[The Unitarian Jihad] - A newspaper article on the new terrorist threat --K (Sister Hand Grenade of Love suggested that we institute a terror regime of mandatory hugging, but her motion was not formally introduced because of lack of a quorum.)
Not got time to read the corpus of classical literature? Try [book a minute]...
[ArtPad]: Don't just show off your art, show off how you draw it.
[Totally GridBag]. If the word GridBag? doesn't mean anything to you, you're unlikely to find this animated blog entry funny. But if you, like the animator, have shuddered to encounter that wonderful JavaUI design concept, this piece of Flash may entertain.
[Phidgets] - for all your supervill... Wait, no. Umm. For all your plugging-random-pieces-of-electronics-into-your-USB-port-to-control-stuff needs. Not particularly cheap, but looks like fun if you have the money and inclination.
[Mecha by Goldy] - An insane(ly good) mecha cosplayer... Clicking the 'For English' link in the rainbow nav bar gives a fairly comprehensible translation of the site which includes how he makes the things!
[Curve Ball] - Evilly addictive shockwave game. 3D pong but with a twist, you curve the ball by moving the paddle as the ball strikes it (or as you serve by clicking as you move the paddle). If you're good, you can beat the computer off the serve up to about level 4. Beyond that, good luck...
Yet another [weird Russian flash game]. It won't work unless you have the latest Flash player (version 7 IIRC). Click on the top one of the three options towards the bottom of the right-hand side to start playing. Pull on the tails of the rodent things hanging down in the middle to set them swinging, then get the guy to pull on the tail of the thing on the left to get it to spit out a balloon; you're trying to time the balloon to not hit any of the swinging things so the weird elephant creature on the right swallows it.
[Raptisoft], home of Hamsterball, an interesting racing-cross-marble-madness game. Mouse (or trackball) you hamster through a series of increasingly difficult obstacle mazes. Nice learning-curve - after a couple of weeks of intermittent play I completed a normal tournament with about 1s to spare.
[Flash game]. Use your mouse to guide the man to the exit without hitting anything. Really quite hard.
[I want to buy you flowers...] - I'm not actually sure whether I like the song or not but the animation is very cool. Very "Nightmare Before Christmas" but perhaps slightly darker/more detailed. Needs quicktime.
What do things [mean]? Type any word or phrase into the box provided. ^_^
A funky twist on the slide-panels-around-to-make-a-normal-picture game: Lead the Ladybug around the maze of twisty passages without letting it bump its nose. Found [here]. Very simple, but very, very hard to complete...
[Artist or lunatic]? This quiz contains 13 pictures. Some of them were painted by Ukrainian artists - modernists, between 1910 and 1930. The rest were painted by inmates of several asylums. You are invited to tell them apart.
We all know that copyright violation by e.g. sharing songs on P2P networks without the copyright owner's permission is wrong. But if you've done it, how do you make amends? Simple: [send them back]. British readers may wish to substitute BPI for RIAA.
To be compacted: The [Gematriculator] is a service that uses the infallible methods of Gematria developed by Mr. Ivan Panin to determine how good or evil a web site or a text passage is. Honest! --Tsunami
Mine was only 1% less evil than toothycat!! That can't be right...I'm much more evil grr --Hoshi-Chan
The site Kazuhiko works on regrettably cannot be rated. The intro text, however, rates as 89% Good! Of note, the words 'computers' and 'California' are fundamentally Good, while the name of the company he works for is, apparently, Evil.
My site came out as only 1% evil. Which is bad. But then, it probably only checked the re-direct page rather than my actual webpage ^_^ --Tsunami
(PeterTaylor) I did my part with the following question:
Q: What is the approximate mass of the invisible Christmas tree?
The answer received:
A: Hi. Thank you for your email. The approximate mass of the Invisible Christmas Tree is directly linked to how many beans make five, and how many balls of wool it takes to knit a Reindeer a pair of tennis trousers. I'm surprised you didn't know this.
I'm perfectly willing to believe every word of the second story. Since they haven't indicated the credentials of their Vatican insider, I'm free to discount him. Yahoo make no claims of fact in that story. --CH
(PeterTaylor) Both are from the Weekly World News, which is as reliable as The Onion but less funny.
