Saturday, November 27, 2004

Ron Artest Fun

The request was photoshop Ron Artest keeping busy while suspended from the NBA. Results here. Note - Language may be of adult nature, link is still being updated.



The Chocolate Room

Room made entirely of chocolate and marzipan. Complete with panelling, vases, cutlery and pictures all fashioned from chocolate.
Can Willy Wonka be far behind?



Nouse as in Mouse

Someday we may be able to control our programs and computer monitor with facial movement. A somewhat technical write up, but it is an interesting concept.



A Buy Nothing Christmas

This Christmas we'll be swamped with offers, ads and invitations to buy more stuff. But now there's a way to say enough and join a movement dedicated to reviving the original meaning of Christmas giving.



Neighbors complain about Xmas Display

So family erects 10 foot tall Grinch.



Why?

Please explain to me why someone would pay $127.51 for a shopping card valued at $125.



Finnish Gov't says stop using IE

Finnish authorities have warned computer users against using the popular Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 web browser as it has a "serious" security flaw that compromises computer systems.



Rear View Mirror for your PC

Always know who is looking over your shoulder and who is coming up to your computer.



Friday, November 26, 2004

Lawn Chair Larry

About 20 years or so ago, Larry attached 45 helium filled weather balloons to his lawnchair; you can imagine the rest of the story. I have always wanted to try this just to see if it really is possible.
More on Larry can be found here.



Buried with the Fishes

Be part of a corral reef, only problem is you must be dead to get involved.



The Bambino's Bat

The bat Babe Ruth used to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium and help usher in 80 years of New York Yankee dominance over his former team, the Boston Red Sox, is going on the auction block.
The pre-sale estimate for the 36-inch ash wood bat Sotheby's will auction off next week is $1 million, but organizers of the sale say it could fetch a record price for sports memorabilia.



IDKT, SYL, LTM...

An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from each of the first letters of a descriptive phrase or by combining the initial letters or parts of words from the phrase.
Great resource can be found here.



Stop Coughing

Chocaholics may clap hands in joy and dig into another piece of their sweet god after researchers have found ingredients in chocolate could put a stop to persistent coughs and lead to new cough medicines.



Fuji can swim Again

A 34 year old dolphin received a fin replacement in order to avoid death.



Beware

I thought this video was quite funny. Link will open WMP.



Thursday, November 25, 2004

Interesting Turkey Day Talk

  • 91% of Americans will eat turkey today
  • 340 million turkeys are raised annually, 55 million will be eaten today
  • The first meal eaten on the moon was turkey and all the trimmings
  • Benjamin Franklin was in favor of having the turkey as the national bird
If you have any children over and they are starting to bother you, call them over and have them play with this. It should occupy some of their time.


Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Thanksgiving Day

Freedom of Want - In Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address, the president outlined the reasons for our country's support of the Allied nations in World War II. In his speech, Roosevelt promoted the concept of the four basic freedoms to which all people are entitled: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
Inspired by Roosevelt's speech, Norman Rockwell—then at the height of his profession—set out to interpret the optimistic goals set forth by the president. Rockwell wished to create something to support the country's war effort; through the creation of The Four Freedoms, he found his way. More information can be found here.
Norman Rockwell had concerns the image depicted overabundance, rather than freedom from want. No need to worry about it Mr. Rockwell, your painting is perfect.



Picture Book

I must admit, I am not a big fan of HP, but their TV ads are very creative and catchy. You can view them here.



Fast Forward thru Commercials

If you fast forward thru commercials, odds are you are retaining the commercial at a better percentage than a person who actually views it.



The Sky is Falling

"Chicken Little" premiers in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.



Virus hits Smartphones

A virus that can load on a smartphone leaves skull icons on your phone. Beware, this is just the beginning.



Fox in Socks

Listen to a collection of tongue twisters from Dr. Seuss. It is a fast version and clicking on the link will open WMP.
I recently caught The Cat in the Hat on HBO HD and reminisced about my childhood years. The man was a genius.



Paper Animations

Make your own paper animations. Most kits only require glue, paper, scissors, ruler and a knife. You need to purchase the directions but some of the animations are pretty neat to look at.



