The Best Of Artifacts: 2006

If you like beer and you like maps, then you may have found the right place. Beermapping.com is a project for someone who likes knowing exactly where he is and how far he needs to go for good beer. The map shows location of brewerys, brewpubs, beer stores.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably heard of the French New Wave or Dogme95, but when asked at a party to explain what they are or to name more than a couple of films, you may struggle a little bit. Well, not anymore.

LED Throwies are an inexpensive way to add color to any ferromagnetic surface in your neighborhood. A Throwie consists of a lithium battery, a 10mm diffused LED and a rare-earth magnet taped together. Throw it up high and in quantity to impress your friends.

This has got to one of the funniest comic strips out there.

Loretta Lux takes photographs of children that are almost as charming as they are creepy. Her site is worth a look.

Have you been searching for just the right cliché to use? Are you searching for a cliché using the word “cat” or “day” but haven’t been able to come up with one? Just enter any words into this search engine.

20 Lessons To Kick Start Your Cooking Skills – Lesson number 20 is a test so be sure you’re paying close attention

This amazing timeline, of nearly everthing, includes such factors as sunspots, population, popular music, major human events, epochs, war, and politcs among many others. It’s a visual representation of humanity that fits on one page. I’d love to have a poster of this in my office.

In the “Disembodied Cuisine” art project, they attempt to grow frog skeletal muscle over biopolymer for potential food consumption. A biopsy is be taken from an animal which will continue to live and be displayed in the gallery along side the growing “steak”. This installation will culminate in a “feast”. The idea and research into this project began in Harvard in 2000. The first steak they have grown was made out of pre-natal sheep cells (skeletal muscle). We used cells harvested as part of research into tissue engineering techniques in utero. The steak was grown from an animal that was not yet born.

Medianeras (party walls) is the Spanish word for the wall that separates two buildings regardless of whether one of them has been knocked down or not. Medianeras are quite haunting, like the ghost of a room, leaving behind the sings of life now moved on.

If your as tired as I am of corporate computer answering services, use this database to find out how to get a human.

Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs. If you’re ever find yourself at the grocery store complaining because the guy in front of you at the “15 item” cash register line has 17 items, come home and read this so that you can at least be glad you were in line with a 1/2 gallon of milk and a hershey bar.

Many of you already know Bukowski is one of my favorites. In celebration of his birthday today, I’m linking to a James P Johnson’s astonishing mix of Charles Bukowski’s “Genius Of The Crowd” with Gwyneth Walker’s “An American Concerto: A Burst of Energy”. This is the best thing I’ve seen all day James, and I’ve seen a lot.

10,000 reasons civilization is doomed. A work in progress. I agree with a lot of these.

Despite being neither hip nor erotic I still have a soft spot (probably right near the funny bone) for hipsterotica.

Making the streets of NYC more interesting by turning #2s into perfect 10s.

During spring in Denmark, at approximately one half an hour before sunset, flocks of more than a million European starlings (sturnus vulgaris) join in the incredible formations that look like flying schools of fish. This phenomenon is called Black Sun (in Denmark), and can be witnessed in early spring throughout the marshlands of western Denmark.

There were Orgasmatrons in Woddy Allen’s terrrible movie “Sleeper” and on Motorhead albums, but i think the best one (a probably most likely to actually induce an orgasm) has to be Dominic Wilcox’s Orgasmatron 3000

Wordless pancake recipe.

Joe Mathlete of The Mathletes (sort of like a nerdy low-fi Postal Service) takes the time to Explain Today’s Marmaduke

Scars and glory fade slowly.

Eye Heart Brains: The first annual Denver Zombie Crawl

Because ugly animals are animals too.

The secret ordeal of Miranda Piker:

Before Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published in 1964 Roald Dahl pared down his cast of characters. Last to go was Miranda Piker and her chapter has appeared only once — in mirror script. Here, for the first time, we publish her comeuppance the right way round.

This is not me.

Is it time to sass up your Sally Struthers? Is your Betty ready? per sotto, per farli combaciare!

The Knuckle Tattoo Project is a collection of pictures of knuckle tattoos and the stories behind them. I Always thought knuckle tatoos were some of the coolest, and there are some real good ones here.

We don’t know each other and will probably never meet, but I want you to know how truly I appreciate all the sacrifices you have made in order to serve the USA and it’s citizens. You are in my thoughts and I wish you the speediest and safest of returns to home. Gods speed. Thank You.

Mates Of State (one of my favorite bands) has a few songs from the Daytrotter Studio Sessions free for the downloading. There is also a great interview with Jason posted.

Etching’s has some pretty black & white photos of the blizzard of 1913 here in Denver. It’s too bad kids can’t sled down 8th avenue by the hundreds any more.