One of the first big social-networking-slash-blogging sites was LiveJournal. And today it is still home to a sizeable portion of webmanity.
Today's link is an interesting one that I ran across a few years ago, but it was eventually stymied as LiveJournal did their best to deny access to individual picture access. Apparently, the new freedoms on the web have brought it back.
What it does: Displays the last 30 images posted to LiveJournal users' pages. They can be animated GIFs, scans, pets, clothes, people at parties, whatever. Live and uncensored. And strangely addicting. Wait a few minutes and refresh.
WARNING: UNCENSORED. Often you'll see a picture of... well, porn. Just so you're warned in advance if your boss, or significant other, or both, walk in. It's the internet, you know.
If you dare, check out the LiveJournal picture feed.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
One of the first big social-networking-slash-blogging sites was LiveJournal. And today it is still home to a sizeable portion of webmanity.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The funny thing about the weather is it's so local and (generally) fleeting, so you normally can't talk about it with people who don't live in your area because, frankly, they don't care. Oh wait, maybe that's just me...
It was funny coming back to work this week after Snowpocalypse '08, because everyone was talking about it. Random discussions in the hall about how hard it was to get somewhere, accidents, tire chains, shoveling snow, being stuck somewhere, and having to dip into the Y2K supplies. You know, war stories.
But I'm grateful, for two reasons. First, some day I get to tell grandchildren-aged people about the big snowstorm of aught eight. And, because Seattle is a very hilly city, I get to grouse about how I walked through the snow. Uphill. Kids these days, I tell ya.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Supercomputers have the computional strength and speed that their name implies, but they are also prohibitively expensive, which basically means that we can never have one of our own. That is, until two scientists from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth created a how-to guide on building your own supercomputer with multiple Playstation 3s.
No, seriously. An 8-PS3 cluster packs quite a processing punch. The biggest problem most home users would have is power, as each PS3 draws 200-300W. Another issue could be acquiring so many PS3s, although after-Christmas sales may help.
The guide is available online at PS3Cluster.org.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
- Do you know a gardener that's so hard core that they don't even come in when it gets dark? Then they need a spray nozzle with LED light.
- USB cup warmers are nothing new, but how about a USB cup warmer that's designed to mimic a gas stove?
- While the video plays, use your mouse to rotate the view to get your own perspective on the fly-over video of Mount St. Helens.
- Pictures of famous people and their cats.
- This dog is going crazy.
- What's all the rage on YouTube these days? A young girl talking about herself.
- Make sure you enunciate clearly when you say he's a famous pianist.
- A bacon-and-sausage extravaganza can only be called one thing: the bacon explosion.
- Best name ever: The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art.
- Possibly the most bizarre poodle grooming you'll ever see.
- Watch some of the animals at Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo celebrate Christmas.
- Watch to the end for the dialogue that proves Steven Segal can act.
- Here's a strange clip from a 1970s German TV show that showcases soccer uniforms with dance. Mesmerizing, as each model has his or her own style.
- Maria Carey he's not. All I Want For Christmas is You.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This was my car on Saturday, after Friday night's snow, and before Saturday night's additional six inches.
This will be one of the most memorable Christmases most folks around here will ever have, thanks to practically shutting down the entire northwest. Holiday parties, last minute shopping, even work: all scuttled by a record-breaking pileup of snow. And those of us who live here are bracing for more snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
In a city woefully underprepared for such an onslaught (mainly since it rarely happens here), tempers and supplies are in short, um, supply. Many gas stations are closed. If this keeps up much longer, it might turn into the Buffalo, New York version of Mad Max.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
- What do you do when you're a knitter, but standard fare isn't your style? You need knitting for psychos.
- Get your geek on with the coolest gingerbread "houses" in the world.
- If you have an iPhone or iTouch, you're familiar with pulling off a glove to activate the screen. You don't need to if you have the iPhone gloves.
- People make fun of how many versions of Barbie there are, but are any as awesome as "The Birds" Barbie?
- Hangover cures from around the world.
- It's that time of year. 14 habits that make you fat.
- 9 gigantic hearts.
- A collection of critter tongues.
- 15 of the world’s most adorable miniature animals.
- One enthusiast's pick for the top ten astronomy pictures of 2008.
- Just in time for the holidays: how to make your own gift bows.
- Have you seen the amazing jingle bell microwaves?
- Everyone seems to love the Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth duet by Bing Crosby and David Bowie, but not many have seen it (wikipedia).
- I need to get me some of these mad scientist alphabet blocks.
- How many movies can you recognize in 40 inspirational lines in 2 minutes?
- I love A Christmas Story ("You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"). But here's a list of 12 things you may not know about the movie.
- 35 albino animals.
- An operator displays some serious skills with a 15-ton front loader.
- The pug head tilt.
- List of common misconceptions.
- When will people learn to wear the wrist strap on their Wii remotes?
- Papercraft Millennium Falcon.
