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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Engineering!

Since I am an engineer, I figured I should post this:


If you goto the Youtube page for it, you can see the other top commercials which are pretty good too.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Denial Fail

Oh geez...
I'm sorry ma'am, but I doubt it's girlfriend he's hiding.
(via failblog)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Mischievous : Techie : World Domination (2)

Two episodes in a row?
I guess it really just means I was too lazy/busy this past week.

Today's Mischievous man is this poor woman's boyfriend.
I especially love the fact that he talks aloud about how mad she'll probably get, but it's still not enough to talk himself out of it.



This is pretty cool for Techies or any music fan for that matter...
It's a beta program recently released by Microsoft called Songsmith.
Basically, you can input a audio file of you singing (a capella) and it will automatically place a backbeat to it that it believes "matches".
Of course what beats "match" your vocals is subjective, so some clever people tried inputting existing popular songs.
Click here for some of those videos and more info.
Also, here are a couple for you to sample:
Radiohead- Creep


The Police- Roxanne



The world of advertising.
I can't think of a bigger industry bent on World Domination, can you?
Two advertising heavyweights in the world of advertising: Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
The site these articles come from is a great blog specifically focused on advertising. It's very interesting and I highly recommend it to anyone who is remotely intrigued by it.

Most people who know me, know that I am a big fan of Coke.
Naturally, here's an article one the positive feedback regarding Coke's new can design. (Relatively new).

"For years, since the early 90s really, the familiar red can of Coca-Cola has added more and more elements. From splashes and exploding bottles to buttons to polar bears to fizzies and water drops, the can has seen many permutations. To what end, though? Convincing people that this drink which they know so well is still the same drink? At the point which you have an iconic product that, as long as you don't screw with the formula, everyone knows, how do you keep refreshing the brand? It's a tough challenge, and Coke's really pulled out a beauty here.

They've essentially done absolutely nothing. All the extra bits and doodads and extraneous graphics are gone. Classic coke imagery: the red, the ribbon, and the coke script. "Classic" is even in a simple lowercase sans serif. This is a confident design. Coca-cola is acknowledging that we all know the product, so just drink it. They've given similar treatment to the majority of the Coke line, including Diet and Zero. Simple, back to basics, pure equity. Compared with Pepsi's blow-it-all-out how-many-designs-can-we-produce-in-a-summer strategy, this takes guts. You just don't see that all too often from one of the largest brands in the world and I certainly appreciate it."

(Full article)

Next up, Pepsi and Tropicana (a Pepsi brand).
First is Pepsi's recent logo change and 'rebranding' and the response to it:
One of my favorite comments:
"The pepsi bottles sure do resemble wrinkly penis'."

Then there's the Tropicana container change...
Here's the old design:
And the new:
So wonderfully generic looking! And on top of that, it's incredibly difficult to differentiate the different kinds now.
The labeling is even less clear on the actual containers.

Another miss I'd say...

Well, I'm off. Time for my nightly glass of Tropicana OJ.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Mischievous : Techie : World Domination

I decided to change the Monday posts to Mischievous : Techie : World Domination.
Mischief and Children go hand-in-hand so closely, I realized I could categorize most stories as either.

Today in the Mischievous category we have the infamous Improv Everywhere folks and their annual No Pants Day:

See? That could easily be considered childish behavior... pulling your pants down everywhere.
(via Improv Everywhere, obviously)


For my first Techie video, here's a really cool super slow-motion video of a water droplet:


And how do you plan on World Domination if you don't know all the countries and cities?
The following link is an extremely addictive game for those who are moderately familiar with world countries and cities. I mean, it could be fun if you know the exact location of every city in the world, or if you have absolutely no clue and just click randomly on the map. (Here's a hint for the latter people: There are no cities in the middle of the ocean. Click the green and brown parts of the map!)
http://www.geosense.net/
Click the Visit button if you don't want to register. But then you can't brag if you get a high score on the leader board.


Hope you all like the new, more diverse format!

Monday Morning..

Happy MLK Day!

Unfortunately, I still have to work...
To offset this terrible injustice, I've decided to update while at work.

My first headline:

According to a University of Cambridge study, the comparative length of your index and ring fingers are indicators as to what profession you would be good at.
In summary: a longer ring finger suggests a better business mind; a longer index finger suggests better math/science skills.
As for me, apparently I'm in the wrong industry... Maybe that's why I'm blogging at 9:30am while at work.
(via PopSci)

Next:
Another bird has struck an aviation vehicle.
I'm pretty sure this is a sign that the birds are reclaiming the skies as their own.
Even if they have to do it kamikaze style, they're not going to let us wingless apes control the skies any longer!
But seriously, that is one mangle bird...
(via CNN)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Another Sunday Post

As with most Sunday posts, this one is comprised of random sites that I didn't get a change to write about the past week.

