Thursday, December 31, 2009

Birth of an Idea

Bumper sticker
Clever bumper sticker seen on a car in South Lake Union area.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Time for Lists

It's the end of another year, and a time when people make lists of the year about to end. You come to this blog for intarweb stuffz, so I present the top 20 internet lists of 2009.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pies R Round

This one's for you, David!

Pizza formula
Now I need the formula for finding the volume of my stomach, in order to compare the two.

Beary Christmas

Christmas bear
The Brown Bear car wash in Ballard decorates their huge (20-foot tall) bear for Christmas. That's a frikkin' huge hat!

Monday, December 28, 2009

On the Recent Airline Terror Incident

Q: How many TSA employees does it take to stop a terrorist?

A: Nobody knows; they've never done it.

Now take off your pants, please.

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Gentleman Gaga

Infoe Graphyxs

Infographics are cool, but, surprisingly, they're not new. I was a bit surprised to find out how =not= new they are when I examined these Victorian infographics.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley.

See the original image here.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Sackboy Claus!
Now get out there and play with your new toys!

Friday Game

In case you need something to play on your new Christmas computer, here's a physics game with a twist. Shoot the required number of blocks to advance to the next level in Blosics.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Science of Avatar

I haven't seen James Cameron's epic 3D sci-fi movie yet, and you don't have to in order to appreciate an astrophysicist's examination of The Science of Avatar.

Christmas Carols


Ok, chorus... everybody!

Christmas Eve


Poor tree has no lights. But it's still a nice tree.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Festivus!

If you know your Seinfeld, you know your Festivus! Celebrate!

A Christmas Bunny

Unless you've lived under a rock since 1983, or you're my girlfriend, you've undoubtedly seen the classic movie A Christmas Story ("You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"). And so you know about the pink bunny suit.

Have you always wanted one for yourself? (Or perhaps a minor or significant other?) Then you're in luck! Get on over to Instructables and make your own Christmas Story bunny costume.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Frosting the Snowman

Snowman cookie
One of the results of the cookie-decorating party we went to the other night. This is my stylin' snowman with his pimpin' hat. Alas, he is no more; the victim of a horrible yet delicious mastication incident.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

How some companies are able to provide 24/7 tech support.

A Bit Horny

Are you a true metal rocker? Are you mad that regular people have co-opted and watered down the true meaning of throwing the hard rock horns? Then you'll want to join Dee Snider in his campaign to Take Back The Horns!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Joshua.

See the original image here.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

You have to think fast and do what the game tells you (or not) on every level. Be quick; you can't make many mistakes trying to Obey the Game!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Real Thing™

Frozen Coke
It was so cold in Seattle that even a discarded full can of Coke burst.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Nailing It

It started in October 2009, when a young lady (what's the word, nailologist?) decided to create a different design on her nails. Every day. For a year. Wow.

And not only does she provide a daily picture of her creative designs, she even gives you the details of what she uses and how she does each one.

If you have the time, start at the beginning and come forward to see the whole palette at The Daily Nail.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Best Seat in the House

50 yard line!
Better than seats AT the 50 yard line, is being ON the 50 yard line.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Let me at im, let me at im. I can take em!! I'll sting em, and pinch em,
and then munch um. EWWWW just let me at em!!!

"It's a cake... from a PAN."

Who doesn't love pancakes? They're so simple, yet so satisfying. And yet, there are so many ways you can make them; all it takes is a little imagination. Witness these works of pan art at a site dedicated to the blessed bounty of the stove or griddle, The Pancake Project.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is ParticleJam.

See the original image here.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

A great physics puzzle game. You shrink or grow the pieces to get the smiley face (or faces!) into the target area. But beware, you have to maintain the same amount of mass! See how many puzzles you can solve with Shrink It.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Frozen in Seattle

Frozen fountain
Crazy cold weather here in Seattle! The fountains in the food court today were frozen pretty solid. I'm not sure what the logs are for, but a worker had obviously broken up the ice around the cascades so the water wouldn't flow over the ice and out onto the sidewalks.

Blue 32, Hut Hut!

Whiteboard work
I love coming upon one of these whiteboards at work, imagining the frenzied drawing and gesturing, the changing of pen color for effect, and mostly for the incomprehensibility of what was going on.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

It's the Cheesiest!

That's right, everything you've always wanted to know, or didn't know you wanted to know, about cheese! The Wikipedia of cheese is Cheesipedia.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Mudsquatch

Mud monster
Flyer seen on a local community bulletin board.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Caption Contest

Caption contest

"Look, I just want to know - do your ears pop
when you bend over to tie your shoes?"

Twitter, Doogie Howser Style

Doogie Howser was famous for typing a diary entry on his computer at the end of each episode, something that earned him the distinction of being possibly the first blogger. Anyway, now you can relive the medical phenomenon's typing with one of the latest social media phenomenons, Twitter. Simply add a username to the URL of the site and you get postings typed back to you, Doogie Howser-style, at Twoogie, MD.

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is ParticleJam.

See the original image here.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Here's a really cool variation on your standard Breakout game with a physics twist. You move the paddle left and right, yes, but you use the up/down arrow keys to control the height of the bounce. The paddle also shows you the resulting bounce path, which lets you fine-tune your position. Try to clear the circles off the screen in Mr. Bounce.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Coworker Roundup

  • "Well, they were pan-dimensional beings."

  • "The microwave doesn't beep. It's the basenji of kitchen accoutrements."

  • Guy: "I fell asleep in my office yesterday, watching my computer, because I've been taking cough syrup."
    Girl: "On purpose?"

  • "I don't know which is worse, Clippy or the little frikkin' puppy dog."

  • "She's... she's socially retarded."

  • "While 'Ghost in the Machine' is a nice, 1981 Police album that reminds me of my early childhood, I think we should see what we can do to get ghosts out of our data center."

  • "I sneezed while I was peeing, and I farted. For an instant, I had stuff coming out of every hole in my body."

  • "Sometimes I must stop and remind myself of how many people are employees of the 'Good Intentions Paving Company'."

  • "We should totally kill somebody with Nerf guns."

  • "The trees throw primarily nature attacks."

  • Guy 1: "And on that note, I have to go take a crap."
    Guy 2:"Uhhh... thanks for letting me know."

  • "None of the servers threw an error because none of the servers BELIEVE that it's an error."

  • "Let me tell you, baby formula tastes NOTHING like breast milk."

Not Garbage At All

Clothing check bags
They may be garbage bags, but they don't contain garbage. This is just a small sample of the huge amount of "clothing check" bags of runners in the Seattle Marathon this past weekend.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Deviant Definitions

Don't let the name fool you. The definitions of simple words are hilariously eccentric. The simple illustrations help recall childhood books at My First Dictionary.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Rainbow Cart

Cart with color drawers
Strange cart in the hospital with color-labeled drawers. I like how they added "Gray" to the top one, which was already doing double duty.