Posted by NuclearToast at 9:45 AM
Throw a little Tetris in a big bowl with a physics engine and a construction set, mix 'em well, and you might end up with this game. You have a limited number of Tetris-like pieces, and your goal is to build the highest tower out of them that you can. Release your inner architect with 99 Bricks.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
When I rolled back the rock in front of my man-cave this morning, I was greeted with a type of precipitation not common in Seattle. And when it comes down this hard, the whole city basically shuts down.
So I'm hunkered down in the cyber corner of the cave, watching the less fortunate (or more stupid) commuters dealing with traffic snarl and accidents.
The ironic part is, no one will read this post today, because none of them are at work.
Posted by NuclearToast at 8:46 AM
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
If you live around here, you know it snowed this weekend, and that it's as cold as a freezer in a Canadian's garage in January. Raggs built me a little snowman on my car. His name is Clarence. He likes to go fast. He yells, "Wheeeeeeee!" as we zoom along the road.
He may get a friend, since it's supposed to snow again tomorrow.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Still looking for something unusual for the geek on your Chrismahanukwanzakah list? How about a set of stickers that will transform his or her plain, ordinary keyboard into something fresh and new? Check out the selection, including glow-in-the-dark versions, at Fun Keyboards.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
- Geeks are typically solitary creatures, and can be really lonely this time of year. Do your part to befriend a geek.
- Creepy long-exposure pictures turn high traffic areas into ghostly pandemonium.
- How have you not seen the broccoli kitten yet?
- Speaking of cats, how is it that a cat will bite the face off an adult, but put up with a baby?
- Ah, the things people do for entertainment. Such as explosive hammers.
- The entire movie recapped in The Robocop Rap (10:00).
- Pregnant women are not to be trifled with.
- If you travel overseas, you might be interested in this roundup of tourist scams.
- Fifty years of popular songs condensed into single sentences.
- More bacon: the bacon-and-cheese roll (thanks Ash).
- If you're part of a couple that needs more face time, then you need the TwoDaLoo.
- For the person that doesn't have totally everything, the electric paper plane launcher.
- Classroom lecture musical prank. You know it's good when the prof applauds.
- In these uncertain economic times, it's nice to know someone can still parody failed business logos.
- Talk about geek fruit: how to make Apple apples.
- Best fridge magnets ever: ninja throwing stars.
- How to make an expandable Christmas stocking.
- Homemade marshmallows.
- This poor dog is trapped by cans!
- Things bears love.
- The amazing and inventive Christmas cards of Roy Doty.
- Finger breakdancing.
- The weiner dog song.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Most people know about DNA from shows like CSI, but don't know what their own DNA looks like. So, of course, there's an internet solution to fill this void of information. And not only can your genetic code be depicted in many ways and sizes, it's actually pretty cool looking. It's DNA Art.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
These signs are popping up all over my work as part of the Secret Holiday Ninja project. Some are straightforward, but this one in particular caught my eye.
Apparently, it's generic enough that passsersby (or the assigned ninja) needed to ask clarifying questions. In case you can read it, I've transcribed it below:
1. Touch up paint for a '94 corvette. ...What color??
2. Tail light for a '94 'vette.
3. new chair.
4. DVD ...any DVD? or will Office Space suffice?
Rock on, holiday ninjas!
Monday, December 08, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
- How physicists makes lunch. No comment on the nutritional value of said lunch, however.
- Sure, it's fake, but that doesn't mean it's not funny. Why you should always check your kid's homework.
- Scope is a British organization that supports people with cerebral palsy. Although they used to have a less politically-correct name, as one guy found out when he went through his parents' attic and found some old Christmas stickers.
- The amazing story of the guy whose Flickr picture ended up in the Iron Man movie.
- Popular Mechanics and Popular Science have always looked towards the future, even in the past. 45 vintage "space age" illustrations.
- Keyboard for blondes.
- How can you tell when a movie is over? Why, it tells you, "The End".
- If you travel a lot but like a full-sized keyboard, then you need the OnBoard Travel Keyboard with its awesome hard case.
- New invention for today's on-the-go parents of wee ones: the Babykeeper.
- If you've got money to burn, then hey, why not? The gas-powered snowboard.
- Tired of your 2-liter bottles of soda losing their carbonation? Then you need the Fizz Saver.
- The specialization of the internet continues to not surprise me. Want an example? Try the blog Owl Tattoos.
- I really can't put this into words; you just need to see the pictures. How to make holiday orange wedges.
- Like to read old-fashioned books? Just finished one, and would like to read something similar? Then check out What Should I Read Next.
- Rabbittooth does some cool Photoshop work. Check out the steampunk Star Trek pictures on his wallpapers page. And don't miss the Star Trek photo manipulations.
- If you don't normally send holiday fruitcake as a gift, perhaps you'd appreciate this version.
- For fans of The Godfather and knitting, how about a horse's head?
- And lastly, for Raggs, dragonfly macrophotography.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
- It's the time of year to start thinking about Christmas cards. But if you're a real geek, you need these cards.
