American Craft Beer Week (May 12-18), which is celebrated annually, highlights the industry and culture of craft beer. This year, breweries and beer makers will also recognize their collective charitable contributions. For the first time ever, the Brewers Association announced U.S. craft breweries' charitable contributions, and for 2007 they are estimated to be more than $20 million.  
Changed to a weeklong event in 2006, the inaugural American Craft Beer Week was recognized by the U.S. Congress with House Resolution 753 (PDF file). The week has continued to grow with interest and support from beer enthusiasts and the media. In 2007, more than 150 brewers registered their community celebrations at the site.  
Saw a bit for this on Colbert last night. You can hit the Events tab for local tastings and celebrations in your area. There were over 20 for California, with several in the Bay...  
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Site hosts just about any NES game I could think of. Play the games in your browser on vNES over Java. is a link site and does NOT host any ROMs. All games on assumed to be abandonware or copyleft.
Claiming to be "Japanese culture from a bemused foreign perspective", the site has a number of interesting cultural references ranging from Issei Sagawa (the Celebrity Cannibal), to tentacle sex, night crawling, and square watermelons.  
From the night crawling article:
Until quite recently in rural Japan, yobai, or “night crawling” would have been an introduction to sex for many young people. While a young woman slept, a silent intruder would creep into her room, slide behind her and make his intentions known. If she consented, they would have discrete sex until the early morning, when he would have to slip out of the house as stealthily as he had slipped in.  
NSFW due to sexual references.
From the site:  
"I started taking pictures of birds some 20 years ago, but after years of filling up my trash can with bad slides, I lost interest. My old photo equipment was collecting dust until digital photography came along. In November 2002, I traded in all of my old equipment and purchased a Nikon D100 digital camera along with a Nikkor 80-400mm VR zoom lens. I was back in business and bad images were ending up in my PC's Recycling Bin instead of the the trash can.  
I needed a goal other than taking better pictures because I knew that if I kept at it, better pictures would eventually come along. So I came up with a goal that will keep me busy for a while; to take pictures of at least 1,000 different bird species. Since there are less than 400 birds that I can get to around my house, this would also give me a reason to travel to birding hot spots around the world.  
I like to share with you some of my adventures along the way. I welcome and look forward to your input on how to make my images better, and more importantly, on how to increase my species count."
I think this is a US Army manual. The site directs questions and comments to an Army base in Alaska. I came across it looking for information on snow hiking and reading terrain conditions in the snow, but there is a whole slew of info on all different aspects of basic survival and endurance efficiency. From the site:  
This manual is designed to prepare the individual soldier and small unit commander to conduct military operations for extended periods of time under the most severe and varying cold weather climatic conditions. The doctrine and techniques in the manual are applicable in any area that has cold weather and snow with their accompanying operational problems. Troops properly trained in this doctrine and these techniques will be able to fight, live, and move in any cold weather area of the world.
From the site:  
The Unicorn Museum presents a walk through history. Designed by a noted fantasy author, this state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot museum brings the fantastical and highly implausible to life.  
A parody of the Creation Museum.
A warm welcome to Read Print, your free online library. Our website offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast. To find the book you desire to read, start by looking through the author index. If you need help with something, feel free to drop us a line.  
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A great archive of video game themed cakes.  
cc: Cake links on LF.  
Rick Leong obtained his BFA (with honors) from the University of Victoria and his MFA from Concordia University in 2007. His work has been exhibited widely across Canada in numerous group and solo shows. His work can be found in private and corporate collections including The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts & Collect’Art, as well as the Permanent Collection at the The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with the work 'Dancing Serpent. He currently lives in Montreal, Canada.  
A third generation Chinese-Canadian, Rick’s beautiful and delicate large-scale landscapes are explorations of Eastern and Western painting traditions. Contrasts and similarities morph into unique imaginary places filling the painted plane with elements of tradition, culture, style, technique, fantasy and reality.
The idea is to perform various moves on breasts. The move icons float to the screen and you must make the move before the icon disappears. Lose too many icons and the game ends.  
A really, really lame and weird internet version of tony hawk c.2003.  
NSFW due to textured and unbound bresticles.
Basically, it's an 8-bit adventure in which you are soon playing 4 mini 8-bit games at once. Very warioware style.  
All I know is that I was kicking butt then suddenly some funky fast music started playing and chaos ensued. Good luck!  
Requires Shockwave.
Welcome to Monaco
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The Grimaldi ascent began one night in 1297, when Francois Grimaldi seized the fortress of Monaco form a rival Italian faction. Disguised as a monk, he successfully led a small army into the fortress reclaiming it in the name of the Pope. The legacy of his daring victory is recorded on Monaco's coat of arms, which bears two monks brandishing swords.  
Over the next few centuries, Monaco prospered as an important port in major maritime trading routes and as a strategic naval base for European military powers that were constantly vying for control of The Rock.
Looptracks is an interactive music video created in flash; it is made up of a mixture of abstract visuals, 3D shapes and video animations, accompanied by a variety of looping electronic sounds. It's also a tonne of fun to play around with.  
Yes, that's right, a tonne. Recent thoughts on the topic of synesthesia brought me across this. I spent about an hour playing with it... I don't know if it actually ends!
That's really the only way I can describe it. I'm sure some engineers around here have more fancy-pants words for this type of thing though. This is a flash toy in which you can create 3D models, using about 28 stock shapes, in an 8x8x8 grid. You can also check out other people's models in the gallery. Fun!
Quicktime required. From the crew of C505 comes about 10 videos redone in ASCII format. The main site also has some other cool projects like ASCII_BUSH, and a remake of Joy Division's "Shadowplay", using the cover art as a basis for animation.