Archive for the ‘Interesting Links’ Category

Giving Unwanted Gifts New Life

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

The holiday season is almost upon us, and it’s time to sharpen up those credit cards and buy your friends and relations lavish, extravagant gifts that will show them just how much you love them.

Gifts that might find new life as a gift next Christmas. So, if you find that Aunt Gloria is wearing a lavender-puce scarf that looks like the exact same one you gave Aunt Wilma two Christmases ago, there’s a good chance it might be one and the same.

A poll of 1,505 adults by Harris Interactive indicates that re-gifting has become common, accepted practice. 52% of those polled had re-gifted in the past or would consider re-gifting. And a whopping 78% thought that re-gifting was acceptable some or all of the time.

Re-gifting can even be a tradition of sorts in some circles. In the group I hang out with, we had a “birthday bag”…a red gift bag with a shocked-looking person looking at a birthday cake full of candles, with the caption, “The Birthday From Hell.” Tradition in our group had it that the person who received the bag would use the bag to package the gift to the next birthday person in rotation.

Now that I think about it, the tradition probably started with me. A friend gave me the bag, with number stickers on it reading “26,” one year on my 26th birthday. Said friend’s 29th birthday was a week and a half later, so I ended up putting my gift in the same bag, with the 6 turned upside down. So started a long tradition.

The gift inside need not have been recycled, thank goodness.

That went on for a while until the bag got old and ratty. I’m not sure who has it now. For a short while, when the original birthday bag went missing, we had a substitute, a green birthday bag with a clown’s face, with a big red nose that squeaked when you pushed it. That tradition, however, died, and quickly.

But anyway, back to re-gifting. I actually agree with the majority of people who might consider re-gifting. Though some may think it tacky, I figure I would rather pass a gift on to someone who might appreciate it than have it sit unused.

Besides, I think the holiday season deserves better than the celebration of unbridled capitalism it has degenerated into. This is supposed to be a time of peace on earth, good will toward men. There’s nothing in there about Christmas Eve sales.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating being miserly and simply passing gifts to your friends willy-nilly. But if a friend of mine ended up giving me a Kikaida action figure, which I don’t really care about, I might pass that on as a birthday gift to a friend of mine who collects that stuff.

M.P. Dunleavy at MSN gives 12 rules for re-gifting.

The Ultimate in Time-Lapse Photography

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Now this is something amazing, and you may have already seen this. San Francisco-based filmmaker Ahree Lee took on an experimental project, taking a digital snapshot of her face each day since November 1, 2001. Then in 2004, she took that picture she had and turned them into a short film entitled simply, “Me,” at the rate of about one week’s worth of pictures a second.

What surprised me was how she kept an stone-faced expression throughout the whole thing, so that you can look at the film, yet not get completely dizzy with the pacing.

View the film and see for yourself.

Tickled Pink

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

Slowly but surely, my friend Joy is achieving fame. I think she’s the only person I know of (and probably the only person, period) who has the chutzpah to get married wearing hot pink Crocs. Here’s proof, plus her story on the Crocs website.

“I Return Enclosed the Symbols of My Years of Service”

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Joseph DuRocher’s life is one of public service, as a public defender for Orange and Osceola Counties in Florida, and before that as a naval aviator in the 1960s. Surely his lieutenant bars and aviator’s wings are a point of pride with him.

Make that…were a point of pride with him. He returned his badges to President Bush and accompanied them with a scathing critique of his foreign policy.

Read the letter of a true patriot. (Via Mad as Hell)

He Likes Big…Books

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

An enterprising Christian comedian has created a parody of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s classic “Baby Got Back” (video, lyrics). Hilarious!

(Via Evil Bobby)

The iPope

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

From the Sydney Morning Herald (via The Moderate Voice) comes this little tidbit about Pope Benedict. You would think that, conservative septuagenarian as he is, he would view modern technology as the Devil’s attempt to take over the world. Not so. He now has an iPod.

And it’s a Nano at that.

I’m jealous. Wait…no, I’m not.

Now This Might Explain a Lot

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Thanks to Joy for turning me on to this factoid.

A research team led by Syracuse University biologist Scott Pitnick found that in bat species where the females are promiscuous, the males boasting the largest testicles also had the smallest brains. Conversely, where the females were faithful, the males had smaller testes and larger brains. (from AP via CNN)

All I can say is, if I had to sacrifice either balls or brains, I’d keep my brains any day.

Some Things Never Change

Friday, January 27th, 2006

From User Friendly comes this little comparison of blogging with something from the not-so-distant Internet past.

Kinetic Electronic Infiltration and Troubleshooting Humanoid

Monday, September 5th, 2005

Kinetic Electronic Infiltration and Troubleshooting Humanoid

I guess this is pretty appropriate for an IT professional like myself. :) To get your own, visit

And Now For A Public Service Announcement…

Monday, August 1st, 2005

I’ve been falling behind on my blog lately, but it’s really good to read something that provides some much needed perspective on blogging. (Via Linkmeister)