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Archives for: January 2011

31 January 2011

I am in search of an object. Something that will delight me with its presence. Something that I can hold or sit with. Something I will come to cherish. I have no idea what it is yet but I'll know it when I see it. Suggestions?
Violent, politically subversive bunnies "Beijing recently removed from the internet an extremely violent cartoon called Greeting Card for the Year of the Rabbit, in which a group of oppressed rabbits overthrow an abusive government of tigers."
Brainstorming Session! Food + Sound Read more...
Faceplant Kittehs!! Including one or two kittehs you might know.
MeTa Book Club! Here's the discussion thread for The Crying of Lot 49. And, of course, of the accompanying Prof. Hungerford lecture.
Hey, midwestern and northeastern bunnies: Where you gonna put all that snow? You've got so much already, it's not like you need any extra, amirite?
Revolting Cocks cover "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" to good effect Not a new song, of course, and most of you may have heard it before, but I dared to presume you hadn't seen the video. The guy on percussion at 0:09 rules.
Happy birthday to danostuporstar! Have a good one, mate.
Scale: a short animation showing what some of the other planets would look like if they were the same distance from the earth that the moon is.

30 January 2011

"You might as well give a mime a cellphone." I haven't been a fan of "Get Fuzzy" for a long time, but today's comic (in a newspaper I got for the coupons) tickled me the way that Satchel casually explained why that clichť no longer applies in the age of smartphones...
It followed me home....can I keep it? So while out walking Coya tonight, I saw that one of my neighbors had put (what appears to be) a pretty damn fine bike out with their trash. A Trek 3900, to be exact.Read more...
Ask Mecha: so, what exactly do you DO with a weird crush, anyway?Read more...
Musical Status Update In which we post the songs that capture where we are right now, at this point in time.

Mine is in the link.
Crockpot/Slow Cooker? Was gifted a slow cooker for Christmas. My aunt sent me a PDF of 720 slow cooker recipes, but I'm having trouble finding good ones that don't include (a) a can of soda; (b) large amounts of cheese, or (c) cans of cream-of-somethingorother soup. Any help?Read more...
Iím either in love or itís something I ate... Dean Friedman's The Deli Song, only because I can't give all of you a corned beef on rye with a tomato and some coleslaw on the side.

29 January 2011

DEVO- keeping it weird and wonderful.
The call you don't want to get Read more...
What's on your kitchen counter? What stuff do you keep out/accessible in your kitchen? What do you wish you could but don't have a solution for (and its converse, what did you figure out an awesome solution for so the thing is always at hand?)Read more...
Thousands of bunnies Read more...
Saturday Motivation Thread, Random Crap Version OK, bunnehs, wake up (Or stay up!) and Get Things Done! What's on your to do list? Hold me accountable for mine, and I'll reciprocate!Read more...
I was a teenager in the 1980s, and I think if I'd heard the song "Ultimate Satisfaction" by Bear In Heaven back then, I might have exploded.

28 January 2011

Time for another Friday Night Question, as chosen at random from The Book of Questions...Read more...
"Understand At All" by Cloud Nothings is a seriously sunny piece of jangly indie-pop goodness.
Pake: a pie inside a cake
Favorite ecard sites? I gotta send a birthday card to my brother.
Sort of a double Scratching CoyaRead more...
Happy Birthday Valette!! Happy birthday to my favourite Alaskan!

xxx
Photo Friday: I tawt I taw a puddytat!

27 January 2011

In what part of the body do you physically feel nervousness?
Bought a Kindle! Now I'm looking for stuff to put on it. Free (or at least cheap) and old is what I'm after. What classics should I look for? You guys have some of the most eclectic and interesting tastes - what does it for you?Read more...
Soda madness So, what little things do you do different at the self-serve soda fountain?Read more...
Dr. Zoe D. Katze, Ph.D., C.Ht., DAPA, is a cat. But she's not the first animal with fraudulent credentials. Why, there's even a wiki list of such cases. (via)
In a move that probably presages the End of the Internet As We Know It: The folks over at Make Magazine have dredged up my very first published Web article, on How to Boot a Steam Locomotive. Eep!
come in here and do a Mitch Hedberg-style joke skydiving is like an accident. Just really extended.
Has Metafilter been bought out by Google?
THIS IS INCOHERENT SHOUTING IN A THREAD Read more...

