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Misc. Happy Good Things

I've talked about some of the things I think are good elsewhere, i.e., bikes, knitting and spinning. There are some other things too, but I didn't really have enough to say about any of them to give them their own section, so I've just lumped them all together here on a page of Misc. Happy Good Things.


Fuzzy Bunnies are Nice! -- Frida and Rudy are professional fuzz therapists. When you're petting a bunny, everything's ok...

Music -- some of the music that makes me happy.

Food -- some of the food that makes me drool.

Gardening -- I actually had a lot to say a lot to say about gardening, and this used to be a separate section, but I'm really not a gardener anymore. I still think gardening is a good thing, but it just isn't something I do anymore. So I put the Gardening section here as a time capsule.


Frazz -- Frazz is cool. What more can I say?

Get Fuzzy -- the adventures of an evil cat, a sweet but not so bright dog, and their oft put upon human.

Casey & Andy -- a webcomic about two mad scientists (who die multiple times, but never permanently) and their girlfriends, one of whom is Satan.

Sluggy Freelance -- I somehow stumbled into this years ago because it had a bunny in it. Not a nice bunny, though. A switchblade-wielding bunny.

Irregular Webcomic! -- a webcomic done with photos, mostly of Lego people, but also of role-playing figures and of the cartoonist. Heavy on puns and geek humor.

Pooch Café -- the adventures of Poncho, a dog who's completely nuts, and his pals. The way the dogs are drawn is pure eye candy.

Agnes -- Agnes is a strange girl...

Useful Stuff

http://tinyurl.com/ -- I find it really annoying when someone emails me a URL that's six lines long. Don't. Instead, go to this website, paste in the URL, and they'll give you a short URL, i.e., a tiny URL, that will redirect you to the original site and will never expire. If you're going to email me a URL, don't send me one that's more than one line long. Email me a tiny URL.

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) - World Time / Time in every Time Zone -- Does it drive you nuts because every clock you look at tells a different time? Want to know what time it really is? Here's the place to find out, regardless of what time zone you're in, anywhere in the world.


Found Magazine -- a magazine of found stuff. People find some pretty weird stuff.

Peep Research: a study of small fluffy creatures and library usage -- a group of marshmallow peeps visited Staley Library at Millikin University during the week of March 17-21, 2003 to do some research and to have their research practices observed by the Office of Fluffy Research. (Some people have the idea that people who work in libraries are dull. This is a misconception.)

Squirrel Fishing -- Nikolas Gloy and Yasuhiro Endo of the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University present their study to measure squirrel performance. No hooks were used and no squirrels were harmed in the study.

The Librarian Action Figure -- Nancy Pearl is a real live person, a real live librarian, and there's an action figure that really looks like her!

Cthulhu for President -- As the site says, "Why vote for a lesser evil?" Actually, I like Cthulhu's campaign position on Disney.

Bite the Wax Tadpole -- some hilarious international marketing blunders caused by translation errors.

Bunny Survival Tests -- marshmallow bunnies, that is. According to the site, marshmallow bunnies "are fairly brave, intelligent creatures." Wow, who knew?

Strawberry Pop-Tart Blow-Torches -- "Abstract: Strawberry Pop Tarts may be a cheap and inexpensive source of incendiary devices. Toasters which fail to eject Pop Tarts cause the Pop Tarts to emit flames 10-18 inches in height."

Shakespearean Insulter -- usually if someone insults me, I'm not amused. At this site, I actually say "Insult me again!"

Bubblewrap -- everyone loves popping bubbles on bubblewrap! Bwa ha ha!

Building a Lego Dulcimer -- my ex-husband built what is probably the world's only Lego dulcimer (or at least the world's first Lego dulcimer -- maybe someone else will be inspired).

Says Who? Says God -- According to this website, God considered a libel suit after seeing all the banal utterances attributed to him on numerous billboards, but instead decided to mount his own ad campaign.

Every OS Sucks -- A hilarious Quicktime video by Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie.

43 Things -- What do you want to do? Learn French? Get more sleep? Visit all 7 continents? Learn to ride a unicycle? 43 Things asks people what they want to do. It's fun to see what people want to do and say "I want to do this" or "I've done this."

HappyNews.com -- Does it sometimes feel like every news story is depressing? You can find some happy news here.

Jabberwacky -- Have a conversation with a "chatbot" -- a computer programmed to chat, but which seems to have Attention Deficit Disorder or something similar, so the conversations are kind of surreal. Fun.

NationStates -- Inspired by Max Barry's novel, Jennifer Government, this site lets you create your own simulated nation and receive issues (you can set the frequency). Depending on how you decide on the issues, the nation will change over time. Create your ideal country or experiment and see what effect negative changes will have.

Overqualified -- Joey Comeau writes cover letters guaranteed not to get him an interview (unless you count the two police officers coming to his house to interview him).

My ex-husband says "Squirrels are your best wildlife entertainment value."









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