The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

"¢ This being the first Saturday in May means that it's time for the Kentucky Derby! There's a new documentary out on the subject, which I reviewed last month. Occasionally at work they let me out of my cage to do fun stuff ... one was a podcast with actor Haaz Sleiman from The Visitor. Ladies, prepare to swoon ... he sings. Check it out.

"¢ This week, our own Miss Cellania compiled a definitive post on Indiana Jones. Links, jokes, video, and all three previous Indiana Jones movies in pixel gif form .... simply glorious. Definitely check it out!

"¢ We asked Michael Caruso from The Daily Tube ("The Best New Videos on the Web") to send us one great video each weekend. He came through.

"¢ Katie D sends in a story about a real Pinball Wizard. No, he's not deaf, dumb and blind ... but he sure plays a mean pinball. (Actually, he makes them.)

"¢ Salt and pepper, fries and ketchup, Romeo and Juliet ... some things were just meant for one another. Here's a list of other beautiful pairings of two of my favorite things: books and the beer with which to enjoy them (as suggested by their authors). (Thanks Jan!)

"¢ If you're still feeling intellectual about your booze, try this quiz to see how much you know about common drinks and their origins. Unfortunately, I was very good at it and scored 90% ... how did you guys do? On the subject, I'm reminded of this vintage Achewood comic.

"¢ From Paul, a chance to stump a snarky internet trivia guru. Even if you can't think of any tricky questions, you may learn something from ones that have already been asked. What does a bulletproof vest, laser printer and a fire escape have in common? And why can't pigs look up?

"¢ An '80s Week Quiz that didn't make the cut:

"¢ Then check out the complete '80s Quiz Week archive. And get ready sitcom and music video fans—I'm told there are still a few more quizzes to be posted this weekend.

"¢ I must defer to reader Dail's own explanation of this link, "You've heard of the horse whisperer, and the dog meet the breast whisperer!" No, it's not QUITE what you think.

"¢ This site may seem kinda nerdy, but I think it's fantastic. Basically, it outlines every single kind of knot, explains when to use it, and then (drum roll please ...) an animated look at how to tie it! Seriously one of the most useful things I've ever stumbled across on the internet (well, that Paul stumbled across on the internet and sent to me, at any rate).

"¢ You may remember that Seinfeld episode where Elaine tries to get off the phone with the Long Talker but can't, so she uses a blow-dryer to feign being on a static-y car phone? Now you no longer have to go to such lengths—this site has an mp3 library that can help you bring a stop to seemingly endless phone calls. Maybe THIS is the most useful thing on the internet.

"¢ From Angie, one of the best links-hunters around, pictures of amazing bird formations in Denmark. Also, a gallery of seriously twisted trees. Some were manipulated for art, though some just adapted to their environment in an interesting way. I remember we had a neighbor with a tree that grew straight up through a purposeful hole in their garage roof ... we never did know which came first.

"¢ Finally—lift everyone's spirits with a city-wide pillow fight. They did it in Rome, and I think they should consider it on college campuses as a stress-reliever around exam time.

Thanks as always for sending in so many great links this week—keep it up! Send all links, pictures, and shameless plugs to Have a great weekend!

[Last Weekend's Links]