Thursday, November 1, 2007

Welcome mat lets you play scrabble with visitors

Now you can leave messages for people who aren't home with "Your Welcome Mat", a reconfigurable no-tech messaging system by Jeni Rodger.
Your Welcome Mat - Link, [via]

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The Manual of Things That Might Kill You

For the hypochondriacs in your life - $19.95

Loopa® The Amazing Spill-Resistant Bowl

This looks cool, and it's cheap too.

This bowl for kids claims to be AMAZING and spill resistant. Hey, for $7.99 I'd give it a try wouldn't you?

Via: Rare Bird Finds: Loopa® The Amazing Spill-Resistant Bowl

Electronic Bubble Wrap

Who doesn't love popping bubble wrap? Now you can pop 'till your heart is content with this electronic bubble wrap. $19 at Dynamism

Via: Rare Bird Finds: Electronic Bubble Wrap

Deal Or No Deal - Hilarious

I've always loved Howie Mandel - even back when he had the longer curly hair.

Alzheimer's cold sore virus link

Evidence is building that the cold sore virus may be linked to Alzheimer's disease, an expert says.

In lab tests, Manchester University found brains infected with the herpes simplex virus, HSV-1, saw a rise in a protein linked to Alzheimer's.

Scientists believe the discovery could pave the way for a vaccine that may help prevent the brain disorder, New Scientist magazine reported.

But such a breakthrough was a long-time off, experts said.

Story Here: BBC NEWS Health Alzheimer's cold sore virus link

The Mena Airport, Arkansas, with Photo Gallery

I had to post this for Papa Rooster. He's all the time talking about conspiracies, HAARP, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I myself think there's a lot of stuff that goes on that we don't know about, and frankly, I don't really care to know about it. That's not the case with Papa Rooster.

I remember watching a video about this years ago, I think when Bill Clinton was running for president. It kind of freaked me out.

This link has tons of pictures and most of them are of all the buildings in and around the airport. I honestly only remember one building on the airport and that was an aircraft painting business - and it's owned by some of my mother's kinfolks - or it used to be anyway. (Like how I used the word "kinfolks"? I'm practicing my Arkansas dialect.)

If you follow this link, there's a picture of a house that supposedly is behind the airport - it's an A-frame house. There's a house identical to that in Hatfiled, Arkansas which is down the road from Mena. I wonder if the house in Hatfield could have anything to do with this Mena drug trafficking conspiracy? Oh, my - now I've got to watch my back this whole trip.

Here's a quote from the link listed below:
"As I drove through western Arkansas and approached Mena, I noticed how rustic and impoverished the countryside was. Then came Mena itself -- a run-down little town with a lot of activity for a population of less than 6,000 people."

A quick Google of Mena would show this person that Mena is the retirement capital of Arkansas. I'm done talking about this subject. It freaks me out.

The Mena Airport, Arkansas, with Photo Gallery

All 333 Bombay U.S. Stores Closing - 20-40% Off In-Store Only

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trip To Mena, Arkansas

Well, we'll (my sister, mother, Shorty and myself) be heading out tomorrow morning to Mena, Arkansas for a few days to visit family. No posts from me until Sunday...unless I get a wild hair and post a few tomorrow morning before we leave. Be good Papa Rooster - you better not get any wild hairs yourself.

To Papa:
I have known many,
and liked not a few,
but loved only one
and this toast is to you.

Love you, Babe.

Human Statue Of Liberty

Fun poem about English pronunciation

I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through.
Well don't! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps.
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard but sounds like bird.
And dead: it's said like bed, not bead,
For goodness sake don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).
A moth is not a moth as in mother
Nor both as in bother, nor broth as in brother,
And here is not a match for there,
Nor dear and fear, for bear and pear.
And then there's dose and rose and lose--
Just look them up--and goose and choose
And cork and work and card and ward
And font and front and word and sword
And do and go, then thwart and cart,
Come, come! I've hardly made a start.
A dreadful Language? Why man alive!
I learned to talk it when I was five.
And yet to write it, the more I tried,
I hadn't learned it at fifty-five.

Fun poem about English pronunciation

Irish Drinking Toasts

Here's to women's kisses,
and to whiskey, amber clear;
Not as sweet as a woman's kiss,
but a darn sight more sincere!

