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Our "Great Links" are interesting web places we've found:
Totally silly ways to waste time:
Nothing says Happy Holidays like a photo of sweet little
toddlers screaming at Santa. The first 25 photos in the Scared
of Santa Photo Gallery are from the Chicago Tribune's "Scared
of Santa" contest in 2003. All the rest of the photos were submitted
by SouthFlorida.com readers this year. Enjoy!
Lawson always has the most beautiful Christmas e-cards. This year, she
introduces her niece Sally Lisney, who has discovered an unexpected talent
for computer graphics animation.
see the 2004
Jacquie Lawson Christmas Card
see the 2004
Sally Lisney Christmas Card
Martin Gray is an anthropologist and photographer specializing in the
study of sacred sites and pilgrimage traditions around the world. Traveling
as a pilgrim, Martin spent twenty years, visiting and photographing over
1000 sacred sites in eighty countries. Places
of Peace and Power: The Sacred Site Pilgrimage of Martin Gray.
How do you pick out your Christmas cards? Do you pick
something that will bring a smile or a laugh to the people you send them
to? Do you prefer a card that remembers the religious origins of the holiday?
Do you choose by aesthetics? Or do you just grab whichever one's cheapest?
The final option is the only reason imaginable for picking any of the
cards in our Gallery
of Unfortunate Christmas Cards. Why did someone make these cards in
the first place? See if you can figure that one out, as you view the gallery.
Christmas Carol: Why not Charlotte or Marie?
There are songs and there are carols and never the two shall compare.
These sacred melodies associated with the holiday season have their own
special history. Read on to learn more, even if you cant carry a
on, rock on is dedicated in specific
to the work of San Francisco balanced rock sculptor Bill Dan and to the
art, discipline and craft of rock balancing in general. It includes images
of Bill's balanced rocks and stones, links to other rock balancers, with
information about naturally balancing rocks and world-wide rock and stone
balancing and stacking traditions.
Candy Christmas page is a collection of information and links on the
subject of christmas. Especially popular and fun: Riddled
Christmas Carols, can you name the carols described in each riddle?
cat picture, found at: bacon
and eh's (12/12/2004 post)
also, see cat
also, see a
In Stan Banos's Pet
Cemetery Project, the images explore the final resting place of
the not-so-human creatures in their owners' lives. In this series Banos
not only catalogs the the lifelong joys and inevitable sadness of pet
ownership, but also the humor. (via File)
If you were fortunate enough to have been a member
of the official Beatles fan club between 1963 and 1969, then you likely
have heard one or more of these records. The Beatles recorded them and
sent them out to their adoring fans every year, finally collecting them
all on one album for the 1970 edition. The
Beatles Christmas records are now rare and quite pricey to obtain,
these seldom heard recordings offer a rare glimpse of the fabs at their
funniest. (via grow-a-brain)
There is nothing in New York quite like the smoked-glass,
gold-trimmed, pink-marbled splendor of Trump Tower. It is part shopping
mall, part residential high-rise, part Trump Organization HQ, part reality-show
setting, and the childhood home of Trump's
children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump.
It's one of the most wonderful times of the year for
the banking industry's most lucrative business: credit cards. In the coming
weeks, millions of Americans will reach into their wallets and use plastic
to buy an estimated $100 billion in holiday gifts. But at what cost? In
History of the Credit Card,' New York Times correspondent Lowell Bergman
uncovers the techniques used by the industry to earn record profits and
get consumers to take on more debt. (via the
A wonderful corsinet.com visitor
clicked an Amazon.com
link on one of our pages and ordered:
The list price was $332.49, which earned us a
$19.12 referral fee and helps to pay for this month's hosting
cost. Very much appreciated, thanks!
Summit Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210 - The legendary Pickfair Estate
was originally built as a hunting lodge in 1919. It was rebuilt in 1932
by Wallace Neff for Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. The property
includes a spa with dome glassed ceiling, gymn, pool, theater, discoteque,
guest apartment in main house, separate 2 bedroom guest house, and staff
quarters. There are 15 bedrooms and 17 full baths in all, and it can be
yours, for only $27 million!
