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

Caption contest

"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.