by Mark Rose
The Top 100 Gadgets of All Time -- http://mobilepcmag.com/features/2005_03/top100gadgets.html. Pretty cool for that dull hour at work between having eaten lunch and sneaking out of the front door early. Makes you want to collect them all!
And the top 100 toys of all time from the British side of the world. Very cool. I want ALL of these items, but especially #96 Test Match Cricket, #67 Denys Fisher Cyborgs, #34 Escalado, #31 Screwball Scramble, and of course, #12 Subbuteo. http://tv.cream.org/extras/toys/index.html
Speaking of toys, don't you want to make a paper dragon with a head and eyes that follow you around the room? http://www.grand-illusions.com/dragon.htm I'm not kidding; it's easy to make. Go take a look at the creepy video.
And speaking of dragons (we were doing that, weren't we?) you may want to visit Jurustic Park. http://www.jurustic.com/ It's an "attraction" in Wisconsin that features hundreds of unusual monsters made out of....well, rusty metal. And some aren't all that well made, either. Case in Point: the Ooh Ooh Turtle. Remind me not to visit Wisconsin. Because if I do, I'm going to stop at M. Schettl Sales Incorporated! Why? Because they have TONS of fiberglass statues for sale along with a practice bomb: http://www.mschettl.com/miscitemsforsale.html.
OK, let's put the checkbook away and calm down a bit. How about looking at this interesting selection of very stylish military drawings for various armed forces paraphernalia. Designers will want to see this one: http://www.cyber-heritage.co.uk/cutaway/ (from our friend Tornado Bait).
From Game Wolf (http://gamewolf.blogspot.com/). Have you ever hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete and looked at Window's Task Manager? And then wondered what the hell it all means? Then go here and find out, very interesting material: http://www.processlibrary.com/
What would you call the Internet Guide to Engineering, Mathematics and Computing? Yes, that's right, EVIL!!!! Er...well, they spell it EEVL, but it's the same thing. http://www.eevl.ac.uk/index.htm. And it's actually tremendously useful. I entered "miniature golf" (as I like to do) and found 39 hits, including this one: Chris Hillman's Huge Animatronics, Robotics and Special Effects Links Page: http://members.aol.com/c40179/index.html. Very cool. By the time I click through all these, I'll be dead.
You know, here's a reason to have a website. I saw an artist who made custom faucets for sportsmen, things like water trickling out of an entire deer's head in your bathroom, and I also ran across a guy who made a nacho cheese fountain and has it available for catering and weddings. But neither of these benighted souls seems to have their own personal website. And now, my readers who wanted nacho cheese coming out of their deer head may weep.
For those of you who are trying to understand what this whole Jeff Gannon/James Guckert right-wing journalist poseur at White House Press Conference thing is all about, read this: http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2005/02/james_guckert_t.html#more (and if you don't like the blogger's slant, feel free to click on the innumerable links throughout the piece for even more information). For those of you who want to read questions from left-wing mainstream journalists at real White House Press Conferences, read this: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/briefings/
Roger Ebert has the all-powerful thumb and we must bow to his wisdom and overlordship! http://www.udargo.com/burton/B1.php (A great web comic not suitable for those who dislike profanity....and Roger Ebert.)
And speaking of movies, I enjoyed this article by Jonah Goldberg on just how wonderful the movie "Groundhog Day" is. I know some people don't like Andie MacDowell. Too bad, I thought this film was great: http://www.nationalreview.com/goldberg/goldberg200502010801.asp
Ah, the New York Times, the paper of record. Well, maybe not. The paper of crazy-ass captions and nonexistent fact-checking, maybe. http://www.regrettheerror.com/2005/02/other_things_ha.html
Sometimes it makes me cry how wonderful the Internet is. How about a listing of contents and cover photos of every single MAD Magazine ever published? http://www.collectmad.com/madcoversite/index-covers.html You think that's great? Note that there's a search feature at the top of the page and you can search for subject matter or movie or TV show satirized. I need a hanky.
Crazy Game of the Issue: How good are you at manipulating the cursor keys? Metaphysik: Ball Revamped will test it out: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/metaphysik.php. Don't worry about dying on this one, you'll do it many times. Tap the up arrow to keep the ball in the air and left and right arrows to move the ball around and into the warp hole. Some screens are quite difficult but still a lot of fun. Turn the sound down at work and play until you get carpal tunnel.
Uh, Computer Game Players? Guys? If you live in Washington and play games, you better read this bill: http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=2178&year=2005#files. It plans on making game manufacturers responsible for the actions of children if those children commit a crime and then claim a video game made them do it. It's already passed out of committee and is now in the Rules Committee for another reading. Isn't that a great way to teach our children? You're never liable for your actions, it's always someone else's fault. And of course the great thing about this bill is that one of the idiot sponsors is my representative. I hate Western Washington politics.
And on that note, ta ta until next time. Remember, when you're choosing to do the taxes or fill out your March Madness bracket, make the right choice. Pick Kansas.