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  The History of Tiki

How sex, rum, World War II, and the brand-new state of Hawaii ignited a fad that has never quite ended.

In December 1931 a somewhat adrift 24-year-old washed up in Southern California, looking for something to do. A native of New Orleans, he was named Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt. Curious by nature and something of a protobeatnik by choice, he had spent the previous months vagabonding on the cheap through some of the globeâ..s more humid locales: Jamaica, Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Marquesas Islands, and Tahiti. By the time he got to Los Angeles, his money had run out.

tonga_room.jpg / Tiki

Who knew Canada had so many superheroes... It even lists Cerebus, Reid Fleming, Mr. Canoehead, Rocket Robin Hood, and Ultraman (from "My Secret Identity").

What they didn't get was the supervillian from the "Eek the Cat" series, Canada Man - complete with an "A?" on his chest.

Canadian Superheroes

One measure of the U.S. domination of the comics medium during the fifties and sixties is that when Canadian superheroes finally did return during the 1969-1974 period, the first characters were buffoons. It was as if Canadian comics artists and writers recognized the absence of Canadian heroes, but could not quite â.. after a twenty-year diet of foreign comics â.. bring themselves to take such figures seriously. Nevertheless, following a spate of outrageous Captain Canadas and other intriguing satirical national superheroes, it was evident that there were creators who were bent on depicting national-superhero figures in a more serious fashion. Contributing to this resurgence of interest were the publication of Patrick Loubert and Michael Hirsh's The Great Canadian Comic Books, a book-length study of the Bell Features comics, and the touring of a related exhibition mounted by the National Gallery, "Comic Art Traditions in Canada, 1941-45," which together served to introduce English-Canadian comics creators and fans to their lost heritage. A similar process was also underway in Quebec with the publication in 1973 of the first historical survey of Quebec comics in a special issue of the literary journal La Barre du Jour." - taken from the aforementioned Canadian Comics website, as an excellent summary of the history of the Canadian superhero comic.

  How to build a Tiki Bar

Keeners! A tongue-in-cheek set of instructions from Atomic Magazine. Builds an actual (but shoddy) tiki bar.


Humu Kon Tiki - Blog Archive - How to Build a Tiki Bar

Apparently, as long as you don't include actors images, or images from the film, you can make and sell your own "Snakes on a Plane" merchandise. Pretty muthafucking cool.


Snakes On A Plane T-Shirts and Gifts : : Shop Over 35 Million Unique Products

  Futurama fonts!

Awesome. Now I can write my own secret messages to the kid at the next desk.



(TLZ) Futurama Madhouse > Futurama Fonts

  Wee tiny revolvers

"Did you swallow your gun ... again?"


SwissMiniGun Armes Miniature Miniature Arms

It's total length does not exceed 5.5 cm.

It shoots 2.34 m/m rim-fire ammunition.

This firearm is a scaled-down model of the much acclaimed and mystical Colt Python with all the same features as are found on the real size gun.

The manufacture of this exceptional miniature revolver has only been possible by exploiting the incomparable expertise and latest technologies of the Swiss Watch and Jewellery Industry, upon which its Worldwide reputation is built.

  Cool/creepy vintage ads

Yikes! My PC sense is tingling, along with other parts of me.


Vintage ads

They pilfer nearly $200 million from Americans annually and drive some of their victims to suicide, but Nigeria's notorious e-mail scam artists may finally have met their match -- and the results can be hilarious.

British online vigilante "Shiver Metimbers" is leading tens of thousands of "scambaiters" in a crusade to shut down advance-fee fraudsters, grifters who spam unwitting victims with elaborate, e-mailed sob stories promising a share of nonexistent fortunes in return for upfront payments.

So-called 419 scams, named after the section of Nigeria's criminal code that covers the conduct, are the most common type of con; victims are sometimes left penniless.

Wired News: Baiters Teach Scammers a Lesson

Sony has a definite knack for making ultra-cool looking gadgets, and the new mylo "personal communicator" (despite the annoying all-lower-case spelling of the model name) is yet another example of the company's high-tech design prowess.

As part of its "communication and entertainment" raison dâ..être, the mylo lets users send and receive instant messages, browse the Internet, listen to music, send e-mails, and view photos concurrently. (Yet, it neither slices nor dices, says Ron Popeil...) The device features a 2.4-inch color LCD and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that's said to be ideal for comfortable and quick thumb typing. Three free instant messaging services are embedded in the unit (and just waiting for your thumbs to do the talking): Google Talk, Skype, and Yahoo! Messenger. No initial computer setup or monthly service contracts are required.


Home Theater: "mylo" Could Be Your High

  Make yourself popular

Too bad this isn't for Canadians... I could stand to be a little more popular.

* popularity dialer

Have you ever been in a situation where you wished your cell phone would ring? Maybe you wanted to look extra important or popular on that hot date. Or maybe you just needed an excuse to escape from an unpleasant meeting.

