Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Very Cool Short

The Arctic Circle from Kevin Parry on Vimeo.
An Arctic inhabitant is fascinated by the sudden appearance of a mysterious box.

Check out Tim Burton's reaction here http://vimeo.com/17229245

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lies You Were Fed in School, and Gladly Swallowed


Everyone knows that English Is The Official Language of the United States

Well,  No it isn't.
You may think it is, and argue with me, but you’d be wrong.  Don't put your money on English being the official language and here's why...

The United States has never claimed an “official” language although there have been several proposals to make English the national language in the form of amendments to immigration reform bills, but none of these bills have become law with the amendment intact.

Don't worry.  While it may not be the official language, it is spoken by approximately 82% of the people, with a total of 96% claiming speak it “well” or “very well”.  This means it probably won't be lost or forgotten any time soon.

Something you also probably didn't know is that German was once considered a possible choice for an official language of the United States.  You may now tell your teachers "Sie sind falsch!"

There Are Fifty States

No, there aren't.

Actually, the United States is made up of 46 States, 6 Commonwealths, and 1 District. The Commonwealths are...

  1. Virginia
  2. Kentucky
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. Puerto Ricoand
  6. the Northern Marianas Islands.  
While in the 17th century, there existed a huge difference between a Commonwealth and a State, by today's standards there is little difference.  In the days of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes (17th century), being a commonwealth meant being an organized political community.  Today, the exact meaning of being a commonwealth varies, for Puerto Rico and Northern Marianas Islands, "commonwealth" also means a political unit having local autonomy but voluntarily united with the United States.
By the way – Spanish is the "official" language of Puerto Rico and while they speak English in the North Marianas Islands, you will also hear Chinese, Tagalog, Chammoro, and Carolinian.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Blood and Gore

Clicking on the picture below will take you to a very violent and graphic game.  It is NOT for young children and not suitable for work.  You will however soon become addicted to "GUNBLOOD", a simple yet exceptionally fun game that's perfect for a long holiday weekend filled with ICY cold weather (like the weather here in Ohio).  Check it out, you'll be glad you did... unless blood and guts make you squeamish.

You've been warned!...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cool Music Friday #3 (Black Friday)

Sia Kate Isobelle Furler (pronounced /ˈsiːə/) (born 18 December 1975), also known simply as Sia, is an Australian soulful jazz-styled pop singer and songwriter. At the 2009 ARIA Music Awards, she won the award for Best Music DVD and Some People Have Real Problems was nominated for Best Breakthrough Artist Album.  Sia received six nominations at the 2010 ARIA Music Awardsand won Best Independent Release, Best Pop Release (for We Are Born) and Best Video (for Clap Your Hands).  She is noted for her work with Zero 7 and her three major label solo albums.

Day Too Soon

Soon We'll Be Found

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

More Valuable Than Gold

Some VERY expensive stuff you never knew existed, or if you did, probably didn't know how expensive it was.  Maybe you really DON'T want to know about some of them!

Would you drink it?... 

It's just coffee.  Coffee crapped out of a funny little creature called the Asian Palm Civet.  That's right, I said CRAPPED out.  The Asian Palm Civet loves to eat coffee cherries, only partially digest them, and then excrete them fairly intact.  Some people LOVE to drink coffee brewed from these poop beans, and pay up to $600.00 USD per pound for them.  The crappy coffee beans are sold as Kopi Luwak.  The partial digestion process is supposed to add a wonderful flavor to the coffee because the civet's stomach acid ferments the bean.

Kopi Luwak is also produced in the Philippines and in East Timor.

Chances are your grandma used this spice, but you never realized just how rich she must have been...
The spice is Saffron, and here's a screen capture from the actual amazon.com page where you can buy it.  Look at the amount you get, and look at the price.
At this price, 1 oz. would sell for an amazing $287.00 USD!!!  WOW!

This bottled water is a masterpiece. Fillico Beverly Hills is a super glamorous bottled water brand from Osaka, Japan that costs $100 USD / bottle. The bottles are made of frosted glass with gold paint and Swarovski crystal accents and decorations.

For about $200.00 USD / bottle, you can add gold wings and/or a gold or silver crown to the bottle (shown is a set of “King and Queen”).  Oh, the water?... It's from a spring in Kobe, Japan.  Nothing special really.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Those Wacky Animals

Some funny, some cute, some will make you say Wazzoopalony!

Be the ball.

Being a towel is easy, it's just a lot of hanging around.

I not eat all the spinach, see?
We'll try to ford the river this time as we need to press on.  Oregon awaits!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

What NOT To Buy The Kiddies For Christmas...

