The short version of the daily Internet

The short version of the daily Internet
Welcome, and spread the word! The Lavender Placenta is a blog bringing daily minutiae of the Internet to your doorstep, with intent on giving attention to that which deserves it. But it doesn't end there - this blog puts emphasis on user-submitted content, so that we all share together!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Soup I Made Yesterday

Something tells me, a lot of the cooking-related posts are just going to be me describing a handful of ingredients that I found in my fridge and making something delicious. More or less, this is soup you must try if you find yourself in my ingredient situation:

  • One package of beef-flavored No-Name Brand noodles
  • Turkey
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • 500 mL of water (at first)

Boil the water, then put the noodles in. Add 100 mL more of water if you feel you don't have enough. After 3 minutes, throw all your ingredients in and mix it up a bunch for about another 2-3 minutes. Throw in some salt and pepper, and any spices for your own touch of flair.

Let it cool, and then BAM! All those extra vegetables hanging around your house are suddenly (and deliciously) in your stomach.

It's a pretty simple soup. But hey -- I'm a pretty simple guy ;)

The Big L.P.

PS: I know this is a blog about the daily internet, but I cannot resist adding something that I created as a manner of contribution. Like -- c'mon, this soup is absolutely stellar!

Friday, October 15, 2010

From the Web Page Formerly Known as Devil Monkey

Warren Mann chronicles his life and times in this gas station autobiography. The novel is easily one of the best I have ever read. His language is fluid, and his descriptions are quite vivid. You will probably read very far into it before forgetting the time, much like I did when I first discovered this work of magic.

How to Lose Hours Quickly

If you ever had the internet all to yourself, you may often find that you are at a loss! With the whole world at the touch of your fingers, it can be overwhelming. So, for when you are bored, I present a couple of time-killing game sites!

1. Super Mario Flash
Have you always wanted to play a quality rip-off game? This is one of the best. It is a surefire replica with plenty of original designs, and tons of adventures to keep you playing. Pseudo Super Mario at its finest.

2. CDX: The Game
This game, while resembling other online mystery thrillers, is a pioneer in its genre. It completely forgoes video game animations in favor of a more interactive environment. The game play isn't so much about searching and clicking, but more hunting and gathering. It has a distinct feel of reality that makes it quite a top-notch game.

3. Bloons Tower Defense 4
Stopping the balloons from getting from point A to point B (the fundamental concept of all Tower Defense games) is just the top of the rabbit hole. This game gets dangerously addicting, to the point where I signed myself up for a MochiGames account and did a couple surveys JUST to buy the locked maps! And boy was it ever fun. It is the deepest of the four, with several tower types, all upgradeable to four tiers. Strategic placement is as crucial as ever in the fourth installment of this very popular series.

4. Java Hockey
What appears to be a cute little 8-bit game is actually a very deep sports game. The learning curve is steep at first, but if you're competent and creative, it can be very exhilirating. From what I gather from my research, there is also an online community dedicated to this game! You can start with rookie practices, where new players wishing to join a team go to be scouted. Then, you take part in a draft. From there, you play in a season. Stats are recorded and everything!

Well, there you have it. I tried to cover various game genres. Rest assured this won't be the last time I post a list of this variety.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Get Your Teamwork On

Our Swedish compadres have designed a free online test to depict whether or not you are capable of joining their armed forces. It's cool, and a neat little test!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Celebrating: John Lennon (embedding has been disabled by the video author).

It's good to know that thirteen million people still hear John's voice so many years after his death. If there's one thing that makes me believe in music, it's the Beatles.

So thoroughly nowadays do I doubt the ability of music to change the world for the better. I know that the music industry is bent on the concept of maximizing the cash output, such to the point where automated machines are responsible for much of popular music today. For music to thrive I believe it cannot take steps backwards like auto-tune.

I am scared for the future of musicians. It's obvious how far the overall quality of music has plummeted since its importance in the 60s. But I will always have hope, because I know hope is what drives people to success. I have high hopes for the band which I play music in. The four of us believe strongly that people will still fill the stands to see a rock and roll band, regardless of whether it's us or another band with the same ideals.

So I propose a toast to hope. Hope that this form of expression will remain that, and not a form of capitalism in motion. Happy Birthday, John Lennon.


The Big L.P.

Dig this page:
This is my band's early demo. We're working on a new one, with new songs and a cleaner approach, but until then you should check this out.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Interactive Humor

This is quite unlike anything I've seen on the internet before. I've had loads of fun typing in "eats a bear", "befriends a bear", "cleans a bear", "feeds a bear", etc. Interactive entertainment! Quite a fine piece indeed.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Guess what's just around the corner?

You probably won't guess, so I won't keep you waiting --


Hockey is back, and to commemorate, here's a highlight reel put together by me. It's a chance to see the truly amazing that happens in the world of hockey each year.

Obvious goal-of-the-year, scored while most were tallying the votes for other candidates.

This goal always gets a lot less credit than it should; the positioning of his body is almost unbelievable.

Not particularly amazing for a goal, but the meaning to Chicago fans is immeasurable. Compare to:

Except replace "Chicago" with "Canada".

I'd give you more but I don't want the front page to have a bazillion YouTube videos trying to load at once.