Friday, December 19, 2008

28.6 lbs. in 30 days

If you'd like to lose that much weight, just like I did....well, good luck. Cause that was 3 replacement shake meals (breakfast, lunch, and snack) a day plus a 600 calorie dinner for a whopping total of 1200 calories a day. For a month.

And I didn't kill a single person. I thought about it. But I didn't. I also didn't go crazy and eat 4 large pepperoni pizzas while humming old Fat Boys songs in my head, but I thought about that too.

Anyway, that craziness is done, and I'm down almost 30 pounds, and now I'm moving on to phase 2 of my diet which is 3100 calories (imminently more doable) and no more replacement shakes (thank you, God). The chocolate ones are ok, the Strawberries & Cream are edible, but the vanilla ones taste like chalk mixed with more chalk, and the Butter Pecan ones are good until you've had more that two of them and then they just start to taste like despair.

Anyway, diet is going good, I'm eating like a normal person for the first time since I was like 12, and I'm maintaining. That's my good news for the, well, year I guess, since it's almost 2009. (BTW, it's never too early to start thinking about getting me birthday presents. I'll be 37 on the 28th of January. 37 is a prime number. Prime rib. I'm off on a tangent.)

Anyhoo, here's some cool stuff to look at:

Chicken Head Tracking
. I found this bizarre, but kind of cool to watch.

Totally fake movie of Bruce Lee playing ping pong with nun-chuks, which is still kind of awesome.

Pictures from the 1930's and 1940's in color. These are neat. I thought they would be boring when I started looking at them, and then I found I couldn't stop. These apparently arne't colorized, they're taken with some kind of color overlay used in the 30's and 40's.

Some guy build a robot out of legos to solve rubik's cubes. I'm faster than the robot, but I still like watching it. And yes, I know other people have done this before, I just think legos and rubik's cubes are cool. So there. My page, my rules.

Well, if you're going to be like that I'll end this post right now!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Movie day.

It's been a bizarre week. I lost my iPhone and had to buy a new one. Which meant I had to convince Allison to get a new one too to ease my guilt over having lost the stupid thing in the first place. So, two new 3-G iPhones later's not as exciting as the first time I got an iPhone, but it's It's good. It's all good.

Anyway, it's all movies today, so have at it. (note that there is no movie attached to the black list of scripts, but they're all movie scripts so it still counts).

Dogs Love Snow.

The terrifying French world of the Sims 3.

Carol of the Christmas Pickle. Christmas and pickles. Yum.

The Black List of Scripts. Script ideas voted by Hollywood executives as being worth looking into, but no one's doing them yet. Interesting stuff.

Dragonball movie trailer. Oh dear, I don't even watch this show and I know this looks terrible. And nothing like the show it's based on. Dear kids, I'm sorry Hollywood sucks. Here's some random college singing group doing the Pokemon theme to make up for it.

Monday, December 8, 2008

You, know...magpie stuff.

Man, I have to start updating more often. Somebody send me an email every week and brow beat me into updating my page. Or something. I'm a serious slacker. It's been like 2 or 3 weeks now. I'm not even sure. I'm too lazy to even check.

Magpies. So, I'm reading some internets and I come across this. Apparently Oxford and Cambridge, two utterly prestigious schools, ask some really bizarre questions on their applications.

For example: What would you do if you were a magpie? (thus my title up there).

Here are some more:

Would you rather be a novel or a poem? (Novel. I don't think I rhyme with anything.)

How would you poison someone without the police finding out? (I think this one is one they just send all the answers to the cops so they can start checking for this stuff).

Why don't they let the managers of Ikea run the country instead of politicians? (Seriously, that's one of the questions. How bout, "Cause we don't want the country to fall apart if someone bumps into it.")

What does it mean to be happy? (I think you'll have to ask a magpie.)

How would you market a rock band? (I think putting their albums in poetry books would probably work good, don't you think?)

If it could take form, what shape would the novel "To the Lighthouse" become? (Duh. Lighthouse.)

Can a thermostat think? (Can a writer for a college application?)

How do you organize a successful revolution? (Guns.)

Is it morally wrong to attempt to climb a mountain? (Depends on what the mountain thinks, I guess. Kilimanjaro, no. Everest, yes.)

If I were a grapefruit would I rather be seedless, or non-seedless? (There's a vasectomy joke in there somewhere, I just can't find it.)

Do you think you're clever? (No. I think I'm a magpie.)

Would you say greed is good or bad? (I think it's good. No, bad. No, wait. What do magpies think?)

I'm stuck on the magpie thing. I couldn't tell you why.

Again, someone remind me to update this thing more often and I will. Next time I'm going to put a picture up of the Santa and the reindeers my parents brought me from West Virginia. I'd do it now, but I haven't gotten the picture off my phone yet, and yes, I'm too lazy to do it right now. Sue me.

(For all the good it'll do you. I'm a magpie.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

(Don't forget to title the page...)

Saw Quantum of Solace on Sunday. That was pretty decent. I'm not sure it was better than Casino Royale, but all in all I'd say the new Bond is a success.

Saw this trailer later that day. Okay then. More Witch Mountain. The Rock looks funny though.

