Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bacon Cake

In the ongoing (and entirely unintentional, at least originally) bacon theme I've got going on my blog, Aaron hooked me up with some more bacony goodness. It's a bacon cake. And not just any bacon cake, oh no.

CHOCOLATE covered bacon cake.

Does mankind's brilliance know no bounds?

Catch Up With Dr. Horrible

Unless you've been living under a rock (or aren't a geek), you know that Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog is the best supervillain musical ever made.

It was produced, written, and directed by Joss Whedon, who is worshipped by intarweb fanboys everywhere for his previous body of work. Namely, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly (and the follow-up movie, Serenity).

Dr. Horrible was only up for a few days earlier this month on the official website, but now you can watch the three acts separately, or the whole thing at once, on

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What's Your Motivation?

Take any picture (or image or game screenshot), add a little imagination, use their handy tool, and you have an instant motivational poster.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

American Idol

Yesterday after work, I was at the Park and Ride waiting for my bus. Among the other bus-waiters was a young (mid-20s) woman, wearing ear buds and obviously listening to music. I say "obviously" because she was singing.

She was oblivious to the fact that she mumbled and lowered her volume at the parts she didn't know as well, and belted out, at full volume, the parts that she did. The other bystanders and I exchanged looks and grinned, with an occasional snicker leaking out each time she startled us with a suddenly, passionately loud passage.

Raggs happened to call me, and she could hear the woman singing in the background. Over the phone. Then I started giggling and couldn't stop. Because the woman was singing like one of the rejects on the beginning shows of an American Idol season. She was really, really bad.

I was laughing at the hilarity of it all: the volume changes, the horribleness, and the utter lack of care that everyone around her was (hopefully) secretly snickering.

I am certain that, somewhere, she is totally oblivious as to why the paint is peeling.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Is the "ProTan" competition really fair for contestants 1, 3, and 5?

Write That Down

There are lots of review sites out there, and the internet being what it is, they cover almost every imaginable niche. Like this one.

You may consider them afficianados, or perhaps even snobs, but it doesn't detract from the lovingly-crafted reviews at Pencil Talk.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

This one just might drive you crazy. You have to find the differences between two "identical" pictures. The last one can be very hard to spot! Good luck finding the 6 Differences.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Lawns, and The Kids That Should Be Getting Off of Them


All of them. You too, Billy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Let Them Eat... What?

Cake is a part of life. Birthdays, weddings, and all kinds of get-togethers at work. But with as many cakes as there are out there in the world, there are bound to be a few disasters. And the internet being what it is, someone collects those disasters for all of us to laugh at, or wonder just what in the hell was going on.

The host's comments about the cakes are awesome too, at Cake Wrecks.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Coworker Roundup

  • "I'm going to generalize, and that makes me a terrible person, but I think I can say you will never, ever see two guys standing in a hallway between offices having a whisper-gossip session."

  • Two co-workers were walking down the hall. They were arguing about the most efficient path to the office they were heading towards.

  • "I don't make it a habit to talk about my poop, but I highly recommend eating an entire one-pound bag of carrots. Not only are they delicious, but they end up being... interesting."

Monday, July 21, 2008

Heya, Dollface!

If a picture of yourself isn't quite enough, yet a statue is a bit too much, maybe you should have a doll made of yourself. (Or action figure, if you prefer.)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is seayjay.

See the original image here.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Activity Corner

  • Ha ha ha, it's funny when you do a search that returns humorous stereotype results.

  • Speaking of funny searches, if you enter the right combination of ASCII characters into Google, your results are a picture.

  • Ten cool (and free) "magic" bar tricks.

  • Me am is Superman.

  • What is possibly the most-uttered word on reality TV shows? I'm not here to make friends.

  • Nerd alert! Graphing the results of searching for KHAAAAN!

  • A wrist rest for your mouse hand is practically standard equipment. But one that smells like a croissant?

