Indian Burial Ground

(Funny) Permanent Link made 4:07 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Message to BP


This was a funny sign in an alley in Seattle that I happened to feel the need to take a picture of. Please relay the message to BP.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:34 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Swagger Wagon

(Funny) Permanent Link made 1:52 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Look at Me, the TV poet

Television is a drug. from Beth Fulton on Vimeo.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 1:06 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Starbucks must give me MORE!!!! (April Fools Day Post)

big starbucks
More from

(Funny) Permanent Link made 11:37 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Favorite Science Fair Posters

My kids had their science fair last night. Below are a selection of my favorite poster elements. No attribution to protect the innocent scientists

IMG_1445.JPG This is the graph that has lines and axes. The project was about soaking two teeth in 7-Up. One was treated with flouride. This graph demonstrates that both red and blue lines meet.
IMG_1450.JPG In my opinion this was a study in "believing the label". The conclusion, don't believe the label.
IMG_1451.JPG This was a fun project, this sign, when taken out of context, though, makes me crack up. Conclusion: NASA will not be changing propellants any time soon.
IMG_1452.JPG This is such an awesome conclusion that it stands on it's own. "It also made our stomachs hurt, and after about an hour and a half we started getting in trouble for being lame."
IMG_1454.JPG "Science" fair? Looks more like a "Religion" fair to me!
IMG_1455.JPG Finally some credit where credit is due!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:18 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)


That is hilarious! Were you allowed to take photos or interview the kids?

Posted by: Andrea Verwys at March 19, 2010 11:58 AM

I could have interviewed the kids, but most of them were not with their posters. They were hanging out and looking at other posters. I talked to a lot of parents next to their kids' projects though!

Posted by: Don at March 19, 2010 1:10 PM

A Joke for the Day

It's nice to have something be funny and G-rated

(Funny) Permanent Link made 11:43 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


High-Speed Video of Dogs

How awesome is this high-speed video footage of dogs jumping for a Pedigree dog snack? Very awesome

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:56 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Sigh...I'm bored.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 11:42 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Thanks CNN for your reporting


(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:51 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Fun with Maps - DC lobbyist style

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:49 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


A visiting missionary gave that same presentation a few years back at our church.

Posted by: Nate at January 25, 2010 10:09 AM

Hey I'm 9

calvin and susie

In unrelated events, the 9 year old in the family has discovered Calvin and Hobbes and GarageBand

This has resulted in unexplained peals of laughter coming from the back of the mini-van and bizarre ballads about things which the 9 year old knows nothing about.

To whit: listen

(Funny) Permanent Link made 8:23 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Post Halloween Candy Graph


This is such an awesome math project. Make a graph of your Halloween candy haul.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 2:55 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Funny elevator sign


I spotted this sign in Costa Mesa last night. It struck me as funny that the job of rescuing me from a broken elevator was being delegated to "the elevator company". It's a bit like saying that Boeing will get you out of your plane when it's burning on the runway.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:14 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


The PC Decrapifier

garbage can

I suppose I should have guessed that a gem of a program like this must exist, but why did I never look for it? I ran it on a virtual machine that I use and it got rid of a couple autoupdater programs that I didn't care about and an Adobe Speed Reader thing. I can image that getting rid of a million AOL links would be handy as well, but I've already done all that manually.

FAQ | The PC Decrapifier

"The PC Decrapifier was designed to remove programs from new computers running Windows XP or Vista. If you have an older PC and have some of the programs installed that are in the What it Removes list, then it might remove them, but not very likely.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:13 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Awesome Governator

Read the first letters of the paragraphs

(Funny) Permanent Link made 2:29 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


5 minutes to kill yourself

(Funny) Permanent Link made 11:39 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Twitter Followers ... City of Tustin


Don't ask me how this happened. It was probably my friend the official fun-czar of Tustin who needed to improve his Twitter numbers

(Funny) Permanent Link made 11:48 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Oh No! No Signal

(Funny) Permanent Link made 1:40 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)



xkcd - A Webcomic - Estimation

hahahahahaha....How could I not post this?

(Funny) Permanent Link made 1:09 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Brilliant MS Support Ticket

Error Message: Your Password Must Be at Least 18770 Characters and Cannot Repeat Any of Your Previous 30689 Passwords

Error Message: Your Password Must Be at Least 18770 Characters and Cannot Repeat Any of Your Previous 30689 Passwords

This doesn't appear to be a joke.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:36 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so

Son: Mom, how can I become Asian?

Mom: You can't

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:09 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


The Cucumber falls before the might of shotgun sequencing


Thank goodness! At last the cucumber genome has been sequenced. Now the wonders of the pickle are but a hop skip and a jump away from science.

PLoS ONE: An Integrated Genetic and Cytogenetic Map of the Cucumber Genome

(Funny) Permanent Link made 3:34 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Don's Doppleganger

Somewhere on the Internet this person is singing songs and trying to be exactly like me. Since I am clearly just as musically talented, I am, naturally, outraged.

This person looks just like Don
You wish
Not really
You wish free polls

Thanks Trent!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 8:37 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Flutter: Because Twitter is too much work

(Funny) Permanent Link made 2:20 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


What is your favorite color?

Last night, my two year old announced that her favorite color was gray. (We are failing so badly at being the "fun" family. :) )

(Funny) Permanent Link made 8:00 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


It is better than saying her favorite color is clear.

Posted by: Andrea at April 8, 2009 5:47 PM

Sexual Harassment can be thrilling

"The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity announces the return of Emmy Award winning Life Theatre - an exhilarating, educational and enjoyable alternative to mandatory AB1825 online sexual harassment prevention training."

Finally sexual harassment training that sparkles with the energy and excitement of Broadway!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 2:03 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Will you be my friend?


