January 28, 2005

Shotgun Posteria

  • Squashed Philosophers (Reference, Education)
    • Want to know what the great philosophers said but don’t have the time to study them all at length? Check out this website for summaries of their great works. Not as concise as the Monty Python Philosoper’s Song but, perhaps, more thorough and accurate.
  • Scientific American: Making Memories Stick (Article)
    • Here’s an article about how we remember. This would be the highbrow section of the Shotgun this week.
  • Wikipedia: Unusual Articles (Odd Info)
    • Oh, no! It’s an informaniac procrastinator’s dream. I have to stay away from this until the weekend. Someone has collected links to what they deem to be the most unusual articles in the Wikipedia group encyclopedia. Learn:
    • What’s a pornocracy?
    • Who is Optimus Prime?
    • What is Quantum Immortality?
    • What is the link between Satanism and Pokemon?
    • Also the origins of this are explained here.
    • If you’re me, and you wander in here, put a fork in yourself. You’re done for the day.
  • NutritionData.com (Food, Tools)
    • Great website which allows you to look up the nutrition facts on many, menay foods and ingredients. What’s more, it will help you plan your diet. You can create a pantry of ingredients and track your daily intake of nutrients. You can make up a recipe and use this website to generate a nutrition information label! Share the info with your friends. Also offers a “fullness factor” for foods that could help you choose food substitutes that are better suited to your weight-loss goals by making you feel more full for less caloric intake.
    • Found via Mike’s delicious linkdump.
  • CSPI’s Guide to Food Additives (Reference Food)
    • Learn details about a plethora of food additives. Not to sure why it’s in your food? Check here. CSPI is a tiny bit alarmist, but their information is pretty good. Learn about Chuck’s favorite soft drink additive, Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)!
  • How To Use Eye Talk! (Makeup, Society, Video)
    • Apparently, some Asian women would like more open-looking eyes. The solution, a glue called eye talk! Watch this video for an explanation.
    • You think mascara is bad?
  • Random Plot Generator (Evil)
    • “Advice for the Good Auxiliary Character (Good Guy’s Sidekick): When selecting a love interest, I will keep an eye out for the spunky, moderately attractive tomboy type who is about my height. The stunningly beautiful ones are probably spies from the Evil Overlord, and are only trying to sweet-talk valuable information out of me or tempt me over to the other side.”
    • “Advice for the Evil Overlord: If I decide to hold a double execution of the hero and an underling who failed or betrayed me, I will see to it that the hero is scheduled to go first”
    • Hit reload for more valuable advice.
  • Tech Support (Flash Cartoon)
    • Disgruntled cat laments bad tech support from an Indian fellow. Profanity filled diatribe of frustration. Via Bob McC.
  • Yatta (Flash)
    • You remember Yatta. It’s back, by lack of popular demand. “ Not again. ” Oh, yes.
  • Scary Squirrel World (Animals, Reference)
    • Your source for squirrel info.
  • Linux Switch Ad (Flash Parody)
    • Funny Apple Switch parody. Advice from a super villain.
  • Quit Smoking (Flash)
    • I don’t see how this would help you quit. Do you?
  • A Humble Old Label Ices Its Rivals (Article, Vodka)
    • In blind taste tests, a surprising (maybe not) vodka rises to the top. Maybe it’s time to conduct our own blind taste tests?


Posted by James at January 28, 2005 11:15 AM
Create Social Bookmark Links

Yatta is the best!!!

I found particular enjoyment in the precise font replication, but then again, I'm a typeface geek, so I _would_.

Posted by: Patti M. at January 28, 2005 1:06 PM

Tech Support is good, too. NB: He tells the user to type in Ganesh, which I found intersting.

Ganesh is an Indian god and is the remover of obstacles. This god is depicted with an elephant head.

That's today's Fun Fact, kiddies!

Posted by: Patti M. at January 28, 2005 1:19 PM

The Satanism/Pokemon article seems to have been deleted. Now I'll never find out how introducing my children to satanism might put them at risk of becoming Pokemon fanatics.

Posted by: Julie at January 28, 2005 2:51 PM

Hmm, that's not entirely true. I decided that since the article seemed to be gone, I would create a new one. When I clicked the link to start the article, there was already text there. So never mind.

Posted by: Julie at January 28, 2005 2:53 PM

I'll put the strikeout through it anyhoe, since I am also having trouble with the article.

Maybe someone maliciously deleted it. It will be back, if that is the case. Wiki is easy to rollback.

Posted by: James at January 28, 2005 4:16 PM

Copyright © 1999-2007 James P. Burke. All Rights Reserved