Lots More Here: Irish Drinking Toasts


13 Beautiful Gardens From Around The World

The Object Of Handing Out Halloween Candy

Sorry for the lovely visual, but this was too funny not to post.

Via: Bits & Pieces

What Kind Of Monster Are You?

You Are a Ghost
Mysterious, independent, and often unseen - you always do things your own way.You are introverted, shy, and even a little secretive.People are dying to know you better, but you're a difficult person to know.A lot of your contributions to the world are left invisible and unfelt.
Your greatest power: Blending in really well
Your greatest weakness: Being too passive
You play well with: Witches

DFW Halloween Events

Here's a good place to find places to take your kids trick-or-treating tonight if you live in the DFW area.

Da Breakup Song

This is hilarious. Break up with someone by song. Type a name and pick two reasons why you are giving them the dump, then Lady Raptastic will make a song you can preview right now and send to them. Once you hear the song, you won't be able to get it out of your head. Too funny.

8 Most Harrowing Tornado Encounters Ever Caught on Tape

Here's one (you might want to turn your volume down - no naughty words that I heard, just kind of loud):

The other seven 8 Most Harrowing Tornado Encounters Ever Caught on Tape#more#more#more#more#more#more#more#more

Via: Bits & Pieces

1977 JCPenney Catalog

A friend of mine from high school sent me this email. It cracks me up. Had to share.

"Last weekend I put an exhaust fan in the ceiling for my wife's grandfather. While my wife's brother and I were fitting the fan in between the joists, we found something under the insulation. What we found was this:

A JC Penney catalog from 1977. It's not often blog fodder just falls in my lap, but holy hell this was two solid inches of it, right there for the taking. I thumbed through it quickly and found my next dining room set, which is apparently made by adding upholstery to old barrels:

There's plenty more home furnishings where those came from, however I'm not going to bore you with that. Instead, I'm going to bore you with something else. The clothes.

The clothes are fantastic.

Here's how to get your ass kicked in elementary school:

Just look at that belt. It's like a boob-job for your pants. He probably needed help just to lift it into place. The belt loops have to be three inches long. And way to pull them up to your armpits, grandpa.

Here's how to get your ass kicked on the golf course:

This "all purpose jumpsuit" is, according to the description, equally appropriate for playing golf or simply relaxing around the house. Personally, I can't see wearing this unless you happen to be relaxing around your cell in D-block. Even then, the only reason you should put this thing on is because the warden made you, and as a one-piece, it's slightly more effective as a deterrent against ass-rapery.

Here's how to get your ass kicked pretty much anywhere:

If you look at that picture quickly, it looks like Mr. Bob "No-pants" Saget has his hand in the other guy's pocket. In this case, he doesn't, although you can tell just by looking at them that it's happened - or if it hasn't happened it will. Oh yes. It will. As soon as he puts down his matching coffee cup.

Here's how to get your ass kicked at the beach:

He looks like he's reaching for a gun, but you know it's probably just a bottle of suntan lotion in a holster.

How to get your ass kicked in a meeting:

If you wear this suit and don't sell used cars for a living, I believe you can be fined and face serious repercussions, up to and including termination. Or imprisonment, in which case you'd be forced to wear that orange jumpsuit.

How to get your ass kicked on every day up to and including St. Patrick's Day

Dear god in heaven, I don't believe that color exists in nature. There is NO excuse for wearing either of these ensembles unless you're working as a body guard for the Lucky Charms leprechaun.

In this next one, Your Search For VALUE Ends at Penneys.

As does your search for chest hair.

And this -- Seriously. No words.

Oh wait, it turns out that there are words after all. Those words are What. The. F*ck. I'm guessing the snap front gives you quick access to the chest hair. The little tie must be the pull tab.

Also, judging by the sheer amount of matching his/hers outfits, I'm guessing that in 1977 it was considered pretty stylish for couples to dress alike. These couples look happy, don't they?

I am especially fond of this one, which I have entitled "Cowboy Chachi Loves You Best."

And nothing showcases your everlasting love more than the commitment of matching bathing suits. That, and a blonde girl with a look on her face that says "I love the way your junk fights against that fabric."

Then, after the lovin', you can relax in your one-piece matching terry cloth jumpsuits:

I could go on, but I'm tired, and my eyes hurt from this trip back in time. I think it's the colors. That said, I will leave you with these tasteful little numbers:

Man, that's sexy."

