Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
- Video: parkour on a bicycle.
- The rare, elusive snow rollers.
- Don't go camping without your portable hot tub.
- Star Trek mixed drinks.
- Toby Jones, of Jones BigAss Truck Rental and Storage, returns with a new commercial for his GoodAss BBQ and Foot Massage.
- Combine lolcats with tattoos and you get loltatz. (Warning: some NSFW.)
- Facebook manners.
- In honor of this summer's Star Trek movie, take a model of the Enterprise and give it to a bunch of artists to see what they come up with. Check out the Enterprise Interpretations. (The first one is the starting model.)
- An awesome short called Phillips Carousel. Yeah, it's an ad, but it's still freakin' cool.
- Not-so-successful attempts at crafting are documented on CraftFail.
- The spreadsheet BBQ grill.
- A bunch of old computer-related ads at vintage computing.
- 8 food-related myths.
- Slow loris loves getting tickled.
- A pixel-art-style ad, made with a Makita drill.
- Did Disney animators copy their own films? You be the judge: Disney templates.
- All I can say about this is, make sure you read the About page for Lost Luggage.
- Here's why the internet is a timesink. I started out watching the truly creepy lipsynch of Pretty Woman, and then, surprised at how many videos Edarem had posted (and always pleased when older people embrace technology), decided to check them out.
- Office synchronized swimming.
- Kraftwerk-style music made on old computers by old geeks is... there aren't words for minivan highway.
- Stupid pet tricks: Bailey plays dead.
- Nixon had a speech prepared in case the Apollo 11 moon landing astronauts couldn't come home.
- For anyone who's gone to a high school reunion: I remember Andrea.
- 10 creative holders.
- The Muppet Movie clips plus audio from the Ocean's Eleven trailer mashup into Henson's Eleven.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Yep, it's Earth Day. It's hard for us geeks, tethered to electricty the way we are, to be green. So feel free to hit the intartubes and get your green on.
(Fun fact: doing a Google search for "earth day" brings up a link to the movie, starring Keanu Reeves, The Day the Earth Stood Still.)
Posted by NuclearToast at 8:30 AM
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The salad bar in the cafeteria recently added a new topping: chopped asparagus. Since I subscribe to the "Crazy Ash Nachos" technique of piling my salad with pretty much every topping, I started added the asparagus bits.
Does everybody know about asparagus pee? Amount of asparagus from the salad bar to have an impact: approximately one stalk.
Science class is now over.
Posted by NuclearToast at 1:30 PM
I'm walking through the office park on my way to work this morning, and hear an unmistakable honk. Following the sound, I'm surprised to see:
I have never seen a Canadian goose on top of a building before. I didn't even know they do that.
Apparently even geese like to take a gander every once in a while.
Monday, April 20, 2009
In today's Costco-tray-of-veggies-and-wraps kind of world, we forget that our parents and grandparents actually prepared food, especially when they entertained guests (while wearing dresses with pearls or suits and ties). Harken back to the fabulous 50s and sexy 60s with these recipes, plucked out of cookbooks from thrift store buying sprees. Here's an example quote from one:
"Almost anything you like can be rolled in bacon, oven or pan-broiled, and served on picks."
Yeah, now you're talking!
You'll be horrified and mesmerized by Mock Duck.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
- Wedding reception first dances are turning into production numbers. And here's one that's totally amazing. Evolution of wedding dance.
- A "sundial" clock made using LEDs and pure awesome. The bulbdial clock.
- 15 of the world's largest objects.
- Office chair plus gas detection sensor plus internet link equals chair that Twitters when the occupant farts.
- A sequel to next month's (yet unreleased) Star Trek movie is already planned.
- Time traveler's cheat sheet. "Hang this up in your time machine."
- A computer "case" that puts all the stuff on the inside, on the outside: the Acrylic Cowboy.
- Digital SLR cameras are becoming more popular, but how do you lug around the larger device while being green? With a seat belt camera strap.
- The USB spy camera tie.
- 20 reasons to love penguins.
- You may think a trombone is a singular instrument. The truth is more complicated, as this trombone gallery shows.
