Friday, January 30, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

This one will really test your patience. You click on the red dot (just click and release; the cursor disappears and you can move the dot) and maneuver it through the maze. You'll want to turn off the "Oops" message or it will just drive you crazy faster.

Do you have what it takes to complete Maze Frenzy?

If you do, then try moving on to Maze Frenzy 2.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Transparent Internet

I feel so strongly about this that it deserves a post all its own.

Plugged-in geeks have known for a while now that ISPs like Comcast are throttling the internet. They sometimes assign their unknowing customers into tiers, providing better bandwidth for those that pay more. Some ISPs are putting limits on the amount of bandwidth customers can consume continuously, to cut down on music and movie downloads that are ostensibly choking their networks.

Unfortunately for many of us, there is no clue why our YouTube videos take longer to load, or why the streaming Netflix movie or TV show we're trying to watch stutters. Until now.

Google, in an extremely bold move, is stepping up and providing the means to find out if it might be your computer or your ISP network configuration. Instead of forcing alpha geeks and technical think tanks to be our whistleblowers, Google is taking the fight for internet transparency to the streets. To us.

Google's new Measurement Lab has (and is adding) tools that make it relatively easy to test your connection. The only drawback is you might have to install or update Java in order to use the tools.

This is a big deal.

Zombies!

I've been playing a lot (can't stress "a lot" enough) of Left 4 Dead, the zombiepocalypse game. Two main side effects: a few zombie-related dreams, and considering real-life locations as possible strongholds against an undead horde.

I love all things zombie, so imagine my glee when I came across this:

Zombie Playground(Click for full-sized version.)

Jason calls it "Zombie Playground", but I think the subtitle should be "Left 4 Dead, The Early Years".

It's my new desktop wallpaper.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

IMexplicable

I'm working, and an IM window pops up on my screen. It's my boss.

Boss:
> OMG
Me:
> Hi
Boss:
> um... did you see any funny email from <coworker> earlier?
Me:
> No, why?
Boss:
> Good. Nothing.
> ;p
Me:
> LOL ok then

I still have no idea.

Fighting Against Age

How Many 90 Year Olds Could You Take in a Fight?

Antique Art

Finding clipart and graphics for your web site or illustrated report isn't hard these days, unless you need something special. Like really old-fashioned. Fortunately, you can find a great collection of vintage art at Grandma's Graphics.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shun the Smokers!

Get away, evil smokers

We've had our share of bad weather recently in Seattle, which has apparently caused smokers to huddle together outside the building where I work. But the law is the law, as this new add-on to the existing sign shows.

Even when you're taking a smoke break, you can't get a break. Shhhhuuuuuuuuuunnnnnn-nuh!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Mike's picture from his spring break vacation was captioned "Doe, Ray, Me".

Canine Costumes

If you have a dog, you've most likely, at one time or another, dressed them up in some sort of clothing item. Regardless of owners' compulsions to do so, you can see the results at Dogs in Outfits.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is ParticleJam.

See the original image here.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Have you ever tried to throw playing cards? Whether you're attempting to get them in a bowl or slice off your brother's head, they're not that easy to control. See how well you can do (and watch out for the wind) at Card Toss.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Perseverance

I've seen a few of these around, remnants of the epic snowfall we had in Seattle last month. These are by far the best.

Tire chain holes
This is what happens when you have tire chains on your vehicle, but the snow is still too deep, or too frozen, or both, for you to get through. Yet get through you must. So you spin those wheels until you dig holes in the concrete. (Click pic for biggification.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What's Your Secret?

Some are funny, some are tragic, some are sad, and some are maddening, but they're all anonymous confessions at Secret Tweet.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

We Have a New President

Obama taking the oath of officeDoes anyone not already know this? Either way, thanks to Associated Press photographer Jae C. Hong for taking this picture so I could grab it off the internet.

I'd also like to thank those Republican-minded partisans that, a mere hour and a half after the inauguration, sent out the first of many Obama-bashing "humor" emails.

Now if Oprah and all the talking heads can get off the subject of race for a minute, maybe we can get on with the business of setting our country, and the world we live in, back on track.

Caption Contest

Caption contest

The SciFi Channel announces their new show to compete with "Reading Rainbow"

Monday, January 19, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is first-timer House of Mayhem. Well done!

See the original image here.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

The Hoshi Saga, creative and often frustrating puzzles where you uncover or create a five-pointed star, is back with Hoshi Saga 3.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

T-Shirt Exchange

My friend Michigan-IDB-NooYork Shannon posted a t-shirt design on her blog for me. So to return the favor, here's one for her.

Jedi Ecosaber:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Easy Tilt-Shift Photos

Tilt-shift photography is a method of tilting the lens and shifting the focus of a picture so a real-life scene appears to be a photo of a miniature diorama. The special equipment required makes it difficult for most of us to create these pictures.

Until now. All you need to do is upload a photo to Tilt-Shift Maker. You can adjust the focus field and easily create your own. Check out this picture of south Seattle I took from Smith Tower:

Click me for bigger version!
How easy is that?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Snowless in Seattle

It's been a couple of weeks and the snow is finally gone. Well, except for the occasional pile of dirt-covered snow, the remnant of a plowing. But one thing does remain: the gravelly sand that was spread everywhere to aid traction, for both wheels and heels.

Even a walk down the block is filled with the crunch of this "sand" underfoot. And if you wear any footwear with a tread, you'll be picking up little stony hitchhikers. Walk across a tile floor, and it sounds like you're wearing tap shoes. Pivot on your shoe and someone might mistake the sound for a burglar cutting the glass on a case of jewels.

I guess in my own way, though, I'm helping with the cleanup.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

"Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me,
for ME, FOOOOOOR MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!"

View York

It sounds like a dream job: traipsing through The Big Apple all day, looking for locations to use in TV and film. Luckily for us, the unnamed location scout records a lot of what he sees at Scouting New York.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is the only entrant, ParticleJam.

See the original image here.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Activity Corner

What Will Brown Do To You?

This is less a game and more an exercise in frustration. You must complete each of the alleged 12 levels without instructions. There's a lot of trial and error involved, obviously. How far can you get in the Brown Dyed Hotel?

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Mini Pleasure

I still get excited when I come across a frosted mini wheat that has extra "frosting" on it.

(I keep them at work to munch on as a snack. I call them "hamster pellets".)

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Brilliant, Actually

A "pot-shot" is an epigram in 17 words or less. One man has made it his life's work to write and illustrate his pot-shots, and you can peruse them at Ashleigh Brilliant. (And yes, that is his real name.)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Januarys

Christmas and New Year's are over. Done with parties, visiting friends and family, opening presents, and eggnog. Now it's back to the grind, with an unbroken vista of five-day work weeks stretching off into the distance before us.

Good thing you have those resolutions to fall back on, eh?

Monday, January 05, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

"I'm so depressed we didn't get in to see Hannah Montana..."

Look Upon Me And Despair

Most people are back today for the first full week of work after the holidays. And work means hanging out in that same place you show up to every morning. So what else can you do but escape to, and be jealous of, the places where others work. Something tells me only those proud of their workspaces post to Where We Do What We Do.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is ParticleJam again.

See the original image here.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Wow, if you have some time you want to just disappear, this is the game for you. Try your hand at being a sushi chef and restaurant manager as you make sushi for customers, clean up, and order supplies. Do you have what it takes to keep progressing at Sushi Go Round?

Thursday, January 01, 2009