Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Last night I came across this site for computer tanning.... the concept is simple. You go to the site, and it uses your monitor as tanning lights. I'm guessing the results vary with monitors, but it's simple enough. There is a free trial, so go there and check it out, or at least check out the explanation video.
Monday, March 30, 2009
I've always heard that eating carrots helps your eyesight. Now, here's a less nutritious, more fun way to improve your vision.... playing games. This study, shows that gaming helps something called "contrast sensitivity" which helps your reaction time. When you think about it, it kind of makes sense. I remember as a kid, my mother jokingly told me if I sat in front of the TV too long, my eyes would turn square (I used to make her check for roundness occasionally), but turns out as long as you're gaming, you're fine.
*The picture isn't really relevant to the article, but I found it and thought I'd share it.
Earlier today I came across this great article posing the question "How Young is too Young to Game". Honestly I hadn't really put too much thought into this one before. I'm not a parent, so I can't really make a firm decision on something like this, but gaming time (as with TV and Internet times) should be limited. Personally, I was 7 when I got my first official gaming system (Christmas of 1987, the NES), but I had some limited exposure to the Atari and other systems earlier. Seven years old didn't seem too early for a gaming system to me, I don't think I was warped too badly, but who knows how messed up I'd be if I had started a year earlier. I'd be interested to know what some experienced parents think about this situation.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Earlier today I came across something someone posted on Facebook about creating a band and album cover and some songs. Here is the original link they got this from. It's actually pretty clever. Here are the steps copy and pasted from the article :
1 - Go to “wikipedia.” Hit “Random Article”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 - Go to “Random quotations”
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4 - Use Photoshop/MS Paint or similar to put it all together.
5- Post it in the comments! (Using Imageshack or any photo hoster)
I've actually created mine and included it above.
Friday, March 27, 2009
You may not think about it, but animals are tripping hazards. Here is a USAToday article with some interesting statistics about people tripping over their animals. Apparently dogs are particularly hazardous. Not mentioned here, statistics on people tripping over their pet goldfish.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The other day I was checking out jonathancoulton.com and read his blog talking about how his income works. If you're not immediately familiar with his name, you may recognize him from some of his songs such as "Code Monkey", "RE:Your Brains", or the credits song from the game Portal called "Still Alive". If you haven't heard these, look them up on YouTube, they're quite funny/entertaining.
Anyway, the reason I bring this up is his really great analogy of how he sales his songs, and although people steal them, everything works out. He compares it to a "genetically engineered cow who eats music and poops money". It's a long article, and if you don't feel like reading the whole thing, check out the first and last paragraph and you'll get the idea.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
As you drive down the road, it doesn't take too long to find someone doing something stupid or just plain out not paying attention. Here is an article I read this morning about some horrible driving stories. Some of these would be flat out humorous, if they weren't true. Seriously, someone thought it a good idea to eat a bowl of cereal while driving? Hopefully, these people aren't on the same road as me.
Early this morning I came across this video from 1994 where Jon Stewart was interviewing Conan O'Brien on MTV (back when MTV was good). I've been a Conan fan for since practically the beginning of his show, so this brought back some memories.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
There's a lot of talk about Twitter lately, it's growing by leaps and bounds. It seems like nowadays just about everyone has an account, and it's payed much more attention to by employers. Here is a story about someone who twittered about their job opportunity and lost it because of their tweet. Someone from the company they got applied at was listening and didn't like what they said about the job offer. Personally when it comes to social networking, I try to stay away from talking about anything that could effect me professionally (either positive or negative). We all have moments when we just need to keep our mouths and tweets shut and with social networking, it makes it easier to have to chew crow.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Earlier today a friend sent me this video showing how the Batman logo has evolved over the years. Batman has been around a long time, and has not only changed his logo, but his look and personality over the year.... No matter the emblem, he's one of the best superheros out there. If you have problems viewing the video, click here to go to the page directly.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Earlier today I came across this story from 2001 about square watermelons. I hate to blog about really old news stories, but since Spring is here and they're coming into season soon, it's kind of appropriate. If that's not enough, or you just want your own square watermelon, here is an instructional guide on growing your own square watermelon.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tomorrow night is going to be a pretty sad night for many Sci Fi fans. It is the last night for Battlestar Galactica. A few of my friends have been sending me articles of Adama (the admiral) going to the UN for peace talks. Above is the very powerful speech given by our favorite admiral. SO SAY WE ALL!!!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
One of the popular articles I came across yesterday was this article from Discover Magazine called "20 Thing You Didn't know about Time". There's a lot of interesting random facts here, many of them I truly did not know. It's an overall good history lesson, if anything else.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I just came across this movie countdown called "100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers", that I really enjoyed. Some of the scenes brought back some good memories of movies I've seen, but forgotten. I found myself thinking "That's a good one". It's a 9 minute clip, but worth watching (especially if you're bored).