So I recently got this friend request on Facebook. I was sure it was not for real and then I had a Skype conversation with him. I have no idea what is real about this person, but the profile picture made me laugh. It was so out of my world that it was comical. I suppose that it might be completely normal in his world. Welcome to the flat earth. Also, can I just say that the term "friend" is completely worthless. This guy is not my "friend" even though I might want to connect with him online.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 8:31 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


U2 hearts Apple, sort of

From the new U2 album is the song, "Unknown Caller". In the lyrics is an oblique reference to "Force Quit" the Ctrl-Alt-Delete of the Apple world


(Funny) Permanent Link made 3:20 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


I bought this album and had to resist the urge to blog it. I'm glad you didn't (resist). :-)

Posted by: Sam at April 27, 2009 3:30 PM

Kafka Fight Club

boxes of pennies

We have a rule in our family when we deal with bureaucratic organizations like home owners associations, the military, tax offices, things like that. It's the "3 visit rule". By that we mean, you make one visit to get your admin thing done and find out the office is closed. On visit two you arrive at the correct hours, but find that you have not brought the critical bit of paperwork or do not have the key piece of required knowledge. Finally on visit 3 you successfully complete your business. The most recent example of this was trying to get an X-Ray through Kaiser. Visit one - hours. Visit two wrong office for *that* kind of x-ray. Visit three x-rays.

So now there is a little culture jamming to respond thanks to this webpage: Pay with pennies

"Greetings. This site is about my culture jamming involving large payments in pennies to organizations that are difficult to deal with. Banks, government agencies, and the occasional retailer have all fallen prey to "penny payments." In today's society, it is all too common to hassle the consumer or the taxpayer. More and more we are asked to "hold," "wait in line," "fill out complex or time consuming forms," or give up confidential information. ..."

Can you see where this is going?

(Funny) Permanent Link made 2:18 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)


$100. You didn't?

Posted by: Nate at March 4, 2009 9:33 AM

That is hilarious. Simply hilarious.

Posted by: Andrea Verwys at March 8, 2009 7:20 PM

Videos with new literal lyrics

(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:38 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Deuteronomy for the modern man

Funny article from The Atlantic

"Laws Concerning Food and Drink
Of the hoofed animals, broiled or ground into burgers, you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the cloven-hoofed animal, plain or with cheese, you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the cereal grains, of the corn and of the wheat and of the oats, and of all the cereals that are of bright color and unknown provenance you may eat, but not in the living room. "

(Funny) Permanent Link made 1:51 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Coffee is my cigarettes this quarter

le Café - Oldelaf (english subtitles)
Uploaded by Boebis

(Funny) Permanent Link made 3:22 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Inbox Zero Merit Badge

I must become a Nerd Eagle Scout

Nerd Merit Badges

Nerd Merit Badge 02:
Inbox Zero

(Funny) Permanent Link made 3:19 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


The homemade Trader Joe's commercial

I love Trader Joe's too!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 11:13 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


that was hilarious... especially the part about the hot moms walking around!! And how the bananas have to be bought individually!!

Posted by: Andrea at February 12, 2009 6:32 PM

"Did you read my email?"

Today is on the left.

For everyone that walks up to me and asks "Did you read my email?", the answer is no.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 6:18 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)


These graphs, how are you making them?

This is relevant to my interests.

Posted by: six at February 7, 2009 1:23 AM

How am I making them technically is "Numbers" on Mac.

Where I am getting the data from is a combination of various things that I am keeping track of like a massive to-do list, email folder counts, RSS feeds counts etc.

Posted by: Don at February 7, 2009 1:22 PM

Beard Role Models


Using rigorous scientific methods I have produced the above graph detailing the beard preferences by gender. Shame on you if you do not know who Grizzly Adams is.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 7:55 AM | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)


Wait, I didn't realize George Michael had a beard?... was this because Maebe mentioned she liked beards?

Posted by: Nate at December 30, 2008 9:16 AM

Ok, I just got that.

Posted by: Don at December 30, 2008 5:42 PM

If I could grow a real beard, I would have wanted to be Dan Haggerty. You have to be a true fan to know who he is w/o using Google or Wikapedia.

Posted by: Mark at December 30, 2008 6:19 PM

Dude- Grizzly Adams is on the graph.

Posted by: Don at December 31, 2008 7:48 AM


Posted by: six at February 7, 2009 1:18 AM

Ode to Joy by Beaker

Beaker is so awesome! Ode to Joy performed by the muppet's number 2 geek.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 8:36 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


Request Danny Boy for St. P's day.

Posted by: Nate at December 18, 2008 4:52 AM

Open Letter to Dentists


Dear My-Dental-Office,

I know that you think about teeth 24 hours a day. I know that any redness or swelling is the death knell of gingivitis. I know you make your money on extra services. But can I please be clear: I do not care if I have "celebrity white teeeth" or not. Please stop trying to bring me into your world. I don't want my teeth whitened.

Sincerely, Dr. Mr.-off-white-teeth

(Funny) Permanent Link made 8:25 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Office Hours

office hours joke
A joke about office hours from GraphJam

(Funny) Permanent Link made 10:54 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Mobile Treadmill

These guys beat me to it. I totally wanted to create this.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:07 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Well, I guess "Some of us can!"

"No We Can't!" ... I will overcome

(Funny) Permanent Link made 11:57 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Spam Subject of the Day

Found in my inbox in an email suggesting I need a particular kind of pharmaceuticals:

"Ireland Construction Worker Finds 1,200-Year-Old Book of Psalms in Bog"

(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:32 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Funny IM conversation from UBICOMP


(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:19 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


CERN particle accelerator "live" webcam :)

Here is an awesome link to the CERN particle collider's live webcam. Finally some public oversight of those renegade academics who are willing to risk the public safety in the search for their "God" particle. Click here.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 11:02 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Jesus for Jesus in Los Angeles


While doing a number of fun things in Los Angeles this weekend: visiting the misnamed La Brea Tar Pits, visiting the Noah's Ark exhibit at the Skirball museum and hanging out in Westwood, I came across this funny sign outside a Jews for Jesus office.

The E"st. 32 A.D. (give or take) line cracks me up!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:36 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Stop Destroying Our Planet. It's Where I Keep All My Stuff

t-shirt Threadless T-Shirts

(Funny) Permanent Link made 11:04 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Magic is crazy wierd

The amazing color changing card trick

(Funny) Permanent Link made 8:48 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


The Humans Are Dead

The Humans Are Dead by Flight of the Conchords

(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:19 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)



Test Tubes
Photo courtesy of mdumlao98

I'm going to have a new Angus Chipolte BBQ Bacon burger from McDonald's and wash it down with a diet Berries and Cream Dr. Pepper. If I need a pick me up later I think I'll have an Orange Banana Mango Vivanno from Starbucks. Thank you International Flavors and Fragrances!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 7:17 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Bugger, the meme continues

(Funny) Permanent Link made 11:19 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


Peace and love!

