Friday, September 30, 2005

An Honest Website!

Wow! How refreshing! An honest website that is actually what their name implies: I Yi Yi Yi Yi!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Brain Teaser

If you stare at the the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to green.

Now, concentrate on the black + in the center of the picture. After a short period of time, all the pink dots will slowly disappear and you'll only see a green dot rotating.

It's amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot, and the pink ones really don't disappear. This should be proof enough, we don't always see what we think we see.

Hallowe'en Coming Soon

Well, heck -- I went to the store today and found a couple of aisles completely filled with Hallowe'en candy and goodies. Completely forgot that it was coming up at the end of the month already! Over the past week, it's gotten a lot cooler and wetter here in the Seattle area and the days are certainly getting shorter. It's like a switch went off on the first day of Fall. Anyway, someone sent me a self-running PowerPoint slideshow of Scott Cummins' fantastic pumpkins. It's about 1.75 Mb in size but well worth the download to watch it. You can also go to his website to look at more pumpkin carving masterpieces: PumpkinGutter. Keep in mind he's from Texas, so for all of you liberals out there: Don't get your underwear all twisted into a knot! It's all for fun!

Omigod -- Can Crushing Momma!

I can't believe they showed this on TV!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Hurricane Landfalls Since 1950

Click on the smaller image below to see a larger version of this map from the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina. The size and intensity appear to be pretty widely spread out up and down the entire Eastern seaboard and in the Gulf of Mexico. I sure didn't know there had been some Category 4 hits that far up the East Coast!

Gas Prices Can't Get Much Worse Than This!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Sunday, September 25, 2005

OK -- One for the Women: He Said, She Said...

He said... I don't know why you wear a bra; you've got nothing to put in it.

She said... You wear pants, don't you?

He said... Shall we try swapping positions tonight?

She said... That's a good idea - you stand by the ironing board while I sit on the sofa.

He said... What have you been doing with all the grocery money I gave you?

She said... Turn sideways and look in the mirror!

On a wall in a ladies room . "My husband follows me everywhere"

Written just below it... " I do not"

Q. How many honest, intelligent, caring men in the world does it take to do the dishes?

A. Both of them.

Q. How does a man show that he is planning for the future?

A. He buys two cases of beer

Q. What is the difference between men and government bonds?

A. The bonds mature.

Q.. Why are blonde jokes so short?

A. So men can remember them.

Q.. How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet paper?

A. We don't know; it's never happened.

Q. What do you call a woman who knows where her husband is every night?

A. A widow.

Q. Why are married women heavier than single women?

A. Single women come home, see what's in the fridge and go to bed. Married women come home, see what's in bed and go to the fridge.

Q. What is the one thing that all men at singles bars have in common?

A. They're married.

Man says to God: "God, why did you make woman so beautiful?"
God says: "So you would love her."
But God," the man says, "why did you make her so dumb?"
God says: "So she would love you."

Programming Language Inventor or Serial Killer

Can you tell the difference between a Programming Language Inventor from a Serial Killer? Take this simple test.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Fall is Here!

Today's the first day of Fall! The South 47 Farm in Redmond has gotten their annual corn maze ready for public fun. This year, they've cut a giant American Gothic painting into their corn field as a maze. Get lost!

Here are directions and hours for The South 47 Farm. They're even open on a few evenings and suggest that you bring your own flashlight!

Late-Breaking Louisana News!


President Bush Sells Louisiana Back to the French

President Bush and a giddy Jacques Chirac shake hands on the deal.

BATON ROUGE, LA. - The White House announced today that President Bush has successfully sold the state of Louisiana back to the French at more than double its original selling price of $11,250,000.

"This is a bold step forward for America," said Bush. "And America will be stronger and better as a result. I stand here today in unity with French Prime Minister Jack Chiraq, who was so kind to accept my offer of Louisiana in exchange for 25 million dollars cash."

The state, ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, will cost hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild.

"Jack understands full well that this one's a "fixer upper," said Bush. "He and the French people are quite prepared to pump out all that water, and make Louisiana a decent place to live again. And they've got a lot of work to do. But Jack's assured me, if it's not right, they're going to fix it."

The move has been met with incredulity from the beleaguered residents of Louisiana.

"Shuba-pie!" said New Orleans resident Willis Babineaux. "Frafer-perly yum kom drabby sham!"

However, President Bush's decision has been widely lauded by Republicans.