- 12 free text editors for coders.
- This is awesome. It's a map of the U.S. showing only streets and highways. It's amazing how you can still see physical features like the Adirondacks.
- The perfect digicam accessory: the wrap-up tripod. A tripod and case all in one.
- Destin's Father's Day gift is both weird and a science experiment.
- Collection of LIFE photographs of 70s rock stars in their parents' homes.
- They're crocheted berets made to look like pies. Pie-rets, of course.
- An explosion of technology and communication causes language to increase its vocabulary. If you've ever said, "There oughta be a word for..." then you should visit Addictionary.
- 15 of the most amazing mazes and labyrinths.
- My romelette is nothing compared to the Ramen pizza.
- If you don't have a strong stomach, you may not enjoy 9 of the most bizarre animal defense mechanisms.
- How to wear out a kitten.
- Make your own calendar anywhere with calendar tape.
- The magnificent truck art of Pakistan.
- Chuck Norris is a legend, but Bruce Lee plays ping pong with nunchucks.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
A frontal and profile picture are all that's needed to create a 3D representation of your face. From there, the magic of computers lets you see what you could look like at different ages. or if you were a different race. From there, naturally, the next step is getting a full face mask. Of your own face.
It's all at That's My Face.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
You might be surprised to learn that some kids still carry their lunches to school in paper bags. While that may be embarrassing to some, it's probably not for the two kids whose dad draws artwork on their bags each day. They're all on display at Lunch Bag Art.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
- Do you have an iPhone? Do you need an excuse to get out of a meeting or a blind date? Then you need Fake Calls.
- Passwords work, if you do 'em right. But many don't: the most common password is "password1". See how easily bad passwords are cracked.
- 50 beautiful examples of tilt-shift photography.
- A fun little web gizmo that can spruce up a presentation or just give you some background beats: it's the JS-909 beat box.
- It's just a query generator, but it makes it easy for you to make it easy for someone else to find information: Let Me Google That For You.
- LIFE magazine recently opened up its archive of pictures, and they cover every conceivable subject. Such as this series of a 2-year-old smoking.
- Guitar Hero + nighttime bike ride + too much free time = Bike Hero.
- Another entry in the Bacon Files: candied bacon ice cream.
- If you don't follow American Idol, you may not know that this year's two finalists were both named David. Depending on whom you wanted to win, the series finale was either the best or worst day of your life.
- Like, ohmigod, the internet is magic!
- Custom-order your very own pair of clown shoes.
- If you have lots of free time on your hands (and lots of markers), you might enjoy wallpaper you color in.
- Love chocolate? Love math? Love making graphs in Excel? Then you'll love the chocolate pie chart.
- The best part of the Fanboys trailer is the list of stars.
- Pop culture propaganda. I would love to have some of these.
- Persistent penguin evades hungry orcas. (Happy ending.)
- Squirrel-carved jack-o-lantern.
- The (literal) street art of pedestrian crosswalks.
- The off-road commode.
- One of the most totally awesome steampunk things I've ever seen: the steampunk space helmet.
- Slideshow called bees take over a BBQ.
Can this game even be won? Because, seriously, it's really more about being stubborn and refusing to give up. Also, mastering unfamiliar systems.
All you have to do is move your legs and run 100 meters. That's all. Think you're up to the challenge of Qwop?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sure, it's easy to make fun of the 1970s now, but at the time, disco was king. And a specific local flavor was provided by Swedish dance bands.
Marvel at the pictures, snapshots in a time capsule of days gone by. Admire the matching outfits (and general theme of them) and the amazing 70s haircuts. But mostly, just accept them for what they were.
Swedish dance bands.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
- "I show up every day and I don't stab people. I think I'm doing a pretty good job."
- "It was, like, hail-sized hail!"
- "I'm a ninja. Screw you guys!"
- "There's a guy in the address book whose name is 'Bruce M.F. Lee'. That is staggeringly awesome!"
- "What an amazing place to work. You walk by an office and you hear, 'Well first you have to find an elf, and then you have to convince her to marry you.'"
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
- How 10 famous technology products got their names.
- Things not to bring to the ER.
- Shiba Inu puppy cam! (Just try to stop watching if they're playing.)
- While the site's name may be off-putting, the green credentials of the solar clock aren't!
- Why paint, when you can decorate with Sharpies?
- The "love story" of the kitten and the parakeet.
- Guy takes pictures of his girlfriend modeling by his car. Guy posts them on a bodybuilder forum. Internet hilarity ensues (with photoshopped pictures, internet memes, and Brian Peppers) for 62 pages.
- How specialized can a blog be? Here's a photoblog of "cute girls at tea": Tea Birds.
- You may have seen some of the 50 strange buildings of the world before.
- Take some wooden blocks and MRI brain scans, cut up the scans and put them on the blocks, and you get an amazing wooden brain.
