Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

Have a safe and sane evening. See you next year!

Caption Contest

Caption contest

A pint a day keeps the Doctor away!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Caption Contest Winner

Yay, I win again!

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Activity Corner

Sorry for the short list this week, not a lot happening on the intartubes, what with the holidays and all. See you next week to finish off 2007!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

It's Like Ray-eee-ain...

You know how so many items we purchase today come in those impossible-to-open sealed plastic packages? The ones where you try to cut them open with a pair of (pretty beefy) scissors or a bigass knife? Well, I got this cool Christmas present that is one of those it's-about-time sort of deals, the amazing plastic package opener!

The kicker? Guess how it was packaged.

One package of irony, please!

(Click for biggerness.)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Happy Holidays! I left you a present...

Scary Santa

Every year, partents take their kids to sit on Santa's lap and get their picture taken. And every year, some kids get totally freaked out. Luckily, we can laugh at them from the safety of our computers.

Enjoy the Scary Santa gallery.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Caption Contest Winner

There is no winner this week, due to lame entries. So I used my own caption. Don't like it? See if you can do better next week!

See the original image here.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Activity Corner

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sunrise, Sunset...

Tomorrow we celebrate the Winter Solstice. Not celebrate as in dancing around trees like druid hippies, but celebrate as in the psychological victory of knowing that the days are going to start getting longer as we head inexorably towards summer. Yes, the first day of winter, and we're already thinking about summer.

Now, some might say, "But Nuke, my calendar says the first day of winter is Saturday!" Which is true if you live in an east-coast-centric universe. However, here in Seattle, winter starts at 10:08pm PST tomorrow night, so there.

Talk of the solstice got me to wondering. We all know that the first day of winter is the shortest day of the year (for most of us, anyway). But how do actual hours of sunlight/darkness map out to actual sunrise and sunset times? You might be surprised; I know I was.

According to this chart at the Pacific Science Center, the latest sunrise occurs in winter, at 7:58am, from December 30th through January 3rd. That's a good week after the solstice! Also, the summer solstice occurs around June 21st, but the latest sunset, at 9:11pm (don't forget to factor in Daylight Savings Time) goes from June 21st through June 30th.

Who says you can't learn anything from the internet?

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

What's Your Who Name?

You know, from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Here's how you find out.

  1. Go to this site. Yeah, it's that old.

  2. Click the "Enter Site" link.

  3. In the pop-up window, drag the magnifying glass thingy left to City Hall, then click the Who Name bit.

Mine is Nostalgic Nuclear Tappy-two-Who.

Internet Sensations

Where are they now?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

One week to go...

The presents are all purchased, the work load is small... what's a geek to do?

Go to this site and download Crayon Physics. It's an amazingly simple and fun game that will get your brain a-goin'. (And help pass the time until <squeeee> CHRISTMAS!)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Doth thith color math my thirt?

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Raggedy Angst.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Activity Corner

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Worst Headline Ever

As you may or may not know, singer, songwriter and pioneering rock musician Ike Turner passed away yesterday. The worst headline ever written in the history of printed news announced the fact on The New York Post:
Ike 'Beats" Tina to Death.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

World Domination, Part Deux

After the previous game of Risk, my officemate designed a new, local edition of Risk for us to play. Crappy cellphone picture, but you get the idea:

Risk, local edition

Christmas Tree... Solved!

All I need is one of these insta-trees and no more Christmas tree hassles!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


The term "not safe for work" and its corresponding initialism "NSFW" has been used for years on the web to indicate something that probably shouldn't be seen and/or heard at the office, or possibly even at home.

Now comes word that social networking site has filed a US Trademark registration for the term.

That's the craziest thing since Microsoft® trademarked Windows® (but not windows).

Monday, December 10, 2007

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Before Proactiv; after Proactiv.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Rod. Nicely done!

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Activity Corner

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Yoda Pizza

Yoda pizza
Impressed me, they did, yeeesssss.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Yearly Rudolph

I can't help it, I love the Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Trivia: It was first aired on December 6, 1964 on NBC. I watched it again last night (after not seeing it for a couple of years) and was reminded how timeless the story is even after 43 years. There are funny bits for young and old alike to enjoy. One thing is certain: Yukon Cornelius is the most badass inhabitant of Christmastown.

The only thing that struck me is the romance between Rudolph and Clarice. Why was she drawn to him? He did absolutely nothing to attract her; in fact, he was anything but enticing. Maybe he was some sort of buff-teen-idol-template reindeer, a fact that is lost on this human.

I found a lot of interesting facts about the show from its wikipedia entry.

My vote for best quote goes to this exchange:
  Yukon Cornelius: This fog is thick as peanut butter!
  Hermey: You mean "pea soup".
  Yukon Cornelius: You eat what you like, and I'll eat what I like!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Soda Jerk

At my work there are large standing coolers loaded with soft drinks. You know the kind: sliding glass doors and lots of wire shelves. These coolers have cans stacked two-high on each shelf. That means a lot of cans.

Half-assed grab at a soda + wire shelves with perfectly-spaced gaps + domino theory = loud sustained crash as the ENTIRE SHELF of cans fall over inside the cooler.

Once the embarrassment of the moment is over, you realize with great relief that the loud crash handily masked the F-bomb you dropped.

Monday, December 03, 2007

O Tannen@&%$

This weekend I tried to put up my Christmas tree. It's pretty nice; about 3 feet tall, two pieces that snap together, a ton of lights already on it. Easy, right?

Apparently, not so much. The retarded stand (and I use that word loosely) just wouldn't stay together. The one time I thought I had it actually working, I snapped on the top half of the tree only to watch it lazily fall over as the stand slowly gave way.

Score so far: Christmas - 1, NT - 0.

Caption Contest

Caption contest

"Well, I used to be pretty open minded about things..."

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is weebat, with a great tie-in to the Doors song.

See the original image here.