First, let's start off with 12 Strangest Handbags
Here's a sampling:
OK, so this one is kinda cool. Fashion statement and warning system.
It just screams: "Yeah, this is what happened to the last guy that tried to steal my purse."

Yet another trend just waiting to happen. Who wouldn't want this cuddly Southwestern creature hanging off their shoulder?
(via Oddee)


Next up, some fabulous portraits of great American families.
Just a taste of what's in store for you on the other side (The original blogger's, terrible yet funny, comments in italics):
The Purvis family made several stops along the Oregon Trail to document their six-month journey. This photo was taken just two weeks before the dysentery took Momma to Jesus.

Bobbi isn't the first waitress to fall for her manager, but she and Dale both got fired from Sonny's.

It's a vagina, madam, not a clown car.
(via List of the Day)


We'll tone it down a bit with this next one.
The following are pictures from a rundown theater in Chicago called the Uptown Theater.
Unfortunately, the upkeep costs are too high for anyone to sustain and apparently it isn't in the best neighborhood to try and startup a first-class theater scene.
It always kills me to see amazing works of art like this crumbling away.

The main Auditorium:
Can you imagine how grand it must have looked at its peak?

A glimpse at it's former beauty:
A restoration company worked on a section of it to see what it would look like and how much it would cost.
As the original author said: "It looks magnificent. It costs a bundle."
(via Second City Warehouse, Flickr)

And with that, I'm off.
Time to get hammered with another 6" of snow...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Happy 50th Birthday Motown

I just thought I'd take the time to wish Motown Records a Happy 50th Birthday!
No other record company, alone, has had a bigger impact on modern music than Motown.

For your enjoyment, please watch this video:
http://www.time.com/time/photoessays/2009/motown_rock/
(Sorry, no embed link)

Growing up on this music, I can't help but get goosebumps listening to the voices in those songs.
When I listen, I hear the voice, breath, and emotion of history. Not just musical history, but American cultural history. You are listening to sounds as crisp and rich as the day they were recorded.

If you're new to Motown, or just getting into it, I recommend starting with the five songs in the video. I'm not sure they would be my top 5, but they are an excellent place to start and give a good variety.
Then, pick an artist you like and get listening! Youtube has a lot of songs online, even some with live video recordings.
If you'd like some personal recommendations, leave a comment and I'll get back to you with some quality music!

I'll leave you with one of my favorites:

Mischievous : Childlike : World Domination (2)

Welcome to another entry of Mischievous : Childlike : World Domination!
Really only the second... but I'm hoping to continue them.
Click here for last week's.

Mischievous
Today, our little mischief maker is the person who programs the little messages at the end of purchase receipts.
From passiveaggressivenotes.com, a site filled with... well, passive aggressive notes (and sometimes just plain aggressive notes).

Childlike
Next, let's return to the childhood days of middle school. Or maybe just watch some young adults who act like children. It just makes me feel so awkward for them...


At least this video taught me one thing: black people really can be as awkward as white people. We just have to give them a chance!


OK, we're out of there.
Here's a story about some folks bent on World Domination.
Yes! It's the Somali pirates! And there's a picture of the ransom dropped for the return of the Saudi oil tanker worth $100million.
Unfortunately, they're going to have to try a little harder if they want to be take seriously.

"The body of a Somali pirate who reportedly drowned soon after receiving a huge ransom has washed ashore with $153,000 in cash, his uncle says."

No, that's not all!

"Eyewitnesses in the coastal town said five of the pirates had drowned while trying to make off with the loot. "

"Three pirates managed to survive, but lost their share of the ransom when swimming to shore, reports said.

The drowned pirate was apparently the only one who managed to hold on to his share of the ransom."

You read that right. None of the pirates managed to keep any of their hard-earned money. On top of it all, five of them drowned trying to get from the hijacked ship, back to land.
I don't know about you, but I really think swimming should be a prerequisite for pirating.
(via BBC)


That wraps up another episode of Mischievous : Childlike : World Domination.
See you next time!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Post

Happy Sunday everyone!

A little redemption for New England Patriot fans as the NY Giants were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles 23-11.
Born and bred a New Englander, I couldn't help but smile as they showed Eli Manning crying at the end of the game.
It doesn't quite make up for last year's Superbowl (we're still not ready to talk about that), but it helps a little.

Anyway, on to the links!

Leading off is a blog, updated every Sunday.
PostSecret
I'm sure many of you are familiar with the site, but for those of you who aren't:
"PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people
mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard."

Here is one of my favorite's from this week:
I know it's not meant to be humorous, but I can't help but laugh at the image of a husband trying to be funny and his wife going absolutely nuts.

Speaking of angry significant others of the female variety, here's a video of a place I'm sure many of you have found yourselves.


Not quite your style?
Well here's a story from the UK for all of you in complete romantic bliss:
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/2009/01/08/wherefore-art-thou-byker-romeo-72703-22646234/

"LOVE is in the air. Literally.

