Friday, February 29, 2008

Activity Corner

Happy Bissextile

Now go and learn all sorts of useless trivia about leap day.

Friday Game

A tricky puzzle game that uses quite a bit of billiards to solve the levels. Took me a bit to get used to the physics in CoBaCoLi.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bedeviled

I like me some Bejeweled, both the original and the new extra crispy. So much so that I actually paid for the game and downloaded it to my cellphone.

I play it on the bus. Or while I'm waiting for our take-out order at the Vietnamese restaurant. Or pretty much anywhere I have a few minutes to burn.

See, the game is addictively easy. Just bloop, bloop, bloop. And when I need to return focus to the real world, just shut the flip on my cellphone and it saves the game. So I can jump right back in where I left off the next time.

Yesterday, I hop on the bus, open my phone, and hit Resume. I've been on a roll this game, and am on track for a new entry on the high scores list. I flip one combination of jewels and am immediately met with the game-ending, "No more moves!"

After several seconds, I realized I should probably close my mouth.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Costume Conunundrum

I'm struck by the total ernestness of this site. There's really not much to say, you just have to see it for yourself" Catholic Costumes for Children.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

So how are all my Man Whores doing?
You got your sugar momma's cut?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Make-up Post

Since I was undercaffeinated and linked to something I'd linked to before, I'll see if I can find something that can make up for it.

A bit of celebrity gossip. Do you know Sarah Silverman, the outrageous female comedian? She used to date Jimmy Kimmel. But now she has a new boyfriend. And she used Jimmy Kimmel's late night show to make the announcement.

This video is not safe for work, unless you have headphones. Thanks to Ash finding it first.

Sarah Silverman's new boyfriend.

Caffeine Concentration

Another Monday morning, which means an infusion of coffee to jumpstart the day. If you drink coffee for the buzz (like most of us do), then you'll be interested in Caffeine: A User's Guide to Getting Optimally Wired.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

DK is on a roll! Well played, sir.

See the original image here.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Activity Corner

  • This crackah doesn't speak for me, but the posts are humorous, and the comments hilarious, at Stuff White People Like.

  • Nice collection of photos of unfortunate business names.

  • If you're a font manipulation nerd like me, you'll love this brilliant new typography term.

  • How did I miss Fido? I love zombie movies! There's a corporation in this retro-themed movie; see its promotional newsreel here, and its website here.

  • Doubt creeps in.

  • A "single-serving site" is a website with one page based on its domain name. Don't quite get it yet? Then check out the list of Single Serving Sites.

  • Like a breathtaking view with a chance to fall to your death? The Deadly Huashan Hiking Trail. (I've seen pictures of parts of the trail before; now I know what it is!)

  • Obsolete skills.

  • Button paradox.

  • Incredibly cool and detailed Star Trek star charts. You know, if you're into that sort of thing.

  • If you're big into Sudoku, maybe you're bored with the whole numbers thing, and yearn for a new challenge. Try your hand (and brain) at image Sudoku.

  • I don't know what to call this. It looks like an analog watch, but it's also a GSM cellphone, a camera, and an MP3/video player. The Epoq!

  • The National Safety Council's official list of The odds of dying from...

  • Sign language matchbooks.

  • If there's one thing network admins hate, it's cables. The 40 most disastrous cable messes may make you feel a bit better. (Although I don't think some of the pictures are too bad.)

  • I wanna know how people figured out how to eat seven of the deadliest delicacies.

  • Different cultures and locations have different methods for counting a handful of bills/notes. Check out this video on how people count cash.

  • A tale of how the web can take you down a path you didn't intend to go down. First, I read the snopes.com entry about the Neil Armstrong "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" urban legend. Which points to NASA's Apollo 11 transcripts. Which points to the official Apollo 11 image archive. It may seem like ancient history, but somehow, grinding through all these really humanized the whole project. Like this x-ray, done to make sure no sharp foreign items would puncture the pressure suit. Think about being 238,000 miles away from home and worrying about that. I even learned about reseau crosses!

Friday Game

Here's a game that's a novel concept. You rotate the game board and let gravity move the ball to the finish point. Although it seems to get harder as you gain confidence in your abilities and try to beat the clock. How deftly can you Spin the Black Circle?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A Hallmark Moment

So, on my way home tonight, I had to stop at the grocery store. Yeah, it's 11:30 at night, but I needed to pick up a few necessities. I see a lone cashier and, down one aisle, a young woman restocking shelves.

There are five other customers in the store. Two girls push a cart, their mouths doing double duty as they both chat with each other and chew some portable snack. A man stands by the milk case, talking intently into a phone/PDA device he holds in front of him. Ok, maybe he's talking into a headset; I don't look too closely. Last, but not least, two middle-aged women, obviously not together, are in the same aisle.

They're browsing the greeting card section. At 11:30 at night.

Holidays never take a holiday, my friends.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Total Lunar Eclipse!

If you live in the US, tonight you should be able to see (local weather permitting) a total lunar eclipse. That's when the moon passes through the earth's shadow.

