Sunday, May 31, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Urn.

See the original image here.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

This one is an explorey platformy type of game, but the characters and animation are pretty awesome. You'll soon get sucked in trying to collect all the items and move on to the next level. Who knows, you may even solve the mystery of Scary Girl.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Short Bridge, Tall Boats


The weather was nice this weekend, which meant lots of boats on the lakes, which meant, in this case, a workout for the Montlake Bridge.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sizing Up the Sugar

How much sugar is in the food you eat and the beverages you drink? With the internet and all, of course someone has decided to get all visual and show you exactly, using sugar cubes, how much sugar you consume. You can find the sweet truth at Sugar Stacks.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Totem Pole

Totem pole
We have many of these around Seattle. Some were appropriated from native communities, while others (like this one) were commissioned works. This pole holds its silent vigil in East Montlake Park.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

Memorial Day
Remembering those that have served.

Caption Contest

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Easy ways to tell when your local fire safety officer is just calling it in...

Cheap Meals

These days people are looking for ways to save money, but during the Great Depression, being frugal was a way of life. Recounting some of those hard times, and serving up inexpensive meals, is Depression Cooking with Clara.

Go to Clara's YouTube channel to watch her episodes.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Andy.

See the original image here.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

This isn't a game so much as sort of a music generator. The fun comes in when you quickly realize how it works, and then try to make pixel-based images (like a smiley face or a robot) to see how they sound.

Give Tone Matrix a try.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Gateway to the Orient

Gland Entlance
Gateway to the Chinatown area of Seattle's International District.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Driving You Crazy

Sometimes other people do bad things. Not kill people bad things, but take 20 items in the 15 items or fewer line at the store bad things, or cut you off in traffic bad things. The problem is, there's usually nothing you can do about it. What you need is a place to vent.

I can't help you with the grocery store, but I can help you with other drivers. Post your incident and the driver's license plate at Zapatag.

Will anything come of your report? Probably not, but isn't just getting it off your chest enough? Besides, it can be fun reading through others' reports.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Retro Gaming

Nintendoooooooo!
This is just part of the Wall of Nintendo Cartridges at Pink Godzilla in Seattle's International District.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Caption Contest

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...and the tonsils have been extracted as shown heaahh

Family Matters

We've all been to reunions or get-togethers or trips with family. And nothing says family fun like a group photo. Schadenfreude rears its ugly head at Awkward Family Photos.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Aaron.

See the original image here.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Type R

We're sitting in a meeting and our Development Director said, "We've contracted some Type R programmers."

I had never heard this term before, so I jotted it down on my notepad, so I could inquire about it later.

Just then our Lead Engineer asks, "What is Type R?"

Our Dev Director looked stumped. "What do you mean?"

"You said 'Type R Programmers'," said the Lead Engineer.

"No, I said 'High Powered'," said the Dev Director.

"No you didn't. You said 'Type R.' See I wrote it down," I said, and showed him my notepad that said, "Type R?"

So now, everything high powered and awesome in the office is "Type R".

I am now on a crusade to get it used outside our offices. I should add it to urban dictionary or something.

~Matt "Positron" Miller, Lead Designer, Paragon Studios

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Do you like Scrabble? Are you any good at Boggle? If you can quickly form words from the letter tiles provided, then you may have fun with the frantic word game DeepLeap.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Quality is Job One

Bonehead counter
Spotted on a whiteboard in a developer's office.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Searching for the Right Words

Now I know that this is a teachers' resource, but it's too cool not to share. Two words: Word search.

Yes! With this handy web tool, you can create your own word search puzzles. There are tons of options. See if you can grab a random list of words and make a puzzle for yourself! Or impress your friends at your next social gathering. Either way, you'll have fun with the Word Search Generator.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Scouting for Cookies

Thin mints!
Seen in the hall at work: one (unopened) sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. And it stayed there for two days.

1. How long has it been since the Girl Scout cookie sales have ended?
2. How many times did someone pass these cookies before deciding to yoink them?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Exhibit A in why Mesh shirts really aren't that bad.

Boys Will Be Boys

Guys can sometimes have a certain biological response. And if it's in public, it can be really embarrassing. And if it's captured on film, it can be on Awkward Boners.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Seayjay.

See the original image here.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

I've linked a few rotating-type games before, but none have been this simple and involved as much trial and error as RotatSpin.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Texts From... Whenever

Since I'm totally addicted to Texts From Last Night, I went through my recent text history to see what I could find. They may not be of TFLN quality, but some of 'em are pretty good.

  • This spell check is awesome.

  • don't know how to tell you this... your gloves didn't make it.

  • Metermaid on segway. Oh the humiliation.

  • Wooooooo hooooooo! Kawf kawf. Good ride.

  • Woman just caught bus with baguette sticking out of her backpack. No celery apparent.

  • Ok. So if i start at 2 i can go to bed at some point today?

  • Filled up two 8-ton trucks. Tell me I don't know how to do PR now, beeyatches!

  • Watching serenity. Surprisingly violent, given the name. Still want to be Zoe. Maybe Mal.

  • Let me know if you dont get the pics i texted.

  • To boldly flare where no lens has flared before. Woof. Great movie, though.

Plum Blossomed Out

Plum blossom leftovers
Curb near a plum tree that, thanks to a wind- and rainstorm, has lost most of its awesome blossoms.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Show Me The Signs

There's really not much to say about this site. It's just a collection of pictures of signs from around the world. And they can be pretty funny.

It's Signspotting.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Priorities

Rave or Die!
Spotted on outdoor stairs at the main ferry terminal.

The peppy font almost masks the controversial mandate.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto... now POSE!

Healthcare Cuisine

Anybody that's been in a hospital has horror stories about their meals. So, of course, along comes the intertubes and hosts a place that pictorially captures what can only be seen to be believed.

It's a collection of submitted pictures at Hospital Food.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is DK again!

See the original image here.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Activity Corner

Pac-Man Re-Imagined

Take the original Pac-Man game, but cut everything inside the game "board" loose. And by "loose", I mean "crazy-ass gravity physics, man!"

You start out going, "Ok, I get it." Then you're like, "Ok, I =get= it. Booooooring!" But, ultimately, you're determined to try to make it work. If you can.

It's Pac-Man Physics. (Yes, this is an exe file, but it tested clean for me.)