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Buy leaves for only $6.67 per leaf and be the Scrooge McDuck of leaves Sunday, October 25, 2015 | comments

There's a website called shipfoliage that charges you $20 to ship you 3 leaves. I get that they're relying on the ridiculousness of it to generate buzz a little bit [like dumb Halloween costumes do] but man.

Here is a picture of a child jumping into $5,000 of leaves

[website via consumerist from a boston globe article]

Duck Army Friday, September 4, 2015 | comments

1 Duck
Many Ducks
[via ReplyAll]

Judy Garland Costume Test Hairstyles for the wizard of oz Friday, August 7, 2015 | comments

Some of the different hairstyles considered. Click for big

Just to keep up the nerd quotient, here is a Boba Feet Costume Test.

Stephen Colbert hosted a public access show in Monroe, MI and Eminem stopped by to be a guest Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | comments

A recent magic card is selling for $15,000 Monday, June 8, 2015 | comments

This is insane. I realize that I don't need to say much more than "someone would pay $15,000 for a single card" but let me explain briefly for anyone who wants context.

[Also, here it is on ebay and here's an article about it]

 At a recent Magic the Gathering Grand Prix, a bunch of players were doing a draft. Drafting is a format where everyone gets random cards. You pick one card, and then pass the remaining card to pass to the player next to you. If you won the entire event, you would get $4,000 and a spot on the Magic Pro Tour.

So this guy happened to open a pack of cards where one of the cards that he opened was worth about $400. Even though it didn't work well with the cards he had already taken, he took it because, well, hey, $400.

 Tons of Magic players got really upset that someone would take a card just for it's value rather than take a card that would work well in his deck. They thought he was breaking the spirit of the game. Anyhow, so the player decided he was going to put the card up on sale on ebay with half of the money going to charity. Currently this card, which some people are calling "a piece of Magic history" is selling for crazy amounts of money. [and for the record, I would not call this card a piece of Magic history that warrants anywhere near this price]

Ira Glass Quote and images that show it put into practice Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | comments

Ira Glass: “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” Image source and artist credit

You've seen heartwarming videos of dogs welcoming soldiers home from their military service. Monday, January 5, 2015 | comments

Here is a cat welcoming a soldier home
And here are more.

Pac-Man Smash Air Hockey Table seems like the best air hockey table ever Saturday, January 3, 2015 | comments

It has a mode where it shoots out a ton of mini pucks. It's like puck multiball or something. You can even play it as a team two vs two game. THe big pucks are worth 100, and the mini-pucks are worth 30. [source]

If you listened to the Serial podcast this is the best parody that exists of it Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | comments

Fine Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | comments


How late will people arrive at a party? It is not fashionable to be this late Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | comments

Full article.

I don't follow cake wrecks anymore Sunday, October 12, 2014 | comments

So the bulk of these cakes were new to me and worth sharing, even though I have to imagine that some of them have to be on purpose. http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/24-people-who-shouldnt-be-allowed-to-decorate-cakes#313nvbd

How not to write a headline Sunday, October 5, 2014 | comments


Cut your fuel bills in half Monday, September 29, 2014 | comments


Thanks, Science Sunday, September 28, 2014 | comments


WITH BLUE MILK SERVING ACTION Thursday, September 11, 2014 | comments

I ran my first game of a Star Wars RPG the other day and so I'm been browsing the internet for various star wars things. In my travels, I was surprised to learn that there's an Aunt Beru action figure. I really can't imagine this was a big Christmas seller

Yes, for $6 on Amazon, you can own this figure. And while you're there, have a look out for Uncle Owen too. Recreate that scene where Luke is angsty because he wanted to go to Tosche station to pick up some power converters but has to do chores instead Star Wars: Power of the Force Flashback Aunt Beru Action Figure

Terrible local commercials Monday, August 18, 2014 | comments

From: http://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/2dtwhz/the_worst_local_commercial_ive_ever_seen/

art installation makes patterns with shadow box Thursday, August 14, 2014 | comments

Source (which doesn't tell you who the artist was so don't bother clicking)

Robin Williams Halloween Costume Ideas | comments

flubber genie patch adams jumanji good will hunting royal tennebaums
Karen as Edward Scissor Hands, Violet as Margo Tenenbaum, me as Robin Williams Movies
In 2012, I wasn't Robin Williams for Halloween, I was Robin Williams movies for Halloween. It's a pretty easy costume as far as lazy costumes go. I mostly put it together with stuff from the thrift store. Links below go to amazon pages for each movie (some like $3 or less) or to products similar to the ones I used.