Then I saw this (trailer 2). Looks terrible. Do I really need to see Kirk acting like an idiot little kid? Seriously? Nothing breaks the mood of a Star Trek movie like having guys driving around in cars near mountains. Apparently we didn't learn our lesson from the rock climbing scenes from Star Trek V. (Worst. Movie. Ever.)

I have to wash Trek V out of my brain, so I found this really cool game that I can't stop playing called Robokill. It's like Robotron, but with a plot and levels and stuff. (Yes, I know, technically Robotron had a plot. And technically it's called Robotron:2084. But really. Let's just move on.)

Mah-nah-mah-nah vs. Star Wars. Delightful.

Did you know there's a Snoopy World War I flying Ace game coming out? Me neither. Looks fun though...

Oh, and Finally, a big shout out to my good friend Cindy (EJ's wife) who got her book published! Awesome, awesome, and more awesome. I am totally jealous and extremely happy for her at the same time. Good work, Cindy. Don't stop. We need more good books. Now everyone go buy it.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I took October off.

From updating my blog. To see if anyone noticed.

It is completely unclear to me whether or not anyone did.

I don't care.

I'm still typing. Look at the words, here, they were all typed by me. I can't stop typing. I'm a typing machine. What would you call a typing machine? A typewriter? That's ridiculous.

Today we're all about randomness because, well, why not? Forgive me if I ramble a little bit. This thing is going to cover all kinds of bases from sports to shoes to world of warcraft. Get ready. Here we go.

My favorite new mini-game in World of Warcraft is the "Can I type my password in fast enough that I don't have to watch the undead dragon land and make my screen shake" game. Seriously. I can't get enough of it.

Shoes. Imelda Marcos would have been proud. Wait, is she dead?

NBA standings as of today have 3 unbeaten teams: The Lakers (Yay!), The Jazz (good for Utah), and the Hawks (uh...what?). That would be the Atlanta Hawks. For those of you who don't follow basketball, let me give you an analogy. That would be like saying the three best companies that
make cake are Sara Lee, Duncan Hines, and Firestone. Yeah, try to figure that out.

Best part of the Muppets was always these two guys.

For the life of me, I can't believe I didn't see the last line of this video coming from a mile away, because...well, just because.

Oh my gosh, so much fun. ASSEMBLER! (Physics are neat).

I had a physical on Friday and my nurse told me I was "terribly healthy". My blood pressure is awesomely low and I had a great EKG. Afterwards the nurse was like "You don't smoke, do you?" And I was like "I do, actually." She gave me a look and she says, "Noooooo." Like she doesn't believe me. Isn't it great to be able to do that? I'm ridiculously healthy for an overweight smoker. That's good to know. The whole point was that I'm starting a clinical diet next wednesday. I thought I was going to have to start it on Friday, but the nutritionist is meeting with me next Wednesday. I asked the nurse if that meant I could continue eating like an idiot for five more days. Her response? "We don't recommend it."

Obama. That is all.

Ok, maybe that's not all. Actually heard from a friend of mine that some people at his job were taking the day off to recuperate because we'd elected a...well, that president. They were calling it "Black Wednesday" (which is even funnier to me because the election was on a Tuesday. Just straight up smarts with these people.) Anyhoo, my friend called it Honkey Introspection day. Which made me laugh. So, I'm sharing it with you. I hope you laughed too.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sometimes you just don't know what to say.

A truly good friend of mine, a very intelligent person, honestly one of the smartest, funniest people I have ever known, passed away over the weekend. Jeff Freeman was a truly remarkable person and I will miss him tremendously.

His website was a constant source of hilarity and inspiration, and it makes me sad to think that he won't be updating it anymore.

You will be missed Jeff.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Running Commentary From My Head

The building I work at is creating a lake.

This is how weird things have gotten, that we're actually building a lake behind this office. I'm imagining in my head two guys from building management having this conversation:

Guy1: I'd like our property to be on the lake.
Guy2: Lakefront property is expensive.
Guy1: Hm...I have an idea.

It's actually full of water out there and they put a fountain in it that sprays water up in the air. Won't find that in any naturally formed lakes, let me tell ya.

I just find that bizarre.

Today's rant is about Tea and Coffee. For the Love of all that is holy, I would like tea and coffee that tastes like, and I know this is bat-guano insane, tea and coffee. Is that too much to ask?

Every different type of coffee we have in our office has some flavor in it. It's hazelnut, or french vanilla, or "paris" flavored and I don't know what "paris" is supposed to taste like but I'm guessing it's "artsy". Possibly some kind of cheese based coffee flavor. We also have "Kenyan" which I'm assuming tastes like 26 miles of running. I don't know.

I want to buy Tea in a can so I can stop drinking soda, but apparently Tea in a can is impossible to make without adding 50% lemon flavor. I don't want lemon flavor. If I wanted lemon flavor I'd buy Country Time Lemonade. I want Tea flavor. This does not exist.

I wanted to buy individual tea packets that I could pour in a water bottle so I could drink tea all day long. This is also non-existant. Oh, they make packets that you can pour directly into bottles of water. They come in the following "tea" flavors: Blueberry, Green Tea, White Jasmine, Blackberry, Strawberry, Lemon (STOP IT), Orange, Mango, and no kidding, pomegranite. There is no tea flavored tea.

