Chris' Linkjockey blog links to unique, fantastic sites on the web that you haven't seen before.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ask the Spice Girls to play your hometown... or Baghdad

Spice Girls official site
Those delightful Spice Girls have reunited, and are touring the world spreading their cheerful sounds and nausea.
They have a few dates chosen, but are encouraging their fans to vote on cities for their world tour. The jovial pranksters of Fark are encouraging readers to vote for a Spice Girls show in Baghdad, and I would encourage you to do the same.

Why, oh why do the have to start the reunion tour in Vancouver? The horror.

Today's Link source: the pranksters of Fark

Monday, July 30, 2007

How To Make Your YouTube Videos Look Great -Week of YouTube Day 7

How To Make YouTube Videos Look Great on Squidoo
If you're a YouTube submitter or a video producer of any kind, consider the top tips from Squidoo on how to make your video footage look its best online. Learn from the best.

Today's Link source: Squidoo Lens of the Day

Saturday, July 28, 2007

2 YouTubes at the same time - Week of YouTube Day 6

YouTube Doubler Beta

As you might imagine, YouTube Doubler plays two YouTube videos at once.
You can discover/ create your own version of "Dark Side of Oz", or use
one of their ready-made juxtapositions.

Today's Link Source: Digg

Friday, July 27, 2007

Pink Floyd with Wizard of Oz - Week of YouTube Day 5

Dark Side of the Rainbow- YouTube

There's always been that rumor that you can sync up Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album with the movie The Wizard of Oz, but I'd never bothered to try it.
With the help of YouTube and the internet, it's so much easier to experience this urban legend. Today's link is a YouTube Playlist that has seven different videos from the movie, and you can watch as images from the film appear to synchronise with the music and lyrics.

Today's Link source: Linkjockey

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Superman and Spiderman team up in Bollywood? - Week of YouTube: Day 4

Indian Superman Part 2 - Youtube

There's something that's obscenely great about being able to access obscure video content from anywhere in the world, whether it's cheesy singing and dancing, anime, or reports from the locations of breaking news.

Of course, when anyone teams up in Bollywood, there's bound to be entertaining song and dance productions. This video clip is no exception with Superman and Spiderman (Spiderwoman?) flying, singing, dancing and busting heads. Only on Youtube.

Today's Link source: The Youtube filter, Videosift

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Unbelievable Video Footage of 747 Landings - Week of YouTube: Day 3

My grandfather was an airplane enthusiast, and passed along some of his passion to me. Maybe both of today's YouTube links will instill as much awe in you as they did for me.

1. An amazing Boeing 747 landing at Princess Juliana International Airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, captured from Maho Beach. The airport is famous for its short landing strip at only 2,180 meters.

2. A Boeing 747 landing at Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong, which was decommissioned in 1998.

Bonus: Video of a 747 jet thrust shredding a car on Metacafe.

Today’s Link source: The always awesome Metafilter. Photo from Sunset Beach Bar

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Vintage Talking Heads concert in Rome - Week of YouTube: Day 2

Talking Heads - Live in Rome 1980

One of the great all-time rock bands, Talking Heads, was captured by Italian tv playing an epic show in Rome. Featuring lead singer David Byrne, the Talking Heads are a classic New Wave band that has inspired countless other bands.
YouTube has this rare footage of this great concert in Rome from 1980, featuring the following tracks:
Psycho Killer
Stay Hungry
I Zimbra
Take Me to the River
Crosseyed and Painless
Life During Wartime
Houses in Motion
Born under Punches
The Great Curve
All hail the YouTube!

Today's Link source: Metafilter

Monday, July 23, 2007

Christopher Walken - Week of YouTube: Day 1

Dancin' Pimp

Why not feature a week of video clips from the mother of all video channels, Youtube?

Ever since I discovered him around the time of Pulp Fiction, I’ve had an affinity for Christopher Walken. First, our names are so similar; he’s Christopher Walken, I’m Christopher Walks. Secondly, he’s a really great actor with lots of unusual, juicy character roles. Thirdly, I found out that despite all the strange roles he’s played, Christopher Walken got his start in show biz as a trained dancer.

Apparently, in every film he’s in, Christopher Walken tries to incorporate a dance scene or some fancy footwork as a signature move. His dancing was profiled most recently in the Fatboy Slim video for “Weapon of Choice”.

From all of the Walken movies I’ve seen, this scene from the 1981 film Pennies from Heaven blows my mind, particularly the second half of the clip. Watch and be amazed.

Today’s Link source: Batman Returns was on TV the other day. Terrible movie.

Very, very angry kitten (video)

This cat is absolutely furious!!!
I've never heard a cat screech and wail like that before, and it's pretty amazing that someone caught it on video and posted it to YouTube. Awesome.

