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Friday, June 29, 2007
- Mac or PC rap spoof.
- Moby Dick is fiction, but the white humpback whale off Australia is real.
- Flying is bad enough these days without having to endure the worst seat on the plane.
- Goonies of the Caribbean. The title says it all.
- World's longest and fastest zip line.
- A fabulous lesson on how to solve problems.
- Everybody has encountered the Ketchup Problem. You know, full bottle, can't get it to come out. Learn how to overcome the Ketchup Problem.
- Can you jetski with a snowmobile? Yes.
- Daft (and deft) Hands.
Edit: Same song, different dance.
Posted by NuclearToast at 9:56 AM
What's worse than getting a cold? Getting a cold and sharing it with your significant other.
What's worse that getting a cold and sharing it? Getting and sharing a cold at the beginning of the summer. Summer!
What's worse that getting and sharing a cold in the summer? Getting a cold at the same time you have seasonal allergies. And not knowing what combination (if any) of cold and allergy medicine you should take.
Posted by NuclearToast at 8:52 AM
Thursday, June 28, 2007
The video I posted here has come to be known as The Dramatic Prairie Dog (in spite of initially being misidentified as a chipmunk) and has taken the internet by storm. You can even get a t-shirt.
And now, someone has created a website just for all the knockoff videos spawned by the original. It's called, predictably, dramaticprairiedog.com. (You can even see the Japanese show the original footage comes from.)
Posted by NuclearToast at 4:56 PM
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The company where I work offers incentives for alternative transportation. So, with free pass in hand, I started riding the bus to work this week. There are a lot of personal and ecological motivations, but the big two are, 1) it takes about the same amount of time, car versus bus; and 2) I have a bad case of traffic Tourette's when I drive.
Quick recap of my accumulated total of three rides:
1. Tried to get on the wrong bus for the morning commute. Bus driver misses a stop, and later goes the wrong way down a one-way street.
2. Tried to get on the wrong bus again in the afternoon.
3. Kid with earphones sings along, extremely intermittently, and rushes to door at every stop to spit, due to the huge wad of dip deforming his bottom lip.
Although, I know it'll become second nature soon enough. That's when you experience the real joys, like being lulled to sleep by the gentle, rumbling ride and missing your stop.
Posted by NuclearToast at 2:52 PM
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
The company where I work promotes healthy living. They actually just announced a new program where they'll deliver sandwiches and salads to you for lunch, so you don't have to eat processed snack machine microwave food. Also, I work with a lot of computer geeks. So it was all the funnier when I just overheard this conversation:
Worker1: I don't believe it. The kitchen has two kinds of low-calorie sugar substitute, but no actual sugar.
Worker2: I guess you could always buy a candy bar from the snack machine and stir it in your coffee.
Edit: Rod, this is just for you.
Posted by NuclearToast at 8:12 AM
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Home theater systems are nothing new. But buying actual props from Star Trek shows and movies to recreate them in your home theater is. Check out the article, and click View Slideshow to see the pictures.
Ah, Robot Chicken. If you haven't seen this show, it's action figures plus stop-motion animation plus comedy genious. If you have seen it, you'll enjoy their Star Wars skit medley with lots of references fans will recognize.
Edit: I forgot to add the map of the Star Wars galaxy.
Posted by NuclearToast at 8:34 AM
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I went to a concert this weekend. (If you know me, you know my obsession.) I have to say, you know you're getting old when the noise is too much. And I don't mean the music, I mean the constant screaming. The screaming is so loud, it almost obscures the concert.
At least, I think that's what the lady next to me was trying to tell me. I couldn't hear her very well over the sound of my screaming.
Posted by NuclearToast at 8:35 AM
Monday, June 18, 2007
It seems the 1957 Belvedere unearthed on Friday didn't weather the years too well. Apparently the concrete vault filled with water, causing the car to rust and all included items decompose. The separately-sealed time capsule, however, kept its contents in pristine shape. Here's the recap, with videos here.
Posted by NuclearToast at 9:25 AM
Friday, June 15, 2007
- Lake and island combinations.
- A look at Batman's new suit from the upcoming movie.
- The controversy of whether or not you can clean a computer keyboard in a dishwasher continues.
- How to make bacon placemats.
- Shatner's classic recording as a psychedelic video: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
- My, what a huge tongue you have!
- A great CGI animated short called The Hunt.
