Sunday, July 31, 2005
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Another flash game - Catch 33. I've tried it a few times and got 38 seconds. Which isn't real impressive, I know.
On the list of things NOT to do if you're ever in jail - this is on top of the list.
Here are some more fun T-Shirts. My favorite is probably "You have died of dysentery". Or "Your retarded".
Friday, July 29, 2005
Not only is Finland home to the Air Guitar World Championships. But they also host the Wife Carrying World Championships.
Here's another article about future Hall of Famers. ESPN lists their top 20 present day players, in order, that will make the hall. Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Greg Maddux top the list. They then list their "On the bubble" next 20 players. There are definitely some young, questionable choices in there, but overall, a very well written article.
I've been tossing around ideas for a vanity license plate lately. But it's tough to come up with anything I'd be willing to accept everyday. If you have any suggestions, I'm very open. Probably the funniest one my brother and I came up with was "HAIR 314". Ok, I thought it was funny. And it's available too. Don't think it would get through the censors? "GAYSROK" is ok in Utah.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
The second thing he talked about was the acoustics of a clap. Not "the clap". If you stand a couple hundred feet away from the front of the pyramid and clap the echo bounces off of the stairs and sounds like a "whoop" that starts at a high pitch and the pitch then lowers. According to this guy, that is the same sound made by the Quetzal Bird. The Quetzal bird was holy to the Maya and signified creation - You may be familiar with their god Queztalcoatl from some history class you once took. Again, this guy claims that the temples and pyramids housed the gods and the stairs were specifically constructed to make this sound so that the priests could make it appear as though the gods were responded to their requests. It's a common question when visiting these pyramids why the stairs are so narrow. Basically half of my foot fit on the step so it's scary coming down. The answer is usually "They were tiny people". And my next question was, "Well then, why are the stairs so friggin' steep if they were so tiny?" To that there's never a good answer. Until now. The steep steps were necessary for the Quetzal echo.
I tried to make that story as short as possible - Hopefully I'm not the only one that's amazed by the accomplishments of the Mayan civilization that occurred hundreds of years before European civilizations.
Da Bears - We seem to still be living in 1985 when it comes to football. Some dude decided to make a giant corn maze glorifying the 20 year anniversary of the Bears Superbowl.
In case you didn't read Cousin Dave's comment yesterday, check out Cereality.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
I spent more than a couple of minutes playing Bouncy the Ball. So it earns a spot on my blog.
The internet has become a massive collection of information. Once in a while I think about all of the questions I used to have growing up and how I had to go to the library to find the answers. Many times, the answers I was looking for didn't even exist in a library. Personally, this wealth of information that has only really been available for the last decade is a real treat. When I was a kid, I used to look for lyrics to songs, sports statistics, historical information, rules to games, musical lessons, and on and on. Well, in the tradition of the wonders of the internet and all-important information, I found A Guide to Cereals of the 80s.
I was wondering a few weeks ago if it's possible to have a private poker room for a friendly game. On PartyPoker you can set up your own private room. So, for anyone interested, we can play if you sign up.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Eight-Year olds, Dude.
Google Nicki sends another useful website - It's called BugMeNot.com. You know when you want to read an article and you have to register for the website first? Well, not anymore. Just type in the website into Bug Me Not and they'll give you a valid username and password.
Kickball is making a comeback! I wonder if you can still throw the ball at the runner. That was my favorite rule.
I was reminded of a Kurt Vonnegut short story today called "Harrison Bergeron". That's it - I think I read it last in 6th grade or something. It's a pretty neat story.
Here's an interesting article - Why you get stuck for hours at O'Hare. Their conclusion may surprise you.
Sticking with the Chicago theme - There is a proposed skyscraper that would be the world's tallest.
SI lists 20 borderline Baseball Hall of Famers along with their predictions.
NachosRule.com has also surpassed 20,000 pageviews this year. That's way ahead of last year's pace of 27,000! Thanks for the continued support! On a sorta related note, yesterday I checked the NachosRule merchandise sold and some people I don't know actually purchased some NachosRule.com stuff... Somebody actually bought the thong. Her man is one lucky, lucky fella. I'm very jealous.
