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Day December 10, 2004

Little People (Demon) Village

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From Mia’s Journal comes a cool tour of this:

In Middlebury, CT, in the middle of the woods, there’s this amazingly creepy abandoned house/ruins. According to story, there once lived in this secluded house a couple. One day, the husband began hearing these demonic whispery voices in his head, so what does he do? Of course, he did the logical thing to do: He built a … DEMON MIDGET VILLAGE in order to house all the voices. Not only did he build an entire village consisting of highly-detailed, tiny stone houses 2-5 feet tall, but he also built a stone throne in order to actually rule over this demon midgetville. At some point, his wife sat in his throne, so he murdered her in it, probably with an axe because we’re talking about the woods here. Now legend says that if one sits in the demon-midgetville-ruling stone, you’ll die within 7 years. This whole area is known to the locals as Little People’s Village.

There is also a small article about it on ghosttowns.com.
(via Weird Links)

Godchecker

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We have more Gods than you can shake a stick at. Godchecker’s Mythology Encyclopedia currently features over 2,000 deities.

Browse the pantheons of the world, explore ancient myths, and discover Gods of everything from Fertility to Fluff with the fully searchable Holy Database Of All Known Gods.

The Eric Conspiracy

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Yes, the name Erica is welcomed.

Around 1987 someone on the newsgroup talk.bizarre uttered a semi-incoherent rant observing that there seemed to be an awful lot of hackers named Eric around — “and have you noticed” (he said) “that they all have moustaches and they’re all UNIX system manglers?” He then opined that these must be the secret signs of an insidious conspiracy.

Well, there went our deep, dark, ancient secret! No point in the hooded robes and solemn blood oaths of silence sworn by guttering torchlight anymore. Usenet has spoken. Yes, there is an Eric Conspiracy. You, too, may be eligible to join, use our nifty logo on your home page, and participate in our sinister plans for network and world domination!

How People Are Using Camera Phones

This is a very nice article. Here are some examples from it:

– People have been taking pictures of washing machines or plumbing fixtures that need repairing, then sending them off to the repairman so he’ll bring the right parts.

– When someone backed into a car, got out and inspected the damage – then drove off without leaving any details – a passerby took a shot of his car and the rear number plate, and left a note for the victim. Later e-mailing him a shot of the car for his insurance claim.

– At a Welsh hospital, senior doctors are allowing interns to send them pictures of an x-ray, thanks to pioneering mobile phone technology, speeding up the diagnosis and suggested treatment process.

Dictionary of Programming Languages

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Pretty comprehensive.

Welcome to the Dictionary of Programming Languages, a compendium of computer coding methods assembled to provide information and aid your appreciation for computer science history.

San Francisco in Ruins

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Wonderful site!

THE YEAR was 1906, and the citizens of San Francisco must have found it a wildly incongruous sight–grown men at child’s play in the midst of tragedy. Less than three weeks before, the earth had shaken and the city had burned. The disaster began with an earthquake in the early morning of Wednesday, April 18, and when the fires were extinguished three days later, at least two hundred thousand San Francisco residents were homeless. Yet on the afternoon of May 5, a small group of men was flying kites near Folsom and Sixth streets.

The man in charge, George R. Lawrence, was anything but mad. As soon as news of the disaster had reached Chicago, he made plans to go to San Francisco with his Captive Airship and crew. With the Captive Airship he knew he could take aerial photographs of the prostrate city that no one else in the world could take. He was gambling by going to the devastated. city, but he took the chance knowing there would be an international market for his photographs if he succeeded. Lawrence was, first and foremost, a commercial photographer.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

1930′s Japanese Military Propaganda Photos

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Japanese Military Propaganda Collection: Very rare vintage prints which were used to make propaganda publications, intended to excite the public about Japan’s expansion. During the late 1930’s, before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan was at the height of its military power. Photographers were hired by the Japanese government, and the images were then heavily retouched by hand to enhance their propaganda values. These vintage photos were found in a Japanese book dealer’s archive – never before been seen.

(via Monkeyfilter)

Harbin Snow and Ice Festival

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Amazing!
(via Eyebeam reBlog)

FoxBlocker

FOXBlocker is an innovative new product that filters out the FOX News network. Simply screw the filter into the back of your TV and never be exposed to right wing propaganda again (at least through FOX News). Using a proprietary technology, the FOXBlocker works to filter out FOX News from your cable lineup.

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Shhhhh

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Cards to give to annoying cell phone users. (pdf link)
(via J-Walk)


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