Posted by Link Jockey at 7:42 PM 0 comments

Labels: best of the web, blog, cats, cute, humor, humour, lolcats, youtube

Saturday, July 21, 2007

SI Writers write about "The Best Game I've Ever Seen"

Sports Illustrated writers' "Best Game I've Ever Seen"

Sports Illustrated pulls off a great concept by asking all their writers to write about the "Best Game I've Ever Seen".

There are lots of entries, and a huge range of sports are covered. Of course, since there are sports writers at all of the major sporting events, all the most recent Greatest Sports Events are covered, like the 1987 Canada Cup hockey tournament, Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson in 1990, Tiger's first title in 1996, one of Michael Jordan's most famous playoff victories and Flutie's Hail Mary victory in 1984. For me, it's often the more obscure sports that make for the most interesting reads, such as Italy's Palio horse race, an Olympic tennis match in Athens, Olympic heavyweight boxing trials, 1995 cross-town rivalry in college hockey, and an NCAA college wrestling tournament.

The concept works, as the writers pour out their passion onto the page, and explain what makes the most famous, and not so famous, sports events so important to their lives and their careers.

Today's Link source: Linkjockey Tumblr

Thursday, July 19, 2007

75 Simple Pleasures to help you enjoy life a little more

75 Simple Pleasures to Brighten Your Day zen habits

It's summer time. Take some time to relax and unwind with some of these great ideas from zen habits. Enjoy moments in life instead of racing through them.

Today's Link source: popurls

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less

Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less - New York Times

My lovely wife is away for the week. Now I love to cook, and I'm used to doing it often, but it's not always fun to cook for just myself and it can get tedious on a daily basis.

Mark Bittman comes through with another great Food article in the New York Times with lots of tasty simple meals for the summer. Some of the best recipes or meal plans include:

#18 "Stir-fry a pound or so of ground meat or chopped fish mixed with chopped onions and seasoned with cumin or chili powder. Pile into taco shells or soft tacos, along with tomato, lettuce, canned beans, onion, cilantro and sour cream. " Delicious tacos!

#21 "While pasta cooks, combine a couple cups chopped tomatoes, a teaspoon or more minced garlic, olive oil and 20 to 30 basil leaves. Toss with pasta, salt, pepper and Parmesan. " -That's a personal favourite!

#31 "Fast chile rellenos: Drain canned whole green chilies. Make a slit in each and insert a piece of cheese. Dredge in flour and fry in a skillet, slit side up, until cheese melts. " I've never even thought of making that before!

#57 "Dip pork cutlets in egg, then dredge heavily in panko; brown quickly on both sides. Serve over lettuce, with fresh lemon, or bottled Japanese curry sauce. " - Yum! Japanese tonkatsu.

#59 "Brown bratwursts with cut-up apples. Serve with coleslaw." Interesting, maybe I'll try that tonight.

Sure, some of the "simple meals" are easy to make, but not so practical if you don't have the ingredients on hand, such as #12: "Boil a lobster. Serve with lemon or melted butter. " Overall, this list is GREAT for sunny days in the kitchen when you run out of time and inspiration.

Today's Link source:

Yummy cartoon!

Left-Handed Toons (by right-handed people)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The whole internet is your iTunes

SeeqPod Music beta - Playable Search - Find. Discover. Watch. Listen. Share.

Now I know it's totally unlike me to go gaga over a new music site, but this one is definitely worth a look.
SeeqPod is a type of playable music search. It's like all the mp3s on the web are in your iTunes Library, and you can search for them and create playlists out of them that will stream over the net to your speakers.  And what can you do?  You can create online, streaming playlists of audio and video files, you can blog your awesome playlist. 

For all you cool people in the US with iPhones, you can use the Mobile SeeqPod site to search artists and playlists that will stream audio, over the internet, to your iPhone.  Apparently, Mobile SeeqPod site works very well with the iPhone.  If you use the Mobile SeeqPod site with your desktop browser, the simplified interface doesn't start a playlist, it opens the mp3 directly in your window. Interesting.

Oh yes, and it's the best price of all; free.  I don't feel like my description is doing it justice, so go and spend 5 or 10 minutes playing with it and listening to it, and see how useful SeeqPod is for you.

Today's Link source:  Wired Listening Post

Monday, July 16, 2007

BREAKING: Internet is down (video)

Video from The Onion on YouTube describing a nightmare situation that forced the Internet to reboot, and lost all the data. Almost serious news with several good LOL moments.

Today's Link source: Digg

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Bride and Groom start fighting, large brawl ensues

Forget the bouquet: Bride tosses groom

Barbara Stanton and Jonathan Klopp celebrated an aikido (Japanese martial arts) wedding in Baltimore. It was a non-traditional wedding in an aikido dojo, where the bride and groom took turns throwing each other, and the guests, onto the training mats.

