Thursday, April 30, 2009

Two Lips

As I said in the last post, I was in Skagit County, Washington last week. Did you know that Skagit County is only second to Amsterdam in the production of tulips? The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is the hottest thing in the county from April 1st to April 30th.


Acres upon acres upon acres of tulips adorn the cities... Tulips are everywhere! And I don't care what you say Colleen, I think that they are pretty! Here are some pictures from the fields....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Real Life Movie Star!

I was in Skagit County, Washington last week inspecting some apartment complexes. While inspecting a unit, I noticed this album.


I mentioned to the tenant that he must enjoy collecting old vinyl records. He noted that not only did he enjoy collecting the records, his voice was on them!

This is Don Doolittle!


He pointed out that since he was 16 years old, he had been acting and doing voice-over work. He's credited on the album that I saw as playing Confucius in "The Flintstones and Jose Jiminez in the Tim Machine". He also told me that he was in a movie called "Hawaii" opposite Julie Andrews, played the District Attorney in one episode of "Hawaii 5-0", and he's credited as the star of "The Creation of the Humanoids"!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It's Becoming Too Easy

Computer scientist Patti Maes spoke at a recent TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in Long Beach, California. She brought a little gadget that was created by one of her grad students at MIT, assembled from parts that any of us could buy at our local electronics store (for about $350.00).

The device allows you to use the internet anywhere using a small computer with a projector that hangs around your neck, and small (different colored) caps worn on your fingers. It looks a little cumbersome, but imagine being able to take pictures just by putting your fingers in the shape of a square or project and dial a telephone keypad onto your hand.

Imagine picking up a book at your local bookstore, placing it in front of the projector around your neck, and getting the reader rating from Amazon.com on the cover. Or when you want to find out what time it is..... Simply draw a watch on your arm.....

Monday, April 27, 2009

Cops and Robbers

Check out director Adam Berg's short film titled 'Carousel'. This video was used as a commercial for a new Phillips flat-screen Cinema 21:9 television.

The cameras fly through a frozen world where bullets are flying, and cops and robbers are in an endless tug of war. The video runs full circle, back to where the video began, but with a very interesting twist. It's like watching a full Hollywood-style cops-and-robbers movie in 2 minutes and 19 seconds.

I've watched it three times now, and each time I see it I see something new! And by the way, the clown masks could not be any creepier.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Marmaduke Explained

Here’s the second of two blogs about comic sites. I hope you enjoyed the Garfield-Minus-Garfield site I wrote about yesterday. Joe Mathlete has created a blog dedicated to the worst comic of all time, Marmaduke. That’s right, the mischievous large brown dog that causes nothing but trouble.

Joe Mathlete takes the Marmaduke strip and explains the actions and comments in the strip in a humorous fashion in less than 500 words.

Here’s a couple examples:



1. Marmaduke has been given a pet frog, despite being a pet himself.
2. Marmaduke takes this pet frog on walks, complete with tiny collar and leash.
3. These walks are conducted when Marmaduke himself is taken for a walk (by his owner-man).
4. As a frog travels via hopping (rather than walking), Marmaduke is seen hopping (rather than walking) during this particular walk/hop, most likely to mimic his pet's movement rather than out of necessity.
5. Marmaduke's owner-man is seen hopping as well, despite the fact that such hopping is embarrassing (explicitly) and unnecessary/inconvenient (implicitly).
6. Marmaduke is now published in color, even on weekdays.

All of this is absurd.



Marmaduke is about to go on a date. His owner-lady makes an unfathomably distasteful double entendre about Marmaduke's girlfriend, Snyder.

Go ahead and click on the link below to check it out!

http://www.marmadukeexplained.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Garfield-Minus-Garfield

I'm going to blog about some funny comic sites for the next couple of days.... I appreciate Garfield for what it is.... Jim Davis created a comic strip about a cranky orange cat that loves lasagna.... Every once in a while you'll get a great Garfield comic, but even I know that it's difficult to create comic gold every day!