  • From the Department of WTF comes the do-it-yourself instructions for a handgun-shaped Bluetooth handset, the iGiveUp.

  • I bet MacGyver uses a mowercycle.

  • Everyone knows about the leaning tower of Pisa. Apparently, it's a tourist thing to take your picture either pushing it or holding it up. But what if you take random pictures of people posing for these shots? You get some silly pictures.

  • The third installment of the animated adventures of Simon and his cat: TV Dinner.

  • The Japanese have a novel method of building demolition. Instead of imploding them (while more spectacular), they produce less pollution and recycle more materials by using huge jacks. Disassemble a floor, then lower the building, and repeat. It's called daruma-otoshi.

  • 9 Reasons Not to Date a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

  • Crazy pizza combinations around the world.

  • A guy makes puppies go to sleep by singing to them.

  • The cat that tries to get the fridge to feed it by begging.

  • In the days before PhotoShop, artists had to do things by hand. These bygone days are preserved at the museum of forgotten art supplies.

  • When it comes to dirty cars, the most expressive most of us get is writing "wash me" in the dust. But not Scott Wade. He's the dirty car artist.

  • These days everyone looks at real estate on the web. So it's important to take good pictures of a property. Or so you'd think. Check out some questionable pictures at It's Lovely! I'll take it!

  • High heel shoes for babies? Yes.

Friday Game

Ferry Halim makes wonderful games that are a bit out of the ordinary. And they always have great music. Use the umbrella to keep the bear in the air, and land on a vehicle's roof. Watch out for the birds, though! See how far you can get in Sunny Day Sky.

(Hint: Close the umbrella for a bit, then re-open it to fly up again.)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Stormtrooper Smash Update

Remember the Stormtrooper Smash video that had the whole internet mad a selfish blonde? It was a fake.


To the person that butted in front of me and cut me off:

If you would have waited, I would have happily let you in. But because you rudely took what was not rightfully yours, I now hate you.

I hope you can live with yourself.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Horribly Good

Joss Whedon, the creative mind behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, has a new web-only miniseries (and I mean mini) that is now hitting the tubes. It stars Neal Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day.

Check out Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog.

The Art of Tagging

We consumers use taglines to identify brands and companies. So taglines are serious business. Enough so to foster specialists that do nothing else. Like Tagline Guru.

Ok, so that's a business consulting site. But the reason I'm taking you there is because, since they have to know their business, they've compiled, among other things, the 100 most influential taglines. See how many you know or remember.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Sound of Annoyance

Whether it's earphones for an MP3 player or a Bluetooth headset, lots of people have stuff plugged into their ears these days. And being a geek, I'm one of them. But I have a hard time hearing what I'm listening to.

Maybe I have the smallest ear-holes in the world, but ear buds just won't go in. They end up hanging precariously by that little ear-hole skin flap thing, with the tinny, now not-full-featured sound being lost to the aether rather than being funneled to my eardrum. So I'm constantly spin-smushing them back in.

I know. That's what she said.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

"...puttun' on da ritzzz...."

CRTs Forever

You can always rely on the internet to be a repository of not only information, but people's interests as well. Interests that span all sorts of topics and collections. One such example, which is still regularly updated, is the cathode ray tube site.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Rock Climbing

We went rock climbing this weekend out near North Bend. It was awesome! Here's a showoff picture of me near the top of a route:

Toast on the rocks

After climbing in the gym for over a year, the natural rocks are totally different. Plus, the scenery is waaay better. I can't wait to do it again!

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Ash.

See the original image here.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Activity Corner

Hare Today, Where Tomorrow?

As I walked to work this morning from the bus stop, I saw that the landscape maintenance guys were doing their thing in the office complex where I work. Nice day for it.

As I got closer to my building, I noticed something small next to the curb where I was walking. It was smaller than a tennis ball. A tiny baby bunny, not moving a hair.

Widdle bunneh

I didn't want to touch him, even to move him out of the way. I hope he's ok.