Culinaria is David Leite's elegant
and tasty online food 'zine -- a collection of articles about the history
and mystery of culinary pleasures. You eill find mouth-watering recipes,
book reviews, and resources for cooks, foodies, and all who enjoy eating
well. (via Yahoo
The fist chapter of Sex
with Kings : 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge, is
available for free on-line at eReader.
Fascinating book! The first chapter, at least, seems well written and
a quick read. I'm adding this to my Wish
cat picture, found at: Dax
also, see Shakespeare for cats, A
As a public service to people who have WAY TOO MUCH
MONEY to spend on their pets, we've found some of the more extravagant
related paraphernalia available today. Lots of great, hard to find
stuff like the 2005 dog poo calendar, Hanukkah treats and kosher food
for dogs, doggie potato chips, and wedding attire for your dog.
book illustrations by Bernard Oberdieck. No quick washes or rubs,
no broad strokes here. Colored pencil and pastels are painstakingly laid
down using hatching and overlay so that warm and tender pictures are created.
Through the years he has also incorporated other techniques and materials,
such as acrylic and aquarelle washes into his work. His preferred method
still lies with the fine, detailed work. Bernhard Oberdiecks pictures
possess a very special charm, which invites you to look and dream over
and over again.
The term 'Genocide' was coined by a jurist named Raphael
Lemkin in 1944 by combining the Greek word 'genos' (race) with the Latin
word 'cide' (killing). Genocide as defined by the United Nations in 1948
means acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national,
ethnic, racial or religious group. The History Place - Genocide
in the 20th Century examines seven major occurrences of genocide.
shows world statistics: current Earth population, births today, deaths
today, and some lesser known facts such as cumulative hours waited for
internet to download this year, miles Earth has traveled in space within
our Solar System this year, and millions of calories, consumed this year.
Shockingly, it also posts the number of deaths of children under 5 this
year and American military casualties in Iraq. The number of US deaths
since war began on March 19, 1903 is 1268.
The gas in our intestines comes from several sources:
air we swallow, gas seeping into our intestines from our blood, gas produced
by chemical reactions in our guts, and gas produced by bacteria living
in our guts. Facts
on Farts answers just about every possible question you might have
about intestinal gas: what are farts made of, what makes them stink, do
men fart more than women, how much gas does a normal person pass per day,
and much more.
After more than a decade of denying a link between
SSRI antidepressants and suicide, the FDA finally admitted in September
that such a link exists. The
Lilly Suicides is a fascinating history of David Healy, an internationally
renowned psychiatrist as well as a historian of psychiatric medicine,
and his study of Zoloft, an antidepressant from the Prozac family of drugs
known as the SSRIs, or "selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors."
From Scott Joplin to Britney Spears, and everyone in
between (Elvis, Thelonious Monk, the Dixie Chicks...) the Southern
Music Network offers biographical information on southern-born musicians
of all genres, linked to a decade-by-decade timeline. (via All
cat picture, found at: Michael's
also, see Carnival
of the Cats #36
Prime Minister of France, Charles de Gaulle,
asked, "How can you govern a nation that has two hundred and forty
different kinds of cheese?" How
well do you know your cheeses? (via grow-a-brain)
Those crazy e-mail spammers! They'll do anything to
catch your attention. Here are some very imaginative subject headings
we're receiving lately: "Am I eligible for living and working in
the USA?", "Pain is killing your wife, try Vicodin", "Can
I get a green card?", "Does your man heal you every day?",
"Is his husband still in pain?", "Tentative stool tests
on the 22nd", "50,000 Visas to the USA! Get it now!" Our
favorite so far: "Mature females finding their dinner."
Today's great link: Fashion-era,
which contains 200 illustrated pages of fashion history, costume history,
clothing, textiles and social history. Everything from the Victorians
to Haute Couture is covered in this huge website.
Totally silly ways to waste time: