Sunday, August 31, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Joshua. His caption is a nod to this awesome post.

See the original image here.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Another unique perspective game, literally! You have to match the pixel image, but the twist is, the pixels are in 3D. Rotate the swarm of pixels until you create the 2D image. The faster you complete them, the more time you earn, but you will run out of time eventually in coign of vantage.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Color Coding

I'm a geek, which means I know computer junk such as hex color codes. Lemme 'splain.

You see, colors on computers are comprised of three values: their red, green, and blue components. The level of these RGB values determines the resulting color. When nerds set up the intarwebz, they decided to use two-digit hexadecimal values for each component. These intertron color codes go from #000000 (black) to #FFFFFF (white).

Yes, I have a black t-shirt that has #000000 printed on it. In black.

So today I was dinking around with the codes when it hit me. Coffee. As in #C0FFEE (that's a zero in there). Unfortunately, it's a really, really light blue.

Ah well.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cube People for Cube People

Everyone needs little chotchkes on their desk that a) indicate things you like; and b) are cool. They are even cooler if you make them yourself.

Here's a site that has little "cube" people. Print out the image on a color printer; cut and fold the pieces, and voila, instant Cubecraft.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lunch Note

Not only is my officemate and coworker very cool, but he has an awesome wife. How awesome? Today she sent me a note in his lunch.

My very own lunch note!

She's always chipper, Disney-cartoon cheerful. And now I have a piece of that on my desk. I may even allow some kids on my lawn today.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

The right leg of Voltron is NOT, I repeat, NOT Pink.

Concept Catalog

John Nouanesign is a guy that has some really, well, interesting concepts.

And by interesting, I mean totally awesome.

You may have seen some of them, individually on other sites, but check out his entire catalog.

UPDATE: Well, poo, it seems his site was too popular and is currently unavailable.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

A shooting strategy game! Just shoot the colored bubbles and clear three or more of the same color. It's really easy, or so you think, as you get more frantic trying to clear the board. Give Bubble Shooter a try.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lunchtime Lineup

There are lots of tools these days to help parents who want to be involved in their kids' lives. Suchs as a online menu, with pictures, of the school lunches the little darlings can eat.

But as they got all caught up in the photographing and posting of these lunches, I wonder if the school realized the message they were sending about the healthy eating habits of today's children. Holy Taco reviews the school lunch pictures.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Watching the Olympics

I don't like sports. There, I said it. But it's true; I just don't. Which is why it's crazy how much I watch the Olympics.

It's not patriotism. There's just something about these international athletes competing on the world stage that's so compelling. (Well, except for basketball and tennis where they let frikkin' pros play, but that's another story.) I loathe baseball, and yet I was watching a baseball game just because it was an Olympic game.

And I watch the Olympics, not the stupid filler crap. I do that because I live in Seattle, and therefore get CBUT, the Vancouver (British Columbia) station for the Canadian network, CBC. They show the actual events, not hours of how some runner trained for the games while sewing all his mom's clothes, or whatever.

If you're ultra-American, you might be turned off by the (wow, surprise) Canadian-centric view of the games and the athletes. But the bonus is smiling to yourself every time the announcers say Canadian-accented words like, "tomorrow", "about", and "sorry".

CBC is on my TV practically every minute I'm awake. All evening long watching the daytime events. In the morning before work watching the evening events. Friends and acquaintances all get the spiel about how much better CBC's coverage is (and they probably rolled their eyes the moment they saw this post). All I know is, I get to enjoy watching Olympic events, not network filler. Canada, I salute you.

I also blame you for making me want some Tim Hortons coffee.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Map Attack

We normally remember the big moments in history. The smaller, day-to-day details are usually lost. Of course, the internet is there to fill in some of the gaps. Such as odd site/blog BibliOdyssey, which brings us a rather bizarre (and, apparently, popular fad of the time) collection of satirical maps of World War One.

Edit: Eep! Link fixed. Thanks DK.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is seayjay.

