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Superboy Comics. "Clearly, no two days in Smallville are alike."

One day I want to go to Resolute.

Much of the classic September 2001 The Onion - Attack on America issue has been preserved at the Wayback Machine. "Hugging Up 76,000 Percent". (I do wish the images had also survived, though!)

Public toilet finder for the US.

National Public Toilet Map for Australia.

Reality matches Dreaming story: traditional Aboriginal knowledge leads scientists to meteorite crater. How cool is that?!
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Watch out - End of Time SPOILERS in comments!

[livejournal.com profile] jvowles wrote a gorgeous thank you to the Doctor Who cast and crew.

By complete contrast, I somehow stumbled across [livejournal.com profile] m_wesley's 2007 giggle-inducing review of the The Pit.

Pakistan's hijra will now have a legally defined gender of their own.

A remarkable podcast about William Cooper, the Aboriginal activist who spoke out after Kristallnacht and has been commemorated at the Martyr's Forest memorial.

An old favourite quote of mine:

"Some physiologists will have it that the stomach is a mill; others, that it is a fermenting vat; others again that it is a stew-pan; but in my view of the matter, it is neither a mill, a fermenting vat, nor a stew-pan - but a stomach, gentlemen, a stomach."
- William Hunter, quoted in A Treatise on Diet (1824)
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Via [livejournal.com profile] fritters: cat shower. Wet head! Towel off, eh.

[livejournal.com profile] silverblue tweeted: Nuns on counseling condom use and AIDs prevention in PNG: "We are getting very old and hard of hearing, and Rome is a long way away."

Via [livejournal.com profile] qthewetsprocket: A FREAKING ENORMOUS SPIDER and many amusing responses thereunto. Don't click if you know it'll freak you out! (Oops - you need to join [livejournal.com profile] whatwasthatone to see it!)

Rubbish attempts at feminism in 70s superhero comics. (Did anyone in the real world ever actually say "male chauvinist pig"?)

1950 anti-health care reform ad.

Sesame Street's Roscoe Orman. A lost relative?
dreamer_easy: (BRIC A BRAC)
dreamer_easy: (CURRENT AFFAIRS)
Australian judge: it's OK to rape an unconscious woman. SMH columnist defends him against mean old feminists. Peachy.

Let's have some cheering crap:

Advice on finding a lost cat

Via [livejournal.com profile] fritters, here's a baby deer washing a very happy cat.

The exact link between obesity and diabetes may have been found - a protein secreted by fat cells.

More helpful science on teenagers' brains. "You constantly hear parents saying to their teens, 'What were you thinking?' but the truth is, they're not thinking at all. They are controlled by the emotional part of their brain. The frontal lobe, which is responsible for rational thought, is under construction. The limbic system, which is responsible for emotional thought, is running the show. That's why teens are moody and why they take risks and engage in excessive behaviour. They simply can't put the brakes on." We mock and sneer but the truth is we couldn't really help it.

The Catholic Church in Australia is auditing its carbon footprint with a view to reducing it. (I typed that as "crabon footprint", which is probably what New New York has to audit.)
dreamer_easy: (BRIC A BRAC diversion)
Smith defends Malaysia on asylum seekers: "Australia is confident Malaysia will treat asylum seekers appropriately, even though a report says corrupt officials have forced refugees into prostitution and slavery... The two nations agreed to stronger cooperation to combat people smuggling. But a US State Department report released last month put Malaysia on a blacklist of 16 nations judged to be the worst for people trafficking... Malaysia is not a signatory to the UN convention on refugees." (The news item neglects to tell us who "Smith" is - he's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith.) I can only hope that Australia's involvement might mean Malaysia improves its treatment of refugees, if only due to outside scrutiny.

Review of Hummer which IMHO gets my good and bad points as a writer spot-on.

Stop Motion With Wolf and Pig

Pre-taped call in show

Stop Motion Drums and Piano

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Jack continues to be the most popular Australian boys' name.

The "Quick and Easy Veggie Meals Under a $1.50" FAQ

... gah. Anybody got anything else light and amusing?

ETA: Moving Tribute to Michael Jackson. God bless you, Nick Walters.
dreamer_easy: (BRIC A BRAC)
Literary cat makes library visits

Cat recruited to patrol station

Tom Gauld toons for the Guardian Saturday Review letters page

It's a Small Word: newspaper corrections ("Norma Adams-Wade’s June 15 column incorrectly called Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk a socialist. She is a socialite.") From the same Columbia Journalism Review Column: The Wrath of Khan, some lolarious fanboy corrections. :)

Cross-cultural variation in creationism

Death Note: Fell Asleep

42 Essential Third Act Twists

Native American placename map of the US

Cookie Monster informs us about Healthy Food
dreamer_easy: (TELEVISION)
Cockatoo dancing to Queen. This is well worth watching the whole way through.

This Zero Punctuation about trailers for video games gave me the giggles.

Prague's Franz Kafka International Named World's Most Alienating Airport

Sony Releases New Stupid Piece Of Shit That Doesn't Fucking Work. This is an uncanny reenactment of what I sound like when trying to update my iPod, etc.