- It's a long read, but a fascinating look into how deeply into internet technology a "simple" dating service is. And also what a determined investigator can find on the web. "Single?" Lawn Signs Conquer the American Landscape.
- It may seem like just a regular video, until you click and drag on it to change the view. It's the mis-named immersive 360 degree video.
- What if The Matrix ran on Windows?
- Recently sold at auction: an 1800s vampire killing kit.
- The amazing story of the lost Hiroshima pictures.
- Small kid firing up a large crowd.
- Be careful what you do with the black hole.
- "It goes down stairs alone or in pairs..." It's Slinky cat!
- A collection of the worlds most bizarre and intriguing bus stops (including several from Seattle).
- Who needs pockets?
Posted by NuclearToast at 11:30 AM
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Now that the time change is upon us, it gets darker earlier in the day. Like when it's time to go home.
Like many of you, I work in an office park whose buildings are covered in reflective windows. Which is fine during the day; they allow you to see out, yet people outside can't see in. But this all changes when it gets dark.
Everybody has knows someone in their office that has all sorts of weird items decorating their desk. This "flair" can be amusing, confusing, or even downright scary, depending on the person. But you see it from within, and can associate it to a personality.
You see where I'm going here? It's getting dark, you can see in the windows, and you glimpse someone's eclectic mix of decorations... and spend the next ten minutes wondering about tattoos and piercings.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
When it comes to removing body hair, many techniques have been introduced (and often discarded) over the years, from plain old razors to devices that yank and chemicals that burn.
Now there's a new device that uses plain old heat. I wonder if the No! No! works or not? Either way, I bet it smells the same.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Every year in the fall when we set our clocks back an hour, ending Daylight Savings Time, it seems to have a dramatic impact on most everyone. People slink and droop and complain for about a week, their entire circadian rhythms disrupted by one little hour.
So why didn't that seem to happen this year?
I suspect that, ironically, timing was everything. We had Halloween the same weekend as the time change. Then, two days later, Election Day.
Apparently, if you do a good job of scaring the crap out of people, they don't even notice that hour.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
- Fly over a frozen landscape with the cool application at Electric Oyster.
- You may not know John Williams, but you know a lot more of his music than you might think. Amaze at the Star Wars a capella tribute to him.
- Just how smart are octopuses? Read exploits of Otto.
- A first-hand account of the Charge of the Light Brigade has been revealed.
- Amazing images captured by high-speed photography.
- The Fake Calls iPhone application.
- Too late for Halloween, but just in time for Batman fans, is the Batman costume hoodie, complete with mask and snap-on cape.
- The 3-axis bubble level for photographers.
- Perform a self-endoscopy in the privacy of your own home, or just check out the insides of machines with this USB digital endoscope.
- I don't really need to say much about the Victor Multi-Kill Electronic Mousetrap other than to watch the peppy video.
- If you don't like reading, there are other uses for books.
- Awesome new game idea for a first-person painter: Swan. Be sure to watch the video.
- So I hear we got a new president this week. Here's a great collection of newpaper front pages around the world.
- Time-lapse photography plus one head of lettuce plus 40,000 crickets equals totally awesome video.
- Build your own starship Enterprise out of office supplies.
- An awesome short with kung fu clowns. That's all that needs to be said, really.
- Artists can create with almost anything, as shown by these sugarcube sculptures.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Living in Seattle and being near Canada means you often get Canadian change from cash transactions. While about the same size and color as their US counterparts, the Canadian coins are typically quickly identified and shunted off on someone else.
That is, until the US decided to go with these new "states" quarters. The problem with the new quarters is I can't tell at a glance if my change includes Canadian quarters or not.
Change itself is bad enough, but now the prospect of having international change mingling undetected with domestic coins is unsettling in the extreme. Change threat level orange, people.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
When it comes to animation, the background supports the action in the foreground. One thing we rarely see, though, is the backgrounds all by themselves, without all that action clutter. When you do, they seem both vibrant and eerie at the same time.
Bob Richards has managed to get screen captures of the backgrounds of many Disney animations. Enjoy and marvel at them on the Animation Backgrounds blog.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
My latest cooksperiment is putting into practice a recent link I posted: bacon cinnamon rolls. They're easy to make, and incredibly tasty.
All you need is some bacon (or, in my case, fake bacon) and a cannister of cinnamon rolls.
Separate the rolls, unroll them, and apply bacon strips to the "inside" of the rolls.
Roll them back up and place in an appropriate baking receptacle.
Top 'em with the (included) frosting.
Not wishing them on my waistline, I took them to work. Apparently, they were a big hit, although it was hard to tell with all the buzzsaw noises.
The lab notes:
- If you use real bacon, make sure you cook it first. Not too much that it's stiff; just enough to be cooked yet still flexible so you can roll it up.
- When you unroll the rolls, the "cinnamon" goo-filling gets on whatever you unroll them on. So be prepared to scrape it off and smear it back on the rolls.
- Don't worry if you don't get the unrolled rolls all rolled up tight again. The gaps allow the icing to penetrate the rolls, filling them with extra awesome.
