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Flash memory is cheap Thursday, May 31, 2007 | comments

On Newegg, you can buy SD cards for less than it costs to ship them yet for some reason my brother's new camera still only came with a 16MB card.

Extended Info hits Facebook Wednesday, May 30, 2007 | comments

Someone recently developed an "Extended Info" app for facebook that allows you to add extra fields for your profile (beyond the standard favoite movies, music, quotes, etc). You can tell a lot about people by the fields they added.

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Google maps is in ur home.... | comments

As this boingboing post points out Google Maps has added functionality where, in certain areas, you can see a photo of the street that you're getting directions on. In the case of the linked post, one reader found that her cat was in the picture for her address.

[sorta via bill couch]

edit: holy crap watch this video:

Hog = Hoax Sunday, May 27, 2007 | comments

I'm assuming at least. Take a look at these photos. The other photos just make it look like it was perspective tricks (i.e. the pig was really close to the camera and the people were really far away)

Kind of like how you can make yourself look like a giant holding up a building.

Guess I just thought the AP would know better...

slow mo water balloon not popping Saturday, May 26, 2007 | comments

Kid Kills Gigantic Hog | comments

It's only a matter of time before the internet writes "PWNED" on this photo. Click the image for the Associated Press story

What Jeff Killed Friday, May 25, 2007 | comments

Jeff is a cat. What Jeff Killed is a blog—a photoblog nonetheless—of things the cat catches.

Warning: the cat really tears through things, making a lot of these images NMS. Mom, or anyone else that likes birds, don't be clickin.

For cuter cat things, I direct the internet community to watch this [old] video of a cat playing with a mac



[via boingboing's feline web zen 2007]

something to aspire to | comments

A guy recently set the record for the longest time spent without sleep: 11 days.

[also via fark]

Or equivalent experience in the human trafficking market | comments

I was browsing jobs today and had to stop and click on one for "Life Wholesaler." Apparently, they use "life" as shorthand for "life insurance." Someone who would do this job must be able to "drive fixed life sales with primary focus on universal life through third party marketers including brokerage general agencies and producer groups."

Man's tribute idea goes awry | comments

So this guy made a website for people to post tributes to their relatives that passed on. And to help offset the cost, he put Google Ads on the side. Google ads, by default, are set up so that they reflect the content on the site (e.g. you've got a website that says "cat" on it a lot and then it autoposts cat food ads). Where this guy ran in to trouble, however, is that ads for motorcycles were appearing right next to people that died in motorcycle accidents.

[via fark]

"And here's one of us waving!" Thursday, May 24, 2007 | comments

I think a wedding reception is probably the only party you'll ever have in life where you project a slide show with giant photos of yourself onto the wall and everyone will say "oh what a great idea!"

Without being sarcastic at least.

Guitar Hero III tracklist (partially) revealed | comments

youNEWB has a listing of ten songs that will be on Guitar Hero III. Nothing that makes me say "wow" but then again, these are only ten out of what will probably be 40+ songs.

Something the whole GH community is wild about though is that all games come with wireless controllers. As for me, I'm just excited that it's coming to the PS2.

[via digg]

Letting a video game be your life coach | comments

As seen on IGN, there's a new game coming out for the Nintendo DS called My Life Coach.
With the Brain Age series of self-improvement games doing so well (even in a non-gaming audience), Ubisoft decided to take it to the next level.

From IGN:
"[My Life coach is] a game that tracks your wellbeing as you progress through monitoring exercises and mini-games to help keep you sharp. The title is designed, first and foremost, as a companion program to help you stay in shape, eat right, sleep well, and have a better overall life experience.

The game takes you through a preliminary tracking mode, where you answer truthfully about eating habits, how much exercise you get, when, where, and what you eat, as well as how many hours of sleep you get and exactly when you actually get those hours.

From there the game begins to set goals for you, and you can except these real world wellness challenges by reading through them and simply signing your name on the touch screen."
[via jake]

It's currently hotter in AA than in CA | comments

but at least it's cooling off for the night.



[via heather]

Ziggurat Con Update Wednesday, May 23, 2007 | comments

The guys at Fear the Boot sent stuff off to the soldiers for Ziggurat Con (see previous entry) and just posted these photos of everything that's going out. Hopefully dice I sent roll a lot of 20's.

Pistons & Red Wings lose to lolcats | comments



Bill Couch linked me TweetVolume, a site that lets you look at what people are talking about on twitter. Even combined together, the Red Wings and the Pistons aren't getting talked about as much as lolcats.

Lolcats are doing well for themselves at 331 tweets, but they're still losing to sleep (13400), work (39300), home (25900), and CSS (2580).

