Thursday, October 27, 2005

Links with No Little Educational Value Whatsoever

How to knit your own DNA double helix. Or Yoda ears. Whatever.

Gratuitous link to the rather funny chinese lip synch video that's making the rounds.

What happens when you translate the lyrics from Shaft into Chaucerian-style English.

Flight Hello Kitty. No clue what they're putting into the oxygen over there.

Are you sure you haven't broken the law today?
Cereality has patents pending to give them an exclusive right to six business methods, including "displaying and mixing competitively branded food products" and adding "a third portion of liquid." If these patents are approved by the U.S. Patent Office, Cereality would have a complete monopoly on cereal bar business--just for being the first to put together the legalese necessary to describe mixing breakfast cereal.

Meanwhile, the White House has given a cease-and-desist letter to the Onion for using the presidential seal. (NY Times - Registration name= Randommentality, Password= Password). Hello? Parody? Satire? Any of these words ring a bell? You can help fight back by engaging in some annoying tactics:
Charles' post about sports broadcasts just reminded me of, which encourages people to warn ASCAP and Time Warner every time they hear someone singing "Happy Birthday" in public. By overwhelming clearance departments with frivolous letters, the site's creators hope to make a statement about copyright-gone-amok.

That said, perhaps a more direct way to the same end is to borrow a page from that sports guy and encourage the public to write letters any time they anticipate singing "Happy Birthday" in the near future.

Speaking of copyrights, maybe we should all remind Jib Jab just which side they're on?


(I'm sorry, that's just gotten way too far into actual content. I'll stop doing that. . . . By the way, have I said how badly I have the urge to make Holy Grail references whenever I hear them call for the horses sound effect in MacBeth? Anybody got a spare set of coconuts lying around? . . . .)

A unique system that can produce Hydrogen inside a car using common metals such as Magnesium and Aluminum was recently developed by an Israeli company. I see. It's sooo much simpler to go to the store and pick up some magnesium. Why didn't I think of that?

Lying is good for you. Oh, I mean, bad for you. Very, very bad.


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