Words tweeted over time Saturday, August 29, 2009 | comments
Let me Google that for you Friday, August 28, 2009 | comments
See it in action: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=What+is+the+website+for+DTE+electricity%3F+
Di-freaking-sgusting Thursday, August 27, 2009 | comments
I'll fill in the blank with "normal and not on facebook all the time" Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | comments
The guy gets 53 birthday wishes (some through guilt I'm sure, but still) on facebook and isn't happy?
Also I like how he specifies that the wishes have to be on time to count.
We have MOLD and lots of it Sunday, August 23, 2009 | comments
Someone made a company to make my housing dreams come true Friday, August 21, 2009 | comments
This, by the way, is why people have blogs: so they can complain to the void of the open internet.
Not that we don't already have problems Thursday, August 20, 2009 | comments
We are going to have a huge economic problem 15 years from now when people are trying to retire but don't have the money. I'm surprised by how many people come into my office that are in their 40's and 50's and can't even get $100 together for a refundable application fee over the course of a few months. If people can't do that, how in the world are they saving for retirement?
It seems to be an actual video that someone spliced down to the best parts?
Guy covers oven door with stickers, tries to sell it as an HD-TV in a parking lot Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | comments
A robber in Ypsilanti was recently arrested because when he stole two TVs, he left behind his cell phone | comments
Pictured below in that glass hourglass is some pitch aka bitumen aka the stuff that used to go on the end of torches. The pitch flows so slowly that it took the first drop (in 1930) eight years to fall. Eight years. It should run for another hundred years or so they say. [MAKE post]
In the already-saw-it-elsewhere-before-I-could-post-it-boy-I-sure-do-like-hyphens-today category, we have the story of a glass blower that made glass shells for hermit crabs so that he could see everything they do inside their house. [MAKE post]
Last Suppers Sunday, August 16, 2009 | comments
Last Suppers is a project that visually recreates the last meal requests of prisoners.
22 year old pulls over eccentric looking old man Saturday, August 15, 2009 | comments
"She radioed her older colleagues at the police station to ask if anyone knew who Bob Dylan was.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/bigbrother/article-1206617/Like-complete-unknown-Bob-Dylan-frogmarched-collect-ID-rookie-policewoman-fails-recognise-scruffy-music-legend.html
'I'm afraid we all fell about laughing,' said Craig Spencer, a senior officer in Long Branch, New Jersey. 'If it was me, I'd have been demanding his autograph, not his ID.
'The poor woman has taken rather a lot of abuse from us. I offered to bring in some of my Dylan albums. Unfortunately, she doesn't know what vinyl is either.'
Just your average lease signing Friday, August 14, 2009 | comments
2) I tell him, no, the move in balance needs to be paid with a cashier's check or money order
3) Guy comes in to get the keys and pulls out his personal checkbook and asks who he should make the check out to.
Long exposure of street light shows bug flight paths Thursday, August 13, 2009 | comments
Photo Story: Tent City Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | comments
Val forwarded me an email that had a whole slew of those balloon outfits. The original emailer had only written "Beautiful - Look how far twisting balloons has come..." so I'm not sure where these photos are from but:
1) I wasn't aware that balloons aspired to become clothing
2) When you walk around, doesn't the whole dress make weird balloons-rubbing-together noises?
3) What happens if you bump into something sharp? I'm hoping that these aren't made of one continuous balloon.
Ex Nazi officer gets like 5-10 years in prison Tuesday, August 11, 2009 | comments
Really took a while to get this trial going, huh? How do you prosecute a trial where you're trying to get down to specific details of things when all the events happened more than 50 years ago?
Matt and his wife Rachel are soon closing on a house and they've got to lock in their mortgage rate, so they've been watching fluctuations in their mortgage company's rates pretty diligently waiting for just the right moment where rates are low.
That right moment came and Matt quickly shot an email off to his mortgage broker.
And then didn't hear back.
So later that day, the rates still low, he emailed again. Nothing. The next morning he emailed again. No response.
So he called them and asked what the deal was. The broker said that he hadn't actually received Matt's emails and got in touch with the IT department.
