I needed this weekend to recharge for September, always an active month in my world. And, that’s without the currently thrumming circuit of band, wedding, car, house that keeps me anxious at all hours of the day.
Aside from much learning of covers, virtual house-hunting, and watching Kristen Bell deliciously chew scenery on Heroes, this weekend also allowed me to decisively finish off the remaining glut of neglected posts in my Google Reader, the best of which I’ll now share with those of you who eschew Labor Day BBQs to get your September off to a properly lazy start.
#1 Link: Mark Larson points out that you can stream the documentary All Hands on the Hard Body via Google video.
The docu, about contest where the way to win a brand new truck is to keep your hand on it for the longest amount of time, has been on my Netflix queue since the day I joined. Totally what I am watching tonight. (originally via and add’l background from Kottke.)
#2 Link: Know Your Stuff is downloadable software that allows you to catalog all of the stuff you own. Great for prepping insurance applications, or if you are an OCD nut like me. Via Unclutterer and Lifehacker.
Similarly, via trusty Kottke, Daytum is a “home for collecting and communicating your daily data.” Personal annual reports? OCD Godzilla approves mightily.
A close runner up in awesomeness, I spent way too much time on Saturday futzing with Election Projection’s Interactive Probability Calculator. Allows you to set the probability for each state and then runs an endless series of matchups based on your probabilities to determine the overall probability of the election result. For someone like me, who believes that most surveys are crap – political surveys doubly so, this is a nice equalizer.
Philebrity just ran an equally edifying and hilarious Philadelphia Internet History Week, tracking the ignoble fates of a handful of prominent Philly web startups. I should collaborate with Lindsay on a tell-all Record Kingdom post ;)
Drinking Liberally engineers happy hour meetups with other liberals in your community. Seems as though Philly is in need of a new event (hint, hint, anyone?).
Mad science alert: The five experiments most likely to end the world. A link unique in that it combines Gina’s professional interests and prominent musical themes. Also: one step closer to a real invisibility cloak.
Remaindered from many months ago, photos from the perspective of your tongue. Also, I continue to love this photo of WWII women working on a B-17 bomber.
Great visual: Texas house sucked into wormhole, via Electicism.
Worksheets for those both organizational and visual. Via Akkam’s.
A photo-essay slash interview on Japanese bathhouses. Not safe for work, I suppose, but I think the nudes are far from sensational – they actual portray the relaxing atmosphere of the sento. Also: Japanese float parade.
Another oldie that found sudden relevance this week: Become an expert interviewer. I’ve got a bit of natural flair at interviewing (oh, and that journalism degree), but this is a succinct reminder of what to do.
From MLarson: The Superest is an illustrated log of off-beat superpowers, each one meant to best its predecessor.
Last, but not least: longtime fav Gingerbead Latte took a moment to recap her month, including an ingenious game of the top 100 words in the English language. I got only slightly over a third, but all of the top two rows. Similar results on the 50 largest countries, where spelling was a big challenge.
That’s all I’ve got. If you have any thoughts for an overarching September theme for CK, please feel free to share. Last year, as you may recall, I remastered and reposted my favorite trio tracks from the past seven years.