I went to a restaurant on Tuesday and ordred Tea and the waiter says, "Have you had our tea?" This is a bad sign. Something bad is coming. I say, "No..." He says, "It's mint with a hint of grape flavoring and GAAH!-" Because at that point I was strangling him with the napkin from the bread basket.

Ok, not really, but I was thinking it.

When I order tea you shouldn't be asking me things like, "What would you like it to taste like?"

Uh, I'd like it to taste like Tea. Thanks.

Ok, Rant over.

Here's some Games I've been playing on the web:

Fantastic Contraption. This must have taken a long time to make. It's a really neat game where you build things to try to get your little square into the giant box. Careful what you build, some things will work and others won't.

Elements. This is sort of a weird "breakout" style game, where you actually rotate the level and try to get the ball to fall down to the next level. The goal is to get to the bottom of all 25 levels. Neat.

Loops of Zen. I thought this was cool, it's just connecting up all the connections so that nothing is lonely. Sort of a metaphor for life, don't you think?

Light-Bot. This is brilliant. They should give this to kids to teach them about programming. I've probably spent more time with this game than all the others combined. It's all about programming a robot to light up areas in your factory.

Gravity Hook. This is fun in a "Spider Man Web Slinging" climb to the top kind of way.

Maze Stopper. Neat idea for a game. Win the race by putting blocks in front of your opponents.

Neat things I saw on the web:

NinToaster. A guy with way too much free time on his hands.

Custom Receipt Maker. You ever buy something and you don't get a receipt so you have to write it down, but then you have this scrap of paper in with your receipts that doesn't look like a receipt? This webpage is here to solve that problem for you. It's a tiny little niche problem, but they've solved it.

Kentucky Math. This is why you should make sure your accountant isn't from Kentucky. Very funny. Plus, I love that math and numbers even allow stuff like this to happen.

Robocop Vs. Terminator. Very slick fan made film of the Terminator fighting...well, it's right there in the title. Oh, and a special guest apperance at the end from one of my favorite things.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Still alive...snakes haven't gotten me...yet...

So, Allie apparently saw another snake in the front yard (smaller, less aggressive, not actually looking through a window) but he's vanished now, and we haven't seen anymore since then. Though we don't walk into the backyard without a military commando style check out the window and a brief flashing of the porch light if it's dark.

So, all in all we look to be safe from the invading hordes of legless reptiles. For now. I'm sure they're simply planning their next attack more rigorously (what if we sent two snakes at the same time!).

Anyway, there's blogging to be done, and I'm not going to let anything that doesn't have the ability to wear shoes deter me from blogging. Blog, blog, blog.

It's a stupid word.


Zombies go to the prom looks like it will require a rental.

If Snakes aren't really your thing you could always just play with this spider.

And speaking of shoes...would you actually wear these? That's pretty cool, though, right?

I'm not sure exactly how to play Gride, but the point seems to be to get your car over the hills. It does have some pretty funky music though.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?

It wasn't actually snakes so much as it was A snake.

6:45 Allie wakes me up to tell me "There's a giant snake on our backporch."

6:45 is not a good time to be woken up. And in the list of reasons why you wouldn't want to be woken up, "There's a giant snake on our backporch." Is right near the top of the list along with "The police want to ask you some questions." And "I think something's on fire."

So I get up and go look, and I see this guy:

Yeah, that's a 4 and a 1/2 foot Rat snake, sitting on Allie's chair, looking in our window. That's just creepy.

Well, first, before I got too involved and he was just sitting on the porch, Allie went and hit him in the head with a hoe. I'm all like, "What are you, Conan?" But now the snake's not just hanging out on our porch, he's mad. That was when he moved to the chair to wait for us.

He's looking in the window like, "Come back out here and do that again, wench!"

So, now I have to call people.

At this point Allie's like, "I gotta go to work. Deal with him."


The first place I call is the exterminator that usually comes to do our bugs. He tells me, "You should call animal control."

Good idea. I call animal control and have this conversation:

Me: Yeah, there's a giant snake on my back porch.
Animal Control Lady: Can you get out your front door?
Me: Uh...yeah?
Animal Control Lady: We don't send someone unless you're trapped.
Me: Uh...ok then.

Animal Control is not helpful unless you can't possibly get out of your house without being attacked. Good to know. I'll file that away for future reference.

So, I look up Snake Removal on Google (Google is your friend!) and the first guy I call tells me, "It costs 229$ just for me to come out there and if he wanders away before I get there I still have to charge you."

Yeah, no thanks dude.

So I call someone else and this guy's like, "It sounds like a rat snake. You don't want to get rid of him. It eats Rats."

I tell him, "It's going to eat me if someone doesn't come get it. Besides I have 3 cats."

He says, "Well, fine, I'll come get him, but it's 75$."

75$ is way better than 229$ so I agree and he shows up. He has a metal hook and a plastic tub. He says, "They're really not poisonous, but they can be a little aggressive."

Yeah, he's taken up watch on my porch and he's waiting for me to open the door so he can attack Allie. We're a bit past aggressive at this stage.

The guy goes out and snags it's head with the hook, and then puts his hand on the middle of the snake and picks him up. He says, "See? He's docile." The snake waits until that sentence is finished and then he starts striking at the metal hook holding him up. The guy goes, "Oh, well, there's the attitude."

