Friday, July 31, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

It seems easy enough: match up the movie title to its tagline. And some of them are easy, while others will make you guess and then groan when you lose your streak.

Every 5 correct answers nets you a bonus round question.

See how well you know your movies with Taglinr.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Important iPhone Alert!

If you have an Apple iPhone, you should be aware of a security issue with the device's handling of SMS text messaging.

If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, you should turn the device off. Quickly.

Read about it here.


Giant salmon at the Ballard SeafoodFest. Kids could climb in its butt and out its mouth.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hot Enough...

That's hot! fry an egg on the hood of my car.

Heat Wave

For reals, brah
With temperatures in the Puget Sound in triple digits, and possibly setting an all-time high record (yes, in the 118 years they've been keeping records), the message on my t-shirt is becoming less a geek statement and more a reality.

Not only do I own this t-shirt, I'm wearing it today.

If it weren't for air conditioning, I'd be dead already.

Bad Food, Good!

This site truly shows you what can be accomplished if you really know how to cook (or maybe just watch nothing but the Food Network). And the idea is brilliant. Take ordinary fast food (KFC, Wendys, and so on) and use it as ingredients for something fancier. Hence the name, Fancy Fast Food.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Double Duty

Old garage door
I spotted this old garage door, slightly upgraded and with a new brass letter drop slot.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Harold demonstrates his award winning performance
from the "donkey braying" contest.

If you love aircraft of all kinds, whether exotic or experimental, real or imagined, then you'll love x planes.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley.

See the original image here.

Happy Birthday, Josh

Happy Birthday, Josh
I've been saving this just for you!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

The most evil game on the internet.

Janey Thomson's Marathon

Thursday, July 23, 2009

What Are You Fishing For?

Humpy Special
Yep, right there in the sporting goods department. Wonder what sport it is?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Garage Makeover

Well, technically, it's not your garage, but your garage door that your making over. It spends most of its life in the "down" position, but it's normally so boring and bland. Am I right?

Now you can do something about it. By choosing a cover that conveys your personality or sense of whimsy, you can give your neighbors something to covet or laugh at. Browse the gallery of selections at Style Your Garage.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Farmer's Market

Raggs and I went to our local farmer's market this weekend.

Ballard farmer's market
Fresh veggies
Fresh greens
Beans and potatoes
Huh, I missed the fruit and cheese.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Apollo 11 Landing "Live"

Yes, I'm still listening to the "live" feed of the Apollo 11 mission. The landing will occur at about 1:15pm Pacific (4:15pm Eastern) today.

If you're following along, you may be interested in the NASA archives of Apollo 11 images. Such as the recreation of the landing site activity.

Caption Contest

Caption contest

The blonde misunderstood when someone told her she should "Post it"
in order to sell her car.

Ready, Set, Search!

A lot has been written about Microsoft's new bing search, er, decision engine, and whether it has what it takes to beat (or at least match) Google. But why pick one or the other when you can use them both at the same time, and compare their search results?

Get the best of both worlds with Bing versus Google.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is ParticleJam. (By default is still winning.)

See the original image here.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Activity Corner

Continuing Apollo 11 "Live"

Day two, and they're still mucking around with the sextant, even maneuvering the spacecraft in order to lock on the proper star and get the "horizon" (Earth) properly lined up. Considering both Apollo 8 and Apollo 10 flew the same path to the moon, you'd think they'd have ironed out some of these difficulties.

Wonder how well they slept on their first night in space?

Over 100,000 nautical miles from Earth, traveling at 5200 feet per second. 77 hours until the landing.

Friday Game

Here's a fun physics puzzle-solving game that reminds me of Totem Destroyer. You try to remove all the red blocks, and keep any green blocks. You have to pass a level to unlock the next one, and there are a lot of levels. Do you have what it takes for Red Remover?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

More Apollo 11 "Live"

How does a wee tiny spacecraft zipping through the void at 10,000 feet per second make sure it stays on course?

As I hear Mission Control and the astronauts constantly checking their roll, pitch, and yaw settings, one transmission stands out. Armstrong is unable to sight on a star, and requests a new target. Mission Control tells him to switch to star number 45.

And what are these 20th century astronauts using to determine their spatial coordinates? A muthafrikkin sextant.