26 January 2011

Photo Friday ADVANCE: I tawt I taw a puddytat! Kittehs!
I just realized that my niece, whose diapers I used to change, is about to turn 21.
People who were born in the 1990s aren't supposed to go out to bars and get drunk legally. They're supposed to watch Barney tapes, and play with Power Rangers, and shit. WTF, space-time continuum??
So my curiosity got the best of me in the liquor store today and I bought a bottle of ginger flavored brandy. Unfortunately, I got home and realized I have no idea what to drink it with. Any ideas?
Clean this flippin mess Read more...
This is likely my next musical instrument purchase. What major acquisition are you eying?
FALTIUTGTBE is the new GYOB A very important multi-tweet story from Merlin Mann.

See them now at @hotdogsladies or click the link for a collection.
Quick, what are you listening to?
Wednesday 3-Point Update 1. The latest Spring Awakening tour came to my burg last night. The list of cities includes mostly tank towns, other than a few days in LA (at the Pantages). There seemed to be a LOT of young sorta affluent types that seem to be following the show around the country. I could be wrong, but the audience was mostly in their 20's and I have never seen any of these people before. TPS, anyone you know in this cast?Read more...
What's Your Thing? Do you know? Would you want someone to tell you?

25 January 2011

The Four Icon Challenge Sorry if it's been around, someone just showed it to me.
For dg and likeminded petrolheads. Read more...
When Saints Go Machine - Pinned -- a little tune for the afternoon. Read more...
Jim's Pancakes. Nommylicious!
Do you care about the Superbowl? Read more...
Do you identify more with where you grew up or where you currently live? Both? Neither? Why do you identify with that place?

24 January 2011

"Notekeeping" Application This post got deleted on Ask Mefi, and jessamyn said it would probably be a better fit over here, so... my first post :DRead more...
I'm with Olbo Plus, there's a site called drinkatwork.com/, which I find inspiring.
This is another pronunciation thread pjern's comment in his post the other day about pronunciation reminded me of one of my favorite things: local pronunciations of names and places that seem wrong, wrong, wrong, but have been mangled over such a long period that the local version is the only way to pronounce it, forever and ever amen.

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Gail Davis' daughter downloaded an app, she got $10k in iTunes credits Kind of like the time your kid pulled the handle on the slot machine and won, except this time you keep the winnings. Read more...
Thinking of BoringPostcards with love and sympathy. We're all here for you, I know Read more...
Blade shavers: old or new blade after several days of no shaving? If you're lazy like me & don't have to leave the house, you sometimes go 3 or 4 days without shaving. I can't decide if a fresh blade or one with less of an edge is a better way to go for that first shave.

What do you think?
Full Metal Disney: Serious Movie Scenes With Disney Voices
The Admirality Citadel. Just because it stuns me that they would build such a thing.Read more...
so we agree Rosemary's Baby = top 20 all time (from hollywood)?

23 January 2011

Well, we made it, but not without a little dramaRead more...
Give me your best! Inspired by HuronBob who had a similar question on Ask deleted, what one song (and even one album) is a must when starting a playlist or storing music on a laptop. Best of any genre.
Please calm my anxieties. My partner and I are planning a wedding, at the location we currently live, which means it's going to be 3-4 hours away (by car) for about 80% of our guests. We are trying to figure out what to do about inviting children. In an ideal world, children would not be invited; in the we're-asking-a-lot-of-people-to-travel-kinda-far-for-a-whole-weekend world we actually inhabit, we're thinking that inviting out-of-town kids but not in-town kids might be a viable compromise. Read more...

