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Things I've Found 51 (It May Be Short and Not Last Long, But It's Quality All the Way, Baby!)—8/25/2005

by Mark Rose

For the time-challenged among you, we present a short little gap-bridger of a Things I’ve Found. Just a sweet little taste of some of the wonderful things out there for you on the World Wide Web. Stay tuned for the next issue or so. I’m thinking about going through my Internet Favorites file, dumping sites I no longer visit and making a TIF out of those, which will be interesting because I have 723 sites saved in my Favorites. Oy. Let us begin.

The hard-working students at MIT bring you The Catsup Crapper. These future geniuses have developed a way to put catsup (or ketchup, whatever you prefer) on your plate so you can dip your fries in the sauce. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean. http://web.mit.edu/polo/Public/CatsupCrapper/catsupcrappervideo.htm

John Lennon Collected Stamps! OK, so now all you people who snicker at us philatelists have to admit that’s pretty cool. The Smithsonian just bought John Lennon’s boyhood stamp collection. Full story with pictures can be found here: http://www.virtualstampclub.com/lennon.html

Wouldn’t it be cool to have a little R2-D2 droid running around your house? You can, you know. The R2 Builders Club can tell you how: http://www.astromech.net/. Check out the Tutorials section for full details.

Uh oh gamers. If you’re stuck in World of Warcraft or Everquest or even Nintendogs, and you’re ignoring the man or woman in the other room, they might go here: http://gamerwidow.com/. This is a place for all those women and men whose significant others are obsessed with video and computer games. I like the shirts they offer. It’s not very full-featured but you know at some point, they’re going to start running Gamer Widow personals.

These http://www3.telus.net/camilleallen/camilleallen/id9.htm are just darn creepy. Little perfectly sculpted babies in eggshells. What is the message? Perhaps you don’t want them in eggs but want a perfectly sculpted life-size baby instead? http://www3.telus.net/camilleallen/camilleallen/id10.htm. I sense evil.

So now for something useful: The Anger Management Pillowcase. http://www.soundfeelings.com/products/alternative_medicine/other/anger_pillow.htm. Have a picture printed on a pillowcase and then punch the hell out of it to release anger. Yes indeed, that’s alternative medicine! (Thanks, Josh!)

PETA Kills Animals, Part Deux – The story is getting more interesting after The New York Times (or as we like to call it around here, The New York Lies) ran an editorial about the petakillsanimals.com website. This was in reaction to the story out of North Carolina where PETA employees were taking healthy dogs out of shelters, illegally euthanizing them in the back of a van and then illegally dumping them in someone else’s dumpster. PETA is insane. Anyway, the story continues to develop with responses from defenders and from PETA themselves. Track it here: http://www.thisistrue.com/peta.html

Ah, the Taliban, remember them? Bunch of bastards, you know. Destroyed priceless statues of Buddha long before harboring Osama bin Laden, yeah, that bunch of yahoos. Well, they no longer rule Afghanistan, and now even their ridiculous destruction of priceless statuary isn’t going to hold either. A Japanese artist is going to recreate the Bamiyan Buddhas...digitally. Thank you, Hiro Yamagata. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/4134252.stm. And if you wanted to see what they looked like back then, here you go: http://dsal.uchicago.edu/images/aiis/bamiyan/sld001.html

Things You Won’t Read in the Press: Iraqi citizens per capita earnings have actually increased since American forces have toppled Saddam Hussein. Their per capita take has jumped from $322 to $422 in just the past year.

And on that note, I bid a fond farewell until next issue. Hope you enjoy the clicks.