Friday, February 27, 2009

Photo Fail

It may take you a while to appreciate it, but this image represents an big (if not epic) Photoshop fail.

Watchmen Video Game

Many of you are probably tired of the Watchmen media blitz, but this game is a pretty clever little imitation of an 80s sidescroller.

Porn in the USA

Conservatives seem to be the biggest consumers of pornography:
Residents of 27 states that passed laws banning gay marriages boasted 11% more porn subscribers than states that don't explicitly restrict gay marriage.

To get a better handle on other associations between social attitudes and pornography consumption, Edelman melded his data with a previous study on public attitudes toward religion.

States where a majority of residents agreed with the statement "I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage," bought 3.6 more subscriptions per thousand people than states where a majority disagreed. A similar difference emerged for the statement "AIDS might be God's punishment for immoral sexual behaviour."

Thursday, February 26, 2009


There is legislation being proposed that would legalize pot in California, though sales will be subject to a hefty tax to help pay off the State's debts.

Hear me, State lawmakers, and know that I am speaking as someone who has NEVER, not even ONCE, smoked pot, and by NEVER, I mean that it wasn't even an "I didn't even inhale" sort of situation: PLEASE LEGALIZE POT AND TAX THE CRAP OUT OF IT. While you're at it, why don't you raise the taxes on alcohol, cigarettes, and junk food, too. I will vote for it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Is Futurama Coming Back?!

Billy West Says Futurama Might Return To Fox For 6th Season:
"After strong sales of the straight-to-DVD Futurama movies, Fox is reportedly considering bringing back Futurama for a 6th season. This according to Billy West in a recent statement at the Anime Supercon in Florida. Here's me with my fingers crossed."

Re Your Brains

Go and listen. Nothing beats tongue-in-cheek (and brain pan) zombie-themed music. NOTHING!

Don't Panic

I knew there was a reason I wanted a Kindle.

Uh... Yeah.

More, less frightening, Disney/Star Wars mash-ups at

Via Topless Robot

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Marginally NSFW

Also, this video has made me gay.

Crash, I'll Show You CRASH!

To Richard. and the rest of you, I present The Gallery of Exploding Servers, and Flying and Crashing Servers.


Comparative Energy Consumption by Transport Mode

GOOD looks at what form of transportation gets the most bang per gallon on a 350 mile trip.(Click to enlarge)

Wow, are bicyclists efficient!

The Nano Song

I Knew It

I knew he was an asshole.

Subtitle's for R2-D2 in The Phantom Menace:

A Game I'd Buy

Thank you Comic Critics!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Dead LIke Me Movie

Direct to Video.

When nobody watches TV at the time of broadcast anyway, we see more of this direct to video thing happening. Like Futurama, and in a way, Dr. Horrible.

Digital Comic?

An interesting take on digital comics without resorting to turning it into animation.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Parenthood: WOO! GAH! (Repeat Infinitely to a Catchy Dance Mix)

A pretty good summation of parenthood: The Facts (for Some People). I may have to print this out and take it to the baby shower I'm attending this weekend. And yes- as contradictory as is reads, parenthood is EXACTLY LIKE THAT.

Thanks Swistle!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Toys that collect YOU!

Poor Geezers. No TV for you.


Yeah, it's a Watchmen ad.

There's coffee, too.

Thanks, Robot 6.

Watchmen Review

Watchmen is Will Wheaton approved!

OH.MY.GAaaahhhhhh.... (thunk)

That was the sound of my head smacking my desk when I saw Spoonflower, the site where you DESIGN AND PRINT YOUR OWN FABRIC.


I'm a ruined woman.

Cthuhlu Mask

I wants it!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hipster Moving Checklist

Brilliantly hilarious marketing campaign:

Why can't I come up with something like that?!

Thanks to Sweetney.


20 Useful Visualization Libraries

Like the title says... oh shiny!

America's New Slogan

This year's finalists.Not quite as good as last year's.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Littlest B-Boy

Roots of Breakdance

I saw this video over at Kelley's today and had to leave it here for y'all. I especially enjoy imagining it as she did- that they are all tiny, toy-soldier size and can be kept on your desk to perform on command.

Despite how amusing that is (to me, anyway) you have to admire and appreciate the incredible physical strength that it takes to do what they're doing.

Coraline's Inventive DIY Effects

It's the stunningly inventive DIY visual effects that director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) used to bring the story to life. A quarter-million pieces of popcorn are transformed into cherry blossoms, superglue and baking soda are whipped into snow, and black fishing line becomes creepy chest hair.

LOST 80s Theme Song

First came the Shortpacked! comic strip.

Then came the music. (Links to the MP3s in the blog post.)

And finally came the full video:


This was made by Tyson Ibele, a quite talented young animator.

(via Boing Boing)

Le Wrath di Kahn

Fan Fiction, Frightening

Nearly every Friday, over at Topless Robot, they dive into the, often, horrifying world of Fan Fiction.

Yeah, a lot of it is terrible, terrible slash, but there are the occasional odd ball gems, like Goku and Anne Frank in "Until the End of Time". No graphic sex and a happy ending.