22 January 2011

This is a pronunciation thread: I have been pronouncing the word 'Himalayas" as him.a.LAY.ahs for 50 years. Read more...
I Really Can't believe I'm at work. Read more...
Say I was going to cook dinner for a date... What should I make? Read more...

21 January 2011

The Friday Night Question (or, the Saturday Morning Question, since I'm so late), chosen at random from The Book of Questions:Read more...
My Boy Jack The other night I caught part of a movie on TV about Rudyard Kiplingís family, and which specifically focused on his son Jackís war service in World War I.

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Flash Friday: Liquid Measure 2 Move around the pots and pipe attachments to accurately distribute the water without spilling any.
I've taken to eating coffee beans. Is there any reason I shouldn't, besides it being an odd habit?
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It's a Song Lyrics game thread Read more...
OMG, Brazilian bunny! - not that kind of Brazilian, but rather the saved-from-landslides kind of Brazilian. WARNING: not happy pictures.
It's time for The Speling Bee! What's the funniest misspelling you can come up with? Must be used in a sentence for full credit.
Tatooine's twin suns: coming to a planet near you just as soon as Betelgeuse explodes.
Photo Friday: Small

20 January 2011

What musician am I thinking of.... Some months ago I saw a musical act on The Colbert Report, which involved an overweight black man who wore a retro-style double-breasted suit and fedora. His band members were all female and they were all kitted out in retro skirt suits and fedoras as well. I am sure I've heard his music on the radio too but have never managed to catch the name. Who is this singer?
Oh hai, spooky monkey - the Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys live in northern China are adorable (or adorably alien) in appearance.
Is MetaFilter down? I haven't been able to access any part of the site for a while, maybe an hour or so. But the MetaFilter Status Blog has no mention of any problems.Read more...
IANAL, certainly not her L We'ev seen the dangers of texting while walking, but whose fault is it? Can you sue?
Blog Finds What new (or new to you) blogs have you started reading lately?Read more...
The Economist has published an interactive map of the United States which shows how each state compares to countries around the world in terms of both economy and population.
Pressing philosophical question of the day. Why haven't they made a documentary about Casio (musical instruments) yet?
3-point midweek update OH HAI - long time no see, strangers. Let's catch upRead more...

19 January 2011

Out of the nest Read more...
Photo Friday Advance: Small That's about it.
Ideas for a football fan war in our office? This aggression will not stand, man!Read more...
What does bad breath smell like to you? Read more...
Raid on house of ill repute, Los Angeles, 1948. (photo)
From my new favorite blog, Frog Blog.
MoneyGrabber, a bit of American soul from Fitz and the Tantrums.

18 January 2011

Hi, Can Haz? (do we still do that one, here?) Read more...
What Places Have You Lived In? I imagine this has been done before, but with such a turnover, I thought it might be fun.Read more...
The SLO Experiment Tilt Shift comes to my area, making it look like the toy town it really is.Read more...
Kindle Users: I do not have a Kindle, but my sister does. Is it possible for me to buy a specific book for her Kindle, as a surprise? Or am I stuck with the usual boring gift certificate?
Pixar's Zoetrope: an animated, 3-dimensional sculpture. Clip also includes shots of a Zoetrope built by Studio Ghibli, which inspired Pixar to build theirs.
THIS IS A BRAGGING THREAD! Read more...
post by: gc at: 05:19 | 20 comments

17 January 2011

Miss Alaska, yodeling ventroloquist [youtube] Alyse Eady performs for the talent portion in Miss America .. strangely captivating
This is just so great. A charismatic ASL signer delivers her final exam in the form of Cee Lo's "Fuck You".
The Hack's Handbook: A Starter's Kit by Andy Kindler (National Lampoon, 1991)
"Whoever said 'Dying is easy, comedy is hard' never went to a comedy club!"
House artifacts While 'breaking up Christmas' and doing all the sweeping and cleaning that comes with taking down the tree, I came across a little old round cardboard disc with "BUD" written on it. It reminded me of the many little discoveries that have popped up in houses past. What have you found in your abodes?Read more...
Then and Now Last week I was reminiscing about a high school memory. Read more...
You and I just need to drop the "you and" I expect everyone except me already knows this tip...Read more...
What is the easiest way to make a ringtone? I want to make a ring tone as a gift for someone. It's a song that I can't find online anywhere as a ring tone already. Read more...
Plastic is closing down 2/15/11, if anyone cares.
so we agree this comparative-punchline cliche needs to be retired? e.g. "The difference between a cliche and a bomb is that one drops and creates dismay.. the other is a bomb."

