Archive for May, 2006

Bring some chocolate with you, Bears

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006 | Again with the hockey | No Comments

Hershey won their series against Portland tonight, so the Calder Cup finals will be the Milwaukee Admirals vs. Hershey Bears. Games start in Milwaukee on Friday and Saturday night, 7pm each night. If you’re coming to any of the Bradley Center games, stop by section 202 and say hi. (Oh, you’ll find me. Just look for the Tobler jersey.)

Let’s shoot some squirrels

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

No, not with guns. With cameras.

Ok, everyone. Say cheese.

Always know where yours is

Thursday, May 25th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

Happy Towel Day, everyone!

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical
value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.


Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 | Again with the hockey | No Comments

There was much nail-biting at tonight’s Admirals game, but it was all worth it — the Admirals swept Grand Rapids (two series sweeps in a row!) to become the AHL Western Conference champs! Now we just wait out Tuesday night’s Portland/Hershey game to see who the team plays and whether or not they have home ice.

Ok. That’s it for me for today. I’m a little hoarse, my hands hurt from clapping, and I’m tired. It’s most definitely nap time.

So sick of all of these

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Top Ten Stock Photography Cliches

Baaaaa-d art

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, Joss Whedon-y Goodness | 1 Comment

The Sheep Market, or “What happens when you ask 10,000 online workers — some of whom have clearly never seen a sheep — to draw a sheep.”

Actually, a couple of them, like #2824 and #8984, are pretty good. But lordy, most of ‘em are terrible. #3062 is clearly a lion. Also: Dear #6341, they said “left.”

The whole thing kind of reminds me of an exchange from Firefly:

What is this? A duck?

That’s a swan. And I like it.

You do?

It looks like it was made with, you know… longing. Made by a person really longed to see a swan.

Perhaps because they’d only heard of them by rough description.


Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 | Again with the hockey, Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

On Monday, our print producer/archivist/image manager at work gave her notice. Quite depressing, really, seeing as how she’s been with the company almost 10 years and is very, very good at her job. To say that it will be difficult to adequately replace her is something of an understatement.

Not that I didn’t decide to give that a try. As of next week, I’m the new archivist/image manager (along with still maintaining some web production and Flash duties). Yay, me! I’m looking forward to it, as I’m oddly entertained by doing things like that. It makes me happy to organize things. (Note for those of you who know me: “Organizing” and “cleaning” are two entirely different things. Stop smirking like that. Especially you, R.)

Mind you, we’re still S.O.L. on finding a replacement print producer, since that’s something I neither want to do nor would be any good at. (Yes, let’s send the person who doesn’t really see subtle color differences all that well on a press check, shall we?)

So, yeah. Between all that, and meeting R’s family over the weekend (12 of ‘em at once! But it went well, I think) and the Admirals‘ playoff games (one more win and it’s on to the Calder Cup finals!), it’s been kind of exciting around here lately.


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Very cool optical illusion

I haven’t seen one like this before. I’m so intrigued. (And yes. It’s actually an illusion. It’s not one of those stupid “stare at this until something pops out to scare you” things.)

(Via J-Walk Blog.)

More commas, please.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Feedback From James Joyce’s Submission Of Ulysses To His Creative-Writing Workshop.

Pop quiz

Friday, May 19th, 2006 | General | No Comments

Find the old railbed in this photo.

And Samuel L. Jackson as Principal Firebush

Thursday, May 18th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Best parody I’ve seen all year: 10 Things I Hate About Commandments

Well, there goes ever being able to watch The Ten Commandments seriously again.


Thursday, May 18th, 2006 | Design-y Bits, Toast! | 3 Comments

I absolutely must have this fabulous toast necklace! It even smells like toast (though you can get it unscented).

And for the MetaFilter members in the crowd: Pancakes!

I’m such a dork

Thursday, May 18th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

But I think these Star Wars cantina bookends are cool.

Han shoots first! Han shoots first! (Ok. I’m done now.)

For the next time your kid says they want a pony

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Driftwood horses

Eerily lifelike. I kinda want one.

The artist does bronzes, too. You can check out her other work here.

(Thanks to Jillian for the horsie love.)

100 x 100

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Found this yesterday, but kinda ran out of time to post, much less to dig around through it enough.

100 x 100 is photographer Michael Wolf’s glimpse into Hong Kong’s oldest housing estate. He shot 100 rooms, each 100 square feet in size.

The fact that many of these rooms contain more than one person just amazes me. I would never be able to cope.

[this is a hoax]

Monday, May 15th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

Proof once again that if you live in a sheltered area, you sometimes have to make your own fun. Or, in this case, your own bridge and tunnel authority (bridges and tunnels not included). And, since you’re making your own fun, you may as well spend the extra time and make your own official-looking website to go with your new agency. Then sit back and wait to see if anyone falls for it.

(via The Morning News)

More fun from Zug

Friday, May 12th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Electronic Road Signs and Me

Thanks to m@ for the link. That was a good laugh.

Everyone believes their task is the most important

Thursday, May 11th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

So did you catch the Hanso Foundation commercial during Lost last night? If so, did you go to the site? I just got around to it today (too lazy to fire up the internets last night and go searching). Still trying to work out what it all means.

…but Flickr’s about to get easier

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Navigational and structural changes are afoot over at Flickr.

I’m terribly excited about the new search features. The old search was frustrating and somewhat useless. And I’ll be interested to see what they’ve got in store for the Organizr, especially if those speed increases come through.

Thanks, Flickrfolk.

Math is hard

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

Finally — geometry I can understand.