Wednesday, December 31, 2008

LiveJournal, Live

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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

December, Back in Aught Eight

Plowless in Seattle
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

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Jack nails the high note in "O Holy Night" during the Christmas Pageant.

Build Your Own Supercomputer

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

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is the wordy ParticleJam.

See the original image here.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Activity Corner

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Still Snowing

Soft, what flakes through yonder window fall?
It's teh Crissmiss Evez and still the snow falls in Seattle, heralding an almost-unheard-of white Crissmiss. Uh, Mother Nature? You know I love you, but come on, cut it the hell out already.

Bacon!

Today is the extra-special, pre-Christmas, all-bacon edition of Nuclear Toast.

Bacon-wrapped deep-fried macaroni and cheese.

Bacon Rice Krispies Treats.

Bacon-fy a web page. To see what this here Nuclear Toast looks like, click here.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Cannon



Make your own at Instructables and your stuff can be CHRISTMAS'D!

The Snow that Ate Seattle

This was my car on Saturday, after Friday night's snow, and before Saturday night's additional six inches.

Snowed-in Toastmobile
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.

Holy hanging hayrides!
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

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Undercover photographers reveal GM's new initiative for a new "Earth friendly" automobile body. Sources say the automaker will ask for an addition $200 Billion in bail-out funds from the US Government to finish design and test work.

Adorable Overload

It's a new video blog, and all you need to know is its name:
Cute Things Falling Asleep.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley.

See the original image here.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Activity Corner

Winter Wonderland, Geek Style

Make it snow!

Friday Game

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

Snow Day

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.

Snow day!

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.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Footie Jammies

Are you a grownup, but you still like those one-piece jammies with footies on them? Then you need Jumpin' Jammerz!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Flying Snowman

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.

Clarence the flying snowman

He may get a friend, since it's supposed to snow again tomorrow.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

The Mamas & The Papas failed attempt at punk.

Transform Your Keyboard

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

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is DK.

See the original image here.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Here's another physics puzzle game. You use your knife to cut through the wood and the connectors in order to solve each puzzle. Some are easy and some can be confounding when you play Splitter.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Picture Your Genes

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

Dear Holiday Ninja

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.

Rhetorical list

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

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Which one is Silent Bob again?

Bride of OMGenstein

What's more fun than not going to a wedding? Making fun of a distasteful one. Such fun-making can be found at Tacky Weddings.

Also, a few repeats here, but it's worth seeing the 10 tackiest wedding dresses (so far).

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is ParticleJam.

See the original image here.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

It's part puzzle, part physics engine, part experimentation, and part harmony. Make sure you have the sound on when you explore the Auditorium.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Tough Economic Times, Indeed

You know times are tough when people are putting their parking spaces on eBay.

Bid for your parking spot!

Dibs on the end-of-the-row space.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Stand-Up Strategy

Is it just a conversation starter, or the next hot pub game? Is it a new twist, or a way to multi-task (say, play Guitar Hero)? There's no more sitting down on the job with Straight Up Chess.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Der Weihnachtsbaum

It's not a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, but it's definitely in the spirit. I've got some shaping work to do.
Oh crissmiss tree
I like the one lone light at the very top. Classy.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

This is why Dance Dance Revolution and Vodka don't mix.

Heinz 57

While the dog shows shine the spotlight on purebreds, many people know and love an altogether different breed of dog: the mutt. So, of course, the web has a spot to showcase these Muttskis.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Ginger!

See the original image here.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Here's a game that will make you crazy because it tests your reaction time and spatial abilities. It's really simple: just dodge the falling blocks. Except that the playing field keeps changing on you. See how long you can last with Distopix.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Roll

This just in to the Nuclear Toast News Desk: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade was Rickrolled.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dinner with all the fixin's

Everyone have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Remember to eat too much, because that diet resolution kicks in just over a month from now!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Papercraft Turkey

Get your paper gobble on

Just in time for Thanksgiving, it's a papercraft turkey!

Face to Face with Technology

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

Thanksgiving Planning

It's not too late to plan for the bacon version of the traditional Thanksgiving Day feast: the turbaconducken.



See how to make your own turbaconducken (turducken wrapped in bacon).

Monday, November 24, 2008

Caption Contest

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"Stirrin' stuffin' makes me buffin'!"

The Art of Lunch

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

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Seayjay.

See the original image here.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

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

I'm Warning You!

I took this picture the other day. I think it speaks for itself.

And I mean it!

Lunch tampering seems to be the most common workplace problem, judging by the posts over at Passive-Aggressive Notes. (And, yes, I submitted this photo to them.)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Swedish Dance Band Fever

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

Coworker Roundup

  • "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

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Hold on... hold on... OK NOW! Bertha now... give her the dope...
the fuzz just turned the corner!

Finger Your Food

Do you like to eat with your hands, but you don't like the mess? Or do you have a phobia about touching food with your hands? Then you need Trongs.

These things are seriously cool.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is first-timer Ginger. Good job!

See the original image here.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

There's a reason telephone numbers (without the area code) are seven digits long: it's the perfect length for short term memory to retain. How good is your short term memory? Put it to the test with the short term memory checker.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I Can See Clearly Now

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

Will the No! No! be a Yes Yes?

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

The Invisible Time Change

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

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Drag Queen — you're doin' it right.

Everyone Needs More Space

The Space Store has some really cool stuff, including this replica Apollo 11 spacesuit.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is, again, Hurley.

See the original image here.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Visual Aid

Chuck Norris eye drops.
Chuck Norris eye drops
If you're not up on this meme, see what's going on at Chuck Norris Facts.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

This is an interesting game because you're always second-guessing your choice of walls as you run and jump and attempt to avoid falling into space. See how far you can Run.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Downside of Change

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

Behind the Action

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

Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

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.