[CatAndRabbit] Samzbaka (Actually, sambakza, but the typo aids search ;). Cats, rabbits and cake dances. Two flash animations - watch them. --Vitenka
To spell out the directions, go to the website, click the big image or the entrance tab, click the blue link, then select the two available movies. The first one is good, the second is insanely cute (but will make more sense if you watch the first first). --K (wondering why MoonShadow is making edits signed Vitenka)
I've got an account there! Haven't played in, oh, about 2 years though, and probably shouldn't start again. If you find someone called "Diamond" challenging you, you'll know I've succumbed to temptation. --CH
That looks like fun. I wonder if anyone's done any kind of prefix/suffix matching analysis on the set of spells? - MoonShadow
I'll probably get horribly trashed, but I'd be quite up for a wiki game of this.. - MoonShadow
Can someone explain what the 'this' is? I don't seem to be able to figure it out from their site without having to sign up. --Vitenka
[Here's] the rules. It's a paper+pencil complete-knowledge try-to-work-out-what-your-opponent-is-plotting game. - MoonShadow
(PeterTaylor) Not quite. It starts out complete-knowledge, but some enchantments can change that. Invisibility and blindness IIRC. And wikiing it will require much use of signatures, because moves are simultaneous.
!"pixs2urlblock"! Site firewall, I'm afraid. --Vitenka
(PeterTaylor) Note: the Ravenblack rules are slightly different, which has caused AL and I much confusion. Best not to read rules other than the Ravenblack ones.
Doh! Should have thought of that. Humm. Looks fun, but also quite fiddly to work out what is going on. I'm kinda tempted to make up bits of cardboard to lay down. --Vitenka (It would work really REALLY well LARP, iff both players could keep the spell sequences in both diretions straight. I wonder if it works with a cut down set of spells, or does it just become trivial?)
(PeterTaylor) I have started some work on writing wording for bits of cardboard.
I've just noticed. The surrender gesture is 'the Fonz'. How great is that, ehhh? --Vitenka
It is indeed - that red brick building in the background is the youth hostel. --MJ
Arrgh! I've definitely got to send in some howlers from Brighton. --Bobacus
(PeterTaylor) If I had a working digital camera, I'd take and submit a photo demonstrating that it's impossible to fit a bike between some of the posts in the cycle lane from Tesco's down to the river.
My work-place disagrees... WebSense? blocked under the category "Tasteless" :) Never seen that one before... --K
More on the subject of being very afraid.. let's face it, we could all [see this one coming]. From the article: "The advertising agency behind the campaign, Publicis, decided the best way to convey the impact of war on children was to tap into the earliest, happiest memories of Belgian television viewers."..
Is anywhere mirroring the actual advert yet? --Vitenka
(PeterTaylor) According to ElReg?, [here]. I haven't looked, because I doubt I have the plugin.
Uh, you're going to have to explain what the heck this is about - unless it is just spam. That link seems to go to an excerpt from a religious text. --Vitenka
I suspect it's to do with the Tate [deciding not to include] John Latham's ["God Is Great"] in their exhibition because they were scared they'd have a bunch of religious zealots after them. They now have a bunch of people coming after them for unfair censorship instead. - MoonShadow
Oh, sorry, [it's about] the pulling of [an item] from an [exhibition], due to the current sensitive climate. Basically they don't want to get blown up by extremists, so they've decided not show an item that comprised the Bible, Quoran and Torah set in a piece of glass. It's all [blown up] now anyway... --B
From the [BBC article]: Latham was angered by the decision and said that the work, made 10 years ago, was "not offensive to anybody". "It shows that all religious teaching comes from the same source, whatever name you give to it."
Actually, ISTM that would offend quite a number of people [who spend vast amounts of time and effort] trying to convince anyone who will listen that, in fact, their own brand of religious teaching comes from one source and everyone else's from quite another. - MoonShadow
"- Real-Time High Dynamic Range Image-Based Lighting -" for those wondering. Which means, mainly, that the light can be very bright and it won't clip - so that reflections don't get flattened out. --Vitenka
[Is clicking dead?] - a site which demonstrates alternatives to mouse buttons, as well as punishing you for using them..
[This] page (work safe) on the subject of airborne pasta creatures caught my eye.
http://henrypotter dot biz/ - Cousin Henry Potter and the Terrible Time Machine - Bad, bad, BAD "Christian" literature in a badly formatted pdf. If anyone wants a 90 page booklet by the same guy (which was left in our mailbox today) on how Saturday must be observed as the Sabbath day and hence the Pope is the Devil (quite literally, no exaggeration), please let me know and I'll post it to you... It deserves more mocking than I alone can give it.
(MwaHaHa?... The web address was caught as spam and couldn't be linked directly. Three cheers for the ToothyWiki!) --K
(PeterTaylor) I'm impressed that you read far enough to tell that it's "Christian" literature. I'd had enough after two pages. The position on Sabbath is quite impressive: it sounds even more extreme than the 7th Day Adventists, who "merely" hold that requiring people to observe Sunday is the MarkOfTheBeast?. I don't know whether they have their own translation of the NT, or whether they skip the "awkward" passages (which for 7DA probably includes the majority of Galatians).