Friday, February 26, 2010
Although we love to play our video games, we can definitely see the flaws in the villain's schemes. There is always something that ends up being his downfall, and it's usually a lot of stupid mistakes that are easily fix. Apparently the video game boss found out about these and addressed them in a letter.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Mario has been quite a few things in his time. Sure his profession is officially plumber, but we all know he's best at rescuing princesses no matter the cost. Here is a list of some of the jobs Mario could put on his resume. Maybe it's not such a good list, but I really enjoyed the pictures of Mario's head on everything (plus it had a TARDIS).
What if a galaxy far far away wasn't so far. This is a scenario dreamed up by one photographer. He decided to take Star Wars characters, ships, etc and put them in our environment. These are pretty great, and who knows, we're just one first contact away from these technologies.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sesame Street celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. I guess that means the majority of people you know (or at least their kids) probably grew up watching it. Here is a great picture of 101 of the muppets that have appeared on Sesame Street over the past 40 years. The picture is great because you can mouse over each character to show you some information about them.
It's hard to imagine what our lives would be like today without the invention of the Internet. It's not only a great means of entertainment and communication (and time wasting), but great for shopping and information. Here is an article from 1995 from an expert explaining why the Internet will never catch on. To be honest, he makes a lot of good points and predictions, but the fact is, it works and works well. Perhaps in a hundred years or so people will look at it as one of those technologies that had so much stacked against it and still worked.
You're probably familiar with the "I'm on a Horse" Old Spice commercial. This video takes you through the making of that commercial. It is around 20 minutes long, so save it for when you have some extra time, but it's well worth watching. If you're not familiar with the commercial, it's show several times during this video, so you'll get to know it.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The AT&T/Verizon commercials about 3G coverage can get a little annoying. My boss sent me this video the other day that I rather enjoyed. I will add, as someone who likes AT&T, the map thing isn't a big deal. I don't use many things that require 3G and find that it uses ridiculous amounts of battery power. Anyway, enjoy the video.
As an IT person I tend to tell people, not to click on links that you don't trust or don't click on links that look suspicious. Here is a site called "ShadyURL.com" that is designed to make URL's look suspicious. It's kind of like the URL shorteners that twitter use, but instead of making your URL short, it makes it shady.
The Europe song "The Final Countdown" is one of the greatest bad songs of all time. When you hear the intro come, you know something great is about to happen. Here is an excellent link of the "The 5 Greatest Moments in the History of “The Final Countdown”". If this is too many videos for you, and you can only watch one, check out the last one; it's by far the best one. Not mentioned here, but I really enjoyed "The Final Spongedown" from Spongebob.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
If you're a pessimist, the I have a great site for you (or another meaningless waste of time) called "despair.com". It's probably a site that everyone but me has heard of, but I first heard of it a bit ago through a Facebook update. I think it's basically a site to buy stuff, and although I don't advertise here, I do enjoy their demotivational posters.
Social networking is a really great place for robbers to go to find great places to rob. Check out someone's twitter that says "Heading out on vacation, see you guys in a week" and if you know where they live (which with location aware apps, isn't that difficult to find), you have a target. Here is a site that makes us aware of that called pleaserobme.com. It searches "foursquare" updates and uses the logic, if you're at your local restaurant, you're probably not home.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
A new world record was set on Valentines day with a man giving 7777 hugs. The article has the details, but it seems like it'd be difficult to find that many willing participants. It had some numbers for him to beat, but I calculated it as 324.04 hugs per hour or 5.4 hugs per minute (that's if he used the entire 24 hour period, but it said he did 700 his first hour). Not to come off as a hug hater, but when I read this my germiphobe kinda kicked in and I thought, I'd hate to be that 7777th person.
I've mentioned it before, but I'm not a real big fan of cats. I would go as far to say that cats don't make me laugh out loud (get it LOLCatz), but this video of a tortoise pwning cats does. Who doesn't like turtles (zombie kids do), and when you combine that with them chasing cats... BONUS.
I must confess, one of the reasons I didn't blog last night is because I got caught up in this silly online physics(ish) game called Blosics 2. It's one of those games that's pretty simple to understand once you start playing, so I won't bother. If you have some free time (you do or you wouldn't be here), then check it out. The only thing that took me a little bit to catch on with was make sure you click on the "Challenge" at the top and make that your goal; this will help you unlock special options.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I'm not sure if you know too much about St. Valentine of whom today is named after, but there was a great writeup about him in my church's bulletin today that I thought I would share.
St. Valentine was a Christian priest and martyr who lived about A.D. 270. The Roman emperor at the time was Claudius II. Claudius had been a successful general. He would not alow his soldiers to marry because he wanted to make sure they could go to battle quickly. He thought family ties would make the men reluctant to leave home. Because Valentine promoted marriage and family life, he was jailed and later convicted of going against the orders of the emperor. He was martyered on February 14, the day we remember him and our loved ones.
While he was in jail, the jailer's daughter befriended him. He wrote her a letter of appreciation and signed it "Your Valentine." The tradition of exchanging valentines grew out of that heartfelt gesture.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
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Tuesday, February 09, 2010
When you think of innovations in travel, the first thing on your mind isn't bicycles. Who knows though, our bikes may be taking a turn for the better (or at least different) in the future. Here is an article showing 16 innovative ideas in biking. Some of these bikes are super slick, while others are just peculiar. I don't know about you, but I'm getting my baseball cards ready to stick in the tire to make that really sweet noise.
Monday, February 08, 2010
I probably should have posted this link last night, but I only saw it today, and this now I get to mention that my favorite team won the Super Bowl (Way to go Saints). Anyway, perhaps this will be useful if you decide to show a friend football reruns, either way, it's an interesting video.
Friday, February 05, 2010
Whether you're a football fan or not, you have to admit, some of the greatest (or at least most expensive) ads are born there. Computer World magazine did a great article of the top 10 Super Bowl tech ads that I really enjoyed. I particularly liked the herding cats commercial.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
OK, I'll go ahead and say it, I've found another website that makes me say "The Internet intrigues me". I give you "Selleck Waterfall Sandwich". The site is a collection of pictures that contain at least the following three things "Tom Selleck, a waterfall, and a sandwich". The best part is, it can be any image of Tom Selleck, any waterfall, or any sandwich (with any toppings). I love the Internet.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
People quote movies all the time, it's part of life, but you don't hear games quoted enough. Here is a link to 30 of the most memorable game quotes. The best ones are the one older video games where the Japanese words just didn't translate to English quite that well. This was very common on the 8-bit systems, but you don't see it around any longer. These brought back some memories.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Today is one of my favorite American holidays. Groundhog's day, or the day we celebrate the weather forecasting abilities of Pennsylvania's favorite rodent. As odd as it is, it just wouldn't be the same if Phil was a robot, which is exactly what PETA proposes. Perhaps a robot could check historical data and come up with some kind of algorithm to predict an early spring or not, but if we wanted accuracy, we wouldn't use a groundhog. It's fat, cute, cuddly, groundhogness we're looking for to tell us about our future weather, not some nerdy metal robot. Happy Groundhog's day (over and over again).
You hear it said that flying is safer than driving, and you can confirm that just by observing the way people drive. When you fly, there is always that "what if" thought in the back of your mind. Popular Science did a great article giving some advice on what to do if you're ever free falling from 35,000 feet. Hopefully none of us have to face this terrifying situation, but if you do, it offers some good tips. Not mentioned, prayers may be in order too, somewhere in your descent.