Mullin sing a long?

Posted by: Nate at July 15, 2008 4:04 AM

A new coffee grinder form factor


The above image is a scan of the receipt that I got from the car dealer this morning after I asked them to do the standard maintenance and also "take a look at the automatic sliding doors which are making funny noises".

The result of course makes me realize that I could have fresh ground coffee in my car if I would just give some beans to my kids.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 2:49 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Young Engineers

Only an engineer can understand why this resonates.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 8:20 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Boomerang Infographic


I found this awesome infographic attached to the boomerang I bought in Sydney last week. What a great way to easily let everyone in the world know how to throw and catch a boomerang! Simply dress up like an aborigine, carefully measure the angle of throw, point toward the wallaroo that you are pretending to kill (but intend on missing), then catch the boomerang on return like a pancake. Viola!

What this looks like for me: Simply dress up like a fool American. Go to a park next to the train station. Throw the boomerang toward the koala park. Run to the other end of the field. Pick up the boomerang. Turn around. Repeat.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 3:30 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Bad Conversations Begin Like This

  • "Hey, I forgot you're a computer guy, let me ask you a question..."

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:17 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


No "Glass" in Sydney


While in Sydney last week, we stopped in a park to practice hunting wallaroos with our authentic hand painted boomerangs. We did not kill any wallaroos - in fact we were hard pressed to get the boomerang to return to us - except me - I did it once. The park had a very strict policy of no glass as you can see by this sign. But the quotation marks remind us that everyone knows that when they say "glass" they really mean ... (tourists? Americans? transparent things?)

(Funny) Permanent Link made 8:59 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Great coffee

I make the coffee at my office, but at home the CHO uses Roba! This commercial is so bizarre. It must have been weird to be alive in 1950.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 7:06 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Girl Geeks

Pink iPod
Photo courtesy of crashmattb

From a talk I attended yesterday.
Q. How do marketers make technology more appealing to women?

A. "Shrink it and pink it!"

(Funny) Permanent Link made 10:22 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


TurboTax Feedback


TurboTax should never be allowed to show a figure like this one. It's enough to cause people to have a heart attack. I know I'm not done entering information, but come on!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 2:15 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Pick it up and Party in my Tummy

FirefoxScreenSnapz001.jpg FirefoxScreenSnapz002.jpg

Two videos that have been getting a lot of play in my household recently. Pick it Up! and Party in my Tummy!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 11:17 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


Cool Runnings anyone?

The second one sort of frightened me.

Posted by: Nate at April 9, 2008 4:27 AM

Finally the snake guy loses!


Today is the first day that I have been able to successfully beat the Don Patterson who raises snakes in a Google Search for my name. Hurray!. Unfortunately I'm way below snake guy in MSN Live. There is more work yet to do. Also there is the jazz musician to deal with.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:50 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


Will the real Don Patterson please stand up? Love your music man. When will you play DC?

Posted by: Nate at March 19, 2008 8:51 AM

Great Quote

Flickr Image
Photo courtesy of More Drews than you.

From my wife:

"You are just like those cheesy hotels on trip advisor"

In reference to the fact that I was the first one to rate me on (9/30/2005 entry) and that many hotels are clearly trying to defend themselves by creating fake happy customers on trip advisor. In my defense I don't maintain a wikipedia page on myself.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:20 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)


"This professor is one of the best in the Informatics major. Shows a real passion for the material he is teaching. Spans a wealth of material during lecture but always manages to maintain a relaxed and fun environment. Incorporates examples of relevant and interesting technology during lecture. Tests are reasonable and relevant. Overall good guy."

Posted by: Sam Kaufman at March 12, 2008 11:35 AM

I swear that wasn't me. Or anyone I bribed :). Except perhaps with doughnuts.

Posted by: DJP3 at March 12, 2008 11:46 AM

Search Error


Google did not understand what I wanted.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 4:33 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


WOW I laughed pretty hard at that one

Posted by: Sen at March 11, 2008 8:52 PM

The Best Slide Ever

Intro to Molemen

This is the best slide I have yet to make in my teaching career. This slide makes me want to follow in John Krumm's footsteps and make fun, crazy slides for my lectures. (While still being effective). John has a running gag where he embeds product endorsements into his presentations. The first time he does it (like pausing for a very dramatic sip of Coke and describing what he is doing), it's baffling, but by the end of the lecture, it's very funny. To me, anyway.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 6:09 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


The 9 types of college teachers


I have found myself looking for this cartoon repeatedly over the years. It is from Matt Groening's "School is Hell" book and it shows a list of nine different types of professors. My favorite is The-Single-Theory-To-Explain-Everything-Maniac. I often feel like that guy.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:57 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Reinforcements have arrived

The Chief Household Officer reports that the reinforcements have arrived. It is not clear whether or not this is a fresh recruit or a seasoned "refurbished" veteran. It is enough to say that this is the turning point in the battle for progress.


(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:07 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Espresso Machine Down!


The home espresso machine has gone down! We had to call in reinforcements. All of our coffee gear mustered on the table ready for duty. We have been relying primarily on French press and drip these last few days (at home - at work all is quiet on the front).

The remarkably anti-Murphy's law bit of intelligence that has arrived from the Chief Household Officer is that the two year extended warranty ran out two days after the machine broke. So by the grace of God, we are spared several hundred dollars in coffee related costs. It's hard to recognize the grace of God in your life when it comes in the form of disasters that you never see.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:52 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)


Your Krups dripper is a little embarrasing sitting next to the Italian stallions. That's sort of like parking a Ford Taurus ('99) in the Chargers' players lot.

BTW, where's the Zoka?

Posted by: Nate at November 7, 2007 5:38 AM

Well the Krups is there just to be complete, and as for the Zoka, well you know there isn't a Zoka in Irvine - yet.

