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Those of you who play ukulele might like the recent "Baby Blues" cartoons about the subject:
I want a ukulele
Do you have any experience?

LOL

Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:55 pm
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Harmoniez we sing them

12 days

Dec. 20th, 2007 09:12 pm
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Via [livejournal.com profile] sposter, the most awesome Christmas medley you can image.
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This great post by Joel Spolsky on blog comments and the stupid things that anonymous commenters tend to say is just great. Best example:


When a blog allows comments right below the writer’s post, what you get is a bunch of interesting ideas, carefully constructed, followed by a long spew of noise, filth, and anonymous rubbish that nobody ... nobody ... would say out loud if they had to take ownership of their words. Look at this innocent post on a real estate blog. By comment #6 you’re already seeing complete noise. By #13 you have someone cursing and saying “go kill yourself.” On a real estate blog.


Not to mention the part about “some kind of open source nuclear war” and “some person without an outbound filter who feels compelled to tell you about how he uses Opera, so he doesn’t have this problem.”

I do also love this other post, “Even the Office 2007 box has a learning curve.” “A box that many people can’t figure out how to open without a Google search is an unusually pathetic failure of design”
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I'd like to point everyone to this article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about the underground sand miners of Wisconsin, "Wisconsin's diamonds: 'Frac sand'."

It turns out sand is sometimes mined. Not scooped up in a pit, but mined underground. This is special sand, round and hard, and used as frac proppant, pumped into oil and gas wells to hold open fractures produced to increase flow. I do love this quotation:


Working in a sand mine does give employees an appreciation of something most people take for granted. When Stauffer visited Cancun, Mexico, recently with his family, he was probably the only person on the beach closely examining the sand squishing between his toes.

"That sand is definitely more angular. It's got more straight and sharp edges than the sand here," Stauffer said.
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Via Treehugger, Sheep Poo Paper from Creative Paper Wales. No, really!

"As every craftsperson will tell you, it all begins by using only the very finest materials. We take great care to collect super-fresh sheep poo from the beautiful (and rainy) mountains of rural Wales and take it back to the mill, situated in southern Snowdonia."

"Sheep Fact: a sheep only digests 50% of the cellulose fibers it eats."

Very cute logo, too.

Man-o-meter

Apr. 3rd, 2006 04:52 pm
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Manly men need manly competitions to rank their manliness. See Dylan'sMan-O-Meter Challenge for a chemist's version.
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Via Chad Orzel, Eros ex Math by Peter Miller. Vaguely sexual images generated mathematically. Potentially NSFW. “The images in this room are created entirely from mathematical algorithms. If you find them offensive in any way, all I can say is that beauty (or obscenity) is in this case most certainly in the eye of the beholder.”
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I could probably exaggerate the wonderfulness of the Gizmodo Hard Drive Dying Dance music competition, but it would be hard. Hitachi, to help people with dying hard disk drives diagnose their problems, has recordings of the noises made by dying hard drives available. Gizmodo challenged people to turn these sounds into music. And people did. Go listen. The Odeo pages have a flash thingie to play them, but also provide a link to a normal MP3 that gets almost hidden by the AdBlock tab if you have AdBlock running on Firefox---so look closely.
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Today’s Frank And Ernest cartoon is sure to appeal to those learning this crazy language. Or any other language, really, but this joke is in English.

Bad Idea

Jan. 24th, 2006 01:14 pm
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You just can’t make this stuff up: Tossed matches ignited fatal fire, police say.

“A woman who died in an early-morning house fire Sunday sparked the blaze while flicking lighted matches at her sleeping boyfriend in an attempt to wake him up.”

What?


“She had become upset because she wanted to talk to him and he refused get out of bed, so what she started doing was lighting matches, flicking them at him as he lay in bed,” Moore said.

The matches quickly ignited the mattress, which the man then attempted to drag out a door of the home, Moore said.

As he struggled with the mattress, he inadvertently set other parts of the residence on fire, Moore said.

“He was able to pull the mattress to an exit door, and once he was outside, she never came out of the burning residence,” Moore said.


Boggle

The good news, such as it is, is that even without working smoke detectors this was the only fatality among the six people in the house at the time of the fire.

This is another example of something that you don’t have to actually try in order to determine that it is probably a bad idea.
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I love the webcomic Spamusement: Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines. I have to say I really like the latest, It’s time to Refill armadillo. Also the one before it, You always wanted to use your penis as a billiards cue.
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If you are reading this but missed the link in [livejournal.com profile] vixyish‘s LJ, you must see The Grammarian’s Five Daughters. Es und story überbien! Go y le es sofort! (Says the language-abuser in his best Europanto, bringing squeals of delight and groans of pain, plus general befuddlement, to his readers.)

Flying dog

Jan. 13th, 2006 08:41 am
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[livejournal.com profile] jrittenhouse linked to this video of two guys and a dog in a small airplane which is must-see TV.
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From Foma*, via Uncertain Principles, it’s National Just Read More Novels Month, or NaJuReMoNoMo.

NaJuReMoNoMo
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A guest comic in Questionable Content by Zach of Animals Have Problems Too, the new educational series So, You’re going to rip off Q.C.
“Make sure you don’t overdo it and you’ll be just fine. Next week: Harry Potter slash fiction!”
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Those people who are interested in Harry Potter slash fanfic (you know who you are) will surely want to see this chat transcript from [livejournal.com profile] qcjeph.
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There is a Creepy Christmas pool on Flickr, for photos of cards and decorations that are just plain creepy. Don’t miss the urinating Santa card.

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