July 8, 2005

O Shotgun My Shotgun

UPDATED: See the Gmaps Pedometer link below. Forgot to include that in the first upload. Oops! That’s a good one.

  • Pages ripped from children’s books (comics, funny, humor) (warning, offensive language)
    • Ha - re-captioned children's book illustrations. Ooo - it looks like someone doesn't like the White Stripes!
  • The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey (art, humor, literature, weird)
    • Time to learn the alphabet with Edward Gorey.
  • Be Your Own Hotspot - Popular Science (diy, geek, howto, technology, tools, wifi)
    • Not cheap, but you can carry a wifi hotspot everywhere you go. Just the solar backpack itself is cool.
  • Amabuddy - Comparison shopping by mobile phone (888) 937 4462 (shopping, music, tools, phone)
    • A map of how many people have died in Bush's wars so far, by hometown.
  • Palm Beach Post - U.S. service men, women who have died in Iraq, Afghanistan (iraq, maps, reference, war)
    • A map of ow many people have died in Bush's wars so far, by hometown.
  • Honda Grrr Game (flash, fun, game, viral)
    • Move the rabbit around to collect carrots. This game is hosted by Honda. I'm not sure why. But it's a strange enough flash game that it deserves inclusion in this week's links!
  • Language Is A Virus (writing, games)
    • Games, tools and information on writing and language. Hard for me to categorize, but if you like to think about language you should take some time and browse this site.
  • SparkNotes: Today's Most Popular Study Guides (education, free, literature, reading, reference)
    • OK - so it's probably part of the dumbing down of the world, but I appreciate these notes when I want to be reminded of what happened in a particular work of fiction.
  • Presidential Speechalist (bush, comedy, funny, humor, politics, video)
    • Andy Dick as the presidential speechwriter. Hilarious send up of Bush speechifying.
  • GMaps Pedometer (maps, google, tools, geography, measurement)
    • Track paths and measure their distances. Great for bike and running routes. This link takes you to an old bike route I used to follow as a kid.
Posted by James at July 8, 2005 9:18 AM
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I have been a fan of Edward Gorey for, well, about 25 years (yow). I discovered "Amphigorey" and was in heaven.

http://www.booksite.com/texis/scripts/oop/click_ord/showdetail.html?sid=1624&isbn=0399504338&music=&buyable=0&assoc_id=

Posted by: Patti M. at July 8, 2005 9:56 AM

James and Maggie introduced me to Edward Gorey's work long ago. I couldn't stop laughing that night.

Posted by: Mike at July 8, 2005 10:14 AM

Those ripped pages are nassssssssssssssty.

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 8, 2005 10:15 AM

Oh, my. Those pages ought to have been ripped.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 8, 2005 11:01 AM

I sent the Language Is A Virus folks a link to my name generator... seems like the sort of thing they would be interested in.

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 8, 2005 11:07 AM

Yeah, I should have put a warning on that link. Ok - there we go. Warning up.

Nothing like mixing profanity and children's literature for an early-morning wake-up laugh. Yow.

Posted by: James at July 8, 2005 11:13 AM

Oh, I didn't mean they were unpleasant to read. I quite enjoyed the laugh!

Posted by: Patti M. at July 8, 2005 11:15 AM

I've often felt that "Metamorphosis" would make a great illustrated kiddie classic.

Posted by: Julie at July 8, 2005 12:12 PM

What - the Star Trek: TOS episode?

Posted by: James at July 8, 2005 12:18 PM

No, the Franz Kafka novel in which the man turns into a loathesome insect, as depicted among the ripped pages... uh... maybe I'm not remembering the novel's name correctly...

Posted by: Julie at July 8, 2005 12:38 PM

Oh right! The Metamorphosis.

Boy, do I look like a doofus fanboy now.

Posted by: James at July 8, 2005 2:00 PM

Shotgun Link Intersection:

The Metamorphosis on Sparknotes:

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/metamorph/

Posted by: James at July 8, 2005 2:01 PM

Good shotgun. Not quantity, but definitely quality. The kids and I played the bunny game for a while. But they kept wanting to go get the penguin and the barbeque, so I never figured out how to get the last few carrots and bonus times. Honda is the host because they are pushing their enviro friendly aspects. Notice that everything the rabbit gets a bonus for is pollution related?

Liked the ripped pages and Gorey is always a treat. At one point in college, My buddy Paul and I were trying to make a video of the Gashlycrumb Tinies. Live action. Amy was going to fall down the stairs at the beginning and we were going to keep cutting back to her falling. It was going to be gruesome, but we didn't have the time.

Posted by: briwei at July 9, 2005 1:21 AM

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