Thursday, December 31, 2009

Birth of an Idea

Bumper sticker
Clever bumper sticker seen on a car in South Lake Union area.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Time for Lists

It's the end of another year, and a time when people make lists of the year about to end. You come to this blog for intarweb stuffz, so I present the top 20 internet lists of 2009.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pies R Round

This one's for you, David!

Pizza formula
Now I need the formula for finding the volume of my stomach, in order to compare the two.

Beary Christmas

Christmas bear
The Brown Bear car wash in Ballard decorates their huge (20-foot tall) bear for Christmas. That's a frikkin' huge hat!

Monday, December 28, 2009

On the Recent Airline Terror Incident

Q: How many TSA employees does it take to stop a terrorist?

A: Nobody knows; they've never done it.

Now take off your pants, please.

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Gentleman Gaga

Infoe Graphyxs

Infographics are cool, but, surprisingly, they're not new. I was a bit surprised to find out how =not= new they are when I examined these Victorian infographics.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley.

See the original image here.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Sackboy Claus!
Now get out there and play with your new toys!

Friday Game

In case you need something to play on your new Christmas computer, here's a physics game with a twist. Shoot the required number of blocks to advance to the next level in Blosics.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Science of Avatar

I haven't seen James Cameron's epic 3D sci-fi movie yet, and you don't have to in order to appreciate an astrophysicist's examination of The Science of Avatar.

Christmas Carols

Ok, chorus... everybody!

Christmas Eve

Poor tree has no lights. But it's still a nice tree.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Festivus!

If you know your Seinfeld, you know your Festivus! Celebrate!

A Christmas Bunny

Unless you've lived under a rock since 1983, or you're my girlfriend, you've undoubtedly seen the classic movie A Christmas Story ("You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"). And so you know about the pink bunny suit.

Have you always wanted one for yourself? (Or perhaps a minor or significant other?) Then you're in luck! Get on over to Instructables and make your own Christmas Story bunny costume.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Frosting the Snowman

Snowman cookie
One of the results of the cookie-decorating party we went to the other night. This is my stylin' snowman with his pimpin' hat. Alas, he is no more; the victim of a horrible yet delicious mastication incident.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

How some companies are able to provide 24/7 tech support.

A Bit Horny

Are you a true metal rocker? Are you mad that regular people have co-opted and watered down the true meaning of throwing the hard rock horns? Then you'll want to join Dee Snider in his campaign to Take Back The Horns!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Joshua.

See the original image here.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

You have to think fast and do what the game tells you (or not) on every level. Be quick; you can't make many mistakes trying to Obey the Game!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Real Thing™

Frozen Coke
It was so cold in Seattle that even a discarded full can of Coke burst.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Nailing It

It started in October 2009, when a young lady (what's the word, nailologist?) decided to create a different design on her nails. Every day. For a year. Wow.

And not only does she provide a daily picture of her creative designs, she even gives you the details of what she uses and how she does each one.

If you have the time, start at the beginning and come forward to see the whole palette at The Daily Nail.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Best Seat in the House

50 yard line!
Better than seats AT the 50 yard line, is being ON the 50 yard line.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Let me at im, let me at im. I can take em!! I'll sting em, and pinch em,
and then munch um. EWWWW just let me at em!!!

"It's a cake... from a PAN."

Who doesn't love pancakes? They're so simple, yet so satisfying. And yet, there are so many ways you can make them; all it takes is a little imagination. Witness these works of pan art at a site dedicated to the blessed bounty of the stove or griddle, The Pancake Project.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is ParticleJam.

See the original image here.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

A great physics puzzle game. You shrink or grow the pieces to get the smiley face (or faces!) into the target area. But beware, you have to maintain the same amount of mass! See how many puzzles you can solve with Shrink It.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Frozen in Seattle

Frozen fountain
Crazy cold weather here in Seattle! The fountains in the food court today were frozen pretty solid. I'm not sure what the logs are for, but a worker had obviously broken up the ice around the cascades so the water wouldn't flow over the ice and out onto the sidewalks.

Blue 32, Hut Hut!

Whiteboard work
I love coming upon one of these whiteboards at work, imagining the frenzied drawing and gesturing, the changing of pen color for effect, and mostly for the incomprehensibility of what was going on.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

It's the Cheesiest!

