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Over a year ago I wrote about Matt who has traveled the world dancing poorly and loving every minute of it.  Well, he has put out a third video, so I wanted to make sure that my couple readers were aware.

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

Also, turns out many people have started spoofing his idea, and I was shocked to even see that someone has done it in World of Warcraft too… amazing.

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Had a great night with the family last night, got some good photos out of it too.  All the kids are my cousin’s kids and they are adorable.

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While cleaning out the fridge tonight, I ran across an aging unopened bottle of champagne. Instead of just throwing it out, my roommate and I decided to apply some of the valuable knowledge we have learned from Zane Lamprey of Three Sheets, and we “saber”ed it (used a machete and cut the top off or “beheaded” the bottle). Zane does this in the NYC episode (the one not on hulu) but I found this video of someone else doing it. Enjoy!

If you do it right, the pressure of the champagne takes the top cleanly off and it shot about 20 feet across my backyard into my neighbor’s yard. If we can find the top, I’ll post a photo of that as well.

Google has gained a bit of a cult following amongst us geeks for their “pranks” on the virtual world.  This year, it looks like there are two “releases” today, Virgle and Custom Time.  Custom Time looks legit enough, but not sure (reminds me of the year they “released” gmail but no one believed them.

Who knows.  Keep up the good work…

Hysterical! Looks like the writer’s strike was good for letting the SNL peeps recharge and come up with some good ideas… hulu.com looks like it could be a glorious waste of time!

Ripped from a James Bond film “The Spy who Loved Me” this modified Lotus Elise goes underwater for 2+ hours worth of a scuba like experience. The one of a kind car, appropriately named “sQuba” is a concept car and likely will never be produced or available to the public. Too bad, I’m sure there are tons of people willing to shell out $2million for a 2 seater…

A notable percentage of Brittish people think that Winston Churchill, Ghandi, Dickens, and many others are fictional characters!!!   In a new study that is difficult to believe, 23% of Britons believe that Churchill was a myth, and 58% believe that Sherlock Holmes was real!  I’m not really sure what else to say, but … ‘wow’.

In fairness, I was 95% sure Florence Nightingale was real, 75% sure of Richard the Lionheart, and it would have been a coin flip on the Duke of Wellington.  I’ve never even heard of Biggles…

Not really caring about either the Patriots or the Giants, the superbowl was as much about the commercials as it was the game this year for me. While the game wasn’t filled with the offensive fireworks many expected, it was a great defensive chess match, and proved to actually be a good game.

The commercials however left a lot to be desired. Doritos came through again with the mousetrap, and both etrade baby commercials were huge winners in my opinion. On a side note, I thought Fox did a great job with their own in-game promos with the terminator fighting their football robot, etc. If you’d like to check those promos, or any of the other SB ads, check out the myspace page.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a curious exercise. In layman’s terms, SEO is the set of best practices that you should follow to get information to register (and rank higher) with search engines, most importantly, with Google. I applied some of my learnings on SEO for the November 11th post Tim Cahill’s World-Class Goal (Everton at Chelsea) and the results have been a little surprising…

According to Google Analytics, over the last 4 weeks, nearly 60% of the traffic to this site came from people searching for tim cahill’s goal chelsea (ranked #1 in google), or tim cahill everton goal chelsea (ranked #3) or some other variation of those words. Kind of cool, I hope everyone finding this site looking for that post finds the post helpful and chooses to stick around. I’m happy just to have you peeking in…

And on a very strange note, Google also seems to think that I am an expert on “spagnostics” as I am the #1 ranked item for that search term as well… I’m not really sure what to make of that fact though.

Man I wish I had seen Handbell Hero before Christmas!  For those of you wishing you could get into the phenomenon that is “Guitar Hero“, try this little flash game with some popular holiday tunes.  Great idea…

A quick yet very impressive Christmas tune for you all (looks like it is from Leno some time back)…


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This video cracked me up! I love it when people are willing to break with convention to have fun, and bring smiles to others…


GYMNASTIQUE PEKIN 2008
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Well according to this internet quiz, yup, I’m a ‘lush.’ For those of you who know me, you will probably find this as amusing as I did (and for those of you who don’t, I almost never drink)… Oh well. Apply a little logic and this quiz isn’t too difficult.

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“I never can comprehend how the snails managed to get into the ark, yet they did; they must have started very early.” – C.H. Spurgeon

One of spurgeon’s lesser known and light-hearted quotes…

I’m not sure how they do it, but the Onion (aka America’s finest news source) managed to outdo itself yet again with this report.

