Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Sticker Than Bumper

Bumper stickers
An unapologetic display of "territorial markers" spotted in Fremont.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Fail! Both tried to dress as a "Hip Cat".


Tattoos are very popular these days, but as in many other vocations, tattoo artists span a range of talent. And some people getting tattoos just have questionable taste. When you put these two things together and stir in a big bowl called the internet, you have the perfect ingredients for a site that collects the Ugliest Tattoos.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Activity Corner

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Snacks galore
Just part of the supply of snacks during a recent all-nighter at work (deploying a new release). Engineers can really put away the jerky, lemme tell ya.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Searching the Internet by Committee

When it comes to searching the internet, most people use Google. But there are other search engines out there, including Microsoft's new Bing. But pretty much everybody only uses a single search engine. What happens if you use more than one?

Thankfully, the internet has an answer. All of them! And not only the answers, it rates the answers in positive, negative, and don't care percentages. It also throws in Twitter, just to round out the mix.

Ask a question or enter a search term and find out, what does the internet think?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Stop Sticking on Signs

Stop sign
Back of a stop sign in Fremont, seen during the solstice parade.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Spelling Out Laughter

We all know that there are many ways to laugh, and that people usually have a pretty unique laugh of their own. One guy has taken the idea of a laugh machine, and all these laughs, and added a way for you to control them.

Press keys to laugh with your fingers at Hahahaha.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Andy.

See the original image here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

How well can you multitask? Find out in the aggravating and accurately-named Rather Difficult Game.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pink Toilet!

Pink toilet!
Spotted in front of a house in West Seattle. I could barely make out "FREE" on the sunbleached sign.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How Real are Simulations?

Today's site ss a sad tale about a homeless dad and his teenage daughter. He's crazy, and she's depressed, and you follow them through their daily lives. The interesting twist is that they are characters created in the computer game Sims 3. It's surprising to see some of the choices the software makes in particular situations. It's a fascinating look into the artificial intelligence and human nature of Alice and Kev.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bridge Up

Ballard bridge
If you have to get caught by the Ballard bridge, the best place to be is at the front of the line of traffic.

(Edith Macefield's "nail house" is visible from this bridge.)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest


Movie Microclips

I've seen a lot of movies, and although I can't always remember their title, I usually know the ones I've seen. Watching a clip can start a mental cascade of scenes. But what if the clip is shortened to a blink-like single-digit number of frames? That's what you'll see at this site. What started out as a subtle joke has become Three Frames.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Shannon. Even though there was only one entry, it was a good one.

See the original image here.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Text from Raggs:

"I'd feel sorry for you except I don't."

Working From Home

Ah, the peaceful bliss of working from home. I'll be able to get so much done without the interruptions of co-workers. At least, that's what I told myself.

Oh, the cruel Fates.

Apparently, Friday is landscaping day. First comes the lawnmower. Pro: fresh-cut-grass smell. Cons: noise and stinky exhaust. Then the hedgetrimmers. Pro: fresh-cut-hedge smell. Cons: noise and stinky exhaust. Then the leafblowers. Pro: none. Cons: noise and really, seriously stinky exhaust.

Of course, I have my windows open and the fan on, which means my place is both cool and filled with mega-concentrated stinky exhaust.

On the plus side, I am so high right now...

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Here's a puzzle game in the standard "starts off easy but quickly gets harder" style. You have to move your block around a field of tiles in the correct order to end up back at your starting point. Bonus: it has an easy-listening soundtrack.

Test your pattern puzzle skills with Isora 3.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Last Friday I linked to the cinematic for the upcoming Beatles Rock Band game. (I've watched it, and the trailer, dozens of times already.) I love to play Rock Band, and I more than love The Beatles, so seems like a perfect match, no?

One problem: I don't own an Xbox. I'm a PC gamer.

But... but... Beatles Rock Band is reproducing the Fab Four's instruments! I'm so smitten that I'm seriously considering selling off a kidney just to get this stuff.

  • Xbox 360: $300

  • Beatles Rock Band Limited Edition Bundle, with the game, Ringo's Ludwig Pearl drums, and Paul's Hofner bass: $250

  • John's Rickenbacker 325 guitar: $100

  • George's Gretsch Duo Jet guitar: $100

And while the game comes with one mic and a mic stand, it supports two mics so you can recreate The Beatles' well-known harmonies.

Somebody stop me before I start recreating their outfits.

Getting a Leg Up on Recycling

Recyled jeans
Downtown sidewalk. Seattleites take recycling seriously.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I should start a counter to keep track of how many utilikilts I see every day.

Today's count (so far): 2.

When Twits Tweet

Let's face it, some people are really obsessed with themselves. Now, thanks to Twitter, you can stay updated on their latest thoughts and pronouncements.

Unless you don't have the time to follow a lot of self-obsessed people. Because, let's face it, it's a lot of hard work to slog through tweet after tweet of self-important tripe. What you really need is someone to do the heavy lifting for you.

The internet comes through with Tweeting Too Hard.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Handwashing for Dummies

Wash your hands!
Swine flu hysteria has led to these signs being posted at work. I'm posting it here just in case you've never washed your hands before.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Hair Metal Val Kilmer.

Verbum Obscura

The site's author says it's "an ongoing project to collect and distribute the most obscure and rare words in the English language." It's an interesting, and sometimes enlightening, collection at the Grandiloquent Dictionary.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is DK.

See the original image here.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Today I have not one game, but four. They're part of the Japanese brain training craze. At the end of each one, it does a scientific calculation to tell you how old your brain is at that task.

Part 1: Numbers. The numbers flash on the screen; quickly remember their positions and click the circles in order from lowest to highest.

Part 2: Math. Fill in the missing operator to finish the equation.

Part 3: Colors and words. Be sure to pick English first! Look at the color of the top word (ignore the word), and click the word of that color below (ignore the color).

Part 4: Pattern recognition. Four patterns of colored squares display; pick the one that doesn't match.

Re-run them to make your brain younger!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The Art Behind the Work

Whether it's a fancy dinner, an amazing software application, or a work of art, we often see the finished product without understanding (much less appreciating) some of the incredible work that went into it.

I've heard and sung along with "I'm Not In Love" by 10cc many times before. Then I read this long article (I know, right?) and was spellbound by the, at the time, amazing technology, ground-breaking effects, and plain hard work that went into the song. You might be too.

First read the article here.

Then, once you know the ingredients, listen to it all over again here.


Ok, so I found this anagram generator. It's pretty cool to mess around with, but trying using the advanced search to cut down the results. I shaved of nearly 5000 combinations that way! (I still ended up with 15,541.)

Some of the many funny anagrams of "Nuclear Toast" that cracked me up are:

Casual Rotten
Larcenous Tat
Reactant Soul
Tacos Neutral
Casual Net Rot
Anal Sect Tour
Cleans Tar Out
Ocean Art Slut
Also Truncate
Lot Rant Sauce
Cola Teat Runs

And, of course, Crustal Oaten.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Search? Bing! Found It!

The bing truck
I wonder what kind of search engine they have in that thing?

(If you don't know, Microsoft announced their new bing search.)

The Writing's on the Wall

Bathroom graffiti
Bathroom graffiti, Flowers restaurant, University District.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Well-done, medium, medium-rare, rare, hairy.

Get Off My Lawn!

Wow, I think I've found someone even crankier than I am.

Donald Mills is an older gentleman that thinks today's youth need to straighten out and fly right. The self-proclaimed "crabby old fart" speaks his mind as he points out The Problem With Young People Today Is...