Tuesday, March 28, 2006

My slippers are gone again!!!

So picture this. You're sitting at the breakfast table. You've just finished your eggs, read the classified, and downed the last of your now-lukewarm coffee. You feel the need to head to the bathroom and perform your morning ritual. Your ensocked feet feel around for the slippers that you left under your chair. And dammit, they're gone again! Stolen by the well known but never seen slipper swipers. What to do?

Oh, doesn't anyone have an answer?

At last your pleas are heard. Introducing the Anti-theft slipper. They not only come with little rings at the heels into which you can slip your chair legs, but if someone (such as a family pet, two-year-old, or resident munchkin) steals said slippers, a horrifying alarm will sound, sending your blissful Sunday morning into turmoil.

Someone invented it, so someone will buy it.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Teleworkers do it in the buff

According to an article in Network World, One in eight male teleworkers and one in fourteen female teleworkers say they do their jobs in the nude, according to a new survey on the habits of remote and mobile workers worldwide. Additionally more than half the women don't shower on work-at-home days and men are even worse, with only about one in three washing.

I must remember to point that out to my wife who hates when I skip the Saturday morning shower.

Irish Yoga

Click here to see the traditional version of Asanas, an ancient yoga position requiring considerable strength in the neck, shoulders and back, requiring years of practice to achieve.

Click here for the Irish version.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Just can't get enough of them Luftballoons

CNN reports that VH1 Classic will present a full hour of the English and German music videos for Nena's 1984 hit "99 Luftballons," The music video presentation airs Sunday (2 p.m. EST), as part of the station's "Pay to Play for Hurricane Katrina Relief," One viewer requested this for a $35,000 donation.

MS Vista not People Ready

Forbes Magazine has an article about Microsoft's latest "event" regarding Windows Vista, and how wonderful it's going to be. That is, how MS thinks it will be wonderful, not how Forbes thinks. In fact the writer spelled out in no uncertain terms what a waste of time the event was, and what a joke Vista is turning out to be.

"Why the hell did they drag us here? we wondered. We'd been promised big news and some earth-shattering announcements by Microsoft flacks who insisted this was something we shouldn't miss. Instead, we got a demo that was about as compelling as a root canal followed by a 15-minute press conference with Ballmer, the Microsoft chief executive who seems incapable of speaking at any level softer than a bellow."

Love it.

More on the Australian Subway

Man, I really gotta travel there...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

15 Ways to whack your boss

This is tremendous fun. Find all 15 ways to whack your boss, and have fun with it.

And, if you get all 15 ways, you can then proceed to learn about the ten different ways a superhero can poop.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Warnings on the Australian Subway

Okay, I can't say I even knew there was a subway in Australia, but it certainly looks like a fun form of transportation.

What to do with an empty iPod box

...Why, make it into a speaker, of course!

Pittsburgh Roller Derby

And they said there were no good looking women in Pittsburgh. I think Miss Assfault begs to differ.....

Friday, March 17, 2006

Zubbles...we're still waiting

I came across this article last year in Popular Science about the invention of colored bubbles. Since then I've been awaiting the release of Zubbles Colored Bubbles. Still waiting...

Flying Luxury Hotel

That's one big plane. This Popular Science article tells teh story of a huge airship that takes off and lands like a helicopter: straight up and down, and dwarfs the size of any airplane around.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Reaching for the Darwins through grilled meat

Looks like the guys at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub are trying their best to assist someone in winning the next Darwin awards by introducing their latest contender in the race for the biggest burger, the 15-pound Beer Barrel Belly Buster.

Please, won't someone think of the children?

Performance Evaluations

A classic for review time....for everyone who has ever had an evaluation: just remember, it could have been worse...

1. "Since my last report, this employee has reached rock-bottom and has started to dig."
2. "I would not allow this employee to breed."
3. "This employee is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a definite won't-be."
4. "Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap."
5. "When he opens his mouth, it seems that it is only to change feet."
6. "This young lady has delusions of adequacy."
7. "He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them."
8. "This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot."
9. "This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts the better."
10. "Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together."
11. "A gross ignoramus - 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus."
12. "He doesn't have ulcers, but he's a carrier."
14. "I would like to go hunting with him sometime." (...did Dick Cheney write this one?)
15. "He's been working with glue too much."
16. "He would argue with a signpost."
17. "He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room."
18. "When his IQ reaches 50, he should sell."
19. "If you see two people talking and one looks bored, he's the other one."
20. "A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on."
21. "A prime candidate for natural de-selection."
22.. "Donated his brain to science before he was done using it."
23. "Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming."
24. "He's got two brains cells, one is lost and the other is out looking for it."
25. "If he were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week."
26. "If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you'd get change."
27. "If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean."
28. "It's hard to believe he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm."
29. "One neuron short of a synapse."
30. "Some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled."
31. "Takes him 2 hours to watch 60-minutes."
32. "The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

MemoryMiner: a world of stories awaits us all

MemoryMiner is a Mac-based application used to data-mine a vast collection of photos. It's interface is somewhat similar to iPhoto's, but its focus is on the addition of metadata, categories, and groupings to your photos. Overall, it's pretty mind-blowing what this application can do, but also pretty daunting to think about what would need to be done in order to set up an effective data mine.

The goal of MemoryMiner is lofty: "...the creation of the world's most extensive network of first-person accounts of modern society and culture."

The app allows you to drag and drop from iPhoto, set relationships between yourself and others like a family tree, to filter media by life periods, to add location info and plot location markers on a world map, and to provide an extensive collection of ways to present your information.

The video demo explains the app quite nicely.

