Pretty graphics for the sake of pretty graphics.
Give David Cary chocolate, and you've pretty much made a friend for life.
``Eating Chocolate Is Healthy, Doctors Say''
By Patricia Reaney
``Flavonoids are thought to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in many industrialized countries, by reducing platelet aggregation -- when blood platelets combine into a sticky mass and form clots.
a small bar of dark chocolate contains as many flavonoids as six apples
``These results lead us to believe that chocolate may contribute to a healthy, well-balanced diet,'' Keen added.
``Chocolate may foil flight thrombosis''
"Chocolate is made from cacao beans,
which come from 8- to 12-inch pods that grow on the tropical Theobromo cacao tree.
today, home gardeners have difficulty finding cacao seeds"
(Thanks you Debora)
Why Engineers Don't Write Recipe Books:
Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Redd Emmett R
"Cooking Versus Engineering"
actually finds electronics and cooking very similar.
Star Chefs : Recipes of Chefs and Recipes by Cookbook Authors
culinary questions, recipe archives,
biographies of top chefs,
and lots of chocolate info.
ACME Chocolate Registry.
"This is the same idea as a wedding gift registry at a department store. You can register your preference in chocolate, and then your friends and relatives can look it up so they know what to get you."
the movie ``Chocolat'' (2000).
"Name that Candybar"
The Chocolate Lovers' Page
Arrange chocolates in a personalized assortment
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
sells gourmet chocolate-covered strawberries
"M&M's" Studios(tm), "The CyberCenter for Millennium Hype Online"
The Chocolate Lovers' Page
"Chocoholics Unite!" web ring
Once you gather up some virtual chocolate, then what ?
You have to have a appropriately twisted mindset to understand the humor here.
Stuff that looks like a very professional advertisement, serious piece of journalism, etc.,
but turns out to be tongue-in-cheek humor.
Some people call this sort of parody
``culture-jamming'' or ``hand-to-brand combat''.
See also my
It includes stuff that looks like serious science articles
that turn out to be tongue-in-cheek humor.
Pretty graphics for the sake of pretty graphics.
(from serious art galleries to
humorous computer graphics parodies).
[FIXME: move greeting cards sites from elsewhere to here]
comics and cartoons. web comics.
and a little text SF.
also some religious comics.
for some B5 and Portland-area SF.
User Friendly: the comic strip
pokes fun at the hacker culture, the web industry.
"One of the characteristics of healthy cultures
is that they can poke fun at themselves."
- Eric S. Raymond
"coloured lights! pretty! pretty!"
DAV: I really like the "Rose is Rose" daily comic strip by
Irregular Webcomic !
this comic strip is *photographed*, not *drawn*.
I first heard about it when Anton Sherwood pointed out the space elevator strip:
To: space-elevator at yahoogroups.com
From: Anton Sherwood <bronto at pobox.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 10:34:22 -0700
Subject: [space-elevator] but the worst part
Anton Sherwood, http://www.ogre.nu/
| also called
"VERY amusing cartoon ...
the Sweetheart of the Internet"
. Helen's a savvy programmer-type, and
there are some B5 (and other SF) references." -- recc. AmyCat 1997-04-12
The Sev Wide Web
"desktop publishing tips and tricks",
some hilarious cartoons,
"Sevylon 5, a parody of Babylon 5. ",
"Sev Trek, a comic strip parody of Star Trek",
"Sev Wars, a cartoon parody of Star Wars",
"The Sev Files:
A cartoon parody of the X Files
set in 1st Century Palestine
Agents Mouldy and Scummy investigate
the alleged resurrection of a Jewish sect leader
A systems administrator, a programmer,
a sculpter, and a video game player
share an apartment.
Vinny the vampire.
comic strip series
by t.briery and m. zawistowski
The Joy of Tech
By applying opposing forces ...
the kinetic energy of two metamorphic rocks
can be transformed into a brief yet intense
incendiary event !'' --
TheTechSide.com - Daily cartoons for the engineering community
points to several technical online comics,
The Suburban Jungle (Starring Tiffany Tiger)
A computer programmer that happens to be a cheetah.
Suburban Jungle Haiku Night
OK, so I have a weird sense of humor.
``Rae is modeling the Coat of Intimidation +1.