Posted by: DJP3 at November 7, 2007 5:53 AM

Microsoft Surface Parody


If you haven't seen the Microsoft Surface demo it's pretty exciting. It is like watching minority report with the promise of an actual product. The demo is here.

But then you can watch a parody of it too. It deflates the excitement quite a bit, but is hilarious. The parody is here.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:56 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Sweet Pac-Man Skull


Sweet Pac-Man skull from here.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 6:59 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Recently Heard Around The House

Flickr Image
Photo courtesy of wiseacre photo

Recently heard in the Patterson household:

"Can you guys please stop fighting with your dinosaurs and just eat them?"

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:43 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


One Japanese Click - that's all I'm asking

FirefoxScreenSnapz001.jpg The image on the left links to a random website which has a funny interactive flash animation. Think Japanese factory workers running your mouse cursor.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:38 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Sparta Flashmob UCI-Style


A few of my students participated in a flash mob on campus this week. It was inspired by the movie "300". Think many people spontaneously emulating a turtle with umbrellas and then attacking pedestrians. The youtube video is a little long, but fun. Notice the anteater on the pavement.

Click on the image on the left for the link to youtube.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Computer Humor and pre-Cookie Monster


Pre-cookie monster eats a computer. Very funny if you are a geek. I am. It is.

Click on the image to watch the YouTube movie.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:20 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Spurious Correlations

I think global warming is causing home prices to go up. Here's the proof. On the left the graph of the Earth's surface temperature. On the right the inflation adjusted cost of a home. Coincidence? I think not.

global warming

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Face Transformer

There is a funny program on-line that will transform a head shot of a person into a number of different ethnic, and artistic styles. It is located here if you want to try it yourself.

Original:FirefoxScreenSnapz013.jpg Baby:FirefoxScreenSnapz003.jpg Child:FirefoxScreenSnapz004.jpg Elderly:FirefoxScreenSnapz005.jpg White (I guess whiter in this case):FirefoxScreenSnapz006.jpg East Asian:FirefoxScreenSnapz007.jpg West Asian:FirefoxScreenSnapz008.jpg As if painted by El Greco:FirefoxScreenSnapz010.jpg Planet of the Apes:FirefoxScreenSnapz012.jpg And I think my favorite, Manga:FirefoxScreenSnapz011.jpg

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:00 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)



Posted by: Nate at April 9, 2007 7:39 AM

iRack and iRan

Flickr Image
Photo courtesy of Ned Lyttelton

Here is a really funny video from some Fox comedy show which plays off of Steve Job's tendency to dramatize his products, the Apple "i" line of stuff, and the rhetoric around the current Gulf War. Given the state of copyright online it's bound to be taken down quickly.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Overheard at AAAI Spring Symposium

Flickr Image
Photo courtesy of jek in the box

I'm at the American Association for Artificial Intelligence Spring Symposium 2007. It's a low-key conference. I overheard the following funny quote in the hall as someone was looking for their workshop.

"Excuse me, are you looking for common sense?"

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:26 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Maintenance Notification, Seattle-Style


Only in Seattle does one hour of espresso machine maintenance require an email to the entire academic community. I feel their pain.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:31 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Miltary patches

fun.jpg suck.jpg

I would have gotten in so much trouble if I had worn these on my uniform. I did get in so much trouble for far less than these.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


The Dawkins Delusion


Here is a great YouTube video which pokes fun at the rhetoric around Dr. Richard Dawkins recent media blitz to promote his book, "The God Delusion"

Dr. Dawkins is an evangelical atheist.

Click on the image on the left to watch/listen.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:10 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


The Knack


"I'm sorry ma'am he's going to be an engineer." Click on the image on the left to play the Dilbert clip. BTW, since when is Dilbert an animated cartoon?

Thanks Nate, I think.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:00 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


No problem. Anytime you engineers need to be rebaselined, I'm your man. Netflix offers DVD's of an apperently cancelled (!) Dilbert series. I've waffled as to if it would be worth renting them.

Posted by: Nate at February 5, 2007 4:09 AM

Patenting the comb-over


This is a *great* patent. You may no longer sport a comb-over without paying a licensing fee to Frank J. Smith and Donald J. Smith of Orlando, Florida. See the full patent by clicking on the image on the left. The rush is on to patent the mullet, the spike, the caeser and the florence henderson.

Method of concealing partial baldness

"Patent number: 4022227
Filing date: Dec 23, 1975
Issue date: May 10, 1977
Abstract: method of styling hair to cover partial baldness using only the hair on a person's head. The hair styling requires dividing a person's hair into three sections and carefully folding one section over another."

Thanks Charles!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:46 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


Doesn't patent exclusivity only last 17 years? Sadly, this may be why the comb-over is coming back.

Posted by: haasebert at March 10, 2007 6:07 PM

Some great ideas from Planned Parenthood about Birth Control!

Flickr Image
Photo courtesy of thtstudios

From: Planned Parenthood

"More recently, vegetable seedpods, plugs of grass, and crushed roots were used in various parts of Africa. Wads of seaweed, moss, and bamboo were used in Japan, China, and the South Sea Islands."

Congratulations Nate!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:45 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Chinese Family Board Game


The Chinese seem to have evolved past Chinese checkers. In a really random YouTube video, click on the image on the left to see it, you can see the fun that Chinese families are having today! This game apparently must be played next to a dangerous precipice or the incentive to win is gone.

There is "some" back story on this blog, but it isn't really enough to explain what the heck is going on with "Smack the Lion"

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Wyndham Shampoo


Thank you Wyndham Midtown Atlanta for introducing me to the shampooing experience that is "Cedarwood and Spanish Borage Oil". I feel like I'm shampoo'ing in the middle of the Alamo on a really bad day. But why let a bad day at the Alamo mean you can't have *great* hair.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:15 PM | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)


Are you sure they just didn't squirt Pert Plus into their bottle? I don't like the sound of "borage oil" Although I did hear that it's been trading a bit lower over the past few weeks.

Posted by: Nate at December 13, 2006 9:50 AM

Where can i get this shampoo? I can't find it anymore.

