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Friday, March 31st, 2006

is for Arabic. Nancy celebrates almost a year of learning the language and more.

is for Aaayyeeee! And you thought bungee jumping was a bit mad. (They’re all speaking furrin but don’t worry, you ain’t missing much. Boys and their toys and all that.)

is for Aaaaww. The Dachshund with narcolepsy. [Via Jim at Squoogy.]

is for At last! Motivated by this article in which techcrunch weighs up the merits of nine web-based feed readers I’ve dusted off my registration details for rojo.com and will get to the bottom of why all this rss feed stuff is so popular. By jove, I will!

is for Asinine. Yahoo ads can’t be viewed by those outside the US? Block ’em all then!

is for Always use protection.

is for Astonishingly Stupid Marketing People. Maybe not as bad as the Hoover free flights fiasco (yet) but the marketing team who set up the Chevy Tahoe Apprentice wheeze.

The all new 2007 Chevy Tahoe is more capable, more responsible, and more refined. Now, you’re the director and it’s your job to communicate this message by creating the best Tahoe online commercial for your chance to win.

Did they not stop for one nanosecond and realise that they’d get entries submissions like this one? Or this one? Ooh, or this? Hang on, or this? Oh no, therearemore! And more! Just one last one? This one’ s for the ladies. [Via MetaFilter.]

Daily Kos, Eco-Geek and Total Tactics are collecting the files should they “disappear” (although I don’t think the above are listed anywhere, you have to know the url to view the contributions). So maybe it wasn’t such a stupid marketing thing after all. Who knows?

And yes, I had a go too [NSFW]. But I’m betting you lot can do much, much better.

* To get the url you have to use the “send to a friend” form and use an email address you can access.
** Non Amerikuns/Canucks will need a postal address.

[tags]Chevy, apprentice, commercial, dog, Arabic, human sling, techcrunch, rss, blog, feeds, Firefox, Yahoo[/tags]

In the absence of any proper blogging

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Here’s a joke.

Two women were playing golf. One teed off and watched in horror as her ball headed directly towards a foursome of men playing the next hole.

The ball hit one of the men. He immediately clasped his hands together at his groin, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll about in agony.

The woman rushed to the man and immediately began to apologise.

“Please allow me to help, I’m a physiotherapist and I know I could relieve your pain if you’d allow me”, she told him.

“Oh no, I’ll be alright, I’ll be fine in a few minutes” the man replied. He was in obvious agony, lying in the foetal position, still clasping his hands together at his groin. At her persistence however, he finally allowed her to help.

She gently took his hands away and laid them to the side, loosened his trousers and put her hands inside. She administered tender and artful massage for several long moments and asked,” How does that feel?”

He replied, “It feels great… but my thumb still hurts like hell.”

Go on, groan away. But it’s the first time I’ve heard it.

LED sex positions

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

A pole dancer and audience of one man made out of LEDs and wire.

LED sex positions

Inside the actors studio

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Visiting Ali earlier I laughed at this comment by Catheroo so of course went looking for the source. And once again found a kindred spirit on the interwebs.

Here’s a post from back in May last year:

As a self-proclaimed pop culture junkie, I love BRAVO’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” At the end of each show, the host James Lipton (perfectly portrayed by Will Ferrell on SNL) asks the celebrity guest 10 questions. Because I’ll never be on that show, I’m answering them here. Enjoy, and feel free to post your answers too. It’ll be like a slam/slang book in high school.

I’ve had a draft post on this very subject for ages but never got round to actually watching an episode in order to transcribe the questions. Now it occurs to me that I could simply have googled for the questions but that would have just been too easy, no? Anyway, here are the questions, feel free to pick up on it, especially if you’re procrastinating on the Book Title Meme

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A cheat’s guide to getting a high score in Guess-the-Google

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

or

How to get your name in lights. Temporarily.

Have you played Grant Robinson‘s Guess-the-Google yet?

