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22 December, 2003

New Year's Eve Project

A photo project called A Day in the Life: New Year's Eve '03.

From 12 Noon New Years Eve 'til 12 Noon New Years Day... we want to see how you celebrate. Take a photo an hour to illustrate your day. December 31st 2003 12 Noon (midday) until January 1st 2004 12 Noon (midday). Upload your photos. Come back to this website after January 1 2004 and share your link.

(via The Triple-S Blog)

Posted on 22 December, 2003

Treating Phobias

Here's an article about common phobias and how to conquer them: 10 Terrors.

For example, Fear of Terrorists...

"During certain periods the world goes through, there's an increase in specific fears,'" Elpers says. "Like now . . . there is a fear of terrorists, but it doesn't have a name. Within the year, they'll have a name for that.'"

Posted on 22 December, 2003

Need A Robot?

Introducing the world's first fully automated domestic assistant: The NS-5.

We can only hope that this robot is less annoying than their Web site.

Posted on 22 December, 2003

Psychedelic Santa

The truth about Santa: The psychedelic secrets of Santa Claus.

Although most people see Christmas as a Christian holiday, most of the symbols and icons we associate with Christmas celebrations are actually derived from the shamanistic traditions of the tribal peoples of pre-Christian Northern Europe.

The sacred mushroom of these people was the red and white amanita muscaria mushroom, also known as "fly agaric." These mushrooms are now commonly seen in books of fairy tales, and are usually associated with magic and fairies. This is because they contain potent hallucinogenic compounds, and were used by ancient peoples for insight and transcendental experiences.

Most of the major elements of the modern Christmas celebration, such as Santa Claus, Christmas trees, magical reindeer and the giving of gifts, are originally based upon the traditions surrounding the harvest and consumption of these most sacred mushrooms.

(via Burp)

Posted on 22 December, 2003

Daily Jason

Daily Jason is another one of those "take a photo of myself every day and post it to the Web" sites.

 

Posted on 22 December, 2003

Little Marcy

Little Marcy... a musical legend.

The worlds of Christian music and children's records have commingled for ages, and certainly both have seen their fair share of imaginative gimmicks and bizarre channels of creative expression. Few, however, can equal the legacy of Little Marcy.

I first heard of this amazing talent while listening to Whole Wheat Radio.

Posted on 22 December, 2003

Every Surface Is A Speaker

Buy a Soundbug, and you can turn any surface into a speaker.

Olympia's Soundbug is a highly-portable, revolutionary alternative to headphones or loudspeakers. Soundbug connects to items such as portable CD players, MP3 players, Minidiscs or cassette players via the headphone socket, and 'suckers' to any hard, glossy surface.

Once connected, the Soundbug takes the signal from the audio device, and - using world-first technology - creates a sounding-board out of the surface to which it is attached.

Posted on 22 December, 2003

White House Tapes

Get some insights as to what really goes on in the White House: White House Tapes: The President Calling.

Three of America's most compelling presidents - Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon - bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. They left behind thousands of secretly recorded conversations, from momentous to mundane.

In this documentary project, American RadioWorks eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history.

Posted on 22 December, 2003

Web Design Patterns

If you create web sites, you may find this interesting: Martijn van Welie's Web Design Patterns.

(via Muxway)

Posted on 22 December, 2003

Made Of Paper

Two interesting paper-related links:

The example below is called Icarus, and it's from the Japanese Origami site.

Posted on 22 December, 2003

Drinking Responsibly

A public service announcement from The Onion: Drinking Responsibly During The Holidays. You'll find lots of helpful tips, like this one:

If someone you know is too drunk to drive, demand that he let you have his car keys. If he refuses, pull out a gun and demand the car keys again. This also works with people who are not drunk, and whom you do not know.

Posted on 22 December, 2003