Saturday, December 17, 2005

Tim Berners-Lee (who significantly assisted Al Gore in inventing the internet) now has a blog!


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"A computerized analysis of 800 films demonstrated a significant level of accuracy in gauging their financial success."


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Popular toys of the last 100 years ... Must-have items from decades past


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The Worst Films of 2005
  • I took a look at all the films rated below 10 at RT, all the films below 32/100 (lower than one and a quarter stars out of four) at Metacritic, and all the films with IMDb scores below 3.8 (150 or more votes).
  • The three different sources produce three different "worst of ..." selections:
    • IMDb: In the Mix, 1.5
    • RT: Kings' Ransom, 0% in 42 reviews.
    • Metacritic: Chaos, 3/100 (Impressive! Sage Stallone continues the family tradition.)
  • Twelve films made all three lists, and they form the linked chart. The consensus choice for worst picture did not finish on the bottom of any of the three lists, but finished close to the bottom on every one of the criteria. That would be Ewe Boll's timeless masterpiece, Alone in the Dark.
  • Ewe made a good run at having the worst TWO films of the year. BloodRayne is rated 2.6 at IMDb, but will officially open four days too late to make it into 2005's race.


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"Rachel McAdams Won't Go Nude For Tom Ford"


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The Ultimate IQ test link site


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MET ART Fine Photography
  • Yes, it's porn, and yes, it's completely guilt-free because they call it art. Genius!
  • Seriously - beautiful girls stark naked.


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Rolling Stone's Mavericks, Renegades, and Troublemakers of 2005


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The Pats finally start to look good, just in time for the playoffs.
  • They held the Bucs to a mere 138 yards of offense, and left Cadillac Williams stalled in the garage. This marks the third straight game in which the Pats have held the opposition below 200 yards.
  • And this wasn't against some pussies. The Bucs were 9-4 coming into the game! This is the first time all year that the Pats have managed to dominate a team with a winning record.
  • They even used a little razzle-dazzle, with a touchdown pass to a lineman on a tackle-eligible play.


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    Flight from Moscow to New York to take less than an hour ... "Moscow to Sydney in one hour and six minutes."
    • You know it must be true because it is from Pravda - and that means truth. If it were not true, you could sue them for false advertising.


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    This guy says "Sorry, dudes. Kirk ain't comin' back."


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    Spiked Humor presents their all-time best.


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    TIME: The Best Photos of the Year 2005


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    VIDEO: This year's Duncan Yo-Yo Champion


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    This is a complete 53-minute Bill Hicks performance.
    • There is a tremendous amount of audience interaction, and Bill is particularly raunchy and angry.
    • This is not a professionally recorded performance, but the sound is comprehensible, and it's a rare experience.


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    A Critical History of Computer Graphics and Animation
    • This is not a quickie web page, but a complete scholarly book online, filled with photographs and films. It's a tremendous resource if the topic interests you.


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    High concept of the day: "Masked Mexican Midget Wrestlers"
    • They great thing about "Masked Mexican Midget Wrestling" is that it's really open to all nationalities. Let's face it - with masks on, they could be little Swedish guys.
    • In fact, you don't even have to be a "midget." They could be full-sized Japanese guys.
    • As a matter of fact, I think the one on the left is Judi Dench!


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    VIDEO: Honda's Impossible Dream commercial


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    Dave Barry's Blog offers us: A REASON TO GO ON LIVING


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    Daily Box Office - Friday, December 16, 2005
    • In four words: Kong continues to underperform.


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    The trailers for Tristram Shandy, a new film from the ever-experimenting Michael Winterbottom. It stars Gillian Anderson as Gillian Anderson!


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    The last men to walk on the moon. I had not realized that this happened 33 years ago. Weren't we supposed to go forward from there?


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