"OK, here's the real deal: Team 7 will be called Green Death. We will only acknowledge "Team 7" for scheduling and disciplinary purposes. Green Death has had a long and colorful history, and I fully expect every player and parent to be on board with the team. This is not a team, but a family (some say cult), that you belong to forever. We play fair at all times, but we play tough and physical soccer. We have some returning players who know the deal; for the others, I only expect 110% at every game and practice. We do not cater to superstars, but prefer the gritty determination of journeymen who bring their lunch pail to work every week, chase every ball and dig in corners like a Michael Vick pit bull. Unless there is an issue concerning the health of my players or inside info on the opposition, you probably don't need to talk to me."[more]
Read more about the worm that is expected to be ready to activate on 12 million machines over at the NYTimes.
In the end, it will probably end up being nothing (nerds love to imagine doomsday scenarios where everyone's computer becomes an unstoppable cylon cloud computer where only those nerdy enough to know computers survive), but this is a good opportunity to download malwarebytes and scan your computer. You may find something you didn't even know was around.
[Zombie]chickdowntown Monday, March 30, 2009 | comments
Also reminds me of Gallery of the Absurd's Annoying JCrew Model of the Week
Somewhere deep in my computer I had changed a slider in an attempt to boost the volume of my old speaker (which was just the R speaker, the left was broken), and now I had to find that slider.
I tried reinstalling the driver. I tried to figure out where the config files were so I could reset them to default. I tried to find equalizers online. I looked to see if I had changed it in VLC, Audacity, WMP, or iTunes. I looked for programs that could change any potential setting. Nothing helped. Every time I played Such Great Heights, I could only hear one half of the initial boop boop boop booping (a good way to test if your left/right is working btw)
In the end, the solution I developed was to just remap all the line out to a different audio jack. So for everyone on the internet that this may happen to, this is what you do. Go to your RealTek Sound Manager and change it to manual mode. Change the old line out to nothing. Change a different jack to be Line Out. Plug your speakers into that jack. Fixed. I just saved you two hours.
Above (click for large) Mike II, the second level talking pony tongueblade, heads out on a quest.
This is ProgressQuest, a game that plays itself. It's a parody of games like World of Warcraft that can include a large bit of repetitive tasks (Not that those can't be fun) And as near as I can tell, it's actually playing a game. It goes out, kills monsters, returns to town, sells stuff, buys better equipment, and then repeats. There's even a multiplayer version that seems identical to the single player version (edit: this allows you to send characters to the hall of fame).
I've you want to see for yourself what it's like, it's downloadable at their website
Who writes this stuff Saturday, March 28, 2009 | comments
[via the soup]
Allow me to introduce you to mashups Friday, March 27, 2009 | comments
Listen to United States of Pop below (mp3 and vid)
A genius way to make money Thursday, March 26, 2009 | comments
Others, like the internet's biggest apartment website, Rent.com, don't charge the apartment community anything to be listed online.
Here's the Rent.com business model:
1) Allow apartment communities to be listed for free
2) When someone rents an apartment, charge the appartment community $398 for filling their vacancy as per the agreement
3) Give the new resident $100 for listing you as a referral
It's quite genius, especially considering that most people look at a bunch of different websites and are going to list you as the referring site if theres a $100 kickback for them (even if they viewed another site first).
Recently, ApartmentMonster.com came onto the scene offering a $175 kickback to referrals. It's pretty easy to establish yourself when you're giving away money. Start up costs? All you need is server space and someone that knows how to code a professional web 2.0 style website.
So if anyone wants to make some money on the internet, start offering $200/month and let me in on the profits.
It just happened again Wednesday, March 25, 2009 | comments
"Thank you for calling ________; this is Mike"
"Hi can you tell me about what you need in order to get an apartment?" she asks. This was her actual first question: she asked nothing about price.
"In terms of the application process?"
"Well, with your application we would need something that verifies income. You can use 3 recent paystubs, a W2, or even a letter from your employer: basically anything with a number on it. And then when we run your credit, it's not based just on income; the program combines both income and credit to give us one composite number to let us know if you're approved or not"
"Ok" she says. And then I hear a click as she hangs up on me.
"Thank you for caling __________, this is Mike"
"How much are your one bedrooms?"
"Well, when were you looking to move in?" [Revelant because it changes what specials I can offer her]
"As soon as possible."
"That works out well because I do have some one bedroom apartments available now. They include heat and water and a covered parking space and start at $770 a month"
And then, without a word, she just hangs up as if I'm a website and once she gets the information she needs, she can just end the connection.
This made me think about how great it must have been for that store owner that day. I'm sure that would pay rent for a few months on her store. And in turn, maybe that store owner wouldn't have to worry about rent for a few months and spend that money at another store. And then that person will spend the money they get. And suddenly, everyone has more money, but really it's that same money getting passed around. It all comes down to an economic variable called the volume of money. I don't remember enough of my Econ classes to tell you what formula that plugs into, but it an interesting concept. It's the concept behind last year's stimulus checks.
