Friday, March 30, 2007

Caption Contest Winner

Grats, Raggedy Angst, you're our winner this week!

See the original image here.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Exercise is Tedious

Talking to a friend on the phone, walking back to their bike: "Geez, my bike is a million miles away! Oh, there it is..."

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

ContactName is now online!

Notes on starting up an IM client you haven't used in a long time.

Pros: You can get in touch with people you haven't talked to in a while.

Cons: You can get in touch with people you haven't talked to in a while.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Caption Contest

Another week, another picture. Have fun!

Caption contest

"I have GOT to do something about this hair."

Friday, March 23, 2007

Caption Contest Winner

Congratulations to Ash for her winning entry this week.

New picture on Monday!

See the original image here.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Background Noise

I'm a big fan of background noise, because it can help cover annoying little noises that you'd otherwise hear.

For example, since I drink a lot of liquid, I visit the restroom at work fairly regularly. And it gets a lot of traffic. Several times a day, someone rushes in, hastily enters a stall and immediately gets down to business.

I work with some great people. But there are some sounds you really don't need to hear. So could we please get some Muzak® in the bathroom? Oh, and a stronger fan.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Internet Lingo

I spend a LOT of time online, whether surfing the web, playing games, reading forums, or chatting. And there's one thing you learn when you do that: people that spend a lot of time online have a language all their own.

But I also have "traditional" friends. You know, the ones that spend more time in meatspace than cyberspace. And sometimes I forget which space I'm in and let some online lingo fly. Which then leads to complicated explanations of terms and expressions and how they came to be.

For example, I say "Oh, really?" a lot. But I don't say it the way you just read it there, I say it the way it's written online. And, out of habit, I expect the proper response. So, for the sake of my friends that didn't know what I was talking about, here are the "Oh really" owls.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Caption Contest

Here's another picture for you.

Caption contest picture

"This is going to be a stinker!"

Friday, March 16, 2007

Caption Contest Winner

Congratulations to Flea, this week's winner. Come back Monday for another picture!

See the original image here.

Different Venue, Same Experience

At work we have these amazing Starbucks® coffee machines. You push a few buttons to select the size and coffee you want, then the machine grinds the beans from the hopper and brews you a fresh cup of Starbucks coffee while you wait. Awesome.

I just went to get another of my many daily java injections, and there were several people waiting, either for their cup to be brewed or for their turn at the machines. So I said, "Wow, a line. This is just like a real Starbucks!"

Yeah, sometimes I go for the easy ones.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

A Crowd of Uniques

Dear Kids, er... Young Adults,

I know you think you're hip and in-touch because you use myspace. Hell, even old people in their 30s are using it now. But guess what? It's run by The Man. You're just making money for the suits with your social networking and angst.

The Grownups

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Overheard in the hallway at work, regarding a computer order: "We only have ten quad-cores coming? I'm sure they'll just sit here for a month, too."

<cries at all the wasted potential>

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Not Quite Irony

Normally, the overcast and rainy skies of Seattle are perfect for computer geeks such as myself, who like it dark and prefer their illumination to come from the soft glow of computer monitors. But as spring approaches, the blinding orb in the sky makes more and more ocular incursions.

So this morning, to the annoyance of those without window offices, I pulled the blinds because it was too bright.

Daylight Savings Time means that now the sun will glint off my computer game posters much longer in the evening, until the sweet comforting cloak of darkness makes everything right again.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Monday, Groggy Monday

Twice a year, I am amused by the reactions people have in response to the time change, and today is no different. Today I have experienced:

  • An amazingly easy commute due to 50% less traffic than normal.

  • A practically empty workplace, even accounting for the normal "start late, stay late" syndrome.

  • People complaining about adapting to the new time.

  • Twice a year, it seems that the universe is tilted on its side and people are thrown into the Twilight Zone. They claw and fight against the visible tears in the fabric of reality, to no avail.

    Um, you guys know it's only an hour, right? I mean, you get more jet lag just flying from one coast to the other, and you seem to recover from that just fine. Apparently, some people's grip on reality is a little too tight.

    Caption Contest

    Time to get creative again! See what you can do with this picture:

    Caption contest picture

    A little tequila goes a long way.

    Friday, March 09, 2007

    First Caption Contest Complete!

    I picked the caption for the first weekly image. Congrats to DK! Honorable mention goes to Rod for the "hair on your chest" one. Come back Monday for an all new image!

    See the original image here.

    Do what now?

    I know the time change to Daylight Savings Time comes early this year. I know a lot of people are dealing with technical issues relating to updating systems that don't get memos from Congress. But it makes me wonder if technology has gone a bit too far when I get an email at work titled "Action Required - Reboot of IP Phone" detailing a seven-step process to follow.

    The good news is, now I know the password for my phone's Advanced Settings menu.

    Thursday, March 08, 2007

    By Mollusk He Bundestag

    Spam, that cancer on the internet, uses ever-changing techniques to outsmart the anti-spam software thrown up in front of it. The most amusing one, to me, is the use of random-word subjects (which get filtered into my spam folders anyway). Even though I loathe spammers with every fiber of my being, I still get a kick out of some of the message subjects. And yes, the title of this post is one such spam.

    The best one of all time (so far, anyway): burglar mastadons of 9

    Tuesday, March 06, 2007


    I think they should remove the word "hirsute" from the dictionary and replace it with "hair suit". They pretty much sound the same anyway.

    Monday, March 05, 2007

    Caption Contest

    Time for a totally ripped-off but still awfully fun new feature, the weekly caption contest. I'll put up an image each Monday, and you post your best caption quote in the comments. I'll announce the winner on Friday.

    This week's image:

    Caption contest picture

    Local commuters start riding bus - most can no longer bear the traffic.

    Friday, March 02, 2007

    Expectations, Meet Reality

    There's something about most accents that makes them sound exotic. Maybe it's because they're different, so foreign. Maybe it's because we don't hear them as often, even in today's international interconnected world.

    Today at lunch, I heard an Australian accent, one of my favorites. I glanced towards the speaker out of reflex and... he was ethnically Asian.

    Mind = blown.

    Thursday, March 01, 2007

    The Banana Miracle

    If you peel a banana, then break off a chunk an inch or two long, it can rather easily be separated along its longitudinal axis into three equal pie-shaped sections.

    Be careful not to slip on the peel whilst agog with open-mouthed amazement.