That's right, everything you've always wanted to know, or didn't know you wanted to know, about cheese! The Wikipedia of cheese is Cheesipedia.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


Mud monster
Flyer seen on a local community bulletin board.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

"Look, I just want to know - do your ears pop
when you bend over to tie your shoes?"

Twitter, Doogie Howser Style

Doogie Howser was famous for typing a diary entry on his computer at the end of each episode, something that earned him the distinction of being possibly the first blogger. Anyway, now you can relive the medical phenomenon's typing with one of the latest social media phenomenons, Twitter. Simply add a username to the URL of the site and you get postings typed back to you, Doogie Howser-style, at Twoogie, MD.

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is ParticleJam.

See the original image here.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Here's a really cool variation on your standard Breakout game with a physics twist. You move the paddle left and right, yes, but you use the up/down arrow keys to control the height of the bounce. The paddle also shows you the resulting bounce path, which lets you fine-tune your position. Try to clear the circles off the screen in Mr. Bounce.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Coworker Roundup

  • "Well, they were pan-dimensional beings."

  • "The microwave doesn't beep. It's the basenji of kitchen accoutrements."

  • Guy: "I fell asleep in my office yesterday, watching my computer, because I've been taking cough syrup."
    Girl: "On purpose?"

  • "I don't know which is worse, Clippy or the little frikkin' puppy dog."

  • "She's... she's socially retarded."

  • "While 'Ghost in the Machine' is a nice, 1981 Police album that reminds me of my early childhood, I think we should see what we can do to get ghosts out of our data center."

  • "I sneezed while I was peeing, and I farted. For an instant, I had stuff coming out of every hole in my body."

  • "Sometimes I must stop and remind myself of how many people are employees of the 'Good Intentions Paving Company'."

  • "We should totally kill somebody with Nerf guns."

  • "The trees throw primarily nature attacks."

  • Guy 1: "And on that note, I have to go take a crap."
    Guy 2:"Uhhh... thanks for letting me know."

  • "None of the servers threw an error because none of the servers BELIEVE that it's an error."

  • "Let me tell you, baby formula tastes NOTHING like breast milk."

Not Garbage At All

Clothing check bags
They may be garbage bags, but they don't contain garbage. This is just a small sample of the huge amount of "clothing check" bags of runners in the Seattle Marathon this past weekend.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Deviant Definitions

Don't let the name fool you. The definitions of simple words are hilariously eccentric. The simple illustrations help recall childhood books at My First Dictionary.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Rainbow Cart

Cart with color drawers
Strange cart in the hospital with color-labeled drawers. I like how they added "Gray" to the top one, which was already doing double duty.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

If you think this is impressive, wait until I get a real car...

It's A Stickup!

Many bank robbers are unarmed, and achieve their goal by just passing a teller a note. They also, surprisingly, make off with a small amount of cash. Check out the actual notes they used, plus other details about their robbery attempt (such as successful or not), at Bank Notes.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

There's no winner this week. Maybe I needed a better picture.

See the original image here.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday Activity Corner

Everyone's out shopping, sleeping off the effects of America's All-You-Can-Eat holiday, or playing games (like me). Short attention span, short list.

Friday Game

A puzzle strategy game that has you click the new color touched by the old color to "drench" the board in a single color in a limited number of moves. It starts out easy, but you lose a move each time you advance a board. Do you have what it takes to Drench?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Flames

Happy Thanksgiving! Instead of a picture of the traditional spread, I present the enjoyable (and hopefully, not repeated by anyone reading this) eight deep-fried turkey disaster videos.

And remember, if someone says that we're not supposed to laugh at someone else's misfortune, tell them God should have thought of that before he made those misfortunes totally hilarious.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Animating Stills

Apparently, there's a funny phenomenon on Facebook, where someone takes multiple pictures within a short period of time. The person that started this page noticed it, and by "playing" the pictures quickly, animates them. The growing collection is on display at Facebook Animations.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Rules to Live By

THings learned from video games
A poster on the wall of someone's cube at work. (Click to embiggen.)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Films and Firearms

IMDB is the premier source for movie information. But sometimes you want specific movie information, especially if you like weapons. For that sort of thing, you need the Internet Movie Firearms Database.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Andy.