I'll spare you the geeky details and won't use words like umbra and penumbra, but the eclipse comes in two phases. You can see more about it at the official NASA page.

Here in the Seattle area, we're actually expecting clear weather. A quick timeline (Seattle/Pacific time):

Moonrise: 5:05pm
Eclipse begins: 5:43pm
Totality begins: 7:01pm
Totality ends: 7:51pm
Eclipse ends: 9:09pm

These things are kinda rare, so much so that I'll actually leave my computer tonight to check it out. I might even open my blinds.

I know!

What Money Can Dubai

Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates on the horn of the Saudi Arabian penisula, is so rich that they are building some of the most ambitious construction projects on the planet. You'll be amazed even while you're thinking, "Dubai is nuts!"

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

No Fries, Definitely a Shake!

"Oh, baby, you look so delicious, I could just eat you up!"

(My imaginary conversation with the girl wearing the cheeseburger dress.)

Seriously, how cool is that dress? The drive-through one-liners alone are worth it. You know, like, "Nice buns!"

Monday, February 18, 2008

Fan of Serenity

Raggs and I are off today. Guess what marathon is on the Sci-Fi channel? Firefly. All day. And just to prove again how awesome she is:

Raggs: I'm going to have to buy the DVDs.
Me: You like it that much?
Raggs: I want to be IN it, I like it that much.

I gotta get me a brown coat.

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Look into my eyes and tell me you want to see my
minature Millenium Falcon collection.

Color Me Impressed

Geeks like to read reviews of new hardware and software before they invest in it. Here's someone who has taken the concept of reviews and applied it, tongue-in-cheek, to something rather ordinary. Colored Pencils Reviewed.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is DK. Again!

See the original image here.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

This one's an interesting challenge. It's an old carnival game, and the trick is to cover the big red dot with the 5 smaller dots.

Play Cover the Red Spot.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Love in the Lab

It wouldn't be Valentine's Day without cards, so the science geek in me can't resist pointing you at these nerdy science Valentines.

Happy Valentine's Day

NCLR TOST

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Alka Seltzer... In Spaaaaaaace!



I love the little wire harness that keeps the water sphere in place. I love how the tablet gets sucked into the sphere. And I love that little droplets go flying off when some of the bubbles burst. What's not in the video (but that I wish was): an astronaut sucking up the blob of Alka Seltzer water to nurse a space hangover.

Gettin' All Romantical

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and I'm sure many of you are trying to find a unique way to let your loved one (or even acquaintance) know how you feel. Why shop around for a card that might say something you sorta feel when you can create your own personalized sentiment.

All you have to do is fill out a form: the Declaration of Romantic Intent.

(See other such forms at the Bureau of Communication.)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tech Tchocolate

Tcho Chocolate is an interesting company. It was founded by a tech mogul and a legendary chocolatier. They purchased a defunct chocolate factory located in an old castle in Wernigerode, Germany, and shipped it to the San Francisco waterfront. They don't just melt and re-form chocolate, they create their own fair-trade product. And, in true tech style, they're currently beta testing their chocolate and encourage feedback on their website.

The perfect Valentine's Day geek chocolate. Tcho Beta.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

So this monkey walks into a bar, right?

All the Colors of the Rainbow

When words fail, sometimes concepts can only be expressed in pictures. Even if they're very bad pictures. Like the ones found on the descriptively-named RainbowPuke.com.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

DK wins again! Who can stop him?

See the original image here.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Activity Corner

  • Even in todays electronic world, paper currency ("bank notes", or "bills" to us Yanks) is ubiquitous. Can you use notes to convey an idea? Check out the results at de-noted.com.

  • Science geek alert! Scroll down to start at the bottom (Earth) and then work your way up to the top (the Big Bang) in the scale map of the universe.

  • One nerd realized his dream, buying a "brand new" never-been-opened Apple IIc, almost 20 years old. Apple IIc unboxed.

  • In England, your back yard is known as your garden. And most gardens have a shed. Some people are really proud of their shed. So, of course, there's a gallery of them at Reader Sheds.

  • Top 8 most amazing treehouses.

  • Ha ha ha, stoners are funny! Especially when they try to rig up a turbo bong.

  • Is playing Hangman on paper just too last century for you? Then you need the new Hangman 3D.

  • If you're looking for a small form-factor PC, you might investigate the award-winning Stealth 450.

  • Put the fun back in mealtime with the Zing! food fight spoon.

  • If you take pictures, you know how important it is to not move your camera. Yet hauling around a bulky tripod, or even a monopod, can be a pain. Check out this video for an amazing stabilization system that costs less than a dollar: the DIY camera stabilizer.

  • Computer case modding can go to some lengths for inspiration. Like this geek, who pays tribute to 1930s deco Bayard mantle clocks with his Pico Bayard computer.

  • Don't let carpal tunnel get you down! Strengthen your soft, geeky hands with the Xtensor!

  • After the orphan sock posts on this and other blogs, and knowing Ash's propensity for sock creatures, here are 14 uses for orphan socks.

  • The seven habits of highly effective spaceship captains.

