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24 December, 2003

Planet Perplex

You'll find some fascinating items at Planet Perplex.

What is this site about ? The title says it all : amazing art, artwork that makes you say whoa ! It's a top collection of baffling images : optical illusions, things that can't exist in real life, and landscapes with hidden stuff in it. And those funny pictures you can turn upside down, showing something completely else.

Many of the items are old classics, but I found lots of new stuff (at least new to me). For example, this drawing of tools.

Posted on 24 December, 2003

An Old Catalog

Photos from the 1969 Spiegel Catalog.

All color. All wild. If you are of the Austin Powers age you will likely think these images are "Groovey baby!" Others of you will gasp and turn try to turn away. But you can't. The horror won't let you go!

Consider this your only warning. The pages before you are frightening stuff.

You just don't see stuff like this anymore.

(via Eye of the Goof)

Posted on 24 December, 2003

Christmas Flicks

Two Christmas films, one popular, and one not-so-popular:

I've seen A Christmas Story many times, but I haven't seen The Great Rupert.

Posted on 24 December, 2003

Snow Globe Mouse

The site is in Japanese, but it has several photos of the Liquid USB Mouse.

(via Gizmodo)

Posted on 24 December, 2003

USMC Manuals

If you're longing for some light holiday reading, check out these US Marine Corp Manuals.

You'll find titles such as Multi-Service Helicopter Sling Load: Basic Operations Volume I, Helicopter Rope Suspension Training (HRST) Operations, Small Unit Leaders Guide to Cold Weather Operations, and the ever-popular Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses.

I found this stuff at Integrated Publishing -- which is billed as the "most informative site on the Internet."

Posted on 24 December, 2003

Grokker

From CNN: Going deeper than Google. The article is about a product called Grokker.

This software tool takes the data culled by an online search and organizes it visually into categories that enable you to quickly dig deeply to find the exact site or information you need. Grokker broke new ground, but later ran out of gas when the Northern Lights search engine, on which it was based, went out of business.

Now Grokker is back as a smarter and less expensive ($49 instead of $99) application that works on top of many different databases, including the all-important Google. I'm as excited this time as I was a year ago. This really could be the future for finding information.

Here's a link to Grokker's web site.

(Thanks Kevin McKinney)

Posted on 24 December, 2003

Animal, Vegetable, Or Mineral?

Here's a quiz: View close-up photos, then determine if the item is an animal, a vegetable, or a mineral.

Of the sixteen items, I got eight correct -- which is better than chance.

Posted on 24 December, 2003

A $1.00 Christmas Tree

Learn how to make a Christmas tree from a $1.00 bill.

Okay, this isn't the greatest, but I get a lot of requests for it, so here goes. This is as attractive as those pine scent cutouts you see hanging from people's rear-view mirrors and apparently as popular.

(via Everlasting Blort)

Posted on 24 December, 2003

iPod's Dirty Secret

What happens when the battery on an iPod dies? Find out by watching this movie: iPod's Dirty Secret.

But, the movie isn't quite accurate. For another view, see this link at MacRumors.

(Thanks John Fleming)

Posted on 24 December, 2003

Planet Christmas

It's getting pretty late to start decorating your house for Christmas. But if you're a procrastinator, go to Planet Christmas for some ideas.

The PlanetChristmas website is THE place to learn from others how to decorate your house and make your home the envy of the community. Learn from the experts how to computerize your display and become the envy of all. Get ideas from others by seeing pictures of their displays. Find out where you can buy all the unusual stuff. Talk with enthusiasts that have a real passion for Christmas lights, not only because it's fun but it's a great way to spread the joy of the season.

Posted on 24 December, 2003

Virtual XMas Tree

No mess: A Virtual Christmas Tree.

The Christmas tree we put up this year is completely comprised of light. Maybe I'll spray some pine scent around for authenticity's sake. After an indulgence at the Ikea store our living room light is now capable of projecting images.

Posted on 24 December, 2003