I'd like to also point out that "C++" is beating out "wife" with a score of 15500 to 3570

More like Square-silanti Tuesday, May 22, 2007 | comments

Me, Joel, and Anna went out to Depot Town in Ypsilanti tonight to go play pool at Sticks (which we had a hard time looking up on Google because Joel thought it was spelled Styx and I thought it was spelled Stixx). Ypsilanti has all these new signs up as part of the Cool Cities initiative. Someone probably got paid big money to come up with their new slogan:

Hip. Historic. Hipsilanti.

The leaves are watching me | comments

Why on earth would anyone want these sculptures (1, 2) in their yard?

[via Karen]

Guitar Hero Nights Sunday, May 20, 2007 | comments

Rather than karaoke, there's a bar in Boston that has a night for Guitar Hero

[via boingboing]

They should move by the Ypsi water tower | comments

Spiegel Online has a story about objectophiles, people that are into objects.
"It was then that he fell head over heels 'into an emotionally and physically very complex and deep relationship, which lasted for years.' His partner back then was a Hammond organ -- he has now been in a steady relationship with a steam locomotive for several years. Since he is particularly aroused by the inner workings of technical objects, repair jobs have often led to infidelity in the past. 'A love affair could very well begin with a broken radiator,' the now monogamous lover says, remembering how his earlier affairs began."
[via boingboing]

OMG pwn billz | comments

For Texting Teens, an OMG Moment When the Phone Bill Arrives
"Last month, Washington high school junior Sofia Rubenstein used 6,807 text messages, which, at a rate of 15 cents apiece for most of them, pushed her family's Verizon Wireless bill over $1,100. She and other teens are finding themselves in hot water after their families get blindsided with huge phone bills thanks to hefty a la carte text messaging charges."
[via /.]

Anti-grav copter Saturday, May 19, 2007 | comments




The video framerate is perfectly in sync with one revolution of the main rotor. The result: anti-gravity.

Soy Sauce at Restaurants | comments

Every restaurant has two types of soy sauce. They've got the stuff on the table [pictured], which is delicious. They also have small packets of soy sauce, which have all the heart disease of the other stuff, but none of the taste.

And it always goes like this when I get my order:

Employee: Here you go!
Mike: Thanks!
E: You need any soy sauce or anything else?
M: Soy sauce, but I'll just use the stuff on the table if you don't mind
E: We have packets of soy sauce.
M: Oh. [pause] Okay.
E: Is that ok?
M: Yeah, that's fine.

I mean what am I supposed say? "NO! MUST HAVE TABLE SOY SAUCE!!" I'm not going to be that much of a pain.

I thought it was just China Gate that did this, but some guy at Evergreen (and I think it was new guy nonetheless) did it to me today.

Is it some sort of cost thing? They give me a huge handful of packets rather than let me use the table stuff, so those packets would have to be pretty cheap to negate the cost of the table stuff. Do they think that I'll spill all over their table?

Other theories? Leave 'em in the comments.

Big deal Friday, May 18, 2007 | comments


It's easy to be texting champ when you've got a keyboard phone.

Fujiya & Miyagi - Ankle Injuries | comments

It's a rip off of Fell in Love With A Girl, but I'll take it.

Kid Nation on CBS Thursday, May 17, 2007 | comments


NPR did a run-down all of a new fall shows yesterday, and this one certainly sounded the most out of the ordinary. CBS is doing pretty well these days they say and the network decided to use their position to do some more out of the ordinary shows (vs NBC and ABC which are just spinning off the shows they already have)

XKCD cat comic | comments

XKCD is right: I mean this is what people do on the internet.

Real life L'il Brudder. | comments

They're gonna make it on their own. The link has a video of them hoppin' around too.

(What the title references)

[via fark]

Man shoots himself without gun Wednesday, May 16, 2007 | comments

[via bluesnews]

Family nowhere near winning the Feud | comments

Alligator is a three-letter word.

[via bluesnews]

You can't live off food stamps | comments

And three members of Congress are cool enough to try it themselves.

[also via Fark]

Blobby Turtles | comments

Thanks to the link from Fark, I now know what a turtle would look like without a shell. Answer? A blob.

Yarr, pirates beware Tuesday, May 15, 2007 | comments

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/05/reminder_monday.html

[via sa]

The Silver Surfer is lame | comments

He's really just a personality-less, spray-painted mannequin with super powers.

I'm cilanto-lime glazed | comments

You should eat a salad because you think it tastes good, not because you identify with it.

Horrible, horrible site design | comments

Brick backgrounds are bad,

[via fark]

Why not give Friday Night Lights a chance? | comments

Joel turned me on to Friday Night Lights. And turns out it's a great show. You ought to check it out. It's not just a football show, it's about all the people and what it's like to be coach in a town where everybody is ridiculously obsessed with football.

Give it a shot. NBC.com has the entire season. A good place to start is the pilot episode.