Odd? Strange?... nah... I prefer WARPED, or Whacked!  Here is my 2010 list of what NOT to buy for ANYONE this Christmas.  Unless of course, you are trying to create mounds of controversy with your nephew's parents, followed by years of  intensive therapy for poor little Jimmy (your nephew).

Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy ride...

Epidermits Toys
OK.  This has got to be the most frightening toy EVER developed.  It was produced by Stuart Karten Design.  Now this company should NOT be in the toy business.  No head, what appears to be REAL human skin (possibly taken from an 80 year old cadaver), random hair, and what's with the zipper-infused front leg?  Oh yeah, just imagine the SUPER SURPRISED look on their face this Christmas morning.

Stripper Pole
This toy stripper poll was yanked from toy store shelves in the U.K. last year when some evil, meddling child advocacy group thought it was a bad idea to market stripper poles to kids.  Ya Think?  

Gelli Baff
Gelli Baff bath product. One pack of bath powder turns the water into very thick goo, the other pack turns it back into water.  Turns your kids into "instant" Jello Wrestlers... Yeah, what a great idea!  But is it too bad to be true?... NOPE, go buy your own right here!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


The Postal Service

The Postal Service is a west coast American electronic indie pop band composed of vocalist Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and producer Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel, Headset.  

The group formed after Gibbard contributed vocals for a song called "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan" from Dntel's album Life Is Full of Possibilities. The song sparked an EP of remixes by other artists, such as Lali Puna, The Flaming Lips, Safety Scissors, Barbara Morgenstern and Superpitcher, and was so well received that the two artists decided that further collaboration was in order.

The band's name was chosen due to the way in which it produced its songs. Tamborello wrote and performed instrumental tracks and then sent the DATs to Gibbard, who edited the song as he saw fit (adding his vocals along the way), sending them back to Tamborello via the United States Postal Service.

The band's debut album, Give Up, was released on February 18, 2003.  Several songs on the album feature guest vocals from Jenny Lewis, the solo artist and lead singer of Rilo Kiley, as well as vocals from indie rock musician Jen Wood.  Dntel and Chris Walla produced the album.  Walla played the guitar and piano on several tracks. Though both artists' main bands were still active at the time, The Postal Service supported the album with a successful concert tour and has stated its intention to tour again in the future. The album was the Sub Pop label's most successful release since Nirvana's debut album Bleach.  The album's most well-known single was "Such Great Heights", which is featured in advertisements for UPS and Kaiser Permanente.

We Will Become Silhouettes

Such Great Heights

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Strange Facts Quiz All About Next Thursday

That's right, Thanksgiving is only 1 week away!

See how many of these Thanksgiving Facts and Oddities you can answer...

1. Is Thanksgiving celebrated only in the United States?

2. Who was the first American Company to sponsor a Thanksgiving Day Parade? 

3. Do you know which tribe of Native Americans ate the first Thanksgiving dinner with the Pilgrims? 

4. The ship that landed at Plymouth Rock with the first group of Pilgrims who came to settle in the new land was called the Mayflower, but do you know who her captain was? 

5. Who was the editor of the women’s magazine “The Godey’s Lady’s Book” said to have bugged Congress for years with letters and messages to various members concerning establishing a National Holiday called Thanksgiving in honor of all the blessings that flowed from the Pilgrim settlers establishment of a new way of life?

6. What is the origin of the word Turkey? 

7. Here’s a strange piece of trivia concerning the Pilgrims (or Puritans as they were also known). They brought barrels of "what" with them on their voyage to the new world?

8. Do you know what year the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began?

9. Is Thanksgiving a religious holiday?

10. How many women Pilgrims survived the first year at the Plymouth settlement?

11. It is a Presidential Tradition that started with President Truman in 1947, to pardon a turkey each year and send it to a famous public farm.  What is the name of the farm?

12. What method is used to test for the perfect time to harvest cranberries?

13. What day does the travel industry say is the busiest travel day of the entire year?

14. Did the Pilgrims really wear the funny hats we see in re-enactments?

15. What everyday eating utensil did the the Pilgrims eat their first dinner without?

16. How many of the 102 original Pilgrims survived to participate in the first Thanksgiving?

17. Was the Mayflower originally built to transport people?

18. How large is the present Plymouth Rock?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I posted this quiz a week in advance so you could try to stump your dinner guests with these questions.  Have fun and DON'T EAT TOO MUCH!
See all of the answers by clicking the link below...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Here's Something for You to Watch

A lot of people have commented on my watch that I often wear during the taping of my "Do Try This at Home" videos.  Here is an assortment of watches you will LOVE!