Enjoy! And let us know if you try 'em yourself!
With the recent popularity of this post (and the number of carnivores wishing to try it), let me pass on some tips when using real bacon:
- You need to cook the bacon first. Not so long that it's crunchy; you still want to be able to roll it up.
- A friend that made them said, "I wasn't prepared for the amount of grease." He literally had to pour out the bacon fat after taking them out of the oven. Which tends to make the rolls a bit soggy.
- The above friend decided that the taste difference isn't that great, so he'd go with the "facon" from now on just because it's faster and easier.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
- Michael Jackson's Thriller is such an iconic work that everyone recognizes the zombie dance steps. One fan went above and beyond by recording himself on 64 tracks to produce the a capella Thriller.
- Just like hobos used to make marks for others of their kinds, kids now have a Halloween candy code.
- The Halloween science project: how much candy can you fit in a pillowcase?
- The 6 best video game costumes for Halloween.
- 100 illustrated horror film posters, part 1 and part 2 (although they're not all horror movies).
- Harry Potter is very popular. So much so, that a large number of people get special Harry Potter license plates.
- Awesome pictures of slime molds.
- Awesome pictures of animal camouflage.
- I love logo design, so I loved these 35 stunning black-and-white logos.
- If you read a lot, and actually use bookmarks (instead of whatever scrap paper you find around the house), then you might like the liquid bookmark.
- Just what the intarweb needs: the Caps Lock training key.
- How do shopping carts get wonky wheels? Probably like this.
- One of the earlier internet memes was different versions of the Wazzup! TV commercial (here's the original). Now, eight years later, the original actors have reunited for Wazzup 2008.
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:15 AM
You'll either find this puzzle game extremely easy, or extremely frustrating. But since the "directions" really don't tell you how to swap blocks, here's what you do: use your mouse to move the little brackets around, which outline the two blocks you want to swap, and click to swap them.
Can you complete the challenge of HDOS Databank Request?
Thursday, October 30, 2008
It used to be that there were three things you could count on: death, taxes, and Halloween in the dark. But thanks to the "energy saving" changes made to Daylight Savings time this year, for the first time we don't set back our clocks until after Halloween.
Trick or Treating in the light? Geez, next thing you know, kids will be Trick or Treating at the mall.
Posted by NuclearToast at 2:00 PM
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
A co-worker brought in leftover caramel apples from his Halloween party last weekend. Let me be the first to nominate them as the best caramel apples ever.
- Apples plus caramel equals awesome.
- The caramel coating contained chili powder. Spicy awesome.
- The caramel apples were rolled in or sprinkled with Heath bar bits. Spicy toffee awesome.
He dropped off the apples in a large, heavy-duty Ziploc bag. Once I was done with the apple, I had the bag inside-out on my hand, like some clear tasty puppet, licking off the gooey goodness. I didn't even care what the passersby thought as they looked at me. Although, in retrospect, they might have been looking at me because of the licking and "Mmmm"ing noises they heard as they walked by.
Posted by NuclearToast at 3:08 PM
Only a week left before election day, and then we can finally (depending on your affiliation) start or stop crying. Then, instead of focusing on how much someone has spent on a wardrobe, we can get back to important things, like who's going to win on Dancing With the Stars.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Next week is election day, and if you're even moderately interested in the results, then you'll want to monitor them. So here are the ten best online election monitoring sites I could find.
- Yahoo Election08 Political Dashboard
- MSNBC Decision 08 Dashboard
- NPR Election Map
- Electoral Vote
- Real Clear Politics
- New York Times
- Five Thirty Eight
- CBS News
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
- Have a cat that jumps on your counters? Would like to teach him to stop? Then you need a Blender Defender.
- Top ten TV news mishaps.
- In these tough economic times, you might need to know how to live in your car.
- Kim the talking robot clock.
- Just what you need for the modern nomadic life: the walking house. (Here's a movie.)
- 15 dumbest Web 2.0 startup names.
- Fight sleep apnea by playing the didgeridoo (see the section near the bottom).
- A brilliant bit of editing and short enough to enjoy: McCain Drums.
- Food sculptures.
- What do you do with doo in the big city? Call in the Sprinkle Brigade.
- Stop motion chess game. Much better than it sounds, especially when the pieces do battle.
- Cemeteries in parking lots.
- Chimpanzee on a Segway.
- If you like 80s music, you could spend hours on this site: 80s Music Videos.
- Kirk and Spock nutcrackers.
- 34 geeky Halloween pumpkins.
- Rant time. I just returned from a trip, and I can't tell you how livid the "security check" makes me. Just ask Raggs. And to vindicate my rage, I point you to the following article.
Airport security in America is a sham “security theater” designed to make travelers feel better and catch stupid terrorists. Smart ones can get through security with fake boarding passes and all manner of prohibited items—as our correspondent did with ease.
The Things He Carried.