- You've lived longer than some famous people. Find out who at Dead At Your Age.
- The Star Trek USB webcam. It would go perfect with the bridge wall mural from last week!
- If you haven't heard about the tweenbots project yet, just go to the site and watch the video.
- The wine rack and tasting bar made from old wine barrels.
- How 10 classic toys were invented.
- Be amazed by what some people can make out of paper.
- Susan Boyle's got talent. See video here.
- Bike contrails.
- Horses turned supermodels.
- World's worst homemade music video?
- 25 years of growth in Las Vegas.
- Something every company picnic should have from now on: face-distorting tug of war.
- More geeky tattoos. I love the "free wifi" one.
- I'm warning you right now, but I know some of you sickos will look anyway, that this is aptly named: the man with the world's most tasteless tattoos.
- Satanism fail. Check out the comments in this screencap.
- Dead pixel in Google Earth.
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:30 AM
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
WARNING: NSFW due to language.
If you spend as much time on the internet as me, then you'll nod along with this video, recognizing both forum posts and online phenoms.
There's actually some pretty awesome animation going on in this one. Catchy tune, too.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Raggs and I spent the weekend at her parents' house. Hanging out in the kitchen, I noticed something on the side of the fridge.
It's a map, drawn on a portion of paper towel. I don't even know the story behind it, but the random, creative immediacy of it just cracked me up. (And, yes, the knife is stuck to two more of those ring magnets.)
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:30 AM
Some people will sell anything. And, apparently, some people will buy it.
Granted, this guy lovingly hand-picks only the finest ingredients and seals them in an attractive display case, but you're still buying New York City garbage.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
- As Amazon.com is to books, Zappos is to shoes. And what could be more fun for a Zappos fan that seeing what other people are buying, and from where, in real time, on the Zappos Map.
- If Homer's Odyssey was written on Twitter.
- It's reading (I know!), but very interesting and geeky. The math behind lifelike 3D rendering.
- Warning: Not for the squeamish. 10 gory surgical triumphs on YouTube.
- Forget Twitter, the next big thing is Flutter.
- If there's one thing my computer room really needs, it's the Star Trek Original Series bridge wall mural.
- Since it's almost Easter, this is making the rounds again (you saw it here last year). The compendium of Last Suppers.
- Juice boxes that look like what they contain.
- Here's a fun parody of those "I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" commercials, using Rorschach (from DC's Watchmen) and Wolverine (from Marvel's X-Men). I'm a Marvel, and I'm a DC.
- An internet staple is, "Pics or it didn't happen." Some shit you can't make up, like hoodies made from blow-up dolls.
- Get your Simpsons commemorative stamps.
- Detailed miniatures of TV show soundstages.
- Talk about end-of-life recycling: a shelf unit that converts into a coffin.
- Geeks love girls dressed as Daleks.
- Porter the musical dog plays the keyboard and sings.
- An inside-out BLT (with emphasis on the B): the bacon, bacon, bacon, lettuce and tomato roll.
- We'll let the title speak for itself. World's worst singing.
- When lightning strikes! (Skip the first minute; strong language, as you might expect.)
- 20 hauntingly abandoned buildings.
- 12 interesting ways to paint/dye Easter eggs.
- Raptor-cam: a hawk's eye view.
- Cute stop-motion animation. Who will win the gadget grand prix?
- Unique and weird lobsters. (Ash, check out the Yeti lobster!)
- Tear-jerker PSA: the funeral.
- Blonde going the wrong way on an escalator.
- Swimming with a lionness.
- Pet door is not just for cats.
- The 5-minute single-serving chocolate cake.
- I never saw Raggs laugh so hard: the chihuahua that's all bladder. Be careful of the pretty blue sweater!
Posted by NuclearToast at 11:30 AM
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
I learned from my friend Shanarama (seen here celebrating the NCAA champions) that Michigan State is known just as "State". Is that just an in-Michigan thing, or do people who follow sports generally know this?
I'm neither a Michiganianer nor a sports follower, so I just don't know. And I wouldn't really care, except Shan's all "State this!" and "State that!" and "WOOOOO!". Or something.