An artist and musician from Ireland named Dan Walsh has created a website called Garfield-Minus-Garfield. The title of the site explains everything. Dan Walsh takes the three panel strip and takes out Garfield. To tell you the truth, the strip is as least as funny, or even funnier, without Garfield.

Dan describes the site as "a site
dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb."

Here are some samples from the site:





Click on the banner below to go to the site to see the rest of the comics:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Prop 8 - The Musical

Here's my third and final blog post for today. I'm sticking with the making fun of the ridiculousness of Proposition 8...

A bunch of really funny big-named people put together a musical about Proposition 8.

For your viewing pleasure, "Prop 8 - The Musical":


R.I.M. Job

The National Organization for Marriage created this public service announcement. Who are we to say that other people can't get married? Here it is.... It's not my opinion, it promotes discrimination, you'll see why it's in the post later....



A sketch group put together a parody video of the National Organization for Marriage's "Gathering Storm" video. It's very funny.... Take a look...


Apology

My sweet Portia De Rossi made a public service announcement that aired on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" apologizing to supporters of Proposition 8 for their struggles and how her marriage to Ellen Degeneres has affected their lives.....


You don't have to apologize to me Portia.... I love you too.....

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hair Raising

Japanese hairstylist Shinji Konishi created these amazing hairpieces. They look like natural hair. I want the giraffe!










Monday, April 20, 2009

United State Of Pop 2008 - Viva La Pop

A fine young gentleman, named DJ Earworm, has blown my mind! He's a mashup artist.... He takes the music of other performers and puts them together into one song, and somehow it all fits together and sounds good.

He took ALL 25 songs from the Top 25 Billboard Hits in 2008 and made a Mashup with a video called the 'United State of Pop 2008'. The only time I listen to these songs individually is when I'm on the treadmill, but put together, they are awesome.


Here's the list of the songs he includes in the mashup:

Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain - Low
Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
Alicia Keys - No One
Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major - Lollipop
Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic - Apologize
Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown - No Air
Sara Bareilles - Love Song
Usher Featuring Young Jeezy - Love in This Club
Chris Brown - With You
Chris Brown - Forever
Ray J & Yung Berg - Sexy Can I
Rihanna - Take a Bow
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl
T.I. - Whatever You Like
Rihanna - Disturbia
Rihanna - Don’t Stop the Music
Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine
Chris Brown Featuring T-Pain - Kiss Kiss
Ne-Yo - Closer
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake - 4 Minutes
Pink - So What
Finger Eleven - Paralyzer

Here's the amazing video!


He's not paid to put these together, so you can download the music mashups from his site for free!

Click on the banner below to go see his mashup site:

Friday, April 17, 2009

Free Rice

Do you want to help starving people, get smarter and have fun at the same time?

At Freerice.com, by answering questions with multiple choice answers correctly you could be the difference between life and death. If you answer the questions correctly, FreeRice donates 10 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger. Questions on the site can take the form of various subjects, including art, chemistry, english, geography, foreign language and math.

You can register on the site to keep track of the total amount of rice that you donate, or you can start fresh each time you visit the site.

According to the site, over 62 billion grains of rice have been donated to date. Here are some examples from their FAQ section. Rice has been delivered:
  • In Bangladesh, to feed 27,000 refugees from Myanmar for two weeks.

  • In Cambodia, to provide take-home rations of four kilograms of rice for two months to 13,500 pregnant and nursing women.

  • In Uganda, to feed 66,000 school children for a week.

  • In Nepal, to feed over 108,000 Bhutanese refugees for three days.

  • In Bhutan, to feed 41,000 children for 8 days, and

  • In Myanmar, to feed 750,000 cyclone affected people for 3 days.
I've already donated 1,000 grains of rice today, and it cost me nothing! Click on the banner below to do your part and have a little fun....

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pregnancy

Are you pregnant? My wife and I are.... Well, she is..... But I helped....

Anyway, when we got pregnant with Noah.... Fine, when Colleen was pregnant with Noah..... I knew almost nothing about pregnancy and children.... I read through the "What To Expect When You're Expecting", but that book was technical and boring....