Thanksgiving Day Football History

Impress even the die-hard football fanatic with these trivia bits:
  • In 1893, the New York Herald declared that Thanksgiving Day had become the official holiday for watching football.
  • By the mid-1890s, athletes from schools and clubs played in 5,000 Thanksgiving Day football games. The Yale-Princeton game of 1893 earned $13,000 for each school and immediately became the primary source of revenue for athletics.
  • The National Football League had its first Thanksgiving Day game in 1934. The Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit Stadium. A national radio audience and 25,000 fans witnessed the Bears' 19-16 victory, and the NFL Thanksgiving Day football game was born.
  • From 1950 to 1963, the Lions played the Green Bay Packers. The Lions usually won, that is until Vince Lombardi transformed the Packers into champions with players like Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, and Paul Hornung.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Typed 84 words per minute...

using a thumboard. Watch him in action, link will open WMP.
In case you wondered how they time it, words fall one by one, and as they are typed, words are replaced by new ones until all the words have been typed.




The Bird House

A camera was inserted in a very well decorated bird house. The results are fantastic.



Edison Cylinder Recordings

Many of his old recordings can be listened to here. Very informative information and a great look back at one of the most influential personalities in US history.



Top 100 TV Characters

Bravo started a series last night highlighting the top characters from TV. The top 10 will be revealed during the show this Friday. Any predictions on the top 10?

Yesterday All Polka, Today All Hawai'ian

Fantastic, native Hawai'ian music. Slow download time but well worth the wait. Close your eyes and feel the sand between your toes.



Illustrator Deluxe

Some fine graphic and illustration work from Gina Binkley. Quite a portfolio too.



The Best TV Reference Guide

Many people are not aware of this great site which allows you to customize a tv guide to your preferences. Many useful options too. If you do not use it now, I guarantee you will be thanking me in a few days.



Deion Sanders pitching Hot Dog Express

Couldn't think of a better person than Deion to sell this product. Put a little mustard on it Deion!



Seinfeld Sounds

Listen to many of the classic sounds. Seinfeld ranks #2 on my all-time TV show list right behind All in the Family. Is there any show on TV these days that can compare with some of the all time classics; I have yet to see one in the last five years.



Monday, November 22, 2004

The Legendary Pickle Ornament

A pickle used as an ornament on the Christmas tree seems odd at first, but this is an old German tradition.When decorating the Christmas tree, it was a practice to hang the pickle ornament last, hidden among the twigs. The first child on Christmas Eve to find the Christmas pickle ornament would recieve an extra gift.
Read about the tradition here.



All Polka, All the Time

Many of the best Polka personalities from across the U.S.A. and Canada, playing the very best in polkas and waltzes with information important to polka fans everywhere.



John Green, Public Enemy #1

The fan from the Pistons - Pacers game on Friday who tossed the plastic beer cup speaks to the police.



Lack of Motivation

Someone you know needs a 2005 Demotivation Calendar. Oh my, I just may order a handful and pass them out to everyone I know



The Grass Bus & Other Vehicles

Harrod Blank grew up in a forest. His best friends were chickens and then he bought a 1965 VW Beetle. See his amazing modes of transportation.



DVD Copying

I thought DVD copying was illegal. Look at all the software available.



The Qadisiyah Expressway

A 15-mile stretch between Baghdad airport and the city centre is said to be the world's most expensive taxi ride.
Small convoys of armoured cars and Western gunmen charge about $5,108 for the perilous journey.


JFK Video Game

A British firm seeking to capitalize on the 41st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's murder is issuing ``JFK Reloaded,'' a purportedly educational "docu-game'' that lets players fire the fatal shots from the Texas Book Depository over and over again.



Youth Debit Card

I am undecided how I feel about giving a debit card to a youth. Read the story here and also check out the website too.



Sunday, November 21, 2004

Indiana Fans React

Indiana and NBA fans react to the suspensions handed down today by NBA Commish, David Stern.

NBA Brawl

Update: Artest gone for the year.

(the post below was originally posted, Saturday, Nov. 20th)
In case you missed the brawl involving the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Detroit fans, here is the video. Not sure how long the link will last so get it quick. Link will open WMP.



Not on Sunday

Sunday is a no posting day here at Kukla's. Please visit on Monday for your daily updates.
In the meantime, let me know how you did with this.