See the original image here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Small World
Here's a pixelated game of discovery with a rather unique twist. There's no timer, no points, no enemies; just you and the "fog of war" of the unexplored world. Investigate the mystery and wonder of Small World.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Totem Pole

Totem pole
A house in Ballard with its own homemade totem on a pole, made from scrap pieces of wood and the actual telephone/power pole on the street.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Browser Share Update

I was curious this morning what affect, if any, Google Chrome and Safari (iTunes and iPhone) had on the Firefox-heavy number of browsers that are used to access this site. So I ran (electronically, of course) to my sitemeter page and grabbed the current browser statistics:

Browser share

Of course, Firefox is hanging in there at 50%. Chrome, not too much of a showing yet. IE versions take second place with 26%, but Safari is right on IE's heels at 21%.

Sorry, geeked out there a little bit. Hope you don't mind.

Making Your Day

Perhaps you've already seen this, as it's all over the intarwebz, but it's a collection of submitted vignettes about incidents or events that individuals have truly enjoyed. It's in the vein of Eff My Life and My Life is Average, but (I think) a lot more enjoyable. Check out It Made My Day.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Game Update

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Totally awesome. I've finished the single player campaign, have done a lot of multiplayer, and am playing the Spec Ops missions with Sylvani. So frikkin' cool.

Left 4 Dead 2. Holy crap, so good. I only got in the first (level? chapter? movie?) in the single player last night, but man, what a ride. Melee weapons are exceptionally gory and fun.

Beatles Rock Band. The Sergeant Pepper album is out for download. HOW DID I MISS THAT? I'll be downloading it tonight, for sure.

Batman: Arkham Asylum. Wow, need more time to get back to this one, since I'm enjoying it and still haven't finished it yet.

Star Trek MMO beta. Come on, Cryptic, where's my invite?

Walked On

Chipped crosswalk paint and a smushed Pepsi can in the U district.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

I can't spare a square...

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey has a new "personal" web site, and it's as strange and interesting as the many roles he's played over the years. There's really not much to say, either about him or the site, other than the two seem to fit what you'd expect. It's a weird sort of fun exploring the site (and mind?) that is

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is House of Mayhem!

See the original image here.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Activity Corner

Lucky Fridy the 13th edition!

Friday Game

Here's what happens when you combine Tetris with a platformer. You have to move your little ninja around, making sure he dodges all the falling blocks, which magically fall perfectly into position. There are a ton of achievements to earn, too.

See how long you can survive while being Tetris'D!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tyler Tagging

Aerosmith tag
This is the kind of tagging that goes down in the 'burbs, bub!

(And why the dots in the "O"?)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Crazy Cartography

Mankind has long struggled to represent the real world with maps. But not every map is a straightforward representation; they can be strange interpretations, fanciful what ifs, or specifically focused. Travel through the times and spaces of Strange Maps.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Return to Tagger

Priority tagged
Apparently, a tagger is trying to mail a metal phone pole somewhere. Wonder what the postage will be?

Monday, November 09, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Breast exam--you're doin' it wrong.

Peculiar Pictures

It's often hard to tell what's going on in a photograph if you don't know the context. But it's especially bizarre when the pictures come from an earlier time (say, around the turn of the last century) when they were expensive and rare occurrences. You'll fascinatedly look through the specimens on display at Black and WTF?

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley.

See the original image here.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Here's an interesting game that combines shooting with typing. I know, I know, "typing game" sounds boring, and it might be at first, but just wait until the waves of bad guys come bearing down on you. See how long you can last against the onslaught in Word Shoot.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Pithy Python

Two tickets for John Cleese at The Moore: $110
Two veggie burritos at Taco Del Mar: $12.51
Two "suckerpunches" in the theater basement bar: $14
Seeing Raggs, world's biggest Monty Python fan, go apeshit when John came on stage: Priceless

Music Appreciation

Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Spotted on Dexter Avenue. I have a feeling there's not so much appreciation any more. Still, it makes me wonder how exactly one appreciates G&S.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Hippo Birdy

Happy birthday, weebat!

Watching History

Reading about history is so last century, especially given today's internet attention span. Thankfully, YouTube is there to collect all sorts of historical videos, whether authentic or recreated. But how do you find them? By tuning in to a site that has tracked down and categorized 101 historical moments you can relive on YouTube.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

To The Batcake!

Bat cupcake
The scene: Murder mystery dinner on Halloween at DK and Crazy Ash's house.
The food: Cupcakes made by Nicole.
All mine: Chocolate. With a bat on top.
The photo: Poor low-lite iPhone picture.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Supporting role? I thought they meant acting wise.

