Monday, June 30, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

The name's Phil... Phil McKrackin.

Drawings Pictured

This looks like it was a fun project. Take some children's drawings and reproduce them as photographs. It's Yeondoo Jung's Wonderland.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley182.

See the original image here.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

In order to fly, you need enough thrust to overcome gravity. While the idea of propelling yourself through the air using the power of farts is, admittedly, somewhat juvenile, you need a bit of skill negotiating the Puzzle Farter.

Tip: Double-press the up-arrow key to ffffffffffly.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Attention Firefighters!

There are stickers you can put on windows in your house to alert firefighters that the room contains children. There are also window stickers to let firefighters know that there are pets in your domicile.

But what about us geeks? We need stickers that indicate OUR children need to be saved! Won't somebody think of the computers?

Besides, it only makes sense, environmentally speaking. You don't want all those cables and batteries and circuit boards burning; they produce toxic gases and smoke.

Geek: Technology Inside.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

In Soviet Russia, Collection Collects You!

Sergei Frolov lives in St. Petersburg, Russia, speaks (or at least types) passable English, and is very proud of his assemblage of mostly Russian electronics. The cornerstone, though, is his Soviet Calculators Collection. He even has a handy "Start surfing here" link on the main page.

While looking through the pictures, I had to admire the plucky "create our own version" mentality of the Soviet inventors and designers.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Caption Contest Update

Ah, apparently Blogger doesn't like "gif" images. So, unbeknownst to me, this week's picture didn't show up (since I'm so aloof and don't even view my own blog).

It has now been replaced with an image that does display.

The Romelette

Time for a new cooksperiment!

I was challenged (jokingly) by a friend to make something with Ramen noodles. So I decided to break a few eggs and make a Ramen omelette... a romelette!

First, all the ingredients, including fresh dill from Mom's garden.

Chop the green onions, drain the mushrooms, boil the Ramen, and beat the eggs (adding the dill).

Saute the onions and mushrooms in a little EVOO.

Add the Ramen, then pour in the eggs.

Combine the ingredients well, cook until firm, then serve (with the ever-present Tabasco).

Lab notes section:

  • Technically, I guess it's a Ramelette, but if you spell it that way, you don't pronounce it right.

  • Also technically, I guess it's not so much of an omelette, since I cooked it together rather than folding the eggs over the filling.

  • As you might tell from the fourth picture, the eggs weren't too keen to mix it up with the Ramen. It took a bit of clever maneuvering to even out the ingredients.

  • The noodles add an interesting texture/flavor to the eggs. I didn't use the "flavor" packet, so that might add even more, if you're so inclined.

  • The noodles also add surprising bulk. It made two meals for me. Reheating in the microwave was easy, and the eggs didn't get rubbery like they normally do (when not Ramenized).

Would I fix it again? Probably not. I mean, it was quite tasty, but more of a novelty than a must-have.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

The art of being nothing.

Bacon Construction

Since bacon seems to be my secondary theme now, I present Baconhenge.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Anonymous.

See the original image here.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

The play of this game is nothing special: you pilot an Asteroids-ish spaceship and shoot everything that moves. The fun part is that you get to draw your own spaceship. As you level up, you can buy add-ons. It's fun to draw your new guns on your own spaceship!

Play Doodle Defender!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Curse of Technology

It seems that the more we develop and depend on technology to live our lives and get our work done, the more time we spend wrestling with it to actually try to live our lives or get our work done.

You know how when a program crashes, you get that dialog that says (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Your program has gone tits-up and has to close. Would you like to tell Microsoft about it?" I always click the "Don't Send" button.

I would much rather this dialog have the option for you to enter two values: Time Spent Running the Program, and Time Spent Getting Actual Work Done. THAT would be valuable information about today's efficient technology worker.

Not that I'm upset or anything...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bacon, Unbound

I seem to have a sub-theme running just below the surface of this blog, and it is bacon. Why fight the inevitable?

Everybody loves bacon. Even vegetarians have their facon. "But NT," you say, "cooking bacon is such a pain. How can I enjoy its tasty deliciousness when I'm not near a kitchen, or perhaps a Denny's?"

The answer, it turns out, is canned bacon.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Cell Phone Pics

Cell phones (or mobiles, for you cross-ponders) have transformed our lives in so many ways. One would be the ability most of us now have to snap a picture of moments that would previous have been lost forever.

Hey, Bladio! I saw that same car you blogged about in your post!

Proof that Raggs is a shoplifter. A successful one.
Anti-theft tag

A co-worker's totally awesome wallpaper... of his view.
Cartacular wallpaper

Monday, June 16, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

I know there's a Ben & Jerry's around here... I can smell it...

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley182.

