Archive for December, 2008

Friday Funday CCXXXI

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet. Funday links will open in a new window.

A little late, huh? Sorry about that, the holidays had me all mixed up (not to mention busy).

Stupid.com [del.icio.us]

Is your money burning a hole in your pocket? Are you seriously lacking a bunch of useless crap in your life? Worry no more! Stupid.com is here to sell you all the poorly-made schlock you want. As a bonus, the website will burn itself into your retinas and make babies cry.

The Terrible Fate of Frozen Waffles [del.icio.us]

A horrifying part of a complete breakfast.

Christmas Morning [del.icio.us]

How was your Christmas? Did you get what you wanted? Hopefully yours went a little better than this one.

Little Gordon [del.icio.us]

You’ve seen Little Bill O’Reilly, right? Well here’s Little Gordon Ramsey.

X-Rated Ruby [del.icio.us]

This NSFW parrot knows a few words that it probably shouldn’t. I’m with the camera guy, this is hilarious!

Secular Sunday XVII – Secular Season’s Greetings

The Christmas season is filled with platitudes wishing you good cheer. When shopping this time of year, many people tell me to have a “merry Christmas.” A couple of years ago, I decided that “secular season’s greetings” made for a humorous response to Christians attempting to foist their beliefs upon absolute strangers.

At the time I said that I would probably never say the phrase to anyone, and although I have yet to say it, I’m certainly tempted every time someone I don’t know wishes me a merry Christmas.

Morah and I are going out shopping today, and my goal is to say it to as many people as I can who feel it cogent to disregard that some people may not believe the same superstitions as they.

Friday Funday CCXXX

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet. Funday links will open in a new window.

Elephant Seal Surprise [del.icio.us]

Run! Via Emily.

Street With A View [del.icio.us]

A big group of people got together on Sampsonia Way in Pittsburgh, staged a bunch of nutty tableaux, and invited the Google Street View team to come take pictures. The results are pretty awesome.

Throw A Shoe at President Bush [del.icio.us]

Yep, it’s already a game. Click on “elegir zapato” to select which shoe you want to throw, adjust your aim (“inclinacion”) and strength (“fuerza”), then throw the shoe by clicking on “lanzar”.

And since Christmas is happening in the coming week, here are a couple of Christmas links for your, uh, pleasure. Except maybe the second one.

The Santa Groups [del.icio.us]

Everything is funnier when viewed from a marketing perspective.

Santasm [del.icio.us]

I… I have no idea. This is probably safe for work, but definitely not if you work around children. I know someone sent this to me, but I can’t remember who (since they sent it to me about a year ago), so I’m sorry for not crediting you.

Sleeping in Front of the Fire

When we got home late last night, I noticed some weird things. First, the porch light was off, which I specifically turned on before we left because I knew it would be dark when we got home. I blamed it on the lousy timer switch (which I hate and can’t wait to replace), but when I got inside and tried to wake up my computer, I found it to be turned off entirely.

“Ah,” I thought, “there must have been a power outage.”

I went into the kitchen and, sure enough, the clock on the microwave was reset. As I was I setting it, the power went out again. Then came back on. Then went out. Then came back.

Instead of bothering with the clocks, I decided to brush my teeth. At that point, the power went out and stayed out. Good thing my toothbrush runs on batteries, right? And we can use our mobile phones as our alarms. And if the power is still out in the morning, we can open the garage door manually. So really, this is more of an inconvenience than a real problem. That’s when Morah pointed out one tiny but critical problem: the heat.

We have gas fireplaces, but without the electric blowers, they only give out radiant heat. Our bed is as far away from the fireplace as it can possibly get, and the master bedroom is cold even with the fireplace on at night. In fact, Morah and I have been talking about using the baseboard heater in our bedroom as it gets colder.

We decided that the best course of action would be to take our bedding into the living room and sleep on the floor in front of the fireplace. If the power didn’t come back on, at least we’d be warm. If the power did come back on, it was no big deal.

Thankfully, the power did come back on and Morah was able to leave for work without my help. Let me tell you, though, the slipcover on the bed was frickin’ freezing when I went back in there this morning.

The Ham Pin, Smarty Pants Lies

Last night Phoenix, Morah, and I were over at Mike and Emily’s apartment for an evening of dinner and playing the Wii. We started off bowling on Wii Sports, and while playing, I coined a new phrase that I hope quickly enters the lexicon of bowlers everywhere: the ham pin.

We all know that 3 strikes in a row is called a turkey, but what do you say when you get 2 strikes in a row, then only manage to knock down 9 pins? That 1 remaining pin is what we’ve taken to calling “the ham pin.” So the next time you’re bowling and you miss that turkey by a single pin, you can tell everyone that the ham pin is to blame.

Later in the evening we played the excellent trivia game Smarty Pants. When the game ends, it tries to help the losers feel a little better about themselves by telling them what they were the best at, despite not winning the game. For example, it will congratulate you on correctly answering more questions in a given category than anyone else, or laud you as being the fastest buzzer. We have noticed, however, that sometimes the fastest buzzer didn’t seem to be the fastest buzzer. We also wondered what award a player would receive if they didn’t play – that is, if someone never buzzed in or attempted to answer any of the questions, what award could they possibly get? We decided to test the system.

We played a short game with 2 players, one of whom never buzzed in. At all. Ever. The other player buzzed in every single time, and even when we couldn’t help her answer correctly, the other player wouldn’t even move their Wiimote. At the end of the game, with zero points, the player who had never buzzed in was clearly the loser. With what kudos could the game possibly award her? Why, the fastest buzzer, of course. Naturally, this led us to wonder what would happen if the game was played with multiple non-participating players. Unfortunately, it was late and Morah and I had to leave, so we’ll just have to hope that Mike, Emily, or Phoenix run the test and post the results.

Friday Funday CCXXIX

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet. Funday links will open in a new window.

The Wunder Boner [del.icio.us]

Despite its name, this is safe for work.

Tumble Waiter [del.icio.us]

This game is very similar to Totem Destroyer from Friday Funday CCVIII.

Jetback Brontosaurus [del.icio.us]

Need I say more?

Adam and Eve, the gay version [del.icio.us]

It’s still not Adam and Steve.

Stay Out Of The Dog House [del.icio.us]

“What is this? Cheese pie?” Hilarious.

Friday Funday CCXXVIII

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet. Funday links will open in a new window.

Ice Sculpture Fail [del.icio.us]

Oh man, oh man.

It’s Lovely! I’ll Take It! [del.icio.us]

A collection of poorly chosen photos from real estate listings.

Remi Kart [del.icio.us]

Real-life Mario Kart!

Be Your Own Jackson Pollock [del.icio.us]

Create your own Pollock-style art. This is pretty awesome.

Auditorium [del.icio.us]

Holy crap! This game is fantastic! Unfortunately, this is only a demo, but I’m looking forward to the final product.