As it turns out Matt's emails were caught by the mortgage company's server's spam filter for using spam words. Those words? "Mortgage" and "interest"
[luckily they still honored the first email's rate]
This is what it looks like inside stripey toothpaste Friday, August 7, 2009 | comments
This news story also gives me opportunity to post this blog post about a Twilight fan that has basically given her life to being obsessed with he books. A few quotes.
Don't let the haterz say you aren't a true fan: drive to Forks, WA
"I have a real, permanent Twilight tattoo that I got on my ankle in January 2008. It says "Twilight" in the official book script, and has a little flowery-star scroll encompassing it. Yes, I am THAT dedicated to Twilight that I wanted it eternally on my flesh for all to see."
"I RELIGIOUSLY check about six or seven Twilight websites two or three times every day. I spend at least three or four hours on the Internet each day doing Twilight stuff."
"Okay, every TRUE Twilight fan needs to make their pilgrimage to Mecca, aka Forks, Washington, and visit the place where all the magic happened. During the summer of 2007, when I had just discovered Twilight, I decided I had to go to Forks, no matter what. I MapQuested the directions and discovered it was 359.85 miles away from my town (so it would take seven hours to get there…no problem!) I got two days off work, specifically September 12th and 13th because I wanted to be up in Forks for Bella's birthday celebration"
Sometimes life calls for stealthy brickwork Wednesday, August 5, 2009 | comments
Today I got an email from firstname.lastname@example.org which I thought was supposed to mean "Secret Mason" but I was disappointed to find it was the email address of someone named named Charles Cretmason.
[actual names/emails changed]
Gigantic aquarium is begging to be a screen saver Tuesday, August 4, 2009 | comments
So I joked that they should just flip a coin.
And now, thanks to a penny coming up tails, their apartment is chosen. I've had people choose apartments by very complicated spreadsheets, but never by the flip of a coin. It was kind of awesome.
Today's adventure takes us deep into the depths of the laundrymat Monday, August 3, 2009 | comments
This invention, however, is just weird.
Did they really have to draw the skeleton holding up a bra? Did they? And check out the goofy grin on the skeleton at right.
Other inventions include such anachronisms as ATMs and boom boxes (accomplished via magic instead of electronics). Not sure who would approve this book or decide it belonged in D&D.
More info over on The Consumerist article
Noah's Ark Cake Sunday, August 2, 2009 | comments
"This story is about a young African American boy named AJ McCater, who is struggling with the horrible stories his grandmother has been telling him about "The White Man". She consistently tells him that the "white man" is the cause of all struggles in life, because white people had stolen people's land for years. Since AJ's father has left him and his mother, the young boy and his mother have to move in with Grandma Eddie Mae, who lives in a bad neighborhood. The boy becomes distraught seeing that he has no last name, no house, no father, and is in a bad neighborhood with his grandmother and mother. The plot thickens when his mother gets pregnant and moves her white boyfriend in the home. The boyfriend wants to marry the mother, and this brings joy to the African American boy, who now sees he will have a last name, a house, a father, and a new baby sister. Unfortunately, his new dad is shot in a drive-by, and needs a heart transplant. Will he get it? If so, from whom? The donor will shock you. You'll have to read the book to find out! "
All this in a children's book that is just 26 short pages. Even a drive by!
And in books-that-aren't-on-amazon news we have dragons with guns
All book finding credits go to Judge a Book by its Cover.
I don't need to see this movie: I already have Saturday, August 1, 2009 | comments
There are certain things that movie trailers need to stop doing [Cracked Article], and I think the thing that's the worst is giving the whole movie away. As the linked article points out, the trailer for cast away includes a scene showing
1) The plane crash
2) The things he accomplishes on the island
3) Someone on the rescue plaen later saying "You've been lost for four years"
4) The reunion with the woman he left
5) The last shot of the entire move
Given this trailer you would think that this movie is about what happens when you're gone for four years and then how you deal with everything that has changed. If that's what you were there for, you'd be sitting there in your seat saying "Alright! Here we go! Here comes the conflict I've been waiting for!" and instead, here would come the credits.