Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Hellfire, Damnation, and Bazookas oh my!

"Left Behind: Eternal Forces," ...features plenty of biblical smiting, albeit with high-tech weaponry as players battle the forces of the Antichrist in a smoldering world approaching Armageddon.

"Eternal Forces" is part of a new wave of religious games coming out at a time when the mainstream industry faces increasing criticism that its products celebrate misogynistic mayhem. Another publisher is marketing games based on the "Veggie Tales" series of Christian videos for children. Another is pitching "Bibleman: A Fight for Faith," about a superhero who stands up for the word of God with his sidekicks Cypher and Biblegirl.

Games "will be a new tool to get the two-minute generation to think about matters of eternal importance in a way that isn't religious," said Troy A. Lyndon, one of the "Left Behind" game's creators.

" 'Left Behind' has the Antichrist, the end of the world, the apocalypse," said co-creator Jeffrey S. Frichner. "It's got all the Christian stuff, and it's still got all the cool stuff."

"The reason that I think this game has a chance is that it's not particularly preachy," said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Morgan Securities. "I will say some of the dialogue is pretty lame — people saying, 'Praise the Lord' after they blow away the bad guys. I think they're overdoing it a bit. But the message is OK."

Todd sends along a link to Chris's Invincible Super-Blog chronicling the particularly absurd weirdness found in comics. Todd recommends this, this, and this. I am particularly fond of the Archie comic panels given that I owe much of my literacy to the many Archie comics I read as a child.
My Conan obsession continues... Hotdogs for Homophobes and Conan goes to Finland [why???] (partial credit to Nick)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Cordless Jumprope

"To use the invention, a user holds a handle in each hand, and begins to simulate jumping rope while moving the handles in a circle with their hands and arms. The weighted ball or gear simulates the centrifugal action of a jump rope, thus delivering all the health benefits of jumping rope without any of the disadvantages of stumbling on the rope, having the rope hit the ceiling or the like."

Credit to Nick via Patently Silly.

via J-Walk
Thus far, I've declined to join in the Snakes on a Plane net-meme, but check out this fan audition reel. All the SoaP news you can handle is blogged here.

Update: link fixed

Saturday, May 27, 2006

More useful info: Drink Pat Robertson's protein shake and leg press 2,000 lbs

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"Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says he has leg-pressed 2,000 pounds, but some say he'd be in a pretty tough spot if he tried.

"The '700 Club' host's feat of strength is recounted on the Web site of his Christian Broadcasting Network, in a posting headlined 'How Pat Robertson Leg Pressed 2,000 Pounds.'

"The CBN Web site attributes Robertson's energy in part to 'his age-defying protein shake.' The site offers a recipe for the shake, which contains ingredients such as soy protein isolate, whey protein isolate, flaxseed oil and apple cider vinegar."

See the video here.

UPDATE: points out that Slate has weighed in on the issue, calling the leg press "The Lamest Exercise in the World."

Friday, May 26, 2006

Get that fresh minty scalp feeling

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Mr. Miro asked for more useful posts. Here's something useful:

"We were fascinated to discover a 1943 ad for Listerine Antiseptic against 'infectious dandruff.' These days Listerine is advertised only for oral hygiene.

"The active ingredients of Listerine include essential oils (thymol, eucalyptol, menthol, methyl salicylate) with anti-fungal activity. Dermatologists have determined that dandruff can be caused by fungus (yeast), so it makes sense that attacking the fungus might offer relief.

"Other ingredients in dandruff shampoos also counter fungus. Selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione or the anti-fungal drug ketoconazole (Nizoral) are all effective fungus fighters."

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Thanks. No.

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Via The Presurfer: "Have you ever received an email where your email address was exposed to others because they used the 'To' line instead of the 'BCC' line? Have you ever received a funny story, a virus warning or a photo that someone thought you might enjoy too?

"If you don't like unrequested email or you don't want your private address to be exposed to people you don't know, you could reply by sending them to this 'Thanks. No.' page."

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Pavilion of Polyhedreality

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"I welcome you to peek into my personal pavilion of practical polyhedra."
Life's more fun with a sidecar
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"We are the United Sidecar Association, an independent, not-for-profit organization of diverse people from all walks of life who share a common interest — motorcycles with sidecars. The USCA was founded in 1976 in the Chicago area, but has grown to include members throughout the USA, Canada, and, in fact, throughout the world.

"Our activities revolve around motorcycles and sidecars. In the early part of the 20th Century, long before family values became a slogan, motorcyclists attached sidecars to cycles so that they could take family and friends with them on their adventures. This same spirit is what we foster and in the energy behind what we do."
Brian Young thought everyone would appreciate seeing this

(WARNING: wooden phallus and odd phrasing ahead)

According to Brian, "the Engrish in the following image is priceless..."

