Thursday, October 30, 2008

Me vs. the Mazda

23.5 miles per gallonIt's official. I now get better gas mileage than my car. Answer some questions and discover: How many MPG does your body get?

I'd fill up, but I'm terrified to find out just where I'm supposed to insert the pump.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Zero-Effort Guide to Wasting Time at Work

ManInTheDark is one of those weird little webtoys like Boneless Girl or Rockstarter or String Spin. Good for wasting 10 or 15 minutes...

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Wait... Blogs can't vote!

Information Nation screws up the election process

Amusing "Insert name of your choice into this video" encouraging all eligible US citizens to remember to vote. If you're a United Statesianite and are registered, please get out there and vote on November 4th. You don't want the whole country on your case...

Make your own personalized video here.

To play devil's advocate and really overthink this, if I McCain really did win by a single vote, the blame wouldn't rest entirely on me... If I could somehow go back and cast my ballot for Obama, that would result in an exact tie. So it would still take someone else's vote to put Obama in the Win column. Right? Have I managed to completely suck the joy right out of this cute little video yet?

Anyway, I'm in the clear... since I'm working at one of the voting precincts on election day, I already absentee voted. So there. Neener neener. (thanks for the link, Lou!)

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Orange Slices

Hey! Youse dere, wit' da punkin'! Lemme guess. You gonna carve the same old mug on dat ting dat you carve every friggin' Halloween? Hah? Amirite?! Gidouddaheah!

Okay, I don't really know why I felt compelled to deliver that last paragraph in Brooklynese, but it just felt right. Didn't it? Amirite? Gidouddaheah!

If you're looking for a little inspiration to spice up your jack-o-lantern activities this year, look no further than the 2008 Pumpkin Contest Winners over at the perennial favorite Below are just a couple of the scads of insanely creative ways to dismember your favorite seasonal gourd.

Check out the site (there's a lot to see), browse winning designs from previous years and so forth. Carve on!



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Double the games in half the time

Hey Old-Skool Gamers! Remember those classics like Pong and Breakout, but lament the fact that you just don't have enough time anymore to play them? Why not play 'em both at the same time?

Pong Out 2 has a split screen in which you move your mouse left/right to play the Breakout on the left side, while simultaneously moving your mouse up/down to play the Pong game going on over on the right side of your screen.

I have just enough coordination to get through a level or two of this. If the next version is called Pong Kong Pac Out or something, my head might just explode.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

The B-Side of the planet

antipodes [(an-tip'-uh-deez)]

1. Any two places or regions on diametrically opposite sides of the Earth; "the North Pole and the South Pole are antipodes"

Type in an address and find out what's on the opposite side of the world with Antipodr.

The concept of the antipodes set to music à la They Might Be Giants - "Ana Ng" from their 1988 release Lincoln.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Meatbag vs Meathead

Stuck for a great Halloween costume idea? (Body)bag it! (via All Night Surfing)

Speaking of bodybags, I am guessing Brad Sciullo may be getting up-close and personal with the interior of one sooner rather than later. You see, he recently ate a 20-pound hamburger. Yes, you read that correctly. Twenty. Pound. Hamburger. A followup interview can be ingested here.

Hey Brad... you gonna eat all that?

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

"Not Perfect" = Perfect

"Not Perfect" by Australian comedian/actor/musician Tim Minchin. Whether you are an old fan or a new one like me, I bet you'll enjoy this. Stop by his website for more info.

Disclaimer: Some of Mr. Minchin's songs contain a number of what you might consider R-rated words (upon further review, the rating would lean more towards NC17 -- still pretty funny, but not meant for the kids). The contents of this particular video are safe for all ears, though.

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Hey Fluffy, as long as you're up there could you mix me a margarita?

Have a cat that just won't stay off the counters? Scare the crap out of them with a Blender Defender. (via The Presurfer)

On the flip side of the metaphorical cat-coin, if you want your furballs to access even more of the house, check out some of these Japanese cat-friendly house designs. (via Crooked Brains)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I'm Just a Hunk-a, Hunk-a Burnin' Love

Riddle me this...