Tokyoflash Hanko

Tokyoflash Fire

Tokyoflash R75

Saturday, November 13, 2010


If you have kids to buy for this Holiday Season, here's the coolest list you'll likely find ANYWHERE!  Even if you don't have any kids, these are great for ANYONE at ANY AGE!  Buy a couple for yourself!  I did.
A lot of toys are "brain dead" do nothings that will be thrown into a closet and forgotten before New Years day even arrives.  Why not encourage some SCIENTIFIC exploration this year, and thrill the younger crowd with something other than a new video game to rot their brain?  Don't have a clue what to buy, look no further!

My Top 5 Picks for 2010...

The Amazing Fun Fly Stick Van de Graaff Levitation Wand

This battery powered wand features a mini Van de Graaff generator inside. Push a button on the handle and the static charge built up in the wand causes the included 3D mylar shapes to levitate at your command. You can also do some cool tricks causing the shapes to jump back and forth from your hand to the wand.

Second Place Goes to...
The Levitron Top

It floats!  In mid air!  What more can I say?

Coming in Third...
The Amazing Doodle Track Car

Friday, November 12, 2010


I have decided to make Friday the day I introduce you to COOL musical artists you may or may not know about.  Here is the first in my series of "Cool Music Fridays"...


The French group Phoenix draw elements from their eclectic '80s upbringing to arrive at a satisfying synthesis of rock and synthesizers. Vocalist Thomas Mars, bassist Deck d'Arcy, and guitarist Christian Mazzalai were a garage band based out of Mars' house in the suburbs of Paris. Mazzalai's older brother Branco joined the band on guitar when his band Darlin' disbanded in 1995. 

The group got its touring start on the French bar circuit doing Hank Williams and Prince covers to drunken audiences. Two years later the band took on the name Phoenix and pressed 500 copies of a single on its own label, Ghettoblaster. The A-side was a punk rock song and the other a chugging Krautrocker, hinting at their eclectic tastes. Shortly after, they were signed to the Paris-based Source Records. Phoenix became well acquainted with labelmates Air when they acted as their backing band on several U.K. TV appearances. The result of the electronic exposure was a single called "Heatwave," which was very similar in approach to '70s disco.

United, the group's debut album, appeared in 2000 on Astralwerks and was recorded over two months. The album featured guest appearances from friends and family, including Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk), Philippe Zdar (Cassius), and d'Arcy's mother's choral society on the track "Funky Squaredance." From that point, they issued Alphabetical (2004), It's Never Been Like That (2006), and their mainstream breakthrough, the critically adored Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009). Part of the extended break between the third and fourth albums was due to Mars becoming a father (with his partner, director Sofia Coppola, Rovi

Sight and Sound



Hope You Enjoy Phoenix!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

We Be Tupid... Yeah, RIGHT!!

First, read what the Pentagon says...

The Pentagon says that an airplane and not a
missile launch was the likely cause of a large vapor trail in the
skies off Southern California's coast.

Defense Department spokesman Col. Dave Lapan says that officials
are satisfied the phenomenon was an airplane vapor trail distorted
by camera angle, winds and other environmental factors.
He says military experts studied the video and talked to all the
government agencies that might have been involved in a missile
launch and none reported having launched one.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

I Say... RIGHT!!!  SURE!  I'll buy that... NOT!

Here... Have a look for yourself

For God's sake! The trail IS HUGE! You can see the ENGINE BURNING! It's
going UP! FAST! But the government still wants us to believe it's an AIRPLANE???
Come On! We be tupid, but not we so be dat tupid... DUH!
Leave your comments! What do you think?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

See in 3D!

If you've viewed 3D Stereograms before, you'll love these images that I've hand selected as some of the best.  If you've never viewed 3D Stereograms before, you'll be in for quite a HUGE surprise!

Here are the instructions for viewing Stereograms...

1. Pick a spot on the picture (the middle seems to work best) and just stare at it.
2. Allow your eyes to relax, don't just stare AT the image, try to stare THROUGH it. You'll notice your eyes will go slightly out of focus. This is normal.
3. Keep staring, don't give up, once you begin to see the first image, it gets much easier.
4. If you are still having trouble viewing the stereograms, please see the article entitled "Why Some People Cannot See Hidden Stereograms Images" by Jason Weekley A.B.O.C., L.D.O.

Let's get started!

Some easier Stereograms to start off with

Mapped Textured Stereograms

A Very DEEP Stereogram

Now, click the link below for even MORE!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Love The Earth Film

I submitted nature footage to a film project by Imogen Heap and Thomas Ermacora which may be released as a major motion picture in the future. It is called "Love the Earth" and I'm thrilled to say my footage was selected to be used in the project!  I urge everyone to check out the following two videos to learn more...


Here is the actual footage I submitted...


Tuesday, November 2, 2010