Thursday, March 24, 2005
- It's Easter and Passover season (or Spring Equinox, if that's more your persuasion), and this joke from the Rabbi Adam's Jooz Nooz weekly newsletter just cracked me up:
Catholic kid brags to his Jewish friend, 'Ha, ha! My priest knows more than your Rabbi!' Responds the Jewish kid, 'Of course - because you tell him EVERYTHING!'For something completely different, why not...
the Slavic pagan holiday of Maslenica (Mah-sleh-NEET-sa) "Butter woman" from the word Maslo which means butter. Originally it was practiced at the Vernal Equinox but later was celebrated the week before lent. Masłenica (mah-sweh-NEET-sa), sometimes called Shrovetide, was a celebration of the returning light, a time of games and contests, especially horse racing, fist fights, sliding and mock battles. It was a time for protection and purification rituals and a time of gluttony, obscenity and dissolution.Also on the Slavic Pagan Holidays site,
New Year's Day - originally on the Winter Solstice, New years was considered the most powerful time for divination. A traditional New Year's divination was called podbljunaja (powd-blyew-NIE-ya) or "under the plate". Details of this divinatory system may be found on the Slavic Magick page. Pork was traditionally eaten at this time.Okay, but tell me - when is pork not eaten on the Slavic calendar?
- The Apple™ Victrola [via Gizmodo]
- BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin blogs on oddly flavored condoms in Shanghai (Green Tea? "Ordinary"?)
- Was Doogie Howser, MD the first "blogger"?
- I thought I was imagining things, but I could have sworn I once heard a French-laguage version of Don Henley's "Johnny Can't Read" on Montreal's CHOM-FM...way. back. when.
- Yes, Virginia, Thai elephants not only paint, but they play symphonies, too. Listen to "Ganesha Triumphant" and "Little Elephant Saddle," samples from the Thai Elephant Orchestra.
- A legend in my 'hood: the Green Mill Lounge, understated celebrity hangout/home of jazz greats, and the Gene Siskel Fim Center off Randolph and State hosts a tribute to Michael Mann [via Chicagoist]
- Slant magazine's list of the top 50 vital pop albums
- Microsoft's "Parent's Guide to l33tspeak" (or geek-wannabe's)
- Polish computing information
- "Toilet Trouble," on JapanNewbie.com: can you figure out how to flush this remote-controlled toilet? If you don't read Japanese, the symbols (which appear to tactfully symbolize types and quantities of bodily wastes, e.g., "#1," "#2-large" and "#2-small," "ladies' (?)") aren't much help - one appears to be a stylized blue pair of buttocks, with a pyramid of blue dots representing a flush. If you don't believe me, have a peek at the photo and tell me what you think it means. ;)