Dateline: Southern California,
Friday May 01, 2009
The new site has been commenced
(the new index page now located only on this machine, that is). Been
working on upgrading blogs, work which is still in progress. 1/1/08 - still in
progress (it's a lot of work!!).
And, in the Earth section here
I've attempted, in a primitive, albeit functional, fashion to link (bleeping Mr.
Softee!) to CNN's report on the latest news re global warming.
Now, on with Wazzup...!
What's new regarding this Page this week,
Find neat new things down below - they'll be marked with a
Yes. this Page - and website - is so overdue for an overhaul, or at
least a de-cluttering!
If this website looks in transition - it is. It'll still be here,
but its form will be changing over the next several months. A
badly-needed update - form as well as content. Checking my blogs as well is recommended, at
least in the meantime:
Orisinal.com - Cats
- a lovely and unusual game with cats. Cat lovers will especially
MyPyramid Blast Off - a space game that's good for you. For kids,
but this big old kid appreciated it and learned more about how to improve
her diet and exercise just the same. From the USDA, the folks that
brought us the Food Pyramid.
Falling Sand Game - hosted by
Chirag Mehta @ chir.ag - Either sit there and look at it (why?), or take
your mouse and start drawing some lines across your screen. You might
want to experiment with the options at the bottom of the game - water,
plant, ???, fire, etc.
Sunbathing 101- Sounds kinky, but it's
not. Actually, it's more like flipping burgers on a grill. Flip
the girls on their swim rafts before they get burnt. Slow their tan or
speed it up with sun block or tanning oil.
- Sesame Street: Tickle Elmo- since Elmo and tickling him
is in the news again these days... This Elmo here is a nag, BTW.
You can keep him busy with his book, also crayons. If you're lucky
enough, he'll fall asleep (he snores, BTW.)
Sesame Street® T.M.X. or
Fisher-Price Toys - Sesame Street Toys for T.M.X. Elmo.
thought it should be ROFLMAO Elmo, because that's exactly what Elmo
does here. My college-age son explained: T.M.X. Elmo = "Tickle
Me EXtreme" Elmo. Oh. Now, would my daughter ever
forgive me if I were to buy this, er, instrument of parental torture, for
her tiny tots...? Also, don't really know if this is $40 worth
of fun, or not...?
Netdisaster - a clever and original Internet toy. I couldn't get it
to work on my own personal sites - for some reason, possibly a guardian angel
- but it worked great at "damaging" Yahoo:
Dinosaurs overrun Yahoo (tragedy) and "flooding" and "nuking" AOL:
AOL submerged in water and fish
Nuking AOL (hurray!!) Tip: Use a small-sized window for this.
Note that you have a wide variety of disasters to choose from - see the
pull-down menu on the taskbar.
Boohbah Zone - How to
explain? This can only be experienced.
What happens to people who do too much origami.
- Love ya, dude. Actually I remember wearing similar chapeaus while
making these self-same hats/boats out of newspaper for my children. We
didn't call it origami back then, just hats or boats made out of
newspaper. Also, note: fun for kids for free
JibJab.com - Face
Off - something unusual, yet fun, from the dear JibJab Bros.
iSerenity - Yawn, this
site nearly put me to sleep. Great site, though - soothing
"environments" of sound and sight. Some of the choices would not be
mine, ie. clothes dryer, hair dryer, but whatever rings one's bell. Be
sure to check out the rain and the thunderstorm, the train, the ocean, the
airplane... For cat lovers, catch "Purring Performance." This site
is making me far too mellow...ZZZZzzzzz....zzzzzz... Time to refill the
Watch Me Change - change into a
new outfit, as well as a new you (if you wish, or just be yourself) in a
virtual Gap [store] fitting room. At the end do a little dance, ending
with a strip-tease down to your undies (no, no - not porn), then parade
out of the dressing room in your new Gap outfit. (I've already tried
being me, maybe I'll try being a hunky young man...?
FedexFurniture.Com - "It's
okay to be ghetto!" How-to and pictures for making your own furniture
out of Federal Express boxes.