"This is an unexpected but brilliant move by the President," said Senate Majority Leader Bill First. "Instead of spending billions and billions, and billions of dollars rebuilding the state of Louisiana, we've just made 25 million dollars in pure profit."

"This is indeed a smart move," commented Fox News analyst Brit Hume. "Not only have we stopped the flooding in our own budget, we've made money on the deal.

The money gained from "The Louisiana Refund" is expected to be immediately pumped into the rebuilding of Iraq.

Pets in Uniform

A fun idea I thought worthy of posting this morning. Get your Christmas cards early featuring pictures of your pets in military uniforms of your choice.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

My Kind of Learning Site

HowToons is a visual site that provides How to information on a growing range of subjects (mostly technical). It should go a long way in getting kids of all ages interested in how to do stuff. While you're at it, you (and your kids) may also want to check out their even wackier site, Instructables, where you can submit your own How to instructions. Brought to you by the good folks over at SquidLabs.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Why You Have to Go to the County Fair

A friend from down in LA sent me this great commercial for this year's LA County Fair. The clip speaks for itself... (mpg file 3.5 Mb)

Sphincter Don't Fail Me Now!

This is indisputably the tallest bridge in the world today! Groundbreaking was in October 2001 and completion was in January 2005. It was built to connect the highways going from Paris to Barcelona. You can read more about it on the BridgePros site here.

Click on the image below to enlarge it.

Monday, September 19, 2005

New for Your Car: BlondeStar

OnStar just keeps getting better all the time! Introducing BlondeSTAR just for blondes. (Windows Media wmv file 1.85 Mb)

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Instant Kharma

Sometimes Kharma happens a lot quicker than you think. Check out this homemade video of a kid in the back seat of a car trying to knock the smaller kids off their bikes with his door. If you ever believed in justice and Kharma... (Windows Media wmv file -- approx. 900K)

How to Remove a Broken Key From a Lock

I love the eHow site. Their byline is Clear Instructions on How To Do (just about) Everything. Here are their simple steps on how to get a broken key out of a lock in a couple of simple steps. Home page and Index are here.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Bill Gates Meets Napoleon Dynamite

Well, the PDC 2005 Conference in L.A. is finally over. Microsoft introduced some of its latest vaporware and announced many of the features to be packed into Vista and Office Version 12. But the most important thing was a short video clip that Bill Gates showed to the audience on opening day. It shows Bill and Napoleon sharing a place in college with Bill eventually losing a slapping contest to Napoleon. So guess who gets to run Microsoft? The only copy available online right now is a shaky copy taken by someone who attended the conference. iFilm hosted it here and I'll update this link later if Microsoft eventually lets up and releases an original copy of this funny video on the world. Come on, Bill!

Spontaneous Human Combustion?

So all those urban legends about spontaneous human combustion keep you up late at night? More episodes of X-Files than you can remember? Here's a recent news story out of Sydney, Australia that will have your hair standing on end (Ha ha). I didn't know that this could really happen. Makes you think a little, no?

Power-dressing man leaves trail of destruction
Sept. 16, 2005

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building.

Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woolen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together.

Story con'd here.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Things You'd Love to Say Out Loud at Work

1. I can see your point, but I still think you're full of shit.

2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.

3. How about never? Is never good for you?

4. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public

5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way

6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.

7. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

8. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.

9. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a damn word you're saying.

10. Ahhh... I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again...

11. I like you. You remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.

12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.

13. I have plenty of talent and vision; I just don't give a damn.

14. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.

16. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

17. The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.

18. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.

19. What am I? Flypaper for freaks!

20. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.

21. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.

22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.

23. And your crybaby whiny-assed opinion would be...?

24. Do I look like a people person?

25. This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.

26. I started out with nothing &still have most of it left.

27. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.

28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?

29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.

30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.

31. I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.

32. A cubicle is just a padded cell without a door.

33. Can I trade this job for what's behind door #1?

34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.

35. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?

36. Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done.

37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?

38. I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted a salary.

39. Who lit the fuse on your tampon?

40. Oh I get it... like humor... but different.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Lawn Chair Drill Team

Just something silly for midweek. What more can you say? The title says it all. (Windows Media wmv file -- approx. 5.5 Mb)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Terrorist Training Camp

Advice from The Fruitcake Lady

A friend sent me a couple of the Fruitcake Lady clips this morning and I got some good chuckles out of her great advice. Here's one you can download here.