See the original image here.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

It's like a cutesy Asteroids, where some of the asteroids shoot back. Maneuver, shoot, and grow your Bubble Tank.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Driving Miss Crazy

So, you're following someone in traffic. You need to get somewhere, and they, apparently, do not. They slow down very slowly approaching a red light. They leave what seems to be two car lengths between them and the car in front of them. Then, when the light turns green, they seem determined to reach the speed limit in some time unit measured by a calendar.

At the first opportunity, of course, you swerve into the other lane, stomp on the gas, and grin with satisfaction as their car continues to shrink in your rear-view mirror. You soon forget the excruciating annoyance they caused you as you reach your destination, turn into the lot and find a sweet parking space.

Until they pull into the space next to you.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Simpsonized

Dean Fraser is an artist and, just for fun, he's made a blog where he re-creates superheroes (among others) in the style of The Simpsons. Check out his work at Springfield Punx.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

COOL!!! An "I ran into John McCain" t-shirt!
I didn't know they were out yet.

Someone Left a Note

Thanks to weebat, I now have a favorite site on the intertron. It is a collection of notes people have left, usually anonymously, for other people. Thanks to this site, I now know that the most common problem in offices is having your lunch eaten (sometimes partially) by an unknown co-worker.

You'll want to check back for new posts at Passive-Aggressive Notes.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley182.

See the original image here.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

After the last few weeks, it was hard to find a game even somewhat engaging, but this one is fun. Challenge your planning skills to use the fewest number of turns per level with Globs.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Late to the IM Scene

My friend, C-Man, is the system/network administrator of a small and highly-technical company. We tend to tease him a lot because... well, let's just say he's not known for enthusiastically embracing new technology. He just sent me an email:


I installed Windows Live Messenger.
Nothing happened.
It hasn't changed my life at all.

YET, C-Dawg. Yet.

Tea Time

teacillation [tee-sil-AY-shun] (noun) The act of teacillating, where the tea bag swings back and forth and spins as you hold the little paper tag, causing you to miss the intended target (your cup) EVERY SINGLE TIME you try to get it in that sucker.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Brobdingnagian Burgers

The internet is no stranger to food experiments. I've done some myself, right here in this blog. But there are some projects that are so larger-than-life, so daunting, and so outrageous that they exceed even my boundaries of taste.

Join one Aussie, emboldened by a trip to the USA, as he attempts to create Brisbane's Biggest Burger.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Longhair Organic Treehuggers

You know the type. They wear organic cotton (often tie-dyed), shop at Whole Foods, wear sandals, and fight the man while protecting the environment. What are they?

If you said, "hippies", you'd be right. But what is just one called?

Dear Intarwebs, the singular of "hippies" is "hippie". If you call someone a "hippy", then you are saying they are fat, or at least wide. Get it right, you loosers.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Caption Contest

Caption contest

See honey? I told you we could go off-roading and
you would still have all the comforts of home.

Pictures of the Past

Here's a site that will literally suck hours of your life away. It starts out innocently enough, as you think you'll just check out one or two of them. Until you look at the clock and realize how much time has passed.

This guy has collected thousands of photographs and grouped them into like categories. Such as home life, photo booths, and TV shots. It's a fascinating glimpse into the history of others (and our collective selves) at Square America.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Anonymous, with the politically incorrect, but funny, caption.

See the original image here.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Activity Corner

Friday Game

There was this amazing game back in the 90s called The Incredible Machine. You had a bunch of pieces with which to build a Rube Goldberg device and solve a series of puzzles.

I've found a game that uses similar concepts. It has a smaller, simpler toolbox, and adds realistic physics. Like most games, it starts out simple and quickly gets harder. As of this writing, I've pretty much given up getting past level 18.

One of the best features it has is, once you've solved a puzzle, you can see how (hundreds!) of other players solved it. I was amazed at how creative and ingenious some of these solutions were.

How well can you construct a Fantastic Contraption?