Posted by: Donna at November 12, 2008 10:45 AM

Well if you mean where can you get it besides the Wyndham Midtown Atlanta, I have no idea. Maybe call the hotel?

Posted by: DJP3 at November 12, 2008 12:29 PM

I wish to God the Wyndom had not changed to the "Blue" collection they have right now because it smells like 409 and could take paint off the walls it is so harsh! We stay at the Wyndom on a frequent basis, or at least we did as I guess the economy has hit them too as I have to say it is not the only area where I've seen they are cutting back, everywhere but their prices!
When I first saw the name "Cedarwood and Spanish Borage Oil" I was a bit put off myself until I smelled it and then used it! It was the most refreshing thing! The scent was not overpowering but stayed with you all day, every time you brush your hair it gets freshened-up too and I've got the hair for it, waist length and I do not like anything overpowering, at least not since high school when Agree (*or gee your hair smell terrific) were the IN shampoo's at the time...
Wish I knew where I could find it. The only thing I'm thinking of doing is making my own since I made my own 'compare to the ex-shampoo agree' and it's GR8. They sell the oil for that as well as for *gee your hair smell terrific & lots of other scents which people can't find anymore but love anyway in spite of the fact the original manufacturers go after them for copyright infringement even though they haven't made the stuff in 20 years and have no intention of ever making it again so they grudge some little guy in smalltown usa for making $5 a bottle...... And would ya believe I'm a Republican????
Soap box going back in closet.......
Till the next time my Ire (Irish temper) rises
(5-10 min from now minimum.....)

Posted by: Maegi McCann at February 10, 2009 8:03 PM

Ok, I have to weigh in. This shampoo is everything you guys said and more, and it's been obsessing me a bit lately that Golden Door discontinued it. Back when they did so, (2004 or 2005, I'd say it was), I spoke to someone there, and they offered me free samples of all their new shampoo. NOTHING like it, and didn't work at all similar. This shampoo did such amazing things for my hair that I collected enough for a month from the maids (tipped them well, too), plus, any of my coworkers that were on the trip with me that had happened to bring back the Cedarwood & Spanish Borage Oil Wyndham Set, gave them to me and received my undying gratitude. But it didn't last forever, you see, and here it is Thanksgiving Day of 2009, and I'm doing frantic searches for anything similar, and of course stumbled upon your conversation.

Can I just say, you all experienced the Halley's Comet, of hair care. Maegi, if you do manage to make a good substitute, email me!

Posted by: Cathy at November 26, 2009 5:27 AM

Does any one know where i can buy some Cedarwood and spanish borage oil shampoo.
Lanene Holder

Posted by: Lanene Holder at December 4, 2009 10:15 AM

How can one by the Wyndam cedarwood and spanish borage oil?

Posted by: Mary Beth at July 18, 2011 5:27 AM

I am looking for cedarwood & Spanish borage oil shampoo. I tried it once and loved it, but I can't seem to locate it on any website.

Posted by: Laurel Smith at November 9, 2011 7:45 AM

Honda Element Commercial with Pinching Crab: Update 2

Gil the crab

So Honda made a funny set of commercials for the Element which a friend of mine had a key role in designing (the car, not the commercials). He sent me a link. The funniest one is the crab one.

This viral marketing thing is sort of wierd. It seems strange to be sending out news about commercials, but I guess if it's funny then good for Honda for making some decent content.

Update 1: I guess this was so popular that they had to take it further. Now all of the commercials have been rolled up into a game that you play. Now you drive your Honda Element around to different locations on an island where the dialogue from the commercials is played. It's elaborate, but still funny. Find the crab on the lower left of the island to get a sense for what the original commerical was like.

Update 2: Clearly this has gotten far out of hand. Gil, the crab from the Honda commercial, now has his own myspace page. He has fans who are singing songs to get Honda to make a new commercial about him (see here.) Again, this is really weird to be talking about. It's a viral ad campaign. The myspace page, and probably even the song are likely plants from Honda. The whole thing could be a completely fake grassroots campaign to bring Gil back for another commercial (a process called Astroturfing). But I guess, who cares. It's funny. Gil has a new commercial out as a result. Click on the image on the left to YouTube it.

Thanks for the update Charles!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:00 PM | Comments (12) | TrackBack (0)


I can't believe I went and watched commercials on purpose. Twice. Clever.

Posted by: Mike Wilkerson at October 28, 2005 7:19 PM

I love that Crab!

Posted by: amber at November 14, 2005 11:59 AM

That is the funniest commercial!

Posted by: Lori at November 15, 2005 10:07 PM

This commercial is so great!!

Posted by: Jenn at November 16, 2005 8:49 PM

this commercial makes my [snip -ed.] jiggle around

Posted by: Flower Power at January 4, 2006 1:30 PM

In addition to the animals featured in the commercials, a chameleon has been added. Find the sarcastic sucker and play his game. Oh, and "no pinch".

Posted by: Charles at January 4, 2006 4:38 PM

The game is pretty cool, but why do all the roads look like pieces of paper that have been laid down on the ground?

Posted by: Don at January 5, 2006 10:41 AM

This is the funniest commercial.

Posted by: Diane at February 16, 2006 1:26 PM

My husband and I watched it and laughed so hard. I can say it is all over my work now. Thank you for making a car commercial interesting

Posted by: Aprille at April 10, 2006 7:01 PM

I don't pinch. I burn.

Posted by: Rugburn at April 20, 2006 11:58 PM

This commercial saved my life. No pinch.

