Time to clear the decks of some stuff I’ve been saving up! Some of this stuff has been lingering in my Bookmarks folder for a while, and I’ve long-since lost track of the sites from which I originally filched the links.
:: The Uncomfortable, an art project described thusly:
The goal is to re- design useful objects making them uncomfortable but usable and maintain the semiotics of the original item.
:: My Husband’s Stupid Record Collection, in which a woman is listening and reviewing her way through her husband’s record collection. Despite the word “stupid” in the blog title, she is really making an honest effort with each record. If I remember correctly (it’s been a while since I bookmarked this), she calls the collection “stupid” because they’ve moved a few times, and thus so have the records. Moving a lot of records is a pain in the ass if you do it a lot. (Kind of like…books…hurg!) It’s interesting to read reviews of music from the perspective of someone who likes music just fine but isn’t really into it.
:: Weird American things that Americans don’t realize are weird. I don’t disagree with some of these; mainly this is a list of things someone not from a place found odd about the place they visited. It just happened to be our place. (If you’re an American reading this, that is. If you’re not, you’re likely reading this list and nodding along, thinking, “Yeah, you guys are weird!”)
:: Two older ladies go on an airplane. For the first time in their lives.
On a nature hike along Germany’s Baltic Coast in 1913, 20-year-old Richard Platz scrawled a note on a postcard, shoved it into a brown beer bottle, corked it and tossed it into the sea.
The bottle was recovered from the Baltic last month. Researchers haven’t yet figured out what the note said (conditions and age have faded it badly), but they did manage to identify the author and contact his living granddaughter, who is 62 now.
:: The worst jerseys in the history of the NHL. I’m not a hockey fan (in fact, I tend to be irrationally anti-hockey owing to the game’s odd emotional hold over this area), but I link this because a recent Buffalo Sabres jersey makes the list.
And to be honest…I didn’t hate the infamous “Buffaslug”. I liked that more than the red-and-black “angry goat” that the Buffalslug replaced.
:: Romantic pictures from Russian dating sites. I don’t for one second claim that this bit of oddness is unique to Russia, because Lord knows you can find a lot of bizarrely creepy photos on good old American dating sites. In fact, it’s kind of endearing (or depressing, not sure which) to learn that “creepy dating site profile pics” seems to be a universal thing about our species.
Police say an Iowa City man claimed a faulty belt was to blame after he dropped his pants in front two women.
Most amusing to me is that this happened in Iowa, which is the overalls capital of the universe. And I know, I went to college and found a Wife there!
:: Finally, pies in the face…in slow motion!
OK, that’s it. Back to packing. Damn, I have a lot of books….