Really it's just weird to imagine everyone having $5.00 and sitting in a circle. And then they keep passing that $5.00 to the left and buying something from the person next to them. Pretty soon, everyone has sold a lot of stuff. Over simplification? Yes.
Anyhow, the NYTimes just ran an interesting article called Oversaving, a Burden for Our Times that is a little ahead of the game (I think it will be a while before America saves too much), but raises some interesting points. It goes through a series of studies that researchers did to test enjoyment people got from different buying scenarios.
Dr. Keinan managed to change consumers’ behavior simply by asking a few questions to bus riders going to outlet stores and to other shoppers shortly before Black Friday.
The people who were asked to imagine how they would feel the following week about their purchases proceeded to shop thriftily for basic necessities, like underwear and socks. But people who were asked to imagine how they’d feel about their purchases in the distant future responded by spending more money and concentrating on indulgences like jewelry and designer jeans
“When I look back at my life,” one of these high rollers explained, “I like remembering myself happy. So if it makes me happy, it’s worth it.”
Also, I submitted the NYTimes article to the Consumerist today and they posted it. More commentary on their post
Actual retail price... Tuesday, March 24, 2009 | comments
"Josh Freese, a member of Devo and A Perfect Circle who's also played for NIN, Sting, The Offspring, and more, has just released his solo album today. Aside from the free single or vanilla $7 album download option, you can pay anywhere from $15 to $75,000 for increasingly more bizarre package deals.More info (on things like what 20k gets you) and full article atThe Consumerist post
At the cheaper end of the tier, $50 will get you the digital download, a double disc set, a t-shirt, and a 5-minute phone call with Freese to discuss anything you like—including what you liked or didn't like about the album. Too boring? Buy the $250 package and you'll get signed drumsticks, plus you can have lunch with Freese at The Cheesecake Factory or PF Changs. The $5,000 package includes (among other things) a letter from Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam telling you about his favorite song on the album.
But wait there's more! If you're willing to spend a sizable amount of money, the perks get even weirder: there's only one $10,000 package, but that's because included alongside the foot massage and day at Disneyland, Freese will give you his Volvo station wagon, of which he obviously only has one.
Why would such a description be necessary?
/part of the problem
[via my dad]
Moving murals Sunday, March 22, 2009 | comments
My Little Pony Mods Saturday, March 21, 2009 | comments
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to head over to BSG Sitrep to see if other nerds agree with me.
He also mow and plant Friday, March 20, 2009 | comments
[person's name changed]
This makes me want to get cards that say
For when you're low on HP Thursday, March 19, 2009 | comments
Jake points out that these people beat Mountain Dew to the punch: http://manapotions.com/buy.html
"FINANCE CHARGES accrue on a promotional purchase from the date of purchase and all accrued FINANCE CHARGES for the entire promotional period will be added to your account if the purchase is not paid in full by the end of the promotional period or if you default under your card agreement. Making the minimum monthly payment will not pay off your promotional purchase in time to avoid FINANCE CHARGES"
People that play Animal Crossing must be pedophiles Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | comments
"There is no reason an adult should have this game," said Task Force Coordinator Andy Anderson. He added that adults who own Animal Crossing and similar games likely have them for "the wrong reasons." Evil, child-molesting reasons, no doubt.
"Katie Sackhoff: "I got a death threat [mailed to me]. It made me terrified of science-fiction fans, which was unfair because 98 percent of them are fantastic human beings. But there's 2 percent of them that scare the s--- out of ya."
* * *
[Creator] Moore got an up-close-and-personal taste of the fan outrage in October 2003, when he was invited to attend Galacticon, a fan convention held at a Los Angeles hotel across the street from his Universal Studios offices. Richard Hatch [was Capt Apollo in the original series, later went on to be Tom Zarek in the reimagined series] was one of the organizers of the event. Before Moore started the audience Q&A, he showed three lengthy clips from the miniseries.
Moore The clips end, and they booed and they hissed.
Hatch It was icy cold in there. It was obvious that no one liked it, and it wasn't because it wasn't good. It was because it was so different from what everybody wanted at that time. Their questions were tipped with a lot of acid.
Moore The gist of it was "This is nothing like the series - how could you do this?" Somebody stood up and said, "Now that you've heard all this, will you take a pledge that if this show goes to series, you will make sure it's more in keeping with what we would like to see?" I said, "The answer is no. This is the show. You may not like the show, you don't have the watch the show, but this is the show that we're making." Then they got really mad. People started to stand up and yell."
To summarize the rest, Hatch stood up and said "hey sit down and listen to the guy" and Moore gave him a guest spot on the new show which later ended up turning into a good role.