Friday Game

This game has only 25 levels, and you'll wish there were more. It's a fun puzzle game that also has achievements. Hint: If you want them all, make sure you let the credits run all the way through the first time you finish. That's right, I said, "the first time," because you may do it more than once! It's pretty addictive.

Join the fun with Totem Destroyer.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Location, Location, Location

I noticed an announcement affixed to the men's room door. Of course, nobody reads it because they're all using the door because they're on a mission. And they're guys; nobody's going to stand there reading the door.

If they wanted the announcement to be effective, they'd position it in front of the urinal. THEN it would be read.

Lights Out

The light bulb on my lava lamp blew. Or, I should say, on my LAVA® brand motion lamp. So the groovy vibes in my office are muted until I can get a new bulb.

Bummer, dude.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Words of Congress

Examine the Congressional record for each day that Congress is in session, find the word that is used most often, and you have the basis for Capitol Words.

It's interesting to go back using the calendar view and see how words appear both frequently and randomly.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Oral Fix

I just got back from the dentist and my face is half numb and tingling. I have to be careful not to chew a chunk off the inside of my mouth. Later, my gums will start to ache. Can't wait.

It didn't go too badly, all things considered. I mean, the smell of burning enamel is always fun. So is that rubber dam and the little wedge they stick in your teeth to keep your mouth open. Although dental work isn't at the top of my list of leisure activities, I don't get too worked up over it. In fact, I've actually fallen asleep in the chair before.

But now I'm going to eat something soft, and very carefully.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Even Santa is feeling the economic downturn.

Capture the Moment

"History," as one saying goes, "is all that stuff that happened before you were born." Remembering history is one thing, but making it real for people takes more than just remembering. You need visual aids! Luckily, Alli Katz is fairly skilled on the Etch-a-Sketch, and does some pretty good artist renderings of Great Moments in History.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Andy.

See the original image here.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

The game is very simple: just stack the boxes up past the line. Unfortunately, your platform isn't stable, so you have to keep it balanced. Also, there's no way (that I could tell) of knowing what size/kind of box comes next to plan your stack. It's the hand-drawn physics stacking game Poiser.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Garlic Chili Paste

I like spicy stuff. I don't remember how I came upon it, but garlic chili paste is one of those spicy things I love. I was talking about it at work, hyping up mine as the best stuff (it's paste, not sauce), and tried to describe it.

Urn, this is for you:

Garlic chili paste

I've only found it at the Asian market on Jackson in the International District. Good luck, shoppers.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

To Dream, Perchance to Blog...

Many people start a blog with the best of intentions, but after a while, the passion fades, and their blog just sort of... tapers off and then stops. It's not their fault, really, because blogging requires the sort of commitment that can only be maintained by the mentally ill, and by people who are paid to do it (which may be the same thing). Little wonder, then, that the web is littered with blogcorpses.

You may be surprised (I know I was) at the blogs that contain one post. Just the singular, initial entry, and nothing more. And put together, they form a chain of entertainment. They also are the fodder for... wait for it... a blog!

Check out One Post Wonder. And, as you're reading, notice the dates of the posted posts.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

From Junuary to Juneburn

For those of you not in the Seattle area, the month started off very chilly. It was so cold, even for us flannel-wearing northwesterners, that everyone not-so-jokingly referred to it as "Junuary".

This past weekend more than made up for the cold start, with blazing sunshine and near-record temperatures in the low 90s. Since Seattleites' melting point is around 85 degrees, that meant lots of flannel puddles.

What this means for a cave-dwelling geek:

  1. Sweating is icky. Standing inside in next to nothing, not moving, and sweating is icky with an exponent.

  2. If you stand in front of the air conditioner to cool down (see #1), you are now basically locked in place. You can't move away from the cold air stream, because anywhere is going to be hotter than where you are right now.

  3. Cold air on sweat (see #1 and #2) cools your skin rapidly, and can make you have to pee.

This is what's referred to as "a dilemma".