The Weekend Links
"¢ A great green initiative: amazing urban art utilizing plants, grass and moss.
"¢ From Dawn, have some fun with Google by typing the following phrases and clicking on "I'm Feeling Lucky" (seriously fun stuff—I'm going to make the black background search engine my new homepage): elgoog, google goth, google black, google fudd, google pig latin, google 1337, google linux, google klingon, and of course, google chuck norris.
"¢ Danish artist Peter Callesen creates beautiful pieces of art using only a single piece of paper. Some of our Flossy Readers are pretty talented with paper art themselves.
"¢ Here's this week's video from Michael Caruso at The Daily Tube ("The Best New Videos on the Web").
"¢ What do Paris Hilton, Kate Winslet, the native New Zealand bird the Pukeko, and yours truly have in common? We all have big feet. An energy commercial from New Zealand features these big-footed creatures (the Pukeko that is, not Paris and Kate) with adorable results.
"¢ The Washington City Paper recently featured an article about a chef who came to a staff writer's home to sift through his pantry and create an amazing meal with whatever he found. To do this for yourself, try Cookin' with Google—it can help sort out what to make for dinner by asking you to list the assortment of goods and leftovers in your kitchen.
"¢ Jason apologizes for yesterday's lack of a Friday Happy Hour. He has no good excuse, but several mediocre ones (internet problems, accompanying his wife to a doctor's appointment, heavy rain). The Happy Hour will be back next week.
"¢ We've all seen Power of 10 animations, but here's a cool site that lets you manipulate it for yourself. Go from the Milky Way to the subatomic level of a simple leaf, a journey from one end of the spectrum to the other as far as we can fathom (Thanks Paul!)
"¢ With the economy hitting rock bottom, frugality is key. But that doesn't mean you can't still take vacations ... just be smart about them. Consider then the European Sewer Safari, and this helpful guide on how to find some fantastic filth.
"¢ Speaking of saving cash; if you're trying to do so by not eating out, yet still crave those delicious foods from your favorite restaurants, check out this link to Top Secret Recipes (http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/home.asp); a guide to duplicating some of your favorite dishes.
"¢ From Angie: "I've had two friends work in Antarctica. They both have done 2-3 summers there and one of them did an entire winter as well. It's tough not seeing the sun for a couple of months. Anyway, one of them sent me a link to the NPR story on Antarctica and said that it was an accurate account of the place. Since most people don't know anything about Antarctica, I thought I'd pass it on." Discover for yourself!
"¢ Some seriously AMAZING cakes that I don't think I could ever eat for fear of messing 'em up! But it would seem a shame to let them go to waste ...
"¢ This might be right up the alley of some of you Flossers (I know it makes me want to take up the cause): One man's valiant attempts to right the typo wrongs across America. Scroll through his picture gallery to see what good he's done so far.
"¢ God forbid ... what if life was really like Facebook? A hilarious and spot-on clip from England. (Here's the obligatory mention of the mental_floss Facebook page.)
"¢ From Celeste: if you think your job's the pits, try working for one of these fictional companies from TV. I just started season 2 of Lost (I know, I'm JUST catching up), and I have to say that so far, I still might take my chances with the Dharma initiative. But what's up with that Doomsday button? Don't tell me!
"¢ In case you missed any wisdom from special guest blogger Patricia O'Conner's, here's a recap. Yesterday: Five Lessons in Punctuation. Wednesday: Five Lessons in Grammar. Tuesday: Debunking Etymological Myths. Monday: Debunking Grammar Myths.
"¢ I don't know about you guys, but I for one have a had a long and tiresome week. Here's a good way to end it: a beautiful and soothing time lapse video of cherry blossom trees in Brooklyn.
You guys have been fantastic about sending in links! Keep it up! Send all pictures, links and shameless plugs to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. Have a fantastic weekend!