Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
- Just in time for the Labor Day Weekend, it's the comparison chart of airline fees.
- "Captchas" are those mechanisms on web pages that are, basically, "type in the letters you see to prove you're not a software bot." I've covered some bad ones before, but here are the worst captchas of all time.
- It's a long read, but an interesting study that asks, Is Sleep Essential?
- How do you get that tobacco buzz without smoking? By brushing your teeth with Ipco Creamy Snuff.
- While some are known (such as "a murder of crows") and some are silly, check out the list of collective nouns by subject (A – H and I – Z).
- Are user-action sites the next big wave on the web? Find public bathrooms in New York City, using your cell phone, from the self-proclaimed "premiere toilet search engine" Diaroogle.com.
- I don't know if it's art or viral marketing, but exploding bananas and a balloon fetish are showcased by William Lamson.
- 13 of the biggest, strangest, and most devastating sinkholes on Earth.
- Clever painting and clever subject placement results in "camoflague" (sic).
- 10 creatures people didn’t think existed.
- The name might throw you, because it's safe for work, even if most of the hairstyles aren't. It's Sexy People.
- Home Alone + I Am Legend = Legend Alone.
- Flowchart of things to say during sex.
- 20 of the world’s weirdest endangered species.
- From the "Wow, That's Specific" department comes the antique poison bottle hall of fame.
- Last, but not least, it's the weekend! Plan your extended couch-potato time with the list of Labor Day weekend TV marathons.
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:30 AM
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
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 3:17 PM
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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
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.
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:10 AM
Monday, August 25, 2008
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
- College freshmen are preparing to start their undergraduate adventures. But what do we know about the class of 2012? Prepare to be dismayed by the tenth annual Beloit College Mindset List.
- Apparently, we need a "Black Google". It's called RushmoreDrive. You can read the background here. I'm glad to see we've finally transcended racism.
- Is it protest art, or public nuisance and unneeded trash? Protest balls.
- It's amazing some of the most obscure things that are archived within the intertron. Like Excerpts from The Anvil — 1913. The table beneath the class picture is the star of this page.
- You scream, I scream, we all scream for space cream!
- Inanimate faces.
- If you haven't seen The Dark Knight yet, you've at least seen the trailer. Which has been reproduced using the 1966 movie, the 1989 movie, The Office, and with kids.
- The board game The War on Terror came out in 2006 after a long development period. Now it's officially criminal.
- A short illustrated history of the Nerd (three pages).
- Although billed as the 25 most colorful lakes on earth, many are just the result of reflections. They're still awesome photos, though.
- The animal world strikes back! 19 terrifying incidents involving fish.
- 5 insanely small and inhabited private islands.
- WAFFLE SNEAKERS!
- Do you like The Simpsons? Then you'll probably enjoy this map of Springfield.
- You know how The People's Court interviews the participants after a session? The best interview ever.
- Walt Disney's 1943 production flowchart.
- You know, every time I'm snowboarding, I say to myself, "I wish there was a way I could answer all my phone calls without taking my gloves off."
- Do you spend hours in front of a computer screen? Then you need Gunnar computer glasses, if only to say their name out loud to other people.
Posted by NuclearToast at 9:40 AM
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 2:39 PM
Monday, August 18, 2008
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
Friday, August 15, 2008
- A breakthrough product that purifies water, literally in seconds, could be a real Lifesaver.
- A gallery of five great college pranks.
- Step back in time with 101 classic computer ads.
- The lolcat meme must, apparently, now be applied to any topic. For example, Lol McCain and Lol Olympics.
- Is PETA really still an organization, or just organized self-satire? I mean, seriously?
- You know about the rickroll. Now there's Barackroll.
- Take one parking garage, add one imaginative painter, and you get 3D directional signs.
- It sounds horrible, but some are pretty funny. 50 animals squashed against glass.
- Unforgettable and ugly faces.
- The ultimate geek wallpaper: motherboard walls.
- 15 of the strangest-themed restaurants.
- Love anime? Want to look more like an anime character? Then you need anime contact lenses.
- Not really a game, but a fun little toy, er, simulator: This is sand.
- It's the Periodic Table of Awesoments.
- Can you guess the movie title from just one letter?
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:00 AM
Thursday, August 14, 2008
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 4:41 PM
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
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
Friday, August 08, 2008
- Designers and marketing people will wince with "been there, done that" while watching this video that asks the question, "What if the Stop sign was designed by committee?"
- Eco-friendly gadgets are all the rage these days, but some of them can actually be practical. Such as the water-powered clock and the wind-up universal remote.
- From the Department of WTF comes the hair dryer headset.
- Everyone is trying to save gas these days. Naturally, the internet responds with an mpg-tracking social site. It's easy to use, and even has mobile device access. Check out Fuelly.
- Humorous military photos.
- I've never seen the show Wipeout, but this sequence with the wrecking ball is hilarious!
- This next clip needs no introduction: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at Comicon.
- Very cool video filmed with a high-speed camera and then slowed down to see the details: lightning in slow motion.
- The 50 most famous cars of all time.
- I don't know if this is cool or sad: the global warming rug.
- A backyard sprinkler proves to be a fun distraction for two moose calves and their mom.
- The lengths at which some people go to prank someone while on vacation: turning someone's office into a bathroom.
- Advertising knows no bounds. I mean, really, a crop circle ad? What's the world coming to?
- The amazing, eco-friendly Shit Box.
- Timeline of internet memes. Some links NSFW. (Complaint: the pop-up window is too small!)
- The 30 creepiest clouds On Earth.
- When steering wheels and instrument panels collide: Formula 1 steering wheel interfaces.
- IT's 08-08-08! And just in time for the Olympics comes this cool interactive map of Olympic medals. Also, cool interactive look at Olympic torches throughout history.
- How Russians beat traffic jams.
- This is why you have printing problems.
- Reasons to date a unicorn.
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:30 AM
Thursday, August 07, 2008
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.
It hasn't changed my life at all.
YET, C-Dawg. Yet.
Posted by NuclearToast at 3:44 PM
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
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
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.
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:37 AM
Monday, August 04, 2008
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
Friday, August 01, 2008
- How many clicks does it take to get to the center of an internet? Just one. The exact center of the internet.
- An interesting way to take pictures (and show off your traveling): comparing souvenirs and reality.
- The first popular internet rating site was Hot or Not. Several others followed, but now geeks are getting into the act with Rate My Network Diagram.
- A five-year-old project is now getting intarweb props. One chain-link fence, two boxes of styrofoam cups, one message, and public intervention: You Are Beautiful.
- Lots of kids have those roller-skate sneakers. But sandals? Check out these crazy Saudi kids.
- Who truly reads Playboy for the articles? Apparently, the blind.
- We're in an economic downturn? For some products, prices have been falling.
- Do you Twitter? Then you'll probably get a kick out of the parody site Fake Twitter Status.
- USB gadgets continue to multiply like iPod docking devices. Gadgets such as the "Nailed" USB drive, the USB hub tape dispenser, and the USB audio/video recorder.
- John Carpenter's sci-fi classic re-make plus stop-motion action figures equals G.I. Joe does The Thing.
- Racehorses can have inventively funny names, but the announcer really had fun with this one.
- 7 Superb Examples of Recycled Urban Architectures.
- In the continuing global takeover by Hello Kitty! items, you can now get Hello Kitty! motocycle leathers.
- Wow, a local enigma! The mysterious Chinese tunnels.
- Monkey torments young tigers.
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:45 AM
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?