I've wanted to try my hand at reading some Sci Fi or fantasy again, but every time I pick up a sci fi book it's a retelling of the Cold War in spaaaaaaace or something similar. And last time I picked up a fantasy book, it was a total dud.
I figured there's gotta be something out there that I would like. So today at Allie's birthday, I asked @kev097 and Angie if they had any recommendations.
I got some great recommendations. Dune. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Philip K Dick. Ray Bradbury. Of course, I said, the classics. The perfect place to start.
Except the AADL was out of classics. And since Dune book 7 didn't seem like a good place to start, I am trying the shotgun method: pick 12 books regardless of what's on the cover and read through them like an editor. Editors usually can tell if they like a manuscript by reading the first typed page. I figure among these 12 books I've gotta find something that I like. If I don't like it then it's off to the library returns slot when I'm there picking up one of the classics I put on hold.
Sorry, Hollywood Monday, March 16, 2009 | comments
"Dear Mr. Bowers,
During the past three years, my tenure at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been nothing short of pure excitement, joy and whim.
However, I have decided to spend more time with my family and attend to health issues that have recently arisen. I am proud to have been part of such an outstanding team and I wish this organization only the finest in future endeavors.
Please accept this cake as notification that I am leaving my position with NWT on March 27.
W. Neil Berrett"
[Via Cake Wrecks]
Clever flying broom photos Saturday, March 14, 2009 | comments
More at http://ziza.ru/2009/03/13/pridurki_na_metlakh_9_foto.html
Brian mentioned that naming his blog "My Stories" brings him visitors looking for "funny stories". This lead me to run another experiment on google, naming my photo of the day blog http://photo-of-the-day-blog.blogspot.com to hopefully capitalise on people looking for photoblogs since google counts title when determining rank.
That all being said, I still get people looking for strange things and ending up on one of my sites. Examples:
used minnow tanks for sale
does gene keady wear a wig?
a pretty girl who is polish
cat blowing out candles
centaur on a bicycle
something to look at
crochet baby sack
irrational number joke
how to cry photoshop
oh my stradivarius
yell at the tv
dump bus porn you tube
bus where can live
i need to borrow 2600.00 now
pic crying on the bus
مسلسل صدام حسين
vaginal discharge aerial picture video [what the heck post did this find?]
this training will help me
This is likely to be a one way trip Friday, March 13, 2009 | comments
and then that was basically it. Every show normally starts with a bunch of high energy quick cuts backed up by heavy drums. Usually when they forgo it like they did for this episode, it's because they're about to reveal a bunch of crazy stuff. This time it was because they didn't have enough material.
/Ready for the 2 hr finale.
/Offically leveled up in nerd for posting a gripe post about a Sci-fi network show.
Dragons and Skeletons Playing Poker and Smoking Cigars Thursday, March 12, 2009 | comments
In Tuesday's mail came my copy of the BudK catalog (requested for fun and amusement (free catalogs are fun to look through). Now I have to choose between lizards in visors and the betting undead.
Eston is on Gawker Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | comments
Today I checked out to see what they recommended for me to find the blog of Andrew Keenan-Bolger. Andrew is a student who was The Cat in the Hat when Karen and I saw the University of Michigan Musical Theater people do Seussical at the Power Center.
So somehow Google put together that
1) We bought tickets to Spring Awakening, which I later blogged about on my Google-owned blog
2) I looked up videos of Spring Awakening and Rent for the blog post
3) I like feeds based out of Ann Arbor
to magically narrow down all the internet's websites to the blog of someone I've heard of but never met and that I never realized had a blog.
How cool is that?
Gallery of Thrift Store Art Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | comments
1) The Price is Right
3) Family Feud
4) Wheel of Fortune
Special nostalgia category:
1) Nick Arcade
2) Wild and Crazy Kids
3) Double Dare
Williams, who was unaware of the award, was beaming and teary-eyed following the surprise.I had him in a Shakespeare class (English 367 I think) that I took with Spencer. Just the other week I was telling Karen how some weekday we should sneak into one of his classes just for fun. I've always wanted to check out his Bible class based on the good things that Allie has said about it. Not that he'd mind, but the thing is I really think that Ralph Williams would remember me: he always spent the first few minutes in class greeting everyone and going around to shake everyone's hand despite the huge class size.
“There are seldom times when I am speechless,” Williams said. “However, this is one of those moments.”
After receiving the award, Williams spoke about the importance of work ethic and told a story of a childhood conversation with his parents.
“You best be useful in life,” Williams said he learned from his parents. “Because you are certainly no ornament. I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘God, they’re right.’ ”
Hey wait a second!
Williams’ last lecture and the presentation of the award will be on April 21st at the Rackham Graduate School at 7 p.m.Time to clear my schedule!
Original article: http://www.michigandaily.com/node/48087