Friday, May 30, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

This is another take on the "get this many or more per level" game. The challenging part is, you have to ricochet your shot to get more, but the crazy angles make it difficult to plan your shot (unless you're a pool shark). See how long it takes you to complete FireFlies.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Some Like it Hot

But some, such as me, like it hot with flavor.

Tabasco lineup

Usually, the hard part is figuring out which one to use.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Full of Air

Clowns might make a dog or a giraffe with balloons, but you'll be blown away by the skill of some "twisters" who produce this creative balloon art.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


My building was violated this weekend. The basement level of the parking garage has storage units for all the tenants. Someone broke in and wrenched open every door.

It was a surreal scene, walking around the storage area, talking with my neighbors, and surveying the damage (and seeing the contents of some of their storage units). I was happy to see that, although they went through one case apparently expecting something valuable only to find petrified wood, everything was still in my closet. I'll sleep a little easier knowing that my collectible Star Wars Pez dispensers are safe and sound.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Those guys think I never get a date... Ha... I'll prove them wrong!

It's a Holiday!

And what do real geeks do on a holiday? Why, stay inside and surf the web! So if you need stuff to look at, this one link alone will keep you occupied for weeks.

Wikipedia's Unusual Articles

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Joshua.

See the original image here.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

This game is fun and frantic. Not only do you shoot the invading spiders, you also have to solve a puzzle game for your ammo. At the same time. How long can you last as Lt. Fly versus The Spiders?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Birthday Bits

It was recently my birthday. I was surprised with a cake. Unfortunately, the candles on the cake, while spelling out the sentiment, did little to live up to their job requirements.

Harpy what?

The cake was chocolate, the only kind it could be. What made eating it more fun was that the sprinkles and cast-off candle wax were the same colors.

Also, I renewed my driver's license. Worst. Picture. Ever.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Acme and I'll Tell You

Anyone that's ever watched The Roadrunner cartoons knows that the coyote orders all sorts of gadgets and gizmos from Acme. The internet, being what it is, you can see all of them at The Illustrated Catalog of ACME Products.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ode to Noises From the Bathroom Stall

O wearied traveler, burden removed from your feet, the feet which I see under yon metal wall as I enter. O rester, who appears to care not that I have entered this common space, I formulate one thought, one response, as I hear your vocal accompaniment to the joyous strains for which this respiteful room has been constructed:

Dude, seriously, I think you're trying way too hard.

Cartoon Imitates Life

Does this cartoon remind you of anyone?


Monday, May 19, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

I'm from the streets; I know a little Mexican.

Surprise Yourself

Do you like surprises? Is a surprise worth ten bucks to you? Then you'll love this site. You send them ten bucks, and they send you a box. It could be almost anything. What will you get if you shop at The Something Store?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Andy.

See the original image here.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

This game is fun. It uses an old-school pixel format and side-scrolling action to deliver a fast and furious race against an unstoppable enemy while you try to collect as many goodies as possible. Higher levels have multiple paths you can take, depending on how you run/jump.

The concept is fun too. See if you can survive the threat of extinction when you play Dino Run.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Misheard Exclamation

Seen on the Street II

In keeping with the previous minivan story, I saw another one recently that got me wondering, just what is it with guys and their suburban taxis?

Ahead of me is a pretty new minivan. In it, I see the shadowy shape of the driver. But something's not quite right! I stare and I squint, trying to discern the source of my disquiet. And then, I see it. The dude has a huge spikey mohawk.

Apparently, nothing says "punk" quite like a Chrysler Grand Voyager.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I Get It, He's Old

This isn't a political post. You should know me by now; I don't care about politics, but I'll sure point you to a funny site. Now, the site may care about politics, but whatever.

One of the biggest criticisms of presidential candidate John McCain is that he's, well, old. One guy decided to start a list to sort of put McCain's age in perspective. And so Things Younger Than McCain was born.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest least I got chicken!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Stimulation on Display

Now that the US government is sending out the economic stimulus checks, America is flush with cash and people are doing their part to keep our faltering economy going. So much so, in fact, that there's a web site dedicated to the purpose. You can proclaim where you spent yours, and see what others have done with theirs, at How I Spent My Stimulus.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is apohle.

See the original image here.

Happy Mother's Day

Nothin' says lovin' like U-238 in the oven!

To all you mothers out there, happy You Day. Now, get in the kitchen and nuke up something awesome!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

More Bacon Love


Friday, May 09, 2008

Best Excuse to Hang Up the Phone Yet

I just called weebat, who's about to graduate as an environmental scientist.

wb: Hi!
NT: Hey, how's it going?
wb: Actually, I'm standing in the middle of a wetland. Can I call you back later?
NT: Um, ok, sure, no problem.
wb: Ok, bye!

I'm looking forward to testing her coverage area.

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Guitar Hero and Rock Band have made everyone feel like a musician these days. But how good is your ear for actual notes?

It takes a while to get going (or I did, anyway). See how well you can judge which key is played in Perfect Pitch. (It gets harder as you level up; you start getting note combos.)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

A Love Story About Bacon

Stove Ownership

Dude, What's That Sme... Oh

There's a young overweight guy that frequently rides my bus. He has a distinct odor that is best described as a combination of tapioca and vinegar.

Those days, the bus ride seems a bit longer than usual.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Art That You See Naked

Shower curtains are a mundane part of our lives, and are usually selected more for their utility (and matching the bathroom decor) than anything else.

Until now. Be functional and pretentious, admiring art while practicing cleanliness, with one of the snazzy designs at Izola Shower.

(I like the Las Vegas one.)

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

I Hate Change

I hate change. And not just the kind that means something different in my life, but specifically the kind that hangs out in my pocket. It's heavy, it jingles, and it's hard to get rid of once you have it.

I just spent the weekend in Vancouver, BC, with Raggs. (She ran a marathon. She's amazing.) The Canadians have a propensity to give you extra change back, since they've got their Loonies and Toonies (one- and two-dollar coins, respectively). What a great way to spend the weekend, feeling like I was lugging around Jack Sparrow's sack of doubloons in my pocket.

On the bright side, if the US dollar continues its decline, I've got a head start on some hard currency speculation.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

"Does this smell like chloroform to you?"

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley182.

See the original image here.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

As puzzle games go, here's a tough one. Not only do you have to match up an increasing number of collectors, there's a timer too! Get enough of each color and you'll advance to the next level. (One bonus of advancing is watching the machine being built in the background.)

Play Cog Factory.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

IMportant Communication

Instant Messaging has really transformed the way many geeks communicate. The instant gratification of interactive conversation has replaced the slow give-and-take of back-and-forth emails.

So, the other day, I'm in a meeting. We all have our laptops so we can take notes (and, for many others, so they can read and respond to emails) during the meeting. I'm taking notes and calling up relevant documents, when the little IM window pops up.

It's my coworker, who's also in the meeting. I see "Best. Meeting. Ever." in the window, and it's all I can do to keep from busting out laughing. It was a pretty boring meeting.

The best part? I set a new personal record for IM usage by relative distance. He was sitting literally two feet away.