Marie Rudisill is a 93-year old lady from Florida who submitted a fruitcake recipe to Jay Leno years ago and started a surprising career as a geriatric advice maven. She first appeared on the Tonight Show in 2000 and quickly became a regular feature on the show. Take a look at her bio -- she happens to be Truman Capote's aunt! You can see more of her clips on the NBC website here.

Latest French Armstrong News

Armstrong Searched

The Associated Press
August 7, 2005; 11:00 PM

PARIS, France --

Lance Armstrong's record setting seventh Tour de France victory, along with his entire Tour de France legacy, may be tarnished by what could turn out to be one of the greatest sports scandals of all time. Armstrong is being quizzed by French police after three banned substances were found in his South of France hotel room, while on vacation after winning the 2005 Tour de France.

The three substances found were toothpaste, deodorant and soap which have been banned by French authorities for over 75 years.

Armstrong's girlfriend, American rocker, Sheryl Crowe, is quoted as saying "We use them every day in America, so we naturally thought they'd be OK throughout Europe."

Along with these three banned substances, French authorities also physically searched Armstrong and found several other interesting items that they had never seen before, including a backbone and a testicle.

The Guys' Version on Invention of the Wheel

A good candidate for commercial of the week.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Like Thrills?

Amusement park rides we would like to see. From Worth 1000's latest Photoshop contest.

Bored on Monday? Play Frisbee Dog

A small distraction for a slow Monday.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

How to Tell If You're Driving Too Fast!


Holy cow! I just discovered the Original NerdTV and it was started in 2003 by someone over at the University of Washington as a way to bring lectures and programs from their campus out to the rest of the world. Check it out. Some deep stuff here.

Only by Download: NerdTV

This is where the state of download entertainment is going. Specialized programs either in radio or video format that you can download to your personal player to play whenever or wherever you want. NerdTV is Robert X. Cringely's new PBS show that interviews geeks that guys like me would love to see interviewed. They've used Creative Commons licensing to allow it to be freely distributed online to anyone who wants to download it to their device for personal viewing instead of through normal cable or satellite channels. A great way to kick off a new concept.

Polish Sausage

A man goes into a store and asks the clerk for some "Polish Sausage".

The clerk looked at him and asked "Are you Polish?"

The guy, clearly offended, says, "Well, yes I am. But let me ask you something:

If I asked you for Italian Sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian?
Or, if I asked for German Bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German?
Or, if I asked you for a Kosher Hot Dog, would you ask me if I was Jewish?
Or, if I asked you for a Taco, would you ask me if I was Mexican ?
Would ya, huh? Would ya?"

The clerk says, "Well no."

"And if I asked you for some Irish Whiskey, would you ask me if I was Irish?

What about Canadian Bacon, would you ask me if I was Canadian?"

"Well, I probably wouldn't," said the clerk.

With self-indignation, the guy finally says, "Well, all right then, why did you ask me if I'm Polish -- just because I asked for Polish Sausage?"

The clerk replies, "Umm - because you're at Home Depot?"


This guy is about to jump off a bridge, when all of a sudden, behind him he hears "Don't jump! Don't jump!"

He looks around and there is an ugly-ugly old broad. She says "Don't jump. I am a witch and
I can grant you any three wishes you want."

He starts to think about money and cars, and says, "What's the catch?"

"You have to sleep with me first," says the old broad.

He looks at the ugly hag but finally agrees. They go to her place and do the nasty deed! He then says, "For my first wish..."

She interrupts him and asks, "How old are you?"

He answers, "Forty-two."

And she says, "Hmmm... And you still believe in witches?"

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Top 50 Oxymorons

Top 50 Oxymorons

50. Detailed Summary
49. Devout Atheist
48. Even Odds
47. Act naturally
46. Found missing
45. Resident alien
44. Advanced BASIC
43. Genuine imitation
42. Airline Food
41. Good grief
40. Same difference
39. Almost exactly
38. Government organization
37. Sanitary landfill
36. Alone together
35. Legally drunk
34. Silent scream
33. American history
32. Living dead
31. Small crowd
30. Business ethics
29. Soft rock
28. Butt Head
27. Military Intelligence
26. Software documentation
25. Toll Free
24. New classic
23. Sweet sorrow
22. Childproof
21. "Now, then ..."
20. Synthetic natural gas
19. Passive aggression
18. Taped live
17. Clearly misunderstood
16. Peace force
15. Extinct Life
14. Temporary tax increase
13. Computer jock
12. Plastic glasses
11. Terribly pleased
10. Computer security
9. Political science
8. Tight slacks
7. Definite maybe
6. Pretty ugly
5. Twelve-ounce pound cake
4. Diet ice cream
3. Working vacation
2. Exact estimate

And the Number one top OXY-Moron

1. Microsoft Works (A little technology humor there)

Religious Philosophies Simplified

Catholicism: If shit happens, I deserve it.

