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The rest of the Comic-Con update

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

I know I said I’d get to it over the weekend.

I didn’t specify which weekend.

Poor li’l neglected blog

Thursday, June 24th, 2010 | Bloggity goodness | 4 Comments

It’s the blog’s 8th anniversary today (or, according to m@, Czeltic Day).

Unfortunately, I doubt I’ll have enough time to go find some fun links to post for you today. Sorry.

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.

Don’t forget your towel

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 | Bloggity goodness | 1 Comment

File under: Things that totally made my day

This site has mp3s of the original BBC Radio broadcasts of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

You have to download each episode separately, which is a bit of a pain, but the server is really fast so it’s not too horrible.

Make sure you check out the rest of his BBC Radio directory. There are some real gems in there.

Oh, and don’t forget Towel Day is coming up.

(via The Morning News)

Fair warning

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

I need to update my version of WordPress. Last time I did this, I blew up the blog for a bit.

I’m gonna try not to do that this time, but in case there is a day or two of dead air over here, that’s the likely culprit, and I’ll get it fixed as soon as I can.

This earns a hearty “Ewwww”

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

But it’s still funny, so I will post it.

I am neither a fan of sushi nor a fan of Peeps (though I do enjoy putting the latter in the microwave to make them joust), so the idea of Peep sushi is just plain gross…but amusing.

I will eat the Rice Krispie treats, though.

Another round of awesome

Friday, March 26th, 2010 | Bloggity goodness | 1 Comment

Now this? This is a great use of Tumblr. The Internet can die happy now.

Eating off the People’s Princess

Thanks, Jane. You always find such…intriguing stuff.

Too nerdy cool to eat

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 | Bloggity goodness, Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Yeah, cupcakes are delicious, but I’d have such a hard time eating these games cupcakes. They’re so cool!

See how many of them you can guess. When you think you have your answer for each, mouseover the question mark button to see if you’re right. The number you get will really depend on how old you are and how familiar you are with a number of video games, but there’s something for everyone. They even included pre-video games in the mix.

Hmm. Looking at these has left me hungry, wanting to play some video games, and with the phrase “get the humanoid” stuck in my head.

(Via Wil Wheaton, who always finds the coolest stuff. This is one of the many, many reasons he is our geek leader.)

Best Advent calendar ever

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 3 Comments

Yes, I know it’s a bit amusing that an agnostic likes Advent calendars, but I do. (It’s kind of like Mom’s Jewish friend who adores Christmas lights.) I don’t care one whit what they stand for. I just enjoy a new little surprise every day. (Hmm. Note to self: Groundhog Day countdown calendars!)

It makes me sad every year that there won’t be any more of Leslie Harpold’s wonderful calendars, but The Big Picture has stepped in and come up with what may be my new favorite: the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar. Check back every day for a new image.

Not quite sure how I missed this one last year, as TBP is one of my daily stops, but I sure am glad I found it now.

And if I find any other good calendars, I’ll make sure to post those, too.

Pretty things for your viewing pleasure

Monday, November 23rd, 2009 | Bloggity goodness, Cocktail Hour | No Comments

Spent the whole day online, but it was work-related. I made a little visit to Coudal Partners’ site over lunch, though. Found you some pretty things to look at.

Space Images: The Best of Hubble’s Shots
I’m gonna cry when they send Hubble to burn up in the atmosphere. *sniffle* (I know — it’s 5-10 years off, but I’m sad about it already.)

The Dieline’s 50 Favorite Liquor Package Designs
Not quite as pretty as the Hubble stuff, but still nice, especially if — like me — you’re a packaging junkie. Ok, and a booze hound.

Related aside: Every time I see the 10Cane Rum logo, I immediately think “Iocane.” Now maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think I’d want my liquor associated with a poison, even if it is fictional.

Also: Ok, Dieline. We get it. You like Absolut’s packaging. But did you really need to put six of them in your top 50 list? I can think of many other more interesting bottles.

How well do you know your movies?

Monday, November 9th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

If you were given six drawings per movie, in sequence, none of which show stars, could you guess the film? Paul Rogers wants you to give it a shot.

I could get many of them, but got stumped on a few. And I love (love!) the one for The Third Man. I would pay for a print of that to hang in my house. (Hint hint, Mr. Rogers.)