Congratulations to Brian and Sandra Palmquist, whose wedding on July 14, 2007 was beautiful, well-planned, and very, very peaceful.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Linkjockey in Las Vegas

Here are some photos from our trip to Las Vegas at the beginning of July 2007.

Treasure Island with Richard Belotte and Pauline Tan

Skye Walks at Red Rock Canyon

Christopher Walks at Red Rock Canyon

Fremont Street (NOT on the Las Vegas Strip)

Tropicana Room with Skye & Christopher Walks, Richard Belotte and Pauline Tan

Paris casino in Las Vegas

Skye and Christopher Walks at the Hard Rock Casino

New York, New York casino at night

Christopher and Skye Walks inside the Venetian Hotel

Best resource for planning a trip to Las Vegas

Cheapo Vegas - Your Guide to Better Vegas Vacation

You don't have to gamble in Vegas to have a great time.  A couple of weeks ago, Linkjockey went to Las Vegas with some friends (remember the slow blog updates?).  We had a great time, and the Cheapo Vegas site was really helpful in planning for our trip to Los Vegas.

Cheapo Vegas has sortable comparison charts for hotels, restaurants , shows and attractions, and casinos.  The lists are thorough, and there are honest reviews of each of the features of every single major Las Vegas hotel, on the Las Vegas Strip, off the Strip, and old Downtown Vegas.  They also have their Best Value suggestions to help you figure out what is value for the price.

For what it's worth, we stayed at the Tropicana Hotel in the Paradise Tower (free upgrade), and had a very pleasant, inexpensive stay.
Highly recommended: The Mac King Show at Harrah's- Good afternoon magic show, with tickets for $8 cheap (aka free-with-drink) tickets from the desk in the casino.  Best value show in Vegas that we saw.  If you have any questions, drop me a line.

Today's Link source:  Travelocity for the best deal plane tickets and accommodation,  and Richard and Pauline for the great company

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Online Funnies Page

Comic Strips (from

When you read a daily newspaper, there's always the funnies page, where you can read all your favourite daily cartoons, like Dilbert, Peanuts, Ziggy, For Better or For Worse, Non Sequitur, Doonesbury, and B.C. For whatever reason, the funnies page didn't make the transition to the web as gracefully as the other sections of newspapers. publishes a page of links to the daily comic strips, but they also have a page with scripts that load all the strips on to the same page. There is no dynamic page with the day's comics, but you can manually change the URL with the date information in the format: mmddyyyy. They have all your favourite cartoons like the ones listed above, and the creator, Raghu Angadi, accepts suggestions for additions to the site.

Unfortunately, they don't have the always hysterical Marmaduke comic. For the big ol' great dane, you'll have to go here.

Today's Link source:

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Top 25 Home-Based Business Ideas

The Top 25 Home-Based Business Ideas

This list comes from Yahoo! Business, which includes lots of great, but more traditional, home-based businesses. Some of the jobs include Caterer, Personal Trainer, Consultant Remodeler, and Interior Decorator. This list is a good reminder that just because a job is "home-based" doesn't necessarily mean that it is a stay-at-home job or an internet-based job. All of the businesses here are proven, and most of them are scalable.

Today's Link source:

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Bleeding edge advertising

Everybody Loves Free Stuff - epromos blog

Marketing effectiveness in the "real world" is decreasing as people become immune to advertising.
To be effective, marketing today needs to be constantly pushing the envelope, and challenging people's beliefs about what advertising is.
Epromos lists promotions that make people sit up and take notice, such as: free flickr lens cloths, real-life Kwik-E-Marts, Christmas Ham Ornaments, and tiny iPod movie posters.

Today's Link source:

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Tracking down Song Lyrics

Absolute Lyrics - The Music Lyrics Database
Searchable Lyrics Database -

When you're trying to remember a song, and the lyrics are on the tip of your tounge, check out HotLyrics or AbsoluteLyrics to put your mind at ease. These databases are huge and will satisfy the biggest fans looking for the words to even the most obscure songs.

It might be great to print off some lyrics to sing around the campfire this summer, too.

Today's Link source: Mashable's 90+ Essential Music and Audio Websites

Monday, July 9, 2007

What spices should I use?

What Spices To Use
One of the things that confuses the people the most about cooking is how to season food appropriately. A lot of people don't know how to use spices, even though they are one of the easiest ways to improve flavour.

How do you cook with cumin? How about cilantro, fenugreek or marjoram? What's in Jamaican Jerk spice, curry powder or poultry seasoning? What Spices To Use dishes in one convenient and printable chart.

Remember that fresh always beats dried herbs and spices for flavour! Enjoy the cooking!

