thinglets: Two Girls Married to Frogs

Well, when you thought you'd heard it all, something appears in the far periphery of your radar that just doesn't seem to make any sense. With this in mind, I offer up the lead from the article entitled "Two Girls Married Off to Frogs":

In a bizarre ritual, two minor girls, both seven, from the remote Pallipudupet village in Tamil Nadu's Villupuram district were married off to frogs on Friday night. The ceremony, an annual feature during the Pongal (harvest) festival, is conducted "to prevent the outbreak of mysterious diseases in the village."

I figure if we were, for years, ready to accept the marriage of Miss Piggy and Kermit, this isn't too far of a stretch... I fear, however, that California may have to set up another Prop referendum to make sure this doesn't happen in that state.

No word in on whether any of the frogs have turned into Prince or the frog formerly known as Prince.

Frog Prince

thinglets: Sesame Surrealism

Within the context of watching Sesame Street as a child, most of their short cartoon clips seemed completely normal. Outside of such a context these clips are small surreal bits that seem better matched with Sprockets than Sesame.


...and just because I couldn't resist, the Count's origin with Cookie
Monster. The best part - Cookie's exit at the very end!

thinglets: the photomosaic dictionary (80 million pic mashup)

I can't begin to express how awestruck I am in the sheer scope of this project. I've always been a fan of photomosaics and while this is abstraction at the macro level, the micro level is... well, really micro.

From the MIT website:

"We present a visualization of all the nouns in the English language arranged by semantic meaning. Each of the tiles in the mosaic is an arithmetic average of images relating to one of 53,464 nouns."

Their goal is to train computer to "see" better and distinguish objects in photos; you can help to add to the project by doing some community label/tag work on some of the images.

The link to the project is here.

The link to the 3.7Mb jpg image that is the result of the project so far is here. The link to the 3.5Gb tar file containing ALL the images in the project is here.


thinglets: pulp sci-fi novel art

I don't know why the thinglets of the last couple of days have veered to comics and sci-fi. Maybe it's just my own inner geek getting the better of me. I've always been a fan of pulp fiction (the film too, but the books just the same. In fact it's this affection that drew me to purchase some 30 pulp espionage books over the holidays (some as low as 30 cents each). has posted a neat visual list of some very cool 50s and 60s pulp sci-fi covers... makes me yearn for the used book store.

My fav on the list, probably due to a combination of title and design, is below... kinda reminds me of PixelJunk Eden.

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