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Lottery simulator Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | comments

Check out this lottery simulator. Pick 5 numbers, pick how often you want to play, and it'll tell you how much money you would have lost. I simulated the equivalent of playing Mega Millions twice a week for 10 years. It cost me $1040 simulated dollars, I won back $145. I refreshed the site enough time for 2-3 lifetimes of lottery playing and my high score was a net gain of about -$850

Visit the site for the total stats across all simulations.

Dinosaur Made of Pancakes Saturday, September 25, 2010 | comments

This guy's blog is just pancake sculptures that he makes for his daughter. Go see more.

Just press play (2/2) Friday, September 24, 2010 | comments

I can't imagine why this pilot got rejected.



[Also via the digg reel]

Also, I just found the full pilot.

Human powered flight | comments

Check it out, these scientists made an ornithopher! Skip around in the linked video until you get to the part where the guy makes the wings on the plane flap.

See MAKEBlog for post

Just press play (1/2) | comments



[via the digg reel]

Let's just pretend that these are 100% always accurate | comments

because everything on the internet is true. Over at this wondermark post which is supposedly all verified, there is a great collection of collective nouns for things. Yes, you may have known that a bunch of angels is called "a host of angels" from singing hark, the herald angels sing but did you know that a bunch of medusas (medusae?) make up a tangle of gorgons? I also like "a mystery of spooks." Here's some, but click the image to view more.



Now I just need to find opportunities to make use of these.

Women love squiggly logos Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | comments

You can just scroll for pages and pages on the original source site (one NSFW word). I found this over on the Consumerist where they wrote "If you're going to make a logo for some kind of lady group, you have four leitmotifs to choose from: squiggle, tree, ribbon or spiral."

I just got back from the future. Here is a video of baby bus Tuesday, September 21, 2010 | comments

Apparently we buy new furniture and stereo equipment in the future. And we buy "circus".

Baby head flowers Thursday, September 16, 2010 | comments

Stolen right from Karen's post yesterday

Ding dong, it's infographic o clock! Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | comments

Click the image to see what it's about:

Lateness: two stories and a link | comments

I tend to have a lot of people show up late for their appointments. For example, I had one person who I scheduled for 9:00 (I had sent him email reminders of this twice). When he didn't show up by 10:00, I called him and he said he would be there in an hour (a grand total of 2 hrs late!). I said that wouldn't work because I had another appointment at noon and he would run into that if he came it at 11:00. I scheduled him for 1:00 and made sure he knew everything he needed to bring with him.

He then arrived at 11:00 regardless and without everything that he was supposed to have with him.

I had another person the other day who said they were going to leave right away to come directly over from where they were. It was 4:00 and they said they would be there "no later than 4:30". I had given up on them when they showed up at 4:50.

Anyhow, you can see why I might appreciate this post titled: "You are not 'running late' you are rude and selfish". [edit: the link is apparently very popular on the net and may be slow to load]

What did people do without the Internet? Friday, September 10, 2010 | comments

Who does this?


(this person)

Ok, get a hold of yourself fellow nerds | comments

Arkham Horror is one of my favorite games [as you may know]. This is what players' characters look like: cardboard guys on plastic stands.



Well now the folks over at Fantasy Flight Games are offering to let you replace your investigators with little miniatures like these. How much? 4 bucks per guy. People at GenCon were buying complete sets of all of the investigators. Arkham Horror has 48 investigators which means they sank $192 into little guys that don't add any new content to the game other than giving you something cool to look at. The base game is only $40 on Amazon. You could buy 4 friends a copy of the game and buy them dinner instead.

I tell you, give people the opportunity to show how much they love something by buying it all over again and people will do it.

Posts stolen from friends part 3 of 3 Thursday, September 9, 2010 | comments

[Via Joy] Give it time. Or just skip ahead to the 40 second mark.

Posts stolen from friends part 2 of 3 | comments

[Via Ryan] As posted on this is photobomb, President Obama proves that anything is 10 times funnier when the president does it

Posts stolen from friends part 1 of 3 | comments

[Via Bill] This photo by Tim Franco showed up on this site. The photographer took a pinhole camera, put it on a spinning record and did a 4 minute 35 second exposure.

haha Saturday, September 4, 2010 | comments



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You and everything you own Friday, September 3, 2010 | comments

Huang Qingjun and Ma Hongjie photographed Chinese families in front of their living spaces with all of their possessions displayed outside. I wish I could easily haul all my stuff outside like that. More info at the NPR story




[via GRR]

Internet comments Thursday, September 2, 2010 | comments

I like reading the comic, Lio, every day. But as much as I love that, I also love reading the comments that people leave on them. See, gocomics allows people to leave comments on individual strips and there are people that feel the need to comment every day. It's like reading Marmaduke Explained every day.




It's always stuff like this or "Uh oh! Looks like Lio got himself into some trouble!" Why someone would go through the work to restate a comic every single day, i'm not sure, but I enjoy reading it

Minimalistic Star Wars movie posters | comments

By this guy