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15 December, 2003

Christmas Lights

Last night we went to locally-popular Christmas Card Lane.

Residents there erect giant plywood greetings in their front yards, some amusing, some religious, all brightly hand-painted. Cartoon characters abound.

When this started, in 1980, about 15 families on Ellingham Street participated. Now there are about 200, spreading onto Oviedo and Renato streets, too.

I took some photos, and you can see them here.

Hopefully, these images won't show up on UglyChristmasLights.com.

Posted on 15 December, 2003

Nun Dolls

Why buy a cheap Barbie doll when you can get an expensive nun doll?

The nun doll shown here is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

We have labored to bring you historically accurate, and authentically reproduced collectible nun dolls. In our pursuit to create the perfect doll, we have also developed a rigid, high quality vinyl that combines the aesthetics of porcelain with the durability and handling properties of a nearly indestructible material.

Endless hours of research have been the price we've willingly paid to bring you accurate reproductions of their garments. Even the hidden items, such as a crucifix tucked under a belt or a garment unseen under the habit, are included on our dolls. Blessings' Nun Dolls are painstakingly handcrafted in the United States.

It can be yours for $184.

Posted on 15 December, 2003

VoGE Has A Blog

VoGE (Voice of Golden Eagle) has a blog: The Talking Stick. We got a copy of his latest CD last week, and it's excellent.

And he talks about a new project in the works:

I am contacting the National park Service about the possibility of using the Blanchard Springs Caverns as a location to do a digital recording. This incredible cave in the Arkansas Ozarks has some of the most amazing natural acoustics I've ever heard! I have dreamed for years of doing a Native Flute recording there and hope to soon make it a reality.

He also posted a panorama image of his studio. It's comprised of 14 photos stitched together. Very cool!

Posted on 15 December, 2003

Hand Knits

You'll find some great old photos here: Hand Knits for Young Moderns.

Two or three winters ago, we purchased dozens and dozens of old knitting 'pattern magazines' at a local church white elephant sale. They're filled with how-to knitting instructions, patterns for garments...and vivid color photos of models wearing the finished clothes...knitted clothes. Most of the magazines were printed between 1964 and 1967.

They just don't knit vests like this anymore...

Posted on 15 December, 2003

Understanding The Faith Industry

The God-u-Like site contains "everything you wanted to know about the faith industry."

We have brought over a hundred individual faiths together in the same format and offered explanations, histories, comments and the chance for you to give them the score they deserve.

Each faith offers a brief summery followed by a more detailed explanation of the chief players, their background, their philosophy and what they all think they believe in.

Currently, the #1 ranked faith is Gnosticism.

Gnostics believe that God has implanted this knowledge into the souls of all men and women and that the goal of man is the complete understanding of that knowledge.

It therefore follows that everyone is born with an equal chance of understanding this secret and hidden knowledge - if only he or she could understand what he or she was looking for.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 15 December, 2003

101 Things

Michael Green has a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days.

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Number 94 on the list: Clean out the garage so I can fit my car in.

Posted on 15 December, 2003

The Brain Alphabet

Create words from brain parts, using the Brain Alphabet.

Each letter is a close-up of gyri (bumps) and sulci (grooves) found on the surface of the human brain. The letters were all found within the brain photographs shown on the right. Some of the patterns were rotated, flipped upside-down or enlarged. This project was inspired by the "Butterfly Alphabet" created by Kjell B. Sandved.

(via Tom McMahon)

Posted on 15 December, 2003

3D Hairstyles

Through the wonders of modern technology, you can now view hairstyles in interactive 3D.

With just a click, you can see any hair style front and back!

Our new 3-D feature spins and turns our models so that you can find your new look. Spend time exploring because now you can zoom in, zoom out, turn and spin our models using your mouse.

Posted on 15 December, 2003

The Year In Review

A huge collection of those inevitable year in review lists.