Protestantism: Shit won't happen if I work harder.

Judaism: Why does this shit always happen to me?

Buddhism: When shit happens, is it really shit?

Islam: If shit happens, take a hostage.

Hinduism: This shit happened before.

Hare Krishna: Shit happens Rama Lama Ding Dong.

Rastafarianism: Lets smoke this shit.

Atheist: No shit.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Ever Want a Penguin for a Pet?

I still can't really tell if this site's a gag or not! Had no idea that penguins might be available. But I suppose if all manner of other animals have been domesticated, penguins wouldn't be far behind. Of course, the company lists its address as Eau Claire, Wisconsin -- brrrr! Buy several!

NEW NOTE: Hey, absolutely positively this is a gag site that's been around for a while (but still a well done website!). You can read about it here on

Libelous Claims About Large Corporations

Well, the title just about says it all. Just some dopey fun.

Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon: New Classes for Men!



The course covers two days, and topics covered in this course include:

Step by step guide with slide presentation

Roundtable discussion

Practicing with hamper (Pictures and graphics)

Debate among a panel of experts.

Losing the remote control to your significant other - Help line and support groups

Starting with looking in the right place instead of turning the house upside down while screaming - Open forum

Group discussion and role play

PowerPoint presentation

Real life testimonial from the one man who did

Driving simulation

Online class and role playing

Relaxation exercises, meditation and breathing techniques

Bring your calendar or PDA to class

Individual counselors available

Monday, September 05, 2005

Your Own Personalized Google Page

Go here and type in a title you'd like to see at the top of your Google Search page.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Canada in a Nutshell

1. Vancouver: 1.5 million people and two bridges.
2. Your $400,000 Vancouver home is just 5 hours from downtown.
3. You can throw a rock and hit three Starbucks locations.
4. There's always some sort of deforestation protest going on.

1. Big Rock between you and B.C.
2. Ottawa who?
3. Tax is 7 per cent instead of approximately 200 per cent for the rest of the country.
4. Flames vs. Oilers.
5. Stamps vs. Eskies.
6. You can exploit almost any natural resource you can think of.
7. You live in the only province that could actually afford to be its own country.
8. The Americans below you are all in anti-government militia groups.

1. You never run out of wheat.
2. Cruise control takes on a whole new meaning.
3. Your province is really easy to draw.
4. You never have to worry about car roll-back if you have a standard transmission.
5. It takes you two weeks to walk to your neighbor's house.
6. You can watch the dog run away from home for hours.
7. People will assume you live on a farm.
8. Buying a huge John Deere mower makes sense.

1. You wake up one morning to find you suddenly have beachfront property.
2. The only province to ever violently rebel against the federal government.
3. Hundreds of huge, horribly frigid lakes.
4. Nothing compares to a wicked Winnipeg winter.
5. You don't need a car, just take the canoe to work.
6. You can be an Easterner or a Westerner depending on your mood.
7. Because of your license plate, you are still friendly even when you cut someone off.
8. Pass the time watching trucks and barns float by.

1. You live in the center of the universe.
2. Your $400,000 Toronto home is actually a dump.
3. You and you alone decide who will win the federal election.
4. There's no such thing as an Ontario Separatist. Separate from what? You are the center of the universe.
5. The only province with hard-core American-style crime.
6. Much Music's Speaker's Corner - rant and rave on national TV for a dollar.

1. Racism is socially acceptable.
2. The only province to ever kidnap federal politicians.
3. You can take bets with your friends on which English neighbor will move out next.
4. Other provinces basically bribe you to stay in Canada.
5. You can blame all your problems on the "Anglo *#!%".

1. One way or another, the government gets 98 per cent of your income.
2. You're poor, but not as poor as the Newfies.
3. When listing the provinces, everyone forgets to mention yours.
4. The economy is based on fish, cows, and ferrying Ontario motorists to Boston. 5. No one ever blames anything on New Brunswick.
6. Everybody has a Grandfather who runs a lighthouse.
7. Just as charming as Maine, but with more unemployed fishermen.
8. You probably live in a small seaside cottage with no television.

1. Everyone can play the fiddle. The ones who can't, think they can.
2. You are the "only" reason Anne Murray makes money.
3. You can pretend you have Scottish heritage as an excuse to get drunk and wear a kilt.
4. The economy is based on lobster and fiddle music.
5. Even though it smells like dead sea animals, Halifax is considered Canada's most beautiful city.