Today's Link source:

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Explore Sacred Sites

Sacred Destinations Travel Guide

There's often something spectacular about sacred places. People are inspired to create spaces that are more meaningful than the other places where they work, live and play. This often translates into a place that is unique, complex, beautiful and timeless, and installs a sense of awe in mortals. Sacred places are some of the oldest and best preserved architectural structures in the world, and can be key to understanding the values and dreams of a culture.

Many of the sites in Sacred Destinations have photographs, maps, links to other sites, and a description and history of the place.

They have included all of the favourite sacred places I’ve been, including the torii/ arches in Fushimi Inari, Japan, the mosaics in Ravenna, Italy, the reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand, and the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada.

It’s a great site to visit when you’re planning a trip to a foreign vacation, whether that means everything you need to get started on a pilgrimage, or a few tips of great places to check out on a backpacking trip.

Today's Link source: Digg

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Live Earth Concert links

Today is July 7, 2007. It's a big day for "lucky" weddings, and it's
also the day of Al Gore's Live Earth concerts.

The Official Live Earth concert site

Streaming Video of the Live Earth concert

According to the official description,
"Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on
7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2
billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate
crisis. Live Earth will reach this worldwide audience through an
unprecedented global media architecture covering all media platforms
- TV, radio, Internet and wireless channels. Live Earth marks the
beginning of a multi-year campaign led by the Alliance for Climate
Protection, The Climate Group and other international organizations
to drive individuals, corporations and governments to take action to
solve global warming. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is the Chair
of the Alliance and Partner of Live Earth."

Friday, July 6, 2007

James the Narcoleptic Tree Trimmer

A video from YouTube of James the Narcoleptic Treecutter.  Is it for real?

Terrorism News/ Google Maps mashup

Where are the terrorists? is a mashup of news from the global war on terror with Google Maps. The news they aggregate and track includes: bombings and explosives; chemical and biological attacks; arson; suspicious events; hoaxes; assasinations, terrorism arrests; airport, railway and nautical security news; and serious events in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each news story contains a link to the original story, as well as the location of the news story on Google Maps.

While I'm not normally someone who tracks these security threats, it's shocking how many of these "terrorism events" occur every day, all over the world, by terrorists, insurgents, militants, saboteurs, vandals and the rest. Some of these stories are big news, such as the recent attack at the Glasgow airport, and some are minor that you would never otherwise hear about, such as a bomb found in a mailbox near the Canada-US border in Washington state. It's great to be able to dig deeper into a news story and have a greater understanding of the geography involved.

Today's Link source: BC Hydro PowerPioneers

Thursday, July 5, 2007

How the World Works: a globalization blog

How the World Works: Globalization, Globalization Blogs -

Wow, a blog about globalization and economics? How exciting!!
Well, actually it is if you’re more concerned about trends in the global economy and jobs, rather than the latest on Brangelina or Paris.

There are some great entries about turning French wine into ethanol, what Jesus (actually Pope Benedict) would think about globalization, how the World Bank is trying to do Web 2.0, and a "bond investment superstar" comparing hedge funds to a prostitute.

Today's Link source: the wonderful Salon

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

4th of July BBQ Recipes

Looking for a Great Barbecue Recipe? on Squidoo

Happy Fourth of July to all of our American friends! Happy summer to non-American, Northern Hemisphere friends!

Break out those barbecues and get cooking! Today's link is from the wonderful Squidoo, and has 5 great barbecue recipes. There are awesome BBQ sauce recipes, a great Dijon Mustard BBQ rub recipe, and directions how to cook amazing barbecue pork, chicken and beef ribs.

Yummy! Enjoy!

Today's Link source: Squidoo Lens of the Day

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

100 Blogs We Love

PC World – 100 Blogs We Love

The Linkjockey updates have been spotty over the past few days, but this should keep you busy in the mean time.

After some initial troubles with their post, PC World published a list of 100 Blogs We Love. Yes, there are some of the usual suspects, such as: Boing Boing , Lifehacker and 43 Folders. However, there's also the hidden gems, such as: the hilarious I Can Has Cheezburger, the culinary Slashfood, and for cool parents Daddytypes. It seems like they missed one great blog, the Linkjockey. ;)

Today's Link source: Kottke

Monday, July 2, 2007

Heads up from a nightclub bouncer

Can I See Your ID?

Why does the Bouncer (aka doorman, security, gorilla, etc) at the nightclub need to see your ID?

In this Best of Craigslist posting, a charming and literate chap from Washington DC explains why he needs to see your ID, and the best practices for getting into his drinking establishment.

Hmm... maybe I should start packing some ID.

Today's Link source:

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Happy Canada Day!

I'm away for a couple of days, and haven't been able to update. Have a
great Canada Day weekend, and listen to some Tragically Hip, Barenaked
Ladies, Sarah Mclaughlin, or K-OS.