Grab bag

May. 3rd, 2009 08:19 pm
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From Something Awful, useful phrases translated into Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, such as "There are crocodiles in my pants". (I can still read bits of this. Hee hee hee hee hee.)

From TV Tropes, Never Live It Down explains so much about fandom (Owen, Gwen, Spike, etc etc etc).

Christian beliefs still strong, says survey: "More than four in 10 Australians who do not consider themselves "born again"' still believe Jesus rose from the dead, while one in 10 does not believe he existed."

Sadly, the God Spot appears not to exist after all - rather, religious thoughts are distributed through the brain. Sez a researcher: "That suggests that religion is not a special case of a belief system, but evolved along with other belief and social cognitive abilities." I'm very interested by the mention of Theory of Mind. It makes sense that, if survival depends on working out what other people are thinking, you'd end up trying to work out what everything is thinking - much as you can't help seeing human faces everywhere.

Sleep problems linked to suicide

Chaffinch Map of Scotland
dreamer_easy: (BRIC A BRAC)
From the Nee Naw blog, The 10 Commandments of Dialling 999, many of which I'm sure also apply to 000, etc.

Also, stats on Australian 000 calls: although triple zero is for life-threatening emergencies and crimes in progress, less than half the calls to the number fit that description - 600,000 non-emergency calls each month. In about a quarter of these, the caller hung up as soon as the operator answered; in about another quarter, the caller didn't respond when the operator spoke, which in most cases means the number was dialled by accident.

This article notes: "It is an offence to deliberately call an emergency number for non-emergencies. The maximum penalty is three years' jail." Judging from Nee Naw, Britain needs a similar law. Or possibly to charge people for ambulance attendance, at least in some cases. (I was charged for the paramedics' attention after the bus crash in Chatswood; money well spent.)
dreamer_easy: (BRIC A BRAC diversion)
Cassini has sent home some holiday snaps from Saturn. Wish I was there.

When Cats Attack

The latest Zero Punctuation, a review of Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X., made me laugh my bum off.

Richard Glover on the Revenge of the word nerds: "The language police have no interest in the content of what is being said; they don't even have much interest in language itself, in all its slippery, transgressive glory. They just lie in wait, like cats before a mouse hole, waiting for an error to occur."

The Scottish Falsetto Sockpuppet Theatre are a bit of a curate's egg, but We Will Sock You gave me the lol.

Ten Amazing Hybrid Animals

SPOILERS for The Next Doctor: Repressed Memories

Tweenbots

Creative graffiti! Advertising Under Attack

Obama in the Sea of Hope

Via [livejournal.com profile] marydell: Fireman dresses as Spider-Man to rescue boy
dreamer_easy: (BRIC A BRAC)
• Vegan French toast, made with bananas instead of eggs and milk.

British placenames rendered literally, from The Atlas of True Names.

• "A rock painting that has been hidden for almost 200 years of an early Australian explorer believed to be Ludwig Leichhardt will be shown to non-Aboriginal people for the first time."

• The Australian Federal Police Web site explains Citizens' powers of arrest.
dreamer_easy: (BRIC A BRAC)
A business show inadvertently broadcast a photo of a cat on a bike in the middle of a report. "A cryptic anti-capitalistic message?" pondered Mediawatch. However, as there was no caption, we have to assume the message was "Your argument is invalid".

There's liquid water on Mars. Ergo, IMHO, there's life. We just have to find the little green buggers.

World's fittest Deaf man tells the funny story of Mountain Dew man. Watch this even if you don't know ASL - you'll be able to follow much of it even without subtitles.

Did I link this already? The Daily Show 22 January 2009. "If you don't stick to your values when they're being tested, they're not values. They're hobbies. You know, one of the genius moves of the Founding Fathers was not writing the Bill of Rights on the back window of a dusty van. 'The British are coming!' 'Huh?' *mimes rubbing off the writing with his elbow, squeaky squeaky squeak*
dreamer_easy: (BRIC A BRAC)
"Who created your ass, Satan? The Devil is a motherfuckin' liar. So you know I ain't worried, beeyotch!" Public Access TV: home of the incoherent rant. (I think the preacher is addressing a cheeky caller. I think the camera operator is taking the piss.)

James Marsters comments on John Barrowman's junk. "If things get too weird, and people start taking themselves too seriously, if people get too tense and start fighting with each other, he'll just drop trou... The rumours are true. I told him, 'How do you find anyone who's willing to do anything?'"

Gameboy Who

Star Wars vs Saul Bass

The US election as a D&D session. "KUCINICH: YOU GUYS I AM TOTALLY CASTING A CANTRIP".
dreamer_easy: (AND MORE)
Hope is a fanzine to raise money for bushfire relief in Victoria. Check it out.

It's still a mad MAD world, but for how much longer? That's from 7 February - here's one from yesterday: Nuclear agenda draws scrutiny: Obama to seek large cuts in US, Russian warheads

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