I also bought approximately ten 'So, You're Going To Be A New Dad" genre books.... They were horrible! The books were usually unhelpful.

For instance, some books gave two sides of the coin for every part of the pregnancy, explaining to the reader that their partner (wife, girlfriend, or random woman they knocked up) might need them to take care of preparing dinner during the first trimester, however, some women may enjoy preparing dinner during their first trimester.

Some of the books were written for father who need things to be simple for them.... 'Babies should not be dropped. You need to feed the baby. Don't squeeze the baby too tight.'

Some 'new father' books tried to scare the crap out of the readers, explaining to the reader that their partner will be a raging lunatic for the next nine months, so they better hold on!

What does that tell me? I just want a book that talks to me like I'm somewhat intelligent, makes me laugh a little, and helps me understand what is going on. What kinds of changes are happening in my wife's body? What does the baby look like now? What should I expect? What should she expect?

Well, sorry Bono, but I've finally found what I was looking for.


Susan Magee wrote this book with the help of Dr. Kara Nakisbendi. The book is a good read for both men and women, it doesn't make you feel like an idiot while you're reading it, and it will give you (the father) a reasonable insight on what is going on with your partner. And.... IT HAS WIT AND HUMOR TOSSED IN THROUGHOUT THE BOOK! It's actually funny!

The book provides a day-by-day countdown during the (give or take) 280 days of pregnancy, mingled with advice from other mothers from their experiences during pregnancy, along with medical information.

I can't recommend it more.... It's a great book and I recommend it to any new or repeat father-to-be....

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Moller's Moments

The National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs start today, and the Florida Panthers just missed the playoffs.

Why am I posting about hockey? Specifically the Florida Panthers? Well, Randy Moller is the colorful play by play announcer for the Florida Panthers. He screams out crazy things when people score a goal, mostly quotes from recent pop culture blockbusters... I am now a Florida Panthers fan!

Some DJ in Florida put together a couple of YouTube videos matching the goal calls with their videos.....




Some calls from the season not included in the videos:

PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!!!!!!!!

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLA!!!!!!

WHIP IT! WHIP IT REAL GOOD!!!!!

and

LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!!!!

You can hear all of Randy Moller's goal calls from this season and recommend some more at:

Moller's Greatest Hits

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Break Out Of The Cage

Did you know that Nicolas Cage auditioned and lost the role of John Bender in "The Breakfast Club" to Judd Nelson?

Do you think he lost the role after they saw "Valley Girls"? Here's the trailer for the movie, which I can only assume after watching the trailer, is absolutely awful. What is going on with his hair?



I am renting this movie for two reasons:

1. The soundtrack is awesome.

2. The following conversation shown in the trailer:

Movie Patron: "Oh bitchin'! Is this in 3D?"

Nicolas Cage: "No, but your face is!"

Monday, April 13, 2009

Back to Back

I'm posting this because it's not one of those crazy baseball stats they talk about all of the time. You know the stat.... "This guy bats .284 against left-handed pitchers, when it's 65 degrees, in autumn, in Texas, on Saturday...."


Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye of the Chicago White Sox hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning of their game against the Detroit Tigers today.... It was the 300th home run for both players.

The Future Is Near!

It's like "The Jetsons"! The future is coming, but I did not see one flying car in the commercial! I'm ok with that, as long as I can have a hoverboard that works over every surface, except for water....


Friday, April 10, 2009

Fresh Prince of DC


I saw this posted by an anonymous poster on a message board the other day and had to share it....

If Barack Obama wants Will Smith to portray him on the big screen, this should be the theme song for the movie....

Sing it to the tune of the theme to "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"....

Now this is a story all about how
I ascended to the seat of power.
If you'll listen for a minute
Hear what I say
I'll tell you how I became President of the U. S. of A.

In West Honolulu, born and raised
in Jakarta, is where I spent most of my days
Chillin' out in Chi-Town, relaxin' all cool
Organizing communities like I was a fool
When a couple of guys
With a disdain for peace
Started making trouble in the Middle East
They started two little wars and we all got scared
The people said "We need a president who isn't mentally impaired!"