Rae also weilds the Sunglasses of Apathy +1 and Headphones of Distraction +1.
Both allow him to perceive 10% less of the crappiness of the world around him.
My computer weilds the item: Modem of Retardation.
This item allows my computer to use the power: Disconnect From Earthlink at will.''
Cathy by Cathy Guisewite
Church of the Covered Dish
``A Christian comic strip
drawn by a real, honest to
goodness Southern Baptist
``Do you ever get that feeling, that all this career stuff, and
dressing up to go out to dinner, and filling out your income tax,
that it's all just play-acting ?
That you're still just a little ten-year-old,
and this is all some big hoax ?''
Kathy Swanson, a character in the illustrated mystery
``Rapid Eye Movement'',
an online comic by Joe Zabel
World Famous Comics
has some good online comics (``webcomic''),
plus articles, reviews, and forums
to allow discussion of the comics industry.
daily comic strip
"the world of online comics and cartoons --
comics and cartoons that are made for the web.
Stay tuned to the digital domain of comics."
reviews some (paper) comics,
and links to some (online) comics.
lots of links to online comics.
reviews of comics
has a long list of online cartoons
comics and News of the Wierd
online cartoon series
Steve Conley's Amazing Space Thrills
hosts many online comics including
an online comic book including nanotechnology.
Charley Parker's virtual comic book - ARGON ZARK!
SF Short Stories
(nonfiction) "Praise the Lord and (Please Do) Pass the Ammunition"
The David Gerrold Home Page
The Martian Child
by David Gerrold ...
-- recc. Jeff Duntemann (in PC Techniques Jan 1996)
mentions Jeff Duntemann and his dog, Mr. Byte ...
awarded Hugo and Nebula awards.
Peter Morwood and Diane Duane
has some interesting and funny and odd links under "Miscellanea".
"an archive of net.humor"
"Quanta is the
electronically produced and distributed magazine of science fiction and fantasy."
(a 3D comic strip)
1995 1995 1995 (I got
50 DNRC status points for putting a link to
http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/dilbert in my web site.)
"build-it-yourself funnies page"
User Friendly: the Comic Strip
InterText: The Online Fiction Magazine
Rose is Rose (cartoon)
by Pat Brady
PBrady8222 at aol.com
TECH SUPPORT TALES
Tech Support Tales
Tech Support Horror Tales
PC Users SIG: Humor
a long list of other online comics.
[FIXME: what other movies has DAV seen ?]
My standards for movies have gone down,
and I'm worried that I'm becoming
de-sensitized to violence.
but people have recommended to me.
filmmaker Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
"The Passion of the Christ"
Touching the Void,
an auto-biographical account of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates doomed mountaneering trip to the Peruvian Andes.
movie by Noam Chomsky, MIT Professor
a feature-length video about the work of Noam Chomsky
-- recc. Janet Nagel
"Return to me" movie
"David, you would like it" -- recc. Mom.
about Kevin Mitnic; produced by Emmanuel Goldstein
two movies, both called "Shadowlands",
2002-01:DAV: saw one of them. Very sad.
"The Princess Bride"
-- recc. Sam Williams
``Minority Report'' PG-13
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
-- recc. Michael Karounos
4 / 5
clearly Spielberg's best, most thoughtful picture since Schindler's List
Philosophically, the movie will intrigue
both Christians and non-Christians
for its presentation of the free will vs. determinism debate
... whose resolution (not coincidentally, I think)
the identical arguments used to argue
both sides of the current capital punishment controversy.
As a Christian,
I conclude that it is not, shall we say,
sympathetic to Christianity
will both entertain and provoke the viewer to
think about metaphysical, philosophical, and political issues
which have been and always will be
important to our culture and to our faith.
-- Katy Carnohan, age 20
a great deal of violent and haunting images
If you were bothered by movies like "The Sixth Sense"
that had a lot of dark, death-related images,
then please DO NOT see this movie. ...
``Nowhere to land'' movie
``It's a good movie because all the bad guys die''
-- recc. J. Leskowat.
the movie based on the book
_The Lord of the Rings_
movie reviews ???
``A Beautiful Mind''
"The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari"
-- recc. Greylock
The Animatrix is a collection of nine ... short films set in the world of The Matrix,
partly written by the Wachowski brothers.
