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Day July 13, 2005

Treasures of the Library

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Finding a site like this is why I keep blogging.

The “Treasures of the Library” album and collection has been developed to share images from rare and unusual books that reside within the NOAA Central Library. These books and images have been waiting like a buried treasure to be discovered and put on display for the world to see.

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The Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia

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In the morning hours of August 21, 1968, the Soviet army invaded Czechoslovakia along with troops from four other Warsaw Pact countries. The occupation was the beginning of the end for the Czechoslovak reform movement known as the Prague Spring.

This web site contains material from the days immediately following the invasion, and they reflect the atmosphere in Czechoslovakia at the time: tense, chaotic, uncertain, full of pathos, fear, and expectation…

(via Bibi’s Box)

40 Things That Only Happen in Movies

Such as:

If you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts, your opponents will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around you in a threatening manner until you have defeated their predecessor.

Who Has Died So Far in 2005

Wikipedia is keeping track of who has left the building. If you look at the bottom you will notice that the lists go back to 1995.

Eating Disorder Expert Collapses after taking ‘Whippits’

From Boston.com

Police interviewed witnesses and collected evidence, then determined that Berzins apparently inhaled from three cans of whipped cream containing nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, the affidavit says.

Berzins was charged with possession of a restricted substance, criminal mischief and creating a public disturbance. She was released on $500 bail and is to appear in Hartford Superior Court on July 21.

I don’t understand why she is being charged with possession of a restricted substance. It’s whip cream isn’t it? How is that restricted?

Why ‘Imaginary Voices’ are Male

From BBC News:

“The reason these voices are usually male could be explained by the fact that the female voice is so much more complex that the brain would find it much harder to create a false female voice accurately than a false male voice,” he says.

What is Your Sexy Brazilian Name

Mine is Thiago de Roraima. I wonder what would happen if Bibi tries this out.

Photos from the Golden Age of Jazz

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I love the commentary for each photo but I wish it wasn’t in RealAudio.

The William P. Gottlieb Collection, comprising over sixteen hundred photographs of celebrated jazz artists, documents the jazz scene from 1938 to 1948, primarily in New York City and Washington, D.C. In 1938 Gottlieb began working for the Washington Post, where he wrote and illustrated a weekly jazz column–perhaps the first in a major newspaper.

Santorum on Boston

From the Boston Globe:

WASHINGTON — Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, refused yesterday to back off on his earlier statements connecting Boston’s ”liberalism” with the Roman Catholic Church pedophile scandal, saying that the city’s ”sexual license” and ”sexual freedom” nurtured an environment where sexual abuse would occur.

”The basic liberal attitude in that area . . . has an impact on people’s behavior,” Santorum said in an interview yesterday at the Capitol.

”If you have a world view that I’m describing [about Boston] . . . that affirms alternative views of sexuality, that can lead to a lot of people taking it the wrong way,” Santorum said.

He’s right you know. I work in Harvard Square where huge chunks of liberalism are mined from underground tunnels, ground into a fine powder we call “Chomsky Dust”, and quickly added to the water supply along with fluoride and some raw sewerage to mask that left oriented smell. Luckily, most people in Boston stick to bottled H2O so only take in small doses of the so called “blue water”, but it does end up in the church’s holy water from time to time leading to an orgy of pedophilia. Sometimes, bars will go a bit too heavy on the ice in some patrons’ cosmopolitans leading to a frenzy of sodomy and dancing to The Village People’s YMCA. Me, well I don’t drink a drop of it. I stick to coffee. I’m sure boiling the water makes it “right”. Now if you excuse me, I’m off to get an abortion.

How To Trim Squirrel Teeth

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Because possibly rabid rodents need dental care too!

If you have a wild squirrel that comes in with overgrown teeth, here is one way to trim them without anesthesia with simple at home tools. Squirrel’s teeth do not have nerves just like human hair or nails so they do not feel pain when you trim their teeth properly. This procedure is still best left to a trained wildlife rehabilitator, vet or vet tech.

(via Monkeyfilter)


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