[Via the io9 post]
Dinosaur Comics Saturday, May 30, 2009 | comments
I want to see one of those acrostic baby name things for this Friday, May 29, 2009 | comments
It's one thing when you're talking to a 30 year old person named Tequila, but what about when that person is 5? Or later in life when you want to apply for a job and want to be professional. Who wants someone answering their phones saying "Thank you for calling Mothers Against Drunk Driving, this is Tequilla." Maybe she could go by her middle name instead, but I fear that her middle name might be Virginia Slims.
This is what happens when I queue up posts: I show you things you have probably already seen. Still funny though. Obviously via failblog
Or step-mom or foster mom Thursday, May 28, 2009 | comments
[edit: I made this post and told Karen about it and she told me she already had a post in the pipeline featuring this very video. A+]
And it's hard to argue given the sneakers part at 1:30.
I tend to favor Business Time (NSFW, just warning you) and the internet tends to favor Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros (also NSFW)
We are not a sporting venue Wednesday, May 27, 2009 | comments
"I am interested in the Harbor Havenplex"
A French aerobatic team flew in formation near Aix-en-Provence, southern France, Monday. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images
From WSJ Photo of the Day
Boys names these days often end with N Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | comments
Banksy also has a robotic pet shop Monday, May 25, 2009 | comments
Here's an in progress shot. The forum post shows how he uses a 3D scanner and computer to figure out how to replicate that action figure in lego.
Let me tell you about Section 8 Sunday, May 24, 2009 | comments
That isn't how it works
I was talking with the pest control guy once and he off-handedly mentioned that whenever he goes to properties that are designated almost completely for section 8, he'll enter the apartment and find it loaded with big screen TVs, multiple video game systems, and the parking lot will have a bunch of nice cars. From this description, one could assume that the money they're not spending on rent is instead going toward these things. I can pick out some section 8 recipients by their designer handbags and coats before they even mention a voucher.
To be fair, this could be a problem that isn't a section 8 problem, but rather a budgeting problem on the part of the resident, racking up debt when they should be saving. People across the board don't know how to budget.
I have had people that I'm glad get section 8. There's a guy in his 60's (a college grad) who I used to see pushing his cart of cans down the street that now has a place of his very own thanks to section 8 while he gets on his feet, works through rehab, and spends a lot of time at the library and talking politics.
But the weirdest thing about it is I'll have people come in on section 8--people that are living by themselves with no children--with huge vouchers. I had someone come in who was approved for a $1200 voucher (she said, I didn't see the paperwork). With that, she would be able to live in one of the townhomes (1100 sqr feet plus basement), something that Karen and I wouldn't be able to afford ourselves.
I even had one person who came in with her grown daughter to look at some 2 bedroom apartment. Upon walking by the 1 bedroom floor plans that Karen and I live in, the starry-eyed daughter said "When I get my voucher, I'm going to live in one of these". How's that for aspirations?
At one of our other communities, one of our leasing consultants can't afford to live in their smallest one bedroom and thus must live elsewhere. Simultaneously, she rents apartments to people with vouchers that, when asked what kind of apartment they are looking for, answer "the biggest one you have"
Excuse me officer, you're blocking my photo Saturday, May 23, 2009 | comments
"A police officer stood guard Friday at Walter Crowley Intermediate School, one of three Queens, N.Y., schools closed due to A/H1N1 flu fears. Maintenance workers wearing masks scrubbed the schools during the closures. At Walter Crowley alone, 241 students were reported sick. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)"
After this will they add polygons and textures? Friday, May 22, 2009 | comments
[via WSJ Photo Blog]“Our Image,” by artist Joseph Hiller, was lifted onto its shoulders in preparation for being painted in northeast England Monday. Mr. Hiller has been working with a nine-person team on the big sculpture. (Associated Press)
Shark Tattoo Thursday, May 21, 2009 | comments
Look ma, no hands Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | comments
In B♭ be phat Tuesday, May 19, 2009 | comments
Anyhow, the thing that I appreicate about the Saturn dealership is when they gave me their assessment they said "The check engine light's on because of a bad temperature pressure sensor which with parts and labor would be $250. Other than that, it looks pretty good: looks like you're a little overdue for a tuneup, but that's all"
Over at the Ford dealership I get the whole song and dance about everything that we could have done. They, for example, wanted to flush out and change all the coolant. I didn't bother bringing in the bogus coupon for a free cabin air filter inspection since (spoiler alert) I'm sure they would tell me we need a new one. The one thing that did, however, really need to be done was getting new tires, since they were the original tires and we're sitting at 66k miles on them.
