Monday, February 28, 2011
A new bar in New York has opened with the restroom inside a Tardis. It's a great idea, especially if your target audience is nerds who enjoy British Sci-Fi. I wonder if it makes the Tardis sound when flushing and if it's bigger on the inside than the out.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
The Jeopardy match vs. Watson was something folklore could be made of. It reminds me of the tale of John Henry (man vs. steam engine). If you haven't watched it yet, the shows can be found on Youtube if you look hard enough. As I watched I thought, this isn't really a competition of knowledge anymore, it's a physical competition of response time. Here is a PC Mag article I enjoyed that mimics my feelings on the issue. Now we are yet another step closer to machines becoming self-aware.
I found this story a bit intriguing. It may be that I'm not a cat person, but I don't really understand why this is allowed to continue. My vote is to put it in a closed room of the night or chain it up. It's all fun and games until something really valuable gets damaged or lost, or someone gets really angry and sets a trap for the cat.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I've kinda gotten taken in by the game "Minecraft". It's a game where you build stuff out of the natural resources you mine, forage or collect. The possibilities are endless. Here is an article featuring a video of a marriage proposal on the game of Minecraft. I had a hard time building a small shelter, something like this had to take days.
It seems that almost overnight pay phone's vanished. Even more rare is seeing a phone booth (poor Superman). Here is a link of 10 re-purposed phone booths. We all hate to see "icons" like this die, so may as well make their small space useful again. Personally I like to use them to travel in time.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
This guy posted a video a few years ago (which made it to my blog) of a real life Mario Cart. He has now made a sequel. It's not too different, although it does get interesting when he gets the turtle shells. I love how the cars swerve away from the banana peels.
We know that passwords aren't a perfect solution to verifying who you are, but it's what we have that works easily. This isn't a new concept, but I saw this Businessweek article about passwords and thought it was a good reminder. The interesting part is the chart showing how long it takes to crack your password based on its complexity.
Monday, February 14, 2011
One of my favorite games of all times is the original Portal game. It has some great puzzles to keep you thinking. I'm highly anticipating Portal 2, and I really liked their promotional they came out with today for the pre-orders.
I was looking for some geeky Valentine's Day cards to print for my wife and came across this site with gaming cards. I ended up printing the one for Donkey Kong for her and leaving it in her laptop to find, but my favorite was the minecraft one (I don't think she would understand it since she doesn't play).
A lot of us hate wearing the same outfit twice in one week, much less every day. Here is a great story about a girl who is wearing one dress for six months to raise awareness for human trafficking. The link has a really great video interview with the girl that explains what she is doing really well. Back a couple hundred years ago, people only had one or two outfits to wear (as opposed to multiple closets), so she's kick'n it old school.
Friday, February 11, 2011
If you're going to save the princess, you're going to break a few Marios. Sure there are people out there who can beat all the Mario games without losing a life, but most of us suffer many lives before we can get there. Here is a great photo showing the death of Mario over 25 years.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Remember the beautiful noises that floppy disks used to make while spinning up. Strangely enough I do miss it a little, although I hated floppies. Anyway, turns out you can put your old computer into a retirement of a musical career.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
I'm not sure what the origins of this are, but the results are really cool, it's a blog called "Inside Insides" and is MRI's of food. I guess this is what you get when you give a hungry Radiologist a blog. The images on his page are a little mind blowing. I wonder how long it'll last before someone catches him with a pineapple in the MRI machine and he gets in trouble.
I saw a link to a tweet by the Mayor of Detroit saying that a Robocop statue would not be erected and thought I wonder what other famous fictional statues exist. I thought I would be clever, find an article with famous fictional statues, and make a blog entry linking these two ideas together. Turns out someone had the idea earlier today and made such an article. With that said, it is sad that Detroit isn't putting up the statue; they really need a hero about now.
On ESPN this evening they had a video featuring the "Krispy Kreme Challenge". I can't find that exact video (although I haven't looked terribly hard), but I did find this news link. What the race entails is running 2 miles to the Krispy Kreme, grabbing and eating a dozen donuts, and then running 2 miles back, all in under an hour. For those wondering that's 2,400 calories taken in and about 650 calories burned. You may gain weight from running, but it's all for a good cause.
Monday, February 07, 2011
I'm a fan of food lore. If someplace I'm going is famous for a certain type of food, I'm interested. Mental Floss had this article the other day about "8 Regional Foods You might not Know". Not to ruin it, but at the top of their list is Skyline chili, which people are always amazed when I them about. At the bottom of the linked article is a list of famous regional foods. A few other local foods that I know of are the "hot brown" from the Louisville, KY area, and scrapple from PA.
Last night I was yapping away during the Super Bowl's National Anthem so I didn't notice the mess up. There's no use in posting a link to that video here, however I would like to remind you of another time the National Anthem was botched by one Enrico Pallazzo
I love this movie. The late Mr. Nielsen in his finest
I love this movie. The late Mr. Nielsen in his finest
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
I can't say too much about bad skating, but this latest Improv Everywhere video was quite clever.... The old switcharoo gets 'um every time. I've embedded the video, but really, you should check out the Improv Everywhere site for the full story.
Seems like people will do anything for fame, including growing their fingernails out for 22 years. I'm not quite sure how she gets day to day activities done with those, but now she has at least achieved minor Internet stardom (she made it to my blog, that qualifies). The only problem is, in the video she says she wants her story to be heard, but she didn't tell it.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I received an email this morning that I'm super excited about. The maker of the Monkey Punch Dinosaur blog (which I submitted to a few years ago) is making a come back, this time on Tumblr.
Simply abide by 3 rules: 1) monkeys 2) dinosaurs 3) punching and then submit your own. It's fun and fairly easy to do. Go check out his new tumblr and make your own monkey punch.
Two musician's that you don't think of together... John Lennon and Van Halen. Strangely enough, when you combine them together, it's kind of weird. Here is a link to the "Imagine" song with "Jump" lyrics. Two great songs that sound strange together.