Apollo 11 "Live"

Following the "live" CapCom feed on We Choose The Moon is pretty cool. Some observations:

  • Lots of NASA lingo and acronyms.

  • Antsy Mission Control in Houston badgering the crew for radio checks.

  • Occasional departures from the all-business military attitude to describe the view of Earth or pass on birthday wishes.

  • Lots of interesting (to me) minutia of instrument readings, equipment status, settings, and so on.

  • Even though they're the only two stations on the frequency, Houston and the crew continue to alert each other with callsigns.
    "Apollo 11, this is Houston."
    "Houston, 11, go ahead."

At just over 5 hours into the flight, and 22,000 miles from Earth, they're travelling around 12,000 feet per second on their way to the Moon. And an appointment with history.

Parked Car(t)

Kiddie cart
Yep, right there in the parking lot.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, a milestone in humankind's spacefaring. In honor of this event, the site We Choose The Moon is recreating the 1969 launch, trip, and moon landing in real time.

The site has some cool features, like the "of the time" trivia in the bottom right. You can even install a little desktop widgit that makes it easier to track the mission tweets.

I predict lots of viewings of Apollo 13 over the next few weeks. Get it now, before Netflix runs out of copies.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I'm Lovin' It

Someone (or ones) is altering billboards in the Ballard area. Here's one I spotted. Click to biggify.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Brooklyn Breakdown

This is for Shanarama, who actually lives in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn breakdown

Spotted in a Ballard store that has these for all major US cities, include our very own Seattle.

Caption Contest

Caption contest

NuMuzzle - the new fad for the piercing and body modification crowd.

Remembering Michael

So, jumping on the Michael Jackson bandwagon, and seeing as how it's still early enough to be timely with the remembrances, here comes the best tribute site I've seen so far.

It's a great idea, and you kinda get sucked in and end up spending a LOT more time than you thought you would watching the Eternal Moonwalk.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is ParticleJam.

See the original image here.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Time for something a little different. Let's do electronic jigsaw puzzles! Each has four difficulty levels; the more difficult one will keep you entertained for a while.

The pieces snap together when you match them correctly. They're already oriented correctly, you just have to move them around and complete the picture.


Indian shrine

Rock high above a lake

Paris macarons


Thursday, July 09, 2009

Don't Fence Me In

Lavender yearning to be free and see more than the yard to which it is confined.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009


Pleasant dreams!
What? Everybody loves babies!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Commuter Communiqué

Spotted on the bus: a guy with a jaunty cap playing a ukelele.


The "artist" should have used that spray paint that advertises, "No runs, no drips, no errors." I thought it looked cool, though.

(And it's gone since I took the picture. Take that, tagbag!)

Anonymously Average

As the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So, of course, the internet expands on the theme of "Eff My Life" (where embarrassing or horrible stories rule the day) and take it down a few notches. Because, let's face it, most of us live normal, regular lives. We need a site we can relate to. And so was born My Life Is Average.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Remember: the eyes are windows into the soul.

Can You Spare a Giraffe?

Ola has a bet with his friend, Jorgen, that he can accumulate a large number of giraffes (drawings, renderings, paintings, photographs, whatever). As of this writing, he's approaching 10,000. Which means he has a few more to collect. Can you help Ola towards his goal of One Million Giraffes?

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley.

See the original image here.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

The game is a little late today because I've been sitting here for what seems like hours trying to better my score. It's one of your standard timing-and-distance games, but monkeys are just so damn cute! See how far you can kick the ball in Monkey Kick Off.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Commuter Communiqué

Spotted on the bus yesterday: a guy with a mowhawk. A mowhawk that had dreadlocks in the back.

Would that be a mowlock or a dreadhawk?

Icelandic Interests

Consulate of Iceland
Regardless of what ills the home country may be enduring, the small, unassuming building 2 blocks from my house still resolutely proclaims its purpose.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

MacGuyvers on the Internet

TV's MacGuyver is legendary for his prowess of using ordinary objects to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Like, say, building a space station using only a paper clip, an empty toilet paper roll, and duct tape.

Ordinary people can sometimes be as inventive. And when the intartubes are around, it's easy for them to share their brilliance (or stubbornness).

Check out the growing gallery at There, I Fixed It.