The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

"¢ Slate recently reported on the growing tabloid-nature of news websites. (Two examples: "Man Arrested After Cat Finds Child Porn Stash" and "Human Tongue Accidentally Served Up in Hospital." ) If you find these kinds of stories too foolish for the front page, this site compiles news from various media outlets and allows readers to vote on whether or not an item deserves "breaking news" status (much thanks to Paul!)

"¢ Reader Phill points out that while you may not have any trouble finding a sundry of strange state laws, you don't often see them being enforced.

"¢ The Naked Cowboy is suing Mars Inc. for trademark infringement. He may even have a case. But as you'll hear in this 2005 interview with YesButNoButYes, he's a strange, strange dude. The Naked Cowgirl is also involved.

"¢ My co-worker is obsessed with The Dark Knight, and has watched every bootlegged version of any trailer he can get his hands on. Even he was impressed by this trailer for the movie done with Legos.

"¢ If only the Oxford English Dictionary (or the Urban Dictionary, for that matter) had celebrity pictures to match up with the definitions. Luckily, this site does! Learn new words alongside celebrity gossip. Now that's hot. (Warning: Probably not the place you want your kid to turn to build his or her vocabulary.)

"¢ Two great sets of links from fellow Atlanta resident Jan. The first: just when you thought things couldn't get any more ridiculous ... insured celebrity body parts! If that's not enough for you on this apparently hot topic, read more about it here.

"¢ Secondly, a great animation experiment: Animator versus Animation. Being caught in a desktop application ALMOST looks like fun ...

"¢ Oh satire ... thy ways are wily. Check out this site and see a parody of lame video sites that encourage completely corporate-backed tripe submissions (the Roomba one is especially disappointing, as it's meant to be, by at first reminding us splendidly of Battle Bots before proving itself utterly useless). For actual Battle Bot action, go here.

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"¢ I don't know about you guys, but I'm always curious about special effects. Here's someone who offers tips on the art of the Decapitation Effect, to dazzle (and possibly horrify) your friends.

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"¢ Here's a list of 10 Star Wars toys that unintentionally look like celebrities. Christian Bale as Slave Leia? See it to believe it! (John Kerry as General Rieekan is the most dead-on, in my opinion.)

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Much love to everyone who sent in links this week ... please keep it up! Remember, pictures and shameless personal plugs are always welcome. Just send your stuff to to see your name up in lights (well ... a computer screen). Have a great weekend!

[Last Weekend's Links]