January 21, 2005

$40 million Shotgun

  • The Hasselhoffian Recursion (Mind-bending GIF)
    • Marginally safe for work, David Hasselhoff’s groin recurses infinitely.
  • Gmail As A Second Brain (Productivity)
    • Tips on how to take advantage of Gmail to store your thoughts.
  • Getting Back To Work (Productivity)
    • A productivity toolkit.
  • Cliche Finder (Language)
    • Search and find cliches for any occasion based on a given word. Give it a visit, unless you’re as busy as a one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest.
  • The ESP Game (Information Science)
    • Has nothing to do with psychics. Instead, it is an experiment to help come up with better keywords for image searches on the internet. You are paired up with another player and to progress in the game you must type in the same word to describe the image you are both looking at. There is no communication betweek you — you’re just allowed to progress if one of your words matches your partner’s. Oddly addicting, and it’s for a good cause… the cause of SCIENCE!
  • FOX Deals With Dissent (Conservative Media Goons)
    • Oliver Willis has this clip from FOX on his weblog showing the unusual situation of an actual, live person critical of the administration getting on air, and how flustered they are by it. It’s amazing that they immediately see a person with this sort of opinion as a crisis or threat to them. That’s journalism!
  • Surrealist Compliment Generator (Absurd words)
    • “Though I may never see you again, I wish you the warmest clam chowder, the finest of embalmings, and the best in stainless steel cadaver pans that money can buy.”
  • Fictional Chemical Substance (Reference, Humor)
    • This is the Wiki entry for made-up elements in Sci-Fi stories. Think “Atmospherium.” If you don’t know where that was from, but want to know, this entry is for you.
  • You do not just walk into Mortor. (Funny Gif)
    • This funny gif has been making the rounds. Boromir parody.
    • UPDATE: Mike provided a mirror. Now the link works. Thanks, Mike!
  • Gay Alert Level (Humor)
    • Homeland security’s new project. (Thanks, BobMc)
  • Kraft Dinner (Food)
    • Apparently, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is called “Kraft Dinner” in some other parts of the world. And someone believes it needs its own web page.
  • Propagandocracy (Politics)
    • Article about how propagandizing is endemic to this administration.
  • Regret The Error (Media)
    • “Regret The Error reports on corrections, retractions, clarifications, and trends regarding accuracy and honesty in North American media.”
  • Full Body Floss (Movie Clip)
    • Guy claims he is running long piece of dental floss through his entire body. Gross. More disgusting than you are thinking while you’re reading this. Contains nudity. Definitely not safe for work. But yet I couldn’t skip posting it. It’s so out there.
  • Beast 50 2004 (Criticism)
    • List of the 50 most loathsome people of 2004. See if your favorites are there!!!
  • Weird Pictures of Cats (Humor)
    • Weirdest pictures of cats ever seen on a Russian web page. Eva.
Posted by James at January 21, 2005 10:45 AM
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That "getting back to work" site was great, killed about 15 minutes. I'll probably go back and read it again. :D

Posted by: Pat at January 21, 2005 12:02 PM

Here's a mirror for Boromir's speech.

Posted by: Mike at January 21, 2005 12:20 PM

Wow, that BEAST guy is angry. I enjoyed his piece, though. Sometimes you just don't want to feel alone. And I don't think I'm "YOU."

Posted by: Maggie at January 21, 2005 12:26 PM

You'd think Mr. Beast would realize the media created most of the monsters in his list by either overexposing them or giving them a platform for their inanity. Sometimes the more hype you consume the more you begin to hate the celebrities.

Posted by: Mike at January 21, 2005 2:30 PM

Perhaps it is because of lithium that I thought dilithium was real. Oh, well. Live and learn.

Posted by: Patti M. at January 21, 2005 4:21 PM

So, let me get this straight. You put a link to productivity and a link to the ESP game on the same post. You're funny. I'll have to comment later on the other shotgun entries. I'm too busy labeling pictures!!!

Posted by: briwei at January 21, 2005 8:30 PM

James, if I may say: Your cleverness ferments meat without the need of oxygen.

Posted by: briwei at January 21, 2005 9:17 PM

In general, the Shotgun Posts are about reducing your productivity. I mean... Badgers? Bananaphone?

But, there is a reason that Shotgun Posts appear on Friday and not, say, Wednesday. ;-)

Even so, I try to slip something useful or something pro-productivity in there. Though I know nobody reads those entries. :-D

Posted by: James at January 21, 2005 9:32 PM

It's true. I clicked the productivity link, decided it was boring, and went and looked at the Beast list. THAT I read all the way through. :)

Posted by: briwei at January 21, 2005 9:58 PM


Very insightful about the Beast. The media is a huge problem. My SIL said something at the dinner table the other night that she had read in a magazine (one of the things you should do in the new year is to stop using antibacterial soap), and I thought, that's one of those stupid things you read everywhere, and I'll bet not one of those columnists has ever actually done any fact-checking about it. It's an overexposed concern. Our perceptions get skewed by a lazy media.


Posted by: Maggie at January 21, 2005 10:43 PM

Someone had pointed me to the Oliver Willis blog/Fox Nooz video earlier, but I didn't get around to looking at it until tonight. Wow. It always amazes me when someone is getting handed his or her own ass on live TV and doesn't seem to understand what's happening or how to stop it. STOP TALKING!!

Posted by: Julie at January 22, 2005 10:24 PM

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