Posted by NuclearToast at 8:30 AM
...don't talk to strangers. Right? And yet, if you've spent any time in chat rooms on the intartubes, you've done exactly that. In fact, a couple of my really close friends started out as chat room strangers.
A "room" full of cyberstrangers is one thing, but how about just one? A high school student in Vermont has created a website where you can talk to an arbitrary, anonymous interweb stranger from the comfort of your own computer. After trying it for a bit, I can say it's definitely an interesting experience. (And if you type in complete sentences, the feelings of superiority can be exhilarating.)
Chat with strangers at Omegle.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Raggs and I participated in the Tulip Pedal this weekend, an organized bike ride through the tulip fields in the Skagit Valley. It's one of "our" events we do every year.
Of course, with the weather/winter we've had, there were no tulips. Not one. There were some daffodils, though.
We saw a lot of birds, including a bald eagle sitting in a tree by the road.
The weather was gorgeous, even if the tulips weren't.
Next bike outing: the Daffodil Classic in Orting.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Little is known of "manoncrutches" except that he has crutches and rides the subway. And takes pictures of the abled people who are sitting in the "reserved for people with disabilities" seats that he clearly needs to use.
I find it interesting that he was angry enough to purchase the domain name and start the blog. But the funny captions and passive-aggressive feel are what makes People Who Sit In The Disability Seats When I'm Standing On My Crutches so much fun.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
- 50 animals who hate baths.
- Best of craigslist. Wanted: time machine DESPARATE!!!
- The Peekaru is a type of baby snuggie. Here's the product site, which doesn't have the baby-alien-head picture that quickly raced around the internet. And immediately became a photoshop parody. (WARNING: Internet photoshop humor can be crass and offensive, and sometimes an inside joke.)
- A Lord of the Rings fan is building Minas Tirith out of matchsticks.
- Josh Freese is a famous rock band drummer (Nine Inch Nails, anyone?) who's released a new album. How much of it, and him, you get depends on what you're willing to pay.
- Great parody commercial for the Cock Shot.
- For the licking-impaired, there's the motorized rotating ice cream cone.
- The redundant clock.
- People that work at home know it can be distracting. Separate work from home, at home, with the Office Pod. (Does it come without windows?)
- New pet blog, Dogs Looking Like People.
- Hamster in a wok.
- Kids can play with their food when you have food face dinner plates.
- Chocolate-covered Peeps.
- The Rattleback (also called a wobblestone). Read about them here.
- Here's your chance to invent a new Dunkin' Donuts donut.
- Here you go, Raggs: see-through kayaks and canoes.
- Object graveyards: the afterlife of everyday things.
- Lucky's funeral.
- Ride through the streets of Barcelona in 1908.
- How well do you know your Seinfeld? Test your knowledge of 99 Seinfeld references.
- 11 extinct animals that have been photographed alive.
- Fun stop-motion animation: 8-bit waterslide in real life.
- Obama action figures are nothing new, but this one is notable for its replaceable bits, and the awesome action shots. Obama-san.
- The worst homemade Star Wars costumes.
- Last, and definitely not least, surfing the internet at work can increase your productivity.
I bought this shirt from woot.com because it's called "Shiny" and is a tribute to one of my favorite shows, Firefly. It arrived this week.
I got dressed quickly this morning, and was like, "Hey, I'll wear my new shirt today." It wasn't until I got to work and saw myself in the bathroom mirror that I realized the problem with this shirt. It totally looks like my junk is on fire.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
From an email I received. Apparently, the original author is a bit upset about the cost of the International Space Station. But his anger led to one of the most magnificently mangled sentences I've seen outside of The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest:
"Can anyone recall offhand something scientific this incredibly costly collection of hardware has accomplished in addition to wasting more billions than the government will ever admit?"
You go, angry ISS guy!
Posted by NuclearToast at 11:30 AM
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Marshmallow peeps are a staple of Easter time, and everyone weighs in on their love or hate of the little sugar-coated guys. Some like 'em fresh, some like 'em stale, and others just hate 'em.
And some want to kill them, which is the point behind 100 Ways to Kill a Peep.