Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dilbert: The Early Years

Judge PWNs Dumbass Second-Year Law Student

Hey, I don't spend a lot of time watching any of those stupid Court reality shows (especially Judge Judy!). But this one was actually rather gratifying. Judge Milian on Peoples Court loses it with this young wannabe attorney and completely rips him a new one. Can't say I'm sorry for him...

Interactive Bridge Map

MSNBC has posted an Interactive Bridge Map for those of you still rich enough to handle a road trip for your summer vacation. The map even includes filters so you can pick and choose what to include in your search (kind of like GoogleMaps mashups).

I loaded up the Seattle to Portland route and was surprised to see the condition (and the number) of bridges along the way.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

BMI Calculator

The New York Times has an online interactive BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator HERE. (Yep - mine's 21.8 so I'm not too worried about it right now.)

There's also a decent article on ways you can reduce your weight and bring your BMI back to a normal range.

Reverse Magazines

Showing what a popular magazine might look like in a parallel universe. Reverse Magazines.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

When Pigs Can Fly...

From Russia with love - during the early pre-Sputnik era. Incredible pictures.

The Ronald McDonald Chronicles

So who knew? Ronald McDonald was actually a real person with a real life. Check out his life story at the Ronald McDonald Chronicles.

I Want One! Full-Size T-Rex $100,000

You can buy your very own full-size T-Rex replica, cast from one of the most complete fossilized skeletons ever found! From the Black Hills Institute in South Dakota. Each one is custom-made to order and a mere $100,000. But does that include assembly?

The Billy Letters

RADAR Magazine just published a 10-page article detailing a series of "pen pal" letters that Bill Geerhart sent to several famous and infamous people, including serial killers Charlie Manson and Richard Ramirez. Of course, Geerhart posed as a 10-year old so most of the responses are all that much more interesting. Check out the story HERE.

And yes, Charlie Manson SHOULD be locked up! (read his letters to Billie!)

P.S. - And the comments are just as fun to read.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Mr. Lee's Cat Cam

Check out a day's worth of the images from the Cat Cam (can also be used as a spouse cam!) at Mr. Lee Projects for Cats and Pets (no relation).

So Much for Blowing Up a Building the Old Way

I still remember when they imploded the old Kingdome Stadium in March 2000. We had front row seats downtown at The Harbor Club and witnessed the perfectly-timed demolition of Seattle's old Mariners' Stadium to make room for the new Safeco Stadium. Although it went down perfectly, it still left a lot of dust and debris all over the downtown area for months.

I was just reading about a new approach to demolition in Japan: They take it out one floor at a time... starting from the bottom up!

Incredible to watch and you can read more about it HERE on

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Paul Allen's Brain Map Project

When you live in the Seattle area, you can't help but pick up on the general love-hate relationship people have with Bill Gates and Paul Allen. From the success-envious wealth redistribution fanatics to the most passionate lifelong Microsoft geeks, most everyone has something to say about two of the richest men in the world. Of the two men, Paul Allen remains the more enigmatic and that's what probably leads to some of the undeserved ill-will so often directed at him.

Few people outside of the tech community will remember that Paul Allen dropped out of Microsoft at an early point when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease in 1983, enduring radiation therapy and a bone marrow transplant to finally recover from his near-fatal illness. But he never returned to Microsoft full-time, opting instead to follow his own pursuits backed by the wealth generated from his massive Microsoft stock holdings.

Seattle has benefited from a lot of Paul Allen's good fortune including The Experience Music Project and The Science Fiction Museum. But I think among his most enduring contributions will come from his generous support of numerous research projects. His most recent project was just announced to great fanfare: The Allen Institute for Brain Science has been mapping out the mouse brain and spinal cord in unprecedented detail and is finally up online for free public access. This remarkable research is his first step in the ongoing study of the human brain (they're working on that now).

Even after all these years, I still remain in awe at the growing base of knowledge and how it continues to be easier to find online. And yes, I like Paul Allen.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Latest Jib-Jab Political Cartoon

Like 'em or hate 'em, JibJab has been producing some of the best animated political parodies for a few years now. They always manage to poke fun at everyone without being too nasty. Hmm - bipartisan comedy. What an original concept!

Best Mug Shot T-shirts

I'm sure most of you have already seen the story about the idiot who got busted setting up a hookup with what he hoped was a 14-year old girl. If you're going to do stupid stuff like that, at least think about what you're going to wear when you get there! (Kinda like your Mom telling you to wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident and have to go to the hospital.) His mug shot became one of the most popular news images a few days ago.

So The Smoking Gun posted up a collection of other t-shirt mug shots that might top that one.

The Evil Version of Highlights Magazine

How many of you are old enough to remember Highlights for Children Magazine from school? Or your dentist's office? Those pre-Sesame Street "educational publications" were full of connect-the-dots drawings and vanilla stories guaranteed not to offend Mom. The folks over at Holy Taco took some time to re-make a nasty version for those us who endured pages and pages of that old classic. Check it out HERE.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Best Headstone

Says it all...

New York Street Art

From New York Magazine: A different take on inflatable animals using garbage and shopping bags on the streets of New York. And unintended side story: This is also a real statement on the viral nature of the Internet.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Road Sign Romance

Stumbled across this road sign legend. OK - NOW I get it!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Dumbass of the Month Award

How Not To Fake A Heart Attack: