Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Time Magazine's Influential People (part 2)

Last week I posted the first 20 of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People (the Leaders and Revolutionaries).

No one commented on how many they got, but hey, I don't worry about that any more. My theory is that most of you are not intelligent enough to leave a comment.

However, we're pressing on, and looking at the next 20. I knew 19 of these cold, but completely missed one. I expect you to get 16 and a half.

Artists and entertainers

Site Info

The Oscar Nominations are out today. You can read about them on the Official Oscar Web Site.

Normally I would have an in-depth commentary, but seeing as how I guessed majorly wrong, I haven't seen a good number of these movies, so commentary will have to come later.

On the home page, you'll see today's new item (a top ten list), as well as a link to Yesterday's Hamas column.

Below that, I've reprinted the best Comments of last week. This was an idea of Koz, and we're going to try it for a couple of weeks and see how it works.

On the home page there is a new Motto. 10 Hyperion Institute points for the first person who can accurately translate it without cheating.

I was so pleased with the Picture Brigade of a couple of weeks ago, I have decided to focus Fridays on the Monkey Barn to "theme" days. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Finally (for today), we are taking applications for new contributors to Monkey Barn. Send an email as to why you should be included.

#1 Pick?

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...

...oh wait that's the Emerald City.

Monday, January 30, 2006

How smart are you?

Can you guess the answers to these puzzles? I'll give you the answer to the first one so you can see how it works. The rest of the answers will be in the comments.

The answer to the first one is Foreign Aid.


Friday, January 27, 2006

Friday Notes

There's a new quote over on the right. None of you jerks are sending me any quotes to use, but I make do.

There's also new links on the home page: two new movie reviews. Also, in case you're intersted, news about a brand new HyperionX.

That Time Magazine post will take you awhile, so just a couple of links today:

MB Bunny Love: Bunny hides in plain sight.

MB Chuck Norris: Last year I posted this list of Chuck Norris accomplishments. Well, Chuck found out about it, and has a response.

MB Dinosaur: In honor of the Time Magazine post, T-Rex designs his own magazine.

Time Magazine's Most Influential People of the Century

In 1999 Time Magazine listed their idea of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century, split up into five categories.

I thought we'd look at them one category at a time. How many of these people have you heard of? How many could you give a paragraph biography about?

I got 18 and a half. I recognized all 20 names, but I was wrong on one and half-wrong on another. I don't expect you to get that many, but I would hope most of you could at least get 12

Leaders and revolutionaries

Hunting with Dad

Skippy the Wonder Lizard sent me the following joke:

A father and his 12 year old son went hunting together for the first time. The father said "Stay here and be very QUIET, I'll be across the field."

A little while later, the father heard a blood curdling scream and ran back to his son. "What's wrong?" the father asked. "I told you to be quiet."

The boy, bless his heart, answered, "Dad, I was quiet when the snake slithered across my feet. I was quiet when the bear breathed down my neck. I didn't move a muscle when the skunk climbed over my shoulder. I closed my eyes and held my breath when the wasp stung me. I didn't cough when I swallowed the gnat. I didn't cuss or scratch when the poison oak started itching. But when the two squirrels crawled up my pant legs and one of them said, 'Should we eat them here or take them with us?' Well...I guess I just panicked."

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Dinosaur Linkage

Today's Linkage is all about T-Rex

T-Rex Talks about what would be Super Cool (hint: it involves two ladies)

Last summer Bear and I heard Quincy preach about how downloading music and movies was breaking the Ten Commandments. It was pretty convincing, and since then I've tried to follow the advice. However, T-Rex once again shows us the way. Argue against that, Q-dog!

T-Rex muses on the destruction of the planet. (I'm just saying....)

Merriam-Webster (& Harry Potter)

The Word of the Day for January 26 is: ossify

Ossify \AH-suh-fye\ verb
1 : to become or change into bone or bony tissue 2 : to become or make hardened or set in one's ways

Almost sounds like a spell from Harry Potter. Too bad someone did try it after Lockhart (HP2) has his go on the Quiddich field.