Mr. Snake got a spot in the tub and a 75$ trip to the woods behind the snake wranglers house (Bet his wife loves him).

Anyway. That's the excitement for this week. Next week I hope to find a nest of scorpions somewhere so we can do all this again.

Here's a couple more pictures of Mr. Snake.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Where oh where have i been?

I so need this. Take note people who might buy me gifts in the future.

So, this plus this equals this, right? That would be a great 3 movie box collection.

Also, build your own arcade. That's nice. I made a Dragon's Lair.

Not much else today. Just making sure everyone's still alive.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Short post today.

So, thinking about Batman, and how he keeps tearing things up while he's driving that tumbler around, the question occurred to me: Is Gotham the only place on earth where you can make a legitimate auto insurance claim for "My car got Batmobiled"?

While I'm still on a Batman kick, here's an interview with Heath Ledger about it.

Awesome 3-D painting for a parking garage: Check it out.

Star Wars Dance Off. Nuff said.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dark Knight


How's that B-Fish? He asked me for a Dark Knight Review. It is, quite possibly, better than Batman Begins, which is quite possibly now only the second best live action Batman movie ever made. That's not a lot to compete with, I know. But in my head the list now goes like this:

1. The Dark Knight (2008)
2. Batman Begins (2005)
3. Batman (1989)
4. Batman (1966)
5. Batman Returns (1992)
6. Batman Forever (1995)
7-1,304,402,948. Every other movie ever made (18??-20??)
1,304,402,949. Batman and Robin (1997)

That's right, every other movie ever made, ever, is a better Batman movie than Batman and Robin. (By the way, I made that number up, I can't back that up with facts).

Oh, and I'm not putting the animated movies on this list (there are now three of them) because they exist in their own seperate world, and they're all really quite good. If I had to put them up there they'd be numbers 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3.

I know there are people who disagree with me, that think Batman Returns was pretty good. We can all agree that the 1989 Batman with Michael Keaton was pretty good, better than people thought it would be. Jack Nicholson is a passable Joker, though really, he's just playing Jack Nicholson in clown make up. But that's ok. We all love Jack.

I was so disappointed with the second one though, with the mutant Penguin biting people's noses and giant penguins with rockets strapped to their backs...I mean, come on. That would have been something I expected from the old Adam West Batman. And yeah, Adam West Batman made it onto the list ahead of this because at least they knew they were being campy. They weren't pretending to make real movies.

Batman and Robin, though? What an atrocity. I mean it's Star Trek V level of bad. Remember that? When Kirk went across the universe to meet God because God needed a space ship? Yes, that's for real. That's the plot.

Dark Knight though, man, there's nothing that's not good about that movie. It's long. It's almost two movies in one, but I couldn't get enough of it. Heath Ledger is beyond amazing as a crazy Joker who is genuinely creepy and funny, just like a homicidal clown should be. He's, well, he's the Joker.

Let me not spoil any of it, but know this, Joker is just bat-guano crazy. There's no Darth Vader-esque backstory that ruins the Joker by showing me his troubled childhood and why he became a villain. And I think villains are all the scarier for that. I loved Vader before I knew he was just a whiny punk who didn't think he got enough respect from Obi-Wan. Man, I wish I could forget those movies existed. (As a side note, there's a new Conan movie that's supposed to come out next summer, despite the fact that they don't have a cast, a director, or anything resembling an idea of what they're doing, except apparently they're doing Thulsa Doom's backstory...Yeah, the character James Earl Jones played in the original Conan. Cause we need to see his childhood and figure out what whiny thing happened to him to make him go bad. Great. Thanks jerks. This is what I need.)

Anyway, Ledger is Awesome, Aaron Eckhart is awesome as Harvey Dent, Bale is still a great Batman, Michael Caine is still a wonderful Alfred, and Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) is still just as fantastic as he always is. The whole cast is great, the script is above and beyond, and the movie is just a phenomenal amount of awesome all packed up together.

Iron Man was top notch, and now Batman is raising the bar. I wish all superhero movies were this good.

Monday, June 30, 2008

My Laker Depression Has Ended

I think I'm over it because Mom was here last week, and I've had Brandon and Kayla here, so that always makes me overly happy. They came just in time to cure me of my Laker Woes. (The Lakers will be back in the finals next year).

We had a great week with Mom and the kids. So much fun. I can't believe how little shopping we actually did, and on top of that we actually cooked food at home instead of going out most days! I know, it's crazy, right?

Plus, while she was here, me Allie and Mom sat around and watched the entire two season run of Sports Night. (Check it out if you haven't seen it, great show).

Now I'm heading back to work (and I'm glad about that too, in case I haven't mentioned it, I love my job). But just to let you know I haven't forgotten about the three or four of you who actually read this thing, here's some linkage:

I can't remember if I posted this or not before, but I'm posting it again anyway. It's the Supercook. It's fantastic. You give it a list of ingredients you have in your house and it tells you all the great food you can cook with it. Give it a try. It'll also tell you things like "You're only 1 ingredient away from being able to make ". I've found some good stuff here.