16 January 2011

GOLDEN GLOBES Anybody watching? We are!
Did you know:
The song "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" lists only 6 ways to leave your lover?
I contend that Paul Simon is the laziest songwriter ever born.Read more...
The Incomplete Manifesto for Growth. I just heard this guy on CBC Radio. Lots of fun things to think about on this list. Read more...

15 January 2011

Email signatures I needed to use this today to respond to an email, and it took me a while to think up the search terms to find it. So here it is, in case you'd been needing it, too:Read more...
Ask Mecha: How Do I Shake This Guy? I do not want to be his friend but he will not leave me alone. Help. Read more...
Wikileaks vs. Facebook, told in one image.
First they came for our Kinder Eggs. Now this. Read more...
Oh hey remember how I said more people should hear Kim Boekbinder? She just posted a Love Song For Twitter.
Bunny! OMG! Because we all need a Saturday Squeee.
Frictionless wheels in Grand Theft Auto 4 means hilarious car-flying action.

14 January 2011

Portlandia is here! Pretty spot on, for the most part.
It's the return of the Friday Night Question, chosen at random from The Book of Questions:Read more...
This week in HEIOLL!! Because I'm the Anti-Eide, vent about all crap that sucked about your week here.
What's the most meaningful compliment someone has given you, recently or otherwise? I loved Eideteker's "good things" post from the other day. Up with good!Read more...
Do bunnies like eggs? I did not know that the incredible egg had its own website!
Weren't we talking about creating this website not long ago?
the little f**got with the earring and the makeup Hope they go after that Archie Bunker dude next.
Photo Friday: Old Man Winter

13 January 2011

Eggs Sothoth I have eaten an eldritch horror - neither squamous nor rugose - and I fear my time is short.Read more...
Aspirational Celebrity Hair Gallery Read more...
Are You a Sagittarian? Well, Perhaps Not - According to Sidereal astrology, there should be 13 astrological signs.
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Bailey update Read more...
To the googles! How to share cool stuff found on the internet.
Something cool? Something cool! Read more...
Photo Friday ADVANCE: Old Man Winter Winter pictures!

12 January 2011

NPR has put a bee in my bonnet again! Read more...
When I started my job in 1998 Read more...
Anyone know how to change an image from color to black and white and grey in Photoshop?
Australians have a good sense of humor even when faced with impending dire adversity.
A half-caf skinny venti, with the words "U R AWESOME" on the foam of my latte, thanks.
Fill in the blanks of this story. I was on my way to pick up lunch when I heard one of the Jehovah's Witness ladies who man the Free Literature table on campus say to the other Jehovah's Witness lady: "Isn't he a good-looking 80-year-old? The women in the trailer park can't get enough of him." No joke.

What the full story here?
CrossAsk - Can you help me? I really want to shoot pics inside where it's warm and dry, instead of on my porch, where it's freezing and there are spiders.
Humpday 3-point update Read more...
It's a Welcome New Users thread! Hello to new users who have signed up in December and early January! If you haven't jumped in, this would be a great thread to say hi! Read more...

