Friday, December 31, 2010

Activity Corner

It's New Year's Eve, and that means one thing: lists of 2010.



And if that doesn't keep you busy enough, here are some links of a more typical Activity Corner nature.

Friday Game

Up Down Ready
The hard thing about this game is how easy it is. You only have two controls: Up and Down. What makes it challenging is the game changes at every level, also changing what Up and Down do. You'll play again and again, trying for a higher level (just to see what they are) in Up Down Ready.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Motes to the Eye

In today's megapixel world, and with 8-bit retro appeal, one artist asks the question, How few pixels does it take to render an image (specifically, people) recognizable? See how he does it at iotacons.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

"Taste the happy, Michael! Taste it!" -Gob

Small Keypad, Old Hands

It was bound to happen. Your folks haved started texting you from their cellphone. Sometimes you just gotta laugh. And then, send it to When Parents Text.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Amanda!

See the original image here.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Activity Corner

A Star Wars Christmas

The Star Wars Christmas special that everyone really wants.

Friday Game

Online Jenga
There's no scoring, and you can cheat if you want, but then the desire to beat the physics engine takes over, and you see how far you can go with Online Jenga.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Warnings Are Not Enough

Sometimes, even when someone tells you not to look, you can't help but do it. I mean, they told you not to, right? Although there's an internet aphorism that says, "What has been seen, cannot be unseen." While it usually refers to something horrifying or disgusting, this site combines that idea with "looks like" to give you things you Cannot Unsee.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Meme to the Meme Power

You don't have to spend as much time on the internet as I do to get all the memes and movie references in this totally awesome and over-the-top video, but it helps. Bonus: If you can list the most of the memes, you could win an iPad.

Klick! Holiday Video

Monday, December 20, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Allow me to shed some light on the situation.

Vacation Shadenfreude

While everyone looks forward to vacations, they can often be less than perfect. And, luckily for us, someone is taking pictures of them. Revel in others' despair, and enjoy the captions, at HateCation.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley!

See the original image here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Activity Corner

Friday Game

An interesting game with simple controls (arrows to move, spacebar to interact) that asks you to make choices about saving the world. The real kicker? You can't replay the game. You have only One Chance

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

He Doesn't Seem So Rone-ry

When you're the leader of a country, even a small communist backwater, you get to tour a lot of places, seeing innovations and machines that your lowly citizens don't. And these photo-ops un-ironically capture your interest. See the Great Leader Kim Jong-il Looking At Things.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

No one guessed that Bill and Shirley were
trying to act out the Happy Hooker in charades.

Musical Voicemail

This one is a very cool and unique site. People call and leave messages, and the dude selects good ones and then writes background music for them. The messages and the music vary, but the constant is strangers sharing stories to a beautiful accompanyment. Some are uplifting, but many are tearjerkers (you've been warned). They're all at One Hello World.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

There's no winner for this week's contest. I guess the picture was too scary. Better luck next week!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Activity Corner

Friday Game

GunBlood
Here's an interesting game that is basically an old west gunfight. It's you against an AI opponent. You have to "draw" based on a timer (it resets if you draw too soon), then use your mouse to aim and blast away. But be careful, you're limited to the rounds in your sixgun. See if you have what it takes to walk away from GunBlood.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The Know-It-All of the Party

Don't you hate the person at a party who seems to have an interesting and yet somehow different opinion on a wide variety of topics? Well, now =you= can be that person! All it takes is a little knowledge, the kind you can find at Smugopedia.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Mini Movie Maker

Movies are cool, but sometimes they can take forever to load. This is especially frustrating when there is only a small bit of the movie that's really interesting. Well, now there's a solution. Turn a section of any YouTube movie into a small animated GIF file using GIFsoup.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley!

See the original image here.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Flabby Physics
The very simplest type of physics game you can play, since there's only one control: pressing the spacebar (at the right time, of course). You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll curse at the screen trying to solve the puzzles of Flabby Physics.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Searching for Thylacines

The last know thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, died in 1936. Or did it? One dogged researcher is following up on tantalizing leads, including some blurry Sasquatch-like footage, to find a living specimen of the Australian creature. It's all documented at The Hunt for the Tasmanian Tiger.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Hmmm? Is a sword in a bush equal to two in the face?

Abandoned

Most of us have experienced the relentless expansion and development in today's growing world, which is why it's sometimes hard to believe all the man-made items and places that have been left behind for nature to ever-so-gradually reclaim. Crawl through the interesting collection of such things at Artificial Owl.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Jeremy!

See the original image here.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Activity Corner

Just a few things to keep you occupied, if you're not out shopping or eating leftovers.

Friday Game

Butch Mushroom
It's a simple, timed game with an, uh, interesting premise: a bug-eating mushroom that you control. Try to eat as many bugs as possible to extend the timer and gain bonuses. It's Butch Mushroom.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Uh, Thanks, I Guess

We've all been there: You get an awful item as a gift, open it in front of the person who gave it to you, and then pretend to really like it. All the while, the thought that's going through your head is, "Why Did You Buy Me That?"