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Today, once again, is Pi Day (3/14). On Wednesday, Pi day was made a national holiday, giving school teaches opportunity to teach their students about it on this day. Score one for the math geeks! To top it all off, this month has had both square root day and pi day in it. This leads us to the only obvious conclusion.... Math is fun.
Friday, March 13, 2009
It's been a long time since I've seen Forest Gump, but it has to be one of my favorite movies of all times. It contains just about anything. For those of you who may not have three hours to watch the whole thing, this video kind of sums it up in one minute.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Something that has been fairly popular online today is the "Periodic Table of Video Games". (Click the picture in the link for a bigger view) Some of these you'll recognize pretty quick, but some are pretty obscure. I'm not that big on console gaming anymore, so some of the newer characters I don't recognize, but as you can see it's something that took a lot of thought and effort.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I've featured some vegetable art on here before, but it's been a while and this one is a little different. This site features some really creative characters. Just another example of someone doing a great job at playing with their food. I wonder what the inspiration for some of these are... who thinks "Hey, lets make these scallions into a very accurate representation of a praying mantis", but I'm glad they do.
I just came across this interesting site called Pimp this Bum. I'm still not sure if I completely understand it, but the site picked a homeless man named "Tim" and are taking donations to help him. He holds up a sign advertising pimpthisbum, and at the site you can donate money to help him. Tim actually seems like a really nice guy They've so far helped him by not only monetary gain, but also through alcohol rehab and shared housing. Apparently he makes a minimum of $100 per day. Interesting concept, check out the site for details.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
It's a strange thought, but I've wondered what kind of fossils alien explorers may find someday if humans suddenly disappeared from Earth. Yea, I know it's an odd thought, but I'm sure you've had it too. Here is a link where an artist has made some modern day fossils that show examples of what someone may find.
A coworker and I were talking about SNL Old Glory Robot Insurance commercial the other day and I felt it'd be a good thing to blog about. This was on SNL more than 10 years ago, but is still funny nonetheless. You never know when they may attack.
If you have problems with the video, go here.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
If like art and Star Wars, you're in for a treat with this "Star Wars as Classic Art" photoshop collection. All of these are very well done. I was surprised at how well some of these turned out. Turns out that Star Wars characters are just timeless.
The show "Cops" is fairly entertaining to some, but it's probably not for kids other than to say "don't let this happen to you". I saw this "Cops for Kids" video yesterday evening and although it's kind of silly, I thought I would share it with you. I love the carrot superimposed over the gun.... kinda like the walkie talkie replacement for the guns in ET.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Many people have been upset since Pluto was declared to not be a planet. How many of our favorite acronyms have been completely messed up due to this? Now, when Pluto passes over the skies above the state of Illinois, it will be deemed a planet. It's sad that it had to come to government officials to make this decision instead of science, but welcome back Pluto.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I'm not sure why these camels are angry or why their in a car (perhaps that's the reason), but I don't think I want to mess with them. I'm gonna guess that even where camels are prominent, this isn't something you see everyday. (Be careful, they spit)
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
I really love stories like this when parents do the right thing to teach their kids a lesson. A kid was wanting to play the game "Call of Duty", his parents felt it was too violent, so they gave him permission if he'd follow the Geneva Conventions. The kid was excited about gaming, and actually looked them up and agreed to the rules. In a lot of video games it'd be hard to completely follow rules like this, but gaming has come a long way and offers the gamers many choices. The parents probably did the kid a favor and added more strategy to the game, making it more enjoyable. I agree that some games are inappropriate for kids of certain ages, but ultimately, as with movies, a parent should get involved in the investigation to make the decision.
For all you geeks and mathematicians out there, happy square root day. It's the holiday that happens less and less often (until the turn of the century). Today is 3-3-09 and for the math impaired, the square root of nine is 3. The last time this holiday occurred, of course was, Ground Hog's day of 2004 (02-02-04), and the next time isn't until 4-4-16. Anyway, put up your square rooted tree and make sure you wish your favorite mathematician a happy sqrt(day).
Monday, March 02, 2009
|Last month's question was asked you about your favorite caffeinated beverage. Soda won out by quite a margin, but everyone seemed to like caffeine at least some. Here are the results. Thanks everyone for voting last month|
In this month's question I ask how much time do you spend online daily. If you're here, you at least spend some time online. I'm aiming at "active" time spent online. Some people, myself included, spend way too much time online, but it's part of who I am I guess. To me, it makes life much easier. Anyway, thanks in advance for voting.