What Do Nietzsche and the Easter Bunny Have in Common?

Who can resist getting a bargain? Certainly not I. How much better is a bargain when you pay absolutely nothing? Is that not the piece de resistance of the bargain world? I've run across quite a few interesting free things online recently so today we're going to take a look at some of them. I've got some interesting papercraft from various parts of the world as well as lots and lots of free audiobooks. You can listen while you work! And of course we've got our one paragraph review, this time of a free computer game.

LibriVox, a terrific site for getting free audiobooks, went on a veritable spree last month and posted seventy new books! They include some of my very favorites, Pride and Prejudice, as well as The Monkey's Paw, the first story that scared me half to death. There are so many works available at this site you could be busy for months. You can skip from the perennial cheerfulness of Pollyanna to the very different writings of Nietzsche and move on to Jules Verne, Sherlock Holmes and The Wonderful World of Oz. Have you ever heard the expression read the riot act? Now you can have read the story behind the expression and have the actual legalese read to you without having to worry about being arrested right afterwards. The site for all this wonderfulness is found here.

I know there's a little part of you that's been moping because you wanted a beautiful and easy to make bunny basket in which to store a few Easter eggs. Thankfully the Toymaker has come to your rescue. This one features a lovely bunny with bendy ears while this one is a riot of color and flowers. Before you leave the Toymaker's site you might want to download this dancing fairie who can dance one of two ways; on your pencil when you blow on her or out in your garden on a spring breeze. If you're like some of my neighbors you know that you can't have too many things spinning and tinkling in the garden.

In keeping with the Easter and papercraft theme we move on to a project inspired by an island discovered on Easter Sunday. This model of one of the nearly 900 maoi statues found so far on Easter Island is suitably mysterious and intriguing. The Canon site has some other awfully nifty downloads including this Sphinx and the Statue of Liberty. Did you know that sphinx means strangler? I had forgotten that when the Sphinx asked the question about what walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three in the evening he strangled everyone who got it wrong. Now there's a game show for you!

If you're feeling particularly crafty you may want to try your hand at this absolutely lovely lotus, available from a Russian member of Live Journal. While the bulk of the directions are in Russian the step-by-step instructions are also in English.

Turning away from spring and back to Easter for a moment, nicebunny.com has three new papercraft bunnies just in time for the holiday. There's a Samurai, a tagger and a dj. These bunnies look like lots of fun and chances are you will be the only one the block to have them. If you submit a photo of your finished artwork you can get a free sticker.

Of course no Easter is complete without a pink bunny with incredibly long ears and large limpid eyes. Chao Laboratories has just such a rabbit available for free on this page. Scroll down past the radio, the television, the grumpy gorilla. Don't stop at the charming seal; keep going until you get to the next model, the bunny in question. I would not go to sleep with this thing on the nightstand staring at you. It might give you some unpleasant dreams of being surrounded by needy animals that can't articulate their desires.

One-Paragraph Review

This week's one-paragraph review is from Cam the White Tiger, who has this to say about the online gaming site battleon.com "The game is known as AdventureQuest, an RPG where you collect items and go on quests. There are also different classes. You start out as a fighter, a thief or a mage. As you progress you get special classes such as pirate, dragon slayer, etc. The game is a lot of fun and, despite playing for years, I still haven't beaten it completely." Have you got a one-paragraph (or smaller) review? Send it in to me and I'll run the most interesting ones. You can reach me at feedback@qualitytimeweekly.com.