The Weekend Links
"¢ From Angie, human beach sculptures, an installation which "consists of 100 cast iron figures which face out to sea, spread over a 3.2 km stretch of the beach. Each figure is 189 cm tall and weighs around 650 kg. As the tides ebb and flow, the figures are revealed and submerged by the sea." A little creepy, to be sure.
"¢ Paul has sent in one of the most mesmerizingly cool sites ever. The British Library offers a program called Turning the Pages, where you can explore delicately preserved pieces of literature electronically, including some of the first "books" ever made.
"¢ Also from Paul, a website extensively devoted to creative mailboxes. I even spotted one from my hometown of Columbus, Georgia. Who knew?
"¢ From Holly, an oldie but goodie: movie remakes with bunnies. Speaking of, don't ever forget about this site to help you after a long, hard day. And if you don't think I'm going to seek out that pygmy hog in real life, you are mistaken.
"¢ The Art of Manliness has selected 100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man's Library. Get a jump on your Father's Day shopping.
"¢ Here's a list of 6 terrible movies Hollywood almost made. Here's an idea for another list: 600 terrible movies Hollywood DID make. Although I am glad we were spared these few at least.
"¢ Dawn has sent in two helpful links for our Flossy pleasure. One is Seat Guru, "a site that not only has all the seating charts of most airlines (including international airlines!) it also reviews particular seats on each type of plane the airline uses. There is also a comparison chart that shows the different seat pitches in different airlines." Also, a site I've used before (although you would think I could easily calculate a distance like "2 blocks before she runs out of breath"), Map My Run—where you can map out your run/walk, calculate distance, and check to see where there's water, restrooms, etc., even if your route doesn't stay on conventional paths or streets.
"¢ Reader Tony from Tennessee has sent in a link to his stamp blog, where in this article he details a story about incredible postal workers aboard the Titanic. Kudos to Tony, who makes stamp collecting interesting indeed!
"¢ I don't know about your guys, but here in Atlanta I have a long commute wherever I go. Here's a fun Argentinean commercial that shows what people would rather be doing on their commute than sitting in a car. I might be thinking about this two-minute vacation to the Chattahoochee River, located right here in Georgia.
"¢ From Jan, two links to the new collaborative Flickr group called Word Time, which was set up to "share the variations in our pronunciations with weekly lists of words." See an example from the first week, and learn how to participate yourself.
"¢ Stuck inside on a rainy weekend? This eco-friendly Canadian site has projects, scavenger hunts, and activities for kids.
"¢ This week's video from The Daily Tube ("the best new videos on the Internet") looks at Japanese bicycle parking.
"¢ Inspiring news: a 78-year-old man just bowled a perfect 300. The catch? He's legally blind. He suffers from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Read about Dale Davis' amazing story here.
"¢ Have some time on your hands? Peruse through 50 of the Greatest Commercial Parodies. Some you might not remember, but all are pure gold.
"¢ Friend of the Floss Noah Brier has been getting a lot of press for his Brand Tags project. "The basic idea of this site is that a brand exists entirely in people's heads. Therefore, whatever it is they say a brand is, is what it is." Happy tagging!
Hope you guys have a fantastic weekend! Keep sending me links, pictures and all manner of internet arcanum at FlossyLinks@gmail.com.