Monday, November 22, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

You know the economy sucks when
Phyllis Diller has to take a second job at Sonic.

Where Does It Go?

When you poo, where does it go? Well, thanks to knowledge of sewer systems and the power of Google maps, you can find out with Flush Tracker.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley!

See the original image here.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Shaun the Sheep
This is a sheep physics puzzle game. Yes, you read that correctly. You have three sheep (with different abilities) to get to the barn, and each level adds some new trick. Sure, there are only 15 easy levels, but Shirley, Shaun, and Timmy are pretty funny. Don't get fleeced by Shaun the Sheep.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wooden Gears

I linked to the video of Clayton's interesting wooden gears, but on his site, you can get the plans to recreate all sorts of wood-geared clocks and gadgets. Check out his Wooden Gear Clock Plans.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Here is another reason to never date a clown.

Curses, Corrected Again!

Texting on a touchscreen smartphone can lead to a lot of typos. Thankfully, most have an autocorrect function that attempts to make a best guess of what you're trying to say. But often the autocorrect's best intentions go strangely awry, with hilarious results, which are being preserved at Damn You, Autocorrect.

Also immortalized at GraphJam.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Seayjay!

See the original image here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Omnom Forest
This is a classic "Root Beer Tapper" kind of game, where you have to click on the creatures to either have them eat falling fruit or avoid falling acorns. You start with one, then two, then three... How long can you keep the creatures in Omnom Forest happy?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Computers in the Movies

Lots of movies we watch have people using computers. Sometimes moviemakers get them right, and sometimes get them wrong. Either way, it can be interesting. Here's a site that has a pretty exhaustive capture of movie screens showing a slice of the interface used by its computer(s). It's all stored in the memory banks of Access Main Computer File.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Bob wondered if Sue lied to him when he asked her,
"Does this make my gut look big?"

Keyboard Roots

If your computer's keyboard isn't old-school enough for you, now you can use an actual typewriter as a USB keyboard. "Hunt and peck" takes on its original meaning when you're Smith-Corona-ing your Facebook updates. You can order the plans and DIY, ship your typewriter to the inventor and have him convert it for you, or buy one of the already-converted ones on his etsy site. The details can be found at USB Typewriter.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley!

See the original image here.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Corporate Climber
An old-school platformer that's different on each level. How high does it go? I'm not sure, since I haven't been able to finish it yet, but it sure is a lot of fun working your way up the ladder as a Corporate Climber.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Dating is Ugly

There are lots of dating sites out there that promise you the partner of your dreams. But here's one that throws away the dreams and gets up in your face with reality. Yes, it's a dating site for the, um, "asthetically challenged". Romance awaits you at The Ugly Bug Ball.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Halloween Thriller

I know it's after Halloween, but this is too cool not to share. The same guy that's done some amazing Christmas light shows set to music did an awesome Halloween display set to Michael Jackson's Thriller.

Films Clipped

A bizarre little web site that takes just a small portion of a scene from a movie, turning it into a weird little repeating moment, along with the line from round-about the same place. It's hard to describe, and even harder to turn away from If We Don't, Remember Me.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Oh God! I hope that was a fart.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

No winner this week. Maybe next time...

Happy Halloween!

Asian Ghostbusters
Asian Ghostbusters.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Flabby Physics
Here's a fun little physics game that's also very simple. The only control is the spacebar, which you use to get the ball to the star. You have to learn what each level does and how to time it so you can solve each puzzle. Try your hand (or your spacebar finger) at Flabby Physics.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Beatle Crossing

It's on 24 hours a day, 8 days a week, at the famous crosswalk that The Beatles immortalized on their album cover. Just outside the studios, on the road with the same name, it's the Abbey Road crossing.

It's fun to watch the visitors pause in the crosswalk for a picture while annoyed traffic stops for them. The gallery has some amusing captures as well.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blown Away

Umbrella
The blown-out-umbrella-slash-weathervane in Belltown (on Western).

Monday, October 25, 2010

Caption Contest

Putting the "Art" in "Carpet"

These artists make carpets. But the interesting part is =what= they make the carpets of. Check them out at We Make Carpets.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Jeremy!

See the original image here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Activity Corner

Friday Game

The "Incredible Machine"-alike was great the first time, but now it's back again. See if you can solve all the levels of Electric Box 2.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Crosswalker

Mysterious guy
This mysterious little guy was made of the same thick, reflective material as the crosswalk (or other road paint).

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bieber-bians

The title of this webpage says it all: Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh Won't You Take Me To...

Potland Chinatown
Wow, there's a Chinatown gate in Portland too? And an SUV!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Zorro found long-distance cycling a lot easier
after months of estrogen therapy.

Terra Firma, State Style

The internet, among other things, proves you can sell anything. And in this case, it's dirt. Although it's not just any dirt. It's carefully-selected dirt from specific states, encased in a clear box with the state's silhouette on it. In fact, it's so carefully selected that not all states are yet available. Get the facts, and the dirt, at The State Dirt Company.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is ParticleJam!