I love the concept, but I can't imagine having the time or energy to make full use of this. Additionally I'd be concerned about the setup of the images (can you link to iPhoto's database, or are you copying images to a second database? Can you share databases with others?)

I see this being bought by Google and becoming completely internet-based, in hopes that mini-societies get created and link themselves together. Actually, it would make a sweet Flickr plugin.

Quite a juggling act

Check this guy out. His name is Chris Bliss, and he does quite a juggling act. I don't know what's more impressive...his overall skill, the fact that he makes a juggling act this creative out of using just three balls (something any basic juggler can do), or his rather interesting choice of music to go with the act. By the way you will waste a good 4 or 5 minutes getting sucked into this.

Monday, March 13, 2006


you know, if you take out all the words in the script to Scarface that AREN'T the f-word, you've still got a complete movie

Thursday, March 09, 2006

How not to go....

An unfortunate story of a father and son who met their end in a manure pond...

Another classic...

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, "Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see?"

The Lone Ranger replies, "I see millions of stars."

"What that tell you?" asked Tonto.

The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, "Astronomically speaking, It tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three In the morning. Theologically, the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What's it tell you, Tonto?"

"You dumber than buffalo shit. Someone stole tent."

A classic..

One afternoon a wealthy Bevery Hills lawyer was riding in his shiny Limousine when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass. Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate.

He asked one man, "Why are you eating grass?"

"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied. "We HAVE to eat grass."

Shocked, the lawyer said, "Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you!"

"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree."

"Bring them along," the lawyer replied.

Turning to the other poor man he said, "You come with us, too."

The second man said, "But sir, I also have a wife and six children with me!"

"Bring them all!" the lawyer answered. They all jammed into the huge limo.

Once underway, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you."

Genuinely touched, the lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love my place; the grass is almost a foot high!"

Monday, March 06, 2006

Stockholm's new traffic congestion solution

Though I'm guilty of not utilizing mass transit, I'm very much a fan of it. Living in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, it depresses me that the metropolitan area build a huge highway corridor (279 North) but never gave any thought to a T-line. I used to take the Metro North line into NYC for work from Westchester County, and loved it. I would love for Pitt to have the same thing.

On that note, I found this story that Stockholm, Sweden is testing an RFID-based traffic congestion system. Everyone slaps an EZPass on their window,and gets charged to drive certain roads at certain times of day, in an effort to relieve congestion. It's gawd-awful ugly and it would never fly here. Too bad.

Think she'll survive the drive home?

Is it me or does this woman make a surprising amount of sense?? It's a .mov clip from Al Jazeera TV of a woman presenting her point as to why radical muslims should re-evaluate their priorities.

The Armstrong Cork Building

Next store to my office is the Armstrong Cork Factory, a long derelict factory now being turned into loft apartments, retail, etc. It's a huge building and an exciting project. After 11 years of working next door to this beast, it's great to see progress on it.

This site is really nice collection of photos managed by a guy doing a photo diary of the work on the building.

(A little late) Valentines for Star Wars freaks

If you're a Star Wars freak having trouble communicating with women (how could that be, I know), you need these. Of course, if you are a Star Wars freak who thinks these might be useful, one might wonder whom or what you would use them on....

That's a lotta balls

A truly remarkable and delightful commercial by Sony, and filmed with real balls.

Real life Simpsons Intro

Someone took the time to put together a live-action version of the opening to the Simpsons. Brilliant. First I must say that this is definitely a sign of someone with too much time on their hands. But it was very impressive. I was especially impressed by the likeness of the Lisa's band teacher - an exact match. I was disappointed that they couldn't get the uranium rod to bounce into the back of Homer's shirt. I also thought it was amusing that Marge is driving on the wrong side of the car (I know...English...). And as a final comment, very impressive stunt by Bart, leaping over the fence off the car's roof. Kudos to him.

Here's a better version in higher definition, though it takes longer to download.

More Flickr: subscribing to a photocast

iPhoto 6 users can subscribe to someone's Flickr feed as a photocast viewable in iPhoto6. Check it out. Can't wait to try it out.

Red Rain (was) falling down

I can't say I'd ever heard of this, but according to an article in the Observer that says studies are being done on "...one of the strangest incidents in recent meteorological history. On 25 July, 2001, blood-red rain fell over the Kerala district of western India.". the article states that one researcher believes the redness is caused by alien bacteria from a comet. Perhaps our first evidence of alien life.

Perhaps this explains the Peter Gabriel song.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Microsoft redesigns the iPod box

What if Microsoft's marketing team were in charge of the packaging for the iPod? Let's find out.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Multi-touch interaction video

I came across this video on Multi-touch interaction technology. this is enormously cool stuff. In fact I could see applications for this at my work. One of the products my company produces is a corporate scheduling system for printing companies. Basically it's an electronic version of a big scheduling board. Imagine being able to project the board on the wall and move jobs around in this way. Wow.

Friday, March 03, 2006


I've been a flickr user for close to a year now, and agree with many out there that it is by far the best photo-sharing website there is. Because it's nothing like any photo-sharing website there is. It's viral and addictive, virtually ad-free, and gives you the ability to discover both your own photography and the amazing pictures of others out there (a couple of my favorites are from Joe and Dan)

I came across this site called Flickrnation, which is a blog about all things Flickr. Lots of interesting stuff there. From there I discovered both this article about the origins of Flickr, along with information on all kinds of "Flickr Hack" sites. Flickr Hacks are another thing that make Flickr so great. There's a whole world of add-ons, handy tools, and other neat stuff that either work with Flickr, grab pics from Flickr, or reference Flickr information in some way. Picture it.

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