The Library of Congress - yes, the
Library of Congress. Hey, I like history, politics, and libraries.
Lots of goodies here - learn, enjoy. Find humor, film, and music here
among the collections.
Subservient Donald - in the
vein of last year's Subservient Chicken. Tell The Donald (Trump, of
course) what to do and he will do it, all the while telling you all about the
products he's been using. Trump run amok and product placement run amok.
I told Donald to hit himself in the head, dance, and fix his hair. He
did all three, naming several products as he did so (He blamed his strange
hair on his choice of shampoo).
Challenge Numa Numa.wmv - this time it's Indian (East)-style. Starts
out slow, hang in there. Good, but not quite the original Numa Numa Guy.
Needs more hands and arms. The frenetic singing and the eye rolling is
Machine - from a delightfully retro computer (hmm, wouldn't a genuine
geek have the latest and greatest??)
zZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZz - keep this guy
awake, or get fired. Watch out, don't push him too hard.
Monty Python's Personal Best and
Flying Circus | PBS - if it weren't for these guys there'd be no such
thing as spam mail. Or rather they'd have to call it something other
than "spam." Always good to see these guys again. Check out this
site for Python extras and for viewing times for this new 6-part series.
More Python: Monty Python's
Silly Walks Generator - Remember the Ministry for Silly Walks?
This Generator is interesting - requires a bit more time and effort than I
am willing to expend on a working day, but the item's well worth a look-see
for a Python fan (or a silly walk fan).
Cowabduction.com - alien cow
abduction! No, it's not alien cows abducting us Earthlings, but space
aliens abducting our Earth cows. Be sure and watch the video included.
Fun to click on the cow in the top banner, too (have your speaker on).
(I'm such a kid...)
MONPA - Museum of
Non Primate Art, includes Cat Art, Bird Art, Cat Dancing,
and so much more. Don't know quite what to think of it, how about you?
Any way you look at it, it's of interest if you like cats, art, dancing, or
birds, and who doesn't?
Chinese Lucky Dancing Lion - much like the Chinese dragon seen in Chinese
New Year parades and celebrations. Make the Chinese lion dance, grab
money, and spread lettuce about. (Certainly something different from
other Web fun we've seen.)
Elfric - similar to the standard "make him dance" toy, but different and a
bit more advanced. Try making this elf "run", "na nah", "panic" (my
favorite - sick me), "walk", and so on. From the same people who brought
you the Chinese lion above.
YouTube - Incredible
Machine 01 - (Watch out - I've discovered Google Video and YouTube...) I
remember my son loving the computer game "The Incredible Machine."
I've also long been a fan of Rube Goldberg.
MooTube - somehow appropriate that
MooTube follows YouTube... Just a coincidence. From snakes on a
plane! (see just above) to cows in a field (not nearly as scary). Cow
webcams - from PBS and their current series about folks living on a pretend
19th-century ranch - the next installment in a sort of PBS time travel,
following Prairie House, and Puritan House (those might not be the actual
titles, but does describe the content).
Cat watchings Cats- Watch a funny cute video of a cat watching funny
cute videos of cats (how recursive!)
Eatmousies.com - Home
of B. Kliban Cats- I was happy to discover this site being
a long-time fan of Kliban cats, even unto having a Kliban cat for a pillow.
Kliban cats? Um, mix "Far Side" with "Garfield"? Love the black
tiger in the red sneakers.
Wikipedia is cool - this "member of the Wiki family" is cool as well.
Quotes from the usual sources and the unusual sources (videogames, TV
shows, movies...), also proverbs and mnemonics
www.tomatoesareevil.com- kinda says it all. All kinds of good anti-tomato goodies.
(However, I like tomatoes - and they're good for you!
Now, to figure out which of my daughters hates tomatoes so I can tell
her about this site, which is a little awkward, since this is something a
mother is supposed to know, hmmm.)
bloggaru- from and by a
commenter (is there really such a word?) on my Music Stuff Blog (chm-musicstuff.blogspot.com).
This bloggaru blog is pretty nifty - an ambitious project containing
reviews and links to a wide assortment of blogs. It's something of a
blog directory, with the blog assortment large and growing fast.
