardly a rumble of protest from the huffers and puffers who insist that civil liberties are Britain's gift to the world. Perhaps they're afraid they'll be arrested.




Hungry Mario game

damn flash games!! Give me my hour back!!!


Lost Links


News, news and more news!

This guy collects all the interesting news of the world and crams it all onto one page.

Feed your head!


Reality Carnival


10 foods you should never eat!

Thank God ..... I don't eat any of these! I am sooooo healthy ....


Monty Python's Flying Circus

It's... Monty Python's Flying Circus, but just the words.

The complete unexpurgated scripts of the original TV series, every episode.

"It's not pining, it's passed on. This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker.This is a late parrot. It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed it to the perch it would be pushing up the daisies. It's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-parrot."


The Presurfer

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Can't find a decent station?

Your broadband Portal to watch live TV and listen live radio. Browse from thousands free radio and TV stations all live, all free on your computer.

Watch live TV - 346 live tv stations.

Listen to live radio - 2162 live radio stations.



Millions of fonts!!

well....... lots


Images from yesterday's Solar Eclipse

Thousands of office workers in Spain and Portugal streamed into streets on Monday to marvel at an annular eclipse, but in Britain the most anyone could see was a partial eclipse and much of that was obscured by cloud. The annular eclipse, in which the moon covers 90 percent of the sun, was fully visible in a narrow band across the Iberian peninsula, the first time it had been seen there since 1764.

"Many of our astronomers have gone to Spain and Portugal, because there was only a partial eclipse here," a spokeswoman at the British Astronomical Society said. The best vantage point was in southern England where about 66 percent of the sun was covered.




Top 25 film scores of all time

John Williams' Star Wars was named the top film score of all time by the American Film Institute at an all-movie-music concert Friday night, September 23, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Billed as "The Big Picture—AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores," the one-night only program was presented in association with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of the Institute's "100 Years" celebration of motion pictures.

The Oscar-winning score for the 1977 science-fiction classic appeared at the top of AFI's top-25 list, which was revealed in "countdown" fashion by conductor John Mauceri, who conducted the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in excerpts from all 25.

The complete list:

1. Star Wars (1977) John Williams
2. Gone With the Wind (1939) Max Steiner
3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Maurice Jarre
4. Psycho (1960) Bernard Herrmann
5. The Godfather (1972) Nino Rota
6. Jaws (1975) John Williams
7. Laura (1944) David Raksin
8. The Magnificent Seven (1960) Elmer Bernstein
9. Chinatown (1974) Jerry Goldsmith
10. High Noon (1952) Dimitri Tiomkin
11. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Erich Wolfgang Korngold
12. Vertigo (1958) Bernard Herrmann
13. King Kong (1933) Max Steiner
14. E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) John Williams
15. Out of Africa (1985) John Barry
16. Sunset Boulevard (1950) Franz Waxman
17. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Elmer Bernstein
18. Planet of the Apes (1968) Jerry Goldsmith
19. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Alex North
20. The Pink Panther (1964) Henry Mancini
21. Ben-Hur (1959) Miklos Rozsa
22. On the Waterfront (1954) Leonard Bernstein
23. The Mission (1986) Ennio Morricone
24. On Golden Pond (1981) Dave Grusin
25. How the West Was Won (1962) Alfred Newman

They forgot Spinal Tap!!!

And The Wall!!!




Mansion Impossible

The aim of the game is to make enough money buying and selling houses on the property market to buy a 10 million-pound mansion.

You can buy houses by clicking on them when they come up for sale. Prices go up and down. Sell at the right time to make the most profit.


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Hillary Clinton Egg Yolk Separator

You crack open the egg, pour the contents into the separator, and watch the whites ooze out of Hillary Clinton's nose.

Why ..... I don't know

Monday, October 03, 2005


Weird and wonderful vocabulary from around the world

How come only German has a word for 'a person who leaves without paying the bill' (Zechpreller) or that Albanians need 27 words for moustache? A compelling new book uncovers the globe's most weird, wonderful - and meaningful - words.


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The Greatest Inventions of all time

A list compiled by the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Beer was invented before 6000 BC!! An oldy but a goody ...


Remember Highlander?

One of my favourite movies, acted out in 30 seconds by ........ bunnies. Hmmmmmmm .....


We Lost


Saturday, October 01, 2005


A day off

Going to see the chiefs beat the Eagles tomorrow afternoon, so no links tomorrow!!

Kansas City Chiefs


Sumo Chickens

This'll make you giggle! It's pepsi commercial, but don't let that put you off



Very addictive Flash pinball game ........ use the arrow keys


Politics Test

Conservative? Liberal? Republican? Democrat? No matter how you vote, it's unlikely that any one of these words perfectly reflects your views. Politcal beliefs are often intuitive and personal, and no party, platform, candidate or external label can encompass them exactly.

The Politics Test was designed to explore your ecomonic and social ideas and then place them into the spectrum of political thought: liberal, conservative, progressive, radical, and so on.

My results:

You are a Social Moderate (50% permissive)

and an... Economic Liberal (35% permissive)

You are best described as a: Centrist

You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness.


Travel the Stars with Celestia

Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.
All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.
Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects.


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