Speaking of words from M-W and Harry Potter....

umbrage \UM-brij\ noun
1 : shade, shadow
2 : shady branches : foliage
3 a : an indistinct indication : vague suggestion : hint b : a reason for doubt : suspicion
*4 : a feeling of pique or resentment at some often fancied slight or insult

dif spelling - but same sound - Prof Umbridge (HP5)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Primates on Ice


Dream interpretations

For some reason, people really like to interpret other people's dreams. So I'll throw out a recurring dream I've been having for over a year and let y'all go crazy:

I dream that I'm on vacation with my family (including my stepmom, who passed away in August) and we're on a beach somewhere. Half the time, my current beau is included on this vacation. At some point, a tidal wave sweeps over the beach. It's a HUGE wave too (and yes I've had these dreams before the tsunami) and I watch it come down. I'm usually in awe of it because it's so incredibly huge, but I'm never scared because I know no one in my family will get hurt, and when it's over with we are all OK.

So...this means I'm crazy, right?

Love, Sea Hag

New Title

Got this from Boortz:

Since Brokeback Mountain was done by Ang Lee, who also did Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I have playfully renamed Brokeback Mountain to: Crouching Cowboy, Hidden Sausage.

Best Ice Cream Flavors

Blue Bell Ice Cream (my sources tell me its not widely available in Canada) might have the best flavors on the market right now. My new favorite flavor is Wedding Cake - It actually tastes like wedding cake. Here is how they describe it:
Pineapple ice cream blended with crushed pineapple, walnuts, vanilla wafers and
shredded coconut with cream cheese icing swirled throughout.

They also make one called Peach Cobbler - scrumdillicious.

Let me know if you've tased these flavors or others you think are great.

Now Here's a Diet we can all get on Board with

This British Rude Food site has a list of foreign foods that have names with unintended double entendres. Here are a few of our favorites, feel free to improve on our captions.

Big Nuts go well with Fumunda Cheese

Official dessert of Brokeback Mountain

Still tastes better than V8

Rumor has it Bill Clinton likes to dip his cigars in this.

This gives new meaning to yeast infection

We Hardly Knew Ye

Chris Penn found dead

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Which Word?

I was talking to a friend about the election last night, and we spoke of celebrating at the same time as mourning.

The two terms proposed to combine the two were Celemourn or Mournabrate.

My friend and I got in an argument about which term was best, so I put it to you, the Monkey Barn Morons.

(Also, whichever one you all pick would be great for the Depression Party we're doing today.)

I laughed and laughed and laughed

The funniest blonde joke you've ever read.



I totally forgot: Today is THE MOST DEPRESSING DAY OF THE YEAR.

I think we should have a party to celebrate the misery.

Wherever you are, take time today to make a funny hat and dance like Elaine Benes to music.

When people ask why, say, "It's Depression Day! Feel the Love!!"

Hard-Core Linkage

MB Creative Arts Project: Make your own Simpson. You can do thousands of different ones. Send me a screenshot of your favorite one.

MB Game of the Day: Dodge the Dot. Jonathan Livingston Seagull did I waste a lot of time trying to conquer this game. Take my advice: don't go here if you have a meeting a work.

MB Bunny: Bunny explains the state of the Internet, circa 2006.

MB Fashion News: Variety's 100 best Red Carpet outfits of all time. I was going to do ten at a time, and then I realized I didn't care. But you might.

I have become obsessed with Dinosaur Comics. T-Rex is my new hero. I have decided to pattern my life after T-Rex. Today, T-Rex likes his women like he likes his cars..... (This is where I got the idea for the Jelly Belly/woman connection, by the way.) I'm wondering: can we do better?

Monkeys for my Monkey Barn Morons

Since so many of you seem to love monkeys, I thought I'd give you a few to ogle. Actually, they are all apes, but most of you can't seem to tell the difference between monkeys and apes, so why should I keep trying to edumacate you?

Monkey Barn Nerd Talk: The 10 Craziest Science Stuff you didn't know. There isn't actually an primate-related information here, but there are a couple hanging around. Learn such interesting science stuff as a weapon which can make you gay.

MB Sport of the Day: Monkey Boxing in Thailand. This is embarrassing. Why is it that in Asia they treat animals so badly? I mean, yeah, I suppose it's worse to eat them, but is there no such thing as dignity?

MB Sport of the Day II: Sumo Wrestler vs. Orangutan. This is one of the most incredible videos I've ever seen. What makes it so amazing is the level of effort the ape exerts.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Hope you enjoyed it.

Yo Peeps,

I hope you enjoyed the project we did last week here at Monkey Barn. All the Contributors worked very hard, and should be rewarded. We had 944 visitors at the Institute last week, which I believe is the most ever. I'm hoping we can break 1000 this week, or soon to come at any rate.

Some of you are missing the pictures already, so for you, one more, as a goodbye to the project.