I am a giant middle-aged blob of hot gas with a fiery temperament. People have a hard time even looking at me, and I can make even the coolest of cucumbers sweat. I am quite the hottie, and I firmly believe that the whole world revolves around me.

Who am I?

Hint: No, I am not Rush Limbaugh.

Give up?

It's me! Mister Sun! Check out these totally sweet pics of me at my job, lighting and heating the solar system.

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This will turn dog photography on its head

Upside Down Dogs
are just like regular dogs, except, you know, upside down.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Fear the Moon no longer!

Dr. Grordbort's Infallible Aether Oscillators is home to any number of ray guns, death rays, wave disruptors &c.

Some of my favorites below, though you really should take the time to enjoy the entire Dr. Grordbort site, as it really is a hoot. (via The Awesomer)

The Miniature Manmelter 3600ZX

Gaze with wonder at it's diminutive proportion, that's the power of science!

The Goliathon 800 Moon Hater Death Ray

Fear the Moon no longer!

Lord Cockswain's Ray Blunderbuss - The Unnatural Selector

Look at all the shiny whoodads. It is entirely encrusted with science!

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

"...and I'd like to thank all the little people..."

Sydney, Australia-based photographer Keith Loutit creates lovely tilt-shifted time-lapse short films. His aim, he says, "is to present Sydney as the Model City, and help people take a second look at places that are very familiar to them." You can see more of his films on the Keith Loutit Vimeo page. (via Boing Boing)

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

When the weatherman said we were due for "some of the white stuff", I don't think this was what he had in mind

A pirate walked into a bar and the bartender said, "Hey, I haven't seen you in a while. What happened? You look terrible."

"Shiver me timbers, what be ye talkin' about, lad?", said the pirate, "I feel fine!"

"Well," the bartender replies, "What about the wooden leg? You didn't have that before."

The pirate says, "Aye, ye speak true, ye scallywag. We were in a battle and a cannon ball took it clean off, but I'm fine now."

"Well, OK," replied the bartender, "But what about that hook? How did you lose your hand?"

The pirate replied, "We were in another battle. I boarded a ship, got into a sword fight and me hand got cut off. Me ship's sawbones fitted me with this fine hook, bless 'im. 'Twas nothin' ta speak of. Yarrrr!"

"But what about that eye patch?" asked the bartender.

The pirate answered, "Oh, one day we were at sea when a flock o' birds flew over. I looked up and one o' them pooped in me eye."

"You're kidding!" said the bartender, "You lost an eye just from bird poop?"

"Aarrgghh!" said the pirate, 'Twas me first day with the new hook."

Protip: When you are reporting on a local bird infestation and notice a bird has pooped on your jacket, it isn't wise to look up, and even more unwise to look up with your mouth open.

Meanwhile, back in the studio, things take an even more disturbing turn...

On the other hand, I guess things could be worse. Much, much, much worse.

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I've even heard of some people who put notes on them

The non-evil geniuses at Eepybird are at it again. From the guys who dared to mix Diet Coke and Mentos, it's The Sticky Note Experiments. Sticky note waterfalls, pinwheels and other nifty tricks. Bigger and better-looking versions of the vids can also be found here at Vimeo. Very fun, very colorful. Nice job, guys!

Post-It Note Elvis Mosaic (via Relentlessly Optimistic) and a step-by-step guide to how they put it all together.

Driving this Post-It Jaguar in the rain is a no-no. See the full Flickr photoset.

Cute little Post-It doodles

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All aboard the Batwagon!

Why Halloween will suck this year.

If, however, you decide to go ahead with it, at least learn how to do it correctly. (via Across The Board)

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008


If you think you have a pretty good eye for guesstimation, try The Eyeballing Game. You are shown various geometric shapes, and your job is to move the mouse to find the center, or bisect the angle, make a right angle, etc.

The lower your score, the better. My score was decent except for finding the center of a triangle. I apparently really, really suck at that :-/ (via The Presurfer)

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Now I know how Mr. Kotter felt

Alright! Info Nation is back to full strength after a brief respite in the sunny climes of Florida's Gulf Coast. We are tanned, rested and ready to pick through the midden-heaps of these beloved internets in order to bring you nothing short of the absolute finest in webtertainment!

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