This is cool. 3-D scribbling. If you have some of those old red and blue glasses you can supposedly see all this in 3-D as well, but I had fun just doodling. (Doodling and Googling are very similar words. I wrote googling like three times before I managed to type doodling.)

Here's what Google News would look like if everything in the world just went right for awhile.

I was amused by some of these pictures. This is what happens if you use an old camera that takes film (it's the digital age, keep up!) and use old expired film. Creepy.

I kept seeing this link on a bunch of pages I frequent regularly, and I wasn't even going to post it, but I watched it, and Brandon and Josi watched it with me, and we were all pretty amused by it. Gnar Wars. Star Wars on snowboards.

You ever have people call you and you don't know who they are? Weird 1-800 numbers and whatnot where people are trying to sell you something or get you to take surveys? Check this webpage and you can find out who those people are without answering your phone.

I love my funky shoelaces where I don't actually have to tie my shoes. They just go into my shoes and keep them tight enough for my feet to stay in them. But if you need to know, here's a bunch of different ways to tie your shoelaces.

I must have had at least half of these (or knew someone who did). Pictures of old toys.

Stores with Punny names. Some of these might be sort of not safe for work-ish type names. Innuendos and whatnot.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lakers 103, Celtics 98.

Oh man, still alive, still alive...

Roomba + Pacman = This.
There's not enough pen and paper gaming stuff on my page. Here. By the way, I played all but one of those modules. In case you care, it was Gargoyle.
Here's something awesome I owned as a kid.
Here's Al Green hanging out with Chicago. What a great song.
This game is awesome cause you get to draw your own avatar.
I thought this was funny.
Kinda weird, kinda cool. Moodstream.
Here's a neat game called Starshine.
Think you could do a better job with the budget than congress? Prove it.
Here's something fascinating: Things people have left behind in old books.
Epsilon: Cool game.
As tired as I am of desktop defender games, this one is cool cause it has a nice RPG aspect to it: Gemcraft.
Finally, I thought this was fun. Build the blocks to make the correct shapes from 3 angles.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lakers 87, Celtics 81.

Man, that took longer than I wanted it to. Go Lakers.

Anyway, here's my debut album:

If you don't know what that means, check here.
Random Logo + Random motto = Hilarious.
Sometimes a joke requires a rimshot.
Learn math through current popular music. I think this is a good idea.
I love this blog. Monsters from classic movies.
Fascinating voting information.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Lakers 100, Spurs 92.

That's it. Lakers in the finals. Happy, happy, happy.

The note these thieves left behind would make a great ad for the safe company.
Very neat interactive scary story webpage. I love scary stories.
This is very clever. For those of you who want to read at work without getting busted.
Pop & Lock. This guy has some of the most awesome dance moves ever.
Burn After Reading. That's a red-band trailer, which means there's some foul language in it. But it's the Coen Brothers, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and J.K. Simmons too (awesome), and it made me laugh out loud. So there's potential here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Lakers 93, Spurs 91.

My magic died watching the game on Sunday, but it was back in effect tonight. Ok, there was some cheese at the end of that game, and all anybody's gonna talk about for the next two days is Joey Crawford officiating that game (for those that don't know he and the Spurs have a hate/hate relationship) and the fact that Brent Barry was unquestionably fouled at the end of that game. I have 4 points to make on this subject:

1. Barry wasn't shooting so it should have been a 2 shot foul, which would most likely have just tied the game.
2. Either way, the Lakers would have had a second left on the clock to take another shot.
3. The Spurs got every other call in the game, particularly in the first half, and shot 7 more free throws than the Lakers. The Lakers are not a physical banging team, and the Spurs are, so if anything that stat should be reversed, and that last non-call might have just been a makeup call for the rest of the game.
4. It's in the W column so I'm done worrying about it.

On to some POSTS:

The quest for every Beard Type.
What are the next 5 innovations of the next 5 years?
Some fun crossover logos.
Play some Music Catch.
Some of you might need this.
Weird hybrid puzzle/shooting game. Lt. Fly vs. the Spiders.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lakers 101, Spurs 71.

That was nice.

Holy crap this dude likes Pens.
Trailer for the Pac Man movie. Really.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Lakers 89, Spurs 85.

So, here's how powerful I've become (in my own mind). I missed the first half of the Laker game because I thought it started later than it did. When I arrived it was the start of the third quarter, the Laker's were down 8, and as I watched that lead crept up to 19.

But as I continued to watch Kobe came alive (he had 2 points when I started watching, 27 when the game ended), and the Lakers took over. As you can see from the above score, they're now 9-0 when I watch them play.

Let me bask in my purple and yellow glory, and let's move on to some linkage.

I hear good things about this: Ghostbusters Gameplay footage.
More Lego Indiana Jones
Speaking of Indy, this appears to be a shot for shot remake of the truck scene using only toys.
Script Review for a Green Arrow movie. Supermax. Matt Damon? David Goyer. Wrote Batman Begins.
Need to catch a Roadrunner? I present to you the Full ACME catalog.
How to make a Tennis Ball
The ONION AV Club rates Pringles Flavors from Japan. Just because the comments made me chuckle.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Lakers 108, Jazz 105.