Torgo in the Wild

Mike Nelson of MST3K and Rifftrax fame has found a Naturally occurring Torgo!

Privacy on Facebook

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know:
Everyday I receive an email from somebody about how their account was hacked, how a friend tagged them in the photo and they want a way to avoid it, as well as a number of other complications related to their privacy on Facebook. Over the weekend one individual contacted me to let me know that he would be removing me as a friend from Facebook because he was “going to make a shift with my Facebook use - going to just mostly family stuff.”

Perhaps he was tired of receiving my status updates or perhaps he didn’t want me to view photos from his personal life. Whatever the reason for ending our Facebook friendship, I figured that many people would benefit from a thorough overview on how to protect your privacy on Facebook. Below is a step by step process for protecting your privacy.

Inspired by Kittens!

Thanks for showing this to me, Brandi.

Friday, February 13, 2009

...Like a Ural in the Snow...

A coworker in the parking lot this morning.


Apparently, he ended up flipping it on its side before he was done. Neither the Ural nor the coworker were any worse for the wear, and the coworker has had an enormous grin on his face every time I've seen him since!

Monster Milktruck!

If you haven't seen this yet, you have to try it.
Google Earth's Browser Plugin, Monster Milktruck

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I'm getting this for IT

Sometimes we have to test analogue phone lines. The fact is we don't have any standard analogue telephone handsets to plug into these lines. Ideally, it would be a one piece phone that you plug directly into the jack. It would be self powered. And, the wire goes all the way to the handset without a cradle to set the phone on. That way testing can be done standing up and with one hand. Like a poorman's lineman's handset. After looking on Amazon at all the phones listed in the the telephone department, until i breached the $50 mark, I couldn't see any telephone like it. Then John said, "Hamburger Phone."

A search for "hamburger phone" sends you to a department that's not "Electronics" but reveals the perfect candidate equipment.



I just found the ugliest phone ever.


Salma Hayek's Boobies are What a Body Needs

Take a look at that baby and then try to tell me that there is anything wrong or shameful about breastfeeding, no matter where it takes place.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


A collection of tools and projects to help us use data from various sources.

Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments

is focused on developing robust, open source tools that empower users to access, manage, visualize and reuse digital assets.

Check out this completed project: Timeline

Or Exhibit
Create interactive data-rich web pages like these ones below without ever touching a database or a web server, or doing any programming.

Here's an example.

Again with the Watchmen

I'm going to be over the movie before it's out. I do like the "primary source material" idea like the chapter breaks of the book. Clever.

Flow Chart


But fucking hilarious.

Sony Releases New Stupid Piece Of Shit That Doesn't Fucking Work

The best link ever.

You looking for random internets? Click Here.
Didn't like it? Click it again.
It's the Next Blog button

Monday, February 9, 2009

Cloning passport card RFIDs in bulk for under $250

Ethical hacker Chris Paget demonstrates a low-cost mobile device that surreptitiously reads and clones RFID tags embedded in United States passport cards and enhanced drivers' licenses.

Flashmob of ATM crooks scores $9 million in 49 cities

A global flashmob of ATM thieves netted $9 million in fraud against ATMs in 49 cities around the world:

Here's how it all came down, according to information Fox obtained from the FBI and law enforcement sources:

The computer system for a company called RBS WorldPay was hacked. One service of the company is the ability for employers to pay employees with the money going directly to a card, called payroll cards, a lot like a debit card that can be used in any ATM. The hacker was able to infiltrate the supposedly secure system and steal the information necessary to duplicate or clone people's ATM cards.

More visualization tools for John.

Even though it's not YOUR birthday.

Renaming Motion Comics

Read the rest at Blog@Newsarama.

Happy Birthday Brandi

Final Crisis: What's it all about?

Big Mike over at Second Printing!! says what he thinks it's about:
I was talking to Ben about it, and he viewed it to some degree as a meta-admonition of the fans. 'We're the monitors,' he said. 'Sucking the life out of comics.' Maybe. But I want it to be more. I need it to be more.

I want it to be about the triumph of imagination over despair, and the immortality of true heroism. About how those who devote their lives to something greater than themselves might all have 'To Be Continued' etched into their gravestones.
Me? I want to think that Big Mike's right, but I saw Final Crisis as more of a mess of ideas trying to glom onto a weak plot I've seen before.

Also, I'd have liked the series to tie back into Countdown by having Piper save the day. That's just me, though.

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Keane Act

I haven't watched this yet, but I will. It's an educational video about the Keane Act to further string us along regarding the Watchmen movie.

Register Your Opinion in 2D!

The makers of the SAT bring you this fun chart thingy.

Questions don't have a common theme, but a geared towards college students and occasionally have to do with shows on NBC.

Worth looking at.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Oh, Amanda

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Beam me up!

Teleportation over distance has been achieved.

Sure, it's not Star Trek, but it's still damned cool.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Hourly Comic Day

Yesterday was Hourly Comic Day.

See the ever growing entries here.