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From the internet video invasion, we have Mr. and Mrs. Bender exploring the new field of straightness, and from A Liam Show we have a teenager getting what she wants. Both set to techno and both addicting views.

Looking over the latest WordPress themes, here's the ones I really dig:

Found through the latest theme competition. (Link courtesy o' Courtney)

Also, someone's take on the top 10 WordPress plugins. (Link courtesy o' cygnoir's delicious

Fun article from the SF Gate on real-life ghost hunters and a weekend conference held in Mendocino, in two parts. Sounds fun, actually, and I say this as someone who doesn't believe in ghosts. (I'm sure they're running into something, I just don't know what.) Lots of fun moments from the weekend:

After the lights come on, Sarah Disparti looks at what her camera captured and is wildly excited about a few images of brightly colored lights in the darkness. The group quickly hooks up the computer they travel with, and when the images are downloaded and displayed, there is disappointment in the first few.

"What do you think this is?" asks Young to the excited teen.

"A ghost?" she asks eagerly.

"No, honey — it's a reflection of your flash."

But at the last image — bursts of light in purple, pink and white — there is a resounding "ahhh!" Even the pragmatic Young is impressed. This is the mother lode for ghost hunters.

Dee Disparti hugs her daughter. "My little medium," she smiles.

One of the organizations mentioned in the article, Ghost Trackers, based in Santa Clara, has a radio show and a podcast. I think I'm going to have to finally sit down and set up something to grab some feeds…

While I was in the hospital recovering from burst-appendix surgery, Brandon drew me. Holy crap. Thanks so much, Brandon.

CNET gives a write-up to one of my favorite city-ranging games going on now. And they say I took one of the game's tasks "seriously" when they used a photo of my lantern-wallet. Hell yeah, I took it seriously, I was going for bonus points. And it paid off.

To one of the architects behind alternate-reality games, however, "SF0" has some of the same kinds of multimedia elements but provides players with an all-new game mechanic.

"It's more in the category of urban superhero gaming, because they're not really doing a narrative," said Jane McGonigal, a lead designer at 42 Entertainment, which has made several of the best-known alternate-reality games. "I really like the modular missions. You can do them any time and at any place, and that's really different from ARGs, which tell you what to do and where to do it."

Lucky me, lucky Eris! Last weekend we went to the St. Stupid's Day parade and ran into our pal Scott o'Squid, who snapped a picture of us. Turns out that photo was Scott's 10,000th picture uploaded to Flickr. Damn. Given that he's taken that many photos in 13 months, that's really something.

I do. Without any irony.

But at their most put-on-the-spot, they are really funny.

And I forgot I can't embed YouTube videos on a WordPress.com weblog, so click over yonder, young internet seekers.

Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog. Not much more to say, really. 

How far can mashups go? For you San Franciscans, here’s a map of public bathrooms, with ratings.