Fun With Teh Intarweb

Because we all like to mock stock photography

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 | Design-y Bits, Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Domestic Conflict, Explained By Stock Photos

Thanks, Lisey.

p.s. Yes, I know I never finished the Comic-Con stuff. I’ll get to it. Probably.

It’s a good day for Flickr sets

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 | Bloggity goodness, Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

The one in the post below is still my fave, but this one’s pretty good, too.

Author Douglas Coupland (who also happens to be one of my favorite writers) has taken the iconic Penguin book cover design and created a series of book covers to explain the year 2010 to folks in 1935.

Speaking to the Past is a little bit depressing. I’m not sure I’d actually want to show it to people in 1935. But it’s definitely interesting, and I did get a bit of a chuckle out of numbers 16 and 32.

Locals vs. Tourists

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 | Bloggity goodness, Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

This may be my new favorite set on Flickr. Eric Fischer has created a set of maps for several dozen major cities around the world and used geotagged images to determine where in those cities locals take photos (blue dots) and where tourists do (red dots).

Some cities have expected results (find Times Square/Rockefeller Center/Central Park on the NYC map/a>*), but some are more unexpected. Rome, for example, seems to have almost no photos from the locals.

Another fun thing about the set is that other Flickr users are using notes to identify landmarks in each map. It definitely helps explain some of the clusters.

(via The Morning News)

*As a side note, I was kind of amused at the fact that I’ve now spent enough time in Astoria, Queens that I could identify most of the locations of the locals’ hotspots there without having to consult a map. Thanks, Piler Arms residents, for making that happen.

The new alchemy…kind of

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Finally, a decent trade-in option for your extra gold. This goes double if they’re not kidding about Fuwari being available as one of the trade-ins. (Seriously, though. Who has “spare” gold laying around? Is this an issue for people other than people who already have too much money?)

Tip o’ the hat to coworker Dan for the link. I needed the chuckle today.

Please, no.

Friday, June 26th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

This is one of those things that seemed very funny at first, and then made me kind of sad, because Hollywood often thinks things like this are a good idea.

Storyboards from Michael Bay’s “The Great Gatsby”

Then again, it’s got robots.

Also, is Tom Buchanan in this movie? He’s kind of a pretty big part of the book. I noticed that Daisy has a robot named “Tom-E.” That can’t be Tom, right?

And I think I’m going to have to go re-read the book. All the times I’ve read it, I seem to have missed the Mayor Wolfsheim character. Then again, I missed the robots, so maybe I wasn’t paying very close attention.

So pretty

Thursday, May 28th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

This video is fairly short, but absolutely beautiful. It’s a time-lapse sequence of the galactic center of the Milky Way rising over a stargazing party in Texas.

And if you’re curious about his camera rig, filters, and other shoot info, check the comments. Between the poster and the commenters, specifics are pretty well covered. (So the link makes with the pretty and the education.)

(via Notcot)

Ok, now I’m hungry

Friday, March 20th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Battlestar Galactica Snacks

Would eat them all.

Loved the finale, except the last few flash-forward minutes. That was a bit on the lame side.

Also, I got BINGO three times by using this. Would be dangerous as a drinking game.

More entertaining than real Facebook

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

And far, far fewer Li’l Green Patch requests.

The Aeneid on Facebook.

Trivia for today: “The Aeneid” was also the name of my high school’s yearbook. My, didn’t the person who came up with that think themselves special. (I prefer to think of my time in high school as more the “war” books instead of the “journey to Italy” books, but I’m guessing the person who titled the yearbook was going for the journey aspect. Clearly they were too old to properly remember what high school was like.) (I digress.)

(Damn. Can’t remember where I found this link. Thank you, mystery source.)

Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 7 Comments

I’m one of those people who loves to check out the SkyMall catalogs on airplanes. It’s a little slice of comedy gold stuffed in the seat pocket. So, of course, those commercials for the Slanket* are kind of trainwreck territory for me. I want to look away, but can’t. Must…mock…stupidity.

Which made this video for the WTF Blanket ever-so-wonderful.

Thanks, chicobangs. You made my evening.

