Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mea Culpa

I've been informed by both Eric and Irrelephant that I was guilty of inadvertent plagiarism in my last post. Apparently a laser-eyed Lincoln Memorial has already been done. On Ren and Stimpy.

Truly, I am standing on the shoulders of giants.

At any rate, Mea Culpa.

I've thought all my life that Mea Culpa meant "I'm sorry." I learned a couple years ago, from a Frank McCourt book I think, that it actually means "I'm guilty." A subtle but profound difference.

Oh, you nutty, nutty Catholics.

Random gleanings from the web.

Crayon physics
. The goal is to move the ball to the star. How? Drop rocks. Make levers and ramps. Axles and wheels. Catapults. The demo is free. You will waste hours on this. You have been warned.

Random kitten generator
. Pretty self explanatory. And cute.

The Megapenny Project
. Explains really big numbers visually, using pennies. And cows. I think I stole this from Bad Astronomy.

EtherPad. Collaborative real time text editing. A little geeky, but very cool for on-line collaboration.


Eric Shonkwiler said...

I needed the kittens today. Thanks.

Irrelephant said...

I needed a really large catapult and about thirty pounds of raw hamburger, but thanks for the thought...

Noel said...

I also thought that mea culpa meant I am sorry. But culpa made me think of culprit or culpable.

But hey, Ren & Stimpy had something going for it, right? Too many cartoons are trying to mimic the gross out factor of it.

Victoria Gothic said...

I quite liked the laser eyed Lincoln idea, and do not accredit it to anyone other than you, Clowncar. And Mea Culpa, I had no idea what it meant, so you learn new things every day. I must say, I really loved the Megapenny Project. Fun fun fun, and I'm totally looking into the EtherPad. Thanks.

Clowncar said...

We are all kittens, all the time at our house, Eric. Glad to oblige.

Huh? Totally lost me there, Irr. Is that some Ren and Stimpy reference?

Noel, all my cartoon references are old-school Warner Brothers. And Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Glad you dug the Megapenny thing, Vic. The real time-suck in that list is Crayon Physics.