Posted by NuclearToast at 11:15 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
If you've seen the X-Men movies, or read the comic books, you know who Nightcrawler is.
Diana Nock loves Nightcrawler, and has been collecting drawings of him (sometimes by famous artists!) for years. You can see them all at the amazing Nightcrawler Sketchbooks.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
- It's been said that Halloween is an excuse for girls to dresh trashy, and costumes like these don't do anything to counter that stereotype.
- 10 funniest law-firm names. (Although you might have a hard time telling them from the ads on this page.)
- Jeff Patterson conquers the Solar System.
- People like to poke fun at political candidates, especially ones they oppose. So check back every day for new content at the "What if?" site, Palin as President.
- How do coca leaves get turned into cocaine? Apparently, like this.
- Wedding ring exchange FAIL.
- Cats flushing toilets.
- 1978 Corvette converted into a 1989 Batmobile.
- Spooky Halloween food ideas.
- Have a LEGO artist recreate you out of the famous bricks as a life-size replica.
- Don't take crap from your neighbors. Get back at them with the REVENGE!™ CD. (Yes, it's actually Trademarked.)
- Surfing the web is good for your brain!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The intartubes help people with specific interests focus on what they like best. Sometimes that focus is fun, sometimes it's scary, and sometimes it's just... interesting.
Start with the video concept of YouTube, but allow only videos of tractors, and you have YouTractor.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Standing in the pre-dawn chill at the bus stop, my coat zipped all the way up, clouds of breath-fog floating away from my face, I can't help but notice a gaggle (herd? flock?) of teenagers nearby. They're dressed in jeans and t-shirts, no coats, and one is even wearing flip flops. It's like 45 degrees outside. They seem (as they do with so many things) oblivious.
"Dude, if you can score that beer, we'll be the illest mofos at the party, son!"
I smile, remembering the days when "scoring beer" was a life priority. Overhearing their conversation reminds me of a simpler time, and where my life is now. It puts things in perspective.
After all, the "illest mofos" at the parties I attend are the dudes with the coolest iPhone apps.
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Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
- I really can't say anything other than Klingons for Jesus.
- America's 10 most confusing traffic signs.
- Have you ever fallen asleep while watching a DVD, only to wake up to the menu loop? Then you'll love You Fell Asleep Watching a DVD.
- "Take On Me" by Aha is probably my favorite 80s music video. So I can't stop watching, and laughing at, Take On Me - Literal Video Version. They need to do more of these.
- I love progress bars.
- Halloween is coming, and a perennial costume favorite is the French Maid. But don't leave the page yet. Check out the customer review and accompanying photo.
- Mario action figure plus 3D software plus Legos plus big nerd with too much time equals Lego Mario.
- Machines that almost fall over. Strangely mesmerizing.
- Scam, or true heartbreaking story? Please give because my cat needs a sex change.
- Watch the speeding ticket from a cop's dashcam. It's not the ticket and lecture, it's what happens after.
- Propane tank versus truck.
- Internet superstars, where are they now?
- Best Halloween display concept ever. Hallowindow.
- Real life Simon's cat.
- The nine phases of dating.
- Dream captcha.
- How to install an air conditioner in Russia.
- I really don't know what to say about peanut butter slices.
- Freestyle rap battle translated into plain English.
It's sort of like Missile Command in that you control a station on the ground that shoots things coming at you. The difference is you have two types of projectiles. And the object is to hit the incoming balls so they are deflected away from your station. If a ball touches your station, game over. See how long you can last in Red.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
- "Who are you trying to kiss up to?"
"Everybody. I'm new! Is it working?"
- "We have to figure out how to measure customer dissat."
(Yes, she actually abbreviated "dissatisfaction".)
- "Must learn to not want to smack people."
- "I don't know a lot of the music in Rock Band. I find that I judge the bands based on the people I knew in high school that wore their shirts."
- "I'm pretty unflappable, but I've been flapped."
Monday, October 06, 2008
Keeping up with the latest fashion can be expensive. Fortunately, you don't have to spend thousands for the purse you need to complete your ensemble. You can (yes, this is true) rent that Prada or Louis Vuitton or Fendi or Chanel... you get the idea, at Bag Borrow or Steal.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
- My recreational pastime often conflicts with this blog's Friday game research, as seen in this cartoon.
- In case you ever need to know, here's how to land a 747 jet.
- You know what your computer needs for Halloween? A 2GB USB drive shaped like a skull.
- A great do-it-yourself project that's bound to get noticed! The upside-down bookshelf.
- How can anyone live like this?
- Optical illusions, illustrated and explained.
- Fortified bottled water is better than plain ole tap water, right? If it's good enough for you, isn't it good enough for your dog?
- Six baffling mistakes every movie criminal makes.
- These kids today may not remember film strips, but they were still around way back when Star Wars first came out. Check out the Star Wars film strip.
- The fatty melt.
- Home video of the birth of a tornado.
- Upside-down houses and buildings.
- Two lucky climbers.
