09 9 / 2013

Weird. Just got one of those “Your friend backed a project on Kickstarter” emails. Looks like they added a new button.

Weird. Just got one of those “Your friend backed a project on Kickstarter” emails. Looks like they added a new button.

28 8 / 2013

Like my “main” Chrome window - the one I was actively using - they each had Gmail, Facebook, and Tumblr open (among other miscellaneous tabs).

How long ago did I abandon those browser windows? Why would I open a new browser window and start over?

In one college psych class, I learned about fugue state amnesia. With it, people suddenly forget everything about their lives, so one day they just up and move away from their jobs and loved ones, and they go someplace else and assume a new identity. They can go off and start a new family without having any idea they already had one.

I know it was just a few stray browser windows, but it made me feel like one of those people.

27 8 / 2013

Oh nothing, just a brony flirting with the corporate twitter account of an ice cream company with a cartoon cow mascot.
Found this during the Twitter rant I went on yesterday. 

Oh nothing, just a brony flirting with the corporate twitter account of an ice cream company with a cartoon cow mascot.

Found this during the Twitter rant I went on yesterday. 

22 8 / 2013

Seriously. Every time.

Seriously. Every time.

21 8 / 2013

laughingsquid:

Siri Makes Nick Douglas Promise Not to Use Her For Sexting Ever Again

You see that little notification pop up at 0:57, when Siri tricks Nick with a fake message? You can’t see it at standard YouTube resolution, so here it is from a 1080p screenshot:

iPhone message from the video

"I am real and I want a penis photograph"

That’s me. Nick needed a real message to show up while shooting, so he asked me to send him that.

And that’s the story behind a detail you probably missed anyway.

(Source: youtube.com)

19 8 / 2013

New feature request
I’m mostly joking here, but it wouldn’t be the worst idea.
A baby photo is just another piece of content that’s really common to see in a Facebook feed these days. And just like I can say “I don’t want to see game invites from anyone” or “I don’t want to see any photos from Steve in particular”, I’d like to be able to say “I don’t want to see any babies” or “I don’t want to see any babies posted by Stephanie.” Maybe I’m not in a baby mood, or maybe Stephanie’s just got an ugly baby. But it’s metadata, and that helps people find new stuff they like and avoid stuff they don’t.
Which would mean that if this became a thing, there’d be actions next to every photo like “Flag as baby.” And the following prompt would go “Is this a baby?” and you’d click either “Yes, it’s a baby” or “False alarm, it’s just a bald old man.”
And of course this could apply to other posts that people complain about. For example, I post dog photos because I have dogs and I like my dogs. But if you hate dogs, then fine, let me label my dog photos as dog photos. That way I can find my dog photos better, and you don’t have to look at my dogs. And of course, more flagging options: “Flag as dog?” -> “Yes, that’s a dog” or “Never mind, it’s just a brown wig.”
And before anyone recommends it: I tried Unbaby.me, the browser plugin that hides baby photos, and it’s very clever. It uses an amazing list of keywords, not some sophisticated photo detection algorithm, so it’s really only catching photos where someone wrote a caption like “This is my big boy!” or “My little princess!” It’ll also block any post that uses the word “toesies” which is just perfect.

New feature request

I’m mostly joking here, but it wouldn’t be the worst idea.

A baby photo is just another piece of content that’s really common to see in a Facebook feed these days. And just like I can say “I don’t want to see game invites from anyone” or “I don’t want to see any photos from Steve in particular”, I’d like to be able to say “I don’t want to see any babies” or “I don’t want to see any babies posted by Stephanie.” Maybe I’m not in a baby mood, or maybe Stephanie’s just got an ugly baby. But it’s metadata, and that helps people find new stuff they like and avoid stuff they don’t.

Which would mean that if this became a thing, there’d be actions next to every photo like “Flag as baby.” And the following prompt would go “Is this a baby?” and you’d click either “Yes, it’s a baby” or “False alarm, it’s just a bald old man.”

And of course this could apply to other posts that people complain about. For example, I post dog photos because I have dogs and I like my dogs. But if you hate dogs, then fine, let me label my dog photos as dog photos. That way I can find my dog photos better, and you don’t have to look at my dogs. And of course, more flagging options: “Flag as dog?” -> “Yes, that’s a dog” or “Never mind, it’s just a brown wig.”

And before anyone recommends it: I tried Unbaby.me, the browser plugin that hides baby photos, and it’s very clever. It uses an amazing list of keywords, not some sophisticated photo detection algorithm, so it’s really only catching photos where someone wrote a caption like “This is my big boy!” or “My little princess!” It’ll also block any post that uses the word “toesies” which is just perfect.

15 8 / 2013

Because obviously Peter Pan is on everyone’s minds all the time so it’s perfectly reasonable to put on the ol’ homemade Captain Hook costume and get photographed with children next to zero boats or beaches.

Nope, nothing weird about it. I think we all have fond memories of putting on our Captain Hook costumes and walking around downtown Chicago by ourselves on a warm summer day.

A very normal thing we can all understand and relate to.

12 8 / 2013

One more.
Previously

One more.