Naked ingredients.


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.


Bake 'em.


Top 'em with the (included) frosting.


Mmmm, tasty!


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!

Edit 02/11/2009
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

Caption Contest

Caption contest

The Real Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Electoral History

As informed voters know, the public doesn't elect the president, the Electoral College does. Review how the electoral votes were allocated (and the popular vote distribution) throughout our nation's history at Electoral Maps.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is hurley.

See the original image here.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Activity Corner

Happy Halloween!

Friday Game

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

5 More Friends

Remember the 5 Friends video? Well they have a new one now.



Awesome.

Halloween Comes Early This Year

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.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mantyhose

Pantyhose for men. Yes, really.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Nom Nom Nominee

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.

  1. Apples plus caramel equals awesome.

  2. The caramel coating contained chili powder. Spicy awesome.

  3. 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.

One Week to Go

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

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Your Taxes at Work - Fail

Election Monitoring

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.


Have fun!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is hurley.

See the original image here.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

An interesting word-spelling puzzle game that adds more tricks as you complete levels. It's quite engaging, despite its lame yet descriptive name: Blocks With Letters On.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Mona Pizza

I love pizza, and I love art. Pizza art... awesome!

Mona Pizza

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bamf!

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

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Golden Girls: Sex and the City Edition

Smile, Fido

You may not know this, but when you look at dogs lying upside-down, they seem to be smiling. Which is the whole point of Upside Down Dogs.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Ash.

See the original image here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

This game is maddening. All it asks you do to is "eyeball" the correct spot in the geometry. The best way to learn it is to play it. And once you learn, see if you can improve your score in The Eyeballing Game.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Half Empty AND Half Full

Watching a financial news channel lately is really a mixed blessing.

On one hand, you get up-to-the-minute details on just how crappy the economic situation is.

On the other, there aren't any political ads for the upcoming election.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tractoriffic

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

Perspective

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.

Monday, October 13, 2008

More Trading Faces

Also part of the below-mentioned meme: The Brokers with Hands on Their Faces Blog.

Caption Contest

Caption contest

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Trading Faces

Someone on the internet is quick to jump on any fad or situation, and the current economic crisis is no exception. Pictures of traders and humorous captions are the rule at Sad Guys on Trading Floors.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Raggedy Angst.

See the original image here.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

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

Tough Times, Smooth News

Sure, there are problems with the economy, but why make it a self-fulfilling prophesy? You can still keep up with the latest events without feeding the frenzy. Make the news a better place by filtering it through Recession Blocker.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Coworker Roundup

  • "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."

A Rebirth

The new computer is up and running. It's so fast and quiet, I'd almost not even know it was there if I wasn't hugging it.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

The guy I'm directly behind when going through security at the airport.

Renter? I don't even know her!

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

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Ash.

See the original image here.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

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

5 Friends



Leo DiCaprio gets kudos just for bringing all these people together. Well done.

Porcupines and Pineapples

Walking by the supply room at work, I noticed a new box of push pins. "Oh, I need more for my bulletin board, so I'll just grab a handful of ...AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!"

Self-acupuncture, not so great, akshully.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Rating Game

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

Death in the Family

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

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Mother's day redneck style.

Suspicious Vans

Vans can be creepy because you often don't know what's inside. Sometimes you just can't tell what their intent is. Check out the gallery at Suspicious Vans.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Andy.

See the original image here.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Catch the fruit and avoid the missiles (and the edges of the "screen") in this difficult, and apparently intentionally annoying, Japanese game. How well can you deal with distraction?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sickcation

Yeah, I was supposed to be enjoying my time off. But instead, I somehow caught the first cold of the season. Stupid germs.

Oh well, hopefully now I'm cold-immunized for the winter. But I know I am immunized for daytime TV.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Theme Songs

When you ply the web as much as I do, you hear all kinds of covers of TV, movie, and videogame theme songs. But here's a collection of them done on unusual instruments or in unusual ways. Get your YouTube on with these theme songs.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ephemeral Economy

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.

Oh, wait...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Hello Kitty meets Scary Claus

Campaign Commercials

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

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is seayjay.

See the original image here.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Confronted with a list of word fragments, you might think it's easy to combine them into their complete forms. You might be correct; and then again, you might not be. Check your word combination/recognition skills with Split Words.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Best Warning Sign Ever

WARNING!
"Not only will this kill you, it will hurt the whole time you're dying."

Old School Pie Chart

Pie chart

Staycation

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

Special™ Characters

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

Bacon Beans!

I recently went to Archie McPhee and got a tin of Bacon Beans:
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.
Now, it turns out that there were far more in the first group, and far fewer in the last group, than I expected.

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

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Last year's "Sonny and Cher" lookalike winners at the Puyallup Fair
back to hold on to their title.

A Belly of a Gift

If you're pregnant, or know someone who is, you may be interested to know there's a whole new way of capturing the blessed event as a keepsake. First you make a cast, then you decorate the result for posterity. It's a belly casting.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Bri.

See the original image here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

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

Dental Unpractice

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

The Geography of Names

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

PAX 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:
Sea of geeks!

I saw cool stuff, like upcoming games such as Left 4 Dead and Fallout 3:
Fallout 3 (duh)!

I saw cartoonist Scott Kurtz, Dr. Horrible co-star Felicia Day, developers of some of the games I play, and Wil Effing Wheaton.
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.
Left: deer in headlights; right: teh awesome

Wil's keynote speech last year is the best gaming speech ever delivered. Really.

PAX was great. I can't wait for next year!