(via Gammatron)

Posted on 15 December, 2003

Jesus Clock

Not just any Jesus clock. This is the Screaming Jesus Clock.

New from LordCo is this amazing precision timepiece. Handsomely decorated with an image of our savior representing each hour, the Screaming Jesus Clock also makes a special sound every sixty minutes that will constantly remind you of the pain He must have felt while being nailed to the cross.

Posted on 15 December, 2003

Matchmaking For Scientologists

What is the Affinity Exchange? It is...

...a matchmaking service begun by Marcia Powell in January 1988 to provide a means for single people to meet one another by way of an international Directory. It caters to people who are spiritually aware and into self improvement and is the service most used by those who are adherents of the philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard.

(via Cloudal Partners)

Posted on 15 December, 2003

Top Movies

The Internet Movie Database is a great resource. Here is a list of the top 250 movies, as voted by their users.

Here are the top 10:

1. Godfather, The (1972) 9.0/10 (82690 votes)

2. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994) 8.9/10 (104092 votes)

3. Godfather: Part II, The (1974) 8.8/10 (47930 votes)

4. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002) 8.8/10 (63009 votes)

5. Casablanca (1942) 8.7/10 (48550 votes)

6. Schindler's List (1993) 8.7/10 (71676 votes)

7. Shichinin no samurai (1954) 8.7/10 (20187 votes)

8. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001) 8.7/10 (108753 votes)

9. Citizen Kane (1941) 8.7/10 (45490 votes)

10. Star Wars (1977) 8.7/10 (103091 votes)

Posted on 15 December, 2003

License Plates

Here is the Internet License Plate Gallery. Nine pages of photos of custom license plates.

The plate shown here was registered in California in 2000, and appears on a 1999 Acura 3.2TL.

Posted on 15 December, 2003

The Greatest President

From ABC News: Presidential Standings.

George W. Bush takes the bronze in his debut on the nation's greatest-president list, boosted by a strong vote from the Republican judges. A more venerable Republican, Abraham Lincoln, wins the gold, with the silver medal to John F. Kennedy.

Let's repeat this poll in about five years and see what people think of George W.

Posted on 15 December, 2003

The Framley Examiner

This newspaper parody is extremely well done: The Framley Examiner.

Posted on 15 December, 2003

Slo Mo

Watch some amazing video clips at Extreme Slow Motion Cinematography.

Shown here is a bullet going through a glass of wine -- captured at 12,000 frames per second.

Posted on 15 December, 2003

How Old Are You Getting?

Take this quiz: Things You Swore You'd Never Do, But Now Are.

You hated your mum. You partied until dawn. You fiddled the dole. You took risks. And you knew who was number one in the charts.

Now look at you. Sitting at a computer in an office. Job. Steady relationship. All those lines you drew in the sand - crossed. All those things you swore you'd never do - done.

Allow us to rate just how old you really are...

As it turns out, I'm 68% an aging hypocrite.

Posted on 15 December, 2003

Flo The Spammer

Here's a great article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Spam wars play out across Internet.

In the small Louisiana city of Slidell, Flo Fox feeds the hungry by day but spams by night.

The graying grandmother in a "What Would Jesus Do?" T-shirt proudly recalls stretching two turkey carcasses into enough gumbo to feed 100 of the city's poor.

To keep from joining their ranks, she spams. Fox lays out $1,000 a month for the kind of high-speed Internet connection that businesses and some small Internet service providers use.

Fox shares her small one-story house with her two grown children, a young grandson, and her husband, Bruce Connelly.

Until recently she made a good living spamming, she says, pulling in $4,000 in a good week, $2,000 in a slow week. Some weeks produce no income.

Is Flo Fox her real name? Well, according to Google there is a Flo Fox who lives in Slidell. She even has a listed phone number. Google also shows here address, and a link to a map to her house. Nobody ever said spammers were intelligent.

I'll bet she really regrets granting that newspaper interview.

Posted on 15 December, 2003