Michael Paulus :: Skeletal Systems - of famous cartoon
characters, that is. (Probably more than you ever wanted to know
about anatomy, but strangely interesting just the same.)
BBspot - Top 11 Google Products We'll Never See - (what a
place for me to put a Google ad! ; ) If/When I get to it...)
- A couple of my favorites: "Google Smite - An extension of Google Earth uses
laser beams attached to the satellites to exact revenge or just have some fun
for paid subscribers." [italics mine] Now maybe here's a
way to take care of Bin Laden, perhaps all of Al Qaeda...? And, "Gogoel
- Search, for dyslexics."
And, of course (rolling my eyes), myspace.com/chmayer - my fellow
CafePress shopkeepers talked me into the value of a MySpace presence. On
the rare occasions when I'm there I mostly critique (more like criticize,
From likely the second most expensive stock on Wall Street ($409+ per share?! what
the...?!), our dear friends at Google: Google Trends- what's trending
toward hip and happenin', apparently. Mostly likely, what people are
Googling the most right now
YouTube- I found this via the Wall St. Journal, of all places.
Here are the YouTube co-founders on their acquisition by Google (looking
remarkably like a couple of giddy, giggly teenagers. Well, maybe if I
were them with my new $1.65 billion, maybe I might be a little
slap-happy too?) The King of Search + the King of Video.
Plain Broken right now - that's how sorted and tidy
(Categorized) it is! So far the Sane Zone is still sane, however. (crossing my fingers)
My old FrontPage just cannot handle some of the new code (the video code just
above, likely?) around these days. Sounds like time is ripe for some new
software (or just use HTML??) and a website overhaul...
Nevertheless, this section will be back before long - in some form.
Bummer! Hate it when this kind of stuff happens...
NOVA | PBS - NOVA's
Home Page - for all kinds of fascinating science features. And, be
sure to check out NOVA's archived programs which you can watch online.
YouTube - Powers Of Ten - a great classic which has aged
well. "A film about the relative size of things in the universe and
the effect of adding another zero." to quote the opening screen of the film.
This is a journey (reminds me of Google Earth) from a guy having a picnic on
Earth (Grant Park in Chicago, to be specific!) to the most distant visible
reaches of the universe, and then back again and into the Picnic Guy and
into and into him until we can see no further.
What You Can Do - Yes, you. Right now, this very minute.
Changes you can make to your home, to your lifestyle, etc. - many of
them quick and easy - to help our planet, which, after all, is the same
thing as helping ourselves, isn't it?
Earth Day Footprint Quiz - how many acres of Earth does it take to
support you? My score was 11 acres - and if everyone lived
like me, 2.4 Earths would be required. The good news is that the
average American uses 24 acres - so as Americans go (especially here in
OC, CA!), I'm doing not bad. But, obviously, not even close to
good enough. The average "Earthling" is supported by 4.5 acres.
I tried the quiz in a couple of the lands of my ancestors - the U.K. and
Sweden. Got better scores in both places - and I scored much
better than the average U.K. resident (!).
Missing your favorites from Wazzup? From time to time I clean up around here, throw some stuff out, and toss the rest in
the Humor Pages. Old entries from "California,
Busted?" are put in the Wazzup Archive.
Some dancing items wind up eventually on the Music
Humor Page, as well as other musical humor. Also check out the TOC
- Table of Contents up top.
Heads up, Baby Boomers and Red Hats. Women 30+. For Groovy Ladies, Moms, Grandmas, Older Babes (you get my
drift), also find merch for spoiling your kids and grandkids. And, check out the Groovy Ladies blog
with its pertinent (and often impertinent) news links, fun, and, yes, store info.
Visit the Groovy Ladies Blog, just click on the "Feedburner headline
animator" at left - or
this link: Groovy Ladies Blog.
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The newest store - a Spreadshirt store, another outlet
for black, also with other dark-colored apparel and assorted other
goodies not available @ CafePress. As might be expected, find much treble
and bass clef apparel, but in whole new colors.