Here's the story: "KAWASAKI -- Thousands flocked to a small shrine here Sunday to take part in the Kanamara Festival, an event with roots dating back centuries and known for its huge consecrated phallus portable shrine carried mostly by transvestites.

"Revelers also watched mostly young women sit atop huge wooden penises made as Shinto totems, each woman sparking a rapid-fire succession of camera flashes from the dozens of mostly middle-aged men armed with digital cameras."

Thanks, Brian.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

My head just asploded...

So Michael Malice points out this story about a new restaurant that just opened in Manhattan with an Ayn Rand theme:

It’s not easy being an objectivist in the city. Ayn Rand lived here for 40 years and set her major novels in Manhattan, a place chockablock with misunderstood geniuses of the sort she celebrated. Nonetheless, their lives are often as bumpy as The Fountainhead’s Howard Roark’s, while brownnosers like his archenemy Peter Keating get ahead.

You see, objectivists have no need to schmooze. Except with each other, which they now can do over vegetarian food at the Fountainhead Café, on West 10th Street. “Objectivists enjoy getting together and talking about ideas,” says Jay Friedenberg, Manhattan College associate professor of psychology and host of the NYC Objectivist Discussion Group. “But the main problem has been location.” (His group meets, inconveniently, in Riverdale.)

Then along came Chad Brandon, 29, a Montana native who moved to New York after stints as a greenhouse builder and real-estate broker. He’s prone to sentences like, “I’ve never thought of myself as an objectivist, but it is my objective every day to be as objective as possible.” The slogan over the café door: EAT OBJECTIVELY, LIVE RICH. Brandon serves juice (“The Howard Roark” is carrot and ginger) and “Full of Thought” salads and will offer free Wi-Fi and a full collection of Rand’s works. He’s also going to stencil Rand quotes on the walls.

Brandon says, “This really is a fountainhead for me,” from which his other projects (including a plan to “revolutionize real estate”) will flow. And maybe we’re having a Rand moment: There’s an Atlas Shrugged movie in the works (possibly starring Brangelina). Brandon is planning to open an organic restaurant and after-hours club upstairs. It won’t serve alcohol. “There are a lot of interesting people who drink,” he says. “But if you watch people as they drink, you’ll see that they get progressively less objective.”

Aside from the general weirdness, why do I care???? Chad Brandon is my former roommate.
Macsaber meets the Star Wars Kid.
Bring pizza to your next potluck

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Can't think of a context in which you would need a pizza face? Don't let this opportunity pass you buy so quickly. The safe bet is to go ahead and take advantage of this deal now so you can rest assured knowing that when the virtually inevitable time comes that you do need one in a pinch it will be there waiting for you.

Oregonians hoping to sober up lawmaking

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"Oregon legislators and staff members should not be drunk while performing their official duties, a citizen panel says.

"The Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature adopted that recommendation Monday, although the panel decided to leave it to House and Senate leaders to draft rules against intoxication and possible penalties."

Monday, May 22, 2006

This is one of the coolest pointless web things I've seen in a while. via Ultimate Insult
Robots declare war on art world

"RAP creates it's own paintings based on an artificial intelligence algorithm, it decides when the work is ready and signs in the right bottom corner with its distinctive signature.

"The algorithm combines initial randomness, positive feedback and a positive/negative increment of 'color as pheromone' mechanism based on a grid of nine RGB sensors. Also the 'sense of rightness' - to determine when the painting is ready - is achieved not by any linear method, time or sum, but through a kind of pattern recognition system."
Lordi Conquers Eurovision!

The Finnish heavy-metal-GWAR-esque band (see PoF's earlier coverage here), Lordi, has claimed an unequivocal victory at the 51st annual Eurovision awards.

Finland has never even ranked in the top five before. The country's highest placing was in 1973, when "Tom Tom Tom" by Marion Rung finished in sixth place. In 2004 and 2005, the Finnish entries didn't make it out of the semi-final into the final, and on three occasions, Finland has scored "nul points," finishing last with a score of zero.

Lordi's victory was almost a complete sweep of the 38 countries voting. Viewers vote for their favorite song by telephone during a 10-minute window in the live broadcast. Each country then reports its votes during the last hour of the show, awarding 12 points to the top vote-getter, 10 to second place, eight to third place, seven to fourth place and so on, down to one point for 10th place.

In related news, Germans ask why Europe hates them and the Russians refuse to concede.
Break out the baguettes

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This one's for Monsieur Miro: "Berets. Oh, the connotations; and the connotations! France, Picasso, Che, Revolution, Romance, Art, Existentialism, Special Military Forces, Spain, The Basque, Impressionism, Surrealism, Bohemians, Beatniks, Monica Lewinsky, The Pyrenees, Camus, Sartre, The Underground, Bob Marley, and on and on. Is there an article of clothing that drips with resonance and symbolism more than 'The Beret'? I think not."

