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Things I've Found 59 (It's Not Breached, or Overtopping, It's Overspannen!)—3/10/2006

by Mark Rose

Forgive the reference to Things I've Found #53, but I couldn't resist. Let's get started, shall we?


Just about every kind of aviation video you would ever want to see, and yes, I’m counting the horrible crashes: http://www.alexisparkinn.com/aviation_videos.htm. Good for the night before you get on a plane.


Yes, Virginia, there is a National Toothpick Holder Collectors Society!: http://www.nthcs.org/


What Would YOU Say, if you were given a minute to say anything you wanted to complete and utter strangers? That’s the theory behind this ingenious new Web site and mobile doohickey: http://www.onefreeminute.net/. Basically, you call a cell phone, leave a message, then they replay this message in public throughout the world. There’s 3 spots in the US, one in Brazil, one in London, one in Poland. Click on "Listen" to hear samples. They’re disappointing and poignant at the same time because generally, it’s all "Hey Zane, I love you, you make me complete" kind of crap but still, it’s a way to get your message out there, eh?


LEGOs rule. The creativity with LEGO building sets is truly amazing. In February, PC Magazine had on their cover a working computer built out of LEGOs. Of course, it was just LEGOs surrounding motherboards and the like but still, pretty darn cool. And let’s not forget the movie "Brokeback Mountain" done all in LEGOs. http://destinationdaniel.smugmug.com/gallery/1213678/1/56771253. Or the Han Solo in carbonite done all in LEGOs from Nathan Sawaya (which we’ve featured before): http://www.nathanbrickartist.com/han_solo_in_carbonite.html. But now there’s this! A WORKING HARPSICHORD. Let me repeat that, a working harpsichord done all in LEGOs by Henry Lim: http://www.henrylim.org/Harpsichord.html. The only thing that isn’t LEGOriffic are the strings. I am humbled.


More about LEGOs. Here are the Top Ten Strangest LEGO Creations ever. The Harpsichord makes #4, and Han and the PC are there, but check out the Volvo C70 and the working air conditioner. Really. http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/top-10-strangest-lego-creations


Police impersonator arrested after he tried to pull over real police: http://www.thewbalchannel.com/news/7779162/detail.html. Excellent.


A live version reenactment of the introduction to The Simpsons cartoon show. This is really quite cool: http://www.smithappens.com/video_simpsonsintro.php. And here's the full info: http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=entertainmentNews&storyID=2006-03-09T163204Z_01_L0963497_RTRUKOC_0_US-MEDIA-SIMPSONS.xml&archived=False. Note the last paragraph about how stupid NBC is. They don’t even understand the concept of viral marketing. What I love about this is that SNL video garnered more buzz for Saturday Night Live in two days then the show has received in the past 5 totally suck-filled years. And then NBC destroys it. Fools. I won’t even link to it now. Instead, watch the BSkyB Simpsons thing instead. Much cooler.


Forbes MoneyMeter shows you how long it takes for you to earn the things you most crave in life, like being unemployed and sated with alcohol and fried goods. This link is only for those who have high levels of self-esteem: http://forbes.codefix.net/moneymeter/


Apparently, the people at CNN Money are bored. Here’s an article they posted that proposes what TV fathers would really make in their jobs. For instance, Homer J. Simpson probably makes $65,000 a year as a nuclear technician. http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/tvdad_salaries/


The Diagram Prize, awarded to books with the most bizarre titles, have been awarded for 2006 and they’re here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/02/11/nbooks11.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/02/11/ixhome.html. According to other sources not online, the winner was "People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It" by Gary Leon Hill, which you can buy here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1578632978/sr=8-1/qid=1141411684/ref=sr_1_1/104-0143106-6339170?%5Fencoding=UTF8. But my favorite was "Rhino Horn Stockpile Management: Minimum Standards and Best Practices from East and Southern Africa" by Simon Milledge. Because I’ve been wondering what to do about that big pile of rhino horns in the back yard. You can download that magnificent document here: http://www.traffic.org/news/Rhino_Africa.html.


You want to know record sales totals for folks on "American Idol" who didn’t win or finish second, don’t you? Of course you do! http://www.mtv.com/bands/a/american_idol/ai5_feature_060307/index.jhtml. If you’re not in first or second, you generally don’t do well. Only one guy, country heartthrob and Armed Forces member Josh Gracin has gone gold after being booted off the show. Remember Corey Clark, the little sleazeball who said he slept with Paula Abdul? He sold 2,400 copies of his CD. Yep, 2,400.


Not all of these are worthwhile, but here’s a bunch of really bad clips from peoples’ resumes: http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/Careers/03/01/cb.resumes.from.hell/index.html


National Review Online said this might be the best blog post ever. I tend to be in agreement. http://www.tommcmahon.net/2006/02/what_i_have_lea.html


So I’m toning down the politics but I thought this was interesting. Rightwingnews asked some US Congressmen what BLOGS they read and came up with a short list from the right side of the aisle: http://www.rightwingnews.com/archives/week_2006_03_05.PHP#005340. I’d love to know what the left side reads. [I assume this isn't rhetorical, Mark. I read King of Zembla. You can find a list of other left-wing blogs on the (that's right) left side of the page. Whoops, you wanted to know what the Congressional Democrats read. I think they read Daily Kos. --Bob K.][Auth. Note to Ed. Note: No, I wasn't being rhetorical or snarky -- imagine that!. But I did want to know if anyone could find a similar post on what blogs Democratic Congressmen might read. As for Kos, for those who are not forewarned, it can be quite an evil and shrill palace of hatred, especially in the Comments. Some liberal blogs that Dems and Reps should read would include Matt Yglesias: http://yglesias.typepad.com/matthew/, Talking Points Memo: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/, Democratic Vista: http://democraticvista.powerblogs.com/, and of course we’re going to have to put the great Libertarian blog up here, Reason Magazine’s own Hit & Run blog: http://reason.com/hitandrun/. So there are good Left and Right blogs, but what blogs do Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, or their staffs, read? I would hope that any Washington politician would read Stefan Sharkansky's brilliant SoundPolitics.com http://www.soundpolitics.com/, but I wonder...]


Ah, and baseball becomes political. You knew if you had a World Baseball Classic, that we would have to confront the fact that dictator Fidel Castro is still around. One brave man held up an anti-Castro sign during the Cuba-Netherlands game. Even though he was rushed by a Cuban official, Puerto Rican police protected the man and informed the Cuban official all about the wonders of free speech. Excellent. The man with his sign was even aired on Cuban television since they were showing the ESPN feed: http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/03/10/D8G8SQSG1.html


And so until next time, when we discuss Brawny towels, Google maps, and lover's cups, adieu...