Monday, July 25, 2005
- "Why do 20-second timeouts last a minute or more?"
- Second Serves in Tennis - "Oops, sorry. I fully intended to put that one over the net and into the box. How about a do-over?"
- "The nearest offensive player getting credit when a defender tips in a shot. Uh-uh. Basketball should track own goals, like soccer. What fan wouldn't want to know who leads the league in own goals at the end of each season? Over the last eight years, for instance, we have a sneaking suspicion it would have been Shawn Bradley. But there's only one way to make sure."
- "The Ground Can't Cause a Fumble in Football - Bull! Did the guy hold onto the ball or not?"
In a sign of my rampant unemployment, I found pictures of toilets in video games. In another sign that I come from a family of losers, my brother asked about toilets in three separate video games. They were all on the webpage.
Hexxagon - it's a game like Othello. It's different in that it's a hexagon instead of a square. It's the same in that I suck at it.
NASA to proceed with shuttle launch, plans to put piece of electrical tape over flashing light indicator.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
I grew up hearing about disgruntled postal workers. Come to think of it, the only time I heard the word "disgruntled" happened to be when a postal worker brought a gun into the post office and shot a bunch of his coworkers. So, to be honest, I don't really know what disgruntled really means, except that it has something to do with being really pissed off. In recent years, however, you haven't heard about any crazy postal workers. Today, I figured out why. They've developed a sense of humor. The USPS offers up shipping instructions for a hippo.
If you've ever wanted to read a high brow, educational view on the Evolution of Profanity, well, here it is.
Alright - Has anybody else seen the videos of "The Tourettes Guy" on the internet? It is really unusual and I'm not sure if it's supposed to be funny. But the guy has some random outbursts and they've made a soundboard of his outbursts.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Friday, July 22, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Google Map of a military base at Coronado, CA - Uhhh. (If nothing sticks out at first, hit refresh. Something goofy is going on with this map.)
Star Trek's Scotty died. He gave it all he could, captain.
This will keep you busy for a few seconds. Or if you're stoned, most likely longer.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
A week or so ago, Cousin Eric, Cousin Danny, Brother Gary, Sister-In-Law Christy and I were watching Major League. In the final 10 minutes of the movie, we somehow were able to unknowingly criticize at least half a dozen inconsistencies in the film. My favorite was the fat guy running out of the stands and onto the field and then doing it again 10 seconds later. There's a reason for this story - hang tight. Remember when Pedro Cerrano hits a big homerun towards the end of the final game? And he carries the bat around the bases? Well, Cousin Eric looked up the rules for Major League Baseball too. Turns out, it's perfectly legal to carry the bat with you.
From Football to Baseball and now to T-Ball... Psycho little league coach has gone to the next level. Sad.
From Mike - The Turbo Tap. Just in case you weren't drinking enough beer already. (Note of clarification: "You" refers to the reader, not "you", Mike.)
You know that annoying frog "ring ding ding" ringtone? I present the Ring Ding Ding video.
Monday, July 18, 2005
How to build a time machine. For real.
I was struggling with facts today when my mom IMed me. I told her I couldn't think of anything else to write about. So she sent me an article about silver dining service found at Pompeii. I guess some dude tried to save (or steal?) a bunch of silver while running from a volcano 2000 years ago. And they say you can't take it with you.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
I was also reminded of one of my favorite stories of all time - Doc Ellis' no hitter in 1970 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. From the article - "I was in Los Angeles, and the team was playing in San Diego , but I didn't know it. I had taken LSD..... I thought it was an off-day, that's how come I had it in me. I took the LSD at noon. At 1pm, his girlfriend and trip partner looked at the paper and said, "Dock, you're pitching today!" I remember once reading that the ball told him what pitches to throw.
Keeping with the psychedelic theme, here are some trippy visual effects.
Forgotten pictures of popular people.