I ran a perfect race, turned red states blue
Swept electoral votes, added Rham to my crew
With a mandate for change and Constitution in hand
I'll dance on the Colonnade singing "Yes We Can!"

I got to the White House about seven or eight
And I yelled to the Bushes, "Yo Holmes, smell ya later!"
Looked at my office
There were no corners there
Sitting at the Resolute Desk, signing universal health care....

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Are You In Control

Take a look at this really creative commercial for Loewe, a German electronics manufacturer. Do you have this kind of control with your television?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Obameter


"I want you to hold our government accountable. I want you to hold me accountable." - Barack Obama.

Barack Obama has been President of the United States for almost two-and-a-half months now, and has been as busy as ever (at least I hope so) trying to get the United States out of the rut we're in...

One website has created the "Obameter". Leave me alone, I didn't name it....

So, Obama made 514 promises to the American people during his campaign for the his current position as President, and the "Obameter" is tracking each promise he made. You'll see whether he's kept his promise, broken his promise, worked out a compromise, whether the promise is in the works or stalled, or whether there's been no action at all.

As of today, he's kept or compromised 29 of 33 of his promises. That's pretty good. We'll see if he can stay above 80%. What do you think is a reasonable percentage? Of course 100% would be unrealistic.... Do you think it's ok if Obama is only able to keep 60% of his promises? 50%?
Less than 50%?

You can keep track of his promises with the "Obameter" at:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Paper Planes

Check this guy out.... He threw a paper airplane from the 31st floor of an office building in New York City and recorded the flight....



Mr. Ken Blackburn currently holds the record for time aloft for paper airplanes (thrown from the ground...). The current record is 27.6 seconds! Think you can beat it?



You can visit his website here (and get all the information you might possibly want to know about paper airplanes):

http://paperplane.org/

Monday, April 6, 2009

AAAYYY!


Henry Winkler was immortalized as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on "Happy Days", but did you know that he was an executive producer for a little show called "MacGuyver"!!!!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Aquaman


Another amazing tool created by man! The Lunocet is an invention created by engineer Ted Ciamillo. It's a 2.5-pound monofin made of carbon fiber and fiberglass that attaches to an aluminum foot plate at a precise 30-degree angle. The key to the 42-inch-wide fin's speed: its shape and angle, both of which are modeled with scientific precision on a dolphin's tail.

Lunocet users have already hit about eight miles per hour, nearly twice as fast as Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Michael Phelps at his speediest. TWICE AS FAST!!! Using the Lunocet, some swimmers are close to being able to breach completely out of the water, like whales! The Lunocet can be purchased for only $1,500.00! I don't know why that seems cheap to me....

Now I need to learn how to communicate with marine life, and I'll be prepared when Black Manta tries to rise again!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Presidents

Ha Ha! I don't see anything odd, do you?


Man, I hope Obama does great things... It's rare that you see a man who's so down to earth, so intelligent, and so personable as he is.... He's kind of like the opposite of a politician.... He just doesn't seem crooked, like he actually has my best interests at heart.

Almost as crazy as a black guy becoming President of the United States of America during my generation? I'm watching women's college basketball highlights on television....with the sound on...
.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Little Art

Check out these amazing little pieces of art created by an artist in Finland, named Mari Kasurinen. Mari is selling them for £330 (Approximately $470 US) each and will ship them anywhere in the world... What a fun idea... Talk about thinking outside the box... I think I'll stick with the $5.00 My Little Pony from Toys'R'Us, but the rest of you should definitely help support a starving art student.

My Little Stormtrooper


My Little Slave Princess Leia


My Little Han Solo


My Little Chewbacca


My Little Skeletor


My Little He-Man


My Little Bride Kill Bill


My Little Joker


My Little Batman and Robin


My Little Jack Sparrow


My Little Edward Scissorhands


My Little Crybaby


My Little Alien


My Little Elvis


You can see the rest of her My Little Pony Art collection at her site at:

http://www.marikasurinen.com

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