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Grandmother refuses to let her purse be searched at movie theater; isn’t let in

Sounds like an Onion headline, but it's true. Good for her for standing up for herself (and for all of us).

posted at 10:01 pm
on Jun. 26, 2008


Cool Little Analog Graphics Equalizer Animation

30 seconds of glee. And skittles. And stackable chairs.

posted at 4:11 pm
on Jun. 25, 2008


Sam Zell to ‘maximize’ value of L.A. Times building by selling it

Let me tell you -- it would not 'maximize' the value of my car to sell it. You get maximum value out of something by USING it.

posted at 2:56 pm
on Jun. 25, 2008


Puzzle Farter—A Video Game Where Your Only Skill is Farting

It's too much like real life for my taste.

posted at 10:07 am
on Jun. 25, 2008


Rosecrans Baldwin writes about Paris in May

Wonderful. Evocative. I hate him.

posted at 9:39 am
on Jun. 25, 2008


World Traveler Matt has made another heart warming video

Monique and James are in it; seeing the places this guy has been makes me insane with yearning to travel.

posted at 9:21 am
on Jun. 25, 2008


The Website Is Down

My entire life as a tech support guy, in 8 minutes. Mildly NSFW (penis drawing made out of desktop icons)

posted at 9:53 pm
on Jun. 24, 2008


Popular one sentence stories

They make you think.

posted at 1:45 am
on Jun. 24, 2008


Great AIDS-awareness ad of woman under the ocean with scary penis monsters. NSFW, obviously

Awesomeness incarnate. Definitely deserves the award.

posted at 10:13 am
on Jun. 20, 2008


How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?

I could last 1 minutes 29 seconds.

posted at 9:43 am
on Jun. 20, 2008


Video: Dance Off with the Star Wars Stars 2008

If this wasn't so funny and camp, I might be a little sad at the exploitation of my childhood...

posted at 4:00 pm
on Jun. 19, 2008


360 degree panorama of an Italian buffet

So so delicious. If I didn't have a mouth full of sushi at this exact moment, I'd be even more into it.

posted at 1:37 pm
on Jun. 19, 2008


What is good tequila, Reposado, Blanco or Anjeo?

A great guide to people who want to know more.

posted at 12:07 pm
on Jun. 19, 2008


This purports to be a leaked memo with the Rogers iPhone data plan prices

$30 / month unlimited data. Yeah, I'll do that.

posted at 11:41 am
on Jun. 19, 2008


Procrastination is ... watching a video that’s 4:27 minutes long

Or having a cup of tea. I think I'll go do that.

posted at 11:15 am
on Jun. 18, 2008


Is Japan, you know, Insane? This McDonalds Ad May Convince You

But I do have an insatiable need to eat french fries now.

posted at 11:10 am
on Jun. 18, 2008


Video of Dick Cheney May Contain Evidence Of His Whereabouts

I can't believe this guy is still alive 7 years later.

posted at 9:41 am
on Jun. 18, 2008


Bacon Ice Cream (!!!)

It's a comic, not a product.

posted at 2:16 pm
on Jun. 17, 2008


The Online Journalism Review (OJR) has been shut down after 10 years

I guess they couldn't find a business model covering an industry that can't find a business model. 😊

posted at 11:34 am
on Jun. 16, 2008


Three glasses of wine now defined as ‘binge drinking’ by Australian government

They were obviously drunk when they wrote the new rules, eh Bruce?

posted at 6:29 pm
on Jun. 14, 2008


Did the Washington Post fake this image in photoshop?

I'd say: 60% likely. UPDATE: It is NOT a fake. It's an optical illusion, and is a real photo.

posted at 3:28 pm
on Jun. 12, 2008


Here’s why UC Santa Barbara was the third ARPAnet node

Nice human story.

posted at 12:33 pm
on Jun. 10, 2008


Rogers is doing a *teaser* campaign about the iPhone—uh, what?

You know, to build up expectations -- except we knew THREE TWO YEARS ago that Rogers would be the ones to offer the iPhone because there's NO OTHER CELL PHONE COMPANY IN CANADA that has a network that supports it. I can't underestimate this company enough, it seems.

posted at 11:59 am
on Jun. 10, 2008


Cool video: Slow Motion Punches in the Face

Really mesmerizing.

posted at 4:50 pm
on Jun. 7, 2008


Bizarre patrons at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre

A funny catalog

posted at 6:45 pm
on Jun. 5, 2008


Zappos bribes new employees with a $1,000 offer to quit

Those who take it, aren't committed enough to the shoe company. About 10% of new hires take the $1,000 offer.

posted at 12:23 pm
on Jun. 4, 2008


Read classic novels and poetry at work in PowerPoint format

This site is awesomely constructed. Someone's genius is being seriously misused.

posted at 12:16 pm
on Jun. 4, 2008


In Athens, 21 of 22 of the 2004 Olympic buildings are now shuttered and decaying

The only open venue is the former badminton stadium, which has been transformed into a theatre, which has hosted Swan Lake on Ice and Jesus Christ Super Star. The actual article is here

posted at 12:24 pm
on Jun. 3, 2008


Watch this amateur version of “Build Me Up, Buttercup” on ukulele

It's not super good, but it's great, if you know what I mean.

posted at 7:04 pm
on Jun. 1, 2008



“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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