11 January 2011

Kitchen bugs! Eeeuucchhhhhaaagh! Successfully battled the indianmeal moth all last fall, and was starting to again feel complacent about the pantry, returning stuff from quarantine in the fridge and freezer to the shelves again. Then, tonight, I met a new enemy. Did you know there are bugs that specifically like to live in paprika? Neither did I!
Streaker fail. (nsfw but not very graphic)Read more...
Previously unknown Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier... Amazing story. Thanks to those of you whom I stole this from on FB...you know who you are! ;) Couldn't resist sharing more widely. Excellent tale.
Logistics Advice Sought - Last Will and Testament. . . I am going to die - no time soon, as I am pretty healthyRead more...
OMG BUNNIES a definitive list, IMO, but if you think others should be included, bring them on.
Also, OMG BAD BUNNIES.
Ask MetaChat: your best lowish-carb meal ideas, please? Read more...

10 January 2011

What music to help my 17-year-old son learn to play the piano? He plays jazz guitar beautifully by ear and with fake books. He knows basic music theory. Now he wants to learn how to read music (finally) on the piano. But he doesn't want to learn via a "baby book." What should he start with? I just ordered a book of simplified Bach pieces. Anything else? I play the piano at the level of intermediate Beethoven sonatas but I started at age 6. I need "cool" stuff for him that isn't too hard for a real beginner at piano. Thanks.
Huemul Conservation Project promoted in a video by Allie Brosh. Conserve ALL the Huemuls!Read more...
Television show that was totally awful and rightfully only lasted a few episodes, but you couldn't turn your eyes away? We're on a theme here...Read more...
I made some... er, dunno really what, so let's call it "Drunken Vichyssoise" and we're good. Because it was. Actually, it was awesome. GYOFB rambling + recipe below the foldRead more...
Television show that you wish had ended (at least) one season sooner? I had to ask.
Television show that you wish had been on for (at least) one more season? Any era.Read more...
I don't have MOFB I would like to formally lodge my complaint about the path the last few weeks have taken.Read more...
An important message from Ringo Starr to his fans
(It's a couple years old, but it was new to me!)

09 January 2011

Bubees move over, WTF kitty is here: First there was bubees, now there's WTF kitty who shows us that dramatic chipmunks got nothing on scottish folds. Nom nom nom nom... WTF?
THIS IS A SHOUTING ABOUT THE WEATHER THREAD! THERE IS COLD WHITE STUFF FALLING FROM THE SKY AND I DON'T LIKE IT ONE BIT!
New sidebar art! Thanks to our photographers arse_hat, Kronos to Earth, DarkForest, ufez, and -t! All pics this time around came from the Photo Friday thread 2010 Favorites.
update. so glad to see the end of 2010. Read more...

08 January 2011

The Pink Moon Problem. In which the singer from The Long Winters spells it out: "There's No Shame In Admitting You're Hearing Something For the First Time"
Escapa! a frustrating little game
Anderson Cooper interviews Kirk Cameron (?!) about recent Arkansas bird/fish deaths.
Kirk Cameron actually comes across as the more reasonable of the two.
Sparks play "I Predict" and "Eaten By The Monster Of Love" on American Bandstand circa 1982.Read more...
A case of Penicillin-Resistant Nostalgia as the "Great Big Radio" oldies web radio station tonight played a 1977 aircheck of "Beaver Cleaver on The New 10-Q!" (to be repeated about 45 minutes from now)Read more...
Regretsy Christmas 2010 Special This is a little late for Christmas, but you have to see this. It's just so... so... je ne sais quois.

07 January 2011

Picky or just following the dictates of his nature? Trilby has a odd little preference I've been wondering about. If I put his cat bed on the kitchen floor, he never, ever uses it. If I put it on one of the kitchen chairs, he will use it fairly regularly. Is there some cat behavioural psychology reason for this, or this is just a little idiosyncrasy?
I am very disappointed in the future Read more...
criminals from the 20s in Australia Ya'll might have seen this, I found it on Redd... I think I love all of these photos, I want to know all their stories!
Why Hollywood keeps making crappy action flicks: Because they make money internationally, and American comedy doesn't always translate overseas.Read more...
Fridge cleaning... I need either a forensic pathologist or an archaeologist to determine exactly what the fuck I just pried out of a bowl from the back of the fridge.Read more...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISMEAR!!!!!
Photo Friday: 2010 Favorites

06 January 2011

Guy doing chin-ups while dangling unsecured from a crane atop a skyscraper.
Helpful tip: Mute the sound on your computer and fast forward to about the 1:45 mark.
Wait is this a real thing? Someone told me I "Put on lotion like a girl" (Less creepy then it sounds)Read more...
Grammar question Read more...
Books of 2010 So what books did you read last year? Going through my list, I see that I probably read the fewest books in any year of my adult life. Read more...
Why Cecco Beppe Does Not Die I'm not quite sure what to make of this video lol
Well, how are you today?

