May 7, 2004

Friday Split Shotgun

I’ve split today’s shotgun post into non-political and political. For your convenience…


  • Thirty-eight dishonest tricks - Thirty-eight dishonest tricks which are commonly used in argument, with the methods of overcoming them
  • Tetra Vaal: 3D animated robot
    • This 3D robot footage is extremely realistic. Robots patrolling the chaotic streets of Johannesburg.
  • Badgerphone
    • Fans of the Badger/Mushroom meme have a new song to sing. (Requires Flash)
  • Bananaphone, the Aftermath
    • New songs can be dangerous. The aftermath of Bananaphone requires Flash and is not safe for work.
  • Desperado
    • Johnny Cash as a horse-riding chimp? (Thanks Mike) (Requires Flash)
  • Rasterbator
    • Takes an image and creates a boatload of PDFs which can be assembled into very large posters. It’s free!
  • SWRON - Light Cycles!
    • Play light cycles on your computer in 3D. (Requires Shockwave)
  • Blind Man’s Penis
    • Flash music video… Not Work Safe… Just bizarre.
  • Faux Mitzvahs?
  • The Phrase Finder
    • Lots of info on phrases in the English language. Fun for language junkies.


  • Strive For Five
    • Bring 5 new voters to the polls in 2004
  • Her Beautiful Mind
    • Here’s your quote of the day.
    • “Why should we hear about body bags and deaths,” Barbara Bush said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on March 18, 2003. “Oh, I mean, it’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?”
    • (Thanks US and the World )
  • Rush: Torture= A Good Time
    • His opinion on Abu Grhaib
    • I’m talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You of heard of need to blow some steam off?
    • Sure, Rush. After you pop a few pills, it’s nice to relax with some torture.
  • Pax Bush
    • (Site for anti-Bush Flash)
    • We will preserve the peace by fostering an era of good relations among the world’s great powers. - GWB
  • Presidential Knockout
    • A Flash game in which you engage Bush or Kerry in good, old-fashioned fisticuffs.

Posted by James at May 7, 2004 10:22 AM
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Posted by: Patti M. at May 7, 2004 11:46 AM

I can see how hearing "Banana Phone" over and over would make your brain bleed. Loved the "aftermath" animation. Where _do_ you find these things?

Posted by: Patti M. at May 7, 2004 11:53 AM

The Bananaphone aftermath was excellent. Reminded me of a recent horror movie. I'm posting it to my bunch but there's no way to credit you. Then again, I keep forgetting it is not supposed to be a weblog.

Posted by: Mike at May 7, 2004 12:17 PM

Heh! I've wanted to credit you (and others) a number of times on as well, but you're right. That's not what it is about.

I do have you under my inbox, though.

To make up the shotgun posts, I save the links to Furl over the course of a few days (non-public) and then I slap them up here. The problem there is... then I have to post them to all at once if I want to keep track of them there. needs an option for non-front-page limk importing.

Posted by: James at May 7, 2004 12:33 PM

Is there a way to vote Rush off the air?? Maybe it could be a referendum on the November ballot?

Posted by: julie at May 7, 2004 12:33 PM


Where do I get these links? Too much late-night websurfing.

Also, you can see the blogs I read by clicking the "bloglines" button on my sideblog.

In addition to that, I trawl the front page of now and again.

Julie: No, he can't be voted off the air. Besides, it's more fun to ridicule him.

Plus, Media Matters for America lets you skim off the best bits.

Posted by: James at May 7, 2004 12:39 PM

Damn you, James. Now I'm walking around the office whisling "Banana Phone."


Posted by: Patti M. at May 7, 2004 12:55 PM

Barbara Bush's suggestion that she (and by extension, the American public) should occupy her "beautiful mind" with more important and perhaps happier things than something as unpleasant or distasteful as war makes me want to thank her personally for illustrating beautifully the meaning of the phrase "bread and circuses."

From the American Heritage Dictionary:

bread and circuses

Offerings, such as benefits or entertainments, intended to placate discontent or distract attention from a policy or situation.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 7, 2004 1:10 PM

I wouldn't mind someone occupying her beautiful mind with something. Like something that's say 9 mm in diameter. OK not really but that is my first reaction when reading crap like that.

Posted by: Bob at May 7, 2004 2:39 PM

See? Everyone thinks _I_'m the nasty one, but it's really him.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 7, 2004 3:13 PM

Speaking of voting for radio personalities, Randi Rhodes is constantly saying that you can "vote" for her/her show, but she can't tell us how to do that. What does that mean? I assumed it has to do with patronizing sponsors, but that's just a guess.

Posted by: Bil at May 7, 2004 6:41 PM

I'm not sure what she means/meant by that. She has some discussion groups on her site, perhaps the answer is buried there somewhere. I poked around her site a bit but haven't found the answer.

Posted by: James at May 8, 2004 4:38 PM

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