It’s an infuriatingly entertaining game in which you are presented with an automatically generated montage of pictures from a single word google image search and you have to guess what the word is. Easy eh? Well yes and no. Sometimes the word jumps right out at you, other times you stare at the screen in bewilderment and start typing gibberish because you’ve no idea what the word could possbily be.

When you’ve finished a round of games your total score is totted up and you can enter it onto the scoreboard and compare your performance against others playing at the same time.

But with all these young turks playing alongside it’s not likely that wrinkly old grannies like yours truly will ever get a score high enough to make the scoreboard.

Until now. I started playing at 23:59, got an average score of 359 and checked the scoreboard. Number 1!

Screenshot showing top 3 scores with me at number 1 and number 2 and scores of 359 and 323

Sods law dictates that I’d get a lower score in the next game (not being very hip meant that I feverishly typed in braids, plaits, dreadlock, dreadlocks and finally dreads) but still. I ruled the scoreboard for a precious few minutes and I shall bask in the glow for days.

So that’s the tip o’ the day – start playing online games just before midnight and watch those scoreboards tremble.

[tags]guess-a-google, google, images, game, cheat, high, score[/tags]

Leek and onion tart

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Delicious looking leek and onion tart fresh from the oven.

In the middle of making a leek and potato soup earlier today I realised that we had too many leeks and a spare bag of onions that needed using up so I did what any sensible chef would do, I checked the internet for some ideas.

Bill Hughes’ recipe for leek and onion tart hit the spot and I didn’t let the fact that I was temporarily mushroom challenged deter me. The daisy mantra: if in doubt, double the leeks!

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Spring forward, Fall back

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

A hippo yawning widely in an African river.

If you’re in GMT-land don’t forget to set your clocks and watches forward an hour before going to the land of nod tonight.

This has been a public information announcement on behalf of the We’ll Have Less Sleep Tonight Dammit party.

ScreenGrab extension for Firefox

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Firefox logo

Do you ever need to take a screen capture of an entire web page, even the bits beyond the fold? There’s an excellent Firefox extension that’ll do take a screenshot of an entire web page, Andy Mutton‘s ScreenGrab.

You can save the entire page as an image, just the visible portion, or the browser window.

And it’s free.

Video clip Friday

Friday, March 24th, 2006

One of the best things about the internet is the sharing of video clips. We get to see clips of programmes from all over the world, both broadcast and from ordinary people. The latter may also be one of the not so good things about the interweb (remember this poor wee lad?) but it’s Friday afternoon so how about some clips from a new (to me) video sharing site, VideoSift.

First up, the most amazing ukele playing you’ll ever see. Agreed! Give that man a recording contract immediately! Oh wait, you can already buy Jake Shimabukuro‘s cd. But is he playing a cavaquinho or a ukele? You decide.

Amazing trumpet playing this time… or is it? Watch Ed Thompson’s performance right through to the end. And then go visit his website.

In the “there’s always one” category, How to lose your job in 26 seconds.

Moving on to politics now, and folk wonder why Americans are becoming ever more unpopular outside of their own country as an Australian newscaster asks Americans which country to invade next (language NSFW).

But of course, we know that there are just as many Americans who would have questioned the need to invade any country at all and are out protesting on the streets as we speak.

And it’s not all Bill O-Bloody-Reilly, thank goodness for Jon Stewart. Here he is in a rare double interview, Bush v Bush.

[tags]video, videosift, Jake Shimabukuro, Ed Thompson, Jon Stewart[/tags]

Ydach chi wedi ceisio troi’r cyfrifiadur ymlaen ac i ffwrdd?

Friday, March 24th, 2006

From the BBC:

A whole glossary for the IT-generation of Welsh-speakers has been incorporated in a new database launched by the Welsh Language Board (WLB).

Technological advances are reflected in laptop (coliadur), download (llwytho i lawr) or even cookies (briwsion) being included in the online dictionary.

For those still stuck, there is also “Ydach chi wedi ceisio troi’r cyfrifiadur ymlaen ac i ffwrdd?”, which is Welsh for “Have you tried turning it off and on?”

Nos da.

[tags]Welsh, language, new, words, technology[/tags]

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