05 January 2011

Huh. Just figured out that you* can watch a bunch of recent concerts from Austin City Limits (the TV program, not the festival) online from PBS Video. 46 of them, actually, including Elvis Costello, Alejandro Escovedo, Steve Earle, Wilco, etc. Jeepers.

*Sorry if this "you" is only US "you"s.
Someone Else Will Put it Back Depressing evidence of the lousier, lazier side of humanity.
Photo Friday Advance: 2010 Favorites Which of your 2010 photos do you like the best? Post them and tell us why you love them!
This fan-made trailer for the game Minecraft has made my day. Also, OMG the amount of work the guy put into building all that stuff.
MP3 Shuffle-a-gogo anyone? What comes up on your MP3 shuffle? Read more...

04 January 2011

A Thank you Thread: Thank you, dude playing the Legend Of Zelda theme on your ocarina in Union Square. You made my day at least 20% better.
Wow... that's slippery! turning up the sound is essential, but there is some borderline NSFW language
Homeless man with golden radio voice. Friend of mine who's a professional radio announcer posted this earlier today. It's amazing. Hope he gets a job soon!
I am on day 3 of successful vegetarianism woo! alas as I try to look critically at midrange priced buy-for-lunch/dinner food out here I realize that you can easily get heart disease from vegetarian food in India, I'm gonna have to do more buying/preparing myself
7 best and worst science movies - chosen by NASA and the Science & Entertainment Exchange. #1 worst movie? 2012. NASA has heard enough noise about 2012 that they wrote a "the world won't end" FAQ. Read more...
Knitting agenda 2011 I've misspent today so far happily broswing through my stash of yarn, pattern collection, and the free patterns available on Ravelry, planning my knitting projects for 2011.
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On the internet, no one wants to hear your dreams Read more...
I have a small (~1 lb) pork tenderloin roast that I forgot until now that I was going to cook this evening. What's the best way to cook it?Read more...

03 January 2011

1922 Kodachrome Film Test "A sample of some of the earliest color motion picture film you will see."
Ask MeCha: License to Meow Hi, Iím a housecat named Trilby and I want some advice about how to break into the international spy business.Read more...
OOooooooo Osechi! I was pretty pleased with how the New Years food turned out!
Monday 3-point update Read more...
Coffin & Cradle, 2011 *whispers* Are we going to do coffin and cradle this year? I really liked this the last two years' threads.
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Pulp fiction goes pop-up: old paperback covers cut out and reassembled into 3-dimensional scenes.
If you believe that we make our own luck, then it's time to get to work. Read more...

02 January 2011

New computer! What should I do with it?Read more...
Chuck Berry collapsed in concert last night but left the stage doing his duckwalk. Includes a great old video of "Roll Over Beethoven".
So, how's your new year been so far? Ninety-five percent chance it's been better than mine....Read more...
Alphabet Autofill! Read more...
A very belated offering in the December Musical Giftstravaganza: White Wine In The Sun by Tim Minchin, a funny (but ultimately sweet) holiday song for the non-religious. Video.Read more...

01 January 2011

As I hear all the buzz about "decade retrospectives" (and whether the decade ended with 2009 or 2010) I remembered something I wrote 6-and-a-half freaking years ago: SELF-LINK.
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Happy Birthday arse_hat!
Happy new year! Drama reduction plan continued, Read more...
Partied too hard? Post a pic from the morning after :)
What's the best picture of you from the last year? Show it off now.

Here's mine

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