Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Stock Photo Tropes

My friend Aaron has made me aware that stock photography sites are suffering from either a lack of creativity in picture themes, or ridiculous demand for unusual items, such that the same type of picture keeps showing up repeatedly.

When you see the picture together, you will see why it's amusing. Here's an example from another blog.

Women laughing alone, with salad

Here's another.

This pile of bills is making my touch my head

And finally this. I don't have an all in one layout, you'll have to deal with the slideshow.

Happy black people with their arms crossed

I wonder how many I missed.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Classic pranks.

Once again, you've fallen for one of my classic pranks.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Comic Book Store Guy

My daughter thinks that I have some inexplicable talent for finding unusual and single-serving websites. She asked me to start a blog that showcased them. Then I remembered that I already bought this domain for just that purpose. So, today, I'm getting back on track.

Comicbook Store Guy turns the table on his customers.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Boob envy

How many of you have seen this picture before?

Lots of fun, right? Well, you haven't really laughed until you have seen the rest of the pictures from that night.

Thank you, GIS. You have once again made my life sweeter.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Once again, Google makes science fiction real

Those clever folks at Google have done it again, and this time in such an over the top way, that my head is swimming at how surreal the invention is. Check this out.

Google has released an app for smartphones running the Google Android operating system. Big deal, you might say. Google has had a translation page thingy for years now.

Fair enough. But this is on a phone.

Big deal again, you might say. They probably just connect to the monstrous servers back home and spit translated text back to the phone.

Fair enough again. But this app translates voice. As in, I speak into it in English, and it translates what I've said and SPEAKS it back out of my phone in French. And then I switch directions, and the snooty French waiter at the brasserie speaks French into my phone and the phone translates it and SPEAKS English back to me.

Does this remind anyone else of THIS device?

No? Does it remind you of this then?

Still no? Are you going to make me go find a C-3PO graphic?

You know, you would think that I would become jaded about technology, but the longer I play on the internet, the more it amazes me.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Single Serving Websites.

I can't remember if I mentioned this site before, so I'm doing it now.

I LOVE single-serving websites. I love seeing someone put a whole lot of creativity into something that might only get used once, or maybe once a day. There is something so artistically beautiful about that. So, here is a few of my very favorite single serving websites.

Star Wars Weather. Perfection.

Also, a runner up, and my previous obsession is Human Clock. Go read the homepage, and the about page, and then watch the clock for an hour or three. I can't explain it; it must be experienced.

So I just googled the phrase Single Serving Website, so that I could remember who I stole it from. (Thank you, Jason Kottke) and remembered a few others that I have seen and used in the past.

Is Google down for everyone, or just me? I'm not certain that is the exact title, but it serves to explain the website. I actually had a feed for this site for a while. It would tell me the name of every site that WAS down for everyone. It was kind of fun to see what sites people are so addicted to that they have to know if it's really down.

KHAAAN!!! Others have pointed out, but perhaps the most useful thing about this site is that it codifies the correct number of 'A's in Khan.

Now that I have read several articles on this trend, I'm pretty sure that I'll have one of these by the end of the year. I just need to come up with an idea that's worth 20 bucks a year, and simple enough to code with my limited PHP skillz. Probably something related to 8008135.

Monday, February 08, 2010

What happened to the first 8 districts?

Can someone explain to me why District 9 is nominated for an Oscar this year? (N.B. I'm writing this before the awards ceremony, but I'm pretty confident it won't win Best Picture.) Seriously. What is it about this movie that makes it better than a dozen other movies this year, including Zombieland.

Wasn't this story of aliens trying to get home to escape their tormenting jailers a lot more credible when it was called Planet of the Apes? At least that movie didn't require subtitles.

Wasn't the story about a man being infected and becoming an alien more horrifying when it was called The Fly? If you want to tell a scary story about a man becoming a scary creature, shouldn't you use a better plot device than getting sprayed with motor oil? Maybe something to do with DNA or gene-splicing or teleportation devices?

And honest to Pete, if you want to tell a story about Aliens coming to Earth and trying to live together with humans, shouldn't you try to make the story better than Alien Nation, or V?

And how about pointless plot devices. Did the Wikus character even NEED a wife? And did she need to be, like 10 times hotter than him? And if she did, shouldn't the movie have explained why a hottie like that was married to an average looking doofus like Wikus?

How about the cylinder containing the magic motor oil. Couldn't the aliens have found a better hiding place for it than in a lunchbox on a shelf in the shack? Like, I don't know... I'm just spitballing here, but maybe they could have put it in the underground spaceship that they had successfully hidden for 20 frakkin years. For that matter, why didn't they distill the magic oil down there in the first place and completely avoid the risk of getting caught. Oh. And here's a thought. How about if the aliens watch a prison movie or something and get acquainted with the notion of having a lookout when they are doing something they don't want the authorities to see. Maybe they could have put off that whole "distilling the last crucial drop of magic oil" sequence for, like 10 minutes so they could sign the evacuation order and get the MNU to leave them alone.

It's too bad I don't have a hundred or so pages to list the rest of what's wrong with this movie. Things like
"Why do we allow Nigerians to live inside a prison and sell guns and cat food to the prisoners?"
"Why did Christopher Prawn try to fly the command module up to the mother ship, when he could have used the anti-gravity feature, which seems to be immune to rockets and bullets?"
"Why did it take the Prawns 20 years to find the last bit of magic motor oil, but when they did it was right on the top of the trash pile?"
"Why didn't Christopher Prawn have any friends that could have sat in the Robo-Cop suit while he was trying to get back to the ship. Or for that matter, when the MNU came to get his signature?"

I just wonder if the entire pitch session for this movie consisted of Peter Jackson saying "Hey, wouldn't it be cool to have a movie with wicked special effects prawn aliens?", and the studio answering "We'll fund it if you throw in some wicked South Africans who say 'fock' a lot."

Done, and done.