Friday, July 16, 2010

Five Fun Things on Friday (7-16-10)

George W. Bush with Ham, painted by Bijijoo

On Friday nights I share photos or fun things I've found around the web, starting this week with a man who's hamming it up (sorry, couldn't resist) with every U.S. president. Keep reading to see what this is about, and other fun things from the week!

Fun Thing #1: Presidential Portraits with Ham
You can't make this stuff up, and apparently an artist who goes by the name of Bijijoo has spent six months painting portraits of every U.S. president, cradling a leg of ham. If you want to know why he does it, read the interview with the man behind the ham at (And if you must have one of these presidential portraits with ham for your own walls, visit

Fun Thing #2: Who Do You Write Like?
From Twitter, if you have a sample of your writing, now there's a site that will analyze it and tell you which famous writer your own style resembles. Just go to I Write Like and paste in the sample, then decide whether you want to reveal the results.

Fun Thing #3: Maps that Changed the World
From MailOnline, I loved this collection of 10 Famous Maps That Changed the World, with Google Earth representing the present time.

Not Necessarily Fun but Interesting Thing #4: It's Getting Hotter
Sometimes I think it's just me, but from Climate Progress, evidence that the earth really is getting hotter all the time. And not surprising to anyone who's living in one of the places where temperatures have been off the charts this summer, but the first half of 2010 is breaking all the records.

Fun Thing #5: Joan Rivers
I just came home from seeing the film Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, and although her life is tragic in many ways, there were also a lot of laughs in this movie. The film crew followed Joan for a year for a candid look at her life, and what they captured is her incredible work ethic and drive to succeed, fueled by insecurity and the need for money, but also by a remarkable zest for living. I don't know that I've ever been much of a Joan Rivers fan before this, but I really enjoyed this glimpse into her life.

So those are my five things for this week, and now it's time for you to share. If you've found anything fun or otherwise remarkable in your travels around the web this week, please share the link in the comments.    If you need just a little more Friday Fun, you can use the label for Five Fun Things on Friday to see fun things I've shared on other Fridays!
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  1. Great posts, Kalyn.
    I have a very cool website to visit referred by mutual friend.
    The intro takes a little over 13 minutes, but take the time to check it out!!! Talk about amazing!! Enjoy, Sheila
    View the # 2 Introduction Hi Res first.


  2. I always love your fun things... it is a friday's fav :-)

  3. I wasn't a big Joan River's fan either, but actually got to like her more when she was on celebrity apprentice. She works with a charity bringing meals to home bound people, and I thought that was great.

    I didn't know there was a movie though!

  4. Wanda, wow! This is the first time I've heard of Wolfram Alpha.

    Sandi, thanks!

    Lydia, they cracked me up too. (And George W. Bush was the one they had on the home page, so that's why I picked him as an example.)

    Jenn, I didn't see Celebrity Apprentice, but they showed the finale in the movie, as well as the delivering meals. She seemed like a very real person in the movie, not pretentious at all.

  5. I analyzed my writing sample, and apparently I write like Margaret Atwood :D I am flattered but I know I don't!!!

    Something fun I have discovered recently on the web: this website which compiles long articles, makes for great reading.

    Love your fun Fridays, Kalyn. Have a lovely weekend.

  6. Nupur, I love Margaret Atwood! (I'm not even going to tell the author it matched me with. Needless to say, I wish I had gotten Margaret Atwood.) is very interesting. So many interesting things online, I'm sure we'll never discover them all.

  7. I've been dying to see that Joan Rivers movie. Now I'm really going to go.

  8. The Joan Rivers movie was so worth seeing. I was very surprised how much my thoughts about her changed.

  9. Loved the "I Write Like" link! Who's writing style did your writing sample come up with? I did several of my posts, with the most bringing back Stephen King, but I also got Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut, once each.

    I also loved the ham pics! :) I need to go back now and read the interview with the artist though.

    Thanks for sharing your links!

  10. I'm never going to tell which author my writing style came up with! Let's just say it wasn't exactly my favorite author. (I only did it once, maybe I need to try again!)


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