See the original image here.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Activity Corner

Friday Game


A combination physics and puzzle game. Position your shooter and try to cause enough damage to finish a level. Once you complete all 28 levels, you can go back to try and better your score. It's a lot of fun to play Block Knocker. I really liked the reverse gravity parts.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What's Missing?

Coffee shop
A typical Seattle coffee shop with an atypical "sidewalk cafe" mindset.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

For Whom the Bell Tolls

It started out as co-workers surreptiously attached a small bell to each other, then took pictures. It gradually became a full-fledged co-worker competition. Check out the pictures (and explanations) at The Bell's Wall of Shame.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Browser Breakdown

Browser share
Current (as of this afternoon) breakdown of browsers used by visitors to NuclearToast.

Don't Cross the Memes

Jenny's TPS reports

Monday, October 11, 2010

Caption Contest

caption contest

Jason was about to single-handedly force a change
to the corporate dress code.

Mini Music Reviews

This guy not only follows new releases of music pretty heavily, he also reviews them. Now, it's a given that all reviews are subjective, but his are often bitingly sarcastic. And the kicker? In this world of Twitter and Facebook updates, his reviews are only four words. It's Pop Psychology.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley!

See the original image here.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Firefighter Cannon game
In this physics problem-solving game, you have to aim your firehose and relative strength of shot to send your water "cannonball" on the right trajectory to hit the little flames. You only have a set number of shots per level, and you get extra points for having shots left over. Like always, it starts off easy, but throws you some curves when you try to master Firefighter Cannon.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Cheerios

I usually don't crosspost, but something about this one struck a chord with me.

Today, there was one extra large Cheerio in my bowl. Very, very large. It registered in my brain just as I put it from the spoon into my mouth, and in that second, I wondered whether it was actually bigger than the others or whether it was just way more absorbent. And by the time I thought to check, I was chewing it along with all of the other ones in that spoonful.
Life.

Beautiful, Kent, beautiful.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Handcuffs
Who leaves their S&M gear locked next to a public sidewalk? Do I want to know?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

What the Jello?

You might be surprised what you (or others, actually) can make out of gelatin. So much so, in fact, that there's a web site dedicated to some of the stranger and more amazing items. And it's all perfectly edible! Check out the results at My Jello Americans.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Where Did You Get Them?

Z. Butt Textiles
So many jokes, I don't know where to start.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Jonathan never heard the last line about
not being able to pick your friend's nose.

Wish You Were Here...

They're bad, they're old, they're funny, and like a traffic accident, you can't look away. They're also the ones you'd never want sent to you. They're catalogued at Bad Postcards.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley!

See the original image here.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Activity Corner

Friday Game

Ye Olde Nuklere Toaste
This isn't a game, but it's still a good time-waster. With access to text and different types of clipart, you can construct your own tapestry-style image with the Historic Tale Construction Kit.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Water Works

Water sidewalk
The water sidewalk at the new South Lake Union Park on opening afternoon.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Infographic Wednesday

Computer Attractions

This is another one of those "too much time on their hands" sites. It's an attempt to catalog every appearance of a computer, meticulously listed by type, in movies and TV shows. The already-burgeoning database can be perused at Starring the Computer. Don't forget to sign up for the RSS feed!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Burtonesque

Random wall art
Spotted on a wall by a car repair shop in the Limehouse area of London. It reminds me of a character from or the style of a Tim Burton movie.

Yes You Did

Scrabble graffiti
Spotted in London on Portabello Road.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Bedroom equipment and training regimen for Mrs. Norris.

Electronic Comics

There were a lot of comic books published before the internet was around, and not all electronically-connected people have access to them. That is, until now. There's an effort underway to get as many online as possible. You can see what's available so far at the Digital Comic Museum.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Hurley! (With honorable mention to John Haydon.)

See the original image here.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Activity Corner

Friday Game


Here's a fun little shooter game where you try to protect your fruit from attacking bugs. You can buy upgrades to your cannons as you progress. But watch out, the bugs will throw everything they've got at you in BigTree TopGun.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Toilet Talk

London public toilet
A public toilet in London, with an appropriately British bit of graffiti.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Covering Comic Covers

This site is a great ongoing project: take an artist, give them an old comic book cover, and see how they recreate or re-imagine it. Check out the results at Covered.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Internet in Real Life

I'd seen something on the internet many times that I passed off to some crafty photoshopping. There was no way to capture how far my jaw dropped when I saw it in real life!

Traffic light tree
My blurry cellphone picture (taken hurredly on a cloudy near-evening) doesn't do it justice, but it's a traffic light tree. It's in the Canary Wharf area of southeast London.

For some better pictures, check out this page.

I need to upload the video I took of it to YouTube...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Caption Contest

Caption contest

Now that's a guy proudly sporting some wood.

Secrets Revealed

This site is dedicated to interesting things that you may not know, and not trivia kinda stuff, but real behind-the-scenes sort of stuff. Don't blame me if you wonder where your day has gone after reading the treasure trove at Broken Secrets.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Caption Contest Winner

This week's winner is Jeremy!

See the original image here.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Activity Corner