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:26 AM
Thursday, June 14, 2007
If you're not doing anything tomorrow night, you might want to tune in to KOTV. That's because they'll be streaming the opening of a time capsule. What's so special about this one? It's a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere. It should be interesting see what shape the car is in after fifty years underground.
In the movie Back to the Future, Doc gave Marty some amazing from-the-future Nike shoes that self-closed. There is an online movement to make those shoes become a reality. Join in at McFly 2015.
Posted by NuclearToast at 1:16 PM
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Awareness bracelets have become popular, especially among the young. While the yellow Live Strong ones seem to be most prevalent, there are a variety of colors and supported causes for the bracelets (much like those magnetic ribbons). But I wonder, when someone wears an awareness bracelet, is it an advertisement to others or a reminder to one's self about something?
You see, I have what I've described as "raging apathy". So when I wear this, it's more a warning sign than anything else.
(I love the neutral gray color; it matches my geekskin almost exactly.)
Raggs has come to the brink of physical violence just for the way I point at it when I don't care about something. Which is a lot.
Posted by NuclearToast at 2:06 PM
Friday, June 08, 2007
Time for some more mindless Friday fun!
- The top 5 Jedi college fight videos.
- The Czech Skoda with wooden wheels. Yes, actual tree cross-sections!
- Among other things, Jeff Victor draws a lot of "bubblehead" Star Wars characters on his blog.
- Take the excellent German film The Downfall, add the recent controversy of Microsoft dropping the Xbox 360 banhammer on lots of folks, and you get the very funny Adolf Hitler: Gamer video. Warning: Lots of subtitled expletives.
- Sure, it's a promotional game, but an amazingly-rendered computer board game. Get the Glass.
- It's super geeky! A fan with LEDs on the blades allows you to make moving images. Watch the video on the product page.
- In case you haven't seen it, Mr. Lee used a digital camera to see what his cat does all day. It's the cat cam.
- Lego art.
- Bored at work? Challenge your officemates to a game of wikigroaning.
Posted by NuclearToast at 9:38 AM
Thursday, June 07, 2007
There are many benefits to a healthy lifestyle. With that in mind, I bring you today's Fitness Corner.
Check your fitness/freaky quotient with the Exercise Equipment or Sex Toy Quiz. (Be careful of the "answer" sites, some NSFW.)
And try not to get too hungry reviewing the Visual Guide to Healthy Snacks.
Posted by NuclearToast at 8:42 AM
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The powers-that-be have unveiled the logo for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Despite a wonderful corpdesignspeak press release, the reaction has been lukewarm at best. At a cost of around $800,000 to design, some people think the money was wasted. Of course, the internet responds with witty satire (such as this, this, this and this).
I have to admit that I was so taken aback, it took me a day to even see what the logo symbolizes.
Update: The BBC unveils readers' favourite alternative logo.
Posted by NuclearToast at 9:20 AM
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
It started out innocently enough. Yellow magnetic ribbons for your car, showing your support for the troops in Iraq (whether you agreed with why they were there or not). Soon variations with American flag designs followed.
Then, in the inevitable perversion of the original idea, they began to sprout different colors and slogans for a rainbow of causes. I knew it had gone overboard when I spotted one yesterday that was a weird color I couldn't associate to any known cause. I got closer to read the text: "Support organ donors".
Luckily, the internet is always there to skewer popular culture and fads. You can get a magnetic ribbon to support the guy that makes them, or to support the ribbons themselves.
I should make a "Support Nuclear Toast" magnetic ribbon. The only question is what color to use: black, brown, or glow-in-the-dark green?
Posted by NuclearToast at 8:19 AM
Friday, June 01, 2007
Nothing says "Friday" like spending some time cherry-picking the intertubes.
- Bacon + brown sugar + cooker = pig candy.
- Warning: Don't look at this if you're easily grossed out, or you're eating, or both. You've been warned. Weird things people keep in jars.
- Not everyone has a garden to put a labyrinth in. That's ok, just get yourself a portable one from The Labyrinth Company.
- Star Wars, anyone? It's the 30th anniversary, you know. Mos Eisley in Legos (check out the set for more); The Vader Project (story and pictures).
- An interesting study that turns national flags into pie charts: Flags by Colours.
- Make your own sci-fi spacecraft/vehicles out of paper!
- Video roundup:
Skoda Fabia cake
the first recorded helpdesk visit in history
amazing frozen "waves"
Posted by NuclearToast at 8:51 AM