Ninja Parade Slips Through Town Unnoticed Once Again

For those of you who haven’t seen the web comic xkcd.com, you are missing out. Very clever and creative.  Who would have guessed that humor based on math, philosphy, programming, and anything else nerdy would be so great.  For a small sampling, check out these…

If you were looking to hire a designer, don’t tell me you wouldn’t at least give this guy an interview. Imagine being an HR person sifting through a stack of resumes and then that gets plopped on your desk. Memorable, purpose driven, humorous, well designed, very well executed (“I HELPED STEPHEN” stickers, coaster, badge, interview postcards) … ingenious.

I also appreciated his design police work. Cute concept for the design snob in each of us with some excellent advice like, “Comic Sans is illegal”, “Turn Hyphenation Off”, and “WARNING: low resolution image.”

A Pakistani friend of mine passed along this wonderful collection of Pakistani proverbs. Apparently something has been lost during translation…

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While researching a stock today the Charles Schwab grading scale gave me a bit of a chuckle … I wish 4 B’s equaled an “A” back when I was in school.  Being the constant “B+/A-” student, I would have ended up cum laude at Schwab University…

In case you didn’t know, today is a special day – International Talk like a pirate day.  While I don’t much care for silly holidays like this, I figured I’d let you know in case you run into people who take this “seriously” or stumble across things like flickr online…

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Flickr (to be known today as “Flick-Arrr”) has decided to celebrate by altering their logo to have a pirate’s flag over the “r”. Well done friends. (I’m a little surprised that Google is not taking advantage of this opportunity as they pioneered the concept of altering your logo to celebrate certain days.

Check out this shockingly accurate (considering it was made back in 1967) clip from the video 1999 A.D.  This film’s creator predicted computer networks, video surveillance, online shopping, personal printers, online bill-pay, even email before their invention (and years or decades before their adoption by society).

Here is a little collection of old tv commercials starring celebrities before they were famous including Brad Pitt, Matt LeBlanc, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Keanu Reeves, Paul Rudd, Seth Green, Meg Ryan, Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman
. Amazingly, I actually remember seeing some of these on TV…

(I figured it would be better to link to them than embed so many in to the page)

CNN has reported that “Men want hot women.

This revolutionary study ranks up there with women drawn to men with muscles, faraway objects are tougher to see, and smoking cigarettes costs you money.  I’m praying my tax dollars didn’t go to figuring these things out… (Seriously though, how do people get the funding to do this stuff).

I am not a .net programmer, but I work with lots of ‘em, and every once and a while they make a mistake do something that takes our development site down for a while. The other web designer and I love looking at these messages for their unintentional and very geeky humor. For example, here is this morning’s error:

error.net lazy

I’m not sure how computers/servers do things “lazily”. I also got this today:

error .net actively refused

“Actively refused” huh… this is the one I see quite often. Good times. I love .net today.  If ever a post deserved the tag of “geeky”, this one is it.

I “personally believe” she truly “such as” has a gift “like” for “and” expressing herself. Third runner up, really? Did she even listen to the question? I’m not sure how she managed to work South Africa and Iraq into this one…

This mother obviously did a great job instilling her child with that old adage. I’m not sure she thought he would do with for help with his math homework though. Priceless. I hope it was a slow night at the 911 center – if so, I applaud the helpful nature of the man on the line.

Remember 80′s music? Some of it is pretty hard to forget, despite your best efforts in some cases. If you enjoyed 80′s music (or want to feel nostalgic for a few minutes) check out Armstrong Family Circus’s “Best of the 80′s”. Good stuff.

I still get goosebumps hearing “Kyrie Eleison” by Mr. Mister.

I always knew there was something I didn’t trust about Michael Vick. Thanks to Jonathan Lee Riches for shining some light on all the wrongs that Vick has committed against him. To think, had I not read this filing, I never would have know that Vick:

  • Violated this man’s rights under the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th amendments (really, the second amendment? how did he affect your right to bear arms?)
  • Attempting to sue for $63 billion, he actually managed to sue for $63 billion billion (backed by gold and silver by the way)
    • $63,000,000,000,000,000,000 – I know player’s salaries are ludicrous, but come on
    • Assuming my math is correct, that is 1300 times more than the combined Gross Domestic Products of every country in the world in 2006!
  • Vick stole two dogs
    • Damaged RFID chips
    • Fought the dogs
    • Sold them on ebay
  • Bought missles from IRAN (didn’t see that coming, did you)
  • Pledged allegiance to Al-qaeda
  • Subjected him to microwave testing
  • Used drugs in school zones
  • Is “in the business of” illegal steroids
  • Managed to “physically hurt feelings” (I’d pay money to know how this is even possible)
  • Is ordered to stop “dashing my hopes”

Wow. Reading that lawsuit was undeniably the highlight of my day. I am a little sorry that Vick will have to spend real time and money fighting these slanderous and obviously false claims, but it brought a little humor to my day.