See the original image here.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Here's a game you play against someone else online. It's meant for kids, which makes it all the sweeter when you crush them with your superior intellect. Or will you? Find out who's the better speller as you race against the clock with tutpup.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Coworker Roundup

  • Co-worker complaining about the restroom. "I work with cavemen! Not flushing the urinal: bad. Leaving all kinds of remains in the toilet without taking care of business: inexcusable!"

  • Co-worker does something amusing/embarrassing. "This better not show up on your blog!"

  • Co-worker reflecting on the cafeteria running out of taco bowls, carrying his taco salad heaped on a burrito shell, tostada-style. "It's just like a taco bowl, just less bowl-y."

  • Co-worker commenting on the latte cart and the dozens and dozens and dozens of donuts in the lobby. "We don't ask questions. If we're dead in an hour, then you know it was a trap."

  • Co-worker responding to a question about his lunch date. "I said I was going out with 'a friend,' not 'A GIRL!'"

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


It turns out that the "office worker goes batshit" video in last week's Activity Corner is actually a viral video posted by the director of the upcoming movie Wanted starring Angelina Jolie. I'm not sure who broke the news, but Cinematical gets my vote for best coverage, with a link to the director's own very, very Russian blog.

Spock Monkey!

It's better than a sock monkey. It's not illogical. It's Spock Monkey.

Order now for a free tribble!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ceiling Cat!

If you know about ceiling cat:
Ceiling cat

You'll appreciate the papercraft ceiling cat a coworker put in our kitchen at work:
Papercraft ceiling cat

You can get your own ceiling cat at Tubbypaws.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

I want my baby back baby back baby back baby back...

Paint Me an Album

After Friday's game, this seemed just too appropriate.

Anyone with Windows knows about MS Paint, the computer graphics equivalent of finger painting. Yes, some people can do amazing things with it, but most of us can't. Which is what makes this next one fun... he's somewhere in the middle.

How well do you know album covers? Because Flickr user "last rites" does his best to recreate album covers (while not getting in trouble, by altering the band name and album title) in his cover art series.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley182.

See the original image here.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

This is not the typical Friday game you've come to know and love here, but it still should be a fun exercise because it involves audience participation. It's the Random Band Generator Game. Here's how you play:

  1. Go to Wikipedia and in the upper left "navigation" box, click "Random article". This is your band name.

  2. Go to the Random Wodehouse Quote Page for a (duh) random quote. Use no more than 8 words at the beginning of the quote. You can use fewer than 8, just not more. This is the album title.

  3. Go to the Flickr Explore page for a random picture. This is your album cover.

In the comments, post your band name and album title, and link to the picture (right-click on the picture, select Copy Shortcut, paste into comment).

This should be fun.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

I'm Not The Only One

Becky, I feel exactly the same way.


My New Sign

I got this sign as a present. It's nice, real metal and everything. But why did they get it for me?

Read the sign already!

The crest, a donkey with glasses, says, "E Pluribus Smart Assimus". Awesome.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

He Won?

Word. Mad props, yo.

Obamas bump knuckles

It's Not My Asphalt

The internet is the cutting edge of technology. It's also an archeological dig. Poking around forgotten corners, you can find sites that have been up for a decade (or more). These sites also confirm that weirdness on the internet is nothing new. And that people will collect almost anything.

Case in point: The World Famous Asphalt Museum. Marvel at the cutting-edge web page technology, and the state-of-the-art computer hardware on display. Oh, you must take the Grand Tour!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Small Moving Part

I'm just a wee, tiny cog in a huge, global machine. And nothing can quite destroy all your company's mission statements and feel-good HR hype like a dose of good old-fashioned reality.

My company has done away with paper pay stubs. Ok, no big deal, right? Except in the course of trying to get hooked up with the online systems that support this new paperless wondersolution, I'm stymied at every turn. After working here a year and a half, I find out that I need four separate accounts and passwords. Email, VPN, Payroll, and intranet. So far, I have the email one. At least I'm still getting paid, even if I have to look it up in my online banking.

I've been on the phone to the helpdesk the last few days, and they promise me they're "working on it" and "escalating the ticket". I kinda feel like Indiana Jones at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark:

Maj. Eaton: We have top men working on it now.
Indiana: Who?
Maj. Eaton: Top. Men.

And people are surprised when I say I hate computers...

Monday, June 02, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Dang it! The "Good" part fell down again.

Massive Association

It bills itself as the "massively multiplayer word association 'game'". And it is both intriguing and addicting.

It's pretty simple, really. They show you a word right above the entry field. Type the first word or phrase that comes to mind when you see the word. Then, on the right, you see how many (or few) other people had the same connection. Repeat.

Part of the fun is typing your association as quickly as you can, and the other part is analyzing the results.

Give Human Brain Cloud a try.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Anonymous.

See the original image here.