Mike's Politics

December 2004

Just a matter of balance

By tmichael on December 27, 2004 8:31 AM

I thought this Bad Day series of photos was interesting, though I am not sure if the last one isn't fake.

May 2004

Yeti and Penguin

By tmichael on May 15, 2004 5:49 PM

Here are more penguin games YETI SPORTS by chris hilgert powered by edelweiss medienwerkst.at. This appears to be the source of the pengiun baseball I linked to earlier.

Baby Names

By tmichael on May 15, 2004 5:13 PM

Ever wondered about Popular baby names? Check it out and see where you fall.

Well Done funny flash animation

By tmichael on May 15, 2004 4:53 PM

A newsletter I subscribe to sent a link to this Bug this guy with your cursor.

Very cool use of flash animation.

February 2004

Source of Dialect Data

By tmichael on February 21, 2004 8:26 AM

If you took the quiz, go to the Dialect Survey Results to see many other dialect differences.

You sound like you're from...

By tmichael on February 21, 2004 8:16 AM

Take the Yankee or Dixie quiz and learn where your pronunciation makes you sound like you are from.

January 2004

Penguin Ball

By tmichael on January 23, 2004 6:35 PM

My brother sent me a link to an addictive little web game at smack the pingu!!! (Yes i ripped it). In it you control a Yeti that is hitting a penguin like a baseball for distance.

Seems it is a new internet phenomenom. I found that it is also at smack the pingu!!!. I wonder where it originated?

My longest distances are 490 in the air and 588.3 with a skipping penguin.

December 2003

Top X Lists

By tmichael on December 23, 2003 4:47 PM

Go to (((oooo))) Fimoculous.com: Feeding Time for as complete a list of top lists of the year as you are likely to find.

I enjoyed reviewing many of them.

Interesting Airplane Insight

By tmichael on December 17, 2003 12:42 PM

While browsing the web, I found a link to Watch World War II Aircraft Videos Live On Line at the Zenoplex.

I have always been fascinated by WWII aircraft. It is cool to see some of the details that the pilots had to know to fly them.

September 2003

Great Architectural Photographs

By tmichael on September 2, 2003 6:21 PM

A good friend of mine has a subsection of the Smithsonian's website devoted to a series of pages she created using photographs she took of the old Patent Office building that is being restored. Please take some time to go see Amy Boles' pictures of "A Different Light".

August 2003

Chess in the computer age

By tmichael on August 29, 2003 11:56 AM

This page, Blizzard Chess, very accurately demonstrates what would happen to chess if it were owned by a video game company.

For non-gamers, it is important to know that many video game companies release program changes called patches. While some patches are used to correct program errors, often they are use to change the game to make it more "balanced."

Great Comic Strip

By tmichael on August 25, 2003 9:01 AM

Check out this new web based political cartoon at Day By Day by Chris Muir.

July 2003

4th of July

By tmichael on July 2, 2003 4:50 PM

My brother sent me a link, Lady Liberty Fireworks that is fun to play with. Try it for yourself.

June 2003

Microsimulation of road traffic

By tmichael on June 25, 2003 2:30 PM

I really like the simulation of traffic flow at Microsimulation of road traffic.

Settlers of Catan

By tmichael on June 10, 2003 3:57 PM

Here is a link to an online version of a great board game:

Java Settlers of Catan - BETA

May 2003

Tire Toss Game

The game at tiretoss is very simple, yet somehow very addicting. You should check it out.

April 2002

Funny headline

As Slate said, "Wanna marry your cousin? The New York Times says go right ahead." Few Risks Seen to the Children of 1st Cousins

June 2001


By tmichael on June 17, 2001 6:30 PM

Google is my favorite search engine although I tend to install their IE toolbar when possible, so I don't visit the search page often.

Tao of Gaming -- Board Games

By tmichael on June 17, 2001 6:28 PM

https://taogaming.wordpress.com/ is my high school friend Brian's web site that has his very extensive writings on games and gaming. I think you will find it definitive.


By tmichael on June 17, 2001 5:44 PM

www.pricegrabber.com is my favorite site for tracking the price of a random piece of computer hardware.


By tmichael on June 17, 2001 5:38 PM


The free personalizable portal has become ubiquitous in recent years, but yahoo was the best one back when they were rare. As a result I have customized it more than any of the others. Feel free to try reaching me at my email address there. My username is tmichael. Be warned that I have given it out in so many places that your message could get lost in the spam.