Archive for the Neat Category

Date of Odysseus’s return

Posted in Literature, Neat on April 16, 2010 by gvcatullus

According to historians and astronomers, Appril 16th 1178 B.C. was the date Odysseus returned to Ithaca to take out Penelope’s suitors:
“On April 16, 1178 B.C. a total eclipse blotted out the sun at high noon; astronomers know that much for certain. The other events of that day are considerably less definite, but researchers say the date may also figure large in Homer’s Odyssey, the epic tale of Odysseus’s journey home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. Using astronomical clues from the text, researchers say that Homer may have indicated that the day of the eclipse was also the day that Odysseus finally reached home–arriving just in time to slaughter his wife’s persistent suitors.”

Via Discover Blogs


Henry Miller Asleep and Awake

Posted in Henry Valentine Miller, Literature, Must See, Neat, Nerdgasm on April 15, 2010 by gvcatullus

Filmed in 1975 when Miller was 84, this 35 minute interview (directed/conducted by Tom Schiller) is a must see.  Henry Miller at 84 is charming, witty and a raconteur to rival Twain.  What makes this video so fascinating is that much of it takes place in a bathroom and yet it inspires multiple viewings.

I don’t think I want to see Wally Lamb talking about anything for more than 90 seconds and I hope he is in a suit.

There are other Miller videos in YouTube, but I think this one is the best.

Via Youtube

How do you get a scruffy-looking nerf herder clean?

Posted in Geeky, Must See, Neat on April 11, 2010 by gvcatullus

This is actually a real soap made 100% Fragrance-free and ultra gentle on skin. Made with pure olive oil, shea butter and aloe vera.

You can purchase at Luxury Lane soap.

Bear cub vs. cougar

Posted in Must See, Neat on April 10, 2010 by gvcatullus

This is a short excerpt from the 1988 French film L’OURS.  In this video a bear cub is pursued relentlessly by a cougar.

Via youtube

Blackguyver kicks ass!

Posted in Fail, Funny, Internet Meme, Must See, Neat, Nerdgasm with tags on March 22, 2010 by gvcatullus

This clip is priceless!  This guy takes random objects and demonstrates how to kick ass with them.  There is a whole series I found on Gorilla Mask.

I wonder if his assistant got paid.

Clutter tamer of the day

Posted in Geeky, Must See, Neat, Nerdgasm on March 22, 2010 by gvcatullus

Boing Boing shows how to simplify a clutter zone with a few binder clips.  Brilliant.

Via Boing Boing via the Daily What.

Remember Blowing on NES Cartridges?

Posted in 80's, Geeky, Neat, Nerdgasm, Pop culture on March 11, 2010 by gvcatullus

Remember when your SMB would not load up or was flashing, so the best technical remedy was blowing spit onto the pin connectors?  Someone on eBay has created NES cartridge harmonicas.

You can bid here

Story via Game Sniped

Update: These harmonicas are now also available on Etsy at