RealPlayer Alternative Monday, May 14, 2007 | comments

RealPlayer and RealOne media player are awful for all sorts of reasons so why not download Real Alternative instead?

Laura Bush skipped her own commencement ceremony Saturday, May 12, 2007 | comments

And her future father in law was the graduation speaker. Yeah, that guy.

[via fark]

Movie recommendation | comments

Spiderman 3 is good. Yay for not being disapointed.

Hooray Summer Friday, May 11, 2007 | comments

Village Corner has delicious oranges right now: the best ones I've tasted since last summer. I sat outside and ate 2 this afternoon.

Sydney Harbor from the air | comments

Gotta love these 3d panoramas

Fountain Walk Photos | comments

I updated my photography website

Google Analytics getting an update Wednesday, May 9, 2007 | comments

And I love my charts

[via digg]

OSU Gets Clinton as Commencement Speaker | comments

Doing Michigan just wasn't enough. OSU Lantern Article

Rapture Letter Deliverin' Business Tuesday, May 8, 2007 | comments

So here's something interesting. These atheist people started a business. You pay them $5 and give them a letter. After the Rapture comes, they deliver the letter you wrote to your left behind friends. USA Today had an article about them today.
"But you must be thinking to yourself, "How can the letters be delivered after the Rapture?" The answer is simple. The creators of this site are Atheists. That's right, we don't believe in God. How else would we be able to deliver your correspondence after the Rapture?"
And if you don't wanna mail a letter, they have Told You So cards, It's Not Too Late cards, and Bibles to send.

If you want immediate delivery, you can pay $800 for a Class III message.
The Class III message is delivered immediately after the Rapture, so expect delivery in as little as one day, depending on the transportation options available to those rejected from the Kingdom of God.

[via Fark]

Bad Dunk | comments

That's a shame. (click below)

The story behind Fark | comments

NPR has the story

SNL Solves Credit Card Debt Monday, May 7, 2007 | comments


Facebook Infomercial Parody | comments


probably only funny if you're on facebook.


[via facebook via justin]

The Law Quad on Postsecret | comments

This week's PostSecret entry seems to feature someone in the law quad. Anyone know the story/person behind this?



[via ps]

ONN: 70 Percent of All Praise Sarcastic Sunday, May 6, 2007 | comments

Invisible lolcats are the funniest lolcats | comments

As seen here and here.

Apparently it's a favorite song Saturday, May 5, 2007 | comments

The guy next door has played "Angry Chair" by Alice in Chains at least 12 times in the past two days (I googled the lyrics to find out what it was).
"Sitting on an angry chair
Angry walls that steal the air
Stomach hurts and I don’t care"
Any significance? Are his chair and/or walls angry? Or perhaps he's had an upset stomach recently that has yet to phaze him.

edit: four more times saturday morning

80's videos are weird. | comments

Screenshot.

Wind-powered Walker Friday, May 4, 2007 | comments



[via kevin]

The Things They Stacked | comments

This is what happens when you don't have enough room for everything to have a place to go.

Play any nintendo game online | comments

Thanks to java and vNES

The War In Iraq: A Soldiers Perspective Thursday, May 3, 2007 | comments


Horrible Photos, Prices | comments


Got my graduation proof email today from Chappell Graduation and they clearly don't know how set up lights. The photo on the left is ridiculously blown out with a horrible background and the one on the right has that awful shadow that drives photographers mad.


Low low prices!

These guys are idiots. | comments

contains NSFW language, idiots, gasoline, slow mo.

3d is cool | comments

and so is this 3d view of a monument in north Africa

Digg This Unoriginal Title | comments

If you're a nerd you probably already know this, but someone cracked the HD-DVD encryption code that prevents some people from legally playing their DVDs and the code breaker got posted all over the internet. Its a DRM type thing. Anyhow, DVD people freak out.

DVD People: DIGG!!! Take it DOWNNN!!
Digg: No
BoingBoing: lol
Digg: we're not taking it down.
Internet: Yay Digg!!!

Better description of what happened

Currently its up to 368k websites that have the code on their site. Even I Can Has Cheezburger has it.

[via ICHC, boingboing, phil, and the entire internet]

No one wants to play Sega with Harrison Ford | comments

Go look at these paintings. Nowhere else will you see Noam Chomsky in art or an anguished Michael Landon holding a squid.

[via angie]

Photography Website Updated | comments

I realize that everyone that reads this site probably also reads my photo site, but in case you don't, go check out my newest life update.

The Voice of Pikachu Wednesday, May 2, 2007 | comments

Pika pi.

Hooray! Car Talk is a Free Podcast Tuesday, May 1, 2007 | comments

Kapow. Full Show.

[via SA]

what the heck | comments


Um, yeah, this sure makes me wanna buy starburst. (?)

[via bridget]