The guy wanted $560 for it at the dealer and I got him to do it for $480. So let this be a lesson to you, blog readers: when you're getting your car fixed, call around and get some more pricing information and then use that against them.
If Carlsbad Caverns has a 40 foot pit, you gotta bet we'll be wishing we had it after taking that 4d6 damage.
C64-style pixel art made with just three colors Monday, May 18, 2009 | comments
Quote from post:
Being platform independent he defines his own limitations for his pixel art. Sometimes using a predefined limitations, like different particular graphic modes on the Commodore 64. From this explorative approach, a different perspective emerges, referred to by some as ‘Computer aesthetics’. Embracing the limitations instead of fighting them – deriving a style from it.Helm, please set up an art show so I can come
In ‘The Spartan’ (main article picture) he limits himself to using only 3 colours on a black background. Interesting thing there is the creation of colours op top of the usual pixel techniques.
Ants this isn't Saturday, May 16, 2009 | comments
Snuggie: The Blanket that has Theives!
Mail Carrier Devises Easy-to-Pull-Off Credit Card Scam Friday, May 15, 2009 | comments
For nearly 20 years, Marsha Billock-Strahm drove the roads of rural Carey, Ohio, delivering the mail - birthday cards, catalogues, and masses of credit-card applications.http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090515/NEWS02/905150347
This week in federal court, the longtime letter carrier was charged with stealing some of the mail she was entrusted to deliver and fraudulently opening credit cards in the names of some of those on her rural route.
Billock-Strahm, 48, was indicted in U.S. District Court in Toledo on one count of aggravated identity theft, four counts of false credit-card applications, five counts of identity theft, and one count of theft of mail.
Authorities allege that over a four-month period in 2008, Billock-Strahm opened four credit cards in two names on her route by filling out the preapproved credit-card applications that were sent to their homes. Using the credit cards and the credit-card convenience checks, Billock-Strahm made several transactions totaling $12,573, the indictment alleges.
She then covered her tracks by intercepting the credit cards and statements as they came in, Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Uram said.
edit: Actually it looks like it's based on cell phone location rather than anything GPS related
edit 2: Unless your phone is a GPS-enabled phone
Keyboard cat is dead Thursday, May 14, 2009 | comments
Today, however, I have it up from working on our company facebook page and it's interesting to see people's status updates roll in.
About an hour ago, someone posted a look-out-world-here-I-come type status update with a list of the different things that he intended to do with his day. So far in the past hour, he's only succeeded in using facebook quizzes to find out what food network personality he would be, what religion best suits him, and what shoe defines him.
But of course first I'm going through and changing all my privacy settings. I really don't need both residents and everyone else that I work with able to stalk me and what I'm up to (not that I use facebook much anymore).
I, however, would argue that the nicest prank ever pulled was Best Gig Ever by Improv Everywhere. I recommend reading the full article with photos, but if you're lazy, here's the video:
Prepping for vacation Wednesday, May 13, 2009 | comments
Positive: KOA makes it really easy to find all of their different campgrounds and where they're located no matter where you're staying. They made it really easy to plan our road trip
Negative: When reserving different locations, each reservation is done in a different credit card transaction, meaning I have to place a new credit card order for each day's reservation.
"Some researchers in Texas are trying an unusual approach to combat fire ants — parasitic flies that turn the pesky insects into zombies whose heads fall off.This sounds a lot like the headcrab plan to combat humans. Except it would be better if the flies controled the ants and sent them after Gordon Freeman.
Ann Arbor police say a 41-year-old man shot himself dead in what appears to have been a solitaire game of Russian roulette following a night of drinking with his friends.I don't think it counts as playing russian roulette if you keep shooting until you shoot yourself. Also, way to go friends: you let a drunk guy mess around with a gun that you knew had a bullet in it.
Three friends of David Ryan told police they'd been drinking at The Blind Pig in downtown Ann Arbor Friday night and returned to the victim's house in the 1000 block of Westaire Way at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
They say they were sitting on the side porch of the house when Ryan, who was highly intoxicated, went to get his revolver. He stuck a bullet in the six-cylinder chamber and spun it around, then put the gun to his head behind his ear.
The friends told police they could see that the bullet was not in the firing position before he pulled the trigger. But then, with no explanation, the man pulled the trigger again and the gun fired, police said.
Still, it's not as bad as the U of M credit union earlier in the year when they offered me the option of skipping a car loan payment. For a $50 admin fee. While interest still accrued.
Thanks but no thanks.
I think I just heard a collective gasp from the nerds of the world Tuesday, May 12, 2009 | comments
[via Bill Amend]
Cleaning must take forever.
"Yeah, I know that I could wipe it off with a swiffer, but I think I would rather let a robot do it at 1/1000th the speed"