*No, I’m not linking to the Slanket site. I have standards here, you know. Admittedly, they’re pretty low standards, but that product falls even below them. If you don’t know what it is, you’ll just have to Google it.

If you need me, I’ll be in front of the computer

Monday, January 26th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Cuter than the shiba inu cam: kitty cam!

Thanks, BB.


Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Aretha Franklin’s Hat Flickr group.

I still want that hat. I would totally rock it when I shuffled off to the stop-n-rob on Sundays to get my newspaper.

The girl’s got moves

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 4 Comments

(This is probably old news, but remember that I’ve been on vacation for the last week.)

These videos are great:

Groovy Dancing Girl
Groovy Dancing Girl #2

Those Irish kids. They sure can dance.

(via J-Walk Blog)

Mmmm. Cake.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

And this is why you don’t order them over the phone from Wal-Mart.

Big damn heroes

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 3 Comments

Entertainment Weekly’s got a list of 25 Awesome Action Heroes

I fully agree with the top 3 choices, but I do have to register a complaint: You mean to tell me that pussy Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible can come in at #17, but Connery as Bond in Goldfinger is at #23 and Snake Pliskin is back at #22? What gives? And, as the ever-correct Mr. Steelbuddha says, “Where the fuck is Clint Eastwood?” Paging Harry Callahan.

Looks like I’m right-brained

Friday, October 12th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 8 Comments

At least when dealing with optical illusions. :)

I’ve gotten this a couple of times in my email, but I saw it again today on The Morning News, so I gave it one more shot.

Right Brain vs. Left Brain

I could not, no matter how long I stared at it, make her turn any direction but clockwise. After I saw the comment under the article about concentrating on the girl’s face, I did that for nearly two minutes and was finally able to see it go counter-clockwise. As soon as I looked away and looked back, though, it switched back to clockwise.

Spot the Differences

Thursday, October 11th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

One of the more difficult, but wonderfully-drawn spot the differences games I’ve seen. Very addictive.

(via The Morning News)

People-powered customer service

Thursday, September 27th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

One of my coworkers posted a link to to our intranet today. Per the site, it’s “part online discussion, part FAQ, and part social network for all your products and services. Anyone can ask a question, submit an idea or problem, or just talk. And it’s all public, so anyone can answer—even the companies.” I had a few free moments, so I checked it out.

I looked through the companies list and found Method, makers of some of my very favorite cleaning products (if one must have such things as favorite cleaning products). I love, love, love the convenience of their shower spray but absolutely hate the only scent it comes in. Thought I’d mention something on the boards, in hopes of convincing them to get a second scent (or an unscented version). Got a reply back from a company rep within 15 minutes of posting. It was pretty much an “I’ll forward it on to R&D” comment, but at least I know someone heard the opinion.

So far, it’s a lot of web 2.0 companies in the listings, and not every one is choosing to respond. But it’s an interesting concept and it could be a good thing if it takes off. (And people don’t start posting stupid comments.) (Which is probably too much to ask for on the internet.)

Merry dancers in the sky

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

We sometimes get a bit of a view of the Northern Lights here in Wisconsin. By the time the light gets down to the Milwaukee area, though, it’s pretty faint, but still really impressive.

The folks up in Porjus, Sweden get a completely amazing view of them, though, and they’ve got a website where you can see them. There are two live camera feeds (scroll down a bit. they’re in the left nav) and the gallery section has still photos and short, timelapse movies.

(via Neatorama)

Pick out your state

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 5 Comments

Skyline made up of the tallest building from each state.

The white one with the hideous US Bank sign at the top is ours. God, how I hate that sign.

(via The Presurfer)

Reconnecting with an old friend

Friday, September 21st, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

I went over to the Smithsonian Magazine site to check again on participants in next week’s Museum Day. Checked out a few of the magazine’s articles while I was there.

I’d forgotten how much I like this magazine. They have such interesting stories. Many hours of fun reading. I was especially taken with this one about Irish Travellers, this piece on forgotten photographs of old New York City and the Experiences of a Lifetime section. Great stuff.