Posted by: at April 27, 2006 9:51 PM

i literally pissed myself laughing when i saw this couch smelled bad 4 a week,then i bought a new one but aha u got to keep making commercials with talking animals they make me and my mom laugh soo hard:)thx

Posted by: strongbladder at May 4, 2006 4:45 PM

The Pain of Death

The pain of Death

This comic just cracks me up. It's goth, but it's not. It's from a comic strip called "The Perry Bible Fellowship" which frequently has humor which is more crude than funny, but there are some gems in there.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:09 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Trunk Monkey, the complete set (update)


This is an ancient (in Internet time), but very funny series of commercials about a hypothetical car add-on available only at the Suburban Auto Group outside of Portland, Oregon called the Trunk Monkey. I think they get funnier as they go on. But it's also good that they quit while they were ahead. Below I present the complete set as I know it:

The original links went down, so here are the YouTube links:
1:Road Rage

Thanks Nate!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:29 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Pie-Chart Joke


(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:13 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Fresh Up Commercial


This commercial for "Fresh Up" soda cracks me up. At first, as you are watching it, it's like every other commercial for anything, but by the end they play on the ad formula to absurdity. Click on the image on the left to watch it and see what I mean.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:11 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Whole Foods ******* Bran Effigy Burning


I am happy to report that the Internet has produced this image of a 365 Foods executive burning in effigy in response to the recent outrageous embargo on raisins in Whole Foods raisin bran (see here). This shows the international consumer community's outrage over the heavy handed dealings with the raisin bran consuming world. We refuse to be silent while our rights are trampled like so many old dead grape vines.

Thanks Charles!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Chad Vader, Day Shift Manager


Chad Vader, Day Shift Manager. A Channel 101 series about the Sith Lord who runs the local grocery store. Hilarious, warnings on language.

Episode 2 is even better

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:45 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)




There is no God. Our Existence is without purpose.
Oh Definitely... we are adrift in an uncaring void indifferent to all our mortal toil

Exactly! In the end nothing we do matters.
We Just ... why are you climbing that tree?

Because the future is an adventure! Come on!
Hey! I found squirrels!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:30 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Whole Foods ******* Bran


A friend of mine recently purchased a box of Raisin Bran from Whole Paycheck Foods. Unfortunately the number of raisins was underwhelming. In fact the number of raisins shown in one bowl on the cover of the box was more than was in the entire box (as shown in the photo).

Outrage! I will only be satisfied when an angry mob burns a 365 Food executive's effigy!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:28 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Geek Humor: Donald Knuth

Donald Knuth wrote "Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About"

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)



Burn rome burn
Photo courtesy of Giampaolo Macorig's - Al Qaeda threat over pope speech - Sep 18, 2006

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- An al Qaeda-linked extremist group warned Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he and the West were "doomed," as protesters raged across the Muslim world to demand more of an apology from the pontiff for his remarks about Islam and violence.

Ummm... is this a call for muslims to kill the pope for suggesting that Islam spreads their religion by the use of violence?

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:17 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Core Values

monks celebrating
Photo courtesy of Felix63

Celebrate is one of Newport Mesa's core values. So here is a joke about it:

A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.

  He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So, the new monk goes to the head abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.

  The head monk, says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son."  

  He goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held as archives in a locked vault that hasn 't been opened for hundreds of years. Hours go by and nobody sees the old abbot.  

  So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing, "We missed the 'R'!, we missed the 'R'!"

  His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably.

  The young monk asks the old abbot, "What' s wrong, father?"

  With a choking voice, the old abbot replies, "The word was... CELEBRATE!!!"

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


"Killing Death"


A clever ad showing how the Mexican Red Cross saves lives by incidentally killing the grim reaper. Click on the image on the left.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Tea Partay

Click to play the video on YouTube.

Okay, even though this hits *way* too close to home, I'm posting it because it's funny. From the Tea Partay Handbook. Prep School Snaps:

  • Your golf game is so bad, they had to raise your handicap to infinity.
  • Your sailboat is so small, you spilled your water bottle and sank it.
  • Your money is so new, it has Ben Franklin's baby picture on it.
  • You went to public school.
  • Your look is so busted, the crest on your blazer is just the sticker off a banana.
  • Your summer house is so small, they renamed the town, "Broke Hampton"
  • Your shoes are so wak, they're called Bottom-siders.
  • Your Yacht Club is so cheap, they built it in the middle of a desert.
  • Your trust fund is so depleted, your great, great grandfather rose from the dead to play harmonica in the bus station.
  • Your shirt is a poly/cotton blend.

Thanks Nate!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


"I am a Ninja"


Ask a Ninja: Google Video.

"Q. If a ninja were a food what would he be?
A. A cream puff. A cream puff with poison cream."

Thanks Charles!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:09 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Commodore 64 espresso machine

commodore 64 espresso machine Two of the things I have found great pleasure in combined. If only I had enjoyed them at the same time. From this blog:TONTO CHI LEGGE!!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:51 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Funny Roadsign Recreations

road sign Funny roadsigns that don't really exist here.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:24 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


An Earth Sandwich


A very funny episode of "the show with zefrank" which discusses the concept of an "earth sandwich." This is what you get when you put two slices of bread on opposite sides of the planet. If only we could do this, there would be world peace. Language is "R" rated, video is "G".

the show with zefrank - 05-16-06

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


The Sheep Market


The sheep market is a collection of 10,000 sheep created by workers on Amazon's Mechanical Turk. Each worker was paid $.02 to "draw a sheep facing left".... Average wage: $0.69/hour.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:25 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Laughing Yogi


Is it really laughing if it makes the people who are watching you feel so strange? You decide: here

(Funny) Permanent Link made 10:24 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


I do feel strange. What is real in this clip? The yogi? The laughing? Is anything real here? I'm going to make an emo-video now...

Posted by: Nate at May 23, 2006 5:34 AM

10,000 Fruits Dropped on San Francisco


If you recall from a previous entry there was a commercial that involved dropping 10,000 bouncy balls out of a window onto the top of a hill in San Fransisco. Now there is a spoof with a soda company dropping fruit instead. Windows break, fruit explodes, funny reaction. Seeing it is a bit of a pain. First open a browser window here. Then cut and paste this URL into the browser and load it.


(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:03 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Harry Potter Titles We Don't Want to See...

Harry potter wannabe
Photo courtesy of miss rogue

From: Capn Wacky's Lists, Harry Potter Fan Fiction Titles We'd Rather Not See:

Harry Potter and the Uneventful Year When No One Tried to Kill Him
Harry Potter and the New Love Interest Who Happens to Have the Same Name as the 15-Year-Old Girl Writing this Fanfic
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Sucrets
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Kidney Stone
Harry Potter and the Summer Internship
Harry Potter and the Wand of Franchise Extension
Harry Potter and the Bizarro Harry Potter

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:03 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Code Monkey

code monkey
Image courtesy of Jawboneradio

An awesome song called "Code Monkey" by Geek Rocker Jonathan Coulton, get it here.