``The Fast and the Furious'' movie
``A total car movie'' -- recc. Tim Osborne (sp ?)
a documentary of the 4,300 miles (8,000 km) voyage of Thor Heyerdahl
on a wood raft.
How I learned to stop worrying
and love the bomb''
directed and produced
by Stanley Kubrick
[DAV: snipped all but movie info from this email]
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2000 19:59:16 -0600
From: Dar Scott <dsc at swcp.com>
Subject: Re: Christlib: Porco Rosso
>To bring this back on-topic, I agree that the Crimson Pig is a good example
>of an operational anarchist. I find it similar to Prof. de la Paz's
>"rational anarchy" in Heinlein's _The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress_. For me,
>it's an ideal that I might hope to strive for, but will likely never reach.
The "likely never reach" feeling is understandable, statism seems to
be in engrained part of how we act and think. I associate this with
the movie. As in our time line, but more so in the Porco Rosso time
line, statism is equivalent to humanity. Perhaps it was a loss of
love for the state, a direct violation of this fundamental equation,
that caused the cosmic aberration that created the fork in time (and
one side of the fork including a pig who flies cool variations of
wonderful early century airplanes).
who loved the airplanes
From: David Oakey <DOakey at ENCAD.com>
To: <christlib at swcp.com>
Subject: RE: Christlib: OT Porco Rosso
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 09:31:06 -0700
Without dubbing or subtitles, it is still possible to enjoy
the movie with a detailed synopsis.
There are two synopses of Porco Rosso at
One of them was written by a Christlib subscriber!
OT here stands for Off Topic not Old Testament.
Little Buddha (1994)
Colossus: the Forbin project.
Highlander II, III, 4.
Earth Versus the Flying Saucers (1956)
"Revenge of the Nerds", "Real Genius", and "Nice Girls Don't Explode"
books where cool pictures totally dominate over the text
[FIXME: crosslink to calligraphy...]
All Linux Humor. All Copied Mottos. All the Time.
[FIXME: move to periodicals ? not really visual.]
ice cream personality chart
stereograms and autostereograms ("Magic Eye")
makers of RealPlayer
has lots of pointers to
"Best Audio and Video on the web"
"No Highway in the Sky"
("a mechanical engineer as hero")
"You Can't Do That On Star Trek!"
has a lot of humorous (and a few thought-provoking)
digitally enhanced images.
has a page about weird wedding accessories.
The Electronic Picture Show
[FIXME: is there something about "nanocyborgs" here ?]
dictionary of visual art
The After Life of Bob , a weekly comic strip
Third Eye Over Iowa
in books and movies, I look for interesting ideas and
better ways of expressing those ideas.
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1999 09:05:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: Greg Kuperberg <greg at math.ucdavis.edu>
Subject: Re: fx-discuss: SW_Ep1 excitement continues to build!
> I've seen mention of this, and supposedly the top ranking movie by this
> standard is "Gone with the Wind". Number two is said to be "Star Wars".
> I don't have a URL for a complete list, though.
Here is a list giving inflation-adjusted movie grosses (whatever that
The top listings:
1. Gone with the Wind (1939)
2. Star Wars (1977)
3. The Sound of Music (1965)
4. E.T. (1982)
5. Titanic (1997)
Of course adjusting for inflation is only one of several ways to reshuffle
the list. You could look at worldwide sales instead of domestic.
You could include video rentals. You could divide by the total base
population. I would say that among the different fair ways to count it,
both Gone with the Wind and Star Wars dominate, and other movies don't.
``Get Out of Hell Free''
``The Pre-Raphaelites were an artistic movement in Victorian England.
They were part of the revival of Gothic architecture.
Their art is stunning - try and see the originals if you can.''
-- recc. Greylock
Corporate Goth: advice and networking
How to maintain that dark, mysterious aura,
and still have good professional working relationships
(rather than frightening the mundanes).
``good-quality unique stuff''
CELT, the Corpus of Electronic Texts
``The online resource for Irish history, literature and politics.''
lots of technical humor about computers, laptops, the internet, education, etc.
World of Escher
``M.C. Escher was a Dutch graphic artist,
most recognized for spatial illusions, impossible buildings,
repeating geometric patterns (tessellations),
and his incredible techniques in woodcutting and lithography.''