It really took all I had to will that win out in Utah. The Lakers are now 8-0 when I watch and 0-2 when I don't. Seriously, I'm not missing anymore games.

That being said I have nothing to post.

Nothing but one movie.


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Lakers 111, Jazz 104.

Even though there's a huge storm going overhead right now, and I probably shouldn't even have my computer on, I can't pass up the opportunity to point out that the Laker's are now 7-0 in games that I watch and 0-2 in games that I don't. Yes I have this much power. Apparently. Eli is going to make me watch game 6 with a gun to my head.

This guy hooked up a bunch of lights and music and...well, it's the Emergency Party Button. Just check it out.
Cool comparison between the real New York and Liberty City from Grand Theft Auto IV.
Bruce Campbell is funny.
This is a neat game where you get to see 20 images, and then you have to guess the google search term that led to them.
200 Games that update daily.
I find this totally fascinating.
We'll finish off with the top 10 Declassified Secrets in the world.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Lakers 120, Jazz 110.

So, I went to watch this game with Travis and Eli at BB Rovers, and I made a comment that had Travis laughing and he insisted I add it to the blog page so he could remember it later. Though I'm not sure how funny it's going to be in text...

So, they were showing Jordan Farmar's stats to point out how much they'd increased from last season to this season and I told Travis, "He's increased his output in every category including number of years played in the NBA."

Which Travis thought was delightful. So there you go.

On to the linkage:

Giant list of frogs & toads. You know. Cause I'm toad.
Strangely compelling video of how to get 5 metronomes to sync up.
The top 100 comics master list. Mostly for comic book geeks.
See how well you can design a Roller Coaster.
OMG, this is MUST SEE TV! Sci-Fi TV pilots that didn't make it to air. There's even more of Leonard Nimoy being Baffled!
Dancing Zombie Puppets. There was no way I was not gonna share that, even if it is a Zune commercial.
This is a trailer for a game coming out called Mirror's Edge. Looks neat.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lakers 109, Jazz 98.

An Engineer's guide to cats.
Oh, yeah, that giant squid they found? There's probably more of them. And they're bigger...
This is just...this is awesome.
. Looks ok.
The Beastie Boys meet Star Trek. Intergalactic.
If you're not watching Scrubs, you should be. See?
This is how you should play Mario Kart.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Lakers 107, Nuggets101.

Well, that'll do it for the Nuggets. The Lakers are also the only team to sweep their first round opponent. Which means we'll get a break (them from playing, me from posting) until the Utah/Houston series finishes up.

So, since we're gonna get some time off, let's link it up a little bit:

Check out the awesome Attack Wing Glider the military's using. I think the GI Joe cartoon inspired that.
And speaking of GI JOE, this lady apparently had no idea the GI JOE team has existed since the 80's, she's lamenting the fact that the movie has totally destroyed that awesome 40's icon who single handedly won WWII (apparently). She even found some bloggers to back up her "OMG what are they doing!" screeching. This whole article kills me for some reason. I mean it's like she doesn't realize this happened 20 years ago. Lady, there was a cartoon!
GTA IV. Should be here soon.
Lots of cool pictures and videos of bioluminescence.
I just don't feel right if I don't give you a game.
Cool Then & Now pictures of Arizona. Mouse over the images to see how things have changed.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Lakers 102, Nuggets 84.

Man, I wish I had some links or something.

This is late I know, but I didn't get to watch the game, so as Han Solo would say, "It's not my fault."

Wait, I have typeracer!
What about Cool Business Card designs? (We should get some of these.)
Or, how about a fascinating array of Ascii Art?

Well, if the Lakers are going to keep winning I'm going to have to hold some things in reserve...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Lakers 122, Nuggets 107.

Another Lakers win, so you get another post. (By the way, that's 250 points the Lakers have dropped on the Nuggets in 2 games. The Nuggets are just...not good at defense).

High Tech Noon. So brilliant.
Um...yeah, I'm just going to let these speak for themselves.
If you have some free time, check out the 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of all time.
Are you awesome enough to play Pong and Breakout at the same time? Pong + Breakout = PongOut.
And I'm going to end it with this shaky, bootleg video from New York Comic-Con...
Venture Brothers season III preview. If you don't know what you're getting into...don't watch it. If you know what's up, well, Venture Brothers rules. (Includes possibly the greatest GI Joe parody of all time).


Better link to Venture Bros. Season 3 here.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Lakers 128, Nuggets 114.

So, the deal I'm making with myself right now (which I probably won't keep) is that whenever the Lakers win a playoff game I'm going to post. They won today, they play again on Wednesday. If you want a post on Wednesday night or Thursday morning you should be rooting for the Lakers.

I love that Freeman is reading the blog. Not for any particular reason, I just like to read his occasionally, so the fact that he's popping over here every once in a while is kind of nice. And speaking of, every once in a while I'll run across a nice turn of phrase or a clever sentence and it will remind me of someone I know (like if I see somebody use foul language in a bizarre way I think of Dan). But this is one of the ones I saw that reminded me of Jeff, and then I checked my blog and Jeff had posted 2 (TWO!) comments. This was in a discussion about the best high concepts for a superhero:

Seriously, does a high concept get any better than Green Lantern? "He's a space cop fighting alien crime with his magic wishing ring".

