Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Long Now Foundation

The Long Now Foundation is a foundation dedicated to long term thinking. They want people to think about things not only in their lifetimes, but thousands of years from now. They have a variety of interesting projects including a project to catalog all of the world's languages, a long term betting pool, and a massive project to build a clock that will run constantly for ten thousand years. They've got some cool stuff, and I think you should check it out.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

365 Tomorrows

365 Tomorrows is a website that posts a very short science fiction story (typically two or three paragraphs) every day. Some of them aren't very good, but if you don't like today's story there will be a brand new one tomorrow. It's a great little site. Check it out.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Officially Pronounced Dead?

Sir Paul McCarthy is one of the two surviving members of the Beatles, the greatest rock and roll band of all time. Or is he? The folks over at Officially Pronounced Dead? think that he might have died in the late sixties and that the Paul McCarthy we know today is a body double who has been faking it for forty years. They say they've got proof to, from hints in Beatles album covers to backmasked lyrics. Their arguments have to be seen to be believed, or not believed as the case will probably be. Check it out.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


PolitiFact is a website started by the St. Petersburg times to analyze the truthfullness of statements made by American political figures like Barak Obama or Sarah Palin and determine whether they are right or wrong. A non-partisan organization, PolitiFact will tell you when politicians are lying and when they are not. They also have the Obameter, which will tell you which campaign promises president Barak Obama has kept and which he has not. They're a great resource for those of us who think that facts are important, and that we should make decisions based on them. Check it out.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Principality of Sealand

The Principality of Sealand is a small nation located on a derelict sea fort of the coast of Great Britain. Maybe. It depends on who you ask. If you ask the folks on Sealand they will tell you that they are a sovereign nation, and that England has even implicitly recognized their sovereignty in the past. If you ask every other nation on Earth they'll tell you that those guys are crazy. Sealand is the most well known micronation, a small entity that claims to be a nation but that is generally not recognized as such. Sealand arguably has a better claim to sovereignty than most micronations but I doubt they'll be getting a seat in the UN any time soon.

Anyway that link up there is their official site. It's got info on Sealand's history and buy stuff. They sell coins, stamps, and even titles of nobility. The perfect birthday present for the royalty in your life. Check it out.

Monday, October 11, 2010


It's a special birthday post! Whose birthday? Mine! I was born twenty-one years to the minute before this post goes up. So to celebrate my birthday you get a special blog post. You're welcome.

Sodaplay was one of the first cool websites I found on the internet about a decade ago when I first got regular internet access. It's been going on ever since, and I still think it's cool. Sodaplay lets you build virtual machines out of muscle-like parts that can move, make music, and more! If you can't figure out how to build stuff you can check out the Sodazoo and look at the cool things that other users have build. It sure brings back memories. Check it out.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Human Marvels

The Human Marvels is a website chronicling side show freaks, people with unusual skills or deformities who made their livings in circuses and sideshows in the earlier part of last century. Their stories are often tragic but never boring. It's certainly something to check out.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


CelebriDucks is a website that sells rubber ducks of the kind you may have played with as a child made to look like various celebrities. They've got all sorts of celebrities. If you've ever wanted to see a rubber duck shaped like Betty Boop or the pope, this is the place. You can even purchase them, although some are out of stock. Check it out.