Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Plenty Capable

Uploaded by jeanphony on 31 May '05, 8.27am PST.

This is by far the funniest thing I've seen in a while. The next time President Bush is giving a press conference, as he did today in the Rose Garden, follow these instructions and hilarity will ensue.
1) turn off the sound and turn on the closed captioning.
2) Imagine your favorite Saturday Night Live impersonator's voice.
3) Laugh out loud when passages like this go scrolling by:

"What you're seeing is a group of frustrated and desperate people who kill innocent life and we obviously mourn the loss of every life, but I believe the Iraqi government is plenty capable of dealing with them."

Monday, May 30, 2005

Kazakhstan's Spaceship Junkyard

Lovely photo essay of space debris landing in rural Russia and being repurposed by the locals.

All space-bound rockets consist largely of fuel tanks and booster stages that fall back to earth when spent, never reaching orbit. In landlocked Baikonur, Russia's primary launching complex in Kazakhstan, these spaceships crash to earth. This photo essay visits the areas where the supporting rockets land, and shows the people living under the flight paths who contend with flaming spaceship wrecks several times each month.
Read more and see the photographs at EurasiaNet.org. Via del.icio.us/Moment.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

The picture of everything

It's just what it sounds like...
"It all started in 1997 when I began doing a drawing of Spider-Man. This led to a drawing of other super heroes from Marvel and DC around him in the picture. Soon I had Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Spawn and The Hulk and was quickly thinking of more..." by comic artist and satirist, Howard Hallis
The Picture of Everything via WFMU's Beware of the Blog.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Political Compass

If you know me, you know I love my 2x2s. Here's an exercise for you to map your political attitudes against social and economic axes, and find the world leaders you most identify with. After you take the quiz at politicalcompass.org, feel free to check and see where I netted out. You'll find my 2x2 here.

Evan's birthday news

Evan's birthday news
Uploaded by jeanphony on 24 May '05, 5.01am PST.

Marumushi's newsmap for the day Evan was born. One day maybe he'll be glad I saved this.

Welcome Evan

Evan, day 5
Uploaded by jeanphony on 22 May '05, 11.16pm PST.

I think the picture says it all.

Thursday, May 12, 2005


A rolling Vespa parade PR event hit Times Square on May 10. It was sponsored by Piaggio USA to celebrate Vespa's 60th anniversary and the launch of its newest model - the LX. Apparantly Vespa trucked in LOTS of LX models and put non-local riders up at a great NYC hotel for the occasion. Check out Scoot.net for more pics, or read a little deeper here. Via Urbannerd.com.


Uploaded by jeanphony on 12 May '05, 8.55am PST.

This new offering from extisp.icio.us displays random Yahoo images search results for each of tag word in your del.icio.us tags. It's an interesting idea. See the full visualization of our studio's tags here

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Farrakhan on Atlantic Ave.

Nation of Islam leader, The Reverend Louis Farrakhan, just gave a speech across the street at the House of the Lord Pentacostal Church. See an early report of the story here.

Monday, May 02, 2005

'It's Peter Max's Cars, Man!'

Somewhere in Brooklyn... a garage full of corvettes owned by Peter Max.

“Suddenly I see my Peter Max Corvettes coming out onto a football field with cheerleaders on top. There are 60,000 people cheering, screaming. A guy in front of me is screaming to the guy behind me—he’s holding a frankfurter and mustard is dripping down his sleeve, I see this in my dream—he’s screaming right at me, looking through me,

‘It’s Peter Max’s cars, man!’
See the rest of the story here.

Training wheels

Clever and beautiful design for a learning bike / tricycle from an Industrial Design Professor at Purdue and two of his students.

"Shim, an assistant professor of industrial design, said he and his two collaborators came up with the idea while brainstorming a concept to enter in the 9th International Bicycle Design Competition in Taipei, Taiwan.

He and recent Purdue design graduates Matthew Grossman and Ryan Lightbody traded childhood memories of looking back frantically at their father or mother after they sent them on their way on initial solo rides.

'That was the common thing — looking back to see if your dad is holding your seat, and having that fear of crashing or falling all the time while you're riding,' said Shim, an assistant professor of industrial design whose 4-year-old son is at the tricycle stage.

'So we thought if we could make a tricycle kind of bicycle, it would get that burden off the child's shoulders so he or she could focus on trying to learn to ride.'

The key to their bike, which resembles a trike with crooked wheels while at rest, is a belt with a spring mechanism that pulls the rear wheels inward."
See more of the story here.