Wednesday, February 20, 2008

boingboing features champeen procrastinators.

this is a macrame-style plant hanger made of blue ethernet cable. and just... if i saw this hanging in someone's kitchen, i'd be impressed with their crafty nerd powers. way to recycle and such. i really like the frayed wire "fringe" at the bottom.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

random words: asfoetida. intercontinental. trilobite!

click on over to this site, and enjoy a surplus of helpful trilobite information. plus lots of pictures. did i mention they have pictures? there's tons of pictures and they're grossing me out. animations of trilobites locomoting - bison, badgers, bunnies, i just can't look at crunchy things anymore.

Friday, February 15, 2008

useless, fun, delicious. like me?

all the witty things have pretty much been said at geekologie. i just like the picture. a picture of dark chocolate scrabble tiles. dark. CHOCOLATE.

does anyone recall that kirstie alley television ad wherein the punchline is "CHOC-late CAKE"? because i'm going to get my period in ten seconds, i swear it.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

cuteoverload is excellent.

so good, i had to replay a few times.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

so i'm obsessed with ginger rogers. everyone knows this.

here's a list of movies so far, with my quaint star ratings:

Flying Down To Rio * (just the quiet rumblings of a beginning career)

Carefree * (i liked when he floated her over the tables)

The Barkleys of Broadway * (excruciating)

42nd Street ** and 1/2 star (maybe i was in the wrong mood.)

Follow The Fleet ** (the rehearsal dancing scene is the best part.)

Shall We Dance? ** (good for cole porter songs.)

Swing Time *** (pretty good!)

Monkey Business *** (pretty good, i heart cary grant.)

Kitty Foyle *** and 1/2 * (pretty good, i like seeing ginger with a meatier role.)

Top Hat **** (glorious, funny, great songs, romantic, lovely dancing.)

Stage Door **** (superb, co-starring katherine hepburn, GREAT movie.)

that's my story. if you're still reading, i'm impressed.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

the kelly phenomenon

the internet is fabulous sometimes. yes, that is margaret cho doing a cameo. and one of the girls from the movie D.E.B.S. and some other people. this is NOT a work-appropriate video. so wear your headphones.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

kiwi chick goes blink, blink

apparently the smithsonian's National Zoo still has on exhibit their first kiwi hatchling, now aged some thirty years old. is it me, or are they doing a fine job over there? let's all take a field trip to washington d.c. and get museumed-out at the smithso'! hurrah!

link to article about kiwis at the smithso' here

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

exer-gaming = most expensive, most entertaining solution to sedentary obesity

click it, read it, think about what you would do if you could afford it.

that's what i'm going to do. i'm thinking about a gigantic treadwall, my own dance-dance-revolution console, and an exercise bike hooked up to supermario kart. also, a giant touch-sensitive pad with a flashing light that i can chase for miles. maybe a virtual fighting game with a squishy rubber mannequin?

the low-cost solution is, of course, a laser pointer and someone to manipulate it while i chase that damned dot around the livingroom.

bionic vision a thing of near-reality

Discovery News tells me that some people out there have made a contact lens containing micro-circuitry and tiny power-granule LED lights - just like a tiny GPS for your myopia, in other words. (except that it doesn't even attempt to fix your vision - just trick it out with GPS and weird navigational capabilities. and in the future, SUPER BINOCULAR ZOOM. x-ray vision, anyone? thermal?) that's where i'm at right now.

so aside from frustrating vagueness on several issues - what exactly is a "non-harmful coating" in other words - it's quite an interesting article. i like the circuitry in the lense - looks very Neuromancer to me. and who doesn't want super-eyes? i'm so near-sighted, if i take my glasses off right now, i won't be able to see any indication that i'm typing words on this screen.

good thing i have SUPER TOUCH-TYPING SKILLZ. the day is saved.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

bonkers, people.

yesterday abby at librarything informed me that YES, OMG, MARY ROACH HAS A NEW BOOK OUT. AND IT'S ABOUT SEX.

those are my exclamations, not hers - she told me about the book, knowing that it was the kind of thing that would get me all bubbly and forgetful and fainty. because i loooove mary roach, author of Stiff: The Secret Lives of Human Cadavers and Spook: Science Tackles The Afterlife. honestly, how could she possibly write about more interesting things? i would trample people just to get her autograph; if she writes a book on gross natural history i'll just keel over. perhaps she could make out with natalie angier and they could adopt me as their lesbian lovechild?

sex, death, and the afterlife = scorpiosity, i think. and what else is there, really? aside from chocolate. have a shameless amazon link while you mull that one over.

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, by Mary Roach!

here is the link to mary roach's website, but be warned - they do make a literal play on her last name. {shudder}

Sunday, February 3, 2008

everlasting groundhog

"A groundhog's life span is normally 6 to 8 years. Phil receives a drink of a magical punch every summer during the annual Groundhog Picnic, which gives him 7 more years of life."

i'll bet it's grape juice. or koolaid! something sweet for a hardworking groundhog.