Previously

(Source: facebook.com)

12 8 / 2013

Meanwhile, on the Birds Eye Vegetables Facebook page:

Susan is leaving a comment about green beans for Susan, and the only person who likes it is herself (Susan). What.

What’s happening here? Are we all watching this Facebook admin have a very confusing conversation with herself? Just, what the hell, people. 

Also, I’ve started leaving aggressively stupid comments on Birds Eye’s Facebook posts. Partly because it’s horribly condescending, and partly because my last name is actually Birdseye and I wonder if people will think I’m somehow affiliated with the company. (Of course, I’m not, but my great grandfather did found the company.)

12 8 / 2013

Schrödinger jokes with the coffee cup gang.

Schrödinger jokes with the coffee cup gang.

(Source: atsween)

09 8 / 2013

Sometimes I’ll land on a website and decide “I’m going to use Chrome’s Inspect Element tool to change the text on a bunch of stuff for no good reason.”

Sometimes I’ll land on a website and decide “I’m going to use Chrome’s Inspect Element tool to change the text on a bunch of stuff for no good reason.”

06 8 / 2013

One time a coworker left a friendly note for the guy who sat next to me, a guy she called “Sunshine” because he always looked like death. I added a drawing of a concerned moon behind her note. This is the stupidest joke but I love it so much.
That was 5 years ago today. Check out that CRT monitor. There are also three empty Vitamin Water bottles in the background, each with a photo of Shaq in a fedora. And then behind the fedora Shaqs, I had a printer test page of Janet Reno.
That was my life back then. Making cubicle decorations out of garbage. Like a lonely prison inmate constructing his only friends out of leftover chicken bones. “I don’t talk to anyone else at this company, but you’ll make small talk with me, won’t you, printout of former Attorney General Janet Reno?” Ah, youth.
Rediscovered via Timehop.

One time a coworker left a friendly note for the guy who sat next to me, a guy she called “Sunshine” because he always looked like death. I added a drawing of a concerned moon behind her note. This is the stupidest joke but I love it so much.

That was 5 years ago today. Check out that CRT monitor. There are also three empty Vitamin Water bottles in the background, each with a photo of Shaq in a fedora. And then behind the fedora Shaqs, I had a printer test page of Janet Reno.

That was my life back then. Making cubicle decorations out of garbage. Like a lonely prison inmate constructing his only friends out of leftover chicken bones. “I don’t talk to anyone else at this company, but you’ll make small talk with me, won’t you, printout of former Attorney General Janet Reno?” Ah, youth.

Rediscovered via Timehop.

30 7 / 2013

Speaking of Mexican restaurants with bad logos having the best food, the first photo shows the place that inspired that post. I walked by it last Saturday and immediately assumed that because their mascot’s shoe looks like a goddamn moth cocoon that their burritos must be great.

What’s even better, the big sign out front says “TACO & BURRITO EXPRES” with the last S missing. It’s like they went, “Yeah, yeah, just get a sign with a hungry stereotype on it and we’ll put up an awning without proofreading. We just want to make great food.”

The place has 4 out of 5 stars on Yelp. Not bad for a late night burrito place. (I feel like every late night restaurant is going to have a series of angry 1-star reviews from people who went there sober at 2am and couldn’t believe how crazy it was, so I’m impressed this place has maintained a 4-star average.)

And then that second photo shows the storefront for the grocery store that contains Tierra Caliente, home of the best tacos al pastor I’ve ever had. You’d never know there’s an amazing taco place in the back with those signs.

Also, I’d like to provide a revision to this “shitty logo, great food” rule for Mexican restaurants. Chris shared the third photo up there, stating that the food there wasn’t that great. So maybe it’s not about logo quality as it is about effort. Like, someone clearly put a lot of effort into that shitty man-boxing-a-nightmarish-taco-with-arms image, but the other places’ also-ugly approaches are more like, I dunno, shrugs. Design shrugs. And that’s where the good tacos are: where people don’t care about fancy design.

29 7 / 2013

I’m fascinated with the idea that the best Mexican food is going to come from the most unassuming places. For example, the best tacos al pastor I’ve ever had came from a taqueria in the back of a Mexican grocery store I never would’ve noticed had the Internet not told me about it. So, now I assume that the worse a Mexican restaurant’s logo is, the better the food is going to be. As in, the owners don’t obsess about color choices or fonts; they’re too busy making great food.

So now whenever I’m walking around town and I see a modest-looking Mexican restaurant, and the sign’s got, like, a drawing of a dude in a sombrero chasing after a burrito like it’s a pretty lady in a Looney Tunes short - with his eyes bugging out and little speed lines behind him - and his feet are big and blocky, and his mustache is all crooked, I’ll think things like, “Wow, that guy’s drawn super fucked up. These tacos must be incredible.”

25 7 / 2013

  • Half off a waterpark where it’s okay to keep your shirt on
  • 60% off reading brochures in a skydiving place’s lobby for a couple hours
  • $30 off going to a farm just to look at a horse but like I don’t have to pet it or anything, right?
  • $20 gets you $40 toward watching other people scuba dive while sitting in a boat (for two)
  • Discount Vermont trip