Leftover Goodness

With all the Hurricane stuff lately I haven’t felt much like posting anything silly. Now that things are semi-normal I need to clean out my bookmarks. Enjoy:

Nerdy Stuff:
10 Tech Items Inspired By Science-Fiction

20 Tech Things They Don’t Want You To Know About. If nothing else it tells you how to kill Windows Messenger, the messaging service nine out of ten demons prefer.

Fifty most cited books from the twentieth century.

Forty most important books: 1927-Present.

The one hundred most loved books according to the BBC.

I’m pretty sure that when Google achieves sentience the human race can kiss it’s ass goodbye. Now Google can see where our weapons are located. You know, it’s scary when a graduate student in San Antonio can fire up the old ”˜puter and take a look at the military bases of other countries. I’m not a big believer in censorship, but really, I shouldn’t be able to look that stuff up.

Time magazine interviews Neil Gaiman and Joss Whedon. When the interviewer asks Neil if he will ever write a non-genre story Neil replies: “My mind tends to work in this way. Every now and then I’ll do little things, a short story or something, that doesn’t have any fantastical elements, but mostly I like the power of playing God and I like to imagine things. You can imagine. It’s the power of concretizing a metaphor. Taking something and making it real and making it happen and seeing where it goes. It’s a special kind of magic.”
I love the phrase “concretizing a metaphor.” That’s why Neil makes the big bucks.

Lacking in good science-fiction to read? You’re in luck. Go here for some links to quality sci-fi.

A/V Clips:
Every wonder why Bush speaks the way he does? Well, as this video shows his speech coach instructs him to speak like that. And you thought it was because he’s mildly retarded. Silly you.

Don’t mess with grannies that pack heat.

I love it when I’m able to catch really awkward moments on television. Unfortunately, I missed Steve-O’s drunken appearance on Too Late With Adam Carolla, but I found it here. Watch as Steve-O tries to tackle Adam and then as he destroys a table. I actually feel sorry for Carolla.

In case you missed the Emmy’s, and judging by their ratings I’m assuming you did, you might want to click here and watch Jon Stewart’s hilarious bit.

Ever wanted to learn to speak with a Brooklyn accent? How about an Australian accent? Go here for a page dedicated to the different dialects spoken in English. Each dialect has mp3’s you can listen to in your quest to sound like Paul Hogan.

Miscellaneous Linking:
Not sure of the accuracy of this one, but I have to admit it scares the hell out of me.

For some reason there are a lot of guys out there that are proud of the fact they don’t know how to cook. They view cooking as some kind of emasculating enterprise. And even the ones that do cook wouldn’t be caught dead baking. Personally, I think it’s because baking is so damn hard these guys don’t want to learn. In case you do want to learn I’d start by watching Good Eats on Food Network. Here’s an interview with Alton Brown, the star of that show. Don’t worry guys, he talks about beer, so it’s a manly interview.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page and take a look at the picture of the girl. Then, run your mouse over her and see what she looks like after some improvements in Photoshop.

You mean to tell me journalists have become lazy and are relying on bloggers to do the investigative work for them? I never would have guessed with the quality newscasts nowadays.

“Societies worse off ‘when they have God on their side’” This article appeared in the Times of London so don’t blame me.

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