M.C. Escher (1898-1972)
``Along with discussions on Escher we have also included ideas and readings regarding
Professor Roger Penrose and his mathematically based puzzles.''
[FIXME: link from 2D and 3D design ?]
I hear that it is historically accurate.
PG-13 (violence -- duh !)
Many, many airplane photographs.
A few photographs of aircraft wrecks.
[3D design ?]
But according to Richard Chalfen,
a visual anthropologist
family snapshots are anything but representative of real life.
In Western cultures, "Kodak moments" tend to fall into obvious groupings:
happy social events shared with kin;
proud new possessions like cars, houses, and boats;
athletic events and teams; and
moments of public acknowledgment like graduations or award ceremonies.
Snapshooters avoid recording commonplace activities like sleeping,
watching TV, or cleaning the house.
Given the amount of time spent earning a living,
surprisingly few photos are taken of people at work.
Nor do people document
dramatic experiences like divorce, illness, death, and poverty.
It adds up to a highly selective visual trail,
yet people still see their photo albums as their lives in sum.
has a small collection of computer humor single-panel cartoons.
movie ( Japan, 1950 )
``Japanese film maker Akira Kurosawa ... one of the ten greatest motion picture directors of all time ... It's said that four witnesses to an accident will all offer different accounts of the same event, but there are things in Rashomon (namely, that each of the three participants names himself or herself as the murderer) that cannot be explained away on this basis. ...
In the end, we are left recognizing only one thing: that there is no such thing as an objective truth. It is a grail to be sought after, but which will never be found, only approximated. Kurosawa's most brilliant move in Rashomon is never to reveal what really happened.
a marvelous piece of cinema that asks unanswerable questions of great import.
a true classic. It's hard to find a more rewarding way to spend ninety minutes.
'' -- recc. James Berardinelli 1998
``Building upon the breakthrough work of B. F. Skinner,
Page and Brin reasoned that low cost pigeon clusters (PCs)
could be used to compute the relative value of web pages
faster than human editors or machine-based algorithms.
By collecting flocks of pigeons in dense clusters,
Google is able to process search queries
at speeds superior to traditional search engines,
which typically rely on birds of prey,
brooding hens or slow-moving waterfowl to do their relevance rankings.
DAV: OK, the last is obviously a reference to the Linux penguin.
Do the other kinds of birds refer to something obvious that I missed ?
``What's the future of pigeon computing?''
The Man and The Woman (Pic)
dragons, wizards, and TV sets.
time travel ?
``God ... is ... He must be observable, consistent, and available for testing on scientific and historic grounds.''
Also: interesting space art.
interesting dino art.
Star wars spoofs.
[FIXME: watch some.]
games for Linux
``Comics I Don't Understand :
I know these are supposed to be funny... but can somebody explain them to me?''
a collection of (digitally-modified) images.
Some of them funny (cats, dogs, children).
Some of the political.
Others ... disturbing ( snail on a tiny scooter ? ).
``The Ultimate Sandbox'' by Michael Whelan
DAV finds this a very powerful image.
Cyan Worlds (makers of Myst and Riven)
Ireland: Light, Body and Soul
A Photographic Essay of Spiritual Places In Ireland by Justin Knecht.
"A new angle on Ansel Adams' image"
article by David Pagel February 6, 2003
funny chocolate-related t-shirts.
has some online comic strips; jokes.
has been to interesting places;
has travel photos.
recommends the online comics
"Your Angels Speak" by Guy Gilchrist
[crosslink to creed # inspirational ?]
Subject: Tie fighters take out Tacoma Narrows ?
From: David Cary
Dear Star Wars Fans,
I'm so confused. Remind me again which episode these scenes came from ?
[FIXME: have these gone offline ? Or just moved ...
perhaps somewhere near
a little graphic that
shows a representation of the weather
As the weather in a particular location changes,
the characters clothes will reflect the weather and
the graphic will show rain, snow, airborne particles and changes in cloud cover.
Daylight, sunset and current moon phase are also displayed.
At the end of the FAQ, the question about the cat
has an answer that I think is a bit funnny.
[eye candy; SF book recommendations; computer graphics]
lots of advice on how to use Photoshop
Virus of the Brain
is a film based on the ideas of Douglas Hofstadter and
co-directed by Daniel Dennett.
recommends some interesting movies
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