We extracted the colours from 10 million of the most “interesting” Creative Commons images on Flickr. Using our visual similarity technology you can navigate the collection by colour.
This is really neat. Click on the color palette to the right to bring up pictures that incorporate the given color. You can even search for combinations of colors.
Besides the (predictable) deluge of custom South Park characters, it looks pretty cool.
Matt Freitag has uploaded every episode of Mystery Science 3000 to his blog. They're in avi format. Download em while you can.
lolcat is a made up language that is said to be spoken by fluffy animals such as pets. Your vet won't have heard of it, because it's not real - animals can't talk. But if they could, wouldn't you love to know how to communicate with them? Or maybe you just want to speak lolcat because it's funny. Give it a try! U mite liek it?
'im in da sistam, improovin ur tranlashun'
An archive of the most hilarious, bizarre, ignorant, bigoted, and terrifying quotes from fundies all over the internet! The FSTDT archive is the largest collection of fundie quotes on the planet, with 14023 archived quotes this very second!
Don't miss Conspiracy Theorists Say the Darndest Things! and Racists Say the Darndest Things!, linked from the main page.
A Scientific and Practical Interpretation of Dreams
By Gustavus Hindman Miller · 1901
We have tried to present the entire text of Gustavus Miller's dream dictionary in HTML as authentically as is possible. While we do not particularly agree with anything that Miller wrote, we have created this unabridged edition of his dream dictionary. In part, it is offered for your amusement, but it is also provided to accurately represent popular thinking about dreams from the turn of the last century in America.
Dreaming about Bacon? Here's the interpretation
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The most comprehensive site imaginable for learning the harmonica.
Some free content, even more pay content.
Creationist claims are numerous and varied, so it is often difficult to track down information on any given claim. Plus, creationists constantly come up with new claims which need addressing. This site attempts, as much as possible, to make it easy to find rebuttals and references from the scientific community to any and all of the various creationist claims. It is updated frequently.
A comprehensive list of phobias, sorted alphabetically, with descriptions.
This document provides a simple guide to eating sushi. Its target audience are non-Japanese people who enjoy sushi but aren't familiar with the customs and traditions that make for an outstanding experience. If you enjoy sushi, or if you think you'd like to give sushi a try, this document is for you.
long list of useful stuff, plus some more ideas in the comments section
"I began this project after I looked one day for a free dictionary of word origins online and found that there was none. You could subscribe to the Oxford English Dictionary for $550 a year. [As of January 2004, OED Online is now available by annual subscription to individuals for $295 a year, and has recently introduced monthly subscriptions for $29.95.] There were free dictionaries with definitions, some lists of slang words and their sources, and some sites that listed a few dozen of the strangest etymologies of English words. But there was no comprehensive public list of the words we use every day -- words like the and day -- that told what they used to be before we got them.
For some reason no university has seen fit to shackle its graduate students to the cyber-mill, grinding out an online etymology dictionary. So I decided to do it for them. I also did this to increase my understanding of the language, and its ancestors and relatives. As a writer and editor with an amateur's passion for linguistics, I took this as a joy ride more than drudgery. And I know so much more useless trivia than I did when I started (applaud is related to explode; three people can have a dialogue; and if anyone calls you feisty, slug him).
Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant 600 or 2,000 years ago. Think of it like looking at pictures of your friends' parents when they were your age. People will continue to use words as they will, finding new or wider meanings for old words and coining new ones to fit new situations. In fact, this list is a testimony to that process.
The same word usually exists in English in many forms -- cross, for example, is a noun, a verb (both transitive and intransitive), an adjective, and an adverb -- and I haven't broken down the history of each form. Words are generally listed in the form in which they are first attested in English."
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This online rhetoric, provided by Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University, is a guide to the terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric. Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest (the big picture) of rhetoric because of the trees (the hundreds of Greek and Latin terms naming figures of speech, etc.) within rhetoric.
This site is intended to help beginners, as well as experts, make sense of rhetoric, both on the small scale (definitions and examples of specific terms) and on the large scale (the purposes of rhetoric, the patterns into which it has fallen historically as it has been taught and practiced for 2000+ years).
A forest is the metaphor for this site. Like a forest, rhetoric provides tremendous resources for many purposes. However, one can easily become lost in a large, complex habitat (whether it be one of wood or of wit). The organization of this central page and the hyperlinks within individual pages should provide a map, a discernible trail, to lay hold of the utility and beauty of this language discipline.
Don't be scared of the intimidating detail suggested by the odd Greek and Latin terms. After all, you can enjoy the simple beauty of a birch tree without knowing it is betula alba and make use of the shade of a weeping willow tree without knowing it is in fact salix babylonica. The same is possible with rhetoric. The names aid categorization and are more or less conventional, but I encourage you to get past the sesquipedalian labels and observe the examples and the sample criticism (rhetoric in practice). It is beyond the definitions that the power of rhetoric is made apparent.
Your input (contributions of examples, explanations, links, and bibliography, or your clarifications and corrections) is heartily welcomed.
dodrantal adj 1656 -1883
of nine inches in length
The male stripper's dodrantal instrument impressed the ladies greatly.
This site compiles the 400 least-known words in the English language. These "lost words" are those that are either antiquated or so very abstruse that, well, nobody knows them.
From the mildly useful "epalpebrate" (having no eyebrows) to the hopelessly obscure "pyroleter" (a double-pump fire extinguisher that produces carbonic acid), to the painful "brephophagist" (one who eats babies), to the absolutely wonderful "cloakatively" (superficially), this place has it all.
Even I, with my traboccant vocabulary, must obacerate my oncethmus upon viewing this site. I am truly pudified.