Archive for April, 2007

Google TiSP: Happy April Fools’

This year Google continues its reign of April Fools’ awesomeness with the announcement of Google TiSP (BETA), their new FREE in-home wireless broadband service. TiSP stands for Toilet Internet Service Provider. Let me present a couple of key quotes from the TiSP installation guide:
Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system [...]

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Alanis Morissette’s “My Humps” parody video

You should definitely watch the YouTube video of Alanis Morissette covering “My Humps.” But be sure to watch the Black Eyed Peas video for “My Humps” first, if you haven’t seen it, so that you can fully appreciate the greatness of the parody.
The lyrics to “My Humps” have to be among the stupidest and [...]

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Easter Special: “You Were Right”

Today I was talking to a friend of mine, who, after mentioning her unusual mood swings of late, asked, “What does manic depression feel like?”
Well, I said, smiling, “Manic depression’s a frustrating mess.”
“Wait a second,” she said. “Who sings that? Led Zeppelin?”
“Nope,” I said. “Right era, wrong rock legend. Jimi Hendrix.”
“Oh, you’re [...]

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The death of Kurt Vonnegut (and Madame)

My favorite novelist Kurt Vonnegut Jr. died Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at the age of 84. This makes one less hero in a world of great need. I assume there will be many compelling articles written about his life and works in the next couple of weeks, before our national attention span gets distracted by [...]

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Death and taxes (plus NIN and Nintendo)

Today is Tax Day 2007. This year the government decided to give procrastinators an extra day to procrastinate (except for the state of Montana, who, when reached for comment, said, “Screw you guys,” and shot a rifle into the air like a crazy cowboy). I, of course, took the opportunity to wait one more [...]

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Funny or Die! (and psychotropic strawberries)

I have three random things to mention:
1. Will Ferrell has a new video-based website called Funny or Die! You should really check out his comedy skit called “The Landlord.” There’s quite a bit of good stuff on the site and it isn’t even a week old. For example, YouTube celebrity LisaNova is [...]

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Earth Day 2007 equals Grindhouse

So, we were thinking about playing tennis or going for a hike, you know, to recognize that today is Earth Day and all . . . but then the sky clouded up and it started sprinkling.
Which pretty much gave us no recourse but to spend 3 1/2 hours in Regal Santiam 11 watching Grindhouse. [...]

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Much ado about J.D. Drew

I don’t care much about the experience of watching Major League Baseball. I read about sports much more than I watch sporting events (or anything) on TV. Though sometimes I get pulled in during dramatic postseason runs (like the Red Sox in October of 2004), or other big sporting events like Bowl games and March [...]

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Fighting off ninjas. Easy.

Earlier today a coworker told me about a new ninja-themed MythBusters episode, due to premiere on Wednesday, April 25, 2007. Here’s the official episode description:
Episode 78: Walking on Water
It’s “East Meets West” in this episode of MythBusters. Shrouded in secrecy and mythology, not to mention cult popularity, ninjas are perfect fodder for the MythBusters. The [...]

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Conspiratorial ramblings: Fanta, Coke, Big Pharma and Monsanto

What makes for good Friday night conversation among friends? Some MSG-laden take-out Chinese and a few cans of orange Fanta.
Here’s a summary of some bits of yesterday’s conversation and associated (plagiarized) Internet research:
Q. Wasn’t Fanta invented by Nazis? Isn’t this a Nazi drink?
A. No, but kind of. Fanta was invented in Nazi [...]

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