All links open to a new window because I don't
want you to leave!
This is pretty neat: NASA's image of the day. Not only did someone
send me this URL, but I heard about this site on Wisconsin Public
Radio the following day. As Agent Cooper said, when two related
events happen at the same time, play close attention.
All Music Guide.
This site is so extensive for anyone interested in musical-related
trivia, not the inane "what's your favorite color"
sort of trivia, but trivia such as musician's birthdays, places
of birth, musical genres, "music maps," (sort of like
music genre's family trees), etc. But what's so really cool is
you can look up an artist, find out their birthday, click on
their birthday, and find out who else was born that day, then
any web-savvy person can adjust the URL to the date of their
choice, so you can find out who was born on your birthday! (For
those astrologically-minded folks out there). No one with any
name recognition fell on my birthday, at least from the genres
of music I listen to, but Stan shares a birthday with David Byrne
(different year though) Not to change the subject, Stan shares
an "exact" birthday, same year, with actor Tim Roth
(Pulp Fiction). Of course like any site about extensive growing
and mutable topics, it's not all-inclusive and some of the information
is misguided. For example the group I'm involved with artistically
(Biota/Mnemonists) is only given a small mention and only a very
unthorough discography, not to mention a questionable categorization
with other other unrelated musicians. Clicking on Bill Sharp's
name under Mnenonists will bring up a little known fact that
he performed Gershwin tunes as a baritone vocalist. Wrong William
Sharp, guys. Either that or he has many secrets. Also the site
seems to be scripted so that certain hyperlinks will link to
topics related by similar spelling only. However in an interactive
attempt at fixing such flaws, viewers can submit feedback online
as to how they would categorize lesser-known musicians. All Music
also has a sister site called, you guessed it, "All Movie
Guide." at http://allmovie.com.
Runs on the same concept.
Bitches International. I laughed so hard I snorted coffee
out my nose at this one. It's amazing how controversial this
site is and how many women actually hate it! The biting humor
is very witty (read "The Weak of the Week" for a frightening,
yet hilarious trip into the land of the illiterate wanna-be Bitch
applicant file) but it is all done with consummate self-parody
and satire. My husband finds it funny too...both of us still
haven't gotten through the entire site. Better grab a cup of
coffee...you'll be there a while, but keep the monitor wipes
Sex. You'll never look the same way at your phone again.
It's good, clean fun. I'd show it to my conservative dad...or
my daughter if I had one.
Test. The same company who brought you the Boxing Nun (I
have one) and the Cricket Lick-it (no thanks), the folks at Archie
McPhee have devised a way of ranking your Gatesitude. I ranked
a respectible 34%...scoring between Steve Jobs (26%) and Liberace
(40%) enough nerd to get me by in this very strange world without
wreaking of Dust-Off canned air.
the Sitcom Character/Evil Dictator. Caution: The first time
you play this, you won't want to quit. I can't believe I stumped
them on The Beverly Hillbillies' Ellie May. Don't take the word
"sitcom" literally...it works for TV dramas too.
Joyce's Homepage. All kinds of fun images to make online
like fractals and millefiori, but it's really a site about Geometry!
Each time you return, you'll be met with a new Millefiori image.
The following links I found through the Computer Generated Writing page. These are
the ones I believe to be the best.
The Surrealist Compliment Generator. Have
Postmodern Thesis Generator. Where was this
when I was in college? Stan and I would write fake essays for
college courses and turn them in under fake names (they always
got Bs), but this would've made it much easier. Is it just me,
or does anyone else find this sort of deconstructivist writing
hilarious? I mean where else can you find such Postmodern drivel
like, "Therefore, in Erotica, Madonna examines Derridean
reading; in Material Girl, however, Madonna examines the capitalist
paradigm of context." They cover Tarantino, too.
More Dada nonsense using the same engine as the Postmodern Thesis
Generator. Some of these options don't seem to work, but it's
worth it for the topics "legal" (you could write your
own contract and no one would know!), "porn" (gives
a list of hot videos...hilarious...only a Dada Engine could create
such descriptions like "The beef action is toe-curling"),
and "ponce" (a synopsis of an Arts Review from a newspaper)
There are a few other topics that are pretty twisted...and "ilrt"
is great for creating fake names of organizations.
Shannonizer. OK, maybe I'm just attracted to this link because
of the name...let's just say it's a private joke between me and
my closest friends in town. Feed the Shannonizer text or a URL
and see it recompose the verbage using the editors Dr. Seuss,
God, Miss Manners, Raymond Chandler, Lewis Carrol, Edgar Allen
Poe, Hunter S. Thompson or Mark Twain.
a Go-Go. A higher recommendation than The Shannonizer if
you're using it to view URLs, simply because it keeps the layout
and background images. This might be my site, but this is my site on the Decoder a Go-Go. Update:
The man who runs this site has such a wonderful sense of humor
and makes wide use of random scripts throughout his site. Reload
page often to increase your background choices and improve
you musical quote trivia!
Similar to Decoder a Go-Go...this time with your choice of accent:
Swedish Chef, Elmer Fudd, Jive, Moron, Redneck, Pig Latin or
Cockney (my favorite).
I'm not much of a fan
of fan pages, not that I'm not a fan myself, mind you (I'd never
profess to be so above that!), it's just that most of them are
not that well done. Maybe Amanda's is an exception. Her Mulder
Clone adoption service (which uses one of this artist's Environments
on her Mulder Clone Order Form...what great taste in graphics
and men!) is well-written with a lot of humor. Stop by to get
your very own favorite Fox clone in choices of clothing and hair
styles, accessories and temperament.