So, yeah, that made me think of Jeff, I could totally see him saying that. Anyhooo....

You should know that Eagles are cold blooded vicious killers.
Star Wars in Urban Settings.
Oh good. Advertising is now taking to the sky. Want to enjoy looking at the clouds on a nice summer day? You're gonna see some commercials up there. Thank you scientists. Don't cure cancer or anything...
South Park shows you a glimpse of the worst thing that could ever happen...
I totally want this and I don't know why. Chronotebook.
It's all about Batman. Lego Batman. Batman Anime.
Or, maybe it's all about rapper/animal hybrids: Animal Pharm.
Do you Love the World?
This game...I love the music. And it's so dumb. And you can finish it in like 10 minutes. But I can't stop playing Doeo.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I Have the Greatest Job In The World.

So, some of you know this, some of you don't, but I recently started working for Heatwave Interactive. That would be the company started by Sunsword. Basically, I'm sitting around writing up ideas for games I want to make. This is more awesome than I can even begin to explain. We got our first bit of money in the bank, so things are going very, very, very well. Wish us luck.

Ok, here's some stuff to peruse:

So, the Spirit. Yeah, this could be cool. Check out these pics of Sam Jackson and Scarlett Johansson. Sam is playing the bad guy.
Another cool scene from Iron Man. I can not wait for this movie!
There's a new, longer trailer of the Speed Racer movie. Be warned, this movie has more colors in it than the human eye should even be able to perceive. Seriously, if you think you might be epileptic, don't watch this. Don't even go to the webpage.
Cool Zodiac artwork.
Here's our freaky thing of the day: Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Um...but with all the birds removed. Yeah.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

So, Sunday. Yeah.

Check out the Atari 2600 catalog. I played a lot of those games.This is a pretty good fan made recreation of the Light Cycle scene from Tron.
Hey, did you know they're still making a sequel to TRON? Maybe it's just a remake.
My mom totally needs this for her dog.
And if you're bored you can listen to the sounds of the ocean under the ice in Antarctica. Seriously.
Hey, and if you ever wondered, here's a list of what the number one song in the country was on the day you were born. Or any day, really, I guess.

Oh, hey,, no...don't...don't walk on that!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Oh, you thought I was dead again, didn't you

It's another one of those times where I found a game that totally blows my mind. It's the Magic Pen.
B-Fish found this one: It's the Powder game.
Oh, cool, Mad Magazine Fold-Ins!
You have to love a game that tells you what to right in the title. Oh, the name of this game is You Have To Burn The Rope. When you finish, stay for the awesome song.
Throw the dude.

Windows Music.

That's it for now.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Not bad for a Tuesday.

Prepare yourself for "The World's Hardest Game"!
Remeber that old HBO movie intro that flies through the little city? This is how they made it. The starbust effect (around 5:30 minutes in) is particularly fascinating.
GI Joe. Snake Eyes pics. Could be interesting...
Oh, and we're not done with the 80's yet. John Singleton is directing the A-Team movie.
Anatomy of a Black Hole.
And always be careful when you're dealing kids, you never know who's watching you.


This is awesome. A history of American conflicts as told

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

We're going to have actual AT-AT's soon...

I can't imagine it will be long before the pentagon turns this into an actual AT-AT...
If you really need a reason to be rich, well, here's 9 reasons...
I'm not sure but I think this could be bizarrely good...Tropical Thunder.
Questionauts. Enjoy. Learn something.
Here's 15 movie mistakes you might have missed.
These fonts are from the 80's. Probably that song too.
I wonder how many of these Mom and Kirby have seen...
Oh, dear. Lost Boys II.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Things that make you go: "Yeah, I already saw that on Todd's blog."

So, there's a new Indiana Jones movie coming out shortly...and Lego is there - LEGO Indiana Jones.
And a new Batman movie coming out in June...and Lego is there - LEGO Batman.

They did such a good job on the Lego Star Wars Games that I think I'll play both of those. But if they need ideas for more games they should use the Random Game Name Generator. (Thanks Phil!)

Speaking of Legos, if this book had been around and my mother could have found it, she totally would have bought it and all the legos it listed: Forbidden Legos.

Speaking of Star Wars, I totally dig the Alternate Star Wars Opening Credits and would like to watch the movie that follows.

Star Wars came out in the 70's, and so did these Weight Watchers Cards from the 70's.

Things were such weird colors back then. Which reminds me, I want to totally have my Bookshelves arranged by color.

This was colorful too, but I'm not sure, is that a Toy or Person?

Think that's weird? The internet is full of weird. Like if you recut Planet of the Apes and removed everything but Charlton Heston's dialog. Yeah, somebody did that. Check out Planet of the Heston. I'll let them sum it up: The film’s narrative is reduced to a single apocalyptic monologue that is often humorous and all Heston.

Berenger sent me this. Dog Genius. (Thanks Berenger!)

And speaking of pets, this is so every cat I've ever owned: The Cat Wants In. (Thanks Susan!)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Quiet weekend.

Sometimes you find a game, and that game is so awesome that it deserves its own post.

Today that game is SHIFT.

But, I'm gonna give you some bonus features.

This cartoon explains a lot about people like me.
Penn & Teller explain one of their tricks on stage, very neat. I've always liked them.