- Bacon cinnamon rolls.
- And, as a follow-up, Baconnaise. (Thanks, Ash!)
- A belly dancer wears a Princess Leia slave-girl costume and turns it into a career.
While this game has you controlling the movements of a small robot, it's really more about programming concepts, including functions and recursion.
The instructions are a bit light, so here's what I learned. The robot will only do what you tell it to. Moving, turning, and switching the light on/off are all pretty straightforward. The jump up/down command also moves you one space forward, only jumps up one level, but will jump down any number. And you'll learn to use one function to call the other.
See how well you can solve the puzzles with light-bot.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
One of my theories is that the internet is there to prove to you that you're normal. Unless, of course, you're not.
Many people ask themselves that question, but therapy is expensive! Of course, the intarwebs comes to the rescue. You can not only voyeuristically see others' admissions, but rate them yourself at Sane or Insane.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The warning signs were there, if often inexplicable. The sudden memory loss, the blackouts, the restorative care. But after a long and costly fight, the end arrived. An IRQ bluescreen, a flatlined RAID array, and my cherised gaming system was dead.
As it lay there, its unblinking LEDs now dim, the normal healthy blue glow replaced by somber nothingness, all I could do was look to the sky, clench my fists, and scream at the unfeeling Fates who had taken yet another system before its time.
Farewell, my baby. Know that as I pluck your cold silicon brain and circuit board organs from your lifeless shell, I will recall fondly the hours we've spent together, battling opponents real and imaginary. And that your replacement is, even now, making its way to me. But you will be missed, at least until your replacement is up and running.
Then the emptiness in my life, and in my heart, will be filled. I will be whole again. Order, balance, and happiness will be restored. The circle of life.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
- Although I don't believe the claim, I do believe it's the most low-key rant I've ever seen. The 1996 McDonald's hamburger.
- Church sure has changed. Make sure you watch until the breakdown to see that white man can dance.
- Today's weather forecast: widely scattered Tourette's.
- Wind-up flashlights are great, but how often do you really use them? The key is to combine them with something you will, such as the wind-up flashlight massager.
- 25 beautiful macro photography shots.
- Non-math majors might find these 9 mental math tricks useful.
- Everyone knows kids love trampolines, but dogs?
- Bold times call for bold actions. But crazy times? PETA sends letter to Ben & Jerry's.
- Why send cutesy e-cards when you can send wrong cards?
- Do spammers get spam? They try not to. (Obligatory links to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- Ex-Formula 1 race car driver Riccardo Patrese takes his wife on a lap in a Honda Civic. I don't know what she's saying, but I understand it. See for yourself.
- One man's surprisingly open journey to build a custom house by the park. And it's nearby!
- Bubba eats a bean burrito.
- Personality traits across America: The United States of Mind. Click on the "Interactive Graphics" tab to explore.
- 10 unusual Asian hotels.
- The vertical bed.
- Over-the-top limosines.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Have you heard? Apparently there's this economic crisis in our country. Something about big investment banks going down in flames.
Wow, if banks can go out of business selling investment packages that are more ideas than physical entities, what does that mean to our economy? A return to hard goods? I guess it's a good thing I don't work at a computer software company.
Monday, September 22, 2008
With over a month to go until the presidential election, we're bound to see more and more campaign commercials as we get closer to the finish line. But these commercials are nothing new, as you can see by the collection of historical artifacts preserved at The Living Room Candidate. It's really interesting to see how much has changed, and how much hasn't, over the years.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
- Arrrr, today be Talk Like a Pirate Day, me hearties! Avast, talk like a sea dog with the pirate translator. Get yourself some pirate fonts and symbols.
- Here's a really interesting test where you try to order colors based on their hue. What's your color IQ? (I scored 16.)
- If you belong to Netflix, you know about the red cover flaps you rip off their envelopes. But don't throw them away, you can use the for Netflix origami.
- In case you haven't seen it, the Mentos-and-Coke guys bring us fun with sticky notes.
- Guy skis down escalator.
- Do you like popping bubble wrap? And you do like calendars? Then you'll love the bubble calendar.
- Bambi and Thumper.
- If you live in Toronto, and have the morbid desire to eat a recreation of an executed prisoner's last meal, then check out Last Meals Delivery Service. Here's a write-up of someone who tried it.
- According to Passive-Aggressive Notes, it seems that disappearing lunches is a very common office phenomenon. Fight back with the anti-theft sandwich bag.
- Cell phone towers are unsightly, and they are often camouflaged so they won't be so obvious.
- How long could you survive chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor? Find out! (Me: 1 minute, 9 seconds.)
- Special conditions call for special vehicles. Top 13 polar super vehicles from the Antarctic.
- 30,000 dominoes built into 45 walls. Knocking them down.
- Polar Inertia (an awesome photo site) catalogs the crazy world of Bangkok Wires.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
A "stay-cation" is a vacation where you stay at home instead of traveling somewhere. While there is some dispute where the word was actually coined (one source finds the earliest citation in 2003), it's gained in popularity this year, what with all the hard economic times and record gas prices.