With "The Popularity Dialer", you can plan ahead. Via a web interface, you can choose to have your phone called at a particular time (or several times). At the elected time, your phone will be dialed and you will hear a prerecorded message that's one half of a conversation. Thus, you will be prompted to have a fake conversation and will easily fool those around you.

When Kyle MacDonald said he would trade his way up from a red paperclip to a house, it was hard to believe. But he's one swap away from a Saskatchewan home.

"I don't think the car comes with it, which would be kind of cool," said MacDonald, 26, as he showed a photograph of the property to CTV News.

The about-to-be-former Montreal resident will make his 14th -- and likely final -- trade on Wednesday for a two-storey house in Kipling. | Montreal man one trade away from Sask. house

Unfortunately, it doesn't photoshop images. That would be really cool.


The Advertising Slogan Generator

  Nuke-u-lar case-mod

Cool case...

wmd_case_mod.jpg | WMD Part II by G-gnome

Being an occasional modder, various real-life events had taken me away from the project, and modding generally, until December last year, when I was asked to bring a mod along to the Atomic-Live event in Sydney, Australia. The event was a smashing success and a whole bunch of Aussies got to see a very different WMD. Since then, I've moved to a farm and changed careers, so only lately have I been able to write up the rest of the project. With over 1000 photographs edited down to a final 500 or so, I've managed to cover about 80% of the work done since Part I. Regrettably, a few CDs of photos went missing after moving house, so some things can't be covered here or only have a few photographs.

I hope people find this project log as interesting as it has been for me to build the case. To those who have read and enjoyed Part I - and have so patiently waited a long time for more - I dedicate this article to you. May the old adage, 'better late than never' ring true in this instance! Anyway, here is what it looks like now....

Mexican lawmakers passed a sweeping new drug law early Friday that would crack down on small-time dealers, legalize the possession of small quantities of drugs and mandate treatment for addicts.

Under the bill, it would be legal to have 25 milligrams of heroin, a fifth of an ounce of marijuana or half a gram of cocaine. The bill also makes it legal to possess small amounts of LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, amphetamines and peyote.

President Vicente Fox had proposed the law in January 2004 in the hopes of slowing down the rapid growth in drug addiction and the ranks of small-time dealers that has hit Mexican cities and towns in recent years, just as it has long plagued American cities.

Mexico Passes Law Making Possession of Some Drugs Legal - New York Times



A selection of front covers of books by William S. Burroughs

Burroughs Book Covers

  Mood Light Shelf

The Mood Light Shelf, an illuminated, colour-changing shelf based on ultra bright LEDs, is the latest newcomer in the multiple award-winning MOOD LIGHT Collection

The Mood Light Shelf has a range of millions of colors, and because it can be mounted vertically or horizontally, it can be used in multiple configurations.

Power supply and remote control included.


Generate Light: Mood Light Shelf

  Tiki Cubicle Shrines

Bringing the workday to the Polynesian islands.


Tiki Central Forums - Topic: My Tiki Shrine at work

This is stupid. Give the little girl the RAV4 and be done with it.

CBC News: Lawyer wants DNA test on 'Roll up the Rim' cup

A high-profile Quebec lawyer is asking for a DNA test on a winning Tim Hortons coffee cup, claiming that his client is its rightful owner.

Claude Archambault said his client threw out the cup and should get the "Roll up the Rim" prize that is being fought over by two Montreal families.

Claude Archambault

Earlier this week, a 10-year-old girl found the unrolled cup in a garbage can in her school. She enlisted the help of a 12-year-old friend to roll up the cup's rim. They discovered the cup was the winner of a $28,700 Toyota RAV 4.

  Great Atheist Quotes

Isaac Asimov [1920-1992] Russian-born American author

"I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say that one is an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or agnostic. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect that he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time."

"Creationists make it sound like a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night."

Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826] 3rd American president, author, scientist, architect, educator, and diplomat. Deist, avid separationist.

"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes" Letter to von Humboldt, 1813

"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as His father, in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter." Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823

"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own" Letter to H. Spafford, 1814

John Adams [1735-1826] 2nd President of the United States

"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."

"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." Treaty of Tripoly, article 11

GREAT MINDS: atheist quotes

Pretty cool stuff right here.

Official homepage of Desiree Palmen


Concern about the increasing use of identity based electronic information systems and the frequent use of surveillance cameras is one of the impulses for Désirée Palmen to create her work, which uses camouflage, as it's main focus. In photo works, videos and site-specific actions, she explores the possibilities of letting people 'dissolve' into their surroundings or to let them disapaer against the background.

Oh, so now I gotta be a villian? Hmmm. Works for me.

Religion of Comic Book Characters (Religion | Comics)

Most super-villains in mainstream comic books are atheists, agnostics, or simply non-religious. Aside from a few major villains, the list below primarily focuses on villains who have a known religious affiliation other than atheism.

  Dynamic Einstein picture

Yeah, this here's pretty cool. Get Einstein to support whatever thought crosses your mind:



einstein3.jpg : Dynamic images

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