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Video for designers: Make My Logo Bigger Cream

Also: White Space Eliminator, Starburst Dust, Forescencizer and The Emotionator

posted at 4:01 pm
on Oct. 31, 2007

Permalink ditches tabs

It's been many, many years since they popularized the tab web design model, but Amazon has finally switched away from them.

posted at 12:55 am
on Oct. 31, 2007


Google Trends: brain vs. penis

From the chart, you can see that they're just about inversely proportional, which is just about correct.

posted at 5:33 pm
on Oct. 29, 2007


U.S. FEMA agency stages a press conference, with own staffers pretending to be reporters

This is truly, truly sick -- and I think could be considered propaganda, which is illegal (Federal law specifically mandates that any advertisement appearing in the format of a news item must state that the item is in fact a paid advertisement. )

posted at 12:25 pm
on Oct. 26, 2007


Video: Zombies in Plain English

Remember, zombies don't like candy. And they can't swim (I told you!)!

posted at 11:32 pm
on Oct. 23, 2007


Do you want to buy Toronto’s Smallest House? It’s for sale!

Thanks, Joey!

posted at 9:16 pm
on Oct. 22, 2007


Debunking Myths Might Help to Spread Them

At the same time, NOT debunking them helps them spread even more; it's a lose-loseworse situation.

posted at 5:10 pm
on Oct. 22, 2007


How cats wake you up in the morning

Funny video animation -- and true! Baseball bat.

posted at 3:05 pm
on Oct. 22, 2007


Insider cheating at online poker site; how it was caught by sleuthing

I don't play online poker, but this isn't why.

posted at 9:54 am
on Oct. 22, 2007


IM tragedy: Fraudulent man kills co-worker over online girl who turns out to be fraud, too

It's a twisted story, truly.

posted at 1:07 am
on Oct. 21, 2007


Lyal Don’t Eat That! Episode 1: Mmm…Syrup!

1.5 liters of Aunt Jemima syrup chugged. A Facebook video record, as far as I know.

posted at 12:13 am
on Oct. 20, 2007


Ferry crews warned against smoking pot

Here's the thing. The BC Ferry CEO *wants* drug testing of his own employees, but the Transportation Board won't require it, and the Canadian privacy laws otherwise won't allow it. Canada can be an odd place.

posted at 1:43 pm
on Oct. 18, 2007


xkcd - The 60 minute rule

Sexual experimentation: Oh no!

posted at 11:34 pm
on Oct. 16, 2007


Vancouver Strike Diaries: Why She Voted NO to the City’s Offer

An interesting perspective -- and much more in depth than any story I read on the strike in mainstream media.

posted at 1:25 am
on Oct. 12, 2007

Permalink acquires citizen journalism site Newsvine

Is this the future of ctizen journalism? I hope not. Independence ought not be traded simply for more eyeballs and better hosting.

posted at 11:16 am
on Oct. 8, 2007


House Oversight Committee says Blackwater fired first in 80% of 195 incidents reviewed

Blackwater USA employees engaged in at least 195 escalation of force incidents since 2005, with the private security firm firing 80 percent of the first shots. Also, hiring a Blackwater employee costs the U.S. gov't about 6 times as much per day as an American soldier does (in wages, but perhaps not in total expenses).

posted at 10:44 pm
on Oct. 1, 2007


Halo video about the future of gaming

Do keep watching past minute 2 -- it gets WAY funnier. I love the "Halocaust."

posted at 10:06 pm
on Oct. 1, 2007



“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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