I kid you not… Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 5 – AMC is showing a Chevy Chase marathon!

While I’m not exactly a fan of Steve Jobs, I can’t deny that he has been an influential part of two companies that put out some good products – Apple and PIXAR. Lifted is another “short” from PIXAR that has won some awards, I thought it was really cute.

* sidenote – never heard of this “jumpcut.com” site before, but it seems to be yahoo’s competitor to youtube. It is certainly prettier than YouTube (and less cluttered with ads) – but as history tells us, the best product is not necessarily going to win the battle (Virb > MySpace, BetaMax > VHS, OS X > Vista, etc…)

We had a lot of family in town this weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of my aunt and uncle. While much of my family lives in the area, there is one uncle in particular (Rick) who lives in New Hampshire that we don’t get to see as often as we like.

For those of you who don’t know him, check out this clip I saw on the Daily show that reminds me of him. Who knew that Rick and Brian Williams of NBC news are twins separated at birth – personality, sense of humor, mannerisms, and even looks (Brian is probably a tad more attractive, but Rick can certainly hold his own…)

Two Sidenotes:
- I would watch the ‘Nightly News’ if Brian Williams would show an ounce of his real personality instead of his boring “anchor” personality
- Nice to see someone be able to take it and dish it back out with Jon Stewart. He obviously likes/respects Brian a lot more than the Crossfire guys (this clip was the death knell for the now cancelled Crossfire).

A guy dressed as Borat crashed the tour de france… High Five!

Mix together some hitchhikers, pan-handling, photography, blogging, life-casting, lot’s o’ gasoline, gps tracking, and a helmet mounted camera and you end up with this unique way to spend a summer – summerrideshare.com

This guy is offering to pick anyone up and drop them off where ever they want (looks like he is in atlanta right now), as payment, they need to pay for half the gas and share their stories with him.  He is even documenting every purchase he is making and others can “support” him by picking up the tab for anything he does (through paypal).
What a great way to spend a summer.  I wish I had thought of this while I was in college – I would have done it in a second.  Talk about some memories …

My copywriter and I celebrated a truly unexpected victory this afternoon as one of our recent SAJ polls (designed as a fun poll with no real value) actually got picked up by the associated press today and has filtered down to the Houston Chronicle, Forbes, and a few others!

Sidenote – I still think we should have listed Jon Heder’s job as “egg gatherer” instead of “farmhand” – he would have won in a landslide then.

It is really too bad that this little piece of fiction is not true. On a side note, how can an internet rumor be this old and widespread and I hadn’t heard of it yet?

While most of you don’t know my college friend James, he recently had a kid and has decided to start blogging about it, from his kid’s point of view.  It is hysterical – it is a strange amalgam of his sense of humor mixed with Stewie from family guy… good stuff.

For the less geeky who check this blog, Google has gained a bit of a following due to the fact that they play an April Fools joke on the internet every year.  This year’s TiSP is pretty impressive.

My personal favorite was a couple years ago when they realized that people were looking for the joke, they announced GMail on april fools, and no one believed them thinking it was just another joke…

I stumbled upon this drawing and it illustrated a big part of my concept of success.

Looks like someone outside Portland is promoting a better browser by whatever means he can …

When you can’t seem to find just the right words to express your love for your mum, let Mr. T do it for you!  Sadly I didn’t find this in time for Mother’s Day…

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There is a debate every year about the 2 post season college basketball tournaments, the NCAA and the NIT. The NCAA selects the best (and all the automatic bids), and then the NIT gets to take it’s pick of the “best of the rest”. A second rate tourney… minimal TV coverage, and rarely any of the really good teams. The best the NIT hopes for is a big name program to have a bad year, bad enough that the NCAA’s won’t want them, and then the NIT can have them (like Syracuse this year).

Anyway, if the NIT ever hopes to be seen as legit, they may want to treat their champions better. The West VirginIa Mountaineers won the title, and were given these wonderful t-shirts to celebrate in. Anyone notice anything funny about the shirts? Way to go N_T.

West Virgina, huh?

The preproduced digital shorts are the only REALLY funny things coming out of SNL these days and this one with Peyton Manning is classic.