March 18, 2005

Polymorphic Shotgun

Another Friday, another Shotgun post!

  • Sheep Reflex Test (Interactive test/game)

    • No, it's not an attempt to test your “sheep reflex.” It's an online game to test your reflexes. Use the tranquilizer gun to tranq the sheep as soon as they break from the herd. The quicker you can tranq the sheep, the better you will score.

  • Draw Boba Fett (How To)

    • Bored in your meeting? Practice doodling Boba Fett's helmet. What else are meetings for?

  • Kid's Show (Twisted Video Spoof , NSFW)

    • I don't know how to describe this. First, a warning: parts of it are quite offensive. So you need a strong stomach. At the very end, a turkey is beheaded (which I didn't really want to see). You've been warned.

    • However, other parts are hilarious. It's children's TV gone way off-kilter. Via Mike's link blog.

    • Funny line that sticks in my head the most: “Can't pray the gay away.”

  • 13 Things That Make No Sense (Science article)

    • An article in New Scientist magazine about 13 intriguing and challenging mysteries facing modern science. From the horizon effect to the Pioneer anomaly. As Spock would say... Fascinating.

  • Words You Might Know (Vocabulary, links included below)

      • One of the basic concepts of Bokononism, the secretive island religion of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, is that of a granfalloon. A granfalloon is a recognized grouping of people that, underneath it all, has no real meaning. The prototypical granfaloon in Vonnegut's book is Hoosiers: the main character of the book finds himself journeying to an island nation in the company of fellow Indianans, but other than the fact that they hail from the same state they have no significance in each other's lives.

    • hendecasyllabic

      • a word or line of eleven syllables.

      • It's today's word of the day.

    • floccinaucinihilipilification

      • the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.

      • I stumbled upon this word randomly yesterday. Now I have to find a way to work it into conversation.

  • Duct Tape Wallet (DIY)

    • Need a new wallet? Make one from duct tape, the 3M way!

  • Copyright Myths (Publishing, Law)

    • Learn “10 Big Myths” about copyright.

  • The Perception Laboratory's Face Transformer (Fun Graphics Play)

    • You can use the Perception Laboratory's Face Transformer to change the age, race or sex of a facial image, to transform it to the style of a famous artist, to make an exagerated caricature or even make an ape of yourself!

    • Upload a picture of yourself to this Java applet and it will all ow you to transform yourself in a number of ways. The images included in this post above are me (as painted by El Greco) and Maggie (as painted by Botticelli). Or, you could age yourself. Yow.

  • A New Bunny (NSFW, Flash Animation)

    • In response to Warner Brothers' creation of a new “extreme” set of characters to update Bugs and the gang, some animators have made this spoof of Buzz Bunny. It's rude. You've been warned.

    • Here's the story which triggered this satire.

  • Pocky Ad (Advertising)

    • Just a weird ad for the Japanese product “Pocky.” Infectious guitar riff. And Pocky doesn't do that – I've tried.

  • Brave Penguin (Image)

    • He'll look back on it and say “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Posted by James at March 18, 2005 8:45 AM
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Ah, yes, the new and "improved" Bugs. I saw a story about this on TV a couple of weeks back wherein a 5-year-old was asked what he thought of the new Bugs. "He's evil," the child replied.

Regarding Pocky, I just had some almond crunch Pocky last night. And I am here to tell you I broke the gender barrier by buying and then eating Men's Pocky. Mmm...very tasty, Pocky.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 18, 2005 11:52 AM

Here's a link to the preview of Loonatics.

I can honestly say, that I felt completely depressed by it.


Posted by: Rui at March 18, 2005 3:16 PM

Wow, that is tremendously awful!

What I always liked about the Loony Tunes cartoons is the funny, clever, slapstick comedy (with classical music thrown in!). This "new and improved" version looks like just another action-sequence cartoon.

What's funny and clever about that?

Posted by: Patti M. at March 18, 2005 3:32 PM

Ryan and I just watched it. He says he wants to throw up.

Yeah, it is a pretty lousy idea. And they're superheroes?

Yeah, I'll be watching this while I sip on a can of New Coke.

Posted by: James at March 18, 2005 3:41 PM

I *was* going to check it out, but now I'm too scared. :-(

I developed a taste for RC Cola during the New Coke Crisis. I used to buy it from time to time when I was in FL. Alas, I can't seem to get it up here. Oh well.

Posted by: Julie at March 18, 2005 3:46 PM

While we're on the subject of good cola you can't get anymore, I'm still pining for Presidents' Choice cola. It used to be a more "upscale" store brand at Star, but when Star was bought out by Shaw's, PC cola disappeared.

I called the company, which is in Canada, and asked if they had any stores near me in MA. The nice woman I talked to asked me if I was anywhere near Michigan.

Alas, no more yummy PC cola for me.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 18, 2005 3:54 PM

I think you have one can left in the basement from our last trip to Canada.

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