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November 21, 2007

Flaming Fire Illustrated Bible

illustration of Leviticus 13:43 from the Flaming Fire Illustrated Bible Project

A friend just turned me on to an oddly charming bit of religious devotion, The Flaming Fire Illustrated Bible Project. The group's idea is to acquire an illustration to accompany every single verse of the Bible. Given that there's more than 36,000 Bible verses, it's an extremely ambitious project. And since they're just under 10% of the way there, which means there's plenty of room for you!

Don't worry, you don't have to be a DiVinci to take part. They happily accept art work from people of all skill levels and age levels. For instance, the image above is someone's interpretation of Leviticus, Chapter 13, Verse 43(*)...

Then the priest shall look upon it: and, behold, if the rising of the sore be white reddish in his bald head, or in his bald forehead, as the leprosy appeareth in the skin of the flesh.

Not religious? Me neither. But no matter, just pick a verse, let your imagination go, and see what you can come up with.

(*)Chapters 13 through 15 of Leviticus are the Bible's answer to Rook's Textbook of Dermatology, laying down how Biblical-era priests should deal with a gnarly assortment of skin rashes and genital discharges.

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November 16, 2007

The Cloud Appreciation Society

fallstreak hole cloud from the Cloud Appreciation Society website

OK, I've had JUST ABOUT ENOUGH of your apathetic navel-gazing, you self-centered selfish bastards. It's time you finally TOOK A STAND for something!

Now you could turn to politics I suppose, but who wants any part of that snake pit? You could take up the fight against global warming, or against repressive foreign governments, but I hear you say "that seems so...I dunno...serious".

Not to worry! I got the cause for you... clouds! The Cloud Appreciation Society works tirelessly (at least during daylight hours) to celebrate the infinite variety and endless beauty of clouds of all shapes and sizes. As they say in their Manifesto...

We pledge to fight 'blue-sky thinking' wherever we find it. Life would be dull if we had to look up at cloudless monotony day after day.

This sound like a cause you can get behind? Why not join up? Three Pounds(UK), payable via Paypal, gets you a certificate suitable for framing, a lapel button, and the satisfaction of being part of something bigger than yourself.

Don't want to join? You can still check out their cloud gallery.

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November 13, 2007

One Laptop Per Child sale underway

photo of the XO laptop

Heads up! The Christmas/Kwanza/Robotikah gift of the year is now available! The One Laptop Per Child organization has come up with a cleverly pragmatic way to kick-start the goal of getting cheap, rugged, versatile laptops into the hands of kids throughout the developing world.

Sign up for their Give one, get one program (it costs $400) and you'll pay for one laptop earmarked for the developing world, and you'll get a second one of the revolutionary XO laptops for yourself! The deal is a limited time offer, closing on November 26th, so act now and score yourself one of the coolest pieces of technology of the year. I've already ordered mine, burn with envy, iPhone owners!

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November 04, 2007

Ohikea

Photo of the Ohio Ikea under construction. Photo courtesy of the Ohikea blog. Thanks!

It is good to have a dream. Some dream of catching the perfect wave. Others of seeing the perfect sunset. Jen Segrest dreamed of Ikea. Segrest is a graphic designer in the Cincinnati region of Ohio, and a self-described IKEA fanatic, who year in and year out lamented the fact that nowhere in her home state could she find the big blue store with the unpronounceable furniture. "Oh cruel fates of geography and retail distributions7quot; she seemed to say through OHIKEA!, her blog devoted to the subject, "how could you mock the people of Ohio so?"

And then, one glorious day in Spring 2006, word came from on high... Ohio would be getting their own Ikea! Since then Segrest has been gleefully keeping OHIKEA up to date with minutia of the great store's creation and pending grand opening.

The blog is well worth a look, if for no other reason it's always a good moment to see someone get their wish. As a Red Sox fan, I know exactly how she feels.

P.S. Ya gotta love the subtitle of her blog: "We got one, suck it Indiana!"

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