Archive for March, 2006

Friday Funday LXXXVIII

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet.

Hilarious Chinese Take Out Prank [del.icio.us]

You’ll need your speakers up for this one. It’s funny as hell. Makes me want to try it.

The Home Page of Peter Pan [del.icio.us]

I actually can’t believe I haven’t posted this before now. Words can’t describe how [adjective] this is (I’ll let you fill that one in on your own). Just to warn you: there’s some audio that automatically plays when the page loads. Nothing unsafe for work, just really annoying. Can you believe this site won a Webby Award? Not. Fair.

Brokeback Mountain in 30 Seconds (And Re-enacted by Bunnies) [del.icio.us]

Be sure to watch the rest of the parodies at the Angry Alien web site.

Causes of Color [del.icio.us]

An interesting site that explains why stuff is the colour it is.

Fly Guy [del.icio.us]

Best. Flash. Evar.

The Importance of Set Decoration

Did anyone else notice the carefully placed production logo on this past Monday’s episode of Prison Break? Let me set it up for you.

Michael Scofield (played by Wentworth Miller) dons a guard’s uniform so that he can snoop around the psych ward without anyone asking too many questions. He goes down to the basement so he can access the underground pipeline that he needs to escape. As he walks through a particular room, a POV-esque shot reveals a hallway of detritus through which he must navigate to get to the pipeline access point. Sitting on a shelf in said hallway is a box with a swirly logo and the words “Post Effects” written on it.

Here’s a screengrab of the shot where you can see the box (in the interest of full-disclosure, I took the image into Photoshop where I de-interlaced it and adjusted the levels to make the box more visible).

Now, I don’t know if Post Effects actually works on Prison Break or not, but they are a production company (and that is their logo).

It was fun, if somewhat unprofessional. Seeing the logo totally took me out of the moment, which is definitely not what set decoration is supposed to do. To be fair, when I was shooting back in high school and college, I would routinely decorate my sets with little jokes (especially in college). But, and I cannot stress this enough, they were little, inside jokes; things that were funny to me, the crew, or the rest of the class. Anyone who wasn’t connected to the production wouldn’t have even realised what they were looking at, and even then, I’m sure a lot of the crew never realised either. I suspect that whoever put that box in the shot was trying to do something similar. They failed.

Friday Funday LXXXVII

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet.

Fun stuff from Google Video is the theme for this month.

The Ladies Bathroom [del.icio.us]

“A cute little animated cartoon about what really goes on in the ladies bathroom.”

British Comedy Commercial [del.icio.us]

Perhaps I should change the theme to vibe-related videos…

The Winner [del.icio.us]

This is a pretty cool concept, although the video does go on a bit long (5’11”) and the editing could be a bit tighter.

Shalom Wassup [del.icio.us]

A Jewish version of the infamous Budweiser ads.

Crazy Light Fishing Video [del.icio.us]

I’ve heard about this happening before, but I’ve never actually seen it. This is my kind of fishing. -)

IE7: IE Still Sucks, But It Could Be Worse

I admit it. I was championing Internet Explorer 7 as Microsoft’s big return to the browser market. After all, IE has been the weak link in the “Big 5” (the Big 5 being IE, FF, SF, OP, and NN. If you don’t know what those mean, you must not be a web designer), so how could they not improve their browser?

Well, here it is; not from the horse’s mouth, but a little bird that talked to the horse.

I have downloaded and installed the IE7 beta. The good news so far is that things are working much, much better. Some of the problems that IE6 was having are gone and a bunch of them still exist, but as Eric Meyer points out, no browser is perfect.

The new UI is… Interesting, to say the least. It features tabbed browsing (TABBED BROWSING!) and the toolbars are hidden until you need them (try pressing the “alt” button. You can also turn the menu on permanently by right-clicking and selecting “Classic Menu”). It’s all a little weird, but definitely very refreshing. In fact, I feel closer to the new IE already. Perhaps it’s not so bad after all…

Friday Funday LXXXVI

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet.

Hencam [del.icio.us]

And you thought watching =my= webcam was interesting.

Hay in Art [del.icio.us]

If you think hay isn’t an important artistic motif, this site has over five thousand pieces that prove you wrong.

Rowbike [del.icio.us]

This reminds me a lot of the Segway, insofar as it could be cool if you didn’t look like so much of an idiot while riding it.

Treehouses [del.icio.us]

When I was a kid, I always wanted a treehouse. I never got one, but to be fair, we never really had a tree that would support one. These aren’t just treehouses, they’re treemansions.

Ball Toucher [del.icio.us]

Probably not what you think it is. Ironically, you aren’t supposed to touch the red balls and the blue balls.

Fire, Media, and Politics

There were two fires in Spokane this morning. They both broke out while most people were still asleep. One of the fires left three families homeless, while the other burned in an unoccupied, unfinished building. If you were the news director, which story would you give greater coverage? The local news decided that covering the empty building fire was more important than the three-family fire.

To their credit, there were several explosions in the vacant five-story building, which was still under construction. The explosions were caused by propane-powered heaters that the construction crew had left on overnight to dry out some drywall, although it’s unclear if the heaters were the cause of the fire. Despite this, no one was in the building at the time, so there were no injuries. The building was fully insured, so the property owners will be able to rebuild (they have already stated that they plan to do so). In fact, really the only people harmed in this are the property owners (who, as I said, have insurance) and the constructions workers who are temporarily out of work (though I’m sure they’ll be hard at work again when the building is rebuilt).

On the other hand, there are three families who are now without homes because their houses burned down. I’d tell you more details about their fire, but the news almost completely ignored it, except to say that it was taking resources away from the empty building fire.

Why all the coverage for a vacant, unfinished building? Because it was owned by Gonzaga University.

Friday Funday LXXXV

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet.

This week’s theme is ninjas!

Ask A Ninja [del.icio.us]

These are pretty funny (the newer ones are definitely much better than the older ones). Ninja looks forward to killing you soon!

The Adventures of Dr. McNinja [del.icio.us]

Cheers to Phoenix for this one.

Ninja Air Combat [del.icio.us]

Crazy, frantic, flying ninjas.

Ninjai [del.icio.us]

The little ninja. I could swear I posted about this before, but I guess not.

Ninja Burger [del.icio.us]

Guaranteed delivery in 30 minutes or less, or they commit Seppuku!

Work Webcam Update

The work webcam is back online full-time and I’m pretty happy with the positioning. I had it offline the other day while I was building a stand for it because all the angles I could find just sucked without it. It’s a pretty rickety stand, but it’s doing a fine job for the time being.

I’m also extremely pleased with my new computer at work. It’s probably one of the best machines in the building. I am =loving= having dual flat panels. I recommend it to everyone. Once you go dual, you’ll… Um… Always be cool?

Anyway, let me know what you think of the work webcam! And should you have any thoughts about the other two cams, let me know.

Too Late for Yanni

At 51, I think it’s a little too late for Yanni to try to change his image from boring Greek pianist to ass-kickin’ Greek pianist.

Work Webcam Online Again

As you can (hopefully) see, the work webcam is back online. I got my new machine at work today and it is sweet. There’s just something sexy about having two flat panels side-by-side.

Now I just have to figure out where in the world I’m going to put the work webcam. Any suggestions?

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