Code Monkey get up get coffee...
...Code Monkey have boring meeting with boring manager Rob...
...Code Monkey like fritos

(Funny) Permanent Link made 4:12 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Pinky and the Brain are Terrorists

brain.jpg pinky.jpg

All I can say is Pinky and the Brain

pinky and the brain

(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:36 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)



Posted by: CH at June 7, 2006 7:22 PM

The Democrats working on a winning strategy


I don't care what political party you belong to, this is hilarious! Courtesy of the LA Weekly, again.

It's a very inclusive logo and it looks like a pretty white bird when you shake it.

An animated short By MR. FISH

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:49 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


The Blokebot


Here's a funny commercial for Australian beer that pokes fun at robots in the service of man.

"When man creates the robot he will find true happiness" -HL Roberts 1907


HL Roberts is a made up person.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:38 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Squirrel Radio Action


Here is a radio sketch which I find extremely funny. It is a very dry humor piece which tracks the work of a band of squirrels as they try and effect social change from the perspective of a squirrel, but in the world of humans.

It is performed by a performance art group called "My Barbarian". I don't know anything about them, but I don't know that I would recommend taking the kids to see their performance - although the radio show above is safe. The piece is a clip from the local NPR station KPCC, which has a show called Pacific Drift which featured this sketch.

"My Barbarian" is playing at RedCat
Pacific Drift is online here

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:55 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Don't Shoot the Puppy


This is a very simple game in which the goal is to not shoot the puppy. To do that you do nothing. The longer you do nothing the better your score. Ingenious.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:04 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


I am all about instant gratification.

Posted by: Nate at March 30, 2006 8:59 AM

FedEx T-Shirt


Sweet T-shirt that makes you look like you are carrying a FedEx package. Wacky Russian Source

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:28 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Evolution and Chuck Norris

martial arts
This is not Chuck Norris.
Photo courtesy of sherrifmitchell

"There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live."

From Chuck Norris Facts

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:11 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


What if Microsoft redesigned the iPod packaging?


This video portrays an off-scene ficticious marketing team at Microsoft using some sort of completely believable "best-practices" to redesign the iPod box. The result is completely believable, but not really anything that Cisco or ATI or DELL wouldn't also do.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:45 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


When does a bathing suit become underwear?


So for some reason "Trumpet" maker of ice cream novelties in New Zealand felt like taking on the very difficult question of determining when a speedo becomes underwear in this commercial. It's a complicated question because we accept them (sort of) at the water's edge, but not in the mall. Where is the line? When does it change? Only an ice cream company can tell us the answer.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:06 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Home Theater Modelled after Star Trek Bridge


This is so geeky that I cannot describe it. It is something that only Paul Allen would dream of doing, but no, it in fact belongs to someone else. A home theater that looks just like the bridge of the Star Ship Enterprise. Funky 3-D view of it can be found here. Otherwise the photo gallery is here.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:37 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


The 100 patty In-N-Out hamburger

big burger

Here in Southern Cali, the burger franchise known as In-N-Out burger is a local delight. They only sell hamburgers, fries, soda and milk shakes. They use decent quality food to make their wares and they make it fresh while you wait. There is also an In-N-Out burger right by my bus stop. That is torture.

I didn't know that you could add as many patties as you want to a hamburger at $1.00 each. Apparently some dudes executed some physical reductio ad absurdum and ordered a 100-patty burger. Hilarity and internets fame ensued:
What Up Willy! - Surfin, Hangin, Poker, and Life's other goodness: In-N-Out 100x100

"Here are a couple of interesting stats to summarize the experience:
Total calories (extrapolating from info provided here): 19490 calories
Total eaters 8 (2 girls and one guy who already ate dinner and only ate 6 patties)
Most patties eaten by one person : I think I ate about 20. I think Nalin ate about 20 as well (including the raw ones)
Time to finish : less then 2 hours
Number of people who barfed : 1 (way to go Elena!)

I now have another thing to do while I'm waiting for my bus!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:21 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Ethical Jam

Owl photo courtesy of marysson7

From the Nature podcast:

What do you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endandered plant?

Trillium photo courtesy of StephenHill

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:39 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)




As long as I'm going to post about how to get off of telemarketing lists, on the left is an awesome counter script to use when a tele-marketer calls. It's really funny. I can't wait to try it out. Click on the image to see the whole thing.

Source for this is here.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:46 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)




TV-B-Gone is an awesome little device. It is an infrared keychain fob. When you press a button on the keychain, it emits all the known infrared signals for the "Power-Off" command on many types of televisions. It is available at Think Geek

More details are here.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:30 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Merry Christmas Yule Log Video for the iPod


This one is for Nate-Dog. Now, hot on the heels of WB's Christmas broadcast of a burning log, is the video iPod version ( | Chicago's WB | Portable Yule Log!) Now you too can watch a Christmas log burning no matter where you are!

Merry Christmas!

(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:29 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


We've digressed. I just now saw an on-screen advertisement, for a burning log. No particular occasion such as a Christmas yule-log anymore. I think this is called ubicomp, in the biz.

Posted by: Nate at January 13, 2006 10:18 AM

Units for Dummies

ruler.jpg Photo courtesy of S@Z

This is a funny set of measurement units that I've been collecting from various sources on the Internets (Ars Technica for example) and the physical world.

  1. the Hiroshima is the internationally recognized unit of measure for reporting the force of any destructive event.
    As in,
    The earthquake that generated the great Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 is estimated to have released the energy of 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). - National Geographic
  2. the human hair is the unit for reporting the size of very small things.
    As in,
    Nanotechnology is a catchall term for an enormous range of research and technology measured at the scale of one-thousandth the width of a human hair. - Wired (original link broke)
  3. the latte is the unit for comparing personal expenses.
    As in,
    That’s the cost of a latte a day to help a child do better in school, avoid harmful behaviors and have a chance to realize his or her potential. - Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  4. the football field is the unit for reporting the size of very large things.
    As in,
    "Matsushita's new plasma display factory near Osaka, measuring roughly 15 football fields, is a reminder that size matters but is not the only key to success in the flat screen TV business. - expired Reuter's Article
  5. the feels like is the unit for reporting extreme temperature. As in,
    The patented, exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature is an index that describes what the temperature really feels like. -

(Funny) Permanent Link made 4:25 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


A Christmas Story Reenacted in 30 seconds with Bunnies

bunnies.jpg Umm the title says it all.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 7:33 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Hello Kitty Vs. The Video Game Monster Movie


There are a lot of random things on the internets, but this movie of a claymation Hello Kitty battling it out with a video game monster is pretty good. I generally don't have patience for these sorts of things, but for some reason this one kept me watching to the end. Very good rendition of a Japanese arcade.

