Dandy and Amusing Places to
Go and Things to See!
and Book-Related Links
Eha's Interplanetary Hard Drive Cleaner (Free Home Version).
Don't delay! Download today! Might work to help relieve
symptoms of certain Martian computer viruses! Conditionally guaranteed!
Works best when used as part of a conscientiously applied regimen of
computer hygiene including, but not limited to, the following free real
programs, all of which I myself use w/o problems on a fully patched
XP machine: Microsoft
Security Essentials, CCleaner,
also highly recommend the excellent and free Neo's
There is no security program that will protect you 100%
against your own stupidity or lack of good judgment.
would you fork over your hard-earned dollars for office software in a shrinkwapped
box when you can use Zoho's completely free
online office productivity suite? Do I use it myself? Yes, I do!
a number of nifty freebies here, too, my current favorites being Google Earth
not stuck with Internet Explorer. Why not take a look at Firefox
today? It has beaucoup useful extensions and substantial security features!
If you'd like
to check out the features of a number of freeware browsers like Firefox, Chrome,
Opera, Maxthon, Flock, etc. go here.
not stuck with MS Office either. If you don't want to use Zoho, why not
take a look at the OpenOffice.org
alternative today? You will not believe all the features you get absolutely free!
Nvu's "unofficial bug fix release," is
an excellent open source web authoring program that, in my opinion, rivals the
best commercial software...really. I wouldn't recommend it if I didn't
use it myself. No knowledge of HTML is necessary to crank out your own
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18,000 free ebooks are available at the Project Gutenberg site from which over
two million ebooks are downloaded every month. What are you waiting for?
truly huge resource for bibliophiles, this archive lists bookstore after bookstore
from the world over. Find hundreds and hundreds of "preowned" Freddy books
with ease--mostly USA listings, as you might expect, but I've seen Freddies
listed by Australian and Swedish booksellers, too. It's not all about Freddy
books, of course. I was able to easily locate and purchase an obscure text on
trilobites (my favorite extinct arthropod) at a most reasonable price.
lost theme songs? The infamous Dorothy Gray Cold Cream commercial of 1955? Satan
as a product spokesman for Lays Potato Chips? Romper Room Confidential? Who killed
TV's Superman? The amazing 1964 fall season? All this and much , much more
is my favorite architectural style. "What's Googie?" you ask. "Googie
architecture was born of the post-WWII car-culture and thrived in the 1950s and
1960s. Bold angles, colorful signs, plate glass, sweeping cantilevered roofs and
pop-culture imagery captured the attention of drivers on adjacent streets." Check
it out for yourself at SpaceAgeCity.
Marlys Magazine is a
tribute to the brilliant cartoonist and novelist Lynda Barry, who draws
and writes compellingly of the real, the near-real, and the surreal experiences
of life, among other things. Use the search link I have thoughtfully provided
on the left to search for her titles at Amazon.com. I suppose you could order
your Freddy books from there, too, but I'd recommend Lynda's most recent
book, 100 Demons, instead. It is truly a work of art on several levels.
(Is it too obvious that I am a great fan of Ms. Barry's work?)
Zippy the Pinhead, who advises, "If you can't say something nice, say something
surrealistic." Read the "Zippyisms" first and then forge on! "Are we having fun
yet?" You bet! Will you, too, accept provolone into your life? Who knows! I'd
start with fried bologna first, myself.
McPhee & Company, the self-styled "Outfitters of Popular Culture," offers
completely vulgar, yet somehow strangely attractive merchandise. Find the perfect
Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who
accidentally kill themselves in really stupid ways." This is one of the Martians'
consistently favorite sites, or so I gather through their telepathic emanations.
the 1950s! I'll bet you think it was the best of the last 100 decades, don't you.
But, don't forget that this was the Cold War era, when little schoolchildren practiced
crouching under their school desks to protect themselves from the flying glass
caused by thermonuclear explosions! Want to learn more? Go to the Conelrad site.
Daily Martian Weather Report, courtesy of the Mars Global Surveyor Radio Science
Team. This resource is invaluable if you're planning your vacation on the Red
A link to FlyPower®, "the only site on the Internet totally devoted to the intricacies and pursuit of fly powered avionics." Pages here include information on the FlyPower Model Airplane Kit ($4.95), historical FlyPower through the ages, how to catch an "engine," fly facts and other goodies, fly cryogenics (the fundamentals of "eternal life" for your engine), and engine maintenance.
If you want free plans,
check out these
complete schematics on Boy Scout Troop 117's Web site.
Delphion Gallery of Obscure Patents. Would you believe a bird diaper? a braille
slot machine? a human slingshot machine? a self-containing enclosure for protection
from killer bees? a combination bird trap and cat feeder? These and more at the
Warnings, where you may see the consequences of numerous pointless lawsuits. This
site is dedicated to helping companies fight this menace which is plaguing society
today. In addition to Dumb Warnings, this site will also feature Dumb Instructions,
Rules, and other information frequently placed on packages." Really, visit
this place! You will not believe your eyes!
"Welcome to the Death Clock, the Internet's friendly reminder that
life is slipping away... second by second." Come on, now. You're curious,
aren't you? All things being equal and you do not expire in some accidental fashion,
wouldn't you like to know how long you've got? For the best accuracy, do not overestimate
your "mode" of existence. If you don't like the answer you get at Death
Clock, maybe you'll be happier with the results from Death
Forecast. Or maybe not.
is but one of the many curiosities on exhibit at the Subtly-Askew Museum. What's
so curious about a dead fly, you ask? You'll have to go to the museum to find
out! From the Museum's homepage: "Dr." Subtly-Askew (b. 1842) made his
fortune in the hard-edged world of manufacturing, and remains world-famous even
today as the "Hasp King" of Cobbledecook, New York. Self-educated, highly demonstrative,
humble, remarkable in every way, gifted with nearly supernatural quantities of
kindliness, benevolence, and trust, survivor of at least two industrial and one
post-industrial revolutions, he is the oldest and perhaps the least sceptical
human being who has ever lived on the face of the earth. During the course of
his long career as a voracious collector and accumulator of precious objects,
he has given those who venerate him ample cause for thanks, and in 1926, as a
token of their undying esteem, his grateful purchasing agents and employees presented
him with the title ("Doctor") which still appears on the letterhead of his well-known
Words, words, words...
|Bonus: If you go back to the top of the page and click on each of the little piggies, you will be taken to five more swell sites!|