Does Intelligence = Happiness?
Saturday, July 16, 2005
I finally figured out what I want for my birthday.
Sometimes I pretend to know what I'm talking about when it comes to baseball. I really don't. Just about everything I say is something I read online. I'm going to reveal my online source for baseball rumors - Pro Sports Daily. All sorts of rumors are swirling about the White Sox trading for Jason Schmidt or AJ Burnett. I'd be thrilled to see either one of them on the South Side, donning black pinstripes.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Remember the dude who jammed out the Super Mario Brothers theme on guitar? Now there's Piano Zelda guy. Copy and paste this link if the other one doesn't work - http://www.collegehumor.com/movies/165967/
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Today's nerd article has to do with the formation of language. A computer simulation generates a virtual culture and gives a glimpse into how societies evolve.
Vegas-like odds for the new Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Odds that "The film will feature hot Oompa-Loompa-on-Oompa-Loompa action: 47-1".
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
In the news today - Sprint, Nextel one step closer to creating world's suckiest phone company.
Center stage of a divorce - An online game account.
Here's some article on how your mind perceives time.
I sucked at writing in high school. If you want to be technical about it, I've sucked at writing my whole life. But high school comes to mind when you mention analogies. I was about as bad at writing analogies as the bubonic plague was for the people or Europe. (Didja catch the lame irony there?). Anyways I'm proving my point about sucky writing right now. Ok, here's a page of horrible analogies. (Click cancel if you get a pop up box).
"She's standing there and she says, 'I'm not wearing this cheap ... bra. I'm going naked,"' Bay said.
"I said, 'It's PG-13, you have to wear the bra,"' he said.
Damn you Michael Bay. Damn you.
Speaking of nudity, Google Nicki got excited about this article.
Having solved the world's poverty, hunger and crime, Pope Benedict lets the world know that he disapproves of the Harry Potter novels. Apparently the kids are getting too old for his liking.
My dad sent this article about a mother arrested for driving with her kids in the trunk. I think he sent it cuz they did that to me on at least one occasion. But I was 24 when it happened, so I take full responsibility and will not press charges.
Here's the greatest airline complaint letter I've ever read.
A cool magic trick. (Kinda gross)
Well, I knew that once I had a free day I'd be back and posting. I'm back baby! I'm back!
Monday, July 11, 2005
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Here's an article from Sports Illustrated about the World Series of Poker. Yes, I'm now officially obsessed with poker. I need help.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
My dad sends a couple of links today. Which is funny, since I'm staying at my parents' house this week. Nevertheless, he emailed me some links. The first link is war commentary saying that the US war with Iran has already begun. And on a lighter note, he sent me an error message generator.
Friday, July 08, 2005
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
In a complete change of policy, AOL is being cool for a change - and they're posting videos of the Live 8 concerts.
Now that the voting for Scott Podsednik (congratulations, by the way) is over, you can turn your attention to the 2005 World Stupidity Awards.
On a Scott Podsednik related note, I went to my first game at Comisky this season tonight. First off, I had the best seat I've ever had at a baseball game. I was 3 rows behind Mayor Daley. And about 20 feet from Ozzie in the dugout. Ronnie Woo Woo showed up and got escorted out of the stadium. It ruled. They're now 31 games over .500 and seem to be just cruising in terms of team chemistry. This is truly a fun season to be a White Sox fan.
Finally, 125 questions scientists have failed to completely fathom.
Monday, July 04, 2005
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Oops of the day - Man thinks he clicked on a $10 online poker tournament. Ends up in a $100 satellite qualifier for the World Series of Poker. Oops again - He qualifies for the $10,000 tournament.
Whoa... ROCK! All Metallica, all the time.
Saturday, July 02, 2005
On a usual, bored day at work, I decided to learn music theory. I came across Teoria.com. I got lost within a half hour, but it's chock-full of good information and examples, both visual and audio.
Six Flags and the KKK.
Super Trippy Illusion. I started getting ill and couldn't make it through the whole thing.