I'm about to embark on ten glorious days of staycation. Like any single gamer, I'm rubbing my hands in glee looking forward to long ass-numbing days in front of the computer. Wait, how is that different from work? Oh yeah, I'll be shooting opponents instead of emails. Conquering worlds instead of reports. In my pajamas.
So if you don't hear from me for a couple of weeks, don't worry. It's normal. Well, for me, anyway.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
How many times has this happened to you? You're trying to type a fancy word like façade or résumé? Or you need to make a Registered® Trademark™?
Now you don't have to worry about messing with the Character Map program or remembering series of codes. All you have to do is add this site to your favorites, then Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V with Copy Paste Character.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I recently went to Archie McPhee and got a tin of Bacon Beans:
Yes, that's right, bacon-flavored jelly beans. Which are, of course, awesome. I took them to work, which turned out to be an interesting anthropological experiment. As I offered them to my co-workers, I found out that they fall into one of three categories:
- People who were grossed out by the idea and wouldn't try them;
- People who would try one and then politely decline any more.
- People who thought they were totally awesome.
So, what are they like? Awesome, of course! They taste like bacon coated in sugar. They start out sweet, then quickly pick up that smokey, meaty flavor. If someone else eats one, when they exhale, you can definitely smell bacon.
If you like bacon and jelly beans, I recommend them. If you don't, well... you're dead to me now!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
- Ten things you don’t know about the Earth.
- Top 10 amazing physics videos.
- Nose shower gel dispenser.
- I prefer to live vicariously by watching Claremont. (Skip to about 2:20 for the start of the real stuff.)
- There's a derisive British saying, "That's about as useful as a chocolate teapot." How true is the saying? The gang at Kitchen Science Experiments decided to find out.
- Apparently, in Poland, they make their own versions of promotional posters for movies. You'll recognize the titles but not the designs of 50 incredible film posters from Poland.
- Do you have a USB thumb drive for you computer? How about a Real USB thumb drive?
- Top five animals with the most stunning eyes.
- Guerrilla street signs win a design award.
- It's not a dust devil, it's a tumbleweed devil!
- What happens when large container ships are retired.
- 10 incredible underground lakes and rivers.
- The 11 kinds of insomnia. Yes, eleven!
- Greyhounds are famous as racers (and buses), but they've also been called, "The world's fastest couch potato." As evidenced by Boue's Big Day.
- The winner of the Oddest Book Title of the Last 30 Years award.
- Theme to the sci-fi movie Men in Black by German guy, Wil Smith, and a ukelele.
- Tiger Woods solves a Rubik's cube.
Desktop tower defense games are simple: you start by setting up some simple defenses, survive a wave of attacks, buy more defenses and upgrades, and repeat until you lose.
This one's a lot of fun. And it gets so crazy that it might just choke your machine! See how well you can defend against Bloons Tower Defense.
Bombs are good, but Super Monkeys rule!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Going to the dentist is a necessary evil we all endure. But how did you choose your dentist in the first place? The reason I ask is, I have to find a new one.
I got a letter yesterday that basically says my dentist is quitting his practice. In the words of Kyle's mom, "WhatwhatWHAT?" How do you decide to up and pull the plug and hang up your drill? I don't get it.
So now I have the unenviable task of tracking down a new dentist and getting all my records transferred. Then the inevitable first checkup with strangers poking around in my mouth. And what if they don't give out the same kind of toothbrush to which I've become accustomed?
Thanks, doc. This whole thing has left a bad taste in my mouth.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
With modern travel and emigration, people aren't tied to one locality any more. Yet no matter where they live now, their last name can be an indicator of their roots.
I came across a web site that shows the concentration of last names around the world. Well, mostly; it doesn't have data from all countries. But enter in your last name and explore! And then your significant other's name, your friends', your neighbors'... at the World Names Profiler.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
So I went to PAX this year. For those non-geeks among you, it's one of the largest gamer conferences around, put on by gamers for gamers. It was awesome. Just me and 58,500 of my closest friends.
When I first arrived and got my badge, they shepherded us into a huge aircraft-hanger-sized room. There were over 5,000 geeks in this room when it was full:
I saw cool stuff, like upcoming games such as Left 4 Dead and Fallout 3:
I saw cartoonist Scott Kurtz, Dr. Horrible co-star Felicia Day, developers of some of the games I play, and Wil Effing Wheaton.
Most people know Wil from Stand By Me and as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation. What most don't know is that Wil is a geek, a gamer, and an author. I've been following his painstakingly-chronicled life for many years now. Getting all mushy for a second, he's my inspiration, the reason I started blogging in the first place. I now have an autographed copy of his latest book, and a pictoral memory of my fumbling fealty to his greatness.
Wil's keynote speech last year is the best gaming speech ever delivered. Really.
PAX was great. I can't wait for next year!