(Via Coudal Partners

A little more help for Cluny

Monday, October 26th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 1 Comment

Thanks to everyone who threw in some votes for Cluny to win a scholarship in the Class Act Canada contest. He’s made it to the final round!

Ten of the 20 remaining contestants will win an all-expenses-paid education in British Columbia, Canada. A couple more clicks from all of you can help Cluny reach that goal.

Go here to vote. Once again, you can add up to 10 votes per day per IP address. Voting runs through Nov. 6. After that, it’s in the judges’ hands.

Thanks for your help.

Buddy, can you spare some clicks?

Monday, October 5th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

A friend of a friend is currently entered to try to win one of 10 all-expenses-paid scholarships through the Class Act Canada contest. The man wants to be a nurse specializing in geriatrics, and you can help him out.*

You can vote here up to 10 times per day per IP address. You can vote through October 16. On October 23, the top 20 will move on to the next round. Between then and November 6 is the final round of voting to determine the 10 winners.

I have no stake in this, I just think it’s an easy way to try to do something nice for someone, and the world needs more nice these days.

*If you don’t want to help him out, it’s going to look like you don’t like old people. Like your grandmother. Do you really want me to tell your grandma that you don’t like old people? Don’t make Grandma cry. Vote for Cluny.

Because some crafts truly are awful

Thursday, October 1st, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

And for this reason, there is Regretsy.

I love handcrafted items as much as the next person, but this is so called for sometimes. There are an awful lot of “WTF?” moments out there in the world of handmade crafts. This site nicely compiles them. No links to the actual items — and that’s probably a good idea. This site could be incredibly dangerous when one is a bit tipsy and feeling like a little mischief is called for. (White elephant gifts, anyone?)

I have to admit, though, I’m more than a smidge amused by the meerkat manger scene. But then I used to find it highly amusing when Dad would put little plastic football helmets on everyone in the Nativity scene each year. (The baby Jesus got the ball, of course.)

I know so many people who would love this

Monday, September 21st, 2009 | Bloggity goodness, Shameless Consumerism | 2 Comments

Pizza boss: A pizza cutter that looks like a power saw.

I would have to make power saw noises while I sliced my pie. I think I could let myself slide on the safety goggles, though.

(Via Rare Bird Finds)

April Winchell, also wonderful

Friday, September 11th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

April’s got her “Second Annual Mother of All 9/11 Posts” blog entry posted. You know — in case you missed any “Nine-Elevenalia.”

I should probably apologize to my coworkers. I read this at work and was chuckling pretty hard before I even got past the animated gifs. Haven’t been able to bring myself to listen to the mp3s yet.

Ian Frazier, you are wonderful

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness, Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

Were the Cursing Mommy an actual weekly column, I would be adding it to my bookmarks and feeds right now. I’m sure Cursing Mommy and I would get along like a house on fire.

I also have a sneaking suspicion Ian Frazier was eavesdropping on me as I was packing and cleaning this weekend. It’s possible I may have sounded like this a little. Ok, a lot. But it’s not my fault that both the Swiffer and my beer kept misplacing themselves. Also, 5-gallon drums of paint are heavy. That stupid thing can just stay there in the trunk until I get keys to the new place.

What? Oh, sorry. Was re-living the weekend a bit there. I’m done now.

(New Yorker link courtesy of The Morning News.)

I’m a word parent

Friday, September 4th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 3 Comments

< sally struthers voice > Every year, hundreds of words fall out of usage in our language. While this isn’t always a bad thing, some rather charming little words are often lost to the ages. You can help save them. < /sally >

Oxford Dictionaries has a nice little site where you can adopt a word to keep it from falling out of usage. Pick your word and then use it in conversation where you can to keep it alive.

I saved three words today. I suspect I’ll actually be able to use prandicle quite often.

(Thanks to BB for the fun link.)

You know what this will lead to, right?

Monday, August 31st, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 3 Comments

A Book Lover’s Guide to IKEA seating can only lead to a renaming of all of IKEA’s sofas and chairs. (Ok. I’ll admit I’d probably look at seating named after Kjell Eriksson.)

I’m staying away from that Franzen chair, though. I have enough difficult furniture.

(via The Morning News)