That's it for now. Enjoy the shifting.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pillowy Mounds of Mashed Potatoes

To understand what you're seeing, you have to see it in context first. That's Uncle Phil. He likes potatoes. And then, there's this, which as the Metafilter poster who originally posted pointed out, must be heard to be believed. There's more of that weird type of stuff on YTMND.

But that's what the internet is for, right? Weird stuff? What is Garfield without Garfield? It makes Jon seem sad and pathetic. Or, more sad and pathetic I guess, since he's always been a little sad and pathetic. Right?

Speaking of sad, this movie looks like it might have a touch of the sad. And also, the fantastic. It's described as what League of Extraordinary Gentlemen should have been. It also stars Lee Pace who I never heard of until the fantastically fun Pushing Daisies.

And speaking of pushing daisies (I am like a segway machine over here), John Alvin died. You probably never heard of him, but he created some of the most iconic movie posters of all time.

Ok, I'm done with the segways. Now I just want to show you cool stuff:

Like this: Casulo. Or, how to put an entire room into one tiny box.
Or this: Some of the most awesome architecture ever built.
How about Kriegspiel? A game only slightly more complicated than chess.
Or maybe Predictably Irrational. A game that teaches you a little bit about choice.
Speaking of games (I'm segwaying again) you should play Iron Dukes.
Or sign up for the PMOG beta. I'm still not sure what it is, but it's called a Passively Multiplayer Online Game.
Try not to eat any of these things while you play, though.

Oh, and I'm going to send this post off with some Eddie Izzard, in honor of the fact that he's coming to do a show in Austin. And because I love Legos, and nothing goes together better than two things I love...

The Death Star Canteen.
Cake or Death.
James Bond. (Jam Trousers)
British vs. US movies.
And Vampires.

There's lots more up there if you go look.

Oh, and I told Travis about this the other day, but I found the link. This is Phil Jupitus (Eddie actually introduces him in this clip) and he's pretty funny. But get to the end to see the awesome.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Chapter 101. Things I found (part 101).

We're going to try something a little different. Today we're going to tell a story. Once apon a time Mr. Fancy Pants had an adventure somewhere in the world. No, wait, this idea sucks. Let's try something else.

Grid - 16.

Bah, that's too terse.

If only I could find the right tone. Kind of like if a 3-year old described Star Wars to you...

For some reason Star Wars reminded me I need some new furniture. Some kind of weird desk that would make people say, "That's awesome."

Wait, that's can't be real, can it? That's got to be some kind of optical illusion.

Like some kind of game that's not done but has a really neat premise (and a video).

I mean, there's some weird things to see on the internet.

It's never too late to get started.

But, I guess sooner or later Death comes for everyone.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

What's this bloggy thing? Oh yeah...

I disappeared for more than a month and no one noticed. How sad for me.


Ok. I'll see what I have laying around. You'd think there'd be a lot.

How does Superman shave? Superman may be the only one that knows. No, wait, this guy knows and he'll tell you.
Hey, look at what the future will look like! (That's a young Wink Martindale, by the way.)
Bruce Campbell Rules.
Filler. It's a game. You know it's fun. I don't post games that aren't fun.
I would so live in this house.
I'm not sure Tracy Morgan hasn't just become Tracy Jordan at this point. (PS, watch 30 Rock. It's funny.)
I don't know if this is real or special effects, but this is some impressive soccer.
Oh yeah. There's some new Harrison Ford movie coming out...Something about a Crystal Skull?

Well, it wasn't that much I had saved up. I'll try not to disappear for a month again.

(Like you care).

//By the way, I just looked and for the record, this is my 100th post. That makes it somehow even sadder.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Elmore Leonard and Alfred Hitchcock would have made great movies...

Play more games. Like Cube Logic.
Or, perhaps Chain Factor.
Can't decide which of those two games to play? Just Flip A Coin.
Potentially NSFW: Friday the 13th with a laugh track. It's inspired.
Definitely NSFW: Pulp Fiction Text. It's still fun. What ain't no country I ever heard of.
For when the pitching machine gets lonely. The batting machine.
Test your typing speed.
Kitty hates computer!
For Tolkien Fans: Battle of Pelennor and the Battle of Helmsdeep reenacted. Er...with Candy. (Thanks Dan!)

And the "My Heroes" Section:

Audio interview with Elmore Leonard.
Video interview with Alfred Hitchcock.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Today we have a picture to enjoy.

Matrix vs. Fight Club. This is pretty well put together.
Joel found this really awesome game called Cursor, which is weird, and kind of hard to explain, but play with it and see if you can figure it out.
Sometimes you need a flowchart to know if you really want bacon.
This is what you'd get if cats designed webpages.
Actually, that same guy made a bunch of webpages. They're all kind of cool.
These people are called sleeveheads. They take weird pictures with album covers.
The most interesting places to see on Google Maps.
This is a totally bizarre Sylvania light bulb commercial, but with a great line in the middle of it that cracks me up. Actually it's pretty funny anyway.
Cats are Awesome.

Finally, today, we have a pic to enjoy.

These guys are installing those little parking thingies to keep people from driving up on the sidewalk. So, how long before they realize that where they parked might not have been such a good idea?