And you thought that sweater was itchy

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How about weaving wool into your hair? "This site will hopefully give you all the basic knowledge you need to start experimenting with permanent and temporary hair extensions."

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Coming soon: The Evil Bong

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Via Mondo Schlocko: "Okay, I now have to admit that I am a little more than curious about this latest Charles Band flick. Just looking at some of the pics that have been released over at Charles Band's blog, makes me really want to see it."

New pic from The Omen released

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Via The Great Curve: Ok, so it's not from The Omen, but it might as well be.

"The disturbing image, from an ad promoting the opening of a new McDonald's in India, comes courtesy of Sam Costello of Dark But Shining."

"The image itself is odd and unappealing. It’s hard to see how this rictus, this porcelainization of a child would make you want to eat fast food."

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I usually hate reposts, but after Leslie Hall stopped in to comment on our earlier coverage of her Gem Sweater Collection and Beat Dazzling ways, I thought a shoutout (I LOVE YOU CARSON DALY WOOOOOOOOOO!!!1!!111) was in order. So here's to you Leslie Hall, thank you for giving the world the gift of sequins! PoF salutes you!
Let's get practical

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Via DoL: "There is a group called PrayLive that has decided to pray for world, wait, for an end to, wait again. They are praying 'for the lowering of gas prices.' Official site here, news report about a DC rally here, news report about a Hollywood rally (big surprise) here. I would blog more about this, but I have to go to the cathedral to pray that God will reduce my mortgage payment to $100 a month."
Blind mountain climber gets outed by local media

Via Cruel: "In this YouTube clip, watch the reaction when blind mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer learns something new about himself, thanks to an Albuquerque news announcer."

Friday, May 19, 2006

By request: The Halliburton Survivaball

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Via The Presurfer, Halliburton execs develop a plan to bounce right on through the impending apocalypse: "'The SurvivaBall is designed to protect the corporate manager no matter what Mother Nature throws his or her way,' said Fred Wolf, a Halliburton representative. 'This technology is the only rational response to abrupt climate change,' he said to an attentive and appreciative audience.

"The SurvivaBalls, looking like huge inflatable orbs, will include sophisticated communications systems, nutrient gathering capacities, onboard medical facilities, and a daunting defense infrastructure to ensure that the corporate mission will not go unfulfilled even when most human life is rendered impossible by catastrophes or the consequent epidemics and armed conflicts."

UPDATE: "Yes Men pull Halliburton hoax"
Make an Earth sandwich

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"The first team to successfully document and prove that they have made an earth sandwich will get an League of Awesomeness certificate and...something else."
Toothpaste for Dinner contest

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"The Toothpaste For Dinner contest for 2006 is now open. Submit photos of people wearing Toothpaste For Dinner t-shirt(s), and win a ton of free stuff."

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hire a Table Head

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From what I can gather, the most entertaining aspect of this service is forcing someone to sit under a table for hours on end while your guests grow increasingly drunk and belligerent toward them. You can watch a video here.
Armageddon or not?

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Via The Presurfer: "This experimental site is a cross between all those scary 'the world is coming to an end' webpages and 'Am I Hot or Not,' giving you, the anonymous websurfer, an opportunity to rate the doom-worthiness of various apocalyptic signs, portents and predictions."

#1 The Mayan "Long Count"
#2 Britney Spears' baby
#3 Tropical Storm Alpha
#4 Global Warming
#5 Peak Oil
#6 Barry Manilow Goes #1 in 2006
#7 Windows on Mac
#8 President Bush uses words "World War III"
#9 "ARMAGEDDON OR NOT?" debuts on the Web
#10 Huge Solar Storms Coming
So much art, so little surface area

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Sure, we've highlighted religious tattoos and webcomic tattoos in the past, but never has a collection been so satisfying as this "Really Bad Tattoos" site via M&C.

On a more practical note, BoingBoing brings to our attention this tattoo that might just come in handy when you least expect it:

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Now here's a way of getting rid of AOL CDs that I can get into

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"AOL CD's sure melt nice! I mean, look at this thing decay in the focus of the Solar Death Ray! It's smoking, warping, bubbling, and melting. The final product is so utterly spoiled that I doubt I could squeeze out a single free hour of AOL 9.0 Optimized."

Credit: Brian.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

10 Things I Hate About Commandments

Trust me and take the time to watch this one. Awesome.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

In need of a little pick-me-up? Did a cat crap all over your website? Here's some good news: Veronica Mars has been picked up for a third season.

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"Founded in 2003, is gathering space for people who like to dance, meditate, play, perform and do tricks with large customized hula hoops — and for those who want to learn about hoops."
Someone had to

A selection of images collected after entering the phrase "cat crap" into Google image search:

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Eat that braunschweiger while it's fresh!