Click on the image to see it.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 7:07 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


I was wondering if this is the AL Gore-developed Intenets. My
internets only has News and Sports.

Posted by: Nate at December 15, 2005 7:17 AM

Outsourcing the Details

Photo courtesy of FngKestrel

A hilarious, if slightly crude, article from Esquire ( Print: My Outsourced Life) suggests that we outsource the details of our personal lives. I'm not sure if he actually did the outsourcing that he suggests, but if it were to work as well as he describes, it would be tempting to try it.

Choice Quote:

It began a month ago. I was midway through "The World Is Flat," the bestseller by Tom Friedman. I like Friedman, despite his puzzling decision to wear a mustache. His book is all about how outsourcing to India and China is not just for tech support and carmakers but is poised to transform every industry in America, from law to banking to accounting. CEOs are chopping up projects and sending the lower-end tasks to strangers in cubicles ten time zones away. And it's only going to snowball; America has not yet begun to outsource.

I don't have a corporation; I don't even have an up-to-date business card. I'm a writer and editor working from home, usually in my boxer shorts or, if I'm feeling formal, my penguin-themed pajama bottoms. Then again, I think, why should Fortune 500 firms have all the fun? Why can't I join in on the biggest business trend of the new century? Why can't I outsource my low-end tasks? Why can't I outsource my life?

(Funny) Permanent Link made 12:27 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Gross Holiday Soda from Jones Soda Company


CNN has an article today about Seattle-based Jones Soda Company. This holiday season they are introducing salmon flavored soda in addition to turkey and gravy, corn on the cob, broccoli casserole and pecan pie flavors. Creativity abounds. Innovation abounds. Sales plummet.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 7:24 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


10,000 Bouncy Balls Dropped in San Francisco


Sony commissioned a commercial for its new line of mumble-mumble-color-LCD-mumble-TV-mumble-displays that involved dropping 10,000 bouncy balls out of a window onto the top of a hill in San Fransisco. It's pretty cool looking. See it here.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:13 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)


Wow, busy week on the digital record. Or have a few students been angling for extra credit? A few comments:
ULTra: Is this thing for real or is it a prototype? I can't see how a system like that would work if it only moves a handful of bodies at a time. Is it a la carte or just part of the infrastructure of the airport?
Element: Very cool. Is that the car that looks like a box? A new, young, couple to our church has one.
Meghann: Is she suggesting that just about anyone who wanted to make money could design a (successful) search engine? I like the letter anyway.

Posted by: Nate at November 2, 2005 4:32 AM

ULTra is real as far as I can tell. I think it would be like an elevator-sized thing and there would be a bazillion of them around to zip people to satellite terminals or whatever.

Posted by: DJP3 at November 2, 2005 1:26 PM

Two Chinese Students Lip-Syncing the Back Street Boys


Someone please tell these guys " why?" before they get whiplash or hit their heads on something sharp.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 2:25 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)


WHY?! don't they have a website! WHY doesn't anybody know their names?! Life is so unfair!

Posted by: Candy at November 27, 2005 3:24 PM

How can anybody not love these guys!!
Having fun and turning into Internet stars at the same time!

Posted by: big swede at December 8, 2005 7:15 AM

San Fransisco Modeled in Jello-O


An unbelievable sculpture which recreates San Francisco in Jell-O. An artist after my own heart. See the photos here.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 9:01 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Clever Evolution-Themed Guiness Beer Ad


This ad traces the evolutionary history of three gents at a pub back to their evolutionary ancestors. The punch-line is brilliant: "Good things come to those who wait"

(Funny) Permanent Link made 8:57 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Pi Joke

pi factory Help I'm trapped in a universe factory.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Cyborg Name Generator


The Cyborg Name Generator

A funny site that will create a robot name for you.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 10:51 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Grocery Store Wars


Here's a link to a cheese-ball parody of star wars called Grocery Store Wars. Its a viral video produced by an organic food association to draw attention to the benefits of organic food. Even though it has a hidden agenda it has some very funny puns. "Obi-Wan Cannolli" for example. (Thanks Nate)

(Funny, Stuff with Buzz) Permanent Link made 10:08 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Allen Center Elevator


We have an elevator here at the University of Washington Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering that bridges two worlds, EE and CS. I created this movie to celebrate the resulting confusion. It's just like being in the elevator.Download movie

Of course, you know that today is thesis day. Otherwise when would I have time to do this?

(Funny) Permanent Link made 10:58 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)


Any other way for me to view this? I dont have necessary program to view .mov files.

Posted by: Nate at May 6, 2005 5:36 AM

Download Quicktime from Apple, it's free and not very annoying:

Posted by: Don at May 6, 2005 6:29 AM

I Love Amibiguously Self-Referential Bumper Stickers

Here's my first foray into online sales. Buy this handsome and witty bumper sticker by clicking here. The quality of the graphics are much higher on the real product.

(Bumper Sticker, Crazy Bumper Stickers, For Sale, Funny) Permanent Link made 8:27 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


I'm Loving It!

mcdonalds.jpg Here's a blog with some funny parodies of the McDonald's "I'm Loving It" stickers.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 5:10 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Poultry Internet

Poultry Internet

Finally, there is a system for me to get to know my poultry friends better. This movie (link broken) shows how I can put a jacket on my pet chicken and then pet it from the comfort of my office.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 11:23 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


NPR screenshot

npr.jpg You just have to laugh when something like this happens on the Internet. This was a screen shot from the NPR website taken today.

(Funny) Permanent Link made 8:52 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)