Glenn's Junk Chest

An assortment of Glenn's writings, photography, gaming resources, flash movies, and other creative output.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Fun: Some Links

I hope everyone's been enjoying the photo of the day. I've made a few improvements to the popup image, so that it should (in general) scale down to the size of the window. I've been using rather large images for most of the photos, and was worried that the title was getting lost off the right and that the text at the bottom required too much scrolling back and forth to easily read. Now, big images should be scaled to the width of the window. You'll still have to scroll up and down for the vertical format photos, but hopefully not left and right. (Try resizing the window, I like how dynamic it is on most modern browsers.)

While I continue ruminating over my upcoming post about the Katrina, politics, economics and the environment, here are some amusing links to tide you over:

  • Onion's 2004 parody becomes today's reality (via

  • I highly recommend the Renaissance Festival Music Podcast, especially the three pirate editions. If you're looking for great music in support of Monday's Talk Like a Pirate Day, look no further. My favorite pirate song so far? "Hellship" by the Pyrates Royale.

    Oh, it's a hellship, with a bully mate,
    the bastard son of malice and hate,
    the captain's the worst that's ever been born,
    and together we're sailing around Cape Horn.

    The first mate, if he don't like your face,
    You'll find yourself in a far worse place,
    At the bottom of the sea with your head stove in,
    by capstan bar, or belaying pin.

  • The new iTunes interface from the perspective of Brushed Metal. (Link fixed)

I also have four new web comics to recommend, three of which stick close to traditional comic book formatting:

  • Gossamer Commons, about a writer who sees a fairy and is thus marked for death. Very narrative.

  • Fantasy Realms is an amazingly well drawn manga-style comic. This one may have been derailed by Katrina, though.

  • Fallen. Beautiful art, complicated storyline, sporadic updates.

  • Alpha Shade. Drawn in Flash, very cool alternate world setting, and an extremely well-implemented comic browser.

More Soon!


At 9:27 AM, Blogger Liana said...

The Brushed Metal account of the new iTunes interface link doesn't work. It brings you back to The Junkchest.

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your picture of the day, almost every day. It's fun to come and look to see what it will be today.


At 10:01 PM, Blogger Glenn said...

Thanks Ticia, I'm really glad you're enjoying it. I'm having a blast selecting photos and putting them up.

At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahoy there Matey,

That's a fine looking lass you have up. When can we splice the mainbrace with such a beauty.


At 10:24 AM, Blogger Glenn said...

Aye, she do be fine, don't she? I'm particularly fond of the big hat.

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced?

A buccaneer!

[or, a longer-form joke]

So there's this Pirate with a parrot. And this parrot swears like a sailor, I mean he's a pistol. He can swear for five minutes straight without repeating himself. Trouble is, the pirate who owns him is a quiet, conservative type, and this bird's foul mouth is driving him crazy. One day, it gets to be too much, so the guy grabs the bird by the throat, shakes him really hard, and yells, "QUIT IT!" But this just makes the bird mad and he swears more than ever. Then he gets mad and says, "OK for you." and locks the bird in a cabinet. This really aggravates the bird and he claws and scratches, and when the guy finally lets him out, the bird cuts loose with a stream of invective that would make a veteran pirate blush. At that point, he is so mad that he throws the it into the freezer. For the first few seconds there is a terrible din. The bird kicks and claws and thrashes. Then it suddenly gets _very_ quiet. At first the guy just waits, but then he starts to think that the bird may be hurt. After a couple of minutes of silence, he's so worried that he opens up the freezer door. The bird calmly climbs onto the man's out-stretched arm and says, "Awfully sorry about the trouble I gave you. I'll do my best to improve my vocabulary from now on. By the way, what did the chicken do?"


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