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"About a week after opening, the meat will change from a fresh pinkish color to a dull gray, and will then begin to turn green. If it is not consumed quickly after it first turns gray, the braunschweiger is no longer edible and should be disposed of immediately."

Monday, May 15, 2006

A coworker recommends: Ask a Ninja
Nick sends along this delightful story courtesy of Our-Lady-Of-Gomorrah, Paris Hilton.

Paris Hilton unveiled her new video game Thursday but inexplicably called it by the wrong name as she greeted throngs of fans and photographers.

Wearing a green minidress and red platform pumps, Hilton made a brief appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo to promote Paris Hilton's Jewel Jam. "Sorry I'm late," the heiress said.

"I'm really excited to have my new video game, Diamondquest. Thank you all for coming and you can download the game," she said.
Serenity Now's World of Warcraft Funeral Raid

This has been floating around the net for a while, but this is the first I'd seen the music video. Kind of reminds me of those cheesy wedding videos.. just a lot darker... and funnier. Credit to Alec.
More clothing options

Some selections from Palmer Cash:

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Vonnegut shirts and more

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"Even we here at are not immune to the siren call of blatant self promotion, and the success of our accidental venture into the T-Shirt trade has taught us one important thing: You people really like T-Shirts.

"So we figure that we can help each other out here. You walk around like a human billboard with the URL of our favorite Web site on your back, and in return you get to wear a classic drawing by Mr. Vonnegut, a sure sign of good taste and intelligence. Everybody comes out a winner."
Mikel Glass

"The battle for the soul of the art world is being fought on a plane between its two extremes. On one side are the classicists- academic realists and the like, who uphold the tradition and spirit of the old masters. On the other side are the contemporary avante garde artists - conceptionalists, et al. There is a pressure to choose sides. Galleries, for example tend to show one type of work or the other. I have a problem: I like both, and my work reflects it."

Getting a Grip

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Crunchy Bacon Cole Slaw

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Daryl Hall's list of "The Best Things in Life" discovered

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Steve from The Sneeze shares an incredible piece of music history with the world:

"I stumbled upon a small treasure in the street the other day.

"I'm not the biggest Hall & Oates fan, but it appears to be the original hand-written list that Daryl Hall refers to in his 1981 hit song 'Kiss on My List.'

"I actually hope the girl the song was written for doesn't see it. She might be a little disappointed."
The Searchers

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So we pulled up to the Hacienda Real searching for our lost friend, Coca-Cola made with sugar. We'd heard she might be around these parts, and sure enough there was a full supply of bottles behind the counter.

"Are those for sale?" I asked tentatively, pointing to the Coke bottles.


"Are they local?"

"Nope, they're from Mexico."

"Can I see one?"

He hands me a bottle with a nutritional information sticker slapped on the side. I turn it over to read the ingredients and consider launching into my best Al Pacino impersonation: "#%$^ing corn syrup! What the &#(% is that?!? All I want is some ^&*(ing cane sugar in my %^&#ing cola and all I can *$^#ing get my hands on is this &*#^ing high fructose %&$(!! ^*&#!!!!!"

Instead, I chuckled and told the guy no thanks.

We'll just have to keep searching until we find what we're looking for.
Like donuts? Try them square.

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Next time you're in Terre Haute, Indiana, you should give their square donuts a try. Or you could just ask Columbia House to throw one in with your next cd shipment.

"All the donuts are square.

"'Why?' I asked.

"'The guy who founded the place 23 years made them that way. Where you from?'


"'Now you can tell everyone in Philadelphia you had a square donut.'

"'OK, I will.'"

Saturday, May 13, 2006

R.I.H. George Roche III

Suggestion Box

I just wanted to post an open thread for comments and suggestions regarding PoF's appearance, features, and content. There's been a number of changes to the blog over the last month or two and more may be forthcoming. So tell us - Do you love the store but hate the banner? Do you want a Slepko BBQ apron but there is none to be found? Are you baffled by the poo-hat rating system? Do you want more Robot songs? Have you had it with the derivative posts? Are you wondering where the random sidebar quotes come from?
What say you loyal PoF readers?

Friday, May 12, 2006

Airbrushing = Magic

The Neverending Story Van via Presurfer
Learn to cope with excessive sweat

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"Millions of people throughout the world face an isolating, embarrassing, and damaging struggle every day from excessive sweating. Sweaty palms, sweaty feet, sweat soaked armpits and dripping foreheads--hyperhidrosis takes a heavy toll on a person's life. But hyperhidrosis sufferers and their families don’t need to suffer in silence or isolation any more. We can help.

"We’re the International Hyperhidrosis Society and we’re working to improve the lives of people suffering from excessive sweat."
How to cut meat

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How to survive an atomic bomb

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