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Friday, January 19, 2007

Distractionfest 2007: fifth day (Whew! We've made it!)

Well, here we are, friends, at day five of Distractionfest. It's been a great week: we've seen some new things, had a few laughs -- and I'd like to think we've learned a little something too (not least, that I have no compunction extending out a joke two or three days beyond its natural lifespan.).

So without further ado, here are today's features:

Kevin 'The Nalts' Nalty, web video director extraordinaire, has constructed a website with all of you cubicle dwellers in mind: Cube Break.* He also has a blog, entitled Will Video for Food, on which you can find more videos. The ones where he talks about his company provide a few chuckles.

But even funnier in the video category is the feature entitled Ask A Ninja. If you've tried Ask Amy or Ann Landers and you're still looking for life guidance, The Ninja is your friend. Each video features him answering questions mailed into him by viewers. Much better than John Belushi's old 'Samurai Advice Columnist'!

Picking up this week's developing theme of travels in America: If you were considering a trip to America and were having trouble deciding between the Westin and the substantially-cheaper competition (often name 'the Breezewood Inn'), then check out Motel Hell. The blogger documents the last 80 years or so of motel accomodations in America through his collection of old motel postcards. It's kitsch! It's schlock! You'll plotz!

Finally, let's return to where it all began: Chicago, Illinois, with a website featuring art along Western Avenue (the world's longest street). The art is not 'connoisseur's' art, but rather the art of everyday life, and outsider art, particularly as found in many working class and immigrant neighbourhoods of Chicago. It's actually really fascinating and a neat look at a vast cross section of the real city. And if this tempts you to want to visit Chicago, but you're less than flush, the Chicago Tribune has an article for you today, entitled "Chicago on $5 or less". Just think, with the strength of the pound, that's actually only £2.60!

So that's all for this year. Look for Distractionfest 2008 next year -- unless, that is, I get distracted.


Oh, and James: you're welcome.



*(I've only seen a couple of videos there, and it looked okay -- if there's offensive stuff buried there, let me know and I'll remove the link.)

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2 Comments:

Blogger James Lark said...

Thankyou upon thankyou Jason - you have actually provided more distraction than I can quite cope with, so I'm having to find other distractions to procrastinate from the serious matter of following all of your links. Thus you have taken me into a whole new realm of distraction, for which I will remain eternally grateful.

Friday, January 19, 2007 10:18:00 AM  
Blogger Dan Morehead said...

Ahh...Chicago. Go Bears!

Sunday, January 21, 2007 1:48:00 PM  

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