Well, it's official now. As of Mar 31 15:33 ariped.com is now officially being served by Movable Type. I must say that the gang at MT has done a fantastic job of documenting the installation process. That, combined with a couple of super-friendly folks who host at the same place I do, made for an overall pain-free migration.
OK, so less talk more blog from now on. It's high time we had some content and less form...
"We take people's vintage slides that we purchase at estate and yard sales and turn them into pop rock exposes. A concept, that if applied correctly, will change the future of entertainment." I present you the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.
I was already convinced to check them out. Add in the fact that their drummer is their 9-year-old daughter and I'm completely intrigued.
File under poetic justice, scammer's getting scammed, or waste of time. These sites have been around for a while but a recent note in homie Shastri's Inbox suggesting a creative business idea got me to thinking he should engage the obvious scam artist (unless he really is being contacted by "an executive Accountant with the South Africa Department of Minerals & Energy"). Shastri, you may want to write back and post your exchange at one of the below:
I've been tinkering with this bad boy for a few days now and I'm almost ready to unleash it to the world. Trouble is, it's acting werd formatting-wise. I think it's related to the fact that I can't show more than a couple of posts on the main page at once...that ain't right.
I just bought Turntable Timmy for Luc. Not only is it totally hip, it's a got a message:
This kinetic rap-rhyming tale defiantly puts the fun back in funky. Timmy is determined to hip-hop his way to becoming the world's youngest turntable DeeJay champion. He realizes that in order to achieve his dream he must first "Put in work, / day and night, / practice makes perfect, / gotta get it right. // Hard work and dedication. / Perfection takes practice, / now
he's quick like a fox, / sharp as a cactus." Readers will have a hip-hop-till-they-drop good time as they discover, along with Timmy, the key to ultimate success
is through perseverance, commitment, and dedication.
This dude's not happy about someone rearranging his Star Wars figurines into compromising positions. Speaking of compromising positions, our in-house Photographer showed me a new toy that arrived this week. The Incredible Hulk Walkie-Talkies. Pretty sweet until you realize that you have to talk into his crotch. Who designs this stuff?! (Thanks to Gil for the Star Wars figurines link).
The second installment of surreal Friday is an english lesson.
Did your dad ever build you a functional (it moves I mean) Sherman Tank at 1/5 scale? No? Man, you were deprived. The whole Gizmology site is amazing--this guy is really talented. I can see Jerry spending some serious time here.
Speaking of fun things I didn't get to witness/ do as a kid, there's riding motorbikes.
Surreal Friday begins with planes that have legs.
Special thanks to cousin Alexandra (London in the house!) for sending the following time-waster.
It's sure nice to read some balanced perspective on the situation of the world today. This is the view of one who sees the bigger plan. One can't help but believe that those threatening to move along the war path even without the support of the UN Security Council are going to be mocked by history. Robert Muller, former assistant secretary general of the United Nations offers these words of encouragement about the times.
The man who made the decision to send Slobodan Milosevic to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague has been assassinated in Belgrade. Has this part of the world not suffered enough already?
Q: What do you get when you stage a PR stunt which puts a Jamaican reggae singer in Siberia in the middle of winter?
A: From Russia With Gloves
I traveled to Siberia in the Summer of 1991. You history buffs no doubt already know 1991 as the Summer the Iron Curtain fell. I was with a group of friends and we were in the heart of Siberia, in a town called Chita, when we saw the local statue of Lenin fall. Listening to The Voice of America on a two-dollar radio we wondered if we'd be going out via Moscow (the way we came in) or if an Eastern air lift via Japan was the quicker and safer route. In the end things calmed down enough over the following days allowing us a normal exit via the capital city. Good memories and even better friendships were formed that historic Summer. (Thanks to Gil for the picture scanning)
Haven't heard of WiFi? Well, believe you me you're about to hear about it alot more as it continues to rise out of tech geekdom obscurity to reach the masses. McDonald's to Offer Wireless Internet
Now you can find out what OS your personality is...
At least I wasn't Windows ME...;)
I'm not sure if this is considered inhumane or not--I don't think so though cuz it seems like the dog is enjoying it. In any case, I give you dogs being chased by RC cars.
Today's lesson in pop-culture. GANGURO - The trendy girls of Tokyo.
This is great news for you Paul Westerburg fans.
Is it just me or has Peter Gabriel gone off the deep end? Look at the picture above and tell me he isn't totally becoming a caricature of Spinal Tap. No, it's deep--I know. The huge ball he's performing inside of is meant to represent the mother's womb. Pah-lease.