The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

"¢ For anyone stuck working this weekend, here's a quick clip called Insane Office Sports to help you through the day.

"¢ When discussing sustainability, the recycling of cars is always a debated issue. Here's a great idea, even if it was just used as a marketing gimmick: familiar musical instruments made out of car parts (and they really work!)

This video really made me laugh, and should strike a chord with anyone familiar with those crosswalks that countdown the seconds until you're given the green. This group staged a New Years Eve-type celebration for the countdown, with hilarious results.

15 Absurd Police Reports. Enjoy.

"¢ Here's a short, silly video of Rainn Wilson (from The Office) as Lucy Lawless (aka Xena: Warrior Princess), getting in touch with his inner woman, as well as his leather skirt.

"¢ Angie has sent in another set of excellent links this week via Google Notebook—the Notebook is a simple, unobtrusive (and free) addition to your web browser where you can bookmark interesting sites to share. Consider creating a notebook to share with!

"¢ For all you Flossy grammar-philes such as myself, a video world made of only typographic characters. Also has a great soundtrack (played with recycled car part instruments? Nah, I suppose that's too much to ask.)

"¢ Fascinating video explaining of the possibilities of a 10th dimension. I kind of got lost after 4, but was riveted nonetheless.

"¢ Ephemeral moments in time captured by photography—in this set, people having a sundry of liquids dumped on their heads. Reminds me, as someone posted in the comments, of the slime from that old Nickelodeon show You Can't Do That On Television!, the intro for which always scared me ...

"¢ Flossy reader Larry has been sending in several offerings from his blog (which I encourage you all to do!), including a story about the creation of a miniature version of Paris 15 years in the making.

"¢ From Eric, an intriguing (and depressing) tale of women who give birth behind bars. The numbers are increasing, and sociologists want to know why.

"¢ On the lighter side, Paul sends us this oldie but goodie: art you can disappear into.

"¢ This strange but interesting little site allows you to create simple melodies on a small player that repeats the song on waves (it seems the reverb builds up and I had to restart every so often ... did that happen to everyone?)

"¢ Car companies spend billions of dollars on advertising. Is it working? Take this test and find out.

"¢ I have to say, I really enjoyed this completely arbitrary test to see how well I would survive an animal attack. Apparently I'm 100% prepared to handle a house cat or raccoon, but only 15% capable of escaping an alligator, and 41% likely to live in a fight against my fellow man (!). Maybe I should head down to Krav Maga ...

"¢ From Michael at The Daily Tube (home of the best new videos on the internet), here's a preview of the world's first rotating skyscraper.

"¢ Finally, if you don't have a Wii but want to create a plastic-like mini version of yourself, try this site, where you can create your own Lego man.

Hope you guys have a great weekend. Keep sending in those great links!