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Ad part 2: He's very quiet, but he sure smells bad Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | comments

I started looking in Detroit Metro Area Craigslist to see if it had anyone I could find an apartment, and I came across this great misspelling.

"We are a quiet couple with a very quiet and well manured small dog"

Ad | comments

There's an ad on Craigslist with the title "Condo w/ PRIVATE BASEMENT". If the best feature they can think to put in the title is that the public can't access the basement, I wouldn't want to live there.

Street space taken up by different modes of transport | comments


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There needs to be a House Talk like there is a Car Talk Monday, June 28, 2010 | comments

Ok, so how weird is this one.

At our condo earlier today, the power went out in part of our place in a slowly-fade-out kind of way. It took out our AC, one wall in the kitchen, and one wall in the living room.

Now here's the weird thing. If I turn on the dryer, all of those things work again. Sorta. The microwave turns and has its light on but doesn't warm anything up. The AC runs but isn't very cool.

And, as I also discovered, when the dryer then turns off, all of those things stop working again. Unfortunately, I found this out when my computer suddenly shut off, getting rid of my entire board game column that I'd been working on.

We haven't had any problems like this until now. I think it may actually be the furnace trying to draw too much power: when I flipped off the switch to the furnace, the light in the basement got as bright as it normally would be. But still, when the dryer turns off, so does everything else. Guess I'll have to call someone.

Copy/Paste News Article Saturday, June 26, 2010 | comments

Think I'll go for a swim 55 stories up | comments





[source w/ more info and pictures]

Ethnic American Food Thursday, June 24, 2010 | comments

If you go to this grocery store in Germany and look at the Ethnic Foods section under USA, here is what you will find

Hey look, ducks Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | comments

Here, I will make up for my previous post that took up a whole ten minutes of your time.

Tapdancing duck (?):


Ducks in a sink

Long but interesting video about using money to motivate people | comments



It kinda makes me feel bad that I require constant interesting pictures to get me through 10 minutes of cool data.

Choose wisely, baby | comments



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I AM NOT ANY PANDA UNION | comments

I've been meaning to make this a post for a while. As Bridget posted on this blog post [which has more photos], China has a lot of awesome shirts with strange use of the English language. I still maintain that she could make a killing selling these to hipsters here in the states.



Yes, those are the lyrics to Party Up by DMX on that last part of that pink shirt.

Also, this shirt is like the perfect souvenir


It's not just shirts either:

Michael J Fox looks way better than Back to the Future 2 projected Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | comments



[via digg]

I wasn't going to click this until I heard that he also violins the sound effects Friday, June 18, 2010 | comments

Technology brings us one step closer to Manhacks flying around Thursday, June 17, 2010 | comments

That title is more exciting that the video title, Aggressive Maneuvers for Autonomous Quadrotor Flight.




(From Half-Life 2)

This, theoretically, is the highest possible scoring Scrabble word | comments

If, you know, everyone in front of you played these exact words in the correct order.


Why search for the world's highest known prime number when you can instead search for the highest known Scrabble word? [via BrettSpiel]

Here's how you make a successful blog these days Monday, June 14, 2010 | comments

Pick a successful theme. You could post pictures of funny cats. You could post pictures of people at Wal-Mart. You could post pictures of hipsters. Maybe you want to make fun of bad photoshops or of poor choice in book covers art. This is the one thing you're allowed to write about.

So check out the genius idea that this girl had. She made a blog in which she lived according to what Seventeen Magazine dictated for her life.
"The goal of this project is to simply explore a dying aspect of teenage culture. I will live my life according to the tips provided by the June/July issue of Seventeen magazine and Seventeen.com from today until the weekend of my high school graduation (June 21). Conveniently, this project will also span the Most Important and Magical Night of My Teenage Life (i.e. senior prom). I will use this blog to record my findings, and to provide commentary on teenage life/the adolescent experience."
Here's a chart she made:

Check out the whole blog (which, sadly, it would seem, is going to be ending soon) at http://www.theseventeenmagazineproject.com/

Wonder why Saturday, June 12, 2010 | comments

Someone uploaded the wrong pdfs | comments

NSFW: BP Cleans up Coffee Spill Wednesday, June 9, 2010 | comments

Oil Spill | comments

I was talking a manager in the apartment business who said that there was once a resident in his community that rebuilt a motorcycle in his apartment living room. Oil and other stuff not only ruined the carpet, but the wood floors underneath them.

Fun Fact | comments

We all know that XII and MMX and IV are roman numerals.

Did you know that "regular numbers" 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 are called arabic numerals?

Now you do.

#183 is the dumbest Laffy Taffy joke I have ever seen Monday, June 7, 2010 | comments



Courtesy Andrew and McLaine's wedding.

This newspaper prop is everywhere Sunday, June 6, 2010 | comments



Even more examples on the [source post]

Why don't you just write a letter to the police? Thursday, June 3, 2010 | comments

As posted at this local craigslist ad:

I cannot get on the internet because I cannot get on the internet Wednesday, June 2, 2010 | comments

Sorry that there haven't been many new posts recently: Karen and I just moved into our new place and don't have internet installed yet. Yeah, there's free Wifi places, but those don't always work.

Yesterday, I wanted to post my Dungeon Lords board game review on AnnArbor.com since I normally post on Monday and was already a day behind (btw Space Alert is way better).

It was 10:00pm so I figured Starbucks would be as good a place as any. But, it turns out, in order to use their wireless, you need an AT&T account. No problem! I have an AT&T UVerse account. Well, except we just canceled that at our old place. No problem, we have a new account! Except the confirmation number and information is in Karen's email and that account didn't start until the next day. 30 minutes later of trying their password and username lookup I went to Denny's which has horribly slow internet that boots you from time to time. I got home at 11:30, an hour and a half after I left, meaning it essentially took me as long to post the article as it did to write it.

It'll be nice having internet again.