Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Links!

We are bursting at the seams with items to kill your desire to work.

Leading off this week, from Gwon Chang, it's Yacht Rock, an absolutely hilarious send-up (NSFW), and here's the Wikipedia description::
Yacht Rock was an online video series following the fictionalized lives and careers of American soft rock stars of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

I've watched the first three episodes (there are eleven), and they're all laugh-out-loud funny.

Next, from Brandon Cackowski-Schnell, a link to some "alternate" renditions of Pachelbel's Canon--on a gayageum, a beat-box version, with breakdancing, and a version by 60s band Los Pop Tops. And they're all worth watching.

From Sirius, a link to an article about the October issue of Esquire, which will have an e-paper cover. Also, a link to a controversy over the organic material allegedly found in T. Rex bones that was originally believed to be dinosaur tissue. Now, it appears it may be nothing more than slime. Finally, a link to what may be a breakthrough in the storage of solar energy.

From Nick Blair, a link to a world record high dive: 172 feet. It looks every bit as crazy as it sounds.

From Cliff Eyler, a link to a story about the discovery of a surrender document from the end of the Civil War, and it may be (incredibly) an original. Also from Cliff, a link to an article about the Marx Toy Museum, a museum of miniature figures from the ubiquitous sets of the 1950s and 1950s.

Here's a fascinating theory: that taking the Pill can change a woman's taste in men.

From the Edwin Garcia links machine, a NSFW link to Gunter-ding-ding-dong, a genius bit of musical parody. At least, I hope it's parody. Then there's Safety Fail, and if you only click one link this week, it needs to be this, because seeing a guy use a motorcycle as basically a lawn chair at highway speeds--while talking on his cellphone--really has to be seen to be appreciated. Also from Edwin, a link to a classic segment of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood--with breakdancing. Yes, Mr. Rogers always wore that little sweather and had highwater pants, but he completely kicked ass. Then there's a link to an article at Wired titled One Man's Quest to Digitize and Publicize Rare Records. Finally, and you'd think this was satire

Remember the mystery of the Michelin Man last week? Roy sent in a link to an article that indicates he's been seen, if not exactly found.

From Sirius (round two--she had three links earlier), a link to an article about a 111-year old lizard (actually, "lizard like"--it's a tuatara)who is about to be a father. My favorite part of the story comes from a museum curator:
"With these guys, foreplay might take years. One has to be patient," he said.

Actually, it isn't that long--it just feels like years.

Here's a story about a marine invader that's now in the Caribbean and off the East Coast, and believe it or not, it's a lionfish.

From Colin Austin, a link to a story about the Flat Earth Society. Incredibly, it's still a round, so to speak.

From Steven Kreuch, a link to Telamegaphone Dale, and here's a description:
Telemegaphone Dale stands seven metres tall on top of the Bergskletten mountain overlooking the idyllic Dalsfjord in Western Norway.

When you dial the Telemegaphone’s phone number the sound of your voice is projected out across the fjord, the valley and the village of Dale below.

From Tim Hibbetts, a link to a fascinating theory about why we dream.

From Chris, a link to Is There Really Iron In Your Cereal?, a video by physicist John Swain that proves it does.

Like I said, I'm a sucker for these kinds of links, so here's Bucky and the Beagle, photos of a baby deer that followed a beagle through its doggie door and onto a couch, where they proceeded to hang out together.

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