Grats, Raggedy Angst, you're our winner this week!
See the original image here.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 1:25 PM
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 8:35 AM
Monday, March 19, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 9:08 AM
Thursday, March 15, 2007
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:18 AM
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 9:41 AM
Monday, March 12, 2007
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:
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 1:27 PM
Friday, March 09, 2007
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 8:31 AM
Thursday, March 08, 2007
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
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:00 AM
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
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:
Posted by NuclearToast at 2:16 PM
Friday, March 02, 2007
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 1:14 PM