Acronym Abuse

It's common for departments, agencies, and organizations to use acronyms to shorten their official names. But sometimes you have to wonder why they didn't check those acronyms ahead of time. Do they know, or are they just blinded by original intent? See when initialisms go awry at Acronyms Sometimes Suck.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley.

See the original image here.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Activity Corner

There will probably be some Halloween stuff mixed in here today. Just sayin'.

Friday Game

Here's a fun little Halloween physics game. Try to save the good pumpkins by removing the rotten ones in Pumpkin Remover.

Good luck with the last level.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Net Neutrality Simplified

I use the internet a lot, and I pay for it too. But what everyone pays could change drastically if the Big Cable companies (Comcast, Time Warner) get their way. Here's a simple illustration of what could happen if they pass McCain's bill to block the FCC's net neutrality rules:

What the cable companies could do
(click to biggify. Source: reddit.)

Do we really want internet access to be =more= confusing than cable TV packages already are?

For more info, including how to make your opinion heard, see The Consumerist.

Old Timer

Old growth Douglas fir
Wow, that is one tall-ass old-growth tree. You don't often see these monsters in built-up areas around Seattle.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Automatic Advertising

At first, the idea of a computerized "ad generator" sounds strange. All this site does is match up Flickr pictures and supposedly random "slogans". But, being exposed to advertising everywhere, you quickly become mesmerized by the apparent appropriateness of the slogans to the pictures.

I went expecting to just look, and ended up staying for quite a while. In fact, I left the window open and just switched back to it from time to time for a little hit. The fact that the ads go by a bit too quickly adds to the appeal. After you watch it for a while, you'll see some of the same words being reused, but it's still pretty interesting.

See the ad generator for yourself.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Post-It Planning

Planning wall
Wall of post-it notes for some kind of project planning. I especially like the "Oh shits" part.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Caption Contest

Dude! I'm gaming here. Can I get a little privacy?

Hand-Made Regrets

If you're not familiar with Etsy, it's a site where people who "craft" can showcase and sell their works. But, as in any endeavor, some (both people and crafts) are more talented than others.

And, of course, the internet is there to make fun of those who may not measure up. Welcome to the world of Regretsy.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is seayjay.

See the original image here.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

This game is a fun variation of the "cutting" puzzle physics games. You have 30 cuts per level to free or otherwise move the Vikings from the ice onto their ship. How far can you go with Ice Breaker?

(I especially like how the little Viking commander bashes any ice that lands on his ship.)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wall Walking

Holds on a wall
Holds on the wall at the climbing gym. I have Raggs to thank for turning me into a rock climber.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Where'd You Get That?

The problem with a food court layout is that it's pretty disconcerting to be eating in an Indian restaurant and see a couple people at the next table eating pizza.

Quack Quack

Maybe you've seen it displayed in hundreds of Facebook photos. But if you haven't, know that the expression of pursed lips, called a "duckface", is a new fad among models and regular people alike.

But why? It looks ridiculous.

Taking up the cause to stamp out this annoying look is the whole point behind Stop Making That Duckface!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dick's Drive-In

Dick's Drive-In
Dick's on 45th near the University of Washington is a Seattle institution for the classic burgers, fries, and shakes. But you'll rarely see it like this: closed, without the throng of cars and people normally filling the parking lot.

My favorite Dick's story: Several years ago when I was a limo driver, I had a group of prom kids that came here for their prom dinner. What a sight, boys in their tuxes and girls in their fancy dresses, all huddled around the back of the limo, eating burgers and fries off the trunk. It doesn't get any classier (or classicier) than that.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Follow that picanic basket!!!!! grrr

How Unique Are You?

As people, we are all individuals, but sometimes (whether we know it or not) we share our name with someone else. Of course, take the internet and stir in some census data, and it's easy to find out how many other people have the same name as you (or someone else you know). See for yourself at How Many Of Me.

I was =not= surprised that I'm the only "Nuclear Toast", but I =was= surprised at how many people have the first name of "Nuclear": 1,538. I know, right?!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is seayjay.

See the original image here.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Even if you don't know anything about the internet phenomenon of the shark attacking a helicopter, you'll still enjoy the furious biting action of Miami Shark.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's Only A Chip!

This model on the snack machine is just way too casually excited about that potato chip.

