March 02, 2005

Puzzle Games

Okay, I'm just going to dump a bunch of puzzles I found:

Road Blocks, which has nothing to do with road blocks, and everything to do with linear thinking.

Reflections: play with lenses, prisms, and LASERs. That last part isn't exciting; it's just an acronym.

FreeNet. Fix networks. As if doing that in real life weren't bad enough.

Grid-lock, and the closely-related Rush Hour (hat-tip: Bryan)

March 08, 2005


Can Superman have children? What problems did he face as an adolescent? Larry Niven has answers.

(Hat-tip: David Adesnik)

20050310 Update: Superman has not always been such a boy scout. Also, Spidey was touched as a child. (Dammit, can't find the link. Okay, here's a transcript.) Also, Spidey loves Jesus. (Hat-tip: styro)


It's always a good idea to verify what your tattoo with asian letters means, lest you wind up with something wimpy, like "some pig".

March 10, 2005


Surely you've seen the "Support Our Troops" magnetic ribbons stuck on cars. And where there is a proud patriot, there is a cynic or three to make fun of him:

Support Our Ribbons!

We support the guy in china selling these idiotic magnets.

Support the magnetic ribbon industry!, or better yet, How many soldiers per gallon is your car getting?.

Oy Gevalt

See Jane. See Jane Schlep. Schlep, Jane, schlep.

(Hat-tip: Daniel Drezner)

March 11, 2005


Official rules for calling shotgun.

(Hat-tip: LawDawg)

March 15, 2005

More Extreme Sports

To follow up on extreme ironing, there are now other mundane "extreme" sports:

Extreme Accounting, and Extreme Sandwich-making.


Sick of hearing about The Gates?

Enjoy a whole new piece of art: The Crackers. Is it art? Or is it duck-feed?

(Hat-tip: Sivacracy)

March 16, 2005

Square Games

Move your square around, and eat other squares.

Or move your square around and dodge other objects.

March 21, 2005


A dactyl is a foot of poetry (ON-off-off). A double-dactyl is two of them in a row. It is also a specific kind of poem that employs some pretty rigid rules. It has to have two stanzas, a proper noun that is a double-dactyl, a six-syllable word that is a double-dactyl, you get the picture. Here are the rules, in a self-referential poem:

Long-short-short, long-short-short
Dactyls in dimeter,
Verse form with choriambs
(Masculine rhyme):

One sentence (two stanzas)
Challenges poets who
Don't have the time.

Heaps more at Alex Chaffee's Double Dactyl page.

March 22, 2005

The Compleat Flamer

A taxonomy of net-flamers.

Making Stuff

3M has published a steb-by-step guide to making a wallet out of duct tape. (h/t Boing-Boing)

O'Reilly is hosting a blog devoted entire to making stuff. Cool!