Mrs. Doubtfire: Pans and thrift store sweater (no joke, by the way, I got it for 80 cents and there was a $50 price tag still on it,

Aladdin: Blue arm, gold band

Patch Adams: clown nose (also on amazon for <$2)

Good Will Hunting: A letter (hard to see) saying "it's not your fault, it's not your fault"

Jumanji: a toob/tube of animals like this one.  Also this is book remember too.

Flubber: some green play-doh

Obviously you could do other movies too. Like One Hour Photo if you have some old negatives lying around

Or if you wanted to go Dead Poets Society you could get Leaves of Grass and let everyone know what book barbaric yawp is from

Other movies to consider: Hook (go buy a pirate hook), Good Morning Vietnam (go buy army fatigues or a microphone)

Anyhow, I hope that helps if you are looking for obscure, funny, or clever costume ideas. I figured I'd put this up now so I get all the Google hits come October.

182 year old tortoise Thursday, July 31, 2014 | comments

Here is is in the year 1900 and here he is today. He was born in 1832. Go read about him:

I need to try this next time I'm at a wedding photobooth Friday, July 4, 2014 | comments

Source: http://imgur.com/gallery/w27h7kh

An interesting experiment Thursday, July 3, 2014 | comments

I've been listening to a few episodes of the Smart Passive Income podcast and, for the heck of it, I'm trying making an amazon affiliates website. And so, I introduce to the world, Board Games For... (Board Game Reviews) which is a quick website where I write blurbs about board games with the intent of redirecting them to the Amazon page for those games where I would get a cut of the money if someone buys it.

We'll see how it works out. I've got to generate all the content for the blog now, but the main goal is to get people onto the site and over to Amazon.

5 day weather report is city skyline Monday, June 30, 2014 | comments

Source: http://imgur.com/gallery/hLSGjan

Songs to Close Mortgages To Thursday, March 27, 2014 | comments

So let's say you're Taylor Swift. I'm sure all the time fourteen year old girls say to you, "YOU GET ME, TAYLOR!" and "Your song meant so much to me! I did know that he was trouble when he walked in! Your music really helped me get through a hard time! I told him we were never ever ever getting back together!"

But I wonder if you are other musicians if anyone is just ever like "hey so at work I spend a lot of time filing TPS reports and doing HR duties and I like listening to your music when I do it.

Anyhow, in case anyone was looking for a good set of songs to do mortgages to, here is mine. The key is keeping things pretty fast paced. Enjoy all of my both good and/or embarrassing songs!

Ironically, lyrics may not be safe for work on a few of these.

[A mashup a Jay Z and Radiohead. NSFW]

This song except the extended version. From Attack on Titan [Hulu Link] which I watched in like 5 days while feeding our new baby in the middle of the night. If you think this is nerdy, wait until a few songs down

I've always found the video kind of obnoxious but the song catchy. It's a Far East Movement Parody

This is why I never liked Deal or No Deal: you can condense it down to a minute Saturday, February 22, 2014 | comments

The Spanish-language version of I, Frankenstein is called Yo Frankenstein Friday, January 24, 2014 | comments

I am so behind on blogging Thursday, January 16, 2014 | comments

Here are a pic from browsing imgur.com on my phone

I'm posting from my phone and am curious to see how this looks later.

Amazon's big announcement was flying robots will deliver your packages 30 minutes after you order them (in 2015) Monday, December 2, 2013 | comments

http://www.amazon.com/b?ref_=tsm_1_tw_s_amzn_mx3eqp&node=8037720011 And I'm sure this would only be in certain cities and blah blah blah but still a very sci-fi sort of idea.

What teens are reading now Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | comments


I love an obscure halloween costume Monday, October 28, 2013 | comments

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