I'd love to see how this gig is listed on his resume.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I Know What I Like

So you already know what music or movies you like. The question is, how do you find similar media that you may not know about?

Liveplasma is a cool relationship-mapping site that lets you search for a movie (say, The Princess Bride) and see a visual representation of related movies. You can also search by actor, director, or musical artist.

Tips: Make sure you click on the right button. And you can't drag the map around; click where you want to center the map.

You might see a lot of things you already know and like, but you might find an undiscovered nugget. That's what the site is all about.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cut Down in its Prime

Leaf corpse
I got there after they'd carried the corpse away, but the outline and the stain from its leaking bodily fluids were still there.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Um... anybody?....
I'm gonna need some more toilet paper!!!!

There IS Such a Thing as a Stupid Question

Yahoo Answers is sort of a community effort where people with questions meet people with answers. And, of course, a site exists to mock the question-asking ability of idiots with computers. Check out the hilarity at Bad Questions for Yahoo Answers.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

"I'd like to buy a vowel..."

Raggs is doing a crossword puzzle.

"12 down is 'ending to a prank or game'."

"Hmm, 'someone loses an eye' doesn't fit."

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley.

See the original image here.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

It's another physics puzzle game where you have to get the balls into the same-colored thingies. There are lots of levels that should keep you going for a while. Give Civiballs 2 a try.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Dear Abby

The Abigail
I love the early-60s style of this apartment building in Ballard. I wonder if this is a recreation of its original fronting?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Gauche and Gaudy Gothic

American Gothic is an iconic early 20th-century painting. It is also one of the most copied images, as documented on American Gothic Parodies.

It's an interesting look into both how the image is used and someone's interest in collecting them.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Couch Commander

Geeks sure do have a lot of remotes these days.

Look familiar?

Monday, October 05, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

2 Birds, 1 Brain

Books You Don't Expect

There's really not much you can add to this site's tagline:

"A ridiculous compendium of weird, bizarre, and off-beat books."

All you have to do is see the front page, much less dig through the wonders they've uncovered, to know you've arrived at BookFail.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Joshua.

See the original image here.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Activity Corner

Ok, time to make up for last week's missing list of distractions.

Friday Game

Much like my beloved Gridgame, boxSpin is about rotating "tiles". Although in this incarnation, the goal is to start chain reactions that change all the spinners to the same color. See if you can save the world with boxSpin.

Tip: Sometimes the reactions wrap around from the edges to the opposite edge.

My best so far is 7 turns!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Habañero Ketchup

Habanero ketchup
Raggs returned from a business trip with a surprise for me: a bottle of habañero ketchup. That girl is awesome. So, that same night, I fired up a batch of tater tots and tried it out. It's a sweet ketchup with a good burn that continues to build as you eat more.

The next night I made french fries. Yeah, good stuff.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Twilight Spoof

Kevin Pereira & Olivia Munn's Twilight Spoof

From Attack of the Show. Thanks, Aaron!

Ohio is a Piano

Geeks come in all sorts of varieties. Today's exhibit is a map geek that realized Ohio has 88 counties, the same number of keys on a piano. Rank the counties in all sorts of ways to "play" the state when Ohio is a piano.

(Clicking the map opens the interactive Flash application in another window.)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I'll Meet You...

Confusing corner the corner of... wait, what?

Yes, a real place on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Now that's something you don't want to see after a one night stand...
If you're a guy.

Singing Celebrities

Celebrities aren't always the best singers, but that doesn't stop them from trying. Not that they're all bad, but do we need to see or hear them? The website Karoake Lounge brings us a collection of videos of stars doing their musical best with Failed/Cringeworthy Celebrity Music Crossovers.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is DK.

See the original image here.

Friday, September 25, 2009

No Activity Corner?

I'm on vacation this week, so you know what that means: no activity corner. Sorry to disappoint, but you can expect quality interweb distractions to be back next week.

(Now you know why the posts have been so lame this week.)

On the plus(?) side, I've actually seen this "daylight" I've heard people talk about!

Friday Game

The game is seeing how easy it is to construct an interesting tune just by clicking squares in the different instruments of inudge.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Definitely Packin'

I don't know what he's packing, and I was trying not to be too obvious taking the picture. You can barely see the huge container(?) on his right hip as well. I'm guessing it's camera gear.

And no, he didn't sit down on the bus, even though there were empty seats, opting to stand rather than unhitch his nerd holsters.