As romantic gestures go, this one 50ft up on the Tyneside skyline will take some beating.

The so-called Byker Romeo has declared their love by hijacking a huge sign above a carpet store."

And now for something completely different:

For all you Little Big Planet fans, who also happen to know how to knit. (I can't imagine there are many out there, but you never know...)
Directions to make your very on SackBoy doll!
http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00686/SKM49_2__proj_sackb_686954a.pdf
And if you're particularly skilled, you can even knit it some clothes to match your character in the game!

Another odd collection of things on Popped Culture:
Throw Pillows
For all you CSI fans out there. Impress your friends by creating your own murder scene!
Even more impressive: give the pillow to a homeless person and have him pose for you.
Bonus points: have your pictures make the newspaper or evening news the next day.
We can't forget about the Godfather fans.
Now you, too, can wake up everyday like you were threatened by the Mafia!
(via Popped Culture)

That's all for today.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's Mischievous : Childlike : World Domination post.
I'm going to try to have one weekly, updated on Mondays, but we'll see how long that'll keep up.
Click here for last weeks, or search for it using the awesome Google search bar on the right! -->

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Chairlift Mishap!

This is really unfortunate...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7816336.stm

Apparently a large crowd gathered to watch the spectacle, further adding to what I can only imagine is a completely horrifying experience.
Hopefully Vail at least gave him a free pass. I would not want to ski for the rest of the day and pass by people who have seen me naked...
On the up side, at least he's wearing a helmet.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Today's BIG Thing

Two clips from one of my favorite sites: Today's BIG Thing

First up is a clever little song, with some equally clever animation.


Next is one of the funniest clips I have ever seen.
I know people use the expression all the time, but I think it describes many internet videos perfectly:
'Like a car crash; it's terrible, but you can't stop watching...'


If you've seen a better clip, please tell me. I don't think it exists.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Mischievous : Childlike : World Domination

In our mischievous category we have some pranksters with an invisible rope terrorizing their neighborhood streets and mall:


What's more childlike than children pretending they're adults?Two German children, ages five and six, decided they wanted to get married someplace warm, Africa to be exact.
But don't worry, they thought ahead, they packed their bags and even brought the blushing bride's seven year-old sister along to chaperone.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7811686.stm

And now for some world domination.
To head this category, there's no one better than Walmart. Everyone's favorite consumer goods behemoth!
http://projects.flowingdata.com/walmart/
This site illustrates Walmart's growth from its start in 1962 up to 2007.
Watch as the green slowly consumes the U.S.!


As an added bonus, I thought I'd throw in this amusing picture:
Definitely my personal picks for Best Picture, Director, and Supporting Actor (RIP Heath Ledger).

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year!

To kick off the new year, I thought I'd share the list of Darwin Award Nominees:

http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2008.html

Here's my personal favorite (and apparently everyone else's):

The Balloon Priest

(20 April 2008, Atlantic Ocean, Brazil) In 1982 Lawn Chair Larry, beloved survivor of a Darwin-worthy attempt, attached 45 helium weather balloons to his comfortable Sears lawn chair, packed a picnic and a , and cut the tether. But instead of drifting lazily above the Los Angeles landscape, the combined lift of 45 huge helium balloons rocketed Larry into LAX air traffic lanes 16,000 feet above sea level. Astoundingly, he survived the "flight."

In homage to Larry's aerial adventure, a Catholic priest recently ascended towards heaven on a host of helium party balloons. Adelir Antonio d
e Carli, 41, was attempting to set the world record for clustered balloon flight to publicize his plan to build a spiritual rest stop for truckers.

Sitting for more than 19 hours in a lawn chair is not a trivial matter, even in the comfort of your own backyard. The priest took numerous safety precautions, including wearing a survival suit, selecting a buoyant chair, and packing a satellite phone and a GPS. However, the late Adelir Antonio made a fatal mistake.


He did not know how to use the GPS.


The winds changed, as winds do, and he was
blown inexorably toward open sea. He could have parachuted to safety while over land, but chose not to. When the voyager was perilously lost at sea, he prudently phoned for help. But rescuers were unable to reach him since he could not use his GPS! HE struggled with the control panel as the charge on the satellite phone dwindled.

Instead of a GPS, the priest let God be his guide, and God guided him straight to heaven. Bits of balloons began appearing on mountains and beaches. Ultimately the priest's body surfaced, confirming that he, like Elvis, had left the building.

The kicker? It's a Double Darwin. Catholic priests take vows of celibacy. Since they voluntarily remove themselves from the gen
e pool, the entire group earns a mass Darwin Award. Adelir Antonio wins twice over!


But it's not all bad!
Take a look at this kid:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98482724

Be sure to listen to the interview and clips of him playing... it's absolutely ridiculous.
"Arctic Jazz" is incredible, and it's a song about a manatee!
Just imagine what he'll do when his fingers can actually spread more than 5 keys wide, and he can reach the foot pedals!