Treating Court Reporters Right

I think this is a great post from Oregon Legal Research. It's about time someone started thinking about the court reporter. Be sure and follow the link to the Illinois Trial Practice Weblog.

OREGON LEGAL RESEARCH: Treating Court Reporters Right

Link to the shirt pictured above:

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Guitarist

Funny Videos

I'm glad I'm not single

Funny Videos

Slide Videos

It's a good thing little kids are so bendable.

Funny Videos


Funny Videos

Wall O Photos

Create a collage of photos with this long clear plastic sleeve with space for 28 4X6 photos. Rivets at the top for hanging. Imported. Wipe clean. $15 > Wall O Photos

natural architecture

This is too cool.

Lee Valley Jar Opener

Via: Cool Tools

"I always used a spoon until I was given one of these lid poppers. I was skeptical, but I now find myself reaching for it without even thinking. It's an 8.5 by 5 cm piece of metal, bent in the middle and curved at each end to accommodate just about any size jar lid. It's very simple and straightforward. You simply place it on the top of the jar with either of the rolled sides caught just under the edge of the lid (which side of the opener depends on the lid size). Your fingers hold the piece in place, which acs as a lever, and the bend in the metal serves as the fulcrum. The downward pressure of the heel of your hand provides just enough force to release the vacuum without distorting the lid. I can happily report no more bent spoon handles, no more splatters, no more spills, just a nice "pop" sound when the vacuum has been broken; then I know I am home free. I have not tried the plastic JarPop, but I've had this steel one for at least 3 years and it has never bent in anyway, nor has it rusted."
-- Ellen Rocco

Nudie the Rodeo Tailor

Via: Cool Tools

Wild, elaborate stitchin'

This photo-driven book documents the life and work of legendary tailor Nudie Cohn, whose eccentric pieces of wearable art were worn by countless country, rock and pop musicians, everyone from Elvis to Elton John. The free-for-all that is Japanese street fashion is undeniably more outlandish, but if you keep in mind how Nudie made everyone look like Liberace (even macho country boys in the conservative '50s!), his work becomes all the more inspiring. There are numerous, thicker retrospectives with glossy snapshots of flashy rodeo wear, but this is the only book that focuses entirely on Nudie. His story is so enticing I really wonder why no one's written a comprehensive, narrative non-fiction biography about him: after immigrating from Russia, he became an amateur boxer, spent time hitchhiking coast to coast and eventually started fashioning clothes and costumes out of his garage in the '40s. If you're a serious seamster or occasional stitch 'n bitcher, his embroidery will get your juices flowing. If you're a home crafter or tinkerer with big aspirations, here's another fine example of what's possible.
-- Steven Leckart

Cool Tool: Nudie the Rodeo Tailor

Porter Wagoner Died Sunday, October 28

Buy A Turkey You Can Handle

Thanks, Sheri

My Owner Is Demented

Help us all - we ain't got no thumbs!!!!

Thanks, Sheri

Beckham Creek Cave Haven

For some reason, I don't think I could sleep here. Caves freak me out.

Via: Neatorama

"Beckham Creek Cave Haven near Parthenon, Arkansas boasts all the amenities of a regular hotel, but it’s built inside a cave!

Set on the 530 acre estate, the Cave House was built with the philosophy that the ongoing preservation of natural beauty is paramount. With its perfect blend of magnificent craftsmanship and technology, it took nearly four years to complete. Everywhere one looks, the superior design and attention to detail is obvious.

Putting you directly in touch with nature, the house boasts natural living cave walls and ceilings. By maximizing window areas along the wall facing outside, and maintaining large, open living spaces, natural sunlight floods the living area, pool room, and kitchen, bringing the outdoors inside the cave."

Beckham Creek Cave Haven

Susan's Custom Creepy Dolls

These dolls are seriously creepy - in fact, they scare the bejeezus out of me.

From her website:

"I am an ex-mortician and taxidermist, and am now sculpting and creating one-of-a-kind collectibles. Just give me a description or picture of what you have in mind and I can create it! I specialize in artistically macabre creations, but can also makeother personalized gifts such as: science fiction characters, holiday figurines, birdfeeders, etc. Prices can vary dependingon the materials used and how much detail is involved.", custom made creepy dolls, unique figurines, and one-of-a kind gifts.