  • The missing Jesus statue. Worth watching just because there's a ransom note involving "wiener poopie".

  • If you have kids, or are a big one yourself, you might enjoy the crazy paper toy.

  • Today is the day. Yeah, I don't get it either.

  • Announcing a fast food technological breakthrough. Chicken nuggets and soda in the SAME CUP!

  • The bacon scarf.

  • The most advanced USB toy of 2008? Why, it's the USB boxer.

  • Vegetarians, avert your eyes. It's the bacon pig!

  • Many in the Puget Sound area have seen the famous video of the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse in 1940. What many don't know, however, is the original movie was shot in color. Read more about Galloping Gertie.

Friday Game

Grab the green circles and touch a blue one to "bank" the ones you've collected so far. You get more points for holding on to more, but don't get too greedy! Hit a red circle and the game is suddenly and abruptly over.

Test your reactions with White Dwarf.

(Fun tidbit: I noticed your white dwarf has a gravity well that affects the paths of the circles.)

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Time and Temperature

With all the cold weather, snow, rain, and blustery wind the Seattle area has received lately, one thing that seems to be on everyone's mind is, "How cold is it?" Now for those of you that live in places that measure temperatures with minus signs in front of them, it may not seem like much of a big deal, but it is. It's all relative.

So anyway, where's a good place to find the current temperature where you are? If you're in suburbia, which is most of the Seattle area, your friendly neighborhood bank branch probably has one of those time/temperature displays. Easy peasy.

My question is, what banking organization created the standard which says all banks must have these things? Is it part of their accredidation? Or just a bank version of keeping up with the Joneses?

One thing's for certain, though. If you really want to know what temperature it is, you'll either be going by too fast or the light will change and all you'll see is Celsius. Doh!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Spockianity

Does your life lack purpose and direction? Do you yearn to follow the path of truth? Then you should join The Church of Spock of Latter-Day Science Officers.

Live long, and prosper.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The New Old Toaster

Pretty much everyone these days has a toaster oven. The problem with them, though, is they're actually pretty inefficient devices for making toast. The old-school two-slot drop-down pop-up kind make better toast, faster, and with less electricity. How do you accomodate today's kitchens that still need a toaster oven for warming pizza?

By combining them. Here's the product page.

2-in-1 Toaster

Super Viewing

So this past Sunday's Super Bowl was the most watched one in NFL history, and the second-most watched television event in America, which was the series finale of M*A*S*H (link).

But what does that mean? Looking up figures for now and 1983, and then doing a little basic math, around 32% of the US population watched this year's Super Bowl. The M*A*S*H finale? A whopping 45%.

I wonder if anybody watched M*A*S*H for the commercials?

Monday, February 04, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Invisible juggling.

Skin Deep

Ariana Russell has a skin condition called dermatographia. When her skin is lightly scratched, it forms welts. Since she's an artist, she's turned her skin into a medium, and she photographs the results. She claims it doesn't hurt, no matter how painful the pictures look. Check out the gallery starting here.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is DK. Nice one!

See the original image here.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Activity Corner

  • I posted about the cheeseburger in a can. Here's a guy that bought one and reviews it.

  • I also posted the germs video. Bladio pointed me to a NY Times article about the only scientific study every done based on a Seinfeld episode: double dipping. (My favorite line is, "The way I would put it is, before you have some dip at a party, look around and ask yourself, would I be willing to kiss everyone here? Because you don’t know who might be double dipping, and those who do are sharing their saliva with you.) Another longer-lasting link here.

  • Now that we're all thinking about our taxes, do you know where they're going? Check out the the interactive budget graph.

  • A collection of amazing photographs: only in Russia.

  • We're told we need to plan for every eventuality. When you live your life online, that includes preparing for your death online.

  • A look at the future, from the past. Here's a 1958 Disney movie that predicts innovation on The Magic Highway.

  • Wine for dogs? Yes, a product of Bark Vineyards.

  • You know what your next party needs? Ice cubes shaped like dentures. They're called Frozen Smiles.

  • The next meme on the lolparade is The Fail Blog.

  • Are they shoe pants, or pant shoes? You decide.

  • One man's take on men and women.

  • Ostensibly a bet between two London record producers to see who could get the worst song on the charts. Peaking at number 15 was 1997's No Way No Way.

  • THX for the eyes.

  • Participatory street art shows up in New York as a giant to do list.

  • Juan Casas is a talented artist, but his pictures are interesting because he uses only Bic ballpoint pens to draw them. Check out his gallery.

  • Find out what any acronym, abbreviation, or initialism stands for at AcronymFinder.com.

  • Ghost town buried in the sand.

  • The ultimate cubicle prank.

  • A product I can heartily endorse, the Tic Tac Toast.

  • It was recently Martin Luther King Day. In honor of the occasion, a university cafeteria offered probably the worst possible special dinner ever.

  • YouTube nature corner, in case you haven't seen them. Ant colony plaster cast and dolphins blowing bubble rings.

Friday Game

Here's a great little brain teaser puzzle game called Untangle.

And a mindless fun activity, the Jackson Pollock simulator.