1. Even though more people live on Vancouver Island, you still got the big, new bridge
2. You can walk across the province in half an hour.
3. You were probably once an extra on "Road to Avonlea".
4. This is where all those tiny red potatoes come from.
5. The economy is based on fish, potatoes, and CBC TV shows.
6. Tourists arrive, see the "Anne of Green Gables" house, then promptly leave.
7. You can drive across the province in two minutes.
8. It doesn't matter to you if Quebec separates.
9. You don't share a border with the Americans, or with anyone for that matter.
10. You can confuse ships by turning your porch lights on and off at night.

1. If Quebec separates, you will float off to sea.
2. In the rare case when someone moves to the Rock, you can make them kiss dead cod.
3. The economy is based on fish, seafood, and fish-related products.
4. If you do something stupid, you have a built-in excuse.
5. You and only you understand the meaning of Great Big Sea's lyrics.
6. The workday is about two hours long.
7. You are credited with many great inventions, like the solar-powered flashlight and the screen door for submarines.
8. It is socially acceptable to wear your hip waders on your wedding day.

Friday, September 02, 2005

The Nut Bra

Slightly off-color but probably acceptable for MY kind of friends. Introducing the Nut Bra (from MTV2). (Windows Media wmv file -- 3.4 Mb) Not sure if I recommend playing this one at the office (you might laugh too hard!)

New Orleans Looting Deterrent

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Just Bought Gas!

And this is what my piggy bank looks like now!

Lower Back Tattoo Remover

Getting older is sometimes not a pretty sight!

New Orleans from Satellite

Here are constantly updated before-and-after pictures of New Orleans by satellite from Hurricane Katrina. You'll see that most of the city is underwater. The pictures of the Superdome are equally shocking.

Latest Gas Prices

Queen Elizabeth Meets Dolly Parton at the Pearly Gates

Queen Elizabeth and Dolly Parton die on the same day and they both go before the angel to find out if they'll be admitted to heaven. Unfortunately, there's only one space left that day, so the angel must decide which of them gets in.

The angel asks Dolly if there's a particular reason why she should go to heaven, whereupon she takes off her top and says, "Look at these, they're the most perfect breasts God ever created, and I'm sure it will please God to be able to see them every day, for eternity."

The angel thanks Dolly and asks Her Majesty the same question. The Queen takes a bottle of Perrier out of her purse, shakes it up, and gargles. Then she spits into the toilet and pulls the lever.

The angel says, "OK, your Majesty, you may go in."

Dolly is outraged and asks, "What was that all about? I show you two of God's own perfect creations, and you turn me down. She simply gargles and she gets in. Would you explain that to me?"

"Sorry, Dolly," says the angel, "but even in heaven, a royal flush beats a pair, no matter how big they are."

Why Math is Taught in School...

(Written By A Very Wise Man)

I was riding to work yesterday when I observed a female driver cut right in front of a pickup truck, causing him to have to drive on to the shoulder to avoid hitting her. This evidently angered the driver enough that he hung his arm out his window and gave the woman the finger.
Man, that guy is stupid, I thought to myself.

I ALWAYS smile nicely and wave in a sheepish manner whenever a female does anything to me in traffic, and here's why:

I drive 48 miles each way every day to work.

That's 96 miles each day.

Of these, 16 miles each way is bumper-to-bumper.

Most of the bumper-to-bumper is on an 8 lane highway.

There are 7 cars every 40 feet for 32 miles.

That works out to be 982 cars every mile or 31,424 cars.

Even though the rest of the 32 miles is not bumper-to-bumper, I figure I pass at least another 4000 cars.

That brings the number to something like 36,000 cars that I pass every day.

Statistically, females drive half of these.

That's 18,000 women drivers!

In any given group of females, 1 in 28 has PMS. That's 642.

According to Cosmopolitan, 70% describe their love life as dissatisfying or unrewarding. That's 449.

According to the National Institute of Health, 22% of all females have seriously considered suicide or homicide. That's 98.

And 34% describe men as their biggest problem. That's 33.

According to the National Rifle Association, 5% of all females carry weapons and this number is increasing.

That means that EVERY SINGLE DAY, I drive past at least one female that has a lousy love life, thinks men are her biggest problem, has seriously considered suicide or homicide, has PMS, and is armed.

Give one of them the finger?

I don't think so.